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and complete required activities. >> wet and windy. if it impacts your morning commute. >> a major blow to the san francisco economy as a health conference is going virtual. i will tell you why. >> the holiday rush happening in front of your eyes. inside the u.s. gas distribution center in oakland for a look at what they say is the busiest time of year. >> community taking care of community. the holiday effort to get hot food and warm clothing to those in need. abc7 news starts right now. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> rain and wind making for a treacherous combination in parts of the bay area. it is causing power outages, toppled trees, car wrecks, and holiday decorations are barely staying tied down. thank you for joining us. >> let's get to abc7
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meteorologist sandhya patel with a look at the conditions. >> conditions are deteriorating. i want to show you the golden gate bridge. you will notice the rain coming down, roads are slippery. heavy rain has pushed out of the north bay. now moving into parts of the east bay. stream level radar. franklin canyon road, getting the moderate to heavy rainfall. tracking the moisture into danville at 11:30. we do have a flood advisory for the north bay until 11:15. the east bay for 1:00 a.m. minor flooding expected. on the peninsula, skyline boulevard getting moderate rain. light to moderate in san francisco. winding out the picture of this level to storm. living up to its name into the wind. even higher winds in the hills. 47 at spring valley. a wind advisory tomorrow morning.
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gusts 45 to 55 could topple some more trees, take down power lines. be careful. i will have the timeline, coming up. >> keep an eye on the weather, including live doppler 7 any time. download the abc 7 bay area news app on roku, amazon fire, and apple tv. >> a major blow to san francisco's economy as j.p. morgan chase has canceled its in person health conference in the city and replaced it with a virtual one. citing covert concerns. thousands expected to attend the conference scheduled for less than a month from now. j.r. stone spoke with businesses and hotels affected by this decision. >> my first reaction this morning was here we go again. >> manwell torres of alpha graphics reacting to news j.p. morgan chase's health care conference will be held virtually instead of in person in san francisco. a move said to equate to millions of lost revenue for san
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francisco hotels, restaurants, bars, and stores. the company that went from 17 employees to six over the pandemic would have made guides and handouts like these for thousands of attendees. no in person conference means no $15,000 deal. >> we were pumped up with it, then we get the heads up. >> those at the union square hotel received two dozen cancellation calls over what was billed as the largest health care symposium in the industry. >> we would have been hundred percent, i would have brought back every employee. >> j.p. morgan chase sent an email saying the health and safety of clients and employees is of the utmost importance given the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, we have made this decision. the bay area council ceo believes while the omicron variant has played into this decision, crime and homelessness likely did. >> it is unacceptable to have
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people in a wonderful city like san francisco, oakland, or anywhere in the bay area or our state feel unsafe. >> everyone we spoke with holding out hope for other large-scale events. >> i hope this is an overreaction by one conference. >> it is a setback. not the end of the game. we will be back. >> j.r. stone, abc 7 news. >> the new masking rules went into effect. for the most part, they do not change what you are already doing in most bay area counties. the only counties really impacted our marin county, reverting back to its previous masking mandate, and solano county. this mandate requires all people, regardless of vaccination status, to cover their faces in indoor public places with some exceptions, including gyms, offices, and religious gatherings. >> the ceos of southwestern
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american airlines told congress masks don't add much protection in an air cabin environment. they say hepa filters captured virtually all airborne contamination. apple is delaying plans to send its employees back to the office indefinitely. tim cook is also giving every employee $1000 for home office equipment. dr. fauci announced booster doses of both moderna and pfizer vaccines likely offer substantial protection against the omicron variant. if you have questions about covid-19 vaccines, ask the vaccine team and go to and click on the big blue box. >> to a developing story enrichment. police shot and killed a man. investigators say the man was holding a replica done officers thought was real. police responded to calls of a man with a gun in a business parking lot. the men drove off, ended up in richmond. he got out of his pickup holding a gun. they say he was manipulating it.
