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you're watching kpix 5 at 5:30. >> right now on kpix 5 and streaming on "cbs news bay area," more local news at 5:30. a new concern for evacuees of a raging fire in the gold country. how burglars are now taking advantage. plus bart riders have some company at one station. a unique approach to dealing with an annoying problem. and a major verdict for a south bay jury. former theranos executive sunny balwani found guilty on federal charges. we're breaking down the verdict and what it means for elizabeth
holmes. good evening. i'm ryan yamamoto. >> and i'm sara donchey. former theranos executive sunny balwani has been convicted on 12 counts of fraud. each wire fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and the conspiracy count carries a maximum of five years. sentencing is set for late september. >> prosecutors say theranos execs knew their technology didn't work, but pressed on, trying to set up many labs in walgreen's pharmacies. i spoke with legal analyst stephen clarke to get his reaction to today's verdict. what's your reaction to today's verdict? >> well, certainly the balwani team is not very happy with this result, particularly when you look at elizabeth holmes' case, and she was portrayed as the mastermind of theranos, and yet she was only found guilty of four counts. but mr. balwani, who said i was just following orders and an investor, got convicted of all charges. this was a very bad outcome for the balwani team. and i think when you look at both of these cases, it's clear
that the common denominator was that balwani did not testify and ms. holmes did. and i think ms. holmes did herself a lot of goodwill by testifying to that jury, because she was found not guilty on many charges that mr. balwani is now facing. >> during elizabeth holmes' trial, she accused balwani of physical and emotional abuse and painted him as the mastermind of all of this, as you just mentioned. but balwani denied the charges, tried to shift that blame to holmes. how do you think her trial coming first impacted balwani's outcome? >> certainly for the prosecution, it was a dress rehearsal for the balwani case. they looked at what went right and wrong in elizabeth holmes' case. they were able to fine-tune their case, and they really put on the same witnesses and evidence against mr. balwani. for the prosecution, i think it gave them a chance to clean up the case. and it was a much better
outcome. but what i think happened is when ms. holmes took the stand and accused mr. balwani of domestic abuse and physical abuse, that certainly could have tainted the future jurors, and i think that will be an avenue for potential appeal. was he already coming in to court being portrayed as both a fraudster and a domestic abuser, something that the defense is going to look at. but i think for the defense of balwani, they're going to say these verdicts are inconsistent. how could mr. balwani, who has been convicted of conspiracy and be convicted of that at the same time ms. holmes was not found guilty of some of those conspiracy counts when it's the two of them that are getting together to conspire? that doesn't seem to be a consistent verdict. and these cases would have been tried together had not ms. holmes accused mr. balwani of domestic abuse. the judge felt that they had to
separate the cases. and i think that worked tremendously to his disadvantage. you could have seen a very different outcome if these cases were tried together. perhaps not with this inconsistent outcome where holmes was convicted of four charges. balwani is convicted of 12, and yet she is the face of theranos. >> some other headlines. governor newsom has announced the state will be making its own insulin. >> many americans experience out-of-pocket costs any from $300 to $500 a month for this life-saving drug. we know people should not go into debt to receive life-saving medication. >> so the governor says the budget he just signed will set say side $100 million to create insulin at a cheaper price. 50 million of those dollars will go toward developing low cost insulin products, and the other half will go toward creating a california-based insulin making manufacturing facility. he says this will bring new high-paying jobs to the state. on the fire watch, a new brushfire burning in truckee,
forcing people to evacuate. flames have burned at least 12 acres near butterfield drive. that's northeast of the truckee-tahoe airport. firefighters do say they are making good progress and will remain on scene overnight to watch out for the hot spots and make sure the fire does not spread. people are being asked to avoid that area and watch out for emergency vehicles. also, the electra fire is california's second biggest fire of the season. it started on monday and crews say it's about 40% contained right now. people living in parts of amador and calaveras counties have been ordered to evacuate. the cdf says flames have burned more than 4,000 acres near the river. one firefighter did get hurt. hundreds of residents are hunkering down, waiting to return to their homes. they are worried about the fire, of course, but they're also worried about people taking advantage of the evacuation orders. rachel wolf has their story. >> an air mattress here, right, that blows up.
