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>> reporter: this we california lawmakers passed ab 122 with bipartisan support. it allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs when it is safe to do so. the bill sponsor from encinitas says nine other states have similar policies in place, and it is proven to reduce collisions. ab 122 encourages safe riding in our state by allowing cyclists to spend less time in dangerous intersections. according to the sponsors, research has shown yielding in certain stop sign controlled intersections can actually be a safer alternative than coming to a full stop, because it means the cyclist is spending less time in the intersection. we met avid cyclist erin eisenstadt in missing link bicycle cooperative in berkeley. he said while there are some pros to the law, there are some cons as well. >> i don't want young cyclists to get in the habit of ignoring stop signs.
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>> reporter: rose is also a regular cyclist who mentioned a concern for kids. she can think of some scenarios where cyclists would spend less time in the road yielding instead of stopping. >> it might be great and more suburban areas where there is less traffic. 4 she's concerned and the more urban areas like berkeley that it might be dangerous. >> is much as i would like to say let's go for it, i think it could be more confusing. there's already a lot of accidents. >> reporter: many cyclists do it already, but he is concerned some cyclists may push it with the new law. >> i could see a situation where the cyclist is not expecting to stop it all, and in the car, you know, is not ready for that. >> reporter: nine other states have already implemented a similar policy. has it worked there? >> reporter: yes, according to the bill sponsor's office. they pointed us to data from the delaware state police that
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they collected in the first 30 months after they implemented a similar policy. they saw a reduction by 23% and bicycle collisons at the stop sign controlled intersections. a lot of people are buzzing about ab 122, and whether cyclists should have to stop at stop signs. cycling groups are in strong support. then there was this reaction from chris amo who says it won't make much change in how people ride bikes one way or the other. others said many cars only slow down at stop signs anyway. looking live toward berkeley now from our exclusive sales force tower camera. soon you will have to show proof of covid vaccination if you want to hang out indoors. starting september 10, only people who have gotten the shot against covid will be allowed into indoor bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms, even indoor events, with at least 1000 people.
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right now 71% of berkeley residents aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated. the mayor did issue a statement saying, quote, i am so proud to serve the community that continues to demonstrate resilience, empathy, and compassion, but for everyone else, we are past the point of politely asking you to get vaccinated. the world health organization has its eye on the new variant strain of covid. they say it shows signs of being vaccine resistant. bay area health officials say they've only seen a few isolated cases so far. across california right now, the covid test positivity stands at 4.9%, relatively flat. 8700 people are in the hospital with the vibrant virus, that's a decrease from the previous day. by taking a live look in san francisco, where the school district is reporting a milestone when it comes to covid fascinations. sf ust superintendents today announced that more than 9000 district employees reported being fully vaccinated by the
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august 31 deadline, 96% of district workers. starting next tuesday, staff members who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to weekly testing. back to the fire watch as the caldor fire continues to push east. fire crews are continuing to strengthen lines where previously unburned vegetation threatens control areas , and dozens of homes were destroyed in the small community of phillips, just north of the sierra at tahoe ski resort. rene santos has more on the devastation of flames brought to that town. >> reporter: that small community is only a few miles from where we are. we only found three homes left standing on my head and buying trees off of highway 50. this is about 3 whiles west of echo summit. were just off of highway 50, and there are several properties that have been destroyed. were going to show you exactly what it looks like.
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as we crossed the bridge on alpine avenue, we see destruction on both sides of the road. here we have a home that is destroyed, and we also have a property that has been burned. the only thing that is noticeable is that chimney. as we walked further down this area, where tamarack and alpine avenue meet, you can see that more properties have been destroyed. as we head down tamarack avenue, you can see this property here, they address 7880. it was burned to the ground by the flames. walking down the avenue now, there are properties here that weren't touched by that fire. take a look at this. this home has foil protecting it. we found two other properties right next to it that weren't touched by the flames. the fire didn't even burn the firewood. this is phillips heights avenue, were homes here had been destroyed, leveled to the ground.
