March 20, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

Today, Mayor Bowser presented her official Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget proposal to the Council. Residents can see all relevant documents at: I am pleased to see that after working closely with the Mayor’s office to advocate for Ward 4 budget needs, a number of Ward 4’s priorities are included in the proposal. 

Mayor Bowser’s $15.5 billion budget includes funding allocations to increase access to affordable housing, accelerate achievements in education, create a safer DC, invest in transportation infrastructure and the environment, improve community spaces, ensure access to jobs and economic opportunity, and expand the reach of health and human services.

Housing highlights include: $130 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund (a $30 million increase from FY 19), $15 million for the Housing Preservation Fund (a $5 million increase), and $20 million for workforce and affordable middle-class housing. Human services highlights include: $37 million to continue the implementation of Homeward D.C. to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring, as well as $2.5 million for Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grants (almost a three-fold increase). Public safety highlights include: $3 million to hire new police officers and keep growing toward MPDs goal of 4,000 sworn officers by FY 2021, $2.5 million for the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement’s violence interruption grants, and $1.6 million for more trauma informed care services centers. Education highlights include: a $56.4 million increase for DC public and charter schools, a $6 million increase for school mental health services, $4.6 million for classroom technology, and $2.9 million for enhanced school safety.Transportation highlights include: $468 million for road, sidewalk, and alley repairs, $65 million for new Vision Zero safety improvements, and $2.8 million to increase bike lane enforcement and towing. Families highlights include a $5 million increase in child care assistance, andseniors have $500,000 in grant funding for my dental services program.

This is just a snapshot of the Mayor’s proposal. I encourage you to review the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s documents further. 

Over the coming weeks, the Council will hold hearings to make final decisions on the use of our resources, and I encourage 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: I am committed to passing a 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.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole: On Tuesday, March 19th, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole and additional Legislative Meeting. At the meeting Councilmember Todd introduced the “FAFSA Graduation Requirement Amendment Act of 2019” and “Office on Caribbean Affairs Establishment Act of 2019”

“FAFSA Graduation Requirement Amendment Act of 2019” would require the Mayor to ensure every public high school student applies for the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Every year the Department of Education gives over $120 billion in federal grants, loans and work study funds to over 13 million college students.  A large portion of the financial aid is distributed on a rolling basis beginning October 1st, and we should encourage all our students to apply early. Aid is eligible to everyone in a household with an income less than $250,000. By making FAFSA part of the graduation requirement, we would ensure schools provide information to students regarding FAFSA and guidance as to how to fill out the application.

“Office on Caribbean Affairs Establishment Act of 2019” establishes an Office on Caribbean Affairs which shall monitor the delivery of services and make policy recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding housing, health, education, employment, social services, public safety, business opportunities and cultural heritage preservation for the District’s Caribbean community.

Upcoming Hearings 

Monday, March 25

  • Committee of the Whole, Room 412, 10:30AM-END
    • Metro Wash. Council of Governments
    • New Columbia Statehood Commission
    • Office of District of Columbia Auditor
    • Office of Budget and Planning
    • District Retiree Health Contribution
    • District of Columbia Retirement Boards/Funds

Tuesday, March 26

  • Committee of the Whole, Room 500, 11:00AM-END
    • University of District of Columbia
    • Office of Planning
    • Office of Zoning
  • Health Committee, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • Deputy Mayor of Health & Human Services
    • Dept. of Health Care Finance
    • United Medical Center
    • United Medical Center Board

Wednesday, March 27

  • Judiciary Committee, Room 500, 9:30-END
    • Deputy Mayor for Public Safety & Justice
    • Office of Police Complaints
    • Metropolitan Police Dept.
  • Committee of the Whole, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
  • Education Committee, Room 123 11:00AM-END
    • State Board of Education
    • Office of the Ombudsman
    • Office of Student Advocate
  • Facilities & Procurement Committee, Room 120, 10:00-END
    • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

Thursday, March 28

  • Transportation & Environment Committee, Room 500, 11:00-END
    • Dept. of Public Works
  • Government Operations, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • Office of City Administrator, EOM, Secretary, Senior Advisory
  • Facilities and Procurement, Room 123, 10:00AM-END
    • Office on Returning Citizens
    • Commission on Re-Entry and Returning Citizen Affairs
  • Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization, Room 120, 10:00AM-END
    • Rental Housing Commission
    • Housing Finance Agency
    • Office of the Tenant Advocate

Friday, March 29

  • Health Committee, Room 500, 10:00AM-END
    • Dept. of Behavioral Health
  • Education Committee/COW, Room 412 10:00AM-END
    • DC Public Schools (public witnesses only)

DC Council Budget Hearings begin March 22, 2019. See the full calendar of oversight and budget hearings at:

See the full Council calendar at:

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

In Case You Missed It

New “Hearing The Council” Interview
With Councilmember Todd 

Have  you heard Councilmember Todd’s newest interview on the hit radio show, “Hearing The Council!?” If not, listen now at: or oniTunes.

In this interview, hear about the people that inspire Councilmember Todd, his staff members, notable Ward 4 residents and community leaders, and more! 

