tv Mornings on 2 FOX May 14, 2011 7:00am-9:00am PDT
bart is talking about a possible change in its service, what they're asking riders. and a man in a truck struck by a train and survives. the rescue firefighters had to per tomorrow to keep him alive. and the largest food bank this morning at an especially critical time. and good morning. welcome to mornings on 2. it's
saturday, may 14th. it's been a little cold and windy start to your saturday morning. let's check in with rosemary. i was holding on to my steering wheel tight they're morning. >> a little breezy out there! so be prepared for that. the wind will die down just a bit only to increase by tonight. and with those winds, we will see scattered showers by this evening. we're starting out mostly gray this morning, low clouds out there. high clouds, low clouds will mix out, high clouds will only thicken as the storm approaches the coast and by this evening, again, we're looking at rain. we'll be cloudy throughout most of the day, breezy at times. and we'll be five, 10 degrees cooler than yesterday. we'll look at the future models and show you what you can expect for the weekend, coming up in just a few moments. bart is asking for feedback this morning about running trains up to an hour longer on the weekends. surveyors are all around the bay area right now, including castro valley, where we find ali rasmus live with more on what the surveys are all about. ali.
>> reporter: it's all part of a pilot program that bart is thinking about starting in september. so as you said, they're thinking about extending service on friday nights into saturday mornings, sony stead of last train leaving san francisco at 12, it would leave at 1 to 1:30 a.m. but in order to do that, the saturday morning trains would have to assistant an hour later so say, for example, here at this station, the saturday morning trains would start running at 7 a.m., instead of 6 a.m. now, bart's directors want to know how many people would be negatively affected by that, and that's what this survey is welcome we caught up with some of the people giving the survey to passengers on the bart train this morning, asking people things like what is the primary purpose of the trip, do they use it for work. if the trains started running later, would people not be able to get to work, for example? that's one every things they're looking into. we had a chance to ride with the people handing out surveys on the trains and talk to the board of directors, and we'll have that in about a half hour.
reporting live, ali rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. one man is in the hospital this morning after union pacific train hit his pickup truck. it happened just after 9:00 last night on the train tracks near ferry street and joe dimaggio drive in martinez. officers found the driver trapped inside the flipped-over truck. first responders had to use the jaws of life to pry him out of that mangled metal. a helicopter then flew him to the hospital and he is expected to survive. now investigators are trying to figure out what led up to the crash. >> we had four eyewitnesses so far and obviously we're going to be looking for more. it's under investigation so we're curious as to how it happened ourselves. >> it does appear at this point the truck was completely blocking the train tracks when the crash happened. one of the first wildfires of the season is expected to be 100% contained this morning. the met fire broke out thursday night in monterey county, just east of soledad. so far, it has burned about 830 acres. as the last night firefighters
had the flames 85% contained. no homes were damaged but a barn did partially burn down. cal-fire says the fire started after a high winds caused power lines to touch, sending sparks down to the dry grass. the met fire is a reminder for homeowners to prepare for this summer's fire season. cal-fire recommends creating a defensible space, meaning people should clear all dry vegetation around the homes. homeowners should also have an evacuation plan. this morning, nine people are without a home after a fire damaged three buildings in the mission district. that fire began the second floor of a cap street near 20th last night. it then jumped to a duplex next door and a building behind the two homes. one firefighter did suffer minor injuries. about 20 residents in the buildings all got out and escaped the flames. one resident came home and was relieved to learn his father and dog and pet birds all made it out safely. >> he knows from the upstairs unit and the unit next door, and i went in and opened the door and i was calling for my
dog. >> they say the fire spread quickly because of the wind, but it did spare one historic home on the corner. that survived the 1906 earthquake. investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire. by the time the fire broke out, san francisco's emergency dispatch service was fully back up and running. the service failed thursday morning, forcing dispatchers to switch to manual mode. the city's emergency management department says 911 calls were not affected. san jose city council could vote on a fiscal emergency declaration in two weeks as mayor chuck reed moves ahead with pension reforms. san jose is facing $115 million budget deficit and the city says it will have continuing deficits every year because of skyrocketing retirement costs. mayor reed says he wants to put pension reform on the november ballot. unions argue the mayor is going around their back and being disingenuous. reed responded back. >> i don't even know what they
mean by that. i'm about as straightforward up and-front as anybody you'll ever find. i said this is what we need to do. >> part of his pension reform includes capping retirement benefits at 9%, raising the retirement age, requiring 20 years of service for retiree health care, limiting pension accrual rates, and limiting cost of living adjustmentst to 1% a year. today is the nation's largest single day food drive. it's called stamp out hunger and you can leave a bag of non- perishable food by your nail box, and your mail carrier will pick it up. organizers hope to exceed last year's record-setting total of 77.1 million pounds of donated food. that food drive will help feed a growing number of people who need assistance. the community food bank says the demand for food has never been higher. in april the food bank's emergency food hotline took nearly 3500 calls, that's up 17% from the same time last
year. >> living on a fixed income in the bay area is almost impossible. and so we have a lot more seniors calling us seeking food assistance. >> food bank officials say with more state cuts to social services and an aging baby boomer population, they do expect even tougher times to come and an increase need for community assistance. state officials in louisiana say they have no choice but to flood 3,000 acres of homes and farmland all to protect new orleans. oil refineries and chemical plants. later today louisiana will open its spillway for the first time in 38 years. that will relieve pressure from levees on the mississippi river. the fear has been the levees could fail and send water gushing into. by opening the spillway the water will flood a large part of rural louisiana. 25,000 people are being told to leave their homes and farms. >> we'll be facing weeks of elevated water, some parts of the state the water will be
higher than normal through july even august. >> many people are trying to protect their property by building berms around the homes. economists now estimate the financial impact from the flooding around the mississippi river to be more than a billion dollars. damages spread across farmlands, homes and businesses and in arkansas the cost of the damage is estimated ton $500 million alone. the financial impact on the farmland could reach 800 million dollars. good morning to you. a live look at the bay area, where you can see we're dealing with clouds, not going to see a lot of sunshine today. in fact, these clouds will stick around ahead of a system that will bring us scattered showers by tonight and really drive our temperatures down. our winds this morning picking up to 10, even 15 miles per hour now. san francisco reporting 8. oakland 14 miles per hour. 10 in concord and 8 in livermore. breezy earlier this morning and now the winds dying down just a
bit. we will continue with this trend because we are again looking at a huge change and time for your weekend. satellite and radar, you can see the clouds already rolling in. this is the system dropping out of the gulf of alaska. you see the center of circulation? it's going to stick around. the front will move through tonight, and that center of circulation will bring us an active pattern in time for sunday. next few hours, by about 1:00 or so, maybe even a few sprinkles over the north by, but the rain is really going to hold off until the evening hours. here we are 9:00, already coming ashore from north to south. we'll see the showers move through, by tomorrow morning we're already waking up with dry conditions. sierra snow levels dropping down to 3500 feet. through sunday. so please if this is your destination, be careful out there. back to what is going on by sunday morning, we're looking at dry conditions but we're going to stay with this active pattern. sunday morning just a few possibility of isolated showers but with this comes the possibility of thunderstorms. so it could be really active.
one of those days where it's sunny one moment and the next moment you're looking at rain continuing. and the weather will stick around through tuesday, maybe wednesday. right now temperatures notice 50s. san francisco 50. redwood 50. 49 in napa, 48 santa rosa. most of the temperatures a few degrees warmer than where we started yesterday and hopefully you don't center to be outdoors too early this morning because it's a cool one. 61 for napa for the afternoon. 59 expected areas around berkeley. hayward a low 60s down into san jose. mountainview checking in about 63 for the afternoon, and 62 redwood city. the extended forecast here so evening rain in store but between now and then we'll be dealing with high and mid-level clouds this morning. take a look at temperatures. upper 50s, even cooler for tomorrow, and then monday, tuesday scattered showers a possibility. partly cloudy on wednesdays. if you're out for the beta breakaries tomorrow, we'll have the forecast coming up. japanese officials are investigating the man's deaths at the country's damaged
nuclear power plant. a plant worker died this morning after collapsing at the fukashima daiichi plant. a spokesman says it's not known yet what led to the death. but the spokesman added no radioactivity was detected in the man's body. the fukashima daiichi plant has been leaking radioactive contaminated water since the march 11th earthquake and tsunami hit japan. we are learning more about the items confiscated from osama bin laden's pakistani compound. two u.s. officials now say pornography was among the items seized whet navy seals raided the hideout. it's not clear who the pornography belongs to but bin laden lived at that compound with his son and two other male couriers. other items seized from the compound include a handwritten journal, five computers, 10 hard drives and 110 thumb drives. president obama special middle east envoy has one more week on the job. george mitchell resigned his position yesterday. his last day is may 20th. the same day israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu will visit the white house.
