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Our Neighborhood
Audubon Speaker - April 26
March 22:  Regular meeting of JP Assn 
                         6 pm at Ward III

April 26:    Quarterly JPNA Meeting Speaker: 
               Tucson Audubon Society - Urban birds
                       Plant Swap- 6pm Ward III

Ward III candidates to speak to neighbors:
May 24:  JPNA Meeting Speaker - Ward III                            Candidate  Paul Durham - Democrat
June 28: JPNA Meeting-Speaker - Ward III 
                Candidate  Felicia Chew - Democrat

The election for a Ward III Council person is in November! Our Ward III council person is vital to the health of our neighborhood. These future meetings will 
give opportunities for neighbors to interact with the 
candidates in a small group setting.
April 26 - Plant Exchange
Neighbors have made inquiries!  ...and yes, the plant exchange is coming up!  Your neighbors are potting up succulents, cacti, herbs and vegetables to share.  We encourage everyone to share from their garden.

Sprouts Farmers Market
at 1st Avenue has again partnered with the neighborhood to help celebrate Spring. They are supplying a plant and a gift certificate to the store for our free raffle at the April meeting.

Thank you JPNA quarterly planning committee!
Unruly Gathering Reports - Red Tags
The Red Tag Committee of Jefferson Park has been tracking the number of calls per month vs the number of red tags issued. The information is provided by the TPD red tag unit. All calls and tags get friendly letters. Receivers of those letters have responded letting us know of errors and omissions.   
January     2016--8 calls,one red tag              2017--2 calls, one red tag
February    2016--7 calls, no red tag               2017--6 calls, no red tag 

Note about Feb 2017: Of the six callers, only one gave their name or asked for follow up. Two of the calls were on separate days about the same address.  You may request to have follow-up by telephone and not for officers to come to your door.  
Click here to see the red tag procedures 
approved by TPD for folks calling in unruly gatherings.
Neighborhood Projects
Jefferson Park Entrance Signs

The sign project is now on hold.  The sign committee is doing more research on the cost of the signs.

Little Free Library

The cacti are gone and the a rea is cleaned up.   The back wall is PURPLE.  Jefferson Park will have the most unique Little Free Library in all of Tucson!

We can't wait to announce the arrival of the library.  Seems a celebration might be in order.

Greening and Cleaning 
Schedule a tree planting for your yard
Neighbors, t ake advantage of a great opportunity  to green  and  shade  your yard!

Call the Green Committee to get information about how you can schedule a tree planting.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail

Edison Plaza clean-up on March 18
Mark your calendars!  The next clean-up at Edison Plaza (corner of Edison and Campbell) is Saturday, March18th. Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 9am.  Bring along a hula hoe if you have one!
Roll-Offs:  Arrive March 31st and leave April 3
Thinking of buying a new mattress?  Here's a good place for the old one.  Roll-offs will be delivered on March 31 and removed on April 3rd.  You will find them at the locations listed below:
  917 E. Seneca  *   1822 E. Lester
1740 E. Edison  *   1200 E. Linden

The Neighborhood Association is arranging for roll-offs periodically for the neighbors' use.  Watch this e-news for future dates.
Buffelgrass spotted in the neighborhood
Photo: AZ Sonoran Desert Museum
Buffelgrass is a nasty invasive grass that has been classified as a noxious weed by the  state of Arizona. Buffelgrass has been spotted in the alley near Edison Park, and it is likely in other parts of the neighborhood as well. 

You are required to remove buffelgrass from your yard. Learn more about the Pima County Ordinance here.  

Don't know how to identify buffelgrass? Learn more
Thank You UA Mortar Board!
UA Mortar Board community service took on two properties in Jefferson Park on March 4
Shovels, clippers and bags were the tools of the trade.
Pure "Girl Power" here.  
In a couple of hours the yard was smooth and clear of weeds!
Annually the UA Mortar board students stream into neighborhoods and clean and beautify spaces.  The volunteer work at homes of elderly or disabled folks is especially appreciated.
"Our" International School
The International School 2017 Science Fair featured 44 projects by students from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  Do you ever wonder if there are more pets in homes with children or in homes with only adults?  They do. 
Every good science fair needs impartial judges!  Thank you Jefferson Park judges: Helen Edmonds, Colleen Nichols, and Joan Daniels. And thanks to the Old Ft Lowell neighborhood for judges Carol and Mike. The UA student judges filled out the corps. Congratulations to the students at IST and their science teacher Jaime Kinnia.
Our future scientists!
Saturday, March 18, 
10 am - 2 pm 

