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♪ [ "taps" being played ] >> somber memorial day tributes across the nation today. many events were canceled or held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. in new jersey, police visited the homes of veterans and held brief ceremonies outside. >> aim, fire! >> in san jose, members of american legion post 99 in campbell honored the fallen with a 21 gun salute. the post hosted this event, which was live streamed so others could watch.o cf1 o ♪ >> and marin county's ceremony was streamed live. those attending followed social distance guidelines. the event attracts as many as 1,000 people. >> and a memorial day
commemoration at the naval cemetery in vallejo. this is the oldest military cemetery on the west coast. it opened in 1858, nearly 1,000 are interred there, including three medal of honor recipients and veterans from the war of 1812, the civil war and world war i. good afternoon. i'm larry beil. >> and i'm dion lim. while memorial day is about honoring those who died for our country, for many it's also the unofficial start to summer. the heat and holiday sent many people off to beaches and parks across the bay area despite recommendations to stay at home. leeann melendez spoke to people who said they just needed to get out. she joins us live from the roof top of abc 7. a beautiful picture behind you. >> reporter: it's beautiful up here. we often hear people say, i'm so tired of staying at home. i am really tired of hearing about covid-19.
does this make them a bad person? absolutely not. it makes them human. today, humans had the heat, the holiday, and the will. here at stern grove in san francisco, peop gathered as early as 6:30. by late this morning, it was clear people were gathering elsewhere like at ocean beach. this is before noon, and already the beach was getting somewhat crowded. the painted circles were still there, and so were volunteers with the san francisco police department. handing out masks and reminding people to keep their distance. >> be safe. >> reporter: we picked a much calmer mother's meadow in golden gate park to talk to people about what get them out of their homes. >> just trying to find some little sense of normalcy, even in a very different way with a
six-foot pole and distance and mask. >> reporter: this couple came up from woodside, where it was much hotter. >> we thought this would be a nice place to be, and they're pretty much social distancing here, so it seems like a safe place to be. >> reporter: people here remember other memorial day holidays before covid-19. when they were only reminded to never leave pets inside a parked car, and to drink plenty of water on a hot day. now, add social distancing and cover your face. >> i think it gives everybody an indication of what's really important and what things they can enjoy and appreciate. >> reporter: nancy and wallace have found it hard to be away from family. >> they say people are social beings, and that is really true. it's hard not being social. particularly with family. >> reporter: like many of us, people are just trying to make the best of their world, which has been turned upside down.
>> gosh, i wish i could still do that. a reminder, we still have a few more days of this heat, so please don't give in to temptation. try, try to stay home. i'm live in san francisco, lyanne melendez, "abc7 news." >> leeann, my money is still on you being able to roll down that hill with no shame. quick question, though, before you go. was anybody at mission deloris park being cited today, do you know? >> reporter: that's interesting, because we went there, we spent some time there. over the weekend, the supervisor, which covers that area for that district said that he saw the pictures over the weekend and said it looked pretty serious, the situation. today, of course, the volunteers were out there, volunteers with the san francisco police department. they remind people, send gentle
reminders, saying, you know, be careful, mind your distance. they were trying to hand out masks. we did see some san francisco police department officers, some regular police officers, they were not handing out any citations while we were there. but, again, it's 4:00. >> and we will leave it at that. many thanks to you for that report. the heat really rising in the east bay, where people are trying to get out while still abiding by the rules designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. laura anthony is live from one hot spot, crown beach in alameda. hi, laura. >> reporter: last check, it was in the mid 80s out here. there's a nice breeze. let's show you what's happening here at crown beach.
