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rockies and into the sierra. the winds will shift off shore. tomorrow right at the surface and that will push all of the fog out to sea. we'll see a nice bright day tomorrow and the showers and thunderstorms will not be as wide. as we go to monday tuesday, and wednesday, tropical moisture will start to move into the sierra. the showers and thunderstorms across the sierra are not done yet. tomorrow the south bay will be close to 90 degrees. more sunshine tomorrow, 63 for pacifica. up against the coastline, not overly warm. in the north bay temperatures warm up to 82. the east bay up to 74. oakland, but the trivalley tomorrow, the heat will be on. temperatures towards 90. it will be nice and warm in the next couple days and in fact
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downright hot. this is where you get the summer heat. the valleys will be really toasty. in san francisco warm but not overly hot. tomorrow, a nice beach day guys. >> all right, anthony, thank you so much. before we turn you over to sports here, take a look at this really cute picture, right? this is the first clear look at princess charlotte. they released these images of baby charlotte and prince george. charlotte, by the way, expected to be christened next month. he has the blue knee socks that henry likes. >> i wear long pajamas as well since we're talking about wardrobes. >> i'm going to need to see that. >> it has the footsies
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connected, okay? there we go. golden state warriors preparing for game two. there was history on the line today. we mentioned it earlier. we're talking about american pharaoh's run for the triple crown. we'll do it next from the xfinity sports cast.
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welcome back to nbc bay area. all eyes on the 147th running of the belmont stakes where american pharaoh was looking to become the first triple crown winner since 1978. >> here it is the 37-year-old wait is over. american pharaoh is finally the one. american pharaoh has won the triple crown. >> american pharaoh wins and completes the triple crown. the first winner in 37 years. you can call him a horse or a
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super star. ending with the largest victory in a very long time. >> war warriors getting ready for game two against the cavaliers. kyrie irving will miss the rest of the nba finals because of a fractured kneecap. >> he is a 20 or more points a night player so that changes how we prepare, but not how we come out and compete. they're still a great ball club. they will still want to come out and play. i'm sure we'll see more of dellavedova and maybe mike miller and other guys. over to the giants and phillies, the game was delayed
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39 minutes because of rain. ioki makes it 6-0 giants. bottom of the 4th same score. how about a grand slam off of madison bumgarner. bottom of the ninth, still a two-run lead. giants win 7-5. big day in sports. once again, american pharaoh, he is something special. >> did you make a bundle on that race henry? >> no absolutely not. it's hard getting money from the wife these days so i just passed on betting this year. >> wise woman. >> exactly. >> thank you, henry. >> you got it. >> let's let you know is on tonight. our special "we investigate" is coming up next. then "extra" and then "access
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hollywood." >> let's check in with anthony slaughter one more time. >> hot weather coming. >> temperatures in the mid 80s. even in san jose, mid 80s. san francisco will be beach weather. >> nice. >> thank you for joining us.
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male announcer: you're watching an nbc bay area news special. tonight, we investigate.
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jerry hill: they've said they're going to change they've committed to changing, but they haven't changed. announcer: we investigate security at pg&e. we have the leaked internal memo that tells a very different story about security than the company's public statements. robert sapien: would i like more resources more quickly? absolutely. announcer: we investigate emergency preparedness at silicon valley's airports, why some question san jose's resources when it comes to handling a crash like asiana. tara baxter: it's atrocious that they've decided to sell a domestic breed pet in their meat case. announcer: rabbits sold as food. the controversial new protein at a major food chain, why the producers may not be meeting quality standards. here's chief investigative reporter tony kovaleski. tony kovaleski: thank you for joining us. for the next 30 minutes, we investigate. what's that mean? it means investigations that get results.
