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or live chat at calhope.org today. solutions. this is abc7news. >> he is going to talk about a compliments of the last two years, how wages are up and inflation is finally starting to cool. he is going to talk about the record jobs we have been able to create. >> in one hour, president biden will deliver his second state of the union address. >> tonight's speech is to be a launching path for president biden's bid to run for reelection, but comes as his approval rating hovers around the lowest of his presidency. >> this is the first time he will be addressing congress
since republicans won control of the house. ama: president biden is expected to highlight efforts to improve infrastructure and create jobs. . >> the republican response will be delivered by arkansas governor sarah huckabee sanders. ama: part of the address is expected to target big tech in silicon valley. president biden has called for more regulation on tech companies. most tech experts agree. reporter: big tech makes up silicon valley. each of those companies have gotten criticism from lawmakers and the president. in this wall street journal op-ed, joe biden called on republicans and democrats to unite against big tech abuses. >> big tech has massive power that's largely unchecked and it seems to grow daily. reporter: though the state of the union address is subject to change, the washington post reports mr. biden will be calling for bipartisan support to better regulate big tech.
in the op-ed, the president brought up concerns about how big tech collects and shares personal data. he has called on them to be responsible for the content they share and says more responsibility is needed. >> a lot of people on capitol hill agree something needs to be done. what is another conversation. reporter: getting bipartisan support may be a challenge. >> on one side of the aisle there is a lot of concern about censorship, the perception that the tech industry is pushing political ideals onto the country. on the other site, you have people worried about the spread of disinformation, extremism, the concern about technology companies reaching into our lives and over surveilling. reporter: a tech expert and professor says he is doubtful congress will be able to regulate or break up big tech, something he says is due to a breakdown in bipartisan work and because of support big tech companies give to the government
and politicians. >> i don't think there is a scenario where those in power are going to break up big tech. reporter: experts say regardless if biden is successful in regulating big tech, the path moving forward has no end. >> these conversations are going to continue regardless of whether new laws are enacted. the tech industry is the center of a lot of our lives. reporter: zach fuentes, abc7news. ama: a lot to get into and we are excited to introduce recently retired bay area congress member and abc 7's new political analyst jackie speier. dan: she is here to discuss what we can expect from tonight's address. let's talk about tonight. president biden comes into tonight's speech, his second state of the union address, with remarkably low approval ratings around 42%, among the lowest for second-year presidents. what does he need to accomplish
tonight? jackie: it's important to remember his disapproval record is about the same as reagan's was two years from his presidency being reelected. he won 49 states in that race. i think what he has to do is just expand the message. we have a good news story as democrats to tell, which is 12 million new jobs in two years. we have a situation where new jobs were created in january , the lowest unemployment rate since the 1960's. that is good news. in part because so many people have this overhang of covid and the fear of what's next, that's what the republicans play on. i think what the president has to do is talk about what he has done and make it clear what he is going to do. ama: there is a lot of fear, and
you talk about that. a lot of people are still suffering. we are talking about inflation. everyone is talking about how they can't afford eggs anymore. i know people who have been impacted by the google layoffs, now zoom. what do people really need to get from the president? jackie: the tack area has been impacted more than most. we have seen it personally in our families and communities. if you look at the whole country and what's happening, these jobs are growing. the infrastructure act is creating millions of jobs over the next 10 years. the problem is this is starting to just roll out so people have some angst. the fact that now the federal government can negotiate medicare prices on drugs, that you are going to have insulin at no more than $35 a month, those are big wins that have taken a long time to achieve. dan: you know presiden
will talk about his republican colleagues across the aisle and the need to work together. everyone talks about it, it never seems to happen and it seems to be getting worse. is there any hope that can happen? jackie: i don't believe that's going to happen in the next two years. the republicans want to pursue this investigative approach. they know they are not going to get legislation through the senate, so they are going to pound him. it's going to require the democrats to do a good job pushing back on it. there is legitimate issues to investigate and there are illegitimate issues. unfortunately i'm afraid my colleagues on the republican side are more interested in the high headlines that have nothing to support them. dan: last thing, do you wish you were in the room? this will be your first time not in the room. jackie: first time in 15 years. it's nice being able to watch at 6:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m.