[ audio difficulties ] -- but we can tell you that these folks are not too close together, despite the way it looks from this angle. most of them are keeping their distance. with police on atvs keepin a watchful eye, thousands dekrenlddekrenld -- descended on crown beach. >> i'm glad to report we have not issued any citations. >> reporter: for the most part, beachgoers respected the rules. >> we have a lot of families out here and for the most part people are abiding by the social distancing guidelines. >> reporter: with so many people, police decided against strict enforcement of one rule, the one that requires people to keep moving, not sitting or sunbathing. at walnut creek, this guy chose to work on his fly fishing technique. >> we started early, we had like
25, something like that. because it's going to get hot. it's already starting to be hot. >> reporter: no matter how people choose to spend the holiday, people said this is one they'll never forget. >> i think we'll definitely remember, and also remember some of the things that we're grateful for too, that we're not able to enjoy currently. but we look forward to enjoying in the future. >> reporter: we're back live here at crown beach. as you can see from this vantage point -- [ audio difficulties ] -- at this point, but they are not too close together. we've been up and down the beach, and they're staying appropriately apart, at least most of them are. laura anthony, "abc7 news." >> laura, thank you. that beach looks really inviting. how hot did it get today? how hot will it get tomorrow?
spencer christian is here with the forecast. hi, spencer. >> okay, larry. happy memorial day to you. we have had temperatures up to 100 degrees in a couple of spots. here's a look at the camera overlooking san francisco. sunny skies everywhere right now. 85 in oakland. low to mid 90s at redwood city. here's the view from the east bay coast camera. 92 at santa rosa. 91 in napa. 101 in fairfield. and mid to upper 90s at livermore and concord. i should mention that this heat is going to be with us for a few more days and even hotter tomorrow as a result, a heat advisory is in effect from now until 7:00 p.m. thursday for virtually all of the bay area. and an excessive heat warning for solano county. so not a bad idea to spend a lot
of time out in this heat. i'll give you more details how hot it's going to be the next two days. larry and dion? >> sounds good, spencer. thanks. hard to believe, but we've been sheltering in place in the bay area for 70 days. but some changes are starting to happen, at least at the state level. california took a big step toward reopening in-store retail shopping. the guidelines include physical distancing and face coverings and will apply to both malls and department stores. each store will have to provide a written plan and train employees and investigate cases of covid-19. reopening is subject to approval by county public health departments. it does not include personal services such as hair and nail salons and barbershops. the governor posted the announcement on twitter writi writing --
>> california also released guidelines for reopening churches. under the recommendations, houses of worship can resume in-person services, limited to 100 people. or 25% of the building's capacity, which ever is smaller. also, worshippers should wear masks, avoid sharing prayer books and skip the collection plate. the guidelines ask faith leaders to discontinue singing since it could spread the virus. this afternoon at city hall, a group of bay area black ministers called for churches to stay closed. >> we're still preaching and teaching, still trying to help our community. we will continue to do that until it is safe. church people, it is not safe yet! >> hundreds of other california churches have vowed to defy the current stay at home order for may 31st, which is pent cost, a major holiday for many
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take a look. a fire erupted this afternoon at a land fill right off of i-880. it started just before 1:00 p.m. at the republic services island landfill on lickson landidixon . the smoke could be seen for miles. large piles of trash containing mostly paper products went up in flames. firefighters from fremont and san jose came in to assist and it was contain ed a about an hor
ago. no reports of injuries. >> that fire at pier 45 on saturday still under investigation. extensive damage inside the warehouse is threatening to disrupt the crab season. dozens of crash fishermen lost millions in gear in that fire. cornell bernard spoke to fishermen today about how they plan to recover. >> you wake up and realize that everything you did your whole life is gone. >> reporter: bob has been a crab fishermen for 46 years in san francisco, but now he's not sure what to do. >> i lost every piece of equipment, fishing equipment that i own, not just crab gear, in the fire. >> reporter: his expensive crab traps, mostly hand made, were stacked to the ceiling inside the warehouse, along with hundreds of others. here's what it looks like now. a total loss. after saturday's four-alarm fire ripped through the warehouse, this video gives us a look at the destruction.
