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>> from the bay area's news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at 6. >> we'll go into that space for we may be certainty that it's the question is which mandates and when. >> now it's 6 as covid cases are on the decline across the bay area. questions are mounting about when to lift the mask mandates. thank you for joining us for kron. 4 news at 6. i'm pam moore and i'm ken wayne. we're now past the peak of omicron. that's according to officials. but the state mask mandate is still in place until february. 15th kron four's rob nesbitt talked with health officers in marion and alameda counties. he joins us live with more about what they're saying when
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it comes to lifting those mask mandates. rob. can on the kron spread quickly at first quadrupling in a week in some places. now that we're finally on the decline, health officers don't want to slow that down by lifting covid restrictions. >> there have been a lot of positive cases last 2 months, but not a lot of positive outlook when it comes to omicron in marin county, the berrien finally started to trend downward after january. 4th, but it's not a fast process. according to health officer doctor matt willis, our case rates are going down more slowly than you know, we're now seeing about 200, 50 cases on average per day in marin county. >> and that's been the stable number for the past 3 or 4 days down 40% from the peak of omicron alameda county health officer doctor nicholas moss says omicron also peek at the beginning of the month. he's now paying attention to hospitalizations which tend to lag behind case numbers repeat with our hospitalizations. we are very similar to where we were in it with loss. surge
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before the first positive omicron case in the country was discovered in san francisco, the watershed, the santa clara county detected the variant doctor. sara cody says the vaccines help prevent hospitalizations, but they weren't 100% effective. and that's where we pair it >> so if you wear a mask and everyone around you where some asked about where a very important layer of protection, masks are still required indoors, regardless of vaccination status until at least february 15th. >> the one across on the decline health officers in the bay area say it would be a mistake to lift mandates. now we do not want to threaten the progress that we've achieved through those behaviors to those i can assure the gifting them staying the course for the next few weeks, but with a positive outlook, we will have a chance hopefully, you know, as we have done over time throughout the pandemic, remove more and more the restrictions. health officers are also seeing a new
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subvariant of omicron called ba 2. they say that to does not seem to be that much different from omicron when it comes to spread and cause of severe disease. live in san francisco, i'm rob nesbitt kron. 4 news. thank you, rob. >> in the east bay health officials in contra costa county say they believe the omicron variant has peaked in their county. they say the case rate actually peaked back on january 9th and that the hospitalizations peaked at the end of last week. however. >> they are still warning that hospitals are very full. the county currently has 281 covid patients in the hospital. although the county expects fewer hospitalizations in the coming weeks. currently, there are 29,000 active covid cases in contra costa county. the cvs pharmacy stores inside target and will begin distributing free. n 95 masks tomorrow. >> the company says masks are limited to 3 per person while supplies last all the stores
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will post signs to indicate n 95 mask availability. this is part of the federal retail pharmacy program. all the masks are provided by the federal government. the california department of public health confirmed there are 11 cases of the new omicron subvariant in the state with at least 2 cases in santa clara county. >> health experts do not believe it is causing a more severe disease. the world health organization has also detected the new variant and other places around the world. the vaccine company, pfizer says it started clinical trials for an omicron specific vaccine. but doctor anthony fauci says that there is an urgent need for a universal coronavirus vaccine instead of short term solutions that universal vaccine called a pen coronavirus vaccine would be targeted toward the types of areas that are most likely to cause outbreaks. >> i don't want anyone to think that it can coronavirus vaccines literally around the corner in a month or 2. it's
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going to take years to develop. >> the country's top medical officials say it is unlikely the coronavirus will be a red. okay. did or eliminated instead the u.s. and the world should aim to get the virus under control. doctor fauci says control will mean hospitalizations and deaths are lower. similar to numbers from the flu to help that happen. doctor fauci has people need to get the currently available. vaccines and boosters because they still provide high protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. even though omicron is causing less severe symptoms. medical officials warn people should not become complacent right now on kron 4 dot com. you can find all of the latest covid headlines. just scan the qr code on your screen. you'll be taken directly there. another big story tonight. one lawsuit has already been filed against the city of san jose and more
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could be coming last night. the city council passed a controversial ordinance requiring gun owners to have liability insurance and to pay a fee. supporters are calling the gun reform law the first of its kind in the country. but as kron 4 sleep gone tells us opponents contend that violates a gun owners first and second amendment rights. >> if it passes all of the legal hurdles ahead, an ordinance requiring san jose gun owner secure liability insurance and pay an annual $25 fee will become law in 6 months. is there anybody saying in california anymore the national association for gun rights is committed to preventing that from happening. san jose resident mark sykes and the country's largest gun rights group filed a lawsuit against the city shortly after the city council passed the ordinance tuesday night. we didn't immediately. >> because we wanted to make it very clear that there were ramifications. the passing. america's most insane gun control. the ordinance will authorize police officers to
