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>> announcer: now news to build a better bay area from abc 7. >> she put that thing in drive and she floored it and pushed me through the plate glass window. her car came at least half way into the building itself. >> what a bizarre incident. an angry mother ran over a barber shortly after a haircut. that barber left seriously injured. >> the barber is now out of surgery and recovering at the hospital but the mother is still on the loose. >> abc 7 anchor is live at the hospital in walnut creek where the victim is being cared for. eric. >> reporter: and brian martin instead of cutting hair today as he has in his shop is resting and recovering in a hospital room right there. this all started with a dispute over a haircut. and now will end probably in the arrest of a woman and charges
against her. >> this is a picture 63-year-old brian martin sent us from his hospital room today to let customers and friends know he's on the mend. but this is how he looked yesterday after paramedics pulled him out of the shattered glass of a neighboring store, flung there after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a woman whose son just had a haircut. martin says she came back and showed him a scratch on her son's neck and began cursing. martin says he apologized but her son had been squirming in the chair. he talked with us by phone in his hospital bed. >> she goes outside and starts kicking my door. >> she watched them climb into her car. >> she's flipping me off screaming f you and she put that thing in drive and floored it.
>> another barber heard the commotion and ran outside. >> he had a compound fracture. >> my shin was going in the wrong direction. >> police are still looking for the woman. meantime martin posted this on facebook. it says in part, pray for the lady who hit me. she has two young boys with her. >> it was wrong but the kids shouldn't have to pay a price for this. >> antioch police would like your help in tracking ruby dell gadeo down. brian is going to need physical therapy, so he's not sure when he'll be able to get back behind the chair in the barbershop he's owned for 29 years. walnut creek, eric thomas, nbc 7 news. >> eric, his attitude is really remarkable. most people would be really angry. why do you think brian is such a
forgiving mood? >> if you talk to his friends and coworkers, they'll tell you he's just that kind of guy. he's a nice guy that thinks about other people first. in interviewing him, i found out he was ordained as a minister about 16 years ago so he could perform marriages. he's performed 89 of them so far, and i guess he takes this job seriously. and forgiveness seriously. >> interesting. all right. thank you eric. eric thomas reporting live. all right. let's turn to the weather now because another storm is heading our way. the sprinkles are out there. >> let's take a look at emoriville towers. there's a little bit of rain out there. >> they're seeing drizzle on mount tam right now. i want to show you live doppler 7, low level moisture, take a look at the wider picture. you will see that the storm system is developing. it's a classic winter storm that is going to bring with it wind, rain, even the possibility of
thunder. it's a level two moderate string storm tomorrow afternoon evening into saturday. rain will be heavy at times, gusty winds and thunderstorm possibility with hail. flash flood wash 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. it's including the fire burn area. heavy rain could lead to flash flooding and there is a wind advisory for all of the bay area, 10:00 a.m. tomorrow until 7:00 a.m. saturday, gusts to 50-miles-per-hour, may topple trees and take down powerlines. i'll be back with an hour by hour look at the timeline coming right up. >> thank you, sandy. you can check the next storm yourself on the abc 7 news app. you can download it right now to get weather advisories. >> we have breaking news in florida, a wild crime spree has come to an end after a police shoot out. police say multiple people are dead. the end of the incident after the shoot out here. police say this started when two people tried to rob a jewelry store in florida. one employ was shot.
