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All is Well in Talega: Doll Dropper Had Good Intentions

KABC brings us the conclusion of the porcelain doll mystery in Talega. Sheriff’s investigators identified the woman who had left the dolls on the porches of at least 8 families in the Talega community:

The woman told deputies that her daughters were getting older and didn’t play with the dolls anymore, so she thought other [...]

Creepy Anonymous Doll Dropper in Talega

This is a really strange…and creepy…story out of Talega:

Someone has been leaving porcelain dolls at the homes of families in a gated Talega neighborhood, and it’s really creeping out the parents. … “Families claim [the] dolls resemble their daughters in each case,” [OCSD Lt.] Hallock said.

More at the Patch here.

UPDATED: KTLA has [...]

Sheriff’s Department Seeking Information About Another Ladera Ranch Robbery

There has been another armed robbery in Ladera Ranch. This one occurred on Monday, July 21 at around 11:20 PM at the AM/PM gas station and convenient store at the corner of Antonio Parkway and Crown Valley. Below is the press release from , also available here.

source: Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Below is [...]

So Cal Water Usage is Up During Drought, San Juan Capistrano Cited for Wasting Water

California’s State Water Resources Control Board just released a report showing that in spite of facing a drought of historic proportions, California’s statewide water usage actually increased by one percent. From Yahoo! News:

The report says overall consumption jumped 1 percent, even as Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 20 percent cutback. It corrected [...]

Summer Safety Reminder from OCFA

A good reminder from OCFA this summer:

OCFA personnel have been very active this past week responding to 2660 calls. Firefighters responded to a number of working fires and more drowning calls over the busy weekend. With summer in full gear, OCFA wants to remind you to “Watch the Water” and keep a close eye [...]

Ladera Times Publishes Article About the Local “Bullying” Incident

We’ve been critical of the Ladera Times in the past, so when they publish a solid piece of journalism it is only fair that we point that out, too. In the July issue of the Ladera Times reporter Amy Spurgeon-Hoffman has written a detailed, objective and interesting article about Robert Ayala, one of the two [...]

Tonight’s Ride of Silence Will Honor 17 Cyclists Killed on Orange County Streets

Tonight marks the annual Ride of Silence, a series of solemn bicycle ride throughout Orange County sponsored by the Bicycle Club of Irvine that seeks to remember local cyclists who were killed while riding. There is an OC Register article about the ride here and the Ride of Silence maintains a website here. The ride [...]

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

In the current hot and dry weather, we all have to participate in fire safety. Courtesy of our friends at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, below are two public service announcements about fire safety:

First, consider volunteering at the Reserve as a Fire Watch volunteer. If you are interested, visit the Reserve’s website here: [...]

State of South County: Transportation, Public Safety and Economic Development

Sponsored jointly by the Chambers of Commerce of Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the 2014 State of South County networking luncheon will feature a speech from Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates. In addition to Supervisor Bates’ keynote speech, the lunch event will also feature three panelists discussing the ”Three Pillars [...]

SONGS Community Engagement Panel Meeting Tonight

There are lots of opportunities to the public to get involved in important civic affairs this week. If you are concerned about the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, there is a SONGS community engagement panel meeting scheduled for tonight. Details below:

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) will host a public [...]