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next at 5:00, from parking lot to pilot program. the federal government will open one of its first mass covid vaccination sites in oakland. state leaders promise this is just the beginning. plus the fight over reopening schools takes an unprecedented step in san francisco. the city is now taking its own school district to course. some parents are giving up and looking at private schools instead. also this evening, videos like this show the rising level of crime in oakland. store owners are afraid. residents are worried. police promise to help. but even they acknowledge the situations are getting increasingly more violent. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. now we begin with the federal government choosing the city of oakland as one of its first mass coronavirus vaccination sites. it's among the first of 100 new supersites that the biden administration hopes to set up
by the end of april. it will be set up at the oakland coliseum. the goal is to make it a regional resource, serve people who may fall through the cracks. governor newsom says it's all about equity. good evening and stu for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> and i'm dan ashley. the plan is to open up 9 new coliseum site by february 16th. that is two weeks from yesterday. and to vaccinate 6,000 people a day. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen has more information on who is eligible to use it. >> reporter: tonight the east bay's getting a big boost from the biden administration in the fight against covid-19. >> we're marking and planting a flag of a different mindset, aft partnership with the federal government. >> reporter: the oakland coliseum will soon become a mass vaccination site with the ability to serve at least 6,000 people a day. >> equity is the call of this moment. >> reporter: state officials expect the coliseum site to be fully operational by february 16th. in preparation vaccine eligibility across all of
alameda county will expand next week to phase 1b, tier 1. this means that essential workers in food and agriculture, education and child care and emergency services along with seniors 65 and up as well as certain high-risk individuals will be able to receive the vaccine. >> this site is not going to in any way impact the existing vaccine resources, the existing workforce resources. this is truly additive from our federal partners. >> reporter: the state says anyone who is eligible can use the coliseum site regardless of where they live. as long as they sign up for an appointment using the state's new my turn website, which will be made available in the coming weeks. >> not only will it allow you to be notified when it's your turn for a vaccine, but also allow you to schedule the vaccine and allow us end-to-end feedback from providers. >> reporter: community leaders praising both the governor and the president for making alameda
county a priority. >> we're a diverse community with multicultures and multilanguages all here. and the ability to partner in order to deal with this virus. >> reporter: but a reminder that there's more work to be done. chris nguyen, abc 7 news. the setup is under way for a new vaccination site at san francisco's moscone center. this will be the city's third vaccination site along with the bayview location and one at city college. it is expected to open this friday. appointments will be required. it will serve bay area residents ages 65 and older as well as health care workers. the executive director of the california association of counties spo the challenges of vaccinating millions of eligible residents. and it's not just supply issues he's hearing about from across the state. he appeared on our program "getting answers" this afternoon. >> it is hard when we have consistent changes in priority populations or in what the
overall approach is to vaccines. our focus is on finding a way to continue to go straight down the road and the more stops that are in the way the slower we're able to go. >> and he says california counties have the capacity to do thousands more vaccinations daily but it's the supply issue that's keeping them from reaching that goal. the city of san francisco sued its own school district today to force students back into the classroom. the city claims the district doesn't have a plan to reopen. the district responded calling the lawsuit frivolous and said its plan is posted publicly on its website. just yesterday the state's health secretary gave elementary schools the green light to reopen now in marin, san mateo, santa clara and san francisco counties. but for san francisco the district says it may not be ready until at least april 19th. abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield has been talking to parents and the teachers union. >> i was so happy to see mayor breed taking decisive action.
