Hey there, San Francisco.
It’s March already!
And in just over three months, San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
On Monday, New York Times Magazine published a wide-ranging interview with the DA that’s worth checking out.
In it, Boudin said that arrest rates, not his policies, have encouraged criminal activity.
“With theft in San Francisco, people believe they can get away with it because only 2 percent of reported thefts result in arrest,” Boudin said.
He also questioned the city’s recall process, especially the idea that the mayor gets to choose his replacement if the recall is successful.
“It creates an incentive for the mayor to always support a recall, because who wouldn’t want to appoint a citywide elected official?” Boudin said.
You can read the full Q&A here.
And with that… onto the news…
Top Story: State Assembly race heats up
A judge ruled on Tuesday that State Assembly candidate David Campos cannot list himself as a “civil rights attorney” on upcoming ballots, claiming the designation would be “misleading voters.”
Instead, Campos, who most recently served as chief of staff to District Attorney Chesa Boudin, will need to describe his occupation as a “criminal justice administrator.”
The ruling resulted from a lawsuit filed by Supervisor Matt Haney, who will face Campos in a runoff election for San Francisco’s open State Assembly seat on April 19.
“It is sad that Campos feels the need to hide his true occupation from voters, because he sees it as a political liability,” Elizabeth Power, a spokesperson for Matt Haney’s campaign, told the SF Standard.
Meanwhile, in a phone interview with The Standard, Campos said: “We’re fine with the [new] designation.”
Tuesday’s news is the latest clash between the political opponents.
In a Twitter thread last week, Campos called out Haney’s record as Supervisor for the Tenderloin District. “If you have done so much to help the Tenderloin while in office, why are 2 people dying per day under your watch?” Campos wrote.
Quick bites: Bite-sized news stories
🌮 On Tuesday, the Chronicle updated its top new Bay Area restaurant list. San Francisco spots that made the cut include: Chuck's Takeaway, Little Red Window, Taksim, Good Good Culture Club, Jikasei Mensho, Automat, and Sorella. (Also, shoutout to Taqueria La Venganza in Oakland, which looks awesome.) (Chronicle)
🛥 San Francisco’s newest ferry service, which runs between Treasure Island and the Ferry Building, started on Tuesday. One-way tickets cost $5 and rides take around 10 minutes. (SF Standard)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Woman Who Died in SF Homeless Encampment Fire Was Mother of 3 and Had Been Evicted (KQED)
After impassioned closing arguments, jury in Stangel trial to begin deliberations (Mission Local)
The story of the Warriors' Berserker, the ahead-of-his-time Bigfoot of NBA mascots (SFGATE)
San Francisco’s first lady of billiards (Examiner)
And finally… Bernal Rock 🇺🇦
Bernal Rock, a “changeable piece of public art” that sits atop Bernal Hill, has another new paint job.
This time, it’s blue and yellow in a sign of support for Ukraine.
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and I’ll see you back here tomorrow! - Nick B.