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this is pine avenue. down this road, we did not see a single home left standing. in that direction is hemlock avenue. we also went down that area, and not a single home is left. we did see small pockets of hotspots and smoldering trees. just to give you an idea of how close this community is to sierra at tahoe, it's only about 3 miles away. reporting at echo summit, rene santos, kpix 5. many people affected by the wildfires in california will now start to look at their fire insurance coverage. what happens when the blaze is out, but your house is been destroyed? the state insurance commissioner has put insurers on notice that they cannot cancel policies and areas where there has been a state of emergency declared. some local homeowners are getting their policies canceled, while others are seeing price hikes. >> it seems unfair that somebody can charge you for a year you don't have any claims, or you haven't paid anything out, and they basically get to take that money, and you don't have insurance.
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>> one insurance agency warned many homeowners are likely to be underinsured due to increased construction and lumbar costs, and a shortage of labor. officials are urging visitors to stay away from all of lake tahoe this holiday weekend because of the fire. the region, usually packed with locals and visitors over labor day, but this year it looks more like a ghost town. the tran20 one is forcing places to close down. activities to be canceled, and has brought dangerous air quality. i spoke with the president of the incline village crystal bay visitors bureau and he says there is also concern traffic a block critical routes for evacuations, as was the fire trucks. >> it's a serious situation, and a dynamic and changing situation. right now is not the time to visit. there will be a time, and we will make sure folks understand when that time is. right now, it is just not the best time to be visiting in the tahoe region
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. >> is for when visitors can return, officials say it all depends on the fire and smoke. you can see my phone interview with the visitors bureau president tomorrow on cbsn bay area . storming the contra costa county sheriff's office is helping out at the dixie fighter. deputy sheriffs and officers from the concord and east bay regional park lease now working in plumas and lassen counties. they are conducting patrols, providing security for devastated areas, and assisting with evacuations. firefighters train all the time, but this week fire crews in san francisco are completing a 4 day health and wellness workshop. the workshop is being run by 02x human performance, training and education company headed by former navy seals. firefighters are getting tips from the veterans my strength coaches, mental performance experts, and sleep scientists. >> the first responder communities are extremely underserved when it comes to this. they often like to not say things. i like to keep things in.
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that is oftentimes a problem, because it can manifest as something more difficult. what of our program is raising awareness about these issues, talking to our first responders, showing them ways to manage their stress. >> the program will also include physical physical challenge, body composition analysis trainings, and tobacco cessation resources. a former sandra lee intro police officer was sentenced for faking overtime hours worked at the department. sergeant robert frank sanchez got 2 years of felony probation, 240 hours of community service, and must pay up to $46,000 in restitution. the da says in 2019 and 2020 am i sanchez approved his own personal overtime for time that he didn't work. he added that time into the payroll system, and edited the system to credit back vacation, sick, and compensatory time that he had already used. the total loss of the department was more than $16,000
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, which is already been repaid. mountain view police are searching for two men after a woman was attacked on a stevens creek trail on wednesday. it happened on the trail between creekside park and central expressway, shortly before 1:00 p.m. officers say the woman was hiking on the trail when she was approached by two men waiting in the bushes. the suspects grabbed the woman, but she fought back and was able to get away. police are now warning everyone to be on extra alert. we are less than 24 hours away from the music returning to wine country. what you need to know before rocking out at bottle rock. is this the future of air travel? the new technology claiming it can break the sound barrier, and take travelers across the world in half the time. coming up all new at 6:00, the new pole painting a very different picture of how the recall vote to turn out. by governor newsom is downplaying those results. this is a big day at the apple homeless and came in. is the deadline for everyone to move out. >> we may not be the cleanest
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bunch, but we are still human, in oh? kpix 5 news at 6:00 with ken and elizabeth is coming up next. and coming up tonight on "cbs evening news" -- the death toll rising after the remnants of hurricane ida slammed the northeast. i am sure you have seen the pictures. record flooding. we will have an update, and the latest on the supreme court ru
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happenings tomorrow, if you are heading off to bottle rock music festival, a few things you need to know before you go. organizers have made some changes to keep music fans safe. you will have to show proof of
