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the storm also dumped some hail and rain in downtown san francisco today. this is video from near the embarcadero right outside of our abc7 studios. and in the east bay, hail and rain coming down. this was just a short time ago. again, you can hear it. pretty heavy at times. abc7 news reporter laura anthony was there today as the storm hit. >> one had to be almost as high as a jet to see it. but on mount diablo and peaks throughout the bay area, the wild march storm left a good amount of snow. such a rare happening that it prompted some to hike up just to see it up close. >> absolutely beautiful. this is my first time on mount diablo when there is snow. i'm blown away. really beautiful day. >> it wasn't quite enough of the sled or snowboard, and began to melt almost as soon as it settled in. but still -- >> it's really nice. plus just being outdoors. it's fresh air and everything gets clean and it's just nice to
be outside. >> reporter: down below in santa rosa, blanketed in a matter of minutes with the tiny ice balls. the situation became dicey on highway 101 near windsor, creating hazardous driving conditions that led to several accidents. >> never, ever seen something like this ever, ever. >> san francisco, san mateo, and san jose also received their share of hail while hayward was treated to some lightning just before the lunch hour. all of it amid skies that occasionally broke with sun and clouds. even a rainbow, a sign for many there are better days ahead. and perhaps the appreciation that mother nature can provide a welcome, and we'll need it, respite. >> absolutely. it's good to get away and walk outside and get away from the crowds, especially in the city. feel a little bit more safe. >> listen to this hail.
in oakland, it's in slow motion so you can hear it really coming down. let's give you a live look around the bay area right now. our various towercam shots. you know, it's almost a little bit clearer in san jose. well, a little bit. not really. look at those gray, ominous looking clouds hanging right over the bay. let's check in with drew tuma who begins our team weather coverage. >> it's been a wild day when it comes to the weather. you have the puffy cumulus clouds at time bringing hail, downpour, even some lightning. and our snow level dropped as low as 2500 feet. and that's why we're seeing areas across the region in our hills with that snow. we got a downpour. this is evergreen. look at that. that is heavy rain crossing 101. rain falling at an inch and a half per hour. just had aove through san jose on its way to alum rock. we have snow falling around mount hamilton and the higher elevations. we've even got light rain in the north bay near novato, sears
point, petaluma. yountville, as well around highway 12. and more wet weather is on the way over the next several hours this evening. we'll bring in weather anchor spencer christian. he is going to bring you through what to expect through later parts of this evening. spencer? >> drew, thanks a lot. we've got some active weather around the bay area. it's tapering off a little bit. the storms we have right now ranks only one on the storm impact scale. so a storm of light intensity. but if you're in the brief down or t pours, it doesn't feel so light. at times om lightning and hail as we go to the nighttime hours. more hail in the high peeks. moving along here, starting at 4:00, going into the evening hours and overnight hours, it's going to taper off significantly by the beginning of the morning commute tomorrow. just a couple of isolated showers. and we will be left with initial rainfall totals of generally under 0.2. however, there is still snow falling in the sierra where winter storm warning goes into
effect until seven 7:00 p.m. more coming up a little later. >> easy for you to say. spencer, thank you. you check out the forecast in live doppler 7 at your convenience on the connected abc7 apps wherever you stream. all right. now to the pandemic and three more counties are reopening across the bay area today. alameda, solano and santa cruz counties have moved from the purple tier to the less restrictive red tier. restaurant owners really welcoming the loosened restrictions. they say customers prefer indoor dining right now because of the weather we're seeing. midwest of the area is in the red. just two county, contra costa and sonoma are still stuck in the purple category, but they're slowly getting close to advancing. both counties could move to the red tier soon if their metrics continue to improve. >> meantime, in the south bay, santa clara county is still pushing back on the state's efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine through blue shield. abc7 news reporter chris nguyen spoke with county officials today. >> reporter: in the county of
