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yolo county. the new sketches just released. the trial against the man accused of killing kate steinle. crime scene detectives take the stand. crews begin removing toxic chemicals and debris from the neighborhood devastated by the north bay wildfires as the cleanup process gets underway. good afternoon everyone, i'm mike mibach. >> the murder trial of kate steinle is continuing right now in san francisco. today jurors are hearing more evidence. witness testimony from the prosecution to answer the question of whether this deadly shooting was an accident or intentional. >> ktvu's allie rasmus is live for us with the details. allie? >> the trial heard -- the court heard from crime scene investigators. they also heard from the san francisco police officer who took her accused killer into
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custody, that man jose zarate. this happened two years ago on pier 14 in san francisco in the embarcadero. that's when kate steinle was shot and killed. jose zarate admitted he was handling the gun used in the shooting, but his attorneys are arguing in this case saying the gun went off. the court argued zarate intended to kill steinle. now the gun used in the shooting had been reported stolen the week before steinle was killed. the district attorney says both sides will be calling firearm experts to the stand during the course of this trial to help make their case. >> the former head of the san francisco crime lab who is very familiar. he'll say absolutely these guns have a history of accidental discharges particularly if they are handled by someone who
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isn't properly trained. >> there will be a baseline question. whether the defendant intended to pull the trigger. >> reporter: now kate steinle's family has been in the courtroom all week. her father gave very emotional testimony on the first day of the trial recounting the moment he realized his daughter had been shot. yesterday in court two witnesses testified through their hotel window they saw zarate leave the pier after a single gunshot rang out. another witness said before the shooting zarate was sitting at the pier people watching and laughing. a tourist at the time found his behavior very odd and uncomfortable. now garcia zarate faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of that fifth-degree murder charge. i asked if he plans to call zarate to the stand during the course of this trial to testify on his behalf. he said he hasn't ruled that possibility out yet, that he will, "make that decision when it's the defense's turn to make
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their case." back to you. >> allie rasmus live in san francisco today. allie, thank you. the fbi just released sketches of two people believed to be involved in a mysterious disappearance last november. these are the schedules here. she was found along interstate 5. patini described her kidnappers as two hispanic females. the woman on the left is 20 to 30 years old with coarse dark hair, thin eyebrows, and pierced ears. the woman on the right is 40 to 50 years old with thick eyebrows and pierced ears. the she had -- the woman had flagged down the driver in yolo county on interstate 5. she was battered and bruise, but told police she was not sexually assaulted. she was nowhere to be seen. that has set off a week's long search for her. a $10,000 reward is being
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offered for the identification leading to the arrest of the women. police received a report of a rape yesterday. the female victim told officers it actually happened on the east side of campus early sunday morning. police said the victim knew the man who attacked her, but neither the victim nor the suspect are stanford students. however because the incident occurred on campus, the university sent out a warning about the assault to students as soon as it was reported. so far no arrests have been made. now to the latest on the north bay wildfires. today there's even more aid for some fire victims. under a federal program, people who live or work in the devastated areas can apply for money for food. it's a part of the cal fresh benefit, which is a food program through the u.s. department of agriculture. the amount of money each family is eligible is based on family income. to apply online we supplied a link on our website. look under our web link section. the clean up is underway to remove toxic debris from the
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fire storm. >> that's right we talked to a homeowner about how the process is doing. >> as you take a look here, residents in santa rosa are eagerest get the cleanup process underway. meanwhile crews have begun the task of removing toxic materials after the fire. >> epa is doing surveys today, so they are going through some neighborhoods and they are going to start looking for hazardous materials. materials such as a propane tank or paint containers, pesticide, all of that. >> reporter: on saturday the governor signed an executive order allowing the environmental protection agency to begin removing toxic waste, which poses an immediate threat to the public following the wildfires. it's a critical first step towards cleaning up and rebuilding the 6,700 homes that burned in the north bay fires. meanwhile homeowners who have lost everything are showing up here today hoping once the clean up is completed they can