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Celebrates
Virginia McLaurin’s 110th Birthday 

Last Thurday, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser and the Ward 4 Mini Commission on Aging to wish a very happy 110th birthday to Ward 4 resident Virginia McLaurin. You may remember Ms. McLaurin from her famous dance with the Obamas. Councilmember Todd was delighted to join in the celebration, and presented a letter thanking her for bringing such joy and warmth to our lives. Ms. McLaurin’s spirit of generosity, her level of activity, and her strength of character are truly an inspiration to each and every one of us. Her tireless efforts to volunteer in support of our young people and her continuing engagement with her community represent an ideal toward which we all strive. Happy 110th birthday, Ms. McLaurin!

Councilmember Todd Meets With Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. For “Day At The Wilson Building”

Last Thursday, Councilmember Todd met with members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega, and Rho Mu Omega Chapters for their advocacy day at the John A. Wilson Building. Councilmember Todd always appreciates hearing policy input from Ward 4 and District residents, and often channels this input into legislative proposals or policy initiatives with the Executive. Councilmember Todd thanks the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for their thoughtful advocacy and for their unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in their community. 

Mark Your Calendar

Councilmember Todd Hosts Lamond Office Hours:
Saturday, April 6th, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

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

Saturday, April 6th, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Lamond Recreation Center 
(20 Tuckerman Street, 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 or (202) 724-6663.

Ward 4 Easter Egg Roll On April 20th
& Other Events At Walter Reed

The Walter Reed campus will be abuzz with activity this Spring. Mark your calendar for the following events:

Ward 4 Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Roll:
Councilmember Todd and The Parks at Walter Reed will host the 2nd Annual Ward 4 Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Roll event sponsored by Children’s National on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will feature a wide-variety of family friendly activities including face painting, live music, tasty snacks, festive crafts, lawn games and prize give-aways! The morning of family fun will also feature an egg roll on the beautiful Great Lawn, a time-honored Walter Reed tradition. There will also be a candy-filled egg hunt for children of all ages! Limited seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to enjoy the event.
In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Sunday immediately following (April 21), from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Parking is available on campus, but space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to either walk or utilize ride-sharing services available in DC.

Community Paint Party:
Join The Parks at Walter Reed, local artist Juan Pineda and Pipkin Creative to complete the 7,000 SF mural at The Parks!
The event is free to join! Paint and brushes will be provided for kids and adults to work hands-on with the artist to complete the mural.
Who: The Parks at Walter Reed local artist Juan Pineda and Pipkin Creative
What: Community Paint Party – enjoy live music, face painting and breakfast treats
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019; 10AM – 12PM
Where:1010 Butternut Street, NW – enter at the security gate at Georgia Ave NW and Butternut Street NW
In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Sunday immediately following (March 31), from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Community Yard Sale
There is a free community yard sale happening at The Parks at Walter Reed on Saturday, March 30 from 12 to 2 p.m.!

  • Shop equipment and power tools
  • Tables, benches, cabinets and industrial shelving
  • Office furniture, computers, miscellaneous electronics

Three former industrial buildings and all of their contents will be open to the public – first come, first serve!
Must provide your own transportation and hauling; trucks and vans welcome on site.

Important Announcements

DC Statehood Panel Discussion:
Tuesday, March 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

The Citizens Federation in collaboration with the Civic Federation will hold a panel discussion on the issues statehood will pose for the residents of our city. We believe the pros and cons of statehood should be discussed. The panel will be held on March 26 at 441 4th Street NW from 6:30 PM till 8:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public.

Senior Spa Day: Wed, March 27th, 10 AM – 2 PM,
Emery Heights Community Center

All Hands On Tech Provides Free Tech Support:
Saturday, March 30th, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

The Office of Chief Technology Officer’s Connect.DC program will host an All Hands on Tech event on Saturday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Shepherd Park Library (7420 Georgia Avenue NW). The All Hands on Tech initiative provides free tech support to District of Columbia residents (e.g., laptop repair, PC cleanup, smartphone troubleshooting). For more info text FIXED to 83224 or visit

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is also pleased to announce that Comcast has expanded its program to seniors who are 62 years or older and received federal and local assistance (SNAP, housing assistance, disability). To learn more Text CONNECT to 83224 or visit

OCTO also runs a youth tech program, SPARK. The program will take place in late-spring and summer. Residents are encouraged to sign up on our interest form by texting SPARK to 83224 or our website:

Fourth District Coffee With A Cop:
Wed, April 3rd, 11 AM – 12 PM, L’Enfant Flower Shop & Caf

RSVP on facebook:

U.S. Census Bureau Is Hiring – Work From Home In DC!

The Census Bureau conducts continuous surveys to supply the nation with important statistics on people, places and our economy. Our Regional Offices are responsible for hiring and supervising the Census Bureau’s field workers. Local field workers know their communities best and are instrumental in conducting surveys with residents on a variety of topics. 

You may be eligible to qualify if: You are at least 18 years old; You have a valid Social Security Number; You are a U.S. Citizen; You pass a background check; Additional requirements may apply and vary by position

Ready to apply? Find jobs in DC at: 

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

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

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

LaRoya Huff
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
(o) (202) 724-8106
(c) (202) 368-2518

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
Committee Director, Govt. Operations
(o) (202) 724-8035

Monica Waters
Scheduler/Special Assistant
(o) (202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 706-4750