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officers opened fire. police say it wasn't until after the shooting. the officers are now on leave, which is standard procedure. the department of justice will investigate the shooting. >> targeted crimes against the asian american pacific islander community across the bay area have increased since the start of the pandemic. six men are being charged with hate crimes after san jose police arrested them in connection with at least 170 incidents in the past year. dustin dorsey explains how the community came together to help catch these suspects. >> violence, robberies, purse snatching's, and attacks on the asian american community shows the highest it has been in the last two years across the bay area. leaders don't want residents in san jose and little saigon to be fearful this holiday season and beyond. >> while we live in different
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places and our families came from different countries, we take your safety seriously, and we take it personally. >> backing up their word, police made six arrests in september after an extensive investigation. these men linked to at least 170 incidents of robbery, theft, and burglary that targeted members of the a community. these men targeted more women because they were asian american. >> an attack like this is really an attack against the basic premises of this country that as americans, we are all entitled to equal and fair treatment under the law and treat one another with respect. because of those reasons, we charge it as a hate crime. >> police brass and county and city leaders met with community leaders at grand central mall in san jose to further build the important bond between law enforcement and city residents. the same bond offering them through key witness accounts of the attacks.
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>> the community being willing to come forward and the courage for the victim to say they are not going to be a victim is absolutely critical. it was the purest example of collaboration. >> the city of san jose sands together to ensure the safety of people here in little saigon. we will not stand for hate crimes here at all. >> at least one of the suspects facing upwards of 95 years in jail if found guilty. in san jose, dustin dorsey. >> mail theft is at an all-time high during holiday season. thieves are not only going after packages, but targeting mail carriers. the u.s. postal inspection service asking for help from the community. >> letter carriers are being robbed on the street for mail, keys. >> home surveillance video could be an important tool. this camera caught a man breaking into a mail truck last year in san jose. the post office is advising not
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to approach people in the act. it is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of male thieves or robbers. >> this week is the busiest time of year for the postal service. today was the last day for you to send packages with standard ground service if you want it to arrive by christmas. abc 7 news reporter ryan curry goes inside the usps oakland distribution center where they are getting ready for the deluge. >> it is the holiday rush right in front of our eyes. packages, letters, and fast-moving conveyor belts. all part of what usps says is the busiest of the year. >> we have to process over 200 million packages this week. looking at letters and packages, over 2.3 billion pieces. >> he is the maintenance manager. he says this facility alone will process over 70,000 packages. >> in anticipation, people want to make sure their relatives and friends will get their presence on time. >> the several thousand
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square-foot facility is the largest in the bay area. in the front is where cruise are sorting pounds of holiday cards. on sorting machines for packages. that area is for smaller packages under 20 pounds. over here, this area is for larger packages. the robotic arm is adding special labels to packages getting shipped overseas. >> what you see behind us is a universal donor. this machine is processing packages that are oversized, weighing up to 70 >> pounds. to be ready for a week like this, they prepare all the year for this. even now, they approve 24/7 to deliver the best service possible to the country. >> this is where the rubber meets the road. we have to come in and make sure we deliver. >> if you haven't sent out your package, it is best to do it as soon as possible. >> get in line right now. you have to get them. go to the post office. >> in oakland, ryan curry.
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>> amazing what they do. a storm is whipping through the midwest. families terrified, hiding out in their homes as tornado sirens wailed. >> the wait is almost over. officials clearing the way for crab fishing to begin in san francisco. >> and how one local nonprofit is building a better ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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storm over iowa. at least 13 tornado warnings issued in the plane states. roofs have been blown off of buildings. trees falling on homes. >> it was scary. i instantly started crying. i was waiting for the house to fall on us. >> the mother and daughter hid in a closet when 80 mile an hour gusts blew the debris on their house outside of omaha. >> president biden toured two kentucky towns ravaged by last weekend's deadly tornadoes. he promised residents the federal government will do what it can to help victims. he was impressed by the resilience shown by community members, but understands there will be tough days ahead. >> those who lost someone, there are no words for the pain of losing someone. a lot of us know it. a lot of us understand it. especially around the holidays when everything is supposed to be happy and joyful. >> at least 90 people were killed with 80 in kentucky
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alone. there are still dozens missing. >> a texas oil company has been indicted for october's crude oil spill that devastated beaches and wildlife off of huntington beach in orange county. amplify energy and two of its subsidiaries failed to properly act when alarms went off to warn ofupture. according to the indictment, the alerts went off eight times in 13 hours, but workers believed they were false alarms and restarted the pipeline each time. >> the local dungeness crab season starts off of the coast for mendocino county south to monterey. commercial fishing will have to wait until after christmas. officials delayed the season out of concern humpback whales can get tangled up in the fishing lines. they have since moved on, clearing the way for boats to set traps after christmas. they can start hauling in the catch december 29. >> author and activist bill hooks has died at the age of 69.
