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


Aug. 19, 2016


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Heat Warning

A period of hot weather began Thursday and will continue into Saturday in Western Washington. High temperatures will break records in many locations. Some locations in the Southwest Interior will be close to 100 degrees on Friday. Temperatures at night will also be warm with lows only dropping into the mid 50s to mid 60s. The urban heat island effect will keep the warmest  temperatures at night in the Seattle metro area.

A prolonged period of warm to hot weather across the region will mainly impact people in urban areas who are in poor health. People living in buildings without air conditioning could also be impacted  Any fires that start on Thursday or Friday will grow rapidly in the hot, dry and breezy conditions.

Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger says that if Lakewood residents need to escape the heat, the Lakewood branch of the Pierce County Library System and Senior Activity Center are designated cooling centers. She advises:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Try to sit in the shade
  • Check in often on elderly or homebound residents


Police Report: July 2016

The Lakewood Police Department has released its latest monthly report covering July 2016 . Some highlights:

  • Through July 2016, Crimes Against Persons were down nearly 15 percent
  • Property crimes were down slightly compared to the same time in 2015
  • Societal crimes were down more than 30 percent for the month and down slightly for the year

Read the Police Report for July 2016


South Tacoma Way Project Schedule, Aug. 22, 2016

The following is the construction schedule for the South Tacoma Way , project for the week beginning Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, according to the Lakewood Public Works Department:

  • Expect right-lane closures in the southbound direction as construction crews continue pouring sidewalk and driveways. Following this, crews will be preparing for restoration behind the sidewalk. This work will also occur on the southern side of 96th Street South and on both sides of 100th Street Southwest.

Click here to learn about current Lakewood Public Works projects



Council Preview: Aug. 22, 2016

Here is a list of items scheduled for discussion and/or action at the Lakewood City Council meeting on Aug. 22, 2016 :

  • Parks Capital Improvement Project Update: After several years of planning, successful grant seasons and various fundraising efforts, the City of Lakewood is implementing a number of park development projects this year. Many of the projects have evolved from their original concepts based on new partnerships, opportunities and other creative collaborations.
  • Abatement Program Update: The Council will receive an update on the status of the Dangerous & Nuisance Building Abatement Program. The presentation will include a Powerpoint presentation that cover the following elements:
    • Status and location of current abatement projects
    • Fund status report, both for fund 105 (General Fund) and fund 191 (NSP1)
    • Schedule of anticipated receivables
    • Photographs of completed and active abatement projects. Community Development staff will be present to answer questions regarding the abatement program
  • 2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendments Update: The Council will receive an update on the 2016 Comprehensive plan and zoning text amendments. The comprehensive plan amendments are currently under review by the Planning Commission and are intended to be brought before Council at the end of September.
  • Review of Title 12A of the Lakewood Municipal Code complete streets policy

The Lakewood City Council meeting begins 7 p.m., at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.


Pit Bulls on Parade, Aug. 20 at Fort Steilacoom Park

Here's a cool event that will be right in our own backyard:


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.


Fort Steilacoom Park RC-Fly Area to Close During Parts of JBLM Airshow

To adhere to Federal Aviation Administration restrictions during the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Airshow & Warrior Expo,  the RC-Fly area at Fort Steilacoom Park will close for portions of each day between Aug. 24-28.

The park falls within the Temporary Flight Restriction area that the FAA will place around McChord Field during airshow and the practice leading up to it. During specified times, all aircraft operations must cease between the ground and 15,000 feet, which would include RC-controlled aircraft.

The FAA’s required closure is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 24: 12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 25: 12:50 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 26: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 28: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Lakewood Residents Can Take Chambers Creek Regional Park Survey

(This message comes from Pierce County)

The Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department and the Pierce County Public Works Department invite county residents to help shape the 2017 update to the Chambers Creek Regional Park Master Site Plan. 
This 930-acre regional park includes over two miles of saltwater shoreline, two and a half miles of urban creek and canyon, walking trails, soccer fields, open lawns, and breathtaking mountain and Puget Sound views. 
Your answers will provide meaningful insight on how to better serve you as a member of the Chambers Creek Regional Park community.

