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winds gusting 15 to 30 miles per hour and generally across the bay area we can expect anywhere from a tenth an inch of rain in the areas that the don't get much rain, up to half an inch in the wettest areas. here's our forecast animation starting at 5:00 this afternoon. notice by 7:00 this evening, we'll see rain moving through all of mendocino county, lake county and into northern sonoma county. then later in the evening 9:00 or so virtually all the north bay will be getting wet weather. and by midnight, we'll see the rain, the bulk of it sweeping into the east bay, down into the peninsula, and into the south bay. and rainfall totals from this storm, could range from a tenth of an inch in the areas that get a light dose of rainfall up to nearly half an inch. welcome the rain. bring it on. i'll have more details later. larry, kristen? >> spencer, thank you. the storm is a mixed blessing in the north bay, the rain could help douse the flames but there are concerns of ash runoff. >> crews are moving heavy equipment so it won't be stuck in mud. nine large fires are burning
across the state including the six large fires in the north bay mendocino and lake counties. >> containment on those fires is between 73% and 96%. cal fire is predicting it will have full containment by next tuesday. at least 42 people have died in the fires statewide. >> and 7,000 structures have been destroyed since the fires broke out the sunday before last. 15,000 people remain evacuated. statewide. >> preliminary estimates of losses exceed $1 billion. and that figure is expected to rise. >> 1,500 people evacuated, amend that. for a week and a half, it's been the scene of fire trucks racing toward flames. today highway 128 north of calistoga re-opened to all traffic. the chp opened the major artery at bennett lane at 9:00 this morning and urged drivers to continue being cautious going through the area. >> crews starting to get the upper hand on that bear fire which is burning in the santa cruz mountains. that fire is now 30% contained.
however, hundreds of people still remain out of their homes and structures are still threatened. abc 7 news reporter matt keller has the latest. >> reporter: a new day in the santa cruz mountains brought good news for residents evacuated by the bear fire. cal fire says the fire grew by 20 acres overnight to 320 acres but the containment percentage doubled to 30%. >> so there should be nothing on the fire today that doesn't have -- hitting the road right now so we have direct line around the whole fire. >> reporter: all this means many to their homes today.llowed back evacuation orders have been lifted for las combres. >> a turning point today. >> reporter: a lot of work needs to be don't. firefighters facing dangerous conditions in the steep rugged terra terrain. seven firefighters have been injured since the fire started late monday night. an ambulance and medicalstandby case. >> be cautious. take extra time. it's been a long season. got a little ways to go. you kn you don't come home to the
wives, the kids, the husbands, but let's end this season safe. >> reporter: 956 fire personnel are helping with this fire. including the chief mountain hotshots from montana. they consider themselves the marines of firefighters. they hike in knowing the santa cruz mountains are filled with danger. >> got to have your head on a swivel out there. it's just like that 24/7. you just can't let your guard down on these type of fires here. >> reporter: although the red cross shelters are turning into informational centers, you can still get help if you need a place to evacuees who need an overnight accommodations call 1-866-272 1-866-272-2237. posted on the door of the shelter and posted on our website abc7news.com to make it easy for you. in los gatos, matt keller, abc 7 news. for thousands of evacuees frustrated with not being able to go back into is their neighborhoods, today cal fire explained why patience is
needed. >> we had a close call with a 16-foot-wide tree that almost struck two firefighters yesterday. so these are the situations where we do not want to allow the public back into these dangerous areas. >> abc 7 news was at the is a mo sonoma veterans building as cal fire laid out the threats that will remain even after the fires are fully contained. we'll have much more on this meeting coming up at 5:00. sonoma county's sheriff fired back at federal immigration officials today after the acting director of i.c.e., immigratins and custom enforcement, publicly criticized the agency. at issue is an unverified report that an undocumented immigrant set the devastating wildfire in sonoma valley. that man is currently in custody facing unrelated arson charges. the sheriff's office says it's highly unlikely that that spring is to blame for the mysterious and disastrous fires. yesterday i.c.e. released a
statement reading "once again a noncooperative jurisdiction left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes." today the sheriff issued his own strongly worded response saying in part "i.c.e. attacked the sheriff's office in the midst of the largest natural disaster this county has ever experienced. i.c.e.'s misleading statement stirs fear in some solve our community members who are already exhausted and scared." 8 of the 42 wildfire deaths statewide happened in redwood valley in mendocino county. today the coroner identified all eight of the victims. 14-year-old kai shepard died trying to escape the fire on foot. 87 and 88-year-old married couple roy and irma bowman were found in a burned out home. 56-year-old steve stelter and girlfriend janet costanzo died while trying to evacuate. 83-year-old jane guarder and caregiver elizabeth foster.
