tv KPIX 5 News Early Edition CBS December 7, 2016 4:30am-5:01am PST
the twinkling lights. it's early. >> it is. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm kenny choi. time now 4:30. i felt like it was so cold i had to put on my extra thick wool suit. >> look at you. >> looking good. >> no complaining it's hot today? >> i didn't get the memo matching. >> "kenny choi to the world" this morning! a a little hoahse! are you feeling okay? >> i'll make it true the day. >> we'll have rain by the evening commute. we have a slow-moving front. clear skies. as a result, we have cool canadian air in place. 30s in mountain view. 37 in redwood city and san ramon. we are in the 30s from san
rafael through mill valley. about freezing in fairfield. it is freezing in santa rosa. we anticipate temperatures to continue to plummet. meanwhile, afternoon highs today check this out. only upper 40s in pacifica to san rafael. napa, sonoma, same. rain by the evening commute with highs only in the 50s. full forecast coming up. but here's roqui first. good morning, everybody. let's start with the richmond/san rafael bridge. we have roadwork in the right lane from the toll plaza to the west end and that should clear up around 5 a.m. let's move over now to oakland where we have roadwork in both directions. westbound 580 from harrison to 980. eastbound 580 between 980 and broadway roadwork until 6:30 a.m., one lane in both directions. a last look at the san mateo bridge from hayward to foster city,that's a quick 13 minutes. an earthquake in indonesia,
97 people are confirmed dead overnight. crews worry that number will go up. dozens of buildings collapsed in the 6.5 quake. authorities are trying to get supplies and equipment to the area. now to the latest on the deadly warehouse fire in oakland. the city declared a state of emergency. 35 of the 36 victims have been identified. as for the cause, investigators say a refrigerator may have sparked the fire. kpix 5's andria borba has more. >> reporter: from chopper 5 oakland firefighters are on the second floor of the oakland ghost ship shoveling through charred rubble. >> the fire department will be on scene until we can look the family members in fair face and tell them, yes, we have completely searched this warehouse and we can tell you that there are no more victims.
>> reporter: the recovery operation slowed again as the warehouse's stability was once again called into question. in a press conference oakland's mayor libby schaaf said it only had a single permit. >> it was a commercial space, not permitted for residential use or public assembly use. >> reporter: schaaf also released 30 years of records on the 31st avenue building as well as the adjacent lot. the documents show that on october 7, 2014, a complaint was filed about constructing a house or structure without permits. it was deemed by the city to be nonactionable. >> you go in that building, and you turn left, and you look behind you, you cannot see the exits. it's amazing. it's amazing. it's very scary. >> reporter: tom, who lives in the neighborhoods, showed up at the evening news conference carrying this sign reading, must arrest.
>> 36 people died in the building, in a structure anywhere one person, someone has to be accountable. someone has to be liable. >> reporter: the cause of the fire is under investigation. alameda county sheriff greg ahern said it was sparked by a refrigerator, a statement that was walked back tonight by atf agents. >> at this time there's no determination as to the origin and cause of the fire. >> reporter: sources say that the fridge was relatively new to the ghost ship and began blowing fuses in the building almost immediately. and that when smoke first appeared friday night, residents at the ghost ship thought it was a fog machine. andria borba, kpix 5.. >> the mayor is having a news conference later today. and we'll have the latest on the news and online.
two cal students died in the fair, 25-year-old griffin madden and another woman. other victims died. they are ar ra joe of oakland, amanda kershaw of san francisco and nicole receive grist from oakland. and alex vega of san bruno. we're learning more about some of the final moments. firefighters say two s.. were a young cou who had been together for five we're learning about some of the final moments. firefighters say two of the victims were a young couple together for five years and as we have reported before many of the victims were passionate about art and music. most of them were very young, many in their 20s, the youngest 17. around the bay area, friends and family are finding ways to express grief about the blaze. kpix 5's susie steimle shows us how local communities are remembering them. >> reporter: as more of the 36 names on that list of lives lost over the weekend becomes public, we see this memorial here grow and change. of course, grief looks
different for different people. >> she had a way of making people love her. >> reporter: throughout this week, we are getting glimpses into what grief looks like for those who lost loves ones in the fire. >> all the chaos and poetry of the human emotions. >> reporter: eric mar continue says deal doe was not just a talented. >> she was known for wigs and hats and funny makeup that she would do. she walked around the area. >> we know there were people sat with us and did this. we'll be breathing for them tonight. >> reporter: kin folks organized an open mic in 2014 as a safe space part of it keeping people out. >> we eventually see each other. there has to be a space for the artists, for the genius, to be the activist and promote their
own self-care. >> reporter: for some of the heavy heartedness of this tragedy won't let up. the memorial grows. >> my first instinct is to say that the worst part is the loss. but it's not. the worst part is what they lost. there was a lot of lives cut short. >> reporter: at that open mic night a speaker read a poem about this weekend's tragedy and handed out seeds to everyone there encouraging them to plant new life in memory of the 36 lost. in oakland, susie steimle, kpix 5. >> we've also learned one young victim managed to text her mother when she sensed there was no hope of escaping. alameda county sheriffs said mikaela gregory and her boyfriend sensed at some point there was no way out so mikaela texted her mom, i'm dying and then sheriff's say mikaela's boyfriend did the only thing he could to show how much he cared about her.
