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good saturday morning, it is 7:00. we're giving you a live look outside from communications hill over san jose with some low lying clouds there. we appreciate your joining us on this saturday morning. you made it to the weekend. thanks for joining us i'm kira klapper. first, you have our microclimate forecast, which i thought we got break from the heat, but you say it's coming back? >> the heat likes the weekend, too. >> man. >> tomorrow it's going to be heating up. we have low clouds. not a bad start to the morning.
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san francisco, 63 and those gray skies in san jose, currently 67. mid 80s for san jose. oakland, close to 90 inland today. temperatures will trend hotter for tomorrow. could see some upper 90s in those east bay valleys. the latest on hurricane irma. category 4 hurricane, winds of 140 miles per hour. it continues to shift towards the west. potentially better news for orlando, miami, jacksonville on the east coast. the storm surge from this storm could be greater than nine feet as you get into ft. myers and tampa bay as the storm makes its approach from south to north overnight tonight into tomorrow morning. >> you'll continue to follow that for us i know. we'll stay tuned throughout the newscast. as rob just said, hurricane irma's aim is shifting. the latest forecast shows her
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heading for the west coast. the monster storm is shifting away from florida's east coast. miami beach may not bear the brunt of irma tomorrow. but a tornado warning was in effect within the last 30 minutes for that area. warm atlantic waters helped irma strengthen. the massive storm was so powerful, that the entire state of florida still is at risk as rob just said. we're in ft. lauderdale, which is already starting to feel irma's impact. >> reporter: the message clear. >> you need to go now. >> reporter: a masexodus followed as irrelevanta showed its strength. >> we were through katrina, w l
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wilma. >> reporter: the most powerful hurricane on record battered the caribbean, taking lives and homes and leaving more than a million people without power. >> this is is a catastrophic storm. >> reporter: many shelters are full, gas stations and airports closed. preparations made across the state. for protecting animals at the miami zoo to shutting down the happiest place on earth. disney and other theme parks close as irma sets sights on the sunshine state. those who can't make it out are preparing to bear down as the storm hits. hoping for the best. and as the storm continues to get near, we are expecting widespread power outages. the ceo of florida power and light says more than 4 million customers could be without power if hurricane irma stayed on its current track.
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reporting in ft. lauderdale, sarah rosario, nbc news. several of florida's busiest airports have closed ahead of irma. yesterday people were scrambling to catch the last flights out of the state. more than 5.5 million people have been told to evacuate. about a quarter of the entire state's population. we spoke with one man who was still at the miami airport before he escaped to come to the bay area. he caught one of the final flights to san francisco where he'll be staying with his sister. not everyone was lucky to catch a plane before miami airport closed. >> i got an angel. for me it was really sad. some people doesn't get it and doesn't have anyplace to stay so they move to a shelter or something like that. irma is going to hit hard. >> flights out of the miami airport aren't expected to resume until monday at the very earliest. and this was the scene last night at the american airlines baggage claim at sfo.
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flight 167 from miami was full of people relieved to be here in california. >> it was very scary. and also the people, it creates a situation of like, we're in a war. i mean, people fighting for water. lines for gas. no money. >> several passengers we spoke with say they're staying with friends or family here in the bay area because they don't know when it will be safe to return to south florida. be sure to stay with us for continuing coverage of hurricane irma. we're in south florida and will keep you updated on facebook, twitter and instagram pages with pictures and videos. now, to that powerful earthquake that hit mexico. the death toll is rising. this new video shows the force of the tumbler, buildings completed uprooted. 61 people have been killed in the earthquake.
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a coastal state 300 miles from mexico city was hardest hit. the president says the government will rebuild. back here in the bay area, a driver barrels through an oakland intersection. hitting a pregnant woman. we've learned while that woman is alive, her unborn child died. now, the father is speaking out and demanding police catch that driver. the accident happened on 77th and bancroft last month. timothy smith wilson said they were heading to the store for milk. one car stopped for them but another car went around that car. >> if you do something, own up to it. the person could have been there for him. it was an accident. i mean, now look. he kept going. now he's going to be a lot more worse. >> wilson's brother suffered a broken shoulder and fractured face. his fiancee was on life support.
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doctors delivered their baby, but he died days later. please say they're looking for a light colored hyundai. demanding an end to urban shield, dozens of people protested yesterday in front of alameda county's administration building. the controversial police training is taking place across alameda this weekend. those against urban shield say it promotes the militarization of law enforcement. but supporters say it's critical training for first responders. it is 7:07. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, former president bill clinton in san francisco to honor a local hero. we have the message he has for the crowd. dreaded trip to the dmv? it just got easier. the new way to take care of your business without the wait.
