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Encyclopedia > San Bruno, California
The San Bruno police station next to the BART station at the Shops at Tanforan.
The San Bruno police station next to the BART station at the Shops at Tanforan.

San Bruno is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. The population was 40,165 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links Police Plaza, at 1177 Huntington Drive, San Bruno, California. ... Image File history File links Police Plaza, at 1177 Huntington Drive, San Bruno, California. ... A typical suburban police station in the United States (this one is in San Bruno, California). ... A westbound BART train in downtown San Francisco (wide-angle photo). ... The Shops at Tanforan is a shopping mall and business area in San Bruno, California, in the Peninsula area of the Bay Area, 10 miles south of San Francisco. ... Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


The city is adjacent to San Francisco International Airport. FAA diagram of SFO SFO redirects here. ...

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Geography

Location of San Bruno, California

San Bruno is located at 37°37′31″N, 122°25′31″W (37.625288, -122.425266)GR1. The city is located between South San Francisco and Millbrae, near the San Francisco International Airport and about 12 miles south of downtown San Francisco. Image File history File links CAMap-doton-San_Bruno. ... South San Francisco is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ... Millbrae is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... FAA diagram of SFO SFO redirects here. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.1 km² (5.5 mi²), all land. The city spreads from the mostly flat lowlands near San Francisco Bay into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which rise to more than 600 feet above sea level in Crestmoor and more than 700 feet above sea level in the northwestern corner of the city. San Bruno City Hall sits at an official elevation of 41 feet above sea level. Portions of Mills Park, Crestmoor, and Rollingwood are very hilly and feature some canyons and ravines. Creeks, many of them now in culverts, flow from springs in the hills toward San Francisco Bay. Just west of Skyline Boulevard is San Andreas Lake, outside the city limits, which gave its name to the famous San Andreas Fault in the 1890s. The lake is actually one of several reservoirs used by the San Francisco Water Department. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate The San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining of approximately forty percent of California, flowing in Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California. ... San Andreas Lake (from Spanish, Laguna de San Andreas) is the name of an upland lake on the San Francisco Peninsula south of the city of San Francisco, California. ... View of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in central California, 35°07N, 119°39W The San Andreas Fault is a geological fault that runs a length of roughly 800 miles (1300 kilometres) through western and southern California in the United States. ...


Climate

San Bruno enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. January is the coldest month with an average high of 55.9° and an average low of 42.9°. Frost occurs occasionally during the winter months; snowfall is quite rare, but 1.5 inch fell on January 21, 1962 (with as much as four inches reported in Crestmoor). Measurable snowfalls also occurred on December 11, 1932 and February 5, 1976. Freezing temperatures occur on an average of only 1.3 days annually. The coldest winter temperature on record was 20° on December 11, 1932, the same day 1.0 inch of snow fell. A week-long cold spell in December 1972 caused hard freezes throughout the area, damaging trees and plants and causing some water pipes to break; the temperature dropped as low as 24° at the airport and 20° in Crestmoor, which also reported snow flurries several times that week.


September is the warmest month with an average high of 72.7° and an average low of 55.1°. Temperatures exceed 90 degrees on an average of 4.0 days annually. Fog and low overcast are common during the night and morning hours in the summer months, which are generally very dry except for occasional light drizzle from the fog or moisture moving up from tropical storms. Gusty westerly winds are also common in the afternoon during the summer. The highest summer temperature was 106 degrees on June 14, 1961, breaking a record of 104° set in June 1960. A high of 105° was recorded on July 17, 1988, and a high of 103° was recorded on September 14, 1971. Until August 1, 1993, it had never reached 100° in August, which is one of the foggier months in the area.


Thunderstorms occur several times a year, usually during the winter months, but are usually quite brief. Total annual precipitation, most of which falls from November to April, ranges from 20.11 inches at the nearby National Weather Service station at San Francisco International Airport to over 32 inches in the higher hills (according to observations by the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Geological Survey weather volunteers from 1962 to 1985). The annual average days with measurable precipitation is 65.2 days. The National Weather Service (NWS) is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. ... United States Army Corps of Engineers logo The United States Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, is made up of some 34,600 military men and women. ... The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 40,165 people, 14,677 households, and 9,921 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,840.3/km² (7,353.6/mi²). There were 14,980 housing units at an average density of 1,059.3/km² (2,742.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.65% White, 2.01% African American, 0.47% Native American, 18.69% Asian, 2.88% Pacific Islander, 10.82% from other races, and 7.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.12% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 14,677 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.29. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $62,081, and the median income for a family was $70,251. Males had a median income of $46,843 versus $36,851 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,360. About 3.1% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Parks

