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Dr. Elba Garcia

DR. ELBA GARCIA
DALLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER
DISTRICT 4


Administration Office
411 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202

(214) 653-6670  Office
(214) 653-7994  Fax

 

Road & Bridge Office
4403 W. Illinois Ave.
Dallas, TX 75211
(214) 339-8381 Office
(214) 227-9558
  Fax


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Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration

Historic Lake Cliff Park - Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas

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.


Walk Like MADD

Walk Like MADD - September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014

Main Street Garden Park

Registration 7:30 AM - Walk 9:00 AM

Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Sign up at: walklikemadd.org/Dallas

For More Information Call: (214) 637-0372

Click Here For Flyer


World Blood Donor Day

Carter Blood Care

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Carter Blood Care Bus, Farmers Market, Car & Bike Show

Market Square

120 W. Main St.

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Click Here For Flyers: (1) and (2)

Click Here to See Dallas County County Commissioners Court Resolution

in Recognition of World Blood Donor Day


Trinity River Revel

Trinity River Revel - Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Grand Opening of:

Trinity Skyline Trail

Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

West Dallas Gateway Plaza

Sylvan Avenue Bridge

All-day celebration Includes:

5K Revel Run, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Gospel Brunch, Pachanga Party, 1930s Danceathon, River Basin Kids Playground, Craft Beer Garden, Driving Range, Food Truck, Campfire Party..... and more!

www.Trinityrevel.com

Click Here for Flyer: ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL


 

Dallas County

Bilingual Job Fair

Dallas County

Saturday, May 31, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00PM

Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center

2600 Lone Star Dr., Dallas, TX 75212

Dallas County is seeking to create a pool of bilingual candidates. There are job openings in several depatments. To register visit the website or click to see flyer (ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL).


Volunteers For Emergency Management Exercise

Saturday, May 31st

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Choose a Location:

Cedar Hill Hish School

1 Longhorn Blvd.

Cedar Hill, TX 75104

or

Deuncanville High School

900 West Camp Wisdom Rd.

Duncanville, TX 75116

Click Here For Flyer

 


Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

DCAC Lecture Series:

Como Reconocer y Reportar el Abuso Hacia Menores

(Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse)

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

5351 Samuell Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75228

This workshop will be conducted in Spanish. This workshop teaches those individuals who work with children on a daily basis about the signs and symptoms of child abuse. Professionals will learn facts about child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, as well as many other important details for how to make a report. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Free to Public

Pre-Registration is Required


Oak Cliff Earth Day 2014

Come & Celebrate Oak Cliff Earth Day

Saturday, April 12, 2014

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lake Cliff Park

1200 N Zang Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75203

WEBSITE


Meet The New Parkland CEO

Parkland CEO Forum - Irving       Parkland CEO Forum - Grand Prairie

Dallas 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.

Irving

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Greater Irving - Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

5201 N. O'Connor Blvd. #100

Irving, TX 75039

Grand Prairie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Pioneer Event Center

1025 W. Pioneer Parkway

Grand Prairie, TX 75051

 


Parkland Healthcare Fair

Parkland Feria de Salud

Parkland Health Fair - 2.23.2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

10:00 Am - 2:00 PM

Igelsia Santa Maria de Guadalupe

2601 S. MacArthur Blvd.

Irving, TX 75060

Health Screenings

Affordable care Act Questions answered

Help Enrolling in Healthcare Marketplace

 

 

Information about your Health

Community Resources

Flyer/Boletín


January 24, 2013

Commissioner Garcia Visits

Love Field West Neighborhood

Love Field West Neighborhood Association

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.


FREE/GRATIS

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

(972) 794-4500

Community Learning Center

1820 Pearl St. Bldg. C, Carrollton, TX 75006

(972) 968-6520

James Fannin School

4800 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75204

(972) 794-7800

Edward Titche Annex

9610 Bruton Rd., Dallas, TX 75217

(972) 794-1823

Call For More Information or Click here for Fyler - ENGLISH

Llame para más información o haga clic aquí - ESPAÑOL

www.DallasISD.org/abe


November 19, 2013

Horseshoe Project Presentation - 11.19.2013

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

Dallas County & Tarrant County

Joint DWI Press Conference 2013

DWI Press Conference 11-13-2013

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

Ribbon Cutting for Hunter Ferrell Road

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 GARCIAS

3rd Annual Contribution Ceremony

Dr. Garcia Annual Donations 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.

Click Here for Link to Story


District 4 Newsletter

Fall 2013

District 4 Newsletter - October 2013

Click here for PDF Version in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL


Dallas County

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.

