Your Neighborhood News - January 1, 2016
Most recent results may change your life.
Presented by the Tucson Department of Transportation.  The Coalition requested an updated noise study to help understand what kinds of mitigation should occur along Grant Road. Here it is! Come with your questions or comments. Will the results show an increase, enough to merit walls? All adjacent neighbors from Euclid to Tucson Blvd need to attend. 
January 13, Wednesday *  5:30 pm * Ward III Office

GRANT ROAD-Central Segments
Hampton Closure * Linear Park * Noise Mitigation
January 18, Monday *  6:00 pm * Ward III Office
All neighbors welcome to attend.  Help define the northern border of your neighborhood. The coalition, in negotiations with the City, was able to prevent commercial development and preserve R-1 and NR-1 for the central segments. The coalition, in negotiations with the City, was able to obtain City funding for the consultant to redistrict the Historic boundaries to preserve JP's historic status.  Neighborhood oversight improves the process and the eventual outcome.  Watch for all updates at grantroadcoalition.com.  This is your Coalition website monitoring the issues and progress of work with the city engineers. There are Minutes from meetings and FAQs.  

If you value what the Coalition is doing please sign the support form on the website. 
Making suggestions 
for 2016
January 27, Wednesday, 6pm, Ward III Meeting Rm 
This will be the neighborhood annual meeting. All neighbors encouraged to attend.   Grant Road maps (Phase 2 and 5) will be on display, input charts for you to make suggestions, sign up for committees, and Pizza and hot cider so you will not have to miss dinner.  Short business meeting follows to elect officers, and consider by-law changes.
U of A Working with Neighbors in 2016 
Design Proposals completed by Spring
The U of A College of Architecture + Landscape Architecture +Design is assisting with the Linear Park concept that the Grant Road central segments Coalition will be proposing to the Mayor and Council.  This graduate level class of approximately 12 students begins work March 21 with a presentation from the coalition to the class.  Students will research the issues and maps involved in  the Grant Road Project.  They will consider noise and visual abatements.  

There will be time for resident input the  week of April 18 when the students will present their  initial concepts for feedback. During  the week of May 2 they will present their final designs to the residents. Jefferson Park, SAMOS, Catalina Vista, and Campbell Grant neighborhoods will all be invited to give input to the proposal. 

As the process unfolds it will be posted to the coalition web-site grantroadcoalition.com.  
Neighbors living near the intersection of Hampton and Grant experience the cut-through traffic from Euclid and Grant. They expect traffic to increase as Grant Road increases to 6 lanes and as the Michigan left is installed. In mid 2015 those neighbors obtained the required number of signatures on a petition to have Hampton closed south of the Sausage Deli exit.  At first it was hoped that the Grant Road Project could undertake the closing as part of the over-all  design.  When that was not possible the neighborhood decided to pursue the project with the city.  The issues are:
*cost of project (to be assumed by neighborhood)
*accessibility for Emergency Vehicles
* turn around ability for city vehicles. i.e. waste management etc.
* city concerns have to be addressed by a licensed engineer

Preliminary planning has begun.  A retired engineer from our adjacent neighborhood, SAMOS, is working with the city to resolve the issues on behalf of Jefferson Park.  Under consideration now is a partial closure.  That is, closing the entrance into Hampton from Grant. Neighborhood traffic could still exit Hampton onto Grant.  Bollards would be installed across the incoming lane with appropriate signage. Emergency vehicles can cross lanes to pass and turn-around is possible for large service vehicles.  As the project evolves plans will be posted to the neighborhood website jeffersonpark.info.

Going forward the neighborhood expects neighbor input.  If you would like to serve on the committee  or have suggestions for fundraising for the cost of the closure ($3 - $4 thousand) contact Suzanne Trappman  suzannetrp@gmail.com.
Golf Links/Swan
These six intersections have the most collisions in Tucson. They will be targeted for stronger enforcement of aggressive driving practices.  See the cost of a ticket and drive safely!  
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
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.
Tucson Residents for Responsible Government - TRRG
 TRRG is powering up to continue its work of bringing positive change to City of Tucson government. The following is on TRRG's agenda for the first third of the new year:
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Community Room at Ward 6, 3202 E. First Street, 1:00-3:00 P. M.
This is a  follow-up to our June 20, 2015 event ,  Mr. Ortega, Meet TRRG.  At that time attendees were asked to submit questions they would like him to answer in 6 months.  Those submissions are too many and too varied to address all, but they will be the basis for organizing the content of this conversation.  This is a public event, so encourage potential TRRG members to come with you.
(TRRG newsletter)
An invitation from Feldman Neighborhood
Safe Canvassing Training
What:  Canvassing refers to going door-to-door in a neighborhood and having conversations about important issues with your neighbors.  The training will be led by Ward 3 Council Aide Judith Anderson. Judith has a wealth of community organizing experience, including seven years at PRO Neighborhoods.

When: Saturday, January 16
Training 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Optional Canvassing 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Refreshments will be served, including lunch for canvassing participants.
Where: The chapel at St. Luke's Home
1523 N. 1st Avenue

Why You Care:  Canvassing is an effective way to talk with community members about the issues that matter to them, and it is also useful for crime prevention programs, to encourage voter turnout, and for other community-based efforts.

To RSVP or get more info, contact Gloria McMillan
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.
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
U of A
Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line
Report problems

What is Happening on Grant Road?
City website with maps and phases.
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
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