the ceiling and walls destroyed. how bad is it, larry? >> it's bad. at least 30 families lost everything. >> reporter: larry colins is president of san francisco's community fishing association. he puts losses at $4 million to $5 million and could put the 2020 crab season starting in november in jeopardy. >> it's a terrible tragedy. we'll need support from the community and the port and everybody. >> reporter: the port of san francisco stepping up to help with relocation assistance. >> we are understand this is a devastating and tragic loss. we're also going to try to put our heads together and some up with creative solutions. >> reporter: some seafood companies were spared with only smoke damage. but crab fishermen are in a different boat. many say they had no fire insurance because they can't get it. a go fund me account now helping to raise $1 million to help the crab fleet recover. in san francisco, cornell bernard, "abc7 news."
the national liberty ship memorial is asking for donations to replace what was lost in the fire. we have posted a link to show you how you can help on our website at abc7news.com. time now for your consumer news and 7 on your side's michael finney joining us, with a look at today's headlines. hi, michael. >> the coronavirus it's been tough on a lot of people. lendingtree just did a survey and found that 57% of parents say they are in debt because of the coronavirus. 36% of them have taken money out of their kid's college funds to get through. and then get this, what is the percentage here? 60% say they have had to spend extra money on their child's learning, the average is $1,000. students going to college this
fall may not get all the group activities that come with campus life, but they may not have to pay as much. the new york times is reporting the student loan interest rates will cost undergraduates about half of what they cost last year. this is great news. 2.25% verse more than 4.5%. the savings are eenormous. student s paying off loans in 1 years will save $1,000 for every $10,000 borrowed. the cruise industry will survive the pandemic, but the buffets may not. the industry says it will continue feeding its passengers plenty at each meal. but thhow food is displayed probably will. crui there is no agreement on what the new normal will be. the salad bar could undergo huge changes, where restaurants have been reopening, often the salad
bar is still there, it's just the customers can't go to it. only the serving staff are allowed to go to the self-serve salad bar. larry, dion? >> makes sense. >> that's the fun part, though. i get it. michael, thanks. well, amid our uncertain times, there are still so many moments to celebrate and a big one today for a man in san ramone. we wish a very happy 107 birthday to him. he was raised in san jose and today his family gathered outside his care home and threw a party. his daughter said he loved to play tennis and enjoyed dancing. ♪ happy birthday dear grandpa ♪ happy birthday to you >> he's just a great guy. a great dad. he spoiled me rotten. >> he's still enjoying life. he still has all his capacities,
so he'll enjoy this day with us all here. >> i'm sure. look at him smiling. he looks to be in great spirits. he will enjoy a birthday meal of chinese food, likely featuring duck and egg plant. happy birthday. >> 107 is an unbelievable run. i expect spencer christian, who is not far behind, will have a similar celebration. [ laughter ] not mean our sparring stops, spencer. >> you're pretty accurate there. this is a look at what's going on with our weather. we have live doppler 7. you can see the absence of a marine layer, which means it is toasty out there. the 24-hour temperature change is impressive. 13 degrees warmer in san francisco right now than at this time yesterday. 9 degrees warmer in san carlos and all around the area. it's just heating up.
it's worth looking at current temperatures once again. the highs so far for the day, it was warmer in san francisco earlier. now 85. oakland, low to upper 90s. san jose, gilroy, 67. more temperature readings, 92 in santa rosa. 101, fairfied. upper 70s at concord and livermore. these are the forecast features. this excessive heat will be with us, especially inland. cooling sea breeze will bring relief on friday. and showers possibly this weekend. the heat threat, we could call this a health threat. here it is. we have a heateded aed advisor the bay area in effect until thursday evening. and excessive heat warning is in effect for the same time frame for solano county. so don't spend prolonged periods
of time in the sun if you can avoid it. stay hydrated with water, take frequent breaks, in the shade if you can. don't leave people or pets in cars. apply sun screen regularly. and check on friends and family regularly, as well. tonight, it will not be very cool. lows in the upper 50s to low fikts. -- 60s. highs tomorrow, 101 at morgan hill, 102 gilroy. san jose, 98. on the peninsula, mid 90s. mid to upper 70s on the coast. downtown san francisco, 84 tomorrow. up in the north bay, highs of 99 in santa rosa. 97 in nevado. east bay highs, 91 in oakland. 94 in union city. inland east bay, all triple digits. up to 104 in antioch. 103 in concord. pittsburgh and fairfield, it's really going to be hot.
