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Old 04-14-2007, 11:26 AM
 
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Default Moving to LA from Virginia

Hello all, i am a 27 year old female who's been planning to move to LA for the past 2 years and i think my decision is final now. Any advice on what area is good for about 60K? does any one survive without friends and family around there? how is the job market for IT professionals?. thanks much for all your help.
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Old 04-14-2007, 11:43 AM
 
Location: LA to Pittsburgh
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Hi zIOn,

I can't speak to the availability of IT jobs, although I imagine that you would be able to find work. I would recommend looking for a job first, and then worrying about neighborhoods to live in. You don't want to spend all of your free time driving!

Certianly people manage who are new in town and don't know anyone. I'm a native Californian, and people are often suprised that I was actually born in LA. Lots and lots and lots of people do exactly what you are doing. As for meeting people, that can be a little tough at first. Neighbors are often reluctant to meet each other because they are busy and trying to respect each others privacy. That being said, if you join a few groups and get active in the community, you will meet people and be ok. Just know that people in LA tend to be really really really busy, so don't get frustrated if it takes a little while to get together with people -- let's have lunch in two weeks really means let's have lunch in two weeks it's not a brush off!

Best of luck
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:40 PM
 
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Default moving to la from va

Hello morefromcali,

Thanks much for the quick response and all the advice. i am actually working on the job part and hope some how i will find one. My other question that i forgot to ask was, how is transportation? or is it better to bring my car over? is insurance or parking a problem?. thanks much.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: South Bay, California
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You'll probably need a car, Los Angeles is to spread out not to have a vehicle, all demands on commute. There isn't much public transportation in Los Angeles, L.A. is still working on that one.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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I agree... you'll want to find your job first and then figure out where to live. So many people spend hours in their cars here...commuting. Check out Craigslist for jobs in the IT field. I don't think you'd have a problem finding something. Depdending on your interests, and job location, there are a range of places within the LA basin you could live on 60k...
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Old 04-14-2007, 03:11 PM
 
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Thanks all, i really appreciate it. Wish me luck on that job!. thanks again..
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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Default HI Girl,

The best thing you can bring with is a friend. I came out here in 1980 and the first 2 years were the pits. People here aren't real friendly ie. if you encounter someone broken down on the road and if your native Virginians are good Samaritians types and stop to help as I did expect to be met with screams for help and locking of windows and doors.
THe first thing to get is a drivers lisence and regester your vehicle. Everything will be alot easier. The culture shock will keep you off the freeways for awhile. Expect rent to be 3 times what you are paying and there is no life east of the 405. Gas is about the same but 20 cents higher.
27 is a good age to be in L A as you are not so naive as to fall for most scams such I'll make you a movie star and end up a porn star. Try checking out the roomates wanted list and that could lend to some useful help in trying to findd housing and just getting around as it can be overwhemming.
Not to fear though as after you accolmate yourself and make a friend (true) this is a great place
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Old 01-19-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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Oh yea go to Monster.com and search for boeing.com or csi.com as I know we can always use IT people and don't forget to mention my name as We can both profit if you get hired and last 6 mos. as they offer a $5000 finders fee if I sponser you.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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Did you end up moving?
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