tv KTVU Morning News Early Edition FOX September 8, 2010 4:00am-5:00am PST
reprocushions. all ahead on the ktvu morning news. good morning. thank you for waking up with us on this wednesday september 8th. i'm pam cook. >> and i'm dave clark. here's weather and traffic. if you slept with the window open you probably heard the wind or felt the cool air spilling in. we have local drizzle right now. inland possibility later today of some showers. what? yeah. we'll get more on that about five or seven minutes. highs today 60s and low 70s. here's sal. all right. right now traffic is moving along pretty well on 80 westbound as you head out to the macarthur maze. no major problems there. also this morning's commute is okay on interstate 880 north and southbound as you pass the coliseum. but it's wet out there. we're hearing word of a new accident on 580 in oakland. we'll tell you more about that and all the rest of the commute coming up. now back to the desk. sal, thank you. now at 5:00 sunny vale police are hoping surveillance images
will help track down [ audio problems ] 15 fires reported in the area east of fair oaks avenue just since may. ktvu now has a look at the new police video. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. nine fires were set a week ago today. now the video you're about to see is grainy so you can't see who it is, but you can certainly see what he did. this is the videotape we're talking about. the videotape was recorded by a man living at the scene of one of the nine arsons a week ago today. the man says he set up the camera because of previous vandalism. now watch the top of the screen. you can see the figure bend down, stand up and then run away. seconds later flames grow from that very same spot. >> started in the bottom first. the right side the bottom the back. kind of more and more and more. >> they're dangerous. they need to be caught. arson's a serious offense. it's nothing to play with. >> reporter: this truck was damaged by the fire at that
same apartment complex that very night. it's not clear if the arsonist knew it or not, but there was a man sleeping in the truck when it caught fire. police say he might be dead if help hadn't arrived when it did. we don't know why he was sleeping in the truck. but he certainly escaped with his life. >> fortunately for him the police officers were on the scene and able to rescue him out of the vehicle before he was injured or killed. that's why again it's growing by intensity and severity and trying to put a stop to this before anybody does get hurt or killed. >> reporter: firefighters got there just in time too. not only to put out the fire but to see a man fitting this description running from the scene of the fire. police believe he could be responsible for all 15 arsons in the area since may. he's described as latino, 19 or 20 years old, 5'8" to 5'10" with a slender build. we're going to talk to police about whether their call for the public to help them has garnered any clues overnight. live in sunny vale, ktvu
channel 2 news. the police sketch is posted on our channel 2 website at ktvu.com. you can see it again in the web links section right there on the front page. there's some good news for students and staff at three richmond schools. late last night the city council decided to keep the campuses open. ktvu's claudine wong joins us with reaction. >> reporter: the votes are in and looks like kennedy is not going to close after all. it's one of three schools on the closure list. as you mentioned this was a late night vote but that vote means they will keep their doors open. now this was a school closure list established last year. and it's been a very passionate issue. the community has been outspoken in this debate and last night's public comment session took about 90 minutes. the closure list was creates because of district declining enrollment. all were set to close at the end of this school year.
