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represents a changing of the guard and who would become the first elected latina sheriff in california. sometimes the margin of victory or defeat in politics can be razor-thin, and both candidates were busy with their get out of the vote efforts today. in san mateo county, devin fehely, kpix 5. san francisco district attorney chesa boudin dropped off his ballot today. boudin is facing a recall that's getting national attention. supporters of the recall say the longtime public defender's progressive policies have made the city less safe. the aclu of northern california disagrees along with the san francisco democratic party. boudin's team calls the recall a republican-led effort backed by wealthy donors. well, you have until the polls close at 8:00 tomorrow to cast your ballot. voting locations throughout the state will offer voter registration and replacement ballots. mailed ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked by tomorrow. you can drop off ballots early at county elections offices or
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secure a ballot drop box. kpix will bring you results and analysis on the big races tomorrow. our coverage starts when the polls close at 8:00 with a special election show streaming on cbs news bay area. hope, love, pride, presented by waymo. >> a familiar symbol of the aids epidemic is on display today as part of pride month. >> kpix 5's reed cowan is live at san francisco city hall where the aids memorial quilt is hanging outside for its 35th anniversary. hey, reed. >> reporter: what an experience it is to come and actually see the sections of this quilt that have been sewn by hand. earlier it was up on this balcony here behind me, but the caretakers of the quilt wanted us to get you at home an up close and personal look. i just wanted to show you how personal each panel is. this one is dedicated to michael zimmer, 1960 to 1993. this is michael's picture right
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here, somebody's somebody. just to show you how personal these quilts can be, these panels, this was michael's leather jacket. this is a pocket that michael likely put his hands in as he walked the streets of the castro. so many personal stories in this aids memorial quilt. and, you know, it all has its beginnings back in the '80s. in fact, 1987, mayor dianne feinsteinpp recognize the individual lives lost to the epidemic. the quilt-making launched a movement all over the country for action against the stigma that many people still face with aids around the country. over the years, it's also grown into a symbol of love, hope, and pride. listen. >> the sentiment we hear is often, we want to show our love for this person, but we want this quilt panel to tell his story and get the message out so that other people don't have to go through what we've gone through. that's the message we hear over and over from mothers and lovers who are making panels. >> reporter: all right. so 3,000 panels like these will
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be unveiled over the weekend at golden gate park. it's important that we stop, we pause, and we remember where we've come from in order to really have a clear vision of where we're going. in that spirit now, an exclusive story. the story of a woman who made international news with her very personal story, bringing her husband home to die in the home of his children. you're about to meet my friend, carol lynn pierson. watch. >> this is gerald's jacket. >> reporter: at 82, author carolyn pierson wears the jacket that once belonged to the father of her four children. she wears it to walk and to meditate. >> meditation for me is getting rid of the difficult stuff of life. >> reporter: difficult stuff from a difficult story. first told in her random house memoir, good-bye, i love you, a book that brought headlines in the 1980s. wife brings gay husband home to die of aids. >> who were gerald and carolyn at the beginning?
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reading from her book, carolyn pierson says at the beginning -- >> gerald shone. that's the best way i can describe him. >> reporter: gerald told carolyn about his fieldings for men and his past before they married, but she chose to stay, believing his resolve matched the promises of their mormon faith that marriage would make gerald straight. in the book, she writes of gerald's coming out. >> gerald slowly took his hands from his face and looked at them, then looked at me. if i could solve the problem by cutting off these hands, i would do it. this is not just a physical thing. it involves all of me, all of my personality, all of my identity, even all my spirit. >> reporter: they tried, but the marriage ended. gerald moved to the castro, eventually contracting aids. ♪ in this very spot where carolyn plays mormon hymn "o,my father,"
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gerald died in the home of his children. >> at 1:30 in the afternoon on july 19th, gerald stopped breathing. i was holding his hand. you can fly now, gerald, i said. oh, gerald, now you can fly. ♪ >> reporter: you still walk these floors at night thinking about it, don't you? >> so many wonderful young men especially were dying on the streets of san francisco, being thrown out by their families, thrown out by their churches. >> reporter: something gerald said before he died stayed with carol lynn. >> i love the church, but the church detests me. >> reporter: so pierson set out to change her church for gerald and others like him. >> we go to church, and we read about jesus. love your enemy.
