From the Office of Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
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January 06, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

With the holiday season now behind us and the new year finally here; it is clear that 2016 brings with it an abundance of opportunity and promise for Ward 4.

In particular, our local economy and small businesses are poised to succeed as we enter the new year. Ward 4 is, without a doubt, the next stage for economic and business development in the District of Columbia. In fact, this Saturday, I hope you will join me in Takoma for the ribbon cuttings at FIVE brand new local businesses. Ward 4 is a top destination for business owners, and I intend to keep it that way.

Friends, I am committed to developing a sound and sustainable economic strategy; one which reflects the interests of long-term residents, new residents, and business owners alike, and ensures that Ward 4 remains on track to become the economic model for every Ward, District-wide.When we invest in, and pay attention to, the small and local business owners in our community, we all succeed. In 2016, let’s make Ward 4 bigger and better than ever.

Lastly, I wanted to note the unfortunate passing of Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, a prominent figure in the D.C. community. Her research and studies on race relations will remain culturally relevant for years to come. Thank you for your work and your service.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Council Takes a Significant Step towards Implementing Public Safety Proposal

Over the last several months, Councilmember Todd has heard from multiple Ward 4 neighbors who are concerned with the recent spike in public safety concerns. That is why he has supported, from the beginning, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s #saferstrongerDC initiative to put more police officers on the streets, give law enforcement more tools to protect residents, prevent violent criminals from repeatedly victimizing our community, increase the penalties for violent crimes committed in our public transit system or at our parks/rec centers, and launch a community partnership strategy to support neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, January 5th, Councilmember Todd and his colleagues voted on legislation that would move forward on a portion of this initiative, and allow for the drafting of regulations for the much-anticipated security camera rebate program.  This program would help increase public safety and provide MPD with important tools to keep our neighborhoods and streets safe.  Following the release of regulations by Mayor Bowser, residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions will be able to apply for a security camera rebate of up to $200 per camera. These rebates will be issued with a maximum of $500 per household, and a maximum of $750 per business, religious institution, or nonprofit.

Councilmember Todd looks forward to working with Mayor Bowser and the Council, and urges his colleagues to move forward swiftly — not just on this camera rebate program, but on all of the Mayor’s #saferstrongerDC initiative proposals.

Upcoming Hearing on the Made in DC Program Establishment Act

On Thursday, January 28th, the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs will hold a hearing on bill 21-514, the “Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2015.”  Last December, Councilmember Todd co-sponsored this legislation, which would develop a program that focuses and highlights products made in the District of Columbia.  Specifically, this bill would raise awareness of locally-crafted products, develop a logo for the brand, promote the brand, and provide support to help businesses utilize the brand.  Councilmember Todd believes that this important piece of legislation will help promote our local businesses and products, and looks forward to this bill moving swiftly through the Council.

For more information, please contact the Councilmember’s Legislative Director, Michele Blackwell, at or (202) 724-7774.

NEW: Video Profile of Councilmember Todd!

We are very excited to release our brand new video profile of Councilmember Todd! Make sure to watch the video to learn more about the Councilmember’s policy goals for Ward 4, which include ensuring seniors can age-in-place, keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe and secure, strengthening the Ward’s local businesses and economy, ensuring our students have access to world-class educational resources and facilities, and continuing to provide an unmatched level of constituent services.

Click HERE to watch!

Community Spotlight

Eight Ward 4 Students to be
Honored at Posse Award Ceremony

Tonight, eight exemplary Ward 4 students will be honored by the Posse Foundation, an organization which recruits and trains young leaders from urban high schools and then sends them across the country for higher education via four-year full-tuition merit scholarships. Presently, Posse scholars have been awarded nearly $1 billion in four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships.

The students from Ward 4 who have been accepted into the program include Taylor Gaskins, who attends School Without Walls, Kevin Peralta, who attends E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Austin Ray (McKinkey Tech), Masgana Dagnachew (Capital City Public Charter School), Malik Hodge (E.L. Haynes Public Charter School), Betsy Dennis (School Without Walls), Demi Stratmon (Benjamin Banneker Academic High School), and Rebekah Armstrong (School Without Walls).

Please join Councilmember Todd in congratulating these bright young minds and future leaders!

Petworth: “Neighborhood of the Year”

In an online poll tallying 947 – 941, Petworth, D.C. bested Brookland and was named “Neighborhood of the Year” by Curbed DC. This is great news, though not many of us were surprised a Ward 4 neighborhood has taken home the title! If we could choose, EVERY Ward 4 neighborhood would win “Neighborhood of the Year.” Simply another reason to be #Ward4Proud!

For more information, check out Curbed’s website, HERE.

