Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

April 10, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department at Mariners Opening Day

Opening Day for the Seattle Mariners generated a stadium's worth of excitement Monday, April 6, but it was even more meaningful for the Lakewood community. As it has done the past five years, the Lakewood Police Department had the honor of carrying out and waving the giant American Flag before a sold-out Safeco Field crowd. This year, however, it meant something extra special. The Mariners recognized Chief Bret Farrar, whose last official day was Monday, and whose last official act as chief was accompanying his department onto the field. The Chief's smiling face was shown on the Safeco Field big screen to the crowd, who seemed to know instinctively about his contributions to the community. The City of Lakewood would like to thank the Seattle Mariners for the special recognition. More importantly, the City would like to thank Chief Farrar for his tireless work on behalf of the Lakewood community to keep it safe. Happy retirement, Chief.

And most importantly, we would like to thank our Police Department for keeping our community safe and showcasing our pride to the Northwest. See our full photo album of the Opening Day here: http://goo.gl/VwobEl

April 3, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Sen. Patty Murray Discusses Sequestration in Lakewood

In the middle of budget-writing season, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wanted to make sure Lakewood and South Sound residents told her how potential cuts to Joint Base Lewis-McChord would impact them before it’s too late. On Tuesday, March 31, Murray traveled to Lakewood to hear from residents directly about the potential elimination of 16,000 military and civilian jobs at JBLM, a result that the Senator’s office argues could happen if sequestration starts again in October. At the end of the session, Murray said the threat of cuts and furloughs is “very immediate,” and she is going to deliver Lakewood’s story back to the other Washington.

For more information: http://goo.gl/Ew6rSW

March 20, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

March 24 Meeting to Discuss Community Project at Fort Steilacoom Park

The City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will host a community meeting March 24 to discuss options for a new community project at Fort Steilacoom Park. The meeting - which begins at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 under the large Rotary Shelter near the park’s playground – will look at creating a potential outdoor performance area or gathering space somewhere at Fort Steilacoom Park. The Rotary Club of Lakewood, a longtime service group committed to improving the area, asked City Council to consider this project. The City Council asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to host a community conversation regarding this opportunity. Last year, the Rotary Club explored the idea of building an amphitheater somewhere within the park’s 340 acres, but based on community feedback the Rotary Club went back to the drawing board to consider other options.  

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mary Dodsworth at (253) 589-2489.

March 6, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar to Retire

After nearly three decades of serving and protecting the Lakewood community, Police Chief Bret Farrar has announced that he will retire in April. One of the most recognizable faces and personalities in the community, Chief Farrar will end his law enforcement career where it started. He began as a Patrol Deputy in Lakewood for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 1988, before the City’s incorporation. He rose through the ranks, elevating from Patrol Deputy to Detective, then Detective Sergeant to Lieutenant. In 2006, two years after Lakewood officially formed its own department, Chief Farrar was promoted to Assistant Chief. In February 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Lakewood Police Department. Under Chief Farrar’s leadership, crime has fallen across the board in Lakewood. Both tangibly and intangibly, Lakewood has become a safer community because of its police department and its leadership.

For the full story: http://goo.gl/S9cWL9  

March 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Police Department’s 2014 Annual Report

The Lakewood Police Department posted another banner year in 2014. Crime rates dropped nearly across the board compared to 2013, and the department was recognized nationally as Agency of the Year in the RISE Awards Competition by TASER International and PoliceOne.com  . At the Lakewood Council meeting on March 23, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro delivered the department’s 2014 Annual Report. The latest numbers show a continued downward trend in Lakewood’s overall crime, which is a credit to the hard work of the men and women of the department. Since the Lakewood Police Department’s formation in 2004, the city’s overall crime rate has fallen nearly 27 percent. Since Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996, crime has fallen nearly 45 percent. For more information: http://goo.gl/am1psu

March 13, 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 Playground Build Day March 21

The Lakewood Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to help build its new community playground from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 21. This is a community led playground project to provide the children of Lakewood a safe place to play. No skills are required, just your heart and hardworking hands to move materials, assemble the play equipment, construct lumber projects, and painting. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Childcare (for ages 6 months to 12 years) and meals provided.

Register at meetup.com/we-are-lakewood  . For more information contact Tauna Shoemaker at (253) 460-8933 or

Feb. 27, 2015

WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN

To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Station at the Walkable Washington Symposium

The Feet First Walkable Washington Program – which recognizes and supports communities creating “walkable places” throughout the state – will recognize the Lakewood Station Connection Project at its annual symposium and awards ceremony April 2 in Redmond. The program will showcase the Lakewood Station Connection as an example of the projects from cities, counties, school districts and community organizations that are intended to make Washington a safer, easier and more inviting place for people to walk. The Lakewood Station Connection Project includes a pedestrian bridge across the Sound Transit railroad tracks, as well as connecting the Lakewood Sounder Station to the residential and employment area of Kendrick Street immediately to the north. Street improvements include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, street lights, and street trees installed along Kendrick approximately 900 feet from the pedestrian bridge north to 111th Street Southwest.

For more information: http://goo.gl/0ydRHW  

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