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doing to help hospitals handle the crisis. he is not the county police chief. he is the district attorney. >> a war of words in santa clara county between law enforcement agencies and the district attorney. what the d.a. wants to do and why critics say it puts the public in danger. from ktvu fox2 news, this is morning sun too. good morning and thank you for joining us and welcome to mornings on 2. i'm dave clark. good morning. i'm pam cook and it is thursday morning, july 23rd, friday eve and we hope this nice weather continues. a little windy? did you say that yesterday? >> i did. >> it is a little windy for some, pam and dave with a
pattern that was interesting. the low is on its way out of the picture and some locations like the city jumped to 68. it's 2 degrees above average and the low made its move already, moving in and you can see it is out of the picture. a little bump in temps with thunderstorm activity popping up in the north and even near northern mendocino county in sacramento with 50s on the temp . we are looking for warmer today, a slight bump in the temps with 60s and 70s and 80s, morning clouds, sunny and breezy and the onshore wind, south of 13 and onshore just about everywhere else. looking at the higher peaks, pretty good gusting, 30 miles an hour. fog retreats and thunderstorms pop up. the highs are near average. inland, slightly below average. good friend sal to
see if there is anything going on. my guess is no. let's ask the man, himself. good morning, steve. soft 60s like the association, something like that. good morning. let's go to the bay bridge toll plaza with traffic moving okay if you are driving into san francisco. as the man said, there is not a lot going on. if you have to drive soon, it should be a good drive for the next morning or so. the roads will be quiet unless there are crashes. let's go back to > governor new deal to provide hundreds of millions of face masks is in the works as they set a new one-day record for the number of coronavirus cases. ktvu said they want to bring that fresh supply of personal equipment as the current supply is running out.
>> reporter: from a warehouse in sacramento, personal protective is stockpiled and gave a noose and held his first press briefing since california now shows the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. >> we tested a cohort that was slightly in excess of the average number of tests we've done on a daily basis. >> reporter: 120800. and the states total was 409,000 infections. there was a sharp rise in mortality with 115 deaths, a total of 7870. >> with that number of 115, just yesterday, it's another proof point of how deadly this disease continues to be. >> reporprotect health care and central workers on the front line for the battle of this disease, making a resurgence since the reopening of parts of the economy over
the last few months. high numbers show health care workers are churning through supplies on hand. >> when you burn through 46 million masks every month, you start to do the math and even having 100 plus million of the n95s in inventory, you go through those quickly. >> reporter: the procurement of ppe is the name of the game, says governor newsom and he announced the extension of an agreement with the chinese manufacturer to buy 120 million n95 masks and 300 million surgical masks at a cost of 315 million dollars. a big number for a big order, which governor newsom said is far from over. >> to get the price down with this new contract, it's quite significant and we are in a different environment and we demand more competitive pricing in this environment and, going forward. >> reporter: governor newson inked a deal with that manufacturer to make masks and they made millions but they
could not get them through the federal approval inspection process. they got the approval last month. i'm andre senior, ktvu fox2 news. today, state senator steve glaser holds a news conference this morning at 9:30 to demand tougher rules for controlling the spread of the coronavirus. senator glazer, representing contra costa county, said the only way to stop the skyrocketing number of coronavirus cases is to limit interaction. sonoma county supervisors will meet to talk about enforcing public health regulations around the coronavirus. supervisors will debate fines for those who don't wear facial coverings or gather in groups of more than 12 people. also, for businesses that stay open when they should be close put some supervisors want an education program to teach people why they have to wear masks and to limit social gatherings.
the mayor of portland was tear gas by federal agents late last night as he stood with protesters and a fence guarding a federal courthouse. mayor ted wheeler said he stood with protesters in the face of what he describes as an occupying force. federal agents were sent to portland by president trump to deal with the nightly protests. wheeler, along with oregon's governor, have demanded that the president withdraw the federal officers. president donald trump said he's ordering squads of federal officers to other cities and during the news conference yesterday, the president said additional federal teams will be sent to chicago, kansas city and albuquerque under a program called, operation legend. the chicago mayor, lori lightfoot, sent a letter to the president urging him not to deploy federal agents, who she said arrest and detain with no cause. >> i'm hopeful they will not be foolish enough to bring that kind of nonsense to chicago.
