December 20, 2005

New Bar Defeated!

Attention Lake Highlands Residents,
Thank you to all residents who sent letters to Bill Avery and to residents who sent comments to the LHAIA about the specific use permit for an Alcoholic Beverage Establishment use to be used as a Club/Bar at the shopping center on Skillman/Audelia/Adleta. On Thursday, December 15, the Planning and Zoning Commission did hear the case for this establishment. Even though City Staff recommended approval, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to deny the applicant request for the specific use permit for an Alcoholic Beverage Establishment use to be used as a Club/Bar at this location. The vote was 14-0. Again, thank you to all residents who sent in letters and for helping to improve and protect the quality of life that we all value in Lake Highlands.
Kindest Regards,
Sean Christopher
Executive Vice President
Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

December 14, 2005

Christmas YOM Contest

Please make sure you have your Christmas decorations up by Sunday evening (12/18/05) to be eligible for the L Streets N. A.'s Christmas Yard of the Month (YOM) decorating contest. We'll have two winners and they'll display the Christmas YOM sign in their yard through January 10 or until they have taken down their decorations, whichever date is sooner. Please show your spirit for the L Streets and your love of the holidays by participating in our Christmas YOM contest.

December 7, 2005

New Late Night Club for Lake Highlands

December 7, 2005

Attention Lake Highlands Residents,

An application has been filed for a specific use permit for a Club/Bar at a shopping center on Skillman/Audelia/Adleta.

This case is set to be heard at the City Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, December 15, 2005. (But that date can change).

The case was originally scheduled to be heard on December 1, 2005.

The following information is from the City of Dallas Planning and Zoning Commission agenda on December 1, 2005.

“ 5. Z056-109 (JH)
Jennifer Hiromoto
(CC District 10) Avery

An application for a Specific Use Permit for an Alcoholic Beverage Establishment use to be used as a private club on the property zoned an MU-2 Mixed Use District on the southeast side of Skillman Street, south of Adleta Boulevard.
Staff Recommendation: Approval, for a two-year period with eligibility for automatic renewals for additional three-year periods, subject to a site plan and conditions.
Applicant: Frank Vu
Representative: Dereck Coker, Real Estate Solutions”

The City of Dallas Staff recommends approval of this establishment, but there was a club at this location previously and someone was murdered in the parking lot. It closed shortly thereafter.

We disagree with City Staff. At this present point in time, a club that stays open most of the night and serves alcohol until two in the morning is not in the best interest of our community nor the type of business we envision good for our community. This establishment will not provide anything beneficial to our community, but rather could lead to increased crime and drunk drivers on our streets. We want to send a message to the applicant that they can expect strong opposition to further deterioration of our neighborhood.

We need to have as much information as we can provided to Bill Avery of the Planning and Zoning Commission before this date. Please feel free to convey your concerns and wishes in writing to Mr. Avery at the following address prior to December 15th.
Mr. William H. Avery Dallas Zoning Commission P. O. Box 822808 Dallas, Texas 75382
This case is scheduled to be heard at Dallas City Hall Council Chamber on the 6th floor at 1:30PM on Thursday, December 15th in front of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Please make plans to attend if you would like to voice your concern to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Also, please keep in mind that this date of December 15th is always subject to change again -- nevertheless if you want Mr. Avery to know where you stand, state it in a letter to him.
Thank you for helping to improve and protect the quality of life that we all value in Lake Highlands.

Stephen N. Wakefield Sean Christopher
President Executive Vice President
Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

November 28, 2005

L Streets Sign Toppers

Don't forget the L Streets as you make your end of year charity donations or Christmas gifts. The neighborhood association is a non profit organization and your contributions are tax deductible. On the wish list for 2006 are sign toppers to upgrade and beautify our neighborhood. If each household gave just $5, we'd be almost half way to getting the signs. You may mail contributions to L Streets Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 38361, Dallas, TX, 75238-8361.

Exchange Club of Lake Highlands

Spaghetti Dinner
Thursday, December 1
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Lake Highlands High School Cafeteria
Adults $10
Children $5

Benefitting the Chld Abuse Prevention Center and Lake Highlands area school projects.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Joan Poole at 214.343.6064.

November 22, 2005

Pet Reminder

Please remember that city code requires one keeps her dog on a leash (Dallas City Code, Article I, Section 7-5) and clean ups after him (Dallas City Code, Article I, Section 7-21.2) Animal Services enforces these sections and violations may be reported by calling 311.

Complying with little things like this makes our neighborhood exceptionally clean and safe.

November 12, 2005

Grand Opening Celebration

(formerly Tiger Bulls)
Forest Abrams Shopping Center

1:00 PM - Saturday - November 12

Free fries and drinks Fun for kids Food samples
Luan Vraniqi, owner of Primo Brothers Pizza, has opened a new restaurant just down the sidewalk in the old Tiger Bull's location. This time he's serving up burgers, sandwiches and Tex-Mex. Menu items also include salads, desserts and kid's stuff. Ideal family dining. Please join in the grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 PM.

