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and good morning on this thursday, march 1. it should be a good day if you like sunshine. >> is it march 1 or march 2? >> i just read whatever's on there. >> we are almost at the weekend. >> my name is alexis smith. >> that's so weird because that's my name too. this is just -- this is weird, reggie. >> mike, take it, please. >> i'm ron burgundy. all right, sunshine. maybe you just weren't used to that and you got too much vitamin d yesterday. that's okay. we'll try to get some more today. let's take a live look at live doppler 7. it is bone dry. beautiful picture exploratorium camera at pier 15 as we look back to the west.
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around 60 everywhere at noon, 57 to 65 your spread during this warmest afternoon this week. and then back in the low to mid 50s by 7:00, seeing a lot of stars. do have rain in the forecast this weekend. more about that coming up next. how about the commute, alexis. we are going to enjoy that dry pavement for right now and everybody cruising along just fine in san jose. we had a lot of issues yesterday morning. today we are incident-free. i don't have anything to talk about. northbound 101 still looking good and a quick check of drive times here. filling in out of the central valley, westbound 580, tracy to dublin, 40 minutes, westbound 4, antioch to concord, about 14 and southbound 101, san rafael to san francisco, you're in the yellow at 18 minutes. overnight road work wrapping up. developing news this morning, democrats are calling for the resignation of attorney general skregs. >> that's after the justice department confirmed sessions did have contact with russia's ambassador to the u.s. on two occasions. sessions did not disclose those discussions when he was questioned under oath during his confirmation hearing.
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his spokesperson says there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer. she says he was asked about communications between russia and the trump campaign, not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the armed services committee. >> if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the trump campaign communicated with the russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do? . >> senator franken, i'm not aware of any of those activities. i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and i did not have communications with the russians. and i'm unable to comment on it. >> the attorney general quickly responded late last night in the statement saying, i never met with any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. i have no idea what this allegation is about. it is false. democratic leaders are tweeting their thoughts. california lieutenant governor gavin newsom writes, sessions,
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our a.g., who we're supposed to trust with ultimate prosecutorial power, lied under oath to congress. resign. happening today, a top secret version of an obamacare repeal and replacement bill will be available to a house committee. it is being treated like a highly classified document. the unusual secrecy indication of the stakes of the gop effort to rewrite the affordable care act. members and staffers will get a chance to see it today. and it can be viewed in only one room. no one will be able to take copies with them. for the first time, we're hearing from an owner of a house damaged by that san jose bound plane crash. the cessna crashed just east of l.a. monday, killing three of the five people on board. dave says he was sitting in his living room when part of the plane crashed through a wall. he ran out the back of the house and that house caught fire. flames destroyed nearly everything he owns, including a photo album of his late brother.
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>> even though it's been 47 years, i still miss him and it's hard. >> two homes are now red tagged. neighbors are dropping off supplies and donations for the victims of the fire. a complete investigation into the cause of the crash could take up to a year and a half. well, what do you think of this. marin is looking at letting buses use freeway shoulders during the commute. >> it's a controversial idea that's been done in other parts of the country. here's nougs reporter amy hollyfield to explain how this would work. good morning, amy. >> reporter: good morning, reggie. what do you think? they're thinking outside the box up here in marin county. it's an interesting idea. it's gaining some traction. here's how it would work. the buses would be allowed to ride in the shoulders on highway 101. the problem on congested 101 for the buses is they are in the far car pool lane and then they have to cut across lanes of traffic to get to the bus stops on the other side. well, this complicates things for all the cars in its way. according to the marin
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"independent journal," the idea is to allow the buses to slowly drive on the shoulders, maybe 35 miles per hour, or at the most, 15 miles per hour faster than the traffic in the next lane. highway 101, though, only has shoulders in marin county north of the civic center so the bussed wouldn't get a smooth right all the way into the city, but officials think this would help make the bus trips quicker and could possibly attract riders. no word on when this pilot program would get started, but it's an interesting idea for you to ponder as you commute this morning. we are at the novato park and ride parking lot this morning to hear opinions of bus riders so check back in with us to hear from them. reporting live in novato, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. an interesting idea. thank you, amy. passengers aboard this british air waze flight have quite a story to tell this morning. sky7 showing their plane landing after a four-hour delay. the reason for that? a mouse. here's abc7 news reporter lilian kim with the details.
