September 18, 2015
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City Council approves Changes to Grant Rd Vision 
 1st to Tucson Blvd now more Neighborhood Friendly
September 9, the City Council  approved the changes to page 40 of the Grant Road Plan which addressed Jefferson Park. The coalition, your neighbors, spent many hours meeting with every council member to ask for more neighborhood protections along the "central segments" - 1st to Tucson Blvd. As  a result,  Karen Uhlich, Ward III, submitted this change: 
"Following the widening of Grant Road, pursue land uses and/or buffers that 1) are in-keeping with existing zoning, neighborhood/area plans, and existing uses 2) are compatible with and enhance surrounding properties. Examples of uses/buffers could include multi-model paths for pedestrians and bicycles, open spaces and linear parks, architectural elements and buffering walls, and development similar to what exists today."       Which was approved unanimously.

Once again, neighborhood participation has made a difference.  Much more still  needs to be done. Actual planning is next, and needs many minds to come up with great plans. Please note that meetings have been changed from mornings to  more accessible, 6 pm meetings.  Please consider attending those which fit into your schedule and help where you can. This is a project worth investing your time!   Thank you, Coalition.         J. Daniels
CONSIDER SUPPORTING YOUR COALITION:  Go and add your name to the support form.
Invest (your time) locally!  
Evening meetings are now scheduled  for your convenience
September 22, 6 pm    Ward III Meeting Rm
JP and SAMOS neighbors and others meet to discuss progress and to prepare questions for 29th 

September 29, 6 pm,   Ward III Meeting Rm
The Office of Integrated Planning (OIP) and City Engineers answer questions and concerns about Grant Road.  JP and SAMOS neighbors attending.  A good time for everyone to ask 
Hampton closure, water basin/green loop, and noise mitigation questions,etc.

Land Use Planning Task Force meeting! Wednesday, September 30, 5:30-7:30pm, at the Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center at Mansfield Park, 2160 N. 6th Avenue.
The Task Force is the citizens committee appointed by Mayor and council to oversee the Grant Road Project and make recommendations to Mayor's office. No zoning changes in central segments...No overlays
Banner Health Supports Jefferson Park proposed bike/walking Loop
Banner Health, citing their plans for a green space on Lester, sent Mayor and Council a strong letter supporting the proposed bike/walking Loop in Jefferson Park.  To see the proposed loop go to and click the "projects" tab. Invest your time locally! If this interests you, attend a JPNA or Friends meeting and see how you can become involved. Some segments of the loop are already in place (Campbell and Mountain) or planned (Lester/Banner, Park, and Grant west of Park).  We need your support to see that the remaining segments are developed.  More on this in the next e-news.

A second informational meeting about Banner Project. If you missed the first, the Banner meeting at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church on Sept 21st, is basically for those who have not yet been to Banner's informative presentation, although anyone interested is welcome to attend.
J.Lisa Jones
T-shirt Sale Benefits Neighborhood Projects 
Donate your art, your collected  treasure, or your craft to the sale!
Once a Year Sale!
Here in Jefferson Park
Oct 24th
9 am to Noon
at the International School
Heavily discounted seconds and over-runs.  Don't miss this opportunity to get high-quality t-shirts.
Sabaku ArtWear 
Tucson artist, Nancy Lenches, brings her "seconds and over-runs" sale to Jefferson Park. Part of the proceeds for this sale will benefit Jefferson Park and the Old Ft Lowell "Live at Home Program". Do your Christmas shopping early!  To see examples of her artwork go to . We never know which t-shirts she will bring...but they are all beautiful...and such deals!!!
Your Donations Can Help!
Invest locally - talent and time
Share your talent!  One of a kind art/craft/antique work will compliment the T-shirt sale.  If you can donate a piece you have made (or collected)  to the sale, 100% of the proceeds will go to Jefferson Park Projects.  If you have something to donate, please contact Joan Daniels at 520-300-1980 or e-mail

Save the date: Saturday October 10th from 8:00-11:00 AM, the Pima County Master Gardeners are holding their fall plant sale at the Extension office, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. (across from Trader Joe's). This year they are featuring a large selection of cacti and succulents for xeric gardening, from Trichocerus to totem poles to an assortment of Aloes. It's just up the street! Come early for the best selection-- great plants and great prices. 
Judy Janson
You are invited to attend a free tree pruning workshop held by Trees for Tucson's Tree Tenders on October 24  on the green infrastructure in Northwest Neighborhood on Elm and 5th Ave. Lessons w ill be shared and volunteers are needed.  (Feldman List serve)

Did you know that if you received a Trees for Tucson Tree that did not survive, you can request a free tree replacement?  

