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


Jan. 23, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Army Listening Session

Although some 500 people packed the standing room-only Army listening session on Jan. 21 in Lakewood, a clear, unified message emerged from the Sharon McGavick Center. A proposed reduction of 11,000 soldiers and civilian jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would hurt the region in more ways than one.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson told Army leaders in attendance that a drawdown at JBLM would "be bad for soldiers, our Army and national defense." Anderson added that not only are soldiers integral parts of the local economy, but the identities of the base's neighboring communities, especially the host community of Lakewood, are rooted in the military. "You don’t have to shake a family tree very hard to have a veteran fall out," he said.

For more on the listening session:

To see our album:

Northwest Now Segment on JBLM

The next episode of Northwest Now will discuss the possible cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Northwest Now airs tonight on KBTC at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Don Anderson and Tiffany Speir, program manager of South South Military and Communities Partnership, will be featured on the show.

Connections Newsletter

The Winter 2015 edition of the City of Lakewood's newsletter and parks and recreation guide is now posted:

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit   or call (253) 983-7887

For more information:

Li’l Firehouse Coffee Fills the Boot

On Jan. 16, Li’l Firehouse Coffee of Lakewood joined forces with the Western Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association to "Fill the Boot" for the coffee shop’s Grand Opening Celebration. The shop’s employees were joined by Danielle Harada, a client and volunteer of the MDA. Customers were treated to live music and a visit from Sparky the fire dog. The event successfully raised $450 for the MDA.

Li’l Firehouse Coffee is a firehouse-themed coffee shop that is operated by Robin and Ted Dailey of Puyallup, and formerly of University Place. Li’l Firehouse Coffee offers a great variety of coffees, lattes, breves, energy drinks and great food such as bagels and muffins. Li’l Firehouse Coffee is located at 8813 Edgewater Dr. Southwest in Lakewood. Their phone number is (253) 212-1796.

Check out more photos of the Grand-Opening Celebration on our Facebook page   .

Lakewood Toastmasters Proclamation

On Jan. 20, the Lakewood City Council recognized the Lakewood Toastmasters 1136371 and proclaimed Feb. 1-7 as Toastmasters International Week. For more on Lakewood Toastmasters 1136371, visit

“Go Hawks!” #IamLakewood Photo of the Week

The City of Lakewood congratulates the Seattle Seahawks for their amazing comeback victory against the Packers and trip to Super Bowl XLIV in Phoenix. More importantly, we offer a huge congrats to Lakewood native Jermaine Kearse, who persevered through a tough game and redeemed himself in the eyes of many with the game-winning catch! Not surprisingly, he made the cover of Sport Illustrated. USA Today also wrote an excellent store on Kearse here:

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 26, 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:

  • Overview of CDBG, HOME, NSP and Section 108 programs
  • Review of Substitute Ordinance No. 591 relative to subdivisions
  • Review of Residential Target Areas and proposed amendments to the Tax Incentive Urban use Center boundaries.  
  • Review of Pacific Highway redevelopment fiscal analysis
  • Review of Lakewood Towne Center site development

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 2, 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:

  • 2-2 SBCT presentation – Colonel Louis Zeisman, Commander, 2nd Styker Brigade Combat Team
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Adopt Substitute Ordinance No.  591 relative to subdivisions
  • Approve code amendments re: Planning Commission name change
  • Declare canine Koda as surplus property.
  • Approve a Greater Lakes mental health professional contract