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all right, good morning, everybody. it is tuesday, february 2nd, we want to get straight to mike for a look at our forecast. good morning, mike. >> good morning, kumasi, joe dee jobina, reggie, hi, everybody. you look at the loop of the last two hours of the rain that kins to move southwest to northeast. even up to the north bay, light rain, even though the radar is not as full there as it is in other areas. so let's look at what's going on. you see on the peninsula, whether you're on one, around half moon bay, heading toward pacifica or 280 from pacifica and daly city to san francisco, we have light rain there, we have light rain in castro valley and hayward through 580, getting on to 880 or possibly heading down to the dumbarton bridge. and also plenty of wet weather across the south bay. here is a look at oaklandoakland, .081, dry, but temperatures cool, in the low to mid-50s.
the north bay got a pretty good dousing of rain. drivers were dealing with this. a wet evening commute on highway 1 01 last night. officials say the rain is expected to trigger major flooding in burn scar areas because of the glass fire in sonoma county. track the snow and rain on our new app made for your tv. you can stream live doppler 7 anytime. >> happening today we expect to get more answers from state health leaders on the current vision for the covid-19 vaccine rollout. dr. mark ghaly will live stream his afternoon update. it will be our first update since the state lifted the stay-at-home order. you can watch this starting at noon on abc7news.com or your free abc 7 news app. we're on vaccine watch this morning. in the east bay, two law enforcement agencies say they haven't been offered the shot, despite their frontline duties and the high number of on duty deaths linked to covid-19.
abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield live with why they say they're not being made a priority. amy? >> reporter: officers here started looking around and realizing they were being treated differently than officers in other counties. in marin and in contra costa, they did offer the vaccine to their law enforcement first responders there. but in alameda county, officers say they have not been vaccinated. and that includes sheriff deputies and oakland police officers. oakland firefighters have been vaccinated, but not police. which officers say is a risk not only to police, but also to the public. >> officers every weekend go to probably 30, 40 calls a shift, and in that time they're exposing the citizens to whatever their carrying if they're asymptomatic and they're being exposed simultaneously. >> the excuse we don't provide medical care, it is for medical responders only first, i would argue we do just as much,
sometimes more medical response than our firefighter counterparts. oakland police say more than five dozen of their officers have been infected by the virus since the pandemic began. one sheriff deputy died from covid. county supervisors say it is an issue of vaccine supply, saying they don't even have enough doses yet to vaccinate all the front line healthcare givers who are taking care of covid patients. live in alameda, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. san francisco just opened its first covid-19 vaccination hub in the mission district. latinos are experiencing the highest number of cases state wide. officials say the plan is to vaccinate 120 people a day at the start. >> our latino population, which represents about 15% of san francisco has been hardest hit. of the over 30,000 cases, they have been about 42% of those cases. >> vaccinations are by
appointment only and will go to community health workers and people over 65 years old. local activists say this opening is amazing for this community, which has a positivity rate of 14%. a covid-19 vaccine clinic at good samaritan hospital in san jose will remain closed for now. last month the hospital admitted to vaccinating teachers who are not eligible. santa clara county took immediate action announcing it would withhold more doses from the hospital and now our news partner the mercury news reports good samaritan is revealing it has appointed new oversight for the clinic, and canceled appointments for anyone who is not currently eligible. the county will allow the hospital to administer second doses to people who already received their first dose. there will be more talks today to try to get a bipartisan agreement to help millions of americans struggling through the pandemic. president biden met with republicans late last night, but they made no deal. jobina is at the live desk now with why neither side appears ready to abandon their plans.
jobina? >> thank you, reggie. only real agreement that came out of this nearly two-hour meeting between president biden and gop lawmakers is they need to continue the conversation on a relief package. ten gop senators proposed a cut down version. >> 1.9 trillion out of the sky what we did is go line by line and figure out how to meet the challenges that the public was facing. >> we talked about differences and i don't think he would intend to signal any changes on his part. nor would we. >> the president's proposal calls for $1400 payments to most americans. republicans want to limit the checks to $1,000 and send them to only lower income americans, both sides are calling for $160 billion for vaccines, testing and also small businesses. reggie? >> jobina, thank you. new this morning, president
biden creating a task force to reunite families separated at the border. the white house says it is part of three executive orders aimed at rolling back trump immigration policies. the task force will manage family reunifications and make different immigration plans for each individual family. happening today, former san diego mayor kevin faulconer will officially announce he's running for governor. he says he will run if a recall effort reaches the ballot this year. if it doesn't, he will run next year. when governor newsom would be up for re-election. those backing the recall have to submit 1.5 million verified signatures by the middle of next month. governor newsom's opponent in 2018, john cox, has also expressed interest in running. coming up, the iconic bar in san francisco that could become a historic landmark if one measure passes today. and punxsutawney phil comes out of his borough as part of a decades long tradition. the groundhog forecasting when spring will come.
