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the computer, the sensors on the first pass, if they don't like it they kick it out. >> next at 5:00, the record numbers of people voting by mail and the ballots thrown out for signature problems. a look tonight at what it takes to verify a ballot. plus clashing with's congress. three tech titans get grilled over a key internet law that helps their businesses flourish. also ahead, racism in the classroom. will designating schools as sanctuaries for students help solve that problem? and turning the alameda county fairgrounds into a giant winter homeless shelter. the idea is not getting a warm reception. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. it's now just six days until the november election, and we're getting a new look tonight at
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one possible snag. the signature test. it's something all ballots must go through, especially right now as mail-in ballots pour in by the millions to election offices. good evening. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. thanks for joining us. in the 2018 general election nearly 23,000 mail-in ballots were rejected across the bay area. the big three mistakes, no signature on the ballot or envelope, signature doesn't match voter registration card, or ballot isn't returned in time. as president trump erroneously claims that mail-in ballots are not reliable, we wanted to look at the verification process, especially the signatures. abc 7 news reporter wayne friedman is on the story. >> reporter: you're looking at the largest early voter turnout in marin county history with more than 100,000 ballots cast already. that's more than half the registered voters. panner lowe was one of them today but after talking with us she did have some questions. >> are you worried? >> well, now i am. >> reporter: and all because of her signature.
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this is how she signed her driver's license. and now on the ballot you'll see it's definitely changed. will this vote even count? >> how will i know? >> reporter: the answer begins inside the marin county civic center with a sorting machine nicknamed betsy ross. every incoming early ballot goes through here. >> we get three passes. three passes total. >> but not three votes? >> but not three votes, no. but not three votes. only one vote. >> reporter: once every second the machine scans signatures and compares them with a data base. roughly 25% do not make the first cut. just because these ballots are challenged doesn't mean they're disqualified. they move on. this is a process. >> i just want to count the votes. i just want to be sure the votes count. >> reporter: that's marin county registrar linda roberts, who showed us the process today. challenged ballots go upstairs eventually and get the human touch from people like jenny salry. >> well, we have a signature
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theory that we follow. >> theory? >> signature theory. >> now it's another check of data bases. they also look at the speed of the signature, maybe specific letters. here, for example, are three signatures by the same person. >> there's a similarity in the w. the speed. the ending terminal. the connection here. >> you can tell that this person is really organized and sane and a wonderful human being, right? >> it is the voter. >> reporter: as it turns out when analyzed 99% of signatures do eventually pass. the rest generate letters back to voters who can fix any problem before final certification. >> i do want to be a protector of democracy. >> reporter: and this is how it's done. in marin county wayne friedman, abc 7 news. meanwhile, san mateo county today announced its events center will be used as a super vote center. video from sky 7 today shows setup already under way. there will be 20 voting booths set up six feet apart. the center will also have drive-thru voting where your ballot will be brought to you. it will open saturday through
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monday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on tuesday election day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with next week's election looming the ceos of twitter, facebook and google were scolded by republicans at a senate hearing today for allegedly censoring conservative viewpoints in the company's platforms. the hearing quickly turned contentious. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen has the story from silicon valley. >> reporter: on capitol hill today it didn't take long for the bickering to begin as republicans accused three of silicon valley's most influential tech executives of alleged bias against conservatives while democrats voiced concerns over how they were handling violent extremists and misinformation. both sides of the senate commerce committee on the attack. >> mr. dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the american people are allowed to hear and why do you persist in behaving as a democratic superpac? >> we're not doing that.
