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JOHN GREGORY: Now at 7:00, the growing calls to end violence against Asian-Americans in the wake of recent attacks across the country. Many gatherings planned today here in the Southland.

RACHEL BROWN: Meanwhile, a new CDC report is blasting California over vaccine inequity. Where exactly does the state rank?

JOHN GREGORY: And will these windy conditions stick around? You're looking at the live view from the Burbank camera. Tony Cabrera will be having a look at the forecast for us.

- Live from ABC 7, this is "Eyewitness News."

JOHN GREGORY: Good morning. I'm John Gregory.

RACHEL BROWN: And I'm Rachel Brown. Thank you for joining us. You're watching "Eyewitness News" at 7:00 AM live on ABC 7, Hulu Live, and wherever you stream.

JOHN GREGORY: And you're looking at the view of downtown behind us, a nice sunny start to the day. Let's check in with Tony. You've got some sun too, Tony.

TONY CABRERA: Oh my goodness. Look at this. It is-- it's beautiful. What a way to wake up this Sunday morning. Sun is rising. And just all across Southern California, it's going to be a really nice spring day today.

As we look at Palmdale, 33 degrees. It's cold, but it will warm up just a little bit compared to yesterday, a couple of degrees warmer. Some places up to 8 degrees warmer. Malibu, you're looking at 52 degrees right now. Breezy conditions in some areas, and even windy conditions up in the Los Angeles County Mountains all the way from the Santa Clarita Valley up towards Gorman.

Taking a look at Long Beach, 49 degrees. It's gorgeous there as well. Look at that. Oh. And we can look at other areas that are really cold. Big Bear, 18 degrees. Riverside, 44. Anaheim, 51 in Orange County. And 52 in Van Nuys.

Long Beach, you're at 49 again. Hawthorne, 48. Huntington Beach, 46 degrees. And coming up, we're going to talk about those winds, and then the warm up that we're seeing later this week. OK, Rachel, back to you.

RACHEL BROWN: Tony, thank you. Southern California communities coming together to take a stand against violence against Asians. Rallies have been taking place all weekend, and more are being organized today.

JOHN GREGORY: Yeah, "Eyewitness News" reporter Jade Hernandez live in Chinatown, where a group was raising awareness and reaching out to the seniors in the community this morning. Hi there, Jade.

JADE HERNANDEZ: Good morning, John and Rachel. Yes, a group of young Asians plans to meet right here in Chinatown. They plan to go door to door to connect with their Asian elders. They want those elders to know how to report hate crimes.

Now in other cities today, rallies are expected to be held. But last night, ABC 7 was at this candlelight vigil. People who gathered here were emotional and upset over anti-Asian hate crimes and violence. This wasn't the only show of support for the Asian community though. There was also a rally in Thousand Oaks.

Some of the more recent rallies stem from the shooting in Atlanta that left eight innocent people dead, six of them Asian women. We spoke to several people who attended last night's vigil. They are calling for unity against hate.

DAN KWAK: It's not just Asian-Americans here, right? You can see pretty much every single color, every single gender, race, age. Everyone is here together, unified, right?

CALI XIA: Everyone who cares about human rights and equality should stand up, pull up, support us.

JADE HERNANDEZ: Like this stop Asian rally seen here, two other rallies are expected to be held today. One will be held in Diamond Bar at noon, the other in Garden Grove at 1 o'clock.

As for the young Asians who plan to meet here right in Chinatown, they plan to meet here around 10:30. And they want to hand out whistles and fliers, alerting their Asian elders about what's going on in the community. Reporting live, Jade Hernandez, ABC 7 "Eyewitness News."

RACHEL BROWN: Jade, thank you. Protests and vigils calling for an end to violence against Asian-Americans were held across the country yesterday. From Denver to Portland and San Antonio, thousands of people marched and held signs reading, stop Asian hate.

Research released this week by the reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate revealed nearly 3,800 hate crime incidents over the course of about a year against people of Asian descent. Women made up more than half of those victims.

- Moving now to the coronavirus, if numbers continue to improve, LA, Orange, and Riverside Counties could advance to the state's orange tier within just a matter of weeks. That would allow places like movie theaters, gyms, restaurants, and museums to operate indoors at a greater capacity than what is currently allowed.

All three counties project moving into the orange tier in April. But public health leaders are reminding everybody to remain vigilant.

