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he was just sworn in for his fifth term. adachi oversaw the work of more than 100 lawyers. his office represents more than 20,000 people a year charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. adachi was a police misconduct watchdog who worked tirelessly for forms and the justice system ending cash bail and costly fees for clients. mayor london breed says adachi led the way in reducing recidivism and standing up for undocumented and underrepresented children. saying in a statement with the i am saddened to announce public defender jeff adachi passed away tonight. san francisco lost a dedicated public servant and our communities lost a champion." adachi also ran for mayor of san erkecisco in 2011. y and uc hastings college of law in 1985. he is survived by his wife and daughter. in the newsroom ian cull, nbc bay area news. >> a big loss for the city for sure. thank you, ian. now to our other top story, a sam boer watch at a popular san francisco beach. police are guarding the area in fort funston where a woman
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believed to have been killed trapped under a landslide. this was the frantic search we brought you live this afternoon as firefighters feverishly dug with their bare hands for hours, hoping to save the young woman. that young woman swallowed by dirt while her friend and a dog made it out alive. nbc bay area's jean elle is there live. jean, the search for the body continues at daylight. >> reporter: it does, jessica. the search has been called off for the night, but determined crews did the best they could to find her, even after t with lightsn e cliffs, cadaver dogs searched for a woman buried in aalking h chief joanne hayes white says two women walking on the beach with a dog were suddenly buried in a mountain of sandstone just before 3:00. people on the beach were able to help dig out one woman, who was buried to her waist. this is video of her as crews took her to the hospital with minor injuries. the woman she was with was completely buried.
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a dog walker who was at the beach right before the slide says people were walking under the cliffs today because the tide was high. >> the waves were coming up so close that you had to walk a little bit up the cliff at times because just the waves were coming up so close. >> reporter: the san francisco fire department launched a massive rescue effort. moreha 50 firefighters rushed to the beach and started digging while rescue dogs searched for a scent. that frantic effort went on for nearly three hours. the rescue shifted to a recovery as chances of survival faded and concerns about the safety of crews grew because they had moved so much dirt at the bottom of the slide. >> there was concerns. obviously, we go all out in our rescue attempts. >> reporter: at this point the woman has not been identified. the search for her body continues tomorrow. firefighters tell me her dog that survived is with her family. reporting live in san francisco, jean elle, nbc bay area news.
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>> very sad. thank you, jean. take a look at this. it's a side-by-side comparison of the cliff that collapsed. on the left side of your screen a google satellite image of what it looked like before today's slide. on the right side you can see all that sand and rock trapping the woman beneath. and not just fort funston. we have cliff sxooids hisides as across the bay area that are vulnerable especially with all our recent rain. sergio quintana continues our coverage in san francisco. sergio. >> reporter: raj, when you come out to fort funston you will see lots of signs along the way warning people that these cliffs can be unstable. today i talked with a geologist who says yes, these recent rains could have contributed to today's slide. geology professor dr. pat abbott says these cliff slides are not unusual but people getting trapped in one is. >> the probable added little trigger, full or straw that breaks the camel's back is probably the rains soaking.
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soaking that sandstone, adding water into that cliff. >> reporter: there are signs posted along the cliffs warning people that they may be unstable, but professor abbott says there's no way to know when a cliff will crumble. he recommends people should be aware of their surroundings when they're out in nature. >> for people walking on the beach like this i don't want to spoil anybody's fun but one recommendation is i'd always walk as close to the surf line as possible, the water line. >> reporter: crews from the menlo park fire protection district were also sent to the scene to back up san francisco firefighters. the decision to suspend the search is difficult but it was for the safety of the emergency crews. >> and you're working against an unstable situation to begin with. i mean, you don't know on either side of where it sloughed off if that's going to be a risk for you and it's going to be harder to determine that as it gets dark and to really be able to see what you're doing. >> reporter: in san francisco sergio quintana, nbc bay area news. in the midst of all of this, good samaritans like javier haro showed one a shovel to try to
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help. his efforts were much appreciated but rescuers said it was far too dangerous for others to be in the landslide zone. now, our team of reporters have been tweeting updates from fort funston since the story broke at 2:40 this afternoon. jean elle was the only reporter that was on the beach during the resc rescue, and she was tweeting photos and video. you can follow us for breaking news. it's a good resource. you are twitter handle handle, @nbcbayarea. developing at thundershower, r&b star r. kelly turned himself in to chicago police and is tonight spending the night in jail. his surrender and arrest hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims. we know that at least three of those girls were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the alleged abuse. the 52-year-old singer whose real name is robert kelly will appear in court tomorrow. new at 11:00, he's coached hundreds of bay area athletes. tonight, though, detectives are trying to determine how many may have been sexually abused.
