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i'm raj mathai. next on nbc bay area i'm raj mathai. next on nbc bay area news tonight, their lives have changed forever. we have the one on one interview with the mother of the 23-month-old boy killed by a stray bullet on 880. how the community is helping this fremont family and the one message the mother wanted us to share. also, is san francisco ready to confront its racist past? >> we thought if not san francisco, then where? >> tonight, we're joined by three students pushing for the city to recognize more than 150 years of discrimination against the chinese community. and back in the spotlight after a curious two-week absence.
>> i woke up that next morning with something is probably familiar to a lot of parents, that knot in your stomach. >> he explains why he took a break and worked behind the scenes. good evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. i'm raj mathai. a lot happen thing evening, including the covid outbreak in berkeley, which has prompted the postponement of this saturday's cal football game. and the new development in the recall effort of san francisco's district attorney. but we start with that mother in fremont, who saw her young son, nearly 2 years old, get shot. they were driving on 880. there are so many parts to this story, but all roads seem to lead to heartbreak of as of this hour, the go fund me page for the family is up to $130,000. here he is, jasper wu, was skilled by a stray bullet. they're driving along last
saturday in oakland, and all of their lives changed. today, janelle wang spoke with that mother and she joins us now. this is so hard, because this is a story that could happen to me, you, anyone driving along 880 last saturday afternoon. you were there at the family home in free lamont. we want to be very respectful to the wu family here. was she able to communicate with you? >> yeah, she was. she was in shock and disbelief. this happened on saturday in the middle of the day. they're still trying to process everything. i spoke with the mother briefly. i saw the dad briefly at his home. the young couple just beyond grief stricken. no words can describe it. they are just trying to comprehend that was their only child. [ speaking foreign language ] that's 23-month-old jasper wu, a happy boy mastering walking. his mom telling him, we've got to go home now. she shared this video and pictures of him with me today
when we spoke in fremont. the little boy's life taken in an instant. he was in his car seat as the family was driving home saturday afternoon on south bound 880 in oakland, when a stray bullet from a shootout between two cars on the other side hit jasper and killed him. she wanted to thank the community for their tremendous support and help as they prepare for jasper's funeral. [ speaking foreign language ] >> she's saying she's pleading for help to find her son's killer. she says if anyone has any information to please call authorities. at this time, no suspects in this case. as for the couple, raj, they are beside themselves, but really wanted to show how appreciative of support. that go fund me page was set up yesterday. it's been stopped at $130,000. because the donations are exceeding what they expected.
>> you speak mandarin. does she speak only mandarin? >> she is more comfortable in manld run. i speak broken, conversational mandarin, but we could understand each other, about the pain she's going through, and how just trying to process this, and they're so appreciative. she wanted to emphasize this. she's so thankful of all the help coming in. but help setting up the funeral arrangements, all of that. >> the husband, the father of jasper, flew in from shanghai yet. he had never met his son in person? >> no. his son was born here, then the pandemic hit. so joe biden lifted that ban officially to 30 plus countries yesterday, including china. it was the first time his dad could fly in. so he just came in from china.
and he's just drained. >> it's gut wrenching for this community. do they have a support system here? grant it, the greater community, but specific family members? >> the family has been here for years. her parents are here and that video, jasper is saying goodbye to his god father. so they have a good support here, relatives, family, friends and now the community. >> we appreciate her taking the time to speak with her. thank you, janelle. as chp works to find the shooter responsible, should more surveillance cameras be installed? the chp says they have access to several cameras that point to bridges and tunnels but not high tech enough to zoom in. caltrans only live stream, they do not record. this, however, is not the case in contra costa county.