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welcome back. it's shy of 7:10 on your
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saturday morning. here's a live look outside at the embarcadero and bay bridge in san francisco. low clouds and fog, nothing new there. but temperatures reaching the 70s in the city today. meteorologist rob mayeda will be along in a bit with a warmer forecast for tomorrow. former president bill clinton came to san francisco with a message of unity. paying tribute to a man who has served his community for 40 years. "today in the bay's" jean ellie was there and has more on the man and celebration. >> reporter: former president bill clinton, governor jerry brown, willie brown and the referend reverend jesse jackson honoring a man for 40 years of service. >> we ought to be all us and figuring out how we can work together. that's the legacy. >> reporter: mr. clinton praised
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the 76-year-old for lifting all people up and bringing people together. a focus clinton says political leaders today should share. >> what they did here for 40 years embodies what america ought to be doing all day every day. >> reporter: a humble reverend brown says the guest list isn't impressive, the message is. >> we have common core values that we've all embraced. and in behalf of the common good of all people. >> reporter: tonight brown's community from all walks of life embraced him. nbc bay area news. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, local college football players kicked off the team. the illegal thing they're accused of doing. and right now we're waking up to gray skies around the east bay. 64 in oakland and for the a's game we'll see temperatures in
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the 70s. hotter weather to wrap up the weekend and a chance of thunder in the forecast. a look at that when we come right back.
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welcome back it's 7:14. low clouds over the san mateo bridge on this saturday morning. meteorologist rob mayeda will be along in a bit with our forecast. looks like 70s and 80s across the area today. 17 players were suddenly booted from the squad last week. those players were living in a three bedroom house in hollister. they said they had an agreement they would buy supplies for the house in lieu of rent in august and start paying rent in september. the college kicked them off the team because they say it violated rules. we spoke to a player, and he
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said they believe that race played a factor. >> we're going to have to dig and figure it out. they say what's done in the dark comes to the light. >> race was not a factor. the only factor was the cccaa regulation. we have to follow the rules. >> the investigation has concluded and the athletes were offered a chance to stay on as just students. they all declined and the school paid for their plane tickets home. imagine not having to wait hours trapped at the dmv. the department is testing out a way to make that happen. it's expanding a pilot program for self-service terminals. those are the kiosks you may have seen. people can use those to renew their vehicle registrations but there may be more functions added in the future. >> we're listening to our customers and providing more offerings we hope will make it
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easier for them to deal with us. >> the best part is the hours. the terminals stay open when the dmv closes. the dmv website has a map of where the terminals are located and you can see where to find them in the bay area. now back to hurricane irma. she passed through the bahamas yesterday on the way to florida. irma was forecasted to bring dangerous storm surges of up to ten feet in cuba and the bahamas. the storm lashed the bahamas with strong winds that caused rough surf. people in the capital, filled sandbags and boarded up their homes and businesses early yesterday to ride out the storm. a bahamas tourism official said the storm didn't hit any major population centers. >> tourism infrastructure will be hopefully very much unscathed. and we can open for business very quickly. we have to get the message out that it's, you know, even though it's gone through the bahamas it
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hasn't hit major population centers, thankfully. >> very lucky. irma battered cuba early this morning and is taking aim at south florida with 160 miles per hour winds. get this, yesterday nasa released footage of hurricanes irma and jose as they appear from the international space station. nasa's own kennedy space center is predicted to be in irma's path. jose is a category 4 storm, with 150 miles per hour winds. it's forecasted to pass close to st. martin over the weekend, delivering a second damaging blow after irma devastated that island earlier this week. they cannot catch a break. meteorologist rab mayeda joins us now. i know you've been tracking irma and you're also tracking our forecast here and you see the heat is returning. >> first heat and then we'll lose the heat and then the humidity. >> great. great for my hair. >> we'll be seeing changes in
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our weather as we go through the weekend. hurricane irma, still a strong storm here. category 4, technically still on the coast of cuba, west northwest movement there, 12 miles per hour. 130 mile per hour sustained winds. we'll show you where the storm is expected to move now. if you saw this map last night, thinking it's shifted to the west, it has. technically some of the eastern side of florida, the atlantic side maybe not seeing the worst of the storm. it's areas like ft. myers, key west and tampa where the legacy of the storm will be the potential for extreme coastal flooding. the storm center moves from south to north, it could be around nine feet. naples and ft. myers on the gulf coast side here of the florida coast. you can see it's a category 4 or 3 storm. through the day tomorrow and into monday and eventually curving back up towards georgia as a tropical storm. we'll have to watch out for more
