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or high blood potassium. ask your doctor about entresto. >> from the bay. area's local news station. you're watching kron 4 news at 6. >> multiple offense. well, described. >> where where multiple people are getting sick after holiday party. >> now has 6 federal health officials say omicron is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the united states accounting for 73% of new infections just last week. this comes just days away as the holiday rush is kicking in and now local doctors are even urging caution about the risks of family gatherings. good evening, everybody. thank you for joining us for kron 4 news at 6. i'm pam moore ken wayne, one of the ways to find out if
you have the coronavirus is to take a home test. you may find one in your neighborhood drugstore. >> kron four's haaziq madyun talked with a pair of local medical experts about the accuracy of those over the counter covid tests. >> it is another winter holiday season during the pandemic. unlike this time last year. covid vaccines are readily available. but with the emergence of the omicron variant. the question yeah. >> is it say it is for those who are vaccinated to with family and specifically in indoor settings of this holiday season. >> right answer be cautious kaiser permanent ban factions disease specialist doctor michael baldor describes this year's pandemic caution factor as being similar to winter 2020. >> you really got to be careful. mixed groups of people coming from different parts of the country. people coming from different parts of the state getting together
party indoors with this new variant. it's a recipe for spread. >> the medical perspective on this year's new omicron risk factor. what's happened is that we've had a new variant that's just exploded across the world. and we're detecting omicron in multiple sites in the bay area at this juncture. and so what that means for folks is that. >> you know, vaccination is key and people really need to get their booster shots to the omicron from causing you end up in the hospital and causing even death, which is still a very serious risk. >> he says the medical concerns associated with covid are exponentially worse for those who are unvaccinated. we still have deltaecirculating so being unvaccinated is your biggest risk. and if you're not vaccinated, it really should be staying home and being super careful during the holidays and i would not recommend traveling. fact, he says being vaccinated and boosted may not prevent the risk of transmitting the virus, although the inclination to get together
and celebrate the holiday tradition with family is powerful considering the uncertainty during the pandemic. doctor volver says each person should ask themselves, is this trip worth it. is this party worth it. you know, he considered of friends, family co-workers and protect yourself and protect others has mug. you kron 4 news. >> meantime in the east bay tomorrow, the oakland city council is set to consider requiring certain businesses to check for covid vaccine records council member dan kalb introduce emergency ordinance last week. if passed businesses such as bars restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, even libraries would have to ask for proof of full vaccination starting february. 1st with spread of omicron. cobb says he consulted with the alameda county health officer and determined that now's the time for change. >> top us health officials also say they are bracing for a hard winter as the omicron variant of covid spreads rapidly across the nation and
now the world health organization is recommending that people cancel their christmas gatherings altogether. >> and even comes to these better. a life guns we are now on an upsurge of delta. we have not yet seen the full impact of the very ominous omicron. >> cities across america have already taken extra precautions in california. there is now a statewide mask mandate is in effect until january. the 15th white house press secretary jen psaki says that the president will address the nation tomorrow. he is expected to outline the new steps. the administration is implementing the fight. the virus. israel has banned travel to the united states and canada over the omicron variant israeli officials agreed to the travel ban because of the spike of covid infections in israel. >> that means israelis are banned from traveling to the u.s. and anyone returning to israel has to go into
quarantine the travel ban will take effect at midnight on wednesday. new today. moderna says a 3rd dose of its vaccine significantly increases protection against omicron variant of covid-19. the drug company says that the booster shot increases the antibody levels needed to fight omicron. despite this news moderna says it will continue to develop a vaccine that is specific to the variant. it says that vaccine should be ready for clinical trials sometime next year. >> ahead in our next half hour, we're going to be joined by uc berkeley, infectious disease expert doctor john slosberg. we're going to talk with him about how we can better protect ourselves this holiday season. to the east bay now where the oakland police department will be adding a 6th district to the city. the district will be in east oakland where the majority of violent crimes take place from 4 has been joins us live from our newsroom tonight with more on the plan of having more officers on patrol. >> as well as an update on the investigation of kevin, the
