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against danville police officer andrew hall, contra costa county d a. diana beckton charged officer andrew hall with voluntary manslaughter and assault for fatally shooting lot. omer arbel eta in 2018 are valetta was mentally ill. officer hall used unreasonable and unnecessary force when he responded to the in progress. traffic pursuit are belated, took off in a car after he was spotted acting sister. viciously in a neighborhood as other officers chased our valetta into downtown danville. officer hall intercepted them running to our bed. let his car and opening fire is the man tried to drive past two police cars. mr arboleda was hit nine times police say, are below to try to run the officer over the d a disagree and said halls, tactics were flawed and illegal. the unnecessary death of mr arboleda underscores the need for law enforcement personnel to better understand those who are. suffering from mental illness. last month, the same officer shot and killed tyra
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wilson, who was homeless and mentally ill. the sheriff's office, which polices danville released new videos of that shooting. police say wilson have been throwing rocks at cars on the freeway. they say he was verbally combative with hall while armed with a knife. police say wilson advance at the officer with the knife. his family says he wasn't a threat. the man's a murderer, and he had no respect for either one of these lives. attorney john burris has filed lawsuits on behalf of the families of both men shot dead by the officer, each money he initiated the contact. he's the one who created the confrontation. if there is one that's not good. police in port police. our hope is that moving forward from this incident we will be able to build a better methodology in handling these issues with our community. now attorneys for the officers say that the d a's decision to charge him seems quote overtly political and that they will vigorously defend him. now the d a has not decided whether the charge the same officer with the most recent shooting, and again,
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this officer is not in custody, but will be arraigned at a later date. reporting live in martinez, henry lee ktvu fox to needs all right, henry. thank you. the united states department of justice is opening an investigation into the minneapolis police department. u s attorney general merrick garland made the announcement today. he says that apartment will take an in depth look at policies and practices in the minneapolis police department and examine whether there was a pattern of discriminatory conduct. it will assess the effectiveness of the mpd s current systems of accountability and whether other mechanisms are needed to ensure constitutional and lawful policing. garland says the justice department has begun reaching out to community groups and the public to learn about their experiences with the minneapolis police department. he says police officers will also be questioned about the training and the support they get today.
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a new booking photo of derrick show vin was released. he's in protective custody at a prison not far from minneapolis. his cell includes a bed. toilet and a sink. this is the new booking photo here. he'll be in his cell for 23 hours a day and will be allowed outside for only one hour to exercise by himself. healy meals in his cell. he will also be allowed to bring in necessities like clothing to spain, toothpaste and soap, as well as a pen and paper, and in some cases, he might be allowed to get books, magazines or newspapers. but only a prison officials approve. sheldon is facing a maximum of 40 years in prison. he'll be sentenced in two you on the other three officers involved will be tried later on this summer. right now, there is a healing rally going on in oakland as a result to the verdict. they say that the goal is to keep up the pressure on those in power and continue to love and support one another. following this gathering in oakland. they're crossing over to alameda, where there will be
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a vigil tonight to honor mario gonzales, who died in police custody earlier this week. the future of police reform is on the minds of many people following yesterdays verdicts. ktvu is christian captain joins us now live and christian. a federal effort is already underway aimed at reforming police, and it bears george floyd's name. that's exactly right there. george floyd justice in policing act was introduced in june of last year, one of the spot bill's sponsors, says that the aim is to change how police act and to hold them accountable when and if they break the law. all rise for the jury for communities across the country, the guilty verdicts and a derrick show vin trial or a time to rethink how policing should work. east representative eric swalwell co authored the george floyd justice and policing act. the aim, he says, is increasing accountability and reducing discriminatory policing the george for justice and policing. act it gets rid of the chokehold is a tactic that
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police can use. it has a national registry for bad police officers. it gets rid of some of the immunity that police officers have had. dr tommy tucson is a former police chief in the central valley and criminal justice professor at bakersfield college, he says there's little doubt that police reform is needed. but he says police agencies need to be included in the conversation and that there is a danger that reforms could go too far from. but i'm hearing bits and pieces. we just got to be careful. we want to protect the community and our citizens at all costs, but we also do not want to tie the hands alone forces. san francisco's police officers association agrees that law enforcement voices need to be included in any efforts to reform union president tony montoya says when it comes to reforms, the george floyd justice and policing act doesn't go far enough. he says he'd like to see national standards in place for policing. the intent of the bill is good. we understand