santa clara, county leaders are pushing back against a plan that would require them to hand over local control of vaccine distribution to blue shield of california. >> each part of the state is not the same. >> reporter: in an interview with abc7 news, county executive jeff smith says the bay area's largest county is now in talks with the state and are hopeful for a firm outcome by the end of the week. as part of the negotiations, the county wants to receive its vaccine supply directly from the state rather than having to go through blue shield. they also want to be able to continue using the county's current appointment system, which they say is far superior to the one that was developed by the state. >> some counties need administrative structures. others just need the vaccine. >> reporter: we learned this afternoon that santa clara county was shorted nearly 12,000 doses of what they expected from the state this week, forcing health officials to transfer a number of appointments to other providers in the area. >> my suspicion is that they're trying to divert as much of the vaccine to southern california
as possible. and that's not something that we think is acceptable. >> reporter: that's because the state recently announced that 40% of vaccines would be set aside for low income communities based on the healthy places index, the majority of whom are in the south. but despite the backlash to the governor's plan for blue shield to take over vaccine distribution, some say the public/private partnership makes sense. >> they understand the dynamics of working with all of these different stake holders in the health care system, be it big health systems like kaiser permanente, stanford, ucla, ucs, those groups throughout the state, as well as the pharmacy. >> reporter: so far the california department of public health says dozens of providers who oversee more than one thousand vaccination sites across the state have already signed on the work with blue shield. in san jose, chris nguyen, abc7 news. a day after his state of the state address, governor newsom proclaimed he is extremely optimistic that better days are close at hand in california.
>> we're determined. we're going to come back. we're not going to come crawling back. we're going roar back. this state is poised for a incredible recovery. >> newsom pointed to what he says are record reserves and a huge operational surplus. he is especially confident about a rebound in the hospitality industry. the governor also announced today that the state is poised to reach its goal of 2 million vaccine doses in the hardest hit communities by friday. once that happen, the state will change its tier system, making it easier for counties to move out of the most restrictive purple tier that is good news for sonoma and contra costa, which as we mentioned a few moments ago are the only two bay area counties that are left in the purple tier. now the house passed the $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief bill. that bill includes $1400 stimulus checks for people who are making $75,000 a year or less, as well as money for state and local governments in some industries. in fact, american airlines just
canceled furloughs for 13,000 employees today after that package passed. after nearly four years at the helm of san francisco public schools, dr. vincent matthews is stepping down as superintendent. the school district leader did not elaborate on his decision to retire, only to say that it was time. abc7 news reporter lyanne melendez has more on this big announcement. >> the announcement of his retirement came in the form of a press release with a date, june 30th. dr. vincent matthews wrote "i am sharing this news just as soon as my family and i made the decision. for the remainder of my time as superintendent, i remain committed to the critical work in front of us, which as he told us last monday is getting san francisco public school kids back to in-person learning. >>, this has been a difficult time. we are enthusiastic about the ability to move forward. we will continue to do everything we can as a district to get as many students back
into in-person learning as we possibly can. >> reporter: to his credit, because of the pandemic, it hasn't been an easy year for any superintendent. >> this is not business as usual. >> reporter: a yale study surveyed over one thousand school leaders in new york city, asking them to name three emotions experienced during this time. the most common were anxiety, overwhelmed and sad. >> i didn't see that coming. i know that if i were in his shoes, i would be consistently overwhelmed and underthanked. >> reporter: since march 2020, dr. matthews has worked with a school board that has made controversial decisions, like attempts to rename schools and changing the admissions policy at lowell high school. both the school district and the school board were also sued by the city attorney in an attempt to reopen schools. dr. matthews was hired in 2017 for his local connection to san francisco, born and raised along with years of experience as an educator and district leader.
