Ward 4 Weekly — 11/29/17

November 29, 2017
Dear Neighbor,

This coming week, the Ward 4 constituent services team will be conducting a blitz all across Ward 4. As part of my commitment to world-class constituent services, my team will be traversing all of the Ward’s twenty neighborhoods looking for street and alley lights that need replacing, pot holes that need filling, graffiti that needs removing, and downed wires that need fixing, among other things. I and my staff are dedicated to working overtime to ensure that the issues that significantly impact the quality of life of all Ward 4 residents receive the attention they deserve, so that Ward 4 can remain the best place to live in the District of Columbia.

I encourage you to participate by going to my website, www.brandontoddward4.com, and submitting items that you think need attention through the “Constituent Request” form. You can also email my Director of Constituent Services, Jackson Carnes, at jcarnes@dccouncil.us. If you see a streetlight or alley light in need of repair, you can always text it to the DC Government by texting “streetlight” to 32311, and answering the prompts. And the 311 system is always available to create an official work order with the relevant agency.

As your Councilmember, I know that swift and effective constituent services is one of the most important parts of my job. I intend to keep delivering high quality services to Ward 4 residents, whether it be through office hours, blitzes, or responding to phone calls, email, and tweets. I’m here to serve you, and it is an absolute honor and pleasure to do so!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Mayor Council Breakfast
: On Tuesday, November 28, the Council met with the Mayor and the Attorney General for their monthly meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update the leadership on progress being made in all branches.

  • The Executive went over their Winter Plan to protect individuals experiencing homelessness from cold weather injury. Full plan can be found at www.ich.dc.gov 
    • Facts: D.C. is one of three jurisdictions in the nation providing a legal right to shelter. Winter Plan is updated each year.
    • Cover Period: November 1, 2017-March 31, 2018
      • Services also provided whenever the actual or forecasted temperature, including the wind chill factor, is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below
    • Enhancements made this year:
      • Definition of hypothermia alerts expanded
      • Transportation services expanded (additional 9 vans added)
      • Street outreach expanded
      • Dept. of Behavior Health Outreach Program hours expanded
      • Number of seasonal beds for women increased by 175
    • DC Shelter Hotline: 202-399-7093 or call 311
  • The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) went over recent implications of being a “Sanctuary City.”
    • Sanctuary city is a term used to describe places where local officials refuse to enforce federal immigration laws and undocumented workers are free to seek jobs, housing or local government services without fear of deportation unless targeted by federal agencies
    • Federal law (8 U.S.C. Section 1373) prohibits the restriction of communication between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local authorities.
    • Mayor’s Order, put into place in 2011, prohibits D.C. public safety officials from inquiring about immigration status during arrests and other operations.
    • D.C. received a letter from the Federal government. This past month, the federal government sent a letter to the District and 29 other sanctuary cities, stating that their policies are inconsistent with federal law.
    • Mayor and OAG response: The District is in compliance with Section 1373, since the Mayor’s Order does not direct local authorities to restrict information, but rather prohibits them from inquiring and collecting information about an individual’s immigration status.  There is no federal law that requires local authorities to collect immigration status data.
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 Thanksgiving
At Safeway Feast of Sharing

Last Wednesday, Councilmember Todd celebrated Thanksgiving at the 18th Annual Safeway Feast of Sharing, where over 5,000 District residents enjoyed a delicious and festive Thanksgiving meal. The Councilmember was delighted to bring some holiday cheer and warmth to residents in-need. He thanks Safeway, EventsDC, and the hundreds of volunteers who helped make this celebration of the season of giving possible. Councilmember Todd hopes that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
Councilmember Todd Celebrates
Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, Councilmember Todd supported Ward 4 small businesses by participating in Small Business Saturday, an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. The Councilmember was delighted to support Bené Millinery and Peaches Kitchen on 3rd Street in Takoma, and eat dinner at IMM Thai in Brightwood. He loves the hat he got from Bené Millinery! Councilmember Todd will remain an outspoken advocate for the Ward 4 small business community. This holiday season, remember to #ShopSmallDC!
 Mark Your Calendar

TOMORROW: 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 TOMORROW, 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 jfleitman@dccouncil.usContact 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 contact Malcolm Jolly at mjolly@dccouncil.us to learn what size coat you can donate. Also, per our annual tradition, we are asking Ward 4 neighbors to bring their favorite home-made dessert to share with neighbors at the dessert buffet. We hope to see you the evening of December 16th!

