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good evening and thanks for joining us on this tuesday. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. in solidarity with wisconsin labor leaders, south bay unions are in force in downtown san jose. hundreds of people still gathering at this hour outside the martin luther king library. they're calling for the standoff in wisconsin, as an attack on the middle class. and while wisconsin's governor maintains collective bargaining among other union strengths, he's crippling the state. south bay union members say workers are not the problem, and they shouldn't be made the scapegoats. >> he forgot to tell that to wall street. so, no, it's not a mistake. we have gone out there and collectively bargained fairly. someone had to sign that, okay. so it was negotiated and collected and fairly done. >> now, the san jose gathering comes on the heels of major concessions made by one of the city's biggest unions, firefighters. nbc bay area's damian trujillo is live at san jose city hall, where the fire union said it just made an unprecedented
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contract extension to save jobs, and they say, ultimately, to save lives as well. >> that's what they're saying, jessica. they're actually giving up 10% in total compensation, reduction in their contracts. that's what the city has been asking for. some would say demanding. they're also offering up a two-tiered retirement system. and firefighters say that is unprecedented. any firefighter will tell you they pull out of a fire station, not knowing if they'll see their families again. it's what they signed up for today. today, they also signed on to giving up some of the benefits attached to taking that daily risk. >> it's just doing the right thing for everybody and it creates some labor peace. >> reporter: firefighters presented this proposal to the city council. they'll give up 10% in total compensation. they're foregoing wage increases for next year and they're offering a two-tier retirement system, something city leaders have been pushing for >> we're rolling back pensions to pre-1996 levels, back where the pension system worked for 40
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years without any problems. >> reporter: in return, firefighters hope to get back the 49 colleagues laid off last year and they hope to prevent future layoffs. >> it's a very good offer and something that we sorely need. >> reporter: the mayor discussed their proposal with the city council in closed session, and will iron out a few details before shaking hands on the concessions. other city unions have been bitter toward police and fire for not making these concessions in the past. >> all the other city employees are giving up 10%, so it seems fair. >> that they are coming forth so that we're all on the same table, i think, is a great benefit to the city. >> reporter: firefighters say they now can worry about fighting fires and not about their fight with city hall. now, on the second tier, firefighters would retire at 75% of their pay. right now that stands at 90%. they say that this proposal will save the city over the next two years $35 million. now, the city council has to vote on this proposal, and then
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the members have to ratify it. we're live at san jose city hall, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, damian. you can get a look at the deal yourself right now at nbcbayarea.com. and coming up at 6:15, political analyst larry gursten joins us for a look at the growing push for pension reform and what that could mean for city and county workers. another big story tonight is the weather. from beautiful sunshine to ominous storm clouds, get ready for a wild night. a fast-moving storm is arriving right now. nbc bay area chief meteorologist jeff ranieri tracking this storm. and when's the rai coming and is it going to pack a punch? >> it certainly is going to pack a punch, raj. the unique thing about rthis, it's going to arrive with the heaviest rain and wind while a lot of you are sleeping. nothing in terms of heavy rainfall right now or moving into the bay area at this moment. however, with the center of the storm system offshore, that's going to be rapidly changing as we head through late tonight and into earlyw omroormorning. we're talking about winds that,
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yes, could top 50 miles per hour rowhen it comes to those gusts, the entire bay area under a wind advisory for late tonig and until early tomorrow morning. our earliest commuters for wednesday morning need to be concerned the most. take a look at this wind futurecast. where you see those areas of orange and red pop up, i have highlighted it right there into 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., that's when those winds could gust 30 to 40 miles per hour tomorrow. not only the wind that couon cause some isolated power outages, but we'll also track some isolated flooding possibilities as well. details throughout the entire hour. the deadly san bruno blast that leveled a part of a bay area neighborhood got the full attention of congress today. pg&e, the company that owns and operated the pipe that erupted into an inferno were forced to answer questions many have been waiting over a year to hear. kris sanchez followed the story and joins us now. what was the big surprise from pg&e?