>> reporter: steve lilly and his wife are camping out in their suv at the italian picnic ground on highway 49, not knowing how their home in the small town of clinton has fared in the electra fire. >> the sheriff's department, i think they do a pretty good job. they've got their cars there protecting and their roadblock signs up. and if somebody walked in, they can only get what they can carry out. >> reporter: like most living in this remote part of amador county, he relies on neighbors, not cameras to keep an eye on his house when he's gone. but in this case, everyone near him evacuated. >> you don't worry about your stuff? >> i do. but what can you do? we can't go in. the lesser of the two evils, i guess. >> when you leave your home, it's a scary time. they don't have power right now. even if they have surveillance cameras, they're not going to be able to check on them. so they depend on us. >> reporter: wednesday sheriff's deputies arrested two men in two incidents for being unlawfully
located in an evacuation zone. and authorities say they will remain vigilant along with the help of outside jurisdictions. they're working with cal peyer and pg&e to monitor conditions that are safe enough for residents to return. >> yesterday we were lucky. we got a win. we were able to repopulate a small area on the western side of the fire. and i think you're going to see as we move through the week, we're going continue to get people back into their homes. >> live right there. right where that little circle is. >> reporter: evacuees crowded the fire map outside the american red cross shelter. with power still out in many parts of the neighborhood, lilly says there is not much you can do, but watch and wait for word. >> you hope for the best. and if something goes wrong, you know, you swallow it and go about your business. >> that was rachel wolf reporting there. mineta san jose airport will receive $10 million to improve accessibility and compliance with the american with disabilities act. this is all part of that bipartisan infrastructure deal. l.a.x., san diego and long beach
airports will also get some funding. disney hit by hackers. the disturbing messages posted to the resort's social media. and tech that can make life a lot easier in your home. but there can be a cost if hackers start messing with your smart devices. how you can protect yourself. coming up all new at 6:00, who is san francisco's new district attorney? and why did mayor breed choose her? plus, demand for monkeypox vaccines is growing, especially in the lgbtq+ community. why they say help is coming fast enough.
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a key jobs report does come out. the meantime, twitter is laying off 30% of its talent acquisition team. the company is a looking to cut costs as it faces a potential he wall street journal" reports the layoffs are expected to affect fewer than 100 people. disneyland is looking into a hack of its social media pages. a self-proclaimed super hacker started filling disneyland's instagram count with racially insensitive posts and stories early this morning. thousands of people were commenting on the posts before they were actually taken down. disneyland's facebook account was hacked too. disneyland resort officials released a statement saying, quote, disneyland's resort facebook and accounts were compromised early this morning. we moved quickly to remove the reprehensible content and our security teams are conducting an investigation. hackers have the ability to turn the high-tech gadgets in your home against you. cbs reporter juan fernandez on how you can protect your smart
home devices. >> hey, siri, turn all the lights on. >> reporter: evan king is a smart stuff fanatic. in his home, smart dead bolts, thermostats, entertainment. this is a smart fridge. a dog treat camera. >> reporter: we met evan at his job where he works as chief technology officer. he was taking a break to check in on his dog chloe. >> nothing i like more than more treats. >> reporter: as much as he likes spoiling chloe, the same camera that connects him to her -- >> may allow a nefarious person to check in on your house. >> reporter: smart homes are imminently hackable. >> reporter: executive director of consumer watchdog. >> there are databases of home camera feeds online. >> reporter: and cameras are only one of the more obvious threats. any gadget that connects to the internet can store and reveal a treasure trove of data. a lesser known security threat, smart light bulbs. these connect to your phone or
to a home hub so you can turn them on and off remotely. a possible issue here, they also store information, like your pass words in the base of the bulb. >> if you throw that light bulb out, someone can pick it up and they've got all your information right there in your trash can. >> reporter: so how do you hack-proof your home? it starts with strong pass words. a different one for every account. >> one of the easiest ways for hacker to dig into your home is if you don't change the factory-set pass words on your device. >> reporter: before getting rid of anything connected to your phone or wifi, clear out your data, starting with your router itself. >> if a hacker has access to your wifi network, they might potentially have access to your computer, your pass words, your credit card accounts. >> to wipe it -- >> put a paper clip into a reset button on the back. >> reporter: you can reset a smart bulb. >> via the app you use to configure them. >> any time a connected device is vulnerable in your home, everything else on that network is also vulnerable.
