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you are watching kpix 5 news at 5:30. right now on kpix 5, and streaming on cbsn bay area, more local news at 5:30. still waiting on holiday orders. how bay area small businesses are feeling the sting of the supply-chain crisis. cracking down on covid test kit price gouging. the signs you may be getting ripped off. first our top story, as we look at the bay area bridges my california drivers could soon get a break at the gas pump amid soaring fuel prices. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. and i am ryan yamamoto. we have more on a new plan by governor newsom to cut gas prices, but it is getting some pushback. >> reporter: it has long been the case, gasoline costs more in california than any other state. in the past year, prices have
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jumped nearly 7%. now a little help maybe on the way that could make filling up a little less expensive. however, not everyone is behind the latest plan. >> paying at the pump hasn't been this jarring in nearly 40 years. >> they are terrible. five dollars. i don't appreciate it at all. >> i filled up, $102. >> per week, almost $30. >> reporter: governor newsom has a plan to put a tourniquet on california drivers hemorrhaging fuel budgets, a tax holiday, by suspending the fuel tax increase tied to inflation. it is possible because of the state strong economy. >> because california is as resilient as it is, because with the fastest growing economy in the last 5 years because we have done a little bit better rms of addressing the pandemic, and our economic output is strong, and our budgets are running really extraordinarily back-to-
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back surpluses. >> reporter: is part of the $286 billion budget proposed monday, he is floating the idea of suspending the 5.6% gas tax hike set to hit in july. while drivers would appreciate the break, suspending the increase would drop california's fuel tax revenue by more than $520 million. >> everyone would like to pay less for gasoline. >> reporter: the school of business professor says just because the gas tax would go down doesn't mean the price necessarily will fall. ■ >> it is clear there is something else that we don't understand going on with our gas prices, creating this mystery gasoline surcharge that we have had since 2015, where we are paying an extra $.30 per gallon that really can't be explained by our higher taxes or environmental fees. >>ter: d any break they can get. >> i think it's a good deal that he is going to not do the
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tax increase, but i think you should reduce it even more. >> reporter: we should point out not all are in favor of that plan. not surprisingly, the california asphalt pavement association calls the governor's plan a budget start. as for the less income, the governor's promising cities and counties at the state will try to make up for the decrease in the gas tax revenue, but also added it is possible that increases on tap for 2023 and 2024 could be put on hold as well. governor newsom also announcing a plan to make healthcare more affordable to all californians. today, he appeared in the central valley to highlight his proposal, that includes expanding access to medical coverage. it also increases transparency within the healthcare system. >> lead expanded coverage to the middle class, and we are looking at affordability and price reductions in particular, with high-cost pharmaceuticals.
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everybody we had in mind this year as it relates to our healthcare investments. >> we first brought you the governor's press conference live on cbsn bay area. you can watch 24/7 streaming on kpix.com , and the kpix news app. the state assembly debating whether to create the nation's first universal healthcare system, a bill that would set up the system facing its first test at a hearing today. a separate bill on how to pay for it will be heard later , and will need voter approval. the first bill has to pass the state assembly by january 31 to have a chance of approval this year. the san ramon valley unified school district has set up a free drive-through covid vaccination clinic. the school district is teaming up with the san ramon fire department to give out pediatric and adult doses of the covid-19 vaccine. the clinic is located right across from the san ramon central park on camino ramon. >> we are trying to do what we can to get as many people there booster shots since they changed their definition of
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what it means to be fully vaccinated. we have a larger increase in those that want to get that third shot, the booster shot, so they can become fully vaccinated now. >> the clinic recommends making an appointment, but is offering walk-up service on a first-come first-served basis. the chicago mayor lori lightfoot has tested positive for a breakthrough case of covid-19. it comes as chicago students are expected back into the classroom tomorrow. the city and teachers union reached a deal allowing individual schools to switch to remote learning if there is a covid outbreak resulting in teacher absences. back at home, california is backing down on price gouging. >> with demand at an all-time high, not every retailer is listening. >> reporter: this mother of two was desperate for an at-home covid test. >> i needed it so might son could go to school, and this whole town has been scribbling for them. >> reporter: she heard through friends that kramer's pharmacy was selling them. their big signs out front advertising a hot commodity.
