November 14, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

At yesterday’s legislative meeting, the Council approved a piece of legislation with significant implications for the District. The Short Term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017 establishes a regulatory framework for short-term rentals such as AirBnB. The bill passed its second and final vote unanimously and will now be transmitted to Mayor Bowser. I attempted to amend the legislation in-line with the concerns I have heard from Ward 4 residents. Unfortunately, those amendments did not receive sufficient support from my colleagues. While I voted for this bill because I support the need for a regulatory framework, I continue to have serious apprehensions with it’s limitations on home owners.

Specifically, I believe that the 90-day limit on one’s primary residence and the ban on secondary homes is too restrictive and represents an unreasonable imposition by the Government on private property owners. In response, yesterday I introduced two amendments on the dais. My first amendment would have extended the 90-day limit to allow home owners to rent their primary residence for up to 120 days when they are not on the premises. 90 days is just too restrictive — it deprives residents of crucial opportunities to generate supplemental income to help keep pace with the rising cost of living. Unfortunately, the majority of my colleagues disagreed, and this amendment failed. My second amendment would have allowed homeowners to rent out a second property on a platform. I have heard and continue to hear from many Ward 4 residents who own legacy homes, but the only way they can keep these properties in the family is through short-term rentals. My amendment would have protected those families. Unfortunately, a majority of my colleagues again disagreed, and this amendment failed as well.

I voted in favor of the legislation yesterday, considering my concerns, because I believe the District needs a regulatory framework for short-term rentals to mitigate concerns such as parking, noise, litter, and public safety. This legislation, however imperfect, achieves that fundamental goal. I thank all the residents who advocated for the commonsense amendments that I introduced yesterday, and will be closely watching the future growth and development of the short-term rental industry in the District.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole & Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, November 13th, the Council  met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for an additional Committee of the Whole and additional Legislative Meeting.

This bill passed final vote:

  • Short Term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017
    • Creates regulations for short-term rentals.
    • Allows the homeowner to rent unlimited times a year when the owner is present
    • Caps the number of days the homeowner my rent out their property when the owner is not present to 90.

These bills passed their first vote:

  • East End Health Equity Amendment of 2018
    • Allows for negotiations regarding a new integrated GW Hospital at St. Elizabeths to continue by exempting GW Hospital from the Certificate of Need process.
  • Eviction with Dignity Act of 2018
    • Creates a notice that states the tenant has the right to access his or her belongings for purposes of removing them from the rental unit; at times agreed to by the parties during the 7-day in-unit storage period, excluding Sundays and federal holidays; for no fewer than 16 total hours between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm; over a period of not more than two days; and without requiring payment of rent or service fees from the tenant
  • Lead Water Service Line Replacement and Disclosure Amendment Act of 2018
    • Establishes and sets eligibility requirements and an application process for a lead waterline pipe replacement voucher program for income-eligible District residents.
  • Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2018
    • Prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in the District, beginning on January 1, 2022. A person who violates this order shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500.
  • Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly Establishment Act of 2018 (PACE)
    • Establishes a program for the purposes of enhancing quality of life, maximizes dignity of, and autonomy of eligible individuals
  • Breast Density Screening Notification Amendment Act of 2018
    • Requires health care facilities to notify patients of mammogram results tending to show high breast density in the summary of the mammography report.
  • Revise Synthetics Abatement and Full Enforcement Drug Control Amendment Act of 2018
    • Amends DC Controlled Substances Act to add classes and analogs of synthetic cathinones and cannabinoids to the list making prosecution more efficient.
  • Internet Sales Tax Amendment Act of 2018
    • Requires internet sales tax be collected from online retailers who do not have a physical presence in the District of Columbia and directs any revenue to go towards lowering the commercial real property tax rate class 2 from $1.89 per $100 of assessed value to the previous rate of $1.85.

Councilmember Todd’s Bills that passed first vote:

Rear-facing Car Seat Safety Amendment Act of 2018:
Councilmember Todd introduced bill 22-661 the “Rear-Facing Car Seat Safety Amendment Act of 2018” to requires children riding in the car weighting less than 40 pounds, shorter than 40 inches long and is under the age of two, the child be property restrained in a rear-facing car seat.

Boxing & Wrestling Commission Amendment Act of 2018:
Councilmember Todd introduced bill 22-509 “Athletic Commission Amendment Act of 2017”October 3, 2017 to provide the existing Boxing Commission grant making authority, require safety requirements for amateur mixed martial arts to conform with best practices, and expand the size of the Commission from three to five.

