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you may have watched as the tanks at nustar burned and even exploded right here on air for hours yesterday. atf agents, alcohol, tobacco and firearms served a warrant at the pipeline facility today. the investigation ramping up as the cleanup begins. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez is back on the site, as she was all day yesterday. and jodi, a lot of work to be done. contra costa fire is now turning over some of that work to nustar energy. >> reporter: that's right, jessica. there is an awful lot of work to be done. but as you mentioned, the contra costa fire district just announced that they will begin removing their fire crews from the scene and turning over the operation to nustar and its firefighting team. but a full-scale investigation, one that requires a search warrant is still under way. >> oh, it was a terrible, you know, explosion.
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>> reporter: carolyn and orville sanford say their entire house shook yesterday when two tanks burst into flames and smoke at the nustar energy facility down the street from their home. turning a quiet afternoon into a terrifying one. >> i thought oh, gosh, i hope they don't explode our whole town out. >> i thought oh, hell. we've had it now. >> my dad's 81. he's had three strokes, and he is on oxygen. and it was just a terrible, scary night. >> reporter: tonight fire crews still have a foam blanket over the explosion site. they want to make sure there is no threat of anything re-igniting before they begin removing it. but they're wasting no time trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong. >> 11:30 this morning, we served a search warrant on nustar. >> reporter: contra costa fire says their investigators are working with the atf, the sheriff's department, cal osha, and the d.a.'s office to interview witnesses and examine
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documents and digital data like surveillance. >> they are all working as one team to investigate what is going to be a fairly complex incident. >> reporter: residents and local leaders say after yesterday's huge scare, they need answers. >> we shouldn't be subjected to this. we do not -- and clearly, we do not want industrial facilities having accidents like this. >> overall, i think they're good neighbors. so i expect them to investigate this seriously and figure it out. >> reporter: now we have been told that the firefighters have not yet begun to remove that foam blanket, but when they do, they're going to be putting that foam into these red containers you're looking at here. again, that is now going to be a job that is up to nustar. we also have been told that nustar has hired a contractor, a firefighting contractor to help out, and also that special team, the petrochemical neutral a team made up of specially trained
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firefighters from chevron, shell and other chemical companies will remain on scene. again, this investigation, however, is still well under way, and it will probably likely take some time to get to the bottom of it. reporting live in contra costa county, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> jodi, thank you. we are also getting to the bottom of it. in just a few minutes from now, why the nustar facility is not required to be inspected by local and federal chemical regulators. also, what about our air quality? those two stories later in this newscast. so are they at risk? several people in the contra costa county senior community of rocks moore say they've been on edge for year, fearful that an aging power pole will spark a wildfire right next to their community. nbc bay area's ali wolf is live with their concern and what pg&e is doing about it, ali. >> reporter: yeah, well, jessica, some people here at rossmoor tell us that birds are eating away at this pg&e power pole, and squirrels are sparking
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fire in that location. meantime, there is not much people here in this area can do because the pole is actually outside of the gated community. but pg&e is now promising a fix. >> that's what i'm talking about. >> reporter: jim brennan has lived in the gated senior community of rossmoor for over a decade. >> the fire starts pretty quickly it comes up the hill. >> reporter: in that time, he's seen multiple fires on the hill near his home. neighbors say their fire fears all center around this pg&e pole just outside of rossmoor's gates. >> the pole itself is just riddled with woodpecker holes, which has compromised the stability of the pole itself. >> reporter: anne peterson, rossmoor's director of communication says woodpeckers caused damage and squierls have caused fires when they climb up the pole. >> unfortunately, they're getting electrocuted, hitting the ground and causing the fires. >> reporter: there have been six fires near the pole in the past 12 years. pg&e confirms at least the most recent fire last month was
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caused by a squirrel. the community has been asking and waiting for the utility to do something. >> we were told at the end of 2017 that the pole was going to be replaced, and then it wasn't. and then we were told at the end of the year, it would be replaced, and then it wasn't. >> reporter: now pg&e says work is being done this month. a spokesperson told us we plan replacing the poles. additionally, all vertical connecters and connection also be covered when we replace the new pole. this will prevent faults from animal contact. the work is expected the take place in the coming weeks. frustrated rossmoor residents are eager to see it happen so they can rest easy. >> we expect them to honor their latest promise and to end this madness. >> reporter: pg&e tells us the utility is going to be removing 20 power poles in rossmoor that are in a high fire danger area. as for the power pole that residents are concerned about, they tell us they do plan on removing that one as well. they might have to use a
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helicopter, though, because it is on a slope. and if that happens, neighbors will lose power for a short time. reporting live in walnut creek, ali , baya news. >> ali, thank you. she was a tech ceo from utah, found dead in san jose. now her mysterious death centers around her family and the san jose police department. today the santa clara county coroner's office officially confirmed the identity of erin valenti's body. but the medical examiner says the cause of death is still pending. nbc bay area's robert handa joins us at sjpd headquarters with new information about this case. robert? >> reporter: well, that's right. and that new information comes from friends who came out here from utah to help with the search and told us what they saw when they found their friend. at holy spirit church in san jose this morning, condolences were expressed to family members of utah tech executive found dead saturday who are all in attendance. the body of 33-year-old erin valenti was found in a rental car in the almaden neighborhood.
