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>> from the bay area's news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at 6. >> paid sick leave is as basic and critical as getting vaccinated. wearing a mask. >> without covid paid sick leave workers currently have no safety net. if they are exposed or sick with covid just as the virus is breaking new records. good evening, everybody. thank you for joining us for kron. 4 news at 6. i'm pam moore and i'm ken wayne. state labor officials were joined by a bay area leader today to call on the california legislature to bring back covid sick pay. you
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may recall that that expired at the end of september kron four's dan kerman is live in san francisco tonight. he's got more on this stand. we know since this expired at the r, people have been forced to take regular sick leave if they are sick or vacation time, if they don't have any. >> sick leave left or some of continue working sick just so they can continue to get that paycheck. that's why labor leaders and workers as well as some state legislators say this really is untenable. and this extra supplemental leave needs to come back. >> frankly, folks, it's hard for me to believe as we enter the 3rd year of this pandemic that we're even having this conversation, california labor leaders, workers and legislators gathered online thursday to call on the state legislature to bring back covid-19 sick pay. >> this is simply a policy that would prevent the spread of covid-19 keep workers safe on job. the state supplemental covid-19 sick leave expired at the end of september.
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>> and now a lot i have to use a pto. notes paid time off. if i run out pto, i would not paid unless i go on medical leave. some of my colleagues might not even getting paid, might not even be getting paid. because they haven't had enough prove those calling for its reinstatement say without supplemental leave. >> workers are facing some terrible options. the options that they have, those either stay at home and not get any get not get any money to put food on their table. >> or potentially go to work and infect their customers. their patients or their co-workers. >> if the legislature brings it back, there will be no federal funding available as there was last year to help support small businesses. but it's been suggested the state's surplus of money could fill in that gap. >> if we are to say that california is the largest economy in the world we can and should do something to extend covid sick leave while we also do what is necessary to ensure that small businesses are whole.
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>> now, if this does move forward, it's unclear just how quickly it could be passed and enacted. we do know that the governor is on record as saying that sick leave is a top priority for him live in san francisco. dan kerman kron. 4 news stand. thank you. in an effort to try to slow the omicron surge, tougher workplace rules go into effect tomorrow here in california, employees will now have to get a covid test after exposure in the workplace. you can no longer just take a rapid test on your own. instead, an employee can go to a lab or take a test in front of a supervisor or a health care professional. cal osha is also tightening its rules of what qualifies as a face covering the new definition includes a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask or respirator or a cloth mask and have at least 2 layers. nurses at 8 hospitals across the bay area are protesting today. they say after 2 years into the fight against the coronavirus,
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things are getting worse rather than getting better. >> this comes as employers ask asymptomatic nurses to still come into work despite testing positive for coronavirus nurses at county hospitals were supposed to have a protest today as well. but that was called off after the organizers got the virus and they are now in quarantine. nurses say that this is not a battle over money. they just want to make sure that things are safer. today president biden announced more military medical teams will be deployed to help hospitals which are hit hard by omicron new york, new jersey, ohio, rhode island, michigan, and new mexico all requested additional assistance. the teams will be in place inside hospitals by the end of the month. besides staffing, the administration is also address a need for more medicals of facility, space and protective equipment south bay congressman roe conn is calling on the biden administration to do more to get needed supplies into the
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hands of americans. >> he's joined with 40 other members of congress to send a letter to the president calling on him to use the defense production act to produce more rapid covid test to be sent to american homes. representative conyers says the u.s. is trailing behind european countries in distributing tests and face masks. >> the pandemic has been going on almost 2 years by now. we should be able to mail every american family a test for every week. that's what they're doing in the uk and some other european countries. the administration has said they're going to 500 million cast. really? what we need is 2 billion tests. and i said, let's invoke the defense production act to get these mail to american families and to have them available at the grocery store at the walgreens places where people go on a daily basis. >> letter was also signed by east bay congresswoman barbara lee eric swalwell marked a and mike thompson. >> another big story tonight. the u.s. supreme court has blocked the biden
