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bridge, and traffic of course at this hour is very heavy. and this is one of the areas that could be targeted for congestion pricing, but it's still a long ways off. it's after 3:00, meaning a sea of red taillights are lighting up and queuing up for every approach to the bay bridge in san francisco's financial district and south of market neighborhoods. the ongoing jammed and clogged city streets could face a new deterrent for drivers, congestion pricing. the mayor sent a letter to the board to explore the idea. >> traffic is so bad downtown, that certainly something probably needs to be done. >> reporter: it's not the first time the idea of charging drivers during peak hours has been bandied around. in fact a 2010 study from the san francisco county transit authority called a version of congestion pricing quote technically feasible. >> i think it's making more and more sense with each passing year. >> reporter: but charging for driving on a city street requires state approval, and a
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toll on the famous crooked stretch of lombard street was vetoed by governor newsom just last year. the letter comes just weeks after market street was shut down to noncommercial traffic. another thought proposed in the letter is taking away free parking meters on nights and sundays. >> a lot of people come into the city on the weekend, and i think that, you know, that parking is just as valuable on the weekend as it is during the week. >> i don't like that. i like coming in on sundays! >> reporter: now you might be wondering to yourself, is congestion pricing used anywhere else in the u.s.? at the moment, new york city. that city is in a negotiation with the federal government to implement congestion pricing through manhattan south of 60th street. it's been a 10 month negotiation, and they're still trying to determine exactly how to make it work and whether or not they'll need an environmental impact report to get that off the ground. whatever happens in new york could likely apply here in san
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francisco as well. reporting live in san francisco tonight, andria borba, kpix and now a look at the top stories at 5:30. >> some 49ers greats praise president trump today as he granted clemency to former 49ers owner eddie debartolo. jerry riceat the white house today showing their support. >> san francisco police looking for help finding this man. he's wanted for assault after attacking workers inside a gary boulevard restaurant earlier this month, throwing his phone, some counter items, and even a burrito. >> and nearly 200 people have been given the all clear to go home from travis air force base. they boarded charter buses earlier today, and we were there as some of the buses arrived at sfo this afternoon. after a final screening, the group was given a clean bill of health. the coronavirus is starting to take a greater toll on the bay area tech
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industry. here's more on how facebook is feeling the fallout. >> let's talk about facebook, because it canceled its upcoming in conference in san francisco, that's a big deal. >> it is a big deal. it's not maybe their biggest public facing show, but it's a big marketing conference for facebook, expected to bring about 4,000 or 5,000 people to ink t ism. those people stay at hotel, eat at restaurants, but basically facebook was concerned the coronavirus outbreak could be damaging, and they didn't want a bunch of people meeting together and potentially sharing germs. >> and it's not only impacting facebook, but the surrounding businesses that get a lot of money from the tourists. and a cyber security conference also scheduled, some concerns about that. >> yes, ibm was a key sponsor and decided to pull out. this one is 40,000 people, so that brings a lot of cyber security experts to the downtown area. all of those people, when you have a big brand like ibm
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pulling out, that starts to have a knock down effect. >> you can watch the full interview and get more from cnet every tuesday on cbsn bay area streaming 24 hours a day on fos. the u.s. stock market fell today on news that apple is taking a hit thanks to coronavirus. the company said yesterday it may not reach its second quarter revenue forecast due to production problems in china. tech companies and banks led the sell off today on wall street. the dow slid 165 points. the nasdaq up 1.5. an uber whistleblower just gave her first tv interview about the multiple sexual harassment allegations she made back in 2017. on cbs this morning she talked about her experience working for the ride share giant. >> i learned this was their play book, any time i made a complaint, and i made several
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complaints over the span of the year i was there, and they would say this is their first offense, this is a high performer, we dogiven them a st talking to. >> susan fowler's blog post prompted a major restructuring at uber. in a statement uber says quote susan's courage to speak up was a catalyst for much needed change at uber and in countless other organizations around the world. well, the boy scouts of america filing for bankruptcy. >> coming up, the scandals that put the organization's future in limbo. >> and how the nba is letting you remember legend kobe bryant while supporting his charitable foundation. >> coming up at 6:00, we join search teams oking for a missing bay area couple. family members arrived in marin county to help solve the