several others on that list have already closed. but the community's been rallying and last month city and school officials pledged to try to get creative to save these three schools. the question was whether to use $1.5 million from the general fund to cooperate doors open. last night the city decided to do just that. certainly there are many people there happy about that decision. >> for the students it means another year to be able to go to kennedy and not have to worry about transportation, where am i going to go next year. it's just a great way to start off this school year knowing that we have continuing funding that's going to keep the good things happening in our schools going. >> i am really thrilled that richmond city has come through yet again to support education. in this economy where money's getting pulled left and right to support other things, unemployment is high, it's really amble that the city has come through again. >> reporter: this was a unanimous decision last night, but it does not come without some reservations by the city
council. keep in mind this $1.5 million comes from the general fund. precious funds in this tough economy. and one city council member expressed a lot of reservations because he says this is money that could have been used for police and fire and roads and libraries and things like that. take away from those to keep these doors open. still that city council member along with the others did vote to allocate this money to schools so the doors will stay open. coming up, we're hoping to talk to a city council member this morning about the decision and about what happens next. we'll bring that to you coming up on the morning news. live in richmond, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. pretty tense moments overnight in one valley neighborhood. the trouble started around midnight with a frantic call claiming that a gunman was inside a home. officers surrounded the home. they sealed off the neighborhood for more than an hour. the man immediately vendserred after a negotiator arrived on the scene. still not clear if he even had
a gun. investigators say it's possible the entire incident may have been the result of a misunderstanding. concern over crime has united many people living in one east bay neighborhood. they live in san lee an daughter or son bay owe vista area. they've seen dramatic increase in home burglaries. last night dozens attended a meeting where they received better tips on how to protect their home. proposed passengers prosecute bart station to the oakland international airport. opponents say the price tag is way too high. >> we are now talking about $500 million for a little three mile cable car that takes you to a parking lot. >> they argue that bus express lanes would be far cheaper. but bart contends most passengers favor a tram. now today a local transit committee will have the final say. the ntc will decide whether to
provide $25 million for that rail project. our time now 5:06. say good morning to sal and see what's happening in the community, sal. >> dave and pam chp now investigating an early morning freeway crash that has an oakland woman fighting for her life. it happen around 2:15 this morning on the offramp from 580. investigators say the woman's car flipped over after it ran over a guardrail and exit sign. firefighters then used the jaws of life to free her from the car. she's now listed in critical condition. right now we have a look at oakland and emeryville and berkeley traffic is okay. we have a crash reported on westbound 580 at the 80 interchange which is nearby here. police and fire are on the way to that. moving along and taking a look at the bay bridge toll plaza westbound traffic moving okay into san francisco with no major problems. this morning's drive on 280 northbound getting up to highway 17 is off to a nice start. but the weather may be playing
a small role in today's commute. some wet roadways out there because of heavy fog. hello, steve. hello, sal. heavy fog being helped along by a very vigorous front and low which is digging in. we have coast and bay drizzle and the wind has cranked up and it's going to be cooler. we'll drop another five or ten defrees and struggle inland areas to get out of the upper 60s and low 70s. there might be some afternoon showers especially towards the valley. i'll say lake county. most of this is high based stuff. it's what's coming in behind that. and then a little afternoon sun. maybe lake county, eastern napa county later today. this morning a lot of high and mid-level clouds and drizzle being squeezed out coast and bay. mixed bag. windy and cooler. 60s, 60s, upper 60s and low 70s. a lot of drizzle coast and bay. 50s and 60s. everyone says cloudy to mostly cloudy and definitely local
drizzle. so far inland it's a lot of clouds cooler and breezy. 50s and 60s in the valley. after this system goes through we'll start to get the cold air spilling in and that will create some afternoon build up especially off towards the east and the north. we start off with fog and drizzle. it will be a partly sunny, windy and cooler day. highs not traveling very far. upper 60s for some. very low 70s way below average on these temps. the system should be strong enough to wipe out the fog later on. we have a very fall-like day. again, we'll carry that into thursday as well. pam and dave. steve, thank you. time now 5:09. the f.b.i. found no bombs on a plane bound for los angeles after a bomb threat was found on the plane's bathroom mirror. after the thai airways landed it was taken to a remote area to allow passengers to get off. that plane was searched for bombs but none were found. that threatening message in the bathroom was found two hours before the plane landed. the meeting that wasn't.
>> i can hardly believe it. >> the mistake that caused the cancellation of the san francisco board of supervisors meeting and the key issue that had to be shelved until next week. also state employees against governor schwarzenegger in a san francisco courtroom today. how the outcome could end up costing the city and the state. and president obama unveils a new economic recovery plan today. i'll show you who gets tax cu and who doesn't coming up. good morning. westbound 24 traffic looking pretty good. we'll tell you what one thing may slow you down on the way to work.