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flooding rains from hurricane irma. closer to home, we've got misty skies, a little bit of drizzle. calm view around san francisco. we'll see highs approaching the low 70s. nice day today, and tomorrow 80s could be in reach. oakland 64. east bay temperatures as we head through the afternoon, berkeley football at home today. cal looks like temperatures in the low 70s around game time early in the afternoon. pleasanton, 62. afternoon temperatures climbing into the upper 80s in the tri valley. a little bit warmer than yesterday. and san jose, also in that same category of seeing a slight warm up from yesterday's highs. 60s for now. we'll see numbers into the low to mid 80s in the afternoon. today's forecast brings temperatures up close to 90 in the warmest spots inland. 70s san francisco to oakland and upper 80s around morgan hill. what will be interesting here is a transition from upper 80s indeni inland today to temperatures tomorrow that could be close to
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100 around antioch. a one-day warm up as this system spinning to the south which will be tossing strong thunderstorms across southern california. some of that may get pulled in our direction tomorrow. you can see the coastal clouds and fog, tomorrow morning not much in the way of low clouds. a warmer finish to the weekend. then we'll be watching areas to the south of san jose. you can see the clouds coming up by 5:30. tomorrow night, you're beginning to see a chance of scattered showers towards the very end of the weekend. monday through wednesday, as this low sits off to our west. that's going to scoop up moisture from southern california and the desert southwest and send it back over to the bay area. we'll see cooling temperatures, but a chance of some thunderstorms and some showers, especially monday into tuesday. so the weekend will be about some warmer temperatures. san francisco, you can see that. sunday, we'll see highs in the 80s, trending cooler, with a chance of showers and scattered thunder showers monday through
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wednesday. hot temperatures tomorrow, and then for monday, tuesday, possibly into wednesday, as the tropical moisture sweeps into the bay area we'll see chances of seeing showers. and thankfully a much cooler forecast. the sea breeze picks up, comfortable highs inland in the mid 70s by wednesday and thursday. good for people like me with no air conditioning. >> all of us. >> i like that, thank you. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up the invention by a local sixth grade teacher that will make you bay area proud.
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chase. welcome back, great teachers don't just teach from the textbook. they use all sorts of tools to get their messages across. "today in the bay's" garvin thomas has the story of one teacher who used her own stories in this morning's bay area proud. >> reporter: ally graham is a sixth grade science and math teacher who pulled off a
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remarkable feat of makeshift engineering. perhaps the only thing more special to ally than what she created is the lesson she wants her students to get from it. >> what i need you to do is when you get your test put your name on the top. >> reporter: when ally graham got a job as a sixth grade teacher, she was thrilled. ally did, however, have one reservation about teaching middle school. >> oh, shoot. like, what if it's middle school all over again. >> reporter: what she means is that these years can be tough for kids who are different and ally has been different for most of her 25 years. >> i was really young. i was 18 months old and got a disease, so it cut off the si circulation to my feet. >> reporter: two below the knee
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amputations were needed. they didn't slow her down. she never felt different as a kid until, you guessed it, middle school. >> i had a hard time because i was bullied a lot. >> reporter: as she's reached adulthood, she has become more comfortable with her story and her two prosthetic feet. still, she never wants to call too much attention to them. she wants to be known not as the teacher with prosthetics, but just simply, a good teacher. >> please welcome ally graham. >> reporter: which is why a choice she made this summer was so out of character. >> big deal for me to do that. >> reporter: as part of a science teacher camp at the exploratorium, there was a competition to build something from packing material. what ally built. >> we have a whole leg. >> reporter: was a working prosthetic leg, which she then demonstrated to a surprised
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audience. she won the competition. >> that was a big hurdle for me to get through emotionally and being able to just do it. and have people react in a positive way. and not like, oh, that's weird kind of way. it was like, reinforcing and i feel like i've grown even more. >> reporter: ally thinks this was a transformative moment for her. never more focusing on what she's missing, but about what it can add. >> help educate kids and teach them about like having empathy and caring about another person who is different from you. >> reporter: garvin thomas, nbc bay area news. 7:26, much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up we'll have more on hurricane irma as it barrels towards florida. the governor's new message to those who haven't yet left the
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good saturday morning, you have made it to the weekend. it's 7:29. wow, look at that as we look towards san jose. would you have guessed that? from communications hill. usually we see the sunshine now, but this gives us all a break from what's to come this weekend. the heat is back. good morning, thanks for joining us i'm kira klapper. meteorologist rob mayeda is here. we always love seeing you. first, you have a look at our microclimate forecast? >> we're happy to see the fog. this is the cooler of the two weekend days we're seeing. the low clouds in san francisco, 63, pleasanton also in the low 60s. you can see the low clouds into the tri valley this morning.
