Neighborhood News - May 15,  2016  
U of A and Mayor promoting home ownership in U of A Neighborhoods - TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
"The Pima Tucson Homebuyer's Solution program is administered through the Industrial Development Authority.  with the Assisted Rate Loan, the borrower receives a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan together with down payment and closing cost assistance of between 3 and 56 percent of the loan amount.  The  additional dollars can be used to pay up to 100 percent of the borrower's closing costs. 
  • There is no first-time homebuyer requirement in this program;
  • Income cannot exceed $82,600 for government loans or $89,088 for conventional loans, regardless of household size;
  • Minimum credit score of 660;
  • Maximum debt-to-income ration of 45 percent;
  • No minimum investment is required of the borrower;
  • The home must be a primary residence;
  • Buyers must attend a homebuyer education course.
Visit pimatucsonhome.org for more information OR CALL 882-5591, EXT 126"
(Az Daily Star April 15, 2016)

Similar Program but for first time buyers:
Advantage Housing Services LLC ("AHS") is Program Administrator. AHS will process applications and issue MCC's. Questions regarding the Program should be directed to the Program Administrator at: 
Advantage Housing Services, LLC
335 N. Wilmot, Ste. #420
Tucson, AZ 85711
520-882-5591, 
520-624-1728 fax

GRANT FOR GRANT ROAD HERITAGE PARK LEAPS TO NATIONAL CONSIDERATION!
The Grant Road Coalition-Central Segments consists of five neighborhoods: 
SAMOS, Mtn/First, Campbell/Grant, Catalina Vista, and Jefferson Park. 
All these neighborhoods are part of the "Central Segments" portion of the Grant Road Project.  Jefferson Park is now the most affected.  Phase 2 will end at Santa Rita.  The Project will return to us in 2021 as Phase 5 and take up where it left off. The road will cut east to Mountain then move diagonally to the north side (SAMOS neighborhood) then keep cutting the north side (Campbell/Grant Neighborhood). Catalina Vista will see changes to its border also. 

There will be pieces of land, parcels,  left after the road cuts through. The city engineers planned to reconfigure the properties and sell them. The coalition said, "What about a linear park?" and wrote a proposal.  Turns out the National Park Service is interested in creating urban parks.  Turns out the US Surgeon General wants people to get out and walk and the park service has a new theme "Rx Parks"  i.e. give a script for walking instead of drugs. 

Many entities converged to write a grant -RTA, PAG, City of Tucson, Banner Health, and the Coalition. Thus the Tucson Heritage Park and Health Trail  grant application  was born! Notification on May 12 - the " City of Tucson's Grant application for the National Land and Water Conservation Fund was selected as the top applicant for Arizona State Parks submittal for the federal selection round." Winners at the federal level will be announced in October 2016.  See the entire grant at
BANNER PRESENTS ITS CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
Confirms its promises to Jefferson Park
Banner Health presented their construction schedule for main campus and north campus on May 11 to the representatives of the adjacent neighborhoods.  Click here to see the presentation. Banner showcases its commitment to Jefferson Park's Health and History Loop, floodwater mitigation, and partnership with the NPS grant for the Linear Park along Grant Road.
(thanks Catalina Vista newsletter)
COMINGS AND GOINGS
...and why the neighborhood needs you!
Laura Lunsford
FRIENDS OF JEFFERSON PARK LOSES PRESIDENT
Laura Lunsford, president of Jefferson Park's non-profit, has accepted a position at North Carolina University.  Her leadership, organization, and computer skills will be sorely missed here in Jefferson Park.  The move puts her near her family and we wish her well. 
NEW AREA 2 REPRESENTATIVE FOR JPNA
At the April meeting, Ricardo Pereyda was named the new representatrive for Area 2 replacing Richard Weeks who moved to Northern Arizona. 
JOIN A NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD
The strength of Jefferson Park has always been its people who step up to serve on its boards, committees, to walk doorhangers, to participate in neighborhood clean-ups, help with fundraisers, and to plant trees.  Both JPNA and Friends have openings on on their boards and welcome all help. Attend a meeting, listen to the discussions, offer to help on a project, meet some really nice people.
MONDAY, May 23, 6PM, WARD 3 - Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc
WEDNESDAY, May 25,  6PM, WARD 3 - JP Neighborhood Assn  
"Many Hands make Light Work"    (African Proverb)        
CALLING IN ON 911
Calling in for disturbing the Peace
...and on-line reporting
CALLING 911 On A Cell-Phone
Update from Captain Hall                                                         
"If you are on a cell phone - E911 (or Enhanced 911) will provide an accurate location, anywhere from 12-25 meters, if the phone is equipped. All newer smart phones have this capability. If it is an older phone or basic flip phone then TPD communications cannot track its location, they have to identify the service provider then contact that provider to try and get a location. All landlines can be tracked. 911 operators are trained to keep the caller on the phone and to elicit as much information as possible".    The 911 operators cannot possibly know every street, house, complex within the city. If the call is important enough to make, the information must be as accurate as possible.  -
  • The NAME of the complex (apartments/townhomes/condominiums)
  • accurate location address  accurate description (person/location/vehicle)
  •  being a Complainant, i.e: providing your contact information, moves you to a higher level. No complainant - level 3 or lower                                  -
  • taking your 911 call one step further. If you provide information for a TRESPASSER, LOUD PARTY, SHOTS FIRED/SCREAMING, SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE, having a complainant has more weight, especially if the case goes to court and you are willing to testify.
     