>> he it appears as if the male was trying to protect the female and had her in a hugging position, a young man trying to what we think save a girl that he was in love with. >> reporter: a memorial for alex and mikaela will be held tonight at 7:00 at the vega family's san bruno home. time now 4:38. roberta is back with the weather forecast. cold this morning. >> it's cold this morning. and then we have a rapid change by the evening commute so the main feature for the morning commute you is need dress in layers. but don't leave home without that umbrella if you plan to get home around 5, 6, 7: 00 this evening. we'll have rain showers develop. this is our live hi-def doppler radar. you can see the leading edge of the precipitation just off the coast of cloverdale. but this is a slow mover. so it should be pushing onshore in the north bay by lunch hour and then gradually surrounding the central bay which we're looking at from our kpix 5 studios looking due east with the clear skies.
it is cold outside. right now, air temperature is freezing in santa rosa. we still have a couple of more ours to go before we have official sunrise which is generally the coldest part of your day so i do anticipate this to bottom out near 29 or 30 degrees. it is now 34 degrees in livermore. it's 38 in redwood city. numbers today across the bay area, not very warm. unseasonably cool. a high temperature in the concord area only 49 degrees. oakland 52. you should be at 58. when you factor in the wind up to 10 to 20 miles per hour, feels downright raw. temperatures into the 50s with the increasing clouds at the beaches today. low 50s into redwood city, foster city. mid-50s around the santa clara valley. eastern portion of our bay area, inland highs struggling to reach 50. upper 40s in vallejo, benicia, martinez. otherwise, 49 degrees bodega bay, stinson beach and santa
rosa. i think you get the idea. the rain first arrives here in cloverdale. we'll track that incoming system together in a matter of minutes. it is 4:40. let's check your oakland and richmond/san rafael bridges here so we can let you know how your roads are looking. first, the richmond/san rafael bridge, we have some roadwork in the right lane from the toll plaza all the way to the west end and that will be open around 5 a.m. and also a look at your bay bridge toll plaza, from carquinez bridge along the eastshore freeway to the maze will take 18 minutes. then no delay as you head through the toll plaza. those metering lights should turn on around 5:30 this morning. and then a look in oakland for roadwork on 580 in both directions, on the westbound side it's between harrison street to 980 until 5 a.m. and on the eastbound side it's between 980 to broadway until 6:30 a.m. i'll send it to you. >> all right, roqui. thank you. a south bay water district is considering leasing properties it owns to the homeless. kpix 5's betty yu shows us why some locals in the wealthy neighborhood aren't pleased
with the plan. >> reporter: some of the homes that we're talking about are right behind me here. many residents say they are frustrated because they had no idea the water district was even thinking about this unusual plan. others say this is just not the right location for the homeless. these homes that sit in the waverly park neighborhood could be part of santa clara valley water district's solutions to its homeless problem. >> to me, 12 properties in a 2 million-plus neighborhood is not suitable. >> reporter: for homeless? >> for homeless. >> reporter: joy weaver has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and currently lives next to one of the district- owned properties. there are 19 single family houses in the immediate area. the district has owned and rented out these properties for years and is floating a plan to lease them to homeless people if a renters leaves. the tenant qualification and screening process has not been set. >> we are owe over a mile from a bus. we're at least two miles from a
grocery store. if they are homeless, do they have cars? can they get anywhere? are they working? we don't know any of this type of information. >> reporter: after a fiery meeting last month, the district decided to spend more time getting feedback from neighbors before a vote. many of them say they have been left in the dark. the district says it bought these properties because the land will be needed for future flood protection projects. one neighbor would like to see other people get a first shot at renting in the city's competitive real estate market. >> one plan is to look at giving them to teachers -- not giving them, but renting them to teachers. affordability of housing for teachers and first responders is a huge issue. >> reporter: the santa clara valley water district has no set date for a vote. it also adds that only one or two of their properties become vacant every year. in mountain view, betty yu, kpix 5. ♪[ music ] time now 4:42.
