City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/26/06

May 26, 2006

To:          Mayor and Members of the Council

From:    Andrew Neiditz, City Manager>

  • Lakewood Senior Center Open House:  This week’s open house was attended by about 130 people, and about 20 vendors, including a number of senior and social service agencies, had information booths at the event. Over 26 senior volunteers also participated. It was a very positive acknowledgment of the new center at the new location and the City’s role in continuing the senior center operation.
  • West-side Communities Leadership Summit: The session on May 24th at University Place City Hall was attended by about 70 participants, including elected representatives from Lakewood, UP, Tacoma, Steilacoom, DuPont, Fircrest and Pierce County Five members of the Lakewood Council attended, including the mayor and city manager. Panel discussions covered the issues of transportation, economic development, and public safety.
  • Lakewood University Wrap Up: The Cityheld its third session of Lakewood University on May 10th and 17th. This most recent session was attended by approximately 40 citizens, most of who had never before participated in the program.  The two-night program featured presentations from most of the Departments including Police, Parks & Recreation, Economic Development and Finance.   For the first time, the program also included presentations by the Lakewood Fire District and Lakewood Water District. Lakewood University has been well received and those citizens who have attended were appreciative of the opportunity to learn more about their City.  After each session, every “student” is asked to provide feedback on the program, which has been consistently positive.  The most popular presentations this time were Water District, Police and Economic Development.  The number one suggestion for future session is to allow more time for questions and more time for presentations. Since we began offering this unique program, about 150 citizens have “graduated” from Lakewood University.
  • McChord Tudor Haus community debrief for double homicide: Police conducted a Community Debrief was held on  May 18th   at  Ponders Landmark Café in reference to the Double Homicide at the McChord Tudor Haus Apartments. 16 community members attended, and an overview of the homicide was conducted by Officer Figueroa, who also answered participants’ questions. A positive outcome was that new community members, including the Latino population of the apartment complex, came to the meeting. Language translation services were provided, and the meeting was interactive. Four citizens expressed interest in being block watch co-captains at two different locations.