  • ON-LINE REPORTING -   I just wanted to send out a reminder for you and your neighbors regarding online reporting:   If you are the victim of crime that occurred within our city limits, you can complete and submit your initial crime report online. To report the crime online, please go here:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/apps/crime-reporting/   An online report does get   viewed and  counted in the TPD crime statistics and is no different than a report taken by an Officer. There are certain reports that you do not want to make online. Those reports include stolen vehicles, license plates, firearms or burglaries. Please remember you can always contact me if you have a question regarding online reporting.   Thank you,  Kara Curtis,TPD  Community Service Officer                                                                          (Thank you Palo Verde E-news)
TREES FOR JP'S NORTH/SOUTH STREETS
If you are a homeowner whose property borders a north/south street the Green Committee would like to plant trees in your access way.  You must give your permission and promise to water them while they are babies.  Call Joan Hall 990-8054, or e-mail joanchall@yahoo.com.   
(J. Hall)
JEFFFERSON PARK'S 1938 BUS HAS A NEW HOME
Visit it at the open house for the new museum - "Old Pueblo Trolly/Southern AZ Transportation Museum"
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
250 E. 36th St. (northwest corner of S. 4th Ave. and 36th St.
The 1938, twenty-four passenger bus used to serve Jefferson Park residents for the long ride downtown! Tours will be given.
1938 bus near Lester and Highland about 1940             (Magee Aerial photo)
Visit your websites:  jeffersonpark.info  
QUESTIONS?
The City has compiled the most frequently asked questions by neighbors.  To see a pdf
click here.  Lots of good information.
LEND A HAND FOR SENIORS
VOLUNTEERS FOR:
* Canteen *   Driving seniors *    Grant writing *  Yard work *  Home repairs (like ramps!)
* Website maintenance/data entry *  Recruiting volunteers *  Board members
* Soliciting donations/yard sales
 
Can you leverage your skills to help seniors for a few hours a week? Contact Coordinator Michelle Brubaker at  (520) 248-6882 or    info@lahseniorhelp.org
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
BANNER CONSTRUCTION 
AND INFO PHONE
To learn about construction updates, 
Banner has a web-site:
To see the newest site and the webcam of the construction go to:  http://bumct-expansion.com/

For any issues or concerns,
call (520) 268-9575.
Description of procedures for reporting an unruly gathering
U of A -  Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649
Report problems 
concerns
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
FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
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
FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH
6:00 pm,  Ward III office
1510 E. Grant Rd. 
NEIGHBORHOOD  REPRESENTATIVES
Area #1 - Jeanne Calhoun
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman
Area #6 - Chad Waits
GRANT ROAD 
COALITION MEETINGS
May 24 ,  Tuesday
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. 
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