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i'm ken bastida at the live news desk. we're just getting video in of a deadly crash along the coastline at big sur. they had to rappel down to get to this wreckage. crews were called to the scene because there was a brush fire off of highway 1 near lucia just before dawn. when they got the flames extinguished they found a chevrolet camaro burned down to its frame and 2 bodies inside. california highway patrol suspects that the car, which
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is a rental, a 2018 rental, ran right off a section of the highway where there are no guardrails, flew into the air and crashed about 300 feet down the cliff. idties of the 2 people found inside. at the live news desk, back to you. all right, ken, such a spectacular stretch of road, you have to pay attention. the boy scouts of america in limbo tonight. the youth organization has filed for bankruptcy amid a wave of sexual abuse lawsuits. several thousand men claim they were molested as boys by scout leaders decades ago. in an open letter to the victims, the boy scouts of america says the organization entered bankruptcy in order to compensate victims. that means victims won't have their day in court and instead will have to make a claim through a bankruptcy court. >> the tragedy is catastrophic. we'll have to establish some
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sort of compensation thatllows receive some sort of justice. >> the letter goes on to encourage victims to file claims so they can receive compensation from the trust. the boy scouts say despite the bankruptcy filing, regular activities and meetings will go on as usual. striking uc santa cruz graduate students facing an ultimatum. submit all student grades by friday at midnight or be fired. the teaching assistants are in their second week of a walk out and out picketing again today. they're seeking a pay hike of $2,400 citing the high cost of housing in santa cruz. there have already been classes canceled, but the university says it's prepared if it has to cancel more and carry on without the grad students. the striking students will hold a news conference in the morning to talk more about the
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potential impact of mass lay offs. in about 20 minutes, a special one night only exhibit is set to open in san francisco in honor of black history month. the exhibit called hidden histories of african americans in the bay area is featured at the california historical society and includes rare collections from the 19th century including photographs and archive materials dating back to the gold rush area. >> this special exhibit is part of a series that we do called in the library that allows members of the public to engage with the rare archives we have that reflect california history over centuries. >> the event starts at 6:00 at the california historical society on mission street, and unfortunately tickets are sold out. coming up, the concerns a hollywood therapist voiced about her ex-boyfriend months
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before police say he killed her.
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this evening we're learning more about the murder of a end wa gourr.the suspect and her concerns. >> she said there was online harassment. he was always kind of a threat. >> reporter: that was the last conversation jessica had with
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her friend amie. they talked a month ago when harwick mentioned her ex-boyfriend, the man now accused of her murder. >> she was fearful of him and concerned. he was always a looming threat in the background. >> reporter: tonight a restraining order from 2012 sheds light on why she feared him whom she dated nearly a decade ago. she wrote he suffocated me, punched me, kicked me. he also came to her apartment and smashed 10 picture frames on my door, creating damage to my apartment. he broke into the complex to do this, and texted me things will get worse. i called police. her restraining order against him was granted, but expired in 2015. >> this breaks my heart that a woman who did so much to get out of toxic relationships. >> reporter: she was known for
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her self-help books for women. she saw purshouse in a chance encounter about 2 weeks ago. >> he made some statements about 2012, so clearly he was hanging onto something that was in his mind. >> reporter: tonight there's a campaign online to bring awareness to the laws on stalking and domestic violence and says noough to help countless women in domestic violence relationships every year. >> if this could happen to someone like her, than how many more women is this. >> according to jail records, pursehouse is being held on $2 million bail. certainly the nba paid tribute to kobe throughout the all star week in chicago, and now some of the jerseys will raise money for kobe bryant and his daughter gianna. the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the bryant family's sports foundation. both teams also wore patches with 9 stars representing all