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that, but we just don't feel like it goes far enough. it seems like there's a lot of forming this committee make recommendations, but you know they need to enact something across the bay. oakland's police chief says reform is already part of their plan moving forward talking about law enforcement accountability, the department has a strong accountability process that includes not only an internal, uh, administrative investigation component, but it is clues are police commission. the house passed the george floyd justice and policing act last month, and it is now in the hands of the senate. president biden was among those calling on the senate to pass it just hours after the verdict came in reporting live, christien kafton ktvu, fox two news. thanks christian, now to the latest on the coronavirus pandemic, the state of california says about a third of people 16 and over are now fully vaccinated. that's more
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than 10. million people. 20% about 6.5 million have had one dose of a two shot vaccine that's out of a total population in california of about 40 million people here in the bay area, santa clara county has administered almost 1.5 million vaccines. alameda county is upto 1.3 million san francisco is expanding access to coronavirus vaccines in the city's hard hit visitation valley neighborhood health department officially launched a newly expanded neighborhood vaccine site earlier today on sunnydale avenue. it's the city's fifth neighborhood vaccination site, health director dr grant colfax and supervisors shaman walton were at the site when it opened. vaccines are available there for people 18 and over by appointment or by drop in monday through wednesday, this vaccine site here in the 9th 4134 zip code is very important for us to make sure that our folks and visitation valley have opportunity to get
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vaccinated and keep themselves and their families safe. visitation valley neighborhood also has a second vaccination site open two days a week at the sunnydale community wellness center, people 16 years old and up who live or work in contra costa county could get vaccinated this week at clinic. in antioch and richmond. no appointments and needed at the walk in clinic at the veterans memorial hall in richmond, or at the one at the antioch community center, the contra costa county health department says the vaccine sites will be open from nine in the morning until four in the afternoon. every day until this coming sunday, april 25th. president biden announced a major covid vaccination milestone today and even more incentives for americans to get their shots. fox news david lee miller tells us. that milestone is being reached about a week before a deadline set by the white house. it was a target that seemed impossible at first after developing covid vaccines in record time. the u. s is now
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on track to administer its 200 million shot on thursday, significantly ahead of the 100 day goals set by the white house. and now president biden wants to make it even easier for americans to get vaccinated, calling on all employers to provide paid time off for workers to get their shots. no working american should lose a single dollar from her paycheck because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated. as the program expands. it's still unclear if the johnson and johnson vaccine will be an option. it remains on hold in the us while regulators investigate a syriza of rare blood clots. but a growing number of doctors are calling on the c, d. c and f d a to reverse that decision, pointing out the chance of getting a blood clot related to the vaccine is less than one in a million. i think it was a good idea and the ethically right thing to do deposit temporarily. the fda does this every single day. make a decision. get it back on the market. it's an important tool. there's also a big push to combat vaccine hesitancy among younger people. as a new
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surgeon. cases intensifies. some teams say they're looking forward to getting the shot, while others say they'll wait until their parents give the green light. i'm just happy to get in with everyone else. my mom listens to the good things and she listened to the bad things. and then at the end of the day, she leans towards the bad things. president biden today announced a tax credit for small businesses to cover the cost of paid leave for vaccinations. in new york. david lee miller, fox news. according to the white house. the employer tax credit david lee miller, just mentioned will fully offset the cost of giving employees paid time off to get their shots. it will also cover the cost of having employees at small and medium sized businesses off from work to recover from any potential side effects of the vaccination. coming up here. police say he died in police custody after suffering a medical condition, but his family says he was healthy tonight at 5 30 in the bay area, family demanding answers. plus she disappeared
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25 years ago, and her body has never been found. now. new evidence sheds light on where kristen smarts body was once buried and also indicates. the suspects may have recently moved the remains details coming up. also the governor declared a drought emergency today. details about what the governor ordered and what it means coming up next. a pretty pleasant day out there today temperatures back into the low seventies looks like we're gonna be running pretty nice with the temperatures, but then we have rain in the forecast, as we get towards the weekend is looking ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ deposit, plan and pay with easy tools from chase.