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>> reporter: british airways passengers arrived at sfo exhausted, their london to san francisco flight delayed more than four hours because of a mouse on board. it was spotted when everyone was buckled up, ready to go. >> somebody saw a mouse that scurried under one of the doors. they kept us on the plane for about 15 minutes, told us that we had to get off the plane because they couldn't fly with the mouse. >> reporter: passengers went back to the terminal. despite the delay, many kept their sense of humor intact. >> it's clear the mouse can't enter u.s. air space without a passport but you know, in general, i think it makes sense because i wouldn't really want to eat food on a plane that had a mouse. >> reporter: it's unclear how the mouse got on the plane, but the rule is if there is one on board, the aircraft is forbidden to fly. otherwise, the consequences can be dangerous. >> they have the ability to gnaw through a lot of things, including wiring, and this is one of the last things you want is something gnawing through the wiring on a jet liner, whether it's in flight or not. >> reporter: when flight 285 was finally ready to go, british
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airways said everyone holding their own passport is now on their way to california and we are sorry for the delay. >> i think if you ever see a mouse, you don't tell anybody. that would be my advice unless you have five hours to kill. >> reporter: a tiny house that caused a big inconvenience for hundreds of passengers. at sfo, lilian kim, abc7 news. >> that sound byte from vicky ember. she is winning today. a new poll shows navigation centers to help the homeless in san francisco are gaining broad support. a navigation center is a kind of one-stop shop for services that range from shelter to identification, financial benefits, even health care. the san francisco chamber of commerce says results from its 2017 dignity health city boll show 60% of people feel homelessness and street behavior is a major issue facing the city. that's an increase from 51% last year. that 500 people took part in this year's survey and 90% say they support these navigation centers and this is interesting.
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77% say they support having them in their neighborhoods. new details, a jury has awarded $4 million to the family of a woman who died after being hit by a golden gate transit bus. 51-year-old laurie helmer was struck by the bus in november 2014 while she was jogging. the bus was making a left-hand turn on a green light when it hit her. the jury decided the driver was negligent after attorneys revealed that he was going faster than the transit agency's policies allow. flood control cost california $50 billion. that's according to the state's natural resources secretary. during a committee hearing in washington, senator kamala harris discussed california's flood risk. she's trying to secure federal funding to help upgrade aging infrastructure that includes the nearly half of california's 1400 dams that are designated as, quote, high hazard potential by state officials. all right, let's quickly head up to the north bay because
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it's the coolest spot right now. rohnert park and all of our neighborhoods, 33 degrees, 42 in san rafael, about 39 right now in napa and american canyon along with novato. santa rosa at about 37. it's 10 degrees warmer in san francisco and alameda, 41 in san jose but look at these mid 30s through the san ramon valley, 35 in saem up to lafayette at about 36. today's temperature, we're going to rebound nearly 20 to 30 degrees under total sunshine and a light breeze, 63 to 67 degrees. now tonight, we'll cool once again because of the lack of clouds. we'll be in the upper 30s like 38 in livermore, morgan hill, palo alto 39, the rest of us about 40 to 46 degrees. let's take a look at highs today across the state. look at this. upper 70s in l.a., palm springs, mid to upper 60s through the central valley, monterey, look at this picture from yesterday, satellite picture, all that snow up there, 185% of average for
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yesterday's date. now, moving forward. we've got a great day today. clouds will return form but temperatures pretty close to average. snow hits saturday afternoon, that's when the winter storm watch begins. the heaviest show, 1 to 2 feet is going to fall sunday and then monday we'll have lingering showers and then dry tuesday and wednesday. a look at our seven day forecast and the weekend rain coming up next. so far, so good for the thursday morning commute. i am incident-free. you are incident-free so far today. so definitely should be a smooth commute if you're just about to head out the door. here's a live look at the emeryville drive there. no delays as we head towards the maze. zooming in here, if you are traveling between alameda and so and, we have had work on the it was the posey tube's turn last night. no issues for you this morning. and state route 113 still closed in solano county. crews taking advantage of the dry weather and doing that emergency road repair.
