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an early-morning fire at the chevron refinery in richmond prompts the significant response from fire crews. we'll tell you how the fire was brought under control and what may have caused it. you're out of order. >> a disruption during a meeting about disruptions. the controversial proposal that prompted the war of words in richmond. a 9-year-old girl drowns in a pool here in menlo park. we'll tell you who discovered the girl and tell you about the desperate efforts to save her
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life. and a major crash in fremont. the latest news now on what has closed a major street in fremont and why it just opened. "mornings on 2" starts now. we're live at the chevron refinery in richmond where an early-morning fire put a community on edge. alex savidge has been on scene all morning. coming up in two minutes, he will tell us how refinery handled the situation especially in light of heavy criticism after that huge fire there two years ago. good morning. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm tori campbell. >> i'm dave clark. let's talk about weather and traffic. stev -- steve, any weather surprises? >> a little bit of rain. it looks like that's ended. the tropical clouds continue to stream off the sierra going east to west. the low clouds are definitely picking up in intensity. for some it will be cooler. it looks like one more day of high humidity.
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the lows are just really warm because of all of the cloud cover and some amazing cloud formations later in the day. especially in the afternoon, you get the buildup. the clouds are inching northward. i think tomorrow they will be out of the bay area. but today they are here. , along with the low clouds. mid-60s on the temperatures. peninsula, los altos hills, 63. belmont, 62. la honda 60. the higher elevations have cooled down. there's more of a westerly breeze. it's strong out to the delta. gusts to 25 to 30 for some. a cloudy, mostly cloudy morning. we say fod. i think there will be more sun this afternoon. but the humidity will be with us one more day. drizzle, light showers and a south wind on the coast could mean mild conditions. peninsula also on the bay but inland temperatures are coming down. more 80s. here's sal? we have a big traffic problem on 880. we had a hit-and-run accident involving a big rig. we had a crash in the backup.
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so it's really become a terrible commute on 80 between hercules all the way down into richmond and if you drive this commute, up need to give yourself extra time. it is 40 minutes at least which normally takes less than half of that time to drive the commute. it's getting a little better. at one point it was almost 50 points. you need to give yourself extra time in the commute. at the bay bridge toll plaza, we do have a backup. it's a little better than it was. this is because people have been stuck on the eastshore freeway and they haven't been able to get through. no major problems as you drive from san francisco to oakland. we did have an earlier crash on fremont and that crash has been cleared. this is a look at northbound 280 in san jose. traffic here is looking good as you drive. but it's getting busier on 280, 101 and 85. as you get in the valley, drive times are going up. back to the desk. >> thank you, sal. new this morning, an early- morning fire at the chevron
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refinery in richmond is now under control. the crews are still monitoring the situation. ktvu's alex savidge is there and just talked to the fire chief about what led up to the fire. >> reporter: good morning to you. he tells me the fire chief does, that this was not a large fire. it was not putting off a significant amount of smoke. that's why there was a warning issued for people living nearby. it was a dangerous situation. it was a leak in a fuel line that prompted this early- morning fire here at the refinery in richmond. crews from the richmond fire department and the chevron fire department were called out after 2:00 this morning for the fire on the northwest side of the facility. it was a small processing line about three quarters of an inch that was leaking heavy oil according to the fire chief and that oil somehow ignited. it took firefighters about an hour to control these flames. the goods news in the end, no one was hurt here at the facility. chevron put out a statement
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early this morning that said it notified contra costa health services but smoke from the fire did not pose a threat to people in the surrounding area. the chief talked with me by phone a short time ago about why there was no community alert issued. >> fortunately, there wasn't really impact. the fire was of such a small magnitude, there was no smoke coming off the plant, no product coming off the plant. everything was contained within the area where it occurred. >> reporter: after knocking down this early-morning fire, crews shut off that processing line that had been leaking and the line that triggered the fire. they remained out here for several more hours to monitor the situation. but we did see some of those richmond fire engines leaving the refinery. so presumably the situation is well in hand here this morning. chevron said it's now investigating the cause of this leak and fire here at the
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refinery. we're live in richmond, alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> people who live near the refinery have been on edge since this fire back in august 2012 that sent 15,000 people to the hospital seeking medical treatment for breathing problems. the refinery was partially shut down for several months. investigators determined a leak in a corroded oil pipe started that fire two years ago. 7:06. richmond city council voted ahead to move ahead with a controversial plan to eliminate disruptive behavior at city council meetings. >> you are out of order. you are out of order. >> she said -- >> we're in a recess. >> now, this is just one of several outbursts last night. richmond city council meetings have become increasingly out of control. recently, some members of the public made racist and anti-gay comments directed at the vice mayor. it was she, beckles, who authored the new proposal
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directing the city attorney to look into ways of restricting offensive speech at city council meetings. >> it's to direct our staff to look into our legal options for dealing with multiple disruptions of our meetings. >> we have a constitutional right even though it's wrong they shouldn't do that. you can't take the first amendment away from people. >> in the end, most of the city council approved that proposal. city staff is expected totra up a proposal to -- draw up a proposal outlining ways the city council can try to bring more order to the meetings. coming up at 7:45, why one richmond city councilmember says the way the council is operating right now is the worst he's seen in his 19 years on the council. oakland city officials considering joining a special radio emergency network already being used by cities and police departments and the -- around the east bay. for years police have complained their radios often
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fail. it even happened during a visit by president obama two years ago. both the police and the firefighters union support switching over to a regional radio system made up of more than 40 government departments in alameda county. it is 7:07. oakland police are clearing up an inaccuracy involving their investigation into mayor jean quan's recent car crash. this video was shot seconds before the mayor's suv collided with another car last month. last friday, a statement issued by the city claimed police investigators found neither driver was using a cell phone at the time of the crash. now police say that investigation was actually inconclusive and they cannot determine if either driver was using a cell phone. police also say they have not been able to determine which vehicle caused the crash but that one of them did run a red light. there's new information about a body found at the scene of a fire just outside vacaville. crews found the partially
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bushed body seven days ago as they put out the fire and later determined it was a homicide. investigators now say they need help identifying the victim. the solano county sheriff's department released this photo of a tattoo on the man's back. it shows a dog smoking. anyone who recognizes this tattoo is asked to call solano county. 7:08. a family on the peninsula mourning after a 9-year-old girl drowned in the menlo park swimming pool. christien kafton is in menlo park right now. police are trying to determine exactly what happened. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's a tragic situation. everyone we've talked to this morning has just obviously their heart goes out to the family. we just talked with a gentleman who said he uses that pool every morning and he sees kids there all of the time. menlo police were called out because there was a 9-year-old girl not breathing, unconscious and unresponsive. this is one of the two pooles.
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we've learned -- pools. we've learned that the incident happened at another pool inside the sharon green apartments. now, at that pool inside the apartment complex, we found a child's shoes, a towel, and a soft drink. now, we just spoke with the mother of an 11-year-old girl who said it was her daughter who saw that 9-year-old girl at the bottom of the pool. that 11-year-old girl called 911 and alerted adults in the area. we're hearing the 9-year-old girl's mother was at the pool at the time and one of the leasing agents jumped into the pool fully clothed trying to save the 9-year-old girl. officers say when emergency crews arrived, they immediately began cpr trying to revive the girl and rushed her to the hospital where crews continued their life safing efforts. the girl was pronounced dead. this appears to be an accidental drowning but the investigation still underway. we can also tell you that both pools are locked and there are signs posted that say children under the age of 14 need adult
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supervision when using the pools. the pools also have signs posted that say there are no lifeguards on duty and they have detailed instructions for cpr in the case of an emergency. now, so far police are not releasing the girl's name while they notify family members of the tragedy. we have a call out to menlo park police. we're waiting to see if there's any new details. we're live in menlo park, christien kafton, ktvu channel 2 news. 7:11. san francisco police still searching for a woman who robbed an 8-year-old girl as she told candy for a school fund-raiser. it happened monday afternoon near eddy streets. surveillance camera moments before the robbery shows the woman inside a nearby store. the store's owner says the woman didn't have enough money to buy beer but she kept watching three little girls who went up to the counter to sell their candy. investigators say the woman waited until one of the girls was by herself to go up to the child and ask her for change so
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she could catch a bus. >> grabbed the child's arm, twisting it until she let go of the money and took the bag and fled on the muni 24 line. >> police say the 8-year-old girl was not seriously hurt. transit officials are working with the police to see if bus surveillance video will contain clues that will lead to the woman. a suspected high-priced call girl's heads back to court in santa cruz. what will happen for the woman accused of killing a google executive aboard his luxury yacht. and the immigration debate heating up on capitol hill. what both sides of the aisle are calling for that was not in president obama's plan. this morning, crossing the bridge is good across the bay area. we have other traffic problems. now we see the san mateo bridge has suddenly taken a turn for
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the worse. our unusual humid july patterns continues. there's a lot of layer of clouds. the lower clouds are a sign of things to come. the tropical clouds, one more day. we'll show a cooler extended outlook.
