March 25, 2016
Dear Neighbor:

More than ever, I find myself drawn to the central theme of unity. As we see the close to March, National Women’s History Month, we are reminded that every person, regardless of gender, is due equal respect, dignity, and treatment. On the D.C. Council, I work with my colleagues in the John A. Wilson building to introduce meaningful legislation, like theUDC Elder Law Project Establishment Amendment Act, to provide seniors with legal services. District-wide, Mayor Bowser’s recent proposal to create 8 short-term housing facilities to work to end homelessness is an example of the necessity of teamwork and partnership across the residents of all 8 wards. Individually, we are strong; together, we are unstoppable.

As spring approaches, please try to keep this core concept of community in mind. Lend a hand to a senior or disabled neighbor who could use some help cleaning their yard. Offer to carpool the team to the Recreation Center for the big game. Bring dinner over to a family you know could use the extra help.

We have a history of neighbor helping neighbor engagement in Ward 4 and we are stronger for it. We are unified. We are community. We are Ward 4 Proud.

That’s the Ward 4 way.

Sincerely,


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
#Ward4Proud
Legislative Update
Committees on Education and Transportation and the Environment hold Joint Public Roundtable on Summer Modernization Projects.
On Tuesday, March 22nd, the Committee on Education and the Committee on Transportation and the Environment held a joint public roundtable to discuss plans to modernize several schools during the summer of 2016.  During the hearing, DC Public Schools (“DCPS”) and the Department of General Services (“DGS”) discussed their plans to work on the modernizations of several schools over the summer, including Roosevelt High School and Lafayette Elementary School.  During the hearing, Committee members discussed the importance of modernizing the District’s public schools on time and on budget.  Recognizing that modern facilities create ideal academic environments for District students, Councilmember Todd, who is a member of both committees, fully supports the modernization of the remaining Ward 4 schools and has expressed his desire to see the current projects completed quickly.
Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Hearings Set to Begin at the Council
On Wednesday, April 6th, the Council will begin its review of Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan.  Budget hearings, which will last until April 26th, allow members of the Council to review and evaluate the Mayor’s fiscal plan for each District agency and initiative.  These budget hearings cover numerous issues that can range from funding for school modernizations to budgets for street paving projects.  As a member of the Committee on Education, the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, and the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs, Councilmember Todd will be speaking directly with agency directors and representatives about the financial health of each agency and how the District is investing in projects that are important to Ward 4 residents.  In addition to speaking with agencies that fall under the purview of his Committees, Councilmember Todd will be evaluating the budgets of agencies that closely affect the lives of Ward 4 residents.  Those agencies include the Office on Aging, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

If you have any questions regarding the joint hearing or the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget hearing schedule, please contact Councilmember Todd’s Legislative Director, Michele Blackwell at (202) 724-8052 or mblackwell@dccouncil.us.

A Note From Councilmember Todd Regarding the 2016 State of the District Address

Neighbor,

Last night, Mayor Bowser delivered in her 2016 State of the District Address to reflect on the past year as well as unveil many of her new priorities for the coming one (watch her address here).

I agree and support several of the initiatives, proposals, and policies put forward by Mayor Bowser in her address.

I was energized and encouraged by the statements made by Mayor Bowser in regards to the need for increased funding and resources for our students in Ward 4 and District-wide. I am particularly excited for the Mayor’s announcement that, beginning in 2017, every school that has yet to be modernized will receive a full renovation. I have fought for the modernization of #Ward4 schools since I took office, and I am glad to see the Mayor supports these endeavor as well.

As many you of are aware, I am also committed to ensuring our neighborhoods are safe and secure for every resident. In her address, Mayor Bowser highlighted two specific ways the District is becoming a safer place to live and thrive. First, the Private Security Camera Rebate program, which I support, will provide rebates to residents of D.C. to purchase security cameras, and will go a long way in ensuring we have more eyes where we need them most. Second, the Body Worn Camera program — which I also support — will result in, by the end of this year, every single MPD patrol officer equipped with a Body Worn camera. I am excited to see our streets safer and our justice system more transparent as a result of this initiative.

Finally, I am relentless in my pursuit to ensure Ward 4 remains on a path of economic prosperity and growth. Whether connecting with small business owners to assess their needs and challenges, or working with large corporations to bring their services to the Ward and District, I seek to be a balanced voice on the D.C. Council ensuring the needs of both consumers and our business owners are met. A major part of a booming economy is ensuring our young people are given the necessary opportunities to enter the workforce. That is why I have continually supported the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, to give our young professionals real work-place opportunity. Last night, Mayor Bowser called for the D.C. Council to permanently extend the Summer Youth Employment Program — I couldn’t agree more, and I know this initiative will only help more and more young people enter the workforce.