county jail. they say it's necessary.. to keep the inmates and staff safe.. especially after two officials are beefing up security at the santa clara county jail. they say it's necessary to keep the inmates and staff safe especially after two inmates broke out a few weeks ago. but as kpix 5's len ramirez reports, the changes are going to be pricy. >> reporter: santa clara county's outdated main jail south is getting an update before a wrecking ball comes. >> until that jail is rebuilt it needs the same level of security as the others. >> reporter: that was put into focus on thanksgiving day when two inmates broke out sawing through steel bars and busting out a second-story window. jail guards who were down the hall didn't see it. >> we can't afford to have a jail without surveillance anymore. these jails have to have
cameras. i think the evidence is out. >> reporter: the board of supervisors voted unanimously to spend $300,000 on a 224- camera system. sheriff laurie smith bought the same brand from costco out of frustration following the death of michael tyree allegedly at the hands of deputies a crime that went unrecorded and undeterred by surveillance video. >> we believe these cameras so far have been worth their weight in gold if not more. >> reporter: cameras recently installed at the main jail north have already recorded at least two brawls and may have prevented other crimes. the new cameras will be installed in the old jail by next spring but the jail itself will be demolished in the next three to five years. in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. investigators are looking for the driver who slammed into a home in oakland. we are told that the family was inside at the time. it happened yesterday near 90th
avenue and macarthur boulevard. the homeowner says her mom and young some were sitting on the couch in front of the window where the car smashed through but they moved just a few minutes before the crash. neighbors were shocked. >> i was just like flabbergasted. i was like what -- like seeing the whole car almost to the trunk all the way, it was crazy. >> family was forced to leave the home because of the damage. so far, police have not released a description of the suspect. ♪[ music ] it is 4:47. let's check weather. what's going on. we need to start feeling like christmas. >> we have this big cloud over us now. >> it's true. >> so we have to have a little bit of holiday spirit here. it's going to start to feel a lot like the season because first off we head out the door this morning, you need to dress in layers. temperature already at the freezing point in throughout santa rosa windsor guerneville, healdsburg and occidental. take a look at our hi-def
doppler radar. in addition to cold rain, we do have some winds that will kick up today so the rain is offshore right now. we are going to track it together. but right now clear skies from our kpix 5 studios looking out towards the bay bridge. we do currently have again 32 degrees santa rosa, 38 redwood city. it's in the 30s in throughout the tri-valley. and usually by sun-up, which is at 7:12 this morning, that's when we have the coldest temperatures because that's the period in which we have had the longest period of darkness. so the cold air settles in. we have a freeze warning in effect encompassing the red highlighted areas temperatures 38 to 32 degrees. so bundle up. later rain showers. we have a series of systems so first off cold weather settles in. then by the evening commute, we have some rain showers moving in. so here you have your futurecast and once we have the
rain tonight for your evening commute, it's going to be raining all day tomorrow at this time with pockets of heavy rain throughout the santa cruz mountains. thursday even commute will be wet, as well. a little bit of a break from time to time before more rain showers for friday morning's commute and those will be lingering showers or the backwash from this area of low pressure that plows through the bay area. everybody should see close to an inch of rain if not even more than that in the santa cruz mountains, concord, clayton and walnut creek, travel weather across the bay area today with the increasing cloud cover and the rain developing to the north. we'll have 45 degrees in the high sierra before the temperature drops and snow at 7,000 feet so chains required to the high sierra. only in the 40s and 50s today. the extended outlook calls for rain to continue through about saturday morning, then cloudy skies on sunday with daily chances of rain showers monday and tuesday. roqui this time tomorrow, you gonna be so busy. >> oh, my goodness! i am not a fan of that for
example roberta, i have to tell you. i'm going to be so cold and busy here in the traffic center! less check the roads as you start your day starting with the altamont pass out of tracy on 205, 31 miles per hour. about the same at north flynn road. livermore freed up into the dublin interchange where you get back to slow traffic. altamont pass and 680 will take you 14 minutes. oakland we have some roadwork to tell you about on 580 in both directions between -- on the eastbound side between 980 and broadway until 6:30 p.m. -- a.m., excuse me. i'm already thinking before:30 p.m.! and then -- thinking about 6:30 p.m. and then harrison 980 in the opposite direction for about 10 minutes. hayward to foster city 13 minutes between 880 and 101. and then the bay bridge toll plaza good into downtown san francisco. on 80 westbound from carquinez bridge to the maze 18 minutes.