it's unclear if the robbers took anything. police say they carjacked a understand truck along with the driver and led officers on a chase. police have not identified who was shot yet, but they did confirm no law enforcement officers are among the dead. navarro firefighters are looking into the cause of a house fire that killed an e elderly woman last night. firefighters had trouble just getting into the home. >> reporter: a woman in her 80s was inside this home as it burned last night. a passer by called 911 at 10:30. firefighters say she lived alone. neighbors on cherry street watched helplessly as freight ores struggled to get inside. >> they couldn't get inside the house because there was too much debris inside the house catching fire. >> reporter: firefighters say there was so much smoke they couldn't see much. then they had to face mounds of stuff in what appears to be a
hoarder situation. >> the front door was blocked. our crews went in to make access to the front door and they were unable to get in because of the debris. >> when they reached the woman, they tried cpr, but they couldn't save her. >> really, really sorry that that happened. it's just heartbreaking. but i'm sorry that, you know, she was stuck in there. >> reporter: some neighbors we talk to say they never saw activity at the house and even wondered if anyone lived here. >> it was always dark. it was dark. never saw anybody go in and out. just about everybody you see somebody walking around, but i'm really that it happened. >> it's just sad, you know what i mean? i take care of my mother who's also around the same age as this woman, probably in better physical health. but you just never know when you have a family member that lives alone that is an older age. >> officials say the woman who died here was 84-year-old artis
para. investigators are searching for the cause of the fire. air bnb is taking more steps to crack down on parties and guests. the san francisco guecompany is banning open invite parties. five people were killed in the incident in arenda. three men were arrested on gun charges. air bnb is facing pressure to regain public trust ahead of next year's planned ipo. >> as part of the effort to build a better bay area, we're taking a look at issues surrounding pg&e. >> officials across the state have voiced support but chris
wynn found out others are still concerned about its feasibility. >> at san jose city hall, mayor sam la caroe shared his vision for a customer takeover of >> we need to let go of the delusion that someone else is going to pay for the neglect of pg&e. >> pg&e filed for bankruptcy in january as it faced bowillions dollars of liability charges. a federal judge is expected to consider two competing reorganization plans, one put forth by shareholders and the other from bond holders. but the utilities commission has final say which is why liccardo has been pushing his proposal. while many agree pg&e's infrastructure needs to change, some aren't sure the mayor's plan is the best overall.
catherine sandoval is a former commissioner. >> it creates risk to rural areas which in turn create risk for urban areas if we are not adequately addressing the wild fire risks in each area. >> customer-owned eutilities aren't anything new but haven't been done at the scale of pg&e. but co-ops like silicon valley power in sand clara tend to have favorable reviews. >> because we're a non-profit we're able to maintain rates than pg&e. >> under the coalition's governing principles, the proposed co-op would commit to keeping pg&e's service area intact. >> we're going to be paying more. the question is how much more and who's going to benefit? is it going to be out of state hedge funds or is it going to be the customers and repairs in the state of california. >> chris wynn, abc 7 news. >> we want to hear your ideas
about building a better bay area. share them by joining our better bay area group on facebook. a health clinic that's been operating in one of san francisco's oldest neighborhoods is celebrating a milestone. the china health public center has been around for 90 years. today it celebrated the 50th anniversary of moving into the building that sits above the broadway tunnel. >> it takes quite a bit of energy for them to speak in a different language. so, whenever they're able to provide care in their own native language and especially in the environment in which they're comfortable is very, very important. >> the clinic also offers nutrition to deal with growing incidents of hypertension and obesity. safety first. does concern about crime affect your day to day life. for one family, it does now. the growing concern about crime in the city. a helping hand. big surprise for some bay area
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and accessoriesphones for your mobile phone. like this device to increase volume on your cell phone. - ( phone ringing ) - get details on this state program call or visit democrats in the u.s. house of representatives are moving forward with the effort to impeach president trump. today speaker nancy pelosi announced the house will draft formal articles of impeachment accusing the president of abusing the powers of his office to advance his own political gain. >> the facts are uncontested. the president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding
military aid and crucial oval office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival. >> the san francisco democrats announcement did not end lightly. she became angry when she left when a reporter from the conservative broadcast group asked if she hated president trump. >> this is about the constitution of the united states and the facts that lead to the president's violation of his oath of office. as a catholic, i resent you're using the word "hate" in a sentence that addresses me. i don't hate anyone. i was raised in a by that was a heart full of love and always pray for the president and i still pray for the president. i pray for the president all the time. so, don't mess with me when it comes to words like that. >> a vote on impeachment in the full house could come before christmas sending the issue to the senate. the president condemned pelosi's
action on twitter. civil rights activist rosa parks is being memorialized on buses. shah mon walton showed off plaques placed on buses, the first plaque was on bus 8955. her decision led to the desegregation of buses. it's a lesson in social justice that walton says should not be forgotten by younger generations. >> it gives you motivation to remember that if you do fight and if you work to bring social justice to everyone that there are victories that you can have. >> the plaque will also be placed on t-line vehicles and other buses in february in time for black history month. >> teachers dig so much into their own pockets to fund classroom activities. it's really a nice surprise when somebody else shows some generosity toward them. >> and this morning some south
