November 21, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow — 2018 has gone by in a flash! As I reflect on the blessings of this past year, I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to serve as your Ward 4 Councilmember. It is truly a great honor to represent you, the 84,000 residents of Ward 4, at the John A. Wilson Building.

We live in a remarkable city, and that is something for which I know we are all grateful. The people I have the pleasure of working with and serving are what make the District of Columbia the greatest city in the world. You are what motivates me to keep pushing for progress on all fronts.

In the spirit of giving that Thanksgiving brings, my office is planning a new coat drive at our upcoming holiday party on December 8th. We ask for your generosity in making sure that 400 of Ward 4’s neediest young people remain warm this winter. If you are interested in donating a coat, and would like to know what size donations are needed, please email Keiko Yoshino at

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole & Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, November 20th, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for an additional Committee of the Whole and additional Legislative Meeting:

The following bills passed their first vote today:
“Campaign Finance Reform Amendment Act of 2018”: The bill is comprised of 6 major policy changes (1) reforming agency oversight; (2) tacking government contractors pay-to-play; (3) limiting the influence of money; (4) addressing improper coordination; (5) enhancing disclosure requirements and training; and (6) keeping pace with evolving case law.

“Wage Garnishment Fairness Amendment Act of 2018”: The bill amends the formula in the DC Code to provide additional statutory protections for excessive wage garnishment for and moderate-income judgment debtors.

“Vacancy Increase Reform Amendment Act of 2018”: The bill stabilizes rent and helps preserve the affordability of the District’s rental housing stock by limiting rent increases when a rent control apartment is vacated to 10% of the rent charged (it is currently allowed to be increased up to 30%).

The following bills were moved out of Committee:

  • Councilmember Todd attended the Committee on Transportation & Environment Mark Up of Bill 22-904 “The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018”. The goal of the bill is increase renewable portfolio standard to 100% and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032.
  • Councilmember Todd attended the Committee on Transportation & Environment Mark Up of Bill 22-223 the “Public Restroom Facilities Installation and Promotion Act of 2018”which would create a financial incentive to encourage private businesses to make their restrooms available to the public for free and would create a working group to determine whether installation of public bathrooms in D.C. is appropriate at this time.

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

Special Note

Congratulations to Changa Anderson II, Silver Medal Winner At Trampoline Gymnastics 2018 World Age Group Competition


Changa (far left) showing off his Silver medal

Councilmember Todd is excited to congratulate Changa Anderson II, Ward 4 born and raised, for earning a Silver Medal at the 26th Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Changa has represented his community and Team USA extremely well, being named one of the world’s best double mini gymnasts in his age group. We are all extremely #Ward4Proud of him and look forward to watching his future successes!

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Spreads Thanksgiving Cheer


Monday evening, Councilmember Todd held the annual Ward 4 Thanksgiving Giveaway. He was delighted to provide 100 Ward 4 families in-need with a grocery gift card and a sweet potato pie to help them enjoy the warmth of the holiday season through a Thanksgiving meal together. Councilmember Todd thanks Safeway and Walmart for their sponsorship, as well as Paul Ruppert, owner of Slim’s Diner in Petworth, for hosting the giveaway.

Today, Councilmember Todd attended the Safeway Feast of Sharing event at the Convention Center, where 5,000 members of our community in-need enjoyed a delicious complimentary Thanksgiving meal. Councilmember Todd was delighted to participate and help build community through this cherished annual event.

Councilmember Todd Reappoints Rachel Maisler To Bicycle Advisory Council,
Remains Committed to Vision Zero


On Monday, Councilmember Todd formally reappointed Rachel Maisler to serve a second term on the DC Bicycle Advisory Council. Rachel has been an unwavering advocate for cyclists and safety, and Councilmember Todd thanks her for her tireless efforts to realize Vision Zero, the plan to achieve zero roadway fatalities by 2024. Councilmember Todd looks forward to continuing his strong partnership with Rachel and the cyclist community to advance safety efforts. 

Mark Your Calendar

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. Councilmember Todd’s office has over 400 Ward 4 young people in need and we are still seeking additional donations, so we greatly appreciate any help in meeting that goal. If you are interested in donating a coat, and would like to know what size donations are needed, please email Keiko Yoshino at or call my office at (202) 724-8052.

