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EPAA Board retreat a success (despite fire!)

Wow! association events calendar industry news local award winners and much more!

What an amazing retreat! The Board of Directors, Association staff and Committee Chairs brainstormed this weekend in Ruidoso at their annual retreat. Despite a raging forest fire, threats of evacuation from the hotel, downed telephone lines, and being unable to use credit cards in the town, the Association members managed to have a remarkably productive meeting. I want to thank all members who dedicated their time and efforts to make this retreat the success that it was. The amount of ideas produced to meet the goals and objectives for the coming year was phenomenal and I know that we will be able to use this infor

mation to achieve success in each and every committee. I also want to thank all the families who joined us at the retreat. I enjoyed meeting with spouses and especially the children. I know that my three kids enjoyed that as well and made many new friends. A special “Thank You” to Maurice Kropp for the relaxing evening at his beautiful cabin. The drinks were cold, the snacks were tasty and the deer were entertaining! This retreat was a great start to a fun and exciting year for our Association! -Eric Heller EPAA President

Ca le nd ar of Even ts JUNE Tuesday, June 26th IROC 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom Wednesday, June 27th GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom Thursday, June 28th EFT – SOCIALIZING YOUR COMMUNITY 3 – 4:30 p.m. Association Classroom EFT Members – Free General Members - $60



Wednesday, July 11th PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom

Wednesday, August 1st PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom

Wednesday, July 18th AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom

Wednesday, August 8th PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom

PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom

Wednesday, August 15th AFFORDABLE HOUSING 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom

Tuesday, July 24th IROC 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom Wednesday, July 25th GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom

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PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom Tuesday, August 21st IROC 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom Wednesday, August 22nd GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS 8:30 – 10 a.m. Association Classroom PROGRAMS 12 – 1 p.m. Association Classroom

2012/2013 Board of Directors President: Eric Heller Associated Properties Vice President: Angelica Zuniga Abacus Mgt.-Caprock Apts. Secretary: Nena Franco, CAM,CAPS Treasurer: Demetrio Jimenez Tropicana Properties President Elect: K.C.Griffen Integrity Asset Management Past President: Kristin Sizemore Bohannon Development Executive Director Rick Soto, CAPS,CPO,ARM Product & Services Directors Andy Acosta Ferguson Enterprises Salvador Hernandez Greater El Paso Apartment Guide Directors Nora Aguilar Case & Associates Barbara Askins El Paso Disposal Matt Bohannon Bohannon Development Mary Cardenas EP Hacienda Group, Inc. Jim Erickson Clarita Apartments Charlee Enriquez Case & Associates Jessica Lazcano Sunridge Mgt. Group Jennifer Martinez Acclaim Asset Mgt COMMITTEE CHAIRS: AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE Demetrio Jimenez AWARDS COMMITTEE Co - Chairs: Gracie Castaneda, Cindy Salinas BUILDING COMMITTEE Roy Jurado COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Sylvia Gonzalez COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE Debbie Christensen EDUCATION COMMITTEE Melanie Bailey FINANCE COMMITTEE Maurice Kropp GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE Jim Erickson INDEPENDENT RENTAL OWNERS COMMITTEE Marcia Heller MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Trish Espinoza PROGRAMS COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Erin Masters, Marc Green

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welcome! Greetings Everyone!

I want to start out by offering a big thank you to our past president Kristin Sizemore. I want you all to know that The El Paso Apartment Association has been blessed to have Kristin at the helm and with her guidance I will do my best to fill those shoes. I am very excited about the year ahead and I am already working with a great line-up of volunteers including your newly elected Board of Directors and a new slate of Committee Chairs. Together we are developing some key goals with effective plans of action to meet those goals. I hope everyone will consider taking part in one of the committees to help plan and promote the great events & activities throughout the upcoming year. Everyone's opinion is important to the El Paso Apartment Association and we are encouraging your involvement and participation in order to keep its foundation strong. You may be reading this message from either our new website or from our re-introduced newsletter. In either case, I hope you find the new layouts and features informative, helpful and exciting. One of the primary goals of the Association is to create the opportunity for more member interaction, and I encourage all of you to let us know what you think! The upcoming year has many challenges for our Association and I would like to share a few of the areas upon which this Board will be focusing. In addition to our continuous efforts to improve and enhance the benefits to our property managers and owners, I would like to direct more attention to our valued product and service providers and help them to realize value in their active membership. In my two years serving on your Board of Directors, it has become increasingly apparent to me of the significant role they play in making our Association as successful as it is today. I would like to take this opportunity to speak directly with those vendors who have been so generous with their time and financial support and offer my sincere gratitude. This year may well be known as the “Year of the Vendor”! With coordination between our Board Members and our Committee Chairs, we will work to provide structure and support so that each committee is capable and effective in accomplishing their set goals. These goals will include: making improvements to existing and creating new methods of communication; enhancing our industry image in the community; providing quality educational opportunities for all members; having a more effective presence in the political arena; increasing association membership; and of course expanding participation from our independent owners. In order to meet these goals, I urge everyone to get involved, keep informed, and promote your Association. I would like to thank you all again for the confidence you have placed in me and the newly elected Board. We recognize the significance of our industry and of this Association and the impact it has on a great number of the residents of El Paso. Our industry is an important one and acting as a group, we are far better situated to protect it and our own common interests. I look forward to working with you all and wish you all the very best. Eric Heller El Paso Apartment Association President

