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abc has a look at that debate. reporter: violent crime. that was top of mind for oakland residents who testified at this virtual city council meeting. >> i'm disheartened we have also many people in the last year. there was a murder on my block about a month ago. the police responded after the fact. >> i would like to drive down the street without worrying about being shot. reporter: on the table is a proposal to add two police academies, meaning seven academies to address the fact that 676 of 737 officer positions are currently filled. that void is occurring at a time where homicides and gun violence is spiraling. >> this is not about increasing the number of officers, it's about filling those positions
and improving the recruitment, graduation and with tension. -- retention. >> instead of adequately addressing it, the police chief. should divert officers away from things like traffic and focus more on violent crime. >> the other elephant in the room is the scale of attrition. are 10 a-month. reporter: a contentious political atmosphere in oh and -- oakland and saying a simple thank you can go a long way. to some residents, extra police academies are too little too late as they say oakland needs resources to combat violent
crime right now. in the east bay, i am leslie brinkley. larry: safe leaders and members of five separate oakland chambers of commerce held a news conference and say it's time the politicians get the message and take action to make the streets safer. they say the level >> no place is safe. >> we pay taxes. we deserve to have protection. larry: support paramore police officers, the president of the african-american chamber of commerce says they need to do more, depending job training. -- demanding job training. reporter: it's not the first time we heard this debate or reported on oakland facing this wave of violence.
the question is, what to do about it? that is what has changed in the past year. oakland voters say they want more police. and the oakland catholic biases -- diocese was blunt, talking about how it affected him and his parishioners personally. >> i was held up at gunpoint while walking on a saturday afternoon right outside my church in central oakland. during sunday mass, a deranged man took over the sunday service, anyone to send. how many poor citizens have to be shot and killed in oakland before the city council will refund the police department and give us the protection we need?
larry: it has gone fromromromrom defunding to now some of those same council people are advocating bonuses of up to $50,000 to get officers to transfer from other departments to oakland. the bottom line is, today's vote is a political move. we will see some people in a mayoral election turn around and say, maybe we overstepped, maybe we got ahead of ourselves, may it's time to reset. even if you add these academies, it takes up to 18 months to two years for going to graduate and know what they're doing. this does not necessarily address the short-term problem we have which is right in front of oakland and san francisco, san jose and every other city in the bay area. higher crime. here's a question. why don't you bring in the national guard?
maybe it's not just oakland, east bay, san francisco. or are there a list of requirements? reporter: you have to declare an emergency. i don't think gavin newsom is ready to declare an emergency. it's a optic. but, what cities like walnut creek and pleasanton and areas out there are sharing officers, working jointly together. oakland has a tough time doing that because the rules are different than other cities. there were a lot of things you can do in oakland. traffic stops and such feel they could increase police violence.
dammed if you do, dammed if you don't. it's tough for the mayor. in the meantime, it's not like the problem is going to go away. larry: we will see what the results are. this is not a situation that is going to get resolved. reporter: it's adjusting the shift -- interesting the tone of the debate, polling has shown oakland or's feel like the cities going in the wrong direction, they want more safety, and politicians are listening, in part because it is an election year. larry: there is always that. thank you. kristen: we're going to shift years. omicron was found in a patient in tampa, florida. this brings a number of states the 20. the white house is expressing confidence it can implement its vaccine mandate legally. the federal government is the largest employer in the u.s.. the cdc updated self testing
guidelines. it's urging people to do a rapid test before any sort of indoor gathering, regardless of vaccination status. scientists are reporting traces of the variant found in the wastewater of multiple cities across the state. abc 7 spoke to researchers who detected a sample with what looks like omicron in the bay area. reporter: the next outbreak or new variants could be first detected in our wastewater. >> even if a person does not know they are infected, we can detect the signal. reporter: for the past 14 months, this team has been monitoring the genetic material of covid-19. they are getting their samples from 15 sewage facilities. late last week, they found
traces of the omicron variant. >> at one of the bay area sites we detected the presence. reporter: the sample was outside of san francisco, suggesting this process of detection could be faster than clinical samples, and of course the possibility of more cases than the ones we know of today. >> in addition to lookingingingg specifics, we also sequence the wastewater and it is quite possible we can detect a new variant in the wastewater that has not been detected in in the clinical samples. reporter: at stanford, there is another sample. latest findings also pointing to omicron in multiple cities. >> in three samples, we did
detect omicron at very low levels. reporter: both groups are helping early detection could help repair communities to respond before an outbreak. >> we saw with delta, is that it steadily increased over time, and there was a strong increasing trend in concentration. we are looking to see if we observe the same thing with omicron. larry: let's get to another study. how safe is in person learning? i marion county study found it could be safer than some thought. reporter: for months during the pandemic, schools were shut down, learning was done remotely, but according to a new study, covid-19 transmission in the community did not go up. it went down.
