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i have an overwhelming feeling of heaviness. >> it's my only job. i don't have another one. >> trying to stay spirited and cheerful for the patrons since it's our last day. it's a bit tough for all of us. >> shutdown 2.0. this round drawing strong pushback from local businesses who fear they won't be able to stay afloat. plus the key covid-19 meeting that might just kick off the first vaccine distribution in america. one of the country's top health experts is speaking one-on-one with "gma" this morning. >> it's december 7th. good morning to you. we start with meteorologist mike nicco and a red flag warning that is in effect. hi, mike. >> hi, reggie, kumasi, jobina. thanks for joining us on this
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monday. it was noisy last night due to the winds. that's part of the equation for the red flag warning. outside the santa clara valley we're still dealing with the potential of damaging winds through at least 11:00 this morning. now, you factor in drier air that's rolling in after 11:00, that's why we have the red flag warning that's going to extend until 5:00. it does not include the santa clara valley. you're missing out on both of these. the san francisco bay shore and san francisco also not in the red flag warning. let's look at the winds right now, up in the higher elevations, still pushing well over 40 miles per hour. we've been up around 50 and 60 during the night. that's why it's been noisy in some neighborhoods. down at the surface, seeing 37 at half moon bay. 33 at fairfield. 24 in san francisco. 31 in santa rosa. this is also going to help us push into record territory this afternoon from 66 in half moon bay to 74 today in santa rosa and also in antioch -- i should
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say also in fairfield. now, we have issues at our beaches and the potential fire threat in the seven-day forecast. that's coming up. here is reggie with more on today's red flag warning. >> all right. thank you. bay area firefighters were busy this weekend preparing for the potential fire danger that is stretching into today. red flag warnings in december are rare. the last one happened in 2017. so with winds through tonight, firefighters are remaining vigilant. >> i don't think any of us thought we would be up-staffing and moving into a red flag and wind advisory for december. it's not typical for the bay area. the concern for winds like this, they will likely bring trees down. >> pg&e planned public safety power shutoffs across northern california today but since the winds shifted a bit the utility opted to cancel most of those. no one in the bay area is expected to lose power. four bay area counties are under a stay-at-home order this morning. it's a proactive measure aimed to help stop the spread of covid-19. the order is in effect in
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alameda, contra costa, santa clara and san francisco counties. marin will join tomorrow. the counties are getting ahead of the state's guidance which says they will reach that level because the icu level is at 15%. the lockdown is prompting changes that will last until january 4th at least. there's no more indoor or outdoor dining. restaurants can only do takeout and delivery. hair and nail salons are no longer able to operate. longer operate. there are no more indoor religious services. capacity at grocery stores can be 20%. wineries, entertainment centers and playgrounds are closed. while hiking trails are still open, parks, museums, campgrounds, visitor centers all closed. the impact of the order on your health and the economy are important to abc7 as we work to build a better bay area. abc7 news reporter julian glover is live at san pedro square in san jose. i though there's some mixed reactions to this. julian? >> yeah. certainly some mixed reaction here, kumasi, as many bay area counties including santa clara
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county jumped the gun ahead of the state to try to save lives here. once again it's closing time for these businesses in santa clara county. many of them in the south bay hoping they will be able to reopen doors on the other side of what will hopefully be the governor's final stay-at-home order. we were out in san jose yesterday with people taking in the last of 2020. the last hair cut, the last chance to dine out at an outdoor patio for the year. restaurants were busy taking down dining now open signs as they once again shift to carry out and delivery only. the situation more dire for hair salons and barbershops. the owner of oh beauty studio in san jose already five months behind on her rent. >> if this closing kept happening, i can't afford to pay rent. i might have to close down my business and take the loss. >> i don't think that closing is the answer. i think having stiff guidelines would be far better than that.
