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the business of the court will not be interrupted by a vacancy on the bench. biden made a very specific pledge about any nominee. >> i committed to if i'm elected president to have an opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, i will appoint the first black woman to the court. >> reporter: among those mentioned, judge katana ji jackson and leon dra kruger. clerks who served with them were often given advice based on instructions they got from their first job. >> when there was an issue, he would say, work it out, go work it out.
>> i'm delighted from a family point of view that now he'll be able to spend more time with family and doing other things. >> justice breyer has a wealth of experience and public service. he attended lowell high school and went to stanford in 1955. after that, he went on to oxforded university. he continued as an assistant special prosecutor in the watergate scandal and was appointed in 1980, a position he maintained until being appointed
to the bench by president clinton. our positivity rate is dipping as well. our positivity rate is just below 19%. two weeks ago we were close to 23%. the state adding more than 87,000 cases. that may seem like a high number, but two weeks ago we had 130 cases added that day. bay area health departments are on high alert after two cases of the omicron sub variant were detected in the south bay. the california department of health told us the number of cases moved from 11 to 14 overnight. marianne favro first broke the story last night, now she goes behind the scenes in how a local lab is playing a pivotal role in detecting the variant.
>> reporter: they were discovered when samples were sent to a lab for sequencing. leaders confirmed two cases of ba.2, the latest sub variant of omicron yesterday. >> it has begun to pop up in places, including in california, and of course in the county. >> reporter: it's news that certainly will put people on edge. the question now is how is it different than the original omicron variant? >> it could be a little more transmissible. >> reporter: but there are several reasons why you should probably not be overly concerned about ba.2. >> we've already seen omicron. the vaccines will work against it, because it's almost the same virus. >> reporter: the cases were detected while using genomic sequencing, while this isn't the lab that found these, it's on
alert and looking for more. and that's important, because ba.2 is almost impossible to detect without this deeper dive. they use a global database to look for any new variants. ba.2 has been detected in at least 40 countries and labeled a variant under investigation. but dr. gandhi says with evidence showing omicron cases in the bay area already peaking and dropping quickly, don't expect ba.2 to have the same impact as original omicron. >> not going to give us another wave, because that's not what happened in europe or the uk. >> reporter: some much-needed good news about the latest pandemic twist. in san jose, marianne favro.
in the meantime, we are learning more about what could contribute to some people experiencing long covid far after they've had the virus. a new study found four factors that could lead to increase risk of having lasting symptoms. one is the level of covid rna in the blood early in the infection. another is the presence of certain auto anti-bodies, anti-bodies that mistakenly attack tissues in the body, the react administration of epstein-barr virus. and also having type two diabetes. you can find out more on our app. click on the covid what to know
banner. a new ordinance will require gun owners to take out liability insurance in case their gun is used in a crime. and they also have to pay a $25 annual fee. gun rights supporters said a judge has already been assigned to the lawsuit that they filed. we explain why they say this ordinance violates their constitutional rights and how the mayor is responding. >> reporter: well, it certainly didn't take long. gun rights advocates say they only waited a few minutes before launching their legal challenge and say they believe they can win with a number of arguments. the leader flew in to lead a public battle over the new ordinance. the new law set to start in the summer requires gun owners to have liability insurance and pay
an annual city fee of $25 to be used by designated non-profit groups to promote safety and education. >> does anyone think a murderer is checking to see if his homeowner's policy covers this. >> reporter: a san jose resident signed on as a plaintiff and agreed. >> it's important to me that we stand up for this basic right and that we shine a good light on it. and as a citizen, that's what i'm trying to do. >> reporter: mayor sam liccardo said the opponents' focus on criminal is short-sighted, since he says most gun-related deaths are the result of suicide or accidents. >> these are all very preventible deaths and injuries. and there is no reason why we
