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next on nbc bay area news tonight, a man pistol-whipped and robbed outside of his own home. he was targeted for his high- end wristwatch. new data shows the toll monkeypox is taking on the lgbtq community. there are calls to act faster and avoid the mistakes made at the beginning of the aids epidemic. we're having a conversation about it. the housing market is cooling down right here in the bay area, but the rental market is heating up. why it is getting harder to find and afford an apartment. are you feeling lucky? the third largest lotto jackpot in u.s. history is up for grabs in about an hour from now.
$1.2 billion. good evening. i'm raj mathai. there are plenty of big stories we are keeping an eye on. another high-end watch robbery caught on tape. it happened yesterday afternoon. take a listen. >> hey! >> give me your watch! >> did you hear that? he says give me your watch. that man demanding another man's watch before taking off in a red car with tinted windows. this happened on skyline drive at around 4:30 p.m., again, yesterday. daly city police say the 69- year-old man was robbed and pistol whipped. he was target and treated on
the scene for injuries. police have been warning about these attacks for expensive watches. they have investigated more than two dozen of these types of robberies this year alone. earlier this month in the east bay, police arrested three people for rolex robberies in walnut creek and danville. those watches worth between $30,000 and $40,000 each. all three suspects were teenagers and are teenagers. another headline we are watching, if you are riding b.a.r.t., you have to mask up yet again. b.a.r.t. mask mandate reinstated effective today. not surprisingly, there's confusion. a worker was putting up a sign reminding people of this new requirement. the previous mask mandate expired 11 days ago. last night the b.a.r.t. board voted to extend the mask mandate yet again into october. for some riders, it is tough keeping up with all the changes. >> it's a little confuse. i use b.a.r.t. semi frequently.
i feel like in the last couple months the rules have changed a few times. >> i don't really care. as long as i have my mask on, i feel fine. if others don't wear it, that's up to them. >> a b.a.r.t. spokesperson told us they do their best to inform riders ranging from signage at stations to updates on their web site. the agency hoped that county health departments would take the lead on mask mandates. since that never happened, b.a.r.t. acted on its own. there are more concerns about monkeypox. not only the virus itself, but what's happening within the lgbtq community. san francisco declared that local emergency as of yesterday. now will the state of california declare a statewide emergency and what's the hold up with the vaccines? as we have been reporting, there's an extreme shortage of vaccines. monkeypox is not necessarily a deadly virus, but is painful and takes weeks to get rid of
the sores and lesions on your skin. there's a vaccine out there. the federal government announced it is sending 120,000 more doses to california, but the state says it needs an additional 600,000 more doses. there's also a drug to treat monkeypox patients, but the state says the drug is also limited right now. it is called t-pox, an anti- viral people can take especially if they have a severe case. about 30 hospitals, clinics and other health care providers now have access to the drug. the social component to all of this gets dicey. it is primarily spreading in the lgbtq community. the first chart shows a breakdown by gender. 98% of the cases right now are men. 92% of the cases are among people who identify as gay or
lesbian. 2% identify as heterosexual. health care leaders want to be clear monkeypox can infect anyone, however the focus is on the lgbtq community and that's upsetting a lot of people. san francisco mayor london breed says the lgbtq community is being unfairly targeted and stigmatized here and that our response needs to be better and faster. joining us tonight, retired bay area tv journalist hank plant who covered the aids crisis in the 1980s and is following this current crisis within the gay community, hank, nice to he so you after so many years. remind me, remind our viewers here, how did we initially respond to the aids epidemic in the 1980s and is there any similarities to what we are seeing right now? >> it was a terrible response, raj. good to see you also. yeah, the government really was very silent about it. president reagan was in office. they didn't take it seriously and i think that there were a couple of reasons. one is aids was hitting two, very unpopular groups, gay men
and intervenous drug users. i think that the government's lack of response on monkeypox is not for those reasons. i think it's because the government just dropped the ball and i think that a lot of people had covid burnout and didn't want to hear about yet another disease like this. >> what are the differences now? we talked about the 1980s now to the current state with the monkeypox?. asyou mention the similarity is this is hitting gay men more than anybody else just as aids was in the beginning in this country. the big difference is as you said, raj, we have a vaccine and also i think that public opinion has changed about gay and lesbian people. the latest survey shows for example 70% of the american public support same-sex marriage. a majority of republicans support same-sex marriage. you know, mayor breed makes a