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fast track the non-toxic debris cleanup for things like concrete and ash left over after the fire. >> i'm not seeing any hitches right now. i'm hoping everybody gets on board and the federal government, the state government, the local agencies have the opportunity to start their work, get the sites cleared. >> reporter: you can see some of the paperwork needed to get the process going. all of this to get the army corp. of engineers clearing some of the non-toxic debris from the homes here that have been devastated by these fires. if residents don't have that information, they can still come here and they will help people through that process. now one final note, officials here describe this as a process working in lock step. first those epa surveyed crews come through and they spot that hazardous material, then a cleanup crew will come through, then the army corp. can begin removing the non-
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toxic debris, maybe the first step towards helping people here turn their lives to some sense of normalcy. in santa rosa christien kafton ktvu fox 2news. some big name entertainers will take part in a benefit concert. bay area band metallica along with dave matthews will perform at a fundraiser at at&t ballpark on thursday, november 9. tickets go online starting today. they range from $50 to $200. some of the best seats will be reserved for firefighters, first responders, as well as volunteers. this afternoon a legal battle continues over a pair of neighboring homeless encampments in berkeley set up on bart property. >> a judge hads allowed one of those camps to hear their camp on this map to remain. this morning the second camp was removed. ktvu's alex savidge live near mlk and 63rd street. >> reporter: good afternoon there. this area on the east side of the bart tracks right near the
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berkeley-oakland border is all fenced off this afternoon. no camping signs are posted here, no trespassing signs have been put up. according to city officials, this encampment drew a number of complaints from neighbors, that's why it was cleared out this morning. i talked a short time ago to one man who lived here for several months. >> i got up at 4:30 this morning and they told us to back up our stuff. it was like a mad rush. >> reporter: city workers arrived here around 5:00 this morning to begin the process of removing the tents and other properties from this site. a handful of people maybe about 15 or so called this camp home and all of them were asked to leave by authorities. over the weekend bart issued a 72-hour eviction notice for this camp, which sits right along the bart tracks near martin luther king and 63rd street. people living nearby had started to complain to the city about this encampment.
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there were several fires here and someone was recently attacked with a hammer at this site. >> the city of berkeley and bart began to receive complaints from residents in the area, particularly a nearby elementary school. and so with the past six weeks or so we developed a plan to try to make sure we protected the property. to do so in a manner that was humane and compassionate towards the people who obviously are caught up in the homeless crisis. >> reporter: and just on the other side of the bart tracks, there's a separate homeless encampment right next to the well known here and there signs on abilon street. after being issued an eviction notice as well over the past weekend, the campers appealed to a judge this week, and that judge issued a temporary restraining order. attorneys for both sides are due back in court for a hearing
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on that particular case to decide the fate of that encampment. >> alex, do you know if there have been any discussions on where these homeless people are going to go, have there been any resources to relocate them somewhere else into more temporary housing? >> reporter: the gentleman i spoke to a few minutes ago who lived here for several months, he told me when they came over the weekend to issue that eviction notice that they were presented with some options in terms of services and temporary housing and shelters that he could go to. so he is potentially pursuing some of those options. he also told me as a matter of fact one of his choices in terms of where he might stay, he might simply go to the encampment on the other side of the bart tracks for the time being since it appears the city may support that encampment remaining in place. >> all right, alex savidge live in berkeley for us, thank you. san francisco has a new
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parks plan and it calls for using the space under the city's freeways. just about an hour ago mayor ed lee and other city leaders announced a new law signed by governor brown to create open spaces under and adjacent to 80, 101, and 280. the law allows caltrans to enter into reduced rate leases with san francisco for up to ten empty parcels it owns. >> with the partnerships we're creating through rec and park and the parks alliance, these are public-private developed spaces that will be taken care of 24/7. >> caltrans owns 75 lots near or under highways there in san francisco. coming up the naacp issues a travel advisory. what it's saying about american airlines and whether it is safe for black people to fly with that airline. and the warm weather continues here in the bay area after a day of record breaking
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heat. a live look out there in san francisco bay. we'll check in with our meteorologist mark tamayo for the details. this is the new comfort food.