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7:15. happening now -- a group of protesters trying to block the eviction of the san francisco community recycler center. you are looking at pictures from near the safeway store on market street. the protests started about about an hour ago according to a court order about noise and traffic. the recycling center was supposed to shut down and leave safeway by june 30th. so far, it's refused to do so. protesters say it's a story of rich verses poor. >> these sorts of evictions and decisions being made based on hate, it won't fly. people will stand up against
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it. >> the protesters say the city's homeless community relies on the services provided by the recycling center. since the center is not obeying the court order to shut down, it's now up to the sheriff's department to enforce the eviction. this morning, republicans in congress are working on a solution to the immigration crisis at the border. many in the gop want to change a 2008 law that gives extra protections to central american children. kyla campbell is live in our washington, d.c. bureau to explain what else republicans are calling for and what the senate is doing now. kyla? >> reporter: tori, the senate homeland security committee wants to know how this became a crisis in the first place. we're taking a live look right now at that committee hearing. experts are testifying about what can be done to stem the problem. meanwhile, house republicans are working on a proposal that could include the national guard providing humanitarian relief to the unaccompanied
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children. that would relieve border patrol staff so they can focus on border security. it's possible president obama could agree to that but the white house wants congress to vote on the president's 3.7 billion emergency funding request. >> let's put the resources that we need to put down there and not only for the border, not only for judges, not only for i.c.e. but also for the latin american countries. >> reporter: congress is considering amending a 2008 law that gives special protectors to children that flee central mesh. proposed changes include reducing protections and speeding upg the deportation process. lawmakers are running out of time to agree on a solution. details on a looming deadline and the testimony from this morning's hearing -- coming up at 8:15. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. 7:17. a firefighting team from san quentin prison are being praised for their response for an oil tanker that flipped over
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right in front of the prison. the prison fire department jumped into action on monday when 4,000 gallons of gas poured out of that ruptured tank on the big rig. gasoline, three inches deep was flowing towards the prison employee housing complex and the san francisco bay. the firefighting team quickly dumped dirt blocking the gas. san rafael's fire chief describes a response of the prison firefighters as perfect. 7:18. less than perfect, i think, some of the commute. let's check in with sal right now. how are things looking in richmond? >> slow, tori and dave, as we've been following this crash since it happened last hour. west 80 is very slow. there was an earlier hit-and- run accident that was cleared from the road but the damage is done as you drive, let's say, from hercules down to richmond. in fact, the entire trip down from the carquinez bridge to the macarthur maze is taking about 40 minutes. you know that's about double the normal time it takes you to get that distance. when you get to the bay bridge
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toll plaza, metering lights were on slow but now things have cleared out for the simple reason that people are stuck up the stream, if you will, on the eastshore freeway. you could take advantage of this if you are driving into san francisco, especially if you are not driving on 800 on the east -- on 80, on the eastshore freeway. the eastbound bridge looks okay. southbound 680 concord to walnut creek, you will see some slow traffic and highway 4 is just moderate. highway 580, pretty much from 205 all the way to dublin is below the speed limit. most of that is stop and go. let's go to steve. all right, sal. a lot of cloud cover over us. low clouds, high clouds. 7:00 a.m., humidity i was just looking at the observations here, 80%, 90%, it's 99% in san francisco. hayward, 100%. temperatures, 62. dew point, 62. that means the rh is 100%. if you thought it's muggy and
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humid, it is. now the westerly breeze and fog will cool things down. the higher elevations are coming down. these tropical clouds continue to just spin right off the sierra and go right over us. east to west at the higher vale tions, west to east with the low clouds at the lower elevations. something we don't see in july. i don't think any of -- i think these were the lows. 63 livermore. 64 san jose. a couple of readings were 66. a few 50s. that's 59 in san francisco. half moon bay, 59. last night, 8:00, it was 65 degrees. a south wind is what's keeping some of these temperatures really mild and the humidity way up there. 68 for some. parts of san jose, gilroy, 63. san jose state 65. saratoga 64. everybody is really close. these are way above average on the lows. fairfield, west, 24 gusts to 30. that will win out but probably more tomorrow. westerly breeze, component of it, napa, concord, oakland,
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also out to livermore as well. any time if you get a west wind to livermore at 12 miles an hour, that's a cooler direction. san jose south, sfo, south. half moon bay south at 12 and that keeps a lot of that moisture in place. speaking of moisture, we've had a little bit of rain this morning. they've had a lot of rain, especially down in the gulf coast. florida just getting pounded. also in the northeast, it's stretching from the carolinas all the way -- it finally looks like it's clearing, pushing off into the atlantic. new york up to boston getting the rain. it was 57 in chicago. 58 minneapolis. they were cooler than we were. now temperatures are slow to recover and that cool air is making it all the way down to the gulf coast with possible record lows tomorrow morning. pensacola, florida and mobile, alabama, 64 and 69. the gulf coast getting into the 60s in july is -- that's a wow. that just doesn't happen. there's our tropical clouds coming off the sierra. but they are lifting north.
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i enhanced the water vapor to show you this is dry air beginning to work its way north. it will get here tomorrow. today, we have to deal with -- i say fair because there's a lot of tropical clouds. a few isolated showers certainly possible. we had a couple of. rain in san francisco. .01. .01. we're out of the gate with the new rain season. 60s 70s coast and bay. 80s inland temperatures. inland temperatures are coming down. coast and bay are holding steady. a strange pattern. the fog ramps up. that will cool us off. the tropical clouds will lift north. we'll get back to a normal pattern by the weekend. a palo alto tech company may have developed the next big upgrade for airport security. kyler security systems scans for threats at the same time. passengers hold up their ticket and the bag owner walks to the other side of the machine while the machine scans bags for
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explosives or weapons or banned items. tsa agents don't open the item unless there's there's something suspicious. a big story. a cease-fire proposal in the middle east rejected. the new warning this morning to 100,000 palestinians. withstanding an earthquake. a completely new way to build a bridge. the reason engineers say it's much safer.
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typhoon rammasun is heading to vietnam. three people were killed. thousands of homes were
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damaged. a landslide forced evacuations. maximum sustained winds were clocked at 125 miles per hour. in response, chinese authorities have now issued early warnings for its southern most coastlines. researchers at the university of nevada in reno, they are testing a up in bridge design to withstand an earthquake. the test based on how the earth moved during the 1994 northridge quake that killed 57 people. now, the section being tested, it simulates a 70-foot bridge. it's different, though, because it has steel cables inside the beam, helping the bridge return to its original position. [inaudible] >> now, the design is possible because pieces of the bridge are not built at their final destination. instead, they are built some
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place else and acy bem -- and assembled where the bridge is needed. that's not only supposed to make the bridge safer but faster to build. a congressional committee is recommending the federal government put up $5 million for the pro for hiring staff -- for a project for hiring staff and buying and installing sensors, warning systems would also notify people by television, radio and by phone. it's expected to take about five years and about $38 million to build. a new study reveals friends share more genes than strangers do. researchers at uc san diego found friends do not share enough genes to make them like brothers and sisters but do share enough to make them more like fourth cousins. researchers say this is mainly because people choose friends who are like themselves. another recent study by other researchers found more genetic
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similarities in spouses than in strangers. 7:27. well, despite desperate calls to conserve, it turns out water use in california has actually gone up during the drought. the big financial hit for the state and the fines you could now face. also -- charges of drugs and manslaughter. what's happening today involving the high-end prostitute accused of being involved in the death of a google executive. good morning. right now, we're looking at a commute in san jose that is a little bit busy as you come up to the 880 interchange. we'll check this out and look at the other commutes. this humidity is bugging you a lot. we're working on trying to fix it. but it will be one more day for most. the tropical clouds not going away until probably tomorrow. so more on the forecast -- coming up. oh chris, did you remember to pay the dog sitter? oh i knew i forgot something... i'll just do it now.
