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Living in SCV isn't affordable

Posted: September 30, 2008 9:31 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.

I read with interest the article "Can't afford to live" in the SCV, which basically was about a meeting of the Valencia Industrial Association.

One thing your article did not address, and no one wants to acknowledge, is that none of these employers wants to pay a "living" wage to anyone.

Wages of $10 to $17 an hour just don't cut it in today's world, especially in the Santa Clarita Valley. With rent, food, gas, etc., going up daily, wages are not keeping up with the cost of living in the SCV.
And pity the person looking for a job.

Like me.

I have been unemployed since April. Not for lack of looking for a job. I lost a very well-paying legal secretary job in September 2007 when my company eliminated the position I held (i.e., through no fault of my own).

I then took a temp-to-perm administrative assistant job in the Industrial Center for almost 25 percent less. That job did not work out, and I have not been able to find a job since April. I went to job fairs, employment agencies, etc., but nothing is forthcoming.

It's not that I am not qualified, either. My test scores are always in the high/upper range.

What is the problem? It's probably because I know that I am worth more than $16 an hour. Employers don't want to "share the wealth."

Affordable housing? Define "affordable." With small, one-room apartments going for more than $1,000 a month, that is not affordable on the wages being paid in this valley.

Either rents have to go down or wages need to go up. Sure, these are bad economic times, but really wages have always been low in this valley and have not kept up with the times.

Linda Morgan
Canyon Country


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