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>> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at i >> that i requested an emergency meeting 10 days ago before school started because we were seeing a rapid rise in omicron. >> tonight at 6 parents, teachers, city leaders and school board members are all finding it hard to get on the same page for covid safety in the san francisco unified school district. as for joining us for kron, 4 news at 6, i'm ken wayne. i'm pam moore. tonight, a member of the san francisco board of education is sounding the alarm she talked with found 4 says it might be in a story you'll only see on kron 4. >> this tweet from san francisco board of education, president gabriela lopez read after years of this request,
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san francisco department of public health is still refusing to come and speak at the school board and answer questions for the public. our schools and drowned in during the omicron surge. and we need to hear directly from experts at our meeting next tuesday. officials at the san francisco department of public health confirmed they are not taking the board president up on the invitations. we need to do better at working together. >> to to the planning ahead. it is lack of planning for the post winter break. covid surge on the part of sf usd and san francisco city leaders. >> that as a board of education commissioner allison collins believes created a crisis for parents, teachers and students. this is an educational emergency. we have schools that are, you know, barely able to function because of lack of staffing. we're trying to fill gaps with parent and we're trying to fill gaps with central office staff. and that's just not.
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>> that is just not acceptable. colin says limited available testing sites in the district and overcrowded testing locations that are open to the public. >> are 2 major problems going into the second week of school? the line was. >> out the door around the block up the hill. >> it was. and at the end of the day when we shut down, there are still people wanting more testing. a lead official is describing her recent experience at a public testing site in the city's lakeview district. she talks about how the lack of available testing is disrupting the regular school routine of special needs students. there's a lot of families who have kids with disabilities, especially those kids who are immunocompromised to. we are just >> we're really, really worried about the lack of information and guidance changing under you know how the need for masking is changed. how transmissible everything is a crime. so we know that the demand is very high. we're doing everything we can to get these tests into
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the hands of students, staff and families and will continue to do that this week. commissioner colin says it's not too late for sf usd to follow the lead of other school districts in the state. other districts are doing this better. >> and we need to learn from them and we need to make it easier for families. has made kron 4 news? >> meantime, in the north bay, sonoma county is issuing a new health order that bans large events. officials are asking people to stay home as much as possible for the next 30 days. the announcement was made just about an hour ago. the health officer in the county is asking residents to limit interactions with people outside of their immediate household as the omicron variant continues to spread and for the next 30 days, large indoor gatherings of more than 50 people and large outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people when social distancing is not possible, will be prohibited in sonoma county. that includes wedding venues. the health order goes into effect on wednesday and will last until february. 11th
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kron four's dan thorn is following the story for us. we'll have more tonight on kron. 4 news in prime time. >> in the east bay today was a regular school day at the oakland unified school district. the district says it is meeting demands to have more covid safety protocols and supplies. meantime, there is a student petition circulating and many students would skip in-person classes if safety protocols did not improve. that's what the petition is about. hundreds of students have signed and the petition says a january 17th deadline. some students have claimed that there are not enough covid tests and other resources available. >> we are demanding kn 95 mask for all the students because not easily accessible to them. >> twice a week pcr and rapid tests for everyone on campus and more outdoor spaces to eat safely when it rains. over at district does not want to give it to us. we demand a shift. those 2. >> i'm ready.
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>> last friday, more than 500 teachers took part in a sick out over safety concerns. parents in the dublin unified school district are also pushing for a return to distance learning more than 2300 people have signed a petition there. some say they are alarmed by the rise in covid cases and worried about the omicron variant. the district superintendent says the winter break cannot be expanded. adding current state rules do not allow the entire school district to move to online district is going to remote learning for a week that started today. and that's after 117 staff members tested positive for covid in just the past few days under staffing forced the move to online learning the district says it plans to have students back for in-person instruction next tuesday, january 18th, school leaders are making an exception for families who don't have wifi or child care. those students will go to physical campuses to continue
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with their virtual learning. >> but again, this is only in situations where it's absolutely absolutely necessary for a family if we implement virtual learning, we can't allow those staff who might be in quarantine might be awaiting test results to feel ok and choose to do the virtual learning from home that allows us to really increase the number of staff we have available for instruction for our students. >> the school district's public information officer says board members are going to regroup on friday. they'll decide whether or not students should come back to the classroom on january 18th or if they'll extend remote learning students in milpitas will have the option to return to virtual learning this week. district schools will also be open for in-person learning school grounds looked pretty empty this morning. the reason, of course, trying to curb the spread of covid as students and teachers return from their winter break.