and it's nice to be home. it was time, so i am glad to be here in a position to help analyze what's going on back there. ama: we are glad to have you. dan: we are indeed, and it is a family affair. we are glad to have you join us as a political analyst. investigative reporter, does a terrific job. we are delighted to have you on board helping us understand political things. ama: again, you can watch president biden deliver his state of the union address tonight on abc seven. live coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. dan: it is an issue we have been talking about for months. the price hike for natural gas has exceeded forecasts. today the california public utilities commission staged a special hearing to figure out why natural gas prices are so high. leslie brinkley has the story. leslie: why are natural gas
prices so high? simple question with complicated answers. the cpuc convened experts to troubleshoot the spike so it doesn't happen again in subsequent winters. the meeting included only 15 minutes of public comment, like this resident. >> cpuc rings the term gaslighting to a whole new level. leslie: some blame the cpuc for not controlling prices but most experts blamed the wintry weather. >> there is more price volatility associated with the weather. leslie: california imports 90% of its natural gas. pipeline constraints contributed to these spikes, but pg&e executives said patterns did not indicate a need to inject more gas into storage. utilities and to fill storage reservoirs with natural gas in
the summer when it is cheaper and pull down reserves in the winter when it is needed. there was a lot of debate about not enough storage. >> we are 40% below the five-year average and 28.9% below last year. most of all belongs to pg&e. >> what are some mitigations we can do to avoid this in the future? number one is reducing our reliance on natural gas. leslie: the cpuc made no decisions. governor newsom sent a letter to the federal government yesterday imploring them to investigate the wholesale pricing of natural gas in california for possible price manipulation, but short of that customers are left to foot big bills. an accelerated california climate credit of approximately $100 could appear on statements in march. >> people should not be phased
with the choice of heat or eat. leslie: leslie brinkley, abc7news. ama: today oakland opened new sheds on the site of the woodland street encampment, which is being disbanded. the city calls it the wood street community. the goal is to put up 70 to house people. the site includes access to electricity as well as communal residents, showers, laundry facilities, and a kitchen. an $800 million grant from the state is helping fund these site. the plan to build housing units is a nonstarter with california. the housing and community development division rejected oakland's roadmap days after the city council passed it. the report says the council rejected the housing plans for a majority of bay area cities, including berkeley. dan: supporters of police chief leronne armstrong are calling for him to be reinstated, but
the oakland mayor says this is a personnel matter as he has been placed on administrative leave. brian curry with supporters who are demanding the federal oversight monitor step down. >> i say today, reinstate armstrong. can we say that? >> gathering police headquarters, leaders and supporters of leronne armstrong are calling on the oakland mayor to reinstate him as police chief. >> you cannot get us to believe that somebody working this hard to keep their job does not love what they do. ryan: armstrong has been on administrative leave since january 19 following a report from oakland's oversight monitor citing possible misconduct. the mayor stood by her position to put armstrong on leave. >> it is an ongoing investigation. we take the allegations very seriously. it is a personnel matter and we
will leave it at that. ryan: armstrong's legal team sent a letter to the mayor asking for reinstatement. both armstrong and his supporters say the parshaw. >>is tenre that we come out of monitor ship. every time we are about to come out, there is always something. ryan: we reached out to him and have not heard back yet. armstrong was also not available, but on sunday he said the report was not grounds to be put on leave. >> my report confirms that the report about me is not supported by evidence. ryan: supporters say the longer this goes on, the more it hurts oakland's progress toward making the city safer. >> we had to go through the same cycle for noise that's disrupting everything we are working hard towards accomplishing, which is saving our people. >> we want cheap leronne
ama: the man accused of shooting a san jose police officer was stopping police, the chief said. an officer was shot twice during the weekend. mendoza of san jose stopped officers outside two police stations and followed police vehicles. police released vehicles they say showed mendoza shooting at them during the traffic stop. they changed the shooter to a home where more shots were exchanged and they say mendoza surrendered. chief anthony mata says he has offered some guidance to officers. >> this is a traumatic event
that's emotional, psychological. but don't forget the reason we are here, to protect each other, support each other. ama: the chief says mendoza used this ghost gun and had 14 prior misdemeanor convictions, none in the bay area. dan: the fentanyl crisis continues to claim lives. leaders in the south bay want to stop overdoses at the source, after three people died of what appears to be a fentanyl overdose in gilroy yesterday. dustin dorsey explains how santa clara county leaders are responding. dustin: on a small town road in unincorporated gilroy, the deadly opioid crisis reared its head again. sheriff's deputies found four men in their 50's unresponsive, likely from fentanyl use. >> they provided lifesaving measures and applied our -- applied narcan. unfortunately three of the victims were pronounced deceased at the scene. one male was revived and
