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Another mayoral candidate enters the chat: Jimmy DeLeon
With a formal announcement yesterday, Democrat James “Jimmy” DeLeon entered the crowded race for Philadelphia mayor.
- DeLeon spent 34 years as a judge on Philadelphia Municipal Court, running twice for higher court and losing. Now he wants to bring a “no-shenanigans-let’s-follow-the-law” style to City Hall.
As a judge, he faced disciplinary issues twice, resulting once in probation. “That’s why I believe in second chances,” he told Lizzy McLellan Ravitch.
Meet the women of Philadelphia’s cheesesteak scene
What’s your favorite cheesesteak in Philly? John’s, Jim’s, or Joe’s? Is it Pat’s, Geno’s, or Steve’s? How about Tony Luke’s? Barry’s? Max’s? George’s?
- Philly is full of steak shops bearing men’s names, but many shops depend on women to keep things running. They handle finances, they do PR, they manage staff — and even make the sandwiches.
Asha Prihar spoke with five women about what it’s like to be in the cheesesteak biz in Philadelphia.
RECAP: What else happened?
$ = paywalled
- The open seat on the Pa. Supreme Court has its first contender: appellate Judge Daniel McCaffery, who will run as a Democrat. [AP]
- Philadelphia is projecting a $500 million surplus in city coffers at the end of the fiscal year. Wall Street increased the city’s bond rating, but it’s in large part due to staffing shortages, which are affecting city services. [Inquirer$/WHYY/Billy Penn]
- Hoping a coordinated approach can move the needle on gun violence, more than 70 organizations have joined the new Coalition to Save Lives, including businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and faith-based groups. [Tribune$/Save Philly Lives]
- Quinta Brunson, who modeled “Abbott Elementary” after her Philly schoolteacher mom, revealed that despite being retired, her mother still keeps a kindergarten math workbook in the back of her car. Brunson’s Oprah interview airs Saturday. [Billy Penn/@quintabrunson/PhillyVoice]
- Obnoxious announcers said Philadelphia fans “disappointed” them by not being obnoxious enough in their treatment of ex-Sixer Ben Simmons, whose visiting Nets were trounced by a depleted 76ers team. In honor of the occasion: A recent history of Philly’s best boos. [@MrUram/AP/Billy Penn]
The story you didn’t read
? Highlighting good BP articles few people clicked on ?
- Now through Jan.15, The Enterprise Center is hosting its first-ever holiday market, and it’s kind of like a Black-owned Christmas Village. Here’s what you’ll find at the West Philly indoor pop-up.
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts its annual networking luncheon at the Art Museum this year. Mayor Kenney attends today, per his office, but will deliver remarks via prerecorded video instead of live (11 a.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
?? BP Quizzo is back! Join us at Padelphia on the Schuylkill River across from Manayunk. We’ll have three rounds of local trivia, drinks, snacks, prizes — and a chance to find out more about the apparently trendy racket sport called Padel. Free RSVP here. (7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15)
? For a sonic start to the holiday season, listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra live score “Home Alone,” as the Christmas classic plays in the background. Tickets start at $35. (7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Dec. 25 – 27)
? Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the Made@BOK Market, a semi-regular pop-up offering the best of the maker space’s vendors, from wheel thrown pottery to gourmet brownies. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26)