RACHEL BROWN: There is a new option for people ages 65 and older in Glendale who want to get their COVID-19 vaccine. If you can't make it to a vaccination site, the vaccine can now be administered for free at your home.

The Glendale Fire Department partnered up with Glendale Memorial Hospital to offer this service. You can sign up by calling this number, 818-550-5617.

JOHN GREGORY: California, currently one of the five worst states in distributing vaccines to the most infected communities. It's important to note this data came before Governor Newsom began allocating 40% of all doses to the most vulnerable.

But some say that strategy is not fair. Bay Area lawmakers say it prioritizes Southern California zip codes and only 2% of the Bay Area population. Despite pushback, Newsom says he's sticking with that plan.

And vaccination efforts are kicking into high gear across the country. This as the CDC reports that one in six adults have been fully vaccinated.

RACHEL BROWN: Many Americans are feeling safe to travel again. New numbers out this morning show that yesterday was the 10th straight day that more than a million people passed through TSA checkpoints. ABC's Christine Sloan has more.

CHRISTINE SLOAN: Vaccination efforts continue to ramp up across the country. Nashville's Nissan Stadium hosting this mass vaccination event. The goal, 10,000 shots in arms.

- We have kids, and we really want to see our grandparents. But it's a far travel, so we're hoping this will help kind of facilitate that.

- Take care of my 98-year-old blind grandfather, so it's kind of important to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

CHRISTINE SLOAN: More than 30% of adults in the US now have received at least one dose. 20 states committed to expanding eligibility to adults ahead of President Biden's May 1 deadline.

GAVIN NEWSOM: We're anticipating within five and a half weeks where we can eliminate all of the tiering.

CHRISTINE SLOAN: Sunday marks one year since the US-Canadian border was closed to all but essential travel. Some are calling for the border to be reopened, citing the growing distribution of vaccines.

But cases are on the rise in 15 states. The highly contagious UK variant is now spreading in all 50 states. And the Brazilian variant now confirmed in New York.

DEAN WINSLOW: We need to have probably 75% or even 80% of the population immune.

CHRISTINE SLOAN: Many states have been easing restrictions. And the country is seeing a record number of people flying. Tourists returning to California as COVID infection rates fall across the state. But huge spring break crowds in Miami Beach have prompted officials to impose an 8:00 PM curfew, starting tonight.

DAN GELBER: The volume is clearly more than it's been in previous years. That, I think, is in part due to the fact that there are very few places open elsewhere in the country.

CHRISTINE SLOAN: The city will also block most traffic heading towards the beach. Christine Sloan, ABC News, New York.

JOHN GREGORY: And spring breakers on South Beach are forcing leaders there to set an emergency curfew overnight after crowds grew out of control.

RACHEL BROWN: Officials are calling them a once in a century event. We'll show you some of the massive flooding taking place down under.

JOHN GREGORY: And the return of a SoCal favorite coming to one of our Orange County beach cities. How people will be able to get around town once again.

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Welcome back. A big concern for health officials nationwide.

RACHEL BROWN: Thousands of spring breakers in Miami Beach forced officials to set an emergency curfew overnight after crowds grew out of control.

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Yeah, this was the scene moments after the curfew went into effect at one of the country's top party spots in South Beach. Police fired pepper balls into the crowds after multiple attempts to disperse them. The city also declared a state of emergency after people trashed restaurants, brawled into the streets, and gathered without masks or any physical distancing.

DAN GELBER: It feels like just any match could set it off. And we don't want to wait to take these kinds of actions in the wake of a tremendous tragedy. We want to take it now when we've seen enough. And we have definitely seen enough.

RACHEL BROWN: This morning, police in Miami Beach said they arrested at least a dozen people following the start of that curfew. The curfew will remain in effect for at least two more days.

JOHN GREGORY: Well, if you are planning a staycation this summer or just looking for things to do, you need look no further than our own backyard.

RACHEL BROWN: There are tons of options along the coast. But this morning, we're focusing on Manhattan Beach.

MALISSIA CLINTON: I love Manhattan Beach. I've been blessed. It's a very special place. Hi, my name is Malissia Clinton, and I'm a resident of Manhattan Beach for nearly 20 years. And I adore this city.

