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Ladera Ranch Entry is a Doritos Super Bowl Ad Contest Finalist

The Ladera Times and the OC Register are both reporting that a Ladera Ranch woman’s entry is one of five finalists for the annual Doritos Super Bowl ad contest. Ladera resident Amber Gill’s entry is called “The Cowboy Kid” (embedded below) and was selected as a finalist from thousands of other entries.

The winning [...]

Annual Mooning of Amtrak Video

The Patch did the dirty work so we didn’t have to. They filmed the annual Mooning of Amtrak, embedded below. Article here.

Meet the First Residents of Sendero

Like many of you, we’ve spent some time in the new Village of Sendero and we’ll be posting some photos and impressions of the community as it takes shape. Let’s start with a fun one. Lurking around the SeaCountry model homes are the first three residents of Sendero: three cows standing in tribute to the [...]

A Toddler’s Visit to San Juan Capistrano

A toddler narrates his visit by train to Mission San Juan Capistrano and Los Rios Street. Very well done!

Welcome Back, Arrested Development!

Tobias is down at the Swallow’s Inn celebrating the return of Arrested Development. It’s almost time for the release of Season Four – available this weekend on Netflix!

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73 Freeway Makes a Cameo in New Hangover 3 Trailer

Remember when Caltrans closes the 73 freeway for two days in October to allow crews to film for the upcoming Hangover 3 movie? Audiences are getting a sneak peak at the results in the recently released trailer for the movie, embedded below.

The freeway clip begins at the 1:34 mark.

“My name is Alan, [...]

The Singing Pumpkin of Rancho Santa Margarita

We can’t speak for their neighbors, but one small but entertaining Halloween tradition in South County is the singing pumpkin at 8 Talega in Rancho Santa Margarita. (They go all-out at Christmas, too, and have a Facebook page devoted to their decorating!) The home features an automated light show with over 1000 channels of light [...]