86-year-old margaret stevenson died in her garage while trying to evacuate. >> we're learning more today about the san francisco police officer who was critically injured in a hit-and-run yesterday. >> officer elia lewin-tankel was patrolling on his bicycle when hit by a suspect thought to be armed. abc 7 news reporter joins us with the latest on the officer and suspect as well as the investigation. chris? >> reporter: kristen and larry, family members arrived from out of state. the police chief also spent much of the afternoon with the officer as well as his family. the department telling us they're doing everything they can to provide support. elia lewin-tankel has been with the police department for the past five years and currently works at the tenderloin station. he previously received the department's purple heart award in 2015. the 32-year-old officer was working the bicycle beat when he was stock by a vehicle on turk street between van ness and
franklin yesterday afternoon as the driver tried to flee from police just a few blocks from city hall. the suspect led offices on a chase to the panhandle where he reportedly dumped the suv at fell and masonic then ran off toward buena vista park. eventually taken into custody hours later in the tenderloin. earlier today san francisco's deputy police chief addressed the media about the case. >> we don't experience this level of trauma and injury to our officers every day. when it does happen, it kind of sets you back. >> reporter: sources tell abc 7 news 50-year-old marquise johnson was booked into the county jail last night on suspicion of attempted murder, wreck legislation driving and hit-and-run among other charges. the department calls the officer a very smart guy, in fact, he recently started law school and has been known to mentor kids in the tenderloin. his family's now asking the public to offer good energy and prayers for his recovery. we're live at sf general, chris
nguyen, abc 7 news. cal train starting to move again this afternoon after a pedestrian was hit by a train in san francisco. see on sky map 7 it happened on 16th street near 7th near interstate 280. right now, no word on the condition of the person who was hit. opening statements will begin on monday in the murder trial of the man who fatally shot kate steinle. a jury was selected last night in the trial of 54-year-old jose garcia zerate. six women and six men have been selected for this jury. the shooting touched off a political furor during the presidential campaign because zarate was released from san francisco's jail despite a federal immigration request to hold him for deportation. a 33-year-old man is under arrest after leading police on a dangerous chase through santa rosa, sebastopol and novato. police released this picture of the suspect's minivan on fire. police deployed spike strips to
stock it. chase began around 2:30 this morning in santa rosa when officers noticed the ran driving erratical erratically. the suspect refused to stop, ran several red traffic lights through sonoma and marin counties before taken into custody. it will not become easier to become a lawyer in california. the state supreme court decided not to lower the minimum passing score on one of the nation's toughest licensing exams for attorneys. in the decision, the justices acknowledged a drop in the p percentage of people passing the test but said further study is needed. oakland's interim fire chief has the job permanently. darren white will be oakland's new permanent fire chief. white will assume his new role immediately and an official swearing in ceremony will be held tomorrow. from here in the bay area to across the nation, the plea to become the second home of amazon. >> i would be so excited to have amazon here in marysville. >> the lengths cities are going to as the clock runs down.
