Your Neighborhood News - March 16, 2016
Visit your websites:    jeffersonpark.info and  grantroadcoalition.com
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS- all open and inviting your attendance

Tuesday, March 22,  6 pm,  Grant Road Coalition Central Segments , WARD III office, 1510 E Grant Rd
             Presentation of the proposal for remnant parcels along the Gra nt Road Corridor.

Wednesday, March 23, 6 pm, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Mtg, WARD III office, 1510 E Grant Rd
 
Monday, March 28, 6 pm, Friends of Jefferson Park
,  
WARD III office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Bike "Near Misses" and Speed Limits
     See the article in the AZ Daily Star about Bike "Near Misses". Robert Fritz, a local bicyclist, has launched a website to report "near misses" to help Tucson transportation planners. Read Here: 
     "Since Fritz launched the website March 6, a dozen bicyclists have reported near misses, including one in which a 12-year-old rider was run off the road by a car and another where a school bus passed "really close" to a commuter on a bicycle, Fritz said.  At Fritz's website, bicyclists can report the location, time and circumstances of near misses, as well as crashes that may not have been reported to authorities, he said. He then shares the information with advocacy groups. 
     Jefferson Park bicyclists and our U of A students can find the reporting form below.
  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ul8Lkjyl5a4XSFMaK1kE23UumU7QAhfrViQ2SBZ3M7U/viewform

The Grant Road Coalition-Central Segments has asked the city to seriously review the intersection at Mountain/Grant and Park/Grant since neighbors have reported many "near misses".  Phase 5 construction is scheduled  five to seven years out and the City has time to revise plans to take into account bike safety issues.  Mountain is the second most traveled pathway in Tucson and JP neighbors see the stream  of bicycles racing to and from  class each morning and afternoon.  
(Thank you to WUNA for this info, Joan Daniels)
FINAL WEEK TO TAKE SURVEY ON SPEED LIMITS FOR BIKE BOULEVARDS -
The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is seeking your help through an online survey regarding the motor vehicle speed limit on bicycle boulevards (select residential streets that prioritize bicycling and walking). The survey linked below will be used to gather the community's opinions on speed limits and safety. However, in order to change the speed limit on residential streets, it would require a change at the state level. Cities such as Portland and Seattle have lowered the speed limits on their bike boulevards to 20 mph to promote safety and comfort. The anonymous survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and it will be available through this Friday.\
Take the survey: http://bit.ly/1oMpuRW
Take the survey in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1OM2Heb
City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program: http://1.usa.gov/1LjdVuP

BANNER SITE MADE SIMPLE
...and article about Banner Plans
See the article about the Banner Project dated August 2015 by Stephanie Innes on AZ Daily Star (Tucson.com).  Note particularly this statement:  "Officials have promised the Jefferson Park Neighborhood a green buffer and pledged that they will never build north of the new proposed hospital entrance."
http://tucson.com/news/business/banner-to-neighbors-years-of-construction/article_ba8681e4-8a59-58ce-bcb8-ef102655ab36.html

To learn about construction updates, Banner has a web-site:  http://campus-construction.uahs.arizona.edu/
(J.Daniels)
Hoping for home ownership and families investing in Jefferson Park...we think there is a trend.
U.S. NEWS PUTS TUCSON ON LIST OF BEST PLACES TO LIVE - Tucson ranks No. 73 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of the 100 "Best Places to Live in the USA." The rankings consider the job market, affordability, and overall quality of life, such as access to health care, quality of education, and crime rates. "Tucson is an example of how a city can be constantly transforming without losing sight of its roots," U.S. News reported. 
U.S. News & World Report full survey: http://bit.ly/1QGnl1x
U.S. News & World Report Tucson mention: http://bit.ly/1UNwR8n
GREEN COLUMN
...before
JPNA GREEN COMMITTEE MEETING
Members of the Green Committee  will  be working in the neighborhood.  Several projects are being considered: another water  retention  basin on Vine, cleaning the right-of-ways in front of homes (that little strip before the curb) and buffel grass eradication.  If you see folks our working stop and say "Hi".  Questions call Joan Hall 990-8054 or e-mail     joanchall@yahoo.com  .  
UPCOMING NEARBY EVENTS
Fri, March 18th - Sat, March 19th 
7:00  am - 1:00 pm  LEND A HAND YARD SALE
1545 E. Water St.
LAH volunteers provide FREE services to seniors to allow them to continue to age-in-place as our neighbors. No senior is ever charged. FREE services include transportation, errands, friendly visits, friendly phone calls, light yard work and light housekeeping. 
Support this amazing organization and learn more when you stop-by their weekend yard sale!