To join the planning committee or sign up to bring a coat or sweet treat, please contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406

Important Announcements

Protect Yourself From Package Theft!

PSA 407 Lieutenant Anthony Washington shares the below message on avoiding package theft this holiday season: 

It’s that time of year again when we all go crazy ordering from Amazon and several other “shop until you go broke” websites! Here are just a few tips that I have shared with my family and friends to help prevent package thefts from your front doors:

  1. Insure high value items! UPS will not leave a high value item unattended. 
  2. Leave instructions regarding where drivers should leave packages. (Side door, backyard, with neighbor, etc.)
  3. Have packages delivered to your work address.
  4. Designate a neighborhood business as delivery points (coordinate with business owner).

Remember: Without instructions, a driver has the discretion whether or not to leave the package at the door. If you do not want your package left for fear of theft, you must leave instructions. Happy Shopping!

1125 Spring Road Community Input Meeting:
Saturday, Dec 2nd, 12-2 PM, Raymond Rec Center 

The redevelopment of 1125 Spring Road, NW and the old Hebrew Home is well underway! Councilmember Todd invites neighbors to a community input meeting to ensure that as the project designs are finalized, the needs of the community are fully taken into account. The meeting will take place this Saturday, December 2nd, from 12 noon to 2 PM at the Raymond Recreation Center. To learn more about the project, which will be 80% affordable units, click HERE


Reminder: Leaf Collection Ongoing, Be Ready!


The fall leaf collection program runs from November 6 through January 12. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.

DPW will collect leaves at least twice from each residential neighborhood by “vacuuming” loose leaves residents rake into their treebox(es). Click HERE for the leaf collection schedule, and be sure to rake your leaves to the treebox the Sunday before your street’s collection weeks. Please note both the first and second collection dates. For more information on the program, visit: www.dpw.dc.gov/service/leaf-and-holiday-tree-collection.  

ANC 4D Community Holiday Social:
Friday, December 1st, 6 – 9 PM


12th Annual Upshur Street Arts & Crafts Fair:
December 9th & 16th, 11 AM – 4 PM

Councilmember Todd invites you to join him, the Petworth Arts Collaborative, and the Petworth Community Market for the 12th Annual Upshur Street Arts & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th and Saturday, December 16th from 11 AM to 4 PM! Take a hard earned pause to sit and sip hot cocoa with in the Arts Lounge while enjoying music, crafts, and great local food! Proceeds support the Petworth Arts Collaborative’s and the Petworth Community Market’s amazing work in the community.

Questions? Contact petwortharts@gmail.com

Peoples Congregational Church Bazaar This Weekend

The Hospitality Circle Of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ Presents:

Peoples Church Bazaar in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:00-10:00 am & 12:00-3:00 pm

Food Available for Purchase
4704 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities FY18 Curatorial Grant Program Applications Due December 15th

Applications for the FY18 Curatorial Grant Program are still being accepting. This grant provides support to qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhbition proposals intended for presentation in CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003. Visit ourwebsite to learn more and submit an application. Early submissions are highly encouraged.
Curatorial Grant Program (individuals) 
The Curatorial Grant Program aims to provide a greater opportunity for the development and public presentation of visual art exhibitions by District resident curators.  Through grant support and access to a contemporary exhibition space, CAH intends to serve the District’s residents by presenting compelling exhibition concepts of resident curators. 
For complete guidelines on available grant programs and to submit an application, visit Current Funding Opportunities online at www.dcarts.dc.gov

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

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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