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For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
Our Neighborhood - Summer Meetings
July 24  - Ward III, 1510 E Grant
TPD - How to make an effective 911 call, and disaster response.
Enjoy an evening with cold refreshments and warm company.  See you there!
August - No general meeting  

Our Linear Park - Park to Santa Rita on Grant
Background and history:  Jefferson Park neighbors initiated the concept of a green space along Grant Road almost 4 years ago with a white paper authored by Minnette Burges.  How's it looking now? See images and the history of our efforts at

It has been years of neighborhood meetings with Ward III staff, City of Tucson, RTA, TDOT, Tucson Department of Transportation, etc.  Finally, it looks like things will be coming together.  Communication, persistence and patience has marked efforts on all sides.
Katie Gannon, Director at Tucson Clean and Beautiful was guest speaker at the June Grant Road Coalition meeting.  She brought information on the progress of the linear park.
Wheat Design Group is currently working on the design. In August, they are expected to turn the project over to Tucson Parks and Recreation.
From the Meeting - What we know
*407 Bond Money available  - July
*Completion by Wheat Design - August 
*Amenities to be included:
     - water fountain
     - historic signage
     - exercise station
     - park signs
(Photos D. Richmond)
GRANT ROAD COALITION MEETINGS - fourth Tuesday of the Month
5:30 - Ward III Office - All invited to attend.
(No meeting in August)
Get your Jefferson Park T-shirt!
T-shirts are a JP fundraiser!
Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large
Proceeds benefit neighborhood projects
Get yours from one of the Jefferson Park area reps listed below:
Lisa:  622-1682, email:
Joanne:   798-3602, email: 
Laurel-Heather:  343-0073, email:
Roll-Offs arrive August 9, leave August 13
Roll offs coming August
Fri., Aug. 9 - Tues., Aug. 13
They are scheduled again:
 *   Thurs., Oct.17 - Mon., Oct. 21
 *   Fri., Dec. 6 - Tues., Dec.10
Locations remain the same: 
917 E. Seneca, 1850 N. Tyndall, 1740 E. Edison, & 1822 E. Lester.  Reminder postcards will be sent prior to each of the scheduled dates.  
Brush 'n Bulky Pick Up - Tuesday Sept 3
brush bulky
Watch for Postcard. Most of JP pick up is in the alley.
COLLECTION AND CLEAN UP TIME (Please have materials set out by 6 a.m. on Monday of your collection week).

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
Safety Coalition - TPD offers warnings about scams
Safety Coalition Meetings
Every 4th Tuesday 6:30 - Ward III Office
Next Meeting:  July 23
(June Meeting: Photo D. richmond)
Overall rule- Never give your full name, middle initial, social security number, birth date, etc., personal information, to anyone on the phone.

Scams often encountered:
SCAM #1 Phone calls claiming to be the IRS telling the person that they owe money. Tells the person to go out and get Google Play cards, or if they don't, that TPD will come out and arrest them. Not true!
SCAM #2 -T here was a recent business scam where the scammer told the business they were being audited, and if they didn't come up with money in the form of the cards right away, the business would be closed down and the employee arrested. Again- not true! In the two aforementioned cases, both parties lost considerable sums of money, and they were both in Tucson.
SCAM #3 - Landscaping scam- Someone comes to the door negotiating to clean the yard, clear weeds, and the like, but they ask to be paid upfront. They then disappear with the money.
SCAM #4 -Romance scams- be very careful on the dating websites. There have been numerous cases where the victim meets someone online, and establishes a close relationship over a period of time. The scammer then asks the victim to open accounts for them, or send them cash to come to the US to meet, or for other purposes.  It all turns out to be untrue, and victims often lose thousands of dollars.
SCAM #5 - If someone comes to your house selling something, ask for ID, badge number, website, phone numbers, and check things out. If someone is pressuring you to buy something on the spot, that is a clear warning sign!
When should you contact TPD?- If you have become the victim of scam, and have lost money, file a report.
How to get on the National Do Not Call List? For more information on how to stop unwanted calls including how to put your phone number on the Do Not Call Registry, go online to . 
Local contacts for Jefferson Park 
Two "Lead Police Officers" are assigned to each region.  Jefferson Park is located in the Westside Division. 
The two officers for our area are:
On Duty: Weekends and Evenings
Ofc. Francisco Santa Maria   Phone 520-589-8684

On Duty Weekdays, Days
Ofc. Jeffrey Stover   Phone 520-589-8720
If you are unable to reach the Lead Police Officer (LPO) for your area, leave a voicemail, text message, or email, and he or she will get in touch with you as soon as they are able.   If you do not hear back from your LPO within 5 days, please call the West Division: 520-791-4467 and request to speak with the supervisor of the officer for whom you left the message. 
Community Service Officer: Erin Peters   Office phone 520-837-724. is our new Community Services Officer.
Banner Parklet update
Take a walk to the south end of Martin early some morning when it is cool.