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>> i would say there were two surprises today. one is a reversal on pg&e's position on automatic valves. the other is the fact that without those automatic shutoff valves, natural gas fueled the san bruno fireball for an hour and a half. because the first pg&e employee to respond wasn't qualified to shut it down. the national transportation safety administration saw images like this one, the crater the blast made, and the pipe ejected from the blast site. the ntsb also saw horrifying video from the night of the explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in san bruno. and today, a company memo revealed that pg&e discouraged the use of automatic shutoff valves, counter to a 1999 federal recommendation. one company official testified that an automatic shutoff valve would have stopped the gas flow from fueling that fireball within 20 minutes instead of the 90 minutes it took on september 9th. still, pg&e's senior vice president of engineering and operations says the fix is just
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not that simple. >> it will be insufficient just to have -- at least in a network system -- a valve that works off of simplistic or incomplete information. you really need to have full situational awareness so you know you're not creating any unintended consequences by shutting down a line. >> now, since the blast happened on september 9th, pg&e reversed its position, now says it favors the automatic shutoff valves. their position may not really matter, though, because san bruno's congresswoman, jackie speier, introduced legislation to make them mandatory. today, the meetings focused on the way that pg&e operates. tomorrow, the hearing will pick up and deal with state and federal oversight. then thursday, the focus will be on industry wide technology. we are streaming all of the hearings for you in case you want to check them out for yourself. go to nbcbayarea.com. jess? >> okay, thank you, kris. four years after a de anza college party ended in rape allegations, that case is
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finally being heard in court. the young woman who claims she was assaulted by several members of the men's baseball team is suing in civil court. the party took place at the home of a player renting the house from his own grandfather. now he and seven other players are the target of the suit which started today. among the first witnesses, a member of the de anza girl's soccer team who testified that three team members say they shoved their way through a door to rescue the young woman being violated. former giants star barry bonds was back in a san francisco court today, and it's the same story. bonds pleased not guilty and his childhood friend not saying anything. both men could eventually go to jail. nbc bay area's traci grant now joins us. she was in the courtroom. and traci, we don't expect any bombshell revelations today, but what stood out to you? was there anything in this? >> reporter: it actually was pretty procedural. but it found it interesting that for years greg anderson has been doing this, but this was the first time that barry bonds was physically in the courtroom to
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watch his old friend and former trainer refuse to testify about bonds' alleged steroid use. but it doesn't seem like it will be the last time. >> can you tell us how you're doing? >> doing very good. how are you? >> reporter: barry bonds whizzed right by the crush of camera as he entered the federal courthouse today for his arraignment. minutes later, he pleaded not guilty in front of a federal magistrate, on four counts including perjury and obstruction of justice. he's accused of lying under oath to a grand jury back in 2003 when he told them he did not use steroids. >> we don't want to get into how barry reacts to one particular thing or another, except, we're getting closer to trial. he's always looked forward to vindication in this case. >> reporter: anything you want to say, mr. anderson? >> no, he doesn't. >> reporter: bonds' former trainer, greg anderson, doesn't plan to say anything in court today. anderson appeared in the same courtroom as bonds today, and told a judge once again he has
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no intention of testifying on whether or not he provided bonds with steroids. anderson spent more than a year behind bars for refusing to testify in 2006. the judge warned him when he returns to court on the 2nd, he'll have federal marshals taken into custody for refusing to testify him again. >> she was trying to encourage him to testify, greg is not going to testify. i'm not going to get into the legal grounds, but i believe there is a legal bar to them being able to put him back in. >> reporter: the judge also decided to allow some testimony bonds' attorneys tried to block, like information from his former girlfriend about violent mood swings and sexual performance issues that she believes were a result of his steroid use. >> the case the government is intending to put on, i think, is going to be featured very heavily on the drudge report. >> reporter: now, prosecutors declined to speak to reporters today, but they did seem pretty pleased by the decisions the judge made about which material
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can be presented in court and which can't. the trial starts in three weeks. live in san francisco, traci grant, nbc bay area news. >> it's been a fascinating several years and it should be a fascinating new weeks until this trial begins. thank you, traci. police now in vallejo are asking this question, where did the pot cookies come from? they're asking that question tonight. pot-laced cookies which sickened several schoolchildren yesterday. take a look, here's the bag. aunty's edibles back of ginger snaps. they don't look like contraband. in fact, you have to look at the fine print to find the word "cannabis." police say a convenience store clerk behave those cookies to an 11-year-old student who stops by the store on the way to school. the clerk told cops that a regular customer of his gave him the cookies and he didn't know they contained marijuana. the students shared the cookies with at least five classmates. >> she ate the cookies. she got high yesterday, a little bit, but the police called me and they said, you know, they warned me, you know, just keep
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an eye on her. >> they asked me if i wanted to try it, and then i tried it, and then it tasted nasty. so i kept on drinking my chocolate milk. >> that little girl along with three other children who complained of dizziness were taken to local hospitals. they were released hours later. well, still ahead at 6:00, the call for safety today after the recent deadly rafting accident in walnut creek. one mother who lost her own son the same way nearly two decades ago shares her tragic story with us. plus, he was never afraid to go trendy, right? san francisco's mayor. so why was gavin newsom change his policy now? the new office that's saving him money and maybe build him a little street cred. i'm scott budman. attention, shoppers. stores want to reach out and touch you on your phone. good idea or a pain in the neck? we'll talk about it, coming up. all right. good evening, i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. we're watching for a r ce on our creeks, rivers, and streams
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tonight. temperatures in the low to mid-50s and it's becoming breezy outside. however, tonight, it's going to be all about the rain and the wind into your morning hours. we'll detail this srm and when you will see those raindrops, coming up.
