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was a baby in the car, i just jumped on top of the car. >> a witness describes the harrowing moments that played out in this parking lot. also. >> i'm worried that we are getting too accustomed to it and we are almost allowing it to happen. >> car break-ins hitting san francisco at double, even triple, the rates of other major cities. so, who is to blame? we investigate. and a warning from governor newsom tonight, as winter approaches and covid cases begin to climb. good evening, we begin with that breaking news in the east bay. a toddler airlifted to a local hospital after this high-speed crash in oakley. this car slammed into a taco bell right there on main street. a 3-year-old girl and a woman in her 30s were inside the car. you can see the impact there right into that column that kept the car from going inside that
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taco bell. a witness says she pulled the child from the wreck. >> once they said that there was a baby in the car, i just jumped up on top of the car and when the officer gave me the okay, i pulled the baby out and handed him over to her, and then they just took over from there. >> she also says that car was driving erratically and at a high speed. no word yet on the condition of that little girl or the woman. also, this evening, we know the problem. car break-ins are a huge concern for san francisco for locals and tourists. smash and grabs have exploded in amounts -- numbers this year. >> yeah, they are relentless, expensive, and really seem unmanageable. but why? and who is to blame? as far as the police and the da, they are pointing fingers at each other. tonight, senior investigative reporter bigad shaban takes us for a ride in the hardest-hit neighborhoods. >> reporter: it happens fast. very fast. just seven seconds and they're gone. in san francisco, cars are
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broken into an average of 74 times a day. and there is nowhere hdeeast pa city. fisherman's wharf, chinatown, and union square. the area is home to the city's biggest attractions and largest spike in car break-ins. 187% increase, compared to last year. on nearby beach street, the roads often glisten with broken glass. by a show of hands, how many of you have seen a car break-in on this block? it is heard not to see them. >> it happens so frequently, all you have to do is stand out there for ten minutes, you will see one. >> reporter: to understand the impact on this neighborhood, we sat down with five local businessowners. brian huber. >> andrew england. >> samantha davis. >> my name is jeff sears. i own blazing saddles, bike rentals, and tours. >> reporter: jeff sears has been
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running his shop in the area for 35 years. >> is this the worst you have seen it? >> by far the worst. by far the worst. >> i am worried we are getting too accustom to it and we are almost allowing it to happen. >> reporter: andrew england now has lengthy list of all the getaway cars he's seen speed off after a break-in. >> i see a lot of the same vehicles, maybe changing their license plate but you can tell it's the same vehicle. >> what is the most amount of car break-ins you think you have seen in a single day? >> i have seen ten. >> ten? >> i have seen ten, yeah. >> it's also heartbreaking to see this is a visitor's first or last impression of a great city. >> those people are going back to wherever they're from, and the story they are going to tell about this city is that hey we were parked in a very public spot in the middle of the day. we were 20 feet away from our car having lunch and we watched it get broken into. >> reporter: steven owns 29 businesses, including restaurants and retail stores in 11 cities throughout california. >> have you ever experienced anything like what you are seeing now here in san francisco? >> no, san francisco has become completely lawless.
