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one-story warehouse that caught fire. a little bit before 1:00, they say. the shelter in place does remain in effect. they call it precautionary. witnesses tell us this thing began not quietly, but with a loud bang. >> like a big ba-boom. >> just a explosion like a cherry bomb. >> reporter: followed by a fire that burned long and hot in an old wooden warehouse and force the san francisco fire department to order a shelter in place down wind, according to fire chief joe ann hayes white. >> the concern is that there might be some toxic air. >> reporter: neighbors described what was a foundry the last three decades, the owner has manufactured miniature cable car bells. there was no one inside when the fire broke out which is fortunate because fire fighters did not have to go inside. the structure had been crammed full. >> i saw a lot of equipment. it's loaded in there, yeah. >> you have to walk sideways.
it's from floor to ceiling stacked with stuff. >> reporter: what kind of stuff? >> everything. furniture, metal, chandeliers, whatever you can name, car parts. >> there's all hidden pockets of stuff all over. >> reporter: did it look like a fire hazard? >> oh, it did. crammed to the ceiling full of stuff. >> reporter: and as we come back live, you can see the top of that building with just the slightest amount of smoke coming up with that shelter in place does remain in effect according to the fire department. we asked chief hayes white if she has any record of any problem with this building. she said not that she's aware of, but they'll certainly be looking into it. the fire department expects this to be going on this investigation for at least 20 hours. live in san francisco, wayne freedman, abc7 news. >> wayne, take care of that voice there. stay away from any smoke, all right? if you hadn't noticed, i'm sure you noticed, the heat has arrived in a big way. here's the place you want to be, santa cruz. anywhere along the coast. we just lost the feed there for
a moment. a live picture at the board walk. they have not had too many gorgeous beach days like this, but this is fantastic, kristen. >> none of those people noticed by the way. i look at this, a lot of folks will be headed to tahoe as well this weekend. great place to escape the heat, just jump right in the lake. >> there is still snow on the ground. >> i know. there is some snow, but yes, with the heat it's not going to last long. >> abc7 news reporter lana rivera is in the east bay. we begin with spencer christian in what is going to be a brutal weekend for many. >> it's going to be quite hot, larry. into next week as a matter of fact. here's a look at live doppler 7. we have sunny skies. as you pointed out, the heat has arrived already and will intensify into the weekend. temperature readings of 68 here in san francisco, 76 across the bay in oakland, 80 in moup tan view, 85 is this san jose, 89 in gilroy, 64 in half moon bay. ocean beach from mount tam, 95 in santa rosa.
94 in napa, 96 apiece in fairfield and concord. 92 in livermore. they may not be the max temperatures for the day. let's take a look at our first forecast. it will be a warm evening during the overnight hours, temperatures will drop only to the mid to upper 50s in most parts. mild start tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon we'll see highs ranging from 6 at the coast to 102 inland. heat advisory is in effect from tomorrow morning through monday evening. and an excessive heat warning is in effect from noon sunday to 8:00 p.m. tuesday for much of the bay area. so, this heat is just going to hang around for quite a while. i'll give you the seven-day forecast in just a few minutes. kristen? >> thanks, spencer. hot weather is the norm at the alameda county fair. perhaps not this hot. the annual east bay summer tradition kicked off today in pleasanton. abc7 news reporter lani rivera is there. >> reporter: one of the things you can do is pickup a map. it will let you know where one
of these misting stations is located. that's where i'm standing now, there are five of them. standing under one of these and vlg having one of these in hand to keep you nice and comfortable during your visit here. an ice cold slushy or frozen drink sure hit the spot when it's hot outside as the alameda county fair begins, so does the heat wave. >> drink plenty of water. wear loose fitting clothes, wear a wide brim hat. >> reporter: it is expected to draw 5,000 people. the first few days will be sizzling with fathers day being one of the hottest. ashley and her son made a dash for these misters after braden's favorite summer treat. >> the second we walked into the fair all he talked about was his ice cream. we did a few rides and he got his ice cream. >> reporter: the alameda county fair ground sits on 267 acres while there are thousands of trees, the hot concrete beneath the rides and venues often make it feel hotter. >> when it was very cold we were
concerned about the heat. we're experiencing temperatures well over the hundreds this next three or four days. we're prepared to make sure everyone here is safe at their time at the fair. >> this is our spot here. >> reporter: the fair kicks off with the outdoor concert in this pleasanton park. locals go early to claim a spot under the trees. he doesn't mind the heat. >> i love it. it's been so cold for so long, i've been waiting for this. >> reporter: and back out here live at the fair, you can see this is a mini ambulance. actually alameda county fire added this, a gurney, first aid supplies, everything they need should they have to go get someone who is suffering some sort of heat-related illness. they are hoping they don't have to use them, but they are prepared should they need one. we are live here in alameda county fairgrounds, lonni rivera, abc7 news. >> thank you, lonie.
