Your Neighborhood News - February 21, 2016
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2012 - Installation
2016 - After Car Crash
T he Traffic Circles in Jefferson Park
were designed by U of A landscape architect students and manufactured and installed by J.Harris in 2012 with grant monies. The plantings have been monitored and hand watered by neighbors.

Those traffic calming devices have taken their beatings  and volunteers have 
reinstalled broken pieces and reset concrete after "hit and runs"  

On Feb, early in the morning, the circle at Edison and Fremont was hit,  downing two panels.  In that case police were on the scene and a report was taken. JPNA has requested the city look into the repairs.                J. Daniels

Mountain is the 2nd most traveled bikeway inTucson!
Dedicated Right Turn Lane at Mountain and Speedway
Green Bike Box  currently installed at Mountain and Grant
separates cars and bikes. Here is the possibility for "Right Hook Crashes" when drivers turn right and a biker is proceeding straight through the intersections or is in the driver's "blind spot"
Drivers and bikers must be extremely cautious!
According to the Federal Highway Commission
Bike lanes should be placed to the left of a right-turn lane to minimize the opportunity for right hook crashes and permit cyclists to ride through the intersection, From the  Federal highway Administration bicycle Safety Audit and Prompts (May 2012)

Study these two options for treatment of bikes and cars at intersections.  And see the third option described below by Living Streets Alliance.

Mountain is the second most traveled bikeway in Tucson and bike/car contact is an ever present danger.. 
Kylie Walzak, Program manager, Living Streets Alliance was asked - What is the best practice for intersection at Mountain and Grant?  Her answer:   "This is such a tricky intersection. As far as "best practices",  I know many across the U.S. are excited about "Dutch Intersections". Davis, CA installed the first one in the U.S. followed quickly by Salt Lake City. Check it out:
  I don't think a dedicated right turn lane (for cars) on Mountain Ave. is a good idea because it forces a point of negotiating contact between cars and bicyclists. We see this all over town. The cyclist wants to continue straight but the right-turning traffic wants to get in to the turn lane and the two have to negotiate the space. It doesn't always work out well. I know the City is planning to install flexible delineators, like we see on St. Mary's Rd. and the Bike HAWK on 9th Ave at Speedway among others, at Mountain and Grant soon - like in the next month - and I think that's the way to go, separate the cars from bicycles. I think the delineators will help keep cars out of the bike lane on both sides of the intersection and potentially help reduce conflict points."
                                                                                                             (e-mail to J. Daniels,2/19/16)
Neighbors continue to question the bike facility plans planned for Mountain and Grant.  The work on that intersection will not begin until about 2020 in Phase 5. As questions are asked and answered by the project engineer, city staff , or bike groups, they will be posted to the coalition website. 
UpTick in burglaries - Be aware!
oilgCortez neighborhood has experienced a rash of burglaries.    Report any suspicious activity or strangers to 911.  The police are on the alert.    Testimony from our neighbor in the 900 block on Hampton:
     "Just to let you know that my home was invaded on 2/2 between 10 and 11 am. I had evidently not locked the backdoor but the invader had to come over a 5' block wall with locked corrugated steel gates. He (or she) smashed my darkroom door to absolute splinters but must have been scared off by housemate returning home
     Police came promptly and checked everything out. Please remember to check your doors and windows before you leave, even for a brief errand. I need to seriously consider an alarm. 
ps - police say if you see any sign of break-in/invasion when you come home, DO NOT ENTER. Call 911 and wait for police to check it out. You do not want to encounter an invader."
will consider projects within the neighborhood for weed clean up. They would like to help any neighbor who for reasons of age, disability, or income need help with their yard. C
ontact Joan Hall,

Dear Ward 3 neighbors: 
You and your neighbors are invited to participate in the Feldman's Neighborhood HHW Collection  
from 8 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday, March 5. Please drop off your hazardous materials no later than 11:15 AM.
LOCATION: West parking lot at St. Luke's Home, 615 E. Adams Street.
FOR SAFETY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT LEAKING WASTE. Leaking containers, complete with identifying labels, must be placed inside a second, sealed container.
More information follows, from the COT Environmental Services website
Thanks for caring about our environment!
                                                                            (Feldman Neighborhood, D.Lett)
City of Tucson will remove abandoned shopping carts
If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option.
Read more at ES website:
Download the 'My-Waste'™ app:
Watch a PSA about how the program works:
City of Tucson Neighborhood Resources wants you to know...
Our department name is now the Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) and we are  located at 201 North Stone Avenue, 3rd Floor.
Staff and their contact information remain the same as shown below:
Becky Flores, Neighborhood Resources Primary Contact, 837-5013,
Rebecca Ruopp, Neighborhood Resources Oversight, 837-6973,  for neighborhood incoming requests and correspondence
Please share this information with your neighborhood leadership.  If you have any questions or if you are in the area, feel free to stop by and visit us.
(E-mail from neighborhood Resources)
Tucson Bird Map
The new Tucson Birding Trail Map is available. The free map shows the 45 best locations in and around Tucson for finding wild birds. The sites include a range of mountain, desert, and wetland locations, each with its own variety of species. The map will be available at a variety of Tucson Audubon and Tucson Parks and Recreation department locations. The Tucson Birding Trail Map was produced by Parks and Recreation and the Tucson Audubon Society, with funding from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Heritage Fund. As many as 350 wild bird species have been seen in and around Tucson over the years. From Parks and Recreation:
Online version of birding map:
NSN - A website for 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:
February 24, 2016
6:00 pm
Ward III office 
1 510 E. Grant Rd 
Changes to the bylaws
Renew your voluntary membership of $15.   Membership form
Pay dues on-line with paypal. Click   
February 22, 2016
6:00 pm
Ward III office
1510 E. Grant Rd. 
Area #1 - Jeanne Calhoun
Area #2
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman
Area #6 - Chad Waits
March 22,  April 26 ,  May 24 
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. 
10th Annual International Day 
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10 am - 2 pm

International Day has been likened to a mini Tucson Meet Yourself .  Guests have the opportunity to learn about another country's culture while sampling its unique fare. 

Admission to International Day is free. There is no charge to come and enjoy the incredible line-up of 8 separate entertainment acts - including our very own IST student body. 

Upon arrival, guests may purchase ticket vouchers for the purchase of food, pony rides, jumping castle fun, glitter tattoos and  - new this year! - a rock climbing wall.  We will also have passports and lanyards for sale (if you bring your lanyards from years past, we won't charge for the passport). Once the passport is in hand, kids can go around to all the country booths and get their passports stamped at no charge.  
                       (from International School to Jefferson Park) 
Description of procedures for reporting an unruly gathering
U of A
Good Neighbor Program
24 hr hot line
Report problems

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