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san jose, 67. should see mid 80s in san jose. east bay valley may get close to 90. upper 90s possible tomorrow. 70s around san francisco and oakland. the weather, very tranquil. a different story across south florida. hurricane irma, category 4 storm. it is now expected to have a bigger impact on the gulf coast of florida. key west, ft. myers and tampa and curving up towards georgia and atlanta possibly still as a tropical storm as late as tuesday of next week. major impact for the southeast. >> we will continue to -- you will continue to monitor that situation and we'll check in with you in just a bit. thanks. speaking of hurricane irma, the aim is shifting, the latest forecast shows irma's path putting other cities and millions more people on high alert. we have a live look at miami beach right now, which may not
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bear the brunt of irma when she makes landfall tomorrow. irma strengthened to a category 5 storm. the storm lashed cuba early this morning. florida is now the focus. sarah rosario is in ft. lauderdale for us where they're already starting to feel irma's impact. >> reporter: the message clear. >> you need to go now. >> reporter: and a mass exodus followed as irma showed its strength. >> we've been through katrina, wilma, nothing really frightening like this. >> reporter: many heeding warnings as the most powerful atlantic hurricane on record battered the caribbean, taking lives, homes and leaving more than a million people without power. >> this is a catastrophic storm that our state has never seen. >> reporter: many shelters are full. gas stations and airports closed. >> i don't know what to do.
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>> reporter: preparations made across the state. from protecting animals at the miami zoo to shutting down the happiest place on earth. disney and other theme parks closed as irma sets sights on the sunshine state. those who can't make it out are preparing to bear down as the storm hits. hoping for the best. as the storm continues to get near, we are expecting widespread power outages. the ceo of florida power and light says more than 4 million customers could be without power if hurricane irma stays on its current track. reporting in ft. lauderdale, sarah rosario, nbc news. several of florida's busiest airports have already closed ahead of irma. yesterday people were scrambling to catch the last flights out of florida. more than 5.5 million people have been told to evacuate. that's about a quarter of the entire state's population. we spoke with one man that was
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at the miami airport before he escape today come to the bay area. he was able to catch one of the final flights out of the state. he'll be staying in san francisco with his sister but not everyone was so lucky. >> i got an angel. but for me it was really sad. some people doesn't get it, and doesn't have anyplace to stay so they move to a shelter or something like that. because irma is going to hit hard. >> flights out of the miami airport aren't expect today resume until monday at the earliest. and this is the scene last night at the american airlines baggage claim at sfo. flight 167 from miami was packed full of people, relieved to be on the west coast. >> it was very scary. and also the people. it creates a situation of like, we're in a war. i mean, people fighting for water. lines for gas. no money. >> several passengers we spoke with say they're staying with
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friends or family here in the bay area because they don't know when it will be safe to return to south florida. stay with us for continuing coverage of hurricane irma. we'll bring you live reports on our evening forecast. stay updated on facebook, twitter and instagram pages. to other news now, south bay jails are acting fast over fears of recent hepatitis outbreaks. a santa clara inmate and staff member have been infected with the hepatitis a virus. officials say it's unclear whether the cases are linked or if the infection happened inside the jail. the health department is now offering vaccines to all inmates and staff. >> what's important to know and the reason we took this very seriously and mounted a rapid response is that there are ongoing outbreaks in both santa
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cruz and san diego counties. >> the health department says there is no concern for the virus to spread outside of the county jails. there's a new fight to save daca. the uc system has sued the trump administration in an attempt to keep the policy protecting the children of undocumented immigrants. the lawsuit filed on behalf of all students says in part, that the uc system has benefitted from the presence of the d.r.e.a.m.ers, accomplished young men and women who are our students, colleague and neighbors. daca was co-authored by janet napolitano during the obama administration. she's now the uc president and is leading this lawsuit. >> it gives us a lot of renewed energy and an optimism to say we'll continue to move forward. >> earlier this week, president trump agreed to give congress a six-month deadline to draw up new legislation to address the children of undocumented immigrants. another controversial speaker is set to speak at cal,
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the university says security measures are being taken for the appearance of ben shapiro. he is scheduled to speak at cal next thursday. school leaders say they'll be making a large perimeter around the auditorium and all attendees will be required to show a photo i d. he appeared at cal last year without any issues. but after recent issues, the university is taking all precautions. well, we are now on day three of the giant credit hack against equifax with more than s 140 million people affected. almost all of us are at risk of identity fact. is equifax helping or hurting by setting up a new website asking for our data inour busine? we have been on the story from the beginning and we have the latest. >> reporter: as we digested the fact that our private data was