stay close to that mister. this mister, water world in concord where people sought relief from the heat. the water park is open daily through the summer. everybody we talked to said you have to try the big kahuna, a raft ride for the whole family. >> it is super fun. a little scary. we're like 16 deep. we're having a great time. >> hi, mom. >> water world, california asked abc7 news to remind everybody bring your sun screen, flip-flops, a towel and also they recommend a bottle or two of water because you can still get dehydrated even though you're standing in the water. probably good advice wherever you're going in this heat. >> abc7 news is at lake merritt in oakland where we found a father and son in the shade taking a break from the heat. looks a lot different than yesterday, right, at the parade. >> for sure. >> others enjoying a nice walk or easy jog before it got too
hot. a few sitting on the grass soaking in the summer sun. you'll want temperatures on how to stay cool on your fingertips, checked out the abc7 news app, it puts all the info on your finger tips on your phone and you can download the app for free. >> new developments in the case of a bay area lyft driver attacked by a group of dirt bikers on highway 101 earlier this year. after months of searching for the suspects, finally multiple people under arrest thanks in large part to dramatic cell phone video of that brutal beating. abc7 news anchor jessica castro has the story. >> reporter: a major break in the case of a bay area lyft driver severely hurt after reportedly being beaten up on 101 southbound by a group of dirt bike riders. >> he had a broken leg as i said. he had a bloodied face. he had road rash. he was in pretty rough shape. >> reporter: officers had been looking for suspects for months. chp posted video and photos today on their facebook page showing the arrests.
abc7 news talked to the lyft driver, 35-year-old alex keen tan a right after he gotta tacked in early march. >> they were all hitting and kicking from everywhere. >> reporter: he described a nasty encounter near the caesar chavez exit with the bikers trying to run him off the road, then surrounding him, damaging his car, and beating him up. >> he look me right in the eyes. and i'm like, all i could do was lay there and cry. think about my kids. >> reporter: the father had severe injuries, a broken nose and shattered leg. chp says they arrested 33-year-old johnson 25-year-old gabriel rodriguez and 19-year-old. on social media chp thanked the public for giving them tips and the victim for being patient. the suspects face a range of charges, some of the most serious include assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and battery. jessica castro, abc7 news. >> the two defendants in the deadly ghost ship fire case appeared together in court for
the first time today. derek almena and max harris each face 36 counts ever involuntary manslaughter. both are being kept in seclusion at the santa rita jail in dublin. the prehearing was postponed to next month. harris's said he was not a promoter, just an artist and musician and should not be prosecuted. >> he was just like every person in that fire who perished except he was lucky enough to get out alive. there was no duty on him. he had no role there to force him to check. he thought everything was safe. >> harris's aunt also spoke today. you can hear her emotional plea. that's coming up on abc7 news at 5:00. >> a minnesota police man has been found not guilty for the 2016 shooting death of philando ka steel. his girlfriend happened to be in the car with him and his daughter. the minnesota said it is going
to dismiss that police officer. abc7 news reporter danya bacchus has the reaction. >> reporter: a minnesota jury finding the police officer in this video not guilty of second degree manslaughter for last year's shooting death of philando ka steel. during the trial he testified he saw the gun and that he disregarded his command not to pull it out of his pocket. >> i told him not to reach for it. get his handout. >> reporter: prosecutors said he fired seven shots in the car just seconds after he told the officer he was carrying a permitted gun. >> you saw him get his i.d., sir, his driver's license. oh, my god please don't tell me he's dead. >> reporter: the aftermath was streamed live on facebook by the girlfriend who was in the passenger seat. his death sparked protests across the state. the jury's decision reached after nearly a week of testimony, arguments and evidence including the officer's dashcam video.
