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most local governments have been reluctant to approve retail sales and producers say taxes are eating them alive. governor newsom's budget comments came as a welcome surprise. >> it is my goal to look at tax policy, and stabilize the market at the same time. it is also my goal to get these municipalities to wake up to the opportunities to get rid of the illegal market, the illicit market, and provide support and a regulatory framework for the legal market. >> reporter: currently, cannabis is taxed at $152 per pound cultivated. that was okay when it sold for $1200 but the price has dropped to $300 per pound. while, the tax remains fixed. >> we are looking at 50% of the cost of a pound of cannabis, an additional 50% of that is a tax. >> reporter: amber center is a
cannabis entrepreneur in oakland. she says she likes being able to sell in the legal market, but understands why many are choosing to operate outside the law. >> what is the incentive for them to come over and not -- and pay these crazy taxes? they don't want to. >> reporter: many feel the regulated market is on the verge of collapse, especially for the original small producers who fought so hard for legalization. >> there are a lot of problems that we are now navigating due to tprition in pa use it isa voter proposition, it is very difficult to amend. >> reporter: because the regulations were created by initiative, they can only be changed by another vote of the people or a two thirds vote of the legislature. that is why, despite newsom's encouraging words, there is a sense of desperation from those in the business. >> we need help now. we cannot wait much longer, we are at a breaking point. >> reporter: in the east bay, john ramos, kpix 5. disturbing findings about our states drinking water. uc berkeley researchers found
that more than 170 thousand californians may have unsafe drinking water that contains high level of toxic chemicals including nitrate and hexavalent chromium. nitrate contamination is common in agricultural runoff and hexavalent chromium is produced by industrial activities. there is an online tool where you can look up where your water comes from as well as a map of where groundwater sources likely have unsafe chemicals. you can find it in this story on kpix.com. back to coronavirus, california state prisons including san quentin are now on a 15 day lockdown. prison officials say it is to control and stop covid-19 outbreaks among staff and inmates. in the last two weeks, six inmates and increased staff members have tested positive. during that same period, only 17% of inmates were actually tested. we are joined now by dr.
karen shingleton, the chief medical officer at marin health. we wanted to get your take on the new rules from cal osha taking effect on friday. the biggest change requires employees who have been exposed to take a test at a lab or in front of a supervisor instead of at home. do you think this is practical given the strain we are seeing attesting sites? >> hi, thank you for having me. i think that will pose a challenge, unfortunately. testing sites are heavily impacted and while we are benefiting from some beautiful weather, here in california right now, i can imagine long lines and pouring rain would not be well received by people who already may not be feeling great. definitely, testing centers are impacted, and i have to give a plug here, right now. are our emergency department we are seeing patients arriving expecting routine covid-19
testing. they don't have an emergency they just wants testing. i also worry very much that it could impact the operations of our emergency departments, which absolutely need to focus on emergency care. >> the cdc said today it will not change mentation unmasking, sticking with the idea that any mask is better than no mask. some people are feeling a little bit confused about mixed messaging. is a cloth mask okay? what is your take on surgical masks versus n95 and such masks ? >> the theme of the news about masking and testing and covid- 19 seems to change often continues, right? masking, i highly recommend if you are able, if it is within your financial abilities, if you're able to find the masks, which can also be a challenge right now, i would highly recommend at a minimum a surgical mask. even better would be to double those masks. you need to get a really good seal on a surgical mask for it to be effective. the cdc released a video, that i think does a really good job of showing you how to get a
better seal, by twisting the mask ear loops and applying it to your face in a way that gives you a better seal around your face. one way to know if you do not have a good seal, if you wear glasses and her glasses fogged up, you do not have a good seal. try it with sunglasses if you're not a prescription glasses wearer. i think if you are able to find and afford a kn-95 mask or you know what size n95 mask you wear, that is absolutely an option as well but i know for some people, either because of their comfort level, or their financial circumstances, a cloth mask is the best they can do and i agree, that is better than no mask at all. >> can you reuse those n95 masks? >> you absolutely can. there is no set duration because it depends on how long you are wearing it for and under what circumstances. in a hospital setting, we usually say 48 to 72 hours. somebody wearing that mask and
caring for covid-19 patients might get into the market, for example. we are starting to see a shortage of the n95's, so as that happens we will need to be mindful about preserving the supply for healthcare workers. >> there are signs the bay area may soon see the peak of covid- 19 cases. sonoma county is asking people to stay home for the next 30 days. other counties are not implementing new restrictions yet. what do you think is the best strategy for getting through the next couple of weeks? >> i know it is rough, with this beautiful weather i mentioned and most of us have a three-day weekend coming up this weekend. my recommendation would be to try to avoid large gatherings. i know it is tempting to hang out with your family and friends in a big group and barbecue in this lovely weather, but i would recommend against it. try to stay within your household if you are able to. i think that as much as you can do things out-of-doors, although
remember that omicron is as contagious, if not more so, than measles, which is one of the most contagious viruses we know about. so, even outdoors right now is not necessarily 100% safe. if you are unvaccinated or on boosted, now is a perfect time to get vaccinated or to get your booster which will add a sense of security and certainly help to reduce your risk of serious illness or death. >> thank you very much, dr., good information and advice. moving on, a woman did not hesitate when she saw three thcowhose ho was hiicy pond. ar their incredible story of survival. coming up all-new at 6:00, and exquisite look at the action out at sea.
