Websites: and October 15, 2020
For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
All are invited to join the zoom meetings.

Zooming will continue...

Next JPNA virtual meetings
Wednesday, October 28, 6 PM
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Wednesday, November 18, 6 PM
Wednesday December 16, 6pm

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Muffler-less Motorcycles
The virtual Safety Meeting on Wednesday, September 30 included Lt. Hand of the TPD. Three issues loomed large:
1)ensuring that the Linear Park would be patrolled,
2)abandoned housed on north side of Grant Road, and
3)excessive noise particularly from motorcycles with mufflers removed. These were reported along Grant from Campbell to Euclid.
Lt. Hand submitted a 3 page response to the Safety Committee. He states:
1) "Instructed the evening and night-time supervisors to have the sector officers to spend time on Grant between 1st and Campbell and along Speedway near Euclid"
2) Identified the Circle K at 977 E Speedway as a gathering place and asked the Corporate Office to make sure they are enforcing their own policy which does not allow the gathering of individuals on the property.
3) Reviewed the city ordinance,16-31 Excessive Noise. However it only addresses noise occurring on personal property.
4) Reviewed the AZ Revised Statues 28-955 which states, no noise limits on cars or trucks. However it is very specific about mufflers "a motor vehicle shall be equipped at all times with a muffler that is in good working order" and a person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty of at least one hundred dollars.

Lt. Hand reports that one of the Motor Unit supervisors advised him that they have been attempting to address some of the issues related to the loud motorcycles...and that most of the time the offenders do not stop, instead they accelerate away at a dangerously high speed. ..."This is problematic for a couple reasons, mainly because we do not chase vehicles that fail to stop due to the increased risk to the officers and the public at large."
"...when I have additional data or information I will follow up with an additional email on our progress."

Ward III noted that TPD continues their investigation.
If you have additional concerns about this issue,
you may leave Ward III a message: 791-4711

The committee looks forward to hearing from Lt Hand, and are grateful that he and his team are researching the problem.
TEP Chooses 6 possible routes
Only one does not cut through Jefferson Park
Route A from UA North Substation. This route cuts north through Jefferson Park on Vine
Route B from UA North Substation. This route cuts north through Jefferson Park on Park
Route D from UA North Substation. This route enters on the Ring Road and exits on the Ring Road back on Campbell
CHOICES: TEP has now reduced the line routing to six possibilities.
Routes from the South to UA substation: The routes from the south will be routes 1 and 2. After 36th St, 1 and 2 are both Campbell Avenue.
Routes going north from UA substation: These are the routes that most affect Jefferson Park. Only one option does not cut through the neighborhood-"D". "D" enters from Campbell then exists back on the Ring Road to Campbell.
How did they arrive at this? Quotes directly from their latest study:
Total Weighted Score "1B, 1A, 2B, have the highest scores (in that order)
Using only the 4 criteria "of most importance (residential use, historic properties/districts, sensitive receptors and viewshed) the highest scoring alternatives are 1B, 1D, and 1A (in that order)"
By the end of November TEP will chose 3 routes to submit to the AZ Corp Commission. Also, indicating at that time their preference.
Look carefuily. Park avenue is in 50% of the options, Vine is in 33% of the options and Ring Road is only in 16% of the options.
This summary is the result of notes taken at the CWG meeting. attended by JP neighborhood representatives on Oct 14.
C. Nichols and
J. Daniels.

NOTES from CWG Zoom Meeting Oct 14
1) Seven neighborhoods wrote a letter asking for undergrounding the entire project. TEP says can not do.
2) One Person in Jefferson Park drew attention to the possibility of an interaction of electric lines with natural gas at Vine in the event of an earthquake. TEP would do a study if that route is recommended to ACC.
3) Some folks suggested that the lawsuits which might arise from people whose property values decrease may make it worth doing undergrounding.
4) The letter from the Historic Preservation Foundation was countered with the fact that TEP does not have to follow federal guidelines.
5) TEP must get a special permit from the city to upgrade the UA substation. It will go through the City Zoning Examiner. A public zoom meeting on the issue is scheduled for November 16. That will link arrive in your maibox.
6) Banner "is looking at it," once again considering whether or not to confirm the Ring Road or "D" option. Those poles would be 75' to take into account the helicopter flight path.
CWG Representatives suggested strategy: Continue to flood the TEP website, with our concerns. Await the November announcement of final three line siting routes which will be sent to the ACC.
Read all the comments....
See the 800+ comments posted to the TEP website at . Click the "Comments" link at the right side of the page under the map icon. Jefferson Park and Sam Hughes comments abound!
Jefferson Park E-newsletters chronicle the development of the TEP project
If you wish to see all the information provided by TEP go to:
Plants going in on west side of Linear Park
Joe O'Neil, project manager from Tucson Parks and Rec, tells us "there have been a few delays on the project, but work is moving. Plant material installation on the west section should be starting late this week and continuing next week. i will have a revised schedule once I meet with the contractor.".
The "Heritage" part of the trail will be historic signage. A neighbor is fabricating the bases and the drafts of the plaque designs can be seen at AZ Historical Society has helped validate sigh content. Each sign will be 24" x 18"
Neighbors please watch our Park!!!
Mesquite tree stolen
Sometime during the evening of October 8, someone dug up the newly planted mesquite tree in the Linear Park.

