Dr. Elba Garcia

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DWI Taskforce


Dallas County




Administrative Office

411 Elm Street, 2nd Floor

Dallas, Texas 75202

(214) 653-6670 Office

(214) 653-7994 Fax


District Office

4403 W. Illinois Ave

Dallas, Texas 75211

(214) 339-8381 Office

(214) 337-9558 Fax


Joint DWI Press Conference 2015

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Dallas County, Tarrant County

& for the first time

Denton County

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Grand Prairie Summit

2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Please join Dallas County Commissioner and DWI Taskforce Chair, Dr. Elba Garcia and our Host, Police Chief Steve Dye of Grand Prairie for the 2015 DWI Press Conference.


This year, we are excited to announce that for the very first time Denton County is joining this great effort.   Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson and Denton County Sheriff Will Travis will be speaking to the public.


Also speaking will be Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen and Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Jason Derscheid. We encourage all representatives from local police departments and community organizations from across the DFW Metroplex to participate in this great effort.


The Dallas County DWI Task Force, Tarrant County and Denton County Officials 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 will discuss the impact that it has had on their lives.


There will be a vehicle wrecked in a DWI accident and a Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) helicopter will be on display, as well as DWI patrol cars and other enforcement and emergency vehicles.



For more information about the DWI Task Force and its activities please go to

Facebook page:  Dallas County DWI Taskforce

or call (214) 653-6670



A Conference that Emphasizes the Importance of Men's Preventative Healthcare

Mens Health

Join 3-time Super Bowl Champ, Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton, as the Keynote Speaker of the 2015 Men's Health Conference

This year's conference will feature life stories, health education, Q&A panels & health screenings.

Saturday, NOV. 14, 8:30AM - 1PM


Dallas Public Library

1515 Young Street

Dallas, TX 75201

Click Here For Flyer

District 4 Newsletter

Summer 2015

Dr. Elba Garcia, District 4 Newsletter - Summer 2015

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Presenta Su Nueva Pagina



"The new pages are not merely a Spanish translation of existing Parkland Web pages, but are designed with custom content to best serve the needs of Spanish-speaking Parkland patients and their families, as well as all county residents." - Parkland Press Release

Haz Clic Aqui Para Ver La Nueva Pagina

A Step Towards A Healthier Community:

BAPS CHARITIES Hosted Its 14th Annual Health Fair In Dallas, TX

Health Fair

With the volunteer participation from 95 medical professionals, the Health Fair seeks to raise awareness on health issues and screened for potentially life-changing conditions and seeks to bring together the community and healthcare professionals.

To see the BAPS Charities Health Fair Post Release, click HERE

For additional information on BAPS Charities and its international and local philanthropic activities, please visit www.bapscharities.org

      Triple M       Irving ISD

Become a Mentor Today!

Become a Positive Influence in a Student's Life

By One-On-One Mentoring

Through the Triple M Program Initiative

Irving Mentoring


Visit IrvingISD.net/Mentoring to Become a Mentor Today




"Drive For Change"

Support Texas Foster Kids

Drive 4 Change

Support Texas Foster Kids

by ordering your

"Stop Child Abuse"

Specialty License Plate

Visit www.tccwb.org & Click "Drive 4 Change"


Natural Gas Safety and You

Natural Gas Safety

Learn More About Preventing Incidents Involving Natural Gas Pipelines


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November 13, 2015

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Programs & Services

Programs and Services

A complete list of Programs and Services offered by Dallas County Health and Human Services.

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1st Confirmed Human Case of West Nile Virus in Dallas County for this Season

West Nile Virus

Flu Update

DCHHS West Nile Virus Website


DCHHS Newsletter - November 2015


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Parkland FY 2016 Budget Review

 Parkland Health & Hospital SYstem FY2016 Budget Review

Senior Parkland Officials visited Dallas County Commissioners Court to outline the Preliminary FY2016 Budget. *Note: 6% request for budget increase would not increase property tax rates, but would increase budget based on increase in preliminary property value estimates. Please click here for a copy of the presentation.

Dallas County Replacement Housing Program

 Accepting Applications in Cockrell Hill

DC Replacement Hoursing Program

Does your home have:

- structural damage or deterioration

- floors in poor condition                 

- continuous drainage problems      

- eletrical problems                          

If so, the Dallas County Replacement Housing Program may be able to assist you in getting a brand new home.   For an appplication or more information please call (214) 653-7627 or see flyer:  English / Español

Regional Hispanic Contractors Association

Annual Day of the Construction Worker

Left to Right: Michael Gonzalez, Travis Spurgin, Gilbert Aguilar

Travis Spurgin (Center), with Dallas County Road & Bridge District 4, won the Construction Worker of the Year award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA). He was nominated for the award by Dr. Elba Garcia and R&B 4 Superintendent Gilbert Aguilar.

Click Here for RHCA Website

Cinco de Mayo 2015

Dr. Elba Garcia, Grand Marshall of the Grand Prairie Cinco De Mayo Parade

Dr. Elba Garcia celebrated Cinco De Mayo in Grand Prairie, as the Grand Marshall of the Cinco De Mayo parade, and in Irving. See the Gallery below for more pictures!


Dr. Elba Garcia
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dr. Elba Garcia
Dr. Elba Garcia Presents a Proclamation
Dr. Garcia Join Other Elected Officials at the Grand Prairie Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Dr. Elba Garcia
Dr. Elba Garcia

Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Dr. Garcia & Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Garcia congratulated the students who received scholarships for college at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The event was organized by the LULAC Youth Council.

April 13, 2015

Dallas Streetcar

Dallas Streetcar Ribbon Cutting

The new Dallas Streetcar will begin service this month between Downtown and Oak Cliff. Officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The $51 million streetcar will begin service from Union Station to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia allocated $1,580,000 from District 4 MCIP (Major Capital Improvement Projects) funds toward the project. Click Here for More News

April 12, 2014

Grand Prairie Police Department

Youth Boxing

GPPD Youth Boxing

Congratulations to our Grand Prairie Police Department youth boxers and coaches on thier accomplishments at the 2015 TNT Boxing Tournament in Duncanville! There were 3 first place finishes, 3 Runner-up, and a 1st Place Team Trophy! Click Here for more information about GPPD Youth Boxing

New Parkland

Virtual Tour

New Parkland Open House - Saturday, April 11th, 9am to 12pm

Check out the Virtual Tour of the New Parkland Hospital

March 30, 2015

New Parkland Hospital Dedicated

Dallas County Commissioners Court

Dr. Elba Garcia joined other elected and hospital officials at the dedication ceremony for the new Parkland Hospital. The new $1.3 billion hospital will not open to patients until August 20th. This past Sunday, the hospital and other Dallas landmarks were illuminated with purple light in celebration of the new hospital's dedication. Sheriff Lupe Valdez highlighted Parkland's role as the indigent care hospital for the county, citing efforts to improve overall patient services. Earlier this month, Parkland was recognized by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association for the "display of leadership, innovation and diversity in the administration and management of its construction related projects.(link)" The MWBE participation goal for the new Parkland project had been 35 percent, 38 percent was achieved. There will be an opportunity for the public to see the new hospital at an open house on Saturday, April 11th. Click here for Dallas Morning News article and WFAA (ABC, 8) coverage.

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

Click Gallery Below to See Pictures


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

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

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Weatherization Assistance Program

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

Click Gallery Below to View Pictures


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 go 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


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 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.

Click Here for Press Release

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


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