another gorgeous sunset. dramatic rescue and reunion near denver. a 6-year-old girl who fell into an icy pond with her siblings is back home with her family. she was welcomed by the heroes who saved her life. idkea . repr: t responders rford lifesaving cpr ld zakia w she was playing outside a relative's house when she fell into an icy pond with her two
siblings. >> i was looking out my window w a up g the e, . >> reporter: 23-year-old dusty talavera through her shoes on and sprang into action. >> before i even realized that i was out there in the middle of the pond pulling two kids out. that is when i fell in. >> reporter: luckily there was another bystander on the scene. >> there was a young man who threw us a rope and he pulled us out. >> honestly, i would say it is a perfect storm, to be honest. the fact that we had her witness these kids fall in and her quick reaction to throw on some shoes and run out there. >> reporter: emergency crews are also praising her actions. >> back at the fire station, talking about how brave she was, how great the officers did, and gosh, i hope if this happens to one of mine that somebody like her was close by. >> reporter: all three children are expected to be okay. >> thank you everybody for saving me.
>> an amazing story there. over the weekend, agencies received multiple calls regarding people and animals that needed rescuing on thin ice. a seattle couple survived a landslide that's not their home off its foundation. that couple was on the first floor in their kitchen when the hillside behind their house gave way and then to propane tanks in the back of their home exploded, catching on fire. >> my mouth and throat were covered, filled with dust. i didn't know where i was. i was screaming for him. i was screaming. i heard him say he was alive. he was alive. >> amazingly the couple was not injured, they say they are just grateful to be alive. rock 'n roll legend ronnie spector has died at the age of 78. spector is known for her cat eye and beehive look with hits
like baby i love you and walking in the rain. her family so she lived her life with a spunky attitude and wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face. she is survived by her husband, john greenfield and two sons, jason and austin. coming up, a bay area man has dedicated his life to feeding families and fighting poverty. how he is planting the seed for others to expand his work. tonight on the cbs evening news, imagine if there were a vaccine that could help everyone needs health insurance. covered california is making sure more people can get it. new federal funding of $3 billion is available to help more californians get covered. check coveredca.com now, to see your new lower price. enrollment ends january 31st. 68 i do motivational speaking check coveredca.com now, to see your new lower price. in addition to the substitute teaching. i honestly feel that that's my calling-- to give back to younger people. i think most adults will start realizing
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with preventive care at no extra cost. enrollment ends january 31st. for more than 40 years, he has been fighting poverty and planting seeds so others can expand the work. >> sharon chan extent introduces us to this year's bay area jefferson award winner. >> reporter: larry does not get paid but he considers himself a rich man as far as serving others. >> reporter: a truck unloads 5000 pounds of food weekly from the south san francisco produce terminal which is not ideal for stores to sell, but still good to eat. >> week.a lot of pineapples,
that's good. >> reporter: that is how larry purcell has been giving away free food for 47 years. >> feed, clothe, shelter, and educate very poor in the name of christ. >> reporter: most of the donated produce goes to super kitchens, the rest go to the catholic worker house downtown. larry, a former priest, found the catholic worker house in 1975. >> we ask, how can there be so many, so poor. in the richest country in the history of life. >> reporter: he blames wrong government priorities. >> they will build nuclear weapons that will destroy everything and we cannot build housing for the homeless. >> reporter: beside free food bags, the catholic worker house helps volunteers cook hot breakfast twice weekly for 50 homeless folks. they are often drug addicted, former inmates, troubled teens, and new immigrants. >> we live with the so-called losers, we treat them like our brothers and sisters. >> reporter: larry is helping aurora tebo, her husband, and two kids get on their feet. they were motel surfing,