bay teachers were surprised with thousands of dollars. abc 7 news reporter lauren martinez has the story. >> 3-2-1! woo! >> mrs. boarum and mr. alvarado are two teachers being recognized for going above and beyond for their students. >> i'm over whemed. i'm very, very grateful. >> the pac 12 and college football playoff foundations extra yard for teachers are surprising 12 san jose elementary and middle schoolteachers with donations totaling $36,000. each teacher is receiving 3,000 for their classroom. >> it's going to help a lot. we don't get a lot of funding. we always try to get donations from people. this will help a lot. >> she feels privileged to be able to recognize these teachers and the programs they bring to
the students. >> so, there was the s.t.e.a.m. program that mr. alvarado brought in. so, the expose to the s.t.e.a.m. activities and the recycling program which is going to be the first in the whole district. >> it's something to make sure and remind people the importance of having great teachers and having great educators, really makes a big difference for these young peoples' lives. >> teachers will be surprised throughout today and tomorrow ahead of the game tomorrow. all of the teachers are invited to go. the game will air here on abc. reporting in san jose, lauren martinez, abc 7 news. >> as lauren mentioned, the game is here on abc 7 live from levi stadium, oregon versus utah. coverage starts at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. >> we're talking about students and teachers. those from pittsburgh involved in a viral video song inspired by lizzo are being rewarded again. i'm sure you've seen the video of teacher dorothy mallory and her second graders performing the song "truth hurts," mallory
rewrote the lyrics and taught them to the kids. they perform the song every morning to start their day with positive energy. now a local radio station, 99.7 invited the group to attend lizzo's concert tonight. no word if the kids will get to meet the singer, but how awesome would that be. that will be indoors as opposed to the football game tomorrow because it's going to be raining. >> and it's going to be windy too. tomorrow nightt will be dicey at levi stadium. you'll need a poncho or raincoat if you're going to the game. doppler 7 is super quiet and that's going to look different come tomorrow. let me show you a live picture. the clouds are stacked up. san francisco 58 along with oakland, san jose 68 right now, 55 in half moon bay. not much in the way of wind. temperatures in the upper 50s from santa rosa to napa, mid 50s
concord to livermore. we are seeing the clouds as well, very few people on the beach right now. storm arrives tomorrow afternoon/evening, wet windy saturday and lingering showers on sunday. the weekend is not a wash out. i'll show you in a moment. temperatures first thing in the morning, 40s, 50s, patchy fog but not as widespread as today. do expect the rain in the north bay. the wind's pretty much everywhere. numbers range from the 50s to the 60s. on storm impact scale it's a level two for tomorrow afternoon/evening going into saturday rain will be heavy at times. prepare for strong winds and even a chance of thunder. so, the hour by hour wind forecast, 10:00 a.m. tomorrow gets a little breezy. winds out of the south. watch what happens as we head into 3:00 p.m., winds really start to ramp up going into the nighttime hours, 44-miles-per-hour wind, half moon bay around 10:00 p.m. and those gusty winds will continue into saturday at least for the first part of the day.
the rain fall is -- actually the storm has slowed down. so, the rain fall doesn't get here immediately. a few light spotty showers not out of the question but the rest of you dry. 2:00 p.m. is when you start to see pockets of moderate rain moving into the north bay. evening commute is going to be dicey. 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. you're looking at the rain sliding south and east. saturday we have another batch of downpour. by 1:00 p.m. north bay slicing into san francisco, showers late saturday into evening and sunday morning. rain fall totals taking you through saturday night as of right now anywhere from a third of an inch in places like brentwood to almost 4 inches at cloverdale. everyone else will be in between that range. a look at the accuweather seven day forecast, level two for friday afternoon/evening going into saturday. both days slight chance of
thunder. showers through sunday midday, then you have the rest of the sunday to get out and do things without having to worry about the rain. on monday you do have morning fog, dry day. tuesday late at night there's a chance of a few showers. wednesday there's a morning chance but the computer models are not in complete agreement. one wants to weaken the system. the other wants to bring in showers. for now we'll put in the possibility around midweek. >> thank you, sandy. a wild ride. it looked like something evel knievel would do but this was no stunt driver. >> plus the end of the road for a popular north bay store that helped the community for more than 100 years. why they are shutting their doors for good later this hour. taking a live look at our traffic on this thursday, 4:21 on the golden gate bridge. it is looking good. it's mostly dry outside, a little bit of sprinkles. but yeah tomorrow it's probably
you've got see this, not a movie stunt. this is a real-life frightening scene that happened on tuesday. this was in crystal river, florida, north of -- you see thatar just flying by there? that's a toyota camry and the driver says he got kind of dizzy while he was driving. he drove right off the highway, hi an embankment full speed, the car went flying 139 feet
into the air clearing a dozen vehicles in the car dealership. you see the landing. the driver received medical attention. somehow, some way, miraculously nobody on the ground was hurt. >> thank goodness. now to a different type of wild scene, this time in new york city. two women accused of shoplifting from barney's before brawling with employees. it happened in the middle of madison avenue. workers going after one of the women accused of stealing a $400 hat. they got into a fight. the women are accused of punching, biting, and scratching the employees. political fighting took a backseat for a while at the white house. the president and first lady lit the national christmas tree, a tradition dating back to 1923. the tree features more than 50,000 lights and 450 white stars. the event included a number of holiday tunes including performances by jesse james decker and the u.s. marine corps band.
