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- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:49
Here’s a FAQ for residents
There’s so much information – and misinformation – floating out there about Initiative 502 and the recreational use of marijuana that it’s hard for residents to discern fact from fiction.
In the City of Lakewood, elected leaders are discussing how to move forward on marijuana business rules. It’s not as easy it might sound. City leaders must balance the federal prohibition of marijuana use against the State of Washington, where residents passed I-502 to legalize recreational use of the drug. That included a majority of voters in Lakewood.
To help residents cut through the haze and get to the City’s stance on recreational marijuana, we have produced this FAQ sheet that should help make it clear:
- Has the City of Lakewood banned marijuana?
- No. The City relies on rules that allow the denial of a business license if that business is conducting, “in whole or in part, activity that is illegal under local, state or federal law.” (Not all cities have this code, by the way). Because the City has the ability to deny a business license to produce, distribute or sell marijuana, a ban or moratorium is unnecessary.
- Q. Will the City deny a business license to sell marijuana within its limits?
- That’s a tougher question for which the answer depends on different factors. It’s the whole state-vs.-federal conundrum. The State of Washington has acknowledged that it will develop more rules as I-502 takes effect, but state law makes recreational marijuana use legal. However, there’s no sign that the federal government will remove its prohibition on the drug, which leaves the City of Lakewood and other local governments possibly open to litigation. The City will have to consider the risk of following state law against the risk of following federal law, which again could make the City liable for interfering with a business enterprise. As a general rule, Lakewood takes into consideration the impact of any proposed business within its limits, including public safety, community image and the sentiment of residents.
- Why can’t the City of Lakewood zone for retail marijuana?
- One of the things about I-502 is it limits local control of marijuana regulation. Instead, the State has placed its own restrictions on sales, including the number of marijuana shops a local government is allowed and those shops’ proximity to sensitive facilities such as daycares and schools. The City does have the authority to zone an area as residential, commercial, industrial, etc., but it can’t zone a specific form of business, such as marijuana. For instance, a shop won’t be able to open in a residential zone because commercial activity – such as the sale of marijuana, cars, clothes, food or any other product, for that matter – is prohibited in those areas.
- What is the State of Washington’s role in retail marijuana?
- The State is in the process of implementing I-502 statewide. Initially, the theory was all marijuana sales would be state-regulated, like the way it does with liquor. Recently, there have been questions over whether local governments can completely ban marijuana, and those questions have yet to be answered. What we know: Although the City determines what types of businesses can operate in Lakewood, the State determines whether a business can sell marijuana, as it’s responsible for licensing of all retail marijuana sales. As we said before, the state determines how many shops are allowed within a city, as well as their proximity to places such as daycares and schools.
- So then, how many stores will be allowed in Lakewood?
- The State of Washington has allotted up to two retail marijuana shops. (By the way, this doesn’t include production and distribution facilities). Again, only two marijuana shops will be allowed in the City of Lakewood. The State has also imposed a 1,000-foot-buffer around those sensitive facilities that we mentioned before. As a business, retail marijuana can be sold only in commercial zones, and it can’t locate within a buffer zone even if it is commercial. If more than two retailers apply for licenses, the state will conduct a lottery for the right to the available spots. The State will also perform an analysis of the retailer and the proposed establishment, including a criminal background check and security of the proposed facility. As part of the state licensing process – which mirrors the liquor-licensing process - the local government can offer its input. That input can consist of fact-based concerns with the location, such as crime statistics. Ultimately, decisions regarding who gets to sell marijuana specifically in the City of Lakewood are entirely the State’s.
Bottom line: You won’t see more than two marijuana shops in Lakewood, and those shops will have to locate in pretty specific areas.
- So, will people be allowed to smoke marijuana in the same places where they can smoke tobacco?
- Nope. State law makes it an infraction to use marijuana in public.
- Will tax revenue generated by marijuana sales benefit the City of Lakewood?
- Nothing in I-502 specifically directs tax revenues to the City. That said, the manner in which marijuana sales tax revenue will be distributed has yet to be determined. Some argue that cities that ban marijuana sales shouldn’t benefit from the tax revenue, while others suggest that the impact of marijuana sales transcends city boundaries. We’ll report back when the issue becomes clearer.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:05
Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held national retail chain of crafts and home decor stores, is pleased to announce it has signed a lease to open a store in Lakewood, WA. Construction is underway on this 55,000 square-foot building, formerly occupied by Kmart, located at 5319 100th Street SW.