and they lost their home in the north bay fires but gained a new baby and a generous gift. the story of two north bay nurses just ahead. i'm michael finney in santa rosa where there's a lot of good news. one, it is raining, two, 7 on your side is helping victims, and three, you don't have to go broke durin
their pitches. >> reporter: from giant amazon boxes turning up across birmingham, alabama, to this 21-foot cactus sent as a gift from tucson, arizona, with message that their community has, quote, room to grw. more than 100 cities going all out to convince amazon to build its second headquarters in their city and bring with it an estimated $5 billion investment along with as many as 50,000 jobs. >> i want to be clear to amazon, on day one, the second city's your first choice. >> reporter: even cities close to the online retailer's current headquarters in seattle vying for a shot. >> i would be so excited to have amazon here in marysville. >> reporter: from coast to coast, the focus varying from practical incentives including tax breaks, transportation, and talent -- >> we have a very young population, a growing population. >> reporter: while others hoping to sell their city with some very memorable approaches. the mayor of kansas city buying
1,000 products on amazon and leaving not so subtle reviews for each. >> i live in beautiful kansas city where the average home price is just $122,000, so i know luxe living doesn't have to cost a ton. >> reporter: and speaking of mayors, that job is now offered to amazon ceo jeff bezos of a new city being proposed outside of atlanta, if that area's chosen. they'd call it, what else, but amazon, georgia. and now the wait, amazon won't announce their decision on where they'll build their second headquarters until next year. marcie gonzalez, abc news, los angeles. >> real contest. coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00, several bay area communities are vying for the opportunity to host amazon. what they're doing to get amazon's attention. win when our neighbors are in need, abc 7 shows up. 15,000 people still evacuated because of the north bay fires. >> this week michael finney and 7 on your side have been at north bay assistance centers
with help for residents. >> michael joins us live from san santa rosa. is it raining there right now as you speak? >> reporter: it is. very light rain right now, but oh, it's got to help. everybody's very happy about it. you know, people are going away now. we were pretty businesy a dpu minutes ago. the whole area cleared out. we'll be here until 7:00 if you need help, if you have consumer issues or problems, we'd be happy to talk to you. we're right lbehind the "press democrat" where it's going strong. these are the only pictures you're going to see for a moment here from inside the center. we've been very, very careful so we don't show people's faces. we don't want to embarrass anybody or have anybody, you know, feel like they've been singled out. but it is absolutely remarkable what's going on in there. the usda is there. the passport area is amay gl mi busy. local city, state and fema are packed. 100 people waiting to talk to
fe fema. getting to every single one of them. absolutely stunning. one of the things we've been hearing a lot of, people are concerned, how are they going to get through this financially? we have shelley weber here, a certified -- let me call you on over here. thank you. a certified consumer councilsel you're with balance. you say don't pull out your credit card first. what should you do then? >> right, think of other things you do, we you're nervous, scared, going to pull out the credit cards, think this is the help, don't want to regret it two months from now. if there's anything you can lower in your expenses, look at your paychecks, temporarily stop your 401(k) contributions. expecting a tax refund next year, maybe adjust withholding announces to get more money in your paycheck now. if you do have credit card debts, go ahead and call your credit card companies and ask them, can you lower your interest rate, lower your payments for them? let you know you've had a hardship. likewise if you have a car payment, call your car lenders, let them know you might be a break, need a lower payment, or
missed a few months of your payments. if you got a mortgage, call your mortgage servicer, ask them, too, if you can have a forbearance on your payments, what asinsistance they can offe you. >> reporter: everyone knows there was a fire up here. shelley weber, appreciate your time. thank you very much. one thing shelley was pointing out a couple moments ago is when you drive around town, see people saying we got free clothes here, free bedding, free food here. take advantage of those before you pull out the credit card. we're going to be here until 7:00. we'd love you to drop by. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side in santa rosa. >> thank you, michael. a unique bay area health care company is reaching out to victims of north bay fires. doctor on demand treats patients through a remote app that can put them face-to-face with a doctor on their smartphone or computer. dr. ian is chief medical officer and says the service can evaluate and suggest treatments for wide range of conditions in a fraction of the time. >> so what a patient can do because they can download the app, actually, for free, onto their smartphone, then they
would actually be able to register and account then they would be able to connect to a doctor, average wait time within three minutminutes. we'll be able to connect them to the doctor almost immediately. >> fire victims can use a special promo code, aid 17 for free access to doctor on demand. the company said it offered both medical and psychological care to victims of other disasters including hurricane harvey and hurricane irma. among the 55 kaiser santa rosa employees who lost their homes in the north bay fires, two nurses who just welcomed a new baby. macy huggins left her home sunday night an hour before it burned down as her husband, benjamin, was still at work evacuating patients. the following saturday, they welcomed a new baby girl named hope. a family down the hall at the roseville medical center where they had the baby heard what happened and donated a collection of girl's clothing to the huggi in, s family. they're now staying with friends until they get back on their feet. imagine the contrast in emotions. the joy of having a brand new baby but then there's the
despair of everything that you had in your house just went up in flames and, i mean, life is precious, but you do need your stuff as well. especially with a little one. >> absolutely. hope is really the only name you could give her. >> perfect. >> yeahi, it is. hoping for rain, spencer christian. >> >> listen, a lot going on in weather. cold showers, gusty wind, rough surf, snow in the sierra. diminished fire danger. how about that? >> good news. >> look at live doppler 7, clouds over most of the bay area. little pockets of blue sky showing up from time to time. here's a look at our high surf advisory in effect from 6:00 this evening to 6:00 tomorrow evening right now wave heights are only at about 4 to 5 feet but they may very well reach up to about 18 feet in some isolated moments up to 25 feet. so good idea to stay away from the coastline right now. check out this view of the western sky. looks rather dramatic. looking westward from emeryville. it is currently 60 degrees in san francisco. oakland, 62. we've got 66 in mountain view. 78 at san jose. 72 at gilroy.