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classes are expected to resume tomorrow in the west contra costa unified school district. a district closed all of its schools last friday. and today to clean and sanitize the facilities, employees and students are being required to take covid tests today before returning to in-person learning the problem again, that spike in covid cases. >> well, it just got more difficult to get a covid test in san francisco. the city's health department announced today a nationwide computer glitch really shut down some testing sites for the day here. here's a list of the affected locations alum, amy, so much 7th in brandon southeast health center. la he'll hutch 20 norton and bayview opera house officials are asking people not to go to these test sites for testing at this time. they are working with the vendor to accommodate people who did have an appointment for today. we're going to check on any developments and we will bring you the latest information throughout the night. another big story tonight. there's an ever-increasing number of
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breakthrough cases occurring among those who are fully vaccinated and boosted >> here's a look at current covid-19 cases across california right now. it's not just breakthrough cases, but overall you can see the positivity rate has been trending upward and there's an average of almost 57,000 new cases per day. so what does that tell us? is there anything we can do to protect ourselves? we saw was that question to the bay area, infectious disease experts kron four's. dan kerman is with us live now to tell us what they had to say. day >> well, pam and ken, they say it's not necessarily inevitable. you're going to catch up. there are things we can do. the thing is, though, that at this point we're still trying to manage this is if it were dealt of that omicron is different and that might require us to start limiting the number of folks were around, at least for the near term. as the omicron variant races across the united states. sue breakthrough infections. among those even who have been vaxxed and boost. and we have a virus and so much more transmissible.
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>> we have to almost double down on what we're doing to protect ourselves. now. >> barry infectious disease experts say that means wearing top tier masks like n 95 kn 95 also reducing your time indoors, especially among those you don't know, limiting the number of people were around. >> we are around people being much more careful than we were before somebody coughs or sneezes on you from within 6 feet. >> and they're infected. you're going to get infected and your vaccine is going to protect to 3 quarters of the time. but a court of the time. it's not. so it just got to be. you've got to be on your guard a little bit. infectious disease experts say those baxton boosted huguette breakthroughs will likely have milder cases. >> but they say cdc data shows those most at risk for hospitalization are not just older people, but those with certain underlying conditions, most of its really focused on
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respiratory disease. >> obesity and pregnancy. and those are the be that, you know, i mean, there's a longer list, but those are the sorts of things and immunosuppression. those are the sorts of things that i worry about. >> now, if you fall into one of those categories, infectious disease experts say it might be a good idea to stay close to home, at least over the next 2 weeks until this current surge is over again. the modeling, they say, suggest that this current surge could be over in the next few weeks. live in san francisco. dan kerman kron, 4 news. thank you, dan. >> well, with covid tests in such high demand right now, the governor signed an executive order banning price gouging on at home tests. the order prohibits ehlers from increasing prices on test kits for at home by more than 10% and a seller who violates that order can be fined or even receive jail time. anybody who has been a victim of price gouging on at home covid tests is encouraged file a complaint with the state attorney
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general's office. coming up 6 that tragedy in new york city. what investigators believe sparked a deadly fire at an apartment building in the bronx. and what we're learning tonight about the victims. plus, the entertainment world remembers bob sag it tributes continue to pour in from costars to fellow comedians expressing. >> their shock and >> and paying for year 3 of the pandemic. what governor newsom is proposing to spend on the state's recovery. a lot of sunshine and mild temperatures around the bay area today. a few more clouds coming our direction tomorrow. we'll explain next.
