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the inequalities that exist, but i will tell you, some people showed up here to franco gow wa plaza with tear gas masks, batons and shields and while things are pretty mellow here in front of city hall, the day has been marked with clashes. demonstrators began the day by marching around downtown. several hundred people chanted and shouted but for the most part, things stay peaceful as demonstrators expressed their frustration. >> corruption in congress and senate, they are not even listening to our demands. they have a 9% approval rating for a reason. they aren't answering to the will of the people, they are answering to the will of the people who bought them off. >> reporter: but by midday, emotions had heated up as protesters and police began clashing near city hall. officers used flash bang grenades and tear gas as demonstrators threw paint and cans at police. >> noticed that the tempo of the
crowd was a lot more assertive, a lot more aggressive and so we were -- we had to make some adjustments to be able to respond to that. >> if they left, we would have a much better time. we really would. we just want to dance, celebrate the history of may day. that's all we want to do these guys, we have done nothing wrong, nothing wrong. >> reporter: oakland police have called in mutual aid and they are letting the crowd know they are prepared to use tear gas and other means to keep things under control. >> i think one of the biggest difference that you see today is that there is a much more visible presence of uniformed officers from oakland in our surrounding law enforcement agencies because we wanted to send a mess than we are not going to tolerate acts of vandalism, violence or any kind of disruption to businesses. >> reporter: and we are back here live, you can see demonstrators are milling about things are very mellow at this hour, as we speak, hundreds of
protestors on the march and on the move, making their way from the fruitvale b.a.r.t. station to city hall. you can see this there are some police officers out here in riot gear. the bulk of the officers, we understand, are following the crowd, the crowd that is making its way here and should be arriving here within the next 30 minutes. again, things are mellow now but the day has been marked with some clashes and we are at -- we anticipate more as evening falls. reporting live from downtown oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> okay, you mentioned those hundreds of protesters on their way to city hall. we will get our nbc helicopter pitcher to show you exactly what it looks like as they march toward you. if we still have jodi, there's the scene from our helicopter. jodi, what is the plan this evening? exactly what is the plan, 6:00, i understand there is a big rally at city hall and beyond that, do you know what's happening? >> nobody really knows what's happening. there is a 6:00 rally, as you
mentioned, there is probably going to be a general assembly like we saw many months ago but i asked the organizer what the plan was for the evening. he said that things should disperse by 8 but people were free to demonstrate as they chose to and he said that he really couldn't tell us what would happen tonight and we saw today many splinter groups off -- i witnessed myself people taking out batons and trying to break windows. there were folks doing graffiti. as we know from the past, that things only ramp up when it gets dark outside. so definitely police are here and they are ready for whatever happens. mutual aid has been called. there's a number of agencies out here, the alameda county sheriff's department, pleasanton police department, armed with nonlethal munitions, tear gas, bean bags. we can tell you that that flash bang grenade you saw in the video was actually accompanied by a tear gas. it is called cs gas. so, it emitted a small dose of
tear gas. we got a dose of it my photographer got a dose of it in his eyes. a number of nonlethal weapons at their disposal and ready to use them. >> jodi hernandez from oakland, seen the scene play out so many names the last six or seven months. we will stay on it throughout the evening. across bait in san francisco, protesters tore down a giant effigy of corporate america there it is and there it goes. in the city's financial district, hundreds of protesters held a rally in the intersection montgomery and market streets a short time later, they marched through city streets and occupied a vacant building on turk and goff. we want to know what you think. do the occupy protests help the overall movement? we invite to you take part in our flash survey. you can vote by texting or calling us, 408-300-9222. press 1 for yes or 2 for no. business owners in san francisco's mission district were busy cleaning up today after last night's premay day demonstration turned violent. 20 business and 17 cars were
damaged along valencia street after a group of 100 demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest and began vandalizing stores and restaurants. among the targets was the mission police substation, which suffered several broken windows. business owners and neighbors were outraged by the vandalism, which is lined with mostly independent and small businesses. police arrested one person last night. they plan to review surveillance video and other evidence to try and track down more suspects. what do we want? >> contract. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> hundreds of protesters force the shutdown of ferry service between american county and san francisco this morning much the protesters rallied in support of ferry workers, bridge workers and bus drivers. at issue, the ongoing contract dispute between the union and the golden gate bridge highway and transportation district. service was restored in time for the afternoon commute but union organizers say they are planning another strike for may 10th if a contract isn't reached.
