Dear Friends and Neighbors,
First, I would like to thank all of those who supported me during the campaign and have given me the opportunity to serve as your elected Council Member for District 13. I am honored to have this opportunity to represent District 13 on the City Council, and I will continue to learn, research, and explore City Council issues so I can best represent you as your Council Member....
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News and Updates
August 12, 2020
New text message alerts launch for Dallas residents
DALLAS —The City of Dallas Office of Communications, Outreach and Marketing has launched a new text message alert system that allows the community to receive news updates directly to their mobile phones.
The text alert system, which is being administered through GovDelivery, will be a way for the City to provide important information for a variety of situations including City facility closures, event cancellations and important updates regarding the City's response to COVID-19.
To subscribe, residents can text DALLAS NEWSENG (or DALLAS NOTICIAS for Spanish speaking subscribers) to 468311. The service is free, but standard text messaging and data rates may apply.
This new system was created to make City of Dallas news more accessible to the community. "By providing residents updates via text, the City of Dallas is helping to close the digital divide and more equitably serving as a trusted primary source of timely information in English and Spanish," said Catherine Cuellar, City of Dallas Director of Communications.
The new text message alerts will be used for non-emergency purposes. For emergency notifications, residents should opt into Dallas Alerts to receive notifications such as severe flooding, chemical emergencies and other potential public safety risks.
August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 Newsletter.pdf
Vickery Meadow Community Meeting on 8 13, 2020
Community Meeting Notice_Final.pdf
Community Meeting Notice_Spanish.pdf
COVID Testing Site Change
A new COVID-19 testing site opens this morning Monday, Aug. 3 at Eastfield College in Mesquite. This site is being transitioned from the University of Dallas in Irving, which concluded testing Friday. City of Dallas and Dallas County residents are eligible for a free COVID-19 test from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the La Prada Drive parking lot entrance. Screenings are free and residents must show a utility bill, library card, or other proof of Dallas residency for address verification.
For a full list of testing locations, please visit https://dallascityhall.com/Pages/Coronavirus-Testing-Sites.aspx or call 214-670-INFO.
July 23, 2020
Mosquito spray notice for the following areas in our district:
The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 6400 block of
Prestonshire Lane 75225: Aberdeen
Avenue on the north, Preston Road on the
west, Hillcrest Road on the east, and Del Norte Lane on
Please see notice here:
Spray Areas 7.23.20.pdf
July 21, 2020
Dallas Love Field (DAL) Alternate Entry Virtual Public Meetings
Attend and gain insight on the shortlisted alternatives and give feedback. You can also contribute your input through our online DAL Alternate Entry Public Input Survey, both English and Spanish links below.
Attached is the English and the Spanish flyer for the three remaining meetings and survey to share.
Thursday, July 23 2020
Thursday, September 3 2020
Tuesday, September 22 2020
July 14, 2020
COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Carousel ENG (002).jpg
COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Carousel SPN (002).jpg
June 26, 2020
COVID-19 Updates June 26.pdf
June 11, 2020
Preston Center zoning case Z190-238 Application:
6/11/20 Virtual Community Meeting Presentation:
June 8, 2020
Dallas Public Library launches curbside service June 9
(DALLAS) – As part of the Library to Go initiative, Dallas Public Library will launch "Curbside Pickup" in 16 library locations around Dallas on Tuesday, June 9. Readers will be able to check out materials through the new Library To Go service, Tuesday through Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Customers can request books, DVDs, CDs and hotspots through the library website or by phone. Once customers receive notification that their items are ready for pickup, they can call the designated location to schedule an appointment. Library staff will deliver items to their cars without any close contact.
Library To Go will be available Tuesday through Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at select locations. Book return bins are open at the Library To Go locations only. Returned items will sit in quarantine for at least four days before they are checked in by staff.
Libraries have been closed since the county's shelter-at-home order in March. These plans were devised with a goal of resuming library service for the community in a way that protects library staff as well as the public. As COVID-19 orders improve, services will increase incrementally.
