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>> from the bay area's local news station. we now with breaking news. >> that breaking news at 5 o'clock. we're following the growing number of cases of that omicron covid variant across the u.s. now they've been detected in 5 different states. thank you for joining us here on kron, 4 news at 5 everybody. i'm grant lotus. vicki liviakis colorado and new york are some of the latest state to detect the why also registering that variant new york health officials are confirming 5 people have tested positive for the variant, including one person who recently returned from south africa, a woman in
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colorado has also tested positive. she also recently returned from a trip to south africa and the hawaii department of health announcing today that one case has been detected on oahu. this comes after minnesota confirmed one case of the omicron variant following san francisco's announcement yesterday. meanwhile, has that variant spreads across the country. president biden has laid out a pandemic response strategy for the winter. the president says his plan includes several steps including increased booster, outreach opening new family vaccination clinics. a one-stop shop. increasing covid surge response teams making at home. covid tests. more readily available and sharing more vaccine doses with the world. one thing is plan does not include. mandates. >> we're going to fight this variance with science and speed not chaos and confusion. just like we beat back covid-19 in the spring and
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more powerful variant don't over in the summer and fall. >> the president is also extending his directive, requiring masks on airplanes and other public transit through march. it had been set to expire in january. doctors are saying the president's winter covid plan goes a long way to the nation safer, especially with the arrival of this summer crime. variant omicron omicron kron four's. dan kerman is live in san francisco with the reaction well, you know, one of the things that we still don't know. but likely is true about omicron is that it is more transmissible. so how do keep it from. >> going from one person to another. you make sure that they do not test positive for covid and they say the president's plan goes a long way to keep those who have covid away from those who don't. >> funding at home testing i think is going to probably be one of the most interventions. if that were to happen. >> area infectious disease
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president biden's pledge to require private insurers to pay for at home. covid-19 rapid tests will allow those priced out to start testing regularly and that will go a long way reducing transmission, especially among those with no or few symptoms. 3. the reason why that home testing is so valuable is that it >> idea of infectivity in other ways. i'm going to phone union and see these people for a while. i get the swab, even though i mean, beat tuning positive meeting in 2 days or 3 days, potentially i've got time when it's negative. i'm not going to be transmitting virus. the rest of the family members. doctors also like the idea that anyone flying to the u.s. will have to have tested negative for covid-19 within 24 hours of boarding their flight, not the 72 hours that's currently required. they say it will not only lead to less transmission aboard planes. but among those the traveler interacts with when back in the u.s. making sure that everybody coming in.
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>> as a very recent negative test. that's going to be key for limiting the likelihood of somebody coming in with covid-19 being on a plane with other individuals along sections of time with covid and then subsequently getting here and spreading. it is just kind of helps kind of address that and then just a little better. >> and as you mentioned, the president also extending what is currently required masks. an airplane set to expire in january now will run at least through march live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news. all right, dan and in the middle of this busy holiday travel season. the u.s. is placing tougher restrictions on travelers entering the country kron four's charles clifford has reactions now from travelers at sfo. >> well, earlier this week the u.s. banned non us citizens traveling from 8 different southern african nations from entering the country now on thursday. we have learned that there are new restrictions that will apply to all international travelers trying to come here. the biden
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administration has announced that starting next week. all international travelers coming to the u.s. that includes vaccinated unvaccinated citizens non us citizens will have to receive a covid-19 test within 24 hours of departure. that is a tighter restriction that has been in place for the past several months. also the biden administration announced that the mask mandate, which was set to expire in a couple of weeks will be extended that requires people at airports on public transportation like buses to continue to wear a mask on thursday. we talked to several travelers here at sfo who generally agree with the new mandate but admit that it could be a burden on people trying to enter this country i think getting it. this before playing in is a good idea. but 24 it's going to be a bit tight. >> but not all countries that quit, but all so that might be to. but otherwise, mean, you know, to to restore normalcy in the safely. this a good step forward. >> well, i love traveling. so as long as them vaccinated,
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i'll would. and that site is vaccinated and everybody what a mask. i very comfortable. >> also new here this week at sfo, the airport has joined the cdc in offering voluntary testing options to all international travelers after they arrive. that includes either one taking a pcr test here at the airport that has pulled with other travelers test results to see if anyone in the group has contracted coronavirus or travelers can be sent a take home test which arrives in the mail about 3 to 5 days after they get here. they can be tested that way as well at sfo. charles clifford kron, 4 news. >> with the spread of the variant. now the demand for booster shots is certainly on the rise so high. in fact, in san mateo county, you'll now need to make an appointment. if you want to get the shot at one of the county's vaccine clinics. walk-ups will be turned away from the san mateo event center on saratoga drive. officials say boosters are also available at community clinics, health care providers and pharmacies, many of which do not require