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that should remain closed until march 11. storm damage has trapped dozens of monks at a retreat. they're turning to crowd funding for help. also here's a question. would you wear this hat with a camera on it? google hopes it turns into the next big thing. plus -- >> it takes us right back to that moment to see those pictures again. >> that's sweet. a photographer shot this impromptu engagement photo but never got ahold of the couple. years later, our facebook page is reuniting them. i love this. chills. stay on top of weather and traffic by keeping tabs on your traffic by keeping tabs on your screen through
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a north bay woman is under arrest after police say she pointed this shotgun at workers who were cutting down a tree in santa rosa. investigators say 62-year-old april hamilton threatened to shoot the workers who were hired by her neighbor to remove a diseased tree. officers took hamilton into custody in her backyard and found an unloaded rifle. she faces charges of making terrorist threats and brandishing a firearm. the golden gate bridge district says a suicide barrier on the bridge should be complete bid january of 2021. the bay area is expected to cost more than $200 million. the project involves installing the equivalent of seven football fields of netting along the 1.7 mile bridge. that net will be made of stainless steel, 20 feet below and 20 feet out from the side of
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the span. in today's "gma" first look, a desperate search for a killer in tennessee after someone stab add young nurse to death in her apartment. in this morning's "gma" first look, police on the hunt for the man seen in this surveillance video who they suspect fatally stabbed 23-year-old tiffany ferguson in her nashville apartment early tuesday. the video shows the hooded figure walking near the wedgewood park apartment complex around 5:20 a.m. according to police, the suspect attempted to break into several cars before checking for unlocked apartment doors. eventually making his way into ferguson's home, raiding it for valuables, and stabbing her to death. the intensive care nurse had been out with friends the night before. her sister telling abc news she'd been having problems with the lock on her door. ferguson's roommate waking up to her screens, rushing to her room, where she found her friend suffering from multiple stab wounds. and coming up at 7:00 a.m.,
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former fbi special agent brad garrett weighs in live. abc news nashville. take a look at this billboard. a teacher in philadelphia is using it to shame city officials and it reads, welcome to philadelphia where we don't value our public school children. the billboard also says it's been more than five years since they've received a raise. the school district says they're working with the local teacher's union to create a fiscally responsible contract. the teacher crowd funded more than $5,000 to pay for this. the oakland unified school district is holding an immigrant resource fair. it will be followed by a legal workshop with with immigration lawyers. it will be held at the melrose leadership academy cafeteria. it starts at 3:00. this is an incredible story. a group of roman catholic monks are trying to raise money to repair this because they're trapped. they live at a retreat that is cut off from civilization
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because that bridge is in disrepair to the north and then to the south, mudslides block a road. the monks say they are conserving food and fuel and believe that they will be able to weather being locked in. they are evacuating one of their elders, another elder monk leader had to be air lifted out because he suffered a heart attack and fractured a hip. so far, they have raised more than $130,000 of their $300,000 goal on go fund me. if you want to help them out, we have a link on our website at well, for the first time ever, tesla is the highest ranking american autobrand. that's according to consumer reports' annual report card. the ranking is based on reliability, safety, and owner satisfaction. the designation for tesla is notable because the standing is based on just two of its models, the model s sedan and model x suv. tesla ranked eighth in the world, buick tenth, the top spots went to aidi, porsche, bmw, lexus and subaru.
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tesla may be the eighth best car company in the world but to one michigan fifth grader ts the bee's knees. she wrote a letter suggesting elon should have a competition. as you may have realized, tesla is not a fan of advertising. maria's father tweeted the letter to musk and musk responded, saying it was a great idea and the company will do it. she told musk that she wants to be a politician when she grows up and plans to change the state's law to allow teslas to be sold there. mystery solved. >> remember this couple? we showed you this engagement photo last week after a san francisco photographer posted it on facebook. angie wilson took the picture. but they were strangers to terror. she took it two years ago at the palace of fine arts. wilson says she was out for a walk when she heard music playing and then she saw a man proposing. so she took the photo but didn't want to bother the couple
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time. fast forward to valentine's day just a few days ago. it turnsz out the violinist are remembered the couple and contacted them. jonathan kland and his wife allison quickly got in touch. >> we said, that's me. omg, how fantastic. >> it takes us right back to that moment to see those pictures again. it's really the beginning moment of our life together, so we're incredibly grateful. >> they're cute. i like them. now the klands await a big print coming in the mail. the couple lives in salt lake city with a blended family of eight kids. >> eight kids. >> what a fun little surprise. >> that is wonderful. what a great ending to that story, mike. >> i've heard of that show, "eight is enough." . i wanted to take you up north just a little bit. gulf of alaska. see this whirling, swirling mass of air and clouds? that's our next storm. so since it's coming from alaska, it's going to have limited rain, no atmospheric river with this and it's going
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to drop our snow levels to 2500 feet. we may wake up with a dusting on diablo. here's a look at walnut creek. clear and about 35 degrees, south on 680 right there. bright sky today, our warmest afternoon, cold front brings weekend rain and snow here becoming dry and warmer next week. let's take a look at the storm impact scale. hasn't changed, still a light storm because of the lightness of the rain. the weekend is not a washout and i'm not expecting any damage due to the breezy conditions out there. may knock some of these new buds and flowers off the trees. that would be the worse, i would think. here's a look at 8:00 saturday morning. you're going to get steady rain in the north bay and then by 6:00, starts moving down into the rest of the neighbors. it could become moderate but it's such a fast mover that i'm not expecting any flooding. we have scattered showers behind this moving in for sunday, i should say. so, by the evening hours, look at this. most of us pretty dry up in the
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north bay pretty wet by saturday and then saturday night into sunday morning, the heaviest of the rain falls and there it did it again. sorry about that. tuesday and wednesday, architectures in the 60s. let's see if there are areas of concern for the morning commute. not too bad this morning, and i'm going to take you back out to the central valley where we had an earlier issue, westbound 205, just a minor crash that was partially blocking an onramp, all clear in the last 15 minutes or so and you're averaging about 22 down to 12 miles per hour so that is an average commute there out of tracy. one new issue just in, however, in the richmond area. sounds like we've got a new crash blocking the center lane so a little bit backup starting to form. and here's a live look at the richmond side of the richmond-san rafael bridge, westbound 580 traffic coming towards us and as a you can see, that is moving along just fine this morning. next traffic update coming up. when it comes to wearable camera systems, it seems google may be ready to put its hat back in the ring.