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heavy duty demands? gentlemen, your truck is ready. welcome back to the morning news. we're following a disturbing development out of iraq where a soldier opened fire at a group of u.s. troops at an iraqi army base killing two u.s. soldiers and injuring nine others. the u.s. troops were protecting one of their commanders visit to the army base. there are reports that the iraqi soldier got into some sort of argument with the americans, then pulled out his weapon and opened fire. the u.s. troops returned fire killing that iraqi soldier. the two american soldiers were the first u.s. troops to be killed in iraq since the obama administration declared combat operations there officially over last week. time now 5:13. today president obama announces another proposal for creating
jobs and helping businesses. ktvu's allison burns is live in our washington d.c. newsroom with all the details. allison, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, dave. that's right. president obama heads to cleveland to the with a new plan to bring relief to american businesses. the president will announce a $200 billion plan, a package of tax cuts and investments including a proposal to allow companies to write off 100% of the funds they spend investigating in facilities and equipment between now and the end of 2011. >> this isn't about the next 60 days or the next 90 days. this is about how do we get our economy fully back on track. >> reporter: the president also wants to spend an additional $50 billion on projects to improve the nation's roads, rails and runways. he says he can do it without increasing the deficit. now president obama is also going to make clear today that he wants to let the bush era
tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year that is an idea very unpopular with republicans here on capitol hill. reporting live from washington d.c., allison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. in the last hour bp released the conclusions of its internal investigation of the oil rig explosion that led to that massive gulf oil spill. in the 193 page report posted on its website, bp blames the incident on several factors including mechanical failures, human judgments and engineering design. but the report defends the overall design of the well which has been criticized by industry experts. time now 5:15. it's a good bet the san francisco's clerk's office will make sure when to post the next board of supervisors meeting in the newspaper. that's after yesterday's supervisors meeting had to be canceled all because a required notice was not posted in sunday's paper. the clerk's office says an aid
sent a notice to the newspaper as usual, but the posting never made it. >> obviously we'll take all these agenda items and have a really long meeting next week. >> we're going to just come back next week and express our thoughts and concerns. >> many city residents came to that meeting to express their opinions about a really hot issue on the agenda. supporters say new alcohol fees will help the city recoup millions of dollars it spends every year on health care costs related to alcohol abuse. however, bar owners say it will hurt their business. that issue will move to the agenda for next tuesday's meeting. today the state supreme court in san francisco will hear arguments on whether governor schwarzenegger has the power to furlough state workers to save money. three lawsuits filed against the governor by state employees claim the state constitution does not give the governor the power to make workers take unpaid days off. the governor says it does during a fiscal emergency. if the court sides with workers, they stand to win
retro active pay for all the furlough days since february 2009. let's go to sal now. you already have thingsto talk about this morning don't you, sal? >> that's right. we have wet roads out there that will make it somewhat tough for you to drive to work in some areas. so let's get right to the roads. westbound 24 traffic moving along okay. no problems getting over to oakland. also this morning's commute is going to be okay on 101 at 580 here in marin county. it continues to be a pretty good drive through marin county. if you are driving in san jose, northbound 2 80 traffic moves along very well getting up to highway 17. steve. yes, sal. >> today is 09-wait a minute -- never mind. i'll tell you later. i just messed it up. 5:17. >> hold on. i want to write that down. today's what? [ laughter ] thank you, sal. we have a -- this is going to feel like fall. it really is. this system's coming through
giving us first cold front then the low has to settle in. we'll get some clouds. drizzle out there coast and bay. then we'll see the sun. the wind will pick up as well and then we'll get cloud build ups later in the afternoon especially towards the north and east. so drizzle, windy and cooler. you can see that system slicing through right there. that's a front. how about that? two days ago we were in the 90s. now areas that were in the 90s will be in upper 60s today. clouds, sun, windy, cooler. local drizzle coast and bay. 60s, upper 60s low 70s. 59 to 62. 50, 60 to 62 as i said. san francisco 56. san jose 62 on the mild side due to cloud cover. upper 50s and low 60s crescent city says light rain. how about that. drizzle up and down the coast. in the mountains in advance of that on the mild side once that system comes through then you'll get some very what we call cold air filtering in behind that. fog, drizzle, gives way to a
windy and cooler day. and you folks out yonder keep an eye in the sky later in the afternoon because showers could pop up north and out to the east. temperatures and wind noticed more than anything else. 50s, 60s and low 70s. big change in 48 hours. drizzle, windy and cold thursday morning wind protected areas breezy, sunny, warmer friday, saturday and sunday. back to seasonal averages. the major markets in france, britain and germany are up slightly at this hour after an upbeat report on industrial production offset the ongoing concerns about the european banks. overnight markets in asia lost ground though on those worries. and because of the strength of the yen the neck worry about selling goods abroad. the yen at a 15 year high against the dollar. let's check in on wall street. down yesterday with the dow
jones starting today at 10, 340 losing about 100 points yesterday. right now the futures do indicate a slightly higher opening. we'll get a better reading closer to the opening bell in little more than an hour. hewlett pack hard suing. hp says could violate the confidentiality agreement he signed when he left the company last month. analysts say he did not sign an agreement that would keep hill from working at a competitor and could raise questions about what really happened at hb when herd left which could result in loss of customer confidence in the company. car booster seats for kids between the ages 4 and 8 are getting safer. 21 of the 72 car seats get a top grade. they include 5 made by harmony, 4 made by we are car are and
two others made by even flow. you can see the complete list of all of the top rated booster seats on our channel 2 website at ktvu.com. >> good information. 5:20 is the time. clean up continues after that oil leak in the river. what we uncovered about the company that's behind this bill and the punishment it may face. out of control. that wild fire rages in colorado destroying homes in its path to surprisingly good news that's coming from this area. good morning. if you're driving on 680, traffic looks good but there is one thing that could make your commute a little bit trickier. we'll tell you what coming up.
