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>> the problem with the yo-yo effect is if you keep getting on the list and off the list and you're open for indoor dining and not open and to go and patio, you can't plan your business based on these ever
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changing variables. you need to know how many you need to hire, how much staff you need to hire. >> he is concerned about how much food to buy for six of his diners located across the bay area, several of which are in counties that have been circulating on and off the watch list. >> the yo-yo effect creates so many different variables. it's just not a situation that is going to create a successful atmosphere for businesses in the long-term. >> reporter: but it will likely become the new reality for many as the number of covid cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. now the governor also shared an update on enforcement today. over the holiday weekend, alcohol beverage control conducted close to 6,000 in-person visits to both bars and restaurants, and while most were compliant, there were 52 citations issued, live in the newsroom, stephanie sierra, abc7
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news. irs 240 >> thank you so much. the state plans to reduce the prisoner population by nearly 1,500 by fast tracking parole and probation for some. nearly 1400 prisoners at san quentin have tested positive for coronavirus. a fifth death row inmate died on saturday. abc7 news today spoke to an inmate on death row. brent vulevic says he was one of the first to get covid-19 and has since recovered. he blames the spread on a lack of ventilation. he said prisoners aren't getting hot meals because no one is working in the kitchen. >> something like 140 staff members are out sick now or they quit or they retired. i don't know anybody in here that actually blames them they don't want to come to work given that everybody in here is sick, especially in this building. literally, everybody i know is sick. >> an outbreak at san quentin began after positive inmates were sent there from chino state prison. today governor newsom said that
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transfer should not have happened. >> and due in part to that crisis at san quentin, you no longer can have a meal inside a restaurant in marin county. county officials announced the new ban late last night following a surge in new coronavirus cases. since friday, there have been more than 100 new infections. the county is now on the state's watch list. one restaurant manager who offers outdoor dining says she was waiting to restart indoor service. >> the customers were not following the rules by keeping six feet apart. they don't want to wear their masks on while waiting in line all to be seated, and they get sassy and well, i don't care. and okay, then i don't serve you. >> marin county initially reopened indoor dining one week ago. santa clara county restaurants are trying to decide if they should continue serving customers outside amid confusion over a state crackdown. this past weekend, alcoholic beverage control agents visited establishments statewide, alerting them that they were in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order. this included the ladera grill
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in morgan hill where the owner was warned about possible citation should he continue to serve food outside. county officials believe outdoor dining is allowed, and that the state order didn't expressly forbid the county from issuing the go ahead itself. >> we will continue to say that unless and until the state informs us directly that that's not the case, and up to today, we have not received any information from any state agency that in fact is not true. >> county officials say they've been in talks with the state for clarification throughout the day. two people at the state capitol have tested positive for coronavirus. according to a letter from the assembly rules committee sent to assembly members and employees, those two people were at the capitol on june 25th and both wore face masks at all times while working. assembly member autumn burk who represents parts of los angeles county said on twitter she tested positive for the virus after having, quote,
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mask-to-mask exposure. she has no symptoms but will self-quaranti self-quarantine. the capitol will be closed until july 13th forcl happen right now, sky 7 is over a grass fire. this is burning in fairfield. this is the nelson hill area. it's not far from 80. it started about 30 minutes ago, and as you can see, it's putting off a lot of smoke. there are, as you also see, a number of homes in the area. sky net 7, our technology there is showing you all the different streets around the area. we haven't heard of any evacuations just yet. abc7 news meteorologist drew tuma says it is possible that winds carried embers from the wildfire in rodeo, sparking this fire. and sky 7 was over that fire in rodeo about an hour ago. the fire burned about 40 acres along 80 and has forced the closure of the cummings skyway. that's a link between highway 4 and 80. it's blackened an area around an oil refinery as well and came dangerously close to some homes
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before firefighters were able to get a handle on it. to the south bay, firefighters working around the clock to put out a fire that's burning east of gilroy. it's called the cruz fire burning near highway 152 and canada road. two acres have burned before spreading to the grass. high winds have made the claims difficult to contain. let's bring in meteorologist drew tuma for the conditions happening right now. drew? >> yeah, larry, we are tracking numerous fires this evening. i do want to take you to live doppler 7 right now. that fire near rodeo, the smoke was being detected by live doppler 7. you can see the green returns emanating from the fire. the good news, it seems like the smoke has really lessened over the past half hour, so firefighters are likely getting a hand. it's windy out there. 20 miles per hour through the carquinez strait. it's a similar near the crews fire. winds out of the south-southwest
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gusting about 17 miles per hour, and the winds will continue this evening. we'll track some cooler weather tomorrow coming our way and n the full accuweather in a few minutes, guys. >> all right, drew, thank you. now to the death of a child shot and killed during a fourth of july party in san francisco's bayview. the family is asking for justice. the boy's aunt tells abc7 news reporter luz pena he was the perfect child. >> reporter: the perfect child. that's how she remembers her 6-year-old nephew, jace young. >> and i know he was scared. i know he was scared. and i know he was -- he was a baby. >> reporter: devastated that bryant's family says jace was watching fireworks with his sister at a birthday party in the bayview when a bullet hit his body. >> so whoever did this to him, we need justice. we need somebody to speak up. >> reporter: san francisco police chief bill scott described the shooting as senseless violence. >> a horrific crime, and i think
