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>> i'm rooting for you. ♪ ♪ >> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at all. >> tonight at 5, the richest man in the world strikes a deal to acquire one of the largest and most powerful social media platforms. twitter, the price tag. 44 billion dollars. thank you for joining us tonight on kron. 4 news at 5 o'clock. i'm grant lotus and i'm vicki liviakis. the outspoken tesla ceo first declared his intent to buy the back on april 14th. but it wasn't until this weekend that the deal actually seemed possible. and finally elon musk confirming the acquisition by, of course, tweeting it out. he says, quote, free speech is the bedrock of a functioning
democracy. and twitter is the digital town square where madl matters vital to the future of humanity are debated. i also want to make twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features making algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots and authenticating all humans. twitter has tremendous potential. i look forward to working with the company and community of users to unlock it end of quote, kron four's terisa stasio. joining us now live in the newsroom to help break this down. theresa. >> quite a day for not only elon but all of the people tweeting about this on twitter. >> without a doubt, this is quite the big story. grant vicki of 44 billion dollar deal. twitter's board chair calling this transaction the best path forward for twitter. the chair expanding those comments by saying that the sale will bring new value to the company and provide more certainty was solid financing based in san francisco. twitter is a public company. it will become a private company after the deal become
sealed, which is supposed to happen by the end of the year. musk, as you may recall, as you mention, offered to buy twitter 2 weeks ago. the company rejected the offer and actually took steps to block it. however, after musk presented a new deal with the enormous cache offering the board approved the payout. as for next steps, professor, about a father who teaches tack at san jose state university called the deal brilliant and a win for users saying a part of musk's plan includes a robust growth for twitter and everyone using it. well, the good news about it is that now you have somebody who a successful seal a 2 leader or order of 2 companies. spacex and tesla. >> so that is the track record him starting with that idea and then making it a big, huge industry. so for an inside look at it, he got to make sure that that twitter is stopped. you know, rolling in this very slow speed of growth
and make sure that it's and match the other platforms. so that's the good news for the u.s. that they can have more users as as we see his management in the coming days and months and years. >> professor benefit adds that some changes we may see immediately is that mosque improving the technical aspects of twitter, for example, putting in did. but and so one can edit tweets. he also says that the plan is to go after those bots, those fake spam accounts we sometimes see on twitter a big question on many people's minds. what will happen to those band on twitter? will it be free for all? the professor says it must may actually put in a small a temporary ban based on what he says that he has seen in the past. he wants it to be more of a free for all. but he said that to one step at a time. we will certainly be watching this% very closely to see what it all happens. again, it will become a private and surprise. and we are just seeing the beginning of many changes to
come on twitter grant vicki. all right, as expected, you know, there's mixed reaction to elon musk acquisition of twitter. >> one of the groups expressing concern is the naacp who fear that musk will allow former president trump back onto the platform earlier today they released a statement saying, quote, mister musk free speech is wonderful. hate speech is unacceptable. dis information, misinformation and hate speech have no place on twitter. do not allow 45 to return to the platform to not allow twitter to become a petri dish for hate speech or fall. so it that subvert our democracy, protecting our democracy is of upmost importance, especially as midterm elections approach. they went on to say, quote, mister musk lives are at risk. and so is american democracy, end of quote. well, earlier this afternoon, trump addressed elon musk's purchase of twitter and he says that he will not rejoin twitter. he says instead he's going to
restart using truth. social within the next couple of days. >> and despite musk's pledge to uphold free speech, there are still concerns about what the sale means for the future of not just the platform, but also for the future of our democracy. and our dan spoke to a bay area professor about the deal's potential threat. >> elon musk has said his decision to take over twitter is all about free speech and making the service better than ever. that's not how everyone sees it. it's really just kind of a perpetuation of the problem. i mean, the the wealthiest people in america can bid to buy and control the suppose it public square. nolan higdon teaches history, communications and education at uc santa cruz. >> he says musk follows in the footsteps of rupert murdoch who owns fox news and amazon's jeff bezos who bought the washington post every time we kind of normalize this behavior, we you know, kind of ask advocate or democratic
