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and i enthusiastically recommend prevagen. it has helped me an awful lot. prevagen. healthier brain. better life. right now at 11:00, tighter testing is kicking in for international travelers coming to the u.s. we are breaking down the new covid rules as health leaders work to stop the omicron variant from spreading ahead of the holidays. good monday, and thanks for joining us for our midday news. i'm kris sanchez. laura and marcus have the afternoon off. we start with the tighter restrictions for those entering the country not just at sfo but all international airports. nbc bay area's cierra johnson is at sfo breaking down what those international travelers need to
keep in mind. >> at 12:01 a.m., those changes officially went into effect, impacting international travelers coming into airports like this one, sfo as well as airports across the nation. those changes were announced thursday by president biden due to the omicron variant. all travellers to the u.s. must be test forward covid-19 within a day before boarding the flight. previously those who were vaccinated could present a test within three days of boarding. a german traveler just landed in the united states today and had to locate a test that fit the new u.s. testing requirement while some travelers we spoke with say the move is crucial for slowing the spread. worry about the ease of securing a test in some of those international countries. >> i think it's a little bit difficult for most country to get a 24-hour test because you have to get some express test, they're very expensive and
depends on which country you're traveling from. you could have some problems because not every country is providing those tests. so, yeah, sometimes a little bit trouble there. but i think it's understandable for this country. >> and the nation's top doctor says travel banns could soon make a comeback. fauci appeared on "state of the union" where he said new data indicates omicron could become a dominant strain of covid, but so far symptoms are not severe. he also said they rer-evaluating the ban. it's still early and there's still a lot to learn about the strain. back out here again, those changes to the time in which you're required to get those test results into your airline provider are officially under way. something else being done to keep folks safe and reduce the transmission of the new variant is also masks. that mask mandate has been extended until about the middle of march of 2022 so you will not
be on a flight, a bus or a plane any time soon without wearing a mask. at sfo, cierra johnson. >> we have you covered as the omicron variant changes what we're doing for the holidays. you can find the latest updates at nbcbayarea.com. click on the trending bar right at the top of our home page. johnson & johnson vaccine works as well as mix and match booster shots, according to a new study. this includes 65 volunteers who all initially got two doses of pfizer's vaccine. you might recall the cdc signed off on mix and catch covid-19 booster shots back in october. the organization recently changed its guidance in response to the omicron variant. the agency is now recommending all adults aged 18 and older get a booster shot. a new york city mayor bill de blasio announced an expanded covid vaccine mandate. the changes will require all private sector workers to be
vaccinated by december 27th. children 5 to 11 will have to be vaccinated in order to attend indoor entertainment venues. the mayor is taking these extra measures amid the colder weather and the threat of the omicron variant. so far 90% of adult new yorkers have received at least one dose of the covid vaccine. just in, the white house now confirms a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming winter olympic games in beijing. this follows reports that an announcement would be made this week. jen psaki confirmed the news during a press conference this morning. the boycott means no u.s. government officials will attend the games. however, u.s. athletes still can compete. that move comes as lawmakers increase pressure to protest china's human rights abuses. the winter olympics begin february 4th and will air exclusively right here on nbc bay area. new overnight, police are investigating a deadly shooting
in union city that happened about 10:30 last night along 7th and 8th street. police say a man was found shot several times inside a parked car. new video shows a bullet hole on the window of a nearby home. the man who lives at that home says he heard that shooting unfold. >> came over here and looked. checked it out and it was probably maybe 30 bullet holes all down the side of the car. >> it's a quiet neighborhood. folks are expecting to do their normal sunday activities and gunshots coming through your windows would be extremely alarming. >> also police are not releasing a motive and have not arrested any suspects. this was the second homicide of the year in union city. four san mateo county cities are changing the way law enforcement respond. mental health will respond with
police. bob redell will explain how this works in san mateo county. >> good morning, kris. starting today police here in san mateo, as well as the departments in daly city, redwood city and south san francisco, they now have the option of sending out a mental health clinician on 911 calls. this is an effort to de-escalate situations in which someone on that call is going through a mental health crisis. so once the officer deems that the situation is safe, the clinician can help bring that situation down, calm that situation and provide services for the individual going through the crisis, instead of sending that person to jail or a hospital for a mental health hold. >> when you go out and you immediately take them to the hospital. in reality that may not be the best option. that may lead to more trauma that would cause them to
continue to spiral in a downward circle. or if i say let's get your mom in here, your dad in here, your community in here and figure out what's going on, going forward, and that sets them up for success going forward. >> it's another great resource for us to use. any time we can get another resource, it's going to make the job less stressful, absolutely. >> san mateo's county community wellness in crisis response pilot program is launching in the city of san mateo along with redwood city, daly city and south san francisco. the county and cities will spend $1.5 million over two years. stanford will independently evaluate how it works. other cities have already added mental health response units. palo alto did the same. they started something just this past friday. reporting live, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >> so many communities are grappling with the same sort of challenges so it will be interesting how this all works out. thanks, bob.
