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topping our news, one man is dead after a shooting in west oakland. simon perez is in oakland, where last night's killing was the latest in a series of shootings that police are trying to solve. simon, good morning. >> reporter: a busy start to the new year for the oakland police department. last night, as you said, continued a string of shootings to start 2011. a little before 10 p.m., police officers found a man slumped behind the wheel of a car in west oakland near the intersection of 16th and center streets. he had been shot. no victim is 22-year-old alan collins. he lived in oakland. tuesday night six people were shot in east oakland. investigators say at least two people with rifles fired into a crowd. bullets not only hit the people gathered in the street but also pierced houses in the area. in fact, one of the people wounded was in his own home watching tv. that was 49-year-old jesus rocha a father of 4, listed in critical condition. the other five people were in
the street and they are men between the ages of 19 and 23. now, police say this neighborhood is known for drug dealing but investigators are still trying to figure out exactly why these shootings happened. >> we're lucky that no one was killed out there. there's a lot of fire power that was used in this shooting. more than one suspect did the shooting and they were using a rifle because we found rifle rounds out there on the scene. so they are very dangerous and we are going to need the public's help on this. >> reporter: not ironically nor surprisingly, this neighborhood is known as police beat 33x. and that is specifically the neighborhood that jean quan said she wanted to try to help out. there is a lot of violence there sydnie and she says one of the ways to make it better is to try to improve communications between the people who live there and the police department. >> thank you, simon perez in oakland this morning. a deadly accident on the tracks, a man struck and killed by a caltrain early this morning. police say it happened around 1:20 about a mile north of the
california avenue station in palo alto. there is no vehicle or pedestrian crossing at that location. no one on the train was injured. all the trains are running on schedule. san francisco's police chief still trying to get stun guns approved for his officers. george gascon says he thinks that a taser might have been able to prevent tuesday's shooting of a wheelchair-bound man who allegedly stabbed an officer. last year, the police commission rejected gascon's efforts to get tasers. but the commission has some new members now and it's expected to take up the issue again next month. survivors of the san bruno explosion could soon find out who will get thousands of dollars that were donated after the disaster. anne makovec joins us now from san bruno with more on that and other developments on the pipeline blast. anne, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. of course, the scene here behind me in san bruno looks
strikingly similar as it did months ago. empty lots, but you can see there are some flowers here over my shoulder on one of the fences protecting these empty lots. just one of the ways the community has tried to reach out to folks here in san bruno who lost so much and, of course, also money was donated about $400,000 and the city council in san bruno is considering how to dole that money out. this was a meeting last night and people expressed concerned about how the city council hasn't distributed it. the city's vice mayor and councilmember defended the slow process. they say they are trying to figure out what pg&e and home owners' insurance will pay for so the donated money can then fill the holes. but that explanation was not enough for some people at this subcommittee hearing yesterday evening. >> i know people who do need it
in my neighborhood and that's because i talk to them. i don't sit at a table and wait for them to come to me. >> we didn't have a lot of experience with handling these, uhm, donations. it's not something that -- -- that we had to deal with before. and our first impulse was to just kind of take a step back, see what was being done, and try to identify gaps. >> reporter: city leaders promised they will make a decision soon, perhaps as early as tuesday and they are certainly under pressure to do so. meanwhile, the lawsuits against pg&e keep piling up in connection with the san bruno disaster. the daily journal says seven new suits were filed against the san francisco-based utility in the days just before christmas. the lawsuits accuse pg&e of negligence and nuisance among other things. the september explosion and fire cold eight people and
destroyed dozens of homes -- killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. >> they are all looking at this horrible disaster. thank you very much, anne makovec, in san bruno. pg&e says it will keep installing smartmeters in marin county despite a one-year ban. on tuesday, the county board of supervisors approved a one-year moratorium on smartmeter installation in unincorporated parts of the county. critics have long claimed the meters are inaccurate, jam emergency radio frequencies and pose health risks. pg&e says it will continue installing the devices until the california public utilities commission tells them not to. a presidential commission says a bp-like oil disaster could happen again unless the government and the oil industry make some big changes. the commission was established after last year's leak in the gulf of mexico. the report suggests bp,
halliburton and transocean all made risky decisions to cut corners that contributed to the disaster. 5:06. let's get another check of traffic and weather. and lawrence, it's still really chilly out there. >> it is cold and we're looking at some fog, even some freezing fog in some of the valleys. temperatures dropping off now. 31 in santa rosa right now, 34 in napa. visibilities down in some of the valleys less than a quarter mile so be very, very careful if you are traveling around those areas this morning. otherwise, inside the bay, you have some partly cloudy skies, temperatures running up in the 30s and 40s right now. yeah, it's a chilly start to the day again, very similar to yesterday with that valley fog especially as you make your way into the delta and carquinez strait. that lifts through the morning and then looking good. by the afternoon squeezing in lots of sunshine, temperatures may be just a couple degrees warmer than yesterday. plan on some 50s and 60s. some sunshine and just a couple of clouds. otherwise we're looking good. all right. let check on traffic with elizabeth. >> all right. thank you, lawrence. i mentioned that accident that a member of the kcbs phone force first alerted us to.