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the my and mid-level clouds are still here. they will begin to lift north. there's still plenty to go around. that means the humidity is way up there. one more day for most. there are a few areas that are getting more of a westerly breeze and fog is starting to cool down. the higher elevations have gone from the 80s on monday to the 50s and 60s. that's a sign of things to come. we have to lose the higher clouds. that won't be today. 60s on the the temperatures for almost everybody. it's actually 59 san francisco. really mild for some on the coast. parts of the peninsula, you get the south breeze. that really helps but fairfield out of the west gusting to 30. that's a huge screaming message for a cooler pattern once we lose the higher cloud. westerly wind at oakland. southwest at napa. even a west wind at livermore. that will eventually win out. it will be tomorrow. not today. so a lot of fog there. cooler for some but still kind of muggy, humid for others until the higher cloud lift out. we have drizzle on parts of the coast. there's drizzle and a few light showers. 80s through the interior. one more day of 70s.
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tomorrow looks cooler. here's sal. the biggest traffic story of the morning has been the eastshore freeway and how slow it is because of earlier issues that have been cleared up. but 80 westbound is very slow. we'll start with the toll plaza because some of the slowdowns on 80 westbound up the road have made the toll plaza slightly better. this is about a 15, 20-minute drive into san francisco. now, then, on the east shore from hercules to richmond, it's pretty slow. the drive between the carquinez bridge and the macarthur maze is at 42 minutes. it's more even now. the slow traffic is almost throughout the entire stretch but that's much higher than it normally is. normally, we have a 20, maybe 25-minute delay. i. now it's 42 minutes. it's slow traffic. i want to mention that 280 in san jose is slow all the way up into the valley. so is 101 and 85. we haven't had any major crashes there. we have had a lot of slow
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traffic. on the sunol grade getting into the south bay, it's also slow because of earlier issues. back to the desk. happening today, in less than an hour from right now, a woman who reportedly stepped several times over a man who was dying from a drug overdose is due in a court. brian flores is in the newsroom to tell us what is next in this case involving the death of a google executive. >> about 45 minutes from now, 26-year-old alix tichleman will be in a santa cruz courtroom. it is a continuation on an arraignment hearing from last week. she's expected to enter a plea on several drug, manslaughter and prostitution charges. want to go to live pictures again. this is outside the courthouse in santa cruz where, again, alix tichleman, is expected to be arraigned. tichleman, a resident of folsom is being held on more than a million dollars bail. now, tichleman is expected in the death of 51-year-old forest hayes as the two were aboard
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his last last november. prosecutors say she injected the married father of five with heroin and left him to die on his yacht. investigators say there is surveillance video of tichleman, allegedly stepping over hayes's body several times, finishing a glass of wine, closing the binds and gathering her belongings before she left. his body was discovered by the captain the next day. authorities in milton, georgia have reopened a case where tichleman's apparent boyfriend also died from a heroin overdose in september of last year. originally prosecutors there didn't charge her, saying this was an accidental overdose but they are now reevaluating evidence. here is a 911 call in this case from tichleman. >> why do you think it's an overdose. >> there's nothing else it could be. >> accidental or intentional? >> i think definitely accidental. >> now, tichleman, who admitted to being a high-prized call
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girl, was arrested in a prostitution sting on july 4th. we have a live crew there. we'll keep you updated. in the newsroom, brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. a man recovering from life- threatening injuries after being attacked on a walking trail in san jose. this happened early monday morning along guadalupe river walk trail near almaden boulevard. security officers from a nearby business were the first to respond to the injured man found on the trail with several deep cuts. the investigation continues. san francisco police trying to find the man responsible for attacking a woman in her 80s during a home-invasion robbery. this happened saturday afternoon about 1:45 at a home on jackson street near kerney street. police say the suspect threw the woman to the ground and then covered her mouth as he went through her belongings. they say he stole cash and then ran away. the woman suffered a bone
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fracture and minor scrapes and bruises. 7:36. mountain view police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year- old woman. it happened on sunday night just before 11:00 near pioneer park on church street. police say the woman was walking home when the man grabbed her from behind and groped her. they say after a brief struggle, the man ran off near the park. anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the mountain view police department. interpretation of cell phone video could be key in the case against two men accused of knocking a woman unconscious outside at&t park last thursday. francisco lopez and anthony rucker pled not guilty to assault and battery charges. the judge would not allow their faces to be shown. investigators say the fight began when someone thought ruckers's daughter was videotaping one of them vomiting on the sidewalk. defense attorneys say ruckers was rushed by a group of people and defending himself and his
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daughter when he threw a punch. >> i think when all is said and done. it will not look nearly as serious. >> any time you have video, it helps the prosecution in the case. it really shows every single thing that occurred and it really helping in presenting the case to a judge and a jury. >> prosecutors say bows suspects are on probation. oakland city council due to vote today on a coliseum lease extension for the oakland as. the ten-year deal has to be approved by both the is council and the alameda county board of supervisors. last week, the city council was against the extension. alameda county supervisors they are set to vote in two weeks. well, if you are caught wasting water during this drought, you may soon get a big fine. this after the waterboard made the unprecedented decision to approve new water restrictions.
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the board made the move after determining that voluntary conservation measures have not worked. a study shows that water use has gone up 1% over the past three years. while the bay area and sacramento are using less water, parts of southern california and the mono lake area have been using more. >> the community is on the verge of running out of water. there are folks getting water trucks delivered to them through the office of emergency services. >> the restrictions start on august 1st. now, people face fines up to $500 a day for a variety of things, including watering your lawn to the point of creating runoffs, washing a car without a shutoff valve and using drinkable water to hose off hard services like a sidewalk or a driveway. local law enforcement and water agencies, they will be in charge of enforcing these new
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rules. violaters will probably get a warning first before the fines kick in. a study released by uc davis suggests the drought has already cost california 2.2 billion. researchers say 430,000 acres of crops were not planted this year because of the water shortage. the study found the drought cost more than 17,000 part-time farm jobs. agriculture in california is a $45 billion a year business. 20 minutes before 8:00. final legal arguments start today in a public access to a beach. the billionaire owner put a gate that leads to martins beach. the only way to get to the beach is from the ocean. the surf rider foundation sued to have the road reopened. the judge's decision is not expected for several weeks. whoever loses is expected to appeal that decision. san francisco plans to fight a lawsuit challenging a
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voter approved initiative regulating waterfront development. the state lands commission is suing to overturn proposition b, which was passed last november. it requires voter approval to increase height limits on waterfront projects. the lawsuit claims waterfront land belongs to the state and that the port commission manages it, not the city, and not the voters. 7:41. a bay area woman who almost lost her life four months ago at alum rock park in san jose, well, she met her rescuers for the first time. >> thank you. >> on march 18th, the woman fell 60 feet off eagle rock. the rescuers rappelled down a cliff and then they took her by helicopter to safety. she was unconscious the entire time. newschopper2 got these photos of that daring air and ground
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operation. >> for her to be out here, we got a chance to see her stand up and smile and talk to her and she's in great spirits and we, you know, just thankful that she's alive and she's doing well. >> what a great story. san jose's urban search-and- rescue team, the chp, and also the employees from the san jose parks department, they were all honored for their efforts at that reunion yesterday. 7:42. a big loss for an east bay company, not only was $100,000 in computer equipment stolen from a business but the more sentimental belonging that may have been taken as well. next, a war of words at a richmond city council meeting on ways to curve disruptive behavior gets really rowdy. good morning. we have a problem in oakland that we're gonna tell you about. we're also looking at the south bay for you. this is northbound 280. you can see the santa clara valley commute has been very
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slow, especially on this freeway. coming up we'll show you a look at 880 and why heading south is gonna be a problem. >> we have a problem in weather. it's called high humidity. there are signs of a cooler pattern. the tropical clouds not done yet. so when will they clear out? i will tell you about that coming up.
