April 18, 2018
Dear Neighbor,

As your Councilmember and a member of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and the Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment, the quality of our present and future transportation network is one of my top concerns. A world-class transportation system means less congestion — boosting productivity and reducing pollution — as well as improved safety and quality of life. I am always looking for opportunities to invest in Ward 4’s transportation infrastructure, and I am happy to report some excellent news on that front.
At today’s TPB meeting, we approved a package that leveraged Federal funding toward some Ward 4 priorities, including: the reinstatement of Eastern Avenue, NE rehabilitation that improves safety and ease of travel between the District and Takoma Park, additional funding for the Rock Creek Park Trail and to repair the retaining wall on Piney Branch Parkway, and nearly $900,000 in funding for the Missouri Ave/Kansas Ave/Kennedy St. intersection improvements. Further, last week I joined the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and my colleagues on the Council as Mayor Bowser signed into law the District’s $178.5 million contribution to a regional agreement on dedicated funding for Metro. This is a historic achievement in regional cooperation and a huge step forward in reestablishing the world class transit system that DC needs and deserves. 

Additionally, in her proposed budget, Mayor Bowser has allocated $430 million to fix roads, sidewalks and alleys. With this investment, we will be on-track to eliminate all sidewalks in poor condition by FY 2020, all alleys in poor condition by FY 2021, and all roads in poor condition by FY 2024. The Mayor’s proposal also includes $209 million of investment in streetscapes, trails, trees, green space, and streetlights. I look forward to working with my colleagues to maintain this funding as the budget is finalized, and then working with the District Department of Transportation to ensure these dollars go to work all across Ward 4’s 20 neighborhoods. Ward 4 is getting its fair share, and I will continue my advocacy to ensure investment continues to flow into our neighborhoods as new needs are identified.

To utilize existing improvements to our bicycle infrastructure and to promote physical fitness with neighbors, I invite you to join me this Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 AM for the Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride, co-hosted by the DC Bicycle Advisory Council and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. We will begin and end the roughly 8-mile loop around Ward 4 at the Upshur St & 9th St, NW Capital Bikeshare station, and enjoy refreshments and snacks at Petworth Citizen afterwards. Learn more in the newsletter below. I hope you can join us on Sunday to continue our focus on safe and efficient transportation infrastructure!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Legislative Update

Legislative Meeting
: On Tuesday, April 17, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Committee of the Whole Meeting. Councilmember Todd introduced the “Barber and Cosmetologist Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Training Amendment Act of 2018.”

Councilmember Todd’s Introductions:
“Barber and Cosmetologist Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Training Amendment Act of 2018” (B22-0792)

  • The bill requires the completion of a one-hour domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training course, developed by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, as a condition of the first renewal for licenses issued by the DC Board of Barber and Cosmetology

Upcoming Government Operations Budget Hearings:
To register to testify at a hearing, or to learn how to submit written testimony, contact Faye Caldwell at fcaldwell@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-6663

Tuesday, April 24 in room 123, 11 AM

  • Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Office of LGBTQ Affairs
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer

Thursday, April 26 in room 500, 11 AM

  • Executive Office of the Mayor
  • Office of the City Administrator
  • Office of the Senior Advisor
  • Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel
  • Office of the Secretary
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 Supports DC Statehood
At Full Democracy Champions Breakfast

Last Friday, Councilmember Todd kicked off the celebration of Emancipation Day at the Full Democracy Breakfast — a gathering of the District’s leaders as well as civil rights and voting rights champions focused on advancing DC Statehood. In his greetings, Councilmember Todd quoted South African President Nelson Mandela, saying that “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Councilmember Todd remarked that “while Lincoln may have cast off our chains 156 years ago, the Congress still has yet to realize that their freedom is bound up in our freedom, and that they must heed Nelson Mandela’s words by living in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of the people of the District of Columbia.” Councilmember Todd will remain an unflinching advocate for making the District of Columbia the 51st State in the Union. 