he was supposed nearby for the long haul. >> i honestly did not think he would be a good match for the community. >> reporter: jill wentz was on the board for 20 years, the longest serving member. the academy in san francisco was under investigation for its discriminating enrollment practice against black and brown children. >> giving a little nudge to families to get their students out that they didn't want. and things that public schools can't do and shouldn't do and wrong. >> reporter: it will now be up to the school board to name an interim superintendent. and for that position, among the names are deputy superintendent of instruction and quite possibly, possibly the former superintendent richard garranza who is no longer heading new york city schools. the board will meet tomorrow and i'm told will begin discussing how to eventually fill that position.
in the newsroom, lyanne melendez, abc7 news. >> all right, lyanne, thank you. perception and punishment. stopping the cycle of girls of color being pushed out of schools for disciplinary reasons. california dreaming. the immigrant experience in the not always golden state. super michael. the boy not expected to we made usaa insurance for members like kate. a former army medic, made of the flexibility to handle whatever monday has in store and tackle four things at once. so when her car got hit, she didn't worry. she simply filed a claim on her usaa app and said... i got this. usaa insurance is made the way kate needs it - easy. she can even pick her payment plan so it's easy on her budget and her life. usaa. what you're made of, we're made for.
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about birthday parties here on abc7, but when we do, you can bet it's for a special reason. today a celebration of life for a 2-year-old whose parents were told he would not live past 12 months. now it's been twice that. abc7 news reporter wayne freedman was at this party of a lifetime. >> reporter: you have never seen a birthday party like this. >> he loves the fire trucks. >> reporter: and now the surprise staging a few blocks away. >> i have to tell you, we needed michael as much as michael needed us. >> reporter: michael reading of vallejo turned 2 years old today. based on a rare condition that affects his disconnective tissue, it's a long shot that he'll live to see his third. that he's made hit the far is a miracle. now imagine being his mother, amelie, who is dealing with all of that? >> so every day we treat like a miracle. because we never know if we get another day with michael. >> reporter: but oh what a day this would be. these are firefighters from alameda county and vallejo and castro valley, all came to
michael's house for a parade-sized visit on this special day. most of them -- ♪ happy birthday, little brother ♪ >> reporter: including heather marquez already know michael well. >> happy birthday, michael! >> reporter: we met heather walking over to the fire station one morning. >> reporter: michael would ask to see the fire station almost every day. those firefighters opened their hearts. >> they just embraced michael and wanted to give him every opportunity that they knew he would other nice not have. >> he can name every component on a fire engine better than the rest of us. >> reporter: as anyone can see. >> we've almost lost michael four times because of his condition, we never know exactly what to expect. >> reporter: instead that. >> know only what they can give to fill every possible moment with joy and to savor them, knowing how they're finite, flight, all too few and brief. >> this is my angel right here. >> these are the things that -- these are the things that always stay with us. we consider these career
highlights. >> reporter: so now you've just seen the birthday of a lifetime at age 2. >> he'll have this day. >> you'll have this day forever. >> reporter: in vallejo, wayne freedman, abc7 news. >> wow. how special. they understand every day is precious, right? got to take advantage of every moment. let's turn to the forecast. kristen, we had everything today under the sun, including sun, because i looked outside a few minutes ago. it was sunny out here. >> hell, yeah. let's talk to spencer about it. >> that's exactly what we had. as a matter of fact, where do you have hail? well, we had pea-sized hail in san mateo with breaks of sunshine coming through. and snow showers mount diablo and mount hamilton. rainfall totals between 3/10 and 8/10. it's been pretty wet. as you look at live doppler 7, the system is caned of broken up into more widely scattered ra. there have been some isolated
downpours, but the main feature right now i want to show you is snow still falling all around mt. hamilton area. so this system is still with us. from sutro tower looking over san francisco with clouds at various levels of the atmosphere. 51 degrees in the city. 52 at san jose. morgan hill and half moon bay. mid-50s at oakland and mountain view. another view look northward from the golden gate. and we see a similar sky condition. temperature readings at 46 degrees at santa rosa, novato and napa. low to mid-50s at concord and livermore. and a dramatic view of the western sky from emeryville. check out the forecast features. this wintry mix we have now will start to taper off overnight. by tomorrow morning it should be pretty much over. we have cold mornings and milder days ahead through saturday. and our next round of rain is likely to arrive sunday. current storm ranks 1 on the storm impact scale. once again for tonight, and maybe even the early morning hours, a few showers briefly heavy. lightning and hail and snow in the highest peaks.
