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May 30, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Economic Development E-Newsletter

On Tuesday, the City of Lakewood launched its first Economic Development e-newsletter! It's called the "Lakewood Index," and it's full of information, news and stats from our Economic Development Department. This inaugural issue covers the City's first Housing Forum, a feature on H&L Produce and more. For you numbers people, the City is also providing the latest Economic Indicators to help guide your decisions and keep you informed, including information on real estate, income, business activity and more. Click here to view the newsletter  . Click here to sign up for it online  .

May 30, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

It’s Finally Here – Lakewood Farmers Market Begins June 3

Join the City of Lakewood for Opening Day at the Lakewood Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 3! We will kick off our third season at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, live entertainment featuring the Blackberry Bushes at 11 a.m., reusable market tote giveaways and, of course, those delicious, fresh, local food options! The market runs every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., through Sept. 16 at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Note: This year, the City will not be closing Main Street Southwest – the road next to market.

June 11 Open House on I-5/JBLM Congestion Relief Study

Commuters, residents and local businesses that rely on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord are invited to comment and learn more about a study on relieving congestion along the I-5 corridor during an informal open house June 11 south of DuPont.

State transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions at the event and discuss potential options to improve traffic flow through the area. Officials representing the Washington State Department of Transportation, area metropolitan transportation planning organizations, JBLM and the Federal Highway Administration are jointly host the open house at the Eagles Pride Fort Lewis Golf Course. For details, visit http://goo.gl/0vS6Re  .

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 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  .

May 23, 2014
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Young Receives United Way Leadership Award

Debra Young sees her leadership during the search for the United Way of Pierce County’s new CEO, as well as her tireless work on behalf of the nonprofit, as her biggest accomplishments during her yearlong tenure as Board Chair.

This week, the local United Way recognized Young – the City of Lakewood’s Human Resources Director for 18 years – with its Leadership Award, which recognizes those accomplishments and her leadership.

Young, who recently completed her year as Board Chair, was recognized at the nonprofit’s Annual Community Celebration in Tacoma, an event that drew some 500 people.

“I am extremely honored,” Young said in her Lakewood City Hall office this week. “I thoroughly enjoyed my year representing the Board for United Way. I’m very honored to have played a role in helping United Way with its mission.”

To read the full article, visit http://goo.gl/gZwqO7  .

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.

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