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i'm frank mallicoat and i'm good morning, everyone. you only get to enjoy 52 of these a year so enjoy. it's friday, the bay bridge is beautiful! it's february 19. >> friday, always our favorite day. got to love it. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. >> we begin at 5:00 happening today the new express lanes open on interstate 580. they are going to give commuters a new option for traveling through dublin- pleasanton and livermore. kpix 5 reporter kiet do is alongside the new lanes which
just opened up moments ago. how are things going so far. reporter: you know, so far, so good. you're looking at the counter- commute direction now so not a lot of people using it but we are right at the beginning of these new express lanes. this has been years in the making. east bay commuters have more options and more relief. the new express lanes are 580 eastbound starting at hacienda and goes for 11 miles. the express lane is free for carpools, buses, van pools, motorcycles and qualified clean air vehicles but here's the catch. you will need the new fastrak flex tag. it has an indicator switch numbered 1, 2 and 3 and you select how many passengers are in the vehicle. solo drivers can use the old fastrak tag but you will be charged a fee calculated on the amount of traffic on the road. freeway signs will constantly update you on the cost to travel from exit to exit and these new express lanes are in effect from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.
and they are free outside those hours. 580 westbound lanes will open up on monday morning. live in pleasanton, kiet do, kpix 5. an apartment building that was teetering on the edge of an eroding cliff in pacifica is now just rubble. the building on esplanade avenue is vacant since 2009 when the city red-tagged it but it took until yesterday for crews to begin demolition. the structure was brought down in a matter of hours. other nearby buildings have been red-tagged but no demolition yet. 5:02 on this friday. we have to get the forecast. it's a go do it weekend but before that we have a little bit of rain. >> we had a lot of rain yesterday over an inch of rain in many locations which was night because it was distributed across the bay area. a secondary system is rolling in but i have to tell you not a lot of rain associated with it. that's so impressive. i cannot believe how many lightning strikes i'm counting already this morning to the north of us but we can clearly
see by our futurecast that area of low pressure descends on the north bay and hangs out there until lunch hour and then as it moves across the central bay in the early afternoon hours it just pretty much falls apart at the seams so just a few drops in the san jose area by the evening commute. so mostly cloudy skies today temperature-wise hanging out in the 60s everywhere. i have your full weekend forecast calling for sunshine and warmer conditions. that's coming up at 5:18. jumping to the roads, northbound 680 right at olympic chp just arriving on the scene of this accident. couple of vehicles involved. one vehicle stuck in center divide. one stuck in the left lane. word of debris in the road, as well. so expect some slight delays as you work your way through there. that's northbound 680 right at olympic. elsewhere south 101 near capitol expressway in the south bay this accident still in effect there. it's off to the right side of the road not affecting the main lines of the freeway but you might see some activity passing the scene on that southbound side. northbound the commute
direction traffic is okay out of san jose. no delays on the peninsula 101. drive times look good. nice ride so far at the bay bridge. we saw some cars stuck in the cash lanes on but that cleared. traffic is free-flowing out of oakland into san francisco. a san jose police officer fired for posting threatening comments online has his job back. officer phillip white was fired last year after he threatened the "black lives matter" movement on twitter. acting police chief eddie garcia says an independent arbitrator reinstated officer white. representatives with the city of san jose and police department say they don't agree with the decision but they will honor it. berkeley police are looking for the man who has been sexual assaulting women near the uc- berkeley campus and kpix 5's anne makovec is live in berkeley where police now have video of a possible suspect. anne. >> reporter: they are hoping that this video will help track this guy down. all of the attacks happened
within a few blocks of the southern border of the cal campus and all of the victims were young asian women. take a look at the surveillance video. he is in the ponytail. this video was captured around the third attack on tuesday around 11:30 a.m. on the 2500 block of bienvenue. all three attacks had the same m.o. the woman is walking alone when a man grabs her from behind. the second attack happens earlier on tuesday near durant and ellsworth. the first one reported on february 11th on haste street. >> in each case there's force and assault so there's a concern it could escalate. >> reporter: another look here at the surveillance video. police don't know if the suspect lives in the area or maybe just hangs out in the area. they also don't know if there
