Visit your websites:   and  December 6, 2019
For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
January  Meetings
December meetings cancelled
Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc
January 22nd, 5 pm, Ward III, 1510 N. Grant
Annual meeting 
Election of new board

January  22nd, 6 pm, Ward III, 1510 E Grant
Annual Meeting
Election of new board

We could be breaking ground for the Linear Park by January 2020!!! 
See for the minutes of the November meeting with Joe O'Neill, Parks and Recreation Project Manager.   
No meeting in December.

Meeting January 21, 6:30, Ward III, 1510 E Grant Road
Sergeant Jason Winsky will present on their mental health team, park safety/outreach program, and what to do in case of a crisis.
No meeting in December
give your input...
TEP 138 kV Substation south side of Jefferson Park 
UA North proposed substation
138 kV Electric Substation proposed at Chauncey Lane and Vine
FYI,  JPNA LETTER TO TEP authorized by the board.
PO Box 711 
ATTN: Kino-DMP Mail Stop RC131 
Tucson AZ 85701-0711 

October 30, 2019 

To Whom It May Concern: 

We, the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association Board, are writing to express our alarm and apprehension regarding the Kino to Demoss-Petrie Transmission Line Project. While we understand that the project will provide additional electrical capacity for this area, and shore up aging infrastructure, we have grave concerns about the construction of the new UA North Substation and the transmission lines to and from the facility. 

Jefferson Park Historic District is a vibrant, urban, and historic neighborhood. The neighborhood includes three churches and The International School of Tucson, which serves students from preschool through eighth grades. Our neighborhood is designated as a National Historic District and one of only two Neighborhood Preservation Zones (NPZ's) in the city. These overlays help to ensure the preservation of existing homes, and careful attention to detail and architectural styles when remodeling or applying for a new build. 

We understand that in order to lessen the impact of the physical footprint, the substation will be gas insulated. Nevertheless, it will be an enormous facility on the southern-most border of our residential neighborhood, and could certainly impact the quality of life in our area. Many residents remain concerned about the potential health risks. Thus far, the data that we have received regarding the electromagnetic emissions field, EMF's, is more than 20 years old, so updated research is necessary. Also in question is the type of gas, which will be used as the insulator. 

Of particular distress to residents is the impending placement of the massive transmission lines to and from the facility. At an 8' diameter and 75' height with multiple lines of wire, they will surely impact any area in which they are placed, presenting a visual blight, and most certainly causing a depression of property values. We firmly oppose any consideration of running these lines through the Jefferson Park Neighborhood. As previously mentioned, Jefferson Park has an active, involved board and residents. We appreciate the meetings we have had thus far with TEP, and we expect to be an important presence "at the table," consulted and kept informed, as the project moves forward. .." 

Here's some additional information recently received regarding gas insulated transmission stations. 
SF6 has been a concern in the recent and numerous forest fires in California.  Apparently, PGE is/may be switching to alternatives as fire damaged electricity substations are repaired/replaced

Alternatives for SF6 gas, below are several website links 

Sam Hughes president, Jim Head, visited the November meeting to share: 
SHNA Guiding Principles: 
1.Monetary and non-monetary costs of the Kino-DMP project should be borne by the entities driving the need for the project. 
2. No part of Sam Hughes or Jefferson Park is suitable for high voltage power lines of the type proposed in the Kino-DMP project. 
3. No part of established residential areas is suitable for high voltage power lines of the type proposed in the Kino-DMP project.
4. Neighborhoods should be mutually supportive in their engagement with TEP and stakeholders.
Individual suggestions and concerns are strongly encouraged by TEP, and will be counted.  Please feel free to use information from the JPNA letter or any other source to communicate with TEP. 
Contact TEP in the following ways and refer to the Kino to Demoss-Petrie Transmission Line Project:  
* Mail: PO Box 711, ATTN: Kino-DMP, Mail Stop RC131, Tucson, AZ  85701-0711
* E-mail: 
*   Fill out an on line comment form
* Phone:   Leave voice message - 1-833-523-0887
December 19th!    Jefferson Park representatives and other neighborhood representatives are attending a community working groups, CWG, meeting with TEP.  Individual  letters, emails and phone calls to the above address and contacts provide clarity for the discussion.  Your letters and ideas are important!