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safely, find your way home, lock the door, sit in the couch, stay home until further notice. >> travel today will be difficult to impossible from the mid-atlantic up through new england. many states are also putting covid-19 testing and vaccinations on hold. school districts are either doing all remote classes or full snow days. can't imagine many airports are having much luck either. hi, everybody. let's look at live doppler 7 and the snow stretches from north carolina all the way up to nova scotia right now. it is going to be there for the rest of today. back here at home, you can see we have some rain from millbrae, san bruno, south san francisco, up to coma, brisbane, bay view, china town. looks like the light rain is going to keep everything wet on 101 and 280 on the peninsula. as we head through 9:00, the best chance of rain will be in the east bay, south bay and mainly the south bay as we head
to noon. this house significantly less, the radar returns, you see the clouds opening as we head into the latter parts of the afternoon and into the evening. as far as rainfall amounts, across the mountains, we could get another quarter, half inch, santa cruz mountains, lower elevations to a tenth of an inch of rain. a weaker storm tomorrow and warm sunshine for the weekend. i'll have that coming up in the accuweather seven-day forecast. how about the commute this morning? jobina has the answers. here she is. hi, jobina. >> thank you, mike. good morning. hi, everyone. so, yes, we do have a lot of issues out there on ur roads this morning. the good news is they are not major blocking problems and also do not involve injuries. i'm going to bring in a live picture showing you the bay bridge toll plaza. mitering lights came on earlier than usual. that's beginning to slow there as people approach the mitering lights. i want to point out the slick conditions on our roadways there, the light reflects from the water and also the chp has administered a high wind
advisory for the bay bridge. want to move over to live look showing you oakland, our 880 at the coliseum camera there. we watched the rain come down in the east bay this morning for our commuters traveling along 880 and oakland, 680 through walnut creek. just a heads up to you it is going to be slick. as we bring in the map here, i want to point out roadway flooding in san rafael, the chp says northbound 101 past central san rafael, you're going to experience flooding across all lanes and then also we just have a number of spinouts, i'm pointing out one in belmont now on southbound 101 before ralston avenue. happening today, san francisco leaders will vote to move toward giving landmark status to the city's historic sf eagle bar. the bar is widely considered as one of the monuments of the lgbtq scene, operating at the same spot in the district since 1981. if county supervisors pass today's resolution, the preservation commission would get 90 days to decide on landmark status before going
those who knew him are calling it a tragic end to a brilliant career. friends and family grieving over the death of world refound in private investigator from san francisco jack palladino. palladino worked some of the biggest cases in the state through the decades, and his client list includes bill clinton, michael jackson, and other hollywood celebrities. palladino died yesterday after being attacked by two men in front of his haight a-ashbury he last week.
frie >> they came racing down the street and the passenger reached out to grab his camera, which was around his neck. >> he investigated his own murder. and helped solve it. >> the 23 and 24-year-old suspects will both be in court today for their connection to his death. palladino was 76. in the south bay, a controversial statue of a former mayor could be coming down. the statue of thomas fallon stood on the western edge of downtown san jose for decades. it shows him planting an american flag in 1846 claiming land during the mexican-american war. the mayor put out a statement supporting the statue's removal. a professor explains why this never should have gone up. >> it reflects a history of oppression, of conflict, of the worst aspects of manifest destiny, of genocide against native american people because
that was part of it as well. >> it could cost $400,000 to remove the statue. a decision is expected by june. well, first it was renaming schools and now at least one acronym used in the san francisco unified school district is being changed. the arts department got rid of its old name, vapa and from now on it will be called sfusd arts department. the director says acronyms are a symptom of white supremacy culture. >> the use of so many acronyms within the educational field oftentimes tends to alienate those who maybe don't speak english to understand those acronyms. >> the school district says there is no official policy or effort under way related to acronyms district wide. new at 6:00 a.m., you have a chance to jump on the world's all civilian space flight without paying a single cent.