here's our view of brighter skies looking northward from the golden gate. chilly up north. 59 degrees at santa rosa. low to mid 60s napa, novato, fairfield, upper 60s in concord and livermore. rooftop camera, patches of blue sky and otherwise cloudy sky. rain tonight will be light to moderate generally. there could be some brief downpo downpours. partial clearing likely tomorrow. much cooler tomorrow, in fact, than it has been of late. we have a major warmup coming our way beginning on sunday. and continuing into early next week. now let's focus on the storm impact scale. the approaching storm ranks 1. a storm of generally light intensity. it will arrive tonight and continue into the early morning hours. producing generally light to moderate rain once again but could be some brief downpours. wind will gust 15 to 30 miles per hour and expect a range of rainfall totals from a tenth to about half an inch. wind will be gusty at times. 10:00 tonight, look for a strong gust on the coast. and breezy conditions, breezy to
gusty just about everywhere else. take you up to about midnight and we'll see stronger gusts in some of our inland areas but the wind will taper off sharply as the morning commute begins 5:00 tomorrow morning then by 7:00, 8:00 tomorrow morning, just very light winds for the most part. so on we go. the forecast animation starting at this afternoon at 5:00. in the mid evening hours about 9:00 or so, wet weather covering virtually all of the north bay. that frontal system will sweep sharply and quickly southward and eastward. by midnight most of the rain will be in the east bay and south bay and taper off to almost nothing for the bay area. producing snow over in the sier sierra. we'll have partial clearing here in the bay area. now let's talk about that snow. a winter weather advisory in effect for the central sierras from 11:00 tonight to 11:00 tomorrow morning. we expect 3 to 6 inches of snow, 6,000 feet. snow levels down to about 5,000 feet. gusts over 65 miles per hour. meanwhile, back here in the bay area we'll be looking at growing rainfall totals for much of the south bay and east bay, we'll
see quarter inch or less. up in the north bay, some locations like ukiah, calistoga, close to half an inch of much needed rainfall. overnight lows, chilly in the north bay valleys. lows drop into the low to mid 40s. tomorrow's highs range from upper 50s at the coast to mid 60s in the mildest locations. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. again, partial clearing begins tomorrow under pleabreezy and c conditions. look at the warm up in that begins on sunday. monday and tuesday, inland highs near 90 degrees. after a snow in the sierra, summer returns. >> all right. bit of a yoyo situation. >> absolutely. it is. up and down. up and down. >> thanks for the re-enactment. not sure draymond green can do that because of his knee. we'll tell you about draymond, what we learne about his knee. for me it becomes a really bodily experience. >> a stunning view like no other. we'll show you thi
we have an update on golden state warriors' draymond green, expected to miss one game because of a knee injury. future beyond that should be fine. green's mri showed no structural damage to the left knee after this awkward landing. the warriors are in new orleans tomorrow night. it's the first stop on a three-game road trip and green is officially listed as doubtful for that one. san francisco's considering changes to a little known art fee. it charges developers in the downtown area. since the 1980s, developers have been required to spend 1% of the total cost of their projects on-site art. or they can donate that cost to a city-run public art trust fund for a 20% discount. one arts commission member criticized the discount, and now the commission is reviewing whether the fund should be managed by a non-profit. well now to a stunning new art exhibit at the museum in los angeles. look at this. it's called infinity mirrors. it lets visitors become part of
the exhibit inside these immersive rooms. the borode is the only californa museum to host this visual exhibit. abc news reporter brandi hitt takes a closer look. >> reporter: an infinite number of lights, reflections and dazzling imagery all on display at the highly anticipated infinity mirrors brode. >> for me it becomes a bodily experience, physical experience. >> reporter: and personal. you the visitor are center stage surrounded by your image. at a young age, started experiencing hallucinations due to mental illness. >> this is the first infinity mirror room she made in 1965. you're infinitely important but also kind of feeling very tiny at the same time. so there's kind of this dual experience which really relates to how we experience the world today. >> reporter: there are six infinity rooms along with other artwork on display. heads up for the claustrophobic.
