Ward 4 Weekly — 6/13/18

June 13, 2018

Dear Neighbor, 

As we enter Summer, now is an excellent time to remember the abundant opportunities to be green and environmentally-friendly. As a member of the Council’s Committee on Transportation & Environment and Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, protecting our environment is a priority for me. We only have one planet, and conserving it for future generations requires everyone to do their part.

Last Fall, as part of the District’s effort to divert 80% of waste from landfills and waste to energy facilities, the Department of Public Works (DPW) announced a new and expanded list of items accepted for recycling. Paper, plastic, metal, cartons and glass are currently recycled in the District with additional items including: pizza boxes; paper and plastic plates, cups, lids, and to-go containers; plastic produce, deli/bakery containers, and trays. Through the addition of these items, the District joins a select group of cities that accept foodservice packaging for recycling, thereby supporting the development of local and national solutions to recycling new materials.

Additionally, District residents can now drop off food waste at designated farmers’ markets in all eight Wards free of charge. The food waste will be taken to a local composting site where it will be turned into compost, an environmentally-friendly soil amendment. Ward 4 residents can drop off their food waste at the 14th & Kennedy Streets Farmers’ Market on Saturdays between 9 AM and 1 PM. To learn more about the District’s Zero Waste initiative and the many ways you can get involved, visit zerowaste.dc.gov. To learn more about the many environmental programs administered by the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), visit doee.dc.gov.

There are a number of environment-related events coming up, including a park dedication, electric vehicle ride & drive event, and a solar energy information session. More information can be found below. Thank you for doing your part to protect our environment. I look forward to continuing the District’s well-earned reputation for environmental stewardship and leadership.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Upcoming Hearings:
Thursday, June 21
Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, 11:00AM RM500

  • Round table: The District of Columbia’s First Source Hiring Law

Friday, June 22
Committee on Health, 10:00AM RM500

  • “Omnibus Assisted Living Residence Improvement and Quality Long Term Care Act of 2018” B22-0689
    As introduced, this bill establishes standards for Department of Health inspection of resident files and resident agreements. It establishes the right to civil action against an Assisted Living Residence (ALR) for violations. It requires an ALR to develop policies for daily operations, treatment plans, grievances and emergencies. It requires certain staff to resident ratios. It sets standards for transfer and discharge of residents and establishes a resident’s absolute right to reside in and have access to one’s living unit at all times.
  • “Study of Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act of 2018” B22-690
    As introduced, this bill requires the Department of Health to conduct a study to evaluate availability of affordable long-term care facilities, services and supports for residents of the District of Columbia. Among other things the study will provide a projection of the number of DC residents who will require facility-based and home and community-based long-term care services over the next 10 years and provide any recommendations deemed appropriate for the development of needed service capacity.
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.

Special Note

June is LGBTQ Pride Month
DC Black Pride Was May 25-28

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Councilmember Todd was delighted to celebrate the Capital Pride festival this past weekend, as well as DC Black Pride from May 25th to 28th. Councilmember Todd will continue to reaffirm that #LoveWins and that people of all sexual orientations are welcome in the District of Columbia.

In Case You Missed It

 Ward 4 Wins In FY 2019 Budget

On May 29th, Council unanimously passed the second and final vote on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. This $14.5 billion budget is the result of dozens of public forums and hearings, thousands of pages of testimony, and hundreds of hours of thoughtful advocacy from engaged residents.

Curious what’s in the budget? See below a brief overview of Ward 4’s wins. Questions? Contact Keiko Yoshino at kyoshino@dccouncil.us.


Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Celebrates
Graduations Across Ward 4

Councilmember Todd celebrated this graduation season with scholars and families all across Ward 4. Last Thursday, he addressed the graduates of Shepherd Elementary School and Paul Public Charter School – International High School. Last Friday, he spoke at Lafayette Elementary School, and this Monday, he was the key note speaker at Powell Elementary School’s graduation. Councilmember Todd congratulates the Class of 2018 on their accomplishments, and thanks the parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, and mentors who helped our scholars along the way. Councilmember Todd wishes the best of luck to graduates in their future endeavors, and looks forward to seeing what they achieve going forward. He is very #Ward4Proud of our graduates!  

Councilmember Todd Celebrates
the Capitals’ Stanely Cup Victory

Councilmember Todd “Rocked the Red” last Friday after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup Championship in Las Vegas, and again yesterday at the victory parade along Constitution Avenue. He is so proud of our Washington Capitals and their remarkable season. To commemorate the Caps’ victory and their victorious season, Councilmember Todd is proud to present a Ceremonial Resolution honoring and recognizing  Alexander Ovechkin’s stellar performance. Read the complete “Alexander Ovechkin Historic Season Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2018″ here: lims.dccouncil.us/Download/40073/CER22-0304-Introduction.pdf #ALLCAPS.