Dallas County

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

(214) 819-2163

Flu Prevention Information

Flyer: ENGLISH ESPAÑOL

Childrens Flyer: ENGLISH ESPAÑOL


August 20, 2013

West Nile Virus Season 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

Riverfront Boulevard

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 Briefing

Preliminary Briefing

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

Dallas County

Commissioners Court Update

Dallas County Commissioners Court

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

Dallas County

Grand Prairie Government Center

Dedication Ceremony

Dallas County Government Center Dedication in Grand Prairie

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.

Click Gallery Below to View Pictures

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April 30, 2013

NTTA State of The Authority

Report

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

Loop 354 - Harry Hines Sidewalk Construction

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

IH-30 Margaret McDermott Bridge Rendering

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

Press Conference

Prostitution Diversion Initiative Press Conference - 3.06.2013

Dallas County - 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 Presents $200,000 to Court for Animal Cruelty Unit

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

Dallas County - Prostitution Diversion Initiative

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 Watch

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

Dallas Streetcar

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.

 


PART TWO: Economic Opportunity

Conversations About Race

Four-Part Series Addressing

Race and Racism in Dallas

Saturday, February 22, 2013

9:00 AM to 10:30

Dallas City Hall Council Chambers

1500 Marilla St.

Dallas, TX 75201

Public Invited to Participate

Please Click Here for More Information

or go to www.conversationsaboutrace.eventbrite.com

 


PUBLIC MEETING

Horseshoe Prject Community Meeting - 2.13.2014

Horseshoe Project

West Dallas Community Meeting

The Dallas Horseshoe Project invites you to our local Community Meeting for local residents, businesses, commuters, stakeholders and the general public in West dallas to learn more about teh Dallas Horseshoe Project, the raodway project to improve mobility in Interstates 30 & 35E through the downtown Dallas Mixmaster.

Click for Flyer in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL

Thursday, February 13, 2014

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

El Centro College West Campus

3330 North Hampton Rd., W141

Dallas, TX 75212


PUBLIC MEETING

Dallas County City of Dallas

Denton Drive Improvements

Please join Dallas County and the City of Dallas for a public meeting to Present the proposed concept for improvements to Denton Drive. The general project scope encompasses roadway and drainage improvements from Webb Chapel to North of LBJ within the city limits. The project team will be present to discuss the project concept on Phase I in details and to answer your questions. Click Here for Flyer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wilshire State Bank

Training Bldg.

2237 Royal Lane

Dallas, TX 75229


Dr. Elba Garcia to serve as Grand Marshall of the

28th Annual Elite News MLK Parade

28th Annual Elite News MLK Day Parade

Monday, January 20, 2014

10:00 AM

For More Infomation Click Here


Sarah Sellers In Support of the

Letot Girls Center of Dallas

Sarah Sellers In Support of Letot Girls Center of Dallas

Sarah Sellers will be collecting clothing donations at each of her December performances to benefit the Letot Girls Center of Dallas. The Letot Center is run by the Dallas County Juvenile Department and its mission is to assist referred youth into becoming productive, law-abiding citizens, while promoting public safety & victim restoration.

Thursday, December 19th & Friday, December 27th

Ascension Coffee House & Wine Bar

1621 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas, TX 75207

Music from 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Thursday, December 26th

Mercy Wine Bar

5100 Belt Line Rd. #544 Dallas, TX 75254

Music from 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Sunday, December 29th

Sangria Mediterranean tapas & Bar

4524 Cole Ave. Dallas, 75205

Music from 8:00 - 10:00 PM

CLICK HERE FOR FLYER AND MORE INFORMATION

 


200 Business Women in Black

Conference

Business Women in Black Conference 9.27.2013

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elba Garcia

Friday, September 27, 2013

11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

DeSoto Civic Center

211 E. Pleasant Run Rd.

DeSoto, TX 75115

FLYER


September 11, 2013

Conversations About Race

City of Dallas to Host a Four-Part Series Addressing

Race and Racism

Public Invited to Participate

1st Event:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

10:00 AM to 11:30

City Performance Hall

2520 Flora St.

Dallas, TX

Please Click Here for More Information

or go to www.conversationsaboutrace.eventbrite.com


The Dallas Museum of Art Presents

Hotel Texas

An Art Exhibition for President Kennedy and Mrs. John F. Kennedy

FREE ADMISSION

May 26 - September 15, 2013

DMA - Hotel Texas

Dallas Museum of Art

SUMMER FREE FOR ALL

 


