Ethan Baron Uncovers Silicon Valley’s Workforce Realities at Museum Event

LOS ALTOS, CA (Mar 5, 2024) As Silicon Valley continues to grapple with the aftermath of COVID-19 and evolving workforce dynamics, Los Altos History Museum hosts a timely discussion featuring Business Reporter Ethan Baron from The Mercury News. The program, titled “Understanding Silicon Valley’s Workforce Issues: A Conversation with Reporter Ethan Baron,” is slated for Thursday, March 21, 2024, from 5:30-7 pm.

Ethan Baron brings a decade of experience and insight covering Silicon Valley’s economic challenges. From the impacts of COVID-19 to the shifting landscape of remote work, Baron’s perspective offers insights into the region’s critical economic infrastructures.

During the event, Baron will engage in a conversation with a group of the Museum’s Teen Docents, who have meticulously prepared questions reflecting the concerns of their generation. “Having grown up in Los Altos, I’m excited to be participating in this program and engaging in a conversation with local young people,” Baron said. Together, they will discuss topics such as the effects of stay-at-home orders, remote work dynamics, and international workforce concerns, including the complexities of the H-1B visa program.

“Certain aspects of how we work and where we live in Silicon Valley have been permanently altered by COVID-19 and other workforce issues,” Baron explained. “The implications have changed our economy, real estate market, and overall lifestyle.”

Additionally, Baron will shed light on the H-1B visa program, which was created under the Obama administration to facilitate the hiring of skilled foreign workers primarily in the tech industry and universities. He will reveal how the program has been politicized and exploited, leading to challenges in its implementation.

Baron’s extensive career encompasses roles as a reporter, columnist, editor, and photographer across various newspapers and magazines. His coverage has spanned a wide array of subjects, from business and politics to social issues, crime, the environment, war, and humanitarian crises.

“News coverage has gotten thinner,” Baron added. “There’s a lot to know about the local economy and the business world that many people don’t realize.”

Registration for the program is required. Admission is $15/person, free for Museum members. Register at

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, built in 1905 on 14+ acres of apricot orchards planted by Mr. Smith. In 2001, Los Altos History Museum opened the modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.


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