City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 1/4/08

January 4, 2008
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • 5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance: Please join us in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King on the 80th anniversary of his birth on Saturday, January 12th, 10am-Noon at the Clover Park Technical College Student Learning Center (4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW). This spiritual and patriotic celebration includes various choirs and dancing routines from local performers.
  • Domestic Violence in Lakewood: There were approximately 850 reports of Domestic Violence in the City of Lakewood in 2007 which represents a 4% decrease from 2006. Charges were filed in 722 of these cases and 664 of these cases proceeded to Readiness Hearings. 76% of these cases were resolved favorably.
  • Evening Reporting Center for Juveniles: Lakewood has been offered the opportunity and funding to have a pilot Juvenile Court evening report center here. This program is a great fit with our former Reclaiming Our Youth program – now in process of transitioning to Kids at Hope – Intervention (associated with the opening of the Hope Center and our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club). The evening report center will also engage us in the innovative juvenile justice programs now underway in Pierce County.
  • Emergency Management: The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is preparing the Hazard Mitigation Plan for presentation to the Lakewood City Council in March. There was a public presentation for the plan at Lakewood Fire Department on December 12th. The plan was developed by numerous local jurisdictions throughout Pierce County and can be viewed on the Pierce County DEM website.
  • Former Governor Visits City Hall: Booth Gardner, Washington’s Governor from 1985 to 1993, visited Lakewood this week, and met with the city manager for a briefing on Lakewood’s issues and priorities. Governor Gardner grew up in this community, and attended both Park Lodge School and Clover Park High School as a child. This was his first visit to Lakewood’s city hall. As Pierce County’s first county executive from 1981-85, he was the city manager’s boss.
  • DV Assault 2/Unlawful Imprisonment: Officers responded to the Laurel Garden Apts. for a reported physical domestic violence. The female victim called and said her boyfriend assaulted her and threatened to kill her; the phone call was cut off. When officers arrived they got no answer at the door and saw blood on the door. They could see movement through the slats of the blinds and decided to force entry. As officers were entering the front the suspect was hot-footing it out the back, with an officer close behind. After several commands to stop went unheeded, he was Tased and arrested. The victim claimed to have been strangled and had a possible broken finger and nose. This occurred in front of 2 and 4 year old children, and in violation of a No Contact Order. Detectives responded to interview the victim further.