City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/13/2013

September 13, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, September 16, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A proclamation in remembrance of Mike Carrell, former Senator of the 28th Legislative District.
  • Certificates of Appreciation recognizing Matt Kaser, Assistant City Attorney and Detective Russ Martin for police and legal services.
  • Resolution authorizing the sale of Lakewood Police canine Astor as surplus property.
  • Appointing Keila Pritchard as the Youth Council representative on the Lakewood’s Promise Advisory Board for school year 2013-2014.
  • Authorizing the execution of an agreement with Lakeview Light and Power relative to the installation of fiber optic cabling along Bridgeport Way from Pacific Highway to 100th Street; Pacific Highway from Bridgeport way to 108th Street; South Tacoma Way from Pacific Highway to 96th Street; 100th Street from 59th Avenue to Bridgeport Way; and 59th Avenue from 100th Street to Lake Grove.

Items tentatively scheduled for the City Council Study Session of September 23, 2013 include:

  • Joint meeting with the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Advisory Board.
  • Review of the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act policies on the proposed use of funds.
  • Update on the Lakewood Town Center redevelopment.
  • Review of the proposed improvements on South Tacoma Way from Steilacoom Boulevard to 88th Street.

Topics of Interest and Updates

Pierce College Possibilities Breakfast

City Councilmembers Marie Barth and Paul Bocchi and City Manager John Caulfield attended the Pierce College “Creating Possibilities Breakfast” Friday morning. City staff Mary Dodsworth, Steve Mauer and Ellie Chambers-Grady were also at the event. The breakfast was well attended and former Pierce College student Brandon Stogsdill was the keynote speaker. His presentation focused on the path to a life transformed through education and the amazing support of the faculty and staff at Pierce College. Mr. Stogsdill has gone on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Counseling and is working on his Doctorate. He now is a counselor and mental health professional and works with at risk youth. A video presentation also highlighted other students, their challenges and achievements brought about by Pierce College’s education and support.

Legal Department Update

Prosecution Update

During the week of September 2-6, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 34 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 8 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.

Economic Development Update

The Lakewood Playhouse begins celebrating 75 years of performances on Friday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m. at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. in Lakewood.

Other than the performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” the evening’s festivities are free and includes the following schedule:

4:30 p.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce with special guests Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen and City Councilmember Marie Barth.

5:30 p.m. – Proclamation of “Lakewood Playhouse Day” from the City of Lakewood.

6:00 p.m. – Silent auction and wine and cheese reception generously donated by 21 Cellars Wine and hor d’oeurves from Carr’s Restaurant.

8:00 p.m. – Performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace.”

9:00 p.m. – Live auction and raise the paddle to support the Lakewood Institute of Theater and the building endowment. Auction items include glass artwork, signed memorabilia from Broadway shows as well as memorabilia from Dustin Hoffman and Jerry Lewis.

Community Safety Resource Team Update

A house in the Lakeview neighborhood on a highly visible corner which has been the source of numerous complaints for several years has been brought into compliance with the numerous codes they were in violation of through the efforts of the CSRT.

Police Department Update

Almost one year to the day (9/16/12), the final L.A. bank robbery hold out pled guilty in federal court on Thursday 9/12/13. This case began with the takeover style robbery of the U.S. Bank in Lakewood, which fit the known M.O. of similar robberies in Michigan and Ohio. After months of investigating by Lakewood Investigator Jeff Martin, the crew of seven suspects were arrested at the Olympia Greyhound bus depot on 12/22/12 after a takeover style robbery of the Wells Fargo in Kirkland. They were originally charged in Pierce County Superior Court by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Sheeran and eventually transferred to the federal detention center and charged federally in mid-January. The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorneys Mike Dion and Kate Crisham.

All but two of the suspects have extensive bank robbery history and all are members of an L.A. street gang. LPD also gained valuable information into the 4-tre street gang out of L.A., to include details of at least one unsolved, high profile murder. The investigation spanned several states and accumulated hundreds of hours of follow up. In the end, investigators were able to identify nearly 30 robberies in Washington, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and New Orleans that this crew was responsible for. Collectively, the crew admitted to being responsible for approximately 180 over the span of their career. The U.S. Attorney's Office, in coordination with the FBI, will be releasing a press memo detailing the guilty pleas as well.

Municipal Court Update

For the month of August the Municipal Court processed the following filings: 720 civil infractions; 345 criminal complaints/citations; 1042 photo infractions. The Court heard 1601 cases involving criminal matters such as domestic violence, DUI and theft, infractions such as speeding and animal/code violations and photo infractions.

The Court Compliance Officers transported 190 defendants from various jails to have their matters heard in the Municipal Court and screened 1243 individuals who appeared for court.

The work crew completed 280 man hours of labor in various areas such Lakewood parks, Steilacoom Boulevard roadside hedge clearing, painted over graffiti and completed wood chip installation project at Springbrook Park. They also assist with maintenance of grounds at City Hall. This saved the city over $4000 in jail costs and a minimum of $2800 in labor costs.

Mark Your Calendars

September 17th- Coffee with the Deputy Mayor- St. Clare Hospital Resource Center