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her work including several books including topics involving race, class, and feminism. she was an alumna of both stanford university and uc santa cruz. in a tweet, uc santa cruz wrote "hooks left an indelible mark for her work over the last decade. she was also a professor at native kentucky. officials say she died after a long illness. >> reddit is making the move to go public. they announced it has confidentially filed for a proposed ipo. it was valued at $10 billion during a private fundraising round earlier this year. it did not disclose what valuation it would go after during its ipo. >> a nonprofit in the south bay doing its part to build a better bay area. especially during this stormy holiday season. tonight was the annual christmas dinner put on by martha's kitchen. as amanda del castillo explains, the cold weather made the focus tonight different. >> a home-cooked meal with a
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side of santa. martha's kitchen in san jose opened its doors for christmas dinner. roughly 50 volunteers packed plates for those living around the neighborhood. >> the neighborhood itself is not that well-to-do, but we have all of these on housed neighbors camping along the trails, the banks, the edges of the community. >> the executive director says the request for free food resources is three times what it was two years ago before the pandemic. unlike previous distributions, he said coats and warm clothing b demand than food. >> like this, my hat, my jacket, my scarf. >> with her mother's permission, she showed off her newborn gear. the chilly weather was the reason 350 people came out for coats, hats, and gloves in the first 30 minutes. >> people were going over there because they were cold and trying to get as many jackets as they could. >> much-needed clothing at no cost. >> these are the people that are
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the janitors at the offices who have not gone back to work, so their job has not come back. these are the people working in restaurants who serve lunch to the offices downtown who haven't come back. >> because of the pandemic, her family was forced into a shelter for the first time in their lives. being able to count on martha's kitchen is helping. >> it provides us to not get cold and provides us to have a warm, happy heart. >> in san jose, amanda del castillo. >> after this stormy start to the week, snow continuing to come down in lake tahoe. this is a look at the roads. pretty quiet. somebody coming by, another person waiting at the light. most people probably taking precautions, staying home, and it is nighttime. >> tricky to drive up there tonight. sandhya patel is here with a look at the local weather and what we can expect the next few days. >> a little bit of a break from the storm very soon in a matter
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of hours. definitely a welcome sight. i want to show you the view from our camera. if you have not done so, download our news app so you can track live doppler 7. it is a rainy view. winds gusting to 47 miles per hour. i want to get you in closer to where it is coming from. pockets of moderate to heavy rain around berkeley. we also see some moderate rain around macarthur boulevard and oakland. as you look in san francisco, noriega street, definitely heavier. it will head into the marina district at 11:20 into alameda at 11 fallen three -- 11:43. for the eastern san francisco bay, we are looking at 1:00 a.m. looking at the south bay, you see some showers west heading street into san jose. some lighter rain. so far has not measured in san jose. over one inch of rain. san francisco, .15 inches.
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oakland, .30 inches. we are still counting. in the sierra, this is what it looked like earlier. it was dumping in the mountains. tonight as you look at the radar, chain controls leading to tahoe. the snow piling up. winter storm warning in effect until 10:00 a.m. expecting two to three feet for the highest peaks. snow level between 1000 and 2000. very low levels. a cold storm. 40's and 50's on those temperatures. level two on our storm impact. i'm talking to :00 or 3:00 in the morning. brief downpours flooding. gusty winds, thunder, hail. let's time it out. the san francisco and santa cruz areas will get heavy rain. it lightens up, 5:00 a.m., spotty showers. switches over to just spotty
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light showers. down to a level one storm for the first half of your thursday. in the morning, grab your morel is before you go, may be give yourself extra time for your commute. roads are wet. 40's and 50's for most of you. a few 30's. and the afternoon, you need the shades. it will be breezy. 40's and 50's, partly cloudy. a level one tomorrow morning. a few showers. cold and frosty friday saturday morning. level one on sunday. atmospheric river ringing in a level two storm monday and tuesday with lingering showers on wednesday. and going way beyond that, i see storms being delivered for santa. >> santa will have to go through those storms.
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if anything could have been different, it was that. >> his jersey was in the locker room next to mine. it would be good to get back and celebrate with him. >> nba tonight, lakers and mavs in o.t. and dallas. final seconds, not lebron. it is austin reeves. and the wind, good night, game over. the rookie from oklahoma gives the lakers 107-104 victory. women's hoops, number three stanford. all cardinal, all the time. this move from hayley jones. the drive, the spin, the shot, the score. finishing with eight points. did not have to score a lot. stanford was on the break. hannah jump. perfect name game-high 17. stanford rolling 68-42. covid creating havoc again. nfl and nba talking about wrapping up testing because more
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