November 8, 2005

Wal Mart Hearing

Fellow Lake Highlanders,

You at needed tomorrow, November 9, 2005 at 1:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The Public Hearing and Council vote on the Wal Mart Zoning application is scheduled at that time.

Differences of opinion over support for City Charter Amendment Proposition # 1 have caused friction, but will be settled by voters today. These differences have caused strained relationships - please, let the healing begin - and completed QUICKLY!
Lake Highlands needs ALL of the Heavy-Hitters to voice support tomorrow!

Opposition to Charter Amendment 14 used the phrase, "We Can Do Better."

Wal Mart is the Best We Can Do! The proposed Wal Mart re-development at Forest and Abrams is Lake Highland's best option! Jimmy Christon shopped the tract to every potential re-developer he knew - Wal Mart was the ONLY taker!

What to expect tomorrow -
(1) Opposition from the two neighborhood associations closest to the proposed re-development, with a significant turn-out of their members in the Council chambers audience.
(2) Another attempt by the Mayor and the representative of District 13 to notice the opposition and then to try to "trip-up" our Council member. REMEMBER THE TIF HEARING AND VOTE

These public hearings tend to be an endurance contest - wear comfortable shoes, clothing, etc. - and bring a book.

- Bill Vandivort

November 1, 2005

VIP Last One for 2005

December 12, 13, and 15 2005 - next three day training class for "Volunteers In Patrol" - contact Jorge at for more information.

October 26, 2005

Eye About Town

Hi all,Is something broken in your Richardson/Lake Highlands/Far North Dallasneighborhood?
Whether it's a troublesome pothole, unburied cable wire, rough railcrossing, burned out street light or whatever, we want to hear about it fora new feature called Eye About Town.You tell us what's wrong and we'll root out who's responsible and report onit until it's fixed.Send me your immediate suggestions by tomorrow, and then keep the ideascoming whenever you're bugged by something.

Kristine Hughes

The Dallas Morning News
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Richardson, TX 75082
469.330.5640 (office)
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October 24, 2005


Renowned Planner
JOHN FREGONESE - Lead Planning Consultant for
Forward Dallas! The Dallas Comprehensive Plan

Wed Oct 26, 2005
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak at Good Latimer (next to 75 on east side of Downtown)
FREE! Bring your questions!


Major Southbound US 75 Traffic Shift to Permanent Location
October 28 & 29, 2005

On October 28th & 29th, the traffic on southbound US 75 (North Central Expressway) will be shifted to new southbound permanent pavement through the interchange. The following southbound US 75 entrance and exit ramps will also be opened to traffic:
Southbound entrance ramp from Spring Valley Road
Southbound exit ramp to frontage road/Coit Road
Southbound entrance ramp from Midpark Road north of LBJ Freeway
Southbound exit ramp to Forest/Coit Road south of LBJ Freeway

On Friday night, October 28th, various southbound US 75 lanes will be closed from 9:00pm until 9:00am Saturday, October 29th. Expect a considerable delay.

On Saturday night, October 29th, various southbound US 75 lanes will be closed from 9:00pm until 9:00am Sunday, October 30th. Expect a considerable delay.

This construction activity is weather permitting.

October 20, 2005

TIF Hearing

Council will finally vote on creating a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) for Lake Highlands. If Council approves the creation of a TIF, the City would be required to use any taxes resulting from our increased property values to make specific improvements in our community for the life of the TIF. We will have the opportunity to begin to deal with rehabilitation and redevelopment of properties, updating infrastructure, and parkland acquisition and improvements in our neighborhood.
You can show your support by attending the public hearing on October 26. Let’s pack the Chambers to show Council that District 10 residents vehemently support a TIF in Lake Highlands. The public hearing is scheduled Wednesday, October 26, 2005, at 1:00 pm in the Council Chambers (6th floor).
Please pass the word to your neighbors and friends. I look forward to seeing each of you on October 26.
- Bill Blaydes

October 18, 2005

November Election Early Voting

November 8, 2005 will be a Constitutional Amendment Election and a City of Dallas Special Election. L Streets polling place on that day will be Lake Highlands Junior High, 10301 Kingsley Road.

The closest early voting location to our neighborhood is Dallas First Assembly Church at 11000 E. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, 75238 (Click name for map). Early voting times begin next week.

October 24-28, 2005 (Monday through Friday) 8:00am - 5:00pm
October 29, 2005 (Saturday) 8:00am - 5:00pm
October 30, 2005 (Sunday) 1:00am - 7:00pm
October 31-Nov 2, 2005 (Monday through Wednesday) 8:00am - 5:00pm
November 3-4, 2005 (Thursday through Friday) 7:00am - 7:00pm

Wal-Mart Comments

This case was initially scheduled to come before Council on Wednesday, October 26, 2005; however, I have just learned that someone legally filed opposition to delay and the hearing has been postponed to November 9, 2005. The Zoning rules allow the “opposition” to come in and pay a fee to have the case delayed to give them more time to prepare. Those who signed up with the City Secretary’s office to speak on October 26 agenda will now need to sign up to speak on the new agenda date of November 9, 2005. The City’s Secretary’s Office number is (214) 670-3738.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Councilmember Bill Blaydes

October 11, 2005

LHAIA Legal Defense Fund

LHAIA Legal Fund Appeal
The LHAIA has decided that it is in the interest of our area to intervene in selected lawsuits filed by the City against the owners of problematic apartment properties. We also anticipate that we will file lawsuits in the future against irresponsible property owners/managers, regardless of City of Dallas participation.

