Contact Us


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).

We have installed some new anti-spam software, and we are going to try again with open registration. Registration and sign-in information are available at the bottom of the far right column. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you may email us at



Carmageddon 2: Announcing I-5/Avenida Pico Closures

Everyone loves a good sequel. Just as South County almost … almost adjusts to the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project, we receive word that the I-5/Avenida Pico project has arrived, just in time for summer blockbuster season. Prepare for Carmageddon 2!

OCTA is advising of some upcoming closures necessitated by nighttime bridge demolition work:

Dispatch Article on Vacant Lehman Property Near Pacifica San Juan

Residents of the unfinished Pacifica San Juan neighborhood have long had to suffer the blight of a vacant parcel caught up in the SunCal/Lehman Brothers bankruptcies. The Capistrano Dispatch has the latest news on that property here. From the article:

The owner of an unfinished housing development was given 30 more months to prepare the [...]

Carmageddon, The Sequel: Avenida Pico Construction Begins This Weekend

Just when you had figured out how to maneuver the various lane reductions and freeway closures in and around the Ortega Highway/I-5 interchange, comes now the Avenida Pico improvement project. Construction begins this weekend on $249 million project, officially titled the I-5 South County Improvement Project, to rebuild the Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente [...]

Join Mayor Taylor on his Final SJC Trail Walk

From the City of San Juan Capistrano:

Join the Mayor on his final monthly Trail Walk – Nov. 16

Mayor John Taylor invites the public to walk/hike the Patriot trail in San Juan Capistrano with him on November 16th at 8:00 a.m. Please meet at the staging area at the end of Camino Las Ramblas [...]