January 2, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a very happy New Year and that 2019 is off to an excellent start for you and your family! With the beginning of a new year comes the energy of endless possibilities and the excitement of future opportunities. Now is a perfect time to reflect on what is important and set ambitious goals to strive toward.

That is why this year, I am doubling down on my commitment to you as your Councilmember. I resolve that I will continue prioritizing responsive constituent services, investing in our infrastructure, supporting our seniors, and advocating for smart and thoughtful policies around education, health, human services, housing, economic development, and public safety. I pledge to work even harder and smarter for the residents of Ward 4.

Direct feedback is critically important to understanding how I can best serve you. Please watch for an upcoming online survey that my office will soon release where you can share your input for what our agenda should look like in 2019 and beyond. Whether you want to see funding for something specific in the budget, have thoughts on how to improve existing programs, or have a legislative idea, I want to hear from you about how we can make 2019 the best year yet for Ward 4. I look forward to a prosperous and exciting 2019!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

2019 marks the beginning of Council Period 23. During this two-year Council Period, two new committees have been formed: the Committee on Facilities and Procurement, and theCommittee on Recreation and Youth Affairs. The other 11 committees that operated in Council Period 22 will continue to function.

Councilmember Todd remains Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, which has added two new offices under its purview: the Office on Human Rights and the Office of Risk Management. He has also been designated a member of the new Committee on Recreation and Youth Affairs. He also remains a member of the Committees on Health, Human Services, and Transportation and the Environment.

Today, Council held an organizational meeting to formally establish the rules and organizational structure of Council Period 23.

The first legislative meeting of Council Period 23 will take place on Tuesday, January 8th at 10 AM in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The first Committee of the Whole meeting of Council Period 23 will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10 AM in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building.

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 Swears-In Ward 4 ANCs


Today, Councilmember Todd joined the newly elected and re-elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs) of Ward 4 to officially swear them into their new two-year term in office. At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s grand hall, the Councilmember congratulated the Commissioners on their election, thanked them for their service to their community, and wished them good luck in carrying out their duties. He looks forward to working with them individually and as an ANC to support investments and improvements in all of Ward 4’s 20 neighborhoods.

Important Announcements

Two Convenient Options For
Recycling Holiday Trees & Greenery

With the holiday season coming to a close, thousands of DC residents will be looking for an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their holiday trees and greenery. The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to provide District residents with two easy options for having their holiday trees and greenery recycled (no artificial trees).

The first option is for residents to bring their trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stationsThe Fort Totten Transfer Station is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, and the Benning Road Transfer Station is located at 3200 Benning Road, NE.

The second option, also free of charge, is for residents to put their trees and greenery out where their trash and recyclables are normally collected between January 14 and February 2. Trees placed out after February 2 will be picked up as space in our trucks permit, but will not be composted. This collection service is only available to residents who are serviced by DPW. DPW collects trash and recyclables from single-family homes and apartment/condo buildings with three or fewer living units.

Regardless of which option residents choose, all ornaments and lights should be removed from the tree. Residents are also asked not to bag their trees or greenery.

South Dakota Ave/Riggs Rd. NE Main Street Program
Seeking Executive Director, Apply By January 14th


Councilmember Todd is pleased to announce the creation of the South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road Main Street Program, which he helped secure funding for in this year’s budget. Funded through a grant awarded by the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Main Street Program will utilize public-private partnerships and community volunteers, build on neighborhood assets, and implement strategies to support and improve the business corridors in the Riggs Park and Manor Park neighborhoods.

The Main Street is seeking applications for an Executive Director. The Executive Director is the lead champion, visionary, and implementer of the South Dakota Avenue-Riggs Road Main Street Program in the Riggs Park and Manor Park commercial corridors. This position is responsible for the activities required by the South Dakota Avenue-Riggs Road Main Street grant awarded by the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). The Executive Director will help guide the organization as its objectives evolve.

The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on January 14, 2019. Learn more at: lrcadc.org/sda-riggs-road-main-street.

MPD Announces Police District Boundary Changes

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has conducted a comprehensive assessment of our patrol boundaries to ensure optimal operations. After a nine month review of our current boundaries and taking into account current workload, anticipated population growth, economic development and community needs, MPD is pleased to announce new district boundaries to all seven districts, viewable at: mpdc.dc.gov/node/1364926

Metro Introduces New Features For MetroAlerts

From a Metro press release:

Metro has introduced a new, improved MetroAlerts system to make it easier for customers to get information when and where they want it. The new features allow Metrorail and Metrobus riders to customize the alerts they receive by day and time, and allow multiple email addresses or phone numbers on one account. MetroAlerts provide riders with text or email alerts about disruptions or delays that may affect their trip on specific bus or rail lines. Riders will no longer receive automatic alerts all day — only when they want, for the times of day they choose based on their travel patterns.

Among the new enhancements for Metrorail and Metrobus customers include the ability to:

  • Add multiple email addresses or phone numbers to one account
  • Select any number rail lines, bus routes or stations to receive alerts
  • Select specific days of the week to receive alerts
  • Select parts of the day to receive alerts – morning, afternoon, evening or night
  • Temporarily suspend alerts while on vacation
  • View your MetroAlerts history
MetroAlerts subscribers who wish to take advantage of these new MetroAlerts options can log in to their account at www.wmata.com/metroalerts to review and update their settings. No changes are necessary for customers who wish to maintain their current MetroAlerts settings, as all current settings have been transferred to the new system.


The Parks at Walter Reed Seeking Architectural Design & Production Services,
Apply By January 11th

Please be advised that the Master Development team of The Parks at Walter Reed (“TPWR”) invites qualified firms to submit an Expression of Interest to provide Architectural Design and Production Services for Building O (“Project”) at The Parks at Walter Reed. The Project is proposed to be 4 – 5 levels of condominium building totaling 90 – 100 units averaging 800 – 900 rentable square feet in size over a single retail shell level. The Building will total approximately 120,000 – 125,000 gross square feet (including retail) and include associated services and amenities. The Project site is located within The Parks at Walter Reed at 6900 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC; Parcel O will be bounded by Elder Street to the north, the Town Center plaza to the south, Georgia Avenue to the east and 12th Street to the west.

Submissions must be received by Friday, January 11, 2019. Learn more at: theparksdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/2018-12-19-Building-O-Expression-of-Interest-Request.pdf

Learn About Changes To DC Tax Law At Seminar:
Wednesday, January 16th, 10 AM, Zion Baptist Church


Are you or a loved one a DC resident? Come and learn about  the new DC Tax law. What do you know what the new laws mean for your finances? Are you financially prepared to pay more property taxes? Will you be able to cover normal expenses in the next year? Attend this seminar and hear what changes will affect your bottom line.

Wednesday  January 16th, 2019
10:00 AM
Zion Baptist Church-Fellowship Hall
4850 Blagden Avenue, NW  Washington, DC 20011

Sponsored by the GNJ Senior Day Care Advisory Council.

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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