Your Neighborhood News - January 23, 2016
January 27 - 6 pm - Ward III Meeting Room
Gather * Eat * Advise * Learn
At the annual neighborhood meeting neighbors will gather to analyze the year and prioritize efforts for the new year. 
6-6:45 Pizza and hot cider while you peruse Grant Road construction maps, write your ideas on input charts, and chat with others.
6:45-Annual Elections and Business Meeting. Stay and get involved
President's Letter
Looking back over 2015, I am surprised at the accomplishments of this neighborhood. But why am I surprised?  This is the neighborhood that established a neighborhood preservation zone, planted signs in their yards, created water basins, planted trees, held visuals, raised over 35 k, and gave hours and hours of volunteer time over 9 years to obtain historic status. 

But it seems the challenges just keep coming, and 2016 will be an even more challenging year. For the  Grant Road widening, homes have been, and will be, demolished, residents relocated, and others are already worried about their property values. How will the noise and visual intrusion be handled?   Strong, safe, urban core neighborhoods are important to the city of Tucson and it is in the best interest of the entire community to safeguard these neighborhoods.  In the pressure cooker of city projects and funding issues it is up to residents to remind everyone of the long term effects of their actions today.

I believe Jefferson Park neighbors will work through the association and the Friends non-profit toward the common good. And, we are not alone. Strong bonds are being formed. We are building stronger alliances with our nearby neighborhoods. SAMOS, Campbell/Grant and Catalina Vista are working together on the Grant Road Coalition-Central segments.  I have met some wonderful "other" neighbors.

I have great hopes for this neighborhood where I have lived for over 25 years and which educated my children in elementary school and at the U of A.  Sometimes I yearn for the "good ole days" but even as I fear for the coming years, I also see great possibilities for the future.  I hope you do also. It will take some work.
J. Daniels, Pres JPNA
2015 Annual Report in Pictures  click for a full page version
Ward VI, Steve K's take on the issue

Steve Kozachik (Ward VI-begins east of Campbell,) attended the Grant Road noise study report at Ward III on Jan 13. In his recent newsletter to Ward VI he analyzes what he heard and how it affects neighborhoods.  It is worth the read as he clearly sets out the problem. 
"I'll be reaching out to our legal people to begin a conversation about other funding strategies, expecting study results will conclude that the RTA won't be funding walls that some neighborhoods to the east of Campbell have already indicated an interest in seeing."  He refers to the Campbell wall  "...But it's not a 10' high sound barrier.  it helps-I notice it every night walking home and listening to my radio"

READ HIS WHOLE ARTICLE: He explains how the noise study was conducted, possible ways to mitigate traffic noise, and his opinions on what needs to be done to preserve the neighborhoods bordering Grant.
-- (J. Daniels)
GRANT ROAD COALITION-Central Segments...
subcommittee  has been formed to create a document to present to the city to make the case for  noise  and visual mitigation.  The U of A College of Architecture + Landscape Architecture +Design will be creating their concepts for the remnant parcels of the Grant Road Project.  Designs will be presented at a meeting TBA in April. 
If you value what the Coalition is doing please sign the support form on the website. 
PSA for Tucson Organic Gardeners Spring 2016
The Tucson Organic Gardeners holds monthly meetings the 3rd Tues of each month, Sept through April.  Doors open at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Church, 3809 E. 2nd St. (n. e. corner)
Upcoming events:
Feb 16  "Grow Fruit Trees Organically in Tucson" with Master Gardener Deb North
Mar 15  "Low Water use Methods for the Desert" with JC Matthews of Cutting Edge Ceramics
Apr 19  "The ABC's of Aquaponics" with Brendan Woltman of EcoGro Garden Center
NSN - A website for Tucson's Neighborhoods
Crime Stats and  Code Violations listed by neighborhood
What is a code violation...?
What is a code violation...and who 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:
Senior services 55+
Doctor appts, errands, yard work etc.  
Call Michelle at 
U of A *  Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line *  520-282-3649
Report problems and 
January 27, 2016
6:00 pm
Ward III office 
1 510 E. Grant Rd 
Changes to the bylaws
Annual elections
Renew your voluntary membership of $15.   Membership form
Renew your dues on-line with paypal. Click
January 25, 2016
Ward III office
1510 E. Grant Rd. 
Area #1 - needs rep
Area #2 - 
Area #3 - George Milan
Area #4 - Judy Janson
Area #5 - J. Lisa Jones
Area #6 - Chad Waits
Description of procedures for reporting an unruly gathering
City web-site with plans and meeting dates.
Joan Daniels, co-editor                                   Joanne Osuna, co-editor
jdchama@msn.com3 23-2165             , 798-3602