John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253) 589-3774JCaulfield@cityoflakewood.us
City Manager

Feb. 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

State Auditor’s Office Recognizes Lakewood’s Steps to Improve Finances

Six months ago, the City of Lakewood was one of 57 local governments that the Washington State Auditor’s Office determined were showing signs of declining financial condition. What a difference good leadership and a commitment to prudent fiscal management can make. This week, the Auditor’s Office published a case study   that focuses on the City of Lakewood’s immediate and positive steps to improve its financial standing titled “Becoming fiscally fit – The City of Lakewood makes a bold commitment  .”

You can get the full story here: http://goo.gl/9n2vX6 

You can also read The News Tribune's story on the case study: http://goo.gl/8nDkby   

Jan. 30, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 12th Man Flag Raising

Although Jermaine Kearse was 1,000 miles away preparing for the biggest showcase in professional sports, that didn’t stop him from relaying a direct message to his hometown of Lakewood.

On Friday, Jan. 3, during one of hundreds of Blue Friday celebrations taking place throughout Western Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood ceremoniously raised its 12th Man Flag in front of City Hall, led by Mayor Don Anderson.

The day was also a chance for the 100 or so people who attended to celebrate Kearse, the Lakes High graduate and Seahawk whose overtime touchdown catch in the NFC Championship punched Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Throughout the crowd, people held up large signs bearing the Sports Illustrated   cover that featured Kearse’s now-iconic catch. Others wore his jersey. Find out what Kearse said  .

Jan. 16, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 17

WHAT: The City of Lakewood is proud to present its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In partnership with Clover Park Technical College, Harborstone Credit Union, Lakewood Arts Commission and Lakewood Officers Charity, the theme of this year’s event is “The Dream in Action.”

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 17.

WHERE: Sharon McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood.

NEW THIS YEAR: A commemorative march before the celebration that will pay tribute to the marches for equal voting rights during the 1960’s, beginning and ending at the McGavick Center. Protest signs replicated from the 1960’s will be used during the march.

WHAT ELSE: Dr. Dexter Gordon will be the keynote speaker. He is the Director of African American Studies Program at the University of Puget Sound and Professor of Communication Studies and African American Studies. Featured performers will include:

  • Trumpeter Morris Northcutt
  • The Fly Dance company from the YMCA
  • The Clover Park High School Choir
  • The Chang Hee Suk Korean Women Drummers

Jan. 23, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

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: http://goo.gl/i0uf96

To see our album: http://goo.gl/AfyWzX

January 9, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood YMCA Wins Competitive Grant to Build New Playground

Disney Club Penguin  , along with KaBOOM!  , announced that it is awarding a grant to the Lakewood Family YMCA to build a new playground. Local children helped design the playground of their dreams, which engineers will make a reality.

“We are very excited to be chosen and to be able to provide a high quality play structure for local children to enjoy,” said Clayton DeNault, executive director of the Lakewood Family YMCA. “This new playground will serve as another way we can strengthen our community.”

Several City of Lakewood officials attended Thursday’s announcement at the Lakewood Family YMCA. They included Mayor Don Anderson, City Councilmember Marie Barth, City Councilmember Paul Bocchi and City Councilmember Mary Moss. City Manager John Caulfield, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth and Public Works Director Don Wickstrom were also on hand.

For more information: http://goo.gl/A4hgis  

To see our photo album of the event: http://goo.gl/HhZAoX