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Dear District 12 Friends,
It's been a week since the big storm with tornadoes hit North Texas. Thankfully, nobody was killed, but there has been extensive damage. While people in our district experienced traffic light outages and property damage that included landscape, roofs, and blown away Halloween décor, many of our Dallas neighbors to the south have sustained extreme damage. Our Council Liaison Navaz Kayani-Irani and Council Assistant Elysia Martin have been so helpful by spending part of their week with the staff of the Office of Emergency Management command center and answering calls for neighboring District 11, Councilmember Lee Kleinman's office. Along with the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and Oncor, I was able to spend Monday morning and evening serving breakfast and dinner to the police officers that spent the night out in the storm and the shifts that worked just after it hit. (Our North Central officers were literally IN THE STORM). I've also shared a lot of information on social media. This storm was my first chance to see the city in action in a disaster situation and I was impressed. The work to rebuild will continue for a long time, but I believe the Mayor, City Manager, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Office of Emergency Management, utility partners Oncor and Atmos, and all the heroes that work for them deserve a huge thank you for doing a great job to help Dallasites in this time of need. As a note, if you would like more information about storm clean-up, street closures, where to get help, how to help, etc… the information is listed on the www.dallascityhall.com website and maps are updated at 8pm daily.
Coffee with Cara – TOMORROW!
Join us for a causal time to hear what is going on in the City of Dallas, get District 12 updates, receive help with any service requests, give input, and ask questions. Here are the upcoming dates:
Tuesday 10/29 – 10-11:30 am, Campbell Green Rec Center, 16600 Park Hill Dr. Special guests: Jessica Galleshaw – Office of Community Care, David Noguera, Office of Housing. Share some birthday cake with me!
Tuesday 11/12- 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Shelton School, Hillcrest @ Arapaho. Special guests: Terry Lowery, Dallas Water Department, Mike Rogers, Department of Transportation, Jeremy Reed, Code Compliance, and Shubham Pandey, Pioneer Technology School
Tuesday 12/3 – 6:30- 8:00 pm, Campbell Green Rec Center, 16600 Park Hill Dr. Special guests: Gary Thomas, CEO of DART, Chris Caso, Office of the City Attorney
Early voting has already started and election day is Tuesday, November 3rd. You've got a chance to vote on 10 amendments to the Texas Constitution. There are many resources online to give more information about each one. Please research them carefully, as the wording of some items is tricky and you may want to vote "yes" to vote no, or vote "no" to vote yes. Here are locations to vote:
Dallas county location: *you can vote at any of these locations if you live in Dallas county* Dallas Fire Station #7 (Davenport @ Preston), Parkhill Jr. High (Parkhill @ Brentfield), Brentfield Primary (Parkhill @ Brentfield), Bowie Elementary (La Manga @ Meandering Way), Texas A&M Research Ext Bldg E (Coit @ McCallum), Fretz Park Library (Beltline @ Hillcrest).
Collin county location: Renner Frankford library (Preston @ Frankford)
Denton county location: Timberglen Rec Center (Midway @ Timberglen)
Walk-in Office Hours
We know City Hall is far away. Every month we host in-district office hours where you can drop by to turn in a service request, ask a question, give input on a topic, or just say hello. Join us at the North Central Police Station Community Room (corner of McCallum and Hillcrest) from 2 – 5pm on the first and third Thursday of the month. 11/7, 11/21 (staff only as I will be attending the National League of Cities conference in San Antonio), 12/5, 12/19.
City Council Committees
The Mayor has appointed the standing city council committees and I'm thrilled that I received all my top choices! I will be serving on the Public Safety, Housing & Homelessness, and as Vice Chair of Government Performance committees. I have also been appointed to the Judicial Nominating Ad Hoc committee and am coordinating the appointments of representatives to the Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County Appraisal Districts.
4 Ways to Get Involved – D12 Youth Committee, D12 Parks Advisory, D12 Denton County Crime Watch, and Friends of D12 First Responders.
If you'd like to get more involved in the district, I'm looking for folks that would like to help develop four advisory groups. One is to help run a City of Dallas District 12 Youth Committee to help our teens learn more about local government, their community, and how they can make a difference. The D12 Parks Advisory is to give input on ideas to improve our current parks and trails in District 12. The District 12 Denton County Crime Watch is meant to engage the part of our district that is seeing the bulk of crime. The Friends of D12 First Responders is a group that will provide on-going messages and activities to support our police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics. If you are interested in being part of these initiatives, please let us know by filling out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PSZYMB
North Dallas Business Crime Summit
POSTPONED - It was originally planned to be held at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, but the building sustained significant damage and is not able to host the event. Also, the Dallas City Council committee meeting schedule changed and is in conflict with the set time. A new time and location will be announced soon.