For more information about the Library To Go service and participating locations, please visit www.dallaslibrary2.org or call (214)-670-7809.
June 5, 2020
June 4, 2020
Tonight - Virtual Community Meeting Regarding the Murder of Leslie Baker
This evening Councilmember Kleinman, representatives from DPD and myself will be holding a community meeting to discuss the murder of Leslie Baker. I know this has shaken D13 as much as it has Mr. Kleinman's district. For those of you who lost a friend - I am deeply sorry for this senseless loss. I am hopeful that this meeting will bring some healing, some answers, and restore a sense of security in our community. Please join us if you are able.
Date: Thursday, June 4th
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 469-217-7604 United States, Dallas (Toll)
Conference ID: 264 075 215#
City Updates - June 4th.pdf
June 2nd, 2020
City Updates - June 2nd.pdf
May 31, 2020
Curfew Update - May 31st.pdf
City Manager implements new orders following local protests
Dallas, Texas – Following Texas Governor Greg Abbott's and Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson's declarations of a State of Disaster on Sunday, May 31, City Manager T.C. Broadnax signed orders instituting a curfew in central Dallas from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Section 14B of the Dallas City Code allows the curfew to protect life and property and preserve critical resources while a state of disaster is in effect.
The emergency regulations set by City Manager Broadnax establish a nighttime curfew limiting travel and gathering in central Dallas' public places from Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including the downtown, Deep Ellum, Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park neighborhoods. Individuals traveling to and from work, seeking medical attention or engaging in exempt activities, fleeing dangerous situations, or experiencing homelessness are exempt from the curfew. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.
"We are a resilient city and will make a full recovery, but first the health and safety of Dallas' residents, business patrons, employees, and owners, and our first responders are our highest priority in instituting this temporary curfew," said City Manager T.C. Broadnax. "While many are understandably still shocked, grieving, and peacefully protesting the tragic loss of Mr. Floyd, it is no excuse for violence, looting, or vandalism. We must also remember we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and Dallas residents are safest at home. The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protestors but urges those gathering to exercise personal responsibility and practice social distancing."
DPD will protect peaceful protestors, residents, and business' owners, patrons, and employees; manage traffic; and vigilantly remove or control bricks or anything which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.
Governor Abbott's disaster declaration for the entire state of Texas has also activated the National Guard, and between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.
All Dallas residents are strongly urged not to take matters into their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.
These regulations are effective immediately and continue until they are either rescinded or until they expire.
The Emergency Regulations are available here, https://dallascityhall.com/departments/public-affairs-outreach/Pages/CentralDallasCurfew.aspx.
Mayor Eric Johnson issues Proclamation Declaring A Local State of Disaster
DALLAS — Mayor Eric Johnson on Sunday issued a Proclamation Declaring A Local State of Disaster for civil disorder and threats of rioting.
The proclamation allows the city manager, under Section 14B of the Dallas City Code, to issue emergency regulations, including a curfew. The details of those emergency regulations will be announced shortly by the city manager's office.
The disaster declaration is set to expire in seven days. The City of Dallas also remains under a Local State of Disaster for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Johnson has been in communication with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, the White House, and faith leaders regarding the City's response efforts.
After signing the declaration, Mayor Johnson issued the following statement:
"I am supportive of peaceful demonstrations, and police should protect the protesters and their right to express themselves in a lawful manner. And I understand and share their pain over the tragic, brutal, and senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
"But what we have seen from small groups this weekend was not a protest. They dishonored and exploited peaceful protesters and their message and engaged in selfish lawlessness that has nothing to do with human rights or Mr. Floyd's death.
"We cannot allow anyone to loot or vandalize or threaten the lives and livelihoods of people in Dallas. Enough is enough. We need to put a stop to the criminal destruction of our city. Accordingly, at the request of our City's law enforcement chain of command, I am issuing this disaster declaration to allow them to use extraordinary law enforcement tools such as a curfew to maintain order.