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get it? hat. check out this image for a patent recently granted to the company. it shows a cap with a camera attached to the top of the bill. no word on if this will actually come to fruition but for some industry insiders, it's already triggering painful flashbacks of google glasses. coming up next, the seven things you need to know as you start your day. and fans have been pushing for this for years. now disney is about to debut its first ever gay character. plus we told you all about plus we told you all about pg&e's recent bill increases, so
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number two, representative nancy pelosi is demanding attorney general jeff sessions resign for lying under oath. the justice department confirmed he spoke with a russian ambassador during the presidential campaign but it's something he denied during his con fir nation hearing. jerry hill wants to ease the sticker shock you might be getting from your pg&e bill. hill wants the utility to lower bills in the winter and help customers better understand when usage goes up so they can adapt their patterns. welcome to the warmest afternoon this week. check out the temperatures, mid to upper 60s, we'll cool a little bit tomorrow because of the clouds and more cooling saturday as the first chance of rain arrives. i'll have more on that coming up. number five, it has been a fairly quiet start to this morning's commute. we only have one pretty significant issue that's just starting to form here, westbound 80 just past pinole valley road. that is blocking the center lane and as you can see, that backup to highway 4. >>r six, colin kaepernick
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expected to opt out of his contract with the 49ers today and become a free agent. highly speculated that the niners would release him if he didn't. he was due to make $14 million next season. there's still a chance that he resigns with the 49ers but it would be for less pay. number seven, mcdonald's launching a mobile ordering and curbside pick-up service. by the end of the year, customers will be able to order and pay through an app, then have your meals brought to you at the curb. >> i already thought mcdonald's was pretty fast. >> i guess nothing is fast enough anymore. a tale as old as time is taking on an unprecedented buzz. >> the live action "beauty and the beast" is going to feature disney's first ever unequivocally guy character. that character is lefou, gaston's sidekick. he has a subplot in this movie about his sexuality which leads to the first exclusively gay moment in a disney film. so far there have only been
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because that's what we do. we do health things, and we do those things for northern california, birthplace of pioneers. the stanford fraternity brothers behind snapchat are an hour away from taking the app to wall street. >> trading begins today on their company. it's valued at nearly $24 billion and that could mean big money for a local school. did you guys have that in school? did you invest in real companies? >> no.