We need your help. In the current lawsuit in which we have intervened, a mediation has been scheduled between the City of Dallas and the apartment owner. We have been invited to attend the mediation. There are fees charged by the mediator – in this case $1,000 per party. We had asked, and the mediator had agreed, to waive the fee in the case of the LHAIA, but counsel for the apartment owner refuses to agree to our participation if we do not pay the fee. We feel it is important that we attend this mediation in order to clearly make the position of the LHAIA and the Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association known and have our concerns addressed.

Can you help with a donation? No fee is being charged by counsel for LHAIA and Highland Meadows Neighborhood Association in this case. We expect that representation in future cases will be on a pro bono (no cost) basis. If not, we will let you know. The funds solicited will be used for unavoidable costs such as mediation fees, court reporter fees (for depositions), filing fees, service of process fees, etc.
Please make your contributions (checks) payable to LHAIA, and send them in care of the following:

C/O Stephen N. Wakefield
9916 Wood Forest Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75243

October 10, 2005

Verified Response

Chief Kunkle proposes that police no longer respond to home alarms unless someone verfies a crime has actually occurred. Over 97 % of alarms are false according to the DPD.

The Dallas City Council will hold a hearing on October 12th at 1 PM, but the time will be limited due to the Yom Kippur holiday. Comments will continue to be heard through October 26, 2005.

October 3, 2005

LHAIA General Meeting Change of Venue

Thank you for all who attended the LHAIA General Meeting at the Lake Highlands Recreation Center. Due to space limitations, poor sound quality, and various other concerns, the LHAIA is moving the General Meeting to the Lake Highlands Freshman Center Auditorium. (10200 White Rock Trail, Dallas, Texas 75238-Across the Street from the Recreation Center) The Freshman Center has soft chairs and much more room.

The next LHAIA General Meeting will be October 17th at 7:00pm.

This is the last General Meeting for the year.

A preview of the agenda includes 3 guest speakers:

City Councilman Bill Blaydes—Economic Development in Lake Highlands
Tracy Curts—Executive Director of the Uptown Public Improvement District
Several Wal-Mart Representatives—Speak about Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and address the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter as well as the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

The final agenda with more detailed information will be sent out in a couple of weeks.

Newsletter Deadline

The next LHAIA Newsletter will be sent out in a couple of weeks. If your neighborhood has any information or announcements that your neighborhood would like to share with the entire Lake Highlands Community (51 HOAs) please send your information to Sean Christopher,, by October 5, 2005.

If you did not get this email directly from the LHAIA, please go to to subscribe to the LHAIA listserve.

Kindest Regards,
Sean Chris

Sean Christopher
Executive Vice President

September 27, 2005

Suhm Replies

One of our residents received the note below in response to his complaint about the cut in code compliance funds.


Please be assured that the Department of Code Compliance budget is not being reduced but in fact is being increased by $1.5 million. The current fiscal year budget is $21.1 million and the next fiscal year proposed budget is $22.6 million. There will be no reduction of service in Lake Highlands or any other part of town. My goal is to deliver high quality code compliance service to all citizens of Dallas.

I know that Lake Highlands has been experiencing the challenges of the over building of apartment complexes for many years and that the multi-family code compliance inspectors are one of the most important services that the City provides to the area. The department currently has 30 multifamily inspectors with three vacancies. The department plans to be fully staffed by late October. I appreciate your concern and interest in the Department of Code Compliance and the well-being of the City of Dallas.


Mary K. Suhm Kathleen Davis
City Manager Director, Code Compliance

McCree Esprit

Seven area churches are coming together to host the second annual "McCree Esprit" on Sunday, October 2, from 3:00-6:00pm, at the corner of Audelia and McCree. Last year was a huge success. We would love for your neighborhood to come! Here is what will be involved with McCree Esprit....

free admission
carnival games for kids
bounce houses
live music
marketplace A.D. booths
dunking booth
pet adoption
pet costume contest at 5:15
pet blessing at 4:45
cake walk
stuffed animal adoption
cook off contest for chili, ice cream and pumpkin recipes (bring entries at 3:00)

Proceeds from a few special activities will benefit the White Rock Center of Hope.

McCree Esprit is sponsored by the following churches: St. James Episcopal, Lake Highlands Presbyterian, Lake Highlands Church, Fellowship Bible Church White Rock, North Highlands Bible, Highlands Christian, and Lake Highlands United Methodist.

September 23, 2005

Cut in Code Compliance Budget

September 22, 2005

To: All Homeowner Associations & Crime Watch Groups

Please contact Mary Suhm and request/demand that $300,000.00 not be removed from the budget for the Department of Code Compliance. Funding for this department is critical to the ability to monitor and correct substandard conditions in apartments and other properties in Lake Highlands. You may contact Ms. Suhm at her email address: Phone Number: 214-670-4509.

