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Working from home is a dream come true for some people and a nightmare for others. It all depends on your perspective. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some people who started working remotely were happy about the changes. For one thing, working from home saved them time and money that would have been spent on commuting to work every day. 

However, the most important advantage of working from home is that it will keep you safe from getting infected by the novel coronavirus. Right now, this is the only reason that counts. Thankfully, software developers have the privilege of working from home. This has propelled some of them to consider relocation from Silicon Valley to more affordable cities in Texas. 

Tech Talent Flee From Silicon Valley 

Do you know that there are more than 225,300 high tech workers in Silicon Valley, San Francisco? To put this into perspective, there are 387,000 high tech jobs in the entire country. So, if there are 225,300 high-tech jobs in Silicon Valley, then you can understand why it is the best hub for web developers around the world. Unfortunately, the city is at risk of losing its position as the number one destination for tech talent. This is primarily because of two things: talent relocation and company relocation. 

Without the companies and the hundreds of thousands of tech workers in Silicon Valley, the city is going to lose its title as the foremost destination for tech gurus in the United States. This makes it one of the most technologically innovative places in the world but it also makes it one of the most expensive. House rent in the Valley is unrealistically high and it's only going to keep increasing. Tech jobs pay more money than many other jobs in Silicon Valley. However, tech workers aren't satisfied with spending all the money they have on daily expenses. 

A small one-bedroom apartment in Silicon Valley costs over $2,000 monthly. By the time you factor in food and other expenses, you might spend over $5,000 just to survive in Silicon Valley every month. This isn't something the average worker can afford. Some of the tech workers who can afford this expensive lifestyle don't think the Valley is worth all the hype. Since they can now work from home, many of these workers have decided to leave the expensive city for more affordable places.

Why should any average worker pay $5,000 monthly to survive when they spend $2,000 for the same standard of living in another city? The primary reason why many of these tech workers remained in Silicon Valley for this long is because of their jobs. Now that they no longer have to go to the office, they want out of the city. Some of them have already indicated an interest in moving to Texas while many others have moved out already. 

Coronavirus is Changing Tech Salaries 

As tech talent and companies flee Silicon Valley, they inspire even more people to leave the overpriced city. However, tech companies that are remaining in Silicon Valley aren't ready to let their talent relocate, remote work, or not. Facebook and other companies have given their workers ultimatums. They have the choice to remain in Silicon Valley and keep their fat salaries or relocate and face cuts. The salary cuts depend on the company but Facebook is threatening to remove up to 10% of the salary of remote workers. Some other companies claim that they will cut between 8% to 20% depending on where their workers choose to go after leaving the Valley. The cheaper the cost of living in the new place, the higher the salary cut.

Bottom Line 

Covid-19 is changing tech salaries in the United States and every other part of the globe. Many similar things have been happening in tech companies around the world, but the most pronounced rate of relocation is in Silicon Valley. Tech companies like Oracle and Hewlett Packard have also left the Valley for Texas. Even Elon Musk has moved from his Silicon Valley home to the Lone Star State. If companies keep leaving the Valley, it will no longer be the most popular tech hub in the world.

Most of us entered the Internet Age with high hopes and expectations of what it could bring to us. Now, we find an online world dominated by corporations in pursuit of increased revenues, profit, and higher valuations. A world, where we, the users of the services are the product, where disinformation reigns, radicalization is rampant, rage is out in the open and where every day our privacy slips away.  Read the Atlantic article "How to Put Out Democracy’s Dumpster Fire"

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Loy • 03/10/2021 at 03:29PM • Like Profile

Good article - long, and worth reading.

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The Parklane Gallery is hosting its National Juried Show of all media ranging in size from 5x7 to 11x14.

130 Park Lane Kirkland, WA 98033  425-847-1462  www.parklanegallery.org/

The14 landscape paintings being displayed at the Salt and Iron Restaurant in Edmonds are all about color and texture!

The Salt and Iron Restaurant is located at 321 Main Street, #3135 - Edmonds, WA 98020 (425-361-1112)

Holiday Sale prices are now through the holidays, so this is the time to shop for that special gift! . See more at: www.annewatersart.com

CAT LOVERS! THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!!!

Come enjoy a weekend celebration of everything cats! With 80+ vendors from all over the world, you'll find high quality and one of a kind meowchandise for cats and humans!

There, you will find all the cat-related products imaginable: art, apparel, cat toys, accessories, paper goods, food brands, and MUCH MORE! Attend some of the art workshops, cat workshops or presentations from educational and entertaining speakers and advocates. There will also be cat yoga, cat cafe, and an adoption lounge, face painting, art making and much more!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2019 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Address: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-684-7200 

Bring the family out for the Where's Waldo 5k! Come dressed as your favorite Waldo! Join other Where's Waldo fans and have a blast at Green Lake Park!

