Environmental Health Commission

From the 1980’s to 2010 the 15-member volunteer Dallas Environmental Commission was a citizen-friendly way for residents to bring City Hall’s attention to their quality of life problems and offer policy recommendations to the City Council. If elected, would you restore the City’s Environmental Health Commission to allow for a more resident-friendly process for hearing environmental nuisance and public health issues?

Mayor

Lynn McBee - Did not respond.

Jason Villalba - Did not respond.

Scott Griggs - Yes, as Mayor, I will return the 15-member volunteer Dallas Environmental Commission to report to the City Council Quality of Life Committee.  Such a committee could help organize important work on the environment for the Council - considering, shaping, and forwarding to Council for passage, environmental policies and ordinances.

Mike Ablon - Did not respond.

Miguel Solis - Yes, While running for office, I have created a policy task force of Dallasites from every part of the community to offer advice and input on policy that reflects the experiences from people all across this city. This will absolutely continue once I am mayor of Dallas to ensure that every Dallasite has a seat at the table and a voice in City Hall.

Alyson Kennedy - Did not respond.

Regina Montoya - Overall I’d like to see a more resident-friendly process for our commissions and boards. I’ve served on the DFW Airport Board, and I can tell you firsthand we do not make that process visible to most of our community. I’d like to see us using digital technology, social media to make these sessions transparent, and something that everybody in Dallas (no matter their zip code) be able to participate in.
We also need to consider the timing and locations of these meetings. I’d like to see us take these sessions directly into communities that would have these questions or comments (and not vice versa).

Eric Johnson - Did not respond.

Albert Black - Yes, I support such a forum for bringing environmental concerns to city government. I would be interested in learning from the mistakes of the past that led to its discontinuance.


D1

Giovanni “Gio” Valderas - As someone who has served as a citizen volunteer(no particular political ties or corporate affiliations) I believe in the importance of hearing directly from citizens about the concerns they have about their neighborhoods. One of the best ways to ensure community concerns are truly coming from the residents of that community is to hear those concerns directly from those most affected. There are few areas more important than environmental and health issues given that they have an immediate effect on our citizens’ quality of life.  I will definitely support restoring this important Commission.

Jeremy T. Boss - Did not respond.

Sylvana Alonzo - Did not respond.

Chad West - Yes


D2

Adam Medrano - Yes.

Paul A. Freeman - Did not respond.

Barbara Coombs - Did not respond.


D3

Davante D. Peters - Did not respond.

Denise Benavides - Did not respond.

Casey Thomas, II - Did not respond.

Charletta Rogers Compton - I have no problem with an Environmental Commission and would vote to restore it.  Citizens have a right to be heard on issues that affect their health and quality of life.

Britannica Scott - Yes, I would create a taskforce that will assist with implementing changes for the environment. This taskforce would address possible grants from the state and federal government. Those grants could be used towards preservation of the forest and helping create natural wildlife parks. This will assist with the appearance of the neighborhood and help bring attractions to the district. Also the taskforce will work to help reduce pollution, joining partnerships with local businesses to assist with the cleaning and recycling in our district.


D4

Dawn M. Blair - Did not respond.

Carolyn King Arnold - I believe I could support the restoration of the City’s Environmental Health Commission to allow for a more resident-friendly process for hearing environmental nuisance and public health issues. It is important to have a convening of the minds and an extra set on lenses on the situation. This data could be of significant value to livelihood and sustainability of our city.

Keyaira D. Saunders - Did not respond.

Karon “K” Flewellen - Did not respond.

Asa O. Woodberry - Did not respond.


D5

Yolanda “Faye” Williams - Did not respond.

Jaime Resendez - I am not familiar with the Dallas Commission, and have been unable to find any information about it, but it sounds like a great idea. I would be interested in learning more about the mission, the process, and the reasons it was discontinued.

Ruth Torres - There are a number of existing boards and I am aware of the challenge of staffing the ones already in existence. Creating a new board requires assigning city staff and resources, which I am very conscious of how public funds are spent. It would also require recruiting volunteers available to serve, if appointees don’t show up, you don’t have a quorum. I would far prefer to look at existing boards that these functions could be added to or some appropriate venue to more quickly address environmental issues. The right place might be with the board that issues special use permits to prevent another shingle mountain or similar threat.


D6

Tony Carrillo - Did not respond.

Omar Narvaez - Yes.

Monica R. Alonzo - Did not respond.


D7

Tiffinni A. Young - Did not respond.

Adam Bazaldua - I fully support reinstating the Environmental Health Commission. Additionally, I want to focus on reducing our carbon footprint and aggressively addressing our climate crisis on the city level.

Kevin Felder - Yes, there are a lot of environmental health issues in Dallas that need to be addressed and a renewal of the Dallas Environmental Commission would greatly assist in that effort.

