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Our Neighborhood
May Meeting Recap
Paul Durham, Candidate Ward III
Paul Durham, one of three democratic candidates for Ward III city council, spoke with neighbors May 24. Paul has attended several JPNA and Grant Road Coalition Meetings.  

Current Ward III city council member  Karin Uhlich will not be seeking re-election. We thank her for her many years of advocacy and service to our neighborhood. 

There are three Democrat candidates for the seat, and no Republicans. Felicia Chew will speak in June. JPNA has extended an invitation to the third candidate, Tom Tronsdale, to speak at the July meeting.
Upcoming meetings
June 28, 6pm, Ward III Office

Neighborhood Meeting -
Hear the Candidate
Felicia Chew, democratic candidate for the Ward III seat will be speaking 
July 24, 6pm, Ward III Office

Neighborhood Quarterly Meeting - 
Ice Cream Social
Guest Speaker: Audubon Society, "Birds in Your Back Yard"
New Area Representative Needed - Area 5
Chad Lehrman
West of Fremont - South of Seneca

We bid Chad Lehrman of Area 5 farewell.  Chad has served as Area 5 representative for 3 years.  He and family distributed door hangers and represented the area west of Fremont and South of Seneca.  Unfortunately for JP, that family outgrew their little house on Waverly.   They have moved to a larger home, and we wish him well and thank him for their service to Jefferson Park.

If you live in Area 5 and would like to serve please call Suzanne at 740-0740 or e-mail
Neighborhood Entrance Sign Project gets go-ahead
The city of Tucson has provided the permission paperwork to Jefferson Park Neighborhood Assn for the proposed entrance signs. The JP sign committee has obtained the design,the fabricator and the installer.  
Now we must raise the money.  Four signs at approximately $1000 per sign. You can help  by a tax deductible donation to Friends of Jefferson Park.
Some projects are more complicated than others.
Historic Status, Street Signs etc have been funded by donations from neighbors, yard sales, and home tour fundraisers.  As Jefferson Park moves forward with projects, most must be funded by the neighborhood. 

The neighborhood non-profit takes on various projects and partners with the neighborhood association to make Jefferson Park  a better place.

You may donate to the non-profit and receive a receipt for your donation.   CLICK HERE to download the form.

Tucson Arts Brigade has project in Jefferson Park

Location: North side facing Grant Road

Initial concept drawing of the proposed mural at Santa Rita and Grant
May 23, 2017:  Tucson Arts Brigade artist,  Akasia Oberly, presented her preliminary mural concept to the Jefferson Park Neighborhood.  Images reflect  the history of the Tohono O'odham, Baboquivari Peak home to Iitoli , and water. Akasia  is attending the University of Arizona,  seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in 2D painting with a minor in Art Education. She focuses on acrylic on canvas. Oberly is from Colorado where her tribe, the Southern Ute, and family live. In the future she hopes to take her experience and knowledge gained to return to the reservation in Ignacio to work on her own studio practice as well as teach art and work with the community. Neighbors gave input.

The proposed mural will be on a private wall facing Grant Road at Santa Rita.  The owner has asked that the images reflect the themes proposed  in the "Heritage Park and Health Trail" grant proposal.  This mural will be funded entirely by private donations.  

If you wish to support this project  CLICK HERE  for the donation form. TAB is a non-profit, and as such, your donation is tax-deductible as a charitable donation. You may also donate on line at
Red Tags - April report
We are cautiously optimistic.  It appears that our efforts to alert folks to the new red tag policies is working.  April last year had eighteen (18) calls or red tags.  April this year had only two (2) calls.  Thank you Red Tag committee and TPD!
More Regular Roll-Offs
The response to the latest two rounds of roll-offs was OVER FLOWING! 

As a result the Clean Committe is looking into requesting them more frequently, and timing them according to the city Brush and Bulky schedule for Jefferson Park.  

