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announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. >> one of the longest rent strikes in oakland history is now over. and the tenants involved will not only get to keep their apartments, the units will permanently become affordable housing units. good evening. i'm ama daetz. dan: and i'm dan ashley. thanks for joining us. abc7 news reporter lewis lewis spoke with -- luce pena spoke to a landlord group that landlords are getting the short end of the stick in situations like this. reporter: after a six-year battle and almost $2.5 -- 2 1/2 years of not playing rent these tenants claimed victory. over their landlord. instead of these tenants getting evicted their landlord is no longer involved. >> what does this victory mean to you and your neighbors? because --
[speaking spanish] interpreter: you'll be able to live in peace. >> some of the tenants who loved lived in this building for over 15 years. jesus showed us his kitchen sink. it hasn't worked for at least two years. and mold is growing. then his neighbor's bathroom had a leak. the ceiling paid the price. they claimed their landlord refused to make repairs for years. so they organized and refused to pay. oakland's gheunt land trust got -- community land trust got involved and offered to buy the property. >> your landlord and your neighbors never thought you would accomplish this. [speaking spanish] you're saying that he never believed it and never even thought it was a possibility. less than a month ago oakland's community land trust purchased its 14 units building for $3.3 million. the tenants made history with one of the longest rent strikes
in oakland's history. and now the entire building will turn into affordable housing. >> we're essentially stabilizing rents where they're at now and in some cases lowering them. a little bit. so they're set at levels that are defined by the city of oakland. >> the trust currently has a -- has 45 properties and says this is part of a bigger moment to turn private housing into affordable housing. also, those tenants will be able to purchase their units in the future. but the east bay housing association which represents about 1,6 moon landlords say they're under attack. >> in some ways, it feels like a different kind of block busting if that makes sense. right? you can create conditions within a community that force owners out. and that's exactly what -- that's exactly what's happening. >> the organization that helped tenants organize says they hope this victory sends a strong message to landlords. >> this is important for like,
you know, tenants to rise up and fight back. reporter: in oakland, abc7 news. dan: a show of support, safety, and community today on the streets of east oakland. the office of district seven councilmember treva reed hosted the first community safety task force at that of action. more than a dozen community organizations teamed up to provide neighbors with everything from p.p.e. equipment and hot meals to free haircuts and workplace training. >> i want to welcome you to these eight blocks that we believe with this collective support, this ongoing support, that we are launching today, that we will see this corridor transformed. and as we see this corridor transformed, we will take what we are doing here and model it throughout the city. dan: all of today's items and services were provided by businesses and organizations with roots in the district. ama: members of the valleo police officers association say city's police chief and theirthe attorneys held a news conference
today slamming what they called chief seany williams' unethical and failed leadership. abc7 news i-team reporter melanie woodrow has the story. reporter: members of the vallejo police organization were present but it not speak. >> ms. fox and i had advised them it would not be in their interests. reporter: at a news conference questioning vallejo police chief seany williams. >> he's the kipping. he's not the chief. reporter: attorney mike raines represents the police officers. rains said in december of last year 73 out of 75vpoa members said they had no confidence in chief williams and two members did not vote. >> no one d. is an ethical and capable leader of this department. reporter: citing the number of officers being down to 87 from more than 100, and accusing chief williams of hiring his friends. yesterday, vallejo city manager mike malone issued a statement which included that the chief and department staff have worked closely with the city's h.r. to change how the department recruits cadets and lateral
hires. to bring the department back to a substantial staffing level. >> they're leaving. they are sick and tired of being maligned. reporter: referring to allegations of officers bending down the corners of their badges to celebrate killing people. >> these officers were celebrating in a gang-like ritualistic fashion, the murder and death of black and brown people. reporter: saying the officers weren't celebrating but were recognizing and making a split second decision to use lethal force and surviving. >> there was no misconduct. reporter: according to a city exponential spokesperson an outside investigation was concluded in september of last year. the findings have not been released publicly. in february, a police spokesperson told ien-team the office proposed draft statements for the city attorney's office review and response long ago. when asked about the holdup, the assistant city attorney told the i-team we are unable to share information regarding the legal advice provided to any of our clients. vallejo city manager malone's statement yesterday said use of
