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good morning. coming up next on "today in the bay," tragedy on the b.a.r.t. tracks. what we know today about who was operating the b.a.r.t. train that struck and killed two workers on the tracks. plus, the dramatic radio transmission of the moments after. stunning allegations linked to the woman who disappeared from her hospital room then found dead in a hospital stairwell three weeks later. what a hospital worker reportedly saw. and several families in the east bay lose almost everything in an apartment fire. how they're getting help today. this is "today in the bay." from nbc bay area, this is "today in the bay." good morning to you. waking up with a beautiful picture of that very iconic fog that is shrouded the bay.
looks like maybe there is no bay there in the distance. thanks for joining us. i'm kris sanchez along with meteorologist rob mayeda. it's always fun on the weekseen because it doesn't affect traffic. >> we have the nike women's marathon downwaunder way. be advised there's some traffic issues around the embarcadero. 51 in san jose. chilly in the north bay where we have visibility down to a half mile or a quarter mile, and that will be around probably until 9:00 this morning. for the afternoon mostly sunny skies. another nice day. maybe not as warm as yesterday, but 70s and 80s inland and supper 60s near san francisco. coming up, we'll talk about a slight chance of showers showing up in the seven-day forecast. i'll have that for you coming up in a few minutes. >> i think we take it for granted that we have so many runners in our community, but it is a really big deal to run that
marathon. >> absolutely. and pretty nice weather for it. striking b.a.r.t. workers will not walk the picket lines today out of respect to the two b.a.r.t. workers who were struck and killed on the tracks yesterday. the accident happened just before 2:00 when two employees were inspecting tracks between the walnut creek and pleasant hill b.a.r.t. stations. they were looking for a possible dip in the track. they were killed on impact. the names of the victims have not been released but a b.a.r.t. official confirms one was a member of a nonstriking b.a.r.t. union who showed up for work despite the strike. the other was a contractor. b.a.r.t. procedures are irthat require that one employee works as a lookout while the other works. several b.a.r.t. employees were on the train at the time of the accident. police are reviewing videos that were taken from the front of the
train. >> our hearts and prayers go out to the families of two workers who have been killed on the tracks. >> this is a tragedy of the greatest proportion for the b.a.r.t. family. >> these are the sixth and seventh b.a.r.t. workers killed on the job in the transit agency's history. there's word the national transportation safety board is taking over the investigation. coming up in 30 minutes, we'll hear the radio transmission moments after that deadly accident. and more details now. the last time a b.a.r.t. worker was killed on the job was back in 2008. b.a.r.t. inspector james strickland was hit by a train while inspecting track on the same line between concord and pleasant hill. the 44-year-old concord man was struck from behind by a train traveling the opposite track from the one it usually used. strickland was apparently unaware that b.a.r.t. had been single tracking trains in that area because of routine maintenance. b.a.r.t. unions reacted to the news of the death by putting aside the issues surrounding the ongoing labor strike to send
their condolences to the families of the b.a.r.t. workers and the contractor who were killed. the members of the amalgamated transit union learned of the deaths and stopped picketing immediately. they then announced outside of respect for the families involved, atu members will not hold any rallies or picket today. the unions, which have said safety concerns are among the majors they have with b.a.r.t., steered clear of the subject choosing instead to focus on the lives lost and their grieving loved ones. >> the main point right now is to express condolences for the families, the loved ones. so this is a tragic incident and so as people have said, there will be plenty of time to talk more about what happened after people find out what did happen. >> atu 1555 is planning two vigils for two people killed. they will be held at lake merit and walnut creek b.a.r.t. stations at 6:00 this evening. to continuing coverage of the strike itself. the strike continues into its fourth day as b.a.r.t. management and union officials
remain at an impasse. the two sides broke off talks on thursday. one union plans to present b.a.r.t.'s latest offer to its membership for a vote in the upcoming week, but leaders are not optimistic their members will approve it. >> we're going to vote their last best final offer. we're getting it printed up. we have a meeting tentatively set but we're going to vote that contract, we absolutely are, but we know our members are going to vote it down. >> no new talks between b.a.r.t. and the unions are scheduled for today. if that changes, we'll let you know. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of the b.a.r.t. strike. you can go to our website, nbcbayarea.com, for find breaking news alerts. you can find a list of commute alternatives to get around the b.a.r.t. strike. all indications are the strike will continue into tomorrow morning, so the "today in the bay" team will get you started at 4:00 tomorrow morning with traffic and the easiest way to get around. new this morning, several families have been displaced
after a fire damaged six units at an apartment complex in walnut creek. the fire started around 1:30 at a complex on the 500 block of north civic drive. fire officials say four units were heavily damaged with another two sustaining moderate damage. however they were able to contain the blaze before it spread to nearby buildings. the fire marshal confirms in all four faerms were displaced, including seven adults and five children. he says the american red cross is now assisting those families with temporary housing. contra costa fire says no one was injured, but the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. a new twist in the case of the woman found dead in the san francisco general hospital stairwell after she was missing for more than two weeks. the san francisco chronicle reports a hospital orderly reported stepping over an unconscious woman a week before her body was found. the newspaper says it's unclear why the sheriff's department did not locate the woman after