westbound 580 at mortgage flynn. it was a three-car accident -- at north flynn. it was a three-car accident. it's been cleared. slowing in the eastbound lanes of 580 across is that stretch. westbound so far, so good, about 14 minutes from the altamont pass to the dublin interchange. from there let's go down to the south bay and san jose we still have a one-car accident southbound signatures six right before the 280 interchange. sounds like it's still blocking one lane of traffic. fortunately it is still early and traffic still light. not causing much of a slowdown through this stretch. through downtown san jose you can see how light that traffic is. those headlights are moving northbound right there by the 880 interchange. and still green meaning speeds above 40 miles per hour as you head up towards cupertino. let's go back out to the east bay nimitz freeway 880 through oakland by the coliseum. some of our live traffic sensors are showing speeds moving great 730 miles per hour as you make your way up towards the macarthur maze through
downtown oakland. fog advisory still for the benicia bridge as lawrence mentioned lots of fog reported this morning up in portions of solano county and contra costa county. so chp issued a fog advisory for the benicia bridge as well as stretches of highway 4 especially as you make your way through cummings skyway. we saw a couple of earlier accidents. everything is on time for bart, ace and muni but another day of delays for the vallejo baylink ferry. they had to take a ferry out of service yesterday so buses are replacing ferry service for this morning's commute. that's your traffic. back to yo sydnie. >> thank you. police say it's become a magnet for crime and now it may be last call for a popular south bay nightclub. >> plus, they written conspired by the movie "oceans 11". the inside connection helping crooks rob bay area banks and how police are catching on. i think we'll see more new product launches here than at any show in our history. >> oh, yeah. sin city lights up with 20,000 new gadgets.
downtown it could be last call for san jose's club wet. city officials moving to close the downtown nightclub permanently. police this week closed the club for about 30 days after a new year's eve incident. investigators say that a woman stomped another in the face with her stiletto heel. it's not the first time the club has been temporarily closed. critics say it has a history of failing to report violent incidents to police. a court hearing is planned this month. police believe that a robbery at a san jose bank last week was an inside job. officers say 20-year-old steven davis walked into the bank of america wearing a hooded shirt and sunglasses and passed a
note to the teller demanding money. welsh the teller 21-year-old jose luna handed him the cash but then didn't follow proper bank procedures during a robbery. police say that was a red flag. officers arrested luna that day and then late that are night, davis turned himself in along with the money. san jose police say these inside jobs have increased in the past two years and they are warning other banks to beware. women cannot strip-search men in jail except in extreme situations, the ruling from the ninth u.s. circuit court of appeals in san francisco. the 6-5 decision is on a case from arizona. a man in a minimum security jail complained that he was humiliated when a female guard strip-searched him in 2004. the appeals court ruled that guards can't strip-search inmates of the opposite sex unless it's an emergency. 5:12. move over ipads. thousands of new tech toys are
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all right. out the door this morning, we are working another chilly one this morning. temperatures continuing to drop in santa rosa. now at 30 degrees, reports of freezing fog out there. fog the main concern in these valleys. you are going to see that patchy frost but dense fog some of the visibilities less than quarter mile. inside the bay 30s and 40s. so just cold about everywhere you go. i think the cold start to the day and the valley fog will be the big concern but again, almost a weather repeat from yesterday. starting out with cold temperatures and the gray stuff but by the afternoon, lots of sunshine and comfortable, today maybe a couple degrees warmer than yesterday, let's plan on 50s and low 60s in the warmest spots. high pressure still strengthening just a bit over the bay area. you will notice down towards southern california got that low spinning around. may spin some showers up in their direction but we'll stay dry here. looks like we'll squeeze in plenty of sunshine toward the
afternoon. dry weather continuing for the northern half of the state. and it looks like it will hold right on into the weekend. so the jet stream well to the north. that means well i'm going to enjoy some sunshine. just those cold gray starts early on. sierra nevada, partly cloudy skies, lots of snow to ski on plenty of powder and temperatures by day 30s and 40s, overnight lows single digits towards friday morning. around the bay area, this afternoon 60 in san jose, 59 morgan hill, 59 milpitas, 57 san mateo, east bay temperatures cool in spots. that's because of the influence from the low clouds and fog early on. and the temperatures running in the low 50s in places like brentwood and antioch. you get inside the bay and you will find more sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s. the north bay, we have some clouds early on. and the interior valleys. but by the afternoon lots of sunshine coming your way in most spots. temperatures are going to stay fairly similar heading in toward tomorrow probably cooling off over the weekend then a chance of showers return to the bay area on
