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    OAKLAND, Calif (KGO) -- An Oakland restaurant owner and Sonoma County vintners came together virtually for an inaugural series designed to generate business support during these challenging economic times.Octavio Diaz, head chef and founder of Agave Uptown, prepared dishes over Zoom. He was joined through a screen by Francisco Lopez and Monica Lopez, sibling vintners, from Aldina Vineyards. The gathering was livestreamed on Facebook to engage the public.The virtual collaboration was the first in a series of Shop Latino events set to promote small businesses still open. The initiative aims to draw attention while asking communities to support local.Chef Diaz specializes in authentic Oaxacan cuisine. He presented the food pairing, featuring some of his favorite dishes. Here are the recommendations:...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Telecommunications company Sonic has seen its business explode since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Thousands of people rely on stable Internet and phone connection to work from home. Until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, many companies are extending their work-from-home policies.Sonic says it's looking to hire dozens of field service technicians to meet demand. The Santa Rosa-based company needs people located all over the Bay Area. Field technicians are dispatched from their homes to limit person-to-person contact during the pandemic."If somebody is based in San Francisco, their installations are going to be in San Francisco," said Erik Buksa, Sonic's human resources director.Sonic employees take precautions with touchless service.Buksa said, "Field service technicians will do everything on...
    PALO ALTO (KPIX) – The majority of schools in the Bay Area will begin with distance learning, but the state released new guidelines this week for elementary schools to reopen for in-person learning in counties on the monitoring list. Private elementary schools will likely be the ones opening first for in-person learning if local and state health officials give the green light. Stratford School in Palo Alto says it is applying for a waiver. Now it’s waiting for health officials to approve its application. “We are still encouraging elementary schools that can put safeguards into place to look into the waiver process,” says Dr. Sara Cody with the Santa Clara County Health Department.. Dr. Cody said most...
    Jim Beckman: Diablo Hills GC, No. 3, 106 yards, pitching wedge. Tom Neuerburg: Haggin Oaks GC, No. 14, 152 yards, 3 hybrid. John Williams: Los Lagos GC, No. 7, 87 yards, pitching wedge. Sandy Antony: Palo Alto Hills GCC, No. 11, 192 yards, 5 wood. Brad White: Pleasanton GC, No. 5, 137 yards, pitching wedge. Roger Kachiu: Rossmoor GC, Dollar Ranch Course, No. 10, 153 yards, 5-iron. To submit a hole-in-one or golf tournament, contact Nick at sports@bayareanewsgroup.com
    A wealthy Silicon Valley angel investor is facing backlash over his privilege after he tried to create a 'microschool' in his backyard and looked for a teacher on Twitter offering a salary that will 'beat whatever they are getting paid'. Jason Calacanis, who lives is the Bay Area and invests in start-ups like Uber and Robinhood, posted an ad looking for 'the best 4th to 6th grade teacher' on Sunday to teach a group of young children at his home. The father-of-one also offered a $2,000 UberEats giftcard as a referaral bonus. He used the hashtag #microschool and said the teacher would teach two to seven students in his backyard. However, the post was met with backlash on Twitter and he...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As K-12 schools and colleges nationwide try to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, we show you how they may look different for students and teachers.MAP: Bay Area school district reopening plans hereTake a look at the interactive below to get your back to school questions answered.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the story in a new windowIf you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic hereRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: COVID-19 Help: Comprehensive list of resources, information Watch list: Counties where COVID-19 is getting worse MAP: Everything that's open, forced to...
    School starts as early as next week in many Bay Area districts, so the window to apply for a waiver to open the school year in person is closing fast. But the confusing process to get permission through county public health departments is just beginning. That combination was leading to more questions than answers on Tuesday, as Bay Area health departments scrambled to assess the new guidelines that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office issued late Monday for “in-person instruction.” “We’ve never done anything like this before,” Alameda County Office of Education spokesperson Michelle Smith McDonald said. “We won’t find the gaps until we’re in them.” With pressure building from teachers’ unions and health officials, the governor last month mandated that K12...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- It hasn't even been 24 hours since San Mateo County's indoor businesses were mandated to close and public officials are already saying, "we'll fine you," if you're not wearing a face covering."This solution around fines; First it brings attention but the second thing it does, is that it saves lives," said San Mateo supervisor David Canepa.RELATED: These California cities will fine you for not wearing a mask or face coveringThe emergency ordinance proposed by Supervisor Canepa and co-sponsored by Supervisor Warren Slocum suggests a written warning first, followed by a fine if the person does not comply with wearing a mask.It would be $100 for 1st violation, $200 for 2nd violation, and $500 for...
    OAKLAND — Four people have been indicted on conspiracy charges related to the May 31 burglary of a gun store in Hayward, in which prosecutors say nearly 30 guns were stolen, according to court records unsealed Monday. The indictment names as defendants Dashawn Taylor, Anthony Craft Jr., Tyronza Hampton Jr., and a fourth person whose name is still sealed because he or she has not been arrested. Prosecutors allege the four conspired to steal 27 guns from Richardson Tactical. The four were identified in part thanks to surveillance footage from store, though prosecutors say nine people participated in the burglary. Authorities matched one defendant’s tattoos to those seen on one of the burglar’s, and screen-shotted Instagram pictures of another defendant...
    Even as California experienced its deadliest week of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statewide rate of new cases showed signs of slowing and the number of patients hospitalized with the virus was in the midst of a precipitous drop off. By Saturday, there were 800 fewer patients in hospital beds around the state than there were at its peak on July 21, according to data compiled by this news organization, a decrease of 11.3% in 11 days, to 6,362 patients currently hospitalized as of Saturday, the most recent day for which data was available. Over the weekend, California added another 11,504 new cases and 173 deaths to its totals, including 4,490 positive tests and 32 fatalities Sunday. The 135-per-day average over...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The coronavirus has upended every part of our lives, including where we live.Some people are leaving cities for other parts of the state, others are moving back home to live with their parents, and sone are finding life in an RV is the way to go.RELATED: Building a Better Bay Area: The Housing ShiftABC7 News Anchor Dion Lim had a chance to talk to Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute For The Future in Palo Alto, about how the pandemic is impacting people's housing situations.Here's a transcript of their conversation:Dion: We're seeing a large migration of people to places like the Central Valley, places like Las Vegas, outside of these hubs of Silicon Valley of...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Hair salons in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin are talking about trying to unify using civil disobedience to open up "all at once," defying Alameda County's health orders during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Christine Palmer is making banners for a rally she will be holding outside her Pleasanton salon on August 1.It's a desperate last resort. She wishes officials would come by and sit in her chair."If only we had city officials, county officials... Governor Newsom, come get your haircut and see how we're following the guidelines you gave us," said the Flaunt Hair Designs owner.RELATED: Getting off state's COVID-19 watch list nearly impossible, Solano County public health official saysApp users: For a better experience, click here...
