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Foster City is a planned city located in San Mateo County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 28,803.

Foster City was founded in the 1960s on engineered landfill in the marshes of the San Francisco Bay, on the east edge of San Mateo. (More Info and Source) Foster City Real Estate

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New Hilton Hotel proposal doesn't sit well with many Pleasant Hill residents

In its on-going redevelopment, the city of Pleasant Hill is now considering the creation of a new Hilton Hotel, but it is not sitting well with nearby residents.

The Ellinwood Park housing development is a peaceful place to call home.

A lush setting of more than 100 units, with ponds and fountains.

"A lot of foliage, a lot of trees. It feels like you're out in the country," said resident Christopher Georgeovich.

But the serene feel could change if Hilton Hotels gets its way. The company wants to create a four story extended stay - type hotel across the street. And right now, city officials are considering the project and its design.

"The benefit to the city is one to continue the economic development of the city. The lot's been vacant for about four years. It was a restaurant, a Chevy's Restaurant," said Pleasant Hill Mayor, Tim Flaherty.

Opposition is building against the project.

"You wake up and you see this monstrosity," exclaimed resident Pauline Lee. And it's mostly coming from across the street.

"Although I don't live on this side of the development, I'm on the other side, I feel terrible for my neighbors that have to see that," added Lee.

"To have a huge stucco building, up against the street, overlooking these homes, there was zoning for a reason," said Fenna Gatty who also lives in the area.

Pleasant Hill Mayor Tim Flaherty says the zoning will have to be changed from three stories to four.

"I don't have the luxury though of just looking at this project based on what the adjoining parcel owner or the residents across the street, I have to look at it through the viewpoint of 33,000 residents as well as the overall good of the city," Flaherty said.

One man said the hotel will actually help the city, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue. "With new business comes more money for the city," said resident Daryl Bareng.

Resident Christopher Georgeovich is opposed, but not rabidly so.

"It's not that we don't want the hotel, it's just it will be a big block like Downtown San Francisco, and it doesn't fit our neighborhood, and it's not that appealing," he said.

If it's approved, construction likely would not begin until next year. The next meeting, which could be contentious, is the planning commission, next week.


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:12:38 -0700

Key making apps provide convenience, but also risks

Key making is a daily grind for clerks at Brownie's Hardware Store in San Francisco. 

"On a slow day, twenty," clerk Alicia Ellis told KTVU. "On a busy day, in the hundreds easily. We do get a lot of people who say, 'Oh, I got drunk over the weekend and I lost my whole key ring,' and they'll have us make an entire set for them."

Websites and apps are now taking keymaking online. With a couple clicks of your cellphone camera, new keys can be made to order and mailed to your home.

In a year's time, San Francisco-based KeysDuplicated has created and shipped tens of thousands of new keys.

"The magic trick of taking a picture of something and then two days later getting an exact copy of it in the mail," said KeysDuplicated CEO Ali Rahimi. "You can just do this from your couch. You got a lot of things to do, you've got chores to do. And having one chore less to do is pretty nice. It's breathtaking when you get this object in the mail."

Some security analysts say these kind of services are putting people at risk.

"They're making it too easy for someone to copy your keys and be able to go into your house," Rambus Cryptography Research President Paul Kocher told KTVU Tuesday. "On one hand, there's a certain slightly scary creativity about it. But my general sense is the risks outweigh the benefits."

The fear is that a stranger can simply photograph someone's keys, upload the images to a keymaker website and have the copies sent to the address of his or her choosing.

Rahimi said his company's system is set up to fight fraud.

"We try to ensure that whoever's taking a picture of the key has physical access to the key. Part of the reason we ask for both sides of the key is to make sure they have enough access to turn it around. You type in an email, you give us your address and a few other pieces of identifying information. And you clear a few security barriers and we send you an email telling you the keys on the way," said Rahimi. "[A thief] would then have to type in their credit card and their mailing address which leaves a pretty long paper trail which points to them."

But Kocher said anyone can copy keys providing they have a few moments of access, a cellphone and prepaid credit card.

"A thief can also get a prepaid credit card from a grocery store, it's untraceable to any particular identity," said Kocher. "If you give your keys to a valet, they can easily copy your keys and they might know where you live through your car registration, for example."

KeysDuplicated said it doesn't store shipping addresses for the keys it creates to ensure there's no record of which keys unlock which homes.

Rahimi said anxiety about the safety of such services is "legitimate" but added thieves have long had easier ways to enter homes.

"It's going to be a lot easier for them to just use an old fashioned crowbar. We are not an easy way for someone to gain illicit access to your home," Rahimi said.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:30:47 -0700

Popular restaurant puts up controversial kid-unfriendly sign

A popular restaurant in Monterey is defending a controversial policy that bans “noisy children.”

Many tourists complain the policy is unfair, but the owner at the Old Fisherman’s Grotto says that’s not hurting his bottom line.

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the Monterey’s Peninsula’s biggest tourist attractions and some say the sign at the restaurant is sending the wrong message.

The sign reads, “No Strollers. No High Chairs. No Booster Chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.”

The owner of the restaurant says he doesn’t care if people are offended and if people don’t like it, they are welcome to eat elsewhere.

“If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are, you go in and abide by the rules or you find a place that's more suitable to your dining," Chris Shake said.

The owner says this policy has been in place for two years and they’ve had two signs up since then. They recently added the third.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:27:32 -0700

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