the defense is expected to wrap its case as early as this week in the elizabeth holmes criminal fraud trial. testimony resumes tomorrow. early last week the former theranos ceo faced tough questioning in cross-examination and she is expected to return to the stand tomorrow. on wednesday, a judge is expected to resentence scott peterson to life in prison for killing his wife lacey and their unborn son. last year the state supreme court overturned his 2004 death penalty. he will be resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. that hearing takes place in redwood city and his attorneys are still seeking to gain a new criminal trial based on climbs that one of the jurors gave false information. of course, we'll cover that for you as it happens on wednesday. and let's take a live look outside the bay area. windows here in the studio. it was a very foggy start to the morning, and that fog continues to linger on. check out this video from our
production assistant who got it from her mounted dashboard camera. that's the kind of moving video we want to see. she did this on her commute into work and she was still on time because she left early because she knew therepeople, give yourself extra time. >> absolutely. you want to drive a lot slower. use your regular beams and don't turn on those high beams. we're still seeing patches of fog here and there but it's definitely getting a lot better compared to earlier this morning. and now that the fog is lifting we're still left with some clouds as we get ready for this storm system that will be coming in later this evening and bringing us some rain starting first in the north bay. we're already seeing some of the light showers moving into lake and mendocino counties, closer to northern sonoma county. as far as how much rain we're going to see, not expecting a lot. about 0.1 inch of rain in some of these spots but we'll have more rain chances in the forecast. we'll talk more about that coming up in a few minutes.
we do have a follow-up out of san francisco where a restaurant that refused to serve three uniformed police officers is now apologizing and reaching out to the sfpd. the north beach restaurant hilda and jesse asked the officers to leave on friday because the officers and their weapons were making staff feel uncomfortable. it was primarily the weapons. this led to swift backlash on the owners say it was a mistake. a statement posted on instagram reads in part, quote, we are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times. we hope this will be a teachable moment for us as we repair and continue to build bridges with the sfpd." happening today, two new park and ride parking lots are opening for commuters. one is on buchanan street in albany. another in the fruitvale avenue
in oakland. drivers can park for free through january in order to take a shuttle bus across the bridge. starting in february, parking fees will cost about $3. don't expect to see president biden at the 2022 olympics. next on nbc bay area, why reports indicate a diplomatic boycott is on the way. plus, a big bummer for ski buffs. putting slopes on a hold this winter for a lot of resorts in tahoe. and comedian and actress nicole bier is sitting down with kelly clarkson. the "nailed it" host says she doesn't really score with dating apps. find out the she likes. find out when you watch "kelly clarkson" this afternoon at 3:00. we'll be right back.
