September 27, 2017
Dear Neighbor,

As your Ward 4 Councilmember, I know that the safety of our neighborhoods is a top concern for all residents and business owners. That is why I am laser-focused on working with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to ensure that crime continues to decrease and everyone feels safe in their community. I am proud to report significant progress on this continual effort. Ward 4 spans two police districts, the Fourth and the Second, and both districts report notable decreases in overall crime and violent crime rates when comparing January 1-September 26, 2017 to that same period of 2016.

In the Fourth District, which encompasses most of the geographic area of Ward 4 East of Rock Creek Park, violent crime is down a remarkable 27% year-to-date. Broken down into more detail: homicides and sex abuse are down 33%, assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) is down 23%, and robbery is down 28%. Overall crime has seen an 8% decrease year-to-date. In the Second District, covering Ward 4 West of Rock Creek Park, overall crime is down 14% year-to-date, and violent crime is down a total of 16%, with homicides reduced by 67%, and ADW down 26%. 

I commend the MPD on their diligent work to keep Ward 4 safe, from the officer level, to the PSA Lieutenants, to Captains, to the Fourth District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and the Second District Commander Melvin Gresham, all under the leadership of Police Chief Peter Newsham. While constant vigilance is necessary to protect and build on these gains, I have the utmost confidence in the men and women of the MPD to remain focused on serving Ward 4 with honor and bravery.

Public safety is not just a “job” for employees of the MPD — it is a community-wide endeavor. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Fourth District Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) Awards Banquet, where we acknowledged and thanked the MPD personnel and the engaged residents who support them in their efforts. I look forward to doing the same tomorrow evening at the Second District’s CAC Awards Banquet. Together, we will remain focused on keeping our streets safe for everyone. In this task, I will remain a steadfast partner. 


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update
Looking Ahead:
Legislative Meeting: On October 3, Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly legislative meeting.
Committee on Government Operations:
Thursday, September 28th, the Committee on Government Operations will hold a mark-up on:

  • “Office on African American Affairs Establishment Act of 2017”
  • “Digital Literacy Council Establishment Act of 2017”

Upcoming Hearings:
On Monday, October 2nd, the Committee on Business and Economic Development will hold a hearing on Councilmember Todd’s legislation: “Ward 4 Full-Service Grocery Store Amendment Act of 2017” and“Community Residential Facilities Third-Party Notice of Utility Disconnection Requirement Act of 2017.
On Thursday, October 5th the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization will hold a hearing on Councilmember Todd’s “Elder Abuse Public Information Campaign Act of 2017
Monday, October 2
Committee on Business & Economic Development, 11:00AM RM412

  • Ward 4 Full-Service Grocery Store Amendment Act of 2017B22-335
    • Provides exception for any “full-service grocery store” to have the opportunity to obtain a beer and wine license from ABRA.
    • Only full service grocery stores- No liquor
  • “Community Residential Facilities Third-Party Notice of Utility Disconnection Requirement Act of 2017B22-353
    • The bill will require an electric or gas utility to notify a third party to receive notification when the Assisted living residence, Community residence facility, or Nursing facility’s bill is past due and subject to termination, including information on what is required to prevent termination of service.

Wednesday, October 4
Committee of the Whole 4:00PM RM500

  • The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: Inspection and Enforcement of Tenant Housing (Roundtable, no legislation)

Committee on Education 10:00AM RM412

  • Education for Students During After Detention, Commitment, or Incarceration (Roundtable, no legislation)

Committee on Health 11:00AM RM500

  • District of Columbia Health Systems Plan (Roundtable, no legislation)

Thursday, October 5
Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, 10:00AM RM412

  • “Managing Outdoor Work for Seniors Amendment Act of 2017” B22-0235 
  • Elder Abuse Public Information Campaign Act of 2017B22-0402
    • This bill will require the DC Office on Aging to conduct a District-wide public information campaign to raise awareness about elder abuse, and educate District residents on the prevalence and dangers of elder abuse.

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

The Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center

Last Wednesday, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser and others to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, a staple of Kennedy Street and a critical resource for the health and well-being of Ward 4 seniors. Councilmember Todd was delighted to introduce a Ceremonial Resolution honoring the occasion — the “Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center 10th Anniversary Recognition Resolution of 2017.” The Councilmember thanks Hattie Holmes for all that they do for our seniors, and looks forward to the next ten years of their indispensable services on Kennedy Street!
Councilmember Todd Cuts Ribbon on
DCI/LAMB Public Charter School