LEE HOVEN-BAKOS: Hi, my name is Lee Hoven-Bakos. I'm from Manhattan Beach, California, where I grew up. One of the wonderful things about Manhattan Beach is the walkability to our downtown area. Something for everyone, truly.

PAUL TOWERS: I love everything about Manhattan Beach. Not only is it a beautiful destination, but it has a wonderful sense of connectedness and community. One of the most memorable things to do is go visit the pier. Underneath the pier, that's always a really cool picture to get.

MALISSIA CLINTON: So there's the beach, the beach, and more beach. My favorite spots are Simmzy's in downtown Manhattan Beach. They have the best burgers. And then in El Porto, in Northern Manhattan Beach, we've got Cafe Wild with their Mexi-Manhattan salad. That's to die for. And the Fishbar, which has fine lobster.

LEE HOVEN-BAKOS: One more aspect that I think is really special is the unique sporting events. Definitely a hot spot for beach volleyball, surfing, walking, running. It encompasses so many different activities for tons of different people. People from all over the world who come here and want to visit this little coastal community. And I think that's what makes it also very enchanting.

MALISSIA CLINTON: I think there's a real opportunity with Bruce's Beach. It's the best park in California. It sits right off of the sand and the beach, which is a sordid piece of our history, where we took property from its rightful owners. And I am really confident we're going to do the right thing.

I think this is how we open doors for others. And I think because of Bruce's Beach, we are actually seeing more folks of color come into town. And it makes my heart sing.

PAUL TOWERS: We have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. It's just really great to see locals and tourists alike partaking in these beautiful sunsets and really enjoying the natural scenery that we have here in Manhattan Beach.

JOHN GREGORY: And you can find an extended version of the My Manhattan Beach feature and other Southern California cities right now on the ABC 7 Los Angeles app. Download it now.

And tonight, on "Localish LA," we see how to live like a local in Long Beach. That's coming up at 6:30 right here on ABC 7.

RACHEL BROWN: Disneyland resort will welcome guests once again in just over a month. But we show you how fans can get a touch of Disney now.

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JOHN GREGORY: Man, this video is hard to watch. A man arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after taking a two-year-old daughter into the elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. We have details coming up.

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JESSICA DE NOVA: Hi, I'm Jessica, and this is my Orange County.

RACHEL BROWN: We want to see what's great about where you live. Share a five-second, selfie-style video, introducing yourself and your neighborhood. Upload your video at abc7.com/mycommunity, and it could end up on TV. Well, the countdown is on to Disneyland's long awaited April 30 reopening.

JOHN GREGORY: In the meantime, diehard fans are getting a little taste of that Disney magic with California Adventure's A Touch of Disney food festival. Here's Orange County reporter Tony Cabrera.

TONY CABRERA: The Perkins family was one of the first to enter the gates at Disney California Adventure park today to enjoy A Touch of Disney.

- It's an amazing feeling. I just wanted to cry when I walked in, just to get the full park experience. I mean, I know the rides are not open, but still, for the whole park to be open for this event, it's history, you know?

TONY CABRERA: From distance learning to working from home, the pandemic has taken a toll on the family, excited to finally bring their one-year-old to the park.

CRYSTAL GIAMBALVO: It is a blessing because she has been stuck in the house since then. I mean, it's hard. We do Zoom calls and phone calls with other people. She hasn't seen her grandma in a long time.

TONY CABRERA: The ticketed event allows people to experience the shopping and dining across California Adventure, all the photo ops just without the rides and attractions. Enhanced health and safety measures are in place to make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable.

GARY MAGGETTI: Face coverings will be critical. We've got hundreds of sanitizer stations throughout the park. And we'll be maintaining physical distancing.

TONY CABRERA: The characters are also making a return, of course, practicing physical distancing as well.

- It was really good, actually, seeing them again because it's been so long since we actually got to see an actual character and be here and enjoy this. It kind of feels like it's unreal, but it's opening up to us.

- That also feels really amazing only because it just makes it feel so much more real. You know, slowly but surely, we're getting back to, I guess, normal.

JOHN GREGORY: Yeah, those Disney fans.

RACHEL BROWN: I love to see it.

JOHN GREGORY: They need their fix, man.

RACHEL BROWN: They do. All their mouse ears and the masks, so fun to see Disney again.

TONY CABRERA: We were joking, Tony. I went with my wife one year. She's a Disney fanatic. She had two sets of ears, one for the daytime and one at night.

