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4 news at 5. >> i'm grant lotus and i'm vicki liviakis. we have a team coverage on just how city leaders across the bay area are responding to this. a recent string of smash and grab retail theft and we want to begin in san francisco. we're just moments ago, the embattled dha spoke about how his office is trying to tackle the issue. kron four's. dan kerman was there. he joins us now live in the city with more. good evening, dan. >> well, good evening. the district attorney has indicated that he as of this afternoon is filing felony charges against the 9 people arrested by the san francisco police department. as you know, in many cases petty theft cases are very difficult to charge. their only misdemeanors and they don't serve much jail time. however, in this case the district attorney made it clear none of this has anything to do with petty theft. all of these are felonies multiple felonies, including gun charges against a couple of those the first to
defendants should their arraignment as early as tomorrow afternoon. he says this is just the beginning of the process. he like the police department as indicated that we are expecting more arrests in this case. but he says this will not stand. he says that his case has charged 73% every theft arrest. the police approch to them again. he says this is something that is not going to be. let's stand by itself. there are 9 people here. they've all been arrested and again, in this case all charged with multiple felonies. again, some of these felonies range from looting to second degree commercial burglary grand theft 2 receiving stolen property all felonies. again. 2 people with gun charges here are 8 months is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. that's the latest reporting live in san and kron 4 news. and before you go, we hear shouting in the background. is that connected at all to the story that we're reporting on
>> it is not connected to this case. this is a group of those who are opposed to chasing the teen who want him recalled who seem to show up. but any sort of a news involves the district attorney. this one is no different than they are here protesting the da that this is not. >> specific to this case yeah. and then we during the press conference. they had to actually move it inside because it got so out. >> if you could hear that . well, the the idea was well, it in most cases are press conferences like these would be happening inside anyway but due to covid many of the news conferences are taking place outside that, yes, this was moved into the lobby. once these protesters showed up. but again, the real focus of this is not these protesters who are here who followed the dia around and protest and call for his recall, which looks like it's going to happen. the focus here.
>> is that the da has filed multiple felony counts against the 9 who've been arrest. all right. good information. thank you. dan kerman reporting live for us from. >> a san francisco. we have team coverageptonight on how the city of san francisco is responding to the recent crimes or crimes. first, catherine heenan joins us now live from the newsroom with more on what mayor breed has to say. catherine. yeah, mayor london breed and san francisco police chief bill scott they held a joint news conference today. >> this is part of the effort to calm nerves as people do their holiday shopping. the chief says that he is confident more people will be arrested as investigators review surveillance video and mayor breed says yes. changes are coming to the downtown shopping area in an effort to help people feel safer. this holiday season and beyond. we're trying to. >> look at ways in order to makes it a downtown shopping experience more safe for pedestrians because this is not just about stolen goods. this is about in the process of getting away and how someone can get hurt and so
i'm having the ability to shop without concern about a vehicle hitting you is really important. and so we're we're currently working with it mta to have those discussions. >> the mayor and the police chief say they are also working on expanding the city's surveillance camera network, grant and vicki. >> all right, katherine, thank you. well, it's not just san francisco. all corners. the bay area have been hit by what amounts to organized crime. yeah, it's been wild out there and amid worries the brazen crimes will put a chill on holiday shopping law enforcement, maybe looking now into conspiracy charges as a way to try to get a handle on this kron four's. rob fladeboe brings us up to date on that part of the story. he is live tonight in san jose. good evening, rob. >> good evening. grab this write us residents here at santana row another a shopping malls across the bay area are trying to bounce back from the
pandemic. this is the last thing needed something else to that, to encourage people to stay away. but now they tell me they're also encouraged by uh what law enforcement may be looking at here. in other words, going after some of these crews as conspiracies rather than petty theft. here's more. >> around the corner from where thieves ransack to leaven apparel on sunday here at santana row vintage wine merchants in other shops have their guard up. they're worried customers might fear getting caught up in violence in stay away says owner harry to think of a mob coming around breaking windows looting causing just not the place you want to put your family in response to the recent rash of organized shoplifting, law enforcement is looking at a regional approach but has his work cut out for us is former prosecutor and legal analyst stephen clark them a lot of these retail theft crews have become emboldened by it. decriminalization. >> in our property crime laws.
