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Our Neighborhood
Chance for spring cleaning arrives Friday
Roll-offs will be delivered on March 31 and removed on April 3rd.  You will find them at the following locations:
917 E. Seneca  
1822 E. Lester
1740 E. Edison  
1200 E. Linden
The Neighborhood Association is arranging for roll-offs periodically for the neighbors' use if these are a success-ful, i.e. if they get filled up.  So feel free to Spring Clean!
Remember- no construction materials, no appliances with Freon, no tires, and no hazardous waste. Need help moving a big item?  Call Lisa by Friday night 6pm 622-1682
Upcoming meetings 
Mint and Succulents
waiting for the Plant Swap
April 26:     Quarterly JPNA Meeting Speaker: 
               Tucson Audubon Society - Urban birds
                       Plant Swap- 6pm Ward III
Thank you Sprouts Market
on First Avenue 
for Raffle Item and Plant

Ward III candidates to speak to neighbors:
May 24:   JPNA Meeting Speaker - Ward III                                   Candidate  Paul Durham - Democrat
June 28: JPNA Meeting-Speaker - Ward III 
                Candidate  Felicia Chew - Democrat
Unruly Gatherings will Get Added Fines up to $1000
TUESDAY MARCH 21 - The Tucson City Council  unanimously backed changes to the city's 'red tag' ordinance concerning noise complaints. The council opted to add another fine to those who   receive a second red tag notice within 180 days, forcing them to pay the city for the costs of responding police officers. The extra fine is capped at $1,000 per incident. The city already has fines associated with unruly gatherings; $500 for the first red-tag offense and $1,000 for a second violation, but the new recovery fee, adds to the overall cost.                                                                                                                    (AZ Daily Star)
U of A creating a 1000-bed dorm in our neighborhood
The University of Arizona is moving over the 2009 north boundary to create a 1000 bed dormitory.  March 20 and 21, neighbors were made aware of plans that the University has made with a private developer to demolish homes and create a three block area north of Drachman and east of Park. 

The project would have a 1000 bed dormitory for Honors Students, a recreation and retail area, and Honors College Offices.  The JPNA has mailed a letter to mayor and council.


Main points: 
  • The project area is outside the University boundaries cited in both the University Area Plan and the 2009 Update to the 2003 University of Arizona Comprehensive Plan adopted by the Arizona Board of Regents, December 2009. 
  • The proposed project will house 1,000 students, not necessarily honors students, next to a residential neighborhood;
  • The proposed development will severely impact Park Ave, which is already in terrible shape;
  • The proposed development has been drafted without input from neighborhoods; an MOU is in the "final stages" according to the Vice President for Planning, Design, and Operations (21 March 2017 meeting)
  • The proposed development bypasses CoT zoning laws;
  • The proposed development does not contribute to the CoT tax rolls;
  • The proposed development sets a precedent for the taking of properties by the UA anywhere in the City of Tucson.
  • We question the legality of the arrangement.  

If you care about this project make your opinions known:

Mayor Rothschild

City Manager

Ward III Office

Az Board of Regents


Neighborhood Projects
The  Jefferson Park Entrance Signs  design was approved by JPNA. JPNA has contacted the city to begin the permitting procedure. Costs for the signs will be the responsibility of the neighborhood. After all cost analysis are completed we will need a fundraising campaign!

Grant Road 
Kick-off celebration signals work is to begin
Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Construction contractor, and neighbors convened March 24 at 10 am at the "Basin to Be" (Hampton and Grant).

This signals the beginning of the Phase 2 project-from Stone to Santa Rita.  Jefferson Park neighbors who have Grant Road frontage  will now experience the mixed pleasures of construction.  Yes, things are underway but the noise will get old.

Projected to finish End of 2018

Grant Road Coalition - your voice to the city
Jefferson Park neighbors remain active on the Grant Road Coalition.  The Coalition has advocated for: 
1) Mitigation  for the properties adjoining Grant Road in the form of berms, walls, and vegetation.
2) A follow up noise study  when all is done.
3) The redirecting of funds  earmarked for concrete tables, ramadas, and sails in the basin to mitigation remedies for the adjacent residences.
4) A way to  repair/maintain the orphan parcels that will be left from Park to Santa Rita - at least a seven year wait for Phase 5/6 to happen.
5) A commitment that the  bike/pedestrian crossing at Park will be at least as safe as Mountain.
6) City funded costs for the redistricting of the  Jefferson Park historic district to mediate for the loss of the historic homes lost in construction of Grant Road.
7) City funded  partial closure of Hampton to protect traffic inflow from Grant Road

So far only 6 and 7 have been clearly agreed upon. .  
Jefferson Park Neighbors Suzanne and Bob (right) listen to Mayor Rothschild's address

Little Editorial: All neighbors need to be more pro-active.  With constant, clear, unified neighbor/citizen input the project can be an asset or it can be a 6 lane highway which decreases property values and the quality of life of our urban neighborhoods. The neighborhoods who have joined the coalition-JP, SAMOS, Catalina Vista, Mountain/1st, Campbell/Grant, El Cortez share a common vision and articulate a unified front in those efforts. It is a wonderful group of neighborhoods who are learning the ropes of interfacing with the city and finding unique and creative ways to solve problems.  All are welcome at the meetings - the fourth Tuesdays of the month.  Log on to to learn more.  (Joan Daniels)
Grant Road Coalition, Central Segments
Tuesday - April 25  - 6pm, Ward III Office
Speaker: Ken Scoville, Tucson historian and neighborhood advocate
Also visit the city website or email for more information.  Materials from the Grant Road Citizen Task Force and the Public Workshops referenced in this update can be found  here
Greening and Cleaning 
What a difference 5 years makes!
Rain Basin Edison and Vine
Schedule a tree planting for your yard
Neighbors, t ake advantage of a great opportunity  to green  and  shade  your yard!   Call the Green Committee to get information about how you can schedule a tree planting.

