Yesterday, May 15th, marked the third anniversary of my swearing-in as your fifth elected Ward 4 Councilmember. The past three years have been the most rewarding and enriching of my entire life. Having the opportunity to serve this community has been a singular honor for which I am continually grateful. As I reflect upon all that we have accomplished together over these past three years, I cannot help but feel a sense of unbridled optimism for the direction of Ward 4 neighborhoods and the District as a whole. We have seen so much progress.
I cannot think of a better reflection of that progress — or a better way to celebrate my third year on the Council — than our Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which yesterday, the Council passed unanimously in our first of two votes. This $14.5 billion budget makes historic investments in our schools, protecting Ward 4 modernizations at West, Coolidge, Dorothy Height, and Raymond, as well as funding early child care affordability and out of school time programs. This budget invests in Ward 4 recreation amenities at Upshur Dog Park, Chevy Chase Community Center, Shepherd Elementary School, and the Walter Reed pool. It funds innovative health and human services programs such as my Senior Dental Services bill and the increased cigarette tax. This budget invests in the arts, funds relief from high water fees, and directs millions of dollars toward revitalizing neighborhoods with new commercial and residential development, including critically important affordable housing programs. This budget prioritizes transportation infrastructure by providing dedicated funding for Metro, and supports new public safety initiatives and training. This is just a very brief overview of a comprehensive document that makes deliberate, targeted, and robust investments Ward 4 and DC priorities.
I am delighted that I could spend my third anniversary in office supporting a budget that meets Ward 4’s needs. I feel so fortunate to have the best job in the world, working on behalf of the greatest people you will ever meet. Looking back on my past three years as your Councilmember, there is a lot to be proud of, and there are also learning opportunities. I pledge to you that I will never take for granted the sacred trust you place in me. I will always seek to better serve you, represent you, and advocate for your interests. Your commitment to this community is what motivates me and makes these 14-hour days easy. So thank you, Ward 4, for your advocacy in helping craft this budget agreement, and for the best three years of my life. Here’s to many more!
Brandon T. Todd Councilmember, Ward 4 #Ward4Proud
Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, May 15th, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for discussion and passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Local Budget Act and Budget Support Act. The FY19 Local Budget Act contains the local and capital money allocations, whereas, the FY19 Budget Support Act is one large bill comprised of numerous subtitles, which are individual bills ranging on subjects from public safety and transportation to economic development and housing. FY19 Budget Support Act Subtitles of Note:
“District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Rate Increase Mitigation Amendment Act of 2018”
Requires Mayor to establish a financial assistance program to assist eligible nonprofit organizations for their clean river impervious area charges
Requires Mayor to establish a financial assistance program that will subsidize 50% of the clean river impervious area charges for District rate-payers in households that earn less than $150,000
“Dedicated Funding for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Act of 2018”
Establishing a new fund that will be the source of funding to make District’s payments to WMATA. The fund comes from increasing taxes on the following:
General sales tax from 5.75% to 6%
General sales tax for liquor, beer, and wine sold for off premise consumption from 9% to 10.25%
Hotel sales tax from 10.05% to 10.20%
Gross receipt sales tax on for-hire vehicles from 1% to 6%
Class 2 Property rate on properties valued at more than $5M to $1.89 per $100 of assessed value.
“Commission on the Arts, Humanities and Creative Economy Dedicated Funding Amendment Act of 2018”
Expands the source of funds for the Arts, Humanities, and Creative Enterprise Fund to include .30% sales tax dedication
“Use of Public Buildings by Civic Associations of 2018”
Allowing Civic Associations to use a public-school building for a regular scheduled meeting at no charge
“Rental Assistance for Unsubsidized Seniors Amendment Act of 2018”
Creating a subsidy program for seniors who are paying more than 30% of their monthly income on rent and are not otherwise receiving local or federal housing subsidies, and who make 60% Area Median Income or less.
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at email@example.com or (202) 724-8052.
Celebrating National Police Week
From May 13th through 19th, we celebrate National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Councilmember Todd is delighted to recognize all that our police officers and public safety personnel do for Ward 4. He honors those who have fallen in the line of duty, and values his close relationship with the brave men and women who work every day to keep us safe.
Week In Review
Councilmember Todd Supports Ward 4 Schools
Councilmember Todd was busy this week supporting schools all across Ward 4! Last Wednesday, he celebrated Bike To School Day at Powell Elementary in Petworth. Last Thursday, the Councilmember presented the 2018 DC SCORES Awards to recognize teachers from Brightwood, LaSalle-Backus, and Truesdell Education Campuses, as well as Powell Elementary. Last Friday, he attended Takoma Education Campus’ incredible International Night to celebrate the values of diversity and tolerance. And today, Councilmember Todd toured the the incredible expansion under construction at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (formerly known as the Jewish Primary Day School) on 16th Street. The new middle school will be a fine addition to Ward 4’s world-class education institutions and will serve as a beautiful new center for our Jewish community. And Councilmember Todd enjoyed great bagels and schmear with school leadership and the construction team afterwards! Councilmember Todd looks forward to remaining a strong advocate for Ward 4 schools, students, and families.
