Websites:  and  June 17, 2020
For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters  CLICK HERE.
Meetings??? *
 Cancelled with hopes for July - JPNA keeps you informed on-line and through this E-news. Welcome new subscribers!
Neighbors Stand against Poles
There are just a few yard signs left. If you would like one for your yard call Colleen, 272-0784 or email
Sooo many neighbors have taken signs for their yards. We are sending a message! We will be asking our Ward III council person, Paul Durham, to continue to emphasize his support for no lines through neighborhoods.

See the rationale for the neighborhood stand at the JP website

or see former e-newsletters at

 Thanks to Gloo Factory for printing the signs!
Health and Heritage Trail - REALIZED!
The Health and Heritage Trail-Jefferson Park may well be completed this summer. A meeting was held with park committee, Ward III, and Parks and Recreation to decide on how to meet the budget and get the job underway.

Total budget - $272,000
Contractor: M. Anderson
Proposed amendments in order to meet budget:
  • No exercise equipment
  • 20% decrease in plantings
Future considerations:
  • Official naming of the park
  • Involvement for neighborhood stewardship
  • Design and funding for a park sign:-"Health and Heritage Trail-Jefferson Park
  • Break ground in July
  • 90 to 120 days to completion

(J. Daniels)
Meeting of the Masks for the Park
Ward III, Matt Kopec, Parks and Recreation, Joe O'Neil and Greg Jackson arrive for outdoor meeting
Car hood serves as conference room table. Where there's a will-there's a way!
Representatives from Ward III, Parks and Recreation, Jefferson Park, Catalina vista and SAMOS neighborhoods attended.

(Photos by Laurel Heather Milden, Joanne Osuna, and Dorthory Richmond)
Joe shows Bob the material that will be used for history signage.
Still included in the park plan
  • 3-4' high berms
  • Decomposed granite trail
  • concrete benches
  • water fountain with pet drinking feature
  • native planting and water harvesting
  • irrigation system
  • History signage
Southeast Neighbors and Banner Basins
Several neighbors and walkers have expressed concerns about the maintenance of the basins north of Banner which border Jefferson Park.

Both an insurgence of weeds and overgrowth of trees have been noticed. Neighbors report walking the pathways and cleaning up trash and dog leavings.

On behalf of the neighbors, JPNA has contacted Banner officials and have
been assured that they have walked the entire basin area.They are in the process of transferring the upkeep of all of the basins from the construction company to Banner landscape maintenance. The trees on the north side will be trimmed very soon.
Banner also shared, " The design intent of these stormwater basins is to really let them become natural areas. Allowing wildflowers and other species to grow within the basin when they are not full of water, and maintain the sides to prevent overgrowth. During the walk we also discussed as a part of the maintenance to remove invasive species as much as possible and keep the growth to a managed level so as not to look abandoned."

We look forward to continuing to work with Banner to make the basin area not only a useful barrier and water collector, but a beautiful place to visit as well.
(photos: thanks Erin)
Roll Offs - Brush and Bulky - clarification
Roll Offs are cancelled until further notice

Brush 'n Bulky is still scheduled for August 31
Such a successful Plant Sale -Thanks all!
The plant sale fundraiser was a great success. Thanks to all who donated and who purchased! 41 appointments for the 2 week period, then we sold the rest self-service honor system which worked well as it brought in another $477 for a grand total of $2252.00 !

Special thanks to Laurel-Heather Milden who put in countless hours to pot up, water, and fertilize plants and meet with customers. Thanks also to the rest of the plant sale team for rounding up plants and pots and helping with plant sale promotion!
J P Green Committee will Help You Plant!
GOOD NEWS , if you want to plant trees or shrubs in your right of way, the Green Committee can not only help you place them correctly, taking advantage of passive water harvesting, help you decide which plants, and plant the trees for you - NOW we can get those plants for free!!

Let Joan Hall know if you have a "right of way" that you would like planted, 520-990-8054

More shade, more birds!
Three new plants were installed at Linden/Santa Rita-two to replace two that had died, and one new plant. Thanks to Thomas for sourcing the plants and helping with labor and to Jessie at Pima County Plant Nursery for providing the plants.
Free Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Classes
Make changes at home which will positively impact the planet, and qualify for a Tucson Water rebate by attending online classes! Watershed Management Group's Steward-in-Place is offering a new series of virtual workshops, online events, and how-to video. All videos and upcoming virtual events are featured below.
We're all flushing water down the drain, creating food and yard waste, and putting lots of stuff in the trash. So let's turn that waste into resources and create compost, mulch, greywater for irrigation, yard art, and new planters.
Let's take this opportunity to do something good and form new habitats that benefit our local environment, this spring, and for many years to come.