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let's talk technology. your cell phone knows where you are most of the time, so can it help you shop? you were at the mall? >> where else would we go to test it? we went to the mall. the idea that your friends and favorite stores can track you on your cell phone's gps is already catching on. today carrier at&t says it will let some of those merchants text message you when you're nearby. >> you can use a guinness right about now. >> reporter: nine years ago, the movie "minority report" imagined a shopping trip where the walls told you about nearby deals.
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now you're at&t-powered cell phone, and we know it's with you at mall, can reach out and touch you with a text message about nearby deals. >> i think it'd be good if i were interested. i guess you could turn it off, but, your location, but it would be pretty annoying to be driving all throughout town and get text after text after text. >> i think as long as they allow you to go just go, you know, give you the options of stores that give you and just choose which ones you like and which ones you don't and what do you want to receive news from, you know, i think it would work really well. >> reporter: yes, you can turn it off. at&t says it will only text if you're within a mile of the participating store and if you opt in for the service. >> you know, the holy grail of advertising is relevance. >> reporter: that's three marketeer's ceo jeff holmes who says a trip to the mall could be more efficient with text messages. >> i think location-based advertising is fantastic, because it helps you get at the
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specific people that you want to reach, not a lot of waste. >> reporter: but location-based shopping apps and testing services are still fairly new, and the jury is still out. >> so many different ways that people can contact you and i feel overwhelmed by that, so i would rather not. i'd opt out. >> you have some people who get a ton of texts already, so for them it's going to be overwhelming and they're not really going to like that. but for a lot of shoppers, knowing the different specials that are going on when they're already in the mode for shopping is going to be beneficial. >> reporter: a new way to get a deal for the wired mobile shopper. >> the at&t texting feature starts later this month. you do have to choose to get the texts. and something else to keep in mind, you will have to pay for those texts, unless you have one of those unlimited texting plans. jessica? >> maybe a little overwhelming for my wallet. thank you, scott. lieutenant governor gavin newsom is returning to san francisco and segt tting up offs into a trendy area. he's moving into the founder's
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den in the south of market neighborhood. it's a shared work space and it's for entrepreneurs. lieutenant governor says, as lieutenant governor, he is an entrepreneur. it was started by the founder's friendster. the price tag will cost taxpayers 00$500 a month, apparently thousands less than the amount to lease space in the state office building. >> and we know that america's stronger when you can't lay someone off because they're more expensive than another person. that's a strong america. >> well, we've seen the rallies in wisconsin and tonight in san jose. dozens of union laborers turned out for a show of solidarity. the south bay labor counsel organizing the demonstration in front of the king library in san jose, as we speak. still, though, from new jersey to california, the drum beat of pension reform movement gets louder every day. the question tonight, will it happen here? we're joined by our nbc political analyst, now larry gerston. let's start right away. sending a message, this rally,
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and who are they sending a message to? >> they're sending a message to the city council, to the public, and sending a message to the members. we're not going to roll over, as you've seen in other places. that said, let's remember something from last november. proposition "w," the whole idea, allowing the city to negotiate passed, 72% of the voters said yes. so, obviously, there's an awful lot of interest in doing what these union folks don't want to see. >> the critics will say, when did everyone start demonizing public workers, pension workers, and the unions. when did this happen? just with the budget crisis lately? >> well, the budget crisis leaves everybody the opportunity to see what's going on, where we're spending too much money, that kind of thing. but this has been going on for a long time, raj. for years and years and years, local governments, particularly, have been going ahead and not only awarding these nice pensions, okay, that's fine, but they haven't been setting the money aside. and so in the process, you've got huge debt mounting, you've got $1.6 billion here, $1.7
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billion there. all the way up to $28 billion in the county of los angeles. that's several times their budget for a whole year. there's no money to do it. >> okay, before we get ahead of ourselves, obviously a big problem is nationally and the state level, but local level now, the local governments, that's what's really holding the bag now? >> that's the toughest of all. national government, national government can always have an unbalanced budget, as much as we don't think it's a good idea. states are just scratching like crazier to make do. california is not nearly as bad as others. but the estimated public pension debt in this state, public pension debt unfunded, somewhere between $250 and $500 billion. hey, that's a lot of monopoly money. >> front page of "the new york times" today said a big national poll, most americans favor, favor unions. and they're able to collectively bargain. that's going against what some of the lawmakers are saying? >> yes, in some states, not in this state, not this california. that's for sure.