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love everybody. don't let anybody out of the sight of your love. but until it really happens right in front of you that you're just weeping in the night because of whatever has happened, you don't really understand how important that is. >> reporter: love can and does exist in broken stories. and as carol lynn pierson walks and meditates on her life, gerald's jacket is a touchstone to that love and that time when a simple mormon mother survived by telling her family's story. from gerald's jacket to pieces of michael zimmer's jacket here on this panel of the aids memorial quilt, we pay tribute to these lives that were lost. young men, young women whose lives could have continued had it not been for what was known and has become popularly known in documentaries as the plague. we're going to continue having
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these stories all throughout the month, stories like carolyn pierson, who by the way says she continues to go to her mormon church as a reminder that gerald pierson was a real person and as a reminder to be kind and compassionate when we talk about these subjects. live in front of san francisco city hall, i'm reed cowan. back to you. >> thank you, reed. such powerful stories there. you can watch all our stories this month on a special pride section of our website. it's on the home page at still ahead, apple kicks off its annual developers conference. the latest updates including a way to unsend a text message. and do bumblebees count as fish? legally speaking they do. why it could be key to saving the species, coming up all new at 6:00. residents of one san francisco luxury apartment building were flooded out on friday, and today on monday, they say they can't get back inside and aren't sure where they'll sleep tonight. i'm andria borba. i'll
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a kind of important day for apple fans. the tech company announced updates to its hardware lineup and some big software changes. apple just kicked offer its annual worldwide developers conference. they unveiled a new macbook air and an upgraded macbook pro. it will include changes like the ability to edit or unsend imessages. you will also be able to personalize your lock screen. the company's online conference runs through friday. the bidding war for spirit airlines is heating up. jetblue just sweetened its offer for the low-cost carrier. frontier also wants to merge with spirit to become the fifth largest carrier. shareholders are set to vote on friday. just a bizarre ruling today. a california court has decided that bees can legally be considered fish under certain circumstances. it's important because that designation would give bumblebees greater protection.
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insects and other invertebrates are absent from the protected list of species but today's ruling expands the definition to include them under the fish category. bumblebees have faced serious decline in the u.s. due to climate change. coming up, a very special send-off for all of us here at kpix 5. one of our own is leaving. allen martin is retiring after more than four decades in tv and radio. coming up right here on "the cbs evening news," a deadly weekend of gun violence in america leaves 17 dead and over 70 wounded, including children. our new reporting tonight. could congress be on the brink of a new
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so this next story is very personal for all of us. tonight is a bittersweet one for the kpix 5 newsroom. >> let's bring in elizabeth cook, who has that story. >> reporter: guys, our longtime colleague and my co-anchor allen martin is retiring. tomorrow night is his last broadcast. but we can't let him go without a proper good-bye. allen, from all of us here, we are going to miss you. okay. wait. are you guys going to say anything? and i'll say -- okay. >>eninmag good-bye toll rthi is, allen. >> allen. >> is there life after tv? >> then darren says, um -- >> so, allen, it's always a bummer when good people leave the newsroom.
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that's really what you are, a consummate professional and a really good guy. >> allen has worked in broadcast news for decades, first in radio. >> last night we showed you -- >> reporter: then tv. >> we're going to keep watching that, let you know if more fire crews do arrive. >> reporter: along the way, a stop in oklahoma. >> i'm linda cavanaugh with allen martin. >> my name is linda cavanaugh, and i had the pleasure of anchoring with allen here in oklahoma city for three years. he arrived merely weeks after the oklahoma city bombing, and yet he arrived with an empathy and a compassion for what had happened here that enabled him to connect with the viewers immediately. >> reporter: he touched down in saline as, california, where he co-anchored with dina ruiz eastwood. >> it's been about 30 years since you and i worked together. at first i was terrified of you when i was your reporter turning in stories to you at the anchor desk because you were tough. but you taught me to be more tenacious and more thorough. and then good fortune struck, and i got to be your co-anchor
