Ward 4 Weekly — 4/4/18

April 4, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

As Ward 4 Councilmember, I know that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They create jobs for residents, add vibrancy to our streets, and invest in our community’s wellbeing. Ward 4 would not be the wonderful place it is to live, work, and play without our small businesses. They are an integral partner in my efforts to move Ward 4 forward, from economic development, to seniors, to public safety. Supporting small businesses and ensuring they have the resources and information they need to thrive is a critically important part of my work as Ward 4 Councilmember.

That is why on Wednesday, April 11th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, I will host Ward 4 small businesses for the Inaugural Ward 4 Small Business Summit at Peoples Congregational Church (4704 13th Street, NW). This event is intended to connect Ward 4 small businesses with DC Government agencies that regularly interface with and make grants to the small business community, provide access to financing and marketing workshops and panels, and share information about Ward 4 economic development plans. If you own a small business in Ward 4, I sincerely hope you will attend. 

More information on the Summit can be found below. I look forward to hosting the small business owners of Ward 4, and will remain an ardent advocate for policies that help them prosper. Ward 4 has made such immense progress in past years, and I am confident that by working collaboratively and proactively with our small businesses, our best days are yet to come.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Legislative Update

The DC Council is in Spring recess the week of April 2nd through 6th. No hearings or legislative meetings will take place during this time. 
Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, April 10, the Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Legislative Meeting.  Council recess will run from March 30th to April 8th.Upcoming Government Operations Budget Hearings:
To register to testify at a hearing, or to learn how to submit written testimony, contact Faye Caldwell at fcaldwell@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-6663

Friday, April 13 in room 120

  • Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, April 24 in room 123

  • Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Office of LGBTQ Affairs
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Thursday, April 26 in room 500

  • Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Office of the City Administrator
  • Office of the Senior Advisor
  • Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel
  • Office of the Secretary
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052. 

Special Message From Councilmember Todd

Dear Neighbor,

50 years ago today, our nation lost one of our greatest Civil Rights leaders. Although the April 4, 1968 shooting at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis took Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, it did not diminish his spirit or blunt his impact on our world. Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire each generation to strive for a more just and peaceful society. As Ward 4 Councilmember and a public servant, I remain inspired by his wisdom: “everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” May we never forget Dr. King’s moral leadership and courage. Sincerely,

Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Hosts
First Annual Ward 4 Easter Egg Roll

Saturday, Councilmember Todd hosted Ward 4 residents for the First Annual Ward 4 Easter Egg Roll. He was delighted to welcome residents to the Walter Reed campus to celebrate the season and the beginning of Spring. The event featured fun for all ages, including a DJ, Easter egg roll and hunt with prizes, arts & crafts, face painting, and the Easter Bunny. Councilmember Todd thanks the Parks at Walter Reed for co-hosting the event. He looks forward to next year’s event and hosting more activities at the Walter Reed campus!

See the full photo album on Councilmember Todd’s facebook page:

Mark Your Calendar

DC Water Town Hall: April 5, 6:30-8:30 PM, Paul PCS

Inaugural Ward 4 Small Business Summit:
Wednesday, April 11th, 9 AM – 1 PM

Councilmember Todd will host the inaugural Ward 4 Business Summit on Wednesday, April 11th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at People’s Congregational Church (4704 13th Street, NW) to provide information, resources, and support to the Ward 4 small business community to attract more business. The event will feature:

– Q & A with Councilmember Todd

– District Agency Customer Service Center to provide information on grants and services, and respond to inquiries relating to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Small and Local Business, Department of Health, Department of Public Works, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy and Environment, Metropolitan Police Department, Office of the Peoples Counsel, Department of Insurance Securities and Banking, and more

– Legislative updates on policies that impact small businesses

– Complimentary Hot Breakfast

To RSVP or for more information, contact Dolly Turner dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406. To receive updates and learn more, visit the facebook event

Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride: 
Sun, April 22nd, 10:30 AM, 9th & Upshur Bikeshare

Celebrate Earth Day at the Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride with Councilmember Todd, Rachel Maisler (Ward 4 Representative to the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The approximately 8-mile loop will begin and end at the Upshur St & 9th St, NW bikeshare station, and will feature bicycle infrastructure and sites of significance in Ward 4. We’ll depart at 10:30 AM and move at a relaxed pace, stopping to discuss ways to enhance bikeability. Exact route to be determined. Join us afterwards for refreshments at a local establishment. Bring your friends and family, and make sure to wear a helmet!

