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>> it's time to say good-bye or farewell and to pass the torch to a new generation. >> jackie speier now talking retirement. who's going to take her place? we'll bring in larry gerston. plus we're waiting president biden hits the road. >> it is time to rebuild the backbone of this nation. >> now the next challenge facing the biden administration. >> the news at 5:30 starts right now. good evening. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aquirre. passing the torch. legendary congresswoman jackie speier surprised many by announcing that she's not running for re-election. at 71, she is stepping away from
politics. public service has been her personal mission since 1978. she went to jonestown as a congressional aide and came home with five bullet wounds wherein on january 6th, she feared she would face gunfire again in the attack on the capitol. a fierce advocate for women, families and minorities, speier hopes her replacement will do that. >> many don't have what many around the world do, whether it's child care. hopefully we'll fix that. >> spier spoke passionately on the house floor in favor of funding planned parenthood. it made headlines nationwide when she revealed the abortion procedure she had reluctantly had undergone when a pregnancy went wrong. >> this is not just a local story. the congresswoman was well
respected in congress on both sides of the aisle. but this is politics and the question now, who is next. let's bring in our political analyst, larry gerston. quickly now, why retire at this point? >> well, like she said, she's 71, and she didn't say, there's a good chance the democrats are going to lose control of the house next year. you know what that means inthat means all the committee chairmanships shift to the other side. the plum positions shift to the other side. it's nofun being in the prinoter in the house. you put it together, and the congresswoman said this is as good of time as any. >> looking at the old archive footage, she survived five bullet wounds in 1978. you followed her career since day one. how special is she? >> she's very special. i remember that in 1978, by the way. what a shocker. seeing her lying on the ground, it was something else. but miraculously, she survived. she's very active in the
california legislature and in congress. she's a key ally of nancy pelosi, the speaker. a person who is outspokenly in favor of in the things like lgbtq, women's right to choose, climate change, all the things the democrats believe in, she has been in the forefront right along before the word progressive was ever known. >> let's get to some names, some possible candidates on the peninsula with her district. >> you know, there's a lot. everyone is going to say it's a plum position, and it is. but two names stand out right now, something could change, of course. one is josh becker. he's right in the middle of that district. his state senate district overlapped with jackie speier's district almost perfectly. he's a big proponent of climate change. he's managed to blend the high-tech community and innovation and nonprofits together. he's really something to think about for a lot of people.
it's free ride for him, that's to say he won in 2020 and he doesn't have to run again until 2024. that's critical when you want to keep a job. the other name is kevin mullen. he's been around a while. his father served in the assembly. he took that seat, for ten years he's been there. the thing is he only has one more two-year shot. that might give him reason to think about. he, too, is in that district, worked for speier a couple times so that's important because there's a connection there, and he's also on climate control. so these are two names, they have great credentials, and each of them has a reason to consider jumping at this time. it's very important in politics. >> for the peninsula, parts of san francisco, that's the district we're talking about. what's the importance of this region here? >> well, first of all, it's as blue as blue could be. that's a nice thing because the democrats, we don't have to worry about a republican. if you look at the voter
registration figures for that district, i picked out earlier today, 55% democrat, 13% republican, it doesn't get much bluer except the one right above her, and that's nancy pelosi's district. so it's a safe district. so he or she who gets that nomination is likely to have that job as long as he or she wants it. that's important. it's also important because it's the central part of the bay area. you know, san francisco to the north, a sliver of san francisco in that district. 60,000 voters out of the 420,000. and then you go all the way down, you have silicon valley to the south. not a much better place to be than that district. it is really the center of all kinds of good things. >> it is in a prime position. the election is next november. thank you for your time. >> former san francisco mayor willie brown also has thoughts on speier's possible replacement. we'll be chatting with the former mayor, also about the san francisco car break-in problem, that's coming up on our 7:00 newscast. >> while the jury in the kyle
rittenhouse trial has been deliberating the teenager's fate all day, he's accused of killing two men in a racial justice protest last year in kenosha, wisconsin. the jury started deliberations this morning. the only time the courthey paus for lunch and asked the judge for copies of the charging sheet and the instructions. there's been no indication so far of how the jury is leaning or how long it will take them to decide rittenhouse's fate. meanwhile, crowds are already gathering outside the courthouse. >> we know that rittenhouse did not come here with a fully loaded illegally possessed ar-15 to protect some used cars. >> i'm here to support kyle rittenhouse and support the second amendment, our right to defend ourselves when law enforcement or national guard isn't protecting our communities. >> well, the 500 national guard members are now on standby if needed after the verdict. >> today, president biden celebrated his new infrastructure law with a visit to new hampshire.