4:30 PM, Monday, March 21 -- Final meeting of the CITY CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE. These meetings include a Call to the Audience at the beginning and the end. Last call for your input! Location in the 4th Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 255 W. Alameda.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 1, 2, and 3, 10 AM to 4 PM -- FOURTH AVENUE STREET FAIR http://www.fourthavenue.org/general-information/

 
Wednesday, April 6, 7 AM to 6 PM -- STUFF THE CAT FOR THE FOOD BANK. Location is University and Cherry, where a Cat Tran bus will be available for your canned food and cash donations. Last year, the community stuffed one bus. Let's make it two buses this year!

 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 8, 9, and 10, varying hours -- SPRING FLING on the UA Mall. http://springfling.arizona.edu/. Please note that this event involves fencing and complete closure of the UA Mall to through traffic, whether by motor vehicle, bicycle, or foot. Because this event involves considerable equipment set-up and tear-down, traffic disruptions are possible during the entire period from Monday, April 4 through Tuesday April 12.

 
Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 -- RINCON HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE. Location is 1607 E. 10th St., which is east of Cherry.

 
Sunday April 10 offers several options: 
BLENMAN-ELM HOME AND GARDEN TOUR 12:30 to 5 PM. Tickets are $10, available at Grace St. Paul Church, 2331 E. Adams, starting at 12:15. This tour will feature music and food trucks. More info at https://blenmanelm.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/the-blenman-elm-2016-home-tour/
SAM HUGHES GARDEN TOUR 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for Sam Hughes NA members. Children accompanied by an adult are free. Start at 700 N Wilson Ave. (south of 3rd St., between Campbell and Tucson Blvd.). This tour will provide an opportunity to donate to the Food Bank. More info at https://nextdoor.com/events/az/tucson/sam-hughes-neighborhood-garden-tour-2016-546886. Both tours are on the CYCLOVIA route http://www.cycloviatucson.org/.
(Thank you, Diana Lett, Feldman Neighborhood)
Potholes...
See full descriptions of process and contact information at  http://www.jeffersonpark.info/code-enforcement.html
NSN -
A website for Neighborhoods
Crime Stats and  Code Violations listed by neighborhood
What is a code violation...?
What is a code violation...and whom do I call? Click here for a downloadable information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division.
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
City Code Violations in Jefferson Park  C ode violations such as weeds, garbage, abandoned vehicles, etc.
Police Incident reports for Jefferson Park  the 80 most recent incidents are reported here.
HELP TUCSON GET A GRIP ON GRAFFITI - The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. You can also report graffiti by emailing   graffiti@tucsonaz.gov, or calling (520)792-2489 and choosing option 1. 
City of Tucson apps:  http://1.usa.gov/1vknBch
Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app:  http://bit.ly/JLX8TO
INVITATION 
INTERNATIONAL DAY
at the
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
MARCH 19, 10AM-2PM
A great opportunity to
enjoy international food
jumping castles, fun activities, 
and entertainment.  
Held on the playground!

It's that time of year again!  Take a chance and help your neighborhood. You can't win if you don't play.
Once again, the Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc. are selling chances on the Jim Click raffle.  This year a 2016 Ford Mustang! Twenty-five dollars apiece, or five tickets for $100.00.  There were only 4,300 of these cars made.  The drawing is December 2016.  One hundred percent of the ticket sales benefit the neighborhood projects. 
If you wish to buy or can sell some of the tickets:
Area # 5 Joanne  Osuna, 798-3602 cricket16@cox.net 
Area #  1 Jeanne Calhoun, 293-2246 
Area #  6 Louie Werthmuller, 390-9044     
Area #2 Joan Daniels, 300-1980
GET ON THE LIST SERVE!
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve:
send a blank email to jeffersonparktucson+subscribe@googlegroups.com
 or send a request for an invitation to joanchall@yahoo.com


JPNA   MEETING
WEDNESDAY
March 23, 2016
6:00 pm
Ward III office 
1 510 E. Grant Rd 
Renew your voluntary membership of $15.   Membership form
Pay dues on-line with paypal. Click   
HERE.
FRIEN DS MEETING
MONDAY
March 28, 2016
6:00 pm
Ward III office
1510 E. Grant Rd. 
NEIGHBORHOOD  REPRESENTATIVES
Area #1 - Jeanne Calhoun
Area #2
Open
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman
Area #6 - Chad Waits
GRANT ROAD 
COALITION MEETINGS
March 22,  April 26 ,  May 24 
(Tuesdays)
6:00 pm * Ward 3 Office
All neighbors are welcome to attend.  If you value what the Coalition is doing please sign the support form on the website. 
Description of procedures for reporting an unruly gathering
U of A
Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line
520-282-3649
Report problems
concerns

City web-site with plans and meeting dates.
LEND-A-HAND  
Senior services 55+
Doctor appts, errands, yard work etc.  
Call Michelle at 
248-6882
Joan Daniels, co-editor                                   Joanne Osuna, co-editor
jdchama@msn.com3 23-2165                       cricket16@cox.net, 798-3602