January 30, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

As you know, the District is currently experiencing extreme cold conditions. Temperatures are expected to drop even further this evening and remain low for the next few days, with strong winds and a chance for light snow through Friday. The frigid temperatures bring unique challenges to residents. However, the DC Government and our partners offer resources to assist with addressing these challenges.

The District’s Cold Emergency Alert remains activated until further notice. If you see someone outside in need of shelter, please call the shelter hotline at (202) 399-7093. If someone appears to be in immediate danger, call 911. To report a water main break or other water emergencies on public property, call the DC Water 24-hour emergency hotline at (202) 612-3400 or tweet to@dcwater. To report power outages and downed wires, call PEPCO at 1-877-737-2662. PEPCO customer service for non-emergencies is (202) 833-7500. If your utilities are disconnected or you need help negotiating your bills, contact the Office of the People’s Counsel at (202) 727-3071. If you need help paying your utility bills, contact the Department of Energy and Environment’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by calling 311. If you’re a tenant having problems with your heating, you should first contact your landlord. If you are not able to get in contact with your landlord, call the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and ask for a Duty Inspector at 202-442-4400, or 311 after hours. If your landlord does not make heating repairs, contact the Office of Tenant Advocate at (202) 719-6560.

Also remember that my Extreme Weather Protection for Animals Emergency Amendment Act stipulates that animals cannot be left outside longer than 15 minutes with temperatures below freezing. The law also defines adequate shelter for animals kept outside with temperatures below 40 degrees. Click HERE to read the Humane Rescue Alliance’s tips for animal safety in the cold and report animal cruelty to Humane Law Enforcement at 202-576-6664.

I encourage you to take advantage of the services and resources available to help in any way possible during this intensely cold time. We must take care of one another as mother nature continues to challenge us. Stay warm and be safe!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole
On Tuesday, January 29th, the Council, Mayor and Attorney General for their monthly meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update the leadership on progress being made in all branches.

  • The Mayor introduced new appointments to the Executive:
    • Lindsey Parker, former deputy chief of staff to the Mayor, is now the acting Chief Technology Officer.
    • Andrew Trueblood, former chief of staff to the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, is now the acting Director of Planning.
    • Dr. Lewis Ferebee, former superintendent of schools in Indianapolis, is now the acting Chancellor of DC Public schools.
    • Kimberly A. Basset, former Director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Policy and Initiatives, is now the Secretary of the District of Columbia.
  • The Executive introduced examined 2018 homicide numbers and their roadmap to reducing homicide:
    • Statistics:
      • There were 160 homicides in 2018, 44 more than 2017
      • 500 people were shot in DC in 2018
      • 34 homicides in 2018 attributable to increased lethality of gunshot wounds.
    • Roadmap: The Executive is using both public health and traditional tools to reduce homicide by
      • Creating jobs for overlooked residents;
      • Treating trauma caused by violence;
      • Preventing violence through intervention and mediation;
      • Preventing violence through effective policing;
      • When there is a crime, deploying quickly, caring for the victim, and closing the case; and
      • Strengthening partnerships in the District’s legal and justice systems.
  • Councilmember Evans and Paul J. Wiedefeld, Director of WMATA gave a presentation on the progress made at Metro the past year and half and asked for Council support maintaining the current Metro hours to continue investing in trackwork
    • Metro Update:
      • Completed SafeTrack and began six new preventative maintenanceprograms to address electrical fires and track defects
      • Unscheduled track outages (disrupting service) was reduced by 50%
      • On-time train performance reached highest levels in 8 years
      • Track fires have been reduced by 20%

Senior Strategic Plan & Senior Dental Services
Councilmember Todd sat down with AARP DC and Ward 4 resident Jo Ponds to discuss his legislation that will establish a senior strategic plan and a senior dental services program. Watch the interview by clicking HERE.