yesterday, spacex said the mission will take off by the end of the year. the ceo of a payment processing company called shift 4 bought all four seats and is donating three of them to the public and now created an application process. the more you donate to st. jude children's hospital, the better your chances. if you read the fine print, as long as you fill out an online form by the end of the month, you'll be entered into the sweepstakes. bye, kumasi. bye, mike. >> you know mike will be first in line. he will be the first. >> let's let mike go first. and then kumasi. >> then i'll go. >> i need to make it back. >> she's no dummy. >> right. right. i completely understand and i'm emptying my bank account now to st. jude's to try to get on that. so congratulations to st. jude's and good luck to whoever gets that. i'm so jealous. so jealous. let's talk about what's going on with our weather, it is a damp morning out there, we have waves of light rain. all of our reporting stations are saying light rain, right
now. in fact, here is a look at about what half an inch did to the western span of the bay bridge. and you can see it is definitely damp there this morning. showers today and tomorrow, two separate storms both 1 on our storm impact scale. colder nights, 30s and 40s and fog coming back. dry pattern with warm sunshine starts thursday and it peaks this weekend. we're at 51 to 55 degrees across san francisco. light rain. and that's pretty indicative of all of our temperatures as we're almost close to our average highs this morning. we'll hit 57 to about 62 this afternoon with much less rain than this morning. and tonight when the clouds open up expect the fog to form and temperatures falling into the mid and upper 30s in our deepest valleys, low to mid-40s around the bay and to the coast. tomorrow's storm is a 1 also, but the showers are going to have less water in them and going to move much faster. so expect even less water than today. let's time it out. as we head to the morning commute, the light showers move into the north bay. after 9:00, they'll move into the rest of the bay, but the south bay up until lunch and as
we head into the afternoon and early evening hours, it is a south bay and east bay that will have the rain and then it is over by the time we get to midnight. rainfall amounts will be up to a tenth of an inch. that's it. my accuweather seven-day forecast, coolest tomorrow, low to mid-50s. possibly upper 60s saturday and sunday for our warmest temperatures. doesn't that sound great, compared to what ginger is dealing with? >> i know. let's check in with ginger. so much snow in manhattan yesterday. more snow again today, ginger. >> yes, we're not done. if you can believe it or not, that is a vehicle under there. asking for a friend, should i be cleaning this off or use this as a prop? we'll talk about that in a bit. we had more than 17 inches of snow already. i think we could easily get another inch when the wrap around bands come up. that would put us in the top ten snowfalls of all time here in new york city's recorded history. pretty incredible. this was nothing compared to what happened to our northwest.
parts of new jersey and pennsylvania ended up with more than 30 inches of snow. and they're not done either. this thing will take its time moving through today, we'll be gone it tomorrow and then will deal with the storm you all have now as that moves across the country. so i'll be tracking all of that. and really, it is about the implications to the covid vaccine sites. they're closed again today in a lot of places in new jersey, new york too. this is way beyond a big snowstorm for us. and then you talk about the impacts when it comes to the super bowl, right? we have another super bowl storm to come, but the super bowl itself has issues because two of the kansas city players have now been put on the quarantine list because they were exposed to people with covid. so we'll talk more about that and, of course, the halftime show, the weekend, got big plans, i don't know what plans, because i didn't hear it in the program, but you're going to hear it in a little bit on "gma." i think i'm to the point of nearly not thinking because of the cold, so --
>> how cold is it right now, about, where you are? >> not -- you know, it is not terrible. it is probably windchills only in the 20s, but i'm telling you, by sunday morning, places like chicago are going to feel like 35 below and -- >> no! >> and 50 some below in the northern plains. >> nope, nope, nope. >> february. >> no. >> ginger, used to live in chicago, i did too. i love chicago but i do not miss the crazy temperatures, trying to walk and get my groceries. no, ma'am. not anymore. >> you know what i have to say, reggie, i saw you say that you learned something new today. i was today years old when i learned they used chains on the tires here for the snowplows. i felt very like we're in the sierra or up in the cascades. >> that's a good little tip. all right, ginger, we'll be thinking about the person behind you, their car, as it sits there under snow. under snow. we'll see you at 7:0
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welcome back. how about some good news. last week at this time, our snow pack was 40% of average, now it is 68% of average. and more snow is going to fall today. in fact, we have that winter storm warning through 6:00 tomorrow morning, up to 18 inches of new snow. kuma kumasi? >> thank you, mike. new this morning, it is groundhog day and so the question is, did punxsutawney phil see his shadow? >> when i turned to see there is a perfect shadow cast of me, six more weeks of winter there will be! >> who is in the background? >> what is that crowd noise? >> okay. >> there's no crowd. >> apparently it was just phil and his inner circle who woke up early this morning in pennsylvania.
