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Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 75,402. It is one of the cities that make up Silicon Valley, and has the only deepwater port on San Francisco Bay south of San Francisco itself.

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Mountain lion spotted in residential Brentwood area

A mountain lion was spotted in a residential area of Brentwood on Tuesday, according to police.

A resident reported seeing the animal around 9 a.m. Tuesday in an open field north of Copperfield Court in the Brentwood Hills subdivision in the western part of the city, police said.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified of the sighting. No others have been reported in the area.

Police are reminding any residents who see a mountain lion to stay away from the animal and call 911.

More information about mountain lions can be found here.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:07:11 -0700

City of Berkeley begins enforcing ban on feeding wildlife in parks

City of Berkeley officials today began enforcing a new ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wildlife in city parks and other public spaces.

People caught feeding wildlife will face $100 fines after an initial warning period and fines of up to $500 for multiple infractions within a one-year period.

The ordinance applies to the feeding of all wildlife but was drawn up by city officials in response to widespread objections to a plan earlier this year to kill ground squirrels who were believed to be harming water quality by burrowing into the ground at Cesar Chavez Park, a former landfill near the Berkeley Marina.

Berkeley officials said the burrowing by the large number of ground squirrels and gophers at the park was endangering the clay cap that seals the toxic substances inside the former dump.

Because the toxic substances could potentially leak into San Francisco Bay, the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Board told the city it needed to find a solution.

In response, Berkeley officials came up with a plan in February to kill the squirrels, but withdrew the plan after thousands of animal lovers sent emails objecting to the plan.

On July 1, the City Council approved an alternative solution that creates an ordinance criminalizing the feeding of wildlife in Berkeley's parks.

Animal rights advocates said in a statement that ground squirrels and gophers can be harmed by food handouts and feeding wildlife endangers animals by causing malnutrition, overpopulation, the spread of disease and the loss of fear of humans.

Another concern is that ground squirrels at Cesar Chavez Park have a symbiotic relationship with burrowing owls, which are classified as an at-risk species of concern, because the owls depend on the squirrels for their burrows to find shelter when they arrive at the park each winter.

The enforcement of the ordinance is being combined with new "no feeding" signs and brochures at the park.

Animal rights groups said the fines and the improved signs are the result of a successful collaboration between the city, WildCare, the Golden Gate Audubon Society and In Defense of Animals.

The three organizations said they applaud the city for moving away from its plan to kill the squirrels and switch to what they described as "a compassionate and effective means of returning squirrel populations to naturally lower levels."

They said the city's approach can serve as a national model for other parks that are faced with similar challenges where human feeding of wildlife has created an imbalance in wildlife populations.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:59:18 -0700

Shooting injures 2 teens in Mercedes near Richmond mall

Two teens driving near the Hilltop Mall in Richmond were injured by gunfire from a passing vehicle Wednesday afternoon, a police sergeant said.

The teens were driving a tan Mercedes on Hilltop Drive near the intersection with San Pablo Avenue at 1:57 p.m. when five shots were fired at them from a white Mazda, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The 16-year-old driver of the Mercedes suffered three graze wounds while the 17-year-old front passenger suffered a graze wound to his head, Abetkov said.

A 14-year-old male riding in the back seat of the car was uninjured.

The victims were taken to a hospital for treatment of their wounds, which are not considered life threatening, Abetkov said.

Police have been unable to obtain a description of the suspects, who drove away in the white Mazda, Abetkov said.

She said that police are asking for help solving the brazen daylight shooting at a busy intersection. Anyone with information has been asked to call police dispatch at (510) 233-1214 or the anonymous tip line at (510) 232-TIPS.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:02:12 -0700

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