Archive of: Lakewood

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L&I proposes rate hike for 2010

The Department of Labor and Industries today announced lower workers' compensation insurance premiums for 2010 than it had earlier forecast.

Agency Director Judy Schurke proposed an average increase of 7.6 percent after earlier predicting it might be necessary to ask for an average increase of 15 to 20 percent.

September 2009

Fight-back on L&I proposed rates

Advocates for small businesses in Washington state quickly spoke in rebuttal to a proposed rate increase announced today by the Department of Labor & Industries.

The $117 million tax hike is in addition to the 40 percent workers' comp tax increases employers and employees have already shouldered over the last five years.

Many states around the country are experiencing rate decreases as a result of major reform efforts and competitive markets for insurance. Workers' comp rates in Oregon decreased by 5.5 percent, marking the 19th year in a row without a rate increase.

September 2009

Lakewood seeks foreign investment

Lakewood officials have learned that the city has been accepted into the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The program designates Regional Centers throughout selected cities where job creation is encouraged through foreign investment.

That means Lakewood is prime real estate for foreigners with money to invest as a way to gain residency.

September 2009

Around the Sound

Fife Area Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11:30 a.m. at LaQuinta Inn & Suites. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will speak. To register, Email dlevi@fifechamber.org or call (253) 922-9320.

Kent Chamber of Commerce Wednesday meeting will be a Candidates' Forum for upcoming election of mayor and city council. Come to Meridian Valley Country Club by 11:30 a.m. and space is limited. Register here.

August 2009

Lines run out the door at CPTC

Education isn't just taking place in the classroom, students are now learning how to stand in record-long lines.

As a sign of the times, record-long lines pushed students out the door as they waited to register for classes, programs at Clover Park Technical College.

August 2009

Around the Sound

Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce will be taking members and others to the Brigade Deployment and Casing Ceremony for Fort Lewis' 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker) tomorrow at 10 a.m. Contact the chamber at (253) 582-9400 or by e-mail to join in.

The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community wide "End of the Summer Block Party" on Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gateway Center just off I-5 at the South 320th Street exit. The local businesses will have samples at their businesses, as well as discounts and promotions for the block party participants. There will also be $1,500 worth of prizes given out that evening and the Teen Idols will be performing at the event. Those interested can RSVP by calling 253-838-2605 ext. 120 or sending the Chamber an e-mail.

August 2009

Lakewood, Port of Tacoma will meet

Port of Tacoma Commissioners and Lakewood City Council members will meet for the first time together on Monday Aug. 24 to review a presentation on the Woodbrook Business Park Development.
 
The Port partnered in 2008 at the request of the city to fund this study of the area across the freeway from Tillicum and its redevelopment potential perhaps related to industrial uses. The report now under review contains in-depth information on current conditions, infrastructure, property holdings, land uses and values.

August 2009

Around the Sound

"Steve McQueen: The Last Mile," an exhibit of photographs taken by Barbara McQueen, his widow, will be open to the public one day only tomorrow, Aug. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m.  at Miki Spa Salon, 3102 Ruston Way, Tacoma. The author-photographer will sign books and display a few rare photographs of her late husband.

Miki Keogh, owner-operator of Miki Spa Salon, will have tents and booths set up outside. Bay Ford of Port Orchid will show a 2009 limited edition Bullitt car, a Ford Mustang named after the 1968 smash film featuring 'The King of Cool' as well as a 2008 Shelby KR. Tacoma's Destination Harley-Davidson will display one of its custom bikes. Local musician Stephen Bucklew will play selections from his new CD "Will Play for Money and Food."

August 2009

Around the Sound

The sixth-annual St. Clare Hospital Golf Tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17 at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club, with proceeds from the special event supporting a remodel of the Lakewood hospital's busy emergency department. Reservations are requested by today  and space is limited. Call 253-552-4168 or e-mail.

Express Employment Professionals of Olympia is having an open house to celebrate a move to new, larger offices on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. It's right next door to the former location, at 2615 Capital Mall Dr. SW, Suite A1. Call (360) 357-7195 or send an e-mail.

August 2009

Intercity Transit named 'Best in U.S.'

American Public Transportation Association has named Intercity Transit of Thurston County the best transit system in the nation for its size. IT topped 107 other lines in the medium-size category of transit systems providing between 4 and 30 million rides annually.

July 2009
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