To learn more about Statehood efforts and to join the fight, visit www.dcvote.org.

Mark Your Calendar

Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride: 

This Sun, April 22, 10 AM, 9th & Upshur St

Celebrate Earth Day at the Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride with Councilmember Todd, Rachel Maisler (Ward 4 Representative to the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The approximately 8-mile loop will begin and end at the Upshur St & 9th St, NW bikeshare station, and will feature bicycle infrastructure and sites of significance in Ward 4. We’ll depart at 10:00 AM  (changed from original time of 10:30) and move at a relaxed pace, stopping to discuss ways to enhance bikeability. Join us afterwards for refreshments at a local establishment. Bring your friends and family, and make sure to wear a helmet!

RSVP with Gary Johnson at gjohnson@dccouncil.us. Questions? check out the facebook event or contact Rachel Maisler at rmaisler@gmail.com

Brandon’s 35th Birthday Celebration: 

Thursday, May 31st, 6:30 PM

Save the date for Brandon’s 35th birthday celebration! It will take place on Thursday, May 31st at 6:30 PM. Location to be determined. We hope you’ll join us! 

18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day: 

Saturday, June 23rd, 3 PM, Kingsbury

Save the date for the 18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day! It will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 3:00 PM at the Kingsbury Day School (5000 14th Street, NW). As always, there will be free food and fun for the whole family to enjoy! Interested in serving on the planning committee? Contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or (202) 654-6406. 

Important Announcements

Spring 2018 Ward 4 Progress Report Hits Mailboxes


2018 Progress Report Page 1

The Spring, 2018 Bi-Annual Ward 4 Progress Report has been released! This edition is an overview of all the work that Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council Staff have done over the past six months to move Ward 4 forward. The report includes progress updates on education and recreation, public safety, seniors, economic development and infrastructure, constituent services, and legislation. Find the report in your mailbox this week, and view it online at www.brandontoddward4.com/newsletter/spring-2018-ward-4-progress-report

OPC Announces Settlement Agreement
to Reduce Pepco Distribution Rates 

April 17, 2018 — Today, People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye announced that the Office of the People’s Counsel, Pepco, D.C. Government, the Apartment & Office Building Association, and other key stakeholders filed a settlement agreement with the District of Columbia Public Service Commission that lowers Pepco’s distribution rates by $24.1 million.

“This end result of the settlement, which combines the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reductions and Pepco’s request for a $66.2 Million rate increase, shields and protects consumers from increases in their utility bills. The settlement will also extend the Residential Customer Base Rate Credit acquired in the Pepco/Exelon merger” stated the People’s Counsel.

Unlike other rate cases, Pepco’s proposed rate case was impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, approved by Congress in December, which mandated a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.

Combining the result of this settlement with the benefit of the Residential Rate Credit OPC pushed for in the Pepco/Exelon merger, residential consumers have not paid for an increase in the distribution rate for four years. “OPC’s aggressive advocacy resulted in a tangible benefit for District consumers. We fought hard to ensure that consumers received maximum financial benefits,” stated People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous-Frye.

Now that the settlement has been filed, the Commission will hold a public interest hearing and will issue a final order affirming or denying the settlement.

OPC continues to review the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on each of the utilities operating in the District to ensure all reductions resulting from the Tax Act are returned to ratepayers.

To learn more, visit www.opc-dc.gov

DC Buys Reverse Vendor Trade Fair:
TOMORROW, April 19, 9:30 AM – 3 PM, Convention Center 

The DC Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) invites you to #DCBuys2018TOMORROW, Thursday, April 19th, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to engage District agencies to learn how your business can successfully compete for current and future contract opportunities. Nearly 40 District government agencies will be on site to meet you! DC Buys is a unique opportunity for the local and regional vendor community to market their goods and services directly to the program managers and procurement personnel who ultimately make purchasing decisions on behalf of District agencies. Invited agency representatives will staff tables where information about their specific needs and upcoming solicitations will be made available to vendors. Throughout the day, we will also host concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon to share with vendors how to do business with agencies under OCP’s authority, independent agencies, and additional programs and initiatives that are useful to the vendor community. This year’s DC Buys Event Agenda can be viewed here.

