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up. back to you. >> thank you. a lot of lawyers meeting today over september's deadly san bruno pipeline explosion. anne makovec is in san bruno, where dozens of people are suing pg&e. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. but i have to point out in stark contrast to all of that legalese that's going to be going on today, check this out. it is a christmas tree that's popped up on the lots of one of the homes destroyed in the san bruno blast, one of 55 homes damaged or destroyed. apparently >> the. >> who lived here, his kids put up the tree, life will return to normal one day here in the san bruno neighborhood. a lot to work out, lawsuits involving the loss of homes here and the emotional and physical damage to those who used to live here. attorneys for pg&e and those representing more than 100 san bruno residents will start planning court proceedings in the case. the examiner reports those lawyers are expected to decide when to meet with the san mateo
county judge who has been assigned the lawsuit stemming from the lawsuit. they are claiming failure to maintain or inspect the line and negligence. pg&e has said it is not going to rebuild the line in the neighborhood. a lot of the people who live here are still planning on rebuilding, including the man who used to live here. obviously that's going to take more time. there is another little controversy brewing in this whole situation because a couple of the 35 lawsuits were filed in san francisco county and pg&e wants them all to be consolidated. we'll talk about that coming up. >> thank you, anne makovec. oakland as fans are fighting to keep their team. so many people showed up at a meeting some were turned away. the city is look at plans for victory court which would include a stadium on the waterfront. major league baseball will have the final say on where a new
stadium is built. court hearings beginning this morning for demonstrators who protested the verdict of johannes mehserle. some face jail for the riots they held back in november. mehserle was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of oscar grant at an oakland bart station and received a two-year sentence. tomorrow a judge will decide if the former bart officer will be allowed to have bail. oakland police are releasing sketches of men, 20 to 30 years old, last seen driving a 1993 four-door black honda civic. police say the suspects approached a woman on market street november 20th, robbed heard at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. the woman was then forced to take the suspects back to her apartment where the men sexually assaulted and robbed her two roommates. a $30,000 reward is offered for
information leading to an arrest. and this morning, pressure is building for a prop 8 judge to step down from the case. supporters of the ban say that judge steven reinhart should step aside because his wife is in the aclu. now, the group tried to overturn prop 8 which bans same- sex marriage. reinhart is one of three federal judges scheduled to hear arguments next week. and the fate of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy could be determined in the next few weeks. here's live look at a immediating in our nation's capital going on. today the armed services committee opens hearings on the controversial law. a review released by the pentagon this week pointed toward logan openly gay or lesbian troops to serve in the military. president obama has urged the senate to repeal the 17-year- old law by the end of the month. remember the standoff on the bay bridge? it's now causing a new headache for drivers who were stuck
there for hours. the examiner reporting this morning many drivers who were forced to turn around on the toll plaza are now getting tickets from fastrak. fastrak apparently can't distinguish between toll cheats and police activity. transit officials say anyone stuck in the standoff can appeal and have it wiped clean. this morning, an early christmas present for bart riders. bart is giving out 120,000 free tickets to encourage holiday shoppers to ride the rails. each person can get two tickets. the offer just started and ends at 9 a.m. at the berkeley, oakland city center, embarcadero, montgomery, powell and civic stations. 6:04. let's check weather and traffic. we'll check in with tracy first because there's a lot going on weather-wise. >> yeah, a lot going on weather-wise. so currently outside this morning, temperatures not as cold. here's a look at what you can expect as you head out the door. 49 degrees in san francisco.
