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announcing a boost for the transit agency. that story coming up. >> darya: the latest in the middle east. we will tell you why people took to the streets of iran. this is off of our roof on van ness avenue, it is dark here. things are clear, there will be a big change under way home. >> louisa: it will be different from their morning commute. the morning commute will be the calm commute. there is cloud cover however there is no rain. rain expected in the north bay by late morning. heavy rain by late afternoon. that intensifies into the evening. expect gusty winds to with so rain around. the rain we are looking at is the livermore valley portions of tracy as well. as we head into
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the afternoon showers will push into the north bay, a better chance of rain in the peninsula, right through the napa valley. it could be a wet evening commute depending on where you are. better chance of rain into the evening. 8:00 p.m., a band is forming bringing in some downpours. this could last several hours. by about midnight it looks like we will continue with widespread showers, into wednesday morning as well. we have a wind advisory for the delta with strong southerly winds to 30 mi. an hour. those strong gusts picking up in the late afternoon hours. a winter storm warning along 80, 50. we could see road closures with so much snow coming down. we could get up to
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4 ft. of snow in some of the high your elevation. 7 day around the bay, a slight chance of rain continuing through the weekend. george? >> george: no hot spots, starting with the bridge check. no backup, notably on their approaches. i will show you the 80 ride in a moment. san mateo bridge looks good here volume building a bit but not at peak traffic. lighter than usual still on the westbound or commute side. golden gate bridge ride 1 01 southbound problem free. heavier traffic now, still without delay through marin county on 1 01 southbound. we see flashing lights in the northbound direction. they are moving some of the cones out of the right hand lane. interstate 80, the commute headed down toward albany, passing golden
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gate fields. you see the traffic looks good to the lorry the shore freeway. darya? >> darya: 6:03 a.m., continuing to coverage of this weather in the east bay. it will get the rain as well. >> will: in the east bay they are off to a wet start with the rain coming down as many came to the bart station. not a hard rainfall but a steady one. good enough to make driving tricky today. who knows we might see a lot of people say and not want to drive today. instead i will hop on board that will cause ticket sales to go up. >> mark: big news to the bart plan. they are recommending a hundred $30 million in funds this year to be earmarked to
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bring bart to san jose. construction could begin next year. the funds have to clear of republicans who want to slash billions out of the transportation budget. the extension is expected to open and 2018. democratic lawmakers are showing how widespread budget cuts need to be in california as the legislatures do not extend tax hikes to help close a $26 billion deficit. lawmakers say california would and class size reduction efforts, reduce wildland firefighting. if voters do not approve that tax hike on the june ballot. it could be implemented in addition to the 12 and half million dollar cuts. >> darya: caltrans is in desperate need for money. if they don't get it it could have
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profound effects on riders. the worst-case scenario would mean 48 train schedules, would only see trains run on the work week and commute hours. riders are not happy with the prospect. >> if you make the cuts you think you're going to make, it will be devastating. >> i don't have the means to buy a car. >> many people would bewhat then 6:30 p.m. >> people will be able to go to their jobs without other transportation. >> you could be stranded 55 mi. from home it will hurt. >> darya: most people said they would be willing to pay higher fares, even higher than 255. >> mark: out of the middle east
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in egypt, they are asking united states to freeze assets of the some egyptians. former president of egypt has disappeared. the constitution new document will be temporary and tolduntil the democratic. yu can see the protests there is the call comes a day after clashes between protesters and security forces left at least one person dead. dozen injured. tens of thousands of people turned out for the rally in solidary with egypt. it was the first show of strength in more than a year. >> darya: yemen not scuffling
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with police. it is the fifth day of anti-government protests. they want political reform. separate areas de secretary of state hillary clinton is going to make a policy address today. she will warn repressive states that curves on internet freedom will not hold back reform. also there is no application for ending online repression. regimes that clamp down on the internet will not be allowed to withstand change forever where. >> mark: a quick break until a news continues
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>> mark: waiting for the opening bell. futures are backing off right now as we started the january retail sales coming up.
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while they were up, despite the snow weather, they were disappointing. futures soar up solid. they are now backing off. homebuilders releasing their index from february. that is expected to hold steady. ship maker says its developing a new program. >> darya: president barack obama will be in the bay area. this is according to the chronicle they say the president, is going to be here on thursday for meetings with business leaders and technology. it is unclear whether these will be public, but this will be the first time that he visited since october of last year. >> james: vallejo was just in one of america's dying cities,
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by newsweek magazine. here's a look at the list news whips top five dying cities. they are second behind new orleans. city officials are calling follow. he says the list is wrong. the population is growing just not as fast as it used to. the list was based on census data and that shows the lay of had the biggest declines in the last 10 years. 6:13 a.m., we will be right back.