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>> we heard from some folks over at mr. and mrs. hair salon where cuts went late into the night. there were questions about the latest stay-at-home orders effectiveness. reporting live in san jose this morning, julian glover, abc7 news. >> thank you. not all of the bay area counties are implementing this early stay-at-home order. the counties in blue, napa, solano, san mateo and will be able to operate until the icu beds reach 15%. the bay area average is 24% icu capacity. some san francisco small business owners protested the city's new stay-at-home order in front of city hall. pfizer's vaccine could be approved within days. the fda is meeting to review it
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it this thursday. the vaccine has been approved in the uk. the first round of vaccinations there begins tomorrow. here in the u.s., the white house will be holding a vaccine summit tomorrow. surgeon general dr. jerome adams was on "gma" this morning talking about the importance of getting vaccinated. >> we can ultimately end this pandemic but it doesn't matter if people won't get the vaccination. we know vaccine levels are only about 50% for adults for flu, and they go down to about 40% for african-americans. i'm working with historically black colleges and universities, faith communities, i'm working with the divine nine, the leaders of the african-american fraternities and sororities, working with hispanic leaders, we want everyone to get this vaccine when it's available. >> dr. adams also urges people to get the flu shot if they have not done that yet. you can watch his entire interview at 7:00 on "gma." abc7 is committed to keeping you informed about developments with the covid-19 vaccine. if you want to stay on top of the latest vaccine news, we
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assembled the abc7 vaccine team. there's me, dr. patel, kate larsen, luzpena and michael finney. >> this morning president-elect joe biden announced the nominations for his administration's health team. jobina has more on those names. >> good morning. so, president-elect joe biden has picked california attorney general xavier becerra as health and human services secretary. becerra is a stanford grad and served in his current role since 2017. if confirmed, he would be the first latino to lead the department. dr. vivek murthy is nominated to be surgeon general. he served the same role during the obama administration. and dr. rochelle walensky will serve as director of cdc. she is the leading expert on virus testing and treatment. dr. marcella nunez-smith will serve as equity task force
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chair. dr. fauci will stay in his role as director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases and be biden's chief medical adviser of the pandemic. and jeff zients will serve as coordinator of the covid-19 response and counselor to the president. and natalie quillian will self as deputy coordinator of the covid-19 response. we're about a month and a half away from inauguration day. vice president-elect collkamala harris and joe biden will receive their debriefing and meet with transition advisers today. >> thank you. one woman fell into a volcano and is sharing her story of a dramatic rescue. >> and one of the positive byproducts of the windy conditions out there, look at these temperatures, up to 25 degrees warmer than this time yesterday.
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up in the north bay, that means we're around 55 to 61 degrees. elsewhere we have microclimates, 40s, 50s, 60s. we'll talk about the fire threat and the potential for it returning and but you can work out anything wowith comcast business.w. get fast, reliable, and secure internet
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we have the power to harness california's abundant solar and wind energy, but it's not available all day long. use less energy from 4 to 9 pm for a cleaner california. jobina and i are watching the bridges. let me show you the golden gate bridge. look at that crosswind. a little bit of a crosswind here, northeast at 16 to 35. high profile vehicles going to have some issues today. still in the upper 40s to mid 50s at 7:00. low to mid 60s at noon. i think we may be a little under done here at 4:00. it says mid to upper 60s. i think most of us will be around 70 if not low to mid 70s with record highs possible. still in the mid to upper 50s at 7:00. talked about the beaches.
