January 16, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

Engaging with residents is the part of my job I find most fulfilling. It’s why I so enjoy serving as your Ward 4 Councilmember. I truly value the opportunity to spend time with neighbors in the community, learning about your concerns and how I can advance an agenda that addresses those priorities through legislative and community action.

In that spirit, I am announcing a series of office hour events over the coming weeks:

Chevy Chase: Friday, January 25th, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Bread & Chocolate 
(5542 Connecticut Ave NW)

Takoma: Monday, January 28th, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Starbucks (232 Carroll St NW)

If you have a concern in the neighborhood you would like to see addressed, a legislative idea, input on a matter before the Council, or just want to chat with your elected representative, I sincerely hope you will join me. No appointments necessary in this casual, unstructured opportunity for engagement. If you are unable to attend any of these office hours events, you are always welcome to contact me via email or call my office directly at (202) 724-8052. See you around the Ward!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole: On Tuesday, January 22nd, the Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole.

Annual agency performance oversight will begin Wednesday, February 6th. The Committee on Government Operations has scheduled five days of hearings. Rooms and times are subject to change.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

  • Government Operations Committee, Room 500, 11:00AM
    • Executive Office of the Mayor
    • Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel
    • Office of the City Administrator
    • Office of the Senior Advisory
    • Office of the Secretary

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • Government Operation Committee, Room 412, 10:00AM
    • Office of Community Affairs
    • Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives
    • Office on Veteran’s Affairs
    • Office on LGBTQ Affairs

Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • Government Operations Committee, Room 120, 10:00AM
    • Office on African Affairs
    • Office on African American Affairs
    • Office on Asian & Pacific Islanders Affairs
    • Office on Latino Affairs
    • Serve DC

Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • Government Operations, Room 123, 11:00AM
    • Office of Nightlife & Culture
    • Office of Partnerships & Grants
    • Office of Public Private Partnerships

Thursday, February 28, 2019

  • Government Operations Committee, Room 120 10:00AM/2:00PM
    • Office of Administrative Hearings
    • Office of Human Rights
    • Office of Investigator General
    • Office of Chief Technology Officer

See the full Council calendar at: dccouncil.us/events

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 Helps Seniors Shovel Snow,
Encourages Residents To Sign Up For Volunteer Snow Team

Monday, Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 team were out in the community helping seniors and those with special needs dig out their cars and shovel walkways, sidewalks, and driveways. Throughout the storm, the Councilmember and his team were surveying the Ward, tracking plow progress, and coordinating with agencies to respond to needs and ensure safety and accessibility remained top priorities.

Councilmember Todd gives a special thank you to the “Snow Team Heroes” who have registered with Serve DC to help their neighbors in-need shovel snow. With more snow potentially on the way this weekend, if you would like to register either as a volunteer or add your household to the list that requires service, visit snowteam.dc.gov for more information.

Mark Your Calendar


Councilmember Todd Supports DC Health Link African American Enrollment Week,
Join Him At Midtown Barber Shop This Saturday From 10 AM – 2 PM

DC Health Link African American Enrollment Week of Action is going strong with several events around the city to ensure that members of the community gain access to quality health insurance coverage before open enrollment ends on January 31, 2019.

If you are interested in purchasing a health insurance plan through DC Health Link, be sure to join Councilmember Todd at the Midtown Barber Shop (120 Kennedy Street, NW) this Saturday, January 19th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Certified in-person assisters will be onsite to help you learn how insurance can benefit your health and get enrolled into coverage. Other Enrollment Week Activities are included below and for more details about DC Health Link events, visit https://DCHealthLink.com/events.

Join MPD & Councilmember Todd For A Special Public Safety
Conversation on the 14th St. Corridor

The Metropolitan Police Department Fourth District and Councilmember Todd invite you to a Special Public Safety Conversation:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:30- 7:30 PM
1365 Kennedy Street NW
(Please use the basement entrance next to the Gold Coast Market)  
Host: Commander Randy Griffin 

Please come and discuss your concerns as it relates to public safety specifically in the 16th Street, 16th Street Heights Neighborhood, and 14th Street Corridor. Residents and Business Owner are encouraged to attend

For more information please contact Derek Staten, Fourth District Community Outreach Coordinator at 202.270.1640 or Derek.Staten@dc.gov.

Councilmember Todd Hosts Office Hours In Chevy Chase & Takoma

Councilmember Todd invites you to mark your calendar for two upcoming office hours events in the Chevy Chase and Takoma neighborhoods:

Chevy Chase: Friday, January 25th, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Bread & Chocolate
(5542 Connecticut Ave NW)

Takoma: Monday, January 28th, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Starbucks (232 Carroll St NW)

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 at jcarnes@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.

Important Announcements


CRIAC Fee Relief Programs Now Accepting Applications
After Councilmember Todd Supports Funding

Councilmember Todd heard Ward 4 residents, non-profits, and houses of worship loud and clear: the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) fees imposed by DC Water are too burdensome and relief is needed. That is why he first raised the issue with the Council and supported the allocation of $7 million in funding for a CRIAC fee relief program. The DC Department of Energy and Environment has set up program and eligibility requirements for residents and non-profits to start applying for relief.

Residents can learn more at: doee.dc.gov/service/residential.criacrelief
Non-profits at: doee.dc.gov/service/clean-rivers-impervious-area-charge-nonprofit-relief-program

Councilmember Todd is proud to have led the charge on bringing this issue to the forefront of Council’s attention, and will be seeking to secure additional funding for this program in future years.