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four women claim that chioke robinson had sex with them when they were underage. robinson is currently an assistant track coach at san francisco state. the women claim these crimes happened between 1999 and 2011. during those 12 years robinson was a track coach at piedmont hills high school in san jose and then at los gatos high. well, it is dark tonight in some parts of berkeley and the locals aren't happy about it. city-owned lights are either dim or not working at all in some sections. and the people in those neighborhoods say it's just dangerous. new at 11:00, nbc bay area's cheryl hurd is live in berkeley where many say their concerns just aren't being addressed fast enough by city officials, cheryl. >> that's right. and what they're doing right now is replacing the faulty lights with new ones. but as you can see, the lights are on here on university avenue but in other parts of the city they appear to be out. and that's a safety issue for some people.
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>> i do feel a little vulnerable walking later at night because i see crime reports for this area. >> reporter: the area michael murphy is talking about has one streetlight that is so dim it appears to be out. >> it should be a priority to keep the streets well lit. >> reporter: city spokesperson mathai taco says street lighting is a priority. >> what we did in berkeley five years ago is we replaced aw our bulb, high pressure sodium bulbs with l.e.d. lights. >> reporter: in fact, 8,000 streetlights have been replaced around the city. those replacement lights were supposed to last about ten years. but in recent months public works started getting complaints about dark streets. the issue is the lights failing. >> we've gone to the company and we've asked them to replace the fixtures and because they're on warranty they're replacing all of the fixtures that are failing at no cost. >> reporter: the city is negotiating with the san jose company to pick up the cost of labor as well.
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>> we're replacing those fixtures as quickly as possible. >> reporter: for tracy matthews dim lights on her street is a problem. >> it's dark out here. it gets dark early, you know, and i walk home. hurry up and fix them. you know what i mean? and make it more safer for us who walk home. >> reporter: well, city officials say they're doing everything that they can. meanwhile, they say that the l.e.d. lights are saving them a lot of money, some $400,000 a year, and the new lights will save them even more money. reporting live in berkeley, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> cheryl, thank you. well, they say they have their man. uc berkeley police have identified the man caught on camera punching a conservative activist on campus. this video went viral. on tuesday this man pushed and then punched hayden williams. williams is from kentucky and was manning an information table for his conservative group called turning point. now, after the attack pictures of the suspect were posted across campus.
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within hours police identified the suspect but have not yet released his name or made an arrest. continuing coverage now. the oakland teachers strike, which is still on. the teachers union says there hasn't been much progress at the bargaining table, and that means students will likely not be back in class on monday. the district says it doesn't have the money to meet all the teachers' demands. but educators are holding out for better pay, smaller classes and more resources they say for students. >> our picket lines today were bigger than yesterday. in addition to teachers, we continue to have many of our classified school staff, parents and students on the line with us. this was an empowering and joyous day. >> oakland teachers walked off the job thursday. it is not clear at this point when negotiators will be back at the bargaining table. we are getting a sense of the work, the time, and the money it's going to take to fix the richmond san rafael bridge. caltrans has worked several nights this week already to replace a steel joint.
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it failed earlier this month, which caused concrete to crumble and fall right onto the lower deck. in fact, it hit a car. today caltrans announced it will replace at least 61 similar steel joints. beginning march 4th crews will close one lane of traffic in each direction on the bridge from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. nightly. it will take two to three months to replace half of those joints. the price tag, about 8 million bucks. new rules for big companies in the south bay are supposed to start easing the traffic we all face. but for one of the biggest do the rules apply? up next, we investigate if an arrangement between a tech tightn and silicon valley city is leading to special treatment. plus, opportunity knocking. this view of the city could be yours for free starting tomorrow. we'll tell you how. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. we're tracking a developing atmospheric river that's going to be aimed right at california,
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which -- we'll show you which part of the bay area will have a lot morack in 90 seconds. my forecast coming up at 11:19.