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>> darya: this is the calm before the storm. walnut creek here. unless you are listening to luisa it will be confusing.
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>> louisa: we are seeing left over raindrops' this morning and livermore, however elsewhere, looking dry. different towards the evening hours by 2:00 p.m., san rosa could pick up quarter manager of rain. we will take you through the time line. three-quarters of an inch by 5:00 p.m., rain coming down heavy in the north bay. by 9:00 p.m. the intensity level will pick up. notice that are rosa, novato, over inch of rain by the 9:00 p.m. hour. by midnight san francisco could get up to three- quarters of an inch of rain. about four tenths of an inch through san jose. into san rosa, napa, novato more than an inch of rain expected. this will be significant rainfall totals over the next few days. we do have a win the advisory gusts up
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to 45 mi. an hour. sustained winds up to 30. the strong argos' into the late afternoon hours. current temperatures in the '50s, 53 san francisco, 54 oakland. low 50s in the south bay as well. by this afternoon into the '60s. by thursday, friday could taper off some in terms of intensity level. wet weather stays around through the work week. the slight chance it continues into next week. let's check in with george with traffic. >> george: wheel of looking at the first back up at the bay bridge. they may have activated the meter lights which is why we might see the back ups in the left and right hand cash lanes. traffic through the center are fast track users no back up yet for the west bound ride. san
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mateo bridge looks good no problems westbound, eastbound. the golden gate bridge ride looks good as well. northbound traffic with only two lanes, not backing up at all. southbound traffic only sluggish along to will dry. in san francisco in bound central freeway, no problems were joins the skyway and the james lick freeway southbound. public transit still problem free no delays. mark? >> mark: splendor of returning to its former glory, now leaving for long beach. in last all its power in november knocking out hot food service, telephone. passengers were stranded in see. yoli? >> reporter: is all fixed, it
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has to pass one more test the field test. they will take it to the middle of the bay and do whatever they take to make sure it is floating, it's not going to leak or anything like that. it is floating by the docks. once it passes that test will go on its merry way. i have been watching, you see lights people will be able to dance on the cruise. this was not an easy fix. that fire had been in day in junehappened in the engine ro give you an idea of how big of a job this was, the engine alone is the size of a need by 10 ft. bedroom. they had to use 900,
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people locally to work on the damage on the ship. it is in good shape, almost a brand new ship all over. they replaced carpets and other remotsuperficl stuff well it was on dry dock. two new generators as well. it is practically in a new ship. it should be able to pass that slow test. >> mark: this is quite a dry dock we have been some francisco. >> reporter: this was the only place it was going to happen. we're the biggest in the west coast in lets you wanna go to asia.want to go to asia. the dockmaster's said they have not seen a ship this big in 45 years. >> darya: in oakland city
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engineers will determine whether the demolition date for condemned building needs to be moved up. the fire department was called out last night this after a possible collapse. when the firefighters got there it was still standing. they are concerned about the sturdiness of this building. fire crews met with engineers and examined a side wall leading without support of the roof. it has been vacant since 2006. a judge ordered two men to stand trial on murder charges for the beating death of a 59 year-old san francisco man in downtown oakland last year. they rejected the claim the older man was probably responsible. 19 year- old and 18 year-old were seeing attacking him near the fox theater in april. he died five
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days later. >> mark: other stories berkeley police officer recovering after his patrol car was struck over the weekend by another car. officer saw honda accord speeding across the border with lights off on saturday morning. a sergeant attempted to stop the vehicle the driver fled. he hit a patrol car passenger side. the driver was taken into custody. fairfield police are looking for two men who robbed of value in. police say they are armed with handguns order to men into the bathroom. they left with an undisclosed amount of cash >> darya: we will be back with more and a couple of minutes. a dry commute this morning and a
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wet one this afternoon. we will be right back. ♪
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>> mark: italian premier is gonna be indicted today. the trial will begin april 6th. he denies any wrongdoing. this is the first time the billionaire businessman is being tried for personal contact. chevron to pay $6.8 billion to clean up oil pollution in the south american rain forest. it is the largest judgment. if they don't publicly apologize within the
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>> james: good morning 6:30 a.m., stocks at this time are headed for rock flat open. the commerce department said sales rose three tenths of a percent last month. it is half of what they were predicting. we will see how wall street reacts. home depot is due in hiring, i have their press release. they will hire 60,000 people nationwide, 1000 in the bay area. retailers look to the holiday season to