hospital authorities reported the worker's finding. lynn spalding disappeared from her hospital room september 21st and was found october 8th in the locked stairwell. her family says the latest developments are unbelievable. >> when the family heard about this last night, the response was understandably one of shock. how much more horrible can this case get? how much stranger can this case get? i don't think anyone could write a script more unbelievable. >> spalding's cause of death has not yet been determined. east bay police want to you look at a picture of the man they say attacked and robbed an elderly woman in her own front yard. here it is. police released the picture of the suspect wanted in connection with the robbery early last month. a store surveillance camera captured the image. this man was following the victim around at the time of the robbery. he's described as hispanic between 5'7" and 6 feet tall with a medium build.
and now to new details about obama care. as of this morning, about half a million people have taken the first steps toward enrolling in health coverage. administrators say of those 476,000 applicants, roughly half created accounts on the federal site and the other half on state-run exchanges. the administration hopes to get 7 million people enrolled in coverage through the exchanges by the end of march. the vast majority of americans, about 200 million people, will continue to get health coverage by an employer, private insurance, or medicare. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will be a no-show at a congressional hearing into breakdowns in the roll out of obama care. although sebelius has faced widespread criticism over the problems, administration officials announced she is not available to testify at thursday's hearing. since its launch on october 1st, the obama care website has been plagued by problems as americans try to log on and enroll for
health insurance. the new uc president janet napolitano says the school system is working to keep tuition within family budgets. she stopped over in santa cruz this weekend. uc-santa cruz announced a $300 million fund-raising campaign, first and largest in that school's history. earlier this year, governor brown signed a 5% increase for funding. still ahead on "today in the bay," a charity in need of charity to survive this holiday season. the silicon valley business that is now being squeezed by the red hot real estate market. i'm scott budman. as more technology finds its way into cars, more car companies are coming to silicon valley. coming up, further evidence that we may be the new motown. hey lena, what ya looking for?
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the bay." and looking live this morning at lots of the ladies and gentlemen who are running the nike women's marathon. race started at union square, then will travel along the waterfront and through the presidio, golden gate park before fishing at the great highway between lincoln way and jfk drive by 4:00. lucky enough to know a couple of the ladies running this morning. i hope they do super well. if not, we'll have frozen peas for their knees. the family giving tree which usually distributes thousands of holiday gifts to kids in need has a need of its own this morning. freeware house space. the warehouse is used last year is unavailable and it's left the giving tree with no place to stockpile those donations so many people turn in. >> reporter: every holiday family giving tree gathers and distributes toys for children in need. santa may have its workshop but this charity depends on donated warehouse space to sort and
store more than 65,000 gift. while some staff search for just the rate place, the chief operating officer is searching for free commercial real estate. >> we're looking for 100,000 square feet or more. >> reporter: the warehouse they used last year is part of apple's planned expansion where the vacancy rate is 0%. >> it's unbelievable. it's very busy. >> reporter: commercial broker kenny psi says warehouse demand is the strongest it's been since 2007 and clients are looking at some properties that have been vacant for more than 2 1/2 years. her company is tracking 110 clients actively looking for 8.7 million square feet of commercial space they can move into within the next year. and rental rates are going up, too. >> the economy is recovering and one of the biggest indicators, unemployment rate has dropped. lst year at this time third quarter was 7.9% and this year
it's 6.4%. >> reporter: as the economy grows for business, the need for help is growing, too. >> you sort of have two economies in the bay area. you have the high-tech world that's doing very, very well, and then you kind of have the rest of everything, and there's this whole population out there that's underserved, that's struggling, and we do what we can to help them out. >> family giving tree has been at it for 24 years, and they say it always works out. someone always comes through. they are looking for a commitment by the end of this month. and they hope they will be able to get that warehouse space. of course, if you don't have warehouse space, they can still take your help any way. you can make a donation of toys, money, or volunteer hours as well. family giving tree.org is where you can find more information. still ahead on "today in the bay," it's why companies are flocking to the bay area. we'll take a look at the future of cars, saving fuel and money. coming pup. and we're watching some fog
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you are watching "today in the bay." >> looking live this morning at the clock tower at the ferry building this morning. it is just about 7:17. not that you need to know the time. it's your sunday morning. rob mayeda has a look at the forecast for whatever you have planned today. >> plans around san francisco have been including the nike women's marathon. right now 57 degrees in san francisco. look at the temperatures in the north bay, quite chilly. 37 in santa rosa. 51 in san jose. so quite an interesting spread of temperatures. 30s and 40s in the north bay where we're still seei ing some patchy thick fog. also into oakland some thick fog in a few spots across the bay.