>> we were able to show students could be safe, faculty, staff could be safe. reporter: she is the assistant professor and a co-author of the study. she says from septemberm septemr january, the researchers tracked attendance at schools. we saw community spread. >> near the holidays and winter break, we see a huge spike in community spread. again, not causal, but interesting for us to show that there may be a correlation between those two. >> but we saw is most transitions were not happening. reporter: the deputy public health officer worked on this
research. she helps the findings will help guide public health findings. >> our hope is when we have another pandemic, we do not have the long delays for in person instruction. it adversely affected families when we knew early on that we could have mitigation strategies in place and create a safer school environment. larry: concerned over the pandemic impact on the mental health of america's kids is prompting a rare public health advisory from the surgeon general. he says too many children are struggling, citing a rise in suicide rates as well as feelings of anxiety, depression. he placed part of the blame on social media, saying it increases the sense of isolation and amplifies a culture of comparison, taking a toll on self-esteem. he credited steps to address the
issue including more funding for counselors, nurses and social workers. kristen: remembrance day. remember the attack on pearl harbor 80 years later. equity in elections. the effort to unify the south bay, a redistricting could play a part. powerful women. the bay area who made the list. reporter: i am in dallas. a new book concludes president john f. kennedy did not die from a bullet fired from the texas school book depository. that story, coming up. >> light rain earlier today, now we are tracking cooler weather and stronger storms. all of the details in the forecast, coming up. ♪ ♪ ♪
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from the bay area. over the next three nights, you will meet them. . from his home, josiah has written last second in dallas that concludes john f. kennedy did not die from a bullet fired by lee harvey azul as the government has long contended. >> he was not killed by oswald. reporter: one of the original researchers on the assassination and word for life magazine on this cover story and wrote what was still considered to be a seminal book. >> josiah thompson looked at this differently. reporter: he is curator of the museum. >> he examined the plaza as a crime scene and laser focus his attention on the science. he was not interested in the bigger picture questions about who was involved. thompson was focused on how many
shots were fired and what did those shots do. >> after a long career, thompson has re-examined forensic evidence and witness statements, consulted a team of scientists and buffs. blessed like being back here? >> it is strange. reporter: i returned recently to retrace his work. >> kennedy got hit from someone over there above the right temple. he was thrown backwards and to the left, and three quarters of a second after that, sit by a second shot from the depository. reporter: thompson argues the bolt action rifle could not fire that quickly, that there had to be a second gunman. that timeframe is confirmed by a recording of the assassination, from a microphone stuck in the open position on a police motorcycle.
occur at the same time as a assassination. reporter: why should this be important? believes in alternative facts, we get in deeper trouble. we need the truth. a healthy society needs the truth. some assassination buffs from the bay area, and they helped thompson complete his life's work. larry: fascinating story and a question that has been debated for decades and decades. reporter: i think we have the
answer, and i think it's taken him some time to get to this point. he commissioned some scientific studies on the acoustics, and when you put together the debris fields, the acoustics, it's a pretty compelling case. larry: i look forward to your report. kristen: there are answers but it raises more questions. you have to watch it. "jfk unsolved" on ba streaming platforms, apple tv, roku. you can also see it here saturday at 9:00 p.m. after the warriors game and on hulu beginning next week. we are going to turn our attention to the fact we had some real rain, but now look at it. drew: it's pretty. we have better air quality. we will have good air quality tonight and for part of the root
testate tomorrow. cooler air moving in, then a stronger storm likely moves in. taking a live look outside showing you that better air quality compared to yesterday, just a little bit of rain, it can go a long way. 24 hour rainfall not impressive by any means, but exactly where we thought it should be with this storm. from santa rosa, fremont, san jose, just a few hundredth of an inch of rain move through. here is live doppler 7, here is the storm system, already in southern california and pushing off the coast later tonight. we are mainly clear, but clouds will fill back in. it feels warmer out there compared to yesterday. 61 in the city, 61 in 59 in santa rosa, 57 in san jose.
overnight tonight, the big story, the cloud cover thickens backup. areas of dense fog. the numbers tomorrow morning in the mid 40's to start out our wednesday. lot of cloud cover, there is a week ripple of energy that is moving to california. for us, it looks like some isolated drizzle. the main theme tomorrow, gray day with cooler temperatures, early thursday morning we will find some spotty drizzle. tomorrow not nearly as bright a day, mid week we will thicken up the cloud cover, areas of isolated drizzle, temperatures cooler, most of us in the mid to upper 50's by the afternoon. little bit of snow in the sierra, winter weather advisory,
about 5000 feet, probably five to 10 inches of snow, the highest peaks could see a foot of snow. this will cause difficult travel. look at the rainfall projections over the next seven days. tomorrow and thursday there is a slight chance of isolated drizzle, but all eyes are on sunday, monday and tuesday. a moderate storm to move through. look at the rainfall potentials. we are likely tracking one to two inches of rainfall, not only here but across much of northern california. pockets opockets opockets opocko thursday, it gets cold. temperatures in the 50's. sunday, monday and tuesday turned cold, wet and windy. kristen: we are ready. a blast from the past on abc 7. a preview of life versions of different strokes and the facts of life. larry: later, chasing history.