and here is the forecast animation. you see how it winds down by 5:00 tomorrow morning. so as the morning commute gets under way, there probably will not be much active weather left. and should it be all over by 11:00 a.m. and rainfall totals additional, additional rainfall totals from what's left of the storm will be pretty light, generally under 0.2 of rain. it's still snowing in the sierra. a winter storm warning remains in effect there until 7:00 this evening. we expect generally 2 to 6 inches of additional snow. overnight lows here in the bay area tonight, mainly in the mid- to upper 30s in our inland valleys will where it will be chilly. upper 30s to near 40. highs tomorrow, mid-50s coast. upper 50s around the bay shoreline. upper 50s to maybe 61, 62 degrees inland. and here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. bright sunny skies on friday after a chilly morning. another chilly morning on sturday. but still pretty mild afternoon. it gets a little bit cooler, a little cloudier on sunday as we spring forward to daylight
savings time. and we expect some wet weather developing late sunday, maybe even lingering into early monday morning. but the first half of next week at least looks like it's going to be nice and dry. larry and kristen? >> all right. thank you, spencer. from an anti-immigrant majority to a state that majority to a state that embraces immigrants, the pivotal majority to a state that embracesi have the power pivotal to lower my a1c. because i can still make my own insulin. and trulicity activates my body to release it. once-weekly trulicity is for type 2 diabetes. most people taking it reached an a1c under 7%. trulicity may also help you lose up to 10 pounds and lower your risk of cardiovascular events, whether you know you're at risk or not. trulicity isn't for people with type 1 diabetes. it's not approved for use in children. don't take trulicity if you're allergic to it, you or your family have medullary thyroid cancer, or have multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2. stop trulicity and call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction, a lump or swelling in your neck, severe stomach pain, changes in vision, or diabetic retinopathy.
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"california dreaming," about people working to keep the california dream alive while congress gets ready to take up two immigration bills that would legalize some undocumented workers, we look at the overall immigrant experience in the state of california. over the past 30 years, california went from an anti-immigrant majority to a state that for the most part embraces immigrants. many point to a pivotal moment decades ago that spurred this change. >> reporter: california is a welcoming place for the 11 million immigrants that live here. that includes the 2.5 million who are undocumented. but it wasn't always this way. >> they keep coming. two million illegal immigrants in california. the federal government won't stop them at the border, yet requires us to pay billions to take care of them. >> reporter: in 1994, california governor pete wilson won reelection targeting illegal immigration. voters also approved proposition
187, which denied social services, health care, and education to undocumented immigrants. >> prop 187 created a sense of fear for so many people, but it also was a catalyst. it was something that motivated a lot of people to push back. >> reporter: over the next ten years, california added 1.8 million registered voters. 89% of them were latino or asian. >> you see a lot of people who became politically engaged, politically involved because of that. we were never going to let our community be targeted again in that way in california. >> reporter: david campos is one of those who pushed back. in 2008, he was elected to the san francisco board of supervisors. it was then that he shared a secret. >> when i first ran for elected office as a supervisor, i was proud to let people know that i came here as an undocumented immigrant when i was a kid.