Councilmember Todd to Host Office Hours on Saturday, January 9th

Do you have a concern or issue that you need addressed? If so, stop by the Chevy Chase Community Center this Saturday, January 9th, to meet with Councilmember Brandon Todd for his Ward 4 office hours.

WHAT: Ward 4 Office Hours (first come first serve) with Councilmember Brandon Todd

WHERE: Chevy Chase Community Center: 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20015

WHEN: 9:30am – 11:00am

If you have any questions prior to Saturday, please contact Jordan Bailey, our Constituent Services Coordinator, at 202-724-8052, or at

I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events
Councilmember Todd Hosts Ribbon Cuttings
in Takoma this Saturday, January 9th

Please join Councilmember Todd as we celebrate the opening of 4 new businesses in Takoma this Saturday, January 9th starting at 11am.  Come meet the owners and check out their new spaces!

Starting 11am, in order of visit, ending approximately 12noon:

(1) The Spice Suite, 6902 4th St, NW: Interactive spice bar and lounge.

(2) Vegaritos, 6904 4th St, NW: 100% Vegan burritos & burrito bowls.

(3) TACO-ma, 353 Cedar St, NW: LA style Mexican restaurant.

(4) Rhizome, 6950 Maple St, NW, Art, learning and creative makerspace.

(5) Tutoring Cafe, by UMAC World.

Please come out and show your support for our local businesses!

MPD Bicycle Ride-Along on Sunday, January 10th

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to patrol on a bicycle as a police officer? Want to Ride-Along with MPD on your bike? Join us for a community ride on Sunday, January 10th!

The start and end point of the ride will be at MPD Headquarters (300 Indiana Avenue, NW). The ride will begin at 10:00am and will be approximately 14.65 miles, which should take about 2.5 hours to complete. The ride will run through the 1st, 4th and 5th Districts. We will be including the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Please note: Helmets will be required for this ride!

If you have any questions about the ride, you can contact Derek Staten at 202-360-7981, Lt. Lamond (4D) at 202-437-0434, Sgt. Wear (1D) at 202-277-7897, or email Sgt. Monahan (5D) at

Important Announcements
DPR Offers International Lifeguard Training Courses
for Summer 2016

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to offer International Lifeguard Training courses for Summer 2016. Courses will be offered December 2015 through June 2016.

DPR employs certified International Lifeguard Training Program lifeguards year round in order to serve District residents and guests at DPR Aquatic Facilities. The International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) is a single, integrated curriculum that successfully trains lifeguards and lifeguard instructors through proven training methods and state-of-the-art lifeguard rescue skills.  DPR is offering an incentive and will waive registration fees for any class that starts on or before Monday, February 1, 2016.

Program components include:

  • First Aid
  • Health Care Provider CPR
  • Emergency Oxygen Support
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • Swim distance using front crawl (freestyle) or breaststroke without resting: 100 yards
  • Feet-first surface dive, retrieve a 10-lb. brick, and bring it to the surface
  • Tread water without using arms for 1 minut

Participants MUST attend ALL training dates.

Interested parties should do the following:

  • Register for an upcoming certification course HERE.
DPW Conducting a HIVE Event
in the Georgia Ave/Kennedy St. NW Corridor

The Department of Public Works (DPW) Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP) will be conducting a High Impact Visibility Enforcement (HIVE) event in the Georgia Ave/ Kennedy St NW corridor, Monday January 11th 2016 at 9am.

The HIVE program seeks to improve the cleanliness of major corridors through one day all-hands education & enforcement clean-up efforts, within a pre-defined area.  Data from each HIVE will be measured against previous HIVEs to determine the impact and the results reported to the DPW Director and City Administrator.

For more information, please reach out to Reuben Pemberton, W4 & W5 manager at

DPW Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption

Please remember to follow the rules regarding sidewalk shoveling this winter.

All residential and commercial property owners must remove snow/ice from the sidewalks around their property within the first eight hours of daylight after the storm ends.

However, you may be exempt from sidewalk shoveling enforcement if you live in your own home and are 65 years old or a person with a disability.

To apply for your exemption go to the Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption form locatedHERE.

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff
(202) 724-8052
snewman@dccouncil.usDolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff/Scheduler
(202) 654-6406
dturner@dccouncil.usMichele Blackwell
Legislative Director
(202) 724-7774
mblackwell@dccouncil.usJackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(202) 724-8793
Jordan Rummel
Communications Specialist
(202) 724-8191
jrummel@dccouncil.usJordan Bailey
Constituent Services Coordinator
(202) 724-8052
jbailey@dccouncil.usDaniel Callejas
Administrative Assistant
(202) 724-8052