Engaging with residents is the part of my job I find most fulfilling. It’s why I so enjoy serving as your Ward 4 Councilmember. I truly value the opportunity to spend time with neighbors in the community, learning about your concerns and how I can advance an agenda that addresses those priorities through legislative and community action.
In that spirit, I am announcing a series of office hour events over the coming weeks:
If you have a concern in the neighborhood you would like to see addressed, a legislative idea, input on a matter before the Council, or just want to chat with your elected representative, I sincerely hope you will join me. No appointments necessary in this casual, unstructured opportunity for engagement. If you are unable to attend any of these office hours events, you are always welcome to contact me via email or call my office directly at (202) 724-8052. See you around the Ward!
Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Committee of the Whole: On Tuesday, January 22nd, the Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole.
Annual agency performance oversight will begin Wednesday, February 6th. The Committee on Government Operations has scheduled five days of hearings. Rooms and times are subject to change.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Government Operations Committee, Room 500, 11:00AM
Executive Office of the Mayor
Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel
Office of the City Administrator
Office of the Senior Advisory
Office of the Secretary
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Government Operation Committee, Room 412, 10:00AM
Office of Community Affairs
Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives
Office on Veteran’s Affairs
Office on LGBTQ Affairs
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Government Operations Committee, Room 120, 10:00AM
Office on African Affairs
Office on African American Affairs
Office on Asian & Pacific Islanders Affairs
Office on Latino Affairs
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Government Operations, Room 123, 11:00AM
Office of Nightlife & Culture
Office of Partnerships & Grants
Office of Public Private Partnerships
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Government Operations Committee, Room 120 10:00AM/2:00PM
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at email@example.com or (202) 724-8052.
Week In Review
Councilmember Todd Helps Seniors Shovel Snow,
Encourages Residents To Sign Up For Volunteer Snow Team
Monday, Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 team were out in the community helping seniors and those with special needs dig out their cars and shovel walkways, sidewalks, and driveways. Throughout the storm, the Councilmember and his team were surveying the Ward, tracking plow progress, and coordinating with agencies to respond to needs and ensure safety and accessibility remained top priorities.
Councilmember Todd gives a special thank you to the “Snow Team Heroes” who have registered with Serve DC to help their neighbors in-need shovel snow. With more snow potentially on the way this weekend, if you would like to register either as a volunteer or add your household to the list that requires service, visit snowteam.dc.gov for more information.
Mark Your Calendar
Councilmember Todd Supports DC Health Link African American Enrollment Week,
Join Him At Midtown Barber Shop This Saturday From 10 AM – 2 PM
DC Health Link African American Enrollment Week of Action is going strong with several events around the city to ensure that members of the community gain access to quality health insurance coverage before open enrollment ends on January 31, 2019.
If you are interested in purchasing a health insurance plan through DC Health Link, be sure to join Councilmember Todd at the Midtown Barber Shop (120 Kennedy Street, NW) this Saturday, January 19th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Certified in-person assisters will be onsite to help you learn how insurance can benefit your health and get enrolled into coverage. Other Enrollment Week Activities are included below and for more details about DC Health Link events, visit https://DCHealthLink.com/events.
Join MPD & Councilmember Todd For A Special Public Safety
Conversation on the 14th St. Corridor
The Metropolitan Police Department Fourth District and Councilmember Todd invite you to a Special Public Safety Conversation:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:30- 7:30 PM 1365 Kennedy Street NW (Please use the basement entrance next to the Gold Coast Market)
Host: Commander Randy Griffin
Please come and discuss your concerns as it relates to public safety specifically in the 16th Street, 16th Street Heights Neighborhood, and 14th Street Corridor. Residents and Business Owner are encouraged to attend
For more information please contact Derek Staten, Fourth District Community Outreach Coordinator at 202.270.1640 or Derek.Staten@dc.gov.
Councilmember Todd Hosts Office Hours In Chevy Chase & Takoma
Councilmember Todd invites you to mark your calendar for two upcoming office hours events in the Chevy Chase and Takoma neighborhoods:
This is an excellent opportunity for residents to sit down one-on-one with the Councilmember for up to 10 minutes to discuss important issues in Ward 4 and the District of Columbia. Residents will be seen on a first come, first served basis, and are welcome to discuss any issues important to them and their neighbors. If you have questions, please contact Jackson Carnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 724-8052.
CRIAC Fee Relief Programs Now Accepting Applications
After Councilmember Todd Supports Funding
Councilmember Todd heard Ward 4 residents, non-profits, and houses of worship loud and clear: the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) fees imposed by DC Water are too burdensome and relief is needed. That is why he first raised the issue with the Council and supported the allocation of $7 million in funding for a CRIAC fee relief program. The DC Department of Energy and Environment has set up program and eligibility requirements for residents and non-profits to start applying for relief.
