Ward 4 Weekly — 10/18/17

October 18, 2017
Dear Neighbor,

Fall is finally here! Despite the warm weather remaining longer than normal, 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 the first week of November through January 27, 2018. 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 HERE

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. In anticipation of snow season, our Government has increased the snow removal budget 85% to $8.6 million, and we have added top-of-the-line new equipment to ensure we can handle anything mother natures decides to throw at us.

Enjoy fall, and stay warm!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole Meeting: On Tuesday, October 17, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Committee of the Whole.  The following measures were moved and placed on the Legislative Agenda for November 7th.

  •  “Office on African American Affairs Establishment Act of 2017” (B22-0318)
    Establishes an Office on African American Affairs within District government to address the needs of the District’s African American community.
  •  “Public School Health Services Amendment Act of 2017” (B22-27) Increases the minimum hours per week of registered public school nurses at District public and charter schools to 40 hours.
  • “Health Literacy Council Establishment Act of 2017” (B22-62) Tasks the Mayor with educating residents about the Affordable Care Act and coming up with strategies to advance health literacy, including mental health, in the classrooms.
  • “Union Market Tax Increment Financing Act of 2017” (B22-382) A $86M investment in Ward 5 to revitalize Union Market area.

 Upcoming Council Hearings:

Monday, October 23
Committee of the Whole & Committee on Education, 12:00PM RM412

  • Improving School Attendance: Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism, and the Implementation of Reform Initiatives

Tuesday, October 24
Committee on Government Operations, 1:00PM RM412

  • “Grant Administration Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0165
  •  “Notary Public Electronic Establishment and Enhancement Amendment Act of 2017”B22-0324
  • “Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts of 2017” B22-467
  • “Office of Administrative Hearings Jurisdiction Expansion Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0334

Committee of the Whole, 11:00AM RM500

  • The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: Permitting Services and Illegal Construction (roundtable, no legislation)

Wednesday, October 25
Committee on Health 11:00AM RM500

  • “Senior Dental Services Program Act of 2017” B22-0171
  •  “Prescription Drug Donation Pilot Program Act of 2017” B22-0201
  • “Vital Records Modernization Act of 2017” B22-0250
  • “Hearing Aid Assistance Program Act of 2017” B22-0354
  •  “Health Care Reporting Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0366

Thursday, October 26
Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety 9:30AM RM500

  • “Youth Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2017” B22-451

Friday, October 27
Committee on Transportation and Environment with Committee on Finance and Revenue, 11:00AM RM412

  • “Traffic and Parking Ticket Penalty Amendment Act of 2017” B22-204
  • “Parking Ticket Waiver Act of 2017” B22-237
  • “Parking and Moving Violation Amnesty Act of 2017” B22-410
  • “Ticket Payment Plan Amendment Act of 2017” B22-488
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052
The Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Celebrates
Community Across Ward 4

This weekend, Councilmember Todd was busy celebrating community with residents all across the Ward. Saturday morning, he addressed the School Club of Washington, DC at Slim’s Diner to give updates on the state of education in Ward 4 and the District. He spent time with neighbors at the Shepherd Park Elementary Fall Fest, the Lowell Fall Bazaar, ANC 4D Family Fun Day, and the Randolph Street Blocktoberfest. He then helped Willow Fashion on Upshur Street celebrate their 5th anniversary, and gave the keynote address at the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Washington, DC. On Sunday, the Councilmember attended a block party in Hawthorne. This Monday, the Councilmember celebrated the 10th anniversary of Red Derby restaurant. It was a wonderful time with neighbors and friends!
Councilmember Todd Swears-In Two
Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners
This week, Councilmember Todd had the pleasure of swearing-in two new Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs). On Monday, the Councilmember welcomed Marlene Moss as the new ANC 4A07 Commissioner. On Tuesday evening at the ANC 4D monthly meeting, Councilmember Todd swore-in Jamie Barden, the newly-elected ANC 4D04 Commissioner. 

Councilmember Todd understands the importance of our Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners’ work. They are on the front lines of our communities, ensuring that our government works are the local level, and that all members of the community feel they have an opportunity to participate in the process and make their voices heard. Councilmember Todd thanks Commissioners Moss and Barden for stepping up to serve residents of the District of Columbia, and looks forward to working with them to effect real change in each of their Single Member Districts. 