the family now speaking out about the verdict. >> i am so very, very, very, very, very, very disappointed in the system here in the state of minnesota. my son loved this city and this city killed my son. and the murderer gets away. >> reporter: danya bacchus, abc7 news, los angeles. >> a massachusetts woman who texted her boyfriend urging him to kill himself faces up to 20 years in prison. a judge found 20-year-old michelle carter guilty of manslaughter today. three years ago carter texted her 18-year-old boyfriend conrad roy, encouraging him to follow through with a plan to commit suicide. the judge ruled it's not those texts that made her guilty, but the one she sent when he told her he had gotten out of his truck as it was filled with carbon monoxide. she told him to, quote, get back in. both karlter and roy suffer from severe depression. carter will be sentenced in august. >> although the judge in bill
cosby sexual assault trial is really frustrated with the jury, he's going to give them all the time they need to reach a verdict. the panel has so far deliberated more than 45 hours and they still can't come to a decision. this morning they asked the judge to explain the standard of proof in a criminal trial. jury deliberations have now lasted about as long as the prosecution and defense cases combined. meanwhile, cosby tweeted a thank you to his fans. >> just ahead on abc7 news at 4:00, the move today by san jose police that city officials say will go a long way toward reducing crime. >> also a record low for california's unemployment rate. so, where are all the jobs? >> and later another twitter frenzy from president trump in the russia investigation. while vice-president pence takes steps to protect himself. >> 7 on your side's michael finney taking your questions on twitter and facebook. all you have to do is post them with the hashtag #askfinney and michael will be along to answer your questions live in just a few minutes. >> and it's a friday, your get away commute could be a little
san jose leaders are celebrating today as the police department starts a new academy. a shortage of officers has plagued the city for several years, but now officials say the tide has turned. abc7 news reporter matt keller has the story from san jose. >> it's a big deal, a very big deal for us. >> reporter: san jose police chief eddy garcia is celebrating today. a year ago he was dealing with
historically low numbers of officers on the street, low morale and a class of 7 recruits. today 54 recruits, the most in several years. >> we're not where we want to be yet and we won't rebuild overnight. but make no mistake, we are rising again. and help is on the way. >> reporter: a lot of help, 107 new officers are currently in the training process. 27 are in the field training program. 26 are midway through academy class 29, and 54 starting academy class 30 today. that will bring the total number of sworn personnel to 983. well short of the department's authorized level of 1,109 officers. while the new recruits are getting the attention today, the officers who have stuck it out with the department over the past six years have dealt with layoffs and cuts in pay and pension. they are currently working mandatory overtime, 160 ten-hour shifts a week. >> this is not a department that is being made great because we have 54 new recruits.
this is a department that was already great. >> reporter: command staff said they have not lowered the standards to be an officer, but more aggressive recruiting. gone are the day where they attracted law enforcement talent. they now have to go get them. the issues that caused the department to lose officers have been fixed. pay, pension and other benefits are back to being competitive with other departments. now is the time to rebuild. >> anybody who has been, you know, in a boat that's taken on water is happy the holes are fixed. the only thing they have to do is bail out water and that's what we're doing now. >> reporter: the academy class is scheduled to graduate in december and will be patrolling on their own in april. matt keller, abc7 news. >> california's unemployment rate fell last month to the lowest level in state history. the state employment department department says it added 17,600 jobs in may. that dropped unemployment rate to 4.7%.