and i think that's why you're seeing this spring up all over the bay area because they recognize that at this point the prosecutors are a step behind them to get around a state law that treats theft up to $950 is a misdemeanor. prosecutors may have to raise the stakes by alleging the well organized on 2 felony conspiracy. >> and send a strong message says clark. >> you need the conspiracy law so that if you can show that these organize crews are communicating and planning out the steps you can use the felony statutes to get much stiffer punishment one santana rumor. jen tells kron 4 news that management has pledged extra private security and regular visits by police. >> another says these are criminal street gangs and should be treated as such. there's not a moment to lose. is the all important holiday shopping season is already underway. police got hope for the best and hope these >> comes better senses and
realize that they're they're they're hurting a real families and. >> there there, there's nothing good can come out what what they're doing. >> now. it's important to note that the love that made the theft of property up to $950. petty theft is made possible when voters approved proposition 1447 rather back in 2000. 14, stephen clark says that to buy a tough stiffening. the penalties here that was sent a strong message to these crews live in san jose. rob fladeboe kron 4 news. >> thank you, robin. after that nordstrom and several other stores in walnut creek were targeted over the weekend. things will be looking a lot different in that area. the main street on broadway plaza is now closed to vehicles at least 10 stores have also announced they're going to be closing their doors early to try to avoid another scene like what we saw saturday night. the mayor of walnut creek also announced an increase in police officers in
the area at all times of day. he says these new changes are expected to be in place through christmas at the very least well, tonight the question many people are asking is the response from local leaders easing shoppers concerns our coffers, rob nesbitt spent the day at union square where there is an increased police presence. >> he asked shoppers how they're feeling. >> boarded up windows and a police officer on every corner i feel like we're at war. tiffanie carpenter was shocked at the police presence in union square. she saw the video of the smash and grab outside louis. but on friday night and decided to do her shopping in the square as a result, just wanted to support. i just feel so bad for all the employees and all the small businesses that are now open. i mean, there's so many great restaurants around here. san francisco police chief bill scott says the patrols are a way to prevent another theft in the area. it's the same reason why the streets will be closed to non city vehicles in union square each night starting at 07:00pm. we're trying to make it more difficult people pull
up in front of a business, particularly one that we. >> i've seen some patterns that are getting hit across our region. law enforcement is visible. but is it having an effect. i think i've ever felt so safe at union square feel safe right now. sure. >> but it really sustainable. >> i don't think reza, to bash is live in san francisco for 8 years. he feel safe walking around the city. it's the visitors and tourists that he worries about navigating around the place with increased car break-ins and smash and grabs something's got to change because it's getting to the point where it feels like. >> citizens are might be taken into their own hands. the executive director of the union square alliance says she's impressed with the city's police response. i asked her just how safe shoppers are in union square this holiday season hear her answer to that question. coming up on kron 4 news at 06:00pm in san francisco. i'm rob nesbitt kron 4 news. >> that's our are also playing southern california just last night. police say about 20 people were involved in a smash and grab incident at the
nordstrom store that in the grove, a popular la shopping center. 3 people were arrested, although more than a dozen others got away. one of the getaway cars led police on a high-speed chase and officers eventually took the driver and the others into custody. barriers are being set up at the shopping center to try and keep the thieves away. coming up tonight at 5, california has renewed its billion dollar contract for the covid testing lab. >> despite reports of suspicious activity and then it is not just the shipping backlogs driving up prices for pretty much everything will take a look at the local reason behind increase in the price of christmas trees. but first, what president biden is doing to try to bring down gas prices. and when we can expect
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on strike at san francisco international airport according to union officials, they're striking. >> for affordable health care benefits. strike is scheduled from 10:00am to 03:00pm at terminal 3 on what is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year. the workers go on strike. they include cashiers food service employees along with folks who prepare the food and drinks that are served during flights. airport officials say they're confident the strike will not affect people's travel plans. now in an effort to lower those gas prices across the country. president biden has ordered 50 million barrels of oil to be released from the countries strategic reserves while speaking today the president says that he is taking these actions in coordination with other countries like china, india and the u k and he stresses that. >> well, this will help lower what we pay at the pump. it won't be an instant relief and is blaming gas suppliers for the high prices despite the wholesale price of while continuing to drop.
