tv KTVU Morning News Early Edition FOX September 23, 2010 4:00am-5:00am PST
and good morning to you. welcome to thursday september 23rd. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. let's check in with steve paulson for the first full day of fall. how does it look? >> looks pretty cool right now. get to temperatures. 60s, 70s and low 80s. temperatures are rebounding. will that trend continue? i'll have the five day in about five minutes. now an update on early traffic. westbound 80 traffic moving along relatively well. no major problems. traffic looking good. also this morning's commute will be okay if you're on northbound 101 approaching the 80 split. now back to the desk. thank you, sal. topping our news this morning pg&e crews are working to repair a natural gas line that was accidentally cut overnight by a construction crew. it happened near the intersection of pablo not far
from highway 24. ktvu -- [ audio problems ] good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning. we're going to show you the work in just a second that's being done out here. we can tell you right now that this line has not been capped. the fire department says that residents don't have to be worried about the specific gas leak though. here's the fire chief. >> the two inch line under about 50 pounds of pressure. and it goes to the air and then it dissipates in the air. unlike our san bruno incident where it was a 24-inch line under much greater pressures, this dissipates quickly. >> reporter: crews are digging in order to reach three different areas of this line. each of those three spots have to be capped before they can stop the leak. at first pg&e thought this was a six inch break around 11:20 last night. so the fire department evacuated about 14 homes. then as knowledge spread that the line was only two inches, those families were allowed back inside their homes.
the city manager has been updating us for hours now. >> right now we're all on standby. we have had about nine units from the sheriff's department that responded. we had three engines from the fire district that responded along with fire chief and battalion chief. >> reporter: the fire department, pg&e crews are out here. we actually can't smell any of the odor that has been placed with the natural gas because the wind is kind of pushing that all away from where we are located. but we can hear this two inch line still spewing that natural gas into the atmosphere this morning. we can tell you anyone trying to access eastbound highway 24 may have trouble at this hour. the city manager has already made contingency plans for drivers commuting this morning since repairs aren't expected to be done soon. we've been told it is shut down through downtown. but brookwood has been opened. so drivers can drive past the
theater and on to the freeway. we'll have more on this coming up in just a little bit. live from oridan, jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. two other incidents of natural gas leaks in the bay area in the last 24 hours. last night the roads closed in both directions from east mill bray avenue to hah cruz avenue for about two hours. that started about 6:00 p.m. yesterday morning a construction crew at cal state's university caused a natural gas leak on the first day of classes at the hayward campus. pg&e crews capped that leak in about two hours. none of the classes were canceled and no one was hurt. we are following breaking news right now. police are investigating a shooting at an oakland nightclub. it happened just about a.m. about 3 hours ago on webster street. there are two shooting victims. one we understand is in critical condition. ktvu is there talking with
police right now. he's going to have a live report from the scene coming up at 5:30. time now 5:03. police searching for a man who impersonated a police officer and robbed a woman. this happened tuesday. police say the victim was walking on east 14th street when a black suv with flashing lights pulled up next to her. that's when a man jumped out, handcuffed the victim and stole $200 from her wallet before setting her free. the suspect described only as african-american in his mid-30s with a bald head and no facial hair. well, it cost taxpayers more than $144,000 to move the bart shooting trial to los angeles. court records are showing hotel costs alone come to $55,000. air fare came to $25,000. former bart police officer mesherle went on trial this summer after winning a change of venue motion. he'll be sentenced in november