RSVP with Gary Johnson at gjohnson@dccouncil.us. Questions? check out the facebook event or contact Rachel Maisler at rmaisler@gmail.com

Important Announcements

OSSE’s Fourth Annual Adult College Completion Fair:
Saturday, April 7, 10 AM – 2 PM, Judiciary Square 

2018 DC Emancipation Day Celebration:
Saturday, April 14th, 2 – 8:30 PM, Freedom Plaza

Please be advised that the Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Emancipation Day on Monday, April 16th. Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day, for the remainder of the week. This applies to both once-a-week and twice-a-week collection neighborhoods. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 p.m. the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 p.m. on the collection day to avoid sanitation enforcement.  Street sweeping will be suspended Monday and resume Tuesday, April 17. DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking, rush hour lane restrictions or tow abandoned vehicles Monday, April 16, except along the streetcar line.

Washington Latin PCS Blood Drive:
Tuesday, April 17th, 3:15-7:15 PM 

The Washington Latin Public Charter School (WLPSC), located at 5200 2nd Street, NW, is hosting a blood drive to support the community on Tuesday, April 17th from 3:15 to 7:15 PM. They are seeking donors, who should allow 45 minutes for screening, donation, and resting. Volunteers will be on site to help any donors who need assistance. Please note that blood donors need to be at least 17 years old. Read information from the Red Cross on donor eligibility: www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical-listing. To schedule a timeslot in advance or get more information, contact Martita Fleming at mfleming@latinpcs.org

Neighbors are also invited to attend the ANC 4D meeting that evening, which will take place at the school from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 

Chevy Chase Community Center Health & Resource Fair:
Thursday, April 19, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

For more information, contact Fran Scott at fran.scott@dc.gov or (202) 282-2204

Ongoing DC Water Fire Hydrant Study: March 26 – May 14

Please be advised that DC Water will be conducting a study in the Ward 4 service area from March 26th to May 14th, 2018. They will be monitoring the water quality at approximately 20 hydrants. The above picture shows the monitoring equipment that connects to the hydrants which you might see. The quality of your water will not be affected by this study.  If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Drinking Water Division at (202) 612-3440 or drinkingwater@dcwater.com

Right Care, Right Now: Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Emergency Response

The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) has published a document answering Frequently Asked Questions regarding the “Right Care, Right Now” initiative to improve patients’ health outcomes and to preserve FEMS resources for those patients with life threatening injuries and illnesses. To read the FAQ and answers, visit Councilmember Todd’s website: www.brandontoddward4.com/blog/right-care-right-now-faq/

DCI Launches Language Summer Camp

District of Columbia International School (DCI), located on the historic Walter Reed Campus at Delano Hall, is excited to launch its first ever summer camp! Join us for two weeks of language learning and FUN in Chinese, French, and Spanish!

Grades:  Rising 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Dates: July 9th-13th & July 16th-20th
Times:  9:00 to 4:00 (with optional aftercare from 4-6)
Cost:  $350 per week

Register today and learn more at dcinternationalschool.org/summercamp

Questions? Contact jillian.levine-sisson@dcinternationalschool.org

La Escuela Internacional del Distrito de Columbia, ubicada en el histórico Campus Walter Reed en Delano Hall, se complace en presentar su primer campamento de verano. ¡Únete a nosotros durante dos semanas de aprendizaje de idiomas y DIVERSIÓN en chino, francés y español!

Grados: estudiantes de quinto, sexto, séptimo y octavo grado
Fechas: del 9 al 13 de julio y del 16 al 20 de julio
Horario: de 9:00 a 4:00 con servicio opcional extendido de 4-6
Costo: $ 350 por semana

¡Regístrese hoy! ¡Comuníquese con jillian.levine-sisson@dcinternationalschool.org para obtener más información!

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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(c) (202) 717-2782

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
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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
(o) (202) 724-8035

LaRoya Huff
Community Outreach Specialist
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