i think it's very unfortunate that it came down to a lawsuit against our school board and our school district. but we have to see movement in order to protect our public schools. >> reporter: meg cameroot says this lawsuit couldn't come soon enough. while she is worried about her two kids and their struggles with distance learning. but the teachers union says this lawsuit was not necessary. >> i was shocked that the city would take a drastic move like this, especially when we are in negotiations several days a week now. >> reporter: the union president thinks this lawsuit could hurt relations and negotiations. >> reporter: this feels much more like an attack and not support for getting our schools open. and it comes at a time when we're making progress in bargaining. >> we absolutely have a comprehensive plan. this plan has specific steps around health and safety guidelines. what our processes would be and
what it would look for students to return. >> reporter: but city attorney dennis herrera says they've had enough plan to work out a plan with the teachers union. >> the board of education and the school district have had more than ten months to roll out a concrete plan to get these kids back in school. unfortunately, so far they're earning an f. having a plan to make a plan doesn't cut it and is no plan at all. >> reporter: herrera says any talk out of the district about possibly reopening these schools is empty and ambiguous rhetoric. and he accuses district officials of failing to perform their duties. in san francisco amy hollyfield, abc 7 . >> well, and to say parents are frustrated and frazzled over the school situation in san francisco would certainly be an understatement. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman sat down with some of them today and got an earful. >> reporter: listen carefully. you might hear tom suhu's
exasperation. >> this is the makeshift setup we created for him downstairs. >> reporter: what you see with his son bradley is a better than average representation of what passes for public school in san francisco during the pandemic. >> it's disappointing. it's frustrating. it's aggravating. and it is tiring. >> reporter: and just one more by-product of covid 19 that has hit parents hard. >> today we did a little language arts. >> reporter: call it blowback from the zoom gap as parents perceive their children falling behind while schools remain closed. imagine quitting your job to teach your child. tommy bettles did. >> if anyone thinks a 6 or 7-year-old can learn to read and write over zoom they're kidding themselves. >> reporter: especially in the context of a district voting to change the names of 44 schools because of links to racism and slavery and also banning acronyms as a symptom of white supremacy culture. >> is this the time or the place for that? >> absolutely not. >> the resor ath day.
>> reporter: hence san francisco sued against its own school district to reopen. applause from the parents' gallery. >> it shouldn't be this way. he should be able to go to the school that's one block from us. >> reporter: as parents see it, empty playgrounds, closed schools like these are hardly what they paid for with their taxes. they're not what they expect, even in a pandemic. in a word, they want to be heard. and they want flexibility. >> the group of people that are making this happen, the parents are not necessarily feeling like part of the conversation. >> reporter: well, they are now. and finally speaking up. clearly and loudly. >> yes, i do back the lawsuit. absolutely. >> reporter: in san francisco wayne freedman, abc 7 news. now, the american academy of pediatricians is calling for schools to reopen immediately. the group says data shows that attendance does not increase the spread of covid-19 as long as safety protocols are followed. it says millions of children are suffering and experiencing the negative impacts of school closures.
work safety regulators accuse the city of san francisco of "dangerous and inhumane treatment of city employees during the pandemic. cal osha filed an imminent hazard complaint accusing the city's department of public works of failing to provide clean restrooms and not enforcing covid safety measures. it comes after nine public works employees all at the same facility tested positive for covid-19. san francisco's public works department denies the complaint's claims. in oakland's chinatown community leaders are going public with their pleas for help in combating an increase in violent crime in their community. as abc 7 news reporter laura anthony explains, it's especially important with the lunar new year celebration kicking into high gear. >> we're living in fear every day. >> reporter: he sees it every day. the rampant crime, especially robberies in oakland's chinatown. attacks that are sometimes racially motivated. >> the bad guy pretty much could rob you in front of 20 people. we like living in a third world
country where we're not being treat like a human being. >> unfortunately they are not only robbing the people but most of the people are being hurt. >> reporter: now chinatown leaders are publicly asking for help from their city and police force. >> they appear to be more violent, for whatever reason. and that's why we need to stop this now. >> reporter: this woman is still recovering from one of those attacks. >> she still has symptoms of anxiety, dizziness, headache, memory loss. >> i want to start by apologizing to the victims of these heinous crimes. >> reporter: oakland's mayor apologized to the victims but attacked efforts of some on the city council and citizen commission to cut the police budget by as much as 50%. >> but i have not forgotten that this last summer they brought a proposal to cut $25 million from the oakland police department as a political statement, not because of. >> reporter: chinatown leaders
want police to reinstate their walking patrols, and they want the city to renew its pledge to install new cameras here in the neighborhood. but all the police could promise, given recent cutbacks, were more resources, without specifying exactly what that means. in oakland laura anthony, abc 7 news. still ahead here, the head of california's e.d.d. is vowing to fix its problems. lawmakers are getting really frustrated over how nothing seems to change. and the powerful story of a bicyclist who got a second chance at life and along the way chi'm morgan, and there's moreay helped sto me than hiv.l set a more love,... more adventure,... more community. but with my hiv treatment,... there's not more medicines in my pill. i talked to my doctor... and switched to... fewer medicines with dovato. prescription dovato is for some adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment or replacing their current hiv-1 regimen. with... just 2 medicines... in 1 pill,... dovato is as effective as a 3-drug regimen...