This event will be "officially timed". The trail is fairly flat, rain or shine! Cost is $30 for adults which includes race, bib, photos, medal. costs for kids under 10 is $20 which includes race, bib, photos, and medal. 

Come have fun with the entire family on a beautiful fall morning!

REGISTER HERE

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 10:00 am

Address: Latona Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115

Phone: 206-684-4075

Get your costumes on and head out for an amazing family friendly vendor and craft event in Marysville!

This event is bringing local artisans and business together for shoppers, while supporting the community!

Come dressed up in your favorite character and do some trick or treating with the vendors. Find local, handmade and homegrown household items and foods. 

When: Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at 11:00 am
Address: 1010 Beach Ave, Marysville, Washington 98270

Phone: 360-659-2576 

You are cordially invited to join your favorite characters for the eighth annual enchanting fall ball!

Enter the grounds of Lord Hill Farms, in Snohomish, while you gaze upon the beautiful tree lit path to the grand entrance. Walk down the red carpet wearing your favorite formal/semi formal/ or Sunday's best attire and wander the ball, finding your favorite characters as you mingle, take photos and eat sweets fit for a queen! 

Dance the night away with the characters and your fall ball date and sing-a-long to your favorite songs!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Address: 12525 Old Snohomish Monroe Rd, Snohomish, Washington 98290
Phone: 360-568-1780 

You are invited! All zombies and ghouls are encouraged to head to downtown Snohomish for a friendly (or not!) visit. Dress in your zombie or ghoul attire for a community walk! This event is a spooky fundraiser for the Snohomish Food Bank.

 In preparation for the impending Zombie-Apocalypse, we're asking all participants and spectators to bring "rations for the survivors". (Food donations to benefit the Snohomish Food Bank. Cash donations are also welcome.)

Zombie face painting will be available at 2:00 pm in front of Artisans Mercantile (117 Glen St.) with all proceeds benefiting the Snohomish Food Bank. 

Snohomish Food Bank truck and staff will be on site starting at 2:30 pm to accept food donations. Zombies gather between 3:00 - 3:30 pm at Artisans Mercantile. 

At 3:30 pm important instructions and guidelines will be given. The walk begins at 4:00 pm. 

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. 

Address: 117 Glen Street Snohomish WA 98290

Phone: 360-568-7993 

Kirk Cameron will be bringing the Cameron living room to churches across the country, and wants you to join him for a heartfelt conversation about what matters most to husbands, wives and parents. 

Think of it as a "home-run date night" with Kirk along with special music guest, Matt Hammitt. 

Come enjoy a time to get away with your spouse for 3 hours to laugh, pray, learn and worship together as everyone dives deep.

You'll walk away from this event with a new lens to see your family through and you'll definitely be inspired to give your family a "Living Room Reset". Don't miss it!

When: Monday, October 6th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Address: 4326 148th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

The Seattle Public Works Expo provides a first-class multimodal learning experience designed for professionals at all levels and across the entire spectrum of public works!

Come prepared to see, hear, touch, and discuss in a variety of traditional and interactive sessions, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities.
 
Grab your business partners, co-workers and friends and head to Seattle for a weekend of learning and fun!


When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 8th, 9th and 10th, 2019 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address: 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-694-5000 

Come check out OPEN GYM on Saturday's from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm!

Come have fun and try out the equipment or get some extra practice time!

 Coaches will be on hand to answer questions and make sure that kids are safe. 

Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members. 

This hour can also be used for make-up classes.

*No open gym on 1/19, 3/2, 4/6, 5/25, 7/20, 8/31, 11/30, or 12/28.*

Address: 3707 124th St NE, Ste 9, Marysville, WA 98271

Phone: 360-653-7827

The annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is a fun, annual community event that includes artists' booths, food, a kids area, beer & wine garden with music! Enjoy fireworks on Saturday night at the festival! There is fun to be had for all ages. Don't miss it! 

When: Friday, Sep 6th from 4:00 pm to Sunday, Sep 8th, 2019 at 11:00 am. 
Address: 4902 76th St SW, Mukilteo, WA ~ Phone: 425-353-5516 
Email: info@mukfest.com

Ladies, are you looking for a fun night out with friends!?  You are invited to women's bunco at Marysville Foursquare Church on the first Saturday of each month at 6:00 pm! oin us for the 1st This event is loaded with fun, laughter and a friendly game of bunco!  Don't know how to play? No worries, it's easy to learn!

Cost is $5 at the door. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and be sure to tell your family and friends! (14+ and older please.)
Unfortunately, no childcare is available at this time.

Address: 11911 State Ave, Marysville, Washington 
Phone: 360-651-1110 - Email: aaron@m4church.com

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