As a reminder to residents who are experiencing billing disputes with DC Water: due to Councilmember Todd’s DC Water Consumer Protection Act, residents can now utilize the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) for advice and assistance. Call (202) 727-3071 or email  info@opc-dc.gov today.

Additional Resources For Furloughed Federal Workers 

Councilmember Todd created an info-graphic with a variety of resources for furloughed federal workers. View the info-graphic HERE. It is unconscionable that so many of our federal workers are missing a pay check due to the unnecessary and harmful shutdown. Councilmember Todd continues to call on the President to work with Congress and #EndTheShutdown immediately.

Additional resources:

Bread For the City
Starting Monday, January 14th, Bread for the City will provide a five-day supply of groceries for furloughed federal employees and contractors who are District of Columbia residents.  Visit our services page for more information including hours of operation and documents we will need you to bring in. If you’re a furloughed worker looking for something positive to do in the midst of this crisis, we’re always looking for volunteers. Visit breadforthecity.org/volunteer to find out how you can help. To support these services to furloughed federal workers, visit breadforthecity.org/donation/govshutdown.

Wells Fargo
During the shutdown, Wells Fargo is automatically reversing monthly service and overdraft/non-sufficient fund fees for any customer who is an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer’s account in November 2018. We will work with customers who do not have direct deposit or are not receiving an automatic fee reversal on an individual basis to assist them.

In addition, late fees on consumer credit accounts will be suppressed for those who are an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer’s checking account in November 2018.

For customers who are having difficulties making their loan payments, we also can work with them to identify short- or long-term assistance options that may be available to help them get through this difficult time.

Customers can contact us at 1-800-TO-WELLS or at the number on their credit card, debit card or statement.Learn more at: www.wellsfargo.com/help/government-shutdown

DC Government Closures On MLK Jr. Day

DPW to Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21st
Sanitation and Holiday Tree Collection Services Will be Suspended for the Day

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21; therefore, sanitation services and most parking enforcement will be suspended and will resume on Tuesday, January 22.

  • Trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s and Thursday’s collections will slide to Tuesday and Friday. Tuesday’s and Friday’s collections will slide to Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Holiday tree collections will resume on Tuesday, January 22.
  • The Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations will be closed on the holiday, reopening the following day.
  • DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking, rush hour lane restrictions or tow abandoned vehicles Monday, January 21, except along the streetcar line.

“Blocked” Streetcar Parking Enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, along H Street and Benning Road, NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. The hours of enforcement are concurrent with the streetcar schedule. Normal enforcement citywide resumes Tuesday, January 22.

DCRA Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Construction is not permitted on federal and District Government holidays. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, all construction work, for which a permit is required, is illegal and could result in a Stop Work Order and may be subject to fines.
For more information:
Please report illegal construction to the District’s 311 system. You can report your service request by either calling 311, visiting the 311.dc.gov, using the mobile app (DC311), using the online live chat feature during standard business hours, texting DC311, or tweeting to@311dcgov.


Uptown Main Street Hosts Small Business Sessions, Extends Small Grant Program Deadline

Ward 4’s Uptown Main Street is hosting two sessions for small businesses:
10 Tax Tips for Side Hustlers & Small Businesses
January 23, 6:30-8:30pm – WMATA Bus Barn
RSVP: facebook.com/events/995250967327201/Redes Sociales para Pequeñas Empresas
January 31, 6:30-8:30pm – WMATA Bus Barn
RSVP: facebook.com/events/334585990479061/

UMS Small Grant Program Deadline Extended:
Businesses located along Upper 14th Street and Kennedy Street who are interested in accessing technical assistance services or updating their storefronts are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 in funding through UMS’ Small Grants program. The application deadline has been extended to January 18th at midnight. All applicants are encouraged to use the UMS design guidelines to craft their proposals. Have questions? Reach out to UMS’ Executive Director atjordan@uptownmainstreet.org.


Feedback Requested on the DCPS Calendar for School year 2019-20

DC Public Schools (DCPS) is looking for feedback from the DCPS community on the School Year 2019-2020 calendar. The first day of school will be August 26, 2019 for traditional calendar schools and August 12, 2019 for extended year schools. Based on these starting dates, we have developed proposals for the 2019-2020 school calendar and invite your feedback.

DCPS wants to select the best calendar to fit the needs of students, families, staff, and the community. The proposals, along with information on how DCPS drafts these proposals, are available on the DCPS website. Please submit your feedback by January 25!

Take the survey HERE. View the proposed traditional calendar HERE and the proposed extended year calendar HERE.

Thank you for your feedback as we create a calendar for School Year 2019-2020.


Estimado Amigos,

Las Escuelas Públicas de Washington DC (DCPS) está buscando comentarios de la comunidad sobre el calendario para el Año Escolar 2019-2020. El primer día de clases será el 26 de agosto del 2019 para escuelas con el calendario tradicional y el 12 de agosto del 2019 para escuelas con el año extendido. Basados en estas fechas de comienzo, hemos desarrollado unas propuestas para el calendario escolar del 2019-20 y queremos comentarios del público.

DCPS quiere seleccionar el mejor calendario para estudiantes, familias, maestros y la comunidad. Las propuestas están disponibles AQUI. ¡Por favor, complete el encuesta para el 25 de enero!

Gracias por ayudarnos a crear el calendario para el Año Escolar 2019-2020.

Senior Spa Day:
Friday, January 25th, Emery Heights Community Center


RSVP required at: (202) 576-3211

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

LaRoya Huff
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
(o) (202) 724-8106
(c) (202) 368-2518

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024
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



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