Leslie Brinkley, ABC7 News

Leslie Brinkley

ABC7 News

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Leslie:

MyShake app successfully warned Bay Area residents of NorCal earthquake

MyShake early earthquake warning system successfully alerted three million Californians including thousands in Bay Area before the 6.4 quake struck Humboldt County, as users were instructed to "drop, cover and hold on." → Read More

Man arrested, charged in 'revenge killing' of Bay Area father, Alameda Co. DA says

Lopez blamed Cantu's son for the death of his 16-year-old daughter. → Read More

Flu, COVID cases surging in CA; CDC recommends masking indoors to minimize spread

Amid a high level of influenza and COVID rates, CDC is again suggesting people voluntarily wear masks indoors to reduce their chances of getting sick in the next few weeks. → Read More

Mysterious white ash coats neighborhoods near Martinez Refinery; health dept. investigating

While many Martinez residents were happy to get a free car wash, there was still a lot of concern about the thick ash that fell from the sky in the aftermath of a flare-up at the refinery. → Read More

Responsibility falls on all of us to curb spread of COVID this holiday season, doctors say

"You may think 'oh I don't live with anyone at risk.' But maybe your friend or colleague at work does live with someone at risk. You don't want to be that link in the chain of transmission. Whatever you can do to prevent that is a kind and responsible thing to do." → Read More

Lawmakers fear for their safety amid increasing violence against politicians

"This is an environment where there's so much hatred," Congressional Representative Barbara Lee said. What keeps these legislators up at night is fears of repercussions, and even for those like city clerks and workers at polling places. → Read More

Feeling sick? Bay Area doctor suggests calling out from work this tough COVID, flu season

"We have a much more serious virus circulating now than before the pandemic, and I think we have to be more prudent," Dr Swartzberg said. → Read More

Oakland gun violence continues to rise despite new efforts to combat it

As gun violence continues to rise in Oakland, state and local leaders discuss the need for prevention and intervention. → Read More

Fatal shooting of 2 brothers happened at Airbnb house party in Oakland, company confirms

Airbnb tells the ABC7 News I-Team the party was unauthorized and thrown without the knowledge or consent of the host, who prohibits parties in the House Rules of the listing. That's in addition to Airbnb's platform-wide party ban. → Read More

String of recent fires along I-580 in Oakland under investigation; 1 linked to arson

There have been three fires along a three mile stretch of Interstate 580 in Oakland over the last two weeks, but the fire department clarified that is not a disturbing pattern but a bizarre fluke. → Read More

Is it still safe to swim in Bay Area waters amid toxic algae bloom? Experts weigh in

Over the weekend social media feeds were filled with photos of dead fish washing up on the shorelines around the bay. → Read More

UC Davis developing tech using current air conditioning systems to combat climate change effects

What they're working on is integrating the air quality index and weather forecasts with your thermostat and air purifier to pre-cool and pre-ventilate your home before the smoke arrives. → Read More

UC Berkeley scientists develop new COVID nasal spray that targets present, future virus mutations

The spray appears to work against all current variants and all future variants, which could be a real game changer. → Read More

People who have never gotten COVID even after exposure share their stories

With the BA.5 variant running wild in California, it seems like nearly everyone has had a brush with COVID. But there are exceptions- people who have never ever gotten COVID despite some close calls. → Read More

94-year-old East Bay man spreads love through wildflower seeds

Meet the "Wildflower Guy" -- a 94-year-old man who's been growing flowers all over Richmond for 24 years. Here's why he's still planting away. → Read More

Face masks no longer required on BART as mandate expires

Starting today, you'll no longer have to wear a mask when riding BART, but the transportation agency says it could reinstate the mandate at any time. → Read More

1 dead after fiery Antioch crash likely caused by street racing, neighbors say

Neighbors say James Donlon Boulevard is a notorious four lane race track that's lined with memorials of those involved in other fatal accidents. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Lake Berryessa drowning victim's family mourns 'heartbreaking' loss of 18-year-old son

"I couldn't ask for a better son." The family of 18-year-old Zaire Fairley-Jackson says he recently graduated from high school and went to Lake Berryessa to have a good time with his friends. → Read More

Bay Area couple opens up about surviving I-580 shooting as bullet 'went right past' their faces

A couple is speaking publicly about being caught in the middle of a gun battle on Interstate 580 in San Leandro back in June. → Read More

Yesenia Sanchez declares victory in Alameda Co. sheriff's race, says changes are coming

"It really is the voters who voiced their call for reform and transparency." Sanchez will become one of the first two Latinas to serve as sheriff in California history, as she promises big reforms at the county's Santa Rita Jail as well as recruiting a representation of the communities it serves. → Read More