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good morning. it is sunday, august 8th. 7:00 on the dot as we take a live look outside the sun rising over downtown san jose. thank you so much for joining us after our three-week olympics break. we're happy to be back and we appreciate you joining us. i'm kira klapper. vianey arana just us with a look at our sunday microclimate forecast. >> it's sunday, best day to go out usually but we've been worried about that smoke from the nearby dixie fire. that's something we're going to continue to monitor closely as the fire actively burns to our
north. we're waking up to hazy skies in san francisco right now. we have the morning fog, pretty typical for this time of year and let's take it further inland. notice it is hazy. we're expecting that to linger, but the good news is, we get some wind into the afternoon and that's going to help push out some of that smoke. let's take a check of the temperature trend heading into san jose. we're about 10:00, 11:00 a.m., we get more sunshine, the cloud cover starts to back off, but we're going to see some warmer spots in the 90s. i'll talk about that coming up in just a few minutes. kira. >> see you in 15. the 2020 tokyo games are coming to a close today. memorable games in modern times amidst a global pandemic and surprising wins and upsets. nbc's curt gregory joins us now live from tokyo with the very latest. i want to say hi. good morning, but actually it's good evening to you.
>> evening here, but morning in the bay area, so good morning, kira, everybody. when people look back on the 2020 tokyo games they'll look back at stories of triumph and at athletes who gave it their absolute everything. they'll also look back at amazing performances by american women, especially in team sports. >> see history either way. >> the dynasty continues for u.s. women's basketball. brittney griner scores 30 points, leading team usa past japan 90-75 earning a seventh straight gold medal. >> what can you say, 20 years of sacrifice, of putting everything aside and wanting to win. >> when you're part of usa basketball you're all family and all teammates. >> reporter: a golden finish for usa women's volleyball. the u.s. women battled past
powerful brazil winning their first olympic gold ever. >> it's a lot more wet than i had happened, but it's everything we wanted it to be. . sydney, delil, helped allyson felix. she's now the most decorated u.s. track and field athlete ever. >> so special. to do it with these bright lights of the sport who are going to carry the sport, you know, on so far, it is so special. >> reporter: an amazing olympics almost over. the flame passed from japan to france and paris 2024. and it's fun to look forward to what the next olympiad brings, but we need to close the cover on the tokyo games and everyone
will get an opportunity to do that later today with the closing ceremony. back to you. >> you already got to see that. we're excited to see it too. it was on at 4:00 a.m. our time but we're reairing it at 5:00 and see what you got to see. thanks so much to you for being with us live from tokyo. here is a look at the medal count. the u.s. has a total of 113 medals, the most overall. we just slipped past china for the most gold medals with 39. china has 88 and the russian olympic committee in third with 71 total medals. if you missed a live closing ceremony at 4:00 this morning, not to worry. see it again tonight at 5:00. here's what you can expect because of the strict covid rules, a lot of athletes won't actually be there. they already had to go home. members of team usa who are still there, are not wearing the same uniform from the opening ceremony. this time it's this white coat
designed by ralph lauren. track and field star cara winger will carry the american flag she's made it to four straight olympics and is retiring after the tokyo games. catch the closing ceremony on nbc bay area tonight at 5:00. we have developing news this morning, thousands of homes remain at risk as the dixie fire continues to grow at a rapid pace. it has scorched more than 447,000 acres making it the largest wildfire currently burning in the country. containment is at 21%. on friday, a judge ordered pg&e to explain its role in ignites the dixie fire and drone operations conducted the day the dixie fire started. more than 180 homes and businesses in the gold rush town of greenville have been destroyed, including the home of the plumas county sheriff. >> we realized it's going to come through the middle of town,
so we went farther down the road and pushed farther out of town and eventually we just all realized that the town was going to be pretty much decimated. >> governor governor newsom toured the aftermath and promised to help rebuild the town and also stressed the importance of addressing climate change. >> for anyone that's in denial about climate change, you may not believe in the science but you can't help but believe your eyes. >> there have been no reports of deaths or injuries but four people remain missing. now to students within the oakland unified school district that are scheduled to return to class in person tomorrow but some teachers are saying don't until all are vaccinated. here's sergio quintana. >> reporter: a small caravan of drivers blaring their horns through oakland over the start of the school year. >> i am certain that there will
be students at my school on monday that are infected with covid-19. >> reporter: she says the neighborhood surrounding her elementary school has one of the highest rates of covid-19 infections and one of the lowest when it comes to vaccinations and concerned for lack of protections for teachers and students. >> that there be no return to site until there's vaccinations available for students and mandatory for everyone on the campus. >> reporter: mark airgood teaches middle school special ed students and says more distance learning options need to be offered. while there will be mask requirements and improved ventilation in class the school system isn't requiring proof of vaccination for staff yet and oakland unified is not requiring regular testing for those who opt out of getting their shots. parents who have been pushing for a full return to class are voicing some concerns about the way oakland unified is handling vaccinations. >> i would like to see, you
