September is National Preparedness Month! Click Here for Dallas County Health & Human Services Personal Guide to the 16 Steps to Preparedness. Learn how to plan to reconnect with family after a disaster, preparing an emergency kit and protecting valuable items.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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