Dallas County Overview
DWI Taskforce


Dr. Elba Garcia


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


 Summer Blood Drive Challenge


Dr. Elba Garcia

Summer Blood Drive Challenge


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.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Grand Prairie Farmers Market

120 W. Main St.

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

To continue to support, please visit Carter BloodCare

Dallas County District Attorney's Office

Citizen Prosecutor Academy

Citizen Prosecutor Academy - Dallas County District Attorney's Office

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

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

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day - DCHHS Free Kidney Health Check - 3/12/2015

Get a Free Kidney Health Check!

Thursday, March, 12, 2015

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Dallas County Health & Human Services

2377 North Stemmons Freeway

Dallas, TX 75207

For More information Call (214) 351-2393 or visit kidney.org/KEEPhealthy

Click Here for FLYER in English & Español

Dr. Elba Garcia's

4th Annual Contributions Ceremony

Dr. Garcia's 4th Annual Donations Ceremony

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Dallas County Administration Building
Allen Clemson Courtroom
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.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On Tuesday, October 7th in Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dr. Elba Garcia sponsored a resolution recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Annually, there are more than 4 million physical assaults on women and 3 million physical assaults on men. Dallas Police Department receives more than 20,000 domestic violence calls a year, that's 55 calls a day! Although these statistics sound discouraging, domestic violence is a public health epidemic that can be prevented with education, support, and advocacy. Click Here to see the Resolution.

DWI Taskforce

October  2014 Member's Message

Irving Police Department - DWI Unit

Click Link to Open PDF

Dallas County Historical Commission

September 2014 Newsletter

Chronical - Dallas County Historical Commission - Sept 2014

Click Link to Open PDF

Dr. Garcia Completes ALS Challenge

Dallas Couny Commissioner Elba Garcia was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins & Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

Free Immunizations

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Dallas County is offering Free Immunizations for Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) eligible children.

August 16, 1024

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Dallas County Health & Human Services

2377 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207


(214) 819-1903

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!


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).

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


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.


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


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


3rd Annual Contribution Ceremony



Dr. Garcia Annual Donations Ceremony


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


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 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.

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.

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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 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.

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



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 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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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.



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


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

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.


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



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.


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July 2012 District 4 Newsletter

Dallas County Dist. 4 - July 2012 Newletter - English

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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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