for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of oscar grant. the bad news for east bay bus riders came late last night. ac transit's board of directors voted to eliminate most weekend and overnight service. that will reportedly save more than $11 million a year. now ac transit has already slashed service twice this year alone. but these are the most drastic cuts so far. >> 25%. that's humongous portions. >> how dare you cut that lifeline for people who need to get to work. >> this was not an easy decision by anybody on the board. it was not an easy recommendation from anybody in the staff. we clearly understand what our mission is. >> ac transit is facing a huge budget deficit and has a bitter labor dispute with its driver's union. latest cuts take place in december. they mean a lost of 19% of service in a single year. time now 5:05. go from that to sal to see how our commute is starting off on
this thursday morning. sal. >> dave and pam good morning. it's starting off pretty well. we don't have a lot going on. start with interstate 80 which is always busy. this morning we have a little bit of slow traffic already as you come up on the 80 interchange. no major problems coming up to the macarthur maze. this morning's commute at the tollplaza is light. no problems on the way in. earlier we had a stalled vehicle leaving san francisco. that is gone. in the south bay northbound 280 off to a great start. great time to get on the road. it's life on the way into the valley. at 5:06, here's steve. mostly clear skies. low clouds in around san francisco, oakland and little down on the san mateo coast. the system that brought us the cooler and wind has moved off. there's another little system just kind of clipping the pacific northwest northern part of the state. so we'll ease into warmer weather today. really probably won't matter much by the coast. little fog and sun and then a
little warmer. temperatures in the mountains and 30s. little cooler here for some. 43 eureka. that system is long gone. this next one just traverses to the north will keep things in check today. then a system will deepen. that will allow high pressure to build in as we get more towards the weekend especially towards friday. then temperatures will really start to come up. today it's a little warmer. 60s by the coast. very low or mid-70s. 70s around the bay. very low 80s inland. little breeze later on nothing compared to the past couple days. one more system has to go to the north on saturday and then all signs point towards warmer weather. in fact warm to hot sunday and monday. >> okay. time now 5:07. it's now been two weeks since the disastrous pipeline explosion in san bruno. in just a couple hours work begins to remove the homes destroyed in the fire. ktvu's claudine wong is out there and live with the very latest. >> reporter: good morning, dave. the process of rebuilding and moving forward takes a big step
forward this morning as you said in just a couple of hours work is expected to begin out here. the process of clearing these homes gets underway. homes that have become a debris field out here. yesterday heavy demolition equipment started coming into the area. and victims had one last chance to go through what is left of their homes to try to salvage what they could. some cars were also towed away by insurance companies. there are 37 homes that need to be demolished. 37 homes destroyed by this fire. it promises to be an emotional time for this neighborhood. but i can tell you neighbors we talked to since this happened has also said it's difficult to move forward when this is what your neighborhood looks like. still some others say they are worried that when this all gets demolished the chance of recovering even a little momentos will be gone. >> don't worry. our home is destroyed. there's probably some little things that are still inside there. >> we know that the material contains levels of metal,
potential asbestos, all sorts of other chemicals. we just want to make sure that as the material's handled it's not going to blow off the property and become a public health problem. >> reporter: those health concerns have been a topic of talk here in the san bruno neighborhood. certainly people know there are lots of things inside these homes. this is an older neighborhoods so talk of asbestos and other concerns. when they do demolition in this neighborhood. the county says they have been monitoring those things carefully. they've been using water to water down everything so that when things go down and the dust rises the water will be used to make sure the dust is dampened and also monitor the air. as for this morning events that we expect more heavy equipment to be brought in starting around 8:00 this morning and demolition a short time after that. we will talk to the county this morning and monitor activity out here on the site here in san bruno and we'll keep you updated here on the morning news. live in san bruno, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news.