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this family deserves better. i think our city deserves better. and definitely this child deserves better. >> reporter: officers responded to the scene in ingalls street at 10:45 p.m. saturday. >> we've been scouring the neighborhood for eyewitnesses. >> reporter: officers located a second victim at the scene who was transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. they believe this was a targeted attack. >> not towards the 6-year-old boy, but we believe that this was not a random act. >> reporter: jace was the youngest of four, and his dream was to change the world with technology. >> and he was like the most perfect child. he was so sweet. he loved to read. he loved his video games. he loved computers. he just loved learning. >> reporter: no arrests have been made, and no description of a suspect is available at this time. san francisco police is asking for the public's help. >> and we won't -- we will not
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stop until have someone in custody. >> reporter: in san francisco, luz pena, abc7 news. an alarming moment in oakland. cruise, look at this, surrounded a fire truck as it was called to an emergency. we're told that the patient is lucky to have survived waiting for firefighters. that's ahead. a fear of broken promises in the north bay. a pop-up homeless shelter that was supposed to be temporary, and now we're 24 hours away from a vote that might make it permanent. and it's described as a cross between an ice floe and an alien pod. it's actually architecture for it's actually architecture for climate change, ♪ ♪ we've always put safety first. ♪ ♪ and we always will. ♪ ♪ for people. ♪ ♪ for the future. ♪ ♪ and there has never been a summer when it's mattered more.
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but now fire, police and city leaders want to discuss ways to make sure that this does not happen again. abc7 news reporter laura anthony on the story. >> reporter: this video posted on an oakland fire union's facebook page shows an engine on its way to an emergency medical call, swarmed by a crowd saturday. a delay that cost them 14 minutes. >> it was chaotic. >> reporter: the engine company was on its way to treat a young woman who had been slipping in and out of consciousness. but these firefighters never got there. >> they came close to the rig, and then they had one or two people that climbed on the rig, and once that happened, then there were more and more people that decided to climb up on top of it. >> the police, we were all out there. we were all on our way when that happened, and then good communication with our fire department partners, they were able to turn the rig and be able to leave the area safely. >> reporter: this time a separate ambulance did make to it the patient, but there are deep concerns about next time.
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>> it's unacceptable, inexcusable. when you see those flashing lights, we're attending to an emergency, a 911 call, and we need to cooperate as citizens, residents, neighbors, visitors. please to the emergency, because there is someone suffering. >> reporter: recent crowds around the lake have been huge, not just on holiday weekends. and that includes rampant use of illegal fireworks. this is the intersection where the fire rig was swarmed by the crowd. it was a complex situation with lots of issue that the city is going to take a hard look at a meeting on tuesday. likely solutions include greater parking enforcement to limit crowd sizes, a crackdown on fireworks and celebratory gunfire, and enhanced education about the importance of masks and social distancing during a pandemic. in oakland, laura anthony, abc7 news. sonoma county has a new wrinkle in its continuing homeless problem thanks to
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covid-19. it involves the temporary shelter that hasn't closed and a community nearby that never wanted it in the first place. now more from abc7 news reporter wayne freedman. >> reporter: you might never know that the quiet, peaceful joe rodota trail has come a long way since last winter. >> well, it's clean here. you know, there are not a bunch of homeless tents and things out there anymore. >> reporter: based on these shots of how it used to be, homeless advocates in sonoma county can claim a victory after moving many of those residents eight miles west of santa rosa to the village, a temporary emergency shelter that was supposed to close april 30th. >> we never really believed that. >> reporter: and now it has come home to roost just a few hundred yards away in the community of okmont. many of these people opposed the camp from their very first meeting. >> this is a poor choice in dire circumstances. >> reporter: despite the fact that some people here have moved out because they didn't like the results and others were kicked out for not following them, roughly 30% of the people here
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have moved on to better situations. one reason why the county wants to make this shelter permanent. but across the way in oakmont -- >> it seems like most people here think that they got double crossed. >> reporter: so what changed? we asked supervisor linda hopkins. those homeless along the joe rodota trail used to be in her district. >> i think we're in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic situation where we need to maintain every ounce of shelter capacity that we have in sonoma county right now. >> reporter: a diminishing capacity now that sonoma state university has canceled a contract with the county to house 100 homeless people in dorms. that makes gilicos more of a place to divservices. ong >> reporter: supervisor susan goran lives in oakmont. she was opposed from the beginning saying it's an impractical location. >> this is not a nimby,nimby,
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great model. >> it's an issue the board will discuss tomorrow undoubtedly at length, another complication thanks to covid-19. wayne freedman, abc7 news. hold on the your hat. the winds are pic
