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next on nbc bay area news tonight. some new information if you're still on the fence about getting vaccinated. the cdc says the risks of getting covid are worse than any potential side effects from the shot. persistent for months. >> that's not the only symptoms being seen in kids with covid. what parents need to know as kids head back to school. it's been six months on the job. how's he doing?
oakland's police chief joins us for a conversation on what's working as he works to make oakland safer. and the dixie fire ravaged communities. heartbreaking picture from above. good tuesday evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. i'm janelle wang. we start with an issue our investigative unit has been tracking since april. organizers of a me too protective say 134 students and alumni have reported being sexually abused and harassed. they held a demonstration in downtown los gatos, candace nguyen was at that protest and joins us now. >> reporter: it's been one year since the school district hired a law firm to first investigate a single case and then broader claims of sex abuse. what happened with that investigation? we got answers and spoke with
students rallying today. >> no means no! >> reporter: what started as a high school movement has turned into a community movement with about 100 voices chanting led by the group. it involves mostly current and former los gatos students. you heard from melissa broomfield who said she was sexually molested in recent years. >> i remember feeling so broken. >> reporter: heather hennessey spoke about a track coach abusing her in the '90s. the former coach denies the allegations. his supervisor never responded
to our request for comment. >> he had covered it up. >> from survivors for survivors has said over 130-something people have come forward. and a lot of people feel they have to stay silent. >> reporter: a year ago, a law firm was hired to investigate the title ix complaint. then attorneys were tasked with investigating broader abuse concerns. to date the district says it's been billed more than $32,000 for the inquiry, which is still ongoing. >> they want change, but i don't feel like they're taking the proper actions to get there. >> reporter: in a new statement to us, superintendent mike grove wrote in-person interviews with students were challenging to conduct last year when students were not on campus. we will share it once it is complete. superintendent grove says the
district supports students in this rally, agreeing sexual assault and harassment have no place in the community. >> there's still a lot of work to be done. >> reporter: the district says it has updated its title ix and policies and created wellness centers at both its high schools. candace nguyen, nbc bay area news. >> you can watch candace nguyen's ongoing investigation on our website, go to nbcbayarea.com/metoolghs. the oakland chinatown community continues to see a surge in armed robberies aassaults, and now they are calling on governor newsom to send chp officers to help the oakland police department fight crime. a letter was sent to governor newsom, urging him to declare a state of emergency in oakland
and bring in chp officers to work hand in hand with oakland police officers. a good samaritan tried to stop two armed robbers and he ends up getting shot twice and is now recovering at home. laronne armstrong says he welcomes outside help, but not everyone feels that way. >> i'm not ready to commit for chp to come until we have that level of conversation. >> i'm not only asking you to patrol chinatown. i'm asking to send chp to the city of oakland. all areas, we need your help. >> tonight mayor libby schaaf's office released a statement about that letter saying the mayor welcomes any and all additional resources from the state. we pulled some of the crime statistics, and these are citywide.
overall, violent crimes are up 12% this year compared to the same time last year, including homicides, assaults and robberies. some of the biggest increases in that group are homicides, up 51%. carjackings up 97% compared to last year. some crimes are seeing a drop, burglaries, down 19%. these are two of the top priorities for oakland's police chief, laronne armstrong. he's been on the job for six months now and joins us live to talk about what's working and what still needs to be done. chief armstrong, thank you soap so much for your time. crime is up. fewer resources. and crime one of your top priorities. what steps have you taken to tackle this increase in crime?
