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economic impact coronavirus is having on our community, especially on housing. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. all week we're looking at covid-19 and housing. nowhere is the need greater than in san francisco. >> the i-team's dan noyes is showing you what's being done to clear the streets of these encampments. the video is really staggering. >> reporter: it really is, dan and ama. after the shelter in place took effect, the number of people living on the streets climbed 400%. the city has made some progress. but we found the challenges continue. [ horn honking ] tensions are running high in san francisco's tenderloin district. war between the housed and the unhoused. residents on willow alley say they feel threatened by the people living on their streets. >> imagine what's going to happen to you when they see this
on the news. imagine. >> are you threatening him? >> yes, he is. this is what i tell you, we live in fear, and nobody cares. >> reporter: they live in condominiums above willow alley. >> this is the shelter in place slum. >> reporter: what is it like living here day to day? >> it's unrelenting. i can't sleep at night. i can't work during the day. i wear noise-canceling headphones when i have to work from home. and i have to have the volume on full blast. >> reporter: they don't feel safe in their neighborhood. people have broken into their building and drug dealing and drug use is rampant. >> in the last ten days, i myself have witnessed from my window two overdoses right by our garage door. >> we are under siege. and this is blocks away from city hall. >> reporter: but the people who live on this street say they don't feel safe either. they say residents in the nearby buildings have acted outpouring water on them from the windows
above and running over their tents with cars. >> and they pulled in and started yelling the fact that the tents were kind of clo to the garage so they pulled in, they pulled out and pulled in and went over it. >> reporter: when the i-team walked the streets of the tenderloin in may, the neighborhood looked more like a third world country than a world-class city. tents had taken over the sidewalks on nearly every street. an analysis shows the neighborhood was overwhelmed with encampment complaints. city officials told us they could not move the tents because cdc guidelines prevented it. >> the people who live here are vulnerable during this pandemic and are generally more vulnerable even when there isn't a pandemic. they're older folks. they're families, they're kids. >> reporter: this supervisor lives and represents the tenderloin. he says the city only took action after the university of california and a group of local business owners sued san francisco. >> it shouldn't take a lawsuit
for the city to do its job. and that's what we were saying from the very beginning. but we put together a plan. we put together solutions, particularly the hotel program, legislation, support behind it, which allowed the city to have a response that they could turn to when the lawsuit did come up. >> reporter: he showed us the progress that's been made. >> this corner right here was full of people in tents. >> reporter: last week the city's homeless outreach team finished clearing most of the homeless encampments moving them into hotels. back on willow alley, residents are still waiting for a resolution. we counted 23 tents and found many people frustrated that the city hasn't solved the problem all together. >> has the city actually offered you a hotel room? >> no. our alleys for some strange reason this alley and then the next street over has been skipped. >> reporter: most frustrating thing about this is that somehow this gets framed ait pre hsedu .
>> the residents now tell us the city is saying they're alley will be cleared in the next three weeks. but the city tells us they can't give us a clear date at this point. so it just goes on and on and on. for the i-team, dan noyes, abc7 news. >> powerful report. frustrating for everyone on all sides, dan. thanks very much. well, let's talk a little bit more about this. the san francisco chronicle insider and abc7 news contributor phil matier is here to talk about this. why not go through the entire neighborhood and get them off the street? >> that willow alley is a classic example. i was there this morning. i would have to say it's pretty much as dan presented it. but i got to tell you a couple of weeks ago, it looked a lot worse. so, to some degree they put in portable toilets. and i don't know if that's better or not for the residents there because when you put in
portable toilets you're basically saying, okay, you get to camp here for a while. we'll see if they clean it up in the next three weeks. this piecemeal approach that you're talking about is partly because the tents are everywhere around the city. it's not just the tenderloin. they've pulled some 300 plus tents out of the tenderloin in the last couple of weeks. 500 people have been put in hotel rooms at a cost of $250 a night. now, citywide, they have some 2,000 homeless people in hotel rooms. that comes to a bill of about a half a million dollars a night. the feds are paying 75% of it. but they've got to get the hotel rooms. then ty've goto get the people to agree to go. and as you've seen at willow alley, some of those people are not necessarily, let's be honest about it, in their right minds enough to say, yeah, i want to get out of here. a lot of them have drug and alcohol problems and they're going to stay there as long as they can. >> yeah, good point.
