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calls had to be put on hold for up to 30 minutes because of the limited number of on-duty dispatchers were handling the shooting and two significant structure fires at the same time. >> we deal with life-or-death situations every day. we hear people dying literally on the phone. the city doesn't understand how essential our job is. >> reporter: she is sounding the alarm saying they need more emergency dispatchers. she's a dispatcher for the fire department, but says the police has the same problems. >> we don't have as much staffing, we're answering for over 1 million residents of san jose, so your call might be on hold if you're trying to get through to fire and medical. >> reporter: san jose police department -- the city says the city recognizes the recruitment and retention concerns of our
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dispatchers. over the last several years, the city has made efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of these employees, including special wage increases, a hiring referral program, and providing additional training pay. >> i'm begging all of you on city council to pass a budget that invests in our public services and funds our frontline city workers. >> dispatchers and other unions urged the council to consider better compensation and more staffing in the next contract. the current contract for dispatchers expires june 30th. they plan to picket city hall on tuesday, vowing to alert the public about what they call an emergency of a different kind. >> there will still be a delay in answering your phone call. >> reporter: in san jose, damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. in other news, flames erupted in a pleasant hill neighborhood today. two houses caught on fire late this afternoon. they burned so badly, parts of the homes collapsed. it happened on lorenzo drive off
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680 in pleasant hill. one firefighter was hurt and sent to the hospital with burns. no one else was hurt. tonight richmond police are on the hunt for two men responsible for a mass shooting that killed three people and wounded five more. this is where it happened, during a marimba house party on e, dia desan juan. >> the shooting appears to have been isolated and targeted to that actual gathering. there is no motive at this time. >> there was somebody laying here when i got here. i seen a dead body there. >> >> no description of the suspect yet. if you know something or have information, the police would like to hear from you. oakland police are still searching for the multiple gunmen who opened fire at a
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juneteenth celebration at lake merritt over the weekend. two were killed, seven others wounded. even though they were prepared with 50 police officers at lake merritt that night, the huge crowds delayed ambulances from getting victims to the hospital. nbc bay area's melissa colorado spoke to an oakland man who ran away from the gunfire only to find a shell casing at his house. >> reporter: cell phone video shot from last saturday night shows throngs of people standing by as a side show unfolds along lake merritt. five minutes later, this oakland man, who doesn't want his face on camera for public safety reasons says gunfire broke out, forcing him and his girlfriend to head home. when they got home, they found this in their carport a shell casing, a reminder of how far the bullets can travel. >> either somebody was shooting guns out of their window or shooting guns coming to or fro. they didn't care what they were
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doing. >> reporter: oakland police are combing through cell phone video and vacancy video to find the gunman, including a 22-year-old man from san francisco who died. police say the injured range from san francisco gang members to innocent people caught in the cross-fire. the ages of the victims range from 16 to someone in their mid-60s. >> there were a large number of firearms at the lake on that day. people continue to come to the city of oakland armed with firearms. >> reporter: oakland police chief armstrong says police beefed up their presence at the lake to as many as 60 officers, but even that did not stop revellers from getting in the way of ambulances to tried to rush victims to the hospital. >> we had people who continued to dance in and around ambulances, preventing the ambulances from leaving the area. >> reporter: the chief also criticized city council members, which will you nikki fortuneado bass who wants to reduce funding
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for his police department and divert it to social services but no one could have prevented that in the same way that violent prevention and other services could have. >> the violence has to stop. put the guns down. >> reporter: in oakland, melissa colorado, nbc bay area. the fire in big sur is still burning and firefighters aren't gaining much ground. it scorched close to 2,500 acres since the start thursday night. the fire is burning in the ventana wilderness. it is 0% contained. hundreds have been ordered to evacuate. flames are threatening historical sites, cabins, ranches, and firefighters are challenged because the terrain is steep and rugged. it was already bad, but the pandemic made it worse. a racial and social class inequality increasing you can't look. the annual report by san jose
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state university hushts institute looks at housing, education, and income in santa clara. this year's report will be released on wednesday. but nbc bay area's marianne favro got an early look at the findings now. >> reporter: the report found the homeless population went up 9% in 2020, and the index also found that the dropout rate increased significantly. attending high school while homeless has always ban big challenge, but in 2020, covid made it impossible for hundreds of homeless students. >> since covid, a number of students have dropped out simply because twhekd do this long-distance learning, it was too difficult for them and for many students, they needed the extra classroom time to be able to have that interaction that they weren't getting when they were trying to get their lessons done during covid. >> reporter: san jose state university sociology professor dr. scott meyers lipton is the lead author of the 2021 silicon valley pain index. his report found the overall high school dropout rate
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increased to 14%. that's up significantly compared to the previous year. that's about 3,000 dropouts in the county. >> that's going to have a long-term negative impact on our community. we see that number now, but it means there's going to be less opportunity for that person to have a better economic future. >> his report also found that santa clara's homeless population skyrocketed with 11,000 people living on the street. the construction of new affordable housing is slowing down, especially in san jose. >> we only built 427. so we're not getting there. our policies -- we're not meeting the prices. >> reporter: prices that only worsened during the pandemic. the pain index shows more than 197,000 households in santa clara faced the risk of evictions or foreclosures, which
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could mean bigger spike in the homeless population. the hope is by highlighting these issues, local leaders will know where to focus their efforts. in san jose, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. we have long been proud of the diversity we have in our cities, but a new study out of uc berkeley, cities like san francisco, oakland, and san jose have been always known for diversity, but now they're even more racially segregated than in recent decades. the study says the culprit is housing inequality, specifically single-family zoning, preventing the community from building housing other than a detached single-family home. the study says that keeps housing expensive in many bears. >> where you live determines where your children go to school, whether you're close to amenities, restaurants,
