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Old 01-23-2012, 09:33 PM
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the only airplane-fixing work (commercial) in Portland is Horizon (Alaska's commuter line) which doesn't pay extremely well. However, PDX, Hillsboro, and Aurora have reasonably-sized GA facilities, and there is Columbia Helicopters, Evergreen Aviation, and Erickson Air-Crane in the vicinity as well.

In the Bay Area, I believe UAL still has a large facility in SFO, and Alaska has a large facility in Oakland and in Seattle.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:10 AM
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Smile Finding work....

Finding work in Oregon isn't the same as finding work in CA because there are TEN times fewer people here & probably more than 10 times fewer jobs. If there's a way to see that on the internet, it will better explain it but I don't know where that information is, nor how to extrapolate it.

Temp agencies .... are probably helpful in the very few metro areas here... Not Eugene which isn't metro anyway (not good unless you want to "pull chain" in a mill...) Maybe good for Salem or Portland. Probably not in Medford or Ashland.

If you want to live here... visit to see if you like it... Anyone would probably like the "Big Bear/Arrowhead" feel of it... but there are other aspects which could be "deal breakers" and there are plenty of threads/posts on this site which explain all of that.

***This is paradise*** but part of *that* is between the ears & in the sight of the beholder. I'd say if you want to live in EUGENE, just ride the city bus ONE time for 30 minutes before you decide to live here... It's an extreme cultural shock for anyone from So. Cal. Been there & done it : )

However, I love it here & can't imagine how I'd manage back in California... Blue skies here. Delicious water out of the tap. Friendly people, no matter what their culture/demographics. No sales tax!!!!!!
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:28 AM
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I live in San Francisco and it sucks. Super expensive, no parking, traffic is frightful, and rude people....plus the crime and gangs. I have watched crack sales occur openly on Market street with the cops just turning away. I too hope to escape to Oregon. Looking for peace and quality of life. Oregon is way cleaner, the people super nice, and it has a wonderful funky, independent feel to it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:00 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Originally Posted by Smiled View Post
Evergreen Aviation
Last on my list of employers. Things may have improved since the founder retired, but a corporate culture is hard to change.

For those not in the know airplane mechanics work for the love of aircraft, not for money. Sadly they are competing with mechanics in Mexico for maintenance work.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:29 PM
Location: PDX
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Originally Posted by Raiderette View Post
I'm trying to decide where to move. I've narrowed it down to San Diego, San Fran, or Portland. These are my 3 favorite places. San Diego weather is a little warm for my taste though, which is one reason I think I would fit well in Portland or Nor Cal, although San Diego is beautiful. I'm a writer so I can work from anywhere and my husband fixes airplanes so he can work at any airport. Can people please tell me which of these 3 places they would prefer to live and why.

i've lived in san fran and if i could afford it i would move back. don't come here, got to cali!
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:48 PM
Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
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6 years ago, I had to make a similar choice. Given my career, it was between SFO, PDX, or SEA. SanFran was out because it was expensive as hell. Seattle was out because it was either work for Microsoft or don't work (I'm certain that's not 100% of the case, but still, it certainly seemed that way). PDX worked perfectly because it had a surprising number of tech companies, and tech jobs.

I do not regret making the decision whatsoever.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:38 AM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Portland is popular with tech companies with roots in SV because of its relatively low cost of living, decent schools, professional development opportunities (all of which make it easy to attract skilled workers), low cost and abundant power, and short flying time to SJC. Our home grown tech has been hardware (think Tektronix + spin offs) but cutting edge hardware needs software too.
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