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Our Neighborhood
Super Successful Swap!
The second-annual Plant Swap was a great success.  The free raffle of a Sprouts $30 gift certificate was won by Diane Yeoman, a newly arrived neighbor.  Almost all the plants got new homes. The business meeting was heavy with serious issues:
1) Grant Road parcels and planting the empty lots.
2) Traffic Circle at Linden and Cherry, approval to seek bids.  Jeff Park must fund the traffic circle construction under a city permit.  Estimated cost of 9-10K.
3) No F-35 fly overs:  letter approved
4) Meeting scheduled with the city to discuss Jefferson Park's NPZ.

Roll-offs Rolling in Again - Get ready to clean up!
ROLL-OFFS  delivery  Fri.  May 19
removal Mon. May 22
917 E. Seneca  
1822 E. Lester
1740 E. Edison  
1200 E. Linden

Mid to late May our University students are packing up to go home for the summer.  Often they have furniture, etc. that is too big for the garbage bins.  Here are well timed roll-offs for that garbage!!  The April roll-offs were filled to the brim, indicating they were much appreciated.

Note:  We often have requests for help getting heavy items to the roll-offs.  If you can be available to help or if you need help please call 
                                                            Lisa at 622-1682  or e-mail
Tax-deductible Donations to your Neighborhood
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the neighborhood projects through the Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc. 
1) Click on the link below to download a form.
2) Mail a check to the address listed on the form
3) You will receive a receipt for tax purposes. 

Among the projects being considered are the Campbell Entrance Signs, the traffic circle at Linden and Cherry, the Little Free Library at Vine and Lester, and the Greening of the orphan plots Park to Santa Rita. 

This neighborhood does much with volunteer work.  However, city permit fees and construction and fabrication of items must be paid for by the neighborhood.  Your neighborhood non-profit (Friends) is able to support such enhancement projects with your help.  Consider a donation--big or small, it all adds up.  
(J. Daniels)

Neighborhood Meetings
Paul Durham, Candidate Ward III
Next two JPNA Meetings will host the candidates to the Ward III seat. What are your expectations/concerns for our new council person?

Ward III candidate to speak to neighbors:
May 24:   JPNA Meeting Speaker - Ward III                                   Candidate  Paul Durham - Democrat
Ward III candidate to speak to neighbors:
June 28: JPNA Meeting-Speaker - Ward III 
                Candidate  Felicia Chew - Democrat

Grant Road Coalition, Central Segments
Tuesday - May 23  - 6pm, Ward III Office
Ken Scoville, Historic Preservation Activist,  to speak
Tuesday - June 27 - 6pm Ward III Office
See Something----Say Something!
A recent report on  NSN website  shows 8 burglaries for the month of April, one trespassing and two suspicious person reports in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood. These rates seemed high, so JPNA secretary called the West Side TPD Division.  The community resource officer said the community was experiencing a spike in crime.  

However, Officer Monica VanNorman, Community Outreach Officer TPD  West Division, 837-7241,  
went on to say, anyone seeing anything should immediately call 911.  No one should feel unsure or fear over-reporting. Often your call may help with tracking another incident.

Protect yourself and your neighbors by being watchful and reporting. The Grant Road project may bring many strangers through the neighborhood.  If you are concerned please call 911.  
Swarms in Jefferson Park
Spring is bee time again.  If you have a swarm that needs moving you can find recommended bee movers at  the Tucson & Southern Arizona Beekeepers Society  - web page: for a list of bee keepers that will remove hives and swarms and relocate to new hives, etc.
(per neighbor  A. Vokes)

Historic Neighborhood - NPZ 
You live in an Historic Neighborhood.  In 2009,after much fundraising and research, Jefferson Park became the 31st Historic Neighborhood in Tucson.  What that means to you is that if your home is a contributing property, you will receive a substantial break in your property taxes as long as you do not make any significant changes to your street side view. 

In addition, Jefferson Park is one of two neighborhoods who worked with the city to create a Neighborhood Preservation Zone (NPZ). Now other zoning rules are in place to maintain the historic integrity of the neighborhood.  Along with the Neighborhood Design Manual, also created with the city, Jefferson Park will retain its uniqueness over time. Additions and changes to a residence are reviewed carefully by the city.  The Neighborhood Assn continues to work with the city  to interpret and execute the NPZ document.  The neighborhood is in continuing discussions with the city about the recent allowance of a front yard swimming pool.  

Only neighborhoods which have historic status or are in the process of the nomination may apply for an NPZ.          (J. Daniels)
Red Tags - April report
            Loud Prty calls             Loud Music calls               Red Tags 
           2016          2017                   
 2016       2017              2016       2017
City  of Tucson                        151                              
 295                                25
Jefferson Park            5             2                         0               0                       1            0
The red tag committee reports this data for April.  It reveals that the number of calls for loud parties is down from 2016 with no red tags. Data collection began in September 2015 so we are now able to make year to year comparisons.
(C. Nichols, red tag committee)
Grant Road 
Map of the "orphan" parcels from Park to Santa Rita
Click here  for a map of the landscape proposal for the blocks from Park to Santa Rita parcels provided to us by David Burbank, TDOT directof or the Grant Road Project. You will see the alignment moving from 6 lanes back to 4 at Sant Rita and the positioning of the sidewalks and the landscape.  Jefferson Park is asking to be able to place native plants north of the alley to provide some visual mitigation while we await the return of the construction in 2021-23.  Five to seven years is significant growth on mesquite trees!!

Greening and Cleaning 
Have a tree and need it planted?
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. They have jack hammer for our caliche yards. 

Joan Hall: 990--8054 or e-mail
Edison Plaza clean-up on May 20 - 8:30am
Mark your calendars!  The next clean-up at Edison Plaza (corner of Edison and Campbell) is Saturday, May 20. Come help out, the more hands the better!   We have bags from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. Meet at 8:30 am. 

Also, morning walkers, dog walkers etc. Please keep an eye on our little parklet.   If you see signs of squatters, bedding, etc., please call 911 and ask that a patrol visit the park. The clean-up committee has notified Westside Police Division of what is a growing problem in the parklet. TPD encouraged neighbors to call the 911 number whenever they see a problem. It seems the cozy corners of our parklet are inviting some very unsavory and illegal behavior.   Special thanks to the TPD officer who cleaned out the "camp" April 30.
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Area Representatives
Got a new neighbor?  Contact your rep to get a welcome packet.
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

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

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Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6pm Ward III Office, 1510 E Grant Rd
Renew your $15 voluntary JPNA membership dues
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CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,