Toni Rose is the Texas State Legislative Representative for District 110, which encompasses southeast Dallas, Pleasant Grove and Balch Springs.
Dear Representative Rose,
We were both in attendance at the A Community Cooks event this week. When President Sorrell (my former high school basketball coach believe it or not) was thanking everyone for their support, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that a Paul Quinn Alum is a Representative in the Texas State Legislature . It’s pretty cool that you now represent the district of your Alma Mater.
There’s no denying that your district faces many challenges. As the economy in Dallas booms north of the Trinity River, the ‘southern sector’ (a term I’ve always hated) struggles to even provide grocery stores to it’s residents. The food desert problem is real and must be overcome if the community is break from the stagnation and blight. The football field turned organic farm directly addresses the issue in a proactive and immediately impactful way. A core concept of President Sorrell’s “new urban college” model is to foster entrepreneurship to solve the problems in the surrounding community. Teach students not how to get a job but how to create jobs. These are his words, not mine.
As State Representative for the area, how have you battled the food desert issue? What can be done from the State level to better this under-served area?
Hope to hear back!
PS: What is your position on the plastic bag ban?
Good afternoon Mr. Bernstein,
Please find below the answers to your questions emailed in to State Representative Toni Rose on April 25, 2014. Representative Rose personally reviewed the email and this is her direct response — her answers are in red.
If I can be of any further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call the district office.
- As State Representative for the area, how have you battled the food desert issue? What can be done from the State level to better this under-served area? Currently, I am working with Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins on obtaining a grocery store for the district, as well as reviewing State resources to address the issue.
- What is your position on the plastic bag ban? I do not have a position. The ordinance has passed (March 26, 2014) and I support the decision of the Dallas City Council.