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she asked for 2 tests. >> they told me $45, and i saw that the kids were actually pieced out one by one, because i bought those previously, and they were actually selling them to me from the open package, with a xerox copy of the instructions to which to me didn't seem right. make those same tests, sold in pairs, retail for less than $20, so a dollars per test. on sites like amazon and walmart. that means kramer's is selling the tests for more than double. >> it's wrong and unethical. >> reporter: over the weekend, governor newsom signed an executive order aimed at combating price gouging. >> a seller cannot increase by more than 10% the amount that they are charging for a test kit versus what they charged before the governor's order. and if they weren't selling a test kit before, they cannot charge more than 50%.
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>> the governor's executive order also gives state and local prosecutors more power to go after those who are price gouging. violators face thousands of dollars in fines. a heated exchange between dr. anthony fauci and publican senator rand paul during a senate health hearing. dr. fauci blamed the senators rhetoric for sparking death threats. >> what happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue is that all of a sudden, that kindles the crazies out there, and i have threats upon my life , harassment of my family, and my children, with obscene phone calls, because people are lying about me. >> dr. fauci cited the arrest of a california man in iowa who told police he was traveling to washington with an ar 15 rifle. he allegedly had a hit list, including dr. fauci. he noted that senator rand paul has a fire dr. fauci section on
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his website that he has used for fundraising. >> fire dr. fauci, with a little box that says contribute here. you can do five dollars, $10, $20, $100, so you are making a catastrophic epidemic for york political gain. >> you have politically attacked your colleagues, and in a politically reprehensible way -- >> the two have sparred before throughout the pandemic. dr. fauci was responding to rand paul's criticism of emails in which dr. fauci appeared to be criticizing the work of other scientists. coming up, put your job and looking for something new? the top jobs for 2022. hear from the doctors who performed the first ever picked a human heart transplant. how it could be a transformative moment for medicine. all new at 6:00, a bay area
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city vowing to crackdown on illegal covid test sites. the investigation into a california company, and the concern over patient safety. covid data across the board for practically every category is the highest they have ever been. we are far from out of the woods. >> we are currently seeing a dramatic and really breathtaking explosion of cases. there are a lot of things in life we want, but can't have. health insurance shouldn't be one of them. covered california is making health insurance more affordable for millions of us. even if you've looked before, you should look again.
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everyone needs health insurance. covered california is making sure more people can get it. new federal funding of $3 billion is available to help more californians get covered. check coveredca.com now, to see your new lower price. enrollment ends january 31st. with millions of americans quitting their jobs recently, this list may give them some inspiration. the u.s. news and world report is that with the top 10 jobs for 2022, and healthcare and tech dominate that list. >> reporter: the threat of a cyber attack cons companies around the world. brian works for the security firm optive, and helps businesses shield their networks from hackers.
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>> reporter: what are you protecting against? >> two things, people making mistakes because technology is complicated, and attackers who want to do harm. >> reporter: he's an information security analyst, and his job is number one on u.s. news and world report's list of best jobs for 2022. >> reporter: when you saw that this is the top job of the year, where you shocked? >> i wasn't. we are seeing a tremendous amount of interest from new people trying to break into the industry. >> reporter: the u.s. news and world report recognized information security for its median salary of more than $103,000 per year am a strong job growth potential, and good work-life balance. other tech jobs were also high on the list, but careers in healthcare took four of the top 10 spots, with nurse practitioner at number two, and physician assistant at number three. >> they have lower barriers to entry than other healthcare jobs. they do not require medical school, so you can start
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working much earlier. >> reporter: when making their rankings, they balance factors like salary, unemployment rate, job growth, and stress. >> this job is very stressful. you can manage it, but you never know when a attack could come. >> reporter: but he says there is plenty of job security in the security business. cbs news, new york. an innovative robotics company is opening its u.s. headquarters in fremont. high robotics considers itself a trailblazer and what it calls next-gen warehouse automation. it is a robotics tech startup that has recently closed a round of investment worth over $200 million. the company currently has 1300 employees, and most recently decided to make fremont its home in the u.s. >> we are your new neighbor here in fremont. we just established our u.s. headquarters in the last year, in fremont, and we are excited to be for part of the fremont tech community.
