Halloween is just around the corner! Every year, children and parents across Ward 4 look forward to trick-or-treating, showing off their costumes, and enjoying the festivities of All Hallows’ Eve. For those of us who no longer trick-or-treat, perhaps you are looking forward to a scary movie, haunted house, or Halloween party. Halloween has something for everyone!
As you get your costumes finalized and stock up on candy to give out, I wanted to provide some tips to ensure that everyone enjoys the evening safely. For parents with children trick-or-treating, please have them take the following precautions. Never go into homes or cars — stay on the porch when asking for treats. Do not talk to strangers, avoid homes that do not have their outside lights turned on, and always travel in groups accompanied by an adult. Be sure that your child’s costume is easily seen by drivers. Children should only cross the street at corners or crosswalks, and should stay on sidewalks and carry flashlights. They should not approach pets they are not familiar with. If you are not personally accompanying your child, they should have your phone number on-hand.
Parents, please be sure to inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. Discard anything that is unwrapped or loosely wrapped. If you have any reason to doubt the safety of a piece of candy or fruit, throw it away. Also be aware of any food allergies your child may have and check labels to ensure the allergen is not present.
You are also invited to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second and Fourth District safety events. The Second District will host a Halloween party from 5 to 7 at the Chevy Chase Community Center, and the Fourth District will hold an event from 6 to 9 at the 4D headquarters. For more safety tips, visit the MPD website HERE. Enjoy Halloween!
Brandon T. Todd Councilmember, Ward 4 #Ward4Proud
Mayor Council Breakfast: On Tuesday, October 24, the Council met with the Mayor and the Attorney General for their monthly meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update District leadership on progress being made in all branches of government.
The Executive went over the new recruitment efforts being made in the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD):
MPD launched their new recruitment website. At the end of Fiscal Year 2017, MPD had 3,821 sworn members, an increase of 86 members since Fiscal Year 2016.
The Fiscal Year 2018 budget put $1M in new funding for MPD to institute a six month rental housing assistance program. The housing incentive program is designed to attract more police officers to live in the communities they serve. The program will provide $1,000 per month in rental assistance for D.C. properties up to 6 months for the first 166 new police recruits to sign up in Fiscal Year 2017.
The Chief Financial Officer went over Congressional tax reform and the importance of maintaining our State and Local Tax Exemption Deductions (SALT) and Tax Exempt Municipal Bonds.
In tax year 2015, 40% of D.C. tax filers use the SALT deduction, with an average savings of $16,442 or $2.3 billion overall.
Eliminating that deduction may increase federal revenue but at the expense of hardworking middle-class families. Washingtonians already pay the highest federal taxes per person in the nation by a large margin.
The D.C. Government will be sending a letter to the Congressional Leadership about this concern as they look at tax reform measures.
The Council went over Metro and the MLB All Star Game
Washington Metro Area Transit Association (WMATA) is in dire need of capital dollars to repair the infrastructure. For the 2018 budget, WMATA needs $649 million dollars, collectively, from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia
The issue is getting Maryland and Virginia to agree on how to raise the money. A regional sales tax increase of 1% would alleviate the financial burden but Virginia and Maryland are unsure of this option, because Metro does not benefit their states as a whole, only certain counties. D.C. alone cannot propose a 1% tax increase due to inordinate economic consequences.
The 2018 All-Star game will be held in D.C. and is expected to bring in over 65 million dollars in revenue. It is a week-long celebration and a delegation went to Miami to see first-hand the best practices and ways to improve the events.
The Office of the Attorney General went over current pending litigation matters withEquifax.
Half of District residents were affected by the Equifax breach. The District Attorney General and Pennsylvania are spearheading a 48-state law suit against Equifax.