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

Dept. of Public Works To Observe Thanksgiving,
Suspending Trash Pickup, Leaf Cleaning & Parking Enforcement 

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22, 2018. Sanitation services and leaf collection will be suspended on Thursday and resume Friday, November 23. Parking enforcement will be suspended both Thursday and Fridayand will resume on Saturday, November 24. Further details of DPW’s holiday schedule are as follows:

  • Thursday trash and recycling collections will “slide” to Friday for those who typically receive trash and recycling collection services on Thursday. Friday trash and recycling collections will “slide” to Saturday for those who typically receive trash and recycling collection services on Friday.
  • The Fort Totten and Benning Road transfer stations will be closed Thursday, November 22 and reopen on Friday.
  • Leaf collection operations will be suspended on Thursday, November 22 and will resume on Friday.
  • Streetcar parking enforcement is daily, including weekends and holidays, e.g., Thanksgiving, along H Street and Benning Road NE, between 3rd Street and Oklahoma Avenue NE. On Sundays and holidays, streetcar parking enforcement is between 8 am and 11 pm. Enforcement on Mondays—Thursdays is 6 am to midnight; and on Fridays and Saturdays, enforcement runs between 6 am and 2 am. Normal enforcement citywide of other parking violations resumes Saturday, November 24.

MPD Announces New Safe Exchange Zone Locations For Online Purchases,
Reducing Risk of Robbery


MPD has designated Safe Exchange Zones to combat the increase of robberies stemming from online platforms such as Offer-Up, Let Go and Craigslist. These designated areas serve as a safe place for residents and visitors to exchange and complete transactions of online purchases. In several cases, individuals in the District have been targeted after using mobile marketplace applications to buy or sell items. Afterwards, when the victim arrives, a pre-staged robbery occurs. MPD strongly encourages the public to make use of the exchange zones, and be especially wary of meeting people who refuse to meet at a Safe Exchange Zone location.

The Safe Exchange Zone designated locations are:

MPD would also like to remind the public of these safety tips when selling or purchasing items from strangers:
  • Never meet anyone alone
  • Never list your home address, phone number, or any other identifiable information
  • Never meet at night

MPD will continue to focus significant resources on reducing robberies across the city. If you have any information related to a robbery or would like to submit information, you can anonymously text us at 50411 or call 202-727-9099.

ABRA Kicks Off 2019 Alcohol License Renewal Season

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is kicking off its busiest license renewal season in 2019 with over 1,500 alcohol licenses renewing. Alcoholic beverage licenses are required to be renewed every three years with all licenses of the same type expiring on the same date. The full renewal schedule can be found on ABRA’s website.

Restaurants, hotels, theaters, museums, trains, boats, clubs and caterers in the District must renew their license by March 31. Taverns and nightclubs must renew by September 30.

What does this mean to the public? Once an application is filed, two red placard notices will be posted in a visible location at the licensed establishment initiating a 45-day public comment period. Members of the public will have these 45 days to weigh-in on the renewal applications through the protest process. Information about who can file a protest and what must be included in a protest letter can be found through this link.

If you would like to learn more about the licensing process, how to file a protest, how to file complaints and other ABRA matters, please attend ABRA’s Community Training on February 28, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For additional information, please contact ABRA’s Community Resource Officer, Sarah Fashbaugh, at

DDOT Hosts Project Open House, Revitalization of Kennedy Street Phase II:
Thursday, Nov 29, 6:30-8:00 PM


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites the community to an Open House on Thursday, November 29, 2018 to review the design for the Revitalization of Kennedy Street Phase II Project Following the successful completion of the project’s first phase, the Phase II project continues the revitalization on Kennedy Street from 16th Street, NW to Georgia Avenue NW. The project also incorporates work at the intersection of Georgia Ave, NW and Illinois Ave, NW at Longfellow Street, NW. The project scope includes roadway, curbing, and sidewalk reconstruction, streetscape upgrades, improvements to multi-modal transportation options, upgrades to ADA facilities, new LID/Stormwater management facilities and traffic signal upgrades. Additionally, the project incorporates Livability Study recommendations and Vision Zero to improve driver and pedestrian safety along the corridor.

WHAT: Revitalization of Kennedy Street Phase II Project Open House
WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Emery Heights Community Center, 5701 Georgia Ave NW
Learn more, including how to request special accomodations, at

Chevy Chase Community Meeting Regarding Improvements to Lafayette Recreation Center: Thurs, Nov 29th, 6:30 – 8:30


Suffolk Constructions’s Inaugural CBE Mixer For The
Children’s National At Walter Reed Project

Please come join Children’s National, Suffolk Construction and the Department of Small and Local Business Development at our 1st Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Mixer on Thursday, December 6th from 1:30-3:30PM! Meet Suffolk’s project management team to learn more about our  pre-qualification process, trades included in our scope of work and network with diverse CBE’s in the local community. Suffolk will oversee the abatement, renovation and expansion of 3 buildings in order to transform them into state-of-the-art research facility. A portion of the facility will serve as at the first and only primary care clinic for Ward 4, and will also feature office and administrative spaces. Suffolk Construction is seeking trade partners in the following trades:

  • HVAC

And much more!

Learn more about the children’s National Project at Walter Reed at this fact sheet:

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
(c) (202) 330-3033

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
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(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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