    SAN JOSE (KGO) -- On the California's official COVID-19 website, you'll find an extensive explanation for why a specific county is on the watch list.Type in "gatherings" and it appears 34 times next to family, social, mixed households.In the Bay Area alone, it's the reason cited for five of the nine counties as a driving force in rising numbers."First of all it's the risks we would think about -- lots of noses and mouths together close by indoors versus outdoors," said infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong with UCSF, explaining the dangers of private, social gatherings.RELATED: Getting off state's COVID-19 watch list nearly impossible, Solano County public health official saysSan Mateo County's public health officer issued a stern letter about...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — A Bay Area woman said Thursday she has become a victim of the new “brushing scam,” involving mysterious packets of seeds. Janet Brewer said last weekend she received a plastic package postmarked from China. Inside was a pack of seeds. Brewer said she didn’t think much about it because, coincidentally, she had ordered a pack of seeds from Amazon in June. It wasn’t until she read a KPIX article about the mysterious packets that she realized these may not be the seeds she ordered. She said she logged into her Amazon account and saw her order wasn’t expected to arrive until August. “Called my husband and said, ‘Honey, you have to see this,'” Brewer said. “And...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Health officials are now saying clusters of coronavirus cases have been reported at four Costco locations in Santa Clara County.At least 13 workers have tested positive at the Costco in Sunnyvale at 150 Sunnyvale Station Road and it is still open to customers.RELATED: List: Face masks required at stores including Walmart, Best Buy, StarbucksSmaller clusters were also reported at the Costco locations in Mountain View, Gilroy and San Jose.The Santa Clara County Public Health Department says it is working with the stores to investigate the situation."The initial investigation shows that most likely it was not inside the store. The cases were most likely infected outside the workplace," said Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County health...
    COVID-19 is pushing Bay Area residents out of their homes and onto the streets — even in some of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest neighborhoods. With a median income of $116,178 and a poverty rate five and a half points lower than California’s 12.8 percent, one might not think to look in wealthier neighborhoods like Cupertino for signs of extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic. But West Valley Community Services, the sole social services provider serving low-income communities in Cupertino, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga, said at a news conference Thursday that it has been struggling to meet a 500 percent increase in demand for food and financial support for housing since the pandemic hit. “Emotionally,...
    RED HOOK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Con Edison is asking more than 96,000 customers in Southern Brooklyn to conserve power.The power company is working to complete some repairs in the area.Con Ed reduced voltage by 8% while the repair work is underway.The area is bounded on the north by Third Street and Fourth Street, by the Narrows and Gravesend Bay on the south, by Fort Hamilton Parkway and Fifth Avenue on the east and by Gowanus Bay and the Narrows on the west.The area includes 96,600 customers in the Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Borough Park neighborhoods.The voltage reduction also affects the Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Borough Park, Flatbush, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst neighborhoods.Con Edison has...
    By Jade Wang Bay City News Foundation DUBLIN — A website begun by Bay Area teenagers to connect local businesses with personal protective equipment providers has quickly grown into a nationwide effort to help communities stay safe. Sky Yang, a 17-year-old senior at Dublin High School, started the student-run nonprofit Break the Outbreak (BTO) in April in response to the nationwide shortage of PPE. “When I heard on Nextdoor that restaurants and grocery stores do not have proper PPE while the virus was gaining traction, I felt that as amember of society I should give back to society,” he said. “It’s very important for us to do the best we can to flatten the curve.” BTO focuses on providing restaurants,...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) – Alameda County has the most coronavirus cases in the Bay Area and now it has more hospitalizations than it ever had during this entire pandemic. Could a second lockdown be on the way? Alameda County Interim Public Health Director Nicholas Moss says cases have somewhat stabilized but all options are on the table. “We certainly are always considering whether or not to take steps like that, to move backwards,” Dr. Moss explains. With Alameda County on the California’s Monitoring List, it’s working jointly with the California Department of Public Health to flatten the curve. With the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began, any ease of restrictions is on pause. “I’m really still...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- With fairs across California canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the sights and sounds of carnival rides and games have become a distant memory. But longtime fair vendor and CEO of Stream Food and Beverage, Phillip Delahoyde, wanted to make sure that people didn't miss out on another important part of the fair -- the food. "We decided that we were going to do drive-thru to bring fair food to the masses," Delahoyde states. Kettle corn, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy are just a few of the fair favorites that customers can order.
    Some high-profile names — including Bay Area tech companies — have appeared in the latest batch of planned job cuts received by state labor officials, a grim reminder that coronavirus-linked economic woes might not have run their course. Genentech, Uber Technologies, and Gatan are among the tech companies whose layoff notices that have been sent to the state’s Employment Development Department, but the recent round of planned job cuts also include a number of Bay Area casinos. The layoffs are an unsettling reminder that even with a huge upswing in hiring in the Bay Area, California, and the United States during May and June, planned job cuts are continuing at a pace that’s far above what was normal prior to...
    Manuel Henriquez, who led a venture capital firm before being charged with paying $450,000 to rig his daughters’ college entrance exams and bribe a coach at Georgetown University, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, ruling from Boston in a video conference, went beyond the five-month sentence requested by prosecutors, saying Henriquez’s “despicable” crimes made the financier, whose lawyers had lauded his support of children’s charities, “not only a felon, but a hypocrite.” Gorton also ordered Henriquez, 57, to pay a $200,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. Gorton noted that Henriquez, who founded a publicly traded finance company and chaired it until his arrest, was “by all accounts,...
