tv KPIX 5 News Early Edition CBS March 11, 2016 4:30am-5:01am PST
linda marie macdonald. good morning, everyone. it is friday, march 11. [ pause ] >> shot of the golden gate bridge right there. >> fog. >> i heard when i said friday, i heard you go ah! >> ah! yeah. well, when we come on camera. i'll do a little of this too! it's been a long way. >> i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. happy friday! it is 4:30. we have a little traffic and weather going on over the weekend. roberta? >> we have a lot of weather going on. it's serious at this particular time. we have a couple of different rivers, the napa and the russian river flooding tomorrow morning. that's the flood warning in effect for tonight and saturday very watchful eyes on that russian river in guerneville. we have a flash flood watch in
the highlighted area. everybody in nine counties with the flood watch in effect. the red areas we expect flooding. we have a lot of flooding going on at this particular time. wind advisory in effect for the bay area, as well. south winds at 25, gusts up to 50 miles per hour. there will definitely be some downed trees. this is our hi-def doppler. we have the light rain around the city of san francisco now moving in over the golden gate bridge. winds up to 30 miles an hour. san rafael at 15 southeast. temperatures in the 60s. bottom line is, it's going to pour, thunderstorms possible and very gusty winds. >> that can make for a busy commute this morning. we are already starting off with an accident eastbound 92 at midspan. vehicle facing sideways blocking the left lane activity on scene. westbound side of the san mateo bridge is the commute direction
right now traffic is doing okay. but again keep an eye out for that accident as you work your way from foster city into hayward. good start at the bay bridge. couple of cars stuck in cash lanes so look out for that this morning. the weather is causing problems in the bay area. one of the biggest concerns, the russian river could overflow its banks. kpix 5's jackie ward is live in guerneville with the threat reporter: good morning to you, michelle. well, national weather service is saying that the floodwaters should reach the flood stage at about 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. but that's nothing compared to 1997, 1998. the russian river reached water levels of 45 feet. but it's still not as high as when it was the 1986 winter
when water levels reached 49.5 feet. so today through the night the nws expects the river will start flowing at its lowest level at 32 feet. steady rains pounded the north bay all day yesterday causing this mud slide in forestville. it was one of several in the area. mud, rocks and other debris block summer home park road for hours. even though many homes here are now elevated on stilts, people who live in guerneville are bracing themselves and their homes for the flood. >> i packed up my office and moved it up three flight of stairs. >> so you moved but just higher up inside the home? >> yeah. it's elevated, two stories. so if floodwaters reach that, then this whole town is going to be in trouble. >> reporter: so to break down the timing of this in a little more detail, the russian river where we are this morning is expect to crest 34 feet around 9 a.m. tomorrow. and if we take a look at the napa river, that should crest just over 17 feet by 2 p.m. this afternoon. so we are certainly at the
lowest line levels here in guerneville. just give it a little more time and we'll have a completely different story. in guerneville, jackie ward, kpix 5. several sonoma county schools are not taking any chances. school closures today include harmony elementary school, salmon creek charter school, guerneville school and month rio unit elementary. alameda and contra costa counties are getting breaks from rain after seeing a lot of rain in the last 24 hours. this was berkeley last night. things calmed down towards midnight. the wet conditions will be back today. >> i'm worried about this right now. >> this industry in cal tree split into three pieces and hit a car. the restaurant employee who opens it says it's time to bust out his clipper card.
>> yeah. that's my car under the tree. now i'll be taking public transportation for a few days, maybe -- not sure if it's undriveable. i think there's a branch inside the engine. >> it was a mess. firefighters say powerful winds probably caused the tree to crash on to the street on to his car. nobody was injured. >> that is a good thing but this is something that we have to worry about when the rains go, the trees and flooding and -- the bottom line is, we are oversaturated at this particular time. yesterday we saw over 4" of rain in the north bay within 24 hours coupled with over a foot of rain that fell in many locations in the past 10 days. we have another foot of rain expected in the highest elevations of the north bay by sunday into monday. good morning, everyone. those little specks of revved, that's where we have a flash flood watch in effect for the north bay rivers. lowland flooding anticipated, ponding on the roads, as well. in addition when you see that
yellow area that's a flash flood watch in effect all weekend long. wherever you drive or walk, more than likely you will find some ponding on the roads and sidewalks. please use caution out the door today. wind advisory in effect today winds up to 50 miles an hour. radar indicates we have a lot of activity off the coast now. temperatures into the 50s going up to highs into the 60s. temperatures don't even matter today. it's going to feel muggy. we have periods of brief heavy rain. we'll have gusty winds and potential for thunderstorms. we'll track this storm together. here's gianna. on 92 an accident eastbound on the san mateo bridge right at midspan. left lane blocked vehicle facing sideways may cause throwing scene. it's in the noncommute direction. it's stuck blocking lanes. chp is on scene and they are waiting on tow crews. on the westbound side no delays.