>> reporter: so be selective about what you connect. juan fernandez, cbs news, los angeles. mortgage rates dropped for the second week in a row, making it the largest decline since 2008. federal mortgage company freddie mac says the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is now 5.3%, down slightly from last week. last year it was just at 2.9. experts say mortgage rates are still at their highest since the late 2000s. san jose is a step closer to bringing a safe parking program to the city. it will be in the santa teresa light rail station parking lot, and it will target homeless people living in rvs, giving them a safer place to stay. the parking lot will be able to accommodate 45 to 60 rvs. it will have rest rooms, running water and trash services there. officials say they're currently in the process of signing a 4 to five-year lease with vta to start that program. it's on track to begin in october of this year. still ahead, he is known as a hollywood tough guy with an iconic role in the godfather
look back at his impressive career. >> what's the matter? >> it was my fault. >> reporter: james caan delivered many memorable performances during his hollywood career, none more so than his oscar nominated role as sonny corleone, the hotheaded son of veto in "the godfather." his death is one of the most iconic in history he was also beloved to television audiences for his turn as a dying football player in the '70s weeper "brian's song." in an interview last year with cbs sunday morning, the new york native said he had to fight to make each of his characters different. >> i fought to always never be the same person. i mean, the fun of being an actor is being somebody else for three months. >> reporter: after a downturn in the '80s, caan's career saw a revival with 1990's misery. >> you have been out of your room. >> no i haven't. >> reporter: he starred as a
novelist held captive by kathy bates in her oscar winning role. caan gained a whole new generation of fans playing will ferrell's absentee father in the 2003 comedy "elf." >> it's not hamlet. we know that. we all in life have to learn to believe in things or hope that we are able to believe in things we don't see. >> reporter: in a statement on twitter, the family said it appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences. james caan was 82. danya bacchus, cbs news. >> as the u.s. is going through some shortages, almond growers are worried their crop could be the next hard to find items on people's shopping list. a recent report from the almond board reveals exports are down 13% this year. "the los angeles times" reports that about 1.billion pounds of unsold almonds are stuck in packing plants as well as ports.
experts blame shipping including the costs of shipping containers. right now the humane society of silicon valley is offering kitten adoption specials. >> this is for national kitten day. they're offering $20 adoptions. every thursday this month at their main location in milpitas. the humane society will also be hosting an event at the petco adoption center in sunnyvale this saturday. the adoptions are first come, first serve on both days. lake tahoe is famous for its clearwater, but it's starting to get pretty murky. a report on the lake's health declares water clarity declined slightly to the second lowest level since measurements began in the '60s. researchers say some factors causing the cloudiness include microscopic algae and more dirt flowing into the lake from increased car traffic in the basin. >> at least they haul the trash out of the lake a little while ago. the tons of trash. it has helped a little bit. >> i know. and the water there is so beautiful. >> it is. we don't need to go to tahoe
today. we had perfect weather across the bay area. it's going to be pretty nice for the next couple of days as well. we are going to see the fog spreading out again tonight. but it's going to dissipate even faster than it did today. we're going to be back to near normal temperatures for saturday and mini heatwave for sunday and monday. it's only two days, thus the mini. it's a stretch to even call it a heatwave. we're not even seeing any triple-digit temperatures for the hottest spots sunday and monday. but it could be a bit on the toasty side. looking outside right now, the fog retreated quickly. a little bit of cloud cover hanging out along the coast. there are breaks even in those clouds along the coast. temperatures today did warm up inland, thanks to a faster retreat of that fog. up to 83 in concord and 84 in san jose. san jose made it up to the upper 70s. only mid-60s in san francisco. a couple degrees below normal, but all in all a very nice july day. a nice evening right now. 60s, 70s, 80s all happily co-existing on the map from 63 at half moon bay to 86 right now in fairfield. the temperatures tomorrow are going to be a combination of
factors. the onshore wind is still going to be with us. that's going to cool us down. we'll see the breeze picking up through the day on friday. but the fog is going to dissipate pretty quickly. so the onshore wind is going to be battling against the july sunshine, trying heat our temperatures up, and those two factors are going to balance each other out. the fog is going to start the day on friday, but it's shallow layer so the sunshine burns right on through. we'll see good visibilities across the board by 9:00, 10:00 in the morning. plenty of sunshine for the rest of the day. temperatures tonight dropping down into the 50s pretty much across the board. the only exception around antioch and brentwood. you'll see just above 60 degrees by early tomorrow morning. temperatures in san francisco returning to a couple of degrees above average after today's highs. a couple of degrees below average, thanks to that fog burning off faster. up to around 70 in the afternoon. santa rosa reaches back into the upper 80s. the upper 80s for high temperature there's. other inland parts of the north bay are going to be a couple of degrees cooler, but mostly topping out in the middle portion of the 80s. concord reaching back up into