know, oakland unified do what san jose has done, which i think is a reasonable ask and that is, teachers or any staff in schools to be vaccinated and if they choose not to at this point, they have to undergo i believe it's weekly or maybe even twice a week testing. >> reporter: in oakland, sergio quintana, "today in the bay." as more districts people to open up, more clinics are popping up on school campuses. we have the scene yesterday at sunnyvale's columbia middle school. the pop-up clinic lasted about three hours. 20 people including some students were able to get vaccinated. one 14-year-old we spoke with told us why she decide to get her shot as school approaches. >> it's much more safer for everybody and for people, a lot of people are serious about the vaccines. i said i got the vaccine, my second dose, it's like okay for me, they're probably going to feel more safer around me rather than me not getting the vaccine at all. >> to encourage more people to get vaccinated the clinic gave
away backpacks and target gift cards to students. happening today, the free muni for youth program is expanding. muni will provide free bus and tram rides for students 18 and younger within the school district. the city already had implemented free muni services for lower income youth from 5 to 18 years old until they're 22. mayor london breed says the project will expand to help 100,000 more students within the city. students 16 and older are encouraged to bring their student i.d. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." we take you live to washington, d.c. for our weekly interview with chuck todd for a preview of "meet the press." stick with us. majestic mountains... scenic coastal highways... fertile farmlands... there's lots to love about california.hose chs and use less energy from 4 to 9 pm
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chuck -- >> i'm glad we are killing it in the olympics. >> yes. we just talked about that, the u.s. has the most medals. it's been an exciting couple weeks. here in the bay area, unfortunately, it's not as exciting. we have a lot of bay area schools reopening in the next few weeks and the delta variant now causing more concern and mask mandates returning, students returning to in-person learning for the first time, many too young to be vaccinated. you have dr. anthony fauci on this morning. you know, was he able to hint at whether we should be moving at this pace or whether we should be reinstating lockdowns and closing schools? what was he able to tell you? >> no. i mean he was -- primarily it was about masks and vaccinate mandates and the mask mandates. he's obviously speaking from the federal government and he's not endorsing any mandate, but he would like to see private sector
folks and local organizations institute vaccine mandates. he thinks the minute that vaccines get the full approval from the fda that should be a jump-start here. look, we're at 118,000 cases right now on average, which is our highest since february. dr. fauci is concerned we may get into the 200s. our very peak of the pandemic in february was 256. the fact that we're already worrying about 200s is something that is obviously alarming. i also had the head of the largest teachers union on and she's now in favor of vaccine mandates for teachers. now, how that goes about, you know, it looks like it's complicated a bit inside her union but the fact of the matter is, there's plenty of parents here, particularly if you have a child in elementary school where there is no vaccine for your child, you want to know that
teacher is vaccinated. i think that is where you're starting to see the fact that teachers union is moving into that camp may create more problems inside her union, but that tells you how concerned about this variant a majority of teachers really are. >> and i was actually going to ask you about that because you do have this exclusive interview with randi weingarten, the president of the american federation of teachers, you answered that for me, it will be interesting to see that interview as so many of our kids return to school and aren't able to be vaccinated. we have a story right before the commercial break that there are bay area teachers not wanting to return to class until the students are vaccinated. chuck, as always, sounds like you have interesting interviews and we look forward to seeing your show right after this news cast. thanks for joining us. be sure to join chuck for this morning's "meet the press" as mentioned he'll have dr. anthony fauci on to discuss the cdc's revised mask guidelines
and the renewed debate over mandates. we hope you stick right here. californians' republican party will not endorse one particular candidate in the upcoming recall election to replace governor gavin newsom. delegates fear endorsing one person could divide the party and decrease gop turnout. in a statement, the party says, quote, we cannot afford to discourage voters who are passionate about a particular candidate yet may not vote because their favorite candidate didn't receives the endorsement. the recall election is tuesday, september 14th with ballots going in the mail by august 16th. police are investigating what led to two homicides about three hours apart and only about a ten-minute drive away from one another. officers were first called to san leandro street just past the coliseum around 3:30 yesterday morning. they found one man with gunshot wounds. the victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
