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>> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron 4 news at 6. >> it's time for the city to step up and to help the businesses tonight at 6, a high cost of safety. the san francisco police department is increasing patrols around union square. but. >> shop owners say the cost of more security in store is unsustainable. >> good evening. i'm ken wayne. and i'm pam moore stores in union square have had to make a number of changes this holiday season. that's because smash-and-grab crimes have become more common. well for but joins us live here in the studio with more on the help that one store managers asking for to keep shoppers and employees safe from. that's right. comes in union square has had to make several tough decisions.
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>> lets shoppers limited hours and more private security guards hoping the changes aren't part of a new norm. >> police on every corner is still a daily occurrence in san francisco's union square smash-and-grabs have caused stores like gump's to cap the amount of shoppers coming and going. >> we want to make sure that we can number of people that are in the store for security reasons. just one of the many changes gump's vp of operations. mark-paul both has had to make. he says extended hours won't be possible this holiday season if shoppers have reservations about being in the square. they aren't alone 10 for over a year now since the incident here in union square you know what work after dark and i don't blame the city police and the union square alliance have all reassured shoppers and store workers that union square is safe with more officers on patrol guns has invested in their own in-store security guards but at a high cost
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during this unprecedented time to beef up our security and provide a safe place for our customers and our employees is a cost that is not sustainable. long term for our business or for any business he understands that security is needed but says store should not have to go it alone, asking the city to step up and help the lack of leadership to laugh and lack of accountability for those that are committing these crimes and has got us to this situation. as for the criminals cup hubble once and held accountable for the broken glass stolen items and sense of fear. that's resulted. streets around union square are closed off to vehicle traffic after 07:00pm to reduce the chances of a smash-and-grab. but pablo says the change has made it more difficult for shoppers to find parking oftentimes reducing the amount of holiday shopping. they would normally see during the evening. >> live in studio. i'm rob nesbitt kron, 4 news. rob, thank you for that. other bay area cities are also stepping up security just this week. the lawn at city crown counsel. >> approves spending 2 million dollars in federal funding from the american rescue plan
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to add a new 5 person police team dedicated to patrolling the downtown walnut creek area. the move is a response to the recent smash-and-grab robbery at the nordstrom store there on broadway plaza and the city of san jose is installing license plate, readers to also try to curb smash-and-grab robberies. the city council in san jose agreed tuesday to spend $250,000 in federal re relief funds to lease new license plate, reading cameras. >> president biden is making yet another push for americans to get their covid boosters today he laid out his administration's response plan to the new omicron covid variant now detected in at least 5 states across the nation, including right here in the bay area. and now also a case in los angeles. the president's plan also includes several other steps. those steps increased booster outreach opening new family vaccination clinics. increasing covid surge response teams making at home. covid tests more readily available and sharing more vaccine doses with the world.
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one thing his plan does not include a mandate. >> the plan i'm announcing today's a plan. our scientists and covid teams have recommended and while my existing federal vaccination requirements are being reviewed by the courts. this plan does not expand or add to those mandates. a plan that all americans hopefully can rally around and it should be and should get bipartisan support in my humble opinion should unite us not continue to separate us. >> doctors are saying the president's winter covid plan goes a long way to keeping the nation safe for kron four's. dan kerman is live in san francisco tonight with their reaction. he joins us now. dan. >> that's right. you know, it's all about transmission at this point. we don't know about omicron and what the transmission is between person to person of the tire looks to be higher. but that's not definite yet. still what some of the steps do is reduce the chance of transmission from person to person.