should narrow our scope. >> while the second amendment protects the rights of individuals to own gun, it does not require the public to pay the cost of gun violence. >> reporter: the legal fight could still escalate. at this point the new ordinance does not allow police to confiscate guns for non-compliance, but they hope new legislation will address that. robert handa. >> from san jose to san francisco now. 2021 was a difficult year for the city when it came to crime. mayor breed and the chief of police held a news conference to share last year's crime stats. last year san francisco had 56 homicides. that's the highest it's been since 2017 in terms of crimes related to gun violence, 222 victim, the highest since 2016, and slightly fewer robberies
than 2020. not all robberies are reported. >> nothing is more important than to make sure that people who live in this city, people who work in this city, people who visit san francisco feel safe when they walk down the street. and the fact is that does require police officers. >> but she says there's no real evidence about how the pandemic plays into a rise of crime. mayor breed also wanted to thank the police department, which has been stretched thin lately with officers getting covid. well, tonight, a break into the investigation of a killing of a young pregnant woman in the east bay. serenity henderson was driving with her family, including her 1-year-old son when someone shot at their car. she was rushed to the hospital and she died and she was pregnant with their second child. on monday, a 21 year old man was arrested in connection with henderson's murder. an update on the fire
burning near big sur. it's been burning since last friday. some trucks are allowed into the area now mostly for deliveries to businesses near the fire zone. highway 1 remains closed to non-essential traffic. evacuation orders have been lifted for the roughly 500 people who had to leave their homes. meanwhile, firefighters have figured out what caused that fire. apparently, strong winds whipped up embers from a controlled burn. it is 55% contained. governor newsom promoted clean energy to help fight climate change. his new budget contributes to funding to promote zero emissions, which will fund 3 fund electric cars and charging stations. >> our economy will be much, much more resilient. >> the governor says the state's
clean cars for all program will provide rebates for low-income californians. the governor is hoping to expand the program in the upcoming budget. i a head, a new clarification from the hid of the cdc. what the director is saying about that term used to describe the omicron surge. and what does the omicron sub variant have in store for us in the bay area? we speak with dr. peter chin hong about his predictions. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. our dry weather is beginning to make our air quality suffer. we will show you where it goes in the unhealthy range in less than ten minutes.
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a warning from the cdc tonight, don't ease up on covid protocols. despite people concreting milder infections, milder doesn't mean mild. dr. rashele walensky still pushed for everyone to remain vigilant. the seven-day average for covid deaths per day is over 2200. joining me now is ucsf's dr. peter chin hong. let's begin with what the cdc director clarified today. milder does not mean mild. do you think that terminology, mild, gave people a sense of safety? >> i think many people think it's universally mild. but being in the hospital this
week, i can tell you there are still a lot of patients even with omicron, having very severe disease, having abnormalities on their chest imaging. we have to give them a lot of medicines, and we have over 100 patients in the ucsf system. it's definitely not a walk in the park right now. and, you know, it's mild for many people but not mild for everyone. >> we are seeing cases and positivity rates dip statewide. and san francisco health leaders say they believe the city hit its peak a few weeks ago. do you think we're on the other side of the surge at this point? >> yes, i definitely think we're on the other side, in terms of cases, but we're not really down to a strong level yet. just like we're on the everest of omicron and coming down
everest and hoping to reach the warming hut. we're almost there, we're coming down very quickly, but we haven't reached it exactly yet. >> and like you said, there are still a lot of hospitalizations right now. what about this new omicron sub variant, ba.2. a lot of us are just learning about it. more than a dozen cases have already been detected in the state, including two in the south bay. what do you think the sub variant has in store for us in the bay area? >> people are curious and worried because in denmark it went from about 20% of cases in december to now more than 65% of cases in a very short time. it's essentially omicron as we believe it with a few more mutations. but the good news is our vaccines with boosting will still keep people away from the hospitals. in denmark so far, the analysis shows that it's not more serious. it doesn't cause more people to go to the hospital. it's about the same as omicron.
