For 20 years, University of San Diego professor Alan Gin has chronicled the ups and downs of the local economy in a popular monthly report. This month, the reports are on him, as the San Diego City Council honors the Rancho Peñasquitos resident with a day of his own.
The council on Tuesday is set to proclaim Nov. 15, 2011 to be "In Honor of Alan Gin, PhD and the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego on the 20th Anniversary of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County."
Gin said he "never envisioned" this type of recognition when he started the economic indicator report in 1991, which takes data on building permit authorizations, unemployment insurance claims, consumer confidence and other measures to evaluate the local economy.
"I'm pleased to be able to receive the honor," Gin told Patch. "I'm happy that USD allowed me to pursue that line of research and that people in the community find that useful."
In addition to working as an economics professor at USD since 1988, Gin is an active volunteer in the PQ community where he has lived for nine years.
At the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council's , Gin was appointed to represent District 3 (Deer Canyon) after submitting an application to join. At the meeting, Gin talked about volunteering with the Deer Canyon Elementary School Foundation and the PTA, and wanting to be more involved in PQ. Gin and his wife Theresa, who have been married since 1997, have two children: a 13-year-old daughter named Alesa, and Mark, their 9-year-old son.
Gin also was recently honored by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors which declared Nov. 8, 2011 to be Alan Gin Day.