force statistics are down significantly. and that he and the city council continue to express strong support for chief williams:for the i-team melanie woodrow, abc7 news. dan: new developments in the case of wnba star brittney griner who is being held in russia on drug charges. today, the biden administration offered a prisoner exchange with russia saying they will turn over russian arms trafficker victor boot for griner and paul weiland. weiland has been held for alleged espionage since 2018. griner has been detained since february when she says she unintentionally brought cannabis to russia. ama: president biden's time in isolation is over. and today he announced he tested negative for covid-19. he tweeted this picture saying back to the oval. thanks to doc for the good care and to all of you for your support. he first tested positive six days ago and his doctor said the president's symptoms are almost completely resolved. dan: now to the latest on monkeypox. health regulators say 800,000
doses of monkeypox vaccine will soon be available for u.s. distribution. and the demand here in the bay area is growing because the case numbers are increasing. abc7 news reporter j.r. stone is following the story for us. he is in the newsroom with the latest. j.r. reporter: dan, there have been more than 200 cases of monkeypox in san francisco. at one point the c.d.c. was saying that if your county had just one case, that was considered an outbreak. so we are well above that. with all of this, vaccines are extremely hard to come by. this should give you an idea of the demand that we are seeing here in the bay area. dozens if not hundreds of people lined up outside the steam kickbox club in berkeley today. they have had several pop-up clinics giving away monkeypox vaccines. i talked with state senator scott queener about this. th scott weiner about this. this is what he had to say. >> time for california and san francisco to declare a state of emergency around monkeypox.
san francisco is by far the most impacted in california. and california has the most infections behind only new york state. reporter: santa clara county has seen a rise in monkeypox cases. they have had 39 confirmed cases there in the south bay. public health department director dr. sarah coty said that a little more than half of those cases are in the latinx community and most but not all involve those in the lgbtq -- lgbtq+ community. dr. cody said more vaccines are coming. but there is still not a lot of information about that. >> a little over 700 doses additionally coming into the county. we don't know exactly yet when those will arrive. we are advocate being as fiercely as we can -- advocating as fiercely as we can with the federal government and the state of california we badly need more vaccine. reporter: the s.f. general clinic that has given out monkeypox vaccines ran out on monday but we just received word in the last couple of hours that
they are getting more than 4,000 monkeypox vax doses this week. but again, it's up clear -- unclear when those will arrive. j.r. stone, abc7 news. dan: j.r., thank you. san francisco board of supervisors is calling on the federal government to step in and pause the outgoing transfer of patients from laguna honda hospital. this after four patients died shortly after they were removed to other facilities. yesterday, the board unanimously approved two resolutions, one urging health and human services secretary javier becerra to intervene in the transfer and the second to urge governor newsom to declare a state of emergency at the hospital. laguna honda was decertified in april after federal smickettors announced it to be out of compliance -- inspectors announced it to be out of compliance. and looking to get it recertified before it is forced to close in september. dan: still ahead here twitter is now downsizing its office space in one bay area city and canceling plans to expand in another. the impact this decision could have on the local economy.
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dan: two san jose residence are -- residents are safe after escaping a house fire in dramatic fashion. the fire broke out just after 11 cloak this morning at a home on glen do you know court. -- dune court. so with only one way out, two people made a split second decision that saved their life. >> two residents were notified to jump and they landed safely on trash cans and taken away from the city without serious injury. dan: one person treated for smoke inhalation and no word on what caused the fire. san jose's fire chief says this is a good reminder why it's best to always have two ways out of your home. ama: a fire has gutted a popular south bay breakfast spot. holden's country inn restaurant
caught fire just after 4:00 this morning. sky seven video shows flames engulfing the roof which later collapsed. no one was hurt. san jose's fire captain says the fire started in the kitchen but crews haven't yet determined the cause. dan: twitter today announced plans to move out of its san francisco office on 10th street. the company will still keep its market street headquarters but has now scrapped plans altogether to open an office in oakland. abc7 news reporter lena howland looks at what this means to the community. reporter: months after twitter announced a forever work from home model, they are downsizing their physical office space across the world. here in the bay area, that includes san francisco. twitter is moving out of its 10th street office but plans to keep its headquarters on market street. >> so many people want a work from home option. reporter: san francisco mayor london breed says it's too easy to say what this will mean for the city. >> i don't think this is about leaving. this is about re-evaluating. we are not going to go back to the same.
