July 06, 2016

Dear Neighbor,When it comes to keeping our neighborhoods safe, we know we have to work together. It takes a combination of smart legislating, strong policing, and a quality dose of community engagement to keep a Ward running smoothly, safely, and securely.

It’s for that reason that I supported the creation and enactment of the Private Security Camera System Incentive Program, to ensure every resident can keep an eye on their property or business at all times. It’s why I am vigilant in my efforts to keep Ward 4 safe for every resident. It’s why I regularly feature public safety updates from 4th District Commander, Wilfredo Manlapaz, in my newsletters (this week is no exception) detailing the successes of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), as well as ways we can continue to improve.

And, later this summer, my office will host Ward 4 Public Safety Community Engagement Walks to bring together residents from each Police Service Area in the Ward, along with representatives from MPD, and various District agencies, in an effort to bring the public safety process down to the neighborhood level. Nobody knows your community better than you — I need your specific, concrete ideas and proposals for how we can make our Ward a safer place to live and thrive. Let’s get to work, Ward 4!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
A Message from
4th District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz
“We are currently experiencing a 19% overall decrease in crime for the calendar year to date compared to the same time last year.”

Dear Neighbors,

Crime in the Fourth District is trending in the right direction. We are currently experiencing a 19% overall decrease in crime for the calendar year to date compared to the same time last year. Violent crime is down by 13%, and robberies which was one of our largest concerns from last year is down 18%.  Property crimes are down 21% with the largest reduction in burglaries which is currently 22% lower than last year.

We have focused our strategies on reducing robberies and seizing illegal firearms from the streets. The Fourth District has seized over 70 illegal firearms for the calendar year to date and are following up on numerous leads to seize additional firearms.  Many of the firearms we seized came from call from concerned citizens providing MPD with information to identify people carrying illegal guns. Over the last 7 days, officers of the Fourth District seized 6 firearms, arresting 7 people regarding the firearm seizures and closed 3 robbery cases. We ask that the community continue to call 911 when they see crimes in progress, suspicious activities, suspicious person, or suspicious vehicles.

For more information, please visit MPD’s website, and to find your Police Service Area, follow the link HERE. 

Wil Manlapaz
Fourth Police District
Metropolitan Police Department
Washington, D.C.

Spotlight on our Seniors!Councilmember Todd Attends Senior Fest 2K16

Last week, Councilmember Todd attended Senior Fest 2K16 with nearly 1,000 seniors in attendance — many of them from Ward 4! A slew of District agencies set up shop to provide useful and important information for seniors. One, the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking, featured a number of resources many seniors should be sure to review. We’ve pulled a number of them for your convenience below, but be sure to also visit their website for additional information!

Tips for ATM Safety and Use
Fraud Target: Senior Citizens
Protect Yourself From Fake Sweepstakes Scams
What You Should Know About Reverse Mortgages
Insurance Tips for Homeowners and Renters
Things to Know Before Borrowing Money Online

Councilmember Todd Conducts Public Safety Walk-Through in PSA 403 With ANC Commissioners and MPD

On Tuesday, Councilmember Todd conducted a public safety walk-through in PSA 403 in Brightwood Park and along Kennedy Street with Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Nancy Roth and David Sheon, as well as Metropolitan Police Department representatives, 4th District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz as well as Lt. Shane Lamond. The walk highlighted several issues of concern of which our office is already taking tangible steps towards solving. Already, our office is in touch with various District agencies, like the District Department of Transportation and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, to help address the various public safety concerns that exist in the location. Our office is currently planning additional community engagement walks, for which more details will be forthcoming soon, to engage the entire community around issues pertaining to public safety.

Councilmember Todd Celebrates the Opening of Slim’s Diner and Timber Pizza in Petworth

This past week, Councilmember Todd cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Slim’s Diner (4201 Georgia Ave.) a modern take on an old-school diner, and celebrated the opening of Timber Pizza (809 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011), a wood fired pizza restaurant that is certain to be a crowd favorite! These new eateries are two examples of the amazing growth and development coming to the Petworth neighborhood. Councilmember Todd is committed to driving new business to Ward 4 by providing a balanced voice on the D.C. Council, sensitive to the concerns of consumers and business owners alike. Stop by one of these delicious new spots the next time you’re in the neighborhood!

