City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/15/2013

March 15, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Mayor Participates in H Mart Grand Opening: Mayor Don Anderson, Assistant City Manager/Development Dave Bugher, Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady, Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton, Building Official Mark Nelson, Building Inspector Peter Lawrence, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and other city staff participated in celebrating the grand opening of “H Mart” in the Lakewood International District at 8720 South Tacoma Way. The renovated 43,000 square foot building provides fresh produce, fish and meats, a Korean bakery, and many other groceries. H Mart began in Queens, NY in 1982. They now have over 50 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Lakewood is their third West Coast store in the United States. H Mart is short for “Han Ah Reum,” meaning “One Arm Full of Groceries.” H Mart welcomes all Lakewood residents to visit their store.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Preventing Cyber Crime and Business Identity Theft - March 20, 2013 8:30 AM to Noon, City Council Chambers, Lakewood: City of Lakewood and Pierce County economic development staff are partnering on this workshop for businesses. For those interested in knowing about potential threats to their business and what they can do to prevent or minimize theft of proprietary data, protecting legal filings that could be compromised, how point of sale systems are being hacked, service sector threats to client confidentiality, and how smart phone applications present opportunities to steal information and money, this workshop is for you. For a closer look at these and other items that are potential problems, please register for this free workshop by contacting Becky Newton (253) 796-2335 or Hans Kueck (253) 798-2335.
    • Officer selected for Officer of the Month Award: Detective Ryan Larson was chosen as Officer of the Month by Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted program. Det. Larson captured three fugitives featured on the show, two while he was off duty. He had seen the show and recognized the two fugitives from the show and called LPD after watching them go to a motel on Hosmer. The presentation of the award was given by David Rose and the program will air this weekend.
  • Council Priority: Protect the capital investment in the transportation system through adequate maintenance and preservation of facilities
    • Work on commuter train layover project continues: Sound Transit’s contractor for their commuter train layover project will be working at night on March 18th through March 20th on 100th Street near Lakeview Ave and on Steilacoom Blvd near Lakeview Ave. The contractor, Pease Construction, will be installing a new driveway approach and doing an overlay of the two 100th St westbound lanes. Likewise on Steilacoom Blvd SW near Lakeview Ave the contactor will be installing a new driveway approach and doing an overlay of all five lanes of Steilacoom Blvd.
  • Other items of interest:
    • Speed Stacking Competition: Students from the Healthy Start after school program at Tyee Park elementary competed at the NW Regional Speed Stacking Competition in Auburn this past weekend. Speed Stacking is upstacking and downstacking specialized cups in different formations and was originally invented at a Boys & Girls Club in California. The activity helps to develop both sides of the brain through the use of both hands for the activity. Over 300 students from across the western United States including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia competed in the event. 3rd grader, Haley Rusbuldt, placed ninth & tenth in two individual events and 4th grader, Tani Cha placed 7th in an individual event.