struggling to make it. housing and training was provided so aurora's husband now has a electronics job, she is close to getting certified in accounting and they have hope. >> and angel. he helped us a lot. >> reporter: larry has multiplied his good work. his food giveaways have morphed into the county's largest food bank. he has housed prison inmates and day laborers and has given seed money so couples can start their own bay area catholic worker houses like peter steeler and his wife did a 26 years ago in san bruno. >> he could have created a big massive organization that he was the head of. instead, he stayed small and helped other people. he has stayed humble, but he has done great work. >> reporter: for fighting poverty for 47 years through catholic worker house, this week's jefferson award in the bay area goes to larry purcell.
>> reporter: the group does not take government money but relies mostly on individual donations. larry and his wife, a retired teacher, are committed to service through simple living of nonviolence, part of the national catholic worker movement. ryan and liz. >> he is an angel on earth. thank you. if you know of someone who has done extraordinary volunteerism in the community, nominate that person for a jefferson award. just go to kpix.com/hero and click on the nominations tab to fill out the form with details on that individual's service. on two more bright news in this newscast, we are looking out for weather this week it is kind of perfect even though we need more rain. >> we do but at least we have gotten a lot of it so far during the rainy season. this is not setting us back that for as long as this dry stretch does not last too long. we will talk about that in a second. drive for the next few days, not quite as warm tomorrow as a storm system passing north of
us will shift the window stronger onshore breeze will hopefully improve our air quality as well. big picture won't change much. high-pressure in control of our weather. it will reposition itself a bit, offshore wind picking up on friday, a stronger breeze will again hopefully help the air quality. as long as this high-pressure is in control of our weather we will stay dry. these are the rain chances for next week, sunday through saturday. there aren't any. they are all lower than 5%. we are talking about a very dry forecast which will stick around through next week. the long range data, beyond the 10 day timeframe is pointing to the possibility of more active weather shaping up for the last week of january. until we have rain in the air quality will not be great. today's air quality got into the unhealthy for sensitive groups category, according to unofficial sensors, but there are more of those that update more frequent we. it showed unhealthy for groups
air quality around the east bay and parts of the northbay. you can see that haze on the horizon. strong wind tomorrow should help to disperse that haze a bit and improve air quality back into the moderate category. temperatures today topped out in the low to mid 60s. a pretty sunset as we look at from the top of mt. diablo and cv haze on the horizon even with skies continuing to darken. tomorrow's temperatures won't be quite as warm. more of a mix of the 50s and low 60s. right now everyone is in the 50s. 52 degrees in petaluma 259 degrees right now through santa rosa and san jose. temperatures are above average for this time of year. tonight, slightly above normal for mid-january. low to mid 40s across the board by early tomorrow morning. clouds way up in the atmosphere and overhead are not thick enough to hold a lot of warmth near the ground, they are not substantial enough to squeeze out any moisture but they are good enough to keep temperatures from dipping into the upper 30s. cloud cover will gradually dissipate through the day tomorrow. temperatures in san francisco reaching into the upper 50s, close to 60 degrees, likely just a degree or two above average for the city.
santa rosa has a better chance of climbing into the low 60s with more sunshine breaking through the clouds. wind picking up a bit more during the afternoon hours, the sustained wind only about 5 to 10 miles per hour through the day, so it will not be an overly breezy day by bay area standards. concord reaches up to 60 degrees, a few degrees above average and san jose, also, a few degrees above average reaching up into the low 60s for highs on thursday afternoon. we will fill in the rest of the map, we have upper 50s in the map versus the past couple days but most of us will hit or exceeded 60 degrees for high temperatures. those temperatures will not change a lot as we had through the next seven days, just wiggling around by a degree or two each day. more sunshine in the forecast friday saturday and sunday, then passing clouds back in the forecast monday, tuesday, and wednesday. by passing clouds we mean they will pass by without giving us any chance of a shower, even a sprinkle, that is the dry forecast that we are stuck in for the next seven days at least, more likely 10 or 11.