>> the albuquerque mayor released a statement before the president's announcement saying, quote, there is no place for secret police in our city. other mayors warned the feds to stay away. in the bay area, the city of vallejo is hosting an online town hall meeting to discuss proposed plans to improve the city's police department. the vallejo police force has been under scrutiny for several deadly officer- involved shootings in recent years. the city and police are gathering feedback on a proposed improvement plan and in tonight's town hall, there will be an opportunity for people to ask questions. it begins at 6:00 on the city's facebook page. it's now 4:07 and we are hearing from jeff rosen, the santa clara county district attorney. he announced reforms he plans to enforce. >> there is simply too much systemic racism and unfairness
in our entire society and that is then reflected in our criminal justice system. >> the district attorney said he will eliminate cash bail and set up a team to investigate criminal police misconduct. he said his office the head of the san jose police officers union is not happy with that decision to take capitol punishment off the table. rose in support of the death penalty not long ago and the police union believes he is using the debate over the death penalty as an election issue. >> his decision to do this is actually escalating the violence. >> now, there are 20 death penalty cases in santa clara county involving those that have been adjudicated and rosen said he will change those from death to life in prison without the possibility of parole. it's 4:08 and san francisco's district attorney
applauded that move, tweeting, our movement is growing. rosen joins the san francisco d.a. and an expanding group across the state who have renounced ou san francisco conversations tonight to talk about the future of police reform. he and others will talk about the police accountability and ending mass incarceration. if you want to be part of that discussion, you have to preregister for it by 5:00 p.m. you can sign up by going to the commonwealth club website. right now, it's 4:09 and we want to check in with steve paulson on the weather. it seems, and i don't know if the wind will kick up again. steve? it won't be as bad as yesterday. we have a hurricane, first. is on the pacific and we will keep an eye on hurricane douglas, and we will take a
look at this heading toward the hawaiian islands. it looks like that is the track. it is a category 3 with the 120 the time it it would be considerably weaker and we will keep an eye on it going forward, a category 1 or even less by the weekend, something to watch. for us, it's one of those -- some of the projections -- we were up a little bit compared to yesterday. the embarcadero southwest, 55 with low clouds and onshore breeze, 33 miles per hour, even vacaville, not bad at the airport. 50s on most of the temps, most. san jose, 60, livermore, 60. the low that is moving in, you see the flow going counterclockwise and it keeps us cool and wasn't strong
enough to chew up the fog and clouds. this is a cool pattern for most with in lynn temps, if you are far enough away, in the 90s for some with morning fog. cool to warm, and in antioch and livermore, concord, 84 and santa rosa will be warmer compared to the last few days. they've been 76 or 77. cooler friday and then nice into the weekend, near average temps. getting ready for a future of distance learning. up next, the effort to bridge the digital divide before dins to the learning starts in a matter of weeks. a pay of bear areas for when many are out of work. you have the power of 2news casts. >> you have the power to know everywhere you go when you download the ktvu fox2 news at.
welcome back to mornings on 2. it's now 4:14 and many california families are now preparing for the new school year with distance learning. the quality of education is a concern, especially for students who do not have access to high-speed internet. ktvu has greg lee with a closer look at the digital divide. >> reporter: in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, most of california's six million public school students will start the fall semester online after an abrupt and challenging shift to distance learning in the spring. lawmakers are keenly aware of the size of the digital divide. >> we have an enormous amount of work for the digital divide
and this is our top concern in this state, and equity. >> reporter: the pandemic has shown significant inequities in the public education system and the digital divide is commonly defined as the gap between students and communities who have access to devices at high speed internet and those who don't. those who don't are often in poor or rural communities, disproportionately affecting communities of color. >> people have the power to make decisions and to make sure everyone has equal access to internet. we are providing instruction and we need to do that now. >> reporter: the superintendent, tony thurman, explained how wide the gap is in our state. >> there are hundreds of thousands of students without access to steady internet. >> reporter: a digital divide task force was put together. mike mcguire, state senator, is a member. many schools are scheduled to start and the state is short about 700,000 laptops and 300,000 hot spots. he estimates all that
equipment could cost 500 million dollars to $1 billion. >> school districts should prepare in a worst-case scenario to be in distance learning through the greater part of this coming school year. that's why it's so critical that school districts go out and purchase the equipment that is needed for their students and they will be reimbursed by the state of california. >> reporter: reimbursed by $5.3 billion set aside in the state budget to help with distance learning, attached to new minimum requirements paid >> we want daily, live interaction with teachers and other students. students connecting with other students and teachers connecting daily on an interactive frame. >> reporter: mcguire said the task force is working with internet service providers to secure free or reduced cost internet for students and families. even if every kid gets a laptop and hot spots, there will be a gap, especially in rural areas. >> they may not have service. we are still having thousands of children showing up to school every day, in their
