Visit your websites:  jeffersonpark.info   and  grantroadcoalition.com    March 10,  2018
For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters CLICK HERE.
Our Neighborhood
Another Project Finished - Thanks to You
Installation

Circle Linden/Cherry
Finished!

FLOODING * SPLASHING *  FINALLY A SOLUTION!
On rainy days the water runs across from the south side of Lester, down Cherry, across Linden, and through a narrow alley to Waverly.  This seasonal gusher was the origin of our infamous Rubber Ducky Race... a lighthearted nod to a serious situation.  Neighbors receiving the brunt of the storm lobbied long and hard with the city,the county, UofA, and Banner for many years to mitigate the flooding.  Banner's underground catchments and green space has helped...but the water still does come. And the cars do still race through the water, spraying on the neighbor's walls.

It's a "Do it Yourself World" - You made it happen!
No city monies, no county monies, just the hard work of volunteers and neighbor's dues to Jefferson Park Neighborhood Assn and donations to the Friends of Jefferson Park, Inc. made this happen.  The traffic is slower and safer and maybe we can someday afford an upgrade with curb and plantings.  For now, nearby residents  are grateful for living in a neighborhood  that cares.
Buffelgrass invasion in JPN - you can help!
Photo: 
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Buffelgrass has invaded Jefferson Park! Buffelgrass is a non-native grass that chokes out native plants and creates a fire risk in our alleys and backyards. Learn more.

You can help! Join your neighbors in a buffelgrass pull this Saturday, March 16th! We will meet at the Edison Parklet at Edison and the Campbell frontage road at 8 am. Come and learn how to identify buffelgrass and how to remove it. Stay for the buffelgrass pull at different locations around the neighborhood or leave after the demo. Orange dots on the map show locations of buffelgrass. Bring a shovel or other digging tool if you have one!
MEETINGS IN MARCH * MARK YOUR CALENDAR

JEFFERSON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
March 27, 6pm Ward III, 1510 E Grant Road
Special Guests:   Nahrin Jabro , assistant to Supervisor Richard Elias
Karen Greene,  Barrio Neighborhood Coalition
Topics:  Campbell Avenue entrance signs

GRANT ROAD COALITION MEETING
March 26, 5:30 pm, Ward III, 1510 E Grant Road
Topic:  Proposal for Campbell/Grant Intersection
CENTRAL SEGMENTS SAFETY COALITION 
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 pm.  
Every Fourth Tuesday at WARD III  1510 E Grant Road.
Officers from TPD will be at the meeting to discuss crime trends in the area and be available to answer questions or receive feedback from the Coalition Neighborhoods:  Mtn/First, SAMOS, Jefferson Park, Catalina Vista, Campbell/Grant.
REMINDER
Get ready now for the April Neighborhood Plant Swap
April 24, Ward III, 6pm.
Jefferson Park's Annual Plant Swap.
Get those plants in now for the plant swap.  Every year it gets bigger and better!  Have some cuttings?  Have some overgrown pots that need splitting?  Do it now, and come April 24 and exchange some or  give some away!
Banner Hospital patients who wander...
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 on foot are not good for Banner, not good for the neighborhood, and not good for the patients.
Banner Security has agreed to keep a record of calls to them about any encroachment into the neighborhood of patients, visitors, hospital-related traffic etc.  An accurate record will let us know if other measures need to be taken to guide folks off the Banner campus.  So, neighbors,  please follow this protocol:

Call Banner Security 520-694-6533 if you witness any patients or find any tossed bandages etc.
If the situation warrants, call 911 BUT ALSO call Banner Security so it can be recorded.   
We appreciate Banner's willingness to be pro-active, and neighbors must be diligent about reporting occurrences. 
Jefferson Park Pot holes.....
HOW TO 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   TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.  
Tucson Department of Transportation:   http://1.usa.gov/18IdPf8
International Day at International School
Great success!
New this year.  Jumping Castles galore!
A great family day right in our neighborhood.
Food booths from many countries gave visitors tastes of the world

Congratulations to the International School for a "best yet" International Day Celebration.
Are You protected if the grid goes down?
The Resiliency workshop (Jan 27) discussed what individuals and neighbors could do in the event the grid goes down.  The possibility of a city-wide heat-related grid failure was discussed.  For the entire information booklet  CLICK HERE.  Pay particular attention to p. 17 and 24 for a list of the things each home should store in case of such an emergency.
Taxes being done at Ward III
The Ward 3 Council Office will once again host United Way's tax prep service (a.k.a. VITA) this year. Every Saturday through April 13th volunteers will be available from 9 am-1 pm. The address is 1510 E Grant Rd. Assistance is on a first come, first served basis. 
 