i think it's important for people to know what an undocumented person can look like. >> my name is kevin lee, and i currently work as a policy aide in santa clara county. i am currently a daca recipient. being undocumented, that is often stigmatized. i emigrated from south korea when i was 5 years old. we came under a visa program. it was very shortly after graduating high school when i became undocumented. i actually entered the county through the new americans fellowship program. >> the new americans fellowship is a ten-week fellowship. young people who are daca recipients come to learn about local government works as well as the safety net services we provide for the immigrant community. i think it was very important for us to see these young people as a voice that we value. >> reporter: since 1994, californians elected its first
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building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. we began with tamron hall and a look at perceptions of girls of color. >> this perception, that black girls are more adult-like, is a potential contributing factor to higher rates of harsher punishment. in schools, black girls are disproportionately expelled, suspended, and arrested, pushing
them out of education and toward incarceration. and that unfair treatment of black girls starts as early as preschool. >> bay area school districts have some of the highest suspension rates in the state, especially for black students. in one district, young black girls is 14 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. abc7 news's race and culture reporter julian glover joins us live right now. julian, these numbers are certainly alarming. >> hi, kristen. they're so alarming, but they're even more frustrating. you're to be hear from two black families that feel completely abandoned by the education system. they tell me it's only a matter of luck that these two girls are not incarcerated. now they're joining the fight to change the system. >> nobody has ever. > nobody has ever tooken the time to get to know who i am. so they just push me out without
even trying to understand me. i feel like being a black girl is just all around hard. >> one year they suspended her 23 times in one year, which is way over the legal limit of suspensions. >> reporter: the suspensions started racking up in the third grade for lania green, for chewing gum, for rolling her eyes. >> it speaks to the racism in this country. it speaks to the dehumanization of black children. the education system has completely failed her. she hasn't been in school since the 7th grade. >> reporter: as her disciplinary of the classroom and into an independent study program within pittsburg independent school district. she meets with an educator once a week to go over assignments. no classroom assignments, no interacting with other students her age. >> when it comes to school, it's like they demonized me. i wish they would have understood the level of trauma i've been through. >> reporter: what's happened to
lannia is emblematic of a larger issue. black and brown children disproportionately disciplined. they're pushed out of classes, leading to learning loss and a fast track to the highest suspension rates for black children in the bay area for the 2018-'19 school year. black girls were 14 times more likely than white girls to be suspended. of the 172 black girls in the seventh and eighth grades in the district, there were 141 suspensions, almost as many as suspensions as there were black female students. of the 37 white girls in those grades, only one was suspend once. >> there is blood in those numbers. there is hurt in those numbers. those numbers shock. records tia martinez, ceo of forward change crunches the data for community groups, pushing for change like the black organizing project. bob has led the ten-year fight
to remove school resource officers from oakland unified school district classrooms. >> but when you back up and you see all of these numbers, you see the same thing happening over and over and again, it can't be all black middle school girls. you begin to say okay, there's got to be something systemic happening. >> reporter: i reached out to the pittsburg unified school district for comment and made the following statement. while we've made progress districtwide, we're aware of the disproportionately high suspension rates and continue to work on this issue through professional development on equity and justice race practice. we realize more work needs to be done and are committed to addressing disparities among our student groups. do you feel like the education system failed you? >> i feel like it failed me. but i feel like there is an intension. >> disciplined repeatedly in elementary and middle school for what she calls being colorful.
>> in middle school, i was suspended probably -- i would say at least eight times. >> eight times? >> out of school suspensions. in-school suspensions probably ten or more. referrals to the office, probably more than 30 for talking. >> reporter: she was eventually expelled after a fight with a boy on campus in high school. like lannia, she was also sent to an independent study program. she, however, managed to graduate a year early, but a decade later still feels the effects. >> and now i'm 28, and i don't know a lot of basic math and stuff like that. and i feel a little bit set back in life, in addition to being black, in addition to being a woman, set back by the education, the experiences that we had. >> that picture came up. >> reporter: thankfully for lannia, she has miss month any, an independent education consultant, pushing her to achieve. >> i see all of my students and my scholars. i see the potential in them. i see life in them. >> reporter: just ask lannia about miss money. tell me about that relationship. >> i love miss money.
