September 26, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

This morning, I joined Mayor Bowser and neighbors to cut the ribbon on “The Kennedy” — Ward 4’s new Short-Term Family Housing facility located at 5505 5th Street, NW. This facility, which will provide shelter and holistic wrap-around services to 45 Ward 4 families experiencing homelessness, represents an enormous step forward in the effort to close DC General and replace it with safe, clean, and dignified short-term family housing in each Ward. I could not be more proud that Ward 4 is leading the charge in this city-wide endeavor to revolutionize the way we address homelessness in the District of Columbia.

This ribbon cutting comes on the heels of numerous other accomplishments for the Kennedy Street corridor. We completed the $10 million Kennedy St. Streetscape Improvement Project that brought new sidewalks, lighting, tree boxes, crosswalks, benches, litter receptacles, and curb accessibility to the corridor. We established the Uptown Main Street to spur economic growth along Kennedy & Upper 14th Streets, NW and provide training and technical assistance to businesses. We created the Kennedy Street Economic Development and Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee to help guide and oversee this growth, as well as the Kennedy Street Clean Team to keep the area clean and safe. This community is growing and thriving. And that is what The Kennedy is all about: a community committed to caring for those in need and lending a helping hand.

Since my last update on The Kennedy, I have heard from countless residents interested in volunteering and serving their neighbors at the facility. I am delighted to report that National Center for Children and Families – a locally-based non-profit with over 100 years of experience providing comprehensive services to children, youth, and families – has been selected as the service provider for the facility. Neighbors interested in volunteering at The Kennedy should contact Nicole Flowers, Program Director, at

I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who played a role in completing this vital project, especially Mayor Bowser and the Advisory Team that worked diligently over three years to see this project to completion. Today, I am extremely #Ward4Proud!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Photos From “The Kennedy” Ribbon Cutting


Legislative Update

Mayor-Council Breakfast: On Tuesday, September 25th, the Council met with the Executive Office of the Mayor and Office of the Attorney General for their monthly meeting.

Legislative Meeting: At the 10 AM legislative meeting next Tuesday, October 2nd, Councilmember Todd will honor Ward 4 resident Andrea Roane’s dedication to the field of broadcast journalism and the occasion of her retirement from WUSA after 37 years.

Upcoming Hearings: 

Wednesday, September 26
Committee of the Whole, 10:30AM RM412 CMT ATTEND

  • “Foreign Government Owned Vacant and Blighted Building Amendment Act of 2017” B22-465
    • As introduced, this bill allow the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to classify foreign government owned buildings as vacant or blighted and to list those vacant or blighted buildings that are used for legation purposes.

Thursday, September 27
Committee on Government Operations, 11:30AM RM412 CMT ATTEND

  • “Commission on Archives and Record Management Act of 2018” B22-842
    • As introduced, this bill establishes the Commission on Archives and Records Management to advise and make recommendations to the Mayor, the Council, and the public on the management of public records and for the collection, custody, and preservation of the official records, documents, and publications of the District of Columbia

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety 1:30PM RM

  • Implementation of the Vision Zero and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2018

Thursday, October 4
Committee on Judiciary, 10:30AM RM120

  • “Elder Abuse Response Team Act of 2018” B22-838
    • As introduced, this bill establishes an Elder Abuse Response Team to coordinate services available to victims of elder abuse cases.
  • “Protecting Immigrants from Extortion Amendment Act of 2018” B22-877
    • Expands the crime of extortion to include notification of law enforcement officials about another person’s immigration status

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

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Honors Ward 4 Resident,
Paul Devrouax Way

Last Friday, Councilmember Todd commemorated the life and legacy of Paul S. Devrouax Jr. – a renowned architect who lived in Ward 4 and designed some of the District’s most iconic buildings – by designating the 700 & 800 blocks of G Street, NW as “Paul Devrouax Way.” The location was selected due to its proximity to the Pepco building, which was designed by Mr. Devrouax. Devrouax also created designs for the Reeves Center, the Verizon Center, and the Convention Center. Councilmember Todd, who co-introduced the legislation to make this re-naming possible, remarked that it is a fitting and lasting tribute to Mr. Devrouax’s contributions to the District. He was joined by Mr. Devrouax’s wife, Brenda, and his daughter, Lesley.

Learn more in this DC Line article.

Councilmember Todd Supports Upper Georgia Ave
Small Businesses At Summit

Yesterday, Councilmember Todd attended the Upper Georgia Avenue Small Business Summit hosted by the Brightwood Beacon Business Alliance and the Emory Beacon of Light Community Development Corporation. The Councilmember shared updates with Ward 4 Small business owners on the recent investments made by the DC Government in Upper Georgia Avenue as well as legislative initiatives to foster a thriving commercial corridor. Councilmember Todd thanks the panel participants from inside and outside the Government for sharing their expertise and assistance with the small business owners. The Councilmember will remain a champion of small businesses and will continue to strive to connect them with new opportunities such as Walter Reed. 

Also: the Kennedy Street Economic Development and Revitalization Committee will hold it’s next Quarterly Meeting September 27, 2018, from  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Headquarters (145 Kennedy Street, NW). The purpose of the council is to provide recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding the needs of the community, parking and transportation, and economic development opportunities. Interested in joining one of the Kennedy Street NW Economic Development & Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee’s Sub Committees? Sign up here, Kennedy Street Sub-Committee Sign Up.