What is Happening with Shelton School on Hillcrest/Arapaho
The Shelton School will be leaving their current building for their new campus on Preston in June. A school called Pioneer Technology Arts Academy is looking to move in. They are a secular school and plan to operate a rigorous STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) program as both a private school and open-enrollment charter school. The same student enrollment limits apply (1200 students) and I suspect we will see less traffic, as some high school students will be enrolled at the school but take their classes at Richland college. They hope to move in the day after Shelton moves out. Pioneer operates 9 other schools in the metroplex and you can learn more about them at www.ptaaschool.org. The founder of the school will be a special guest at the November Coffee with Cara where he will do a short presentation and answer questions.
Several people have asked if any work has started along the Dallas section of the Cotton Belt line. The answer is no--not any work that requires a city permit. We are continuing to negotiate the Inter-Local Agreement that prohibits DART from running freight on the Cotton Belt in Dallas. There are on-going conversations with DART about the need to better address the safety and quality of life issues for Dallas residents. Some residents have sent a letter letting DART know they intend to file a lawsuit against DART.
Please consider going to the app store and downloading iWATCH on your phone. This will allow you to report anything strange or suspicious to the Dallas Police Department. You can give this information with your name or anonymously. This will help DPD better solve cases and track cases. I've already reported one incident! This does not replace 911 in an emergency.
Transportation in Dallas
You have one week left to give input on the future of transportation in Dallas! Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/connectdallas2019.
Peanut Butter Drive – A Success!
Thank you to all the District 12 residents who helped us collect peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank! You did an outstanding job and over 350 pounds of peanut butter were collected! Wow, that will help a lot of hungry families.
Home Repair and First-time Home Buyer Sessions
Come learn how you can access city funds to make repairs to your home or how to get assistance in buying your first house. Both have income guidelines. Sessions will be held at Churchill Community Center on October 31, from 10am – noon and Timberglen Rec Center on November 6th, from 7 – 8 pm.
Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday!
Set your clocks back 1 hour. Also, make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detector!
Cara Mendelsohn, Dallas City Council, District 12
Office (214) 670-4067 | Cell (214) 490-1036
October 10, 2019 E-News
Hello District 12 residents,
Greetings from San Antonio. I'm attending the Texas Municipal League conference with thousands of other elected officials from Texas to learn more about how to better serve you and the residents of Dallas. Here's some news and information to keep you up to date with things happening in Dallas and at City Hall. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email or call me at the contact information at the bottom of this email.
LATE-NIGHT REC NIGHTS FOR TEENS
This program was in a pilot program this summer and it is back for regular programming. Teens 13 – 17 years old are welcome to drop in every month on the 1st Friday and Saturday, 7pm -11 pm, FREE at Campbell Green Rec Center! Sports, music, fitness, gaming, and more! For more information, call 214.670.8847. #TREC9Teen
HATE THAT ROAD? LET'S FIX THE PROBLEMS!
We are searching for road projects to apply for some specialty funding in Collin county. If you have some ideas, please let us know asap! Projects we have already suggested: the entrance and exit ramps for the tollway and Frankford, redesign of elements for the intersection of Frankford and Coit, and matching funds for traffic light improvements.
5 City Councilmembers brought forward a motion to eliminate the panhandling ordinance as a response to a specific lawsuit that has been filed against the city. This did not go to a committee for a staff briefing or in-depth discussion by council. I believe we need as many tools as possible to keep our roadways clear for everyone's safety. At Tuesday's meeting, I made a motion that this item be sent to committee so we can look at ways to legally keep the ordinance. It passed and will be on a future agenda. If you would like to give input on this topic, please email me at email@example.com. As a note, I've asked the transportation department to allow our district to pilot a program with specialty signs to discourage giving cash to panhandlers. I hope the signs will be installed in early 2020.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE
Sell your stuff! Saturday, October 12th, 8am – 1 pm. $35 for 1 vendor space, $50 for 2 vendor spaces. Sign up at Campbell Green Rec Center or call 214.670.6314.