responsibility by saying, like, well, just like our billionaire and a lift versus their billionaire. and that's no way to have a democracy. musk has preached a hands off approach to moderating content on twitter. and analysts say that could turn off users. we've a number of platforms try to do this on moderated environment stuff and they have it. >> really held up well up, folks, i that even the even the trolls. >> don't like going on a place that only has other trolls active. and so the and so it's hard to hold an audience if the environment becomes hostile. tech analysts, rob, an early says musk's version of twitter could also have broad implications. >> on the san francisco based workforce. >> a lot of what twitter people have been working on was trying to turn twitter into a much safer environment for people. musk is going to turn that upside down. and right now they are. there are huge staffing problems across the technology ecosystem. and a lot of these people have no trouble finding jobs someplace else. and probably a less
hostile environment. observers point out while this deal is closer than ever to happening. >> it still has to make its way through the sec, which is not a fan of masks. >> they also point out that other bidders could now come forward. in san francisco. dan kerman kron. 4 news. >> oakland, unified students and teachers snow longer have to wear masks. starting today. indoor masking is strongly recommended but not mandatory. the school district will continue to provide covid testing and vaccines at schools. the state lifted its indoor mask requirements for schools back on march. 12th. but they say due to concerns over a covid surge after spring break, the school district postponed lifting the mask mandate for another 6 weeks. the fight over school closures and mergers in oakland continues this time with the teachers union organizing a strike. educators will be picketing friday morning. instead of going to the classrooms, a decision the superintendent is calling
illegal kron four's. rob nesbitt reports on the union's planning. educators in oakland will be picketing in front ofe school sites friday, starting at 06:30am. >> voicing their disgust over school closures instead of spending their day teaching students the oakland education association took to social media, posting their plan for a teacher strike on friday. union president keith brown says school closures is a racist move. closing disproportionately harms. >> black students. we are taking on a fight that is a civil rights fight. >> the district plans on merging and closing schools starting in june to avoid budget shortfalls and improve the quality of education. in a letter to usd superintendent kyla johnson trim l demanded a cease and desist from moving forward with the teacher strike saying, quote, any strike, other withholding of unit, member services or other concerted activity that disrupts the education of district students would be unlawful and unfair. labor
practice a violation of the current collective bargaining agreement between the district brown says the strike is legal usd is violating an agreement that was made by the district and union after seven-day strike in 2019, agreement that there must be year of engagement before closing schools with the which the district has violated. superintendent johnson trim mel's letter goes on to say that a strike will hurt the district financially and impacts students losing out on another day of in-person learning gregorio good tear as teaches 6th and 7th grade at west lake middle school. >> he plans on taking part of the teachers strike saying school closures and mergers will be more harmful than the district having to cancel classes for one day leverage. the most pressure we can as teachers, which is to take. >> action must right. i'm in no taking our own pockets and or depressed the school board to do something that is in line with the resolution, a passing through 19, some educators and community members and oakland are planning to picket in front of port of oakland friday afternoon to try to shut down operations there and have an
economic impact on the city will have the ports response coming up on kron, 4 news at 06:00pm. >> in san francisco, i'm rob nesbitt kron. 4 news on the peninsula. nurses at stanford hospital in packard children's hospital in palo alto walked off the job earlier today. >> demanding better benefits and wages. the nurses say that they're striking on behalf of their patients. they claim under current working conditions. they're not being given the opportunity from the hospital to give their patients the best stand proper care. the nurses union contract with stanford expired on march 31st. and despite weeks of negotiations and the involvement of a federal mediator. they've been unable to reach any agreement. the hospital says that they believe the nurses have been offered a reasonable package of wages and benefits. we value and respect online or psas are competitive proposal. >> has our nurses still at the top of the range even before this new contract? our nurses have been with fixed an
outstanding benefits higher than the bay area. so we're hoping that the union will come to the table so that we can continue our conversations. it is not clear at this point just how long the strikes in the last contract negotiations are scheduled to resume tomorrow. >> senator dave cortese sent us this statement on the strike it read. m encourage everyone to listen to the needs of those frontline heroes who led us through the pandemic and call on stanford to invest in their nursing staff that are suffering from extreme exhaustion and burnout. i'm offering senate bill 2, 1, 3, in the california senate to make it easier for registered nurses and other health care workers too access the workers compensation system in line with those protections afforded 2 other frontline professions. >> coming up with the u.s. secretaries of state and defense promised today when they made in-person visit to war torn ukraine. plus, the judges found president trump in contempt. what trump has not turned over and how much he's being fined every day.
