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welcome. let's kick off with friday five. look at the top stories. governor gavin newsom announced california would be the first state to require a vaccination for all eligible children in public and private schools pending all fda approval for each age group. he signed significant housing and police reform bills. california has the lowest case rate in the nation. they have administered more vaccines than any state. the judge ruled all employees of california prisons must be vaccinated. the delta variant is slowing the economic output. a survey pulls back on optimism which predicted a growth rate of 5%. they predict a lower but solid growth rate of 4.1% for 2022.
during the pandemic they banned landlords for evicting tenants for not paying rent. it ends today. tenants with unpaid rent can stay in their homes if they applied for the states rent relief program. thousands of californians endangered salmon's are in a hatchery program. the students took the salmon in when the water in the usual home, hatchery became too warm. >> we are saving the endangered species. especially coming out of covid- 19. locked in a house with distance learning. it is awesome getting our hands dirty. it is empowering to us. how much we can help the environment. that is the friday 5. > later i will be joined by the congressman. the impacts of climate change are felt throughout the state.
in the form of wildfires, droughts, longer he waves. in the bay area, the community of east pale out so is preparing rising sea levels. built on the edge of wetlands. they are trying to adapt the flooding and storms. we have the story.>> reporter: it is surrounded by water on three sides. the bay on 2 and a creek on the other. 20 years ago, high tides and heavy storms combined to reach the levy. it devastated neighborhoods. >> the 98 flood was significant. it was scary. we had thousands you had to be moved. future floodingif we don't do what we are proposing could lead to catastrophi raising of
homes.>> reporter: climate scientists warn about rising seas could increase the wate level of the bay by two feet by 2030. it could exasperate flooding for areas pruned. there are large latino communities. >> they have a large low income population that participates in the service sector. we were cleaning your homes. we work in restaurants. lower income jobs. úbecause of the pay people can' live in any other place. they can live here. >> a lot of the families don't have savings. the climate may tip their ability to stay together.>>
reporter: violet is preparing residence for climate change. she migrated from samoa where she was the country's climate change officer. >> after listening to leaders. the last thing i wanted to do or they wanted to do was leave their lands. we built a seawall to protect the village. the community supported. they provided resources. >> reporter: residents are easier, eager to stay. they made improvements including building part of the levy. three quarters of the land remains unprotected from the rising water. >> i'm competent. there is political will. more importantly. a resurgent of community
interest. >> reporter: even as they improve infrastructure, many fear something else. real estate developers looking for a profitable project. they are peppered with new development. they have five hymns going up. the next one over has 4. >> the projects being proposed. we are doing our best to build mmunity capacity. so they can voice concerns.>> reporter: it's a matter of making solutions are for all. structure. resent a physical it has symbolic meaning. care and nurturing of community. it deserves to be nurtured and protected. just like any other high income community.>> reporter: this is the promise or residence in
east palo alto. it will be finished until a decade. they are slowly being rebuilt. the water will continue to rise. action needs to be taken to be prepared for the future. california has 3000 miles of coastline when it comes to sea level rise. the next gas is the house representative for the coastline. hoffman serves as the chair of the subcommittee focused on combating climate change. the congressman joins us now. >> good to be with you. it has been a week of wrangling. let's start with california and on the coastline. how is sea level rise going to impact our state?
>> it is near and dear. the map says it all. i represent one third of the carriers. up and down my districts i have communities and sensitive ecosystems. public land. everything else. could be threatened by sea level rise. beyond that the state of california has enormous spreads from sea level rising including the water supply. you have 30 million in the state that get water from the delta. it will change. with saltwater with sea level rise. it will make it harder to guarantee water quality. for millions. we have all kinds of things to consider when we think of resiliency and the impacts. we shared how one city east
palo alto is addressing sea level rise. there seems to be a need for regional solutions. what else is being done? >> each community will have to identify critical infrastructure. last week i was touring a low- lying road in marin county. if you have been to china state park. you have driven a beautiful road along the wetland on the bay. it is basically at sea level. high tides and storms it is underwater pork underwater. places where roadways will flood on a sunshine day. this is not a distant thing. it is here. it will come faster. are the regional projects bringing together communities scattered along the coastline?