we're going to evolve. reporter: keep in mind the former mayor of san francisco was the one that offered major tax breaks to twitter as a way to incentivize them to come to the city of san francisco in the first place. >> mayor ed lee really bent over backward to give twitter a tax break to attract them to a building where it was really yunt utilized. so -- really underutilized. reporter: twitter headquarters are in speier matt dorsey's district and is concerned this could affect the tax base and hurt small businesses. >> they depend on larger employers. because that's where people go to lunch and you get coffee in the morning and get a doughnut and those kinds of things. so it really hurts other small businesses that we really need to fight for. and really struggling. reporter: experts like nolan higdon professor of history and communication at cal state east bay say you can't tell this story without talking about covid. and that people demonstrated they can be rich working from
home. -- productive working from home. >> i think one way or the other we will see some transformative change happen in the way we think about cities and think about living in the san francisco bay area. of a lot more companies follow twitter's lead. ama: a spokesman for twitter says these decisions do not impact our current head count or employee roles and will continue to support and reckly meet with our customers to -- regularly meet with our customers to launch something new and connect with what's happening on twitter. in san francisco, abc7 news. ama: san francisco's u.c. hastings law school is close tore getting a new name. today the board of directors unanimously agreed on changing the name to university of california college. law san francisco. it would also be referred to as u.c. college of the law san francisco or u.c. law s.f. the move is because of founder sarenes hastings involved in atrocities against native americans. the decision heads to the state
legislature and the governor and affected to be signed by january of 2023. dan: new developments from the california supreme court today. chief justice tawny cantil sakaway will retire and not seek a second 12-year term in november and will retire in january. if re-elected her announcement would give give newsom his third opportunity to appoint a justice to the seven-member high court. the chief justice was sworn in to office in january of 2011 after being nominated by former governor arnold schwarzenegger. she is the first asian filipino american, the second woman to serve as the state's chief justice. ama: after the break california's biggest water project in half a century is inching forward. the details released today by gotch newsom's office. and wait until you hear the and wait until you hear the multibillion dollar price tag.
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underground tunnel to reroute water from the sacramento, san joaquin river delta to southern california. it's a scaled back version of former governor jerry brown's two tunnel plan and has a price tag of $16 billion. state water officials say the project is badly needed to modernize the state's water infrastructure in the face of climate change. but critics say it will harm communities in and along the delta which rely on water that could be diverted to the tunnel. dan: let's turn to the latest on the oak fire burning in the maripost near yosemite national park. containment is slowly increasing. and is now up to 32%. so that's encouraging. since it began on july 22 the fire has burned nearly 19,000 acres. 49 homes have been destroyed. 1,100 structures are still threatened. ama: smoke from the oak fire is still blowing toward the bay area. and that means the air quality advisory has been extended yet again. it now goes through tomorrow. dan: so let's get more now on the conditions and of course the forecast.