Thank you Lisa!
Grant Road 
June 27 - Grant Road Coalition Meeting
Central Segments   6pm Ward III Office
Map of the "remnant" parcels from Park to Santa Rita
Click here  for a map of the landscape proposal for the blocks from Park to Santa Rita parcels provided to us by David Burbank, TDOT directof or the Grant Road Project. You will see the alignment moving from 6 lanes back to 4 at Sant Rita and the positioning of the sidewalks and the landscape.  

Jefferson Park is asking to be able to place native plants north of the alley to provide some visual mitigation while we await the return of the construction in 2021-23.  Five to seven years is significant growth on mesquite trees!!
Move some money to noise mitigation!
The Grant Road Coalition continues to ask TDOT to look in to reallocating certain funds to mitigation for our bordering homes. Walls, berms and landscaping help mitigate visual and noise and help properties retain their market value. Catalina Vista reports that the homes along Campbell that were protected with a wall and vegetation have increased in value. Owners and neighborhoods benefit.  
No room to build on the remnant parcels!
What will happen to the remnant parcels remains a concern. If a proposed grant to the National Park Service becomes a reality, the city will match the grant with the land and Tucson will have a beautiful "Heritage Park and Health Trail". Those parcels in Jefferson Park are zoned NR-1 according to our Neighborhood Preservation Zone.  Is there really room to build homes next to Grant??  That is the question. 
Out and About
UA Honors Dorm- Outside existing campus boundaries
U of A new President
Dr. Robert Robbins
Thank you City Council Members for 6-0 vote!     

No, private megadorms can't be dropped into a Tucson neighborhood without a rezoning process.

Of course they can't, but unfortunately that actually had to be said.

The Tucson City Council sent the University of Arizona and private developers a message Tuesday (May 23) by approving a legal letter from City Attorney Mike Rankin. It will say that the proposed Honors College dormitory must go through a rezoning, no matter what machinations the UA and developer American Campus Communities go through to avoid it.

This is important not just for this case but as a precedent with important timing. Dr. Robert Robbins is poised to take over as UA president in about a week, on June 1, and he will be the lucky recipient of the opportunity to spend around $200 million on constructing what will likely be two new research buildings.

It's a good time to lay down some ground rules for the growing UA domain in the heart of the city.

The dorm project would house 1,000 students in the UA's Honors College and also have classrooms, office space, a recreational center and a four-story parking garage. It would be between East Drachman and Mabel streets and North Park and Santa Rita avenues, north of East Speedway - outside of the existing campus boundaries
(excerpted Tim Stellar, Az Daily StarAz )
The Tucson City Council signaled Tuesday it will fight the UA on any end run around local zoning rules in its plans to build a new 1,000-bed honors dorm.
If the University of Arizona and its private partner, American Campus Communities, want to build the project along three city blocks just north of campus boundaries, they will have to immediately begin to work within the city zoning regulations, a letter drafted by City Attorney Mike Rankin stated.
The council voted unanimously to send that letter to university officials, the Austin, Texas-based student housing developer, and the governing body of Arizona's public university system, the Board of Regents.
(excerpted AZ Daily Star)
Register for Parks and Rec Classes
Deadline Approaching to Register for Parks and Rec Summer Classes

 is the last day to register for summer classes at Tucson Parks and Recreation. Copies of the summer Activity Guide are still available at any Parks and Recreation center, pool, or administration office. You also can find copies at local libraries, or you can view the guide online at the link below. The Activity Guide contains information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, track and field events, sports camps, registration, and the Discount Program.

Summer Activity Guide:
Tucson Parks and Recreation
Like Maps? New on-line traffic alert map
Now there's an online, interactive map that provides an overview of many current projects, and it's poised to grow more comprehensive in the near future: It's TransView, which can be accessed at

"It's one-stop shopping for the public to go to and get information on the important projects throughout the region," said Mike Graham, a spokeswoman with Tucson's transportation department, which participates in TransView.