Last Thursday, Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles,DCI Executive Director Mary Shaffner, and LAMB PCS Executive Director Diane Cottmanand to officially cut the ribbon on the new DC International/Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School (LAMB PCS). Councilmember Todd is delighted to welcome the first occupants of the new Walter Reed site. He congratulated the faculty, students, parents, and neighbors on this significant occasion, and looks forward to a strong partnership going forward. To watch the Councilmember’s full remarks, click the image below:
Councilmember Todd Hosts Meet & Greet With Ward 4 ANC and Civic Association Leaders
Last Thursday evening, Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council team hosted Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and Civic Association leadership from throughout Ward 4 at the home of ANC 4A08 Commissioner Gale Black. It was an excellent opportunity for Ward 4’s leadership to get to know each other better and discuss concerns with the Councilmember and his staff. The Councilmember thanks all who attended, and is grateful to Commissioner Black for welcoming everyone to her lovely Crestwood home. Councilmember Todd will continue to stay engaged with Ward 4 community leadership, including a regular “legislative updates” email regarding matters of interest to our ward. 
A Weekend of Community Across Ward 4
This past weekend, Councilmember Todd visited a number of block parties and events throughout the Ward. It was great spending the weekend with the Brightwood-Petworth Community Association, and at Chevy Chase’s Oliver Street, Northampton Street, and Patterson Street block parties. The Councilmember also attended the grand opening of Patrick’s Pet Care in Brookland, which featured a beautiful carving of Momma, the Petworth pit bull whose inhumane treatment inspired Councilmember Todd to write and champion the “Standard of Care for Animals Amendment Act of 2017.”
Mark Your Calendar

Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address:
Thurs, Oct 26th, 10 AM – 2 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Rec Center

Councilmember Todd invites all Ward 4 seniors to the Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE). As in years past, the event will include health screenings, speakers, music, a host of agencies that assist seniors with aging in place, and Councilmember Todd’s State of the Ward 4 Senior address. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, contact Dolly Turner at or (202) 654-6406

Petworth Jazz Project – Akua Allrich:
Saturday, September 30th, 5-8 PM


Join Councilmember Todd and Petworth neighbors for another great installment of the Petworth Jazz Project on Saturday, September 30th, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the intersection of 8th St and Taylor St, NW.  The fun starts with a kids performance by Baba Ras D, followed by Akua Allrich at 6 PM. The Bibi Ja Korean food truck will be present. Councilmember is delighted to sponsor this event with Mayor Muriel Bowser. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a neighbor and tell a friend. Learn more and RSVP HERE

Important Announcements

Fall, 2017 Ward 4 Progress Report Published

This week, Councilmember Todd’s Fall, 2017 Ward 4 Progress Report was published and delivered to mailboxes across Ward 4. If you have not received one but are interested in learning about the improvements throughout Ward 4, visit: or keep an eye out for copies at a community meeting in your neighborhood. Councilmember Todd is delighted to publish this report and help keep residents informed of all the progress that has been made in Ward 4! 

Coolidge Open House:
TOMORROW, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6 – 8 PM

You are invited to an open house event at Coolidge Senior High School TOMORROW, Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Coolidge Cafeteria (6315 5th Street, NW). Come meet the new Principal, Semanthe Bright, and learn more about the exciting new academic programs offered at Coolidge. Dinner will be provided. RSVP online at

Earlier this month, Councilmember Todd broke ground on Coolidge’s full modernization, and looks forward to cutting the ribbon in August, 2019. Go Colts! 

Petworth Community Market, Community Service Day:  Saturday, Sept. 30th, 10 AM – 12 Noon

Join Community members and market goers for an opportunity to find out more about local services and meet with public officials. Come and discover new urban garden ideas with the Department of Parks and Recreation, check out a street sweeper from the Department of Public Works, and meet Councilmember Todd!

Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation’s Hill Fest Inaugural Event: Saturday, October 7th, 10 AM – 7:30 PM, Garfield Park

Join Jazz star Frank McComb as he headlines the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation Hill Fest in Washington, D.C., along with other national and local acts. The inaugural event will be held Oct. 7, 2017 at Garfield Park (2nd St SE & F St SE) from 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hill Fest will bring musicians together in an effort to translate performances to policy. The festival starts with a conference addressing policy concerns that directly affect musicians on a local and national level, followed by a day-long concert. 

The Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation’s mission is to serve the Washington D.C. jazz community by providing a weekly jam session, an annual jazz festival, and arts advocacy on behalf of D.C. jazz musicians. The Foundation’s vision is to financially assist Washington D.C.-based jazz musicians, venues, and jazz education programs. For further information on Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, visit

2017 College Fair:
Saturday, October 14th, 12-3 PM, Kinsgbury Center

Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is partnering with the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation to host the 2017 College Fair on Saturday October 14 from 12-3 PM at the Kingsbury Center,5000 14th Street, NW.  This 4th Annual College Fair will provide high school students in the DC area an opportunity to gain information about numerous colleges and universities, financial aid, and college life.

Over 100 colleges, as well as military academies have been invited.  Door prizes will be given and refreshments and snacks will be served!

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

Temi F. Bennett
Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8106

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


Malcolm Jolly
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 330-3033

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123

Joshua Fleitman
Communications Specialist
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506

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

Jordan Strudwick
Scheduler/Special Assistant
(o) (202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 368-2518

Jacqueline Campbell
(202) 724-8052
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