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Santa Barbara Ice Cream--Yummm!
July  27 - Jefferson Park Quarterly Meeting
6pm - Ward 3 Office 1510 E Grant
Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
Featuring Santa Barbara Creamery Ice Cream
Plan to come for dessert, good company, and information!

Regular Meeting of JP neighbors.  August 24- All welcome.

All Neighborhood Meetings are at 6pm  in the Air Conditioned Ward III meeting Room  1510 E Grant Road
Grant Road Coalition Meeting
July 26, 6pm, Ward 3 Meeting Rm
City staff and local consultant, Keri Silvyn, will be on hand to answer questions about "our" central segments and the intersections at Campbell/Grant, First/Grant, Tucson Blvd/Grant.  The coalition has a committee which has been researching the options at the intersections and has prepared questions for the city staff.  Will the Grant Road Project honor the existing Neighborhood Plans (approved by city) when developing the intersections?  Will it honor the central segments-no overlay promise?  What is the timeline for the Hampton Park basin?   This is your chance to listen and ask questions.  See Grant Road Coalition Website -
 (excerpted from Ward 6 newsletter)
"Two weeks ago, midtown suffered a two-inch downpour in 30 minute. Trees were uprooted, streets became impassable, and several homes flooded. While it's not the first time Tucson has seen this, and while it won't be the last, I felt we could put some protocols in place to help mitigate the impacts when things like this happen again. First let me thank the many city staff members, representatives from Sun Tran, and representative from the county for joining in a large meeting we held last week with midtown residents to talk about what had occurred, and how we can respond differently when it happens again. 

It was a productive conversation. Some of the outcomes from the meeting relate to ways residents will be able to help manage storm impacts. We'll work with the county to make sand bags available at distribution sites around the city..." 

"We'll also work with our Environmental Services drivers to give them the liberty to  bypass certain roads during large rain events. Even though their trucks are pretty immune to stalling out, they create waves which exacerbate the impacts on homes alongside the streets they're driving on. You might be passed over for a trash pickup, but your house won't end up under water from the truck's wake. 

Sun Tran already has route change protocols in place. Their drivers have information in hand so if rains occur, they know how to react on certain routes. Contact Sun Tran for the specific information if you're a bus rider and want to know ahead of time whether a route you travel might be affected during monsoon storms. 

The county has rain gauges that alert some of their personnel what's coming our way as storms approach. I've asked if they can make storm alerts  available to residents - possibly through a cell phone emergency alert system, or through an app you can download. They feel confident something like that can be done, and are working in concert with the City Manager to sort out the details. I'll make sure to send out that information as soon as they get it in place. 

After storms, our TDOT employees are out 24 hours a day working to clean alleys, debris on the roadways, downed trees, and all the rest. They deserve credit for the hard work they put into rehabilitating the city this time of year. If you know of specific areas that need attention, give the Streets Division a call at 791-3154 or email them a description of the issue with the exact location to It's triage based on severity of impact, so it may take a little time to resolve all of the issues. As a longer-term strategy, we discussed working to divert some of the storm runoff. The city does not have a large scale, sub-grade storm water system like we had back east. That decision was made decades ago, and there's no way we're going to install such a system now. The enormous cost for the benefits would make no sense. But there are ways we can help soften the impact of our monsoons. 

Your neighborhood association leaders may have recently asked you for information on whether or not your home has flooded as a result of wash or street runoff in the past. That request is coming from my office. If water from the street has flooded your house, or if you know people who have experienced this, please let us know through this form: We'll supply the data we assemble to the county, via our Transportation Director. With it, they'll try to identify locations where things like water detention basins might be installed upstream of flood-prone areas to ease some of the worst impacts. We don't have real estate on the magnitude of the Cherry Fields, which are south on Campbell, to turn into major catchments, but if we can find locations for several smaller ones, the cumulative results might save some properties downstream. So start thinking about if and when you've been flooded, ask your neighbors to do the same, and let us know.

If you can't use the website form, call us at 791.4601 and we'll help you fill it out. Anybody can buy flood insurance. You don't need to live in a floodplain. I know of some residents who are looking into it based on the recent storm. We'll get these other strategies in motion and hopefully as the monsoon season develops more fully, everyone will be a little better prepared for its impacts.
(Ward 6 newletters via Garden District Newsletter)

Left: 2015 contestants awaiting rains.
Above: Agents and Coaches
Come the monsoons, Jefferson Park celebrates the  annual flooding of Vine Avenue with their annual Rubber Ducky Race.  The "Duck Committee" monitors the weather reports, predicts the Duck Run, announces the date and time by an announcement to the neighborhood googlegroup and our Facebook pages, and braves the flood to release the Duckies. For more 

It is fun, and a minor fundraiser.  You can participate by purchasing a Duck.  Get your duck by sending $ 5 to Joan Hall 1441 E Edison, go to and pay on line, call 990-8054, or e-mail Your duck will be registered! 
Thanks to our sponsors:
Prizes: So far 85 ducks are in the race.