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she had been missing since monday, october 7th as she headed to the airport to return home to attend an awards banquet. friends and family came to search on thursday and at this time expressed frustration over the police investigation. >> i don't feel like there is an active search. they're saying that it's a voluntary missing person. >> reporter: by sky one close friend revealed new information. >> the gas cap was open. she ran out of gas. it looks like she was in the car the whole time and that's the sad part. if we had found her earlier, it could have been -- maybe there was a chance to resuscitate her. >> reporter: police tell us investigators were thorough, searching areas from her phone signals and checking hospitals. they report valenti talked with officers by phone and seemed incoherent but indicated she was with friends. today one friend who was part of the search called the police version a joke, saying detectives wrote off the case early. >> no credit cards used. no cell phone use. the cell phone was dead, okay.
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no sightings of her anywhere that they didn't revisit it. >> reporter: the family declined further comment today until the medical examiner's report is completed. live in san jose, robert handa, nbc bay area news. we want the get back to our coverage of the fire at the nustar facility. a key difference here, this is not a refinery. it's a fuel storage facility, and that creates a loophole. there is very little government oversight. investigative reporter jackson vander beggen dug into the inspection records. >> reporter: yesterday's fire at the nustar storage facility near the phillips refinery was smaller but similar to what we saw back in march at a tank farm in deer park, texas where 11 petroleum tanks burned for days. >> these facilities are really in a regulatory black hole right now. >> reporter: daniel horwitz is the chemist who managed the u.s.
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chemical safety board that investigates industrial accidents. he tells us the tank farm stored dangerously volatile petrochemicals, the facilities are largely exempt from federal regulations governing oil refineries and the big chemical plants they serve. but cal osha opted not to because it had a good record with no prior worker accidents. but a local county inspection did turn up at least one red flag at another nustar facility back in july. county hazardous materials inspectors found deficiencies in how nustar was testing the integrity of its tanks and ordered the company to comply with its already approved plan for its tank farm in pittsburgh. >> it's not covered. >> reporter: contra costa supervisor john joy was surprised to learn that nustar's tank farms are exempt from the county's more rigorous industrial safety element because they're not part of refinery. supervisor joya wants to change that and make the ordinance
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cover all petroleum and refinery facilities thinking fire could have killed people, shines the light on the fact that we need stronger and better regulatory authority over the storage tank farms, both at the federal, state and local level. >> reporter: some interesting revelation there's. jackson vand eweghen joins us. if that was treated as one of our local refineries, what sort of inspections would have been done there? >> the county's program involves thousands of man hours of inspecting refineries along with call osha. they routinely do these investigations. they don't just wait for accidents or complaints. that kind of inspection would obviously bring more inspection to light. >> and supervisor joya does want to move forward in that direction. thank you, jaxon. this is what can happen when the forces of an earthquake are unleashed, and new tests of
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uncovered concerns about hundreds of buildings on university campuses across the state. we investigate whether students and professors are safe in two minutes. rain right now is approaching redding. i'll show you when this could reach the bay area. that's coming up in about seven minutes.
