San Fierro

San Fierro, San Andreas is the second fictional city encountered in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and is based on real-life San Francisco, California.
San Fierro is the smallest metropolitan area in San Andreas, but the most urbanized, and is situated on a peninsula on the western part of the state. South of the city lies the massive Mount Chiliad and the small town of Angel Pine in Whetstone. To the north of the city, across a re-creation of the famous Golden Gate Bridge (Gant Bridge), lies the town of Bayside, and northeast of the city lies the county of Tierra Robada. San Fierro is a moderately sized city with the beautiful San Fierro Bay to the north and The Panopticon to the east. San Fierro is connected to Los Santos and Las Venturas by road, rail and air.

There is a sizeable country club complete with a golf course within San Fierro. In addition to this, San Fierro has a district marked by rainbow signs that is meant to emulate San Francisco's famous Castro District, home to a sizeable gay population. San Fierro is also home to the football team, the San Fierro 69ers, a double entendre referring to both the San Francisco 49ers and the "69" sexual position. Furthermore, in a crude reference to anal sex, the city's baseball team, the San Fierro Packers, is sponsored by none other than Fierro Fudge.

The city bears visible scars of an earthquake, a likely reference to the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, 3 years before the game takes place, though dialogue suggests that an earthquake has occurred just recently. The most obvious sign of the intense damage is the crumbled section of freeway lying to the immediate west of Garver Bridge's San Fierro approach, which is an apparent emulation of the damage done to San Francisco's Embarcadero Freeway, whose remnants could be seen for years after the earthquake. The freeway section does not seem to have any visible connection to the existing freeway, however. The city's infrastructure and buildings are not visibly damaged from the earthquake, the only such damage being in the Doherty area.

View of San Fierro from Tierra Robada.
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Sunrise over Gant Bridge.
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WeatherEdit
San Fierro commonly experiences rainstorms. These, combined with the frequent late-night and early-morning fog, can make driving and flying difficult because of reduced visibility. To further complicate the city's weather patterns, the Tierra Robada sandstorms occasionally blow into the northeastern parts of San Fierro, making flying near the Garver Bridge and Downtown skyline extremely treacherous.
DistrictsEdit

Chinatown
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The Palisades district
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Because San Fierro is meant to emulate San Francisco, many of its districts are re-imaginings of real neighborhoods in San Francisco:
Battery Point - Fort Point
Juniper Hollow - Cow Hollow
Paradiso - The Presidio
Esplanade North - Fisherman's Wharf
Esplanade East - Embarcadero
Downtown/Financial - Financial District
Calton Heights - Pacific Heights
Chinatown - Chinatown
Juniper Hill - Russian Hill
Palisades - Presidio Heights
Santa Flora - Twin Peaks
City Hall - City Hall/Civic Center
Queens - The Castro
King's - Noe Valley (and Pierre Valley)
Easter Basin - China Basin/Hunters Point
Doherty - Dogpatch
Garcia - The Mission
Hashbury - Haight-Ashbury
Ocean Flats - Ocean Beach
Avispa Country Club - Cliff House
Missionary Hill - Mount Sutro
Foster Valley - Foster City/Peninsula
Easter Bay International Airport - San Francisco International Airport

LandmarksEdit

Big Pointy Building
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Windy Windy Windy Windy Street
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San Fierro Bay
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As with every other city in San Andreas, there are emulated landmarks. In San Fierro, these include:

The Golden Gate Bridge makes an appearance as the Gant Bridge. This bridge links San Fierro and the town of Bayside. The bridge appears to have functioning tollbooths, as evidenced by the fact that cars heading into San Fierro stop at the toll plaza. However, the player is apparently immune to the toll, not having to pay it. Gant Bridge extends over San Fierro Bay, which is a re-creation of San Francisco Bay, and physically separates San Fierro from Bayside and Tierra Robada.
The San Francisco Bay Bridge makes an appearance as the Garver Bridge. This bridge links San Fierro and Tierra Robada near Las Venturas. Alongside the Garver Bridge is the Kincaid Bridge, which is modeled after the Forth Rail Bridge, which itself sits beside the Forth Road Bridge outside Edinburgh, Scotland. This may also be a reference to the home of Rockstar North, where the original bridges are located. The Forth Road Bridge and the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge look remarkably similar.
The Transamerica Pyramid is re-created as the Big Pointy Building, the base of the building surrounded by somewhat humorous signs. One can travel to the top for a bird's eye view of San Fierro. One parachute (and only one, so exercise caution) is provided, in case players have the urge to jump off.
Lombard Street, known as the "crookedest street", appears as Windy Windy Windy Windy Street in San Fierro's Calton Heights.
Fort Point makes an appearance as Battery Point in the game, which sits underneath Gant Bridge. However, the fort has been taken over by the pimp Jizzy B, and is known as Jizzy's Pleasure Domes.
The Castro district is emulated as "Queens", a tongue-in-cheek reference to the neighborhood as being the heart of San Francisco's gay community.
San Fierro City Hall, based on the Beaux-Arts styled San Francisco City Hall, is located at the west end of Queens.
A replica of Mount Sutro's radio antenna (Sutro Tower) is located atop Missionary Hill, at the south end of San Fierro. An observation area is located nearby, offering a pristine view of the city's southern side.
Foster Valley, located between Missionary Hill and Easter Bay Airport, may be inspired from planned cities such as Foster City (which may explain the origin of the name as well). The contemporary buildings in the area, as well as a row of identical cylindrical buildings along an artificial lake, mildly resemble Oracle Corporation's World Headquarters at Redwood Shores, Redwood City, which is, coincidentally, also located near Foster City.
Other LandmarksEdit
Forth Bridge
Ferry Building
Grace Cathedral
Golden Gate Park
Fort Mason
Presidio of San Francisco
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco cable car system
Great Highway
Sutro Tower (on Missionary hill)
Getting aroundEdit