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and this is why i opened this hearing with calls for more transparency. we realize we need to earn trust more. we realize is that more accountability is needed to show our intentions and show the outcomes. sxl one of your researchers warned senior executives that our algorithms exploit the human brains to divisiveness. the way i look at it more difference iiveness more time on the platform, more time on the platform the company makes more money. does that bother you what it's done to our politics? >> senator, i respectfully disagree with that characterization of how the systems work. we design our systems to show people the content that's going to be the most meaningful to them. which is not trying to be as divisive as possible. most of the content on the systems is not political. it's things like making sure that you can see when your cousin had her baby or -- >> okay. i'm going to move on to google
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here and mr. but i'm not talking about the cousins and babies. >> we approach our work without political bias. full stop. to do otherwise would be contrary to both our business interests and our mission. >> reporter: lawmakers are split on ways to hold big tech accountable under section 230 of the communications decency act which protects companies from liability over content posted by its users. >> there is a lot of consternation about silicon valley and a lot of it comes from not understanding how it works and also seeing how poorly it's handled a lot of things. >> reporter: digital rights activists say lawmakers need to be careful about any changes to the law and its impact not only on big tech but also smaller start-ups and businesses. another step from the government toward possibly regulating the tech industry. in silicon valley chris nguyen, abc 7 news. tonight a coalition of community groups will present a
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bold new plan that could mean big changes in how the oakland unified school district educates its black students. abc 7 news reporter ansar hassan explains how it would work. >> for our district to really create the kind of systems -- >> reporter: pacolia manigault says for decades many black students have been stuck in a system that creates barriers to success. >> that it's acceptable for black students to be suspended. that it's acceptable for black students to be expelled. >> reporter: she's the executive director of bay area plan which is part of the justice for oakland students community coalition. according to their numbers, based on the 2017-2018 school year more than 50% of black students were below grade level in math and reading. black students accounted for up to 60% of suspensions and 72% of black eighth-graders were not ready for high school. >> we have to begin to look at those things as a part of the design of the current system. >> reporter: the coalition will address the school board with their plan titled "reparations for black students." they want lcff money, which is
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unrestricted state funding to be put toward state programs that target students who are struggling. >> the investment in police versus in restorative justice, counseling, programs that can keep you staying engaged in schools. those are the types of investments that have not been made over the last several decades in oakland. >> really thinking about how we can dismantle anti-black racism. >> reporter: an oakland schoolteacher. she says the coalition also wants more ethnic studies and for the district to hire more black teachers. she says these types of targeted plans have worked at other bay area schools. >> our students are in a state of an emergency, and we have the power here to get this resolved together. >> reporter: in an e-mail to abc 7 news the oakland school district says it looks forward to hearing the presentation on black sanctuary from our labor partners along with any other information they share with our board of education at wednesday
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evening's meeting." in oakland ansar hassan, abc 7 news. a business association in the south bay is getting heat this evening for a political attack ad. it's this image facing criticism. a 2018 photo with the words "do you really want to sign on to this?" the image was posted on the website of the political arm of the silicon valley organization, or svo and has since been removed. it targets san jose district 6 city council candidate jake tonk'll focusing on his participation in demonstrations following the killing of george floyd. the svo has apologized saying the image was insensitive and racist. in alameda county there's a disagreement with the city of oakland over where its homeless residents should be able to park and find shelter. abc 7's kate larsen explains why this issue goes beyond oakland. and i think you've got a stalemate here. >> reporter: abc 7 news contributor and chronicle insider phil matier is talking about the alameda county fairgrounds here in pleasanton. the city of oakland sent alameda
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county a letter on october 14th aasking to use the fairgrounds as a homeless shelter. yesterday alameda county responded and in a roundabout way said they'd like to help but not necessarily when it comes to using this county-owned property. >> i mean, homelessness, is it a city problem? a county problem? a state problem? a national problem? all of the above. but when it comes to actually having to deal with them in the front yard, that's when everything gets local real quick. >> reporter: nate miley is an alameda county supervisor. >> i just think it is preposterous for the city of oakland to be proposing to send unsheltered homeless individuals who have rvs and campers out to the fairgrounds. >> you would all feel like this is a not in my neighborhood issue, that the people of pleasanton don't want to take on a homeless population that doesn't exist in the area? >> i do not feel this is a nimby issue whatsoever. >> reporter: alameda county fairgrounds is a good distance away from the city of oakland. and generally folks who are
