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tonight and tomorrow morning. heavy rain, damaging winds, chance of thunder, dangerous surf. can't rule out an isolated tornado or waterspout. live doppler 7 tracking moist air flowing in, showers in the santa cruz area, boulder creek. east bay, light returns around the livermore valley across 580, vineyard avenue. this is just street level radar. high surf advisory until 4:00 a.m. friday. surthe is building. breakers could be as high as 18 to 24 feet. watch out for strong rip currents. the incoming storm is prompting a number of watches and warnings. a high surf advisory remains in effect right now. here's a live look at the santa cruz pier. >> while conditions on the coast are considered dangerous, surfers are loving it. abc 7 news reporter matt keller reports from steamer lane. >> reporter: big storm coming. big waves already here. surfers hit the water at steamer lane in santa cruz with rain
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falling from above. waves about 8 to 10 feet high make it worth a look even if you're going to get wet. >> i used to skateboard but that looks a lot scarier. they look like they're having a great time with all the big waves. >> reporter: driving in the santa cruz mountains was also an adventure. a couple of crashes in the northbound lanes of highway 17 during the morning commute caused a backup for miling. >> i think you've just got to take your time. not be in a big rush. not be one of those lane-switchers. pick a lane, put on some good music, and just enjoy your time in the car. >> reporter: a lot of people will be putting in extra hours making sure power and utilities stay on during the storms. >> i work for at&t. so when it rains, we don't stop working. >> reporter: keith is a maintenance splicer. he says during storms he'll work a 10-hour day to make sure you get what you need. >> we want everybody to be able to watch channel 7, abc news.
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>> that's it. >> reporter: the rain is going to get more intense and these waves are forecasted to get bigger. however, the big waves may not be great rides for surfers due to the expected high winds. here's a live look from san jose. this is along highway 101 and fourth street. right now crews are busy keeping drains clear before the storm arrives. >> abc 7 news reporter david louis is down in the south bay. we'll check in with him live coming up. >> stay with us as we track this storm. we're starting the abc 7 morning news a half hour earlier than usual tomorrow. >> reggie, jessica, mike, and alexis will be here to show how it affects the morning commute starting tomorrow at 4:00 a.m. the oakland a's made it official today. it's been speculated they want to build their new ballpark on the waterfront. >> sky 7 is over the proposed location right now, so take a look, it's next to the port. heas p of our focus of building
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a better bay area. >> the team released these images of the intimate 34,000-seat privately financed park. today an announcement came from the a's president flanked by oakland mayor libby schaaf, officials from the city, county, and port of oakland. all were excited and on the same page that the site on the water near downtown is the best place for the a's. >> with the 81 days that baseball provides for home games, it really is the best and most conducive environment for success both on and off the field to attract fans, to have an amazing fan experience, and to have a positive impact on the community. >> all parties understand that today's announcement was just a small first step. there's a ton of work still, including working out transportation issues. >> dave cavill talked about that today. if you want to learn more about the plans, the a's are holding an open house tomorrow from 4:00 to 6:00 at the a's business
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office on harrison street in jack london square. >> the success of the stadium could very well depend on the success of the team. >> so true. abc 7 sports anchor mindi bach is here with more. this is their version of at&t park by the water. a lot riding on it. >> pnc park, levi's stadium, and there's a lot to be worked out. even if negotiations between the a's, city, county, and port authority representatives go as planned, the waterfront ballpark won't open until 2023. but a's fans will see one major benefit by next season, a higher team payroll. the a's had one of the lowest team payrolls in all of major league baseball last year. despite that the team posted the fourth best record in the league and made the playoffs with an exciting young core of talent. team management assured me today that part of their development plan for the new ballpark requires that they invest in the team. >> we know going into a new ballpark you have to build a team that can sell. you have to take the momentum from 2018 into the years between
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now and 2023 and continue to be competitive. and we think with this ballpark on the horizon, there's a payroll in our future that definitely allows that. ownership's plan is absolutely to use this ballpark for us to jump into the middle range of payrolls. to have a competitive median payroll in our league, in the game, so that we can keep our players, keep this thing going year to year. >> the key thing is that we're lining up the investments in the team with the investments in the ballpark to make sure there's a crescendo that you see with ecau thaant pe sucss li' >> reporter: according to sport track, the a's payroll in 2018 was roughly $80 million, compared to the giants, $213 million, second-highest in the league last year. the a's number would jump conservatively to $130 million if a's ownership stays true to its team investment. conversely the a's need their