it ties the record low that occurred back in november to december of the year 2000. officials say government-led eight of california's industry sectors in adding jobs last month. three sectors reported job declines. leisure and hospitality followed by professional and business services. >> apple is showing hollywood it's serious about making its own tv and movies. the cupertino based company has hired two of sony's top tv executives and put them in charge of video jayme urlich has created shark tang and gold bergz, breaking bad. apple is experimenting in making original video including projects for pop stars drake and taylor swift. >> the world famous maverick big wave surf contest was nearly bought by the world surf league, but the current owners turned it down. our colleagues at the bay area news group are reporting the future of that contest is now very much up in the air. the league tried to buy the rights to mavericks after a june
1st auction to sell the event fell through because there was a lack of interest. the current owner filed for bankruptcy protection this year and has canceled the contest. >> a rock slide at yosemite won't stop you from getting to the park this weekend, but it will make the trip longer. the slide happened monday. take a look. 4,000 pounds of rock now sits on the highway 140 entrance into yosemite. the heap is the size of a two-story house. anyone trying to get into the park will have to take highway 41 through oakhurst. some yosemite employees say the slide has increased their commute 2 1/2 hours. no date yet when the road might be reopened. >> all right. spencer is back and it is going to be really hot this weekend. >> it is indeed. i expect to see bottled water and sun screen to increase significantly. we'll have triple digit temperatures inland for the next five or six days. >> go to the beach. >> go to the beach, or to the mountains. here's a look at live doppler 7. we have sunny skies and pretty
warm conditions all across the bay area right now. it's been rather toasty in some spots. we're looking at 68 degrees in san francisco and half moon bay. so the coast is nice and mild. right around the bay, oakland, san mateo readings in the mid to upper 70s. inland areas now 96 at concord, 98 at san ramon. 99 in brentwood. it was 101 in brentwood a moment ago. this is santa cruz beach, folks enjoying the beach weather. these are our forecast features. heat advisory in effect saturday through monday evening. we'll see triple digit temperature readings, up to about 106 in some locations a couple days in the forecast period. this excessive heat is going to last through wednesday or thursday of next week. overnight look for clear skies from coast to inland, low temperatures will range from upper 50s to low and mid 60s so it will be very mild overnight. and very warm tomorrow. upper 60s to 70s at the coast tomorrow. we'll see upper 80s to about 90 right around the bay. 102 at fairfield and antioch tomorrow.
101 at concord, 1900 at santa rosa and livermore. it's really going to be hot. near the beam tomorrow, nice and mild, upper 60s for the most part. we'll have very high u.v. index tomorrow so please stock up on the sun screen, protect yourselves. protect your health and stay hydrated as well. so, let's take a look at sunday. we'll see high temperatures up to 106 in fairfield. 108 up north in clover dale. napa, concord, 105. all around the bay 80s and 90s. that's fathers day, it will be sizzling. not much change monday. some locations in the hundreds on monday will drop to upper 90s on monday. we'll still see numerous locations in the 100 degrees to 105 in that range. that range will be with us again on tuesday. and it gets even hotter on wednesday if you can believe that. so, here's a look at your father's day planner. it will be sunny throughout the day. we'll start the day in the morning hours with temperatures ranging from mid 60s to mid 70s.
bay side, inland areas. by noon sunday, 106 the hottest locations inland on sunday. it's just going to sizzle. and we will have temperatures well above the average levels, possibly even a couple records. here's a look at our projected high temperature for sunday for six bay area locations antioch down to san francisco. notice the change. 19 degrees warmer than average in antioch on sunday. 18 degrees warmer than antioch we predict than average we predict in san jose. 17 degrees warmer than average in napa. it's just going to be very, very hot, and perhaps posing health hazard especially for the elderly and for young children. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. avoid overexposure to the heat. apply sun screen if you're going to be out there in the sun. stay hydrated. these are all things you can do to protect your health and to enjoy the warm weather. >> just fan dad on fathers day.