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death and disappearance of a cal poly student 25 years ago today, a judge in san luis obispo county set bail $50,000 for 80 year old ruben flores. his son paul is charged with the murder of kristen smart when they were college students back in 1996, prosecutors now say biological evidence shows that smarts body was buried underneath the deck at the home of ruben flores. they also believe that her remains were recently removed and taken to a new location. both men have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. on monday, it's been more than a month now, since we last had rain. so once again california is facing dangerously dry conditions. there may finally be some rain in the forecast. bill will have more on that in a moment, but first, here's where we stand right now. you can see parts of northern california, including napa and solano counties in the red, which means extreme drought without in mind, the governor today claire to drought emergency and ktvu.
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tom vacar is here. now with what the governor ordered tom, and why one county is already putting some restrictions in place. well, let's begin with a critique of my own backyard. what you see here is ah, yard that has a lot of drought resistant landscaping, and it has very little grass. those air very good things. a small garden box very much acceptable, but the problem here is that big old swimming pool really thirsty evaporates. lot have to be covered up. and they're probably gonna be some regulations about that, because this is the second year of a true california drop that no one knows when it will end or cute. the governor deliberately choose men to sena county, i usually wet and well rained on county, but not this year or last. and i'm standing currently 40 ft underwater or should be standing 40 ft. underwater he declared a drought emergency from end acenas sonoma counties, but note this no prohibitions as yet there's no man. it's today
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on water consumption. there's just the encouragement and now more support and resource is for those efforts to continue. the support and resource is gives other state agencies the authority and funding needed to react quickly, including mandates wherever needed statewide, as well as severe water rights restrictions. marin water, the state's oldest municipal water district is not waiting. it's seven reservoirs typically hold about a two year supply. it is lower than i've ever seen it. i've seen it another drought years. but this is really low, but part of it is because they've pumped it up to bon tempe that is to minimize evaporation. but this the second driest year in the district in the last 90 years has resulted in lonely 50% of normal rest of or capacity. so that's not where you want to be at the end of the rainy season. typically we're closer to 90% capacity. as of now, no home car washing. no power washing of homes or businesses and no flooding. of gutters are what
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are you? sufficiency is our largest reservoir of opportunity. it's also our cheapest, most affordable source of water supply, also including public agencies, no watering of public medians. no dust control with water, no sewer, flushing or street cleaning. the home gardens may be watered as needed. specifics of home landscaping, residential pools, as well as golf courses will be considered on may the 20th we use about 50% of our potable drinking water outside we don't need to be doing that in the rules allow for hardship, health and safety exemptions. without that the first violation results in a written warning and the second a $25 fine, subsequent violations $250 each but the most effective enforcement will come from peer pressure. what i have seen is that in prior drugs, the community steps up. the governor says even today, california's they're still using 16% water than they did
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what they were using. before the five year drought that ended in 2017. we've kept a lot of our conservation. you got to do more now? tom vacar ktvu fox two news. all right, tom. thank you. let's bring in our chief meteorologist bill martin right now. bill. how bad is it out there? i heard you mentioned a moment ago that there might be a fairly decent chance of getting some rain. yeah, there's a chance of rain, but it's not going to do anything. i've been saying that all week and last time really the last three weeks. i mean, no matter way got five inches in this next storm. we're still hurting because we got we got remember. last year was a deficit significant deficit this year. oh, marin. significant deficit, especially in the reservoirs of northern california, orville and shasta, and so those two combined. there's no way around it. we're gonna have a rough water year s o. the rain is coming, and that's exciting. it'd be great. but again if we get we get a half inch out of this thing, maybe an inch in the hills. it's great, but it's really at this point you guys were buried, and i just use
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this is a moment to get on the soapbox that this is california. this story let's say it rains a bunch next three years. it's not gonna happen again. this this is the cycle. we go through these drought cycles. i've been doing this forever, so we have to as individuals in those communities learned how to use water, more resourceful, e more economically because there's this isn't going away. man just isn't going away, souto said. grandpa bill done talking now, but the high pressure is building in the next couple of days will be nice. and then that rain chance shows up, you guys and then you can see it right in here, and it's actually a pretty nice looking system, half inch of rain potential in some cities. that's that's really good for this time of year, but it does not appear that that we're going to see much more than that that i think that's a lot that's on the high end. so we look at the model you can see. you'll notice things sticking up. there's thursday. here's friday. you see that their date in the red bar here's friday afternoon class starts to cloud up here saturday. cloudy,
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cloudy and then here sunday, so that's sort of the main event right there. so sunday looks like we're gonna be wet weekend looks cloudy and wet cloudy and then went on sunday. so what i just say? looks like we got some rain coming as we go into the latter part of the weekend. i'll see you back here. we'll get more specific with with what's happening in which which way we're going in terms of temperatures. see you back here to bed. yeah, my kids. i got to meet some of them for the first time. those first day of school jitters, but they're happening near the end of april. why there is some worry about making the return to school making the return to school equitable this is a no-nonsense message from three. small business insurance usually forces you to piece together multiple policies. that's why three was created. it's one policy that covers everything you need... leaving those old policies in the dust. three. no nonsense. just common sense.