>> the price of gasoline the wholesale market has fallen by about 10% over the last few weeks. but the price of the pump hasn't budged. a penny. in other words, gas supply companies. our pay less making a lot more. they do not seem to be passing that on to consumers at the pump. that's why i've asked the federal trade commission. to consider whether potentially illegal and i can put behavior in the oil and gas industry is causing higher prices for consumers. >> so today's average cost for a gallon of gas for 70. here's a look at the current prices for a gallon of gas san francisco. it is for 87 oakland for 79 san jose for 80 and in the north bay samara fell 4.89 all. really high. taking a look at the conditions along the golden gate bridge. this evening. a beautiful a little bit hazy. >> pleasant november day out
there. rebecca strom joins us now with a look at the forecast and it was kind of cool this morning waking up. yeah, definitely was a lot tougher than what we felt the day before. right. because we saw 70's around the bay area. guys. we're in for a big changes as we get into tonight because temperatures are going to dip into the 30's. in fact. >> the national weather service has a frost advisory issued a from about 3 o'clock tomorrow morning until 9 so it's all for inland valley locations parts of walnut creek san ramon pleasanton, even livermore out towards the antioch in pittsburgh front with discovery. they all those spots could be waking up to frost early tomorrow morning. so keep that in mind. cover those plants, protect them because we're definitely going to see a big drop in temperatures as we get into the overnight hours taking a live look outside. you never think that is going to cold by gorgeous shot around the bay area. it's a nice mostly clear skies here. this our camera on top of our east bay hills in berkeley. and yes, we saw a lot of sunshine today. a little bit of scattered clouds but still a gorgeous day around the bay area starting
to feel more like fall at this point. so planning ahead for tonight, of course, those chilly temperatures like i was mentioning. we're going to see some breezy conditions in some spots in the north bay and the east bay. so might feel even cooler the what the temperature show middle of the week. we're going to be sunny, but it's going to feel like fall and you're going to be the mid 60's during those afternoon highs. then once we get into thanksgiving and then black friday and into the weekend we could be seeing 70's once we get towards a saturday and sunday. and i'll be back with a breakdown of those temperatures that we're going to be seeing over the next couple of days. and if there's any rain in the forecast to have all those details coming up. grant look forward to that. thank you, rebecca. now to a developing story in the south bay where san jose police say 2 men have been injured. >> in a shooting that happened this afternoon. investigators got to the scene on story road a little after 2.45 this afternoon found 2 men with gunshot wounds. both have been taken to the hospital. one has life-threatening injuries. it is not yet clear what led to
the shooting. we'll continue to follow this story and bring you updates as we get them. pete, it's police. meanwhile, making a major reversal today on the timeline of an october shootout between police and 42 year-old michael nelson. police are now saying a detective shot at nelson first before nelson fired. >> body camera video there. and ariel. view, ton of shots fired as you can hear milpitas police say detectives initiated enforcement stop of a strlen vehicle that was parked in the milpitas square shopping center. police reported nelson exited his vehicle looked at officers re entered his vehicle and then
exited again against officers orders and they say he was armed with a gun at the time. milpitas police said detectives fired their weapons in response to nelson shooting. first. but on friday, milpitas police said. they have since learned that a detective fired first at nelson when nelson emerged armed with a gun. the santa clara county district attorney's office is now conducting an independent investigation of the shooting and they say they'll have a much deeper dive into the video and events leading to that deadly shooting will be covering this story as well. coming up tonight on kron 4 news at 6 charges have been filed in connection to the shooting of retired oakland police captain or c joyner. >> we have mug shots of 2 of the suspects marlon king and come on dre king. they are 2 of the 3 suspects accused of confronting him at gunpoint threatening to shoot him and stealing his property.
