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March 4, 2015


Dedication Celebration

Donors, Organizers & Dallas County Officials Set to Cut The Ribbon for the new LETOT Girls Center

Letot Girls' Center in NW Dallas Aims to Make Abused Girls "Whole Again"

Dallas County officials joined private & non-profit donors to celebrate the completion of the new Letot Girls' Residential Treatment Facility in NW Dallas. The Letot Girls' Center mission is to empower neglected & exploited girls aged 13-17 to be productive, caring & responsible citizens by providing them a safe environment for long-term residential, gender-responsive treatment involving their families & supported by community partners. The $9.4 million, 55,000 sq. ft. facility was funded through private donations, but will be transferred to & run by the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Dallas County will provide public funding for the $2.25 million annual operating budget. The Dallas Women's Foundation pledged an additional $500,000 for three years to pay for specialized programming that will provide long-term benefits to clients. Click Here For More Information about the New Facility

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Private & Non-Profit Donors and Dallas County Officials
Private & Non-Profit Donors and Dallas County Officials
Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner for District 4
Dr. Terry Smith, Dallas County Juvenile Department Director
Caren Prothro, President Emeritus & Co-Chair of Letot Center Capital Foundation & Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President & CEO of Dallas Women's Foundation
Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge


Meet the Parkland CEO

Share Your Voice

Dallas County, the City of Dallas, and Parkland Health & Hospital System


West Dallas Multipurpose Center

2828 Fish Trap Rd.

Dallas, TX 75212


We will be rescheduling shortly.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo invite you to meet Dr. Fred Cerise, CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System. This community focused event will allow you to ask questions, share your concerns, talk about challenges in your community and provide feedback to help shape the future of the community's health system. All community members are welcome to this open event.

Please click here for flyer in English o en Español

February 13, 2015

I Stand For Parkland Campaign Reaches $150 Million Dollar Goal

I Stand For Parkland Campaign to Help Fund Dallas County's New Hospital Reaches $150 Million Goal

A surprise announcement marked the final milestone in the $150 million fundraising campaign led by Parkland Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Parkland Health & Hospital System. The public-private funding initiative, one of the largest of its kind for a public hospital in the U.S., engaged the entire Dallas community in contributing to the cost of building Parkland's $1.32 billion new hospital that will open its doors to patients in August.... Read More

February 11, 2015

Two Steps One Sticker - Texas Vehicle Registration & Inspection

Changes Coming to Vehicle Registration & Inspection In Texas

Beginning March 1, 2015, Texas will began the "Two Steps, One Sticker" vehicle inspection and registration program. Texas registered vehicles will no longer be issued an inspection sticker at the time of inspection. The registration sticker will serve as combined proof of inspection and registration. Texan's will still need to have their vehicles inspected.

During the first year of the "Two Step, One Sticker" program, from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016, a Texas registered vehicle may be renewed if the vehicle has a currently passing inspection. However, if the vehicle's inspection and registration stickers already expire in the same month, the vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal.

Additional information regarding the "Two Step, One Sticker" program can be found at: www.twostepsonesticker.com

February 10, 2015

Measles, Influenza & Chikungunya Virus Update

February 10th Influenza Virus Update

Dallas COunty Health & Human Services

February 10, 2015

"Ebola Warriors" Recognized in Commissioners Court

as Dallas Morning News' Texans of the Year

Dallas County Commissioners Court, Ebola Warriors, & DMN Staff

Check out the article in the Dallas Morning News

January 29, 2015

 GPISD Vice President Burke Hall, Constable Roy Williams Jr., Dr. Elba Garcia, Mayor Ron Jensen

Dr. Elba Garcia spoke at the Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce January Membership Luncheon last week at the Grand Prairie Parent Involvement Center. She gave a presentation about all of the services that Dallas County provides and other efforts that are currently underway. She was  joined at the luncheon by Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, Dallas County Constable Roy Williams Jr. and Grand Prairie Independent School District Vice President Burke Hall.  

January 29, 2015

Tax Office Community Presentation - West Dallas

Dr. Elba Garcia Joined Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames and Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Monica Alonzo at a community meeting in West Dallas to provide information and answer questions about property taxes. There are a number of tax-delinquent properties throughout Dallas County. These community forums provide valuable information for preventing and clearing up any delinquencies. If you would like more information about property taxes please contact Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames office at (214) 653-7811.

January 29, 2015

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board Installation Ceremony

Dr. Elba Garcia attended the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board Installation Ceremony. Commissioner Garcia also swore in the new board members earlier this week.

New Parkland Hospital to Open August 20th

The New Parkland Opens August 20, 2015

Move of More Than 500 Patients Will Take Place Over 3 Days

The new Parkland hospital will officially open its doors to the 2.1-million-square-foot facility to patients on Thursday, Aug. 20. The state-of-the-art 862-bed, 17-story structure will replace the aging Parkland Memorial Hospital that opened in 1954. The latest healing concepts, quality and safety design features have been incorporated into the all-digital acute-care facility making it a premier health care setting for Dallas County residents.


