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moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news too manyany people are dying in this city too many people are sprawled out all over our streets. and now we have a plan to address it. today's san francisco mayor, london breed declared a state of emergency in the tenderloin. good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm on a dates and i'm dan ashley. you're watching abc 7 news at five live here on abc 7 hulu live and wherever you stream the emergency declaration in san francisco's tenderloin is aimed at cutting through the red tape so the city can more quickly respond to the drug overdose crisis abc 7 n rorter melaniimages like these have bee
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too common in san francisco's tenderloin neighborhood prompting mayor london breed to declare a state of emergency here the mayor says more than 700 people died due to drug overdoses last year in san francisco. we are in a crisis supervisor matt haney they need help and this is a statement of the urgency that help is on the way mary ellen carroll executive director of the department of emergency management will spearhead the effort an emergency declar. then allows san francisco to cut through the red tape to obtain the contracts the resources and the personnel that we need to address the crisis conditions in the tenderloin. it's welcomed by community members residents need action. they are going to be excited to see that someone's finally paying attention to the neighborhood to the residents christy. sharella is the director of community organizing and resident voice at the tenderloin community benefit district. she says last week mayor breed met with approximately. 50 tenderloin residents she
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listened to their stories about, you know getting harassed or assaulted on the street or hiding from gunfire in the middle of the day at a park the group. so spoke with the mayor's policy advisors about changes, they'd like to see in the neighborhood. i hope that the help that's offered is long-lasting mayor reed says it is the goal is to not let anyone stay out in the streets everything that was said today only enhances our ability to do our jobs enforcement. we have to enforce we have to arrest drug dealers. we have to arrest people better assaulting people in intervention people who live and work here say has been needed for some time in san francisco melanie woodrow abc 7 news governor newsom unveiled a new 255 million dollar public safety proposal designed to battle violent crime across the state and in the bay area the governor announced his plan at chp headquarters in dublin today flanked by state and local officials and members of law enforcement. he wants to create a team dedicated to prosecuting organized retail thefts and
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provide police with more tools to down and arrest suspects in those smash and grab robberies attorney general. rob bonte says the plan is a game changer. the real public safety plan provides the doj with additional funding to bolster our existing efforts taking down the perpetrators at the top of these crime rings and shutting down the pip. line of stolen merchandise governor newsom says he also plans to address oakland's request for the use of technology, like cameras and license plate readers on highways and entrance ramps the plan must be approved by the state legislature. there are two new developments about keeping children safe from covid. we want to share with you first. there is a new strategy to keep unv later children in schools the cdc today says testing children who were exposed to the virus has proved to be a safe alternative to pulling them out of the classroom and quarantining them. the tests must be done within a seven-day period after exposure. if exposed children meet a certain criteria and continue to
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test negative they can stay in school instead of quarantining at home. the fiser today says it will evaluate a third dose of its covid vaccine currently in trial for toddlers six months to under five years of age. that's two doses of the lower dose vaccine did not result in the same protection as it did in older age groups pfizer is also testing booster shots for children ages 5 through 15. students left for the holidays public schools in san francisco reminded families to have their children tested for covid a day or two before they returned to the classroom on january 3rd abc 7 news senior education reporter liam. melendez is in the newsroom with what parents should know about the testing process leanne. well, i'm a one thing they should know is that testing is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. you can buy a rapid test or you can go to district headquarters to get tested the
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school resumes on the last day of school before the winter break students at lao elementary in san francisco. had one last assignment to remember to get lasted before coming back in january. we want to make sure that they test forivth to the negative result so that they can come back to the schools and be safe. and so that we have a safer community seven year old. chloe deville has done it before it's heard but it doesn't make me cry during the holidays many families gather in large groups or even travel those who are flying are urged to test three to five days after returning home another recommendation made by the local health department is to continue wearing masks during the break. and get the covid vaccine chloe has already gotten her first shot. i'd say that it's important because if you don't get it you
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could get the coronavirus. anyways, even with the mask. the principal gloria choi told us the school has taken extensive measures to stay healthy and we have hand sanitizers after they finish eating we spray the tables and you know the eating area we're always reminding students wash your hands. sanitized so everything is made available for them. testing will be offered at school district headquarters on sunday, january 2nd from 9 to 4:00 and on monday for other schools will also have testing that week. oh thathathathathat if you're not sure where to get. tested the school district has the testing locations and dates. on their website, but for now enjoy the holidays and stay safe in the newsroom leanne melendez abc 7 news. you too, leanne.
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thank you so much. well the growing list of athletes testing positive for covid is forcing dramatic action, especially in the nfl the league move tomorrow's raiders browns game to monday after cleveland plays 24 players on its covid reserve list including quarterback baker mayfield the nfl also pushed sunday's games between washington and philadelphia and seattle and the angeles rams to tuesday so far the niners atlanta falcons game sunday is still a go more than 100 players in the league tested positive this week several nba players are out as well. including warriors guard jordan pool. he has entered the league's covid protocol and isn't playing tonight against the boston celtics. the warriors are fully vaccinated and according to coach steve kerr everyone on the team who is eligible received their booster shots. the celtics have three players who are also missing tonight's game because with protocols across the nba at least 20 players are ineligible to play tonight because they had either been exposed or tested positive for the virus.