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welcome back to the morning news. it's now 5:12. we are now learning that all nine troops killed in a helicopter crash in afghanistan earlier this week were americans. the pentagon says four of those killed were with the navy special forces. the other five were army soldiers. the taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter. but nato says there are no reports of enemy fire in the area of southern afghanistan where the helicopter crashed on tuesday. time now 5:13. today several new provisions of the health care reform legislation take effect. republicans are announcing plans to repeal that law if they take over congress after the november elections. ktvu's scott mcfarland joining us live in the washington d.c. newsroom with that story. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning to you. in 1994 when republicans took
control of congress they did so on a contract for america. in about half an hour they unveiled a pledge to america as they try to win control this year a photo op publicity event in about half an hour at a virginia hardware store. democrats meantime today have press conferences of their own marking the anniversary the six month anniversary by announcing new provisions in health care reform that take effect today. college kids can now stay on parents' insurance after graduation until age 26. patients with major health conditions can no longer be denied coverage because of those conditions. we spoke with one u.s. house democrat who voted for the original draft of health reform then voted against the final version. he says the fate of this law remains very much unclear. >> this bill is one that no one really knows the full reprocushions come. >> reporter: a lot of action here in the next hour. we'll keep you posted when we
rejoin you in about an hour. live in washington, scott mcfarland, ktvu channel 2 news. all right. some health insurance companies are already finding ways to get around a key part of the health care reform that targets children. anthem blue cross will no longer sell individual health care policies covering children here in california and some other states. that's because of the new rule that bans insurance companies from denying coverage to children who have pre-existing conditions. the insurers worry parents will wait until kids become ill to sign up for coverage. that could cost insurance companies more money. children will still be able to get coverage but as part of a family plan. this morning president obama will address the united nations and ask the world to unite around the israeli palestinian peace process. in a u.n. speech yesterday the president said that the u.s. will demand accountability from the countries he's trying to help. >> to developing countries this must be your moment of
responsibility as well. we want you to prosper and succeed. it is not only in your interest, it is in our interests. >> today in addition to the mideast peace efforts, president obama is expected to talk about nuclear threats from iran and north korea. an army inquiry into a rolling stone article found that it was not the general or senior members of his staff who made the comments that led to his dismissal as the top commander in afghanistan. the actions are comments of two civilians on the general's team were criticized by the army review for making disrespectful comments about president obama and vice president joe biden. time now 5:16. governor schwarzenegger and legislative leaders will hold more budget talks today in southern california as the governor recovers from a cold down there. the meetings are in the governor's private office in santa monica. he's been away from san
francisco since friday. today the california budget is now 85 days late. this is the longest california has ever gone without a new budget. the california's governor's race is a dead heat according to a new ktvu field poll. six weeks away from election day the numbers show republican meg whitman and democrat jerry brown at 41% a piece in the poll with 18% undecided. the ktvu field poll is showing a very close governor's race ever since march. analysts say the candidates' campaign ads don't seem to have swayed voters one way or the other. but jerry brown and meg whitman are scheduled to hold their first televised debate next week. and ktvu channel 2 is the only bay area television station bringing you live broadcasts of next week's debate. now it begins at 6:00 next tuesday evening right here. let's check in with sal for any problems in the commute. hopefully not. how does it look? >> we're starting off well this
morning pam and dave. good morning to you. traffic is looking pretty good on highway 4. one of the areas that usually gets busy early. but so far looks pretty good coming in through bay point and even through antioch. nice drive on the way to concord. when you're going to the bay bridge it is light. of course it won't stay this way for long so if you are on the road early you should take advantage of this good time we have for the morning commute. and this morning's drive on northbound 101 san francisco looking good. they cleared an earlier stalled vehicle near the seventh street exit. that's gone now. traffic is moving well all the way to downtown. 5:18. here's steve. sal, thank you. little chilly out there. we have some 40s. i'll show you a few in a second. one more system moving to the north won't do much. still come up a little on the coast. in the 60s come up into the 0s and few low 80s. fog, sunny then a little warmer. the system we had yesterday moves out and high pressure weak as it may be is building in slowly. fog and sun and then warmer.