The transition of patients to the new facility will occur over a three-day period, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 20, and concluding Saturday, Aug. 22. Current forecasting projects that more than 500 patients will be moved from the current hospital to the new Parkland.


“The decision to transition patients over the course of three days is based entirely on the safety and well-being of our patients and their families,” said Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, Parkland’s President & CEO. “Our top priority is to ensure the absolute safety of all in our care as we make the move across Harry Hines into the new Parkland hospital.”


Every patient will be tracked as he or she moves across the sky bridge into the new facility. Several safety checkpoints will be in place for providers to assess our patients’ welfare during the physical transport.


“The next seven months are going to be an incredibly exciting, fast-paced time as we ready ourselves for the next chapter of caring for our patients,” Dr. Cerise added. “We must seize every opportunity to review and improve delivery of care, access to services and service excellence. Since 1894, Parkland has served at the very heart of Dallas County’s health care community. We are building upon this great legacy for those we serve.”


For more information on the new Parkland hospital, visit www.parklandhospital.com

December 10, 2014

Dr. Elba Garcia's

4th Annual Contributions Ceremony

Dr. Elba Garcia's 2014 Annual Donation Ceremony


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

December 10, 2014

Riverfront Blvd. Exit From Northbound I-35E Closed Until Early March 2015

Colorado Blvd Closures

FLYER - 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.

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Weatherization Assitance Porgram

DCHHS Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides assistance to income eligible households by weatherizing their homes, conserving energy and reducing high utility costs in the process. Interested Dallas County Residents must complete an application and submit necessary documentation to determine eligibility. Applications can be picked up at the DCHHS central office or can be downloaded online at DallasCounty.org/hhs. Priority is given to qualifying elderly, persons with disabilities and families with children. People who receive Social Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are automatically eligible.

Services Offered:

 - Weather Stripping

 - Caulking

 - Insulation

 - Door & Window Repair/Replacement

 - Solar Screen Installation

 - Heating/Cooling Unit Repair/Retrofitting

 - Duct Work


Joint DWI Press Conference 2014

Dallas County & Tarrant County Joint DWI Press Conference

Dallas County & Tarrant County

Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner

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 Morning News Article

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Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye Hosts the DWI Taskforce Press Conference
Law Enforcement Officals & Community Partners Listen to Speakers
Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye
Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert
Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen
MADD Dallas Executive Director Jason Derscheied
DWI Victim Tonya Winchester Addresses the Crowd
Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner, District 4
Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner, District 4
Texas Dept. of Public Safety Helicopter
Grand Prairie Police & Fire Department Headquarters
Media Members Try Walking the Line with Drunk Goggles, Simulating .15 BAC


For More Information about the DWI Task force please gor to our Facebook Page: Dallas County DWI Taskforce.

November 11, 2014

Ebola Virus Update

Ebola Virus Update

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Ebola Lessons Learned

Frequently Asked Questions (ENGLISH)

Preguntas Frecuentes (ESPAÑOL)

Dallas COunty Health & Human Services

October 13, 2014

North Central Texas Council of Governments

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


October 9, 2014

SPCA Offers Spaying & Neutering

SPCA of Texas

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.

District 4 Newsletter

District 4 Newsletter - Summer 2014

Click here for PDF Version in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL

September, 23, 2014

CPS Visitation Room Project Recognized with Resolution

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.

Please Click Here for Resolution

Please Click Here for  Project Presentation

Budget Update

Dallas County Parkland Health & Hospital System


FY 2015 Dallas County Budget


Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget

Senior Parkland Officials visited Dallas County Commissioners Court to outline a preliminary 2015 Budget. There is a 1% increase for the FY 2015 Parkland budget that was apporved by Dallas County voters in the 2008 Bond Package for the new Parkland Hospital. Click This Link To See The Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget Presentation.


Click Here to see the Approved FY2015 Dallas County Budget

August 14, 2014

Dr. Garcia Interview on ICTN

Irving Community Television Network

Interview - Irving Community Television Network

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August 14, 2014

Texas Rangers Recognize Dr. Garcia

Texas Rangera give Dr. Garcia Heroe En La Comunidad Award

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

Keep Irving Beautiful Awards

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.

May 30, 2014

Big Lots Stevenson Park Donation & Grand Opening

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

Horseshoe Project - Newsletter Vol. 3

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 Delegation in Court

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.

May 2, 2014

Grand Prairie  Police Youth Boxing Program

Grand Prairie Police Dept. Youth Boxing


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


Gloria Campos

Gloria Campos Recognized

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.

Grand Prairie
Community Dental Center Opening

Grand Prairie 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.

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April 22, 2014

National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)

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

March 24, 2014

Red Oak Creek Trail In Cedar Hill

Commissioners Price, Garcia, & Daniel at the Dedication of 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.

Dallas County Road & Bridge 4 Crews Resurface Jefferson Blvd. In Cockrell Hill


February 21, 2014

Replacement Housing Program

Another Replacement Home

In Cockrell Hill

CDBG 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

Program Qualifications:

  • 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

Adelfa Callejo 1924 - 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


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