The Expansive Free
Art & Light Experience, Poised to Become the Art Event of the
(Dallas) Aurora-Powered by
Reliant, the expansive and free art and light experience, will take
place downtown on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
For one night, the Dallas Arts District will be transformed into an open-air
urban playground of new media art: light, video, sound, and performance.
Visitors will witness their everyday urban environment converted into an
interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative and new art.
(Dallas) El vasto evento gratuito de
luz y arte Aurora - Impulsado por Reliant sera el
viernes 16 de octubre del 2015, de 7 p.m. a 2 a.m., en el centro de la
ciudad. Por una noche, el Distrito de los Artes de Dallas se transformará en un
campo de recreación urbano al aire libre con arte de los nuevos medios: luz,
vídeo, sonido e interpretación. Los visitantes verán su entorno urbano cotidiano
convertido en escenario interactivo para algunas de las obras de arte más
innovadoras y novedosas del mundo.
Elba Garcia, this year's 'Madrina,' and help
us remember Tejano & Latino Culture Icon, Selena, at this year's festival
that seeks to unite the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Hispanic/Latino
community here in Dallas.
This is a joint dedication ceremony hosted by Dallas County, the City of Grand Prairie and the City of Irving. The new 2.4-mile pathway connects the City of Grand Prairie’s 3.2-mile Lone Star Trail with the City of Irving’s 4-mile Campión Trail South. This will make Irving and Grand Prairie the first two cities to connect along the Trinity Trail System, a regional trail system linking cities within the Metroplex.
Light Refreshments and Trail Tours by Golf Cart Provided
Please RSVP to (972) 721-2501 by Friday, Sept. 4th
The Carter BloodCare Summer Blood Drive Challenge between Irving and Grand Prairie is complete and the numbers are in. In total, the blood drive challenge resulted in 525 donations. 153 donors or 29% were first-time donors, which is an impressive number. The Grand Prairie and Irving communities did a great job mobilizing donors, helping to get the word out about the challenge and promoting important efforts to maintain our blood supply. Dr. Garcia will be recognizing both cities for thier efforts on Saturday. There will be food, entertainment, vendors, activities for kids, plenty of family fun and information about blood donation.
The 2015 Citizen Prosecutor Academy
(CPA) is an opportunity for Dallas County Citizens to gain an in-depth
understanding of criminal investigation and prosectution. You are gaurenteed to
learn about all of the behind the scenes work that goes into ensuring that
justice is done. If
you are interested please click here for an application.
Applications due by
close of business day on Monday, August 3, 2015
Adelfa Botello Callejo
Elba Garcia & Dallas County Commissioner Court
Honor the Life and Legacy of Civil Rights
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
Joint DWI Press
Dallas County & Tarrant County
On Wednesday, November
12th Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Tarrant County
Commissioner Andy Nguyen, Grand Prairie Mayor Jennings, Grand Prairie Police
Chief Steve Dye, Dallas, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Hector Garza,
Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert, Mothers Against Drunk
Driving Dallas Exec. Dir. Jason Derscheied, DWI victim Tonya Winchester and
representatives from local law enforcement agencies 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
discussed the impact that DWI has had on their lives. This press conference was
hosted by the Grand Prairie Police Department.
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia presented donation checks to 20 DFW area non-profit organizations in fulfillment of a promise she made to donate a portion of her salary each year. Click Here for Press Release
Dallas County Administration Building
411 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75202
Each year, Dallas
County Commissioner Elba Garcia donates a portion of her commissioner’s salary
to community and non-profit organizations.
Please join us on Wednesday,
December 10th at 10:00am as she continues this tradition by making donations to
20 non-profit organizations to help them as they help improve the quality of
life for all of us in Dallas County.
This year’s artwork was provided by the children of La
Academia De Estrellas, who will be in attendance at this year’s ceremony.
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.
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.