06/18/2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
06/25/2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Videos include: How to Prune Right of Way Trees, Eliminating Buffelgrass and Stinknet, Composting Toilets, Sheet Mulching, Green Infrastructure, etc.
(Thanks Garden District News!)
EDISON Parklet (Edison and Campbell)
USUALLY 3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am - Edison and Campbell little park---- . If you do pick up trash during the week, contact Joanne Osuna at  and your time will count. We report our hours to Tucson Clean and Beautiful as part of the Adopt-a-Park Program. If you see problems with trash at the park or its vicinity during the week, please notify Joanne and we will arrange to clean it up.
Invasion of the Goatheads!
You might have noticed a green mat with yellow flowers popping up on the right of ways in JP. This is goathead aka puncture vine, and it is a nasty weed! Right now it's flowering and forming seeds, which are multi-pronged barbs with very sharp ends. Many will end up in bike tires, pet's feet, and get tracked into your house on your shoes. When you step on them with bare feet you'll know why it's called puncture vine! 

More on how to identify:

Let's all work together to get rid of these plants now before they have fully gone to seed! If you see one, pull it, bag it, and toss it!
City's new Utility Services Payment System
RECEIVE A REMINDER TO SIGN UP - The City of Tucson will be implementing a new payment system for utility services accounts (water, sewer/wastewater, trash/recycling). All customers who pay online or use auto-payment/auto-draft will be required to create a new account beginning June 17. The new system will be safe, secure, and easy to use. Tucson Water has been sending notices to its customers. To receive a reminder to sign up for the new payment system, please visit the website linked below and enter your email address or telephone number. You can also text UTILITY to 313131 to get an alert when the sign-up period begins. You will not be asked to enter any financial information and the City of Tucson will not share your email address or telephone number.
Tucson Police want you to know....
On behalf of the Operations Division West Commander, Captain Chris Dennison: 
"Although our Community Engagement has all but ceased during these unprecedented times, we wanted to reach out to let you know we are here for you, and are available to answer questions and address concerns through alternative methods. 

Call 9-1-1. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. This includes welfare checks on persons who appear in distress and let’s not forget the animals and small children left in vehicles-- engines not running and windows not cracked, while the temperatures rise. 

Non-Emergency line. Another way we’re able to answer and address your questions and/or concerns is to call the non-emergency number at (520) 791-4444. Please note that you may have to leave a message, but someone will return your call. 

Online Report. To file an online report go to: This reporting tool can be used to file certain crimes so make sure to check out the webpage for information. 

Other means of contact. You have the option to email me: or phone: (520) 837-7241 or you may contact my direct supervisor, Sergeant Kingman, via email: or phone: (520) 837-7216. You, also, have the option to contact our division at or phone: (520) 791-4467.  

With that being said, I want to remind all of you, as always, to be extremely cautious of people trying to take advantage of you during vulnerable times. If something doesn't feel or sound right, it most likely isn't. If you are unsure, you can always use the above measures to contact us. Thank you for your time and attention. Stay safe and be well. " (Erin Peters, TPD Community Resource)
Your Streets-your Opinions-the Future of Roads
Everyone is urged to use the "public input" map at
You may choose the on-line survey or the interactive map .

Add your comments on the interactive map, "like" or dislike" others comments. Send the message that Jefferson Park has concerns and deserves to be noticed. .
Census Figures Lagging
2020 Census:   Tucson is lagging behind some other Southern Arizona communities in responses to the 2020 Census. 

