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on the bay bridge, itself. the story coming up in a live report. >> also this morning, the santa clara city council approves a controversial plan to keep the redevelopment agency going. the move preserves millions of dollars intended to help pay for the planned 49ers stadium. >> good morning. weather wise, you can see how much lower the clouds are this morning. maybe a little drizzle away from the coast. by the afternoon hours, sunshine and one of the warmest days in the forecast. >> good morning. i'm sue hall in the abc7 traffic center. a couple of incidents we're looking at. westbound highway 4 and 680 in concord area. details coming up. >> listening to the people. politicians get an earful at a community meeting to talk about creating jobs and turning the economy around. 4:31 on wednesday. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. if all goes as planned, the bay bridge, the bridge structure will soon call for help if something breaks. caltrans is installing an
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acoustic monitoring system to listen for defects and send out warnings. abc7's terry mcsweeney is live on treasure island to look at a new system for an old bridge. terry? >> yeah, more than 600, 640 to be exact, listening devices are being installed on the bay bridge right now. they are going to be listening. the next time there is a crack in an "i" bar, we've seen it before, the caltrans officials will be notified immediately. this is next generation. take a look at what prompted all of this. you may remember, in fact, if you were in town, you undoubtedly do, the 2009 labor day shutdown of the bridge in a routine inspection. there it was. a crack in an "i" bar. the bridge was closed z repaired, reopen. the repair gave way. the bridge closed again and repaired again. the 600-plus sensors will monitor close to 400 "i" bars listening for a crack.
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a company received the $3.4 million contract with a continuous online structural health monitoring system. it provides 24/7, remote health monitoring they're calling it. health monitoring. there is a health system on a bridge in minnesota already. it seems to be working well. this will be the largest that has ever been attempted. now mistrass is a company involved in monitoring infrastructure. the new sensors are the latest technique. there are 165,000 structurally deficient bridges in the united states. so mistruss if this works out will have a future in the usa. health services for a bridge business. who would have thought it? live on treasure island, terry mcsweeney, abc7 news. >> all right, terry. thanks a lot. 4:33. santa clara has take an step forward to get the new 49ers stadium built. last night, the city council passed a plan to keep the
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redevelopment agency going. it preserves nearly $15 million the city gets in property lease revenues, if the redevelopment agency is dissolved. the move locks in the necessary fund for the 49ers stadium project and ensures that the state can't touch it. governor brown and the legislature got rid of the redevelopment agency in the last budget but allows city to opt in to the agencies if they paid money back to the state. that decision is being challenged in the supreme court. >> we'll support the housing, library, stadium process, the huge economic future in santa clara. >> we're supporting private enterprise with public money. public money should be used for the public, not for the san francisco 49ers. >> protecting the redevelopment agency wouldn't be cheap. by january, the city would have to pay the state $11.2 million and then $2.5 million every year after. creating jobs is campaign issue number one in
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the next election. democratic progressives are on a mission gathering stories of struggling americans with the intent of drafting legislation to create jobs. they headed to one of the hardest hit cities in the nation, oakland. abc7's alan wang has more. >> reporter: it was a chance for bay area residents to tell four members of congress the stories of unemployment and hardship. >> i filed for bankruptcy. i almost lost my house. without health insurance, we rarely go to the doctor. when i need dental care, i go to tijuana. >> oakland's unemployment rate is 16.3%, the hardest hit city west of the mississippi. >> at cal state east bay in hayward where i teach, we have 14% fewer faculty than we did two years ago. >> representatives nancy pelosi, barbara lee, mike honda host a speak out for good jobs now tour. a traveling town hall sponsored by progressi
4:35 am >> we don't want to pay more taxes but we want corporations to pay their fair share. >> much of the event is democratic rally. many of the 600 intended are hope that the lawmakers will use input to create more jobs. >> i put my faith and trust in them. >> they were playing to an audience that wanted to hear about class warfare. that's not how it should go. >> this is to be used to craft an agenda to spur the creation of more jobs. from here to speak out on the good jobs tour moves from seattle and then pittsburgh. alan wang, abc7 news. two bart directors are calling for a public discussion on setting a policy whether the agency should cut off cell phone service at station. bart kept the phone system on two days ago when demonstrators targeted four downtown san francisco stations in the evening rush hour. they say the cell phone
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blackout last week was an overreaction to last month's anti-bart police protest, which delayed more than 90 trains. oakland city council member is calling for a crackdown on crime in response to the shooting death of 3-year-old boy. the family laid young carlos nava to rest yesterday. he was killed in a drive-by shooting on international boulevard last week. they had just moved to that neighborhood. >> translator: he was really playful, he was fun, you know, a 3-year-old kid. >> every homicide in the city is something that we are running out of excuses, we're running out of excla nations. >> -- explanations. >> councilman de la fuente wants a citywide curfew.