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this is a very pro-union state. nationally, unions are about 12% of the workforce. california, about 18% of the workforce. and democrats are very close with the unions, so i don't think we're going to see anything like that. we can, expect, however, to see some changes. there's no doubt about it. the question, however, of whether we go from defined benefits or undefined benefits. the question of whether we perhaps have people work longer until they qualify for pensions. and finally, the idea that we're seeing, right here in san jose, having people dig into their pockets to pay more of their pension costs, to pay more of their health care costs. those days are coming. the question is, how soon do they come and how much will it cost? >> it's a passionate battle. larry, thanks for your time. we'll catch up with you later. >> thank you, gentleman. let's turn things over to jeff ranieri in the weather center to talk about the changes we're seeing. it's going to start this evening? >> as we head into the late-night hours and the storm in the overnight, many of you may be sleeping, but the impacts will be lingering into tomorrow morning. a very nice sunset out here
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tonight in san francisco, and 54 degrees currently. so let's get a look right now at those highs we had today, lows 60s in the south bay, 62 at livermore, and upper 50s and low 60s in the north bay. so not a bad day out there, as this storm continues to get closer. wind advisory for the entire bay area tonight and into early tomorrow morning, with winds that could be sustained 30 miles per hour, gusting even higher into the 40 and 50-mile-per-hour range. we're finding a few returns now beginning here, just off the northern coastline, and this storm is booking, folks. so we're going to show you a look at my satellite loop here in second, once we get over these current temperatures that are in the mid-50s. let's get a look, these winds ramping up already, in anticipation of the front moving in, 20 to 40 miles per hour. as we zoom out, the center of the storm system is still, you know, about 150 to 200 miles out here offshore, but plenty of wind back here with the frontal system, as that will be moving in, once again, late tonight and into early tomorrow morning. we'll start temperatures off tomorrow morning in the upper
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40s and low to mid-50s. and it looks like those first raindrops will be arriving as we head into 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. tonight. details on possible flooding and power outages coming up later on. >> okay, thank you, jeff. now, still ahead, it looked like something out of an action movie. mass gunman storming a bay area tech company, stealing equipment. how did 15 thieves make a clean getaway? plus, just when you thought it couldn't get more bizarre, here we go. we take you inside charlie a sheen's home. the women he calls goddesses and what they have to do with his children. meanwhile, the ladies out here on the red carpet look like goddesses. take a look at some of the eclectic fashion. we're taking you behind the scenes and introducing yworld-usfa mowod-faorusctgh aritemoaf thr , .is.
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well, he's certainly not shot. charlie sheen is once again opening up about his personal
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life, sharing details now of his love life, in the second part of his interview with nbc's jeff rossen. sheen told rossen he is in complete control of his life and he says it's a good day at sober valley lodge, referring to the mansion he now shares with the two women he calls his goddesses. he told rossen the two women, a porn star and a model, give him all the support that he needs, that they even help him raise his twin sons. production on his show had been suspended from the time being and sheen told rossen that he would go back to "two and a half men" if he got a $1 million an episode raise. well, if you like to be the first to know about actors and movies and directors and that whole scene, there's a place that you should head to. the south bay, the place to be in the next few weeks. >> think of this as the bay area's version of the sundance film festival. it's the annual cinequest film festival. now from the california theater in san jose, you have a little red carpet arrival.
