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Unread 09-06-2010, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Default Considering a move to Sacramento...

As much as I love San Francisco, where I've lived for more than half of my life, I think it might be time to relocate. I lost my full-time job over a year ago, and have since been scraping by with part-time work & unemployment. I have a Master's degree and 5 years of experience in my field (librarianship), but jobs are few and far between right now. Since I will be receiving unemployment for another 8-10 months, I figure now would be a good time to move... somewhere within CA to keep my benefits, but cheaper than SF, so I can focus on my job search without struggling to pay rent.

I went to college in Stockton (UOP), so I'm pretty familiar with the heat and scenery of the central valley - but know little about Sacramento itself. I've been there a million times, just not for long enough to learn the neighborhoods and so forth. I'm thinking downtown/midtown would be cool, but would love some input from the locals. Here's what I'd consider ideal:

- Restaurants & basic amenities within walking distance.
- Liberal, diverse, & open-minded neighbors.
- Dog-friendly parks and/or hiking areas nearby.
- Synagogue or Jewish Community Center within driving distance; I'm not super religious, but do attend services occasionally.
- A little crime or "grittiness" is fine, since I've lived in the worst parts of SF/Bay Area... but I don't want to dodge bullets daily.
- Rents under $1000 for a townhouse/duplex or small house... small apartment not possible with my dog & 3 cats.
- Good pet shops nearby, especially those that specialize in exotics; my hobby (and side-job) is breeding & raising exotic snakes.
- Community orchestra to join, since I also play classical viola.

Any ideas?? And am I leaving anything out, in terms of what I'm looking for?? Your input would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 09-06-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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P.S. I wouldn't mind moving again, if I ended up finding a job somewhere else... just need somewhere to "hang my hat" in the meantime, where rents aren't $2000/mo like they are here. I'm a single mid-30s woman with no children, so I'm not tied down by anything/anyone.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Midtown is the obvious answer for you, and I believe that you may find places of worship to the east of that area, within 5 miles or so.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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The rent part will be a bit of a stretch, but I'd say look for something in Midtown, more likely in the eastern half of the central city "grid." Curtis Park or East Sacramento are other possibilities. The job market here is equally rough--local employment has been traditionally based on the construction industry (not much being built right now) and state government (currently under a "soft" hiring freeze and furloughs.) If the state starts hiring again, there are opportunities for a librarian.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 12:31 AM
 
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Midtown is the obvious answer for you, and I believe that you may find places of worship to the east of that area, within 5 miles or so.
Thanks! That's what I was thinking, but wondered if I was missing another "perfect" neighborhood... seeing as I know so little about Sac.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 12:34 AM
 
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The rent part will be a bit of a stretch, but I'd say look for something in Midtown, more likely in the eastern half of the central city "grid." Curtis Park or East Sacramento are other possibilities. The job market here is equally rough--local employment has been traditionally based on the construction industry (not much being built right now) and state government (currently under a "soft" hiring freeze and furloughs.) If the state starts hiring again, there are opportunities for a librarian.
Thanks for the detailed suggestions! I know the general job market is slow everywhere, but like you said, the state offices are always a possibility - the State Library is accepting applications now, but I'm not sure how many current openings they have. Worst case, I can apply for the emergency credential and find a public school job (they're always looking)... I passed the CBEST years ago, but need to find out if that's still valid.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Btw, if anyone has different cities/towns to suggest, I'm open to all ideas... might be a better question for the general CA forum, but thought I'd throw that in.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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Btw, if anyone has different cities/towns to suggest, I'm open to all ideas... might be a better question for the general CA forum, but thought I'd throw that in.
Sorry to be out of the box but i do think you might fit well with Portland, Oregon.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 11:33 PM
 
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Sorry to be out of the box but i do think you might fit well with Portland, Oregon.
Funny you mention that... I lived in Eugene for a few years, and absolutely LOVED it! I would move to Portland in a heartbeat, but being out-of-state I'd have to find a job first (since my UI benefits would end if I left CA). I've been looking at Oregon job listings forever, but unfortunately haven't seen anything appropriate yet.

Seriously, does Multnomah County ever hire librarians??? They must have a lot of old ladies, with their butts firmly planted at those reference desks - LOL.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Bah humbug. Just checked Multnomah's site again, and they actually have a library opening... but it's for central library director, which requires 2+ more years of experience than what I have.
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