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>> we are prepared to take it anyway the council decided. >> chanting protesters disrupt a special budget meeting tonight in oakland. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn johnson. their interruption was brief, and the focus quickly returned to the millions of dollars cities across the state will lose in redevelopment funds by the end of the month. in oakland, the hit is particularly hard. $28 million. tonight city leaders are scrambling for ways to fill the budget gap. alan wang is at city hall where those layoffs are looming. alan? >> carolyn, the meeting just finished up within the hour. and they decided to delay this very crucial vote. and that's because dissolving a $28 million redevelopment
front is a very complicated process, and they don't want anyone to lose their jobs if they can prevent it. despite interruptions by occupy protesters, the city council pressed on. time is running out. >> we have never done anything this big, this fast. >> the council is under pressure is slash possibly 105 jobs that includes 20 city administrator positions by the end of the month. the loss of $28 million in redevelopment funds has the mayor proposing huge cuts in slashing the budgets of the oaknd la zoo and children's ferrynd la by 40%. >> this process has made a mockery of the layoff provisions of our contract by providing insufficient notice. >> at tonight's council meeting, union reps complained of the short notice and accused the city council of layoff procedures. 24 union rep remind reminded
the city of the mission statement that employees are treated with fairness, dig that you tee and respect. -- dignity and respect. >> we are seeing none of that today. and tonight those words are not worth the paper they are written on. >> one of the reasons why it is going down so poorly is because we have all been in denial that this was going to in fact happen. >> the council is trying to save more money by consolidating departments and merging services. but the unions asked them to be more strategic and cautioned the council not to undergo a wholesale layoff where they may not be able to hire the employees back under the rules of the redevelopment fund. >> it is going to take months to figure out what your other obligations are under redevelopment. laying off employees now leaves you nobody to deal with the remaining obligations. it is too soon. take your time. >> and tonight the city took that advice. again, the council delayed their decision to eliminate
jobs tonight. instead they hillary huddle and come back -- they will rehuddle and come back with a plan to save what jobs they can before they have to vote on this on tuesday. reporting live from oakland city hall, alan wang, abc7 news. >> alan, thank you. occupy oakland protesters plan to close down the air rt po. occupy leaders announced a march this saturday from city hall to an abandoned building. they plan on taking over the vie can't building -- vacant building and making it their new home, their base of operations. if they ar evicted they may have a shut down of the port or blockade the airport. >> a third woman has come forward to accuse new san francisco sheriff of abuse. >> also today, the sheriff hired a new attorney. leslie brinkley is here with the latest on this case. leslie? >> reporter: he is set to appear in san francisco superior court at 2:30 tomorrow. it is to try and get a restraining order lifted so he can see his wife and his two-year-old son again.
but there are new developments for the sheriff. when he walks into court, this man will not be by his side. attorney robert wagner told us he is no longer on the case. instead, high-profile attorney lidia stiglich will represent the sheriff. in a written statement, she says "we are confident that the sheriff will be ab of solved of all charges once the facts of the case are separated from rumor, innuendo and regrettably attention seekers" it is another twist in the accusation that the mayor's worries are fast becoming a distraction. he met on tuesday. >> these are again serious allegations and some additional reports have surfaced and it causes more time to be had on this. i know he is back in court on several occasions. >> and another bombshell, a reliable source tells abc7 that a third accuser has
surfaced who is willing to testify against the new sheriff. the top of a newly released list of witnesses is his wife. according to the court documents, she told a neighbor that she bruised her arm on new year's eve. this past weekend kristina florez, one of the ex-girlfriends filed a police report claiming the then supervisor pinned her against a wall when they were dating in 2007. >> the addition of florez to the witness list is a big addition for the prosecution and a pretty good sized problem for the defense. >> he is denying the charges and told us he will not take a leave of absence. >> we will see, but no. i think it is important that i stick to the duties that i have been ascribed to do and continue to do that. >> mecrorini who has been a local gun control advocate was forced to surrender three
handguns he owns according to court documents. if convicted of domestic violence battery, the sheriff would not be able to carry a gun at all. >> and supporters will gather outside the federal building at 1:00 tomorrow. his wife has promised to publicly stand behind him, and the frenzy is continuing to escalate. >> it certainly seems to be. leslie brinkley reporting for us. thank you, leslie. a smoky fire damaged a berkeley restaurant. the fire broke out before 9:30. it forced a precautionary evacuation of a nearby residential hotel as well. no injuries are reported, and the investigation into the cause of the fire is just beginning of the. the brother of a homeless man shot by bart police is filing a wrongful death suit against the system. he was killed july 3rd at the civic center station. officials say hill was shot after he threw a knife at