47 in pacifica and oakland, 42 fremont and 40 in san jose. yesterday morning we had the 30s from livermore all the way to napa. not this morning. the 40s. 40 degrees in livermore, 41 in concord, 40 in fairfield, 43 in napa and the mid-40s in vallejo and san rafael. the reason why it is not so cold this morning, there are a lot of clouds out there. so we didn't have a lot of cooling in the early-morning hours. also got a lot of clouds expected through the afternoon. those clouds aren't here for nothing. they are going to be giving us a chance of showers. 30% chance of showers for the afternoon. highs today in the lower 50s to the lower 60s. chance of showers today, looks like a chance of showers through the weekend. we'll take a look at your weekend forecast in just a few moments. for your traffic this morning, i got elizabeth. this morning, >> thanks, tracy. we are dealing with 10- to 15- minute delays now with bart near the civic center station. earlier debris on the tracks, that's what's causing those delays. civic center to sfo millbrae. all other trains are on time.
ace, muni, caltrain everything on time. we have an injury crash still in the santa cruz mountains blocking the right lane of northbound 17. it's just past the summit near old santa cruz highway. it is an injury crash, an ambulance is heading to the scene now. in the meantime, there is a little bit of slowing in the area. our sensors haven't quite caught up yet, but expect some slow traffic towards los gatos into the south bay. the rest of san jose, actually, looks great. 101 no problems as you head up from morgan hill. 280 out of downtown san jose, no issues there, either. looks great as you approach the 880, highway 17 interchange. maybe if you just go quickly 101 to downtown san jose looks great towards santa clara. back to you. >> thank you. a former bay area cop on the wrong side of the law. the bribery scandal he is caught up in. plus, jim-goers beware, the injury lawsuit over those giant exercise balls. and better hold on to that leash. the tough proposal in one bay
as long as i can remember i've had sensitive teeth. i never did anything about it because i felt t ke okay this is not life threatening. maybe i just need to sip a certain way. or eat something a certain way. until i went to the dentist one day. the dentist gave me sensodyne toothpaste. once i tried sensodyne and kept using it i realized okay this really works. i have stopped using sensodyne in the past for like a week. and then i would notice slowly but surely that same sensitivity would start coming back. i said let me go back to using the sensodyne. this one is a keeper.
today again showers possible. more showers for the weekend. well, we'll take a look at the weekend forecast coming up. new this morning a former san francisco police officer is on the wrong side of the law. he turned himself in this week accused of taking bribes from cab drivers. he allegedly took $100 from cabbies over two years. in return, he would give them a passing grade on their written tests. he is free on bail and pled not guilty. today marks the second day of operation second chance in santa clara county. people with nonviolent miss even if more to or traffic warrants can go to a police station and get a new citation with court date and avoid jail. felony warrants do not qualify. the offer runs through the end of the month. a warning if you use one of those giant exercise balls. one athlete says it burst on him and now his team is suing.
sacramento kings player francisco garcia says the ball gave way when he was laying on it and lifting weights. lawyers are seeking $4 million. that's how much garcia was paid during the 57 games he missed because of a broken wrist. >> there is information that we have that the manufacturer and one of the distributors has been sued maybe a half dozen times starting from 2000. there's a lawsuit in colorado, san diego, tennessee, new york, where they are sued over events where the ball failed. so they know that this is something that is going to happen. >> the ball, which is sold under the gymnickname, is advertised as burst resistant. 6:11. new backlash against pg&e's smartmeters program. the requests people are making today. and want better eyesight?
good morning. thursday morning. when you head out it's not as cold outside. the temperatures for the morning, mid-40s to 50 along the coast, mid- to upper 40s around the bay and inland temperatures from the upper 30s to the mid-40s. plenty of clouds out there so they insulate everything so not as cold. those clouds mean business for the afternoon. 30% chance of showers expected across the bay area this afternoon. and temperatures ranging from 40 to 60. cloudy, showers possible, here's why. cold front coming in. that's what's pushing in the clouds. that's what's going to keep the threat of showers in the forecast for today. and we also have a chance of snow showers in effect for the sierra. that will be for today, friday and also for saturday.