Neighbors made a report to the police.

Neighbors, please keep your eyes open!!!!
Halloween events in Jefferson Park
Halloween Car Parade-Oct 30
Families from the neighborhood are invited to join the IST parade, and/or help with the fence decorating/ candy donations!
The start times will be staggered and they are asking people to start at the following times, if possible.
5:00pm Nursery
5:15 Preschool
5:30 Junior School
5:45 Middle School
If you are interested in volunteering or want to sign up to adopt a section of the fence to decorate, email: Fence decorating can be done anytime on the 30th, but needs to be finished by 3:45.
Due to Covid-19, our neighborhood school, The International School, will change the way they usually celebrate Halloween. This year, they are hosting a Car Parade with a car costume and fence decorating contest, and drive-up “Trick or Treat.”

The parade is scheduled to begin at Seneca and Martin (see map), and go clockwise around 3 sides of the school; there will be 6 candy stops with a volunteer at each stop giving out candy- no need to get out of your car.
The school has also planned a car-decorating contest for the cars driving through the parade. The ISTPA will judge that contest. They will print pictures of all the cars and the photo will be handed to the car when exiting the parade.

If you would like to donate some funds for purchasing candy, it can be done in the ISTPA store at
If you have questions, you may contact Melissa Janezic, PTA President and JP resident at:

Decorate your home for Halloween.
Neighbors may be taking walks or driving by!
Thanks for the Decorations
Thanks to the mystery artist

Crystals are appearing on trees and twinkling in the sunlight! Just delightful. You lift our spirits...whoever you are.
Illegal Signs in Neighborhood
Large signs/banners are not allowed in R-1 neighborhoods. These are commercial signs.

This sign in our neighborhood is not legal. The owner has been sited for such signs before but continues to use them. It has been reported.

Make no mistake they are illegal. Feel free to report them and perhaps the city will move a little faster.
Joan Daniels
Red Tags, Complaints, etc.

In partnership, neighborhood assn's, the Ward Offices, Pima County District 5, and the University’s Community Relations Office is now responding directly to neighborhood homes when they receive complaints or messages of concern.
A masked-up and physically distant group of community members, will join the University and other community partners when they visit these homes to share guidance about COVID-related best practices and good neighbor principles.

1) Loud party/Loud music calls should go to 911.
2) Additionally, if student related, contact the UA Neighborhood Hotline to report concerns at 520-282-3649.

September - 2 red tags, additionally there were 2 loud party calls
October -1 red tag and 3 loud party calls so far

For information on the last 80 police incidents in our neighborhood go to: Incidents are listed by block not specific address.
HOT -Homeless Outreach Team
Mental Illness, homeless, drug addiction
CLICK HERE to access the recent pamphlet from TPD, with information on resources for the homeless, the mentally ill and the drug addicted.
JP Neighbors recommend service providers
Need recommendations for lawn service, bee removal, plumbers, even cat groomers etc? JP website has lists and references. Go to
EDISON Parklet (Edison and Campbell)
USUALLY 3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am - Edison and Campbell little park----. If you do pick up trash during the week, contact Joanne Osuna at and your time will count. We report our hours to Tucson Clean and Beautiful as part of the Adopt-a-Park Program. If you see problems with trash at the park or its vicinity during the week, please notify Joanne and we will arrange to clean it up.
UA construction north of Speedway
UA new construction in North University Neighborhood.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -5pm ZOOM link:
Lend a Hand - Your Senior Services
60+, This is for you! Services: Food box delivery, transportation, visits, social events, minor home repairs and yard clean up
CONTACT US (520) 248-6882
Lend A Hand Senior Assistance
 PO Box 41323, Tucson, AZ 85717-1323
Voter Information!
Voter Registration Cut-Off for the General Election October 5.
Check your voter registration here.
Request a ballot online here.
Request a ballot by telephone: 520-724-4330.