"Dallas has experienced unprecedented challenges and heartache over the last few months. For many communities of color, the public health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic also compounded longstanding frustrations with systemic issues in our country. We must listen to one another, and we must learn to love each other.
"I love this city, and I love its kind, resilient people. We are strong, and we will get through this together."
Click here to read the proclamation.
May 30, 2020
Protests Update - May 30.pdf
May 21, 2020
Economic Development Year in Review - Council District 13
May 18, 2020
May 15, 2020
COVID-19 Updates May 15.pdf
May 13, 2020
Tree Recovery After a Storm:
What You Need to Know
Register for an Educational Webinar hosted by the Texas Tree Foundation:
May 21st at 5:30 p.m.
Please see information below:
Tree Recovery Flyer.pdf
May 12, 2020
On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the City Plan Commission will hear the zoning matter for the property that includes the Thomas Jefferson and Cary schools. DISD proposes to combine both properties and construct a new PK-8 school on the Cary site while remodeling and expanding Thomas Jefferson High School. Attached is the staff report for that zoning matter: Z190-208, the DISD presentation and the CPC agenda for that day.
Dallas ISD TJ PK8 Zoning Community Meeting 200511 (2).pdf
05-14-2020_CPC_Docket - Thomas JeffersonCaryWalnut Hill.pdf
May 8, 2020
Emergency Regulations FAQs - 5.8.2020.pdf
Regulaciones de Emergencia - Preguntas Frecuentes - 5.08.2020.pdf
May 7, 2020
WalMart Opens Additional COVID-19 Testing Location in Dallas County
5.7.2020 Press Release - Walmart Opens Additional COVID-19 Testing Location in Dallas County.pdf
May 6, 2020
Kroger Announces COVID-19 Testing Site in Dallas
PressRelease.Kroger Announces Testing Sites_DFW_Final 5.6.20.pdf
Spanish Version-PressRelease.Kroger Announces Testing Sites_DFW_FINAL.pdf
May 4, 2020
Rental or Mortgate Assistance Program:
Small Bussiness Continuity Grant Fund Program:
May 1st, 2020
COVID-19 Updates May 1st.pdf
Rental Mortgage Assistance Program
(This program will be available on Monday, May 4,
Dallas City Council took swift action to provide COVID-19 relief to city of
Dallas residents on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Council voted on items providing
up to $18.4 million which resulted from the two new Ad Hoc COVID-19 Committees.
In addition to providing rental assistance and small business relief, a
majority of council members also supported measures preventing eviction.
Mortgage and Rental Assistance program passed by Council will offer $6.1
million in rental and mortgage aid. Combined with services and programs that
already exist within the city, $13.7 million is available. Assistance will
provide up to $1,500 for a maximum of three months per eligible household. To
qualify for the pre-screening process, applicants must be City of Dallas
residents who lost their jobs or were furloughed due to COVID-19. The Mortgage
and Rental Assistance program is a collaboration between the Office of
Community Care and the Office of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization.
pre-screening process will begin on May 4, 2020. City of Dallas
residents are invited to participate online at www.dallascityhall.com. The application is available on a smart phone,
tablet, or desktop computer.
For those residents without access to the internet, call center agents are available
at 469-749-6500 from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eligible applications will
be processed on a first come, first serve basis.
Small Business Continuity Fund
(This program will be available on Monday, May 4,
Office of Economic Development is launching a $5 million Small Business
Continuity Fund. The fund will provide up to $10,000 in grants and up to
$50,000 in low-cost loans to small businesses affected by COVID-19. The
Small Business Continuity fund application will be available on Monday, May 4
at www.dallascityhall.com. The selection process is a lottery. All completed, eligible applications
will be reviewed for consideration. Both loans and grants are available
citywide. Small business owners should complete the application online first. If you
have questions about the application, please email SBCF@DallasCityhall.com or call
469-749-6500 from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note, call agents
will not be able to fill out the application on behalf of the small business
owner. Please see the information below.
