April 3, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

With Spring upon us and residents out and about more often, my office has been receiving a larger volume of constituent services requests regarding quality of life matters in the community. That is why, over the comingweeks, the Ward 4 constituent services team will be conducting a blitz all across Ward 4. As part of my commitment to world-class constituent services, my team will be traversing all of the Ward’s 20 neighborhoods looking for street and alley lights that need replacing, pot holes that need filling, graffiti that needs removing, and downed wires that need fixing, among other things. I believe in a proactive constituent services model that actively seeks out problems and finds solutions, which is why my staff and I are working overtime to ensure that the everyday issues important to Ward 4 residents receive the attention they deserve. This is central to Ward 4 remaining the best place to live in the District of Columbia.

I encourage you to participate by going to my website and submitting your requests at brandontoddward4.com/constituent-services-request/. You can also contact a member of my constituent services team:

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o)(202) 741-5293
(c)(202) 316-9078

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

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123

If you see a streetlight or alley light in need of repair, you can always textit to the DC Government by texting “streetlight” to 32311, and answering the prompts. And the 311 system is always available to create an official work order with the relevant agency.

As your Councilmember, I know that swift and effective constituent services is one of the most important parts of my job. I intend to keep delivering high quality services to Ward 4 residents, whether it be through office hours, blitzes, or responding to phone calls, email, and tweets. I’m here to serve you, and it is an absolute honor and pleasure to do so!Sincerely,Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Committee of the Whole: On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for its regularly scheduled Legislative Meeting and Additional Committee of the Whole. Councilmember Todd introduced the “WMATA Bus Depot Relocation Amendment Act of 2019” and the “Bicycle Advisory Council Expansion Amendment Act of 2019”
The “Bicycle Advisory Council Expansion Amendment Act of 2019” would expand the current bicycle advisory council to include the Department of Public Works, or DPW. DPW is in charge of parking enforcement, including enforcement in bike lanes, which remains a persistent problem throughout the District. Read the press release HERE

The “WMATA Bus Depot Relocation Amendment Act of 2019” would provide loans to small businesses located on the 4300 to 4800 block of 14th Street NW directly across from the Bus Depot. The legislation sunsets in 2024 and will provide much-needed support to small businesses as the neighborhood undergoes change and redevelopment. Read the press releaseHERE.

Budget Hearing Schedule: 

Monday, April 8

  • Government Operations, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • OVA, P3, OCTO
  • Business & Economic Development, Room 120, 10:00AM-END
    • Public Services Commission
    • Office of People’s Counsel

Tuesday, April 9

  • Health Committee, Room 500 10:00AM-END
    • Department of Health
  • Education/COW, Room 412 10:00AM-END
    • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Transportation & Environment Committee, Room 123, 11:00AM-END
    • Dept. Of Motor Vehicles
  • Recreation & Youth Affairs Committee, Room 120, 10AM-END
    • Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity
    • Commission on Father, Men and Boys

Wednesday, April 10

  • Human Services Committee, Room 500, 10:00AM-END
    • Dept. of Human Services
  • Business & Economic Development, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • Office of Cable Television Film Music & Entertainment
    • Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
    • Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
  • Finance and Revenue Committee, Room 123, 10:30-12:00PM
    • Events DC
    • Destination DC
  • Labor & Workforce Development Committee, Room 123, 1:00PM-END
    • DC Human Resources
    • Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Judiciary Committee, Room 120, 9:30AM-END
    • Board of Elections
    • Office of Campaign Finance
    • Board of Ethics & Government Accountability

Thursday, April 11

  • Government Operations, Room 500, 10:00AM-END
  • Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization, Room 500, 10:00AM-END
    • DC Housing Authority
  • Judiciary Committee, Room 123, 9:30AM-END
    • Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement
    • Dept. of Forensic Sciences
    • Dept. of Corrections
    • Correction Information Council
  • Transportation & Environment Committee, Room 120, 11:00AM-END
    • District Dept. of Transportation

DC Council Budget Hearings began March 22, 2019. Visit dccouncilbudget.com to see the full schedule and learn more about how you can participate in the Council’s budget process. 

The Mayor has published a powerpoint explaining the budget highlights. It can be found HERE

Read a few of the Ward 4 highlights from Mayor Bowser’s proposed FY 2020 budget on Councilmember Todd’s twitter page HERE.

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

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 Breaks Ground On
New Housing At Walter Reed

Last Friday, Councilmember Todd, Mayor Bowser, former Ward 4 Councilmember Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, and District leadership broke ground on a new housing development on the Walter Reed Campus. The Brooks and Vale Buildings are the first entirely new construction in the redevelopment of this campus. They will bring 35 affordable condominiums and 365 market-rate apartments, as well as 18,000 square feet of new retail space fronting Georgia Avenue, NW. Councilmember Todd remarked that this project was yet another example of the continued progress at Walter Reed, from opening the DCI/LAMB school, to cutting the ribbon on the new Fire Engine Company 22, to breaking ground on Children’s National’s Research and Innovation campus, as well as senior and veterans affordable housing.  Councilmember Todd will continue to support community-minded redevelopment and progress at Walter Reed.

Watch his full remarks HERE.