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and possible racial bias. in one case an african-american passenger said she and her baby were removed from the flight when she asked to have her stroller before she got off the plane. an african-american woman had her seat assignment changed from first class to coach while her white traveling companion was allowed to stay in the first class cabin. starting tomorrow four airlines will begin new security interviews of all passengers on u.s.-bound flights. egyptair, pacific, and emirates all said they will comply with the request made by american officials. the u.s. department of homeland security is not commenting on the program at this moment. the ask for addition -- the request for additional screening comes after they need to meet new u.s. security regulations on flights. the white house says it will not support the proposed massive water project according to the u.s. interior
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department. the government chose to not move forward and will not fund this project. governor brown wants the water district to pay $16 billion to build the tunnels. the obama administration backed the project, but the plan ran into problems last month when two key water districts opted to not pay for it. we'll turn things over to our meteorologist mark tamayo with a look at our weather. >> our temperatures cooled off a little bit, but still another warm to hot forecast out there. in fact a few spots close to 90 degrees. that'll be the headline once again for your wednesday afternoon. 70s, 80s, all the way to 89 and 90 about 3:00 to 4:00 this afternoon. the main storm track is up to the north of the bay area right now. you can see we still have those northerly winds. those winds are coming out of the north and that warms up the bay area, which has been the case since monday. temperatures peaking throughout the week. pretty warm and hot out there. take a look at the numbers down
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towards southern california. right now it's 97 degrees in los angeles. 96 in san diego, palm springs, the mid-90s. it is just amazing with those temperatures down to our south. we are warming up as well, but in a more comfortable range. walnut creek 78. san jose at last check is reporting 80 degrees. so you know the headlines for this week, it's warm to hot, but we will gradually cool things off just a little bit later on in the week and tomorrow and into friday. but with this area of high pressure, it's been the key player here with sinking air, that's warming air, that compressional heating that has been happening all week long. the temperatures for today and tomorrow, thinking tomorrow will be just a touch, well actually yesterday and today and then thursday, it'll cool things off just a little bit. but take a look at your numbers this afternoon. all the 80s out there. with the dry conditions and the warm temperatures, the fire dangers out there. watch out for that. still waiting for the real soaking rains. of course we had rainfall last
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week, but not enough to wipe the fire danger off the table. san jose we'll go up to 8 -- 89. in san francisco a great day to walk around the embarcadero. be extra careful, the beaches will be gray. high surf is still a factor. in fact swells could build in this weekend once again. temperatures, lots of 80s. probably the day you'll notice the biggest change as we step outside, that'll be on sunday for the second half of the weekend. so it has been hot, but it looks like summer will be in relief. >> all right, thank you, mark. in just about ten minutes, we will air a 30-minute special called on the record bay area police chiefs. i recently sat down with the chiefs of oakland, san jose, and san francisco for a candid round table conversation about the big issues affecting their communities. one of the topics, california becoming a sanctuary state. >> california is a sanctuary
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state now effective january 1 of next year. will you direct your officers to cooperate with federal i.c.e. agents? >> absolutely not. i'm very familiar with the senator's bill. read through it many times. i think they are very careful towards the end to try to balance it out. >> they switched it up a little bit. >> i think they listened to the voices and we're careful about balancing protecting the rights of our hard working immigrants, but at the same time protecting the rights of residents of this community. >> will we violate or disregard federal law? no, i think we have to abide by federal law and we will. but also our cities, policies, and values are really clear in terms of protecting the rights of people that are in our city. >> it's unfortunate because the fear is real. that impacts public safety when people are afraid to call 911 or work with us and be in
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partnership with us because they are afraid of us. >> we also talk about use of force, recruiting, stolen service weapons, why they even want to be a chief of police. you can watch on the record bay area police chiefs again today at 12:30 right here on ktvu. legendary new orleans singer and pianistset domino has -- pianist seth domino has died. ♪ [ music ] he died yesterday afternoon of natural causes. the iconic artist was born in new orleans and first broke into the city's rock 'n' roll scene in the late 1940s. his hit included blueberry hill. he was 89 years old. coming up bay area native tom hanks now speaking out about the accusations against movie mogul harvey weinstein. he's brought us to the brink of nuclear war.