Sexual Blackmail Elimination and Immigrant Protection Amendment Act of 2018: 
Councilmember Todd introduced bill 22-877 “Protecting Immigrants from Extortion Amendment Act of 2018” on June 26, 2018 to expand the definition of extortion to include threatening notification of law enforcement officials about another person’s immigration status, if that threat is made, as an attempt, to obtain that persons property, labor or services. The bill was combined with bill 22-472 “Protection from Sexual Extortion Amendment Act of 2017” during Committee. In the revised bill, the Committee amended the definition of “blackmail” to make threats based on sex or immigration status a crime with the intent to obtain property a crime.

Upcoming Hearings: 

Friday, November 16
Committee on Transportation & Environment, 12PM RM500  

  • The District’s Snow Removal Operations Plan for Winter 2018-2019
  • “Warnings Before Citations Amendment Act of 2018” B22-752
    • As introduced, this bill requires a warning be issued in any instance related to residential collection of solid waste prior to issuing a citation.

Monday, November 19
Committee on Transportation & Environment, 11AM RM412  

For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at or (202) 724-8052.

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Honors Stella Hodge
For 50 Years of Service In DC Government


At yesterday’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Todd presented a Ceremonial Resolution to Ward 4 resident Mrs. Stella Hodge, honoring and recognizing her 50 years of service to the Government of the District of Columbia in the Office of Tax and Revenue. For a remarkable five decades, Mrs. Hodge has helped District residents resolve some of the most complicated tax problems, and has helped prioritize customer service at the Office of Tax and Revenue. Councilmember Todd was privileged to honor Mrs. Hodge and her family for her incredible dedication and service to the people of the District of Columbia. Thank you, Mrs. Hodge!

To read the full Ceremonial Resolution, visit:

Mark Your Calendar

Ward 4 Young Professionals Happy Hour, TONIGHT:
Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Homestead DC

Join Councilmember Todd for another Ward 4 young professional happy hour event TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Homestead Food and Beverage (3911 Georgia Avenue, NW). Come enjoy an evening with neighbors and friends, and take advantage of an opportunity to talk directly with your Councilmember in a casual, unstructured setting. RSVP on the facebook event HERE or on Nextdoor HERE.


Join Councilmember Todd:
Walter Reed Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration:
Friday, November 30th, 6 – 8 PM

Councilmember Todd invites you to join him in kicking off the holiday season at Walter Reed. The Parks is excited to host the second annual “Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting” on Friday, November 30*, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to ring in the winter season. Enter at the Butternut Street & Georgia Avenue entrance.

The event will feature a live performance by the Gay Men’s Chorusseasonal music sing-along accompanied by guitarfestive snacks and Councilmember Todd will lead in lighting the 20-foot holiday tree!

We look forward to celebrating a great year at The Parks and enjoying the beautiful campus filled with holiday lights, while gathering with neighbors.We hope you will join us and bring along your neighbors and friends!See you at The Parks soon, Ward 4!

**In the event of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled for the Saturday immediately following, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the same time.

18th Annual Ward 4 Holiday Party & New Coat Drive:
Saturday, December 8th, 6 – 8 PM, Lafayette Elementary


Councilmember Todd invites you to join him in celebrating the holiday season at the 18th Annual Ward 4 Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Lafayette Elementary School (5701 Broad Branch Road, NW). As in years past, the party will also serve as a New Coat Drive to help keep Ward 4 youth warm this winter. If you are interested in donating a coat to a young person in-need, and would like to know what size donations are needed, please email Keiko Yoshino at or call my office at (202) 724-8052. Looking for tips on where to buy a new coat for the coat drive? Try WalmartCostco, or Target.

If you are interested in serving on the  event’s planning committee or volunteering, please contact Dolly Turner at or call my office. Per tradition, the event will feature dinner, a dessert bar with the delicious creations of Ward 4 residents, valet parking, and seasonal activities. Councilmember Todd hopes you will join him for fun and festive cheer on December 8th!

Important Announcements

Leaf Collection Update: Register To Receive Text Alerts

The fall leaf collection program runs from November 5 through January 19. Please rake your loose leaves into your tree box (or at the curb if there is no tree box) the Sunday before your scheduled collection week. Every street will have at least two scheduled collection weeks. Our crews will only come once during each scheduled week.

NEW: Register here to receive alerts about when DPW’s leaf collection crews will be coming through your neighborhood. Simply provide your address and contact info, and we’ll send you reminders about when to rake your leaves out via text message or email. Residents may track the progress of DPW’s leaf collection crews throughout the season and view before and after photos of our crews’ work.

