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


June 5, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Wins National Communication Award

The City of Lakewood has been nationally recognized for its #IamLakewood  social media/community pride campaign. On June 3 at the National Association of Government Communicators  conference in Memphis, the City was one of the winners in the organization’s 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards  , which recognize superior government communication products and those who produce them. Categories cover everything from printed materials to broadcast and online material to public education campaigns. The City of Lakewood won second place in the “Shoestring Budget” category – a new category this year that recognizes the best communication efforts with limited funds – for its #IamLakewood social media/community pride campaign.  This is the first year that the City of Lakewood has entered the prestigious national government communications competition. City, county, state and federal governments from across the U.S., as well as private companies that work with local governments, submitted more than 250 entries for 43 categories. NAGC awarded first, second and Awards of Excellence prizes for each category. The City of Lakewood was the only government –local, state or federal - from Washington to receive a NAGC award this year. Click here for the full story.

2015 U.S. Open: Important Facts

The 115th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 15-21 at nearby Chambers Bay Golf Course, is rapidly approaching. Fort Steilacoom Park is one of the designated sites where attendees can park and take a shuttle to the course Traffic from other parts of the South Sound may use Lakewood to get to the course. Because of that, the City of Lakewood would like to offer these important facts that residents and visitors should keep in mind . Definitely worth a read.

Council Recognizes Outgoing Commanders Zeisman, Kumashiro

On Monday, June 1, the Lakewood City Council recognized outgoing Comm. 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Col. Louis Zeisman, the community's Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It also recognized 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. David Kumashiro. Both were recognized for their service and strong partnership with our community. They begin their new assignments June 5. The City thanks both Col. Zeisman and Col. Kumashiro for their service and commitment to working with our community.

Lakewood Sister Cities Association

Also at the Lakewood City Council, two foreign exchange students with the Lakewood Sister Cities Association and Pierce College exchange program talked about their experiences in our community. They thanked the Council profusely for the opportunity to live and learn about our community, and one of them stated that his goal was to eventually return to Lakewood.

Youth Advisory Council Bids Farewell

Finally, the City Council also recognized the members of Lakewood's Youth Advisory Council, who met regularly and honed their leadership skills with the help of Recreation Coordinator Dennis Higashiyama. Thank you for serving on the Youth Advisory Council: Jack Bowen II, Riley Chiles, Christian Contreras, Justine Gold, William Joy, Diane Nguyen, Riki Takeuchi, Nicole Van Guilder, Bianca Vieyra, Marcos Vieyra, Clare Whalen, Olivia Crawford, Hayley Mahnke, Brianna Mitchell, Demetria Mitchell, Sau Maele Nielsen, Tise Maele Nielen.


#IamLakewood Photo of the Week

There were plenty of great images snapped Monday night, but this is our favorite. Yes, that's 62nd Airlift Wing Commander Col. David Kumashiro and the ‪Lakewood City Council taking a group selfie via the commander's selfie stick. What can we say? The man can talk small, but he carries a big selfie stick. Great job Col. Kumashiro!

Parks and Recreation

Lakewood Farmers Market Kicks Off

On Tuesday, June 2, the Lakewood Farmers Market kicked off its fourth season. The City welcomed back vendors of some of the freshest produce, flowers, plants and other natural offerings around, as well as great arts, crafts and other goods. Mayor Don Anderson opened the market, and despite the rain, there were smiles galore. Check out our YouTube video  from the day’s festivities. The Lakewood Farms Market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Tuesday through Sept. 15 outside of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.

City Council

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, June 8, 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:

  • Joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting:  1) Work Plan
  • Review of  Lakewood’s Promise ILA
  • Review of community gardens, farmers market and urban agriculture
  • Review of multi-family fire suppression systems
  • Multi-Family tax exemption fiscal analysis update
  • Sound Transit III update


The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, June 15, 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:

  • Proclamation recognizing Bret Farrar, former Lakewood Police Chief
  • Business showcase – Crane’s Creation – Mr. Bob and Roma Crane, Owners
  • Appoint members to the Salary Commission
  • Set July 6, 2015 as the date for a public hearing on the Six Year TIP
  • Public Hearing on Lakeland surplus property
  • Approve a portion of property on South Tacoma Way condemnation
  • Approve IT 6-Year Strategic Plan Funding proposal
  • Approve Lakewood’s Promise ILA