City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 11/9/06

November 10, 2006
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Lowest Crime Rate: For the 7th straight month, Tillicum has the lowest crime rate of any district in the entire city.  The also have the highest number of block-watches and crime-free certified apartment complexes of any district and the most active neighborhood and merchant associations. We give credit and thanks to the neighbors there who are mobilizing against crime in partnerships with Police and City government.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park Cyclocross Event: A national cyclocross event with up to 1,000 participants will take place on Saturday, November 18th, at Fort Steilacoom Park.   Cyclocross racers navigate mud, sand, pavement, grass, gravel, pasture and mulch.  When the terrain is too steep to ride or when riders are confronted by wooden barriers, they dismount, shoulder their bikes and run.  Cyclocross is currently the fastest growing cycling discipline in the United States.  Racers will complete laps every six or seven minutes, so there will be plenty of action.  Our course will feature the strongest and fastest racers competing on the circuit.  This is the 16th year Lakewood has been chosen as a race site.
  • Blue Star Memorial Marker: The Interlaaken Garden Club has asked to place a Blue Star Memorial Marker within the Gravelly Lake Dr/Nyanza Rd gateway landscaped area. Blue Star Memorial Markers are designed to pay tribute to the Armed Forces.  There presently are only two in Pierce County.  One is near the Narrows Bridge and the other is at the VA Hospital on Veterans Dr. Since the Gravelly Lake Dr/Nyanza Rd Gate Way area was funded by Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB), we will be coordinating the specifics of the location with them. City costs associated with the installation would be minimal if any.  The Interlaaken Garden Club has over a 60 year history of beautification in Lakewood.
  • DUI Sentencing Decision: Rocio Guerra, Associate City Attorney, successfully appealed the trial court’s DUI sentencing decision.  The appellate court ruled that repeat DUI offenders must face increased jail time, regardless of whether the conviction occurred before or after the arrest date.  When this particular defendant is re-sentenced, she will face a minimum of 45 days in jail.
  • Domestic Violence Statistics: The statistics for Domestic Violence cases that were prosecuted in Lakewood Municipal Court for the period of April 1, 2006 through October 31, 2006 are as follows:
    • 55% resulted in convictions.
    • 30% resulted in deferrals/stipulations.
    • 10% dismissed
    • Less than 1% resulted in an acquittal.
    • 4% were bargained for pleas on other cases.
    Accordingly, 85% of our cases have resulted in some level of batterer accountability, whether it is treatment, being placed on probation, abiding by a NCO (no contact order), etc.