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vaccination, or a negative covid-19 test within 72 hours of each day of the festival. also be prepared to show your government issued i.d. bottle rock kicks off at noon tomorrow. headliners include chris stapleton and g easy. of travel is your thing, san francisco to tokyo and just 6 hours? >> one company is promising to make that happen by the end of the decade. in just a few months, bill shoemaker will trade in a simulator for this, the xp 1, built by the company boom supersonic. after it is tested, boom will start building a larger passenger plane called the overture. the company says it will travel up to 1300 miles per hour, and 60,000 feet. >> our goal is to complete all of the rigorous safety testing, and be ready ever for his passengers safely in 2029. >> i do believe the faa will be extremely cautious in the approval of a product like this
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, and rightfully so. >> united airlines is on board, and says it will by 15 of the planes once safety requirements are met. united hopes to start taking them to the skies in 2029. fuel finally running on empty. the response from a you any leader after the last country stopped pumping the toxic fuel. coming up all new at 7:00, another side effect of the pandemic -- low income college students forced to decide if they can stay in school. >> i know a lot of friends that dropped out due to the pandemic. >> i knew i
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it is the end of the road for leaded gasoline. even though the highly toxic fuel was banned in the u.s. decades ago, some parts of the world have still been pumping it until now. let it fuel has finally run out of gas, nearly 100 years after cars first started guzzling it. algeria was the last holdout. the north african country used up its toxic stock pile back in july. the u.n. calls it a landmark win in the fight for cleaner air. >> leaded fuels industries in a
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nutshell, the kind of mistakes humidity has been making at every level of our society. >> leaded gasoline was first sold in the 1920s to improve engine performance, but the toxic fuel ended up contaminating air, soil, and drinking water. the u.s. started phasing it out in the 1970s. a new report from the u.n. shows the alarming cost of climate change. the agency found the number of disasters driven by climate change, such as the wildfires here in northern california, the floods, the louisiana in the northeast, have increased fivefold over the past 40 years. disasters have also killed more than 2 million people, cost more than $3.5 trillion in total losses. >> in the month of july, the hottest since records began, there were heat waves and floods, so, we are not, unfortunately, in a safe place, and the report tells us that the 50 year trend is quite alarming. >> there is some good news. the annual number of deaths
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linked to natural disasters has gone down. the agency hopes local governments will use this report to better prepare. climate change making california's fire seasons more intense as well obviously. is such as california, most of the western united states. a report from climate central issue just a couple of weeks ago shows the increase in number of dangerous fire weather days, so a specific combination of temperature and humidity, along with windspeed, and evaluating how the number of those days have changed in the past 50 years, from 1973 to 2020, and you can see most of the climate zones have seen at least some increase. a bit of the decrease in the dakotas, but all of colorado has seen a doubling, and over 100% increase, and the number of dangerous fire weather days, and a 200% increase in parts of the central valley for california. because of the coast my things
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aren't quite as bad, but still more than a 50% increase in the number of those fire weather days, days when it is more likely that fires will rapidly spread, conditions like we saw around south lake tahoe for much of this week. fortunately conditions there are better today. let's talk about our smoke. some of it drifted back into the atmosphere to the bay area today. we won't be able to completely scrub it out of the atmosphere. there will be low to moderate concentrations of smoke as we head through tomorrow. moderate air quality at worst. here's the good news, while we can't really get rid of the smoke, the densest smoke is mostly going to avoid the bay area. it will stay further off to the north and east. the wind will be out of the south, helping to push them are concentrated spoke further away from us. our air quality forecast for tomorrow is at worst moderate for inland portions of the bay area. i think we are going to get back into the good category around the bay and along the
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coast by tomorrow afternoon. you can kind of see the haze on the horizon, but at least we did not go to completely gray skies overhead like when the smoke is really spec thick. the warm spot was 80 degrees in concord, that's it. not bad at all, but a warm-up is in store. the cool spot was 59 degrees in pacifica. it did not even hit 64 a high temperature. temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. very pleasant conditions if you don't mind the moderate air quality. we are not in the range where it's unhealthy to be outside, but you might want to take it easy if you go for an evening run. we will see the fog spreading into the inland valleys by early tomorrow morning, but then dissipating pretty quickly , and backing away from the coast by tomorrow afternoon. the fog will be less of a factor as we head into the weekend, and temperatures are going to warm up more rapidly as a result of the lack of deep marine there. temperatures tonight, low to mid 50s. today's high was 66 in san francisco it, and tomorrow 70 degrees. santa rosa will be back up into the low 80s, very close to normal for this time of year. concord, upper 80s. very close to normal.