Hobby Lobby's ninth store in Washington is projected to open in the first quarter of 2014, bringing about 35 to 50 jobs to the community paying $14 per hour for full time and $9.50 per hour for part-time associates.
“Lakewood and its surrounding area have many vibrant crafting communities that we look forward to serving,” stated John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising. “We are very pleased to become an integral part of yet another community by providing new jobs, exceptional selection and value in the crafts and home decor market, and revitalizing an empty facility, all of which enables us to share in the economic growth of both the community and the state.”
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, began as Greco, a miniature picture frames company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family’s garage to a 300 square foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was founded. Today, Hobby Lobby has nearly 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. This major Oklahoma City-based private corporation offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in its stores. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, and jewelry, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.
For more information about Hobby Lobby, our weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, visit our website at www.hobbylobby.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hobbylobby .
- Category: Weekly Info Bulletins
- Published on Friday, 08 November 2013 16:45
November 8, 2013
WEEKLY INFO BULLETIN
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager
The City Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Proclamation declaring November as Veterans Appreciation Month.
- IJR/I-5 JBLM corridor improvements update.
- Review of the proposed human services funding recommendations.
- Review of the purchase of property for Wards Lake Park.
- Review of the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
- Marijuana sales, processing and production update.
The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW. Agenda items for the meeting include:
- Set December 2, 2013 as the date for a Public Hearing on the 2013 budget amendments.
- Public Hearing on 104th Street Court Right-of-Way street vacation.
- Adoption of 2014 property tax levy
- Approve a purchase and sale agreement to acquire property for Wards Lake Park.
- Adopt the condemnation of property at 8008 to 8248 Bridgeport Way SW.
- Adopt allocations for human services programs.
- Affirm the Oakbrook Golf Course open space application for property tax credit.
Topics of Interest and Updates
Fallen Officers Food Drive
November 29th, 2013 will mark the 4th anniversary of the murders of our four officers, Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and Officer Ronnie Owens. In years past, we have honored the fallen officers with a food drive at the Lakewood Police Station.
This year, the 29th falls on the day after Thanksgiving. In order to allow the families and department members time to spend with their families on the holiday, there will not be a food drive “day” at the station.
In partnership with Q13 Fox, Washington’s Most Wanted, Les Schwab Tire Centers, the Emergency Food Network and Food Life Line; the Fallen Officer Food Drive will still take place. Donations of non-perishable food items and/or cash can be made at the Lakewood Police Department or any Les Schwab Tire Center store beginning November 1st and lasting through November 22nd.
In the last four years the Fallen Officers Food Drive raised a generous $90,649.00 in cash donations and 115,962 pounds of food. The officers dedicated themselves to the community in life and now that dedication continues through this food drive. The goal for this year is $50,000 and 150,000 pounds of food.
This year’s Fallen Officer Food Drive is dedicated to the memory of Washington State Trooper Sean O’Connell, who was killed in the line of duty on May 31st, 2013. Trooper O’Connell was killed when his police motorcycle collided with a box truck in Skagit County.
We humbly and sincerely appreciate the community’s ongoing support for fallen officers everywhere and hope you will join us in making this another successful food drive.
Scotch Broom Cleared On Bridgeport
Teamwork is what it took to tackle the overgrown Scotch broom and weedy Right-of-Way along Bridgeport Way Southwest between 88th and 83rd Streets. The City’s Parks Department and work crew “volunteers” spent last Friday doing general cleanup along the overgrown sidewalk, transforming it from a neighborhood eyesore into a clean and passable sidewalk. The winners are the citizens of Lakewood. Way to go team!
Legal Department Update
During the week of October 28- November 1, 2013, for the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, 43 cases were reviewed by the Prosecutor. Of these, 22 charges were filed in Court and 1 case was referred to diversion. This is in addition to the in-custody cases already filed for both cities.
Automated Traffic Safety Cameras Seminar
On November 5, 2013, City Attorney Heidi Ann Wachter, Chief of Police Bret Farrar and Court Administrator Deana Wright attended an Automated Traffic Safety Cameras seminar sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities. The seminar featured an examination of legal challenges, legislative proposals, and best practices regarding the use of camera revenue. City Attorney Wachter participated on a panel of cities sharing vendor contract information and a review of data.
