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i'm raj mathai. next on nbc bay area news tonight, it's happening in oakland. moving money from the police department and giving it to other crime prevention programs. so what does it mean for public safety? >> in this moment we're facing a crisis. >> we're joined by the oakland police chief. he explains why the city council got it wrong. and we're talking about where that money will go instead. plus, gas, groceries, even plane tickets. the cost of just about everything is on the rise. why are we paying more and is there any relief in sight? plus, the man bitten by a shark tells us how he made it to safety, and he shares the video he took right before the attack.
good evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. i'm raj mathai. we'll start with our breaking news, that sharp jolt and some shaking on this monday evening, a 3.9 magnitude earthquake, about 30 minutes ago. this was felt in many parts of the bay area. the east bay, where it was centered, the peninsula, san francisco, marin county, just about everywhere. take a look at the map. 6:29 this evening 31 minutes ago. a lot of people telling us this was the strongest quake they felt in years. so far, no reports of any significant damages. we do have our nbc crews on site getting more details. just coming in now, we're probably going to see a lot of this. this video, you see this chandelier swinging. this is in san francisco. we expect a lot of liquor stores to lose some inventory, and grocery stores, as well.
let's bring in meteorologist rob mayeda. this started out as a 4.2, and ten minutes later, it's downgraded, and now it's a 3.9 quake, correct? >> yes. the star indicate where is the epicenter is and that red line off to the north and east, that's in the vicinity of the hayward fault. as we heard earlier, they think it is a quake that did occur near the hayward fault. they're not sure if it might be an offshoot smaller fault that could have been involved in this occurring at 6:29. the foot print of the intense taking, as we take you out here, the color doedcoding on the mape shaking increases in the yellow and orange. from san ramone to sanville, there's moderate shaking that occurred relatively far away from the epicenter. from san leandro to oakland, people reporting the shaking intensity being felt from san
francisco down through daley city. and all the way down to santa cruz and almost to morgan hill. so an earthquake of this size revised to 3.9. shaking intensity being felt light to moderate up through contra costa county. at this hour, it looks like some of the stronger, more moderate shaking was felt near the san leandro area. >> it's interesting, you bring up the danville situation. rob, any expectations of aftershocks? this is something you follow closely. >> you know, for this quake of this size, you should see some smaller aftershocks occurring so far, since this occurred at 6:29. haven't seen much, but that is the natural expectation, earthquakes of 2.0 or smaller, a high likely of that occurring 24 to 36 hours. >> january of 2018, we had a
4.4. do you remember that? that was in hayward and berkeley. >> in a densely populated area, any earthquake near a 4.0 is going to get a lot of people's attention. >> rob, thank you. let's bring in sarah with the usgs. thanks for joining us on this evening. a 3.9, what can you tell us that perhaps we don't know yet? >> umm, well, information is very preliminary because it didn't happen only half an hour ago. but it was in the vicinity of the hayward fault, although it's too soon to say whether it was on the main strand overall plate motion in the bay area. los angeles is coming north to meet san francisco and you see all types of mechanisms that are horizontal sliding with the west side moving north and the east side moving south, and that's what this earthquake looks like.
>> we just heard our meteorologist rob mayeda saying there was a cluster of movement there in the danville area is. that something that's uncommon that this happens maybe 20 or 30 miles away, that there's a bigger movement of the earth? >> well, it's wonderful reminder that this is not a very useful number. it's how long the length of the fault moved and how far one side of it moved fast the other. its unit is cubic feet of earthquake really. and then we turn into a log rhythmic scale. but magnitude is not that interesting. what you care about is how strong the shaking, is how much you feel, that's the potential to do damage. that's not necessarily the controlling factor. there are other things like the kind of soil you're on, valleys have a tendency to focus shaking.
