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>> thanks for joining us. housing, roads, and california's next governor. >> just some of the major moves that voters are deciding, which will start to be revealed to us all in about 27 hours from now. >> we have team coverage for you. lyanne melendez is in san francisco where they are staffing up the polls. >> but we begin with david louie and why there will be extra eyes in san mateo county particularly. david? >> reporter: santa may teyo county has mandatory vote by mail ballots. the u.s. justice department is going to be here tomorrow. they're not saying whether they've identified any particular issues, but officials say they have a good idea what they might focus on. the election workers are already immersed in the opening of mail-in ballots and verifying the signaturing. when tabulation begins, monitors will be on hand to ensure compliance with the voting rights act.
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an attorney said they're looking for compliance that ballots and information materials must be available in chinese and spainish, in addition to english. >> all information produced on voter outreach materials is also produced in those languages. they're going to be looking to ensure that we do exactly that. >> reporter: this is the first time the county will be visited by federal monitors. there's no suspicion of any irregularities. access will be granted. the county has early voting centers and places for people to drop off ballots. but on election day, there are no polling places. it's a 100% vote by mail process. the one potential for fraud is someone casting more than one ballot. in that case, only the first counts, and signatures go through a verification process. >> all of the signatures on the registration card are verified with all the ballots sent in by mail and looked at by human eyes
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and even computers to make sure that they're accurate. >> reporter: county officials say they're helped by three citizen committees to make sure they're in compliance with federal law. they also have a special program in this county to allow people with visual impairment to ballots. david louie, "abc7 news." >> thank you, david. you may not know that a quarter of the poll workers in san francisco are high school students. the department of elections has hired 600 of them. lyanne melendez is live with that story. >> reporter: quickly, a pause here. they are wrapping things up here in front of city hall, but you can still vote you who are interested. with regard to this program,
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which involves high school students, it has been around for a very long time. it's just getting now a lot more attention because of the midterm elections. they work for one day, and it is one day they will remember forever. the midterm elections will be a lasting memory for 18-year-olds rebecca cavanaugh. it will be the first time she votes and she will spend the day at a poll worker at city hall. >> i'm working for my city and i get to be part of that process that i always hear about and see it from a different perspective. >> reporter: the department of elections hired 600 high school students, 500 of them are from the san francisco unified school district. they begin their day at 6:00 in the morning and stay until 9:00 p.m. >> they're there serving voters, having voters sign in, issuing ballots, collecting the ballots voters have voted for, offering assistance. >> reporter: he was introduced to the program when he was 16.
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he enjoyed it so much that he decided to eventually work for the department of elections. >> they learned the elections process. it's great for the resume and good for the college application. >> reporter: mason tam, a 17-year-old student, said it was his economic teacher who encouraged him to be a poll maker. >> i know that this is something that will affect us in the future. so that's why we're interested in it, and working the polls tomorrow. >> reporter: students get a stipend of $140, $10 extra if they are they also get these cool shades. kind of cool. i asked nathan what he was going to do with all that money. of course, he said it will help him pay for his college application. as we all know as parents, those can be very costly.
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live in san francisco, leeann melendez, "abc7 news." >> thank you very much. the two men who want to be california's next governor are making a final push to get your vote. "abc7 news" was in berkeley where john cox brought his bus tour today. he met employees at the platinum auto collision and paint shop. cox talked with him about the issues of commuting and housing very much on the worker's minds today. cox's opponent, gavin newsom, tackled the same issues in san francisco. a recent poll by the institute of government studies shows newsom with an 18-point lead. officials are doing everything they can to keep voters tomorrowing move. we told you about early voting is getting under way. and there's also a drive through
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option. ballots can be dropped off in martinez on golden rain road. they will be open the same hours as the polls, 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. >> so if you are going to the polls in person tomorrow, what is the weather going to be like as you cast your ballot? >> i think winning is what we have with sandhya patel with your voting forecast. >> that's right. we have a winning forecast in terms of voting. so if you're heading to the polls, here's what you can expect. the weather is going to cooperate. polls open at 7:00 a.m. noontime, looking at 60s, 70s, sunshine, and 8:00, it's getting comfortable already tomorrow morning. noontime, 60s, 70s. so if you have a lunch break and you're going to go out and vote, the weather looks great. 4:00 p.m., 60s and 70s. if you get off of work and then head to the polls, don't worry, it will be quite comfortable. but you might need to take that
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extra light layer with you. >> sandhya, thanks a lot. find a guide to all of the measures and propositions and candidates on your ballot at we would like to help get you informed to make your decision. count on abc 7 for live election coverage on tuesday. abc news network will have coverage of the biggest races around the country beginning at 5:00 p.m., and we'll have live local election coverage throughout the evening, including on "abc7 news" at 9:00, and then at 11:00, on abc 7. moving on to other news. in san rafel, the sheriff's office has confirmed that a suspect is in custody. in an early morning shooting that killed one man and injured two others. it happened at the helen vine recovery center. wayne freedman joins us live with the latest. >> reporter: good afternoon. a lot has happened in the last hour. we didn't know the name of the suspect or the victims, now we do. let's give you that information.
