Ward 4 Weekly — 5/23/18

May 23, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

As we prepare to enter the summer, our thoughts turn to barbecues, beach vacations, and time outdoors with family, friends, and neighbors. As you plan the next few months, I want to make sure that you mark your calendar for an upcoming annual summer tradition in Ward 4. On Saturday, June 23rd, from 3:00 to 5:30 PM, I will host the 18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day at the Kingsbury Center (
5000 14th St, NW). #All20Neighborhoods of Ward 4 are invited for an afternoon of family-friendly fun. I sincerely hope you will come enjoy the many activities for all ages while building community spirit with fellow Ward 4 residents.


This year’s event will feature a moon bounce, pony rides, face painting, ice cream truck, Citi Open tennis, food (hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, cotton candy, snow cones & pop corn), bingo for seniors (in an air conditioned room), mounted police, a fire truck, raffle with giveaways, DJ, steel band, and dancing. Over 20 vendors will be on-hand to provide information and giveaways, including DC Government agencies, and community and private organizations.

We are seeking volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. If you are interested in supporting this wonderful Ward 4 tradition, we welcome your help. To sign up as a volunteer or RSVP for the event, please contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052. I hope to see you for the 18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day on June 23rd!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, May 29th, the Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for discussion and passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Local Budget Act. The final vote for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Act will take place June 5, 2018.

Upcoming Hearings: 

Thursday, June 7
Committee on Government Operations, 10:00AM RM412

  • “District of Columbia Paperwork Reduction and Data Collection Act of 2017” B22-574
    • As introduced, this bill establishes a Data Sharing and Paperwork Advisory Council to improve efficiencies in data collection, information sharing, and information resources management to serve as an advisory body to the Mayor, the Council, and District agencies.
  • “Comprehensive Boards and Commissions Review Amendment Act of 2018” B22-741
    • As introduced, this bill requires a comprehensive review of certain boards and commissions every 2 years. The Mayor is required to promulgate rules establishing criteria for evaluating boards and commissions.

Wednesday, June 13
Committee on Education, 10:00AM RM412

  • Graduation Rate Accountability Roundtable

For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.

Special Note

Celebrating Ramadan & Memorial Day

From May 16th through June 14th, our Muslim neighbors observe Ramadan, the most sacred holiday of the Islamic faith. This month-long celebration entails fasting during the day, spending time with family, and attending mosque. Councilmember Todd wishes Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims in Ward 4 and across the District during this holy time.

Councilmember Todd also commemorates Memorial Day coming up on Monday, May 28th. As Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Government Operations, which has purview over the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, Councilmember Todd honors those who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces. He thanks them and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our country.

In Case You Missed It

 Councilmember Todd Interview On DC Radio

Councilmember Todd was recently interviewed as part of DC Radio’s new program “Hearing the Council.” Miss the first airing last week? No problem! Hear it again on Friday, May 25th at 3:00 PM on 96.3HD4 or stream live at dcradio.gov. You can also listen to the podcast version any time on Soundcloud or iTunes. Stay tuned for subsequent interviews on a variety of topics.

Week In Review

 Councilmember Todd Celebrates Bike To Work Day


Last Friday, May 18th, Councilmember Todd celebrated Bike To Work Day. Unfortunately, due to the rain, the community bike ride down to the John A. Wilson Building was cancelled. However, a few intrepid bikers, led by Rachel Maisler, Ward 4 Representative to the DC Bicycle Advisory Council, made the ride down the pit stop event at Freedom Plaza. Councilmember Todd was delighted to participate in the pit stop and joined Jeff Marootian (Director of the District Department of Transportation, DDOT), Greg Billing (Executive Director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, WABA), DDOT bicycle infrastructure staff, and DC bicyclists for a morning to reaffirm our commitment to improving bicycle safety and infrastructure in the District. 

 Councilmember Todd Celebrates Community
At Powell ES Carnival & Riggs Park Day

This weekend, Councilmember Todd enjoyed celebrating community at two wonderful Ward 4 events. The Powell Bilingual Elementary School Community Carnival went ahead despite the rain, taking place in the Roosevelt High School Gym. Councilmember Todd was delighted to serve as a sponsor and donate Nationals tickets for the raffle. The Councilmember also enjoyed attended the Riggs Park Day celebration at Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center. He remains #Ward4Proud of the engagement of so many across Ward 4’s diverse neighborhoods. 