>> highway 37 is an example. critical transportation artery. it is basically at sea level. between marin and sonoma county. it floods during storm conditions. the road starts to wash out. we have to raise the roadway. it will not cheap. it will cost a lot of money. we are looking at it as an opportunity. we don't want to use concrete to build a way to resilience. you want natural systems. it's a great example of a place to elevate infrastructure above where sea level would threaten it. restore connectivity for wetlands. allow wetlands to do flood buffering and protect other parts. it will be expensive. it is hard to do.
it's an opportunity. you talked about thneed to protect water supply. we have infrastructure issues. let's go and talk about the infrastructure bills. that are being fought over. there's one that is smaller. 1.2 trillion. a larger 3.5 trillion. they are working their way through the system. in terms of what they have taught is there money that would come? >> there is some. the most important piece is in the builds better act. we hope it will pass through the budget reconciliation process. the other, the traditnal infrastructure. hardening the electricity grid. repairing problems with water systems. there is drought relief. broadband internet expansion
money. the other piece that i want to remind us of. it is part of the climate crisis. coming up with more expensive band-aids without doing something about the cause of the climate crisis is not a good response. of the bills we are considering, one is not great. it came out of the senate as concessions. the bill i am holding out to pass. hopefully we can make bold investments in clean energy. transition away from fossil fuels so we can stop making it worse. you when a group of progressive democrats have blocked the smaller bill from coming forward to a vote. you want to make sure it is linked with the larger.
you are using this as leverage. if you vote yes on this bill. the smaller 1.2 trillion. you thk you will be able to get what you want out of the larger? >> the reason for that. the senate bill is a final vote. if we vote yes it goes to the presidents desk and becomes law. the bigger billback better has to go through both houses. it's not fully develop. to give what joe wants. what you are doing is putting the second bill on an uncertain track. many believe could be doom for failure. there is a number from moderate democrats saying they are looking at 1.5 trillion number rather than 3.5 trillion. would you be willing to vote for a bill less than 3.5 trillion pick >> i'm less concerned about numbers than what is in the
bill. people throw the numbers around like they have intrinsic value. what has value, programs, investments we identified as key priorities. what we have said to senator mansion and anyone else. tell us what you don't support. that is harder. everything is important and popular. we are beginning to have the conversation. it may be we can include most of what we put into the bill and find creative ways to do it that closes the deal. is the next step? how do we get toward a place where we can actually move the bills forward and see implementation? >> i will meet with the president in 45 minutes. he's coming to the caucus meeting. he's trying to make sure we focus on the broad unity that is they are despite the narrative of chaos and disarray. most one to pass both.
we have to complete difficult negotiations. the best path forward is not to decouple or take one piece and finalize while leaving the other piece hanging. we have to stay the course and honor the deal. i hope that is the message the president brings. u.s. house representative hoffman. thank you for your time. key safety net programs put into place are setting in california. relief, sick leave. under a new bill, every registered voter will get ballots by mail. we are set to see another special election. the assembly member david leaves sacramento to become san francisco's attorney.
now we have senior editor scott. it's en a crazy week in washington. we have a long way. >> there is a long way. of four dimensional. four balls nancy pelosi is keeping up in the air. they funded the governmet. that is a big thing. the next, raise the debt ceiling. they have $1 trillion infrastructure build bipartisan. pass the senate. the hoe progressives are holding that. they want to make sure the poor thing is that we .5 billion billback better plan with economic programs they care about in climate change. i want to make sure that's not forgotten. we had
congressman huffman on. do you think they will make progress and get to a point where they pass beyond the smaller? >> it's hard to know where. it will be smaller and likely bigger than the 1.5 million that joe mansion once. we saw that leak out. some observers might think there are negotiations. what's important is not the number but what is in it. what's the relief they can offer and show cards in the 22 midterms. we promise to go after child care. climate change. >> this is a test for nancy. she called this the fun part. this is her idea of fun.
