Visit your websites:   and  January 7, 2020
For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
January  Meetings
Pizza served at JPNA annual meeting!
Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc * Annual meeting 
January 22nd, 5 pm, Ward III, 1510 N. Grant
Election of new board, Committee sign ups and annual review

January  22nd, 6 pm, Ward III, 1510 E Grant  
Election of new board * Committee sign ups, displays
Meeting January 28, 6:30, Ward III, 1510 E Grant Road
Sergeant Jason Winsky will present information about the TPD mental health team, park safety/outreach program, and what to do in case of a crisis. 
GRANT ROAD COALITION MEETING * Date pending.  We could be breaking ground for the Linear Park by January 2020!!! See for the minutes of the November meeting with Joe O'Neill, Parks and Recreation Project Manager. 
Come spend the evening with your representative on Tucson's City Council and meet your neighbors.  Who will be there?  Ward 3 Councilmember Paul Durham, his staff, and representatives from city departments.  Please save the date for our annual open house on Thursday, January 30th from 5:30-7 pm.  It'll be at the Ward 3 office, located at 1510 East Grant Road.  As in previous years, we'll have great food, representatives from city departments and my staff on hand to answer questions.  I hope to see many of you there.
Jefferson Park lights lift holiday spirits!

Dec 17 - Rezoning initiation approved by M&C
--beginning process for eliminating front yard swimming pools in Neighborhood Preservation Zones
The Jefferson Park NPZ was created to protect the integrity of the historic neighborhood.  The language of the zoning covers front yards and landscape.  It does not specifically address swimming pools-- at the time no one imagined that anyone would build a pool in the front yard! However, it has already happened here and in Feldman's.  

Councilman Steve Kozachik presented the motion at the Mayor and Council meeting Tuesday,  12/17, stating that these two NPZ's (Jeff Park and Feldman's) be allowed to pursue a rezoning to remedy the oversight. 100% of the governing body agreed that the process move forward.  It is a lengthy process and will involve public meetings, but it will move forward.  Neighbors may well want to get involved. The city attorney discussed the possibility that this process may prompt a 207 action against the city (preventing a property owner from realizing profits).  Mayor Romero stated the council must do what is considered the right thing and not fail to act out of fear of 207.
  To be clear, swimming pools can be built in Jefferson Park, in the side and back yards.  However, front yard pools interfere with the historic facade.

To see Councilperson Kozachik's full discussion of his proposal to mayor and council see

Dec 19-Meeting with TEP regarding the Electric substation and pathway of poles.
Possible pathways/routes for poles proposed for Jefferson Park
TEP is in the process of mapping  viable routes for the 8' diameter and 120 ft high 138 Kv poles. Jefferson Park is majorly involved, and could have lines running through the neighborhood!
Refer to the map to see the possibilities including Park, 21, and Vine, 23.
Dec 19 Community Working Group: The "CWG" is a meeting of all neighborhoods with one representative at the table-not to be confused with community meetings.  
At the meeting, Jefferson Park:  
1) strongly objected to poles on either Park or Vine, and  
2) requested that poles leaving the substation on our southern border enter and exit back to Speedway.   
In addition, we are the only neighborhood with a substation. We also raised the question of the SF-6 gas proposed to be used in the  facility. Research suggests that it is a serious greenhouse gas as well a heavier than air. A leak could be dangerous. A neighborhood meeting is planned for February on this subject with an expert. Stay tuned for place, date and time!
TEP suggested the  possibility  of running the poles across Banner and north on Campbell . TEP must consult with the FAA on the path of the helicopter  flights.
Most neighborhoods and all historic neighborhoods rejected poles through their area. This is an ongoing discussion and neighborhoods must remain involved and active. Public meetings are preliminary  planned for mid-February. Dates and locations coming soon.  
Health and Heritage Trail for Jefferson Park
...and all of Tucson
Jefferson Park is currently working with Tucson Parks and Recreation to create the Health and Heritage Trail from Park to Santa Rita, complete with berms and native vegetation to mitigate  noise, interpretative signage that celebrates history, and seating areas and water fountains.  We thank all who were involved and  Coalition neighbors who have persevered with us to bring this project to fruition. It truly has been a joint effort!  We continue our work with Parks and Rec., and publish our meeting minutes, which include timetables and comments on the Grant Road Coalition Website: 
New Year's Day Destruction
Lester/Santa Rita crash
7:30 pm on New Year's Day - DUI
DUI ran into the traffic circle at Lester and Santa Rita. These circles were placed from a grant written by the neighborhood.  The city will be required to do the repair. The art was fabricated by neighbor metal craft person Jerry Harris.  JPNA has reported the damage to Tucson Dept of Transportation and is awaiting response.