meanwhile the capital christmas tree will be lit lit t 5:00 p.m. today. santa con returns to san francisco. people dressed in santa suits will take part in bar crawls. where santa goes, trouble sometimes follows. last year, two women were arrested for felony vandalism and battery after they were caught on video trashing a restaurant on polk street. organizers urge party goers to be respectful. one meeting spot is union square where people are asked to bring new unwrapped toys to donate to the fire department. a lot of people are on high alert. it's a neighborhood people thought was safe. growing concerns about violent crime all across the bay area. >> who's spying on
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tell us if it has no impact, ifa you're extra cautious, or if you try to go out less. >> reporter: larry and ama, it's beginning to feel a lot like christmas in the marina. there are speem shopping and dining at restaurants and stores. there are trees being sold behind me. however i spoke to several residents today who say they feel anything but merry or joyous because of an unfortunate series of events in their neighborhood. >> it makes me feel like i live in a sick horrifying place. >> reporter: she calls the marina neighborhood home but what happened to her boyfriend last weekend has her on high alert. >> reporter: we apologize, we do not have that story for you. but what i can tell you is we spoke to two separate residents, a young man at 16 years old who was attacked not too far away from where i'm standing.
it looks like our producers say we do that have story. let's get back to it in progress. >> it makes me feel like a live in a sick horrifying place. >> reporter: ree sa has lived in san francisco for ten years and calls the neighborhood home, but what happened to her boyfriend last weekend has her on high alert. >> he was blindsided. he was assaulted. somebody must have punched him this side of his face because he had a huge swollen right side of his face and a huge gash on the left side of his head. >> reporter: the marina's bustling shopping and dining corridor have given the residents a sense of community until lately. just over a month ago, powell had that feeling of security taken away. >> i turned around and saw the gun and let go of my laptop and they ran off. >> powell's mom has lived in the marina for nearly 20 years and didn't think this kind of violent crime could happen in her neighborhood which is why she, her son, and risa are speaking out today.
>> this needs to change. >> reporter: i spoke to the pd who say they have plain closed officers along the streets. the most recent crime reports show crimes are down 5% year to date. >> residents say it's not enough. >> we should feel safe in the city. it felt safe for a very long time. it doesn't need to change now. >> we spend a lot of money to live here and who's taking care of us at the end of the day? >> reporter: back out here live now i pressed sfpd for answers. i said, hay are y hey are you g any more after these two incidents were brought to light? i did not get a response. i'm dion lim, abc 7 news. >> abc 7 news contributor and "san francisco chronicle" contributor joins us. talking about building a better bay area. this is complicated. the stats show that violent crime is down in san francisco but there still is this
uneasiness especially in certain areas where you've got -- >> there's an uneasiness all around the town and not just san francisco, in the bay area in the past year or so. it's grown uneasy all over the place. let me ask you, if you have friends or relatives coming to san francisco and they want to go to fisherman's wharf, what do you tell them? >> i tell them to be careful. i had friends who stayed fairly pry see union square hotel. homeless, needles on the sidewalks, they were freaked out. >> and the behavior. it's much more random. they say that the violent crime has decreased in san francisco but you have to understand that it was really, really high to begin with. now, there's been a couple of big incidents out there that captured the imagination and the public's attention.