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>> we did sell wrapping paper, though. >> oh, right. we sold candy bars. that's a really good lesson in entrepreneurship. >> our market crashed much worse than it did in the '20s so we all lost and all got fs. let's talk about real money. no, real temperatures are going to be really warm today compared to where we started. we started in the low to mid 50s earlier this weekment we're going to hang out in the mid up toer 60s because of the lack of clouds means there's no storm around and total sunshine today. we're already 60 by noon, mid 60s away from the coast at 4:00 where we'll be about 57 and at 7:00, how about some low to mid 50s. now we've got some rain for us and snow in the sierra and it will be heavy. i'll show you that coming up next. here's alexis. good morning, mike. we do have one issue to tell you about this morning and this is in pinole richmond area, i actually think the location may be a little bit closer to richmond parkway off ramp but it's on westbound 80, originally
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reported around pinole valley road. that blocking the center lane right now so that backup is extending just a little bit past highway 4 and a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. those metering lights on pretty early today, 5:26 this morning. next traffic update coming up at 5:40. now back to that amazing snapchat story. it's set to make its market debut this morning in new york and few will be watching more carefully than a school in mountain zru. >> absolutely. because that school stands to make millions today. abc7 news reporter matt keller live at st. francis high school. >> reporter: good morning, natasha and reggie. you know, snapchat is huge with high school students. they love using it, but students here at st. francis high school have another reason to love it. that's because the school is going to make a lot of money on snapchat. silicon valley business journal reports st. francis's endowment fund, the sf growth fund was one of the earliest investment rounds in snapchat parent company snap. the story goes like this. a former student told her dad at
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light speed venture partners hat everyone at her school was obsessed with that messaging app, snapchat. it's unclear how much money was invested by st. francis's fund but it's likely going to bring in tens of millions of dollars in profits now that the company is going public. that fund goes to student scholarships and subsidized tuition. cos costs $16,700 a year to send a student here. it distributes $2.75 million in tuition assistance. that's just this year alone. shares of snapchat are priced at $17 each. reporting live in mountain view, matt keller, abc7 news. i've never been more jealous of high school students. thank you, matt keller. developing news today, this morning calls for u.s. attorney general jeff sessions to resign. top lawmakers on both sides of the aisle now demanding more investigation amid new reports attorney general jeff sessions misled senators about meetings with russians during his confirmation hearing. now the justice department confirms sessions edit have
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contact with russian officials not once but twice during the trump campaign. as first reported until the "washington post," sessions met with the russian ambassador in his capitol hill office in september. that's something he did not disclose when questioned under oath by senator al franken during the confirmation hearing. >> i have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and i didn't have -- not have communications with the russians. and i'm unable to comment on it. >> here's how sessions is reacting this morning. he is denying any wrong doing, releasing a statement that says, "i never met with any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. i have no idea what this allegation is about. it is false." . other news now, one of the suspects in a violent shootout on the streets of san leandro is going to be in court today. police arrested marcus jones tuesday after more than three months on the run. investigators say in november, he and davlon harris fired at each other from their cars along 580 in oakland. now that shootout continued into
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san leandro and then this happened. one of their vehicles slammed head on into a toyota prius. a couple of totally innocent people, they're in their 70s, they suffered serious injuries in that collision. that couple is still recovering from the crash. a s.w.a.t. team served a search warrant at jones' apartment in san leandro and they found this. an ak-47, three semiautomatic piece tolls, drug making equipment and $250,000 in cash. palo alto police hope that this photo will lead them to the man a woman says exposed himself to her. this happened monday morning on park avenue and el camino real. the woman snapped this photo of the man walking away after it happened. police say he's hispanic in his early 20s about 5'7" with a pencil thin mustache. 5 pl$5 million, that's how a billionaire donated to san jose. we're learning more about him.
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he immigrated to california as a refugee at the end of the vietnam war and he made his fortune with two biotech firms. about 80% of the victims in the rock springs neighborhood are vietnamese immigrants. city officials say flood victims need to register at the local assistance center at the shirakawa community center to become eligible for money. and of course recovering from the flooding is going to be expensive and while we certainly appreciate that $5 million donation, they need a lot more and you can donate $10 to the red cross just by texting the words red cross to 90999. that charge is going to show up automatically on your phone bill. san jose's also not just looking for money but volunteers to help with flood recovery efforts so they would like people to register at this website, dm jose. i know that's a lot to remember so we have it on our website, you canyon road in castro
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valley is back open this morning following a mudslide that closed it for hours. crews closed the road in san ramon yesterday afternoon. crews removed the last of the debris around 9:00 last night. officials say the slide is another reminder that even when it's raining, we can still feel the impact of our incredibly wet winter. public works officials in oakland say it will take until may to finish the major repairs on this giant sinkhole t. hole opened up on east 27th street last month and nearly swallowed that bmw. winter storms are blamed for crumbling pavement, which led to a broken pipe beneath the surface. i disrupted gas, sewer, and storm drien lines. east 27th will be closed until the work is done. temperatures a degree or two warmer, not really noticeable this morning. look at union city, 39, castro valley, 38, everybody else until the low to mid 40z along the east bay from orinda at 40, same thing at fremont, to oakland,
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san leandro, and richmond 44 to alameda, the warm spot at 4 and across the bay, we've got low 40s. 34 in pleasanton, one of our cool spots, 38 in brentwood, 39 in napa, santa rosa and novato at about 47. look at these temperatures today. even the coast gets in on the mid 60s as a light offshore breeze will bring the warmth to your neighborhoods and it's going to be relatively calm today with the 63 to 67 degree temperatures. look at the golden gate bridge. you can see right there, see the flag blowing a little bit offshore. that makes all the difference in the world. milder today if you're taking mass transit. if you're commuting, the ground is going to be dry all day and that goes for if you're going to be out and about jogging, running, yard work, just watch out for the pollen, there's moderate amounts of tree pollen out there. here's a look at 101 and 880 in san jose. there you go. moderate ash cedar, juniper and pine. quick look at tonight's temperatures. napa, livermore, morgan hill, palo alto, and the rest of us about 40 to 46 degrees.