his position allowed him to focus on middle east peace talks. the white house says his deputy will serve as acting envoy. new this morning, president obama wants more gas and oil drilling right here in the united states to help offset high gas prices. he made that call during his weekly online video address. >> we should increase safe and responsible oil production here at home. last year american agrees oil production reached its highest level since 2003 but i believe we should continue to expand oil production in america. even as we increase safety and environmental standards. >> the president said the department of the interior will work to increase production by starting new lease sales and by streamlining the permit process for drilling. mr. obama continued his call for the end of oil company tax subsidies. triple-a says a gallon of regular gasoline in san francisco now costs $4.29. that's down one penny from yesterday. and in san jose and oakland, the price is a little cheaper
at $4.23 a gallonning also down a penny from yesterday. the prices come from triple-a's daily fuel gauge report, which is updated overnight. time is 7:12. the budget ax falls on some calf state parks. the sites that may soon be off limits. and a high school is now taking aim at the nra. but first, you're looking at 880 in oakland. there's a hazardous roadway in the southbound direction by the 5th avenue exit. the chp says a trailer became unhinged and is blocking two lanes, so be careful in that direction.
parks that will close due to budget cuts. it in all, 70 parks will be closed. governor brown slashed the state parks budget by $11 million had this year and another $22 million next year. the closures will begin in the fall, and all the parks are scheduled to be closed by july of next year. >> we can't continue to manage our system as we have been with the budget that we have. it's just the reality. >> you look at the map, the green squares show the locations of the parks that will close in the bay area. the state is hoping to avoid layoffs as well by reassigning employees from closed parks to ones that are staying open. park officials say several factors were considered when making the list. among them, the parks's significance, attendance, financial strength, and if there were any public or private partnerships or land use restrictions. you will find the entire list of parks at our website at ktvu.com. just scroll counsel to the
right now section. the 4th of july weekend could save money if they just wait a few days longer. according to travelocity, the so-called sweet spot for the best deals is six to seven weeks before a major holiday weekend. for the 4th of july, that would be may 19 through 25th. they're still predicting higher summer airfares than last year, even if oil prices do come down. travel experts say one way to predict an upcoming ticket sale is by looking for a lot of empty seats on a flight seating chart. bay area travelers flying into los angeles international airport may notice some new security all thanks to four- legged friends. bomb-sniffing dogs are now on patrol at the airport, but they are unlike any other dogs used before. these canines can detect hidden explosives on a person moving through a crowd and can hold a scent for up to 15 minutes. some travelers are now wondering if the united states will follow other countries and start using dogs to screen passengers.
>> it's important to keep america safe but we should be aware that there's sensitivity among some muslims that dogs are considered dirty, particularly the saliva. >> l.a.x. officials decided to add the new dogs following the failed christmas day terror plot in detroit. the san francisco unified school district is asking the rifle association to take the name of one of its schools off its website. it's listed for its junior rotc program but the district tells the bay citizen the school has no affiliation with the nra. and its program doesn't include firearms training. the nra says it will investigate the matter. governor brown will release his may revised budget monday morning and the big question remains, will he hold out hope for those extension of temporary taxes or call for an all cuts budget?
the teachers in sacramento want republicans to agree to the extension of temporary taxes hoping to avoid more cuts to education. the teachers trying to persuade g.o.p. lawmakers with this protest that ended yesterday. >> both the democrat, and the republicans have to come together. this can't be an either-or, and they need to find a way to be able to say, okay, we can give a little, we can take a little. >> state educators say no tax extensions equates to $4 billion in additional cuts. teachers also have another rally closer to home at san francisco's civic center plaza. this rally yesterday turned in a park protest. teachers we talked to say no school in the state is being spared by proposed cuts. san francisco alone is planning to lay off 300 teachers and aides next year. teachers say the kids are the ones losing out the most. >> all these kids in the school
come from rough families, they need a steady, solid presence in their life. and teach them. and when people are laid off every year, they don't have that. >> you can see the huge crowd that turned out yesterday. it's estimated about 1,000 teachers, parents and others took part. teacher unions, organizers, rallies and they also were held in four other cities, including los angeles. another high school is punished for having a food fight. plus, we're learning who may have sparked the fire that severely damaged the warehouse of a popular drink company. >> and unseasonally cold storm is on the way. live like here, we're also gloomy start and breezy. we'll look at the current conditions, what you can expect for the weekend, coming up in just a few moments. [ man ] i got this new citi thankyou card
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their punishment for a food fight. school officials threatened to cancel the prom and graduation trip to disneyland. parents met with the administrators yesterday and told us the students may now have to choose between the prom and the trip. >> i think punishment is one thing, but i think taking it away when a little overboard. >> a lot of kids paid into the graduation, limos, prom dresses, party buses, everything. a lot of us invested a lot of money in it. >> school officials have declined to comment. only about 30 of the 100 or so seniors took part in the food fight which they characterize as a student prank. surprisingly the same situation is playing out in virginia, where a senior prom is also on hold because of a food fight. the principal of west springfield high is reportedly furious because a fight on thursday. a number of students suffered minor injuries and the principal is calling it a major disturbance. he put the prom across picnic and other planned activities on hold and many of students and
parents feel only the kids involved should be punished. >> i don't think it will happen. i mean, there's parents having to pay for prom dresses and limo deposits. i don't think it will happen. they can -- i don't know. >> administrators are trying to determine who is responsible for the food fight. they may issue a decision next week on how to proceed with senior activities. it's prom season, pull out the tuxedos and dresses. and rosemary, it may be umbrellas and jackets. >> yes, it's hard to believe we're going did see rain! so many outdoor events this weekend. and wow, we could be wet. and even if we're not, we'll be a lot cooler than what we typically get for the end of may. at least the last couple weeks. giving you a look at what we can expect for the changes in store. we'll be cloudy and cooler in time for your afternoon. mid-50s to low 60s is what we're looking at for today. five to 10 degrees cooler than yesterday, and without the sunshine it will feel cooler by tonight. rain develops, looks like most of the rain will fall this
evening, late evening, into early tomorrow morning. and tomorrow morning we could actually wake up with partly cloudy skies, but that will help the possibility of thunderstorms for our sunday. so could be very active out at beta breakers. tomorrow afternoon, widespread low, mid-50s expected for most of the day. actually it may be quite nice for runners, that cool air. but if you're going to be out as a spectator, bundle up. with the sunshine and the possibility of showers coming down, even a thunderstorm. extended forecast here, temperatures in the upper 50s and we're not going to shake this pattern any time soon. monday, tuesday still the possibility of scattered showers in the forecast. wednesday looks to be partly cloudy and then finally drying out altogether by thursday. meanwhile, our inland areas will fit in the 60s, looks like 73 by wednesday. back to you. fire that gutted a watsonville warehouse with millions of dollars of apple juice appears to have been sparked by a roofer's blowtorch. that's the result of an investigation into the april 20th fire that took three days
to extinguish. investigators say roofers worked on the roof just hours before and a spark probably found its way into a hole in the wall. they say dry cork inside the wall and breezy weather created the perfect conditions for a fire. damage to the building and its contents is estimated to cost about $10 million. tens of thousands of acres of the angeles national forest are reopening two years after the largest wildfire in los angeles county history. two firefighters with killed battling the station fire back in 2009, and 89 homes were destroyed. on monday, 98,000 acres of forest will reopen, including campgrounds, picnic areas and more than 100 miles of hiking trails. however, thousands of acres will remain closed. researchers are calling it p power, extracting energy from urine as a source of clean energy.