tuesday. it is time now for a traffic check with elizabeth. affic >> turns lawrence. late running roadwork in marin along southbound 101 approaching north san pedro road. live traffic sensors aren't picking up any delay but it is possible through san rafael. if you are continuing down towards the 580 interchange here's a live look northbound 101 at 580 where you can see it's still early traffic nice and light. hopefully those two lanes being blocked for an extra half hour. it won't make much of a dent to the start of our morning commute. we have a couple of fog advisories to portions of solano and contra costa county. benicia bridge north- and southbound 680 between benicia and martinez. one in unincorporated contra costa county highway 4 near cups skyway. we had an accident there now --
near cummings skyway. we had an accident there that's cleared but the delay is in effect. quiet on the road sensors. mostly clean and coming through downtown san jose, traffic still light but we have been following this crash. it was a solo car accident here southbound 680 right before the 280-101 interchange. so obviously not any delay on our sensors but it is still blocking one lane of traffic and everything is on time for mass transit except for delays on the vallejo baylink ferry back to you. >> thank you. let's take a check of some of the morning's top stories. police are at work in west oakland trying to solve the city's latest homicides. a man was shot to death inside a car near 16th and center streets about 9:45 also night. so far, no suspects. a deadly accident on the caltrain tracks early this morning, a man struck and killed by a train. this is a live look at the station, happening about -- actually about a mile north of
the california avenue station in palo alto. no word on what the man was doing on the tracks. all of the trains, though, they are on schedule this morning. and federal officials have issued a nationwide bulletin on gas pipeline safety after the deadly explosion in san bruno. the bulletin your honor all natural gas line pipeline operators to check maintenance records. so imagine if you could find the world's most high-tech gadgets all in one place like christmas after christmas? well you can. kara tsuboi is in los angeles to show us what's hop at the consumer electronics show. this is the megagiant of all giant electronics show. kara, good morning. >> reporter: you mentioned christmas. this is the place to start planning your christmas list for next year. i'm telling you, there are some must have gadgets out there. and in just a few hours, all of
these hallways behind me are going to be teeming with people clamoring it get their hands on the hot products of 2011. where else can you find 120,000 people ogling 20,000 new products in the space of 17 football fields? at the annual consumer electronics show, of course. >> this show is about innovation, excitement, optimism. and i think we'll see more new product launches here than in history. >> reporter: gary shapiro says there are trends to keep an eye out this year at the mecca of the next generation of electronic gadgets. for starters tablets. >> the ipad in 2011 is going to get some competition. we are just waiting to see whether it's serious competition. >> reporter: next, smart tvs that combine the functionality of your smart phone and laptop into a television. and finally, there's 3-d tv. but the trend we're seeing this year are inexpensive glasses that come with your tv or even
no glasses at all. besides the big flashy products, there are smaller quirkier devices. >> this is part flashlight and the cool part is this guy over here it's a crank that keeps it powered up. >> reporter: couple of products down, thousands and thousands more to go. sydnie, i have one more product to show you and this is the sony blogy. it's a little hand-held camcord their shoots in 3-d so you can play it on your fancy 3-d tvs out there. it's released in april and will cost $250 which is not so bad for hi-def 3-d camera. >> i don't know if i want to see my friends in 3-d or myself. i have my little flip cam but i tell you, kara, this is almost like a small city. it's just crazy how many people come to this and i guess the economy is really helping this year too because i know a couple of years ago it was small. >> reporter: you're completely
right. the last two shows were a little on the smaller side but this year, the organizers are going all out. it's bigger than ever about the size of 17 football fields so you're right about it being a small city. this place is massive. a little overwhelming at times. >> how long does it last? >> it lasts until saturday officially. there are some events saturday but the main days are thursday, friday and saturday so three action packed days. we'll be looking at over 20,000 new products. so this is an important show. a lot of great stuff comes out of here that we'll be using for years to come. >> we'll wait to hear from you on the buzz on what's hot and what's not. don't get lost in 120,000 people. kara tsuboi, thank you for joining us from las vegas. >> thank you. it is 5:23. he is the homeless man whose golden voice has gone viral. >> at&t, rethink possible... >> and the job offers are