then around 6:30, officers were called to 35th avenue just a few blocks from the fruitvale bart station and found another man shot and bleeding. he also died at the hospital. neither of the victims has been identified and no suspects nor motives have been released. this driver is in the hospital in dublin after crashing into this home ap mail mee da fire tweeted out the pictures saying the car slammed into the home around 1:00 yesterday morning on beachwood in dublin. that driver taken to the hospital. fortunately people inside the home were not hurt. a police car chase ends in a crash in the north bay. this happened yesterday afternoon in santa rosa. sonoma county sheriffs say the suspect was in a stolen car and intentionally rammed the car into a sheriff's deputy patrol car and then sped away. the driver drove through a red light and crashed into another car driving through the
intersection. deputies say the driver was arrested and was taken to the hospital. california is announcing another round of coronavirus vaccine incentives. the california department of health care services said it would spend $350 million to vaccinate more people on the state's medicaid program. med cade is the joint state and federal health insurance program for people who are disabled or who have low income. the new incentives include up to $50 in grocery store gift cards. just 45% of the state's medicaid population has been vaccinated. about 13.8 million people are enrolled in california's medicaid program. and it appears the fight over the reopening of the great highway is far from over. opponents were out yesterday passing out fliers trying to gain support to keep it closed to cars. the great highway has become the city's second most used open space during the pandemic, just behind golden gate park. vehicle traffic will be allowed
monday through friday beginning next monday, august 16th. cars will still be banned on weekends and on holidays. and take a look at this if you can. a mysterious red jellyfish was discovered in the atlantic ocean. it was filmed last month on camera at more than 2,000 feet under the water. you just saw a glimpse of it there. noaa says the jellyfish may be an undescribed species. perfect time to check in with our expert, vianey arana, with a look at our sunday forecast. >> the ocean is so never ending, so massive, so deep. who knows what's lurking under there, which is why we keep finding stuff like this. hopefully we'll be able to show you a video again. 57 degrees in san francisco. it is going to be hazy again today so as you step outside through the north bay and the east bay, you notice some of the smoke which i'm going to get to in a second if you are part of
the sensitive groups that suffer from any medical condition limit your outdoor activities. right now it's about 57 degrees and let's take a look at the interior valley. 60 degrees in walnut creek, we'll get some of the morning fog and we saw a little bit of drizzle the past couple mornings which is good. no rain, though. i wish i could say we had rain on the way but we're going to keep the hazy skies. let's take a look at your afternoon highs. we have 60s around the coastline and then we've got a couple 70s and 80s down through the south bay. san jose 80 degrees. meanwhile, it may get warmer in spots like concord, 88. take a look at livermore, 90 degrees. a couple changes. we cooled off a little bit and then heading into the week ahead, we're going to warm right back up. let's take a look at how the winds are doing. this is going to factor into how that smoke mixes out from the nearby dixie fire burning to our north that has brought those hazy conditions. i saw meteorologist rob mayeda
tweeted out a photo of what looked like an eclipse, but really it was just the orange haze over the sun that was making it appear red. wind speed and direction, right now, it says calm. we're pretty calm overall. as we head in towards the afternoon, i am pushing this timeline forward, around 3:00 p.m., the winds increase in san francisco oakland 66, concord, this is going to help move out some of the smoke we've been seeing. the hour-by-hour outlook, the coastline keeping the cloudy conditions for the first half. low clouds and a look at how the air quality is doing. right now the bay area air quality management district has not issued spare the air alerts and we're dealing with moderate air quality based on the index scale. if you live in the inland north bay hills and in the east bay,
you want to monitor because as the winds shift so do the conditions of the smoke. the time stamp around 6:00 p.m. when we see the winds pick up, look what happens to some of that smoke. it goes from we had oranges and reds, clear out and push out, pushing some of this through the north which is why i say if you're traveling up further north you want to be careful because even in through sacramento as well, they're still dealing with heavy smoke and we are expecting to see some of that mix up by this afternoon, at least locally. san francisco, seven-day forecast, we will keep the 60s on the forecast through sunday, monday, tuesday, and then as we head towards thursday and friday we get a little bit of a warmup again. reminder, conditions remain dry. right now we haven't seen any rain. we remain under, you know, a drought throughout the entire state of california. when we start to notice these temperatures bump up again into
the 90s towards the end of the week, that's always going to bring an elevated concern for fire danger, especially in those inland hot valleys and some of those higher elevation areas. you know, it doesn't take a meteorologist to look out while you're driving on the highway and notice how brown some of our local hills are. all of the dry brush is just dry conditions that could spark up a fire at any time. kira, back to you. >> some good warnings there. thanks so much. it is 7:22. we have much more head on "today in the bay." coming up we're going to shift gears and show you the giants going to extra innings for the second game in a row in milwaukee. anthony flores has the highlights of one of the craziest games of the year. sports is next.