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News from around the state The cost of campaigning and the importance of PAC

The TAA Board of Directors will meet July 25-27 at the Moody Gardens Hotel for its first board meeting of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

By Kyle Kamrath, TAA Government Affairs Specialist

Running a business takes a lot of time, manpower and substantial financial investment. The market, competition, improving technologies and other factors all have an impact on the cost of business. The same is true for political campaigns. Local, statewide and federal campaigns are becoming increasingly expensive to operate, particularly in Texas due to the size of our state, our growing population and the high number of major metropolitan areas. Furthermore, competition between the two major political parties and the rising cost of technology are causing the campaign costs to significantly increase.   In 2010, Gov. Rick Perry spent close to $40 million during his re-election campaign.  The most expensive state Senate race in 2010 cost just over $830,000. The most expensive, successful state House race cost more than $840,000. That same year, a former state representative spent $1.2 million on his reelection campaign and lost. Campaigns have to employ a variety of tools in order to be successful. Most campaigns spend money on voter databases, direct mail, polling, advertising, consultants, phone-banks, websites and staff. In order to pay for these items, candidates are forced to spend much of their time fundraising, which is often very challenging. Consequently, political committees, such as TAA PAC, provide access to an extremely valuable campaign commodity.   In 1999, the association made a conscious decision to substantially grow the

TAA PAC in order to keep up with the rising cost of campaigns. As you can see in the chart on this page, this effort has been extremely successful thanks to the fair share contributions from local associations, the PAC Investor Program and other initiatives. As campaigns continue to become more expensive, it is critical that TAA PAC continues to grow so that it may continue to provide candidates across the board with meaningful contributions. Through the financial support that TAA PAC gives to candidates and elected officials, the association gains access to those elected officials it has supported so that it can discuss issues important to the industry and association members.

Independent Rental Owners Independent rental owners own or manage rental properties, and are actively involved, from an ownership perspective, in the management of properties. Apartment association membership helps independent rental owners become better informed and educated about superior ways of managing rental properties. Membership also expands your connection to other independent owners to allow for greater communication, information flow and technical knowledge.

Main Characteristics of Independent Rental Owners (IRO) • They typically have their own money invested in the property. • They generally work alone, with no (or few) employees. • Subcontractors and vendors are very important to them. • They may have several types of properties, sometimes spread out geographically.

TAA to meet in July The TAA Board of Directors will meet July 25-27 at the Moody Gardens Hotel for its first board meeting of the 20122013 fiscal year. TAA’s Leadership Conference will be held the afternoon of Wednesday, July 25, and a Membership Think Tank for local association staff and membership volunteers will be held that evening. TAA’s committees will meet on Thursday, July 26, and the Board of Directors will meet Friday morning, July 27, from 9-11 a.m. During its meeting on Friday, the Board will consider the association’s proposed activity and capital acquisitions budget for 2012-2013 and will present awards for participation in TAA’s 2011 “Get Connected” statewide membership campaign.

El Paso Apartment Association

TRADE SHOW This year’s El Paso Apartment Association Trade Show was a great success. The Trade Show had a Las Vegas theme but unlike Vegas, what happens at the tradeshow, we spread the word. We had over 200 attendees that enjoyed presentations from our many vendor booths. The first place booth went to The Greater El Paso Apartment Guide. Sal Hernandez (ELVIS) and Silvia Gonzales from The Guide did a fantastic rendition of a Vegas Show. The other finalists were Apartment Ideas and Ferguson. Our $500.00 grand Prize winner was Gilbert Lopez, congratulations Gilbert.