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good morning. it is thursday, the 6th day of january. i'm sydnie kohara. your time is 5:31. a murder investigation under way in west oak after a shooting leaves one man dead. syme simple is in oakland, where police say need your help solving that killing and a number of other recent shootings. simon, good morning. it's been a very deadly year so far in oakland. >> reporter: deadly and busy for the oakland police department. they didn't have much time after the holidays to get back to some serious work, last night investigating yet another in a string of shootings to kick off the new year. a little before 10 p.m., police officers found a man slumped behind the wheel of a car in west oakland near the intersection of 16th and center streets. he had been shot. the car was sitting in front of the m&o market. the victim was 22-year-old allen collins who lives in oakland. police say more than one person
may have shot collins. on tuesday night 6 people were shot in east oakland. investigators say at least two people with rifles fired into a crowd. bullets not only hit the people gathered in the street but also pierced houses in the area. in fact, one of the people wounded was in his own home watching tv. that was 49-year-old jesus rocha a father of four. he was last listed in critical condition. the other five people were in the street and they are men between the ages of 19 and 23. now, police say this neighborhood is known for drug dealing but investigators are still trying to figure out exactly why these shootings happened. >> we're lucky that no one was killed out there. there's a lot of fire power that was used in this shooting. more than one suspect did the shooting and they were using a rifle because we found rifle rounds out there on the scene. so they are very dangerous and we are going to need the public's help on this. >> reporter: oakland police call -- know this is a dangerous
neighborhood. new mayor jean quan said she wanted to focus her efforts and the police efforts to try to help make this neighborhood safer. one way to do that, she says, is to improve communication between the community and the police department. >> so they will come forward and help. simon, thank you, simon perez in oakland. san francisco's police chief still trying to get permission to arm his officers with tasers. chief george gascon feels stun guns could keep police from using their service weapons so often. one case in point, tuesday's shooting of a man in a wheelchair. >> tasers more than likely would have ended this scenario probably at the earlier stages and -- but we don't have a taser. >> if i had a family member with mental issues and the police had to confront that person i prefer they go in with a taser than with their service
weapon. >> the police commission voted against tasers last year. but the commission has new members now and the chief is expected to try again next month. survivors of the san bruno explosion could soon find out who will get hundreds of thousands of dollars that were donated after the disaster. let's go to anne makovec, she joins us now from san bruno with more on that and other developments in the pipeline disaster. anne, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. several new developments out of san bruno this morning. unfortunately, the scene here behind me in this neighborhood looks strikingly similar to what it look like several months ago, empty. looking forward to the day when we can report on a brand-new home going up in this area but right now it's all about the money. there was a meeting last night talking about all of the donations that had poured in after the disaster. some $400,000 that people donated to help survivors of the blast. the city's vice mayor and a councilmember defended the slow process they have been engaging in as far as trying it figure
out how to hand that money out. they are trying to find out first what pg&e and home owners insurance will pay for so the donated money can then fill the holes. but that explanation was not enough for a lot of people at the subcommittee hearing last night. >> these people have been suffering since september. come on! i mean, you know, i don't think that's right and it's -- and i don't think the city hall has done the right thing. i'm really ashamed of them. >> there are things like this that people need money immediately. you're jerking us around. >> reporter: city leaders promise they will make a decision on how to distribute that money very soon, perhaps as early as tuesday. meanwhile, the lawsuits against pg&e keep piling up in connection with the disaster. the daily journal says that seven new lawsuits were filed against the san francisco-based utility in the days just before christmas. these lawsuits are accusing pg&e of negligence and nuisance
among other things. now this morning, officials all over the country that work at utility companies are scrambling for records on their own pipelines because federal officials have issued a nationwide bulletin on gas pipeline safety. the pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration found pg&e had inaccurate records about the pipe lane that exploded last september even down to what type pipe it was. and now there are questions about pg&e's inspection techniques and whether the pipeline's maximum pressure was set too high so this bulletin that was issued yesterday is urging all natural gas pipeline operators to check their records and reduce pressure on those lines if those records are in question. at the very least this scene can serve as a reminder that all utilities should make sure this doesn't happen again. >> thank you, anne makovec in san bruno. pg&e says it will keep