did san francisco, afternoon highs upper 50s in oakland and fremont. 359 in san jose. 59 in livermore, 57 concord and mid-50s in vallejo. 52 san rafael, 55 fairfield, 56 napa and 55 in santa rosa. today, temperatures up to near 60. we'll be in the same ballpark friday, saturday, sunday with similar temperatures as well as conditions. a 30 to 40% chance of showers through the weekend. monday and tuesday, nothing but sunshine expected but do note wednesday the middle of next week, another round of showers is possible. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here is elizabeth. >> thank you, tracy. i'm just getting more details about this noninjury crash now coming out of the santa cruz mountains. we just confirmed that with chp so that's great news. unfortunately, traffic is backing up. this happened northbound 17 near old santa cruz highway. larry with the phone force tells us that traffic is backed up to at least idylwild
now so the right lane is blocked. they went ahead and issued a traffic alert for the area so watch out for that. better news for bart. 51 trains are all running on time. we had some earlier delays near the civic center station. otherwise, ace, muni, cam train also reporting no delays and just want to let you know until 9 a.m. again bart is giving away free tickets good for the next three weekends until christmas. they are trying to encourage those holiday shoppers. let's check the bay bridge toll plaza now. so far no metering lights at least at last check a minute ago. so it is stacking up especially in the cash lanes. busy for this time of the morning, backed up beyond the first overcrossing. fastrak okay. good from the inclined to the "s" curve. traffic is on twitter now. look us up at cbs 5 traffic. you can look up the latest hot spots or if you have a question about your morning commute, look us up online. back to you. us up online. >> thank you. >> or just advice. >> people want to complain about the pothole on the street, whatever. >> there you go. >> whatever you want to chat
about. >> thank you. here's a look at today's top stories. lawyers will meet today to work on lawsuits involving the san bruno pipeline explosion. attorneys for victims and for pg&e are expected to work on a timetable for future proceedings. also opponents of pg&e's smartmeters plan to attend today's meeting of the california public utilities commission. they want more studies on the potential health risks. pg&e says the frequencies are minimal but the utility may still seek a compromise. you might be lucky today and get free bart tickets. the agency is handing out 120,000 of them encouraging holiday shoppers to ride the rails. initial being given out at stations in berkeley -- they are being given at at stations in berkeley, oakland and san francisco. the high-speed rail authority may decide on whether to go lead with the first part of the track. the federal government wants that part to be in the central valley to be easier to build
but there is opposition to the 65-mile route being considered because it would not directly connect any major cities. ♪ [ music ] the uc-berkeley graduate freed from an iranian prison is taking to youtube to help free her fiance and friend. sarah shourd wrote a piece of time while in solitary confinement. money raised from sales will help pay for expenses to help free shane bauer and josh fattal. the video was released to coincide with the 17 months of i want prisonment. the san francisco woman's dog killed a neighbor and the southern california supreme court appeal was denied. the woman is serving 15 years
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dog gets loose... you might have good morning. getting crowded now on northbound 101 from san jose to santa clara. we have a traffic alert on highway 17 out of the santa cruz mountains. we'll tell you when the tow trucks are expected to arrive coming up. time now is 6:23. in contra costa county, if your dog gets loose you might have to get it fixed to get it back. the board of supervisors is considering an ordinance that would require all impounded dogs be spayed or neutered. the idea came up after a 2-year- old boy was mauled by pit bulls in july. owners would be charged the cost ranging from $50 to $150.
