Fall is finally here! Despite the warm weather and humidity lingering, the cold has started to set in. With it comes the season of leaves crunching under our feet, warm drinks to heat us up, and that quintessential crispness in the air. It is the time to bring our sweaters and jackets out of storage, rake leaves, pick pumpkins, and take part in the many seasonal traditions that we so cherish this time of year.
As we move into fall, please be aware of some of the government services and programs that you might need to utilize. First and foremost, the Department of Public Works (DPW) conducts leaf collection from November 6th through January 12, 2019. Loose leaves will be “vacuumed” from tree boxes at least twice from each residential neighborhood, and then composted. In neighborhoods with alley trash/recycling collections, bagged leaves may be placed where trash and recycling are collected. These leaves will be collected with the trash as space in the truck permits. If you are bagging your leaves, please use paper bags. More information on the leaf collection program and your specific neighborhood’s schedule can be found at: dpw.dc.gov/service/leaf-and-holiday-tree-collection. There you can find a link to an interactive map sharing the schedule and status of leaf collection at your specific address.
Also please be advised that DPW always offers bulk yard waste collection services. Up to five bags of yard waste can be collected every week, and you can call (202) 737-4404 to set up a collection appointment.
Before we know it, Halloween will be upon us, then we will start preparing for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Enjoy autumn, Ward 4!
Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Committee of the Whole & Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, October 16th, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Committee of the Whole and additional Legislative Meeting.
Air BnB Update:
Yesterday, the Council was expected to conduct their final vote on the Short-Term Rental Housing legislation, however, the bill was tabled until the next Legislative Meeting, November 13th, 2018.
Providence Hospital Update:
At the legislative meeting, emergency legislation was unanimously passed to clarify that State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) retains the authority to approve or disapprove permanent closure or termination of operations and services at any health care facility. Providence Hospital is planning to close all but Carroll Manor and primary care related services by December 14th. A number of Ward 4 residents, specifically seniors, currently receive care at Providence and Councilmember is concerned for their wellbeing and the effects the closure will have on District. As a result, the Committee on Health had a hearing and heard from dozens of Providence employees and patients imploring the Council to find ways to stop the abrupt closing.
Office of Nightlife:
The Mayor will be signing Councilmember Todd’s Office of Nightlife & Culture Amendment Act of 2018 at The Park located at 940 14th Street NW at 5:00PM. All members of the public are invited to join.
Monday, October 29 Committee on Business & Economic Development, 10:00AM RM500
“CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018” B22-904
As introduced, this bill increases the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 100% by 2032, establishes a solar energy standard post 2032, and establishes standards electricity suppliers must meet regarding purchasing a percentage of their energy from long-term purchase agreements with renewable generators. It removes restrictions on energy efficiency measures. It expands the uses of the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund and also establishes an energy performance standard program for buildings at the Department of Energy and Environment. Among other things, it authorizes the Mayor to commit the District to participation in regional programs with the purpose of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue regulations tying the vehicle excise tax to fuel efficiency.
Friday, November 2 Committee on Housing &Neighborhood Revitalization, 10:00AM RM500
“Senior Strategic Plan Amendment Act of 2018” B22-686
As introduced, this bill requires the Office on Aging to develop a comprehensive ten year strategic plan that shall serve as a long-term blueprint for the District. The plan includes an assessment of the data currently available on the District’s senior population, the senior populations’ needs, and the growth and decline in diversity of the senior population, among other things.
“District of Columbia Department on Aging and Community Living Amendment Act of 2018” B22-964
As introduced, this bill designates the District of Columbia Office on Aging as the Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL). The mission of DACL is expanded to include the prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults 60 years or older.
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 Focuses On Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
Councilmember Todd has been focusing on protecting the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, especially in light of the numerous tragic fatalities that the District has experienced. Last Thursday, Councilmember Todd swore-in David Tumblin, a resident of Petworth, as the Ward 4 Representative to the Pedestrian Advisory Council. Councilmember Todd thanks David for volunteering for this important position, and is confident that he will be an incredible Ward 4 advocate for walkability and pedestrian safety.