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israel's military warned 1 thun,000 palestinians to leave their -- 100,000 palestinians to leave the gaza strip. that's after hamas rejected a cease-fire proposal. more than 200 palestinians have been killed in the nine days of fighting.
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the first israeli death was reported yesterday when a man was hit by mortar fire near the gaza border. [singing] >> muslims and jews came together last night in together for a vigil calling for an end to the fighting. leaders led prayers and songs. a controversial vote in richmond. pam cook is in our studio with the city council's debate over freedom of speech and when it becomes disruptive behavior. >> richmond city council members say disruptive behavior is keeping them from doing their job. >> you are out of order. you are out of order. >> she said that i -- >> we're in a recess. >> that's just one meeting. richmond city council meetings have become increasingly contentious with people making
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racist comments. one councilmember says this is the worst behavior he's seen in 19 years. >> if there's anything at all we can do that's constitutional to try to bring some order to these city council meetings, then i'm for it. >> it's important that we take care of business in the city council and individuals who do this every time simply for the sake of disruption, there has to be consequences. >> now, the richmond police department called in extra officers for the meeting last night. the council voted to curb comments and outbursts. city staff will draft a proposal and bring it back to the council outlining ways that the council is try to bring order to its meetings. dave? >> thank you. happening now -- congress taking a close look at how dangerous bacteria is handled at federal laboratories and the possibility of a cover up. these are live pictures from a
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house subcommittee examining the centers for disease control and prevention. the cdc director is testifying right now. his agency admits they mishandled samples of smallpox, anthrax and the bird flu. congress is trying to figure out if the issues involve a coverup. lawmakers are trying to figure out why they were only told about the 2006 anthrax case last week. yesterday, silicon valley venture capitalist tim draper dropped off boxes filled with petitions. more than 800,000 signatures are needed to put the measure for separate states on the ballot. draper said he collected more than a million signatures but a lot of voters are not convinced. >> my first thoughts, this is silly. well, i don't think it's a good
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idea. >> here is a proposed map to create the six new states. a state called jefferson would be up north. los angeles would be at a state called west california. north bay counties and counties east of nevada, they would be north california. the rest of the bay area would be in the state of silicon valley. now, even if voters approved a split, congress and the state legislature would still have a agree -- have to agree. 300,000 new york city area commuters are bracing for a railroad strike. the metropolitan transportation authority and union leaders are at a stalemate. at issue, employee contracts, wage increases and healthcare premiums. at this point, the head of the mta says both sides remain far apart and the union is unwilling to negotiate. the possible strike could take place in six days. there's growing controversy over new york mayor's decision
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to go on a ten-day vacation to italy despite the strike. the last time this happened they went on strike in 1994. these trains come in from long island, connecticut, upstate new york. that would be crazy. 7:49. let's check in with sal. you are watching traffic around the oakland airport, aren't you? >> terrible. it's one of these things where it's unexpected. southbound 880, we have a live picture of the traffic heading down to the airport exit at hegenberger, there was a motorcycle crash in the left lane. it briefly blocked the left lane of northbound traffic as well. but the problem is southbound as you leave downtown oakland. it's going to be slow all the way -- almost all the way, not quite but at least from 23rd heading down to hegenberger as they clear this crash and the traffic is also slow northbound because of rubberneckers coming from san leandro. this accident is just outside of our camera view. if the camera was a little bit farther south we could see it.
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but you can see the slow traffic. let's go to the bay bridge toll plaza, that's improved quite a bit. i think this morning it's improved because the eastshore freeway is so slow, it's been our biggest traffic store from hercules to richmond. it's slow. we can look at it with our maps. you can see traffic between hercules and richmond is slow and then the drive time between the carquinez bridge and the macarthur maze is 40 minutes. average speed 28 miles an hour. now, let's go to steve. ty, sal. a very good morning -- thank you, sal. a very good morning. high tropical clouds. humidity is high. a weather savvy guy, mount dab individualson, steve, he -- davidson, steve, he likes the clouds. this humidity is very unusual for us. you think about all of the things that are going on, typhoon hit the philippines, recurving towards china, toe ren sham rain in the northeast and the deep south. there is a lot going on for july including us. we have a lot of these high clouds streaming off the sierra
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nevada. that throws in a lot of humidity into the mix. the document and low clouds, a westerly breeze. for some it's cooler. for others there will be one more day where it's very high humidity. these lows never got cooler than this. a couple of locations, san jose, already 66 to 68 degrees. that's 59 in the city. 59 half moon bay. they have a south breeze for some. sfo, 64. redwood city, 65. that's mild and even 64 novato and napa. almost 70 in brentwood. 60s for pittsburg. walnut creek is in there. also san ramon, orinda and la fayette. this is way above average for this time of year. 24 out of the west gusting to 30 at travis. i mean, that's a rip-roaring delta breeze. westerly gusting to 23. south wind at santa rosa. northerly in nevada. west at oakland. even out to livermore, they have a westerly breeze. the cooler weather is on the way. but the tropical clouds have to move north. unbelievable rain inundating
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parts of florida and the gulf coast. to the carolinas up to the northeast. good friend of mine text me -- you just can't move. that's finally pushing off to the northeast. it's the cool air. this is actually kind of a little brother of the polar vortex. record lows are expected in the gulf coast tomorrow morning all the way down to pensacola, florida. chicago and minneapolis were cooler than us this morning. that does not happen in july very often. 80s for some through the interior. 60s for others. tropical clouds. they are gonna punch north. i will show you why. that's drier. it's on its way. it will be a slow process. cloud formation shows the cloud and thunderstorms will pop up over the sierra. watch, finally, that's fog right there. that will take us into thursday and also friday and things will calm down. fog, high clouds, cooler for some today, especially inland. but still very muggy, drizzle there, light showers, possible. i would think more towards the
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north bay. 60s, 70s and a few 80s. that's interesting, the inland temperatures are coming down. coast and bay are staying the same. cooler weather takes us into friday and then we level off for the weekend. using star power for a good cause. the growing problem being addressed by jim harbaugh and it has nothing to do with football. and big news for comic cans, a new gender-bending twist on an ancient hero.
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7:56. tech company shuttle buses in san francisco will may more than three times what was originally thought they would be charged to use muni bus stops. the municipal transportation agency will increase the fee from $1 to $3.55 per stop. mta says corporate shuttle buses are making fewer stops than originally equipment
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estimated. the pilot program of having private buses use public bus stops starting august 1st. muni approved a $1.2 billion contract for 260 new light rail cars. the german company seamens will build them. they released these images of possible designs and color schemes. the new cars are romneyier and reliable. the san francisco supervisors have to sign off on the contract. if they approve the deal, the new cars could be on the san francisco streets by the end of 2016. comic cans marveling about a -- fans marveling about a new announcement. a superhero with a familiar name but everything else is different. the new thor is a woman. she will be the new goddess of thunder all starting in october. >> very cool. >> there you go. 7:57. we're continuing to follow that early-morning fire at the
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chevron refinery in richmond. we're learning more about who was poolside when a 9 idea girl drowned here in menlo park. good morning. we're looking at traffic in the south bay now. you can see that traffic on 280 is slow getting into the west valley. we'll tell you more about that and some of the very slow traffic in the east bay. well, our midwest like weather is with us for another day. there is a hint of a cooler drez for some. the -- breeze for some. the tropical clouds look like they are on their way out slowly. we'll have the forecast terps -- temperatures coming up.