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administration from enforcing a vaccine or test requirement for large employers. but the justices did allow the administration to go forward with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers. well, for as washington correspondent jessi tenure reports. >> the court's conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority with a large employer role at a time when the white house has been trying to boost the nation's vaccination rates. >> so they blow to the biden administration. large companies do not have to require their employees to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 or tested weekly and wear a mask on the job. the u.s. supreme court struck down the biden administration's role for businesses with at least 100 employees essentially means that in the pen, this pandemic is up to individual employers to determine whether their workplaces will be safe for employees. white house press secretary jen psaki says the requirement would have prevented unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths. but south carolina republican senator lindsey graham argues the administration needed congressional approval know
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president is a cane. wisconsin democrat senator tammy baldwin worries lives are at risk. this ruling injures public and causes more people to die. the ruling impacts more than 80 million people. i'm a grocery guy. >> i'm not the vaccine. police. the justices fast track the case brought by grocery store owner brandon trosclair and other large employers and heard it last week. there's nothing else. >> that will perform that function better. incentivizing people strongly to vaccinate themselves. justice elena kagan said the employer rule was appropriate. >> but justice amy coney barrett suggested it was too broad that the problem here is its scope and that there's no differentiation between the risk faced by unvaccinated. 22 year-olds and unvaccinated 60 year-olds. >> or industries? >> and testing requirements and potential fines for large employers were not set to kick in until next month, but a mask requirement for unvaccinated employees was
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slated to start this week in washington. i'm jessi tenure. >> while everyone, of course, is talking about covid. the flu season is also still a matter of concern. and no. a cdc study finds that the flu shot does protect children from a serious case of the flu. even with the virus that infected them is different from the one in the vaccine. according to the study, vaccinations cut the risk of severe flu in children by 78%. it was also 76% effective in preventing a life-threatening case of the flu. so far this winter, the cdc has not provided estimates of the flu cases across the nation, although data suggests illnesses from the seasonal flu virus are down significantly. the pandemic is having a major effect on children's mental health cents. according to health care professionals. >> data coming in shows that there's been a large uptick in teen suicide during the pandemic. also, teens are experiencing higher levels of depression, anxiety, eating
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disorders and other mental health concerns. kron 4 talk to a psychologist, doctor brenda wade about what she's seeing and how she's counseling parents during this pandemic. >> what's important, what's important is to remember our children need support all the things that used to hold. they had their classrooms. they had their teachers. they had friends. they had activities. >> they had sports. they had music. they had all those things. the teams typically have. but philip, their life and most importantly, give them emotional support and direction. >> doctor wade ads modeling the behavior you want to see in children, incloding learning ways to calm yourself and talk about your stress can help them deal with their stress. we have the full interview with doctor wade on our website. kron 4 dot com. >> well, let's check in on our weather now. air quality in the bay area appears to have declined today. this is video from all to plaza park in san francisco's pacific heights
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neighborhood from this morning. and then you can see the hazy skies across the bay area. the bay area air quality management district, air quality map showed moderate levels in the 51 to 101 range on the air quality index this morning. let's check in with our chief meteorologist lawrence karnow for a closer look at the air index and what's happening tonight. yeah, guys, high pressure sitting over head. we're in the middle of this dry spell during the middle of the season. so >> the inversion layer. that's the point. the atmosphere, the temperatures actually go with height. well, that kind of caps the atmosphere when that caps the atmosphere get all the plumes drop below a drop a little bit. you can see hazy out there right now making for and the sunset and all the colors in the atmosphere. yeah. little thick out there in the air quality tomorrow. probably going to be slightly improved. i think near the coastline. still moderate amounts of pollutants building up in the north bay, the east bay and the south bay. but we're going to see more of a wind developing tonight. we did much in the way of wind at all today, but tonight we'll see a stronger offshore wind kicking envelop start to clear things out. now we've got to
