• New data shows that SF’s unemployment rate jumped up at the beginning of the year, from 3.5% to 4%, after recent waves of tech layoffs. That’s the highest level it’s been since October 2021. [Chronicle]
  • And in more layoff news, Levi Strauss will lay off about 150 people at its San Francisco headquarters amid its workforce downsizing. Still, the company did pay $170 million for a ten-year extension of its Levi’s Stadium naming rights deal in January. [SFGATE]
  • Still, against all odds, a store is actually looking to open up in Union Square. Luxury women's knitwear brand St. John is reportedly moving into 245 Post St. in Union Square. [SF Biz Journals]
  • In other tech news, Google fired the engineer who interrupted an executive’s talk at a tech conference this week to protest Google’s contract with the Israeli government. The employee shouted “No cloud for apartheid,” before security escorted him out of the building. [CNBC / X]
  • Microsoft says that Russian-based hackers were able to access some of its core software systems during a January hack. U.S. officials believe that the hackers are part of Russia’s foreign intelligence service. [CNN]
  • Some self-dealing allegations are hitting the Recall Pamela Price campaign. Brenda Grisham, one of the leaders of the effort, apparently shifted $4,500 from the campaign to her own (unlicensed) security firm, “Efficient Private Protection and Security LLC.” [Mercury News]
  • More details have emerged in a Sonoma County shooting last week. Four Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies were giving chase to a suspect who was apparently brandishing and shooting an AK-47 style rifle when the suspect’s car crashed, killing the gunman. [KRON4]

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