Joseph Thomas - Did not respond.

Sandra Crenshaw - Did not respond.

Yvette Gbalazeh - Did not respond.

Calvin D. Johnson - Did not respond.

Sade' Johnson - Did not respond.

Korey Deon Mack - Did not respond.


D8

Tennell Atkins - Yes, I support restoring the City’s Environmental Health Commission as a way for residents to have a more customer friendly way to have environmental issues heard.

Erik Wilson - From the 1980’s to 2010 the 15-member volunteer Dallas Environmental Commission was a citizen friendly way for residents to bring City Hall’s attention to their quality of life problems and offer policy recommendations to the City Council. If elected, would you restore the City’s Environmental Health Commission to allow for a more resident-friendly process for hearing environmental nuisance and public health issues? Yes, I would actively seek to restore the Dallas Environmental Commission.


D9

Tamara "Tami" Brown Rodriquez - Did not respond.

Erin Moore - Absolutely. I think it is essential for the residents of Dallas to have an outlet for meaningful input. We have commissions on almost every other issue facing Dallas, including red-light cameras, we should have input on environmental issues.

Sarah Lamb - Yes. The City of Dallas has let us down many times when it comes to environmental health issues. This is highlighted in cases such as the abuse in connection with the Blue Star Recycling situation in southern Dallas and the Parks Department’s continual use of Round-up weed killer, including near White Rock Lake’s shoreline. We have an opportunity here with re-instating the Dallas Environmental Commission to streamline the process whereby citizens can inform the City of environmental concerns before they become “shingle mountain”.

Paula Blackmon - If elected, I will work alongside my colleagues on city council to restore the Dallas Environmental Commission. This group could provide the Dallas City Council policy recommendations based on their expertise and experience in the community and could help the body see environmental policy through different perspectives. The City should always engage residents in our local democracy, and this seems like a great way that could benefit both the city and the community! When more people are involved in the policy process, we typically get better policy.


D10

Sirrano Keith Baldeo - Yes, citizens should never be absent from the conversation.

D'Andrala "Dede" Alexander - Yes, I support renewal of the Environmental Health Commission. We have many communities, especially those close to highways like we have in my district, and in our southern sector, where I have worked as a youth and family counselor and witness daily the increased levels of asthma and other pollution-oriented ailments. These ailments are not only expensive for our poorest neighbors to address on a regular basis, but they also hinder development. Given the history of environmental segregation in Dallas that has for generations compromised the southern sector of Dallas and disproportionately impacted Communities of Color, we need this active Commission as a check and balance. As a stop gap measure, I would support importing the Commission’s best practices into other accountability and inquiry processes.

Adam McGough - Did not respond.


D11

Curtis T. Harris - Did not respond.

Lee M. Kleinman - Did not respond.


D12

Carolyn "Cookie" Peadon - I want to see the Dallas Environmental Commission reinstated. But, I would like to see that Commission’s role expanded to work on the Environmental Policy that is just now getting started. Dallas started a climate control initiative recently and we are just now making progress.

Cara Mendelsohn - Yes, this area of citizen input is overlooked and essential to Dallas quality of life and future growth.
I received the Environmental Education Award from the City of Plano for my volunteer work in helping train Plano ISD PTA leaders and students in reduce, reuse, and recycle programs, worm composting, and working with the discovery garden. (note: half of D12 is in the Plano ISD attendance boundary) One program brought a very large increase in recycling to the city. I am speaking at EarthX 2019 about enhancing underutilized concrete, asphalt, and sidewalk space to benefit kids, families, and neighborhoods.

Daniel Powell - Absolutely! A citizen Environmental Health Commission would bring more attention to important issues like too many concrete plants in Joppa, mountains of shingles in Southern Dallas, the misuse of our important and limited green space, and more. Dallas offers many opportunities to serve on boards and commissions and, since environmental issues are important to residents, we should reinstate that commission. That will also give environmental leaders an opportunity to gain experience and notoriety so they may pursue elected office in the future.


D13

Jennifer Staubach Gates - Did not respond.

Laura Miller - Did not respond.


D14

Philip T. Kingston - Yes.

David Blewett - Dallas Environmental Commission – I would support restoring the Commission. Dallas needs to hear from residents on issues like these and I want to know firsthand the concerns our residents have.

Warren Ernest Johnson - I would be happy to participate. I support all the measures in the questionnaire. I also practice green policies in my personal life. I live in a 850 square foot condo though I could easily afford a much larger and more energy consuming home. I recycle. I buy very little and only what I need. I walk to the store and other places that are within a mile. I use mass transit whenever possible. I drive a 2018 Hyundai Ioniq that recently achieved 62 mpg in city driving !  Others talk it. I live it.