Councilmember Todd Celebrates Community Across Ward 4

This weekend, Councilmember Todd, enjoyed a variety of events across the Ward. On Friday evening, he celebrated the 5th anniversary of  the Federal City Chapter of the Rotary Club, of which he is a charter and honorary member, by presenting a Ceremonial Resolution. On Saturday, he celebrated the 8th Annual High Tea with the Capital City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, and also attended the unveiling of a new mural on the Walter Reed campus. On Sunday, Councilmember Todd joined the Israel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Petworth to mark the groundbreaking of their church renovation, and also joined the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital to celebrate their 30th anniversary and 2019 Purim Ball. 

Councilmember Todd Celebrates
New Economic Opportunities In Ward 4

Yesterday, Councilmember Todd celebrated two major steps forward in Ward 4’s economic development. In the morning, Councilmember Todd joined Mark Ein, Mayor Bowser, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (WTEF), and tennis pros Frances Tiafoe and Dennis Kudla to announce that the Citi Open Tennis Tournament would continue to take place in Ward 4 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. This world-class tennis event, which has been a staple of Ward 4 for half a century, draws thousands of visitors to Ward 4 and the District, supporting local restaurants, retail, and hospitality small businesses. Councilmember Todd was delighted to announce that with the Citi Open’s continued presence in Washington, DC, the District of Columbia will proudly remain the sports capital of the world! Watch Councilmember Todd’s remarks at the press conference HERE

On Friday evening, Councilmember Todd cut the ribbon on the new Target store at Georgia and Eastern Avenues, NW. This symbol of the continued revitalization and investment coming to Upper Georgia Avenue NW has brought 55 jobs to the community, as well as convenient and affordable retail service for the residents and small businesses of Upper Ward 4. Located at 7828 Georgia Avenue, NW, the store serves as an excellent gateway to the District from Silver Spring, and sends the clear signal that Ward 4 and Upper Georgia Avenue are open for business! Councilmember Todd looks forward to Target being a strong community partner and asset. Learn more on the store website: target.com/sl/georgia-and-eastern/3328

Mark Your Calendar

Councilmember Todd Convenes Community Meeting With Takoma Park, MD Councilmember Kostiuk To Discuss Eastern Ave Infrastructure: Thursday, April 4th, 6:30 PM

Councilmember Todd and Takoma Park, Maryland Councilmember Kostiuk are convening a cross-jurisdictional community meeting on Eastern Avenue Infrastructure Work. All are invited:

DATE: Thursday, April 4, 2019
TIME: 6:30 PM
WHERE: Takoma Park SDA Church, Keystone Room (6810 Eastern Ave, NW)

Join Councilmember Todd, the District Department of Transportation, representatives from utility companies (Washington Gas & Pepco), and officials from the City of Takoma Park, Maryland to discuss construction and cross-jurisdictional coordination of Eastern Avenue road and utility infrastructure projects. 
Questions? Contact Jackson Carnes: (202) 724-8052 or jcarnes@dccouncil.us 

Councilmember Todd Hosts Lamond Office Hours:
Saturday, April 13th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Lamond Rec Center

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

DATE: Saturday, April 13th
TIME: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
WHERE: 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 LHuff@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-6663.

Ward 4 Easter Egg Roll:
April 20th, 10 AM – 12 Noon, Walter Reed

Councilmember Todd and The Parks at Walter Reed invite neighbors to the 2nd  Annual Ward 4 Spring Celebration and Easter Egg Roll event sponsored by Children’s National!

DATE: Saturday, April 20th, TIME: 10 AM to 12 PM
WHERE: Walter Reed Campus (enter through Butternut St gate)

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 following Saturday (April 27), 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.

2nd Annual Ward 4 Small Business Summit:
Mon, May 13th, 9 AM-1 PM, Peoples Congregational Church

Councilmember Todd invites Ward 4 small business owners to the 2nd  Annual Ward 4 Small Business Summit! This event is designed to provide you with information, resources, and support to attract more business. More details to follow.
 DATE: Monday, May 13th TIME: 9 AM to 1 PM
WHERE: Peoples Congregational Church (4704 13th Street, NW)

Questions? Contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406

Important Announcements

Zion Health Ministry Discussion On Kidney Disease In African Americans: Sunday, April 7, 12:30 PM

Please join Zion’s Health Ministry, Hospitality, Media, Mighty Men of Zion, Publicity, Women2Women, and our Partners – Auxiliary Medico-Chirurgical Society of D.C., Inc, and Trinity Episcopal Church In a Discussion about Kidney Disease in African Americans:

Quest Speaker: Dr. Robert Nee, MD FACP Nephrologist

Sunday, April 7, 2019
12:30 PM
Zion Baptist Church
4850 Blagden Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
A.J. Edward’s Fellowship Hall
Immediately Following Morning Service

Piney Branch Road Safeway Now Hiring,
Open House On Tuesdays

The Ward 4 Safeway located at 6500 Piney Branch Road is hiring for the following position: Cashiers, Courtesy Clerks, Day and Night Stock, Starbucks, Produce, Deli, Bakery,
Floral, Seafood, and Meat. Open house events are held every Tuesday. Learn more and apply today at careersatsafeway.com 

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

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

Raleigh Lancaster
Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 790-6838

Eric Feldman
Communications Specialist
(202) 724-8052

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8793
(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

Sam Stephens
Legislative Assistant
(202) 724-6663