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>> it was founded in 2016 in china, and serves customers in over 30 countries. still ahead, an imam has quite the story to tell. her truck through the snowy woods just to deliver her baby. coming up on the "cbs evening news" miracle landing. though everyone survived when a medevac helicopter with a baby
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a remarkable first in the operating room. we are now hearing from the doctors who transplanted a genetically modified pig heart into a 57-year-old maryland man. >> he was ineligible for a human organ because his heart disease was to advanced. >> he simply did not want to die. doesn't want to die. >> reporter: david bennett, a maryland handyman and father, is awake and recovering days after a 7 hour surgery to replace his heart with that of a genetically modified pig. >> the pig heart has performed so far very well might even beyond our expectations. >> when bennett arrived at the university of maryland medical center, he was dying and ineligible for a human transplant because of the severity of his heart disease and medical history. >> my dad's prognosis early on was very bad. >> reporter: his son said
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bennett agreed to the experimental procedure, despite a slim chance of success. >> this was his best hope of getting out of the hospital, and having a somewhat normal quality of life. >> is that i don't want to die, and he said if i do, maybe you will learn something to help others. >> reporter: though it is too soon to know the long-term success of the surgery, doctors say it can offer hope to similar patients. >> there are hundreds and thousands of people all around the world who are waiting for the organ, and just like this patient they may not qualify for an organ transplant. >> reporter: there were prior attempts to transplant and animal organ into a human, including baby faye in 1984 who lived with a baboon heart for 3 weeks, but they have failed because the body rejects the organ rapidly. this time the pig that supplied the heart went through gene editing to remove the cells thought to be responsible for the rejection. >> we are learning a lot every day with this gentleman. so far, we are happy with our
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decision to , and he is as well. he has a big smile on his face today. >> reporter: he is breathing on his own without a ventilator, but is on a machine that does about half of the work of pumping blood through his body. doctors plan to slowly wean them off. a new mother in virginia has a story to tell about the birth of her daughter. >> she had to walk through a snowstorm before making it to the hospital. the storm had taken down dozens of trees, so when she called 911, paramedics could not get through. she had to trudge through the woods a quarter-mile to get to the ambulance, all while having contractions, worried the baby could come at any time. >> i am never going to let her forget about that, never. >> every time she gets sassy or talks back, your mom walked through a snowstorm, uphill both ways.
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>> maybe we will have a powerpoint. >> the paramedics who rushed to help called the new mother superhuman. she and the baby are doing just fine with now an amazing story to tell. i can imagine when there is bickering going on when she is 16 years old, not wanting anything to do with her mother. let me tell you something about your birth. i had to trudge through snow and sleet -- >> nothing like that with your boys? >> never, no. i would never do that. >> one of the benefits of living in the bay area, never bring about a snowstorm. let's look at the snowpack, still running over 130% of what is normal to this point in the year. that is the good news. the bad news is those numbers will decrease over the next couple of weeks because of this prolonged stretch of rain free weather for the bay area, also a prolonged stretch of snow free weather for the high sierra. they have added up a lot so far, so the ski resorts will be enjoying the tranquil weather.
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let us take a look at what we need to know for the bay area. call tonight. fog tomorrow morning, some spilling in from the central bay, excuse me, the central valley. still drive for the next several days. passing clouds every once in a while. no rain in sight, and mild afternoon temperatures will continue, even with a slight decrease later on this week. the passing clouds tonight, some of the fog at ground level tomorrow, but it should dissipate by noon, early afternoon at the latest. more passing clouds tomorrow night into thursday. any showers fall apart before heading into the bay area. by the end of the work week on friday, back to seeing more sunshine than clouds. without rain to wash the haze of of the horizon, the air quality will be a concern. no unhealthy air quality levels are in the forecast, but we will be in the moderate category across the board tomorrow. a slight improvement thursday,
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but then back into the moderate category for friday and saturday. temperatures today armed up into the 60s are pretty much everybody. mid 60s for san jose. temperatures tomorrow my pretty much similar territory. right now it is still nice, temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. 60 degrees in hayward, but we will steadily drop through the rest of tonight, down to a mix of upper 30s and low 40s in lent. the temperatures around the band along the coast, mid to upper 40s. high temperatures tomorrow, 5 to 6 degrees above normal. the exception could be conquered if that fog bills and from the central valley and is stubborn. then you may be stuck in the upper 50s. temperatures around 60 degrees along the coast. the warm spots will be in the santa clara valley, mid to upper 60s for the south bay. low 60s in lent in the east bay , but you are the wild-card spot depending on the fog. around the bay, mostly low 60s.