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watch storm system a week one making its way to southern california. they're seeing some rain there. just a light stuff so far. the bay area, just some high clouds and that's going make for some more gorgeous weather thing tomorrow. right now, more of an on shore breeze along the coastline. and you start to see the development of an offshore wind kicking in the east bay. already those winds going to be gusty overnight tonight. high pressure going to build in as that ridge starts to build in, you know, is that low begins to drop just to the east of us. and that's going to be enough to kick up those winds around the bay area going to be blustery over the mountain top. probably some 30 and some 40 mile an hour gusts up above that. just a little breeze down below. thank you us. coming up, a controversial decision after san francisco's district attorney dropped charges against a man. >> accused of assaulting a police officer. what police and the da's office are saying. >> governor newsome in santa clara county today highlight a major investments in the state's transportation and infrastructure. more on his message ahead. and the latest drought map is out and it's
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>> governor newsome has denied parole to robert f kennedy's assassin, sirhan sirhan's and his decision. the governor says serhant poses and on reasonable threat to public safety. will be scheduled for a new parole hearing no later than february of 2023, his
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defense attorney said that they will ask a judge to overturn newsom's decision. robert f kennedy was shot and killed in june of 1968. in southern california moments after he had just claimed victory in the state's pivotal democratic presidential primary. so originally was sentenced to death, but that sentence was commuted to life when the california supreme court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972. >> strong reactions are coming in from all sides regarding charges being dropped against a man accused of among other things, resisting arrest and assaulting a san francisco police officer. kron four's haaziq mod-yoon has the story. >> san francisco district attorney chesa boudin has decided there will be no criminal charges filed against 41 year-old surgio luego who was arrested back on february 17th 2021 following a physical altercation with san francisco police. this is a photo of surgio luego taken after the incident. sfpd officials say lugo was detained by
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undercover officers conducting surveillance for burglary crimes a valley. we need to cited to walk away. sfpd investigators say during the struggle to detain he used a sharp object, wounding an officer. kron 4 received this statement from the da's office regarding the decision to drop the charges. quote, we carefully reviewed all the evidence in the case, including statements, surveillance. the fact that the officers were not wearing body worn cameras inconsistent season police officers statements. the fact that mister lugo was behaving lawfully when stopped by police. and it was clear that this was not a provable case, unquote in response to the district attorney dropping the charges. san francisco police chief bill scott is quoted saying i'm disappointed with the district attorney's decision in this case. mister lugo resisted arrest and violently assaulted our officers, injuring one of them with an exacto knife. these kinds of attacks are unacceptable and shouldn't be
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tolerated by our criminal justice system with the r it sends a dangerous message that in bolden's criminals to use violence and not just against police officers. we absolutely agree with the chief's statement. the president of the union that represents san francisco police officers, montoya. and this is not the first case where >> he's led a violent person without any form of that. you know, consequences. you know, it gets he should let the jury's and the coroners decide. whether or not you know, there's enough evidence. san francisco public defender, my no right to use it differently. it is absurd. and mister lugo spend a in jail on this case and dismissing it was absolutely the right and legally something to do. anyone expressing disappointment that this case was dismissed should be instead answering for this gross display. >> a police brutality has it kron 4 news. gavin newsome was in santa clara today to update
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his california blueprint plan to try to improve the state's infrastructure and transportation. >> if you're going to get serious about the carbon ise ing and radically change the way we produce and consume energy and advancing our goals. as the center was noting, you can't do it. without radically transforming your transportation sector. >> the plan is aimed at combating climate change by using more 0 emission transit vehicles and investing in improvements at the ports to streamline importing goods. plan also includes installation of 100,000 new charging stations across california and the completion of the controversial high-speed bullet train system. the governor says the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of california's greenhouse gas emissions making drastic spending necessary. >> leaders in the cannabis industry are demanding is state lawmakers cut some of their taxes and regulations.
