Read The Dallas County Chronicle's
Spring 2017 Issue!
In this issue you'll find:
- Hamilton Park
- Interurban Railway
- Pike Park
- Patricia Hicks
- Sachse Book
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You're Invited to It's Going To Be OK's
Stop The Traffick 5k Walk/Run
When: June 10, 2017
Where: West Continental Bridge Gateway West Dallas
Dallas, TX 75212 (Ron Kirk Bridge)
Parking Lot in Trinity Groves at N. Beckley & Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Purpose: To Raise Awareness and Funding to
Stop Human Trafficking
Proceeds: It's Going To Be OK, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization
Register at www.IGTBOK.org
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Dallas County Home-for-Hounds Program
Press Conference-Program Kickoff
The shelter dogs have arrived!
Back in August 2016, the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved Home for Hounds, a dog-training program. The program consists of a five-week course, where 10 inmates will train dogs plucked from the euthanization line at the Grand Prairie shelter with the goal of boosting adoption rates all the while giving inmates the opportunity to gain a vocaitonal skill.
Dog-training programs have sprouted up across the country, and this will be the first of its kind in a county jail within the State of Texas. Through Commissioner Garcia, the Dallas County jail has partnered with the Grand Prairie Animal Shelter
The shelher dogs have arrived! This program will be funded through the sheriff's commissary fund. Inmates with no history of violence will be eligible. Ten inmates will be chosen to train five dogs. An instructor from El Centro Community College with provide instruction to the inmates, who will receive a certificate at the completion of the course.
Click Here to Read Commissioners Court Briefing
Click Here to Read Dallas Morning News Article
Dr. Elba Garcia receives award for her work and support of the North Texas community.
Dallas, Texas. On Saturday January 28, 2017, the non-profit organization, “It’s Going To Be OK, Inc.” bestowed its inaugural award, the “Shaniya Davis Human Rights Award,” to Dr. Elba Garcia for her hard work and efforts in favor of the North Texas community.
The award was presented to Dr. Garcia at It’s Going to Be Ok, Inc.’s “Hope & Pearl Inaugural Gala,” which was held at Dallas Methodist Medical. The main objective of this event is to create awareness in educating and eradicating human trafficking.
Bradley Lockhart, who was the gala’s guest of honor, presented the inaugural award in honor of his daughter, Shaniya Davis. Shaniya’s human trafficking story took place in 2009, when she was sold by her mother to pay off a $200 drug debt.
Founded in 2014 by CEO Tonya Stafford, “It’s Going To Be OK, Inc.” is an organization whose mission is to work towards the eradication of trafficking of persons, particularly women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Tonya survived a traumatic life and childhood of sexual molestation, physical abuse, rape and was ultimately sold.
Those interested in helping or donating to the organization, “It’s Going To Be OK, Inc.” can reach out to VanDella Menifee, Director of Marketing & Communications, by email: vandella.menifeeIGTBOK@yahoo.com or by phone: (678) 570-0845.
To Help End Human Trafficking, Click HERE
Se Ofrece Ayuda Gratuita Para Trámites de Ciudadanía
Proyecto Inmigrante está ofreciendo servicios gratuitos para llenar la solicitud N-400, para obtener la ciudadanía. Los residentes permanentes deben cumplir los siguientes requisitos:
- No tener antecedentes penales
- Tener 18 años de edad o más
- Ser residente permanente por lo menos 5 años o 3 años si está casado(a) con un ciudadano(a).
- No haber vivido fuera del país por más de 6 meses
- Tener buen carácter moral
- Hablar, leer y escribir inglés básico
- Tener conocimiento del gobierno e historia de Estados Unidos
Las oficinas esán abiertas de martes a sábadi de 9:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Las personas que cumplan con los requisitos y estén interesadas en aprovechar este servicio gratuito pueden hacer una cita llamando al (1) 888-793-2128 ext. 201
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Lea el nuevo articulo sobre la Comisionada Elba Garcia escrito por la revista de Asociación de Mujeres Empresarias y Profesionales.
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In its Fall 2016 edition, the Dallas County Historical Commission, looks back and remembers the Almost Forgotten Community of Cemento Grande; a town built by the company Cemento Grande for its Hispanic workers. "El Camposanto de Cemento Grande remains as a reminder of the community that once was . . . "
Cement company employees and community residents
in 1929. Photo courtesy of Dallas Public Library.
