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Our Neighborhood - Meetings
October 23, 6:00 pm.,  Quarterly Meeting
Spooky Refreshments!
Speaker: Maria Cardenas - 2020 census
1510 E Grant Road, Ward III 

*Note a change in November, due to holiday schedules. 
Meeting will be November 21 - - - a Thursday

No meeting scheduled for October.
November meeting is November 26, 5:00 pm.   Topic: Status of the Linear Park,  1510 E Grant Road, Ward III.

October 22, 6:30 pm.   1510 E Grant Road, Ward III 
Attendees of our meetings: TPD, Ward 3 Representative, and Residents of Jefferson Park, Mountain/1st, Samos, Sugar Hill, Hedrick Acres, El Cortez, Keeling, and Catalina Vista. Adjacent neighborhoods are welcome to attend; however, we only go over incidents in the listed neighborhoods.
     1st half hour: Neighborhood Watch, Erin Peters.
     2nd half hour: We have requested information on Lock-Boxes for our elderly/disabled and the use with emergency personnel.  Also asked for a full report on the shots incident 10/6. 
Make a note of these:
October 22 and 23 - TEP Community Meetings   (See article below)
Nov 2 - T-shirt Fundraiser
Nov 16 - Celebration at the Banner History Parklet
Neighborhood Fundraiser

Sabuku T-shirts by Nancy Lenches, for sale at unbelievable prices!

International School Gymnasium
Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am to noon

This event is co-sponsored by our two neighborhoods and supported through the Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc.  The fundraiser of beautiful T-shirts brings precious dollars to the neighborhoods for projects.  

See the T-shirt designs of Nancy Lenches at her website  Nancy brings her seconds and overruns along with some new designs.  The prices for seconds are rock bottom, available nowhere else!!  

We  need volunteers!!  
We need experienced users of smart phones to be cashiers.  Friends of Jefferson Park,Inc will set our cashiers up on pay pal for the event.  
or call 520-300-1980
Roll-Offs coming in October 
Thursday, October 17 thru Oct 21
Coming to a block near you:
917 E Seneca *  1850 N. Tyndall
1740 E Edison *   1822 E Lester
Thank you Tucson Environmental Services and thank you JPNA for scheduling these!

Did you Flip Your Lid?
Lid gone or broken? call 791-3171.  Give them your address and ask for a replacement.  Some barrels are quite old in Jefferson Park!
Be Careful in JP! Many streets with parking restrictions.  If someone is illegally parked in front of your home call 520-791-5071 or

No Parking on Lester southside - Martin to  Warren
On Lester, between Martin and Warren, the basin side, parking has been an ongoing issue. Many folks who worked at Banner or the UA, parked there.  Now that the basin and landscape areas are a reality, the neighbors wanted to make sure the number of parked cars did not increase. Hence, the request for No Parking along that space. The south side Jefferson Park neighbors' views will be  long awaited trees and green space in a couple years.  
Additionally, the north and south turns on the Campbell access road have been painted red to prevent the cars parking in those curved spaces. 
This was a concerted effort on the part of Banner, Park Tucson, and the City  of Tucson.  We appreciate the effort!

Upgraded 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
TEP must determine a route for the Kino to DeMoss-Petrie (Kino-DMP) 138 kilovolt (kV) Transmission Line, which will connect the Kino Substation to the DeMoss-Petrie Substation.

The line also will interconnect with the planned UA North Substation, which TEP expects to build north of the University of Arizona's main campus.
The current electric substation at Vine and Lee will be upgraded from a 47Kv station to a 138Kv (gas insulated) substation.  Transmission poles will then extend north to the DeMoss-Petrie substation.  Those poles are 60-75' in height and 6'-8' in diameter at the base.
Note the map which indicates the area to be covered by the UA enhanced substation.  It will end at Chauncey Lane - one house south of Lester. 
There are two types of working groups and open community meetings to give input to the design and direction of the 138Kv transmission lines:
1) Community Working Group to collaborate with TEP's project team in the planning process for the new transmission line. This group is comprised of one assigned representative from each neighborhood.  Support reps can attend, but need to be assigned by the neighborhood.
2) Stakeholder Working Group - UA, Banner, COT, TDOT, planners, etc.
Both of these groups will have the opportunity to learn about the project and provide:
  • Ideas and concerns of their own and of the neighborhood or organization they represent
  • Feedback about resource information and studies
  • Criteria used to identify alternative
  • Alternative project route
  • Impact assessment and mitigation
  • Route selection process
3) And there are Community Meetings
Tuesday Oct 22, 5:30-7:00pm * Quincie Douglas * 1575 E 36th Ave
Wednesday Oct 23, 6:30 - 7:00pm * Ward VI Council Office - 3202 E First Ave

Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association is looking for a resident(s) who would serve on the Community Working Group.  There will probably be 3-5 meetings between now and next June 2020. It is critical that we have JP representation! If you are interested, please contact Colleen:

Also for TEP information, feel free to contact Renee Darling, TEP representative,   with any questions or concerns at (520) 884-3642 or You could ask to receive project materials via direct mail or make separate comments on the project Newsletters from TEP will be mailed to residents.
Sample of 138Kv transmission line which would extend from the proposed UA North substation to be located at Vine and Chauncey Lane/Elm
CCRC-Campus Community Relations Committee Report
Meeting with University to create Liveable Communities
Four reps from JP attended the meeting in Old Main.  
The Campus Community Relations Committee and University of Arizona asked contiguous neighborhoods to suggest creative ways that the University could create livable communities in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Jefferson Park surveyed neighbors and the JPNA board and prioritized the suggestions which was presented in writing to the leaders.  The results of the general meeting are presented below:

Votes: 12:
Address traffic/transportation across neighborhoods by closing traffic specific streets.
Improving roads & bike paths & sidewalks.
Reducing cars/# cars/house/complex by creating complex gathering areas that reduce flow of traffic- thru roads.
Developers/UA to support neighborhood infrastructure 
Votes: 11:
Commitment of U of A and developers of student housing to develop infrastructure to enhance neighborhoods - e.g. sidewalks, blue lights, etc.
Votes:   9 -  Revision of university & neighborhood area plans to increase the authority of specific plans (not the campus Master Plan).
Better Communication  
Collaborate with UA, possibly through Dept. of Communication-students, to collect and disseminate neighborhood information.  Could include social media, website, class credit- Students could attend neighborhood assoc. meetings. Student could be assigned as neighborhood liaison. (e.g., internship).
Encourage Home Ownership
Incentivize UA employees to live in area.
Incentivize home ownership and provide preservation information and resources. Provide mentorship between existing neighbors and new residents. Involve UA and city.
Support Neighborhood Historic Sites/Projects
Commitment to history of neighborhoods-utilizing skills of professors & students to work w/neighborhoods to create visible historical projects.
UA student/professor collaboration with neighborhood projects
Student/Faculty collaboration with neighborhoods/community.
Examples: Living Streets Alliance,  Signage,  Bike/walking paths,  Water harvesting,  Urban planning,  Grocery store/coffee
(from the "Livable Communities meeting results  report 9/29/2019)
The Campus Community Relations Committee meets second Tuesdays of the month.  All are invited to attend.  To find out the monthly location e-mail Lisa Jones at
(L. Jones, JP chair)
Time Line for the Grant Road Health and Heritage Linear Trail
Plan for the Linear Park - Park to Fremont
Park extends from Park Ave to Santa Rita
Tucson Parks and Recreation Project manager for the Linear Park is Joe O'Neil. 

His time-line going forward is:
4-6 weeks - City of Tucson Planning and Development permit review
3 months -  Plans go out to bid
January 2020 - Begin work.

Banner Community Parklet Celebration
Celebration of the Banner
History Plaza at Martin and Lester

It's for the neighborhoods!!

Saturday, November 16, 2019  
2:00-4:00 P.M.
Meet at the Quonset Hut Ramada.  
Come and celebrate, and see how Banner commemorated "Polo Village" and the UA Polo Team.  

Meet your neighbors, the talented kids who created the artwork, and meet some of the folks who were instrumental in creating this very special little history plaza.
Walk the loop if you wish.  Bring the kids; there will be a "history" bean bag toss and they can run off some energy on the loop.
Stay a minute, stay awhile!

How To Make An Effective 911 Call
In case you were not aware, when you call 911, your call is not answered by Police or Fire personnel.  You are  not  talking to an officer when you call.  You are talking to a trained 911 operator from the Public Safety Communications Department (PSCD).  PSCD is responsible for the provision of emergency services to over 526,000 City residents and over 122,000 County residents.
It is the 911 operator's responsibility to ask you questions. It does not mean that they are questioning the legitimacy of your call. It just means they are trying to get enough information to ensure the call will be prioritized correctly and that the police response will be effective while ensuring the safety of the responding officers.