good morning. drizzle out there coast and bay. going to be a windy and cooler day. maybe showers in the valley later this afternoon. highs only 60s and low 70. thank you, steve. there is concern that an incoming storm could fan the flames of the buck eye fire in hum bolt county. it's been burning about 30 miles south of eureka. we want to show you one video of the structure destroyed by the flames. there it is. no other buildings are threatened. the fire has burned 350 acres of grassy terrain which is less than originally estimated.
it's now 15% contained. cause is still under investigation. more crews are headed to colorado as the wild fire there near boulder continues to rage out of control. flames have destroyed 92 structures including 53 homes so far. eight others have been badly damaged. the fire has burned 11 square miles which is slightly smaller than the city of alameda. 3500 people have been evacuated and have no idea when they'll be allowed back in to see if there's anything left of their homes. no injuries though are reported. don't be surprised if you see smoke in the hills of southern fremont. the u.s. fish and wildlife service and three bay area departments will be conducting controlled burns near cushion boulevard. they plan to burn about 32 acres of overgrown brush as we head into fire season. the burn will start later this morning. the exact time depends on wind condition. time now 5:25.
we're learning more [ audio problems ] all right. thank you, dave. a serial -- we want to -- we'll get back to their to in just a moment. a serial arsonist is on the loose in the south bay. now there's an important new clue in the hands of police that may help them solve the case. a new bart extension project is being considered this morning. but there is one thing that threatens to derail the entire project. san jose has moved another step closer towards becoming a big league baseball city. but one big roadblock remains. and right now the traffic looks pretty good. but what are those flashing lights you see in this picture? we'll get to the bottom of that and have the rest of the commute coming up.
good morning to you. welcome back. this is ktvu morning news. the middle of the week wednesday september 8th. good morning. i'm dave clark. >> and i'm pam cook. what is the weather like today, steve paulson? >> temperatures inland upper 60s low 70s. a lot of drizzle this morning coast and bay maybe even off toward the east today. afternoon build up of showers. more of a cool breezy day with highs way below seasonal average. upper 60s for many and very low 70s for some in the 90s.
here's sal. steve, right now traffic is okay. you can see that the tow trucks are there. a couple of them. with vehicles that caught flat tires. now one, two or three vehicles got flat tires. believe maybe there were some nails or something causing the flat tires right there. that's what the activity's all about. they're getting help now. traffic doesn't seem to be effected. but if i were you i wouldn't be in the left lane in that area. i don't want to get a flat on the way to work. that would be not good. move along and take a look at 101 at 580. that traffic moves well. it's 5:30. let's go back to dave and pam. sunny vale authorities are investigating a potential clue in a recent string of arsons. 15 fires have been reported in the area east of fair oaks avenue since may. the most dangerous one one week ago captured by a home surveillance camera. in the video a dark image of a man can be seen at the top of the screen bending down next to a truck. as he walks away, flames spread.
