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Naming the New Capo Unified School in Rancho Mission Viejo

Earlier today, we mentioned that a recent Patch article about a new CUSD school gave us the name of Planning Area 2 here. Esencia! Speaking of that new school, our friend and CUSD Trustee Jim Reardon has suggested that the K-8 school be named the “Richard J. O’Neill School” in honor of Rancho Mission Viejo [...]

Capistrano Dispatch Article on Rancho Mission Viejo Grand Opening

There is some early media coverage of this weekend’s big grand opening in Rancho Mission Viejo. The Capistrano Dispatch published a lengthy and well-written article that is full of information and updates. Below are some key excerpts about some of the subjects we have been discussing lately, but we have only scratched the surface. Please [...]

Save the Date: Ladera Ranch State of Community Address

The Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its sixth annual “State of the Community” address. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Patricia Bates, Fifth District Supervisor on the Orange County Board of Supervisor. Additional speakers will include representatives from CUSD and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. There are many interesting and important things [...]

Supervisor Bates Congratulates CUSD on Having Five High Schools Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Country

We previously mentioned the US News and World Report rankings for Capistrano Unified’s High Schools in this article. Now, Supervisor Patricia Bates has congratulated the schools as well, highlighting the fact that all five of CUSD’s comprehensive high schools evaluated by US News (Tesoro, Dana Hills, San Clemente, Aliso Niguel and Capistrano Valley) were ranked [...]

Rancho Carrillo: Embodying the Essence of Community in Orange County

Eight miles east of San Juan Capistrano, one might be forgiven for thinking that civilization ended at the curb of Ortega Highway. Caspers Wilderness Park extends to the north, with Cleveland National Forest beyond. Yet, as you drive past a non-descript pair of stone columns and low-slung iron gate on your right, you would be [...]

Press Release “Announces” the Launch of

“New Development Gets New Website” says the headline on the San Juan Capistrano Patch today. Perhaps Rancho Mission Viejo Company “officially” announcied its newly redesigned web site yesterday, as the Patch article says, although the website first went live a month ago. Our regular readers knew about back on November 14th when it actually [...]