March 13, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

In late March, the Council of the District of Columbia will embark on perhaps its most critical function: crafting a budget to fund DC Government activities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The budget process determines what priorities our government focuses on and how resources are allocated. I am committed to passing a that budget that meets the needs of Ward 4 residents and businesses, while also making the necessary investments to ensure a prosperous and resilient future for the entire District of Columbia.
 
Over the past few months, I have met with countless advocates to discuss their priorities, participated in dozens of Council hearings to gain a better understanding of the District’s diverse needs, and collaborated closely with the community and agency directors to learn what is working and what needs improvement. I have advocated for Ward 4’s funding needs. I have fought to ensure that Ward 4’s schools get their fair share. I have been outspoken on a more aggressive infrastructure package, where our streets, sidewalks, and alleys get the resources they require. And I have tirelessly advocated for taking care of our seniors, our children, and our residents in need. Now, I invite you to make your voice heard as well.
 
Mayor Bowser will submit her budget proposal to the Council next Friday, March 22nd, and I am optimistic that a number of Ward 4 priorities will be included. Over the coming weeks, the Council will hold hearings to make final decisions on the use of our resources, and I encourage all Ward 4 residents to testify so that our priorities and values are reflected. I also encourage you to visit the Council Budget Office’s new website to learn more about the process and how you can make your voice heard: www.dccouncilbudget.com.

Ward 4 and the District of Columbia are fortunate to have an abundance of civically-engaged residents who care deeply about their community. I look forward to continuing to hear from neighbors about how our budget can advance common interests and move our city forward.

Sincerely,

Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
#Ward4Proud

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole: On Tuesday, March 19th, the Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole and additional Legislative Meeting.  

Committee on Government Operations:
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:00 AM

  • Committee on Government Operations
    • Shawn Townsend Confirmation, Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture

Monday, March 18, 2019, 10:00 AM

  • Committee on Government Operations
    • Elliott Tommingo Confirmation, Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs

Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:30 AM

  • Committee of the Whole, Room 500 10:00AM-End
    • Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2020 Proposed Budget

DC Council Budget Hearings begin March 22, 2019. See the full calendar of oversight and budget hearings at: dccouncil.us/full-performance-oversight-and-budget-schedules-now-available/

See the full Council calendar at: dccouncil.us/events

Have a concern that can be resolved through legislation? Share it with us! For example, the increase in parking meter fees in a previous budget cycle had an unintended impact which forced farmers markets to absorb thousands of dollars in new fees. After hearing about this, Councilmember Todd introduced and passed the “Farmer’s Market Meter Fee Elimination Amendment Act of 2018.” Now our farmers markets can focus on providing fresh produce and strengthening community! 

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

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd, Mayor Bowser & Emory Fellowship
Cut Ribbon On The Beacon Center In Brightwood, 

99 Affordable Housing Units, Commercial & Community Space 

Today, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser, community leaders, and the Emory Fellowship to cut the ribbon on the long-awaited Beacon Center. Located at 6100 Georgia Avenue NW in Brightwood, the new development has changed the face of Upper Georgia Avenue with 99 units of affordable housing, including 8 units of permanent supportive housing, over 30,000 square feet of commercial space, and almost 10,000 square feet of community and recreation space. Councilmember Todd has been proud to lend his support to this project since he served as a Ward 4 Council staffer. He thanks Mayor Bowser for her commitment to supporting the project, and most notably thanks the historic Emory United Methodist Church, led Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., for their moral leadership in advancing this community asset. 

Watch Councilmember Todd’s remarks at: facebook.com/COSWard4/videos/584984535310782/.
Learn more about the Beacon Center at: www.beaconcenterresidences.com

Councilmember Todd Celebrates Vernon Davis Day

Tuesday, Councilmember Todd joined in the celebration of Vernon Davis Day in the District of Columbia by presenting a Council Ceremonial Resolution honoring and recognizing Vernon Davis, tight end for the Washington Redskins. A former student at Truesdell Elementary and Paul Public Charter School, Vernon Davis has strong roots in Ward 4. Councilmember Todd was honored to recognize our hometown hero, Vernon Davis!

