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Lake Forest City Council Candidates Forum

With election day coming up next week, we are sharing the televised candidate forums for local city council races.

Courtesy of Cox Communications and the South Orange County Economic Coalition, below is a televised forum among the candidates for City Council of Lake Forest.

According to Cox, “Cox Communications, in partnership with the South [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4986

San Juan Capistrano City Council Candidates Forum

Courtesy of Cox Communications and the South Orange County Economic Coalition, below is a televised forum among the candidates for City Council of San Juan Capistrano.

According to Cox, “Cox Communications, in partnership with the South Orange County Economic Coalition, is proud to present the Decision 2014 Candidate Forum Series. The Series is provided [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4976

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council Candidates Forum

Can’t get enough of local city council campaigns? Courtesy of Cox Communications and the South Orange County Economic Coalition, below is a televised forum among some of the candidates for City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita. Apparently, three of the candidates declined to participate.

According to Cox, “Cox Communications, in partnership with the South [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4972

SJC Councilman Larry Kramer Named to Lead San Juan Basin Authority

Some news regarding leadership changes at the San Juan Basin Authority, the local agency that manages a key component of the South Orange groundwater supply:

Capistrano Councilman Kramer to Lead Basin Authority with SMWD Director Olson

San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Larry Kramer on Tuesday was selected to lead the San [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4969

SJC Campaign Finance Disclosures at the Dispatch

If you are the type of voter who wants to know how much the candidates have raised and who is donating to the campaigns, the Capistrano Dispatch has compiled that information for you here. Candidates are required to disclose donations in excess of $100, and San Juan Capistrano limits individual campaign donations to $500.

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http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4960

SJC Candidates Answer Questions from the Capistrano Dispatch

We previously encouraged you to read the Dana Point Times which is publishing City Council candidates’ answers to questions concerning the City. Sister-publication, the Capistrano Dispatch, is doing the same with the eight candidates vying for three seats on the San Juan City Council. The Dispatch has asked and published answers for three questions.

The [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4957

Dana Point Times Publishes Candidate Positions on Two Important Questions

If you are following Dana Point politics, there is a vibrant City Council race going on over there. Among the most pressing issues are the city’s town center and Lantern District projects, the Doheny Village development and the Dana Point Harbor revitalization project. The Dana Point Times posed the first two of five questions to [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4937

Another Opportunity Tonight to Meet the Candidates for SJC City Council

Tonight is another opportunity to meet the candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council:

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4947

Dana Point Candidates Forum Tomorrow

Election season is in full swing in Orange County. Here is an opportunity for our Dana Point readers to meet the candidates for Dana Point City Council tomorrow, October 9th at 7 PM at the Dana Point Community Center:

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4940

SMWD Likely to Amend Swimming Pool Restrictions on October 17

Although no official action has been taken or announced yet, we have been told that the Santa Margarita Water District was sufficiently persuaded by the feedback it received that it will likely amend its Stage 2 drought mandatory water conservation measures to modify the swimming pool filling restrictions when the SMWD Board of Directors next [...]