City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/27/06

October 27, 2006
To:     Mayor and Members of the City Council
From:Andrew Neiditz, City Manager
  • South Korean Delegation Visit: Four government officials form Gimhae, South Korea will spend a week in Lakewood as part of friendship building mission in anticipation of future sister city relationship with Lakewood. The delegation will tour the city, Pierce College, Pierce College Library exhibits, meet with the Governor’s staff, Korean Counsel General and also tour several businesses and tourist facilities. The Mayor is scheduled to meet the group officially Wednesday evening with the Lakewood Sister Cities Association.
  • Photo Enforcement: The photo enforcement CSO’s have generated 400 infractions this week; the motor officers have generated 70 school zone infractions this week. (Note: Clover Park School District had a reduced schedule, as well as other events that restricted the amount of enforcement time.)
  • Felony Arrest through Motel Program: As part of the Crime Free Motel Program, Lakewood Officers discovered that a male in a motel room had a felony warrant. That arrest led the Officers to discover one adult female and a juvenile female that had been earlier bound and assaulted by the arrested male. The twelve year old victim had also been sexually assaulted by the male. Several new felony charges were added to the long list of crimes in the suspect’s criminal history as a result of this program at work.
  • Robbery Suspect Apprehended: On October 21st, an armed robbery of two citizens occurred in the 12000 block of Pacific Hwy. SW.  Officer Gildehaus noticed a suspicious male on the way to the call. He stopped and contacted the male on Pacific Hwy and detained him.  During the investigation, a third victim made contact and said that they had been robbed.  All three victims identified the suspect and he was booked into the Pierce County Jail.
  • Speed Humps on Interlaaken: As was concluded at the public meeting held at the Idlewild elementary school on September 28th regarding the installation of speed humps on Interlaaken Dr north of Washington Blvd, the speed humps have now been installed, and feedback from residents on Interlaaken is positive.
  • Business Retention Visit: David Nishamura, Economic Development Board and Joe Hannan, City Economic Development Administrator, made an annual business retention visit to Jim Gallagher, general Manager of BMC Building Materials. The 130 employee company is one of the City’s largest private employer and also one of the top sales tax generators. The company provides truss’s to the house building industry. The company is stretched at their current facility, but continues to be profitable with a positive outlook to the future.
  • CPTC Business Training: New No Cost Business Start-up Training is available at the Center for Business Development, Clover Park Technical College, and Be Your Own Boss Assessment is available free every Thursday at Building 19.
  • Pet Sitter arrested: The Lakewood Police, in conjunction with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma Police, and Steilacoom Police, worked a joint investigation involving the owner/operator of a pet sitting company. Since 2002, the owner has been stealing from her business clients. Although the actual total amount of the thefts in dollars is unknown, it is at least several hundred thousand dollars. Most of the victims either refused to name the owner as a suspect because they couldn’t believe she would do such a thing, or they just didn’t report the loss. Based on the overwhelming number of cases and the pooling of resources between all the agencies, the Lakewood Police Department was able to make the arrest. Currently, the woman is being held in the Pierce County Jail on the following charges; 14 counts of Theft 1st, 14 counts of Theft of a Firearm, 4 counts of Theft 2nd, and 2 counts of Identity Theft 1st, with bail set at $480,000. Originally recovering the victim’s property was looking grim, but with ongoing and aggressive investigation, it is very likely some of the property will be located. Since this arrest, the Lakewood Police Department has taken an additional 15 theft reports that name the woman as the suspect.
  • Personal Care Facilities and Home Based Business Task Force: The task force met this week and discussed a variety of topics including good neighbor policies and dispersion of group and adult family homes.  They also received comments on Tacoma’s proposed special needs housing ordinance.  The task force is likely to provide recommendations to the Planning Advisory Board in November.  After that, the task force and the PAB will provide a report to the Council in December/January.