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we have an issue with sneaker waves and rip currents through 5:00 this afternoon. but then look what happens from 5:00 this afternoon to 5:00 tomorrow afternoon. long westerly swell, 25-foot breakers, powerful waves that will run up dangerous surf, even more so than what we're dealing with most of today. so that's why you want to stay away from the water the next 36 hours or so. here's santa cruz, immune from that right now. your activity planner for today, if you're out exercising, be vigilant. we have the high fire danger. if you're out on the bay, it will be windy and choppy and that danger at our beaches. maybe it's a good day to study at home and work from home. at least he would know it's safer there. let's talk more about that commute and get jobina in here. >> good morning, everybody. we will start off with a live look showing the bay bridge toll plaza. i have a couple things to talk about with the bay bridge toll plaza. the chp issued a high wind
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advisory for the bay bridge. metering lights are on. let me check out that time there. metering lights came on at 5:53 this morning. but we also have a semi stalled in one of the lanes on the upper deck of the bay bridge. for people coming into san francisco, you might run into a slowdown there. want to move over to a live look showing off the san mateo bridge here. we have -- looks like -- i think we'll bring up the san mateo bridge. i'm not sure. i wanted to check in on traffic there and tell you it is moving. now you can see it. live look here. no slowdowns to report. also we do have a crash that is in oakland as we bring in the maps here. two-car crash on westbound 980 before jackson, injuries involved here. at least two lanes are blocked right now. expect delays in the area as it
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today is national pearl harbor remembrance day. it marks the anniversary of japan's attack on this day in 1941. this was the day in 1941 that the u.s. changed its stance about being involved in world war ii two years after it started. nearly 20 american vessels and more than 300 airplanes were destroyed or damaged and more than 2,400 americans died. another 1,000 were injured. today there will be a beacon ceremony on top of mount diab mb you can watch this starting at 4:30 today at new dramatics following a rescue on oregon's mounthood. the woman who fell into a vent on the side of the active
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volcano is talking about "good morning america." carolyn sunbum was skiing down the volcano on friday when she plunged 15 feet into a vent on the side of a volcano that was emitting carbon dioxide and water. >> i was terrified. very concerned that the snow was going to fall in on me and suffocate me. >> a bystander saw her fall, pulled her out with a rope. she hurt her shoulder, otherwise she's okay. she said it could have been much worse if she didn't have a mel me helmet on. she's explain what other precautions she took coming up on "gma" after abc7 mornings. >> i have been to mounthood several times. i didn't know you could fall into it. >> in it. she dislocated her shoulder.
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couldn't pop it back in. she went through a lot. >> wow. >> skiing on a slightly active volcano? >> shouldn't there be a sign up? >> something. >> you would think so. there's a sign for everything. that's true. good point, kumasi. i'm glad she's okay. never thought of that. that might be fun. skiing on a volcano. no? okay. the you can see the south bay is immune from the red flag warning, at least in the lower elevation, while the rest of us have to deal with those dangers. record warmth possible today and tomorrow. fire concerns could creep back into the forecast wednesday night into thursday. keeping an eye on this. this is all too familiar so far this rain season. look at that atmospheric river which is missing us once again.
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it will cause flooding to the north. they'll have too much rain. if we could just tap into a bit of that, take the flooding away from them, get rid of the fire danger for us, it's not happening. it's feast or famine right now. you can see as we head through the morning, we're up to very high fire index danger across the north bay. the rest of us are high. over the next couple of hours, we'll be high in the befo before-mentioned areas, while the north bay could go up to extreme. getting to 5:00, you can see things starting to calm down. during the overnight hours, the fire threat will be minimized. let's talk about the byproduct of this dry air and breezes. when air moves from higher elevation to lower elevation, it tends to compress and heat. near record highs today. low to mid 70s out there. only places like livermore, lake port and half moon bay in parts of the peninsula in the mid to upper 60s. tonight will be cooler than this morning with the lack of breezes out there and the dry air.
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mid to upper 30s in the deepest inland valleys. low to upper 40s for the bay and out towards the coast. my accuweather 7-day forecast, with a cooler start tomorrow. highs near record territory. we have a cooler afternoon wednesday, wednesday night into thursday, watching another fire threat, nothing official just quite yet from the national weather service as far as the advisory or warning. as we head into saturday and sunday, expect more cloud cover, a bit above average temperatures, just a slight chance saturday night into sunday of some light showers. so light no storm impact scale once again in the seven-day forecast. back to you. have a good day. >> thank you. we'll turn to ginger zee with a live look at what's coming up on "gma" at 7:00. good morning. [ no audio ]
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>> that's not ginger. but what it is is goats who are apparently in the christmas spirit, friend, do you see them? >> i do. >> what are they doing? >> i don't know. that's booney and madalli munching on popcorn and enjoying "how the grinch stole christmas." the tennessee woman who cares for the goats runs a youtube channel called goat life. she documents different themed outfits they wear. when you're expecting ginger and see goats, it's a twist in your head. >> take a moment and take this all in. >> okay. >> this is a lot. >> nothing makes sense about anything that just happened over the past 60 seconds. okay. coming up, the 49ers with a huge home game on monday night football tonight. they will be playing in arizona though. >> and a male high school student suspended for wearing nail polish to school.
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let's take a live look outside at 6:21. we'll be right back.
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we have the power to harness california's abundant solar and wind energy, but it's not available all day long. use less energy from 4 to 9 pm for a cleaner california.