This is the second traffic circle incident in 3 years and neighbors are concerned about speeding traffic on Linden and Lester between Mountain and Park.  

Greening and Cleaning
2020 Schedule for Roll Offs and Brush and Bulky
Your JP neighborhood association schedules roll-offs at four sites three times a year.  In addition,      City of Tucson schedules two Brush and Bulky pickups annually.  For those of you who really like to plan ahead, here's the 2020 schedule:
February 24 - Brush and Bulky
April 2 - Roll Offs
May 14 - Roll-offs
August 31 - Brush and Bulky
December 11 - Roll-offs
Roll offs located at: 917 Seneca, 1850 Tyndall, 1740 Edison, 1822 Lester
Fixing Potholes, missing street signs, graffiti  
Go here to download the CLICKFIX app -
There are links to get the app from the Apple AppStore and the Google Play store on the page.

There has been a good success rate with identifying and repairing potholes, street signs, and graffiti.   It's pretty easy to use from a phone with a camera, and has the benefit of identifying the location of the problem.
Dirty Bus Stop?  
Sun Tran has assumed responsibility for oversight of the contractor required to maintain and clean the 2,200 bus stops in the Tucson area.  Sun Tran will work with the contractor to ensure the stops are power washed when necessary and free of litter, including cigarette butts.

If you see overflowing trash cans, litter, bugs, vandalism, graffiti, or homeless camps at a bus stop, call (520) 792-9222 to report the location. You may also email  and include pictures if you wish. All requests will be documented by Sun Tran to ensure proper follow-up takes place.
Sun Tran:
Park Cleanup - Every third Saturday
Edison/Cambell Parklet
Help Needed -  3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am
No RSVP needed, just show up about 8am.    BYOB-bring your own bag...or we supply.  Clean up is quick - we usually take less than an hour. Many hands make light work!
If you do pick-up during the week, contact Joanne Osuna at  and your time will count.  

We report our hours to Tucson Clean and Beautiful as part of the Adopt-a-Park program .
Important Contacts
Area Reps need help.  Check out your area and offer to help once every 3 months!

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 
Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden
Area #5 - Joanne Osuna
Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Ward III - Councilperson Paul Durham 
Paul Durham
1510 E Grant   *
and aide Nick Mahon

Ward III, See Paul's e-news at:
Ward VI, Steve Kozachik newsletter: 
QUICK LINKS AND City of Tucson "Cheat Sheet"
City of Tucson staff recently created a City Services  "Cheat Sheet" that has links, emails, and phone numbers to make it easier to reach anyone in the City based on your need
You'll find Environmental Services, Tucson Water, how to report graffiti and potholes, some Tucson Codes, different maps, and many more. You are still completely welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you'd like some help navigating the system. It is a google doc so it will be updated when things change.

Facebook: Jefferson Park Pet  Lost animals, found animals etc 
Facebook: Jefferson Park Interactive communications and neighborhood friendly posts

Report Transportation Concerns
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk?
You can report these issues to the  Tucson Department of Transportation  (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to

What is a code violation?
And whom do I call?
Download  an information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division

Banner Hospital Concerns
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 

There have been reports of patients leaving the Banner property and short-cutting through the neighborhood. These folks are in various states of health.  Patients who are on foot are sometimes at risk, and are not good for Banner, nor for the neighborhood. 
Call Banner Security 520-694-6533 
if you witness any wandering patients or find any tossed bandages, etc.  If the situation warrants, call 911 
BUT ALSO call Banner Security so it can be recorded.  
UA Neighborhood Hotline 
Student Related issues can be reported to this number. 
Should not be used for 911 calls which should be directed to the TPD
24/7 available

TPD Officers assigned to Jefferson Park available to you
On Duty: Weekends, Evenings
Ofc. Francisco Santa Maria  *  Phone: 520-589-8684 *  Email:

Report a  non-emergency crime:
Report an  emergency crime:     911
See the  latest crimes  in Jefferson Park:
See  code violations  in Jefferson Park:
Report an  issue with Banner:  Emergency 24/7 (520) 268-9575
Report an  issue with the U of A:  24/7 available ( 520) 282-3649
Report an  unruly gathering:  Call 911  CLICK HERE to see Flow Chart 
See historic photos of Jefferson Park:
Helicopter Noise/ Banner Hospital contact BUMC Security at 694-6533. 
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Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd. 
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CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,