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say april, but it felt a lot more like august for thousands of san jose students and their teachers who returned to the classroom today for the first time in more than a year. but as you mentioned the majority of students in this district are still doing school, virtually. that shallenburger elementary school in san jose's willow glen neighborhood, you get to come play and recently did you play on the playground? you played on the black. it was a novelty for this kindergartner tow walk to school instead of logging in something hayley martin has never done before. it was. really son. i got to say half of my class. it was like a new day. a new dawn a new day for parents like haley's mother, who said she was delighted to do drop off and pick up. it was so great to see her be able to meet her friends in person to see your friends in person and just to get the sense of what school is really like and to be back on campus. it's fantastic with welcome signs and sanitizing stations about 10,000 sandals, a unified students return to their classrooms on this sunny
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wednesday in april for the first time since march, 2020 we talked about how it's been over 400 days since they've actually been on campus. did ishaq khan? it teaches social studies that herbert hoover middle school, the educator, placed a dopey doll, a skeleton and her giants fan cut out in the front row to help enforce social distancing. i am really excited to see my kids. i got to meet some of them for the first time on lee, about a third of sandals, a unified families chose to return to in person instruction for five full days in the classroom. the rest chose to stay in distance learning and educators air now teaching to both groups simultaneously, which connotes said has been the biggest adjustment. parents. please be patient with us. as we're trying to deal with in person as well as virtual, the district says willow glen. schools have some of the highest rates of students coming back. while those in downtown settles, they have the lowest rates of students returning, adding some students are continuing online from across the country or even
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from mexico. in some cases, we know we have students that no longer live in the bay area, but because we've been doing this since learning they've stayed enrolled in the school. s o. we expect to see some of those drop for next year's enrollment and feel like it's august. is this the first day of school and i can't wait till they can all come back to class and be on campus. the district acknowledges concerns about making the new school day equitable for those in person and those at home. a spokeswoman says the district expectation is all students will have the same support and attention, but they say it will take a few days to transition with now, six weeks left in the school year. frank maureen, i'm just wondering here. did you see anything interesting at the schools today? well you know, the middle school teacher told us something interesting, she said some of these students were seeing their classmates for the first time said oh, i know their voice, but i've never seen their face which is amazing. little only been virtually also, the district told me some of the teachers have been teaching virtually from other areas, and they've
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had to resign now that they're back in person. they're now living elsewhere. so these are just some of these transitions we're seeing in this unusual time. it's just a whole new ballgame out there. maureen naylor live force tonight, maureen. thank you. california now has the lowest rate of new coronavirus cases in the continental u. s that's according to the centers for disease control at 40 per 100,000 on lee, hawaii is lower at 39 cases. per 100,000. the state is averaging about 2000 new cases per day. test positivity is down a tick to 1.5% hospitalizations are down to about 2100 people. coming up here. his family says that he was healthy. alameda police say he suffered a medical condition during his arrest and later died. now a bay area family is fighting to get some answers. plus fires have forced these homeowners out of their homes two times over the past four years. today, they got a little help preparing their property to beam or fire resistant this
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are being raised about how it happened. investigators say the suspect had some kind of medical condition, but family members of mario gonzales say he was healthy before he came into contact with police. ktvu is jesse gary joins us now with more on this story, jesse julian is very little
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information about exactly what happened. alameda police saying they were trying to arrest possible theft suspect so now there's a push for transparency in the investigation. and as one family prepares to say goodbye to a cherished love, won, is indispensable to my family. he had raised me too. you know, geraldo gonzales says his older brother, mario, was smart, kind, helpful and committed to the family monday. the 26 year old died during an attempted arrest by alameda city police. it's all sounds from a year and if we go back to the history of policing in america will see cases like this over and over again, police officials say gonzalez was being arrested in connection with a possible theft in the 800 block of oak street, a police press statement says there was a scuffle as officers attempted to place gonzalez hands behind his back. officers did not use any weapons. every law enforcement officer in the country is trained in proper arrested control procedures or
