Ward 4 Weekly — 1/31/18

January 31, 2018
Dear Neighbor,

Upon taking office in May, 2015, I committed to the residents of Ward 4 that public safety would always be a top priority. I remain fully engaged in an effort to improve security across all 20 of Ward 4’s neighborhoods by utilizing a multi-agency approach to public safety, grounded in robust community input and participation.

Recently, I have been engaged in a number of individual and small group conversations with residents. Last Friday I led a public safety walkthrough in Brightwood with a host of agencies, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and neighbors near Georgia Avenue and Quackenbos Street, NW. Additionally, I recently participated in a special public safety meeting of the Sixteenth Street Heights Neighborhood Association. The Metropolitan Police Department was on-hand at both events to heart the concerns of residents and use that information and input to address concerns related to police deployments and patrols.

Since a strong, unified, and engaged community is central to public safety, I am happy to share an array of resources that can help residents and business owners play a role in keeping each other safe. First, I invite you and your neighbors to join me at a Block Captain Training Session I am sponsoring, conducted by Citywide Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Trainer Samantha Nolan, on Tuesday, March 13th from 7 to 9 PM at MPD 4D station (6001 Georgia Ave, NW). More information can be found below. I also encourage you to attend the next 4D Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) meeting on Thursday, February 15th, at 7 PM, 4D station, as well as your regular Police Service Area (PSA) meetings, where you have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the MPD Lieutenant responsible for your specific neighborhood. More information on those meetings can be found here: www.brandontoddward4.com/blog/4d-psa-cac-meeting-schedule/.

Our community is at its safest when residents, businesses, and government all work together. During my two and a half years as your Councilmember, I’ve made it my mission to enhance this cooperation, and I look forward to finding additional opportunities for collaboration. I hope you will join me in this critical mission. 


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Legislative Update

Mayor’s Breakfast
: On Tuesday, January 30, the Council met with the Mayor and the Attorney General for their monthly meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update leadership on progress being made in all branches.  

  • Eric Shaw, Director of Planning, provided an update on the Comprehensive Plan
    • Outreach: 15 months of outreach yielded over 3,000 comments
    • Legislation: Office of Planning (OP) has submitted 50 pages of amendments to Council regarding the Framework Element.
      • The Framework Element is phase one of the Comp Plan.
        • Phase two will be submitted to Council later in 2018.
      • The Framework Element includes updating overarching policy objectives and goals, including economy, land use patterns, transportation, environment, technological advancement, security and resilence.
      • The Framework Element, received 101 proposed amendments from the community. They have been analyzed and put up on the OP website.
    • Next Step: The Committee of the Whole has scheduled a hearing for March 20, 2018.
  • Jenny Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education, provided an update on Out of School Time (OST) programming.
    • School Year 2017-2018 Grants of $2M funding 40 organizations to serve 23,500 youth.
    • Complete equity and quality roundtables engaging over 40 organizations
    • Soon will launch a family-friendly website to enable parents to find programs for their children at over 150 locations
  • Chancellor Antwan Wilson, DCPS and Hanseaul Kang, Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provided an update on school attendance.
    • December 1, 2017 – Mayor directed OSSE to conduct an independent analysis of student-level attendance and graduation outcomes at public high schools in the District of Columbia.
      • January 26, 2017, Alverez and Marshall finished their report.
    • Report Highlights:
      • Findings:
        • Attendance policies rarely followed across DCPS high schools
        • Lack of support and oversight from DCPS Central Office
        • Most DCPS high schools exhibited a culture of passing and graduatingstudents
        • Credit recovery used at most high schools in contradiction to DCPS policy
      • Policy violations were seen in a total 937 of 2,758 graduating students’records from DCPS in 2016-17 and were found in nearly all schools (34%)
      • The Report also includes school-specific summaries of data, findings, and observations and recommendations for each DCPS high school.
    • Next Steps:
      • Ensure the value of the DCPS diploma for 2018 graduates
      • Update DCPS grading and credit recovery policies
      • Create high expectations and engage stakeholders
  • The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) provided an update on the ongoing Emoluments lawsuit.
    • Emoluments Clause: the anticorruption provisions in the Constitution, the main one of which forbids the president from accepting payments from foreign governments that might seek favors in return.
    • Case Update:
      • Maryland and D.C. filed an Emoluments Clause lawsuit in June 2017.
      • Last week, the federal court judge heard arguments related to “standing” (whether the States are the right parties to bring the lawsuit).
      • The District judge seemed receptive to arguments made by the attorney generals of both Maryland and DC who said that payments to Trump properties from those entities could amount to illegal gifts.
      • If Maryland and D.C. prevail, the next step will be discovery, where they could seek records of Trump’s businesses.

