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December 16, 2015

 

Dear Neighbors:

With exactly one week away until Christmas, I am busier than ever! With events for seniors, students, small business owners, ANC members, and more, it is a great time to be a Ward 4 resident!

I kicked off my week by attending Mayor Bowser’s Senior Holiday Celebration, helping ring in the Holiday Season in style with over 4,000 of the District’s seniors. It’s never a dull moment when D.C. seniors get involved! I have remained dedicated to ensuring our seniors have access to the resources they need to thrive in Ward 4 — it was great to attend another event where they were the priority!

I also joined many of you this past weekend at EdFEST, where I had the opportunity to visit and speak with representatives from almost every public and public charter school in Ward 4. As a member of the Committee on Education, I know the value of face to face conversations with the men and women who most directly impact our students’ education.

This week, I heard from many of you regarding your concerns regarding the potential proposal at Lafayette ES .In this newsletter, I have included, in detail, my opposition to this potential option.

Please remember to RSVP this month for the Annual Ward 4 Holiday Party and New Coat Drive!  I can’t wait to see you all there.

Stay warm!

Sincerely,


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
#Ward4Proud

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Legislative Update

Councilmember Todd Co-Introduces Legislation to Address Vacant and Blighted Properties

On Tuesday, December 15th, Councilmember Todd joined colleagues to introduce the “Vacant and Blighted Building Enforcement Amendment Act of 2015.” This measure addresses the revitalization of our neighborhoods, and contributes to alleviating public safety concerns.  Today’s bill seeks to ensure that these properties are quickly identified and rapidly addressed by easing the process for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to identify vacant properties.  Councilmember Todd will watch this legislation very closely and believes that this bill is an important step towards removing these unsightly properties from Ward 4 neighborhoods.

Councilmember Todd Attends the Final Legislative Meeting of 2015

On Tuesday, December 15th, Councilmember Todd and his colleagues met for the final legislative meeting of the year.  The members considered and voted on several key pieces of legislation, including bill 21-351, the “Body-Worn Camera Program Amendment Act of 2015,” which establishes a body-worn camera program for MPD Officers; and bill 21-374, the “Emery Heights Community Center Designation Act of 2015,” which was introduced by Councilmember Todd and changes the name of the Emery Recreation Center to the Emery Heights Community Center.  In addition to attending hearings and voting on legislation, Councilmember Todd has authored six pieces of legislation and co-introduced 20 bills.  Councilmember Todd looks forward to the second half of Council period 21 when the Council reconvenes on January 5, 2016.

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Regarding Lafayette ES:

Many of you have sent me messages over the last few days voicing your opposition to the proposal that has Lafayette ES trailers as a potential swing space for students attending Murch ES. I have read your e-mails, and heard your concerns. Let me assure you that I am in complete opposition of the option that includes Lafayette Trailers, and I do not support it in any capacity. This option should be removed from consideration, and a more appropriate swing space should be found that better suits the needs of everyone involved.

I believe a proactive approach is the best approach. Which is why, I wrote a letter to DCPS and DGS regarding my opposition to this plan. Take a look, so that you can see exactly how I outlined my disapproval of the proposal to the pertinent agencies. The link to that letter is HERE.

Thank you, again, for e-mailing me, calling my office, and posting on the ListServ; please know that I have heard you — and I stand alongside you in complete opposition to this proposal. Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate in reaching me directly on my mobile at 202-316-6001, or you may reach Michele Blackwell, my Legislative Director at mblackwell@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8052.

Best Regards,

Brandon T. Todd

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What’s New: In and Around Ward 4

Councilmember Todd  Attends Mayor Bowser’s Senior Holiday Celebration


Last week, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser, fellow Councilmembers (LaRuby May, Ward-8 Councilmember, pictured above), members of the ANC, and countless Ward 4 Seniors at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. The event, which was hosted by the D.C. Office on Aging, helped ring in the holidays for over 4,000 seniors from across all eight wards.
 

 

Since taking office, Councilmember Todd has made senior issues one of his top priorities. Whether he is fighting for more affordable housing to ensure seniors can age-in-place, or visiting the many senior centers across the Ward to hear first-hand from seniors the issues that they care about, Councilmember Todd is committed to looking after Ward 4 seniors!

The Councilmember had an amazing time with the seniors, as always! He even danced, alongside Mayor Bowser, with an entire crowd of seniors. You can watch a small clip from the video here. Great moves, Councilmember Todd!

Did you know Councilmember Todd addressed over 300 seniors in Ward 4 earlier in November? You can watch his Ward 4 State of the Senior Address here:

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Councilmember Todd Speaks at Ward 4 Democrats Meeting

 

On Tuesday, Councilmember Todd joined the Ward 4 Democrats for their December meeting and holiday meet & greet. There, he spoke to the members and provided them with a comprehensive legislative update; the topics covered included FEMS reform, the status of the Walter Reed re-development project, new police body cameras, and his own legislative introductions and co-introductions.

The former President of the Ward 4 Democrats, Councilmember Todd is always happy to spend some time with the group, discussing the political landscape of the Ward and the District!

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Councilmember Todd Visits EdFEST!


This past weekend, Councilmember Todd visited EdFest — where he explored D.C.’s multiple public school options and spoke to representatives from D.C. public schools and D.C. public charter schools. The Councilmember had a wonderful time meeting with principals, educators, parents and students to talk about all of the great education options available in Ward 4.

 
Councilmember Todd believes that the students of Ward 4 are the future of Ward 4. A graduate of the DCPS himself, the Councilmember understands the value of access to up-to-date educational facilities and resources, and that’s why he continues to make education reform one of his top priorities each day.

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Councilmember Todd Attends the 10th Annual Upshur St. Arts and Crafts Fair

On Saturday, Councilmember Todd joined his neighbors and attended the 10th Annual Upshur Street Art and Crafts Fair. It was a beautiful day and well-spent — the Councilmember enjoyed viewing all of the unique and amazing displays at the fair.
 

Since he was elected, Councilmember Todd has remained steadfast in his belief that small and local businesses are the cornerstone and backbone of a successful local economy. These types of events prove that, when it comes to local prosperity, nothing beats businesses by and for your Ward 4 neighbors!

So #Ward4Proud of all of these amazing artists!

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Councilmember Todd Receives Award from ANC 4D!

Also this weekend, Councilmember Todd attended the ANC 4D annual holiday party to join in some festive cheer and celebration with some of the community leaders that help make Ward 4 an amazing place to live. Our ANC members commit a tremendous amount of time and effort into serving our community, and the Councilmember was happy to spend a night celebrating with them.

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Councilmember Todd “Tips-Off” Opening Night at Roosevelt H.S. Gymnasium

On Monday, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser and students from Roosevelt and Coolidge High Schools for the opening night tip-off at the brand new Roosevelt H.S. gymnasium.
 

The Councilmember, who serves on the committee of Education and is a graduate of the D.C. public school system himself, understands how important up-to-date educational facilities and resources can be; in part, that is why the opening of this new gymnasium is so exciting. This day was not just about a new basketball court — it was also indicative of the progress we are making in our Ward 4 schools to ensure our students are on track to succeed.

The action was intense and the company was great. Regardless of the score, everybody wins when two Ward 4 schools are playing under one roof!

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