might be other victims out there. so if you or anybody know had this happen to them, report it so the police can figure out what's happening. live near uc-berkeley anne makevoc, kpix 5. justice antonin scalia will lie in repose today at the supreme court before his funeral tomorrow. the president will pay his respects today. don champion is outside the supreme court reporter: known as the conservative warrior, today thousands will pay respects to supreme court justice antonin scalia. president obama and the first lady will remember the justice as his body lie this is repose in the great hall of the supreme court. the president has faced criticism from the right for not planning to attend scalia's funeral mass tomorrow. >> what the president thinks is appropriate is respectfully paying tribute to high-profile patriotic american citizens even when you don't agree on all the issues. >> reporter: the 79-year-old
died of natural causes over the weekend. republican presidential candidate ted cruz plans to attend the funeral mass and criticized the president. >> he is going to cuba. but somehow obama can't find time to go to justice scalia's funeral. >> reporter: scalia's memory is being overshadowed by a bitter partisan debate over whether president obama should nominate his successor. >> the president has the right and obligation under the constitution to send forth a nominee. >> reporter: at a town hall meeting in south carolina last night, jeb bush broke with his fellow republicans, who want to leave it to the next president to decide. >> we should be respectful of the constitution but whatever powers are afforded the presidency, the president ought to use them. >> reporter: senate minority leader expects the president to announce his nomination in just over two weeks. don champion, cbs news washington. presidential hopefuls have another chance to best their rivals tomorrow. a caucus in nevada will show how hillary clinton and bernie
sanders measure up to democratic voters. and in south carolina, the primary to prove which republican candidate is favored. we'll have more campaign coverage in the next half-hour as cbs reporter craig boswell highlights last night's town hall talks. sweet little colt was rescued sunday from a ravine in fremont. and soon that baby horse named valentine could be yours to adopt. it's because valentine's owners decided to give him up to the city so the horse can have a stable home. officers there say he is still recovering from a broken rib and pelvis but when he is well there will be many takers as people from all around the globe donated money for valentine's medical care. time now 5:08. vacation in paradise takes an unexpected dramatic turn! coming up, how a bay area man became a rescuer while on a trip to hawaii. >> from the kpix 5 weather center, good friday morning, everybody! we are tracking storm number 2. i'll tell you when to expect rain. >> and we have our eye on an
frank and michelle, what were we talking about two weeks ago? >> talking about super bowl 50! >> peyton manning is still there! >> he is still partying. >> he doesn't want to leave. >> or is that cam newton? >> would you want to leave if you won there? we have the full forecast coming up. >> it seems like two years ago. doesn't it? wow. we move on at 5:12 on a friday. a trip to the sports basement store in walnut creek did not end well. a man accidentally crashed his suv into a pillar outside the store and part of the roof came down. >> 12-inch by 12-inch solid wood that he hit that was embedded in concrete and knocked it loose. so the front end of the car had significant damage. >> fortunately that driver was not injured. engineers were called in to help shore up the building. the california highway patrol is looking into video that we uncovered of a sideshow on the bay bridge. check it out. [ engine revs ] [ tires screech
] >> it was in the middle of the day saturday afternoon. we have seen this all over the bay area but not quite like this. >> there's a real lack of respect, real lack of not just for the police but just for just a general fellow commuter, human being, people just trying to get where they're going. >> what may be more troubling, sideshow videos are becoming more popular on social media. many are posted under the hashtag "bay area movement." investigators are now looking into accounts associated with that hashtag. let's check traffic. hopefully all is clear on the bay bridge right now. >> it is. we actually have no troubles on the bay bridge. really the only spot we're monitoring now is 580/680 as well walnut creek. the new express lanes open up on 580 this morning eastbound opens today westbound monday morning. so for the evening commute tonight things will be easier
through the tri-valley. a lot of the "super commuters" wan make the trek between tracy and the bay area this is much- needed relief for this area of the freeway. jumping to the altamont pass, we have some sluggish conditions out of tracy but that's typical. i'm going to say it's "friday light" because we are seeing 42 miles per hour so that's okay as you work your way westbound coming out of tracy for the top of the altamont pass. this accident northbound 680 at south main street now the chp just changed the location. it's now blocking the right lane. fire crews are on scene. we are seeing on our sensors some slight delays there. a little yellow means traffic is sluggish as you work your way near that accident. so just a heads up if you plan to take 680 this morning. southbound not seeing any trouble spots. i do notice there were reports of debris in the road as well so they may have to clear that over to the right side but right now that right lane is down for the count. northbound 680 right at south main street. rest of the bay area very quiet. if you have an early flight to catch at sfo no delays on 101 right now near sfo traffic clear through the peninsula.
