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Delicious Ice Cream from Santa Barbara Creamery.
All Neighborhood Meetings are at 6pm
in the Air Conditioned Ward III meeting Room
1510 E Grant Road

June 22 - Regular Meeting of neighbors

July  27 - Quarterly Meeting
Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Featuring Santa Barbara Creamery Ice Cream
Plan to come for dessert and good company!

August 24- Regular Meeting of neighbors
The City of Tucson, neighborhood Services, prints and mails one newsletter a year for each neighborhood association.  Ours has been sent in and should arrive in mailboxes by the end of June.
SCHOOL PLAYGROUND A PUBLIC PARK AFTER HOURS:  Somehow in the transfer of the school from TUSD to leassee International School, the signs on the fence were lost.  The playground is a public city park after school hours.  The signs disappeared and now cannot be found.  After neighbors met with Parks and Rec and the School, City Parks and Recreation has promised to replace the signs. Meanwhile the gates on the south and north side of the playground remain unlocked after hours for the public.  However, remember that as a city park--no pooches allowed.  

HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD SIGN AT SENECA AND MOUNTAIN:  An incident at that site required the city to replace the stop sign.  The sign shop did not return the historic signs to the pole.  A work order has been placed to replace the signs.  However, the neighborhood has only two "extra" signs (in case of graffiti) and now has no replacements.   If you know the whereabouts of the historic signs please call Joan Daniels 300-1980. 
Banner Health has initiated quarterly meetings with representatives of surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to keep residents informed of the progress of construction of the new hospital.    
High points of Banner -Neighborhood meeting held May 11: 
       *  Transfer of property ownership from UA to Banner Health is expected during June, 2016.
       *  Height of new building will be nine stories and is designed for two additional stories to be added at a future date. 
       *Helipad will remain in current location, atop Diamond Children's Center, and will be moved to the top level of the new hospital when levels 10 and 11 are completed.
         * Construction of concrete caissons, rising from a depth of 45 feet to the building pad,  will begin in July, 2016 and  expected to continue through January, 2017. Related construction noise can be expected, with some of the work scheduled during night and early morning hours. 

Details of the May 11 meeting, construction schedules and live pictures can be found at: 

Neighborhood representatives: 
Suzanne Trappman 740-0757, Al Rico 
Banner Project Contacts: 
 Emergency - Banner Security:   520-694-6533
Left: 2015 Legitimate contestants
Above: Agents and Coaches
Come the monsoons, Jefferson Park celebrates the  annual flooding of Vine Avenue  with a Rubber Ducky Race.  The "Duck Committee" monitors the weather reports, predicts the Duck Run, announces the date and time by a google groups alert and braves the flood to release the Duckies.

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, calling 990-8054, or e-mail Your duck will be registered! 

Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
1) Each donation of $5 entitles the sponosr to one duck. Anyone with $ can donate. 
2) Each duck receives a number. Each number is registered to a donor
3) All ducks are uniform in size and shape.
4) All ducks are released simultaneously.
5) Ducks that become entangled curbside can be released by the duck committee--but can not be moved ahead.
6) Ducks that upend must remain that way til the finish line.
7) No one may touch, prod, or push  their ducks during the race. Cheering is permitted-booing frowned upon. Ducks are sensitive.
8) Sponsors need not be present to win. Ducks do.
Looking east of Park:  Poles, Portapotties, and Parked equipment
Looking west of Park-The proposed water basin.
Grant Road Coalition - Central Segments (First Ave to Tucson Blvd) meets and discusses.
Where & When: Ward III Office, 6pm, 4th Tuesday of the month
Who: Representatives of Mtn/First,SAMOS, Jefferson Park, Catalina Vista, Campbell/Grant and all interested neighbors.
Why: Understand the Grant Road Project as it affects the contiguous neighborhoods, Give stakeholder input to the city and look for creative solutions to mitigate the negative effects of a 6 lane highway.
Recent issues:
1) Awaiting verdict on the Urban Park Grant (for tghe parcels west of Park) submitted to the Federal level - Winner announced October 2016. See grant ap at:  
2) Awaiting the release of the Grant Road budget.
3) Creation of a "Centers": task force to understand and have input. The "Centers" are defined as the Intersections of First/Grant, Campbel/Grant and Tucson Blvd/Grant.--i.e.the commercial developments.
4) Strengthening the neighborhoods from within - networking, promoting home ownership, sharing strategies/information  i.e. code enforcement, unruly gatherings, green infrastructure.
Congrats, Catalina vista
Catalina Vista is saving a piece of its history.  They have saved tiles from the historic buildings at Potter Place and have raised enough money to build a ramada at Tahoe Park (called "Circle Park" by neighborhood kids). 