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for those years, and i gained a brother from another mother. i will cherish that forever. >> what a beautiful day to be out here. >> reporter: at kpix, allen first reported -- >> i'm allen martin. >> reporter: -- that anchored the news. one big breaker, september 9th, 2010, when a gas pipeline exploded into flames in a san bruno neighborhood. >> allen martin is in san bruno this evening. >> it was crazy. >> reporter: former kpix 5 news anchor dana king worked with allen that day. >> allen was great. i really -- i gained a lot of respect working with him. >> reporter: over the years, allen revealed seriousph califo ban, reported on devastating wildfires, investigated contaminated drinking water in the central valley, and interviewed a u.s. president. allen, we hate to see you go. >> you are the kindest soul on the anchor desk, and i always knew if we were doing a story or a special or an election night,
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we were in good hands. >> allen, when you and i first met during the 2020 campaign, i was covering president biden's attempt to get back to the white house. i thought i had the busy schedule, but you clearly define hard work. >> i think back to all the things we did. we were together on the day of those fires in napa and sonoma. you and i have been through the sewers of san francisco. we've kind of scattered ourselves around the state. we've talked to farmers and all sorts of people in the couple years that i was working directly with you. and then in the subsequent years, my appreciation for you has been more just -- i don't think there's anyone at the station who just reflects better. i've never met anyone who didn't have anything nice to say about allen martin. >> allen, i have spent many fridays with you talking about what's coming up on that sunday's "face the nation," and you've always been gracious to spend the time with me each week. insightful and professional. congratulations. >> congratulations on this
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monumental achievement as you begin the next chapter in your life. >> your jefferson awards honoring public service have highlighted, as you say, good people doing good thisor f allen, may your retirement bnge filled to the brim with good health, good people, and great blessings. >> reporter: on the upside -- >> they will get all your holidays off, yay. >> reporter: that said, your future looks a little fishy. >> well, nothing but fishing every day into infinite. >> now you're going to get to spend a lot more time on the stream, and i just wanted to say maybe with a little bit more time and experience, you'll be able to show off pictures, well, like this. that's the ticket. >> i want to see you out there fishin'. >> best wishes to you and mary. >> come down and let's play some golf. >> congratulations on your retirement. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. breaking news, this just in. allen martin, the best anchor,
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mentor, and stepdad is retiring. we wish you the biggest congratulations. we love you. >> allen, we are so going to miss you. >> in fact, we did something special to remind you of us and of your future life. and, darren, do you know what jules did? >> we know allen likes to fish. >> so you are now the official rod-father. >> good luck, allen. >> have fun. >> going to miss you. >> miss you. >> wow. >> i want to know how you got 43 years down to five minutes. that's pretty incredible. >> our wonderful molly mccray. it wasn't easy because he's had such a remarkable career. i speak for anybody that has ever had the privilege of working with you is you always raise the bar. you made us all better because you always bring this level of professionalism and perfection to every newscast. >> you know, i just always tried to not ask anything of anyone
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else that i wouldn't ask of myself with the expectation thereof. i was doing fine with that until carmella. >> yeah. >> that got me. my stepdaughter. >> you've been a mentor to obviously carmella but to all of us here at the newsroom. >> that's good to hear. that's what you try to do, set the example. but it's really wonderful to see some of the old faces from the past and to hear that there's life after the newsroom. i mean amazing. it's just -- you know, we'll see what the next chapter is. a lot of pro athletes retire, and then they come out of retirement, so you never know. >> you are leaving a wonderful legacy. >> i just heard some groans from the other side of the studio. no! >> holidays off, vacations. >> and just being able to relax. >> that's it. unwind, decompress. when the fish get tired of me, i'll find something else to do. >> i'm still going to want to call you every big breaking news
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or every election to get your insight. we're going to miss that absolutely. >> i'm going to miss a big part of it, the people. i'll miss the people for sure. i've covered some wonderful things. obviously you saw that, and great memories, and i've been very fortunate all along the line. somebody took a chance on me and gave me a shot, you know? my first tv job in fort smith, arkansas. so on through to the rest. >> a remarkable career. >> thank you. >> going to miss you so much. >> it's going to be different. >> allen, 43 years. do you have a favorite story, though? >> you know, obviously one of the highlights is interviewing president obama for sure. but really, you know, just people, meeting people, telling their stories, being trusted by those people to tell the stories. that's been pretty special. and i've worked with some great people, yourself, all of you guys. you've got a great team, and you'll be great without me, but i'll miss it too. >> we will miss you every day. so thank you. thank you for spending your time with us and for imparting all your wisdom. >> now i have to compose myself.
