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Rancho Ortega Blog discusses matters of public interest in South Orange County, including the communities of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo.

The writings of Don Juan Ortega on the Rancho Ortega Blog are the personal views of the author. This blog is not authored by nor does it have any affiliation whatsoever with any other person, place or entity using the name "Rancho Ortega" (or any similar name).

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Holiday Break

We are going to take a little break from active posting on this blog during the holidays. We’ll see you after the New Year. Until then, we wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season!

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Tweets Our Water Article

Thank you to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for tweeting our water conservation article.


.@Rancho_Ortega blog in #OrangeCounty takes a look at our #AB2104 to cut down on #CAwater use by #HOAs. #CAdrought

— Asm. Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaAD80) September 23, 2014


Which reminds us, we forgot we had a Twitter account. Poor Don Juan, [...]

Two Stories Driving Record Traffic

Sometimes we are not surprised when a particular topic drives a lot of traffic, and sometimes we are. Both the most recent Ladera Ranch robbery and the Talega doll dropper stories are driving traffic to our site at record high numbers. What’s interesting is that previous stories about robberies in Ladera Ranch have not resulted [...]

Hang in There!

We just wanted to take a moment to let you know that real life has the audacity to interfere with our online alter ego this week. It’s all good, but we won’t have much time to blog. Look for us to be back in the saddle next week. And as always, thank you for reading!


Our little blog passed a big milestone yesterday — we received our 100,000th unique page view on the blog. That may not be much by internet standards, but it’s a little bit humbling to think that our writings and musings have been viewed over 100,000 times. Don Juan Ortega strongly denies any suggestion that he [...]

Thank You, Rancho Ortega Readers!

Thank you to all of our readers, new and old. Yesterday was the second highest traffic day in our existence and part of a month-long upward trend in readership. We had nearly 400 unique readers on the site yesterday. More importantly, they weren’t all referred by a single event or from a single source. Facebook [...]

Ladera Times Responds to Rancho Ortega Blog, Publishes Important Article for Solar Panel Owners

The Editors of the Ladera Times have responded to the constructive feedback we offered here. They’ve posted their response on their home page here, and we’ve quoted it below:

Source: Ladera Times

Unfortunately, the link to read “More…” is (as of this moment) a link to our blog article. We’re not sure if that [...]

Random Search Term of the Day – “Ladera Beach”

“sendoro development ,ladera beach”

Yeah, good luck with that.

High Traffic from Facebook

Where are you coming from? Someone on Facebook linked to our article “Ladera Ranch Property Owners To Get Tax Savings Thanks to OC Board of Supervisors and Bond Refinancing” and it is driving a ton of traffic our way: over 100 visitors to that article alone in the last hour. Rarely does a Facebook referral [...]

Rancho Ortega in Finland

Apparently, somewhere in Finland, an internet bulletin board is vigorously debating something to do with our August 2012 article: Calling a Bottom in Ladera Ranch Home Prices. That article has been viewed dozens of times in the last few days, all resulting from the same Finnish message board. Here’s the link. Go figure.

EDIT: Curisotity [...]