it's a pesticide known to cause cancer but the state has given the okay for growers to spray it on our fruits and vegetables. it's called methyl iodide. it will be used to kill bacteria and bugs in the soil mainly in strawberry fields and like those near several schools in the watsonville area. >> i just can't believe that the department of pesticide regulation is being so irresponsible with our children. >> something can always go wrong like nothing's perfect. sometimes we play in the field. we don't want to be breathing pesticides. we want the fields to be natural. >> the state will require tarps to cover fields because scientists have linked them to cancer, miscarriage and developmental problems to methyl iodide. want better eyesight? eat more fish. doctors find people who eat fish regularly lower their risk for macular degeneration. the condition is the leading cause of blindness in the
united states. researchers based their study on the eating habits of more than 2500 seniors. pat burrell has a one-year deal with the san francisco giants. no details are announced. burrell started in about half of the giants games last season hitting 18 home runs. his role next season is expected to be reduced. he is a bay area local. he grew up in santa cruz. professional golf will allow transgender females to play in tournaments for women. the announcement comes after a lawsuit by lana lawless. lawless was born a man but had a sex change operation in 2005. the lpga wouldn't let her play in a 2008 tournament because she wasn't born female. members voted to change that policy earlier this week. 6:25. coming up, remember that standoff on the bay bridge? why drivers who followed officers' orders are now getting fined. and today is going to be a
big day for the more than 100 people involved in lawsuits against pg&e after the blast here in san bruno. but in the meantime, there is a kind of life emerging on one of these properties. we'll tell you about it coming up next. not as much sunshine expected across the bay area today. cloudy skies and a small chance of showers for the afternoon. highs in the 50s in pacifica, 58 in san mateo, 59 in san jose and 60 degrees in morgan hill. we'll take a look at some more bay area cities in today's forecast coming up. [ female announcer ] safeway talks the main course.
your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. good morning. it is thursday, december 2. i'm juliette goodrich. sydnie kohara is off this morning. she will be back tomorrow. 6:29. at least 35 separate lawsuits, eight law firms and 100 people suing after the san bruno pipeline explosion. anne makovec is in san bruno where today we are seeing the first steps to sort it all out. good morning to you, anne.
>> reporter: good morning. yes. it's been a couple of months since that blast on september 9. and a lot of the lots around here still empty but a christmas tree has emerged on one of the properties. apparently, the property owner's kids came and put up this tree on the empty lot as kind of a show that life will return here to this san bruno neighborhood. but in the meantime, the legal wrangling will continue as juliette mentioned. the lawsuits involving the loss of homes here and the emotional and physical damage to the people who used to live here all being explored starting today. attorneys for pg&e and those representing more than 100 san bruno residents will start planning court proceedings in the case today. the examiner is reporting that lawyers are expected to decide when to meet with the san mateo county judge who has been assigned the lawsuit stemming from that explosion. almost all of those suits are accusing pg&e of neglecting the pipeline that exploded, failing to properly maintain or inspect
it. now, at least two of the lawsuits were filed in san francisco county and pg&e wants them all consolidated in san mateo county to be heard by a single judge. a state judicial council hasn't ruled on that yet and lawyers in the case are against the consolidation because they say they should be able to pick their own venue. so we'll see what comes as far as a timeline from today's meeting with all of these lawyers. in the meantime, back in the neighborhood, a lot of people still planning on rebuilding including the property owner where this christmas tree stands this morning. >> that's a good sign. all right, anne makovec, ann, thank you. 6:31 now. and in the wake of a pipeline explosion, some peninsula pipelines are running at lower capacity. so pg&e is offering customers in san francisco and san mateo counties an incentive to cut back on gas use. a $25 gift card. customers don't have to save a specific amount. they just have to use less gas on average than they did the past three decembers. on its way out the door,
mayor gavin newsom is asking top officials to take budget cuts in each department. it could spell paycuts for them. the san francisco mayor asked his department chiefs to come up with ways to reduce their own budgets by 20% before he leaves office next month for his new job as the california lieutenant governor. newsom expects a budget gap of $380 million next year. he made dozens of threatening calls to speaker of the house nancy pelosi. now he is likely headed to prison. gregory giusti is likely to get one year and nine months in prison at today's sentencing hearing. he made a plea deal after calling pelosi's office repeatedly in march. at one time, he threatened to damage her home if she voted for healthcare reform. oakland police have released sketches of two suspects wanted in the robberies and sexual assaults of three women. they are described as being between 20 and 30.