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three significant earthquakes in 24 hours just
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days before the 30th anniversary of loma prieta. now the state plans to release its new technology to alert us all of an earthquake before it happens. tomorrow the california office of emergency service will launch the first ever statewide early warning system. that system will be an app this alerts californians before an earthquake happens. it uses motion sensors in the ground across the state to detect movement of a quake so people can drop, cover, and hold. 30 years after that loma prieta quake, new building standards in the bay area and around the state have increased safety. but we've learned dozens of buildings at public universities around california do not meet those new standards. >> senior investigator stephen stock has been digging into these new records for months now. stephen, what did you find? >> well, jessica, as you can see, this video shows what can happen when a structure is subjected to the forces from a real earthquake. result from these recent tests like this one in the last ten years have prompted
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administrators at the cal state and university of california systems to rethink whether they need to fix or replace some of their buildings on campuses. we dug through those recent university records, and we found nearly 600 buildings on 17 different campuses that engineers now say could put students and faculty in danger during the next big quake. you're watching a computer simulation of the real stresses and actual earthquake puts on various buildings. >> this is a side view. >> reporter: simulations like these help engineers better predict whether buildings that some initially thought were safe are in fact able to withstand a real earthquake. >> and we're kind of understanding what the faults are capable of, how much energy they're releasing. >> reporter: civil engineer david marr owns marr structural design, hired by berkeley to assess its campus. marr says earthquakes like loma
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prieta here and the northridge in 1994 have helped engineers statewide understand how to construct more resilient buildings. >> and they actually have to transform, dissipate energy, remain stable. >> reporter: mar says those earthquakes also reveal which buildings are not up to the challenge. that's why officials at cal state east bay demolished this old warren hall in 2013. considered the most unsafe building in the entire csu system, this tower, which once held the president's office, is now a parking lot. we wanted to know exactly how many of these problematic buildings are still standing in the university system. so we teamed up with our fellow nbc investigative teams in l.a. and san diego to request seismic safety inspections for every public university. the records we obtained so far show 591 structures pose a serious risk during an earthquake and need to be retrofitted or replaced. >> it's a structure that a lot of people don't even realize they're in. >> reporter: at san francisco
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state, nine different buildings, most located on the tiburon campus, are listed as most problematic or priority 1, needing to be replaced soon. another nine sf state buildings are listed as priority 2, and should also be replaced. >> and every campus has a similar set of priorities. >> reporter: university spokesman barry schiller says the campus knows firsthand how destructive an earthquake can be. after loma prieta, school officials were forced to red tag and implode this student dorm. what's being done to fix these nine buildings? >> most of them were red tagged a couple of years ago, and are now not in use. some of them are going to be retrofitted. many of them probably will not. they will be demolished and eventually replaced. >> are people in danger? those are buildings that are highly occupied. it's on the second list, but are they in danger in the event of an earthquake? >> so going back to the seismic review process, retrofitting was done on those buildings. the seismic committee reviewed
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all of that work, deemed the buildings all inhabitable, but there is still more work to be done and will be done once funding is freed up. >> reporter: the csu system lists 65 buildings statewide that needs to be secured or demolished. but the vast majority of college buildings that fail to make the grade are on uc campus, according to the data we obtained. the uc system is currently in the midst of a two-year process to inspect every structure on all nine campuses. >> it's a big problem. it needs to be addressed. >> reporter: 68 of those highest risk buildings are at berkeley. another 69 at uc davis. they include fire and police headquarters, research centers, major classroom buildings, a medical center, even a lab handling radioactive nuclear material. you're looking at the building that may be problematic based on prior knowledge? >> yes, yes, yeah. they're being tested harder than we thought say ten years ago.