just getting breaking news involving a u.s. military ship. japanese media out lets report one u.s. sailor was hurt and 7 others are missing after a navy destroyer collided with a merchant vessel. it happened 50 miles off the coast of japan. the navy ship involved in the collision was the uss fitzgerald seen in this stock photo. the other was a merchant vessel. there is flooding in three compartments in the fitzgerald. right now there are no reports of any deaths, but we'll keep monitoring the story and bring you updates as they become available. >> dr. >> andre: odre one of the legen members is being true to his hometown of compton. pledging $10 million to the new compton high school. he graduated from the old one. that money will go to help build a performing arts complex including state of the arts technology and 1200 seat theater. he wants the complex to be a resource for the community as well as the school. >> well, beyonce and jay z are
having twin girls. that's according to former president barack obama. he accidentally leaked the news in a recent video message. >> jay and i are fools for our daughters. although he's going to have me beat once the two twins show up. >> oh, twins? yeah. the former president hinting the carters may be expecting twin girls. mr. obama made that revelation last night when he appeared in a video to mark jay z's induction in the song writer's hall of fame in new york. did he spill the beans? beyonce and jay z have not officially revealed the gender of their little ones so we'll just have to wait and see. >> all right. just ahead on abc7 news at 4:00, president trump goes on another twitter tie raid over the russia investigation while another top official appears ready to recuse himself as well. >> and so much more. president obama's efforts to open up cuba, the big changes
and souvenirs were packed inside the building on ingles street and donner avenue. they are telling them to avoid the area. they issued a shelter in place because of toxic smoke from the burning metal that's inside. nobody has been injured thus far. spencer christian tracking a heat advisory this weekend. tweeted this father's day will be a sizzling sunday as excessive heat baks tes the bay area. escape from the heat is well underway. jeannine de la vega tweeting this picture showing heavy traffic on highway 17 heading into santa cruz. at 5:00 we'll show you how people are trying to cool off. president trump confirmed today he is being investigated for possible ties to the russians and for firing his former fbi director, mr. trump did that in a series of tweets. once again, calling the russia investigation a witch hunters point and lashing out at the news media. abc7 news reporter lana zach has the story. >> reporter: president trump is railing against the independent investigation amid reports that his actions are being reviewed
for possible obstruction of justice. the president tweeting, i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director! witch hunt. those tweets seemed to confirm the president is among the people under investigation by special counsel bob mueller who was appointed by the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. in a memo to the president, rosenstein raised concerns over former director james comey's performance, but it's mueller not rosenstein who is heading the investigation. but abc7 news has learned rosenstein has started to discuss recusing himself from the investigation which would make him the third person to recuse himself from the probe. and while the president may be commenting on twitter, he was mum when asked for clarification as he traveled to miami today. the white house appears to be pedaling back from the president's tweets saying it does not confirm he is under investigation, but otherwise his tweets speak for themselves. also vice-president pence has decided to hire private lawyers
to answer inquiries by the private counsel, but he brushed it off as routine. there is no indication at all pence is part of this investigation. abc7 news has also confirmed one more person retaining legal representation in the probe, the personal attorney michael koenl. there is another member who may be under investigation. jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and special advisor. kushner's lawyers say he will provide any information he knows about russian related matters. la lana zach, abc7 news, washington. >> president trump is setting it up for more tense relationship between the u.s. and cuba. he criticized barack obama's dealings with cuba during a speech this morning. he said he's cancelling the previous administration's one sided deal with cuba although he is leaving many of its policies in place. trump is calling on cuba to release all political prisoners and to legalize all political parties. >> when cuba is ready to take
concrete steps to these ends, we will be ready, willing and able to come to the table to negotiate that much better deal. >> president trump's changes could restrict some u.s. companies from doing business in cuba. senator jerry more an, a kansas republican, said that's bad for farmers. in a statement he said, putting america first means exporting what we produce to other countries, including cuba. >> big sigh of relief for so-called dreamers. today the trump administration announced it will continue the daka program indefinitely. daka shields undocumented youth from deportation if they came to the u.s. before the age of 16. that program began in 2012 with an executive order from president obama and it protected some 800,000 youth. president trump had promised in that program but then changed his mind. >> today's decision is excellent news for those who have daka. it means they can renew it,