Thank you for your help, and please spread the word.


Stephen N. Wakefield
President--Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

Doc's Food Store - Illegal Pornography Hearing


On Wednesday September 28th there will be a hearing downtown regarding Doc's Food Store's (SE corner of Forest and Abrams) recent citation for obscene display of pornography. In the past six months Doc's has also been cited for violations of city and federal laws including illegal gambling and health code violations. They have been a public nuisance for years.

The property owners have chosen to ignore this illegal activity and to allow Doc's to continue to operate in our community. Our elected officials need to understand that there is significant community interest in seeing that Doc's is held accountable for their flagrant irresponsibility in abiding by city and federal laws.

Please join other Lake Highlands residents at this hearing to make a statement that businesses such as Doc's are not tolerated by our community. Please let Sandy Laber know if you are able to attend by emailing her at

The hearing details are as follows:
September 28th 8:30a.m
Court #5
Dallas Municipal Building
106 South Harwood
Dallas, TX 75202

September 13, 2005

New Shopping Center Breakiing Ground on Friday






September 3, 2005

Katrina's Victims with No Voice

Everyone has no doubt seen the devastating pictures from New Orleans and Gulfport and seen the countless people that need help. There is another group that needs our help just as much. The animals and pets that have no way of asking for help need that help now. Thousands of animals are now ownerless, homeless, hungry and sick and the only way to help them is by donating to the organizations set up to handle disasters such as this. Please go to Humane Society of the United States where you can make a contribution and help these animals find safety and medical attention when needed. Whatever donation you can make would be greatly appreciated not only by the animals themselves but by the owners that were forced to leave them behind. Thank you in advance for your help!

August 25, 2005

Back to School Safety Tips

These back-to-school safety tips were distributed by the police department.

There are many things that we already know, but a quick refresher is always helpful!

Getting There:
  • Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Avoid busy roads and intersections. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren't many people.
  • Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can.- Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
  • Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around r in their school they should tell an adult.
  • Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.

After School

Do your children stay home alone for a few hours after school while you are at work? You can still look out for them and help keep them safe:

  • Have your children check in with you or another adult as soon as they get home from school.
  • Help your children practice locking and unlocking doors and windows.
  • Role-play different situations that might come up when children are home alone. For example, what should your children do if a stranger knocks on the door, if the phone rings, or if there's an emergency?
  • Tell your children what you expect them to do when home alone. Should they finish their homework before watching TV? Are they allowed to fix a snack, or use the stove? What about inviting friends over?
  • Find a safe house in your neighborhood that your children can go to if they need help right away. If you are home during the day, think of starting your own safe house for neighborhood children.

August 24, 2005

LHAIA August Meeting Summary

(Thank you once again to Ann Ward for providing the bulk of this summary.)

After the meeting was opened, David Cossum, City of Dallas Development Services, described the "Big Box" Ordinance enacted in late 2004. The ordinance affects most retail establishments containing over 100,000 square feet of space. It seeks to affect appearance by imposing architectural and landscaping standards, such as breaking up the facade to make it appear like multiple smaller businesses, incorporating landscaping into the parking areas to prevent uninterrupted expanses of pavement, etc. The City can make exceptions when warranted. For example, the proposed new Walmart Super Center would need an exception from the requirement of a 20-foot landscape buffer along Forest Lane. The site plan for the proposed Walmart is available (or will be; Mr. Cossum was not sure whether it had been submitted) from the City's Planning Department, 214-670-4209.

Steve Wakefield, LHAIA President, said the LHAIA wants to hear all complaints that the community has concerning the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Audelia and Walnut Hill. Please send such comments to He urged people to make comments a.s.a.p. The LHAIA is also encouraging people to contact Wal-Mart directly (Please see further information conerning this towards the end of this email). The proposal will go before the City Council either September 22 or October 22 (he stated both dates multiple times); watch the LHAIA web site for current information.

Susan Morgan, chairman of LHAIA's Economic Development Committee, said she would support residents who wanted to form a committee to make a formal neighborhood statement about the proposed Walmart. Mr. Wakefield spoke about the LHAIA Attorney Advisory Group, which has formed to advise LHAIA on all sorts of legal issues. The Group's initial project is studying ways of effectively outlawing the sale of drug paraphernalia. Other projects under consideration include intervention in a City lawsuit against a noncompliant apartment complex, initiating lawsuits against other complexes, and reviewing the City code for the purpose of suggesting revisions.

Mr. Wakefield solicited volunteers for weekly crime meetings at the Northeast Police Substation. Sean Christopher of LHAIA spoke about code enforcement. The LHAIA website contains information about code standards for both single-family and multi-family housing, and forms and instructions for reporting violations.