urine is 99% water, but that remaining 1% contains a lot of hydrogen that can be fed into a fuel cell. >> it's being sent to the fuel cell, which is in return powering this sign. >> a car is operated by pee power. if you collect the urine from the students, they could power about 60 of the buildings on campus. the outrage continues over a san francisco mother who injected botox into her 8-year- old daughter, the new investigation underway. plus bart is trying to figure out how riders feel about giving up service on weekend mornings to drive more at night. >> and fans of "american idol" james get ready to welcome him home today. how supporters welcomed him back.
you have to give to get. that's what bart is telling riders this morning. are passengers willing to give up their morning trains for more trains at night? good morning, everyone. welcome back to mornings on 2 now for the last 45 minutes, bart has been out talk to riders trying to figure out if it's worth cutting back on morning service so more night service can be offered. ali rasmus is gauging reaction and joins us now live with more on this morning's survey. ali. >> reporter: we're at bart station in castro valley, and
it doesn't seem like it's that busy on a saturday morning. there's just a few people buying tickets and going through these turnstiles. but there are more people than you would think who rely on saturday morning bart trains. trains that run from 6 to 7 a.m., approximately 4,000 people across the bay area that ride bart trains in those hours. so if bart decided to extend late night service, some trains would be eliminated. and that's what this survey talks to people about. the surveyors rode all five bart lines this morning, giving passengers a questionnaire, asking whether they would take bart to work or their age and how much they make, whether they rely on a car to get to work, things like that. >> for a lot of people that don't have any other transportation, ought to be able to get to work, there's their livelihood. they don't have -- if they don't have the ability to use public transportation, they don't have a way to have a job at all. >> so those are the people you want -- >> those are the people i'm
specifically looking at. >> and bart's board of directors vice president says if too many saturday morning passengers are negatively affected, can't get to work, can't get to the places they need to get to, then bart may decide not to extend latenight service. this is the first of two saturday mornings that bart surveyors will be out doing this. they'll also be on the trains on all five lines next saturday morning. ali rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. new information on a homicide investigation underway in vallejo. employees at the spring brook masonic temple found a body of a man yesterday near the park lot. police are now saying the man was shot to death. the victim is identified as keith oso bee jr. if you have any information, call the police department. oakland police are looking for witnesses in a afternoon shooting, just after 4 p.m. yesterday people reported hearing gunshots on 76th avenue at hamilton street. that's not far from the oakland coliseum. when police got there, they found a man suffering from
multiple gunshot wounds. paramedics took him to the hospital in very critical condition. so far, no word on a suspect or a motive. about an hour later and less than a mile away, two men were shot in a car on under boulevard near 69th avenue. one was shot in the ankle, the other in the foot. both men were taken to highland hospital. and there's no word on any arrests in the case. the latest violence in oakland during a major crackdown on career criminals. operation spring cleaning is targeting 68 people who police say are responsible for a driving spike in violent crimes. so far, 36 of them have been arrested. police chief batt says he took some officers their normal beat to carry out the special operation. the chief says it needed to be done before summer. >> the budgetary impacts over the last year has taken away our pro activity, our ability to have resources that are not dealing with calls for service. so basically what we're doing is pulling calls for service units away from what they were normally do, puts them together
and run the operations. >> this at the time the community march in the san antonio district. the chief and families with children walked international boulevard yesterday, many people carrying signs asking for police to protect their families. people who live in oakland's district four have a chance to share their concerns and priorities with city officials today. mayor kwan will hold a town hall meeting with the chief at bret harte middle school, and it will begin at 11 a.m. vallejo could exit bankruptcy in a few months. the city manager made the announcement yesterday along with the release of next year's budget. he says negotiations continue with creditors but he is opt misses tick about completing the process this summer. a final meeting july 28th. next year's $65.7 million budget doesn't include any cuts because it's already been trimmed to the bone. the trial of two men charged as accomplices in the santa cruz killing of a los
angeles man will begin this monday. he was killed in july 2009 on has way home from oakland. investigators say he had stopped to sell marijuana at the home of stewart scuba, who is charged with his death and is tried separately. his alleged accomplices adam hunt and kenneth clamp face numerous charges in the killing. authorities found the man's burned pickup truck outside bonny doon. they say they have evidence of his death but they never found his body. a plea bargain will send a former bay area high school student to a napa state hospital indefinitely. a judge ordered 19-year-old alexander youshock to a state hospital yesterday for his 2009 attack at hillsdale high school in san mateo. a jury convicted him of attempted murder in march, along with four weapons and explosives. if doctors decide he is sane, he will have to serve a 25-year prison sentence for attempted
murder. his sentence to the napa state hospital comes after a series of attacks involving patients. on wednesday night a 31-year- old patient attacked his elderly roommate. and last weekend, another patient attacked and beat up a psychiatric technician. hospital employees tell ktvu changes have been made in security, but they admit more needs to be done. san francisco's child protective services office says it is now investigating the bay area mom who admitted on national tv to injecting her 8- year-old daughter with botox. she made the botox admission to abc news on thursday and the chronicle is reporting that callers flooded the city's child abuse hotline following her appearance. doctors say injecting botox into a child is both unhealthy and damaging to the emotional well being. one of many changes in tomorrow's 100th running of the beta breakers in san francisco. the 12k footrace gets underway at 7 a.m. instead of 8:00, and this year no alcohol, no floats and only
registered participants will be allowed on the race route. organizers expect 150,000 people to either run or watch the race, including these runners from emory secondary school in emeryville. >> it's a new experience. not every kid gets to come and do the beta breakers. >> looking forward to having a good time and enjoying ourselves and hopefully we won't run into too much lewd behavior. >> but they could run into chilly weather. the forecast is calling for wind and rain early sunday. if you go to ktvu.com, you'll find information about the race, including a map of the route with street closures and a link to the official beta breakers website. santa cruz is preparing for a welcome home concert today by "american idol" contestant james durbin. he was voted off the show thursday, which meant durbin day was cancelled. but the fans didn't give up and after a persistent plea to idol, the show made an unprecedented decision and allowed durbin day back on.
15,000 people are expected at the santa cruz beach boardwalk today for a scaled down version of what was originally planned. no motorcade or media crews but fans who supported him throughout the journey will be getting a chance to hear him single >> first of all, we need to talk about his overwhelming talent. he is a true performer. he knows what he's doing. secondly, and i think it goes to our hearts that he is overcome so many handicaps, he's overcome so many disadvantages, to get where he is now. and he is just -- believes in himself and our community is -- believes in him also. >> many fans admire him with his autism. he talked to the local singer about coming home. >> his mood sounded really excited. he's like, all right, hometown concert! i get to play for my sisters, brothers and friends, the guys i used to play with. he was excited. >> the concert at boardwalk
starts at 3. durbin will perform at 5, performing three songs. ktvu.com has an extensive "american idol" section that's also where you can get on durbin day today. look for the idol tab on our front page. good morning to you. gearing up for a cloudy, cool day over the bay area. we've got a mix of low clouds as well as high clouds, so high clouds ahead of the system that will bring us scattered showers by tonight. current temperatures right now, few degrees warmer than yesterday. if you're out early this morning, could be little breezy at times. winds between 10 to 15. 49 in napa, 48 santa rosa so a chilly start. low 50s san francisco. hayward at 53. mountainview 52 as well. your radar showing high clouds beginning to sweep through and this is just the beginning because behind it we've got the scattered showers, in store for
the evening hours. they should role through in the late night, early morning by tomorrow, and then we begin to dry out. but it's not going to go away. this system bringing with it the most unstable coldest air here well center of circulation. that's going to hang off the coast. while the front moves through tonight bringing us scattered showers and more of a steady rain, the possibility of thunderstorms will be in our forecast for sunday. so here we are picking it up this morning. mostly cloudy, by about noontime or so we may see just a few sprinkles over the north by but it won't be much. this is what we're waiting for, the front. by 9:00, most of us beginning to see a little bit of light rain it. will happen while we sleep, thunderstorms as well. we wake up tomorrow morning already clearing out. you may look outside your door tomorrow morning and go, wow, it looks pretty good. it's that sunshine heating right at the surface and the cold air on top will bring us the possibility of thunderstorms. by monday morning, we have moisture in the forecast, and it sticks around by monday afternoon, possibility still a few scattered showers so there's settled weather to last through the weekend and beyond.
