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Planning Commission Delays Vote on Downtown San Juan Hotel Project

The Capistrano Dispatch has an article about the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s decision last week to delay an approval vote on a large development project proposed for downtown San Juan Capistrano adjacent to Historic Town Center Park. The $43 million project would include a 136-room boutique hotel, 33 residential townhomes and 2,700 square feet [...]

Ricardo of Ricardo’s Place Tells His Story in a New Video

Ricardo’s Place restaurant on Camino Capistrano is a San Juan Capistrano institution. Owned and operated by the Beas family, the restaurant serves food based on old family recipes. Ricardo recently released the following video talking about his restaurant, his family and his city. Since Ricard is such a passionate ambassador for the City of San [...]

The Sun Came Out and the Cars Kept Moving

Like clockwork, as soon as the calendar flipped over to June, with it arrived the gloom. It was overcast, drizzly and dreary all weekend. Perhaps that was metaphorically appropriate. Was it the calendar or the Ortega bridge lane reduction that brought June gloom upon us?

As readers know, crews closed the southern half of the [...]

Update on I-5/Avenida Pico Project

The construction project underway at Ortega Highway is far from the only major South County transportation project on the calendar. Recently, OCTA met with local stakeholders to discuss the timeline and plans for the I-5/Avenida Pico project. According to the report:

More than 20 community leaders from San Clemente and Dana Point, including San Clemente [...]

2013 Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair – Information and Map

The 55th annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair is this Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Swallows’ Day Parade is part of the larger Fiesta de las Golondrinas or Festival of the Swallows. The Fiesta de las Golondrinas is tied to the legendary return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano on [...]