Mr. Christopher urged residents to take photographs of code violations and submit them to the City. Additionally, he said LHAIA needs volunteers for a new apartment code enforcement team. Mr. Christopher also said LHAIA hoped to improve communications among area crime watch organizations, to permit information about suspects and crimes to be shared more efficiently among the organizations. He solicited volunteers (he needs five or six of them) to be crime alert coordinators, who would facilitate the communications to and among crime watch groups.

Mr. Christopher gave an update on the sign beautification project. For those of you familiar with the project from past meetings, the design of the sign has completely changed. The new renderings should be posted on the LHAIA website later in the week ( ).Finally,

Mr. Christopher spoke about the possibility of establishing a Public Improvement District for Lake Highlands. In short, this would give LH its own police force of sorts that would respond to all 911 calls and have the ability to perform code compliance as well. This, of course, would come with some additional taxes. It was urged that this is something that is simply being studied and nothing further at this point. The survey process should take approximately 10 months.********************************

August 22, 2005

Survey of LH Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market (Audelia/Walnut Hill)

At Bill Blaydes Town Hall Meeting many people expressed concern about the poor state of the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Audelia and Walnut Hill. There were so many complaints about the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market not being in Code that Kathleen Davis, Director of City of Dallas Code Compliance, left the meeting and went to look at the store. We have also heard many complaints about the condition of the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

In an effort to improve the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Audelia/Walnut Hill the LHAIA wants to know all your complaints, issues, concerns, and experiences at the Lake Highlands Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. (Maintenance of the store, professionalism, etc.)

Please send all emails to Please include some sort of contact information so we can verify that this is a legitimate compliant. We have heard many complaints about this store but need to document this information in writing to present it to Wal-Mart Inc.

Many of you have express concerns about this store verbally. Please put it in writing so that we are able to show Wal-Mart that many people consider them not being a good neighbor at their Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

Wal-Mart says they want to be a good neighbor. We plan to hold them to that!

In addition to the emails, we ask that you fill out a survey about this store. Wal-Mart has over 5,400 stores and many complaints at stores never reach Bentonville, AR. (Corporate Office)

The survey is on Wal-Mart’s website and asks 11 questions about your last visit to the store. (It asks question about the cleanliness of the store, if your were greeted by staff, thanked for shopping, etc.)

Instructions are below, but we have a more detailed instruction with photos to help you navigate the website with an attached Adobe File.


Please go to

Step 1:
Scroll Down to the bottom of the page and Click on “Contact us”.

Step 2:
A new webpage will open, and under ‘contact us’ click “Survey.”

Step 3:
On the next page type in 75328 in the zip code box and click “Find”.

Step 4:
On the next page it will say 10 stores found near 75238. The first store should be selected with a green dot. You scroll down and click “Continue”.

Step 5:
On this page is the Survey. Check the boxes that apply and hit the “Submit” button.

You’re Finished!

Your input is greatly appreciated and we thank you for helping to improve Lake Highlands.

Kindest Regards, Sean Chris
Sean Christopher
Executive Vice President
Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association Email:
Phone: 214-773-2915

August 18, 2005

Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association

The next meeting of the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association will be on August 22nd at 7:00pm at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. This is the umbrella association for Lake Highlands representing about 14,000 homes and the L Streets Neighborhood Association is one of the member organizations in LHAIA.

They will pick up the Drug Paraphernalia Petitions at the August 22nd General Meeting.

The agenda will be as follows:·
New City of Dallas Big Box Ordinance Presented by David Cossum – City of Dallas Planning Department ·
Lake Highlands Attorney Advisory Group· Update on the Drug Paraphernalia Campaign·
New Code Enforcement Campaign·
Crime Watch and You·
Update on the Sign and Beautification Project·
Retail News & 911 Campaign·
What's happening in the Apartments ·
Preview of "Apartments Exposed—From Best to Worst"·
Idea of a Lake Highlands Public Improvement District·

Please share this with your neighbors and friends.

