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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hey! What's Up With That?

Howdy folks,

I received this e-mail for the blog from someone seeking to relocate to Brownsville.



hey folks!

I'm thinking about accepting a job offer there but i just can't make up my mind. I don't know enough about the town and I've searched every website I could find only to find out that they all pretty much have the same information but just not the ones I need. So here's the breakdown:

1. How's the diversity there?
2. How are working conditions for nurses there?
3. What's the current pay rate for nurses? Approximation from no experience to about 20yrs experience would be good enough for me.
4. How are the living conditions there? a.k.a. cost of living, tornadoes etc.

If you guys think up of some more pointers you wanna add, please feel free to do so:-)

And in case you're wondering where I'm from, it's San Francisco, CA

Any help I could get from you guys will be very much appreciated.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

divercity? pinche juero. ja! ja! ja!

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay where you're at. We aren't multicultural. We aren't even bicultural. We are an extention of Mexican culture. If you like that, come on down. But if you like San Fran you won't like it here.

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny that this subject comes up. i just read dr. mchales other site. the one with all the crazy stories. although i am not a big fan of dr. mchale, i must say that he makes some good points about how outsiders handle living in downtown brownsville. he said that if you are one who can embrace such diversity as adventure, then you will do just fine. if you look forward to ordering a meal in spanish and look at it as a baby step toward becoming fluent in another language then you'll do just fine. if you are of the mindset of "why cant these people be more like regular americans in anycity u.s.a.? why don't they just speak english, then you'll probably high tail it out of here. newcomers just have to treat this place as latin america light, where you can have an adventure and still drink the tap water and trust the cops. if you focus on the weather, the beach and daytrips into mexico, then you will love it as many of my northern friends have come to. if you hook up with a local crowd who simply complains about what b-town doesn't have, then you will inherit that mindset and you'll want to leave. one more thing, just remember...we're in manana land. at first, that gets under newcomers skin...but if they learn to go with the flow, they will come to appreciate it. tell the guy to come on down!

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't trust the cops. They think Ahumada went stupid and deposited a check illegally. It was just a mistake. There's nothing light about BROWNsville.

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. There is Mexican and Mexican. No diversity.
2. Lots of jobs for nurses, pay is okay.
3.who needs experience, not a big pay diff.
4.Living conditions:
Restaurants: All 8 rest. are chains, no variety, everything else is mom and pop mexican food.
Cost of living: Better than SF, but you are sacrificing a life if you move here.
Govt: Our mayor has been investigated for "accidently" depositing a $26,000 check made out to a contractor, our commissioners cannot agree on anything.
Job industry: None
School District: Horrible. The superintendent has been suspended, the CFO has filed suit against the district, the school board members will most likely be investigated, I could go on, but you get the point.

In a nutshell, stay in SF. There is no diversity, job outlook is miserable, the govt and school system is bought and paid for, and well, the fact that there is a beach 30 minutes away doesn't make up for any of the negatives.
100 words or less

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No tornados, just hurricanes. Brownsville Public schools information can be found at The public school population is 95% or higher Hispanic. Mainly, Hispanic teachers. Bilingual (Spanish/English) in all the elemntary school. Cost of living is not as high as San Francisco. You can probably buy a really nice house here for one third of the cost. Brownsville is not very diverse, but slowly getting there. You may want to check the statistics at the US Census Bureau . Pay for nurses is probably lower than what you would get in California, but it does not cost as much to live here.

Saturday, January 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should be a crime...

Lobbyists run $12.8 million tab for lawmakers
Meals, trips buy access in Austin

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so sad. We are our worse enemies. Brownsville is full of great people and you will love the experience. I came 30 years ago made it my home contribute to my community in every way I can and have made this my home town. I take pride in our community,

Sunday, January 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a lot of corruption, drug trafficking and horrible schools. It is a very poor city but still people find ways to drive in very expensive cars and own their own luxurious homes.


Monday, January 26, 2009  
Blogger Chris Davis said...

This should be a crime:

Non sequitur comments.

Monday, January 26, 2009  
Blogger Ron Mexico said...

Come to the Rio Grande Valley, absolutely. It's a hoot! I drop-in whenever I tire of people being nice to me elsewhere. Just don't stay long; that would be my suggestion. You'll meet - or hear from - a few thousand uneducated imbeciles, but there in the bunch will be two-three truly super people to make the visit worthwhile...

Monday, January 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our cost of living is a hundred times better. It is out of control in San Fran. Nurses cant make enough to survive over there where here, they can have a decent life. She is better off financially coming down. For the most part, people are humble and are not snuity like typical people from California.