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check it out. our best chances of rain and they're right on saturday and sunday. so let me give you an hour-by-hour look when we come back next. and i want to take you back to the pinole area. actually, just got a sig alert issued for this crash a couple moments ago so this is westbound 80 between richmond parkway and pinole valley road, sounds like going back and forth as to the exact location but not a lot of space between those two roads anyway. 6 miles an hour, that backup stretches beyond highway 4. we're working on contacting chp just to get to the bottom of those details there. but certainly expect some delays there if you head through the hercules area. westbound 4 from highway 4 to the maze, you're up to 36 minutes, westbound 80 across the bay bridge about 13, southbound 101, san francisco to sfo, you're still looking good in the green at 9 minutes. i'll have an update on this and just getting word of a rollover crash in san jose. oakland's new police chief says one of her top goals is to make the city the safest in the nation. abc7 news reporter laura anthony
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sat down with anne kirkpatrick to ask her about the future of the department. she told us despite gains made in recent years, oakland could be safer. the chief acknowledges the police force's history of controversy from the recent sex scandal to racial profiling. she told us it's important to take ownership of the good and the bad. >> we own it. we are going to address the fact that -- where mistakes occurred. we're going to acknowledge it. we're going to talk about how we correct it for the future. and we're going to meet people face to face. >> the new chief says her approach is to speak with and listen to all the stakeholders in the city. and over in san francisco, the police chief, william scott, is launching a new effort to bring tasers or stun guns to the department. according to "the examiner," he told the commission he wants to develop a plan to use the weapons despite public opposition. scott says officers need the weapons now more than ever, especially since the commission banned the coratid restraint. the commission is against tasers and members say officers have
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other nonlethal options like batons and pepper spray and training in deescalation tactics. that's what i sound like in the morning, by the way. just fyi. >> it is birthing season for seals. we're seeing adorable pups making strange noises on north bay beaches but marine biologists have a warning for anyone who wants to get close to them. >> come to concord. the city is spending big money the city is spending big money to sell
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developing news in the east bay, police have called off the search for the person who shot at an off duty officer. that off duty officer was not hurt. it happened on interstate 880 in oakland. officers searched a stretch of the highway on foot. they were looking for shell casings. the chp tells us 880 was shut down north of high street for about an hour. oakland police spotted the suspect's vehicle shortly after the gunfire. they chased it and lost track of the vehicle. then they found it abandoned near the area of brook detail dale and 56th streets in oakland. they did not find the person. yahoo ceo is giving her annual bonus to the company's employees and of course this follows the two massive data breaches under her watch. the breaches compromised the information of more than 1 million yahoo users. the biggest one happened in 2014. it only recently was revealed, though. a yahoo investigation determined
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she and other managers reacted much too slowly. the breaches lowered yahoo's sale price to verizon by 350 merchandise. are you priced out of san francisco and silicon valley? well, you're certainly not alone. and now the city of concord is trying to cash in on businesses that can't afford to open in some of the more expensive parts of the bay area. so concord has launched a $160,000 pr and advertising campaign aimed at rebranding the city. >> we're seeing a lot of interest there through our website, a lot more hits to our website, a lot more interest in the brokerage community, calling, asking us questions. >> check out these posters, ads at the embarcadero b.a.r.t. station trying to lure entrepreneurs to concord. officials say it's part of an aggressive sell of the city's abundant square footage. major excavation work is understood way on san francisco's first bus rapid transit system. abc7 news was on van ness avenue where heavy digging began to move the median yesterday.