they were last seen driving a 1993 four-door black honda sink. police say they robbed a woman at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. she was then forced to take the suspects back to her apartment where the men sexually assaulted and robbed the woman's two roommates. there's a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. and this morning, pressure is building for a prop 8 judge to step down from the case. supporters of the gay marriage ban say judge stephen reinhart should step aside because his wife has argued against prop 8 for the aclu. he is one of three federal judges scheduled to hear arguments next week on the constitutionality of banning same-sex marriage in california. and the state of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy could be determined in the next few weeks. here is a live look from our nation's capital. the armed services committee has just opened a hearing on
the policy. a review released by the pentagon this week pointed toward allowing openly gay or lesbian troops to serve in the military. president obama has urged the senate to repeal the 17-year- old law by the end of the month. 6:34 now. possible showers on the way. actually think it's likely. tracy has been talking about that all day. >> that's right, juliette. more clouds streaming in today. and in addition to that, a chance of rainfall. here's our satellite and radar showing what we are seeing well to the north of us. rain-snow mix the pink. white is snowfall, that's moving into the sierra today along with a chance of rainfall across the bay area. 57 in palo alto. 60 degrees in santa clara. 59 in san jose. mid- to upper 50s in oakland and hayward. 57 in antioch. 59 in pleasanton. and the mid-50s from sonoma to santa rosa. so did i mention some snowfall for the sierra and a chance of
showers for us today. what about the weekend forecast? we'll take a look at that in just a few moments. i got your seven-day forecast coming up. in the meantime, for your traffic, here's elizabeth. >> thank you, tracy. back out to the santa cruz mountains, traffic alert unfortunately still in effect northbound 17 approaching old santa cruz highway. we had a noninjury crash. the tow truck just arrived on scene a couple of minutes ago so hopefully they will begin to clear it soon. traffic is still backed up to at least idylwild. that's according to larry with the kcbs phone force. at the bay bridge toll plaza, the metering lights as you can see by a view of this camera and all the traffic, the metering lights are turned on. they were turned on a little later than normal, just before 6:30. so the backup extends just beyond the west grand overcrossing. it is also starting to get a little slow right now from the incline to the "s" curve but nothing too bad so far. you also notice that drive time 19 minutes on westbound 80 from the carquinez bridge to the maze. so no big problems right now if you are heading towards the bay bridge toll plaza and using the
eastshore freeway. we were going to show you a live traffic shot of cars heading past ashby where it actually looks good. highway 4 usual bottleneck from a street to somersville road. a longer line of red meaning a lot of speeds under 25 miles per hour. and coming out of the altamont pass, eh, typical 18-minute drive time right now. a little sluggish as you head towards the dublin interchange. overall not too bad for this time of the morning. mass transit after earlier bart delays, bart is running on time. back to you. >> thank you. remember that standoff on the bay bridge chp told drivers to turn around but now, they are getting tickets for following those orders. on the phone with us now is holly quan with kcbs radio. a lot of tickets issued , huh? >> it was an unusual situation last month when a distressed man stopped his suv on the upper deck during rush hour and threatened to blow up the bridge. thousands were stuck in the backup as police talked him into surrendering. during that time drivers although were approaching the
toll plaza were told to go through and then turn around as the chp closed the westbound lanes. the problem is that the fastrak can't be shut off so some of those drivers were dinged as they went through tagged as toll scofflaws and sent a $3 1 fine in the mail. we talked to metropolitan transportation commission spokesman john goodwin this morning. he says the computer is about 15 years old and automatically records toll cheats. it's not clear how many tickets went out but there are about a couple of hundred. they sent out letters clearing those drivers of those fines. >> so it happened on that day, those drivers are clear. do they have to go through the process of turning in the ticket and that? >> they shouldn't have to. the mtc says those letters went out and those people should be cleared. but if you have to you can always turn that ticketed over, there is a place to appeal it but you should already have the letters that say don't worry about it. >> thank you, holly quan with