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail
Edison Plaza clean-up on April 15 - 8:30am
Mark your calendars!  The next clean-up at Edison Plaza (corner of Edison and Campbell) is Saturday, April 15th. Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 9am.  Bring along a hula hoe if you have one!
Buffelgrass spotted in the neighborhood
Photo: AZ Sonoran Desert Museum
Buffelgrass is a nasty invasive grass that has been classified as a noxious weed by the  state of Arizona. Buffelgrass has been spotted in the alley near Edison Park, and it is likely in other parts of the neighborhood as well. 

You are required to remove buffelgrass from your yard. Learn more about the Pima County Ordinance here.  

Don't know how to identify buffelgrass? Learn more
Electrical work on the Banner border
Notice to JP Neighbors in the southeast-TEP putting up poles:  Last week, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) began preparing to install new power poles and underground electrical facilities west of Campbell Ave. on North Ring Road, North Martin Road, and south of East Elm Street. Digging is anticipated to continue until March 3 by Diversified Design and Construction, TEP's hand-digging contractor. New electrical poles are expected to be hauled and staged near installation sites during the week of March 6. TEP expects to install new poles the week of March 20. Work schedules are subject to change. This work will accommodate the expansion of Banner University Medical Center. 

Concerns or questions call:  Adriana Mariñez
Government Relations │ Local Affairs
Tucson Electric Power Co.
520-884-3677 (o)
520-528-1512 (c)
Volunteer opportunities
JEFFERSON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION  meets fourth Wednesday of the month, needs board members for two "at large" positions.  Call Suzanne Trappman 740-0757 or  to inquire or if you have questions.

JEFFERSON PARK CLEAN COMMITTEE:  Looking for people to help with third Saturday clean ups of Edison Plaza.  Call Joanne Osuna 798-3602 or

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TUCSON our very own school (formerly Jefferson Park) is rejuvenating their small library.  They will need adult volunteers 2 hours a day to help with check out and shelf maintenance.  They also need someone who is familiar with the computer software necessary to handle a school book check-out system.  Any retired librarians or anyone studying library science, here's your chance to make a difference.  Call Joan Daniels 300-1980 or   to get more information.

LEND A HAND  is our senior citizen help organization.  We have recruited 3 new volunteers from JP and could use more.  Call Michelle at 248-6882 or email Alan at
Nearby Activities
Spring fling returns to the U of A mall April 7-9
Starting  Monday, April 3rd at 6:00 am  until  Tuesday, April 11th at 6:00pm,  University Blvd (on the UA Mall) will be closed between Cherry Ave and Campbell Ave. In order for Spring Fling to begin configuring the event area, temporary fencing will be erected on this portion of the mall for the entirety of the closure.

Event Information    Office/Hotline  520.621.5610

Spring Fling Operational Hours 
·   Friday, April 8th: 4 pm - 11* pm  Saturday, April 9th:  11 am  - 11* pm
·   Sunday, April 10th: 11 am - 6* pm 
 *Admission closes one hour before closing time.
Free Tax Preparation at Ward III
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation for households and individuals earning up to $64,000. The program ensures taxpayers receive all credits for which they may be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can equal as much as 50 percent of a family's annual earnings. VITA offers same-day, in-person assistance from IRS-certified preparers at locations across Tucson. For a schedule of sites and hours, please visit the link below.

VITA sites and hours
VITA program information
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona  

Ward III January 31, 2017 to April 15, 2017
Tuesdays noon - 5pm
Saturdays 9am to 2pm
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Welcome packets - you can help!
Each of the neighborhood representatives has several welcome packets.  The packets are filled with information about the neighborhood and about Tucson.

If you see a new neighbor move in, please help us welcome them.  Get a packet from your neighborhood rep and take it over and introduce yourself.

We build community one neighbor at a time!

Area Representatives - Your contact to JPNA
Jefferson Park is divided into 6 sections.  One person from each area is a voting member of the JPNA Board. These folks are the voice for their area.  Keep them informed!
Area #1 - Mary Worthen,

Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #5 - Chad Lehrman

Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Important Contact Info
How to report potholes, grass at the curb, site hazards, street sign problems, etc.
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT),791-3154 or email the exact location to
Tucson Department of Transportation:

Report Transportation Concerns
Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk?
You can report these issues to the  Tucson Department ofTransportation  (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to
What is a code violation?
And whom do I call?
Download an information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division
Tucson Neighborhood Support Network
A site listing all the neighborhoods in Tucson, and important things affecting them.
Neighborhood Support Network
Banner Construction 
and Info Line
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 
Emergency 24/7 phone number for the Banner project construction team: (520) 268-9575
U of A - Good Neighbor Program
Report problems and concerns.
24 hr hot line -  520-282-3649

Stay in Touch

Get on the List Serve!
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve  send a blank email to  
or send a request for an invitation to
Come to the JPNA Monthly Meeting

Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Renew your $15 voluntary JPNA membership dues
Renew by mail (print and mail membership form) OR

CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,