August 14, 2014
Dr. Garcia Interview on ICTN
Irving Community Television Network
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August 14, 2014
Texas Rangers Recognize Dr. Garcia
On Wednesday Dr. Garcia was presented the Heroe En La Comunidad Award by the Texas Rangers. The Heroe En La Comunidad Award is presented to Latino Leaders who show commitment to the community. In addition to being honored before the game, the rangers will donate $500 to a community organization of her choice. Dr. Garcia chose to support DFW International Alliance.
August 12, 2014
Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget
Senior Parkland Officials visited Dallas County Commissioners Court to outline a preliminary 2015 Budget. Click This Link To See The Presentation
August 12, 2014
Keep Irving Beautiful Recognizes
Dr. Garcia with Green Government Award
On Monday, August 11th Commissioner Garcia was recognized by Keep Irving Beautiful. She was given the Green Government Award. The Green Government Award is designated to recognize outstanding contributions to the Irving environment by governmental entities. Commissioner Garcia has worked hard to expand the Dallas County trail system throughout the County and was recognized specifically for her work to expand the Campion Trail and Lone Star Connection linking Irving and Grand Prairie.
August 11, 2014
Dallas County Commissioners Court is set to raise the pay for county elections judges, alternate judges, and clerks. A court order, before Commissioners Court this week stated that: "There are several reasons why it is becoming more difficult to recruit and retain a well-trained and motivated election workforce for polling places. These jobs require individuals to be more technology proficient, while at the same time being physically demanding. Pollworkers are also concerned about making a living wage commensurate for the increasingly difficult job duties they have to perform." The Court Order recommended that the pay for elections judges be raised from $9 an hour to $11 an hour and for Alternate Judges and Clerks from $8 an hour to $10 an hour. Please Click Here to See a Copy of the Briefing (pages 4 & 5).
Dallas County is offering Free Immunizations for Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) eligible children.
August 16, 1024
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Dallas County Health & Human Services
2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
CLICK HERE FOR FLYER/BOLETÍN
July 11, 2014
SPCA Offers Free Spays & Neuters
SPCA of Texas Announces "Fix 'Em Dallas County" Program for Dallas County Residents
The SPCA of Texas launches Fix 'Em Dallas County thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities. The program will offer free spay and neuter surgeries for pets of Dallas County residents from July 10th though September 30th. A microchip special of $15 is also available at the time of surgery. To make an appointment, Dallas County residents can call (214) 742-SPCA (7722). Click Here for more information.
Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lake Cliff Park
300 E. Colorado Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75203
Laek Cliff Park became a public park 100 years ago. Join us as we celebrate Lake Cliff Park as an important part of Dallas history. Click here for more information.
June 30, 2014
Traffic & Lane Closures
Construction on the Dallas Horseshoe Project to will result in the closure of the lanes, roads and ramps on and near I-30 & I-35. Closures will remain in place until
the completion of the project in 2017. Please Click Here for the full list of Closures.
May 30, 2014
Big Lots Donates to Stevens Park Elementry
Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner, celebrates Big Lots' $1,500 donation to Stevens Park Elementry School and grand opening of a new Stevens Park store. The store is located at Stevens Park Village, 2128 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas.
May 30, 2014
Please check out the most recent Horseshoe Project Newsletter
Commissioner Garcia allocated $2 million dollars for pedestrian and bike access to the I-30 planned Margaret McDermott Bridge. The pedestrian and bike lanes will increase connectivity between Oak Cliff & Downtown, promote more urban livability and economic development, and allow open access to the Margaret McDermott Bridge as a future Dallas landmark.
May 20, 2014
Elder Financial Safety Center Announced
Dallas County Commissioners Court celebrated the creation of an Elder Financial Safety Center. The center was made possible by a generous $3.9 million grant from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at the Communities Foundation of Texas and is a collaboration between the Senior Source, Dallas County Probate Courts and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Financial Safety for older adults affects housing, health choices, transportation, property crime, fraud and exploitation. The collaboration is aimed to secure the financial security of older adults by focusing on prevention, protection, and prosecution. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia was pleased to sponsor the resolution. Please click here to see the Resolution. For more information about the program visit The Senior Source website.
Free Breast Cancer Health
UNT Health Science Center is conducting a free breast cancer program that may increase your knowledge of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Mammograms will be offered through the program to participants who qualify. For more information and how to register Click Links Below.
