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Hello, Bay Area. It’s Friday, Jan. 28, and a lawsuit against San Mateo County accuses the justice system of creating a “financial trap” for low-income people. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Looking for a new apartment? You’ve probably noticed that rents in areas that were once known to be cheaper for the Bay Area are no longer.

For example, the median price of a Fairfield bedroom was $1,410 in 2019. This list price rose to $1,660 in 2021, an increase of $250, or 18%, from a year ago. two years.

So, while rental prices are still lower than they were in major Bay Area cities, such as San Francisco and Oakland, several North and East Bay cities are currently counting themselves among the hottest rentals, reports Kellie Hwang.

Where does your city land?

don’t waste

Zach Wu (left) and Gabriela Esparza, sewage control inspectors for the Municipal District of East Bay, transfer sewer water into bottles that will be sent to labs to test for signs of the coronavirus in Oakland.

Paul Chinn/The Chronicle 2020

The prevalence of COVID in the Bay Area during the omicron surge was tracked through sewage testing, examining sewage to see how concentrated the virus is within a community.

Effluent studies are a relatively new technology, but scientists say they provide useful data for public health experts and hospitals to prepare for surges. For example, data showed that the omicron variant was spreading days before the number of cases started to rise.

The other advantage, according to the Stanford researchers, is that it is not limited to the coronavirus alone. Imagine you are using a sewage sample to test for other viruses such as influenza.

Read more from Annie Vainshtein.

• San Francisco is relaxing its indoor mask requirement for offices, gymnasiums and classrooms starting Tuesday. Contrary to last year’s orientations, people must now be stimulated.

• Oakland joined San Francisco and Berkeley in requiring proof of vaccination to enter bars, restaurants and gyms.

• Should we expect to register for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s what a UCSF expert thinks.

what to eat

San Francisco's historic Chinatown has seen low foot traffic since the delta variant emerged last summer.

San Francisco’s historic Chinatown has seen low foot traffic since the delta variant emerged last summer.

Stephen Lam/The Chronicle

As the Lunar New Year approaches, restaurant and store owners in San Francisco’s Chinatown are hoping the worst of the pandemic is behind them. The historic district, which relies on tourism and old locals to run its business, just wants its loyal customers to feel comfortable coming back.

Looking for a restaurant to celebrate, or maybe some pastries to take home? Check out our top Chinatown restaurants or use some of the recommendations from our Best Day Ever exploring the nation’s oldest Chinatown.

More: Here’s how to have the best day ever at Alameda.

around the bay

People who do not pay to exit through the turnstiles can be charged with fare evasion.  If the fine is not paid on time, San Mateo County automatically adds an additional $300.

People who do not pay to exit through the turnstiles can be charged with fare evasion. If the fine is not paid on time, San Mateo County automatically adds an additional $300.

Darryl Bush / The Chronicle 2003

“Financial trap”: What starts with a $50 fine for jaywalking in San Mateo County can easily snowball into hundreds of dollars in recovery. A lawsuit accuses local justice of profiting from hidden costs.

Case closed: DNA evidence pointed to a 76-year-old man in the 1978 death of a teenage girl. As San Francisco police search for other victims, he says he is not guilty.

“Slowing down gentrification”: Casa Sanchez, the Mission District building where fries and salsa are produced, receives historic landmark designation, a crucial step in preserving San Francisco’s Latino history.

Excessive force? A Bay Area reporter is suing Oakland police over their use of tear gas during protests following the 2020 death of George Floyd.

“You don’t build on a corpse”: The César tapas bar is closing as its owner, Chez Panisse, plans to expand.

In memory: Rachele Sullivan, longtime champion of SF’s leather and LGBTQ cultural district, has died at 54.

“Double standards”: Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is not vaccinated, but a visiting athlete exemption will allow him to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

What the Food + Wine team prepares

Three great wines to buy at Mollie Stone's Markets: Famille Richel Apremont La Combelle Savoie, California Icons Central Coast Rosé and Paul Buisse Chinon.

Three great wines to buy at Mollie Stone’s Markets: Famille Richel Apremont La Combelle Savoie, California Icons Central Coast Rosé and Paul Buisse Chinon.

Esther Mobley / The Chronicle

Sterling, one of Napa’s most-visited wineries before the Glass Fire damaged its tram infrastructure and a storage facility, is slated to reopen in 2023. Owners are rerouting the gondola to another part of the sprawling property to different panoramic views of the Mayacamas Mountains, writes wine journalist Jess Lander.

Plus, wine critic Esther Mobley has bottles under $20 to try this weekend. Look to Mollie Stone’s, the local supermarket chain, for gems in its wide variety of wines. For my part, I will hunt down this Californian rosé.

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