Packrat Control

If you or someone you know is using poison to get rid of packrats or other pests, please reconsider! I will be happy to share information on alternative approaches to the packrat problem, which I know is a huge headache for some of us. However, poisoning the food chain is not the answer, and I beg all of you to please refrain from using poisons if you are considering this route. If you have already laid out poisons, please remove them.

See Mary’s article on Desert Packrat Control

Get in touch with the Pima

County Sheriff’s Department

All Emergencies 911

Neighborhood Resource Guide

Information Line 351-4600

Non-Emergency - 351-4900

Foothills District 351-6311

Terrorism Tips Line 351-TIPS

88-Crime 882-7463

Animal Complaints 724-5900

Dust Violations 724-7400

Illegal Dumping Hotline 724-7400

Graffiti Abatement 792-8224

Pima County Road Conditions 547-7510

Zoning Violations 724-9000


to the Oracle Foothills Neighborhood Association website. Oracle Foothills Neighborhood encompasses approximately 275 homes situated in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains on the north side of Tucson, Arizona. Close to the city, yet out in the country, wildlife and native plants characterize this eclectic and interesting neighborhood. We urge you to get involved in your neighborhood and help make it an even better place to live!

Welcome . . .


Do you need a pool person?  Maybe someone to clean up your yard?  Are your drains clogged?  Perhaps you’re looking for a housekeeper.  We have the answers!  






Nature shots from around the neighborhood can be found on the PHOTOS pages.  


P.O. Box 35783

Tucson, AZ 85740

Webmaster Carole DeAngeli

caroledeangeli at gmail dot com


Where Are We?

Take a look at the




Home Page

About OFNA

Membership Form



Upcoming Meetings

Desert Dwellers Newsletters in PDF



By Laws

Recommendations List

OFNA Officers & Current Board


In Memoriam

How OFNA Came to Be

History of CCR’s

Contact Us

Classified Ads



Streets & Signs


Manufactured Housing



Snake Season

Raptor Electrocution

Flood Plain Mapping




Wildcat Subdivisions


Illegal Dumping

Street Improvement

Dark Skies


Genematas Plaque

Agave Dr. Monument

Genematas Drive Monument

Triangle Park

Cleaning Up the Desert

Neighborhood Picnic

Trimming & Clean Up

Yvon/Nina Circle

Dumpster Day

Messages of Hope

Buffelgrass Work Day

Real Estate

Book Club










Neighborhood Watch

How to get Crime Reports

Recent Incidents of Crime


Advice from PCSO


Mail Theft

Neighborhood Watch Free Programs

Links and Contacts


Original Sales Brochure

History of Oracle Foothills Estates

George Diamos

History of Street Names

Dream of Immigrant Genematas Realized


Tucson Clean and Beautiful

Lost or Found Pets

Wildlife Rehabilitators

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Ishkashita’a Refugee Harvesting Network

Trees for Tucson

The Owl and Panther

Certified Wildlife Habitat

Touch Point Connection


See the SITE MAP for all the info you can find on this website

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Oracle Foothills

Do you want to feed the hummingbirds?

We are lucky to have hummingbirds here year around, and it is a great joy to see them feeding just outside your window.  

Attracting these little birds is quite easy.  Just buy any one of the commercially available feeders, fill with a simple syrup solution and wait for the show.

Here’s the recipe for the nectar:

The ratio of water to sugar is 4:1

(i.e. 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar)

Bring the water to a boil, stir in the white sugar (not brown or raw, not honey).  Return solution just to a boil and remove from heat.  Allow to cool.  Fill feeder.  Refrigerate any unused portion.  


Before refilling the feeder, clean it with  a mild solution of bleach and water.  Rinse thoroughly. Please remember to change the nectar often in hot weather.  Never let mold form.  Spoiled nectar can be injurious to hummingbirds.

See Graffiti?

Report it promptly - anywhere in Pima County - to 792-8224 or fill out the online form.  You can also download a free app for your smart phone - either Android or IPhone from your app store.

Read more about Pima County’s Graffiti abatement program, TAAG.

Don’t assume someone else will report the graffiti. Getting graffiti removed as soon as possible is important for reducing the negative impact to the community and to reduce the possibility of future tagging.

Check the website above for reporting graffiti in other jurisdictions (Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana).

