Amazon Sparks Hiring Rift in Overlooked Silicon Valley City | WSJ

Amazon Sparks Hiring Rift in Overlooked Silicon Valley City; ;  In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2017-08-11.
Teaser: In East Palo Alto, residents protest tech giant’s proposed workaround to hire-local ordinance

Mentions

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Tesla
  • IKEA
  • Home Depot
  • McDonald’s
  • East Palo Alto “first source hiring policy” ordinance since 2001
    requiring companies put in a “good-faith effort” to hire locally.
  • The “Jobs”
    • Amazon hires cloud-services unit, Amazon web services, and “other teams.”
      requested a variance on first source hiring.
    • Four Seasons requires “high-level of customer service,” & English proficiency.
    • McDonald’s hires workers.
    • Home Depot, ibidem.
    • IKEA, ibidem.
  • Ruben Abrica, city council member, East Palo Alto.
  • Greg Schrock, associate professor of urban studies and planning, Portland State University
    quoted for color, background & verisimiliitude.
    <paraphased>Such policies tend to better cater to jobs in retail, manufacturing and construction.</paraphased>
Commentariat
  • with the map of the region
    provided for the benefit of the home town audience, back in New York.
  • with estimated household income levels
    provided to slake the sullen anger at the petit bourgeoise amongst them.

Actualities

Why Are Palo Alto’s Kids Killing Themselves? | San Francisco Magazine

Why Are Palo Alto’s Kids Killing Themselves?; Diana Kapp; In San Francisco Magazine; 2015-05-22.
Teaser: A panicked town struggles with a wave of suicides.

tl;dr →   6600 words; Why?  To make it stop: the pressure from the school, enforced by the parents, backgrounded by cultural expectations.

Separately noted.

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey, Eases Pressure on Students, While Baring an Ethnic Divide between Asian-American and (sic) Americans

New Jersey School District Eases Pressure on Students, Baring an Ethnic Divide; Kyle Spencer; In The New York Times (NYT); 2015-12-25.

tl;dr → Divided by immigration recency, as characterized by the proxy of observable regional origin & named by their race, those doing well in the system want more of it; those not succeeding want a different system. School district administrators try to <quote>avoid becoming another Palo Alto</quote>. The stewards & stakeholders debate the pros & cons, with emotion & emphasis in public spheres as school policy is modified in situ.

Separately noted.

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams, which is Palo Alto | New Republic

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams; Monica Potts; In The New Republic 2015-12-13.
Teaser: Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.
Monica Potts is a fellow with the New America Asset Building program.

tl;dr → Beltway reporter breezes into town, weaves a discursive tale alternating between one person’s heartwrenching slow-moving personal disaster and in-town social policy. Eats, shoots, leaves. Dripping with the sanctimony of the age, and with helpful animated interactive HTML5 maps of the area for the East Coast audience who won’t understand what “east side of the city” means, oriented against the mute totemic icons for the campuses of Google, Microsoft, Stanford.

Separately noted.

Provocative look at Palo Alto teen suicides | San Jose Mercury News

Provocative look at Palo Alto teen suicides; Scott Herhold; In San Jose Mercury News

tl;dr → a “me too” post; no new ideas or info; does not dispute Rosin; asserts that it is parents’ fault for setting impossible expectations.

Original Sources

The Silicon Valley Suicides & commentariat.; Hanna Rosin; In The Atlantic; 2015-11-16; previously filled.
Teaser: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?

Referenced

The Silicon Valley Suicides | The Atlantic

The Silicon Valley Suicides; Hanna Rosin; In The Atlantic; 2015-11-16; commentariat.
Teaser: Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?

tl;dr → 8900 words; big-name writer breezes in from New York, stays with friends in San Mateo; recites the material, does some interviews, off-site interview with a survivor of the milieu; eats, shoots, leaves. No new information.  Graphic descriptions of street-level Caltrain for sound & mood; graphic expandable pictures of the grieving parents. Tour of the bestsellers. Not helpful. Generalized schadenfreude.

Separately noted.

Trifecta on Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, San Francisco Cultures

Via: a tweet

Caltrain ‘modernization’ to worsen Alma congestion | Palo Alto Online

Caltrain ‘modernization’ to worsen Alma congestion; Gennady Sheyner; In Palo Alto Weekly; 2015-01-06.
Teaser: Palo Alto raises red flags about traffic impacts, Caltrain’s ‘omissions’ in project analysis

Report: Caltrain electrification to worsen Palo Alto traffic congestion – Silicon Valley Business Journal

Report: Caltrain ‘modernization’ to worsen Alma congestion; Gennady Sheyner; In Palo Alto Weekly; 2015-01-06.
Teaser: Palo Alto raises red flags about traffic impacts, Caltrain’s ‘omissions’ in project analysis

Original Sources

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem | NYT

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem; Yiren Lu; In The New York Times; 2014-03-12.