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radio city music hall canceled the remainder of the rockettes christmas spectacular due to covid late today a note was posted on the website stating. we regret that we are unable to continue the christmas spectacular this season due to increasing challenges from the pandemic. the virus is also impacting broadway a number of major musicals, including hamilton and harry potter. the cursed child have canceled performances and today the bay area confirms two new cases of the omicron variant sonoma county confirmed its first case from a fully vaccinated patient who received the booster earlier this month. so that's a breakthrough case. marin county has its first case from leave vaccinated patient with no booster both recently traveled domestically in the us. there are five bay area counties with confirmed omicron cases alameda, san francisco, santa clara and now marin and sonoma today evidence of omicron was discovered in the wastewater in contra, costa county. the omicron variant has local
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health care professionals concerned especially as more people plan to travel abc 7 news reporter zach fuentes. spoke with the south bay doctor who says the next few weeks will be critical to navigating what he says is the most problematic variant yet. this is the moment even though we've been stressed. this is the moment to tighten our our efforts the omicron variant arrived just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends and weeks of the year, dr. jorge salinas hospital epidemiologist at stanford university says the risks of the variant have him encouraging people to reconsider traveling this holiday season it transmits so well. that it produces explosive outbreaks. when it enters a gathering it can infect everybody in the government though. he's discouraging travel. he says if you have to gather there are safer ways to go about it including testing beforehand and making sure your vaccinated boosted and that the others you'll be with are too if you're gonna gather in an indoor space try to do it in a
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well-ventilated space open doors and windows try to have few people in the gathering wear masks if you can any of this sounds familiar, dr. selena says moving forward we're likely going to have to come back to these measures if and when the need arises sometimes we need to go full court, press sometimes we have to relax and people see that as makes messages for inconsistent messaging and we just need to know that the messaging has to be tailored to the moment. he says that are familiarity with the safety measures along with the vaccines. sisters can be our biggest weapon in fighting the omicron variant. the good news is that we know how to how to tackle it. we just need to have delayed gratification delay our gatherings for the holidays for modify them and know that in a month or two, we will be able to begin relaxing again and san jose zach fuentes abc 7 news. new developments to the case of the man at the center of san francisco's public corruption scandal will tell you what happened when he returned to
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court today plus the morning in. bay after a welfare check led police to a home where one woman was dead and three children had to be hospitalized one investigators believed c
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heater in this case winter heating weather looks like it's the culprit carbon monoxide poisoning steve hill with contra costa fire protection says carbon monoxide poisoning is unfortunately too common during the winter. he says around people die each year due to carbon monoxide exposure and it's something he says is entirely avoidable every single home and every level on every single home should have a working and regularly tested carbon monoxide detector that's the silver bullet that can protect us from these tragic incidents. you can't smell it and you can't see it, but it is deadly hill says the winner makes the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning higher at the temperature gets colder more people are using things to stay warm any of those things that burn any kind of all are producing carbon monoxide. and so it's important that they be well maintained and used properly according to the manufact. teachers instructions if you haven't done so already he says now is a good time to check your monitor almost exclusively. it involves pushing a button
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that's labeled test. probably once a month to make sure you get the right signature beep according to your unit to let you know the thing is working and if it's not working, he says they're easy to find any local hardware store having one that works properly could help save a life in the east bay ryan curry abc 7 news the family of mario gonzalez the oakland man who died while being detained by two alameda police officers last april filed a civil suit today against the officers and the city according to the east bay times the suit accuses the city of negligence in its hiring and training of the officers and claims gonzalez died from multiple factors, including excessive force and improper restraint. the suit comes one week after a coroner's report ruled mario gonzalez's death a homicide due to the struggle with officers as well as obesity and methamphetamine use former san francisco public works director muhammad nuru now admits. he took multiple bribes and kickbacks during his tenure federal prosecutors announced newer was plea deal today. he faces up to 20 years in
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prison though. his plea deal indicates a lighter sentence. the case is part of a larger federal investigation targeting public corruption in san francisco to date 12 people three corporate entities and multiple city contractors and facilitators been charged closing arguments. wrapped up in the trial of theronos founder elizabeth holmes and the jury is now receiving instructions homes faces that nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and connection with the failed blood testing startup prosecutors have said she knowingly misled investors while the defense has maintained. she didn't mislead anyone if convicted homes could face up to 20 years in prison. google is being investigated by the state over its treatment of black female employees. that's according to a report from reuters out tonight. the report says the is looking at how the company reacted after the workers made allegations of harassment and discrimination. google tells reuters. it is focused on having an inclusive workplace and will investigate any concerns the 8
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vehicular traffic according to the suit the closed streets also make access difficult for people who are disabled. we reached out to the city attorney's office, but have not yet heard back. alright, he was another gorgeous day outside today dan. it was a absolutely sparkling and gorgeous, but pretty chilly and i guess sandy, it sounds like it's going to get even colder. yeah. we're getting closer to winter. it starts on tuesday, but it's already feeling like it tomorrow morning. expecting frosty cold conditions standing on my want to show you a live picture it is so stunning in santa cruz right now sun is going down. the skies are clear from that vantage point. it's not so clear in the central valley live doppler 7 showing you the fog there. that's going to be a player in our forecast overnight going into tomorrow morning that fog will start to over into parts of the north and east bay at 5:30. you know how that goes. it's going to be really right down on the deck hard to see give yourself plenty of time if
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you are traveling eight o'clock tomorrow morning parts of the north and east bay will be pretty socked in there may even be a few patches of fog down around the south bay and the peninsula. here's a lovely view from our exploratorium camera of san francisco. it's in the low 50s from oakland to san francisco, san jose and mountain view 49 half moon bay 48 degrees sutra tower. showing you san francisco here, and we do have temperatures that have fallen into the mid-40s around novato livermore 50 degrees in santa rosa if you're getting away, here's a look at the travel forecast. mainly sunny a light breeze bay area airports low to mid 50s tomorrow and as you check out what's in store for honolulu's some scattered showers 81 degrees, though. and paradise who cares about if it's raining or not, new york city rain 44 chicago rain snow 38 and in los angeles 63 degrees. here's a view from our golden gate bridge camera. it's gonna be a cold morning with frost and fog mainly sunny and crisp afternoons this weekend and rainy days are setting up next week right on through christmas and possibly even longer than that.