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handcuffing. and so that's what you have to kind of look at to his house done. policing expert lisa daddio, says the county coroner's autopsy will be crucial in filling gaps in information, family and friends say gonzalez was healthy before three alameda police officers arrested him, but police say he suffered a medical emergency and died at an area hospital. it's painful. it's hurtful to hear this and just a lack of transparency. think that also what's adding more damage to this already painful circumstance? the gonzalez family calls for an immediate release of officer warned body camera video and a third party autopsy to determine how a family's linchpin died in police custody. we're here to fight for justice and. make sure that my brothers my brother gets just that he doesn't die in vain. the family is holding a vigil tonight at 6:45 p.m. we're gonna put that information on our website ktvu dot com so you can see it. and
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if you want to attend, you can do so they're trying to get as much the community to come out as in a show of solidarity. additionally alameda police say the body cam video from the officer's that they will be possibly released by the end of next week. part of the ongoing investigation right now, but they hope to release it, perhaps by the end of next week or live in san jose, jesse gary ktvu fox two news will head back to you, all right, jesse. thank you. there has been a lot of emotion following the guilty verdict in the murder trial of derrick show vin. a lot of people are wondering. is this a one time win or what? actually lead to some real change down the line. ktvu heather holmes is here now with what the mayor of san francisco and the police chief in oakland are saying about the verdict, the justice system and heather the future of policing, both of these leaders embrace the verdict, frank and acknowledge that this is an important first step to bringing about broader change, man. london braid was in her office yesterday watching the
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verdict as it was red. and while she's grateful for the conviction, she says, this case is a reminder of the work that needs to be done towards reform and healing. and this whole reckoning with race now in this country finally gives me hope that something is going to change. whereas before you know, we would say, well, you know what nothing's gonna happen, so we just roll up our sleeves continue to fight and do our very best those conversations that you hear that mothers have to have with their black sons. no other mothers have to have those conversations except black mothers with their sons about how they interact with the police. and that has to stop and that's why in a position like this. as mayor, who is in charge of a police department. it is nothing is more important to me than making sure that we make systemic changes in law enforcement so that these kinds of situations don't occur in the first place. now back in
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june, mayer breed announced a series of police reforms to deal with racism, use of force, homelessness and mental health, she says since 2016 in san francisco, use of force cases have dropped 57. and that officer involved shootings in the city are down 45% now oakland's police chief, also supporting the outcome of the showman murder trial. laurent armstrong, promising to continue to work to regain the trust of his community. but i think yesterday gave was awesome. hope it gave us hope that we can believe in the justice system. it gave us hope that we can believe that police officers can be held accountable. it also gave us hope that we as community and law enforcement. come together and agree that change and reform is important. and we need to rethink how law enforcement does its job. chief armstrong says he's taken action in his department to improve accountability. he created the bureau of risk management to increase auditing,
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ensuring consistent use of body worn cameras and challenging officers to be more present in the communities they serve. frank police chiefs all across the country, really using this moment to publicly re commit to serving the community with compassion, accountability and professionalism, heather holmes like forced tonight, heather frank, you george floyd's brother. what an op ed in the washington post today about the guilty verdict and his feelings going forward, he wrote, in part, so many black people have shared with us how traumatized they were by georgia's death, reminding them that it could have been them or their children. and so many white people have shared that they didn't realize until now, just how often people of color are brutalized their lives trivialized their right to justice denied. he went on to say the video had. what to do with it. people were horrified that the officer displayed no remorse. so what does justice feel like? it feels like maybe
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we can finally take a breath. another step forward involving a new home for the oakland a's at the port of oakland. how you can send a message to those working on the plan, also party supplies a car to sleep in and a vaccination card burning man is floated an idea that could require proof of vaccination todd
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terminal waterfront ballpark that could potentially become the new home of the oakland a's. the oakland planning commission held the public hearing focusing on the environmental impact report. that project includes 3000 apartments and condos. ah hotel, public space and more. the full environmental report is available online and you can still submit your comments through april 27th. governor