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pharmacies, doctors, everything. >> there is some room for better housing equity. several bay area cities are looking into changing or even scrapping their single-family zoning policies. tech companies are reporting millions into fighting housing inequality as well. expanding the ban on convictions can help people make it in the bay. the governor and lawmakers in sacramento are negotiating a possible expansion since protections expire at the end of the month. governor newsom proposed using federal coronavirus aid to pay off all unpaid rent, but it will take time to distribute that money, and the state apartment association says landlords who have gone a year without rent payments can't wait much longer. vendors from san jose's historic berryessa flea market are vowing to go on a hunger strike as they talk about the city saving it. there was a rally outside city hall today promising an
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indefinite hunger strike. tomorrow the city council will vote on a rezoning plan for the flea market. most of the 30 acres that the market sits on is set to be developed with offices, apartments, and retail shops. vendors say they won't be displaced. >> we know we're not alone. this fight isn't only our fight. it's all of our fights. it's a fight for the city. it's a fight for our people. and it's a fight to continue to be able to make a living here in san jose. >> one proposal the city council will vote on tomorrow is three acres to be set aside for the vendors as well as a $2 million set aside to help vendors deal with the market's closure. up next, what does it look like now? we're getting a firsthand view of the recovery of big basin state park nearly a year after getting wiped out by a wildfire. >> reporter: santa clara makes a big announcement about its covid response plan. we'll show you why it just might be what everyone's been waiting to hear.
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and the fog at the coastline is pretty thick. it's helping to kick up the wind across the bay area. we'll show you how much fog you can expect for tomorrow morning and your allergies. are they bugging you? i'll show you what's floating in the air. >> when we welcome our west coast viewers, the unexpected surge in air travel catching airlines off guard. why your next trip may be delayed or rescheduled. also, rising retirements and resignations. why more police officers are leaving the job when we see you back here tonight.
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it took a while, but today has become a landmark movement in the fight against covid in santa clara. the county health office says it will begin phasing out its covid health orders to put the county in line with the state. that means businesses will no longer need to track the vaccination status of workers and employers will not need to sort out differences between state and county orders. robert handa joins us from the prune yard shopping center in campbell to show us why just making that public announcement was so important. >> reporter: there are details to keep in mind, especially for employers. but at this point, the biggest change from santa clara's declaration could be a psychological boost of confidence. >> it helps tremendously we're all on the same page. >> reporter: it may look like a relaxed atmosphere, but it was a busy day at luna's next kitchen in prune yard.
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people said they weren't sure what was allowed. >> moving forward, we're just going to be cautious and still take baby steps. >> reporter: santa clara public health officer dr. sarah cody understands the confusion and, so she announced the county will follow state guidelines on covid rules. that means no more tracking employee vaccination status and fully vaccinated workers are now free to take off their masks at work if the employer allows. it also means no more debate about differences in county and state rules. dr. cody says they can make the change because santa clara's vaccination rate is the highest of any large county in the nation. >> right now in santa clara county, 80% of people 12 and older eligible to be vaccinated are vaccinated. >> it is still important for folks who are not fully vaccinated to continue to use face coverings, continue to
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follow the recommendations and safety precautions that are in place. >> she's glad she won't have to deal with conflicting messages zim we've gone through probably the most challenging year we could imagine, but we're coming out stronger and we are all going to make it through. it feels good. >> reporter: county officials say now their focus will be making vaccination shots available in areas and neighborhoods that have so far been underserved because they point out despite today's declaration, the pandemic is far from over. in campbell, robert handa, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, robert. the clock is ticking on the chance to get your vaccination at levi stadium. they gave out 350,000 doses of the vaccine since february. the quest to become the most inclusive county in the nation. santa clara leaders announced
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the board of supervisors will vote the first county office of disability affairs. it hopes to provide greater access and opportunities for people with disabilities, including facilities with movement, sight, and hearing loss. county leaders say the pandemic >> the county needs to include disabled children and adults in all of its equity policies and programs, and it must be on equal footing with what we're doing on all the other issues that we know and care so much about. >> the board of supervisors will vote on that issue at their regular meeting tomorrow. let's bring in senior meteorologist jeff ranieri. >> i feel like we're in a weird time warp. it was, like, so hot last week, as we know. this week those big-time cooling changes. even our 24-hour temperature change showing really well where the temperatures arerd and live,
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down from 10 degrees cooler from this time yesterday. some spots are down 30 degrees cooler compared to last week. we're getting changes because of this system in the pacific. thank you, thank you, thank you. way too hot last week. not only is this getting the fog going at the coastline, dropping our temperatures, but also getting some wind. i think through this week we get that afternoon sea breeze, 15 to 25 miles per hour. it's going to be kind of strong, so that's really the only annoying thing that's coming our way the next few days. otherwise if you can get past the wind, we have pretty good weather. tomorrow morning you can see the widespread cloud cover with us. notice the green. there is the chance of some san francisco down to half moon bay and towards santa cruz. we get widespread cloud cover for the north bay, contra costa and alameda counties. a better chance there for gilroy. the best news, we get the cooler
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temperatures from that fog in the system, but as we roll through the afternoon, the fog will break and we'll have sunshine returning. tomorrow morning, make sure to have your jacket, especially 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning, coldest time of the day. 58 for the south bay. peninsula, 59. 56 in the tri-valley. north bay, down to the mid-50s. san francisco, 58. east bay, 57. daytime highs tomorrow, we can totally handle this. check it out. from the north bay to the south bay. napa, 74. san francisco and half moon bay in the 60s. we get the afternoon sea breeze 15 to 25 miles per hour. if you're like me, you walked by oak trees and you noticed they're still dropping these pollen pods. they're still dropping right now.