138 kV Poles: 75-110 feet high - 8 feet diameter
Health and Heritage Trail for Jefferson Park
...and all of Tucson
A culmination of years of planning and cooperation brings a Linear Park to Jefferson Park's north boundary!  In 2015, Karin Uhlich of Ward III assisted the neighborhood in protecting the R1 zoning.  In 2017, RTA, TDOT, and City of Tucson agreed to dedicate the northside "remnants" from the demolition work for the Grant Road Project to a park--if funding was found. In 2018, Tucson Clean and Beautiful became involved and provided guidance. UA graduate landscape class created ideas and images for the park. During that same year,  Our current councilman, Paul Durham, added the parcels to the 407 Bond proposal, which passed and now, the park has been funded!

Jefferson Park is currently working with Tucson Parks and Recreation to create the Health and Heritage Trail from Park to Santa Rita, complete with berms and native vegetation for noise and visual mitigation, interpretative signage that celebrates history, and seating areas and water fountains.  We thank all who were involved including those mentioned above and  Coalition neighbors who have persevered with us to bring this project to fruition. It truly has been a joint effort!  We continue our work with Parks and Rec., and publish our meeting minutes, which include timetables and comments on the Grant Road Coalition Website:
Use Your new T-shirt to Protect your NPZ ...
Mayoru and Council Meeting on Dec 17th
Almost 2020 - Time to get out your new T-shirts and attend the Dec 17 Mayor and Council Meeting.  Ward's 3 and 6 councilpersons will be asking M&C to allow NPZ's to amend/update their document.  Jeff Park and Feldman need to make some changes. We can not do it without M&C blessing. 
2010 - T-shirts, signs, and 
perseverance gave Jefferson Park a neighborhood Protection Zone which helps preserve the historic status of the neighborhood.  Many neighbors attended city council meetings to make this happen.

Was it really that long ago?  The NPZ and the R-1 code amendment in 2010 was the result of neighborhood activists who saw the proliferation of mini-dorms and rampant demolitions of historic homes.  Now the NPZ document needs to have some tweaking and M&C will be meeting Dec 17 ( time to be posted to google groups) to decide if that can happen.  Your presence at the meeting will help persuade the council- old T-shirt or new!
The last roll-off for 2019 is scheduled to arrive Dec 13 and will be removed Dec 17.
Get those mattresses and items too big for the regular trash can in the roll-off.
Locations: 917 Seneca, 1850 Tyndall, 1740 Edison, 1822 Lester
Winter Clean up!  
Last Roll-off of the year...Dec 13 - 17
2020 Schedule for Roll Offs and Brush and Bulky
Your JP neighborhood association schedules roll-offs at four sites three times a year.  In addition,      City of Tucson schedules two Brush and Bulky pickups annually.  For those of you who really like to plan ahead, here's the 2020 schedule:
February 24 - Brush and Bulky
April 2 - Roll Offs
May 14 - Roll-offs
August 31 - Brush and Bulky
December 11 - Roll-offs
Roll offs located at: 917 Seneca, 1850 Tyndall, 1740 Edison, 1822 Lester
It's that time of year - need board members
Join the Jefferson Park Assn Board!
The Jefferson Park Nominating Committee begins early seeking neighbors interested in serving on the board.  If you are interested in helping preserve and enrich this unique neighborhood, and if you are looking for a meaningful way to use your time and talents, consider this opportunity.  

The election will be held at the January 22, 2020 quarterly meeting. Look at the application, and please consider applying.  CLICK HERE to get a copy.  The application will also be posted to under the   GROUPS tab.  
If you have any questions you may call:
Laurel-Heather Milden, 520) 343-0073,
Judy Janson, (520) 370-1080,
Suzanne Trappman, (520)331-5658,
Join the "Friends" Board
The non-profit works hand-in-hand with the JPNA Assn to clarify and address needs in the neighborhood.  It is the people of Jefferson Park and community members who make donations to the Friends and support specific projects.
The Friends Annual Meeting and board elections will be held January 22 at 5:00pm at the Ward III office. If you would like to consider joining this board and would like more information, please contact: Joan Daniels at, or 520-300-1980.
November Red Tag, Loud Party, Loud Music Report
November Report
      Tucson           Jefferson Park
Loud Music Calls            133                   1
Loud Park Calls               95                    1
Red Tags Issued              14                    2
Jefferson Park Locations:
800 blk. of E. Linden = loud party,loud music calls and Red Tag
1800 blk. of  N Tyndall (apartments) = Red Tag
These statistics are a matter of public record and are supplied to JPNA monthly.
Your Tax Credits can benefit Jefferson Park
Lend a Hand - Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Jefferson Park residents receive services from this non-profit.  Direct donations can be made.  Lend a Hand is a QCO- Qualified Charitable Organization, which means that you are able to receive a dollar-for-dollar AZ Tax Credit for your donation, up to $400 for an individual or $800 for a couple.  Go to:
International School - Supporting tuition for students
To support your neighborhood school with an AZ Tax Credit go to   for information.

