City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/9/07

March 9, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Milgard Foundation award of $100,000: The Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation announced this week that it has awarded Safe Streets $100,000 to fund community mobilization work in the City of Lakewood and to support the continued expansion of the Youth Leading Change program.
  • Seaplane “Splash In” at American Lake: The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association will host a Splash In at the American Lake Seaplane Base on a Saturday in April for their “Season Opener." The schedule will depend on the construction schedule for the seaplane dock project The City approved the event and will allow WSPA to use the park area and the swimming beach for tailing up their float planes. WSPA will host a potluck with burgers and hot dogs.
  • Regional Identity Forum: Senior Planner Deborah Johnson participated in the Regional Identity Forum at University of Washington on March 2nd, a workshop hosted by Puget Sound Urban Design Team, and underwritten by the WA Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED). Following a brief presentation, the forum broke into focus groups to identify and examine the region’s important physical and visual characteristics, how they relate to regional identity and values, and how they can be addressed at both the regional and local level. The Urban Design Team’s work will be integrated into the VISION 2020 update and a draft manual for CTED.
  • Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Amendments Public Application Period: The public application period for comprehensive plan and zoning amendments is open from March 1-31. Application forms are available during regular business hours at the Community Development Department on the 2nd floor of City Hall or online at /department-pages/community-development-forms.html. Applications are subject to review under established criteria and the State Environmental Policy Act, as well as review by the City’s Planning Advisory Board, which will take public testimony, and are subject to approval by the Lakewood City Council. For information, contact Deborah Johnson at (253) 512-2261 or djohnson@cityoflakewood.us.
  • Harassment Training: Twenty-three City employees from various departments participated in the Harassment training provided at City Hall on February 28th and March 1st. This 3.5 hour class presented by Maura Maye from Pierce County received outstanding feedback from our employees. The course is designed to stimulate discussion about all forms of harassment. Maura provides employees with valuable tools to help eliminate the emotional and financial problem of harassment in the workplace. Upon completing this training session, participants are able to: Discuss protected categories under federal law; Identify behaviors that can be considered harassing; Explain the effect that harassment has on people; Promote the concept that harassment of any type is a form of discrimination. This class will be offered again and employees are encouraged to attend harassment training annually.
  • Police Training: Lt Mauer attended a 3 day course on ICS-300 (Emergency Management/ Incident Command System) through Pierce County DEM, and several Investigators attended a 2 day course on Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture in Federal Way. Several department members attended a 2 hour class on Biased Based Policing and The Latino Culture, and a 3 hour Defensive Tactics In-Service training.
  • Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2007: Mayor Thomas has joined Seattle’s Mayor Greg Nickels in a letter of support for the Wild Sky Wilderness Act (HR 868, S520) which will protect 106,000 acres of old growth forests, alpine lakes and salmon streams on national forests and near Steven Pass as federal wilderness.. If passed, it would be the first National Forest Wilderness area to be designated in Washington State in 22 years.
  • Offender Re-Entry Update: Wednesday March 7th, Chief Saunders attended a meeting on March 7th hosted by Senator Carrell, which included key leaders from the Joint Legislative Task Force on Offender Reentry, staffers from various senate committees, and lobbyists to make final refinements on Senate Bill 5070 – on Offender Re-Entry. It appears as if it will receive a full floor vote shortly.
  • Angle Lane Neighborhood Traffic Control Program Meeting: About 45 citizens attended the forum on March 6th to discuss concerns about safety on Angle Lane. Public Works and Police will be reviewing the input received and making recommendations.
  • Sound Transit Station Groundbreaking Ceremony: The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the City’s new transit station on Pac Highway is scheduled for March 26th at 10 a.m. Officials from the City, Sound Transit, and Pierce Transit will be presenting, as will Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lakewood Connections: The first “Lakewood Connections” of 2007 will be arriving at Lakewood residences and businesses early next week and will soon be posted to the City’s website.
  • Commercial Burglary: Miles Sand and Gravel located at 107th and Chapel had an audible alarm. The owner of Tactical Tailor located a suspicious vehicle parked at the entrance to the business and also observed several items from the business stacked next to the gate. He heard the alarm go off to a storage building and called 911. Officer Syler arrived 1st and started tracking with K9 Astor. During the track Officer Moody who was on containment stopped a suspicious car leaving the area. The passenger was sweating heavily and happened to be the registered owner of the car parked in front of the business. K9 Astor also tracked to the exact same spot as where moody saw the suspicious vehicle leaving. The suspect said his car overheated so he left it in front of the business, went home to get his wife and was now coming back to get his car. Syler and Officer Fraser located footprints on a concrete bag inside the storage building that was broken into. It happens that the boots the suspect was wearing matched the footprints on the bag. There was also red clay in the tread of the boots that was also located inside the storage room. His boots were taken for evidence and the prints were photographed. They are working on getting the prints cut from the bag for additional evidence. It was excellent police work by all since no one ever saw him in the yard of the business. The suspect was booked for the burglary.