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welcome back. with all the talk about the fire threat out there, let me tell you it is kind of a marginal fire threat, but something you still want to take seriously. let me explain why it's marginal. our winds are barely making it into that threshold that you can see this morning. up to 30 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour. by 9:00, they're still right there. look how quickly they taper by the time we head to noon. that's why the wind advisory ends at 11:00. the driest of the air will come in when the winds start to calm down at 11:00. while we have a heightened fire danger, it's not one of the worst ones we've had. thank you. the 49ers are gearing up for their home game in arizona
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tonight. the niners are spending most of the month in the desert because of santa clara county's coronavirus restrictions. the 49ers face the bills at state farm stadium on monday night football. the niners are looking for another win after they beat the rams last week. you can watch the game on abc7 starting tonight at 5:00. you can join larry beil and derek deese for after the game at 8:15. marin county is trying to make it easier to get tested for covid-19. according to our media partner, the marin ij, a mobile covid-19 testing van may be soon making rounds at local schools and community centers. the mobile testing site would operate five days a week. participants would take a self-administered mouth swab test. a texas high school student is leading a call for change after he got suspended for wearing nail polish.
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trevor wilkinson is on "gma" talking about it. >> it's to remove discrimination, sexism, homophobia, racism in small towns that feel like they can enforce a dress code or rules that completely go against how people feel and completely go against freedom of expression. more than 65,000 people signed a petition on change.org backing him up. the school district said parents and students are provided with a copy of the dress code at the start of the school year but appreciates the feedback it received and will take it into consideration. next at 6:30, one local man's dazzling driveway display. he does it every year for christmas and halloween. we're seeing what he has come up with this time. it was a busy weekend as businesses prepared for this next shutdown. i'm amy hollyfield, i'll have that story coming up. and stimulus stickup.
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♪ okay. that just woke us up this morning. the house bringing out all the holiday spirit. more of this powerhouse drivery display that you have to see this morning. >> first a rare red flag warning in december, something that we have not had in years. winds are at their strongest this morning. mike nicco has everything we need to be prepared. let's get to meteorologist mike nicco with a look at your accuweather forecast. >> okay. hi, everybody. thanks for joining us this monday morning. it's the winds that are the issue right now. outside of the santa clara valley, all of us are under a wind advisory. a very noisy night in fact. our christmas decorations were setting off our ring camera all night. hopefully that didn't happen to you. but that is the least of the worries. we have had some damage out there. there's a potential for damage through 11:00. here's a look at the red flag
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warning, along with the santa clara valley, you have the san francisco bay shoreline not in this. the highest fire danger in the other neighborhoods. this goes on until 5:00 this evening because the driest of the air will come in during the afternoon hours. if you can, remove all that new flammable fall foliage that fell during the overnight hours. i know it's hard to say as you're running out the door. 2013, 2017 are the only two other times with a red flag warning in december. 2013 we had the pfeiffer fire near big sur. we had three warnings in january back at the height of the drought in 2014. so that could be a forecast of what's to come. fastest winds up in the mountains, up to 50 miles per hour. down where we live, fastest winds 30 to 35 through 11:00. >> thank you. some good news with these weather conditions for our neighbors in the north bay. pg&e canceled its plan for a power shutoff for northern california customers because of
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a change in the wind direction. the original outage map included homes in napa, zone zosonoma co. four bay area counties are under a stay-at-home order this morning. they're getting ahead of the state's guidance which requires the changes once the region's icu capacity hits 15% or below. marin county will have their stay-at-home starting tomorrow. california hit a new covid-19 record over the weekend bringing the total to almost 1.4 million cases. so here's what the lockdown effects. no more outdoor dining. restaurants can only do takeout and delivery. hair and nail salons also closed. no more indoor religious services. capacity at grocery stores can be 20%. that goes for all retail. wineries, entertainment centers and playgrounds are closed. hiking trails are open, but museums are closed, so are
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campgrounds and visitor centers. with closures set to continue until january 4th, businesses are facing new hardships during this busy holiday season. we're tracking the lockdown and its economic impact as abc7 works to build a better bay area. abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live this morning. people are wondering how they'll make it. >> that's right. this tattoo parlor here in walnut creek is officially shut down. that will mean 40 people are out of work. this is soozebra tattoo and bod piercing. they had a busy weekend here. customers were lined up down the block before they opened. the owner says december is usually a huge month for them and it makes their year. hair salons were busy. they opened early and closed late as they tried to get everyone in. stylists say they are frustrated and worried about not having an