The image to the right is an artist's rendition of the final ramada.  The neighborhood has plans to include historic information. That site was the historic Kramer Ranch and  the first Tucson's Fiesta de los Vaqueros. The veterinarian for the Rodeo lived in Jefferson Park.  The mesquite to which he tied the horses still stands today.

One Catalina neighbor has offered to build a Little Free Library to match the ramada.  These efforts are not without a lot of planning with the city and organization.  Bravo Catalina Vista!
Hedrick Acres Invitation to Jeff Park
June 11, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Hedrick Acres (North of SAMOS)
Food, Raffle, Kids activities, Family Fun!  Jefferson Park neighbors met the folks from Hedrick Acres at the Campbell streetscape celebration on June 3rd.  Hedrick Acres extended a special invitation to Jefferson Park neighbors to their Navajo Wash Family Fun Night.

Northwest corner of Hedrick  and Mountain.  Drop by and introduce yourself!
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.
       The distance from Edison to Lester is .4 miles -roundtrip almost a mile...longer if you walk from your house!
(J. Hall, R. Pereyda)
Garden Tours - Pima County Extension
Pima County Extension Garden Tours:  Summer hours  changed to beat the heat.  Free guided tours of our 14 beautiful, educational Demonstration Gardens  will be  offered every Wednesday and Saturday morning at   8:00 a.m.  from  June through August.  
  Be sure to bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat.
Tours will continue in the fall at   9:00 a.m through mid-December, except on or near  major   holidays.        Click here  for garden guide.
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)
  • HOST: Neighbor, Chad Waits
    • Net Zero Solar
Come join us to celebrate all things solar. We'll have drinks, light appetizers and solar conversation. Please feel free to bring along a friend who may be interested in solar. 
We hope to see you there!
Yard Sign
Habitat at Home is a Tucson Audubon program to recognize those that create sustainable, safe bird habitat in their yards. The cornerstone of this program is native plants. he cornerstone of this program is native plants but we are looking for accomplishments in other areas too, such as water conservation, reducing pesticides and increasing bird nesting opportunities. 

We are a local program coordinating with a nationwide program, National Audubon Society's  Plants for Birds initiative, designed to improve habitat for birds in cities and towns all over North America.

Background: Reason for the Program
We cannot rely only on forests, deserts and wilderness areas to protect all the bird diversity in North America. We also need to reconcile our cities and suburbs with the needs of birds. Part of doing this is creating safe, sustainable habitat in the places we live, work and go to school. The Habitat at Home program gives homeowners advice about how to do this. Then, when a homeowner has achieved enough in several different categories, we recognize their yard as habitat!

How the Program Works
  • Sign up for the program, answer a few simple questions your yard, and pay a $25 registration fee ($35 for non-members--you are given an opportunity to become a member during the registration process). 
  • You will receive a packet of information in the mail and you may explore our online advice for making your yard bird friendly and meeting our recognition criteria.
  • Optionally, purchase a $50 visit to your yard by a Tucson Audubon consultant to give you brief on-the-spot suggestions for what to do in your yard--or--purchase a more in-depth $150 visit resulting in a written plan.
  • For clarifications or such advice as can be given over the phone, call (520) 209-1806. 
  • When you are ready, we visit your yard and evaluate it.
  • As it meets our program criteria, we recognize your yard as habitat at home!
  • At the introductory level we will send you a certificate; at the more advanced levels we will make available a Habitat at Home sign ($35 for 9x12"; $45 for 12x18")!
Levels of Recognition

Hummingbirds at Home: A simple, easy-to-achieve introductory level

Goldfinch: More challenging but still not hard to achieve

Thrasher: Quite challenging but possible for most city residential properties

Cardinal: Very challenging but achievable 

Full Contact Information

Contact: Kendall Kroesen,, (520) 209-1806
(Thank you Garden District e-news)
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. 
Visit 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
520-624-1728 fax
Free Concert
Neighbor Bobby Kimmel (the one in the middle)  invites Jeff Park residents to a free concert on 
June 26, 3 pm, 4167 E Ft Lowell. 
(B. Kimmel)
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, 
Banner has a web-site:
To see the newest site and the webcam of the construction go to:

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 
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