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Time To Ditch Commiefornia, Comrades!? Homelessness Surges Among Silicon Valley's Slave Labor Class Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 17:52:14 Id: 11d937 [Preview] No. 2930
In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on the street.

She concedes it's "not a very nice living situation," but it also is not unusual. Until authorities told them to move, more than a dozen other RVs filled with people who can't afford rent joined Saldana on a tree-lined street in Mountain View, parked between a Target and a luxury apartment complex.

Homeless advocates and city officials say it's outrageous that in the shadow of a booming tech economy - where young millionaires dine on $15 wood-grilled avocado and think nothing of paying $1,000 for an iPhone X - thousands of families can't afford a home. Many of the homeless work regular jobs, in some cases serving the very people whose sky-high net worth is the reason housing has become unaffordable for so many.

Across the street from Saldana's camper, for example, two-bedroom units in the apartment complex start at $3,840, including concierge service. That's more than she brings home, even in a good month.

Saldana and her three adult sons, who live with her, have looked for less rustic accommodations, but rents are $3,000 a month or more, and most of the available housing is distant. She said it makes more sense to stay in the camper near their jobs and try to save for a brighter future, even if a recent city crackdown chased them from their parking spot.

"We still need to eat," said Saldana, 51. "I still want to bring my kids, once in a while, to a movie, to eat out."

She cooks and serves food at two hotels in nearby Palo Alto, jobs that keep her going most days from 5 in the morning until 10 at night. Two of her sons, all in their 20s, work at a bakery and pay $700 toward the RV each month. They're all very much aware of the economic disparity in Silicon Valley.

"How about for us people who are serving these tech people?" Saldana said. "We don't get the same paycheck that they do."

There is no firm estimate on the number of people who live in vehicles in Silicon Valley, but the problem is pervasive and apparent to anyone who sees RVs lining thoroughfares; not as visible are the cars tucked away at night in parking lots. Advocates for the homeless say it will only get worse unless more affordable housing is built.

The median rent in the San Jose metro area is $3,500 a month, yet the median wage is $12 an hour in food service and $19 an hour in health care support, an amount that won't even cover housing costs. The minimum annual salary needed to live comfortably in San Jose is $87,000, according to a study by personal finance website GoBankingRates.

https://archive.fo/3RIxn
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/In-shadow-of-tech-boom-the-working-homeless-12337023.php


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 17:56:46 Id: 11d937 [Preview] No. 2931 del
This is ridiculous. How these people put up with this is absolutely asinine. I would have packed up and left the state by now. There are so many small rural towns and even smaller cities in America were taxes are low and you can afford a decent home with lower income. All depends what people are willing to put up with I guess. If I were them I'd bail.


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 18:43:56 Id: 28442c [Preview] No. 2933 del
Why isn't she selling wood-grilled avocado?


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 20:31:42 Id: 171d19 [Preview] No. 2934 del
>>2933
It takes money to make money. If your homeless you ain't starting no business anytime soon. That's the problem with the big tech monopolies, they run everyone else out of business, take over the entire industry, use outsourcing and visa programs to hire cheap foreign labor and all the rest get screwed out of a job or end up working like slaves too.

And you can't start a business without some collateral and a loan! ($$$)


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 21:27:40 Id: 28442c [Preview] No. 2938 del
>>2934
That's crazytalk. The whole point of being rich is that you pay the money and somebody else becomes rich. The only explanation is that those RV people are western supremacists and want to stop Chinese factory workers from getting paid just because they're far away, they even say so:
>Homeless advocates and city officials say it's outrageous that in the shadow of a booming tech economy thousands of families can't afford a home.

They enjoy the opportunities of living right next to a booming economy, but all they do is complain about the shade.


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 21:47:18 Id: 28442c [Preview] No. 2939 del
I bet the reason tech workers don't spend any of their money nearby is because they'd be aggressively shamed for flaunting their wealth.


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 21:57:12 Id: 171d19 [Preview] No. 2940 del
>>2938
You are either completely ignorant about this situation or are in utter denial how corrupt it is over there. Just to live in a decent apartment it can cost up to $4,000 per month over there. Some say the average middle class home around those areas is around $100,000 and most Americans simply can't afford that! Sure, they get paid a decent salary but with the costs of living (not to mention Califonia's high tax rates) they can't make ends meat. It has NOTHING to do with "muh supremacy", it has to do with not being able to make a fucking living if you are an average tech worker.

>>2939
Ha! Bullshit! They wouldn't be complaining if they had enough money to live decently.


Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 22:03:57 Id: 171d19 [Preview] No. 2942 del
>>2940
Another overlooked problem is the student loan debt a lot of these people own too. To make it in the tech industry, you most certainly have student loan debts to pay off too. NOT including insurance, taxes, foods, water, electric bills, etc.

Try making a living on minimum wage in California with that. I dare anyone to try that. Ha! I'll stick to my small local town in MI. Much cheaper to live out here.


Reader 11/08/2017 (Wed) 01:30:47 Id: ffa04e [Preview] No. 2947 del
The white middle class has been destroyed on the west coast by open borders, endless freebies for illegals, spiraling taxes to pay for gold plated govt workers pensions, jobs being offshored and more.

