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f0 this is kpix 5 news. we go as long as we have to go. >> we do not, we did not, we don't want a service disruption in the bay area. >> no one will like the final solution. but that means it's a good ones. >> the bart contract deadline, midnight tonight, as we look ahead to to next round of talks. our political insiders sound off on what's going on behind closed doors. we start out overcast. temperatures today mostly in the 50's to begin with. the entire forecast, coming up. and u.s. embassies closed today. new details on a global travel alert for americans overseas and the safety precautions they're taking. it is 7:30 on sunday,
august 4. i'm anne makovec. >> and i'm phil matier. >> we are going to jump right into the bart contract talks, because the clock is ticking right now. negotiations between bart, union workers and management resumed this morning with help from a state mediator. today will be the last time the parties meet before the temporary 30-day contract expires at 11:59 tonight. the two unions representing bart are meeting beforehand. seiu will meet at 9 a.m. about 2600 union workers say they will go on strike if they don't have a deal. bart and union leaders spent more than 13 hours at the bargaining table yesterday. they went home without a deal last night. and the new message from both sides? the talks are moving in the right direction. >> we have a lot at stake here. the idea of taxpayers having to pay more to cover something,
there's a lot going on. >> they have given us some proposals. we've given them some. we're waiting for responses. >> reporter: both sides are still trying to hammer out a deal, including pay, health benefits, pension contributions an safety concerns. >> i would say we made some incremental progress. both unions are working very hard to try to avert a strike. we hope that the district matches our effort. >> reporter: that's the goal for both sides. but they're running out of time. the state-brokered contract extension ends tonight. >> we're trying to make sure that the people, when they wake up monday morning, are going to have service. >> we do not, we did not, we don't want a service disruption in the bay area. we want the district to bargain as hard as we are. >> and in a strike happens, officials predict that the roads will be 10% more congested this time around as
opposed to the last strike. that is because last month's four-day strike happened during a holiday week. >> and the bay area commute is braced for another possible bart shutdown. the public library is setting aside part of its room. by tomorrow, all the flowers are going to be gone, replaced by work space and wi-fi. >> we felt it was important to make space available in the case of people who don't have access at home. >> the library will be open from 8:30 to 5 monday and tuesday if bart workers go on strike. many commuters are scrambling to figure out a plan b if there is a strike tomorrow. we have a lot of information on bus, ferry and carpool options on kpix.com/bart. stay with us for continuing coverage of the looming strike. new this morning, a united airlines flight had to make an unexpected landing at sfo according to the airport's duty manager. an engine went out on united
flight 863 at around 12:45 this morning. it was headed to sydney. it landed safely. they're going to take off for australia later tonight. right now, a worldwide travel alert is in effect for americans traveling abroad. as cbs reporter marley hall shows us, many people are still going ahead with their travel plans. >> reporter: a barrier blocks people from getting to the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt. it is one of 22 american embassies and consulates across the muslim world that won't open because of a terror threat. cbs news has learned u.s. intelligence believes a plot is under way and there is a team of terrorists already in place to carry it out. >> they don't have specific enough information about the plot or the target. and so authorities are looking for that information now to try to disrupt the plot. >> reporter: the state department warns the threat for
a potential terrorist attack is high, particularly in the middle east and north africa. american allies, including britain, are also taking precautions by shutting down embassies in yemen. u.s. officials say american or western locations in yemen, the home of the terrorist group al- qaeda in the arabian peninsula, are possible targets. there is also a global travel alert in effect through the end of the month. officials are warning american travelers heading overseas to take extra precautions, especially on public transportation systems and at tourist locations. this woman is going to visit family. they're aware of the threat but aren't changing their plans. >> don't go to protests, don't go out on fridays. >> reporter: white house officials tell cbs news president obama is getting regular briefings and has advised his team to take all steps to keep americans safe. >> the state department is
advising americans traveling overseas to register with the u.s. consulates and embassies in the countries they're visiting so they can be located in case of an incident. we'll have more on the terror threat on face the nation this morning. plus, formerville candidate paul ryan joins bob schieffer today. we'll learn about his role on face the nation, right here on kpix 5. today, the highest security agency in egypt said the search for a peaceful end in cairo is not open-ended. right now, supporters of morsi are demanding his reenstatement as president. a top u.s. diplomat, william byrnes, is in cairo, trying to bring about some sort of resolution. israeli and palestinian negotiators are making progress on peace talks launched in washington this week.
