Ward 4 Weekly — 5/2/18

May 2, 2018
Dear Neighbor,

This May, we celebrate a number of different groups that help make Ward 4 and the District of Columbia such a wonderful, diverse place to live. May is Military Appreciation Month, Older Americans Month, and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Each of these groups have special meaning to me, and I hope you will join me in celebrating this time of commemoration.

To honor the first day of Military Appreciation Month, yesterday I introduced two pieces of
legislation for our veterans. The first establishes a pilot program that provides training and apprenticeships to support veterans entering the cybersecurity field. The other creates a Veterans Emergency Food Program to exclusively provide food to the 27,000 DC veterans and their families in the event they experience a short-term crisis. As Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, which includes the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs under its purview, as well as the Councilmember for 4,000 veterans, I look forward to speedily passing this important legislation and continuing to look for ways to serve those who have bravely served us.

Also under the purview of the Committee on Government Operations is the Mayor’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). I am pleased to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, where we pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched our nation and city and are instrumental in our future success. Next Monday, May 8th, I will celebrate the occasion with Mayor Bowser andMOAPIA, which is also marking its 30th anniversary.

And finally, as you may know, seniors have a special place in my heart. This month, we celebrate Older Americans Month, where we honor our seniors and all that they have done for us. This year’s theme is “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizing that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Ward 4 has the second highest number of seniors in the District, and I am delighted to recognize them.

My focus remains steady on representing the most diverse Ward in the District. This May, I am happy to recognize our seniors, our veterans, and our Asian/Pacific Islander community, and I know you join me in acknowledging them as well. 


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Legislative Update

Legislative Meeting
: On Tuesday, May 1st, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Legislative Meeting. Councilmember Todd introduced the“Veterans Cyber Academy Pilot Program Act of 2018” and “Veterans Emergency Food Program Act of 2018”

Councilmember Todd’s Introductions:
  • “Veterans Cyber Academy Pilot Program Act of 2018”
    • The demand for cyber security experts grows 12 times faster than the current U.S. job market. The bill is modeled after Virginia legislation that establishes a two-year pilot program to help veterans enter the cybersecurity field.
  • “Veterans Emergency Food Program Act of 2018”
    • Too many veterans are suffering from hunger. Through the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, the bill will create a veteran run emergency food pantry exclusively for veterans and military families.
Upcoming Hearings: 
Thursday, May 10
Committee of the Whole & Committee on Education, 10:30AM RM412
  • Improve School Attendance: Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and the Implementation of Reform Initiatives
Wednesday, May 16
Committee on Government Operations, 11:00AM RM412
  • “District Waterways Management Act of 2017” B22-522 
    • As introduced, this bill establishes the District Waterways Management Office within the Office of the City Administrator and also establishes the District Waterways Management Commission. The Office’s purpose will be to plan, manage, coordinate, promote, and advocate for the diverse uses of and access to the waterways and adjacent property. The Commission is required to develop and publish a District Waterways Management Action Plan by July 1, 2019.
For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052. 
Special Note

 Councilmember Todd Stands With Unified Council In Condemning Hate Speech & Divisiveness

Yesterday, Councilmember Todd stood united with the entire Council of the District of Columbia in condemning hate speech and divisiveness in our discourse. The impromptu press conference comes in response to a series of extremely troubling incidents of anti-Semitism, including last Thursday’s “unity rally,” where disturbing anti-Semitic remarks were made on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building. Councilmember Todd will continue to stand up to those who attempt to divide us and engender hatred toward our fellow citizens, and reiterate that hatred in any form has no home in Ward 4 or the District of Columbia. He also looks forward to joining his colleagues and Council staff on a guided tour of the Holocaust Museum this summer. 

To read his full message upholding DC values of tolerance and inclusion, visit brandontoddward4.com/newsletter/ward-4-weekly-42518/.  

In Case You Missed It:
Councilmember’s Corner 
Giving Blind & Visually Impaired Students A Fair Shot

If you didn’t see Councilmember Todd’s recent column in Petworth News, check it out here:

 Read about Councilmember Todd’s “Blind Students Literacy & Education Rights Act of   2018” to improve Braille education in the District. 