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appointments. >> and we're learning more about omicron. and if you want more information on this new variant. you can scan this qr code on your screen. there. it will take you directly to our special coronavirus page on our website and there you can learn more about this variant along with the latest vaccine information. >> other news now the oakland police department would like to speak to the person believed to have cell phone video in connection to the killing kron 4 security guard. kevin, the shooter investigators believe the video contains additional leads including the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene on november 24th. this was the 300 block of 14th street in downtown oakland. authorities are asking the person who recorded the video or anyone with video linked to the investigation to contact them immediately at opd homicide section a reward of $32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. >> a fund has been set up for the issue to family a cash or
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check donation can be made to the kevin nishita trusted any metropolitan bank location in person or by mail at the address you see there on your screen. the information is also on our website at kron 4 dot com. >> now to the drought emergency and that is something that we have been covering for far too long and there is new information out tonight that suggests that things could be getting worse before they get better in the south bay, the city of san jose has declared a 15% water shortage. they want people to reduced by 15%. they're asking people to limit the use of sprinkler systems to 2 days per week. all outdoor watering must be done between 8 o'clock at night and 10 o'clock in the morning and the city council approved this new drought rule as a response to the drought conditions. >> right now in santa clara county. all right. and obviously the weather a key
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component of any sort of drought. and after that, you know, series of atmospheric rivers. we had to start the season. things have dried up that they did, they crank up again where you say i think we're going to get things going. guys going to take a little bit. you know, this big ridge of high pressure been sitting over head and really bring some warm temperatures. but we notice those changes today. look at the golden gate bridge that fog has moved back in. that's a sign of high pressure weakening. now as that ridge week is that is going to open the door to at least a chance of some rainfall coming our way right now. you see low clouds and fog surging along the coastline. some high clouds spin around the area of low pressure to our south making the way back into the bay area skies right now that sea breeze is blowing once again is that air from the ocean. that is bringing the cooler air back on shore, helping to drop the temperatures, especially along the coastline right now. yesterday we are nice and toasty even along the coastal areas. but now or 54 degrees. grab a jacket in half moon bay. 55 in san francisco.
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still some 60's inside the bay and many of the valleys overnight tonight. we'll see more low clouds and fog on the way. in heavier dose of fog as we head toward your friday fog feeling inside the bay early tomorrow morning. lot of clouds early on breaking away by the middle of the day. by the afternoon, the fog starts come back on shore. so temperatures. we are going to be coming down across the board for tomorrow. much cooler around the bay area highs near the coast only in the 50's. maybe seeing some 60's, maybe low 70's. well, inland about as warm as it's going to get. thanks, lawrence. oakland. police tonight are speaking out about the string of violent crimes plaguing that city and the chief of departments, violence prevention unit says right now trying to cut down on crimes are becoming more challenging. >> for his officers. kron four's. haaziq mod-yoon has details. >> it does not matter what we're to look like this in open subsides. nobody strategy is being impacted. have to be
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really up front at the oakland department of violence prevention, approaches violence reduction from a public health perspective. >> using community led intervention strategies aimed at improving safety and stability of families and communities. most impacted by violence. the city of oakland is currently grappling with record levels of violent crime with increases in homicides, armed robberies and carjackings among others. however, oakland department violence prevention chief, will says but is remained steadfast that the public health violence prevention, strategy will eventually produce results. >> what we're doing is to implement e. approaches that we know work. but i really want to keep in mind, you know, keep stating this. we're not in a normal time. he gives an example of how it everyday driving function of the steering wheel can lead to gun violence the other day. one of my staff members told the rest of the team do want try traffic light. >> even that lead to a
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shooting. >> the department of violence prevention deputy chief. sir. i trade talks about the intersection of gun violence and gender-based violence. also reaching new levels to highland hospital in particular. >> have stated that they've never seen an increase in identified victims being treated in emergency departments for gunshot wounds. or following homicides like ever. you know, unlike over 10 years of being there some of the number of of homicide families today. we have served. >> 43 families with additional support chief says. but as says although these are unprecedented times he and his team remains committed to doing the work of violence prevention. i think we have a commitment to the city of oakland. >> to keep working to reduce violence and we will do that. >> has it that you for news. >> still to come on kron 4 news at 5. we're learning disturbing new details about what led up to that deadly school shooting in michigan how it could have been prevented.