there is not infinite space. check out the outside of the exhibits. these rooms are small? fact, you could only fit two people inside here at a time. have your cell phone ready, too, because you only get 30 seconds inside each room. while tickets did sell out within minutes, extras will be sold to visitors each day who show up early before the museum's doors open. downtown los angeles, brandi hitt, abc 7 news. former president bush stayed out of the spotlight recently. not anymore. >> you know when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. >> the pointed remarks made by george w. bush today about politics in the u.s. plus they're getting ready to head back to school in the fire zone. what districts are planning to do for students who lost everything.
live where you live, this is abc 7 news. >> here are the stories making headlines at 4:30. the san francisco police officer critically injured in a hit-and-run incident yesterday remains in the intensive care unit today. the department identified him as 32-year-old elia lewin-tankel, on the force for four years. the family arrived from out of state. the suspect accused of injuring him was arrested hours after the incident. rain is making a return to the bay area. spencer christian tweeted this showing where we can expect wet weather to be at midnight
tonight. and as spencer tweets, that rain is much needed to help contain some of our local wildfires. abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman is tweeting photos from the fire zone. he shared this photo of the highway patrol and national guard keeping people away from one of the hardest hit areas. old redwood highway and mark west springs road. two santa rosa schools that survived the fire could become an oasis for students and families. they are left standing when almost everything around them was destroyed. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony is live at one of those schools, ribley elementa >> reporter: hi, kristen, i'm standing at the play structure here at ribley university, in santa rosa, a school that barely survived when so many h homes behind me here within a few yards did not. these homes, many of them, belong to families with children who go to school here. they are two schools that are
still standing amid the charred ruins among the hundreds of homes destroyed by last week's fires. perhaps they survived to serve as an oasis for students and families who have lost so much. >> when we went back into the fire areas, we went into school and schaffer school and there's no community left. >> reporter: the superintendent says it's unchartered territory for him and his staff. >> the firefighters took their stand there, protected the school which each school's approximately $10 million cash value to the community. and the school's standing but the community is gone. >> we do think it's miraculous that our school still stands around the devastation of the community and that has a lot to do with the community, themselves. i got accounts that community members came out with their hoses and they were dumping buckets of water when they saw embers in front of the school. >> colored pencils and pencil cases. >> reporter: kits and backpacks
with new school supplies are being prepared for student who lost everything. deborah sanders is the homeless support coordinator for the sonoma county school district. before the fires, she worked with dozens of schools and families. now there are hundreds in her district who have lost their homes and she and her family are among them. >> what it does is it highlights privilege because for me, losing my home is just an inconvenience. it does not compare to what families were experiencing before the fire and will continue to experience. >> reporter: now at this point, school officials have no idea really how many of their students will be returning. either way they say they will be prepared with hugs, with counseling services, whatever it takes to help these kids and their families regain some sense of normalcy. in santa rosa, laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> laura, thank you, can feel the emotion in her voice. there's a brand new
interactive map that allows anybody to find out status of homes and buildings in sonoma county after the wildfires. jessica castro with abc 7 mornings shows us how it works. >> this is a great tool for evacuees or folks wondering about a specific business. here's a map, look at this, red dots indication structures that were destroyed. yellow dots indicate structures that had some sort of damage. i want to point out key features for you. on the left hand side over here, you're going to see the word that says book marks and those are specific areas in snoonoma county, specific neighborhoods. i'll click on coffey park and see one of the hardest hit areas from the fires. the map also allows you to search for an exact property address. remember this kmart from last week? we're showing you video of it. store located at 3771 cleveland avenue in santa rosa. i want to show you this feature up here, there's a search bar,