Additional Resources For Furloughed Federal Workers
Councilmember Todd created an info-graphic with a variety of resources for furloughed federal workers. View the info-graphic HERE. It is unconscionable that so many of our federal workers are missing a pay check due to the unnecessary and harmful shutdown. Councilmember Todd continues to call on the President to work with Congress and #EndTheShutdown immediately.
Bread For the City
Starting Monday, January 14th, Bread for the City will provide a five-day supply of groceries for furloughed federal employees and contractors who are District of Columbia residents. Visit our services page for more information including hours of operation and documents we will need you to bring in. If you’re a furloughed worker looking for something positive to do in the midst of this crisis, we’re always looking for volunteers. Visit breadforthecity.org/volunteer to find out how you can help. To support these services to furloughed federal workers, visit breadforthecity.org/donation/govshutdown.
During the shutdown, Wells Fargo is automatically reversing monthly service and overdraft/non-sufficient fund fees for any customer who is an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer’s account in November 2018. We will work with customers who do not have direct deposit or are not receiving an automatic fee reversal on an individual basis to assist them.
In addition, late fees on consumer credit accounts will be suppressed for those who are an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer’s checking account in November 2018.
For customers who are having difficulties making their loan payments, we also can work with them to identify short- or long-term assistance options that may be available to help them get through this difficult time.
DPW to Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21st Sanitation and Holiday Tree Collection Services Will be Suspended for the Day
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21; therefore, sanitation services and most parking enforcement will be suspended and will resume on Tuesday, January 22.
Trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s and Thursday’s collections will slide to Tuesday and Friday. Tuesday’s and Friday’s collections will slide to Wednesday and Saturday.
Holiday tree collections will resume on Tuesday, January 22.
The Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.
DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking, rush hour lane restrictions or tow abandoned vehicles Monday, January 21, except along the streetcar line.
“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. The hours of enforcement are concurrent with the streetcar schedule. Normal enforcement citywide resumes Tuesday, January 22.
DCRA Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Construction is not permitted on federal and District Government holidays. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, all construction work, for which a permit is required, is illegal and could result in a Stop Work Order and may be subject to fines.
Please report illegal construction to the District’s 311 system. You can report your service request by either calling 311, visiting the 311.dc.gov, using the mobile app (DC311), using the online live chat feature during standard business hours, texting DC311, or tweeting to@311dcgov.
Uptown Main Street Hosts Small Business Sessions, Extends Small Grant Program Deadline
Ward 4’s Uptown Main Street is hosting two sessions for small businesses:
UMS Small Grant Program Deadline Extended:
Businesses located along Upper 14th Street and Kennedy Street who are interested in accessing technical assistance services or updating their storefronts are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 in funding through UMS’ Small Grants program. The application deadline has been extended to January 18th at midnight. All applicants are encouraged to use the UMS design guidelines to craft their proposals. Have questions? Reach out to UMS’ Executive Director email@example.com.
Feedback Requested on the DCPS Calendar for School year 2019-20
DC Public Schools (DCPS) is looking for feedback from the DCPS community on the School Year 2019-2020 calendar. The first day of school will be August 26, 2019 for traditional calendar schools and August 12, 2019 for extended year schools. Based on these starting dates, we have developed proposals for the 2019-2020 school calendar and invite your feedback.
DCPS wants to select the best calendar to fit the needs of students, families, staff, and the community. The proposals, along with information on how DCPS drafts these proposals, are available on the DCPS website. Please submit your feedback by January 25!
Take the survey HERE. View the proposed traditional calendar HERE and the proposed extended year calendar HERE.
Thank you for your feedback as we create a calendar for School Year 2019-2020.
Las Escuelas Públicas de Washington DC (DCPS) está buscando comentarios de la comunidad sobre el calendario para el Año Escolar 2019-2020. El primer día de clases será el 26 de agosto del 2019 para escuelas con el calendario tradicional y el 12 de agosto del 2019 para escuelas con el año extendido. Basados en estas fechas de comienzo, hemos desarrollado unas propuestas para el calendario escolar del 2019-20 y queremos comentarios del público.
DCPS quiere seleccionar el mejor calendario para estudiantes, familias, maestros y la comunidad. Las propuestas están disponibles AQUI. ¡Por favor, complete el encuesta para el 25 de enero!
Gracias por ayudarnos a crear el calendario para el Año Escolar 2019-2020.
Senior Spa Day:
Friday, January 25th, Emery Heights Community Center