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agency. reporter leticia juarez from our sister station in los angeles has the story. >> reporter: california's employment development department responsible for unemployment benefits is broken. >> the number of unpaid claims, unfairly denied claims, frozen accounts and fraudulent accounts is stunning. >> reporter: a state auditor's report found the e.d.d. marred by rampant fraud with an antiquated system in place for processing claims that left millions of unemployed californians without a lifeline during the pandemic. report mcdowell lost his job in june. he's now homeless after being cut off from his benefits. >> i've had to spend a couple of days at the airport because it was the only place where i knew where i could be okay. >> reporter: his bank of america account one of 334,000 frozen as a tidal wave of fraud hit the e.d.d., which paid out billions in benefits. the state's auditor said the failure stemmed from a lack of safeguards and a plan. >> we really believe that e.d.d. needs to have a recession plan. we deal with recessions every
five to six years. you've got to plan for those situations. >> reporter: during a tense oversight hearing state lawmakers voiced their frustration with the agency. >> people of the state of california are pissed off, and so are we. and there is no excuse for them not to implement these recommendations to protect the people of the state of california who is most vulnerable during this pandemic. >> reporter: newly installed e.d.d. director rita symmes didn't dispute the findings, vowing to implement recommendations, from streamlining the e.d.d.'s call center to fraud prevention and most importantly getting benefits into the hands of those who need it most. >> we are accelerating changes wherever we can as our current customer services are simply unacceptable. >> reporter: but for now millions of californians are left to wait. another blow for those who had their benefits stolen will be the taxes they owe on payments they never received. the e.d.d. has set up a website to deal with that issue. leticia juarez, abc 7 news. a mother in berkeley is marking the anniversary of her son's murder with a plea for
justice. 27-year-old patrick scott jr. was shot around 10:30 in the morning at a bus stop at 62nd and market street in oakland. today three years later his mother says she will not quit searching for his killer. she says on the day her son died she heard the gunshots and rushed to find him wounded. >> by the time i got to my baby in the middle of 63rd i leaned him against a truck. i said breathe, patrick. breathe, baby. breathe, breathe. it's going to be okay. he said mama -- he start describing the person that shot him. shouldn't no mother feel the pain that i'm feeling. >> she says investigators did find the gun used in the murder. a $76,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. well, moving on. in the shadow of the covid-19 crisis, doctors at stanford are celebrating a remarkable accomplishment. surgeons have performed the most heart transplants ever recorded at stanford. as a long-distance cyclist tom
pugh is used to pushing his heart and lungs to the extreme, sometimes riding 50 miles in a weekend with his wife. but early last year his body pushed back. >> i had two heart attacks. the first one i didn't feel. i just didn't know. and the second one took me down to my knees. >> reporter: powerful enough to blow a hole in tom's left ventricle. dr. jeffrey tuterberg says the team at stanford began planning for a heart transplant at a time when pressure from the covid-19 crisis was beginning to overwhelm hospitals in many parts of the country. >> tom came in pretty sick. time is still of the this is. there still aren't enough hearts available for the people who are waiting for them. >> reporter: after stabilizing tom's condition, they began waiting for a donor heart. at the same time stanford hospital was working through tight new covid-19 protocols, testing doctors and nurses, controlling face-to-face contact and at times limiting staffing to just essential personnel. finally, after weeks of waiting,
tom got the call. >> and they said here's a donor heart, do you want it? i said yes. i'll be there right now. >> stanford surgeons including n the shadow of the covid-19 crisis the stanford team would perform a record 86 heart transplants. at least 18 of those were combination procedures including heart kidney, heart liver and heart lung transplants. a massive effort with support across stanford hospital and clinics. >> yeah, we're really proud of the team. and like all transplants, heart transplant is very much of a team effort. >> reporter: a team effort that gave tom pugh a chance to potentially return to the sport he loves. with plans to ultimately tour the west with his wife. >> that's what we're going to do, is we're going to go up and down the west coast. we may venture into the rest of the country, but there's so many beautiful things in california. >> tom is a tough anddyed a reas