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ask for proof of insurance when they see or suspect someone is in possession of a firearm on the streets or in a home. >> for now, mayor sam liccardo, spines and other administrative actions could be taken against violators. but without the passage of supplemental, a state laws, officers will not take guns away unless there's a reasonable belief it will or has been used for violence. i'm confident that we're going to emerge from this litigation. with an survives constitutional scrutiny and we'll be able to implement this. the city says the annual fees collected from the ordinance will be used by non-profit organizations working to reduce gun violence, suicide prevention and gun safety classes. fact that the city of san jose >> is forcing citizens exercising a constitutional right to bear arms, particularly in their homes. they're taxing that and giving the tax money to nonprofits to
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then use it for speech that we all know is going to be used to criticize that very constitutional right. that is a violation of the first amendment. the ordinance does not specify how much the insurance will cost, but the mayor says staff research shows most people will incur little to no cost at all. >> called kron 4 news. >> also in san jose, police say 3 people were stabbed early this morning around 02:00am in the suspect fled from the scene and was killed in a car crash shortly after police say they responded to to avenue and foundfthe victim suffering from stab wounds during the investigation. police say they discovered that the victims and the suspect were living together while police were searching for the suspect. the highway patrol reported a fatal pedestrian accident along highway 85 at de anza police arrived and determined that the dead person was the suspect in the stabbing. police say they're still investigating the motive. >> the investigation is still ongoing. we don't know what
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precipitated or or what motivated this individual that to commit the stabbings during the investigation. we were in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for him for attempted murder for this incident. >> 3 victims are in the hospital and recovering from the stab wounds. police have not released the identity of the suspect and the car crash is also under investigation. >> in national news, liberal u.s. supreme court justice steven briar reportedly retire sometime this summer. no official word from the justice himself yet. but 2 sources told the associated press he will step down this year. he is 83 years old and was appointed to the high court by president clinton in 1994. white house press secretary jen psaki was asked whether mister biden might appoint vice president kamala harris to the supreme court. >> the any considerations, preparations and as we've stated earlier, you heard the president it is there's a history of supreme court justices determining when they
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may retire if they retire and announcing that and we're going that remains the case today. >> during his campaign, president biden promised to appoint a black woman to the high court among the short list are federal judge district judge could time g brown jackson, california supreme court justices leandre krueger. well, again, briar announcement retirement announcement will give president biden his first court pick. but is there any way that his nominee could be blocked? earlier today we talked with a constitutional law experts kron four's. catherine heenan has more on that from our newsroom. catherine? yeah, the short answer, ken and pam, very unlikely a biden nominee will be blocked. >> republicans do not control the senate. for example, on like one. president obama nominated merrick garland. so there might be delay tactics, but any nomination probably safe justice priors announcement again giving the president time to pick a
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replacement. it is expected to happen the retirement at the end of june. and again, the president has promised to choose a black woman for the job. uc hastings professor rory little says california supreme court justice leondra kruger is among the possible nominees. >> the trigger is absolutely fantastic. i think she would be great on the supreme court and i would applaud president biden if you were to nominate her. i think she would be confirmed. she is a moderate. she is not a a radical left progressive type. she's a moderate democrat. she's got experience in front of the supreme court. she's obviously been on the california supreme court now for a number of years. so she'd be great. there are other nominees. there's a judge in dc who is also talented and has a lot of claim. and she clerked for justice briar. that particular judge judge a good time g jackson. there's a judge in south carolina has been nominated for the appellate court down there has said. and as melissa mary melissa mary used a black woman who used to be the dean at berkeley, she
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is now in new york. i think she's a leading candidate as well. so they'll probably be other names in the next few weeks. >> beyer with another liberal that will not change the right word trajectory of cases on abortion or gun rights. for example, it does give the president a chance to put his stamp on the court. democratic leaders say they will move quickly to begin the confirmation process. pam and ken. >> thanks, catherine. and stay with us at 6.30, this evening, a political expert with san jose state university will join us live to share more insight on the retirement of justice. steven briar. and also coming up, 3 commissioners on the san francisco school board facing a recall ahead. we hear from both sides as soon as pushing for more investment on electric cars. but what lawmakers have to say about this plan to >> try to prevent climate change. >> and sunny and dry weather around the bay area. when might we see some rain? we'll talk about that. the forecast talk about that. the forecast is coming up.