police. it is in the blue circle on your screen right there. the suit claims the officers were not properly trained and fired even though their lives were not in danger. a deadly confrontation on an east bay freeway this morning is being blamed on road rage. 63-year-old zaranga was killed when the mini-van rolled several times near carlson boulevard on interstate 80 in richmond. the chp says he hit the side of a pick up truck while trying to pass it. he lost control and then ran into the center divider. witnesses say it appeared he was angry at the other driver and was trying to pull in front of him when the crash occurred. san francisco's entertainment commission ruled that jack in the box in the richmond district can stay open between 2:00 and 4:00 in the morning. it has been open around the clock for several years, but lacked the proper permits. an incident in the early morning prompted them to close it between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. that's when a dispute in the jack in the box lead to
attempted murder charges after police say one man ran down another after leaving the restaurant. an advisory committee is recommending that santa clara change the way it elects the city con si. the current system in which candidates run for specific seats is unfair to minorities. it wants to switch to at large voting where the top vote geters are elected. the bay area lawyer's committee says it will sue the city on behalf of the minorities. according to the 2010 census, santa clara is 37% asian and 36% white and 19% latino. four asians and two latinos have run for city council in the last 10 years, but the seven-member panel is still all white. two relief workers including an american woman will head home following a rescue by navy seals. pirates have been holding the two hostage since october. members of seal team 6 parachuted from a plane where jessica buchanan and a danish aide worker were being held. the american forces then
exchanged gunfire with the kidnappers. nine kidnappers died. >> tears of joy coming and excite -- excitement and giddiness that jess is free. >> they worked to remove land mines in somalia. seal team six also carried out the raid that killed osama bin laden last may. a lot more to get to tonight. californians take a stand against the proposed settlement with five large lenders in the country. why they say it is not enough. >> and change coming to the east bay as the county bans plastic bags. >> and big news for apple. just as mac world rolls into town. all that and then late other "nightline." >> coming up next on "nightline" all of the latest on the mission of seal team 6 to take out a den full of pirates and save an american woman. and a pastry chef whose job was killing him. was killing him. how he lost 100 pounds while♪
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tonight. >> they navigated through you a tangle of programs. here is sergio quintana. >> she is on disability and her husband just got laid off so she is looking for options to shrink her mortgage payment. >> we are financially okay and we have money in the bank and we make our payments. i want to take advantage of the interest rates that are lower. >> he is nervously watching as the value has sunk. >> it is probably a market value right now of about 150,000. >> according to santa clara county records, there are more than 200 notices of default filed each week. compare that to just under 300 a week during the worst part of the mortgage meltdown three years ago, and it is clear that things are getting better, but there are still a lot of people going into default. they say they are at this event to find options that will keep them from becoming
part of the default statistics. >> there are unfortunately all kinds of reasons why more than two dozen homeowners have come here seeking troubled mortgages. there is a lot of information and that's one of the reasons why organizers have put together the seminar to link them with information that can help them hang on to their homes. >> now you are getting people who have given up and it just can't happen to me. there is nothing that can be done. there are all of these programs and if you can just get people to realize that there is hope. >> kathy is one of the organizers of the seem seminar. there are lots of programs to help the homeowners and even some owners who have already gone into default. in santa clara, abc news. >> for a list of the programs go to our website, abc7news.com and click on see it on tv. california officials meantime say they will not sign a settlement between u.s. states and the nation's five biggest mortgage lenders. the settlement is over de september tiff foreclosure
practices and state officials say the deal is inadequate. the deal would help roughly one million homeowners reduce their mortgage by an average of $20,000. so what is the problem? well, the attorney general says it would limit her ability to bring charges against lenders that wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners. concerns about foster care, unemployment and education were among the issues that came up at tonight's abc7 listens meeting. about 40 people attended the town hall-style meeting at the east oakland youth development center. it is dedicated to developing children into self-supporting and aware citizens. the discussion moderated by abc7's ama dates focused on the positive programs in east oakland to help young people and their families. 7 listens is a chance for viewers to talk directly with us about what is on their minds. if you would like to learn more about what abc7 is doing in the community, go to abc7news.com/community. >> we are always happy to hear from you. shoppers will have to