to their last out. a shot to right, now it should have been caught. it's ruled a triple. kris bryant scores the tying run. the giants would blow a three-run lead in the tenth and then come out swinging in the 11th. a daily double, second home run of the game, the giants win it 9-6. at the coliseum the a's and rangers. it's a 4-2 ball game in the third. matt olson ropes a two-run double to right and part of a seven-run inning for the green and gold and the a's beat the rangers 12-3. back in the house the faithful inside levy's stadium for the first time since the 2020 nfc championship game. the 49ers holding an open practice. more than 19,000 fans showed up to get a sneak peek at this year's team. big plays got big cheers. the fans definitely raised the energy level inside the stadium. >> we had trouble hearing each other and the coaches.
i mean, me personally, i hadn't played in front of fans since 2018, so it's kind of been an extended period of time for me. being back out there with the fans definitely felt good. >> all right. the niners will play their first preseason game next saturday at levi's stadium. looking good. john lynch sporting his pro football hall of fame blazer. the former stanford cardinal is a member of the class of 2021, a hard-hitting safety with the buccaneers and broncos during his playing days. his induction ceremony is tonight. that's a look at your morning sports. i'm anthony flores for "today in the bay." if you missed the olympics closing ceremony at 4:00 this morning, we will re-air it on nbc bay area at 5:00 p.m. tonight. once the olympics are tied up with a bow we're returning to our regularly scheduled news cast tomorrow. see marcus and laura on midday newscast starting at 11:00 a.m. monday through friday
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outside in downtown san jose. the sun is shining as we welcome you back after our three-week break for the olympics. thank you for starting your sunday morning with us. i'm kira klapper. vianey arana joins us with a look at our microclimate forecast. looks beautiful in san jose but a lot are seeing a lot of smoke and ash. >> the thing is, when we sees the wind start to pick up, that can be something that shifts in our direction or away from us. i have an update on that. you're aware of the air quality we're expecting for today based on what the bay area air quality management district is forecasting. let's take a look right now, let's not get started with the seven-day forecast, i don't know what's going ob there. my graphics are doing whatever they want today. >> they took a break for the olympics too. >> yeah. time to refresh. >> so let's see what's going on with that smoke. we're going to be seeing an overall nice day. if you see hazy conditions tonight be surprised. we have the dixie fire burning to our north. the time stamp up above, sunday
7:30 a.m. notice we have orange hues down through the south bay through santa rosa. look what happens into the afternoon once the winds start picking up. we see some of the air start clearing out, so we go from unhealthy to hazy, but still expect to see some heavy smoke through the northern portion of the bay area. full forecast in just a few minutes. >> we'll see you for your full forecast in just a bit. right now we turn to the tokyo 2020 olympic games. they are coming to a close today and headlines we never seen before, especially given the fact that we're in the midst of a global pandemic. it's a perfect time to check in with nbc's curt gregory live in tokyo with some good news from the olympics. hey, curt. >> good morning, everybody. when people look back on the 2020 olympic games, they will look back on stories of triumph
and athletes giving everything they have and look back on amazing performances by american women. a especially in the team competitions. >> see history either way. >> the dynasty continues for u.s. women's basketball. brittney griner scores 30 points, leading team usa past japan 90-75 earning a seventh straight gold medal. >> what can you say, 20 years of sacrifice, of putting everything aside and wanting to win. >> when you're part of usa basketball you're all family and all teammates. >> reporter: a golden finish for usa women's volleyball. the u.s. women battled past powerful brazil winning their first olympic gold ever. >> it's a lot more wet than i had anticipated, but it's everything we wanted it to be. >> reporter: on the track a quartet olympic champs breezed to gold in the 4 by 400 relay. sydney mclaughlin, dalilah
