I have the Sycorax Syndrome also, but additionally, there’s a lot of fog in Berkeley. During this La Niña summer there was practically nothing but – mornings and late afternoons, such that the sun never rose nor set, but just dropped in once in awhile to see if Bezerkeley was up to its usual standards of craziness.
Also, though, where I am, the hills to the east don’t divulge the sun until it’s pretty far up there, and when it sets in the west it does it behind trees, but if I went uphill a bit, Id see it set over the ocean or the Marin hills, the former of which, of course, make its setting differ from its rising.
But even given none of the above, Bay Area sunrises and -settings usually aren’t very spectacular, because, when there is no fog, there are generally no clouds either. Ocasionally, though you do get a great Western (Mountain state) sunset. Dunno about the -rises, but I conceive of them as being quite different. I did see one -rise over the White Mountains, from a point in the eastern Sierra Nevada at 11K ft, on a backbacking trip in late August of this year. As I recall, it was rather murky and unspectacular, with no clouds at the time. I think, with prevailing winds from the northwest, cloud effects on -rises and -sets on typical days would appear quite different.