Dallas Symphony Orchestra 

On The Go - Oak Cliff

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - On The Go - Oak Cliff - 4.5.2013

Friday, April 5th at 7:30PM

Cliff Temple Baptist Church

125 Sunset

Dallas, TX 75208

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO returns to Cliff Temple Baptist Church with a classical concert as part of the season on Friday April 5th at 7:30 p.m. This performance is part of the inaugural season of DSO on the GO presented by The Ebby Halliday Companies. DSO on the GO features the Dallas Symphony playing classical and pops concerts in eight cities and neighborhoods across North Texas. Click here for FLYER and PRESS RELEASE & EVENT INFO.

 


Kiestwood Trail

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Monday - March 18, 2013 9:30 AM

Kiestwood Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 3.08.2013

Click Photo for Flyer

 


FREE KIDNEY HEALTH SCREENING ON

WORLD KIDNEY DAY

World Kidney Day

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and don't know it. Early detection and treatment can make a difference in preventing kidney disease. Dallas County Health and Human Services will be offering free kidney health screenings that normally cost $900. If you have a family member that has a history of high blood presure, kidney disease, or diabetes than you are at risk. Click here for a flyer in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL

Thursday, March 14, 2013

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Dallas County Health & Human Services

2377 N. Stemmons Fwy.

Dallas, TX 75207

6th Floor Auditorium, Rm. 627

 


February 15, 2013

Dallas County - Prostitution Diversion Initiative 

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 programs would need to include a special prostitution court. The Prostitution Diversion Initiative is a collaboration between the Commissioners Court (now Dr. Elba Garcia, previously Maurine Dickey), District Attorney's Office, the City Attorney's Office, 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 6, 2013

 

$200,000 Raised for

Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia Acceptin $200,000 for 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.


February 4, 2013

February 2013 District 4 Newsletter

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Click here for PDF Version in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL

 


January 8, 2013

Dallas County

FY 2013 Budget Update

On January 8, 2013 Dallas County Commissioner's Court received a Dallas County Budget Update. Please click HERE to view in PDF.

 


December 04, 2012

Dallas County Seal

Commissioner Elba Garcia,

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office,

and Safer Dallas Better Dallas

Team up to Fight Animal Abuse

 

Commissioner Elba Garcia Annouces the Creation of the Animal Cruelty Unit

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.

 

CLICK HERE FOR PDF VERSION AND MEDIA ADVISORY

 


October 17, 2012

Dr. Elba Garcia Annual Contribution Ceremony - Oct. 17, 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.


October 5, 1012

West Nile Watch

Dallas County Health & Human Service

West Nile ZIP Code Map

West Nile Fact Sheet

*** PRELIMINARY CDC REPORT - DALLAS COUNTY***

Map of all 3 Phases of Completed Aerial Spraying

Dallas County Season Overview

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. Click HERE to link to Dallas County West Nile Website.

SPANISH - West Nile Flyer


 

Prand Prairie, TX Police Department

Grand Prairie Police

Youth Boxing Program

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.

Click Here for more Information


 

UNIDOS - Police Working with the Hispanic Community

Police Working with the Hispanic Community

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.

Program Overview

Flyer: English Spanish


New Dallas County Elections Website

Vote 2012

Dallas County Elections has a new and improved website! The new design makes it easier to access information. Please explore the content of elections in Dallas County from the election process of registering, to voting, or becoming a poll worker. The new design will increase our opportunity to provide information quickly and easily. The last day to register to vote for the 2012 General Election is Tuesday October 9th.

www.dallascountyvotes.org

 


Letot Girl's Residential Treatment Center

Letot Residential Treatment Center

   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.

Letot Girls Center Website

Dallas County Letot Center Page

Dallas Foundation

 


Wednesday August 22, 2012

West Nile Update

 

Aerial Spraying Tonight in:

Duncanville, Mesquite, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, Rowlett & Wilmer

 

 

West Nile Aerial Spray Map 8.22.12

 

The cities of Duncanville, Ferris, Rowlett, Mesquite (south of IH-30), Sunnyvale, and Seagoville (and a small part of Garland) have opted for aerial spraying. They will each be aerial sprayed on consecutive nights, tonight and tomorrow night, weather permitting. Three aircraft will be aerial spraying 82,000 acres, set to begin at 9:00 PM.