Lakewest YMCA (English)
Lakewest YMCA (Español)
Irving YMCA (Español)
Kirkwood United Methodist Church (English)
Kirkwood United Methodist Church (Español)
Commissioners Court - May 20, 2014
May 2, 2014
Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia joined Chief Dye in congratulating youth champions from the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program. This year there were 8 champions that competed in 3 tournaments. The Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program was developed under the vision and leadership of Police Chief Steve Dye and the program is aimed to provide youth mentorship and activities that stimulate youth to become productive community members. For More information about the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Programs please Click Here.
April 30, 2014
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia and the Dallas County Commissioners Court recognized Gloria Campos for her contributions to the community and congratulated her on her retirement as a WFAA reporter. Gloria Campos was presented with a resolution and an award. Please Click here to see a PDF of the Resolution.
April 29, 2014
Click Here for PDF of Presentation
2014 West Nile Virus Health Advisory
Community Dental Center Opening
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Community Dental Care, and Grand Prairie City Officials celebrated the grand opening of the Grand Prairie Community Dental Clinic. The clinic is located inside of Parkland E. Carlyle Smith Jr. Health Center and will provide a variety of dental services. For more information about Community Dental Care visit www.communitydentalcare.org or call (214) 630-7080 about services and appointments.
Click Here for Press Release
April 22, 2014
National Infant Immunization Week
On Tuesday, April 22nd in Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dr. Elba Garcia sponsored a resolution recognizing Dallas County Health & Human Services' (DCHHS) efforts during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW lasts from April 26, 2014 to May 3, 2014 and focuses attention on the importance of timely immunizations for infants & toddlers 2 years and younger. NIIW calls upon parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to participate in activities that increase the awareness of immunizing children. DCHHS has demonstrated that awareness and persistent efforts to increase access to immunizations can make a difference, as confirmed by increased immunization rates county-wide. For more information on immunization please click the links below.
Dallas County NIIW Resolution
DCHHS Vaccination Newsletter (ENG/ESP)
Pertussis Fact-Sheet (ENG/ESP)
DCHHS Immunization Clinics
April 11, 2014
Sylvan Avenue Bridge Partially Re-Opened
The New and Improved Sylvan Avenue Bridge is Now Open
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 the new and improved Sylvan Avenue Bridge across the Trinity River opened to traffic crossing from West Dallas and Oak Cliff. The 3,500 foot bridge was a $42 million project between the City of Dallas and the state. For now only 2 lanes are open, one in each direction. The other four lanes and connections are scheduled to open in August 2014. Please select link for the full story.
April 1, 2014
Big Fix for Big D
Free Pet Spay & Neuter Event
Residents in 8 Dallas area zip codes can have their dogs and cats (owned and free-roaming)spayed and neutered for FREE. This service is free, but please consider making a donation so we can help others. Call (972) 498-8800 or email SpayDallas2@yahoo.com for more information.
Dallas Residents living in the following zip codes may take advantage low-cost spay/neuter through the Dallas Companion Animal Project as well. Call (972) 498-8800 or email SpayDallas2@Yahoo.com for an appointment.
75201, 75202, 75203, 75204, 75207, 75208, 75209, 75210, 75211, 75212, 75214, 75215, 75218, 75219, 75220, 75223, 75224, 75227, 75228, 75231, 75232, 75233, 75235, 75236, 75237, 75238, 75241, 75243, 75244, 75246, 75247, 75249 and 75253.
2014 Pet Vaccination Clinic
April 12th May 17th June 21st
July 19th August 16th September 20
October 18th November 15th
Dallas Animal Services
1818 N. Westmoreland Rd. Dallas, TX 75212
Click here for SPCA List of DFW Area Shelters & Rescue Groups
March 24, 2014
Red Oak Creek Trail In Cedar Hill
The three-mile Red Oak Creek Trail connects several schools, neighborhoods and city parks and recreational facilities. RoeschCo Construction built the trail at a cost of $2.4 million. The trail features several entry points, one of which is on East Parkerville near U.S. Highway 67. It also includes a 125-foot steel bridge, stone retaining walls and five rest areas with stone seating.
There is another Dallas County trail in the works for Oak Cliff. Dallas County Commissioners last week OK’d $3.7 million to help build the Chalk Hill Trail, approving an agreement with the city of Dallas to develop the four-mile corridor in west Oak Cliff. The trail, long a focus for County Commissioner Elba Garcia, would follow an abandoned railroad line north from DART’s Westmoreland Station to around the intersection of West Davis Street and Chalk Hill Road. Click Here for more information about Chalk Hill Trail.