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same thing for the north bay. a mild afternoon for him and mendocino county and lake county as well. temperatures drop a little bit thursday and friday. more clouds on thursday, but no chance of anything more than a rogue sprinkle. no measurable rain in the extended forecast. a nice holiday weekend as we approach the martin luther king holiday on monday. temperatures will be pretty close to normal. some passing clouds overhead by sunday, monday, and tuesday. the next chances of rain are pretty far down the line, maybe by late january, or maybe even early february. i will have tomorrow's dog walking forecast coming up at 6:00. also new at 6:00, a bay area city going after a legal covid testing sites. the warning out, and the investigation into a california
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company. a bay area districts unique plan to keep schools open amid a staffing shortage. other community stepping up to help. the bay area company announcing major changes for employees. the news at 6:00 comes up in about five
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the ongoing supply chain
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issues are still causing chaos for local businesses. they cannot get the products and supplies they need because it all has some sort of ties overseas. >> as kpix 5's len ramirez shows us, the crisis that began last year, it is now spilling over into 2022. >> reporter: the supply-chain issues are affecting virtually every business out there, from the largest conglomerates to the smallest mom and pops. the situation has gotten so bad that some businesses who thought they were ordering products in time for the holidays are just now getting the shipments in. >> this is all the stock that i have left, barely any stock at all. >> reporter: darlene was stunned by the supply-chain crisis, and it was all because of the small 10 containers her mexican chocolate product comes in. >> we make the product here in the usa, but the tin cans are from china, and we were not able to get them. >> reporter: she sells online
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through your own e-commerce site and on amazon. she ordered three pallets were the product in august, hoping to get it in time for the holidays, but the shipments arrived after christmas, and are now sitting on a warehouse. on top of everything else, the warehouse cannot get the pallets down because four forklift drivers are out sick with covid. >> so many companies, stores, businesses that weren't able to get their supplies in time for christmas, and they lost a lot of sales because they had empty shelves. you see empty shelves everywhere right now. >> it's a lot more work to figure out how to make it work. >> reporter: sean runs a small gift back ! company called all the buzz. she worked around the shortages, but found out just how interconnected we all are with the rest of the world. >> containers usually come from china. jars. boxes the products are in, even down to the quarks in the bottle. we hoarded. we kept bringing in things and decided to take the risk so our customers whatever
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they needed. >> reporter: darlene is keeping her business moving ahead. all those chocolate mixes will now be marketed in a new way. >> it looks like i will have a big chocolate sale for valentine's day. >> reporter: in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. right now on kpix 5, streaming on cbsn bay area, concerns over pop-up coronavirus testing sites. the company now under investigation. >> it would be unacceptable if there are rogue actors trying to exploit the situation. a brazen assault in oakland chinatown. an asian woman shoved to the ground. the video the police hope will lead to an arrest. the fight to keep schools open amid a staffing shortage. the bay area district calling on parents to step in, and the overwhelming response. is never done anything in my career that is more energizing, inspiring.
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i'm allen martin. and i'm elizabeth cook. we begin with a bay area city warning of covid testing sites that may be operating illegally. >> andria borba is live in san francisco with more on the crackdown. >> reporter: with san francisco testing sites slowing down, and events topping nasal swabs at one point yesterday, the hunt for a covid-19 test has become harder than ever. the city attorney is concerned about people stepping in to profit and fill that void. with demand for covid-19 testing surging today a separate san francisco city leaders are worried pop-up testing sites on city sidewalks could be less than legal. >> it would be unacceptable if there are rogue actors trying to exploit the situation , setting up unlicensed testing facilities to try to make a quick buck. >> reporter: this was the corner of dolores and 18th next to miss in high school. a company called community wellness america has set up a pop-up site. today i'm a it was gone. the corner was empty and under investigation by the san

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