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>> and one of the commissioners targeted in that recall. >> one of the fundamental issues for the yes on recall, the san francisco school board campaign is from their perspective, the board of education wasted time on other issues during the pandemic. instead of focusing on reopening schools, see the raj and other blue engine started. the recall effort. >> so the schools are open, right? so i mean, the the ultimately and that's what you want. it then was and go for with the recall. >> so there are a couple reasons. the one big one is learning loss of these board members don't believe learning loss happened and if they don't play that happened, they you know, they haven't measured it and they haven't come up with a plan to address it. >> and, you know, it is for every community from black. it is that, you know, patrons, every off that, you know what to think of it talking about this that you guys have not focused on academics for a kid's francisco school board. president gabriela lopez and 2 former vp follow good. really
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good. and alison collins r the commission is being recalled. >> this is allison collins, first television interview says the recarl begin make your best case. >> why you should retain your seat on the san francisco board of education. >> i was elected. really help the district. hold its promise. 2 families specifically around ensuring that each and every student has access to a safe school. and that's not just some kids, but that's all kids. in addition, yes, on recall advocates say that san francisco schools are in a crisis that covers equity, budget and leadership. you need to get confidence. debate is in the community that we have good leadership. >> on the school district that can actually run things well and to focus on education. otherwise you're not going by. and, you know, can you to see the spinal to what's, you know, more and more cuts as more and more families need the district. >> those against the recall are concerned that there may be other motives.
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>> i think people need to follow the money and they need to understand that billionaires are behind us and they're trying to dictate to san francisco how we do democracy in our city. >> the san francisco special municipal election, which includes the school board recall, will take place on february. 15th 2022, how is it you run for new? >> the cost of renting has opened 2022. in much the same way it spent 2021 setting a new all-time high. san francisco has the second highest rate in the nation behind new york. december says a median san francisco one-bedroom rental is 2000, $850 a month. a san jose one-bedroom will set you back 2000, $350 a month. both cities so rents increase, but the increases were smaller than some other cities. the median one-bedroom rent on some person. national index rose to $1374 this month. that
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is 12% higher year over year, talking about rent. the city of san francisco is taking new steps to protect people from eviction. >> the board of supervisors just passed an ordinance that is the first of its kind in california. the new law gives 10. it's a 10 day notice before the eviction process. so they have the opportunity to fix problems that would lead to eviction before the pandemic. landlords only gave a three-day notice before filing an eviction, the most common eviction filings are for nonpayment of rent according to san francisco board of supervisor dean preston, those filings drops during the pandemic. they went from honored 27 a month. 2, 3 at the end of 2021. >> it's not that landlords won't get their money. it's that we should not be using the fiction as the way to resolve the dispute and it gives the tenant the time to either come up with the rent, resolve, whatever the other dispute is, get an attorney if they need one and try to
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prevent infection. >> preston, the board of supervisors unanimously approved the legislation. now, mayor london breed needs to sign it off. if she does, this legislation will take effect starting in march and last after the pandemic. >> governor newsome was california to make a big investment in electric vehicles. it's part of his state spending plan. the governor today highlighted part of his climate change related budget as state lawmakers begin deciding how to move forward with his proposal. kron four's capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains. >> fort stood tall with the state of california standing outside of ford, silicon valley innovation center. governor gavin newsome. thank the automaker and others from moving in a new 0 emissions direction. and we are on a mission to accelerate the electric adoption. the governor wants the state to spend 10 billion dollars over the next 5 years to invest in electric vehicles, including funds for trucks, buses, charging stations and money to