Hearing Updates:
Monday, February 5
Committee of the Whole, 1:30PM RM 500

  • “Fiscal Year 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report”

Wednesday, February 7
Committee on Finance and Revenue, 10:00AM RM120

  • “Washington Metropolitan area Transit Authority Dedicated Funding Act of 2017” B22-568 
    • As introduced, this bill establishes a non-lapsing fund to provide additional funding to maintain and improve the transportation system of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This fund is subject to the passage of legislation by the Maryland General Assembly and the Virginia General Assembly dedicating an equivalent increase in sales tax revenue.
  • “University of the District of Columbia Leased Property Tax Abatement Amendment Act of 2017” B22-513 
    • As introduced, this bill exempts certain property leased by the University of the District of Columbia from taxation.
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052
Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Focused On Electric Vehicle Policy

Last Thursday, Councilmember Todd participated in a public policy session on electric vehicles (EV) hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. In his capacity as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, Councilmember Todd is focused on finding smart policy solutions that improve air quality, and therefore the health and well-being of residents across the region. With a significant percentage of air pollution coming from the transportation sector, the electrification of transportation is the next great step in advancing environmental protection in the District. Councilmember Todd enjoyed the valuable and detailed public policy discussion on this critically important matter. He looks forward to exploring opportunities to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles across the District, including the expansion of home charging infrastructure.

To learn more about Councilmember Todd’s work on the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, visit www.mwcog.org/committees/metropolitan-washington-air-quality-committee/

Councilmember Todd Discusses Policy Priorities
With Temple Sinai Confirmation Class

Monday, Councilmember Todd met with the confirmation class graduates of Chevy Chase’sTemple Sinai to discuss their policy priorities. The Councilmember enjoyed the substantive conversation, and was extremely impressed with the thoughtfulness and engagement of these bright young people. He thanks the Temple Sinai 2018 confirmation class for the advocacy, and looks forward to continuing to work toward advancing the interests of Ward 4 residents. 

Mark Your Calendar

Office Hours With Councilmember Todd:
Monday, Feb 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM,Takoma Library

Councilmember Todd invites you to join him at office hours on Monday, February 12th at Takoma Library (416 Cedar Street, NW), from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. This event has been changed from the initial date of February 5th. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to sit down one-on-one with the Councilmember for up to 10 minutes to discuss important issues in Ward 4 and the District of Columbia. Residents will be seen on a first come, first served basis, and are welcome to discuss any issues important to them and their neighbors.

If you have questions, please contact Jackson Carnes or Malcolm Jolly at jcarnes@dccouncil.usmjolly@dccouncil.us, or (202) 724-8052.

Block Captain Training Session:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7-9 PM

Please join Councilmember Todd, the 4th District Citizens Advisory Council, and MPD staff for a Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Training at the Fourth District MPD Station (6001 Georgia Avenue, NW) on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Would you like to learn ways to decrease your likelihood of becoming a crime victim?  Did you know that more than 80% of crime in DC is preventable?  Come learn ways you can prevent crimes through simple behavioral changes. The Training will begin right at 7:00, so please arrive in time for some snacks prior to the training. The training is presented Samantha Nolan, Ward 4 resident and Citywide Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Trainer. Please tell your friends and bring them along.  If you would like to attend this training, please send an email to Samantha at NolanTutor@yahoo.comShe prepares packets for those attending.  Space is limited so please register quickly.  This is a free training for all who would like to attend.  Actual crime scenes will be presented, so it is not recommended for children.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackson Carnes, Director of Constituent Services, at jcarnes@dccouncil.us or (202) 741-5293

Important Announcements

Petworth Arts Collaborative Presents: First Fridays,
Fri, February 2, 6-9PM

Petworth Arts Collaborative is gearing up for another season of First Friday in Petworth and we look forward to sharing each event with you. Join us next Friday, February 2nd from 6pm-9pm as bring arts and community together.

6pm-9pm Take part in First Friday deals at Willow, Upshur Street Books and Fia’s Fabulous Finds, where Miss Fia will have you dancing to the sounds of DJ Rita B and sipping her delicious homemade margaritas while you shop. Head into Hank’s Cocktail Bar to catch the latest showcase by artist Fabio Esteban Amador, photos of his expedition into the caves off the Yucatan Peninsula.

