From the Office of Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
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January 13, 2016

Dear Neighbors:

Ward 4 is the economic future of the District of Columbia.

Spread the news! We are the new hub for small and local business and opportunity. Our business corridors are diverse and eclectic in product, taste, and need, complete with a thriving mix of long-time businesses and fresh, new, and unique local startups. Ward 4 is also the home of the Walter Reed re-development project — the single greatest economic opportunity D.C. will ever see — which will forever transform the current location into a bustling hub for commerce, education, and community gathering.

I remain laser-focused in my determination to ensure that Ward 4 continues as a District-wide model for economic growth and prosperity. That is why I meet, regularly, with members from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Small and Local Business Development, the Office of Planning, and the Chamber of Commerce. This week, I celebrated the opening of five brand new businesses in Takoma, D.C., and I asked to host the Washington Business Journal on their Space Finding Tour along with the D.C. Economic Partnership.Many neighborhoods profess to be “up-and-coming.” I’m proud to say that, in Ward 4, we have already arrived — and this is just the beginning.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Councilmember Todd Prepares for Upcoming Performance Oversight Hearings and the FY 2017 Budget

Starting in February, the Council will begin to prepare for agency performance oversight hearings and the FY 2017 budget.  Each Council Committee reviews the performance of every District agency that falls under its purview and evaluates the agency’s operations during the previous year.  The performance oversight hearings will run from February 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016.  On March 24, 2016, following the conclusion of the performance oversight hearings, Mayor Bowser will submit her FY 2017 budget and financial plan to the Council.  Similar to performance oversight, each Council Committee will review the budgets of every District agency that falls under its purview.  The budget hearings will run from April 6, 2016 to April 26, 2016.

Councilmember Todd is a member of the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs; the Committee on Transportation and the Environment; the Committee on Education; however, he will closely follow all of the performance oversight hearings to ensure that Ward 4 priorities are discussed during oversight and reflected in the budget.

The District of Columbia Estimates an Additional $74.2 Million in Revenue

2015 was a good financial year for the District of Columbia.  In late-December, the Chief Financial Officer—Jeff DeWitt—released the quarterly revenue estimate, which reflected an increase from earlier projections.  According to the CFO, the new revenue estimate for FY 2015 will be revised upward by $74.2 million.  These funds will go into the General Fund and bring the total revenue to approximately $6.92 billion.  Several factors contributed to this upward projection, including, an increase in property sales and personal income taxes.  These factors, plus a growing economy, show that the District is headed in the right direction. For more information on the District’s revenue estimates, see the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s website at

For more information, please contact the Councilmember’s Legislative Director, Michele Blackwell, at or (202) 724-7774.


Councilmember Todd Co-Hosts The Washington Business Journal Space Finding Tour In Ward 4


Today, Councilmember Todd joined the Washington Business Journal and the D.C. Economic Partnership on a “Space Finding Tour” around Ward 4. The purpose of the event was to highlight the multiple areas of opportunity for growth and development that are present throughout the Ward – whether on Georgia Ave., Kennedy St., Upshur St., 14th St., or any of our other business corridors, as well as the redevelopment taking place at the Walter Reed Medical Campus.

The Councilmember also spoke on the promise and future of Ward 4 as a hub for economic prosperity. Mainly, that Ward 4’s economic success plays an integral role in determining the economic future of the District as a whole.

Since taking office, Councilmember Todd has ensured that the needs and concerns of local businesses and entrepreneurs are met. If we foster and support our small businesses, our entire Ward will grow as a result!

For more information on the Washington Business Journal and the D.C. Economic Partnership, check out their websites HERE and HERE.

Councilmember Todd Visits Small Businesses on Georgia Ave. in Clean Team Walk! 

Earlier this week, Councilmember Todd participated in a Clean Team walk with D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) Director Ana Harvey, walking along Georgia Ave., right in the heart of Ward 4. The purpose of these walks are to ensure that every street and neighborhood in the city is clean and safe to traverse. While on the walk, the Councilmember also decided to stop into some local businesses. Since he took office, the Councilmember has kept small and local economic development of the Ward at the TOP of his priority list.