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unsheltered like to be located in vicinities that are nearby. >> reporter: mylie thinks that oakland should shelter more homeless residents at the coliseum, but oakland city council member lauren taylor points out that the coliseum is being used to shelter homeless people in 130 trailers. >> we can't have all of the services in one location. we need to spread that out. we have a growing number of homeless residents who are not from oakland. the reality is that this is a countywide issue. this is a regional issue. >> reporter: matier says to watch closely because this issue is not isolated to the east bay. >> like it or not, this is one of the possible models for dealing with homelessness throughout california. >> reporter: kate larsen, abc 7 news. alameda county announces a timeline for reopening schools. that story is coming up. plus the timeline from dr. anthony fauci. the country's top coronavirus expert weighs in on when we really can expect some sense of
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normalcy. also ahead, the controversial strategy of deliberately infecting volunteers with coronavirus. a critical look at whether the risk is worth
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they all endorse yes on prop 25. to end unfair, unjust, discriminatory money bail. governor gavin newsom and van jones. they're voting yes on 25. the western center on law and poverty. the dolores huerta foundation. californians for safety and justice. and the california democratic party. they all agree that the size of your wallet shouldn't determine whether or not you're in jail. so, vote yes on prop 25.
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now that alameda county has moved into the orange tier, more schools will be allowed to reopen for in-person instruction. starting november 9th, middle and high schools that complete a covid-19 reopening plan will be allowed to reopen if ready. the county says the final decision will be up to each school and school district. two weeks ago elementary schools in the county were allowed to reopen after getting permission. and as of today 58 schools either have opened or have made a plan to do so. parents should contact their children's schools for more information. covid infection rates are soaring in europe and now two of the biggest economies are going to shut down. france is now reimposing a
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nationwide lockdown through december 1st to try to stop a wave of new covid cases. french doctors say 58% of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by covid patients. and medical staff are under increasing strain. germany is also imposing a four-week nationwide lockdown starting next monday. meanwhile, dr. anthony fauci says the pandemic here in the u.s. is getting worse and worse. >> i think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps even into the next year before we start having some semblances of normality. >> that's a scary thought. on wall street the dow plunged 943 points over concerns about rising virus cases and election uncertainty. the nasdaq was off 426 points. the s&p was down 120. >> seems we have a long way to go. meanwhile, there are signs that research on the covid-19 vaccine could be taking a new turn. but there is debate over the strategy and possible ethical concerns. across the united states covid
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vaccine trials are stretching toward the finish line now after months of patients receiving vaccines or placebos and returning home. but what if researchers could speed that process up by exposing them to the virus deliberately? it's known as a human challenge trial. >> you need less people because you can do hundreds of people instead of thousands because you know you're going to give them the infection. >> reporter: and now the uk has just approved its first human challenge trial for covid. while the technique is less common in the united states, a movement has been building in congress. representative bill foster of illinois co-authored a letter to health and human services asking it to consider challenge trials to speed vaccine development. >> so scientifically it's much more controlled than the large clinical trials where you get 30,000 people, you vaccinate half of them, you get the dummy vaccine. to the other half of them. and then you just wait. >> reporter: examples date back more than a century. when an english doctor
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successfully tested his own rudimentary vaccine for smallpox on an 8-year-old boy by deliberately exposing him. and limited challenge trials are used with some flu vaccines. but the possibility of making someone sick with a dangerous virus for which there is no cure raises potential ethical issues for? bay area researchers. >> we don't really know how much virus to give people or whether it's enough or too much. >> even if participants would be willing to undergo challenge, i think that would go beyond what i would consider a reasonable risk. >> reporter: but supporters argue that new covid treatments like the monoclonal antibodies given to president trump are evidence of a changing landscape and could make any challenge trial much safer. and with standard trials advancing or nearing completion supporters believe smaller challenge trials could help scientists hone in on the most effective vaccines more quickly. >> there's a big difference between deploying a vaccine that is 70% effective and one that is