and one guy in custody. the other suspect on the run after investigators confiscated about 4 million dollars worth of fentanyl. >> why there's concern the entire bay area may be getting the deadly drug from the east bay. >> i'm meteorologist lawrence karnow. lot of sunshine this afternoon around the bay area. the fog, t
seized, but investigators tell kron 4 says but you this bus still only scratches the surface of the bay area's fentanyl problem. >> that video that i sent you was was a glimpse of when they first walked and that was just one room of many rooms where the fentanyl was being cut and ready for distribution. >> you're looking at part of the result of what is to date the biggest distribution network bust in alameda county. it happened last friday in the cities of oakland and hayward says alameda county sheriff's spokesperson sergeant ray kelly. in this particular case you're looking at about 42,000 grams of fentanyl. >> that's 42,000. people potentially that would have bought that substance. are 42,000 transactions that would have taken place. you don't need a offend all too to you only need partial, a bit of a gram 10th of a gram or so.
it's concerning one of the major impacts of the fentanyl epidemic in the bay area is the domino effect that it has on the community. >> narcotics task force investigators say it is often the motive for smash-and-grab and residential burglaries. trace, back to someone looking to find something of value they can trade for drugs. they're going to break into your car. we're going to break into your home. >> we're going to commit street robberies to fund their addiction. so i did. kelly says this major drug bust only represents taking down would fit tunnel distributor in the east bay. >> but he says it is far from being the only one. this is just a sample. >> of what's out there, right? we we believe that there's many, many distribution networks like this one and that we haven't even scratched the surface. officials at the sheriff's for investigative reasons. the names of the person in custody and the remaining suspect on the run are not being made public. >> want to get them before the flee. the country has a kron.
4 news. >> the national prescription drug take back day is happening this saturday. it's a day where people with unused prescription drugs can safely dispose of them. the u.s. drug enforcement agency is behind organizing this event. they say that it helps keep harmful chemicals out of local water systems and out of the hands of anyone who might accidentally or intentionally take somebody else's medicine. you can drop off your unused prescriptions at your local police department from 10:00am to 02:00pm you also get rid of e-cigarettes and vape pens. there. >> today, some bay area mayors gathered in sacramento to push for more funding to help deal with the homeless crisis. members of the california city mayors, coalition like oakland, mayor libby schaff and san jose mayor sam liccardo were there. they say the pandemic actually helped significantly when it came to giving shelter to the unhoused and they say it is critical to keep the funding in place in the future. >> we need flexibility. we need to be able to move more nimbly more quickly, more cost
effectively to really address this crisis. we're in the middle of a pandemic. so we have emergency orders all that we could move more quickly. we could move without a lot of red tape. months and months of public hearings and debates, we could get housing debt. >> so bottom line, the next fiscal year starts on july. first of 2023, the mayor say they want to make sure the funds are earmarked by that. >> taking a live look outside right now from a are purchased mount tam ul pius. well. beautiful day. >> chamber of commerce kind weekends lead that into monday. last 3 days of just been glorious and beautiful around the baking believes last week in april. here we go. talking next weekend, but >> yeah, we're just moving right along in the weather. start to cooperate a little bit to start to see some of the fog creep back in. you see that in these months. more of that fog, i think overnight tonight and early tomorrow morning, maybe a little drizzle along the coastline, but the atmosphere, what a
nice a high pressure overhead. now there's a cold front out there. you can see just this week system off the coast line that's going to play and our weather for tomorrow as it begins to move into the bay area. things going hanse the marine layer a little bit. that means more low clouds and fog as we head in toward tomorrow. plenty of sunshine, just little breezy in the afternoon. that fog moving along the coastline right now. you see it parts pacifica right now also stretching into south san francisco in daly city. more of that on the way for tonight. the winds that on shore breeze has been low and that will be kind of a story i think for the week ahead, weather-wise. we're going to see some days are some very gusty winds. i think a little bit later on the week, breezy for tomorrow. and i think those winds kind of ramp up as we head into wednesday and thursday. temperatures out the door right now. 69 in san jose. 66 beautiful in fremont 60, little breeze in alameda. 67 degrees in san mateo ny. 61 degrees. a little cooler into san francisco 50's out along the immediate coastline. it looks this front's going-to slide on through for tomorrow. that will bring a few more clouds coming our way. and we
have breezy conditions kind of kick up behind that. otherwise looks like we're nice and dry. just watch out for the fog least in the morning, up by the coast. all right, lauren, still ahead, a conference kicks off today in sacramento, calling for lawmakers. >> to do more when it comes to supporting crime victims. and another case of that, i semitism being reported in the bay area. how police tonight are responding.