the protests, the traffic, the damage and the police response, we will continue to follow this developing story throughout this newscast tonight at 6:00 and 11:00. you can also follow the news online at any time at nbc bay area.com. brian williams will join us for nightly news at 5:30. happening now, president obama just wrapped up a national address from afghanistan about america's future partnership with the war-torn country. the president made a surprise visit to afghanistan, arrive informing kabul under tight security and the cover of darkness. sihis vit comes on the first anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. when he arrived, mr. obama went to the presidential palace yes signed a ten-year strategic partnership agreement with afghan president hamid karzai. the agreement says the u.s. will provide aid, advisers and support even after nato combat troops leave in 2014678 the president also spent time with troops at bagram air base before address the nation just minutes ago. he called today an historic moment for the two nations. >> i recognize that many americans are tired of war.
as president, nothing more wrenching than signing a letter to a family of the fallen. we are lo or looking into the eyes of a child who will grow up without a mother or father. i will not keep american necessary harm's way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security. but we must finish the job we started in afghanistan and end this war responsibly. >> president obama emphasized that the war in afghanistan is ending for u.s. combat troops but the u.s. commitment to the that country is not. the president is expected to be on the ground in afghanistan for less than ten hours and a complete wrap-up on nightly news at 5:30. the perilous financial future of college education in california continues its roller coaster ride. rising costs coupled with declining funding from the state u and it is a trend that doesn't appear to be changing any time soon. today in sacramento, the heads of uc, csu and community
colleges warned that if the state continues to cut education, it could impact the state's fragile economy. the csu and uc system have been cut by $1 billion over the last two years while community colleges have lost $800 million. and now, students are trying to get their education at community colleges have another challenge, cuts to summer school. let's bring in nbc bay area's marianne favro who joins from san jose city college. marianne? >> reporter: raj, many students here at san jose city college say they are frustrated because they need specific classes this summer in order to transfer to san jose state or another four-year university. and they say if they can't get those summer classes, it will cost them valuable time and money. ♪ out of my mind, how could i ever have been so blind ♪ ♪ i was waiting for an education ♪ ♪ it was hard to find >> reporter: what's really going to be hard to find for brian
bautista is the summer class he needs to transfer to san jose state. san jose city college is cutting 40% of its summer courses. >> i believe that's very worrisome because i'm not sure if i will be able to go get the classes i need to get the credits. >> reporter: evergreen college is looking a at 40% cut in summer offerings. the cuts will save the college district $2.5 million and impact 3,000 students. students hoping to take remedial math and english classes this summer will be hit the hardest because those are some of the first classes to go. but marina garcia is worried too. >> i need to take psych 92. and i mean if they don't have it then it's gonna basically stop me from getting, you know, my degree when i'm supposed to be getting it. >> reporter: charles heimler says the district was forced to make tough decisions. >> this winter, we were hit with what was called midyear cuts, another cut and because of that
we had to find $5 million in our budget so that we have enough money to get through the year. >> reporter: other community colleges are also slashing summer classes, including city college of san francisco, which will shut out thousands of students from summer school and shorten the session two weeks. brian jones hope it is he can't take the summer classes he needs, he will still be able to stay on track to transfer to san jose state. otherwise, he will be singing the blues. 70% of the students here at san jose city college cannot afford the $36 a unit and they need to get a special waiver. but that also means that if they cannot get these summer school classes that they need, they won't be able to afford to get them at a private university or online. reporting live in san jose, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> thanks, marianne. still to come at 5:00, we will continue to follow the may day protests in oakland and in
san francisco. another live picture from our nbc chopper where you can see demonstrators gathering right now in the oakland area. so far, so good. very peaceful. we will keep an eye on the situation. plus -- >> they are teaching him to read and write. to count. they have taught him to play football. and that's really kind of neat. >> from africa to the bay area, in our bay area proud series, we follow one teenager's journey from revenue joy? loc -- refugee to local high schooler and how he found his way. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center a few mid to high-level clouds across bay area and temperatures dropping with a small craft advisory on our coast light. stay in the 60s for our wednesday for a lot of us. talk about a larger change, including showers, in a few minutes. and a look at wall street. the month of may got off to a roaring start. the dow closed at its highest level in more than four years, enmlding 273,