drive times look great north 280, 380 to 101, 10 minutes an easy commute. no delays out of marin county towards the golden gate bridge. they just did the lane changes to add more lanes for the southbound side for the morning commute. traffic is light into san francisco. bay bridge so far, so good. but we are going to see some slick surfaces later because rain is coming this morning. right, roberta? >> i have this idea. tell me if you like this. we go on a tour, take the show on the road and we go visit each and every one of our weather watchers and they have breakfast ready for us, throw out the spread and we come in and talk a little bit of weather. >> i'm in. >> me, too! >> food? they're in! our weather watcher are up early on this friday. temperatures in the 40s and 50s. set up to you look at that. 41 degrees a chill in the air. dave says what do you say? he is with dog. cold and thin layer of clouds.
he can see the stars. i saw that it looked almost like a full moon out there this morning. it's 89% waxing gibbous. won't see many stars in the next hour or so. clouds will begin to thicken. look what's upstream. this is a pretty vigorous area of low pressure. not as potent as the one we experienced 24 hours ago but boy i have been concerned with all those lightning strikes at least a dozen lightning strikes so far this morning. that's the front so you have to believe that garberville is keeping an eye on the lightning strikes. we'll keep our "eye on the storm." looking at the bay waters at this hour. temperatures are cooler than they were 24 hours ago. the winds are under 10 miles per hour for the most part but right now hayward 7. 5 redwood city. also in san jose. winds are fluctuating in advance of the area of low pressure. up to about 9 in the napa area. high surf advisory in place until 8 a.m. the buoys are picking up 15 to 17-foot swells.
some very strong rip currents. here's your futurecast. the front hangs out in the north bay. at the lunch hour begins to descend south it falls apart. no real accumulations, up to .03." to the north .25" in santa rosa and san rafael. tenth to the east and west. a winter storm advisory in effect. we are expecting an additional 108" of snow above 7,000 feet. your weekend will be mild. the warmest day of the weekend will be sunday. up to 10" of snow accumulating above 7,000 feet. make it a great friday.
successful rescues in the sierra nevada after an avalanche trapped two vehicles. it buried a bus and a car in alpine meadows yesterday. crews worked fast to pull the three inside to safety. it was one of three avalanches to hit the area in just 24 hours. no injuries in any and still some ski resorts in the area are closed for the day as a precaution. speaking of rescues, a redwood city man went to hawaii on vacation and became a hero there. a helicopter made a splash- landing off the island of oahu. then the local hero rushed in for the rescue. kpix 5's veronica de la cruz shows us that dramatic video. >> i seen the helicopter started sputtering. >> reporter: max burner noticed the pilot in trouble above the shallow waters of pearl harbor. >> he put it right just off the shore where everybody was. as soon as people saw what was happening they started running and i started running the opposite way toward the thing. >> within a second, somebody yelled to get down and we turned and ran and tried to
take cover. >> reporter: then the chopper crashed into the water right by the visitors center for the uss arizona. >> there were a lot of people stand there is if he hit land. >> reporter: some of those witnesses including max rushed to save the family of four and the pilot. >> i jumped in. there were three people in the water. there was a woman in the water. got her to shore. >> reporter: witnesses say a 16- year-old boy was under water for several minutes. he is in critical condition. the four others on board were in better shape but also taken to the hospital. veronica de la cruz, kpix 5. >> that helicopter belongs to a company called genesis aviation. the national transportation safety board is investigating. 5:19. quite a few no shows for sunnyvale based yahoo. how the internet pioneer ceo is trying to keep things looking up. i'm dennis o'donnell.