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the victims of the deadly helicopter crash last week. kobe and gianna's public memorial service is scheduled for next monday at staples center. the number of people in california signing up for obamacare is on the rise. just over 1.5 million people signed up for 2020, an increase of 1.6 percent with a 41 percent jump in new customers. 2 factors in the increase, california boosting financial help to pay for the coverage and also the state's priority in bolstering the affordable care act. in alameda county, some lawmakers are trying to broaden power to punish pg&e. that's if the utility's equipment is found to have played a role in starting recent wildfires. today they announced the accountability and wildfire prevention act to broaden enforcement authority to local district attorneys and the attorney general against utility companies that failed to comply with safety standards and requirements. right now the state puc is the only one with similar
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authority. the punishment could include fines and criminal charges. in a statement pg&e said it's reviewing the bill and it will continue working toward long term safety and wildfire solutions for its customers. brian hackney standing by with a look at the forecast. and speaking of fires, we have no rain in sight. >> no we don't. i've communicated this adequately, yeah. unfortunately you look into the weekend and early next week, sorry. back to you. [ laughter ] >> all right, brian, thanks. >> take it one day at a time. tonight we had a lovely finish to this tuesday with the numbers today a little cooler than they were yesterday. we have a starry night on tap. venus out there again. highs today looking good. temperatures are in the mid-60s for the most part. san jose though was up to 69, very close to 70. redwood city 68. in fremont 68, and high
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temperatures are well above average in the bay area. in concord for example, 68 degrees from today. average 62. we're 6 degrees above average. and that was true, pretty much true for san jose and for santa rosa. so it's warmer than usual. you knew that. overnight lows, it will be chilly tonight. santa rosa cooler than last night at 35. san rafael down to 41. out in the east bay, concord 38, and tonight livermore at 38. livermore is going to be pretty chilly tonight, within 6 degrees of freezing. storm track does remain to the north for now, but the had low pressure in the gulf is eventually going to work its way offshore, and that's why as we run the futurecast ahead, you can see into thursday and then toward friday, there will be more clouds on the way. now here's tomorrow afternoon, looks nice and sunny. but watch what happens as we get toward thursday morning. more clouds come into the bay area. that's because low pressure will be spinning offshore by then. high temperatures for tomorrow will still be warmer than average, but not as warm as
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they have been. there will be a gentle cooling trend as that low pressure begins to lower the heights in the atmosphere, and therefore cool the temperatures. still very pleasant along the shoreline. near 60 degrees. palo alto hits 66. in milpitas it will be 67 degrees. in the east bay mid-60s for the most part. pittsburgh 66, antioch at 66 degrees, and dublin 65. livermore 66. plenty of hazy sunshine in the north bay, and also for san francisco at 62 tomorrow. oakland 64. in novato 67 degrees, and in santa rosa. in ukiah and clearlake, the numbers for wednesday in the low to mid-60s. so tomorrow sunny, and that's not setting a trend, it's simply continuing one. the numbers fall gently from the upper 60s into the
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mid-60s for thursday and friday, but the changes ahead will really be subtle. coast remains near 60. a sprinkle or 2 possible friday and sunday, better chances on friday. but there's no big rain maker from now into next tuesday. the very long range models at least hint that maybe something will change in if march. let's hope so. that's what's ahead in weather. new at 6:00, another hiker goes missing in marin county p le. the desperat them. plus evacuees from the coronavirus outbreak zone finally out after being quarantined at a bay area base. we speak to them about their long journey home. and he helped the giants win a world series, but now he's being benched from their reunion. at 6:00, why a upnext for us, large
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budget cuts could impact tens of thousands of students in the south bay. a look at the schools taking a big hit. obama: he's been a leader throughout the country for the past twelve years, mr. michael bloomberg is here. vo: leadership in action. mayor bloomberg and president obama worked together in the fight for gun safety laws, to improve education, and to develop innovative ways to help teens gain the skills needed to find good jobs. obama: at a time when washington is divided in old ideological battles he shows us what can be achieved when we bring people together to