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obstructed justice at the fbi. and in direct violation of the constitution, he's taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth. if that isn't a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president, then what has our government become? i'm tom steyer and, like you, i'm a citizen who knows it's up to us to do something. it's why i'm funding this effort to raise our voices together and demand that elected officials take a stand on impeachment. a republican congress once impeached a president for far less. yet, today, people in congress and his own administration know this president is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons. and they do nothing. join us and tell your member of congress that they have a moral responsibility
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to stop doing what's political and start doing what's right. our country depends on it. we're following breaking news now out of union city where the police departments have been temporarily evacuated as a precautionary measure because of a bomb threat. union city police are currently investigating, but no other further details have been released. we'll be sure to bring it to you once we have more. >> actor tom hanks is speaking out about accusations against harvey weinstein saying there are plenty of people in hollywood who knew what was going on and did nothing.
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this follows other accusations after another woman said weinstein forced himself on her at his house. there are now more than 200 women sharing stories about being sexually harassed by film maker james toback. that follows the los angeles times article of accusations of 38 women. he was involved in incidents that took place in hotel rooms, movie trailers among other locations. he has no recollection of the accusers and denies the claims. california lawmakers are taking steps after charges of widespread sexual harassment at the state capital. a consulting firm has been hired to review policies related to sexual assaults. independent investigators have been called to look into claims of sexual harassment. widespread -- this all follows after widespread accusations
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against harvey weinstein. lawmakers want to combat harassment come january. uber has been hit with complaints from two former female employees other pay and workplace discrimination. among their allegations, the women were ranked by attractiveness by their male colleagues. they were paid unfairly. the complaint may be a step towards the class action suit against uber. the san francisco-based ride sharing company has not yet commented about that complaint. taking a look at stocks now, u.s. stocks are falling today as technology companies banks an industrial firm. it looks like the dow is down 43%, and the s&p is down 11 points. keep an eye on the market. >> dow jones down 100, half a percent there. the world series we go as the dodgers take game one beating the astros last night 3- 1. >> the hottest post-season game
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in mlb history. that is scooped and lifted way out of here into left, bang, starts the world series for chris taylor. >> what a way to start there for taylor. giving the dodgers an immediate jolt in what is their first series game since 1988. dodgers clayton kershaw had a great performance last night. 11 strikeouts over seven frames. astros were only able to get three hits off of kershaw. don't forget game two of the world series right here on ktvu fox 2 at 4:00. we'll have all your local news for you followed immediately by pre-game coverage of the world series. if you're looking for more local news, just turn the channel over to ktvu plus at 4:30. well tonight the san jose earthquakes are scheduled to play their first post-season game in five years. the quake squeezed into the final playoff spot last sunday during the final minutes of the final game of the regular season. they'll face the third seeded vancouver white caps. it means win or go home.
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>> good luck to the quakes there. we are ending the noon newscast early in order to bring you a special, on the record bay area police chiefs coming up after the break. i sit down with the chiefs of oakland, san jose, and san francisco. enjoy the program. thanks for making ktvu your choice for news. >> have a great day everybody.
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unfiltered. >> to be undocumented is not a crime. >> and on the record. welcome to on the record. bay area police chiefs, i'm mike mibach. recently i had the opportunity to sit down with the police chiefs of the bay area's three largest cities, san jose, oakland, and san francisco. over the next 30 minutes we'll dive into a one of a kind conversation where they talk about the top issues affecting the entire bay area from use of force to recruiting. sanctuary states, mass shootings, and much more.
