Silicon Valley – Tags Area Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:02:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Silicon Valley – Tags Area 32 32 I left Silicon Valley and I don’t regret it Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:02:43 +0000
  • Maricris Bonzo is a 28 year old software developer working on web3 communities.
  • She left Silicon Valley for Santa Cruz and then Sacramento.
  • While cities call themselves new tech hubs, they still have a long way to go.

This say-to-say essay is based on a conversation with Maricris Bonzo, a 28-year-old developer from the Bay Area, about moving to a post-pandemic tech hub. It has been edited for length and clarity.

It never felt like there was a big tech scene in Santa Cruz. Developers and engineers would rather be across the hill in San Jose, Santa Clara or Sunnyvale.

Before the pandemic, my fiancé and I had moved to San Jose. A lovely Vietnamese family was renting a room in their house for $300 per month, which was an amazing deal when I started out as a software engineer.

But during Covid, students leaving Santa Cruz meant we could afford to rent there again with our salaries combined, so we came back. It was totally luxurious; the icing on the cake of our lives.

While I had lived in the area while attending college from 2012 to 2016, the people of Santa Cruz weren’t too happy when people from Silicon Valley started moving in during the pandemic.

I once saw graffiti on a trash can in WestCliff that said ‘Silicon Valley ppl go home’. Many tourists who come from above don’t respect the land or the beaches, and leave trash everywhere, which the locals don’t like at all. Due to Covid, we mostly stayed alone in our apartment, but there may be tensions in other places as well.

Now that things are back to normal and workers in Silicon Valley can work remotely from time to time, gentrification has really taken hold – there’s only one person in our apartment complex who has could afford to stay.

A lovely older couple who had been in the building for over 20 years had to move; many people headed to Watsonville, a more affordable neighborhood in Santa Cruz. In the two years we were there, our base rent went from $3,000 excluding utilities to $4,045. In those days, gas, restaurants, groceries, and everything else you can imagine just went crazy: all of a sudden an iced latte was $9.

Housing problems have gone wild, intensified by Silicon Valley employees who can now live close enough to San Francisco to commute to the office a few times a week, without paying to be there all the time. Santa Cruz is now only affordable for tech workers.


View of Maricris Bonzo from his home in Santa Cruz.

Maricris Bonzo

Despite all the talk about Sacramento’s burgeoning tech community, I found the reality quite different.

When I left my job four months ago to devote myself full-time to Women in Web3, the community I co-founded for aspiring women entrepreneurs, my fiancé and I were also put at a price, because we didn’t only had one salary between us.

So we decided to move to Sacramento, where I had spent much of my childhood.

Since Covid, it has been widely reported as one of the biggest hubs of new technology, with the exodus from Silicon Valley making it the fifth most emigrated city to the United States in 2020.

Despite all the talk about Sacramento’s burgeoning tech community, I found the reality quite different.

I was surprised by my difficulty in connecting with people in the community.

In San Jose, Web3 events are much less accessible, and I have a lot of tech friends who live there. But I posted several shoutouts on Twitter and searched for events on Web3 or NFT on Eventbrite and MeetUp to connect with like-minded people, and found nothing.

Everything seems to be happening in the Bay Area.

I think that says a lot about Sacramento’s lag when it comes to web3, which I feel compelled to improve.

Our profession means we spend a lot of time in the metaverse, and I love that. But people in the industry – myself included – are so engrossed in our online lives. I wonder if that’s why it’s been hard to make solid friends in the Sacramento tech community.

Maricris Bonzo in the metaverse

Maricris Bonzo alongside the NFT avatars of the metaverse.

Maricris Bonzo

We still don’t need a central location for all the technological innovations to happen.

I hope it gets better, and ultimately, the Silicon Valley split is an amazing thing.

We don’t need to have a central location for all technological innovation to happen, and people moving to smaller cities is a big step towards embracing a more decentralized culture.

I hope that my company, which has eight co-founders, can also contribute.

Our vision is to become the go-to cohort of underrepresented women entrepreneurs in the web3; we want to rewrite the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem which is riddled with patriarchal systems and powerful actors who only seem to prioritize competition, short-term gain or influence, rather than consciously and purposefully building significant.

For me, the next step is to connect the online experiences of women in my community with the real world.

Once that happens, I think I’ll feel even more like I’m living in a thriving tech hub.

The Mayor of San José welcomes the visiting delegation” Tue, 27 Sep 2022 01:21:00 +0000

SAN JOSE, CA., September 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received a warm welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo and other local officials when he landed late Saturday night after a whirlwind cross-country trip as he begins a busy trip through California.

Local officials greeted the president on Saturday evening upon his arrival at Mineta San Jose International Airport with a delegation of Portuguese government officials.

President Sousa Rebel was met by Silicon Valley Chief of Protocol Deanna Tryon and received a red carpet welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Licardo, who presented the president with a city proclamation. Tryon presented the President with a copy of by Mary Wadden Silicon Valley: A Story in Pictures, and a “care pack” featuring locally sourced essential oils by Bay Area company Nectar Essences.

Mineta San Jose International Airport has been a very popular arrival and departure airport for many world leaders over the past decade due to its easy access to many of the stops that are customary when heads of state and heads of government visit the region. Tryon said, “It’s so nice to see diplomatic activity increasing again in Silicon Valley. We are very happy that the President Sousa Rebel enjoy the hospitality of our region. We are always ready to “roll out the red carpet” and invite the global community to Silicon Valley.”