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welcome back. these are live pictures of the chevron refinery in richmond. there was an earl fire there and made the surrounding community very nervous. alex savidge has been out there all morning. he will tell us how the refinery handled the emergency in two minutes in light of a lot of the criticism after the big fire out there just two years ago. stay tuned for that. welcome to "mornings on 2." it's wednesday, july 16th. i'm dave clark. let's have a quick look at weather and traffic. one more day of this humidity. >> sure looks like this. humidity is always high by the coast. but it's usually in the 50s,
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not the 60s. a lot of drizzle around westlake, daly city. san francisco did have rain this morning. mint hill, the official location and .01 on the new rain season. a sign of things to come? i hope so. i hope so. a lot of tropical clouds but there's a lot going on here up above and at the surface. a cloudy to mostly cloudy morning. maybe popping up in the north bay later on. partly sunny, partly cloudy. still muggy, humid, one more day. 60s on the temperatures. i mean even by the coast there's mild conditions. angwin was 85. today they are 59. that's an incredible drop on the temperatures. the higher elevations. yet, some areas are in the 60s. the key, though, is the breeze. out of the west at fairfield. eventually that will win out as soon as we get rid of the higher clouds. they are here today. fog, higher clouds. it will be cooler for some.
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breezy to windy. 80s to the intear tear yore. 70s and 60s close to the coast and bay. here's sal. we have slow traffic still all over the place. we want to start off with the eastshore freeway on 80 westbound. you can see it's slow from the carquinez bridge to the macarthur maze. staying steady at about 38 miles an hour -- i'm sorry, 38 minutes about 30 miles an hour. usually the delay here is about 20 minutes or so. it's almost double. this is because of earlier issues. when you get to the bay bridge toll plaza, it has lightened up considerably. this is about a ten-minute drive across the bridge into san francisco with no major delays. another one of the major commutes has been 580. we had a couple of earlier crashes. i want to show you this on the maps. 580 in livermore has been slow. 680 heading south out of the pleasanton area is also very slow. 880 southbound and i want to bring it back up here. i want to drag the map to 880 southbound. there was a crash at hegenberger. still clearing it.
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although the accident has been moved to the shoulder and traffic is improving. 8:02 back to the desk. thank you, sal. an early-morning fire happened at the chevron refinery in richmond. it's now under control. we're now learning more about what caused that fire. and alex savidge tells us it was a big response from firefighters. good morning, alex. >> reporter: dave, good morning to you. this may not have been a large fire but certainly it was a potentially dangerous situation. i just got off the phone a few minutes ago with richmond's fire chief. he tells me that the last crews just left the chevron refinery. they've been here for several hours keeping an eye on the situation. it was a ruptured fuel line that caught fire here early this morning and while there wasn't a whole lot of smoke being put off, that was part of the reason why there was no community warning for people living nearby. crews were called in from the richmond fire department and chevron firefighters came in. they were called in after 2:00 for this fire on the northwest
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side of the refinery. chevron said it was burning in a nonoperational area of the facility where maintenance work was going on. now, richmond's fire chief said it was a three-quarter-inch processing line that was leaking oil and that oil ignited. chevron officials say this was not a pipe leaking. there is a bit of conflicting information. it took firefighters about an hour to control the flames. no one was hurt out here. richmond's fire chief talked with me by phone about the concerns crews had. >> we're talking about a very small processing line. but it was under quite a bit of pressure. so the concern was to get the fire knocked down and the secondary concern was to get the processing line shut down. >> reporter: that processing line was shut down according to firefighters and then crews stayed out here for a while longer just to monitor the situation but all of the firefighters have now left the refinery according to the chief. chevron said in a statement this morning, it notified
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contra costa health services about the fire. but the fire and the smoke didn't pose a threat to people in the surrounding areas. there was no need to order anyone to stay indoors this morning. chevron says it's now working on figuring out exactly what caused this early-morning leak and fire. we're live in richmond, alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. well, people who live near the refinery. they've been on edge since this fire back in august of 2012. it sent 15,000 people to the hospital seeking medical treatment for breathing problems. the refinery was partially shut down for several months after. this. a leak in a pipe started that fire two years ago. police are looking for heartless thieves in fremont. someone stole 100,000 worth of computers. investigators believe another valuable belonging may have
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been stolen, the company cat named tasha. the cat has been missing since the burglary. if you have information about the cat or the computer theft, call police. oakland city officials are considering joining a radio network already being used by cities and police departments throughout the east bay. for years, oakland police have complained that the radios often fail. it even happened during a visit by president obama two years ago. both the police and firefighters union support switching over to the regional radio system which consists of more than 40 government departments in alameda county. 8:06. oakland police are clearing up an in accuracy involve -- an inaccuracy involving mayor jean quan's car crash. last friday, a statement issued by the city claim police investigators found neither driver was using a cell phone at the time of the crash. well, now that police say that
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investigation was inconclusive and they can't determine if either driver was using a cell phone. police also say they haven't been able to determine which vehicle caused the crash but that one of them did run a red light. there's new information about a body found at the scene of a fire just outside of vacaville. crews found a partially burned man's body seven days ago as they were putting out a fire and later determined it was a homicide. investigators now say they need help identifying that man. the solano county sheriff's department released this photo of a tattoo on the man's back. it shows a dog smoking. if you recognize that tattoo, get in contact with solano county sheriffs. we've been reporting on the drowning of a 9-year-old girl in menlo park. christien kafton just talked to one of the neighbors about the attempts to save the girl. what have you learned? >> reporter: it's just a
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heartbreaking story. i spoke with the 11-year-old girl who witnessed this whole thing and she was the one who called 911. she saw one of the leasing agents go in the water after this 9-year-old girl seriously upset this morning and obviously a heartbreaking moment for everybody here. we're actually here by one of the two pools at this apartment complex. this is one of the pools. there's another pool that's further inside the apartment and that is where this incident happened inside the sharon green apartments. at that pool, we found a child's shoes, a towel, and a soft drink. and again, we spoke with the mother of that 11-year-old girl who tells me it was her daughter who saw the girl at the bottom of the pool, saw the mother at the pool side frantic and the 11-year-old called 911 and alerted adults and authorities. police tell me that the 9-year- old girl's mother and a friend were at the pool but were not right next to the girl when the 9-year-old went. the water reaching for a ball. we've learned that one of the leasing agents from the
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apartment office jumped into that pool fully clothed, trying to rescue that 9-year-old girl. officers say when emergency crews arrived on scene, they immediately began cpr trying to revive that 9-year-old and rushed her to stanford medical center where crews continued their life saving efforts but ultimately those efforts failed and the girl was pronounced dead. neighbors say they are in shock and say the pool is very popular with kids. >> there's kids and parents watching them most of the time or au pairs. there's people there watching them. i don't know what happened last night. >> investigators say this appears to be an accidental drowning but the investigation is still underway. we can tell you that both pools at this complex are locked and there are signs posted that say children under the able of 14 need a -- age of 14 need adult supervision. the signs say there's no lifeguard on duty and detail
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instructions for cpr in the case of an emergency. the 11-year-old girl said one day earlier she noticed the cpr signs and said she hoped nobody would ever have to use those signs. unfortunately, that's not the case and they did try to use cpr to rescue the 9-year-old girl. so far, police not releasing the name of the girl, saying they are still notifying her family. we're in contact with menlo park police to find out if there are new details about the case. we're live here in menlo park. christien kafton, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. san francisco police are still searching for a woman who robbed an 8-year-old girl as the child sold candy for a school fund-raiser. it happened monday afternoon near eddie street. surveillance footage shows the woman inside a nearby store. the store's owner says the woman did not have enough money to buy a beer. she was watching three little girls who went up to the counter to sell their candy. investigators say the woman waited until one of the girls was by herself to go up to the
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child and ask for her change so the woman could catch a bus. >> grabbed the child's arm twisting it until she left go of the bag of money and took the bag of money and fled on the muni 24 line. >> police say the 8-year-old girl was not seriously hurt. transit officials are working with police to see if bus surveillance video will contain clues leading to the woman. the oakland unified school district plans to buy identity theft protection for all of its employees. five school employees claim their identities or finance am accounts have been hacked. the files that remain there are expected to be moved by friday. the school district says no student records were compromised. the preliminary cost for this protection about $soo,000 for two -- $150,000 for two years of coverage. a very important hearing scheduled for this morning
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affecting the future of the city college of san francisco. accrediting commission for community and junior colleges they want a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed by the city of san francisco to keep the school from closing. that hearing is set for 9:00 this morning at the san francisco scattered shower court. last month, under pressure from state lawmakers, the commission gave the school two more years to resolve the financial and administrative problems or risk losing its accreditation. sex, drugs and charges of manslaughter. in 20 minute, what's happening moments from now involving the high-end prostitute accused of being involved in the death of a google executive. the debate over illegal immigration. it's heating up in the nation's capitol. the new resource that both sides on the aisle want that was not in president obama's plan. we're still looking at a commute that has some serious slowdowns in the bay area here. san mateo bridge not that bad. bay bridge is actually looking good. we'll tell you what the
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difference is between all of the bridges coming up. if you are watching us up in the sierra or reno or mammoth or bear valley, it's probably sunny. but here it's cloudy to mostly cloudy. when is the humidity gonna go down? soon. soon. we'll have details -- coming up. i'll have my usual ultimate cheeseburger. you can have that. or-two new versions of the ultimate cheeseburger. one has jalapeños and ranch, the other has barbecue sauce and grilled onions. i told you they were mind blowing.