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i recognize the man you're with. >> reporter: yeah. i think a lot of people probably recognize this the face. this is john tatouro, actor and director. live television, i got a live interview with john. you're out here and you're being presented with an award. but can you tell me about the film that's going to play tonight? >> well, it's a musical adventure, through naples, italy. and it's already been a big success in italy, and we sold it to a lot of other countries and it will come out in june, in the united states, and it's really an entertaining movie. it's a look at a city through its music, and naples is one of the musical centers in the whole world. so we have music from 1300 to now. and a lot of it's live and all different artists, which you don't probably know. >> reporter: no, i know, i was reading through the list, i'm not going to act as though i do. but i do think people will be
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dancing in their seats tonight as well as enjoying your film. and is there anything particular about the bay area. is there any reason why you decided to come to cinequest and present your film opening night here? >> well, there's a lot of italians in the area. well, there's a certain sophistication about the areas, obviously. you have a lot of cultural institutions that are supported here. and i worked here and i've, you know, gone to theater and concerts here, and it's a lovely area. i have some family here. >> reporter: oh, good! >> it's one of those few places in america that i could see myself, if i didn't live in new york, living. so it's a place that i definitely want trees the film. >> fantastic. >> reporte >> so happy to be here. >> reporter: thank you so much, john, we are live from cinequest. >> i love him. he's a great actor. that's going to do it for us. if you want to check it out
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more, we have photos from the red carpet at nbcbayarea.com. still ahead, they're saying, "not again," neighbors sound off about the bay area creek that took the lives of two teenagers last week. why they knew this creek was a killer long before the boys drowned. also, a lesson in disaster. what bay area engineers are hoping to learn by picking through the rubble in new zealand and why their trip may save your life. could mean hundreds more in your wallet year after year. feed me! saving you money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today. never in my lifetime did i think i could walk 60 miles in 3 days. 60 miles compared to what a cancer patient goes through is a walk in the park. from the moment i registered, people started immediately supporting me and asking me how they could help. you meet the most wonderful, inspiring people. when you accomplish those 60 miles, it's truly life-changing. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime.
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[ female announcer ] flaky and flavorful. served with your choice of side dish for only $11.99. and our endless salad bar for just $2.99. sizzler. thinking fresh. everyday. there are still so many concerns. people who live along the creek where two teenagers died ten days ago, tonight they're demanding change. they say the boys aren't the first people to die in that waterway and they fear they won't be the last. let's bring in now nbc bay area's jodi hernandez. she joins us from concord where one mother is sharing her loss tonight. jodi, this is painful reminder of what she went through, i
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would imagine. >> reporter: raj, that mother is constantly reminded of what happened to her son many years ago. believe it or not, she still lives across the street from this canal. we'll give you the look of the dangerous spillway that's now claimed at least four lives over the years, deaths some say may have been prevented. when i see people, i tell, don't go inside. and i tell the story about my son. >> reporter: rosa alvarez has shared the story of her loss countless times. her 14-year-old son, ricardo, drowned after slipping into the walnut creek canal 20 years ago. the recent deaths of two teenagers and the near-drowning of a woman whose car crashed into the creek last year have left her heart aching all over again. >> i'm cry, because i remember. last year when the lady was in the water, i remember anytime with people, something happen,
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and it made me. >> once you go over that spillway, you can't -- it's very difficult to get out. >> reporter: neighbor linda menkme menkin has watched rescue crews time and time again. she knew instantly what happened when she heard the choppers overhead. >> i came running down saying, not again, not again, when i saw the police and the sheriff's department was here, search and rescue, the helicopter. i said, not again, not again. >> reporter: menkin says not enough's being done to warn people of the danger. >> reporter: this is a teachable moment. she took her concerns to the county board of supervisors this morning, where leaders paved the way for an awareness campaign. >> i think maybe a better objective is to have a situation where people understand, it's not safe to go in, and then they don't want to go in. >> reporter: alvarez prays something's done. she knows what the mothers of the two latest victims are going through.
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>> i saw her, his mother, and i feel bad, very bad. i saw her crying, crying. so i come home and i cry too. >> reporter: now, we are back here live, where you are looking at the waters that -- where tragedy has struck time and time again. you may also notice that there is fencing along this stretch of the canal. that is certainly not the case upstream from here. also, we have noticed that people have found ways to get through the fencing. we noticed a homeless encampment just a short distance upstream from where we're standing. again, a renewed commitment tonight for an awareness campaign. this time, neighbors are hoping that it is a sustained campaign that won't be forgotten. reporting live in concord, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> okay, thank you, jodi. let's hope that does happen. let's turn your attention now to new zealand, where high winds are raising concerns, just
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as that earthquake clean up continues. >> 55 miles per hour, these winds are kicking up debris in christchurch, new zealand. the city rocked by a 6.3 magnitude quake just last week. also, the dry conditions have prompted a total open air fire ban. rescue workers are being required to wear face masks and millions of these masks are being shipped to new zealand. 159 people are dead or missing in the wake of this earthquake. people are being encouraged to stay indoors. now, next week, a team of bay area engineers will head to that quake-ravaged city. they're hoping to learn more about the buildings that survived and try to figure out why some failed. nbc bay area's roe rosato jr. shows us how they'll bring back those lessons. >> reporter: for most people, the buildings of christchurch, new zealand, wouldn't seem like such a destination. >> we're in the business of