Read More Of Their Story Here
District 4 Newsletter
In This Issue:
Records Building Complex Project
"Ban the Box"
Chalk Hill Trail
MacArthur Blvd. Widening Project
& Much More
Click Link for Newsletter
Dallas County Ribbon Cutting For The Jesse Everett Gill & Dr. Onésimo Hernández Medical Facility
Through Commissioner Garcia and Commissioner Price's efforts, the new $39-million medical facility is the first Dallas County government building to be named for a Latino and African-American together, not to mention it's also the first county government building to bear a Latino's name. The 139,000-square-foot medical center will include clinic space, a pharmacy and staff offices to serve patients from the county jail.
Both Jesse Everett Gill and Dr. Onésimo Hernández, were minority leaders within their own communities. Mr. Gill was the county's first African-American deputy sheriff, starting in 1954. And Dr. Hernández was the first Latino to attend Southwestern Medical School and Latino the first to work for Parkland Hospital.
Click Here to Read the Dallas Morning News Article
Watch The "West Nile and Zika Viruses" PSA for Information You Need to Know for Prevention
Click Here For Additional Information on Mosquito Prevention
Vea el Comunicado de Interés Público de los Virus Nilo Occidental y Zika Para Información Necesaria Para La Prevención
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State of Dallas County 2016
On Wednesday, June 1st, Commissioner Garcia had the opportunity of addressing Dallas County residents on the current state of District 4 at the 2016 State of Dallas County hosted by the Greater Irving- Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Bryan’s House – HEROES Program Kick-Off and Open House
For the past 28 years, the mission of Bryan’s House has been to care and protect the smallest among us in their greatest time of need and to provide comfort and support to parents.
We support Bryan’s House and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as they expand their mission to now provide childcare for parents participating in diversion court programs. Through this partnership both organizations are contributing to a better, more productive community by meeting a critical need for offenders trying to get their lives back on track
Dream Playground to Come to Life for Local Families
Partners Joined Forces to Create a New Playground at Coffey Park
May 14, 2016, more than 250 volunteers from Foresters Financial, the City of Cockrell Hill, Cockrell Hill Beautification Association, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Cockrell Hill community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Coffey Park. The design is based on children's drawings created at a special design event in March.
Everyone was invited to come out and participate as a community volunteer for the entire day, or to visit during any part of the day as an observer.
The new playground replaces older play structures and will eventually serve more than 1,100 kids over its 15-year life span. Many obstacles, including socio-economic barriers, prevent children in the community from getting the play they need to thrive. Being involved in the community-build process breaks down some of these barriers around isolation and creates a welcoming and safe play space for everyone.
Mrs. Teresa Rivera Calbillo is Presented with a Certificate of Recognition and her Middle School Diploma by Commissioner Garcia
Mrs. Teresa Rivera Calbillo was recognized at the May 3rd Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting for completing her Middle School educaiton at the age of 72. Mrs. Calbillo accomplished this goal by taking classes at Debes Creer En Ti (DCET), which means "Believe in Yourself."
At DCET, Mrs. Calbillo began completing her education at the age of 69 so she could achieve her life-long goal of becoming a pastry chef, for which she knew she would need to learn how to read and write at a higher level. She completed her Elementary education within one year, and she is currently working to obtain her U.S. Citizenship.
Found by Elvia Wallace Martinez in 1995, DCET's purpsoe is to assit immigrant communities by rpovding personal and business development, focusing on literacy, mentoring and leadership. DCET offers ESL, GED, Citizenship, Computer and Spanish Literacy Classes, all of which are provided at no charge. This is done through partnerships with the City of Irving, the Dallas and Irving School Districts, corporations, mentors and volunteers, all for the purpose of providing immigrant families with solutions to their needs while adjusting to the cultural and societal values of our Country.
Congratulations Mrs. Calbillo on this great achievement and thank you DCET and partners for all of your support to the community.
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RHCA Day of the Construction Worker Awards
Congratulations to Alexis Guzman on being awarded as the 2016 Field Construction Worker of the Year and to Michael Gonzales on being awarded as the Foreman of the Year! These Awards were presented by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association at the Day of the Construction Worker Event on April 30th.
Mr. Guzman and Mr. Gonzales are proud employees of the Dallas County Road & Bridge District 4 Team, and I want them to know that all of their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.
Dallas County Historical Marker Funding Program
The Dallas County Commissioners Court approved the operation of the Dallas County Historical Commission's marker funding program on a one-year pilot basis, that will help provide funding for State historical markers that seek to commemorate "under-told" aspects of the County's history.
Dallas County was concenred that many aspects of its history had not been commemorated by State markers (of 374 State markers in Dallas Co., only 17 are subjects associated with African-American or Hispanic history), and due to applicant's responsibility to pay for markers they may be discouraged.
Under this program, markers would have to involve a topic or subject associated with the diversity of the County’s history and culture that has not been as well-represented as other aspects. The commissioner will provide 50% of the cost.