San Bruno City Park, bordered by Crystal Springs Avenue and El Crystal School, is the major municipal park. It offers shaded walkways and hiking trials, picnic tables, a playground, a small ballpark, a municipal swimming pool, and a recreation center that includes an indoor basketball court once used for training by the San Francisco Warriors basketball team. There are smaller municipal parks in other parts of the city. Junipero Serra County Park, also accessible from Crystal Springs Avenue, is a 100-acre park owned by San Mateo County and includes numerous hiking trails, as well as picnic shelters and tables. The Golden State Warriors are a National Basketball Association team based in Oakland, California. ...


History

The area was first explored in 1769 by a Spanish expedition led by Gaspar de Portola. Later, more extensive explorations by Bruno Hecate resulted in the naming of San Bruno Creek after St. Bruno of Cologne, the founder of a medieval monastic order. This creek apparently later gave its name to the community. With the establishment of the San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis of Assisi) mission, much of the area became pasture for the mission livestock. Dairy farms later became common in much of the area. Gaspar de Portolá (ca. ... Saint Bruno of Cologne (Cologne, c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Saint Francis of Assisi (born in Assisi, Italy, ca. ...


The city began as a stop on the Butterfield stagecoach route, utilizing an inn built in 1849, which was initially called Thorp's Place and later Uncle Tom's Cabin. The inn was demolished in 1949. Gus Jenevein built another landmark called San Bruno House, which burned several times and was not rebuilt after the third fire. A few homes and farms were developed in the area. The railroad between San Francisco and San Jose built a train station at San Bruno in the 1860s. The railroad eventually became part of the Southern Pacific system, which ran both passenger and freight trains on the line. Today it is known as Caltrain. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ... Caltrain is a commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley in the United States. ...


Real growth and development began after the 1906 earthquake and fire. The city's first public school, Edgemont Elementary School, was completed in 1907. A second school, North Brae Elementary School, opened in 1912; among its earliest students was future actor Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Paving of California's first state highway, El Camino Real, began in 1912 in front of San Bruno's Uncle Tom's Cabin; the highway is now designated as California State Highway 82. The adjoining San Francisco International Airport opened in early 1927 and included a Weather Bureau station, now operated by the National Weather Service. Charles Lindbergh was an early visitor to the airport; unfortunately, his airplane (Spirit of St. Louis) became stuck in the mud! In 1947, the Bayshore Freeway (U.S. Highway 101) was opened from South San Francisco to Redwood City and included an interchange at San Bruno. Rochester Eddie Anderson (September 18, 1905 (Oakland, California) - February 28, 1977) was an African-American comic actor and star of movies, television and especially old-time radio, where he played the butler Rochester van Jones (usually known simply as Rochester) to Jack Bennys eponymous title character on The Jack... El Camino Real (Spanish for the Royal or Kings Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain: There is an El Camino Real in California; see: El Camino Real (California); that road provoked a Jargon File bilingual homographic... FAA diagram of SFO SFO redirects here. ... The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency of the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. ... The National Weather Service (NWS) is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. ... Charles Lindbergh Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. ... Lindbergh poses with the famous plane The Spirit of St. ... South San Francisco is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ... Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. ...


Following a campaign by the local newspaper, the San Bruno Herald, the community was incorporated in 1914, mainly so the streets could be paved. San Bruno grew rapidly, passing 1,500 residents by 1920 and 3,610 residents in 1930. Additional schools, including New Edgemont (later renamed Decima Allen) and Crystal Springs, were built during the 1930s. San Bruno Herald began as an independent weekly newspaper in San Bruno, California in 1914. ...


Following World War II, there was continued growth and new subdivisions in Mills Park, Rollingwood, and Crestmoor. Prior to 1950, San Bruno's high school students attended San Mateo High School (opened in 1902) and then Burlingame High School (opened in the early 1920s), traveling to and from school on the street cars that ran next to the Southern Pacific railroad. Finally, on September 11, 1950, Capuchino High School opened in San Bruno. After years of using Green Hall as a multi-purpose building, the city dedicated a library and city hall in 1954. That same year saw the dedication of the current central terminal at the airport, part of a major expansion program. A central fire station was later built next to the city hall; an additional station was built in Crestmoor. San Mateo High School is a public school in San Mateo, California. ... Burlingame High School is a public high school in Burlingame, California. ... Capuchino High School is a public high school in San Bruno, California. ...