new at 11:00, a religious group based in ohio says a violent gang in haiti has released three more hostages. they were part of 17 missionaries taken hostage last month after visiting an orphanage there. the organization says they are safe and they seem to be in good spirits. but so far they're not provide anything more details. it is believed the gang 400 mawozo is behind those kidnappings. yet another casualty of the pandemic. after 17 years, the popular el camino mongolian barbecue in santa clara closes its doors next week. from the business cards and photos on the ceiling to the unique dining style, the owner has made el camino mongolian barbecue his own and the customers knew that. sandra chow drove from daly city to dine at the restaurant one more time. >> it has a very homey vibe.
my kids love the food over here. they love to be able to kind of create their own mixture, make the food and the owners are so sweet, so nice. so that's what we'll be missing. >> the pandemic forced him to close for nearly a year and after that, business never really picked up once he reopened. hard to do that takeout. he blames rising labor costs and food costs and because he has no green card, once he closes, he will be required to return to his native south korea. a live look at the slopes in the sierra provided by the palisades tahoe ski resort. you know that it's not supposed to look like that. currently has two lifts and trails open. however, other tahoe ski resorts are delaying opening indefinitely. the reason, of course, is not enough snow. you can see the dirt where there should be snow right there. not supposed to look like that. nbc's erin mclaughlin explains how climate patterns are wreaking havoc on ski seasons
everywhere. >> reporter: this morning on slopes across the west, it's a winter no-show. with little snow on the ground at ski resorts that usually open in time for the thanksgiving holiday are still closed. over the weekend just over one-third of the area's ski grounds were partially open. around lake tahoe where there are over a dozen resorts, just three have been able to operate their lifts. the patchy start to the season comes after october's early winter wallop. snowstorms then left ski season hopes high and now dry. >> it's been really warm since then. >> reporter: it's the same story in colorado. denver has now gone 228 consecutive days with any measurable snowfall. that's the longest snowless stretch since 1887. california ski regions are the site of a so-called weather inversion. it causes warmer air which typically sits at lower elevations to rise. making temperatures in the
mountains warmer. it's kept lake tahoe's nighttime temps above freezing which means even manmade snow won't stick. >> i can't remember in the 16 years i've been forecasting here when we've had no snow on the ground and no snow on the trails either from manmade snow. >> reporter: the dry weather is slumping the early ski season. it's also raising red flags about a worsening climate crisis. like in the mountains of hawaii, bracing for a blizzard. pictures from nasa satellites also show a rapidly melting sierra nevada snowpack. a troubling sign for a region whose drying reservoirs are annually replenished by a slower snow melt. a new study projects in 35 to 60 years, mountainous states throughout the west could go nearly snowless for years at a time. >> i think the tourist industry and recreation industry should absolutely be concerned. these effects are with us already and we need to learn how
to deal with them. >> erin mclaughlin reporting. kari, we know that we haven't gotten enough rain for those resorts to open. >> we do have something positive to report down the line. we'll get to that in just a bit. as we're starting out, maybe you're about to head out for lunch and stepping out, it's still pretty chilly out there. make sure you have a jacket. also still foggy in a lot spots. still nice out there. our temperatures are in the low 50s right now and it's only going to make it into the upper 50s for a couple of hours during the afternoon. the seven-day forecast is coming up at the bottom of the screen. we have more cool weather on the way and this is showing that we are also seeing some rain moving in. some of those showers just to our north that will continue to fill in here on the radar. if you have the nbc bay area app you'll be able to get alerts as rain approaches your location. this helps you stay ahead of that rain as you head out and about for the afternoon. but we have seen all of this rain across the pacific
northwest. and finally it's moving our way. it's been so dry here recently. it's nice to see that high pressure has moved out and allowing for some of that rain to move in. this is all a part of that connection with that subtropical moisture that goes all the way down to hawaii. maybe you heard about the blizzard conditions they're seeing for their upper elevations but they also have a lot of flooding for some of the lower elevations. so we're going to see a very active weather pattern continue. at least for the next week or so. this is the first in a series of about three systems that will be coming in. and this one is pretty weak. starting out with light showers and we're also going to see that rain moving in. here's the timeline. that's around the evening commute. some off and on light rain continuing to move in. and we'll see it continue into tonight. and then start to taper off early tomorrow morning. looks like tomorrow afternoon will be pretty clear, but the temperatures will be very chilly. after that we'll have another system coming in on thursday. the rain seems to skip around us
but there will be some light sierra snow and another chance of some rain in the forecast between late sunday into early monday. so once again we're seeing a change in our pattern and we're looking forward to a bigger storm system that may come in by early next week. and some of the initial runs of the computer models are putting down really high amounts of rain for the north bay. this is the 1-year-old commuter model that shows 3 to 4 inches of rain from northern sonoma county on northward. the rest of us about two to three inches but there could be a lot more as we look at the gss and then it really tapers off for areas farther to the south. looking at sierra snow once again. we were talking about just a little bit for this week. 2 to 5 inches. next week could be two to three feet of snow with that big system that we're watching for between sunday and monday. so we're in for some light showers in the near term. temperatures stay cool. another weak system coming in on thursday.