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A Gala Affair! The El Paso Apartment Association’s Installation & Awards Gala was held at the beautiful Monte Carlo Hall in east El Paso on May 19, 2012. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for making such an enchanting evening a reality. Gold Sponsors were: SHERWIN WILLIAMS, HUB INTERNATIONAL, ARM LAUNDRY, EL PASO DISPOSAL, MACGRAY and FERGUSON. Silver Sponsors were: APARTMENT GUIDE, ASSOCIATED PROPERTIES, CORT FURNITURE, CORPORATE COMFORTS, SUN CARPETS & WESTERN FIRE PROTECTION CO. Bronze Sponsors were: TIME WARNER & TEXAS GAS SERVICE. Please make sure to thank them for their generous support! This year’s theme was Oscars Night-A Black & White Affair. It all began with royal treatment at our red carpet ceremony held outside the Monte Carlo Hall. Guests were photographed upon arrival (all pictures are posted on EPAA’s facebook page, After dinner, we were welcomed by our Masters of Ceremony, K.C. Griffin and Sal Hernandez followed by our awards presentation. Past-President Kristin Sizemore expressed her gratitude by presenting the Volunteer, Leadership & Presidential Awards. The 2012-2013 Board of Directors was installed by Texas Apartment Association’s President Scott Wilder. The night was just getting started as Eric Heller was installed as President of the El Paso Apartment Association. His speech and commitment showed a bright future for our association. The big awards of the night were then presented: Vendor of the Year-Supplies Ferguson Enterprises & Vendor of the Year-Services CORT Furniture. Manager of the Year under 200 units was awarded to Priscilla Gonzalez, NALP,CAM,CAMT,CPO from Las Norias Apartments & Manager of the Year over 200 units went to Alex Canales, NALP, CAM from Desert Tree Apartments. The prestigious Property of the Year award went to The Reserve at Sandstone Ranch managed by Fawn Shirley. Congratulations to everyone! The El Paso Apartment Association extends its gratitude to the Programs and Gala sub-committee for an outstanding job in putting this evening together. By Salvador Hernandez

Photos from our ‘Oscar’ inspired installation banquet

New Members RM International LLC Ricardo Mora 5812 Cromo Dr. El Paso, TX 79912 915-239-3788 Western States Fire Protection Nena Franco 1031 Hawkins Blvd. El Paso, TX 79915 915-772-7001 EP Southwestern Contracting, Inc. Debbie Christensen P O Box 26989 El Paso, TX 79926 915-562-1116 AT&T Jason Haislip 410 W. Missouri Midland, TX 79701 432-853-9204 Positive Directions Co. Aliana Apodaca 814 Wyoming Ave. El Paso, TX 79902 915-838-1000 Sierra Roofing Construction Eddie Alvarez 6044 Gateway East. Ste. 444 El Paso, TX 79905 915-319-7203 Advance'd Temporaries Inc. 9530 Viscount Suite 1, El Paso, TX 79925 915-774-0281 Sun City Built Tracy McIntyre 3750 Durazno El Paso, TX 79905 546-9700 Linda Powers 6517 Isla del Rey El Paso, TX 79912 915-479-2093 Alex Supply Andres Hidalgo Jr. 6915 AltoRey El Paso, TX 79912-3015 915-694-0744

Center for Employment Training Rosie Guerrero 294 Candelaria St. El Paso, TX 79907 915-859-1070 Trim Team Inc. Gerardo Sanchez 3613 Lee Boulevard El Paso, TX 79936 915-856-0791 El Paso RoofCare Walter Parker 609 Brdy. Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87102 915-241-1441 Green Earth Ron Borunda 10932 Delafield Ste. B El Paso, TX 79936 915-875-9922 Insco Distributing Inc. Alex Briseno 901 Tony lama Ste. 1 El Paso, TX 79915 915-779-3475 Sun City Winnelson Paul Sahagun 7231 Brogan El Paso, TX 79915 915-532-1600 Vizzion Construction Mgmt. Idalia Gonzalez 350 Thunderbird, Ste. 232 El Paso, TX 79912 915-503-2949 Nations Brokers Insurance Svcs. Michael Webb 13409 Challaburton Dr. Farmers Branch, TX 75234 972-241-1468 Texas Rubberized Roof Coating Richard Allan 9417 Montana Ave. El Paso, TX 79925 915-317-5630 A/P Recovery Services, LLC Al Gonzalez 6969 S. Angora Loop El Paso, TX 79934 915-544-5800