living room, without access to the internet. >> reporter: there were are a number of bills in the legislature to expand access to high-speed internet and tax breaks to districts buying devices. if they passed, there will be time to implement and senator mcguire said it will take other creative solutions to make sure every student is reached. above all, patients. >> it's been rough for parents and educators, alike. i think we will see significant improvement this year with results driven distance learning education. >> the board of education is asking for and collecting donations of money and devices to the california digital divide fun. greg lee, ktvu, fox news. a new poll finds that very few americans think schools should return to normal with
operations this fall and only 8% said k-12 schools should reopen. 14% said minor adjustments are needed before they reopen and 46% say major adjustments are needed and 31% say they think school campuses should be closed this fall. for more information on distance learning and the widening digital divide, download our ktvu news app and you will find stories about how parents are dealing with this during the pandemic. it's 4:18 and for the first time in 40 years, the cal state university system is changing graduation requirements. starting 2023, students will have to take a class on ethnic studies or social justice. the ethnic studies course normally focuses on four groups. native, african, asian and latin. the board of trustees expanded that to include other groups, as well. there are critics who say they expanded it so much that you could fulfill the requirement with not having to take the
ethnic studies class. >> i think it is a requirement that does act ethnic studies will be selected by students. it's either or. >> we adopted a more broader look that it could include jewish studies or include arab studies or armenian studies and other groups. >> a competing proposal would require ethnic studies classes or one of those four historically defined groups and that proposal is being debated in the state legislature and if approved, the government might have to decide. 4:19 and cal state university, i think it's great, making some changes. it's inspiring. let's go over to steve paulson on our forecast. it's been lovely.
yes, it will, pam and dave. my old rule of thumb is that stuck patterns are stuck, good, bad, or whatever. the low is moving and when they accelerate, they go pretty fast. flying down the central california coast with storms popping up again in the afternoon on the evening, even in the northern sacramento valley in northern mendocino county. a cool to mount forecast and a deeper fog bank with the base at 2500 or 3000 feet. a mild pattern and the southwest breeze with wind yest not now, more of a westerly breeze with the onshore breeze, as well. nothing new.
50s on the temps and upper 50s and vacaville, 59, brentwood, 59. sunnyvale, 59. the high and the low has funneled in the moisture from the sierra and northeast california with afternoon storms. for this time of year, temperatures have the highs running below average. cool to warm patterns and a bump up on some temperatures inland and it's not changing that much. 60s and 70s. today, little warmer and then saturday, staying right there is sunday into monday. no changes yet. a positive coronavirus case has white house employees on high alert. coming up, what is being done to make sure others weren't exposed. bay area drivers, we've seen it and numbers confirm how traffic has changed since the start of the pandemic.
imagination. we are seeing more bay area traffic these days. a company that tracks that kind of information says daily vehicle trips taken in the first week of july reached 73% of the levels before the pandemic. that's up from a low of 42% three months earlier. the company said the number of vehicle miles traveled also increased in many parts of the country and in the bay area, drivers are only driving about three quarters of the miles they were driving each week before the pandemic. 4:25 and a pair of restaurant owners in alameda are going out of their way during the pandemic to help employees. they own a waffle shop in alameda and employees say they are digging into their retirement money to keep everybody working. the owners say the workers are part of the family. >> we didn't feel like we could tell people they didn't
have a job anymore and ole's waffle shop. they are family. >> i get very personal with them. i go to their kids' parties. >> we didn't build this business, they did. >> the owners say the small acts of kindness is part of the legacy instilled in them and they hope their story will inspire other people to help others in any way they can. the family says they put their plan for retirement on hold for now. tomorrow morning, get ready to take in the sights of the california coast in our next zip trip. we are checking out the beaches at the bay area is known for from the popular spots around san e hidden gems of marin. we are looking at tourist destinations like monterey and santa cruz to say how these places are meeting challenges surrounding the pandemic. in the beginning, we had to
pivot and that seems to be the catchphrase of 2020. we were doing take out only and, of course, roadside cocktails. >> the good news around the shelter-in-place elements is that we saw less people on the beaches and that could mean less disruption. >> we are also going off the beaten path to northern coastal vistas you may not have seen before. join us for the next zip trip tomorrow when we taken all the beauty of the california coast. the bay area police chief is making history. coming up, we sit down with bisa french to talk about breaking down new barriers as richmond's new police chief. obama and biden back
details of an offer of free virus testing for san quentin inmates was turned down. we tell you why leaders of the prison rejected that help in the middle of a virus outbreak. it's real and has devastated our family in a matter of weeks. >> a family in the north bay devastated after a mother's' sudden virus symptoms quickly led to her deathbed. we tell you about the family's message of caution. from ktvu fox2 news, this is mornings on 2. thank you for joining us and welcome to morning sun two. i'm dave