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next on nbc bay area news tonight, an alarming trend both here in the bay area and across the united states. neighborhoods are getting more segregated. >> where you live determines where your children go to school. it determines whether you're close to a job or have to commute far. >> we're digging into why and having a conversation about what we can do about it. and clearing up the confusion. the move in the south bay to clarify the new covid rules. plus an exclusive interview with steve kerr. >> steph and i talked. draymond and i talked. >> reporter: he tells us about steph curry's big decision and what coach kerr does before bed every night to make him a better leader.
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good evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. a lot happening on this first full day of summer. we made it. some big news from steve kerr our exclusive interview a bit later. we start with segregation. are we as diverse and woke as we thought here in the bay area? it seems like this is out of the blue but it is not. tonight we're diving into an alarming trend. many neighborhoods around us, many cities in our regions here growing more divided by race. this is according to researchers at uc berkeley. among their findings 81% of communities are more segregated than they were in 1990. think about that. this new report looks at every metro area in the country with more than 200,000 people. look at this map. every area in red is considered highly segregated. areas in white have moderate to low segregation. blue means integrated. look at northern california. far left there. actually look at most of the
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map. there is a lot of red there. not much blue. why does this matter? according to the study poverty rates are three times higher in segregated communities of color than in segregated white neighborhoods. people of color earn more when they grow up in either integrated or predominantly white neighborhoods. home values and household incomes in white neighborhoods are nearly twice as high than in segregated neighborhoods of color. can we turn things around. >> do we want to? these are deep rooted questions that directly impact how our neighborhoods look. our business and tech reporter scott budman spoke with one of the cal researchers. >> reporter: it is one of the most diverse areas of the nation but a new study out of uc-berkeley says the bay area divided. >> where can you afford to live and how much money do you make? >> reporter: the institute says entire counties in the north, south, and east bays are now
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more racially and economically segregated than in past decades. the chief culprit may be the cost of housing and what is called single family zoning, which prevents many neighborhoods from building anything other than detached, single family homes. >> so zoning is a big part of the story. a big part of the story because it makes it much harder if not impossible to build affordable housing in the market. >> reporter: in fact, the institute refers to the results of housing disparity as, quote, racial residential segregation, saying housing incomes and home values in white neighborhoods are nearly twice as high as those in segregated communities of color. >> where you live determines where your children go to school. it determines whether you're close to a job or have to commute far. it determines whether you are close to amenities, restaurants, goods, pharmacies, doctors, everything. >> reporter: some cite inequity in long-term policies and the rise of our tech industry as
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factors in growing economic inequality. >> when we talk about equity in terms of houses these issues are deep and systemic. the systemic inequities cited in the study are literally the product of generations of policy like generations of law. >> reporter: unless change happens soon the trend is deeper housing and economic disparity leading to more separation. >> there will be more wealth gain in 2021 by homeowners, like 13% or more in a year. and that then furthers that segregation we're talking about. >> reporter: moving forward there are some reasons for hope in the situation. several bay area cities say they're considering revising or even scrapping their single family zoning laws while tech companies say they are pledging hundreds of millions of dollars
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to fight housing inequality. we'll keep you posted. in san francisco, scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> it is a deep and fascinating topic. thank you, scott. this report looked at the bay area segregation over four decades and breaks up the bay area into a few metro areas. it combines san francisco and the east bay and oakland into one. san jose and sunnyvale and santa clara into the second metro area. the north bay also broken up into a few different regions. the first map shows the bay area in 1980. anything in red is considered highly segregated. white is moderate to low. blue is considered racially integrated. let's move this thing now. we'll show you a time lapse of how the bay area has changed. we start in 1980 then 1990 and all the way to 2019. as time goes on, you notice here we're seeing more red for the most part since 1980 the bay area got more segregated not less. at no point is any part of our
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region in the bay area in blue. keep in mind blue represents racially integrated. bottom line we are living through separation between races. let's bring in our guest tonight and get into this and get their take on things. joining us is our digital data journalist who specializes in bay area housing and produced our recent documentary called "moms of magnolia street" which is a deep dive into the housing crisis in the bay area. we're also joined by professor james taylor professor of race and politics at the university of san francisco. nice to have you on the program. professor, we'll start with you. i ask this without any flip comments here but do people care we're in this situation in the bay area generally speaking? i know you do. do people care? >> i think so. i think people want more diversity in their communities. a lot of this segregation is economic. it is between the haves and have notes those who can own and those who have to rent, so it is
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not simply racial but also class and the ability to own. >> are you surprised seeing this report this research from uc-berkeley? >> no, i'm not. it confirms what, a report in 1998 called the eisenhower report. that 1998 report was a 40-year update of the 1968 commission report that followed so much social division and riots in the 1960s. in 1998 a study told us the country was more segregated in '98 than in '68 and this study was done in the period of the '90s so it basically was overlapping that time period we already know this has been going on. >> you've done a lot of research on this very topic. what is the biggest force that creates the segregation here? we can talk about this for two hours certainly but in a bullet point what is the biggest force? >> the short answer would be government policies that passed federal, state, and local
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policies really create there had system of segregation we see lasting through today. words like infiltration of racial groups were used to describe neighborhoods like west east oakland across every metropolitan area in the country just about is the language that was used. we're standing on the shoulders here of some hundred years of policy that was overturned 50 years ago and so here we are today struggling with the lasting effects. >> professor taylor, what about areas that are not segregated but it's by choice? i'm indian. there are a lot of indians in fremont and sunnyvale. we are not forced there but maybe there is a cultural aspect, we want to be near churches or temple ors food or our neighbors. you know, our cousins for example. >> yes, yes. that was inherent in the brown vs. board of education, the 1896 ferguson case. many people were not so troubled by the separate part as the inequality in the separateness.