especially on the west side of san francisco this morning and down toward gilroy, you're seeing some of that patchy fog. we did see patchy fog for the start of the race. the nike women's marathon got started at 6:30. we'll see the temperatures climbing through the 50s as the race goes on. mostly sunny skies around san francisco later today. around the coast, we'll see fog during the day but wave heights increasing. beach hazard statement for late this afternoon into the evening for a large swell approaching the coast and some sneak eer was possibly. right now the wave height is only three feet but those are likely to raise. other than the surf, there's really not much there besides high pressure keeping most of the west coast dry. next chance for seeing showers possibly late thursday and friday near the coast. the computer models bring an area of low pressure offshore but not a lot of chances of showers here. maybe as we get into next weekend you can see a few light showers along the coast, and then the system will track towards southern california.
upper 70s, close to 80 in sunnyvale. mid-80s in morgan hill. around the tri-valley, some of the warmer sports will be around places like pleasanton. over towards livermore seeing 80s. 70s closer to oakland, and san francisco upper 60s to near 70 around san bruno and mid to upper 70s around redwood city. close to 80 in santa rosa. if you head up to lakeport today, we'll see low to mid-80s. coastal fog is the story today with sunshine. we will see a nice temperature rebound like we had yesterday. surf will be an issue on the coast probably all the way through tuesday. storms are missing us well off to the west, but the waves are reaching our shoreline. we'll see that through tuesday and then friday and saturday stay tuned. a few more clouds, perhaps a few showers as we approach next weekend. >> it's about time. thanks, rob. car caps from all over the world are coming to the bay area to make your car faster,
cleaner, and more high-tech. our business and tech reporter scott budman takes us behind the wheel to give us a glimpse into the cars of the future. >> reporter: the assignment today, drive a car powered by algae. around some of the silicon valley companies radically changing the auto industry. >> silicon valley is definitely the magnet or the auto world right now. >> reporter: car companies coming here to work with tech companies likes olazyme whose algae juiced fuel is driving this vw. >> it's important to look at what other industries are doing in terms of design, development, technology development, and innovation and really try to find a bridge between silicone valley imagination and traditional automotive engineering. >> reporter: this san jose event show ised cars and trucks with software inside and new, cleaner fuel under the hood. some even running purely on
electricity. >> one of the things about electricity people don't realize is electric motors have all their torque way down low. they're fun to drive. let them do what they want to do, what they can do, and they're a ball. >> reporter: if you want to drive gas-free, you now have several choices. the reason you can hear my voice now is because of the technology inside the car. it's 100% electric and about the quietest ride on the road today. a glimpse into the future. >> people are going to be driving different in the future because of technology that's being developed here in silicon valley. >> reporter: powered by the new motown. in san jose, scott budman, "today in the bay." >> looks good in a fiat. still ahead on "today in the bay," these cancer survivors want to add some pink to what you drive, and it's all to save lives. in today's "bay area proud." ♪
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you are watching "today in the bay." october may be a wash with pink because of breast cancer awareness month, but people with breast cancer know it's a year-round struggle, which is why a group of east bay women want to make it a year-round statement. garvin thomas has their story in today's "bay area proud." . . >> reporter: shari rush has a few projects she's working on these days, some bigger than others. there's the small task of unpacking the last few boxes after a move. then there's the big job of beating breast cancer. that's been on her to-do list for six years now. >> i found a lump, ignored it for several months, and finally went into the doctor and found out that it was spread all over my body. >> reporter: shari is fond of saying attitude is everything in the fight. well, almost everything. >> go, go, go! score! >> reporter: there's also heather mccollough, debbie
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for their effort and even less political clout, it has been an uphill battle in sacramento to get the idea through the legislature, but who better to overcome tough times than women who have done it, are still doing it. >> and if all it does is it saves one life or if one woman takes the time to get an exam, it's all worth it. >> reporter: garvin thomas, "today in the bay." >> still ahead on "today in the bay," a legendary athlete with ties to the bay area is arrested at an airport. what police say they found. also coming up, hillary clinton brings some star power to the campaign trail. a look at her possible return to politics. and another rare find in southern california that's turning lots of heads. so what can i get you?
