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sign that makes you laugh, share your photos with us. i'll see you all next time. police swarm a vallejo home using ab armored truck to clear the way after they exchange gunfire with the man inside. good evening. i'm gasia mikaelian. >> and i'm frank somerville. we begin with developing news whether that standoff just ended. over the course of the standoff there was gunfire back and forth. john sasaki is here now and tells us what he's just learned about what happened to the suspect inside. john. >> reporter: frank, this has been a very tense day here in vallejo. we're at the corner of illinois
street and sonoma. a pink and white house which has a gaping hole in the front. an armored vehicle slammed into it this afternoon. this episode started around 11:30 when police received calls about a man with a rifle. dozens of officers rushed to the scene, blocked off the area and started negotiating with the man. at some point he either fired with the officers or pointed his weapon at them. officer opened fire, unleashing perhaps dozens of rounds. they rammed the vehicle into that house. a short time later the man was found dead inside. >> we heard police outside. when we looked out the window we saw the police and commotion. >> as we were trying to get him to give up peacefully he came to the front of the residence, broke a window out with a shotgun and pointed it at the officers. the officers fired on the man. >> reporter: police say they're
trying to determine whether police shot and killed the man or if he committed suicide. they added they are familiar with him because of prior contact they've had with him through criminal activity he's be engaged in the in the past. live in vallejo, john sasaki, ktvu channel 2 news. a man was killed this afternoon. police say the man was shot about 12:20 at william reed drive right around the corner from marsh elementary. police say the victim was 20 years old. a friend says the victim had a young daughter and had been trying to enlist in the marines. the elementary was not placed on lockdown. neighbors raced to get the word out as three homes burned this morning. ktvu was first on the scene as flames gutted two homes and damaged a third. ktvu's noelle walker live at say with the three things working against fire crews efforts. >> reporter: i was standing here in this very spot yesterday. you'd have seen three homes
behind me. take a look behind me, now they're boarding up the windows of this home that was heavily damaged. the home owner says this didn't have to happen. to see there was once a home here requires some imagination. >> everything else is gone. >> reporter: at 2:30 a.m. the island should have been dark and quiet. it was neither. >> our neighbor comes running to our house and she's frantic. >> reporter: the garza family was in the process of moving out of the single story home. >> came out here and everything was in flames. >> reporter: garza always worried about flooding, never fire. the flames didn't stop at her home. >> we're yelling to say hey, the roof is on fire. >> reporter: firefighter history a lot working against
them. fire station closures meant the closest truck was 5 miles away. there are no working hydrants on the island. and this morning a downed power line kept firefighters from getting close to the fire. >> we had to readjust some lines. shot from farther away to keep the safety. >> reporter: the home was built with cedar, shipped in from washington state and flooring from canada. all those special touches were just kindling today. it took a year to build and minutes for fire to turn it into a hollow shell. >> this is the tragedy that happens in bethel island. nobody can fight a fire. >> reporter: essentially these homeowners and sometimes firefighters feel they can't win. coming up we'll take a look at special challenges that firefighters and homeowners face on bethel island. it has a lot to do with a lack of cash and a lack of infrastructure. the american civil liberties union is suing the city of san francisco and its
police department. the aclu is hoping to stop officers from searching cell phones without a warrant. the lawsuit was filed on behalf of civil rights activist bob offer. he says officers searched his phone without a warrant after he was arrested for peaceful civil dis bead yen yens. so far no comment from the police department and city attorney. also the district attorney's office has decided at least for now not to charge a man suspected of i killing a newspaper vendor. the da says right now there's not enough evidence to charge mark anthony cassel with murder. police say he lifted 77-year- old dallas airs without warning and then dropped him to the pavement. the long time san francisco chronicle vendor died of his injuries a few weeks later. the da's office says it's not ruling out the possibility of charging cassel some time in the future. in the meantime he remains in
custody on unrelated drug and theft charges. grief counselors were available at lincoln high school as word spread that the victim was an eleventh gladier at the school. officials have identified donye as the pedestrian killed on the train tracks. the school's principal said he was known for his love of music. there's no word on why he was on the tracks. san jose police are looking for a light colored suv involved in a drive by shooting. the shooting happened just before 8:00 last night on hopkins drive. school leaders ran outside when they heard the shots and offered help to the victim. he suffered at least one gunshot wound and is expected to recover. school officials say they believe he may have been a former student at fisher but the shooting was not school related. >> it didn't involve the activities on campus. wasn't directed at the school. we have lots of staff here this morning to make sure that the school gets off to a smooth