here's a next look at the spare the air alert for tomorrow. now on we go to the accuweather seven-day forecast. we will see triple digits in the hottest inland areas through thursday. there may be minor cooling at the coast and around the bay on thursday. a cooling sea breeze will arrive and brings temperatures down for a more tolerable level. over the weekend, chance of showers. i'm thinking about beating the heat the next three days. back to the youngsters, larry and dion. >> you know, the best part of this is when we go back and forth, dion is in the middle and she's horrified and has no idea where it's going. obviously, we're joining around. she's like, oh, no, get me out of here. >> mothanks, spencer. >> oh, it is a downhill slide
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a special memorial day tribute for the medical personnel on the frontlines of the covid-19 pandemic. a plane and two helicopters you see there from the california air national guard's 129th rescue wing circled the bay area today. we captured them here flying over eden medical center in castro valley. this was over the bay area, and another flight over the central coast and selinas valley. final preparations under way to launch u.s. astronaut into space from american soil in nearly a decade. nasa and spacex hope to usher in a new era of space travel with a
launch on wednesday. the first attempt by a private company to send astronauts into orbit. nasa veterans spent the weekend completing a final dress rehearsals. >> we have been in quarantine probably longer than any other space crew has ever been in the history of the space program. >> this is something we'll still be successful at and do it in the face of the pandemic. >> they will be tested one more time before their launch, a 19-hour trip to the international space station. speaking of elon musk and his partner, they have changed their baby's name. under california's constitution, names cannot include numbers. so yesterday, singer grimes said their boy has a new name. here we go. musk says the child's name is pronounced, i hope i get this right, x ash a-12. and it originally included the
number 12. you can see the new name on the right, the numerals one and two have been replaced with roman numerals xii. he said the roman numerals look better. it looks like a math equation. i just hope this boy doesn't get teased in school. >> ash, i assume that will be his nickname. i was horrified before a second when i saw the tattoos, which obviously somebody put them on instagram or whatever. elon, go for it. >> yeah. it's elon. >> that says it all. just ahead, remembering the men and women who gave everything this memorial day.
here's what we want everyone to do. count all the hugs you haven't given. all the hands you haven't held. all the dinners you didn't share with friends. the trips you haven't taken. keep track of them. each one means one less person vulnerable, one less person exposed, and one step closer to a healthier community. so for now, keep your distance. but don't lose count. we'll have some catching up to do.
>> build a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is "abc7 news." >> president trump commemorated memorial day at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery. vice president melanie woodr melania also attended. president trump delivered his remarks at baltimore's ft. mchenry national monment. former vice president joe biden visited the veterans memorial park in delaware today. it's one of the first times he's been seen outside of his home in recent weeks in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. social distancing guidelines forced the cancellation of many annual memorial day commemorations in the bay area. but abc 7 teamed up with the
military and gold star families to bring you a special ceremony honoring our military heroes. this video was recorded the past week in san jose. ♪ [ "taps" being played ] >> he wanted to sevrve his country. he deployed to iraq. in july of 2006, they were caught in an ambush and he was the only casualty. >> aaron was killed in 2004. we had two soldiers at my door telling me he wasn't coming home like he was supposed to. >> adam was our first son. he was lost april 29, 2004. memorial day gives us as a nation a chance to commune together, to honor our veterans,
were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ o, say does that star spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ and the home of the brave >> i'm the deputy commanding general of the first marine expeditionary force based in
camp pendleton, california. thank you for allowing me to participate in this year's ceremony. as much as i would have enjoyed being there in person, i'm grateful for the opportunity to take part now. for more than 100 years until 1970, this day was known as decoration day. it was a time to place flowers or flags while visiting the grave markers of those killed in service. in this year, there will be few volunteers decorating cemeteries and upholding traditions. this year it's up to us all to remember to gather while staying apart. i want gold star families to know even though the wounds of loss may still be raw, your nation stands with you this memorial day. and the memories of your loved ones shall continue to inspire us for future generations. >> aim, fire!