60s, 70s and low 80s. 60 in san francisco by noon. go 64 and a high of 67. patchy fog cool then sunny and breezy. 56 right now. although it is 43 at the sonoma county airport and they're also reporting fog. napa airport say 52. wide variety of term temperatures. livermore 48. usually i pair the two but today there's a big difference. temperatures have dropped off. eureka 43. monterey at 49. little chill there for some that don't have the fog and low clouds after yesterday's system. you can see a little spin in the atmosphere just kind of moving in to the north. it will be very slight warming today. after that then all signs point towards even warmer weather. really high as probably sunday and monday. we'll ease into it but sure looks like it. patchy fog, sunny, warmer today. the breeze isn't gone completely. it will pick up later. still out of the west-
southwest. 60s, 70s, upper 70s low. few mid-80s. sacramento. fog, sun, nice. one more system on friday and then all signs point to warm to hot conditions by sunday and monday. european markets are downright now following the release of some disappointing economic data. the monthly survey of the purchasing manager shows that the production in the european services and manufacturing sectors are now at their slowest rate in seven months. in asia overnight most major markets were closed in observance of a holiday. checking in on wall street where we start the day a little bit of a loss across the board yesterday. the dow jones starts at 10, 739. the bay area's economy is showing new signs of recovery. according to american express, spending in san francisco surged by 36% from last year. that's the largest increase by far compared to the five other
major national markets in the survey. mostly focuses on money spent on shopping, dining and lounging. east bay city officials will meet today and re-examine plans for an in and out drive through restaurant. the proposed site for the burger joint is on north main street on the pleasant hill- walnut creek border. some neighbors are highly against this. they say it will bring too much traffic into the area. >> everything is at stake. there's nothing good that will come of this for us. we're concerned about the noise, the fumes, the smells. >> in and out says it's still working on making adjustments to their plans. possibly installing a higher sound wall and a different drive through lay out. it will ultimately be up to the pleasant hill planning commission to approve this new restaurant. well, generations of the same families serving time. >> this is my junior. he's in pelican bay.
this is my baby boy. he's in sonoma valley. >> what some inmates are now doing to break a vicious cycle of crime. and a new push to end violence at san francisco nightclubs doesn't address the real problem. 680 southbound we'll take a look at the express lane and see how it's doing on the fourth day.
good morning. little chilly out there. some patchy fog. we have some 40s. they'll rebound give way to 60s, 70s and upper 70s and low 80s. time now 5:24. the city of san francisco wants to make entertainment promoters more accountable for violence that occur at their venues. supervisor proposes an ordinance to register with the entertainment commission. if there's an issue they would then have the power to require personal background checks for promoters and their staff. promoters could also be required to carry commercial liability insurance and also file security plans. >> it's absolutely designed to have a minimal impact on almost all promoters and almost all events and only kick in if there are security problems, public safety problems at particular events. >> however some promoters say that ordinance won't stop the violence that occurs outside of nightclubs. the public safety committee
plans to review this ordinance in about a month. a sonoma county mother is facing felony charges in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from a school fundraiser. former pta co-president is accused of stealing $6,000 that was raised at a book fair at evergreen elementary school last march. the money discovered missing last august. she is set to be arraigned next month. and prosecutors appear to be taking action to speed up the trial of phillip and nancy garrido. the attorney for nancy garrido says he's been told the grand jury hearing the case has already indicted the couple. they could go before a judge for an arraignment within the next ten days. they are accused of kidnapping jaycee dugard and holding her captive for 18 years. there's a new focus this morning on a disturbing trend involving convicted criminals and their children. new data indicates that almost half of all inmates in the u.s.
have parents or relatives that are incarcerated which makes their children even more likely to end up in prison as well. that's the case of 47-year-old daryle hill of oakland who is serving a life sentence in san quentin. he followed his father's footsteps and now daryl's two sons are also doing time. >> when i did get involved in robberies, i did feel that i had the right to do it. not because nobody owed me anything. it was just the lifestyle i had grew up in. >> now to try to break the cycle, some san quentin inmates are now taking part in a program that's designed to help them see how their criminal behavior effects their children. sociologists say more mentoring programs for children of convicts can also help with better education and jobs. the san francisco d.a.'s office says this case is like a bad episode of glee. what a former bay area cheer
23rd. i'm dave clark. >> good morning. i'm pam cook. time now 5:30. >> we have patchy fog. also rather cool. a lot of 40s. let's get to the temps, highs today will be in the 60s on the coast. few low 70s santa cruz. 70s around the bay then upper 70s low to mid-80s inland. the five day has warmer weather. we'll check on that right now update on traffic. westbound interstate 880 traffic is getting busier by the minute as you drive into berkeley. also this morning looking at the commute approaching the toll plaza and a few more cars have arrived. 5:31. back to the desk. sal, we're following breaking news right now. police are investigating an early morning shootout at an oakland bar. ktvu is out there with the details on what happened. >> reporter: good morning. very confusing scene. 1400 block of webster at 14th. started at this bar and nightclub called caribbean city. it's behind me.