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sierra snowpack is improving but we are still lagging behind where we should be. state experts measured the snow nell dorado county today and found a depth of 63 inches with a water equivalent of 17 inches. now, that's 93% of average to date. much of that came from last week's storm. however, the statewide snowpack is just 70% of the average for april 1st. so we definitely still need to get? more rain. but if we're going to have a break, might as well enjoy it, sandhya. >> that's right. since we can't change it, ama. it is statewide 70% of average, but hopefully in the coming months we will see that change as more storms move in. i don't have any storms to tell
you about in the next seven days, but right now i do want to show you what's showing up on live doppler 7. a few sprinkles up in the north bay. most of the energy with that system that we were expecting today has been up to the north. right now the street-level radar around bodega avenue, petaluma, adobe road showing you a little bit of wet pavement. as we take you back in time a few hours, you will see those showers didn't amount to a whole lot today. as a matter of fact, the system is pretty much out of here and will be on our way to dryer days. rainfall season to date, we're 42% of average in santa rosa, san francisco not far behind. along with oakland. san jose 47% of average. so less than 50% for this time of year. we definitely need a lot more rain. and here's a live look from our emeryville camera. we're showing you the sun. this is what you'll be seeing more of. 53 in san francisco. 58 in oakland. san jose 56. it is 50 degrees right now in half moon bay. and nice view from our golden gate bridge camera. a little breezy out there. temperature low to mid 50s from
santa rosa to novato. currently 52 in napa and 56 degrees in concord. one other live picture from our san jose camera those clouds that you see there will be pushing on out. sunny warmer days by the end of the week. we are talking about above average temperatures for the upcoming weekend. numbers first thing in the morning will be dropping below freezing in some spots like lakeport, santa rosa, upper 20s to low 30s. so definitely chilly, mid 30s around livermore, fairfield. bundle up before you get going. tomorrow afternoon it's going to be a nice sunny day in the south bay. peninsula.jose. upper 50s from mountainview to redwood city. 56 in half moon bay. downtown san francisco 57 degrees. if you want the sun you've got it in the north bay. 62 in santa rosa. 60 san rafael. temperatures will be about average for this time of year in the east bay. 59 oakland. 60 degrees in hayward. head inland and those numbers will be in the upper 50s to the low 60s.
concord 60. 59 in livermore. now, the above-average part comes in for friday, saturday, sunday when those temperatures come up in the accuweather seven-day forecast. close to 70 degrees inland. upper 50s to low 60s coastside. cooler early next week. but unlike last night unfortunately the models are trending dryer for early next week. so maybe some cloud cover and cooler weather. dan and ama? >> all right. thank you so much, sandhya. well, people are once again back to talking to the animals at the oakland zoo, and it may be making a difference. we'll have that story next. also, we aired governor newsom's news conference in place of most of "the view" today. so "the view" will air overnight at 3:00 a.m. if you want to set your dvr to we are the thrivers.
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they were allowed this morning for the first time since the state's stay-at-home order was lifted last month. >> well, not all the animals looked so thrilled to have the people back. but the people sure were. they quickly snapped up tickets when they went on sale monday. >> we're near sellout for every day. you know, even for the weekend. and so i hope as the weather continues to improve it's going to just be even more demand as we go forward. >> right now the zoo is operating at only 50% capacity and reservations are required. that's the case too for the names nighttime lanternig festg. fun way to haiceity outdoors iher,ama. an stay safe. >> absolutely. but i did wonder if the animals were as thrilled as we are. >> they like their peace and quiet i think. >> exactly. relax. "world news tonight" with david muir is next. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. for sandhya patel, all of us here, we appreciate your time. hope to see you again in half an
tonight, several developing headlines playing out as we come on the air on capitol hill. the nation honoring the capitol police officer killed in the deadly siege. honoring officer brian sicknick, who died protecting the capitol from those deadly riots, lying in honor, only the fifth person to do so. pierre thomas with the moving images from this day. and all of this tonight as republicans face a major decision over what to do about one of their own. whether to take action against congresswoman marjorie taylor greene, who has promoted racist, anti-semitic conspiracy theories, questioning whether parts of 9/11 happened. suggesting the parkland and sandy hook shootings were staged. tonight, we have just learned from the republican house leader that they will not pull her from any committee assignments, so democrats will now force a vote,