i think what's not resolved is whether or not people who had recent omicron can get reinfected with mild symptoms, so that may be as bad as it gets, but in my prediction, it's not going to get, you know, not be like a new variant, per se, although who knows if it will get its own letter, which is pi, pi is the next greek letter, but i don't think it will be of much consequence, hopefully. >> yeah, hopefully. i think there are still a lot of questions. we're still trying to figure all this out. we talked about a new study that pinpointed four factors that might contribute to covid long-haul symptoms, one is covid rna in the blood. what does that tell you about the way the virus behaves? >> it corroborates what many of us have been suspecting all along which is it's not, the
virus gets in the body, and when it gets in the body, your immune system gets really, really angry, and it can be activated or angry for a really long time in some people, maybe 20% of people. on the other hand, silver lining here again, if you get vaccinated, there's a lower chance of that virus getting into your body. one of the big factors was the amount of virus if your blood. we know that vaccination reduced the amount of virus getting into the blood. therefore people are vaccinated, have a lower chance of long covid. the second named of that study if people know of their risk of severe disease, please advocate to get oral medicines or monoclonal anti-bodies, because it can make it lower in the
blood. teachers in richmond, sorry, dr. peter. teachers are threatening to go on strike if concerns over covid are not met by the west contra costa district by friday. they are demanding masks and weekly testing for teachers. if a class has three or more covid case they want testing to be bumped up to twice a week. district closed for two days one week because of a bump in infections. taking a look at our microclimate weather with jeff ranieri, chief meteorologist, you are keeping a close eye on the air quality right now. >> yeah, it's really starting to suffer. we've been in this stagnant pattern for the last couple weeks. can you see the haze out across san jose right now. current temperatures in san jose, 59 degrees going down to 53 at 8:00 p.m. and dropping
down to chillier temperatures as we head through tomorrow morning. i want to get you into the morning forecast, and can you see across the tri valley, 38, peninsula 40, south bay at 39. more 30s over the east bay, san francisco, 33 and the north bay 39. as we move through tomorrow, no big changes in the atmosphere. so we've been in this steady, stagnant pattern. across the south bay, 65 tomorrow. los gatos 64. 60 in vallejo, over to hayward, 63. the peninsula, 59 in half moon bay, right over to redwood city, 63. and through the north bay, 65 in santa rosa and 61 in mill valley. with that stagnant pattern, we are just not seeing the air move. not only is the quality starting to suffer but your allergies,
too. i think we could go back into unhealthy for sense testify sensitive group. your respiratory system might start to get taxed, especially if you have issues like asthma, emphysema. and you put on top, allergies. tree pollens are starting to spike. cedar, ash, elder and elm in the high categories. high pressure is staying firm in place. really through next week. now we're going to see a few systems. no big rain chances coming our way through the next seven days. this one will bring a little cloud cover once we hit friday's forecast. but that's about it. as we move through the next couple days, if you can get over the air quality and your allergies, it's not looking too
bad for us. low 60s across san francisco. and through the inland valleys, temperatures are pretty much the same here. we keep with that trend of 60s as we move through the next several days and we get cloud cover increasing on friday and we go to a partly cloudy sky once we hit this upcoming weekend. not too bad of weather if you can get over the allergies and do what you got to do on that front. >> thank you, jeff. which school also have students back on campus and which are doing distance learning. we'll break it down for but. y o u .
learning on monday for several bay area universities. they reverted to distance learning in the face of this omicron surge. but come monday, the last day of january, students at cal, santa clara university and east bay will be back on campus. san jose state and san francisco state aren't scheduled to resume in-person class until february 14th, which is valentine's day. mark zuckerberg's cryptocurrency is for sale. when he defended it before a congressional committee, it did not go well. he ended up defending their attacks on facebook, privacy and big tech. key backers all dropped the project. it was later re-branded as a digital currency, and that's what's reportedly for sale. no one at diem is commenting.
tonight the discussion of two double-sided billboards on 101. the screens would face uc berkley's observatory. people worry that the proposal would reverse a citywide van that prevents billboards that shine unnecessarily with light and distraction. when we come back, the oldest-living fish that lives in an aquarium is right here in the bay area. and you'll get to meet her, next.
a creature at san francisco, california academy of sciences is described as an underwater -- >> a four-foot long australian lung fish, about 90 years old, she's believed to be the world's oldest-living aquarium fish. she's adorable, likes a belly rub. her favorite thing is figs. australian lung fish are believed to be an evolutionary link between fish, amphibians
and potentially puppies. >> she's really good. knows what she wants. you see where they call her puppy? she likes a belly rub. stepping down from the bench, a supreme court justice from the bay area announcing his retirement, at least sources close to him are. our political analyst, larry gerston, breaks down the challenge for president biden in picking his successor, and who's on the short list for potential replacement. plus, hoping for diplomatic solution. as troops gather near the ukrainian border. >> whether they choose the path of diplomacy and dialog or renew aggression toward ukraine, we're prepared either way. and looking to curb inflation. when the federal reserve plans to