City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/28/10

May 28, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Lakewood Memorial Day Event: All citizens are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day event on Monday, May 31st at 2 PM in Mountain View's New Veterans Memorial Section. Bagpipers and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord bugler will highlight the ceremonies along with Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Jones, and this year's keynote speaker, Colonel Mike Johnson of the Washington National Guard. Plenty of free parking and seating will be available. For more information, see www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
  • City Hall to observe Memorial Day: City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 31st in observation of Memorial Day.
  • "Show me your hands!" Team Lakewood on June 4th: Relay For Life is the main fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Employees of the City of Lakewood have formed a team called "Show Me Your Hands - Team Lakewood." All proceeds raised from the team will be donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Chief Bret Farrar and his wife, Cindy Salazar, both of whom have recently been diagnosed with cancer. This is an opportunity to provide them with moral support and to be part of a life-changing event. The event kicks off at 6pm on June 4th at Clover Park High School's Harry Lang Stadium and continues until noon the following day. Please visit www.cityoflakewood.us to learn more, contribute, or participate.
  • Discovery Trail Dedication on June 5th: Join city officials on June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Park to dedicate the Discovery Trail. This interpretive program recognizes the historic significance of Fort Steilacoom Park through markers, signage and interactive elements. Fort Steilacoom Park is 340 acres and played a significant role in the history of Washington State, provides active and passive recreation and is home to abundant native plants and wildlife. Visit www.cityoflakewood.us for more information.
  • Safe Kids Coalition Information: CSRT staff participated in a monthly Safe Kids Coalition meeting and received training on "Kids and Car Seats" conducted by staff from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. A recent survey revealed that of the 719 elementary age children observed riding locally in vehicles, 120 were riding in the front seat. State Law states that children are required to ride in the back seat of a vehicle until the age of 13, unless it is impractical to do so.
  • JBLM Education Technical Site Visit: Program staff from the DoD's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) joined the Clover Park School superintendent, representatives of other school districts, and City staff in touring and reviewing schools on and around the military installation on May 24-25. The review is part of an assessment of the impacts of base growth, as well as recommendations for capital improvements in CPSD school facilities, in the OEA-funded, City-administered planning process. The JBLM growth coordination participant list includes numerous agencies and entities in both Pierce and Thurston counties.
  • General Barry McCaffrey Visits Lakewood: General (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey joined Mayor Richardson and the city manager on Monday to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Tacoma Treatment Solutions, located in Lakewood at 9500 Front Street. This clinic treats some of the most difficult cases of addiction. One of the speakers giving testimony that day, a woman in her 40's, recalled how she had been living on the streets addicted to heroin. She had no shoes at one point and was only focused on getting that day's fix; she had nearly lost her feet and legs to a MRSA infection and had to learn to walk and talk again. She credited the center with getting her life back in order. Her professional appearance belied any hints of that past. General McCaffrey, the former "Drug Czar" during President Clinton's administration, remarked that police are often the best group in a community to identify addicts and to steer them toward treatment