U.S. Senate

Senator Krysten Sinema

Senator Martha McSally

U.S. Congress, District 2

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick

State of Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey

Arizona Legislature, District 9

Senator Victoria Steele

Representative Randall Friese

Representative Pamela Powers Hannley

Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1

Supervisor Ally Miller

Who Are My Representatives?

Got Bees?

European honey bees (Apis mellifera) are extremely important pollinators.  In Arizona, most, if not all, honeybees have been Africanized, which means they have interbred with a highly aggressive strain.  These bees can be dangerous if disturbed around their nest. You should prevent them from nesting in or around your home by sealing all possible entrances, no matter how small. If you think that a hive has been formed in your house or nearby, please call a responsible beekeeper who will not kill the bees.   In the spring, it is not uncommon to see large colonies of bees on the move, looking for a new place to nest.  These ‘swarms’ may stop to rest temporarily in a tree or other structure.  You don’t have to be concerned about them unless they choose to nest in your house.  Also, bees out foraging on flowers or near water are not dangerous. If bees have taken over your hummingbird feeder, change the type of feeder you use.  A saucer-type, as pictured to the left, will not allow the bees access to the nectar, so they will not bother with it.

Native bees, of which we have many, are not dangerous in any way.

Trees for Tucson

There have been recent changes to the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Trees for Tucson program.

Trees are now available for order for $20 ($25 for fruit-bearing trees) and that includes delivery.  There is no limit and no planting restrictions.  To order and for more information click here.

Trees for You

Tucson Electric Power customers can order discounted trees directly from TEP.  They are $5, but there is no delivery.  They can be picked up from a cooperating nursery. Click here to order.

The Power of Shade Trees

Planting and maintaining desert trees to shade your home provides many benefits:

Get out and plant your shade trees today!

Nextdoor is a neighborhood message board that allows you to communicate not only with all Oracle Foothills members, but also members of 41 nearby communities - over 3500 people in all.  This is a quick and easy way to notify neighbors of a lost pet, post an event, list an item for sale, make recommendations, notify neighbors of a crime or public safety issue, and more.  It’s easy and free to join.  Just go to Nextdoor Tucson and sign up.  You can adjust settings to receive fewer or no emails.

Contact Carole DeAngeli if you have any questions or concerns.

Arizona Illustrated: Crested Saguaros

A video featuring our famous neighborhood saguaro and her owner

Rob Boone Photography

2018 OFNA Officers

And Board of Directors

President - Robert Bolton

Vice President - Lisa Meder

Secretary/Treasurer - Jay DeAngeli


 John Battaile                    Leo Roop

Delann DeBenedetti             Scott Ruth

       Bente Jensen                 Tom Scarborough

                   Roxie Lopez

Stephanie Morrison               Mary Jo Schwartz

    Diana Ossana                   Joan Scott


A Little Free Library has Arrived!

Be sure to stop by the Triangle Park at the corner of Genematas and Canyon View Drives and check out the newest addition.

The Little Free Library was donated by Marti Kuykendall and her daughter, Kathleen Garrison.  It was mounted by Jay DeAngeli, and installed by Jay and Angelo Dellacona.

You can read more about Little Free Library and find our location on their map. Marti and Kathleen will be the Stewards, and you may contact Marti with any questions or concerns.

Garbage Services   

As residents of unincorporated Pima County, Oracle Foothills residents have their choice of garbage and recycle haulers.  There is wide range of prices among the carriers.  A recent poll of residents found:

RAD (Right Away Disposal) - Pickup for trash and recycle is Wednesday.

WM (Waste Management) - Pickup for recycle is Wed., Trash is Thurs. Huge range of prices from $66 to $263/ 4 months.  Start up fee, fuel and environmental add-on fees, annual rate increases. Will meet competition’s prices if you ask.

AzSS (Arizona Sanitation Services) - Recently purchased by RAD. Pickup day for both trash and recycle is Wednesday.

Republic - Pickup is twice weekly. Rate is ~70-110/3 months. Add-on fees, regular rate increases.

 Mail Delivery Issues?

If you have any problems with your mail delivery,

Contact Casas Adobes P.O. 520-531-0695

Mail Theft

Report Mail Theft to 911 and also to the

Postal Inspector


For information on crime and crime prevention in Oracle Foothills, go to our CRIME tab.  Here you will find information on types of incidents, tips on preventing crime in and around your home, and Neighborhood Watch information.  

An even more up-to-date look at crime around Tucson can be found at  If you input your address, the map will go to your neighborhood and show recent incidents.  Sign up to receive weekly reports.  These reports are updated daily from the police agencies.

