FYI in advance of tonight's P-B Dialogues meeting on panhandling in Rochester and whether an ordinance is needed, I heard from Jerry Williams, interim president of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and he said this by email (and was OK with me posting this):
"Last week, the Chamber board unanimously supported the city attorney in his development of an ordinance banning aggressive panhandling. We've had reports from businesses and individuals of the overt aggressiveness of some of the panhandlers, especially in the downtown area.
"Of course, we have not seen the final proposed ordinance but are encouraging the development of one that addresses this issue."
The Dialogues event is at 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Public Library auditorium. Along with three council members, City Attorney Terry Adkins and Salvation Army Major Jim Frye, we'll be joined by Danielle Teal, whose first-person account of panhandling was published on the op-ed page Monday.