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fans to invest in the team, and they aren't going to do that if the organization continues its offseason trend of trading. not re-signing their talented players as price tags increase. the a's have as you know had the lowest home attendance over the past several years. so the team needs bodies in the seats when that new ballpark opens to help pay for it. they need to make the investment now to keep their fans and have that fan base grow. >> and fans love winning teams and stars. >> they want to buy their jersey. >> right, right. >> maybe time to rethink "money ball." >> we'll see. thank you, mindi. along with plans for a new ballpark, big new plans for the coliseum site. >> this animation shows the before and after. a grassy area would replace the parking lot surrounding the coliseum and over ankle arena. the plan would also include new space and restaurants. >> abc 7 news reporter lyanne melendez is live at the coliseum with a closer look. >> reporter: a little bit of history first. the construction of this
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coliseum began in 1962. the raiders were already here in oakland. now this beautiful new coliseum helped lure the a's from kansas city to oakland. back then the ownership was transferred to the city and also the county of alameda. and it seems now that it may soon be owned by the a's. for more than 52 years, both the city of oakland and alameda county have shared ownership of the coliseum complex, which includes the oracle arena. it hasn't always been a stable marriage. >> the county doesn't trust the city, city doesn't trust the county. in terms of trying to work together. >> reporter: that's alameda county supervisor nathan miley, who favors selling the county's portion to the city so oakland can negotiate directly with the a's organization. >> there was an appraisal done the prope years ago. it's appraised at about $160 million. >> reporter: if the complex sold for that today, the county would get half, minus what they still
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owe on the bond. $60 million each. the county would walk away with about $20 million. >> why we would ever want to be in the sports business is beyond my comprehension. >> reporter: he says what is clear is the city and county's determination to make this deal with the a's work for oakland. >> there's going to be jobs, there's going to be housing, there's going to be people that are going to be employed to work at some of those facilities. >> reporter: coming up with a plan for the coliseum redevelopment will need the input of the community, called deep east oakland. an underserved community where the liquor stores have outnumbered supermarkets. as we discovered, residents here had different proposals. >> housing, biotech, what that will do is gentrify the area, bring in outsiders to this community. >> i think they need more housing. because the city's looking real bad with all the trash all around and tents and stuff like that. >> reporter: meanwhile, no question the oracle arena will still host major sporting events.
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i listened to that press conference this morning and i can tell you that the word i heard over and over again was "hope." hope, hope, hope for a great deal to benefit the people of oakland. we want to know what you think about this proposed ballpark and how it could revitalize oakland. use #betterbayarea on twitter, facebook, or other social media platforms to join the conversation. bay area civil rights leaders have dropped their call for a boycott of the san francisco giants. that boycott call went out earlier this week after it was revealed one of the team's primary investors, charles johnson, donated to the campaign of mississippi senator cindy hyde-smith, who's accused of racism. johnson yesterday asked for a $5,400 donation back from hyde-smith's campaign, a refund. oakland attorney john burris says as a longtime giants supporter and civil rights
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lawyer, i want the best for the team, but i will be watching. napa police on the hunt for a man accused of beating a woman unconscious. we want to warn you this video is graphic. here you can see a man throw out a woman at stone sports bar in napa just after 11:00 on november 17th. two other men come out to help her. one of them is also attacked. the woman was punched and kicked by a total of two men. one of the suspects, juan rojas, has turned himself in. james curtis falkenberry is still on the loose. he has distinctive facial and neck tattoos and is considered dangerous, should not be approached. if you see him, call 911. now to the effort to rebuild areas destroyed by the camp fire in butte county. cries were working to install traffic lights and get power lines back up. >> laura anthony is live in paradise with the latest. >> reporter: crystal, we wanted
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to show you a bit of the downtown area. this is a gas station. you can see the pumps look relatively okay. but when you get to the rest of the building, it's completely destroyed. just a small example of the infrastructure that needs to be rebuilt here to restore paradise. it's going to take more than a village to rebuild all that was lost in paradise and surrounding communities. >> this operation supports about 3,000 employees, contractors -- >> reporter: there's an army of pg&e crews and other workers in the camp fire zone, supported by a huge base camp that has sprung up near chico. wile some crews clean up the mangled and burned power lines and debris, others replace miles and miles of lines, trying to get at least some power restored. >> we're presently rebuilding the main lines that emanate from the substation. so we can repower key areas of
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the city. >> when you look at a community, could you lose your entire community? what would it look like if every home was on the ground, every business was on the ground? that's what we have here in paradise. >> reporter: the local realtors association has begun assessing the catastrophic property damage and the stark reality that this market will take decades to recover. >> paradise is going to be the new paradise. it's going to be rebuilt, everything new, essentially. the values will be there, but it's going to be awhile before we get there. >> reporter: once they rebuild, will the traumatized residents of paradise even want to return? >> i would love to go back to paradise. it was such a lovely town. i know it will never be the same again. but i'm hoping that some people will go back. >> reporter: this flashing light is a beacon of sorts. the first operating street light we have seen up here in weeks since the fire. as part of their overall damage assessment, pg&e looked at exactly how many of the