continue working, continue to be protected and it's very good news for people, young people who qualify who haven't applied yet. >> now, the trump administration did eliminate the dapa program, d-a-p-a which would have protected immigrant parents from deportation, but that was never implemented. >> the man killed in a police shootout at a washington, d.c. area baseball field was carrying a list of names including that of the congressman he shot. sources tell abc7 news a piece of paper in james hodgekinson's pocket listed a dozen members of congress. investigators have not determined the purpose of that list. congressman steve scalise remains in critical condition today. they also revealed scalise was very close to death when he was brought in wednesday morning. lodge hodgekinson shot scalise in the ship when they were practicing for the congressional baseball game. scalise suffered severe internal injuries. >> i have not counted but i would guess that there are
hundreds of fragments, and usually there's more risk involved in trying to find and remove those fragments than benefit. >> sticking in miami today, president trump said congressman scalise took a bullet for all of us. four other people were wound the in the shootout including two police officers, a lobbyist and congressional aide. >> the leader of isis may be dead. the russian military is claiming it killed the leader in an airstrike in steer i can't last month, but so far the u.s. has not confirmed that. abc7's lana zach reports. >> reporter: a russian airstrike in syria last month may have killed abu bakr al-baghdadi. i came from the russian defense ministry. the u.s. military says it cannot confirm the claim and abc7 news contributor says it will not be easy. >> remember it is a city under siege so the russians have no hard evidence. there is no dna evidence that
would suggest he's dead. >> reporter: but if true it would certainly be a major victory against isis. abu bakr al-baghdadi, under his leadership they conquered a vast stretch of territory and ruled over 5 million people and he imposed his iron will and executed anyone who stood in his way. baghdad i inspired the world with social media with barberism and atrocity. among his thousands of victims were four american hostages. their parents say they took their daughter as his personal sex slave before she died in captivity. >> look at the symbolism in that. he's raping america. >> reporter:al lana zach, abc7
news washington. >> british prime minister theresa may has pledged over $6 million to help the victims. queen elizabeth and her grandson prince william visited a sports center that's been turned into a place of support for fire victims. officials say their investigation has revealed no criminal act was involved. >> especially investigators and experts have examined what we believe is the original location where the fire started. and based on what we know, there is nothing to suggest at this time that the fire was started deliberately. >> wednesday's fire incinerated a 24-story tower. officials admit not likely all of the victims will be identified as some were burned beyond recognition. >> still to come on abc7 news at 4:00, berkeley scientists uncover a possible link between heavy winter rain, summer heat, and an increased risk of earth quakes. >> oh, oh. >> i'm michael finney,
#askfinney is just ahead. i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. just post them with the #askfinney and i'll answer questions right here a little later. >> i'm spencer christian. the beach may be the place to be. maybe ocean beach as the next few days as temperatures will soar. i'll have the accuweather forecast comin
was the second warm est may in 137 years of modern record keeping. only 2016 was hotter. scientists say last month was a fraction of a degree higher than the third warm est may which occurred back in 2014. the temperature averages is determined by data from more than 6,000 weather stations and other instruments located around the world. >> it seems the weather can trigger earthquakes after all. just not directly. u.c. berkeley researcher chris johnson studied nine years worth of winter storms and spring runoff in northern california. what he found is that snow and rain can weigh down the sierra nevada and that increases fault movement by 10% when the weather dries out in the summer. >> as we load the mountains with snow and we see in the gps they move down a little bit and during the summer months they kind of pop back up. so, it's that flexing cycle is what we're able to quantify what the stress changes are on the faults. >> researchers noted more quake activity during the snow melt in
late spring and summer in the eastern sierra and closer to the coast in the summer and fall as the soil dries up. >> announcer: now your accuweather forecast with spencer christian. >> okay, we'll start with live doppler 7. we have sunny skies and mild to warm conditions across the bay area right now. overnight it is going to remain mild under clear skies. we'll see lows in the mid 50s at the coast. upper 50s to low 60s around the bay and mid to upper 60s will be the lows in our inland areas. tomorrow's highs will range from near 70 at the coast to near 90 in some bay shore locations to over 100 degrees in many of our inland locations, especially over in the inland east bay. let me give you a look at the projected air quality over the weekend. it is going to be moderate tomorrow, but in some locations like the inland east bay and santa clara valley, we'll have poor air quality sunday with this lingering heat wave. air quality is not going to improve for a while. here's the accuweather seven-day forecast. it looks like we're going to have at least six days tomorrow