muhammad and athing mu helped allyson felix earn her 11th olympic medal. she's now the most decorated u.s. track and field athlete ever. >> so special. i mean, to do it with these bright lights of the sport who are going to carry the sport, you know, on so far, it is so special. >> reporter: an amazing olympics almost over. the flame passed from japan to france and paris 2024. and, kira, it's interesting here in japan, i'm looking at the nhk which did have the closing ceremony which is now over and they have already moved ahead to 2024 taking a look at france, the french culture, the food, merriment, but before we can do that, we need to close the cover on tokyo 2020 and it's been a very, very interesting and emotional experience i think for
many people around the world. >> kurt, that's something i wanted to ask you, because you've covered olympics in this half. i believe your last summer olympics was rio if i'm not mistaken. >> yep. >> you know, how did this compare with that eagle eyed view you have? it seems as you said emotional given that we're in a global pandemic. did this seem like a really nice coming together of the world? >> it did feel that, kira. that's an excellent question and a lot to think about i will try to sum it up. flashing back to the games that i've covered and the first one back in barcelona, to use barcelonars sydney, athens and rio as example, just jubilation, merriment, people partying in the streets, dancing, celebrating everything that's good with life. i think that happened here too, but with the backdrop of a pandemic. there is a serious situation.
in many parts of the world, if not here on the streeftsz tokyo. i think we need to all thank japan for doing something very difficult, but for doing ill carefully by restricting access. that meant no fans, but on the flip side of that, i think the stories that we shared in this one, were watching hometown watch parties, watching celebrations, and alaska, hawaii, small towns and big cities, and i think that was memorable. i think i can speak for myself and maybe for many in saying that after the last 15 or 16 months, that we have all live with, we all needed an olympics and we got a special one. >> we sure did. >> back to you. >> poetic kurt gregory, thanks for your live report today. here is a look at the current medal count. the u.s. has a total of 113 medals. that is the most overall.
we've also gone past china with 39 gold medals. china has 88 and the russian olympic committee in third with 71 total medals. we're going to shift gears and come back locally to developing news this morning. thousands of homes remain at risk as the dixie fire continues to grow. it has scorched more than 447,000 acres. that makes it the largest wildfire currently burning in the u.s. containment is 21%. friday a judge ordered pg&e to explain its potential role in igniting the dixie fire and provide videos and images of drone operations conducted the day the dixie fire started. more than 180 homes and businesses in the gold rush town of greenville have been destroyed including the home of the plumas county sheriff. >> we realized it's going to come through the middle of town so we went farther down the road and then we got pushed farther out of town and farther out of
town and eventually we just all realized that the town was going to be decimated. >> governor governor newsom you see here toured the aftermath yesterday and promised to help rebuild the town. he also stressed the importance of addressing climate change. >> students at oakland unified school district are schedule to return to class in person tomorrow but some teachers are saying not to do it until all students are vaccinated. here's "today in the bay's" sergio quintana. >> reporter: a small caravan of drivers blaring their horns through oakland over the start of the school year. >> i am certain that there will be students at my school on monday that are infected with covid-19. >> reporter: adarene says the neighborhood surrounding her elementary school has one of the highest rates of covid-19 infections and one of the lowest when it comes to vaccinations and concerned for lack of protections for teachers and
students. she's not alone. >> that there be no return to site until there's vaccinations available for students and mandatory for everyone on the campus. >> reporter: mark airgood teaches middle school special ed students and says more distance learning options need to be offered. while there will be mask requirements and improved ventilation in class the school system isn't requiring proof of vaccination for staff yet and oakland unified is not requiring regular testing for those who opt out of getting their shots. parents who have been pushing for a full return to class are voicing some concerns about the way oakland unified is handling staff vaccinations. >> i would like to see, you know, oakland unified do what san jose has done, which i think is a reasonable ask and that is, teachers or any staff in schools to be vaccinated and if they choose not to at this point, they have to undergo i believe it's weekly or maybe even twice a week testing. >> reporter: in oakland, sergio quintana, "today in the bay."