you can actually search for a specific address. i'm going to enter it. 3771 cleveland. i'm going to type it in and there you go, it pops up in santa rosa. once we click on it, see there's that big red dot on it. this is what the kmart once looked like but you can see there's a red dot indicating that the building, unfortunately, was destroyed. we have made this tool super easy to find. all you need to do is go to the maps link on our website, abc7news.com. it's right there on the home page for you. i'm jessica castro, abc 7 news. a tragic turn of events for a butte county family. a home spared by an 8,000 acre wildfire north of sacramento ended up burning down in another fire. the attic of the home in cherokee near oroville somehow caught on fire wednesday afternoon. a cause for the fire has not been determined. the nearby cherokee wildfire was fully contained on tuesday. president trump welcomed puerto rico's governor to the
white house this morning. and the president applauded the federal government's response on the hurricane-ravaged island. mr. trump and the governor met for 40 minutes with reporters at the white house. the president gave the federal government the highest marks for the hurricane response. this despite widespread criticism by some that the administration has not done in huff to provide relief. >> between a one and ten, how would you grade the white house' response? >> a ten. the most difficult when you talk about relief, when you talk about search, when you talk about all of the different levels. >> much of the island remains without electricity and drinking water. after hurricane 3maria devastatd puerto rico one month ago. former president george w. bush condemned the current state of american politics during a speech in new york city this morning. although he never mentioned president trump by name, it was the 43rd president's most pointed remarks so far. mr. bush spoke of the russian
influence in the 2016 election. the rise of white supremacy and decline of public confidence for democracy. >> you know when we lose sight of our ideals it is not democracy that has failed. it is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy. >> mr. bush delivered the remarks at an event at his namesake institute in new york city. other speakers including former first lady laura bush, former secretary of state and stanford professor, condoleezza rice, and u.n. ambassador nikki haley. well, it was a whole lot of shaking going on all across the state today. how the great california shakeout could help save lives. i'm spencer christian, twas a dark and dreary pre-sunset sky that
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the last couple weeks have been tough and we in the bay area could use a reason to smile. how about a bunch of corgis? >> reggie aqui teams up with our friends at hood line for weekend fun. >> this hay they be a distracti you need, cocorgis, put a wonde woman costume on one of these, as the kids say, it's lit. to be honest, it seem like corgi-con is constantly happening. ? i'm wrong to feature it again
here, i don't want to be right. the fall edition of this event happens at ocean beach. doesn't matter what i'm saying now because all you want to see is this corgi try and get through the obstacle course. saturday 10:00 to 2:00 at ocean beach near the cliff house. it's free. another free event saturday and sunday. if you like dance like i do, this should be awesome. san francisco trolley dances, you get on the line and make stops to watch various dance troupes perform. it ends at golden gate park. there are multiple shows a day and want to line up for tickets a half hour before because this is very popular. finally another free event this time at fisherman's wharf. wharf fest and chowder fest. street vendors and artists and the weather should be perfect for it. the chowder fest part is actually sold out, but anyone can show up for the other section of it. it happens saturday from 11:00 to 5:00. back to the corgis for a second,
the obstacle korcourse is calle corgi ninja warriors. i mean, come on. for details on the fun times head to abc7news.com and we'll link you up with hoodline. now your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. >> let's talk about the approaching rain. live doppler 7 showing you increasing clouds to the storm impact scale showing tonight and tomorrow's early morning storm ranks 1. light intensity. expected to produce light to moderate rain. could be little brief downpours. will be gusty as well. winds gusting 15 to 30 miles per h hour at times. watch the timeline. swings through the north bay first, producing widespread rainfall in the early evening hours then by midnight or so will see the storm sweeping down to the east bay, south bay and on the peninsula. and then by early morning hours just before the morning commute begins, it will be winding down and breaking up. it will leave behind some significant rainfall. meanwhile, as we look at the temperatures, high temperatures for the week ahead in santa rosa, notice how cool it's going to be tomorrow indicative of a cool down that all the bay area
will experience. by monday, high temperatures in the north bay will be moving up into the upper 80s to low 90s and once again, that's the pattern many of us will experience in the next seven days. over the weekend, a big warmup begins after a very cool day tomorrow and by monday, tuesday, many inland locations will have high temperatures around 90 degrees. >> oh. all right. thank you, spencer. all right. at least $1 billion worth of damage in the north bay and now there's a new warning today. >> why the recent rash of disasters across the country could delay rebuilding right here. i'm michael fin in i in santa rosa. 7 on your side is set up helping fire victims.