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>> reporter: how big a risk are some of these buildings? >> it's a really great question. the safety standards are really high. and they're worried about these extreme rare gigantic earthquakes. think of 1906 happening again. so this isn't loma prieta. this isn't even northridge. so people are being good about doing something while we have time. it's like don't panic, but don't delay. >> reporter: now officials with the uc systems president's office refused to answer our questions on camera, but they did send a statement that reads in part, quote, the university of california believes it is important to proactively upgrade its buildings, that the university is seeking to exceed current state requirements and are doing so, and, quote, the university is exploring sources of funding to help pay for it, including a bond to put the voter -- which will be put to the voters in march of next year which will help pay for all these needed retrofits, something we've been told could
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cost billions of dollars. we'll stay on this story. back to you. >> all right, stephen. good information. we have all this new technology. we have a lot of old and aging infrastructure. it's an issue, and it's hard to point the blame at anyone. but it's an issue across the state. >> let's bring in our chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. we saw quite a change in the weather today. significant cooling. >> and the cloud cover started to roll in. i really think as we head through the next six hours or so, we could get a few spotty showers starting to move in over marin, napa and sonoma county. let's bring it right into the microclimate forecast tonight. the cloud moving in over san jose. it was a really enjoyable change. i think most of you would probably agree with me after some of our warmer weather lately. it certainly looks stormy outside right now, with a full cloud deck overhead. right now 63 degrees. we have upper 50s and low 60s on the way tonight, and we will keep that cloud cover. but of course the thing i know a lot of you are interested about is the prospect of some rainfall. now we are getting some decent
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returns here off to the north. we've seen a few spots getting a quarter of an inch. overall, though, it's relatively light rain. only .02 of an hour. it's already starting to lose some of its juice so to speak. as we look at the futurecast for tonight, we could get some spotty showers near ukiah, also guerneville. this as it moves to the south, really breaks up. by 11:30, possibly a few showers near novato, getting close to san francisco. we'll see the same thing at 2:00 a.m. a little hit and miss activity for the east bay and the peninsula, and there could be a little bit left over at 7:00 a.m. right down there for san jose, and eventually we do clear out by the afternoon tomorrow. so once again, some hit-and-miss activity late tonight and over the early overnight hours. temperatures tomorrow warm up a couple of degrees. it's very enjoyable, though. 72 in santa rosa. 74 at concord. 71 in san jose. san francisco, 64. we'll talk about a major warm-up in that extended forecast. i'll have another update on
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that, and the rain totals for california out of that system coming up in about 25 minutes. >> okay, thank you, jeff. we'll see you then. up next, sentencing day. a bay area mom finds out her punishment as part of that massive college admissions scandal.
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a raiders player speaking out tonight after his ex-girlfriend says he abused her. offensive lineman trent brown denies the claims and believes the court system will clear his name. these are photos of brown from team photographer tony gonzalez. brown's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son says he slapped her and left her face bruised and bloody. the lawsuit says he abused her three times this year. the raiders signed brown before the season to a $66 million contract. a peninsula businesswoman is the latest person to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal. a boston judge sentencing marjormarg marjorie klapper to three weeks in prison. the owner of a menlo park jewelry store, she plead guilty in may after paying a proctor to
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boost her son's test scores. her prison sentence comes one day after actress felicity huffman reported to the federal facility in dublin to serve her 14-day sentence. there is a lot of competition coming, but netflix is not worried. they reported earnings today and admitted the challenges ahead could actually help motive netflix. companies like disney, apple, and here at nbc are all rolling out new streaming services. netflix says as more people get used to streaming movies and tv shows, those people are likely to cut the cable cord and embrace many streaming services at the same time. investors, by the way, like the earning report today, sending netflix shares higher. storming out of the white house. what president trump said that prompted nancy pelosi to abruptly walk out on a meeting. announcer: time magazine reports: "the new american
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addiction. how juul hooked kids and ignited a public health crisis." other news outlets report- juul took $12.8 billion from big tobacco. markets e-cigarettes with kid friendly flavors and uses nicotine to addict them. 5 million kids use e-cigarettes. juul is "following big tobacco's
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playbook." and now, juul is pushing prop c to overturn e-cigarette protections. vote no on juul. no on big tobacco. no on prop c. right now at 6:30, the thick, black smoke from the nustar fire is gone, but a lot of people still asking what was burning as ash from that fire rained down on neighborhoods, people were told to stay inside, keep doors and windows closed. 24 hours later, are there any lingering effects to the smoke? >> alissa colorado is in crockett with more on the environmental impact. what are we learning?