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sony studio pictures lot. the show will get started in just a few minutes and the stage right behind me, audience is making their way into the stage right now. jennifer aniston, kevin hart, gabrielle union. it's going to be a great night. re-creating this iconic tv is what has jennifer aniston on edge. >> it's exciting, it was fun to watch. it makes me nervous. reporter: jennifer has been jenn as blair. >> hasn't had an enormous on the woman i'm playing, so there is definitely a fetish he thing going on that i get to play jo. >> this is a childhood dream.
here i am. reporter: you never know who might drop in. >> can high cheese any surprises? yes. there will be three unexpected visitors. reporter: the live spin on spinn different strokes is going for big laughs. john looked out mr. drummond's shoes, and aging is casting, arnold will be played by kevin hart. >> we put together an amazing cast. some great individuals. >> they were iconic characters and it's just wonderful that it still resonates. >> i have never met kevin hart but i adore his comedy. and i love the fact that he is
the right height for the role. reporter: john lithgow stands at 6'4", kevin hart is 5'4". the height difference should be entertaining. this show is live, so you never know. dr. you. larry: we are jennifer aniston mentioned, what guest stars could view or expect beyond what we know? reporter: guests come out of the stage. it's a tall gentleman, i had to contain my excitement and i think tonight's show is going to be fun and entertaining for everybody. krkrkrkrkrkrkr 1980's? we just do. larry: it was a good time. kristen: just ahead, the most
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the flagpole has stood barren for years but not anymore. amy hollyfield has the story. reporter: this flagpole has stood over this dealership since the 70's. customers walk by without realizing, a world war ii veteran but here. he stopped by every day to raise the flag. >> i live next door. it's bigger than the one at the school. rererererererere and leading the attack who masterminded pearl harbor. >> we never knew he was a local. reporter: he died of cancer in the 1980's and the flagpole has not flown a flagged sense. >> that was it. we went on with our lives. reporter: then, during a book
club meeting, the group decided mitchell deserved to be remembered, so they created a plaque with a story, but it here at the base of his flagpole and raised a flag once again for the 80th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. he wants mitchell's dedication to serving others to be passed on to future generations. >> i was lucky to have someone like that around. i think he is smiling. reporter: here is the beginning of that story. i flag dedication telling the story to all who are here on this 80th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor, if you are ever here, you can stop by this car dealership on collins avenue. the plaque tells the story of what john mitchell did. larry: once in a decade decisions are being made in local government.
kristen: redistricting. census results could have big impacts. larry: as abc news reports, the way it's done in santa clara county is causing controversy. reporter: this is the map of santa clara county. the maps are redrawn every 10 years after a census, and now that the data is in, it's time for counties to update the lines. today, supervisors voted in favor of a map some say will give a larger voice to underserved community's. others think differently. would be moved to district five. instead of ending his campaign, he would move so he could stay in district one. >> it saddens us greatly. i don't want these gerrymandering efforts to win. reporter: the board said the
maps presented to them come from an independent advisory board made up of 1000 community members. >> it's been leverage the work of the advisory commission and to be as faithful as they can. reporter: i spoke with a community member. he says it was drawn with support from community organizations. >> it's your neighbors, friends, family members. news. larry:
francisco standard has a team of journalists with a goal to serve everyone who has a stake in the future of san francisco, and abc 7 is excited to announce a partnership with the san francisco standard. a reporter talks to a supervisor about why he is running. i would like to read you a sign. you have failed district six, 500 plus overdose deaths, 100 plus drug dealers arrested and released, 71% increase in gun violence. what would you say that? > that is exactly why i'm doing this. because i live here and my
neighbors are afraid and upset and government should be accountable and angry read i have been relentless fighting on those issues. i declared an emergency around drug overdoses, past mental health to transform our system. if you walk out here, you will see street safety ambassadors on every owner -- corner. this is bigger than this community and these neighborhoods. many of the problems, most of the challenges that the tenderloin and south of market are facing are because we are pushing these challenges on this community, and i have never said that these conditions or safety issues or fear when there is open drug dealing, i never said that is ok. it is not ok. larry: tomorrow, we will hear
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hour and could show up on the 2022 ballot. the rising cost of living has kept wade were jews -- wage workers unable to keep up. some time in australia, the minimum wage is much higher. it was like $20 an hour. everything is much more expensive, but it balances out for the workers. the other thing you don't see is tipping in restaurants because you are making more money to start with, so we don't need to tip. there is a happening. reporter: interesting perspective from australia. i understand the pressure on business owners.