shell out 10 cents or bring their own bags starting next january. and if by july they will have to put their paper and bottles and sorted into the recycling bins. the board voted on the measures today. sit down and takeout restaurants, clothing retailers and other nonfood related stores are exempt from this plan however. >> let's get a check on our forecast now. >> sandhya patel is here with a spring-like forecast. >> it is hard to believe it is january. redwood city is 67. same thing for santa rosa. it was in the mid60s, san jose, morgan hill, half moon bay approaching 70° this afternoon. really unseasonably mild. a good 5 to 10° warmer than where you should be for this time of year. and people are talking about it of the gorgeous day in the city by the bay sent by michael m to my facebook. indeed it was. san francisco high today 62. clear lake meanwhile. as we fast-forward there was some clouds up to the north, but that made for a lovely
picture there posted by diana b to my facebook. clear lake had a high of 57 degrees. tonight, high definition sutro camera showing you that the fog is back and creating poor visibility as we look toward market street. visibility is dropping across parts of the bay area. it is down to half a mile at this point in santa rosa. three quarters of a mile in half moon bay. novato, livermore, seven miles at this point. so keep this in mind as you head out the door. temperatures right now in the 50s except fairfield and livermore in the upper 40s. areas of fog and low clouds tonight. clouds will linger in the north bay and along the coast tomorrow, and mild afternoons will return as we head into the weekend for your friday and your saturday. there is a long stretch of moisture out there, but it is not coming here immediately. as you will notice, the jet stream is tracking the moisture into the pacific northwest. the higher pressure is blocking storms from getting here. the next system will spill
over into our area in the form of clouds. overnight tonight do look for the cloud cover. there could be a few sprinkles around ukiah. ukiah right now is reporting fog and a couple sprinkles. they could still see some as we head into tomorrow morning. the clouds will partways, but not everywhere. the north bay will be cooler. tomorrow afternoon the clouds will hang on, and even parts of the coastline. so the temperatures will be lower in the afternoon in those locations. speaking of lowering tonight, the numbers will be in the 40s. san francisco is 50 degrees and areas of fog for the morning commute, you will really want to give yourself a little more time to get to work or take the kids to school tomorrow morning. tomorrow afternoon partly cloudy in the east bay and the south bay where the temperatures will be in the mid60s. but we are looking at mostly cloudy skies for the north bay. we may see a few sprinkles around clear lake, ukiah and around the coastline clouds and half moon bay down to 59 degrees. for monterey bay, low 60s in
monterey and upper 60stoward gilroy and hollister. here is your accu-weather seven-day forecast, cooler at the coast and north bay tomorrow. we are looking at milder conditions with near 70-degree reading. again, around the bay friday and saturday it is spring-like. we will cool it off as we head to the tail end of the weekend, and by the middle of next week, carolyn and dan, one computer model wants to bring in rain and the other says, not going to happen. >> we will put in a slight chance. >> we just have to wait and see. >> coming up, mac world rolls into town even as apple becomes the most available company in the united states. >> and you can get in on all of the oscar action with our new oscar app. watch exclusive live video from the red carpet and go back stage during the show. we have a link for you at abc7news.com. you will find it under see it you will find it under see it on tv.
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good evening, everybody. can you have a must win situation? that's what it felt like. this evening hosting portland. ellis held only four points in this game. they were down 10 earlier. and jeremy tyler getting some run. thompson for the gem. the blazers playing their third straight night. an allstar and held to 18. the jumpers put portland up 50 flea-46. curry on fire. ties it at 65. the warriors end the quarter on a 19-8 run look at the pass to dorel wright.
79-73 warriors. a huge night for curry who finishes with 32. the warriors get the win they needed. battle of l.a. at staples and kobe and the lakers facing the clippers. they are practicing for the dunk contest. and look out below! why are you laughing? this is a high ledee script tiff thing -- a highly descriptive thing i am doing. kobe for 3 and the loose ball baseline and ends up in the hands of andrew bynum. this is serious business. lakers win it 96-91. who has the best team in the pack 12 this season? hard to tell. cal is hoping to show it is them and they host stanford this sunday. cal is tied for first place in the conference and tied with oregon at 6 and 2. stanford is behind them. montgomery coached both sides of the rivalry. he kind of talked down the