Later that day, Councilmember Todd met with Rachel Maisler, Ward 4 Representative to the Bicycle Advisory Council, to discuss strategies for improving bicyclist safety in Ward 4 and across the District of Columbia. This follows Councilmember Todd’s participation in a DC Council Roundtable on the implementation of Vision Zero, and Councilmember Todd’s letter to the Dept. of Public works, the Metropolitan Police Dept., and the District Dept. of Transportation (DDOT) about employee vehicles blocking bike lanes and endangering cyclists and drivers. Councilmember Todd looks forward to remaining an outspoken advocate for road safety and working with David, Rachel, DDOT, and other stakeholders to improve safety for all. Because no roadway fatality is acceptable and we must continue to strive toward Vision Zero and examine new strategies for achieving this goal.
Councilmember Todd Recognizes & Supports
Diverse Group of DC Non-Profit Organizations
This week, Councilmember Todd had the pleasure of recognizing and thanking a number of non-profit organizations that serve Washingtonians. On Wednesday, the Councilmember attended the 10th anniversary celebration for the Wanda Alston Foundation, which provides transitional housing and capacity building assistance to homeless LGBTQ youth in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Todd was proud to present the Wanda Alston Foundation with a Ceremonial Resolution marking their decade of service. Last Friday, the Councilmember attended the Mary’s Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala, honoring their three decades of providing health care, family literacy, and social services to individuals in-need.
Last Friday, Councilmember Todd also gave remarks at and moderated a panel discussion on the many faces of DC Latin American Identities. The event took place at the Art Museum of the Americas, where Councilmember Todd presented a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Bowser to the Organization of American States Assistant Secretary, Nestor Mendez. Councilmember Todd remarked that as the representative of the largest number of Latino residents, he is very interested in and supportive of Latin American art and culture in the District.
On Saturday, Councilmember Todd attended the National Kidney Foundation’s Walk to show support for survivors of kidney disease. He also spoke at the National Federation for the Blind DC’s Annual Summit, where he discussed his legislation to improve Braille literacy and education in DC Public School. This Monday, Councilmember Todd presented Arts for the Aging(AFTA) with a Ceremonial Resolution commemorating their 30th anniversary of engaging older adults with the arts, helping improve health and quality of life through visual, musical, performing, literary, multidisciplinary, and intergenerational arts experiences. On Sunday, Councilmember Todd attended Emory Beacon of Light’s Annual Homeless Walk.
Councilmember Todd Celebrates Community Across Ward 4
This past week, Councilmember Todd celebrated community all across Ward 4. Last Thursday, he visited the seniors at Morton and Florence Bahr towers in Petworth to update them on his senior initiatives and invite them to his upcoming State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on October 25th. On Saturday, the Councilmember supported Ward 4’s large Caribbean-American population at the Caribbean American Political Action Committee Luncheon. Later that day, he attended the “Roll Out” day bulk trash removal event at Roosevelt high school, helped cut the ribbon on the Van Buren United Methodist Church’s transitional home for battered and homeless women with children, and attended the Randolph Street Oktoberfest block party. On Sunday, Councilmember Todd celebrated the 125 anniversary of Trinity Episcopal Church on Piney Branch Road, and attended the annual Hawthorne community block party. Ward 4 keeps Councilmember Todd very busy and he cherishes joining neighbors and friends at these important events!
Mark Your Calendar
Oregon Avenue Community Meeting & Update:
Wednesday, Oct 24th, 7 PM, Chevy Chase Community Center
Councilmember Todd will be holding a community meeting regarding the Oregon Avenue construction. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM at the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave, NW). The District Department of Transportation and DC Water will update neighbors on the ongoing construction work and answer questions.
Questions? Contact Jackson Carnes, Director of Constituent Services, at (202) 316-9078 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Councilmember Todd For The
Sherman Circle Halloween Parade:
Sunday, October 28th, 4 PM – 6 PM
Join Councilmember Todd and neighbors at the Sherman Circle Halloween Parade for Kids on Sunday, October 28th from 4-6 PM. It will be spooktacular fun for the whole family, including seasonal activities and snacks!