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carlito's parents plan to use the money raised in their son's memory to start a foundation to stop violence in oakland. state senator wants to change california laws so prisoners like the sex offender that kidnapped jaycee dugard would have a tougher time getting out on parol. phillip garrido was on parole when he abducted jaycee dugard. he is serving a life sentence. roseville senator gains wants to undo a court ruling that requires the parole board to consider more than the original crime when deciding if the prisoner should be released, saying they pay more attention to mental health evaluation and sexual predators can fool psychiatrists. there are patrols in the sunset district after thieves stole copper from two schools. the chinese immersion school on 12th avenue has been hit four times in the last week
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alone. thieves took copper pipes from a construction site on campus. employee at the french school on ortega street saw two men remove copper rain gutters from the campus. so far, they have made no arrests. as you know, we've been saying this has been happening in school districts across the bay area. >> rash of that. 4:38. school kids are going back to school this week. this recess weather is going to be great. >> it is. check in with mike. >> especially in the afternoon hours if you like sunshine and warm weather. good morning to you, you can see the weekend weather setting up here offshore. let's focus farther down south and east. this is a warm push of weather. it will make inland neighborhoods toasty and keep rest of us close to where we should be for august. as far as our temperatures, they are warmer than yesterday. you can see a wealth of 60s. antioch, concord, to the east bay shore. mountain view, san jose. everybody else in mid-to-upper 50s. you will find more drizzle
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this morning around. by the afternoon hours the clouds are back to the coast. mid-to-upper 60s for half moon bay and san francisco. low to mid-70s, richmond, oakland, san mateo. upper 70s to 80s for rest of bay shore. near 90 in the east bay valleys. low 90s for you. head down to monterey bay, 68 with the clouds lingering around monterey bay. mid-to-upper 70s in santa cruz. 85 in hollister and near 90 in morgan hill. the accuweather seven-day forecast -- it will be warm again tomorrow. then the cooling trend begins friday and hangs out through the weekend. >> good morning, mike and good morning, everyone. we have first report of accident westbound highway 4. this is leaving antioch toward pittsburg at summersville blocking the right lane. it's early enough so no significant slowdowns yet. northbound 680, concord onramp, first report of accident here. san francisco northbound 101 accident past cesar chavez blocking the right lane.
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we'll follow that for the drive up the peninsula. thick fog on the golden gate bridge and coming up over the waldo grade. limited visibility. be aware of that if you are driving southbound out of marin county to san francisco. >> thanks a lot. 4:40. >> still ahead, coming to the rescue. a pair of teenage hikers find themselveses in a sticky predicament. >> we know how hard it can be to find parking in san francisco. coming up, how some business owners are putting a positive spin on the most outrageous ticket sasasasasasasa experts from a leading consumer publication recently tested stain treatments. they rated resolve laundry number one. beating shout. try resolve laundry for amazing stain removal. satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back.
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18-year-old hikers are in good condition after a harrowing rescue from the side of a cliff. the hikers got stuck on the western ledge of stony point park. 300 feet above the ground. the two boys were wearing t-shirt, sneakers and not using ropes traversing the ledge. they descended from ropes to rescue them and bring them to safety. >> from driving to parking. sometimes it costs more than you bargain for. san francisco merchants are fed up with how they believe parking tickets are holding business they decided to have a contest. the parking sale begins new year's eve. he was waiting for a spot next to walgreens. >> the lady was loading stuff from walgreens in the trunk. >> to avoid blocking traffic he pulled over in the bus zone and waved to the parking office they're drove by and when the space opened up, he parked and went on his way. >> two months later i get a parking ticket in the mail.
