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City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/24/2013

May 24, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • New Pierce College Science Dome and Health Center: Lakewood’s economic development team met with Pierce College President Denise Yochum to tour the campus and learn about new programs and opportunities. We’ll be partnering with Pierce College to highlight the new Science Dome and Health Center as a tourist destination, as well as following new pilot project educational courses, and their partnership with JBLM. They recently provided courses for 2,200 soldiers on base. Click here to find out more about the Dome and to purchase tickets:
    • OSPI Statewide Youth Reengagement: This week a meeting of leaders in workforce, higher education, K-12, economic development and client service providers was convened by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The purpose of the meeting was to look at models from other states that could solve the challenges for reaching students that are not finishing high school or going on to college. The ideas revolved around how to reach these populations, keep them engaged in learning, and to move them into training that will translate into a job and a future. One of the models had a 64% success rate which seems very promising. The meeting was held at Highline College. City of Lakewood Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended in her role on the Washington Economic Development Association Board.

Mark your Calendar with Summer Events in Lakewood

With summer off to a fast start in the Pacific Northwest this year, the City of Lakewood is offering great family-friendly events throughout the warmer months. With activities ranging from the farmers market returning for the second year, to SummerFest and the Junk in the Trunk community garage sale, both visitors and locals will find something for every member of the family.

Read more: Mark your Calendar with Summer Events in Lakewood

Experience Cultures From Around the World in Your Own Backyard

Experience Cultures From Around the World in Your Own Backyard

The Lakewood International Festival is Happening this Saturday

On Saturday, May 18, the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting the Lakewood International Festival honoring South Korea. The festival is 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free family event will feature cultural entertainment, international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods. Food vendors will include fare from the Caribbean, Polynesia, Asia and the Americas.

“The Lakewood Sister Cities Association promotes international harmony just as the festival melds East and West and encourages cooperation between different cultures,” said Connie Coleman-Lacadie, LSCA president. “For example, the festival entertainment includes 10 culturally diverse performances.”

The headlining act is the Siheung Municipal Traditional Arts Troupe visiting from South Korea; the troupe will perform traditional Korean dances. Other entertainment includes Japanese taiko drummers, an Indian dance group and other Russian, Filipino and Cambodian performers.

“As one of Washington state’s most diverse cities, we are delighted to support and celebrate the Lakewood International Festival,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “With enthralling costumes, cultural festivities and delicious goods, this is a great event for all-ages.”

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 5/17/2013

May 17, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Upcoming Events: Saturday, May 18
    • Lakewood Community Clean Up & International Festival: This is a final reminder about two key community events tomorrow: the citywide litter clean up (registration from 9-10am at City Hall; cleanup until noon) and the Lakewood International Festival (11am-5:30pm at Pierce College). For more information on these events, please visit and .
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • CSRT Coordinates Clean-Up of Blighted Home : Working on tips from the Lake City Neighborhood Association, the City’s Community Safety and Resources Team (CSRT) took the proper steps to clean up a neighborhood eyesore. The owners of the property had abandoned the home (located near the intersection of Washington Blvd and 83rd Ave). Transients had illegally occupied the home and had added to overflowing trash and filth, which permeated the property. As with many abandoned homes, a bank took ownership of this property. The bank cooperated with CSRT’s outreach efforts and hired a contractor to clean the site.
    • City Hosts Emergency Management “Round Table” Exercise: On May 16, staff from the City of Lakewood joined Clover Park High School, West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and Saint Clare Hospital staff in an emergency management exercise at the Lakewood Police Department’s training room. About twenty people participated in the exercise, which revolved a fictitious incident requiring a breadth of emergency management command, planning, logistics, and operational expertise. This exercise was a prelude to a larger scale exercise scheduled in September at Lakewood City Hall that will include additional agencies.

Coffee with the Mayor - May 21, 2013

Coffee with the Mayor

Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at St. Clare Hospital, Classroom A/B, 4908 112th Street SW, in Lakewood. Our guest speaker will be Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro who will give a presentation on the Professional Standards Year End Report.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 983-7702.  I hope to see you there!

Mayor Don Anderson

No RSVP is needed

Please Note New Location

Directions to classroom A/B – Go through the main entrance of the hospital. Take an immediate left. Walk down the long hallway past the administrative offices on the left. Classroom A/B will be on the left.