but what the arsonist may not have known was that there was a man sleeping inside that truck who had to be rescued. >> fortunately for him the police officers were on the scene and were able to rescue him out of the vehicle before he was injured or killed. so that's why, again, it's growing by intensity and severity and trying to put a stop to this before anybody does get hurt or killed. >> take a look at this. this is a sketch of a man seen running from the truck fire that night. he's described as latino, 19 to 20 years old, 5'8" to 5'10" with a slender build. we have posted that sketch on our website at ktvu.com. to get another good look go to the web links section right on our front page. time now 5:31. a crucial vote is set for today for a controversial bart extension project. ktvu's jade hernandez is in oakland now getting reaction from riders. good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning. how much is too much to spend on a bart rail extension to the oakland international airport? we are live at the coliseum
bart station this morning. and anyone traveling to the airport has to get off here and take a bus all the way to the airport. this morning we spoke to several passengers who scrambled to get change for the necessary $3 to ride the bus to the airport. many of them had already heard about bart's proposal to connect the oakland airport and coliseum bart station with the tram. bart would spend between $68 and $120 in taxpayer money per new rider for the rail extension also known as a tram. here's an animation that gives passengers an idea of what this experience might be like. the tram would carry riders 3.2 miles on elevated tracks. the total price tag is set around $484 million. riders we spoke to seem to like the idea despite the cost. >> it's not that big a deal. it's pretty easy to get on the bus for $3 to get on. it's kind of nice to just get on a train and take bart to sfo
it's really easy. kind of a nice option. >> reporter: two transit advocacy groups rallied against this project though yesterday saying bart express lanes would be much cheaper. they have already withdrawn $70 million because of lack of community outreach. the metropolitan transportation committee will decide later this morning whether or not to set aside $20 million for the project. that meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. we're going to hear more from bart riders coming up. reporting live, jade hernandez, ktvu, channel 2 news. time now 5:33. right now the power is out in two san francisco neighborhoods. pg&e crews are trying to get it back on. the blackout started about 12:30 this morning. the lights went out to about 5,000 homes and businesses in the western edition of laurel heights neighborhoods. pg&e has traced the problem to a blown transformer. they're hoping to get the power back onto everybody within the next hour.
three richmond schools are in danger of being shut down. but after a late night vote, they will stay open. claudine wong joins us now with reaction to the city council's decision. claudine. >> reporter: there were 90 minutes of public excellents but the vote was unanimous. $1.5million from the general fund will help keep kennedy high school and two other elementary schools open. school board member charles ramsey joining me now live. certainly this was good news for the families who were really concerned about this closure. >> more than just the family, it was good news for the community. it was good news for the school board and good news for the richmond city council. we found a way to collaborate and work together and make sure that we kept kennedy high school open and viable. >> reporter: one city council member did express concern that the general fund would be like an atm where you would keep coming back and saying we need more money to keep this open. this is only a temporary fix. what's going to happen so that you're not going back to them again and saying we might need
a little more? >> we're hoping that we can come up with a long-term plan to work this through. we're also going to make sure that we do our very best to look for dollars so that we can make sure to keep the school open. in addition we're hoping that the situation in sacramento improves somewhat with new leadership and new direction. and we really believe if we can see some light at the end of the tunnel by sacramento providing funding, remember last year we lost $39 million. that's a lot of money. so we had to balance the books. but we believe if we roll up our sleeves, collaborate and work together we'll come one a viable solution. >> reporter: what about the people who say what about our police, libraries, our streets this $1.5 million in the general fund could have gone to a lot of other things. >> that's true. but we believe education is important and it's a priority. you heard last night 98 minutes of speaking, 43 speakers, this is something they thought was important and critical. this was not to diminish any work others are doing especially around work and fire. we know educating young people is critical to our future
success as a community and a country. >> reporter: i know you said still a lot of work left to be done. >> yeah. still a lot of work left to be done. we are going to do the hard work and really make sure that we come up with an answer to this problem. >> reporter: all right. charles ramsey, thanks for joining us this morning. i appreciate your time. again, just the beginning or just the next step really in a long road this community is going through as they have to deal with not only financial troubles keeping the schools open but this is a victory for the school here this morning. ktvu channel 2 news. the grim search of an east bay landfill is scheduled to resume at 8:00 this morning. police and volunteers in pittsburgh have spent nearly a week looking for the body of frederick sales. the 35-year-old nursing aid from hercules has been missing since august 26th. investigators fear he may be the fifth victim of a deadly rampage. efren valdemoro is suspected of killing his father along with three other people. another person tied to the valdemoro case is due back in court this morning.