after a spike in freeway shootings, the city of pittsburgh set up cameras along a key stretch of highway 4. after those cameras were installed in 2017, pittsburgh says it's made more arrests and recovered more stolen cars. another story that we're watching tonight. will san francisco confront its difficult racist past? the city is home to one of the largest chinatowns in the united states, but its treatment of the chinese community is filled with discrimination. city supervisors sent the resolution back to committee to deal with the possible fiscal issue. supervisor matt haynie still read aloud an admission san francisco enacted racist laws and policies dating back to the 1860s. the board will not take a final
vote until next month, but he said it was point to get the admission on the record. >> law after law passed in this building targeting chinese immigrants, ing to school, doin, actually targeting violence against them. this is a part of our city's history. >> so what is the account? what did san francisco do? here are some to have racist actions exposed. in the 1870s, the city barred chinese and chinese-americans from working for the government. around the same time, city leaders also passed dozens of laws meant to make it hard for chinese laundries to thrive. during that time, there was a deadly riot where four people were killed and 20 laundry houses were burned down or destroyed. around the turn of the century, the board of supervisors crafted policies that pushed the chinese community to the edges of town. during an outbreak of the
bubonic plague, chinatown was forced to quarantine because the community was falsely accused of being the source of the bubonic plague. the push to get san francisco to reckon with its past started with three students. they did the research and caught the attention of supervisor haynie. two of them join us tonight. drew min, a junior at uc berkeley, and dennis casey wu. thanks for your time tonight. drew, why do this? do you want just that apology on the record or something beyond that? >> raj, thank you for having the both of us here. i think it's -- this is important because -- so one of the things that i would like to see from this is, of course, and i explained this before to others is this is a symbolic first step. a strong foundation for a future of further understanding of the past.
so if you -- if you ask any -- i speak as an api myself, but the pride is such an important part of being an api that this symbolic apology will do so many things in breaking the boundaries of trust between different communities. we hope this will propel local governments to do more for their api communities. >> we're all in the same boat here. members of the api community, and all educated here in the bay area. dennis, let's bring you in here. how personal is this to you and to your family? >> well, you know, because my dad has told me stories of when he came to the u.s. in like the 1950s how his family just couldn't find a good place. it took them a while to find a good place because they were
being discriminated against. and so i just think i have a personal family connection to acts of discrimination, like towards api. and that's one reason that motivated me for this. >> drew, and to dennis casey, we're all educated here. did we know this growing up in elementary, high school. how did you discover all this? >> well, i can say that i, of course, growing up did not know much of this history. i knew some of it, but those were -- some of the atrociies were the ones we wanted to focus on. but when we looked into the research, there was so much more that we never knew had happened. i think it was the same case for anyone who reads the resolution, for anyone we talk to this event. and so a lot of the research i will say was done by dennis casey wu, and the person with us
right now, george tillton, who is a sophomore at stanford. but they did incredible research, which is why we're able to cover specific details from the 1800s and 1900s. >> dennis casey, other asian communities in san francisco also, not just the chinese. can you give us insight? >> frankly, honestly, that wasn't what i really focused on. that was more what drew focused on. but i will say, though, that i believe at one point drew made is often what happened is that the japanese and korean mongolian communities would be grouped together in the chinese. or with the chinese. and that -- so they would be blamed -- they would be grouped together, this is one group. and sort of discriminated against and targeted. >> drew, final question. critics say why dig up the past?
why spend all this time and energy about what happened decades ago or even a century ago, let's just focus on the future. what is your response to that? >> well, my response to those critics would be, how do we change the future without rectifying the wrongs of the past? history is bound to repeat itself. a lot of people think that history is such a distant thing. no, history is very close to where we are right now. i mean, this was only happening in the 1900s, just 100 years ago. not even 500 or 600. but 100 years ago. and even within that time, there was ample amounts of discrimination, ample amounts of disparity of the way that different communities were treated, how the api community was treated. so in the wake of these anti-asian hate crimes right now, it's even more important that we start with one of the earliest parts in our history, in our community, where these
wrongs were committed. so that we can make our way up to the future so that we can prevent future instances of anti-asian hate from occurring like this again. >> drew min and dennis casey wu, thanks for shining light on this -- on this -- on this story. we appreciate it. >> thank you. still to come, the covid outbreak at cal. it appears the football team doesn't have enough eligible players for this saturday's game against usc. and wheres with he? governor newsom explains his two-week absence from public events. we're talking about it live with larry gersten. and the bay area is home to some of the priciest zip codes in the entire country. in fact, we have three in the top ten. so which ones are on this list? go to nbcbayarea.com. you're watching nbc bay area news tonight. ♪