Click Here to Read Commissioners Court Briefing
Click Here to Read Dallas Morning News Article
Dallas County to Name Jail Medical Facility In Honor of Latino & African-American Civic Leaders
Facility becomes first Dallas County buidling to receive this distinction
DALLAS – Dallas County officials announced today that it will name the county jail’s medical facility after two Dallas minority leaders, both of whom made history and broke molds in their community.
The $39 million facility will now bear the names of Jesse Everett Gill and Dr. Onesimo Hernandez and be known as the Gill – Dr. Hernandez Medical Facility. This is the first time in the 170 year history of Dallas County that a county government facility will be named in honor of a Latino. It will also become the only Dallas County government facility named after both an African-American and a Latino.
The name was approved by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, March 1, 2015.. Members of the families were in attendance.
Click Here for Full Press Release
Click Here for Dallas Morning News Article on First Building Naming for a Latino
May 9, 2016
Dallas County Health & Human Services
DCHHS Newsletter - May 2016
MOSQUITO SEASON ARRIVES
Stories in the May 2016 issue
of Public Health Preparedness Update include:
- Mosquito Season Arrives - DCHHS Calls Press Conference, Stresses Personal Protection
- Ten Ways to Prepare for Emergencies, Disasters
- DCHHS Hears Innovative Method for Battling Zika
- Quarterly PHAC Meeting Offers New Information
- HIV/AIDS Awareness Shared Through Community Efforts
- Zika Outreach Continues Across County
- Annual NACCHO Summit Held in Dallas
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SPECIAL EDITION ZIKA VIRUS
"This newsletter is designed to inform the community about the latest news and information about public health activities in Dallas County," DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said.
Stories in the February edition include:
- DCHHS Reports First Three Zika Virus Cases
- DCHHS Starts Zika Campaign, CHIKV and Dengue Included
- Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission
- Help Protect Yourself and Dallas County from Mosquito Viruses from Other Areas
- Zika Virus Information Available in 10 Languages
- Federal Agency Publishes DCHHS Fact Sheets Zika Task
- Force Created for Seamless Response DCHHS Lab on Target to Provide Zika Testing
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Informational Presentation on
Chalk Hill Trail
On February 11, the City of Dallas and Dallas County hosted an informational presentation on the Chalk Hill Trail that is currenlty under study in the Oak Cliff area.
El 11 de Febrero, la Ciudad de Dallas y el Condado de Dallas presento una presentación informativa acerca del Sendero Chalk Hill, la cual se encuentra bajo estudio en el area de Oak Cliff.
The Chalk Hill Trail will connect with City parks, Mountain View College, businesses, and the Westmoreland DART station, and it will provide enjoyable opportunities for all residents, not to mention the scenic views.
A map of this proposed trail and additional information is available in the link below.
El mapa e informacion adicional se puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace.
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Irving AMBUCS Recognizes Commissioner Elba Garcia
Irving AMBUCS honors Dr. Elba Garcia for her dedication to Dallas County and to the community. Irving AMBUCS members presented her with flowers and chocolates.
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MacArthur Boulevard Widening Ground-Breaking
On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Commissioner Elba Garcia and the City of Grand Prairie broke ground for the $20 million MacArthur Boulevard Widening & Reconstruction Improvement Project, which is scheduled to be completed Jan. 2018. Commissioner Garcia prvoided $1.5 million from Dallas County & $1.5 million in TIF funds to help make this project possible. Other funds were provided by NCTCG, the City of Grand Prairie and the City of Irving.
The project will widen MacArthur from a 2-lane asphalt roadway to a 4-lane divided concrete thoroughfare from I-30 to north of the Trinity River.
To View the News Article Click Here
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Newly Renovated Frank Crowley Central Jury Room
The Frank Crowley Central Jury Room was recently renovated. The project was on time and under budget. The budget was $325,000 and the final cost was $290,000. The project was well worth it to provide the jurors of Dallas County a more efficient and comfortable environment while fulfilling their civic duty.