installing those smartmeters in marin county despite a one-year ban. on tuesday, the county board of supervisors approved a one-year moratorium on smartmeters installation in unincorporated parts of the county. critics say they are inaccurate, jam radio frequencies and pose health risks. pg&e says they will continue installing the devices until the public utilities commission tells it not to. 5:37. let's check traffic and weather. we are going to start with lawrence. lawrence i'm a bit chilly. i'm waiting for a little more sunshine. it's hard. you get back from hawaii and, you know, you go from -- [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> shorts... >> they don't have these temperatures out there. >> ... to long sleeves. >> it is a cold start to the day again. we have below freezing temperatures in the bay area. 30 santa rosa, 32 in livermore. and you're seeing some of that dense fog showing up in some of the interior valleys so yeah, it's a cold start to the day again very much like this has been for the last couple of days and you have that fog. the good news is that fog is
going to start to break up about the middle of the morning and the temperatures should begin to warm up to 60 in san jose today with lots of sunshine there in the afternoon. 59 degrees in oakland. about 59 in santa rosa. a little cool in spots where you see that fog probably going to see low 50s at fairfield but we're looking good so far. looks like we're staying high and dry into the weekend. all right. i think it's time now we present... our traffic's finest. elizabeth is here. >> da da! thanks for the introduction, lawrence. [ laughter ] >> they just wrapped up some late running roadwork in san rafael. southbound 101 before north san pedro road so all good to go through marin. our other big story is the fog. this is actually our 24/680 camera. first we thought it was just broken but you can see that there are some cars traveling past so it is obviously very foggy as lawrence mentioned in portions of contra costa, solano counties. we even have a fog advisory right now for the benicia bridge and portions of highway 4 especially near cummings skyway. we had a couple of earlier accidents along that stretch. and just elsewhere we take a
quick look at the south bay where everything is moving fine through downtown san jose. back to you. >> thank you. the federal emergency management agency plans to move its regional headquarters out of oakland. it's worried about earthquakes. the "sacramento bee" says fema has been searching for offices in sacramento for more than a year. because the current oakland location is near a fault line, there are concerns that damage to fema offices could hinder the agency's response to an earthquake. governor jerry brown has made a series of appointments including a job for his wife. she is appointed as an unpaid special counsel. the governor also appointed two other people as executive secretaries to help craft policy. today is the first full day on the job for the new u.s. congress. one action today reading the constitution. as terrell brown reports, the house is also voting today to cut its own budget. [ applause and cheers ]
>> reporter: now that the house is back in republican hands, the pressure is on for the gop to live up to its promises. >> no longer can we fall short. no longer can we kick the can down the road. >> reporter: house leaders will begin today with a vote to reduce congressional budgets by 5%. the potential savings, $35 million. and it won't stop there. republicans promise to vote on bills at least once a week that scale back federal spending. >> i think the people are going to be looking for those positive indicators and trends in those first 90 to 120 days that we are going in the right direction. >> reporter: newly minted speaker john boehner is also pledging to restore a sense of open and fair debate as the gop brings its agenda to the floor. >> my belief has always been that we can disagree without being disagreeable. >> reporter: but it didn't take long for the partisan bickering to kick in. >> our mission is not to redistribute wealth or tell people how to live their lives. >> my head is somewhat spinning
because not 20 minutes ago, the new speaker of the house of representatives stood where you are and said he was going to be listening to people. >> reporter: fireworks are expected well into next week when members take up a measure repealing president obama's healthcare law. the bill is set to sail through the house before hitting a dead end in the democratic controlled senate. terrell brown, cbs news, washington. and the white house is on the hunt for a new press secretary. 39-year-old robert gibbs announced he is resigning from the post effective next month. but won't be leaving president obama's side entirely. he plans to become an outside advisor for the president's re- election campaign. a presidential commission says a bp-like oil disaster could happen again unless the government and the oil industry make some big changes. the commission was established after last year's massive leak in the gulf of mexico. the panel's report suggests bp, halliburton and transocean all