Learn more about leaf collection, including your neighborhood’s schedule, at:


Pepco Is Preparing For Winter,
Make Sure You’re Ready, Too!


From Pepco:

Pepco is performing essential work to prepare the local energy grid to keep homes and businesses warm and bright this winter. This work includes: inspecting existing infrastructure and upgrading equipment, installing smart technology that can automatically restore service more quickly or isolate damage, and trimming trees that could potentially impact the system. Due to these efforts and hundreds of millions of dollars invested each year in modernizing the local energy grid, Pepco customers in the District of Columbia experienced a 37 percent decrease in the frequency of service interruptions over the last five years.

You too can do your part to get ready by assembling an emergency storm kit and preparing a plan for what do during a power outage or winter storm. Customers can to download Pepco’s mobile app, which has many resources to keep customers informed during a storm. More tips, resources and safety information are available

If a severe storm hits, monitor local weather reports regularly and follow the advice of local emergency management officials. Know that Pepco follows a strategic response to restore service to the greatest number of customers first and will work to restore your service as quickly and safely as possible. Customers are asked to immediately report a downed wire or service issue by calling 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) ​, visiting, or through the mobile app.

Update On Oregon Avenue Reconstruction Project

On Wednesday, October 24th, Councilmember Todd co-hosted a meeting with the District Dept. of Transportation (DDOT) and DC Water to discuss the ongoing reconstruction of Oregon Avenue. The following updates were shared:

DC Water’s sewer rehabilitation project has concluded, repairing an aging sewer system, improving structural integrity while maintaining adequate hydraulic capacity, and reducing stream and groundwater infiltration and sanitary sewer overflows. Now, DDOT’s $21 million redesign and reconstruction of Oregon Avenue is moving forward as planned:

Project Scope:
– Oregon Avenue from Military Road to Western Avenue, NW
– Upgrade of park-edge roadway and utility infrastructure
– Install new sidewalk (residential side), storm water LIDs (Low-Impact Development), and streetlights
– Replace deteriorated bridge over Pinehurst Run
– Operational improvements with new left-turn lane at Military Road intersection
– PEPCO under-grounding primary election lines

Project Status & Schedule:
– Plans 100% complete
– Project Advertised for procurement bids: Winter 2018
– Project Awarded: Winter 2019
– Construction Complete: 2021 (Approximately 27 months of work)

Learn more at:

Give To Those In-Need This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, there is a bevy of opportunities to help those less fortunate and ensure they enjoy the holiday:

  • Volunteer with the Salvation Army at Safeway’s Feast of Sharing on November 21st, where nearly 5,000 members of our community enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal. Sign up to volunteer at:
  • The Chevy Chase Community Center is holding an annual holiday food drive. They accept canned goods and other non-perishable food items. Drop donations at the center’s office (5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW). Quesitons? Call Fran Scott at (202) 282-2204.
  • Community Family Life Services (CFLS) has 115 low-income families who need assistance this Thanksgiving. Consider donating a box ore basket of traditional Thanksgiving fixings. If you would like to participate, please contact Bria Washington at or 202-347-0511. Donations accepted until November 20, 2018. Monetary donations are also accepted HERE.
  • NBC 4’s Food 4 Families /Alimentando A Nuestras Familias campaign for Thanksgiving will be providing over 4,200 turkeys and food baskets to families in DC, MD and VA with your help. Consider donating or volunteering to deliver food. Learn moreHERE (English) or AQUI (Español).
  • Learn about other opportunities to give back this Thanksgiving at:


World Day of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims:
Sunday, November 18th 

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a Day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it.Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous.

To learn more about World Day of Remembrance and how you can participate, visit:

Washington Nationals Grand Slam Schools Supports STEM Education,
Attendance At Whittier Education Campus


The Washington Nationals are have launched their newest education initiative, Grand Slam Schools. The inaugural cohort includes ten DC schools, including Ward 4’s Whittier Education Campus, which is participating in the adopt-a-school style program that emphasizes STEM, student attendance and supporting individual school needs. Program elements are designed to engage whole school communities both during the school year and in the summer. To learn more, click the image below to watch a video about the program, or contact Collin Lever at or (202) 640-7711.


Metropolitan Police Department
Rolls Out New Uniforms For Officers


Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff 
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(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/Scheduler
(o) (202) 654-6421
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Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
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Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506

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

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


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