July 4, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Today, we come together to celebrate the Fourth of July. All across Ward 4 and the District of Columbia, friends, family, and neighbors are gathering to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. This annual celebration of patriotism is a staple of summer and an excellent opportunity to build community cohesion. From backyard barbecues, to block parties, to the grand fireworks display on the National Mall, July 4th is not only a time to remember our nation’s history, but a time for fun, fellowship, and relaxation.

This Independence Day, the District’s strength and unity will be on full display at the 52nd Annual Palisades Parade, one of the city’s premier Fourth of July celebrations. I hope you will join us this morning: line-up starts at 10:00 AM at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Whitehaven Parkway, and the parade starts moving promptly at 11:00 AM.  I look forward to leading the Ward 4 Council staff and residents in the parade, showing off just how #Ward4Proud we all are.

As we reflect on the meaning of Independence Day, let us never forget that while the United States of America has its imperfections, we are truly a great nation. We are a great nation because we embody many different peoples and backgrounds, we value justice and equal opportunity, and we are a tolerant, welcoming nation. The task before us is to strive toward building a more perfect union, where all Americans have the opportunity to live the best life possible. This July 4th, let us remember that, although the road to progress may seem daunting, the past 242 years have proven that no challenge or hazard is insurmountable, and that America’s greatness still shines bright.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, July 10th at 10 AM in Room 500, Council will hold its final Legislative and Committee of the Whole meetings before entering summer recess. The Council will be in recess from 12:01 am on July 15th until 11:59 pm on September 15th.

Committee markup: On Monday, July 2nd, the Committee on Transportation and the Environment held a markup where they unanimously advanced Councilmember Todd’s “Farmer’s Market Meter Fee Cap Amendment Act.” Councilmember Todd is delighted that this updated bill mirrors the District Department of Transportation’s full exemption of Farmers’ Markets from parking meter fees, and he looks forward to legislatively codifying this measure. Our Farmers’ Markets add so much to our city and with these savings on parking meter fees, they will be able to continue serving our communities for years to come.

Upcoming Hearings:

Friday, July 6
Committee on Transportation & the Environment, 11:00 AM Room 500

  • Rear-facing Car Seat Safety Amendment Act” B22-661
    • As introduced, this bill requires that children under 2 years of age are restrained in a rear-facing car seat when in a vehicle.

Wednesday, July 11
Committee on Government Operations, 11:00AM Room 412

  • “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.

Committee on Health, 10:00AM Room 500

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018” B22-687
    • As introduced, this bill establishes an Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force to study policies and practices in pediatric settings designed to mitigate conditions arising from toxic stressors and adverse childhood experiences.
  • “The Newborn Screening Amendment Act of 2018” B22-751
    • As introduced, this bill requires that adrenoleukodystrophy, the brain disorder causing the progressive loss of myelin, be added to the list of disorders for which neonatal testing must be made available.

Thursday, July 12
Committee on Transportation & Environment, 10AM RM120

  • “DC Water Consumer Protection Amendment Act of 2018” B22-662
    • As introduced, this bill requires that on or before December 1, 2018, and by December 1 of every subsequent year, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority shall provide the Council and the Mayor an annual report detailing customer inquiries and complaints received and their outcomes. Among  other things it grants the Office of People’s Counsel authority to represent District residents in matters related to DC Water.

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

Special Note

Enjoy July 4th:
Firework Rules & Safety, Metro Schedule,
Road Closures & More

Before you purchase an expensive haul of fireworks, make sure that you can legally ignite and use them in the District. In general, any firework that explodes is illegal in the city. Any person found using or in the possession of illegal fireworks in the District of Columbia could face fines and penalties of up to $2,000 and/or arrest for further prosecution. Check THIS fact sheet from the Metropolitan Police Department to ensure that you are celebrating the holiday safely and legally. 

Metro is the fastest, most convenient way to get to July 4 holiday festivities on the National Mall or any of the other great events around the National Capital Region. HERE is an overview of rail and bus service on the holiday, as well as some important travel tips for riders.

For information about city services, parking enforcement, road closures, parks & recreation facilities, and more, visit dc.gov/page/independence-day-2018

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Hosts Mix & Mingle;
Attends Senator Satchel Paige Little League,
Lamond Community Action Group Picnic,
Small Business Grand Re-Opening

Councilmember Todd was active in the community this past week. Last Thursday, he hosted a successful Constituent Mix & Mingle at Culture Coffee Too, where residents enjoyed discussing important neighborhood matters with Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council team.