and while phil saw his shadow, he had another message for all of us saying, quote, after winter you're looking at one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you've ever seen. this year's event was held virtually because of the pandemic. is this an old one or did this just happen? i'm really confused? >> i'm just -- let's just get away from this. let's talk about wakanda. wakanda lives on. abc 7's parent company disney and ryan cougler just announced they're going to develop a series set in the kingdom of wakanda. that is the fictional african nation in the hit movie. it will be released on disney plus. cougler is also work on a sequel to "black panther", supposed to go to theaters in july of 2022 so there is plenty to come. >> this is our gift for black history month. >> it is nice. >> i'm excited about this. i'm also wondering about the next black panther movie and who is going to be "black panther". >> who is going to play him. do you have a name? >> i think it should be yaya. what do you think?
>> or should he even -- should that character be in it? should they change that whole situation? like should -- >> that's a possibility. but -- >> could it be a woman? >> the movie is "black panther". >> but could she be "black panther"? >> she could. >> i'll come up with a list. >> okay. coming up next at 6:30, the two bay area cities considering giving grocery store and food workers some extra cash during the pandemic. and officials in alameda set a target date for reopening elementary schools. the precautions they're taking to get there. and inside the insurrection, congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez is detailing
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>> we worked really hard to try to make this happen. >> now at 6:30, an east bay school district is close to reaching a deal with a teacher's union to get kids back in the classroom in march. the safety measures they're taking to keep teachers and students safe. if this was the journey my life was taking, i had fulfilled my purpose. >> congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez recounting the capitol riots. her emotional message about the day she says she thought she was going to die. we have rain again here in the bay area, but much of the east coast and canada dealing with snow, wind and ice. this man is just using an umbrella, mary poppins style, to push him along. where is this? because -- >> beautiful. >> this is gorgeous. >> oh. >> come on, canada. >> that's got to be a glacier, glacier carved valley. >> that's beautiful. good morning, everybody. it is tuesday, february 2nd, and, mike, let's start off with you. how is our forecast looking
today? >> i want to be that guy. that looked like fun. >> me too. >> kumasi, reggie, yeah, how about that? we're starting off a little wet. we'll jump right into live doppler 7, thanks for joining us this morning. and you can see on the peninsula, especially near the coast, we have some of the stronger radar returns so get ready peninsula and within the next 15, 20 minutes you're about to get another wave of showers and you can see waves of showers across the east bay, stretching into the south bay and up into the north bay. so this storm is still holding on. it is going to be a 1 with light showers through the early afternoon hours. and then it will taper by the evening commute. another tenth to possibly a quarter of an inch in our higher elevations, especially the santa cruz mountains possible. so far the third of an inch as you look at walnut creek, south on 680 towards 24. it is mild this morning, temperatures in the 50s, we won't warm much into the mid and upper 50s with more sunshine this afternoon. cold night on the way, and more rain tomorrow before a warm weekend. i'll have that coming up. here's kumasi. >> thank you, mike.