mass transit, all on time. today marks 75 years since pearl harbor and now survivors in their mid-90s are gathering in hawaii to reflect on all they saw and lost. we have the story. >> reporter: a survivor's reunion to pearl harbor, 96- year-old lauren bruiner from washington, 90-year-old from nebraska, 95 of utah and 95- year-old lou conter of wisconsin. it was 7:55 on the morning of december 7 and all but one of them were on the uss arizona. the ship took four direct hips from japanese planes the most heavily damaged of all the vessels in battleship row that day. >> when they said abandoned ships, the ones that was on the deck got into a boat and was taken around the stern of the arizona over on to the island.
>> we got off the ship. [ bell rings ] >> by rope, hand over hand, off the vessel. >> we proceeded to go hand over hand across the vessel. but 70, 80 feet, i don't know how i made it. but i'm here. >> we fought the fire for days. had to let it cool down for six, seven days. and then we dove on the ship under where the officers quarters are for nine days and where the rooms are to bring bodies out. >> reporter: over 1100 men died that day. some of the survivors rescued others. and so inevitably, talk today shifted to them being called heroes. >> came home we got married, had children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and lived a big life. they lost theirs immediately. and they are the ones who should be called the heroes. >> sacrifice 1177 men on that
ship. and i was one of the lucky ones to get off. >> reporter: on the 75th anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks in u.s. history, words to heed from one of the survivors. >> pray, we don't want it to happen again. the main commemoration ceremony starts at 10 a.m. nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend including about 300 veterans of world war ii. time now 4:53. would you pay $1,000 for a christmas tree? >> no. >> well, someone did. [ laughter ] >> we'll show you where next. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
tackling wall street corruption. the supreme court took the government's side over insider trading laws. sharing corporate secrets with friends or relatives is illegal even if the insider doesn't receive anything of value, according to the court. new this morning, seaworld is cutting hundreds of jobs because of plunging attendance at its theme parks. 320 jobs will be eliminated at 12 parks. part of efforts to reduce costs by about $65 million. the company has struggled since the release of the 2013 documentary black fish which highlighted the danger of holding killer whales in captivity. they have ended that practice. $1,000 for a christmas tree was found in new york city. the tree was for sale in new york's posh greenwich village neighborhood. they also have less expensive trees for some small ones for less than sixty bucks but this is how a salesman who works there justified the $1,000
price tag. >> you have to consider the weather five years ago, serve years ago, 10 years ago. you hear every summer about the drought but you don't think about that come christmastime when you pay for a christmas tree. these guys have to pay for the water. >> someone bought it. they bought it for 1,000 bucks. so they bought that excuse. [ laughter ] >> for comparison, most trees are $65 to just over $100 locally. and we have been through a terrible drought so -- >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> it's insane. >> wow. ♪[ music ] it's 4:57. dozens of bay area horses facing eviction. how the owners hope to make the case to keep them today. >> and emergency declaration coming to the site of the deadly warehouse fire as officials zero in on the potential cause. the latest live from the scene next. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,
the oakland warehouse fire. we now know that the city has declared a state of emergency. and investigators are leaning towards a possible cause. we'll get to our live coverage in just a moment. good morning, it's wednesday, december 7. i'm kenny choi. >> i'm michelle griego. let's take a look outside. we are look at the bay bridge. i think this is our favorite view, right? >> absolutely. >> it's the only view this time of the morning. >> only view. exactly. especially because it's all lit up. >> what did we do before the artist put the lights up. did we show the bay bridge every morning? >> yes. but it wasn't so cool. >> we have another view from the transamerica pyramid that looks due east to look over the bay bridge so you see the red lights. then now visibility is good because the lights are 525 feet from the bay water. when you can't see them you know you will have delays at sfo. so i'm giving you all my inside