very light traffic between hayward and foster city. again look out for some puddling there as you work your way across the span. northbound 101 highway 92 to the 80 split along the peninsula no delays. 280/92 looking good, as well. tough tactics at the san jose police department in desperate need of new recruits. the city's officer shortage is so serious, mandatory overtime is now in place. kpix 5's devin fehely explains how things got this bad. >> i applaud our city leaders for recognize the flaws in measure b. >> reporter: san jose police chief eddie garcia say the measure b has left his department chronically understaffed and overworked. currently he says there are fewer than 850 street-ready officers serving a city of a million people. >> quite frankly, when you have more people leaving than you have coming in, our staffing will never grow. the department will be very difficult for us to grow if we didn't increase those numbers. >> reporter: garcia was hopeful
a settlement with city hall which would basically toss out measure b might help to turn things around. but a legal challenge spearheaded by the sillicon valley taxpayers association and former city councilman pete constant threatens to throw a wrench in the deal. >> the mayor, the city council and the unions are attempting to circumvent that by asking a judge to eliminate the ballot measure as if it never occurred. >> reporter: constant says that voters approved measure b and only voters can strike it down. mayor sam liccardo says the city is now gearing up for what he fears could be a protracted legal battle while the police department remains locked in a largely losing wharf attrition. >> this is how this lawsuit matters. it's delay tactic. that's all this is it. this delays our ability to implement a settlement to help us rebuild our police department. in the end of the day the voters will have their say. >> reporter: in san jose, devin fehely, kpix 5. >> chief garcia says the current police academy class has only 7 recruits.
measure b he said makes it impossible for the department to compete with other departments that offer more money and better benefits. four officers cleared of misconduct in the killing of a man who was holding a taser. officers shot alex nieto two years ago. police say they found him in park acting irrationally. he pointed a gun at this. officers hit him 10 times with 59 shots. >> the criminal justice system doesn't play fair if a jury is white and there is a victim that's either brown or black. >> nieto's parents filed a wrongful death suit in federal court. the jury found the officers actions were reasonable and they did not use excessive force. trains with coal could be passing through oakland if utah lawmakers get their way. utah's legislature passed a bill yesterday to invest $53
million in taxpayer money toward building a coal export terminal in oakland. tons of coal would go through the city. utah's governor will sign the plan. the oakland city council may block the coal deal. in a twist republican rivals steered clear of low blows at last night's presidential debate. >> they played nice. cbs news correspondent marlie hall on the topics they discussed tactfully. >> i cannot believe how civil it's been up here. [ applause ] >> reporter: thursday night's republican debate delivered on its promise to be a kinder, gentler discussion of the issues. before a packed miami auditorium, immigration was a hot topic. senator marco rubio spoke out against the h1b visa program that some companies use to hire foreign workers. >> if a company is caught abusing that process they should never be allowed to use it again. >> reporter: front-runner donald trump, who uses the visa la, agreed. >> i'm a businessman and i have to do what i have to do. it's sitting there waiting for you but it's very bad.