CITIES OPTING OUT OF AERIAL SPRAYING:

Lancaster, Sachse, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Cedar Hill, Balch Springs, Irving, Combine, Desoto, Cockrell Hill

Click Here for Dallas County Press Release

 


Tuesday August 21, 2012

West Nile Update

No Aerial Spraying in Dallas County Tonight

There will be no aerial spraying in Dallas County tonight. Last night the second round of aerial spraying concluded with the expectation that there will be no more spraying in the city of Dallas. However, in the coming days there will be aerial spraying in several other cities in Dallas County, only for those cities that have not yet been aerial sprayed. The cities that have opted for aerial spraying are Duncanville, Ferris, Rowlett, Mesquite (south of IH-30), Sunnyvale, and Seagoville. They will each be aerial sprayed on consecutive nights. Other cities, including Lancaster and Cedar Hill, will be given more time to sign off on aerial spraying.

Today in Commissioner's Court a Dallas resident. Mr. Howard Garrett expressed concerns with the effects that aerial spraying could have on organic farming and growing garden vegetables. Click Here for a link to the Dirt Doctor website giving recommendations to Detoxify garden soil.

 

See Map below for last night's aerial spraying effort

Aerial Spray Map 8.20.12

 


August 20, 2012

West Nile Update

 

 

West Nile Aerial Spraying Map - 08.20.2012

 

Second Round of Aerial Spraying Begins Tonight

 

Tonight, five planes will apply a second round of insecticide, weather permitting, to the entire target area of 362,328 acres, hoping to cover every city participating in the aerial spraying mission.

Until the results of tonight’s spraying mission are known, it is undetermined whether aerial spraying will occur Tuesday evening. CDC Representatives will be in North Texas this week, surveying and analyzing the region’s efforts to combat the West Nile Virus and will make recommendations on how to proceed. Since the commencement of aerial spraying efforts there have been 20 new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Dallas County. West Nile Virus has a 10 to 14 day gestation period.

Dallas Mayor Rawlings encourages residents to be vigilant in draining any and all stagnant water. If residents cannot access or drain stagnant water, the City of Dallas has committed its 311 phone line for follow up by city code enforcement and larvicide spraying. 

 

For Stagnant Water Call City of Dallas: 311

 

Click Here for Map of Area to be Aerial Sprayed tonight August 20, 2012

 

Click Here for City of Dallas Press Release:     ENGLISH          SPANISH

 


WEST NILE UPDATE

August 19, 2012

Sprayed August 19, 2012

 

August 19, 2012

Dear District 4 Residents,

I would like to update you on the latest news concerning aerial spraying in Dallas County in efforts to combat West Nile Virus.

Aerial spraying will resume at 9:00PM on Sunday, August 19, 2012. There will be spraying over the remaining portion of Dallas, and the cities of Coppell, Carollton, Addison, Richardson (including the Collin County side), Farmers Branch, Garland, Mesquite (the section north of IH-30) and Grand Prairie (including the sections of the city  in Tarrant County). A second round of spraying is planned for Monday and Tuesday nights. A PDF version map of the area where aerial spraying will be conducted is above.

 


August 17, 2012

Aerial Spraying Map 08.17.2012

08/17/2012 Aerial Spraying Map

 

Dear District 4 Residents,

I would like to update you on the latest news concerning aerial spraying in Dallas County in efforts to combat West Nile Virus.

Aerial spraying will begin at 9:00PM on Friday, August 16, 2012. There will be spraying over the remaining portion of Dallas, and the cities of Coppell, Carollton, Addison, Richardson (including the Collin County side), Farmers Branch, Garland, Mesquite (the section north of IH-30) and Grand Prairie (including the sections of the city in Ellis and Tarrant counties). A PDF version map of the area where aerial spraying will be conducted is below.

On Friday, August 10th the Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a State of Emergency and requested assistance from the State of Texas in procuring aircraft and pesticides as resources for the commencement of aerial spraying in Dallas County. The Judge authorized this using his emergency powers. Therefore, the full Commissioners Court did not vote on the issue. My fellow Commissioners and I did not vote on this matter.

While Dallas County is helping to provide resources, it is up to each municipality within Dallas County to make the determination concerning whether or not they will authorize aerial spraying in their cities as part of their efforts to combat the West Nile Virus. Wednesday, August 15th, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings declared a State of Emergency in the City of Dallas and authorized the use of aerial spraying using his emergency powers. The Dallas City Council was not given a vote. Also on Wednesday, August 15th, Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England declared a State of Emergency and authorized aerial spraying there. The City of Cockrell Hill and the City of Irving have not approved aerial spraying at this time.