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good morning to you. looking live at some of the ladies and gentlemen who are running the nike women's marathon and half marathon. they got started before the sun was up this morning, and they'll be at it through about noon or so today. wouldn't you say, rob? depending on their times. thanks for joining us. i'm kris sanchez along with meteorologist rob mayeda. i was thinking it was last week so i almost texted my friend to tell her good luck. she would have killed me teching her at 7:00. >> right now 51 degrees. it's pretty comfortable outside but chilly in the north bay. 39 in novato. we have patchy fog in the southern end of the santa clara valley. low clouds to start. sunshine, hazy sunshine, to finish. 70s and 80s inland again today. 60s near san francisco, but notice at the bottom left of the screen we have rough surf on the coast today. beach hazard statement, look out for sneaker waves.
that's a possibility later this afternoon into tonight. so we're watching that and a chance of some showers in the seven-day forecast. i'll have that coming up in a few minutes. >> thank you very much. the b.a.r.t. strike continues today into its fourth day. the workers will not be on the picket lines out of respect for two workers who were killed on the job. a b.a.r.t. train struck and killed two b.a.r.t. workers yesterday who were doing inspection on that railway. the accident happened just before 2:00 where two employees were performing track inspections between the walnut creek and pleasant hill b.a.r.t. stations. in response to the report of a dip in the track. they were killed on impact. "today in the bay's" monte francis highways the radio transmissions recounting the actual moment of the tragedy. >> reporter: in radio communications posted on radio reference.com, you can hear the scream of a b.a.r.t. employee followed seconds later by a frantic call for help. >> b.a.r.t. emergency, b.a.r.t. marge. >> b.a.r.t. marge go ahead central? >> central.
train 963. we just struck some individuals at approximately 15 decimal 2 on the c-1 track. central, be advised it may be b.a.r.t. employees. >> reporter: the radio transmission continues after the train has come to a stop. >> there is a confirmed body. we have a second victim. both are deceased. definitely b.a.r.t. employees. this one is just outside of c-45 delta. >> reporter: two employees were performing track inspections just north of the walnut creek b.a.r.t. station in response to a report of a dip in the track. they were killed on impact. b.a.r.t.'s general manager came to the accident scene and expressed condolences to their families. >> our hearts and prayers go out to the families of two workers who have just been killed on the b.a.r.t. tracks. >> this is a tragedy of the greatest proportion for the b.a.r.t. family. >> reporter: assistant b.a.r.t. manager paul overseer said the
train was in automatic mode and an experienced train operator was behind the controls, but some union members claim the operator was a manager without recent experience filling in for operators who are now on strike. >> if that was an experienced train operator, it wouldn't happen. >> reporter: it's an allege b.a.r.t. officials would not discuss. >> we've just lost two people in the b.a.r.t. family, and that's what our focus is on. >> reporter: b.a.r.t. procedures require that one employee act as a lookout for oncoming trains as the other one works. b.a.r.t. officials said both workers had extensive experience around moving trains. >> they were doing today what they have probably done 100, if not 1,000 other times in their career. >> b.a.r.t. unions also reacted to news of the deaths putting aside the issues surrounding the ongoing labor strike to send their condolences to the families of the b.a.r.t. worker and contractor who were killed.