>> anti semitic. flyers in their driveways. danville police posted on facebook saying that they're aware of the flyers that were left in the neighborhood yesterday morning. they say that the leaflets go against the town's values and that they do not condone violence or hate in any form. they say that they're committed to welcoming families and people of all backgrounds to danville. no word if police know who left those flyers. california attorney general rob bonta sat down with several 100 crime victims today in sacramento. the discussion was part of an event that's consideredgone of the largest gatherings of >> survivors in the country. kron four's capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains. >> here at the convention center in downtown sacramento, more than 600 crime victims and survivors from across the state are meeting here for a two-day conference part of today's program focused on how government can improve meeting the needs of crime victims. it's like magic in the air. it's super emotional is super big crime victims from across
california gathering for the first time in 2 years for the annual survivors speak conference live nation. edwards traveled from los angeles. she joined the network of victims when 2 of her brothers were murdered. she says the group has given her space for comfort. it's connected to me, right? i feel like it's connecting to my so my healing my roles. >> it's something that i feel like my family needs that we all need be on the network. survivors say there are more needs for crime victims across california group leaders have called for the state to provide 3 billion dollars in investments to expand access to compensation mental health services funds for community crime. intervention groups, trauma recovery centers and more resources for those reentering society after incarceration. i hear them and i'm here to support their work in to work side-by-side. attorney general rob bonta who is running to retain the seat in the upcoming elections, sat down with the group monday. he says boosting victim access to resources as one of his top priorities. it's unacceptable that victims can get what they
need to heal. >> and so many people to talk about victims. what we say needs to match what we do on fighting crime. bonta told the crowd he's not taking the traditional tough on crime approach. he says he wants to take the all of the above approach. he says that includes making sure communities have economic mobility, access to food and health care. >> plus, ensuring targeted programs are being used like gun violence, restraining orders and investments to reduce recidivism prevention is always the preferred path can prevent every kind. so you have to hold people accountable when they someone >> so there must be accountability. and then on the back into the mus also invest in. we have built haitian and recidivism rates are unacceptable that a public safety problem victims agree. we need preventative services bit so we can stop creating more survivors. >> this group plans to march and then rally at the state capitol tuesday in sacramento. ashley zavala kron. 4 news. >> coming up, a woman with a long career in law enforcement is running for sheriff in alameda county. her plans if
she's elected. >> and have any of those at-home covid tests sitting around their house. well, can you use them if they're past the expiration date doctors weighing in. plus with the biden administration is promising ukraine after a number of high ranking american leaders visit death. >> with president zelensky.
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from a home in san jose. and we have photos of the alleged kidnapper. police say that he. >> when into a home and left with this 3 month-old the baby. the home is located in the 1000 block of elm street. the family says they do not recognize the man who walked in and took the baby san jose police that they say the suspect is a hispanic man, dark complexion, short hair wearing black pants, a dark blue shirt, gray shoes with white trim a great baseball hat and a black face mask. the baby is 3 months old. brandon quell are is wearing a white long sleeve onesie with little dinosaurs on it. once again, the home is located in the 1000 block of elm street in san jose. and for perspective. that's right. near and college prep not too far from. >> a santa clara university. this is the northeastern part of san jose near the santa clara city border right
interstate 80 there. there's a trader in and out not too far from there. so if you know, people in the area forward along this picture here, we've tweeted out it's on kron 4 dot com as well. one as many people as possible to know to be on the lookout for that individual and certainly the little baby there will continue to keep you posted here. but again, police saying that baby has been kidnapped from inside a home in san jose. the parents do not recognize the man seen in the pictures holding the baby. other news. now we go to the latest in ukraine. russia has unleashed a string of attacks on critical infrastructure in central ukraine this morning. missiles hit 5 train facilities. 5 people were killed and nearly 20 others were injured. russia also destroyed a ukrainian oil refinery. meanwhile, 2 fires were reported at oil facilities in russia. the large fires tore thug