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welcome back. happening right now, congress debating how the situation at the u.s. border of mexico became a crisis and how to fix it. republicans have a plan to stop
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the influx of undocumented children. ktvu's kyla campbell live in our washington, d.c. bureau to tell us how the national guard will be involved and what democrats say about it. kyla? >> reporter: dave, one bipartisan plan being pitched is called the humane act. it would change the 2008 law that gives special treatment to undocumented children coming in from central america. >> we treat all unaccompanied minors the same and ensure an orderly legal process. a majority of these children would be reunited with their parents in their home countries. >> reporter: house republicans are also working on a proposal that's expected to be unveiled in the next couple of days. some of them are calling for the national guard to help provide humanitarian relief to children. that would relief border control staff so they can focus more on border security. it's possible president obama could agree to that but the white house wants the $3.7
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billion emergency funding request voted on. >> there's already been ample opportunity for congress to take action and we want to encourage them to move forward with some sense of urgency. >> reporter: that's because lawmakers are running out of time to agree on a solution. congress has just ten working days left before lawmakers leave capitol hill and go home for the month-long august recess. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. san francisco supervisor david campos is calling on city leaders to help the thousands of undocumented children from central america coming into the u.s. he joined immigration advocates on the steps of city hall and introduced a resolution asking the city for financial help for the children. he says they qualify for aid under the city's sanctuary city policy. 8:17. a well-known immigration activist and journalist detained by u.s. border agents in texas has now been released. he traveled to texas to join a
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vigil for the thousands of undocumented children flooding across the mexican border. he was detained at an immigration checkpoint at an airport. he's from the philippines, has lived and worked in the u.s. illegally for more than 20 years, including working as a june illist for the -- journalist for the chronicle. he's been ordered to go before an immigration judge at a later date. after he was released he says in the new york times article, he said i'm released because i'm a low priority and not considered a threat. i would argue that the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country are not a threat either. 8:18. let's check back with sal. have you fixed things at the toll plaza? >> yes, i have. >> see,er my -- i knew you would. >> i like to take credit even though i can't. i think what's happening is the traffic on 80 westbound has been so bad that people haven't been getting through. when they did, it was kind of a
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metering effect. so traffic is getting better on 80. it's much better at the bay bridge toll plaza. san mateo bridge, the traffic also looks okay on the span. it's not a bad commute. the richmond traffic bridge looks good. the dumbarton bridge is moderately heavy. southbound northbound 85 there is a noninjury crash. there is a tractor-trailer and a car involved. there is a little bit of slow traffic in this area. it's 8:19. let's go to steve. >> thank you. a very good morning. george mccray just tweeted me and said it feels like july in massachusetts. i've heard texas, i've heard the midwest, i've heard -- you name it. the breeze is picking up. our east bay tree here. that's more of a westerly breeze. it will be one more day of high humidity and then we'll get it out of here. we have multiple layers of clouds. it's sunny up in the sierra and also up into reno. but they had clouds last night. they will probably pop up again later on. they've had afternoon thunderstorms. the low clouds are enhancing. there is a lot of drizzle. if you have a south wind on the
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coast, it's really mild. there's light rain overnight believe it or not in san francisco. buena vista park picked up .04. that's not bad. i think that was dennis. you guys are the winner. mid-60s on a lot of these temperatures. the higher clouds are moving north. but a south wind means very muggy humid conditions. windy out of the west. that's going to take us into a cooler pattern. but probably not until tomorrow. you can see some of the cloud cover, the tropical clouds spinning in over us. could be a couple of isolated showers. the visible satellite shows drier air. that will take the cloud deck north. clouds, kind of muggy, humid. drizzle. a few light showers. if you are in a fog area and get a west wind, that's noticeably cooler. if not, it's muggy and mild. 60s, 70s, 8s on the temperatures. the -- 80s on the temperatures. around the bay, the temperatures have been staying warm, mild and muggy. it looks cooler on thursday. we'll carry that into friday as
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well. >> all right. thank you, steve. 8:20. richmond city hall meeting on disruptive behavior gets disruptive. >> you are out of order. >> let me call -- >> you're out of order. >> the war of words at the richmond city council and the decision reached at the end of the night. and the 49ers head coach talking about more than football. the national prices jim harbaugh wants to you pay more attention to.
