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


Nov. 22, 2017

Weekly Info Bulletin

To: Mayor and members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager


Happy Thanksgiving!

The City of Lakewood wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Please have a safe holiday.

Reminder, City Hall and city services are closed Friday, Nov. 24. Normal business hours resume Monday, Nov. 27 at 8:30 a.m.


Fast trains are coming Dec. 18

Beginning Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 trains traveling up to 79 miles per hour will begin using the Point Defiance Bypass, which runs from the Tacoma Dome Station, through South Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.

This train route will be permanently used by 14 daily passenger trains that will travel in both directions. Most will pass through this area between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. However, delays in schedules make it important to stay alert and expect trains at any time, day or night.

At times, Lakewood police officers will be stationed at intersections to promote safety. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to always follow good rail safety guidelines including:

  • Do not walk on or near the tracks
  • Do not stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks while waiting for traffic
  • Obey all signals at all times – both pedestrians and drivers
  • Wait for crossing arms to go up and/or lights to stop flashing before entering a crossing 


Kick off your holidays with us

We're counting down to Christmas with our 21st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony,  Dec. 1, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

Parade starts at 5:45 p.m.; Santa arrives by fire truck at 6 p.m.

Line the parade route down 59th Street in Lakewood Towne Center then join the celebration at City Hall where we'll have live entertainment inside and out. Clover Park students will sing carols and we'll have a special performance by the Tacoma TotemAires Barbershop Harmony Chorus.

Santa can’t wait to meet your child and take a photo.

New this year is Candy Cane Lane, where visitors can stroll through boutique vendors with unique items for sale -- a perfect chance to start your holiday shopping early.

Inside City Hall children's Winter Wonderland LEGO creations will be on display. Register your child for the contest .

Enjoy family-friendly activities with "minute-to-win-it" games and arts and crafts.

Starbucks will provide hot drinks and holiday treats. Food vendors, including Stacks Burgers, will have food for purchase.

Own a business? Get in the holiday spirit by entering our Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. (Winners announced Dec. 5.)

We can't wait to celebrate with you!


Fallen Officers Food Drive

The 8th annual Fallen Officer’s Food Drive will be Nov. 29 outside the Lakewood Police Department. New this year there will also be a blood drive.

This year’s event is significant for a number of reasons. It falls a day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Tacoma Police Department Officer Jake Gutierrez, who was killed in the line of duty. We also lost two of our own this year – Officer Arron Grant and retired Chief Bret Farrar.

The Fallen Officer’s Food Drive was created by Farrar and his wife in 2010 to honor our Fallen Four – Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens and Officer Greg Richards – who were killed in the line of duty in 2009. The drive collects food for the Emergency Food Network, based in Lakewood. While it was created to honor our officers its purpose is to remember all who serve.

We hope that you’ll visit the station Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and bring your non-perishable food donation to help us honor the fallen by feeding others.

The blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donation bins will be at the station and Lakewood City Hall Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.


Helping neighbors this holiday season

Looking to give back this holiday season? Here’s just a couple ways to help your neighbors:

Springbrook Connections: This year’s Christmas Giveaway is Dec. 16. This gives families the chance to “shop” for their children who otherwise wouldn’t have presents to open on Christmas.  

If you would like to help at the dinner or donate items to the giveaway contact Jesse Black, (253) 279-5637.

Caring for Kids: Volunteer with Caring for Kids at its Holiday Fair scheduled for Dec. 9 at Hudtloff Middle School. Volunteers are needed Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7:30 a.m. at the school. This year 685 families will receive food and gifts for the holidays. If you would like to help with a monetary donation, send a check to Caring for Kids, 237 Eldorado Avenue, Fircrest, WA 98466. To sign up, or for more information email   or call (253) 279-9777.


Volunteer with Lakewood

Do you like to give back to the community? Are you looking to get better connected to Lakewood? Have some free time you want to fill? Consider joining one of the city's community advisory boards . Board members often have experience or expertise they can lend, can meet on a monthly basis and can commit to serving a full term, or longer.

Descriptions of boards with openings:

Landmarks and Heritage Advisory Board : Members identify and actively encourage the conservation of historic resources by establishing and maintaining a register of historic landmarks, landmark sites, historic special review districts, and conservation districts, among other responsibilities. Five vacancies. Due Dec. 11.

Lakewood Arts Commission : Members assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. One vacancy. Due Dec. 18. 

Descriptions of each board and commission, meeting schedule and application form can be found online .


Stay up to date with MyLakewood 311

Did you know Lakewood has its own free mobile app?

All you need to know about the city is at your fingertips. Updates on road projects and detours around the city and other city announcements can be found under the “Public Announcements” header. Read this weekly bulletin by clicking “City Manager’s Weekly Info Bulletin”, or contact the city using the “submit a new request” button and select from the appropriate category.

Download it now in the iTunes App Store  or on Google Play .


Upcoming Council Meetings

All meetings are 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held in council chambers at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood. 

Nov. 27, 2017 Study Session

  • Rental housing safety program update
  • Parks Capital Improvement Program update
  • Review of telephone utility tax audit agreement
  • Review 2017 accounts receivable write-offs
  • Adult family homes/Enhanced Service Facilities update
  • Community clean-up recap