coming up. how many games have the cal bears basketball team won on the road this season? and did bochy really call this the best rotation he has ever had as the giants manager? hear from his own mouth coming up. >> i think it may be. okay, dennis. what's cool about your school? email your nomination to us at email@example.com. we may come and feature your school on the show. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
elopers good. you might find some slight delays northbound 680 south of south main street. we are getting reportof an accident. right lanes are blocked. some awkward moments for yahoo's marissa mayer at a developers conference. the tech ceo addressed the crowd yesterday to talk mobile engagement. but most of the seats were empty at her keynote speech. 1,000 attendees were expected, less than half showed. yahoo announced hundreds of job cuts earlier this week. >> it was probably bigger last year. there's a lot going on obviously with the big news yesterday. there's a lot of angst there. >> yahoo is also dropping several of its digital magazines. in total the company plans to cut 15% of its workforce by next january. good morning, everybody. day one of the giants camp in
spring training yesterday and bruce bochy announcing santiago casilla is officially the closer. okay. the giants spent over $200 billion to sign starter johnny cueto and jeff samardzija beefing up a starting rotation that was decimated by injuries last season. you think about the lincecum, cain and baumgarner. here's bochy on the new rotation. >> come to spring training, this is as solid as i think we have been. that's saying a lot. we have had some very good rotations here. but when you add two guys like this, you know, they make you that much better. implications for cal and washington. brown paying like a top five nba draft pick, two of his game high 23. the u-dub coach called him a locomotive. 78-75 the bears, just their
second road win this season. pete deboer back in floor where his coaching journey began. sharks and panthers in a shootout. joe pavelski freezes and scores and then florida's turn. sharks goalie martin jones comes up with the save. and the sharks win 2-1 in a shootout. they just keep winning on the road. warriors back at it. here we go. have a great weekend. i'm dennis o'donnell. see you sunday night on game day. here we go. play of the day, how about bulls, cavaliers? we have some hoops. cleveland forces a turnover. irving toss to smith who is going to lob an alley-oop. the king taking it down. lebron james. two pinpoint perfect passes leading to the slam there by lebron on the night. king put up 25. he had nine boards, nine assists, he had a big night. so did the cavs. they win by 11, 106-95. that is your play of the day. it is 5:25 right now.
