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difficult. >> our department is stretched beyond its limits. you may not be able to ditch your mask at work when the state fully re-opens. that decision and reversal within the last few hours. plus -- >> i have two employees that would love to come to work. they cannot find child care. >> with less than two weeks until full re-opening, businesses are in a bind as they prepare for a rush of new customers. and -- >> trust arrives through several interactions. they're building blocks. >> the new police chief in alameda discusses his approach to the job as the department deals with public outrage over an in-custody death. i'm ken bastida. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. now at 11:00 #12k3 streaming on cbsn bay area, san jose is stepping up efforts to prevent illegal fireworks from starting a fire in the midst of an extreme drought. kpix 5's maria medina joins us live with why they're facing
such a huge challenge, maria? >> reporter: yeah, liz, firefighters are bracing for yet another busy fourth of july. they know that people will set off fireworks, but the question is where are people getting them. >> -- professional grade fireworks, our department was stretched beyond its limits. every fire station was out responding to fireworks-related calls. >> reporter: last july 4th, san jose received more than 6,000 online reports of illegal fireworks. more than triple than the year before. >> there are companies selling those fireworks that probably stand to have a very high profit margin again this year. >> reporter: fire officials wonder where people are getting the illegal fireworks. a quick search on craigslist shows just how easy it is to buy and sell them. those are the little guys, however. last month oakland police confiscated a pickup truck full of fireworks. >> the fire department sees the tragedy of these fires. we see people lose their homes.
we see people hurt and injured, property damage. >> seems like that's a good target to go after then. is the people that are selling it. >> reporter: william richards lives just yards from where a series of vegetation fires burned last month near 680. >> will i lose the home that i had? >> reporter: the fire not caused by fireworks, but some residents, like amanda, worry of the potential of a wildfire heading into independence day, especially after seeing how quickly the flames can burn through san jose's drought-driven dry conditions. >> it's kind of scary. it's very scary. and that could be your home too. >> seeing those images, maria. we've heard san jose is really planning to crack down this year. how are they going to do that? >> yeah, this is pretty interesting. last month san jose city councilmembers actually passed a social host ordinance which essentially fines tenants and homeowners for allowing fireworks to be set on their properties.
and the fines are pretty steep. they start off at $1,000, liz? >> all right, maria, thank you. tonight san jose police are searching for the gunman in a deadly shooting just a block away from the vta rail yard. this one happened just steps from the sheriff's department and police headquarters. chopper 5 was overhead as law enforcement swarmed the area. so far no arrests and no word on a motive, but investigators say it is not related to last week's mass shooting. meanwhile, vta has a new mobile memorial to the nine workers killed in the rampage. the agency wrapped one of its buses with their names and the message vta family forever in our hearts. the bus left a bus yard for the first time today and headed to a private memorial. hours later, there was an emotional tribute at the vta's board meeting. >> there are no words that can be said to express the pain, sorrow and tragedy of this event. i've come to realize over the
last eight days that words are not a sufficient medium to really communicate with each other. >> these nine men died when one of their coworkers opened fire at the rail yard in san jose last wednesday. we have information about how to help their families on our website, kpix.com. new video tonight from portsmouth square from san francisco's chinatown. that's where a vigil was held to remember those killed in the bloody crackdown in tenman square. the communist party in china sent troops to squash a student protest that had occupied the square for weeks. human rights groups estimate that hundreds, if not thousands, of people were killed. new at 11:00 tonight. a new chief is about to take over the alameda police department. the former deputy chief in