then it ended up down the street. that's where the shootout happened. now around 2:00 people were being let out of the bar and according to a witness i spoke to there was an attempted robbery. now the person who was the victim was shot. he went to the hospital. he's in stable condition now. very serious injuries. but then in the melee with all the bullets being fired a woman was sitting in this car -- police just told me. she was sitting in the passenger seat and started hearing the shooting so she jumped in the driver seat here and that's where the bullet hole went. she was grazed in the head. she drove it from here all the way down here. we have video we want to show you but we're going to roll it out of the camera. this is going to be very of. bear with us. at least two shooters possibly three. an officer i spoke with said there was an ak47 he's judging that by the shells on the ground and type of millimeter bullets and a man across the street with a handgun. another witness told him there was one on my side of the street with a handgun firing down the street. this is video taken about an hour ago before police cleared
the scene. you can see the yellow placards in the street. those are the shell casings. they do not have any suspects in this shooting. it started with an attempted robbery from what i know. police are still trying to figure it out. they're trying to sort this all out. the man driving this car with his girlfriend he's still here. he can't get into his car. so he's still waiting. and he's very anxious right now because he wants to go see his girlfriend in the hospital. we're going to be staying on this story. we're going to be trying to find out what started this all and if there are any other people who possibly are injured because bullets were flying all over the place. also show you the glass we shot out in front of a bank in front of another building over here. live in oakland, ktvu channel 2 news. it's been two weeks since the disastrous explosion in san bruno. in just hours work gets underway to remove the homes destroyed in the fire. claudine wong joins us now with more on the story from san bruno. guilty good morning, claudine.
>> reporter: yes. we expect a lot of activity here in the next couple of hours. this will be a long process but a big step for this neighborhood. there were 37 homes destroyed by the san bruno fire and explosion. homes that look like this. talk about getting this neighborhood back to some semblance of normal you can't do it until you talk about demolishing what's left of those homes. it's a complicated process when you consider what's left of those homes. certainly there's not much left of what they used to be. victims spent yesterday going through the debris to salvage what they could. there's a lot that could be considered dangerous. asbestos and hazardous chemicals. there are a lot of concerns from residents about what demolition will do to air quality. they do have some health concerns. >> i'm curious how they're going to protect the houses from this constant wind that comes off the ocean that's right down the street. clean up they've done now are they going to reclean it after that? >> we know the material contains levels of metal,
potential asbestos, all sorts of other chemicals. we want to make sure that as the material is handled it's not going to blow off the property and become a public health problem. >> reporter: the county says it is taking the health concerns over all of this very seriously. in fact the county crews had hope today start some of this demolition yesterday. but because things weren't ready to go to their satisfaction, they told ktvu they pushed things back to today. 8:00 this morning is when the heavy equipment is expected to roll through here. demolition expected to start shortly after that. they're really going to go a few houses at a time. this whole process to get this neighborhood really cleared to the ground will take a month or maybe even longer. now we are going to talk live with the county department of environmental health in just about 30 minutes. so stay with us. certainly we want to ask them a lot of questions about what will happen out here this morning and follow up on obviously the health concerns for you. live here in san bruno, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. there's new information about one of the people injured in that pipeline explosion.