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>> and what businesses in union square doing to try and protect themselves from smash-and-grab robbers. also, we are remembering the lives lost in the ghost ship warehouse fire in oakland 5 years ago today. developing
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news tonight we're learning more about the young suspect in the deadly school shooting and michigan. and tonight it appears. >> his parents could be facing charges as well. authorities
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say they notice the 15 year-old ethan crumbly was displaying concerning behavior that led to conferences with school officials. and one of those meetings came just a few hours before the shooting spree. same day yesterday. crumley was charged as an adult with terrorism murder and other counts in connection with the shooting and prosecutors say crumbly ce father purchased the handgun used in the shooting just days before and did not secured properly. coming up tonight on kron 4 news at 6. we'll have a timeline of the events that authorities say led to the shooting that left 4 students dead and 7 others injured. >> the gunman was taken into custody after an hours long standoff with police outside the united nations headquarters building in new york this is video from the standoff with a man eventually dropped his weapon and surrender to police. a un spokesperson says that there was 0 indication that the man was a current or former un
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employee. he didn't appear to be trying to breach the security perimeter either. police say there was no danger to the public. is san francisco. an investigation is underway after a man was found dead at golden gate park this morning. the body was found at 7th avenue and mlk drive police say that there is no evidence of foul play at this time. but the medical examiner is conducting an investigation. anyone with information is being asked to contact the sfpd. today marks 5 years since the ghost ship warehouse fire claimed 36 lives in oakland at those flames erupting. >> during an illegal party. many attending the dance party got trapped. they died inside inferno. our kron four's theresa stasi was following this story for us tonight as we look back and honor those who lost their lives. >> some are going to be at the goes ship to remember others find it. so this too. and hard to go there. but remembering
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them and their own private way today. >> that is attorney mary alexander. she represented more than a dozen of the victims families following that horrific fire at an oakland warehouse 5 years ago 36 people lost their lives in the early morning hours trapped as flames grew in intensity. here is a video collage of the victims. they were musicians, artists and friends of the band playing that night expert testimony pointed to faulty wiring downstairs winding around the warehouse converted into a makeshift housing spaces. the man who rented the warehouse then sublet it illegally to dozens derick almena charged with murder. another who helped run the leases. max harris also charged. but after a long emotionally charged trial. the jury acquitted harris and couldn't agree on a man has culpability also putting the blame on the city
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of oakland. the fire department pg e and the warehouse's owner for negligence. >> they felt like the criminal system really did fail them and failed their loved ones that there was no justice. then another blow. >> alexander says the decision to offer elmen a plea where he would not serve any prison time for the 36 tests and oh, by the way. >> he had been out of jail because of covid. they let him out of jail and he was at home. well, with with his children and loved ones. and then when the deal went through, he just was going to continue to be at home. no jail time. alexander says that she was later able to get a civil lawsuit. one for families. it was something that gave them a sense of justice. >> a sense of accountability that they were not saving and the cells and the criminal system that they did give it and the civil case. >> almena's sentence has him serving it at home and then he
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will have probation for 3 years. theresa kron 4 news. >> our weather time. now as we take a peek outside kind of a hazy day in the bay and haven't had rain in a while, but that doesn't mean you cannot have. >> a flooding risk our chief meteorologist lawrence karnow is here to explain for not flooding because of rain. what could be the good old king tide come back yet this time of year. so yeah, we've got some coastal flood advisories going starting late tonight into the afternoon tomorrow out there. the fog is moving in. no rain to speak of kind of busy out there on the golden gate. but how about that? be up in and around the bay. you know, those spots that you can park. you get up samara fell. get tore lucky drive, be careful. those waters are going to be running very high. we're going to see about a 6 foot tide by tomorrow and that's going to be enough to cause some coastal flooding in and around the bay and some local
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attribute areas as well. so, you know, those spots stay away from those tomorrow. don't park your car there. you'll come back and find a car sitting in the wet locked out there. now we've got that on shore breeze that is blowing the fog has moved back on shore. we're going to see more of that overnight tonight. in looks like we'll see a whole lot of fog by tomorrow. but then there's the chance of rain coming up in the forecast. we'll talk more about forecast in a few minutes. guys, back to you. all right, lauren, still ahead, a north bay cannabis dispensary gets broken into overnight. >> now the owner is calling on city leaders protect weed businesses and why renovations at the state capitol building are causing controversy tonight.