If you are white and middle class and illegals start moving in and taxes go insane - you have to get out. California is a prime example. If you don't get out when you can , you are toast.


Reader 11/08/2017 (Wed) 15:09:40 Id: ccf16e [Preview] No. 2951 del
Absolutely horrific how assholes will rush to defend Silicon Vally. Uber-liberal rich snobs who live in their luxurious gated white communities - who's companies get HUGE tax breaks thanks to our corrupt government - as they drive down domestic wages and call everyone who refuses to go along with their bullshit slave labor practices "rascists" or "supremacists."

This is what these assholes want to do, all around America, even worse, all around the world! They want everyone else to pay their taxes, they want us to work slave labor jobs for them, they want us disarmed and living in RVs or chicken coups, while they get to have their gated mansions and yachts.

Fucking sickos. And anyone who puts up with this slave labor deserves the consequence for their stupidity in doing so.


Reader 11/09/2017 (Thu) 23:09:41 Id: 63c782 [Preview] No. 2999 del
>>2931
Small rural towns in the midwest dont have jobs either.

Neoliberals and libertarians don't care about affordable housing in .CA or most places it would be cheap yo build a multistory apartment complex like you see in Japan or Korea but they want their stupid gates subburbs with wire pocket fences and lawns which is not sustainable. At least Bernie Sanders the socialist everyone hates did a lot to lower the cost of housing when he was mayor of the capitals of Vermont by building affordable co-operative housing units and using new laws to prevent land speculators from swooping in and replacing old homes with high property values with more shopping malls.


it's still better than living in the south. look at this list...all the state's with higher taxes are great to live in, and the South is just dysfunctional even if it has less taxes.


Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 00:22:12 Id: 28442c [Preview] No. 3000 del
>>2940
>They wouldn't be complaining
Stop sniffing 90% oxygen and learn to read. My posts are one thing but OP is a good start as well.


Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 01:48:02 Id: 887f5d [Preview] No. 3001 del
>>2999
>Small rural towns in the midwest dont have jobs either.

A lot of them don't anymore, but some still have decent local economies. It all depends which town, where it is located and sometimes population can has something to do with that too. One big problem is when all those major fast food chains roll in and inevitably run all the small independent restaurants, cafes and diners out of business.

Sure, the big chains create some jobs but at much cheaper (often part time) labor and they tend to hire unqualified drug addicts or illegals instead of residents who actually have a mortgage to pay and a family to feed. Whereas the local ma & pa businesses would treat their employees better, employees got better pay and if you lived in the community you typically knew the person serving you.

A lot of businesses have 'dried up' over the years and many towns are only remnants of what used to be. I remember the days people could go to a nice independent motel in a small rural town while they were traveling a long distance. Most of those old motels are now abandoned or really sleazy, many used as crack houses or to pick up cheap hookers at night.

Sad how times have changed.


Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 02:48:24 [Preview] No. 3003 del
>>3001
the merchant sells, the goyim buy


Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 17:34:26 Id: 4e14da [Preview] No. 3010 del
>>3003
Mindless consumption is an epidemic problem in America. The retail industry itself is not the problem, just the overpriced unnecessary crap that consumers often flock to and mindlessly purchase: latest iphones, latest 'smart' appliances / gadgets, new fancy vehicles, junk foods, drugs, crap 'medicine' such as anti-depressants and statin drugs (totally unnecessary if you have a proper diet and live a healthy lifestyle), latest video game systems, cable TV (you don't need cable TV folks, with those new streaming services or DVDs you can save LOTS of money), etc. ... all this junk people don't really need, they just desire to fill their empty lives.

Sure some entertainment is needed for a lazy day off, but its gone way overboard today. Focus on the stuff you NEED to live, rather than all the fancy crap you WANT.


Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 17:40:16 Id: 4e14da [Preview] No. 3011 del
>>3010
A prefect example of rejecting mindless consumerism: need some new clothing? Why go to Gap or Target when their prices are ridiculous? The local Good Will store is where its at! I just bought a few pairs of shorts a couple months ago and it cost me around $10 (that's WITH tax). If I were to go to almost any other store it would cost me at least triple the price! So learn from that. You don't need anything fancy or 'hip', focus on saving money and still being able to get what you need.


Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 17:18:25 Id: 1033b1 [Preview] No. 3033 del
>>3011
or maybe you're rationalizing why it's good to be poor. if you earned 1 million you'd buy a closet of new shorts


Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 22:41:09 Id: 53d0c5 [Preview] No. 3034 del
>>3033
No, not rationalizing it. Its unfortunate that people are poor. But what I'm saying is people tend to WASTE money - mindless consumerism is a problem, it puts people into debt, it can actually make you go poor if your mindless spending habits are out-of-control.

What I'm talking about is being rational and frugal with your money, don't go blowing it on unnecessary overpriced crap.


Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 02:46:18 Id: 28442c [Preview] No. 3047 del
>>3034
>don't go blowing it on unnecessary overpriced crap
Like any new business establisment. The smart thing to do is starve, the dumb try their luck in static economy and rack up debt.



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