New Focus on One of SF’s Most Notorious Serial Killer Cold Cases

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Hello, Bay Area. It’s Thursday, January 27, and the weather forecast is dashing hopes of rain before the end of January. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Could the San Francisco police be closer to the identity of the Doodler?

Just days before the city marks the 48th anniversary of the Doodler’s first homicide, law enforcement is doubling the reward for information related to the case. Additionally, officials announce that the murder of attorney Warren Andrews in 1975 is likely the sixth victim in the series of crimes. Andrews wasn’t considered a potential Doodler victim until 2021, when police investigators and Chronicle reporters looked into his case thoroughly.

The San Francisco Police Department’s lead investigator said jostling again for public attention in the case could unearth new evidence and leads.

Here’s why detectives think they might finally be closer to solving the decades-old cases.

Listen: Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan, who reported and narrated the eight-part Chronicle podcast “The Doodler,” explains why police are doubling the reward in the case.

• Revisit our series on The Doodler, the murders and why the case has baffled detectives for so long.

Omicron in Chinatown

Amy Dai (left), a community activist, prepares COVID-19 test kits for residents of hotels in Chinatown.

Stephen Lam/The Chronicle

When you live in 10ft by 10ft rooms, work as essential workers and share a common kitchen and bathroom, how do you escape COVID? When the advice is to isolate yourself from your family members and call your doctor, what happens when your whole family lives in one room?

In the single-room hotels of San Francisco’s Chinatown, there’s nowhere to go, writes journalist Deepa Fernandes.

As local organizations tried to distribute rapid tests and pay local restaurants to provide hot meals for ORS, residents complained the city was not doing enough to protect them.

One family told The Chronicle they felt overlooked by public health authorities. “I couldn’t do anything because there was no place to quarantine us,” said resident Yan Chen.

Learn more about Fernandes.

• So you have your coronavirus, then your variants, then your sub-variants…but don’t worry about the latter, say UCSF doctors. Not the “stealth” sub-variant of the omicron, at least.

• Far fewer people die from the omicron variant compared to previous pandemic outbreaks.

around the bay

Freelance writer Christopher Hall reviews documents sent to him noting that he was denied pandemic unemployment benefits.

Freelance writer Christopher Hall reviews documents sent to him noting that he was denied pandemic unemployment benefits.

Jessica Christian / The Chronicle

Unemployment figures: California is asking 1.4 million self-employed people to prove their eligibility for unemployment benefits during the pandemic, the latest in a saga of massive arrears to the state’s EDD.

The February dry run? A storm predicted to head into Northern California is heading towards the Rocky Mountains instead, meaning the Bay Area will experience an arid start to the month.

Right to housing: Under a new law, tenants in San Francisco will get a 10-day warning period before evictions.

Crime data: Shootings in San Francisco rose 33% last year, a significant jump in gun violence comparable to other cities across the country. More: These maps show where violent crime is increasing the most in Oakland.

New tolls: Use wheels to get to Treasure Island? Here’s why you may soon have to pay to get in and out if you’re driving.

Next in line: California senators and Vice President Kamala Harris will be crucial voices to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. A state Supreme Court justice could be a possible choice.

“Peril!”
champ: Amy Schneider’s run on the show ended Wednesday with 40 straight wins.

what to eat

Fresh flatbread in Badan at the Berkeley Organic Market and Deli.

Fresh flatbread in Badan at the Berkeley Organic Market and Deli.

Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle

From hops to bread, wheat is the name of the game these days in the Bay Area.

For starters, not everything is sourdough here. Bakers specializing in Arabic breads such as za’atar-topped man’oushe and vegan ka’ek are making a name for themselves on the region’s culinary scene.

On the beer side, San Francisco brewery favorite Cellarmaker is opening a new location at Jack London Square in Oakland. Pizzas and hopped beers will be available from Blue Bottle Coffee’s old warehouse, likely by the end of the summer.

Got a carb craving after reading this? Check out our lists of the best pizzas, the best sandwiches and the best Italians.

Bay Briefing is written by Gwendolyn Wu and sent to readers’ inboxes weekday mornings. Sign up for the newsletter here and contact the writer at [email protected]

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