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at the yountville veterans home it would appear that nothing has changed and everything. it depends where you look, how closely, who you talk to. >> a lot of sad people, you know. >> reporter: and how the conversation goes. >> what these kids go through over there, they all go nuts, they come over here. if you don't watch them, something's going to happen. >> reporter: hence the preparations inside the lincoln theater all day. the names on seats. the survivors and friends trying to put the deaths of three women into some kind of perspective. >> and i don't know that there's any template of how you are supposed to mourn a horrible situation like this. >> reporter: he might have been mourning as well. but ten days ago when albert wong entered the facility he let larry's wife go. dr. jennifer
fare as well. jim looney watched the day unfold from his room 50 yards away. he is still reeling. >> like foggy. numb. you know, hard to believe, even, even now. >> reporter: jim looney will be inside tonight, along with 1200 others. as we come back live, it is worth noting that the family of dr. jennifer golick will not be here. they planned their own ceremony at roughly: 7:00 tonight. we asked the doctor what people should walk away with, and he said an appreciation for these women and the veterans. we'll be back live with more. >> wayne, thanks very much. governor brownish ued a
proclamation declaring today as a day of remembrance for the yountville shooting. he said today we remember the three great women and unborn child that died that day. the governor ordered flags to fly at half-staff. the memorial will be held at lincoln theater, open to the public. we will have live coverage starting at 6:00 p.m. here on abc 7 and online at abc 7 news.com. a public memorial will be held friday for marin county sheriff's deputy ryan zerkle. it will be at 11:00 a.m. the 24 year old died last thursday when his cruiser went off highway one and crashed into a tree. he was responding to an emergency call. today the mayor of san francisco praised the work of firefighters who battled a huge blaze in north beach on saturday ni but he had harsh words for aaron
peskin. this is a live look at the aftermath from drone view 7 where you can see the extensive damage from that fire. abc 7 news reporter leanne melendez is live with more on the future of that building after this. >> reporter: here's what a source who is close to this investigation told me. now a structural engineer has been called in. he or she will likely reach out to the building department to ask for an extension, 24-48 hours. so we won't know until, and that extension, by the way, is to submit a report. so we won't know whether or not this building can be saved. the three-storey building on union street in north beach has been red tagged. barricades have been set up to keep pedestrians away. the building department issued a notice of violation, requesting that the owner provide an engineer's report within 24 hours and to brace the exterior brick walls as necessary under
the direction of that engineer. neighbors say firefighters responded quickly. we found steve lego who took this picture at 7:29 p.m., shortly after the first truck arrived. >> they were there, they were doing something. it seemed that they knew exactly what was going on. my building didn't burn, the one next door didn't. >> reporter: but one has questioned the response of firefighters. this was aaron peskin saturday night saying it took too long to put water on the fire. >> they completely, totally failed to address this working fire in a quick, efficient way. >> reporter: here's how the president of the firefighters union explained what was happening when supervisor peskin arrived. >> he got there when we going from an interior attack to an exterior attack, so it may have looked like we weren't putting water on the fire. but we evacuating all our members and putting up pipes. to the untrained eye, it may look like we're not doing anything. >> i think he wit was wholly
irresponsible for an elected official tell a firefighter how to do their job and call for the resignation of the fire chief. >> reporter: he left a message on his phone saying -- >> i'll be out of town, returning on april 2nd and not checking messages. >> reporter: and by the way, this is a three-storey building. because there was a fire here four years ago, nobody was living on the second and third floors. all you have there are, of course, the businesses, and you know they will remain closed for a while. i'm live in san francisco, leanne melendez, abc 7 news. >> thanks very much. a kohls department store that had been closed for the past five months by the north bay wildfires reopened today. it is located on northwest
stro santa rosa. shoppers say the reopening is welcome and another sign that the region is recovering after that terrible disaster. today uber suspended self-driving operations including in san francisco after one of its vehicles hit and killed a person in arizona. an operator was behind the wheel when it hit a woman last night. the 49-year-old was walking a bicycle at the time and was not in a crosswalk according to investigators. uber says it's cooperating with authorities and expressed condolences to the victim's family. helicopters and drones were used today to search for a bay area skier reported missing last week south of lake tahoe. search efforts have been hampered by the weather. the alpine county sheriff's department says a black hawk helicopter was used to fly the perimeter of the skyline ski resort. that area had been too dangerous to go into on foot because of the possibility of an avalanche. >> it's tough conditions.