so, phil, what is it going to take, do you think for city leaders to actually fix this problem? >> fix has only got three letters in it, but it's a big word when it comes to the homeless. first they're going to get as many of them in the hotels as they can because the federal relief money is helping to pay for that. after that they're expecting or hoping through a passage of a bond and other tax money to get the $30 million a dollar it's going to take to put 12,500 of those people in what they call permanent supportive housing. that's a place to live and also with social workers. is that going to solve the prosecute em? i don't know. i was talking with one supervisor who said you might get them into a house, but is the behavior going to change? or are many of them still going to be out on the streets? the behavior you see the passing out on the streets on the sidewalk, you don't need a tent to do that. you can do that on your own and still have a place to go that night. so this is a big problem. it's going to take mental health. it's going to take housing.
and it's going to take an ongoing effort to -- and continued effort to make the change. this change that dan was reporting on in the tenderloin didn't happen until people filed suit. it took pressure and it took media pressure like abc7 news when we went down there earlier and show what did it was like. that's what it takes. >> well, let's look a little down the road. the hotels in the city because of the pandemic were a stop gap solution that the city was able, as you talked about, to put homeless people in the hotels. but what about the pandemic is over? the hotels want to reopen to tourists. what's going to happen then? >> well, that's where it's going to get interesting because once they're in the rooms, how do you get them back out? and it's already been said at the board of supervisors the pandemic is a health crisis. but once it ends and who knows how long that's going to be, we still have a housing crisis and a homeless crisis. so you still have a crisis situation. some hotels are going to say let's keep in the program because it's guaranteed money. others are going to say, as you
said, it's time to move out. we'll see if they can get them out. they've got to get them into that supportive housing. they have to have it built, they have to have the money ready to go and they have to bet on the feds continuing to fund it, the taxpayers fund it. a lot of money and a lot of willpower. but this at least is the first step in a direction. and i will tell you when i talked to the residents of the tenderloin, they say at any price it's worth it to get their streets back because they were being held hostage. >> of course it's difficult for the homeless as well but the residents have good reason to be so frustrated. you can read phil's column in the "san francisco chronicle" on sundays and wednesdays. experts protect 700,000 affordable housing units are needed in the bay area. abc7 news reporter dan louie takes us there.
>> reporter: housing advocates don't want to see a repeat of what happened during the 2008 recession when affordable housing construction slumped. only a fourth of the needed units were built in california. in today's pandemic-fueled recession, the obstacle is cost rising at 10% each year. >> the affordable housing industry left without any innovation in san francisco was getting to $800,000 per unit. >> reporter: innovators believe this is the solution. modular units being built in a factory in vallejo. factory os incubated the idea four years ago. it's concept is starting to coin approval for this one. it will be a cost less than 4,000. >> it is built. each model contains two living units. there are no weather delays. they are later transported to the building site.
the new approach is winning praise by the faculty director. >> it can translate into less subsidy per unit to make that project work. and that means we can build more housing units with the same amount of money. >> reporter: the process of design and construction is nontraditional. the floor plans come first so they can be standardized. then the architect designs the exterior. the inside first out later concept took time to win over cryptics and sceptics including city planners. >> it's a different form of what they see. neighborhood groups are concerned because they worry that it's not as good quality. unions have issues about work rules. >> reporter: factoryas . sihess15ers.tey extre wanting toea ht works.
