Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Struggling between LA and an offer in Palo Alto. Married, preschool age child, and another on the way. Thoughts?
Hell-a??? You do not want to raise your children in southern California. Basically, norcal and socal are diametrically opposed.
--Image and status oriented
--Sprawling and ridiculous traffic
--Terrible public transit
--Concrete, concrete, concrete
--Merit based, casual, more laid back
--Great public transit, easy to get anywhere
--Amazing private schools; some of the best in the nation (CPS, Head Royce, Harker, Bellarmine, etc etc)
--Fantastic places to go with your spouse and kids on weekends. An hour in any direction and you are in SF, Santa Cruz, the beach, wine country, redwood trees, etc.
--Great job opportunities for your spouse if they are in technology. In LA the jobs are more in media/tv.
You would be crazy to pick LA over the Bay if the choice was just about location.
If you are a rational human being you will NOT listen to this poster's sweeping generalizations. Southern California is an enormous region that cannot be summarized with five bullet points. I've lived in both regions (L.A. and Silicon Valley) and enjoy them both for different reasons. There is so much variation just within the Los Angeles area that you would be doing yourself a disservice by not looking into it.
You would be crazy to listen to this poster if you actually want to make a well-informed choice.