City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/27/2013

December 27, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

Lakewood Officers Charity Delivers 150 Toys

From December 19-20, the Lakewood Officers Charity visited several apartments and homes and delivered more than 150 toys to children.

The officers met with apartment managers, who provided a list of the families that really needed some help. This event, according to CSO Dawn McGinnis, is so much fun because it’s random. The families have no idea that they were selected. “We knock on the door with pre-selected, age-specific toys. The look on their faces is priceless - a lot of tears and heartfelt “Thank You’s.”

Kudos, once again, to the Lakewood Officers Charity for making this Christmas special for others!

To see photos from day’s festivities, visit the City of Lakewood’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodWA

New Year’s Day closures

In observance of New Year’s Day, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will be closed Wednesday, January 1.

If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 830-5000 or 911 if it’s an emergency.

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Swearing-in ceremony new Councilmembers and Judge
  • Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor (2 year term)
  • Youth Council Report
  • Proclamation School Board recognition month
  • Proclamation MLK Day and Black History month
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • South Sound 911 update

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of Parks code amendments and parks fees
  • Status report on building permitting software and development activity
  • Pierce County Countywide Planning Policies regional centers sub areas
  • Lodging tax funding for personnel, guidelines and code amendments

Economic Development

Short Movie Filmed in Lakewood, JBLM Hits Internet

A just released short film, based on the Legend of Zelda video games, was partially shot at Lakewold Gardens, JBLM, and a couple other nearby locations. In its first week of release, it already has had about 300,000 views on YouTube.

YouTube link:


Link to an article about it in a popular video game blog:


The link to a behind the scenes video, mentioning the locations that they shot at:


Thornewood Castle Makes 425 Magazine

Thornewood Castle is featured in the January-2014 issue of 425 Magazine, a sister publication of South Sound Magazine.

Legal Department Update

During the week of December 23-27, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood, University Place, and Steilacoom, 61 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 58 charges were filed in Court. These numbers include general charging, in-custody charging, and citations.