we have breaking news we're just getting in. our abc sister station in miami is reporting that two fbi agents have been shot while serving a search warrant in sunrise, florida. for a perspective, that's about 20 minutes outside of ft. lauderdale and south florida. information is extremely limited right now, but local reports say the agents were shot by a suspect who then barricaded themselves inside of a home. we are waiting for the details on the injuries and the cause of the search and we will let you know as soon as we learn more. the city of alameda would like to open elementary schools and everyone including the teachers and the union, they seem to be generally on board. the one big problem covid testing. part of our effort to build a better bay area includes focusing on education and amy hollyfield is live at edison elementary school. amy? >> reporter: hi, good morning. yes, the school district here says the key to reopening schools like this one will be covid testing and that's why they're going to start testing
faculty and teachers starting tomorrow. the goal here in alameda is to get elementary schools, tk through 5th grade open in five weeks on march 8th. the district signed contracts with labs and plan to do the testing on empty middle and high school campuses. administrators say this is quite an undertaking, but that it must be done for the kids. >> the notion that we will go on having young children and children with special needs staring at tablets and computers for hours and hours a day, we are all kidding ourselves if we think that say productive way to educate children. >> reporter: the teachers union in alameda is close to reaching an agreement with the district to head back into the classroom saying the district has worked hard to try and make this happen. is is for elementary schools, no word yet on when they're aiming to get the middle and high schools open again. live in alameda, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news.
thank you. today two more bay area cities will consider proposals to add hazard pay for workers at large grocery stores. the oakland and san jose city councils will consider paying employees an additional $5 an hour. th in san jose it would apply to those who have 300 hour more workers. the if passed in san jose, it would go into effect he immediately. in an email from case kai e greg adams, he says it comes down to supply. they only received 300,000 doses. and that averages to about 43,000 doses a week. if that rate continues, it means that it would take roughly 216 weeks or just over four years to have enough of the first dose for all of kaiser's california patients. vaccine production is ramping up and more should be available soon. >> i think the challenge for all of us will be we just need to
know how many vaccines are going to be made available in the next couple of weeks, in the next couple of months. >> kaiser says they have the capacity and are prepared to administer more than 200,000 vaccines a week. now state wide just over 60% of vaccine doses delivered to california have been given out. we're monitoring the progress with our vaccine tracker. it is available on abc 7 news.com. this morning we're getting a harrowing account from inside the insurrection at the capitol last month. congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez revealing she feared for her life. jobina, these details are just emerging as the country prepares to honor the capitol police officer who died at the riot. >> yes, reggie. officer brian sicknick will lie in honor at the capitol rotunda tonight. there will be a viewing period for members of the capitol police. tomorrow, lawmakers will pay tribute before sicknick's body is laid to rest at arlington
national cemetery. we're getting the frightening new details from inside the insurrection. democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez revealing on instagram live that she had to hide in a bathroom, terrifying ordeal, bringing back memories of other trauma in her life. >> i'm a survivor of sexual assault. and i haven't told many people that in my life. but when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other. i mean, i thought i was going to die. if this was the journey that my life was taking, that i felt that things were going to be ok okay, and that, you know, i had fulfilled my purpose. >> aoc was eventually able to escape to congresswoman katie
porter's office. the two barricaded the doors until it was safe to come out. this all comes as investigators recommend the officer who shot and killed rioter ashli babbit should not be charged. the justice department could make a final decision about possible charges in the coming days. reggie? >> thank you. new details on the covid-19 outbreak at san quentin. a state prison oversight group is calling it a, quote, public health disaster. the office of the inspector general released a report saying safeguards when transferring potentially covid positive inmates to san quentin. that office released this animation showing how quickly the virus spread at the prison, between june and august. 28 people died, and more than 2,000 contracted covid at san quentin. today kicks off the start of a global contest to close the digital divide for students in california. california state superintendent tony thurman will announce the details later this morning. the state says nearly one in five students till cannot join
in distance learning. and a disproportionate number are students of color. the competition will dish out up to a million dollars in prize money for the most innovative proposals and getting high speed internet to families. happening now, live look at new york city as a massive winter storm makes a slow crawl across the northeast, multiple feet of snow are expected. people are also dealing with power outages and hundreds of flight cancellations. the national weather service says travel will be difficult to impossible with these blizzard conditions today. it is forcing many states to halt their covid-19 testing and vaccination appopopotments. this is new video of rain in san mateo overnight, taken in a overtown area around third avenue and b street before midnight. i would much rather have the rain, mike. keep the snow over on the other side. >> yes. i am with you, that's why you formerly lived in chicago and i formerly lived in minneapolis. >> right.
