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(referred to locally as the San Francisco Bay Area Bay Area) is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California. The region encompasses the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, along with smaller urban and rural areas. The Bay Area's nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Home to approximately 7.68 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 statistical area of the region is the second-largest in California (after the Greater Los Angeles area), the fifth-largest in the United States, and the 43rd-largest urban area in the world with 8.80 million people.
The Bay Area has the second-most
Fortune 500 companies in the United States, after the New York metropolitan area, and is known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity. The area ranks second in highest density of college graduates, after the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and performs above the state median household income in the 2010 census; it includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States. Based on a 2013 population report from the California Department of Finance, the Bay Area is the only region in California where the rate of people migrating in from other areas in the United States is greater than the rate of those leaving the region, led by Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Radar generated 3-D view of the San Andreas Fault, at Crystal Springs Reservoir near San Mateo
San Andreas Fault
is a continental
that extends roughly 810 miles (1,300 km) through
. It forms the
boundary between the
North American Plate
, and its motion is
(horizontal). The fault divides into three segments, each with different characteristics, and a different degree of earthquake risk. Although the most significant (Southern) segment only dates back about 5 million years, the oldest sections were formed by the subduction of a spreading ridge 30 million years ago.
The fault was first identified in 1895 by Professor of
geology Andrew Lawson from UC Berkeley who discovered the northern zone. It is named after a small lake which was formed in a valley between the two plates. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Lawson concluded that the fault extended all the way into southern California. In 1953, geologist Thomas Dibblee astounded the scientific establishment with his conclusion that hundreds of miles of lateral movement could occur along the San Andreas Fault.
A project called the
San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) is drilling into the fault to improve prediction and recording of future quakes.
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Melvin Mouron Belli
(July 29, 1907 – July 9, 1996) was a prominent
lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and by detractors as 'Melvin Bellicose'. He had many celebrity clients, including
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Tammy Faye Bakker
. He won over USD $600,000,000 in judgments during his legal career. He was also the attorney of
, who shot
Lee Harvey Oswald
for the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy
Belli was born in the
California Gold Rush town of Sonora, California in the Sierra foothills. His parents were of Italian ancestry from Switzerland. His grandmother Anna Mouron was the first female pharmacist in California. By the 1920s, the family had moved to the city of Stockton, California where Belli attended Stockton High School.
After winning a court case, Belli would raise a
Jolly Roger flag over his Montgomery Street office building in the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco (which Belli claimed had been a Gold Rush-era brothel) and fire a cannon, mounted on his office roof, to announce the victory and the impending party.
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Santa Clara County, California
. It is located with
to its south and
to its north, at the eastern end of
State Route 237
and generally between Interstates
which run roughly north/south through the city. With
bordering directly on the north, Milpitas sits in the extreme northeast section of the
, bordering the
. Milpitas is also located within the
. The corporate headquarters of
sit within the industrial zones of Milpitas. The population was 66,790 at the 2010 census.
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