March 21, 2014
Jefferson Blvd. Repairs in Cockrell Hill
Dallas County Road & Bridge 4 crews have completed milling and overlay (resurfacing) work on Jefferson Boulevard in Cockrell Hill. The project is on Jefferson Blvd from the intersection at Cockrell Hill Road to the western city limits and on the east end of Jefferson Blvd. from just east of the intersection at Gilpin to the intersection at Burns. This work, along with the new curbs and gutters near Gilpin, are a dramatic improvement to this stretch of Jefferson Blvd. in Cockrell Hill. Total project was about 2260 linear feet. Click Picture below to enlarge.
February 21, 2014
Replacement Housing Program
Another Replacement Home
In Cockrell Hill
The federally-funded Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) allocated to Dallas County support the County's Replacement Housing Program. The Replacement Housing Program demolishes substandard
low/moderate income owner-occupied housing that is too dilapidated to be
economically repaired and replaces it with a new 1,000-square-foot home.
This week, Commissioner Elba Garcia was happy to welcome the home owners to their new home. Thanks to this program, another family in Cockrell Hill is benefiting. This
program is only operated in a few of the County's smaller cities (under 50K Population). For more
information about this program, please call (214) 653-6884.
CDBG Home Replacement Program
- You Must live in a city under 50,000 population (Some municipalities that meet this requirement have opted out)
- Low to Moderate Income Criteria
- You must Own the Home, be Up-To-Date with Taxes & no Liens
- House Too Dilapidated to be Economically Repaired
- Have to have lived in the home for the last 5 years
Adelfa Botello Callejo
1923 - 2014
Dr. Elba Garcia & Dallas County Commissioner Court
Honor the Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Leader
On Tuesday, January 28th Dr. Elba Garcia and Dallas County Commissioners Court passed a resolution honoring the life and legacy of the legendary Dallas civil rights leader and lawyer Adelfa Botello Callejo. Flags at Dallas County facitities will be flown at half staff on Thursday, January 29, 2013. To see a PDF version of the Resolution Click Here
January 24, 2013
Commissioner Garcia Visits
Love Field West Neighborhood
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia visited the Love Field West Neighborhood Association meeting to give a presentation about Dallas County, deliver toys to the children, and congratulate the neighborhood association on their one year anniversary.
If you are interested in having Commissioner Garcia come to give your neighborhood association a presentation about Dallas County government and services please call (214) 653-6670.
GED & ESL Classes
Classes are held Monday through Thursday
9-11:30 AM, 12-2:30 PM, and 6-8:30 PM
Las clases son de lunes a jueves
9-11:30 AM, 12-2:30 PM, y 6-8:30 PM
Arcadia Park Annex
911 Morocco Ave., Dallas, TX 75211
Community Learning Center
1820 Pearl St. Bldg. C, Carrollton, TX 75006
James Fannin School
4800 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Edward Titche Annex
9610 Bruton Rd., Dallas, TX 75217
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November 19, 2013
Today, Dallas County Commissioners Court was briefed on the Horseshoe Project and the approximately $12 million dollars for various Dallas County construction and transportation improvements surrounding the Horseshoe Project. The Horseshoe Project is being constructed under the guidance of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project and is in conjunction with many partners, including Dallas County. The Horseshoe Project will replace the IH-30 and IH-35E bridges over the Trinity River and update various on/off ramps and interchanges.
At the request of Commissioner Elba Garcia, approximately $12 million will come directly from Dallas County District 4 Major Capital Improvement Project (MCIP) funds, including $2 million dollars allocated for pedestrian and bike access to the IH 30 Margaret McDermott Bridge. The pedestrian and bike lanes will increase connectivity between Oak Cliff & Downtown, promote more urban livability and economic development, and allow open access to the Margaret McDermott Bridge as a future Dallas landmark. The Horseshoe Project is located within Districts 3 and 4.
Click Here For Power Point Presentation
Dallas County & Tarrant County
Joint DWI Press Conference 2013
On Wednesday, November 13th Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and representatives from local police departments and community organizations from across the DFW Metroplex gathered to outline efforts to increase awareness and reduce DWI during the holiday season and demonstrate the financial, legal and personal costs of DWI. Families and others who have been victims of DWI, as well a DWI offender discussed the impact that DWI has had on their lives. This press conference was hosted by Grand Prairie Police Chief Steven Dye and took place at Grand Prairie Police Headquarters.