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>> access to at-home testing really, especially for symptomatic individuals goes a long way for us doctors say the president's pledge to require private insurers to pay for at-home covid-19 rapid tests. >> will allow those currently priced out to start testing regularly and that ultimately should reduce transmission it. we're able to identify everybody who has mild symptoms and as covid that's going to protect all of those unvaccinated individuals going to protect. >> all the individuals who are at risk for really severe symptoms just by limiting the number of people who are out mixing in community with covid. i think it's an important step. reducing transmission is also the goal of the president's plane to require anyone flying to the u.s. to have tested negative for covid-19 within 24 hours of boarding the flight, not the 72 hours that's currently required. doctors say it should not only lead to less transmission aboard a plane. but among those the traveler
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interacts with upon arriving in the u.s.. >> cutting down the length of time when that pcr test is done before entering the country would probably cut down people law falsely negative because as it in tradition period like that in the video from south africa in the bay area with the face over kron variant. that is actually was negative develop symptoms a few days after returning so well, at least cut some of now, speaking of reducing transmission, the president is also extended his directive about masking an airplane's was supposed to expire on january. now it will be extended at least in through march. >> reporting live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news. >> if you want more information on the new coronavirus variant. you can scan this qr code on your screen. it will take you straight to our special page on our website. you can learn more about the variant along
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with the latest vaccine information. it's all at kron. 4 dot com. >> to the east bay now where the oakland city council president has introduced a plan to address police staffing issues there. the oakland police department currently has fewer than 700 officers. the goal now is to fill at least 60 police officer positions as soon as possible. the program would include partnering with an outside employment agency and offering cash for experience officers and oakland residents who joined the department. >> academies take long time to produce results. a traditional police today. we didn't get new officers on the ground until 2023 and open facing highest some slightly in almost a decade. we need creative approaches to this crisis and we need to have out. >> also the oakland police department would like to talk to a person believed to have cell phone video in connection to the killing kron 4 security
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guard kevin nishita, investigators believe that video contains additional leads including the suspect actually fleeing the scene back on november. the 24th on the 300 block of 14th street in downtown oakland. authorities are asking the person who recorded the video or anyone with pictures or video link to the investigation to contact them immediately at opd is homicide section a reward of $32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. and a fund has been set up within the sheet, a family, a cash or check donation can be made to the kevin issue to trust at any metropolitan bank. location in person or by mail at the address on your screen. the information is also on our website, kron 4 dot com. and today the chief of opens department of violence prevention took questions from reporters about the level of crime in oakland right now. the chief admits that the
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current problem presents a bigger challenge for those committed to reducing violent crime. well, for says the has that part of the story. >> it does not matter what we're to look like this in open subsides. nobody strategy is being impacted. have to be 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 sense but is remained steadfast that the public health violence prevention, strategy will eventually produce results. >> what we're doing is implement e. approaches that we know work. but i really
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want to keep in mind, you know, keep saying 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 traffic light even that lead to a 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 teen 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
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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. >> coming up on kron 4 news at 6, another bay area business broken into overnight. what the owner wants. the city of to do to protect his building. >> 30 million dollars worth of counterfeit designer items seized at california ports. the warning and the tips from officials on how to avoid falling victim to buying fake gifts for the holiday and a little bit later today marks 5 years since a deadly oakland ghost warehouse fire tonight we're remembering the victims and learning what still ahead in the legal fight. there's a big change in the weather coming. you may have seen some of that fog today. more of that on the way. plus the possibility. >> of some flooding explain coming up next. one role of a sore throat. but she had enough. she took new mucinex instasoothe sore throat lozenges.