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very likely stolen from credit giant equifax by hackers -- >> this is like the motherlode. >> reporter: security companies sprung into action letting consumers know the truth. there's little we can do. >> outside of going analogue there's not a lot. your digital life is out there. >> reporter: equifax established a website so you can check to see if your information was hacked. to access the information you have to enter part of your social security number. the global security strategist, where they monitor our personal information. but handing equifax more data? >> you know, step back a second
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and think what is their security posture? what data do they require? >> reporter: after all, we know we are likely affected by the data breach and we're all waiting to find out just what that means. scott budman, nbc bay area news. so much to worry about. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, the panda finally broke out of his slump. we'll show you what pablo sandoval did last night in chicago. - grocery outlet is the home of "wow" savings. "wow" means you save 50% or more. there are three stages of "wow". denial. - is this price right? - acceptance. and boooyah! wait for it. boooyah has three "o's". ♪ grocery outlet bargain market ♪ announcer: this week, assorted flavors of power bars are just four for a dollar.
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a historic slump, ended in grand fashion tonight for the giants. ==vo== e a historic slump ended in grand fashion for the giants last night. the team taking on the white sox in chicago. nice. matt moore was the force on the mound, the starting pitcher allowed two runs over six innings. on offense, pablo sandoval led the way. the panda hat a huge home run. ending a 39 at bat hit list streak. the longest in team history.
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wow. over at the colosseum a huge comeback for the a's stort shop marcus simian smashes it. the a's ended up winning to beat the astros 9-8. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, did pg&e cut corners? we investigate what may have sparked the butte fire. 58 degrees for the afternoon, sonoma climbing into the 80s. by tomorrow we could see the temperatures returning to the 90s. how long the heat will stick around and chance for storms in the forecast when we come right back.
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and the forecast path between the time you went to bed and this morning, it's probably shifted some. as you look off to the west, not as big of an impact potentially for parts of eastern florida. now during the day tomorrow, especially from key west, ft. myers, and tampa, we'll see a category 4 or category 3 hurricane. you can see here on this estimate of storm surge or temporary rise in sea level for places near ft. myers up towards tampa bay, could be greater than nine feet. harvey's legacy was days of heavy rain and flooding, this will be coastal flooding on the gulf coast. it will weaken as it moves across georgia, technically maybe a tropical storm. dropping a tremendous amount of rain across the southeastern u.s. right now, half moon bay, a
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tranquil view. 61, misty skies. it carries over into san francisco where it's 63. afternoon temperatures will climb into the 70s. tomorrow we have a chance of seeing 80s in the forecast. right now, 2i62, low clouds in pleasanton. san jose, waking up to those gray skies, 67, highs climbing into the mid 80s this afternoon. starting to warm up today. tomorrow will be even warmer. highs inland make a run at the upper 90s. today, maybe close to 90 around livermore and places like walnut creek. 76 in oakland and staying in the 60s around half moon bay. our temperature trend today, a bit warmer than yesterday but notice the transition from noon to 3:00 tomorrow. for a day, temperatures climbing on sunday and then they'll come
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down. we'll have more humidity as the moisture which is in southern california gets steered back towards the bay area. we'll be watching an area of low pressure to the west which will keep the clouds hugging the coast line. tomorrow maybe not as much cloud cover on the coast. but increasing mid and high level clouds late in the day that could lead to a chance of suing showers late tomorrow. best chance will be as even more moisture comes up monday and tuesday. humidity will go up. temperatures will come down. we'll see temperatures cooling significantly for the second half of the week. a warmer finish to the weekend. thank goodness, san francisco, we're not talking 106 or 102. 80s to wrap up the weekend. a chance of scattered showers early next week. valleys, it's going to be hot. especially tomorrow. increasing clouds and then we'll be watching for the chance of scattered showers, maybe some thunder at times. especially on tuesday. the sea breeze picks up and temperatures cool off for the second half of the week. thank you. it is just shy of 7:47. we have much more ahead on
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"today in the bay." coming up, we investigate how a program to cut costs may have fire. do you hear that? of course you don't. that's the written word right there. it's great for info but short on emotion. today in the beauty of candlestick point you'll hear the beauty of the spoken word at poetry in the parks. it's a collaboration between quiet lightning and the california state parks. artists, beer, wine, there's even going to be an open mike if you become inspired. to cars that look fast while sitting still, orinda will host their 13th annual classic car show to benefit seniors around town. amongst other worthy groups. head out there and check out classic cars. we'll help out some classy seniors. head to the south bay to mountain view for another classy
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group helping out the community and also help yourself by getting a head start on your holiday shopping. moneys raised go to helping amongst others the senior services. their ongoing pursuit of human rights for all, it's not a new cause, but some would say it's a timely one. of course, i'll be here helping you to be timely or warning you that you're not as i track your commute weekdays on "today in the bay."
