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that's retroactive. why thousands of inmates, mostly african americans stand to get out of jail earlier. >> it's easy to fly across the country with a boarding pass that's not yours. how the high flying stowaway got caught. >> a different look at the neighborhood blasted by an exploded pipeline. what is sprouting in san bruno. thousands of bay area commuters will have to find another way to work tomorrow. golden gate ferry service is canceled tomorrow, because of a one day strike. passengers didn't get much notice. >> i didn't know that. >> i didn't know. >> reporter: it was a shocker to commuters headed home. all golden gate ferry service will be shut down for one day tomorrow. ticket agents are staging a one
day strike. they're unhappy, because they're being replaced by automated ticket machines. they say commuters need to know more they do more than take tickets. >> today, people were asking me where other ferries were, how to get to pier 39. how to get to alcatraz. a lot televise is customer service. >> reporter: workers say seven full time, and four part timers will lose their jobs. their union says the severances are not reasonable. on an average day, 5,000 commuters travel on the golden gate ferries. many of them are supportive of the ticket agents. several complained about the machines. >> none of the machines worked this morning. they all started going down. one by one. they weren't accepting debit cards, then they weren't accepting credit cards and the whole thing just crashed. >> reporter: replacing them with machines is one of the ways to close an $89 million
short fall. >> it's everything from a carport toll to a multiaxele truck increase, to reducing our staff, because technologies are there, that are more efficient and cost-effective. >> i feel that workers should strike. i feel the valid concern of theirs, and i would definitely pay a little bit more to keep people employeed. >> reporter: well that commuter will get his wish, but it won't be to keep the jobs. beginning saturday, when service resumes, fares will go up 5%. meantime, anyone who did not get the message tomorrow that there is that one day strike, they plan to bring buses to the lawrenceberg terminal, where they will ferry people over to the golden gate plaza. that's where people can pick up buses that will take them into san francisco. more than five dozen san jose police officers lined up today to turn in their guns and
badges. in all, 66 officers were laid off as a way to help the city balance the budget. some uniformed officers gathered outside to shake hands with, and to hug the departing officers. those we talked to had a variety of emotions, as you might imagine. ranging for fear for people living there, to anger. >> personally, i think it's been a slap in the face. because we made a commitment two and a half years ago to do it to the best of our efforts. >> we can't go out and serve the city. that's what i wanted to do my whole life. born and raised in san jose. >> reporter: today was also the last day for 25 officers who accepted early retirement. one in 17 federal inmates could soon see their sentences reduced. that after a panel decided today to retro actively apply a change to an old law many said
were racist. the majority of the people who will benefit from this decision are black. >> reporter: of 12,000 inmates in federal prisons for crack cocaine, 85% are african american. >> it was purely racial. >> reporter: discriminatory, because african americans got more time for using crack cocaine. it would take 500 grams of powder cocaine to get the same time behind bars. >> because it allowed a lot of people to go to prison, have their lives ruins with a prison sentence for a relatively small amount of crack cocaine, and essentially being users. >> reporter: they lowered sentences for crack. >> it was initially thought
that people who did crack cocaine were more violent. it turns out that wasn't true. crack cocaine users just got high quicker. >> there are so many young people who have been affected by the sentencing disparities between crack cocaine, and powder cocaine. today, 12,000 people are going to be able to get a second chance at being productive citizens in our society. >> crack possession still draws a longer sentence than powder cocaine, but the disparity has been reduced. inmates eligible will have to petition the courts. >> saving the city a lot of money. >> $200 million over five years. one day after the president publicly scolded congress for taking too much time off.