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90% or 95% effective. >> right now there is no word of any official move in the united states. but several weeks ago dr. anthony fauci confirmed to sources that government researchers are working on a weakened version of the covid virus, a version which could potentially be used if the u.s. ultimately does decide to move ahead with a human challenge trial. now, some advocacy groups have also tried to raise support for human challenge trials online, even collecting names of people willing to become volunteers. sky 7 was in pacifica today and look. found? humpback whales. they are headed to the warmer water as we hit winter season. abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya
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asof being stretched too thinar to do my job right. and it's not just health care workers. our teachers and school staff are going the extra mile for our kids. our firefighters are taking on unthinkable missions to keep us safe. how can we keep giving billions in tax breaks to rich corporations when our communities need that money? prop 15 closes corporate loopholes and invests in our schools, health care, and public safety. help us do our jobs. vote yes on 15. official ballot drop box near need to fiyou?he closest just visit to find your nearest location. then drop off your ballot. your vote will be secure and counted. there are other ways to vote too. just return your vote-by-mail ballot at your voting location or mail it back. or you can vote safely in-person during early voting or on election day. vote the way you're most comfortable - but vote by 8pm on november 3rd.
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the delight of children and many parents, most playgrounds and parks reopened today in santa clara. city park staff has been power
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washing and sanitizing equipment and surfaces. hand sanitizer stations and health and safety reminder signs have been installed at all the play dprounds. most santa clara parks have been closed since march because of county coronavirus health regulations. and today was actually a pretty nice day to get outside and enjoy the parks. so is this weather hanging around? let's get to abc 7 news meteorologist sandhya patel. hi, sandhya. >> hi there. ceo, ama, it is definitely going to be hanging around. beautiful weather is ahead. but right now we're starting t see some changes. i want to show you a view from our mount tam cam. a little bit of haze showing up just over sausalito and san francisco. air quality is being impacted for parts of the bay area. it is moderate as we are seeing smoke from wildfires up to our north and in the sierra nevada. so just keep that in mind. a lovely view from our golden gate bridge camera. we have blue skies there. and temperatures 70 degrees in san francisco. mid 70s oakland, san jose. currently 63 in half moon bay. another view from our emeryville camera, just bright sunshine out there. mid to upper 70s from santa rosa
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to napa currently 76 in concord. our highs so far upper 60s to low 80s. so our autumn warmth is with us and you can see just a nice bright view from our sutro tower camera. chilly again tomorrow morning. mild to warm through the weekend. and it is going to be spook-tacular for halloween by the way, it is going to be a blue moon on halloween. 6:00 we'll still have sun out. 6:11 the sun sets. ghostly clear at 7:00 p.m. and still comfortable with a cool treat later on at night for those of you taking your kids out trick or treating. here's a look at live doppler 7 right now. we have a few clouds coming closer to the coast right now. temperatures tomorrow morning anywhere from the upper 30s in places like santa rosa to the low 50s in san francisco. clear chilly night with good radiational cooling, so be prepared to feel that chill and maybe turn up the heat tonight or throw an extra blanket on the bed. tomorrow afternoon it's going to be a mild sunny day. we're looking at anywhere from 67 in half moon bay to 82 in fairfield. everyone will be enjoying the
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sunshine. and don't forget, we lose an hour of daylight this sunday. daylight saving time ends. we fall back one hour. sunset on sunday will be 5:10 in the evening. we will gain that extra hour of sleep, though. hurricane zeta quickly i want to turn your attention, it made landfall in southeast louisiana earlier. here's live doppler 7. it is a category 2 storm moving rapidly from louisiana to mississippi where tornado watch boxes are going. heavy rain is falling right now along with the storm surge, damaging winds and definitely a tornado threat for those folks there. the accuweather seven-day forecast, mild to warm tomorrow afternoon. and you will notice fog returns on friday with some sunshine for the afternoon. mild conditions right on through halloween weekend. don't forget, set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed saturday night. november warmth greets us right on into election day early next week, increasing clouds. election day still watching for the possibility, just a slight chance that maybe a few raindrops could show up. stay tuned. dan and ama.