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unhealthy air in the oakland hills. firefighters say they did not have enough water from the hydrants. less than an hour ago, the fire department gave an update. >> we quickly met our capacity for a municipal water source and went to our high pressure water system, our auxiliary water system. this is something we train for and we plan on. >> they also had to navigate powerlines and falling transformers. people were just terrified. >> oh, hell. i thought it was going to jump to this side. >> a firefighter was hurt but is now out of the hospital. three people were burned out of their homes and a pet cat sadly is still missing. there are no allegations of misconduct tonight within the vallejo police department. this time from a former captain. the case is one that made national headlines. a kidnapping the vallejo police department mistakenly called a
hoax. abc7 news i-team reporter melanie woodrow has covered this story with new information. >> reporter: dan, the allegations are in this claim that was filed against vallejo by former police captain john whitney. whitney says the city retaliated against him for speaking out against misconduct within the department including the 2015 denise huskins kidnapping that was called a hoax. shortly aftermather mueller was arrested and charged. because this case was so complicated, was the vallejo police department too quick to call it a hoax? >> i don't think so based on some of the evidence that we had at the time. >> three months prior, the public information officer gave a scathing press conference in which he called hoskins a liar. >> the fact that we essentially wasted all of these resources for really nothing is upsetting.
>> reporter: only it turns out hoskins and her then boyfriend aaron quinn hadn't lied. mueller was linked to the crime after a foiled attempt in dublin and subsequent arrest by the feds in south lake tahoe. he's currently serving a 40-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping charges. he now faces state charges including rape to which he pleaded not guilty. they settled with the city for $2.5 million. but their story has a new twist. this claim filed march 24th of this year against vallejo details captain john whitney's august 26th, 2019, discharge from the vallejo police department. whitney alleges he was retaliated against for speaking out on a variety of misconduct issues including hoskins' kidnapping. >> i thought i was walking to my death. >> reporter: according to the claim, the former vp chief directed whitney to delete text messages on his cell phone so that they would not be downloadable during the investigation. and to concea the fact that the
chief told lieutenant kenny park to, quote, burn that [ bleep ]. in an exclusive recording for abc7 news, hoskins shared the following statement. >> sadly, it was just another moment with vallejo police of being shocked, yet not surprised. i certainly didn't have to hear those words spoken out loud to feel that sentiment every second i was at the police station. and it was just one example of too many where i was dehumanized and vilified by vallejo police. it's truly terrifying to come face to face with such blind hatred. i guess in your eyes if you're a woman you're just another [ bleep ] to burn. it's horrific and the community of vallejo deserves better. >> reporter: this new information comes as scrutiny grows. the attorney general's office is currently investigating the destruction of evidence in sean monta rosa's fatal shooting, specifically the destruction of the windshield an officer fired the fatal shot threw. i reached out to the former
police chief and lieutenant kenny park. the vallejo police department did respond but to a request that i had previously sent them saying that they could not confirm whether the officer who fired the fatal shot killing sean monta rosa is back on duty. there is no response from the vallejo policedepartment or anybody else that i contacted about this new misconduct allegation. for the i-team, melanie woodrow, abc7 news. >> all right, melanie, thank you. the victims of the mass shooting at the gilroy garlic festival are being remembered at an event right now. some of the survivors are in attendance. they were asked to stand up to be recognized for their courage. the santa clara county district attorney reflected on what happened a year ago today. >> when we think of it, we will not think of the evil of a single weak-minded shooter. we will think of the survivors who showed us how to be strong. we will think of the families who have lost a loved one and
whose strength is an inspiration for all of us. we will think of the tens of thousands in this community who continue to show the world what makes gilroy strong. >> a tribute video was also played to remember the three people who died in the attack. abc7 news reporter kris reyes tells us gilroy remains a community in healing. >> but when gilroy was in crisis, everybody showed up. this gathering here at christmas hill park, home to the gilroy garlic festival, may be limited because of the pandemic but the spirit is strong, the community united. >> this flag represents our collective spirit and desire to rise above senseless acts of violence. >> one year ago just before 6:00 p.m. on the last day of the 41st year of the beloved festival, chaos broke out when 19-year-old santino william opened fire. in a shooting spree, 13-year-ol
killed. dozens more injured. the gunman was shot by police before killing himself. >> we continue to pray for the romero and salazar and irby families. and we will not forget the loss. but we will let their memory actually become a resolve for us to be better than we ever were. >> that's how hannah johnson feels, grateful to be alive. one year ago she was a vendor at the festival and ended up hiding for nearly two hours in a trailer waiting for safety.o cfo >> this is the one that was with me last year and so she was just under a year, and i remember thinking, like, oh, my goodness, will she make it to her first birthday? >> reporter: johnson heard the shots loud and clear, shots that would haunt her for many months after. even her daughters had nightmares. >> smells would trigger memories and just different things.
