City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 12/9/2011

December 9, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive Update: Lakewood Police Department kicked off its 2nd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive to benefit the Emergency Food Network (EFN) on November 29th. There was an outpouring of support from the community, with the drive collecting generous donations of $39,252 and 38,999 pounds of food during the one-week event.
  • Neighborhood Association leadership meeting: CSRT manager Steve Mauer and communications director Mike Savage convened a meeting with about 17 neighborhood association leaders from all districts on December 6th at the Police Station. The session provided important feedback on the CSRT operation and set the stage for an “all-community” meeting to be planned for 2012.
  • Lakewood’s 16th Christmas Tree Lighting Festival: Parks, Recreation & Community Services hosted the 16th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd, with over 300 kids and their families. It included a Kids parade, crafts, Santa, and performances from local groups including Charisma School of Dance, Lakewood YMCA Fly Dancers and the Tacoma Youth Choir, -- as well as the Lakes and Clover Park High School choirs and the CPHS marching band
  • Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking in Tillicum: The City of Lakewood and Habitat for Humanity broke ground in Tillicum and demolished several dilapidated buildings to kick off the construction of over 30 new homes for low income families. This is another step in the economic transformation of Tillicum. Program Manager Jeff Gumm played a key role in guiding the project.
  • Police Chief and Ass’t Chief are speakers at Alaska Executive Law Enforcement Conference: Chief Bret Farrar and Assistant Chief Mike Zaro were invited to Anchorage to present at the Alaska Executive Law Enforcement Conference on December 7th. Approximately 80 law enforcement personnel were in attendance to hear their presentation on “Review and Lessons Learned from the Murder of Our Four Officers”, which was very well received.
  • New City Hall Art Display: Local artist Marjorie Mankin has been selected by the Lakewood Arts Commission to display her artwork on the first floor of City Hall. The paintings feature a variety of watercolors including depictions of flowers, gardens and other outdoor scenes. She currently has an exhibit showing at the Lakewood Historical Museum as well.