oakland takes over a department facing some harsh criticism from the community. kpix 5's andrea nakano sat down with the new chief as he talked about the challenges he faces ahead, andrea? >> reporter: liz, the chief will take over the alameda police department here next tuesday. as an alameda resident, he's looking forward to leading the department in his hometown. he does take over at a time, though, when three of his officers are being investigated for their roles in the in-custody death of mario gonzalez. >> my roots started in oakland, but my branches have grown to alameda. but it's all one big family. >> reporter: since he entered the academy, he moved up the ranks of the oakland police department since 1998. now he will serve in a city he calls home. >> i owe it to my community. i owe it to my neighbors. i owe it to my kids who are growing up here, and i owe it to, you know, the city that i plan on retiring in to serve at
the highest level. >> reporter: one of the chief's top priorities will be to look into the in-custody death of mario gonzalez, who died after being held face down for about five minutes. he says since it is an ongoing investigation, he could not speak about the case, but he knows there will be work to do to regain the trust of the community. >> trust arrives through several interactions. they're building blocks. >> reporter: he also steps in as cities across the country are looking to possibly defund police departments. the incoming chief says he supports looking at new ways to improve public safety but will stand up for resources he feels are vital to the department. he hopes to lead with integrity, transparency and accountability. >> that's the kind of environment that i want to create in alameda at the alameda police department is that we are comfortable looking at ourselves, acknowledging when we fall short but celebrating when we hit the pitch or exceed
expectations. >> andrea, let's go back to the investigation into the death of mario gonzalez. is there anything new in that investigation? >> reporter: liz, there are still three investigations going on, and nothing has been released yet. but in the meantime, the gonzalez family has filed a claim with the city of alameda saying that excessive force led to the death of gon selless, liz? >> andrea, thank you. on california's road to recovery, to-go cocktails have been such a big hit during the pandemic that they're going to be sticking around. after the state re-opens on the 15th, governor announced today that they're here to stay through the end of the year along with expanded outdoor dining. something else that might be staying after the state re-opens, masks. at least while at work. tom reports on tonight's decision and sudden reversal
after hours of debate. >> and the motion fails. >> reporter: osha shoots down its own revised safety guidelines after a marathon meeting, but then just minutes later, board members did a 180 and unanimously voted in favor of loosening workplace restrictions. >> the motion passes. >> reporter: board members were at odds over workplace mask mandates. after the first vote failed, board members stayed on and decided to enact a new proposal rather than leaving the restrictive rules in place. >> we don't want to leave the last one in place when this one is better than that. >> reporter: what does this mean? the new rules say workers can go maskless if everyone in a room is fully vaccinated against covid. that's still more strict than the cdc guideline s, which is part of the reason why the board had a hard time agreeing on the proposal before then.
during the marathon meeting, there was hours of public comment. people arguing over vaccines and masks. >> one of our members is considering placing stickers on id badges to determine who is vaccinated and who is not. many are considering creating separate floors. the unintended consequences of these provisions are serious and they cannot be understated. >> vaccines are only one important component of a robust public health infection control program. all of our protective measures should remain in place in addition to vaccines. >> well, northern california tourist spots are expecting a rush of visitors this summer. but in areas like the monterey peninsula, businesses are having trouble finding enough employees to keep the tourism-based economy flowing. one major factor has been the lack of affordable child care. >> daly city's very expensive. i would have to pay literally to work. >> anybody who has small children is scrambling. >> i have two employees that would love to come to work.