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>> if anybody can do it, allen martin can do it. >> we're still going to make him work today, though. >> and tomorrow. >> and tomorrow, election night. >> that's right. >> wouldn't miss it. >> allen, thank you so much for everything you've done. i worked with you ten years ago, and the first thing i said to you when i came back was, you were always nice to me, even when other people weren't. allen martin was the nicest and continues to be the nicest guy in tv. >> you ran my teleprompter and now you're also a co-anchor at times. >> we love you, allen. what a great career. >> congratulations. >> appreciate it so much. paul made a cameo in that. >> now i have to follow up all the emotion. >> every day of the forecast was fishing, which i hope is true for the rest of us, but i suspect not. >> we'll miss him. he'l we'll even miss the dad jokes. let's take a look at what's happening weather-wise here. we'll give allen a couple minutes to collect himself before the 6:00 newscast. areas of fog spreading out
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tonight. it's not going to make its way far into the inland valleys. near normal temperatures, within 5 degrees of average tomorrow and again on wednesday. then the heat kicks in. temperatures will peak on friday. so it's really a three-day heat wave, thursday, friday, and saturday with friday as the hottest of those days to wrap up the workweek. let's track the fog first, which is going to spread out along the coast and inside the bay. but, again, it's not going to make its way too far into the inland valleys. temperatures there are going to be off to the races once the sun comes up early tuesday morning. the fog that is out there should back up towards the coast as we head towards late morning. current temperatures are all over the place. anywhere from 57 in half moon bay to 86 degrees in fairfield. mostly 60s around the bay with 70s and low 80s part inland. temperatures tomorrow might be a couple degrees warmer inland but within five degrees of normal for this time of year. low temperatures tonight dropping down to the low to mid-50s. that is almost exactly average for early june. high temperatures tomorrow along the coast and around the bay
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also almost exactly average. low 60s along the coast. mid to upper 70s down the peninsula and around the south end of the bay with low to even mid 80s as you go farther inland in the santa clara valley. up to 83 in san jose. low 80s for the tri-valley. around 90 degrees for the hot spots in fairfield, antioch and brentwood. those spots well over 100 degrees by the end of the workweek on friday. mid-60s in san francisco. low 70s for oakland and the east bay. upper 70s and low to mid-80s for most of the north bay. mid-80s for santa rosa, sonoma, and napa with some spots even farther north reaching into the upper 80s. almost exactly the same temperatures on wednesday. then we start warming up. it will be warm around the bay by thursday, friday, and saturday. it will be hot inland with those high temperatures in san jose peaking on friday at 96 degrees. inland parts of the east bay and north bay topping out around 100 degrees. even along the coast on friday, temperatures will reach close to 70. then closer to normal
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temperatures by sunday and monday. coming up at 6:00, dozens of tenants kicked out of their homes. the problem at an apartment building that has families scrambling for a place to stay. what might be the largest utility-owned battery storage system in the world. and, yes, it comes with a tesla name brand. we'll show you how it works and what it means for the california energy grid. and the battle for water has california faces a historic drought. the plan to buy back water rights from farmers. the news at 6:00 is coming up in just about five minutes. still ahead here at 5:00, not many people have their career figured out at 7 years old. >> but we're going to introduce you to one california kid who dreams of being a ups driver, and he got a chance to make a special i've lived in san francisco for 20 years. i'm raising my kids here. this city is now less safe for all of us. chesa boudin is failing to hold repeat offenders accountable.
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he prosecuted zero fentanyl drug dealing cases, even though nearly 500 people have died of overdoses. i'm voting yes on h to recall chesa boudin now. we can't wait one more day when people are dying on our streets.
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if you ask most 7-year-olds what they want to be when they grow up, you'll probably get a lot of answers. one sacramento kid has it figured out. 7-year-old drew loves ups and since dressing up as a delivery driver for halloween, he was hooked. he's all smiles whenever a delivery van passes his sacramento home, and his favorite color, brown of course. after word got out about his love for ups, he finally was given the chance to make a delivery route of his own to his first grade class. >> this little kid who would do anything that anybody asked freely. and we get a call from this
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lovely corporation willing to do something like this for us. it was just everything. >> we heard that he loved delivering, loves ups, and he loves bringing joy for what we do to other people. >> and he's rocking that ups brown there. we're hoping for many more happy deliveries for drew and his ups family. that's it for the news at 5:00. kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins right now with allen martin and elizabeth cook. right now on kpix 5, streaming on cbs news bay area, tensions boil over. frustrated tenants confront building management after being flooded out of their homes. >> we are not housed. we are outside homeless. that's what it feels like. an old power plant getting some new technology, and it could be the first step to solving a nagging problem when it comes to green power. and later, the primary election just one day away. a look at one of the most competitive statewide races on the ballot. good evening.
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i'm allen martin. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. we start with dozens of san francisco tenants angry and frustrated. >> someone tell us where we're supposed to go. you told us you were going to come out ten minutes ago. it's been 30 minutes. >> all we need is for you guys to send an email. >> apartment residents confronted building management, demanding some answers. they were forced to leave after a broken pipe flooded the high rise. as of now, they have been locked out for more than 72 hours. >> and as kpix 5's andria borba reports, residents still don't know when they'll be able to return. andria. >> reporter: it was around 2:00 on friday afternoon when a water main broke at the very top of 33 tehama, sending water shooting down 35 floors of elevator shafts and fouling the electrical system. >> we were asked to leave the building. i grabbed my cat and dog, didn't even grab my wallet, came out here. >> reporter: the trouble was just beginning for residents of the building.
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>> i live in the first one on the second floor. >> reporter: there's currently no


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