Several world leaders were due to arrive this month, due to the convenience of a visit during the first United Nations General Assembly in three years, but plans had to be changed due to the death of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

President At Rebelo de Sousa busy schedule in California includes events with the Portuguese Diaspora in the Bay Area and an address to Stanford University. The president will also throw out the first pitch in Tuesday night’s Giants vs. Rockies game at Oracle Park at San Francisco during the Portuguese Heritage Night.

The Silicon Valley Office of Protocol assists government and business leaders from Silicon Valley’s 44 cities and 5 counties with protocol, and helps coordinate visits by heads of state and heads of government through the international airport Mineta San Jose since 2014. Their mission includes helping to strengthen relationships between local and international governments and businesses.

Contact: [email protected]/650-207-2755

SOURCE Silicon Valley Protocol Office

San Jose honors Rod Diridon Sr. at October fundraiser Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:00:36 +0000

Rod Diridon Sr. has worn many hats in his 83 years: he served two combat tours in Vietnam with the US Navy, worked as a junior executive at Lockheed, started his own survey company and spent 20 years on the Santa Clara County Board. of supervisors before his retirement in 1994.

But the cap he’s probably most associated with is a railroad engineer’s cap, as he’s known both as the “father of modern public transit” in Silicon Valley and as a great historic railroad enthusiast. . For those two reasons — and more — History San Jose is honoring Diridon at its Valley of Heart’s Delight: Down by the Station fundraiser on Oct. 6 at History Park.

History San Jose CEO Bill Schroh Jr. says trains and streetcars are an important part of the Valley’s history, and Diridon helped History Park showcase these rolling memorabilia. The event’s “fund a need” donation campaign will help restore the park’s newest historic building acquisition, the 1869 Coyote Train Depot – one of the oldest in the Santa Clara Valley. It will be part of the History Park Transportation Corner, which features a locomotive, an Orchard Supply Hardware boxcar, and a caboose.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon tears up the tape covering the name of the first light rail line, “Challenge” (Len Vaughn-Lahman/Mercury News)

Diridon’s history with trains goes back even before he was born. His maternal grandmother took the train to high school in San Jose in the late 1800s, and Diridon’s father, Claudius Diridoni, changed the surname in part because of bigotry in the railroad industry. Rod Diridon worked as a railroad brakeman and firefighter to pay Shasta Junior College and Chico State before transferring to San Jose State.

While a member of the Board of Supervisors, he lobbied for the first half-cent transit sales tax, led the creation of VTA’s light rail system, and chaired the study that led to Caltrain commuter service. Along with charting the future of Santa Clara County public transit, he helped found the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation, which built the trolley barn at History Park and rebuilt nine vintage trolleys. He also advocated for preserving the downtown San Jose station after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and when he retired from the board of supervisors in 1994, the station was named in his honor.

“There is a love for history as I know we must always look to the future, said Diridon, who now focuses her efforts on climate change and sustainability and looks forward with pride to the day when Caltrain will be fully electrified.

The 5:30 p.m. outdoor celebration will also serve as the opening of a new exhibit at the Trolley Barn, “Rod Diridon Sr.: A Lifetime of Public Service.” Tickets are available at

Diridon said he was very proud to be recognized by History San Jose and groups like him and the Preservation Action Council have missions that are “beyond worth.” “These two organizations working together ensure that we remember the best of the past as we move forward into a better future,” he said. “These people are there to protect the artifacts, homes and individual documents that will remind us of that.”

Canine Companions therapy dogs rest outside Vito's Trattoria in San Jose on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Left to right: Healey, Garrett, Nicole, Gillian, Rieger, Mork, Volly and Yaslyn.  (Photo courtesy of Mori Mandis)
Canine Companions therapy dogs rest outside Vito’s Trattoria in San Jose on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Left to right: Healey, Garrett, Nicole, Gillian, Rieger, Mork, Volly and Yaslyn. (Photo courtesy of Mori Mandis)

FIVE LEGGED REVIEW: How do therapy dogs acclimate to restaurant settings? It helps if you take them out to dinner once in a while.

George Nobile, owner of Vito’s Trattoria on Skyport Drive in San Jose, opened his restaurant for a therapy meeting and dinner for the South Bay chapter of Canine Companions. Mori Mandis, president of the Silicon Valley Concierge Association, said it was a good time.

When COVID-19 put an end to many Concierge Association events, Mandis confronted Healey, a released canine companion. A certified therapy team, they go to classes once a month and she thought it would be good to take the team to different restaurants and wineries to introduce the therapy dogs to the public.

“Therapy dogs are such great ambassadors to the public,” she said. “Dogs are allowed to be petted and participate with the public, whereas ‘service dogs’ are working dogs and are not permitted. Since the hospitality industry is going through some tough times, we haven’t had any events because of it, I just thought it might be fun and interesting for this group to come out and bring some joy.

SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATION: Cambodia’s Doris Dillion School – founded by retired San Jose Unified School District teachers Jim and Denise DeLong – marked 5 years of raising children in a rural middle school in the Southeast Asian country. The first of their students are either at university or graduate and embark on professional life. That’s a good reason for the celebration, held on September 17 at Almaden Golf and Country Club, which included a silent auction to continue providing scholarships to 40 middle and high school girls.

The school is named after Doris Dillon, a beloved Almaden Valley teacher who died of ALS in 2001. Columbia University Teachers College named a professional development center after her before her death, and the Almaden Branch Library Children’s Library in San Jose also carries it. Last name.