Bill Blaydes's Town Hall Meeting Summary

Summary of Bill Blaydes's
Town Hall Meeting on August 16, 2005

Mr. Blaydes began the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Highlands High School Student Center. He introduced City representatives and then announced that Northeast Division Deputy Police Chief David Brown had that day been promoted to First Assistant Chief, the second-highest position in the Dallas Police Department. When Chief Brown entered the room, the capacity crowd gave him a standing ovation. Mr. Blaydes introduced Assistant City Manager Ramon Migues, who presented the 2005-06 City budget that City Manager Mary Suhm had proposed that day. The proposal calls for a 2.7-cent property tax increase per $100 of assessed value, a 3.8-percent increase from the current rate. Proposed enhanced public safety services and debt service for the 2003 bond program drive the increase. Other features of the budget proposal include a 75-cents-per-month increase in the residential sanitation fee and higher water rates. The Council will debate the budget proposal, which is subject to change. The entire budget proposal is available on the City's web site. Chief Brown then addressed the crime issue. He reminded the group that crime had decreased 11 percent in the Northeast Division during 2004 and even more in Lake Highlands. The decline is continuing in 2005. Chief Brown said the types of crimes that occur in Lake Highlands can largely be prevented by residents' taking four simple precautions: not leaving valuables in vehicles; not leaving garage door openers in vehicles; not leaving garage doors open while unattended; and not leaving the door between house and garage unlocked. Mr. Blaydes then introduced representatives of a real estate company representing Walmart in connection with a Walmart Super Center proposed for the northwest corner of the Forest-Abrams intersection. Mr. Blaydes supports the project and says it is appropriate development next to an interstate highway. The rep showed artist's renderings of a building with landscaping and an exterior more interesting than the typical blue and grey Walmart "box." The project would rely upon existing streets and traffic lights. It would replace the Royal Inn, a 236-unit apartment complex, the American Inn (formerly Howard Johnson's), a 50,000-square-foot office building, and one vacant lot. Walmart plans to take the proposal to Planning & Zoning on September 22 and to the City Council on October 26. Meeting attendees raised a variety of concerns, generally about traffic, upkeep, and Code compliance. The City's Chief of Code Inspection was in attendance, and complaints about the existing Walmart grocery store were so vociferous that she actually left the meeting to take a look at that store! Mr. Blaydes said residents could keep up with progress on the Super Center proposal by checking the City's web site. He encourage residents to email him with their concerns about the proposed project. On other subjects, Mr. Blaydes advised that the TIF (tax increment financing) district was still in the works but had been set back when the organizers determined that it required fewer residential and more commercial elements than in the original plan. He said interior demolition had begun this week at the shopping center at the northwest corner of Skillman and Walnut Hill and that the owner already had fully leased the planned new center. Development of the southwest corner of Royal and Skillman still is under discussion. The Wendy's at Audelia and Walnut Hill is under construction, and the owner is talking with another retailer about leasing the former Braum's property between the Wendy's site and Taco Bell. Mr. Blaydes also said a possibility exists that the entire shopping center on that corner may be sold. He put in personal "plugs" for Eat the World restaurant and the Thai restaurant at Plano and Walnut Hill. The meeting adjourned at about 9:00.

August 8, 2005

Buzz Off!

City to Spray Northeast of White Rock Lake

Updated Mosquito Spray Boundaries Dallas - The City of Dallas has updated the mosquito spray boundaries for Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9 northeast of White Rock Lake.

The City confirmed mosquitoes collected from the area tested positive for West Nile Virus. Dead birds were also reported.

Updated Mosquito Spray Area, August 8 and August 9 City staff will spray the area between 10:30 p.m. Monday, August 8 and 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 9. The area to be sprayed is bordered on the north by Northwest Highway East, on the east by Lake Highlands Drive East and Northcliff Drive, and on the west by Peavy Road, Van Dyke Road and Classen Drive.

NOTE: Attached is a map outlining the spray area for Monday August 8 and August 9. Spraying can only be effective if winds are below 10 miles per hour. Residents in treatment areas are advised to remain indoors, keep pets inside and avoid contact with the spray. For additional information on Mosquito Control, visit the City's website at .

August 4, 2005

We Need Your Help to Monitor Crime in our Neighborhood

There are two more chances this year to become certified as a Volunteer in Patrol. These are the people you see driving around your neighborhood with the yellow lights. This is a completely non confrontational role where you just call in anything suspicious and help keep an eye out for the neighborhood. Crime in our neighborhood is in down because of the fantastic volunteers. You pick when you want to go, but you must first complete the safety class. You even get to tour the 911 call center and see how are city emergency system works. This fun class is presented by our local police officers. Please send an email to to receive an application for the class.

You can either complete the class in one Saturday, or divided among three nights.

October 8 (SAT) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. City Hall (1500 Marilla St)

Dec. 12, 13, 15 (M, T, TH) 7 – 9 p.m. NE Division (9915 E NW Hwy)

August 3, 2005


This is a reminder to report dead blue jays to the City of Dallas.They are tracking unexplained deaths of these birds (i.e. no visiblesigns of trauma) to help determine which neighborhoods need to havetesting of mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus.In order to test a dead bird for West Nile, the health department mustpick up the bird within hours of its death....which is kind of hard todo since the staff only works until 4:00 each day and there aren'tthat many employees available to do this. However, even if the staffcannot pick-up the bird in a timely manner to test it, they still arerecording and tracking the blue jay deaths.Call 3-1-1 or the Health Department.


Thursday, August 4, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Audelia Road Branch Library

All are welcome to come to exhibit tables and meet representatives from: DART; Dallas Police Dept; Mosiac Family Services; Dallas Fire-Rescue Dept; Dallas Office of Senior Affairs; RISD; and Friends of the Library. Learn more about these organizations, their services and have any of your questions answered.

1:45 p.m. Roger Mitchell of the Senior Source/RSVP will give a presentation on budgeting/living on a fixed income

August 1, 2005

Lake Highlands Rumors

What are they building across the street? When will that building be torn down? See the link below for the latest insider information on new devlopments in Lake Highlands from the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association.

July 31, 2005

L Streets N.A. Celebrates National Night Out

Thank you for coming out and participating in the L Streets Neighborhood Association National Night Out 2005.

