Ward 4 Weekly — 11/1/17

November 1, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

As your Councilmember, I am laser-focused on crafting legislative solutions to the concerns that you bring to my attention through phone calls and emails, at office hours and community walks, or even via tweets and facebook messages. I am always listening and seeking your input on how I can better advocate for the needs of Ward 4 residents and business owners.

That is why I recently introduced the “Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017,” which would create a specialized office in our government that serves as a liaison for the growing nightlife business community, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, community organizations, and government agencies. With more than 1,000 people moving to the District each month, our nightlife scene is growing rapidly. And it’s not limited to bars and clubs — but restaurants, music, art, fashion, and culture as well. While our growing nightlife brings new opportunities, it also brings new challenges to communities that have been devoid of this activity, and are now experiencing more traffic, noise, or other types of nightlife-related concerns. I know that this is top of mind for residents across Ward 4 and the city, and that is why I am championing this effort to bring greater coordination and vision to the development of nightlife in the District of Columbia.

This office would be a resource for our growing small business community, serving as an after-hours point of contact, helping coordinate with regulatory agencies for things such as licenses and permits, and offering technical assistance and advice. It would also be a resource for the community’s concerns with nightlife in their neighborhood, helping find mutually beneficial solutions and forging better relationships throughout the District. Our goal is a vibrant, thriving city, and this is one way toward that.

You may have heard me today on the Kojo Nnamdi show speaking about this legislation and seeking more input. I very much look forward to chairing a public hearing on this bill on Wednesday, November 8th at 11:00 AM, and hearing ideas for how this bill can be improved. If you are interested in testifying, please contact the Committee on Government Operations at(202) 724-6663 or email fcaldwell@dccouncil.us. Together, we can ensure that our government plays a constructive role in facilitating the smart growth of nightlife in DC. 


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Government Operations Spotlight: Office of Administrative Hearings

In 2001, D.C. Council created the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), a neutral and impartial body responsible for adjudicating appeals from certain District agencies. Instead of appealing to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that works for that agency, constituents would be able to appeal to OAH, an independent agency for, redress. However, OAH does not have jurisdiction to hear cases from every agency. Some agencies contract OAH through memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to have them adjudicate cases on their behalf.
In October 2016, the D.C. Auditor and the Court for Council Excellence, published a report making a number of recommendations to improve OAH, including memorializing the current MOUs in D.C. Code. By doing so, would provide consistency for all parties and eliminate redundant contract negotiations year after year.
Taking that recommendation under advisement, Councilmember Todd introduced B22-352 “Office of Administrative Hearings Jurisdiction Expansion Amendment Act of 2017” this past June.  Last week, Councilmember Todd convened the Committee on Government Operations to hear public and agency testimony on this legislation. Overall, the testimony was favorable and recommendations were made to narrowly tailor the type of cases that would be adjudicated by OAH.
What’s Next in Government Operations:
Councilmember Todd will convene the Committee on Government Operations on Wednesday, November 8th at 11AM in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building to hear testimony on B22-508 “Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017.” The purpose of the bill is to establish an Office of Nightlife within the Executive Office of the Mayor for the purpose of coordinating District government agencies, businesses, and community groups to manage the after-hours economy. The bill also creates a Commission of Nightlife to advise the Mayor, Council, and Office of Nightlife on short and long-term District plans for the after-hours economy.
Upcoming Council Hearings:Wednesday, November 8
Committee on Government Operations 11:00AM RM412

  • Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017 B22-508 
Thursday, November 16
Committee on Education, 11:00AM RM 412
  • “Health Students Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0313 
  • “Universal Free Lunch for All Amendment Act of 2017” B22-456 
  • The State of School Food Services (Roundtable, no legislation)
Friday, November 17
Committee on Transportation and Environment, 11:00AM RM 500
  • “Lead Pipe Replacement and Disclosure Amendment Act of 2017” B22-507 
  • Water Rate Increases in the District of Columbia (roundtable of DC Water charges)
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 Hosts Third Annual
State of the Ward 4 Senior Address

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, Councilmember Todd hosted over 400 Ward 4 seniors at the Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address. The event featured over 60 senior-serving government, non-profit, and business vendors, health screenings, food, fun, and the Councilmember’s State of the Ward 4 Senior Address — a comprehensive overview of where our seniors stand and the resources available to help them age in place and live the highest quality of life possible. The Councilmember was proud to report that the state of the Ward 4 senior is strong, and continually growing stronger. He thanks everyone involved in helping make the event such a success. He cannot wait until next year, and remains #Ward4Proud!

