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


July 22, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo, Aug. 27-28

The 2016 JBLM Airshow and Warrior Expo at McChord Field Aug. 27-28 is just five weeks away. JBLM’s first air show since 2012 will feature the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron—Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Parachute Demonstration Team—Golden Knights, and more than a dozen other aerial performances, all scheduled to perform each day.

The Airshow and Warrior Expo is free and open to the public. Gates open at 9 a.m. and flying is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. both days.

Here’s a list of the scheduled performers in alphabetical order:

  • Ace Maker T-33 Jet solo performance 

  • B-17 Flying Fortress fly-by 

  • B-25 Mitchell fly-by 

  • C-17 Globemaster III demonstration 

  • Cascade W arbirds 

  • F/A-18 Hornet tactical demonstration 

  • Huey & Cobra helicopters demonstration 

  • Joint Forces Air Drop Demonstration with CH-47 Chinooks & C-17 Globemaster III 

  • KI-43 Oscar solo performance 

  • P-38 Lightning solo performance 

  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 

  • U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team 

  • WWII Warbird Dogfight (P-38 vs. KI 43)

There will be more than 30 aircraft and military vehicles and equipment on display.

Parking options:
  • Pierce Transit: Park at the Lakewood Transit Station, 11424 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood, or the Tacoma Dome Transit Station (by Freighthouse Square) and ride a Pierce Transit bus to the Airshow.
  • Non-DOD ID Cardholders: Enter JBLM via I-5 exit 125 and proceed to the McChord Field gate.
  • DOD ID Cardholders: Enter JBLM Lewis Main via I-5 exits 119 through 123, or the Lewis Main east gate. Park at Madigan Army Medical Center or the Logistics Center and take free bus shuttles to McChord Field.

For more information, visit:

For more information, contact JBLM Public Affairs at (253) 967-0158 / 0152 / 0154.


North Thorne Lane Shoulder Closure

(This message is from Sound Transit)

Starting as early as Monday, July 25th, drivers can expect shoulder closures at North Thorne Lane. Sound Transit’s contractor will be digging potholes along the railroad and installing a tube to protect electric cables. This construction work is anticipated to last two days.

What to expect
  • Neighbors, motorists and businesses can expect work along the existing railroad track that includes:
  • Equipment will sound similar to a truck engine running and vacuuming gravel
  • Access to residence and businesses will be maintained

*Orange area on map identifies construction wok zone


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule

The following is a schedule of construction work related to the South Tacoma Way Project beginning Monday, July 25, 2016:

  • Monday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 26: The contractor will continue to grade for the placement of curb, gutter and sidewalk on the west side of South Tacoma Way from 100th St Southwest to 96th St South. This work will require right lane closures.
  • Wednesday, July 27: Curb and gutter will be poured on the west side of South Tacoma Way from Perkins Ln to 96th St South. This work will require right lane closures and temporary closures of driveways on the west side of South Tacoma Way as the work progresses. The contractor will maintain access to all properties during this curb pour through the use of steel plates or other measures. 
  • Thursday, July 28: The contractor will continue to prepare for the new sidewalk. Work will require right lane closures.
Track Replacement

Construction work will be located south of the Barksdale Avenue this upcoming weekend. Neighbors, motorists and businesses can expect work along the existing rail road track route. Daytime work will continue into next week.

What to expect
  • Welding
  • Noise impacts sound similar to a truck engine running, with occasional rail cutting and beeping
  • Grading
  • Track installation

WSDOT has contracted with Sound Transit to deliver the track and signal work, including upgrading crossings, bridge rehabilitation and construction and retaining wall construction.

The Point Defiance Bypass project includes a new Amtrak passenger train station in Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square, new and upgraded track between Tacoma and DuPont and five reconstructed at-grade crossings, each with advanced warning and signal systems. When all work is complete in 2017 it will provide more frequent, reliable and faster Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in Washington.