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the prep work began last november and you remember van ness was narrowed down from three lanes to two in each direction. the project will convert one of the lanes into bus only lanes in both directions from mission to lombard and that's expected to improve muni travel time on van ness by 32%. construction will take about three years. a historic dry dock in san francisco is on the verge of closing. we now know it will stay open for least another 90 days. at stake are 240 jobs and a vital ship repair yard at pier 70. puglia engineering took over the dock operation in january the company threatened to close it after it discovered millions of dollars in needed repairs. it has agreed to keep the shipyard open while it develops a plan to pay for dock repairs and dredging that's needed at that site. okay, marine biologists have a warning about seals and i have a warning if you're just waking up. this is going to be quite the alarm. >> every time. >> i told you. >> abc7 news was in sausalito
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where veterinarians are caring for several seal pups. birthing season for many seals runs now through the end of the month, meaning that people are going to see more waeb babies on beaches, many times alone. people often think the pups are abandoned by experts say you should stay away. >> they'll leave the pup to forage and then they'll see their people on the beach with their pup and they won't want to come back so if you see a pup by itself, give that animal some space, give it at least 50 feet if not 100 feet. >> another reason not to pick up baby seals, it's actually a crime. so, watch and stay away. >> yeah. all the show snow that's fallen in the sr is good for more than just the ski resorts. the survey south of lake tahoe measured 43.4 inches of snow yesterday. that is a near record amount of snow and 15 inches more than last month. this means when the snow melts over the spring and summer, our reservoirs should remain full. and we wanted that but that is good news confirmation and
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today, no rain, right, mike? >> no rain and no snow up there. i thought we'd start with the seven day forecast because the snow is coming in saturday afternoon and 1 to 2 feet of snow is going to fall sunday with some lingering snow showers monday. so getting to the sierra, a-ok. getting hoim, not so much. especially on sunday. let's talk about a serious issue, flood warning continues for clear lake at lake port. the lake is just dropping so slowly that we had to push the warning to saturday. flood stage is 9. we're at 9.8. here's look from our room mera. you can see it's really quiet outside. flags aren't moving on the ferry building. streets are dry. we're seeing the transition to a sunny and calm day, this warmest day this week. weekend rain heavy is saturday. dry and warmer air returns next week. our storm is still a 1 on the storm impact scale. it's not an all-day rain. and it's not a very impactful storm as far as wind gusts go. it may knock some of our blooms
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off but that's about it. up in the north bay, it's going to rain for the better part of saturday. that's it. for the rest of us, we have to wait until the evening hours and notice how quickly it is, the fact that it takes just a couple hours to move through means we won't see much flooding. in fact, we're going to see the bulk of the storm over by sunday morning and then what we're going to deal with sunday afternoon are scattered light showers. it's going to be breezy both days and much cooler, temperatures back in the mid 50s by sunday. we'll start to reach 60 monday and then most of us in the 60s by next wednesday. but again, today, warmest day this week near 70 in some neighborhoods. alexis is here with some more good news. certainly am. we just had our sig alert canceled for this crash in the richmond area. all lanes back open just a couple moments ago and that was from the crash near pinole valley road. center lane down for about 20 minutes there and little over a four-mile backup. so certainly well beyond highway 4 that's going to take a little while to shake out. we have a rollover crash in the south bay.
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this is on eastbound state route 237 just before you get to north 1st street. sounds like it landed on its wheels, it's on the shoulder. noticing a pretty big backup on this westbound side so i think we have some onlooker delay. we definitely have a backup through the maze this morning. bay bridge metering lights on about 20 minutes ago. little bit more than that. they flipped on at 5:26 this morning. we'll check on drive times coming up next. four new safeway stores are open in the bay area this morning but they aren't like the company's regular they have gourmet meats, a salad bar, hot food section and other specialty items including chocolate coffee flavored adult brownies. >> this is a family owned store, even though i know that andronica's was not a family owned store but i do miss a local family owned store. >> there are two safeway community markets in berkeley, whether you know los altos, safeway is keeping most of the
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former employees at the new stores. >> when i think of adult brownies, that's not usually what i think of but okay. walmart is setting up express lanes for its pharmacy and money transfer customers. new features being added to the store's app will allow online ordering and financial processing and then the final pick-up or transaction will occur in specially marked express lanes in the stores. walmart says the express lanes will be available at almost all of its 4700 stores by the fall. 5:50 now. california voters may decide on bond measures for upkeep and expansion of state parks in california. park supporters are trying to convince state lawmakers to vote in favor of bills aimed at preserving our parks. one bond measure includes $1.5 billion in funding for parks. proponents say it's been 15 years since california invested significant vourss in its state parks. we're getting a rare look at the brief but beautiful life of a bitt
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a bitt a butterfly. the insects are part of an upcoming exhibit at cal academy's rain forest. >> this is the first time that we have made an upgrade to the exhibit since we opened in 2008. and we're really excited to share that with everybody. >> the exhibit features all the life stages of the butterfly and its opens tomorrow. >> that is pretty cool. new at 6:00, fishing season in california threatened. how this winter's storms are causing big problems for salmon. but first, before you hit the road this morning, there is a scam warning that every driver needs to hear. needs to hear. we leave you now with
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a word of warning for you this morning. "7 on your side's" michael finney is alerting us to a new scam that could impact drivers everywhere. it's a red light ticket scam. e-mails are going out on the east coast telling drivers they've been caught on camera running a red light and that e-mailt is supposed to be a red light photo. but when you actually click on it, you're hit with malware instead. there's no evidence the scam has made it here yet. michael's take away from all of us, police don't send tickets by e-mail. if you are a fan of coachella, you might want to change your password this morning. hackers stole the personal information of thousands who logged on to coachella's site to activate wristbands. they got names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and birth dates. fortunately, they didn't get any credit card or ticket information. but you are warned to watch for scam e-mails pretending to be from the festival. sun's coming up about a minute earlier today and you can see that transition taking place on mount tamalpais.