    Mack Asrat: Boulder Creek GC, No. 5, 139 yards, 8-iron. Karl Jensen: Los Lagos GC, No. 2, 140 yards, 7-iron. Russell Casteel: Los Lagos GC, No. 2, 157 yards, 6-iron. Michael O’Brien: Los Lagos GC, No. 12, 149 yards, 9-iron. Jim Bell: Rossmoor GC, Dollar Ranch Course, No. 2, 119 yards, 9-iron. To submit a hole-in-one or golf tournament, contact Nick at sports@bayareanewsgroup.com
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The novel coronavirus has been deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization as cases continuing to rise worldwide and right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.So far, there have been 8,445 COVID-19 related deaths reported in California with more than 460,550 cases statewide, some of those popping up in the nine Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz.Here are the latest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Bay Area: Alameda County: 10,640 cases, 181 deathsContra Costa County: 7,304 cases, 108 deathsMarin County: 3,177 cases, 59 deathsNapa County: 806 cases, 8 deathsSan Francisco County: 6,197 cases, 57 deathsSan Mateo County: 5,306 cases, 118 deathsSanta Clara County: 9,359 cases, 185 deathsSanta Cruz County: 980...
    BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (KGO) -- A San Francisco emergency physician has spent the past week in Texas, treating COVID-19 patients in one of the hardest hit towns by the pandemic.He spoke to ABC7 news reporter Kate Larsen Tuesday night about his experience and what he wants everyone to know and understand."It's just been overwhelming."RELATED: Bay Area doctor documents 'fully packed' flight from NYC to SF amid COVID-19 pandemicDr. Robert Rodriguez, has been an ER doctor for 25 years, but says the past week in Brownsville, Texas has been the hardest of his career."I've been surprised by the sheer number and the acuity of the patients here."Dr. Rodriguez works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In San Francisco County, 56 people have...
    BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (KGO) -- A San Francisco emergency physician has spent the past week in Texas, treating COVID-19 patients in one of the hardest hit towns by the pandemic.He spoke to ABC7 news reporter Kate Larsen Tuesday night about his experience and what he wants everyone to know and understand."It's just been overwhelming."RELATED: Bay Area doctor documents 'fully packed' flight from NYC to SF amid COVID-19 pandemicDr. Robert Rodriguez, has been an ER doctor for 25 years, but says the past week in Brownsville, Texas has been the hardest of his career."I've been surprised by the sheer number and the acuity of the patients here."Dr. Rodriguez works at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In San Francisco County, 56 people have...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- 76 nursing facilities across the Bay Area failed to meet staffing requirements mandated by federal law, but the ABC7 I-Team found the problem is only getting worse in one county."He would've got to see his grandson graduate in December," said Scott Akrie mourning the loss of his father. "My parents were about a month away from their 65th wedding anniversary."RELATED: 10th COVID-19 death confirmed at Gateway nursing home in HaywardCostell Akrie died of COVID-19 a mere three weeks after being temporarily admitted into the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward."They were so short on staffing that no one could go into his room in order to give him the phone," he said. "The phone would...
    POINT REYES STATION, Calif. (KGO) -- The Bay Area has changed a lot in the past 100 years, but not around Point Reyes.The area looks similar to when Bob Giacomini's grandfather opened a dairy farm in Petaluma around 1900."He had about 10 cows, 400 to 500 chickens and raised six kids," said Giacomini, whose father Waldo Giacomini opened his own dairy farm in Point Reyes in 1938.Bob Giacomini followed in the family business by starting a dairy farm of his own on a hill overlooking Tomales Bay in 1959. The cows he has now are all descendants of his original cows."In the 62 years that I have been here, we have produced four daughters and increased the herd from 110...
    LIVERMORE (KPIX) – An East Bay mom is honoring the memory of her son by putting smiles on people’s faces. When they donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she gives them free ice cream. Veronica Johnson, of Livermore, says it’s a way to honor her young son Dillon who died 20 years ago on July 27. “Well, he was only 25 months old when he passed away. He had four open-heart surgeries,” says Johnson. “He had his first open-heart at 9 days old and unfortunately, on his fourth one, he passed away at 25 months.” Veronica says she decided years ago to turn her grief into giving, bring nourishment to the needy and help donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation...
    ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- Even in the dock, a 30-foot cabin cruiser serves as a get-a-way for Eddie Brassfield of Antioch.If he didn't have an excuse for owning it before, he certainly does now."For me, I come down to the harbor and like to fish. I am three miles away from the nearest people."RELATED: 'Off the rails': RV sales booming as Bay Area residents hit the road to escape COVID-19 woesThat may hint at the latest lifestyle wrinkle from COVID-19. Social distancing by boating has become so popular that at places like Inland Marine in Antioch, wanna-be-boat buyers have little stock from which to choose.Owner Frank Lozano says sales have doubled this year."When you ask about negotiating the price? There...
    EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- For months, people have been ordered to stay at home or or work from home.But what if there was no home to be at?Even with eviction moratoriums in place, families across the Bay Area are facing homelessness due to back pay owed on these rents following financial struggles caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Live in Peace is a non-profit in East Palo Alto dedicated to help at-risk youth succeed in school, but COVID-19 has challenged the group to help in a new way with the "First of the Month" campaign.RELATED: 'ABC7 Better Bay Area: Project Thanks'"Imagine living check-to-check, working very hard and making sure everything is balanced to a tee and then, in one day,...
    Crews on Monday were battling a wildfire along Highway 152 in Merced County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Cottonwood Fire ignited shortly before 8 a.m. near the Romero Visitor Center, Cal Fire said. By 3:50 p.m., it had spread to 500 acres and was 40 percent contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but California Highway Patrol dispatch logs indicated it was related to a hay truck that overturned and caught fire on the highway. The fire closed both directions of the highway until about 2 p.m., when one lane in each direction was reopened. Check back for updates. Related Articles The Mineral Fire, in Fresno and Monterey counties, sent smoke...
    EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- For months, people have been ordered to stay at home or or work from home.But what if there was no home to be at?Even with eviction moratoriums in place, families across the Bay Area are facing homelessness due to back pay owed on these rents following financial struggles caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Live in Peace is a non-profit in East Palo Alto dedicated to help at-risk youth succeed in school, but COVID-19 has challenged the group to help in a new way with the "First of the Month" campaign.RELATED: 'ABC7 Better Bay Area: Project Thanks'"Imagine living check-to-check, working very hard and making sure everything is balanced to a tee and then, in one day,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- If you're planning a trip to Washington, DC from California or other coronavirus hotspots, officials say you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days due to the pandemic."High-risk states are states where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 persons," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's office announced Monday.The order, which will remain effect until at least August 10, impacts people traveling for non-essential activities.Officials say individuals will be "required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and, if they show signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19, they are to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing."California has reported 453,659 coronavirus cases and 8,416 deaths as of...
    NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — She was one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars and determined off-screen fighters. No one was better suited than Olivia de Havilland to play the sainted Melanie Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind” or more tenacious about the right to appear in the films of her choosing. Fans and actors alike owe much to de Havilland, the Oscar-winning performer who became, almost literally, a law unto herself. De Havilland, who died Sunday at 104, was one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age. She was beloved to millions as Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind,” but also won Oscars for “To Each His Own” and “The Heiress” and challenged and unchained Hollywood’s contract system. De...
    Before the pandemic, San Jose State University student Betty Lee signed a lease at 27 North, a modern downtown apartment tower close to campus, for her senior year. As the school shut down and transitioned to online classes, Lee lost her part-time jobs and moved home to Brentwood. With money tight, she asked to renegotiate her lease. But Lee said property managers at the private, off-campus complex gave her few options: either find another roommate to take her lease, or pay roughly $1,400 a month for an empty room and parking space through the next academic year. The property managers and owners declined to comment. Lee’s father was recently laid off, but has offered to help. “I feel very guilty putting...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hundreds marched in downtown Oakland Saturday night, demanding social justice and showing solidiarty for protesters in the streets of Portland who have been in a standoff with federal agents for more than a week. But some in the crowd turned violent, vandalizing Oakland Police headquarters. Police said early Saturday night that windows were broken and graffiti spray painted on the building. They also reported that demonstrators were shooting fireworks and pointing lasers at officers and helicopters. The marchers, carrying peace signs and banners proclaiming support for Portland protesters and Black Lives Matter, stretched for several blocks as they gathered at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway. The protest was organized by groups including...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Two rallies to support protesters in Portland, Oregon are taking place in the Bay Area - one in Palo Alto near Stanford University and the other in downtown Oakland.Watch the video above for a look at SKY7 over the demonstration in Oakland.VIDEO: Navy veteran beaten by federal officers in Portland explains why he was at protest, real message after video goes viralEMBED More News Videos A Navy veteran beaten by federal officers talks about what he plans to do next after video of the attack went viral. The rally in Palo Alto was set for 1 p.m. at Embarcadero and El Camino Real, according to the group Wall of Moms Bay Area.The second event started at...
    FREMONT – Police have closed the area around Crosspointe Common and Murfield Terrace around 8 p.m. to negotiate with a suspect locked in his vehicle. Fremont and Union City police are urging residents in the area to stay inside while officers try to apprehend the suspect. Police say the incident began in Union City, and Fremont officers are closing roads and providing additional resources.
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two rallies to support protesters in Portland, Oregon are planned Saturday in the Bay Area, one in Palo Alto near Stanford University and the other in downtown Oakland.The rally in Palo Alto was set for 1 p.m. at Embarcadero and El Camino Real, according to the group Wall of Moms Bay Area.The second event will start at 7:30 p.m. at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, according to organizers that include the Wall of Moms Bay Area, Refuse Fascism Bay Area and Vigil for Democracy.RELATED: Gov. Newsom, Mayor Schaaf reject Trump's offer to deploy federal officers in OaklandThe Wall of Moms group is encouraging participants are encouraged to wear yellow and bring...
    PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Two rallies to support protesters in Portland were planned for Saturday in the Bay Area, one in Palo Alto near Stanford University and the other in downtown Oakland. The rally in Palo Alto is set for 1 p.m. at Embarcadero and El Camino Real, according to the group Wall of Moms Bay Area. The second event will start at 7:30 p.m. at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, according to organizers that include the Wall of Moms Bay Area, Refuse Fascism Bay Area and Vigil for Democracy. The Wall of Moms group is encouraging participants are encouraged to wear yellow and bring sunflowers. All must wear masks to prevent the...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible impact on small businesses. 110,000 have already closed across the country, and 7 million more are at risk for the same fate.To address that, the Small Business Administration is handing out billions of dollars in loans to help companies pay their employees, but the SBA tells the ABC7 I-Team they are investigating many reports of possible fraud.EXCLUSIVE: Bay Area company criticized for lacking qualifications to source PPE receives nearly $50M in FEMA fundingThe SBA needed to get this money out fast to help companies stay afloat, and they admit their oversight could have been more stringent. Tonight, we ask -- did one South Bay man get millions of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A Bay Area lawmaker is asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare stricter shelter-in-place orders, as coronavirus cases continue to climb in California.RELATED: Here's which CA counties can reopen schools, salons amid COVID-19 pandemic"Despite our best efforts we have lost control of the coronavirus," says State Sen. Steve Glazer, who represents parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. "This virus moves from people, and if we shut down that movement we can flatten the curve, which we haven't been able to do yet."He thinks counties where the testing positivity rate is over 2% should have strict stay-at-home orders. For reference, the positivity rate, which is the percentage of those tested for COVID-19 that turn back a positive...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- It's still at least a 10-day wait to get a COVID-19 test through city sites in San Francisco. For many private providers, it's the same story.We asked several people about the challenges of getting tested for coronavirus.RELATED: Everything you need to know about testing in CaliforniaHave you ever felt sick, but struggled to get a COVID test?"I was wondering if I had to lie to get it," said Melanie Molina, a San Francisco resident who recently tried to get an appointment."I felt like everything should count right now, because I want to protect the people I'm around," she said.Did you feel you needed to meet a quota of symptoms?"She would have preferred not to have tested...
    ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) -- A new COVID-19 testing site opened Wednesday in Alameda and the results are expected in just a matter of minutes.Tests are free at the CityHealth Urgent Care site at The Research Park at Marina Village. Results will be returned within 15 minutes.RELATED: San Francisco mayor announces expanded COVID-19 testing as cases rise statewideYou do not need to make an appointment but you do need to have proof of insurance. If you do not have insurance, just bring a government issued ID.VIDEO: Coronavirus Testing: What is a COVID-19 genetic, antigen and antibody test?EMBED More News Videos There has been a lot of talk about testing for the coronavirus, but you may not entirely understand what the different...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- Across the country, communities of color are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. In California, Latinos make up more than 50% of COVID-19 cases. But in the Bay Area, specifically Marin County, the disparity is worse.Latinos make up 16% of Marin County's population, yet currently account for nearly 80% of the county's coronavirus cases. It's the largest racial disparity of any county in the Bay Area, and part of the reason the county has landed on the state's watch list.WATCH LIST: 35 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worseAnother factor is the outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, but take those numbers out of the equation and more than half of all the cases...
    ALBANY (KPIX 5) — Between health and economic concerns from the coronavirus and rising tension related to ongoing protests and divisive politics in an election year, people are tense. Viral videos of confrontations in stores are just one type of crazy behavior visible during these crazy times. UCSF Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Dr. Elissa Epel explained. “Uncertainty is particularity challenging for the human mind, because it tells us we can’t relax; we need to stay vigilant because we don’t know what is going to happen next,” said Dr. Epel. As humans, people are social beings. The social isolation brought on by the shelter-in-place order is another abnormal condition contributing to higher stress levels. Retired Clinical Psychologist Dr. Allen...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Novel coronavirus has spread worldwide at a blistering pace, from a cluster of cases in Wuhan, China to a pandemic now affecting most of the world, every U.S. state, and all Bay Area counties. We're keeping track of the major moments here.Updates are usually posted weekdays by 8 p.m.July 22, 2020 With 413,576 cases, California passes New York for the state with the highest number in the United States. The total includes people who have recovered. New York's 32,520 confirmed deaths are four times California's tally of nearly 8,000 deaths. California's population is roughly double that of the state of New York. California reports a record number of new cases in a day (12,807), a...
    Acclaimed Bay Area percussionist Sheila E. is partnering with Stevie Wonder, Jo Koy, Goapele, Ledisi, George Lopez and others for an all-star online variety special in Oakland. The We Stand Together benefit event, which is being performed at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square, will be streamed at 7 p.m. at on www.facebook.com/SheilaEDrummer, the Sheila E. YouTube page and www.elevateoakland.org/standtogether. The proceeds from the concert benefit the Black Lives Matter Global Network as well as the local youth arts/media non-profits YR Media and Elevate Oakland (which was co-founded by Sheila E.). Related Articles Bay Area music spotlight for July: Listen to these 3 acts Bay Area music spotlight: 3 local artists to hear right now Sons...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As shelter-in-place restrictions ease around the Bay Area, some counties are also allowing residents to start socializing again - with restrictions, of course.Many counties are allowing people to form "social bubbles," which is a safer way of seeing friends and family outside the household. Basically, a social bubble is a group of 12 or fewer people that agree to socialize with only each other for a period of at least three weeks. That way, you can see people outside your household, but you're exposing yourself to only a small group of people.County health departments are also advising people to consider only gathering outdoors to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus even further.So where are social bubbles...
    There was another significant spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in California on Tuesday — and on the same day, the state’s top health official cautioned it was far from over. Counties around the state reported 10,341 new cases — its fifth-most in a single day — and another 116 deaths from the virus, according to data compiled by this news organization. California’s total case count climbed over 400,000 and inched closer to New York’s record. The five days with the highest case numbers have all come since July 6; Tuesday was the ninth day in that time with more than 100 fatalities. “It may take up to three, four, even five weeks to feel the full impact...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A new UCSF study reports moderate to severe stress levels in ER doctors during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic."I would say I'm pretty stressed," said San Francisco General Hospital ER doctor, Rob Rodriguez, who spoke to ABC7 Tuesday night, after landing in Brownsville, Texas.RELATED: 34 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worseDr. Rodriguez is from Brownsville and is there to volunteer at a hospital where they're experiencing a major surge."A good friend of mine is in the ICU at a local hospital."Stress is something Rodriguez has become very familiar with. He's the lead author of the first known study on physician stress levels during the pandemic.More than 400 emergency doctors were surveyed in...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- A shouting match was caught on camera in a Martinez Walmart after a man questioned why a woman entered the store without wearing a face mask.LIST: You must wear a face covering when visiting these storesEMBED More News Videos A man filmed the tense encounter with fellow shoppers on July 19, which he said was sparked after he asked one of them why she came into the store without a mask on.On July 15, Walmart announced a policy requiring customers to wear masks while in-store. However, Walmart said the policy would not be enforced until July 20 to give it time to "inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The California Interscholastic (CIF) Central Coast Section announced Tuesday that fall high school sports can start practicing in December.In a press release, CCS stated Dec. 14 will be the start date for sports like football, cross country, field hockey, water polo, and volleyball.Four out of those five sports will start their season on Dec. 28 while football is slated to begin games on Jan. 8, 2021.Original story follows.----------------------------------------------------The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced they will be delaying education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.In a news release, they released a modified season schedule.Fall sports including volleyball, football, water polo and cross country have been delayed.Each CIF Section Office is expected to release its own calendar reflecting...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The California Interscholastic (CIF) Central Coast Section announced Tuesday that fall high school sports can start practicing in December.In a press release, CCS stated Dec. 14 will be the start date for sports like football, cross country, field hockey, water polo, and volleyball.Four out of those five sports will start their season on Dec. 28 while football is slated to begin games on Jan. 8, 2021.Original story follows.----------------------------------------------------The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced they will be delaying education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.In a news release, they released a modified season schedule.Fall sports including volleyball, football, water polo and cross country have been delayed.Each CIF Section Office is expected to release its own calendar reflecting...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The California Interscholastic (CIF) announced Tuesday that fall high school sports can start practicing in December.In a press release, CIF stated Dec. 14 will be the start date for sports like football, cross country, field hockey, water polo, and volleyball.Four out of those five sports will start their season on Dec. 28 while football is slated to begin games on Jan. 8, 2021.Original story follows.----------------------------------------------------The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced they will be delaying education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.In a news release, they released a modified season schedule.Fall sports including volleyball, football, water polo and cross country have been delayed.Each CIF Section Office is expected to release its own calendar reflecting regular-season start and...