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so tomorrow morning bundle up before you go you'll need those heavy winter coats a low 30s to the low 40s. watch out for that fog once again as you check out the afternoon highs. they're going to be in the 40s and 50s. yeah, you heard right 40s and 50s especially areas where the foglingers well into the afternoon, or maybe it lives a little too late. so it's going to be chilly as you look at the forecast for sunday night. the rain line is still to our north early monday morning a little drizzle will wait for that rain to get in here late monday into tuesday, and it is certainly going to bring snow in the mountains wednesday thursday friday. i mean right on through christmas. it is just one system after another and rainfall totals right through christmas will range from anywhere from two to about five inches or more in the mountains. we're still talking about seven to eight feet of snow. so a white christmas for many to enjoy the accuweather 7-day forecast cold and frosty the next couple of mornings. the afternoons are going to be chilly late night rain in the north bay monday.
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it's a one two for tuesday wet and windy and then we have ones wednesday thursday friday even beyond the accuweather 7. has now i'd say that's more like winter and dan definitely. yeah, it's here. thanks very much sandy. well if you drive on interstate 80 between berkeley and emeryville, there's a new plan to ease your commute the proposal includes new overpasses and improved traffic flow to several streets pedestrians and cyclists would also get better access to the san francisco bay trail a virtual public open house has planned for january 11th. the public comment period is open now and runs until january 31st. the project was approved by alameda county vot. is in to be a thriver with metastatic breast cancer means asking for what we want. and need.
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build a better bay area during the holiday season is to teach kids to give back. it's never too early to start couple weeks ago. i love my daughter pick out toys to buy the letter add them them to a toys for tots donation. could be that easy, but i want to find some other ways to get her involved in volunteerism. so i turned to south bay superteacher superteacher susan for some ideas. here are seven easy ways for your child to give back during the holidays. idea number one is is is
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some cat or dog toys blankets towels in order to benefit your local animals at your local shelter like this guy. idea number two is to cre to cre some holiday cards that can be dropped off at a local retirement home for senior citizens. idea number three is to get the rake out and rake up an elderly neighbors leaves bringing their trash can walk their dog or help them decorate decorate their house for the holidays. another idea is to get the gloves on and go to your local park or to the beach and do a cleanup to make the community more beautiful a yummy idea is to go into the kitchen and bake some yummy treats to drop off to first responders, maybe local firefighters police officers doctors or nurses. another possibility is to haveae your child go through their toy
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chests and closets and pull out books. games that they've outgrown that can be donated to a local charity and finally a nice idea is to have a selection of snacks and beverages out on the porch for our delivery workers that this time of year work. so many very long hours. hopefully you'll be able to use some of these ideas with your children to help them during the holidays think of others and give back to your local community. great dan we actually did the okay. let's go through all your toys find things to donate i was worried, but it went better than i thought a lot of things. she said i don't need this anymore and happy to donate it. that's awesome. hey, like you said if you start early it becomes a habit. i remember with my two young sons you used to if you get a new tour you have to give away a toy. yep. good for you. that's awesome. good job mama. well world news tonight with david muir is next. we appreciate your time. i'm a dates for sandhya patel
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to create authentic seasonal scents that fill your home with holiday spirit all season long. connect to nature this season. tonight, the alarming covid surge across the u.s. what they're seeing right now in new york city. just as millions across the nation travel for christmas. and dr. fauci on the new studies, and why he says you need to get the booster to protect against omicron. the fast-spreading omicron variant now in at least 42 states. new york state reporting a pandemic record tonight. more than 21,000 new cases in 24 hours. tonight, the entire rockettes' season now canceled. dr. anthony fauci on the studies that say five months out after the two vaccine shots, there's virtually no degree of neutralization. one month after the booster
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