You will see the Banner parklet which celebrates some historic events in Jefferson Park.

Benches show off the art work of children at the International School as well as BlenmanSchool.  The roof of the quonset shaped ramada also features student work.

Pavers still available.  The parklet will feature a walking area of pavers with sandblasted inscriptions. Pay tribute to someone with a paver in the parklet.  Pavers are available for $400 and $600.  Click here for the application and description. 
Jefferson Park Projects Gain Support
Jefferson Park has several important projects,  one of which is obtaining Gateway Signs for the  neighborhood. Not only will they demarcate  entrances of neighborhood, but they will  indicate our historic status as well.

Signs seem simple, but it is a rather lengthy and expensive process.  Volunteers are interfacing with the city to determine all the regulations involving the installation of signs, including contractors who might meet the city regulations for installation, and even covenants which must be signed.  

When all regs are met, we will need to fund the manufacture and installation. Neighbors are pitching in for the costs.  Donations have arrived from $15  to $125.  Each makes the thermometer rise.  Number of donations by JP streets are:
Business contact    1
Edison St                1      
Fremont                  1
Grant Road             1
Hampton  St           3 
Lester St                 2
Linden St                2
Seneca St               4
Waverly St              3
If you, a neighbor or business, would like to donate, please get the donation form by    
Unruly Gatherings Statistics
Need to report an Unruly Gathering?  See the process HERE.

Loud Music calls - 0
Loud Party calls -  0
 Red Tags Issued - 0 
All reports are received from TPD.  A letter is mailed to the resident and owner to let them know phone calls have been made.  If an address receives a red tag it will appear on the front of the home. 
Lend a Hand - Neighbors helping Neighbors
lend a hand
LAH provides free services to seniors (60 and older) and people with disabilities.  There are no financial requirements!  Its services include transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, the bank, etc., plus delivery of fresh produce and food boxes, as well as providing incontinent supplies, yard work, minor home repair, a weekly exercise class, a monthly lunch Social and even more.  
All services are free, made possible by caring volunteers.  But, in order to support it all, we do need more volunteers, especially in the summer!  If you're interested in volunteering -- or receiving these services yourself, please contact 
Trish Gehlen at (520) 248-6882 or
Building in Jefferson Park - a special neighborhood

Special rules for building in Jefferson Park
Jefferson Park is an Historic District and one of only two neighborhoods in Tucson designated a "Neighborhood Preservation Zone",  which means there are unique guidelines that protect the integrity of the neighborhood when remodeling or building in the area.   

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. Also Tucson Planning and Development Dept. has a process flyer at 
Banner Hospital patients who wander...
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.   
We appreciate Banner's willingness to be proactive, and neighbors must be diligent about reporting occurrences. 
Greening and Cleaning
Grant approved for Vine Ave. ROW basins
Vine Ave right-of-way
Back in June 2017 the Green Committee applied for multiple Tucson Clean and Beautiful Stormwater Grants, including a project for two  additional right-of-way basins on Vine Ave., at 1445 E Waverly St. 
Initially, the grants were not funded, but we just got word that the Vine Ave. project is moving forward! 
This project will extend our Green Corridor along Vine Ave.  collect rainwater, provide additional shade and add to neighborhood beautification efforts. The site is pictured at right, at the NW corner of Vine and Waverly. 
Park Cleanup - Every third Saturday
Edison/Cambell Parklet
Help Needed -  3rd Saturday of the month - 8am

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 .
Mayoral Candidate Forum - July 24
Mayoral Candidate Forum
Wednesday, July 24th
Hosted by Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association.  The 3 Democratic candidates, and the 1 Independent candidate have all been invited to take part.  There is no Republican Candidate for mayor this election.
Ward VI Community Room
3202 East 1st Street   Tucson, AZ 85716    520-791-4601
(Thank you Garden District E-news)
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: 

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

Banner Security
Witness any encroachment of patients or visitors etc into the neighborhood?  Banner wants to know. Please call so that the incident can be documented
Security at 520-694-6533
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
Signing up for the E-News
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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,