The community is cordially invited to the celebration of 20 countries at the International School playground and courtyard stage.  Come share food and entertainment from around the world. 
Entry is free!  
Grant Road
Grant Road Coalition, Central Segment
...neighborhoods discussing construction
Tuesday - April 25  - 6pm, Ward III Office
Next phase of Construction begins mid-March
The City of Tucson named David Burbank, CPM, P.E., as Engineer Project Manager for the Phase 2 work.  Markham Contracting has been selected as the contractor.  Construction of Phase 2 is expected to take approximately 13 months.  
Phase 2 Project Features
  • 6 vehicular travel lanes
  • Protected bike/pedestrian street crossings including a 6th Avenue pedestrian signal
  • Drainage improvements near 1st Avenue
  • Indirect left turns at Stone Avenue and 1st Avenue
  • Bike lanes
  • Wide sidewalks
  • Transit accommodations including pullouts and shelters
  • Water harvesting and other sustainability features
Visit or email for more information. Materials from the Grant Road Citizen Task Force and the Public Workshops referenced in this update can be found here
Plaque is replaced
This plaque will soon reappear back on the Campbell Access wall.  Created in 2004 when the wall was constructed, it acknowledges the work of neighbor Doug Denniston. Doug was a long time resident of Jefferson Park and an art professor at the University of Arizona. The plaque had been recently ripped off by vandals.

Banner Health, who are taking over the stewardship of the parklet at the south end of Campbell Access is replacing the plaque.  We thank Abigail Byrd for facilitation the return of the important icon. 

Electrical work on the Banner border
Notice to JP Neighbors in the southeast-TEP putting up poles:

Last week, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) began preparing to install new power poles and underground electrical facilities west of Campbell Ave. on North Ring Road, North Martin Road, and south of East Elm Street. Digging is anticipated to continue until March 3 by Diversified Design and Construction, TEP's hand-digging contractor. New electrical poles are expected to be hauled and staged near installation sites during the week of March 6. TEP expects to install new poles the week of March 20. Work schedules are subject to change. This work will accommodate the expansion of Banner University Medical Center. 

Concerns or questions call:  Adriana Mariñez
Government Relations │ Local Affairs
Tucson Electric Power Co.
520-884-3677 (o)
520-528-1512 (c)
Volunteer opportunities
JEFFERSON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION  meets fourth Wednesday of the month, needs board members for two "at large" positions.  Call Suzanne Trappman 740-0757 or  to inquire or if you have questions.

JEFFERSON PARK CLEAN COMMITTEE:  Looking for people to help with third Saturday clean ups of Edison Plaza.  Call Joanne Osuna 798-3602 or

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TUCSON our very own school (formerly Jefferson Park) is rejuvenating their small library.  They will need adult volunteers 2 hours a day to help with check out and shelf maintenance.  They also need someone who is familiar with the computer software necessary to handle a school book check-out system.  Any retired librarians or anyone studying library science, here's your chance to make a difference.  Call Joan Daniels 300-1980 or   to get more information.

LEND A HAND  is our senior citizen help organization.  We have recruited 3 new volunteers from JP and could use more.  Call Michelle at 248-6882 or email Alan at
Nearby Activities
Free Tax Preparation at Ward III
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation for households and individuals earning up to $64,000. The program ensures taxpayers receive all credits for which they may be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can equal as much as 50 percent of a family's annual earnings. VITA offers same-day, in-person assistance from IRS-certified preparers at locations across Tucson. For a schedule of sites and hours, please visit the link below.

VITA sites and hours
VITA program information
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona  

Ward III January 31, 2017 to April 15, 2017
Tuesdays noon - 5pm
Saturdays 9am to 2pm
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Go to and click on the e-news sign-up form. Or send them this form!
Welcome packets - you can help!

Each of the neighborhood representatives has several welcome packets.  The packets are filled with information about the neighborhood and about Tucson.

If you see a new neighbor move in, please help us welcome them.  Get a packet from your neighborhood rep and take it over and introduce yourself.

We build community one neighbor at a time!

Area Representatives - Your contact to JPNA
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!
Area #1 - Mary Worthen,

Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Important Contact Info
How to report potholes, grass at the curb, site hazards, street sign problems, etc.
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),791-3154 or email the exact location to
Tucson Department of Transportation:

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
Tucson Neighborhood Support Network
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
Neighborhood Support Network
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
U of A - Good Neighbor Program
Report problems and concerns.
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649

Stay in Touch

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
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,