investigators say joyner pulled out a gun and fired shots killing the 3rd suspect desanti gardner. we have surveillance video from the shooting on october 21st in west oakland. police say a 4th suspect joshua hayes was driving the getaway car. he was arrested in texas and is being extradited to now back to california. joyner was also critically injured. he is recovering, though. all 3 defendants have been charged with the murder of gardner and the second degree robbery of joyner marlon king and come andre king also facing one count of assault with a firearm. >> still ahead with thanksgiving just a couple days away now the concern in the east bay over another surge in covid cases. >> and after the break, the impacted this year's fire season. this happening on christmas tree prices all across the state.
>> whether they are fake and they are phenomenal whether they're real and they're spectacular. get ready to pay more for christmas trees. this year-a for the fake trees. it's because of these shipping delays. yeah. and for the real ones, you can blame the price hike on the weather and the cost of labor jeannie nguyen explains. i think everyone's feeling some of the. >> price crunch in our economy right now and randall rick perry is no exception. he's one of the owners that petty farms in apple hill. we've had a labor shortage and i've had
to pay a lot more money to get these young people who work for me this year because of that, he says he had to do something he hasn't done in the past couple of years. we have to try to weave recoup those cost somewhere. and so we have to raise the price a little bit for the trees. probably about 15%. yeah. but the cost of labor isn't the only problem or petty is running into this spot right here near boavista in apple hill who got the worst smoke anywhere state of california. repented tells me he has a few variety of trees here at this farm. but it was these douglas firs right here that he noticed had the most effect from the caldor fire this past summer. i noticed some interior blight to some of the trees and scene before some of that could be drought. and but i do think some of it was smoke to the wildfires in oregon this past summer are also to blame for tree shortage. many of the farmers up. there are. >> not selling their nobles in organs because of the south
burned back that occurred. all of this combined, many farmers say they had no choice but to raise the price of their trees. i think if you look around. >> you'll still find some great values. but most the prices are going to be up at least a little bit. >> encouraging families to be patient this year as they go out to pick their trees. >> next on kron 4 news at 5 with health officials in one east bay county are doing to try to it reduce the chances of another winter surge in covid cases and hospitalizations. plus, why the state renewed a major contract with the covid testing lab despite some suspicious activity in their past. and then a kron 4 news exclusive. vicki catches up with hillary after. miss clinton stopped in san francisco. what she has to say about women taking charge and about women taking charge and pu when a truck hit my son, about women taking charge and pu i had so many questions about his case. i called the barnes firm. it was the best call i could've made. call the barnes firm now
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last winter's surge in covid-19 cases. he points to the availability of the vaccine in contra, costa county more than 74% of the population is fully vaccinated outpacing the rest of the country and kids 5 years of age and older have been eligible for weeks. still, he says the county's population is not projected to reach the 80% full vaccination threshold until the end of the year. he says it is essential all eligible adults also received their booster shots. wayne's especially in older adults. but even in younger adults. >> it's still in younger healthy people. it still gives very, very good protection against severe disease and hospitalization. but we also want to prevent spread in the past 2 weeks. hospitalizations resulting from the virus are down nearly 4 and a half percent and active cases are down nearly 20%.
>> numbers doctor for nintendo expects will increase with more indoor large gathering stepback scene definitely makes a big difference. and i think that will keep us from as severe as surgeons. we have last winter regardless of your vaccination status. doctor for nintendo suggests getting tested for the virus before and after your holiday trips. >> in contra, costa county deleted all kron 4 news. >> were following up with state leaders after california health officials cleared reportedly troubled covid testing lab of any sanctions and the state says it will continue its 1.7 billion dollar contract with the southern california lab. our capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains why. >> california's 25 million dollar covid-19 testing lab in valencia will not face any consequences. this comes following an investigation into what state health leaders called significant deficiencies at the lab run by diagnostics company perkinelmer whistleblower said earlier this year, those issues threaten the accuracy of covid-19 test su