he put a spotlight on how the trillion dollar investment could help communities across the country. his next big priority, a sweeping social and climate spending measure that faces another uphill climb in congress. here's nbc's alice barr. >> president biden hitting the road today to talk roads, bridges, and the billions of dollars heading to communities across the country for long overdue infrastructure repairs. >> when you see these projects starting in their hometowns i want you to feel what i feel, pride. pride in what we can do together. >> the president visiting an 80-year-old bridge in woodstock, new hampshire, that has desperately needed repair since 2013. he's emphasiing how the new infrastructure law will benefit rural areas, create jobs, and fuel the economy. >> it's time to rebuild the backbone of this nation. >> even as he celebrates one bipartisan legislative win, the second half of president biden's economic agenda remains
uncertain. republicans unanimously oppose the $1.75 trillion climate and social safety net package, arguing more sending will only worsen soaring inflation. >> it would saddle families with even higher prices. >> democrats argue reducing costs from child care to prescription drugs will lessen the blow. >> want to fight inflation? support build back better. >> house speaker nancy pelosi meeting today with home care workers who support the social spending package. >> it's about respecting the workers. >> she's promising the house will vote by the end of this week. >> we need to look and see what the real score is. >> but holdout moderate democrats in both chambers are waiting for a congressional budget office review to insure the bill is fully paid for. in washington, alice barr, nbc news. >> a pill to help fight off covid symptoms. pfizer pharmaceuticals believes it's developed it, and it's asking for authorization. pfizer issues a formal request
to the tda for emergency use authorization for its covid antiviral pill. the company says it provides an 89% reduction in covid related hospitalizations or deaths. if approved, it would be the first pill of its kind. it could be prescribed as an at-home treatment during the first signs of a covid infection. you could take it three pills twice a day for five days to combat the virus. >> a bitcoin sell-off for the government. the justice department is selling off $56 million worth of cryptocurrency that was seized during a large ponzi scheme. the scheme allegedly swindled thousands of people here in the u.s. and abroad a few years ago. the take was about $2 billion worth of crypto. it offered investors returns as high as 40% per month. supposedly from a company called bit connect. now, proceeds from the ud to reimburse victims of the fraud.
>> okay, it's not an ipo unless the p stands for packers. but just for the fourth time in history, the green bay packers football team is offering shares so more fans can own part of the team. the parks are the only nfl team owned by fans. this is a tech reporter scott mcgrew says its stock, sort of. >> note our artist put quoitation marks around the word stock. that's because while you can own a piece of the team, it's not stock in the way we think of stock. you goent get a dividend, don't get a vote. you can't sell it without the packers' permission, and you can't sell it for more than you thought it for, so it's not an investment. $300 is mostly a piece of paper, still fun for packers fans. being from chicago, it pains me to think somebody likes the packers, but it does sound like a fun gift. just don't think of it as a share of stock in the sense of the word the packers are using. it turns out packers are using
the term in a different way than we use the term. who saw that coming? >> thank you very much, scott. now, you can see scott mcgrew and the rest of the morning team every weekday. today in the bay runs from 4:30 in the morning to 7:00 a.m. on nbc bay area. >> up next, ready to ring in the new year. the new plans for new york city, the big apple, for the holidays. >> all right, she books a week in paradise, but the host only lets her stay three days. i'm consumer investigator chris kimura. we can't let that happen. nbc bay area responds next. >> and i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri tracking that next chance of showers. i'll be back with my update in about eight minutes.