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>> lawmakers are moving their offices out of the state capitol building in preparation for a big renovation. our capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains how much this project is expected to cost taxpayers and what both supporters and opponents are saying. a major move is underway at the state capitol pile up and roll out boxes filled with the belongings and supplies of lawmakers and staff. >> clearing out the offices in hallways of the capital's annex. this building gets 2 million people year assemblyman ken cooley gave us a tour of the work being done. the nx is set to be demolished to make way for a new upgraded space for the last 7 decades. the annexes house executive and legislative offices
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entrances and has been a main artery of the state capitol. it is monumental to figure out how do you. >> keep the legislature function as institution. well, you tackle deficiencies in this building that were long ago identified shorts neighbor. lawmakers approved the project in 2018 that's expected to cost taxpayers about 1.2 billion dollars. >> legislators defending the demolition noting the current annex has spent limited access for the disabled and the lack of safety measures like exits and sprinklers. the new space will include about 100 million dollars worth of security upgrades. >> it will be a more secure. our modern capital. it will allow the legislature in a term of american people. functional. i bring in all the pieces back under one roof here in the annex lawmakers say they expect the bulldozing to begin at around march of this upcoming year. but that all depends on how the courts rule in the multiple lawsuits filed against this project. there wasn't the slightest job.
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>> was to really maintain the building for the 70 years. but they really didn't do that well. wayne donaldson was a state historic preservation officer. he's a part of one of the lawsuits against the project which he says will send history into a landfill potentially cut down several historic trees, including the moon tree and present other environmental issues. the whole process has been mysterious. >> it's fear behind close stores. it's just frustrating. >> for now, lawmakers are still making their way into a temporary space in a brand new legislative building about a block away at the state capitol. ashley zavala kron 4 news. >> next. here we go again. to another capital one chamber of congress voting to fund the government few more months avoiding a shutdown. but why there's concern. the other chamber might be less than willing to follow suit. plus the happiest place on earth might be the busiest place on earth. why people hoping to enjoy the theme park this month might want to incorporate that into their new year's resolutions. and
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after that horrific weekend of lawlessness in san francisco's union square late last month. we check in with shoppers and store owners. what some workers are doing once it gets
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>> well, it has been about 2 weeks now since the sfpd increased its police presence in union square. a way to try to make shoppers and store employees feel a little bit
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safer after really a lawless weekend marked by a stunning increase in smash-and-grab ce. yeah, but the question is, is it working. our conference. rob nesbit spoke with one store manager about some security changes. he joins us now. >> live in the studio to tell us that this is an expensive proposition is not. it is grant. vicki, the city is paying to have more officers in the square, but it's the stores that are paying the price inside spending thousands of dollars a month on guards isn't something the store gum sees as a long-term solution. >> police on every quarter is still a daily occurrence in san francisco's union square gump's vp of operations mark-paul bo is happy that the city's police department has committed to having a presence to the holidays but similar to other shops. he said to make his own changes. it are limiting the amount of people that are allowed into the stores at one time, gump's would normally have extended holiday hours, but not this year because of an increase of smash-and-grabs. if shoppers have reservations about being in the

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