Monday, April 24, 2023

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Fellow Cliff Dwellers,

Here are some key District 1 items to be aware of: 

Updated D1 Crime Statistics. I continue to work hand in hand with Chief Eddie Garcia to keep our community safe. Thanks to the efforts of our brave men and women in blue, to the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol, and to our many crime watch groups and organized neighborhood associations, District 1 has seen the largest drop in crime in the entire city. Here are the most recent stats: 

  • Violent crime is down citywide by 5% as compared to last year (Dallas is the only major city in the country that I’m aware of in which violent crime has gone down in the last year).  Violent crime in D1 is down 6% from last year.
  • Theft and other property crimes are down citywide 5%. Theft and property crimes are down in District 1 by 22.5%
  • Overall crime totals are down in District 1 compared to last year by 19% (updated after Candy’s Dirt article)
  • See recent Candy’s Dirt article:
  • See the most recent City Council Report for District 1, here.

Earth Day. North Oak Cliff takes Earth Day seriously and really does set the example for the rest of the region! I appreciate the hard work that neighbors put into the various Earth Day celebrations and want to give special thanks to Katherine Homan and the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group for historical recognition and dedication of the 180 year-old pecan tree just up the street in District 6. It was an honor to participate in this special occasion with my colleague DPMT Narvaez. The kids and I also had fun bouncing around the district over the weekend to join Adamson High School’s first Earth Day event and pick wildflowers at Elmwood Farm. 

2024 Bond Timeline Update (and Parks & Rec Presentation). See the updated timeline for the $1B+ 2024 Bond below. At last week’s Quality of Life Committee Meeting, staff walked through scoring criteria for the Parks portion of the Bond and the schedule below. The D1 representative to the Parks subcommittee of the 2024 Bond Task Force is JR Huerta.  

I-345 Options. Recently, I filed a memo supported by 4 of my Council colleagues calling for the City Manager to put the breaks on signing a resolution supporting TXDOT’s preferred alternative for the redesign of I-345. TXDOT, City Staff and the Regional Transportation Council are all acting in lock-stop supporting the TXDOT-driven alternative, the hybrid “trench” option that would treat I-345 much like Woodall Rogers, beneath the deck park. Their option reclaims some of the real estate around I-345, and also keeps cars moving through downtown. It might very well be the best option, but the only study provided by staff to support this conclusion was designed by TXDOT to support TXDOT’s forgone conclusion. And my understanding is that it was driven by traffic engineers, with little to no input from economists, housing experts, environmentalists, or (importantly) urban planners. My memo directs City Staff to retain a consulting firm to analyze all options in conjunction with the City’s adopted policies, such as Vision Zero, the Economic Development Policy, etc. I believe that we, as elected officials for Dallas, have a fiduciary duty to make our decision on this generational issue, with independent data that considers the priorities of our City, and not just TXDOT, and I’m proud to lead this effort.  

  • Matt Goodman dove into this topic here back in October 2022:

  • And he touched on it again recently: members-call-for-independent-study-of-i-345-removal/

Early voting starts TODAY! Don’t forget to get out there and vote.  

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to our amazing staff if you need anything:

Ever Amaya -

Ashley Long -

Have a great rest of the week!


Can't attend that meeting? Additional dates and locations are below!

Early voting begins today, April 24 and continues until Tuesday, May 2 for the May 6 election. To find early voting locations and other election information, visit City of Dallas residents who live in Denton County may visit and residents living in Collin County may visit for election information. 

Thank you, Jimtown Neighborhood for inviting Councilmember West and city staff to your monthly community meeting! We were able to share updates on Public Works and Transportation Department projects. Councilmember West enjoyed talking to neighbors about how to preserve what makes Jimtown so special and how the city can support their work!

Oak Cliff Skate Park Demonstration

April 15th, Skate Parks for Dallas, Magnolia Skate Shop, Dallas Parks & Rec, Exxir Capital, and others hosted a pop-up skateboard event in Bishop Arts. Check out the photos below – we had children as young as 6 years old out there skating! 

