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Communications Manager

Sept. 4, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Public Invited to Celebrate Completion of Four Heroes Elementary School

Lakewood community members are invited to attend the grand opening celebration for the new Four Heroes Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony

“I would like to thank Lakewood-area voters for their support of the 2010 school construction bond proposal,” said Debbie LeBeau, Clover Park School District Superintendent. “I am proud to welcome our community to the new school.”

On the morning of Nov. 29, 2009, four Lakewood Police Department officers were tragically killed. Four Heroes Elementary School is named in their honor to commemorate and acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice public servants make every day.

Dozens of police officers, firefighters, EMS and other first responders along with hundreds of Four Heroes Elementary School students, parents and community members will attend the event. Refreshments and tours of the school will be available immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Lakewood-area voters approved a $92 million bond in 2010 to build Four Heroes Elementary School and Harrison Preparatory School and rebuild Hudtloff Middle School. A committee comprised of staff and community members came up with the “Four Heroes” name which was approved by the Clover Park School District Board of Directors in March 2014.

The new school is located at 9101 Lakewood Drive SW in Lakewood. Attendees should turn onto Redwood Drive SW from Lakewood Drive SW. Signs and parking attendants will indicate where visitors should park.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Clover Park School District’s community relations office at (253) 583-5040.

Aug. 28, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Mayor Testifies on Lakewood Projects in Sound Transit 3

On Thursday, Aug. 27, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson testified at the Sound Transit Board of Directors meeting in support of project priorities of Lakewood and the Pierce County communities south of Tacoma in the Sound Transit 3 (ST3)  package that voters could decide in 2016.

In essence, Mayor Anderson’s underlying message to the Board was simple: the initial work of the Seattle/King County Corridor has been completed. It is now time to expand transportation projects elsewhere, including Lakewood and Pierce County.

“ST3 is an opportunity to extend and enhance multimodal transportation opportunities to this population,” Anderson said.

Specifically, the Mayor referred to these projects:

  • Extending the Sounder Commuter rail system from Lakewood Station to the City of DuPont, as well as create a new bus/Sounder station in Tillicum to serve both residents and members of JBLM and their families.
  • Extend Sounder train hours of operation to better serve Lakewood and South Sound commuters, which would significantly increase ridership and boost economic development.
  • Add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), essentially “extending the spine of light rail” from the Tacoma Dome Station south along South Tacoma Way to Pacific Highway South, terminating at the Tillicum Sounder Station. Read the full story .

July 31, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Launches at Lakewood's RP/6

As we all know, Lakewood is a military community – one that's been home to generations of military personnel, families and veterans of what’s now known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

So it was only fitting that on Friday, Aug. 1, Lakewood became Ground Zero for the official launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative  (VECI) in Washington, a national effort by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to increase the number of educational and employment opportunities for veterans and their families at the community level.

Mayor Don Anderson was one of the featured speakers at the event that also featured Lakewood Mayor Emeritus Bill Harrison and Lourdes Alvarado Ramos, Director of the Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Fittingly, the event took place at RP/6  , a Lakewood-based center that serves transitioning members of the military and their families by providing a centralized location for resources and various services. Not only did Friday’s event mark the launch of VECI, but it also recognized a Memorandum of Understanding between RP/6 and the VA to help veterans and their families. Find out more here .

Aug. 21, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager 

Topics of Interest and Updates

Repairs to I-5's Cracked Concrete Panels in Lakewood Begin This Weekend

A short-term project to preserve Interstate 5 from Lacey through Lakewood to Tacoma is about to get underway.  Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will replace 21 concrete panels on northbound and southbound I-5 between College Street in Lacey and 38th Street in Tacoma. Several nighttime lane and ramp closures will be necessary during this preservation project beginning Thursday, Aug. 20. Over the weekend, traffic congestion is expected to build throughout each day. Motorists should expect delays, especially on Sunday, Aug. 23. 

Thursday, Aug. 20, to the morning of Friday, Aug. 21 
  • Northbound I-5 will be reduced to a single lane at milepost 126.7, just north of Bridgeport Way, in Lakewood. The first lane closure will start at 7 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.
  • Up to two lanes of southbound I-5 at milepost 131 near the Tacoma Mall will close. The first lane closure will start 9 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m.

Aug. 7, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Council, Cops Blanket Lakewood For National Night Out

Wherever you were in Lakewood on Tuesday night, chances were good that neighbors were celebrating National Night Out nearby.

Nearly 30 neighborhood NNO parties took place in Lakewood, all of which were intended to strengthen communities, make neighborhoods safer and, quite simply, to have fun.

Officials and members of the Lakewood Police Department attended the parties as well. They included:

  • Mayor Don Anderson
  • Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen
  • City Councilmember Marie Barth
  • City Councilmember Mike Brandstetter
  • City Councilmember Mary Moss
  • City Manager John Caulfield
  • Interim Police Chief Mike Zaro
  • Sgt. John Unfred
  • Lt. Jeff Alwine
  • Lt. Chris Lawler
  • Sgt. Mark Eakes

The parties offered their own neighborhood vibes, whether it was eating hot dogs and bouncing in the bouncy house at North American Lake Park (an event generously sponsored again by American Lake Credit Union) or watching the annual Parents-Crushers baseball game at Harry Todd Park in Tillicum.

To view pictures of some of the National Night Out events that took place throughout Lakewood on Tuesday night, visit the City's Facebook page .

July 24, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Legislative Session Successful for Lakewood

Following the longest single-year session in history, the City of Lakewood ended up accomplishing every one of its goals by the time the Washington State Legislature adjourned July 10. As part of the negotiations that took 176 days to complete, the Legislature passed a $16.1 billion transportation package that includes projects in the Puget Sound and across the state.

In Lakewood, it means some of the City’s most pressing needs – especially unclogging the regular traffic mess on the I-5/JBLM corridor – will finally be addressed. Before the legislative session began in January, the City of Lakewood developed an ambitious legislative agenda in the hopes that some of the items would be accomplished and others would create momentum for the future.

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