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


July 29, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Police: June Crime Stats

The Lakewood Police Department has released its crime statistics for June 2016. A few highlights:

  • Overall crime is down 23 percent compared to June 2015 and is slightly under the rate for the year
  • Violent crime is down 18 percent compared to the same time in 2015
  • Property crimes are down 27 percent compared to June 2015


Read the Lakewood Police Department's June 2016 Crime Statistics


Lakewood Asian Film Fest July 30-Aug 1

The Lakewood Arts Commission proudly presents the 4th Annual “Lakewood Asian Film Fest,” Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, 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.


National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 2

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the ‪Lakewood community will once again participate in National Night Out.

For those unfamiliar with it, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. In Lakewood, we're hearing of at least 35 separate neighborhood events scheduled throughout the community.

Are you throwing a National Night Out party?


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way  project for the week beginning Aug. 1, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Monday, Aug. 1 to Thursday, Aug. 4: Expect lane closures in the southbound direction as the contractor completes work related to the new curb, gutter and sidewalk.  Closures will be limited to the curb lane and sporadic closures of driveways will be necessary. The contractor will maintain access to the businesses during the work.
  • Monday, Aug. 1: The contractor may be doing work in the eastbound direction of 96th Street South (in front of the Pierce Transit Training center) relating to curb, gutter & sidewalk. This work will require a closure of the right turn lane.

Click here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects


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.


Point Defiance Bypass Track and Signal Work: Aug. 1

(This message comes from Sound Transit)

Starting as early as Aug.1, drivers can expect nighttime single and double-lane closures on I-5 northbound between the Mounts Road overpass and the rail bridge. The single-lane closures will occur between 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Double-lane closures will occur between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.


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.


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 .

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.

Parks and Recreation

Kids Day at the Lakewood Farmers Market

It was this past Tuesday at the Lakewood Farmers Market. Families and youth supported 16 youth vendors who hand crafted items to sell. The day also featured an open mic, interactive gardening workshop, learn about carnivorous plants, enjoy face painting and balloon twisters. This past week also featured a Bahn mi Sandwich chef demo.

The market on Tuesday, Aug. 2, will pay homage to National Watermelon Day with watermelon and activities from Whole Foods Market.

The Lakewood Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday during the summer outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

City Council

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 the Public Safety Advisory Committee
  • Approve an agreement with Pierce County for Lakewood Senior Center lease extension
  • Adopt rental housing safety housing code
  • Approve multi-family tax exemption conditional certificate for Rainier Terrace Apartments at 4108 and 4110 108th Street SW


The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 8, 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 8, 2016 Study Session

  • Economic Development Update