police are trying to track down a suspect after a series of assaults against women near a bay area college campus. a live report coming up. >> also ahead, a relic from the cold war that can be seen throughout santa clara valley. a key decision that could save this landmark from the wrecking ball. >> i'm kiet do. we're live in pleasanton. traffic relief is finally coming to the east bay with express lanes opening up on 580. ,,,,,,,,
just by switching to progressive. so you'll be bringing home the bacon in no time. sorry. get a free quote at progressive.com. to help local commuters. starting this morning a bay area freeway has new express lanes. coming up how they are supposed to help local commuters. >> and we're just a day away from two more key contests in
the presidential race. the remaining candidates scrambling for last-minute votes. >> and here we go again. storm number 2 is heading this way. >> lots of company at the bay bridge and reports of a walnut creek accident. details coming up. good morning. it's friday, february 19. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 5:30. the new express lanes on 580 have been open for a half- hour. they will give commuters an option of driving through dub, pleasanton and livermore. what's it looking like? >> reporter: reporter: you know, so far, so good. you're looking at the counter- commute direction now so not a lot of people using it but we are right at the beginning of these new express lanes. this has been years in the making. east bay commuters have more options and more relief. the new express lanes are 580
eastbound starting at hacienda and goes for 11 miles. the express lane is free for carpools, buses, van pools, motorcycles and qualified clean air vehicles but here's the catch. you will need the new fastrak flex tag. it has an indicator switch numbered 1, 2 and 3 and you select how many passengers are in the vehicle. solo drivers can use the old fastrak tag but you will be charged a fee calculated on the amount of traffic on the road. freeway signs will constantly update you on the cost to travel from exit to exit and these new express lanes are in effect from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and they are free outside those hours. 580 westbound lanes will open up on monday morning. live in pleasanton, kiet do, kpix 5. the attorney for convicted ex-state senator leland yee is asking a judge for leniency. a federal prosecutor is seeking an eight-year sentence for the
san francisco politician's role in a corruption scandal. but his attorney says shouldn't serve more than five years and three months because of his long history of public service and his wife's life-threatening illness. yee pleaded guilty last july to felony racketeering. he is set to be sentenced next week. berkeley police are looking for the man who has been sexually assaulting women near the uc- berkeley campus and kpix 5's anne makovec is live in berkeley where police now have video of a possible suspect. anne. >> reporter: every. >> reporter: all these attacks happened near the southern border of the cal campus so police are hoping this new surveillance video will help them find their suspects. here's a look this man with the ponytail running down the street is the man berkeley detectives think is responsible for three sexual assaults in less than a week near the cal campus. >> we do believe these are all connected at this point. >> reporter: the first happened on february 11th and the 2500 broke of haste street. >> the victims have been
walking alone, they were grabbed from behind and actually, you know, forcibly grabbed from behind. >> reporter: and just like the m.o. in all three cases, the victim profile is nearly identical. >> in each of these cases, our victims have all been asian females. >> reporter: the second assault happened near the corner of durant and ellsworth on tuesday around 11:00. then 20 minutes later in less than a mile away another attack, this time on the 2500 block of bienvenue where the surveillance video of the suspect respect was shot. >> we don't know if this person lives in the area or hangs out in the area. >> reporter: berkeley officers are afraid if this man is not stopped he will move from assault to rape. >> to these cases there has been some type of force and then assault. so there is a concern that this could escalate and become something more. >> reporter: police believe there may be other victims out there and they hope that anybody who has anything like this happen to them recently will come forward. live in berkeley, anne makevoc,