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but first we begin with the recent fires of the north bay and how as leaders of their departments, they can learn from the disasters to make their cities safer. as we sit here, we have heavy hearts. we think a lot of the victims and the fires burning in the north bay. do you look at stories like this, not only think about the loss, of course, but also what you as an individual and a leader can learn? >> in looking forward, what is this department lacking in order to be able to handle that situation in the future? because you know if we don't learn from things that happen elsewhere, then we are going to be cutting ourselves short. >> watching it closely, chief kirkpatrick? >> i am like so many others. we have a few of our own employees impacted. but you hit the right tone when
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you said heavy hearts. i think people do look for their leaders to care about them first. people want to know they are cared about. and it is grieving, the time of grieving, time of confusion. that's when people do look for leaders to care about them and show them a way forward. >> also preparedness. i mean i don't think we could ever be prepared enough for these types of events. oftentimes when these catastrophic advances of this magnitude happen, you have to rely on other agencies to really work together with you to do your job well. and that is really, really important. >> a week before the fires we have the worst mass shooting in our country. i know you had a shooting back in june. but is it your biggest fears as a chief of mass shooting? if not what would it be? >> in today's world, i think
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you just have to be prepared for everything. we have mass shootings, we have what's going on in europe with vehicles ramming pedestrians, that type of thing, so you really have to be prepared. one story out of las vegas that struck me was how a couple of las vegas police officers came in contact with a couple of deputies from the county and that was the responding s.w.a.t. team, that they moved in before talking to whoever they have to talk to, when should we go and do and they just reacted. are your officers trained to do that? >> that is how we're trained to do it. i remember years ago after columbine had occurred at the time. we spent eight to 12 hours in a room trying to figure out tactics if that were to happen. but the interesting thing about it, we're trying to inform our
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patrol. it's our men and women who are working patrol. >> do all your officers have body cameras? do you believe in them? do you think it makes your officers better? not only on, but literally as well? >> oakland was one of the first cities in the country who embraced the body-worn camera early on. our officers today, it is just a part of their work and they don't think twice about it. it serves to protect everybody. >> i believe in them. i do think it helps with us being able to tell the story, whatever way that goes. we talk a lot about protecting the officers, making them better. making the indictment and something wrong before, so it does just paint the picture and tell the story. >> what is the rule? do you all have different rules when it comes to releasing
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footage? >> yes. what is your rule? >> there's only three issues we look at. number one the release of body- worn camera footage, endangering anybody's life. and if the answer is yes, we won't release it. is it going to jeopardize the investigation, that's number two. the third thing is are there any legal or privacy issues that prevent the release of body-worn cameras. i agree with both chiefs here, you have to look at each situation case by case. >> you have to understand from the vantage point of others, just put it out this and we'll have everything answered, right? what do you say to thoseindividuals, kirkpatrick? >> we don't think what they are asking for. i think the guiding principle is transparency. we don't want a child victim who may be captured on a body
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worn camera. we don't want someone's loved one who has passed away to be captured on video and then put it out there for everybody to see. >> to go back to you chief scott, you had to revamp your training with the doj's recommendations, 272. can you say what percentage of those recommendations right now are actually complete? >> about 30% complete in terms of the recommendations that have been completed. we have another 20% that are in the review process internally. so they go through several stages of review before they get to me and ultimately to the police commission. >> seems like a lot of eyes are on police officers in this country, you know, with the cell phone, with the officer- involved shootings of unarmed black individuals. do you think chief garcia, since the black lives matter movement kind of started to swell, has it changed the way you train your officers or how your officers respond in city
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streets? is there a difference between now? >> and the other department, we have been taking on the 21st century initiatives, you know, along -- long before this movement began. the other thing the departments are doing and what we felt we could be doing better. and so we wanted to be proactive about that. we work in a time of non-crisis because we are in crisis in our city. so we wanted to keep putting into that emotional bank account with our community as a whole. and you know, arriving on ships. so we wave the level of additional training, with the cameras, with policies. and we felt and we feel the use of force issue is a very important issue and our department will continue to look at that. >> we're a city of protest, and we're many voices raised. it's important to hear them all