The cable car passing between the Calton Heights and Chinatown districts
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Although cars are prominent, there are cable cars (trams) that circle San Fierro. Players are, however, unable to ride them, as they are literally unstoppable, and will plow through any obstacle without incurring damage. It is possible for a player equipped with a jetpack to land on top of a tram and ride it, albeit awkwardly.
The Brown Streak Railroad stops at Doherty's Cranberry Station across from CJ's garage.

The Easter Bay Airport is located at the southeast of the city, off Exit 3, the second to last exit, from the Garver Bridge Approach.

StorylineEdit

Carl Johnson's Doherty Garage
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After a deadly shootout under the Mulholland Intersection in Los Santos, Carl Johnson is dragged by Officers Tenpenny and Pulaski to the little town of Angel Pine, where they deposit him, using the recent incarceration of Carl's brother Sean Johnson as leverage to convince him to do their dirty work, which includes murdering witnesses. At this point in time, Cesar calls Carl, informing him that his gang has been disbanded, and that his life is now in danger. After escaping Los Santos with Kendl, Cesar meets with Carl, and they street-race with the mysterious Wu Zi Mu and Carl participates in some very poorly planned and executed robberies with Cesar's passionate, psychotic cousin, Catalina for some fast cash to get back on his feet. Along the way, Tenpenny employs Carl to help him obtain crack and weed to use to frame a nosy D.A. in San Fierro, and introduces him to the pot-growing hippie, The Truth. Catalina confesses her love for Carl, but confuses him with her constant insults and moody attitude. After Catalina forces Carl into an extreme form of BDSM, then having sex, she calls off their "relationship" due to their opposing personalities. Carl then races Catalina's "new boyfriend" Claude, for the ownership of a garage in San Fierro. Soon after, The Police discover The Truth's weed fields, and Carl flees to San Fierro with The Truth.
Once there, Carl finds that all is wrong. The garage he won from Catalina is derelict, and he discovers the disturbing truth about the Loco Syndicate, the crime organization responsible for the spread of drugs in Los Santos. The syndicate is run by Mike Toreno, a shady person with a surprising background. T-Bone Mendez, a San Fierro Rifa, serves as the muscle of the organization, along with Ryder, CJ's ex homie from Grove Street, and Jizzy B, the biggest pimp in town. As he is investigating the Loco Syndicate, Carl also discovers that Wu Zi Mu (Woozie) is actually the head of a San Fierro Triad gang, the Mountain Cloud Boys, who are in the midst of a war with the Da Nang Boys, a Vietnamese crime organization.

After many odd jobs and errands for multiple bosses, Carl, Woozie and Cesar decide to take down the Loco Syndicate from the inside. Carl first pays Jizzy a visit, offering Jizzy his services. Jizzy gives Carl some work, during which he meets T-Bone Mendez and Mike Toreno. After being sure that Jizzy didn't suspect him, Carl confronted him at the Pleasure Domes nightclub. A massive shootout was followed by a high-speed car chase, in which Jizzy was killed by Carl. Then, he heads down to Pier 69, and kills T-Bone and Ryder in a massive shootout between Triads, San Fierro Rifa, Ballas, Carl and Cesar. Finally, Woozie informs him that Toreno is getting ready to leave in a helicopter, and Carl shoots him down with a rocket launcher. He then destroys the syndicate's crack lab in Doherty, ending the Loco Syndicate once and for all.

Carl then receives a mysterious call from a "friend" who claims knowledge of Sweet's whereabouts, prompting him to head out to the desert, to find none other than Mike Toreno. From there, a new chapter in the San Andreas storyline unfolds.

ResidentsEdit
Jizzy B
T-Bone Mendez
Wu Zi Mu
Dwaine
Jethro
Daniel Lamb, the protagonist of Rockstar Games' Manhunt 2 is also originally from San Fierro.
Katie Zhan
Sports TeamsEdit
San Fierro has two pro sports teams, a football team, the San Fierro 69ers (obviously based off the San Francisco 49ers) and a baseball team, the San Fierro Packers, based off the San Francisco Giants, with a name that may be inspired by the real life football team, the Green Bay Packers.
Trivia Edit
Although some landmarks might have been in the Beta, one landmark (Alcatraz) was going to appear in the game but was deleted for unknown reasons. Proof of this can be seen at the map at Toreno's ranch & Lil' Probe'Inn.
The city exists in the GTA IV era, and can be seen as the birth location for some criminals on the internet database in GTA IV. Theoretically, it is very possible that it no longer exists in the State of San Andreas.
Daniel Lamb, protagonist of Manhunt 2, was born in San Fierro.
San Fierro is the only city in San Andreas without countrysides.
Entering San Fierro before the city is unlocked is possible without cheats by swimming or by using a boat such as those obtainable from the docks on the south side of Las Venturas, but a 4-star Wanted Level is activated once you enter the waterways around the city.