through thursday of triple digit heat in our inland areas. fathers day is going to be a very hot one with highs up to 106 in the warm est inland spots. pretty much the same next wednesday. finally fog returns to the coast late next week and friday we get a cooling trend across the entire area and we'll be ready for it. >> with the heat you don't want to force your dad to put on the tie and the wool socks. >> wool socks? i don't think so. >> no. >> coming up on abc7 news at 4:00, uber's quick response to the alleged comment about women made by one of its drivers that were quite alarming. >> i'm 7 on your side's michael finney c
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uber says it's taken swift action to get a driver off the street who allegedly made unsettling comments about taking advantage of drunk female passengers. the comments came from cell phone video recorded by an uber passenger. >> abc7 news reporter katie marzullo has the story. >> at the end of my shift, she wants me to come in, that would
be perfect way to end my day. >> a man who wants to remain anonyous, had that conversation after picking up a passenger in san jose. the conversation continued. when a passenger asked if that would be taking advantage, the driver says this. >> i would get really drunk, too, and i can't be held responsible. >> reporter: the man who recorded the video he thought the driver crossed the line so he posted the video on facebook as a warning to women in san jose. he also complained to uber and said the company was very responsive. uber released a statement to abc7 news that reads, the comments in this video are disturbing and do not represent our driver-partner community. this driver has been banned from uber. that's good news to this uber user. >> because it would make me extremely uncomfortable to know they were okay with somebody who spoke like that driving their car. >> reporter: this woman remains skeptical. >> i don't know what uber really does to ensure that their drivers are qualified, or that
they are actually decent people. >> reporter: just this week former attorney general eric holder released his recommendations to uber to help the embattled company eliminate workplace sexual harassment. in san jose, katie marzullo, abc7 news. >> if you like to see the whole interaction between the uber driver and the passenger, it is now posted on abc7news.com as well as on our facebook page. >> all right. time now for #askfinney. 7 on your side's michael finney here to answer questions sent in by facebook, twitter and e-mail. jasmine asks how can i find a velk that is hov and not electric? >> cars qualified for the hov lanes and hydrogen compressed natural gas cars, a lot of them. the california environmental protection agency provides a list of vehicles qualified to drive in the h.o.v. lane. you can check it out online to make sure the car you want to buy is listed on there for sure.
if it's not listed on there you're not going to get one of those stickers. i'll post links to the air resource and the dmv website. they have information there and you can find it at abc7news.com. >> thank you. matthew asks how can i figure out if amazon is a reliable source to purchase high-end beauty products? >> i have to tell you. that could be a problem. buying the expensive stuff may hurt your wallet. a knock off could cause physical harm. here's what i want you to keep in mind. brand name beauty products are regulated by the manufacturer and most beauty products on amazon are discounted by third-party sellers. what is going on? even though amazon tries to prevent knock offs from being sold on the site, the only way to ensure you're getting an authentic product is to buy directly from an authorized retailer and often that is not on amazon. if you insist on taking your chance a good way to spot a knock-off is if the product is being sold only in bulk, or if
the seller's direct website does not accept credit cards or uses a third-party payment service. why? that could mean previous buyers protested their charges and credit card companies have blacklisted those vendors. also take a look at the sellers' ratings and reviews. i get a lot of complaints about this. this is really something you have to watch out for. >> you already scared me. i'm not going to do it. elizabeth from san jose is asking what is the best way to prevent mail theft? >> get in the habit of collecting your mail as soon as possible. don't leave it overnight. your mail can't be stolen if it's not sitting there. one of the best ways to prevent mail theft from your home is to get a secure mailbox. you go through some neighborhoods around the bay area you'll see every single one has a secure mailbox because they've had problems there. if you're in a neighborhood like that, it's time to get one of those. >> how do people get hold of you? >> i'm glad you asked. if you have a question for me, record a short video question, share it on social media using the hashtag #askfinney and we'll answer it right here.