kpix 5. an old radar tower south of san jose is a step closer to being saved. last night, santa clara county's historical commission recommended that the cube shaped structure on the mount umunum be placed on inventory of old resources. it was a key part of the almaden air force station during the cold war. a consultant for the county says the tower's position atop a mountain gives it historical integrity but the board of supervisors will have the final say. 5:34. it is the weekend. and that all important forecast is coming up with roberta. >> i just want to hear you say the mountain name again. >> mount umunum. >> mount up. >> personal friend? [ laughter ] >> mount up will um will probably see a dash and splash no accumulation. i must say this looks very impressive,doesn't it? look at all of those lightning
strikes we picked up dozens and dozens of lightning bolts, cloud-to-cloud lightning offshore northwest california, eureka with moderate rainfall, snow in the mountains of the far north portion of the state of california, as well. mostly cloudy skies looking out towards the bay waters. temperatures are cooler. 42 in lives, with a 5-mile-an-hour wind feels like the 30s. rain begins in the north bay and falls apart in the central bay and barely a few sprinkles to the south. we'll time the system together coming up at 48 minutes after the hour. right now, gianna, how exciting is it? >> 580. >> it will make a difference for those working their way out of the tri-valley. >> when they go home this evening, don't forget you need the special fastrak. so make sure you get that before you take that express lanes. we'll have more coming up in
just a minute. bay bridge toll plaza metering lights are on. traffic is now starting to stack up. a little slow-and-go now we are not seeing too many delays off the eastshore freeway just yet. westbound carquinez bridge to the maze 19 minutes. still "friday light" on the westbound 80. 580 okay. of course it bogs down once you get to the bay bridge. okay though once you get past the metering lights across the span into san francisco. north 680 at south main street fire crews on the scene of an accident. one vehicle hit the center divide or wall, another hit debris. so there is a lot of activity there on scene. it's been there for quite some time. we'll get an update. the right lane is blocked so there will be delays approaching the area north 680 at south main street. altamont pass and 68017 minutes now for your drive time. so it's starting to get busier this morning on the westbound side. of course a lot of those delays the slower spots originate out
of tracy, mountain house slow- and-go. brakes around grant line north flynn and then slow to 680. good news as we said express lanes open up on the eastbound side so it will be more bearable for the afternoon commute. the westbound lanes open up on monday morning. good news. back to you guys. thousands of people will gather later this morning for a memorial service for richmond police officer gus vegas. traffic will be impacted as the funeral procession leaves vallejo along westbound 780 then to westbound 80 into richmond. the public service for the officer will take place at 10 a.m. at the richmond memorial auditorium. vegas was shot and killed last week at his vallejo home after a domestic dispute. the father of his 6-year-old grandson is charged with murder. 5:37. apple is getting more time to fight a court order that says the company has to help the fbi hack into a san bernardino shooter's iphone. apple has until next friday to
respond. this week, apple's ceo said complying with the federal judge's order would set a dangerous precedent and compromise the security of billions of iphone users. one million walmart workers are going to see some extra green and it all starts tomorrow. jill wagner of cbsmoneywatch.com has word of the raise and more. good morning, jill. >> reporter: good morning, frank and michelle. investors put the brakes on the three-day rally yesterday. the dow dropped 40 points, nasdaq down 46. it may be a lower open today. the way you get your cable could be changing. the fcc voted to move ahead with a proposal to let cable customers buy and rent cable boxes from companies besides their cable company so google, amazon or roku. they say it will bring down costs and give customers more options. a million walmart workers are getting a raise starting tomorrow. minimum pay goes from 9 to $10 an hour.
and for full-time workers they will make about 3% more. this is phase 2 of the massive pay increase announced last year. and spotify may have been hacked! there are reports information from hundreds of premium users appeared online like email addresses, passwords and home countries. it's not clear though if credit card information was also stolen. spotify has 20 million users. >> jill, mcdonald's all day breakfast has been a hit. it's coming up with new menu items. what's the latest? >> reporter: all right. the chicken mcgriddle. it's a fried chicken patty between two syrup infused pancake buns. right now they are testing it in ohio. if it's successful, that chicken mcgriddle could be headed your way. frank and michelle? >> i think pregnant women across the country are clapping. [ laughter ] >> chicken in between pancakes? i don't know. i'll try anything, though. >> salty and sweet. >> right. jill wagner on a friday, thank you.