Mark Your Calendar

Join Councilmember Todd at HELP USA Veterans Affordable Housing Groundbreaking at Walter Reed: Friday, May 25th 11 AM – 12 Noon

Join Councilmember Todd, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, and DC veterans for the groundbreaking of HELP USA Veterans Housing, 77 affordable units for previously homeless vets on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The event will take place on Friday, May 25th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

Please enter the Walter Reed campus at the gate at 6900 Georgia Ave NW at Butternut Street to be directed to the site. Learn more and register at: eventbrite.com/e/help-usa-veterans-housing-groundbreaking-on-walter-reed-tickets-46082708622

Join Councilmember Todd
For Little Library Opening:
Saturday, May 26th, 11 AM, Upshur Rec Center


Join Councilmember Todd, Little Free Library, the Community Alliance for Upper Fourteenth Street (CAUFS), the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and members of the community to unveil a new Avengers: Infinity War-themed “Little Library” at Upshur Park. The event will take place on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 AM at the Upshur Recreation Center (4300 Arkansas Ave, NW). The project is donated by Disney and the Little Free Library. The event will feature a reading by children’s book author Jesse Holland. To learn more, read the Petworth News article on the event: petworthnews.org/blog/avengers-little-free-library

Important Announcements

Kennedy St Economic Development & Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee Meeting:
Wed, May 30th, 6-7 PM, Emery Heights Community Center

The Kennedy Street, N.W., Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee (KSED) will have a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Emery Heights Community Center (5701 Georgia Avenue, NW) . This body was specially created by legislation that Councilmember Todd introduced, the DC Council passed, and Mayor Bowser signed. The Advisory Committee brings together members of the community and District resources to guide development of the Kennedy Street corridor.

The Advisory Committee, chaired by Loretta S. Caldwell, includes community members ANC 4D Commissioner Lisa Colbert, Lamont Akins, David Gottfried, Steven Cooke, Derek Forde, and Government members Sybongile Cook (DMPED), Erkin Ozberk (OP), Derrick Colbert (DSLBD), Annie McCarthy (DCRA), and Dolly Turner (Ward 4 Council).

State Board of Education Accepting Applications For Student Advisory Committee, Due May 31st

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is looking for motivated students in the District to serve as Student Representatives on the State Board and as members of our Student Advisory Committee (SAC) next year. Applications are now being accepted from students who are passionate about serving their community. Students will have the opportunity to represent their peers in the decision-making process for education policy in the District. The application is due by Thursday, May 31, 2018. Interested students can learn more abd apply online at bit.ly/SBOEStudentRep.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Presents: Pathways To Financial Fitness – Thursday, May 31st, 7-9 PM 

Immigration Town Hall Meeting:
Friday, June 1st, 6-7:30 PM

The Caribbean American Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and People’s Congregational United Church of Christ (PCUCC) will hold an Immigration Town Hall Meeting on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the church which is located at 4704 13th Street NW Washington, DC 20011.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss general issues around immigration including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – commonly referred to as DACA; the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act referred to as the DREAM Act; sanctuary cities; and trafficked individuals to our DMV region.

We plan to have solutions-driven approaches to the myriad challenges faced by our immigrant communities through interactive discussions and other resources. Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine will provide an overall update on immigration issues. A panel of experts will discuss how our communities can access resources to help in addressing these concerns.

For additional information, contact C-PAC at cpac.dmv@gmail.com or visit caribbeanpac.org.

Seeking Presenters for LaSalle-Backus Education Campus Career Day: Fri, June 1st, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

LaSalle-Backus Education Campus is holding our 2nd Career Day on Friday, June 1 at LaSalle Backus from 9:30 AM – 3 PM.  We are inviting anyone to attend the day to talk about their careers (all careers welcome). If interested in signing up, please contact Ms. Hurtado at Senovia.hurtado@dc.gov or call the school at 202-671-6340 and leave a message for Ms. Hurtado.  We are looking forward to a great event that will help inspire our students to think about a diverse set of career fields.

Register For Nationals Summer Youth Baseball League, Open To Ward 4 Families

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd

(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff 
(o) (202) 724-8052
(c) (202) 215-5455

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o)(202) 741-5293
(c)(202) 316-9078

Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
(o) (202) 724-7774
(c) (202) 717-2782

Faye Caldwell
Special Assistant
(202) 724-6663

Christine Kulumani
Legislative Counsel
(202) 790-6837
Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024

Malcolm Jolly

Special Assistant/Scheduler
(o)(202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 330-3033

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123

Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506

Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8035

LaRoya Huff
Community Outreach Coordinator
(o) (202) 724-8106
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