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so has google crossed the line? government officials have a duty to serve the public, but when the salaries of city employees are paid by private corporations who do they really answer to? >> there's an agreement between
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google and the city of sunnyvale that's raising some eyebrows bay potential conflict of interest. let's bring in investigative reporter liz wagner. liz. >> jess and raj, this is a story about sunnyvale, google and traffic. most people probably don't know it but google paid the city more than a million bucks over three years to cover the wages of two new employees in the transportation and traffic division. the city says it was to speed up projects that benefit the entire community but the funding agreement raises questions about who was actually benefiting. anyone who's driven through sunnyvale in rush hour will tell you it's a nightmare. now the gridlock could be affecting public safety. >> the traffic is such a problem at this point where it's impacting the entire city. >> reporter: president of the public safety officers association. citing a recent study he told the council in november traffic congestion on our roads is so bad that fire crews are not able
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to hit the travel time response goals during commute hours. >> a fire engine is responding and they're not able to get there in that timely fashion. someone could die. >> reporter: he says it's all due to the explosion of new development. he warned city leaders last year that google's expansion in sunnyvale will increase traffic gridlock. the tech titan has already snapped up dozens of buildings in the city's moffett park area. >> we're all for new development. we just want to make sure that there's some type of plan that's put in place to address the changes that this new development is going to cause. >> reporter: the city's current plan requires many businesses to reduce solo car trips taken by employees or face fines. some are encouraging commuter shuttles and carpooling. but we wanted to know how much motivation does the city have to regulate traffic caused in part by google when the company paid for employees who work in the city's transportation and traffic division? here's what we're talking about.
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from june 2016 through july of this year google agreed to pay nearly 1 1/4 million dollars to fund two city staff positions. >> if this gift was being made to an individual public official, we would all be up in arms. >> reporter: hannah callahan, director of government ethics at the markle center at santa clara university, said the agreement appears to create a conflict of interest. we learned one of the city employees google paid for, a traffic engineer, helped review the vehicle reduction plans at google's offices. >> is this arrangement a way to buy influence? >> even if that wasn't the intended effect, it certainly gives the appearance that that might be what is the motivation behind it. >> reporter: no one from the city would talk to us on camera about controls to prevent the conflict. but the city cites a contract which states google should have no prieshtd over city employee services funded by this agreement. to the traffic engineer several
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managers review google's plans which helps guard against preferential treatment. >> even if they agree that they won't get special treatment, is that actually what in fact is going to happen? >> reporter: google didn't respond to multiple requests for comment. meanwhile, sunnyvale has been working with corporations to calm traffic. according to our review of government records, the traffic engineer found in 2017 that google failed to meet its trip reduction goals at technology corners, one of the company's biggest campuses. sunnyvale allowed google to survey its own employees about their commute patterns last year, and the company says it now exceeds traffic requireme s requirements. even so, frank beluc krichlt says the city needs to get a handle on traffic because firefighters are being stretched too thin. >> should they be worried? >> concerned? absolutely. >> reporter: google is the only company sunnyvale has this kind of funding agreement with. mountain view had a similar contract with google to pay for staffers in public works and community development. the city says the employees
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handled project demands from a variety of companies, not just google. a contract in nearby cupertino calls for apple to reimburse the city for the cost of employees if they hire them. the city says so far it hasn't. back to you. >> liz, thank you. if you have a story tip for liz walgner or anyone else in our investigative unit give us a call. 888-996-tips. or you can simply visit our website, let's bring in chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. jeff, we're going to have like a mixed bag this weekend but then next week is going to be nasty. >> it's definitely going to pick up. we could get some heavier rainfall certainly as we head into the mid-part of next week. let's take you into that microclimate forecast tonight. and you're going to be able to see that we're going to move things right ahead to our saturday forecast. we have high clouds that are starting to increase. so it's not going to be nearly as cold as we've seen it the past couple of mornings. that's a little bit nicer for you. 41 here for the south bay. 43 in the peninsula. and the tri-valley at 39. also 40s here for the east bay,
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san francisco, and the north bay. so really overall the largest change as we head into the weekend will be that cloud cover. let's get you a closer look at that. you can see at 8:00 in the morning on your saturday i still think we'll have some sunshine for the south bay but once we hit the afternoon those clouds will be filtering down for a partly sunny to overcast sky. we'll keep the same forecast as we head into sunday morning, maybe a spotty showers in the north bay also right near the coast. and we'll also hang on to the overcast as we head into sunday evening. now, all eyes of course maybe pointed right up toward this heavier rainfall that is expected to develop. so if you're going up to the sierra, the good news this weekend as opposed to the past several weekends is you're going to have? pretty good travel weather with you mixed with some sun, a little bit of snow shower activity on saturday, and you've got some clouds on sunday with 32 degrees squaw valley alpine meadows 37 lifts, 47 runs. looks all good if you're headed
