August 10, 2016

Dear Neighbor,Like many of you, I am concerned about the incident that occurred earlier this week at Emery Recreation Center. I am just as disturbed as you are by this episode. Our recreation centers should serve as safe havens for our children; there is no room for violent acts.
Over the last several days, I have remained in constant communication with Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier, and 4th District Commander, Wilfredo Manlapaz, to discuss the steps we must take to make our community safer.
Effective immediately, you will notice an increase in MPD roving bike squads along Georgia Avenue between Missouri Avenue and Jefferson Street, with coverage expanding eastward to 6th Street. This will include and result in an increased police presence at the recreation center itself. Additionally, the Chief of Police, various government officials, and I will host a public safety meeting next week at Emery Recreation Center to further engage and inform the community on this highly sensitive topic. 
As we near the upcoming Council period, I will work ceaselessly with my colleagues on the D.C. Council, and the Executive, to find legislative solutions to help address public safety challenges in Ward 4 and across the District of Columbia as whole. These solutions will include the prevention, treatment, and reaction to these kinds of incidents. 
Friends, in so many ways, our community is taking positive strides to curb these acts of senseless violence. The recent National Night Out celebration — at Emery Recreation Center — is evidence of how beautiful, united, and strong we can be when we come together in the name of ideals like peace, brotherhood, and healthy living. Make no mistake; this is only the beginning. I will continue to work with MPD, community leaders, my fellow legislators, and Mayor Bowser to ensure that THIS is the direction our Ward continues to follow. The safety of our children is paramount, and my number one priority; and I will not deter from these efforts until we reach all-encompassing solutions.
In the meantime, please call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious persons or activity. If you notice any broken streetlights, graffiti, or vacant properties, please don’t hesitate to let my office know directly, or report the concern to 3-1-1. You can also reach out to me directly anytime at

Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Show Your Pride in Local D.C. Businesses
D.C. businesses tend to see a slump in sales during the summer and the Department of Small and Local Business Development has started the “Show Your Local” campaign to help curb that trend!

Join me this month by dining and shopping at our local neighborhood businesses. Remember to share a picture with the tags #showURlocal #shopdc to show your DC pride! Please visit for a list of great neighborhood destinations.

Thank you for your continued support of DC’s small and local businesses!

“Ward 4 Night”at the Shakespeare Theater Company
is Aug 21st at 7:30pm!
On Sunday, August 21st, at 7:30pm, we hope you’ll join us for Ward 4 Night at the Shakespeare to watch “The Tempest.” It’s sure to be an amazing night of culture, performance, and Shakespeare magic!

Are you interested in free tickets to the event? Please contact Dolly Turner, with our office, at (202) 724-8052 or

The Week in Review
Councilmember Todd Celebrates New Partnership Between IDEAL Academy PCS and BDG Renewable Energy Development

Over the weekend, Councilmember Todd joined Ideal Academy Public Charter School (Ideal PCS) and BDG Renewable Energy Development to cut the ribbon in celebration of the new partnership between the two, ushering in a new era of clean, smart, and efficient energy at Ideal PCS. In Ward 4, pride ourselves on modern facilities and educational resources for our students –now, we can applaud our efforts to pave the way toward incorporating smart energy tech in our schools.The Councilmember is   proud supporter of adding new clean, renewable energy sources wherever we can here in the District.

Events & Announcements
Save the Date!
PSA 402 Community Walk is on Tuesday, August 23rd!Do you have a public safety concern you’d like to share with a member of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)? Please come out and join our office and MPD Lt. Matt Domas for a PSA 402 Community Walk on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.  The walk will begin at 4th and Marietta PL NW at 7:00 P.M. These walks have proven to be very helpful in identifying various public safety concerns in our neighborhood issues in the neighborhood, and we hope you will come out to participate.

The District Department of Transportation to Host Second Round of Community Engagement Events for the Rock Creek East II Livability Study 
On August 13th, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a second round of community engagement events to obtain feedback for the Rock Creek East II Livability Study’s draft recommendations. The feedback gathered from these events will be used to refine and finalize the recommendations.

The two events will occur simultaneously, on Saturday, August 13th, from 9am – 1pm. One will be held at the 14th and Kennedy Farmers’ Market (14th and Kennedy Streets, NW) and the other at the Petworth Community Market (9th and Upshur Streets, NW). Both locations will featuer the same information, and team members will be present to discuss the recommendations with members of the public.

NPS Ward 4 Beach Drive rehabilitation public information meeting is August 18th

The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting several Beach Drive rehabilitation public information meetings to share information about upcoming improvements to Beach Drive, road closure and detour routes, and answer questions. The Ward 4 meeting will be held on Thursday, August 18th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, at Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW).

NPS will post upcoming road work and closure information, including detour maps, on Rock Creek Park’s website: You can also call the Beach Drive rehabilitation project information phone line for current road closure information: 202-895-6232.

Trash, Recycling Collection to Begin at 6am Monday, August 8th, Through Friday, August 12th
The forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s in the District next week; therefore, the DC Department of Public Works trash and recycling crews will begin their collections an hour earlier, at 6 am between Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12.

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. Please call 311 if you have questions about trash and recycling collections.

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) 741-5293
(c) (202) 412-7310 

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

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

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

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

Gabrielle Priest
Constituent Services Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8052