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don't know why off to that coin happened. that big con. the mo was pretty coy. fortunately, in this a lot more police presence there now. but yeah, it's shocking and sad. >> because of safety concerns bell ringers are instructed to stand closer to the interns stores of stores. >> in the north bay of cannabis dispensary is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of at least half a dozen people you see him here breaking into the store. this happened a few days ago, security measures minimize the loss. but as kron four's phillipe djegal tells us this all comes at a time when legal dispensaries are struggling to keep up with the booming black market. >> it took just minutes for this group of suspects to size up us bloom incorporated in vallejo. >> and then break in cost thousands of dollars. fortunately he set off
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candidates late hope police officers showed up about 3 minutes after at least a half dozen suspects left the suspects never made it past the lobby and did not get away with any of the product. >> but the attempt to more business. the operations bottom line, really want all of our tax dollars that we're paying every single month to go to having more. >> you know, officials out on the street and getting these black market. you know, these black markets are really damaging our small businesses. the dispensary is working with local elected leaders for help with crime and possible tax relief. >> this as the california legislative analyst's office says illegal cannabis market sales double legal sales. this week in san francisco, the board of supervisors suspended the cities cannabis business tax for next year to support legal retailers and weaken. the black market takes so much time in a day to be compliant to make sure everything we
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have compliant up 2. >> the california state regulations of state regulations. a city regulations are just really trying to do our best. and for someone to come and no attempt to all the hard work. it really hurts the police department says it is working with other enforcement in this investigation in light of the ongoing string of organized robberies impacting the bay area. >> meanwhile, the dispensary is sharing this photo of one of the cars believed to be involved in the break-in in vallejo, phillipe djegal kron 4 news new tonight at 6 customs and border protection is warning people about fake designer items coming in from our local ports. >> officers at the ports of los angeles and long beach seized more than 13,000 counterfeit designer items which arrived in a cargo shipment from china. >> the contraband includes fake leave the time. chanel and gucci bags and clothing officials say if they were real they would collectively cost more than 30 million
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dollars. customs and border patrol recommends buying items directly from the trademark holder or from authorized sellers. it also recommends reading reviews and checking for ballot contact information. the agency says prices that seem too good to be true. likely are too good to be true. all right. now for our 4 zone forecast as we give you a live look, this looks like it's from outer space or something. this is a. >> actually for mount tam a but looking over a beautiful a bank of fog and the stars are out says here, that is a beautiful picture yeah, i mean, we've got a big change, right. i mean, that on shore breeze is kicked back in and that's brought with it some low clouds and fog. that kind of banking up against some of the hills right now. this looking from the berkeley hills. you see all that fog out there right now toward the golden gate bridge. plenty of clouds streaming through the golden gate right now. more along the coastline. so fog going to be feeling the bay overnight tonight we're talking about the no rain tomorrow. but the possibility of flooding, some coastal flooding tomorrow in and around the bay. and the reason is the king but the moon at
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its closest point called the perigee to the earth. and you've got that all lined up with the sun and all of a sudden you get the gravitational pull that lifts up the water and here we go. the king tides for tomorrow coming just after 9 o'clock in the morning. that is almost going to be a 7 foot tide. so if you know some of those spots that you park your car may some of those off ramps. watch out for some flooding in those areas. you might even see a little flooding along the embarcadero in the san francisco tomorrow morning as some of that water begins to pile up outside. but after that looks like that will return again. the following day on saturday. but today the temperatures they were the big story. they took a hit from what we had all that record breaking heat. well, we started to cool things down san francisco still squeezed out 67 very pleasant day. there. 64 in oakland, 70 degrees still in san jose 66 in lemore 68 in concord and 68 degrees in santa rosa. but the fog and then on shore, breeze really cool in the temperatures down. many of the coastal sections, bring those numbers back into the 50's. and that's what we're going to
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be. again, i think tomorrow even a little bit cooler. all that fog kind of just settling in. now, we do have a couple mid to high level clouds up above from area of low pressure to our south. otherwise remaining dry for now. so tonight partly cloudy low clouds and fog on the way. if not near your neighborhood just yet. they're on the way. now and then tomorrow all sunshine and some clouds much cooler temperatures all around the bay area and then it looks like the weekend. we're going to see some sunshine, some clouds, the dry weather pattern is going to hold but not forever back. we've got some changes may be some rain on the way too numbers tomorrow. mainly in the 60's around most of the bay area 50's out toward the coastline. not much clearing their next few days as we head through the weekend should stay dry a chance of showers on monday. thank you, lawrence. coming up, the state capitol undergoing major renovations. how much the project will cost and when it is expected to be and when it is expected to be completed. ♪ ♪ ♪ and when it is expected to be completed. ♪ ♪ ♪
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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 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
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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. residents later strong. >> 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. >> coming up next. remembering the victims of the ghost ship warehouse fire in oakland 5
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>> today marks 5 years since the ghost ship warehouse fire claimed 36 lives in oakland. the flames erupted during an illegally held music event. many attending that dance party got trapped and died inside the inferno. kron four's. theresa stasi was following the story 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 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
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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 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 wi


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