Calling Monterey an ‘exurb’ of the Bay area is really stretching it. Yes, some folks from the south end of Silicon Valley — mainly Cupertino, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, and Sunnyvale — are now starting to filter into Salinas (home prices) or Santa Cruz (trying to recapture youthful irresponsibility). And yes, people living in Salinas, and the towns between Santa Cruz and Monterey (Watsonville, Royal Oaks, Castroville, etc) often head into Monterey for work and play. But in all the years I lived in Monterey, and my wife’s many more years there before we met, folks on the peninsula were never concerned with life up in Silicon Valley, other than dealing with traffic when they had to get to the airport, or Valley Fair Mall. Santa Cruz is the southern limit of the SFO-OAK-SJO MSA, per the census bureau, and there’s a reason for that. Spiritually, Monterey has much more in common with Cambria, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara than it does with the life-at-hyperspeed Bay Area / Silicon Valley where days are measured in page-load speeds, and not laconic meals that fade into sunsets.

Dad, husband, game commando, veteran, Army brat, writer, teacher

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