the attorney for 72-year-old charles raten house will ask a judge to reduce his bail on charges of possessing explosives. police say they found bomb making materials at his home last week along with the bodies of his wife and wife's friend. investigators have tied valdemoro to those two deaths. time now 5:36. the a's have hired an architect to design a new ballpark in san jose. in san jose mayor chuck reed says it's a big step in the right direction. >> once you have an architect on board you can begin to refine the plans, get details and begin to beb prepared to answer questions about the site itself and how it's all going to work. >> now the a's owner has chosen 360 architecture to build the proposed downtown ballpark. the city of san jose is already in negotiations to buy the land. but there's one big problem, the giants own the territorial rights to the south bay. and the a's still have to get the approval of major league baseball before they can move.
now we have posted more of the ballpark pictures at our channel 2 website at ktvu.com. just look for the slide shows tab. meantime, san francisco's only gun store could lose its permit to sell guns at a hearing today. the manager of high bridge arms on mission street is asking the police department to reinstate a permit that lapsed in january. the plan was to convert the building into office space, but the city denied that proposal. neighborhood groups are fighting today's renewal request. now police permit officers could today approve that permit or deny it or send it to the police chief for review. san jose mayor chuck reed and other city leaders are starting off their day today by walking some kids to school. they are participating in what's called walking school buses. now the program at bag by elementary is in replace of school buses that were cut because of budget cuts it
organizes parents in walking groups of up to 30 children to make sure they make toyota school safely. interesting. time now 5:38. sal's watching our commute. you have all kinds of stuff happening already on this wednesday morning. >> yeah. most of it is the wet weather, dave and pam. you see my twitter address. if you want to send me a tweet about transit issues you can as well. i'm having a rough morning. all right. let's go out and take a look what we have. you see the people having rough mornings there on the east shore. not one but several flat tires here. pardon me. on 80 here between university and ash by on the shoulder. several tow trucks came in. right now we're not sure if there's anything else left that's going to be causing flat tires but just be aware of it. moving along and taking a look at the toll plaza it's still pretty light coming into san francisco along that bridge. this morning's commute is going to be okay on the peninsula.
101 and 280 southbound across the bay the traffic on 880 is good right now between hayward and fremont. remember it is a little wet from i would say i guess heavy fog. but kind of looks like rain on some of the streets. it acts like rain. so please drive carefully. 5:39. here's steve. thank you, sal. we have areas of low clouds, drizzle, mainly coast and bay. there is a possibility of showers up towards the north and east. later today very strong system for this time of year. so the headline cooler and windy, mainly. showers are possible later on but it's the local drizzle here this morning. it will be gradually warmer after today as we head into the weekend. but there are signs that next week we could be dealing with some rain, not just drizzle. but we don't want to get too far ahead of ousts. first of all that system digging down. not too bad. there it is sweeping through. that's going to give us clouds in the morning, then sun, then more clouds in the afternoon. but the cool air will filter in and also the wind as well. drizzle starts coast and bay. once that goes through then we'll start to see some of these clouds build up in the afternoon. but along the coast starts with
low clouds, drizzle, then it will be sunny later on. but we start off with 50s and end up with 60s. around the bay 60s and inland upper 60s and low 70s. wind has already been cranking up. here's the key, mt. tamalpais 21 degrees cooler compared to yesterday at this time. on monday i think they were 70 something. now there's your cool air aloft. it's really plunged in which is now cooler than some areas at the surface. sonoma 56. that will help destabilize things and wipe out the fog later on. 50s in the mountains. it's going to turn much colder up there tonight. 50s, 60s and low clouds and fog should again get chewed up because that's a strong system. you can see the low coming right down off the coast. that may give us a few showers off to the east and north. today later in the morning it's more low clouds, fog and drizzle. then windy and cooler. so clouds then sun then more clouds off to the distance
later on. but 50s, 60s for many or upper 60s and low 70s. way below average on these temperatures. tomorrow morning looks cold especially in the wind protected areas. then sunny and breezy. garage gradual warming towards the weekend. 5:41 is time right now. san francisco is raking in millions of the dollars in parking tickets now. but the move the city is about to make that could mean fewer people getting tickets in the future. also new concrete evidence that a juror in rodney king's civil case is partial. we'll tell you what it is. westbound 24 traffic looks pretty good on the way up to the tunnel. there are already some problems. tell you where they are straight ahead. our real national pastime?