for today, we've got clouds, breezy conditions, really picking up in the afternoon through the evening hours. and cool conditions. widespread upper 50s, low 60s. just plan on temperatures outside your door from 5 to 10 degrees cooler than just yesterday, and without the sunshine. occasional showers in store for sunday, but the possibility of thunderstorms could make it a little hazardous out there so just take it easy. monday, tuesday we're unsettled, partly cloudy by wednesday, and then thursday looks to be the west day so far. and it's not even on the map so that's what we can expect over the next few days. how much rain are we expecting out of this system? we'll show you some of those future-cast totals coming up. >> thank you, rosemary. a detour for bay bridge commuters will soon get underway. caltrans is now paving 45 new eastbound lanes. starting memorial day weekend, traffic exiting the bay bridge heading to oakland will be detoured on to a new corridor to half mile stretch of eastbound 80. caltrans says realigning the lanes will allow crews to
complete the eastern span. >> this operation is an example of why we're able to open the whole bridge in 2013. because we're able to shift the traffic here on the oakland side, that gives us enough room in between the existing bridge and the new bridge to complete the structure. >> caltrans says it will not need to close the bridge during the memorial day weekend transition. you may catch a glimpse of a car hayes in san francisco today. filming began in the financial district just over an hour ago for a commercial. the streets you see on the map will be used off and on until 8:00 tonight. police say residents should have access to homes throughout the day. film crews are trying to recreate the car chase scene from the 1968 film, bullet. let's check in on your traffic right now. the sun is shining bright out there. that is san jose, no problems on 280. but reports of a fire we're getting on state route 85 near fremont avenue. flames are out but that activity might be still blocking some of the lanes there so be aware of that.
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welcome back. a cloudy start in oakland. moderate breeze. if you're headed to the greek festival for the afternoon, 60 degrees expected the second half of the day. three thousand acres of homes and farmland in louisiana could soon be underwater. it's all to protect new orleans or refineries in chemical plants. dan springer is live in
mississippi with why officials say they have no choice. good morning, dan. >> reporter: good morning, claudine and mike. there are battles being waged for hundreds of miles along the mississippi river, big and small. the one you mentioned the morgansa floodway is a large battle and the decision was made just yesterday to finally start opening some of those floodgates. but let's show you one of other battles here in pittsburgh, behind me is an old railroad station and you can see it's submerged under several feet of water. downstream is another floodwall built by the army corps of engineers out of railroad ties and kept together by cars and metal chains and backed by metal braces. on the other side we go to video, we can see it's leaking and the leak is getting bigger as the pressure on that wall mounts, because the water is still rising here. right now it's a manageable amount, but it is -- the river rising is going to crest on thursday, so that water will
only get more and more pressure and find little holes and cracks in the wall. meantime, further down river near baton rouge, the army corps has decided to open that morgansa floodway. it will ease pressure on levees that protect the big cities. you know, new orleans and baton rouge. but it will also flood hundreds of miles of cropland and farmhouses some there's a tradeoff. it will be only the second time these floodgates have been opened, the first in 1973. meantime, many hundreds of homes have been evacuated, up and down the river in the delta, but there are pockets of holdouts. we understand there's one area along the river that will rise 12 feet in one day, when the river crests later next week. governor barbour from mississippi was here in vicksburg yesterday, urging residents to leave before they have to be evacuated, because there's just not enough people to help them get out of their homes some a very serious situation. this is a slow-moving disaster
em and. people have time to prepare, and again as we see, there are levees all over the place that right now are doings the job but there's always that fear they could be breached and we would have just a major disaster. back to you guys. >> dan springer live this morning in vicksburg, mississippi. dan, we appreciate that report. 6.0 earthquake shook things up in costa rica but surprisingly there are no reports of major damage or injuries. you can see the truck moving back and forth in the surveillance video of the quake struck just northwest of the capital in san jose, and lasted about 20 seconds. last year a magnitude 6.1 quake struck central costa rica and killed at least 20 people. while residents in haiti are gearing up for presidential inauguration today, some others are celebrating the departure of their current leader. activists held a mock funeral procession for the outgoing rene preval. he has been criticized for earthquake reconstruction
process that's been painfulfully slow. but his procession turned violent near the presidential palace, activists refuse to go leave and police responded with force at times beating those who resisted. former president bush says he was not overjoyed to hear of osama bin laden's death. he said his initial decision to go after bin laden was made not out of hatred but to exact judgment. he commented wednesday at a las vegas conference, adding president obama's decision to invade the come pond was a good call. bush credited u.s. intelligence for building information piece by piece and claims no personal credit. former arkansas governor mike huckaby could announce his presidential campaign later today on his fox new show. he said yesterday he plans on making a very important announcement. the former arkansas governor has been widely speculated to join the race for the white house and that announcement would come a day after texas congressman ron paul announced his campaign. and newt gingrich announced his
campaign on wednesday. the man suspected of trying to storm the cockpit of a san francisco bound plane are remain in jail now. yesterday, a federal judge denied bail for 28-year-old rageh al-murisi. he is a flight risk and ordered eight psychiatric evaluation. prosecutors samaria had lieu nateing for months and reportedly told an air marshal he wanted to kill himself. family members attended the hearing. they say he is not a terrorist. the two students shot and killed in a parking garage at san jose state university will be awarded their degrees. police say these two classmates were fatally shot by the husband. he then took his own life. police say san jose state officials say he and williams will receive bachelor degrees in accounting. the two were set to graduate at
the end of this month. more than 2400 students will don caps and gowns today and officially become graduates of uc berkeley. each one of their names read as they cross the stage. school officials expect about 15,000 people to attend. that ceremony begins at 10 a.m. one of seniors graduating today is 22-year-old austin whitney. he is paralyzed from the waist down but today hopes to walk to the podium with the help of a skeleton device. >> i have no doubt they'll be one of most important moments of my entire life. but here i am, about to walk, walk, by graduation. >> he was paralyzed in a car crash three years ago. he has been helping develop the device at uc berkeley engineering lab. the machine supports his body and allows him to walk up right. the device weighs 40 pounds and costs about $15,000. a frightening moment for a young boy, where he hid to protect himself from a tornado that destroyed his house.
we have surveillance tape this morning of a bold thief who stole computers from san francisco's global film initiative. gfi funds independent filmmaking and what you're looking at is the thief caught on camera this week. staffers also say surveillance video shot yesterday morning appears to show the same man reentering the building. >> we look at the footage and see he seems bold and prison end. i don't know if you realizes we have him on tape. >> gfi says the theft of its computers has forced them to delay funding for film projects set in several countries, including costa rica, south africa, and indonesia. a controversial film about the death of princess diana slams the royal family as
gangsters in tiaras. unlawful killing made its debut yesterday in france. the image that stirred up the talk is a photo of dying princess with her eyes still open. the movie exploits theories about her death. one of backers is the father of diana's companion dodi al fayed who also died in the crash. an autopsy today for a national league hockey player found dead inside his apartment. the bod of new york rangers enforcer derrick bogard was found inside his minneapolis apartment yesterday. 28-year-old canadian had just spent the past week in los angeles, where he met with a public relations firm and planned to start a twitter accounted. he was limited to just 22 games this last season because of a concussion. atlanta braves coach roger mcdowell has returned to work after his suspension. >> these past two weeks, have
been very humbling. >> he was suspended after making anti-gay slurs and other remarks before a game at at&t park. fans were insulted, including a fresno family who said mcdowell threatened them. the pitching coach said he personally apologized to the family and has taken sensitivity training. an iowa mother is proud of her son for jump nothing a clothes dryer is a tornado tore apart their home. she was rushing home when she heard the emergency sirens going off and was talking to her son on the phone. she was just two blocks away but couldn't get there fast enough. >> he said mommy, there's glass breaking! it's loud, it's crackling! and i think the house is going. i'm like -- >> she said austin jumped into the dryer and got out later without a scratch. the family surprised how much damage the home sustained. they're now focusing on clean- up.