ktvu news has learned one of the fire victims is described as touch and go and is having a tough time with his recovery. also yesterday the coroner confirmed that three generations of one san bruno family died in the fire and explosion. 85-year-old, her son 50 years old and his son 17-year-old all lived on claremont drive right near the explosion. the official death toll stands at 7 in the explosion and fire. the father of an oakland teenager who was gunned down near their home is urging the shooter to turn himself in. 17-year-old raymond justice was shot on macarthur boulevard around 6:30 tuesday night. he later died at highland hospital. raymond was a junior at life academy high school. the school's principal says raymond had a 3.3 grade point average and planned to go to college. raymond's father says his pain is indescribable. >> hurt me so bad.
whoever sneaky person shoes in the back of his head. coward. come to us. >> police are not releasing details but do say there was an altercation before the shooting. a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. time now 5:36. prosecutors have filed charges against a teenager involved in a deadly crash. the 16-year-old novato student not named is accused of vehicle manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. five teenagers were riding in his car that crashed into a big rig last friday. police say they found open beer cans inside the car. 16-year-old was killed in that crash. tonight family and friends will hold a vigil to remember him. it begins at 7:00 p.m. at our lady of lo let to church on novato boulevard. funeral services will be held
tomorrow. walnut creek police are working on a sketch of a man who tried to lure a 13-year-old boy into his car. it happened at a shopping center shortly after 4:00 p.m. on tuesday. the boy tells police that a man pulled up next to him and said his mother sent him to pick him up. the car was a dark blue mid- sized chevy suv. police say this case is not related to similar incidents in walnut creek and other east bay cities in recent weeks. two men in the hospital this morning with serious injuries after falling from a rugged cliff along the santa cruz county coast. the accident happened yesterday afternoon at panther beach near di vangen port. cal fire says the men fell 25 feet down a cliff on to the rocks. a brother of one of the victims said the two men were climbing up the cliff and slipped. san a moan police looking for suspects who have been stealing mail. police searched a home on perry road in union city in connection with the case.
they've removed some items but made no arrests. the thieves broke into several mailboxes, stole checks and may even be responsible for identity theft. berkeley police will be cracking down on bicyclists today. those who don't follow the rules of the road. police officers will be out in the south campus area between 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon. police think bicyclists are expected to follow bicycle laws and violators may be cited. the crack down is part of a program design today reduce traffic collisions in the city by 10%. 5:39 is the time right now. speaking of traffic, sal is starting on the san mateo bridge. how's it look? >> it looks pretty good if you want to use that bridge right now to the peninsula traffic is looking pretty good. if you are driving here on 92 which leads over to highway 101 it is a very nice drive. there are no major problems there. no problems by the way on the don barton bridge if you are driving west. this morning's commute is going
to be okay if you are driving on the in a minutes freeway. no major problems. as a matter of fact no problems this morning on the nimits freeway up to the oakland area. collision now 880 southbound at stevens creek boulevard heading away from the san jose airport and down to campbell. watch for it there. we're trying to find out what lane it's in but could cause unexpected slow traffic. at 5:40 let's go to steve. sal, thank you very much. a little chill out there. some really cool readings i'll show you in just a second. little fog out there. not much. little around san francisco, oakland, bay and on the san mateo coast. even on the north bay few reports of fog not just low clouds but fog. one more little system you can see a spin where it says patchy fog moving into the pacific northwest. that's going to just give us a little bit of a warm up.