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we heard a lot o people didn't go to the hospital. >> reporter: jesse and raj, much like the wildfires we see burning through structures, there were harmful particles in the air coming from the dark, thick smoke that we saw here, coming from the nustar energy storage facility. and air quality officials say it is all clear now. those who live in the surrounding areas of crockett and rodeo can open up their windows. they can turn on their acs. contra costa county hazmat and the bay area air quality management district says they will continue to monitor and test the air this week to make sure it's still safe enough to breathe. [ siren ] >> reporter: the fire at the nustar energy facility in crockett burned more than 100,000 gallons of ethanol. not all drivers might know this, but ethanol is added to your fuel because it burns cleaner than regular gasoline and produces less pollution. >> ethanol when it burns cleanly produces just carbon dioxide and water. in this case, it wasn't burning
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completely. >> reporter: air quality officials belief asphalt also burned in the storage tank fire, which could explain why reporters on the field like our own jodi hernandez were covered in black specks. >> especially when it would flare back up, it would again see some higher concentrations of particulates in the air. >> reporter: the bay area air quality management district is working alongside contra costa hazmat to test the air samples. tests taken last night found high levels of dangerous particles in the air. >> those particles that are so small that they can bypass your lungs' natural defense system, lodge deeply into the lungs and enter the bloodstream. >> reporter: the county says overnight the wind shuffled out the harmful particles from the air in crockett and rodeo and moved it further east. >> right now the air is clean. should it be no problem. it's as clean as it is in the bay area. >> reporter: and back out here live, you're looking at the crew still on scene, still monitoring the situation. and if we do get any rain, any time soon, officials say it's a good thing for air quality,
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because it will clear out the harmful particles from the air. unfortunately, it's probably not a good thing for the ground or the waterways that will likely soak up those particles. we're also hearing that the coast guard is working to make sure none of that runoff makes it into the bay. that's the latest here in crockett. i'm melissa colorado, nbc bay area news. >> melissa, thank you. also tonight, we have exclusive information from a high-ranking atf source who gives us an idea of the focus of this investigation. as we mentioned earlier, search warrants were issued and executed, and agents are on-site in crockett. those agents determining was this fire accidental or intentional. the atf is in the process of interviewing nustar employees and reviewing all surveillance video. okay, from fire to earthquake, it has been a couple of unnerving days for many people in the bay area after a series of earthquakes. new video in pleasant hill shows us just how strong the ground shook. check it out there. this is footage from a mini-mart. you can see stuff falling off
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the shelves. now the person behind the counter, runs outside when that shaking begins. now 14 hours later, an earthquake rattled hollister in the south bay. both followed by significant aftershocks in the area. the usgs says we haven't seen earthquakes in this region this close to each other in decades. >> on average we have 92 1/2 earthquakes about three months apart as long as three years. in this case we had about 14 hours, which is the shortest interval we've had in 20 years. negative, need to panic. despite the close timing of the earthquakes and that pleasant hill/walnut creek area and hole lister in the south bay, the usgs says it didn't necessarily mean they're connected. it just really reiterates how many active faults we have here in the bay area. the a's -- i tell you what, we have an earthquake. >> it's a day we remember like
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it was yesterday, but actually, it was 30 years ago. tomorrow marks 30 years since the loma prieta earthquake. it was a magical night. we were all watching the world series between the giants and the a's. but then the earth and candlestick park shook. at that game our very own terry mcsweeney. we're all watching. i was a kid wishing i could be at that game. you were there. how vivid are the memories there? >> like yesterday. it would have been a memorable night anyways. the giants in the world series for the first time in 27 years. we've got a game at candlestick, and i'm there. all of the sudden that took a back seat. i was well up in the second deck, down the first baseline, section 17, if you remember the old ballpark. and at first i wasn't sure. i had been at candlestick a million times. and sometimes that ballpark kind of seemed to move a little bit. and it was moving a little bit, a little bit after 5:00 that evening. so i checked out the plexiglas in front of the press box, and i noticed that it was really, really shaking. and i figured this is really an earthquake, not just a little
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shaking of the ballpark. i got up, took two steps over to the aisle and two steps down, and boom, it stopped. the earthquake stopped. there was nothing more. there was no fade out, it was just over. and everybody cheered. okay, there was an earthquake. it didn't feel that bad in the upper deck. and i went back to my seat, sat down, looked up, the scoreboard was out. we'd lost some power, but i figured they could fix that. it was an old ballpark, they were talking about replacing it back then. it was an old ballpark. power was out. we were going to bring it back, have a baseball game. and i sat there and waited. two rows behind me this lady has a portable tv like that one right there. >> old school tv. no smartphone, folks. >> antenna. >> exactly. and she says oh my god, the bay bridge has collapsed. she was watching tv and saw it there. and i'm thinking in my mind, the whole thing opened up and there is hundreds, thousands of cars in the water. it wasn't that bad. it was bad enough as it was. it wasn't as bad as i'd heard. then they waited. all these scenes were playing