For more information about the DWI Task Force and its activities please go to www.dwitaskforce.org
Hunter Ferrell Road Completion
Celebration & Ribbon Cutting
On Wednesday, November 8th Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia was joined by local officials from Grand Prairie and Irving to celebrate the Completion of the Hunter Ferrell Road Project. The project included new roadway and bridge construction.
Click Here for News Story
DR. ELBA GARCIA’S
3rd Annual Contribution Ceremony
DR. ELBA GARCIA MADE DONATIONS TO SEVERAL NONPROFIT, COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SERVICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF DALLAS COUNTY AND IN FULFILLMENT OF A PROMISE MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER BEFORE SHE TOOK OFFICE.
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District 4 Newsletter
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Free Flu Vaccines Available
Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering the seasonal flu vaccines for children and adults. The adult flu vaccine is free for all uninsured and low income Dallas County adult residents and individuals covered by Medicare. The vaccine is also free for children who are eligible for Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC). Click Here For PRESS RELEASE.
Department of Health & Human Services
2377 North Stemmonms Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75207
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
No Appointment Necessary
Childrens Vaccinations are available at at all DCHHS Clinics
Flu Prevention Information
Flyer: ENGLISH ESPAÑOL
Childrens Flyer: ENGLISH ESPAÑOL
August 20, 2013
Click Here for PDF Update Presentation
Click Here for MapVision showing Spraying Locations
West Nile Virus Season 2013 Prevention Campaign Materials
UPDATE: Gov. Rick Perry Signs SB 186 into Law
SB 186 - Mosquito Abatement in Stagnant Water Located on Certain Uninhabited Residential Properties
Click here for PDF copy of SB 186 and Bill Analysis As Introduced
August 6, 2013
Denton Drive & Harry Hines
Major Capital Improvements Update
On August 6, 2013 the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with the City of Dallas for improvements to Harry Hines Boulevard and Denton Drive. The total project cost for the improvements to Harry Hines Boulevard is projected to be $6 million, of which Dallas County has agreed to to funding $500,000 Thousand Dollars. Improvements to Denton Drive are projected to cost a total of $36 million dollars, which will be equally shared by Dallas County and the City of Dallas.
Please see attached memoramdum for more information. CLICK HERE
August 6, 2013
Major Capital Improvements Update
On August 6, 2013 the Dallas County Comisisoners Court approved a work order for engineering services for Riverfront Boulevard. These professional services will provide the neccesary improvements for the completion of the larger Horseshoe Project, which will included bridge construction for I-30, connecting street improvement, and bicycle and pedestrian access.
Please see attached Work Order for more information. CLICK HERE
August 5, 2013
FY 2014 Budget
On Tuesday August 6, 2013 Dallas County Commissioners recieve a briefing on the preliminary FY 2014 Dallas County Budget. Please click here for a PDF version of the presentation.
June 26, 2013
Commissioners Court Update
Dallas County Tax Abatement Policy Revisions
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Abatements
Oak Cliff Gateway
Dallas Design District
Dallas Farmers Market
NTTA Business Diversity Report
April 26, 2013
Grand Prairie Government Center
On Friday, April 26th Dr. Elba Garcia was joined by the Grand Prarie community and offcials at the dedication of the new Dallas County Government Center in Grand Prairie. The building will house a branch of the Tax Collectors Office, Justice of the Peace Judge Norris Rideaux's Courtroom, Contstable Williams office and Truancy Court. The Dallas County Government Center in Grand Prairie is the first newly built Dallas County building in 40 years.
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April 30, 2013
NTTA State of The Authority
The North Texas Tollway Authority gave an update to the Commissioners Court presenting the NTTA State of the Authority. Click picture to see the attached presentation shown in Commissioners Court.
March 26, 2013
Pedestrian & Sidewalks Infrastructure
on Harry Hines Boulevard
On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted to execute a Local Project Funding Agreement with TxDOT to provide a total of $6,471,917 for pedestrian structures and sidewalks along Loop 354 (Harry Hines Blvd. from Manana Dr. to north Royal Lane). This project is designated as MCIP 10217-A and Dallas County participation is estimated to be $984,793.
Please select link to Court Order 46 for more information.