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deadly morning in the south bay, a three-alarm fire in south san jose killed a mother and severe injured her husband and child. the fire started about 2:45 a.m. firefighters say it began in the garage and spread into the four plex. four people were rescued from the burning building a a 51-year-old woman died, that was the mother. her husband and 6-year-old son are in critical condition tonight. another son who is 12 years old, has life -- has nonlife threatening injuries. >> the firefighters said it was blackout conditions, it took time to find victims. >> eight other people got out safely. red cross is helping them with temporary housing this evening. jew knew the area was a diverse place but did you know, according to the census bureau, that people here speak 112 different languages? >> in fact, you probably have a hard time naming a language that
people don't speak. here's one for you though, the central african language of songo, the hunt for someone who speaks songo is at the heart of tonight's bay area proud. nbc bay area's garvin thomas joins us with that you gonna speak songo for us? >> not a word of t there are several definitions for understanding, as well as being sympathetic or tolerant. the story has do with definitions, high school students that couldn't understand a classmate showing a lot of understanding, but that's not all because this happy story has an even happier ending. it is tonight's bay area proud. for many folks, their image of high school, through personal experience or popular culture, is of a world divided by cliques, ruled by peer pressure, the kind of place where outsiders are never in. >> all right, ladies and gentlemen. >> reporter: except apparently at san jose's oak grove high
school. for you see you don't get any more outside than samadi jin jingara, 17-year-old very much fugee from the african republic speaking songo. two months after coming from there he has been embraced not just by in crowd but the whole crowd. >> overwhelming, amazing, i'm very proud of my kids. >> reporter: esl teacher goldhammer says the wagon got rolling after she asked students to help him get to class to class. >> getting lost all over campus every single period. >> reporter: the spirit of helping just spread from there. if he is late to class now, it is not because he is lost, it is because he stopped to greet too many new friends. >> so, what number is this one? >> reporter: his classmates have taken an interest in his
education as well. >> 19. >> yeah. 19. >> reporter: rotc members take turns before, during and after class, tightering him in english and math. almost everyone, it seems, has made his transition their priority. what does he make of this? tough to say. his social worker had div cut test finding anyone who spoke his language. >> the universal language, doyle this if i want to see if he is hungry.>> the universal language this if i want to see if he is hungry. we are limited to that. >> reporter: until this past friday. a newspaper story about samadi brought forward a couple of leads. first, two peace corps veterans who had vol run neared central africa some 20 years ago. samadi and his 30-year-old
brother, raymond, chatted politely with him. but it wasn't until an oakley resident and native songo speaker arrived was it clear just how much samadi had been yearning for a bit of home. samadi was particularly excited about the home cooking he brought with him, a taste of the old to go with all that is new. >> we understand what he was saying. >> yes. >> another level to this of course, now that he is there and somebody can really, truly translate, the catholic charities, they are learning samadi's story. this is the sad part about what he went through in refugee camps in the central african republic, they are getting the first story as well.
that is a whole other story. >> thanks for sharing that excellent. >> glad he is here now. thanks, garvin. turn our attention to jeff ranieri, chief meteorologist. jeff, how are you doing tonight? >> cool, refreshing breeze across the bay area. numbers dropping quite a bit. winds out of the west at 20 in san francisco, west at 26 in navado o sustained winds gusting in the 30s. that is allowing our numbers two drop some 10 to 20 degrees with that cool pacific air moving in. 50s and 60s from the south bay to san francisco with currently 55. take you out to our sky camera network, hd view of yes, some cruise ships pulling right up against the embarcadero, tourists no doubt, waiting to get a fresh taste of that pacific air as it moves right throughout downtown. let's bring you back into our weather maps tonight, the big story here that we are following is going to be that breeze, winds west 10 to 20 miles per
hour, the cool air will headline here as we head into wednesday, eventually a few showers coming into that 7-day forecast. the cool air across the four corners, staying in place, then the backside of this region of high pressure, it will keep this dry air also with us, at least for the next 24 hours, then eventually, this pattern will give way to some unusual late season showers heading into thursday. here is the timeline on that we do think by about 6, 7, 8:00 on thursday morning, we will start see a few rain drops potential into santa rosa and navado. the forecast molds extend a little bit more to the south than we saw yesterday. so, by 11 a.m., we may actually see a few showers in san francisco and then by 4 and 5 p.m., back into livermore, fremont and san jose. not a large storm system, by any means but definitely could get the windshield wipers going on the car, may need to get the umbrella out for a bit for thursdays forecast. start off wednesday with 49 in los gatos, 48 in oakland, mid-40s the north bay.
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not your ordinary bird watching, a uc santa cruz biologist went down a lemon to band the baby falcons to determine their gender. three males and female. uc santa cruz has been tracking the falcons nest agent city hall for five years now the falcons are personed right outside of mayor chuck reed's office. >> what a view. one last view from oakland from our nbc chopper this is a scene from san antonio park. about 2,000 people estimated gathered near san antonio park. very peaceful right now. we will keep an eye on the situation. and bring you an update of all the day's news, inclu mday e toy daba today, tonight at 6 p.m. hope to see you then. >> good night. ♪ this is it.