Programa de Asistencia
Hipotecaria o de Alquiler
programa estará disponible a partir del 4 de Mayo, 2020)
El día miércoles 22 de Abril el Concejo de
Dallas tomó medidas rápidas para aliviar a las personas
que residen en Dallas afectadas por el COVID-19. El Concejo aprobó $18.4
millones de fondos, lo que resultó en
dos comités especiales sobre el COVID-19. Además de proveer asistencia para los
alquileres y ayuda a las pequeñas empresas, la
mayoría de concejales también apoyó medidas para prevenir el desalojo.
Asistencia Hipotecaria o del Alquiler
El programa de asistencia hipotecaria o del
alquiler aprobado por el Concejo ofrecerá una ayuda de
$6.1 millones para las hipotecas o los alquileres. Combinado con servicios y programas ya existentes en la Ciudad
de Dallas dispone de un total de $13.7 millones. La
ayuda asciende hasta $1500 con un máximo de tres meses por hogar calificado.
Para calificar al proceso de preevaluación los participantes tienen que vivir
en Dallas y haber perdido su trabajo de manera permanente o temporal por el
COVID-19. El programa de asistencia hipotecaria o del alquiler es una
colaboración entre la Oficina del Cuidado Comunitario y la Oficina de la
Vivienda y Saneamiento de la Vecindad.
El proceso de preevaluación comenzará el 4 de Mayo, 2020. Invitamos
a toda persona que viva en Dallas a participar en línea en el enlace www.dallascityhall.com. La solicitud será
disponible en los teléfonos inteligentes, tabletas, o computadora de mesa.
Para aquellos sin acceso a internet, el centro
de llamadas número 469-749-6500 está
disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Solicitudes
elegibles serán procesadas por orden de
registración. Encuentre más información
Fondo de Continuidad
para Pequeños Negocios
programa estará disponible a partir del 4 de Mayo)
Oficina de Desarrollo Económico está lanzando un Fondo de Continuidad para
Pequeños Negocios de 5 millones. El fondo proveerá hasta $10 000 en
subvenciones y hasta $50 000 en préstamos a bajo interés a pequeños negocios
afectados por el COVID-19. El proceso de selección es
una lotería. Todas las solicitudes completas y elegibles serán procesadas para
su consideración. Las subvenciones y también los préstamos son disponibles en
toda la ciudad. Propietarios de pequeños negocios deben registrarse primero en
línea. Si tiene preguntas sobre la solicitud, envíele un correo electrónico a SBCF@DallasCityhall.com o llame al
de lunes a viernes, de
9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Para
su información, los agentes del centro de llamadas no podrán llenar la
solicitud en nombre del propietario del pequeño negocio.
City of Dallas COVID-19 Update - April 24th.pdf
City creates alphabetical guidelines to ease congestion on Katy Trail: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDALLAS/bulletins/286b320
COVID-19 Community Based Testing Sites open criteria
Dallas, Texas – Both Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS) will open the criteria to include testing for no symptoms required for first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers beginning April 20.
The sites operate daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are located at:
• American Airlines Center, Parking Lot E, 2500 Victory Plaza
• Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S Polk St.
Criteria for testing sites are as follows:
• Must have temperature of 99.6 or higher and shortness of breath or cough; OR
• Anyone 65-years-old or older; OR
• Anyone with chronic health issues (diabetes, asthma, heart issues, etc.); OR
• Any first responders, DART drivers, healthcare workers, grocery store and essential retail store workers
For more information on the CBTS and City resources, visit dallascityhall.com/covid19.
April 18, 2020
COVID-19 Updates April 18.pdf
If you go to this interactive map on the
County website, you can click on the zip code and see the number of cases in
each zip code:
April 16, 2020
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