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Port Walk a hot spot to watch game, for free

Some people might say it's the best place to watch the World Series if you don't have a ticket.

For those who want to feel the excitement and be part of the game but can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a seat in the ballpark, the place to go is the Port Walk near McCovey Cove.

On the water, McCovey Cove filled up with the famous flotilla of boats, kayaks and people paddling past the police on patrol.

Nearby, a crowd of Giants and Royals fans moved onto the Port Walk.

"You know what, if I had a thousand dollars, I'd be inside right now," said Steve Pesely who came from Sacramento to cheer for the Kansas City Royals.

He was among hundreds who stood just outside the gate for a free glimpse of the game through gate bars and a chain link fence.

"When you're a college student and you don't have enough money to go inside and even stand up for $500 this is definitely worth it to me," said Elise Hall of San Jose.

Some people brought binoculars, a box, or a bucket to stand on. Others came with radios.

"This is A $500 seat right here, but you can see free with this thing. Binoculars you know," said Marc Serrano of San Jose, pointing to the orange bucket he was using as a platform.

It's the group called the Knothole Gang, which refers to the old tradition of fans sneaking peaks through knotholes in ballpark fences. Fans wait for hours for a turn inside AT&T Park's special viewing spot, just feet from right field. They can watch up to three innings for free.

'It's the next best thing to being in the stadium. It's awesome," said Cole Cross who drove hundreds of miles from the Yurok Indian Reservation north of Humboldt.

Some fans brought gloves in case someone hit one out of the park.

For die-hard fans, it's just as sweet as being inside.

"You get out here and get that fresh air and all the people out here. It's cool, you know?" said Serrano.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:38:57 -0700

Online retailer agrees to pay $1.8M for misleading customers on subscription fees

An online clothing retailer Friday agreed to pay prosecutors in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties $1.8 million to settle a suit over misleading customers about automatic monthly payments charged to their credit cards, according to a spokeswoman.

The settlement between the two counties and JustFabulous Inc., the El Segundo-based owner of four popular personal shopper websites, was finalized Friday, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Francisca Allen said.

Allen, who works for the district attorney's consumer protection unit in San Jose, said prosecutors investigated complaints about JustFabulous Inc. and found the firm's websites did not comply with California consumer laws on reporting subscription fees to customers.

The company's sites JustFab.com, Fabkids.com, Shoedazzle.com and Fabletics.com, advertised clothing, shoes and accessories at regular and deeply discounted prices, according to Allen.

If the consumer clicked on the low price, they would receive the item but also be charged a $39.95 monthly subscription fee on their credit cards, Allen said.

The fees could be used as credit toward online purchases but some consumers were unaware of the monthly charges and JustFabulous only permitted customers to cancel them between the first and fifth day of the month or else be charged for that month, according to Allen.

Under California consumer protection laws, an explanation about subscription service fees like those used by JustFabulous must be posted on websites "clearly and conspicuously," usually with a bold and colorful font easily seen next to the discounted product offer, Allen said.

JustFabulous had failed to do that and instead buried it in fine print, so some people did not know about the charges, Allen said.

In its settlement agreement with the two counties, JustFabulous will pay $1,875,000 in penalties and costs - funds to be split between the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz D.A. offices to pay for future consumer protection investigations - and bring their websites into compliance by Nov. 10, Allen said.

Consumers residing in California who believe they were misled by JustFabulous will be able to join a pending class action lawsuit against the company and file claims for reimbursement, according to Allen.

Prosecutors do not know how many consumers may have been misled by JustFabulous about the subscription continuity agreement or how much money they may have lost to the company in charges to their credit cards, Allen said. 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:30:12 -0700

Giants' toughest fans turn out for special viewing party

With the World Series game on the big screen television, balloons and orange banners, a small group gathered to cheer on the Giants.  This was more than a humble a World Series viewing party.  It was a much needed escape for a few young patients staying at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital for treatment.

“I like Buster Posey because when I played baseball when I was younger, I was catcher and I just like that position,” said Andrew Ford, an 11-year-old patient.

Andrew is from Ukiah, CA.  He suffers from ulcerative colitis, a painful GI condition that can require hospitalization and surgery. 

“It’s kind of tough, but I get to watch it here at the hospital with the TVs so I'm all good,” he said.

“It has been tough, and I look at him and he goes through so much,” said Amanda Ford, Andrew’s mother.  “As I said, he's my hero.”

The gathering lifted the spirits of patients and their families.  It was a chance for them to get out of their hospital rooms and share the fun of the World Series with other fans.

“It's a little bit more excitement, and you get to share in the craziness of the playoffs and the World Series,” said Jorge Abaunza, of South San Francisco. 

Abaunza’s 4-year-old daughter is being treated at the hospital. 

Only a handful of patients turned out for the viewing party.  But Jennifer Belke, a Child Life Specialist at UCSF, said the low turnout wasn’t a bad thing at all.

She said while the staff originally expected about 15 patients to attend, most of those patients ended up being discharged earlier in the day and were allowed to go home to watch the game.

“It means they're doing better and can go home and manage things with antibiotics,” said Belke.

And for those still there, even a small party made being stuck in the hospital during the World Series just a little bit better.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:36:43 -0700

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