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Our Neighborhood
Raffles - refreshments - honors - and more

SEED PACKETS and PLANTS  that feed monarchs. We will have packets of wildflower seeds and six milkweed  plants for our free raffle.

Free Raffle: 25 gallon planter
October 25, 6:00 pm
Ward III Office
TUCSON CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL will present Jefferson Park with appreciation certificate and we shall talk Wild Things!
Refreshments and conversations.
Business meeting at 6:45pm
Your Neighborhood Needs Help!  May we call on you?
Who will help?
The nominating committee for the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Assn seeks your help!!  Four of the five officers have reached their term limits. An all-inclusive board is why Jefferson Park has an Historic District, street signs that declare it historic, NR-1 zoning and the clarification of the R-1 zoning in Tucson to prohibit  group dwellings.  Consider volunteering to join the group.  

Think about it for a moment.  It is likely that every home in our neighborhood, including yours, has benefited from at least one of these efforts of your board.  All welcome. 

Click here. Print the flyer, look over the positions which need filling, and scan or mail your info to  or snail mail to 2225 N Hampton, 85719. The nominating committee will follow up with you. Thanks for caring about our neighborhood!
Little Free Library Ready for Your Reading Pleasure
Saturday at dusk many neighbors dropped in for popcorn and books
Of course we needed a ribbon to cut.

Newspaper cases, December 2016
Little free library, October 2017
These cases were donated by neighbor Nancy Martin, then turned over to neighbor Bob Schlanger who scraped and removed the damaged plexiglas (and made them water tight). Mark Bargar of North American Powder Coating then donated the work to powder coat the cases in a lovely copper color.  
And many thanks to our Little Free Library host  Ken Wiley who donated his corner, painted his wall, created foundations and pathways for this wonderland of free literacy.

Mary Worthen, Area 1 Rep will help Ken monitor the books. The bench was the handiwork of neighbor Joanne Osuna. 
Please stop by and enjoy the first Jefferson Park Little Free Library at Vine and Lester.  Bring a book, take a book. Read. Sit on the bench under the Palo Verde!
October Roll-Offs coming
Thank you COT and Lisa for scheduling!
Roll offs coming the end of October.  They will be scheduled for the usual locations.  
Arriving Friday October 27  
Leaving Monday October 30
Four Locations:
917 E. Seneca  
1 822 E. Lester
1740 E. Edison  
1200 E. Linden

Neighborhood fundraiser - November 4 - 9 to noon
Mark your calendars for the  annual Sabaku T-Shirt Fundraiser. Sabaku shares 30% of the proceeds of the event with two neighborhoods - Jefferson Park and the Old Fort Lowell Live at Home Program.  Beautiful T's at rock bottom prices!

Saturday Morning, November 4 - at the International School Gymnasium
Just in Time for the winter holidays!

Jefferson Park will also sell crafts and treasures.  Got a craft or treasure to donate?  Can you volunteer to help at the event?  All proceeds go to your neighborhood projects.  Call 300-1980 or e-mail
Greening and Cleaning 
Want to green and shade your yard?
Neighbors, t ake advantage of a great opportunity  to create a desert oasis in your yard !   Call the Green Committee to get information about how you can schedule a tree planting. They have a jack hammer for our caliche yards. 
TEP customers can purchase up to three trees a year for only $5 each. There are many varieties to chose from.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail
Edison Plaza clean-up: 3rd Saturdays at 8:00am
Mark your calendars!  Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 8:00 am.
When a Red Tag goes to Court
Recent Red Tag hearing prompts some insights
JPNA red tag committee head Colleen Nichols attended a recent red tag hearing for a home in our neighborhood.  Another neighbor also attended.  Here are the insights gleaned from that court appearance:
1) It really, really helps if someone from the neighborhood shows up, either a board member or, better yet, the affected household. Otherwise the judge just listens to the red tag recipients' sad story, and could possibly  find in their favor. 

2)      It really helps if TPD shows up. In this case, two officers attended, and we are grateful for that.  Many thanks to the TPD Red Tag Team who brought statistics for this particular hearing,  Officer Perez and Officer Silva.

3)     Be cautious about giving prior "permission" for a party.  If a neighbor gives prior "permission"  to the hosts to hold their party, the judge may hold that in their favor to reduce fines or penalties.   If someone comes to you beforehand to tell you that they plan to hold a party,   you might say, "Thank you for informing me, but we know how difficult it is to control noise and behavior, and we will not hesitate to call 911 if it gets out of hand."  If you make a call to 911, you should relay the exact address and specific events which are occurring - # of cars, # of people, any suspected of underage, evidence of alcohol, noise level etc.