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help low income buyers purchase the cars. lawmakers last year already approved about 4 billion dollars for this purpose. newsom is requesting an additional 6 billion dollars. the plan is part of the governor's 37.6 billion dollar total proposed climate action package that in part attempts to decrease the state's reliance on oil and gas. california is on the tip. >> of the spear in terms of the effects of climate change in extremes. but we also are in the leading edge of innovation, leading edge of addressing with a resilient mindset, these anxieties not just for the country, but for the globe newsom's event. wednesday came just hours before the state assembly budget committee began weighing the governor's overall spending plan in its first hearing. it coming. >> to sacramento is is not our money. we need to ensure >> results that we can't show. >> the state's non-partisan
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legislative analyst's office said lawmakers should focus on doing some oversight into the already big investments passed last year, including those related to climate change. we recommend that the legislature be cautious about creating new programs for significantly expanding its existing the committee did not take any action wednesday. >> in sacramento, ashley zavala kron, 4 news. and a live look outside tonight. looking out over the san francisco downtown area. yeah, beautiful evening out there in a nice, sunny day warrants. yeah. beautiful out there would love to get that rain going again. that's for sure. right now. >> we're high and dry. a lot of haze out there in the atmosphere. and that's because they're just much mixing in the atmosphere. no rain to get the plumes out there as well. and so that's been hazy all around the bay area. temperatures today above the average 61 degrees in san francisco. 56 degrees in oakland. 62 in san jose. 60 degrees in kaka to 62 degrees in santa rosa numbers outside tonight. starting to fall off in a hurry, though, that air
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is very dry. 48 degrees in half moon bay still mild 58 in hayward 15, also in alameda. 55 in san mateo and 54 degrees in the napa valley. so so some nice numbers around the bay area, but going to get cold fast overnight tonight to remind you that we are still winter, but look at this blocking ridge and this is a problem. you get this kind of pattern where that ridge testigo well to the north and drop all the way south. that is a blocking ridge. that is like a closed door to all these storm so right now that's where we see the storms continuing to try to get through, just can not make it through. and so we're left some very mild and dry conditions. there's a hint. things may change a little bit. we'll see about that coming up in a few minutes. thank you, lawrence. also coming up, a group of democrats is asking president biden to cancel up to $50,000 worth of student debt. >> bauer, how likely is that to happen?
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>> top democrats want the president to take action on student debt today. dozens of lawmakers are going public with their demands for biden while others are working on legislation to tackle the issue. our washington, dc correspondent hannah brandt has details. >> calls to tackle student debt are growing louder. a group of 80 progressive lawmaker sent a letter wednesday asking president biden to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt for borrowers. ohio senator sherrod brown is part of that push. the young
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people 2 years, 5 years, even 10 years out of college. >> who are so oppressed, if you will, with 30 1500 or more $1000 in debt. president biden did pause student loan repayment during the pandemic, but so far hasn't fulfilled his campaign promise to cancel up to $10,000 in debt. we're still looking at administrative options, but congress can also send the president a bill. >> that would provide $10,000 in debt relief and he'd be happy to sign that meanwhile, many lawmakers are holding their breath with several of them introducing bills to tackle problems related to student loans. in other ways, we've got to make it easier to pay off student loan debt. and when you pay it off, we've got to make sure you've got a clean slate. north carolina congresswoman deborah ross and other lawmakers introduced a bill that would broaden relief for borrowers who defaulted or made late payments on their student loans, making it easier to remove that from their credit history. what you pay it off. >> you should have a clean
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score and be able to raise your family in the home. >> be able to buy a car, be able to start a business. she's also advocating for things like increasing pell grants to make tuition more affordable so that they don't have to get in the first place in washington. i'm hannah brandt. >> coming up next on kron, 4 news at 6 supreme court justice steven briar reportedly set to retire. a political expert will join us live to talk about the leading contenders to take his place.
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