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out. players sitting on the field. and that gave me hope that maybe we're going have a game. but bridges collapsed. then players started heading out. as i'm sitting there, it took a while to cancel that game. finally, looking out over the left field upper deck, you could see the smoke coming up from the marina. >> right. >> you knew it was over. they canceled the game. and everybody walked out of that ballpark. and it was extremely orderly. everybody very quiet and very orderly. we just walked out, wasn't going to happen. no cheering, no joy, no anything. everybody left. >> and what were the next couple of days that ensued when we really got a grasp of how horrific what had happened was? what were those next few days like? >> i was working at kntv, the old kntv on park avenue. they were sending me down to santa cruz a lot. and down there it was flattened. we're looking at more scenes from the game that night. oh, man, never forget it. santa cruz was flattened. it doesn't get as much publicity
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as perhaps 880 collapsing or the marina district, but santa cruz was flattened. the downtown was just laid flat. i was down there a lot talking to the business owners and the community. and they were talking about coming back, and there was nothing -- there was nothing there. this whole square block. >> you're right. we don't hear that much about that. >> you don't. and they came back. they were talking it, and they were doing it. and they came all the way back, if you've been down there. a fantastic community and it's gorgeous to be down there. and that was nothing, and then it came all the way back. >> it was just an eerie time being here on those days after. and the world series was an after thought. everyone was so excited about the a's and giants. but it was so eerie watching the recovery from the east bay to santa cruz to san francisco in that time. >> i remember leaving the ballpark that night. i lived in san jose. i'm driving down 280. there is a part of 280 that got separated. everybody is slowing down. it's this one little spot. the chp is pulling up the same time we are. you have to slow down and go over this. as you're going down the road, you're thinking how much more are we going to have?
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is there something else that is going to give? some of these overpasses? what's going to go on. we made it home safe and everything was fine. >> how do you think that's changed you now when you reflect back as we get to this 30th anniversary and you see it happening. what does that mean to you now as you go into it 30 years later? >> it makes me super sensitive to earthquakes. i mean, you know we're going have it. the experts guarantee we're going have it. >> right. >> can't tell us when. some time in the next 10, 20, 30 years. they can't say for a fact, but it's going to happen. and all of that damage, what's going to give next time? now they've done a lot of retrofitting at a lot of different places. we'll just have to see and stay together and band together and be prepared. we've been talking than all week. >> 30 years. i remember all of us having to check our homes wall by wall to see if there are any cracks. >> yeah. >> good memories. difficult memories, but thanks for sharing. >> sure. >> our coverage of the loma prieta 30 years later, we've chronicled the day the earth
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shook in our emmy award winning documentary series, "bay area revelations." you can see more in-depth reporting about the quake. head to even if you lived through it, like so many of us did, you'll hear new story, some powerful and raw stories about how emergency doctors went up on the nimitz freeway and 880 and actually saved people. to see that special, loma prieta earthquake, we're reairing it this saturday, 4:00 p.m. right here on nbc bay area. we're back in a moment.
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new hampshire's first meeting with the president since launching the impeachment inquiry ended badly today. not because of an impeachment question, but because of syria. violence in northern syria escalating. today president trump defended his decision to pull out u.s. troops, calling the former u.s. allies the kurds, quote, no angels. now before that meeting, the house passed a resolution condemning the president's action in syria. more than 100 republicans joining democrats, a move that
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house speaker pelosi says angered the president, who she says lashed out at her, calling her a third rate politician. >> go ahead. >> the president was a meltdown. sad to say. >> it was insulting. particularly to the speaker. she kept her cool completely. >> when there is a time of crisis, leaders should stay whether they like what is head sedona or not and actually work to solve a problem. >> the president countered, tweeting a photo in which he and pelosi are clearly exchanging words. the president captioned it nervous nancy's unhinged meltdown. let's talking about something more positive. jeff ranieri is here. we're inching toward the weekend, and there are interesting weather patterns happening. >> a little bit of shower activity right off to the north. i wanted to show it to you one more time. we haven't seen any rainfall so far this month. we'll talk about our chances coming up in a few minutes.