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did cutting corners on cutting trees cost fire victims everything they own? the deadly butte fire sparked exactly two years ago today, and now the utility blamed for not cutting down the tree that sparked the fire is under the microscope again. >> we lost everything. >> reporter: at age 99 bobby rose is the oldest of more than 2,500 victims of the butte fire. all she was able to salvage from the home she built from scratch with her husband was three porcelain dogs, a wedding plate and some melted jewelry. >> i'm heartbroken is what i am. other than that i'm fine. >> reporter: cal fire inspectors and regulators blamed the 70 acre fire on pg&e's failure to
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cut down a 44 foot tall gray pine. but our investigation into the fire which left two dead and destroyed homes shows it had roots in the way pg&e managed the resources designed to prevent such a disaster. this internal memo from 2011 outlines pg&e's march to a million effort. the goal was to encourage contract crews to cut fewer than one million trees by 2012. the memo stresses safely cutting the right trees while discouraging unnecessary safety margins. any savings would be reinvested into improving overall reliability. normally a good thing, bill marcus, a veteran regulatory analyst fears that rural fire prone areas ended up paying a price. >> they essentially took money away from rural tree trimmings and cut the number of trees that were being worked on in these
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rural areas. and that was the -- that's problematic. >> reporter: it was disaster, wasn't it? >> in terms of what actually happened, it was. >> reporter: pg&e took the money from rural area and investing it in reducing outages in cities because that gave the utility a better shot at reaching reliability goals. in 2013, pg&e cut patrols 25%. managers weighed the options, one insider recounted, and figured the cut was worth the risk. the cuts gave pg&e an extra $20 million to meet its goals. it triggered layoffs a new relatively inexperienced high misjudged the risk of that 44 foot tall gray pine, marked by a blue line here as it's leaning dangerously in the months before the fire. this high tech image was not processed in time. pg&e managers started to earn
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bigger bonuses because finally meeting goals meant 10% bonuses. >> there are several million dollars that are related to this reliability piece. >> reporter: the butte fire wasn't the beginning. in the 1994 rough and ready fire, pg&e was caught shifting $77 million from tree trimming to boost profits. and bonuses. as a result, it had to pay $28 million in state fines and costs. and before the 2010 san bruno gas explosion, the company was at it again. this time in its gas lines. >> they were paying bonuses if you didn't find gas leaks, of course people didn't find gas leaks. >> of course that is a dangerous incentive. >> reporter: robert kagan, a
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retired lawyer said the company had to resurvey its entire pi pipeline system. is that another case of a dangerous incentive? >> it is because it's been known for many, many years that vegetation such as trees will come in contact with power lines, particularly in the country. and those contacts can and do cause fires. >> reporter: rose doesn't want to dwell on pg&e's role in destroying her family legacy. are you mad at them? >> i don't think much of them. but i won't say it. >> reporter: nbc bay area news. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, two tech giants are battling over the world's most famous secret service agent. we'll explain next. it )s a bidding war between appe
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and amazon. they both want the ris welcome back. it's a bidding war between apple and amazon. they both want the rights to james bond. ownership of the 007 franchise would give the companies the ability to sell the series through their brands. but they're up against warner brothers, which leads with the highest bid. just how much for james bond? between $2 billion and $5 billion. wow. we'll see who ends up winning that one. we really want to thank you for making us a part of your morning. we will be back tomorrow morning around 9:00 a.m. as opposed to 7:00 a.m. as nbc news covers hurricane irma. also tonight, no 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. newscast due to college football. we'll have a newscast at 8:00 and 11:00. one last look at miami as we take a look at irma. we'll be reporting for our
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