>> well, thank you for having me. one of my primary commitments when i took on the job as chief of police was to address the spike in crime in oakland, to try my best to make oakland a safe city, and we've been doing that. we've reorganized the department to create a crimes operations center, to be more focussed on violent crime. we've increased the number of resources in the community. in particular, we have now officers walking in the chinatown area. we've been deploying additional officers throughout our city. so it's been a tremendous challenge, but i've also called for more community involvement, more community engagement and more solution-based discussion which we've been having throughout the city. so i think it's going to take a collective effort that includes law enforcement community and providing resources to prevent crime from happening as well. >> it's not just your job but
the community's job. why do you think it's happening? is it the pandemic? the justice system having a harder time holding people accountable? what's causing this rise in crime? what are your thoughts? what's your opinion? >> i definitely think the pandemic had a tremendous impact on crime in the city of oakland but not just oakland but across the country with multiple large cities seeing increases of violent crime. i will say the justice system has also been impacted by the pandemic as well. when you have courtrooms that are closed for a specific amount of time and not hearing cases that creates a backlog in the justice system and does not allow people to be held account accountable in a timely manner. now that things are beginning to open up we hope those justice system partners will now be able to hold people accountable so they don't continue to come to oakland and commit such violent crimes as we've been seeing over
and over again. >> hopefully that cycle will break. you've talked about liaisons, but your department overall is short officers. what are you doing to attract oakland police, you know, people to sign up with the oakland police department? >> well, we're trying to look at oaklanders and create a pipeline into the oakland police department with partnerships, with our community colleges, we've been using the virtual environment to do recruitment events, asking people who may have interest in the oakland police department or law enforcement in general, telling people if you want to see a change in the oakland police department, be a part of that change and take on this tremendous opportunity, but it's really challenging right now, as law enforcement across the country continues to try to repair a fractured relationship and trying to create police
reform in each department so that we can build trust with our community, and that's issing omething that we are working on in oakland as well. >> basically, restructure, reorganize. how do you deal with that when you're dealing already with understaffed offices? do you think safety is becoming a political issue? protecting a city is becoming a political issue? >> yeah, and i've been very open and honest. i don't believe public safety should be a political issue. i think we are all unified that we want the city to be safe. but to use it as a political discussion or tool, i think is not appropriate, because these are people being impacted by these violent acts that are on the other side of these criminal activities. so we want to make sure that we
stay focussed on addressing crime and being clear, this department is underresourced and needs additional resources and support and we hope the leaders in this city truly understand that. >> you live and breathe oakland. born and raised. what has been some of the victories over the past six months on the job? and what has been the hardest part on taking this job as chief of police? >> well, i think some of the victories have been the tremendous amount of community support that i've received. i think it's been overwhelming how many people have reached out and said we want to help up in the oakland police department. despite all the negative things that police officers in oakland have heard, so many of them have come to work every day, you know, and worked tremendously hard to make this city safe, have continued to follow through on their commitment to the residents of oakland, to do their best to keep this city safe, and i'm really proud to
lead this department. but one of the challenges that keeps me up at night is still the high level of violence, and now we're losing far too many lives. today we have 78 lives that have been lost in this city this year. that bothers me. there's so much more work to be done, but it has to be done in a collaborative fashion. >> we appreciate you and your officers' time and dedication. sorting out the safety of the covid vaccine. why the cdc says any side effects you're worried about don't come close to the risks of getting covid. plus. >> there are a greater number of children who are getting sick. >> not just getting sick but also not fully recovering. the long-hauler symptoms children are experiencing. today we're asking about winter olympics in beijing, less than six months away.