i don't know if somebody can survive it. but until we find him, we will continue searching. >> a surveillance plane with specialized infrared equipment will be used to search overnight. the weather really isn't going to help searchers this week because another storm is moving in tomorrow. >> let's get the latest from spencer christian. >> a break from the rain, there's more rein on the way now. here's a look at doppler 7, skies are getting cloudier as we speak. this storm has been building, gaining strength. the storm ranks one on the storm impact scale. it will arrive tomorrow, bringing mainly light to moderate rainfall and most locations can expect to see anywhere from a tenth of an inch of rain to three quarters of an. it will be quite wet in some spots and turn quite breezy tomorrow night. we'll see clouds increasing, temperatures in the low to mid-50s. early tomorrow morning we start the day with cloudy skies and
temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. by midday, that rain will be moving in. and we'll see several inches of rainfall in the bay area this week. and we'll go to meteorologist drew tuma for more on that. >> this storm is going to rapidly strengthen over the next couple of days and turn into an atmospheric river that can bring several inches of rain across the state of california. we're going to take you about 15,000 feet into the atmosphere. this is where storms gather their moisture to bring across the united states. now the brighter the colors on your screen the more moisture there is available in the atmosphere to dump across a certain region many a. and you look at that hose of moisture pointed right over southern california. we do expect heavy rain across part of so cal. we'll get a fair share of rain in the bay area. but to the south, look at that, especially across santa barbara and ventura counties.
they could receive three to five inches of rain. what to expect with this atmospheric river event. what we're watching, debris flows are possible. spencer christian will be back with an hour by hour timeline in a few minutes. >> drew, thank you so much. the woman falsely accused of a kidnapping hoax in vallejo is telling her story. denise hoskins was kidnapped in 2014. her boyfriend, now fiance reported it to police. but when hoskins was found alive two days later, authorities called then ti entire thing a h. hoskins spoke to amy robach in an exclusive interview. she hoped to survive by appealing to his sense of
humanity. >> when he opened the car door, i think this is it. i'm going to hear a gunshot and that's it. or i'm going to get pushed off a cliff. he was guiding me, and i thought i was walking to my death. and then i heard a door close behind me. and i pulled up the blind fold, and i thought oh, god. is he goi he is going to release me. >> muller was eventually arrested and was sentenced last year to 40 years in prison. the couple reached a financial settlement with vallejo police last week. they would ask people to fill out psychological surveys. >> the privacy violations are significant. what it means for your privacy on social media.