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designing buildings to be in earthquakes. >> reporter: they'll go on a tour of christchurch, study the rebel, view the damage, and take plenty of notes. >> interesting things about buildings, every building is pretty much unique. it's not like you have 50 buildings all identical. they're all 50 different buildings. >> reporter: the 6.3 quake h holds plenty of lessons for bay area engineers. the fault line running through christchurch is similar to faults cutting through the bay area and there are other chilling similarities. >> new zealand is a perfect case to go and study, because they have very advanced building codes, pretty similar to ours. >> reporter: federal engineer john lundenberger was 7:00 when the loma prieta earthquake shook the bay area. >> i remember my windows rattling. >> reporter: lundenberger say both christchurch and san
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francisco have seen earthquakes before. >> i want to see how retrofitted buildings did. so the ones that they knew were deficiency and someone went in there and designed strengthening for. >> reporter: wiley has visited the aftermath of quakes in armenia and japan. >> you never know what you're going to see, so you have to have an open mind. >> reporter: he says each quake has its own story, its own tragedies, and its own lessons. and hope flay road map for safer construction that build on the unfortunate past. >> the wreckage still so stunning to see. now, the team was actually supposed to depart this week for new zealand, but because of the ongoing search and rescue operations there, the trip was forced back to next week. a scene out of a hollywood movie, but this was real-life in fremont. police describe a sophisticated team of gunmen staging a high-tech robbery which left several employees frightened for their lives. police say 12 to 15 robbers cut through a fence at the unigen
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corporation on sunday morning, this was in fremont. they approached the loading dock and tied up several workers. the suspects dressed in dark clothing and ski masks then spent the next 30 minutes loading computermoving truck. the value of the stolen items is subscribed as substantial. eventually, the employees removed their restraints and called police. detectives say there is surveillance video of the entire robbery, but they will not release it at this point. well, the state of california officially on the side of gay marriage tonight, following a move by the new attorney general. kamala harris submitted a petition to the ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals, asking the court to allow gay marriage to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex unions. the court is still considering the prop 8 case after a trial judge struck down the ban last year. but the marriages are banned for the time being, because of a stay on that ruling. all right. they were once the must-have dogs, but the bay area's love for these dogs seem to have gone
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cold. what happened to chihuahuas. >> ahead at 6:00, we'll tell you where some puppies are headed in search of a new home. only nbc bay area takes you on the plane with these pooches. and we had a packed house for the opening night of the cinequest film festival. we're telling you what's hot this year, coming up. a nice forecast there, good to be inside, as this storm gets closer, mother nature will be producing her own movie as we head through the next couple hours. after some sun and comfortable temperatures today, we've got rain and also wind coming our way. i'm tracking the storm and i ve 'lha have full details come right up. california should be proud.
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we were the first to ban smoking on airplanes. the first to have smoke-free bars and restaurants. all while saving over $86 billion in health care costs... and over a million lives. we've done a good job. but even if you were born today, you'd still grow up in a world where tobacco kills more people...
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than aids, drugs, alcohol, murder and car crashes... combined. we have a lot more work to do. okay. you know how it goes. utah has sundance, new york has tribeca. but if you want to see up and coming stars, then san jose's cinequest is the film festival for you. >> our morning meteorologist,
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christina loren joining us. we feel underdressed here. you're all decked out on the red carpet. take it away. >> reporter: thank you, raj and jessica, we're having a great time. what's so funny about cinequest is you'll see somebody in a suit and tie, and then you'll see somebody in jeans. tell me a little bit about what people are wearing tonight? >> jeans to gucci. it's everything. they wear what they feel like. >> reporter: they wear what they feel like. 21st annual film festival. what's new this year? >> we're ready to celebrate, big-time. 21 years and it's really about the cinequest experience being so much more than a film festival, spectacular people, we're doing a lot more parties, passionate parties, memorable films, amazing innovations. it's just a great time. we're ready to connect people, to bring them together with the love of cinema and life and to meet each other and just to improve their lives. >> reporter: some people might be overwhelmed, taking a look at this film festival, thinking, god, i don't even think i can afford tickets to an event like that. but, hey, this is pretty
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reasonable when it comes down too it. >> reporter: we keep it very reasonable. it starts at 5:00, not bad in this economy, $10 for a normal screen. you can go see "battle star glaktka" world premiere on thursday night for $10. and we have aztec dancers there for that evening. we're not charging a lot. >> reporter: all right. and it goes until the 13th. there's going to be a lot of fun out here. thank you for joining us. you will see him around. he is pretty much in control of the festival we, overseeing everything, making sure it's fabulous just for you. raj and jessica, back to you at the desk. >> thank you. she's having fun. the cinequest film festival starts tonight and running through the next ten days. >> through march 13th and you can find a complete schedule on nbcbayarea.com. now for laurence scott, what are you wearing, laurence? >> well, i've got a suit on with a tie. >> don't give us so many details. >> the sharks opening their
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pocketbooks today. a strategic move, keeping a key guy from key agency in the off-season. some say this may be overpaying a goalie long-term, but we'll see. plus, the giants sending tim lincecum to the hill for the second time this spring. his efforts, worth noting. and the warriors just wrapping up a thetem laro n fdyinint ex ore st.ts froteindy next in sports. ♪ [ male announcer ] unrestrained. unexpected. and unlike any hybrid you have ever known.