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the suspect is devance lavar reed, 37 years, a transient from marin city. the surviving victims, britney mccann, 30-year-old from marin city. and anthony dominguez, 32. he worked at the facility. they are the two victims in icu at marin general hospital. the deceased person is not identified yet. let's get to the details of what happened. it happened in the darkness of early morning at the helen vine recovery center, a nonprofit institution for substance abuse and mental issues. a revered place for people who need it. >> it's the first stop in the county for people who say they need help. >> reporter: the sheriff's department says the suspect, devance lamar reed, entered the building and shot three people at 1:30 this morning. deputies confirm the dead victim is a male.
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>> the i believe initial report that they were staff members, our investigations division, we're trying to confirm that they were staff members. i haven't heard yet they were staff members. >> reporter: nor do we know other specifics. did the shootings take place in one room? did the suspect stalk his victims? >> what kind of weapon was it? >> i don't know about the weapon. like i said, our detectives are investigating the case, and i don't have that information right now. >> reporter: caitlin stewart has been in one worker inside. she said of her friend -- >> she's saying she's very traumatized. >> reporter: inside and outside. >> this is just a tragedy. this is a tragedy. >> reporter: as to the arrest, deputies tell us devance lamar reed fled the scene and was arrested in sonoma county in an unrelated incident. still no word on the weapons, and they're trying to figure out the relationships of all the
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victims and the suspect. live in san rafel, wayne freedman, "abc7 news." >> thank you. we sent out a breaking news alert about the shooting this morning through the "abc7 news" mobile app. get the latest updates with the app. just enable the push alert feature. a fire at the sonoma county jail sent deputies and inmates to the hospital. authorities say an inmate started two fires in one of the common areas around 10:00 this morning. deputies say a special response unit was able to subdue the inmate and put out the fire, but the smoke sent 14 deputies five inmates to the hospital. what's in the picture? clues to a multimillion dollar scheme. >> how investigators figured out dozens of propertied listed were not quite as advertised. and this is no ordinary
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project, the battle being waged at golden gate park. holiday deals are already recently, more than $20 million has been spent in the race for superintendent of public instruction to attack my friend tony thurmond's record. well, i've worked with tony, and no one is more qualified to lead our state's schools. that's why tony thurmond is the only candidate endorsed by classroom teachers and the california democratic party. because tony will stand up to the donald trump-betsy devos agenda and has always protected our local public schools. join me in voting for tony thurmond. let's put our kids first.
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a san francisco city attorney is fining two land lords for operating an illegal air b and b chain. >> they manage properties all
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over the city, including pacific heights and knob hill. >> melanie woodrow is live from san francisco with the storey tonight. melanie? >> reporter: this is one of those properties behind me. the san francisco city attorney's office say that they first caught on to the scam back in 2014. the property owners were basically evicting tenants, and then renting out those units as short term rentals. air b and bs. this time the fine they'll be paying is much steeper. these are staging photos provided to "abc7 news" from the san francisco city attorney's office. food, garbage, even damp towels, all carefully placed making it look to investigators as though someone was living here all the time. but this these images, advertising the same units as short-term rentals, the food and garbage are gone, the damp towels dry. >> vast amounts of deception,
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and conduct to hide what the defendants were doing here. >> reporter: san francisco city attorney dennis herrera says his office caught them illegally renting out the units in 2014. they paid $276,000 in fines, but did it again, violating a court injunction. >> unfortunately, they violated the terms of that injunction before the ink was dry on the paper. >> reporter: herrera says they booked more than $900,000 in short term rentals and pocketed $700,000 of illicit profits. >> it's all about the money, and that's what it appears is happening here. >> reporter: the units in question were never registered with the office of short term rentals. as part of the new sentlement, they're now paying $2.25 million in penalties and investigation costs. >> we have to make sure that we have an adequate amount of housing stock available for our
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tenants. >> reporter: they are barred fom short-term rentaling they own or manage until may 2025. the money from the settlement will fund the investigation costs. some will go to the planning department and some fund future consumer protection work. melanie woodrow, "abc7 news." in the north bay, another sign the housing market is slowing down. sales of condos and townhouses are down 23% this year. the year-to-year median sales price has dropped for the first time in more than six years. in september, a condo cost just over $366,000, a big drop from its peak of $430,000 in july. amazon is trying to sweeten the pot for people who choose to do their holiday shopping from home. >> 7 on your side's michael finney is here with that. more people are doing that. >> yeah, it is less about pricing and more about free shipping this year.