one was chinatown where a couple of elderly people were walking in broad daylight, someone pulled up, jumped out, stole their watches, through them to the ground, and drove off in the car. it was a high profile case. along the embark dare row we had another young woman coming home at night, grabbed by this guy, taken out. he thought he was going to save the world from robots that were taking over and she was having to fight for what she thought was her life. again, a very high profile incident in two parts of town you wouldn't have thought it would happen before. it is spreading around. part of it is there seems to be more brazen incidences. but i have to wonder how much of it is also because it's being caught on video and we're seeing it and we're seeing on the internet and places like next door where your neighbors are informing you of crimes that are happening you wouldn't have known about before. >> look at the numbers on the screen. i know this isn't a scientific poll. but we're talking about close to 83% of the people saying they're
either concerned or they go out less. so, b.a.r.t. is a perfect example. i mentioned this before on the air. my youngest daughter just has flat out said i am not taking b.a.r.t. anymore because of some high profile cases. and again, as you point out, we see it on the video. >> right. and it's reinforced. but also on b.a.r.t., the facts are the facts. the alameda county report this year that violent crime has almost doubled on b.a.r.t. in the past five years because more and more people are getting on it. some of it is fare evasion. it used to be you couldn't get on the b.a.r.t. and people were expected to act a certain way. that's not necessarily the case right now. we're seeing it in public institutions and neighborhoods around. the question is what do you do about it? that's the big question. one of the things is police say you can't arrest your way out of crime. there's got to go to the root causes. that's one thing. we've got to see them come up with the alternative of what
it's going to be as a solution. what they're trying is more cops. they're trying to put more cops on the street, more on the b.a.r.t. trains and the platforms. the feeling being at least you'll feel safer if you see the police there. so, it's building a better bay area. you're going have to rebuild confidence in some of these neighborhoods and cities and systems like b.a.r.t. >> it's easier said than done, but a greater police presence would certainly help. >> it has to be sustained. it can't just be after the fact. it's got to be sustained because do you know something? crime statistics have a whole new meaning when you become one of them. >> no question. let's leave it there. thank you. great conversation. now back to our question. how does crime affect your day to day life? you can take a look at the voting so far. 17% say no impact. 58%, i'm extra cautious. 25% saying they go out less. we still want to know what you think. so, we're going to keep the voting open through the 6:00 hour. the search for a few good
ski bums, plus you've heard about souped up cars, but what about refrigerators? we're going to show did you this artists amazing work. >> i'm sandy patel, enjoy the break we're in now because the golden gate bridge will look very different tomorrow as rain and wind hit the bay area. i'll let you know if the storm
a chicago artist who's anything but ordinary. >> pete gain refurbishing and paints vintage refrigerators. >> customers have paid anywhere from 500 to $5,000 for a custom fridge. ♪ >> usually guys have a good idea of what they want their car to look like. they don't know about the refrigerator i'm going to sell them. what we do here at candy van is paint a lot of vintage refrigerators, turn into custom refrigerators. there's a lot of things that are similar on the vintage refrigerators to a vintage car with the sleek lines or curves or specialty chrome handles. i'll never make two refrigerators look the same. candy van is a custom culture painting fabrication shop.
the term custom culture is a firm of art based around automotive paint and design. we put automotive paint on nearly anything. anything that doesn't move i'll paint. we live in chicago to we focus on the vintage refrigerators. there's old bungalows everywhere. everybody had a second refrigerator that got put in the basement. a lot of times people buy a house and acquire the old refrigerator in the basement. so i'll buy it. first we find out if they're in working condition. if not, we can rebuild the refrigeration part that's metal. we tear it down, send out the parts that need to be chrome to chrome. we send the parts that need to get powder coated to powder coat. then we start rebuilding it, new seals, new electrical, new shelves, whatever it needs to get better than it was before. sometimes people have an idea of
what they want their fridge to look like, but i'll never make two refrigerators look the same. most of the time they'll trust me with their design. the money, it's endless. anywhere from $500 tlar to $5,000. it depends how much you want to customize it for. i did one once and put it on ebay and ended up trading a 61 lincoln continental for it. i would say to date that's the most somebody's paid. this is the candy van shop fridge and a lot of people might say that this is extremely excessive with everything that's going on. you have air brush roses, pinstriping, probably eight different layers of paint in here with light up emblem. it says built in chicago because it's very important to me. i live and work in chicago. and it keeps my beer cold. it's like my gucci logo going on in there, you know? i really enjoy working on the
fridges because i can be creative with them. i really do enjoy restoring something, putting what i know into it and making it better than it ever was. people are used to seeing white refrigerators. they're not used to seeing my creation or what i can turn them into. i consider myself more of an artist and it's a way to express my art. >> i thought it seemed ridiculous when i saw the story. we're going to paint the refrigerator? but for a man cave, your game room -- maybe not 5 grand. sorry pete. but that stuff is awesome. >> the custom jobs, they look good. >> you're not painting your subzero in the kitchen. this is the downstairs, i think. more great stories at localish.com and facebook and instagram. all right. so, maybe you don't want things from the fridge but maybe things from the oven coming up because it's going to be those days where you just want something warm. >> soup. >> yeah. >> soup, tea.
