My recent story -- "25 reasons NOT to go to San Francisco" got some play across the bay today as I defended this area on KGO.
I think I won.
Chris Brecher took San Francisco's side as we rolled through the top few reasons. While I pointed out that there's free parking everywhere here, Chris said there is free parking to be found in the city. She wouldn't say where, though -- probably afraid she'd lose her spot.
"Danville has free parking, to which I have one word in response -- BART," Brecher said. I told her that BART runs both ways, and I'd even pick my San Francisco friends up at the nearest station.
It's worth mentioning that Bret Burkhart lives here and was on my side from the start.
"I agree with everything you say, Glenn," he told me on the air. Burkhart lives in what Brecher described as "low-rent Danville," meaning San Ramon. Sorry, San Ramoners; I'd complain to KGO if I were you.
Number three -- the local weather --I won hands down.
"Danville has great weather, and that is correct. But Danville didn't do anything to make that," Brecher told me. Ouch.
I also scored on number four -- that people are nicer here.
"I'm not saying people aren't nice in San Francisco, but because it's an international city, you get a lot of snooty sales people," I told Brecher, with Burkhart agreeing.
In the end, both the afternoon KGO co-hosts also agreed that this area is a lot more family friendly than the city.
"The fourth of July parade is just terrific and is one of the reasons we picked to move nearby," Burkhart said.
Brecher even admitted she'd been to San Ramon's Art and Wind Festival -- she thought it was the Art and Wine Festival.
Let me say for the record that I love San Francisco. It's truly an international city, and I go there all the time. But I also love the East Bay and this area in particular. I just wish my friends from the city would come down to visit me from time to time instead of always asking me to schlep to them.