death according to oakland police chief leronne armstrong, 60% of the city's 911, calls come from east oakland. >> it's why he shifting resources to add more officers to protect the streets. there. 2 minutes and 13 seconds after a moment of silence for the 133 lives lost to violence in oakland. >> chief leronne armstrong gave an update to the death of kevin nishita, the security guard was shot and killed last month while protecting a kron 4 reporter on assignment in downtown oakland. we have recovered a vehicle. similar to the description of the vehicle that we were looking for the vehicle that we have pushed photos out and we are analyzing everything within that vehicle. no arrests have been made in connection to nishita's murder. $38,500 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest. chief. armstrong also announced that starting in june, residents in east oakland will see a higher police 6 district will add an additional 48 officers to the part of the city hit hardest
by crimes. we know that the vast majority of the violent crimes happened in east oakland. so we're doing everything we can to try to bring resources to help bring down crime and make east oakland safer for everyone. city council approved a plan last month to allow oakland pd to add 60 officers by adjusting the city budget to accommodate 2 additional police academies and unfreezing 20 police positions in the current city budget chief armstrong says the 48 officers going to east oakland are not new to the department but will be shifting their duties after hearing from concerned citizens have also been great reviewing our call data in the things that i've seen over several months is that there. it's clearly a huge disparity in where the calls and the city of oakland come from. oakland. police are encouraging residents and business owners to consider installing security cameras as well as alarms. >> they say the technologies can both deter crime and help solve crimes after they occur. ken and pam. >> all right, rob, thank you for that. if you'd like to help kevin the shooter's family. a fund has been set up
a cash or check donation can be made to the kevin nishita trust that said, any metropolitan bank location in person or by mail at the address you see on there on your screen there. the infer information is also on our website, kron 4 dot com. >> the san leandro unified school district is mourning the loss of board president christian rodriguez. he died from his injuries after being hit by a car on friday. we guess was walking with his wife when he was hit. police did not immediately respond for comment on things such as where the collision took place nor the status of the person who was driving the car involved rodriguez leaves behind his wife and 2 young children. he was appointed as president of the san leandro unified school board just last wednesday. the district released a statement today saying in part christian has been an indispensable member of our slu sd family for many years now and was also a deer cherished friend to so many of us as an inspirational
impassioned advocate for our students and families. his joyous and inclusive leadership will never be replaced. his passing leaves a painful void in our district and in all of our hearts. >> in the south bay jury deliberations will continue tomorrow in the fraud trial of theranos founder elizabeth holmes after a 3 month trial. holmes fate is now in the hands of 8 men and 4 women. they deliberated all day today but did not reach a verdict. holmes is accused of defrauding her investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars are company theranos failed in 2018 after its technology didn't work as advertised. if convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, fraud and conspiracy as well as substantial fines. jurors are set to resume deliberations at 8.30, tomorrow morning. >> tonight we are getting our first look at the damage that 6.2 magnitude earthquake left behind in northern california earlier today. that was a big one.
>> just staff out of the covered. on the ground. oh, here we cupboards broken glass is not all the dishes in the sink. >> all this. >> independent journalist caroline titus sharing these images with us from ferndale where the earthquake struck just off the coast and humble county. the tremor creating quite the mess at homes and businesses fortunately, it looks like most of the damage was cosmetic. so far. there are no reports of injuries. but that quake was so strong a viewer told us it was felt at ucsf and even in san jose. so let's check on our 4 zone weather forecast. a live look outside over downtown san francisco on a pretty clear night. yeah, but we're noticing a change in the air. meteorologist dave spahr joins us now with a look at what's going on out there could be a busy week ahead. guys. and that's definitely good news
here as we go to the wet season, it's delivering not only this but into early next week. more where that came from. little break, though. before we do all that. >> let's go ahead and do the math we're talking about. we're talking that with that shot earlier, there are of clear skies are clear. we could see from the camera shot sort of a lot of fog working here might be a little bit of fog around the delta golden gate bridge. not too bad to start things off here. it is just licking its chops just about to get started. >> we may actually get a clear patch here tomorrow morning. so this rain has really been delayed until really. now it's late afternoon tomorrow in 2 the overnight hours. this what's happening with the fog that i mentioned earlier will develop around the delta contra costa county a little bit there. however, that's only interference that will see from that tonight. temperatures in the mid to lower 40's, although in some of the inland areas dropping to the 30's. this is due to the fact the skies opening up a little bit actually overnight to greet you tomorrow. see what you want to do is you want to pack up the car with all the rain gear because you're going to need all week long with this comes with the package. the winter storm warning. and this is goes all the way till sunday