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welcome back. 8:23. protesters trying to block the eviction of the san francisco community recyclers center. you are looking at video of the protest earlier this morning. according to a court order stemming from complaints by neighbors about noise and traffic, the recycling center was supposed to close and leave safeway by june 30th. so far, it's refused to do it. protesters say it's a story of rich against the poor. >> these sorts of evictions and decisions being made based on hate, it won't fly and people will stand up against it. >> now, the protesters say the city's homeless community depends on services provided by the recycling center. since that center is not obeying the court order, it's up to the sheriff's department to enforce the eviction. 8:24. the head coach of the 49ers is lending his name to raise awareness to the struggle
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against human trafficking. jim harbaugh spoke at a fund- raiser yesterday held in the backyard of a home in atherton. his audience included silicon valley executives who paid $250 for the nonprofit group california against slavery. har bauer says adults need to stem up and do -- and do what they can to help prevent the exploitation of children. >> that's a cause anybody should get behind, would want to get behind. it's about protecting our kids. >> organizers say 60% of traffic children came from foster care and the average age is 12 to 14 years old. supporters hope to raise $20,000 which will be used in part for education, prevention and recruitment of foster parents. 8:25. the former punter of the minnesota vikings accusing the vikings of protecting a coach
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who allegedly made anti-gay remarks. chris kluwe played for the vikings between 2005 and 2012. he claims the scrikings reduce -- vikings reduced to release a six-month investigation of its special teams coordinator. kluwe accused that coach of making derog store tori -- deeing to roarty comment -- derogatory comments. people in the bay area getting ready to run with the bulls. but there is a new effort to shut it down. we're live at the santa cruz courthouse right now. a hearing for a woman accused of killing a google executive. what to expect from this morning's court hearings is due to snart a matter of minute -- start in a matter of minutes. we're finally beginning to see some relief for this morning's commute. some of those freeways are getting better. but you can see, not all of the work is done. we'll tell you more about the
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welcome back. we're live right now in front of the courthouse in santa cruz. a high-end prostitute is facing a judge as we're speaking to you now. he's accused of injecting a google executive with heroin and leaving him to die when he was in obvious distress on board his yacht. coming up in two minutes, ktvu's brian flores will tell us what just happened in that
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courtroom moments ago. stay tuned for that. wednesday morning, july 16th. i'm dave clark. let's talk about weather and traffic now. steve's got so much to tell you. >> i could do a half-hour show. the producer just fell off the show. i won't. cloudy to mostly cloudy. very thick fog. drizzly conditions. the tropical clouds keeping a lot of humidity. believe me i've heard it from all of you. the clouds are lifting north. there could be isolated showers to the north. we had a little bit in san francisco. a couple 1/100ths goes in the record books as the first rain of the -- when you get a west wind, that's a sign of things to come. south and concord, 17. 23 out of the west-southwest for napa. there's pretty good breeze kicking up here. but a south wind in san jose. a south wind at half moon bay. there is a lot of drizzle reports around daly city, skyline, 92. watch out for that. livermore west at 12. that will cool them down. it looks like a pattern where we get a lot of cloud cover and
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very humid conditions. eventually the fog went out. but today is one of those transition days. clouds, humid, partly sunny. 80s through the interior. not that far away with 70s. here's sam. we still have slow traffic in the south bay, especially, we have a new crash there. let's go to highway 280 coming out of san jose. it looks good. however, the traffic may be slow before this which is near bird avenue. let's go to the maps. a brand-new crash just called in. northbound 280 at 10th. this is a crash with medics en route. both vehicles are off to the right-hand side. however, with the fire department and the medics coming, you will see slow traffic. you can see that 101 is also slow in this area. 101 is slowing all the way into sunnyvale and 85 approaching de anza. there was a crash. san jose has not gotten the clear traffic. that new crash on 280 i just mentioned, again. the bay bridge has cleared out
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nicely. it's about a ten-minute drive into san francisco. 8:31. back to the desk. >> all right, sal. happening now -- just moments ago, a woman who reportedly stepped several times over a google executive who was dying from a drug overdose walked into a santa cruz county court. brian flores in our newsroom now. you have new information from inside that courtroom. >> good morning. 26-year-old alix tichleman was just in a santa cruz courtroom for a continuation on an arraignment hearing from last week. want to go to some live pictures from outside of the courthouse where tichleman just pleaded not guilty as expected to manslaughter, possession of heroin and prostitution charges. we also understand this morning that a judge has just denied a request to reduce her bail, meaning it will remain at $1.5 million. now, tichleman is suspected in the death of 51-year-old forest hayes as the two were aboard his yacht last november. prosecutors say she injected the man with heroin and left
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him to die on his yacht. investigators say there's surveillance camera of her stepping over his body several times, finishing a glass of wine, closing the blinds and gathering her belongings before she left. his body was discovered by the captain the next day. authorities in milton, georgia have reopened a case where a nightclub owner, her former boyfriend, died of a heroin overdose. she was not charged originally saying it was an accidental overdose. but they are re-evaluating. here's tichleman making that 911 call. >> why do you think it's an overdose? >> because there's nothing else it could be. >> accidental or intentional? >> i think definitely accidental. >> now, tichleman who admitted to being a high-priced call girl and had several silicon valley clients was arrested earlier in a prostitution sting
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on july 4th. we also tried speaking with alix tichleman's family but they quickly left the courthouse. we did speak with the attorney who said she's not guilty. of course, we'll provide updates on ktvu.com, twitter, facebook and, of course you, the ktvu news at noon. brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. 8:33. mountain view police sill searching for a man sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman over the weekend. it happened sunday night before 11:00 near pioneer park on church street. police say the woman was walking home when the man grabbed her from behind and groped her. after a brief struggle, the man ran away through the park. the mountain strew police say if you saw anything, please come forward. oakland's city council is scheduled to vote today on a coliseum lease extense for the oakland as. the ten-year deem must be approved by the citi council and the board of supervisors.
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last week, most of oakland city council was against the extension. alameda county supervisors are set to vote on the issue in two weeks. anyone caught wasting water could soon get fined. this after the california waterboard made the unprecedented decision to approve new water restrictions. the board made the move after determining that voluntary conservation measures have so far failed. a recent study shows twrt use statewide has -- water use statewide has increased 1% over the past three years while the bay area and sacramento are using less water parts of southern california and the mono lake area have been using more. >> there are communities on the verge of running out of water all over the state. there are people bathing out of buckets. folks are getting water trucks tlived to them through -- delivered to them through the office of emergency management. >> the restrictions begin august 1st. people face fines up to $500 for a variety of actions,
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including watering lawns to the point of runoff, and using hoses to hose off sidewalks and driveways. lome enforcement will be in charge of violating the rules. violaters will likely receive warnings first before the fines kick in. a study suggests the drought has already cost california $2.2 billion. researchers say 430,000 aircraft, of crops were not -- acres of crops were not planned because of shortage. the drought cost more than 17,000 part-time farm jobs. agriculture in california is a $45 billion a year business. 8:36. final legal arguments start today over public access to a san mateo county beach. the billionaire landowner put up a gate blocking the access to martin's beach. the only way to get to the beach is from the ocean.
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the surf riders foundation sued to have the road reopen. a court decision is not expected for several weeks. whoever loses is expected to appeal that decision. san francisco plans to fight a lawsuit. it challenges a voter approved initiative regulating waterfront development. the california state lands commission is suing to overturn proposition b which passed last november. it requires voteert approve to -- voter approval to increase height limits. the lawsuit claims waterfront land belongs to the state and that the port commission manages it, not the city and not the voters. a bay area woman who nearly lost her life four months ago at alum rock park in san jose has just met her rescuers for the first time. >> thank you. >> on march 18th, katherine fell 60 feet off eagle rock.
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rescuers had to rappel down a cliff and transpert her by helicopter in order to save her. newschopper2 got the pictures of their dare -- of the daring air and ground operations. >> for her on out here, we got a chance to see her stand up and talk to her and she's in great spirits and we -- you know, we are just thankful that she's alive and is doing well. >> the urban search-and-rescue team, the chp and the employees from the parks department were all recognized for their efforts. animal rights groups hope to block plans for a bull running event next week in pleasanton. it's called the great bull run and a week from saturday, people will pay for a chance to test their courage against a stampede of bulls at the alameda county fairgrounds. but the animal rights group peta have sued to stop several of these events and a petition
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claims to have 1700 signatures asking officials in pleasanton to stop it. the petition claims cruelty to animals. >> no one has seen any animal abuse. >> despite the controversy, this is expected to attract more than 2,000 participants, saying $60 to be involved. there is there is a new study out sharing friends reveal more -- study out revealing friends share more theens. this is mainly because -- more genes. another study found more genetic similarities in spouses than in strangers. here is another interesting story. amazon has the best-looking
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employees in the tech world. that is according to a new social networking app. that conclusion comes from hinge, a social networking and dating app which uses facebook information to create social profiles. a former twitter worker is suing the microblog be site for age discrimination. peter taylor used to be a manager for twitter. he says he always received good employee evaluations until six weeks before he was fired. that's when a supervisor commented on his age. shortly after that he was away from work for surgery. his lawsuit claims he was replaced by several workers in their 20s and 30s. twitter says the lawsuit is without per merit -- without merit. there are reports that jay
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carney is being considered for a top public relations job at apple. he resigned from his white house job last month and the job site says he's being considered for a top job at san francisco-based uber. google is building a very special team of hackers. they are known as project zero. their sole mission tracking down and fixing the most serious flaws in every popular piece of software that touches the internet. one member of the teen is george hots. at 17 yees old, he became the -- years old, he became the first to hack the lock on the iphone. a chinese security company says tesla cars are vulnerable to hackers. they are putting up money to prove its point. this morning, 360 announced it will pay $10,000 to anyone who can remotely access some of the functions of a tesla model s
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sedan. the companies says its tests show the doors can be unlodge locked, the horns hodgeed -- unlocked, the horns honked. tesla says the contest turns up security flaws, they will fix those. snooch -- 8:42. it's been a rule since the '70s. some say it's time for a change on donating blood. >> reporter: we're finding out more this morning about what caused an early-morning fire at chevron's refinery. right now, we're still looking at slow traffic in some areas including a new crash and highway 4 is just a mess because of a late morning accident. we're dealing with a lot of clouds but there's a westerly breeze for many.