harry reid announced he is canceling next week's resource to work. the president wants more than $400 billion in tax increases as part of the deal. today, republicans invited president obama to visit the senate so they could tell him there's not a chance they're going to support any tax increases. >> come on up to the capitol, and meet with senate republicans. >> maybe if he would just take a valium and calm down and come up and talk to us, that would be helpful. >> democratic sources also tell cbs news, they need a deal within three weeks to get it through the deadline. there's little more congress can do until this impasse over taxes can be resolved. the state has a budget. it's on time, balanced, and gives you a little more reason
to shop. in order to get it passed, governor brown postponed his plan to put a tax increase to voters. that means tomorrow, the state sales tax will drop from 8.25% to 7.25%. someone buying a $20,000 car would save $200,000 in taxes. the discount may be short lived for san franciscans. mayor ed lee is seeking a local half percent sales tax measure that would be on the november ballot. one east bay city has averaged a 180-degree turn into one of its most dangerous neighborhoods. much of the credit belongs to its citizens. elizabeth cook on the long time dream that has finally come true. >> reporter: the area used to be nope as the killing fields of oakland. is now an urban oasis. tonight, oakland city council president larry reed opened the
doors to the east oakland sports center. a dream he has had for the past 30 years has become a reality. >> the place for the residents of the city to go at, and enjoy a quality of life that they've not been able to enjoy. >> reporter: a lot of times people don't think that cities like oakland can have facilities like this. and i agree with larry. we want our kids to have what the kids in the suburbs have. >> reporter: with the help of measures bd and ww, and redevelopment funds. >> you see what it means to so many people. >> reporter: it has an indoor swimming pool, and slide, dance and fitness rooms, even karate. that's only the beginning. in phase two, they want to build new tennis courts, a new pool, soccer fields, even a new baseball field. that's going to take a whole lot more money. right now, the facility is open seven days a week, but that
might not last. >> like proposed budgets, we'll see at the end of the summer we may have to cut back some of the months. >> reporter: budget talks are far from the minds of these kids. for now, they're relishing in their new sports center in a place that needed a reason to smile. in east oakland, elizabeth cook, cbs 5. coming up, kept, cramped, supposedly for slaughter. how more than a dozen mistreated rabbits were rescued, and how you can now help. someone has been flying with mixed matched names and expired boarding passes. how he was finally caught. the man who sparked an international debate after accusations that he assaulted a hotel maid may be getting a break. what is happening in dominique
in filthy, cramped conditions. now an oakland man is under investigation for how he was d what he nearly two dozen rabbits were rescued after being found in filthy, cramped conditions. now an oakland man is under investigation for how he was raising them, and what he planned to do with them. a neighbor called the spca to report the animals. investigators found 21 malnourished rabbits crowded into two small cages at an apartment complex near lake
merritt. some of them were deformed from starvation. >> they knew they didn't have any food or water. it was very hot, so they were just frantic. desperate at the cage, pushing at the cage, trying to get to us, to get some help. >> animal activists think the rabbits were being prepared for slaughter. 18 are now up for adoption. three others are still being rehabilitated. the former leader of the international monetary fund accused of sexual assault may have his bail substantially reduced. that's because prosecutors have serious doubts about the credibility of his accuser. dominic strauss-kahn posted a $6 million cash bond. prosecutors have questions about the hotel maid's background. that could question her credibility on the witness stand. one law enforcement official tells the "new york times," the maid has repeatedly lied since
making the allegations in may. amtrak is suing a nevada trucking company for negligence for hiring the driver who slammed into one of its trains. that collision happened last week, 70 miles east of reno. six people were killed, including the truck driver. more than 20 amtrak passengers injured. the lawsuit claims davis truckee failed to train that driver properly. it also claims that amtrak has lost $10 million because of the crash. davis trucking has had no comment. authorities say a man flew from new york to l.a. using someone else's old boarding pass. tonight, we're learning his body odor may have led him to getting caught. a flight attendant checked his ticket after passengers complained that the guy stunk. bob ore shows us what the feds later found in his bags. >> reporter: virgin america flight had taken off from new york's kennedy airport, and was already in the air headed to
los angeles when a flight attendant found something strange onboard. there was a man in 3e. a seat that was supposed to be empty. what asked for his papers, the man pulled out a boarding pass issued for another day, that did not match his real name. he made no threats and was carrying no weapons so the flight crew determined it was safe to fly onto l.a. as virgin flight 15 approached l.a.x., the pilot gave controllers no hint of a problem. >> you're clear to land 24 right. >> upon landing, the mystery passenger was questioned by the fbi. he told the fbi he was in l.a. to recruit people for his software business.