Saturday, Councilmember Todd enjoyed a number of community-building events around the Ward. He started the day by attending the Senator Satchel Paige Little League’s cookout after their game on the beautiful new Bryce Harper Field at Takoma Recreation complex. Councilmember Todd thanks Andre Lee, President of Satchel Paige Little League, for serving as an incredible role model for our young people. Later, the Councilmember attended the Lamond Community Action Group’s Community Day barbecue. He closed out the afternoon at the grand re-opening of Riggs Liquor (5581 South Dakota Ave, NE), congratulating owner John Yoo on their successful re-establishment in the wake of their devastating fire a few years ago. The store looks great! 

Councilmember Todd & Neighbors
Enjoy Weekly Free Yoga In The Park

Monday morning, Councilmember Todd joined neighbors for a session of “yoga in the park” at the Petworth Meditation Garden located at 13th St/Quincy St/Kansas Ave, NW. The Councilmember walked away feeling refreshed and energized, and looks forward to doing it again next week! All are welcome to participate in this complimentary Department of Parks and Recreation program every Monday at 6:30 AM through early August. Bring your yoga mat and get ready for some meditation and relaxation!

Want to learn more about the Petworth Meditation Garden? Check out this article from the new local news website, The DC Line.

Mark Your Calendar

Claim Your Tickets For Ward 4 Night At The Nationals:
Friday, July 20th, 7PM


Come watch our Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves with your neighbors and Councilmember Todd at this annual tradition on Friday, July 20th at 7:00 PM.

Complimentary tickets are available from Councilmember Todd’s office for Ward 4 residents only. To claim your tickets, email Timiyah Carrington  at tcarrington@dccouncil.us and provide: your name, home address, email address, telephone number, and how many tickets you are requesting. Maximum of 4 tickets per household. Limited availability; first come, first served. 

Important Announcements

Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Training:
July 9th, 7 PM, 4D MPD Station 

There will be a free Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Training on July 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm, at the Fourth District MPD Station (6001 Georgia Avenue NW).  We will begin on time, so please arrive promptly.

The training is presented by Samantha Nolan, Citywide Neighborhood Watch/Crime Prevention Trainer. Please tell your friends and bring them along.

If you would like to attend this training, please send an email to NolanTutor@yahoo.com. Packets of training materials are prepared for those attending.  Space is limited so please register quickly. This is a free training for all who would like to learn ways to decrease their likelihood of becoming a crime victim, and those who would like to become a block captain for Neighborhood Watch.  Actual crime scenes will be presented, so it is not recommended for young children.

If your organization would like to start a neighborhood watch program, this is the first step to getting organized.  All individuals interested in becoming a block captain should take this training


Contracting Opportunities At Walter Reed,
Ward 4 Businesses Encouraged To Apply By July 9th

The Parks at Walter Reed are advertising a number of opportunities for local businesses. The deadline to apply is July 9, 2018.

Ellisdale Construction, the Building 14 General Contractor for The Parks at Walter Reed, is seeking bids from qualified subcontractors and suppliers. Learn more here: theparksdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Building-14_Upcoming-Contracting-Opportunities-062818.pdf

The Parks also invites qualified firms to submit an Expression of Interest in providing Professional Real Estate and Broker Services for the Marketing and Sale of Parcel WXY Townhomes. Learn more here: theparksdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/The-Parks-at-Walter-Reed-Parcel-WXY-Sales-EOI.pdf.

Questions About Going Solar?
Office Of The People’s Counsel Has Answers

The Office of the People’s Counsel OPC is proud to present a new guide to help DC consumers learn about a growing energy option & inform underserved communities of the potential to save money on utilities.
Learn about:

  • Environmental benefits of solar-generated electricity
  • Owning versus leasing solar panels
  • Tips for finding a contractor
  • Opportunities for participating in a community solar project & more!
Download a copy of the guide HERE.

Job Corps Info Sessions, Every Wednesday, 10 AM 


Dept. of Human Services Expands Service Center Hours:
Now Open 7:30 AM to 4:45 PM 


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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