RICHARDSON ISD ELECTION IS IN NOVEMBER
Richardson ISD is having a special election in November, but none of the races are for Dallas residents who live in District 12. With RISD's newly created districts, all parts of the City of Dallas District 12 are in the RISD District 1. The next RISD election for City of Dallas residents of District 12 will be May 2021, which coincides with the city election. Plano ISD and Carrollton FB ISD, also in District 12, do not have any items on the November ballot.
HILLCREST VILLAGE (HILLCREST @ ARAPAHO)
We had a wonderful groundbreaking ceremony for the park and the cement has already been removed from the area that will become the new Hillcrest Green Park. Thank you to the Parks department for putting the event together and for the folks at Shop Co who sponsored the delicious Steel City Pops. The park portion of this development is expected to be complete by the end of the summer 2020. Shop Co reports that leasing is going well and they expect to have a big announcement in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can drive by and see the new roofing that is going in and some of the cosmetic changes that are starting.
PAVILLION SHOPPING CENTER (COIT @ CAMPBELL)
Are you wondering what is happening on the northwest corner of the center? They have torn down the old Natural Grocer's location and are adding green space and patio space to two new restaurants. Ebby Halliday is leaving the space and the parking lot is being repaved.
COTTON BELT RAIL
Two big things have happened with this project in the past few weeks. First, there is an item included in the City Council resolution about the Cotton Belt that says there must be an Inter Local Agreement (ILA) between the City and DART that specifies that DART may not run freight on the rail line. When I took office, I was made aware this was not done. I immediately instructed our City Attorney to draft an agreement and sent it to DART. After several revisions, the ILA was sent two weeks ago. Second, several issues related to the safety and quality of life for people living along the rail line have emerged that need to be addressed. I have worked to build agreement with District 11 Councilmember Lee Kleinman and Assistant City Manager Majed Al-Ghafry to respond to DART's changes in design. To that end, a letter was sent this week to DART that refuses the design of the train going over Coit Road or elevated at Hillcrest. Also, the new operational element of 20 minute headways from the 30 minutes described in the FEIS provides problems of prolonged street closures for traffic and emergency response vehicles. There is nothing easy about working with DART, but for the first time, everyone at city hall is on the same page to make sure Dallas residents have as little negative impact as possible. Additional information about the Cotton Belt rail can be found on the neighborhood group site www.DART-rider.com. I encourage you to sign up for their emails and Facebook page.
COFFEE WITH CARA
Our next Coffee with Cara is October 29th from 10:00 am-11:30 am at Campbell Green Recreation Center with special City of Dallas guests Jessica Galleshaw, Director of Community Care, and David Noguera, Director of Housing. The next event will take place on November 12th from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at Shelton School with special City of Dallas guests Michael T. Rogers, Director of Transportation, Terry Lowery, Director of Dallas Water Utilities, and Jeremy Reed from Code Compliance. At our December 3rd meeting (6:30pm-8:00 pm at Campbell Green Recreation Center), we will hear from DART CEO Gary Thomas.
WALK-IN HOURS – 10/17, 11/7, 11/21
It's a long drive to City Hall, so we've started providing two times a month where we hold office hours in the district. You are welcome to just show up and we'll do all we can to help you. From putting in a service request, asking a question, or giving input on an issue, we see people on a first-come, first-served basis, generally for 15 minutes. Stop by from 2 – 5 pm on the first or third Thursdays at the North Central Police Station on the corner of Hillcrest and McCallum.
POTHOLE, STREET SIGN, CROSSWALK STRIPING
We have so many potholes in the district! I've been submitting lots of requests, but if you drive over a pothole, please report it. Also, if you see a street sign down or crosswalk or street striping that needs to be redone, report that too. Just call 311 or use the OURDALLAS app. If you find that the work is not done in the timeframe they give you on the call/app, please let my office know so we can follow up.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Thank you to all the groups that hosted National Night Out events! I enjoyed attending 3 of them and hope to come to even more next year! Make sure to register your event with our office so your event can be listed on the city map.
Every homeowner is responsible for maintaining their own sidewalk. The city can help through the Sidewalk Replacement Program. If you sign up, the City will send an inspector out to give a quote, then you and the city split the cost. The down side of this program is it does take a while (9 months for my home), but it is an economical way to get your sidewalk replaced.