once word spread of the deadly accident, workers with the amalgamated transit union stopped picketing and announced that out of the respect for the families involved, atu's members will not hold any rallies or picket today. sa safety concerns are among the major issues they have with b.a.r.t., steered clear of the subject choosing instead to focus on the lives lost and their grieving families. >> the main point right now is to just express condolences for the families, the loved ones. so this is just -- this is a tragic incident, and so as people have said, there will be plenty of time to talk more about what happened after people find out what did happen. >> atu 1555 is planning two vigils for the two people who were killed. they will be held at lake merit and walnut creek b.a.r.t. stations this evening at 6:00. now to continuing coverage of the b.a.r.t. strike, the strike continues into its fourth day as b.a.r.t. management and union officials remain at an impasse. the two sides broke off talks on
thursday. one union though plans to present b.a.r.t.'s latest offer to its membership for a vote in the upcoming week, but leaders are not optimistic that members will approve it. >> we're going to vote their last best final offer. we're getting that printed up for our members now. we have a meeting sent tiffly set but we're going to vote that contract. we absolutely are, but we hoe that our members are going to vote it down. >> no new talk between b.a.r.t. and the unions are scheduled for today. stay with nbc bay area news for continuing coverage of the b.a.r.t. strike. go to our website, nbcbayarea.com to sign up for breaking news alerts, and you can also find there a complete list of commute alternatives to get around the b.a.r.t. strike. now, all indications are that the b.a.r.t. strike will continue into tomorrow morning, so the "today in the bay" team will get you started at 4:00 on monday morning. new this morning, several families were displaced after a fire damaged six units at an apartment complex in walnut creek. the fire started around 1:30 at
a complex on the 500 block of north civic drive. fire officials say four units were heavily damaged with another two sustaining moderate damage. however, they were unable to -- rather, they were able to contain the blaze before it spread to nearby buildings. the fire marshal confirms that in all four families were displaced, including seven adults and five children. he says the american red cross is now assisting those families with temporary housing. contra costa fire says no one was injured. the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. hillary clinton is back on the campaign trail stumping though not for herself, but for someone else. clinton endorsed her close friend terry mcauliffe, the democratic candidate for governor of virginia. yesterday's event marked clinton's first public campaign appearance before -- since becoming secretary of state. >> i don't have to tell you, i hope, that the whole country is watching this election.
watching to see whether the voters of virginia lead the way of turning from divisive politics, getting back to common sense and common ground. >> mcauliffe raised more than $400 million for hillary and bill clinton's presidential campaigns. hillary clinton is considered likely to make a presidential run in 2016. two convicted killers are back behind bars this morning after using phony documents to get out of a florida prison. joseph jenkins and charles walker were taken into custody after a statewide manhunt. police have been searching for the he is keescapees for severa after officials discovered documents that led to their release were forged. jenkins and walker were found 400 miles to the north in a panama city hotel. >> once they established that they believed very strongly the
two men were in that room at that time, they surrounded the room with about 20 task force members and using a p.a. system from one of the cars were able to instruct them they wanted them to come out. >> both men are serving life sentences and are expected to be back in court this morning. an nba legend with bay area connection is under arrest for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to sea-tac international airport in seattle. bill russell was issued a citation for having a .38 caliber handgun in a prohibited area of the airport. tsa agents say the gun was found during a screening of carry-on bags. russell could also be fined up to $7,500. the 6'9" former basketball star attended high school in oakland and the university of san francisco and is best known for being the driving force behind a string of consecutive nba championships while playing for the boston celtics until 1969.
researchers say some blood pressure medications may reduce the risk for alzheimer's. 3,000 people aged 75 and older who used diuretics and ace inhibitors showed a reduced risk of alzheimer's disease and dementia by at least 50%. however, beta blockers and can see yum channel blockers did not show a link to reduced risk. researchers say more information needs to be done to determine why certain drugs can have that added effect. for the second time in a week, a huge, rare fish washed up on the california coastline. a snorkeler spotted this 13.5 foot long oarfish dead in the water, then pulled it to shore. last sunday an 18-foot-long dead oarfish was found off catalina island. they are rarely seen on the surface and are thought to be the source of sea serpents described in old folk tales. caltrain celebrated its
150th birthday yesterday in style. the anniversary bash was held in menlo park complete with jortory, a brass band, and a historical re-enactment. caltrain is the oldest continuously operating passenger rail line in the western united states running a 50-mile line between san francisco and san jose. >> 150 years of continuous service, which is really quite remarkable. certainly the railroad has changed many times over that period, but one way or another people have been being transported from san francisco to san jose. >> so here is a fun fact for you. caltrain's inaugural trip was back in 1863 carrying a party of dignitaries, officials, and friends to palo alto to kick off train service. they rode in three passenger cars and an open car. coming up on "today in the bay," what's in a name? the sharks look to keep a streak alive at the s.a.p. center.
