City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/12/05

August 12, 2005


To:       Mayor and Members of the Council

From:  Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Photo Enforcement Summit: On Friday, August 5th, the photo enforcement summit was sponsored by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.  The Faculty was the City of Lakewood: Police – Larry Saunders plus several officers and CIO’s; Legal - Heidi Wachter; Public Works – Retired Public Works Director – Bill Larkin and Staff; Court – Kathy Schmieder,  Sandra Piro and Cheryl Capps; Public Relations and the Media – Candice Bock.  The conference was a success.  There were approximately 150 attendees according to the WSTSC.
  • Court Training: Kathy Schmieder will be attending an Alternative Sentencing Conference next week (sponsored by the Washington Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Association) August 16th and 17th.  Also attending are Probation Counselor, Jeanette Merod, and Court Compliance Officer, Ray Richardson.  On the agenda are the latest in Electronic Home Monitoring, Work Crew, Day Jail Programs, Regional Jails in the State of Washington and other methods of alternatives to Traditional Jail Sentences.
  • Informational Meeting for Fort Steilacoom Off-Leash Dog Park: The August 15th meeting to update the community regarding the status of the off leash area has been rescheduled to Monday, August 22nd.  The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. in Fort Steilacoom Park (meet near the cemetery).  Neighbors asked to delay the meeting for one week so they had more time to review past meeting materials and help distribute information to nearby residents.
  • LPD/Korean Cultural Awareness Training: LPD conducted their first Korean Cultural Awareness Training.  The 40 minute training was facilitated by LPD’s own Korean-American Police Officer Austin Lee.  Members of Korean-American Police Advisory Group (KAPAG) were also present during the training.  LPD employees were shown a 5 minute video clip as the introduction and presentation on history, geography, people, food, clothes, language, economy of Korean-American in Lakewood, and cultural issues in law enforcement were reviewed during the training.  The objectives of the training were 1) get familiar with the Korean culture, 2) get familiar with Korean-American economy in Lakewood, and 3) identify cultural differences and issues in law enforcement.  During the training, a 14 page “Korean for Law Enforcement” booklet was issued to the members of LPD.  The booklets were made by LPD with assistance by KAPAG and they were designed to assist officers in the field during their interactions with Korean-Americans who may have language barrier.  The booklets contain Korean translations of constitutional rights, various commands, greetings, traffic stop procedures, medical questions, anatomy, and contacting robbery victims.  Most of the translations also contain annotations of how to say things phonetically in Korean.  The “contacting robbery victims” section of the booklet is especially beneficial to the first responders because the majority of groceries in Lakewood are own by Korean-Americans.  Officers can now simply have the victims read the booklet, which is in Korean, and have them circle their answers to describe the suspect(s) and the vehicle.  This type training will be replicated for Latino and African American cultural awareness.  Booklets have been placed in Council mailboxes.
  • Bridgeport Bar & Grill Update: Officer Austin Lee and Liquor Control Board (LCB) Officer Jackie Eliason had a meeting with the Bridgeport Bar and Grill regarding the recent violation of “allowing a minor to frequent off-limits area.” This was their second violation within four months.  Based on the LCB’s administrative notice, the BBG liquor license will be suspended for 7 days from 09-09-05 (10 am) to 09-16-05 (10 am).  The City of Lakewood is concurrently processing the revocation of the business license for this and numerous other offenses that have rendered the business a community safety risk.
  • Marine Services Unit: The MSU Unit has engaged ten Citizen Marine Patrol Volunteers to work the Sound Meter detection device on American Lake as well as conduct vehicle safety inspections. This has been very successful and popular with the local boaters.  We have also been working with lake improvement clubs on Gravelly, Steilacoom and Louise to develop citizen marine volunteer networks at those locations to monitor and report concerns and assist with water safety education and awareness.