israel says it will release 26 palestinian prisoners next week and possibly more, depending on the negotiations. the u.s. wants a deal on the terms of the palestinian state within nine months. but palestinians are worried israel will only seek a temporary agreement. one person is dead and a driver is in police custody after a car plowed into a crowd at the venice beach boardwalk in los angeles. reporter rachel kim has firsthand witness accounts. >> reporter: witnesses recorded the mass chaos moments after a man mowed down 12 pedestrians along the venice beach boardwalk. >> this guy had an attempt to create mayhem and massacre a lot of people. >> reporter: jay was sitting outside candle cafe and grill when he and his family saw the man get into a parked car. then they heard the tires screech loudly, just before he hit mannequins on the corner, in front of a store just feet from where they were sitting. >> because he hit that
mannequin upon impact, the car stopped. and i saw him. he was looking for blood. >> and then he just started going straight down the boardwalk, about 60 miles an hour. >> horrific. there were people flying everywhere. looked like something out of a movie. >> he was swerving and hitting the people. and i mean, it was just like traumatizing to see. >> reporter: elizabeth adams and her friends were on a balcony, watching all of this unfold, from beginning to end. >> the boardwalk was packed with people. he sped up and purposely -- it looked like purposely was just swerving back and forth to run over as many people as he could. >> that was rachel kim reporting. l.a. police are now questioning the suspect, who was detained in nearby santa monica and they belief he had the car that he used, a dodge avenger. tens of thousands of bart riders trying to figure out their plan b. and other transit agencies in the area, what are they going to do to try and help tomorrow's compute if there is a strike?
and something in the bay area bought a powerball -- somebody in the bay area bought a powerball ticket worth more than $1 million. and before you step out that door, you'll need to know what it's going to be like tonight. the entire forecast, coming up. mostly in the 50's. the forecast, just ahead. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
somebody did buy a ticket w more well, there was no winning ticket for this weekend's powerball drawing. however, somebody did buy a ticket worth more than $1 million. the ticket was sold at an arco station in millipedes. and the player matched five numbers but missed the big powerball number. now the powerball jackpot rolls over to wednesday and it's expected to swell to $400 million. folks bought tickets in san francisco this weekend. as you know, all it takes is one. by the way, last night's winning numbers are 21, 24, 36,
42 and 45, with the powerball of 15. they are selling the powerball tickets in 43 states, including california. the record powerball jackpot, by the way, hit $590 million last may. >> somebody won in millipedes last year too. how are you guys this morning? >> a little foggy out there. >> not knowing if you need to make alternate plans or not, it's stressful for people. >> weather, on the other hand, nice and predictable. we know what that is years in advance, it seems. fog and low clouds to start out another day in the bay area. the numbers today, at this hour of the morning, mid to upper 50's. 58 at livermore. san francisco, 56. san jose, 56. hey, if you're headed out to the ball game, the a's are taking on the rangers and we're looking at a temperature of 66 degrees. and mostly clear skies. it will be a little bit on the
cool side. here's how we look in the bay area. sunny by midday for most of the bay. the highs unusually cool for this time of year. and it's going to remain mild all week. there is low pressure over the west coast. as long as that low pressure hangs in, we're going to be looking for things to stay on the mild side for the bay area. and that's going to be true all through the week, as the pattern doesn't change too terribly much. futurecast shows us that in the next 24 hours, we begin with clouds, and as time rolls on, the clouds peel back and then push back into the coast tonight. looks like a stronger push tomorrow. you can see that fog filling out parts of the sacramento and northern end of the san joaquin valley. 98 in fresno. for us, oakland is near normal. livermore, five degrees cooler than average and about the same for san jose.