good morning to you looking live at some blue sky. the fog staying close to the bay this morning. nice cool temperatures. maybe a need for an umbrella later in the week. rob has that coming up. the world series all set after the boston red sox took care of business in game six of the american league championship series. the tigers were trying to stay out of elimination, but victorino hit a grand slam over the green monster. the red sox go on to win 5-2. they will now meet the st. louis cardinals in the world series. game one set for wednesday night. make sure you get home in time. to the gridiron and 13th ranked stanford cardinal hosting the 9th rankedu cla bruins.
catch out this catch from kodi whitfield. he makes the one-handed catch. stanford bounces back after last week's loss to beat the bruins 24-10. the cardinal improves its record to 6-1. the cal bears trying to salvage a disappointing season. so far hosted the oregon state beavers, but it was another tough date for cal. sean mannon lead the beavers to a blowout victory over the bears. cal falls to 1-6 on the season. to the ice now and the sharks hosting the flames. they jumped out to a big lead and never looked back. san jose has not yet lost in the newly named s.a.p. center. the sharks beat the flames 6-3. still ahead on "today in the bay," an in depth look at the
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you are watching "today in the bay." and political analyst larry gerston here with us this morning. we want to talk more about the b.a.r.t. strike. first we have to ask you, the death of these two workers, what does that do for the negotiating sessions? there are none scheduled. and, you know, it seems like a really difficult position for both sides now. >> it certainly sets them back for a day or two if for no other reason just out of the respect to the families of the two individuals who lost their lives, and all of these things, they just change the context, the psychology of the thinking. everybody has to go back and say, okay, how much do we really want to move forward, how much do we just want to get this over with, or do we still resist? for that reason alone, there's a ripple here and we just don't know how it's going to unfold,
but it's a tragedy and these tragedies happen over and over again when you have this major disruption, whether it's to the public sector or the economy, something happens that's unexpected and everything gets just, unfortunately, just a mess. >> answeven as those families d with that tragedy and the folks who knew those workers deal with that, there still has to be a b.a.r.t. contract. they have to work something out at some point. we have been going back and forth. it's been a bit like a boxing match. >> and they're getting closer. they're getting closer, but, you know, close only works in horseshoes. beyond that it doesn't work the way we'd like to see it. the two sides seem to have come together in a number of areas on money, on pensions, on health care, things of that nature. big areas that normally are the ones that hold up all the negotiations, okay? but then you get beyond that and there are other issues, and that gets to the question of overtime and work assignments, other
questions, because you know what? they carry a dollar price tag just like the other components of the strike. >> obviously, this is super taxing for the folks who take the transit agency, 400,000 b.a.r.t. riders. they're having a hard time getting to and from work, but even for folks who don't take b.a.r.t., there is an economic toll. >> you know, we are talking some big bucks here. just as the federal government shut down during the first 16 days of the month cost the national economy somewhere between $22 billion and $25 billion, billion dollars, the b.a.r.t. strike, that, too, has had a negative impact in the bay area. the bay area council, an organization of leading local business, estimates that that impasse is costing the bay area $73 million per day in lost worker productivity. multiply that figure by a week and it comes to a half a billion dollars. two weeks and it's $1 billion. so these costs come in the form
of lost worker pay, fewer purchases of goods and services, reduced abilities of everyone involved to get their jobs done, all kinds of things. worse yet, it will be all but impossible, kris, to get back that lost productivity when things get back to normal. simply put, there's a pronounced ripple effect just like we talked about the ripple effect from those tragic deaths. there's a ripple effect from the strike and it doesn't seem it's ending very soon. >> then, you know, down even farther down the road even after they have the deal, there's going to be a political impact. people are not going to forget this, right? >> yeah. there's no question. we know this much. most polls so far suggest that the public is siding more with management than the unions, but that could be temporary. there does seem to be a larger issue here, kris, and that is we may be seeing a change in public attitudes toward public employee unions. we see this with the willingness of voters who impose limits on pensions, require higher
employees contributions on health care, and question some of the salaries of high-level civil service workers. so for years california has been among the states with the most union membership. i think ranked fifth in the highest degree of union membership. and with that we've had general public support, but whether it continues in the wake of this latest conflict and, of course, the deaths as well, those are questions now that have to be answered and the answers become more muddled every day. >> right. and one of the issues, of course, that the union was bringing up was safety, so that the death of these two workers definitely going to play into that. and if the reports are true and that some -- the person who was operating the train was not a seasoned driver, an operator, then that's going to change things as well. >> yeah. in fairness the b.a.r.t. folks say otherwise. they say the person did know what he or she was doing, but just the fact that we're spending time and the public is spending time, you know, mulling over this takes away from a lot
of other issues and only makes things all the more complicate approximated. >> very sad for those families certainly. thank you very much, larry. we will see you soon. still ahead on "today in the bay," why this historic artifact went for a lot more money than expected in an auction. and a view outside right now shows you the sea of fog across the bay. sunshine on the transamerica tower and a setting moon off to the west. we'll look at your seven-day forecast when we come right back. [ laughter ]
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make the weekend pop. it's a nice start to sunday morning looking back towards san francisco where we still have some areas of low clouds. not just around san francisco, but even into the south bay and some parts of the north bay this morning. otherwise, sunshine to start you off around the east bay but look at temperatures here in santa rosa, 30s to start the day. 50 in san francisco.