When you call 911 now, if you give the operator your cell phone number, after your call you will receive a text with the Incident report number.  If you need to call back or want to check the  100 Most Recent Police Incidents report to see how the call was cleared, they can more quickly access the information.  A day or two later you will also receive a request for completing a follow up survey.  The text looks like this:

Thank you for calling 911 on September 11, 2019 at  2:27 PM. Your Tucson Police reference number is E***********.  
We are working diligently on your call for service. Please re-contact 911 for any emergency updates or cancellations.  
911-Public Safety Communications Department
Text 'STOP' to unsubscribe from all future messages.

Why is it important to provide specific information when calling 9-1-1
In getting you the help you need, it's important to try to give accurate answers to the six W's: Where, What, Who, When, Weapons, and Why.

1. WHERE? Where is the incident occurring?

One of the first questions you'll be asked is "what is the address of your emergency?"
If you don't know your exact location, there are steps you can take to help the emergency responders find you. These include:
  • Looking for a piece of mail or other item that would list the address
  • The closest crossroads to your location
  • Any businesses nearby
    • When calling from an apartment complex, general location information (i.e. second floor, near the pool, next to the mailboxes, etc.).

2. WHAT? What happened?

It might feel like the specialist is asking too many questions, but don't be alarmed, this does not delay response. Not asking questions *can* cause a delay in getting you the correct help as different situations require different response plans. The specialist will ask you what you are reporting. Be as specific as you can be in your answers. "Just send police," or "Just send the fire department" may not get you the help you truly need. We understand that there are situations in which you can't respond to questions. In these instances, don't put your safety or the safety of others at risk. But, whenever possible, tell us what is going on.

3. WHO? Who is involved?

In order to correctly provide service to those calling 911, the responding police/fire/medical units need to know who they'll be either assisting or looking for. If you are involved in the situation, the call taker will ask your name, and depending on the situation, your physical description. If you don't want to be a victim or a listed witness, that's okay, you don't have to provide your name. If you are calling about a situation involving other parties, regardless of your level of involvement, give as much description as possible. The specialist will ask you to try to provide the following:
  • Names of involved parties
  • Ages
  • How many people are involved?
  • Clothing descriptions
  • Vehicle descriptions

4. WHEN? When did it happen?

Knowing when a situation occurred can drastically affect response. If someone is having a medical emergency or there is a crime in progress, the response from emergency services will be different than if the caller and the situation have been separated by time and distance.

5. WEAPONS? Are there weapons?

One of the jobs of the Communications Specialist is to make sure the scene in which emergency units respond to is as safe and secure as possible.

6. WHY? What other information can help us assist the responding unit(s)?

In order to provide responding units with as much detailed information as possible, follow up questions may be asked.
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:

Also for sale at the November T-shirt event!
Unruly Gatherings Statistics
Need to report an Unruly Gathering?  See the process HERE.
Loud Music calls - 0, Loud Party calls -3, 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. 
Public Class on Hate Crimes -by TPD
The Street Crime Interdiction Unit is hosting a neighborhood forum to discuss hate and bias crimes in the Tucson area. The class is open to the public and will cover several topics, to include what constitutes a hate crime, different types of bias, emerging trends, reporting requirements, and a question/answer forum. The class will take place at the Westside Service Center (1310 W Miracle Mile) on October 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Feel free to forward to any community groups that you feel may be interested.
Please register using the link below. Questions may be directed to Tristan Pittenridge 837-2801 or Gilbert Martinez at 837-2784  

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 
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
Park Cleanup - Every third Saturday
Edison/Cambell Parklet
Help Needed -  3rd Saturday of the month - 7:00 am
No RSVP needed, just show up about 7am.    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 .

Get those goatheads before they get your feet/bike tires!

Goathead, or Puncturevine, is a nasty weed with spiky burs. 
This non-native plant grows low to the ground with 5-petaled yellow flowers. The burs get stuck in shoes, bike tires, and pet's fur and feet. If you've ever stepped on one, you know how painful it can be! 
This weed is spreading throughout our neighborhood. Now is the time to take care of it, while it still has flowers before it goes to seed! Remove by hand pulling or use a hula hoe. Make sure to get the roots out. 
If you need help with removal in your yard, contact the Green Committee, Joan Hall,
Learn more about this weed
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: 

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 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

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
Signing up for the E-News
Go to and click on the e-news sign-up form. Or send them this form!

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,