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structures their former customers up here could even have in good enough shape to have power restored. they found that number at this point to be just 13%. still ahead on abc 7 news at 5:00, the fires are contained. the smoke is gone. but people are still going to the emergency room. >> a brand-new report about bad air. it's shedding light about possible long-term health effects. get ready for rain. this is a wet look from our santa cruz tower cam. you can see the lens right there and this is just the start. meteorologist sandy
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♪thisi'm gonna let it shine. ♪ it's energy saving time, ♪ i'm gonna reduce mine. ♪ californians all align ♪ to let our great state shine. ♪ let it shine, ♪ the power's ours to let it shine! ♪ a new report is calling attention to the lingering health problems of major wildfires focusing on survivors
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of the tubbs fire in sonoma county. >> abc 7 news reporter wayne freedman has the story. >> reporter: we know it because we lived it. when the camp fire erupted, its brown residue spread across 200 miles, including the bay area. but did you wonder about long-term effects? >> we had the worst air in the world. and we wanted to know, is this just going to be a problem for us right now? or is this going to be a problem that we're going to be dealing with for months and years after the fact? >> reporter: to date, investigative reporter aaron grants published the beginning of an answer. it's not encouraging. >> the fires are contained. the smoke is gone. but people are still going to the emergency room. >> reporter: to determine impact from the camp fire, he studied nine north bay hospitals following last year's tubbs fire. the yellow lines in these graphs show how three months later, emergency rooms reported an average sustained 20% increase in both respiratory problems and cardiac issues. if this is what we saw then,
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could we expect the same again after the camp fire? >> i mean, we're talking about asthma. we're talking about difficulty breathing. we're talking about heart attacks. we're talking about strokes. >> i think we're still seeking to understand what the long-term impacts of that are. i wouldn't say to you that there isn't anything to be worried about. >> reporter: dr. chad krylick of san francisco memorial hospital says with smoke cleared it's a normal november, however, they worry about long-term effects of that smoke and structure-related toxins that smoke may have contained. >> this is cumulative. there's a lot we don't know about what all these fires do to our health. a warning about a lottery scam. thieves stole $50,000 from a santa clara county man. >> abc 7 news reporter chris winn explains what happened and how to make sure you don't become a victim. >> reporter: in her 30 years as
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a prosecutor in the santa clara county district attorney's office, sherry bullard has handled a lot of cases. a recent one has her spreading the word. >> we were lucky in this case because he had reported this immediately to local law enforcement. >> reporter: a lottery scam targeting an 81-year-old man from morgan hill who sent $54,000 after being told he had won a $2 million prize. in this case detectives were able to track down where he had wired the money and then followed a trail from los angeles to a new york middleman to get most of it back. >> you might get something in the mail, a phone call, or an e-mail from a scammer, typically abroad, an international person. >> reporter: the person on the other end says you've won the lottery or sweepstakes, and in order to collect the prize you must wire money to cover fees and taxes. the elderly are targeted. the district attorney's's office has seen two dozen cases since september and says more seniors are willing to speak out. >> the last thing we want is for
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elders to lose their nest egg during their golden years to a scammer like this. because chances are we're not going to be able to get the money back. a lumber liquidators is recalling thousands of five-gallon mixing buckets. >> safety officials say they are a drowning hazard. michael finney is here to tell us more. >> this is interesting. the consumer product safety commission says the buckets don't have the appropriate warning label. all five-gallon buckets are considered a drowning hazard because small children can climb inside and drown. it's happened plenty of times. these buckets were sold without a cautionary label at stores across the country between june and august of this year. fortunately there are no reports of any injuries. lumber liquidators is contacting all purchasers directly to sa high them with a warning label. amazon is breaking records
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again. this year's cyber monday was once again the biggest shopping day in the company's history. from thanksgiving to cyber monday, people ordered more than 180 million items. toys and electronics were some of the most popular items. other best sellers include amazon's voice-activated echo dot, instant pots, and ancestry dna tests. >> i got one of those a couple of years ago. >> very popular. thanks, michael. on to the rain. >> now your accuweather forecast with sandhya patel. >> a level 3 storm, i just upgraded the storm tonight into tomorrow. live doppler 7. i think this is going to do damage. we are seeing light showers. this is not the storm, this is just a moist flow ahead of it. light rain right now from santa cruz to scott's valley. our santa cruz camera showing you raindrops. consider this the gentle spotty showers before a powerful storm hits later on tonight.