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so starting today, amazon customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase for the holidays. amazon says free shipping will apply to hundreds of millions of items and is the largest free shipping in the country. prime members will get free same-day delivery on many items. a boost from three two-day deliveries that comes with their prime membership. this comes as fedex announced it will charge just 5% more for its services in january. it costs you more to iceland. i wow air is famous for offering $99 trips to iceland and other parts of europe. iceland air says there's no plans to merge the two airlines. and southwest airlines
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announced a slew of new flights. locally, the airline has added a new, non-stop service from san jose to tucson, arizona. there are also more direct flights throughout the country, so depending where you want to fly, you could find quicker, easier flights. look especially to new york where many of the new flights start and stop. >> never been to iceland. >> thank you very much. there was a battle on the water in golden gate park tod plants are choking off the water in the north lake. the lead vessel looks like a combination backhoe and paddle bode and it can chew through any bad vegetation. >> water prim rose got established on the shoreline and spread into the lake itself. and was nearly covering the
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entire water body surface. and so we're trying to reestablish that open water environment to help the wide live. >> rec and park expects it to take a month to finish. a giant plume of smoke is over lake tahoe. california state parks is conducting what's called a prescribed burn at shugar pipe point. they expect the fire to burn until wednesday. 54 acres burned in total. now your accuweather forecast with sandhya patel. >> all right. getting ready for election day. here's a look at your forecast. tomorrow morning when the polls open at 7:00 a.m., temperatures in the 40s. might want to grab a light jacket or sweater. noontime, bright nighs, and clear in case you have to go after you get off of work at 7:00 p.m., temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
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right now, it's clear as you look from our south beach camera towards san francisco. a lovely view here, as the sun has gone down here. no clouds, no rain, wondering where it's all going. it's been days where the storm that can has been diverted. high pressure is what we call a blocking ridge, sending that storm track to the north. so yes, the pacific northwest will get some more rain, portland, about a quarter of an inch. unfortunately, nothing in the bay area. but i want to show you our average rainfall for november. san francisco averages just over three inches. over four inches in santa rosa. oakland over two inches, and just aununder that for san josed livermore. we are started out dry in november and it has gotten wet later on in the month. just look at this view. it's so stunning as we look
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across the bay. 61 in san francisco. 67 in san jose. highs in the low 60s to the low 80s. in santa cruz, there's a breeze going, skies are clear. here's a look at the temperatures, 70 in santa rosa. low 70s in places like concord. and one other live picture there, clear and cool overnight, your election day poll, sunny and mild will win. dry pattern persists. tomorrow morning, numbers will be in the 40s. so a cool start. ukiah down to the upper 30s. clear skies. and tomorrow afternoon, watch the temperatures come up. 67 in san francisco, a nice looking day in san francisco. 70 in oakland. 75 in vallejo. upper seths from concord to livermore. 74 in san jose. 72 in palo alto. 63 in half moon bay. i do want to turn your attention to a fire weather watch that's been issued for lake county and parts of solano county.
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wednesday evening through friday morning, winds will gust up to 35 miles per hour. humidity comes down 15 to 30%. so fires could spread rapidly. so fire danger still going in november. your election day is bright and mild. autumn warmth for wednesday. temperatures in the mid 70s, but along the coast, still going to be mild. a dry pattern taking you into the weekend with minor day-to-day variation. still no day in the seven-day forecast, but we have had had dry starts to november, and it has gotten wet. so at this point, i am still optimistic that we may see some wet weather. hopefully the second half of november or perhaps december. >> let's hope so. >> we'll vote in favor of that. >> thank you very much. is steph curry's pga tournament about to move? the bay area course that could be the new host, that's next.