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this might be concerning to you. about 10% of used cars are
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unsafe and unfit for sale. >> that's a finding that consumer advocates released in fremont this weekend. the results are really similar to the research that our own consumer team has been doing. investigator chris chmura has been looking into recalled cars for months, and you've been bringing up this issue. >> and visiting lots and lots of car lots. when we went used car shopping undercover, we looked at more than a thousand used cars for sale around the bay area and found roughly 10% of them had safety recalls on them. well, the california public interest research group and another group, consumers for automotive reliability recently did the same research nationally. they researched 2,400 used cars for sale and found roughly 10% of them had an unfixed safety recall on them. federal law prohibits the sale of new cars with recalls, but it is mute on used cars. consumer advocates is a they needs to change and dealers
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should stop selling all recalled cars. >> we believe that if you wouldn't be allowed to sell a toy that could poison your kid or a microwave that could explode when you use it, you should not be allowed to sell a car that could kill you on your ride home from the dealership. >> this is an industry-wide question, and yet the consumer advocate stood in front of an autonation lot. here's why. in 2015, autonation stopped selling recalled cars, but it reversed that policy in 2016 and began selling them again. in a statement, autonation said it is in full compliance with all laws and regulations regarding recalls, and with all recall directives provided by vehicle manufacturers. the company also shared this recall disclosure form, which it said buyers must sign before they drive off the lot in a recalled car. a recent federal bill aimed to ban recalled used car sales nationwide, but it appears to be stalled in the u.s. senate. okay. what do you do about this? well, say you're car shopping.
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here's what you need to do to educate yourself about recalls. first, find the car's vin, vehicle identification number. that's where you're going to find it, and this is what it is going to look like. a very long number. take that number right there and you're going to pop it into that is the u.s. government real-time database of recall. if that site lists that vin with the recall, you have to ask the dealer what they plan to do about it. if you are not satisfied with their solution, you need to consider finding a different car. if you have a consumer tip for us, head to, or call us 888-996-tips. >> this is something you sometimes don't event think about. >> you have to going forward. some of the safety recalls are serious stuff. air bags, sometimes it's the ignition that switches off or there are doors that fly open. this is serious stuff. >> thank you. >> welcome. how there is a new study out that found in the south bay in san francisco, the typical rent is actually more than a new
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teacher's entire monthly salary. renata sanchez is one of the teachers trying to find a creative way to make ends meet. in addition to multiple roommates, sanchez says she joined the gig economy. >> i will take that time between 3:30 p.m. and about 8:00 p.m. and i will get in my car and i will open the door dash app and see where places are busy so that i can make a bit of money before i go home for the evening. >> now it's gotten so bad that the san jose unified school district says it loses some 200 teachers a year, mostly because of the high cost of living. the district is raising money to help house its teachers. the bill is to subsidize home for teachers on district-owned land over the next two years. it's really not fair to have them struggle so much. >> a full day and kids. >> and my sister is a school teacher. the day doesn't end at 3:00.
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she works on lesson plans until 8:00. >> take it away, jeff. how are we looking? >> our forecast does have. so changes. i know you noticed wit the cloud cover. we do have something to show you that we haven't been able to in a while. yes, it is rainfall. we have the doppler radar scanning right now. i have a satellite loop mixed in as well. it's been a little bit here since we've looked at this. so just refresher. the green, that is rainfall. and then the different variations of green show the different intensities. the lighter green is the light rain. you get into the darker green. that's more of a moderate rain. and anywhere you see a yellow pocket, that is some heavier rain. so not a lot of heavy rain. this is already starting to break up. i do think we'll have a few spotty showers left over eventually as this gets down here to us. but look, this is already losing a lot of juice. so let's bring it to 8:00 tonight. and we'll see it progress a little more to the south. guerneville could get spotty
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showers. by 11:00 could get a spotty shower near novato, maybe even santa rosa and close to san francisco. as you move into the overnight hours, 2:00 in the morning, right down through the peninsula, slight chance. also for contra costa, alameda counties, and a little bit of this as we've been telling you, 7:00 in the morning, could hold on for san jose. but totals just really aren't that high. we'll clear out after this, and i think by all accounts, most of your thursday forecast is going to look really beautiful with increased sunshine. nice, nice day coming in. so rainfall totals, better bet up there near eureka. redding about a quarter inch to a third of an inch on avenue. napa only .01. san jose not expecting to pick up anything. we could get a few drops. but as far as it tipping over, e rain bucket at all, doesn't really look like it at this point. so i think overall, we just kind of enjoy these temperatures that we have, and we'll start off cool tomorrow. 55 here in the -- 50 in the south bay.