See the full calendar of oversight and budget hearings at: dccouncil.us/full-performance-oversight-and-budget-schedules-now-available

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 Focuses On Education 

This weekend, Councilmember Todd focused on education at two key events important to Ward 4 families. On Saturday, he attended the Multilingual Education Far of DC, the premier event for families, educators, students, employers, job-seekers, and language enthusiasts looking to impact their lives through language and culture. Councilmember Todd enjoyed perusing the over 100 exhibitors and introducing the event’s keynote speaker, Fabrice Jaumont, a world-renowned expert in language immersion programs. Learn more about the Fair at: multilingualfair.dcimmersion.org. Councilmember Todd also discussed his legislation that would expand the District’s dual language immersion program in our public schools. Learn more about this bill in his recent Petworth News column: petworthnews.org/blog/cm-corner-dual-language-schools.

Later on Saturday, Councilmember Todd attended the Coolidge Feeder Fest, an event that brought together all the schools within the Coolidge Senior High School feeder network for parents to learn about opportunities for their children. Also in attendance was the Ward 4 State Board of Education representative, Frazier O’Leary. Councilmember Todd thanks DC Public Schools and Coolidge Senior High School for hosting the event, and remains #Ward4Proud of our students and school!

Mark Your Calendar

Bus To Work Day Is Monday, February 4th
Make Your Plan Today!

Councilmember Todd has introduced Council Resolution designating Monday, February 4 as “Bus To Work Day” in the District of Columbia. February 4 also coincides with Transit Equity Day, a collaborative effort to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change. That date also marks Rosa Parks Day in honor of her bus boycott and her many other contributions to the Civil Rights movement.

Councilmember Todd plans to catch the 59 express bus at 14th Street and Buchanan Street, NW at 7:45 am on Monday, February 4. I look forward to sharing my commute downtown with Ward 4 residents. What is your plan?

I invite you to find a bus stop and route that works for you by using WMATA’s trip planner at wmata.com/schedules/trip-planner. Be sure to have your Metro SmartTrip card or bring exact change for the bus. Also, remember to post about your commute on social media using #BusToWorkDC and #BusDC. Learn more by reading Councilmember Todd’s recent editorial inGreater Greater Washington.

Rock Creek East I Livability Study Community Meeting:
Wednesday, Feb 6th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Shepherd Park Library

The study area is defined by Rock Creek and the Maryland border to the West, Eastern Avenue to the North, New Hampshire Avenue NE and the Red Line Metrorail tracks to the East, and Military Road NW, Missouri Avenue NW, and Riggs Road NE to the South.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host its first public event for the Rock Creek East I Livability Study on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The purpose of this neighborhood study is to identify opportunities to enhance community quality of life through transportation safety and access improvements for all modes within the study area. At the first public event, DDOT will introduce the project, share data collection, and provide opportunities for participants to share existing concerns.

When:  Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library
7420 Georgia Ave. NW (SPK Meeting Room 2)
Washington, DC 20012

Project Background
DDOT is undertaking the Rock Creek East I Livability Study to evaluate the transportation network in the study area from a system perspective, and look for opportunities for a safer and more accessible multimodal network. This study will be led with a data-driven approach, using existing and future conditions to understand transportation challenges and opportunities and to recommend specific implementable actions. The study will be supported with robust public outreach throughout the process. You can find out more about the study by visitingwww.rceast1.com.

Contact the DDOT Project Manager: Cynthia Lin, cynthia.lin@dc.gov, (202) 671-2381

Important Announcements

My School DC Lottery Accepting Grades 9-12 Applications Until February 1st,
Briya PCS Field Office Offers Assistance

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2019-2020 is now open. The application deadlines are February 1, 2019 for grades 9-12 and March 1, 2019 for grades PK3-8.

My School DC is the city’s common application and public school lottery for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the majority of public charter schools (grades PK3-12).

Families must use the My School DC lottery application to apply to:

  • DCPS PK3 / PK4 programs (including programs at in-boundary DCPS schools);
  • DCPS citywide and out-of-boundary schools (PK3-12);
  • DCPS selective high schools (9-12); and
  • all participating public charter schools (PK3-12)

Have questions or need help with your application? Visit the My School DC Ward 4 Field Office at Briya Public Charter School (3912 Georgia Ave, NW) on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Or call the My School DC hotline at (202) 888-6336, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email info.myschooldc@dc.gov.

For more information and to apply, go to www.myschooldc.org.

