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the family of a former police officer shot and killed while protecting others is pleading for help tonight. >> we need the closure. we don't like this open-ended. >> we need justice for him. we will begin in the breaking news in alameda county, where five new cases of the, kron variant have been detected. the health department tells kpix 5 that they are among 12 cases traced to a wedding in wisconsin late last month, where one patient had just returned from an international trip. all 12 were vaccinated. most were boosted. the five confirmed omicron cases are described as mildly symptomatic. genomic tests are still underway for the other seven. starting monday, all international travelers bound
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for the u.s. will have to show proof of a negative covid test within 24 hours of departure. the rule will apply to everyone, regardless of vaccination status, documentation of having recovered from covid in the past 90 days will also be accepted. a live look now at union square, where the holiday shoppers have returned tonight. >> and as andria borba shows us, after all of the recent smash and grabs, they have plenty of company from police. >> reporter: there was some concern about the return of shoppers to union square after that viral smash and grab of louis vuitton last month. this afternoon, the tourists were out, the shoppers were out, and they were greeted by a large san francisco police presence. after the sound of smash and grab robberies filled union square last month, with a heavy police presence, shoppers are back in union square once again. there are skaters on the ice,
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bags in hand, and selfies in front of the big tree. >> i feel great. we have the police all lined up in front of macy's. yes. >> reporter: despite that headlights and plywood up momentarily, shoppers have returned again for the holiday season. foot traffic is up 135% since 2020, says the executive director of the union square alliance. >> we are seeing a lot of people around the union square area, enjoying the holiday. lack friday saw a record number of people since the pandemic. >> reporter: folks kpix 5 spoke with say the large police presence is assuring. >> it feels pretty comfortable. >> reporter: although some shoppers, like this woman who brought her 2-year-old son to see santa, say they are more aware of their personal security on the square. >> i am a bit more cautious lately. i am always checking my surroundings. i'm never out past 5:00. i definitely am taking more
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safety precautions. >> reporter: the union square alliance says of course traffic is down from 2019, the year before the pandemic, but people are coming out, and showing up in union square. with a credit that largely to the police presence surrounding the square. >> thank you. a live look at oakland, where the city's shrinking police department is investigating its 129th homicide of the year tonight. the victim, a transgender adult, shot and killed early this morning near 14th and castro. counting the five freeway shooting deaths that the chp is investigating, this is the 134th homicide in oakland this year. kpix 5's shawn chitnis reports a new push is on to fill the city's police staffing void. >> reporter: some city leaders agree they need to have more
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police on patrol right now, but they have different ideas on how to get those officers on the street. >> oakland continues to advance a holistic approach to public safety that starts with prevention and intervention, but it does include focused policing and enforcement.r affi crisis point right now. >> reporter: the mayor says a spending $5.8 million to get more police officers across oakland must be done to help stop the violence. she says the money will let them hire 60 vacant positions, getting the department above 730 officers. >> the fact that oakland is investing in more police, that officers know that help is on the way. >> reporter: a city councilmember says they should be recruiting officers from other departments to make a lateral move, with a $50,000 signing bonus. >> this is a public emergency right now that we are currently
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going through, and it truly does feel like every day we are experiencing a new senseless tragedy. >> reporter: critics say you cannot keep adding police to the streets. cat brooks of the anti-police terror project said today that we cannot make the same mistakes we made in the past. we cannot throw more good money after failed policy solutions. she wants to see more money go to mental health services, violence prevention, and housing. >> none of these programs work in a vacuum. they are complementary of each other. >> reporter: the mayor is open to offering bonuses, but she doesn't want to bring over officers for the wrong reasons. lateral moves have not always worked in the past. >> we cannot compromise our values, or the level of quality as we recruit officers.
