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For previous editions of Jefferson Park newsletters  CLICK HERE.
May Meetings *
 Cancelled with hopes for June or July
But there is lots of news and things to be done....

Let's be Perfectly Clear!
There are some yard signs left. If you would like one for your yard call Colleen at 272-0784 or email
Thanks to Gloo Factory for printing the signs!
Have you noticed the yard signs that have just gone up around, in, and on the borders of Jefferson Park?

JP and other neighborhoods have attended meetings, sent letters, and filled out forms to discourage the use of neighborhood streets for the new electric transmission lines.

However, TEP continues to show Park and Vine (through Jefferson Park neighborhood) as options for the 138Kv poles. JPNA board voted to use these yard signs to help make their point-again.

TEP labels certain characteristics as "sensitive areas". JP is an historic district, a neighborhood preservation zone, complete with schools, elder care and health care facilities - all labeled "sensitive areas". Jefferson Park should not bear the brunt of having a line of 85-100' Electric Poles marching through our neighborhood on Park or on Vine!

TEP needs to consider their other options. Yes, there are other options!

1 – TEP has other options along major thorough-fares (or underground?)  
• Neighborhood streets are generally narrower and designed to accommodate slow car, pedestrian and bike flow within the neighborhood. 
• Right -of -ways are not large enough. Poles would be too close to residences.  
• Visual blight – non-conforming with the intent of historic districts. 
2 – TEP itself has designates Historic Neighborhoods as “sensitive receptors”  
“sensitive receptors,” are factors which would have impact on placement, and would be taken into consideration. They include aspects, such as historic status, impact on the affected area, such as schools, nursing homes, hospitals and the like.  
1– Jefferson Park already bears the burden of an ENLARGED substation at its southern border-complete with SF-6 gas, a greenhouse gas, which has been discontinued in CA and Europe. 
2- JP is not only an Historic District but also a Neighborhood Preservations Zone, one of two in the city. It has special provisions to protect the integrity of the Historic District.   
3 – Vine or Park BISECT the neighborhood    
·         * and are narrow residential streets heavily traveled by bikers to and
from U of A and Banner. 
·         * and have especially narrow right of ways placing poles too close to residences 
·         * and Vine is a watershed management area for neighborhood with stormwater basins along right-of-ways to address flooding issues. 
4 – JP meets all the criteria for “sensitive” area  
JP includes three churches, a long term care nursing home and rehab facility, The International School of Tucson, which serves students from preschool through eighth grades, and Banner Hospital, which is located on our southern border. 

These kinds of poles should not be sited through any residential neighborhood. Jefferson Park happens to meet several of the "sensitive receptor" criteria which makes the Vine or Park options especially controversial. On an additional note, several neighbors believe that the EMFs from the larger Kv Poles are dangerous and they are not convinced otherwise by the current arguments.
If you have not made your comments known to TEP, please do so:
Send comments to:
Complete on line survey at:

Mail a letter to: P.O. Box 711 ATTN: Kino-DMP Mail Stop RC131
Tucson AZ 85701-0711

and/or Phone:  1-833-523-0887 and leave a voice mail message
Plant Sale tops $1700!!
Many thanks!
By using appointments, masks and social distancing, the neighborhood made over $1700 with the sale of plants.

Special thanks to Laurel Heather who opened her beautiful backyard and created a veritable plant nursery for us. Thank you as well to Rosemary, Erin, Louie, Trish, Judy, Nancy, and Joan for plants, donations, and work at the sale.

"Sale left-overs are under the mesquite tree on the southeast corner at 1641 E Waverly. The sign tells folks to take what they want and place their money on the front porch."(Laurel Heather)
We still have succulents including ghost sedum, several types of aloe, prickly pear, agave, and more!
Your streets-your opinions-the future of roads
Add your comments on the interactive map, "like" or dislike" others comments. Send the message that Jefferson Park has concerns and deserves to be noticed.
Everyone is urged to use the "public input" map at
You may choose the on-line survey or the interactive map .

The map may take a bit of time to get used to but it has the great advantage of the ability to see what others have suggested and for you to be able to "like" or dislike" the comments. You may also add other comments, and do so about any location in the city!

Tucson Transportation Department will take data from the map and on-line survey to decide where and to whom resources should be allocated.
What got 16 "dislikes"? This comment: "Tucson has always needed a freeway that runs east to west, taking surface roads all the way from the east side to the west side is painful. I think some solution around grant is needed, running from I-10 to Houghton. This could in the future become a loop that runs south on Houghton from that point and connects with I10 again." Check the map for other comments.
International School Parade Thursday
On Thursday, May 21, from 9:00-10:00, the teachers at our neighborhood school, The International School of Tucson, 1701 E Seneca St., will be hosting a Car Parade for elementary and middle school students. Families in their vehicles will circle around the school in a specific pattern. This is a great way for everyone to say goodbye for the school year, and for students to see their teachers in person, as this group has been participating in online school since mid-March, due to the pandemic.