NORTH DALLAS BUSINESS CRIME SUMMIT
November 12th, 2 – 4 pm. Please save the date for a jointly hosted program designed for business owners and managers to share current statistics, review what to do if they experience a crime, how complaints are handled, and give input. Event hosted by my office, District Attorney John Creuzot, State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos, State Senator Nathan Johnson, and the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Tired of sitting in traffic? Your voice can be heard by participating in the Dallas Strategic Mobility Plan Survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/connectdallas2019
- October 19 – Pumpkins on the Plaza, 4 - 8 pm, Dallas City Hall
- October 27 – Halloween Safe-Tacular, 4 – 8 pm, Ron Kirk Bridge
- October 30 – Senior Health and Wellness Expo, 9 am – noon, Walnut Hill Rec Center
- October 31 – Decks in the Park Halloween Party, 5 – 10 pm, Klyde Warren Park
- November 2 – Egg Fest Dallas, Sunnyland Furniture, Grilling on the Green Egg benefitting The Family Place
Need Help, Have a Question, Got a Gripe or Special Request?
Please send an email to me at Cara.Mendelsohn@dallascityhall.com or call at (214) 670-4067.
September 9, 2019 E-News
Hello District 12!
We recently concluded our series of three District 12 Budget Town Hall meetings. Thank you to all who came to hear the City Manager's proposed budget and gave input on specific sections. The council has met several times about the budget and will be finalizing the tax rate in the next week and a half. If you have any input, my contact information is below, and I welcome your thoughts. Below is information about events and opportunities in the district or affecting people living in the district. There are lots of exciting things happening and I hope to see you at one or more events!
Regards, Cara Mendelsohn
COFFEE WITH CARA
Our next event is Tuesday, September 24th, 6:30-8pm at Levine Academy, and we'll be joined by special guests Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall and Robert Perez from the Transportation Department. This is a casual time to hear an update on what is happening at city hall, ask questions, and give input. Levine Academy is located on the corner of Frankford and Hillcrest.
The official groundbreaking for Hillcrest Village Green park is this Saturday at 10 am. A few inspirational words, a couple of shovels full of dirt, and some cool treats for all. Renderings of the park and updated lists of companies that have signed leases will be available. Hillcrest Village is located on the corner of Hillcrest and Arapaho.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Does your neighborhood host a National Night Out? If yes, please call or email our office to let us know. If not, maybe you'd like to consider starting an event to help get to know your neighbors. It's a great way to lower crime in your area and make new friends. Ps-top tips to lower crime: lock your car doors, keep your garage doors closed, get to know your neighbors.
COTTON BELT RAIL
To stay up to date on what is happening, please check dart-rider.org. DART is changing plans and neighbors to the train may find large walls or no walls, changes to the hike/bike path, and other items they wish to stay in the loop about. There is an event planned on 9/22 to get DART's attention about the lack of communication with the neighborhoods and urgent safety considerations.
DISTRICT DROP-IN HOURS
City Hall is too far away! To make it easier for you, we're open for drop-in office hours on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 2 – 5 pm, at the North Central Police Station. Stop by to get help with a city problem or meet with Council member Cara Mendelsohn. Upcoming dates are 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21. The North Central Police Station is located on the corner of Hillcrest and McCallum.
PEANUT BUTTER DRIVE
Help support the Spread the Hope peanut butter drive to support the efforts of The North Texas Food Bank to end hunger in North Texas. Collection boxes are located at the lobby of the North Central Police Station, Renner Frankford Library, and Timberglen Library through the end of the month.
TWO SENIOR EVENTS WITH LOTS OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE!
The Age-Friendly Dallas Expo is hosted by the City of Dallas Office of Community Care and Senior Affairs Commission. It will be at the Dallas Convention Center Ballroom A on September 10th, from 10 am – 2 pm. The Age Well Live Well Symposium is hosted by the University of North Texas at Dallas and will have many resources available for seniors. It's located at 7400 University Hills Blvd. Friday, September 20th, 8 am – 4 pm.
BRANCH OUT DALLAS/FREE 5 GALLON TREE
Many people sustained the loss of trees with the summer storm. If you'd like to get a free, 5-gallon tree for your yard, sign up with the City of Dallas by September 30th and you can pick up your tree on November 2nd at Shelton School. The link to register is www.dallascityhall.com/branchoutdallas. If you would like a tree but will need help planting it, please call the office (214-670-4067) and we'll work to find a volunteer group to assist with the planting. This program is funded by the Texas Tree Foundation.
DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERING
The City of Dallas Community Courts are always looking for donations of professional clothing and shoes, toiletries (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc..), blankets, scarves, gloves, hats, non-perishable food, and household items (flashlights, toilet paper, paper towels, etc…). They also need help from volunteers to assist with mock interviews, resume building, financial education, financial coaching, mentoring, ESL & GED classes, and homebuying seminars. If you have something to donate or would like to volunteer, please call 214-670-7129.
The Census is coming! If you would like to be involved in encouraging people to participate in the Census by serving on the census committee, please send an email. Also, if you're looking for employment, the census is hiring 1-855-JOB-2020.
YARD DEBRIS IN THE STREET OR STORM DRAIN
Did you know that using a leaf blower to direct yard waste into the street or storm drain may result in a citation fine of up to $2,000? Homeowners and businesses may be held responsible for violations made by commercial landscapers they employ. Each year, the city spends over $920,000 to clean grass, leaves, sediment, and debris out of the storm drain inlets! If you hire someone to cut your lawn, please have a chat with them about where the grass clippings are ending up.
Cara Mendelsohn, Dallas City Council Member, District 12
Cara.Mendelsohn@DallasCityHall.com | (214) 670-4064/office | (214) 490-1036/text
August 27, 2019 E-News
Hello District 12!
Just a quick update with important dates – including our next Budget Town Hall meeting tonight and Thursday evenings. See you there!
BUDGET and TAX SEASON ARE HERE- MORE PUBLIC MEETINGS THIS WEEK
The city manager has presented the council with a $3.8 billion budget that increases your tax rate .33 cents to 78 cents per 100 in valuation. Additionally, you probably had a property value increase. The city's budget office estimates that on a $303,000 home, you would pay $172 more in city taxes this year. Your input on the tax rate and spending priorities is welcome.
Please join me at one of the upcoming Budget Town Hall meetings to learn more and give your input. Here are the dates/times:
August 27, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Fretz Park Branch Library *City Manager expected to attend*
August 29, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Renner Frankford Library
If you're not able to attend one of these meetings, there are other meetings happening throughout the city (see city website) and you are welcome to view the budget on the city website (www.dallascityhall.com) and give me input by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK – PEANUT BUTTER DRIVE
Donations requested! The goal is to raise 100,000 pounds of peanut butter and this effort is being led by Michele Mecca, a district 12 resident. If you can donate, please drop off your jar(s) of peanut butter in the collection boxes located at North Central Police Station, Renner Frankford Library, or Timberglen Library through September 30th. Thank you for your generosity!
HILLCREST VILLAGE GROUNDBREAKING
We're nearly ready to kick-off the construction of the park area at Hillcrest Village (the shopping center at Hillcrest and Arapaho). Join us for a fun groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am.
COFFEE WITH CARA
Thank you to all the people that have taken the time to come to a Coffee with Cara event. We have run out of space at Renner Frankford Library and are seeking a different location that will have sufficient chairs and parking. While we get the location set, please mark the dates and times on your calendar. This is a great time to hear from some of the city department heads and get an update on what is happening at city hall.
September 24th, 6:30 pm, location TBD
October 30th, 10 am, location TBD
November 12, 6:30 pm, location TBD
Lots of petitions have been collected and our office has distributed them to all Council Members, the Mayor, City Manager, and DART board members. Some people who live in the area are also sending emails, which are very effective. If you'd like to say something about the Cotton Belt line to the people in the know, the list of who you should email along with additional information is located at www.dart-rider.org.
NEED HELP, HAVE A SUGGESTION, OR SOMETHING ELSE?
To better serve you, we'll be hosting walk-in office hours in the district twice a month – the first and third Thursday of the month from 2 pm – 5 pm. Stop by to say hello or let us put a service request in to help with a specific issue.
September 5th, 2 pm – 5 pm, North Central Police Stations, corner of Hillcrest & McCallum
September 19th, 2 pm – 5 pm, North Central Police Stations, corner of Hillcrest & McCallum
October 3rd, 2 pm – 5 pm, North Central Police Stations, corner of Hillcrest & McCallum
October 17th, 2 pm – 5 pm, North Central Police Stations, corner of Hillcrest & McCallum
November 7th, 2 pm – 5 pm, North Central Police Stations, corner of Hillcrest & McCallum
November 21st, 2 pm – 5 pm, North Central Police Stations, corner of Hillcrest & McCallum
You can reach the District 12 City Council office at:
July 22, 2019 E-News
Hello District 12!