the weekend is dry up until sunday when we'll be, of course, keeping you up to date on that possibly big storm system coming in. kris? >> thank you, kari. happening tonight, lafayette city planners will talk about current zoning in order to allow for a new housing development. that proposal calls for 13 new units on land where a commercial building now sits. this is on moraga road near st. mary's college. tonight's meeting is a study session. they're just going to talk about it. and there san application for permits that still have to be filed. the dos and don'ts of the holiday season. still ahead, the queen of all things domestic breaks it all down with a little bit of sass. find out what martha stewart says you should never do at a holiday party. first, happening now, a strong storm system is walloping the hawaiian islands. forecasters are predicting many communities will be 10 to 15 inches of rain while some
isolated areas could see 20 to 25 inches. in addition to heavy rain, forecasters say wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are also possible. and a blizzard warning is in effect for hawaii's big island mountain summit. a state of emergency has been declared in response to the severe weather there. we're back after the break.
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news. those are monarch butterflies not only making a return along the california coast but also in central mexico. there, they are drawing tourists and scientists alike. as we have reported, western monarchs are backed by the tens, maybe hundreds of thousands this year in monterey and santa cruz county. eastern monarchs are numbering in the millions in mexico's monarch reserve after making a 2,000-mile journey. it is something to see. studio h has been very busy in recent days because that's where michael bouble taped his newest holiday special. ♪ it's beginning to look a lot like christmas ♪ >> i could listen to that all day. maybe buble already makes your holiday playlist having sold millions of christmas albums during his career.
kermit the frog will be there, all among the guests for tonight's special. "christmas in the city" airs tonight after "the voice" on nbc bay area. kari and i will be putting that on the dvr since it's past our bedtime. martha stewart has held a few important holiday parties in her time. now the queen of good things is sharing some advice for you if you are attending your next holiday shindig. >> go look at the -- you realize that you really do not like the person you are seated next to. is it okay to switch the -- >> no. >> you do? >> no. >> you have to. >> you're not allowed to. on thanksgiving, my daughter moved all the placecards without my knowledge. >> and how did that go over? >> that didn't go over so well. >> i bet her daughter did not get pie after that. appearing on "watch what happens live," stewart says even if you're told not to bring a gift, you should bring one.
she also says it's best to be a little late to a holiday party instead of early so that your host has a little extra time to prepare. but if you are late, you shouldn't expect anyone to wait on you to eat. i would also add, don't overstay your welcome. >> come late and leave early? >> yeah, yeah, that's my perfect party. >> grab your plate and go. >> i have a welcome matt that says welcome, please leave by 9:00. >> i'll keep that in mind. let's have a look at the forecast. scattered showers coming in this afternoon. they'll not overstay the welcome. they'll be out of here by early in the morning. and another chance of rain in the forecast on thursday. but overall it's going to be a cool week ahead. temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s. >> we want those storm clouds to overstay their welcome. we need that rain. thanks for joining us. our next newscast is coming up at 5:00. of course, you can always get the latest news any time dave as it breaks at nbcbayarea.com. have a fantastic day. i'll be back with you tomorrow
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