Walter Reed Update

Air Quality
In response to community concerns about airborne dust from the demolition of the main hospital building, an air quality monitoring device has been installed on the Walter Reed campus. It will provide real-time analysis to the District Department of Energy and Environment, which will conduct ongoing review to ensure air quality is protected. The District Department of Health will also continue to monitor to ensure health standards are upheld throughout the demolition process.


  • Broke ground on 77 units of affordable housing reserved for previously-homeless DC veterans, delivery in Summer 2019
  • Broke ground on 80 units of affordable housing reserved for seniors at Abrams Hall, delivery in Summer 2019
  • Design & permitting underway:
    – 400-unit residential building at corner of Georgia & Aspen, expected to commence Q4 2018
    – Town Center with 322 apartment units & 60,000 SF of retail, expected to commence in 2019
    – 58 new townhomes on Aspen St between Luzon Ave & 14th Pl
  • For more updates, read Walter Reed’s newsletter The Reeder at

Contracting Opportunities
Please regularly check  for contracting opportunities

Upcoming Event: Farmer’s Market
The seasonal market kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9AM-12PM and will run through October on Sunday, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 during the same time. Everyone is invited to shop quality produce from local farmers while enjoying the beauty and history of the campus – Councilmember Brandon Todd will join The Parks to kick things off!

What: Farmer’s Market at The Parks with FRESHFARM
When: Sunday, Oct. 7 kick-off! Join us the next two Sundays too! (Oct. 14 and Oct. 21)
Where: The Parks at Walter Reed (1010 Butternut Street NW 20012 – enter at the gate located at Georgia Avenue NW and Butternut Street NW)

Councilmember Brandon Todd will join for the Sunday, Oct. 7, kick-off to lead FRESHFARM’s traditional bell-ringing, signaling the start of the market’s three week run. Neighbors, families and friends are all invited to join. There will be live music, fresh produce, and food and drink available for purchase.

Please check and follow @TheParksDC for more information closer to the kickoff date about vendors that will be at the market!

*The market will run the first three Sundays in October, rain or shine.

Mark Your Calendar

Join Councilmember Todd For The
Sherman Circle Halloween Parade:
Sunday, October 28th, 4 PM – 6 PM 


Fourth Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address:
Thursday, October 25th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Rec Center


Join Councilmember Todd for the Fourth Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on Thursday, October 25th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center Center (501 Riggs Road, NE). Come access information and resources from dozens of senior-serving vendors, enjoy complimentary breakfast & lunch, and learn how the Government of the District of Columbia is here to serve our seniors. We hope to see you there!

RSVP with Dolly Turner at (202) 724-8052 or

Important Announcements

Concerned About Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety?
Testify At Wilson Building & Meet With DDOT

Are you concerned about the safety of bicyclists in Ward 4? Councilmember Todd is — especially in light of the recent tragic bicyclist fatalities in the District. There are two upcoming opportunities to make your voice heard:

The Committee on Transportation & the Environment and the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety will hold a Public Roundtable on the “Implementation of the Vision Zero Initiative and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016”

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Room 500
John A. Wilson Building

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official Record. Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony. Witnesses should bring eight copies of their written testimony and should submit a copy of their testimony electronically to

Also: The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is hosting a meeting with the District Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW). The meeting is aimed at identifying those stressful, near-miss crash places throughout Ward 4. It is an opportunity to give input and recommendations on traffic safety in Ward 4, including specific locations of bad intersections, poor street design, and more. Questions? Please email

11th Annual Tenant & Tenant’s Association Summit:
Sat, Sept. 29th, 8 AM – 5 PM,  Kellogg Conference Hotel

The 11th Annual Tenant and Tenant’s Association Summit is being held on Saturday, September 29th from 8am – 5pm. Learn about your rights as a renter, new evictions rules, what to do about landlord tenant issues and emergency housing. Plus, get help from our legal clinic. The summit is free, but you must register by clicking or calling (202) 241-5842.

5th Annual Parent & Family Engagement Summit:
Saturday, September 29th, 10 AM – 3 PM


The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is pleased to announce that the fifth Annual DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place).

Information provided at the Summit will engage, inform, and empower parents and families to effectively support the highest level of quality education for all the children in the District of Columbia.  The Summit will also allow parents to provide feedback to OSSE on the state education plan.

For more information or questions, please contact Valrie Brown at or at (202) 299-2093. Learn more at

Donate Supplies To Victims of Hurricane Florence:
Saturday, September 29th, 4 PM


Questions? Contact Jasmine Byrd at (202) 374-1550.

Great Streets Grant Application Session:
Tuesday, October 2nd, 5:00 – 6:30 PM, WMATA Bus Barn


Are you a small business owner looking to make renovations or repairs? Apply for a Great Streets Grant! The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will be hosting an additional information session to help you determine eligibility.


Upcoming DCOA Senior Telephone Town Halls:
October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th


Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff 
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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/Scheduler
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Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
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(c) (202) 412-2024

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
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Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
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(c) 202-294-2506

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

LaRoya Huff
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
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(c) (202) 368-2518
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