Did you know that you can receive help with pruning large trees in the right-of-ways? When we do improvements in the public easements beside our houses, the City maintenance agreement  commits us to do the basic weeding and pruning, but the Department of Transportation will send out help for bigger issues, such as removing the large dead Allepo pines.  
(Feldman List serve)
U of A Pharmacy Club Volunteers
Old Ft Lowell neighbor and his son who attends IST helped dig. Thanks guys!
Trees for Tucson and the International School perimeter.  Drive by the school and see the trees which will soon shade the playground. Thank you to the organizational skills and time of Joan Hall, our Green chairperson.  
THANK YOU for the work Sept 12!
The U of A Pharmacy Club volunteers, and IST teachers, and JP neighbors Joanne and Joan  H. for their "sweat equity". Special thanks to Dave B.and David M. who will install the emitters.
Senior program helps keep seniors in their homes.
Fall LAH Yardsale - October 24th and 25th  - volunteers are needed for donation of goods, set up, sales, clean up.  Call Jane at 323-9299.
Pima County Bond Issue - Make an educated vote, see these links :
The proposal includes  $25M for neighborhood reinvestment grants. 
Congratulations Blenman Elm - It's beautiful!
Blenman-Elm just launched its neighborhood website.  Check it out!
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and  important things effecting them.
City Code Violations in Jefferson Park  code violations such as weeds, garbage, abandoned vehicles, etc.
Police Incident reports for Jefferson Park  the 80 most recent incidents are reported here.
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - This month marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of the month, Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit. A website (link below) from the City of Tucson, U.S. Department of Energy, Homeland Security, and FEMA has a checklist of everything you need to be ready for an emergency.
Be Prepared Tucson: 
National Preparedness Month from
Watch a Tucson Fire Department/Tucson 12 video on how to prepare for an emergency: 

booklet from TPD
More info...
TRRG - Tucson Residents for Responsible Government.
TRRG is sponsoring three educational forums to help the public understand the process by which the Charter Changes (Props 403 & 404), Salary Recommendation (Prop 405) and Bond Proposals (Props 425-431) were placed on the November ballot and what they mean to you as a citizen and resident. Presenters will include members of the Citizen Committees who worked to get these issues on the November ballot.
All residents are welcome to attend - please spread the word:
  • Sept 30, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Ward 2 office, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd
  • Oct 6, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St.
  • Oct 7, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st St.
A group that monitors the city's response to neighborhoods and advocates for safe and secure neighborhoods.  See their website at     
SHRED IT!!     Saturday, September 26th 8:00 - 11:00 am
Sacred Heart Church 601 E. Fort Lowell Rd
Vice Mayor Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal invite you to our annual autumn Shred-It event! Get your documents securely shredded onsite. First two boxes are FREE! Drive-thru service and only $5 donation to Lend-A-Hand or Emerge! for each additional box. Call 520-791-4711 or email the Ward 3 office   for more info. Special thanks to the Amphi Community Action Group for their partnership in promoting this event!
What is Happening on Grant Road?
City website with maps and phases.
City web-site with plans and meeting dates.
 September 23, 2015
6:00 pm - Ward III Office
all welcome 
September 28, 2015
6:00 pm- Ward III Office

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Area #2 -  Bobby Kimmel
Area #3 - George Milan
Area #4 - Judy Janson
Area #5 - J. Lisa Jones
Area #6 - Chad Waits
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Joan Daniels, co-editor                                   Joanne Osuna, co-editor
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