kcbs radio. the old transbay terminal in san francisco will come down tomorrow morning. they have everything worth savoring out of the 71-year-old building. next a wrecking ball will knock down the concrete and steel structure over the next three months. the new transbay terminal is scheduled to open in about 7 years. bart riders getting an early christmas present this morning. bart is giving out a pair of free tickets to 60,000 riders. it's encouraged holiday shoppers to ride the rails. the tickets are good for a free trip the next three weekends before christmas. the giveaway is until 9 a.m. at the berkeley, oakland citycenter, embarcadero, montgomery, powell and civic stations. oakland as fans are fighting to keep their team. last night dozens packed a planning commission meeting. so many people showed up, they had to be turned away. the city is looking at plans for victory court which would include a new 39,000-seat stadium on the waterfront. fans say it's time to make their presence felt as san jose
tries to lure the team away. >> this is just an environmental impact report. but people need to see and understand that there's a lot of people that want this ballpark here. >> team owner lew wolff has spent the past two years exploring options to move the as within the bay area. major league baseball will have the final say on where a new stadium is built. a small bay area casino is going to court to get some violent video pulled from youtube. here's one of them. it was posted in september. it shows security guards actually grabbing a man near the neck and wrestling him to the ground. this is at the lucky chances casino in colma. it says this and other videos are misleading and paint them in a bad light. 6:3. starbucks and peete's coffee possibly partners? jason brooks tells us what's brewing in business this morning. and parking can be a pain in san francisco. we all know that. how you can do it for free all month long.
sunshine out there. sunrise at 7:07. more importantly, though, take a look at the clouds. clouds filling in today and that will be the main headline for the morning. mostly cloudy conditions. because of the clouds, they helped insulate us overnight so temperatures aren't as cold. take a look mid-40s and 50s is he coast, 50s at the bay, colder spots 37 this morning to 46 but again everyone at mostly cloudy conditions. this afternoon, still expecting plenty of clouds with a 30% chance of showers for the afternoon. temperatures in the lower to mid-50s in the coast, upper 50s at the bay and near 60 inland. we got a cold front moving towards the bay area. that's why we have so many clouds. it's also why we have a chance of showers possible during the day. showers for us, snow showers for the sierra. that's going to be the drill today friday and saturday. and temperatures will be cooling down a bit each day as
that cold front moves through the bay area and also through the sierra. temperatures for today, highs in the mid- to upper 50s, a few lower 50s in there with san rafael, mid-50s in vallejo, 57 oakland, 58 fremont, 59 san jose, 59 livermore, and 57 degrees in concord. so for today, plenty of clouds expected, a small chance of a shower for the afternoon. and that will remain the trend friday, saturday and sunday. a 30% chance of showers. as we move through the weekend. monday and tuesday i see sunshine on there for monday and for tuesday. but for wednesday, another round of showers will move back into the forecast. saturday evening, it is the hometown holiday parade. and those are some of the cutest kids. main street, pleasanton, cloudy with showers. temperatures will be in the upper 50s. also saturday evening, the tree lighting and stroll going on in oakland. cloudy and chance of showers temperatures in the upper 50s. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here is elizabeth. >> thank you, tracy. and a couple of events going on
this weekend. for your traffic, here's elizabeth. i like that. thank you. let's go out live to san jose. northbound traffic on 101, definitely getting more crowded now up towards santa clara. also, a few brake lights from hellyer towards oakland row. westbound 237 around zanker road in san jose we have an accident sounds like it is blocking lanes. so it's already getting sluggish as you make your way out of milpitas in those westbound lanes of 237. we'll continue to follow that one. this is another new crash southbound 680 near the sunol exit. as you can see from our sensors, already pretty slow, a lot of heavy traffic coming through the sunol grade. it sounds like one lane is blocked there. better news for the santa cruz mountains. we have been talking about this traffic alert for a good 45 minutes or so. northbound highway 17 near old santa cruz highway, they got a car cleared out of lanes, it was a two-car crash. it had been blocking the right lane for a good while but again
