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For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
November  Meetings
November Meetings
December meetings cancelled
This Thursday - November 21, 6:00 pm*
1510 E Grant Road, Ward III 
*Note a change in November, due to holiday schedules. 
No meeting in December
January - Annual Meeting
Election of new board

November 26, 5 pm *  1510 E Grant Rd, Ward III.
Topic: Status of the Linear Park
Guest: Joe O'Neil, Parks and Recreation
We could be breaking ground by January 2020!!!    
No meeting in December

SAFETY COALITION MEETING *  November 26, 6:30 pm *  1510 E Grant Road, Ward III
Detective Pittenridge will speak on Hate Crimes 
No meeting in December
T-shirts available at November meetings
We have Pay Pal!! 
2020 calendar available at November meetings. We take credit cards!

Come to the November meeting and get a T-shirt or a 2020 calendar.  Learn where Dizzy Gillespie stayed when he came to town, the location of the first swimming pool, who led the capture of the  Dillinger gang and the many names of Grant Road.  Five near-northside neighborhoods contributed to this year's calendar. These make great holiday gifts for history buffs! 
Banner Parklet Celebration-warm and friendly
U of A International Club supervises the Corn Hole Game

Be an Bags also make a great game of catch

Pavers installed.
 Four honor JP neighbors

Beautiful warm fall day brings out a few neighbors

Polo Pony artist Pat Frederick and metal work sculptor Jason Butler pose by polo pony.

Steve Brigham (left) and Mark Ostrand (right) enjoy the celebration for the parklet they created.
Artists and Councilperson Paul Durham chat in the shade.

Neighbors and special guests Stephen Brigham and Mark Ostrand, retired administrators from Banner Hospital, artist Pat Frederick, and artist Jason Butler spent a bit of time visiting and celebrating the unique parklet at Martin and Lester.  Neighbors, this little park deserves a visit from you!  Read the signage and enjoy the silhouettes created of the children's art when the sun shines through the Quonset hut ramada.  International School students and Blenman/Elm School children contributed to the design of the roof and the benches.  Walk to Martin and Lester!
Thank you, Banner for the bike water bottles
Thank you, Eegees for the cool coupon prizes

Neighborhood celebrations, meetings, plant sales, advocacy, traffic circles and historic signs don't happen without dedicated people.  Many thanks to the neighborhood volunteers who hauled chairs, loaded tables, set up the displays, sold T-shirts, and greeted guests on November 16.  Special thanks to Jon Heine and the UA International Club. The parklet is the result of the ongoing work of neighborhood committees that build partnerships with the community.  The origins of the Banner history parklet reach back 4 years.  Persistence and patience!  Bravo!

In memoriam - Loss of our history
1925 to November 17, 2019
A special piece of history now lost.
The first Fiesta de los Vaqueros was held in 1925, across Campbell at Rancho Santa Catalina.  The veterinarian for the animals lived in 1600 block of Hampton in Jefferson Park.  He frequently tethered horses and cattle to this mesquite. You can guess the age of this wonderful tree!  It has now been removed to make way for new student housing.  Neighbors made last minute pleas to save the tree, but to no avail.

It's that time of year - need board members
Join the Jefferson Park Assn Board!
The Jefferson Park Nominating Committee begins early seeking neighbors interested in serving on the board.  If you are interested in helping preserve and enrich this unique neighborhood, and if you are looking for a meaningful way to use your time and talents, consider this opportunity.  

The election will be held at the January 22, 2020 quarterly meeting. Look at the application, and please consider applying.  CLICK HERE to get a copy.  The application will also be posted to under the   GROUPS tab.  
If you have any questions you may call:
Laurel-Heather Milden, 520) 343-0073,
Judy Janson, (520) 370-1080,
Suzanne Trappman, (520)331-5658,
Join the "Friends" Board
The non-profit works hand-in-hand with the JPNA Assn to clarify and address needs in the neighborhood.  It is the people of Jefferson Park and community members who make donations to the Friends and support specific projects.
The Friends Annual Meeting and board elections will be held January 22 at 5:00pm at the Ward III office. If you would like to consider joining this board and would like more information, please contact: Joan Daniels at, or 520-300-1980.
Health and Heritage Linear Park...
Plan for the Linear Park - Park to Fremont
Park extends from Park Ave to Santa Rita
Update:  Grant Road Health and Heritage Trail 

Meeting with Parks and Recreation 11/5 revealed the plans for the Linear Park and the projected start times etc.  Joe O'Neil, project manager,  will attend  the November 26 Grant Road Coalition Meeting to answer questions and let us know of the new developments!!
Your Tax Credits can benefit Jefferson Park
Lend a Hand - Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Jefferson Park residents receive services from this non-profit.  Direct donations can be made.  Lend a Hand is a QCO- Qualified Charitable Organization, which means that you are able to receive a dollar-for-dollar AZ Tax Credit for your donation, up to $400 for an individual or $800 for a couple.  Go to:
International School - Supporting tuition for students
To support your neighborhood school with an AZ Tax Credit go to   for information.