To view the full photo album from the event, click HERE

Councilmember Todd Honored With Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award
On Tuesday, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement presented Councilmember Todd with the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award in light of his support to the Washington Metropolitan area’s nonprofit community. The Councilmember is grateful for this honor, and intends to remain an outspoken advocate for our nonprofits and all the incredible work they do in our community. 

Did You Know?

Ward 4 Resident, Changa Anderson II, 13 Years Old, Chosen For USA National Gymnastics Team

Ward 4 resident Changamire (“Changa”) Anderson II, an 8th grader at Alice Deal Middle School and an avid gymnast, has recently been chosen by the USA Gymnastics Organization to become a member of its national team and to compete at the international level at the World TNT Competition, to be held November 13-20, 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Not only will Changa be the first Youth Elite athlete from Washington, DC, to compete on this world stage, he also will be the only African American male on the USA Gymnastics Double Mini-Trampoline (DMT) National Team. In addition to being a skilled and accomplished gymnast specializing in tumbling and trampoline (TNT) since the age of 4, he has received many awards such as national champion for DMT at age 11. Check out some of his competition videos HERE

Changa is extremely proud and honored to have been given this opportunity. Many of the competitors at the World TNT competitions go on to represent the United States at the Olympics, and this future Olympian — who has set his sights on earning a degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine after completing high school — is fired up to represent the District of Columbia and the nation in tumbling and trampoline gymnastics at the international level. 

If you would like to learn more about how you can support Changa and his trip to Bulgaria, please contact his mother, Angela Anderson, at angela.c.anderson@verizon.net

Mark Your Calendar

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 contact Malcolm Jolly at mjolly@dccouncil.us to learn what size coat you can donate. We hope to see you the evening of December 16th!

To join the planning committee, please contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406

Important Announcements

Donate To Help the Homeless & Others In-Need:
Saturday, November 4, 4 PM, Chuck & Billy’s



Upper Georgia Avenue Town Hall Meeting:
Tues, Nov 7th, 6 – 8 PM, Emery Heights Community Center

Join Councilmember Todd at the Upper Georgia Avenue Town Hall Meeting to learn, share your ideas, and discuss the re-use plan for the Upper Georgia Avenue Corridor. Hosted by the Beacon Brightwood Business Alliance and the Emory Beacon of Light Community Development Corporation, the event is free of charge and will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Emery Heights Community Center (5701 Georgia Ave, NW). Invited guests include representatives from the DC Office of Planning, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Emory Beacon of Light, and the Walter Reed Development Team.  We will take a look at results from the Upper Georgia Avenue Visioning Summit and plan Upper Georgia Avenue’s redevelopment.  

For more information and to register, contact Emory Beacon of Light at (202) 829-5732, or Carlton Davis at carltondavis@aol.com or (202) 294-4402

Help Shape the Future of Rock Creek Park:
Public Open House November 15, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM


This meeting was originally scheduled for today, November 1st,
but has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 15th. 

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 15, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium (5200 Glover Road, NW). 

For further information about the public open house or if you have special needs to be accommodated, please contact Anetris Campbell at 202-895-6004. You may also provide comment through the mail by writing to: Superintendent, Rock Creek Park;  Attention: ROCR DCP; 3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW; Washington, DC 20008 by no later than November 30, 2017. Learn more and submit comment at: parkplanning.nps.gov/rocrdcp

Turner Construction Company Seeking Subcontractor Bids For Coolidge SHS Modernization


The Turner Construction company has been selected as the Design Builder for the modernization of Coolidge High School, and is soliciting pricing from subcontractors. The bids are due by November 16, 2017, and a job walk will occur on November 6, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for Ward 4 contractors to benefit from participating in the modernization of one of Ward 4’s great schools. To view the RFP and the project details, click HERE. For more information or answers to questions, contact Sylvia Jaimes, Senior Procurement Agent, at  (703) 841-7097 or sjaimes@tcco.com

Cultural DC Seeking Artist Proposals For Walter Reed Mural: Submissions Due December 3, 2017


CulturalDC seeks an experienced local muralist to create a dynamic work of art on building T20 on the former Walter Reed Campus in Ward 4. The building is highly visible from Georgia Ave NW but is within the security perimeter. The project is to be completed by April 7, 2018 and will culminate in a community celebration on campus. The Ward 4 community has been vocal in their wish to participate in the process so the mural design should incorporate an area for their participation. This can be done through a paint-by-numbers process or another method but the community portion of the mural should be cohesive with the rest of the design.Submissions are due by midnight on December 3, 2017.

To learn more about the project requirements, visit: form.jotform.com/72774464593974 or contact Samantha Jones at samantha@culturaldc.org or (202) 315-1307

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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