Read the full Ceremonial Resolution at: ims.dccouncil.us/Download/42045/CER23-0030-Introduction.pdf

Mark Your Calendar

Senior Affordable Housing Information Session:
TOMORROW, Thurs, March 14th, 2 PM, Hattie Holmes

Sign up for more information at: theparksdc.com/sign-up

Councilmember Todd Hosts Lamond-Riggs Office Hours:
Saturday, March 16th, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Councilmember Todd invites you to an upcoming office hours event in Lamond-Riggs:

Saturday, March 16th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center 
(501 Riggs Road, NE) 

This is an excellent opportunity for residents to sit down one-on-one with the Councilmember for up to 15 minutes to discuss important issues in Ward 4 and the District of Columbia. Residents will be seen on a first come, first served basis, and are welcome to discuss any issues important to them and their neighbors. If you have questions, please contact LaRoya Huff at LHuff@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-6663.

Important Announcements

DC Government Hiring Event:
Thursday, March 21st, 10 AM – 3 PM, DC Armory 

The District of Columbia’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) is hosting a hiring event in partnership with the Department of Employment Services, the Department of Human Services and the DC National guard. The Making A District Difference Hiring Event will offer District residents the opportunity to directly connect with District agencies and private sector companies to interview for employment opportunities right on the spot. The hiring event will be open to all District agencies and private sector companies through our partnership with the Department of Employment Services.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DC National Guard Armory
2001 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
More Info: dchr.dc.gov/page/making-district-difference-career-prep-week

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
LiftOff Grant Applications Due March 22nd 

Applications are now being accepted for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) FY 2019 LiftOff program, which supports capacity building and professional development for arts and humanities nonprofits with organizational budgets under $250,000 (cash expenses). CAH’s LiftOff program supports capacity building of nonprofit organizations established in the arts or humanities with organizational budgets under $250,000 that face operational and infrastructure challenges inhibiting their organizational and programmatic sustainability. By working with a program participant (‘Leader”) from applicant organizations, the LiftOff program will endeavor to incorporate perspectives of organizations representing their communities.

All applications must be submitted online by Friday, March 22, 2019 at 4 pm ET. For more information and to submit an application, please visit: dcarts.dc.gov/page/current-grant-opportunities.

DC Office of Tax & Revenue Pop-Up Assistance:
Tues, March 26, 6:30 – 8 PM, Petworth Library

Share Your Feedback With
The Dept. of Energy and Environment

On behalf of the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), we invite you to participate in the 2019 DOEE Brand Awareness Survey. The agency is seeking feedback from the community in order to better communicate with District residents, business owners and stakeholders. Your responses will be strictly confidential and used only for internal analysis and decisions. The survey will only take a few minutes of your time and your participation is very important to the agency. Your feedback will guide decision-makers as they work to improve key agency programs. As a token of appreciation for your time, the first 100 respondents will receive a $10 digital amazon gift card. To claim your gift card, just leave your email address in the appropriate box on the survey (optional).

The link to the survey: survey.zohopublic.com/zs/EJB31A

Your input and feedback are very important to the District of Columbia. Thank you for taking out time to participate.

Dept. of Public Works Launches New
Residential Street Sweeping App, Download Today!

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has launched a new “MyDPW” mobile app that allows residents to receive alerts about when to move their vehicles ahead of weekly residential street sweeping. The app is designed for residents who frequently park on residential streets, allowing them to receive alerts about the specific blocks they select.

In addition to alerts about street sweeping, the mobile app allows residents to sign-up for DPW’s existing booting/towing and leaf collection alerts. Residents who have already signed-up to receive these alerts will not need to re-register, although downloading the app is recommended for ease of use.

The mobile app can be downloaded from the AppStore and GooglePlay, and can be found using the search terms “MyDPW” or “MyDPW DC.”

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember
(202) 724-8052
btodd@dccouncil.us

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff 
(o) (202) 724-8052
(c) (202) 215-5455
snewman@dccouncil.us

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o)(202) 741-5293
(c)(202) 316-9078
jcarnes@dccouncil.us

Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
(o) (202) 724-7774
(c) (202) 717-2782
kyoshino@dccouncil.us

LaRoya Huff
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
(o) (202) 724-8106
(c) (202) 368-2518
Lhuff@dccouncil.us

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024
dturner@dccouncil.us

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123
gjohnson@dccouncil.us


Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506
jfleitman@dccouncil.us

Manny Geraldo
Committee Director, Govt. Operations
(o) (202) 724-8035
mgeraldo@dccouncil.us

Monica Waters
Scheduler/Special Assistant
(o) (202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 706-4750
mwaters@dccouncil.us