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income for the next four weeks. >> i know a lot of hairstylists are out there struggling. i feel bad for them. people are wondering how they'll see their kids for the rest of the month and buy presents now that it's christmas. contra costa county is one of five bay area counties that is enforcing a shutdown even before the state requires one. the contra costa health offer said as cases continue to climb they don't think they can afford to wait. the shutdown will impact restaurants, nail and hair salons and personal care services like tattoo parlors. they will be shut down until at least january 4th. live in walnut creek. amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thank you. not all bay area counties are implementing the stay-at-home order just yet. that means they'll issue the order once the region's icu
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capacity hits 15%. those counties include napa, sonoma, solano and san mateo. they could have a stay-at-home order in a matter of weeks. right now the icu capacity is at 24%. today governor newsom is set to give another update on the state's response to covid-19. last week the governor gave his plan to distribute the first round of vaccines, which are set to arrive in california by next week. he'll be speaking at 9:30 this morning. you can watch his update here on abc7 as well as streaming on abc7news.com and our free app. president-elect joe biden has chosen xavier becerra to be his health and human services secretary. the nominations were just announced this morning. becerra would be the first latino to hold that job. political experts say his qualifications on immigration and criminal justice issues are assets that could serve him well in this role. one expert we spoke to believes biden made a strategic choice in picking becerra.
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>> latinos are four times more likely to be hospitalized with covid-19, a rate higher than any other racial ethnic group. if confirmed by the united states senate, it will be a latino who will be leading these important efforts. >> if becerra's confirmed, governor newsom would have to fill multiple high ranking positions including vice president-elect kamala harris's senate seat. developing news on capitol hill, a covid-19 relief bill could be announced as soon as today. the proposal for a 9$908 billio package is expected to include an extra $300 per person in federal weekly unemployment benefits. it will also reauthorize the paycheck protection program to help struggling businesses. there will not be another $1,200 stimulus check issued to bank accounts. just ahead, rudy giuliani's battle with covid. the latest as president trump's personal attorney finds himself hit by the virus. and a live look at the big board and the new york stock exchange. we're starting the day off down. we'll check again in a few minutes.
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and switching up the order. the big change coming as soon as today that could change your next food delivery order. before we get to those stories, we want to check in with mike. >> thank you, kumasi. we have some issues outside of the fire danger. they're along our beaches where we have a beach hazard statement right now for sneaker waves and rip currents the main issue through 5:00. we have a 24-hour window from 5:00 this evening through 5:00 tomorrow afternoon. i should say afternoon to afternoon. we have a high surf warning. large breakers, 25 feet. powerful waves, dangerous surf, pounding on some of the jetties and the rock outcrops. you don't want to be caught on those when those waves are pounding you. they will pull you out into that ocean. cold weather drowning is a big issue this time of the year in the bay area. look at these temperatures, everybody outside the south bay is up to 25 degrees warmer. so let's go to the south bay and see what's going on down there. we have mainly 30s and 40s. 38 in santa teresa and morgan
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hill. 45 in san jose. a few 50s around sunnyvale and also santa clara. look at those, 43 in lafayette to 58 in san francisco, napa 59. as we look at your planner for today, mainly 50s and 60s by 9:00. then most of us in the low to upper 60s at 11:00. then you can see the 70s creep in during lunch. and hanging out at 1:00, and spreading to more neighborhoods as we head to 3:00. if you're heading out this evening, by 7:we're ba00 we're n to 60 degrees. the winds are a big issue across the bridges this morning. a little choppy out on the bay. let's talk more about that with jobina. hi, jobina. >> hi, mike. thank you very much. good morning, everybody. happy monday to you. we are going to begin with a live look showing off the bay bridge toll plaza. metering lights came on there at 5:53. also it's a bit slow as you make your way across the bridge and into san francisco. at first we had a stalled
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semi then a mattress fell into a lane, this is on the upper deck. that's cleared. but the toll plaza is not looking too bad. moving over to a live picture of san rafael. it's much lighter across the bay area overall. i'm going to get to the maps in a moment and show you that it is pretty green. here we go. a live look with 101 in san rafael. the maps lastly here as we head to break, i want to let you know that crash we're following in oakland has cleared on westbound 980
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as you wake up life looks a little bit different for much of the bay area. four counties, alameda, contra costa, santa clara and san francisco counties are now under a stay-at-home order. marin county is right behind coming in at noon tomorrow. the counties say this is a proactive measure to hit the emergency brake on the rapid rise in covid-19 cases. now this is ahead of the state's
