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this man's been sitting in jail 15 years. it's time to get him out. >> that's lawyer for scott peterson, new developments in the case as peterson could face the death penalty again. wildfire worries, bay area gets ready for what is expected to be strongest wind storm of the year. >> ten thousands of pg&e customers could lose power to reduce the risk. which areas? near you? raising rent in pandemic, hundreds of concord tenants outraged as low welcome housing complex doesn't fall under state protections. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. abc7 news. new fire in napa county as the bay area gets ready for biggest wind event of the year. time lapse of fire in low chili's valley road, a few acres
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burned. ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. thanks for joining us. firefighters are bringing in more resources ahead of sunday's red flag warning. start with abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. strong wind storm. >> could be the storongest of te season. winds are not strong near the pope fire. gusting to ten miles an hour, if stronger, would be harder to contain. problem is the vegetation is so dry. hopefully get it under control quickly. winds in surrounding area may be gusting to 16 miles per hour, not that windy, but that's going to change. red flag warning 11:00 a.m. sunday to 11:00 a.m. tuesday. wind gusts over the ridges. 5% to 15% humidity, extreme fire danger. high wind watch sunday 4:00 p.m.
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until 10:00 a.m. monday. entire bay area. power outages, possible trees falling. winds picking up 2:00 in the north bay, begins in hills and translates to the surface. midnight monday over 40-mile-an-hour winds at lower elevations. i'll be back with closer look at fire danger and winds coming up. firefighters in east bay hills using a powerful new tool in dangerous weather. conair one, air bus that can drop water and fire retardant. can transport medical patients, will be staffed with nurse in flight. debut has been a year in the making. contra costa crews have been training in it. >> kris reyes. >> reporter: open sign's lit up.
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families in the park, diners on the patios. feels like good friday. but leave it to 2020 to not be far behind with bad news. michael karp got the email he could lose power play sunday to wednesday. >> four days of shutdown for my business, $50,000 or $60,000 hit. >> reporter: tracy got the notice. she knows the drill. >> buying bottled water in anticipation of the shutoff so i can put it in freezer to get it good and gold. >> reporter: pg&e warning is just that, no word how many households or how long power shutoffs would last. some notice is silver lining at least. >> mother in her 90s, had to invest in generator for her. on standby. >> reporter: just like this family. crossing their fingers. >> zoom from home and classroom, he has kindergarten zooms. shutting off power would be
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terrible for everybody. >> reporter: not lost on anyone we talked to that losing power in time of covid-19 can just feel extra cruel. >> it's infuriating, honestly. i know a lot -- like i say, not trying to homeschool kids here. >> impervious to bad news. we'll just make it work. >> we're all numb to it now. >> reporter: in orinda, kris reyes, abc7 news. >> we have more on how you can prepare for a power shutoff. once pg&e releases details, go to website to find out if you're impacted. new developments in oakland. district attorney formally charged man who took hostage in shoe store with double homicide. wss shoes on high street in east oakland. took employee hostage and later
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released them. charged with shooting that killed two people and injured other. search for killer of young pregnant woman. city of berkeley offering a reward for information in killing of 19-year-old serenity henderson. shot inside a car wednesday night during what witnesses describe as drive-by shooting. mother, son and siblings all in the car but were not injured. 18 years after his wife and unborn son were found washed up and mutilated on the shore of the bay, scott peterson is looking at his conviction being overturned. >> reporter: two months after the capital sentence was overturned, prosecutors said they will ask for death penalty again for peterson, convicted in
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2004 of killing wife laci peterson and unborn son. appear appeared wearing a mask. covered as legal analyst. >> every death penalty case gets double and triple scrutiny. any small error made through the appeal process, it will come out. that's what happened in this case. >> reporter: in august the california supreme court unanimously overturned his death sentence because a judge reportedly dismissed perspective jurors improperly. but there's a second issue playing out that could overturn peterson's entire conviction, making the death penalty issue a moot point. juror is being accused of lying onto the jury. during jury selection said had never been victim of a crime. but it's alleged she was threatened and assaulted when she was four months pregnant. >> that's a serious error.
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think to yourself, is that a fair jury? juror lied about her experience as victim of crime. >> gives us sense of we're finally going to get justice in this case. >> reporter: today scott peterson's defense attorney said peterson is happy the court is looking at his case. >> innocent man's beena sitting in jail 15 years, time to get him out. >> am i frustrated, yes. that's the court system for you. >> reporter: i spoke to juror number eight in trial. >> i know he's guilty, how all 12 of us voted. >> reporter: he said the selection process was thorough and said this mr. nice. >> she didn't present a bias in the jury room, doesn't feel like should be a penalty for this. >> reporter: judge in san mateo county will have to decide if there was juror misconduct. as for the death penalty issue, new court date is set for november 6th in
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county. abc7 news. economy is major part of the effort to build a better bay area. many people have lost jobs, unable to pay rent. state has protections in place but one place in concord is exempt, landlord and tenants are outraged. leslie brinkley. >> reporter: hundreds of residents in clayton crossing apartments on monument boulevard are terrified, trying to negotiate with the landlord to hold off on raising rent. >> don't know if we can pay. >> live with son, single mother, lost job in march. >> reporter: unemployed housekeeper, not able to pay rent since may.