♪ i see trees of green ♪ ♪ red roses too ♪ ♪ i see them bloom for me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪ nbc bay area responds to a woman whose hawaii vacation included a scramble to try to find another place. >> her vacation rental host wouldn't pick up the phone. we picked up our phone. she called consumer investigator chris kimura. nothing good here for hawaii.
we need to make sure it's taken care of. >> how many days in a week. ? >> seven. >> this is the thing, she books a week long stay, in oahu on airbnb. seven days. right? seven nights. yeah, well, she gets to hawaii. the host tells her, yeah, you're only staying three nights. theresa said the host stopped communicating, so she got the message and checked out after three nights and stayed elsewhere, at her own expense. then, she contacted airbnb. it gave her a refund of $622 to cover those four remaining nights, but theresa said that didn't add up. her original booking was $431 a night, and by her math, airbnb still owed her more than $1,000. here's the good news. airbnb wouldn't budge until we stepped in when theresa asked us to. they sent her an additional $1143, the full amount she was owed. here's what airbnb said. we apologize for the trip disruption that this guest experienced.
this type of behavior from the host is rare and obviously unacceptable. here's the thing, airbnb says it removed the host. speaking of shady hosts, what are the rules for cameras and microphones at vacation rental snz and how can you find a hidden camera? we just made a how-to video to help you. you can watch that episode and all the others on our website, on our youtube channel, and our streaming platforms. just look for the how-to playlist. >> that's downright creepy. >> yes, it is, and i tell you what, it makes me think twice about hotels versus vacation rentals. it really does. >> thank you, chris. >> just ahead on nightly news, an exclusive first look inside factory zero. it's the new gm plant that will make only electric vehicles. president biden is going to visit the facility tomorrow. but nbc news tom costello got an exclusive interview with the ceo of gm today. >> how does this resonate with you on a personal level? >> i would say not just for me
but for our senior leadership team and for most of our employees, this is personal. and we believe that we have the capability to make this change and to create a better world for future generations. and like i said, i feel a personal responsibility to make this transition and to make sure we take our workforce along and we don't leave anyone behind as this transition is happening. >> on nightly news with the ceo says about making parts for vehicles in america and when that supply chain shortage should be over. that's coming up right here at 6:30. >> get ready to party. the ball will once again drop at times square this new year's eve. yep, times square will be host to that huge party like we used to see for all those years pre-pandemic. however, this time around, there will be precautions. >> we want to welcome all those hundreds of thousands of folks, but everyone needs to be vaccinated. all you need to do is have that proof of vaccination and a valid photo i.d. and you're in. >> should we go? >> to new york? >> yeah, for new year's eve?
>> no, i'm going to pass. >> anyone unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons must show proof of a negative covid test within 72 hours. >> asked me 25 years ago, i would have been a solayes. >> jeff, you used to work in new york. did you ever go to that? >> yeah. >> was it fun? >> i went a few street away so you could see the action. i never went into the barricaded areas. >> just flirted with times square. >> exactly, but i'll get the tux out this year. let's go, raj. jess, you're in now, come on. let's get you into the forecast. you can see right now across san jose, we have mostly clear skies, but we are beginning to see am cloud cover starting to roll back in. and that's just really what's going to be happening as we move through the next couple hours. chilly temperatures and more clouds on tap for us. isolated areas of fog tomorrow morning for the north bay, the east bay, the south bay, but here's the good stuff. we get in on another window of sunshine right there for the afternoon. so as we move threw tomorrow
morning, you're going to start off with widespread 40s over the tri-valley, peninsula, and south bay, so have that jacket out. you can see down here through the east bay, got you at 48. san francisco, 50, and the north bay, 46. no big changes tomorrow in the overall weather pattern. so i don't have any big differences in the temperatures. it's going to feel really similar to what we went through today. that's going to leave us at 68 in los gatos. 69, morgan hill. 67 up to milpitas. 66 in oakland and similar weather over to concord, double 6s. we get in on sunshine here for the peninsula, and very light winds out of the north at 3 miles per hour. 65 in san mateo. san francisco, chilliest weather right near the ocean, where we're getting that strong ocean breeze. 59 in the outer sunset, and 61 in the marina. let's move off to the north bay. 64 in clear lake, and 66 in novato. looks good tomorrow, but still some rain chances in the forecast. not the big storm system i know a lot of you want, but let's get
you the timing on this. you're going to be able to see once we hit thursday night and friday, we're going to get that rainfall in here, and here's where it's going to be good for, if you have allergies we do have some stuff popping. mold is in the high category, pine and elm in moderate along with weeds, so even just a little shower activity is going to help you out with those allergies. so those showers line up right here, thursday night at 7:00 p.m., continue into friday morning. only trace amounts to about .2 inches and this really gets out by friday night. my seven-day forecast looks like this. shower chances thursday night into friday morning. we get a little wind here on saturday, 10 to 25 miles per hour, but nothing to be overly concerned about. sunshine this weekend, and it's going to be dry. my seven-day forecast through the inland valley, our temperatures look like this. low 60s the next couple days, up to 67 on sunday and then back down to more low 60s next week. the ball drops in new york city, it's pretty amazing.