Update on the Coombs Creek Trail Extension — Bridge

The City issued an RFP (Request for Proposals) for trail construction last September with a plan that was less intrusive on the homes along Rio Vista. Construction on the North Side of the levee is underway. The new plan consists of a 270’ bridge from the “S” curve on the existing trail to the top of the levee just east of the Texas Flag spillway. The trail then slopes down to the alley just north of the donut factory and crosses Beckley at street level with a “HAWK” crossing.

2023 State of Homelessness Address 

The City of Dallas' nonprofit partner, Housing Forward, reported at the State of Homelessness Address, on April 13, 2023, that our community's investments are producing record results. On the night of the Point-in-Time count, there were 4,244 individuals experiencing homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties, which is the lowest count in 5 years and a 4% decrease in homelessness overall. Since 2022, chronic homelessness has reduced by 32% and the rate of people exiting to permanent housing increased by 18%. Find out more about the City’s work addressing homelessness on the Office of Homeless Solutions website


The Office of Homeless Solutions continues to urge people who see an encampment to report it via 311 or 311’s OurDallas smartphone app to ensure strategic alignment with comprehensive OHS outreach. The OHS Service Request dashboard can be utilized to track the progress of encampment resolution efforts. Please visit the dashboard here.

  • 3-1-1 Dashboard here
  • Crime Analytics Dashboard here
  • Domestic Violence Crime Dashboard here
  • Fire-Rescue Dashboard is here
  • Open Data Portal is here
  • Census Data Hub here
  • OHS Service Request Dashboard here
  • Vision Zero Dashboard here
  • FreshStart Program Dashboard here
  • ForwardDallas Land Use Plan interactive map
  • Public Zoning Map here
  • Pavement Conditions map here

Tuesday, April 25th - 12:00PM - 4:30PM

DACAC - 14th Annual Arts Advocacy Day

Tuesday, April 25th - 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Monthly Developer's Pre-submission NOFA meeting

Tuesday, April 25th - 6:00PM - 7:30PM

ForwardDallas Workshop: Did we get it right?

Saturday, April 29th - 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Dallas Resident Code Academy

Thursday, May 4th - 6:00PM - 7:30PM

ForwardDallas Workshop: Did we get it right?

For the complete list of all upcoming City events, including committee meetings and council meetings, click here.

April is National Safe Digging Month!

Small flags in your neighborhood indicate a digging project is planned, and someone has called 811 to locate underground utility lines. Texas law requires homeowners, businesses, and contractors to call 811 at least two business days before digging. Common projects that require someone to contact 811 can include: Building a fence, planting trees, installing a deck and any DIY (Do It Yourself) project that involves digging.   

According to the National Common Ground Alliance, the national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them, and their communities, revealed half of American homeowners who plan to dig this year will complete landscaping projects that require a call to 811. For more information about Texas811 and National Safe Digging Month, visit

From District 1's Arts & Culture Commissioner, Tino Jalomo:

April is Arts Month! All month long the city of Dallas celebrates the arts. You can visit to get information on upcoming events. If you are hosting an event in April (or anytime), please be sure to post it to KERA’s Art & Seek This calendar feeds the listings found on Dallas Arts Month.

I invite you to use this month to try something new. Visit an art exhibit at the OC3 or stop by Top Ten Records or catch “Detroit Rock City” at Texas Theatre. There is so much to do here in D1.

From 1:30 to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, the West Dallas Multipurpose Center will be hosting a fresh produce drive thru. Residents can drive-up (or walk-up) to WDMC and will receive fresh produce, free of charge – no qualifications required. The first one is March 24. Partners include The Last Patrol, The American Heart Association and North Dallas Food Bank.

The Office of Homeless Solutions Give Responsibly campaign encourages donations to nonprofits serving our most vulnerable neighbors to end homelessness and reduce street charity. To help, residents can text 214-740-7886 with the word CARES. Residents will then receive a direct link to the, where they can Give Responsibly to help end homelessness.

Learn how you can be the solution by giving to nonprofit service providers directly.  

Download the application on your Android phone HERE or iPhone HERE