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it's really breathtaking. i mean, i don't see it anywhere in any other cities that we conduct business in. >> reporter: so far this year, more than 17,000 car break-ins have been reported in san francisco. when you adjust for population, that's nearly double the rates in atlanta and d.c. and roughly triple houston and los angeles. according to data obtained and analyzed by our investigative unit. how did we get to this point? san francisco. one of the richest places in the world. the tech capital of the universe. how did we get here? >> we are stuck here because of a lot of finger pointing. whether it's between sfpd, da's office, back and forth, and it gets frustrating to hear officials say they can't do anything about it. >> we had a huge uptick. >> reporter: michael redmond is san francisco's assistant police chief. overseeing the department's investigations bureau and all ten of the city's police districts. >> we are starting to see some strides and make some strides around car break-ins. >> what do you say to those who argue what do you mean you are
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making strides? we are still seeing huge spikes? >> yeah, i think it's tough because we are -- we look at the numbers but the numbers don't tell the whole story, either. but it's still higher. it's not something -- it's not a place where we want to be as a decht. >> reporter: redmond says they have added more officers in the area, but agrees with an outside consultant that found the department of roughly 1,700 officers still needs an additional 473 cops to adequately patrol the city. police also tell us one of the reasons car break-ins appear to be spiking so much this year is because they hit record lows during the start of the pandemic last year. there weren't as many tourists in town who were often the main target. but despite all of that, car break-ins are still one of the most frequent crimes across the city. >> we have a certain amount of prolific offenders that are out there committing the crimes on a day-to-day basis. >> reporter: over the last two years, at least 14 people have been arrested three or more
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times for committing car break-ins in san francisco, according to police records. of those, one person alone has been arrested 18 times and is currently on supervised custody with an ankle monitor. >> right now, we don't see a lot of consequences for doing it. >> who is to blame for that? >> well, i think it's -- i think it's the transition of the criminal justice system. um, wanting to keep people trying to help people when it comes to the point where we keep seeing the repeat-type of activity, there has to be a stiffer consequence. >> reporter: redmond says those tougher penalties should be coming from the district attorney's office. the da, chesa boudin ran on a campaign promising to end mass incarceration in san francisco. since june, we have been asking him to sit down with us to explain how he decides to either prosecute, drop, or reduce criminal charges against suspects but he won't answer questions from our investigative unit. instead, a spokesperson for the da's office sent us a statement pointing the finger back at
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police. saying sfpd only makes an arrest in less than 2% of all car break-in cases but for every ten arrests officers do make, the da's office says it files criminal charges against eight of those people. and then, of those prosecutions, about six people get convicted. the da's office says their sentences involve incarceration 100% of the time. but sources, including current and former attorneys of the da's office say that whole 100% incarceration rate reference is misleading because for nearly all of those defendants, sentences only include time already served which often is just a couple of hours it took to book the suspect after the arrest. even though state law allows for up to three years in jail for committing a car break-in. we asked the da's office for more details on specific charges and sentences that have been handed down for car break-ins. but they told us, they are unable to provide that. do you take issue with the
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district attorney's office insinuating that you all could be doing more? >> well, i think, you know, they are a law enforcement agency, as well. they have to work with us. their responsibility is to the citizens of the city and people visiting the city. we're going to keep pushing forward, and trying to hold them accountable to hold the prolific burglars accountable for the crimes they are committing. >> reporter: as san francisco continues to grapple with a global health crisis, some say rampant crime is creating an economic pandemic. >> there are many businesses on the brink right now and if things don't change fast, they are going to fail and not come back. >> reporter: so what is being done right now, here in san francisco, to put the brakes on car break-ins? we rode along with undercover officers to find out how they are attacking a problem that has plagued the city for years. plus, we are digging deeper to find out what really happens to the accused after they are