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good morning. low clouds. drizzle along the coast and bay. inland it's going to be partly cloudy, sunny, cooler and windier at times and maybe some light rain later today off towards the valley. all right. welcome back. good morning to you. here's a quick look at some of the top stories we're following for you right now at 5:44. today president obama heads to cleveland, ohio. he'll present more proposals aimed at boosting the economy. a new line of tax credits and tax breaks. also this morning bp released its internal report about that big gulf oil spill. released it on its website. in the report bp spreads the blame around saying multiple companies and work teams contributed to that oil spill. and today the state supreme court in san francisco will hear arguments on lawsuits over state employee furloughs. at issue is whether the state
has the power to give workers unpaid days off. police pleading for calm after a second night of violent protests in downtown los angeles. what started out as a peaceful march ended with demonstrators igniting a small fire in the middle of the street. there are also reports of people pelting a police station with eggs, rocks and bottles. 22 people were arrested, mainly for failing to disperse. the protests are over the death of an armed guatemalaen man shot and killed by police. the key figure in an explosive incident in los angeles 18 years ago is now engaged. rodney king will marry one of the jurors who awarded him $3.8 million in a civil suit against los angeles police. in 1992 four officers were caught on tape beating king. they were tried for using excessive force but later acquitted. that sparked riots that left 55 people dead in more than 2,000 injured. time now 5:46. the first of two small a
asteroids passed relatively close to earth overnight. those asteroids were discovered on sunday by nasa scientists. the first one passed the earth about 3:00 this morning. missing us by about 154,000 miles. the second one will whiz by within about 49,000 miles of us. that's about 2:00 this afternoon. new zealand has been rocked by more than 300 aftershocks since saturday's big 7.1 earthquake. the largest aftershock happened overnight. it was a 5.1 on the richter scale. this is forcing officials to extend a state of emergency for at least another week. luckily no injuries have been reported from any aftershocks so far. but it's causing more damage to the hundreds of quake ravaged buildings. there's widespread speculation that white house chief of staff will run for mayor of chicago after current mayor announced yesterday he
will not seek a seventh term next year. earlier this year manuel said he would like to run for mayor some day but would not run against daily. he'd worked on first winning campaign for mayor back in 1989. time now 5:47. the city of san francisco is raking in millions of dollars more from parking meters than it did five years ago. now the additional $12 million in the revenue is coming from price increases at the meters and a rise in costly violations. beginning next year though parkers will be able to pay in more places using a credit or debit card. or in some areas even by cell phone. that's expected to make it easier to pay up front and will probably cut down on citations overall. now free parking spaces are about to become even harder to find in some san francisco neighborhoods. the city's transportation agency voted to install more than 1300 new parking meters in ten neighborhoods. these new meters in areas
including fisherman's wharf, at&t park expected to pull in about $2 million a year. 5:48 is the time. sal has information on the power outage. is it effecting traffic and traffic lights, sal? >> it is. as a matter of fact some of the street lights out in part of the western addition. that means you might be delayed, some muni bus lines might be delayed especially if some of those major streets. remember if you come up on an intersection that's not controlled treat it as a fourway stop. if it used to be a traffic light and it's not working, just treat it as a four way stop. when in doubt give the other driver the right-of-way. look at what we have 237 westbound crossing 880 that traffic looks pretty good as you head over to 101. 880 to oakland mentioning it's been drizly. some of that drizzle appears like rain on some of the bay area commute. take it easy.