Please note that this event takes the place of the regular monthly Sherman Circle Social.
Fourth Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address:
Thursday, October 25th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Rec Center RSVP TODAY
Join Councilmember Todd for the Fourth Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on Thursday, October 25th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE). Come access information and resources from dozens of senior-serving vendors, enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and learn how the Government of the District of Columbia is here to serve our seniors. We hope to see you there!
Returning Citizens Day At Peoples Congregational Church:
Sunday, October 21st, 10 AM – 2 PM
People’s Congregational Church 4704 13th Street NW WDC 20011 in conjunction with Court Services Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) will be hosting ‘ Returning Citizen’s Day . This will start with a special services dedicated to returning citizen featuring Mr. Roach Brown, Host of Crossroad (89.3 FM /WPFW) as the guest speaker and an all re-entry Gospel Choir (Amazing Gospel Soul Inc). Service start at 10 am .
After service the re-entry population and their Family will be served refreshment in the Fellowship Hall, have the opportunity to receive free good quality clothing (for men, women and children), health screening, social service resources, and job training programs. The kids will receive free good quality, fully pack book bags for school.
Quesitons? Contact Reverend Venita George at (202) 829-511 or email@example.com, or call Elba Gonzalez at (202) 220-5480 or George Eatmon at (202) 585-7780.
Are You A Ward 4 Small Business Owner?
Submit a Great Streets Grant Application By Oct. 22nd!
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) welcomes submissions from eligible small businesses seeking to improve their place of business through a Great Street grants of up to $50,000. These grants, awarded on a competitive basis to owners of small retail and service-oriented businesses, can be used to support complete improvement projects for commercial properties. The purpose of the Great Streets Initiative is to transform certain designated emerging commercial corridors into thriving, walkable, shoppable and inviting neighborhood experiences. The Great Streets Initiative does this by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, increasing the District’s tax base, and creating new job opportunities for District residents.
If you would like to learn ways to reduce your likelihood of becoming a crime victim and also learn how to begin a Neighborhood Watch Program on your block, please attend the free Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Training held on October 23, 2018, at 7:00 pm located at the Jelleff’s Recreation Center (3265 S Street NW).
Actual crime scenes will be shown, so this is not a program suitable for young children. If you would like to attend this training, please email Samantha Nolan, Citywide Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Trainer, at NolanTutor@gmail.com with your name and police district. A packet of information for each person attending based on their police district. If you don’t know your district, go to MPDC.dc.gov and click on Find District. Type in your address. It will show you your District and your PSA (Police Service Area).
Early registration is encouraged because space is limited.
Resources for Ward 4 Seniors:
Food Bank, Spa Day, Telephone Town Hall
Ward 4 seniors, please be advised of the following resources and events to assist you:
Recently, Councilmember Todd visited the Capital Area Food Bank and learned about the Grocery Plus program, a great way for DC Seniors to fill their pantry. Learn more by visiting: capitalareafoodbank.org/grocery-plus/.
The Senior Zone and the Dept. of Parks and Recreation are partnering to again offer a Senior Spa Day on Friday, October 19th from 10 AM to 2 PM at Fort Stanton Recreation Center (1812 Erie St, SE) in Ward 8. At this free event, they are providing pampering services to include haircuts, hair styling and manicures to those 50 years of age and older. In addition, attendees will have access to community services and resources. Please RSVP by calling (202) 810-5940.
Also please be advised of another monthly Senior Town Hall presented by the D.C. Office on Aging, the Mayor’s Office on Community Relations, and the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Seniors can get important information and updates on senior programming and events. The next call will take place on Wednesday, November 7th from 11:00 to 11:30 AM. This call will provide information about snow and leaf cleanup. To connect, call 1-855-756-7520 and use access code 30984. To RSVP or ask quesitons, call (202) 442-8150.