What They're Worth

County supervisors reveal their assets on public disclosure forms.

Pima County Supervisor Raúl Grijalva has announced he will leave his Sam Hughes, UA and West Side District 5 on Friday, joining a long line of candidates for the Democratic nomination in new Congressional District 7. He also leaves a $54,600 county salary, taxpayer-provided GMC SUV and its gas, a county staff and yearly office budget topping $260,000.

Grijalva, who turns 54 next week, listed his county position as his sole source of income on a required annual financial disclosure.

His wife, Ramona, is director of the Sam Lena Library in South Tucson and their daughter works for the Tucson-Pima Library system at the Valencia branch, according to the disclosure.

Grijalva's home in the 400 block of West Ohio Street, in the thin panhandle of the South Side that is included in his district, is valued for tax purposes at $61,154. He and his wife purchased the home, anticipating his run for the District 5 seat left vacant by David Yetman in 1988, for $47,500 in 1987. They still own their former home, nearby on South Ninth Avenue but in District 2. It is valued at $39,601, according to records in the county Assessor's Office.

Grijalva reported his wife's investment fund with Dain Rauscher is worth more than $100,000. The disclosure forms, required by state law, include only broad categories for investment values: up to $25,000, $25,000 to $100,000 and more than $100,000.

Ramona Grijalva and her four sisters received a $1.5 million settlement after a Tucson doctor failed to diagnose the colon cancer that killed their 72-year-old father in 1998.

Democrat Dan Eckstrom took a big pay cut when he was named in 1988 to fill the vacancy left by Sam Lena's retirement. On his own after landing jobs, mostly military and government, for Maya Construction, Eckstrom was a successful management consultant making about $100,000 a year. Supervisor pay that year was $35,000.

Eckstrom frequently belittles consultants seeking county contracts, saying they are the type who bill you for looking at your watch and telling you the time. He still has DWE Management Consultants, which is licensed out of his home in South Tucson.

The South Eighth Avenue home is on the tax rolls for $56,423. A lot he owns on West 40th is valued at just $500.

Eckstrom's wife Alice works in the health office at St. Ambrose Catholic School. Their daughter, Jennifer, is a member of the South Tucson City Council and also listed employment at Bath & Body Works in the Tucson Mall. Son Billy listed employment at Dillard's at Tucson Mall.

Eckstrom listed one loan from the former Valley National Bank, now Bank One, incurred in 1986. Besides two IRAs, he reported between $25,000 and $100,000 each in an elected official retirement account and a deferred compensation plan.

Sharon Bronson, a Democrat in her second term in northwest and rural District 3, listed investments she or her husband have in 13 funds and accounts ranging from $25,000 or less in Pima Federal Credit Union to more than $100,000 each in Fidelity.

Bronson also reported an unspecified cash gift from Carolyn Goss, a West Michigan Street neighbor who has annually shared a piece of her multi-million dollar Arizona Lottery winnings with the Bronsons.

The Bronson home and one acre are valued on the tax rolls for $94,000.

Ann Day, a Republican in her first term in central and foothills District 1, is married to longtime Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Lloyd Fernandez. Her Solaz Tercero home is valued at $170,410, down from $179,707, according to Assessor's records. She bought it for $205,000 in 1993.

A former state senator, member of a pioneering ranching family and sister of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Day listed more than $100,000 in a trust fund. She divested bonds in East Valley Schools and Maricopa County, worth up to $25,000 and more than $100,000 respectively, in 2000. And she reported unspecified land near Pinnacle Peak worth up to $100,000.

Ray Carroll, a mid-level commercial real estate broker with Grubb & Ellis Co. when he was chosen in May 1997 to fill a vacancy created by the death of Republican Supervisor John Even, reported that his real estate license is inactive.

Carroll, a Republican, represents District 4, which includes the East Side and Green Valley. His Tucson Country Club home is on the tax rolls for $246,775, nearly equal to the purchase price in 1996.

Carroll appealed the value of the home in 1997 to cut his property tax bill, according to assessor's records. His savings, on an annual total bill that stays near $3,000, was less than $100.

His wife Ann is the managing owner of Mills Touche, an upscale clothing store at Crossroads Festival and in Phoenix.

Supervisors also filed updated campaign finance statements. Eckstrom, who is not expected to seek a fifth full term next year, reported a $2,717 balance. Day, who is expected to seek re-election, reported $3,428 left over from her 2000 campaign that rang up $94,871 in contributions. Grijalva spent nearly $4,000 in the last year, leaving him with $362 from the $106,028 he raised in 2000. Included were cellphone charges, $50 for an ad for a Democratic Party bash and nearly $2,000 to Glenn E. Miller for consulting, Miller has been Grijalva's chief aide in the county office and is paid nearly $60,000 a year.

Bronson, who has so agitated opponents in the business community that they are talking recall, has just $1,623 left from her 2000 campaign to use for defense.

Among the $5,022 from her 2000 campaign account that she spent last year was $3,589 to her political brain trust, consultants David and Sinead Steele and Matt Smith. The Steele-Smith firm SIMG has landed county contracts for work on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.

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