July 26, 2005

Add Emergency Number to Your Cell Phone

Add an "in case of emergency" contact to your cell phone to make it easier for emergency responders to notify your next of kin in an emergency. See the article below:"

July 25, 2005

Developers plan Garland Road luxury condos

Proposal likely to face zoning battle
Cynthia D. Webb and Christine Perez//Staff Writers

Two Dallas developers are working on an ambitious new project that could transform the struggling Garland Road corridor, an area of State Highway 78 nestled around White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum. Leon Backes, president of Provident Realty Advisors Inc. , and developer Mark Miller have formed Emerald Isle Partners L.P. to develop The Emerald, a 25-story, $50 million luxury condominium tower on the west side of Garland Road at Emerald Isle.The tower would replace a strip of one-story medical offices, which will be razed.Initial plans call for between 180 and 225 condos, ranging in size from 1,400 square feet to 3,800 square feet and in price from $385,000 to $1 million.

Dallas Business Journal, July 25. 2005

July 24, 2005

Court Upholds Law Restricting Alcohol Sales at Neighborhood Strip Club


Dear Friends of District 107:

Without any advance warning, Federal Judge Jane Boyle upheld the law passed during one of the 2003 legislative special sessions by State Representative Bill Keffer and State Senator John Carona dealing with sexually-oriented businesses. Specifically, when PT's Gold Club announced its intention to build a new strip club at Miller and Plano Roads near Lake Highlands, the community kicked into high gear. Sunbelt Pool owner Rob Morgan led a petition drive to persuade the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to refuse the Gold Club's application for a private club permit to sell alcohol. Over 5000 sworn petitions were collected. Nevertheless, the TABC would still have had the discretion to grant the permit, notwithstanding the overwhelming community opposition. More was necessary. With the leadership of Senator Carona and the help of Governor Perry, we were able to take advantage of the legislature being in special session and passed a lawthat would prohibit any sexually-oriented business from being able tosell alcohol in a dry area - period. The law went into effect in January 2004, and almost immediately the Gold Club and similarly situated strip clubs filed suit in Dallas federal court, challenging the constitutionality of the new law. In the meantime, the Gold Club opened its doors, operates as a totally nude club where patrons must bring their own alcohol {BYOB}, and has routinely had a full parking lot, presumably planning eventually to have the law struck down so they can sell alcohol as originally planned. On July 13, Federal Judge Jane Boyle issued an order upholding the law and finding it constitutional. It is likely that the strip clubs will appeal the decision. But, for now, District 107 and the citizens of LakeHighlands have realized a significant victory in our effort to shutdown an unwanted business in our community. "Perseverance in the pursuit of principle pays. Thanks again to Rob Morgan, Sunbelt Pools, the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association, Dallas City Councilman Bill Blaydes, Senator John Carona,and Governor Rick Perry. Stay tuned for more updates, but let's hope that the Gold Club finally comes to the conclusion that there is no gold for them in our community, and they should pull up stakes and go panning somewhere else. Please show your appreciation for this happy result by calling or dropping a note or giving a phone call to the following individuals, who contributed to our legal effort:

Robert Johnson:
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548

Lou Bright:
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
PO Box 13127
Austin, TX 78711-3127
(512) 206-3204

Scott Bergthold:
6830 McCutcheon Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421


July 11, 2005

Petition against drug paraphernalia

Dear Neighbors, Below is a bulletin received from the L Streets Neighborhood Association's "umbrella" neighborhood association, the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association, concerning the petition drive to help stop the sale of drug paraphernalia in Lake Highlands. Be sure to check out additional information and see photos located on the LHAIA website: For your convenience, these petitions will be placed on SIX PORCHES through July, beginning NOW. Please take the time to drop by and sign--no need to ring the bell or schedule a time. Thanks to the many of you who have already signed the petition! Signatures collected here in our L Streets neighborhood will be delivered to the LHAIA in early August. THE SIX PORCH LOCATIONS WHERE YOU WILL SIGN THE PETITION ARE:

8945 Lockhaven
8843 Larchwood
10665 Le Mans
9034 Lydgate
9017 Livenshire
10208 Linkwood

In the July issue of the Lake Highlands Advocate, Councilman Bill Blaydes says, "The Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association is continuing to work its better apartment management campaign, and its petition against drug paraphernalia being sold in area stores is to be delivered to merchants throughout the area. Thank you to all involved in this dramatic stand for the quality of life in our neighborhood."

Neighbors, we need your immediate attention to this matter to sign the petitions located on these six porches no later than 7/31/05. Time only allows us to send only one more email reminder before the month-end signature deadline.

All of us L Streets residents have the same overall goal and that's to make our L Streets and Lake Highlands safer and free of illegal drug dealers and users. Historically, with this kind of element in our neighborhoods may come prostitution, crime and other illegal activities. So it's up to each individual person (over 18) in your household to sign this petition and show criminals they are not welcome in the L Streets or in Lake Highlands, or in Dallas for that matter.

Our hope is that this effort will wake up the entire city whereby all of our residents will take a stand to clean up Dallas like the LHAIA is doing to clean up Lake Highlands. But right now we're working on our immediate area only and WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE A GREATER IMPRESSION ON THE CITY AND POLICE TO URGE THEM TO RESPOND NOW TO THE DRUG PARAPHERNALIA PROBLEM IN LAKE HIGHLANDS!

