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Good morning, San Francisco. Welcome to Thursday.

Today's weather: Partly sunny. High of 64, low of 52.

Today's newsletter is 908 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: State's Proposition 1 narrowly passes

California Gov. Gavin Newsom championed the ballot measure. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Voters in California narrowly passed the closely watched Proposition 1 to invest in new housing and treatment facilities for homeless people, the Associated Press projected Wednesday.

Why it matters: The razor-thin margin reflects divisions over how to address the state's chronic homelessness crisis — as well as concerns about forced mental health treatment.

  • The election outcome hung in limbo for over two weeks after the primaries, with the "yes" votes leading this morning by less than 30,000 votes out of more than 7 million cast, according to the secretary of state's office.

What they're saying: Gov. Gavin Newsom, who championed the ballot measure, took to social media shortly after it passed, calling it the "biggest change" California has seen in decades.

  • "This is a huge victory for doing things radically different when it comes to tackling homelessness," he posted on X, formerly Twitter.

Catch up quick: Proposition 1 initially appeared set to become law as votes were counted in the days immediately following Super Tuesday.

Context: Proposition 1 will let the state borrow over $6.3 billion to finance mental health treatment beds and supportive housing for homeless residents.

  • It received support from local officials — including Mayor London Breed — but faced opposition from a coalition of mental health workers and disability advocates who say it will fund facilities that involuntarily hold patients and divert money from local prevention programs.

What to watch: California law does not mandate automatic recounts in election contests, but a recount can still happen.

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2. Throwback Thursday: The time the Warriors drafted a woman

Denise Long and Stephen Curry during a Golden State Warriors practice in 2018. Photo: Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are bringing a WNBA team to San Francisco, but it's not the first time the franchise has ushered women's basketball into the Bay.

Why it matters: The then-San Francisco Warriors' selection of Denise Long in the 1969 NBA draft inadvertently paved the way for women's professional basketball, KQED reports.

What they're saying: "I couldn't turn this down," Long, now Denise Rife, recalled decades later to the Des Moines Register. "I decided to go to San Francisco."

State of play: While Long became the first woman ever to be selected by an NBA team, the historic draft pick was vetoed by then-NBA commissioner Walter Kennedy before she had a chance to suit up because of two reasons: the NBA didn't allow teams to draft women or high school players.

  • Yes, but: Long ended up playing for a women's basketball team that would play before Warriors home games and during halftime, according to the Register.

Zoom in: Long garnered the Warriors' attention while playing high school basketball in Iowa.

  • The 5-foot-11 player became somewhat of a legend in Iowa after she scored 100 points in a game not just once, but three times.
  • In her senior year, Long averaged 69 points per game.

What's next: Now, 55 years later, San Francisco is gearing up to launch the WNBA's first expansion since 2008.

  • San Francisco's WNBA team, which has yet to be named, hits the court for its inaugural season in May 2025.

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3. The Wiggle: Navigating the news

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

ğŸŽ’ An international private school network will open its first U.S. campus — the K-8 Hiba Academy — in San Francisco next year. (SFGATE)

Multiple BART employees who clocked in but skipped work falsely collected thousands of dollars in pay, the transit agency's inspector general has found. (SF Standard)

⌚ Several luxury brands are expanding into Union Square despite recent retail store losses. (SF Chronicle)

A 125-acre parcel of land in Northern California will be returned to the Yurok Tribe, the state's largest Indigenous tribe, and reopen as the 'O Rew Redwoods Gateway park under a new conservation model. (SFGATE)

4. SF travel stats

Average daily miles traveled per person
Data: Replica; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

San Francisco residents travel an average of 24.8 miles per day, compared to the national average of 42, according to mobility analytics platform Replica, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick and Alice Feng report.

Why it matters: These numbers offer a compelling snapshot of differing mobility trends and needs across the country.

  • They factor in all forms of transportation, including personal vehicles, public transportation, taxis/rideshares, walking, biking, etc.
  • The data can also help policymakers, transit advocates and more figure out what transportation solutions or changes make the most sense for their communities.

Zoom in: San Francisco residents travel the ninth-lowest number of daily miles among counties with 100,000 or more people, which makes sense given the city's density.

  • Replica's estimates are based on anonymized mobile device info, roadside sensors, transit agencies and more on a typical spring weekday in 2023.
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5. The best croissant in SF

The croissants at Arsicault. Photo: Willis Lam/Creative Commons

Word on the street is that San Francisco bakery Arsicault has the best croissant in the entire Bay Area.

What they're saying: "This is the kind of croissant that you write love letters about," the San Francisco Chronicle's Cesar Hernandez wrote yesterday. "It is a feat of baking, worthy of all the accolades and hype, and remains consistent over the three years I've been fortunate enough to have it in my life."

🥐 Megan still needs to try out the pastries at Arsicault.

😍 Shawna is binging the new Korean drama "Queen of Tears" on Netflix.

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Kathie Bozanich and Anjelica Tan.