MGC Constructions & Resurfacing Jose Luis Marmolejo 1449 Jim Larabel El Paso, TX 79936 915-345-3943 B G Staffing Todd Grice 2650 Fountainview Dr. #300 Houston, TX 77057 713-781-8367 Universal Construction Svcs. Gabriel Gonzalez 10265 Valle del Mar El Paso, TX 79927 915-881-7168 River Construction & Roofing Alberto Arellano 5159 J.M. Browning El Paso, TX 79938 915-921-7547 Maintenance USA Victoria Musgrave 801 W. Bay Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 904-421-1400 J&J Distributing Joe Prangner 10016 Kenworthy El Paso, Tx. 79924 575-642-6737 GAF - Veronica Urquieta Veronica Urquieta 1361 Alps Rd Wayne, NJ 07470 915-525-2913 Sundrani Enterprises Manish Sundrani 915-383-5730 Rocky Mountain Roofing Sal Corona 12014 Van Gogh Dr. 915-203-8107

Member Spotlight Ferguson has been in business for nearly 60 years being one of the largest suppliers of products and services to multiple segments of the Hospitality, Property Management, Institutional, and Government sectors. We serve to meet our customers’ needs. Our supply extends into all major brands of Plumbing, HVAC, Appliances, Hardware and Lighting. Ferguson offers order-byphone service for personal support and online for around the clock convenience. Also with a 24/7 commercial water heater program to help meet those unexpected situations. We are dedicated , experienced and committed to putting the customer first and with two locations to serve the El Paso area, “Nobody expects more from us than we do!®” With Ferguson, you get so much more than plumbing supplies. You get a long and distinguished history of dependable service, a coast-to-coast network of resources, and the benefit of dedicated professionals who deliver so much more than what goes onto a truck. East side El Paso Location Plumbing and HVAC Counters 6914 Industrial Blvd El Paso, TX 79915 915-779-3388

Westside Location Ferguson Xpress 6323 North Mesa El Paso, TX 79912 915-581-3076

Member Moments Congratulations to: Ruby Fernandez who was promoted from leasing agent to assistant manager at La Privada.

mon Torres (Maintenance Supervisor). They are the Bohannon Dream Team who will be leasing up our newest property, The Cottages at Edgemere.

Emily Garcia, promoted to assistant manager at Terrace Hill, was leasing before.

Bohannon Development would like to welcome the following new team members: Linda Arcos, Leasing Professional, The Bungalows at North Hills; Shana Oh, Leasing Professional, The Bungalows at North Hills; Veronica Chavez, Leasing Professional, Puerta Villa at Pellicano; Alma Correa, Leasing Professional, Puerta Villa at Pellicano; Cris Gonzales, Maintenance Supervisor, Las Ventanas; Martin Del Hierro, Assistant Maintenance Supervisor, The Bungalows at Hueco Estates; Giovanni Ponce, Leasing Professional, The

Christiana Padilla was promoted from assistant manager to property manager at Sun Hollow Apartments. Jessica Machristie on her promotion to Property Manager of The Bungalows at North Hills Erika Avila (Property Manager), Natalie Vasquez (Leasing Professional) and File-

Cottages at Edgemere Congratulations to Norma De La Rosa, Leasing Professional at Puerta Villa at Pellicano on the birth of her first baby, Ethan. Audrey Corley, was promoted from Leasing Agent to Assistant Manager at the Tuscany at Mesa Hills.

Integrity’s corporate office, Amanda McCoy gave birth to Emmalyn Sanchez on March 1, 2012, Welcome Emmalyn!!