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guidance which triggers the order once a region's icu capacity drops under 15%. right now the bay area region stands at about 24%, but that is projected to fall. southern california and the central san joaquin region are at or below single digits, and their orders went into effect over the weekend. these numbers are a byproduct of this. this chart showing you what our abc7 data team is following daily. the bay area's rolling average of new cases spiking faster than ever. much sharper than in the summer. the new order will have major effects on our local economy, which is something we're committed to covering during the pandemic as we work to build a better bay area. this morning julian glover is live at san pedro square in san jose hearing from business owner owners. >> we were out and about in san jose as people were taking in the last of 2020, the last chance to grab a hair cut for
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the rest of the year and the last chance to dine outdoors on a patio. it's closing time for businesses here in santa clara county. this morning many business owners are wondering if they will be able to reopen their doors on the other side of what is hopefully the governor's final stay-at-home order. restaurants were taking down dining now open signs as they were shifting to carry-out and delivery only. >> it sucks, we just put this up. it's all new and everything. >> if this closing kept happening, i can't afford to pay rent. i must have to close down my business. >> the second owner you heard from there is five months behind in rent and is not sure her business will survive into the new year. county supervisors are considering a proposal tomorrow to cap delivery fees by food delivery companies like uner eats, doordash and grubhub to give those restaurants, those business owners a greater
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percentage of the profit on every meal they sell as they shift to carry out and delivery only. similar measure already on the books in san francisco and alameda counties. reporting live in san jose this morning, julian glover, abc7 news. >> thank you. san francisco adjusted to the new health order last night. abc7 news was in north beach where people were enjoying their last chance to do some outdoor dining. al's barbershop was buzzing with customers trying to get in that last-minute hair cut. business owners say they will have to lay off employees. >> you would think there could be less of a feeling of uncertainty since there's an end date to it, i'm not confident that january 4th is the day to return. >> i'm worried about the barbers who work at the shop. worried about my colleagues. >> the stay-at-home order in san francisco is expected to remain in place for the next four weeks. we are tracking the latest updates with these orders as they happen. you can find out what's closed,
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what's open now right on our website. this interactive map is up for you at abc7news.com. the panic shopping we saw earlier this year when the first stay at home order was issued this week is now back. a steady stream of shoppers flowed but the safe way in san francisco's marina district last night. many were stocking up on groceries for the week and adding a few extra items into their baskets like toilet paper and other nonperishables. shoppers seem to be taking it in stride. >> i have family in guatemala. there's no grocery stores like this. so it's -- you know, it's a blessing there's still things to buy. as long as we're okay, toilet paper is all out. but it's okay. as long as you have food you'll survive. the situation was more frantic in the east bay. shoppers packed the costco store in concord over the weekend and you can probably see in some of their carts a bunch of bulk paper products. rudy giuliani is in the hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. he issued a statement on twitter
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last night that said in part i'm getting great care and feeling good. recovering quickly and keeping up with everything. giuliani has been leading the president's long shot effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. he has been traveling and arguing the president's case in the battleground states on multiple occasions. giuliani has been spotted without a mask and during his meetings with state officials as well. most of the candidates in the georgia senate races were on the debate stage last night. jobina fortson has more on the issues they're facing. >> thank you. the in one race, john ossoff stood next to an empty podium. david perdue refused to participate. in the other race, reverend rafael warnock debated kelly loeffler and she refused to acknowledge that president trump lost the election. she asked if she agreed with the president's unfounded
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accusations of widespread voter fraud. >> president trump has every right to use every legal recourse available. in our own state we've seen time and again that we have investigations that need to be completed. in fact, we've run two audits, those audits discovered thousands of ballots across several counties in georgia that were not counted. >> if democrats win both runoffs, the party will have control of the chamber because vice president-elect kamala harris would break any ties. in republicans win one of those two races they will maintain control. reggie? >> thank you. new details involving the months leading up to the mysterious death of zappos founder tony tsu. according to police he was locked inside a storage area in the back of the home when firefighters arrived. sources tell the "wall street journal" that before he went into that shed, he asked the people in the house to check on him every five minutes.