The City Council and the Mayor's office are on "recess" for July. That means we are not holding public meetings, but we are reading reports, answering emails, learning about the ins and outs of different city departments, meeting with constituents, and talking with companies and non-profits who have ideas for how to move Dallas forward. As a new council member, it also means studying the 700-page budget. Here are some updates for you:
COFFEE WITH CARA – 7/29/19
Join the District 12 team for a casual time to hear City of Dallas updates, ask questions, get help, offer suggestions, and find out how to volunteer. Special guests: Dallas City Manager, Director of Office of Homeless Solutions, Director of 311, Director of Sanitation, Oncor Community Relations
Monday, July 29, 2 pm – 4 pm, Renner Frankford Library. Light refreshments served, Kosher certified.
When the storm hit, the city sanitation department had already completed bulky trash pick-up for the week 1 residents. If you live west of Hillcrest or north of McCallum, you are part of this group. The city decided to continue the rotation and start the storm debris pick up with week 2 residents (if you live east of Hillcrest or south of McCallum, you are part of this group), then week 3, then week 4, then back to week 1. The sanitation department has all trucks and staff on overtime, working 6 days a week. They've added in crews from the parks department and hired more than 30 contract landscape crews from all over the US. They have set up temporary chipping stations at LBJ and 75 so they don't have to haul the debris to the transfer station at Northwest Highway and Harry Hines. The city generally picks up 100k tons of bulk trash in a month. With the storm, the estimate is now 650k tons. At this point, weeks 2 and 3 are complete. Week 4 is in process and expected to be done by 7/24. Week 1 will begin as soon as week 4 is complete and is expected to be complete approximately August 3rd. The storm and the plan to address it were in place before I was in office. That said, the sanitation department is working as fast as they can in extreme heat to serve residents and clear the debris. It is clear the city has not invested in the infrastructure to handle emergencies, either in trucks or transfer stations closer to North Dallas. There will be a review of the storm and how things were handled so lessons learned can help the city improve.
We will resume normal brush and bulk collection service in August. Week 1 service for August begins on August 5th. We anticipate utilizing private contract crews through the first week in August to pre-sweep Week 2 areas who received collection immediately after the storm and may not have had storm debris out for collection.
BUDGET TOWN HALLS – coming in August!
Learn how the city proposes to use and prioritize your tax dollars. Give input on items you think are over or underfunded and the tax rate.
8/22, 10 am – noon, Timberglen Rec Center
8/27, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Fretz Park Rec Center (with District 11)
8/29, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Renner Frankford Library
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – 10/1 & CRIME WATCH MEETINGS
If your neighborhood is planning an event for National Night Out or would like help in setting up a crime watch group, please let us know.
With the power outages we had in June with the storm, knowing when power would be restored was important for decisions about staying in your home or going to a friend's home or staying in a hotel. You can find out what is happening at oncor.com or text "reg" to 66267 to enroll in My Oncor Alerts.
DART/Cotton Belt (now called Silver Line)
The Cotton Belt has been in planning for nearly 30 years. Growing up, I remember the trains going through the neighborhood. The DART trains expected are very different and will be much more frequent than what we used to have. There are groups that are working to oppose it and groups working to make it as palatable as possible. Some of our neighbors are excited to have it. No matter your view, I encourage you to be informed of what is happening. The prior city council approved this project. Two groups with Facebook pages that are engaged with this that you can follow and get more information are Neighbors Sharing Cotton Belt Information and Cotton Belt Concerned Citizens Coalition.
PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITY
The Regional Transportation Council and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking public input on a couple of transportation issues. Information is posted online at www.nctcog.org/input for public review and comment. To request printed copies of the information, call 817-608-2365 or email email@example.com.
MAYOR'S BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR
If you, or someone you know that lives in Dallas, needs help providing school supplies for your children, please pre-register for the Mayor's Back to School Fair by calling 311 or go to mayorsbacktoschoolfair.com
Recent lawsuits have struck down the ability of the police to give certain citations to panhandlers. They are still able to give the "Citizen in the Roadway" citation, but they must observe the person going into the street. They are also able to give a citation if someone is aggressive. We have a very active group of panhandlers and there is one foolproof way to get rid of them – STOP GIVING THEM MONEY. The city has a program called "Give Right" that asks citizens to NOT give money to panhandlers and instead give to non-profits serving the homeless. Most panhandlers in our area ARE NOT HOMELESS AND ARE NOT VETERANS, even if they have a sign.