the traffic alert cancelled, tow truck has left the scene. so now you're pretty good as you head up towards los gatos. at the bay bridge toll plaza, the metering lights are on now so we are left with a good sized backup. already to the 880 overcrossing, 15 minutes or so to get you on the bridge and then you find it heavy from the incline towards the "s" curve. mass transit is on time. remember our radio partners when you hit the roads, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. back to you. >> thank you. 6:46. it's a bad habit but lots of drivers still do it, talk or text while driving. now the feds are looking at technology that would make it impossible. they are evaluating software to disable mobile phones while inside vehicles. it would activate when cars reach a certain speed. so right now there are no federal laws against driving and using a cell phone. distracted driving caused at
least 5500 deaths last year. san francisco is offering shoppers an easy way to save cash during the holidays. carpoolers can now park for free at 8 city garages including several downtown. cars were three people in them get one hour free parking. four people get you two free hours. the deal is in effect every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through december 26. unemployment is growing but the trend is improving. here's jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. >> a little hiccup in weekly unemployment claims rising 26,000 to 436,000. saw a nice decrease last week. but when you look at the four- week average, came in a little lower to 431,000. that's the first time all year that we have seen the claims on a four-week span under 450,000. it's a positive trend. need to see that below 400,000
to indicate any sort of real turnaround in the job market. of course, the holidays are very difficult time to gauge how the job market is doing. we have a lot of temporary hiring by retailers. speaking of retailers, really looking at a very solid start to the holiday shopping season. number of them coming in with november reports. several reported strong numbers including san francisco-based gap. overall sales for the three chains combined coming in at 4%. about 1 1/2 points better than analysts were expecting. ross stores seeing sales increase 6%. that's almost twice as much as what analysts were expecting for the month of november. going to kept an eye on peete's coffee. an analyst says that the emeryville-based company could be a possible target for starbucks as they look to push their products in a grocery chain. starbucks is looking to ending its current distribution agreement with kraft and the analyst says that peete's could do a much better job than kraft's filling that role for
starbucks. those rumors spiked the shares yesterday by nearly 9% for peete's pulling back a little from this morning. they are not commenting on speculation about potential takeovers. the stock market now is gaining off of the strong retail numbers after a nice day yesterday when it was up. all three are up. >> thank you, jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. dragon, dwarves and warriors that can only mean one thing. the latest installment of the chronicles of narnia. "eye on the bay's" liam mayclem traveled to london for the royal premier. >> reporter: hello from london. this is very exciting. it's a snowy night here in london for the royal premier of the chronicles of narnia. yes, my friends, this a big night because as the invite says, this royal premier is in
the presence, the gracious presence of her majesty the queen and his royal highness the duke of edinboro. now, i have to say, this is the first time in my life that i have been able to say, i went to the movies with the queen. queen elizabeth herself. so of course i'm sure she got big things on her mind like the upcoming nuptials her grandson, william, getting married in april. but on this night it's all about the cs lewis carry-on conflicts narnia. i talked to a couple of the stars. >> taking on this movie this far... [ indiscernible ] >> it's a challenge of doing something i have never done before. a fantasy film lots of visual effects. it's exciting. it keeps you young. it's a challenge. >> saying good-bye to narnia? >> i said good-bye once. i come back in a dream
sequential. this is it for me. it's sad. >> i got to plate king for seven months and it was fantastic, i played the king for seven months, aboard my ship in sunny queensland. >> i had a great time. >> reporter: ah, the stars just as excited to be in a theater with me with her majesty queen elizabeth herself. i can say i have been to the movies with the queen, with queen liz herself. i can say i have done it. i have the invite to prove t if you want to see it you can without the queen. it opens across america and around the world on december 10. in london, on the red carpet, that was walked on by her majesty the queen of england, liam mayclem, cbs 5. >> was he name dropping a lot or is that just me? yeah. [ laughter ] >> he said the queen like 20