>> reporter: and she lights up. >> are you aware what the powers that be ask questions, ask educators have never worked with nia or have some minimal interaction with nia. what do you think is best for lannia? and i flat-out said, don't ask them. they don't know. if you want to know what nia needs, ask me. >> if she did not have money she would be locked up or unfortunately she could even fall into sex trafficking to be honest. >> my purpose is to educate them. to help them understand there is an importance of understanding the roworld and how things work but also understanding yourself and your role and how you could be a positive contributing member to society. >> the dreams i have for myself, i want to be an ob/gyn, a female doctor that delivers babies and works with kids. because i just like helping people. >> it's very simple to me, very simple. you want quality outcomes, you invest in the community.
you invest in these students. ad that's where the breakdown is and will remain until we find a way to repair through financial means, through training, through education. >> reporter: changes jessica and desiree fight for as organizers with the black organizing project. >> it's too late for just the conversation. it's time for action. it's time for real change. >> reporter: change that will be too late for lannia. she may have been pushed out, but you can't keep her spirits down. >> i can be something. i know i am going to be whatever they said i'll be. >> just to show you how widespread this issue of school pushout, both families you heard from have several siblings, brothers and sisters who have either been expelled from the education system or either in prison after being pushed out from it. how do we fix the problem? leaders with the black
organizing project believe removing officers from school settings is one of the first steps. meanwhile, massachusetts congresswoman ayanna pressley introduced a bill in the house in 2019 to end school pushout. that has since stalled. if you like to hear what pittsburg unified is doing to correct the issue in their district, head to our website, abc7news.com and click on this story. covering race, culture and social justice, i'm julian glover, abc7 news. >> julian, thank you. our reports continue tomorrow with a look at women making names for themselves in construction. and on friday, a biotech engineer and her drive to make tech skills attainable for girls of color. and a reminder, you can watch these stories and more on demand through the bay area connected tv app available for apple tv, android tv, amazon fire tv and roku. and another reminder to join us saturday at 7:00 p.m. for our america, women forward. it's a one-hour documentary it's a one-hour documentary highlighting extraordinary women this is a no-nonsense message from three. small business insurance usually forces you
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time now for the four@4. we have dan and spencer for the conversation today. the house passed the $1.9 trillion covid relief bill. the bill includes $1400 stimulus checks for people making $75,000 a year or less. it also includes money for state and local governments. vaccine distribution, rental and mortgage assistance and support for bars and restaurants. president biden is expected to sign the bill into law friday. so after all the political slicing and dicing, this is what we end up with. dan? >> yeah, absolutely. and it certainly shows you politics as usual in washington, still very much divided. not a single republican voted for this package. but even as we begin to reach the tail end of this pandemic, i say begin to reach the tail end of this pandemic, there is so much scar tissue and so many people so desperately hurting so, this money will make a difference to them. it will be interesting to see, i have not checked, how the stock market reacts. my suspicion is it will bounce up tomorrow.
