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Philly mayoral race kicks into gear with Domb’s resignation

Allan Domb yesterday resigned from Philadelphia City Council. It’s a step toward running for mayor, though he hasn’t yet formally declared candidacy.

  • Several elected officials are expected to step down to vie to replace Jim Kenney, whose second term expires in 2023 — Philly’s “resign-to-run” rule makes it mandatory.

The real estate mogul spoke with Lizzy McLellan Ravitch on Monday about his “humble beginnings” and how his background would serve him as mayor.

Councilmember Allan Domb in 2018

Councilmember Allan Domb in 2018

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How to Philly: Navigating SEPTA buses — and pesky detours

Riding the bus sounds simple — but between utility work and operator shortages, getting from point A to point B in Philly isn’t always straightforward.

  • “Several thousand” bus detours happen each year, per a SEPTA official. Workers generally hang signs, but they’re not always there for temporary detours, when it snows, or when they’ve just been torn down.

Asha Prihar has a comprehensive guide on how to navigate SEPTA’s bus system, including how to manage snags along the way.

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RECAP: What else happened?

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  • Philly’s top federal law enforcement figures are now both women (with the same name, btw): Jaqueline Maguire runs the Philadelphia FBI office, and Jacqueline Romero is U.S. attorney. [KYW]
  • Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has agreed to appear at five debates hosted by media orgs, but it’s not yet clear if Democratic candidate John Fetterman will too. [City & State]
  • The U.S. Army contacted Doug Mastriano’s campaign to advise on “imagery” rules for armed services members, as the gov candidate’s former profile pic appeared to show him in uniform, potentially violating DOD directives. [NBC10]
  • Philly gun buybacks have collected over 1,000 firearms in the past three years, but some experts call them ineffective “theater” and say they can’t be helpful unless they offer the same prices as the illegal market. [Inquirer$]
  • Some parents  have noticed higher price tags while back-to-school shopping. For Philly families can check out this list of backpack and school supply giveaways this month. [Tribune$/Billy Penn]
  • Trying to avoid post-game traffic outside the Linc? Once again, rides home on the BSL are free after every Eagles home game this season. [PhillyVoice]
  • The 5700 block of Wyndale Avenue has been renamed “Lady B Way” in tribute to Wendy “Lady B” Clark, one of the first women to record a rap single. [6ABC]

MAYOR WATCH

The PPA says speed violations along Roosevelt Boulevard, one of the most dangerous roads in Philly, dropped 90% since red light cameras were turned on in 2020. Mayor Kenney joins officials on the Boulevard to highlight the success of the program (11 a.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

🎲 Join us for BP Quizzo tomorrow! We’re heading to the South Philly sports complex at Sports & Social, where cohosts Danya and Sakeenah will quiz you on trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

🏳️‍🌈 Partner event: Star comedians Amy Sedaris and Cole Escola take the stage at the Academy of Music on the Avenue of the Arts for a private show benefitting the William Way Center. Tix available online. (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

📀 Vino & Vinyl night takes over Stratus Rooftop Lounge across from Independence Hall, with a DJ and roller skating dancers. Tickets start at $20. (5 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18)

🎵 Kidchella — yes, that’s a kid-friendly music festival — is taking over Fairmount Park’s Smith Memorial Playground with tunes from Grammy-winning artists Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats and 123 Andres. Tix are $12. (4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19)

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