start. >> police are looking into gang connections. they're checking on two or three individuals who were with the victim when he was shot. the changes to hayward streets is only days old and the city is already hearing from people. the project has converted two way streets to one way traffic. some drivers say the changes are confusing and dangerous. they say there's not enough warning before they encounter on coming traffic. ktvu asked a city official about that today and he says overhead signs that will be easy to see are coming soon. >> the signs are being made as we speak. and they're going to be going up in the next few days or week. that concern is valid. >> the city says starting tonight there will also be improvements to traffic lights. the loop is still a work in progress. it'll be months before the construction is finished. in san francisco there is new hope for the homeless. this time it's coming from the
high-tech world. david stevenson is here and shows us what hundreds of tech companies and their employees are doing to try to make a difference. >> reporter: last week we saw bay area and silicon valley tech companies come together. this week to take on homelessness. the singers sang "lean on me" today in san francisco. the program brings together medical, social and housing services to aid the city's estimated 6400 homeless people. >> our waiting list is at record levels. over 260 families are on the list. >> reporter: project homeless connect is now partnering with the san francisco citizens initiative for technology and innovation. it's a consortium of companies representing 25,000 employees. >> the hope is we can generate thousands of dollars of resources that will go into
direct services to help people on the streets. >> reporter: resources including volunteers, money and even software. >> there is a lot of creative capital that's out. >> reporter: tech company neighborhoodland was on site to encourage the public to use its site to brainstorm solutions. >> people have thought about this issue. it confronts all of us on a day- to-day basis. >> reporter: they hope tech companies will help streamline the process to get services. >> a lot of things are done on paper. paper takes forever. if people could do the sign up now then they could have access to the services sooner. >> reporter: advocates say they hope the tech companies can help clear up backlogs, section 8 and public housing lists and provide jobs for skilled homeless workers. in los angeles county former bell mayor oscar hernandez and four council
members were convicted of widespread corruption. they paid themselves up to $100,000 a year by raising taxes and fees in a small city where one in four people live below the poverty line. the scheme included the creation of a nonfunctional agency that paid each of them $13,000 a year. a sixth defendant was cleared. the jury continues to deliberate on some charges. in colorado police are searching for a dark-colored boxy car that may be connected to the killing of the head of colorado's corrections department. tom clements was shot and killed in his home in the town of monument last night. authorities say witnesses saw a car fitting that description leaving the scene about 8:30 p.m. police say the 58-year-old heard a knock at his door and when he answered it he was shot and killed. the governor appointed clements back in 2011. colorado's governor signed three landmark gun bills.
the bills require background checks for private and online gun sales. they also ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. >> signed today several bills that materially make our state safer in the long run and allow us to begin to address some of these issues head on. a state traditionally takes pride in gun ownership. president obama is in israel after a first day of a three day visit. this is the president's first trip to the region since he took office. this began with this tour. mr. obama had separate meetings with israeli president and israeli prime minister. >> america's support for israel
security is unprecedented. >> israel remains committed to peace and the solution of two states. >> president obama met with him at the prime minister's private residence. focusing on peace between israelis and palestinians along with preventing iran from developing a nuclear weapon. president obama also spoke today about the situation in syria saying he is skeptical of claims by the government that rebel forces have used chemical weapons. they've ause caused each other of using such weapons yesterday. 31 people died in the most recent fighting. president obama says the u.s. is investigating to see if any chemical weapons were used. the federal reserve said stimulus is still needed. the economy has become stronger after a pause late last year. more needs to be done. he says as long as inflation
remains mild he plans to keep short term interest rates at record lows until unemployment falls to 6.5% and that's not expected to happen until 2015. on wall street the comments helped drive the markets higher. the dow closed up almost 56 points. the nasdaq was up 25. the s&p was up more than 10 points. growing concern over genetically engineered seafood. the significant step taken by some large u.s. retailers. still a few light showers outside right now. you see the clouds. how long do they last and when do we warm up again? i'll have the time lines back in 10 minutes. l month long as one of our march featured values, the newest way to enjoy subway every day! subway. eat fresh.
