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Inclusion of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
I saw an edit by Nyttend which added Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties along with their cities to the template. At first my reaction was, "those aren't among the nine counties of the Bay Area." But on the San Francisco Bay Area page, it points out those are included in the Census Bureau's definition of the contiguous metro area. And the Census Bureau is usually WP's preferred reference when available. So after looking through that, now I agree. You've also got me thinking I should update List of airports in the San Francisco Bay Area and its accompanying navbox to be consistent with this. Ikluft (talk) 15:30, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
What you saw was Nyttend's version after he changed that article.. It has been reverted back since it appears he made a change without participating in the endless discussions on Talk:San Francisco Bay Area regarding San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Cheers. Zzyzx11(Talk) 01:59, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
I think the template could be trimmed of some outlying areas, but such trimming must be judicious. Certainly, all of Contra Costa and Alameda counties are considered part of the East Bay, per such authority as East Bay Regional Park District, which includes every portion of those two counties. Binksternet (talk) 05:06, 3 June 2010 (UTC)
The primary idea was that this was suppose to be metropolitan area template listing municipalities and communities, not a pure geographical region template. Since the consensus is that the SF Bay Area metro area consists of nine counties, those communities in those counties should be included in the template. Zzyzx11 (talk) 15:56, 5 June 2010 (UTC)