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tonight, your protection versus your privacy. police on the verge of getting approval to put a drone in the air. a san francisco cable car operator in critical condition, muni draws up a plan to protect drivers and you. demolition day after a devastating fire and the investigation is pointing towards arson. and from sky 7 hd, the latest fire to report from lake county. it's growing with no sign of being changed. san jose police are waiting for a decision that could come any moment now, allowing them to add a drone to their arsenal. >> good evening, i'm dan ashley. a drone could give officers a
bird's eye view but some are worried it will allow them to spy on residents. >> chris nguyen is live now. >> reporter: sources tell us they expect a proposal to pass sometime tonight. police say the drone is absolutely necessary but others are skeptical. after debate and discussion, san jose city council members will vote on aç implementation of a drone pilot program. >> it needs to go up. it can save lives. it is not about surveillance of the public. it's about giving us another tool to use on the streets. >> reporter: san jose police acquired the drone as part of a federal grant last year. for months, city of the neighborhood commission have been drafting a set of rules and regulations for the drone's use.
>> it will not be used for surveillance. it does not have telephoto lenses or infrared lenses or any weapons or anything disruptive. >> reporter: commission leaders say the drone will not be able to record video and will be prohibited from flying at night and only used in specific circumstances. but community groups have raised concerns. >> rules can be bendable. it can be a slippery slope. >> reporter: they say privacy and civil liberties are at stake. >> the use of new technology is experimental. it's why drones have been challenged in cities and counties and jurisdictions across the country. >> reporter: the pilot program would still need approval from the faa. the earliest it could go up would likely be 2017. chris nguyen, abc7 news.
one thing the city council did decide on, a six-month moratorium on mobile park conversion in an effort to protect residents in the 59 mobile home communities. this after the win chester ranch park announced plans to sell to developers. the moratorium will not prevent closures long term, but will slow the process at least six months. >> san francisco sheriff ross mirkarimi announcing today the dmv reinstated his driving privileges. he failed to report a car accident and found out his license had been suspended in february. the sheriff says he provided proof he provided information immediately but his insurance company apparently did not file with the dmv. mirkarimi describes it as a fender bender. one person died and two deputies are recovering after an
explosion in a home where they were serving an eviction notice. take a look. the building went up in flames this morning when they were at the lock of the rear apartment. investigators traced the blast to natural gas. >> the question is whether it was disconnected to commit suicide prior to our deputies being there or disconnected are left on and then ignited knowing the deputies were there. >> it was just like a loud explosion. like a boom, then, all of a sudden you saw police officers running. >> the deputies are expected to be okay. the coroner will determine whether the person was the target of the eviction. firefighters are battling rugged terrain and winds as they try to get a hand on the jerusalem fire. the fire consumed 12,000 acres
with no sign of containment. it's returning near the rocky fire that broke out two weeks ago. we're live with cornell bernard. cornell, i know you have spoken to who have been evacuated. >> reporter: yes, the fire has continued to be very fierce, sending out thick plumes of smoke all day. one firefighter said the fire is gaining ground to the north-northeast to an area that was already burned by the rocky fire. the danger is far from over, many are refusing to leave home. >> this is scarier than the rocky fire. >> anna perish his her dog, daunte are watching the fire gain ground. she's choosing to stay for now. >> for me, it's an easy evacuation. >> reporter: san jose's fire burning through bone-dry brush and steep terrain.
>> it's hour to hour. >> reporter: robert and deb are watching the fire burn on the hill opposite their olive farm. >> reporter: have you been told to leave? >> we're told mandatory evacuations but they we're here. and they know we have an escape route. >> we've been bull dozing dirt patches and we love living here but it is -- it can be frightening and it can be very stressful. >> reporter: a thousand firefighters are on thelp front lines. >> i would be more of an advantage if it came best. you have a lot of residents. >> reporter: the red cross shelter at middletown high school is back open after being closed when the evacuations were
lifted. >> rocky fire is a resilient community. >> reporter: cary says his dogs are here, too. he just left his home for the second time in two weeks. >> reporter: it's been a long couple weeks for you, hasn't it? >> yes. it has. we're just rolling witness. >> reporter: cary says he's thinking about moving from lake county. cal fire is putting out the call for more firefighters. homeowners can't be forced out during evacuations just warned about the danger. >> thank you, cornell. let's turn to live doppler 7 hd. spencer? >> here is live doppler 7 hd. we've got sunny skies, let's drive north to the area of two fires. it's dry and winds gusting to 20 miles per hour now.