>> it's not just oakland. more school districts are preparing to open up and so, too, are more clinics. we have the scene at sunnyvale's columbia middle school yesterday afternoon where they held a pop-up clinic for vaccinations. over the course of about three hours, 20 people, including some students, were able to get vaccinated. one 14-year-old told us why she decided to get her shot as the school year approaches. >> it's much more safer for everybody and for people, a lot of people are serious about the vaccines. i said i got the vaccine, my second dose, it's like okay for me, then they're probably going to feel safer around me rather than me not getting the vaccine at all. in order to encourage more people to get vaccinated, this clinic gave away backpacks and target gift cards. the free muni for youth program is expanding today. muni will provide free bus and tram rides for students 18 and younger within the san francisco
unified school district. the city already implemented free muni services for lower income youth from 5 to 18 years old. london breed london breed says this project expansion will help 100,000 more students in the city of san francisco. students 16 and older are encouraged to bring their student i.d. on board. at 7:40, is it ill to come on "today in the bay," fighting climate change. the major initiatives that the construction industry is pledging to do to become more environmentally friendly.
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from the nearby fire burning just to our north, the dixie fire. before i get to your smoke forecast, want to get to your daytime highs. hazy skies will remain at least again for the first half of our morning and then the winds kick in. temperatures to 65 degrees in san francisco, half moon bay 62, in through areas like oakland and hayward will remain in the 70s. meanwhile, through the south, we have some 80s on the map and further into the interior valleys it will be a lot warmer. spots like livermore 90 degrees. if you're visiting us from out of town and heading to the city, don't forget to pack those layers. it gets windy and chilly at times into the afternoon. we are expecting to see the wind speeds pick up. let's talk about that because right now, our speed sensors in terms of the wind they're pretty calm overall. take a look at that, see right there on the map i do have future wind gusts to talk about. here we go. we've got the time stamp right up here. fast forward this timing to 3:00
p.m. take a look at the winds, 19 miles per hour in san francisco, oakland 16, and concord and livermore in the 20 plus mark. now this is going to help mix out some of that smoke that we've been seeing. we're going to see some of the cloud cover sort of back off into the afternoon for the coastline but don't be surprised if tomorrow morning you have to head out early and see light drizzle around the coastline. air quality right now at the bay area, the air quality management district is calling for a moderate forecast but if you live in inland hills in the north bay in the east bay, watch out because if you notice hazy skies and you're suffering from any sort of breathing irritability or anything like that limit your outdoor activity as the wind kicks in. here we go. we push the timeline forward. the blue color starts to get better versus unhealthy. we're going to be seeing some of the unhealthy air quality
especially up through portions of sacramento, further to the north where you see some of the darker red and orange hues. further up north. if you had plans to travel up there, family an friends, just be mindful of that and stay in touch over the next seven days. a closer look, we saw a little bit of a cooling trend this week. we're going to see a warming trend again. because it is so dry, any time that we start to see the temperatures pick up with all of that dry brush, it is always going to bring an area of concern when it comes to elevated fire dangers. overall nice day. little hazy and then air quality gets better this afternoon. >> thanks goodness that air quality will improve and just hopefully that fire danger kind of stays at bay. >> yeah. >> thanks so much. we have much more ahead on "today in the bay." coming up, nbc bay area political analyst larry gerston joins us and we'll discuss the seemingly, never-ending back and forth over the infrastructure bill. what the senate may do next and what it means for president biden. stick with us.
welcome back. the construction industry is stepping up to help our climate in crisis. the contractors of america or agc is pushing for construction of cleaner projects calling on contractors to use equipment that's environmentally friendly and more recycled products making sustainability reports available to the public and using solar powered trailers. they are calling for a national strategy to invest in tax incentives encouraging sustainability and modernizing federal buildings. this week the u.s. senate is on the verge of passing a $1 trillion infrastructure bill which would address pressing national needs like roads, rails, airports, the national electricity grid and badly needed internet access for all. if passed, the bill would then go to the house of representatives where it is expected to pass.