>> you're going to want the soup and tea tomorrow. take today look at live doppler 7. clouds now rain on radar. tomorrow afternoon rain will be heaviest in the north bay. temperatures will be in the 50s, 60s, windy across the entire bay area. we are expecting heavy snow with wind in the sierra, winter storm warning until sunday. travel will be difficult to impossible. some of the highest peaks could pick up four feet or more. the winter storm warning is above 5,500 feet. if you end up going, have your chains with you. it's a level two moderate strength storm. heavy rain at times, gusty winds, even a chance of thunder. here's a quick look at what you can expect tomorrow afternoon, 2:00 p.m. in the north bay. by 8:00 p.m. it's across the entire bay area. then we're looking at another batch coming through on saturday. accuweather seven day forecast, level two, friday, saturday, level one with lingering morning showers and get a chance to dry
out before another chance midweek. >> it's nice to have a day of calm. >> yes. and it allows the ground to dry out before the next storm. >> all right. privacy only. really important this time of year. what you can do to make sure your private information stays private. >> i'm 7 on your side, new protection against robo calls,
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these days our lives are completely intertwined with the internet, google, facebook, a lot of information is being turned over. sometimes it's being stolen. there are steps you can take to keep the information secure. trevor alt has more. >> reporter: we all know we're spending hours upon hours looking at phones and computers, but there's also concern that the sites we're visiting are looking too closely into us. the most recent data compiled by consumer reports finds that 70% of americans lack confidence their personal data is private. >> there's reason to be concerned but i think the important thing for people to understand is it isn't a lost cause. >> reporter: what steps can you do to protect your privacy and security? for starters try what's called
two factor authentication. it sounds high-tech, but it's simple in practice and you can find it in security settings of places like your google account. what it does is adds one extra step to your sign in process like pinging your phone to make sure the person signing in as you really is you. the idea is that if your password falls into the wrong hands you're setting up an extra barrier that prevents the bad guys from getting access. >> houblt guarding the privacy for companies hungry for your habits. facebook has a facial recognition system that can pick you out of photos you may not be aware of. if you have an amazon echo the company has recordings of what you ask alexa but with a crick trip to settings, you can delete those files. >> you can say alexa delete what i just said. >> reporter: maybe you're looking to be more cautious and want to limit the data you're sending out altogether. there are alternatives at the
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here's more on the gin town store in sonoma county. >> it sits along 178 in sonoma county. a time so far gone that when this old ford was new, the gin town store behind it already qualified as an antique. now let's step inside. and let's look around because this antique is about to become a memory. >> i'm so sad. it's bittersweet though. >> reporter: it's a strange mix of pragmatics and sentiment for kerry brown today. if kerry could have traded all the hugs he received this morning for dollars she might be not be closing this place on december 30th. >> what happened here? there's a number of factors. first we're eight miles from hillsburg. it's been difficult to get employees. then the fires. >> fires every year. this is a concern. >> reporter: insurance did not pay for lost food, lost business, lost neighbors. when kerry and her late husband
bought this place 28 years ago, they converted an old school general store into a boutique restaurant and meeting place. it is still a family operation from her 91-year-old father putting up christmas lights to her sister who still serves as the manager. everyone else in here like a mutual supporting cast now dreading a form of limbo. >> i think you lose the sense of connectivity and being known by name, walking in the door and knowing that the people that were bliehind the counter were your neighbors. >> reporter: and all contained in an old building that is as much an institution as a destination, a dot on the map that became an only place to be. in rural sonoma county, wade freeman, abc 7 news. >> when they close the doors they'll look to sell the business to somebody else, but it's not clear if it'll still be a general store or might turn into something else. this is one of the things that the fires are out now but the impact from the fires lasts a
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