so i went to one of the centers and actually talked to someone two or three times. >> reporter: also being announced at this event, a scholarship named after the three gilroy police officers who were quick to act that day and saved so many lives on top of that, nearly $2 million has been raised to help victims of the shooting, truly a community rising together. >> and the garlic festival was supposed to return this year. it would've taken place last weekend. but of course due to the covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed and it will be held in july of 2021. stay here with us. stay here with us. coming up next, a we are the thrivers. women with metastatic breast cancer. our time for more time... has come. living longer is possible - and proven in postmenopausal women taking kisqali plus fulvestrant. in a clinical trial, kisqali plus fulvestrant helped women live longer with hr+, her2- metastatic breast cancer. and it significantly delayed disease progression.
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actually, it is going to continue for quite a while. let's take a look at what's happening right now. we've got sunny skies away from the coast. breezy conditions with gusty spots. nevado 16-mile-per-hour gusts. but it's a pleasant evening. the fog is pushing out as it generally does this time of the evening. 60degrees right now in san francisco. 71 mountain view. mid-70s at san jose. and here's another view of the oncoming fog. looking across the bay bridge, 73 degrees right now in both santa rosa. and 85 at livermore. and here is another view of the fog pushing out over the bay looking down from mount tah. we will see low clouds and fog. it'll be around tomorrow morning. tomorrow will be cooler and it'll be warming up over the
weekend. across the bay an inland push of the fog overnight. once again, it'll be there in the morning during the commuting hours. but it'll burn back to the coast line giving us mainly sunny skies by midday over the bay and inland. overnight low temperatures will be generally in the mid- to upper 50s. still pretty mild overnight. a little bit cooler at the coast and in some of the north bay valleys. high temperatures tomorrow will range from about 60, 62 degrees on the coast to mid- and upper 70s around the bay. and only upper 80s in most inland locations. maybe two or three places will top out at 90. and here's a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. notice the gradual warming that begins on thursday. then over the weekend it'll get hot inland especially on sunday we'll see some mid- to upper 90s inland on sunday. 80 degrees or higher right around the bay shoreline on sunday, which is pretty warm for the bay. and on the coast mid-60s for the entire weekend. and then we start to see a gradual cooling trend early next week with temperatures dropping
off two, three, four degrees on monday and tuesday. so even with that rise to hot conditions inland on sunday, it's just going to be short lived, one day of inland heat and then temperatures return to what we consider average or normal. dan and ama? >> all right. looks good. thank you so much, spencer. >> stay with us. the numbers help tell the story of the coronavirus pandemic of course. but do they tell the whole story? the new push for more data in the state of california. >> getting a $100 hikt for not wearing a
building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. >> and working to build a better bay area means keeping an eye on our health currently under threat from the coronavirus pandemic, as you well know. but the latest statewide numbers are at least encouraging tonight. and even 6,000 new cases have
been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. that's lower than average. the reported deaths is also below average. total hospitalizations went down too, not up in the past day, and are below average overall. both the seven-day and 14-day test positivity rate is 7.5%. the goal is to keep that number under 8. here's a look at the number of new cases in the bay area. the yellow line is our rolling average calculated over a seven-day period. and it is going down. >> those numbers don't tell the full story of who's infected. soon, getting a coronavirus test will mean answering more questions. abc7 news reporter stephanie sierra has the story. >> reporter: data collection for covid-19 starts at our fingertips, anxious for a test? in order to schedule an appointment, you'll notice a series of questions. sex, race, and ethnicity and gender identity. it may seem invasive to some, but as this doctor pointed out. >> improving our data is like getting a new pair of glasses that helps us see more clearly.
