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The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, is a metropolitan region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries (collectively, the San Francisco Bay) in Northern California. The region encompasses metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas. The nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Home to approximately 7.15 million people, the nine-county Bay Area contains many cities, towns, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks, connected by a network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. The combined urban area of San Jose and San Francisco is the 53rd largest urban area in the world.

The Bay Area is anchored by three major cities. San Francisco is world renowned for its storied history, steep hills, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the second-most densely populated major city (population greater than 200,000) in the United States. The largest city in the Bay Area in land area and population is San Jose, which is located in the South Bay and is part of the high technology hub known as Silicon Valley. Oakland, the third most populous city, is the main city of the East Bay, and contains the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest intermodal container port in the United States, and an anchor point for the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. The region's northern counties encompass California's famous Wine Country. The Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity. The area includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States.


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The eastern span replacement of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a construction project replacing an unsafe cantilever portion of the Bay Bridge with a new self-anchored suspension bridge (SAS) and viaduct. The new span is located in the U.S. state of California, and crosses the San Francisco Bay between Yerba Buena Island and Emeryville. It was built between 2002 and 2013, and does not have an official name other than that of the bridge as a whole. The eastern span replacement is the largest public works project in California history, with an estimated cost of $6.4 billion. Originally scheduled to open in 2007, several problems delayed the opening until September 2, 2013. It is currently the world's widest bridge, according to Guinness World Records. (more...)

Previously: Bayshore Freeway, University of San Francisco

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Gavin Newsom

Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician. He is the 49th and current Lieutenant Governor of California, after being elected in 2010. In 2003, he was elected the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, the city's youngest in 100 years. Newsom was re-elected in 2007 with 72 percent of the vote. In 2010, a Samepoint study named Newsom the Most Social Mayor in America's largest 100 cities.

In 1996, San Francisco mayor Willie Brown appointed Newsom to serve on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission, and then as a member of the Board of Supervisors the following year. Newsom drew voter attention with his Care Not Cash program, designed to move homeless people into city-assisted care.

Newsom graduated from Redwood High School and Santa Clara University. He has co-founded 11 businesses, 10 in which family friend Gordon Getty has been an investor.. (more...)

Previously: Luis Walter Alvarez, Maxine Hong Kingston

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Albino American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Previously: Art Car, Agassiz Statue

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US patent

...that "Google barges" refers to a group of four floating barges built between 2010 and 2012, commissioned by Google to serve as "an interactive space where people can learn about new technology", possibly as luxury showrooms for Google Glass and other products, on an invitation-only basis. As of November 2013, two of the barges are docked in Treasure Island, San Francisco, while another is in Portland, Maine. (more...)


...that 'Isaac Friedlander (1823–1878) was a wheat broker and major early California land speculator, who was known as the Wheat King or the Grain King. In 1849, he moved to California during the gold rush. Friedlander and his South Carolina-born wife Priscilla were known for their parties in which they brought a flavor of "Old South" culture to San Francisco. (more...)

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...that Circle Magazine was published from 1944 to 1948 by George Leite, initially with poet Bern Porter. Produced at Leite's Berkeley, California bookstore, daliel's (always a lowercase 'd'), it featured poetry, prose, criticism and art from many of those whose creative works and their successors would later come to called the San Francisco Renaissance. In addition to the magazine, Circle Editions published contemporary authors such as Albert Cossery and Henry Miller (a personal friend of Leite's).. (more...)

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A city on hills has it over flat-land places. . . . This gold and white acropolis rising wave on wave against the blue of the Pacific sky was a stunning thing, a painted thing, like a picture of a mediaeval Italian city which can never have existed.'
~ John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley (1962)

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