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now, and we were on board, we think. >> sort of. nbc bay area's bob redell on the coast-to-coast flight with the chihuahuas. >> this is virgin america flight 22 from sfo bound to jfk. and all i can say is i-chihua a i-chihuahua. you've got some of the world's smallest dogs being outsourced from the bay area to find new homes in new york. looking at these guys, they're super cute. i know piper's been with you guys for six months. why can't they find homes in san francisco? >> you know, we just have so many of them and there's just an overabundance. part of it is the hollywood effect and, you know, seeing these dogs as purse puppies and not realizing that they're dogs and need a lot of care. and on the east coast, they want them, so we're sending them out. >> reporter: the chihuahua's fellow passengers, aka, the humans, they had no idea that when they showed up this morning, they'd be participating in operation chihuahua.
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>> because there's no way an airplane flight can be sad with puppies on board. >> reporter: so would you try to adopt one of these? >> one of them kind of made friends with me. and i think it might be a candidate. >> reporter: we mentioned we're outsourcing, if you will, 14 of these dogs. that doesn't mean that sf animal care and control is now cleaned out of chihuahuas. unfortunately, you still have about 20 that are remaining that still need homes. here at sfo, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> oh, they are so cute! you can see how the pups fared on the flight by logging on to vigor america's facebook page. so cute and they need a home. i like the chubby one with the kind of round derriere. >> this is what you don't want to follow. the chihuahua story. jeff ranieri, try to top that. i don't know that i can top it. i can agree with jessica that they're so cute, and they're always shaking so much, you know, with those cameras right up into their face. chihuahuas usually don't like to get wet either. if you don't like to get wet, you don't want to be out late tonight or tomorrow morning, as
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we do have winds that are already gusting here offshore, 30 to 45 miles per hour. this front that's already aggressively pushing into the bay area. well, we don't have any rainfall right now, that's going to be increasing through late tonight. a wind advisory already up from the north to the south bay, with winds that could be sustained 30 miles per hour, gusting up to 50 miles per hour. so the north bay will see this rain first, as it's starting to develop offshore, then that will continue to move to the south, into the south bay as we head through the tonight. temperatures not so bad right now, with low to mid-50s. and we had a lot of sunshine today. however, for the earliest hours of wednesday morning, it's going to be windy. we're also going to be watching those river levels closely. because any areas of heavier rainfall that develop certainly could cause some isolated flooding concerns, some ponding on the roadways, as you head out early tomorrow morning on your commute. so throughout wednesday, as this cold front pushes across, temperatures will stay in the 50s and that slot of main rain, once again, as we head into the morning hours. tonight, it's currently dry out there. but by 10:00 p.m., the rain
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starts to move in. and by 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., that's when we'll see some pockets of heavier rainfall, also right into 6:00 a.m. as we advance us into 9:00 a.m., we'll see some spotty showers leftover, and we'll eventually even get in on some sunshine tomorrow afternoon. but it's all about that morning, where we could see the highest pos pos potential of flooding. and with this wind also, and the ground saturated from recent storms and winds that could top 40 miles per hour, we may see some overnight power outages as well. and as we've been hinting at, the isolated urban flooding that could also occur. mid- to upper 40s as we head through the overnight hours. and let's get you that seven-day forecast. you'll see, as we head into tomorrow, once we get over that heaviest period of rain in the earliest morning hours, then we will get in on some sunshine. we'll keep a chance of showers in here as we head throughout thursday's forecast. and then for friday, we dry out. and then, yes, another storm
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system as we head into saturday night and also sunday. you know, that forecast tomorrow, not so sweet. but, jessica, you did sell me some girl scout cookies yesterday. they were so good. >> is there money changing hands here? >> oh, he does owe me $2! i'll take it! >> one, two. >> you're a man of your word. >> what's interesting, you charged me $4. >> he owed me $2. >> i didn't want to forget. >> thank you! i want more than one sleeve of thin mints. the giants have made their way through the rotation today, the second appearance of spring for tim lincecum. lincecum said afterward, he knows he's notorious for having rough outings in spring. his first start friday was shaky, but today he was spot-on. he picks off huff daddy, making sure it sticks. here's another good thing. sanchez making his spring debut. another shoulder spring this