a warning is going out at the rebuilding of neighborhoods leveled by the north bay fires will face delays. the result of competition for labor with hurricane repairs under way in texas and florida. >> abc 7 news reporter david louie explains why. >> reporter: a second shock is awaiting fire victims who lost their homes. when it's time to rebuild, construction workers may be difficult to find. that's already a problem in the bay area. but it has been made worse by bonuses being offered to go work in hurricane-ravaged florida and
texas. >> with other regions of the country are still facing a large shortage of construction workers, i think this rebuilding activity will be a multi-year, maybe three, four years out, before there's some normalcy in the real estate market in santa rosa region. >> reporter: chief economist of the national association of realtors in the bay area to speak to the santa clara county association of realtors. even in silicon valley, they're aware of the pain facing the north bay market. >> we already have a very low inventory of homes. there's a housing shortage in the area. and now we've just taken, you know, 3,500 properties off the market. >> reporter: some homeowners who lost their home may also have lost their jobs due to fire damage. raising concerns about missed mortgage payments. >> the real estate agents meeting here today in santa clara are also actively engaged in fund-raising for the fire victims. including those who are their colleagues in the real estate industry. the associates of one office
have raised $24,000 so far. at keller williams the company sent a rig with generators, water and emergency supplies. realtor ann hansen is letting fire victims stay in a house she owns in pacific grove. >> i mean, you're homeless, where are you going to go? you're in your 80s and breathing all that smoke and so, yeah, so they can stay as long as, you know, they want, really. >> reporter: in santa clara, abc 7 news. as crews gain control over those north bay wildfires, residents whose homes were burned are really in a need of a lot of help and they got a lot of questions. >> yeah, 7 on your side's michael finney is sleeve in santa rosa today to lend a helping hand and answer for questions. michael? >> reporter: i don't know if you can see it, but it's really begin lg to kind of rain a little bit here which is wonderful news. even though it's raining 7 on your side is set up, helping anyone who drops by. it's getting a little slow because of the rain which means we can concentrate on your problems. drop on by. we're right behind the "press democrat" with all the other non-profits and insurance companies. so drop by and join us.
now one of the big concerns whenever there's a big disaster like this are the schemes and scams that come up. and we have sheila from the better business bureau, joining us here. what have you seen? have you seen anything yet? >> so we haven't gotten reports in our scam tracker system yet after the fires but we did receive reports after hurricane harvey. so we're expecting to see the reports come a little bit later. usually takes a couple of weeks for people to realize, you know, that contractor isn't coming back to finish the job. >> reporter: got it. okay. what should we expect, what should we watch out for? >> you always want to watch out for home improvement scams, someone knocking on your door without identification, unlicensed person. they want money up front, don't want to sign any contract and they're going to take your money and not come back. another thing we've heard of are government grant scams so there's a report after harvey of a businessowner receiving a call from someone pretending to be from the government claiming they qualified for a disaster relief grant but had too pay to
g get it. that's something you want to watch out for as well. >> reporter: you have a website that's specific to this fire issue. >> we have a whole resource center on our website, if you go to bbb.org/greatersanfrancisco we have a butten on our home page. click on that. all sorts of tips from donating to charities rebuilding, list of accredited business contractors. all sorts of stuff to help you out. >> reporter: perfect. we'll put a link on our web page. thanks a lot for joining us, rebec rebecca. going to be here until 7:00, feel free to stop by. we're here specifically for fire victims but don't have to be a fire victim to get our help. reporting live from santa rosa, michael finney. >> excellent, michael, thank you. >> tomorrow michael will be in lake county at the clear lake community center in clear lake from 11:00 to 7:00 p.m. we've been focusing on fires. obviously earthquakes are also a big concern in the bay area. this morning at 10:19 the great california shakeout took place all across the state. abc 7 news reporter amy
hollyfield was at google headquarters in mountain view, just one place participating in today's event. >> reporter: google employees smiled through a 7.0 earthquake this morning. it was in a simulator, of course. but it got them thinking seriously about a real one. >> scary. you know, like everything's falling down, don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: the fun of trying this out came with a serious message about being prepared and what to do during the shaking. are you ready at home? >> no. not at all. so this is an eye-opening experience. >> reporter: once out of the simulator employees could also visit different vendors and government agencies. to learn the harsh reality of what they need to do to be ready. >> and then i just learned that i should have a gallon of water per day per person. so for two-weeks supply in case of an emergency. yeah, which is a lot of water, right? >> reporter: but she's going to listen and not only buy the water but also update her kit which experts say should include three days' worth of supplies.