have a great weekend. overnight american warplanes carried out air strikes in libya targeting the "islamic state." u.s. defense officials say the strikes killed 30 recruits at a training camp. they also targeted a senior leader linked to two terror attacks in tunisia last year. the u.s. has been monitoring the group's activities in libya lately with growing concern. justice antonin scalia scalia will lie in repose today at the supreme court before his funeral tomorrow. after a private service the public will walk past the casket. the president and first lady will go today but not attend the funeral. father paul scalia will say the funeral mass at the basilica of the national shrine in washington, d.c. vice president joe biden and jill biden will attend in place of president obama. before voters take a charge tomorrow -- take charge tomorrow in south carolina and nevada presidential hopefuls tried to subway them in town
hall meeting meetings last night. at town halls last night. reporter craig boswell shows us the candidates' final pushes. reporter: gop front-runner donald trump softened his stance on pope francis during a cnn town hall meeting thursday night. >> i have a lot of respect for the pope. i think he has a lot of personality. i think he was very much misinterpreted and i think he was given false information. >> reporter: trump went off afran sis said a person who thinks only about building walls and not building bridges is not a christian. >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> reporter: jeb bush, a catholic, said a person's faith is a private mattered. >> so i just don't think it's appropriate to question donald trump's faith. >> reporter: ohio governor john kasich said it's u.s.' right to build a wall but he would rather see more bridges. >> first of all, i'm pro-pope. >> reporter: donald trump holds a 2:1 lead here in south carolina. hillary clinton has an 8-point lead over bernie sanders in the latest cbs news national poll but they are neck and neck in nevada ahead of saturday caucuses. both clinton and sanders
discussed immigration reform at a town hall meeting in las vegas. >> you know, i was the first person to call out donald trump. i said, basca, enough! >> i want to today 11 million undocumented people in this country out of the shadows. >> reporter: the candidates will find out where they stand with voters on saturday. craig boswell, cbs news, columbia, south carolina. it is 5:42 on this friday. sillicon valley will now be part of a first major stretch of california's high-speed rail system. coming up, what two of the valley's top leaders are saying about that decision. >> it is 5:42. let's check out i-80 in oakland. it looks like traffic is moving along fine. gianna will have more coming up. ,,,,
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good morning. welcome to your friday, your time check now is 5:44. taking a look out towards the golden gate bridge, where we do have mostly cloudy skies. air temperatures in san francisco right now 53 degrees. winds are under 10 just about all locations. we are looking at a secondary storm poised positioned ready to move into the bay area. we will time this storm together in less than 4 minutes. today, california's high- speed rail authority makes it official. construction on the first leg of the bullet train will begin in sillicon valley. it will cover a 250-mile stretch from san jose to bakersfield. that's instead of running trains first to the los angeles area. business and elected leaders look forward to a link between sillicon valley and the central valley with this lower cost of living. >> so the high-speed rail authority had a tough choice to make. two great regions of l.a. and san jose but needing to start with one and this was more cost effective and more
time efficient. >> we're ready when high-speed rail comes. i think there's great opportunity not just for our downtown but for the whole region. >> in a first leg could be finished within a decade and the revised plan brings the cost of the entire project down to $64 billion from $68 billion. gianna is along with traffic right now and i had a question. first of all, i live out in the tri-valley and the construction on 580 putting up the new fastrak has been a nightmare for years so we are really happy about today that they are unveiling the new lanes but if i live in the tri-valley and i have fastrak, do i need another fastrak? >> yes. you need a fastrak flex. >> so i have to have two different transresponders. >> it indicates how many people are in your vehicle so one, two and three. but once you have it, good. you will get to be able to use those express lanes but yeah, it's worth it. >> one over here and one over there? >> hey. >> okay. >> you might get to work quicker although you commute at a good hour, 2:30. >> so when you go home today
hopefully things will be less busy because it's the eastbound lanes of the express lanes on 580 that are opening up. here's a look where it's happening at hacienda for 11 miles. you will have express lanes to ease the congestion. this is really going to affect a lot of folks, too. the tracy commute into livermore altamont pass, all that construction too spot to going to be cleared overnight. that's good news. all those delays are on the westbound side. that's the commute direction right now. those lanes open up on monday. now, we have reports of an accident though right in the same area westbound 580 at 680. possibly blocking at least one lane. we are seeing some yellow there on our sensors. slow-and-go conditions approaching the scene. each one already kind of busy as you head through there. eastbound should be better. 19 minutes alleged altamont pass
and 680. westbound 34 miles per hour. mass transit looks good. "ace" train was struggling yesterday. delays up to two hours or more. everything is back on track. number 1 no problems, 3 just getting started. bart, caltrain, muni no delays. we talked to chp. north 680 south main street the right lane is clear so traffic is better in and out of walnut creek. later on though we might see some rain slick surfaces, right, roberta? >> we'll definitely see more rain here in the bay area but light comparison to yesterday. the only same characteristics from this system as opposed to 24 hours ago is this right here offshore. i'm picking up dozens and i mean dozens of lightning bolts right off the eureka coastline. so we are going to keep an eye to see if any move onshore. in addition, this is moderate to heavy rain that's pushing
into the northwestern section of the state of california. a little bit of light snow around the mount shasta area, as well. meanwhile, mostly cloudy skies across the bay waters. as we look from the west to the east towards the port of oakland, it's cooler this morning. a slight breeze for the most part out of the southeast at 9. it adds a chill in the air. no reports of sfo delays. highlights of blue gusty coastal winds otherwise calm in novato and 9-mile-per-hour winds in napa makes it feel like the upper 30s. for the next couple of hours we have the high surf advisory in place along the immediate seashore. the swell that is still building to 17 feet so i'm really not surprised if they extend this high surf advisory for a very strong rip current as well and the sneaker waves.