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welcome back to nbc bay area news tonight. another story that we're watching late today, the cal football team was forced to postpone this saturday's game against usc because of a covid outbreak. our sky ranger was over memorial stadium on the cal campus late today. it's going to be quiet this weekend. the team reportedly has more than 20 players, as well as coaches, that tested positive for covid. cal's starting quarterback isn't happy with the situation. he and other players are not satisfied with what they're being told to do by the
university's health services and are questioning some of the test results. no word yet about the big game against stanford, which is november 20th, right around the corner. by the way, the usc game has been rescheduled for december 4. the recall election is a go. june 7, san francisco voters will decide if they want to keep or essentially fire the district attorney. the city's department of elections certified an election to recall the embattled d.a. we showed you exclusively last month when boudin's critics collected tens of thousands of signatures to put the recall on the ballot. a spokesperson for the anti-recall election releasing this statement --
>> okay. so where was he? the curious disappearance of governor newsom. today, he held his first public event in nearly two weeks. it comes after days of speculation of his whereabouts. the last time we saw him in public was 13 days ago here in the bay area in oakland getting his booster shot. days later, he canceled his scheduled trip to scotland for the u.n. climate change conference. at the time, the governor, his office gave us this explanation. it was because of family obligations but no elaboration there. sims then, nothing public until today. but a few clues about what he had been up to appeared online. the first came from the governor himself. he posted this photo of his family dressed up as pirates for halloween. the second comes from "vogue" magazine. they posted a slide show of a wedding over the weekend in san
francisco. one photo showed him in the background. today he appeared in monterey and addressed his absence. >> i signed up to go to europe, and i was ready to go. i had that dinner. a lot of you know this dinner with the family. and the kids literally, they kind of had an intervention. they said -- they couldn't believe that i was going to miss halloween. we've got a 5-year-old, my oldest is 12, four young kids. and i'm depending myself. i've got to go, this and that. and my wife was going to go, as well. and mom and dad missing halloween. for them, it's worse than christmas, missing christmas. and i woke up that next morning with something probably familiar to a lot of parents, that knot in your stomach. i had no damn choice. i had to cancel. >> should we as parents be giving him some slack? he said he had a productive week behind the scenes with his
staff. so is this the real story? let's bring in dr. larry gersten. nice to see you here. this is not like him. we're all into our family, but usually he's very public. why step away for two weeks. is this curious to you? >> he is very public, as all governors should be. a ceo is accountable to the few million stockholders. the governor is accountable to 40 million stockholders. everybody is watching. and when this person who is extraordinarily public steps out of the limelight for any long period of time, people shake their heads and wonder what's up. all kinds of things get concocted. but it's the lack of information, raj, that leads people to wonder, especially knowing what this person is like publicly most of the time. >> was the criticism fair, then? it's okay to go behind the scenes, but perhaps the staff should have been more clear about what he was doing?
>> when you're leading a state such as california, or million any big public entity, you have an accountability that's very different. people need to know, and if you're not going to be there, you need to tell them why, what you're doing instead. there is a bit of suspicion when it comes to governor newsom. deserved or not. go all the way back to that famous napa valley dinner not so long ago, right? where he told people to do one thing, he did another. then a problem of telling state employees their salaries would be cut. he didn't cut his until he was approached about it. things like that lead people to say what's really going on? all you need to do is sew a little bit of that doubt in someone's mind and they weigh in heavily. he almost had a 50-50 approval at the time of -- near the time of the vote on the recall. 50-42% in august. so a lot of people wonder about him. let's not take away from the fact that he did a phenomenal
job on covid. still, people look to the negative. they're wondering why. and so much of this is unnecessary, especially if you're not quite out there all the time. >> he also had some personal missteps when he was mayor here in san francisco. final question -- how realistic -- should we talk about a possible presidential run, whether it's the next election or eight years down the road? >> let's put it this way, he came out of that week doing very well. he won 62% last time. is in good shape in 2022. a nice guy, handsome guy, a productive guy. why not? >> larry gersten, appreciate your time and analysis. let's get to our question of the day. this tweet says ---
>> what's that? >> you got us on our toes. umbrella weather, sunshine. what's coming up? >> it's been really good for us. we have this area of high pressure moving in, keeping that storm track off to the north. so overall, we set one a dry weather pattern, but also some fog here tomorrow morning. you can see that fog over the north bay, east bay, the south bay. and then through the afternoon, there you go, sunshine returning. so this is going to start us off with temperatures in the 50s. then as we head through the afternoon, numbers up a couple of degrees, bringing us to 67 in santa rosa. 56 in san francisco. concord, 69. san jose, 68. we're going to undergo a break from the rainfall. you can see 70s moving back in, starting on veterans day, right through the weekend and dry weather over the next seven days. we could be under a break here, raj, over the next two weeks, and early december, more rain coming back. so good stuff as we've been saying. >> we like the sunshine for the
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