Charlie Atkinson

Im sure Melissa will guide her toward living on the island anyway

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not worry about Hurricanes as you can buy shelter from there is a good all round bar that welcomes every one Cobble heads.

When you spend a year here you shall be able to live any where and why not take the plunge it will be an experience of a life time.

South Padre Island is no match to where you are from but if things were so great where you are, you would not be considering Brownsville just to change jobs.

Elliot Ness

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way Commish. I'm sure Melissa'll guide her to District 2 to vote your ass out of office.

Not a Charlie Fan

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Commissioner, you're doing a good enough job of pushing people away already. Maybe they can live at the Sports Park.

Not a Charlie Fan II

Tuesday, January 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost fell off my chair in shock after reading today's paper where Atkinson states that he's been talking to other Commissioners about the removal of the Mayor. Isn't that violating TOMA? All it takes is one complaint by a resident.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I moved here from SF too and can attest that you will hang on to your money more than you would back home. For the first time I was able to buy a house and get ahead even though I took a big hit in income coming here. Yes things can be frustrating here. You will find less diversions and less things to spend your money on but it is easy and cheap to get away to Austin, Monterrey, Houston, and other large cities that will offer more diversity, things to do and more diverse dining options. The weather is good though a bit hot at times and the people are friendly, but mind you it is very different from the bay area and there are lots of things you will miss. There is a bit of negativity here so it is all about choosing your friends and influences wisely. Choose to fixate on the positives and exclude those that are negative. The mood here can be downright fatalist vs. the optimism and openness of the bay area. Slowly but surely this will change. This is a very unique part of Texas. We lack a lot of the religious fundamentalism and hard line conservatism you see up north in the rest of Texas which is refreshing though we have our own little nuances that can drive you crazy at first. ultimately it all depends on you, what you are looking for, and how well you can adjust to new situations. Yes, Brownsville is different and it is VERY quirky but being from San Francisco I would settle for nothing less. Good luck in your decision making!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



Thursday, January 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Joe Smith started the day early having set his
alarm clock

(MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6am.
While his coffeepot


Was perking, he shaved with his electric razor


He put on a dress shirt


Designer jeans


His tennis shoes


After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet


He sat down with his calculator


To see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch


To the radio


He got in his car


Filled it with GAS

(from Saudi Arabia)

Continued his search for a good paying job.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day

Then checking his Computer

(Made In Malaysia),

Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals


Poured himself a glass of wine


Turned on his TV


Then wondered why he can't find a good paying job

In THE U.S. A.
Elliot Ness

Saturday, January 31, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone in their right mind want to leave SF. Stay in SF, it's beautiful and I loved it there, of course cost of living is high.
If you are looking to move, and Texas is calling on you. If you are young and single, which I am not. Go to Houston Texas, they have a Med Center, need nurses and the pay if better. Diversity is abundant. I would honestly think about moving to Brownsville.

Sunday, February 01, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would make a decision based on the entire Valley, not just Brownsville. You can get almost anywhere within the area in about an hour's drive.

To answer your questions:
1. There is no diversity. The population is heavily Mexican. Relative to the general population there is probably more diversity in the nursing profession here (e.g., Filipinos, etc.) In my experience, most nurses are probably very good at what they do here. But there is a also an uncomfortable level of nurses who are oafs. (There might be enough of a nursing shortage that they have to keep the oafs.)
2. I have no clue.
3. I have no clue.
4. Cost of living is quite reasonable compared to SF. To echo a previous poster's comments, you can buy a large house for a small fraction of the cost of a similar-sized house in SF proper (even accounting for the drop in prices in SF recently).

Potential Pros for the area: Beautiful, rare, and diverse wildlife. Proximity to a decent beach. Proximity to Mexico. Climate is warm, with only an occasional hurricane. People are nice and relatively carefree. Mexican food is yummy. Violent crime is almost nonexistent (relative to the size of the population).

Potential Cons for the area: Education level is poor. (Education is not valued; there is probably a brain drain of our smartest people; they tend to go elsewhere.) Infrastructure is poorly developed (streets are in horrendous condition, mass transit is almost nonexistent). Fine arts are nonexistent. (So you will not find arthouse movies or fine art very easily.) More chain stores & strip malls than maybe is healthy. No real industry. (Government and education are big. Some Port-related industry.) Lots of cronyism in all levels of society. God, why the heck am I living here????

I lived in Berkeley for a while and loved it. I can't imagine why you would want to come down here for a job unless it was somehow your dream job or you had family or some similarly important circumstance.

I'm not trying to be negative, just being honest. I'm from here, so I can talk that way. If you're not from here and talk that way, I will give you a fat lip.

Sunday, February 01, 2009  

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