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they said he used a heater in the shed to lower the oxygen level. >> the biggest question we have working on this case now is the actual cause of the fire. what transpired inside the room where the fire took place. there was only one person in the room at the time. >> his friends tell the journal that after he retired his drinking increased and he grappled with the isolation enforced by the pandemic. now to your morning money report. for the first time in tesla's 17-year history, it's releasing the company's gender and racial makeup for its almost 50,000 employees. the new diversity report shows employees in leadership roles at a director level or higher were more than 80% male and 60% white. in the report tesla says it has a majority/minority u.s. work force overall. but women of all races make up just 20% of the nonleadership work force. the report details tesla's future plans to recruit new talent from historically black
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colleges and universities and promises to invest in bias training for all hiring staff. we are waiting on two big initial public offerings to hit wall street this week. doordash and airbnb. this morning the "wall street journal" is reporting that airbnb is expected to raise the price range on thursday. they plan to offer shares for $56 to $60 instead of from $44 to $50. that will push the potential valuation to as much as $42 billion. now a live look at the new york stock exchange. we're starting down about 113 points. abc7 is committed to building a better bay area and that includes celebrating and preserving our arts and culture. all this week we're looking at the state-of-the-arts in the bay area to see how these cherished cultural institutions are holding up and how you can help them out. here's my look at the oakland
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museum of california. >> we don't have a new opening date at this point. >> reporter: even though it lost an estimated $3 million in revenue, it is still continuing to work on a $20 million renovation project that will better connect the museum with nearby lake merritt. >> we have cut every other kind of non-personnel expense, exhibition costs, program costs, marketing. everything we could control we pulled way back. >> reporter: the museum had to pivot to meet the needs of the community. >> now where we are is actually having to rethink what it means to be a museum that's almost all virtual. >> hi, everybody. my name is drew johnson i'm the curator of photography and video culture. >> virtual tours have taken the place of field trips. >> our collection holds a group of objects and photographs documenting the impact of the 1918 flu pandemic on the san francisco bay area. >> reporter: a series they call at home introduces young people to the museum's collection.
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they move their popular celebrations online and are also digitizing part of their collection including thousands of objects and photos from photographer dorthea lang. >> by digitizing mike's collection we're making accessible in digital form, objects that have not been seen in over 30 years. >> and you can see my complete report today at 4:00, and we have information on how you can help all of the organizations that we are featuring this week. it's at abc7news.com/betterbayarea, just click on state of the arts. i'm so glad we're doing this. this is something we missed so much. sometimes you think that you can't enjoy them, it's just learning to enjoy them in different ways. >> that is true. i went to a comedy show over the weekend, i streamed it. tried to help support some performers that way. we have to do whatever we can to keep these artists in many different kinds of forms alive.
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>> yeah. >> that's for sure. hi, mike. >> hi, guys. we know disney plus is carrying some movies that may have gone to the theaters, and there's other things, warner brothers is pushing everything out to hbo max. yeah, they're trying. let's see what's going on down in san jose, 280 at 17. you can see the sun, well, still has a while to go. another 20 minutes or so, it will be cresting the horizon there. we have a red flag warning, dangerous surf today. record warmth today and tomorrow. and there's a potential for fire concerns again wednesday night into thursday. let me show you this plume of cloud cover. let me broaden out and show you it's nearly 3,000 miles long. this is a very robust atmospheric river. it's missing us. it's going to cause flooding to the north and leaving us high and dry with our fire danger. this area of low pressure, you can see with this
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counterclockwise flow, it's picking up the winds. the orange is the die air that will be moving in. the fire danger is high in the north bay and high in the east bay hills, the diablo range and the santa cruz mountains increases towards 11:00. extreme in the north bay and the rest of us stay high. as the winds calm down and the dry air starts to taper by 5:00, that fire danger starts to go away. let's look at the byproduct of this. 66 in half moon bay to 74 today in santa rosa. also in fairfield. that's why record highs are possible. tonight cooler than this morning. mid 30s to upper 40s from inland to san francisco. also a lot quieter tonight if you're hearing all those breezes and winds gusting this morning. so we have temperatures that will taper wednesday. that fire threat possible thursday. the coldest day friday. saturday into sunday, temperatures close to average if not warmer with a slight chance of light showers.