First, the Councilmember stopped by The Fitness Factory. Councilmember Todd is a huge proponent of staying fit and eating healthy — and he sees this as a wonderful opportunity for residents to get fit right in their own backyard.

Next, Councilmember Todd visited the MetroPCS store. It is brand new — open only as of two weeks ago! This tech store will be another unique addition to our blossoming business corridor.

Lastly, The Councilmember made his way over to the Missouri Avenue Market. The Market is a recent Department of Small and Local Business Development Great Streets grant recipient — their new facade looks amazing.

For more information on the Department of Small and Local Business Development, check out their website HERE.

Councilmember Todd Meets with Monaco Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle

On Monday, Councilmember Todd met with Monaco Ambassador to the U.S. and Canada, Maguy Maccario Doyle.  They discussed environmental issues and the kind of work that needs to be done in order to ensure we can keep our Ward and the District as a whole clean!

The Councilmember had an engaging meeting with the Ambassador, and is optimistic about their opportunities for collaboration and cooperation moving forward. It doesn’t hurt to have an Ambassador just a phone call away! To read more about Ambassador Maccario Doyle and her involvement with charitable and humanitarian causes, check out some of her work HERE!

Councilmember Todd meets with
Mayor and City Manager of Takoma Park, MD 

On Monday, Councilmember Todd met with Mayor Kate Stewart and City Manager Suzanne R. Ludlow of Takoma Park, Maryland. As Ward 4 residents, we are cross-border neighbors to the residents of Takoma Park, MD. Councilmember Todd believes that, by working with our neighbors across the District line, we stand the best chance at success and mutual prosperity.

The Councilmember had an incredible meeting with Mayor Stewart and City Manager Ludlow, discussing all of the new businesses in the Takoma bus district and how both jurisdictions can grow and prosper. Councilmember Todd is eager to begin engaging in cross-border collaboration on issues around to transportation, economic development, and public safety.

Councilmember Todd Hosts
Office Hours in Chevy Chase

Bright and early on Saturday morning, Councilmember hosted office hours at the Chevy Chase Community Center. He spoke with over 30 members of the Ward 4 community and listened to concerns on topics such as senior services and tree trimming.

The Councilmember works every day in order to provide the Ward with an unmatched level of constituent service. He truly believes that, in order to best represent Ward 4, he must be in the community speaking face to face with neighbors.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out! If you were not able to attend the office hours, or a question or concern you would like to share, please contact Jordan Bailey, our Constituent Service Coordinator, at (202) 724-8052 or by e-mail at

Councilmember Todd’s next office hours will February 4th, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, in the Fourth District Precinct. More details will be provided as they become available.

Councilmember Todd Cuts Ribbons of FIVE New Businesses in Takoma, D.C.


Also on Saturday, Councilmember Todd cut ribbons at five brand new businesses in Takoma, D.C., welcoming them to Ward 4. Since taking office, the Councilmember has remained committed to ensuring that ‪#Ward4‬ remains a model for economic development in the District. Whether conducting a walk-through at one of our business corridors, tracking the redevelopment progress at Walter Reed, or meeting with the Department of Small and Local Business Development,  Councilmember Todd works every day in support of developing our local economy.

The five new businesses Councilmember Todd celebrated this past weekend were The Spice Suite (6902 4th St. NW), an interactive spice bar and lounge, TACO-Ma Yucatan Chicken (353 Cedar St. NW), an LA Style Mexican Restaurant, Vegaritos (6904 4th St. NW), an all-vegan dining experience, Rhizome (6950 Maple St. NW), a nonprofit community space for art, learning, and creativity, and the Tutoring Cafe (6906 4th St. NW), which will host after-school programs for Ward 4 students.

Our small businesses help drive our local economy — please join the Councilmember in welcoming them to Ward 4!

Councilmember Todd would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Laura Barclay, the Executive Director of the Old Takoma Business Association, who helped coordinate the day’s events. Thank you, Laura!