janine de la vega breaks it down. >> reporter: jessica guesses she checks her facebook account at least ten times a day and admits sometimes she takes personity quizzes. >> i don't know who collects that information. it's kind of fun. i don't know what they're doing with the information. >> reporter: in some cases it's more than you think. aleksandr kogan received permission to use his personality quiz app. it collects information. facebook claims the professor broke the rules and gave the data to cambridge analytica, a consulting firm hired by the trump campaign. that was extremely value. >> communication about your political views, your financial status, all of these things. and they created something called psychological profile. >> reporter: more than 50 million facebook profiles were affected. facebook admits that it knew
about the violation in 2015 and it demanded that came bridge analytica destroy all the data. the firm claims it did. in a statement, facebook says, we are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims. we remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information. facebook has banned cambridge analytica from using its platform and has hired a forensic firm to complete an audit. >> there will be some kind of steps to be taken by facebook or regulators to stop something like this. >> reporter: that's the hope that many facebook users have. a abc7 news. facebook and other tech stocks plunged amid the controversy. it wiped out $37 billion of market value. that means ceo mark
value fell $5 billion. he'll be okay. coming up at 4:45, we're going to dig a little deeper into the issue with a cnet executive. costco will pay penalties over plastic coffeepots. the plastic pods were labeled as biodegradable, which is illegal. they are also accused of marketing them as compostable when they didn't meet standards. one of the main routes out of alameda is still shut down after a sinkhole over the weekend. can you see a part of the posey tube is shut down now is expected to reopen by midnight
tonight. matt keller has more now on the project. >> reporter: traffic into the posey tube on the alameda side is usually bad during the morning commute. but today, well -- >> this is worse. today is definitely worse. >> reporter: blame it on the sinkhole. only one lane was open during the morning commute. and at 10:00 a.m. both lanes were shut down. the posey tube is scheduled to reopen at midnight. before the closure, my photographer, ian babcock and i timed our trip. traffic inched its way up. once you got into the tube, traffic moved well. the one and a half-mile trip for us. close to 11 minutes to get up here. not too bad. for people heading into alameda in the morning, getting home to oakland at night could take a lot longer, especially if you commute by bike. >> if they close the tunnel, we
might not be able to ride through it as well. so we will have to go around. it's about an eight-mile detour. >> reporter: the posey tube is one of the main arteries off alameda, but there are options, like the fruitvale and high street bridges, state route 61 and you can ditch the car and take the ferry. but for most people, being late is never an option. so they left early today, hoping this sinkhole will be fixed soon. >> i left 20 minutes early just to get to school. >> reporter: the plan is to get one lane open by midnight. transit is adjusting and creating several detours for affected bus lines. can you get more information on that on our website, abc 7 news.com. well, a newive or the n to shore up the sea wall. >> fisherman's wharf would be at
risk. >> the san francisco sea wall runs from fisherman's wharf all the way to at&t park, offering t three miles of flood protection. but now it's over 100 years old and starting to show its age. all along the embarcadero. you'll see cracks in the sea wall. the fear is, with the threat of a quake and rising seawaters, this wall won't be protect old favorites and new favorites. >> despite climate deniers, we know that the estimates of sea level rise by the end of this next century are anywhere from four to six feet 689. >> scott wiener was surrounded by city leaders.
it will create a special tax district to divert state tax dollars to sea wall improvement. it's expected to raise $250 million. >> adding to the $5 million they hope to raise with the bond measure on the ballot. that's still just a drop in the proverbial bucket. the full cost is estimated at $5 billion. but consider this, the san francisco water front is home to $100 billion in assets and economic activity. >> huge, kristin, thanks so much. time to turn to the weather. we had craziness over the weekend. >> beautiful day today, but things are changing. >> little break today, things are going to change back to wilder weather. a look at live doppler 7. rain will be arriving sometime tomorrow in the mid to late morning hours. right now skies are bright. but cloudy.
here's the view from sutro tower. it is currently 63 degrees. 60 degrees in oakland. 67 in gilroy, 59 in half moon bay. this is the view from the east bay hills camera. 61 in fairfield. 60 in livermore. and here's the view from mt. tam. you can see the clouds getting lower and thicker. it will be cloudy overnight with showers arriving tomorrow, and we'll have a raniny and breezy pattern tapering off on friday or at least before the weekend. overnight look for increasing clouds, showers developing perhaps way up north. we'll see a surge of rain in the south bay. overnight lows will be generally in the upper 40s to right around 50. the storm ranks one on the storm impact scale. some locations will receive very little rain, maybe around a
tenth of an inch. others will get a soaking, and it will be breezy tomorrow night, becoming windier. notice at tha point there will shall litt be little pockets of rain. not very widespread rain will arrive until later in the morning. by 11:00, we'll see rain in the mountains. so although the morning commute may be mainly dry in the afternoon and evening commute, looks like it will be pretty wet across the entire region. it will continue into late tomorrow night and most of the week. rainfall estimates we project will range from right around a ten tenth of an inch to up to three quarters of an inch. and highs tomorrow will be generally in the upper 50s. meanwhile, over in the sierra, winter storm watch goes into effect on the western slopes.
