June 27, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Summer is officially here! And with the heat and humidity come abundant opportunities to strengthen community ties and get to know your neighbors. From barbecues to block parties, farmers markets to yard sales, summer is about slowing down and enjoying the outdoors with friends, family, and neighbors. It truly is a time for community.

This past weekend, we saw how strong and active the Ward 4 community is at the 18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day. Over 500 Ward 4 residents came to West Education Campus to enjoy each other’s company and build a stronger community. As Ward 4 Councilmember, I view fostering a sense of community among our 20 neighborhoods as a core part of my job, and central to representing the Ward’s interests on the Council. Seeing so many diverse neighbors enjoying a beautiful summer afternoon together truly warmed my heart, and validated all the hard work we have done for Ward 4 over my past three years in office.

Additional opportunities to celebrate community are coming up. Tomorrow (Thursday, June 28th), I will host a Constituent Mix & Mingle from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Rd, NE). And on July 4th, we will gather together in celebration of our nation’s independence and march in the Palisades Parade. Across the District, from backyard cook-outs to the National Mall, friends, family, and neighbors will celebrate this season of community in a way that is uniquely Washingtonian.

As we move into July, I encourage all Ward 4 residents to take a break from their outdoor activities — whether it be enjoying a summer-lit evening walk or mowing the lawn — to strike up a conversation with a neighbor and help strengthen the bonds that tie our community together.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, June 26th, the Council met in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Legislative Meeting. Councilmember Todd introduced the “Protecting Immigrants from Extortion Amendment Act of 2018” and “Parent Teacher Organization Fee Exemption Act of 2018.”

Councilmember Todd’s Introductions:

  • “Protecting Immigrants from Extortion Amendment Act of 2018”
    • The bill expands the crime of extortion to include the actual or threatened notification of law enforcement of another’s immigration status. The legislation aims to protect immigrants from being taken advantage of by unprincipled employers who threaten to inform law enforcement of an employee’s immigration status if they refuse to comply with demands such as working without pay or for below legal or contractually-obligated wages. California, Colorado, and Virginia have enacted similar laws and legislation addressing this same topic has been introduced in Maryland. The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Silverman, Robert White, and Bonds.
  • “Parent Teacher Organization Fee Exemption Act of 2018”
    • This legislation relieves Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) from $80 incorporation, $80 biennial reporting, and $412.50 biennial registration and licensing fees imposed by DCRA. While fees are reduced for non-profits, many PTOs operate on limited budgets and even these reduced fees are burdensome. The legislation will allow PTOs to fully leverage their funds toward the classroom. It was co-introduced by Councilmembers McDuffie, Robert White, and Cheh.

Upcoming Hearings:

Wednesday, July 11
Committee on Government Operations, 11:00AM RM412

  • “Veterans Cyber Academy Pilot Program Act of 2018” B22-805
    • As introduced, this bill establishes a pilot program within the Office of the Chief Technology Officer for veterans to acquire skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to enter the cybersecurity field.
  • “Veterans Emergency Food Program Act of 2018” B22-806
    • As introduced, this bill establishes a food bank for veterans run by the Office of Veteran’s Affairs.

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

A Fun Time For All:
18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day

Saturday, Councilmember Todd was delighted to host the 18th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day at West Education Campus. It was a great time for residents of all ages, with food, games, activities, and informational booths. Councilmember Todd extends a warm thank you the members of the planning committee, and all the volunteers, vendors, and sponsors for helping to make this the best Family Fun Day yet! To see the entire photo album of the event, click HERE.

Save the date for next year’s 19th Annual Ward 4 Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 23, 2019!

Councilmember Todd, Mayor Bowser
Cut Ribbon On Petworth Meditation Garden,
Free Monday Morning Yoga Offered


Sunday, Councilmember Todd joined, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and members of the community to officially cut the ribbon on the beautiful new meditation garden at 13th St/Quincy St/Kansas Ave, NW. The first of its kind in the District, Councilmember Todd is proud to have led the charge on bringing this world-class recreation amenity to Ward 4. He thanks Mayor Bowser and her administration for their commitment to completing this project, as well as ANC 4C Chair Bennett Hilley and active Southwest Petworth resident Russ Breckenridge for the valuable contributions to the project’s design and community engagement.

Councilmember Todd invites you to join him for yoga in the garden at 6:30 AM on Monday, July 2nd. Bring your yoga mat and get ready for some meditation and relaxation!

Councilmember Todd, Mayor Bowser
Co-Host Sherman Circle Social

Sunday afternoon, Councilmember Todd was delighted to co-host the Sherman Circle Social. He had a wonderful time celebrating community with neighbors, and looks forward to sponsoring a Halloween social in October. Also on Sunday, Councilmember Todd attended the Shepherd Park Citizens Association Picnic and celebrated Homestead’s two-year anniversary on Georgia Avenue in Petworth. There is so much to be proud of in Ward 4!

Mark Your Calendar

Ward 4 Constituent Mix & Mingle:
Thursday, June 28th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Culture Coffee Too

Join Councilmember Todd for a Constituent Mix & Mingle on Thursday, June 28th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Rd, NE). Come meet new neighbors and chat with Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council team. All are welcome! Questions? Contact LaRoya Huff at LHuff@dccouncil.us or (202) 368-2518.