>> reporter: when trump accused ted cruz of flip-flopping on support for ethanol, cruz responded. >> if you have a candidate who has been funding liberal democrats and funding the washington establishment -- >> yeah! [ applause ] >> -- it's very hard to imagine how suddenly this candidate is going to take on washington. >> reporter: trump defended his comment that islam hates america. >> you can be politically correct if you want to. i don't want to be. >> reporter: rubio says that's not the way to defeat terrorists. >> you can be correct without needing to be politically correct. we are going to have to work with muslims. >> reporter: ohio governor john kasich made his case on economic issues by touting his successes in his home state. >> when i went to ohio we were $8 billion in the hole and now we're $2 billion in the black. our credit is strong. we're up 400,000 jobs. >> reporter: tuesday's primary includes ohio and florida,
winner-take-all states. donald trump has 100 more delegates than ted cruz. next week, trump has a 9-point leaved marco rubio among republicans in florida. that's according to a suffolk university poll. cruz and john kasich are 3rd and 4th. and in ohio, a fox news poll shows that kasich the state's governor with a 34-29% edge over second place trump. a win for john kasich in ohio is considered crucial for him to keep going. hundreds will say good-bye to nancy reagan today at her late husband's presidential library. the former first lady's funeral is private and will have family, friends, politicians and celebrities. more than 5,000 people were there over the past couple of days to pay respects. mrs. reagan will be buried by her husband's side on the grounds of the library. time on this friday 4:42. california one step away from raising the age to legally buy tobacco products. coming up, what's next for that proposal. ,,,,
products in california. the state senate approved raisi the legal age to 21...but it still hasn't crossed go etty yu it may soon be more difficult for young people to buy tobacco products in california. the state senate approved raising the legal age to 21. betty yu spoke to bay area business owners. reporter: a smoke shop in san jose has been sending people under 21 away since the beginning of the year when unincorporated parts of santa clara county raised the buying age. >> it hurts business. i don't run the business but it hurts my existing. >> reporter: soon, the rest of california may have to do the same, sell tobacco and ecigarette products to people 21 and over. if governor brown signs off on the legislation, california would be the first state after hawaii with the higher age limit. >> i don't think that's a good legislature. when you're 18 you should be able to make your own decisions. >> reporter: anti-smoking advocates says raising the age
would reduce smoking-related illnesses and prevent young people from starting smoking. >> i think they will be able to find cigarettes one way or another if they really want them. >> reporter: this man runs a smoke shop in san jose. >> it's probably going to be better that we do raise it. maybe a lot of younger kids will be less inclined to smoke because it becomes a hassle for them. and we are giving less money to the cigarette companies. >> reporter: sean from this company says people over 18 and under 21 represent about 30% of his business right now and if this bill becomes law, he is willing to absorb the loss in sales in order to support a healthier younger generation. in downtown san jose, betty yu, kpix 5. >> our exclusive kpix/surveyusa poll of california voters found 60% agree with raising the age to 21. more than 100 cities across the country have raised the
smoking age already including healdsburg and san francisco where mayor lee is going to sign the legislation this morning. the law starts june 1. there is a new island in santa cruz county because of the rain and the drought in pinto lake in watsonville. a piece of wetland may have been dried out beforehand and then it drifted out into the lake. the island is about 200 feet long and has willow trees on it. environmental experts are not sure if it's floating or settled in that spot. it is close to the docks so if water levels drop it could lock in the boats. meantime in sonoma county, there's so much rain, waterfalls are springing up like this one next to a bridge in forestville >> i was driving home to the east bay yesterday got through the calicott tunnel into orinda and i felt like buckets of water were just coming down. it just started pouring to beat the band! >> i was come home from -- i had to go through menlo park through union city through hayward through castro valley to dublin to pleasanton and
there's this one off-ramp where the water was just shooting down on top of the cars. it was just like a waterfall! that's the case in the bay area. we have a flash flood watch in effect through the weekend but now a flash flood warning. it's raining from santa rosa to the golden gate bridge. look at all the colors. the rain will be pushing into the peninsula in the next 30 minutes. we have cloud cover over the bay bridge right now. mild temperatures. it's muggy, 57 degrees in san francisco. these winds right now kind of flat 10 in hayward, 10 in oakland, 10 also in the mountain view area but these winds will have gusts up to 30 to 50 miles per hour in the highest elevations of the bay area. we have the warning for these red areas like southeastern
portion of sonoma where we see streams and creeks and rivers rising. winds will be pick up to 50 miles an hour in the oakland hills and mount diablo. we have the watch and warning expected for the entire bay area through the weekend. this is the plume of moisture that just stalled over the north bay yesterday producing over 4" of rain in the venado area. this active weather pattern will continue because once this storm moves through we have the core of the center of the area of low pressure. we have another one upstream for the weekend. here's your futurecast. you can clearly see by 8 a.m. the heavy rain moves through then off and on again all day including thunderstorms and hail. here's the next front that passes through on saturday. here's your saturday evening. sunday morning rain all day. so our totals stack up between another inch of rain in ukiah, over .6" in san jose by saturday.
