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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 9/22/06

September 22, 2006
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • Public Meeting regarding Interlaaken speeding: On September 28th from 6:30-8:30 PM, the Public Works Department in conjunction with the Citizens Transportation Review Committee will hold a public meeting at the Idlewild Elementary School to discuss with the citizens and/or users of Interlaaken Dr the department’s proposal to install speed humps as a traffic calming measure.
  • City Prosecutor wins case at Court of Appeals: Rocio Guerra, of our Legal department, was successful this week in the matter of a prosecution of a DUI offense that had been appealed to the State Court of Appeals. The Court reversed the Superior Court and reinstated the Municipal Court conviction.
  • Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Grant: The City was notified by Senator Murray’s office this week that the Police Department has been awarded a GREAT grant for $216,806 from the U.S. Justice Department. The program is a life-skills competency program destined to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. The City will use GREAT funds for officers in the Clover Park School District.
  • Crime Stats: Crime data for August (attached) reflects a 16.8% increase in felony violent crime over 2005 through August. LPD has produced 74 gang-related arrests through September 15th, and members of the gang task force have noted a marked decline recently in gang-related activity. Although up overall for the year, there was a marked decline in violent crime in the months of July and August.  Conversely property crime in Lakewood is down 27.6% over last year. Beginning in May property crime rates increased somewhat, perhaps associated with the need to refocus priorities on gang-related crime. However rates have not increased to the level experienced in 2005 for the same period.
  • Traffic Accident Analysis: An analysis of traffic accidents between January - August 2005 and 2006 (attached) indicates accidents are down 12%.  We cautiously attribute this to our school zone enforcement program.  In support of this we note that the only month of sharp increase in 2006 was June - the month during which we switched photo radar vendors.  During the transition there was no school zone enforcement for three weeks.  This chart will be added to our monthly crime report in the future.