Local GIS Jobs This Week

Server Support Analyst – ESRI, Redlands

GIS Specialist – Costa Mesa area

GIS Specialist – Los Angeles area

Senior GIS Analyst – Ventura area

GIS Operator – Newport Beach area

Senior GIS Programmer Analyst – Riverside area

GIS Technician – Newport Beach area

GIS Coordinator – Costa Mesa area

GIS Analyst – Los Angeles area

GIS Software Developer – Monrovia area

Geospatial Engineer – Army National Guard, Los Alamitos


Rent or Buy?

Near the beginning of this year, there was a post about renting or owning in SoCal.  From the NY Times, there is this great tool on calculating in more detail if it is better to rent or buy a home.  Here you can enter a home price, how long you plan to stay, mortgage details (rate, down payment, and length), projected future growth rates, taxes, closing costs, maintenance fees, and then in contrast the costs of renting (monthly rate, broker’s fee, renter’s insurance).  With all that info, the site calculates whether it is better to rent or own, as well as where the dividing line might be in terms of renting versus the costs and benefits of owning.  Yes, there is no map like the other tool, but I think this tool helps you make a more informed decision about buying a home instead of renting.  Check it out!


California Historical Census

Looking for historical census data for your county or city in California?  You might find what you are looking for at California’s Historical Census Populations of Counties and Incorporated Cities web page.  The report provides total population counts for the state, counties, and incorporated cities in California from 17 decennial US censuses from 1850-2010.  Make sure to read the notes and caveats about the data.

Get Ready: El Niño Soon

Yes, El Niño is on it’s way to Southern California.  This particular one will bring a colder than normal December along with above average rainfall.  The following article states that this December it will start out dry, but the back to back storms will increase as the month goes on.  The storms are projected to be between December 17-20 and the next set before or on Christmas.  Click below to read more.