If I can be of assistance to you, please call (214) 670-4067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 24, 2019 E-News
Hello District 12!
I am excited to represent you and serve the residents of the City of Dallas. The 2019-2021 Dallas City Council was sworn in last Monday and it includes 6 new council members plus a new mayor, along with 8 returning council members. A photo of the new council is at the bottom of this email. There is a great feeling of optimism and a focus on working together to address important issues facing Dallas.
Our District 12 office at City Hall has moved from the north side of the building to the south. There are still many boxes to unpack, but we're already hard at work. If you've ever worked with Navaz, you'll be glad to know that she is continuing as District Liaison. Joining the staff is Elysia Martin, Council Assistant. We congratulate Cherelle Belcher, as she transitions out of the Council Assistant role. Cherelle just completed her nursing degree and will be taking a job in her new field. Updated contact information is at the bottom of this email.
Coffee with CARA - This Thursday
You're invited! Thursday, June 27, Renner Frankford Library from 4:00 - 5:30. It's a casual time to share City of Dallas updates, the status of upcoming projects in District 12, get help with any city requests, find out how to volunteer for a board or commission, offer your suggestions, or ask any questions. We'll have light refreshments that are Kosher certified.
Attend Your Event as a Speaker
If you would like me to come speak with your group or your group would like to visit City Hall, please send a request by email.
Run for the Blue 5k and 1 Mile Run/Walk
On July 6th, Run for the Blue is happening in Dallas. This run raises funds for the families of slain and injured police officers through the Blue Guardian Foundation (a 501c3). This event is in memory of the five officers who were killed and eight officers who were injured on July 7, 2016 in Dallas. Entry is FREE, but registration is required. They need additional volunteers for the event, and I have signed up to help with registration. Here is the link if you'd like to be part of this meaningful event: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/23425/run-for-the-blue-dallas-2019.
There are two new groups of homeowners that have formed to address the Cotton Belt rail line. One group is working to get the best mitigation and betterments available for Far North Dallas in cooperation with DART. They have a Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/NeighborsSharingCottonBeltInformation. The second group is working to cancel the Cotton Belt and reform DART to better serve the core purpose of a regional transportation entity. Their website is www.dart-rider.org. I am working to have DART held accountable for each of the items passed in the Cotton Belt resolution by Dallas City Council. DART is not currently following the provisions of this resolution.
Serving on a Board or Commission
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer appointee on a board or commission, please apply by July 5th. Positions and descriptions, as well as instructions on how to get started with the application process, are listed on the District 12 webpage at: https://dallascityhall.com/government/citycouncil/district12
Dallas Animal Services
Our animal shelter is at 105% capacity and they are working hard to find forever homes for cats and dogs. We are so lucky to have Petsmart at Coit and Campbell that serves as a northern adoption center. If you've been thinking that you have room in your home and life for a new best friend, please stop by and fall in love with one of our furry friends. Also, if you have a son, daughter, or group that is looking for Eagle/Gold Award/Service projects, please email our office as we have several ideas that may interest you.
Bulk Trash/Landscape Debris
Every street has an incredible amount of landscape debris from the recent storms. The city is working hard to pick up everything as quickly as possible. Please separate tree debris from other trash and plastic bags. Only storm debris will be picked up in July. Normal bulk and brush pick up will resume in August.
Need a New Toilet?
The City of Dallas has a program to replace up to 2 toilets in your home for FREE if they were installed prior to 1994. To learn more and apply, call (214) 670-3155 or go to www.SaveDallasWater.com.
Senior Safety Summit
The City of Dallas' Senior Services, the Dallas Police Department, and AARP Texas are hosting an informational workshop about some of the dangers older adults face and how to protect against them. Lunch is included with registration. FREE, but RSVP needed. Thursday, June 27, 9 am - 1 pm, Lakewest YMCA. RSVP at 1-877-926-8300 or www.aarp.cvent.com/sss_2K19. Main topics are hoarding, financial exploitation, home and personal safety.
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Special Note - Sandy Greyson
A special thank you to Sandy Greyson for her 16 years of service to the residents of District 12 and the City of Dallas. She has served our district admirably and her depth of knowledge and history on issues facing the city will be missed. If you see her out and about, please take a moment to shake her hand and thank her for her service.
Cara Mendelsohn, Dallas City Council, District 12
Office (214) 670-4064, Cell/text (214) 490-1036