good point in that we don't want to target gay men with the news coverage, at the same time you have to tell the truth even if it does kind of stigmatize the gay community. you have to tell the truth as a reporter and tell people this is hitting the gay community harder than anybody else. in new york city -- >> if i can jump in here, you bring up mayor breed. i want you to listen to something she said yesterday that plays into what you are saying. listen in. >> just to be clear, the message is if there were any other community that was disproportionately impacted by monkeypox the way the gay community is impacted, the whole country would be up in arms. let's not treat this community different than we would anyone else and do what we need in order to get the vaccine and get the treatment and get the resources to the cities that
need them the most. >> she's not mincing her words. upset about the sluggish response saying if it was the heterosexual community it would be a lot different. >> i respectfully disagree with that for the reasons i just outlined. i just think the government blew it. i don't think there was anti- gay prejudice on anybody's part certainly not under the biden administration. no, i just think this was incompetence. we have the vaccine. we just haven't been able to get it out there. people were standing in line for the vaccine in san francisco and new york. it's not available. it does exist. >> final question. any political pressure here aside from the medical pressure? any political pressure for the state to follow suit with what san francisco did last flight and declare it a state of emergency statewide? >> oh, yeah, lots of political pressure, and also there's political pressure on local governments to do what the world health organization said to do.
the world health organization put out a notice recommending that gay and by sexual men limit sexual partners to reduce the spread of monkeypox. will local governments take that up and will they go as far as the city of san francisco did in the 1980s when they closed the gay bath houses? city health department protested over that. will that have to happen? again, don't mean to stigmatize the gay community. i am openly gay. i understand the arguments against that. new york city for example just canceled a big sex party because they are worried about monkeypox. >> hank plante, we appreciate the perspective you provide me and our viewers. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. one more note. monkeypox primarily spreads through prolonged skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids. mainly it means sexual contact, but it is possible it could happen in crowded settings
where the skin-to-skin contact is happening. the least likely way is prolonged exposure to soiled clothes or bedding from an infected person. monkeypox is not airborne. you are not going to get it by being near an infected person like covid. how do you know if you have it? here are the symptoms. it starts with a flu-like fever, muscle aches, exhaustion. later you could get a rash on your screen with red bumps. those bumps turn into blisters and those can be very painful. infections usually last between two to four weeks. death is extremely rare. only five deaths have been reported worldwide. let's move on and perhaps put a smile on your face now. are you ready to get filthy, filthy rich? it's the third largest jackpot in u.s. history. tonight, $1.2 billion is up for grabs. you've got about 20 minutes to get that ticket and the drawing is at 8:00. your odds of winning are pretty lousy. one in 300 million. it's nice to dream, isn't it?
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welcome back to nbc bay area news tonight. our housing market is cooling down relatively speaking, but our rental market specifically in the bay area is heating up. here is what we are seeing. for years, houses would get multiple bids. now it's apartments getting multiple applicants. according to rent cafe, the typical apartment in the silicon valley is getting 15 applications. in the east bay, the average is 14 applications. why is this happening? our business and tech reporter scott budman as a closer look. >> reporter: there are a few things at work here. for one thing, a lot of people are heading back to the office and their hometown. also lack of inventory and rising mortgage rates making it hard to find and buy a house. finally, scarcity of apartments as construction has slowed in the last few months. all of a sudden, this is the
hottest ticket in town. an apartment. >> it's always quite the game trying to get a good place. >> reporter: in fact, try to rent anyplace to live in the bay area and you'll run right into stiff competition. >> you are trying to be the first one there honestly. like, if i had to take a day off to get my spot. >> we were going to get a house this last time and it was like anything that had any type of yard or any type of reasonable rent, we'd go on day one it's available and they already had 27, 30, 50 applicants. so, it is just impossible. >> reporter: rent cafe says on average for every apartment that opens, 15 people apply in silicon valley. 14 people apply in the east bay. eight apply in san francisco. economists say you can blame it on a suddenly risky housing market and a desire for companies to get you back into the office. >> we are starting to move away from that very flexible, 100% remote working environment. we are looking for that face
