tv KPIX 5 News at Noon CBS February 19, 2015 12:00pm-12:31pm PST
the new lunar year and that's reason to celebrate. good afternoon, i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. anne makovec joins us live from san francisco where the chinese new year celebrations are under way. >> reporter: "gung hay fat choy." it is the beginning of a brand- new lunar year. the celebration just wrapped up here the first celebration in chinatown. three rams ushered in their namesake lunar year in san francisco's chinatown. three for extra good luck. mayor lee led the procession through chinatown which included the horse the animal symbol of the lunar year that just passed. >> it will be better this year? >> what happened last year was not so good this year will bring you lots of good. >> reporter: fireworks are lit
to ward off bad spirits during the celebration. it's base based on a chinese calendar. you saw the rams in the story. you can consider it the year of the sheep and goat depending how you translate chinese. anne makevoc, kpix 5. animal activists plan to protest china's dog and cat meat trade today. there will be rallies in cities around the world including one happening right now in san francisco's union square. demonstrators want china to keep pets off dinner plates. police say they have made an arrest in last night's double shooting at a san jose sports bar just before 10:00 on alum rock avenue. officers found two men with at least one bullet wound each. police are not providing any details about that arrest. gilroy police are searching
for two women in connection to a homicide. investigators say these two women used a credit card that belongs to the victim 30 miles away from the crime scene. these are photos of the women at a convenience store in east inside. a 56-year-old man was found dead in his gilroy monday dead from blunt-force trauma. bay area drivers are likely to see gas prices spike after an explosion and fire shut down a major refinery in southern california. kpix 5 reporter kiet do explains how the shutdown will have a ripple effect all across the state. >> reporter: a perfect storm is brewing now for higher gas prices. an explosion in southern california is becoming a one- two punch to your wallet. neighbors who live near the exxonmobil refinery near torrance said that explosion felt like an earthquake. no one was seriously injured in the blast and the cause is still under investigation but groups say expect a 10-cent
jump in prices overnight and another 10 cents later because of decreased supply. in addition, refineries in the state are switching production to the cleaner and more expensive summer blends. >> one of the challenges in california and especially in southern california is you can't just bring gasoline from anywhere. we have all kinds of restrictions on the type of gasoline we can use. >> reporter: to make things work the worker strike at the tesoro refinery in martinez is entering its 19th day making it the longest running refinery worker strike since 1980. so between the two shutdowns in southern and northern california the state has lost 17% of production capacity and analysts say the strike will continue into the spring. it shouldn't top any higher than $3.50 a gallon. in san jose kiet do, kpix 5. >> that tesoro refinery in martinez normally employs 650 people and can process more than 160,000 barrels of crude oil every day. part of the old bay bridge might be brought down with
explosives. caltrans is briefing the bay conservation and development commission on how the explosions would be used to remove a large concrete pillar. the meeting is at 1 p.m. in oakland at the metro center auditorium. it's open to the public. more than a million homeless students attend public schools here in the u.s. but the heist percentage is right here in california -- highest percentage is right here in california. cbs reporter danielle nottingham shows us what san francisco is doing to get those children home. >> reporter: 9-year-old unique york now has a place to live. but a year ago she was one of more than 300,000 homeless children in california public schools. >> what was it like at school? >> hard cuz my reading was sort of bad. >> reporter: unique's mother denise says her daughter was struggling in school and cried a lot. >> she just couldn't get her mindset, focused, to just do the three pages that she needed to do for the night. >> reporter: more than 20% of the country's homeless students are in california.
the most of any state. >> it's become even more pressing and more urgent especially in san francisco. we have had a 94% increase in homelessness since 2007. >> reporter: jeff is a homeless advocate in san francisco. >> compared to their peers, less than half of homeless students are at grade level for reading or math. more than half are likely to be held back a grade. >> reporter: his nonprofit helped unique's family find a home and it now has set up rapid response teams with the san francisco school district to help other families. having a home has change her life. >> i feel like i'm protected and, like, i can do what i need do now. >> reporter: unique's mother says her daughter is more driven now because she can see a path to a brighter future. danielle nottingham, cbs news, san francisco. >> homeless advocates say the recession and a lack of affordable housing is
contributing to the skyrocketing number of homeless students in public schools. west coast governors urge negotiators to quickly settle the dispute between dock workers and port operators. this as work at the port of oakland is suspended again today. businesses say the slowdown is costing millions of dollars. governor brown called the impasse unacceptable. the governors of oregon and washington are also calling for a quick deal. u.s. labor secretary tom perez is in the bay area where talks continue today. the future of san francisco's skyline is at stake as the battle over waterfront height restrictions goes to court today. at issue prop b. plaintiffs argue in part that voters who approved it do not have zoning authority over public trust land. the san francisco housing action coalition has joined in. they favor high density housing close to jobs and public transit including along the waterfront. california issued 59,000 driver's licenses to illegal immigrants just in the first month since that program
started back in january. dmv says 236,000 immigrants began the application process last month. the dmv is going to start offering more appointments to meet the high demand now. california expects to issue 1.4 million driver's licenses to illegal immigrants over the next three years. nhl is coming to levi's stadium. in the process, they are convert, the field into a hockey rink. they have a fan. check it out. mr. curious pro right there. how you doing? the bird stared into the lens. got the wings working there. eventually the camera moved and the bird said all right, enough of this. hockey game is saturday when the sharks host the kings saturday night. home delivery isn't just for pizza anymore. these days you can get just about anything delivered to your door. you just need a smartphone. the rise on home on-demand delivery coming up. >> brutally cold weather is wreaking havoc across the country and now one law
enforcement agency is going after the culprit and it's not mother nature. the disney princess taking the heat. >> and it's a battle of two different types of fog today. good afternoon, everybody. fog at the coast, fog right there inland, we'll talk about the weekend forecast as the news continues on kpix 5.
