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a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kristen: you are watching getting answers live on abc seven. ask experts answers to questions. the pixar film turning red is prompting discussions with kids about puberty. bay area dr. will be joining us to talk about how to have these in a productive and age-appropriate way. the u.s. trying to track down russian oligarchs, but is the san francisco policy for public records hampering the effort? plus finding solutions to the homeless crisis is a focus in
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building a better bay area. his supervisor thinks he has a long-term solution. first, the confirmation hearings of the supreme court nominee, ketanji brown jackson are underway. if confirmed, she will be the first black woman on the high court and the hearing has been contentious today. >> breaking barriers, judge ketanji brown jackson, the nation's first lack woman nominated to serve on the supreme court in 233 years. now judge jackson is phasing 30 minutes of questioning from each senator on the judiciary committee. if all of the time is used, she is looking at 11 hours and one day, roughly eight more tomorrow. republicans vowed to screw nicer record, with chuck grassley questioning her interpretation of the constitution. >> do
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applied to conservatives and liberals? >> yes. >> senator accusing her of issuing any and sentences to defendants possessing child cannot of a, she responded to, calling the cases sickening and accusations for. >> as a mother and a judge who has had to deal with these cases , i was thinking that nothing could be further from the truth. >> though date two and three may be the most polarizing part of the hearings, no one doubts the 51-year-old mother of two's qualifications. >> no one questions credentials or your service as clerk and federal judge. >> senate majority leader chuck schumer mains confident the senate will confirm judge
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jackson by april. her confirmation will not need any republican votes. kristen: though it is already 6:00 on the east coast, the hearing is still going on so we will take a few minutes to listen in. >> they are binding precedent. but there is also horizontal precedent. it too is about mainta is abouta consistency and predictability in the rule of law. what that means is when you are in a district there are many judges. if someone else in your district has handled the case comes out or involves the same issues and comes out in a certain way, you as the second judge have to contend with that ruling. you cannot ignore that there is precedent in your district that
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handles the case in a particular way. with respect to the mcgann case, the president was nearly identical. the myers case involved the former white house counsel and the argument that the former white house counsel had immunity with respect to a request by the legislature that she provide testimony. my case involved a former white house counsel who was claiming absolute immunity at the request of the executive and response to a legislative subpoena. in both cases, not only was the issue on the table, but in both cases, the same threshold issues about whether or not there was jurisdiction in the court because the legislature had
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standing or did not, which was the argument being made, the same question about whether the court could hear a dispute between legislature and the executive branch, all of those issues had previously been considered by my colleague in the district court. he wrote an extensive, i'm talking about judge bates, he wrote an extensive opinion analyzing each of the issues. at a minimum, as the second judge dealing with these exact same issues i had to look at what he did and decide. was it persuasive, did i agree? and i did. kristen-- >> if there had been a vertical precedent from the supreme court or the circuit coin that was -- court that was on point, he would've had to follow the president but you -- there was
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not. so you followed a reasoning by another district judge that makes sense to me and that makes sense to me. we discussed the importance of precedent in your opinion and this is what he wrote. quote, it is interesting to note that the doctrine of this performs a function that reflects the principles that undergird the federal government's system. this is because deciding a legal issue anew each time the same question is presented without any reference to what has been done before judges a court outside of its established domain of saying what the law is and into the realm of legislating what the law should be. i know that you have been asked questions about the importance of precedent before. maybe you can tell is one more time why precedent is important in our judicial system.
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>> thank you, senator. our judicial system is one that is designed to uphold the rule of law. unlike other systems in some other societies, we believe that we have a government of laws and not men, and yet there are men and women who are acting as judges in the context of our system. what precedent does is ensure that there is consistency across the different individuals who are tasked with the solemn responsibility of interpreting the law. it ensures that there is public confidence that the law is what is guiding judges in their decision-making, and not just their own individual views. it is crucial for maintaining public confidence, maintaining
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stability in the law, establishing a system that has predictability in it, all of which supports confidence in the judiciary, which is the currency of the judicial branch. kristen: you have been watching the live confirmation hearings from washington, ketanji brown jackson, president biden's nominee to take over the seat being vacated by justice breyer, who will be retiring at the of this term. abc news and abc 7 will continue to cover this process until the boat. want to give you a quick note that we were going to have a calm dutch conversation with san francisco supervisor raphael about his proposal, a place for all requiring the city to be able to offer every single person experiencing homelessness a place to sleep, shelter, however he is engaged in a boat
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at this very moment in that has been delayed. so we will have that conversation another time.