growing national movement. whole foods market and trader joe's are among the more than 2000 stores promising not to sell genetically-engineered seafood. the retailers signed this college, part of a campaign. >> i think this is really encouraging. i think this is a big move concern the group is worried about the safety of genetically modified seafood. particularly concerned about this experimental salmon. >> we don't know defin tiffly that this animal is safe to consume. the bigger picture is we want better safety assessments for this. >> reporter: the salmon can grow up to market size in half the time it takes a conventional salmon. if it gets fda approval it would be the first genetically engineered animal to be sold. they say their salmon is safe
and healthy. he's disappointed stores are refusing to sell it. shopper history varied opinions on this pledge. >> i think it's a really good idea. and then because we enjoy salmon and we have a taste for it, i think it's going to hopefully wake us up to okay where is this salmon we want going to come from. >> the backlash against the idea of gmo is a little silly. it's a technology. it's not any more than that. >> reporter: friends of the earth working with the coalition of consumer and environmental groups is now working to get support from more large food retailers. trying to keep genetically- modified seafood out of stores. bay area mayors spent part of their day delivering meals to seniors. it's all part of a month long campaign by the meals on wheels program to generate awareness about how many seniors are hungry these days. meals on wheels programs are
losing some of their funding. >> it's fun of these programs that provides a network particularly for the seniors in the city. and it's a smart program. >> it's really important to get a balanced meal every day. especially when you're on medication and you have medical issues like i do. it's great because sometimes i can't get out. >> in oakland and piedmont the meals on wheels program delivers about 750 meals per day to home-bound seniors. forgetting your reusable grocery bags is going to cost you a little more. the cost of a paper bag has just gone from 10-cents to 25 cents per bag. on april 22nd, earth day, the county plans to extend its plastic bag ban to include restaurants. officials say the goal of the law here is to keep plastic bags off of beaches to prevent polluting month ray bay. governor jerry brown says he's come up with one way for
courts to justify set budget cuts. california courts would charge $10 for each public record search. resulting in fewer courtrooms in use an higher fees. opponents say that such a move would restrict access to files the public has a right to view. the u.s. senate passed a spending bill that will keep the government open through the end of september. it locks in $85 billion in spending cuts from the recent sequester. those will mean furloughs and cut backs. the measure goes to the house which is expected to approve it tomorrow then send it to president obama to prevent a government shutdown next week. a bay area boy scout council has become the first in the country to call for the boy scouts to drop its policy banning openly gay adults and youth. a recent survey conducted by the council found that 65% of respondents wanted current
membership policy changed and 81% of the council's active scouts favor dropping the ban as well. last year they denied a boy his eagle scout rank because he is openly gay. it will work to pressure the boy scouts to change their membership policy. the wet weather we've seen here has also been dropping snow up in the sierra. chain controls were in effect early this morning. the weather system caused officials to postpone today's start to the u.s. alpine championships at squaw valley. that is expected to start tomorrow and run through sunday. the rain was in and out in about 24 hours just as bill martin told us to expect. >> it wasn't a lot. at times we heavy rain. just scattered showers today. those are going to linger into the evening. as we go through the next 6 hours, expect a few drops on your wind shield. he's live storm tracker 2. you
can see the clouds, a setup of the system. as it does hang up up there. that's good news. snow levels are high though. they're up above 5500 feet. out there by 101 going on the freeway, you might have a little bit of wet. that's the way it's been. this isn't substantial stuff. last night, about 8, 9 it started to come down good. some places in the north bay did get up to three quarters of an inch of rain. just depended where you were. temperatures outside, at in hayward. these are the right now numbers. here's what you need to know. tomorrow, clouds clear out. temperatures warm up. probably saw that coming. rainfall accumulations, not too
bad with this. kind of keeps going. you get into the 10:00, 11:00. more sprinkles around freemont. then that's it. it clears out rapidly after that. temperatures are going to increase. we're looking for numbers to get back into the 70s. so when i come back at 5:45 we'll look at the long range models. not far off now. i'll show you which days are going to be the warmest as we go forward. >> more controversy surrounding the tsa. how the agency used a common piece of technology to keep tabs on passengers. this singer stunned the crowd last sunday night with an antigay rant. tonight she is apologizing. why she says it was all a misunderstanding. sofa... desk...