at 4. but to be honest, the folks were paying to see this reinstated to cover what happens into next week. going to be talking about feet of snow to be added to this. if you're headed to tahoe, that is problematic because it won't really stop until we get well into the holiday weekend coming up a little bit here. what kind of plot that for you in terms of the rain arriving can. all right, dave, thank you for that. we have some breaking news in the south bay to tell you about. one person has been shot at the oakridge mall in san jose. >> and police are telling everyone living nearby to shelter in place. san jose. police just put this tweet out a little bit after 6 o'clock so around 10 minutes ago. so far no word on the person's condition. who was shot or any details about who's behind the shooting. we'll continue to follow this story all night long. we'll bring you updates throughout the evening right here on kron. 4. >> also coming up a violent encounter in san francisco caught on camera as a woman with a knife threatens a man in front of his home. what happened after the altercation. plus another
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all caught on camera. this happened friday night in the city's richmond district richie greenberg says he arrived home and found a woman blocking access to his front door greenberg said the woman became aggressive and threatened him with a knife. he says he called 911 and managed to get inside his home before things escalated. >> i had no way to defend myself against her knife. the only thing i can do is use my voice. clearly she has either drug addiction or mental illness issues. and this the city needs to take care of those individuals such as her and not immediately let her out of jail again to potentially either commit more crimes and hurt other people or to suffer demise themselves. greenberg says he plans to file a restraining order against a woman kron 4 reached out to police for an update. but so far we haven't heard back.
>> in the south bay. we are getting our first look at the woman slammed to the ground by san jose police after officers say she interfered with an arrest. she's been identified as 43 year-old abeer of morgan hill. officers say that they were trying to arrest a group of people involved in a theft and one of the stores. this happened saturday night at the oakridge mall in san jose. the attempt. the thieves tried to steal merchandise and then ended up assaulting one of the store employees. police say then tried to interrupt officers during the arrests and that is when things escalated as a result, one of the suspects got away and has not been located. mead is being held at the santa clara jail on a number of charges. police say they have since recovered more than a $1000 in stolen items happening tomorrow. the pleasanton city council is set to make smoking inside some residential buildings illegal. >> the council is expected to adopt the ordinance would ban smoking in buildings,
including townhomes condos or any buildings with 3 or more attached units. people also be banned from smoking in common areas such as lobbies, playgrounds, even parking lots and would include private outdoor spaces such as decks and patios, california is suing retail giant wal-mart. the company is accused of breaking california's environmental law for the past 6 years. kron four's. ashley zavala has details. >> walmart slogan might be save money. live better. but based on the company's behavior. one might reasonably wonder whether walmart has re branded to save money. >> losing california attorney general rob bonta blasting walmart the state department of justice monday filed a lawsuit claiming the big box store has violated state environmental laws but you legally dumping hazardous waste from its 300 california stores that waste includes lithium batteries electronics pesticides toxic cleaning supplies, aerosol cans and confidential customer
information. bonta says over the last 6 years, walmart has dumped about 159,000 pounds of these materials into landfills in california that are not authorized or equipped for that kind of waste. these products may seep into our communities drinking water as toxic pollutants worked into the air we all breathe dangerous guests. but walmart officials said the company is prepared to defend itself in court in response to the lawsuit. a walmart spokesperson said, quote, we have met with the state numerous times and walk them through our industry-leading hazardous waste compliance programs in an effort to avoid litigation. >> instead they filed this unjustified lawsuit. this lawsuit comes more than 10 years after walmart in the state settled over a similar issue over the disposal of lip balm shampoo bottles and batteries. one motor officials note as the court was set to relieve the company from its settlement obligations in 2018, the state attorney general's office launched another investigation which is spokesperson said had new rules in hopes that walmart would enter another settlement. requiring another substantial financial payment
but local district attorneys say walmart is a repeat offender. and so we need to work collaboratively to find positive solutions to bring about corrective measures not only the large conglomerates but the mom and pop businesses as well. >> in addition to the state, 12 california counties have joined the lawsuit against walmart in sacramento. ashley zavala kron 4 news time now for our 4 zone forecast as we give you a live look from the embarcadero looking out at the bay bridge tonight and meteorologist dave spahr is here and he's already looking at some rainfall busy what with the projection of what it looks like. yeah. and we're going to be filling up the rain bucket again. so keep it coming as the wet season. we need to do this, make up for lost time. we have clear pictures. you can see quite tower looks pretty good. >> we don't have much the way of fog intruding. however, we may actually see some skies open up a little bit late tonight to greet you early tomorrow morning. and that just lets us temperatures drop a little bit. we'll see some 30's for you tomorrow morning. so let's run through futurecast to watch the rain roll on in. there's a clear patch tomorrow morning by the