4)      It helps if more than one person calls in - so if you have reported an unruly gathering, call a neighbor and encourage them to also call it in.  

5)      See on the right hand side panel. Scroll to the red cup and click on it.  There is a complete flow chart for procedures etc. You may also look on the TPD website

6) If you still have questions you may call our JPNA Red Tag Committee chair, Colleen Nichols at
In this case, the residents were fined a total of $500 for 2 red tags (two residences were tagged) and they can do community service in lieu of payment. Perhaps they could do community service in our neighborhood.
(C. Nichols, J. Hall)
Grant Road Update
Citizens' Task Force Meeting
Grant Road Citizens Task Force to meet October 19, 5:30 at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N 6th Ave. This panel of citizens meets to review the progress of the Grant Road Project. There is  a comment period for the audience.  
UA graduate landscape class visits site
Dr. Margaret Livingston (center) speaks with students in the graduate Landscape Class.  Neighbors, Minnette, Alan and Joanne join the site visit
Students meet in the shade of a PaloVerde to discuss the particulars of the site and count the existing native plants.
Monday, October 11, the UA graduate landscape design class visited the Grant Road site to discuss their assignment.  Students will create landscape designs for the remnant lots from Park to Santa Rita.   
Neighbors attending stressed native vegetation, water harvesting and visual mitigation for the bordering homes. This community outreach will give the neighborhood some fine ideas. We look forward to the November presentations!
Another Grant Submitted for Grant Road Remnants
The Grant Road Coalition in partnership with the RTA, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and City of Tucson submitted a grant proposal to the AZ Forestry Division entitled "Tucson Forest Pathway: Proactively Re-purposing Remnant Parcels with Trees". To read the entire grant which was submitted Sept 1, 2017 Click Here.
Banner Update
Neighbors may salvage historic buildings before they are demolished- Nov 8-10
November 8-10:  8:00AM to 4:00PM neighborhood access to historic houses 1802 and 1812-1816

November 20th: Martin Ave. closes to through traffic at Lester Street

December/January: date TBD, 2017/2018: New Ambulance entry opens, all ambulances traffic enters from Cherry Avenue

January 8, 2018: Construction fencing extends on Lester east to the Allen residence. Bicycle and walking through traffic at Warren and City Park on Campbell

January 8, 2018: Demolition of buildings on Lester 1802, 1812-16,  1716, 1718, 1748, 1754. Heavy equipment noise impact during work hours 6:00AM to 4:00PM

March 5, 2018: Central Plant goes live

May 8, 2018: Vacate all UA occupied buildings, overall site work begins on North and South areas of the Tower Expansion and at the front entry Pavilion

January 15, 2019: Substantial completion of Main Tower Expansion

April 1, 2019: Go live, Heads in beds

Entire informational power point which was presented to the neighborhood representatives on September 27, 2017, can be seen on
Our Neighbor - Neighborhoods
Mountain/First Neighborhood Porch Fest 
SAMOS * Home Tour Saturday Oct 21* 12:30 to 5:00
Our neighbor-neighborhood celebrates its second home tour.  Tickets are $10. Proceeds go to neighborhood projects.  Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour in front of Salpointe High School on Copper St.  To purchase ahead call Jane at 427-4532.

Each house will have raffle tickets 3/$10 and prizes include coupons for Blue Willow, Brushfire BBQ, Mark's Ace Hardware, Plaza Liquor, Local art work and jewelry, Roadhouse tickets and many other.  The informative book " SAMOS: Stories that Built a Neighborhood" will also be on sale.  

Did you know Jefferson Park was once part of SAMOS?
Let me "Rock You" in Campbell/Grant
A recent project in our neighbor neighborhood Campbell/Grant can not go unnoticed!  

They had a painting party and  painted rocks to place in unsuspecting neighbors yards!

Reminds us of the song "Let me Rock You", but in such a nice way and with a new twist!

Somebody had a good idea.
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!
Welcome packets also available from Suzanne at 740-0575 or
Area #1 - Mary Worthen, 

Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #5 - open

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
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Important Contact Info

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
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

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Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Renew your $15 voluntary JPNA membership dues
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CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,