i'll see what the after-hours trading looks like on this news. the stock market is always predictive, looking forward. it will be interesting to see how the market responds to this bill. >> yeah, i think dan, i think you're seeing the market respond favorably so far. i just think it's unfortunate that it took this long to get this package through, and when so many people needed the help months ago. alameda county has moved into the red tier means the a's can welcome back fans at 20% capacity. one of oakland division rivals going way past that. the texas rangers announced they'll welcome fans at 100% capacity for the home opener. it will be the first pro sporting event to operate at that capacity since the pandemic began. they're talk 40,000 fans. that announcement comes on the same day state of texas fully reopened and also ended its mask mandate. this is darwinism at its finest
here. we're going see how this plays out. and they do say that when you go to the stadium, you should wear a mask. but if you're going the eat or drink, obviously you're not going have the mask on. i don't -- i don't get it. my buddy's in austin today. he's saying we're wide open. come on down. that's okay. i'll wait a little while longer. spencer, could you imagine a crowd of 40,000 people? i would not feel comfortable right now, unless like you i was vaccinated already. >> well, i wouldn't feel comfortable as a crowd of 4,000 right now. what can we see about texas that won't get bleeped out on tv? against the advice of virtually every medical expert, the governor of texas says open it all. open it all up. ed a at a time when we're so close to making a major step forward. it just boggles the mind. turkey, me even scarier than the rangers' ballpark is the indoor gyms with all the people working
out. >> i hope it works out well. i wish them all the luck in the world. i hope it doesn't bite. >> yeah, yeah. >> wait a while before you visit california if you're from texas. now to a scary moment on a ski slope in romania. some skiers came face-to-face with a bear. it initially looked uninterested, but suddenly took off after the skiers, chasing the group for two minutes. luckily something else grabbing the bear's attention and the skiers escaped unharmed. a similar scene happened earlier this year, also in romania. you guys, kind of sometimes worry about this in tahoe you. know how there are a lot of bear there's too. >> i think a bear can literally smell a tic tac in your car, sealed up in the car. they have very sensitive noses. i think you would rather be attacked by almost any animal on the planet, but a bear. those things are really tough when they attack. but i will say, if this happens, larry and i in romania, if this happens to us, i do not have to outrun the bear.
i just have to outrun larry. >> good luck! good luck! think about two minutes, that's a long two minutes. that's the longest two minutes of your life with a bear chasing you. >> unbelievable. >> right? >> now to a man -- >> go ahead, spencer. >> i was going to say we don't want to lose larry. he is my emotional support anchor. >> i don't want to lose dan because i'll be doing four shows a night. never mind that. now to a man who loves his local mexican restaurant so much, he spent 24 hours sitting in a bean dip, wow. this is hunter-re ray toros in chatsworth. he did it to bring attention to the small business that's been struggling during the pandemic. yummy, huh? he also had the restaurant's logo tattooed on his arm.
this guy is all in. and the tattoo being done while he was sitting in the dip. hmm. interesting. i hope this works out for that restaurant and him in particular. but it makes you wonder -- >> they're not going to reuse the dip are, they? >> just for him for the rest of his life. spencer, what would you be willing to sit in to save whatever, your restaurant, your life, anything under the sun? i'm going french onion soup or a smoothie. banana mango smoothie for me, please. >> maybe some minestrone a, you know. boy, that looks disgusting. >> what about wine grapes for you? >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> wine grapes. >> wine grapes. >> there you go. >> i'll say warm boba tea. it can be like a loofah. freshens your skin. >> i'm going say milk chocolate. better sitting in bean dip than salsa. >> that sounds pa
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you can own a piece of san francisco's iconic cliff house. parts of the restaurant are being auctioned off. that includes parts of the kitchen. bidding for the items includes tomorrow. there are numerous memorabilia items and gift shop merchandise. >> coming and seeing everything taken down and where you can tell that people used to dine is now empty and the walls are now bare and having it all sit out like this is quite sad. >> the 157-year-old cliff house restaurant closed for good on december 31st after proprietors said negotiations with the national parks service fell apart. san francisco's green apple books is downsizing to one location. that store is in the richmond district on clement street. the consolidation will happen by september with green apple closing its fiction and music
annex. the owners say this was not a pandemic-related decision, but rather one that better serves their customer base. all right. let's get another check of the forecast. an eventful day in weather, spencer. >> that's putting it mildly, larry. you're right about that. the storm is going to be losing its structure during the overnight hours. we'll see it weaken -- start to weaken shortly before midnight and before the morning commute gets under way, we'll see pockets of isolated showers. but it's going to be a cold overnight. low temperatures dropping into the mid- to upper 30s in most inland valleys and even around the bay shoreline. here is the accuweather seven-day forecast. we'll get slightly milder. it gets much milder on friday and saturday going into the weekend. larry and kristen? >> i have so much to say about the weather. sorry about that, larry. >> that's okay. i hope you're as excited about this, because hockey fans, abc
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