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public records act. ktvu learned -- agents used passengers blue tooth devices to track them through the airport. passenger groups are not happy about it. >> reporter: lines can be long. documents show tsa tested a project to measure how long sensors in the terminal to find your blue tooth device, hone in and track you. and how long it takes you to get through security. it detects signals and calculates a wait time. the information would be encrypted and destroyed within two hours. we've learned they tested this technology in 2012 in las vegas and indianapolis. then bailed on it. >> this is an expensive and complicated way of estimating
average wait times. compared with having a ticket agent write the time. >> reporter: tsa has been dealing with complaints about how it handles privacy. if not with this technology, then with those enhanced pat down screenings. a spokesman says his group isn't comfortable with blue tooth tracking and that tsa has a history of saying it's keeping passenger information private then changing its story. tsa documents show the agency considered posting warning signs. they didn't return comment when asking if the signs were posted. they've since scrapped the program before it came to light publicly through our reporting. >> the tsa told us it did post signs telling passengers the technology was in use.
the unemployment rate for veterans is dropping. according to a new government report it dropped from 12.1% in 2011 to 9.9% than last year. both the federal government anteprivate sector are pushing several initiatives to hire veterans. singer michelle shock responded to the uproar over comments she made last weekend about gays during a performance in san francisco. she made the remarks sunday. in a written statement today the singer said she didn't do a good job of making her feelings clear. quote, i do not nor have i ever said or believed that god hates homosexuals. i said some of his followers believe that. i am very sorry. i don't always express myself as clearly as i should. several music venues have canceled her upcoming concerts
as a result. the mansion near san diego is on the market. it was built more than 100 yearsing a for real estate and transportation tycoon. the asking price for the 10 bedroom 9.5 bath estate is $16.9 million. the mansion was known for its lavish parties. more recently it was known for the 2011 death of millionaires 6-year-old son after a second story fall and his girlfriend's suicide in the house two days later. reporter: the ncaa basketball tournament has arrived in the bay area. why some march madness has already begun. reporter: spring time is here. so is a new warning. all in an effort to save elephant seals like this one and harbor seals across the california coast.
march madness starting in san jose. and it's drawing fans from all over as they follow their schools on the road to the final four. hp pavilion opened its doors for the first time to teams and fans. robert handa shows us. >> reporter: the cal basketball team will take its turn on the court for practice in about half an hour. the bears are playing the marquee game here tomorrow. no matter how far they traveled, fans are all trying to give their team a home court advantage. new mexico state university fans came to the big dance today. arriving at hp pavilion with plenty of cheer.
the spirit leaders made the trip in style. >> they chartered a flight for the band leaders and players. it's a privilege. >> reporter: new mexico's opponent and its fabs the st. louis university also showed their support. a good luck doll created by a st. louis artist. slu's fans rushed to san jose after winning the atlantic 10 conference title. >> everyone is so thrilled. most of these people just came from brooklyn. they were only home for about 10 hours because we were at the a 10 conference. so it's been minute by minute just go, go, go. >> reporter: san jose and its local businesses are counting on march madness. it means attracting more than alumni from afar but people who are coming with a grown up son.
>> he's a huge basketball fan. he's so excited to see cal versus unlv. he said that would be, "dope." >> for me they're playing for their schools. playing for the love of the game. the spirit of the students that get behind their teams. that's what i enjoy. >> reporter: and i'm told there are still tickets left. it's hard to predict what shot you'll have once the games start here. live in san jose, robert handa, ktvu channel 2 news. in danville, police say a missing man has been found safe. 83-year-old nicholas datino was located today after a person called 911 to report a suspicious man. he left his home in danville last night just to run some errands. officer tracked his cell phone signal. his family says they have no idea why he went down there and police say there's no indication he was the victim of a crime. the man accused of stealing
an expensive yacht earlier this month is due for a psychological evaluation. the $3.2 million boat ended up on the beach. 63-year-old leslie gardener is facing a variety of charges. two doctors will evaluate gardener to see if he is competent to stand trial. his attorney says he may not be able to assist in his own defense. a competency hearing is set. we're learning more about a man charged in a robbery and shooting. 25-year-old christopher washington and another man shot and wounded two employees of the ashkena dance club. washington is charged with attempted murder, robbery and being a felon in possession of a gun. he could face up to 25 years to life in prison. police are still searching for the second suspect. both victims have been released from the hospital. city leaders in walnut creek are set to discuss a
controversial development. billers want to develop a piece of real estate into more than 200,000 square feet of retail space called the orchards at walnut creek. the project would be anchored by a large safeway store. city leaders pointed out some of the things they're considering about the project. >> that corner has sat vacant and the city's general plan calls for it to have a gateway element and feature. obviously the use of the land is important to the city. >> >> some worry the development will bring unwanted traffic to the area. >> this is seal pup season. tonight an important warning. even though they may look cute, leave them alone. you might think that's pretty obvious. but mike tells us sometimes people get confused. >> reporter: exactly.
