May 14, 2013
Today the Dallas County Health & Human Services Director Zachary Thompson gave an update to the Commissioners Court concerning West Nile Virus Season 2013 efforts thus far. Please see the attached presentation that was shown in Commissioners Court.
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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
May 7, 2013
Parkland Health & Hospital System
New Parkland Campus
Project History Briefing
On May 7, 2013 Dallas County Commissioner's Court received a briefing on Parkland Health & Hospital System's the New Campus Project History. Please click picture above for a PDF version.
April 26, 2013
Grand Prairie Government Center
On Friday, April 26th Dr. Elba Garcia was joined by the Grand Prarie community and offcials at the dedication of the new Dallas County Government Center in Grand Prairie. The building will house a branch of the Tax Collectors Office, Justice of the Peace Judge Norris Rideaux's Courtroom, Contstable Williams office and Truancy Court. The Dallas County Government Center in Grand Prairie is the first newly built Dallas County building in 40 years.
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April 30, 2013
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.
April 10, 2013
Dr. Garica Recognized at High Tea with High Heels
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia was recognized as a High Tea with High Heels Award Recipient on Tuesday April 9th. The annual award ceremony is sponsored by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and recognizes women of achievement. Eight other women of achievement were recognized as well.
April 9, 2013
Bisonettes Visit Commissioners Court
The Sunset High School Bisonettes visited Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 9th to accept a resolution from the Court that was sponsored by Commissioner Garcia. The Bisonettes also performed a dance routine for the Court. Click here to see a copy of the resolution.
April 2, 2013
West Nile Virus
Season 2013 Update
In Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Health & Human Services Director Zachary Thompson updated the Court on the West Nile Virus Season 2013 efforts. Dallas County will recieve a $897,000 appropriation to combat West Nile Virus in the 2013 season. Please click links below for more information.
April 2, 2013 West Nile Virus Update
North Texas Region Joint Press Release - WNV 2013
West Nile Virus Season 2013 Prevention Campaign Materials
March 26, 2013
Pedestrian & Sidewalks Infrastructure
on Harry Hines Boulevard
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
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
On Wednesday, March 6th Dr. Elba Garcia and other local officials gathered to highlight the Prostitution Diversion Initiative in Dallas County. The Prostitution Diversion Initiative seeks to provide law enforcement and health & human services to victims of prostitution and divert them towards a better life. For more information please visit the Prostitution Diversion Initiative website.
March 5, 2013
Safer Dallas Better Dallas Presents Check for Animal Cruelty Unit
In Commissioners Court on Tuesday March 5th, Safer Dallas Better Dallas presented a $200,000 check to the Commissioners Court to fund the first year of the Animal Cruelty Unit in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Commissioner Garcia thanked Safer Dallas Better Dallas for their leadership and recognized several key donors to the effort, including the Meadows Foundation, the Rees Jones Foundation, the Dallas Foundation, the Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation, Maurine and Roland Dickey, Skip Trimble, and many animal advocates.
The new Animal Cruelty Unit is still under implementation, but will be up and running soon. The Distrcit Attorney's Office will be working closely with local government and community stakeholders to educate the public about the coming changes in animal cruelty investigation and enforcement. We ask the public to continue to report any cases of animal neglect or abuse.
Please see attached Press Release and Court Order authorizing the funding of the new Animal Cruelty Unit.
February 15, 2013
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 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
February 4, 2013
February 2013 District 4 Newsletter
Click here for PDF Version in ENGLISH or ESPAÑOL
January 17, 2013
Regional Transportation Council Approves Additional $31 Million to Extend Streetcar Line to Bishop Arts District, Oak Cliff
On December 10th the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), made up of elected and transportation officials from the DFW region voted to reallocate $30.87 million dollars towards a streetcar line that will link downtown Dallas to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Under the original plans the line began downtown at Union Station and ended at the intersection of Beckley and Colorado near Methodist Hospital. The new funds will extend the line by .7 miles south on Zang Blvd. to Davis St. The extra funds will also pay for an additional streetcar on the line that will travel between the Dallas Convention Center and Davis as well as preliminary work on an extension from Union Station to the Convention center.
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, who is an alternate on the RTC Board, voted enthusiastically to support the extension. After the vote she commented, “This is a fantastic and exciting project for Dallas. This streetcar line linking Downtown Dallas and the Bishop Arts District will provide for economic development and also help to fulfill our transportation needs for sustainable growth.”
In the same meeting the RTC also voted in support of road improvements on TX 183, TX 114, TX 161 and Loop 12 North in Irving as part of a $560 million dollar partnership with TxDOT.
November 20, 2012
DWI Task Force Press Conference
Tuesday November 20, 2012 3:00 PM
Irving Convention Center - 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, TX 75039
As Chair of the DWI Task Force Dallas County, Commissioner Elba Garcia addressed the media on Tuesday, November 20th, urging the public to exercise caution this holiday season. The lesson of the day: If your going to drink, then do not drive and if you drink and drive then you will go to jail. Many law enforcement agencies will be enforcing "No Refusal" polices throughout the holidays. Each year during the holiday season there is an increase in the number of people driving while intoxicated, an increase in the number of DWI arrests, and an increase in the number of alcohol related fatalities. Commissioner Garcia was joined by DWI Task Force members, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Precinct 4 Constable Roy Williams, Irving City Council Member Rose Cannaday, as well as law enforcement officials from various agencies around Dallas County, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, DWI victims and offenders, representatives from North Texas Tollway Authority, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Department of Transportation. CareFlite also participated by landing a helicopter ambulance and joining the press conference. Commissioner Garcia and all of the members of the DWI Task Force ask you to remember to think before you drink this holiday season.
November 7, 2012
Campion-Lone Star Trail Connection
On Tuesday November 6, 2012 Dallas County Commissioner's Court passed a court order approving and interlocal agreement that provided $2.5 million dollars towards the construction of a trail connecting Grand Prairie's Lone Star Trail and Irving's Campion Trail. The Campion Trail/Lone Star Connection is a joint project between Dallas County, the City of Grand Prairie and the City of Irving. When completed the trail will create a continuous 10.9 mile trail project. The trail is expected to be completed in 2013.
Click Here for a PDF Version of the Court Order
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