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break up several crowds in daytona beach. roughly 200 people packed an area, appearing having to jumped on a police car that was trying to clear the streets. i totally get people frustrated and wanting to get out, spencer, but when i look at the scene in the ozarks, i could at least understand it if somebody was wearing a mask, but it's almost like we're done with this, it's over. i don't know. you explain it to me. >> i don't know what to say and sound like a plolite person. it's mindless and senseless. yes, we all want to get out and get back to our normal lives. don't we also want to live? i just don't get it. >> yeah. chris, you're younger. so maybe there's a demographic that feels they're invincible, that's often the case. i remember those days. but this is a whole different
element that we're dealing with here. and we're not hearing chris unfortunately. >> oh, well. i guess it's fixed. real quick, chris, in ten seconds. what were you going to say? >> a lot of people in scottsdale were partying like it was spring break is what i saw. >> all right. >> hey, talking about big groups like we talked about earlier, california has released new guidelines for reopening houses of worship. and there are some tough restrictions like no more than 100 people or 25% of the building's capacity. the guidance recommends no passing of the collection plate and limited singing, because of risk of covid-19 transmission. others say they'll stay closed until it's safe. i don't know, are you still able
to practice even though you're in a house of worship. that's the big question. larry, what do you think? >> i'm not the most religious guy on here, so i would say you probably could. i totally understand the feeling of wanting to go to a church or whatever religion you practice and meet, especially if you're dealing with some tough times. this is a frustrating situation for everybody. but we had one of the pastors on earlier saying it's not safe right now, at least in his opinion. so i lean towards science here, and i'm just hoping that we can get through this to a point where it's manageable. none of this is going away in a month or two months. it's going to take some time. spe spencer? >> most pastors i know also lean in that direction, larry. there are two service i attend regularly, and both pastors are doing facebook live on sunday for their congregation and
anyone who wants to tune in. in my belief system, if you are a person of faith and you pray, you can exercise all of that, those practices not in a building with a bunch of other people. so i salute the pastors who are doing online services. >> yeah. i'm going to have to agree with you there. it's all about the faith and having it within you. moving on now, here's a question, would you feel comfortable going to your favorite store for some in-person shopping? the state is allowing just that, with the final decision up to individual counties. now, it seems many of us aren't up for that yet, because a survey says just 35% of people nationwide would be comfortable vitz itting places like -- visiting bars and restaurants. there is a political divide, as well. 56% of republicans would be comfortable visiting local
businesses within a time frame, compared to just 20% of democrats. and i will say, before work today, i passed through a neighborhood where people were out and about running errands. one guy, this is disgusting, i saw with my own two eyes, blow a snot rocket into the middle of the street. i was horrified. so chris, how do you feel, would you want with everybody around you, doing whatever they happen to be doing, blowing snot rockets, want to go back to everyday life again? >> larry knows snot rockets, the first thing you think of is madison bumgarner. but the reason i would want to go out is because of small businesses and the things, the financial hardships, you want to patronize those businesses. but if snot rockets are flying around, people aren't being safe. but the reason to go out is help these businesses get back on
their feet because they're suffering hard times. >> people have to show more sense they the guy you're talking about. many students facing their senior year without going through graduation, but one school district found a way to let seniors and parents have their moment. it took several days to have students from two students walk across the stage with two parents in attendance. the graduation will be edited into a video and streamed online in june. every school is dealing with a different situation here. my daughter is about to graduate from uc santa barbara. they're talking about a virtual graduation. i would love for them to find a way, even if it's staggered, if it takes several days, whatever. so these kids can have a moment of walking and getting their diploma. whatever safety precautions you have to take is my thought. chris, what do you think? >> i was happy to hear about
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♪music) abc 7 is exited to build a better bay area. today, we're focussing on a changing workplace. people may be able to keep their jobs but work remotely. nevada is expecting a wave of relocations. david louie joins us now. >> this is not the first such wave. 50,000 californians moved to nevada last year, along with others to texas and other more affordable states. with facebook indicating that long-term half of its workforce could be working remotely, that's a game changer. the once utopian tech campus is facing disruption, as the work