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low 60s from san francisco to san jose right now. morgan hill at 57. from our emeryville camera, notice clouds are gathering. temperatures upper 50s from santa rosa to napa to vacaville. 60 in san rafael and livermore. it's a lovely view from our tahoe camera as they have snow on the ground. they'll be measuring snow in feet with the next system. right now it's just light snow showers. if you are heading up there, a good idea to carry chains. until this major storm passes, i would hold off on travel. a winter storm warning until 4:00 a.m. above 6,000 feet. up to 3 feet of snow at the peaks. reduced visibility and major travel delays. east bay hills camera, visibility is good. it won't be later tonight and tomorrow for the morning commute. a strong storm arrives tonight, stormy for the morning commute so allow extra time to get to work. wind damage and flash flooding is possible. on our storm impact scale exclusive to abc 7 news, this is a level 3. a strong storm. tonight through tomorrow
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morning, heavy rain, minor flooding on the roadways, flooding in the debris scar areas. thunder with hail, dangerous surf, and i can't rule out an isolated waterspout or tornado. 6:00 tonight we see the intensity of the rainfall picking up. light to moderate around 7:00 p.m. we'll start to see heavier rain coming in closer to midnight. and you're going to see downpours during the early morning hours. 5:00 a.m., notice some pockets of moderate rain here, flooding on the roadways can't be ruled out. red indicates the thunderstorm possibilities at 7:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m., lightning in marin county, just about anywhere it's possible. hydroplaning is possible, flooding on the roadways will create a message with the strong winds coming. scattered showers for your thursday afternoon. it will likely get dropped down to a level 1 by tomorrow afternoon. look at the rainfall totals. many of you will be in the 1 to 2-inch category. some places in the hills picking up as much as 3 to 6 inches of
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rain in places like santa cruz mountains. it's a possibility. or the north bay mountains. bun scar areas under flash flood watch, 10:00 p.m. tonight to tomorrow morning. debris flows and flash flooding possible. high surf advisory continues for the coast until friday morning and with good reason. the swells have been large, they'll be peaking tonight. breakers could be as high as 24 feet. we also have a wind advisory going up at 10:00 p.m. tonight until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow except for carquinez strait in delta, that's until 8:00 a.m. winds could take down power lines and trees so power outages. stormy in the morning. 40s, 50s. you're looking at numbers in the 50s with scattered showers. a look at the seven-day forecast, it's a strong level 3, just upgraded for you tonight into tomorrow. stormy morning. late-night showers coming in friday. saturday cold showers. it's a light system, a quick mover, 111. cold showers, then dry sunday, monday. a level 1 system for tuesday and
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wednesday. it is looking unsettled, certainly cooler with temperatures in the 50s. so definitely a stormy situation ahead. everyone get ready. coming up, a new resource for residents in one san francisco community. >> the unique thing
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the san francisco police department will staff a drop-in center in the heart of chinatown. >> police officers will staff the booth located in the portsmouth square clubhouse wednesdays and fridays, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. they'll be there to answer residents' questions and address any concerns they might have. many of the officers who will staff the drop-in location will be bilingual. fft languages.mb'ss at 3 we want to engage with our city. we want to get better at that. we want to get better at policing. >> chief scott says the drop-in
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center will be a visible location that can encourage residents to come and report crimes that they feel hesitant to report otherwise. >> 490 officers speak second languages, that's impressive. coming up next, an adorable animal now up for adoption. >> why this pig, now k
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spencer christian has the updated forecast on the big storm. also getting ready for storms like this is a process. we'll show you how one city actually began preparing months ago. also, san francisco police officers say they haven't seen morale this low in years. they point to one major problem. lots of excitement over the a's ballpark plans. but we'll examine the major issues that will need to be worked out as the plan moves forward. all that coming up at 6:00. it is the holiday season.
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do you have extra love to give to a new palty pet? >> what about a 45-pound orphaned pig? >> her name for the time being is piggie smalls. and she was found wandering the streets of east palo alto earlier this month. >> the folks at the peninsula society are looking for the perfect family to adopt piggie. she's gentle, possibly house trained, and loves apples. >> we believe she probably was someone's pet at some point. they've not come forward to claim her. but in terms of feeding them, lots of fresh fruits, lots of fresh vegetables, and stuff you can buy at supply feed stores which are pig pellets, which are nutritious sources of food for pigs. >> the experts at the hue mine society add they have no way to tell for certain w a big yard or even a small farm might be a good fit. >> seems friendly.
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>> might be piggie bigs one day. tonight, the horrific and deadly fire. just weeks before christmas, several members of a family inside. firefighters battling frigid weather and no fire hydrants. tonight, the investigation. authorities are on the scene. the fbi before the cameras a short time ago. the new discovery after a girl disappears waiting to go to school. what they've now revealed, and the urgent hunt at this hour. breaking developments involving the president and the mueller investigation. after paul manafort's plea deal with robert mueller breaks down, now we learn manafort's lawyers were talking with the president's lawyers all along. and the president now tonight saying he's not ruling out a pardon for manafort. ivanka trump for the first time is asked about using private e-mail for white house work. >> so, the idea of lock her up doesn't apply to you? >> no.


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