and that will be in effect until thursday evening or thursday night. and elevations above 6500 feet. and it's going to be a pretty generous serving of snowfall. some locations will see up to two feet or more. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. and the first four days will be wet. we'll see storms arriving tomorrow and wednesday, ranking one on the storm impact scale. spring begins tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. stormy conditions ranking only one on friday. we get partial clearing on saturday and a little bratighte and milder weather on sunday. but spring showers are on the way for the first few days of spring. beyonce's oldest, blue ivy may be cute, but she's also a tough deal maker, the big bid she made over the weekend that
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former "sex in the city" co-star cynthia nixon made it official, she's running for governor in new york. she announced the run in a video on her facebook page. she is known as an education activist and close alliance with bill de blasio. despite her tv and movie career, she does face an uphill battle against incumbent andrew cuomo. 66% of registered democrats in new york favor cuomo. nixon picked up 19%. your average 6-year-old usually doesn't have much money, except when their parents are jay sooichz and beyonce. that was 6 year old bid ivy
bidding $19,000 on a painting at an auction on saturday. then dad playfully tried to pull the paddle from her hand. the family was outbid by tyler perry. she did end up with the winning bid on another painting. that one went for 10,000 dollars. forbes released rankings of baseball stadiums. they looked at overall design esthetics, amenities, historical relevance and external development. it may come as no surprise to giants fans that at&t park topped the list. the views, activity around the park and access to transportation make it number one. the coliseum didn't come in dead last. it was ranked 29th, ahead to t
dr tropicana field. the president expands his legal team even as he calls the investigation into russian collusion a witch hunt. >> to suggest that mueller should shut down, if you have an innocent client, mr. dowd, act like it. and four explosions in less than three weeks. than three weeks. is ( ♪ ) your heart doesn't only belong to you. child: bye, grandpa! and if you have heart failure, entrusting your heart to entresto may help. entresto is a heart failure medicine that helps improve your heart's ability to pump blood to the body. in the largest heart failure study ever, entresto was proven superior at helping people stay alive and out of the hospital compared to a leading heart failure medicine. don't take entresto if pregnant. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren, or if you've had angioedema with an ace or arb.
live where you live. this is abc 7 news. and here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. a public memorial is being held tonight for the three women killed at the veterans home in yountville. it's being called a celebration of life for the three women. we'll have live coverage starting at 6:00 here on abc 7. the north beach apartment building gutted by a fire saturday night has been red tagged. and mark farrell has harsh words for aaron peskin after he criticized the fire department's response. leanne melendez will have more at 5:00. one of the main ways from alameda into oakland is shut down because of a sinkhole. we do apologize for the wrong video. one lane of the posey tube should be open by midnight as they make repairs. the white house has repeatedly said there are no
plans to fire special counsel mueller. we have more live from washington. >> reporter: the president tweeted no less than six times this weekend on the special counsel investigation, and even as the white house has said time and time again, they have no plans to fire the special counsel, this morning he called it a witch hunt and the president has expanded his personal legal team. a new face added to president trump's personal legal team. d.c. attorney joe digenova. he was called a great asset and a representation of the president. the new edition falls a feet fr -- tweet from last week. i'm going to add another lawyer to help out. wrong, i am very happy with my lawyers. this morning he continued his attacks on the special counsel investigation, tweeting a total witch hunt, with massive
conflicts of dr. t conflicts of interest. the white house trying to ease concerns he may try to fire the special counsel. >> there are no discussions about removing mueller. >> reporter: the statement after a series of tweets that began the this weekend where he called out mueller for the first time by name. even though his personal lawyer called for an end to the probe on saturday. the day after former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe was fired, trying to tie together another fbi director and the investigation the president loathes. >> to even in jest talk about firing mueller is unacceptable. >> to suggest that mueller should shut down and that all he is looking at is collusion, if you have an innocent client, mr. dowd, act like it. >> reporter: and the vocal frustration follows news that
mccabe was not only interviewed by the special counsel investigators but he took notes in meetings he took with president trump. and last week we learne that the special counsel has subpoenaed the president's personal businesses. serena marshall, abc 7 news. >> even though they have pushed back on speculation that he could fire mule ieller, could h so if he wanted? >> reporter: the deputy attorney general could fire mueller with cause. but he has said time and time again he has no plans to. the president could indirectly fire mueller by replacing the deputy director or replacing jeff sessions which we've heard him voice frustration with. so replace the attorney general, that attorney general would then oversee the mueller investigation and could shut it down. ama? >> thank you so much for that vote. president vladimir putin says all political forces in