I agree with Mayor Bowser when she declared that, “The state of the District of Columbia is strong.”

There is still work to do, but we are on the right path. I am excited to see where we will end up.

Sincerely,

Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

The Week In Review
New Edition of the “Ward 4 Review” is Available to Listen Online NOW!

On Monday, Councilmember Todd released the latest edition of his “Ward 4 Review” radio broadcast: “Ripples of Great Change.” In his own words, the Councilmember discusses the importance of National Women’s History Month in present society, and the impact that some Ward 4 female leaders, like Mayor Bowser and former Councilmember Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis have made.

“Friends, we share the belief that every child born holds limitless potential, and should not be held back by gender, wealth, zip-code, or the color of their skin. Join me in making that vision a reality.”

Listen to the Councilmember’s address, HERE!

The Councilmember Attends the 16th Street Neighborhood Association’s
Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

Over the weekend, Councilmember Todd joined the 16th Street Neighborhood Association for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Despite the gray skies, it was still a fun-filled time with lots of chocolate, smiles, Easter Bunnies, and holiday cheer! The Councilmember would like to thank the members of the 16th Street Neighborhood Association for putting together such a wonderful event — he can’t wait to attend again next year!

Councilmember Todd Joins the Emery Recreation Center to Celebrate Youth Athletes in Ward 4

On Friday, Councilmember Todd visited Emery Recreation Center to help celebrate the achievements of the many youth-athletes that hone their skills at the center. These students are phenomenal athletes with bright futures — they are well-rounded members of the community who will undoubtedly go far. Please join Councilmember Todd in congratulating these young athletes, and wishing them only the best moving forward! The Councilmember would also like to give a special shout-out to Emery Recreation’s own Coach Lou, who has been an instrumental part in not only the development of these young athletes, but also the overall activities at the center.

For more information on the Emery Recreation Center, please visit their website HERE!

Councilmember Todd Holds Ward 4 Office Hours at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center

Last week, Councilmember Todd hosted his latest Ward 4 Office Hours at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center, and met with over 20 different constituents over the course of the afternoon. The Councilmember understands that there is no better way for him to serve the community than to meet with residents face-to-face; that is what makes these office hour sessions so valuable.

Neighbors, if you were unable to make it out last week, or remembered a concern you’d still like addressed, please do not hesitate to send our Constituent Services Coordinator, Jordan Bailey, an email at jbailey@dccouncil.us, or contact him by phone at (202) 724-8052.

Councilmember Todd Visits the Emery Recreation Center to Discuss Female-Empowerment with Seniors

 

This past week, Councilmember Todd visited the seniors of Emery Recreation Center as the keynote speaker at their empowerment luncheon. The theme of the event was, “Women Always Land on their Feet,” very appropriate for March – “National Women’s History Month.” Even today, in the 21st century, women are not always allowed to play on an equal field as men. The wage-gap still exists, and workplace discrimination continues to be a threat to gender-equality. Thanks to the efforts of countless brave women in history, who stood up in the face of great discrimination, the fight continues today to ensure that every person is treated fairly and with respect, regardless of gender.

Councilmember Todd’s most recent radio broadcast of, “The Ward 4 Review,” addresses this very subject. Listen HERE if you haven’t yet!

The Councilmember Delivers Keynote Address to the Members of the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. (HAWDC)

Last week, Councilmember Todd joined the members of the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. (HAWDC) to speak about the importance of the hospitality industry, business development, and economic growth in Ward 4 and the District as a whole.

The hospitality industry is a major job creator in the District, employing over 75,000 men and women in D.C annually. The Councilmember recognizes the importance of the industry, and its relevance in shaping the continual surge of economic success within the Ward. Councilmember Todd, since taking office, has been a staunch defender of business in Washington, especially small businesses, who need the opportunity to be successful.  As a member of the Business, Consumers, and Regulatory Affairs Committee, Councilmember Todd is highly tuned in to the policies and decisions that must be made to help grow the local economy. Whether fighting for the rights of small businesses to open up along corridors like Georgia Avenue or Kennedy Street, or championing the re-development of the Walter Reed Medical Campus, Councilmember Todd keeps a finger on the pulse of growth in Ward 4 at all times.