Lodging Tax Grant Application

The City of Lakewood is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in Lakewood, Washington. The source of monies from which projects will be funded is the city’s share of taxes collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels within the City of Lakewood.

Beginning 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016, the application period opens. It will close at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

The 2016 Lodging Tax Grant Application provides information regarding eligible uses of motel/hotel tax revenues and the process for proposal submission.

Grant application packets must be complete, signed, and received by the City. Applications can be e-mailed directly to Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director  Tho Kraus at  , or they can be left with the first-floor front desk at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Late or incomplete application packets will not be considered.

For more information, contact Tho Kraus at  .

Download the 2016 Lodging Tax Grant Application


WPFR Looking For AmeriCorps Volunteer

(This message is from West Pierce Fire & Rescue regarding an opportunity for a potential Americorps volunteer)

It is the mission of West Pierce Fire & Rescue, in partnership with the Lakewood and University Place community, to provide excellent fire protection, prevention, education and emergency services. The AmeriCorps volunteer will support that mission by assisting in supporting and providing disaster preparedness training in several forms including Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The volunteer will provide program support, research, and assist in documentation of outreach activities. One primary goal of the program is to ensure that the preparedness message is heard throughout the District, particularly in low-income neighborhoods. This will be accomplished through public speaking, newsletters, event support, personal contact, preparedness training, and the use of CERT ambassadors. The volunteer will place special focus on low-income areas to promote and host preparedness programs. It will be the responsibility of the volunteer to create a system for updating printed and web-based materials. The volunteer may be activated for an emergency or disaster event in a support role for the Department Operation Center. This position is contingent on funding.

The member will support the CERT program to include setup of the room and organization of class materials in support of the instructors. Under the direction of the supervisor, the volunteer will research and suggest methods of enhancing support for CERT members, with an emphasis on low-income participants; to include training, funding and community recognition. They will participate in developing and providing programs to inform the public about types of disasters and ways to prepare for the impacts of those disasters. They will encourage attendance by citizens at preparedness programs and track all citizen volunteer hours. The volunteer will have significant interaction with the public, so must be comfortable speaking with people both in-person and on the phone. The volunteer will be given opportunities to be involved with hands on disaster preparedness activities. The volunteer will focus on methods used by low-income members to enhance their preparedness level.

For more information or to apply through the AmeriCorps website, please click here .

Applications will be accepted until July 31. If you have questions or for more information, please contact Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Rachel Adler at   or (253) 983-4564.


Lakewood Asian Film Fest July 30-Aug 1

The Lakewood Arts Commission proudly presents the 4th Annual “Lakewood Asian Film Fest,” July 30-Aug. 1.

The free festival – which will be held at the Lakewood Elks - will feature five emotional, thought-provoking Asian films (some subtitles) that cover an array of genres and tastes, beginning with the internationally acclaimed Australian–Laotian film, “The Rocket." Here is the festival's full film schedule:

Film Schedule:

  • “The Rocket,” 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30: Australia-Laos, Subtitles, PG-17, Young, cursed Montagnard boy enters contest to a build rocket using leftover American bombs (sleep­ing tigers). An international sensation and “Rotten Tomato” favorite!
  • “Wolf Totem,” 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30: China, Subtitles, PG 13, Breathtaking story of Mongolian herdsmen, marauding wolves, advancing civilization. “Majestic”, J. Ross.
  • “English – Vinglish,” 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31: India, PG-13, Sridevi triumphs as a non-English speaking woman visiting New York. Superb, “if you only see two films this year, see English-Vinglish twice!” SJ.
  • “Anna and the King,” 7 p.m., Sunday, July 31: U.S.-Thai, PG 13, Spectacular true-life story of Siam King Mongkut and English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. A masterpiece filled with high adventure and intrigue. RR. Stars Chow Yun Fat and Jodie Foster.
  • “The Lover,” 7 p.m., Monday, Aug.  1: French-Vietnamese, PG-18, Teenage French girl begins an affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1928 Saigon. Smoldering film of M. Duras’s bestselling novel. Stars Jane Marsh and Chinese sensation Tony Leung.