March With Councilmember Todd
At 52nd Palisades July 4th Parade

Councilmember Todd invites you to join him, the Ward 4 Council staff, and Ward 4 residents to march in the annual Palisades July 4th Parade. Line-up begins on Whitehaven Pkwy at 10:00 AM (this street is in between Our Lady of Victory School and the fire station). No registration is necessary. Please enter Whitehaven Pkwy via Foxhall Rd. The parade starts moving at 11:00 AM. For more information, visit palisadesdc.org/documents/July4th_infosheet2018.pdf.

To RSVP, contact Jackson Carnes at jcarnes@dccouncil.us or by text (202) 316-9078. Councilmember Todd looks forward to marching with you!

The Citi-Open Tennis Tournament Is Almost Here! 

The 50th Annual Citi Open Tennis Tournament will come back to Ward 4 from July 28th to August 5th. Held at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, the Citi Open Tournament has been a significant part of Ward 4’s summer experience for five decades. Stay tuned for more detailed information on parking, traffic, and other community-related news. For more information about the Citi Open Tournament, visit their website: citiopentennis.com.

Important Announcements

Help Make Government Forms More User-Friendly At Form-a-Palooza:
Saturday, June 30th, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

In April, we asked you, the public, and our government colleagues, which forms needed an overhaul. From those 60+ nominations, we picked five to work on at Form-a-Palooza:

At the event, you’ll choose one form to work on with a small group of fellow residents. Your goal? To produce a rough prototype of a new and improved version of your form! To help guide you, you’ll hear from the government agency who owns the form, as well as experts in user-centered design, plain language, and behavioral insights.

No experience needed. All are welcome and needed! Free child care is provided for 2-8 year-olds on a first come, first served basis. Please request spot when you register.

Learn more at formapalooza.dc.gov.

For reasonable accomodation, contact the.lab@dc.gov.

DPW Trash & Recycling Collections To Begin At 6 AM
Throughout Summer, Takes Effects July 3rd

Summer has arrived in the District and so has the hot weather.. With this in mind, trash and recycling crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be starting their daily collection routes one hour earlier at 6 am, beginning Tuesday, July 3. The earlier collection time will remain in effect for the entire summer, ending Monday, September 3.

“With summer temperatures often climbing above 90°, we want to give our crews the ability to start a little earlier in the day when it’s cooler,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “By starting collections earlier throughout the full summer, our goal is to make things simpler for the residents we serve.”

To make sure trash and recycling are out for pick-up at the earlier time, DPW’s customers can put their items out starting at 6:30 pm the day before their collections are to be made.  Trash and recycling containers should be removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day or a sanitation citation may be issued.

DC Government Resources To Keep You Updated & Engaged

AlertDC is the official District of Columbia communications system that sends emergency alerts, notifications, and updates to your devices. This system enables the District to provide you with critical information in situations such as traffic conditions, government closures, public safety incidents and severe weather. Get the alerts you want — directly from the District of Columbia’s public safety officials and emergency manager. When an incident or emergency occurs, District officials can quickly notify you using this emergency alert and warning system. AlertDC is your personal connection to real-time updates and instructions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. To learn more and subscribe for updates, visit: hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc.

If you want more information about public safety incidents and response, subscribe to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fourth District listserv. To subscribe, send a blank email to MPD-4D-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

If you see something that you think needs the attention of the DC Government, such as a pothole, a tree in need of trimming, or missed trash/recycling pickup, submit a 311 request. On the go? Download the 311 mobile app, more information here: ouc.dc.gov/page/dc311-mobile-app.

DC Free Summer Meals Program For Students, 20+ Sites Available In Ward 4

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available to all students, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The Summer Food Service Program was established to fill this hunger gap and ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Since 2012, more than 5.9 million summer meals have been served through the DC Free Summer Meals Program to children and youth in the District of Columbia. To learn more and find a meal site near you, visit osse.dc.gov/dcsummermeals, text “FOOD” to 877-877, or call 1-866-3-Hungry.

DC Scores Offers Free Summer Camp At Truesdell Education Campus & District-Wide

DC SCORES is a nonprofit organization that provides free afterschool programs and summer camps for youth in Washington, DC.

Our Truesdell Arts & Soccer Camp is open to all youth in rising grades 2-6. The camp runs five weeks long and participants must attend all five weeks.

The camp day is divided into arts programming and soccer programming. Soccer programming is appropriate for players of all experiences and consists of fun activities that focus on a skill of the day. For arts programming, outside experts are brought in to lead sessions on different topics each week, ranging from dance, painting, drumming, playwriting, etc. This camp has weekly field trips and trips to the pool.

Our camps culminate in a celebration that includes a BBQ, staff vs. players game, fun activities, and awards for players who display teamwork, leadership, and commitment throughout the week.

We strive to give all of our campers the best camp experience possible. We hire the best coaches to lead all of our activities. We partner with local agencies to secure the best fields and facilities available. We strive to provide all arts & soccer participants with two camp t-shirts and at least one meal served daily at each camp.

To learn more, visit summer.dcscores.org/camps/arts-soccer-camps/truesdell.

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

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

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 Coordinator
(o) (202) 724-8106
(c) (202) 368-2518


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