Visit your websites:   and       APRIL 6, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 6pm Ward III, 1510 E Grant Road
JPNA Quarterly Meeting and plant exchange
Celebrate Spring - Get dirty

Start those cuttings now to be ready to exchange with your neighbors. 

Learn how to identify buffelgrass with speaker,  Dr. Julia Rowe, Invasive Species Research Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Native Seed Search Membership.
African Daisy seed packets 
Milkweed Seeds "Save the Monarchs"
No plant left behind-swap 'em, take'em

April 10-15 - Tucson Arts Brigade Mural Fest.  
The private wall facing Grant Road at Edison and Santa Rita will have a team working from the 10th through the 15th creating a mural reflecting the history of Jefferson Park.  Stop by to watch!
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:     911
See historic photos of Jefferson Park:
Points to ponder-What the Police said...
What can neighbors do to address crime?
1. NETWORK- Get to know your neighbors, who should be at their house and when, what kind of vehicles they drive, etc. Watch out for one another!
2. KEEP SERIAL NUMBERS- Create a list of your valuables - take photos and record serial numbers, either digitally or written.
3. CREATE COMMUNITY- Become involved with the neighborhood. Attend meetings, volunteer for committees, etc.
4. KEEP WATCH- If you see something suspicious, call it in.    911, BE SUCCINCT What, where (complete address) when (now, yesterday) be calm and and stay on the line. Do not hang up.
Specifically in  Jefferson Park...



Know your neighbors

Lock your doors, windows, and vehicles. 

Do not keep valuables in your car.

Keep serial numbers.

Report it!


Thank you to TPD Officers Hould, Pope, and Ewing.

Special thanks to neighbors Joan H and Dorothy R. for the refreshments

Jefferson Park - Hot Spot!

Note Jefferson Park is on the right between Speedway and Grant Road. The southwest to the center is particularly hard hit.
Stamp out hunger at your mailbox!
 Collect and bag non-perishable food. Please do not include items that can melt or are in glass containers.  Leave bag by your mailbox on May 12. Your letter carrier will collect it!
To make a gift online, go to:
Plogging is what we already do!!   Thank you JP ploggers
One of our JP "Ploggers" being filmed by KGUN 9
(Photo J. Osuna)
Have you recently spotted people toting trash bags while jogging? Or their hands filled with old plastic bottles? You might soon.

Sweden's latest fitness craze - plogging - is making its way to U.S. shores. The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish "plocka upp," meaning pick up. In this case, litter.
Across Europe, there are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and beyond. In the United States, it's just starting to catch on among exercisers who are fed up with rubbish along their route.

"I'm not going to just let litter sit there. I'm not going to just walk past that plastic bottle," said plogger and Alexandria resident Emily Wright. "It's not that I don't think it's gross to pick it up. I do. But I also think it's gross for a person to not take responsibility for it."

     According to the Swedish-based fitness app  Lifesum, which earlier this month made it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone. A brisk walk will expend about 120.

     The environmental organization  Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging as a way to encourage trash-free communities. Spokesman Mike Rosen said when the group put out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates, it got a surprising response.

"People started saying 'we do things like this already,'" Rosen said. "In Tennessee they do an event called 'Trashercize' that combines exercising with cleaning up community."
(Washington Post Article, Allison Klein, 2/23/18)
Want the roads fixed in JP?
This is the commission that will make recommendations on which neighborhood streets will get redone with the new bond money.  Anyone that can attend, please do.  The squeaky wheel always gets the grease.
Next Bond Oversight Commission Meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Administration Building, Mesquite Room
900 S. Randolph Way