52 in san jose, and some 40s inland around fairfield and concord. speaking of the north bay, you're seeing visibility at times down to about a quarter mile. we're seeing some of that, too, across the water into oakland away from san francisco and patchy fog just south of downtown san jose. so low clouds will be lingering as we go through the morning, but the weather has been fine. we've been looking at patches of low clouds moving through the upper 50s around 9:00 through san francisco. . 'you're going to head to the coast, especially by late afternoon to the evening, we'll see a large swell coming in from the northern pacific. over the next really 24 to 36 hours, look out for some increasing breakers and the possibility of those sneaker waves on the coast. look out for that if you're going to head to the coast. probably at least through monday. satellite view shows you high pressure keeping the storm track away from us this weekend, but maybe by this time next weekend we'll start to see some changes here as we have a cutoff low approaching the coast. showers just offshore. right now the computer model is
keeping this low. probably about 200 miles too far to the west to really bring us anything in significant rainfall. certainly more clouds for the bay area but there's a chance as we get into saturday we could see some isolated showers on the coastline and before the system moves into southern california as we head into next weekend. today fog to start, then hazy sunshine as we move through the afternoon. we'll see highs in the 70s around san jose, low to mid-80s around morgan hill and areas south of downtown san jose. around the tri-valley, temperatures today climbing into the eight 80s this afternoon. pretty nice day around pleasanton. numbers closer to the 70s into oakland where the fog will kind of limit the sunshine in the morning. hazy sunshine midday into the afternoon. high temperatures into the north bay, 80 in santa rosa, 82 in napa. up to geyserville or lakeport for the afternoon, certainly ukiah, that's where you will still find mid-80s north of santa rosa. today the warmest day of the
next seven days. you can see some areas of low clouds for the morning. watching the surf on the coast for tomorrow. as we go into tuesday and wednesday, patches of low clouds and fog for the morning and then friday notice more clouds in the seven-day forecast. not a lot of rain in the seven-day forecast for now. most of it will stay offshore, but certainly more clouds and some changes, cooler changes, as we approach next weekend. >> i was cleaning out the girls' closet trying to bring the cold weather stuff to the forefront. you know it hasn't rained in a while when you sneeze after touching the rain jacket. >> dusty umbrellas. we were talking about this one yesterday. the violin this was believed to be played while the "titanic" sa sank. it sold for a record-setting price. it was owned by the band master. he and his musicians tried to calm and soothe passengers who were running for lifeboats. auctioneers say the violin went for $1.4 million. more than three times the estimated price because of the story of bravery that has been
imaged in so many movies. >> it represents bravery in human nature, the way this young man and his colleagues and all the people on the ship stayed and fulfilled their duty. >> the violin is now the most expensive piece of memorabilia from the doomed liner. it was found floating into the water in remarkably good condition. though the violin is unplayable. finally this morning, one of the stars of the be in's "grim" made an appearance in san francisco. there chatting with our own raj mathai. reggie lee stars in the crime drama. it's noted for its growing up asia in america co-sponsored by nbc bay area. and we want to thank you for making us a part of your morning. it's sunday and that means it's football night in america. a good one, the broncos, peyton manning goes back home to the colts. >> and then a special edition of
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