On Tuesday, October 7th in Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dr. Elba Garcia sponsored a resolution recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Annually, there are more than 4 million physical assaults on women and 3 million physical assaults on men. Dallas Police Department receives more than 20,000 domestic violence calls a year, that's 55 calls a day! Although these statistics sound discouraging, domestic violence is a public health epidemic that can be prevented with education, support, and advocacy. Click Here to see the Resolution.
October 13, 2014
Regional Transportation Comittee Awards Two Projects in Distrcit 4
Bicycle and pedestrian projects across 25 cities and seven counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area received a $38.2 million boost from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) on Thursday.
The RTC allocated the funding to 33 projects as part of its Transportation Alternatives Program project selection. With local entities contributing more than $40 million toward the projects, over $78 million will be invested in active transportation enhancements as a result of the funding awards, improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties.
More than 46 miles of sidewalks, trails and on-street bikeways will be constructed, as well as several projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety near schools. The projects also include significant regional trails providing connections between cities and access to transit stations and major employment centers.
The following projects are among the improvements funded in District 4:
4.7-mile extension of the Dallas Trinity Skyline Trail to connect with the Campion Trail in Irving
2.25-mile trail connection along Delaware Creek in Irving
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 discounted spay and neuter surgeries for pets of Dallas County residents begining October 9th . To make an appointment, Dallas County residents can call (214) 742-SPCA (7722). Click Here for more information.
CPS Visitation Room Project Recognized with Dallas County Commissioners Court Resolution
On Tuesday, September 24th, the CPS Visitation Room Project was recognized in Dallas County Commissioners Court. The Texas Department of Family Protective Services (CPS) Visitation Room Project updated, painted, and decorated visitation rooms for children and families in the CPS system. The Dallas County Child Welfare Board worked with CPS staff to raise funds, gather volunteers & donors, and promote & coordinate the project. Commissioner Garcia sponsored the resolution that gathered the support of each of her colleagues. Click below for more information.
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
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.
Dallas County is offering Free Immunizations for Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) eligible children.
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.
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.
May 2, 2014
Grand Prairie Police Youth BoxingProgram
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.
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.
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.
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