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arrested. we are staying on top of this story, and we are going to have all of that for you in the coming weeks. so, stay tuned. with the investigative unit, i'm bigad shaban. >> thank you. if you have a story for our investigative unit, call 888-996-tips or you can always visit our website nbcbayarea.com/investigations. new at 11:00. winter is coming and that means a likely covid surge. we are already seeing an increase in case counts. today, governor newsom pushing hard for people to get the vaccine, and pushing back at those who will tell you otherwise. here's nbc bay area's terry mcsweeney. >> i recognize the fear that many of us have. as we now enter into the winter. as we enter into a season where, if past is prolog, we should anticipate an increase of cases. >> reporter: governor newsom, today, speaking at a king's county grade school pointing to the area's low-vaccination rate and high rate of covid-19. most medical experts agree there
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is a need for higher vaccination rates. but there is no agreement the winter surge has begun here in the bay area. >> i really don't see a lot of evidence for the start of a winter surge here. may come later. it may not come at all. or it may just be kind of this elevated baseline that we've been following for, now, since august or so. >> reporter: but the health officer of marin county, the most vaccinated county in the state, says the surge is already here. >> taken together, our increases locally, regionally, and globally. the unfortunate message is that our winter surge has begun in marin. >> reporter: the governor saying the size of the winter surge depends on what people do right now. >> my -- my belief is if we can do that and get those vaccination rates up another 5, 10%, that we'll be in a completely different place. >> reporter: terry mcsweeney, nbc bay area news. well, boosters for 18 and up. the fda expected to authorize pfizer's booster shot for all adults this week. it is an amendment to the
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emergency-use authorization already granted, which allows boosters for people 65 and older, people at high risk, or people who work in high-risk environments. several states, though, including california chose not to wait for the fda's official signoff. instead, move on their own to allow boosters. just in, a major decision in san jose about a major piece of land. the city council voting late tonight to approve zoning changes to coyote valley. this will protect the rural land from development. the 314 acres that sprawls along santa theresa boulevard in south san jose has been a battleground between developers and environmentalists for decades. recently, a texas-based developer wanted to build warehouses on this open land, which the company said would create jobs. the mayor tweeting san jose remains committed to safeguarding our most precious resources for future
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generations. we also have a major decision in oakland. the city council decided on who should get the city's 50% stake in the coliseum complex. this is big money here. the council voted unanimously to move forward with the group called the african-american sports and entertainment group to redevelop the coliseum site. the group is led by east oakland native ray bobbitt. he is teaming up with alana beard in hopes of wooing a wnba franchise of playing in oakland. the specifics have not been released yet but city leaders are looking for a number ever things including affordable housing and good-paying jobs. the other group considered was led by former a's pitcher david stuart and sports agent lony murray. they wanted to restore the coliseum for youth sports. we are back in 60 seconds. ahead, he says enough is enough. one on one with oakland's chief of police, amid a surge of gun violence that's impacting so many families. >> it's been a very difficult year for us in the city of
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oakland. >> what the chief says he needs in order to keep the streets safe. also, take a look. they rushed in with hammers. new video and new information about that intense smash-and-grab robbery at a mall in the east bay. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. temperatures are dropping with 40s and 50s right now. i will let you know how low it goes for tomorrow morning and an update on our rain chance coming up in about six minutes.
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ten days and tonight, still no leads in the killing of 23-month-old jasper wu escalating violence diminishing resources, plain and simple, not enough manpower. therein lies oakland's problem and the police chief's difficult challenge. nbc bay area's cheryl hurd sat down with chief armstrong tonight for a candid, no holds barred conversation, one-on-one interview on what needs to
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happen to make oakland safe. >> how are you? are you shaking hands nowadays? >> reporter: no question is off limits tonight for oakland police chief loran armstrong. >> what a time to become chief of police, right? >> reporter: there's no doubt it's been a tough year, especially when crimes in your city are being committed against children. >> when you first get a call around a child being hit by a stray bullet and losing their life. i mean, it just really shakes you. >> reporter: not only is he assisting in the investigation in the killing of 23-month-old jasper wu, his office is the lead agency trying to figure out who shot into this home on sterling drive, striking an 11-year-old girl and her mother. >> it looks more like it was a targeted shooting. >> reporter: he went to the hospital yesterday to visit the young victim. >> what do you say to an 11-year-old who has been shot? >> well, i complimented her on her tremendous strength in this moment. i understand that she went through something that's going to be with her for the rest of her life.