relative humidity 25%. it's 81 degrees, the temperature, green area represents smoke that continues to blow from the fires and going northeast, as you may have heard cornell's report there. we expect winds to diminish a little bit overnight. check out this time-lapse view this afternoon. notice the heavy plume of smoke rising from the fires and blowing northeast ward. let's check out the wind gust forecast over the next 24 hours. it will remain strong over the next few hours, dropping off sharply during the overnight hours. ama? >> spencer, thank you so much. a million dollar fire that levelled a supermarket is being investigated as a possible case of arson. david louie has the latest. >> reporter: this is a pile of rubble created today by demolition crews at what was
once marina supermarket. the work of fire investigators is just starting. they're focusing on the possibility of arson. the neighbors and first responders smelled gasoline just before 3:00 a.m. monday. the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms will land it's analystical skills to the fire and police. there is also video that may have caught suspects or accomplices if involved in the fire. >> there is a lot of work done behind the scenes to review video, and review eyewitness statements and pictures and accounts of everyone that responded to the fire yesterday to figure out what happened. >> reporter: damage to the market and neighboring medical supply store exceeds $one comblinl according to the fire department. it gives the insurance companies reason to cast a suspicious eye. other stores have been yellow tagged, meaning access is
limited so they're not able to operate. >> hopefully they can find out if someone set it or not. >> reporter: firefighters will stay on the scene to control dust and handle flare ups. lab results from investigators will determine how the case proceeds. it's a process that can take weeks. in san leandro, david louie, abc7 news. it's taken six months to determine what seems obvious. a man whose dismembered body was found in a suitcase in january was murdered. the 58-year-old was killed before he was dismembered. you might remember his torso was found in the suitcase. a leg left in a nearby bin. his head and hands have never been found. a man was arrested for the crime but died in drug-related complications a few weeks later. after two cable car drivers
in san francisco ended up in the hospital, they decided to crack down on the drivers. hi, carolyn. >> reporter: you know police chief greg suhr says motorists would never think about stopping a packed school bus so why do they do it with cable cars, risking a fine? >> we have a lot of problems. >> reporter: they're ambassadors of the city. the cable car operators like derek johnson. he says the job is rewarding but there can be hazards. in april, an operator was hit by a car driven by a tourist. he suffered a fractured leg and broken ribs. another is fighting for his life
after being struck by a motorcycle in june. >> these two incidents on the cable cars up here have just really redoubled our resolve to make sure that not just the system but cable cars in particular can be safe. >> reporter: that includes adding notices to the back of the cable cars to make sure motorists know it's against the law to try to get around the historic treasures. they were created in the 19th century. now, the streets of san francisco are anything but idealic. >> don't pass a cable car. >> reporter: if you do pass, police are promising stepped up enforcement like the crack down, today, but with san francisco and the cable cars as the top afraction, they say it must be also education. >> car dealerships need to get involved. >> reporter: derek johnson hopes
this safety campaign will help. in san francisco, abc7 news. well, with just days to go before school starts again, most every district in the bay area is facing a shortage tonight. why aren't there enough teachers to go around is in the story is next. also aretha franklin cancelled her next show after a performance in oakland. a company that offers money to buy your iphone is under state investigation. local customers say they've been robbed. robbed. and we'll show you anew
with just days before the beginning of the school year, districts are scrambling to hire more teachers after years of handing out pink slips they're left with a teacher shortage. abc7 news reporter leanne melendez joins with us how they're dealing with it. >> reporter: san jose unified needs a dozen teachers, hayward, 25, oakland says it has a significant shoage. now, san francisco unified is still processing after politicses, but that district acted quickly when it knew there would be a problem. anna margarita sanchez was hired while still getting her california teaching credential. . >> i was taken aback how quickly things were moving considering
in, within two months i had a job in a school. >> reporter: in a risky move, the district began hiring in january. something it had never done. >> they offered 100 early questions before we knew the subject areas they needed the teachers in, where there were openings. we knew we'd need teachers. >> reporter: san francisco unified as 21 teaching positions yet to fill. school starts monday. >> necessary, we'll make sure there is a qualified substitute. >> reporter: this shortage in most districts is a result of years of layoffs during the recession years. that discouraged many from getting into the field of education. the number of those entering teacher preparation programs in california dropped by more than 55% from 2008 through 2012. w