Councilmember Todd Celebrates Art and Culture at “Politics and Art” event with the Ward 4 Arts & Humanities Advisory Committee

 

Last Wednesday,Councilmember Todd joined his Ward 4 Arts, Humanities & Culture Committee at the John A. Wilson Building for the “Politics and Art” event to celebrate the intersection of politics, culture, and diversity. Councilmember Todd is an avid supporter of the arts, and is committed to preserving and expanding the culture and level of expression in our city. The members of the Ward 4 Arts, Humanities, and Culture Committee include: Margery E. Goldberg, Joige Hayes-Tolson, Joy Austin Ford,Victoria Baatin, John McLarty, Loretta Newmann, Brian Mack, Beatrice Davis-Williams, Diana Bulgar, David Yarborough, Bernadine Watson, and Co-Chairs Susan Saunder McKenzie and Maria Rooney.

Councilmember Todd knows that our diversity in art, culture, and expression helps to make our Ward and our District unique and vibrant. He believes our art and expressions are reasons to unify, celebrate, and explore! The Councilmember would also like to thank the members of “The Davis Center,” who are located in Ward 4, who gave an incredible performance at the event.

To learn more about “The Davis Center,” please visit their website HERE!

Events & Announcements
March is the “Francophone Month”
                                                                             
Please join Councilmember Todd in celebrating Francophone Month, this March, and exploring the various wonderful and diverse ways that French culture is present in Washington, D.C. This past Saturday, March 19th, was the Francophone Day Celebration in Ward 4, and featured public safety updates from Lieutenant Crawler and Officer Dominic, as well as a report from Ms. Cassandra Lopez, the D.C. Public Schools Community Action Team Coordinator for Wards 1 and 4.

A large number of the French-speaking population in the District have limited English abilities, and can struggle as a result. We need increased civic engagement, public participation, and overall awareness to ensure every resident of the Ward can call their neighborhood ‘home.’

DDOT Sidewalk Enhancements coming to Van Buren Street NW from 13th Street to 14th Street
                                                                             
The District Department of Transportation, as part of their annual street and sidewalk maintenance program, will be coming to the aforementioned location to perform repair work and upgrades to the exisiting sidewalks. This work may include, but is not limited to: upgrading of concrete sidewalks through repair and/or replacement, performing repair work at crosswalks as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance project, and the installation of porous Flexible Paving in selected areas where tree roots are causing sidewalk upheaval.

The contractor was slated to begin work this past Monday, March 21st, and the construction may take up to three weeks to complete. All work will take place from 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Project Manager Mr. Robert Horton at (202) 207-4970 or by e-mail at robert.horton@dc.gov.

7th Annual Ward 4 D.C. Water Town Hall Meeting On Wednesday, April 6
Councilmember Todd will co-host the 7th annual Ward 4 D.C. Water Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 6. The meeting will take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Since 2010, DC Water has co-hosted one meeting per Ward with District Councilmembers annually to discuss water and sewer related issues.The primary purpose for these meetings is to generate feedback. The meeting will discuss water quality and conservation, wastewater treatment, new projects, community outreach, the D.C. Clean Rivers Project, and customer service, among other areas of interest. See you there!

For DC Water related inquiries, please visit their website, HERE!

The Week Ahead: Schedule
Thursday, March 24th:
  • Lamond Riggs Development Task Force Meeting: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at the Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE)
Friday, March 25th:
  • 3rd Annual Capital City Charter School  8th Grade Health Fair: 9:30am – 11:00am, at 100 Peabody St. NW
  • Mayor Bowser’s March Madness Kickoff: 9:30am – 10:30am, at the UDC Theater of the Arts Auditorium (4200 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Saturday, March 26th:

  • Senators Little League Opening Day: 10:00am – 1:00pm, at the Turkey Thicket Rec Center, (1100 Michigan Ave NE)
  • Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony: at the Warner Theatre (513 13th St NW)

Monday, March 28th:

  • ANC 4B Monthly Meeting: 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the MPD 4th District HQ (6001 Georgia Avenue NW)
  • ANC 3/4G Meeting: 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave, NW)

Tuesday, March 29th:

  • Lamond Community Action Group Meeting: 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Library 5401 South Dakota Ave NE,
  • Community Alliance for Upper 14th St. Meeting: 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the WMATA 14th Street Bus Shelter.

Wednesday, March 30th: 

  • ANC 4C Crime Prevention Meeting: 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW)
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

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff/Scheduler
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 304-8123
dturner@dccouncil.us

Michele Blackwell
Legislative Director
(o) (202) 724-7774
mblackwell@dccouncil.us

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o) (202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 316-9078
jcarnes@dccouncil.us

Jordan Bailey
Constituent Services Coordinator
(o)(202) 654-6421
(c)(202) 412-7310
jbailey@dccouncil.us

Jordan Rummel
Communications Specialist
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) (202) 294-2506
jrummel@dccouncil.us

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