Individuals may claim a credit of up to $1135; married couples of up to $2269. You may recommend that your support go to :
  • a general scholarship fund administered by the School Tuition Organization
  • a specific school's general scholarship fund (such as IST - our preferred recommendation)
  • a specific student's scholarship
Greening and Cleaning
Fixing Potholes, missing street signs, graffiti  
Go here to download the CLICKFIX app -
There are links to get the app from the Apple AppStore and the Google Play store on the page.

There has been good success with identifying (and getting fixed) potholes, street signs, and graffiti.   It's pretty easy to use from a phone with a camera, and has the benefit of identifying the location of the problem.

Dirty Bus Stop?  
Sun Tran has assumed responsibility for oversight of the contractor required to maintain and clean the 2,200 bus stops in the Tucson area.  Sun Tran will work with the contractor to ensure the stops are power washed when necessary and free of litter, including cigarette butts.

If you see overflowing trash cans, litter, bugs, vandalism, graffiti, or homeless camps at a bus stop, call (520) 792-9222 to report the location. You may also email  and include pictures if you wish. All requests will be documented by Sun Tran to ensure proper follow-up takes place.
Sun Tran:
Park Cleanup - Every third Saturday
Edison/Cambell Parklet
Help Needed -  3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am
No RSVP needed, just show up about 8am.    BYOB-bring your own bag...or we supply.  Clean up is quick - we usually take less than an hour. Many hands make light work!
If you do pick-up 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 .
Building in Jefferson Park - a unique neighborhood

Special rules for Jefferson Park
The neighborhood Land Use Committee (LUC) has created a special section, " Building/Historic Status" , on to help neighbors and their contractors understand the special circumstances when building in an NPZ (Neighborhood Preservation Zone). Also Tucson Planning and Development Dept. has a process flyer at 
Important Contacts
Area Reps need help.  Check out your area and offer to help once every 3 months!

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 
Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden
Area #5 - Joanne Osuna
Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Ward III - Councilperson Paul Durham 
Paul Durham
1510 E Grant   *
and aide Nick Mahon

Ward III, See Paul's e-news at:
Ward VI, Steve Kozachik newsletter: 
QUICK LINKS AND City of Tucson "Cheat Sheet"
City of Tucson staff recently created a City Services  "Cheat Sheet" that has links, emails, and phone numbers to make it easier to reach anyone in the City based on your need
You'll find Environmental Services, Tucson Water, how to report graffiti and potholes, some Tucson Codes, different maps, and a bunch more. You are still completely welcome to contact us directly at the Ward office if you'd like some help navigating the system. It is a google doc so it will be updated when things change.

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

Banner Hospital Concerns
Construction Updates on the University Campus  Banner University Medical Center Tucson Campus  website  for the hospital expansion project. 

There have been reports of patients leaving the Banner property and short-cutting through the neighborhood. These folks are in various states of health.  Patients who are on foot are sometimes at risk, and are not good for Banner, nor for the neighborhood. 
Call Banner Security 520-694-6533 
if you witness any wandering patients or find any tossed bandages, etc.  If the situation warrants, call 911 
BUT ALSO call Banner Security so it can be recorded.  
UA Neighborhood Hotline 
Student Related issues can be reported to this number. 
Should not be used for 911 calls which should be directed to the TPD
24/7 available

TPD Officers assigned to Jefferson Park available to you
On Duty: Weekends, Evenings
Ofc. Francisco Santa Maria  *  Phone: 520-589-8684 *  Email:

Report a  non-emergency crime:
Report an  emergency crime:     911
See the  latest crimes  in Jefferson Park:
See  code violations  in Jefferson Park:
Report an  issue with Banner:  Emergency 24/7 (520) 268-9575
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:
Helicopter Noise/ Banner Hospital contact BUMC Security at 694-6533. 
Stay in Touch
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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 

These Tax-Credit options keep your money in the neighborhood!
CO-EDITORS: Joan Daniels, ,   Joanne Osuna,