Good Monday morning, Alexandria!
⛅️ Today’s weather: Expect scattered showers to begin around 2pm today, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 60°F. A northwest wind will be blowing at around 7 to 10 mph. There is a 20% chance of precipitation during the day. Tonight, isolated showers may continue until 2am, becoming mostly cloudy with a low of around 48°F. The northwest wind will decrease to around 6 mph, and there remains a 20% chance of precipitation.
🚨 You need to know
A few days after it first came up in City Council discussion, the Council voted on Saturday to fully repeal an anti-panhandling ordinance the city attorney warned could be a First Amendment violation.
The Washington Post reported that the Council unanimously voted to repeal the restrictions at the public hearing this weekend.
The ordinance — which has been on the books since 1994 — prohibits panhandling on buses, near Metro stations and within 15 feet of an ATM, along with restrictions against ‘aggressive’ panhandling.
An Alexandria police officer speaking with the City Council on Tuesday said the ordinance was rarely enforced, if ever, and City Attorney Joanna Anderson said most of those restrictions — except the ATM one — are covered in other parts of city ordinance.
While the ordinance against panhandling saw little to no enforcement, Anderson warned it still opened the city up to potential First Amendment lawsuits.
“You can’t regulate certain types of speakers differently than other people in the public right of way; that’s where it causes the First Amendment concern,” Anderson said. “There shouldn’t be a law specific to panhandlers: it’s the content of what the person is doing in the right of way.”
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📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
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It’s been a busy week in Alexandria. Just days after Alexandria’s City Council voted unanimously to ditch single-family-only zoning, Mayor Justin Wilson announced that he would not be running for…
The days of digging through archives by address to find a historical report on a building in Alexandria could, themselves, be a thing of the past. Anyone can now easily…
Friends of Guest House needs pajamas and cozy socks for their female residents who are transitioning back to the community from prison. Realtor Maureen Clyne started the annual effort four years ago…
A 4 BD/2.5 BA home with a gas fireplace, patio and a large landscaped yard is included in Just Listed.
Get ready to Shake, Rattle and Roll with this one-of-a-kind, high-octane rockabilly concert experience! Rockabilly Rumble is the all-new, musical experience celebrating the southern rock music that exploded on the scene in the 1950s. Organized by Alexandria City High School Alum and pro-musician Sam C. Jones, this band of world-class performers will have you dancing in your Blue Suede Shoes all night long with songs made famous by Bo Ridley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and more. Relive their most popular hits, along with some forgotten gems. “Rockabilly Rumble” is a dance-worthy, foot stomping evening you’ll never forget!
This show is 21+ only.
YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PHYSICAL ID. A PICTURE OF YOUR ID IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Unwrap the magic of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday all weekend at Current Boutique! Dive into luxury with exclusive deals on pre-loved designer treasures, celebrating sustainable fashion with every purchase. Whether in-store or online, indulge in guilt-free glamour and support local businesses. ✨🛍️👗
💥 Sale: 25% off everything & 50% off tall boots
📅 Date: Friday November 24 – Sunday November 26