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Councilmember Oh planning to resign to run for Philly mayor

Philadelphia Councilmember David Oh is preparing to resign his at-large seat and launch a long-expected run for mayor.

  • Early February is the target for declaring his candidacy, Oh told Billy Penn. He would be the first Republican to enter the race, and the 11th declared mayoral candidate overall.

In a heavily Democratic city, does Oh have a chance? What’s his legislative record? Meir Rinde runs down what you need to know.

David Oh with 16th District Police Captain Chanta Herder at an August 2022 event discussing relationships between first responders and communities Credit: Cory Sharber / WHYY

Good Karma closes Wash West cafe after $17k goes missing

Readers reached out to tell Billy Penn Good Karma Cafe’s original location was closed indefinitely, per signs on the door citing “embezzlement.”

  • In an email sent to employees, the company president alleged $17,000 was missing from the Washington Square West coffee shop, and said an “internal investigation” was underway.

Police don’t have a record of the theft being reported, Erin Blewett writes — and staff members are confused.

Good Karma Cafe on 928 Pine St. in Philadelphia with signs announcing the location’s immediate and indefinite closure due to embezzlement Credit: Erin Blewett for Billy Penn

RECAP: What else happened?

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Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. In the report outlining priorities for his last year in office, he highlighted “enhancing public safety, increasing the quality of life, and building thriving neighborhoods across the city,” per WHYY.


?️ Red Rum Theater, Philly’s first dedicated murder mystery venue, opens next week in the Curtis Center with a Golden Girls-themed show. Tickets start at $35. (8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17)

? The Citizen is hosting public “job interviews” with each mayoral candidate, and the next free Fitler Club event features Derek Green in the hot seat. (6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17)