wild weather in iowa, we have some wild weather making an entrance here into the bay area, rosemary. >> yes, we could see active weather as well. hopefully no tornadoes. but we're looking at the possibility of maybe a thunderstorm. giving you a look outside our doors where we're dealing with just gray skies so after a very pleasant week ahead, big changes in store for the weekend. and it could be a little crummy. looking at what we can expect. increasing clouds will thicken up throughout the day and the winds are expected to do pick up as well. rain expected between 7:00 and 10:00 this evening. and it looks through the overnight hours is when the steady rain will fall. by tomorrow we start to get some pretty good clearing, but that will enhance the possibility of thunderstorms. so it's going to be cold out there, rolling through the area and it will leave us unsettled for the next several days. giving you a look by this evening, through the overnight hours rain will fall. how much rain are we expecting? from a 10th to two 10ths for most of us. santa rosa could pick up 3/10
by tomorrow afternoon. 7/10? it's not likely but if we get a thunderstorm over the mountains, well, that could likely happen some we'll be watching that again for your sunday. meanwhile, for today just expect notably cooler conditions, cloudy conditions, upper businesses and when the wind begins to blow, you'll need that jacket. and you may need it all day long. sunday occasional showers in the forecast. possibility of thunderstorms monday, tuesday we're unsettled and our temperatures don't budge. finally reaching 60 on wednesday. low 60s for the inland areas, 73 by midweek, wednesday. back to you. budget cuts are forcing the closure of dozens of state parks. which ones in the bay area are shutting down and what government officials say factored into their decision. plus, the changes president obama is calling for that could offset those high gas prices.
saturday morning passengers. now the a little i wants to hear from them. the survey handed out this morning. good morning. welcome to mornings on 2. it's saturday, may 14th. we are cloudy and cool today. the rain is headed our way. let's get right to and check in with meteorologist rosemary. >> good morning! we'll notice the cooler conditions first of all, we'll be cloudy with five it 10 degrees of cooling over yesterday. and yes the scattered showers arriving by tonight, even winter travel if you're headed to the sierra with advisories in place by tonight. mostly gray today and the winds picking up by the second half of the afternoon. temperatures up into this morning, what you can expect for the second half of the day and more on that rain coming up. pleasing bart riders may mean disappointing others.
ali rasmus has details on why bart is taking a survey from riders today. >> reporter: hi, claudine. there are about 4,000 people who ride bart trains between the hours of 6 and 7 a.m. on saturday mornings. and those surveys are designed to hear from those passengers. this is a copy of the survey. the very top line here says, this saturday morning train might be eliminated. it's all part of a pilot program bart is thinking about implementing that would extend late-night service between the hours of midnight to 1 a.m. 1 a.m. trains would leave the downtown station in san francisco, but to do that they have to start running saturday morning trains at 7 a.m. an hour later instead of 6 a.m. >> [not understandable] >> too late. >> do you take the bart to work? >> yes. >> what can you do? how will we get around? can't afford the gas. >> for a lot of people that don't have any other transportation ought to be able to get to work, this is their
livelihood. >> now, about 20 surveyors rode all five bart lines this morning, between 6 and 7 a.m., handing out questionnaires. and it asks passengers their age, race, and income levels. it also asks the saturday morning passengers what they would do if they didn't have bart, would they take the buses, have someone drop them off instead? these surveys will be out again next saturday morning. bart's board of directors could decide what to do, about extending the service on weekends or not, by the ends of this month. and if they do make that decision, that late night train could start running in september. reporting live, ali rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. one man in the hospital this morning after a union pacific train slams right into his pickup truck. it happened just after 9:00 last night on the train tracks near ferry street and joe dimaggio drive in martinez. when officers responded to the scene they found the driver trapped inside the flipped-over nissan truck. first responders had to use the
jaws of life to pry him out of the mangled metal. a helicopter then flew the man to the hospital, where he is expected to survive. now investigators are trying to figure out what led up to the crash. >> we have four eyewitnesses so far and obviously we're going to be looking for more. it's under investigation so we're curious as to how it happened. >> it appears at this point the truck was completely blocking the train tracks when the crash occurred. this morning, nine people are without a home after a fire damaged three buildings in the mission district. that fire began on a second floor of the victorian on tap street last night. it then jumped to a duplex next door and then to two homes behind that building. one firefighter did suffer minor injuries but about 20 residents in the buildings escaped the flames. one resident came home to find his father, dog and pet birds all made it out safely. >> he seems -- from the upstairs unit, and the unit next door. and i went in and opened the door and i was calling for my
dog. >> the firefighter says the fire spread quickly bus of the wind but did spare one historic home, on the corner, which survived the 1906 earthquake. investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire. one of first wildfires of the season is expected to be 100% contained this morning. the met fire broke out thursday night in monterey county, just east of soledad. so far it's burned about 830 acres. as the last night, firefighters had the flames about 85% contained. that homes were damaged but a barn did partially burn down. cal-fire says the fire started after high winds caused power lines to touch, sending sparks down into the dry draft. san jose city council could vote on a emergency declaration in two weeks as the mayor moves ahead with pension reforms. san jose is facing a $150 million budget deficit, and the city says it will have continuing deficits every year because of skyrocketing retirement costs. now mayor reed says he wants to
put pension reform on the november ballot. unions argue the mayor is going behind their back and being disin generous. reed responded back. >> i don't know what they mean by that. i'm about as straightforward and up front as anybody you'll ever find. i laid this out in my state of the city speech. i said this is what we need to do. >> part of his pension re for the includes capping retirement benefits at 9%, raising the retirement age, requiring 20 years service for retiree health care, limiting pension accrual rates, and limiting cost of living adjustments to 1% a year. state park officials released a long-awaited list of parks that are going to close due to budget cuts. in all, 70 parks will be closed including china camp and 13 others in the bay area. governor brown large is the state parks budget by $11 million this year and another $22 million next year. the closures will begin in the fall and all parks on the lust are scheduled to be closed by july of next year. >> we can't continue to manage
our system as we have been with the budget that we have. it's just the reality. >> take a look at this map. the green squares on the map show the locations of the parks that will close in the bay area. the state is hoping to avoid layoffs by reassigning employees from closed parks to ones that are staying open. park officials say several factors were considered when they made the list. among them, the parks statewide significance, attendance, financial strength, ease of closure, and if there were any public or private partnerships or land use restrictions. you'll find the entire list of parks set to close on our website at ktvu.com. just scroll down to the right now section. good morning to you. don't need me to tell you that we're dealing with gray skies outside our door, giving you a look there. san francisco below 50s at this hour. little breezy at times. are you out for maybe a morning jog or cup of coffee? bring along a jacket. we've got winds to 12 miles per
hour in areas around san francisco, fairfield going good at 20 miles per hour. a light breeze san jose and santa rosa getting in closer, oakland at 14 miles per hour. concord and into livermore between 5 and 10. concord almost 15 miles per hour for livermore and notice all that gray out there. we've got patchy row clouds, below. we've got high clouds up above. and satellite radar showing you high clouds again ahead of the storm that we've been tracking now for a couple days. still on track to bring us that rain by tonight and the center of circulation with the coldest most unstable air in time for sunday, and that's going to bring us thunderstorms and the possibility thereof for the afternoon on sunday. saturday higher we are mostly game notice we don't see the rain. it takes until the evening hours, so if you have outdoor plans, a jacket but the possibility of an umbrella, you probably could do without. but by tonight, this is when the rain was steering. while we sleep, the steady rain pulls through. and works its way over the sierra. we do have a winter stormwatch for the sierra if you're heading that way.
sunday morning, we're already beginning to clear out but we're still very unsettled. if we get breaks in the clouds, some sunshine that heating is going to again trigger and have the possibility of thunderstorms for the afternoon. sunday here notice just a little bit of moisture. it's not going to be much. so it may be one of those days where we've got sunshine one minute and then a downpour the next some just be prepared for that as you make your prance for sunday. it will be cooler at beta breakers. low 50s around san jose. afternoon highs for today, upper 50s, low 60s. 62 santa rosa. 59 in berkeley. so it's going to feel like early spring, not mid-may. 62 in fremont. 64 los gatos and upper 50s on the coastline. extended forecast here, so the showers arriving tonight, scattered showers for tomorrow. lingering showers monday, tuesday. finally drying out on wednesday. partly cloudy skies in the forecast. upper 50s on the coast. 60s for inland areas. if you're headed to beta
breakers, we'll detail your forecast in just a while. time to put on the running shoes and hit the city streets. tomorrow marks the 100th running of san francisco's bettedda breakers and there are many changes to the 12k. but as john reports, the race makeover has not curbed enthusiasm. >> reporter: san francisco's beta breakers may have a different look this year, but the expo always sparks the same excitement. >> i'm just looking forward to take part of it. rather than being on the fringe i want to be in it this time. >> the southern half mile race which is also part costume party and drunk fest has undergone major change. this year no alcohol, no floats, and only registered participants on the course. >> all we're trying to do is make it safe and have everybody be considered of everybody else on the route. >> that comes in response to complaints from residents on the route, complaints of drunkenness, public urination and worse, and tons of gun
badge left behind. >> people don't pick up after themselves. i'm of the mindset, you pack it in, you pack it out no also the race starts at 7 a.m. instead of 8. these young participants are from emory secondary school. >> i want to do is because it's a new experience. not every kid gets to come and do the beta breakers. >> we're looking forward to the costumes and having a good time and enjoying ourselves and hopefully we won't run into too much lewd behavior. >> this is still the beta breakers so the kids may have to close their eyes at times. >> they made a game of counting all the naked men they could see. i think they counted 40. so we'll see if we can top that. >> the skies will likely look very different on sunday because cold and dreary conditions are expected, and maybe even some rain. tomorrow on mornings on 2, we'll have a live report right from the start of the race. ktvu.com has all the details on the race, including a map of the course and street closures.