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newsome today join 12 other governors from across the country calling on the biden administration to set standards that would ensure new vehicles sold in the u. s will be zero emission in the near future letter was signed by a bipartisan group representing states including connecticut, hawaii, north carolina, oregon and washington. they're calling on the administration to require all new passenger cars and light duty trucks sold to be zero emission by 2035. and all new medium duty and heavy duty vehicles sold to be zero emission by 2045. if the burning man festival returns this summer, attendees may face some strict new rules. organizers say that everyone at a burning man may be required to prove that they have been vaccinated for covid-19. the organizer's also say they won't decide for sure until the end of this month whether that event will even take place. it
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was tentatively set for august in the. ada's black rock desert homeowners preparing for fire but hoping their efforts aren't necessary. i've been here for four years didn't know what i was getting into when i first moved out here up next see what this development is doing to knock down the fire danger following two evacuations over the last four years. rain back in the bay area forecasts and good news there will take a look at the chances how much we might see. and when it would occur, i'll see
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and then still make it to your flight on time. this testing site help the traveler who would have had to quarantine if in hawaii if she hadn't have gotten the covid test today. express checks saved me. i think my whole trip would have been ruined if they weren't available and on the spot express check has nine separate testing rooms with the ability to test 500 people a day. there are two types of tests and the cost ranges from 75 to $200 a test. oakland now has a new fire chief, and he is from the east coast. the city has selected a reginald freeman to serve as oakland's next fire chief. he most recently has served as the fire chief in hartford, connecticut. for the last five years. freeman will take over for deputy chief melinda drayton, who has held the position as an interim role since last april, oakland's city administrator says she, freeman brings a high level of
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professional experience as a leader, he will take over the department effective may 17th. with very little rain. so far, there are concerns that this year's fire season will be especially brutal. napa county is now making a big investment in fire preparedness to help communities in danger zones are report tonight from cristina rendon, preparing for fire season in april. absolutely gets a monumental project and tasked to make us all safer here in circle logs, the danger always top of mind in the circle looks community of rural napa can money, roughly 200 homes sit behind atlas peak surrounded by overgrown vegetation. wildfires prompted evacuations in 2017, and during last year's ellen new complex fire. i've been here for four years didn't know what i was getting into when i first moved out here. i don't think anything prepares you ever for the possibility that your home may burn completely down. rouz are removing castro
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his brush around the subdivision. we're leaving the bulk of the mature trees, and we're taking all the fuels out around them. so it makes the fire behavior. less intense work is thanks to a $6.4 million investment approved by napa county officials to help the napa fire wise program in the county fire department. it's a start of a five year $42 million vegetation management plan for the entire county. this is a great investment in our community and our residences who had to face fired director repeatedly. neighboring sonoma county is adding six fire spotting cameras to its arsenal department also working on evacuation drills in fire prone areas and sending evac packs to residents, whether it's creating defensible space or having a go bag ready, officials say. start the work now, you know, wildfire becomes a continuous preparation mentality in that he always have to have things packed. the time to prepare for fire season is before fire season gets
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here, cristina rendon. ktvu, fox two news and joining us now is cal fire deputy chief jonathan cox. jonathan as we reported earlier tonight, governor newsome declared a drought emergency here in california. is that a good move? and how does that impact how all of you in the firefighting business? prepare for what? looks like a very dangerous fire season coming up, you know. thanks julie. i think what's really important is it brings awareness more than anything, and it gets the tools that we need front loaded out into the field for our firefighters. aziz we face this another potential catastrophic fire season. this comes on the heels of also, the action was taken to bring on additional firefighters over 1400 additional firefighters earlier than ever across california. andre really the resource and focus that is going on statewide, not only northern california to really heat and kind of take on this unprecedented risk that we're