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5 de enero de 2016
EL JUEZ DEL CONDADO DE DALLAS, CLAY JENKINS, PROPORCIONA A LOS RESIDENTS PRIMEROS PASOS Y SUGERENCIAS DESPUES DE UN DESASTRE
DALLAS, Texas – Mientras los residentes se están recuperando de los devastadores tornados que azotaron el condado de Dallas hace más de una semana, es importante asegurarse que sepan los pasos adecuados que deben tomar durante las próximas semanas. A continuación esta una breve lista de las tareas iniciales para residentes:
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For Immediate Release
January 5, 2016
DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE JENKINS PROVIDES RESIDENTS WITH FIRST STEPS AND DOS AND DON'TS FOLLOWING A DISASTER
DALLAS, Texas – As residents are recovering from the deadly tornadoes that hit Dallas County over a week ago, it’s important to make sure they know the proper steps to take over the next few weeks. Below is a brief list of initial tasks for residents:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW SUGGESTED DOS AND DON'TS
The League of Women Voters of Dallas will be presenting this award at Lakewood Country Club
For Full Details Click Here
GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT DECLARES DALLAS COUNTY A DISASTER AREA
Along With Collin, Ellis and Rockwall Counties
"Eleven people have died as a result of Saturday's tornadoes in North Texas. That includes eight people killed in automobile accidents in Garland at Interstate 30 and George Bush Turnpike. Garland police say at least three people were found in vehicles. Across Garland, 15 people were reported injured and 600 homes destroyed."
Shelters Set Up
The American Red Cross has set up three shelters for North Texas residents affected by the storms.
- Steadham Elementary School, 6200 Danridge Rd., Rowlett
- Longbranch Elementary, 6631 FM 1387, Midlothian
- Gale Field Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road, Garland
For Tornado Preparedness Tips Click Here
Commissioner Elba Garcia donated Christmas toys to needy children within her Dallas County District 4, including Hogg Elementary School in Oak Cliff (pictured above) and through various non-profit organizations.
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Joint DWI Press Conference
Dallas County, Tarrant
& for the first
On Wednesday, November 18th, Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, 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, Executive Director of Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Jason Derscheid, and for the very first time Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson and Denton County Sheriff Will Travis, gathered to outline efforts to increase
awareness and reduce DWI during the holiday season and demonstrate the
financial, legal and personal costs of DWI. Also in attendance were representatives from local law enforcement agencies and community organizations from across the DFW Metroplex. Families and others who have been
victims of DWI-related incidents discussed the impact that it has had on their lives.
A wrecked vehicle involved in a DWI-related accident and a Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS)
helicopter were on display, as well as DWI patrol cars and other enforcement
and emergency vehicles. Attendees were able to try on "Drunk Goggles" to simulate walking inebriated.
Click Gallery Below to View Pictures
For more information about
the DWI Task Force and its activities please go to
Facebook page: Dallas County DWI
or call (214) 653-6670
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
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A Step Towards A Healthier Community:
BAPS CHARITIES Hosted Its 14th Annual Health Fair In Dallas, TX
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
Become a Mentor Today!
Become a Positive Influence in a Student's Life
By One-On-One Mentoring
Through the Triple M Program Initiative
Visit IrvingISD.net/Mentoring to Become a Mentor Today
"Drive For Change"
Support Texas Foster Kids
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
Learn More About Preventing Incidents Involving Natural Gas Pipelines
Click Here For Safety Tips:
ENGLISH & ESPAÑOL
April 6, 2016
Dallas County Health & Human Services
Programs & Services
A complete list of Programs and Services offered by Dallas County Health and Human Services.
Click Here For Complete List of Programs And Services:
ENGLISH & ESPAÑOL
Zika Virus Update
DCHHS Zika Virus Website
West Nile Virus
DCHHS West Nile Virus Website
Parkland FY 2016 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
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
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.
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Cinco de Mayo 2015
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!
Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
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 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
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
Check out the Virtual Tour of the New Parkland Hospital
March 30, 2015
New Parkland Hospital Dedicated
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
LETOT GIRLS' CENTER
Letot Girls' Center in NW Dallas Aims to Make Abused Girls "Whole Again"
Dallas County officials joined private & non-profit donors to celebrate the completion of the new Letot Girls' Residential Treatment Facility in NW Dallas. The Letot Girls' Center mission is to empower neglected & exploited girls aged 13-17 to be productive, caring & responsible citizens by providing them a safe environment for long-term residential, gender-responsive treatment involving their families & supported by community partners. The $9.4 million, 55,000 sq. ft. facility was funded through private donations, but will be transferred to & run by the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Dallas County will provide public funding for the $2.25 million annual operating budget. The Dallas Women's Foundation pledged an additional $500,000 for three years to pay for specialized programming that will provide long-term benefits to clients. Click Here For More Information about the New Facility
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February 13, 2015
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
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
February 10, 2015
"Ebola Warriors" Recognized in Commissioners Court
as Dallas Morning News' Texans of the Year
Check out the article in the Dallas Morning News
January 29, 2015
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
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
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
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.”
Dallas County Health & Human Services
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.
- Weather Stripping
- Door & Window Repair/Replacement
- Solar Screen Installation
- Heating/Cooling Unit Repair/Retrofitting
- Duct Work
October 13, 2014
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
September, 23, 2014
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
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
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August 14, 2014
Texas Rangers Recognize Dr. Garcia
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
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 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
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.
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.
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