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i think it must be a mistake. >> it was no mistake. $250 ticket for blocking a bus stop. he appealed but the mta wouldn't budge. he won honorable mention to get the most outrageous parking story. the other contestant had two ticket in one week for overstaying a two-hour parking zone. >> i don't know why i got the ticket. i moved my car. >> but they said you didn't move it far enough. >> you can't move around the corner or across the street. or down the block. you have to be a complete city block away from where you were originally. the signs doesn't say that. it just says two-hour parking. >> she lost her appeal but won the grand prize. they are going to pay my ticket. i'm excited. >> the grocery store owner says it makes it hard to compete with stories with parking lot. >> if we didn't have the parking spaces we'd see them
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there all day long. >> paul rose says they have written fewer tickets this year than last. >> in san francisco, jonathan bloom, abc7 news. 4:45. coming up, a town turns to technology to take a bite out of crime. not everybody likes the idea of being caught on camera. >> president obama may have escaped washington but he can't escape republican criticism. i'm karen travers. i have that story coming up. >> potential new use for tylenol. how it could provide release from emotional distress. join the revolution against scrubbing on your hands and knees. use new resolve easy clean to deep clean your carpets. it removes three times more dirt than vacuuming alone. just three easy steps for beautifully clean carpets. don't just vacuum clean. resolve clean.
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eric? >> mike, thank you very much. 4:48 now. overseas markets are mixed this morning following yesterday's 77-point drop on wall street. asian markets didn't move very much. the nikkei index in tokia lost one-half of 1% in value. hong kong stocks gained a third of 1%. trading in europe is mixed with the stock prices lower in london and frankfurt and a little higher in paris. dow futures are pointing to a positive opening on wall street. president obama takes the economic bus tour to illinois today as he focuses on creating jobs. the president is also answering republican criticism on his own job performance, especially from the newest candidate in the race. abc's karen travers has the latest. >> reporter: president obama heads to his home state of illinois today hoping to leave the republican attack behind him. over the state border yesterday in iowa, mr. obama and texas governor rick perry played campaign trail cat and mouse. at one point, the bus tours
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came within seven miles of each other. >> we have competing job tours. >> reporter: perry has only been on the race for a few days but he has keyed in on the key issues. >> how many jobs will you create? >> as many as i can. >> the shoot from the hip texan kept up the blistering attack on the president. >> one in six job-ready americans don't have a job. that's in the a recovery, mr. president. that is an economic disaster. >> some of perry's comments raised eyebrows. for now, obama said for now he will cut him some slack. >> i think everyone who runs for president it probably takes a little time before they start realizing that this isn't like running for governor or senator. >> even with perry literally breathing down his neck, president obama tried to look past the republican con -- contenders and
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instead blamed the republicans in congress for the gridlock. >> they are putting the partisanship in front of country. that has to stop. >> today, president obama will defend his record on the economy in an illinois town that benefitted directly from the 2009 federal stimulus money. karen travers, abc news, washington. 4:50. driving in, definitely mike noticed more fog. but we will see the temperatures close to where we were? >> i think so. if not warmer this afternoon. take a look outside and show what is going on. the clouds are thicker. more moisture. drizzle. more likely as you get closer to the coast. it looks like we'll have flight arrival delays also. look at temperatures. they're warmer. 60s along the east bay shore. mountain view, san jose. concord to antioch. rest of us in the mid-to-upper 50s. around the monterey bay and inland, we have cloudy conditions and temperatures in the low to mid-50s. as far as ma will happen today, sunny and warmer. especially away from the coast. warm inland tomorrow and
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cooling trend for all of us in the afternoon. friday, saturday and sunday. we will be the same. one degree warmer in concord. three degrees warmer in fremont and oakland. we have 13 hours and 33 minutes of sunshine before it sets at #:00. look at the east bay valley. this is where the warmest weather is today. low to mid-90s for everywhere else. 70 at richmond. the exception is fremont at 80 degrees. 82 at san jose. peninsula, mid-to-upper 70s. heading to the south bay. los altos 82. along the coast, 66 at half moon bay. 61 in daly city. upper 60s for downtown and south san francisco. saucelito, vallejo in 70s. the upper 50s to near 60 at the beaches.