>> those 50 degree below zero windchills that ginger was talking about, i've experienced those. here is a look at san mateo, closest reporting station is sfo, half an inch there. the richmond san mateo bridge at dumbarton bridge wet. no rain on the san rafael. richmond san rafael and golden gate bridge. they're wet, a little light rain on the bay bridge. and the little bit of rain on the carquinez bridge, venetia bridge looking damp that light rain is head your way. .04 on 880 and front load, we're front loading the commute planner with all the wet weather. the evening planner is definitely for your commute going to be dry. here is a look at future radar. you see by 9:00, east bay, the south bay. still dealing with some showers in lake and mendocino counties. to noon, a few showers in those counties and also around san jose. those go away. and a little bit of sunshine as we develop into the afternoon hours. another tenth of an inch is possible, maybe a quarter of an
inch in our mountains. let's talk more about that commute and bring jobina in here and a pretty dicey morning. what is going on right now? >> it has been, mike. yes. so it is really busy and really wet in the east bay right now. i want to bring in a live look showing you our emeryville camera and 80. it is quite busy as you make your way west downbound, you se the headlights. just now coming in here, we're getting word of a four-car crash on the lower deck of the bridge, past treasure island, two lanes blocked there. moving over to live picture showing you the golden gate bridge you see it is still wet here as well. and looks like a little fog might be in the area too. we have no advisories here issued by the chp and we do have roadway flooding i want to get to on the maps, especially because it is causing a slowdown in oakland now. you're going to experience roadway flooding on 808 at broadway and southbound 880 at 980 and moving up to the north
bay here, we do have some in san rafael, on northbound 101, past central san rafael, you can run -- expect i should say to run into flooding across all lanes and that area, reggie and kumasi. >> thank you. still ahead, the tributes pouring in for two actors who recently passed. a look back at how hal holbrooke and dustin diamond's careers. we're looking at the big board at the new york stock exchange. you see we're up about 330 points. and another update on how the markets are doing next. and shareholders dump their money into robinhood. moi'm morgan, and there's more the stunto me than hiv. more love,... more adventure,... more community. but with my hiv treatment,... there's not more medicines in my pill. i talked to my doctor... and switched to... fewer medicines with dovato. prescription dovato is for some adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment or replacing their current hiv-1 regimen. with... just 2 medicines... in 1 pill,...
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was known for a long film career and his portrayal of mark twain on stage. he played deep throat in the watergate film "all the president's men". he was nominated for an oscar for his role in the 2007 film "into the wild." this morning we're hearing from a good friend of "saved by the bell" stardusten diamond. he died yesterday three weeks after being diagnosed with stage four cancer. diamond was best known for playing samuel screech powers on the popular 1990s sitcom. he was the youngest in the cast. he played screech for 12 years. dan block, one of his close friends, says diamond discovered a small lump on his neck last year which continued to grow but he delayed going to the doctor out of fear. >> he just didn't like the public ridicule. he wanted to be a normal guy. he put it off because he wanted to live his life and didn't want to have the public scrutiny. >> diamond's rep says he was high spirited and his greatest passion was making other people laugh. he was only 44.
police are asking for help in an armed home invasion. it was caught on camera in oakland. the video shows two people approaching a man at a home in the fruitvale central part of the city last friday. the suspects as you can see here holding semi-automatic handguns, forced the man into a home. thankfully no one was hurt. first hit by the pandemic closures, then ravaged by the devastating czu lightning complex fire, a beloved camp for people with disabilities is having to recover from yet another heart break. this was entirely preventable. camp crem in boulder creek was robbed and vandalized last week. police are looking for the thieves who stole the gas and parts, and they stole a generator worth more than $10,000. the camp served countless adults and children with intellectual
disabilities. they're still rebuilding from the wildfire. >> the fire was a natural disaster. we couldn't blame anybody. the robbery was very different. they just saw money in their pocket and a chance to kick us around. and that's hard to swallow. >> camp crem says they can take all the help they can get. today, a controversial proposal involving the late lowell high school is up for discussion. the san francisco board of education meeting, four members are reportedly in favor of permanently switching its admission policy it a lottery system. the chronicle for support over the weekend. they voted for the lottery system for the next school year, but now a new proposal would permanently end the school's selective admissions process. today's meeting will allow for more time for public comment on that issue. now to your morning money report, one big winner of the gamestop craze is menlo park-based robinhood. but it comes with heavy controversy surrounding their
tactics. in the days since temporarily halting any new purchases of gamest gamestop, the wall street journal reports it raised nearly $3.5 billion. shareholders pumped the funding to robinhood to help ride its new found surge in demand. but robinhood is facing sharp criticism for choosing to limit trading on gamestop, a move counter to its mission statement of investing for the average trader. now a live look at the new york stock exchange, trading gets under way this morning. we're up now about 350 points. we know the pandemic has impacted so many industries, but now analysis of new reports show the bay area lost well over 100,000 hotel and restaurant jobs last year. that's down 33% from 2019, according to beacon economics. hotel operators say that it will take up to five years for things to get back to, quote, normal for them. but experts believe that restaurants have a brighter
future, as demand will be up for residents and tourists who want to eat out. today, contra costa county may cap the amount of fees that food delivery companies can charge restaurants who are fighting to survive the pandemic. they'll be limited to a 15% charge. restaurants had to lean on delivery services during the pandemic, but lose a large profit by doing so. santa clara county approved the same cap in december, if this is approved, contra costa's limit would take effect immediately and expire whenever indoor dining is aloud back at 100% capacity. all right, so i'm glad we're getting back to this. this may be the canadian version of mary poppeins. this man figured out how to travel by umbrella on this lake in british columbia. devin jensen got the idea while playing hockey with his friends, noticing how easily they could glide on the ice.