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>> today i own $1,000. >> and now a substantial monthly rent increase on top of the debt. all tenants who owe back rent september to january have until january 31st to pay landlord 25% of what they owe. residents sheer say rent increase makes that even more difficult for them. >> although the rent increase is legal right now, according to has, they're saying it's not fair. it's legal, not fair. >> reporter: shared a letter from the property manager saying clayton crossing rents under the federal low income tax credit program. they say that exempts them from state mandates during the pandemic that prohibit rent increases. letter tells tenants they will not be postponed further. local assistance groups are rallying to help the tenants. >> normal people want fairness and compassion right now during
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this time. even if it's legal, question is is it just? moral? fair? >> reporter: in concord, leslie brinkley, abc7 news. one more note here, abc7 news stopped by the leasing office and was told to email the landlord, leslie did that, we've not heard a response. governor newsom announces new funding in effort to house the homeless and looking at emergency site in south bay. need for food is great and for
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traffic and air pollution will be even worse after the pandemic. that's why we support measure rr to keep caltrain running. which is at risk of shutdown because of the crisis. to keep millions of cars off our roads, to reduce air pollution and fight climate change. and measure rr helps essential workers like me get to work and keep our communities healthy. relieve traffic. reduce pollution. rescue caltrain. [all] yes on measure rr.
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sky 7 flew when flames raced through on the boulevard. there is no word of anyone getting hurt thank goodness.
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second recent fire at the lorenzo, another fire in june. stockton woman accused of stealing more than half a million dollars of valuables from mill valley home where she worked as caretaker. brandy bullard booked into marin county jail on several charges. found two unregistered and loaded guns. fraudulent edd debit cards, identity theft documents and forged checks. governor newsom in san jose announced $200 million in new fundi funding for initiative to convert buildings into housing for the homeless. >> reporter: in san jose governor gavin newsom got firsthand look at area's interim housing site for the hoemts homeless. >> we're not walking away from commitment, not taking eye off
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the ball at all, weathering the current economic storm and doing more than we've ever done in the history of the state. >> reporter: near the intersection of monterey and burnell, housing units open to serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community. made possible by state and local funding. >> when i came here, i was so amazed. >> reporter: former teacher with a master's degree, homeless nearly six years, sexually assaulted staying in a shelter. hopeful to transition into permanent home. >> we're being treated like people. okay? not a statistic. >> reporter: the project built in four months is one of three citywide to bring more than 300 units online in coming months. >> we're trying to think differently about this challenge and these three projects offer us an alternative. we need a lot of alternatives, lot of tools to combat
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homelessness. >> reporter: operated by home first and will connect residents with resources they need to be successful. >> 24/7 security and staffing and physicians, counsellors, drug and alcohol, and case managers around the clock able to support individuals living here to find permanent housing. >> reporter: just a starting point. >> not naïve about the magnitude of the challenge in front of us as it relates to recession. >> reporter: in san jose, chris nguyen, abc7 news. east bay, top state official called for more volunteers to feed skyrocketing number of people in need. officer josh helped load cars in oakland, part of bigger campaign, californians for all.
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volunteer corps to respond to disasters like the pandemic. >> since covid started, drastic increase in food insecurity, dramatic decline in volunteers. calling on every californian able to come out. >> alameda serving 1 in 4 county residents. volunteers are essential to our ability to meet community need. >> alameda county community food bank is distributing more than 1 million pounds of food every single week. diners enjoying meals indoors across alameda county first time since march with restrictions eased. restaurants must comply with protocols. limiting seating to 100 people or 25%, whichever is less. requires people to wear masks and socially distance. one owner welcomes the change. >> feel energized today, getting
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dining rooms ready last days has given us new oomph. >> they space the tables apart, lessens fear of exposure. >> also easing restrictions on fitness centers and houses of worship. we've made it easy to keep tabs on the rules. reopening tracker on like so many things during the pandemic, new iphone release day looked a lot different than years past. abc7 news was on university avenue at palo alto, at one of the usually popular stores for release day. limiting people indoors and reservation system. one man has been coming to this store since iphone 6 came out. said the store is taking covid-19 precautions seriously.
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>> they're very pro. had to touch phone to finalize the stuff, guy wiped it before. they wear masks, very pro. >> you can also have the phone shipped to you of course. if you order online, should get it early november we're told. we are keeping eye on the weather of course. conditions could be very dangerous because of the winds and fire but i can't say i expected this. because it was easy. to fight these fires, we need funding - plain and simple. for this crisis, and for the next one. prop 15 closes tax loopholes so rich corporations pay their fair share of taxes. so firefighters like me, have what we need to do the job, and to do it right.
