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For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
Our Neighborhood - Meetings
Meetings are how we share our information.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend.
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: Tom 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
November 16 Saturday, 2-4pm Celebration Event
 for the whole family!
Meet your neighbors, and the talented kids from Blenman Elementary and the International School who created the artwork, and meet some of the folks who were instrumental in creating this very special little history plaza.
Stay a minute, stay awhile!   Consider the special sale of Jefferson Park T-shirts and 2020 Calendars.  Paypal available.
T-shirts on special at the Nov 16 event.  Purchase a T-shirt and support neighborhood projects
The 2020 calendar will be available at special pricing at the Nov 16 event 

Fundraiser succeeds because of volunteers
We must thank our Jefferson Park volunteers who made this event the best ever!  Friends of Jefferson Park has $3000+ more dollars to spend on neighborhood projects. Jefferson Park shares the work with Old Ft Lowell neighborhood who earns the same amount for their Old Ft Lowell Live-at-Home program.   

Hauling tables and chairs, folding and returning T-shirts, manning the dressing room, helping customers, and minding the door were all "on-your-feet" jobs.  We thank Colleen, Chris and Patti, Lisa, Kathy, Rose, Natalie,and Rosemary.  You got your 10,000 steps in! Our Jeff Park cashiers, Libby and Joanne ran Paypal on their phones and stayed calm under pressure.  We thank the eleven other Ft. Lowell volunteers. It took that many people to run a smooth sale and we did!  Sales were above last year. A special shout out goes to Louie who garnered another $146 for us at the craft fair outside selling our T-shirts and calendars. Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Joan D. and Carol C-B. for their hours of effort to organize the sale and ensure its success!

Also, thank you to International School "Cheers" group who sold coffee and doughnuts and who provided a spectacular show of their cheering routines complete with snazzy red uniforms!  Thank you International School for hosting us and for the help of your maintenance staff.
It's that time of year - need new 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
Every year the Jefferson Park non-profit seeks members for its board.  The Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc was formed in 2008 to support the Historic Nomination and quality of life issues in Jefferson Park.  
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 tax deductible donations to the Friends and support specific projects.
January 22 at 5:00pm is the Friends Annual Meeting, and board elections, at the Ward III office.  If you might consider joining this board and would like more information, please contact:  Joan Daniels at, or 520-300-1980
Mail theft - Sorry to say in Jefferson Park
Mail theft is an "easy" crime and it is relatively difficult to catch mail thieves.  Jefferson Park and surrounding neighborhoods are enduring the hits!
Please be cautious about your mail and make sure that you bring it in from your mailbox as soon as possible. Do NOT leave mail in your mailbox over night. If you are going to be gone, have a neighbor collect it or stop it at the Post Office. If you need to mail an envelope,  do NOT leave it in your mailbox for the Postal Carrier.  Take it to a USPS collection mailbox.  If you are a new tenant and mail for the previous tenant comes and you have no forwarding address, please mark as "Return to Sender", but do not leave in your mailbox at the curb, take to a USPS collection mailbox.

If your mail is stolen (even if it is only junk mail), report the incident to BOTH police AND the Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455 or go online at
Just reporting to police is not adequate. Police do not communicate with the Postal Inspector. The Postal Inspection Service also needs to be notified.  They are very aggressive in pursuing in addressing mail theft. 
If you see someone checking mailboxes, CALL 911!   Even if the person will be gone by the time police respond, it alerts police to the fact that mail theft is happening in the neighborhood.  

Informed Delivery is a service that the United States Postal Service offers to the public.  You receive an email each morning and can digitally preview the mail and packages scheduled to be delivered.  You see grayscale images of the address side of your letter-size mail and notice of package deliveries.  Meg, of Garden District reports, "I have been using Informed delivery for a few years and appreciate the security of knowing that I am receiving the mail that I should each day.   If I see I am scheduled to receive a new credit card or a birthday card that might have a gift card, then I make sure that I watch for my mail carrier that day and bring in the mail as soon as I can."                                                                     (Thank you, Garden District newsletter)
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. 
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,  is invited to the November 26 Grant Road Coalition Meeting to answer questions and let us know of any new developments!!
These Tax-Credit options keep your money in the neighborhood!
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
Greening and Cleaning
Park Cleanup - Every third Saturday
Edison/Cambell Parklet
Help Needed -  3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am
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 .

Hiking "A" Mountain
The Mayor and Tucson City Council recently approved a six-month Sentinel Peak Park ("A" Mountain) Road Safety Pilot Program that will expand pedestrian and bicycle access while still maintaining vehicular access for the community.
Beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Mondays will become vehicle-free days, meaning cars and trucks will not be allowed, and the vehicular gate will remain closed. On Tuesdays-Sundays, vehicular gate access hours will be from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The park hours will be sunrise-8 p.m. Access to the lower parking lot will be available during vehicle-free times.
The decision by Mayor and Council follows significant community discussions, outreach, and data collection facilitated by City officials and City staff working with neighborhoods and community groups who have voiced concerns about traffic safety and user behavior at the landmark. City officials will actively monitor the pilot through its completion, collecting additional data from users and neighbors, and return to Mayor and Council with a report and recommendations sometime next spring. More information on the project can be found at .
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. 
Stay in Touch
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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,