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Great things are happening around town

As we said farewell to the first quarter of 2011 and welcomed in Q2 this week, some good things seem to be happening both locally and around the nation. Here a few of the happenings and news that caught my attention and are worth repeating.

The latest numbers from the University of San Diego’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators were released. The index jumped 1.9 percent in February following a 0.9 increase in January.  According to Dr. Gin, who compiles the index, the increases are a good sign that the county should experience stronger growth in the year’s second half.

The national unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest since March 2009, as companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began. In addition to being great news for the unemployed and the general health of our economy, stocks were buoyed by the news as well.

Forbes released its list of “The Best Retirement Places”. Neither La Jolla nor any of the fabulous places in San Diego made the list. I understand their thinking, too expensive, but those of us who are fortunate enough to live here know it really is one of the best places no matter if you are still working or enjoying retirement. Just compare to the top list of most affordable:

Indianapolis: Very affordable housing.
Fargo, N.D.: Lowest crime rate on the list and inexpensive living costs.
Charlotte, N.C.: Affordable housing as well as cost of living.
Charleston, S.C.: Lowest taxes of all the cities Forbes evaluated.
Colorado Springs, Colo.: Affordable housing and low cost of living.
Jacksonville, Fla.: No state income or estate tax.
Pittsburgh: Tax breaks for retirees.

I’ll save my pennies and stick around here.

Lastly, if you live or were lucky enough to visit La Jolla and the San Diego region this past week, you know the weather was amazing and one of the reasons San Diego is considered America’s Finest City.