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example, he sites El Paso-based Integrity Assets Management, a com- pany that manages Sienna Palms, Montecito Palms and five other apart- ment complexes in the area. “These apartments that end in the name ‘Palms’ are run by a man named Richard Aguilar out of El Paso,” Blaydes says. “They keep up with the maintenance of the prop- erty, don’t let it run down, and they are strict with the tenants — you have to follow the guidelines or you are out.” Lake Highlands residents should feel good about this sort of progress, which is being helped along by solid police work, Blaydes says. “I am extremely encouraged by what the police department is doing to force that kind of ownership, and I think we are going to be a far better city for it.” Steve Wakefield, an attorney who oncepresidedover theLakeHighlands Area Improvement Association, moved into the Woodbridge area of north Lake Highlands a few years ago. Around that time, prostitution, drug dealing, homicide and other violent crimes were on the rise in the Forest-Audelia area just a half-mile or so from his home. “I had a guy walk up to my car window with a knife, and a prostitute once tried to jump in my car at that intersection,” he says. But Wakefield wasn’t about to let the bad guys scare him off. “Some will move out of the neigh- borhood. Some will give up on it. But I really felt a call to duty to stay. I don’t think that a few people who aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do should force you out of your neighborhood,” he says. Wakefield and his like-minded neighbors have rallied to prevent the sale of drug paraphernalia at neigh- borhood convenience stores, pressed apartment owners to comply with city code — even filing suit when appropriate — and encouraged city officials and police to enforce the code. “It has gotten a lot better, though it’s still not where you want it, he says. “The catch is that you can’t ever let up.” And he hasn’t. One key to area My Life Goal: THIS AD SPACE WAS GRACIOUSLY DONATED TO BAYLOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOUNDATION I am a sister, a daughter, a friend, a breast cancer survivor. Above all else, I am a woman. I had breast cancer, but it doesn’t define me. I am a loving daughter, a devoted friend, a successful professional and an active philanthropist. I am…a woman celebrating life. Celebrate a future for the women you love. Join me and fight breast cancer today. www.celebratingwomen2009.org TENTH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON Presented by With allof the aDVANTAGES tolive yourLife Goals. to Live NOW! LUXURY SENIOR LIVING ple, he sites El Paso-based Integrity Assets Management, a com- pany that manages Sienna Palms, Montecito Palms and five other apart- ment complexes in the area. “These apartments that end in the name ‘Palms’ are run by a man named Richard Aguilar out of El Paso,” Blaydes says. “They keep up with the maintenance of the prop- erty, don’t let it run down, and they are strict with the tenants — you have to follow the guidelines or you are out.” Lake Highlands residents should feel good about this sort of progress, which is being helped along by solid police work, Blaydes says. “I am extremely encouraged by what the police department is doing to force that kind of ownership, and I think we are going to be a far better city for it.” Steve Wakefield, an attorney who oncepresidedover theLakeHighlands Area Improvement Association, moved into the Woodbridge area of north Lake Highlands a few years ago. Around that time, prostitution, drug dealing, homicide and other violent crimes were on the rise in the Forest-Audelia area just a half-mile or so from his home. “I had a guy walk up to my car window with a knife, and a prostitute once tried to jump in my car at that intersection,” he says. But Wakefield wasn’t about to let the bad guys scare him off. “Some will move out of the neigh- borhood. Some will give up on it. But I really felt a call to duty to stay. I don’t think that a few people who aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do should force you out of your neighborhood,” he says. Wakefield and his like-minded neighbors have rallied to prevent the sale of drug paraphernalia at neigh- borhood convenience stores, pressed apartment owners to comply with city code — even filing suit when appropriate — and encouraged city officials and police to enforce the code. “It has gotten a lot better, though it’s still not where you want it, he says. “The catch is that you can’t ever let up.” And he hasn’t. One key to area My Life Goal: THIS AD SPACE WAS GRACIOUSLY DONATED TO BAYLOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOUNDATION I am a sister, a daughter, a friend, a breast cancer survivor. Above all else, I am a woman. I had breast cancer, but it doesn’t define me. I am a loving daughter, a devoted friend, a successful professional and an active philanthropist. I am…a woman celebrating life. Celebrate a future for the women you love. Join me and fight breast cancer today. www.celebratingwomen2009.org TENTH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON Presented by With allof the aDVANTAGES tolive yourLife Goals. to Live NOW! LUXURY SENIOR LIVING 8501 8501 Lullwater Drive xample, he sites El Paso-based Integrity Assets Ma El Paso-based Integrity Assets Management, a com- pany that manages Sienna Palms, Montecito Palms and five other apart- ment complexes in the area. “These apartments that end in the name ‘Palms’ are run by a man named Richard Aguilar out of El Paso,” Blaydes says. “They keep up with the maintenance of the prop- erty, don’t let it run down, and they are strict with the tenants — you have to follow the guidelines or you are out.” Lake Highlands residents should feel good about this sort of progress, which is being helped along by solid police work, Blaydes says. “I am extremely encouraged by what the police department is doing to force that kind of ownership, and I think we are going to be a far better city for it.” Steve Wakefield, an attorney who oncepresidedover theLakeHighlands Area Improvement Association, moved into the Woodbridge area of north Lake Highlands a few years ago. Around that time, prostitution, drug dealing, homicide and other violent crimes were on the rise in the Forest-Audelia area just a half-mile or so from his home. “I had a guy walk up to my car window with a knife, and a prostitute once tried to jump in my car at that intersection,” he says. But Wakefield wasn’t about to let the bad guys scare him off. “Some will move out of the neigh- borhood. Some will give up on it. But I really felt a call to duty to stay. I don’t think that a few people who aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do should force you out of your neighborhood,” he says. Wakefield and his like-minded neighbors have rallied to prevent the sale of drug paraphernalia at neigh- borhood convenience stores, pressed apartment owners to comply with city code — even filing suit when appropriate — and encouraged city officials and police to enforce the code. “It has gotten a lot better, though it’s still not where you want it, he says. “The catch is that you can’t ever let up.” And he hasn’t. One key to area My Life Goal: THIS AD SPACE WAS GRACIOUSLY DONATED TO BAYLOR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOUNDATION I am a sister, a daughter, a friend, a breast cancer survivor. Above all else, I am a woman. I had breast cancer, but it doesn’t define me. I am a loving daughter, a devoted friend, a successful professional and an active philanthropist. I am…a woman celebrating life. Celebrate a future for the women you love. Join me and fight breast cancer today. www.celebratingwomen2009.org TENTH ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON Presented by With allof the aDVANTAGES tolive yourLife Goals. to Live NOW! LUXURY SENIOR LIVING 8501 Lullwater Drive chillestateslh.com chillestateslh.com advocatemag.com/lake-highlands OCTOBER 2009 com m 

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