for home model has proven feasible, employees might be able to move to lower cost areas. >> there's still some aspects of work that require collaborative face-to-face interaction. and i think organizations are going to get much more savvy about figuring out what kinds of work can be done remotely. >> reporter: economic development agencies are expecting a wave of bay area workers to relocate. 50,000 left california last year for nevada. it won't necessarily create new jobs. rob hooper is ceo of northern nevada development authority. >> i really think the folks that move over here in this little area of skilled workers will stay with the company they're with. if you're not tethered to an office and getting paid the same amount. >> reporter: cooper estimates the lack of the state income is equivalent of 10% income. if you own a median priced bay
area home, it could be like hitting the jack pock. >> you would sell a $1 million and come over here and spend $600,000 in a country club setting with beautiful golf courses and amenities. >> reporter: marty is with mckenna property management in las vegas and shared only listings, including this house at under $300,000. this house with a pool sold for $440,000. >> it has two bedrooms, two baths, a very large family room, large kitchen. it has a very nice yard with a swimming pool. >> reporter: some tech employees might be able to move away, their absence could result in job losses, . david louie, "abc7 news." >> david, thank you.
a lot of parents will be asking what school will look like when classes resume. tony thurman joined us live at 3:00. >> in some cases, some schools will open where there's instruction every day on campus. at the same time, for those students and parents who request it, there's also a kind of distance learning, online learning taking place every single day. in other cases, we expect that in order to keep class sizes small, some schools may move to a kind of, you know, moving through different sessions. there might be a morning session, and there might be an afternoon session. >> thurman says students and staff will have to maintain physical distancing when schools open, wear a facemask and have their temperatures taken. we're going to devote an hour to education on thursday. tony thurman and the supersben
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ab 7 news community journalist dustin dorsey has the story now from morgan hill. >> new england long list of those suffering during the pandemic are the graduates, all missing out on activities that will never come again. >> we worked for the past 12 years to lead up to this moment. >> it was sad to hear about the activities they couldn't do. >> you can say you're going to do it in august or a one-year reunion, it's not the same. >> strangers i've never even met from "r" messaging me saying thank you so much for doing this. you have no idea what this means to me and my kids. i couldn't imagine not having a graduatio graduation. >> enter adopt a senior. 900 people have joined the page with more than 250 students adopted after filling out a wish list, the graduates are treated to gifts by the new adoptive families, some have never even met the students. >> i'm a huge bshl fan so i got
a dodgers baseball basket. >> this really great balloon, like, butterfly art that's really great. >> little notes, prayers, tokens. sometimes it's the little things in life that make such a big impact and difference. >> the gifts may never truly replace what was lost but this is about more than that. >> it makes everyone feel loved and cared for, even during these dark times. >> it's very fulfilling not only for the senior but for the senior adoptive parents. >> it's heartwarming and you get a photo from the parents with a smile on the kid's face. >> if my kids were in this situation, i know i would appreciate it and i know they would also. >> everything going on right now seems like everything that can go wrong is going wrong. so just something like this to come out of nowhere is amazing. >> check out the information on our website. in morgan hill, dustin dorsey, abc 7 news. >> i love what was said, the little things make the biggest difference.
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two big steps this evening. places of worship can reopen with limited seating, but not everybody in the bay area likes these new guidelines judge in-store retail shopping can also begin statewide. just like target stores have been doing all along. but the bay area has the final say here, and so far they are holding off on any change. a heat wave hitting the area. some places could see the hottest week of the year, and this is only the beginning. >> so many people go to the russian river to cool off. nerves afraid of spreading covid-19. tension building up in tourist hot spots. people head to alameda beach to beat the heat. police on hand just in case some folks are not getting the message. and a lot of eyes on the skies today. where the international guard hit the bay area. >> building a better bay area for a safe and