Parkside Intermediate School was opened in 1954, followed by additional elementary schools: Rollingwood, Crestmoor, John Muir, and Carl Sandburg. A second intermediate school, Engvall, was built in Crestmoor Canyon, only to be closed, along with Sandburg, when enrollment fell. These were all part of the San Bruno Park School District. Students in northwestern San Bruno were included in the Laguna Salada district.


The March 22, 1957, earthquake (5.3 magnitude) caused minor damage throughout the city, especially in some of the schools, where windows were broken and plaster cracked. Numerous cans and bottles were knocked off shelves at local stores, some of which were closed temporarily. Many residents reported damage to crockery.


Crestmoor High School opened in September 1962, but was closed in June 1980 due to a decline in school enrollment. The city has a two-year junior college, Skyline College. Crestmoor High School opened in San Bruno, California in September 1962 to relieve congestion at Capuchino High School and Mills High School. ...


A major landmark in San Bruno for many years was the Tanforan racetrack, which opened in 1899. Such famous racehorses as Seabiscuit and Citation raced there. Famed Hollywood director Frank Capra filmed scenes for two of his films, Broadway Bill and Riding High, at the racetrack. The track closed in 1964 and was about to be demolished when it was destroyed in a major fire on July 31, 1964. The city's only shopping mall was later built on the site; surrounding city streets were named for some of the racehorses who appeared at Tanforan. The Shops at Tanforan is a shopping mall and business area in San Bruno, California, in the Peninsula area of the Bay Area, 10 miles south of San Francisco. ... Red Pollard on Seabiscuit Seabiscuit (May 23, 1933—May 17, 1947) was a champion thoroughbred race horse in the United States. ... A citation is a credit or reference to another document or source which documents both influence and authority. ... Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Academy Award winning Italian-American film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films of the 1930s and 1940s, including the classics Its a Wonderful Life and Mr. ...


During the late 1960s the I-280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) was built through San Bruno. The San Bruno Planning Commission reviewed and approved plans for two major shopping centers, Bayhill (located on the old U.S. Navy property between San Bruno Avenue and Sneath Lane and Tanforan. With the approval by the San Bruno City Council, construction proceeded on these major retail developments. Prior to that most of the city's stores were located on San Mateo Avenue and El Camino Real. Interstate 280 is the designation for several Interstate Highways in the United States, all of which are related to Interstate 80: Interstate 280 (California), a north-south freeway running from San Jose, California to San Francisco, California. ... Interstate 280 is the name of four distinct spur routes of Interstate 80 in the United States. ... El Camino Real (Spanish for the Royal or Kings Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain: There is an El Camino Real in California; see: El Camino Real (California); that road provoked a Jargon File bilingual homographic...


The October 17, 1989, earthquake (6.9 magnitude) caused some damage in the city. The U.S. Postal Service's Western Regional headquarters, then the tallest building in San Bruno, had to be demolished due to severe structural damage. The world headquarters for The Gap clothing store are now the tallest building in the city.


San Bruno finally acquired its own BART station when the high-speed rail system was extended to Millbrae and the San Francisco International Airport. BART (in full, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District) is a rapid transit electric train service that serves parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, and Walnut Creek. ... Millbrae is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... FAA diagram of SFO SFO redirects here. ...


Trivia

San Bruno is one of only two cities in the Bay Area that manages its own cable TV and internet system. San Bruno Cable


The city was the site of the crash of Flying Tiger Line Flight 282 in 1964. On Wednesday, December 23rd, 1964, a Flying Tiger Line Lockheed Constellation, N6915C, arrived at San Francisco International Airport from Japan. ...


Singer/songrwriter Timothy Daniel moved to San Bruno in the spring of 2003 as an on-site computer repair specialist for CompUSA, playing guitar in small clubs and on streetcorners up and down the Peninsula. Several months later, his life would be wholly focused on his music career, a transformation documented in his song "California". Another song, "Marvel" specifically references San Bruno's pleasant climate, to wit, sunny and 72°. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... CompUSA, Inc. ...


Certain parts of Silent Hill 2 are modelled after San Bruno.


Video company YouTube is based in San Bruno. YouTube is a popular free video sharing web site which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ...


Sources

  • U.S. Geological Service
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • National Weather Service
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • City of San Bruno website
  • San Bruno Herald archives
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Interviews

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos Coordinates: 37.625288° -122.425266°
  • City of San Bruno

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