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40s inside the bay. this afternoon, though, we are planning on some mostly sunny skies, a few clouds across the skies and looks like that trend will continue at least for another day before we start to see some changes looking at the weekend. high pressure still in control here. it's going to stick around for at least another day before it begins to weaken. southern california has this area of low pressure spinning up bringing showers in that direction. but here we are going to stay high and dry for the next couple of days probably in through the weekend. and then it looks like the jet stream may begin to sag a little further to the south and maybe we'll start talking about a return to some rain as we head in toward the middle of the next week. how about the high country? yup. the sierra looking good, plenty of snow to ski on and conditions looking great getting up there, just watch out for the fog if you are headed across the central valley. plan on highs of 60 in san jose, 59 sunnyvale, 58 fremont. east bay temperatures low 50s in the interior parts but you have numbers running well into the 50s as you hit hayward and san leandro, north bay you have 50s all around. and looks like the weather will hold for at least another day
or so and then cooling off more of a sea breeze kicking in over the weekend temperatures dropping off a few degrees. chance of showers returns as we head towards next tuesday. let's get a traffic check with elizabeth. >> another traffic check. all right. let's go out towards the bay bridge toll plaza and all the approaches. no big delays at the bay bridge and no metering lights and no problems up the incline. all of our traffic sensors showing top speeds now heading into san francisco. elsewhere, through marin county, i mentioned some late running roadwork through san rafael. it was southbound 101 approaching north san pedro road. they picked that up and they are dealing with foggy conditions a lot of our cameras look like this, this morning because it is foggy through the stretch through mill valley. driving along the peninsula, 101 and 280 fine all the way through san bruno, san mateo, down into the south bay. and we can show you a camera right here coming out of downtown san jose. that is northbound traffic on 280 approaching the 880 interchange. we had that one earlier
accident on southbound 680 right before 101. that is now cleared. it was a solo car accident though blocking one lane for at least a half hour or more. all right. later on tonight the sharks take on buffalo over at hp pavilion at 7:30. so delays are possible later on tonight. but for right now we're clocking the drive as well coming through silicon valley westbound 237 leaving milpitas. one of our live traffic sensors there showing speeds 70 miles per hour as you head into san jose. we have been talking a lot about the fog this morning. we still have a fog advisory in effect for the benicia bridge. also portions of highway 4 as you make your way through contra costa county. a lot of foggy conditions reported near cummings skyway. so watch out for that. mass transit is all on time except for more delays for the vallejo baylink ferry. shuttle buses will be running in place of ferry service this morning. back to you. >> thank you. let's take a check of some of today's top stories. a murder investigation this morning in west oakland.
police are trying to learn who shot a man in a car near 16th and center streets. this happened about 9:45 last night. the city of san bruno still trying to figure out how to distribute $395,000 that people donated to help survivors of last september's deadly explosion. city leaders say it's important to find out what pg&e and home owners insurance will pay so the donated money can focus on needs that aren't being met. a decision could come as early as next week. and despite a one-year ban, pg&e says it will keep installing controversial smartmeters in marin county. the board of supervisors approved that one year moratorium for unincorporated parts of the county. pg&e says it will continue installing the devices until the state public utilities commission rules otherwise. blue shield of california planning another round of rate hikes for its health insurance customers. if approved by state regulators that march 1 increase would be the third in a five-month span
for almost 200,000 blue shield policyholders. it would mean an average increase of more than 30% since october. state insurance commissioner dave jones can only block such increases under a narrow set of criteria. it's been controversial for years. now researchers in london say they have proof that the first study linking autism to a childhood vaccine is bogus. that 1998 study said a vaccine is connected to autism but the british medical journal compared the diagnosis to hospital records and found that facts about patients had been doctored and several patients in the study actually showed signs of autism before getting the vaccine. starbucks has a new look for the new year. you will notice that the company name is gone. it's the first change since 1992 when the java giant went public. starbucks says its brand is so widely recognized that it no longer needs to reinforce its
name at every turn. this new image will start appearing in stores in march. 5:50. did you get a gift card for the holidays? i bet you did. one shopper was blindsided though at the checkout lane. >> yeah, kind of accused me of stealing saying that i already used the $500 gift cards. >> coming up, the gift cards that turned out to be bogus. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
worse yet, imagine giving someone a gift c imagine having your credit card rejected at the register. worse yet, imagine giving someone a gift card that's actually worthless. that's what we uncovered after hearing from a number of people who gave or received holiday gift cards that just don't work. on the consumerwatch, julie watts explains how to tell if you have one of those no good cards.