tempers are flaring in san jose over the battle surrounding pensions. union leaders say the measure b agreement is falling apart. the city attorney trying to back out of a deal today. but the city tells abc7 news that is not quite true and no one wants the deal to fall apart. a special closed city council megs segs is expected to take place on friday. >> santa clara county supervisor as plied for millions in state
funding to replace the main jail in san jose. it was built in the 1950s and has leaking pipes and mold. supervisors said it was built for short-term incarceration and isn't suitable for long-term sentences. they want to build a new jail for $243 million. aretha franklin delivered a dynamite show cancelled her performance for tonight. her gig was her first bay area performance in 40 years. she issued a statement thanking fans, friends, and supporters and promising to reschedule that show in las vegas. she's amazing. >> yes. >> the queen of soul needs to rest once in a while. >> it's true. spencer is here with weather. >> it's looking pretty good. getting closer to the end of the week, it's going to start warming up significantly, also. we've got sunny skies across the
bay area now, probably we'll see low clouds and fog form near the coastline and we can see smoke rising from the fires up there. oakland, 70. 73 mountain view. morgan hill, 81. it's 69 in half moon bay. check out this view of the golden gate from our emeryville camera. it's 75 in santa rosa. 81 in fairfield. and one more live view from our east bay hills camera looking over the bay, these are our forecast features, sunny and mild conditions and warms up friday. and moreover the weekend with triple digit heat saturday and sunday. an upper level low off shore
producing showers off shore, not likely to move into the bay area. we'll expect the system to left well north and move inland over the next few days. following the time line for tomorrow and thursday, then, this hot air mass over the south western u.s. will expand, contributing to the warm up mentioned here on friday and continue throughout the weekend. for the week ahead, we'll use livermore as our high temperature range indicator. temperatures will be around normal for this time of the year. mid to upper 80s in mifr lower. notice saturday and sunday, highs 100 on saturday, 99 sunday. dropping off to low 90s monday. that is pretty much the pattern many inland locations will see over next seven days. tonight, patches of low clouds and fog push over the bay. low temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, then, tomorrow, highs mainly in the low 80s. we'll see mid to upper 70s on the peninsula. mid to upper 60s on the coast
and a high of 69 in downtown san francisco tomorrow. north bay, mid-60s. inland valleys, mid-80s. oakland, 79. and 78 fremont. inland east bay will be ranging from low to mid-80s. here is the accu-weather forecast. and here comes the heat. friday, starting mid-90s inland, then up to 100 inland in spots on saturday. upper 90s sunday, then, temperatures moderating a bit, mild to warm monday and tuesday. >> toasty. >> thank you. >> okay. >> well, coming up next, we have a bogo to tell you about. a bogo to tell you about. >> be on the lookout for th
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econoline. it was taken between friday night and saturday afternoon. the van is used to take students to after school programs. >> before we didn't have a van he had us walking everywhere and on the bus. and then, we can just have a safe ride to get to our destination. >> some board games were also in the van. california's water czar came to san francisco with a clear message. don't count on el nino to end the drought. he told the chamber of commerce a wet winter is only a short-term solution. she says the real solution is a change in our water use habits. >> conserve our way to the future, we can't store our way
to the future. we've got to do all of it. protect our eco systems and push recycling to the limit. we've got to capture storm water. >> californians are getting the usage. water use drop by the 27% in june. and they're expecting more savings in july. still ahead tonight here on abc7 news at 6:00 an update on the gold mine spill that polluted the waterway. the governor got a good look at it today. >> donald trump promising to be history's latest president for women. and michael finney looks into a company that promises top dollar for your iphone.
marcy glaz has the story. >> reporter: today an apology from the environmental protection agency for the spill that caused this mess. >> it's a tragic, and unfortunate incident in epa is taking responsibility to ensure that that spill is cleaned up. >> reporter: that effort happening around the clock after an epa crew released retlooe million gallons of the flood. >> i'm concerned. this is a serious situation. >> reporter: tests show the water carrying 3500 times the acceptable amount of lead. shutting down water ways and business that's rely on them. >> completely devastating.