    OAKLAND — A man who received and sold counterfeit goods that were falsely labeled as Apple, Samsung and Hewlett Packard wares was sentenced to four months in jail last week week, though prosecutors asked for a three-year federal prison term. Hang Chen, who also goes by Henry Chen, was sentenced July 15 by U.S. District Judge James Donato. The charges are related to businesses operated by his co-defendant, Lixiong Chen (aka John Chen), which had offices in China as well as Newark. The businesses — CBK Auto, CBK Holdings, Inc., CBK Wholesale, CBK USA, Bestcompu, yourlaptopsolutions, and Silicon Electronics — had a warehouse in Newark, where Hang Chen allegedly received electronics that were mislabeled as being manufactured by major companies....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Center for American Liberty are hosting a Zoom press conference to announce the #OpenCASchools lawsuit in response to Governor Newsom recent guidelines for California counties that will be conducting distance learning in the fall semester.We're streaming the press conference at 11 a.m. here, on Facebook and YouTube.Last Friday, Newsom announced new guidelines to determine which school districts would be allowed to reopen classrooms in the fall.WATCH LIST: Counties where COVID-19 is getting worseIn order to resume in-class instruction, a county must have been off the state's COVID-19 watch list for 14 consecutive days.Districts in counties on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning. As of Tuesday, 33 of California's 58 counties...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Center for American Liberty will be hosting a Zoom press conference to announce the #OpenCASchools lawsuit in response to Governor Newsom recent guidelines for California counties that will be conducting distance learning in the fall semester.Check back to watch live. We'll be streaming the press conference at 11 a.m. here, on Facebook and YouTube.Last Friday, Newsom announced new guidelines to determine which school districts would be allowed to reopen classrooms in the fall.WATCH LIST: Counties where COVID-19 is getting worseIn order to resume in-class instruction, a county must have been off the state's COVID-19 watch list for 14 consecutive days.Districts in counties on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning. As...
    Office markets in the South Bay, East Bay, and Peninsula turned sluggish and posted their weakest leasing performances in years during the second quarter of this year amid coronavirus-linked business shutdowns, according to separate reports from Colliers International. The leasing activity for office space was so slow in the April-through-June period that space became vacant at a much faster pace than it was rented in Silicon Valley, the Oakland area of the East Bay, and San Mateo County, the reports from commercial real estate firm Colliers showed. “Silicon Valley commercial property markets continued to be battered by the COVID-19 public health crisis and the consequent shelter-in-place orders,” according to a report prepared by Lena Tutko, senior research manager in the...
    CALISTOGA, Calif. (KGO) -- The extra $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits is slated to end this week. And still there are thousands in California who haven't received any benefits at all.Frustration with the EDD is mounting. Complaints are pouring in to 7 On Your Side. Michael Finney has been investigating what's gone wrong at EDD. He's here with the first in a week-long series.RELATED: Unemployment in CA: EDD spokesperson talks future of extra $600 pandemic payment, wait timesWe've looked at hundreds of cases and virtually all appear to be clearly entitled to benefits. Yet folks run into brick walls at EDD - and some say they may never fully recover.After months with no income, tens of thousands of...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area priest accused of sexual battery failed to appear in court Monday and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Varghese Alengadan, 67, known as “Father George,” was charged last week with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery for allegedly inappropriately touching a woman in July 2019. He was scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court Monday for his arraignment but never showed up, the district attorney’s office told the Mercury News of San Jose. Alameda County Judge Colin Bowen issued an arrest warrant with bail set at just one cent due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jail population reductions mean that only inmates accused of serious and violent felonies are being...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Businesses in San Francisco's Chinatown saw a much-needed increase in foot traffic over the weekend thanks to a planned street closure.The street was closed off to vehicles to give people more room to walk around.This also allowed some restaurants to offer outdoor dining and some businesses to cater to customers for the first since closing their doors in March.Other businesses outside of the restaurant industry also noticed more walk-ins and reported better sales.Grant Avenue will be closed down every weekend through September.If you have a question or comment about the coronavirus pandemic, submit yours via the form below or here. Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here RELATED STORIES &...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms to close all indoor operations in counties that are on this watch list. Bars - both indoor and outdoor - are also required to close for three weeks.LATEST UPDATE: Gov. Newsom announces which California school districts can reopen in the fall amid coronavirus crisisWith parts of California open amid the coronavirus pandemic at different stages, many are left wondering what's actually open in their neighborhood.From hair salons to social bubbles to gyms to movie theaters, find out what's open where you live via the map below:App users: For a better experience, click here to view the story in a new windowTraveling down to Southern California?...
    The Bay Area went its first day in a month without reporting a death from COVID-19 on Sunday, but the seven-day average of deaths per day was still at its highest level since early May and statewide, only down slightly from a peak last week, according to data compiled by this news organization. Altogether, with 89 fatalities from the virus reported Saturday and another 12 on Sunday, it amounted to California’s deadliest weekend of the pandemic. There were slightly fewer new cases reported this weekend than last — 12,725, including 5,889 on Sunday, compared to 13,169 last weekend — but more than any other Saturday and Sunday during the pandemic. Those numbers reflect when deaths and cases were reported, not...
    Little change is in store for the rest of the weekend. Low clouds and fog will start the day, retreating to the coast by mid morning.Highs will similarly be in a wide range from the mid 60s coastside with patchy clouds to the lower 90s far inland under plenty of sunshine.Still, highs should run a few degrees cooler this afternoon.VIDEO: Meteorologist Lisa Argen has your AccuWeather forecastWinds will be locally breezy at times with the ebb and flow of the fog.Rewind, repeat more or less into Monday.A trough of low pressure will bring cooler air into the bay by Tuesday and Wednesday with highs besting the lower 80s.A narrower spread of afternoon high temperatures will result with inland readings below...