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now your accuweather forecast with drew tuma. >> it is a windy evening out there, and cooler weather has moved in today. live doppler 7 showing you it is a cloud-free sky out there. i do want to take you to near fairfield right now where sky 7 was over a fire earlier in this newscast. that fire does continue to burn as we speak. we are keeping our eyes on it right now. winds are certainly an issue. look at the gusts right now, gust close to 30 miles per hour out of the west-southwest. and those winds are going to continue for the next several hours. it is windy across the entire region. look at the wind gusts in the city right now. 35 miles per hour. we're gusting near 30 in
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fairfield. 27 in san mateo. and a wind gust of 23 miles per hour in santa rosa. i cannot show you this map enough. that drought monitor does show that much of the bay area is under a severe drought, and this is not going to improve over the next couple of months. our vegetation is extremely parched. the winds are picking up, and that is why we're seeing numerous fires today. anything that can spark a fire in our vegetation could spread very quickly so, we have to be very vigilant, this is not going to improve until storm season comes back later on this winter. the temperature change, it is much cooler across the board compared to this time yesterday. so there is really no intense heat out there. we're not talking about much in the way of 90 degrees. it's 73 in san ramon. 62 in the city. 76 right now in san jose. so the reason why for the changes from this past weekend, it was warm over the holiday. cooler weather moved in today. there is this area of low pressure moving in from the pacific northwest. it is ushering in not only that
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cool weather, but the winds right now. it's also going to bring back part of our marine layer tonight. so the marine layer is going to deepen along the coast over the next 12 hours. numbers will fall into the mid and upper 50s. and here is that environmental on future weather. first thing tomorrow morning, we'll find coastal cloud cover and likely some patchy fog around the bay shoreline. and that cloud cover is going to cling to the coast tomorrow for much of the day. so if you like today's temperatures, tomorrow is more of the same. it's breezy in the city. ahigh of only 67 degrees. we'll hit about 73 in oakland. 80 the high in san jose. about 88 in concord. 87 in santa rosa and fairfield up to 88 degrees. so the accuweather seven-day forecast will show you it is breezy again tomorrow, and then we'll find over the next several days warmer weather making a comeback. and really for the weekend, larry and ama, saturday and sunday, we're going to lose the fog. it's total sunshine, mid 80s to mid-90s. so above average warmth coming our way for the upcoming weekend, guys.
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6:00, the search is under way for new teachers at bay area schools. tonight the reason why one major local district won't have as many jobs to fill as it usually does. also, the battle against covid-19 and why experts are not optimistic that antibodies are the secret to lifetime protection against this virus. and when it comes to taxes, the pandemic changed more than just the deadline. 7 on your side's michael finney has important advice from the experts. that's all coming up in hatch an hour here on abc7 news at 6:00. finally tonight, a little known lab in the east bay is beginning to generate data it hopes could have a dramatic effect on our shoreline. one of the reasons it's little known could be its location. >> as dan ashley explains, it's kind of tucked away next to one of the busiest industrial centers in the bay area. >> reporter: nearly every day, ships from around the world carry goods in and out of the port of oakland. but in their shadow, one tiny vessel is collecting the kind of cargo that could change the
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ecology of san francisco bay. >> yes, it's an upside down floating reef. >> reporter: design architects from the california college of the arts recently teamed with the port and marine research groups to launch the buoyant ecologies float lab. looking something like a small ufo that crash landed in the bay, the lab is actually a platform that's helping designers learn how to blend biology with architecture. since it was placed in the water near the port, the floating lab has been gathering hangers-on underneath its hull, small sea life that is key to the bay's food chain. . there is a lot more under the water than one would assume just from looking at the industrial landscape here. so everything from oysters to crabs to sea urchins. >> reporter: now nearly a year into the project, the team is hoping to device the best materials for their test subjects to latch on to. one prototype developed by students and faculty employees vertical reefs using materials that might be 3-d printed or
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mixed with organic substances. >> we'll be able to test that to see if the invertebrates will attach themselves and start to branch over, column to column, that we might really be able to build a sponge-like community. >> reporter: and being architects, the goal is to build from there. to develop structures that could be designed into big ticket projects all around san francisco bay, like the major shoreline upgrades planned for san francisco's embarcadero and already under way at crissy field. a coming golden age perhaps of what some are calling bioarchitecture. >> people engaging with the ecology and the ecology really becoming closer to people. >> reporter: a powerful combination. dan ashley, abc7 news. >> so many people have looked at that floating lab from land wondering what is that thing throughout. we have a glacier in the bay. "world news tonight" with david muir is next. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm ama daetz. for drew tuma, all of us here,
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thank you for inviting us into your homes tonight. we'll see you again at 6:00.
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tonight, news just coming in on the coronavirus here in the u.s. now soaring to record levels. more than 130,000 lives now lost. and atlanta's mayor tonight just revealing she has tested positive. at least nine states reporting record numbers of infections over the holiday weekend. growing concern tonight about the huge crowds. hundreds attending a massive lake party in michigan. miami-dade tonight closing restaurants to indoor seating. hospitalizations in texas now at an all-time high. arizona topping 100,000 cases. and that news from atlanta's mayor saying just moments ago that covid-19 has "literally hit home. i have tested positive." tonight, the man captured in that famous image escaping the collapse of the towers on 9/11 has died of the virus. and what dr. a


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