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Oakland is a city on the east coast of the San Francisco Bay in the USA. To its north is Berkeley, home to the famous university campus (University of California, Berkeley). To its west is San Francisco, across the Bay Bridge. Oakland is home of The Port of Oakland, which is a signifigant source of commerce for the city.

The current mayor is Jerry Brown who was a former governor of the State of California. Tourist attractions include the Oakland Musuem, the Paramount Theater, China Town, Jack London Square, Lake Merritt, and Oakland Coliseum, home to the Oakland Raiders football team, and the Oakland A's baseball team. The commercial and residental structures exhibit a great variety of styles, including Art Deco and Craftsman.