Hey there, San Francisco.
Did you vote today?
I made some last-minute decisions and stopped by my local polling place this afternoon.
There, I caught up with a Department of Elections worker who characterized the day as “pretty bland” so far.
Polling places, the worker said, seemed less busy than they were for the previous election in September (when voters decided not to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom). That was a surprise, they said, given how much local (and national) attention the school board recall had received.
Results are still TBD, but the Chronicle says it expects initial numbers by 8:45 pm tonight. You can check for updates here.
And with that…onto the news…
Top story: The DA’s DNA claim
On Monday, District Attorney Chesa Boudin claimed that the SFPD had used the DNA evidence collected years ago as part of a sexual assault exam to link the victim to a more recent property crime case.
Boudin said his office became aware of the purported practice last week and isn’t sure how many times such information has later been used to make an arrest. The DA dropped the property crime case on Tuesday given the alleged circumstances.
“Rapes and sexual assault are violent, dehumanizing, and traumatic,” Boudin said in a press release. “We should encourage survivors to come forward—not collect evidence to use against them in the future.”
Police Chief Bill Scott told the Chronicle if the allegation is true, “I’m committed to ending the practice.”
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories
😷 Starting Wednesday, fully vaccinated San Francisco residents will no longer be required to wear masks in most indoor spaces. The city’s K-12 schools will still require masks in the classroom until at least February 28, when officials say they’ll reassess the policy. (Chronicle / KRON)
💊 In addition to the five San Francisco store closures Walgreens announced last year, the company will close two downtown locations (at 88 Spear St. and 141 Kearny St.) by the end of February. (Chronicle)
🥈 San Francisco native Eileen Gu won her second medal of the Beijing Olympics, taking home silver in the women’s slopestyle on Tuesday. The 18-year-old Gu, who skis for China, will try for her third medal later this week when she competes in the halfpipe event. (USA Today)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Amazon is using San Francisco’s zoning policy to plot a huge expansion in the city. Some locals aren’t happy (Chronicle)
Levi’s Executive Jennifer Sey Resigns Citing Her Public Views on Covid-19 Restrictions (WSJ)
San Francisco 49ers' network hit by gang's ransomware attack; team notifies law enforcement (ESPN)
S.F. Chronicle photographer Gabrielle Lurie wins Local Photographer of the Year for second straight year (Chronicle)
And finally… Strava artist strikes again
Basically, Maughan makes art with the routes he runs on the fitness app Strava.
And for his latest feat, Maughan ran 95 miles over four days to create the outline of a tiger to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
“The 95 miles I ran…it was hard,” Maughan told The Standard. “But it was not as challenging as the design. The design is always the hard part.”
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading y’all and see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.