nbc bay area political analyst larry gerston joins us. how significant is this? this has been going on for a long time so it has to be a big deal it's this close to being passed? again. it has been a while. means ways. they've been fooling around with this thing for about five months now. it's at the closing end of the deal. it's taken a lot of work to get republicans on board and also for democrats to cut down the amount. originally was $2.3 trillion and now about $1.2 trillion and the republicans have said we'll go along with it. they've got the votes to end [ no audio ] a win for democrats and the republicans. most of all, it will be a win for those folks 650,000 of whom expect to get good paying jobs.
this is a bipartisan type of thing we rarely see. >> if i'm not mistaken former president trump has been actively opposing this bill. why is that? because it's so expensive or other reasons? >> kira, it's so curious. during his presidency, president trump proposed a 1.a $5 trillion deal, bigger, and he and those in his administration couldn't work with congress, they couldn't get it through. now the president, former president i should say, is against that bill. he says that republicans are caving into democrats and not enough money to pay for it and promises to, here's the verb now, primary those republicans who go against him. it may say a lot, though, that perhaps the president's clout, former president's clout i should say, is waning a bit. and if that's so we'll know down stream. for now, those republicans have said we're going support this
bill. >> assuming the bill does get through the senate and house, there's still a $3.5 trillion social infrastructure bill that's waiting in the wings. what happens with that? do we move on to that? >> yeah. that's the 800 pound gorilla in the room, kira. it's a $3.5 trillion bill as you said. it covers everything from expanding medicare to child care to climate change, you name it. it has all kinds of things in it. largely a social economic bill that the democrats think is necessary and the republicans are deadset against. nancy pelosi has four vote margin in the house. that's all she's got. she's trying to hold the democrats together and wait for that first bill to come to the house. when that $1 trillion investment bill comes, then she will try to move on the big one. it's going to be difficult, it's going to be painful in many respects for some democrats to
go along with spending so much, and other democrats saying it's not enough. using reconciliation hope to get it through the house and senate with 50 votes plus one. don't hold out too long here. this is going to be a very painful process and we're just going to have to see whether everybody has the muscle to move it to get this bill passed. >> i am practicing my patience with so much of this, larry. we know you'll keep track of it for us. thanks to you. we'll see you in a week from now. coming up next on "today in the bay," our raj mathai in tokyo heads to the second tallest building in the world. we'll be right back.
welcome back. here's a quick look at the top story we're following. many bay area students are returning to in-person learning this coming week. the oakland unified school district is set to return tomorrow. a small coalition of teachers and parents tell us the district needs to delay reopening. a small caravan drove through oakland yesterday and teachers were voicing their concerns about the rate of infections. low rates of vaccinations in neighborhoods surrounding schools where they work. they also called for more distance learning options to be offered this school year. there will be mask requirements and improved ventilation in classes, but the school system is not requiring proof of vaccination for staff. parents who have been pushing for a full return to class
voiced their concerns about the way the schools are handling staff. >> i would like to see oakland unified do what san jose has done, which i think is a reasonable ask and that is, teachers or any staff in schools to be vaccinated and if they choose not to at this point they have to undergo i believe weekly or twice a week testing. >> according to oakland unified schools 580 out of 36,000 students have opted to learn from home. did you know that tokyo is home to the second tallest building in the world is this it's called sky tree and our raj mathai in tokyo is taking us there. >> this is the sky tree. the second tallest building in the world behind only dubai. up the elevator so fast your ears pop. 634 meters. that's about 2,000 feet. twice the size of the sales tower in san francisco. the every direction it's a sea
of buildings. 35 million people are down below. everything is in the shadow of the sky tree. 's not scared of heights but i was nervous up here especially in the area that has the glass floor. if this fails i fall. plenty of aws for about 30 u.s. dollars. >> vianey has one look at the weather before we go. >> if you heard dana that is our producer and guides us and lets us know where we're headed. we have temperatures in the 60s through san francisco and hazy skies, keep in mind that we are seeing that drifting smoke from the dixie fire but we've got temperatures in the upper 80s, a couple of 90s for the interior valleys and lots of sunshine and hazy. >> all right. vianey is hurrying so we have enough time to say bye to our production assistant paolo. his last day. we did a brunch to say goodbye. i think that was my first time at a brunch this covid. we love him so much. he's in the back ground throwing
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