The Dallas Morning News has contacted me and some other Lake Highlands association presidents to ask questions about this campaign, so look for the article in the near future. This is great news for us to have the media interested in this and it keeps the problem in the forefront and puts the police and city officials on notice that we're serious about helping to alleviate the problem.

Please become part of history and sign the petition by 7/31/05. Thank you so much for your old-fashioned grass roots efforts and care for our neighbors and beautiful neighborhood.

Best regards,

Rogeta Halvorson, President
L Streets Neighborhood Association

July 5, 2005


Just a reminder that bulk trash should NOT be put out before Thursday,July 14. We noticed several houses with things in front. Note that items must be placed on the grassy area between the sidewalk and the street, not in the street.


The old Whataburger/Church on Shoreview

The Lakewood Arts Academy is moving into the old Whataburger Building. The new name will be Studio Arts Dallas. This is a fine art studio that provides a variety of art classes for ages 2 to adults since 1992. The studio chose Lake Highlands because of its convenient location. This site is also larger and will enable the studio to provide more classes and include features such as a new sculpture garden and out door studio space. This is a quality establishment that will only benefit the area. For more information visit their website at

Emergency Volunteer Responders Needed

The Dallas Police Department is forming a citizen volunteer organization that will respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. These volunteers will assist the Police in manning traffic barricades and other non-enforcement tasks so that uniformed officers can be assigned to other duties. These groups will be formed through each patrol division. Senior Corporal Ron Carpenter will be the coordinator.
There will be a planning meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 7pm at the Northeast Patrol Divison, 9915 E. Northwest Highway. If you have questions, call Ron at 214.670.4415.

June 28, 2005

Advertise your Business

We are preparing for our next quarterly L Streets N.A. newsletter. If you would like to advertise your business and have your message delivered to the approximately 475 homes in our neighborhood, then please let us know as soon as possible. The cost of ads varies by size: $25, 50 & $100 . Send in your request to or leave a message on our L Streets Hot Line at 214-967-5092

Got a car and a pair of eyes? We need you!

VIP (Volunteers in Patrol) training dates: The next training dates will be July 18, 19, and 21 at NE Division. To receive an application, call Crime Watch Voice Mail (214-967-5092) or e-mail You pick the times and dates to drive around the neighborhood and it's just a couple of hours a month.

I will need completed Applications by the First week in July. Statistics show that patrol groups in neighborhoods have a definite impact on crime reduction and we've actually seen it happen in our neighborhood thanks to our VIP team's efforts every day. Thank you, VIP Team!!!!

Bulky Trash

Items that CAN be placed on the curb:
Large limbs, shrubbery, bagged leaves (in sealed bags with a maximum 50 gallon capacity), furniture, appliances, mattresses and box springs.
Items that CAN NOT be placed on the curb:
Bagged grass clippings, new construction or remodeling materials such as lumber or roofing materials, paint, and chemicals.
Under new city codes, items out early and can result in an immediate citation and $175 fine - no warning will be issued. You may also be cited if you place items where they block any part of the road or sidewalk, or if you place the bulk items in the alley. These additional citations will run between $50 and $2000 each. If your sidewalk is next to the street, place the items on your lawn as close to the sidewalk as possible.If you want to see the city codes, follow this link and then click the topic placement of bulky trash or oversized brush.

Summer Watering Restrictions

From June 1 to Sept. 30, watering of lawns or landscapes with an irrigation system or sprinkler is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Watering with a hand-held hose or a soaker hose is permitted at any time.

YOM Chairman Announcements

1) Many thanks go to Karen Olson Smith, who lead the YOM committee during the first two months of the program. Karen has decided to step down as the chairman, but we're fortunate she'll remain active in our L Streets N. A. activities.
2) Debbie Thomas has accepted the challenge to become the new YOM chairman. Debbie is enthusiastic about getting more involved with our neighborhood by leading and expanding the YOM program. Rogeta Halvorson is serving as the board liaison to work with Debbie to help administer the program. If you're interested in joining the YOM committee or have questions about the program, please call Debbie Thomas at 214.553.0980 to get started today.
Our L Streets YOM program is very contagious and there are noticeable improvements all over -- as commented by our own neighbors and outside people -- in the look and feel of our neighborhood. So join in and catch the excitement by participating today in whatever capacity fits you and your family (e.g. join YOM committee, send in nominations, plant flowers, edge yard, donate prize, etc.). Let's all work together to improve our immediate area, which will spread to adjoining neighborhoods and soon we'll notice a better Lake Highlands too.


TO BE HELD ON MONDAY, JULY 4, 2005. For More Information contact the LH Recreation Center 214-670-7794 or at The L Streets N. A. is sponsoring a float, so if you are interested in helping please contact us at We need a couple of children to toss out candy from the back of the float. We will be in the Beatles Yellow Submarine. If you see us along the parade route, make sure to say hello!