it will prevent us from warming up too much. the big warm up is on sunday and monday. sure looks like it. fog and sun then a little warmer. 60s, 70s and low 80s inland after the patchy fog. san francisco's 56 right now. high of 67. patchy fog, cool, then sunny and breezy. more out of the west-northwest later on. kenwood 40 right now. 42 north napa. about four or five readings 46, 47. lark spur even 47. that's cool for them. men low park 47. san ramon private little joke 31 up in tahoe. 48 reno. look at that. your roadway coo's 43. that's cool. that's cool. the system that gave us the big cool down is now up in the northern plains and long gone but left behind a lot of cool air. this last little system you can see the high here trying to build in. it will but it's going to be the system after that that deepens and allows the high to
flex its muscle. that won't be until the weekend. patchy fog. little chill out there. the wind will pick up a little bit but nothing compared to the last couple days. 60s, 70s and low 80s for many. tomorrow looks to be slightly warmer and one more system won't do too much but that there skirt to the north on saturday. then all systems go for a warm to hot weekend. the only question that will remain is will the coast get in on this? they'll be warm but i don't think they'll get hot. but inland areas definitely into the 90s. all right. time now 5:42. san francisco state university's cheer leading coach is facing criminal charges. she's accused of stealing almost $20,000 from the team. 23-year-old ashley haley of oakland entered a not guilty plea to 29 felony counts including grand theft. the prosecutors say she took the team's money and used it to pay for rent, for food and to take a trip to vegas. the money was supposed to be used for uniforms and for cheer
leading camp. >> the cheer leading camp never got the money that the cheer leaders gave to the defendant in this case. in addition they never got the uniforms that they paid for. >> prosecutors say the cheer leaders gave haley about $1,000 a piece. haley is scheduled to return to court next week. well, a titanic cover up. what one woman says really caused the famous ship to sink nearly 100 years ago. and a selective price hike. we'll tell you which star bucks drink wills get more expensive and why. right now if you're driving in marin county we'll tell you why southbound 101 is okay but the other end may not be. we'll tell you more.
good morning. mostly clear. but there's some areas of fog out there. cool right at 40s. mostly sunny skies. temperatures coming up a little bit. 6os, 70s and some low 80s. all right. welcome back. good morning to you. here's a quick look at some of the top stories we're following for you. pg&e crews are trying to seal off a natural gas leak. overnight construction crews accidentally cut into the gas line while working on a road project. ac transit's board of directors voted to eliminate most weekend and overnight service. ac transit is facing a huge budget deficit. they're also in a bitter labor dispute with its drivers union. and several new provisions of the health care reform legislation take effect today. there are no more lifetime caps on medical costs. adult children can stay on their parents health care plans until the age of 26. and insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to
children with pre-existing conditions. homeland security secretary says al qaeda and its allies are likely to attempt small scale less sophisticated terrorist attacks in the united states. in testimony before a senate committee she said it's extremely difficult to detect such threats in advance because they require less planning. well, the sinking of the titanic was caused by a simple steering mistake. that's what a new book suggests. the granddaughter of the only senior officer to survive the ship wreck. until now he historians believed the titanic hit an iceberg because the crew didn't see it because it was too late. but he says they hit the iceberg because the man misunderstood an order and turned the wrong way. homeowners fighting foreclosure may have a powerful new tool in their legal battle to hold onto their homes. some of the nation's largest mortgage companies used a single document processor at
allied financial to sign off on foreclosures. the super robot signer processed 10,000 foreclosure documents a month. and testified he would check names and a couple of numbers but never read through each one as legally required. that could be considered unfair and deceptive practices. a report card on the health of people in san francisco shows some disparities. according to the community vital signs report the tenderloin have the highest rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits. heart disease is the leading killer of all san fran coens. and death rates fallen for all members of the city except african-americans. health officials plan to use that report to recognize health gaps and make improvements. muni's chief says the results of a new passenger survey could have been a lot worse given recent fare increases and cuts. the survey shows a slight majority thinks the transit agency is doing a good job.
but it's still muni's lowest approval rating in almost ten years. muni paid for the survey which shows customer satisfaction is at 5 2%. that's a 3% drop from the last survey in 2007. time now 5:48. let's see what sal's saying on the roads now. picking up or still relatively light? >> still quiet. i think people are perhaps watching us at home grabbing the extra cup of coffee about to hit the road. this is when it usually happens. we're going to let you know if you want to get out there ahead of everyone else, i think your window is now. westbound bay bridge getting more crowded. nothing on the bay bridge to slow you down. yesterday we had a couple stalled vehicles that made it tough getting into san francisco. northbound 101 traffic looks good as you come into the area of downtown. southbound 880 at stevens creek in san jose there's an accident on the shoulder. at 5:49, here's steve. all right, sal. thank you very much. looking like a nice day after patchy fog and chilly lows. temperatures are very cool.