    LOS ANGELES -- A Southern California family is mourning three of its members who died of COVID-19 as the matriarch of the family remains in the ICU fighting the virus.Close family friend Joe Perez says COVID-19 hit 17 members of the family about a month ago. That's when Perez says the family started visiting each other, as stay-at-home orders loosened and businesses started to reopen.RELATED: Coronavirus devastates Southern California household, kills family patriarch"One of the family members had lunch with an asymptomatic friend and then that's how it started," he added.Bishop Abel Jimenez and his wife of 65 years, Noemi, were both hospitalized with COVID-19. Two of their daughters recently passed away.Tabitha Medina, 51, and her 60-year-old sister Esther Hernandez,...
    In the San Francisco Bay Area of California, where racial justice protesters are calling for defunding the police, the homicide rate has risen 14 percent so far in 2020. One member of the city council in Vallejo, which has the highest number of murders, blames the increase on “systemic racism.” “I think it’s the chickens coming home to roost,” said Hakeem Brown, who is running to be mayor of the city, said in a San Francisco Chronicle report. “I think it’s a lack of investment in our youth, a lack of opportunities … systemic racism in Vallejo and generations of poverty among poverty.” The Chronicle reported on its analysis of the increasing crime rate: While reports of robberies, rapes...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the Bay Area, one San Jose community recently planned a surprise baby shower for their beloved postal worker.Following social distancing recommendations, they decorated the woman's route in an effort that has now gone viral. A post regarding the surprise was shared several thousand times from the public Facebook page for "The Good News Movement."Many are familiar with the motto, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night," can stop the United States Postal Service (USPS). One employee serving San Jose can also add "pandemic" and "pregnancy" to that list.To thank the woman, residents organized a sweet surprise that was fit for the pandemic, on Thursday."All the neighbors kind of put out either balloons,...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- In the South Bay, one San Jose community recently planned a surprise baby shower for their beloved postal worker.Following social distancing recommendations, they decorated the woman's route in an effort that has now gone viral. A post regarding the surprise was shared several thousand times from the public Facebook page for "The Good News Movement."Many are familiar with the motto, "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night," can stop the United States Postal Service (USPS). One employee serving San Jose can also add "pandemic" and "pregnancy" to that list.RELATED: South Bay woman makes blankets for people who lost loved ones to COVID-19To thank the woman, residents organized a sweet surprise that was...
    BRENTWOOD, Calif. (KGO) -- Even before Gov. Gavin Newsom released his guidelines on schools reopening, the Liberty Union High School District in Brentwood, which planned to have at least some in-person learning, abruptly changed course, citing risk and complexity.This morning Superintendent of Schools Eric Volta sent a letter to parents. It said the plan for a hybrid mixture of some in-person classes and some online learning was being dropped."We said given the events of this week that we will start Aug. 10 in full distance learning mode," Volta said.RELATED: Gov. Newsom announces which California school districts can reopen in the fall amid coronavirus crisisThe change was announced just over a week after the school board settled on the hybrid plan.The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A lot of Bay Area commuters are noticing more cars on the road lately and even occasional traffic backups. So we wondered just how close are we getting to the old days of commute gridlock? Like a lot of things in the Bay Area, we learned the answer depends on where you drive."This is not going to be an on-off switch where we are currently off and all of a sudden it's going to be on. This will be a gradual process" according to John Goodwin with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).The MTC uses data from Bay Area toll bridges as a barometer of what is happening to traffic around the entire region. We asked for...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A lot of Bay Area commuters are noticing more cars on the road lately and even occasional traffic backups. So we wondered just how close are we getting to the old days of commute gridlock? Like a lot of things in the Bay Area, we learned the answer depends on where you drive."This is not going to be an on-off switch where we are currently off and all of a sudden it's going to be on. This will be a gradual process" according to John Goodwin with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).The MTC uses data from Bay Area toll bridges as a barometer of what is happening to traffic around the entire region. We asked for...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- In the South Bay, there's continued push back against a Downtown San Jose venue. Recent public posts shared on social media promote several weekend parties at Aura Nightclub, Kitchen and Bar.LATEST FROM NEWSOM: Governor announces which California school districts can reopen in the fallABC7 News found an event flyer for a patio party on the 3rd of July, another for the 11th, and a promotion for a Summer Day Party on the 12th. Information on each flyer directed guests to Aura.As it stands, current County Public Health orders allow outdoor dining with mandatory directives.However, long-time Aura patrons shared growing concern after noticing a now-deleted post to the venue's Instagram page. Content shared with ABC7 News...
    Vallejo’s Charles Michael Johnson, 25, was given a 10-year prison sentence for assault related to an incident with an American Canyon police officer, according to a report in the Napa Valley Register. Johnson pleaded no contest to felony assault, felony evading an officer and felony vehicle burglary, the Napa County District Attorney’s office reported. Napa County Superior Court Judge Scott Young handed down the prison sentence. The case started last September with a report of a man prowling a hotel parking lot in American Canyon. The assault occurred when American Canyon police responded to the prowler call shortly after 11 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and tried to question Johnson, who was sitting in a...
    BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- There are big questions as to whether or not we will see college sports in the fall, and news out of the East Bay is not helping the case amid the coronavirus pandemic.UC Berkeley confirmed Thursday that eight student athletes involved in voluntary workouts have tested positive for COVID-19.RELATED: Fraternity parties blamed for UC Berkeley COVID-19 outbreakStanford has already cancelled seasons for 11 sports.Analysts and executives that we talked with are questionable on whether we'll actually see a college football season this year. Former Major League Baseball player Bip Roberts has some serious questions."Numbers have spiked quickly because there is no social distancing, so you talk about college football, how do you play football without contact?...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In an hour-long Facebook Live Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg joined Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the recent resurge of coronavirus cases, a potential vaccine, and the U.S. response to the pandemic."I got to say you are quite generous in your description of the government's response here," Zuckerberg said to Dr. Fauci."I just think this was avoidable."RELATED: Dr. Fauci says safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine could be seen at start of 2021The Facebook CEO expressed his disappointed about the lack of adequate testing."The credibility of our top scientists, like yourself and the CDC are being undermined," Zuckerberg added.Dr. Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, explained part of the resurgence in cases is tied to failures in reopening."The citizenry...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco judge has ruled that witnesses for an upcoming criminal case will be wearing transparent face masks.It's the first ruling of its kind as courts grapple with a new coronavirus reality.RELATED: Pandemic creates challenges as San Francisco tries to resume jury trialsNew COVID-19 rules require that everyone wear a face mask inside the courthouse.Deputy Public Defender Sierra Villaran argued that it would be unfair for witnesses to testify with their face covered."We judge facial expressions and microexpressions in milliseconds and in big part these non-verbal cues are what we use to determine credibility, trustworthiness," says Villaran, "Having that sort of visibility is crucial and I think you're going to start seeing this sort of...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to update guidance for reopening schools Friday as the coronavirus pandemic surges throughout much of the state and more and more districts drop plans to welcome kids back to the classroom in the fall and begin the year instead with online-only instruction. Though the governor’s office would not comment on details, he is under increasing pressure to call for districts at least in areas where the virus is spreading significantly to forego in-class instruction for the beginning of the year until conditions improve. That would be welcome news to many teachers whose unions have become more vocal about concerns over returning to the classroom. Click here to see our list of what every Bay Area school...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The novel coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact around the world and also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place order has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.All Bay Area counties are sheltering in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The order directs everyone to stay in their homes until at least May 31 unless it's for "essential" services, activities and work. SCHOOL CLOSURES: School, university closures related to COVID-19 in San Francisco Bay AreaMAPS: Check out the latest maps of COVID-19 cases, deaths in the US, world CORONAVIRUS IN CA: Get resources and information about COVID-19 LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths...
    It takes a special kind of person to be a caregiver, which is why they're almost always in demand. However, with coronavirus cases continuing to rise, Visiting Angels needs even more help with in-home senior care."Nobody wants to be in a facility because they've been shown that starting in Washington state to here." Tani Holstege Wheaton, a Visiting Angels co-owner said. "So, it's much safer to be at home and have someone coming in and helping you. It's made what was already a great need an even greater need."RELATED:Coronavirus pandemic has you looking for a job? Indeed can helpTani and her husband Chris run the Sunnyvale and Willow Glen Visiting Angels offices, but care givers are needed in locations all...
    The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.98% over the past week, falling below 3% for the first time since mortgage giant Freddie Mac began tracking the popular home-loan instrument in April 1971. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to a record low of 2.48%. Rates have dropped almost 2 percentage points over the past 1 1/2 years, helping to drive up homebuying demand and keeping home prices from dropping during the coronavirus-inspired recession. That decrease amounts to a savings of $563 a month in house payments on a $500,000 loan, greatly boosting the affordability of homebuying. “Mortgage rates fell below 3 percent for the first time in 50 years,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “The drop has led to increased...
    (CBS SF) – Parts of the the Bay Area will see hazy skies for a second straight day, as smoke from wildfires burning in Central California continues to drift into the region. According to the National Weather Service, smoke from the Mineral Fire in Fresno County and the Coyote Fire in San Benito County is expected to impact parts of the Bay Area and Central Coast on Thursday and possibly on Friday. Smoke from the Coyote and Mineral Fires could impact the region today, with haze skies. #CoyoteFire #MineralFire #cawx pic.twitter.com/7y2gMjfGhc — NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) July 16, 2020 The Mineral Fire, which has been burning near the community of Coalinga since Monday, has scorched 16,500 acres and is...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The latest Consumer Price Index from the Department of Labor shows Americans paid nearly five percent more for food this year over last, led by big increases in meat and dairy prices.ABC7 asked shoppers inside Community Foods Market on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland if they are paying more for food.Their answer: a resounding yes, although they may differ on what they're paying more for.A shopper named Anthony said, "Beef prices have skyrocketed. Pork, like spareribs have skyrocketed."But a shopper named Grace guessed: "butter, eggs, and dairy."RELATED: Give Where You Live: Donate to Bay Area food banksTurns out they're both right.Brahm Ahmadi is Community Foods CEO."We've seen price fluctuations in meat anywhere from 10 percent to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A dramatic day in the Rome trial of two college students from the Bay Area, charged with the stabbing death of Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega nearly one year ago.RELATED: Rome Officer Killing: Trial underway for Bay Area college students in killing of Italian officer after COVID-19 delaysThe two defendants attended Tam High in Mill Valley, went to college for a year in Southern California, and met in Rome on vacation last summer. They've been in prison ever since19-year-old Gabrial Natale Hjorth from Mill Valley entered the Rome courtroom Wednesday; masks are mandatory. He listened as Carabinieri officer Andrea Varriale described their fight, how Natale had his shoulders pinned to the ground, so the officer...
    The retail property market in the Bay Area has suffered some jolts during the coronavirus outbreak, causing higher vacancies in several markets, but rental rates remain stable, according to a new report by a major real estate company. Vacancies for retail properties rose during the spring compared with the winter in the East Bay, San Mateo County, and San Francisco, but vacancies shrank in Santa Clara County, a Colliers International report showed. Asking rents for retail spaces rose in Santa Clara County and the San Mateo County area, but rents fell in San Francisco and the East Bay, retail brokers with Colliers reported. “Average asking rents in the South Bay reached a record $34.31 a square foot per year,” Colliers...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California is testing more people for the coronavirus than ever before. So why is it seemingly harder to get tested now than it was a month ago?Here's what you need to know about COVID-19 testing in the San Francisco Bay Area.Can anyone get tested for COVID-19?Technically speaking, yes. There are no state laws about who can or can't get tested. But this is more of a question about testing availability right now. As California continues to see COVID-19 infections soar, tests are being prioritized for people experiencing symptoms, high-risk populations and essential workers.RELATED: Everything to know about California's confusing coronavirus reopening plan, summer shutdown and what comes nextWhether or not you can get access to a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A dramatic day in the Rome trial of two college students from the Bay Area, charged with the stabbing death of Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega nearly one year ago.Rome Officer Killing: Trial underway for Bay Area college students in killing of Italian officer after COVID-19 delaysCerciello Rega's partner, Andrea Varriale, took the stand and testified about his struggle with Gabriel Natale Hjorth of Mill Valley, while Cerciello Rega fought with Finnegan Elder of San Francisco.Varriale said Natale had his shoulders pinned to the ground, so he decided to let him go. Then, he saw Cerciello Rega had been stabbed with blood pouring like "a fountain".When Varriale's cell phone call for help played in open...