Hollywood-Santa Monica Home Tour Preview Party

The Hollywood – Santa Monica neighborhood in the eastern part of our district is hosting its 14th Annual Home Tour this weekend, featuring five historic, beautifully renovated homes.

Tonight I went to the preview party at the restored Major Theater. We enjoyed good food, live music, and an auction to benefit J. L. Long Middle School.

Hollywood-Santa Monica Candidate Forum

The Hollywood – Santa Monica Neighborhood Association had a great turn-out at tonight’s candidate forum. Jeremy Gregg was our moderator for the evening, and I and the other candidates responded to questions about code enforcement, public safety, and conservation districts.

The conservation district questions were a good opportunity for me to talk about my involvement in District 14 on a neighborhood level.

When I was first starting the M Streets Conservation District effort, I wanted to know what pitfalls to avoid that other conservation districts had faced in their creation and implementation.

I sought advice from Judith Timmerman, a neighborhood leader in Hollywood – Santa Monica. (Hollywood – Santa Monica was Dallas’ sixth conservation district, achieving protected status in 1993.) Judith graciously took me on a tour of her neighborhood and explained to me the conservation district designation process, and what worked in their CD ordinance and what didn’t.

Once the M Streets Conservation District was established, I wanted to pass on Judith’s favor to other neighborhoods seeking CD status. In the last two and a half years, I’ve helped a dozen Dallas neighborhoods in seeking protected status, offering support, advice, and speaking out on their behalf. Neighbors helping neighbors is the true essence of District 14.

I’d like to thank Judith for her help in establishing the M Streets Conservation District, and the HSMNA officers for putting on a great forum!

Hollywood-Santa Monica Reforestation Program

My husband and I helped HSMNA members plant pecan trees in Lindsley Park. The city’s reforestation program is a terrific, though underutilized, program.

My neighborhood, the M Streets, has participated in the program for the last three years, and has planted over 100 shade trees on neighborhood parkways.

Often, we overlook the good our city does for its residents — and this program definitely qualifies as a good one. The city provides young, healthy trees for free to neighborhoods for use in public spaces like parkways. The neighborhood must commit to watering and taking care of the trees for two years. That’s a small price to pay for all the benefits that shade trees bring to our community: cooler temperatures in the summer, cleaner air due to natural recycling of CO2, and a natural habitat for birds and squirrels. Trees on parkways even contribute to slower traffic on neighborhood streets!

Visit the City of Dallas’ website for more information on the City of Dallas Reforestation Program.