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Supports Whittier Education Campus PTA, Takes Pie In The Face To Fundraise!

Saturday, Councilmember Todd attended the Whittier Education Campus’ Spring Festival to raise funds for the PTA. In addition to enjoying the afternoon with neighbors, he was delighted to support the effort by donating nationals tickets to the raffle. He also volunteered to take a pie to the face from the highest bidder. ANC 4B Commissioner Natalee Snider hit the bullseye — all in an effort to support our students! 

 Councilmember In Your Living Room – Shepherd Park


This past Saturday, Councilmember Todd held the third installment of a new initiative: “Councilmember in Your Living Room,” which creates a venue for an intimate conversation between residents, their neighbors, and their elected representative. It allows neighbors the opportunity to get together and discuss the topics, trends, and concerns facing their neighborhood, Ward 4, and the District as a whole. After a successful kickoff in Petworth and a second installment in Chevy Chase, the Councilmember was hosted by Shepherd Park residents Curtis and Yvonne Lewis, whom he thanks for opening up their lovely home to neighbors. Councilmember Todd spent over two hours catching up with friends and discussing the issues of the day. 

Over the coming months, Councilmember Todd looks forward to continuing this program in living rooms across the Ward. If you are interested in hosting a session, please contact Councilmember Todd at btodd@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.


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:

RSVP for the ride with Councilmember Todd on facebook: 

Important Announcements

Meet The New Fourth District Police Commander:

Are you concerned about public safety or looking to better acquaint yourself with Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) leadership? Join the MPD Fourth District for an Open House and Meet & Greet TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 2nd from 6-8PM at 4D headquarters (6001 Georgia Ave, NW). Come meet your new Commander, Randy Griffin, your Captains, and your Sector officers!

Important Public Safety Announcements

There has been some misinformation circulating that MPD will be eliminating mountain bike, foot patrol, and community policing officers from the Fourth District. Councilmember Todd has confirmed with MPD Chief Newsham and Fourth District Commander Randy Griffin that this is not accurate, and these vital public safety resources will remain in place.

As the weather gets warmer and outdoor activity picks up, please be advised of MPD’s tips for responding to and preventing crimes: www.brandontoddward4.com/blog/mpd-tips-for-responding-to-and-preventing-crimes and mpdc.dc.gov/page/auto-theft-prevention

Join Councilmember Todd & Mayor Bowser at the
Bryce Harper Field Dedication Ceremony:
Saturday, May 5th, 10 AM, 300 Van Buren St, NW 

Join Councilmember Todd, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation as they dedicate Bryce Harper Field at the Takoma Community Center. The project was made possible through financial contributions from Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.  Bryce Harper Field will accommodate both 46/60 and 50/70 styles of youth baseball play and will serve the surrounding community by hosting Senators Satchel Paige Little League games, along with other youth baseball leagues. The project also includes the addition of a baseball-dedicated play space located to the south of Bryce Harper Field.  

Reduce Food Waste, Feed More People: – Workshop On Food Recovery: Tues, May 8th, 6:30 PM, Takoma Library

Joshua Singer from the DC Food Recovery Working Group and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation will make a presentation at the Takoma Park (DC) Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW, on food recovery policies, organizations and resources in the D.C. area. Food recovery involves strategies that reduce food waste, such as proper food storage, donating food, composting and gleaning.

Free and open to all! Details here: https://www.dclibrary.org/node/60207.  

Fitness In The Parks Returns To Walter Reed, Every Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 PM Though August 28, 2018 

We are thrilled to share that the free outdoor fitness classes, Fitness in The Parks, is back Tuesday, May 1! Fitness in The Parks will be hosted every Tuesday now through August 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please come and join the group in the great outdoors (classes are weather dependent and will be canceled if there are heavy rains or thunderstorms). Trainers, work-out and water are provided on site. Bring your own mat if you wish.
Follow along on Twitter @TheParksDC or email directly atTheParksatWalterReed@gmail.com for more information. Stay tuned for more exciting events planned throughout the year!

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
(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
Special Assistant/Scheduler
(o)(202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 330-3033

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123

Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506

Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8035

LaRoya Huff
Community Outreach Coordinator
(o) (202) 724-8106
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