Help Tucson catch up.  Here's the link for the online questionnaire:  Remember, "census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year." 
Senior Shopping Hours
  • AJ’s Fine Foods: Wednesdays 5-6 am (65+)
  • Albertsons: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 am
  • Bashas: Wednesdays 6-7 am (65+)
  • Cardenas: Every day 7-8 am
  • Costco: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9 am (60+)
  • Dollar General: First hour every day
  • Food City: Wednesdays 5-6 am. (65+)
  • Fry’s: Monday – Thursday 7 – 8 am (60+)
  • Safeway: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 am
  • Target: First hour every Wednesday
  • Trader Joe’s: Mondays 9 – 10 am
  • Walgreens: Tuesdays 8 – 9 am (55+, special discounts)
  • Walmart: First hour every Tuesday (60+)
  • Whole Foods: First hour every day (60+)
Community Food Bank
Food Bank pick up now at Kino Stadium

Tuesdays and Thursdays only

If you don't need the service, you may consider a donation. Go to :!/donation/checkout
COVID-19 Reliable sources of information
Public testing: Those with concerns about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure can now call Banner Health at 844-549-1851 to speak with a clinical team member to determine if testing is appropriate. The line will be staffed 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday. If an individual meets CDC criteria for testing, they will be scheduled for an appointment at our new drive-through site .
 The City of Tucson created and maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. Visit the website for the latest information about how the City is conducting business during this crisis and the latest status in the community. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.
A COVID-19 hotline has been set up to answer any questions from the public and healthcare providers about testing, symptoms, and any other questions you have about the virus. Call 1-844-542-8201 to reach a health care professional.

(520) 791-2540
The City Service Impacts Hotline is now active at (520) 791-2540. Please call with questions about how city business is being conducted during this community emergency. Call takers are available for both English and Spanish speakers.

Southwest Gas Tucson Electric Power , and  Tucson Water  are all suspending service disconnections until further notice.

If you are healthy and able, please help by volunteering to pack emergency food boxes. The Community Food Bank URGENTLY needs volunteers to keep operations running. Email  to get started.

The City of Tucson has a homeless protocol which brings TPD out to offer people options. How to report is described at
If Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 520-791-4467; Neighbors can report homeless issues and the like. They will get it to the correct department.
City Services  "Cheat Sheet"   has links, emails, and phone numbers
to make it easier to reach anyone in the City
based on your need.
Roach Control Hotline
Automated line, please provide requested information and staff will return the call
(520) 724-3401

Report Sewer Odors
(520) 724-3400

SOS (Low Income bill assistance
(520) 791-5443
Dirty bus stop
Call (520) 792-9222 to report the location. You may also email  
Include pictures if you wish. All requests will be documented by Sun Tran to ensure proper follow-up takes place.
Sun Tran:
Here is our recycling list:

to read what can/cannot be recycled,

August 31 - Brush and Bulky

Roll-offs scheduled for Dec 11 cancelled until further notice
Razor scooters call 833- LAST-MILE.
Bird Scooters call 1-866-205-2442.

Numbers are posted on the scooters!
Special "thank you"
Thanks to the business and individuals who support Jefferson Park with their donations! We appreciate you!

Thanks Zach, for donating to our Entryway Signs!
And Blackjack, thanks for the deal on our annual meeting of JPNA.
Thanks to Carly Quinn for the donation of 1/2 of cost of our gateway signs!
Neighborhood Contacts & Resources
Area Representatives

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 

Area #2 - Jon Heine

Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden

Area #5 - Joanne Osuna

Area #6 - Lisa Jones
Neighborhood Resources:
Recommended service Providers

TPD Lead Officer for our area: Sgt. Eric Evans, 420-405-2070, email: .
On Duty: Sat- Tues, 5pm -3am

non-emergency crime: 
emergency crime:   911

See the latest crimes in Jeff Park:

See code violations in Jeff Park:  

Report an issue with Banner: 
Emergency 24/7 (520) 268-9575
Helicopter Noise/ Banner Hospital contact BUMC Security at 694-6533. 

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:
The ward offices put out weekly updates. Jefferson Park is in Ward 3, however Ward 6 also puts out an informative newsletter so both are worth a read!

1510 E Grant*
Ward III, See Paul's e-news at:

Another newsletter chock full of information!
Ward VI, Steve Kozachik's newsletter:

Our Pima County Contact
Amanda Monroy
Special Staff Assistant to Supervisor Betty Villegas
Pima County Board of Supervisor
130 W. Congress St., 11th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701
520-724-8126 ■
Paul Durham, Ward III
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

Facebook: Jefferson Park Pet Lost animals , found animals etc  

Facebook: Jefferson Park: Interactive communications and neighborhood friendly posts

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
Editors' Note: This Constant Contact is sent only upon request and with permission. The editors, Joan Daniels, Erin Posthumus, and Joanne Osuna invite your comments.
Thanks to the editors and co-editors who check and recheck the information we send out to our neighbors. If you see an error or have an addition, let one of us know.