Upcoming Events
Join Councilmember Todd and Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May at the
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Monday, January 18th

On Monday, January 18th, at 11:00am, join Councilmember Todd in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 2016 MLK Day Parade.

The parade will assemble at the Rise Center at St. Elizabeth East campus located at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. 20032 on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 11:00am.

To register, contact Jordan Bailey, our Constituent Services Coordinator, at (202) 724-8052 or by e-mail at

Upcoming Public Scoping Meetings in Support of DC Water’s Pinehurst, Sherrill, and Fenwick Sewer Rehabilitation Projects
on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On Tuesday, January 26, DC Water (in partnership with the National Park Service) will be holding a scoping meeting to solicit public participation and comments in the preparation of a National Environmental Policy Act Compliant Document for the proposed Pinehurst, Sherrill, and Fenwick sanitary sewer system improvement projects in Rock Creek Park.

The meeting will be held at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, located at 1327 Van Buren Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

If you have specific accessibility or communication requirements or have general questions about the project or meeting, please contact Mr. Bisrat Abebe, DC Water Project Manager, within five days of the meeting. He may be reached at (202) 787-2410 or

Join Safe Shores in Efforts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
on Monday, January 18, 2016

On Monday, January 18th, (MLK Day) Join Safe Shores, the D.C. children’s advocacy center, for “Stewards of Children” training — a nationally-evaluated prevention curriculum that teaches adults how to recognize, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse.

The program will run from 10:00am – 12:30pm at Safe Shores’ location on 429 O Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. To sign up, contact Erin McGuinness at, or by phone at 202.645.3522. Or sign up HERE.

For more information about Safe Shores, check out their website, HERE.

Important Announcements
DPW Continues to Collect Holiday Trees, Greenery
through Sat., Jan. 23

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will continue to collect holiday trees and greenery through Saturday, January 23. Trees and greenery should be stripped of all lights, ornaments and tinsel and should not be put in plastic bags. Trees and greenery should be placed where the resident’s trash and recycling are collected. Residents also may bring their trees and greenery to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station*, weekdays between 1 pm and 5 pm and Saturdays between 8 am and 3 pm.

Holiday trees and greenery are collected from DPW’s trash and recycling collection customers who live in single family homes or multi-unit buildings with no more than three units. Buildings with four or more living units or buildings with both residential and commercial uses are required to engage private haulers for their trash, recycling and other collections, such as holiday trees.

Residents may call 311 to report uncollected trees and greenery.

For more information, please visit DPW’s website HERE.

D.C. Office on Aging Developing New Program: “Safe at Home”

The D.C. Office on Aging (DCOA) and the Department of Home and Community Development (DHCD) have been working with the support of community stakeholders on developing a new home adaptation program called “Safe at Home.”

The mission of this new program is to promote aging-in-place for older adults (60 years and older) and persons living with a disability (18 and 59 years old) by offering up to $10,000 in home accessibility adaptation grants that reduce the risk of falls and reduce barriers that limit mobility.   District residents who might be eligible for this program would either owns or rents their home, be 60 years or older or between 18 and 59 years old living with a disability, and have a household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

To enroll, contact the Safe at Home Program at (202) 638-0050 or email to work with a trained specialist on completing an application and collecting supporting documentation needed for enrollment. You can also have an In-Home Visit with an Occupational Therapist (OT) who will work with you to identify potential fall risks and mobility barriers in your home and develop a list of modifications and equipment to reduce them.Implementation: Safe at Home staff will work with you and a general contractor to develop a work plan and begin installing modifications and equipment.

For more information on the program, click HERE.

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff
(202) 724-8052
snewman@dccouncil.usDolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff/Scheduler
(202) 654-6406
dturner@dccouncil.usMichele Blackwell
Legislative Director
(202) 724-7774
mblackwell@dccouncil.usJackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(202) 724-8793
Jordan Rummel
Communications Specialist
(202) 724-8191
jrummel@dccouncil.usJordan Bailey
Constituent Services Coordinator
(202) 724-8052
jbailey@dccouncil.usDaniel Callejas
Administrative Assistant
(202) 724-8052
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