there could be dynamicdynamics, the earthquake moves one direction and creates higher frequency. just like the sound of a train passing you. and so what you really care about is shaking, and shaking is only loosely connected with magnitude. >> sarah, thank you for your insight and your time tonight. again, as we recap this now, we'll continue to talk about it later in this news cast, 3.9 magnitude, 6:29 p.m. it's not confirmed, but it's believed to be near the hayward fault. a lot of people feeling a lot of rolling and the shaking. our crews again are on site. we'll come in later with more information, perhaps more video of any damage in the area. we want to get to the other top story. millions of people demanded system you can change to our local police departments. and now, it's happening. the question is, are you going to like what you see and will
defunding or redirecting police money make our streets more dangerous? that's a big question to ask. it's also a very personal question. this is playing out right now in oakland. the city council voted last week to take $18 million out of the police budget. the majority of it will go to the city's department of violence prevention. for some perspective, the city is still budgeting $647 million for the police department in the next two years. today, oakland's police chief spoke about the decision for the first time publicly. chief laron armstrong and the mayor opposing this cut to the budget for the pd. armstrong is oakland's sixth police chief in the past ten years, and today, he wore his emotions on his sleeve. >> without the resources, it makes it challenging to make oakland safe. and more families find themselves dealing with trauma, find themselves dealing with putting the pieces together. when the yellow tape is gone and
the streets are cleaned up, there's still hurt and pain and tragedy in our community. i hope that we can put politics aside and put public safety first. >> the chief also citing alarming crime statistics. the homicide rate is up 90% from where it was last year. shootings, robberies and carjackings also seeing a spike. chief armstrong, nice to have you on the program tonight. i've been around here a long time. as of you, i've seen a lot of chiefs come through oakland. but never have i heard or seen a chief get emotional as you did today. tell us, where are you coming from and what is the city council getting wrong here? >> i come from a place of being born and raised in this city. losing loved ones to gun wantin city, to want to see oakland be
a safe city. and i know based on the budget cuts that we experienced this past week, i don't feel like oakland is safer as a result. so that concerns me. it concerns me for the safety of our community. >> chief, aren't we all, or at least many of us on the same page here? we want to see a safer community? we want to see systemic change? especially a person of color? isn't that what the city council is trying to do, trying to change the way we're doing it, because something is not working doing it the same old way. >> yes. and i've been fully in support of violence prevention programs. it's what i built my career on. but i think in this moment where you have 65 homicides, where you have a huge increase in shootings and robberies and carjackings, it just isn't the time to have less police resources. now, that doesn't mean there isn't a time for more violence prevention resources. we need both. and i think that's the cause. >> you have 714 officers right now. what do you project as the chief
in terms of the number of officers on the streets, whether it's through retirement, attrition or budget cuts. are we going up from that number or down from 714? >> well, it's clear what our attrition hovering around five to six officers leaving the department a month, whether leaving for other agencies or retirement, we are going to see our department shrink. and that's going to cause officers to have to work more, work more overtime. but it's also going to mean slower response times to 911 calls for service, for our community members who are in great need. so that's where my concern lies. >> chief armstrong, what's happening on a bigger picture here, not just in oakland but nationwide. we talked about some numbers, there's some good cops, a lot of good cops who don't want to be cops any more. how do you change this? because they are being vilified in so many communities. >> yeah, i think that's the difficulty we face in law enforcement across the country right now, the idea that
everybody is being painted with a broad brush. i know me, like most officers come here every day, the vast majority come here and do a great job. respond to people's emergencies every day. but their work gets overshadowed by those that make some egregious mistakes. that's unfortunate. because we can do both. we can hold people accountable while still upholding those heroic in their actions. >> chief, i ask this as a journalist and a fellow nbc employee here. one of our colleagues today, reporting on this very story in front of oakland city hall, held up at gunpoint. two guns drawn on this nbc crew. this isn't supposed to happen. this is broad day night, in front of city hall. is it going to get any better in the next 12 months? >> well, that's my hope and that's my call to the city as a whole, for us to come together and realize that in this moment, we're facing a crisis. far too many guns on our streets
and in our communities. and unfortunately, your colleagues were victims oh of that today. it is my call to say to people that we are dealing with some serious challenges in oakland to have less police officers and less public safety will have a potential impact. but also to recognize that i'm not against violence prevention. but today, what you seen, wouldn't have been prevented by violence prevention. we needed enforcement and a presence which we had formally. but those resources are no longer available, as well. >> chief armstrong, we appreciate your time. we'll stalk to you down the road. >> thank you. so what's the flipside of this debate? up next, we'll be joined by oakland's chief of crime prevention to find out where this new money is going. and are you feeling the inflation? gas, groceries and more. we're looking into how much more you're shelling out and what's behind the increases. plus --
expensive. at chipotle, burritos have gone up for sure. >> we're talking groceries, gas, even plane tickets. we are not imagining it. prices are on the rise. in fact, it seems like we're paying more for just about everything these case. we have the numbers to prove it. those prices at the pump, we all get around with the gas. this shows the rise in prices over the past year. this comes from the bureau of labor statistics. last june, the average price in the bay area was $3. it stayed the same until march when it spiked. now bay area gas prices, more than $4 a gallon. what about food? this data comes from nbc news and nielsen iq. this is specific to the bay area. meat specifically has gone up. chicken is up, chicken, ground beef, bacon, pretty much everything you buy at the store is going up. so why are prices on the rise? and are we going to see any relief any time soon? we're going to talk about this.
