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Question by Mark: Would you take this job in Los Angeles?
I live in Cleveland Ohio and lost my job here on January 31st of this year. I have not been able to find another here. I was offered a job in Los Angeles but my wife refuses to move. I also have two little girls ages 7 and 9 who definitely don’t want me to go. The pay is 30% more than I was making but the average rental price in the area is almost 1500 a month. So I will be maintaining two residences. The company will provide lodging there for one month and will allow me to return here one weekend a month at my own expense. (I will get one friday off per month). I am waiting on the results of one interview here and have another on Monday. But that is the day I am expected to start in Los Angeles. Would you take the LA job since it is for sure or would you try to stay here and hope for the best so you could stay with your children? I am really hurting trying to make this decision and any input would help. Thank you!
Answer by Allen Iverson
If you don’t have a job in Cleavland and you can’t find one in Cleavland, then I think it is a great idea to move to LA. The weather is beautiful, and you will be getting 30% more pay. The down sides to LA are, there are too many damn liberals. Even though you will be getting payed 30% more, cali is really expensive to live in, high cost of living (highest in the U.S.), and high state and sales taxes.
Great variety in topology (mountains, marshes, plains, coastline, deserts, etc.)
Great people (high diversity, laid back)
Great business/job opportunities for skilled work
Lots of cultural things (symphony, theater, cinema, museums, etc.)
Crowds in the desirable parts
Traffic on the freeways and streets
High cost of living (highest in the U.S.)
High state and sales taxes
High violent crime rates in some cities
Poor public schools, perpetuated by a strong teachers’ union and low funding
Poor infrastructure (roads, power lines, bridges, ….)
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