>> reporter: in order to get that clear picture, questions about race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity are no longer optional but now required for labs and providers to request and report back to the state. >> we expect over the course of the next month that we'll see improvements and the use of these fields, but also to close disparities. >> reporter: crucial data to track especially as some disparities are deepening. back in may, the latino population made up 47% of total covid cases in california. now in july, that percentage is 56%. another example, the african-american population, which makes up 4.3% of total covid cases. but the death rate is nearly twice that. >> about a third of our cases that are reported to california's department of public health don't come with race and ethnicity data. >> reporter: but as this state senator points out, data collection on sexual orientation
is next to none. we're not collecting data on the lgbtq community even though our community has high risk factors. >> senator wiener introduced legislation back in february pushing for the state to track communicable and noncommunicable diseases, everything from the flu to hepatitis c. >> when you don't collect data about a community around health impacts or anything else, you are effectively making that community invisible. >> reporter: now the bottom line, if you are getting a covid test, keep in mind those optional question fields are important, especially as the doctor pointed out a third of testing data reported to the state does not get very specific. stephanie sierra, abc7 news. >> and of course we hear testing numbers every day, and it's human nature to look at them in realtime. but in fact the statistical cte the paint does not always reflect present reality. it can be a little bit misleading and confusing. as abc7 news reporter wayne
freedman explains there is a lag and a surprisingly long one made worse by testing delays. >> reporter: he works in large retail s sle selling over-the-counter medications. so when joel thought he might have covid-19 two weeks ago. >> i wasn't surprised that i got it because i'm standing next to thousands of people on a daily basis. >> reporter: nor was glenn surprised. >> when we arrived there, when we were going out there, nobody was wearing a mask, and it was a very packed airport. >> reporter: glenn is related to an abc7 employee. he had gone to rural texas for a family funeral. after returning home to oakland, glenn learned that five people in texas had tested positive. he quarantined but wanted to be sure. how long did it take you to find someone to give you a test? >> four or five days. >> reporter: and after getting that test, how long did it take to get the results? >> 14 days.
>> there was nothing in oakland, alameda or anywhere in the east bay. >> reporter: ultimately joel went to contra costa county, had to wait nine days to learn he was negative. clearly, there is a problem. dr. lisa santora works for marin county public health. >> when we see labs greater than 3-5 days in testing, our ability is to complete efficient contact tracing and identify individuals who are at risk for covid-19 and thereby delay the spread of covid is impeded. >> reporter: the bottleneck appears to be in laboratories, a problem made worse called the worried well. their testing clogs the system. >> it threatens our ability to keep pace with the disease. >> reporter: while those who have it but might not know it walk among us. >> the long wait pretty much makes them irrelevant. >> clearly it's not good for keeping people safe.
>> reporter: and those are two first-hand experiences with testing. from the north bay, wayne freedman, abc7 news. it's a statewide rule that you have to wear a mask for the first time an east bay county has voted to fine violators. not wearing a mask in public in contra costa county will now make you an outlaw. >> and previously violating the health order constitutes a misdemeanor, which was a whole criminal prosecution. now it's like a parking ticket. you can either pay the fine or you can appeal it to a hearing officer. >> reporter: for individuals a first offense of not keeping a social distance or wearing a mask could mean a $100 citation. the cost goes up. a third citation, $500. for businesses, the range is 250 to 1,000 per violation. >> it takes effect immediately. it's an urgency ordinance. and it applies to every community in the county.