russia must unite efforts to solve the country's problems. a day after being elected to another term, he met with the seven other candidates he easily defeated. he emphasized the need to improve health care, education and modernize infrastructure in the country. putin won 77% of the vote, opposition activists are accusing his supporters of vote rigging and fraud. there's been another explosion in austin, texas. it's the fourth in less than three weeks. >> in all, two people have been killed and four others injured. maggie rulli has the latest. >> reporter: another bomb rocking the city of austin, texas. >> there was a loud explosion. >> reporter: the fourth explosion in less than 20 days. >> i don't understand why this is happening many. >> reporter: this entire neighborhood on lockdown. federal agents and police sweeping the area. >> this neighborhood is still being locked down right now for
safety. we're doing this in overabundance of caution so that we keep this neighborhood safe while we process the scene. >> reporter: authorities responding to a blast potentially caused by a tripwire, injuring two men in their 20s. >> now it's not, oh, don't touch any packages, it's like, no, seriously. >> reporter: the latest blast comes 17 days after the first reported explosion a few miles away. police have now followed up on more than 700 phone calls about suspicious packages in the austin area. >> we're pushing the message out that we need every tip, every piece of information however inconsequential you think it is. that may be the one piece of information we need. >> reporter: they are investigating whether last night's attack was a response to this press briefing, triggered right after the announcement of a 1$115,000 reward.
the tripwire shows a new level of sophistication. and they're now worried they could have a highly-skilled serial bomber on their hands. maggie rulli, abc news, new york. students returned to school today after the collapse of a bridge on campus. it came crashing down days after it was built. all six victims have been identified, including a 18 year old student alexa duran. the first lawsuit was filed by a bicyclist was injured when it collapsed. what the president says needs to be done right now about the opioid epidemic. >> i'm sure this person thought he was doing a good thing. >> damage by a volunteer who used tools banned at the park.
birds are affected after their habitat was destroyed. >> reporter: on this beautiful afternoon, this is a place where people come to see the willow fly catcher or ebola spider. a man came through here with a power saw and hatchet, hoping to make this into a nicer habitat for butterflies. instead, it turned out to be a disaster. this one-acre site was a special place. it was a wildlife sanctuary and native plant area. but what has been described as an overzealous volunteer came through here one weekend and created this mountain of cuttings from at least five oak trees. volunteers are shocked by the damage done by one person after so much work was done to protect it. >> i am sure this person thought he was doing a good thing. apparently, he told one of our volunteers that he wanted to plant a butterfly garden. >> well, this was a butterfly garden. >> reporter: the department
relies on 600 volunteers. evidence shows that a power saw was used. the volunteer was supposed to work within walkways, but the destruction extends deep into the sanctuary. >> there are over 200 parks in the i ha city with volunteers all over. how can they all be supervised? >> reporter: a survey by volunteers last fall identified the garden as home to 193 sme species, including birds that nest here. >> their home is gone. so this is a home gone for a lot of birds, and it's a very tough time of year for them. they'll look for another place. they'll build another nest, but this had value. >> reporter: san jose's
recreation and parks department says the volunteer responsible for what happened here will be give and second chance, but if it ever happens again, he will be barred from future cleanups. david louie, abc 7 news. now your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. >> get ready for another week of wet weather as spring arrives tomorrow. clouds are increasing. the approaching storm ranks one on the storm impact scale. it will produce generally a tenth to three quarters of inch across the area, rainfall, that is, not snow. and gusty into midweek. here's a look at our 12-hour planner. it will be mostly cloudy with a chance of light rain near the coastline. by noon we'll see more widespread rain. and umbrellas will be needed. areas of light to moderate rainfall. and the rain will continue into late tomorrow night. and the wind will turn gusty late tomorrow night up to about 30 miles per hour along the coastline, becoming even
stronger overnight into wednesday and thursday. and here's a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. the first two days of stormy weather will rank one on the storm impact scale. thursday's storm will rank two, that's going to be a wet and windy day. by the weekend, partial clearing and maybe milder weather. president trump's new effort to tackle the opioid epidemic, his battle plan, including a proposal to add the death penalty.