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it means following your tax dollars. it means holding the powerful accountable. we begin tonight with a telling internal memo about pg&e's security at its critical electrical substations a memo the company never thought you'd see. it's from pg&e's director of corporate security and we investigate why it contradicts exactly what she told our cameras just weeks before she wrote it. male: you want to keep the public safe day and night, 7 days a week. male announcer: together we're building a better california. stephanie douglas: our commitment is to spend $100 million over the next 3 years. tony: publicly, pg&e has worked to build confidence in its commitment to safety and security. stephanie: to make sure that those facilities are hardened and that we're doing the very best job we can to make sure that our customers have safe, reliable, and affordable energy. tony: privately, a much different message inside the pages of this internal memo. jerry: well, it really clearly states that they're incapable of, at that point, to meet the security standards
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that are necessary. tony: state senator jerry hill reviewed the memo provided to nbc bay area by informed sources from inside pg&e. jerry: it calls into question their integrity as we move forward. they've said they're going to change, they've committed to changing, but they haven't changed. tony: before we get into the details of the memo it's important to understand the timeline. first, in april of 2013, gunmen attacked the metcalf substation. they destroyed 17 transformers causing $25 million in damage with the potential to black out much of silicon valley. male: driving now to a large substation in the central valley. tony: then last july, an nbc bay area investigation included 14 visits to critical substations in northern and central california, reporting to verify pg&e's promise to increase security.
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our reports included insight from a military vet with 2 decades of special ops training. tony: guys are trained like you. what could be done? how long would it take? male: metcalf could be repeated across all the sites that you showed me in less than 15 minutes. tony: then in august of last year, a second successful security breach at the metcalf substation. this time, unidentified intruders cut through a fence, stole expensive equipment, and went undetected for more than 5 hours. it was an indictment of the utility's claim of enhanced security. tony: do you think pg&e has done enough now to prevent another metcalf attack? stephanie: we are working every day to make sure it never happens again, tony. tony: she made that statement on august 18th of last year. just 12 days after that interview just week after the second security breach at metcalf on august 30th, pg&e's director of security wrote this memo to pg&e president chris johns. it includes, "the physical security infrastructure of pg&e
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has plenty of work to be done." and she wrote, "in reality, pg&e is years away from a healthy and robust physical security posture." her written words stand in stark contrast to what douglas told us 12 days before she wrote that memo. tony: would you call pg&e's security right now high level security? stephanie: yes, i think for our critical facilities, we have high level security there, yes. tony: in the memo, douglas also writes, "in reality, csd," the corporate security division, "cannot firmly account for what security assets are in place. and the company's existing security infrastructure is an assortment of technologies many of them outdated." she adds, "i would consider them to be in a fail mode." information in the memo now helps explain why pg&e could not answer this key question last year. tony: can you tell us where we've been and when? stephanie: i'll let you tell me.
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i do know a couple of places that you've been and i know you've been to--visiting some of our sites at night. tony: that's part of our test here. can you tell us where we were and when? stephanie: tony, i'll let you give me some ideas. jerry: they're still speaking out of both sides of their mouth. tony: senator jerry hill spearheaded legislation calling for greater requirements and accountability for security at pg&e substations. stephanie: we work every day to make sure that our security is in a place so that we don't have another metcalf. tony: after reading this memo, was she telling the truth? jerry: clearly says that she did not tell us what--the facts of the situation. tony: the memo also included "improvements continue to be slow, piecemeal, and uncertain." and, "we risk not knowing about security issues and having gaps exist for some time before the issue is resolved." jerry: we don't have years for security. this could be drastic and devastating for our economy and for many people's lives if we lose
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some of these substations. tony: what do you say to the insiders that trusted us with this information, that wanted this to become public? jerry: two words: thank you. tony: now, we requested a new interview with pg&e's director of security. she declined. instead, she sent an email detailing changes since that august 2014 memo. they include more funding and staffing for security, and monthly security reviews for senior managers. since the memo, pg&e is also pointing to the significant security upgrades at metcalf including a barrier wall enhanced detection and deterrence systems and improved lighting. changes certainly, but no explanation for the contradiction in public statements and the reality painted in that memo. coming up next. john carr: at least four slides on one side, four on another. they're going to deploy them all. that leaves one person to manage eight slides.
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can you tell me how you do that? i don't know. tony: we investigate emergency resources at silicon valley's growing airport. the question is, is san jose prepared for an emergency like the asiana crash? that's next. [music] grass fed? mhmm. i'm super into health. bottled tap water? well all bottled water is the same right? you need crystal geyser alpine spring water. made by nature, not by man. crystal geyser alpine spring water. bottled at the mountain source.