>> i'm just tired of people giving us bogus reasons about why they don't want to wear a mask. >> reporter: it means contra costa is joining marin and napa counties when it comes to enforcement. >> it's related to education and income level and i don't want it to turn into an opportunity to just be picking on poorer and uneducated people who can afford the fine a lot less. >> reporter: some people like the idea. some don't. and it becomes trickier to gauge what's okay at an outdoor setting where people are exercising, among walkers and joggers. >> they just said keep your distance and obviously since i was running downhill, i couldn't change my momentum. and it upset them. >> reporter: the sheriff's department has indicated their first approach will still be educating the violators. but in city jurisdictions, city planning departments, city council, city attorneys would all have to weigh in. it could be days if not weeks before they start writing tickets. in the east bay, i'm leslie
brinkley. fremont already imposes a $100 fine for not wearing a face covering. and both marin and napa county have fines up to $500 for individuals. there are fewer than 100 days to election day. and while the focus will be on the race for president, there are local issues in the bay area to talk about. and one of the biggest cities has an issue that voters will not get a chance to decide. the question is, is that
the powers of his office. >> reporter: after weeks of debate, a controversial ballot measure addressing mayoral per in san jose won't be heading to voters this fall as expected. >> we need to slow it down. we need to make sure that we're listening to our residents, that we're listening to our communities and that we're taking that input into account before we make such a drastic change. >> reporter: after withdrawing support for the plan, mayor sam liccardo wrote in a memo we collectively face too many threats. covid, a severe recession, looming risks of widespread evictions, growing homelessness and deep concerns about racial injustice and policing. and we can't have our local community distracted by a deeply divisive political campaign. under the city's current council manager system, the mayor has the same amount ofower as other council members which is different from a strong mayor setup. >> people naturally look to the mayor for solutions, and when
the mayor only has so much power and/or really limited power to directly shape policy, it can really create this disconnect. >> reporter: had the original plan been approved by voters this fall, liccardo would've been granted an additional two years in office to allow the next mayoral election to coincide with the presidential year. he also would've been given the ability to hire and fire the city manager as well as department heads. a coalition of local unions were against the proposal. >> the city manager and other department heads need the ability to work independently from a politicized system to be able to implement the directions of budget and other policies of the city council and the mayor they vote on. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the council voted to create a city charter revision commission which will explore the possibility of expanding mayoral powers. voters would ultimately have the final say in 2022 as to whether or not the next mayor would serve a two-year term or a six-year term before any changes
take effect for the 2028 election cycle. in san jose, chris nguyen. >> it was a contentious hearing in washington today as attorney general william barr appeared before a house committee. house democrats accused barr of political favoritism and interference in his handling of cases related to those who are friendly or loyal to president trump. he denies that. >> we're trying to protect federal functions and federal buildings. if the state would come in and keep peace on the streets in eed additional people e at the courthouse. >> reporter: republicans accused dered probe into the origins of the investigation and his previous assertions that the trump campaign was spied on. slightly cooler, then slightly warmer. a nice look at the beach. we are on a gentle rollercoaster
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as part of our ongoing limited series "covid-19 diaries," we are looking at how life is evolving in the bay area under the shelter-in-place order. and today the story of a man forced to say good-bye too soon. >> my name is fernando reyes jr. and i'm originally from vallejo, california. my grandfather's name was alberto reyes. and my father fernando reyes senior. my father worked two full-time jobs at the omni hotel, at the ritz-carlton. my grandfather would be the one to pick me up from elementary school. i spent a lot of time with him in the backyard gardening with him. when i would think about my own life and experiences and why i was driving for the best that i could do i thought about my father's journey to america, my grandfather's.