the affordable care act would not have passed without nancy. she knows how to get votes. she knows where to compromise and not. if anyone can get it's on it is higher. there is work. we will hear from the both of you asking her how it went. >> hopefully it will be buttoned up and we can talk to her. lawmakers often wait. we did see the president meeting with members of congress today. there is hope on the democratic side. >> if they are to do well they have to show they have done something. an interesting angle and a piece of personal story. three congress members to share their story of their own abortions. one was congresswoman barbara lee. what was this about?
>> this was a house oversight committee hearing. it was called to bring attention to attacks on abortion lights, rights. there's another case being taken up. barbara talked about going to mexico at 16. she had a back alley mexico abortion. really emotional. what you see is an effort by people who support reproductive rights to put the story out there and make it clear it is and an idea or something that happens to some people. it is pretty common. most americans do support safe abortion access. >> it is a good issue for democrats. it polls well. it pushes back. reminds people mostly repuican men making decisions about women's bodies. >> because of representation.
let's go to california news. governor newsom is saying all chilen who go to public or private schools must be vaccinated. pending approval. it would be the following term. there are steps. this is a big announcement. one he would not have made before the recall. see mac he seems confident and calm. it's what he ran on. he said you can do this. what i'm doing with mandates or you can have larry who will roll everything back. he feels confident. there is a ramp up time. they are guessing july 2022 17- 12 graders will be vaccinated. it gives districts and parents a chance. parents already. he said we won't be the last.
>> what we have seen in california. the majority of americans are interested and they have gotten vaccinated. there are loud voices opposing. you might see court challenges. we won't see the same demonstrations at the local level if it is a statewide mandate. another, steps toward changing is housing and homelessness. he signed 21 new bells. >> 27 reducing homelessness. see mac it's a good time to build housing. there is extra money. holong it will be around. some was one time money. gavin newsom ran promising 3.5 million units of housing by the time he leaves. they are nowhere near that. everyone agrees 's a problem. it hurts the economy and
working-class families. parents can afford to buy a house and pay for school. there are choices people have to make. these bills are a package of carrots and sticks to encourage housing. with the promise if local governments to meet we will take them to court. there is a ban on evictions. are renters concerned? >> yes they are concerned it could lead to tens of thousands of addictions. it was put in place during the pandemic. prevented landlords from the deck thing. we should say there are state, federal assistant programs to help them pay. it's hard to get the money out. there's been a disconnect. we have to watch and see if the governor changes his mind. it is expired. police
reform. >> in the wake of the george floyd killing and that conviction of derek. bad cops who get fired for misconduct and incorrect use of force can be decertified. they can't get a job with another department. you have bad behavior being perpetuated. smaller police departments. it should end with this being sign. easier said than done. we are the 47th state. local politics. the assembly member is coming back to san francisco. he will be the city attorney. >> he was named. dennis is moving over. thatappointment was made after
the head resigned for corruption -related charges. we are saying he's been a longtime civil rights he was a prosecutor. issues facing san francisco, basing housing or what he is focused on. when he takes office we will see what he wants to do. he led the fight for marriage equality. a big job and has the potential for implications. >> they can put their stamp on it. an advocate for immigrants cost civil rights. you will see him continue. a race to replace them in the assembly. the former supervisor now chief of staff. the district 6 supervisor is
distrust. >> progressives are not going to leave behind women who desperately need childcare, families who desperately need paid leave, communities who desperately need action on climate change. >> i cannot accept our economy or basically our society moving towards an entitlement mentality. >> democrats fiercely divided over the price tag of president biden's signature priorities, infrastructure and social policy. >> what we have seen from the democrats this week, dysfunction, delusion, and deception. >> as republicans look to capitalize on the infighting. meanwhile, with just hours to spare, congress averts a government shutdown. and disinformation in