Good morning, San Francisco. It’s Wednesday, January 6th, and here’s some local news you should know today:
A petition calling for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin to resign has more than 7,500 signatures as of Wednesday morning. The backlash against Boudin spiked in recent days, as more details about the tragic New Year's Eve hit-and-run, which killed two people near Second and Mission streets, have surfaced. Reports say that the accused driver was on parole and was arrested several times in recent months, but had not been charged with any new crimes by the DA’s office. “The time has finally come for a mass call to action,” the petition reads. “People are literally dying.”
Troy McAlister, the accused driver in the fatal hit-and-run, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to all the charges brought against him, including two counts of manslaughter, driving a stolen vehicle, and driving under the influence. Judge Richard Darwin decided that McAlister will be held without bail, saying, “there would be serious bodily harm if he was released at this time.”
San Francisco’s effort to count its homeless population will not happen this year due to Covid-19 concerns. The “Point in Time Count,” which typically takes place every two years and requires hundreds of volunteers to manually tally each person seen living on the street on a designated night, helps federal and local officials understand funding and resource needs. The city’s homeless population was around 8,000 in 2019, up 17% from the prior count.
Rent prices in San Francisco continue to drop. In December, rent fell another 2.7% with a one-bedroom apartment at a $1,992 median price point and a two-bedroom apartment at $2,305. Overall, rental rates in San Francisco are down 27% compared to January 2020.
The Bay Area’s bagel scene doesn’t hold a candle to New York’s (Just ask any New Yorker, and they’ll gladly agree). But a recent SF Weekly profile shows how three pop-ups born during the pandemic—Poppy Bagels, Midnite Bagel, and Schlok’s Bagel—are making the case that bagel-magic in San Francisco is on the rise.
Also, have you seen this video of a tornado touching down just north of Chico on Monday? Check it out for some serious Twister vibes.
That’s all for today and thanks for tuning back in to The SF Minute. I hope everyone had a really nice holiday and that things are off to a good start in the new year. As a programming alert, over the next couple weeks, these newsletters might be a bit sporadic (maybe a couple each week), as I work to get some more things in place and try to make this a real business/publication. But fear not! I should be back to a regular cadence later this month.
As always, please let me know if you have any ideas or feedback along the way: email@example.com. I know, I know. Setting up a work email is on my list 😊 . Have a great day! -Nick