Last day to Request An Early Ballot extended to Friday, October 23.
Early Ballots will be mailed October 7.

In-Person Early voting sites, begins Oct 7.
Addresses and times can be found at
In-Person Emergency Voting October 31 and November 2 only. See sites and address at:

Recommended deadline to mail back ballot Tuesday, October 27.

TUESDAY, November 3, 2020
All polling locations open, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Locate your poling place here

All registered voters who are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will automatically receive a ballot in the mail. All registered voters are eligible for this election.
REV 8/11/20
Lead Officer for Jefferson Park
New JP Lead Officer: Ofc. Joclyn Avilez. Her email is Phone: 520-307-1252.

JP Community Resource Officer is Erin Peters - Phone: 520-965-7670

Call 9-1-1. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. This includes welfare checks on persons who appear in distress. And let’s not forget the animals and small children left in vehicles-- engines not running and windows not cracked, while the temperatures rise. 

Online Report. To file an online report go to: . This reporting tool can be used to file certain crimes so make sure to check out the webpage for information. 

Other means of contact. You have the option to email/call the Lead Officer: or phone 520-307-1252 You, also may contact our division at or phone: (520) 791-4467. 
Free Food Map
COVID-19 Reliable sources of information
COVID-19 Testing Available. More than 400 COVID-19 testing sites are available across Arizona. View the list with details on locations, hours of operation and more on the Arizona Department of Health Services website:
A COVID-19 hotline has been set up to answer any questions from the public and healthcare providers about testing, symptoms, and any other questions you have about the virus. Call 1-844-542-8201 to reach a health care professional.

Southwest GasTucson Electric Power, and Tucson Water are all suspending service disconnections until further notice.

If you are healthy and able, please help by volunteering to pack emergency food boxes. The Community Food Bank URGENTLY needs volunteers to keep operations running. Email to get started.

The City of Tucson has a homeless protocol which brings TPD out to offer people options. How to report is described at
If Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 520-791-4467;
City Services "Cheat Sheet"  has links, emails, and phone numbers
to make it easier to reach anyone in the City
based on your need.
Recycling list

to read what can/cannot be recycled
Roach Control Hotline
Automated line, please provide requested information and staff will return the call
(520) 724-3401

Report Sewer Odors
(520) 724-3400

SOS (Low Income bill assistance
(520) 791-5443
Dirty bus stop
Call (520) 792-9222 to report the location. You may also email 
Include pictures if you wish. All requests will be documented by Sun Tran to ensure proper follow-up takes place.
Sun Tran:
Neighborhood Contacts & Resources
Area Representatives

Area #1 - Mary Worthen,323-1777 

Area #2 - Jon Heine,321-4343

Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden,

Area #5 - Joanne Osuna, 798-3602

Area #6 - Lisa Jones,622-1682
Neighborhood Resources:
Recommended service Providers

TPD Lead Officer for our area: Ofc. Joclyn Avilez. Her email is

non-emergency crime: 
emergency crime:   911

See the latest crimes in Jeff Park:

See code violations in Jeff Park:  

Report an issue with Banner: 
Emergency 24/7 (520) 268-9575
Helicopter Noise/ Banner Hospital contact BUMC Security at 694-6533. 

Report an issue with the U of A: 
24/7 available (520) 282-3649

Report an unruly gathering: Call 911  CLICK HERE to see Flow Chart 

See historic photos of Jefferson Park:
The Ward offices publish weekly updates. Jefferson Park is in Ward 3; however, Ward 6 also puts out an informative newsletter, so both are worth a read!

1510 E Grant*
Ward III, See Paul's e-news at:

Another newsletter chock full of information!
Ward VI, Steve Kozachik's newsletter:

Our Pima County Contact, District 5
Amanda Monroy, Special Staff Assistant to Supervisor Betty Villegas
Pima County Board of Supervisors,
520-724-8126 ■
Paul Durham, Ward III
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

Facebook: Jefferson Park Pet Lost animals, found animals etc 

Facebook: Jefferson Park: Interactive communications and neighborhood friendly posts

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 of Transportation (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
Editors' Note: This Constant Contact is sent only upon request and with permission. The editors, Joan Daniels, Erin Posthumus, Joanne Osuna , Colleen Nichols invite your comments.
Thanks to the editors who check and recheck the information we send out to our neighbors. If you see an error or have an addition, let one of us know.