1) In order to keep everyone safe, and following the CDC and Pima County Health Guidelines, families will not park and get out of their cars, but will instead pull up next to teachers and chat for a just a few minutes. 

2) Direction of traffic:  The car parade will be traveling around the perimeter of the school in the direction of traffic. 
If possible, cars will enter the car parade heading East on Seneca or Hampton from Mountain. Attached is a hand-drawn map from the school for reference.
...not just any rock
Who has the most fun? The artist or the walkers who find these treasurers on their walk, run, dog walk or in their yard. Difficult to say!

But we thank this mysterious artist and we will stay on the look-out for more of your art.
Linear Park discussion resumes!
The Linear Park Committee was informed last month that the progress on the park would be shut down until July 2020 when the Park bonds would be sold--this due to a city shortfall. On May 5, Parks and Recreation contacted the committee to say that the work would go forward immediately pending some "value engineering" with the low bidder. "Value Engineering" means that parts of the project will be eliminated until it meets the set budget. The committee awaits an upcoming meeting with Parks and Recreation to discuss the cuts and to hopefully proceed with the project. (J. Daniels)
General Info on Covid Restrictions
STAY INFORMED ABOUT COVID-19 - The City of Tucson created and maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. Visit the website for the latest information about how the City is conducting business during this crisis and the latest status in the community. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.
Senior Shopping Hours
  • AJ’s Fine Foods: Wednesdays 5-6 am (65+)
  • Albertsons: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 am
  • Bashas: Wednesdays 6-7 am (65+)
  • Cardenas: Every day 7-8 am
  • Costco: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-9 am (60+)
  • Dollar General: First hour every day
  • Food City: Wednesdays 5-6 am. (65+)
  • Fry’s: Monday – Thursday 7 – 8 am (60+)
  • Safeway: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 am
  • Target: First hour every Wednesday
  • Trader Joe’s: Mondays 9 – 10 am
  • Walgreens: Tuesdays 8 – 9 am (55+, special discounts)
  • Walmart: First hour every Tuesday (60+)
  • Whole Foods: First hour every day (60+)
Community Food Bank
If you don't need the service, you may consider a donation. Go to :!/donation/checkout
Public testing: Those with concerns about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure can now call Banner Health at 844-549-1851 to speak with a clinical team member to determine if testing is appropriate. The line will be staffed 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday. If an individual meets CDC criteria for testing, they will be scheduled for an appointment at our new drive-through site .
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.

(520) 791-2540
The City Service Impacts Hotline is now active at (520) 791-2540. Please call with questions about how city business is being conducted during this community emergency. Call takers are available for both English and Spanish speakers.

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

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
The  Community Food Bank of Souther n  Arizona’s new hours at the Country Club location, are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. They are closed Sat/Sun/Mon.

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.

Government Resources
EDISON Parklet needs you... keeping social distance...add it to your daily walk!
USUALLY 3rd Saturday of the month - 8:00 am - Edison and Campbell l'il 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.
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; Neighbors can report homeless issues and the like. They will get it to the correct department.
City Services  "Cheat Sheet"   has links, emails, and phone numbers
to make it easier to reach anyone in the City
based on your need.
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:
Here is our recycling list:

to read an extremely informative article on 
what can/cannot be recycled,
and it is TUCSON specific.

August 31 - Brush and Bulky

December 11 - Roll-offs
Razor scooters call 833- LAST-MILE.
Bird Scooters call 1-866-205-2442.

Numbers are posted on the scooters!
Thanks to the business and individuals who support Jefferson Park with their donations! We appreciate you!

Thanks Zach, for donating to our Entryway Signs!
And Blackjack, thanks for the deal on our annual meeting of JPNA.
Thanks to Carly Quinn for the donation of 1/2 of cost of our gateway signs!
Area Representatives

Area #1 - Mary Worthen 

Area #2 - Jon Heine

Area #3 - Laurel-Heather Milden

Area #5 - Joanne Osuna

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

TPD Lead Officer for our area: Sgt. Eric Evans, 420-405-2070, email: .
On Duty: Sat- Tues, 5pm -3am

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 put out 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:
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, and Joanne Osuna invite your comments.
Thanks to the editors and co-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.