you hear people all the time saying they can get people to work and discovered that during the covid crisis. if they are not paid enough they are not incentivize. it isn't expensive -- it is expensive to live here and something we will have to adjust to, and folks can't get by on less money here. kristen: that was interesting. how did a rich guy get into anti-property work? he grew up poor, single mom. he feels like there should be a fair wage, full-time job to keep you going and enough for you to have time with your family. we will see what happens. he is going to bankroll this effort. a change at the top of forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women. mckenzie scott is at the top displacing angela merkel who held the spot for a decade.
scott, and author and ex-wife of jeff bezos is singled out for her philanthropy. she has donated $9 billion in last two years. , harris ranks second, nancy pelosi is 50 read the list includes 40 ceos. mckenzie scott has led to giving. reporter: she got divorced she got a huge chunk of money. you don't need that much money. nobody needs billions of dollars. its size to see she is using her money for good, other people following. melinda gates gives away a ton of money. larry: it's in a norma's amount of money. imagine being able to give away $9 billion. you have to be a billionaire. almost everyone can give a little bit. she can inspire all of us.
the latest supply chain problem has led to a shortage hitting new yorkers hard. cream cheese. where is the cream cheese? it's apparently stuck on shipping containers because there aren't enough truckers, the problem is not widespread just yet. and the folks behind philadelphia cream cheese say they are shipping more than ever so do not panic. dan: i am panicking. larry: west coast is fine. true -- drew? drew: they're going to step up. this is their moment to shine. going back to that video, that man put so much cream cheese, dollops of cream cheese. i don't want a minimal amount.
the bagel is just a vessel to eat cream cheese. kristen: i realize this is blasphemy, i'm just offering a suggestion. i know what about. you know what? i have tried it with nonfat yogurt as a substitute and it's not bad. i know. i knew this was coming. dan: why would you admit this on television? [laughter] kristen: i take it back. the u.s. captioning company released a list of the most mispronounced words of 2021, and omicron is among them. at the top of the list is -- did i say that right?
outage is causing problems, people started reporting problems around 8:45 this morning. amazon says it's working to get it fixed. a study finds used-car rose nationally nearly 20% last year, the price hikes were even higher in the bay area, 33% increase. the biggest jump was seen in small economy cars as demand soared, mostly due to high gas prices. the electric nissan leaf sits atop the list at a staggering 64% increase. these are used cars. urging teens to take a break. users will get a pop-up suggesting they might want to
take a break. an option to set more time limits. instagram plans tools for parents to monitor their kids activities, the future comes a day before the instagram head is testifying about whether or not instagram is a problem. larry: timing is interesting. our prices are nuts. kristen: nurses donated 250 backpacks, winter close and toiletries in san jose. the program is led by the nigerian nurses association. they are the move will inspire more to donate those in need. kristen: this is the season. larry: let's get a check of the weather. we have some rain, we will have more rain. drew: couple of days before we see a stronger storm move into the region. it's all about increasing cloud cover.
tonight is thickening with dense fog developing, numbers dropping into the mid and upper 40's. as we head into wednesday, wednesday is a cloudy day. mixture of sun and clouds, clouds thickening throughout the afternoon. pockets of drizzle. temperatures on the cooler side. widespread rain does exist in the forecast. it's coming on sunday, monday and tuesday. here is an early look at what we can anticipate sunday, monday and tuesday. after the clouds it is bright. when for early part of next week. larry: on. stefon curry going for the
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it will be special no matter what. appreciate when it happens but, but i like the anticipation of being in the moment and enjoying. reporter: if he does not break the record wednesday night, his next chance is saturday in philadelphia. i game here on abc 7. larry: thank you. steph will be launching tomorrow night. for the second straight year, arik armstead has been named the walter payton man of the year nominee. that's usually given to a player that excels in both the community and on the field. 2019 he launched a foundation. it offers academic support and afterschool programming. the winner will be named later this season. that will do it for this edition of abc news at 4:00.
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♪and say that i'll be there, 'ere long!♪ >> >> the san francis the san department was unable to meet the demand for what was asked of us, and now we have our partners from the san francisco sheriff's department who will help to alleviate those shortages. >> san francisco's police chief has announced a deal to crack down on theft. >> i am dane ashley. tonight, a development in the fight against retail theft, which has been pushing business