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Old 11-10-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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Hello,
I'm from VA and looking for a major change. Before we start I already know California isn't in the best shape at the moment but who is so no need for the discouragement. But if you have some positive helpful information I'd apprechiate it greatly.
Now where were we..oh yes I'm black (no steriotyping please I'm not looking for an mostly black neighborhood and yes I'm from the south). I'm a single mother of 1 elementary school aged child. I work in the salon industry. I'd prefer to live in a beachy subburb. I'd like a 2bedroom rental but can live with a studio if need be. I'm not looking for much at all as long as its safe and laid back. I am young but I don't fel the need to be in the middle of everything but please no small towns or open pastures either.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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A handful of the coastal areas in San Diego (Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbald) sound right up your alley along with some of the beach towns in Orange County (San Clemente, Dana Point, Huntington Beach). Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in LA are nice too.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Hello,
I'm from VA and looking for a major change. Before we start I already know California isn't in the best shape at the moment but who is so no need for the discouragement. But if you have some positive helpful information I'd apprechiate it greatly.
Now where were we..oh yes I'm black (no steriotyping please I'm not looking for an mostly black neighborhood and yes I'm from the south). I'm a single mother of 1 elementary school aged child. I work in the salon industry. I'd prefer to live in a beachy subburb. I'd like a 2bedroom rental but can live with a studio if need be. I'm not looking for much at all as long as its safe and laid back. I am young but I don't fel the need to be in the middle of everything but please no small towns or open pastures either.
It would be helpful to know what your rental budget is.
And do you feel like you want to be in Southern California?
And if you are attached to SoCal, you may want to detach but i'm biased.
Anyway, if you don't need to be down there:
Santa Cruz county is a great area .... very tolerant, open, liberal, friendly and diverse (although there isn't a huge black population here .. don't know the stats).
There are many safe neighborhoods and "beachy suburbs".
But it is expensive as are all communities that fit your criteria on the coast of CA.
San Francisco is less than 2 hours to the north.
This is the central coast so it's cooler in the winter with rain (from Nov - April ... roughly and by April it's pretty much done) but there are many beautiful days in between the rains and summers are warm and sunny and beautiful but rarely too hot.
May - October > beautiful weather.
Fog rolls in and out along the coast but it's not oppressive and there are many places in the county that get little (just some morning and late evening fog) to no fog at all.
Here's a link to info about the county and a link to Craigslist so you can get an idea of the price of housing here.
It's gone down just a bit recently and hopefully, for the sake of all of us that are renters, that trend will continue.

Santa Cruz County, California

santa cruz co apts/housing for rent classifieds

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Old 11-10-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm from VA and looking for a major change.

I'm a single mother of 1 elementary school aged child.
What does the child's father think about his child moving to CA?
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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What does the child's father think about his child moving to CA?
What frickin business is that of yours Charles?
Man.
If she wanted to talk about the father of her child, she would have.
You ask really personal questions on a regular basis but dude, this time it's like wtf?
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What frickin business is that of yours Charles?
Man.
If she wanted to talk about the father of her child, she would have.
You ask really personal questions on a regular basis but dude, this time it's like wtf?
It's a public forum sister, who cares? Besides, that does affect her ability to relocate. Especially if alimony and child support are involved.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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It's a public forum sister, who cares? Besides, that does affect her ability to relocate. Especially if alimony and child support are involved.
It's condescending, patronizing and it's none of your business.
Maybe she'll wanna "share" with you but since it is a public forum, i said what i said 'cause, to me, it's distasteful and rude.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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It's a public forum sister, who cares? Besides, that does affect her ability to relocate. Especially if alimony and child support are involved.

1st and foremost her father passed away 2 years ago *******. 2nd I'm a grown woman I know my ability to relocate to where ever I please. Now if you don't mind I'd like to continue my thread.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:41 PM
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Location: Vancouver, WA
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A handful of the coastal areas in San Diego (Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad) sound right up your alley along with some of the beach towns in Orange County (San Clemente, Dana Point, Huntington Beach). Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach in LA are nice too.
I'll second these coastal towns and include Torrance, Santa Cruz and Aptos.

Check out this map for schools. Zoom in to the areas of interest:
California School Performance Maps

Derek
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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It would be nice to know your budget

And when you say you're in the salon industry, do you have any specialties? I know a few friends who are board certified etc etc (one is a very well known colorist in the San Francisco area) and it's getting hard to find work. Not even the supercuts in my area are hiring
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