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there is this orientation in this country where people do self-select and self-segregate culturally but they also self-segregate ideologically in terms of politics. liberals tend to live with liberals. conservatives tend to live with conservatives. we have multiple layers of different kinds of polarization in our society and then as the lead-in suggested, real, tangible, economic consequences, life chances, you know, your length of life, quality of life, social isolation, political isolation that happens. when you live in a poor, isolated community you don't participate in politics, right? it even hurts democracy to live in a poor community. then the polarization we get in our larger politics between red and blue, that also plays out residentially as well. >> sure. sean, you talked about historically. you grew up on the peninsula and i think discussed with you there is a point i read back and everyone can google their own communities here that they didn't allow blacks to buy in palo alto back in the day and that forced them into other
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parts of the bay area or peninsula. what could be done now? if you could enact one big change, what would it be? >> i think the land use policy is realistically the place these are stuck in place. the fact that single family home occupies so much space means we are stuck with the decisions of the past that were potentially based on racism. the idea you could have a manufacturing facility directly next to you -- that is something we see in just about every minority neighborhood in america. it has to be land use. take a good, hard look at how land is used. >> professor taylor, one thing that could be done here moving forward that is tangible that we can actually do in the next two to five years? >> yes, i was fortunate enough to be one of 15 people appointed to the san francisco reparations committee. and permanent reparation is a policy i think we need. it took the government's
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affirmative efforts to maintain these conditions and create these conditions, ghettos were not natural. they were created in america. we need the same kind of government affirmative effort to reverse these conditions that we had that created these conditions and only reparations will really transform the condition of black america, working class people, that our policing, all of these issues are bundled up together. this study even acknowledges the george floyd connection to the impetus as a study. >> can i jump in? you are talking about blacks but also what about south americans or asians that are also in the same boat that aren't getting a peefs the pie here, the reparations won't apply to them. >> no, it wouldn't. you would have to have different policies for different groups. we have indian -- policies like indian gaming for native americans. no one begrudges that as a form of reparations that they benefit from in the form of indian gaming and many people who aren't indians benefit from it and continue to support it. in other words, one size does
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not fit all. for the african-american group there is a specific claim that does not apply to others but the other groups whether muslims or jews or sikhs, etcetera, they have a right to make any particular claims that pertain to their particular experiences. here in california and nationally we're talking about residential segregation. no group has been as under developed by housing policy as the african-americans in this country and probably poor whites as well but especially the african-american group. >> the data does suggest that. professor taylor from usf thanks for your time. sean meyers from our digital team our housing specialist, thank you both for your insight. if you want more information on this report out of cal or explore the interactive map, we posted the elements at nbc bay just click on bay area segregation report. it is right there on our trending bar. up next here on the 7:00 newscast, the move today to simplify and clarify the new covid guidelines in santa clara
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county. and then i'll go a few weeks where i don't have that going and i don't feel as creative. >> our exclusive conversation with steve kerr. two things he does regularly that help him be a better leader. he explains steph curry's decision about the upcoming tokyo olympics. you're watching nbc bay area news tonight.
