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

July 18, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City, DOC Help Clean Lake City Home

With the help of work crews from the state Department of Corrections, the City is working to clean up a blighted and neglected home in the Lake City neighborhood.

According to Lt. Dave Guttu with the Lakewood Community Safety Resource Team, this home has been a problem for years. A stop-work order was issued for the previous homeowner. After it was eventually taken over by a bank, the unoccupied, single-family home became a source of theft, dumping and other issues.

To read the whole story, visit http://goo.gl/mLh0zp  .

July 11, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood SummerFEST is Saturday!

On Saturday, July 12, Lakewood SummerFEST – the community’s largest and most activity packed celebration of the year – takes place at Fort Steilacoom Park. It begins early with the annual Lakewood Triathlon, and it simply gets better throughout the day with music, vendors, entertainment, fun for the kids and outdoor movie. A full schedule of events and offerings is listed here  .

But in case you’re still not convinced, here are 10 reasons why you should attend Lakewood SummerFEST this Saturday.

June 27, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Finance Offers Wealth Of Budget Information Online

If you’ve noticed more information on the City of Lakewood’s Finance Division webpage  lately, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

As part of the City’s mission to operate transparently with citizens, the Finance Division has worked the past year to create a one-stop shop for budget and finance-related material.

On the Finance Division page  , visitors could already find the City’s biennial budget documents. Now, they can find detailed budget adjustment information, financial reports and breakdowns on taxes and fees. In each of those documents is a wealth of information on the City’s finances.

Police, Agencies Conduct Active Shooter Training

On Wednesday, the Lakewood Police Department conducted an active shooter training that involved West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, Town of Steilacoom, Bonney Lake Police, Clover Park School District and other agencies. This wasn't the first time the City's Police Department has conducted a multi-agency simulation of a gunman (or woman) who has fired shots inside of a school building, but Thursday's approach was a bit nuanced. As Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro explained, the simulation implemented the "Warm Zone" tactic, which allows victims to get medical help quicker. To read the rest of the article, visit http://goo.gl/xvyz2z  .

July 3, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Happy Independence Day

Here’s to a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday, Lakewood. Just a reminder that in observance of Independence Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Friday, July 4. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

June 20, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sterling Norris Chalks Lakewood Police Department

Leading up to Thursday, budding Lakewood chalk artist Sterling Norris was a little skeptical and even more intimidated by police officers. My, what some pizza, a bag of goodies and a giant canvas can do for a soon-to-be fourth-grader such as herself. Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar invited Sterling - a Custer Elementary student - her family and some of her friends to the station for a drawing job she isn't likely to forget anytime soon. The Chief welcomed Sterling and Co. with a pizza party. Each of the seven children got a bag full of goodies, including stickers, pencils and, to their delight, bubbles. Then, the real fun began for Sterling and her friends when - armed with chalk - they created their own artistic expressions on the entryway outside of the station. Within minutes, the once-blank pavement started to sprout colorful creations. The young artists produced hearts of all shapes and colors. One girl drew an American flag. Another wrote "Chalk The' followed by Earth and two adorable Labrador puppies. (At least that's what it looked like, anyway). To read the rest of the story, visit http://goo.gl/vyxjSu  .