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and from michael finney, a bay area woman loses her life savings in a $20,000 scheme. you'll want to know how
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california's public schools rank 44th in the nation. 44th. i'm marshall tuck, i'm a public-school parent, and i know we can do better. in the public schools i led, we got more funding into our classrooms, supported our teachers, and we raised graduation rates by 60%. that's why president obama's education secretary endorses me. we've done it before. now, let's do it for every public-school student in california. i'm marshall tuck. i'm running for state superintendent.
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amazon is going to try to grab and go in some of its stores. customers used the company's app to scan the items they want to buy with their smartphones as they walk through the store. when done, they can check out things like alcohol and lottery tickets will still need the assistance of the cashier by the way. testing will be done in the dallas area with plans to expand to other u.s. cities. steph curry's golf tournament could be on the move. stone bay has served as the host of the event, but the golf club in daley city is now in the running to host the tournament next year. the tournament is scheduled for
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september of 2019. coming up next, a feeding frenzy. see video of a pot of hutchbamp whales getting nourishment. >> share your pictures with us with the #abc7now. four years ago, we rejected marshall tuck and his billionaire backers for superintendent of public instruction. but they're back. the corporate billionaires and their handpicked candidate, former wall street banker marshall tuck. tuck's billionaires have spent over $25 million distorting tony thurmond's outstanding record on education. all because they know tuck shares their agenda: diverting funds from our public schools into their corporate charter schools. the same agenda as trump and betsy devos.
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protect our public schools. say no, again, to marshall tuck. protect our public schools. california's public schools rank 44th in the nation. 44th. i'm marshall tuck, i'm a public-school parent, and i know we can do better. in the public schools i led, we got more funding into our classrooms, supported our teachers, and we raised graduation rates by 60%. that's why president obama's education secretary endorses me. we've done it before. now, let's do it for every public-school student in california. i'm marshall tuck. i'm running for state superintendent. i'm ama daetz. coming up at 6:00, team coverage on tomorrow's election,
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including the massive turnouts expected in one bay area county. we'll also show you how ranked choice voting works. and need a ride to the polls? there are several ways to get there free of charge. also -- >> tell me that it was not an emergency that this was not life or death and hung up on me. >> 911 nightmares. residents outraged over their treatment when they called for help. all that coming up at 6:00. kristen, dan? finally tonight, a pod of humpback whales put on quite a show in norway. >> you can see fish jumping from the water and then watch what happens. >> the whales just come out of nowhere. here it is slowed down for you. a pod of six whales explode from below, gobbling up as many fish as they can. >> the practice is called bubble net feeding. it's a complex and coordinated tactic for catching many fish at
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once, and this slow motion video once, and this slow motion video i'm dianne feinstein and how it i approve this message. "look what she's accomplished... she authored the ban on assault weapons... pushed the desert protection act through congress, and steered billions of federal dollars to california projects such as subway construction and wildfire restoration." "she... played an important role in fighting off ...trump's efforts to kill the affordable care act." california news papers endorse dianne feinstein for us senate. california values senator dianne feinstein
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california news papers endorse dianne feinstein for us senate. here are the facts.leading attacks against prop c. the city's chief economist says prop cwillby cref, expanding mental-health services, and providing clean restrooms and safe shelters with independent oversight, open books, and strict accountability measures to make sure every penny goes to solving our homeless crisis. vote yes on c.
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endorsed by the democratic party, nancy pelosi, and dianne feinstein. tonight, from abc news election headquarters in new york city, a special edition of "world news tonight." the sprint to the finish begins now. president trump's final campaign blitz, three states in one day. the president doubling down on messages of security, fear and the caravan. and tonight, now pointing to new jobs and the economy. the polls razor thin tonight in so many battlegrounds. in florida, the new numbers tonight on the governor's race, and the senate, too. in georgia, will an african-american woman make history? in the midwest, democrats fighting to keep their senate seats. will claire mccaskill survive in a bitter fight with josh hawley? and they say everything's bigger in texas. the giant stakes there. ted cruz and the challenge from beto o'rourke. and th texas tonight. also this evening, severe storms.


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