the thieves stole historical gold nuggets. the new exhibit is the pan- pacific expo in 1915. tech companies want to save you the trip to the grocery store. it's part of a new wave of delivery services that's promising to give consumers instant gratification. and all you need is a smartphone. shea england does it all. >> so i shop, i deliver, you know, i bag the groceries. >> reporter: she is one of 4,000 personal shoppers for instacard, a mobile app that lets users grocery shop from their smartphone. you just punch in the zip code, select your items and delivery time and shoppers like england delivering everything to the door in an hour. >> we are having a baby this spring and i imagine we'll be using it even more. it's convenient. >> reporter: instacard is going head to head with same-day delivery services from tech giants like amazon and google. but since it's not affiliated with one grocery store brand customers get more variety. industry analysts say uber success has sparked the success
of on demand mobile services. >> it's the race to getting things immediately for customers. >> reporter: like uber instacard shoppers are independent contractors. england works part time and says she gets paid per order or a percentage of the bill. >> i set my own schedule each week. and it's very, very flexible. >> instacart is available in 15 cities including the bay area. google express and amazon fresh are also available in the bay area. a local philanthropist donated $100 million to uc-san francisco. charles chuck feeney has given a total of $394 million in gifts to ucsf. he made his money cofounding a company that runs duty-free shops around the world. he wants to give away his multi- billion-dollar fortune. and he is doing it. nearly 200 people may have been exposed to a so-called superbug now linked to two deaths. so far, 7 patients who are endoscopic procedures at ucla
medical center have been infected. the drug-resistant strain of the bacteria is known as cre. the hospital says it appears some medical instruments were contaminated even though they had been sterilized. the known exposures took place between october and january. long-time san jose congressman mike honda has announced he has a transtrender grandchild posting it on whitewater yesterday along with his twitter yesterday. he said he hopes she will feel safe without being bullied at school. runners in the bay to breakers race in san francisco hoping to break multiple records this year. the theme of this year's race is bay to breaking records. race organizers want to set at least 40 records. bay to breakers is on sunday, may 17, this year. a police department in kentucky is blaming the weather on a disney princess you're probably familiar with. they jokingly issued an arrest
water for "frozen"'s elsa. >> police in the small town of harlan posted a message on facebook saying they are looking for the suspect who often sings "let it go." judging by the weather, she is very dangerous. the huge storm dropped more than a foot of snow and below zero temperatures in parts of kentucky. >> elsa! >> you have to have a sense of human movement you got cabin fever by now. so you have to laugh at yourself. it's laughable at this time. >> if you live in the east, right. >> they can't go to work or school. >> the kids can't go to school and this means that their school year is going to extend until july at this point. >> the 4th of july. >> right. when they don't have air- conditioning. okay! >> how are we doing? on that note, it's a battle of the fog. let me show you what i mean right there. it's a sea of tule fog that's saturating mount vaca. isn't that gorgeous? and on top you have some mid- and high-level clouds. current air temperatures still in the 50s except san francisco just jumped into 62 degrees. still overcast there. now, look carefully. this is the scene toward levi's
stadium. you have mineta international airport. no reports of any airport delays there. however, at sfo, we have one hour and 22-minute delays on some arriving flights. okay, there's levi's stadium. we still have some haze and some fog. this weekend we have an offshore flow so everyone is going to be fog-free and looking ahead the next chance of rain will be on february 28 the very last day of the month. okay. with levi's stadium in mind, keep this in mind. the kings come to town to take on the sharks at the very first nhl hockey game outdoors in northern california. they will drop the puck at 7 p.m. with the temperature of 64 degrees. it will be fog-free. right now it's the marine layer that's hanging very tight to the coast. we won't see much clearing at the coast at all especially north of the golden gate bridge. but that tule fog should begin to burn off. we know that, we're calling on our futurecast a little bit of a weak disturbance wants to pass through, as well. you see the fog clear out. then it quickly reestablishes its positioning around the bay area by this time tomorrow, as