Help make your neighborhood safer from crime - Join NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH!  Contact Area Leader for Oracle Foothills - Carole DeAngeli

Remember to call 911 for any suspicious incident.

Check out our beautiful new entry sign at the corner of Canyon View and 1st Ave! Neighborhood resident Ed Muren is the artist who created the sign.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The next neighborhood collection of household hazardous waste will be on

February 13, 2019

7:30-8:30 am

5650 N. Maria Dr.

Please check the list of acceptable items

Keep quantities small

Stay Up to Date!

For current neighborhood news by email, join the


Weekly updates, plus timely reports of crime, lost pets, or other important happenings.

Your e-mail address is kept confidential and never used for any marketing purposes.


The OFNA Board of Directors meets quarterly. The next meeting is January 14, 2019,

75 W. Yvon Dr.

Please note new location!

Minutes of the most recent meeting, held on September 15, are available here.


Illegal dumping is a continual problem in our neighborhood.  

Help make violators responsible for their actions…

Report illegal dumps to PDEQ online or by calling (520) 724-7400 Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm or (520) 622-5800 (24 hours/day).

Never approach an illegal dumper.

If you see illegal dumping activity in progress, report it immediately by calling 911. Then call PDEQ with location, license plate number, vehicle description, or other identifying information.

 Read more about ILLEGAL DUMPING

Contact OFNA

Carole DeAngeli


P.O. Box 35783, Tucson, 85740

Pima County recently completed a crack sealing process on our streets, and then a fog coating of tar.

This is a great improvement, but not a long-term solution.  Eventually the streets will have to be ground up and re-laid.

Potholes and other street problems should be reported to:


Pima County Transportation Dept.



Vacation Watering & Home Care Service

If you’re going out of town and need someone to water your plants, call one of these neighbors:


Annual Meeting

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

The Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting and Neighborhood Watch meeting was held on Saturday, September 15th, at 665 W. Roller Coaster Rd. Neighbors were brought up to date on activity over the past year, and plans for the upcoming year.  The Neighborhood Watch Area Leader gave a rundown on crime. A new board of directors was elected.  Everyone was invited to the Annual Picnic, and raffle prizes were awarded. Click here for the minutes.

 Thanks to all who attended!

UPDATE: The lodge property has been purchased by Stewart Properties. Jason Stewart and his brother, David, have been in communication with OFNA.  They plan to upgrade the existing lodge structures, preserving their historic value.  There are two large parcels of vacant land, one on lower Genematas Dr. And one on W. Yvon Drive.  These properties are being sold to Sterling Homes to develop. On these properties they plan to build single family residences, each on one full acre.  No zoning change is required for this development.  On the lower parcel, seven (7) residences are planned, with an entrance in the 5200 block of N. Genematas.  On the upper parcel, off of W. Yvon Dr., eleven (11) homes are planned.  There is an issue with access to the Yvon properties.  The developers prefer to exit onto W. Yvon to Genematas Dr. In order to do this, they must secure easements from the current Oracle Foothills residents who live along W. Yvon Dr, as it is privately owned.  The other alternative is to create a roadway that bypasses the road closure gate, and goes out through Yvon Drive to Oracle Rd.  The developers are in discussion with the W. Yvon property owners.

Map of the Sterling Homes Genematas Site

Proposed layout of the Genematas Development

Map of the Sterling Homes Yvon Site

Proposed layout of the Yvon Development

Catalina Foothills Lodge Sale

It was a blast!

Thanks to all who helped make the Neighborhood Picnic such a big success!

And thanks to all the neighbors who came out and enjoyed good food and good company!

Here is a link to the photos

Neighborhood Shred-A-Thon

Oracle Foothills will be holding a document shredding event:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

11am - 1pm

320 E. Canyon View Drive

Conducted by Beacon Secure

Why Shred?

Be Secure!  Even with increased use of technology, paper consumption continues to increase, putting your personal and business information at risk to be compromised. Beacon Secure’s well-established chain-of-custody procedures ensure your documents and other media will remain secure from the time they’re deposited in your on-site consoles until they’re shredded at our NAID certified facility.

Bring your documents to be shredded. They will be loaded in Beacon’s truck to be shredded at their secure facility. Read more about Beacon Secure

Should I save or shred documents? Here’s a link to a document from State Farm Insurance indicating how long documents need to be saved.