they do shift to organizations. >> reporter: today, officials are testing the environmental impact, saying water quality is improving. >> the threat to human health is returning back to pre-event levels. it's getting there. optimistic that we can be able to reopen the river. >> reporter: the head of the epa says there have been no health affects from the spill, some are concerned about the long term impact. marcy gonzales, abc news, new york. police are looking into the killing of maddy middleton and a threat at a local high school. a on instagram gonzales complained of suffering from crippling anxiety.
that was also the term used by someone threatening a shooting where gonzales a freshman. donald trump is moving on after a feud with fox news host megyn kelly. trump was interviewed today and said the ceo called him saying trump would be treated fairly. trump says he felt attacked when asked about referring to women he didn't like as quote fat pigs and dogs. >> i cherish women and i will be great on womens' health issues, believe me. >>trump sedz he believes the government should not be funding planned parenthood because the work is centered on abortion. tonight a china surprise has
a ripple affect on the world. the dow lost almost as much as it gained yesterday after the chinese government devalued it's currency. the nasdaq dropped 55, apple lost $6 a share. what is going on at tesla? the man in charge of world wide service and delivery has taken a sudden leave of absence. if you shop at rite aid you'll able to use apple pay. the card service you can add to your iphone. rite aid has been holding out on it but said today it will have apple pay in its 4600 stores by saturday. a warning tonight about a company offering you good money to buy your old iphone. >> yes. being accused of not delivering on a promise. >> yes. and michael finney is here with a consumer alert. >> there has been a lot of speculation that apple will
release an update on iphone 6 f that happens, many will be looking to sell their old phones to get new ones. >> money is gone. the phone is gone. >> that is how she summarizes her dealings with cash for iphones. the company near reno advertises it will buy your iphone for top dollar when you need money asap. she received a quote for $150 but ended up only getting $11. this san francisco man got a quote for $85. and in the end, cash for iphone said it could only give him $13. >> mostly restored. the phone is gone. >> both filled out a questionnaire and received quotes online. the disclaimer said the offer could be less after inspecting the phone. leo quail expressed his
frustration to 7 on your side. >> this is insulting. for $50 i won't have bothered. >> it wasn't until after receiving their offers did they learn of the company's reputation. the company that goes by the name lap top and desk top repair has 2400 complaints filed with the bbb. the nevada state attorney has gone to court to obtain records from the company and a judge barred them from making false statements to entice customers to send them their iphones. >> how is a company still in business? how do people not know that these people are literally stealing iphones? >> both asked for their phones back but the company hasn't returned them. >> this is america.
for crying out loud. >> we called cash for iphones but said it couldn't comment. the state attorney general investigation is pending. cassy says her payment came through a pay pal account but didn't identify as cash for iphone. because she didn't contest it, she says the company told her she was obligated to take it to, see my reports go to abc7 news.com, click on the sections tab and select 7 on your side. perfect. >> thank you. >> sure. >> when we come back, new technology to help you find your car. >> yes. for the occasions when you can't find it on your
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>> i lost my car many times. >> reporter: with his co-founder, and you have a problem nearly every driver can relate to. >> getting off elevators to find my car. or using a beeper. >> reporter: they knew there had to be a better way. they found an answer this, tiny device. it's called aware. it's known as a blue tooth beacon. if you see this pop up by an apple store, that is a beacon, too. >> it pushes ads to you. it's the same technology but instead of ads they make things useful. >> reporter: their appñi call a ware car, saves your location, even inside of garage. >> we can tap into thatóú information and figure out the floor you're on. >> reporter: there is one more piece of good news. it can tell when you're parked at a meter and reminds you to
set a timer so you don't get a ticket. it will warn you about street cleanings. there are other devices like the $99 automatic. but aware has a different business model. >> this is $9. >> just nine bucka roos. they hope you'll buy a few of them. they're preselling on kick starter and plan to ship in the fall n san francisco, jonathan bloom, abc7 news. order me a couple, please. dozens of nonprofits came to the abc7 broadcast center to learn to tap into talents of other companies. the seminar sponsored by disney, our parent company. they learned how to connect with professionals and offer free services in accounting. to learn more about the tap root foundation go to abc7 news.com. coming up on abc7 news at
a central valley ranch never fails to make people smile because the owners raise those fainting goats. more on why they've become so popular. >> reporter: everyone wants attention from the goats to, guinea fowl to the llamas. the fainting goats are the stars. this time, meal time becomes nap time. the bearded wisemen don't think it's funny. susan thinks it's a drag they have to live this way but visitors can't stop laughing. >> i feel bad. i feel horrible. i hate doing it. but it's in their nature, they just -- it just happens. >> reporter: so susan got another one to faint. >> there es. >> oh, wow.