afternoon bill to build there's the rain for the evening commute. see one. get the car already late tonight or very early tomorrow morning because it will be the continuation of this on and off rain. we're used to this from previous weeks. and look at that heavy rain down around the peninsula and santa cruz mountains. that's for wednesday during the day and night. so that may pose an issue after the first wave that secondary wave may put a post perhaps some flash flooding to look out for. let's look at rain totals of what projections are. this takes us south of thursday we get over an inch of rain around the perimeter of the bay. not so much in the south bay proper. let's add to that by christmas to the weekend and then on into the following week. this is how much we collect well over 2 inches of rain over most of the geography. so a good effort on these combined storm systems, a few breaks of sun will have by the morning hours tomorrow. those temperatures pretty much in the lower to middle 40's at work by noon. some north bay showers might start to be working in here. temperatures don't do much will stay pretty much in the 50's just
regardless location and then by 3 o'clock. we start to become engaged with rain as we go into the evening commute. so rain will be spreading out all over the bay and then late tomorrow night. it starts to subside and it goes to the on off type of rain throughout the geography in the next 24 to 36 hours. one other issue, too, is with that secondary system. we get to around wednesday. thursday, the freeze line is going to fall a little bit and we might get some instability. some potentially might be some hail potentially far up in the north bay. maybe can't. thank you for that. coming up, we have some good news about the price of gas during the holiday. >> we'll have a check on bay area prices after the break. >> speaker of the house nancy pelosi making a stop in her hometown today talking about the infrastructure bill. how she says the money is going toward safe streets and one bay area city. one role of a lifetime...one sore throat. but she had enough. she took new mucinex instasoothe sore throat lozenges. show your sore throat who's boss. new mucinex instasoothe. works in seconds, lasts for hours.
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money tonight, an update on gasoline prices over the past 2 weeks. the nationwide average has dropped by about $0.6. experts say prices have been falling for about a month because of lower crude oil costs right now. aaa reports california's average is $4.67 says. but of course, the bay area is still the most expensive gasoline in the country. as of today, a gallon of regular gasoline is averaging about $4.90 in san francisco. >> and here's a look at the averages in the bay area counties could see them all listed there on your screen or
in sonoma san mateo counties are sitting at $4.83. a gallon. aaa says the cheapest gasoline per gallon right now in the bay area is in solano county that's at $4.66 road improvements are coming to the bay area. house speaker nancy pelosi in san francisco today to talk about the projects that will be paid for by the infrastructure. bill was passed last year. she was joined by mayor london breed and u.s. representatives of the east bay and while there are few details right now speaker pelosi says that overall goal is to make the streets safer. percent of roads. account for 75% of severe and fatal accidents. >> with new funding to modernize their data collection will get a clear picture of where and how are crashes and with 7.2 billion dollars for transportation alternatives nationally will improve safety of sidewalks. bike lanes. just a detour
terms of what it means for bike lanes and trails. >> bart is also expected to get money from the bill. some will be used to increase the frequency of the trains and also to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. >> coming up tonight on kron 4 news at 6 from the rapidly spreading omicron variant to staying safe from coronavirus during the holiday season. doctor john swartzberg joins us after the break to answer questions about covid as we get ready to gather with our loved ones. plus the new ambitious rules announced today for trucks and hopes to fighting climate change and reducing pollution in the u.s. and before we go to break, a reminder. the kron four's teaming up with the souper bowl of caring to help support local food charities. you'd like to donate. you can use your phone to scan that qr code on your screen or text and y e donate 2, 2, 6, 9, 8, 9, you can also visit tackle hunger dot org and pick your local charity that you want to help.
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kron. 4 news at 6. our top story tonight at 6.30, staying safe from covid during the holiday season. holiday travel already picking up health experts say so is covid-19. joining us to talk about staying safe during the holidays. uc berkeley's doctor john swartzberg, thank you for being with us. >> so many things to cover. let's get started. first of all, the world health organization is telling people they should cancel
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