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and to be mindful that indeed we really are public servants. we need to hear these voices. >> a lot of those protests do cause damage. i mean i've been in there in the middle of them before down the broadway streets. >> let me be clear though and i'm glad you said that. i like the fact oakland is the city of protest. but there's a big difference between protest and destruction. so anyone's voice of -- voice of opposition is welcome. you may not destroy our city or property and you may not hurt other people physically. is this a big problem? getting officers, weapons, whether it is their patrol vehicles, personal vehicles. >> and we have policies and how
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officers clear it. is there a bigger scope of things? >> it's a problem, but there's a bigger picture, and i think the bigger picture happens. our officers are to abide by our policies. we do have a policy in terms of firearms. >> if they don't abide by that are they dismissed from the force? >> they are subject to this hearing and you have to look at the case and its totality, but they are subject to disciplinary if it is proven they violated policy. and in these cases, any case, i mean i can't give a blank statement and say that'll be a dismissal case. >> why not? i mean if you had your weapon stolen, it's in your personal vehicle. it wasn't locked and away. >> there's a lot of factors that go into that. let's say you did everything you're suppose to do and your
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weapon still gets stolen, should that person be fired only because they got victimized? there's a lot of things that have to be considered. before the new law went into effect about weapons need to be stored, we've always disciplinedofficers that did not retain their weapons in a way that causes it to get lost. >> is it a fireable defense? >> every offense is subject up to termination. >> do you know how many weapons you've had lost in the last five, six, seven years. do you keep track? >> we do keep track and i have that throughout my head, but we do keep track. >> we keep track of it as well. it's a serious offense if anyone has their weapon stolen. and it is governed by policy, all of these things are subject to severe discipline up to and including termination. i think our our his --
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hesitancy is that they do have a choice.
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welcome back to on the record, bay area police chiefs. the top cops in the bay area's three biggest cities sat down with a frank conversation about the issues facing their communities. at the heart of all their jobs, relationships with those
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communities and the people they serve. why do you want to be a police chief? i mean we're sitting here talking about all these issues and we're not even done, i have more to talk about. but yeah. i mean i'll start with you. even though you were born in porter-kelly you came in to the state at a young age and really you were raised in san jose. did you always want to be a police chief? >> i wanted to be a police officer of san jose. >> so you never wanted to be a leader of the department, you wanted to be a police officer? >> we all started off that way. our careers take us in a certain way at one point. like for me, you know, i worked -- i was never someone to work in administrative roles. i always had a niche in the police department with regards to the proactive units i was in. and it really didn't start crossing my mind until much later on, you know, i want to
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make the daily working conditions of the hard working police officer that wants to go out and do good for this community, that wants to build a strong and positive community, and also wants to keep the wolf away from the door and keep their community safe. what does that officer need to succeed? >> you're also the chief of the city you grew up in, does that mean a lot to you? >> yes, it means a lot to me. i've said this many times. i'm sure it'll come back. >> i am probably the most unique in that this is my eighth police department, my eighth patch, my fourth as a police chief. i wanted oakland, oakland is where i really wanted to be. i think leadership is not about rank, rank is a position, a position of authority, but that's not a leadership. leadership is where your view is legitimate and you have influence, and you can change and make an impact. >> you grew up in alabama, crimson tide.
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>> correct. >> pretty good football team i heard. [ laughter ] then you put so many years, i mean nearly three decades into lapd. then this job pops up. why not stay in the place you've been so committed to for so long and your dream of being a chief there? >> l.a. was a great department. my experience there was i wouldn't trade it for the world. i never had a bad job there. it really had to be because we're at a time now in our profession where we can really make a difference. >> california is a sanctuary state now effective january 1 of next year. will you direct your officers to cooperate with federal i.c.e. agents? >> absolutely not. i'm very familiar with the senator's bill. i read through all the amendments that it had. i think they are very careful towards the end to balance it out. >> switched it up a little bit. >> i think they listened to the voices and were very careful in
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balancing, protecting the rights of our hard working immigrants and at the same time protecting the rights of residents of this community from that criminal element. >> will we violate or disregard federal law? no, i think we have to abide by federal law, then we will. but also our city's policies and values are really clear in terms of protecting the rights of people that are in our city and in terms of having them feel free and confident to access city government, all branches of government, what they can do that without worrying about their immigration status. but you have to understand it just looks like no one is on the same page. whether it's federal, local, but it just seems based on your end and your sheriff's answer and that could be frustrating. for people sitting at home. >> for being an undocumented immigrant, it is not criminal.
