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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions this is abc7 news. >> good afternoon and thanks for joining us i'm julian glover, you are watching getting answers. every day we talk with experts about issues important to you in the bay area and we get you answers in real time. we have dr. james mcrae talking about the importance of getting screened for prostate cancer especially for black men. he tells us he hopes cars will get screened for concert. -- cancer. we will speak with our partners that is not heating up in -- we just spoke with candidates in a new piece published minutes ago. we will be digging into a new report released today showing
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the staggering differences and air quality here in the bay area. you may think we are breathing the same quality of air. it turns out, location, location, truly plays a big role. joining us live to discuss this is the ceo of climate technology company. the associate professor of environmental engineering and health sciences at uc berkeley. thank you so much for joining us this afternoon. >> thank you so much for having us. >> i would like to start with you. in the bay area, folks are familiar with the term, a qi, air quality index. the research found the number we see on our smartphones looks like they qi in san francisco is 36. your research shows that when we look at the neighborhood numbers, those more specific numbers that might be able to drill down to a particular city, we are not able -- all breathing the same quality of air. can you explain how different
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air qualities can really be drastic from one city block to the end of a block and how your technology has really captured those differences. >> absolutely. thanks for having me. yes, we have been mapping air quality block by block across the entire bay area all 101 municipalities at the block level with sensors we deploy on roving fleets of vehicles. that data over the course of many years has historic the told us something really incredible which is that air pollution pollution is hyper local. it varies block to block by up to 800%. we done groundbreaking science in partnership with dr. abdi way back with a paper we published in 2017, speaking to these granular differences at the hyper local level. the way we measure air quality, the way governments measure air quality is the gold standard but it measures the general air quality in a large area, but it
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doesn't capture the localized impacts of pollution. a quick follow-up. julian: can you share the big picture findings of the study, mapping the air -- block by block air quality difference. people of color are breathing in more toxic air, why is this? >> well, pulling data, we have multiple years, the study we are launching today is based on data we generated in 2019 to 2020. we have a lot more data since. that data surfaces and shows people of color in the region are breathing disproportionately higher levels of pollution up to 55% more an o2 than white populations across the entire bay area. when you look at community, city by city and any aggregation regardless of the resolution you see that pattern of disparity emerging over and over. one of the reasons is a
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structural there are historical redlining practices, historically inequitable practices that expose people of color to sources of pollution. as a result, those sources of pollution got placed near them whether it was large pieces of infrastructure like freeway core doors or facilities -- corridors, or facilities that have translated to higher levels of pollution. julian: we are seeing the results of those findings on the screen. people of color on average in the bay area are 55% more likely to have negative or more toxic air they are consuming in their neck of the woods compared to white communities in the bay area, also saying the impacts on lower income folks and people who are renting. i would love. . to fold you in the conversation, josh. your research has shown that some of the racist policies, like redlining, people of color, black and brown folks, living closer to areas deemed the talks us, may sit dumping grounds,
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ports and other industrial facilities, have led to these outcomes we are seeing. can you connect the dots of how policies from literally decades ago are affecting the quality of air we are breathing today. >> structural racism is nothing new in our country. it has been around for hundreds of years. the infrastructure we have in our country is also old. it is freaky. if we think about our freeways. the road core doors -- corridors, the way our cities are laid out, the patterns have been built up for the past 100 years. hundreds of different cities, the result is consistent. areas that were historically redlined, people of color were concentrated in these redlined zones, typically where the dumping grounds for pollution. even today, hundred years after some of these racist redlining maps drawn around the country, we found people of color are
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exposed to high levels of multiple different air pollutants. it's not surprising when you look at who lives next to the freeways, who lives next to the industrial core doors -- corridors. it is not the same as people who live in wealthier suburbs. that pattern plays out here in the bay area. how davida is showing in her report or previous studies, we are seeing these patterns of a structural inequality translating into meaningful differences, not only in air pollution but people's health affects. julian: let's talk about those health effects if we can. what are the negative effects of taking in this poor quality air,in some cases talks us -- toxic for a long period of time. josh: it can kill you. air pollution is associated with a mature mortality from heart attacks to strokes from cancer is and of right of other causes. it is also associated with a variety of adverse birth
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outcomes, poor maternal outcomes for expectant mothers. it affects us. julian: i'm also thinking about some of the disproportionate outcomes when it comes to kids being newly diagnosed with asthma, or having to go to the er for these extreme cases of asthma. many cases, due to where they are living because they're closer to these toxic dumping grounds or industrial areas. to that point, the data and findings we talked about that you released in the study today, community impact and investment index create about -- created about -- created from aclima, how do you hope this the technology will help local environmental groups and even government bodies, like the bay area air quality management district tackle air pollution and effects their having on the population? david: josh just -- drafted said something important when you look at the infrastructure it is no surprise that when you look