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>> as if we needed any more excitement on election day. thanks, sandhya. well, it is an amazing sight really. when we come back, the east bay couple going the extra mile
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it provides property tax fairness for disabled homeowners like cynde, stuck living with a broken elevator. nineteen helps wildfire victims, like ellie, 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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as we all fight the coronavirus pandemic, california is mandating face masks to stop the spread. that's why abc 7 wants to remind you to wear a mask. for you, your loved ones, and your community. please, wear because you care. coming up on abc 7 news at 6:00, the concept of see something say something takes on a new level when the eyes are run by artificial intelligence. it could save lives. so what's the down side? college students are looking forward to coming home on thanksgiving break, but is it safe? the i-team looks into it because finding a new way to holiday is part of building a better bay area. and speaking of the holidays, when it comes to one popular christmas gift even santa might not be able to get you one. all coming up in half an hour on abc 7 news at 6:00. but finally here tonight, an oakland couple's all-out effort, ama, to make halloween extra special this year. david -- >> david peck hogeland -- yes.
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they've transformed the outside of their home into a replica of disney's haunted mansion. features everything from the characters to the sets. even the music from the ride. it's a labor of love they began working on in july. >> a lot of this was hand built, hand done, hand painted. and we estimated somewhere around 500 man-hours went into building all of this. we started putting it up second week of september because it took several days to install everything as well. plus then all the programming of all the digital effects at night. >> david and tyler say the public is welcome to swing by their home on arrowhead drive nightly between 7:00 and 8:45. masks and social distancing are required for the family-friendly experience, which runs for about 20 minutes. that's pretty spectacular, ama. >> yeah. that's nice. and that's fun. and people still need to get out and have something to look at. so it's nice. all right. "world news tonight" with david muir is next. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. for all of us here and sandhya
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patel we thank you for joining us and hope to see you again in half an woman: after covid, my hours got so we can't pay our bills. and now our family budget is gonna be hit hard with prop 15. the yes on 15 ads say it only raises taxes on big corporations. that's not true - we're all going to pay. $11 billion in new property taxes will get passed on to small businesses and farms. they'll raise prices... ...higher gas, health care, food...even day care. we can't make ends meet now. families can't afford 15. no on prop 15. in california, we're the only state where wealthy trust fund heirs get their own tax loophole. these tax cheats avoid millions in taxes on
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vacation homes and coastal mansions depriving our schools. prop 19 closes this unfair loophole that's been exploited by an elite few and helps our schools, firefighters, and seniors. vote 'yes' on prop 19. tell them [record scratch] the party's over. asof being stretched too thinar to do my job right. and it's not just health care workers. our teachers and school staff are going the extra mile for our kids. our firefighters are taking on unthinkable missions to keep us safe. how can we keep giving billions in tax breaks to rich corporations when our communities need that money? prop 15 closes corporate loopholes and invests in our schools, health care, and public safety. help us do our jobs. vote yes on 15.
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tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. six days until election day. the president and joe biden both making news. covid cases soaring. the new numbers. but first, the hurricane tonight, slamming into the u.s. at this hour. wind gusts, 110 miles per hour. warnings into the carolinas at this hour. and this will bring storms all the way up into the northeast. rob marciano standing by live where the storm is coming ashore tonight. the race for the white house. president trump in arizona. what he's now saying about the virus in the midwest. and elsewhere, where cases are now soaring. and joe biden tonight blasting the president after hundreds of trump supporters were stranded in near freezing cold for hours. some taken to the hospital. and tonight, new audio now


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