ama: abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel here with the latest. sandhya. sandhya: ama and dan, unfortunately in the upper parts of the atmosphere, we're still seeing haze from the oak fire. the smoke from the oak fire. so let me show you a live picture from our walnut creek camera. and you will notice it's not exactly completely haze free. and it's just going to get a little bit worse before it gets better. so air quality advisory as you just mentioned, extended through tomorrow due to smoke loft from the oak fire near the surface we're not expecting a lot of smoke. air quality will remain good. the next three days. right now, as a matter of fact, it is good across the entire bay area. as we check out what it looks like near yosemite, well, as expected, it is poor for sensitive groups right near the fire. moderate right around the sierra and the upper level smoke forecast, notice that that smoke starts to spill over toward the bay area later on tonight. and it is a little bit heavier before it starts to thin out a bit. it gets pushed out over the
ocean. going into tomorrow. but still will be hazy as we head into tomorrow. now, near the surface, the smoke will be primarily concentrated near the oak fire although we will see some haze starting to move over our region tomorrow as well. now, the winds are really saving us as well. the strong sea breeze gusting to 32 at s.f.o. which is why down near the surface, you may not be noticing the smoke but if you live in the hills or you're out and about in the hills you may smell it. obviously want to avoid exposure if you're sensitive to it. fog along the coastline on live doppler seven. and once again, monsoon moisture bringing the sierra some thunderstorms right now. live look from our golden state bridge camera, 62 in the city, 68 in oakland, 76 san jose, 59 in half moon bay and a drizzly start for parts. bay area this morning. but that marine layer is beginning to compress. as seen from our emeryville camera. 77 in santa rosa, 66 in petaluma, upper 80's around concord, livermore, most inland spots were in the 80's as opposed to the 90's unless
you're out tele2 brentwood -- out toward brentwood. haze-year skies lingering tomorrow. fog, clouds and patchy morning drizzle again and we're looking at a seasonal pattern into next week. so the thunderstorms wiln east ofl rai us.em but some of that monsoon flow in the form of mid and high level clouds across our region a little bit of spotty drizzle not out of the question tomorrow. and then you will notice those thunderstorms once again firing up in the afternoon and evening. morning temperatures in the 50's, 60's, starting off with the fog, the krysal, tomorrow afternoon, it's going to be a nice day. a little bump up inland possible but upper 80's to low 90's, hazy skies, lows we check out the accuweather seven-day forecast, it's primarily warming on friday, low 60's to low 90's. temperatures coming down a couple of degrees. and then increasing clouds the second half of your weekend. next week, looking seasonal. i don't think we have too much to complain about. ama: certainly not. thank you, sandhya. dan: a community is honoring the memory of a police officer who
died during the oakland hills firestorm in 1991. today, oakland's north hills community association held a beverage -- bench dedication at firestorm memorial garden. one of the last people to see grovinsky alive the officer was using his patrol car to evacuate people. and in a race against the flames was driving toward safety. >> it was all aflame and drove through it and finally she saw a clear space. and we knew we were alive. officer was behind us and got trapped in the patrol car. but he was a hero. he's the person who warned our family to evacuate. dan: howard mattis says he believes grubinsky saved the lives of 100 people that day. and he was reported to be working on his day off volunteering to evacuate people from the fire zone. a hero indeed. and we told the story of officer grubinsky and other first responders to the oakland fire,
storm in our emmy award nominated documentary called "firestorm." you can stream that heart-pounding 30-minute documentary. it was terrific. right now, on the abc7 bay area streaming tv ape. just go to the abc7 original shelf to watch it now. ama: promoting movement and exercise for more than a thousand kids in oakland. we'll tell you about today's we'll tell you about today's event that included steph cur when i make decisions as a leader, it's not about me or the folks that are here. it's about the next seven generations coming behind us, making sure that they have the ability to move forward. prop 27 will help small rural tribes like mine get a seat at the table will be transformational for my tribal members. taxing online sports betting gives us an opportunity
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and 32,000 households before the pandemic began. dan: very good. all right. good work there. finally tonight steph curry, two-sport athlete. ama: the warriors star and his wife were at the a's game today to celebrate their eat, learn, play organization's third birthday. they brought with them more than a thousand kids from local organizations. steph and aisha got to throw out the ceremonial first pitches there. and some. kids got to yell "play ball" before the game. the curry foundation fights to end childhood hunger and assures students have access to a quality education and provide safe places for children to play. >> all kids deserve, you know, to experience magical days like this, full of like surprise moments. and that's really what we're going for. dan: steph was pretty popular at the coliseum today. he was able to take batting practice and spend some time signing autographs and taking pictures with the visiting houston astros. two great stories to end with. people doing nice things in this community. ama: we love it.
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tonight, breaking news. the u.s. and its offer to russia. the effort tonight to free detained americans wnba star brittney griner and paul whelan. the u.s. secretary of state saying the u.s. wants to make a deal with russia to get griner and whelan home. sources tonight telling abc news the u.s. is proposing an exchange for convicted armed dealer victor bout, now serving time in the u.s. how likely is this? how early could this happen? mary bruce live at the white house. tonight, the major move by the fed to try to slow inflation what americans are paying for everything. the federal reserve today hiking interest rates three quarters of a percent. how today's move effects americans right away and rebecca jarvis breaks it down. two major headlines tonight from capitol hill. breaking news as we come on. joe manchin in a reversal now
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