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deadly pipeline explosion on the peninsula. today la of laura bush are starting work out allow to handle all the lawsuits stemming from september's deadly pipeline explosion on the peninsula. anne makovec reports. >> reporter: first i want to show you this because it's a positive scene here on one of the empty lots, the moments destroyed by the san bruno blast. it's a little christmas tree that apparently the children of the property owners put up as a sign that life will go on. this is one. many property owners here planning to rebuild after the damage in september in san bruno. attorneys for pg&e and those representing more than 100 san bruno residents will start planning their court proceedings in the case today. the examiner is reporting those lawyers are expected to decide when to meet with the san mateo
county judge who has been assigned the lawsuit stemming from that explosion. almost all of those lawsuits are accusing pg&e of neglecting the pipeline that exploded here failing to properly maintain and inspect it. and there is one other point of contention. pg&e wants to consolidate all of the 35 lawsuits in this case but two of them are actually filed in san francisco county so that's going through a state panel right now. in the meantime, a lot of folks around the area are planning to rebuild. it's obviously going to be slow in coming but we did get that piece of news a few weeks ago that pg&e said they are not planning to rebuild the pipeline here in this neighborhood. >> all right. that tree is a nice sign there. anne makovec in san bruno, thank you. 6:56. drivers who were stuck on the bay bridge during last month's standoff got fined. drivers were stopped when a man parked his suv and threatened to blow up the bridge. chp officers forced drivers to turn around on the toll plaza. the fastrak camera caught the action prompting tickets to go
out. our partners at kcbs radio spoke to the mtc this morning. officials say the system is 15 years old and can't determine what is and is not police activity. so they have sent out letters to the drivers clearing them of the fines. pressure is building for a prop 8 judge to step down from the case. supporters of the ban say judge stephen reinhardt should step aside because his wife is in the aclu. the group tried to overturn prop 8 which bans same-sex marriage. reinhardt is one of three federal judges scheduled to hear arguments next week. let's check in with traffic and weather. >> we have a lot brewing today. we have clouds moving in. those clouds are stopping us from being scold this morning but they will also lead to us a chance of showers in the forecast for this afternoon, a 30% chance of showers and highs today in the mid- to upper 50s.
small chance of showers through sunday. monday and tuesday sunny, more rain expected wednesday. this weekend, looking for things to do? the holiday ice rink in embarcadero center will be open. cloudy with a chance of showers and temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s. we also have the ice rink at union square. so you go out shopping a little tired need to work out and work off all those calories, maybe you should go ice skating in between. that will wear you out. we also have the rink in san jose. cloudy and again a chance of showers at the circle of palms plaza. so i give you three locations to go and be in good shape this weekend. that's a look at your weather. for your traffic, here is elizabeth. >> thank you, tracy. >> why are you laughing at me? >> i haven't ice skated in years, have you? >> no. >> tomorrow's hi-5 tomorrow is the embarcadero rink. so stay tuned for that. we have several hot spots in the traffic department. two accidents that we're following. right now in san jose, westbound 237 right before zanker road we have a middle
lane blocked due to an injury crash there. as you can see, it is stacking up now as you head out of milpitas in those westbound lanes of 237. also, another crash through the sunol grade. southbound 680 sounds like it's just near the sunol exit. there may be a lane blocked and speeds are around 40 miles per hour. in the santa cruz mountains, an earlier traffic alert. we have been following this injury crash -- noninjury crash. they got all lanes open but traffic is backed up in the area to at least redwood estates. so give yourself extra time if you are heading past the summit. but at the bay bridge toll plaza, not sure what's going on but not as many cars out there. they turned the metering lights on a little later than typical. and it's only backed up to about the mid to the end of the lot. so you're in for a great commute if you are heading into san francisco right now. back to you. >> thank you. o