Mark Your Calendar
Bike To Work Day With Councilmember Todd: Friday, May 18th 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Celebrate Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 18th with Councilmember Todd and neighbors on a ride from Ward 4 down to the Wilson Building. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Bikeshare station at the intersection of Upshur St & 9th St, NW. The ride will be approximately 4 miles, concluding at City Hall (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW). After the ride, you’re invited to a special ‘Pit Stop’ event at Freedom Plaza across from the John A. Wilson Building. Make sure to wear your helmet and check that your bike is in working condition! Learn more and register for a free T-shirt at: org.salsalabs.com/o/451/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=100358.
Join Councilmember Todd & Mayor Bowser at HELP USA Veterans Affordable Housing Groundbreaking at Walter Reed: Friday, May 25th 11 AM – 12 Noon
Join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, and Councilmember Brandon Todd for the groundbreaking of HELP USA Veterans Housing, 77 affordable units for previously homeless vets on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The event will take place on Friday, May 25th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
Important Announcements DPW To Dismiss Trash Can Citations Following Councilmember Todd’s Push
After correspondence from and legislation introduced by Councilmember Todd, the Department of Public Works (DPW) has dismissed all Notice of Violations (NOV) issued for solid waste containers being in public space at the wrong time for those who had not previously received a warning. The dismissal applies to 377 citations issued between February 19 (Presidents’ Day) and May 15. Moving forward, DPW’s Solid Waste and Education Enforcement Program (SWEEP) inspectors will issue warnings for this violation type prior to issuing a citation, which carries a $75 fine.
Along with converting 377 citations into warnings, DPW has stepped up its public education efforts on this and other requirements related to how residents should properly prepare their trash and recyclables for collection. Among the public outreach efforts, one-hundred and twenty thousand households serviced by DPW were recently mailed a postcard with information on when their bins can and cannot be in public space.
As a reminder, trash and recycling bins may not be brought out onto public space before 6:30 pm on the day prior to collection, and must be removed from public space by 8 pm on the scheduled collection day.
For residents who are physically unable to move their trash and recycling bins, DPW provides hardship collection services. For these residents, our crews collect the containers from their storage locations and return them after they have been emptied. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this service, an application is available on our website.
Powell Elementary 4th Annual Spring Carnival:
Saturday, May 19th, 11 AM – 5 PM, Roosevelt HS Field
We are excited to announce the Powell Padres 4th annual Spring Carnival! We’re looking forward to a Saturday filled with fun activities for kids and adults. Come out for music, food, and fun! All proceeds go toward supporting Powell Bilingual Elementary student activities.
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Roosevelt High School football field
Rain Location: Roosevelt High School Gym
Fun Activities to Expect include: Dunk Tank, Moon Bounce & obstacle course, Bungee Hoop Run. Bungee human hippo chow down, Carnival Games and prizes for kids, Powell Teachers vs Parents soccer Classic, Homemade food, Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Hotdogs and other treats, and live musical performances.
Mosaic Theater Presents Free Live Performance At Petworth Library, Monday, May 21st, 7 PM
DC Public Library is excited to host Mosaic Theater for free performances of their most recent productions. Join us Monday, May 21st at 7:00 PM for a free performance of A Human Being Died that Night at Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave, NW). The play recounts psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela’s gripping interrogations of apartheid-era torturer and assassin Eugene de Kock, known by many as Prime Evil. The library will host Mosaic Theater performances at eight neighborhood libraries. Each performance will be followed by a discussion with Mosaic performers and staff. Learn more HERE.
Metro Seeks Public Input On Proposed Additional Red Line Service, Deadline To Submit May 21st
Metro is inviting the public to provide feedback on alternatives to increase service on the Red Line between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Shady Grove stations. During weekday rush hours, Red Line trains operate every 8 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring providing service every four minutes between these stations.
Under a 2015 Resolution by Metro’s Board of Directors, Metro is considering the elimination of trains that “turn back” at Grosvenor during rush hours and extend all Red Line train service to Shady Grove instead. This would provide additional service to White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville and Shady Grove stations. However, without turnbacks, most or all trains operating downtown will originate from Shady Grove, making some trains more crowded at Grosvenor and stations south.
Metro encourages customers to provide feedback on three alternatives under consideration. To read the three alternatives and obtain additional information, please visit wmata.com/redline. Customer feedback may be provided through 5 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 by completing an online survey. Comments will be provide to the Metro Board of Directors for their consideration in July. If approved, any changes are expected to be implemented in December.
Solar Energy Information Session:
Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
Fifth Annual City-Wide Creation Expression Contest Accepting Entries, Due Wednesday, May 25th, 5PM
Judge Mary Terrell and The High Tea Society is excited to announce the Fifth Annual Civili-Tea City-wide Creative Expression Contest. This year’s theme is “The Face of Your Neighborhood: Envisioning A Safe Community.” Students in the District of Columbia in grades 2-12 may create and submit artwork that illustrates how civility positively impacts their community as well as ways they would like to see their communities improved. Contest winners will receive monetary prizes, and be invited to an Awards Reception located at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery on June 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. In addition to this, winning art pieces will be displayed on a local D.C. Metrobus.
Entries are due by Wednesday, May 25, 2018 at 5 p.m. All Submissions will be judged for adherence to the theme, creativity, and originality by a panel of judges.1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be chosen in the following categories: 2nd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.
THE MISSION of the High Tea Society (HTS) is to work with girls ages 8-18 from economically challenged communities to bridge the gap between the family and the civil and global communities and prepare our girls with social, life and critical thinking skills for successful passage into the civil and global communities. For more information, please e-mail Mr. James Stephen Terrell at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc’ Judge Mary Terrell at Tea4two1997@gmail.com.