sunday additional rainfall with over an inch of rain in the eastern portion of our bay area. so as far as your totals are concerned, another two to three inches of rain around the bay area. >> on 92, an accident in the noncommute direction blocking lanes at midspan. left lane blocked for a vehicle facing sideways. we are hearing from chp possibly another crash in the same area. heads up from the peninsula heading towards the east bay. if you are going the opposite direction which is the commute direction, westbound 92 from 880 to 101 traffic is pretty light "friday light" 13 minutes through there. but we are dealing with some puddling out there this morning so be careful as you are out and about. over to the peninsula so far, so good. freeways are clear to sfo. north 10192 to the 80 split 18 minutes. 92 out of half moon bay over towards eastbound into san mateo clear traffic five
minutes between 280 and 101. hey, tonight! portland trailblazer visiting the warriors at oracle. tip-off at 7:30. busy on 880 this evening. right now, though, the nimitz freeway is looking good both directions. no delays near the coliseum, traffic is clear on the northbound side. southbound clear into hayward in fact down into fremont. a couple of raindrops there on our bay bridge. we are seeing a backup in the cash lanes. so give yourself a few extra minutes as you work your way out of oakland into san francisco. no metering lights yet but busy a little early this morning. south 101, 580 down towards the golden gate bridge toll plaza, an easy 14-minute ride now. so far, so good in san jose no delays on 101, 87 clear but we got reports of fog through the santa cruz mountains on highway 17. so keep that in mind if you are traveling in the south bay this morning. quiet on the altamont pass. an ace train was delayed when the track inspector ran in front of it in fremont. apparently, the inspector ran
in front of the train deliberately to slow it down because of flash flood warnings. the number 6 train from san jose to stockton ended up running about 16 minutes late. the delay happened through days after an ace train derailed with one car falling into a creek. 4:52 on this friday! people rallying around young bay area boy severely injured in a hit-and-run. coming up, the very latest on the efforts to find the driver. >> and what's cool about your school? email your nomination to us at email@example.com. we may come and feature your school on the show. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
watch in that highlighted area of yellow. red shows a flash flood warning in effect where we have flooding now occurring in the north bay rivers. low lapd flooding areas and ponding on the -- lowland flooding areas and ponding on the roads. this is our live hi-def doppler radar. we have moderate rain in santa rosa and rohnert park. 680 from danville into the san ramon valley moderate rain. moderate to heavy rain pushing onshore around the peninsula. as we zoom on in towards the city by the bay, the city of san francisco, richmond district heavy rainfall at this hour. and we are confirming that rainfall at the golden gate bridge right now. pavement definitely wet. a "sig alert" has just been issued in pescadero. highway 1 both directions shut down for a vehicle that hit a tree. it's going to take time to clear it. nestle is recalling some frozen food products because it may contain glass.
they recalled certain kinds of digiorno pizzas, lean cuisine and stouffer's products. the glass may be in spinach in those items. so far they are not saying how the glass got into the items. a complete recall list is on the company's website. investigators are still trying to track down the driver who hit a 6-year-old boy in castro valley this past weekend and took off. kpix 5's da lin shows us how the community is rallying behind the boy and his family. i'm going to fill this up as much as i can reporter: neighbors are putting together a gift basket for a 6-year-old boy hit by this car monday. >> chips, fruit, there's cookies. >> reporter: there are books, even gift cards, hoping to brighten the little boy's spirits. >> to let them know that we're here for them as neighbors. if they need anything, we're here for them. >> breaks my heart. i just can't even imagine. >> reporter: the crash was the result of a car theft. surveillance footage caught four men stealing dollars a
livermore dealership in the middle of the night. later that day, one man crashed a stolen car in castro valley pinning the boy's left leg against a utility pole. he and his family were walking to school. the 6-year-old may lose his leg. the suspect, 29-year-old daniel morris, took off running. lindaer is van test and other neighbors rushed to help. she says the boy was calm. >> it broke my heart. he told us he wasn't going to make it but we told him he would be okay. >> reporter: investigators are searching for the suspect. they believe he is in hiding with the help of friends. >> this is a top priority for a lot of people. this young boy has suffered. his family is suffering and it would be nice to bring closure to this situation. >> reporter: neighbors are still adding to the gift basket. linda will be dropping it off friday night. in castro valley, da lin, kpix 5. the nation's attorney general speaks out about the
i'm michelle griego. i'm frank mallicoat happy friday, everybody! it is a wet friday. a little bit of mist out there but it is going to be a wet and wild friday to say the least. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. okay. we are keeping an "eye on the storm" for you this morning from all different angles. yesterday rain caused a mud slide in guerneville right next to the russian river which is a major flood zone in sonoma county and kpix 5 reporter jackie ward live near the river, which will