AFFORDABLE HOUSING TASK FORCE The Affordable Housing Task Force was put together in an effort to study and explore if in fact a committee is necessary to be a formal part of the El Paso Apartment Association. For the last three months the task force has met with several key members of the association who are intimately involved in providing affordable multi-family units to their tenants and other members who have utilized specific financing mechanisms that target the affordable demographic. Their message was loud and clear: the need for increased education and training specific to the affordable housing arena. Through the committee and thanks to our executive director a Physical Inspection training provided by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs will be held in El Paso later this year. Please monitor our website for more details. This is only the start of more collaboration between our association and the public sector. We have heard from other key players dedicated to affordable housing including Jerry Romero, Vice-President of Wells

Fargo Community Development Team and Linda Powers a certified appraiser and the primer market analyst in the affordable housing arena for this region. Jerry Romero is the Community Development Director at Wells Fargo bank. He served as chair on the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and has been on the board for over 16 years. He is also a board member on the El Paso Housing Finance Corporation, El Paso Collaborative for Community and Eco nomic Development, and the Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. He is an expert in his field and spoke to the affordable housing task force about the importance of educating our residents in financial literacy with the goal of getting apartment dwellers to be homeowners. Linda Powers has been performing market studies and appraisals for the past 12 years. She is approved by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to prepare market studies for Low Income Housing Tax Credit applications. In her 12 years of

By Demetrio Jimenez, Affordable Task Force experience, she has never seen such a saturated affordable housing market in El Paso. Both have stated the need for more affordable multi-family housing. A gap between market rate and what the general population can afford is starting to grow, coupled with the fact that more troops and support personnel are continually migrating to El Paso, increasing the population and thus increasing the demand for apartments. There is currently a 2000 household waiting list of families wanting to live in Ft. Bliss. It will be imperative for the development of affordable units both in the single family rental and multifamily arena in order to meet the demand. The Taskforce is up to the challenge and welcomes your input; it meets the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30 am at the EPAA offices. Also, mark your calendar on September 12, 2012 for the Uniform Physical Inspection Training by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Bed Bugs are Here by Maurice Kropp / Kropp’s Pest Control

If you haven’t encountered bed bugs at you property yet you will. They have quietly invaded our fair city and are multiplying exponentially as we sleep. We first began getting calls in the summer of 2008 and the reports have doubled each year since. Bed bugs occur world-wide and bridge all economic and social strata. Bed bug infestations in North America have become much more common over the past 10 years. Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, approximately 3/16-inch long, 1/8-inch wide, broadly oval, and flat. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) are tiny and appear translucent or pale in color. The eggs are pearly white in color and only 1 mm in length, thus they can be very difficult to detect with the naked eye.

Inspections for bed bugs include looking for live bugs, shed exoskeletons and characteristic black stains created by fecal droppings. These insects feed exclusively on blood however there has been no evidence to suggest that bed bugs transmit any diseases. Bed bugs do not enter homes from the natural outdoor environment; instead they must be introduced into the home from a previously infested environment. This can occur by picking them up during travel, bringing them in on rented or used furniture, introduction by guests or visitors, or other means. Often the exact source of the infestation is unknown. Once in the home bed bugs will seek small, protected areas to hide. Although called bed bugs, they can live in almost any area of the home such as beds, couches, picture frames, night stands, wall voids, under carpeting, or virtually any available small crack or crevice. However, they will most likely try to live very close to where people sleep. Only highly trained professionals can correctly identify and treat all of these potential harborages. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and therefore usually hide during the day and are most active at night when they leave their harborages to seek a blood meal. Bed bug bites are essentially painless and often go unnoticed while the

bugs are feeding. Bed bugs mature quickly, lay hundreds of eggs, and can live almost a year. Therefore, infestations can grow rapidly and persist indefinitely until proper corrective actions are taken. • Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to detect. Proper diagnosis requires highly trained professionals. • Bed bug services are very labor intensive, rely heavily on the careful use of residual pesticides and should only be conducted by highly trained professionals. • Proper service requires that ALL possible harborages are treated. This usually requires the complete cooperation of the customer to access all areas that need to be treated. • One service WILL NOT eliminate bed bugs from your home. A typical bed bug management program consists of an intensive initial service followed by a number of follow up visits over a period of several months. These follow up visits are necessary to ensure a maximum level of control. In rare cases, total elimination of bed bugs may not be possible through our regular program. We will work with the customer to design custom treatments to give the best control possible.

We’re BIG Fans! The El Paso Apartment Association Community services Committee would like to thank all of you who participated in the “Fan Drive”. A special THANK YOU to Ray Baca from Monterey Properties who so generously donated $250 towards the purchase of fans. We were able to help 30 families with your donations.

GOvERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE I hope you like this newsletter and thank your EPAA leadership, Sal Hernandez and the Newsletter Committee for resurrecting it. More importantly, I hope that contributors can keep it interesting, so that you will look forward to, and read, every issue! Give us your feedback! Here goes . . . Elections. 2012 is a very important year, a presidential election year, a general election year when we will elect judges, justices of the peace, constables, school board trustees, state representatives, congressional representatives and senators, as well as the president. From the president on down to our local constable, the people we elect will affect our lives directly or indirectly, personally and professionally, by the laws and other choices they make on our behalf. That’s our system; it has worked for 223 years; but, it won’t work well unless we all know the issues, know the candidates, and vote for the best candidates. PS: “we all” includes y’ all! Why not find, support, and even work for a rental housingfriendly candidate? Action Plan. The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) spent several monthly meetings last year developing an Action Plan for your association. Our Action Plan has seven goals for us and your association. This newsletter

is one of your association’s and GAC’s shared goals. Our primary goal is to “Influence rental-housing legislation.” We identified several important ways to do that: establish/maintain professional working relationships with our city representatives and key staff; increase our membership on city boards and commissions; and, elect “business-friendly” candidates to the City Council. While this is our most important goal, it is also probably our most difficult goal, because it takes time and interest in government. So, if you have the time and interest, we will save a place for you on our committee. We need new ideas! PAC. Our association has an obligation to support the Texas Apartment Association (TAA) and its Political Action Campaign (PAC). Our financial obligation is called our “Fair Share” and it’s based on membership. One of our seven goals last year was to meet our TAA Fair Share and local PAC needs for the next two years. Guess what? Thanks to all of you who contributed, we have already met our TAA Fair Share! In Lubbock, in October, EPAA delivered $6,400 to the TAA PAC. Special thanks to President-elect Eric Heller, who implemented and ramrodded the “99” Club and collected over $5,000! But, we’re

By Jim Erickson Chairman

not done yet; we need campaign funds for our local El Paso races. We need about 50 more 99 Club members! TAA Government Affairs. On Wednesday, March 28, we hosted David Mintz, the TAA staff member responsible for Government Affairs. First, he attended our monthly Government Affairs Committee meeting at the association’s office/classroom. We discussed the above topics and more, much more. He gave us several copies of a national survey by which we can better evaluate our governmental affairs organization and efforts. Second, we visited and spoke at length with State Representative Marisa Marquez and presented her with a check for her 2012 campaign (your PAC funds at work!). After lunch at the Great American Land and Cattle Co. on Alabama St. with about ten of us, including Aliana Apodaca, the guest presenter for the Seminar (thanks to Martha Aguayo and Apartment Finders for picking up the bill), we visited Marcia Heller at Associated Properties, where David went into more detail about the survey. Before leaving that evening, he attended the Trade Show on Alabama. All in all, I’m sure he enjoyed and benefitted from his visit with us. The effect was mutual!


JUSTICES OF THE PEACE Judge Robert T. Pearson Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 424 Executive Center Suite 100 El Paso, Texas 79902 Phone: (915) 534-3917 Fax: (915) 351-1731 Constable Precinct #1 Robert P. White Judge Monica Teran Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 9521 Socorro Rd. Suite B2. El Paso, Texas 79927 Phone: (915) 859-3744 Fax: (915) 859-8681 Constable Precinct #5 Manny Lopez Judge Brian J. Haggerty Monday - Friday 4641 Cohen Suite A El Paso, Texas 79924 Phone: (915) 751-7575 Fax: (915) 751-7623

Constable Precinct #2 Rick Gammon Judge Ruben Lujan Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Friday 8:00 am to 11:30 am 190 N. San Elizario Rd. Clint, Texas 79836 Phone: (915) 851-2019 Fax: (915) 851-3694 Constable Precinct #6 Oscar Robles Judge Guadalupe Aponte Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 500 E. San Antonio 3rd Floor Suite 308 El Paso, Texas 79901 Phone: (915) 546-2170 Fax: (915) 546-8188 Constable Precinct #3 Hector J. Bernal Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm Phone: (915) 855-3062 or Fax: (915) 855-3098

Constable Precinct #6 Place 2 Alex Gamboa Judge Barbara Perez Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday Closed 1840 Lee Trevino Suite 109 El Paso, Texas 79936 Phone: (915) 594-1143 Fax: (915) 595-2647 Constable Precinct #4 Luis Augilar Judge Bruce King Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m 431 Vinton Rd. Space A Vinton, Texas

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