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more than 100 jobs on the chopping block in a south bay school district. >> len ramirez explains why a $23 million budget shortfall could hit students the hardest. >> reporter: southeast side unit is one of the largest school districts in northern california. over 25,000 students and their families will be directly effected by these proposed cuts. budget cuts have been a talking point on campuses like sophomores are worried their advisors and counselors could lose their jobs. >> they're very important because at the start and end
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of the school year they check your grades. >> i had a counselor that made me want to go to a big university to actually pursue my dreams. >> reporter: but lay offs to those positions, as well as custodians and administrators are a possibility due to the budget shortfall. >> it's around $23 million over a 3 year budget. >> reporter: there are several causes including unfunded state mandates, rises in special ed requirements, skyrockets pensions, and declining enrollments. they have to budget ahead when they don't know how much money is actually going to come in. >> if the first year we're comfortable about the revenue projections, but the second year you're just guessing and the third year you're making stuff up. >> reporter: it's a pressure packed time because the district faces a march 15th deadline to notify staff of potential lay offs that could
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happen in june. david is a student advisor who helps resolve conflicts and makes the campus safer, but he'll likely get a lay off notice. >> we just feel like the district is always putting us in panic mode which is not necessary. >> reporter: that may be, and it's why teacher and staff unions are now asking the district for a deeper examination of budgets to make sure the projections are accurate and possibly find savings. in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. that's it for the news at 5:00. >> kpix 5 news at 6:00 starts now with ken bastida and elizabeth cook. now at 6:00, the mysterious disappearance of a bay area couple. a different feeling now in west marin county. plus: >> reporter: coronavirus evacuees finally out after weeks in isolation. i spoke to them today about their long journey home. >> plus giants fans with some mixed emotions tonight when it comes to benching a former star from a world series reunion.
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our top story on kpix 5 and streaming on cbsn bay area, a more focused search now for a missing couple in west marin county. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. search teaming are not giving up. don ford has more on how dogs and drones are covering some of toughest terrain. >> reporter: it's day 3 at inverness, and still no sign of the missing couple. even though searchers remain positive, the search has become somber. the search for the couple continues, however today there are less than half as many searchers at yesterday. >> because we had such a large response we were able to cover a lot more area than anticipated, so today we have a more focused effort. >> reporter: dogs cover areas like this extremely rugged shore along the bay, much better than humans. the dogs are rechecking areas during low tide.
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drones are also flying above the thick brush wooded areas. every spot, no matter how thick, must be checked. david has lived and hiked these trails in inverness for nearly 20 years and says it's not hard to become disoriented. >> i've been off trail a couple of times looking for something and realized wait a minute, what's my point of reference? if the sun is not out, you can get totally turned around. >> reporter: earlier this morning the couple's son arrived to help in the search. this afternoon he didn't want to talk, instead requesting some quiet time as the day wore on. residents say searchers are still double and triple checking areas. >> they were actually on our property this morning. we have about an acre, and there were guys like literally crawling around in the bushes. >> reporter: both carol and ian are reported to be in good health. >> if it was dementia or something, it might be different, but these are 2 people doing very well, and it doesn't make a lot of sense.
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>> reporter: in inverness, don ford, kpix 5. and we've learned another marin search is going on near the big rock ridge trail for an elderly hiker missing since yesterday. 76-year-old robert bennett was last seen around 12:0 in the afternoon walking toward the valley stone trail head. he was wearing a gray flannel t and blue jeans. search crews are scouring the area now. we've been following the story of a wisconsin family caught up in the coronavirus quaranti daisy and her 2 daughters shared these photos while being monitored at travis air force base for 2 weeks. this is that same family today. we caught up with them getting off a charter bus at sfo finally on their way back home. kpix 5's juliette goodrich has more on


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