he said he's never seen the lake so perfectly smooth without any snow and he's lived there for decades. >> look at him. >> okay, i'm slightly jealous. >> that's fun. >> that is when it is okay to be in the cold. thank you. >> mm-hmm. right. did some research, someone on twitter said that was three valley lake, which is on the transcanadian highway in british columbia between vancouver and calgary. >> calgary? >> it is an amazing -- calgary.. i could say vancouver, but i didn't. that was enough. don't want to insult anybody this morning. >> so gorgeous. >> right. right. it is kind of on the bucket list for me, but haven't been there yet. hopefully some day. let's look at what's going on back here at home. all liquid variety, thank you for joining us on this tuesday. live doppler 7 showing light rain falling just about everywhere. holes are starting to open as the tapering is starting to
begin. so far about half an inch in san francisco as we look at a wet western span of the bay bridge. wet morning tapering this afternoon, 1 on the storm impact scale. clearing and cold we are foggy areas developing tonight before another chance of rain tomorrow and sunshine and warmer than average temperatures this weekend. around san francisco, 51 to 54. pretty much all in the low to mid-50s. heelsburg the cool spot, 49. here is a look at our average temperatures, 57 to 62. the lack of green, even the gray opening up for sunshine. so we'll go from umbrellas this morning to sunglasses this afternoon. much colder, look at the valleys, mid to upper 30s, low to mid-40s around the bay. watch out for the fog. we'll be watching that during tomorrow's morning commute. light showers in the shorter duration means lighter amounts of wet weather from this system. here is the timing, midnight tonight. you can see as we head into the morning commute, it is mainly the north bay that is going to have the scattered light showers. by 9:00, they're trying to push into the rest of the bay. by lunch time, starting to push
into the south bay. and you can see by 5:00 they're mainly moving through the south bay. and then once we get past that, they are gone. so look at this, less than a tenth of an inch of rain is possible. cold tomorrow. 60s return everywhere thursday. for sure, low to upper 60s this weekend. hope you enjoy it. here's reggie. >> thank you. tonight on abc 7 news, our special series california dreaming all this week we're looking at some of the issues that threaten the california dream. and introducing you to people who are working on solutions. today we're focusing in on wildfires. 2020 saw record-breaking heat across california. the extreme weather conditions coupled with millions of dead trees had california primed for these infernos. there is hope, experts are working on ways to help lessen the effects of wildfires. and they say not all fires are bad. >> we used to have so many areas burn pretty frequently in the past. maybe even up to every ten years. and that included lightning strikes and indigenous burning
and when european americans showed up, we put a stop to both and that's really dramatically changed the amount of fuel that is out there and ready to burn. we'll have much more on what's being done to prevent a repeat of 2020 and simple things you can do to protect your home and property. join us for our special serieses california dreaming or stream the full series now on demand on our abc 7 bay area connected tv app. fire tv, android tv, apple tv and roku. in the north bay, marin health officials are worried about a possible spike in covid-19 cases after the super bowl. according to our media partner the marin ij, the warning comes from dr. matt willis, the county's public health officer. he says indoor multihousehold gatherings like super bowl watch parties on sunday could really derail the recent gains we have seen in curbing the spread of coronavirus. he says if marin households stay vigilant, the county could drop
by february 28th from the state's purple tier. the state's classification for widespread virus transmission to the red tier or substantial level. the landmark hollywood sign in los angeles is back to its original spelling this morning. six people were arrested for climbing down the steep hill and changing the w and the d into two bs. so just take a second, yeah. the five men and one woman told police it was for breast cancer awareness. so they got cited, released and the sign doesn't have any lasting damage. like many popular vacation destinations, one california city hasn't seen a whole lot of tourists for a while. now, santa maria is offering to pay you to visit. it is south of san luis obispo. the offer includes a $100 gift card, you have to use it between february 4th and march 31st.