Online Registration for DC Buys 2018: Reverse Vendor Trade Fair is closed, but there will be on-site registration on the event day. For more information about DC Buys 2018, please contact the Office of Contracting and Procurement’s Customer Contact Center, at (202) 724-4477 or vendor.relations@dc.gov

Tenley Tiger Run:
Sunday, April 22nd, 9:00 AM, Wilson High School 

Start of your Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, with the Tenley Tiger Run! The Tenley Tiger Run is a fundraiser benefiting the award-winning track and field teams at Wilson High School, sponsoring athlete travel to competitions, training clinics, and equipment. We will be sending athletes to Penn Relays! It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day and to mark progress on your new year’s running resolution. There is a 5K, a one-mile race, and a cub run for kids. Something for the whole family — or get a team together. Register online:www.TenleyTigerRun.com.

Whittier EC Spring Festival:
Saturday, April 28th, 10 AM – 2 PM

Come support our beloved Whittier Education Campus at their Annual Spring Festival! Attractions include: food, live music, petting zoo, zumba class, bounce house, facepainting, and a raffle with great prizes. All profits from this event will supplement the cost of Whittier’s Before and Aftercare program. DCPS funding for aftercare next school year will not begin until October 1st, leaving a gap of six weeks at the beginning of the school year! Help to defray these costs! New this year: support Whittier by tossing a pie in Councilmember Todd’s face! The highest bidder wins — make your bid HERE

To learn more about the event, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/jg-whittier-education-campus-spring-festival-tickets-44823991766

Free Community Health Fair, Washington Bar Association: Sat, April 28, 11 AM – 2:30 PM, Emery Heights Community Center

Please join the Washington Bar Association on Saturday, April 28th from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm for a FREE health and wellness fair dedicated to improving your health and well being at the Emery Heights Community Center (5701 Georgia Ave, NW). The program features free access health screenings for high blood pressure, glucose and cholestrol; yoga and fitness demonstrations; tips on healthy eating and nutrition; meditation, massage, acupuncture and much more! Live demonstrations will be given every half hour throughout the day.Some our featured guests include: Professor Charisma Howell (Mindfullness Teaching, Georgetown University School of Law); Howard University Hospital (health screenings); Lavendar Retreat, Personal Trainer Daryl “Champ” Owens, Sandra Smith (Mary Kay); and Ebony Lambert-Laigani (Yoga). There will also be vendors selling health-related products and services–all in the interest of getting you on your feet and jumpstarting you to a healthier lifestyle!Learn more and register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/free-community-health-fair-washington-bar-association-tickets-45004535778?aff=eivtefrnd

Powell Elementary 4th Annual Spring Carnival:
Saturday, May 19th, 11 AM – 5 PM, Roosevelt HS Field


We are excited to announce the Powell Padres 4th annual Spring Carnival! We’re looking forward to a Saturday filled with fun activities for kids and adults. Come out for music, food, and fun! All proceeds go toward supporting Powell Bilingual Elementary student activities.

Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Roosevelt High School football field
Rain Location:  Roosevelt High School Gym

Fun Activities to Expect include: Dunk Tank, Moon Bounce & obstacle course, Bungee Hoop Run. Bungee human hippo chow down, Carnival Games and prizes for kids, Powell Teachers vs Parents soccer Classic, Homemade food, Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Hotdogs and other treats, and live musical performances.

To learn more and see how you can volunteer to help, visit www.powellpadres.org/spring-carnival

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff / Scheduler
(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

Faye Caldwell
Special Assistant
(202) 724-6663

Christine Kulumani
Legislative Counsel
(202) 790-6837
Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024
Malcolm Jolly
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 330-3033
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

Senior Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8035

LaRoya Huff
Community Outreach Specialist
(o) (202) 724-8106
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