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eventually, it will cool off. but one more day of humid conditions then we'll show you a cooler extended outlook. did you remember to pay the dog sitter? yeah, citi mobile. and deposit that check? citi mobile. pack your bathing suit? wearing it. niiice bank from almost anywhere with the citi mobile app.
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8:45. let's bring you up to date on some of the top stories -- 20 minutes ago, the woman facing charges for the drug overdose
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death of a google executive in santa cruz appeared in court and she pled not guilty to all charges. the court denied bail for 26- year-old alix tichleman, a former high-priced call girl. she's accused of injecting google executive forest hayes with a lethal dose of heroin and then leaving him to die. we've learned more about the drowning of a 29-year-old girl at a menlo park apartment complex swimming pool. a young neighbor tells us she saw the victim and was the first person to call 911. we're told the victim's mother was poolside but was not right next to her when the girl went into the water to retrieve a ball. and early this morning, firefighters rushed to a fire at the chevron refinery in richmond. this happened about 2:00 a.m. they had it under control about an hour later. ktvu's alex savidge has been out there all day, you've been talking with richmond's fire chief about the big response for the firefighters.
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good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning to you. richmond firefighters left the refinery a short time ago, more than six hours after this fire first started. they had been out here, crews had all morning long, monitoring this situation. this was not a large fire by any stretch. but, of course, firefighters weren't taking any chances because this was a ruptured fuel line that caught fire early this morning. now, there wasn't a whole lot of smoke being put off by the fire and that's the reason there was no coliving nearby. crews from the richmond fire department and chevron firefighters were called out after 2:00 this morning for the fire on the northwest side of the refinery. chevron said this morning in a statement the fire was burning in a nonoperational area of the facility where there was maintenance work going on. richmond's fire chief told me this was a three-quarter inch processing lining leaking heavy -- line leaking heavy oil. although chevron officials say it wasn't a pipe leaking.
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so there's conflicting information. it took firefighters about an hour to control the names. there was no one hurt out here. chevron said in the statement that it notified contra costa health services but this fire didn't pose a threat to people in the surrounding area. and richmond's fire chief talked to me by phone about why there was no order for people to stay indoors. >> there wasn't really any impact. the fire was of such a small magnitude. there was no smoke coming off the plant, basically, no product coming off the plant. everything was contained within the area where it occurred. >> reporter: after firefighters knocked the flames down this morning, they shut down that processing line that was -- that was the cause of this morning's leak and then crews stayed out here on the scene to monitor the situation for several more hours. but again, richmond firefighters have just left the refinery a short time ago. chevron says it's launching an investigation into this morning's fire to figure out
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what caused that leak and the subsequent fire. live this morning in richmond, alex savidge, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. people who live near the refinery, they've been nervous since this fire back in august of 2012. it sent 15,000 people to the hospital seeking medical treatment for breathing problems. after that fire, the refinery was partially shut down for several months. investigators determined that a leak in a corroded oil pipe caused the fire two years ago. 8:49. where to draw the line. the richmond city council has been debating the difference between free speech and hate speech. pam cook is in the studio with the important vote taken last night. good morning, pam. >> good morning. the richmond city council voted last night to take action against disruptive behavior. >> you are out of order. >> let me -- >> you are out of order. >> she said -- >> we're in a recess.
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>> last night's city council meeting played out just as members feared, loud outbusts that they say kept them from getting anything done. many people say they are just exercising their freedom of speech but council members say it off turns into hate speech, racist remarks and homophobic slurs. >> although anyone can say hateful words, we shouldn't because it's wrong, because it's hurtful and it perpetuates hurt and violence. >> we have a constitutional right, even though it's wrong, they shouldn't do that. but you can't take the first amendment away from people. >> extra officers and even the richmond police chief was at last night's meeting which lasted four and a half hours. evekly the richmond -- evin lip the richmond city council -- eventually, the richmond city council voted to curb behavior and to look into possible rules and consequences. tori and dave? want to check in with sal.
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the commute winding down in some places but i imagine slow in others. >> it is slow. highway 4, we'll start there. getting a little better. but traffic is still very slow for this time. also moving along to the toll plaza, we can see the traffic has recovered there. there have been no major problems at the toll plaza. i do want to mention that san jose has a crash northbound 280 at 11th. let's go to steve. thank you, sal. cloudy to mostly cloudy. low clouds, higher clouds. cool cloud formation. not the greatest in the way of humidity. the high clouds continue to stream off the sierra. it's mostly cloudy here. could be a few showers. we had some drizzle. 60, balmy muggy degrees. some areas did not get above 62, 63. there were a few 50s you combine that with a south wind and it's mild. the higher elevations have cooled off about 25, 20 degrees but at the surface it's running into the mid- to upper 60s for
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many, including many locations in the south bay. gusts to 23 at napa, 30 fairfield. concord is south. there is a decent wind in parts of the peninsula, san jose, even half moon bay. more of a westerly component at sfo. a lot of foggy conditions around daly city, skyline and highway 92. mostly cloudy here. i think the higher clouds are definitely lifting northward slowly. you can see some dry air trying to punch in along parts of the coast. we'll see if it makes it here tomorrow. i think it will be better tomorrow. an early-morning run of one of our forecast models keeps a lot of high and mid-level clouds through saturday. we'll see if that happens. i don't think it happen. i think we'll see cooler air. 70s, 80s. the inland temperatures are coming down but coast and bay are staying mild. this is an unusual pattern. it looks cooler for friday. >> thank you, steve. eight minutes before 9:00, the less rescue of a -- the rescue of a sea turtle caught
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the san francisco board of supervisors is poised to put pressure on the federal government to end a decades old ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. the resolution was introduced yesterday at the board of supervisors meting. it urges the fda to change its policy on blood donors.
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ban started in 1983 at the start of the h.i.v./a.i.d.s. crisis when blood testing was not as sophisticated as it is now. the board of supervisors is expected to pass the resolution next week. supervisors passed a similar nonbinding resolution in 2010. san mateo company gopro, they have launched a viral video that's sure to warm your heart. it shows a diver rescuing a sea turtle off the coast of mexico. two men were spearfishing earlier this year, they saw the turtle tangled upped up in -- tangled up in fishing lines and went to help them. one of them recorded it on the gopro. once it was free, the turtle circled back, stopped for a moment next to the rescuer. the diver said it was almost as if the turtle was staying thank you. >> very cool. one more time let's check in with sal and see where all of the slow spots are. >> still pretty slow on the eastshore freeway, tori and dave. westbound interstate 80 has
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been the slowest commute. i think it made a difference at the bay bridge commute. a lot of people were stuck on the highway between the carquinez bridge and the macarthur maze and now at the bay bridge toll plaza, you can see that traffic is very light coming into san francisco. no major delays. want to mention that we've had a bunch of minor accidents on highway 4, for example, highway 4 through concord. most of the traffic has gone. but the traffic is still a little bit slow. southbound 680 is slow approaching walnut creek. b.a.r.t., muni and caltrain are on time. a lot of cloud cover over us. take your pick. it's low, high. the combination does equal a muggy, humid, midwest like pattern for us. no doubt about it. some drizzle, light rain, it should be cooler as we head into thursday and definitely by friday. >> all right. thank you. >> any time. before we go, we want to show you new video from inside the santa cruz courtroom where the woman charged with the
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overdose death of a google executive was arraigned. >> as we told you 20 minutes ago, alix tichleman pleaded not guilty to injecting a google executive with heroin and leaving him to die. we'll have more on the story at ktvu news at noon as well as updates at ktvu.com, twitter and facebook. thank you for joining us. we'll see you at noon.
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