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55 for the tri-valleys. right over to san francisco, have 52. in the north bay, a chilly 49. we get that sunshine as we move through the afternoon. temperatures warm up a couple of degrees. and it will set us up really good. 72 in gilroy. 71 over to san jose. 74 in concord. 72 in pleasanton. over to oakland, 69. the peninsula 61 at half moon bay. back to palo alto, 70. san francisco, light jack needed, 65 for the embarcadero. winds will be picking up out of the west at 21, and the north bay, 72 in santa rosa. extended forecast. the way i've built it right now has warmer weather next monday, tuesday, and wednesday. low 70s returning. inland valleys, i know if you want fall weather, not going to be happy with this. 85 monday. 87 tuesday. 86 next wednesday. about 10 degrees above average. so what about our rainfall chances? let's get a look at my long-range forecast. just compiled this tonight. updated the facts and the
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figures. you can see next 14 days, eventually we'll get some better rain chances in here by the first and second week of november. december, dryer in the pacific northwest. and for us, near to slightly below average rain chances for december. so right now i think first and second week of november, we're looking good for maybe picking up a couple of storms. >> okay. >> and we'll take that. >> and we'll try to keep it dry for halloween, okay? we'll do what we can. >> that's right around the corner. thanks, jeff. up next, staying undefeated may come down to staying focused. the 49ers plan to stay perfect. can you believe that? as they head to washington, d.c. this weekend. tv just keeps getting better. how you watch it does too. this is xfinity x1. featuring the emmy award-winning voice remote. streaming services without changing passwords and input. live sports - with real-time stats and scores. access to the most 4k content. and your movies and shows to go.
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was getting ready to see what it is like to die. >> i taped two flashlights under my arms, don't miss the untold stories of bravery and survival. >> if it wasn't for that, the marina would have burned. >> bay area revelations, loma prieta, 30 years later. saturday at 4:00 p.m. on nbc bay area. okay. here is where you cross your fingers. can they keep it rolling? can the 49ers remain undefeated? >> of course. where are you going to watch the game? at home? are you going to go to a sports bar? >> a sports bar? >> 10:00 a.m. bloody marys on sunday. the niners play lowly washington this weekend, whoas just one win this season. washington also recently fired its head coach. the 49ers riding high after dismantling the rams last sunday. but this sets the table for one of the classic trap games if the niners don't get too confident. >> they're still an nfl team. they've got good players on both
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side of the ball, good coaches that are going to game plan for us, and they're coming off their first win. obviously they have a little bit of juice with them and everything. it will be a good test for us on sunday, though. long trip out there and go have to handle business out there. >> jimmy g ready to go. kick off 10:00 a.m. on sunday. the raiders face the packers on sunday in green bay. okay. did you know you can keep a peacock as a pet in california? tonight we know exactly where you can get one. the peninsula humane society has put two peacocks up for adoption. here they are. the shelter says their previous owners couldn't take care of them. so now it's looking for people who can. there is a catch. you have to have experience with peacocks. and you have to have at least 160 space to move around. the pair is a male and female bird. the adoption fee just $40. the key is space and some experience. we're nbc employees. our motto is a peacock. does that count? >> it's relative corporate experience.
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>> i hear they're good with rattlesnakes too. >> thanks for joining us. have a good evening. >> tomorrow on california live, rob low is live in studio, sharing the secrets on keeping forever young. big bear's oktoberfest. it's happening on "california live."
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