my covid-19, found out he was positive. and he got progressively worse. my aunt held the phone up. i had to say good-bye to the man who raised me over zoom. the day my grandfather died, my father said, kaiser wants me to come in on wednesday of this week to get tested. and this was a sunday night and my grandpa died on april 20th. the morning of that day my aunt's husband called me and told me your mom went to go wake up your dad for his appointment, and he wasn't responding. the paramedics came and said
that he had been dead for a couple hours. and that's another thing i'll just never get over. not being able to say good-bye to my own father. not being able to tell him i loved him one last time. and tell him how much he meant to me. >> we really appreciate him sharing that story. very powerful. covid-19 diaries is an abc7 news originals limited series telling the pearl stories as the bay area works together to cope with coronavirus. you can check out all the episodes on our connected tv apps on roku, amazon fire, apple tv and android tv as well as abc7news.com. and tonight a prime time special examining the coronavirus pandemic and several early missteps. abc7's senior white house correspondent talked to us about the abc news investigation.
>> reporter: go into wuhan at the very beginning of this pandemic. and we look at the cases that were happening there. and, frankly, the lack of transparency that we were getting as an international community from the chinese government. we go behind the scenes though to what was happening inside the administration. and we look at decisions that were made like the cuts to the pandemic planning office at the national security council. and you can see a direct correlation, that thread, the result of that cut to where we are today. >> american catastrophe, how did we get here? that airs tonight right here on abc7. and before that, abc news will hair an hour-long tribute to regis philbin tonight. the longtime tv host passed away friday. it will air here on abc7 at 8:00. so we hope you will join us for all of that this evening. >> yeah. really powerful evening of programming for you. let's turn our attention back to the weather forecast. spencer christian tracking that
for us. >> okay. tonight look for mainly clear skies early in our inland areas, but the fog is pushing effortless across the bay. overnight low temperatures will be mainly in the mid- to upper 50s and the fog of course will hang around through the commuting hours tomorrow morning before bringing back to the coast line. once it gets back to the coast line, we'll have a mainly sunny day over the bay and inland with high temperatures tomorrow ranging from only about 60 or 62 degrees on the coast to mainly mid-70s around the bay shoreline to upper 80s to near 90 inland. gradual warming begins on thursday, and the weekend is going to feel more like summer with mid- to upper 90s inland on saturday and sunday, especially sunday. up to about 80 or higher around the bay. and then early next week we start to cool down once again. dan and ama? >> nice seven days ahead. >> normal sum service resuming. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> thanks very much.
not normal sports though resuming. sports director larry beil is here with that. >> it's never normal when i'm doing it. that's for sure. [ laughter ] just somehow coming away with a split in l.a. it's the giants' home opener tonight. but this is going to be unlike any other opener in the 20-year history of oracle park. we'll have chris fenow there's more to wlove with xfinity x1,? the ultimate entertainment experience. like live sports. they're back with the best way to watch.
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(woman chattering) - [narrator] ordering dinner for the family? (family gasps) rewarded with a side of quiet. (baby murmuring) grubhub rewards you, (scooter horn honking) get a free delivery perk when you order. (doorbell rings) - [group] grubhub. now abc7 sports with larry beil. >> good evening. this is without a doubt the weirdest baseball season many of us have ever seen or are likely to see in our lifetimes. but on we go, and tonight it is the home opener for the san francisco giants as they host the san diego padres. and if you're a fan, you know the giants, they go all out for the home opener normally. dignitaries, celebrities, greats from the past. but tonight we have the solitude of cardboard cutouts. abc7 sports anchor chris alvarez
joining us live outside oracle park with more -- hey, i see kayaks behind you. i thought you were supposed to be in a kayak for this. >> i didn't get the message. the cardboard cutouts didn't tell me where to go. we have real humans behind me, some of the biggest giants fans are in the cove. and you mentioned it, larry. it always feels like a national holiday, if you will, when the giants have the home of course 2020 something different this year. we got here about four hours before first pitch batting practice, that felt normal. the bunting, that's classic. but one thing missing, the fans in the stands are replaced by cardboard it's still a great game of baseball, and their manager says it still feels special. >> we walked into the ballpark today and walked across the field and it looked outstanding. i reached out to our groundskeeper because the surface looks so spectacular.
