John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


Dec. 31, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Coming Jan. 1: MyLakewood311 Mobile App

On Jan. 1, 2016, the City of Lakewood will launch its official mobile app: MyLakewood311.

MyLakewood311 will serve as the official platform for residents to access their government via cell phone or tablet.

The mobile app builds on the City of Lakewood’s recently revamped website and award-winning social media presence, and it’s part of an overall effort by the City to stay connected to residents. In fact, one of the Lakewood City Council’s goals is a commitment to “honest, open, and transparent government.”

With the “MyLakewood311” app, residents can submit, track and view nearby service requests through their smartphones and online. Residents can also use the in-app widgets to find 
information about events, public meetings and view City news.

Once requests are submitted, the relevant staff redirects and responds to requests through a customized workflow management system.

The City will also use the system to provide residents with real-time status updates and comments on submitted requests.

“MyLakewood311” is an application launched in partnership between the City of Lakewood and PublicStuff. This is a free service and will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. Search “MyLakewood311” in the stores to download.

Cityvision Magazine Highlights Lakewood's Social Media Efforts

The latest edition of Cityvision Magazine,  which hit mailboxes this month, offers plenty on the City of Lakewood.

Specifically, the magazine - published by the Association of Washington Cities -  highlights the City's innovative social media efforts, as told through a Q&A with Mayor Don Anderson. He addressed several social media-related issues, everything from Facebook to our NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award  to praise for the Police Department.

"It’s as simple as telling people when we have major road projects, or when there’s a food or toy drive, or in summer reminding people that there’s a farmer’s market," Anderson told the magazine. "Hopefully it causes them to participate and to engage with the city."

Finally, the magazine produced a great infographic on some of the numbers about the City of Lakewood that some readers might find surprising.

Click here  to view an online edition of the magazine.

Air Stagnation Advisory

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an air stagnation advisory that will take effect from 10 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, to 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 4.

A strong ridge of high pressure will build into the Pacific Northwest by late this week through early next week. This pattern will result in a strong temperature inversion with light winds that will trap cold air near the surface and create stagnant air conditions. Overnight lows will remain in the 20’s and daytime highs in the 30’s during this time period.

  • Air quality: Poor air quality may develop as a strong temperature inversion is expected. It will trap pollution near the surface.
  • Impacts: Wood smoke, vehicle or industrial emissions may degrade air quality through the late week and weekend into early next week. Burn bans could be in effect for your area. Please consult county or tribal authorities before burning.

An air stagnation advisory indicates that due to limited movement of an air mass across the advisory area, pollution will increase to dangerous levels. Persons with respiratory illness should follow their physician’s advice for dealing with high levels of air pollution.

13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Lakewood is again coming together to celebrate the legacy of one of our society’s most transformative figures and civil rights leaders, as well as the voices, backgrounds and stories of the people that make our community strong.

The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m., to noon, Jan. 16, 2016. The event takes place at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The theme of this year’s event: “Legacy of the Dream: How Far Have We Come!”

Mayor Don Anderson will deliver the welcoming remarks, and the featured speaker will be Dr. Lonnie Howard, President of Clover Park Technical College.

As always, the celebration will feature several cultural performances and exhibits, and the winners of the Clover Park School District MLK essay contest will be announced.

For more information, click on the official flyer.

City Offices Closed For New Years Day

In observance of New Years Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.


Social Media Users Help Police Locate Truck

According to Police, its post on a stolen truck and equipment Wednesday, Dec. 29, reached nearly 9,000 users within a couple of hours on Facebook and caught the attention of several news outlets. By 10 a.m., the next morning, someone who had watched the news story called police, who located the dump truck. An investigator had forensics process the truck.

According to Assistant Chief John Unfred, the owner is happy with the service provided by Police, which is following up on leads to locate a suspect.

"It would not have happened as quickly as it did without our social media presence," Unfred said. "This is exactly the type of use we envisioned for our social media, and it’s nice to see it working."

Great job, everyone involved.

LPD Holds First Online Auction

The City of Lakewood Police Department is holding its first online auction  of select items that it has seized during operations.

Through a partnership with , the Department is auctioning four sets of LEGO toys, as well as jewelry. Both auctions began Dec. 28, and are scheduled to end 9:30 p.m., Jan. 4, 2016.

To view the online auction, visit .

City Council

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 4, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 4, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring January as School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board member
  • Approve Accounts Receivable write-offs
  • Public Hearing on Six Year Transportation Improvement Program amendments


The City Council will be conducting a tour on Saturday, January 9, 2016, beginning at 7:00 a.m., departing from Lakewood City located at 6000 Main Street SW.  The purpose of the tour is to view various cottage housing developments in Redmond, Kirkland and Shoreline.

January 9, 2016 (Saturday), 7:00 AM, Council tour

  • Cottage housing tour


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 11, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

January 11, 2016 Study Session

  • Review of Title 18A amendments to improve structure & organization
  • Review of Chapter 3.64 Tax Incentive Urban Use Development code amendments
  • Review of 2016 Council liaisons to citizens advisory boards and committees and external committees