well. but then we'll see some earlier burnoff due to that offshore flow that begins to set up by friday evening. meanwhile, we're still socked in at the state capital. 64 going up to 71. sunshine in fresno and boy, it's 59 degrees already, already surpassing that 58 in the high sierra. the tahoe report, it's spring skiing at its best: >> temperatures across the bay area: here's the extended forecast. >> a lot of sun balls there. >> it's what you don't see. we don't see any rain in the forecast for the next seven days but a miracle march. rain in march. >> bring it on. warming hearts with warm
the flavors in your favorite dish. tony tantillo tells us you have to follow your nose to find the best bunch of mint. >> reporter: well, today's tip of the day is going to be is going to be with mint. now, this mint is grown in these little pots right here. this is great. i see a lot of this in basil but never in mint and i love mint. i use it in so many different recipes not just in the summer but like a fruit salad. use it in the winter in the tomato salad. it brings out the flavor of the properties of mint in so many different dishes. when you buy them, you see this right here? the green has to be green. it has to feel fresh and if it doesn't it's still a live plant still growing then take the plastic off and store it where it doesn't get a lot of sunlight. now, mint is great and when it's great like this, this fresh, oh, my gosh, you can't beat it. i'm tony tantillo and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. i could just -- oh, it smells so good. well, we're following breaking news in san francisco
right now. an accident involving a chp motorcycle officer has eastbound lanes blocked on the lower deck of the span. the san francisco fire department confirms they are responding to a crash there. so if you are going there, take note. we'll keep you updated. moving on now, they provide meals and more. volunteers often become the lifeline of the members of our community. elizabeth cook with today's jefferson award winner and a very caring connection we found in the north bay. >> reporter: oh, look another tray. to make lunch and dinner for 60 people every day, you need a well oiled assembly line. >> you gird your loins and push up your sleeves and think well, we're going to do it again. >> reporter: on the menu today an italian meatloaf roll, roasted potatoes, waldorf salad and, of course, cake. >> a little chocolate cake with pink frosting. >> volunteering is supposed to be fun and, you know, if it isn't, don't do it. >> reporter: every, single day
for over 20 years, sue holman and susan weeks have been preparing food for people who can't do it themselves and delivering it through meals on the wheels. >> this is just one refrigerator filled with tons of bread and pastries. there's many more where that came from. now, a lot of this comes from private donations, people donate money in the community. but a lot of this food really comes out of sue and susan's own pockets. on an average day these two women cook and help deliver nutritious food to more than 5 dozen homebound people in sonoma. they provide nourishment and human contact. and they don't get a dime. >> if we can get them food, it's an important first step to bringing them back. >> reporter: lynette peters used to volunteer with meals on wheels. now she's a client. >> there's always a piece of cake and i think, well, today i'm not going to eat cake. then every day, i say, well, just a little piece. [ laughter ]
>> reporter: these two women volunteer more than 40 hours a week. their goal is for their clients to eventually be strong enough to go it alone. >> nothing makes us happier than somebody picking up the phone and calling us after two months or three months or whatever and saying i can do it on my own now. but thank you so much. >> how are you, hon? >> reporter: for warming the hearts and stomachs of the people of sonoma, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to sue holman and susan weeks. elizabeth cook, kpix 5.
coming up tonight at 5:00, barbie is making a comeback. and this doll wants to be heard. the siri-like makeover to engage a new generation of kids. that and more at 5:00. so barbie is going to talk back to us i guess. >> yeah. >> no, we already have that with our kids. >> that's true. [ laughter ] >> right? >> and with frank. >> come on! >> all the time. >> that's it for kpix 5 news at noon. >> be nice to me, come on. >> we're always nice to you,
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>> maya: that's a nice way to start the day. >> rick: you can keep those coming. i'm gonna need it. >> maya: what's wrong? >> rick: i got a text from my dad this morning. he's coming back today. >> maya: wow. back so soon. well, it'll be nice to see him. >> rick: yeah. >> maya: you seem worried. >> rick: well, there's a lot that he doesn't know, like us living in the main house and your portrait above the fireplace. >> maya: you still haven't told your father? >> rick: i've been busy, you know. i was planning to. i just didn't expect him back so soon. >> caroline: somebody's in an especially good mood this morning. >> ridge: that's what you do to