Public Hearing On WMATA Fiscal Year 2020 Budget:
Tuesday, February 5th, 6 PM

Metro wants to hear from you about its Fiscal Year 2020 budget. All are invited to a public hearing on Tues, February 5th: Open House at 5:30 PM and Public Hearing at 6:00 PM at Metro Headquarters (600 Fifth Street NW). Learn more about the proposal at wmata.com/about/calendar/events/FY2020-Budget-Public-Hearing-February-5-2019.cfm.

Public comment can also be submitted online until Monday, Feb 11th at 9am by taking this survey: fy2020budget.questionpro.com.

Community Hearing On Natural Gas Leaks:
Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2 PM, Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission is holding a community hearing on February 6, 2019 to discuss consumers’ concerns about natural gas leaks.  In the settlement that resulted in the merger of WGL and AltaGas, OPC won commitments from the companies to substantially reduce gas leaks and will ensure the promise is kept. Here are the details of the community hearing where you can let your voice be heard:

PSC Community Hearing on Safety & Gas Leaks
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
2:00 pm
Public Service Commission
1325 G Street NW, Suite 800
To testify: call (202) 626-5150 or email psc-commissionsecretary@dc.gov
Deadline: February 1st

DCPS Student Document Screening At Roosevelt High School: Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 PM


Elder Housing Resource Fair:
Thursday, February 7, 9:30 PM, Hattie Holmes Wellness Center


Register online at disbelderforum.eventbrite.com


Black History Month Events at Shepherd Park Library

During February, Shepherd Park Library has programs for adults in honor of Black History Month. All programs will be in Meeting Room #2 on the second floor.

Tuesday, February 5 @ 7 pm: Local researcher and film maker Marvin T. Jones will present “An Army of Educators” telling the story of how African-Americans took advantage of education opportunities in the District and the South during the 1860s-1870s.

Saturday, February 9 @ 11 am: Local genealogist Andre Kearns will present “Getting Started: African-American Genealogy and DNA Testing” as well as his own family’s story.

Thursday, February 28 @ 7 pm: Professor Derek Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City, will present “African American Migration to Washington, DC. During the 19th and 20th Century.” Note: No books will be sold at this event.

Visit the DC Public Library’s Black History Month homepage at https://www.dclibrary.org/blackhistory for more events and resources!

Questions? Contact Elisa Babel: 202-541-6100/6025, elisa.babel@dc.gov

Residents Can Now Dial 311 For Police Non-Emergencies 

From a January 17, 2019 Press Release from Mayor Bowser’s Office:

Bowser Administration Announces a Police Non-Emergency Line
Residents and visitors of the District now encouraged to call 3-1-1 for less critical incidents

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of Unified Communications (OUC) is proud to announce the implementation of a police non-emergency option. Residents and visitors of the District can now call 3-1-1 to report all police non-emergencies. The OUC defines a non-emergency call as any call related to an incident that does not pose an immediate threat to the safety of individuals and/or incidents that occurred at least one hour before the initial request for police assistance is made.

Last year, the agency received approximately 1.5 million 9-1-1 calls for service, and approximately of 20 percent of those calls were for non-emergency incidents. To improve call taking efficiency, the agency has developed a pathway for non-emergency calls using the current 3-1-1 call tree, previously utilized exclusively for city services and information. Now after dialing 3-1-1, callers should press Option # 1 to report police non-emergencies like noise complaints, fender benders, vandalism, destruction of property, and for any crimes that have happened in the past with no reported injuries, and when the suspect is no longer on the scene. Once the call is processed with the operator, based on the findings the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will be dispatched to provide a response.

Previously, OUC’s telephony system did not prioritize emergency calls over non-emergency calls. Instead, they were handled by 9-1-1 call takers in the order in which they were received. Re-routing non-emergency call types from the 9-1-1 queue will help to better prioritize emergency calls and preserve the 9-1-1 telephone line for life-threatening emergencies. In any situation in which there is an immediate threat to life and safety residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1. To learn more, please visit ouc.dc.gov.

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff 
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Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
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Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
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LaRoya Huff
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
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Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
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Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
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Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
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Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
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