all signs point towards warmer weather today. still a couple weak system haves to move into the north. gradually the high pressure is building in. we lose the higher clouds. we have fog though couple locations of that and low clouds but it's patchy. fog, sun but more clear skies. then a little warmer today. temperatures 60s, 70s and upper 70s and low 80s. 56 san francisco right now. go for a high 67 degrees. we'll inch that up each day after patchy fog. wind out of the northwest. kenwood 40. forestville 42. napa checking in at 46. lark spur 47. men lo park at 47. about five readings also at 47 makes sense. and danville san ramon at 48. rather brisk fall morning. 31 up in tahoe. 43 43 eureka. 48 monterey.
santa maria and santa barbara. chilly for the coast. fog free and temperatures can drop fast. you see a spin right up there. that goes through the north. but see that a little bit. the storm trek's rising. teeter totter effect. that will give a warm up. little bit today more so on friday and definitely the weekend. patchy fog but some inland mainly in the north bay. a brisk morning give way to sunshine and a little warmer weather. 60s, 70s, upper 70s and low 80s. temperatures tomorrow continue inland to creep upwards. about the same on saturday then fire up for sunshine across the board looks like and warm to hot conditions especially sunday, monday. all right. thank you, steve. japan's biggest solar panel manufacturer agreed to buy san francisco's recurrent energy for $305 million. bring further into the american solar energy market and give it a competitive advantage over chinese solar manufacturers. some star bucks coffee
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welcome back to the morning news. law enforcement executives from across the country testifying on capitol hill. davis was asked to participate hearing looking for the needs for a nationwide public safety network. the uc berkeley chancellor is announcing another belt tightening round of job cuts. chancellor announced that
200administrative jobs will be eliminated early next year. the move will save the university $20 million. now that's in addition to 600 positions already eliminated since last year. time now 5:55. we're now learning that the financially strapped city of vallejo has the second highest paid city manager in the bay area. a newly released study of california city manager's salaries shows san ramon city manager is the highest paid at $354,000. but vallejo city manager comes in not far behind. $351,000. san francisco city manager's salary of $250,000. now vallejo made headlines when it filed for bankruptcy. the city continues to struggle financially closing fire stations and laying off police officers. the bart board of directors plans to vote today on whether to rename the pleasant hill bart station. they're supposed to call it the pleasant hill contra costa
center bart station to represent the adjacent transit village across 140 acres. bart staffers estimate the name change would cost more than $400,000 for updating maps and schedules, signs and brochures. at least some how far that cost would be paid for by the transit village and developers. sal, may we offer your tweet or e-mail for people to respond to that? people hate name changes i think in general. >> people hate changes in general too. yes. in fact right when they go take my name here see down there. and any opinions you have or go to ktvu.com and find me on the traffic page there. let's go out and take a look at what we have now northbound 2 0 getting up to 880. by the way the ktvu traffic page cool. i like it. no major problems this morning on southbound 680 as you drive past mission.
and this morning's commute is okay at the toll plaza. now let's go back to the desk. a quick response overnight. we'll tell you what caused this natural gas leak there and how many people were evacuated. also life is about to change for many regular bus riders in the east bay. good morning. very cool out there. for some lots of 40s and going to be warmer. forecast in two minutes. woman: did you bring the camera phone? man: i did. do you wanna go first? i've been waiting for this all day. ok, this is from... aunt stacey. introducing chase quickdeposit. just photograph the front and back of your check using the chase mobile app on your iphone, and hit send. it went through. this is so cool. this is so cool. you wanna try it? yea. ok. all right. who's next? make a deposit from anywhere, anytime-- with your iphone. to mister and misses walker.