November 28, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Next Tuesday, December 4th, Ward 4 will have a special election to fill its vacant seat on theState Board of Education for the 2016-2020 term. I believe it is important that all Ward 4 residents be aware of the election and have an understanding of the issues and candidates so you can fulfill your civic duty on election day. I urge all Ward 4 voters to participate in this election for the State Board of Education, which plays an important role in setting education policy District-wide and advising the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

On December 4th, all Ward 4 registered voters may vote at the usual precinct voting sites. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. To view the candidates on the ballot, visit the Board of Election’s website here. Find a calendar of important dates and deadlines provided by the Board of Elections here.

Our democracy is premised on informed, engaged voters. If you have not done so yet, please take the time to catch up and get ready to go to the polls next Tuesday, December 4th!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole & Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, November 27th, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for an additional Legislative Meeting:

The following bills passed their first vote today:
Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018: The bill increases renewable portfolio standards to 100% and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032. An amendment was offered and accepted to the bill that would require utilities to get approval from the Public Service Commission before increasing rates to recoup lost revenue.

Paperwork Reduction & Data Collection Act of 2018: The bill establishes a Data Sharing and Paperwork Advisory Council to improve efficiencies in data collection, information sharing, and information resources management to serve as an advisory body to the Mayor, Council and agencies.

District Historical Records Advisory Board Amendment Act of 2018: The bill establishes a 13-member District Historical Records Advisory Board and requires the development of a public records and archive action

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

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Breaks Ground On Children’s National
Research & Innovation Campus At Walter Reed


Today, Councilmember Todd joined Children’s National CEO Dr. Kurt Newman and hospital leadership to break ground on their Research and Innovation Campus at Walter Reed. When completed in 2020, the facility will provide comprehensive primary and preventative care services to our children, a 300-seat auditorium available for community gatherings, and a state-of-the-art research facility to conduct groundbreaking and innovative research that advances pediatric medicine. Councilmember Todd was delighted to welcome Children’s National to the neighborhood!

Learn more about the project at:

Councilmember Todd Celebrates
Small Business Saturday On Kennedy St, NW



Last Saturday, Councilmember Todd joined Uptown Main Street and Ward 4 residents in celebration of Small Business Saturday. The Councilmember patronized a number of small businesses along Kennedy Street NW, including ANXO Cidery, L’enfant Florists, and Home Rule Records. Councilmember Todd was delighted to support our small business owners and encourages all Ward 4 residents to support local entrepreneurs and neighborhood reinvestment by shopping at our small businesses.  

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

With the holiday season fully upon us, Councilmember Todd extends an invitation to join him for 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). Per tradition, the event will feature hors d’oeuvres, a dessert bar with the delicious creations of Ward 4 residents, valet parking, and seasonal music and activities. 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 identified over 400 Ward 4 young people in need. If you are interested in donating a coat, please email Keiko Yoshino at or call my office at (202) 724-8052.

If you are interested in volunteering at the party or contributing a sweet treat to the dessert bar, please contact Dolly Turner at or call Councilmember Todd’s office at (202) 724-8052. The Councilmember looks forward to celebrating the season and enjoying fun and festive cheer with Ward 4 neighbors on December 8th!

Important Announcements

Holiday Season Safety Tips From MPD 

As we enter the holiday season, the Metropolitan Police Department shares the following tips for your safety.

1. As you travel through and outside of the city many of you will need to refuel your vehicles during your trips. Remember to never leave vehicles running either while going to pay for fuel or while unattended at gas stations, day cares or outside of your homes and take your wallets and purses from your vehicles as you pay for fuel. Finally ensure that your vehicle doors are locked as you travel.

2. Some of you may take trips during this time and although social media is a great place to highlight the details of an awesome trip, it is also a great place for thieves to shop for locations to break into. Although it may be important to you to share photos of the places you’ve been; it’s also a better idea to do so after you’ve returned home.

3. While giving and receiving gifts this holiday season remember to take extra time to remove valuables from your car or at the very least from sight to deter thefts. Also never leave mail in your vehicle as this places your important account information within the reach of thieves.

4. In conjunction with the District of Columbia’s many energy saving programs, exterior lighting is another way of adding an additional layer of safety to the exterior of your homes. There are many options in the form of solar powered lighting which will not add to energy costs and the purchase expense can be split between two home owners to create lighting cooperatives for lighting between two homes for common areas. These lights can be placed anywhere to include trees without harm and their focus can be directed anywhere to include dark areas on sidewalks.

5. Finally, take this time to review the District of Columbia’s camera rebate program and be aware that while you’re getting gifts for others there is no better gift than the safety of your family and exterior cameras are a compliment to any security system. Learn how to participate at:

Conrad Washington, DC Job Fair:
Thursday, November 29th 


Kennedy & 14th St. Small Businesses:
Uptown Main Street Small Grant Info Session:
Friday, November 30th, 9 AM, 518 Kennedy St, NW


Small Business Owners: join us on Friday, November 30th at 9 AM (518 Kennedy St, NW) to learn more about Uptown Main Street’s small grants program! We’re giving away $5K to businesses located along our corridor to spruce up their facades, acquire permanent equipment or become ADA accessible. We’ll also discuss the technical assistance grants UMS offers, which include support from consultants to develop marketing plans and digital assets. We will have printed applications available in English, Spanish, Korean & Mandarin. ALL interested business owners are encouraged to apply!

*NEW* this year, we’ll be offering a multi-week marketing intensive for members of our small business community in addition to our regularly scheduled small group technical assistance. Learn more at our session!

RSVP and learn more:
Have questions? Send us an email –!

Friends of Emery 7th Annual Toy Drive & Basketball Tournament: Saturday, Dec 1st, 11 AM  


Forward to 51, A DC Vote Celebration For Statehood:
Tuesday, December 4th, 6-9 PM, Eaton Hotel DC

On December 4th, 2018, DC Vote will host, “Forward to 51: A DC Vote Celebration” at the Eaton Workshop Hotel at 12th and K Street, NW. The event will serve to recognize the successes over the twenty years of DC Vote’s history as well as serve as a springboard for the work to achieve full equality for District residents through Statehood. This will be the signature event of the year and provide an opportunity to secure the resources needed into the next year. Learn more and buy tickets at:

Public Hearing On District’s Smart Lighting Project:
Thursday, Dec 6th, 6:30-8:30 PM, Chevy Chase Library

The District Office of Public-Private Partnerships “DC OP3”, in coordination with the District Department of Transportation “DDOT” and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer “OCTO” will host a public hearing regarding the District’s Smart Lighting Project on Thursday, December 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Chevy Chase Library (5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW).

The Project will modernize the District’s more than 75,000 streetlights by converting them to LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities and deploy Smart City technology, including expansion of the District broadband Wi-Fi network and a platform for future uses and applications. It is also anticipated that the selected developer will obtain private financing for the Project and operate and maintain the existing and improved lighting systems under a long-term, performance-based contract.

As part of the overall Project, the District has and will continue to provide opportunities for public input through the procurement, environmental, design and construction phases of the project and will continue formal outreach for one year into project operations.

Learn more at If you have any questions or comments please email


Comcast Offers $2,500 Scholarships For DC High School Seniors, Apply By December 7th

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. We provide these scholarships to give young people the opportunity to continue their education to better compete in tomorrow’s workplace. The deadline to apply for the 2019 scholarships is December 7th.

More information about Leaders & Achievers as well as how to apply can be found here:

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

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
(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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