City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/23/06

June 23, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • AWC Annual Conference: Councilmembers Finnigan and Neary, and Gov’t Relations Director Bock and the city manager attended the Association of Washington Cities annual conference in Spokane this week. There were workshops on infrastructure funding, city “branding”, business retention, “green” building projects, the property rights initiative, sex offender registration policies, and others.
  • Public Works Trust Fund Loan Agreement: The City received the Public Works Trust Fund Loan agreements this week for the $5,000,000 associated with ALG/Tillicum sewer project.  This is the last critical element of the project funding package, and we will be proposing Council authorization as early as July 5th.  The loan is for 20 years at 0.5% interest rate.
  • Latino Gang Prevention Summit: On June 17th, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department hosted a Latino Gang Summit. Lakewood Police collaborated with them in the event which was focused on providing information to community members on Latino gangs and their prevalence in the area. About 40 people including community members, youth, service providers, and police attended the event. In October of 2006 the Lakewood Latino Police Advisory Board in conjunction with Centro Latino, Safe Streets, and several other service providers will present a Latino Youth Summit that will provide break out sessions to reach out to Latino Youth on education, drugs, teen issues, and a section on gangs.
  • Korean Youth Camp 2006: On June 17th, LPD and KAPAG (Korean American Police Advisory Group) put on the second Korean American Youth Police Adventure Camp. It was a complete success with 70 kids (between 6-12th grades) participating.  This camp is in support of Lad’s community out-reach efforts. The topics covered in this 8- hour course were, Orientation to a Law Enforcement Career, Criminal Law, Road Rage, Street Racing, Gang Awareness, Math Awareness, Calling 911, High Risk Vehicle Stop Demo, K-9 Demo, SWAT Demo, and Explorer Presentation.
  • New K-9 Dog: On June 18th, the Police Department obtained a new K9 partner currently named Astor. He is an 18 month old German Shepherd imported from Germany via a kennel in Ohio. Officer Jim Syler and Sergeant Andy Suver traveled last weekend to Ohio to seek out the new K-9 Officer, due to recently learned news that K-9 Titan has cancer. Titan was put to sleep last week as the pain from the cancer was becoming intolerable. Jim and Astor will begin full time training until both are certified and ready to hit the street full time. Astor is a Jet Black Shepherd and is very handsome.
  • Bar Sweep: On June 16th, LPD and the State Liquor Control Board conducted a Bar Sweep. The following businesses and bars were checked: Great American Casino, Chips Casino, Bowlero, Oak Tree, Pounders, Bourbon Street and Schooner Tavern. Most bars are doing very well and were happy to see us.
  • LAAPAC Training on Simulator: During their regularly scheduled meeting on June 20th, 13 members of the Lakewood African American Police Advisory Council (LAAPAC) were allowed to train on the Fire Arms Training Simulator.  This training is laser/video integrated training - called "Shoot/No Shoot" - which puts officers through a series of simulated high-risk situations and then evaluates both the officer's decision to either engage fire (or not) against our policy on use of force and the accuracy of the fire.  The training is provided annually for free by our insurers, and we always offer options to our community partners to go through the simulations each year.