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Sounder Service between Lakewood and Seattle

Starting Oct. 8, Sounder began offering first-class, reliable service between Lakewood and Seattle. New stops are Lakewood and South Tacoma and it continues to downtown Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Trains have plush seating, outlets for computers, bicycle storage, restrooms and fantastic views. Information related to schedules, fares, and so forth can be found here: .

Sound Transit hosted a ribbon-cutting event on October 6th to celebrate the Sounder’s arrival in Lakewood. Check out the City’s Facebook page to see the photos posted (on October 8th):

Coffee with the Mayor - October 12, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our guest speaker will be U.S. Air Force COL R. Wyn Elder, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, who will provide an update of the 62nd.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/31/2012

August 31, 2012
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager


  • 3rd Annual Jr. Police Academy:  Community Safety & Resource Team (CSRT) members, along with the Lakewood Police and Lowes collaborated for the 3rd annual Jr. Police Academy on August 19th.  The academy’s purpose is to reach out to the community in an effort to provide a strong community partnership and also to provide an opportunity for children to interact with police officers.  The hands-on event began when each child received a passport to take from one activity booth to another. After completing the designated activity, they received a stamp of completion. Activities ranged from finger printing, obstacle course, meeting a K-9 officer, to completing the bicycle rodeo.   At the end of the event, the children were given a backpack with school supplies, and a bird house kit donated by Lowes as well as a certificate of completion from LPD and a bouncy house jump provided by the Parks Department.  About 95 people attended.
  • City hosts welcoming reception for new I Corps Commanding General: The City of Lakewood hosted a welcoming reception for LTG Robert B. Brown, the new I Corps Commanding General and senior leaders on Joint Base Lewis-McChord on August 27th at Lakewold Gardens.  At the reception, General Brown spoke about how the positive relationship with the Lakewood community and his commitment to ensure that the mutually beneficial relationship continues.
  • Quarterly employee recognition event: On August 29th, the quarterly employee recognition reception was combined with the annual employees’ picnic at Fort Steilacoom Park.  Awards for the guiding principle of Integrity were presented to Val Bonner, in Finance, for her diligent support of proper financial accounting and compliance as well as responsiveness to fellow employees, and also to Officer Mark Holthaus for his determined support of the in-car video camera program.
  • HR director is a speaker at the Chamber of Commerce Brown Bag Lunch Series:  Human Resources Director Debra Young was one of the featured speakers at the Lakewood Chamber Brown Bag Lunch Series.  The topic was related to employee relations. The presentation was well received. The audience appreciated material provided on coaching employees with clear expectations.
  • Ass’t city manager attends McNeil Island workshop:  Ass’t City Manager Dave Bugher attended a workshop sponsored by the State Office of Financial Management (OFM) regarding the future of McNeil Island on August 28th.  The Legislature directed OFM to prepare a report which is due to the Governor and Legislature by October 1, 2012.  The purpose of the report is threefold:  1) to consult with interested parties; 2) to collect information; and 3) to recommend a “planning process” from which to determine the long-term use of McNeil Island.  About 60 people were in attendance.  The McNeil Island Project Manager, Ann Sweeney, presented an overview.  Information was provided on the history of the underlying leases between the state and the federal government, and existing land use.  OFM staff accepted questions about the closure of the prison, the Special Commitment Center, status of existing infrastructure, the role of Indian Tribes, past eminent domain actions, historic and archeological resources, public access and recreation, and wildlife concerns. 
  • Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Public Engagement Workshop:  The city manager attended a regional meeting hosted by the MCEC in SeaTac this week, along with several other steering committee members of the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (CPSD Superintendent Debbie LeBeau, Health director Anthony Chen, and Adjutant General Bret Daugherty. The focus of the session was on strategies to strengthen the resiliency of children of active military families. In Pierce County alone, there are over 25,000 children affected by military service and deployment.  A key facilitator of the workshop was Patty Shinseki, the wife of retired General Eric Shinseki, the US secretary of veterans affairs.
  • CSRT attends Family Fun Day at Clover Park High School: Life Center South sponsored a Family Fun Day on August 25th at Clover Park High School from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  CSRT staff attended for a couple of hours, mixing with the hundreds of attendees, answering questions and promoting the CSRT.  There was a live band, free taco lunch, bouncy houses, and a variety of games and raffles. 
  • CSRT conducts safety presentation:  CSRT Staff Gail Conelly conducted a safety presentation for the residents of a local apartment complex in District 4 on August 23rd. The presentation focused on burglary and motor vehicle theft/prowl prevention, as well as general safety tips. There will be a follow up site inspection with the management team of the apartment complex to offer recommendations for improved safety overall.

Coffee with the Mayor - September 14, 2012

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. We will meet in the Resource Center at St. Clare Hospital, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood.

Our first guest speaker will be U.S. Army LTC Jody Miller, Deputy Commanding Officer, from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker) who will provide an update of the 4/2.

Following his presentation, Katherine "KC" Carlson, from the Department of Veterans Affairs will give a presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 589-2489. I hope to see you there!

Mayor Douglas G. Richardson

Lakewood Ford Celebrates 5 Years in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (August 7, 2012) — Lakewood Ford recently celebrated its 5-year anniversary since opening the doors of the new dealership along Pacific Highway SW in the City of Lakewood. Having been in business since 1977, general manager Henry Krebs, is marking the anniversary as a chance to say thank you to the community and to plan for further growth. The exact date of the Lakewood Ford grand opening was July 22, 2007.

Previously located in South Tacoma, the dealership relocated in search of a business-friendly and growing city. As the first new car dealership in Lakewood, reasons for choosing Lakewood included location and demographics. The dealership site is right along I-5 and serves both a military population as well as a growing community.

“Lakewood is a young and evolving city,” said Krebs. “We are excited to be at the leading edge of it.”

According to Krebs, the city and the community at-large have been supportive of the business. Lakewood Ford currently employs 90 people in sales, administration, service and parts roles, adding that the team sells the Ford brand line-up because of the automaker’s quality and innovation. 

“We are proud to have businesses like Lakewood Ford in our city,” notes Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Henry and his team embody the entrepreneurial spirit that is the hallmark of our economic development landscape. We are all eager to see Lakewood Ford and other businesses succeed, and we are looking for ways to support them.”  

Lakewood Ford is one of over 3,400 licensed businesses in the city. New businesses are coming on line each month in a variety of industries. Chambers-Grady indicates that she has seen a pick-up in significant entrepreneurial energy, “It’s exciting to see many of our businesses doing well and expanding.”

Krebs also attributes the business’ success to giving back through charitable support every month. Lakewood Ford maintains numerous philanthropic commitments with Joint Base Lewis-McChord such as sponsoring veterans groups, softball teams and charitable golf tournaments. Lakewood Ford also does a lot of charitable giving off the base like sponsoring the Lakewood Rotary, local Little League teams and the Relay for Life, which raises money to the American Cancer Society.

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few.  The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.