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Our Neighborhood
Upcoming meetings 
Mint and Succulents waiting for the Plant Swap
Wednesday, April 26:   Plant Swap!
Quarterly JPNA Meeting - 6pm Ward III
Speaker:  Tucson Audubon Society - Urban birds
                Plant Swap * Free Raffle
Thank you Sprouts Market,  1st Avenue 
for Gift Certificate Raffle
Bring your items to swap and set them on tables outside of the Ward Office.  Swap to your heart's content!

Ward III candidates to speak to neighbors:
May 24:   JPNA Meeting Speaker - Ward III  Candidate  Paul Durham - Democrat
June 28: JPNA Meeting-Speaker - Ward III   Candidate  Felicia Chew - Democrat

Tuesday, April 25
Grant Road Coalition Meeting - 6 pm Ward III
Ken Scoville, Tucson Historian, will speak about preservation and what that means for the Grant Road Project.  
ROLL-OFF report

The roll-offs were well received and well used. Sometimes we think things "just happen", but not so. Neighbor Lisa made arrangements and followed up with a scheduling error. So thank you Ms. Jones!.  And special thanks to  Ricardo who helped folks get heavy things to the roll-offs, and picked up things in the alleys.  

FYI:  August 28, 2017 - Brush and Bulky
  (J. Daniels)
Unruly Gatherings for March
Jefferson Park Is monitoring our unruly gathering process.  Are we making progress?  Let's look at March:
For the entire city of Tucson:
      172 Loud Party Incidents (calls made). 
      276 Loud Music incidents (calls made)
     12 Red Tags Issued                                      
      That's a 7% tag rate for the city.

For Jefferson Park:
7 Loud Party incidents (calls made)
1 red tag issued
That's a 14% tag rate for the neighborhood  

Next door Neighborhoods
SAMOS Book Signing and Sale
Friday, April 21 5pm -7:30 pm
1701 E Mitchell
This much awaited publication is here!  SAMOS and Jefferson Park were one before Grant Road split it.  Much of SAMOS' history is connected to Jefferson Park.  To read the interesting historic facts of our neighborhood to the north drop in and buy their book.  The proceeds go to their neighborhood!                    (J. Daniels)
Banner/Lester Greenway Update
Parks/Basins along Lester coming in 2018
Neighbors were concerned when the parklet on Lester and Martin became a parking lot. When we asked Stephen Brigham, Project Executive, for an explanation, he sent the following graphic and explanation:
"Attached is a graphic of the four "Basin/Parks" along Lester Street that will tie into the Jefferson Park loop trail that has been discussed with the Grant Road Improvement team.  The work will be in phases since some of this is tied to the improvements on Elm Street which will occur later in 2018.  Some demolition is scheduled for later in 2017 and the remaining demolition will be in 2018.  All demolitions along Lester Street in the Jefferson Park Historic District will be coordinated with Jefferson Park per our agreement.
The dotted orange line is intended to represent the Banner campus walking connections to the Jefferson Park history trail that was central to the various grant proposals we all worked on.  We did salvage some of the trees from the prior mini-park at Martin and Lester, and of course there will be much more landscaping per the attached drawing.  We also hope to be able to blend some of the salvaged Polo/ROTC building bricks somewhere into the park - we don't have those details yet."   ...and the parking lot "We're trying to deal with the increasing demand for parking for patients, staff and all the construction personnel.  However, some of the parking demand and vehicular traffic on the campus will shift to the North Campus Health Center at Campbell and Allen Road when we open that facility in late 2017 and early 2018.  In the meantime, the temporary parking lot on Lester and Martin is essential to help keep project and staff parking out of the neighborhood.  Soon it will be transformed into a park, so I appreciate everyone's patience while we sequence our work."
(Stephen Brigham, Banner Construction)
Grant Road 
Grant Road Coalition, Central Segments
Tuesday - April 25  - 6pm, Ward III Office
Speaker: Ken Scoville, Tucson historian and neighborhood advocate
Also visit the city website or email for more information.  Materials from the Grant Road Citizen Task Force and the Public Workshops referenced in this update can be found  here.
Saved from Demolition - Plant Rescue at Walgreen's
Thank you to all the plant whisperers who showed up April 4th to harvest plants from the Walgreen's site! Lots of plants were rescued that would otherwise have gone into the land fill.
Thanks to neighbors Will, Michael, Thomas, and Joseph and to volunteers from the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society - And the City of Tucson and Markham Construction for coordinating and facilitating!!       (Joan Hall )

Greening and Cleaning 
Next washing machine: Save water, save money
BUY A QUALIFIED WASHING MACHINE AND GET A CREDIT ON YOUR UTILITY STATEMENT - Tucson Water's Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program will credit customers $200 on their Utility Services Statement when they purchase a CEE Tier 2 or Tier 3 high-efficiency (HE) clothes washer. HE clothes washers save water and energy. You must be a Tucson Water customer with active service to get the credit. Follow the link below to learn more about the program and conditions. You also can view the list of washers that qualify.
Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program:
Tucson Water:
Schedule a tree planting for your yard
Neighbors, t ake advantage of a great opportunity  to green  and  shade  your yard!   Call the Green Committee to get information about how you can schedule a tree planting.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail
Edison Plaza clean-up on May 20 - 8:30am
Mark your calendars!  The next clean-up at Edison Plaza (corner of Edison and Campbell) is Saturday, May 20. Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 8:30 am. 
Buffelgrass spotted in the neighborhood
Photo: AZ Sonoran Desert Museum
Buffelgrass is a nasty invasive grass that has been classified as a noxious weed by the  state of Arizona. Buffelgrass has been spotted in the alley near Edison Park, and it is likely in other parts of the neighborhood as well. 

You are required to remove buffelgrass from your yard. Learn more about the Pima County Ordinance here.  

Don't know how to identify buffelgrass? Learn more
Go to and click on the e-news sign-up form. Or send them this form!
Welcome packets - you can help!
Each of the neighborhood representatives has several welcome packets.  The packets are filled with information about the neighborhood and about Tucson.

If you see a new neighbor move in, please help us welcome them.  Get a packet from your neighborhood rep and take it over and introduce yourself.

We build community one neighbor at a time!

Area Representatives - Your contact to JPNA
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!
Area #1 - Mary Worthen,

Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
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
U of A - Good Neighbor Program
Report problems and concerns.
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649

Stay in Touch

Get on the List Serve!
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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,