Councilmember Todd Walks in
the Annual Palisades and Crestwood Fourth of July Parades!
On Monday, Councilmember Todd walked in the annual Crestwood and Palisades Fourth of July Parades. It was an amazing morning filled with American flags, hot-dogs, and patriotic cheer! Thank you to all of the Ward 4 residents who came out to walk with us and kick off our Independence Day in style!
Events & Announcements
The Citi Open Tournament Returns to Ward 4: Special Discount for all Ward 4 Residents

The annual Citi Open tennis tournament is returning to Ward 4 this month, from July 16 – 24, at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. The tournament houses some of the premier tennis competitors in the world and is a must-see event for fans of sport and spectacle alike! For more information on the event, please visit the Citi Open website.

Ward 4 residents have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the main event — the Citi Open Finals — by following the link HERE and entering in the promo code: “WARD4”. Don’t miss out on this great chance to see some of the world’s greatest tennis players!

Ward 4 Meet and Mingle with
Councilmember Todd
NEXT Wednesday at Pitch Tavern

On Wednesday, July 13th, between 7:00pm and 8:00pm, join Councilmember Todd at Pitch Tavern (4015 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011) for an informal evening of discussion, good food, and great company! Have a minute after work, and a question for your Ward 4 Councilmember? Come stop by for a relaxed night with Councilmember Todd and some of your Ward 4 neighbors at one of the best restaurants in town. To RSVP, please e-mail our Constituent Services Coordinator, Malcolm Jolly, at mjolly@dccouncil.us.

We can’t wait to see you there!

DC Free Summer Meals Program
Kids and Teens Eat for Free!
From June through August in the District, children 18 and younger are eligible to receive free meals through the DC Free Summer Meals Program. To  find a site near you, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or text “FOOD” to 877-877. Additionally, to find more information, please visit dcsummermeals.dc.gov. Children within the eligible age range for the program do not need to show registration, documentation, or an ID to receive their meals.
DCRA, DCOA, SBRC to Host Senior Day Program TOMORROW, July 7th!
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory (DCRA) Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is collaborating with the DC Office of Aging (DCOA) to host its Senior Day Program for residents 60 years of age and older.

If you are interested in starting a new business or need information on sustaining an existing business, this program is for you! During this these sessions DCRA’s staff will be on hand to provide the regulatory process of corporate registration, business licensing, vending & events, farmer markets, as well as a Q & A session. The event will take place tomorrow, Thursday, July 7, 2016, from 10:15am – 11:45am, at 500 K Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. To register, visit the link HERE!

Eleanor Holmes Norton Annual Job Fair
The Job and Opportunity Fair will take place August 11, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 10:00am‐3:00pm. Last year’s Annual Job and Opportunity Fair brought nearly 3,000 D.C. residents with an extraordinary array of skills, backgrounds, qualifications and over 80 employers.

Registration for this year’s Jobs and Opportunity Fair is now open, and we would love to have you be an exhibitor. Please click HERE to navigate to the registration form. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Hillary Allen at (202) 408‐ 9041 or email Hillary.Allen@Mail.house.gov

Trash, Recycling Collections Will Begin at 6am Wed., July 6 through Sat., July 9 Due to Predicted 90+ Temperatures
The District will experience its first 90°+ heat wave this week; therefore, the DC Department of Public Works trash and recycling crews will begin their collections an hour earlier, at 6 am between Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9. Collections will continue through Saturday this week because DPW observed Independence Day on Monday, July 4 and no collections were made.

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.

Throughout the summer, when the temperature is predicted to be 90˚ or higher or the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announces unhealthy air quality (Code Orange or Code Red days), DPW collection crews will begin their work at 6 am to avoid health or environmental issues.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides essential city services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible for all residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.

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) 724-8793
(c)(202) 316-9078

Whitley O’Neal
Constituent Services Coordinator
(o) (202) 741-5923

Connor Weber
Constituent Services Coordinator
(o)(202) 654-6421

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff/Scheduler
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 304-8123

Jordan Rummel
Communications Specialist
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) (202) 294-2506

Malcolm Jolly
Constituent Services Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8052