down in the south bay, 79 for campbell. just 69 over skyline and half moon bay. and out in the east bay, we'll be in the low 80's today. so very pleasant for pleasant hill and napa and fairfield and pittsburg. pittsburg is at 83 today. wine country is good too. 77 at sonoma. 76 in petaluma. far north, ukiah is 93. extended forecast, we're gonna be looking for plenty of sunshine but we'll have to wait until about midday. other than that, we've got the fog and low clouds in the morning and then sun in the afternoon. temperatures around the bay, mid 70's. extended forecast, more of the same right through next weekend. there's your weather. bay area commuters are planning for the worst-case scenario. if bart workers go on strike tomorrow, one option is to take a ferry across the bay. extra service is planned if there is a strike. they will donate an additional dock to the service.
and with no sign of agreement yet, what other transit agencies -- what are they doing to prepare for a potential bart shutdown? joining us is the public affairs director for the metropolitan transportation commission whose job it is to try to come up with the big plan b, in case there's a strike. so, what's going to make this one any different than the last one ? >> well, i don't know it's going to be that much different. the most important thing is bart is not replaceable. the 400,000 rides that they provide every day is something we can mitigate but you simply cannot get rid of the inconvenience. >> we are going to beef up ferry service and bart said this time, instead of 50 buses, they're going to have 95? >> that's correct, which is a significant increase. ac transit, the ferries, bart, all putting in buses and extra seats. >> just as a matter of logistics, we won't know until
midnight tonight whether this is going to happen. so what do you do between midnight and tomorrow morning? does everybody just stand around and wait? >> part of it is, for example, on the highway system, caltrans is going to extend the carpool hours all day long, from 5:00 in the morning till 7:00 at night. they are extending it down interstate 80. there's a lot of different signage and other things going on out there in preparation. >> but tomorrow morning or tonight, if you have to get up really early to get to work in san francisco or the up and down the east side corridor, it is the same story pretty much as last time, right? >> it really is. >> and that meant hours and hours of people waiting for buses. it was taking three to four hours to get home. why can't we put more buses out there to try to ease up for people? good look, -- look, i think the question is this.
can we replace the capacity of bart? the answer is no. can we put more buses in? we've looked into that. i think the real issue is we need bart to settle this. when i say bart, i mean both the labor side and management side. >> you said you have looked into the idea of putting out more buses. i was at a meeting last week where that was discussed. why don't we? we have the money. >> we do have the money. one issue is this. in order for us to be prepared for a bart strike, we need to put, let's say, a million on the table and that strike may or may not happen. that million would go away. while we can put more buses out there, the number 1 question is, how much would that affect people? a little bit. now, a little bit would help and we know that. but we've decided at this point not to get engaged in putting hundreds more buses on the street. >> there's also a political angle to this. when one or two members of your commission brought up the idea that this is the equivalent of
an earthquake and you should really get in there, hire your own buses, you could almost see the other politicians in the room looking away, going, wait a minute, i don't want to get involved in this. is there a feeling that too much service would start looking like you were strike breaking? >> politics always takes into effect. i don't know what all the motivations are of the commission i serve on. but there are some folks who think we should go all out to avoid any inconvenience for the public. the others say the only way is to have the inconvenience so they're settle this dispute. >> and the riders are caught in the middle of that? >> no doubt they are. >> we're going to have you back in the next hour because i want to talk about more of the longer-term implications and what's going on behind the scenes. but if you have a nickel advice for people planning to go to sleep tonight at the regular time, what should they do? >> look at your options, make sure you know what you're going to do tomorrow morning.