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again facing just on the heels of last year, so jonathan, california has seen more wildfires. this year then compared to the same time last year. why is that there's been something like more than 1100 wildfires up until this point. why are we seeing that? yeah, it's you know, it's almost as though we way never exited last fire season. if you look at the amount of rain that we've had, and the number of precipitation zah cross the state, we're looking at snow packs that are at 30% of normal for this time of year. snow melt runoff that is at record levels in such a short amount of time, so we haven't seen the recovery that we would typically see with our fuel moistures coming back the kind of the greening of vegetation on really what that's leading to is what we call energy release components on dead and dying fuel moistures that our numbers that we usually see in the middle of the summer, so that's translated into fires and areas that we've never seen before this time of year. just on the
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peninsula alone and salmon tail in santa cruz county is we've had over 350 acres burned, which, if you look back in history has really never happened before, so unfortunately, it's looking to be another another tough season for us on actually watching that story just aired. it's really a reminder to everybody that again fire season is just around the corner. yeah and speaking of that story that kristina just did about the conservation efforts that napa county is putting into place. what are your thoughts on that? we see more counties around the bay area doing things like that. at this point to help keep people safe and to conserve water. yeah that's a great question. i think it really comes down to a realization statewide. now that firefighting is not the only tool that we need to be focused on prevention on preparedness is equally if not more important, and. that is being done from a local level of fire safe councils to neighborhood groups to city levels in county
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levels, and those efforts were seeing a renewed focus statewide for communities and counties to take it upon themselves to both. prepare for manage and conserve land in a way that also reduces that risk for when the fires when they do actually come through. yeah, we have seen way too many devastating fires here in california. just heartbreaking what we've gone through when fire personnel and public agencies and city councils are helping people work to be safe. what is your message jonathan to homeowners to property owners. what should they be doing now? to get ready? yeah, that's that's also another great question. julie. the really the message to us is we can't be everywhere at all times and really doing as much as you can to prepare your property for an eventual fire. the immediate actions that could be taken or the defensible space. the 100 ft of defensible space that we always speak about, but the additional
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thoughts are having not only an evacuation plan but having a community group, an organization that is looking at kind of the larger landscape areas that may be used for evacuation. roadway defensible space. how do we hardened home so that they're not so prone to be to be consumed by fire? those are all actions that could be taken on. i think if there's any silver lining to what we've seen over the last five years is the amount of resource is the amount of grants the number of organizations that are out there to assist. homeowners is only growing on. we are fully supportive in in supporting all of those efforts to ensure that we reduce the devastation going forward, all right, well, let that be the last word. it's really good to talk to you about prevention tonight. instead of being in the middle of a disaster. jonathan cox with cal fire. thanks so much for being with us tonight. we appreciate. it. thank you. all
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right, just to add to that then so we talked about the water earlier, right? we talked about okay. we gotta change the way we roll in terms of using water. same thing with fires, right? we have to change where we build. we have to change how we clear our land and defensible space because the history of california i read a lot of california history. a lot of california history. it's earthquakes. it's fires and it's droughts. there's some flooding in there, too. but those three or four things if you will aren't going away, they just aren't going away. they're part of our history. so the way we manage that where we live, how we use water where we build what we build out of is crucial, and especially since the state's gotten so populated, it's grown so much over the last few years and last 10 years that a lot of folks are that aren't from here. don't really completely understand now like they might buy a home up in the napa valley. on a ridge line. you know you you that's not a good place to buy a home anywhere on a ridge lined with trees, right? because fire burns up hill, so it's just it's just stuff. it's
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just a new way of looking at the world and looking at our environment. i shouldn't be a new way. but it xena, we need to embrace it a little more, and i think we're like, like that interview just pointed out with julie. yeah that's that's exactly what he signed by somewhere defensible fed space. he's talking about changing the way we think. so and it's always i said, because history just repeats itself in this state is very predictable. we will have more droughts, we will have more earthquakes, we will have more fires snow around it, so i don't know where we can't act surprised when we get we get this type of thing. okay, so sorry about that. but i've been doing this a long time since i've seen enough of these cloud cover. tomorrow morning. okay, it burns up pretty quickly and then temperatures tomorrow. a lot like today. um mid seventies, some upper seventies, maybe temperatures kind of gonna cool as we head towards the bay area weekend. so that means there's that opportunity for showers on sunday. but by saturday temperatures really gonna. come down a bunch because the cloud cover so