Here are my concerns about aerial spraying in Dallas County District 4:

 

  • The Integrated Vector Mosquito Management Plan, a joint plan between Dallas County and its respective cities, calls for specific targeting of areas where there is a prevalence of infected mosquitoes. By enhanced monitoring of mosquito population in affected areas through increased collection and evaluation, combined with GIS mapping, we can make a more targeted and effective approach in our mosquito abatement efforts.
  • I have serious reservations concerning the safety of the “DUET” pesticide. We still do not have enough data to prove that this pesticide, and its aerial distribution, does not affect people with underlying health conditions, susceptible children, and our flora and fauna. We do know that it can kill fish and beneficial insects.
  • According to the Integrated Vector Mosquito Vector Management Plan, an enhanced ground spraying effort for three consecutive nights precedes aerial spraying. Once completed, the results of the enhanced ground spraying would be evaluated by Dallas County officials. If these efforts did not achieve 90% effectiveness in reducing the number of mosquitoes, stronger measures, like aerial spraying, would then be considered. Enhanced Ground Spraying only lasted one night before the determination was made to move forward with aerial spraying.
  • The mosquito and West Nile “Season” has already peaked and is on the decline. While 35% of mosquito traps tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, today only 21.4% are positive. As was reported in the Dallas Morning News, experts forecast that even without the spraying campaign, “the risk of contracting West Nile would drop to virtually zero in less than a month.”(DMN – 08/16/12)

 

Because aerial spraying will commence at 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, August 16, I urge you to take precautions. Please keep the following aerial spraying recommendations in mind:

 

  • Minimize exposure. Avoid being outside, close windows and consider keeping pets inside while spraying occurs.
  • If skin or clothes are exposed to spraying, wash them with soap and water.
  • Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables with water as a general precautionary measure.
  • Cover small ornamental fish ponds and beehives. 
  • Because the chemical breaks down quickly in sunlight and water, no special precautions are suggested for outdoor swimming areas.

 

And please remember that the best way to combat the West Nile Virus is through prevention. The best way to prevent being bitten by a mosquito is to remember the 4 D’s:

 

  • DUSK to DAWN - is the time frame when mosquitoes likely to carry infection are most active. Try to stay indoors from dusk to dawn.
  • DRAIN - standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, leaky pipes and faucets, birdbaths and wading pools can be breeding sites for mosquitoes.
  • DRESS - in light colored clothing. Where long sleeves and pants when you are outside, especially in mosquito infested areas.
  • DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) - if you are going to be outside, make sure you apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent when outdoors.

 

Please pass along this information to your family, friends and neighbors. Education and prevention are still our best weapons to fight the spread of the West Nile Virus!

 

West Nile Links:

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

     Dr. Elba Garcia

     Dallas County Commissioner - District 4

 

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West Nile Report to Commissioner's Court

Tuesday August 14, 2012

Dallas County HHS West Nile Update - 8.14.2012

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On Tuesday August 16, 2012 the Dallas County Department of Human Services presented an update about West Nile Virus to the Commissioner's Court

 


 

West Nile Report to Commissioner's Court

Tuesday August 7, 2012

West Nile Epidemiology Update August 7, 2012

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State of the County Address

July, 10 2012

State of the County - Garcia, Jenkins, Goin, Dickey

Dr. Garcia introduced Dallas County Judge Jenkins in today's State of the County Address at the Irving Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Gacia is pictured here with Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins, Irving Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman of the Board Jo Ann Goin, and Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey

 


 

Parkland Health & Hospital System

Corrective Action Plan Implementation

Progress Review - May 2012

Parkland CAP Implementation

 

On July 3rd, 2012 the Dallas County Commissioners Court was updated on the Parkland Corrective Action Plan implementation. Click here open

 


Dallas County Budget Update

FY 2013 Preliminary Budget Update

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Note: This is a preliminary budget presentation only

 


 

July 2012 District 4 Newsletter

Dallas County Dist. 4 - July 2012 Newletter - English

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Dallas County Historical Commission

 releases new June 2012 edition of the Chronical

 

Dallas County Chronical - June 2012

 


 

DCHHS May Newsletter - Vaccine Policy Changes

 


DCHHS May Newsletter

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DCHHS Newletter - Temperatures On The Rise

 


Grand Prairie COPC Ribbn Cutting

Dr. Elba Garcia Celebrates the opening

of the

Grand Prairie

E. Carlyle Smith, Jr.

Health Center

Monday July 2, 2012

 

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