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“What was that?” Camp Pendleton Explosives Training Scheduled This Week

The Camp Pendleton Marines are scheduled to conduct anti-mine explosives training this week, which will result in periodic explosions that may be heard as much as 50 miles away. From the City News Service, via the SJC Patch:

The training involving the detonation of 1,750 pounds of linked C-4 explosives is scheduled to continue daily [...]

A Disappointing Week for Local Governance in South Orange County

We wanted to highlight two recent local stories for discussion. First, the 241 Tesoro Extension hit a roadblock when the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board denied its permit application. Here’s how the Patch reported it:

After more than six grueling hours of presentations and testimony Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control [...]

Camp Pendleton Mud Run Starts This Weekend

Since Camp Pendleton is technically part of our “Ranch” here at Rancho Ortega, it would not be inappropriate for us to give a hearty “hoo-ah” to all the mudders heading down to Pendleton tomorrow through June 15th to join the world famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run. Remember, folks, “this isn’t a Mud Walk, but a [...]

Camp Pendleton’s History: Friars, Vaqueros & Marines

We found this great video on the history of the land on which Camp Pendleton sits, including the southern half of the historic Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. (The northern half, of course, consists of Rancho Mission Viejo and the Ranch neighborhoods of Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch and now [...]