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

May 17, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Ideas, Momentum Build at Lakewood Housing Forum

On May 15, the City of Lakewood held its first Housing Forum - marking one of the first times the City, housing developers, brokers and others with an interest in Lakewood sat down in the same room and discussed opportunities.

Almost 100 people packed the Sharon McGavick Student Center at Clover Park Technical College for the event, which featured several speakers who covered off-base housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, housing and market trends in the Puget Sound, bank and credit union financing for projects and a developer's panel.

May 9, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City Recognizes Former Mayor Claudia Thomas, City Councilmember Andie Gernon

Much like they did throughout their years of public service, former Lakewood Mayor Claudia Thomas and former City Councilmember Andie Gernon walked arm-in-arm Monday night.

But instead of trying to secure funding for a local meals program or convincing kids to become involved in their community, two of Lakewood's founding mothers walked to the Council Chambers podium for a much-deserved special recognition.

The Lakewood City Council honored Thomas and Gernon for their tireless efforts to improve human services and make life better for the City throughout the years.

Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen recognized each with a proclamation and City Coin. In attendance were the likes of Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William H. Harrison - Lakewood's first Mayor - as well as former Mayor and current Pierce County Councilmember Douglas Richardson.

For more, visit http://goo.gl/ZCNtU3

April 25, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sister Cities Arts Fest

The Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA  ) is hosting its annual Sister Cities Arts Fest from Friday through Sunday at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW.

The festival highlights one of its sister/friendship cities each year. This year, Okinawa City will be highlighted through the festival’s main performances. In past years, Lakewood’s additional sister cities of Bauang, Danzhou and Gimhae were highlighted.

The feature act is a special performance by members of the renowned Miyagi-Ryu Minoruno Kai-Megumi Matsuda Dance Institute from Okinawa City, Japan. Other entertainment includes performers and troupes from Korea, Guam, India, Thailand, Samoa, Afghanistan, Philippines and Ireland.

Additional highlights include:

May 2, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey

The City of Lakewood lost one of its early leaders in April with the passing of former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphrey.

Humphrey began serving as a Lakewood City Councilmember on Jan. 1, 1998, and his tenure continued to the end of 2003.

He was known for his exemplary dedication to the best interests of the Lakewood community, particularly with his interest in public transit and economic development. Humphrey was a successful businessman himself. He also served on countless community boards and groups, including the Lakewood Historical Society.

“The community of Lakewood is a better place because of Larry Humphrey,” Mayor Don Andision, along with fellow City Council members, helped shape the direction of Lakewood even after he left office, and it will continue to do so for years to come. Lakewood would not be where it is today were it not for the efforts and dedication of Councilmember Humphrey.”

Humphrey was first elected to a two-year term on the Lakewood City Council, Position 7 in 1997, then ran unopposed in 1999 for a four-year term.

Former Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson - now a member of the Pierce County Council - sat next to Humphrey throughout his tenure on the dais.

"Truly a gentleman," Richardson said when asked to describe his former dais-mate. "He had an unbelievable demeanor. I don't know if I ever saw Larry agitated. Never heard him speak an ill word about anyone. He truly cared for his community."

Added Mayor Anderson: “The City of Lakewood would like to express its sincerest condolences to the Humphrey family, and we thank them for everything they and Councilmember Humphrey have done for our community."

To read The News Tribune’s article on former Lakewood City Councilmember Larry Humphries’ passing, visithttp://goo.gl/6pWwln  .

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

Topics of Interest and Updates

Jermaine Kearse Day

The City of Lakewood and Clover Park School District honored Super Bowl champion and Seattle Seahawk Jermaine Kearse with a hero's homecoming April 12 at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson awarded the Lakewood native a “Key to the City,” as well as declared April 12, 2014, as Jermaine Kearse Day in the City of Lakewood. Some 600 people attended the event, which required collaboration between the City, CPSD, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and others. It also marked the first event in which the City worked directly with its new Community Connector to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 2-2 Lancer Brigade.

The event generated plenty of psotive media coverage, including all four major television networks in the Puget Sound, The News Tribune and the Seattle Seahawks.

Attendees even got the chance to meet Jermaine, as he attended a meet-and-greet session with elected officials and signed autographs for nearly an hour after the ceremony.

To view the Seattle Seahawks’ official video, visit http://shwks.com/2xed  .