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>> reporter: the city council could consider both of these proposals as early as next week. reporting in oakland, shawn chitnis, kpix 5. the family of a former bay area police officer shot and killed all protecting others is pleading for the public's help to close his case. >> that was in his personality, to be the protector, that brave one, that just wanted to protect people. >> kevin nishita was shot by armed robbers the day before thanksgiving while protecting a tv news crew in oakland. so far, no arrests. his family is hoping any >> we need the closure. we do not like this open-ended, not knowing how someone that we love passed away. we just need to know, and have peace. just come home and start to really grieve. >> our kenny choi will have much more with the nishita family at 11:00. we have also posted the full interview on kpix.com , along with a link for a trust fund
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for the family. some small business owners say they aren't getting enough police protection after the recent smash and grabs, especially small merchants who do business and outdoor strip malls. pascal owns a jewelry store in downtown san jose. he says the latest smash and grab robbery at the east ridge shopping mall yesterday, that is the latest example of what he and his colleagues fear. according to him, luxury stores , and mild rulers, are getting extra police presence, but that is not the case in his neighborhood. >> knowing all of those officers are in one area alone because of what is going on, it is more afraid. we are pleading to the chief of police and the mayor to divide the police force around the small businesses. >> other small businesses in san jose are already closing up shop. tonight at 11:00, edward maria cid medina speaks with a sneaker store owner who says he is clearing his shelves until f
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do it for him. let's take a live look at san francisco, where the state attorney general is cracking down on retail theft across the bay area. he announced five people involved in a crime ring have pled guilty and have been sentenced. >> we have to hold folks accountable, and use the tools in the toolbox to prosecute is appropriate. >> it involved a network of criminals responsible for an international distribution center, moving millions of dollars in stolen merchandise. >> the attorney general has identified the organized crime ring leader as danny drago. the people involved were professional criminals, stealing from places like cvs , and reselling the goods. there was around $8 million of stolen merchandise. it took a warehouse and a team of 30 people to catalog all of the stolen goods. drago is scheduled to be sentenced early next year to 6
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years in prison. san francisco is remembering the woman who four years rolled out the red carpet to foreign dignitaries. she served as chief of protocol for the city of san francisco and the state. she also served on the boards of the symphony, ballet, and other organizations. she was married to a former u.s. secretary of state, until his death early this year. her good friend, senator dianne feinstein, actually introduced them to each other. in a statement, she recalled, george once remarked, she is married to me, but she is also married to san francisco. she added, quote, all san franciscans should be grateful for the steadfast dedication to the city. i will miss her greatly. she passed away at the age of 88. still to come, the threats of school violence that kept police and one bay area city especially busy this week. a major freeway shutdown that could slam the brakes on your weekend getaway.
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we will tell you where and when. it is the pandemic era equivalent of getting your name written on the chalkboard. zoom is now taking attendance very publicly. the holiday glow in san francisco tonight. that chloe is being reflected by the fog, which joined forces to keep things gloomy across the bay area. unhealthy for sensitive groups in the east bay, and in santa clara valley. we look at the weekend air- quality forecast coming up. a reminder, our food for bay area families drive
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if you have plans to travel between the bay area and tahoe this weekend, a big
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deconstruction project could slow you down. the freeway will be completely shut down at green valley road in fairfield starting late tomorrow night. that is so crews can demolish an old connector bridge that is no longer in use. they hope to have that done by 9:00 sunday morning. now to santa rosa where police have responded to three potential threats to high school campuses in the past 2 days. officers working on a tip recovered this weapon today at montgomery high school. they arrested an 18-year-old student carrying it. they say it does not appear he was planning to use it. earlier today, police determined a snap chat message about a threat to santa rosa high school was a hoax. and yesterday, a 14-year-old student at north valley high school was arrested after making comments about wanting to bomb the school. that student was booked into juvenile hall. investigators did not find any
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bomb making materials. taking a look at top headlines this evening, a manhunt is underway in michigan right now for the parents of the 15-year-old who was charged with killing four students at his high school. the parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter. their lawyer says they aren't on the run, but left town earlier in the week, quote, for their own safety, and will return for their arraignment. here is a look at how many countries have recorded at least one case of the new omicron variant. several mild cases first detected in south africa have popped appear in california and other states. tonight, the white house covid response team is calling for calm. >> we are equipped and prepared to fight the omicron variant head-on. 99.9% of cases in the country right now are from the delta variant. >> your voice sounds a little different. are you okay. >> i'm okay. i have a test every day. what i have is a 1.5-year-old grandson who had a cold who likes to kiss his pop.