>> yeah, they kind of accused me of stealing saying that i already used the $500 gift cards and i'm just trying to go back to get a refund. >> reporter: gift cards are the number one requested items. but they are leading to embarrassing situation. >> yeah, they kind of accused me of stealing saying that i already used the $500 gift cards and i'm just trying to go back to get a refund. >> reporter: and that was the second time cynthia was publicly embarrassed after buying these best buy gift cards for her boyfriend at lucky supermarket. the first time was when she went with him to redeem the cards for a new tv. >> kind of embarrassing. they said they are inactive or invalid and to go back to the supermarket where i bought them. >> reporter: dave was also embarrassed but not by a store clerk, by his employees when they told him their christmas gift didn't work. >> two of them went through their supervise to tell me. i think they were embarrassed to bring it up. >> reporter: two best buy, one starbucks but in his case they were purchased at safeway which owns the company blackhawk that manufactures the cards. safeway told him to submit a claim and fax the receipts. >> they said they were really backed up. they had thousands of these
claims this year. >> reporter: that's when he called cbs 5 and we began investigating. we have come across at least 11 invalid starbucks or best buy gift cards all purchased at safeway or lucky. representatives from lucky tell us they had no idea there was a problem with the cards but safeway says they know exactly what's going on, turns out the problem is in the packaging. in a statement to consumerwatch, they said, we sincerely apologize to any customer who experienced a problem with these particular gift cards. over the past year, due to a concern over possible tampering and fraud, card vendors have changed their packaging to better protect all consumers. unfortunately, the cards purchased in this situation were part of an older inventory with older packaging. after hearing about dave, a safeway representative personally delivered him new gift cards along with a batch of cookies. >> i just want a refund. that's all i want. >> reporter: and that's exactly what she got. late this afternoon, lucky called to apologize and offered her money back. lucky says they are now clearing their shelves of all the best buy and starbucks cards and
safeway, which owns the company that manufactures the cards, says they will reimburse compromised cards from either store. but how do you know if you have one? first, look at the packaging. if there is a window that allows you to see the number, your card could be compromised. this time last year, a crime ring began stealing those numbers. the next step is to find out if the card works either in store or online. if it doesn't, we put a link on our website to blackhawk and they will reimburse you for the compromised card. on the consumerwatch, julie watts, cbs 5. it is 5:55. latest go to lawrence and elizabeth now with a look at our weather and traffic. and lawrence, you got a couple of those gift cards? >> i did get one of those bad gift cards one time. >> you did? >> i did. but i didn't want to tell the person that gave it to me. i didn't want to embarrass them. >> i kind of want to call a couple of people and say, is your gift card okay? >> it looks good but it just didn't work. hey, folks, we have some
fog out there today and some cold temperatures showing up around the bay area again. numbers down into the 30s and freezing inland. by this afternoon we have some great sunshine coming our way and temperatures in the 50s and the 60s. think we are going to cool things down though over the weekend as we will see more of a sea breeze, less fog and a chance we could see some showers coming our way as we look toward next tuesday. all right. let's get a traffic check now with elizabeth. >> all right. thank you, lawrence. yeah, you mentioned the fog now. we're also dealing with some icy slick conditions on the roads, as well. a couple of accidents happening right here through richmond and el sobrante, san pablo dam road around castro ranch road. sounds like a lane is blocked because of accidents there. again, slick conditions reported. and lawrence mentioned the fog. stretches of fog through portions of contra costa and solano counties. in fact we have a fog advisory for the benicia bridge. if you are coming across the antioch bridge, you can see how foggy it is in the view of our camera. you saw that one taillight there heading towards the antioch bridge and slowing right now through antioch
itself from a street out towards somersville road. back to you. >> thank you. 5:56. muni deep in the red. the two purchases that it just made valued at nearly $1 million. >> i'm simon perez live in oakland where the first week of the new year has brought plenty of work for the police department and plenty of shootings to investigate. and lessons from the disaster here in san bruno. why pipeline companies across the country are scrambling for their records this morning. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,