The following was adapted from my email newsletter.

Dallas has been through a lot over the last year and a half. There was the devastating EF-3 tornado in October 2019 that destroyed many homes and businesses. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which left hundreds of Dallas residents dead, strained the healthcare system, and upended people’s livelihoods.

And just as the light at the end of the tunnel emerged, and vaccines began to go out to the most vulnerable, here Dallas is again, trying to recover from another crisis. …

The following was adapted from my email newsletter.

Hope you’re staying safe and warm.

The cold weather means it’s a great time to stay at home, which is an important part of the fight against COVID-19. New cases are starting to fall in Dallas County, which is good news. But deaths and hospitalizations remain high, and everyone must continue to take this deadly virus seriously.

The city is working as fast as it can to get people vaccinated, as are other health providers and governmental entities. Each vaccine saves lives and represents a step closer to normal.

If the vaccine…

The following was adapted from my email newsletter.

The monthly public safety progress report is in, and while the city’s focus as of late has primarily been on vaccinations, it’s important to continue making public safety a top priority at City Hall.

But first, let’s get to the latest on those COVID-19 vaccinations.

Demand for vaccines remains high, and suppliers are still trying to catch up. But you’re starting to see some progress.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center hub operations are back on track. …

The following was adapted from my email newsletter.

“We are all in this together.”

You’ve probably heard that sentence ad nauseam during the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so that the phrase might have begun to sound rote.

But as the push continues to vaccinate as many people as possible, it’s time for everyone to rededicate themselves to that axiom.

This lifesaving vaccination effort requires working with public and private partners and, yes, members of both political parties. It requires outreach efforts and community involvement to spread information and reach vulnerable populations. …

The following was adapted from my Jan. 28, 2021 newsletter.

The City of Dallas on Thursday began its first round of public COVID-19 vaccine distributions at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center downtown.

And on Day 1, the process went fairly smoothly. People were generally in and out in less than 45 minutes, including the 15-minute observation period after they received the shot.

It’s an appointment-only, invitation-only drive-through system for now. Please wait for your invitation from the city and don’t try to jump the line because you’ll be turned away if you do. To ensure that working people can…

The following are my remarks for “Looking Back at 2020: Racism, Antisemitism, and Public Safety Challenges,” an event I co-hosted on Jan. 19, 2021, with the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

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First, I want to thank all of you for tuning in. And I want to thank all of our distinguished panelists for participating. I especially want to thank Mary Pat Higgins and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum for hosting this event with me.

This museum has already provided me with one of my most cherished memories as mayor. Back in 2019, which feels like a decade…

The following was adapted from my email newsletter.

What a week. And what a mess.

It started with the opening of the excellent Fair Park COVID-19 vaccination mega site. And it ended with a whole bunch of confusion about who could get a vaccine at the Fair Park mega site.

The good news is thousands of people received their first doses of the vaccine this week. That is a great start, and that fact shouldn’t get lost in everything else that is happening. But it’s time to unpack what went wrong and where things stand now:

As you likely know…

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On Monday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang, Dallas Office of Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz, and I addressed the media at the opening of the Fair Park mega-site for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Watch the video here:

The following was adapted from my newsletter.

The new public safety stats for the month of December are now in, and I received the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. More on all that in a moment.

But first, it’s important to touch on what unfolded Wednesday in Washington. I was saddened and deeply disgusted by the un-American and unacceptable rioting at the Capitol. This is a nation of peaceful processes, deliberation, law, and order. This country does not bow to violent mobs. Hopefully, all those responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their insurrection.

Here in…

I delivered the following prepared remarks Thursday at UT Southwestern after receiving my COVID-19 vaccine.

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Nearly 10 months ago, I declared a local state of disaster after we discovered the first case of community spread of COVID-19 in Dallas.

Since then, the pandemic has seemed to drag on for an eternity. We are fast approaching 200,000 total cases in Dallas County. We have seen our economy and our daily lives change rapidly. And we have lost far too many lives and livelihoods.

But, thankfully, we now have a way out of this nightmare. Thanks to our hard-working scientists and medical…

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