the upper 80s as well. falling short of 90 degrees for a couple of days, but you're likely to be back up above 90 degrees by the time the second half of the weekend rolls around. not quite as warm for soeblg, but a couple of degrees reaching up into the lower half of the 80s. the full forecast map, temperatures are going to reach the 70s along the coast. 70s around the bay. mostly 80s inland with the hottest spots reaching the low 90s. all the temperatures within a couple of degrees of what's average for the middle of july. temperatures will back off by a couple of degrees on saturday. but you're not going to notice much of a difference. and then we warm up there. is our mini heatwave sunday and monday. it's not going to be much of a heatwave for san francisco or oakland. close to 90 degrees in san jose for a couple of days. into the low 90s inland in the north bay. low to mid-90s inland in the east bay. but even the hottest spots around fairfield, antioch and brentwood are only going to reach up into the upper half of the 90s. we can handle that and drop back to near normal temperatures by tuesday, wednesday and thursday. we'll take a look at what the warmer temperatures do to our fire danger index coming up at
6:00. i'm elizabeth cook. all new at 6:00, why advocates in the lgbtq+ communities say the response to monkeypox reminds them of the response to the aids epidemic. plus we know who is replacing chesa boudin as district attorney here in san francisco. at least for now. why mayor breed picked her and her chances of winning a full term. and the latest attempt to make bay area freeways safer in the wake of the most recent shooting. the news at 6:00 is coming up in about five minutes. sarah, ryan? >> thanks, elizabeth. still ahead here at 5:00, bart riders may have noticed a new addition to their commute. >> a hawk is on patrol at one
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bart riders may have noticed something a little different at one east bay station. a hawk, who isn't just hanging around. he is there to do a very important job. kpix 5's jocelyn moran has the story. >> i love pac-man. >> reporter: pac-man has become a local celebrity. allal though bart riders like dave may love him, the pigeons not so much. >> he scarce them away. >> reporter: dave says the pigeons have become quite a problem at the el cerrito station. >> increasingly in the last 10 to 15 years. >> reporter: bart's tried a series of stlat. >>s to deter pigeons from coming over the years, including spikes, but none have seem stodd work as well as pac-man. he is vigilant. he and faulconer ricky ortiz walk on the platforms, patrol
inside and outside the building. pac-man takes his job seriously. he flies back and forth with enough time for the pigeons to fly off. >> he is just a really good bird. he's not fazed by the bart. he is not fazed by most things. >> reporter: not even faiszed by the attention he gets from riders stopping by. he takes it all in. dave says in the last few weeks there hasn't been nearly as many pigeons. >> i didn't know the reason why until i read about pac-man just the other day. so i said it's the best idea bart has had in a very long time. >> reporter: jocelyn moran, kpix 5. >> so pac-man is a member of one of the only species of raptors that live in a family group and hunt in a group also. that makes him very social, which makes him perfect for the job. that's it for the news at 5:00. kpix 5 news at 6:00 starts right now with ryan yamamoto and elizabeth cook. >> right now on kpix 5 and streaming on "cbs news bay area," monkeypox cases doubling in california. a frustrating wait for the vaccine. the comparisons being made to
the aids epidemic. >> we currently have a wait list of over 400 eligible folks that want access to vaccine. we just aren't able to provide it. >> chesa boudin is out. who mayor breed just picked to bring in as a new approach to fighting crime in san francisco. plus dramatic video of a freeway shooting. a close call for this couple. how long before new freeway cameras go up and bring some sense of safety. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. >> and i'm ryan yamamoto. this evening we're being asked what's being done to slow the spread of monkeypox right here in the bay area. california now has the most cases in the country. >> kpix 5's read cowan spoke to members of the gay community working to get ahead of this virus. and reed, you saw today there is a big problem with the federal response to this. >> huge problem. monkeypox we know this, it can affect anybody. but we're seeing a robust response in the gay community because the concern about men who have sex with men being affected continues to be a call for concern. in fact, i met a young man who
felt that he might have been exposed at a party to monkeypox. but he had to wait days just to get the vaccine. and he's not alone. watch. >> you've been waiting for this then? >> yeah, i've been waiting for this. i actually came in on tuesday and lined up before the center opened. >> reporter: tommy wu has had to to get his monkeypox vaccine. he felt like something was wrong and worried it could be monkeypox. after all, one of his friends got it, and -- >> i was at the same party as he was. and i started feeling flu-like symptoms as well. >> reporter: so tommy came to the san francisco aids foundation clinic in the castro to get what thousands want but can't get, the monkeypox vaccine. >> all right. so this is the monkeypox vaccine. >> reporter: dr. tyler tamir, ceo of the san francisco aids foundation says in the last seven days, cases of monkeypox have doubled in california, making our state the highest in the nation for monkeypox cases. and yet as the doses of the vaccine ready to go into the arms? >> in fact only received fewer than 100 doses to respond.