The event will also feature a special “Saigon 67” photographic exhibit, ArtsFest and Philippine Scouts displays.

Lakewood Elks is located at 6313 75th St. W., Lakewood. It features a concession stand, air conditioning and free parking. Seating is on first-come basis.

Organizers would like to thank the event’s sponsors: Casa Mia, Clover Park Rotary, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery and Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County.

For more information, contact (253) 861-1366.


American Lake Park Boat Launch to Open at 5:30 a.m.

In order to better accommodate residents and fishermen, the City of Lakewood will open the gate to the American Lake Park boat launch at 5:30 a.m.

The park's gates and restrooms will continue to open at 7 a.m. As always, boat launch fees are $15 per day, or users can purchase a season pass at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

Only vehicles with trailers are allowed to park in the boat launch parking lot – any single vehicles must park in the adjacent lot at the park.

More information regarding American Lake Boat Launch can be found at /parks-and-recreation/parks/american-lake-park .

Summer School Schedule

Classes have let out for the summer, but summer school for Clover Park School District has started (see schedule ). Please drive cautiously!

New Municipal Court Hours of Operation

Effective Monday, June 6, 2016, the Municipal Court Serving Lakewood, University Place, Steilacoom and DuPont will offer new hours of operation. The change is taking place as more residents and users access the courts online and more convenient methods.

The new hours of operation:

  • Counter & Payments: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 9:00 a.m. - noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Economic Development

Business Showcase: Diamond Designs

On Monday, the Lakewood City Council recognized Diamond Designs Unlimited and owner Shane Luvaas as its July 2016 Business Showcase. Here is the business' story:

Few things are guaranteed for small, independent business owners.

But in the case of Lakewood’s Diamond Designs Unlimited – where each piece of jewelry is unique and crafted to the finest quality - owner Shawn Luvaas keeps a promise for new and longtime customers.

It’s a promise that has helped Diamond Designs build and maintain a loyal following for nearly 25 years.

“I guarantee you’ll see something you’ve never seen before,” he said recently during a break from a steady trickle of walk-ins.

For years, customers walked through Diamond Designs’ doors at 6111 100th St. SW, Ste A, looking to purchase an array of unique jewelry showcasing loose diamonds, pearls, gems and other sparkling, colorful centerpieces. It also repairs and appraises jewelry. In fact, Luvaas has performed more than 27,000 jewelry repairs in his lifetime.

Read the rest the Business Showcase


Christ Lutherna Church Visit

On Wednesday, July 20, members of Christ Lutheran Church came to the station to BBQ for the Lakewood Police Department. According to LPD:

"The food was delicious, the company was wonderful and we truly cannot say thank you enough for such an amazing show of kindness and support. It has been truly heartwarming to see the amount of support that has been shown to every employee here over the last couple of weeks, from all of you, the citizens of Lakewood. From cookies, donuts, cakes, flowers, teddy bears, cards, plaques and BBQ's you have touched us deeply with your generous and sincere caring and encouragement and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, July 25, 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:

July 25, 2016 Study Session

  • Emergency Preparedness/Cascadia Rising Earthquake Exercise update
  • 2nd Qtr Police Report
  • Review Pierce County Senior Center lease extension
  • Review Lakewood Water District ILA regarding backflow inspections
  • Review multi-family tax exemption application on 108th Street in Lakeview
  • Review rental housing safety program


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Monday, August 1, 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:

August 1, 2016 Regular Meeting

  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint a member to Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Approve Pierce County Senior Center lease extension
  • Adopt rental housing code
  • Approve Lakewood Water District ILA regarding backflow inspections
  • Approve multi-family tax exemption application on 108th Street in Lakeview