transported to hospital. dustin: sergeant davis says fentanyl is the most dangerous drug in the country and stopping this crisis remains their top priority. part of that comes from finding out how these men got the fentanyl. >> we sent detectives and investigators to the residence to conduct a full investigation. based on the evidence, if we have enough information to link this to a person responsible, there will be homicide charges. dustin: we spoke with a group of friends at the home who said they were going to visit one of the victims in the hospital. they told us the fentanyl crisis is getting out of hand. santa clara county leaders on the fentanyl working group agreed, including when it comes to youth drug use. >> the stakes of making a small mistake have never been higher. one of the crazy things about the fentanyl overdose crisis in youth is it is happening in the face of decreasing drug use for youth. dustin: and yet dr. sussman says
they are dying of drugs more than before. sussman says the group has made strides in measures like having narcan more readily available about that the next step is preventing overdoses before they happen. >> we need to not just work on the reactive piece, getting narcan into people's hands, but work on the preventive piece of reducing supply and demand and making sure people have access to treatment. dustin: dustin dorsey, abc7news. ama: what does the future of downtown oakland look like? the
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thao is looking at revitalizing downtown oakland by tapping into people who already call oakland home. >> i envisioned that by working with the uptown-downtown bid to really program, free programming for wonderful oakland town. to really just make sure there is a feeling of safety, a feeling of community. dan: housing was also a hot topic. both cities had their housing plans for the next eight years approved by the state. >> i opened up a house today. it would have been better if it were a tad warmer, if i'm going to complain. dan: i know who we can complain to. spencer: it is going to get warmer. right now it is just mild and calm. surface wind speeds are mainly under 10 miles an hour, certainly away from the coastline where it is breezy. we have mainly clear skies over the bay area, as evidenced by
this view. currently temperatures are 55 degrees in san francisco, upper 50's palo alto, 52 at half moon bay. another beautiful live look looking onto the bed. 57 navarro, napa 59, mid-50's fairfield, concord, and livermore. not the golden gate, we will soon see the setting sun. mostly clear skies overnight, a few chilly spots inland. sunny and warmer tomorrow and thursday and partly cloudy and cooler at the end of the week. tonight, mainly clear skies with a few high clouds. low temperatures drop to the mid to upper 30's an e north bay. napa inland and east bay, lowes will be in the upper 30's in concord and livermore. 41 in san jose and low 40's around the bay shoreline. highs tomorrow, upper 50's at the coast, low to mid 60's
around the shoreline, and lots of mid-60's inland. morgan hill 65. here is our long-range forecast starting at 5:00 tomorrow afternoon. a disturbance out to sea will be moving our direction. it is not likely to bring measurable rainfall but we will see an increase of clouds. there is just enough moisture that we could see a sprinkle or two early saturday morning before the system dissipates. otherwise, calm and clear whether looking into next weekend. i should say this weekend. sunny skies tomorrow thursday with high temperatures in the mid 60's inland and near the bay. it will cool down a little friday and saturday. temperatures bounce right back up into the mid-60's sunday and monday but will will down sharply on tuesday. dan: i wil
google tv, fire tv, and roku. search abc 7. dan: more than 7000 are confirmed dead from turkey and syria's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. the death toll will likely continue to rise. the deadly earthquake rocked turkey early monday morning local time followed by hundreds of intense aftershocks. thousands of buildings crumbled and local rescue teams have asked the world for help. president biden ordered several american search and rescue teams to turkey. the u.s. is also sending specialized tools and equipment. members of the bay area turkish community are shocked and worried. >> it was a shock for the locals here. obviously a bigger shock to experience the shake. dan: some members of the bay area turkish american religious foundation have gone to turkey to help. donating to red crescent is one
way to help out for those affected by this disaster if you would like to get involved. ama: we have more ahead. dan: let's go to karina nova for a look at these stories coming up at 5:30. >> we will see the president's second state of the union address in about 30 minutes. our conversation continues with recently retired bay area congress member jackie spear. we will break down what to expect in the speech and the impact on americans. 30 6 million trees in california died on federal, state, and private land. we find out why and what's being done. join us for those stories and more at 5:30 on bay area streaming tv. ama: you can download the abc 7 app or head to abc7news.com for more local news right now. dan: on tv, world news with david muir is next. we appreciate your time. i am dan ashley. ama: i am on my dates.
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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the urgent search and rescue effort under way right now, a newborn baby pulled out alive. they believe born in the wreckage after that devastating earthquake. also tonight, the fire breaking out on a united passenger jet headed to newark. and here in washington, president biden set to address the nation and congress tonight. first, rescuers in a race against time to pull survivors from under mountains of rubble. amid the heartbreak, the incredible moment the white helmets rescue team pulls an entire family to safety. also tonight, we're learning about a mother giving birth while buried under a five-story building. that newborn baby saved. the 7.8 earthquake causing widespread devastation across turkey and syria. marcus moore reporting from turkey tonight. here at home, that midair