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take a look. this fire gutted two homes this
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afternoon in pleasant hill. both burned so badly that parts of each home simply collapsed. it happened on lorenzo drive just off 680 in pleasant hill. one firefighter was hospitalized for burns. other stories we're watching this evening oakland police say the deadly juneteenth shooting at lake merit started as a gun fight between feuding gangs from san francisco. it happened on saturday. eight people were shot including a 22-year-old man from san francisco who was killed. the oakland police chief says about 5,000 people were along lakeshore avenue when the shooting started. the injured people included san francisco gang members and innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. the youngest victim? just 16 years old. investigators also say the two armed people arrested nother the scene on saturday night were not involved in the shooting meaning the gunmen are still out there. today the chief says police, had
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police not beefed up their presence to 50 officers around the lake, this could have been even worse. >> there's been mixed messages in this community. several people who say they didn't want officers around the lake. but we see what can happen when you have large crowds of people and you don't know if they're armed. >> several council members have called for more cuts in police funding with funds being moved to other community safety groups. they say real solutions will require a more holistic approach not just more police. another story woer' watching. a landmark moment in santa clara county and its fight against covid. the health officer announcing today that the county will now begin phasing out its local covid health orders and instead will align with the state's orders. that means businesses such as the luna restaurant in campbell you see here will no longer need to track the vaccination status of its workers. and local employers won't need to sort out differences between
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state and county orders. santa clara county was the last bay area county to take this step. health officials say they are now focused on getting people vaccinated in the most under served communities. all right. big news tonight from team u.s.a. basketball. some very familiar faces will be heading to tokyo. draymond green, damian lillard, plays for the blazers but from oakland and our old friend k.d. kevin durant. steve kerr says he is excited to coach these guys in tokyo next month. notice there is someone missing here. where is steph? the warriors superstar is opting out. yes, the 33-year-old had lingering injuries. we know this from last season including the fractured tail bone. curry has never competed in the olympics. that is one thing he doesn't have is the gold medal and has yet to make the formal announcement he is opting out. team u.s.a. hasn't made the announcement but today we chatted with his coach at chase center. >> steph and i talked. draymond and i talked. i think it makes perfect sense actually, you know, steph has so
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many demands on his time. he has to play so hard for so much of the season, he is 180 pounds, 34. he needs rest. i'm happy for steph that he is going to get plenty of rest and family time this summer and he'll be ready to go come training camp in september. >> steve kerr fully onboard with curry's decision. curry is an assistant coach to gregg popovich this summer in tokyo. we had a nice afternoon with the coach, one of the most thoughtful leaders sports or otherwise in the country and he chatted about his leadership style and what makes him so effective. >> i find that i'm at my best if i've got a good book on my night stand and i'm -- i get into a good book whether a novel or a biography. i just am always taking stuff. it might be a quote, an idea that just applies to basketball because, you know, we're all
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kind of doing the same thing in life. you know? trying to collaborate and work together and succeed in whatever the endeavor is. and almost everything crosses over to coaching and so i am at my best if i've got a really good book and i'm marking, dog earring pages and highlighting quotes and incorporating something no practice. then i'll go a few weeks where i don't have that going and i don't feel as creative. and i realize it. like i got to find a good book. so that is what kind of keeps me moving. >> is that true you write letters to players occasionally or staff members? >> i do. and doug collins actually shared that with me. doug and i worked together in tv for many years and he was a great coach in the league. he told me he did that once in a while and i realized what a good idea it was because a letter is different from a conversation. a conversation you might forget a lot of stuff.
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a letter you might look back on. the written word for me, i remember a lot more when i write something down myself. if i write something down now, i might remember it a year from now. if i hear something now there is little chance i'll remember it. just the way my brain operates. so i try to change up the communication once in a while, write a letter to a player, and maybe once or twice a year and it's a good way to communicate. >> and say what? >> whatever is going on, you know. every player has his own set of circumstances and challenges and as a coach you try to recognize what the player is going through and then try to meet him there where he is in his life and try to help him through. >> we could talk with steve kerr for hours. fascinating. he also chatted about his recent golf outing with president obama down in carmella a few weeks ago and said mr. obama is a trash talker. it's a good story. we posted the entire interview with kerr on our website, the
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raw interview. just go to nbc bay up next let's head outside. hello to summer. jeff joins us next with what we need to know heading into tomorrow. stay with us.
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following breaking news the u.s. ninth circuit court of appeals has ruled to put a hold on the judge's decision to overturn california's assault weapons ban. on june 4th you may recall a federal judge overturned the state's 30-year ban but the
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ruling gave california 30 days to challenge the decision. today's ruling does just that. that means the state's ban is now back in effect until another judge makes a final ruling. we'll be covering more of this at 11:00. jeff ranieri is with us right now. our first day of summer. i was in the city today at chase center with steve kerr. it was gorgeous. >> nice and cool. the system right here that is cooling off the entire bay area, about a 30-degree difference from last week. >> perfect. >> no complaints coming into the weather department today. with that cooler system, we will start it off with temperatures in the 50s tomorrow morning. also the fog and low cloud cover. let's show you how it is going to look as we start it off. even a little drizzle there at the coast line around 7:00 a.m. widespread clouds for the north bay, peninsula, also the east bay. a little bit for san jose. a better chance of the clouds over gilroy. as we move through the afternoon that sunshine returns. we got a perfect day here when it comes to the temperatures.
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74 in santa rosa. right back to concord. 77. san jose 75. at the coast line plenty of 60s. the only thing we'll watch over the next couple days will be a strong seabreeze 15 to 25 miles per hour kicking around the pollen. if you have allergies you may notice the allergies bothering you as we move through the next few days. in san francisco it warms up once we hit sunday and monday, back in the 70s. for the inland valleys we start to see it heat up this weekend. 91 by saturday and sunday up to 94. so a couple 70-degree days there as we move through the next few days. >> looks perfect. a lot better than last week's 90 and 95 we went through. >> yes, sir. tonight at 11:00 are they getting closer and more often? yes for many people. the meeting under way on the peninsula right now after a series of close encounters with mountain lions. a message wildlife experts want you to hear on our 11:00 newscast. that's it for us here at 7:00. for everyone here at nbc bay
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area, thanks for joining us. enjoy your evening. we'll see you at 11:00.
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