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skiing this weekend. but once we hit next week we'll put this focus on the bay area. things are going to pick up. we have this developing atmospheric river, also known as that pineapple express. looks like that's going to start up here as we hit monday. timing's getting pushed back on this. so we may not actually see that rainfall start until monday night and then it pick up here as we hit tuesday and also wednesday. also notice this. i want to make sure you're aware. rainfall totals look like they're going to widely vary with this. anywhere from a quarter -- that's right, a quarter of an inch to three inches. let's get a better look at this. and you can see up to the north bay in this one to two-inch range. maybe two-plus inches there for guerinville. and you go from san francisco southward and those totals drop off. maybe only a quarter inch, a little bit more there for san jo jose. if that afrnlsic river lowers a little bit more the bay area could get hit harder with this. prepared for that chaepecifics totals as we head into this weekend's forecast. but again, at least by next
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tuesday definitely looks pretty nasty toward the north bay. >> we'll enjoy tomorrow. >> thank you. up next steph curry gets a tour of his new home, the chase center in san francisco. we're going to take you inside too. >> and we have jimmy. >> hey, guys. hope you're enjoying "the voice" with our pal john legend. be sure to tune in to "the tonight show" later tonight. we have a very special show with tina fey, ben stiller, robertro irwin, florida georgia line. it's "the tonight show" but it's es. you'll see what it's like. you've never seen anything likeg
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charges is now thanking police. police arrested thomas wolf last june after finding heroin and cocaine in his possession. as part of a crackdown police tweeted his photo asking people to let them know if he was back on the street he was banned from. last night wolf tweeted at police saying, "i am now in recovery. i have nearly eight months clean and sober. he thanked the salvation army and gave a special shout out to his arresting officers saying, "you saved my life." if you're afraid of heights, this story is not for you. this is a view from the way up top. beginning tomorrow people will have a chance to gaze at the bay from the top floor of the
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tallest building in the west coast. this is the salesforce tower, and it's going to offer up its first free tours. the company will hold the tours one saturday a month. well, u en happening now, a student is in the hospital after being stabbed at school. some tense moments in union city. happened this morning at james logan high. police say one student stabbed another and then ran from school. that school was placed on lockdown. officers were able to catch the student a few miles away in hayward. they have not released the victim's condition. we're back with more news in a moment.
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san francisco. hard to believe but it's just eight months away. we're talking about the grand opening of the chase center in san francisco. the billion-dollar waterfront arena will be the warriors' new home. >> you picked your tickets yet? >> i don't have my tickets yet. panic. >> it's going to cost you. today a vvip tour, that's very very important person. hello to steph curry. got to wear that hard hat when you get a tour of the construction site. curry and his wife ayesha kind of kicking the tires so to speak. next season, which begins in october. the warriors, as you know, are going to relocate to san
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francisco. the chase center right down the street from ato. it's oracle park now. >> yes. >> there is a down side. the ticket prices will be sky high. so you'd better start saving right about now. we have baseball. yes, spring training in arizona. this is giants camp in scottsdale. still no word on bryce harper, on which team he's going to join. maybe the phillies. maybe the giants. who knows? but we do know newcomers cameron maybin and solarte will make their giants debut tomorrow against the angels. the first game of the spring training schedule. >> back with more in a moment. what's better than having fast, reliable wifi with coverage throughout your home? how about having internet that can help you save on wireless phone service? xfinity gives you the fastest speeds for all your devices. plus, now that xfinity mobile is included, you can switch your wireless carrier and save hundreds of dollars a year. talk and text as much as you want and only pay for data. now that's simple, easy, awesome.
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kari hall is tracking the next set of storms taking aim at the bay area. plus--left high and dry! our consumer team helps a bay area couple after a plumber leaves them without any running water. join us monday morning from okay. it's not every day that you get advice on living your best life from legends. but it happened today for more than 7,000 women in the south bay. feminist icon gloria steinem and superstar athlete serena williams were the keynote speakers at the fifth annual watermark conference for women at san jose's convention center. it's the largest conference for women on the west coast, and it's set on helping women at all stages of their careers gain momentum. steinem told the crowd she's moved by how women across the country have been galvanized to find their voices. >> i have never, ever, ever seen this level of activism. and it's true that people who
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didn't vote are now running for office. >> nbc bay area's a proud media sponsor of the event, and there i am. i was so fortunate -- >> all right. >> -- to be the emcee at today's event. laura garcia, our morning anchor, also did the morning events. so we were there. then we went to nbc responds and we hung out and we got to tool around and see all these fabulous women. fantastic. >> and they have it every year, and it just seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year. you've done it a couple years. >> 6,000, 6,500, and this year we had 7,000. >> say, jessica and serena were playing tennis tomorrow. are we okay? >> the question is am i okay? >> i'll put the sun in her eyes, i'll give you the clouds. how's that? >> collaborating. >> we've got 57 tomorrow, high clouds increase. sunday we are mostly dry, maybe a spotty shower near the coast, north bay. we get thafrmsic river developing monday, tuesday, and wednesday. still looks like most of the heaviest rainfall is pinned up toward guerneville, santa rosa,
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and much less in the way of rain for the south bay. we'll know more on those model updates this weekend. >> i took a picture with serena. i put it up on my facebook. check it out. >> have a great weekend. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon." tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- john legend,


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