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Lafayette is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 23,908. (More Info and Source) Lafayette Real Estate

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Crash into pole knocks out power for 5,000 San Mateo residents

A crash into a power pole at a San Mateo construction site this afternoon has knocked out power for about 5,000 residents and businesses,
police said.

The vehicle hit a power pole at low speed in a construction site near the corner of Pacific Boulevard and South Delaware Street at about 1:30 p.m., according to police.

The crash caused a power outage for about 5,000 PG&E customers, mainly in the Fiesta Gardens neighborhood, police said.

PG&E crews responded to make repairs, according to police.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:32:32 -0700

Free Wi-Fi now available in 32 San Francisco parks and open spaces

San Franciscans can now get free wireless Internet access in 32 city parks, plazas and open spaces, thanks to a grant from Google, city officials announced Wednesday.

Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell announced that the .SFWiFi network, currently available along Market Street between Castro Street and The Embarcadero, will now be available in new public areas including Alamo Square, Marina Green and the Tenderloin Children's Playground and Rec Center.

"San Francisco is the center of innovation and technology, and providing free Internet access in our parks, plazas and open spaces is the first step in a broader vision to deliver free Wi-Fi to every resident in our city," Farrell said in a statement.

 Google's grant of $608,000 helped the city expand the Wi-Fi network.

"This network will make the web more accessible than ever for thousands of our neighbors -- getting online is as easy as heading to the local park," said Rebecca Prozan, public policy and government affairs manager at Google.

City leaders said they hope expanded free Wi-Fi -- which is also available at the city's libraries and at City Hall -- will help get more people online who might not otherwise have access to the Internet.

"Powering up parks across San Francisco with .SFWiFi gets us closer to bridging the digital divide by allowing the public to explore apps, share images and access city services on a free and robust Wi-Fi network," said Miguel Gamiño, the city's acting chief information officer.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:07:47 -0700

Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

The world's biggest online social network caught heat recently when it deleted several hundred accounts belonging to self-described drag queens, other performers and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Facebook has long required its users to go by their "real names" on the site for security purposes, to stand out from other social networks and so it can better target advertising to people. Now, the company says the spirit of its policy doesn't mean a person's legal name but "the authentic name they use in real life."

"For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess," Chris Cox, Facebook's vice president of product wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

Though the real names policy isn't changing, the way Facebook enforces it might.

Last month, the company suggested that performers such as drag queens have other ways of maintaining their stage identities on the site, such as creating pages that are meant for businesses and public figures. But a fan page is not the same as a regular Facebook account and users were not happy with the suggestion.

While standing by the real names policy on Wednesday, Cox said "we see through this event that there's lots of room for improvement in the reporting and enforcement mechanisms, tools for understanding who's real and who's not, and the customer service for anyone who's affected."

Cox also gave some background on why so many accounts with drag names and other stage names suddenly started getting deleted.

"An individual on Facebook decided to report several hundred of these accounts as fake," he wrote. "These reports were among the several hundred thousand fake name reports we process every single week, 99 percent of which are bad actors doing bad things: impersonation, bullying, trolling, domestic violence, scams, hate speech, and more — so we didn't notice the pattern."

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:42:41 -0700

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