Arcata, California

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Arcata is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay (northern) portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. In 2006 Arcata's population was estimated to be 17,294.[1] This college town, located 280 miles (450 km) north of San Francisco (via Highway 101), is home to Humboldt State University.

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In the past, Arcata has been notably progressive in its political makeup, and was the first city in the United States to elect a majority of its city council members from the Green Party. Its city council currently consists of a Democratic majority.[citation needed] As a result of the progressive majority, Arcata capped the number of chain restaurants allowed in the city.[2] Arcata was also the first municipality to ban the growth of any type of Genetically Modified Organism within city limits, with exceptions for research and educational purposes.

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