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it's civil war and we have no authority over said law. we in the city of oakland take very seriously our sanctuary status and it is unfortunate because the fear is real. that impacts public safety when people are afraid to call 911 or work with us and be in partnership with us because they're afraid of us. >> show of hands, who lives in the city you lead? so what percentage would you say your sworn officers actually live in your cities? come on chief. >> as we start growing, there is an issue with officers driving to the city. >> would your department be better if your officers lived in the cities they patrol? >> you know what, i can't say it would be better or not. >> why not? there's a lot of passion for where you live and protect your community. >> you do. but i know and i have worked
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with men and women who don't live in the city of san jose who would risk their lives just the same for any other officers who live in the city. they risk their lives every day just like i do. >> does it affect you when you're trying to recruit? >> we offer an incentive through our pipeline programs, the cadet who lives in the city of oakland. we will help pay, we'll pay them to be a cadet as an incentive. but it is, you know what, it's an issue where people think you live in your city you'll be more devoted to your city. but i agree with officer garcia. we only have 10% of our officers who live in our city. the finances, the cost of living in oakland is outrageous. and so i understand why people don't live in the city. however a lot of them grew up in oakland. they may not live in the city center or the boundaries today,
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but they grew up in oakland. >> is it a problem for you? >> about 25% of our officers live in the city. like oakland and chief kirkpatrick, there are a whole lot more of our officers who grew up in the city and they grew up here in the city. look, i didn't grow up in san francisco, i'm just devoted to the city as anybody. i didn't grow up here, i didn't grow up in los angeles. 27 years in los angeles, i think i was as devoted. it really depends on your mind set as a police officer. if you're going to serve any city, you need to be all in. coming up when you call 91 you expect -- 911, you expect to get help. but all cities are dropping the pal on answering emergency calls fast enough. it could be putting you at risk. after the break, the chiefs address the 11 response times and what they are doing to fix the problems.
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welcome back to on the record, bay area police chiefs. they are here to protect and serve, but all three of the bay areas biggest police departments are failing to meet state standards for answering 911 calls fast enough. we ask the chiefs what they are doing to keep you safe. response times, california law
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says 95% of 911 calls should be answered within the first 15 seconds. some cities are missing their mark. where are you guys at, are you happy, how can you get better, what's the problem you're having? >> we're not where we want to be at all. we're missing those standardized goals. we're not there. a part of it is our vacancy rate and our communication centers. these communication workers, employees, members of our police department work very, very hard. we are critically short staffed. we did get 403 applicants, so we're delighted with that, but we have to process them and get them in. >> there's two parts to it. the answering of the 911 call, which you refer to, then the response by the police department. when you're calling 911, you want all of it to be good. so we are doing a number of things. hiring is a part of the issue,
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which our department of emergency manager, the city entities that handles 911 calls for san francisco. and they are hiring. but the other thing is our research showed in san francisco there are significant number of calls that are pocket dials that end up clogging the 911 systems. that's public education piece is important. >> for my perspective in watching these stories, you know, you're sadden by the loss of life, but you have hope because of the stories we also tell and hear. my point is we all have heroes in life. i'm curious who your hero is. >> oh geez, that's a tough question because whenever i'm asked that question i stay
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composed. i was raised by a single mother, coming from porter- kelly and to this day she has the heaviest accent in the world. you think we just got here. >> she's with you now in san jose? >> yes, she lives in san jose. she's amazing. she worked through multiple jobs to put me in school at an enormous sacrifice she made to raise me and my sister. whenever it gets rough to come to work, i just think about what sacrifices she made. >> my mother and father have always been my heroes. >> like wise, my mom. i mean i watched her work 12, 13 hours a day and go back to school after we were born. she furthered her education. i know my work ethic comes from her. >> there's much more we cannot
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fit in this half hour, so we posted the video on thanks for watching on the record, bay area police chiefs. we'll see you online and on air.
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