Wait a second….just where in the hell does the bay area end and the rest of California begin? The lines are becoming very blurred these days and I’m not too sure anymore. I was north of Santa Rosa not so long ago and the folks up there were considering themselves part of the bay area (?) and last I checked the actual bay, which contains the water of the Pacific Ocean wasn’t even remotely close to this area.
Of course our state is being developed (raped) at an alarming rate these days and people are being squeezed into places that can’t possibly maintain them. A small example is the fastest growing town in the United States. The once sleepy little town of Lincoln, California (located east of Sacramento) has a population that has grown since the year 2000 from around 11,746 to the present day 39,566 and still growing (that’s 236% growth in less than 7 years folks)!
A childhood friend of mine and I used to go up there often since both his parents grew up there and his grandparents were still living there at that time and back then the population was somewhere around the size of a large high school.
At the rate California’s population is growing as everyone is still coming here for the American dream (Wake up! The dream died a few decades ago out here. Go some place else) pretty soon people as far North as Red Bluff, as far East as Sacramento and as far South as Watsonville will be considered as part of the bay area!