>> good deal. thanks, michael. >> an amazing new photo of jupiter shows the planet has clouds of many colors. nasa released these pictures that were taken last month by the juneau spacecraft. the image was enhanced to show the color differences. see the striations there. not all storm clouds are the same over jupiter. some are white, some are cream colored, one of them actually looks orange. the juneau spacecraft was launched in 2011 on a mission to gain a better understanding of the largest planet in our solar system and it arrived at jupiter last july. great photos. >> yeah. just ahead on abc7 news at 4:00, amazon goes shopping and picks up whole foods. we km how this could impact your neighborhood grocery. >> dan has a look at what is coming up on abc7 news at 5:00. >> larry, kristen, thanks. mystery solved in vallejo. authorities say they know who caused an oil spill and an odor that sickened dozens of people. a building in san jose that is nearly a decade in the making, all it took was a few
tonight in primetime on abc 7, shark tank leading off the way. followed by an abc7 news two hour special, truth and lies that's at 9:00. stay with us for abc7 news at 11:00. biggest name in online shopping is buying one of the biggest names in organic and high-end foods. amazon has agreed to purchase whole foods for $13.7 billion. so, what does that mean for bay area shoppers? abc7 news reporter eric thomas went to find out. >> reporter: whole foods has more than 460 stores in the u.s., canada and the u.k., with a loyal customer base like this shopper in oakland. >> there's a lot of variety of food and organic stuff. >> reporter: but they haven't been impressed with amazon's prior moves into the online grocery business.
>> i think their quality for amazon online delivery is not as great as whole foods. >> reporter: but the multi billion dollar acquisition may change some minds and let's say the new whole foods powered by amazon will give shoppers the quality they're used to with the flexibility of ordering groceries online and picking them up later at their local store or having them delivered. it's something amazon has been trying to do for years. >> the more successful businesses have a strong physical infrastructure as well as the online presence to be able to move the product and contact the customers. >> reporter: if amazon has finally found a path into the brick and mortar grocery market, that means that brick and mortar stores are going to have to beaver up their online presence just to compete. what effect will have have on your neighborhood mom and pop grocery store? too soon to tell. but the folks who shop here at the local piedmont market don't think bigger necessarily means better. >> i like the local feel. i don't think i'd change shopping at piedmont market.
>> everybody who works here knows you. you get much more personalized attention. >> reporter: amazon says it will keep the whole foods name and the top management at least for the time being. in berkeley, eric thomas, abc7 news. >> meanwhile, amazon's founder and ceo jeff bezos is getting plenty of help with ideas to giveaway his fortune. the world's second rich est man received more than 18,000 replies to his tweet about creating a philanthropic strategy. according to forbes, bezos has an estimated net worth of over $82 billion. bezos says he wants to help people in the here and now. we told you about this yesterday on abc7 news at 4:00, want to make sure we actually showed it to you and followed up today. just check it out right there, the bat signal lighting up the night sky last night. los angeles mayor and the police chief joined the family and friends of adam west who light city hall with the iconic bat signal. the actor adam west died last friday with a battle of leukemia. he was 88 years old. known for his iconic role as
batman in the 1960s tv show. thanks for joining us for abc7 news at 4:00. i'm larry beil. abc7 news at 5:00 starts now. >> the to be i can fire that choked an entire neighborhood. >> a long way up to safety to rescue limb in the last hour. >> family members say we have it all wrong about a defendant in the ghost ship fire. why they [ inaudible ]. >> and from the roadway to the waterway, our hot water has fathers on patrol in santa cruz. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc7 news. >> flames ripped through a warehouse in san francisco. fear of toxic smoke forces fire fighters to order neighbors to stay indoors. this fire took sometime to put out. good evening. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. thanks for joining us. the fire broke out early this afternoon at donner avenue in the bay view district. >> abc7 news reporter wayne
freedman has the story. >> reporter: the building old, the fire hungry, the flames hot, you're watching the early moments of a blaze that began in a 5,000 square footwear house in roughly 12:30 this afternoon and it didn't begin quietly. >> like a big ba-book. >> a explosion like a cherry bomb. >> reporter: it remained that way for three hours. witnesses say the smoke had an acidic smell. the san francisco fire department ordered a shelter in plates down wind according to chief hayes white. >> i'm concerned there might be some toxic air. >> reporter: neighbors described the warehouse as a foundry wherefore three decades the owner manufactured cable car bells. there was no one inside when the fire broke out which was fortunate because fire fighters did not have to go inside. >> i saw a car in there, lot of equipment. it's loaded. >> you have to walk sideways. floor to ceiling stuff. >> reporter: what kind of stuff? >> everything.