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Our Neighborhood
Back to School
Welcome Students! 
UA and IST

Neighborhood Meeting:
JPNA, Wednesday September 26

Coalition Meeting:
Grant Road Coalition, Tuesday September 25  

Drop in to either meeting and learn what is happening in your neighborhood.                                            
Tucson Ranks 86th out of 100 Cities!
The Trust for Public Land ranks cities for their park score. They work to ensure that everyone has access to nature within a 10 minute walk from home. Of the 100 most populous cities Tucson ranked a lowly 86th. Jefferson Park and the Grant Road Coalition have worked hard to have the remnants along Grant Road returned to its natural state with bike paths and walkways. Jefferson Park's proposed greenway is part of the bond election in November--Proposition 407. 
It's important to note that if Prop 407 passes, it will NOT raise property taxes, but keep the current secondary property tax rate as we retire old debt.  The City has developed a  website with an interactive map  so you can see exactly what projects near you would be funded. You can click on any project and see what will be paid for out of Prop 407 funds, how much money will be spent and when it will be spent.

In November proposition 407 will ask voters to approve a bond election to upgrade Tucson's parks and greenways. The city has an interactive map of all proposed projects, with amounts and time schedule. You will find Jefferson Parks's proposed Linear Trail
(excerpts from Ward III newsletter)
Request for Volunteers for Traffic Circle and Chicane
The Green Committee is looking for volunteers to water the traffic circle at Edison and Hampton and the new chicane at Hampton-near Sausage Deli.  We need to keep the plants watered until they are well established.  If you have a pick-up we can supply a 55 gallon water barrel with spigot, if that would help.  Call Joan Hall at 990-8054 or e-mail

Also, remember the trees in your yard...we did not get as much rain as we needed!
Brush and Bulky August 28, 2018 
Jefferson Park has Alley Pick-up
Brush & Bulky will collect:
  • Brush, tree trunks, branches and other green waste (up to 5 feet long and 24 inches in diameter)
  • Lumber (up to 5 feet long and stacked in a separate pile)
  • PVC and metal pipes (up to 5 feet long)
  • Railroad ties (limit 5)
  • Furniture, carpet, and doors
  • Lawn mowers with fuel tank and crank case removed
  • Scrap metal (bicycles, swing sets, etc., broken into 5 foot lengths)
  • Cacti (must be contained - up to 25 lbs.)
  • Appliances (remove freezer/refrigerator doors)
  • Car tires (limit of five automobile tires)
  • Metal drums (empty and cut in half)
Brush and Bulky will NOT collect:
  • Any excess over the 10 cubic-yard limit
  • Any items other than those listed above, such as
  • Stone/bricks/concrete/aggregates
  • Construction debris
  • Hazardous waste like paint/oil/pesticides/solvents/liquids
  • Glass/mirrors
  • Television and computer monitors
  • Compressed gas/air cylinder(s)
  • Vehicle parts
  • Commercially generated material
DON'T dump those pizza boxes!!!!
Tucson Clean and Beautiful helped pave the way for the region's curbside recycling program by collecting phone books (remember those?). Recycling education has been a mainstay of our mission ever since. That education work is as important now as it ever was. For many years, the United States exported one-third of its recyclables to China. In January 2018, China stopped accepting 24 recyclable materials, including mixed paper and mixed plastics. China also began limiting contamination of any recyclables to .5 percent. With these restrictions, China is no longer a market for our recyclables.

How do we improve our situation? Let's do a better job curbside. Today about 25% of the material collected curbside is NOT Recyclable. Contamination has been a problem for a long time. It has become a bad habit.

We all want to be "green" and improve our environment. But a lot of us don't recycle the right way. If we assume something is recyclable, or think it should be, we pitch it into the curbside bin. We "wishcycle" and hope someone down the line will sort it out.

If you could peek in the bins on your block, you might find greasy pizza boxes, old garden hoses, car parts, lumber, yard waste, and loads and loads of plastic bags. We "wish" all this could be recycled curbside. Food contaminates paper and cardboard. Hoses and plastic bags foul sorting machinery bringing the whole operation to a stop. An expensive process becomes more expensive.
(Tucson Clean and Beautiful Newsletter Aug 2018)
Do More Blue - but carefully
Tucson is losing money on recycling. Some of the losses are due to factors we can't control, like the market for recyclables in China. Other aspects of the problem are within our control.  

Don't put anything in the blue barrel unless it's on the list. Please also make sure to keep food residue out of the blue barrel. That means all those cans and bottles and milk jugs and juice boxes need to be washed out. No pizza boxes or any other cardboard that has been in contact with food. No Styrofoam or other fast food containers.  
(Thank you D. Lett, Feldman's Neighborhood)
ALERT - Mail thefts
SORRY TO REPORT  mailboxes along multiple blocks of Waverly were robbed last Saturday night. Seems like thieves are more active at this time of year as new residents are moving in. STAY ALERT. Remove your mail as soon as you can. Perhaps consider locked mailboxes or PO Boxes instead of having mail delivered to your house.
(Thanks for the report, Waverly neighbor)
UA students study
With the return of students, some of whom will be new to our neighborhood, we warmly welcome them as our future leaders and citizens.  Many are on their own for the first time, managing rent, buying their own hygiene products, trying to stick to a budget, being part of a neighborhood etc.  Jefferson Park residents are often pro-active and welcome the newcomers with a JP welcome packet.  Packets can be obtained by contacting your area representative (listed at end of this newsletter).  Included in the packet is the procedure for reporting unruly gatherings which all JP neighbors adhere to.  The updated 2018 procedure is located on the website and by clicking here.
UA games returning with alcohol and more fireworks
Key items to be aware of as UA football season approaches: First game Sept 1,7:45pm
NEW - Alcohol will be sold at games.
Be alert for drunk drivers and pedestrians after games.

NEW - Fireworks will be set off at the beginning of the games (as in the past) and each time UA scores (this is new). That means pets must be kept safe for the entire duration of each game.

Complaints about noise or other issues will be taken by the UA Community Relations hotline 520-282-3649. This is a cell phone, and it will be answered after hours. However, if the situation is not urgent, you are asked to be considerate about the timing of the call.
Unruly gatherings in the neighborhood. Call 911. See reporting flow chart here
(excerpted from Jefferson Park facebook)
Forgot to mail your ballot?
It's recommended that mail-in ballots be mailed at least 6 calendar days before Election Day:  So, ideally, we should mail our ballots no later than Weds., 8/22.  But ballots not mailed in time:
  • Can be dropped of at one of the Recorder's Early Voting Sites.  For a complete list of sites, see 
  • Or, on Election Day ONLY, ballots may be dropped off at any Pima County polling location or replacement ballot site until 7pm.
  • For questions, call 520 724 4330, or visit the recorder's website:
Nearby Activities
Upcoming Watershed Management Group Classes
At the Living Lab & Learning Center Center  
      1137 N. Dodge
Living Lab & Learning Center Tour -  08/15/2018 -   6:00pm   to  7:30pm     
The Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Harvesting rebate classes are offered monthly for FREE.   For more information, contact: Watershed Management Group by email  or call 520-396-3266
Greening and Cleaning
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 choose 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 & Tucson Clean and Beautiful
We need your help, every 3rd Saturday of the month
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 7am.  BYOB-bring your own bag...or we supply.  
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:
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
Executive 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
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 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 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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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,