look for the information under the weekend extras tab. it hasn't been done in 38 years, why officials are going to open up the spillway in the hopes of saving major cities. we'll have a live report from the menendez river. and new additions to the security team at los angeles international airport. the special dogs used to check passengers. here's a live look outside at 880 in oakland. gray skies but traffick moving smoothly. we spend a lot of time together.
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live look san jose this morning, plenty of clouds to go around. sitting in the low 50s at this hour. this morning army engineers are preparing to open the gates of an emergency spillway along the rising mississippi river. reporter dan springer is live in pittsburgh, mississippi with more on what the people in the southeast are facing. good morning, dan. >> reporter: good morning, mike and claudine that. decision to open the floodway was a difficult one. it was made by the army corps of engineers, and it is down river from here in vicksburg, closer to baton rouge. the diagnoses was made to pro death the levees and the pressure on levees to protect new orleans and baton rouge as this river continues to rise. and they're worried about the levees failing and flooding large, large cities. and so what they're doing is opening up that morgansa floodway and that's going to flood a spillway area and mean that about 25,000 residents
will get flooded and be thousands and thousands of acres of cropland also impacted but it was 1973 the last and only time that that spillway was open. but they say they have to do that to protect the larger cities. and bobby the governor of louisiana said it was a difficult decision but said it was the right one to protect the people in larger cities. meantime, up here in vicksburg, we're standing in front of an old railroad house that is about 4 feet underwater right now. and just downstream from it is a big floodwall that was erected by the army corps of engineers. it is made of railroad ties and stuck together with tar and held together with big metal chains. and we saw this morning that it's leaking substantially. so water is coming through there. it's manageable right now bus they have palm pumping the water back into the mississippi river. but as the river rises here, the pressure is only mounting. upstream we've seen several homes that are flooded.
there were thousands of residents who have evacuated up and down the mississippi delta. just to give you an idea how large an area we're talking about, there's flood stage water right now from memphis down to the gulf of mexico. so it's hundreds and hundreds of miles of people that are affected by this flood, and it's only going to get worse because here in vicksburg where i am, the water is at a record level, 1927 was the last time the water was this high. it is expected to go even higher, crested expected thursday of next week. another two feet of water here in vicksburg. right now i'm up on a bluff, but there are businesses and casinos down there right along the riverfront. if these levees give way and we're seeing some leakage, if they do give way we'll see water almost all the way up to the hill where i am. back to you guys. >> wow, it's just painful to watch with that community is enduring. thank you for the update. we are learning more about the items confiscated from osama bin , including a
pornography stash. two u.s. officials now say that was among the items seized when u.s. navy seals raided the hideout two weeks ago. it's not clear who the pornography belongs to but bin laden did live at the compound with his son and two other male couriers. other items seized include a handwritten journal, five computers, 10 hard drivers and 110 thumb drivers. bay area travelers flying into los angeles may notice new security, all thanks to four- legged friends. bomb-sniffing dogs are now on patrol at the airport, but they are unlike any other dogs used before. these canines can detect hidden explosives on a person moving through a crowd and can hold a scent for up to 15 minutes. some travelers are now wondering if the united states will follow other countries and start using dogs to screen passengers. >> it's important to keep america safe but we should be aware that there's sensitivity among some muslims that dogs are considered dirty, particularly the saliva.
>> officials at l.a.x. decided to add the new dogs following the failed 2009 terror plot in detroit. president obama special middle east envoy has one more week on the job. former senator george mitchell resigned his position yesterday so his last day will be may 20th. that's the same day the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu will visit the white house. mitchell's position allowed him to focus on middle east peace talks. his deputy will serve as acting envoy. president obama wants more gas and oil drilling right here in the united states to help offset the high gas prices. he made the call during his weekly online video address. >> we should increase safe and responsible oil production here at home. last year america's oil production reached its highest level since 2003, but i believe we should continue to expand oil production in america. even as we increase safety and environmental standards. >> the president said the department of the interior will work to increase production by
starting new resales and by streamlining the permit process for drilling. mr. obama also continued his call for the ends of oil company tax subsidies. former arkansas governor mike huckaby could announce his presidential campaign later today on his fox news show. huckaby told his radio audience yesterday that he plans on making a very important announcement. it's been widely speculated the former governor would join the race for the white house. the announcement if it comes would come one day after texas congressman ron paul announced his presidential campaign, and former house speaker newt gingrich announced his on wednesday. governor jerry brown will release his revised may budget monday morning. will he hold out hope for an extension of temporary taxes or call for an all-cuts budget? >> republicans, republicans! >> the teachers at the capitol in sacramento want republicans to agree to the extension of temporary taxes, hoping to
avoid more cuts to education. the teachers tried to spehr swayed g.o.p. lawmakers that ended yesterday. another teachers rally at san francisco's civic center plaza yesterday turned into a part protest, part concert. teachers we talked to say no school in the state is being spared by the proposed cuts. san francisco alone is planning to lay off 300 teachers, administrateddors and aides next year. it's estimated about 1,000 teachers, parents and other supporters took part in the rally. if you have waited to book your summer travel plans, cue save a lot of money. when experts say the best time is to buy and if you're planning somewhere to fly on a holiday weekend. >> might want to get away this weekend, unseasonably cold storm approaching. plenty of gray out there, when
a compromise may be in the works after the entire senior class at mahay ward's leadership high school was parked a food fight thursday. school officials then cancelled the prom and a graduation trip to disneyland. after a meeting yesterday, parents felt the students may be able to choose between the prom and the trip. >> i think punishment is one
thing, but i think taking it away when little overboard. >> lot of kids have paid into the graduation, himoes, prom dresses, party buses, everything. a lot of us invested a lot of money in it. >> officials have yet to comment about 30 of the 100 or so seniors who took part in the food fight. the same situation in virginia, the principal of west springfield high school is furious because a food fight thursday. a number of students suffered minor injuries. and the principal has put the prom, a class picnic and other planned activity on hold. many students there feel only the kid involved should be punished. >> i don't think it will happen. like, there's like parents having to pay for prom dresses and the limos deposits. i don't think it will happen. >> administrators are trying to figure out who is responsible for the food fight and they may issue a decision next week on how to proceed with senior activities.
if you are waiting to book flights for the 4th of july weekend, you can save some money if you just wait a few days longer. according to travelocity, the sweet spot for the best deals is 6 to 7 weeks before a major holiday weekend. 4th of july travelers, the sweet spot is may 19th to 25th. travel agency is still predicting higher summer airfares than last year, even if oil prices come down. travel experts say one way to predict an upcoming ticket sale is by looking for a lot of empty seats on those flight seating charts. let's hope our summer weather looks better than our weather today. rosemary, it's cold out there! >> yes, unwelcome visitor on its way in giving you a look outside, where again gloomy skies. we've got high clouds out there, patchy low clouds and high clouds will begin to thicken throughout the afternoon. live look at the city in the seasons. you can see easy to see that center of circulation, that storm now dropped out of gulf of alaska, spinning off the coast there. that's going to bring the rain
by tonight. so cloudy conditions expected for today. partly to mostly cloudy. a lot cooler than yesterday. by 10 degrees in some areas. and then tonight the rain arrives. between 7, 8:00, as late at 9:00. for sunday, we're going to be clearing out pretty good, but that's going to introduce the possibility of thunderstorms. if you're headed to beta breakers, perhaps a few scattered showers, low 50s, and then for the afternoon clouds, sun, cool afternoon with the head wind meaning you'll be running with the wind in your face or against you as you head closer to the beach although it's not too breezy and we're going to bring in the possibility of thunderstorms for your sunday. so keep your eye to the sky. temperatures will be cool and unsettled weather through tuesday. back to you. >> thank you. it is the world's largest single day food drive. the one thing you can do today to help stamp out hunger. >> bart directors thinking about making trains run later on friday night but it would come with a price for saturday morning bart riders.