March 19, 2013
$2 Million for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved $2 million for bicycle and pedestrian lanes on the planned IH-30/Margaret McDermott Bridge connection between Riverfront Boulevard and Beckley Avenue. The dollars for this project were specifically allocated by District 4 Commissioner Elba Garcia. Commissioner Garcia stated, “I chose to place a portion of my District 4 construction dollars towards these bicycle and pedestrian lanes because they will increase connectivity between downtown and Oak Cliff, create more urban livability and sustainable economic development, and allow pedestrian and bicyclist access to this future Dallas landmark.”
Click here to see the Court Order approving the re-allocation of the funds.
Dallas County Participation in
MCIP/TAPP Infrastructure Projects
In District 4
March 7, 2013
Prostitution Diversion Initiative
On Wednesday, March 6th Dr. Elba Garcia and other local officials gathered to highlight the Prostitution Diversion Initiative in Dallas County. The Prostitution Diversion Initiative seeks to provide law enforcement and health & human services to victims of prostitution and divert them towards a better life. For more information please visit the Prostitution Diversion Initiative website.
March 5, 2013
Safer Dallas Better Dallas Presents Check for Animal Cruelty Unit
In Commissioners Court on Tuesday March 5th, Safer Dallas Better Dallas presented a $200,000 check to the Commissioners Court to fund the first year of the Animal Cruelty Unit in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Commissioner Garcia thanked Safer Dallas Better Dallas for their leadership and recognized several key donors to the effort, including the Meadows Foundation, the Rees Jones Foundation, the Dallas Foundation, the Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation, Maurine and Roland Dickey, Skip Trimble, and many animal advocates.
The new Animal Cruelty Unit is still under implementation, but will be up and running soon. The Distrcit Attorney's Office will be working closely with local government and community stakeholders to educate the public about the coming changes in animal cruelty investigation and enforcement. We ask the public to continue to report any cases of animal neglect or abuse.
Please see attached Press Release and Court Order authorizing the funding of the new Animal Cruelty Unit.
February 15, 2013
The Prostitution Diversion Initiative
Could Become a State Model
Texas Senator John Whitmire of Houston filed a bill in the Texas State Legislature that would make prostitution diversion programs, like Dallas' Prostitution Diversion Initiative, mandatory for urban counties above 200,000 in population. The proposed program would include a special prostitution court. The Prostitution Diversion Initiative is a collaboration between the Commissioners Court (now Dr. Elba Garcia, previously Commissioner Maurine Dickey), District Attorney's Office, Dallas City Attorney's Office, dallas Coutny and City of Dallas Courts, Sheriff's Office, Dallas County Health & Human Services, Parkland Hospital and over 60 social service and faith based organizations. For more information about the Prostitution Diversion Initiative please visit the website at www.pdinewlife.org.
February 12, 2013
West Nile Season 2013
Dallas County Health and Human Services officials, in conjunction with local, regional, state and federal officials, have begun preparing for the 2013 West Nile Virus Season. In Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, February 12th, officials briefed Commissioners on a new system of managing risk and response and the contingencies for ground-based mosquito controls. Last week, the CDC (Center For Disease Control) released their final report on 2012 West Nile Virus Season efforts in Texas. Please click links above to see PDF versions.
Dallas County West Nile Virus Brochure - ENGLISH
Departamento De Salud y Servicios Humanos Boletín - ESPAÑOL
January 17, 2013
Regional Transportation Council Approves Additional $31 Million to Extend Streetcar Line to Bishop Arts District, Oak Cliff
On December 10th the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), made up of elected and transportation officials from the DFW region voted to reallocate $30.87 million dollars towards a streetcar line that will link downtown Dallas to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Under the original plans the line began downtown at Union Station and ended at the intersection of Beckley and Colorado near Methodist Hospital. The new funds will extend the line by .7 miles south on Zang Blvd. to Davis St. The extra funds will also pay for an additional streetcar on the line that will travel between the Dallas Convention Center and Davis as well as preliminary work on an extension from Union Station to the Convention center.
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, who is an alternate on the RTC Board, voted enthusiastically to support the extension. After the vote she commented, “This is a fantastic and exciting project for Dallas. This streetcar line linking Downtown Dallas and the Bishop Arts District will provide for economic development and also help to fulfill our transportation needs for sustainable growth.”
In the same meeting the RTC also voted in support of road improvements on TX 183, TX 114, TX 161 and Loop 12 North in Irving as part of a $560 million dollar partnership with TxDOT.
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