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Orinda is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,599.

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Fans using tech to watch the World Series like never before

It used to be back in the "old days," you had to be at the ballpark, or near a TV or a radio to catch a baseball game.

Not anymore. Fans in San Francisco found plenty of ways to use technology to tune in. They used mobile apps, Wi-Fi, tablet technology and satellite TV to get a glimpse of the game – which was unthinkable in the past.

At San Francisco International Airport, orange lights lit up the international terminal and "Orange October" dominated the night, even for travelers on the move.

Some airline passengers watched the game being played in Kansas City from their plane seats thousands of feet in the air, thanks to satellite TV technology.

"There was a lot of us on the plane watching so every time something great happened, lots of clapping," said Dion Martinez, a San Francisco Giants fan from Burlingame who flew in from Las Vegas.

"As a plane, we just clapped with each other, high-fived each other for each run, each hit. It was wonderful," said Sandy Takayoshi-Berta of San Mateo who also watched the game in-flight.

On arrival at SFO, passengers' phones came out of their pockets.

John Hammer of San Jose touched down as the Giants led 5-0 in Game 1. "I'll be watching all the little pitches go by as I get a ride home," Hammer told KTVU.

In San Francisco, rush hour commuters kept tabs on the game with their tech tools.

At the Ferry Building, Scott Grey, a Giants fan was heading home to San Rafael to watch the game with his family, who sent play-by-play updates to his phone.

"I've just been kind of texting back and forth with my kids and my wife," Grey told KTVU.

Some companies such as Climate Corporation in San Francisco let employees work, while watching the big game on the big screen. The company, which has offices in Kansas City and San Diego, had an internal bet running between employees.

The city that takes the 2014 World Series title would have its banner flying in the other office until opening day in 2015.

With so much at stake, some employees were checking mobile apps to keep apprised of the action.

"I have my iPhone set up. I have everything set up so I'm not going to miss a thing," said Alex Austin, a tech recruiter.

And it wasn't just the Giants' faithful. KTVU found a Kansas City fan in Fog City rolling with the Royals through Facebook. "I'm watching my Facebook thread and I see lots of friends who are at the game, thoroughly enjoying it," said Kevin Schellman, a Climate Corporation employee who had flown in to San Francisco.

There was also an abundance of tweets, Instagram and Vine postings Tuesday night, all technology that gave people a virtual seat in the ballpark and a chance to feel they're part of history in this 2014 World Series.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:28:19 -0700

San Jose community meeting addresses mountain lion concerns

Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife held a community meeting at Williams Elementary School in south San Jose Tuesday evening, responding to concerns after several mountain lion sightings in the area in recent weeks.

Home surveillance footage captured video of a mountain lion pouncing on a car in the middle of the night near the Almaden Country Club.

Approximately two dozen residents were in attendance. Officials said attendance was likely lower than it might otherwise have been due to the Giants’ World Series game going on at the same time.

 Many of those in attendance expressed concern for the safety of their families.

“I used to park my car outside but right now I don't do that,” said Paromita Das, mother of two boys. “I go straight to garage because I have two kids.”

Kathy Markey said her daughter saw a mountain lion late at night outside their window in the Santa Teresa neighborhood last week.

“We have a big window and the window was open, so she was afraid for her life. She weights (only about) 95 pounds, so she hid until it passed and then ran upstairs,” said Markey.

“I wanted to alleviate the fears, especially with Halloween coming up,” said Andrew Hughan, spokesperson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  “Mountain lions are more afraid of you than you are of it.”

Hughan said in communities near mountains or open space, residents should be aware that there are likely mountain lions in the habitat. 

“Lions eat deer,” said Hughan. “We are not food. People are not food. For the most part, dogs and cats are not food. But where there are deer, there are going to be lions.”

Other residents said the level of panic in the community is unnecessary, and said they hoped the meeting would help alleviate some of the fear.

“These animals have been here a lot longer than we have,” said resident Dana Angus. “I'm somewhat familiar with the statistic in that people just don't get hurt by these animals very often.”

Officials said during the meeting that since 1986, 15 people have been attacked by lions throughout the state. Six of those attacks were fatal, they said. 

They were quick to add that the fatal attacks happened in parks or wilderness areas, not in neighborhoods. 


Several residents said while they were still concerned, they felt a little better about the situation after hearing from wildlife officers.

“We get asked the question a lot -- well can’t you just tranquilize it, relocate it and take it somewhere else.  And we're not going to do that. It doesn't work biologically. It doesn't work for the neighborhood,” said Hughan.

“Our policy is to keep it wild as much as possible.  There are some rare exceptions but we want people to coexist with the lion because the lion is just doing what lions do.”

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:10:37 -0700

Wood pallet fire burning near Hwy 101 in Gilroy

Firefighters are responding to a large blaze that has closed one road in Gilroy Wednesday morning, Cal Fire officials said.

The fire was reported just before 5 a.m. and has been burning down pallets along with a nearby barn on Ferguson and Crews Roads, according to Cal Fire.

Ferguson Road has been closed between state Highway 152 and Dunlap Avenue as crews from Cal Fire, Gilroy, and San Jose battle the blaze, Cal Fire officials said.

No cause for the fire has been determined, no injuries have been reported and no other structures are thought to be endangered by the fire, according to Cal Fire officials.

No estimate was available for when the roadway will be clear or when the fire will be contained.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:46:47 -0700

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