Soon, the site will include information on ADOT construction projects, and ADOT in turn will be able to incorporate TransView data in its interactive state map. Also likely to come is information about private utility work, as well as non-road projects that nevertheless have traffic impacts.
(article in May 22 Star)
Need to get rid of that computer?
Electronics Recycling Next Month

Tucson Clean & Beautiful will offer an electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 17, 8-11 a.m., at Desert Metals Recycling, 3119 E. Pennsylvania St. A variety of items will be accepted, including working and non-working AC adapters, audio/visual equipment, calculators, cameras, cell phones, CD-ROM/DVD drives, circuit boards, computers and accessories, electric motors, fax machines, power cords and strips, power supplies, power tools, printers, stereo equipment, and much more. However, televisions, CRT monitors, and appliances will not be accepted.

Tucson Clean & Beautiful
Stickers and Stamps for Reading...a book
Summer Reading Program has begun at Library

Grab a book, attend free events, and visit your local library starting 
tomorrow, through July 15. The theme of the annual Summer Reading Program from the Pima County Public Library is Build a Better World. The program encourages children to read 20 minutes every day and use a reading tracker. Once certain milestones are met, the kids can collect stickers and stamps to mark their progress. They'll even receive a coupon for free admission to Reid Park Zoo. There's also a separate program for teenagers who want to read this summer. You can find details of both programs at the link below.

Summer Reading Program:
Pima County Public Library
Tucson Police Training in Mental Health Response
Tucson Police Department (TPD) patrol officers are receiving training in behavioral health to learn the best ways to handle mental health crisis calls. About 500 officers are expected to complete the training by the end of the year, said Police Chief Chris Magnus at a news conference yesterday. 

TPD already has a Mental Health Support Team, which Magnus said puts the department "ahead of the curve across the country," but he also said officers need more training to treat those in crisis. "One in eight calls to TPD for service involves someone in crisis who needs mental health assistance," said Magnus. "There is a lot of need out there." 

TPD data shows officers transported 4,060 people in crisis for mental health evaluations and treatment during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Once patrol officers complete the mental health first-aid course, detectives, dispatchers, supervisors, and remaining staff members will undergo the training.

From the Arizona Daily Star:
Tucson Police Department
What are our Ward III Council Members Saying?
Council Member Karin Uhlich's May 25th Notes:

Council Member Steve Kozachik's May 22nd Newsletter:
Greening and Cleaning 
Have a tree and need it planted?
Neighbors, t ake advantage of a great opportunity  to green  and  shade  your yard!   Call the Green Committee to get information about how you can schedule a tree planting. They have jack hammer for our caliche yards. 

TEP customers can purchase up to three trees a year for only $5 each.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail
Edison Plaza clean-up 3rd Saturdays at 8:30am
Mark your calendars!  Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 8:30 am. 

The crew has been working a full year, every month.  Watch for the sign soon to be erected by Tucson Clean and Beautiful recognizing Jefferson Park's efforts!
Tell Your Neighbor  to sign up for the e-news
Go to and click on the e-news sign-up form. Or send them this form!
Area Representatives
Got a new neighbor?  Contact your rep to get a welcome packet.
Jefferson Park is divided into 6 sections.  One person from each area is a voting member of the JPNA Board. These folks are the voice for their area.  Keep them informed!
Area #1 - Mary Worthen,

Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #5 - open

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Important Contact Info

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 ofTransportation  (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
Tucson Neighborhood Support Network
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
Neighborhood Support Network
Banner Construction 
and Info Line
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 
Emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team: (520) 268-9575
U of A - Good Neighbor Program
Report problems and concerns.
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649

Stay in Touch

Get on the List Serve!
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve  send a blank email to  
or send a request for an invitation to
Come to the JPNA Monthly Meeting

Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Renew your $15 voluntary JPNA membership dues
Renew by mail (print and mail membership form) OR

CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,