we will keep looking at the really long range data to see if we can get back into that rainy weather pattern and maybe end up with an above average rainy season. fingers crossed. >> that would be nice. thanks. i'm allen marsden. new at 6:00, a twist in the sentencing of elizabeth holmes. why her court hearing is being delayed. workers out sick, businesses now struggling to keep up. the drastic changes business owners are having to make to keep their doors open. a tech company is offering to pay its employees thousands of dollars to quit. the news that 6:00 is coming up in five minutes. still here at 5:00, the bay area town dealing with a crow invasion.
if you live in the bay area you know seagulls and pigeons come with the territory. >> in one bay area city it is the crows that have people complaining. kiet do has more on what they plan to do about it. >> reporter: during the day, the crows are out foraging for food throughout the south bay. at sunset, they come right back here. for whatever reason, they seem to love downtown sunnyvale. >> reporter: eldridge hitchcock, eat your heart out. >> we love the birds here in sunnyvale but that being said, having so many congregate in a small location isn't good for the city. >> reporter: they call right at sunrise, they swooped in on outdoor diners. residents
sidestep the massive bird droppings every day, which can be a health hazard. sunnyvale mayor larry klein say their efforts to chase the birds away like these mirrors in trees have failed. >> it didn't really work at all. we had hawks here multiple years ago and it kept the crows away a little. solution on amazfo t -th than $20 thatjustght work. >> the n lasers actually ows away. weare starting a pilot program at the end of this month, which will hopefully scare some of the crows away. >> reporter: this youtube video shows it is as easy as it sounds. the lights the birds and they take off. >> i heard from residents who had already started and lamenting it and it does seem to work. it does have them scatter from the tree and we will try that for a few weeks, ultimately, we will see if that actually works. >> reporter: however, the santa
clara county audubon society opposes the idea, quote, we don't see the use of lasers is a reasonable way of addressing the problem of overpopulation. we question the legality of the tactic and believe it requires a permit if allowed at all. lasers pose a threat of blindness to the birds which we cannot condone. individuals who use lasers are violating the migratory bird treaty act and may incur fines. mayor klein pointed us to his own research, where the portland audubon society said strategies such as use of lasers can be effective. the humane society of the united states says lasers designed to harass birds can be successful, and they are already doing it in downtown rochester, minnesota. haa certain ount detractors an and evaluate it more. but, from what we have seen looking at reputable sources it is a valid solution to deal with the problem. >> reporter: kiet do, kpix 5. with the city's police
chief, and talked one-on-one. his plan to keep people safe this new year in the wake of another violent attack in chinatown. a sign of the times, the drastic steps of bay area businesses just to stay afloat. >> 11 staff issues, staff getting sick. >> instances of just cutting back. leader, high drama on the bay, an exclusive look at how two federal agencies are working together to save lives. good evening, i'm allen marsden. >> i'm elizabeth cook. oakland sought more than 130 murders last year . so, what is being done to slow down violent crime in the city? >> great question. kpix 5 za andria borba sat down with the chief on what strategies need to come next.
>> if people don't feel safe, they cannot experience the beauty of our city. >> reporter: opd chief armstrong sat down with families of all 134 homicide victims this past year and says a cease-fire strategy must be applied once again to deal with the largely gang driven violent crime. >> my hope is that we see violence decrease like we did starting in 2013. >> reporter: of those 134 homicides, 60 suspects were taken into custody for the crimes. chief armstrong says adding more recruits, like this latest academy class to graduate, will help improve clearance rates. >> when we are at full staff and we are able to fully staff our investigations unit, that means we can get a full complement of officers investigate and crime in homicide and robbery division and all the areas that we know are impacting our community every day. >> reporter: for academy classes have been approved by city council for 2022, but the chief says he must do a better job retaining the officers he currently has, a tall task in the face of nonstop overtime and calls for service.