(M. Crawford)
Campbell/Grant SE Corner - Bookmans
Photo courtesy of Andrea Fischer, Catalina Vista Neighborhood
Concept image courtesy of Tree House Design
After the demolition, actual construction will perhaps not begin on that lot for from 6-10 years.  So what can be done?
Catalina Vista and Steve Kozachik are advocating for the city (which owns the parking lot)  to create a vegetated space.  Will the developer come on board and ameliorate his space (under the building)? 
Combined neighborhoods of the Grant Road Coalition: Jefferson Park, Mountain First, SAMOS, Campbell/Grant, and Catalina Vista are working on a White Paper which will recommend the development which would be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood plans. Tree House Designs offers the above idea .
( from Ward VI, newsletter  3/26/2018)
Note the crosshatched area is where the roadway will be.  It clips the former Walgreens and Bookmans.  The blue is currently being demolished.  The green belongs to Banner Health and not scheduled for demo.
Campbell/Speedway project-Palm Shadows Apts
The ownership has had feedback from many that there is not an easy way to understand this project short of reading the entire PAD or having attended one of our presentations.  As such, the ownership has spent the past few weeks working on a website that they hope is easy to navigate and has the most relevant and questioned information.  The site is at .  You will find a Home page, Process page, FAQs, Studies, Team and Contact.  At the bottom you can link to the entire PAD document quickly and efficiently.  The "Studies" page also has links to the studies within the PAD document so people do not have to sift through the entire PAD document to read the studies.  They hope this is helpful so people can see and understand the proposal better. 

Need a carpenter, plumber, etc?
Our neighbor posts a list of service providers to the Jefferson Park web-site. These are contacts specifically recommended by people in our neighborhood. The list can be found here West University Neighborhood's list are recommendations for craftsman who are particularly adept with older homes. That list appears at the end of the Jefferson Park recommendations. If you have a craftsperson who you can recommend to others e-mail Michael at
Greening and Cleaning
Buffelgrass has invaded Jefferson Park
Photo: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Buffelgrass has moved into the alleys of Jefferson Park. Now is the time to check your alley for this plant, before it starts spreading its seeds. Remove by digging out the plant and its roots. Bag up in trash bag and dispose to prevent spreading the seeds. 

How do you know it's buffelgrass? Watch for these:
 - Tiny hairs at the points where leaves attach to the stems
- Bottlebrush-shaped seed heads that look purple when the plant is green

More tips on ID and how to remove it from the Desert Museum  here. Or come to the Quarterly Meeting on April 25th at 6 pm at the Ward III office for in-person instruction!
Want to green and shade your yard?
TEP customers can purchase up to two trees a year for only $5 each. There are many varieties to chose from. .

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail for more information about how the Jefferson Park Green Committee can help you plant your trees.
Nearby Activities
Banner Health Presentation to Neighborhood
To see the latest Power Point presentation about the construction project at Banner Health go to
Give input to the U of A Master Plan
The UA has started the process of reviewing and revising its Master Plan, of particular importance to those neighborhoods abutting the UA, is the subject to water run-off from the UA, housing of students, and further encroachment into neighborhoods by UA sponsored buildings. i.e. Honors Dorm

You can comment online, and you can get involved in the focus groups, at this website:
Free Tax Preparation
Ward III Office every Saturday beginning February 3 and ending April 14,  
Saturday's, 9am to 1pm.
Pima County is again teaming with United Way to offer free tax-preparation assistance to anyone with a family income under $66,000.
Jefferson Park History
Seeking old photos, oral histories
This newsletter has featured images which document the history of the Jefferson Park neighborhood.  The Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc will continue to research and seek photos from private sources that illustrate the deep historic and cultural ties of this neighborhood.  The Jefferson Park website has a slide show of some of the images collected so far.

With the donations of oral histories and photos from many neighbors and the archives of the AZ Historical Society it is hoped the future will bring a book.  If you can contribute or wish to participate in the project, please contact Joan Daniels, 520-300-1980 or
Important Contact Info
JPNA Board Members 
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!
Welcome packets also available from Suzanne at 740-0757 or

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 
Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden
Area #5 - Joanne Osuna
Area #6 -  Lisa Jones

Your JPNA Board:  
President, Michael Crawford,
Vice President, Colleen Nichols,, 520- 792-2820
Ex Vice President, Joan Daniels,, 520-300-1980
Secretary, Rosemary Bolza,, 520-205-2708
Treasurer, Erin Posthumus,, 520-314-7883
Trish Gehlen,
Joan Hall,, 990-8054
Suzanne Trappman,, 520-740-0757
Bob Schlanger,

Ward III - Councilperson Paul Durham 
Paul Durham
Welcome Paul Durham to
1510 E Grant
and aide Nick Mahon

Ward III, See Paul's e-news at:
Ward VI, Steve Kozachik newsletter: 

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
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
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

Stay in Touch
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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,