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let's talk about temperatures. they peak today about 1 to 3 degrees above average. from 63 in san francisco to san jose's 67 degrees. the past 12 months have been the second wettest in a 12-month period during the 122 years of california weather reporting. that's a pretty impressive run. let's talk about san jose. it is march 2. we start off with a high of 64, a low of 46, we end up around 69 and 48 so nice warming there. coldest, 15 degrees, that was way back, i think, in the 1800s. it's our fourth wettest month, 2.5 inches of rain. we've had almost 7 inches on the high side. full moon's coming at you on the 12th. we'll take a look at your day planner forecast for this read across america. maybe your kids know about that. maybe they're going to do it today. we'll see. here's a look at our commute with alexis. good morning. and i want to take you back to san jose. i have a correction to make on this crash on state route 237.
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chp said it was on the eastbound side but the incident is actually on the westbound side so that makes a lot more sense and it's not an overturned vehicle. it's just a vehicle that went off the roadway into the ditch so fire department is there. they're blocking the right lane and you are jammed solid there from 880 so hopefully they're going to get that cleared very quickly and we can get that lane back open. in recovery mode now, westbound 80, highway 4 to the maze, up to 24 minutes there. westbound 80, bay bridge commute, 18 minutes, southbound 101, san francisco to sfo, you are in the green at 10 minutes. live look outside at the south bay and nice and dry and pretty smooth. we'll take a look at the central valley coming up at 6:00. take a look at this benicia police officer who's standing there like she's just directing normal traffic, like this is no big deal. she stopped the cars along a four-lane road yesterday to help this herd of goats get to the other side. and look how many goats we're talking about here. this is a giant group. the goats just keep streaming
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down the small hillside there. in fact, we're speeding it up so you can see the sheer volume. they posted this on their facebook page where the police department got lots of kudos for helping out "the herd"er. >> i'm guessing there's not a whole lot of traffic right there and you have a thing for goats. >> i love goats. >> you're a goat champion, i would say. next at 6:00, the summer vacation season still months away. "7 on your side's" michael finney explains why you may need to get your plane tickets in the next few weeks. plus extreme measures to ease the commute. the unusual places that bay area buses could soon be cruising. here's a live look for you outside. it is going to be a gorgeous day so something to look forward to. you can always see what's look at all that dinner for 4 and before you say but denny's, those 2 strips of bacon,
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2 eggs and 2 fluffy pancakes are clearly breakfast. we say: at 4 dollars does it really matter? denny's $4 all day, everyday value slam. part of the 2468 value menu.
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good morning and welcome to thursday, march 2. >> i'm excited about march 2. >> yeah. >> yeah. i think this should bring good things today. >> started well yesterday, at least weather-wise. >> and it's going to be warmer today, right? >> today's our warmest day this week. you wouldn't notice it by stepping outside this morning but we have a huge warming trend today. hi, everybody. here's the reason why. we have high pressure, clear conditions over us now which means it gets cold at night but
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look what it does during the morning. isn't that a gorgeous transition. colorful already from mount tamalpais. so let's throw some numbers up there. 32 in our deepest valleys to 49 in san francisco through 7:00. 59 to 61 at noon. 57 to 65 at 4:00. and still around 50 to 55 at 7:00. so no real worries here. let's find out about your commute with alexis. well, depends on where you are this morning. we haven't had too many major issues, seeing our typical slowdown here through the bay bridge toll plaza so those metering lights on since about 5:26 this morning and i want to do a quick check of drive times too. doing great through walnut creek, southbound 680, westbound 24, wide open. westbound 580, tracy to dublin, a little stop and go traffic there at 48 minutes. but we're recovering. westbound 80 through the hercules stretch and then a problem in the south bay too. i'll talk about those coming up next. developing news this morning, democrats are calling for the resignation of attorney general jeff sessions. >> this comes after the justice department confirmed sessions had contact with russia's ambassador to the u.s. on two


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