give yourself an extra few minutes. this morning's drive is going to be okay westbound at the toll plaza it is still light. at 5:49, steve. >> yes, sal. >> i need one more follower. i'm at an unfortunate number on my twitter account. >> what's the first number start with? >> six. >> that's what i thought you were going to say. i'll sign up right now. good morning. below average temperatures, way below average temperatures and also very windy conditions. and it's going to feel very fall-like today. we have a cold front going through and a rather vigorous strong low moving in. it already picked up the wind yesterday. overnight we start off low clouds and drizzle mainly coast and bay. but also i think by this afternoon the coast should clear out. the system will be strong enough to wipe out the fog but it will be windy over there as well even though it will be sunny. and inland clouds will start to build up. afternoon sunshine and then start to see the clouds build up. there is a possibility i'm probably stretching myself here but towards sacramento valley
parts of lake county, parts of napa county break up of afternoon clouds. definitely mother load and up towards the sierra after the system goes through. mainly windy and cooler today. in fact temperatures have dropped off the table. we start off with that low clouds and drizzle because that front's coming through and squeezing out the moisture. we had the fog about 48 hour ago. temperatures today really cool. 50s, 60s by the coast. upper 60s low 70s by the bay. mt. tamalpais down 24 degrees. again when you get that cool air aloft and no even it out tough to support clouds and fog. temperatures in the 50s. before it lifts and burns off it's producing a lot of drizzle coast and bay. we have 50s, 60s almost for everybody. light rain reported up at crescent city and heavy drizzle especially on skyline honda. picking up measurable amounts.
so there's some really hefty drizzle out there. keep that in mind fog, drizzle, mainly low clouds. windy and cooler. then we get sun in here. then a bit of cloud build up later on today north and east. 50s, 60s and low, low 70s for many today. and just 48 hours ago we were in the mid-90s. not now. clear out rapidly tonight. cold tomorrow morning. no doubt about it in wind protected areas the wind will also be with us for breezy conditions. sunny, gradually warmer friday, saturday and sunday. a little bit. thank you, steve. 5:52 is the time. in just a few hours we'll find out how consumers are handsling their credit. analysts predict reports from the summer will show consumers are continuing to pay off bills. it covers auto loans, credit cards and other personal loans, mortgages are not included in that report. more on that coming up. google's an droid operating system is quickly gaining acceptance. they now make up more than 16% of the global smart phone market. that's slightly ahead of apple's iphone which has almost
15%. blackberry is ahead of both with nearly 18%. worldwide leader is the system most popular worldwide with 40% but it is hardly used here in the u.s. researchers say in the next five years though no single system will be dominant. later today google of mountainview hosts annual fall search event. the company says it will discuss the latest technological innovations and give an inside look at the evolution of google search. some bloggers speculate that could mean new search tool that is would bring google closer to the automatic search the ceo discussed at a conference in berlin yesterday. all right. he made history in the white house. but before that he made his name in the movies. former president ronald reagan may be gone but he's not forgotten. we'll tell you how he's coming back to the movies. and they were dancing at the white house. we'll tell you why the first lady invited people from all over the country to show off
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gentlemen, your truck is ready. welcome back to the morning news. there is a new movie coming to theaters about the late president ronald reagan. it's titled reagan. it will portray the former california governor's life from boyhood through his presidency. it's still unclear which actor will play the role of ronald reagan.
the movie set to be released late next year. it looked more like a dance company in the east wing of the white house. dance students participated in workshops yesterday afternoon and professional dancer performed last night. it's part of a dance series organized by first lady michelle obama to help support the arts. the event hon roadway was the american dance theater artistic director who is retiring after 20 years. >> great lady, too. time now 5:56. governor schwarzenegger will make a pitch for the bay area to host the world's fair in 2020. san francisco has hosted the world's fair twice. it was held on treasure island in 1939. and in the marina district in 1915. today's chronicle says the governor will push for a silicon valley world's fair when he goes to china later this week. this summer's expo 2010 in shanghai attracted nearly 50 million visitors. a police sketch and now word of new clues that may lead to an arsonist. we're going to tell you why
police may be closing in on a man linked to more than a dozen bay area fires. plus will three richmond souls get the money miracle needed to stay open? city officials made up their minds. we'll tell you about the late night decision. good morning. lots of local drizzle. measurable amounts. cool and windy today. but how cool. that answer coming up.