and the cardboard cutouts look great. there were some decorative touches and things that make the ballpark pop. right now it looks outstanding and i think everybody's looking forward to getting out there for the opening ceremonies and then ultimately for the game. >> and i can tell you when i walked in, there was something that did feel special. it did feel like opening day. same with a's across the bay last week. it's a little bit different but it's still special and we're still playing. giants and padres tonight, a's and rockies over on the east bay. >> get a kayak and throw something up on the twitter. >> you got it. >> have some fun out there. let's move on to the a's. they opened the season taking three out of four from the angels. and they opened up a two-game mini series tonight with the rockies. look at all these defensive
plays. matt chapman of the a's. both are platinumthe same high school in southern california. the a's, they'd like to keep stacking up those wins. >> he said hey, look, like, yeah, it's important to get off to a good start. but we got all these things. don't put too much pressure on yourself, take it day to day and just try to stay within yourself. i think the best way to have success is to not put too much pressure on things. but we need these wins. >> now to the marlins and their own pandemic within the pandemic. there are now 17 team members who have tested positive for covid-19. so all of the marlins games for the week have been postponed. and the schedules ofphilorioles. the good news is no philly players have tested positive so far after their series with miami. but of course you know people can be asymptomatic for a number of days. we have to keep an eye on that.
at this point the commissioner says he is not panicking. >> we expected we were going to have positives at some point in time. i remain optimistic that the protocols are strong enough. i'm glad i'm not the schedulemaker at this point. i'm not glad but i'm encouraged by the fact that the phillies didn't have any positives. i think that's what everybody was worried about. >> former a's catcher bruce maxwell has signed with the new york mets. maxwell was the first baseball player to kneel back in 2017 to ad playiin on our "withst getsnortuty to the mgu with $450 million? if you're kansas city chiefs quarterback patrick mahomes, you buy a piece of a baseball team. the super bowl champion who recently signed that gargantuan
contract has become a member of the kansas city's ownership group. if i handed you 450 mil apiece, what would you buy? any thoughts? >> a private island somewhere probably. [ laughter ] >> in 2020, that's the perfect purchase i think. isolation. >> solitude. >> yes. >> good for him. he's doing great. >> join us tonight for abc7 news at 11:00. >> tonight the oakland city council is looking at a measure that would, quote, protect oakland from president trump's federal officers, end quote. my story at 11:00. >> and free masks for all. the nationwide effort being spearheaded by a bay area lawmaker. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm ama daetz. and i'm dan ashley. for all of us, we appreciate your time. we'll see you again at 11:00.
shape your future. start here. hi, everyone. today we're going into the "jeopardy!" vault for another great "celebrity" episode. for years we had been told that jodie foster was a "jeopardy!" fan, and of course everyone knows that she graduated from yale. when she finally agreed to compete as a contestant on "celebrity jeopardy!" in 2001, we knew we had to step up the competition to play against the two-time oscar winner, so we invited three-time tony award winner nathan lane and three-time grammy award as well as two-time emmy winner harry connick jr. "jeopardy's!" own little egot trio will not disappoint. you'll see. ♪ this is... please welcome tonight's guests-- a grammy award-winning musician. he's also starred in such films as "copycat" and "hope floats." please welcome the multitalented... thank you.
[ applause ] he's won rave reviews for his screen role in "the birdcage," and he'll soon be seen on broadway in a musical version of "the producers." here's tony and emmy winner... [ applause ] a yale graduate, she's won critical acclaim as an actress, director, and producer. please welcome two-time oscar winner... whoo, whoo, whoo! and now here is the host of "jeopardy!"-- alex trebek! [ cheers and applause ] thank you, johnny. thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the start of what we feel is gonna be a very exciting celebrity week here on "jeopardy!" we call this our special award show because, as you just heard, you have to have received a very prestigious award just to be here today. two oscars, and emmy, a tony, a grammy, and of course yours truly qualifies. i was chitlin of the month in april of 1984