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they say the legal market for cannabis is on the brink of shutting down. well force ashley zavala explains their request and how state leaders are responding. >> standing next to a slouching marijuana plant. cannabis growers and sellers rally for relief from the state's taxes and regulations on the industry state of california. we're tired of the rhetoric. the plans posture up a trail of the state of california's legal market, which industry leaders say is wilting the unfair taxation spells the end of the dream. >> for so many small farms and small businesses, urban shop owners of world cannabis growers urging state lawmakers and the governor to repeal the excise and cultivation taxes they say are burdensome. >> adding to the price of their legal products while consumers lean toward the illegal market for lower costs. they also say regulations are not fair for small shop owners in black and brown communities, including some local requirements for those seeking a marijuana license to already have a store front. my pathway to license. took over 3 years
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over $400,000. that meant. >> while waiting on regulators and bureaucratic delays, security. another major issue for the legal sellers who say because they legally cannot have bank accounts, their targets for big cash robberies. are businesses broken into 5 times. >> by 5 different groups of individuals, they took everything. state senator steven bradford stood with the group. he says he's working with legislative leaders for change. but what exactly is to be decided to suspend the tax for a period of time or we can reduce it for a period of time. >> again, i think one of the things that we really need to look at is still requirement by a lot of local jurisdictions to require you to have a brick and mortar facility before you can even get a license. makes no sense. some lawmakers and the governor agreed they must work together on a solution. the governor weighed in on these calls from the cannabis industry earlier this week. we have a lot of work to do in the space. >> newsome noted at the current cannabis tax rates. the state this year expects to bring in 787 million dollars
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total from the industry. portions of that go to youth services, land acquisitions and law enforcement. he says any reforms will need to consider those. it is my goal. >> to look at tax policy to stabilize market it. same time. it's also my goal. to get these municipalities to wake up to the opportunities to get rid of the illegal market. state leaders hope to help this legislative session, but how soon is to be determined at the state capitol? ashley zavala kron. 4 news. >> now to the situation on our drought status in some good news. after all this much needed rain from the latest drought monitor map. you can see the exceptional drought category has pretty much disappeared. this is a 3 month comparison. now the exceptional drought is that dark red color on the left. the map which includes data as recent as tuesday on the right shows. remarkable improvement from the last 3 months. right now, most of the bay area is still in severe drought. that's the orange color. let's check in with our chief meteorologist lawrence karnow.
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hey, guys. yeah, it's been dry for about a week here now. and so i've heard a lot of people start to talk about it. >> they're worried that that might be a problem. but midseason dry spells are really a normal part of our climate here in the bay area. in fact, on average, they last about 19 days, usually in december or january somewhere during that period, they'll kick in the longest one on record. 56 days back in 2014 2015, the shortest 8 days on record. that was back in the 50's. so these are pretty calm. and that's where we sit right now. the long-range forecast is keeping us dry. this one coming noaa. and you can see a california all shaded in brown here likely below average precipitation to the end of the month. that's kind of what i'm looking at all our long-range computer models to is keeping things pretty dry until that last week in january. that's what it looks like. things begin to shift gears. and that's pretty typical. and then get back in some wintry weather. so us this where we sit so far, we're still 165% of normal. it to over 16, almost 17 inches of rain in san francisco. san
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jose, 125% of normal. oakland at 183% of normal over 15 inches of rain and santa rosa over 22 inches of rain. that's 147% normal. we're seeing these kind of numbers around much of the state. it is dry out there right now. a couple high clouds up above. we do have some storm clouds off the coastline, but they're headed toward southern california. so we keep things dry here. and temperatures running above the average looking at 50's and 60's for highs today. those numbers are normally in the 50's but warming things up out. there will be that way again. i think tomorrow, though, we're going to throw in some wind after a cold start to the day 30's and 40's early on by the afternoon. some of these temperatures moving well in the 60's. almost 70 degrees. >> laura, thank you for that. coming up, 39 states including california reach a billion dollars settlement with one of the nation's largest student loan companies. how authorities say the company preyed on seasons.
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