he claimed he simply found the unused boarding pass, and confirmed not buying a ticket. when the fbi found no apparent connections to terror, he was turned loose, but only for four days. fbi agents arrested him yesterday, when they found him back at l.a.x., trying to board yet another flight, delta 46 to atlanta. again with a boarding pass that was not his own. in search of his two bags, turned up even more suspect documents. at least 10 more boarding passes in various names. he is now charged with being a stowaway on an aircraft. the tsa says he was screened for explosives and weapons, and posed no threat. but the lapse by the tsa is serious. and he could face serious actions. changes heading our way. some sunshine.
some heat. >> i don't know if you guys saw the roadways today, but everyone was on the roadways, getting in town, or out of town. everybody is making their big plans for the 4th of july. we're ever so closer to your weekend. let's put it out there for you, your 4th of july forecast, it's going to be sunny and bright. very little stratus at the sea shore for the fire work fewing. the temperatures in the 60 he's at the beaches. to 96 degrees inland. tomorrow morning, for your friday, we will have sunshine inland and a little bit of clouds at the coast. plenty of blue skies. yourpinpoint forecast, here's what you know. it is going to pan out to be a warmer, and milder day. here is the pinpoint fog forecast. you see the stratus very close to the coast there, the san mateo coastline. for the most part, we're clearing out.
for that getaway friday, it's going to be hot. otherwise triple digits in redding. 74 in the high sierra. tonight, overnight, again, the clouds back up to the coast. try to move into the bay, overnight 40s and 50s. north bay numbers will be warmer than today. 83 in santa rosa. east of the bay, some of the warmest numbers, up to 93 degrees for an outside number. by the way, if you're heading out to the pleasanton area. it's alameda county fair. it's the 99th annual, plenty of sunshine, and 92 degrees. coast side, 50s and 60s, 83 degrees in san jose, which is pretty spot on for this time of year. driven by a northwest wind 10 to 20 miles per hour. sunday, will be the hottest. i would not be too surprised to see a heat advisory in place. as well as unhealthy areas of ozone. we're going to be warm until
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you some of the clean up process. but "has anyone started rebuilding near the san bruno pipeline explosion?" that's tonight's good question. it's been almost a year since a neighborhood was reduced to a crater. has anyone started actually rebuilding near the san bruno pipeline explosion? that's a good question. >> reporter: he has started rebuilding the first home of the 38 completely destroyed last september. when a pipeline explosion ripped this neighborhood apart. >> i just think this shows that, you know, one day, you know, you're living your life, and the next day, catastrophe happens. >> reporter: that fire took more than homes. it took eight lives and at
least three homeowners have already stole their properties to pg and e. it won't be rebuilding. most say they will stay, despite losing all their possessions, the disaster did not kill their spirit. >> you really see the community building it back up. it's just not just this group. i think it's the whole area. >> reporter: ever where you look contractors are repairing roofs. the city confirms, three families have permits to repair immediately. when this home is finished in a year, it will be stronger and safer than what stood here before, thanks in part to a lot of people. >> they've nope what these people have gone through, and from the city to the architects to the engineers to the soil, everybody hat just been onboard with the whole thing. >> reporter: go to cbssf.com. click on connect to send me your good questions. the a's made a rebuilding
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organization. it's hard. it's definitely hard. but at the same time, you have to look at it as an opportunity as well. >> ellis obviously, missed the a's marlins game today. john buck doubles off the wall. the a's lose, 5-4, the comeback fell short in the 9th inning. the giants bullpen collapsed in chicago today. bottom of the 9th, ramirez ties the game at 1 on a solo shot off brian wilson. ramon ramirez serves up a jack to geovany soto. tens, maria sharapova advances to her first final since she was 17. petra kovitaca faces her on saturday. of course with the men, we'll find out tomorrow. >> a lot of unknowns.