these employees walked away from their 7.0 experience and headed into work but it definitely rattleded them. >> it was scary. >> yeah, it was. i never experienced an earthquake so this is my first time. thankfully it was a simulator. >> reporter: look at the line of people who want to try out the simulator. everyone wants to know what a 7.0 file feels like. no one wants to truly experience one. one thing experts say surprised them today as they've talked to people is a lot of people don't know you stop, drop and cover your head and neck. people are telling them they think they want to run. in mountain view, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. b.a.r.t. slowed things down today as part of the statewide earthquake drill. at precisely 10:19 b.a.r.t. triggered its early warning earthquake system. that briefly slowed all the trains to 26 miles per hour. the test was tofunctioning dire. california emergency management agency is reminding people statewide to be ready for an earthquake or any type of natural disaster.
encouraged to have emergency kits stocked with items including battery operated radios and flashlights with extra batteries. three-day supply for food and water for everyone in the family and manual can opener. prepare norca wil's guidelines stocking your emergency kit and developing an emergency plan for your family are posted at abc7news.com. think about it, how many of us are really ready? are you ready? >> i don't even know what our meeting place is. we got to talk about that, right? >> a good time to do that. tale of two colleges. both with unique challenges. their unusual partnership that could provide a solution and a path for other universities to follow. and dan is here with a look at what's coming up on abc 7 news at 5:00. >> new at 5:00, students in trouble b. the accusations and the arrests of two football players in contra costa county. in the north bay driving and trying to drum up business. what folks are doing to prevent the tourist season from going up in smoke. and the fallout over the father of our country. the next step for a san francisco mural. those stories and a lot more
with us for abc 7 news at 11:00. two east bay colleges have come up with an unusual solution to some of their challenges. mills college and uc berkeley signed an agreement today to share some services and facilities. abc 7 news repor melendez tells us other colleges may eventually do the same. >> reporter: heads of uc berkeley and mills college promised to share some unique things they each have, mills a female private college offers small classes unlike uc berkeley. >> the state schools, public schools face issues of enrollment capacity and that's a place where i think the privates can really help. >> reporter: for example, an introductory biology class at cal tends to have hundreds of students. they can now enroll in that class at mills for a more direct interaction. >> so currently we run two sections of our intro to biology course. the largest one is 40 students. >> reporter: lack of student housing has been an issue at
cal. mills, only nine miles away, offering 25 rooms to uc berkeley students with a shuttle service. >> we have complementary challenges and the ability to help each other move forward by relying on our distinctive strengths. >> reporter: for example, mills students can now join summer berkeley study abroad programs offering greater opportunities. mills has been struggling with declining enrollment. last month the president announced a 36% tuition reduction for undergraduates in an attempt to lure more students. >> it's never easy to find new ways to be creative and to collaborate. >> reporter: it's likely this collaboration will serve as a model for other uc campuses, and their neighboring liberal arts colleges. this partnership is open only to undergraduate women. in oakland, leeann melendez, abc 7 news. >> and the universities are hoping to expand this collaboration such as semesters in residence or joint degree programs. remind e get the latest news any time with the abc 7 news app, enable push alerts to be the first to know about breaking
news where you live. thanks for joining us for abc 7 news at 4:00. i'm larry biel. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. a 16-foot-wide tree that almost struck two firefighters. >> it was a very close call and it partly explains the delay in getting people back to the fire zone. students in trouble in contra costa county. the accusations and the arrests of two football players. that police officer hurt in san francisco is identified. the department is about to hold a news conference. also, the clouds are increasing. the winds are kicking up and the rain is finally here. >> live where you live, this is abc 7 news. two high school students in the east bay are arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. the teenage boys attend ignacio valley, located in concord. >> that's where alyssa harrington is sleeve with more on the disturbing allegations.
alyssa? >> reporter: dan, kristen, suspects are being held at juvenile hall in martinez. the victim attends the high school which is directly across the street from de la sal. the schools held assemblies today to discuss the incident and talk about behavior and mutual respect. parents at corondolete high school got word of an alleged assault in the letter sent home this afternoon. two males from neighboring schools were arrested for assaulting a student off campus back in september. the victim reached out to counselors this week. they called police.shocking news like that. i stand behind the school 110% and handle everything with grace. >> reporter: in a lengthy parent letter officials said "we are proud of the courage our student has shown in coming forward and we will continue to support her. "the sheriff's department arrested a juvenile, another from de