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>> new york real estate heir robert durst has died in stockton 3 months after being sentenced to life behind bars for murder. >> durst had been battling a series of health issues during his recent murder trial. he even tested positive for covid and was briefly connected to a ventilator. his lawyers say that worsened his other medical problems and the attorneys confirmed his death at the san joaquin general hospital today after he was taken there for tests. durst was convicted in september of killing his friend back in 2000. he was also suspected of killing his neighbor in texas in 2000, one and wife in new york. in 1982, he was 78 years old. local comedians and fans
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are paying tribute above second tonight, the actor and comedian was found dead yesterday in orlando in a hotel room. it was less than 24 hours after he performed a standup show in ja ksonville, florida. an autopsy report found no foul play or drug use. but determining determining the official cause of death could take weeks. >> kron four's rob nesbitt joins us now was how seconds career affected the bay area and our local comedy scene. rob. >> ken bay area comedian say this is a tough time with omicron canceling stand-up shows left and right. bob side gets death is one more hit to the industry they didn't see coming. it was the perfect balance of a career for the ranching bob side, its punch lines on stage. by the way, i want to start by apologizing for the way that i speak. it is again, it is shock value. it is a persona to his lovable role as danny tanner and full house, everybody. the actor and comedian had his fair share of success, really had a quite spectacular career. john
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allen from it's cheaper than therapy. and san francisco grew up watching full house and funniest home videos. the comedian says sag its reputation is well known throughout the stand-up world. no one has a back story about it. >> and absolute. he nice person hold the field. >> we'll show full house has kept tours coming to the bay area for decades to snap pictures of the famous tanner house where a memorial of flowers and cards begin to for monday morning for sag it. just one devastating blow after another. a hovey performs. the best of has that stand up and says the surge in covid cases is causing show cancellations. the company grew posted on facebook sunday night about the 65 year olds. death being one more blow to the industry. i know will be missed by like a lot of people and a lot of fans like a. >> i've reached out and just express their sadness over the whole situation. so it's a really sad thing to hear about. sag its former costars took to social media to express their sadness.
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>> john stamos posted on twitter saying, quote, i will never have another friend like according to the orange county chief medical examiner in florida, the cause and manner of sag its death are pending further studies in the investigation could take up to 12 weeks to complete live in san francisco. i'm rob nesbitt kron 4 news. rob, thank you. new york city fire officials now say 17 people were killed in that apartment fire in the bronx yesterday. that's 2 fewer than originally reported. 8 of the victims were children. the cause of the fire is believed to be a malfunctioning space heater. more than 60 people from the building and been hospitalized mainly for smoke inhalation. it's the deadliest fire in new york city in 3 decades. the man who bought an ar 15 style rifle for kyle rittenhouse has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge. a wisconsin judge accepted dominic blacks plea today. prosecutors dropped 2 felony counts of intent to deliver a dangerous weapon to a minor,
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contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a non criminal citation. black was 18 when he purchased the rifle in may of 2020 rittenhouse was 17 and too young to buy the firearm 3 months later, rittenhouse used a rifle to shoot at a kenosha protest. he shot 3 people, killing 2 of them. a jury acquitted him of a number of charges related to the shooting back in november. in southern california, reverend al sharpton delivered a eulogy this morning at a memorial service for the 14 year-old girl who died. >> after she was struck by a stray lapd officer's bullet. >> i want to say that i join and calling for justice in the meadow valentini. >> the service took place at a church in gardena valentino. peralta was shopping at the burlington department store in north hollywood with her mother back on december. the 23rd they were in a dressing
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room when police were shooting at a suspect who was attacking other customers. valentino was struck by one of those bullets and died. the shooting is under investigation. >> take a look at this. the bitter cold in the midwest turned in illinois driveway into ice rink of sorts. a resident put this hockey put down rather down as ice coated driveway to show just how cold it is. it slip almost all the way to the end of the asphalt. there. forecasters say temperatures in the area of roscoe, illinois. that's a little bit west of chicago dropped to 15 degrees yesterday in just 3 hours. now to our 4 zone forecast. know temperatures like that here in the bay area. here's a live look at the beautiful embarcadero in the city. no effect. they have a lot of sunshine. that's what lawrence is here to tell us. >> yeah. guys, who finally catching a little breaking all the stormy weather. we saw that this weekend. >> as some beautiful sunshine outside today, we continue that the trend going to continue for a while here as we've had a very impressive