Upcoming Council Hearings:
Monday, October 30 Committee on Transportation and Environment, 11:00AM RM412
The District of Columbia’s Real Estate Portfolio Management
Committee on Health, 11:00AM RM500
“The Proposed Contract with Veritas of Washington, LLC (CA22-286)”
“The Proposed Contract with Pink Belts LLC (CA22-0292)
Tuesday, October 31 Committee on Transportation and Environment, 11:00AM RM412
Condition of Districts Roadways
Committee on Health 2:00PM RM120
“Not For Profit Hospital Corporation Aboard of Directors Velma J. Speight Confirmation Resolution of 2017” PR22-533
“Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Rulemaking Approval Resolution of 207” PR22-526
Wednesday, November 1 Committee of the Whole, 9:30AM RM412
“City Innovation Fund Re-Establishment Amendment Act of 2017” B22-127
Committee of the Whole, 10:00AM RM412
“Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2017” B22-395
Councilmember Todd Celebrates
Community Across Ward 4
This weekend, Councilmember Todd enjoyed spending time in the community with residents all across Ward 4. Saturday, he attended the Lafayette Fall Fest, where he had a blast judging the chili cook-off! On Sunday, he visited the 16th Street Heights block party and attended the Manor Park Neighborhood Association Halloween party. Ward 4 residents sure know how to have a good time!
Councilmember Todd Kicks-Off
Green Infrastructure Projects In Ward 4
This Monday, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser, DC Water General Manager George Hawkins, District Department of Energy and Environment Director Tommy Wells, ANC 4B Commissioner Natalie Snider, and others, to kick off the first of 77 green infrastructure projects across Ward 4. This particular Manor Park project at 3rd Street and Madison Street, NW, includes permeable parking lanes that allow rainwater to infiltrate into the soil, reducing the amount of storm water runoff that enters Rock Creek and contributes to water pollution and flooding. The Councilmember was delighted that Ward 4 is leading the way for the entire District on these innovative green infrastructure projects, which will not only improve water quality and reduce the risk of flooding, but also create good-paying jobs for Ward 4 residents and beautify the neighborhood.
TOMORROW: 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.
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!
The event will also double as a canned food drive to replenish the Emory Beacon of Light Food Pantry’s supplies after Thanksgiving. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate.
RSVP on facebook HERE or with Joshua Fleitman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Joshua if you would like to be a member of the host committee.
Please drink responsibly and always use a designated driver. Parking is available at 3 Stars Brewing Company.
17th Annual Ward 4 Holiday Party & New Coat Drive:
Saturday, December 16th, 6 – 8 PM, Lafayette Elementary
The holidays will be here before you know it! Councilmember Todd invites you to save the date for the annual Ward 4 Holiday Party & New Coat Drive on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Lafayette Elementary School (5701 Broad Branch Road, NW). We will also be organizing a “new coat drive” to help keep Ward 4’s neediest young residents warm and make sure that nobody gets left out in the cold this holiday season. Please stay tuned for more information on how you can donate. We hope to see you the evening of December 16th!
Fall 2017 Lafayette Park Clean-Up Day:
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9 AM – Noon
Join the Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP) for the Lafayette Park clean-up day this Saturday, October 28th,from 9 AM to noon. Come one, come all — Volunteers and the whole family are welcome to help pick up a rake, or pitch in to keep our neighborhood park clean. It’s fun! The FOLP provides community service hours to any student who needs the hours.If you would like to sign up for the clean-up, or a specific project, please click HERE.
Help Shape the Future of Rock Creek Park:
Public Open House November 1, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM
Do you care about the future of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Horse Center, Maintenance Area, or adjacent areas? The National Park Service would love to hear from you as they further develop a plan to address future management of these areas of the park. The revised plan will identify needed improvements to buildings, picnic areas, and trails. Make your voice heard a public open house on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium (5200 Glover Road, NW).
Solar Energy Jobs Fair: Tuesday, November 7th, 9 AM – 1 PM
MDV-SEIA and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the second annual Solar Focus Job Fair on November 7th at the DC Downtown Hotel during the 2017 Solar Focus Conference. Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations who are actively seeking candidates for open positions.
Employers from nationally-recognized to local organizations from across the region will be on site. Job-seekers can network with employers while learning about these organizations and the specific jobs, internships, and volunteering programs that are available. This event is FREE and open to the public. From no solar experience to 20 years of experience, all job-seekers are encouraged to attend! Additional job fair activities include a networking area, mock solar rooftop installation, interview space, and the opportunity to get a professional headshot and resume advice.