in one case someone actually picked up a seal pup, took it home and then put it in a bathtub thinking they were helping out the stranded animal. no, that is not how you approach the situation. leave the animals alone. especially since pupping season is underway here along the california coast. the sound of the pacific. >> freedom of it. >> reporter: from the marine county shore. >> the nature and the beauty. >> reporter: there's another sound. seals and sea lions. how sick is that animal? >> sick. >> reporter: sad faces and all, all here at the marine mammal center. >> we see them and get them healthier. we give them medicine. >> we have a seal last year. a lady put it in her shopping
bag and brought it to a ranger station. >> reporter: the marine mammal center says that is a no no. >> let the animals be. >> reporter: especially during pupping season, which is now. many seal pups are still weaning or nursing. if a human gets curious and wants to approach the pup, the mother will most likely leave the pup behind. >> when humans are approaching she gets very nervous. she will not come out to reunite. she doesn't want to defend it. >> they come out at you. >> reporter: that's how it should be this pupping season. if not the marine mammal center. will have a busy year. >> because it's not getting its mothers milk it will not be able to survive. >> reporter: if you see a pup, stay 50 feet away and keep your dogs away. if you see one, you're asked to call the marine mammal center's 24 hour hotline. and still on the subject
here, a stretch of san diego city beach is now going to be offlimits to people at night. mayor ordered ban after surveillance cameras caught people abusing seals. two cameras positioned on top of a life guard station caught women harassing the seals in the dark last friday. they had cameras capture people punching the seals. the harassment compelled san diego mayor to issue an emergency order. >> being hit, sat upon, slapped, this is unacceptable. >> anyone seen on the beach after dark will now be sited. okay so what is your beverage of choice? we're learning there's been a shift in what californians prefer to drink and what remains the most popular alcoholic beverage. how worried should we be in the wake of a meteor strike in russia?
new figures suggest that californians are drinking less beer and more wine and hard liquor. a report from the national institutes of health show beer consumption fell between 1998 and 2010. while wine drinking was up and hard liquor drinking was up. even so, beer is still the most popular alcoholic beverage in california with california adults drinking on average
almost a gallon of beer each year. amazon ceo says he's recovered two rocket engines that helped fly apollo restaurants to the moon. they've been in the atlantic. a team led recovered some of the hardware. there are plans to restore them. blue origins has a contract to develop a space taxi to deliver supplies and astronauts. a former astronaut warned congress about the threat of undetected asteroids. edward lou said the asteroid that hit russia could have caused more damage had had struck new york. the astronaut injured 1500 people. the threat of a bigger impact is quite likely. >> there's a 30% chance that there's a 5 megaton impact that's going to happen on this
planet this century. so this is not hypothetical. >> lu founded the b 612 foundation to build a privatesy financed space telescope to deflect asteroids. it's estimated to cost $4 # 50 million. >> speculation is rampant after hackers shut down computer systems at three top south korean television stations and two banks. many think north korea could be behind the cyber attack. police say it'll be several more days before they can make a determination. north korea has staged several cyber attacks over the past few years. that country is considered to be one of the world's top hackers. a wet arrival for spring. considering how dry this year has been, is our water supply hurting? back in 10 minutes tracking lingering showers. when they get out of here, when we warm up. i'll have the specifics in 10 minutes.
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as we told you earlier, president obama is on his first trip to israel since he took office. this visit came with a little car trouble. a presidential limb moe shipped from washington, d.c. had to be towed after it wasn't start. the president hadn't arrived yet. it was originally reported that the wrong type of fuel was used. the secret service is denying that. agents ended up using a backup instead. the president's itinerary was not affected. an east bay business owner
is facing 57 felony charges. he's accused of stealing workers pay and then lying about it. the trivalley times report claims that show calvin harris made about $400,000 by paying his employees less than what he told the government. the report says harris is free on his own recogny sans. the airline with the most boeing dreamliners is reportedly making a new monday. they want boeing to compensate it. the airline hasn't disclosed how much the grounding has cost it. during the last two weeks of january it was losing more than $8 of 8000 in revenue per
plane. the commissioners of the national football league spoke today. >> the competition is elevated. in large part because of the stadium. miami is a great city. they're seeing increasing competition. the nfl will announce the most of super bowl 50 in may. santa clara city officials may be trying to seen the deal. they've agreed to hotel and parking tax exemptions. the move is expected to cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. miami is vying for the super bowl but officials in south florida have refused to make the same move. hewlett pack hard ceo says she's pleased with the progress that's been made. hp held its shareholder meeting today. 2013 is going to be a fix and rebuild year while she expects 2014 to be a period of recovery and expansion. also today shareholders voted
in favor of the current board, despite some concern over recent missteps. yahoo has bought a silicon valley startup. social recommendation website jybe was created in 2011 by ex- yahoo engineers and yahoo bought it to get back five former employees. it plans to shut jybe down. no word on the price tag. marin is ranked the healthiest county in california. factors that range from low teen birthrate to high levels of recreational activity. years of programs to promote healthy outcomes are paying off. they say more needs to be done to address excessive alcohol consumption. we're getting some rain. how much more is on the way?