Economic Development Update
The Economic Development Department met with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Lakeview Light & Power to discuss power rates, structures, recent upgrades and future upgrades. The purpose, in part, was to identify any new information that needs to be included in our 2015 Comp Plan update.
Rally Point 6
Several employees and supporters met to tour the new Rally Point 6 building at 9881 Bridgeport Way. Still under construction, this organization will be the central point for veterans and families when transitioning out of the military to civilian life. They will assist with housing, employment, training and connections to all the resources veterans and families need. This is the first of many transitional facilities to be constructed across the nation. Check out their website for additional information: http://rallypoint6.com/
Studio Hot Yoga Grand Opening
One of our newest additions to Lakewood - Studio Hot Yoga - is now open. Their focus is on total wellness, and offerings include hot and warm gentle yoga, dance and movement therapy, Pilates, Latin Heat, Holistic Wellness, personal training and nutrition coaching.
Chamber Luncheon Featured Inspirational Speaker
Mr. Albert Mensah, motivational speaker, consultant and trainer delivered a powerful speech this week. The crowd was encouraged to “Get Uncomfortable.” He stressed excellence, discipline, and personal accountability while teaching ways to be more effective in business. Attendees included City Manager John J. Caulfield, Chief of Police Bret Farrar, and Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:17
Residents might have noticed a sprucing up of Lakewood’s streets over the past six months.
The cleaner, brighter streets and sidewalks are no accident. They’re the result of a pair of departments from the City of Lakewood coming together to get the job done quicker and more efficiently.
In May, the City asked its Parks, Recreation and Community Services department to temporarily manage the streets landscape program – a job that included reviewing the overall work program and providing resources and support to keep pace with ongoing maintenance and special projects.
Based on a successful work program and a knack for getting the job done, the PRCS was a natural fit to work with Public Works’ streets landscape program. Together, they were able to share resources and best practices to improve areas across the City. The benefits included:
- Improved efficiency
- Utilization of a daily schedule and best practices
- Ability to work on special projects
- Improved oversight of the program
But the result the public has noticed? Better-looking street landscapes throughout Lakewood.
“We’re able to get so much more done because we have all of these skills and resources,” said Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director.
- Category: Press Releases
- Published on Friday, 08 November 2013 15:26
WildSide Pets, a full-service pet store, recently relocated from Puyallup to the City of Lakewood, bringing exotic animals and specialty services.
In 2004, Cindy Taylor took her 40 years of passion and love for animals to open WildSide Pets with her daughter, Cari Aida. WildSide Pets is a 100 percent women-owned business and has been family-owned and operated for nearly ten years.
Earlier this year, Taylor and Aida moved the business into the heart of Lakewood where they provide a selection of exotic animals as well as various supplies and services. The new location was selected based on its proximity to the military community, visibility and the building’s character.
“My mom and I have always had a passion for working with animals and we are very fortunate to have this business together,” says co-owner Aida. “We are excited to grow our presence in Lakewood and we look forward to continuing to share our animal knowledge, pets, education and services with the community.”
WildSide Pets is USDA licensed to carry and sell an array of exotic animals such as sugar gliders, squirrels, hedgehogs, prairie dogs as well as common domestic pets such as puppies, kittens, reptiles and fish. WildSide Pets receives praise for its high industry standards in cleanliness, customer outreach, and most importantly, the responsible and appropriate care of animals. For example, WildSide offers free aquarium water analysis and habitat design to ensure quality care. Products carried at the store are holistic and natural with many organic options.
WildSide is engaged with the community through educational services and discounts including a military discount on dry goods. The store offers a free classroom pet program that allows teachers to borrow pets and receive supplies at a discounted price for their class animals.
“Lakewood welcomes unique businesses such as WildSide Pets,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “WildSide is the only store of its type in the state making it a regional destination for its distinctive inventory and staff expertise.”
Take a trip to WildSide Pets located at 3615 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Suite #101 in Lakewood. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit: www.thewildsidepetstore.com
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- Clearing Drains of Leaves Helps Prevent Neighborhood Flooding
- Municipal Court Now Serves Steilacoom
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/25/2013
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- Lakewood City Council Unanimously Opposes Proposition 1
- City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/18/2013