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kristen: welcome back. abc7news is excited about our partnership with a digital news site, the san francisco standard. it focuses on local, quality-of-life issues and lines with our efforts to build a better bay area. in the wake of the war with ukraine, they are looking at the global effort to track down the wealth of russian oligarchs. government's around the world are searching for mansions, yachts, bank accounts linked to cutin gus pruden and his supporters. but they are heading a -- linked
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to putin and his supporters. jonathan weber is joining us. >> thanks for having me. kristen: your investigative reporter did a piece on your website today looking at whether the approach to allowing access to public records is making it hard to identify russian assets in the city. let's start with us. we think there is quite a bit of russian oligarchs wealth hidden here? >> yes. san francisco is a major center of money-laundering, identified by the federal government as one of the most desired locations for money-laundering. the reasons for that are straightforward. luxury apartments, luxury property of various kinds are a very popular target for concealing wealth, and there's plenty of that around here. so yes, a lot of the ill-gotten
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wealth and property, especially around san francisco. kristen: what kinds of city records may be available that could shed light on which assets might be owned by his supporters? >> the core records when it comes to property or the property records held by the assessor recorder's office. all properties are documented,d, those records are held by the assessor or reporter. if reporters or citizen investigators can have proper access, they can investigating various ways who owns what and find with luck they they they where criminals have assets. kristen: what is the process of this assessor's office to get them? is it online? do you have to go there, is it free, how does it work? >> just to set the baseline,
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new york for example or miami, which are also big centers for money-laundering, these kinds of records are available online in a database for free and you can just go online and search the records. in san francisco, you have to request individual records, specific records about specific properties. if the put in request for those records and they will be produced at the cost of three dollars a page. one building could have of pages of records associated with it. so you could be paying hundreds of dollars just to look at one property record. there also no way to really search the database online. the other thing you can do is go down to -- physically go down to the recorder's office and use their terminal to look around. that is the other option. kristen: it seems obvious how this approach poses a problem, if you're trying to link any of
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these problems to russia look works. but is any of this illegal or violating rules in the way the assessor's office does this? >> that is a point of contention. the assessor's office asserts that what they're doing is in compliance with state law. the state has fairly strong public records laws, but there is a lot of nuance and they claim that they are in compliance with the law. we do not believe that is the case. our legal counsel advises that he believes that this is not in compliance with the law and we will see where that goes. kristen: when you pay that, do you pay the city, or do you pay a different party? where's does the money go? >> it goes through a third-party contractor. the city has farmed out the management and access to this to a third-party vendor. and that is part of why they
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claim that they have to have these high fees because the fees are set by the vendor and it is out of their hands, which does not actually make sense. kristen: you mentioned this is an outlier compared to new york, i don't know about other big cities with his may be an issue. is there a reason to think the city is intentionally creating hurdles, or do you think it is an old system that needs updating? >> that is a good question that i don't really know the answer to. i think part of it is probably have it. but there have been efforts to change this over the years and there has been resistance to it. supervisor aaron peskin says he is going to bring some thing up today at the board of supervisors meeting to address this problem. but it is unclear why the city has been so uncooperative on this. but if i could add, this problem of lack of access to records is
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not just an assessor, recorder problem. we run into this problem with many city agencies where compliance with public records laws are spotty at best. kristen: you mentioned the standard is trying to compel the release of searchable property records. how that coming along? >> i guess not that well so far because we still don't have them. but we will see with the next steps are. kristen: any comments from the assessor's office? >> they've explained the different ways they think they are complying with the law and they don't want to do with they are asking. kristen: thank you for explaining this fascinating story to our viewers, editor in chief of the san francisco standard. thank you. we also have links to their original reporting on our website,
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and to watch more segments featuring their journalism, check out our bay area stevie -- td trimming out and scroll down to the sf standard shelf. the film turning red has