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notice how cloudy it is at the coast. we should have clouds back to the coast by noon. that's where they will stay stubborn. santa cruz is an area that will see the sunshine. 77 degrees. monterey, clouds around 68. same with pacific grove and carmel. we will be near 90 in gilroy and morgan hill. day game with the orioles. a rubber match. we won yesterday. 6-4. we play at the coliseum. sunshine, 64. the giants, another torturous game. they lost in extra innings to the braves. mid-to-upper 90s in sacramento, chico. yosemite, 101 in fresno. sunny and 81 in tahoe. 86 today. afternoon sunshine in l.a. we have sprinkling of 60s in antioch, san jose, morgan hill. the best chance of drizzle is along the coast. the high pressure holds on one more day inland.
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the low off the coast will increase the sea breeze. that is why we see cooler afternoons friday, saturday and sunday. sue? >> thank you, mike. good morning. we have a situation still happening in san francisco. northbound, 101. past caesar chavez. an accident in the right lane. the crews are there. my sensors are not picking up -- the road sensors are not picking up slow traffic. we have roadwork out there, southbound 680. both directions of 680 between walnut creek and dublin-pleasanton. the stone valley off-ramp. diablo valley onramp. sycamore valley onramp. all closed down due to roadwork until 6:00. is the website. you can go there for the latest traffic information by clicking on the icon in the lower half of your computer screen. bay area traffic. >> a new security camera system in gilroy is up and running to fight crime and
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convince shoppers it's a safe place to visit. the security system in gilroy is in the testing phase. right now, there is one camera on fifth street and monterey road. by the end of the year, the plan is have six cameras to zoom and provide 360-degree views. >> if it's graffiti or a robbery or whatever it is. you can get better aspect of what is going on. >> i think it's invasion of privacy, myself. like i said, you have to look over your shoulder all the time. >> for me, now that i know it's there. >> some her chants believes catching criminals outweighs the privacy concerns. the city will put up the signs to let people know the activity is monitored. 4:45 now. >> the region's undiscovered sign of steven hawkings may have inspiration at the first ever bay area science festival. yesterday, house minority leader nancy pelosi and ed lee announced a week-long
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festival to run from october 29 through november 6. it will feature discovery days with large-scale hands-on experiences and exhibits. for more information, go to to look under see it on tv. how would you like to take a free class offered by stanford? >> this year, we are totally changing the game. taking a course online. >> stanford's introduction to artificial intelligence class has drawn 58,000 sign-ups around the world. it's an online class. last year, fewer than 200 signed up for traditional class. they won't get grades or credit but it's one of four free online courses that the university will offer this fall quarter to try to make the stanford courses more accessible. >> a big virtual lecture hall there. many people take main relievers like tylenol for
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headaches but now they believe the drug's active ingredients might soothe the emotional pain as well. doctors at the university of florida measure brain activity in people who experience emotional rejection. the patients took acetaminophen, the active ingredient in tylenol and it lessened the brain involved with pain signals, including emotional pain. they stopped short to recommend tylenol for emotional distress but hope it will lead to understanding of how the brain response to emotional pain. and also have to be careful about the dose of tylenol. we hear about liver problems there. pit bull crackdown. how mauling death has a lawmaker calling for outright ban on the breed. and bay area real estate. if you are waiting to buy, you not alone. coming up, the impact that wall street is having on the
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street of your neighborhood.
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i'm terry mcsweeney live on treasure island. bay bridge officials will soon have a new way to figure out if something is wrong to the bridge. all they have to do i


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