with energy upgrade california. president trump says america must toughen up with the way it deals with drug dealers. new hampshire has been ravaged by opioid abuse. the president's also pitched his idea to for thetify borders. >> if we don't get tough on drug dealers, we're wasting our time. just remember that. we're wasting our time. and that toughness includes the death penalty. >> in recent days, president
trump has called the punishment, the quote, ultimate penalty. critics say the idea is a heavy-handed approach to dealing with the problem. let's turn your attention now to that data mining scandal on social media. facebook facing criticism related to privacy issues, following reports that a data mining firm improperly retained data on tens of millions of users. ian sherr is here in the studio. always great to have you here. >> my pleasure. >> facebook has been under scrutiny for possible election meddling. wh what does this new scandal mean foret for the company. >> a lot of this is whether we can trust facebook. there were tens of millions of user profiles gotten by an app developer and handed over to the data analytics company called cambridge analytica. and they do political advertising and whatnot.
the big thing is that facebook appears to have lost control of their data. that's not supposed to happen. in this case, the person misappropriated it. now facebook is feeling the effects of that. and the worst part is they didn't even tell us this happened. this happened three years ago, and we are only now finding out about it. >> we've heard this same story a number of times, finding out months, years later about these kinds of breaches. >> there's a long list of people. yahoo, facebook. it keeps happening. they're not following the standard rule, tell us, tell us when it happens. >> do you think, facebook is obviously hugely popular. does it do anything significant to erode confidence in this social media? >> i think without question. you see what's going on today. the stock is down more than 7%. you've got regulators around the world, not just in the u.s. you've got massachusetts a.g. senators on weekend shows,
people in the uk, parliament, all of them are saying, hey, we need to start looking into this, we need to talk to these people and find out what is going on, and are they aware of what's going on. >> today senator marco warner m called for mark zuckerberg to testify. if he does, what will that mean for facebook? >> they will have to deal with the issue of mark zuckerberg razing h raising his right hand which is a damaging image. what are the repercussions? facebook and the tech industry has been able to avoid a lot of regulation. now there are a lot of questions about, the honeymoon is over with the government. that's for sure. the concerns about russia really brought that front and center. now they're going to have to deal with real, actual regulations coming down the pipe. that's a whole another fight that they may not want to fight. >> for all the people who use facebook, maybe now as we speak, what should we do? we know everybody's data mining
all the time. what should we do? >> i think part of it is that there's not much you can do. you're either a facebook user or you're not. in the modern age, a lot of us need facebook to communicate with friends and family. you don't have much control. we do have recommendations on cnet about how to control your privacy a little better and even if you want, how to shut down your account. beyond that, there isn't much you can do, and push congress to do something about it. >> if you want to use it, you face some risk. >> yes. >> good discussion. well claire's, the mall chain that has pierced the ears of millions of teens has filed for bankruptcy. the company says it will remain open as it restructures debt. it expects to emerge from bank r runbankruptsy in in in in retailers going out of business
oftn sell their names and logo to the highest bidder, a way to regain cash to repay one store is offering mobile pay. you will be able to scan with the macy's app and get discounts. shoppers would check out but at a special counter where they will count your items and remove security tags. a bringing barn that once powered streetcars is about to become the newest center for the arts. acting mayor, mark farrell joined in on the ground breaking in the car barn in the excelsior district. it was built just after the turn of the century and was almost demolished after the loma prieta arthquake. it is undergoing renovation that will be used for exhibitions and it is including a nod to the past. >> space is going to be designed