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male: i need you to bring in your medical gear reporting to me at the-- stephen stalk: video from a firefighter's helmet camera gives a close-up look at the chaos of the asiana crash at sfo. but it also shows the incredible and immediate actions of the first responders there. female: they all shared a similar experience of an initial impact. stephen: in fact, the ntsb's investigation credited san francisco's fire department's staffing levels as being, quote, "instrumental in responding so quickly and saving lives." male: there's essentially two large openings. stephen: sffd had 23 firefighters on duty all on the scene within 5 minutes of the crash. the first vehicle was there within 3 minutes. so we wanted to know just how prepared is the fire department at silicon valley's airport in case of a similar disaster here. we compared data from ten other major airports listed by the faa as similar in size and passenger traffic to
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san jose mineta international. what we found, san jose had the fewest number of firefighters on duty at any time at the airport. sjc has only three firefighters and a captain. compare that to sacramento and santa ana airports with five each, plus a captain or battalion chief, or pittsburgh with 15 firefighters and a chief officer per shift. les omans: i think san jose is marginally inadequate. john: it's terribly disturbing to me. stephen: john carr and les omans developed and taught training courses for aircraft rescue and firefighting, also called arff, used by airports around the world, including here at san jose. they also both worked as firefighters at san jose mineta in the 1970s and 80s before creating their own arff consulting business. back then, they say, there were six firefighters per shift. now, only four. les: you know, i'd like to see one or two more fire fighters out at the airport. i think they'd be more effective. stephen: but san jose mineta is not breaking any rules. that's because, while the faa mandates
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airports meet a minimum number of arff trucks, the faa has no requirements for the minimum number of firefighters that have to be on duty. kim becker: the faa says it's good enough and the fire department is here and responding. we have those people on site. they're very, very well trained. they train, they drill they know what they're doing. stephen: kim becker is director at san jose mineta airport. stephen: you conform to all faa requirements, no doubt about that? kim: correct. stephen: but if there were a 787 or a 767 that went down without a declared emergency, is there enough equipment on scene, and more important, is there enough personnel on scene to adequately respond to an emergency such as asiana here at sjc? kim: yes, absolutely. we have the personnel, we have the mutual aid response that we need to respond to any emergency on this airport. stephen: no doubt about it? kim: no doubt about it. stephen: none in your mind? kim: none, none. robert: would i like more resources more quickly? absolutely. stephen: chief robert sapien oversees operations for
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san jose fire department, including station 20 located at the airport. robert: the speed in which we can achieve our operational objectives certainly has been affected by a reduction in personnel. stephen: do the math. two of the four firefighters on duty would be driving the two arf firefighting trucks there. the emergency plan calls for the captain to direct the scene and issue orders. so what's left? robert: what's left is a firefighter. stephen: one firefighter, one guy to help with evacuation and rescue of those who survive any crash. john: it's simple math. you have an airplane it carries 250 people. at least four slides on one side, four on another. they're going to deploy them all. that leaves one person to manage eight slides. can you tell me how you do that? i don't know. stephen: san jose mineta's airport emergency plans also call for backups to arrive and help out, but this email memo from fire officials shows average response time of the backup vehicles just to get to the fence outside the airport is 8 to 11 minutes.