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the big corporations want to keep their tax loopholes. it's what they do. well, i do what i do. if you'ld like to help, join me and vote yes on prop 15. uber and lyft are like every big guy i've ever brought down. prop 22 doesn't "help" their drivers-- it denies them benefits. 22 doesn't help women. it actually weakens sexual harassment laws, which are meant to protect them. uber and lyft aren't even required to investigate sexual harassment claims. i agree with the la times:
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no on 22. uber and lyft want all the power. so, show them the real power is you. vote no on prop 22. take a look. sky7 is live near the fire called pope fire. northeast of lake hennessy, all the smoke drifting off it. it's burned 25 to 30 acres at this point. haven't heard of evacuation orders or warnings but watching the weather carefully. knew would be particularly dry,
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and abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel has been tracking the details. firefighters are watching closely, sandhya. >> we're looking at conditions really dry in the area but winds not terribly strong. 68 degrees, west-southwest wind gusting to ten miles an hour right now, hopefully the crews can get the fire under control quickly. how you can prepare for the critical fire conditions this weekend, remove flammable fall vegetation, pack emergency kit and prepare several evacuation routes, review insurance policy. it's dangerous conditions ahead beginning sunday. live doppler 7 showing patches of fog along the coast. if you're getting away, travel forecast is back. sun and clouds at bay area airports, mid-60s to low 70s. hawaii and honolulu in particular, isolated showers and warm. new york city, mostly cloudy,
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68. chicago, 47 degrees, feeling the chill, los angeles, partly cloudy, 72, very comfortable there. it's comfortable in the bay area and santa cruz as well. nice view along the coast. 61 in san francisco, upper 60s. oakland, san jose, 63, and half moon bay. and gentle breeze breeze breezee skies. cooler in livermore, starting to see hazy skies there. air good to moderate. extreme fire danger starting sunday. strong gusty winds sunday through tuesday, colder mornings, warmer days next week. fire danger indexndexndex [ inaudible ]. >> you can see that sandhya's signal working from home froze up. key thing to think about is wind
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coming in on sunday. could be very significant, up to 40 miles an hour in the east bay, although it cools off earlier in the week sandhya told us. key things to think about with the forecast. wind event is what we're concerned about. austria is commemorating this unusual year with unusual stamp made from three-ply toilet paper, has a picture of baby elephant, austria uses as reminder of one meter social distance recommendation. postal service releasing them next week to donate to three ply. >> i like it. girl battling a heart condition sang in front
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all right. sandhya is back, get to her with the weather. >> yeah. ama, the fire danger index is running high to very high category in north bay sunday afternoon. look what happens sunday night, start tosses spread into extreme
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category, east bay and santa cruz mountains into monday. winds picking up, strongest in the hills starting sunday evening and translate to lower elevations sunday night. over 40 to 50-mile-an-hour winds going into monday morning. tomorrow morning, fog, chilly conditions, 40s to mid-50s. tomorrow, fog lingering along the coast. fire danger increasing, red flag warnings sunday, monday, tuesday. watch out for winds. expecting cold mornings to follow midweek. >> thank you. finally tonight, a concord girl singing her way into our hearts in big way. just five years old. >> she's battled a heart condition since she was born but according to her mom, she doesn't let anything stop her. >> it's joy and blessing to have her with us and rejoice every
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single day she's with us. >> valeria has a passion for singing. wish to perform in front of big audience. make a wish is helping out with that. she's rehearsing on hall" show today. ♪ ♪ everything is by design >> will tape a performance at bay area theater this weekend, "how far i'll go" from the "moana". >> and she sounded great. >> she did. >> good for her. >> "world news tonight" with david muir coming up now. >> we appreciate your time. see you again in half an hour.
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but i can't say i expected this. because it was easy. to fight these fires, we need funding - plain and simple. for this crisis, and for the next one. prop 15 closes tax loopholes so rich corporations pay their fair share of taxes. so firefighters like me, have what we need to do the job, and to do it right. the big corporations want to keep their tax loopholes. it's what they do. well, i do what i do. if you'ld like to help, join me and vote yes on prop 15. it provides property tax fairness for disabled homeowners like cynde, stuck living with a broken elevator. nineteen helps wildfire victims, like ellie,
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one of 24,000 who've lost their homes to fire. and seniors like pam who need to move closer to family or medical care, without a tax penalty. prop 19 limits taxes on our most vulnerable. yes on 19.
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tonight, the sprint to the finish. after their final debate, president trump and joe biden both campaigning. the president in florida tonight. declaring in the debate, we are turning the corner on the virus. the former vice president saying the reality is different, that we face a dark winter ahead. as we learn tonight, more than 82,000 new cases of the virus in this country in just the last 24 hours. the highest number in months. doctors have warned we needed to be at 10,000 a day as we head into fall. tonight, president trump seizing on joe biden's comments in the debate on the oil industry. biden telling reporters right after the debate what he meant. as the virus here in the u.s. continues to spike across several states -- the midwest, the south, the middle of this country -- deaths now topping 1,000 two days in a row now. a public health official breakiow


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