(excerpted from Ward 6 newsletter) "A Red Tag is assessed to properties at which loud parties, public drunkenness, underage drinking, and other intrusive activities take place. There are fines involved, along with escalating sanctions for repeat offenses. 

We've held multiple meetings at the Ward 6 office about this. TPD officers go over the conditions that can give rise to violations of the ordinance with neighborhood representatives, and they offer advice on what neighbors should do when they see the offending behaviors. We also recently held a study session to talk about how we can better control these incidents. School's out now, but in advance of its resumption, TPD is making some proactive moves. 

All of this falls under the new emphasis on community policing we've seen implemented with the arrival of Chief Magnus. TPD formed an internal working group that's gathering data related to where we're seeing these intense parties. Beginning next month, these areas will be targeted for major public education campaigns. Information will come in the form of new pamphlets, mailers, and social media communications. Training and coordination is being conducted in partnership between TPD and the UA. It's all aimed at enforcement and follow-up. TPD has also dedicated an officer to administering the program. 

Some of the duties that officer will be assigned include following up with the owners of properties that have been red tagged, tracking repeat complaints, and working directly with neighborhood leadership to get a handle on those properties. He'll also be involved with the preparation of court cases associated with the citations. It's our hope that this full court press will make an impact on judges when these cases come before them. If more meaningful penalties are made to stick, we should see a diminution in repeat offenses. The meetings we've been holding on quality of life issues bear fruit. This is one example of outcomes, the benefits of which we're hoping you see early this fall. "      (Excerpted from Ward 6 Newsletter)
Description of procedures for reporting an unruly gathering
Tucson Parks and Recreation's Activity Guide for fall 2016 is available online at the link below and at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including administration offices, recreation centers, pools, and many local libraries. The Activity Guide contains information on leisure classes, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, registration, and the Discount Program. Registration will open July 16 for city residents and July 19 for non-city residents. For questions, please call Registration Services at (520) 791-4877. 
View guide and register for classes:
Tucson Parks and Recreation:
GREEN COMMITTEE - Park Adoption needs you!
The park at the east end of Edison has been adopted by the JPNA Green Committee through "Tucson Clean and Beautiful".   We call it Edison Plaza.  When the neighborhood makes good on its promise to maintain it, a sign will be posted indicating Jefferson Park has adopted the area. 
      So, BYOB (bring your own bag) and the kids, meet at "Edison Plaza",  get exercise,  and  have fun.  Third Saturday's of the month 6 am to 8 am until September--then later in the day.  Watch for reminders on the list serve.

Thanks Ricardo and Angela for last Saturday's work.  We hope others arrive to help on the next third Saturday, July 16.
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. $5 per tree from Trees for Tucson.  
Call Joan Hall 990-8054, or e-mail .   
(J. Hall)
With the National Weather Service predicting high temperatures around 106 degrees for the next few days, it's a good time to get a refresher on heat safety, especially staying hydrated when outdoors. In a Tucson 12 video linked below, the Tucson Fire Department offers other tips on staying safe in the heat. It's also a good thing to remember to keep your pets cool. Most pet stores sell dog booties to protect the animals from hot sidewalks and asphalt, but veterinarians recommend pets stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day. If you can, it's best to leave your pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water. 
Tucson 12 video on heat safety: 
National Weather Service forecast for Tucson: 
(from city news link)
The City has compiled the most frequently asked questions by neighbors.  To see a pdf
click here.  Lots of good information.
* 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
See full descriptions of process and contact information at: 
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, or calling (520)792-2489 and choosing option 1. 
City of Tucson apps:
Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app:
To learn about construction updates on the University campus go to:
Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus also has a web-site for the hospital expansion project:
Their emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team is: (520) 268-9575
U of A -  Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649
Report problems 
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 
Area #  1 Jeanne Calhoun, 293-2246 
Area #  6 Louie Werthmuller, 390-9044     
Area #2 Joan Daniels, 300-1980
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve:
send a blank email to
 or send a request for an invitation to

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   
Suspended until September 26
Area #1 - Jeanne Calhoun
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman
Area #6 - Chad Waits
June 28, July 26, August 23 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. 
City web-site with plans and meeting dates.
Senior services 55+
Doctor appts, errands, yard work etc.  
Call Michelle at 
Joan Daniels, co-editor                                   Joanne Osuna, co-editor
jdchama@msn.com3 23-2165             , 798-3602