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off-season and the ensuing rehab, but he looks strong, hitting that one on the screws. he was 0 for 3 on the day, but back in there. madison bum gartner had one rough inning, so the panda explosion of the day wasn't quite enough. sandoval with the rbi double scoring posy, but the giants drop this one 3-2. but everyone knows these are just tune-ups. >> obviously, i told you guys, i'm not trying to get too excited about the good things and about the bad things. you try to come in here, get your work in, and take it as is. but right now, it's just about getting our strength up and working to get to that next outing. >> it felt good. you know, it felt good just to get out there. whoo! i just got done, but golly, you get out there, you feel like you're prepared. you lift, you run, you do agility, do sprints, and then get out there and it's like, wow, legs just start getting heavy after the first couple of innings. but it's good. i'm just, you know, happy that i was able to get out there today. >> and their spring home opener
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at phoenix, the a lose to the reds, 7-6. gonzalez was great, two innings pitched, no runs, five strikeouts. spring training continues on comcast sports net. they're in arizona with the complete coverage of the giants and the as, spring training coverage up until opening day, that's nightly 10:30, sportsnet central. the warriors are a key seven games away from oakland. tonight, game two as they visit the pacers. keith smart pacing the floor backwards. he knows this is one of the winnable games. and with his dad in the house, david lee, trying to get this one home, it doesn't go, but watch monote ellis. he had just 13 points. paul george put it together tonight, put his name together. the former fresno state guy getting fancy, putting the warriors away, 109-100.
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indiana takes it. the warriors already slipping on this critical road trip. the sharks not making any moves at yesterday's trade deadline. today, though, they kept a big money move to keep a man between the pipes for years to come. he's had a great couple of weeks, helped the sharks surge back. today, handsomely rewarded. a four-year contract extension worth over $15 million. he would have become a free agent in the off-season, it so looks like he and ontario will likely stay a tandem next season. the sharks will celebrate tonight together at the tank. finally, the folks at "forbes" always doing list and rankings. it's based on lack of championships or having franchises bolt. their criteria puts seattle at the top of this year's list. just one title to claim back in 1979, the sonics won it all. now they're in oklahoma city as the thunder. the seahawkses, they lost in the southbound lane a couple years back. the mariners have never been to
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the world series. so it's been a dry sports title life in the emerald city. rounding out that top five, atlanta, two, phoenix, buffalo, four, san diego, five. all of these teams have had teams in championship game. >> seattle's always gloomy and gray. >> but they have pete carroll. >> thank you, laurence. >> sure. still ahead, one gator we're not too afraid of. really? settling ittle gu is in at one of our local zoos.
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tonight at 11:00 on nbc bay area news, while the san bruno pipeline explosion takes center stage in washington, d.c., here at home, it's personal. >> when you look out and you see this, you really see more than just a vacant lot. you see the lives that have been affected by this, the lives that have ended. you see the lives that have been destroyed. >> it's more than just vacant lots and bad memories. we take you in depth with one family rebuilding, not only their homes, but their lives. forget los gatos or willow glen or pacific heights. more than money, see what this family says san bruno's crest moore neighborhood now has that for them makes it some of the most desired real estate in the
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entire bay area. that's all tonight at 11:00 after an all-new "parenthood." well, the san francisco zoo is now gator country. check it out. that's the zoo's newest attraction. his name is miles. the 6-month-old alligator has been with the zoo since december. he's originally from new orleans and is 6 inches long. it's hard to tell what sex the gator is when they're that little and that young. the zoo is plan on several field trips to schools around the area. it will eventually be returned to new orleans and released into the wild. >> 6 inches. little guy! or little gal. thanks for watching us tonight at 6:00. see you again here at 11:00. >> bye-bye.
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despite signs of recovery, our cities are counties still wallow in red ink. and until we fix the crisis in local governments, the bay area's rebound will be week. i'm susan shaw. the silicon valley index, a sobering new report on the region's economy, concludes that even with a rebound in the private sector, public sector problems will hurt our prosperity. we spend far more than we take in. demand is up, food stamps, medi-cal, pensions, you name it. so even though local governments cut thousands of jobs, the gap between revenues and spending is growing. nbc bay area believes we have to restructure the tax code so it's
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fair to individuals and businesses. we have to decide what kind of government we're willing to pay for and what we're willing to live without. the sooner we get to work, the better. join us, nbceditorials.com.

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