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so moderate here for not only oak trees, but pine, olive, cedar and grasses. it warms up once we hit sunday and monday. 70s returning here in san francisco. for the inland valleys, the heat returns once we hit saturday, 91. sunday, 94. and then by monday we'll be in the mid-90s. not as hot as last heat event, but this could last more through following week. so let's enjoy the 70s, shall we? >> we'll enjoy that 70s show for sure. >> exactly. >> thanks, jeff. up next, making a recovery. we'll show you how big basin state park looks now nearly a year after getting devastated by that wildfire. why railroad police officers are leaving the job when we see you
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and that's because they are engineered to survive disturbance. that's why they're still here. >> that's from the all hazards podcast recorded by the office of emergency services. on twitter today, the department invited listeners to tune in to learn about the park's recovery. the park is still closed except for for parts along highway 1. with global container ships getting bigger all the time, bigger cranes are needed, and oakland is getting one 170 feet tall. it arrived tonight so it can prepare for a trip under the two bridges. its final home is at the port of oakland. once there, final assembly will take about two months. trading the uniforms for t-shirts and jogging shorts. dozens of bay area police officers took part in a relay to raise money for the northern california special olympics, officially dubbed the law
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enforcement torch run. it will go department to department across california ending up in sacramento to kick off the special olympics. >> you know, the athletes, whether it's equipment, uniforms, rental of fields and gyms, you know, they need our support and they absolute depend on us to do that. >> the events will be held virtually this year because of covid, but fundraising for the special olympics allows the games to be totally free for the athletes and their families. he is back with another new world thanks to a member of our nbc bay area family.
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coming up at 7:00 on nbc bay area news tonight, an exclusive sit-down with warriors coach steve kerr. >> steph and i talk, draymond and i talked. >> raj mathai talked to him about why steph curry won't be heading to the tokyo olympics and why he sometimes writes letters to members of his team. "nbc nightly news," a future of the force, a year after calls for police reform around the country, nbc news will look at what's changed, what's working, and what isn't. that's tonight on "nbc nightly news" coming up right here in about a minute. al roker teamed up with meteorologists and weather forecasters across the country today for rokerthon.
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>> rokerthon! >> vianey arana set a record. >> no, i'm not, i'm not. i send you my heart, but not the beach ball. >> i think it's traveling. >> what's going on? there you go. >> rokerthon is when al and forecasters from nbc affiliates try setting a record for most people in an online weather reporting relay. and they did just that. they're now on the guinness book of world records for having 63 people take part in the largest weather reporting relay. i think vianey could have caught the ball. she could have done it. >> that was really cool. itches wondering why she was out there this morning. great to set a world record. have a good night, folks. tonight, a severe storm threat as we come on the air on the heels of deadly tropical storm claudette. a state of emergency declared in alabama after claudette left at least 14 dead, 9 of them children killed in a horrific pileup
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on a slick highway tornadoes touching down in the south and the midwest, potential ef-3 in the chicago suburbs. tonight, more severe weather on the move. 37 million at risk from tennessee through maine. al roker is timing it out for us. new concerns over the delta variant. the states most at risk and the alarming data from the cdc on vaccinations the new warning for younger americans. travel troubles as summer heats up. why american airlines cancelled hundreds of flights even as the tsa hits a new pandemic record. on board the first u.s. test cruise in 15 months is the industry ready to set sail again? the major victory for college athletes with the supreme court in the battle with the ncaa. amazon's prime day is here. this summer, rivals are offering duelling deals. the thrilling performances from women of team usa, earning their ticket to tokyo and history in the nfl. the first active


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