Individuals may claim a credit of up to $1135; married couples of up to $2269. You may recommend that your support go to :
  • a general scholarship fund administered by the School Tuition Organization
  • a specific school's general scholarship fund (such as IST - our preferred recommendation)
  • a specific student's scholarship
Ward III, City, to give overview of neighborhood services
Neighborhood Orientation & Refresher -  Tuesday,  December 3 rd   -  5:30-7 pm
Ward 3 Meeting Room -  1510 E Grant Road
Please join Ward 3 staff and Rebecca Ruopp, the City of Tucson's Neighborhood Engagement Specialist, for an overview of neighborhood services and some of the lesser known resources available to neighborhood associations. We'll hear from other neighborhood associations about their best practices and provide a short training on how to run an effective neighborhood meeting.
This event is perfect for existing neighborhood association officers as well as interested neighbors who would like to learn more about how neighborhood associations work, support their neighborhood association or serve as an officer in the future. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. 
TEP Electric Substation Planned - 47 KV to 138 Kv
Do you live nearby?  Join the discussion.
138 KV Electric Substation proposed at Chauncey Lane and Vine
The massive electrical lines may go in any direction out of the proposed substation on Vine and Chauncey.

You will determine what happens.  To voice your opinion you may do any of the following:  
Mail: PO Box 711, ATTN: Kino-DMP, Mail Stop RC131, Tucson, AZ  85701-0711
On-line: visit   Fill out an on line comment form
Phone:  Leave voice message - 1-833-523-0887
Your Jefferson Park Board has sent a letter stating that the board does not want the electric lines (75' to 100' poles with 8 ft diameter bases) going through this historic neighborhood. There are other options.  Individuals are encouraged to also state their opinions.  The number and strength of the messages TEP receives will determine the eventual pathway. 
Greening and Cleaning
Park Cleanup - Every third Saturday
Edison/Cambell Parklet
Help Needed -  3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am
Note:  This month the clean-up was moved to November 23 as we needed to prepare for the Banner parklet celebration on the 16th.
No RSVP needed, just show up about 8am.    BYOB-bring your own bag...or we supply.  Clean up is quick - we usually take less than an hour. Many hands make light work!
If you do pick-up 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 .
Building in Jefferson Park - a unique neighborhood

Special rules for Jefferson Park
The neighborhood Land Use Committee (LUC) has created a special section, " Building/Historic Status" , on to help neighbors and their contractors understand the special circumstances when building in an NPZ (Neighborhood Preservation Zone). Also Tucson Planning and Development Dept. has a process flyer at 
Important Contacts
Area Reps need help.  Check out your area and offer to help once every 3 months!

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 
Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden
Area #5 - Joanne Osuna
Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
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: 
QUICK LINKS AND City of Tucson "Cheat Sheet"
City of Tucson staff recently created a City Services  "Cheat Sheet" that has links, emails, and phone numbers to make it easier to reach anyone in the City based on your need
You'll find Environmental Services, Tucson Water, how to report graffiti and potholes, some Tucson Codes, different maps, and a bunch more. You are still completely welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you'd like some help navigating the system. It is a google doc so it will be updated when things change.

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

Banner Hospital Concerns
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 

There have been reports of patients leaving the Banner property and short-cutting through the neighborhood. These folks are in various states of health.  Patients who are on foot are sometimes at risk, and are not good for Banner, nor for the neighborhood. 
Call Banner Security 520-694-6533 
if you witness any wandering patients or find any tossed bandages, etc.  If the situation warrants, call 911 
BUT ALSO call Banner Security so it can be recorded.  
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

TPD Officers assigned to Jefferson Park available to you
On Duty: Weekends, Evenings
Ofc. Francisco Santa Maria  *  Phone: 520-589-8684 *  Email:

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:
Helicopter Noise/ Banner Hospital contact BUMC Security at 694-6533. 
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CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,