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sales but for home depot it will be spring. they are looking for 1000 seasonal workers demand the different stores through the bay area. they have keos that are open at home depot. we are getting the numbers trickling in. it is down 24 points at opening. more updates through the morning. >> darya: i'm just pondering home depot, not a good idea for me to go to home depot. traffic looks lower. but nothing like this afternoon, once the rain comes and it will be a tough one. >> louisa: very different picture in the evening. you can see here the sun is rising this morning, in the north bay we will start with the wet weather. then the late afternoon, more widespread, heavier rain starts
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to pick up, gusty winds expected as well. into the evening hours the heavy stuff move sen. right now the radar is quiet. some not much in the way of rain. we saw some rain it earlier this morning, but this afternoon you will pick up more raindrops. by about 4:00 p.m., more whites right througwidespread. better f staying dry into the south bay until the evening. by 8:00 p.m. watch this ban. by 9:00 p.m., this area of red showing heavy downpours. they will continue through the evening hours even up to midnight. we do have really strong winds of with this as well through the delta, there is a wind advisory kicking and around the 10:00 a.m. hour
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period by about 2:00 p.m. gusting 30 mi. an hour through oakland, san rafael, continuing with strong winds and your evening commute. san rafael seeing wind gusting 30 mi. an hour by 5:00 p.m.. oakland 37 mi. an hour winds, you will certainly feel the wind howling. we continue with the wind and to tomorrow morning as well. in the '50s, warm start for the day. by the afternoon temperatures breaking into the low 60s, continuing with wet weather into tomorrow. thursday, friday rain into the forefront, saturday, sunday slight chance of showers. george? >> george: we have not seen any hot spots, but what is happening here at the bay bridge. you can
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see it a bigger back up for this time of the morning them we have seen in several weeks. as i mentioned, it seems as though they were unreported incidents at the bay bridge. it used to be if there's any kind of a problem it would be reported to the chp. lately a number have been unreported. it looks like the meter and lights are running slow for the amount of traffic we saw headed west bound. already a back up for the west bound ride, we will see if it stays with us, or if it disappears as it sometimes does. san mateo bridge looks good the volume is back up typical of the westbound direction. still no delays on the approach. golden gate bridge ride, 1 01, problem is free on the approach. even through marin county. south bay we pick up another camera 1 01,
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northbound still a great ride from downtown san jose, down to santa clara. barred on time, muni not reporting any problems, cal train is problem free. >> mark: 04 san joshope for san they are asking part gets money to for an extension to san jose. >> reporter: commuters who wanted catch art have to go to fremont and then hop on. this project extension, is expected to cost 2.3 billion. such a tax payers have approved sales tax increases in anticipation of razing hundreds of millions of dollars for this project. the
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federal government could japan as well. things that could happen would not be possible had the federal government not changed its mind on this project. will tran kron 4 news. >> darya: city council is helping five former want, and all prisoners a place to live. berkeley city councilors will resettle people from the prison camp. a few prisoners would live in berkeley, once they leave. it would be the third city and the third in california to do so. the district will talk today about the school closers in concord. they shut down to voted to shut down to schools last week. they will close at the end of this year. >> mark: barry bonds attorneys
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are trying to keep his temper away from the courts. the defense team also wants to bar testimony about relations with a woman. >> darya: we will be back it with more a couple of minutes. you can see mount tam, we had an all stock in with mist, that rain was nothing compared to what will happen this afternoon. we will be right back.
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>> mark: of st. journal saying a smaller version of the iphone is in the works. the wall street journal says the model will be
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half the size of the current iphone, the iphone will be one- third. both sources of a prototype of the new iphone last year. they said " it will be half the price ". after years of in anticipation sony smart phone will hit the market. the gaming smart phone has a high and gaming device along with mobile phone. you can see the slide out keyboard. it looks similar to the play station. it features the gaming had, the kids will love it. it will be in the market in three weeks. >> darya: i can't keep up. my eyes get worse than they get smaller. they will be talking about the tv coverage today of the michael jackson dr. trial. he has pleaded not guilty in the
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death of michael jackson. attorneys are going to talk about presenting the names of the witnesses they expected call. they think it will last six weeks. it starts on march 24th. we will be back with more of a couple of minutes. storm trucker for. that rain is an organ right now, it will drop down later this afternoon. expect a what commute.