For more information on ANC 4A, click HERE, and for ANC 4D, click HERE

Mark Your Calendar

The Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address:
Thurs, Oct 26th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Rec Center

Councilmember Todd invites all Ward 4 seniors to the Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE). As in years past, the event will include health screenings, speakers, music, as well as a host of agencies that assist seniors, such as the DC Office on Aging, and the Departments of Disability Services, Insurance & Banking, and Housing & Community Development. Organizations such as Seabury, Terrific Inc, and Age Friendly DC will also be on-hand. The event will culminate with Councilmember Todd’s State of the Ward 4 Senior address. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406
Ward 4 Brewery Crawl & Happy Hour:
Thursday, November 30th, 6-8 PM

Councilmember Brandon Todd invites you to join him and neighbors for the Ward 4 Brewery Crawl on Thursday, November 30th! Support our local 3 Stars and Hellbender Brewing Companies while enjoying happy hour and socializing with neighbors and Councilmember Todd. 6 PM – 7 PM at 3 Stars Brewing Company (6400 Chillum Pl NW), then we’ll walk to the nearby Hellbender Brewing Company (5788 2nd St NE) and stay there until 8 PM. Come to one or both locations. This is a great opportunity to show how you’re #Ward4Proud, and have fun at the same time!

RSVP on facebook HERE or with Joshua Fleitman at jfleitman@dccouncil.us.

Please drink responsibly and always use a designated driver. Parking is available at 3 Stars Brewing Company.

Important Announcements

Upshur Street Sidewalk Sale:
Saturday, October 21, 11 AM – 3 PM

The small businesses of Upshur Street, NW invite you to buy local and join them for a special sidewalk sale this Saturday, October 21st, from 11 AM until 3 PM. On sale gifts, clothing, books, antiques, and more will be readily available for purchase on the sidewalk. This special sale is co-hosted by Upshur Street Books, Bentley’s Vintage Furniture & Collectibles, Willow DC, and Fia’s Fabulous Finds. The Petworth Community Market will be close by for additional fun! To learn more and RSVP, visit the facebook event HERE

Join Councilmember Todd As DC Water Kicks Off First Large-Scale Green Infrastructure Project: Monday, October 23, 10 AM 

DDOT Public Meeting On 16th Street, NW
Bridge Over Piney Branch Parkway Rehabilitation:
Tuesday, Oct 24th, 6:30-9:30, NW Community Church


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to a public meeting on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 to discuss the 16th Street, NW Bridge over Piney Branch Parkway Rehabilitation Project. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8: 30 PM at the Northwest Community Church (4100 16th Street. NW). DDOT will present design concepts and gather comments from the community at this public meeting to discuss a project designed to extend the service life of the bridge while preserving the integrity of its historic character.

Questions? Contact Stacee Hemby at stacee@tbaconnects.com. If you need special accommodations or language assistance services, please contact Cesar Barreto at (202) 671-2829 or Cesar.Barreto@dc.gov. To learn about transportation options for getting to the meeting, visit  www.godcgo.com

14th & Kennedy Streets, NW Fall Festival:
Saturday, October 28th, 9 AM – 1 PM 


Application to Participate in Petworth Arts Collaborative’s 3 Day Celebration of Dia De Los Muertos Due October 28th


Petworth Arts Collaborative is seeking participants to share in the 3 day event celebration of Dia de los Muertos. The deadline to apply for their Call for Altars and Student Themed First Friday is Saturday October 28th:

Apply HERE to participate in showcasing your altars at the Day of the Dead procession on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 6:00 -7:30 PM at participating venues along Upshur St & Georgia Ave.

Apply HERE to showcase DC local student work, performance or visual art that honors your loved ones who have passed, during the special Student Themed First Friday on November 3, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

To learn more about the Dia de los Muertos celebration, email Sara Herrera or Maria Mandle at petwortharts@gmail.com, or visit Petworth Arts Collaborative’s facebook, twitter, orinstagram accounts. 

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

Temi F. Bennett
Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8106

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
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 330-3033

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

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

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

Jordan Strudwick
Scheduler/Special Assistant
(o) (202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 368-2518

Jacqueline Campbell
(202) 724-8052
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