Call 520-333-5810 for more information or view the  VITA FAQ for details, including a list of required documents. Note that this is a means-tested service.  Be sure to note income limits on the VITA site.
CYCLOVIA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Crowds of bikers!! 1600 Block of Lester closed
On Lester Warren to Vine
Needs Neighborhood Volunteers

Go to 
https://www.cycloviatucson.org/support/volunteer/map/ and select an intersection to help guide bikers and walkers through the neighborhood. You may also help neighbors on those two blocks get their cars in and out if necessary.

Cyclovia coming thru Jefferson Park-April 7 
Event begins at Banner, passes our Little Free Library...
Could you get a break on your property taxes?
Do you live in a contributing property?
Does your home qualify for the property tax break??  Jefferson Park web-site provides links and explanations.  If you wonder about your property  CLICK HERE for links to important information.
Red Tag Reports
Tucson Police Department supplies monthly data on nuisance party and loud music calls made to 911 for our neighborhood.
  
February Report for Jefferson Park
Loud music calls - 1
Loud Party - 
Red Tags issued - 1 (second tag issued w/in a year)
Jefferson Park mails letters to any resident who was the subject of calls or red tags. Additionally, owners are notified if the house is a rental.   
How do you report an unruly gathering? 
Greening and Cleaning - Every third Saturday
We need your help, every 3rd Saturday of the month.
No RSVP needed, just show up about 8am.   BYOB-bring your own bag...or we supply. 

If you do pick-up during the week, contact Joanne Osuna at cricket16@cox.net  and your time will count.  We report our hours to Tucson Clean and Beautiful as part of the Adopt-a-Park program ...and our little parklet at Edison and Campbell is quite lovely.
Out and About....
Help with the exterior of your home.
An Opportunity for Assistance to Improve the Appearance of Your Neighborhood -  "A Brush with Kindness,"  a program of Habitat for Humanity Tucson,  partners with residents to improve the appearance of their neighborhoods, strengthen connections within the community, and help preserve affordable housing. The program also helps low-income homeowners, who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. Partners repay a portion of cost of materials based on a sliding scale and ability.
Need some minor home repair? "A Brush with Kindness" can help!
Types of Services Provided:  painting →landscaping →fence repairs →yard cleanup →and other minor repairs.   To Learn More About Program:
   Call:  520-326-1217 ext. 209  
   Habitat Tucson is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider
   ROC#184153
(Thank you Feldman Neighborhood)
Area Reps need help.  Check out your area and offer to help once every 3 months!
AREA REPRESENTATIVES

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 
Area #2 - Jon Heine
Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden
Area #5 - Joanne Osuna
Area #6 -  Lisa Jones
Important Contact Info
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 PHONE NUMBERS:

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 
tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov

What is a code violation?
And whom do I call?
Download  an information sheet approved by the City Code Enforcement Division

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
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
520-282-3649

Banner Security
Witness any encroachment of patients or visitors etc into the neighborhood?  Banner wants to know. Please call so that the incident can be documented
Call:
Security at 520-694-6533
Report a  non-emergency crime:  www.tucsonaz.gov/apps/crime-reporting/
Report an  emergency crime:     911
See the  latest crimes  in Jefferson Park:  nsn.soaz.info/incidents/zjefferson.html
See  code violations  in Jefferson Park:   neighsupport.net/codevio/cezjefferson.html
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:  www.jeffersonpark.info/history.html
Helicopter Noise/ Banner Hospital contact Mark Ostrand through BUMC Security at 694-6533. 
Stay in Touch
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Get on the List Serve!
To sign up for the neighborhood list serve,  send a blank email to  jeffersonparktucson+subscribe@googlegroups.com  
or send a request for an invitation to joanchall@yahoo.com 
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, jdchama@msn.com ,   Joanne Osuna,