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sensing a theme. temperatures for the end of the work week tomorrow, low 80s in san jose. temperatures across the board will be within a degree or two of the statistical average for september 3rd. temperatures will warm up as we head through the holiday weekend. close to 80 for oakland in the east bay, with close to 90 degree high temperatures for san jose, and into the 90s further inland in the santa clara valley. i bumped up the readings us a little bit for saturday, sunday, and monday, low to mid 90s. we will check out the 4 day air quality forecast again coming up at 6:00. the new pole projecting a very different recall outcome. by governor newsom is downplaying the results. families seeking justice on the anniversary of a deadly dive boat fire that killed bay area residents. what they say could have prevented the tragedy. the south bay tech giant calling in bulldozers to clear
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out an encampment. why their work is not stopping there. still ahead, bone dry bay area hills sending wildlife in search of water. the neighborhoods is your family ready for an emergency? you can prepare by mapping out two ways to escape your home, creating a supply kit, and including your whole family in practice drills. for help creating an emergency plan, visit
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a little preparation will make you and your family safer in an emergency. a week's worth of food and water, radio, flashlight, batteries and first aid kit are a good start to learn more, visit the drought emergency in
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california not only affecting humans, but also wildlife. >> kpix 5's juliette goodrich on the creatures suddenly making their marks in some neighborhoods. >> reporter: there's a lot of creatures. you probably stepped in the front yard and said what happened here. a front yard all chewed up. to some it is a nuisance, but to others a huge problem, but to wildlife, it is survival. >> turkeys, coyotes. >> reporter: it's becoming a familiar occurrence. >> because the hills are so dry, a lot of the springs in the hills have dried up, so they are coming down here. >> reporter: from turkeys trotting along the street in front yards -- >> there had to be 60. >> reporter: to wild pigs being spotted on home surveillance cameras tearing up yards. >> i run them out of my yard because they just pick that every little green thing you
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have. >> reporter: then there is the occasional mountain lion and bear strolling around. >> i can't believe it, it was a bear. >> reporter: nowhere near their neck of the woods. >> the pics come at night and they route up the yard looking for grubs and stuff. they have rooted up my yard a few times, and other people's. >> reporter: wildlife experts say it's the season for these visitors. dry hillsides causing wildlife to stroll to the low-lying areas to find food and precious water. >> are we seeing more wildlife coming into neighborhoods because of the drought conditions? >> around this time of year, food sources have dried up, so they expand their source for food, and they end up in someone's yard and garden. make an extreme cases, homeowners have obtained a permit or a state licensed trapper, but wildlife experts say started taking away an animal's access. >> it can be building a fence around the garden by using a different landscaping technique to remove the foliage at the pigs are going after.
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>> reporter: you just moved here a month ago, so let me ask you this, who is here first? >> i think these animals were here first. >> reporter: and did you know you can actually file a wildlife incident report? yes, if you go on the fish and game wildlife website, you can file this incident report, and someone will reach out to you to give you solutions to what you may think is a problem. in san ramon, juliette goodrich, kpix 5 . now at 6:00, new pulling at the recall race, and a closer look at who is sending back ballots. when the governor seems to be downplaying those numbers. a new video of a student being arrested at a contra costa county high school. the special meeting on police use of force. making the cut, what jurors were asked being before being
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chosen to decide the fate of theranos founder elizabeth holmes. what fire crews have been doing that has been so successful to protect neighborhoods in the tahoe basin. we start with new pulling in the california recall race. >> and our kenny choi says there is in a emerging trend in the balance being returned. is a good news or bad for the governor? >> reporter: it seems to be good. the latest poll is very favorable for the governor when you compared to previous polls, but the governor was very hesitant to admit that when i spoke to him today read early returns are also showing a lot my democrats have submitted their votes compared to republicans, another positive sign for the governor. turnout will be key, whether it is walking, biking, or driving up to return 22 million recall ballots sent out. more than 5.1 million are now in. statewide democrats have turned in more than twice the number compared to republicans.


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