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at the communities that are against that infrastructure the levels of pollution they are exposed to, there's a huge opportunity now with climate action. the historic investment in infrastructure and the opportunity to actually, for the first time, through big bold investments in climate action, the money in the funding that is coming through the federal government, state government and a lot of mandates across the private sector as well to really understand what is happening, so that dollars can be targeted to really reach those communities that are being hit the hardest. we released, not only the study, but we announced to availability of this tool, nationwide, which brings together our data with a lot of other fact errors of environmental justice. we do it down to the block level so we can actually understand, at the block level, who is being hit hardest, why, and then use that data and that information to guide climate action planning, not just the regulators but cities and counties and transportation
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agencies. that is a mandate under the ira. we see that as a historic opportunity, for communities, not just here in the bay area but across the country to actually receive dollars to address these long-term, long-standing issues, and finally start to really get at the root of the matter. julian: it's important for the folks that live in those committees to be able to see that block by block data, so they can hold public officials accountable and say, hey we know what is happening in our neighborhood. to that end, you have been stunning this for quite some time, -- and studying this for quite some time globally, what do you think more local state and federal governments should be doing to really make sure that we are all breathing equally clean air? josh: part of it is technology. the shift towards cleaner vehicles, cleaner industries and so on. but, also, we have to focus on making sure that whatever infrastructure development we
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have, burdens communities equally. so simply, where highways go, where new investment goes, it has to be more equally distributed across our communities in the country. historically has been black and brown communities that have shouldered the burden of living next to highways. that may need to change. julian: davida herzl, joining us today. that is really astonishing, thank you so much. julian: up next a car show for a cure we will tell you about the event happening to raise awareness for prostate cancer and what men need to know now about the risk and protecting their health. you will want to stay with us.
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us with getting answers streaming on air and on facebook live. september is prostate awareness month. it is a cancer that is disproportionately affecting black men, research shows like men are twice as likely to develop and die from prostate cancer than other men, early screening is key and so is raising awareness and there is an event coming this weekend in san francisco that aims at doing both of those things. joining us live to talk about this is that james mcrae who chairs the prostate action network. thanks for being here. james: thanks for having me. we know prostate cancer is the worst cancer disparity in the u.s. also, the same stats apply here in the bay area. we know that -- why that is the case? james: there are various research information out there available on why some has to do with diet, some has to do with
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health, some has to do with one's demographic and how one lives in his race. fundamentally our issue is that it is a factor that it is a reality here in san francisco that african-american men in the black amenity are suffering disproportionately from prostate cancer. on saturday, we are going to be offering, we the university of california of san francisco, the san francisco cancer action initiative and the prostate cancer action initiative are presenting a blue ribbon car show at the university of california san francisco mission bay campus, 727 nielsen rising lane in order to help the -- inform the community to -- about the reality, to join men in the
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process of being screened so we can early detect the possibility of the disease and provide an effective response to it to help preserve life and sustain life. thirdly to invite men to join us as a part of the prostate cancer action initiative group to provide support and care and wellness, witnesses to our community. julian: such an important cause. i can expect a great turnout. you are pairing, what can be a little scary, getting screened for a deadly cancer. although early detection is key. but you are pairing it with cars, something guys, and many people love. can you tell me about why you decided to pair this really important because, screening for prostate cancer, with what should be an awesome car show too? jame: yes our prostate group
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meets monthly. and during our meeting one of our members donovan petrus came to us with the idea. he is a car advocate. members of his family have died from prostate. he is a cancer survivor, he is an advocate -- cancer advocate. he said if we want to do screening, cars will draw african-american men. so, with the work of all of the members of the committee and the prostate cancer network, we put together a group event for this coming saturday. julian: you will certainly have a great turnout there. i want to talk about early detection, it is an important piece of the puzzle and decreasing the number of black men who had their lives claimed
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by this devastating cancer. can he talk to us about your personal story, this early diagnosis potentially how saved your life? dr. mccray: my life and all lives matter. we care about it. we know and understand that we can get african-american men to go through the testing participate in the testing, then we can get ahead of the disease and have lifesaving consequences or outcomes from that. i was a cancer survivor, i am a cancer survivor. it was 20 years ago a prostate cancer victim if you will. through early detection in the treatment of the wonderful hospital i am still here, some 18 years later. julian: such a testament to what early detection, getting
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screened early, and taking the proper steps can do to save someone's life. for the folks who will be coming out to the event this saturday, or in general, can you dispel some of the myths about getting tested, but that is like, and how quickly you can do so? > dr. mccray: well we will have a full team. the testing is simply a blood test. and you will get answers back from the testing site within a couple of weeks. but more importantly we want to offer you those who come through the testing and get responses we want to offer you what we call our wellness warrior support. so that we will be right there with any of those who get back results that indicate that more treatment is necessary, we will be right there with you to work with you to the process. julian: having that community be so rounded with that village helps when you're going through some tough times.