this is our futurecast. now, watch what happens. this is some morning hours and the rain just hangs out north of the golden gate. we enter the lunch hour. for the most part it crosses the golden gate bridge and make its way into the central bay and it just falls apart at the seams. scattered showers around the santa cruz area. mostly cloudy skies for your friday night. and as we set up your weekend, clear skies and mild conditions. totals: 50s, 60s across the board today but we get back into the 70s by sunday and check out that warming trend through thursday. tomorrow night clear skies 57 degrees for a chinese new year
parade. what year is it? >> the monkey. >> year of the monkey. it is 5:50 on a friday. a gas leak in l.a. county is now permanently capped. the well in porter ranch on the northern edge of the san fernando valley has been finally plugged with cement. yesterday state officials said no more gas is leaking there according to tests. thousands of people who live near the well can return home but some say they don't want to. the well was leaking for months spewing methane gas from a storage facility owned by southern california gas and a number of people got sick. it is 5:51 right now. still to come, the president welcomed the most storied trophy in sports along with the guys who earned it. but you're right here. it's protocol. or, you can try staples tech services ne guarantee. it's fast and done right. i'll do that instead. that's not protocol marsha. in by noon, out by 5 the next day.
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shoulder. slow at the dublin interchange. a texas couple faces a lawsuit over a negative review posted on the website yelp. before they went to napa for vacation, they hired a pet sitter they found on yelp. while the reviews for prestigious pets were mostly good, their experience was not. they say their fish's bowl was cloudy so they wrote a review. >> i didn't like that they didn't leave my key, didn't like that they messed up the billing. >> the business owner disputed the review and then sent the couple a "cease and desist" letter and then filed a lawsuit. the suit seeks more than $6,700 in damages because of a nondisparagement clause. both sides are now waiting on a judge to make a decision. california banned those clauses in 2014. president obama welcomed the winners of the stanley cup to the white house. >> he did. and it was the first time the blackhawks out of chicago had visited mr. bush. they came with that big silver trophy lord stanley's cup for the third time since he took office. it was not their first time in
the white house. the president said it is a thrill given that the team represents his hometown. the owner gave him a permanent parking pass to the arena leaving the president speechless. three sexual assaults near the uc-berkeley campus in less than a week. coming up, the new surveillance video of the suspect that police just released. >> reporter: i'm kiet do. we're live in pleasanton where relief is coming to commuters in the east bay. we have some express lanes opening up in just the past couple of hours on 580. plus same-day delivery. hurry! sleep train's presidents day sale ends sunday.
search for the man who sexually assaulted three young women near the cal campus in the last week. kpix 5's anne makovec joins us live in berkeley where police now have a suspect on video. anne reporter: they are hoping that this video will help track this guy down. .all of the attacks happened within a few blocks of the southern border of the cal campus and all of the victims were young asian women. take a look at the surveillance video . he is in the ponytail. this video was captured around the third attack on tuesday around 11:30 a.m. on the 2500 block of bienvenue. all three attacks had the same m.o. the woman is walking alone when a man grabs her from behind. the second attack happens earlier on tuesday near durant and ellsworth. the first one reported on february 11th on haste street. >> in each case there's force and assault so there's a concern it could escalate. >> reporter: another look here