For more information, visit the Pierce County Public Works website .

Take the Survey


#IamLakewood Picture of the Week

This week, residents across the U.S. snapped pictures of themselves in front of their respective City Halls and posted them to social media with the hashtag, #CityHallSelfie. Of course, we here at Lakewood had to get in on the fun.


Economic Development

Business Showcase: Tuladhara Yoga

On Monday, April 15, 2016, the Lakewood City Council recognized Tuladhara Yoga as its August 2016 Business Showcase .

Lakewood might not have realized it, but Alicia Barrett knew that the community needed Tuladhara Yoga.

According to Barrett and the millions of other people worldwide who practice it, yoga is fun and offers mental, physical and emotional benefits. Increased energy, cardiovascular and strength-building, improved focus and concentration – the list goes on and on.

But for newcomers, yoga can be intimidating, especially given some widely held stereotypes and misconceptions of the ancient Indian practice.

That’s why Barrett, a Lakewood native, chose this particular community when she opened her studio – located at 7304 Lakewood Dr. W, Set 12, next to H&L Produce and Casa Mia. She envisioned a place where anyone could practice yoga and feel comfortable and welcomed.

“A community like Lakewood that’s diverse and has people of all backgrounds may not be using yoga to its fullest,” Barrett says. “We want to be a studio that’s inclusive. People have these perceptions or stereotypes about yoga, and we’re really trying to dispel all that.”


Read the rest of the Business Showcase


New Lakewood Index Out

The City of Lakewood has posted its latest copy of the Lakewood Index , its official Economic Development E-newsletter.

In this issue, users can read articles about:

  • An update on the exciting Motor Avenue Project
  • The latest in a slew of new restaurants coming to Lakewood
  • Diamond Designs Unlimited and Bite Me! Inc., two local businesses honored as the City's Business Showcase
  • The latest economic statistics about Economic Development in Lakewood

Click on the image above to view the latest Lakewood Index.



House of Donuts To Hold First Donut-Eating Contest

Original House of Donuts is turning 57, and to mark this milestone, the iconic Lakewood business is holding its first-ever donut-eating contest. Check out the company's news release below:

To celebrate OHOD’s 57th Birthday, we will be starting a new tradition, the first annual World Donuts Eating Contest.
The weekend on August 19th through 21st, OHOD Lakewood will celebrate its birthday in the same fashion as our recent Tacoma store birthday, a free donut w/ a hole in it with any purchase.
Along with this, on Saturday 8/20/16 we will hold our first ever World Donut Eating Contest. Entries are still being accepted in store and we will randomly choose our lucky contestants on 8/17/16.
The contest itself will be held on 8/20/16 at 1:30 PM.

Competitors will be tasked with eating as many Glazed Cake Donuts as they can in a time limit of 5 minutes.
Official contest rules can be found on our website at:

The grand prize winner will receive free donuts for one year (1 dozen donuts per month for 12 months), a free T-shirt of their choice, their very own Donut Championship trophy, and their name on our Official World Donut Championship Trophy, to be displayed in store.
Runners up have the chance to win OHOD gift cards and T-shirts. And all contestants will have the chance to win a dozen donuts.

We hope everyone will stop by and celebrate with us, we are so proud to have been a part of this amazing community for so long, and we want to take every chance we get to thank our friends and fans that make what we do here at the Original House of Donuts possible.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, August 22, 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 22, 2016 Study Session

  • Parks CIP update
  • Abatement Program update
  • 2016 Comprehensive Plan update
  • Review of Title 12A complete streets policy


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting Tuesday, September 6, 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:

September 6, 2016 (Tues) Regular Meeting

  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation declaring September 11 as Patriot Day and Day of Remembrance
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Appoint members to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Set October 17, 2016 as date for public hearing on 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments
  • Public Hearing on Sound Transit 3 ballot proposition
  • Adopt Title 12A complete streets policy
  • Expressing support for the Boulevard of Remembrance/Remembrance Corridor