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>> new at 6:00, a man in tracy is spreading holiday cheer with his dazzling light display. ♪ >> tom bedgeorge always turns it out for halloween and christmas. this year he spent 400 hours programming 70,000s christmas lights. you might be wondering, wait, that doesn't sound like a christmas carol, what is that? it's david guetta and sia's hit titanium. he said his wife survived a stroke while pregnant earlier this year, and he said his wife is truly bulletproof, which is one of the recurring lyrics in that song. good for him. i love this. >> i love this, too. the i feel like i want to go dance in the street in front of his house. >> look at those lights on the top of the house. >> it's everything. >> i have to -- i have to go out
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there. >> can we have a dance party in the street? >> socially distanced. >> of course. when you think of christmas music, some names might come to mind, but now you might think of shaggy. he's out with a new album called "christmas in the islands." ♪ have yourself a merry little christmas ♪ >> no. no. >> you said un-huh? you weren't feeling christmas in the islands? >> i'm trying to hold it in. >> let me read. shaggy said what inspired him to record a reggae christmas album is performing with sting last year for the disney holiday special. he planned to make the album with sting, but because of the pandemic they were not able to get together. most of the 15-track album of songs, they're all original. they include features from jos stone and neo and shaggy will be
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performing today on "gma" at 7:00. friend, this is why i'm here for it. >> please tell me. >> we cannot travel. we cannot go to the -- we can, but we're not going to the islands. >> sure. >> this kind of takes you there. it's like an island vibe and it's christmas. >> okay. >> he's just chilling, vibing out. what did you expect? a mariah carey song? you know how he sings. >> i expected commitment. i expected someone who acted like he was intentionally singing. >> friend, that's how he sings. >> he was very laid back. >> that's the island vibe. >> something was going on right before that recording. >> let him be. don't ask any questions. >> okay. we made usaa insurance for members like martin. an air force veteran made of doing what's right, not what's easy. so when a hailstorm hit, usaa reached out before he could even inspect the damage. that's how you do it right.
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we're made for. so, i go to floor and decor where i get rock-bottom prices. on tile, wood, stone and laminate. plus, i score free in-store design services. now that's time well spent. explore floor and decor in person or online. 6:58, here's the 7 things to know this morning. only the third time in december that we have a red flag warning, there's plenty of fall foliage that fell last night that is
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flammable. if you can, clean it up this morning. outside of the south bay, san francisco bay shore and san francisco, we have high fire danger through 5:00 this afternoon. alameda, contra costa, santa clara and san francisco counties under that stay-at-home order this morning. marin county joins us tomorrow. one of the biggest changes, no indoor or outdoor dining. napa, sonoma, solano and san mateo counties will be required to enact the same stay-at-home order but once the icu capacity hits 15%. that's based on state guidelines. right now the icu capacity is at about 24%. governor newsom is expected to give an update on the state's response to covid-19. you can watch it at 9:30 this morning on abc7 and streaming on abc7news.com and the abc7 news app. number five, president-elect joe biden picked california attorney general xavier becerra as health and human services secretary. if confirmed he would be the first latino to lead the department. number six, we'll take a live look at emeryville showing
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80. metering lights came on at 5:53. number seven, this is what it looks like to visit santa ri good morning, america. covid crackdown. more than 30 million people facing a strict new lockdown this morning. >> this is the greatest threat to life in los angeles that we have ever faced. >> as the coronavirus surges across the country, the u.s. facing a pivotal week in the race for the vaccine. counting down to that crucial fda meeting, the approval for pfizer's vaccine hanging in the balance. surgeon general dr. jerome adams is live only on "gma" this morning. high risk and hospitalized. rudy giuliani tests positive for covid-19. president trump's personal lawyer who spent days traveling around the country pushing the president's false election claims never seen wearing a mask. the latest on his condition this morning. no show. overnight all eyes on georgia.

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