1. Paul Flores, a person of interest in the 1996 disappearance of Kristin Smart from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was briefly detained in San Pedro as sheriff's deputies searched his home. Authorities issued search warrants at four locations yesterday – two in San Luis Obispo County, one in Los Angeles County, and one in the state of Washington – the first apparent breaks in the case in over two decades. Flores was briefly handcuffed and questioned in a squad car outside his home in San Pedro before being released. A podcast that premiered in 2019, "Your Own Backyard," generated renewed interest in the case. — PEOPLE
2. Nick Bovis, the owner of former bars Lefty O'Doul's and the Gold Dust Lounge, faces 20 years in prison on federal corruption charges. Bovis is embroiled in the ongoing investigation against the head of San Francisco's Department of Public Works Mohammed Nuru, who is accused of pay-to-play scams and wire fraud. Bovis allegedly conspired with Nuru to bribe officials to ensure leases for new restaurants at prime locations around the city. He is currently out of jail on $2 million bond. Nuru faces up to 25 years in prison for fraud charges and lying to the FBI. — EATER SF
3. The Mission District's Taqueria El Farolito is the best Mexican restaurant in California, according to an analysis from Stacker. The blog looked at data from FourSquare's algorithm, using check-ins, ratings, and "photo trends" to select the best restaurant in each state. Stacker says El Farolito earned a rating of 9.1 out of 10, and was also named by San Franciscans as having the best burrito in the city. El Farolito is cash only and is open until 2 a.m. — KGO
4. The Jefferson Union High School District in north San Mateo County is set to become the first district in the country to build housing for teachers. The bond measure-approved housing project will provide 122 below-market units in Daly City for Jefferson Union faculty. The project aims to help teachers at the school reduce their commutes to provide a better quality of education to students. According to KRON, some teachers currently have commutes of up to 60 miles. The project is expected to be completed and ready for teachers in 2022. — KRON
5. "Morale is at an all-time low" at San Francisco-based Juul, according to a report from Buzzfeed. After a year of layoffs, litigation, and bad press, many employees are considering leaving and others "are unsure of how to spend their days," according to audio recordings leaked to Buzzfeed. One employee said that at least half the company is working on an application that is attempting to argue to the Food and Drug Administration that its devices are safe and "effective" replacements for cigarettes. In December, Tiger Global Management valued Juul at $19 billion, half its valuation from the previous year. — BUZZFEED
6. The fourth installment in the "Matrix" franchise has started filming in San Francisco. Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss were spotted in Chinatown outside the House of Nanking restaurant on Wednesday. The film, which is scheduled to shoot throughout San Francisco through the end of the month, has a release date of March 21, 2021. It has a working title of "The Matrix 4," but as with previous installments in the franchise, that's likely to change. — SF EXAMINER
7. A video of San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, from near the conclusion of Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, says he will be back "with a motherf***ing vengeance." The footage of Kittle was revealed Tuesday night on Showtime's "Inside The NFL." Even as the clock was still ticking down at the Super Bowl, with the outcome all but certain, Kittle was talking about his plans for the 2020 season. He told reporters he spoke with Niners linebacker Kwon Alexander about "The Legendary Revenge Tour of 2020." — SFGATE
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