>> none. there's a little more on the way, but it's about a week away. not as much rain as we needed. it's been a dry season. we're looking at rainfall accumulations in the last 24 hours. just not that impressive. it dropped maybe 0.3 in napa. not very impressive for this time of year. some areas got up to an inch of rain. it was mainly in the north bay coastal hills. you can see the lingering light showers. radars lit in this area. we're getting a little shower activity. real light stuff. just enough to kind of wet the roadways. these are the forecast overnight lows. you can see they're trending on the cooler side. tomorrow morning when you wake up slightly cooler tomorrow afternoon as you get going. slightly warmer. numbers come up about 10 degrees. at about 8 degrees in the inland and bay valleys. maybe a little bit of patchy
valley fog. conditions, moist ground. i wouldn't be surprised to see valley fog tomorrow morning. that could have an impact. as we go to the 3457 which forecasts temperatures using colors. greens are 60s. yellows are 70s. so there's a couple low 70s showing up inland and south bay. but barely. tomorrow is all about mid60s. maybe a few upper 60s. temperatures on the increase. as that system vacates the area and we start to warm up and dry up. sprinkles late tonight. a few sprinkles lingering and out of here. clearing and warming conditions. it's going to be nice in the mown tabs as well as things start to dry up. we head back into spring. the forecast highs tomorrow. 67 in fairfield. 67 in ann tee job. increase in temperatures.
so to answer your question we didn't get much rain. we're not going to get very much more. we immediate it based on very dry january. very dry february. and now a dry march. >> is this concern or panic mode? >> the reservoirs are full because they held a lot of water in december. so it was good water management on the reservoir level. but the snow pack is going to create issues as we get towards the end of the season. >> see you at 6. they've been used in warfare. now drones could be flying over the united states. what experts say needs to be done. the ktvu ipad app is ready to download. you can watch our newscasts live. bay area weather and video of breaking news, any time, anywhere. well, well, well.
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spring arrives some can't wait for warm sunny weather. tom vacar life with the numbers that add up to an unusual winter. >> reporter: we began by asking folks what does spring mean to you? the first day of spring started out like the first days of winter, wets. since ktvu meteorologist steve paulson said winter set a record. an anemic snow pack.
>> it's not good. >> reporter: nonetheless the state's bilge central and northern california reservoirs are very near or over seasonal averages thanks to snows a yearing a. >> we've had great rain last year and runoff. we came into the season really full. >> reporter: even with concerns of climate change, how did winter temperatures do? >> they've been running below average for some. i know you have to take into account january and december thing have come back in february and march. slightly below to near average. the first day of spring signals nicer days ahead. >> april showers bring may flowers. so it makes sense. >> reporter: consumer psychologist says that old tradition of spring sales is a tradition because it works. liz taylor owner of tootsie's agrees. >> i think people want more color. other things. open toes. they're tired of dreary
clothes. >> reporter: so it is, the first day of spring when night and day are of equal length and the days grow longer until fall. tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. the senate judiciary committee heard testimony for the need for new privacy laws. some government agencies including cal fire have permission to fly unmanned reconnaissance vehicles. as many as 7500 civilian drones will be cleared to fly within the next 5 years. >> they're flying smart phones. i think once private industry gets their ands on these we'll see great wonders. we'll never get there unless we place limits. >> reporter: more hearings are expected next month. palo alto police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman. david yi of san jose arranged for a meeting with a woman at
the grass slipper inn after seeing an online ad for a massage. when the woman arrived police say he pulled out a knife and then robbed and assaulted her. detectives working the case say they recognize the suspect and took him into custody. coming up in 2 minutes, testing the limits of free speech. controversial ads are all set to appear on bay area buses. the push for tougher punishment for a crime that used to be a hangable offense. a ranch has had cattle stolen from him.