there is a live look from high above san francisco's embarcadero it. will be a cool and rainy weekend here in the bay area. when the showers start to fall and how it may affect form's beta breakers. welcome back, everyone to mornings on 2. rosemary will have your complete forecast coming up in about eight minutes. but first, how much would bart riders be willing to give up on a morning like this in order to get increased service at night? bart has been talking with riders this morning about a
proposal now on the table p ali rasmus is talking with them and joins us live with details on this bart survey. >> reporter: there are about 4,000 people who ride barton saturday mornings between 6 and 7 a.m. and the goal of the survey is to hear specifically from those passengers. there's a copy of the survey some passengers got this morning. asking things like their genders, age, income level, how often they ride barton saturday mornings, and the reason bart is handing these out is because they're considering a plan to extend friday night service by an hour, from midnight to 1 a.m. but in order to do that, they have to start their saturday morning service an hour later. so trains would leave for example this castro valley station at 7 a.m., instead of 6 a.m. like they do now. we talked it a few passengers at the station this morning who say they weren't happy about that idea. >> what will we do? how will we get around? can't afford the gas. >> for a lot of people without
other transportation, this is their livelihood. they don't have -- if they don't have the ability to use public transportation, they don't have a way to have a job at all. >> now, about 20 surveyors rode all five bart lines this morning, handing out the questionnaire. one of most important questions asks passengers what they would to if their saturday morning train was eliminated? could they take other forms of trances takes? could someone give this. a ride to their destination? all those things that the board of directors have to consider before they decide whether or not to give the green light to extending friday night service. now, the surveyors will be out again a week from now, saturday morning, bart board of directors could decide whether to extend friday night service by the end of the month and if they decide to give it the green light, the late night trains could start running in september. ali rasmus, ktvu channel 2 news. oakland police looking for witnesses in an afternoon
shooting just after 4 p.m. yesterday people reported hearing gunshots on 76th at hamilton street, not far from the oakland coliseum. when police arrived they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. paramedics took hum to highland hospital. he is in critical condition. so far, there's no word on suspects or motive. about an hour later and less than a mile away, two men were shot while sitting in a car on international boulevard near 69th avenue. one important was shot in the ankle, the other in the foot. both men were taken to highland. there is no word on may rests in that case. violence in oakland during a major crackdown on career criminals. operation spring cleaning is targeting 68 people responsible for driving a spike in violent crime. so far, 36 of them have been arrested. the chief says he took some officers off their normal beat to carry out the special operation. the chief says it needed to be done before summer. >> the budgetary impacts that have happened over the last year has taken away our pro
activity. our ability to have resources that are not dealing with calls for service, so basically what we're doing is pulling those calls for service units away from what they were normally do, put them together and run these operations. >> the crackdown also came at the same time as a community march in the san antonio district. the chief and families and children walked in international moved yesterday. many carried signs asking for police to protect their families. people who live in oakland district 4 have a chance to share concerns and priorities with city officials today. the mayor will hold a town hall meeting along with police chief batts. the meeting is at bret harte middle school and begins at 11 a.m. injured giants fan brian stowe could be back in the bay areaor monday. his medical team says his condition has stabilized enough for him to move to san francisco general and trauma center. he was severely bet end after a game on march 31st. family members say he has opened his eyes in response to stimulation but still unable to
communicate. doctors caution he is still in a coma and still in critical condition. two students shot and killed at a san jose state university parking garage will be awarded their degrees. police say the classmates were fatally shot by her husband who then took his own life. officials say they will receive bachelor degrees in accounting. they were set to graduate at the end of this month. bail denied for the man suspected of trying to storm the cockpit of a san francisco bound plane. a federal judge says 28-year- old rageh al-murisi is a flight risk. he also ordered a psychiatric evaluation. he had been hallucinating for months before sunday's incident on a flight from chicago. al-murisi told an air marshal he wanted to kill himself. family members attended the hearing and say he's not a terrorist. a plea bargain will send a former high school student to napa state hospital
indefinitely. a judge order 19-year-old alexander youshock to napa state hospital yesterday for ace attack in san mateo. he was convicted of attempted murder in march with four weapons and explosive charges related to his bomb plot. if doctors decide he is sane, he will have to serve a 25-year prison sentence for attempted murder. his sentence to napa state hospital comes after a series of attacks involving parents. on wednesday night a 31-year- old patient attacked his elderly roommate. and last weekend another patient attacked a psychiatric technician. hospital employees tell ktvu changes have been made in security but they admit more needs to be done. today is the nation's largest single day food drive called stamp out hunger. you can leave a bag of non- perishable food by your mailbox and mail carrier will pick that up. organizers are hoping to exceed last year's record-setting
totals of 77 million pounds of donated food. the community food bank says demand for food has never been higher. in april the food bank emergency food hotline took nearly 3500 calls and that's up 17% from the same time les year. >> living on a fixed income, in the bay area, is almost impossible. and so we have a lot more seniors calling us seeking food assistance. >> food bank officials say with more state cuts to social services and an aging baby boomer population they expect tougher times to come and increase need for community assistance. a city of santa cruz will welcome home its "american idol" today. james durbin was voted off the show thursday, which meant plans for a hometown concert were cancelled. but after passionate pleas to idol, the show made a unprecedented decision and durbin day is now become on. 15,000 people are expected at
santa cruz boardwalk today. fans are happy they will get a chance to hear him single. >> first of all, i this we need to talk about his overwhelming talent. he is a true performer. he knows what he's doing. secondly, and i think it goes to all our hearts that he is overcome so many handicaps, he overcome so many disadvantages, to get where he is now. and he is just -- believes in him. >> many fans admire him for the way he has handled life with tourettes syndrome. his music mentor says his friend is looking forward to coming home. >> his mood sounded really excited. his like all right, a hometown concert! i get to play for my sisters, brothers, friend, the guys i used to play with. he's excited. >> the concert at the boardwalk begins at 3:00. durbin is scheduled to perform three songs.
you can get the details on the durbin day celebration on our website, at ktvu.com. you may catch a glimpse of a car chase and shoot-out in san francisco today but it's only for a commercial. filming for that began a couple hours ago in the financial district. the streets will be used off and on until 8 tonight. police say residents should have actor their homes during the day. film crucial are trying to recreate the scene from the 1968 film, bullet. good morning to you. a live look at perkily here lot of people headed to berkeley for the afternoon. gray skies, cool conditions and gray sky will be across most of the area. giving you a look at satellite and radar, here's where we're looking at the gray skies from. the high clouds ahead of the system that will bring us scattered showers for tonight, cool us way back, instead of mid-may it might feel like mid- march through the weekend.