Mark Your Calendar

Ward 4 Family Fun Day
Saturday, June 23rd, 3 – 5:30PM

You’re invited to join Councilmember Todd for the 18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 23rd from 3:00 to 5:30 PM at the Kingsbury Day School (5000 14th St, NW). The event features fun the whole family, including: food, games and bingo, music, face-painting, pony rides, tennis, skating, and activities for all ages.

For more information or to sign up as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Dolly Turner  atdturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052. RSVP and learn more on the facebook event: facebook.com/events/2077007212515044/

March With Councilmember Todd
At 52nd Palisades July 4th Parade


The Councilmember Todd invites you to join him, the Ward 4 Council staff, and Ward 4 residents to march in the annual Palisades July 4th Parade. Line-up begins on Whitehaven Pkwy at 10:00 AM (this street is in between Our Lady of Victory School and the fire station). No registration is necessary. Please enter Whitehaven Pkwy via Foxhall Rd. The parade starts moving at 11:00 AM. For more information, visit palisadesdc.org/documents/July4th_infosheet2018.pdf.

To RSVP, contact Jackson Carnes at jcarnes@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052. Councilmember Todd looks forward to marching with you!

Important Announcements

Join Councilmember Todd To Dedicate Marvin Caplan Park Memorial: Saturday, June 16th, 2 PM

Join Councilmember Todd, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association, Neighbors, Inc, and Tifereth Israel Congregation for the dedication of the Marvin Caplan Park Memorial on Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 PM. The park, located at Alaska Avenue,13th Street & Holly Street, NW, is dedicated to Marvin Caplan, 1920-2000. The ceremony’s feature speaker will be Wade Henderson, Executive Director Emeritus of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights.

Caplan, a Shepherd Park resident, was Executive Director of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights during the 1960s and 70s and a major strategist for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights of Act of 1965, Fair Housing Act of 1968, and Title IX’s prohibiting gender discrimination in education. Caplan cofounded and served as President of Neighbors, Inc, which fought DC’s white flight, block busting, and to increase housing choices for African Americans and others facing discrimination. He was the author of Further Along: A Civil Rights Memoir. For these accomplishments, service, and leadership, the City Council named the park in his honor: DC Act 15-0030, on May 19, 2003.

We hope you can join us to honor Marvin Caplan! Questions? Contact Pati Griffith at (202) 829-7780 or patigriffith@gmail.com.

Join Councilmember Todd at the 152nd Annual Strawberry Festival: Saturday, June 16th, 4-8 PM

The 152nd Strawberry Festival will take place rain or shine on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 4-8pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rock Creek Cemetery (201 Allison Street, NW). The main entrance is on Webster St. & Rock Creek Rd NW.

There will be fun for the whole family! Moon bounce, crafts, face painting, rock climbing, pony rides, field games, tours of the historic cemetery, BBQ, music and more! Free event! BBQ, strawberry shortcakes and other items will be for sale.


More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble:
A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word,
Saturday, June 16th, 2 PM, Takoma Library


Join us for a celebration of music, dance and the spoken word. More Than a Drum Percussion will perform at the Takoma Park Library. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine ‘Dine’ Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252. This is a Summer Challenge 2018 event sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library.

Ward 4 Solar Energy Information Session:
Monday, June 18th, 6:30 PM 



Want to lower your electricity bill? Go solar! Grant funding for qualified low and moderate income DC residents is available. Come learn more at an information session on Monday, June 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library (7420 Georgia Ave, NW). Learn more at SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/51stState

Pepco’s Ride & Drive Electric Vehicle Event:
Tuesday, June 19th, Noon-2 PM


Interested in electric vehicles and reducing your carbon and smog emissions? Come to Pepco’s Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event next Tuesday, June 19th from noon to 2:00 PM at Pepco Headquarters (701 9th St, NW).

Halcyon By The People Festival – Walter Reed:
June 21st – 24th


By The People is coming up June 21-24! This new arts and dialogue festival is bringing large art installations, free pop-up performances, curated conversations, augmented reality, and family-friendly activities to five festival hubs in all four quadrants of the District. The inaugural festival is focused on the founding themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Register now for a four-day pass that gets you into all the free events at our festival hubs:

  • Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • The Parks at Walter Reed
  • Union Market

In addition to those events, we’ll have a handful of moderately priced ticketed events that include everything from contemporary ballet to punk and go-go concerts, all listed in our onlineschedule. The festival hubs will be open each day from 10am-6pm, except for special evening hours at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, open Saturday until midnight!

The Parks at Walter Reed are sure to be By The People’s most colorful festival hub. A brightly painted fountain, large “yarn-bomb” covering 14 trees, painted sidewalks, and more will be among the art installations at The Parks. And while they’re open each day from 10am-6pm, we’ll have a special concentration of pop-up performances and events at this location Friday afternoon, June 22.

While you’re at Walter Reed, make sure to check out Nekisha Durrett’s sidewalk art!

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

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
(c) (202) 368-2518



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