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according to the ntsb, at that same point in time after the asiana crash, firefighters had already evacuated all the passengers. les: yeah, it's a big challenge. i mean, all the equipment has got to get to the airport. then they got to get in the fence then they got to be escorted to the scene. john: when i was there, we didn't have runway hydrants. stephen: they still don't. john: they don't? stephen: they don't. right now, there are no fire hydrants on the actual airfield itself at sjc near the runways. of the ten airports we compared to san jose only three others did not have hydrants on the airfield. les: that's a major issue right there. stephen: at sjc, the nearest fire hydrants are located at the edge of the field, or at the gate where the airplanes park, more than 1,000 feet from the center of the runways. les: in a crash out on the runway, you don't want to have your arff vehicles leaving the scene to go resupply with water. stephen: airport director becker says officials chose not to install hydrants on the airfield during runway reconstruction. kim: i think we have a great supply
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of water right out on the ramp area and all the way around the airfield, so i'm confident that they know what they're doing and they'll be able to handle the fires. stephen: do you wish you had more personnel? robert: wish is a difficult word to respond to but i will tell you that the fire department certainly field operations, did propose two additional personnel in this budget cycle. it's up for review by the budget office and the council. it's not for no reason at all, right? we do believe that delivering the services that are required here at the airfield could use some enhanced resources. tony: but the most recent budget for this year did not include any new firefighting positions at the airport. now, we also talked to several pilots who fly in and out of sjc regularly, including one pilot who san jose officials sent our way. all said, they were nervous about having so few firefighters on hand in the event something goes wrong. coming up next, is it a pet or a protein? the new white meat that may not meet one grocer's standards.
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we take you inside the inspection reports next.
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on his quest, jack searched the globe for a flavorful spice coveted by kings and sultans. at last, he found it. exotic black pepper. jack knew what he had to do. trade his most beloved possession. and that's how far jack went to bring you the black pepper cheeseburger. black pepper cheese and peppercorn mayo. the black pepper cheeseburger.
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taste it before it's gone. unit, call our tip line at 888-996-tips or send us an email to theunit@nbcbayarea.com. tony: it's a high end market with a unique problem. when whole foods decided to sell rabbit meat, the decision set off a fierce debate. now, we investigate the inspection records from where the rabbits were raised. is the meat meeting the standard whole foods has promised? investigative reporter vicky nguyen reports. vicky nguyen: do you know if you sell many of them? male: we sell some. vicky: fresh and frozen, a new white meat is available at whole foods stores across the country.
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whole foods started selling rabbit meat last summer in 7 out of its 11 regions in the united states, including northern california. tara: these are already exploited animals that we hold dear. vicky: tara baxter doesn't mince words when describing her reaction to the decision. tara: and i live with two rescued rabbits and it hurt my heart. i expected more from whole foods. vicky: more than the pain of seeing what she considers a family member headless in the meat case, baxter says she fears the trendsetting power of whole foods. tara: if they create a demand for a new meat, that's going to happen across the board. every grocery store is going to try to follow suit. vicky: baxter and marcy schaaf of save a bunny in mill valley created the rabbit advocacy network to educate consumers about rabbit meat, fur farming and cruelty. the group wants to end the sale of rabbit meat at whole foods. marcy schaaf: it's atrocious that they've decided to sell a domestic breed pet in their meat case. vicky: the breed, new zealand rabbits
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like this one, which are among the 3.2 million pet rabbits living in us homes. according to the largest national pet ownership survey, rabbits are the fifth most common household pet. marcy: they learn their names, they play with toys, they bond for life with their humans. vicky: what makes a pet versus a protein source isn't the only issue. rabbit advocates also have a beef with the way these animals go from farm to table. marcy: they're farming these animals in a state where it's illegal for people to actually go and get footage of how the animals are being raised. vicky: she's referring to so-called ag gag laws that criminalize people who take undercover video or photos of farm activity without consent. iowa is one of those states and it's the source of the rabbits sold at whole foods across the bay area. through a federal records request, we obtained the usda inspection reports for iowa rabbit from january 2014 to february of this year.
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records show the number of rabbits dead in the yard and dead on arrival before they were slaughtered. the numbers range from none on some days to 30 dead in the yard 1 day in march, and 38 dead on arrival on a single day in july. tara: that's a red flag for us. vicky: the government doesn't have a standard for an acceptable death rate, and iowa rabbit declined to tell us the total number of rabbits processed on those days. inspection reports further reveal the usda sent a letter of caution warning iowa rabbit for sending out multiple cartons of rabbit meat improperly labeled as usda inspected when they were not. that prompted the plant to issue a voluntary recall. inspectors also found fecal smears on the back tail area of rabbits in their final rinse and skinned rabbits routinely coming into contact with unskinned rabbits, which often had grossly contaminated pelts. the usda noted contamination is best avoided because it's not planned on being removed later in the process.

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