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By Lourdrie McNamee | Agent in Lakewood, CA

Good Morning Lakewood

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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

The 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration marks the 28th anniversary of the first observance of the King holiday in the United States. This year, the infectious positive spirit of countless individual acts of community service is acknowledged by the theme, "Living King's Legacy: Making a Career of Humanity."

Coming Up In February


'Survive for 7' evening seminar and CERT 3-day series
First seminar is Tuesday, February 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Victims of Hurricane Sandy experienced earthquake-like damage and recover.

www.lakewoodcity.org/7daysHurricane Sandy affected 24 states and hit front pages across the country when it slammed into New Jersey and New York last October. Power was out for days. Transportation, food and water supplies were drenched, leaving many to fend for themselves.

Sandy’s earthquake-like damage illustrates much of what Southern California will face after the “big one” hits. The city’s 1-evening “Survive for 7” seminar and in-depth 3-day Community Emergency Response Team training are intended to help Lakewood families be better prepared for a major disaster. Register online for either program using eCatalog, or by calling 562-866-9771, extension 2408.

Both programs are part of Lakewood’s “Survive for 7” preparedness efforts. Disaster guides and how-to checklists are online at www.lakewoodcity.org/7days.

Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame tickets on sale

Starting February 1

Tickets for the 32nd annual Lakewood Youth Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be on sale at Lakewood City Hall starting February 1. The awards banquet is scheduled for Monday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m., at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza and will honor the 2012 Athlete of the Year and more than 25 other deserving athletes and coaches.

If purchased by February 12, discounted tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for students; if purchased between February 13 and 19, ticket prices are $34 and $24 respectively. Call 562-866-9771, extension 2408, for more information or to purchase tickets.

What's Happening in Lakewood


This month on CityTV

CityTV Channel 31, the Lakewood channel on Time Warner Cable and FiOS TV produces programming each month ranging from local news and entertainment to sports and special events.

I Love Lakewood Promotion Kickoff
As Mayor Diane DuBois begins to introduce a new city promotion called “I Love Lakewood”, a fictitious character named Inspector Jacques Sacramentu interrupts the event. The inspector questions why Lakewood residents love their city so much.

Café 5050
Learn how to prepare gourmet meals. Guest chefs include instructors who teach cooking classes offered by the Recreation and Community Services Department.


City Council (7:30 AM/PM Tues/Sat) 

Coverage of the business portion of all regular city council meetings, including Before the Council, an informative talk show about the issues to be discussed at the city council meetings.  

Community Digest (3:30, 6 & 10 A.M./P.M. daily)

CityTV’s monthly magazine show spotlights the latest city information and upcoming events. 



Huell Howser (4:00 AM/PM Sun/Thur) 

Catch Huell Howser as he uncovers the people, places, and things that make California a wonderful place to live. CityTV cablecasts selections from California's Gold – Desert Adventures, California's Water – Beyond Drought and more. Tune in for a new adventure each week.



Click here for a complete monthly schedule. The CityTV Channel 31 schedule is available via Time Warner digital cable by pressing the guide button on your remote control. To receive a free monthly schedule by mail, please call 920-9325 and leave your name, address and phone number.

 Spring recreation season signups underway

The cover of 2013 Spring Recreation Catalog features people from all over the city portraying how they "love Lakewood." It also offers over 600 programs and classes planned for February through mid-June. New offerings include: Cardio Remix, Kiele Polynesian Dance, Hula and cooking and craft classes and signups are going on now.


Resident mail-in registration and online registration starts when catalogs arrive in homes. General registration, including phone-in and walk-in registration, begins Monday, January 14 at 7:30 a.m., at city hall.

Most classes and activities begin the week of Monday, February 4. Registration is also available at www.lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog. Online registration is fast, easy and convenient. Participants can preview the catalog at www.lakewoodcity.org/catalog. Call Lakewood City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2408, for additional information.

Service look-up gives instant information
 Easily finding address-specific information is the goal of the “Services by address” look-up page at Lakewood Online. Web visitors need only put in their house number and street name to find out their trash day, street sweeping day/time, ZIP Code, school district, water service provider, and zoning designation.

Along with providing links for each of their city services, the page offers a collection of information sources of particular interest to those new to Lakewood. Contact information and links for utilities, refuse collection, and phone systems are featured.

The page works in conjunction with the site’s resident information section which goes further by including a listing of legislative contacts and voter information. Click for New Resident page

“We want it to be easy for people to get started in Lakewood. We recognize the Web is a major tool used every day, so we work for one-click convenience. But, putting it online doesn’t diminish our ‘reach-a-live-person’ service commitment,” says service coordinator Paolo Beltran.

Lakewood's customer service liaison staff was instrumental in developing the new look-up. The effort follows their help creating other key online search tools Service Guide A-to-Z, hours and contact information and FAQs.

Even more service help

“Customers should know they will get the same quick response when they call us during business hours. Even if they use our after-hours phone system, they’ll find many requests will be routed promptly and responded to on the next business day,” says Beltran.

  • Visiting city hall at 5050 Clark Avenue
  • Phoning 562-866-9771, ext. 2140
  • Click for online forms at Lakewood Online.
  • Lakewood Sheriff's Station 562-623-3500 (Non-emergency calls)

Lakewood's service request number is 562-866-9771, extension 2140. The service request line is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on alternate Fridays. City hall is closed on alternate Fridays.

If you have a service emergency after normal business hours or on a closed Friday - and you have a touchtone phone - call 562-866-9771 and use the city's automated paging service. An emergency service crew member will return your call. If you have an after-hours emergency and you have a rotary phone, call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 562-623-3500.

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If you feel you are ready to start the home buying process, give me a call.  It would be my pleasure to offer you my services and have the opportunity to serve you. 


Lourdrie “Lou” McNamee 

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