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we want to catch you up on some of the other stories we're following tonight, including a lot of headlines about covid. new information about the safety of vaccines. the cdc has released a new study that shows the risk of getting sick or dying from covid far outweighs any risk associated with getting the covid vaccine,
that includes the rare risks of blood clotting and heart inflammation. here's another look at how rare those side effects are. after 141 million second doses, the cdc found 497 cases of myocarditis, and zero deaths. covid has killed nearly 600,000 americans. san francisco unified will require all 10,000 employees to get a covid vaccine or get tested weekly. the district wanting every employee at least partially vaccinated by september 7. the first day of school for the district's 61,000 students is next week. >> as we move to reopening, we're doing so with all of the
safety requirements in place. a vaccine requirement is a necessary step to keeping students, staff and family safe. >> san francisco had seen a spike in covid cases in the last month largely driven by the delta variant. the union has been pushing for it. san jose unified is also requiring staff to get their shot or do twice-weekly testing. health experts say today's announcement is likely to lead to smaller districts following suit. they strongly recommend teachers and staff get vaccinated but are not mandating it. here's a look at some of the other state guidelines, mafxs are required for everyone indoors. masks are optional outdoors. physical distance something no longer required and the state is recommending a modified
quarantine over ten days. if unvaccinated kids are exposed to covid on campus they can keep coming to school as long as they keep wearing their masks as long as they were wearing a mask when they were exposed, they don't have any symptoms and get tested twice a week during that ten-day quarantine period. another story we are watching closely, rising cases of covid in kids in the bay area. we want to show you what's going on in california. this chart shows new covid cases for kids under the age of 17. as you can see, some similar trends, significant rise in new cases during the fall surge. and, as you get today, cases are rising again because of the delta variant, and it's sweeping across the state of california. marianne favro is in los gatos with a closer look at the numbers and information about the long-hauler symptoms some kids are seeing even with relatively minor cases of covid.
>> reporter: hundreds of kids will return to blossom hill elementary and will be required to wear a mask indoors. pediatricians we talked to today say that's critical in keeping kids from getting and spreading the delta variant of covid. at lou seal packard hospital, doctors are seeing a number of kids with covid. >> we're seeing an increasing number of children hospitalized in recent weeks. >> reporter: the professor says a majority of kids hospitalized with covid have the delta variant. >> we do know that it's far more transmissible than the other variants we have experienced to date. so, you know, perhaps a thousand fold higher in terms of viral load. so we do anticipate that transmission will be much more, much greater. >> reporter: across the nation, the number of kids getting covid is increasing.
according to the american academy of pediatrics, 16 states, including california have a total of more than 100,000 pediatric covid cases. while most children recover within a week, new research is showing kids who are infected are also at risk of becoming long-haul covid patients. >> what we're seeing in children reflects what we are seeing in other age groups. fatigue that is persistent for months, sometimes loss of smell and taste can persist. difficulty concentrating. >> reporter: and he says in some rare cases children who have had covid have developed an inflammatory response affecting heart and brains. only kids 12 and older currently qualify for the disease.
infectious disease experts expect the fda to approve a vaccine for children under the age of 12 by the end of the year. but until all kids can get a shot, they say masks at school and a community of vaccinated adults is the best defense against covid. marianne favro, nbc bay area news. still to come, now the single biggest fire in california history. we're getting a devastating picture of the dixie fire from the air. jeff ranieri has a look at your forecast heading into tomorrow. creating a supply kit, and including your whole family in practice drills. for help creating an emergency plan, visit safetyactioncenter.pge.com
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things are just flattened. this area, probably the only structure standing. it's really dramatic, jeff. we're in a drought. we're so dry. if a fire is sparked it seems to devour everything in its >> these pictures, it must feel so hopeless right now. it's horrendous. right now last year we were at 275,000 acres burned. currently we're at 917,000 acres. we have more than doubled those numbers, and we still have so many more months to go. with these numbers, the drought, fire danger, i did want to push things ahead to the long-range forecast so you can see what we do expect. on temperatures, we are looking at coastal fog over the next two
weeks. that will bring us from 60s to 90s. them look at this, for the rainfall, we are tracking monsoonal 3rd, we may actually have our first system moving into northern california. now as we move it into tomorrow morning we're tracking temperatures into the upper 50s and lower 60s. you might need a light jacket as you get kids ready for school tomorrow. 98 livermore, 94 morgan hill, and 70s from oakland to downtown san francisco. on my seven-day forecast, in sf we'll have 60s returning through this weekend and across the inland valleys. 98 tomorrow. back up to a hot 98 once we roll into saturday's forecast. janelle, fire danger is obviously going to stay with us. hopefully end of september we get a little shower activity in
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