to accent the historic the windows will be restored and a beautiful art piece as well. >> people stepped in to save it from the wrecking ball. it took more than 20 years of work to get this project off ground. san francisco is sticking to its reputation. and kristin is here with what's coming up at 5:00. thanks, putting the brakes on car break-ins. new at 5:00, find out if police are finally catching up to car burglars. >> i don't think they should be testing self-driving cars where people could actually be hit. >> fallout in the bay area after a pedestrian is killed by a self-driving uber vehicle in arizona. and there's some new competition for amazon. the services now being offered by google and the major retailers it has enliste
despite retailers saying it will cost them millions. >> reporter: it's estimate somewhere between 30 and 50 retailers in san francisco sell fur. the big ones in union swear include and saks. stores will be banned under a measure sponsored by supervisor katie tang. >> i believe it's necessary to pass such legislation because around the world there's an estimated 50 million and maybe even upwards to 100 million animals that are slaughtered each year solely for the purpose of providing us with fur. >> reporter: the city says the ban will cost retailers about $10 million to $11 million a year in lost sales. retailers tag it much higher at $45 million annually and say outlawing fur will tarnish the brand of union square as an
international shopping destination. karen flood is head of the union square business improvement district. >> this is an ethical issue, and, you know, san francisco has values. but the question is, you know, should these values, you know, be imposed on individuals and their right to choose, you know, what they do and how they shop. >> reporter: anti-fur activists recently rallied on the steps of city hall. >> pretty soon it will be nationwide, and people will have to then really go out of their way if they want to continue buying fur. >> we wonder what's next. will leather be next? cashmere? >> reporter: there are rumblings retailers may sue. >> berkley in west hollywood already have bans on fur sales. if the measure passes in san francisco, it would take effect next january. you can get the latest news anytime with the upgraded abc 7 news app. it has enhanced video features
and push alerts to get more of the news you want delivered to your phone in real time. that's going to do it for this edition of abc 7 news at 4:00. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts now. happening now, a major road is closed in the east bay. the work going on and when it could wrap up. >> and we hear a lot about cars being broken into in san francisco. the new numbers from police that paint a different story. >> is it the tipping point for facebook? the question surrounding users' privacy and the heat they are taking. the makeover of the so-called flintstone house that just went through. live where you live. this is abc 7 news. a self-driving uber strikes and kills a woman in arizona. one expert says it's the nightmare he's treaddreaded for years, and it's already rocking the autonomous car industry. >> thanks for joining us.
the deadly crash happened last night in tempe outside of phoenix. police just gave an update two hours ago saying the uber vehicle was in autonomous mode going about 40 miles per hour when it hit a woman who was walking a bicycle across the street. >> the investigation did not show at this time that there were significant signs of the vehicle slowing down. >> earlier today, uber said it has suspended all self-driving operations, but some experts say it's time for all companies to hit the brakes on these self-driving cars. >> jonathan bloom has a rolook what the tragedy means for the developing technology. >> reporter: self-driing cars are tested every day. >> i think they're better drivers than most people in this town. i don't mind it. >> i don't think you should be testing self-driving cars on a street where people could actually be hit. >> reporter: but in arizona this is exactly what happened. >> unfortunately, we did not expect to see this happen so soon. >> reporter: in the accident that killed a