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>> reporter: keeping oakland safe is difficult for chief armstrong. >> our calls for service have increased over 31%. but our department is shrinking. >> reporter: oakland has 681 officers on its police force. armstrong would like to see 500 more. the city has documented close to 5 50 shootings this year. 120 people, killed so far. >> are you solving any of these, um, shootings and crime? >> yeah, i mean, our solve rate is about 30, 35%. you know, which is far lower than we would like. >> reporter: the chief says gangs are driving the violence. >> it's my hope that this is a call to those that make the decisions in the city of oakland to invest in public safety. >> reporter: in oakland, cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. new at 11:00. alameda county supervisors have filled the seat formerly held by wilma chan who died earlier-this month. tonight, her choof chief of staff, dave brown, was appointed to replace her. he will serve the remaining-14
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months of the term. brown has served in chan's office for 15 years. chan was hit and killed by a car two weeks ago while walking her dog just a block away from her home in alameda. she is remembered as a trailblazer. not only the first asian-american to sit on the county board of supervisors. she was also the first asian-american assembly-majority leader. dave brown, by the way, says he will not seek election to the board in 2022. he pledged to endorse an asian-american woman for the district 3 seat in that upcoming election. separating the two. after dozens of calls to police, walnut creek city leaders say it may be time to put a buffer zone between planned parenthood and protestors. city wants to mitigate confrontations between anti-abortion activists and patients at the site on oakland boulevard like this one that happened last year when anti-abortion activists hired guards that ended up pepper spraying counter protestors. council is set to discuss the topic at a meeting tonight but then the zoom feed died.
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>> there was really no good solution here and the best of the bad alternatives was to continue this to another meeting. >> now, other bay area cities including san francisco and oakland already have buffer zones so patients and staff don't feel threatened or intimidated. now, before the meeting ended, city council officials adopted a ban on flavored tobacco sales. a move meant to keep kids away from vaping and smoking. enforcement begins in five months. city also extended its outdoor dining program through june of 2022. you will get to eat outdoors and shop outdoors at least stlum through the summer. the stay is working on a permanent policy. >> today, i am announcing that i will not be a candidate for re-election to congress. >> announcement in washington, d.c. but the real impact here in the bay area. congresswoman jackie speier will not seek re-election next year. what sets her apart is her personal journey and the respect
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she's easterned in congress on both sides of the aisle. but now after more than 40 years in politics, she said it's time to move on. her life is an amazing story of determination. in 1978, she was an aide to bay-area congressman lee o'ryan when they traveled to guyana. they want today check in on the reported human rights violations of cult leader jim jones. she was shot by jones' followers as she tried to escape. the same day of that shooting, jim jones led a mass murder suicide. more than 900 people died. after that, jackie speier worked as san mateo county supervisor, then, the state senate, and ultimately u.s. congress in 2008. she joined us tonight on our 7:00 newscast. >> it was a very personal decision. it was, as i said in that video, my husband of 20 years now has lived with a weekend wife. and he wants more. he's retired and so it was time for me to retire from congress.
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>> her district represents parts of the peninsula and into san francisco from redwood city to half moon bay to the sunset. >> very respected woman has done a lot for women's rights. >> both sides of the aisle. don't hear that too often. >> let's bring in jeff. let's talk about we are almost nearing the mid-week, jeff, and it's been superdreary outside. >> yeah, we had a lot of cloud cover and we have had some breaks of sunshine. we are going to really start with another round here of some clouds. also, some areas of fog here. north bay, east bay, and the south bay but we will get in on another window of sunshine here once we head into late-tomorrow morning. also, into the afternoon. but the top-weather headline i wanted to bring you right now is the chill and you are going to feel it tomorrow morning. check this out. down to 47 in the tri-valley. ne peninsula, 48. south bay at 49. coming in with more of those 40s over the east bay and the north bay down to the chilliest average here at 46 degrees. now, daytime highs tomorrow, really no big changes across our microclimates. wherever you are headed, it's