they cannot find child care. tonight trouble is brewing around the summer olympics in tokyo. organizers insist the games will be held in 50 days, but calls to cancel them all together are growing even louder. anti-olympic protests have taken over the streets of japan. the country is still experiencing a covid emergency there, and only 3% of the population is fully vaccinated. right now the death rate is higher than it was last year when the games were first delayed. canceling them all together would cost an estimated $16 billion. >> possibility of these games going on is 100%. >> there surely is a possibility that the olympics could become a source for virus transmission around the world. meanwhile, the biden administration says that it will donate millions of its unused covid vaccines to other countries around the globe. 80 million doses should be distributed by the end of the
month. those shots are heading to countries in latin america, asia and africa. still ahead tonight, as we head into the summer months, california is in dire need of more federal firefighters. what's behind the shortage and what one lawmaker wants to do about it. >> we need to make sure that these fire crews are staffed, because this fire season is going to be devastating. nearly 200,000 bay area water customers could be facing strict new conservation rules. tonight the district says people aren't doing their part. and a live look at the white house where the biden administration is issuing an urgent warning to all
developing tonight at the white house, biden administration is urging all u.s. companies to beef up their cybersecurity. ransomware attacks are creating chaos for major businesses and causing real problems for average americans. tonight the department of justice says that it's so concerned about the potential of these types of attacks that it will now handle ransomware investigations the same way it handles terrorism cases. >> we have to be ready and have a strategy not only on behalf of the government, the federal government, but also on behalf of the private sector. >> feds are now trying to track down russian hackers believed to be behind the attack on the
world's largest meat processing company and another on the colonial oil pipeline. new at 11:00, as california faces another dangerous fire season, federal fire crews are struggling to keep stations staffed. reporter amy johnson explains some fire fighting jobs start at less than the state minimum wage. >> reporter: these are pictures of captain lonnie brown and her colleagues as they battled a 2016 fire, one of many wildfires she's fought many her beloved career as a forest service captain. >> i want to start with saying i really love my job. >> reporter: she helped last year's fires that ravaged california. >> asking these people to do this hard, dangerous work where sometimes they're putting their lives on the line that it's just not reasonable. >> reporter: brown says pay for forest service firefighters starts at $13.45 an hour. california's minimum wage is $15
an hour. >> what that equates to is our firefighters can't afford a one-bedroom apartment in the areas that they live in. >> reporter: captain brown says some crews are understaffed by at much as 30%. >> it's been really frustrating to watch these quality people that come in and, you know, really want to do this job basically have to make a choice. >> even as the fires have gotten worse, the number of federal firefighters has actually dropped. >> reporter: congressman josh harder has been working to create incentives to pay crews a living wage and to hire more staff and try to retain them. >> this is because we have a stake in it. we need to make sure that these fire crews are staffed because this fire season is going to be devastating. >> well, brown says one simple way to help would be to reclassify federal firefighters to boost their pay. right now they are classified as forestry technicians. with the drought emergency only getting worse, marin county's falling well short of its water conservation goals.
the marin independent journal is reporting the water district is considering fines of up to $1,000 or more severe water restrictions. they imposed the mandate a month ago, but the report says customers slashed their water use by less than 10%. in butte county, lake oroville is getting ravaged by the drought. dozens of houseboats are sitting on cinder blocks. state officials say if levels continue to drop, they'll have to shut down the hydropower plant for only the second time in history. >> they're projecting by the end of summer there will be no available ramps, no access. they may have to move marinas. all over water. >> we received only 20% of the runoff that we would have expected from the snow pack we had this year. man, we're only in the beginning of june, paul. >> yeah, we got a new update from the u.s. drought monitor
today. there was a sliver of good news. we'll take what we can get there. the exceptional drought area did not expand. in fact, not only around the bay area but the entire state this week's drought map is identical to last week's drought map. that's it for the good news. the bad news is that it was really bad to begin with. exceptional drought covering a solid chunk of the bay area with extreme drought surrounding that. and this is a scenario that is not going to get better. we're heading into the driest four months of the year already in june but then july, august and september continue that trend and the last several octobers have not brought us much in the way of significant rainfall. that last time we had a decent amount of rain in the month of october was back in 2016. so that's five years ago. we'll keep you updated on this as things evolve over the coming months. in the short term, normal june weather pattern. the fog hanging out along the coast for now, but it is going to spread out as we head through the rest of tonight. temperatures still mild. mostly in the low to mid-60s.