County Commissioner Elba Garcia & Parkland HHS host a community forum with
new Parkland Health & Hospital System CEO Dr. Fred Cerise. This community
focused event will allow you to share your concerns, ask questions, talk about
challenges in your community, and help shape plans & vision for Parkland
Health & Hospital System. This event is open to the Public. Please select
links above for PDF flyers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.”
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.
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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.
February 6, 2013
$200,000 Raised for
Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit
On February 6th the Rotary Club of Dallas hosted the 4th Annual Awards Luncheon where Safer Dallas Better Dallas, a public safety advocacy organization, presented Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia with a $200,000 check to implement the 1st year of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit. Dr. Garcia thanked Gary Griffith and Linda Evans of Safer Dallas Better Dallas, District Attorney Craig Watkins, Dallas animal advocates, former Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey, and all those who donated. Dallas County Commissioners and the District Attorney's Office will be implementing the Unit in the coming months.
Dallas County Commissioners Elba Garcia and Maureen Dickey, District Attorney Craig Watkins and Safer Better Dallas Announce the Formation of the Animal Cruelty Unit
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, along with Commissioner Maureen Dickey, District Attorney Craig Watkins, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas and Skip Trimble from Texas Humane Legislation Network held a press conference announcing a new effort to combat animal abuse.
Commissioner Elba Garcia will introduced an MOU to Commissioners Court that will create an Animal Cruelty Unit within the District Attorney’s Office. This Animal Cruelty unit will focus on the investigation and prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals in Dallas County.
Commissioner Garcia spearheaded the collaboration, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, Safer Dallas Better Dallas and animal advocates to create the unit. Commissioner Maurine Dickey and her husband Roland committed a $40,000 donation to help begin the effort.
The new Animal Cruelty Unit will be made up of one new Assistant District Attorney and one new Criminal Investigator position. These positions will cost around $200,000 annually and Safer Dallas Better Dallas has committed to fund the first year and start a fundraising and awareness campaign to support the Unit. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS EFFORT BY DONATING FUNDS TO SAFER BETTER DALLAS.
With over 2500 cases of animal cruelty reported thus far in 2012, animal cruelty is a problem in Dallas County. There is extensive and well-documented research that confirms the strong connection between violence to people and violence to animals. Animal cruelty investigation and prosecution allows law enforcement officials and advocates a unique opportunity to play an integral role in protecting people and animals from violence. Cross-reporting, data-sharing, investigation, evidence collection and increasing public awareness will prove effective in the fight against animal neglect, abuse, and killing.
The Animal Cruelty Unit MOU will beup for an official vote in Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday December 11, 2012.
Dr. Elba Garcia Donates over $15,000 to charities in Dallas County
On Wednesday October 17, 2012 Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia donated over $15,000 to non-profit, government and community organizations. This is the second annual donation that Dr. Garcia has made in fulfillment of a promise to dedicate a portion of her County Commissioner's salary towards charitable giving. There were a total of 25 recipients that provide important services to children, families, seniors, neighborhoods, animals, and the greater Dallas County community.
West Nile Virus season is unusually strong in Dallas County. Health officials are urging the public to take perventative measures by remembering to Dress, Drain and DEET. ClickHERE to link to Dallas County West Nile Website.
Grand Prairie Youth Boxing is a program developed by the Grand Prairie Police Department and strongly supported by the Grand Prairie Independent School District. Primary funding is through community and corporate donations. Grand Prairie Youth Boxing is currently accepting male and female participants from 12-18 years of age that reside in Grand Prairie Texas.
Unidos is a community program geared toward improving the quality of life for our Hispanic residents. This is accomplished by providing assistance in areas of relevance to the Hispanic community and focusing on being a resource center to meet the needs of the Hispanic community.
The Letot Girls's Residential Treatment Center is an addition to the existing Letot Girls Center and is a Dallas County project with the Dallas Women's Foundation, the Letot Center Capitol Foundation, and the Letot Girl's Center Campaign. The groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday September 5, 2012. Click picture and links for more information.