time again. >> reporter: call it the price of coming back. >> people are moving back after being remote during the pandemic. it makes it hard for them to find housing in this market. >> reporter: in san jose, scott budman, nbc bay area news. here is another eye-opening look at how hard it is for renters to make it in the bay area. you need to make three to four times minimum wage in order to pay for an average, two bedroom apartment. according to the nonprofit national low income housing coalition, the average renter in san francisco needs to make $61 an hour. the minimum wage in san francisco $16.99. in san jose, you need to make $55 an hour to afford that same two-bedroom apartment. san jose minimum wage $16.20. california housing crisis is the focus of our investigative series called overpriced, overwhelmed, over it. you can stream it right now free at nbcbayarea.com or on
roku, fire and apple tv. here is a story that makes you think about our past and in this case it's a mystery. a woman is trying to find the rightful owner of a long lost photo album that dates back nearly 150 years ago. the people in these black and white photos are some of san francisco's elite from the 1800s. >> reporter: the album that sits on laurie foster's shelf is a time capsule. the photos inside were all shot in the 1860s and '70s decades before the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of san francisco. >> this book one thing leads to another to another to another to another and it is mind boggling. >> reporter: she lives in chico, but grew up in the bay area. most of the pictures were taken by well-known san francisco and oakland photographers at the time. this one came from the dunham new photo parlors. it shows sharply dressed women and men with hairstyles and
beards of the period, but she doesn't know who they are. >> i've been settling with this for about 20 years off and on. it's a bucket list wish to find out who it belongs to. >> reporter: to add to the mystery, the book was stolen. foster's father worked for police in the east bay and nabbed a burglary suspect in the '60s who had the album in his trunk. no one claimed it after the trial, so he kept it. >> i wouldn't let him sell it at a yard sale because it belonged with the family or at least a museum. it has a little bit of color in it. >> reporter: laurie and i found a few answers after two days of research. the name engraved on the album is w. r. h. adamson. we found old papers that claim he was the executor of adolph sutro's will as in the sutro heights and baths and former mayor of san francisco adolph sutro and it was apparently a gift to adamson, but it is not of one family, but all
different people. >> on the back of it in gold is written "christmas 1876." >> reporter: the one she could identify written on the bottom was sir arthur edward kennedy. the governor of hong kong and western australia at the time. >> if you go back someone he knew, it's all intertwined. >> reporter: her quest has to more and more questions. perhaps it was a gift passed down through generations. foster wants to find the family with answers to this long lost mystery album. ian cole, nbc bay area news. >> very cool. we will keep you posted on how that story develops. let's take you outside. a live look at the san mateo bridge on this friday night. jeff ranieri joins us next to chat about our weekend forecast and possibly some rain in the next few days. next few days. you're watching when i make decisions
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welcome back. take a look. dozens of people gathering and celebrate the purchase of this modest home three bedroom house in east san jose today. what's the significance? this is where cesar chavez began his activism back in the early 1950s. he would go on to be the co- founder of the united farm workers union. the nonprofit group with help from the city of san jose paid just over $1 million for the home. it will now become a community center. that is a gem for the community and cesar chavez so impactful
and important for what he's done for farm workers around the world. >> fantastic. >> fantastic is friday right now. >> it is. >> look at this. >> what is it? >> fog across downtown san francisco. >> you have to tell me. what is this? >> you can't see anything. we've got drizzle. let's get you into the microclimate forecast. we'll get you ready for the weekend. as we head into tomorrow morning, we're going to start it off with temperatures here in the 50s. because that fog is so thick right now, it will be spreading throughout the bay area tomorrow morning. some spotty areas of drizzle. cloud cover will hang out a little bit longer than we have been used to. clouds over the north bay hanging out through the bay also down to the peninsula. daytime highs will be cooler tomorrow because of that foggy breeze. 78 here in napa. 83 concord. 80 in san jose. i wanted to show you by next monday and tuesday high pressure and low pressure will act like a conveyor belt and could pull in some remnant moisture from tropical storm frank so basically we're looking at a chance here of
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