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a dangerous debris field caused by russia is threatening the seven astronauts currently aboard the international space station. yesterday, russia fired a missile at one of its own satellites destroying it in the process. that launches thousands of pieces of debris into orbit. if even the smallest piece of debris hits the international space station, it would have the impact of almost ten times the force of a single bullet. the astronauts onboard the station including four americans, retreated to their dock capsules yesterday, in case an emergency escape was needed. they have since resumed normal
operations. >> what the russians did today, what these 1500 pieces of trackable orbital debris, poses a risk not only to those astronauts, not only to those cosmonauts, but to satellites in the interest of all nations. >> the state department is warning that the u.s. will work with its allies to respond to russia's actions. u.s. space command says the debris could remain in orbit for years. >> women who use cannabis during their pregnancy could be putting their child at risk. it was published in the national academy of sciences. researchers found that children borne to women who use pot during pregnancy had higher levels of stress, anxiety. the data is related, researchers can't say for sure if there's a direct cause and effect relationship, but the results are in line with previous research that shows cannabis use while pregnant really does impact the fetus. >> it's a big night in the south
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who joins us from the shark tank, hanging out with the hall of famers. >> final preparations going on behind me for tonight's ceremony. george seifert won five super bowl titles with in49ers. two as head coach, and tonight, the san francisco native will be the headliner for the san jose sports hall of fame class of 2021. several hundred family, friend, and fans are expected to attend tonight's induction ceremony at the s.a.p. center, along with coach seifert, another super bowl champ will also be enshrined, james jones. born and raised in san jose, jones played receiver for ten seasons in the nfl, won a super bowl xlv with the green bay packers. also part of this hall of fame class, award winning sports columnist mark purdy, and two-time olympic gold medalist and former stanford swimmer, summer sanders. >> any time that you're inducted into this type of organization or situation, again, you know,
it's just goes back to how fortunate i have been to be associated with so many great people. >> my legacy means something to me, not just to me but ann warner cribs who is also a fellow bay area swimming olympian and also a hall of fame member. i like the fact fat we get to celebrate our rich history in swimming in this area. >> to come from where i come from, being a homeless kid, man, and going through all my ups and downs in life and my career to be standing right here, to have a plaque that's about to be in the s.a.p. center, you know, in the san jose hall of fame, it's a blessing. >> and there are several former 49er greats in attendance or are about to come. we ran into roger craig, and former quarterback steve young will be in attendance, all to lend their support for their former head coach. the ceremony begins at 7:00. live at the s.a.p. center in san jose, anthony flores. >> what a cool event. thank you. >> let's move on.
a big honor for giants manager gabe kapler. no surprise, he was voted the manager of the year in the national league, as voted by the sports writers of america. just the second giants manager to win this award. dusty baker did it three times. a good week for gabe kapler. last week, he received a contract extension through 2024. so it's been a good month for gabe. >> it's been a good year for him. they did really well. >> great. >> yeah, all right. right now at 6:00, cracking down on parklet. san francisco making sure they're up to code. >> thinking about before we get fined every single day. when we didn't even know about these changing regulations. >> the reason china town businesses say they're being singled out. >> also, in and out in less than 30 seconds. the coordinated crew that hit up a jewelry store at a mall in contra costa county. >> several rainy days this season, so why is valley water sounding the alarm?
that's next. >> the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening. i'm raj mathai. >> i'm jessica aquirre. at the peak of the pandemic, outdoor parklets were key to san francisco businesses surviving. but new rules on now permanent parklets could create an eatery crisis. ginger explains that the city is citing and fining businesses to get the parklets up to code. >> this parklet has been cited for seven violations. among the issues, having a roof. encroaching on the sidewalk, and not providing drainage by the curb. and if it's not all fixed within two weeks, the city will hit them with thousands of dollars in fines. elaine chu has relied on this parklet to keep her 15-year-old chinatown restaurant, grant place, afloat during the pandemic. >> i don't know how we do it.