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.
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.
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.
A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff's deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody.
Marcelo Marquez, of Salt Lake City, was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn in Placer County after the initial shooting hours earlier in a strip mall in a commercial area of Sacramento, said Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin.
"This guy was on a one-man crime spree today. He has no idea of the damage he did," she said.
The four shootings sparked a massive manhunt by multiple agencies backed by search dogs, helicopters and armored vehicles. Residents nearby were told to stay indoors, and schools were locked down during the search. The owner of the home said officers used tear gas to drive the suspect from the basement.
"I think there's those people who would say, 'You know what, I wish you'd killed him,'" Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said at an evening news conference. "Now, that's not who we are. We are not him. We did our job."
He identified his slain officer as sheriff's homicide Det. Michael David Davis Jr. The 42-year-old detective died 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he is named, died in the line of duty as a Riverside County deputy sheriff in Southern California.
The slaying of the deputies was the single deadliest day for California law enforcement since February 2013. In separate incidents that month, former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner killed two law enforcement officers, and two Santa Cruz police detectives were shot and killed.
A woman who was with the suspect earlier was also taken into custody in Placer County, and authorities said she had a handgun in her purse.
Marquez had a driver's license that identified him as a Salt Lake City resident. He was taken to a hospital before he could be booked into jail, Erwin said.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said the deadly chain of events began when Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, approached a suspicious occupied vehicle in a motel parking lot around 10:30 a.m. and was shot in the forehead at close range. Oliver, the first county deputy killed since 2008, was a 15-year veteran who leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
"He was not able to return fire or do anything," Jones said. He said Oliver's partner was able to shoot back as the vehicle fled the scene.
Bonner later called the deadly sequence a "time of just sadness and madness" as he described Davis as a 15-year veteran of the department and 18-year law enforcement officer. Davis, who would have been 43 on Wednesday, leaves behind a wife and four children.
Bonner said the wounded deputy, Jeff Davis, is a 17-year veteran who was shot in the arm. He was released after treatment at a hospital.
Bonner described the scene of the shootings as "incredibly chaotic" and said it will take weeks to piece together the sequence of events that led to the shootings and suspect's arrest.
His deputies were shot after the driver of the vehicle and a female passenger fled the scene of the initial shooting in Sacramento. About a mile away, the suspect attempted to steal a car in a residential area, but shot the driver in the head when he refused to give up his keys, Jones said. He did not know the condition of that victim but said he was alive and conscious when he was transported.
The assailants then stole a red Ford pickup from Jose Cruz, who was gardening outside a client's house in Sacramento.
Cruz told The Sacramento Bee that a man in a white Ford Mustang convertible told him he needed a favor: "I need your keys," the man said. "Hurry up, because they're chasing me."
Cruz said the man pointed a gun at him and had a bloody shirt wrapped around his other arm.
The suspects then fled to neighboring Placer County, about 30 miles north of Sacramento.
Erwin said a resident reported seeing a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen red truck. Deputies swarmed the area, and the suspect shot two deputies with an AR-15-type assault weapon before fleeing into a wooded canyon area, Erwin said.
Laura Larson, who lives at the Auburn home where the suspect was apprehended, told KCRA-TV that her uncle was at home when Marquez broke in but her uncle survived. She said her family has "no idea who this guy is."
She said police used tear gas and some windows were broken at the home. The residence was still considered a crime scene Friday evening and the family was not being allowed to return, she said.
House painter Sean Smith of Sacramento said he was working on the Auburn mayor's home when he heard a series of gunshots.
"Once I heard the rapid fire, I knew it was a shootout," he said. "Within 10 minutes there were sirens all over the place and six helicopters screaming overhead."
Palo Alto police arrested an East Palo Alto man on Thursday after he was spotted allegedly watching two young girls as they showered in a hotel.
Jose Refugio Cesar Garcia, 47, was detained near the Oaks Motel at 4279 El Camino Real after police were called there around 9:15 p.m. on a report of a peeping incident.
A family at the hotel told police that they had been giving their two young daughters, both under 7 years old, a shower when they spotted a man outside watching through the window.
The father confronted the suspect, who left on foot, and then contacted the hotel's front desk staff, who called police.
Garcia was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor peeping and a felony probation violation. He was on probation out of San Francisco County for soliciting a lewd act and resisting arrest.
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A 99-square mile section of Santa Clara County is under quarantine after a potentially harmful bug was detected there. Now an effort is underway to kill it, before it could have fatal consequences for California’s citrus trees.
State and county officials are spraying every citrus tree in a San Jose neighborhood near Kelly Park, after an unwanted pest moved in.
The Asian Citrus Psyllid was found on a half dozen trees there, and as a result 99-square miles in Santa Clara County were been placed under quarantine.
"We're hoping to suppress it and kill any Citrus Psyllid that might be here and keep it from spreading," says Michelle Thom, Deputy Ag Commissioner with Santa Clara County Agriculture.
The bug itself isn't dangerous, but the disease it often carries can be.
It spreads something called Huanglongbing, or citrus greening.
The disease causes trees to produce bitter, misshapen fruit until their eventual death.
Citrus growers say they’re worried.
"We sort of figured it just was a matter of time before it started spreading throughout California," says John Fumia or Airdrome Orchards.
The disease has already hit Florida hard, decimating their fruit and forcing growers to pull out 200,000 acres of trees.
In recent years the state of California has set aside $25 million to try to keep the problem from coming here.
"The bug itself doesn't make us nervous but the bug carrying the disease makes us extremely nervous because like I said, it could wipe out the California citrus industry," says Fumia.
There is no cure for the disease. Thankfully, the actual disease hasn't been spotted here yet, just the bugs. Agriculture officials say they're often brought to a new area by accident.
"We want to try and get the word out to people please do not accept cuttings, trees, anything from anywhere outside the area," says Thom.
They believe with lots of spraying, and an abundance of caution, they can keep these citrus trees healthy.
The disease, citrus greening, has only been detected once in California back in 2012 on a residential property near LA and California growers are hoping to keep it that way.