City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/17/06

March 17, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:     Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Gang Forum: On March 14th, three Lakewood Police Officers attended the Gang Forum put together by Safe Streets at the First Church of Nazarene in Tacoma. Valuable information was presented and exchanged at the forum. The Lakewood Police Department Community Policing Section is planning to host similar public gang education programs in the near future to increase public awareness.
  • Northwest Regional Managers Conference: The city manager attended the NW Regional Conference in Welches OR this week, with city managers and administrators from about 115 jurisdictions in Washington and Oregon. Workshop subjects included Strategic Partnerships, Future of the Northwest, Building a World-class Workplace, local government in the classroom, volunteer development, and professionalism in management
  • Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting:  Lakewood will be one of hundreds of communities nation-wide that will hold an Underage Drinking Prevention: National Town Hall Meeting on March 28th. The meeting is open to middle and high school students, parents, teachers and public officials county-wide. The City of Lakewood, in collaboration with the Lakewood Youth Council, the Lakewood police explorer post, the student leadership of Clover Park School District and Steilacoom High School, Youth Leading Change of the Safe Streets Campaign, City Beverages and the Washington State Liquor Control Board invite all to gather to learn more about the devastating impacts of underage drinking and discuss ways to address this problem. State Representative Dennis Flannigan will lead a panel of youth, victims, police and counselors in a discussion about the scope of the problem. After the discussion, attendees will break into work groups to develop a plan of action for an extended campaign. Invitations will be sent to all members of the Council.
  • Courts Helping Courts: Senior Court Specialists Windy Guiberson and Deana Wright attended the “Courts Helping Courts’ outreach at Ruston Municipal on March 15th.   City staff assisted in an audit of their court and assisted them with updating their accounting and case processing procedures, as well as, mentoring them on the best practices for Municipal Courts.  In the past, we have assisted Steilacoom and Dupont Courts as well.