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everyone should know that you should go out and get screen to the saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in san francisco. it is going to be a great day and an awesome car show too. thank you so much for joining us this afternoon. dr. mccray: i just would say, know your numbers. quick recap, know your numbers, support groups are available in the community and the support of the community and your family will be there and they are extremely important. julian: it certainly will be. thank you for joining us this afternoon. we appreciate you and your time. san francisco's district attorney's race is heating up. the candidates are going on the record of where they stand on key issues. that is i'm jonathan lawson here to tell you about life insurance through the colonial penn program. if you're age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three ps. the three what?
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attorney after a contentious recall. but will jenkins keep her job that she was appointed to buy mayor london breed? our media partners have a published an article on their interview with her and their interviewing all of the candidates in the race. what are they fall on all of these key issues like crime and policing, as get closer to election day, two months away, joining us live with more on all of this is ss standard reporter. thanks so much for joining us. >> thank you for having me. julian: we always enjoy your reporting. speaking of your reporting given article that you published just within the last hour. first things first, how many candidates are currently in the race to be san francisco's next da? >> we have four candidates running this november. one is the current da and three challengers.
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julian: all of them are representing something slightly different for voters to choose from. let's start with the incumbent. brooke jenkins is vying to keep her job after a couple of months serving as sf's top prosecutor, what are her chances of winning election? would you believe is her biggest competition, given the interviews -- who do you believe is her biggest competition? >> we know brooke jenkins was the volunteer spokesperson for the recall campaign, that successfully remove the former district attorney from office. she was later appointed by london breed to be district attorney. just has to run for reelection. and then she can serve. for now, she is getting engaged in the city, getting to meet with different neighbors, different neighborhoods, meeting community members and trying to boost the name recognition. also, after she served the
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remaining appointment time, she has to run for -- in november. next year she still has to run if she wins this year. julian: she was appointed to the current dac. she laughed at -- da seat, she will have to run to keep that. what did jenkins tell you about policies for seeking new jail time for suspected drug crimes or heinous crimes, make the streets safer in san francisco and her two months on the job so far? >> so, since she took office she is made several positive changes. for one, one of the most controversial is charging kids as adults. inserting cases as she would charge juveniles as adults. and also for the drug crisis in san francisco. she had a stronger or tougher prosecution plan or a tougher
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planet to facing, when it comes to the arrests for drug dealers in san francisco, trying to tackle down the drug crisis here. julian: we have jenkins at trying to keep her job and the three other candidates that are running against jenkins who was the incumbent. who do you foresee being her biggest challenger at this one in the race? -- point in the race? >> jenkins can be a more moderate candidate in cities politics. on the other side we have the progressive challenger who is a former police commissioner and also he is very active on twitter, that many people know him on social media. so, john may be one of the biggest challenges for her. also according to the bowling, he is -- polling, he is also in second place now. julian: so, we know you spoke to all four of these candidates as you mentioned. john is maybe farther to the
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left than jenkins is. are there any issues that all four candidates or perhaps the majority of them align on? >> that's a really good question. sometimes we can see san francisco is a deep blue city. all of this -- they fight each other on small little things, i think they would agree on a san francisco being in crisis, there are public safety issues, drug crisis. but their approach to this problem, their approach and prosecutions to solve these problems are different. julian: very quickly before we go, we have 30 seconds left. we know you asked each of the candidates about how safe they feel on the streets in san francisco. quickly, what did each of them say in short? >> all four candidates have said they feel safe but they hear a lot of the neighbors and community members talking to
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them, telling them that they don't feel safe, one of the biggest challenges for the da is to help -- hold criminals countable. julian: it is something that is top of mind for everyone in san francisco. han li thank you so much for joining us. of course you can check out more from the san francisco standard and their other original reporting on the website. sfstandard.com. four at 4:00 will bring you more -- abc 7 will bring you more pieces of
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julian: thanks so much for joining us for getting answers at 3:00 p.m. we will be here every weekday at 3:00 on air and
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livestreaming answering your questions in real time. next up is a world news with dave and your. we will be back with abc seven news at 4:00. tonight, breaking news. the category 4 hurricane now taking aim at bermuda. hurricane fiona, winds 130 miles per hour. a hurricane warning now in effect at this hour for bermuda. hurricane-force winds stretching 70 miles from the eye. the hurricane running parallel to the east coast. the concern from florida right up through new york tonight. we're also watching the next tropical threat, the models that show that threat could be headed for florida. rob marciano in bermuda tonight with the new tracks on all of this. tonight, former president trump suffering a major blow by three appeals dourt judges. the judges deciding the justice department can go through those classified documents seized at mar-a-lago. and the former president's claim overnight that

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