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South San Francisco

South San
Francisco occupies the basin
and portions of the sides of a broad valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on
the north and the Coast Range on the west. Most of the valley faces adjacent San
Francisco Bay, affording sweeping vistas, from higher levels and a definite
sense of identification with the Bay. South San Francisco has mild winters and
dry cool summers. The hills to the west shield the city from much of the fog
that prevails in neighboring areas.

Population has tripled since World
War II with the opening of such subdivisions as Buri Buri, Winston Manor and
Westborough on the slopes west of El Camino. It has grown from 4,411 in 1920 to
61,824 in 2006.  A new BART station opened in June 2003.

South San
Francisco offers its citizens a city in which to live comfortably in fine
residential areas; a place of recreation in parks, swimming pools, and marina; a
place to work in more than 2,800 firms and businesses including many biotech
companies such as Genentech which gives the city the title of "Birthplace of