7pm-8:30pm at the multi purpose art venue, Third Floor (above Slim’s Diner). Prologue DC’s Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Jane Shoenfeld, co-founders of the digital public history project Mapping Segregation in Washington DC, will provide a brief overview of Ward 4’s historic African American communities, early 20th century development and restrictive covenants, and mid-century racial change. Phylicia Fauntleroy Bowman and Linda Crichlow White will speak on Petworth’s black history starting in the mid-1950s. Afterwards, stay for a dance celebration and learn the history of DC’s own National Hand Dance Association. Bring your family and friends.

Meet your neighbors, old and new, and those visiting for the evening. Learn more at www.petworthartsdc.org/firstfriday/ or on the Petworth Arts Collaborative’s facebook page

Public Hearings on DC Smart Lighting Project:
Thurs, Feb 22 & Sat, Feb 24

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The DC Streetlight team is pleased to announce two upcoming public hearings on the District’s Smart Lighting project, “Safer. Smarter. Greener.” In case you haven’t heard about this project, it is a joint effort of the Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) to modernize the District’s more than 75,000 streetlights. This will create safer, more reliable lighting customized to the needs of each neighborhood, faster repairs of outages, and save as much as 50% of energy costs (reducing the District’s carbon footprint by 30,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year). The project also includes Smart City technology to expand the District broadband Wi-Fi network and provide a platform for other applications that serve residents more effectively like traffic monitors and air sensors. Councilmember Todd has been involved in this project through his oversight of the Office of Public-Private Partnerships. 

Please save the date for the public hearings, which are on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Capitol View Neighborhood Library and Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Mt. Pleasant Public Library.

To learn more about the project and register to attend a hearing, please visithttp://op3.dc.gov/streetlights. You can also contact us at StreetlightP3@dc.gov or (202) 724-2128.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Offering Free Assistance For FY19 General Operating Support Grants 

CAH staff members are available to help develop grant applications through group and individual technical assistance. This free workshop and application review is for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a grant application. More information about the dates and times of these workshops may be found atwww.dcarts.dc.gov under Current Grant Opportunities. The first session is Thursday, February 1st from 10 – 11:30 AM at the Tenley-Friendship Heights Neighborhood library. To see the other dates, click HERE. CAH urges all applicants to attend these workshops. In addition, CAH staff members are available for 30-minute appointments up to one week before the deadline.

Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Application Opens For Youth & Host Employers 


The Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) launched it application for Youth and Host Employers on January 26, 2018. Any and all employers who are interested in hosting an SYEP youth should submit an application by Friday, May 25, 2018. MBSYEP 2018 will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 and will end on Friday, August 3, 2018. The six-week program consists of 29 days of work

The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. 

To learn more and subject an application, visit hdoes.dc.gov/service/mayor-marion-s-barry-summer-youth-employment-program

Save For College Through The DC 529 Plan 

Since 2002, the DC College Savings Plan has enabled over 22,000 families to save more than $500 million for their children to go to college. 

  • A simple way to save for college and vocational expenses plus receive a special DC tax deduction
  • Use the plan to save for K-12 tuition
  • Easy to open an account with as little as $25
  • Easy to contribute through Payroll Direct Deposit ($15 minimum)
  • Tax Deferred Growth & Tax Free Withdrawals

To learn more about how you can save money for college, please visit www.dc529.com or contact David Rydzeski at (571) 565-5869 or david.rydzeski@ascensus.com

MPD Safety Tips For Pet Owners

The Metropolitan Police Department offers the following safety tips for pet owners:

  • Avoid leaving your dog unattended in your yard (even if it’s fenced) or in public.
  • Get a “Dog In Yard” sign and make sure gates and fences are in good repair, closed, and locked to prevent an escape.
  • If you know the police are on the way to your home, crate or confine your dog or cat to a room in the house and close the door if safe and practical.
  • If the police arrive at your home, alert them to the presence of a dog or cat and ask for a moment or two to crate/confine the dog or cat.
  • Keep your doors fully closed and locked so that if someone comes to your front door (either a police officer or someone else), a dog or cat cannot slip out and approach them on their own.
  • Have all of your pet’s paperwork together and easily accessible should the police or animal control officers need to see it.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times when in an unconfined area.
  • If you know your dog is reactive for any reason, use an approved and safe muzzle (i.e. one purchased from a pet supply store) when taking them out in public.
Thank you for working with MPD to keep animals safe! 
Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff / Scheduler
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Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
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Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
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Faye Caldwell
Special Assistant
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Christine Kulumani
Legislative Counsel
(202) 790-6837
Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
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Malcolm Jolly
Constituent Service Coordinator
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Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
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Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
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 Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
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Jacqueline Campbell
(202) 724-8052
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