City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/28/07

December 27, 2007
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Cosby in Lakewood Televised: Bill Cosby’s “Call Out” presentation from November 14th will air daily on CPTC-TV (Comcast Cable Channel 28 and Click! Network Channel 89) now through February 13, 2008 at 8 am, 4 pm, and midnight. The entire spectrum of production came from the Clover Park Technical College’s studios in Lakewood.
  • City Prevails in DV Case: The Legal Prosecution Team (Sean Parrent, Matt Kaser, Rebecca Hendricks and Ann-Marie Dvorak) achieved a positive trial outcome in a domestic violence case involving a repeat offender. The perpetrator assaulted his wife while their young children hid in a bathroom and frantically called 911. Although the victim and 11-year-old witness did not appear for trial, the City was prepared to take the matter to trial based on the 911 tape and officer testimony. When the City clearly conveyed to the defendant that it would proceed with trial despite lacking the victim and witness, he pled guilty. He was ordered to enroll and complete one year of domestic violence treatment, parenting classes and a domestic violence victim impact panel. He will be strictly monitored for compliance by the Court’s probation officer.
  • New Police Officer: Michael Johnson graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy where he has been for the last 19 weeks. He begins his field training in the PTO program on December 30th.
  • LPD and “Joe’s Sports and More” Adopts-a-Family: Animal Control Officers Bill Mathies and Correne Buck removed several animals from a family who could no longer properly care for them in Tillicum. The family has been having a tough time financially. Community Services Officer Dawn McGinnis heard about this and got to work. The little boy told Dawn that Christmas was “just another holiday” and that he didn’t expect any presents. She collected money from whoever she could find around the precinct. She called a contact at G.I. Joe’s and they generously donated two brand new bikes, coats, hats, mittens, socks, and shoes for the kids. She also got two loads of firewood donated so the family can heat their home this winter.

    Bill, Correne, Dawn, and Dave “Santa” Guttu then went back to the family and gave them all of their Christmas presents.
  • Finance Department Adopts-a-Family: The City’s Finance and Information Services staff adopted a family through Greater Lakes Mental Health consisting of a grandmother, a 10-month-old boy, a 3-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. They collected items from a wish list and added on some special items as a surprise. The gifts were wrapped and delivered before Christmas. Additional gifts were donated to the main Greater Lakes Mental Health “store” for their clientele Christmas shopping. A few staff adopted individuals on their own through the Greater Lakes Mental Health program.
  • Public Works and Community Development (not to be outdone) Adopt Families. Staff delivered Christmas gifts to Melvin, who is working only temporarily right now, and his family last Thursday. Upon seeing the new bikes for the three girls there were tears of joy and disbelief. Tvetens Auto Clinic agreed to repair the family’s car. The family said that city staff “made our Christmas special” this year.

    Staff also adopted a struggling single mother and her family and made extensive contributions in time, talent, and treasure (and tools):
    • Removed all furniture
    • Painted the entire apartment; Replaced all 3 interior doors and trim
    • Replaced the decking on the deck
    • Replaced the toilet, vanity and vanity light
    • Brought in furniture enough for every girl (and mom) to have her own bed.
    • Furnished their living room and dining rooms
    • Bought enough food for a month
    • Cleaned the place from top to bottom
    • Bought, lighted, and decorated a Christmas tree
    • Made countless finishing touches (lamps, area rugs, new plates, new glasses, etc…)