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Spring Plant Swap
roll-off green
JPNA Quarterly Meeting, plant exchange, lecture, raffle.
Wednesday, April 25, 6PM, Ward III room
1510 E Grant Road. 

Learn how to identify buffelgrass with speaker,  Dr. Julia Rowe, Invasive Species Research Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Spring Cleaning!
MAY 4 - MAY 14
Four Roll off Sites:
917 E Seneca
1850 Tyndall
1822 E Lester
1740 E Edison

GRANT ROAD COALITION, Tuesday, April 24, 6pm, WARD III office.
     Discuss:  Linear Park to Santa Rita, Condemned houses, Campbell/Grant Development.

GRANT ROAD CITIZEN'S TASK FORCE, Thursday, April 26, 5:30 pm Donna Liggins Rec Center.  
     Discussion: Time lines and funding for Santa Rita to Tucson Blvd. This requested by         Task Force-RTA and TDOT will be present.
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:
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:
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. 

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.
Adopt a Park- JP works with Tucson Clean and Beautiful
We need your help, every 3rd Saturday of the month-April 21
Jefferson Park volunteers walk the parklet at the intersection of Edison/Campbell.  They continue south up the Campbell access road...plogging along. No RSVP needed, just show up about 8am.  BYOB-bring your own bag...or we supply.  
Nearby Activities
Grant Road Acquisitions harbor burglars!
SAMOS's problem is Jeff Park's Problem
Image perhaps difficult to see?  It highlights the 9 city owned properties on the north side of Grant across from Jefferson Park. Several were acquired in 1991 for the Grant Road Widening and they have  been vacant and neglected.  They belong to the city.  A recent TPD survey found 5 of the 7 residential buildings harbored vagrants and a burglary stash.  Our neighbors SAMOS and, yes, Jefferson Park have experienced an uptick in burglaries. SAMOS and Jefferson Park brought the situation to the attention of WARD III.  Matt Kopec of WARD III reports:
     " At 1647 E. Grant Rd, the City has received bids to fix up the property and will decide very soon whether to demolish the house or fix it up to the point of being able to rent it. The rest of the proprieties with structures on them should be evaluated and assessed with bids in the next two weeks. For all of the city-owned lots (with structures and vacant lots) a City contracted landscaping company will clean up weeds and trash on all the properties.  This should happen in the next week.   At the Samos meeting last night I was alerted to trash (mattresses, couches, etc) in the alley between Spring St and Grant Rd. I have asked the Environmental Services Department to clean up the alley of this debris, I told them my goal was as soon as possible on this one."
      This writer wonders why mitigating the effects of the empty buildings purchased by the city is not a matter of protocol.  Why do residents have to experience burglaries, do the detective work, report the incidents, then lobby the city to do what it should have done initially?  It is poor planning and disrespectful of urban neighborhoods. One wonders the cost for every TPD call and every code enforcement visit.
(J. Daniels)
Historic Houses can be Demolished without Neighborhood Input!
Two homes on the 1500 block of Waverly will be scheduled for demolition.  Demolitions of historic properties can be done without comment from the neighborhood.  There are two adjacent properties involved,  and the plan is for a mini subdivision of the two lots into 5 separate lots of 7000 square feet.  Currently these abandoned houses show evidence of vagrants living on the property while the developer awaits the city's permission to demolish.  Jefferson Park has requested that the developer clean the graffiti, sleeping bags, etc.  Note that the demolition of these properties will subtract 2 contributing properties from the historic inventory and replace them with 5 non-contributing properties.  Jefferson Park must retain 50% contributing properties in order for it to remain an historic district.
Neighborhood Input for Remodeling/Building in our Historic District-Neighborhood Preservation Zone
The JPNA long ago created a "Land Use Committee".  That group spearheaded the Neighborhood Preservation Zone for Jefferson Park.  There are only two neighborhoods in Tucson that have this protection - Feldman's and JP.  That committee got the R-1 zoning redefined to exclude mini-dorms and all Tucson neighborhoods benefited. Today it continues to meet to review and give input to the city on proposals for remodels and building in Jefferson Park.  It is not anti-building.  It helps neighbors understand and retain the contributing status of their properties. To see the processes for that committee, find a link to the historic nomination, and find a list of the contributing properties by address go to the Jefferson Park web-site under the "Building in JP" tab:

This committee meets monthly, receives notice of permits and oversees the plans.  It might invite the developer to meet to discuss the project before sending the neighborhood determination to the city.  This committee welcomes new members.  If you are interested in understanding city web-sites and processes and want to help protect your neighborhood contact the e-mails listed on the web-site.
Proposal for the Beautiful Monastery on Tucson Blvd

High rise Student Housing continues to raise the ire of neighborhoods.  Another project affecting other urban neighborhoods - Sam Hughes and Miramonte is proposed by local developer  Ross Rulney.  Read the wildcat article that presents the options for these neighborhoods and the demands of the developer.  See the Wild cat Article and read the informative links found at:
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

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CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,