as we've been talking about, bart managers and union leaders will be back at the bargaining table in a couple of hours. they have less than 24 hours to hammer out an agreement and avoid a strike. bay area commuters are dreading a possible bart shutdown tomorrow. >> it's irritating, because then it makes people's lives harder. >> now that it's looming and, you know, i might have to get caught in that next week, it's really upsetting. >> they've had plenty of time to negotiate, figure things out, yet here we are again. >> bart and union leaders are trying to rally the public for support. >> and we turn to former mayor of san francisco, willie brown, and carla. our first question was, okay, we've all seen bart negotiations in the past. but mayor brown, what makes this one so different? >> there's nobody sitting out there that is a source of power that can extract from all the
participants the responsibility to settle it. >> carla, why haven't politicians, do you think, both from the governor on down -- the governor sent his mediators in. but aside from that, why aren't people involved? >> look, i think this is an issue where both sides have been negotiating in the media. they're dropping stories to both of you in columns instead of sitting down with each other, and the politicians are taking a pass. >> one of the things we've seen from bart and the unions is both sides appear to be so far apart that all they're doing is throwing things at each other in order to cover up the fact that their numbers are that far apart. >> they're not that far apart. if you look closely at what has been requested and what is being offered, it's in distance of each other. there needs to be a powerful political force, powerful political force, trying to drive a solution. >> but in this context, you
have a force to drive the solution, but the solution comes with a price tag. the last one you cut wound up costing them a lot of money. >> i knew you'd get around to that at some point during this discussion. i gotta tell you, though, in all cases, it's ultimately affordable. and you can make sure it remains affordable by putting in a trigger. the trigger says we will pay if we reach. period. and it's over. >> but unions don't necessarily like that idea. >> of course they don't. but you're trying to settle it. no one will like the final solution. but that means it's a good one. >> powerful political forces stepping in and solving this? good luck with that one! >> even in terms of dealing with buses and things like that, alternate transportation, nobody wants to do too much. this is a weird strike. it's like everybody said, okay, we're gonna have a fight, but one hand is going to be behind everybody's back. >> nobody is thinking of the 400,000 people riding the system every day, the working people who are going to suffer
when this thing goes down. >> and invariably, if you're a participant in this effort, you want to make sure that whatever you're advocating becomes what's ultimately adopted so you don't go too far in bringing that hand behind you to the front of you. >> i think that is one of the major frustrating factors about this, is, why not have extra buses? he said they made the decision not to. in the meantime, the way this is impacting so many people's lives is pretty amazing. >> it is. it's an interesting thing, because the op -- the topics are pension and pay. politicians have been calling me. the unions have asked them to come down for a show of force. a lot of them are avoiding it, saying no. one politician, who is trying to work behind the scenes, is
gavin newsome. his message is basically what you said. you both can be rock steady in your positions and you can go on and hammer, but the public is going to be mad at both of you if this thing really happens. >> that is certainly the case. we're going to ask randy about it in the next half hour. why can't you just fire everybody and bring in new workers or start hiring replacement workers in the meantime? a lot of subjects to cover here in our next half hour. >> but many others won't go to work at all. that's what we're going to be talking about, how they're going to try to prevent gridlock if this happens. time is running out on the and what went wrong at this power plant demolition in the central valley. coming up. female narrator: closed captioning brought to you female narrator: by sleep train. wishing you and your family a fun-filled summer. having necessary school supplies can mean the difference between success and failure. the day i start, i'm already behind.
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this is kpix 5 news. time is running out on the bart contract talks. what bart and union leaders had to say after hours of negotiations behind closed doors. >> and outside, it's a battle between the blue and the gray. we've got the usual low clouds to start things out on this sunday morning. but things will be changing. forecast in a few minutes. you know that in the world of politics, everybody hedges their bets. they will go with what appears to be the favorite.
not unlike the kentucky derby. >> again, betting on governor brown, a sign that he is in winning form ahead of a potential reelection campaign. welcome back to kpix 5. good morning. i'm phil matier. >> and i'm anne makovec. let's jump right into the issue that so many are wondering about this morning. the bart contract talks. the clock is ticking. negotiations between bart union workers and management resumed this morning, with help from a state mediator. today is going to be the last time the parties will meet before that temporary 30-day contract expires at 11:59 tonight. no word yet on exactly what time talks are resume this morning. but the two groups are meeting beforehand. about 2600 union workers say they will go on strike if they don't have a deal. yesterday, bart and union leaders spent more than 13