May 2009


The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) showed that over 72% of all new and existing homes sold in the first quarter of 2009 were affordable to families earning the national median income.  This was a jump of 10 percentage points.

This improvement can be attributed to lower home prices and record low interest rates.

While it may not mean much in coastal communities, any improvements in the housing sector is good news.

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If you are in the Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, or Belmont Shore – and you are in need of coffee – you have choices.  I know that I won’t have it complete, but here is at least a partial list of coffee houses in these communities.

Sunset Beach.  Daily Grind and Starbucks.

Belmont Shore (2nd Street).   Two Starbucks, Peets, Coffee Bean, It’s a Grind, and Polly’s Coffee.

Seal Beach (Main Street area).  Coffee Bean, Daily Grind, Javatini, Bogarts.

Seal Beach (Rossmoor Center area).  Starbucks and Peets.

Seal Beach (Boeing area).  Starbucks.

The many restaurants in these communities also serve reasonably good coffee.  But the coffee houses have that special ambiance that we all seem to enjoy.

It’s time for the Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday May 20 and Thursday May 21.  This event takes place between 5:30 – 9:00 pm.  These are the first dates for this season. 

You’ll be able to stroll 2nd Street between Quincy and Bayshore and get samplers from over 30 restaurants.   Purchase your tickets or ticket books at a booth at the Chase Bank on 2nd Street (12 tickets for $10).  Use those tickets to sample sushi, chicken, whatever.

We had an earthquake the other day that the USGS reported at 4.7 centered in Lomita.  It created quite a lot of shaking here in Seal Beach, but very little damage locally.

There was one photo in the Los Angeles Time of workers sweeping up debris in a Starbucks in Hawthorne (near the epicenter).

Today, shortly before 4pm there was an aftershock measured to be 4.1.  There was a short jolt here in the area but nothing like the other day.