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the president sounded a little hoarse while speaking with reporters about novembers jobs report, but it is just a cold, not covid. my dad can relate to that one. the report found is 210,000 jobs were added in november, less than half of what was expected, but unemployment fell to 4.2%. analysts say the pandemic could continue to impact the pace of recovery heading into 2022. caltrain's holiday train is back this holiday season. check out the train deck out. 75,000 lights, rolling up and down the peninsula, collecting toys to give to underprivileged children this weekend.
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police officers in danville are getting into the holiday spirit as well, collecting toys. it is a toy drive, and the goal? they want to fill up a whole patrol cruiser with toys. they are teaming up with toys for tots to give back to kids across the city this holiday season. check out this huge display in downtown san francisco. it is called "let's glow sf." different from your traditional holiday lights, they are putting on virtual images from local artists on the buildings around the city. except for maybe some fog, we have nice weather for it. the fog is staying higher off the ground. it is just more cloud cover. it should not disrupt your viewing of the video display, but it will drop lower and lower through the night. widespread dense fog into early saturday morning. the haze won't go anywhere either. air-quality will still be an issue as we had through the weekend. we are tracking a rain chance in the forecast late next week. first, the fog. futurecast shows widespread fog already, spreading out even
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more early tomorrow morning. ray obstructed visibility as the start to the day on saturday. there will be lingering low cloud cover, partial clearing during the afternoon, a little earlier than the very limited partial clearing then we had today. air-quality, the worst air- quality was inland in the east bay, and the south end of the bay, and the santa clara valley. those will be the trouble spots again saturday and sunday. we will see some improvement on monday as a storm system pushes a cold front into the bay area, which should come and push in a different air mass. the storm system isn't going to bring us much of a rain chance, 10 to 20% at most. good news farther down the line. the 6 to 10 day outlook from the climate prediction center shows a good chance of above
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average rainfall, not just for the bay area, but most of california. this is for the end of next week, and the beginning of the second full week in december. the 8 to 14 day outlook, there is still a chance of above average rainfall. signs that we are going to get into a more active weather pattern once we get past this weekend and a majority of next week. right now, just the cloud cover, has not dropped all the way to the ground, but whites read clouds and temperatures, low to mid 50s. we missed the high temperature forecast today by a good 10 degrees because of the stubbornness of the father. temperatures tonight only dropping down to the mid to upper 40s for most inland spots. temperatures tomorrow will struggle to warm-up for as long as that fog is in place. santa rosa is topping out at 60 degrees. norma spots will be in the santa clara valley. high temperatures into the low
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60s. these temperatures are very close to normal for this time of year. they will warm up a couple of degrees on sunday, then back to near normal. there is that shower chance on thursday. only a 50-50 chance at this point, but the best we can pin our hopes to. there are signs we will get into an active weather pattern. we will focus more on the thursday chance of rain at 11:00. still to come, this is not your father's tesla. your father would want to go faster and would not fit. there's never been a better time to switch to xfinity. get the fast and reliable internet you deserve for only $19.99 a month for 12 months for an epic deal this holiday season. and score 12 times the speed
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zoom's newest feature is a throwback to your school days. >> don't be late for your meeting. the app is now taking attendance. it is meant to make it easier for the host to see who has or has not joined. just like getting your name written up on the board, late arrivals will be listed on a new not joined section for everyone to see. in case you want to claim you never got the memo, your rsvp will also be displayed.
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tonight, tesla is going off road with this cyber quad for kids designed for young writers 8 and up. you can reach a top speed of 10 miles per hour tomorrow with about 15 miles of battery range. >> it will set santa back in $1900, but if it's on your child's holiday wish list, good luck, it is currently out of stock. >> how would it fit on santa's sleigh? still to come, the online boat is and, and this brand-new bay area giraffe has a very bay area name. we are looking for the bright spots this holiday season. jc posted this video of their holiday display to our kpix instagram page. we invite you to do the same.
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tall buildings to a tall tale. an update to a story we brought you on monday. >> the votes are in, and the newest addition at santa rosa safari nest now has a name. there he is, little baby depot. >> he is the short one? >> he was bored to mom nikki. he's now 8 weeks old, growing very fast. his legs will eventually be about 6 feet long, the same height at his 49er namesake.
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