officials say it is good for wine tasting, food, including santa maria's legendary barbecue or use it to book a hotel. if you decide to go, just remember san francisco is urging a ten-day quarantine for anyone traveling more than 120 miles from home. we're looking at the changing workplace as we work to build a better bay area. and you might want to up your game when it comes to how you appear and interact on zoom calls. zoom and other video conferences services have opened the door for new ways to evaluate employee performance. how you look and act will be analyzed by artificial intelligence. your online forperformance coul extend to job interviews. >> your next interview will be with an algorithm, to do an automated screening based on your gaze, your attention, based on your confidence in the way you respond to questions. >> this is a lot. well, innovation strategists are
also urging employers to curb staff turnover by investing in trapi i training so they can have employees that move up quicker. this ai. >> it is too much. it reminds me of people who are on zoom right now all day long, it is sort of like what we do here, but we're not on it for seven or eight hours a day, because, like, i'm -- it looks like i'm staring at you. but i'm not. if i really want to -- i can't see you at all. if i want to see you, i have to go here, right? and then that looks weird. but that's what people on zoom have to do all day, they have to keep eye contact with the camera, but then they can't see all their co-workers while -- it is a lot. >> i saw somebody on a zoom call, they just tate picture, but the picture looks like this. and so then you put the picture up and they're, like, they're so engaged. but they're over there -- >> that's the tea. >> that's the tea. >> i love that. >> that's my -- whoever that is, that's my friend. >> i was, like, wait, she hasn't
it is 6:57. if you're just joining us, here are the seven things to know this morning. the alameda unified school district is setting up mass covid-19 testing to get their tk through fifth grade students back in the classroom on march 8th. they plan to start testing teachers and faculty tomorrow. number two, kaiser expects vaccination distribution to pick up soon. kaiser cares for 9 million californians but so far they have only received 300,000 doses. they say they have capacity to administer 200,000 vaccines a week. and number three, this is a live look at philadelphia. that slow moving winter storm still bringing blizzard-like conditions to the entire northeast this morning. and another two feet of snow set to dump on parts of the region. our winter storm is a 1 on the storm impact scale. good morning. here is a look at live doppler 7. rain is falling just about everywhere. slick morning commute.
this will taper by the evening commute. number five, echoing mike there, on being prepared for the slick conditions on the roads f you're headed to the bay bridge toll plaza, mitering lights came on at 5:48. i see the emergency light oz on here, i will investigate what is going on. number six, the senate is expected to confirm pete buttigieg as the next transportation secretary today f confirmed, he becomes first openly gay person ever confirmed to a cabinet post. and number seven, one of the most popular stories on abc 7 news.com right now, punxsutawney phil saw his shadow and so it means six more weeks of winter. this year's groundhog day festivities in pennsylvania were all virtual because of the pandemic. the funniest part is what you said, kumasi, which i didn't realize at first, they had cardboard cutouts of this event to make it look more popular. >> that is what
>> cardboard manufactured sound. no crowd. >> it worked. "gma" is good morning, america. that powerful nor'easter pummeling new york city. the big apple's biggest snowstorm in five years slamming the east coast. major flooding, submerging streets. firefighters rescuing people stuck in a sinking truck just in time. this morning, the two new storms on the move that could bring more snow and the coldest air of the year. our extreme weather team is tracking it all. race to vaccinate. with the storm freezing appointments at mass sites in the northeast, the white house now says second shots should not be held back as concern over those dangerous variants grows. this morning, the fears that they could lead to reinfections, plus how the u.s. aims to ramp up at-me