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kristen: the new pixar animated film turning red is a hit with critics and fans for its honest look at puberty and finding oneself. but it also has some critics, parents worried about exposing their children to concepts like adding your. , attracted to boys or rebelling against parents. ♪ >> is everything ok? >> i am a gross red monster. don't look at me. stay back. >> this happened already. kristen: in the
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13-year-old chinese-american girl -- chinese canadian girl mei lee joining us is thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. kristen: some parents are just elated that puberty is a theme in the film. i saw this a couple days ago and thought it was a joy. but others are worried. what do you think about these issues surrounding puberty, being front and center in a film like this? >> i think it is really important to realize this is a doozy pixar movie, so it is adorable, it is cute, it is cartoony, it does not touch really the topic of periods though it is one of the best quick three second discussions
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with a throwdown pain meds, vitamin b12, warm packs and all of these different types of maxi pads that women have to go through. though i noticed they omitted 10 pounds -- attempt wants, which is my pet peeve of them -- asians, blacks and latinos not easy to ponds as much and i think it is a great way to open up the discussion, prepare your own people for this and normalize it. kristen: what do you think is the potential harm when these conversations are not happening, when they are not normalized? when kids don't talk about it before it happens to them? >> i do think the red panda is a great analogy or euphemism for puberty in that it is this change and she gets stinky and she's embarrassed about it and the parents are like oh no, we do not think it was going to happen this soon. yeah, puberty, the start of stinky armpits and potentially
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hair starts at eight years old. periods start on average in the united states at 12, but some they start at 10. so for this movie to show this puberty starting at 14 is when we work her up or delayed puberty. there should have been many signs before 13 years of age that puberty was going to hit. so i think it is important to discuss it, because particularly with periods, and this movie was not about periods, it's about stickiness and interested boys, the separation of your own individuality from your parents, but if you don't talk to a young person who might have periods, when they get it they think they are dying or something is wrong with them, so please talk to your young person. kristen: you mentioned that kids could potentially get their periods really early, like nine or 10 -- even eight. how do you talk to a kid that age? at different ages i guess you
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would have a different type of conversation, maybe go deeper into it, more layered, marcus through what is appropriate for each age group. -- walk u walk u walk u walk u u >> in canada, they have sex ed d starting at kindergarten and every two years, we have it around for their fifth grade, then around seventh or eighth, one more time in high school in california. but we get it in before more dutch most young people have their. . if you have any role, and you have a euros and you bleed, don't hide your menstrual products. just like they want you -- watch you pee and poo, let them see, these are things that happen when you get normal, it is natural and normal. it is important to talk about it, prepare, normalize it and i
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love the california passed a law that i believe starting in september all public schools have to carry free menstrual products, or as i like to say -- kristen: they did not have that when i was a kid. >> wherever there is toilet paper we should use menstrual products. -- we should have free mental products. i public service announcement is that the number one cause of missed school and work under 25 in the u.s., not just third world countries, and our country, is painful and heavy periods. some people, because it runs in their family, they are like it runs in my family, it is normal. if you are missing school or work because your. is horrible or painful, please see a doctor and know that we can help you with that even if it quote runs in your family. don't have to suffer. kristen: this is not just about periods, she was also embarrassed about her feelings for a boy, the convenience store
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clerk she dismissed before. she is drawing pictures of them. those are all things that should be part of the conversation. i want to ask, one thing i hear parents talking about, they wonder, when you talk about these difficult things, whether it is sex, drugs, your body changing or suicide, they might put ideas in your head in such a way that they would be more likely to try those things. what do we know about that? >> i always believe that knowledge is power. if you give people the benefits and cons of every situation, they will see it. one thing i like is the sexually transmitted infection disease manual, you don't use a condom, this happens. you don't use prevention, you get a baby and if this is a screaming, crying baby you have to breast-feed every two to three hours and change his diapers and it will be your responsibility from now until you die.
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it is putting out those realities at talking about sex has never been shown to cause sex. comprehensive sex ed such as we have in california has prevented sexually-transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy. don't be afraid to talk about this. but if you don't feel comfortable, there are great resources out there. we have health connected, a nonprofit in the bay area that teaches comprehensive sex ed. kristen: we will have to continue on facebook live, but dr. sophia again
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