Here's one of those stories you think couldn't have happened, but it really did:

Maury Kendall saw a young couple at Diridon Station in downtown San Jose who were confused and looking for their hotel. They showed Kendall a screenshot of their reservation, and he figured out the problem: The lodgings in question were in San Jose, Costa Rica. The backpacking couple, who Kendall guessed were visiting from Europe, meant to be in Silicon Valley but had reserved a spot at a hostel 3,000 miles away in the Central American country.

After determining they couldn't afford anything downtown, they headed for Santa Cruz.

"There's nothing for backpackers here," said Kendall, a volunteer with Station Host Association, which assists travelers at California Amtrak stations. "I think not having a hostel or any affordable lodging for travelers says something -- a lot -- about the million-resident 'Capital of Silicon Valley.'

"Whatever our leaders want to think, we're not a tourist-friendly destination. We're not welcoming to kids with stars in their eyes. We're Santana Row and $1,200 studios."

COMERICA BANKS ON 'BATKID': Comerica Bank is showing off its superhero side by helping out the "Batkid Begins" documentary about Miles Scott, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor who charmed everyone last November when the Make-A-Wish foundation and the city of San Francisco made him a hero for a day.


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The bank, which has its California region headquarters in San Jose, says it'll match up to $10,000 in donations for the documentary made on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site through next Tuesday. Donations can be made at www.indiegogo.com/projects/batkid-begins.

LOOKING FOR A FULL HOUSE: The Santa Clara Police Officers Association is betting that it'll have a good crowd on Aug. 15 for a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament fundraiser for Special Olympics Northern California.

The event's being held at Bay Club Santa Clara -- formerly known as the Decathlon Club -- and people can register to play or just watch the tournament. There's even a learner's table, where a pro dealer will teach spectators how to play. Player registration starts at $75 and the spectator price is $50, including food, beverages and live music.

Go to www.texasholdemso.org for more details or to register.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.