>> for a moment, groggy, but okay. lillian checks on the animals every day. she says it's the natural behavior of the myotonic goats. >> it doesn't hurt them at all. their eyes stay open the whole time. >> they just lay there and wonder what happened. the farm had 20 fainting goat babies this year. people love to buy them as pets. >> they're the new dog. >> reporter: they compete for karen. they often faint when it is time to get fed. >> it's when they're trying to jump up on to a table or something. and they don't make it all the way. they'll fall backwards and faint. >> reporter: they learn to stiffen their legs so they don't tumble. admit it, that is funny stuff. >> yes. it's hilarious. >> reporter: susan says she
never catches them sleeping. maybe because they're fainting during the day. >> isn't that the oddest thing? >> yes. live doppler 7 hd, the tropical pacific, taking a look at storm hilda, down grade ready from category 1 hurricane. moving into the direction of hawaii. but may pose a threat to the big island. a tropical storm watch for thursday and storm could hit the southern end of the island thursday night. producing heavy rain and strong, gusty winds. if it stays it will pose little or no threat to other islands. on we go to conditions across the state of california tomorrow, sunny, warm to hot in both interior parts of the state.
here in the bay area, we'll be mild to warm. highs in the 60s at the coast. 70s around the bay. low to mid-80s inland. here is the accu-weather forecast. here comes our warm up friday, inland highs mid-90s over the weekend. especially saturday up to #00 inland locations. temperatures moderating into early next week. >> all right. a lot of heat. thank you, spencer. in sports, not good news. maybe only a matter of time before the raiders are back in los angeles. the former niners gm front and center at the meeting discussing a poss
an ominous tone for the nfl officials, officials say the city of oakland has not come up with a viable plan to present to keep the raiders in town. the joint venture moving to the city of carson to play in a $1.7 billion stadium continues to gain steam. and carmen policy says the raiders and charges are now committed to moving.
>> if it works for california and works for the l.a. market, and now, it works for the two teams playing in the most-dilapidated and terrible stadiums in the league. these two facilities predated candle stick in terms of accommodating football. and candle stick, today, is rubble and dust. raiders and charges are committed to l.a. and they have spent a lot of money. nothing decided yet but the city of oakland has got to get in the game here, a's on a 7 game road trip. first stop is canada. danny develop le-- valencia in centerfield. double score to josh redic. pitcher kendall gravel there,
graven, a former bluejay himself, here it comes, there it goes, they call him joey bats. that just annihilated, 4-2, the final. giants host the astros tonight. this is the last thing a bad jets team needed. jets quarterback gino smith out six to $ten weeks after being sucker punched in the jaw by a teammate. the teammate has been released. the two got into an altercation this morning apparently over a $600 airline ticket. >> an incident like this in a locker room setting when it is something personal between the two? no. i've never seen it like this. >> this is a first for me. i've never seen a punch thrown in the locker room. i've seen guys scuffle and shoving matches and screaming
matches. but never something like that. >> brian fitspattic will move in for the jets. we won't know how much collin kaepernick is supported until the season starts. he focused on touch, reading defenses. a man with a firsthand view is back up quarterback blaine gavers. here is what he sees in the new kap. >> everybody is going to talk about throwing and this. he's comfortable in the offense. the coach has done a great job helping out and asking for our input. that helped us out as a group. the warriors well represented at the team usa basketball mini camp this week in las vegas.
steph curry zoined by draymon green that will begin to form the team for the games in rio. >> yes. it's a dream. just good to get back in the gym. we've had a hiatus from it. a lot of us have. abc7 sports brought to you by bank of the west. i would have to think steph and clay would be locks for the team. >> you would think so. that is exciting. be sure to join us tonight at 9:00, a major announcement from hillary clinton tonight. why she's decided to turn over her private e mail server. that is coming up at 9:00. add abc7 news at 11:00 how you can help a local toddler suffering from a rare auto immune disorder. >> tonight on prime time, it is fresh off the boat followed by