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going to feel about the same. 66 in santa rosa. we have got low to mid-60s san francisco to half moon bay so again some sun tomorrow, stays dry. but we are still managing to hold on to some shower chances as we head into later on this week. now, it's still looking like this is a very weak system. by thursday, at 10:00 p.m., some showers here off to the north around guerneville. also, at the coastline. we will see that pick up a little bit here, early-friday morning into about 7:00 a.m. but then, this moves out of here really, really quickly by 2:00 p.m. on friday. rainfall totals on this, as i talked about, very light. all of us in this blue color here, it is a trace amounts to about two-tenths of an inch. so on my seven-dare forecast, you will see again that chance of some showers here thursday night into friday morning. this weekend is looking pretty good. we get a little wind on saturday. 10 to 25 miles per hour but then lots of sunshine on sunday. we have got 60s for highs in san francisco, and 40s to low 50s for those morning lows. right here, through the inland
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valleys, it looks like this. we are going down to 62 on friday. that system moves in. and then we are back up to 67 on sunday. and we'll drop down to some more low 60s next week. right now, we are looking storm free for thanksgiving. we might get a few spotty showers, but nothing major. looks like that is going to hold off until december as we keep telling you. >> that's next week. >> i know. right around the corner. >> got to get ready. >> i know. >> i can't believe it's almost here. we say that every night. but -- >> i know. >> thank you, jeff. well, happening now. home of the late l.a. lakers getting a new name for christmas. naming rights to staple center were sold tonight to crypto.com for $700 million. stadium will now be be called crypto.com arena. new logo will debut on christmas when the lakers host the brooklyn nets. we'll be right back. up for debate. the key vote happening on the
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the investigation is on after flames torched an auto shop in concord. that fire started inside alvin motors on monument boulevard. battalion chief says it's too early to call it arson but they do think it may be suspicious. luckily, no one was hurt. well, this happened in a matter of seconds. new details on a wild smash-and-grab robbery at sun valley mall last night in concord. look at the security video here. shows nine masked people, armed with hammers bashing in those glass cases and iceberg diamonds and stealing everything inside. in the past year, there have been at least half a dozen similar robbies across the bay area. concord police say they are trying to figure out if all these are linked. a pill to help fight off covid symptoms. pfizer believes it has developed one and it's asking it to get -- it's asking that it get
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okay. talk about a matchup. in the course of an 82-game regular season, this is one of those games that you have to circle on the calendar and get your glass of wine. >> we should -- yeah, we should have been there. heavyweight showdown in new york city. the warriors and the nets and that means -- remember our old friend? >> the kd. >> kevin durant. this was in brooklyn. national tv game. steph curry, though, this dude was on fire. he stole the show. first quarter -- watch this -- the tip pass and it goes right to steph. he takes it and buries that three-pointer. it was that tight a night. curry had 37 points.
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he was draining threes from everywhere. the warriors sending a strong message tonight. they blow out the nets -- wasn't even close -- 117-99. kd just wondering wow. the warriors are 12-2 on the season tops in the nba. >> think he was upset? >> no, they will meet again. a big night at the shark tank. no hockey. instead, the san jose sports hall of fame. four new inductee, including hello to george seyfort who won two super bowls as the 49ers' head coach. former mercury news columnist, mark purdy. and super bowl champ james jones who went to gunderson high school. >> just goes back to how fortunate i have been to be associated with so many great people. >> my legacy means something to me. i like the fact that we get to celebrate our rich history in swimming in this area. >> coming from where i come from being a homeless kid, man, and going through all my ups and downs in my life and my career, to be standing here and have a plaque about to be in the
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center, man, in the hall of fame, man, it's a blessing. >> nice to see them. along with this year's hall of fame class, athlete of the year awards were handed out to ten bay-area students. we are back in a moment.
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okay. it is on. thanksgiving is next week and in addition to turkey, family, and football, the macy's thanksgiving parade is back and with people. floats are being worked on in a massive studio in new jersey. six brand new floats will debut, including a giant peacock and a celebration gator. new floats are being prepped, retired balloons are hanging from the rafters. you can watch the parade right here on nbc bay area next thursday and, yes, full bore, people all along the route -- remember last year, there were no people. just the acts. people are welcome again. >> either watch us here or you go on the parade route. >> it is almost like we are back to normal. we will see you tomorrow. thanks for joining us. >> bye. [ cheers and applause ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon."

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