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you'll see that in the five day forecast, the temperatures begin to actually look like early spring winter type temperatures instead of what we've been saying. so there you go. i hope that rain happens on sunday and again. remember this earthquakes, fires and drugs? they just don't big. they don't go away. they keep coming, so i'll see you all back here at six, and we'll talk about. more stuff that involves the weather, little bit. thank you. ah federal judge tells los angeles it needs to get people off of skid row that includes offering every homeless person a place to live and coming up on ktvu. channel two news at six a coalition of very officials and immigration leaders travel to the southern border as they braced for the possibility of maura migrant children coming north, plus small cellular sites being installed across one south bay city to improve connectivity and speed, but
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undetected during the coronavirus pandemic with schools go in remote and children isolated in their homes. advocates are concerned that child abuse cases they're going under reported because children don't have the safety net of school to turn two at intermountain children's hospital in utah, they planted more than 1800 pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse. each one represents a child across the country who died from abuse in 29. 10 it was
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rates are remarkably stable year to year and then when the pandemic hit all of a sudden, it seemed like the floor dropped out. we weren't having any cases coming into clinic. official numbers from 2020 haven't been released yet, but a study by the associated press compared data from the first nine months of the pandemic with the same period in 2019, they found 200,000 fewer reports of child abuse or neglect made to child protective services across the country. a federal judge is ordering los angeles to offer housing toe all homeless people living in the cities. infamous skid row box news ed last coz has more all right. l a skid row could be cleaned up with the entire homeless population here offered housing by october that the ruling of a federal judge judgment the moment with remarkable order that is. more than bolted it demands. the immediate effort to house an
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offer housing to every person in skid row, the judge ordering the city and the county to find housing for single women and unaccompanied children in 90 days. and every homeless person must be given an opportunity to come off the streets of skid row by mid october. i love the thought of no longer having precious human beings suffering and dying on the streets of skid row, and i would hope that our whole city and county would feel the same way. the federal judge in his 110 page order writes, quote. all the rhetoric, promises, plans and budgeting. cannot obscure the shameful reality of this crisis. stop quote. that's my biggest concern. we have a city in the county that likely will instead of complying and moving ahead, will try to fight this battle in court. the judge's ruling comes a day after l. a mayor eric garcetti vowed to spend nearly a billion dollars on his homeless plan for housing intervention and other services. but the judge now in a sense, commandeering that billion dollars instead wanting that
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money put into escrow with a spending plan approved by the court. not the mayor. that brings this reaction from city hall, a court that besides to get in the way, i would say stay out of our way, i would say roadblocks masquerading as progress are the last things we need, and when the mayor stands up after reading this order and tells the judge to literally stay out of it. my view is that the mayor, honest sit this one out because he's had since 2013 when he was first elected to make progress on this issue at issue now how the best spend that $1 billion for the homeless, but there is one number that's even more important than that. five people dying today. on the streets of l a five people dying tomorrow every day. this'll is ktvu fox two news at six bay area law enforcement officials weighing in on the national conversation regarding police reform, just one day after former minneapolis police
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officer derrick show then was convicted on all charges. that we have to deal with accountability. we have to deal with justice and that we have to reform law enforcement. it's long overdue. that's right. on the heels of the derrick show been guilty verdicts, the country and the bay area continue to search for a balance between public safety and police. accountability hello again, everyone. i'm julie julie haener. i'm frank somerville. this comes as the contra costa county district attorney announced his criminal charges against a police officer in danville stemming from a deadly shooting three years ago. our crime reporter henry lee here now with the charges that were announced today, henry well, frankly. d a. says her decision to charge this daniel officer has nothing to do with the george floyd case, she says. this officer is criminally liable for released the first of two shootings that he's been involved in. and tonight there is a warrant out for his arrest. my office filed criminal charges against


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