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start to the rain season so far. now we're finally catching a break in looking good outside. right now, you've got some partly cloudy skies and dry conditions. today. the temperatures up to 62 degrees a little bit above average in san francisco. 57 right of the average in oakland. 66 degrees. beautiful in san jose. 61 in both livermore in concord and 63 degrees in santa rosa. high pressure trying to build in. you've got a couple of systems that are trying to work their way in. you see some of the clouds begin already stream in. we're going to see some of the high clouds, but the high pressure builds in out ahead of this system that's going to bounce is mainly to the north, keep things dry here. looks like the exception. maybe just a couple high clouds moving overhead. so dry conditions around the bay area right now. and that's the way it is going to stay for quite some time. now. temperatures outside running in the 50's. it will get chilly overnight tonight we'll be dealing with temperatures overnight. lows in the 30's and the 40's still a very active pacific pattern. but the trend now you can see the red arrows here. that's the center of the jet stream setting most that energy well up in the pacific northwest
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and canada. we're going to with high pressure overhead for us. that means going to keep things dry is rain line stays well to the north. keep some mild temperatures around the bay area. the exception, though, you'll see some high clouds drifting overhead from time to time. models do pick up on that overnight. tonight. you see some of those clouds stream overhead rolling right over the top of that ridge of high pressure. we'll see more of that on and off throughout the day tomorrow. i think by tomorrow evening actually should be a fantastic sunset with some of those high clouds moving overhead and yeah, one of those that want to get that camera ready to go just in case you get some special temperatures for tomorrow as high of 67 degrees in concord, 6, 7 degrees in morgan hill. 62 degrees in oakland and about 59 degrees in san francisco. nice weather staying dry. a few more clouds coming our way. the middle of the week, but dry right through the weekend. >> thank you. lauren said coming up after the break, governor newsome presenting his latest proposed state budget. what he wants to do with a billion dollars surplus.
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>> the lineup is out for this year's bottle rock. the event a list of more than 70 artists, including metallica, pink 21 pilots. and luke combs. this year's bottle rockets set for may 27th through the 29th in napa. the tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. >> universal health care, a gas tax holiday and billions to address homelessness, climate change and public safety issues. these are a few of the financial priorities. governor newsome presented in his proposed state budget today. our capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala breaks down his spending plan. >> for the second year in a row, governor gavin newsome presenting his financial priorities amid a pandemic health care at the top of newsom's list and his 286.4 billion dollar spending plan. the governor are proposing to extend the state's health care coverage. medical to all low income californians regardless of immigration status, it would be the first of its kind in the nation. newsome wants to earmark 614 million dollars
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in this year's budget for the program. it would cost more than 2 billion dollars every year after with the program starting in january of 2024, we said we're going to do it. so we take a few years we're committed to doing it. flush in cash and grappling with rising inflation. the governor proposing a gas tax holiday to hit the brakes on a gas tax increase that is set to trigger in july. the pause would decrease the states feel revenue this year by 523 million dollars on transportation. newsome wants to spend 4.2 billion dollars to complete the first phase of the high-speed rail. the segment running through the central valley. other financial proposals include 2 billion dollars on homelessness and mental health housing 750 million to continue to address drought. 1.2 billion on forest management to prevent wildfires money to combat crime. and 2.7 billion dollars on covid-19. response. newsome says he's working with the legislature on renewing paid covid-19 sick time for california workers but couldn't give many details monday, including how soon it could go into effect. i'll
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tell you, this is a top priority for me. republican vice chairman of the assembly and senate budget committees responded to the proposals. senator jim nielsen said much more needs to be done on water storage and fire prevention saying with the budget surplus, there's no reason to not provide enough money to fund these critical priorities. assemblyman vince fong said in a statement, overtaxed, californians should keep more of their hard earned money. precious tax dollars need to be spent wisely and effectively to serve those in need with such a big budget surplus. governor newson could not say if californians will see another round of those golden state stimulus checks. he says it's likely there will be some contribution back to the taxpayer. but exactly what form is to be determined. >> there's still plenty of time to figure that out because the state budget is not finalized until june at the state capitol. ashley zavala kron. 4 news. >> coming up on kron, 4 news at people in contra costa county will now have to prove got a covid booster shot or be tested for the virus every week we have details on the new requirements. plus, did
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you buy and at home covid tests you might be able to get your money back? we'll tell you have.
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