City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/18/06

August 18, 2006

To:       Mayor and Members of the Council
From:   Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Flashing Lights at Arterial School Zones: As part of school zone speed control photo enforcement program, our contractor should start next week installing the yellow flashing warning lights at 6 of the 7 remaining unmarked arterials.  Onyx Dr, which is associated with Oakbrook Elementary School, will be the only remaining outstanding arterial (83rd Ave is included in the 6), and it will be included in a bid package for contract award later this fall.  Onyx Dr is being deferred because it’s an underground power situation, and thus a more complicated installation -- which would have delayed getting the 6 up and operating in time for school opening.  (Onyx is also a 2 lane, low volume, 30 MPH arterial and therefore not as critical as the 6.)  In addition to Onyx, the fall bid package will also include the upgrade of the existing yellow flashing lights systems presently on the 11 arterials to live power (presently photo cell/battery pack systems). This conversion is necessary in order to make the installation of the beacon light on top of each flashing sign operable.  The phasing of the work was necessary because two earlier bid attempts were unsuccessful in receiving competitive interest due to contractor workloads.
  • Pac Hwy Project Paving: Barring a change in the weather, from Monday (8/21) through Wednesday (8/23), our Pacific Hwy Improvement project contractor will be paving from the railroad crossing bridge to 108th St., starting at 6:00 AM and working through 6:00 PM.  All the property owners and businesses have been notified. Individual driveways could be closed up to an hour to accommodate the laying and the compacting of the new pavement; however there will be flaggers on site to redirect vehicles to alternate driveways locations on their respective property.
  • DUI Emphasis:  LPD Traffic Officers will be participating in a nation-wide “crack down on impaired drivers” between August 18th and September 5th.  This over-time DUI emphasis will be funded by a grant from the State Traffic Safety Commission.
  • Juggalos Arrested:  LPD Detective Paynter received information on possible locations for the two remaining Juggalos, and during the course of the surveillance, officers were able to witness a hand-to-hand drug deal.  The Juggalos were arrested without incident, as were three additional personnel involved in the drug sale. This was a team effort by Robbery/Assault, Special Ops, Property Pro-Ac and the Violent Crimes Task Force.
  • City Hall Parking: The recently completed improvement to the City Hall parking lot has resulted in an increase to 337 spaces. The original real estate agreement (REA) had stipulated a loss of 120 spaces to the development on the east side of the building (the “grassy knoll”). However, discussions with the owners of both the east and west properties are intended to result in shared public parking which will accommodate the needs and requirements of all three buildings.
  • Crime Free Housing Improvements:  LPD Neighborhood Patrol Officer Adam Leonard and Community Service Officer Kathy McCann have been meeting with management of apartments in Lakeview recently in an effort to increase the number of Crime Free complexes. This is in response to a sharp increase in violent crime in this area – most of which is gang-related. Response from the owners and managers has been very positive and that cooperation has already paid off. Several tenants and/or associates with felony warrants have been arrested as part of LPD’s increased emphasis in this area including a convicted murderer who had recently threatened to “shoot up” one of the apartment complexes.  In total, 64 arrests have been made in that neighborhood since 4-1-06; most involve gang members. Additionally, the owners have been exceedingly cooperative about evicting tenants whom we identify as engaging in criminal or gang-related activity.
  • KOAM TV Interviews:  Officer Austin Lee went to KOAM TV (local Korean cable TV) yesterday and taped series of 20 minute long interviews on DV awareness and traffic safety. They have asked him back in October to talk about DUI awareness and other Lakewood Crime Free programs.  He will also be taping a boating safety advertisement next week in helping Washington State Boating Safety Commission.
  • Lakewood Police Officers Participate at Law Enforcement Youth Camp (LEYC): LEYC is a free youth camp for ages 9 to 11, which dates back to the 70’s, and is operated by law enforcement personnel acting as the counselors. Lakewood Officer Shirley McLamore is at camp this week with three Lakewood youth who qualify for camp, and they will be participating in camp activities such as swimming, jet skiing, games, challenge course activities and camp fires.