69 degrees right now in concord. 57 degrees in san francisco. cooler by the bay. those temperature differences even out, and the fog is going to spread into the inland valleys as we head toward early friday morning. and then it will retreat, the same pattern we've seen the past couple of days. still hanging fairly tough around the bay and along the coast by mid to late morning. but eventually that sunshine is going to break through as we head towards midday. temperatures tonight drop down into the middle portion of the 50s for most of us, which is exactly normal this time of year. the temperatures are going to warm up to some extent around the bay. tomorrow's dog walking forecast is for oakland brought to you by thor and his sad-looking eyes begging you to play fetch with him. good day for it. plenty of sunshine with temperatures close to what's normal this time of year including at the olympic club for day two of the u.s. women's open. a gray start, the june gloom and that typical sky cover we see in that part of the bay area with temperatures reaching up to 60
degrees by early afternoon as we see some sunshine filtering through the clouds, a lot like today. temperatures tomorrow elsewhere, we'll fill in the rest of the map. the 30 degree spread, between 358 to 88. temperatures in between, 60s around the bay. mid-60s for san francisco with upper 60s to around 70 degrees on the east side of the bay and then 70s and 80s for most inland parts of the bay area with very similar temperatures for saturday and sunday. looks like a nice weekend overall. the fog not quite as stubborn. little cooldown on the way by monday, tuesday and wednesday. some free air conditioning inland. dennis, what you got for us? >> i like that. and guess who leads the giants in home runs. and forget the junior prom, this girl is making history at olympic. amazing story next.
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the olympic club hoping its first ever women's u.s. open, paula creamer shot a 4 over 75. here's the pink panther moment on 14. birdie but creamer is tied. the rough was a killer, unless you're her. chipping out of the thick grass on seven, hit the down slope. look at there, the eagle has landed. she's tied for 28th. 33-year-old mel reed played in the morning. fired darts at the flags. this -- shot a 4 under 67, but the story of the day, that girl. 17-year-old amateur mega. tee shot on the par a birdie. a stanford commit, she shot a 4 under 67. tied with reed atop the leaderboard. and that score seemed to even surprise the high school junior herself. >> when you saw the course for the first time, kind of what
were your expectations? >> for some high scores and not a lot of recovery when you leave the fairway. it was kind of terrifying to see it for the first time, but i got some rounds in and gained a little bit of confidence, so. >> a great story. so i was sitting next to mike yastrzemski at the u.s. open today. he didn't tell me he was being placed on the injured list with a sprained thumb. he'll miss the next ten days. giants fan for life, right there. start them young, elizabeth. giants down 2-1, when the pitcher desclafani hit it to right, no one's home. i'll tell you what, brandon crawford must have bought stock in wheaties. three-run home run. giants take the lead, crawford with four runs batted in. he leads the giants with 12 home runs. they win 7-2. nba playoff, laker star anthony davis trying to play through a groin injury but could
only go five minutes before leaving the game. suns devin booker scored 47 points. phoenix beat l.a. 113-100 to take down the defending champs and hand lebron james his first ever first round loss. he left the building faster than spike lee at a knicks game. one man did not a team make. that's dame's story in portland all right. nuggets selling blood and going in for the kill. nikola jokic bringing rain with that shot. they came from 14 down. they win. they advance to the second round. they'll face the phoenix suns. i said lakers and nets in the nba finals. good thing i don't bet for a living. >> you and lebron. all right, dennis, thanks. tonight some bizarre microscopic creatures headed to the international space station. the goal of the latest mission from spacex.
well, leave it up to spacex. they have launched sea creatures and solar panels into orbit. >> astronauts on the international space station are waiting for the special delivery. >> three, two, one, zero. ignition, liftoff. >> liftoff. spacex launched his 22nd cargo resupply mission from florida today.
the spacecraft is carrying more than 7,300 pounds of supplies. along for the ride, microscopic animals known as water bears and baby bob tail squid. wow. the creatures will be used in experiments to show how they tolerate the space environment. the cargo ship is also loaded up with solar panels that roll out like a red carpet. the delivery is expected to arrive on