satellite and radar giving you a good indication of where the system now sits. drops from the gulf of alaska, and now right off the coastline. this center of circulation brings us the most unstable and coldest air by tomorrow, and that will bring the possibility of thunderstorms. as for today we'll be cloudy and cooler, mainly dry. look at our forecast here. rolling through the afternoon, we will see temperatures drop five to 10 degrees. but it's not until 8:00 or so when the steady rain begins to pull in off the coast while we sleep it moves through and by tomorrow morning, for already seeing some breaks. we can wake up mostly dry. notice the sierra here. we do have a winter weather advisory or stormwatch for tomorrow morning and snow levels could be down to 3500 feet, even in our area which means some of our local peaks could pick up a dusting. even sunshine sat times we may see a few thunderstorms sunday afternoon, just a little bit of moisture moving around the area and we continue with the pattern. but all the way through monday because look at monday morning, we could see scattered showers
on the back to morning drive, as well as in the evening hours. south by looks like we could pick up a few showers as well. this again looking at monday, i'm zoom through the next i did or so and show you sunday afternoon. how much rain we could pick up out of this could see some note worthy products here. areas along the north bay could see from 2 to 310th scott mcclellan most of us will see from one to two tenths at a glimpse. today cool and breezy, and winds picking up ahead of the system later in the afternoon. we'll sit in the mid-50s, low 60s for the afternoon. our temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees cooler than just yesterday. 62 in santa a. 59 hayward. 63 mountainview. 57 this afternoon san francisco. the extended forecast, dry and cool for today. scattered showers by tonight. we're got scattered showers and thunderstorms possible for
sunday. unsettled monday, tuesday. partly cloudy on wednesday. if you're headed to the sierra we have that storm advisory to talk about it just a little bit. caltrans will begin a major pothole repair project next wreak on interstate 580 in livermore. crews will close two westbound lanes between north livermore avenue and airway boulevard from monday true friday, not at night but during the day for the next eight weeks. they plan on grinding down existing pavement and replacing the top layer. commutors say the road is so torn up, it's starting to damage their vehicles. a portion of highway 101 in san jose is now back open but more changes are expected tomorrow night. during. construction, traffic southbound on 101 detoured. the closure is expected to lasts from 11:00 tomorrow night until 5 a.m. monday. plans are moving forward to slow traffic on san francisco's
masonic avenue. the city wants to transform a pedestrian and bike friendly corridor. there are now frequent accidents, two pedestrians struck and killed on the street in recent months. they plan to put a median down the center and bacteria lanes on the curbs. >> i believe the project will have a negative impact on my business because they've taken away parking. i actually have a green -- that i provide for my customers. >> others applaud the plan saying safety is future more important than the 160 parking spaces that would be lost. thousands of acres of homes of farmland will soon be flood indeedly. why doing that will save the city of new orleans. >> a live look at the golden gate bridge. the traffic moving. you can see it cloudy skies, windy and rain is coming.
at the fukashima daiichi plant. it's not known yet what led to the death but no radioactivity was detected in his body. the plant has been leaking radioactive contaminated water since the march 11th earthquake and tsunami hit japan. officials in louisiana have no choice but to flood 3,000 acres of farmland and homes, all to protect new orleans oil refineries and chemical plants. today louisiana will open its spillway for the first time in 38 years. that will relieve pressure from levees on the mississippi river. they could fail and send water gushing right into new orleans. by opening the spillway, the water will now flood a large part of rural louisiana. this morning, 25,000 people are being told to leave their homes and farms. >> we'll be facing weeks of elevated water, some parts of our state the water will be higher than normal, through july and august. >> many people are trying to
protect their property by building berms around the houses. an autopsy is scheduled today for a national hockey league player found dead in his apartment. the body of new york rangers darren bogard was discovered yesterday in his minneapolis apartment. few details about the 28-year- old was released he did not pray last season because of concussion and shoulder injury. we have surveillance tape this morning of a bold thief who stole computers from san francisco's global film initiative. fgi helps fund independent film making around the world. what you're looking at is the thief caught on camera this week. staffers say surveillance video shot yesterday morning shows the same man reentering the building. >> when you look at the footage you can see he seems bold and brazen. i don't know if he realizes we have him on tape. >> gfi says the theft of the computers forced it to delay funding for film projects set in several countries, including
costa rica, south africa and indonesia. a san jose police officer faces suspension after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. 44-year-old elizabeth robbins truck went off and flipped over down an embankment. she was hurt, but not given the usual sobriety test. she is a three-year veteran of the san jose police department. the fire that gutted a watsonville warehouse with millions of dollars of apple juice appears to have been sparked by a roofer's blowtorch. that's the result of an investigation into the april 20th fire. it took threadiest to extinguish. investigators say roofers worked on the roof just hours before and a spark probably found its way into a hole and into the wall. they say dry cork inside the wall and breezy weather created perfect conditions for a fire. damage to the building and its contents is estimated to cost about $10 million. one of many changes in tomorrow's 100th running of the beta breakers in san francisco.
that footrace gets underway at 7 a.m. instead of 8, and this year, no alcohol, no floats, and only registered participants will be allowed on the race route. organizers expect 150,000 people for run or watch the race, including these runners from emory secondary school. >> i want to do is, it's a new experience. not every kid gets to come and do the beta breakers. >> looking forward to the costumes and having a good time and enjoying ourselves and hopefully won't run into too much lewd behavior. >> the forecast is calling for wind and rain early sunday morning. if you go to ktvu.com, you'll find information about the race, including the map of the route with closures and a link to the official beta breakers website. a school are district is asking the nr actions to take its name offer its website. the name is under the nra near you section of its website. it is listed for its junior ro
taxes c program, but the district says the school has no affiliation with the nra. and that its junior program does not even include firearms training. the nr actions says it will investigate the matter. more than 2400 students are getting ready to don caps and gowns today to become graduates of uc berkeley. officials expect about 15,000 people to attend the ceremony, which begins at 10 this morning. changes are coming to the bay bridge, a two-year detour will soon get underway. caltrans is now paving five new eastbound lanes. starting memorial day weekend, traffic exiting the bay bridge and heading to oakland will be detoured on to a new half mile stretch of eastbound 80. caltrans says realigning the lanes a close crews to complete the oakland touchdown of the new eastern span. >> this operation is an example of why we're able to open the whole bridge in 2013. because we're able to ship the
traffic here on the oakland side, that gives us enough room in between the existing bridge and the new bridge to complete the structure. >> caltrans says it will not need to close the bridge during the memorial day weekend transition. it's being called pee power. researchers say your urine can become a force of clean renewable energy. >> mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon, matched by a very cool conditions. giving you a loevy look outside. what is going on and what we can expect today and the rest of the weekend, coming up.
tens of thousands of acres of the angeles national forest are reopening two years after the largest wildfire in los angeles county history. two firefighters were killed battling the 151-,000 acre station fire in 2009. and 89 homes were destroyed. on monday 98,000 acres of the forest will reopen, including campgrounds, picnic areas, and more than 100 miles of hiking trails. however, thousands of acres will also still remain closed. an iowa mother is definitely proud of her son for jumping into a clothes dryer as a tornado tore apart their home. she was rushing home when she heard the emergency sirens going off, so she called to warn her 11-year-old son austin. she couldn't get home fast enough. >> he said mommy, there's glass
breaking, it's loud! it's crackling, it's loud! and i think the house is going. >> she says she don't have a basement, so that's why austin jumped in the dryer. he did get out without a scratch. the second story of that home was destroyed. he could hear the things crashing around him from inside the dryer. the family is now focusing on clean-up. police cars in atlanta and a suburban could soon be sporting advertisements. officials in holly springs have approved a plan to sell ad space on patrol cars. the police chief says it's a no brynner and a tight time of tight budgets. the ad would be small enough to fit on the rear bumper of car. officials hope the police car ads would raise as much as $100,000 a year. a batman impersonator on the las vegas strip could have used his sidekick robin after getting into a fight. it was caught on camera last weekend. you can see the two men arguing and then the attack happened.
batman actually gets slammed to the ground at one time. police were nearby and showed up moments after the fight ended. fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. and neither man filed a police report. ohio university researchers are calling it pee power. they're extracting energy from human urine as a source of clean renewable energy. urine is 99% water, but researchers say the remaining 1% contains a lot of hydrogen that can be fed right into a fuel cell. >> it's sent to the cells, which is in return powering the sign. >> pee power is also operating that tiny car there. the researchers say if you collect the urine from their university 25,000 students, they could power about 60 of the building's right on campus. lots of people not happy about the weather we're having! my niece mass a birthday party. what is going on? >> a lot of people with outdoor plans and we'll have clouds
continuing to increase as we work our way through the afternoon. the rain will hold off between 7 to 10:00 this evening. we expect it to arrive it. will continue throughout the evening hours, into tomorrow morning, and by tomorrow we actually begin to draw just a bit. sunday will be a cold one, we'll sit in the 50s. and a thunderstorm is a possibility. if you're headed to the sierra we have a stormwatch in place starting tomorrow morning. the tour starts tomorrow so we'll see what happens there. snow levels down to 3,000 feet, even locally. so we could see a dusting as well. extended forecast, unsettled through about tuesday. >> you mentioned cyclists, they just got to be shaking her heads! >> right. it's may! >> thank you for watching mornings on 2. have a great saturday!