scott budman joins us now. he spent the day looking into this issue. we asked our viewers to weigh in, so abby fernandez is here. scott, quick answer, we could take five hours to answer it, but why? of course it's inflation. >> it's happening for several reasons. things were changed during the pandemic. we talk about meat, transportation, that's gas, we talk about bringing people back to work. it adds up to everything costing more. >> this is just companying saying we can stick it to them and make more? >> they're paying more because of gas prices and transportation and they will pass the costs to us. >> so there is a reason for this. abby fernandez, what are you seeing on social media? >> a lot of people, it's real and affecting a lot of people and businesses. this coffee shop wrote us saying
a case of chicken thighs doubled in price. they say that's just one example. >> and it's not one person, we're hearing from business owners, the consumers, and business leaders. >> yeah. you talk about chicken. so literally at the processing part, fewer people were at the processing plants, so things were slower. transporting. we've seen gas prices go up all year. that costs more to do. now trucking companies have to try to bring people back and pay more. that gets added on. it gets to the grocery store. they're paying for those safety shields, paying extra wages. all those costs add up. >> first hand, abby, i know you took some flights recently. that was impacted, because people saying airlines can't staff it. and shipping, right? >> shipping for sure. so we had a lot of people come in and tell us about that. i personally had, you know, some delays in shipping. i called in a furniture store. i wanted to get a wood furniture
piece. they told me it was about six months out. it's usually a month. i'm wondering what's going on. but it's affecting delays on the shipping, too. >> amazon is gigantic and they can staff a lot. but u.p.s., fedex needs people. they have to pay people home to bring them back. if they pay more to bring people back and pay more for gas, that gets passed on to you, as well. >> last question for you, scott, when are we getting out of this, end of this year or into next year? >> my guest and economist's guess is still next year. there's still a lot of stimulus money flooding the market. >> thank you for your time. and perspective with all this. we're all in the same boat here. we're going to continue following the same story online. go to nbcbayarea.com and search inflation. you'll find our breakdown of just how much prices have soared as we dive deeper into the potential long-term economic implications. we want to continue our
conversation about oakland's decision to redirect money from the police department. we heard from the police chief just a few minutes ago who says this is a mistake. so what's the flipside of this debate? let's bring in the chief of violence prevention in oakland. nice to have you with us. you heard perhaps from chief armstrong who says this is a big mistake for the city council to do this. what say you on this side of the debate? >> well, to me it's not a debate. i think that what oakland has done is it has enhanced public safety, and first of all, i would like to get clear what just dollars amounts and what this means. somewhat was passed is a process of providing $17.4 million in prevention money over a two-year period. fiscal year '21-'22 which starts now in july, we are allowed to
spend $7 million. and the second year, '22-'23, $10 million. so what that will do, those $7 million will allow us to enhance some of the work that's being done now. it will not interrupt services. services will not go away from my department. and we will continue, when i say it's not a debate, i -- you know, i don't run city council. but i do work some of our strategies are intertwined, coordinated with some strategies that include oakland pd. >> if i could step in here, just a common question i have and a lot of viewers have, the chief says by taking away that money, this year and next year, it's going to take away officers from the streets and also delay 911 response time.
so that kind of talks to me and a lot of people that maybe our streets won't be as safe. >> yeah. i don't -- i think that we will have to wait and see whether that's the case. i don't want to contradict what the chief is saying. this is not either/or from my perspective. this is funding that will allow us to collaborate closer and to provide some of the prevention services that are needed through the intervention work that is being done by law enforcement. >> okay. well, go ahead, finish your thought, please. >> i'm not here to debate the chief. i have a lot of respect for the chief. and, you know, i'm interested in telling you somewhat the department of violence prevention will do rather than what the oakland police department will not be able to do. >> well said. i think we are all so many of us in the same boat. we just want safer streets of oakland and other parts of the bay area. >> absolutely. >> thank you for your time and
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mosquito bite like feeling, you know? and then a slide, push. as i look and rub my leg, i could see kind of like the shark from here, like with the nose and two eyes. and then i just frantically started kicking through the water. >> can you imagine that? they believe the shark confused him for food. rob mayeda, you've got some big topics tonight, the shark bite and that 3.9 earthquake. >> on or very near the san hayward assault, west of san francisco, down towards santa cruz. and shaking intensity enough around san leandro, it did knock over a picture frame. so light to moderate shaking. that earthquake occurring at 6:29. very quickly, i want to show you tomorrow's forecast. we're going to warm up, inland valleys in the north bay, east bay, back in the ninths for a
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