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>> dary >> mark: watching bay area whether the we saw hogties weather forecasts. >> louisa: we expect wet weather. the shot, the wind is picking up after the 10:00 a.m. hour. rain will start in late morning hours, then heavier
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stuff more widespread into the afternoon. this evening the intensity picking up. here's a look at storm tracker 4. not much going on. by year evening commute it will be different picture. quarter of a niche in san rosa, notice rainfall toward loan inch in san rosa. by evenig you can really see that rain picking up b. by midnight more than an inch in san rosa, napa, the delta and cartoonist rate expected to see strong wednesday. wind expected until 6:00 p.m. hour, strong winds from the south up to 30 mi. an
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hour. 45 in terms of costs. we have a winter storm warning in effect for 80, and 50 as well. snow level around 4,000 ft.. 2-4 ft. of snow above 7,000 ft.. good news for ski resorts. but you may not be able to get to the ski resorts today. we expect road closures with all that snow and wind up there. 7 day around the bay, rain continuing into the end of the week chance of showers for the weekend. george? >> george: no hot spots but we do have a back up but the bay bridge. it has started to diminish. we saw but when the meter lights had started. and it had slowed even the 880, backed it up almost to the top of the ramp. the real backup begins right about here for the west bound ride. it looks much better
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here for the bay bridge. the san mateo bridge ride is august good one. the volume is built up towards peak traffic conditions, no delays eastbound, westbound. golden gate bridge ride looks good on the stand, so is the right to it. through the length of marin county. coming down from the narrows into novato, from novato toward central san rafael. 80, at albany traffic. westbound leading pass cool the gate bridge. traffic is moving at the limit. mark? >> mark: 1 dozen were bets are without a home after a fire breaks out in east palo alto, on the road. flames block the only
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staircase. all 14 veterans made it out safely. they believe it was in accidental fire starting in the kitchen. >> darya: san jose shortfall be blamed on the public employee pensions. most city services could be affected by looming budget cuts. all city workers could be asked to take a pay cut. >> if we don't get any concessions, it will be 20 percent of the workforce. about 1100, 1200 people could be eliminated. some of those physicians may be empty because people have been retired. we are looking for money everywhere we can. but the pension costs are going up $16 million and we have to figure out how to pay those. >> darya: the pension reform
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will be our priority. virtually every sector is being reviewed and could face the budget cuts. last year they paid out millions and sick leave and vacation pay. employees' salaries and pension packages are crating hardships. we see how sommuch some employees are making. >> reporter: the highest-paid employee was the chief of police taking home $534,000. 327,000 was vacation, and sick leave. he was able to get because he retired. the fire department was the second-highest paid making 435,000, three under 11,000 was vacation, sick leave pay. city officials say because of employee contracts this city was forced to pay out $14 million in
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taxpayer money to its 6000 employees appeared $40 million is enough to keep open 10-15 libraries. six-seven fire stations. they're hoping to push new contracts to save more money as they deal with the deficit. if you'd like to see a complete list of employees salaries we have put the linkup at >> mark: state university is being asked to give priority to people seeking local schools. they urged to take steps to get all qualified students to enroll at the campuses. it was a first date to turn away qualified local students, neighbor of more
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qualified applicants from out of town. more than 150 school districts are meeting in denver today for education summit. they call it a watershed moment for school improvement. already cracks are showing in the let's work together effort. the larger school districts have pulled out of the summit. >> darya: legislators tried to sand shark fins. they are used to create a special soup that sells for as much as $40 a bowl. supporters say the shark fishing is a cruel practice. they slice off the fan as the animal is still alive. the shark is then thrown into the sea to die. it would ban sharks' fins used in soups. >> mark: we will be back as a
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>> darya: 6:56 a.m., we are waiting for this storm making its way down to the bay area. hitting the northern california this afternoon. that sale will read just this afternoon, intensifying on your way home from work. then tonight when you go to bed it will be raining pretty hard out there. it continues through tomorrow with wet, windy weather this evening into tomorrow. thursday, friday rain off and on. that chance of showers does stay with us right through the weekend. >> mark: the dow jones off right
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now, one-third of a percentage point. nasdaq down 5, a disappointing numbers coming out for retail sales for january only a 0.3% climb. half of what was expected. wall street is off on that news. other stories. the buddha sitting in the civic center will be dismantled. it is 27 ft. tall, it has three heads and six arms. it was made by a chinese artist and brought to san francisco in the spring. it is leaving because its lease is over is going back to the artist. >> darya: 60 7:00 a.m., we will be back with more in : 6:27
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>> darya: 7:00 a.m., the latest with the uprising in egypt. they are asking u.s. to freeze assets of some officials. >> mark: president barack obama presenting his budget proposal. they will unveil their own plan for the country to cut cost. >> darya: we are bracing for heavy rain on our way home, on your way to work sorry. the golden gate bridge in your approach to the bay bridge and the san mateo bridge. it is windy. and no rain.
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