RACHEL BROWN: No.

JOHN GREGORY: It lit up.

TONY CABRERA: Really?

RACHEL BROWN: I love it.

TONY CABRERA: Wow.

RACHEL BROWN: This is an exciting time, Tony.

TONY CABRERA: It really is, and people were walking through those gates literally with tears com-- and it wasn't just because Disney. It was just about, like, everything's starting to open up. There's hope. There's light at the end of the tunnel, right?

JOHN GREGORY: Some sense of normalcy.

RACHEL BROWN: Absolutely.

TONY CABRERA: Exactly. So it was so fun being out there. It was a beautiful day then. And it's going to be a beautiful day now. By the way, that event is sold out. So if you're trying to go, you're probably going have to wait until Disneyland officially opens April 30.

OK, here's our time lapse view over Wrightwood, the sunrise this morning. It is going to be pretty cool today. Compared to yesterday, we're going to get a little bit warmer though. Burbank, 46 this morning. And looks like that was the wrong clicker there.

And here we go. Downtown Los Angeles, 49 degrees. We're in the 40s in many places, but we are going to bump it up just a little bit. As we take a look at other temperatures right now. Banning, 45. Look at Big Bear, cold, 19 degrees. Ontario, 47, with Santa Clarita at 43 right now.

Windy conditions in some areas, especially up in the Santa Clarita Valley up towards the I-5, Castaic. Some gusty winds this morning. Santa Monica, 51. Redondo Beach, 50. Hawthorne, 48 degrees right now.

Here we go. We're seeing those winds. 18 miles an hour in Gorman, 31 by Frazier park, and then down here towards Santa Clarita. So that's going to be the case for some people on and off throughout the day, maybe a little bit into tomorrow. But we see other areas, not so bad, really calm right now.

OK, so it is clear as we see across California. And that's going to be the case throughout the week. It's going to be really dry. And we're going to start to warm up. Palm Springs is already 75. That's what they're going to reach today as their high. Dana Point, 62. Riverside, 69. Barstow, 67.

70 in Covina. 69 in Los Angeles. 70 back in Glendale. And our highs in Frazier Park, 46. Thousand Oaks, 67. Malibu, 66.

OK, time for the AccuWeather seven day forecast, Los Angeles, Orange County. Today we have the 69 degree temperatures with some windy conditions up in the mountain areas in Los Angeles County. Monday-- that's tomorrow-- we bump up to 70. And 76 by Wednesday. This is going to be our warm day again. 76 degrees, really nice there.

To our valleys, Inland Empire. Today, we have some gusty winds as well as tomorrow, warming up to 75 degrees on Wednesday. That's going to be really nice. At our beaches, today we have some breezy conditions. 66 degrees today, same as tomorrow.

And then we get to 71 degrees this Wednesday, cooling down on Thursday, Friday. That's going to be the case across Southern California.

Up in our mountains, we have those gusty winds that we saw earlier. That's going to be today and tomorrow, up to 35 miles an hour. We warm up to 52-- excuse me-- 55 degrees on Wednesday, cooling just a little bit, and then warming up again on the weekend.

Our deserts, we have the gusty winds in some areas. 68 degrees tomorrow, leading up to 71 degrees on Wednesday. So today we just have to get through those just windy conditions. But for the most part, most people are going to really enjoy the sunny skies, the bright blue skies. Springtime-- it's going to start to feel good, Rachel, John.

JOHN GREGORY: Yeah, we were talking about this yesterday, Tony. The flowers are starting to bloom. Everything's kind of greening up. It really is pretty out there. Thanks for that.

The Australian government, meanwhile, declared a natural disaster in parts of New South Wales because of what some officials are calling a once in a century flooding event. Heavy rains have been flooding communities, forcing thousands to evacuate since Thursday.

Australia's state emergency services has responded to at least 7,000 calls for assistance and conducted more than 750 flood rescues. Thousands of emergency workers and volunteers are still on the ground, helping trapped residents.

- We're just inundated at the moment. And the water's still rising. It's come up about a foot in the last hour. Yeah, this is the worst I've seen it. Last year just after Christmas, it was pretty bad as well, but not this bad.

JOHN GREGORY: Authorities don't know yet how many homes and buildings have been lost. But they say the damage is substantial. Heavy rains are expected to continue this week.