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LAFCO Presents Local Governance Options to Rancho Mission Viejo Stakeholder Working Group

Below is a presentation on local governance options published for the RMV Stakeholder Working Group by Orange County LAFCO:

The presentation lays out the different governance options available to the Rancho Mission Viejo Study Area (which includes Ladera Ranch and the Ranch Plan area). Among those potential governance options are:

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Ladera Ranch Civic Council Launches New Website; Includes Local Governance Page

This must have been the week for website re-launches. Today, the Ladera Ranch Civic Council launched a redesigned website, available at Although the changes are largely aesthetic (and some sections remain under construction), we noticed a page dedicated to something called Imagine Ladera. What is Imagine Ladera? It seems to be the home of [...]

LAFCO Convenes Stakeholders for Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita Local Governance Study Areas

We have frequently mentioned LAFCO, Orange County’s Local Agency Formation Commission, in articles relating to South County governance and cityhood. After all, “LAFCO is the most important government agency you have never heard of.” There have been a couple recent developments at LAFCO that illustrate how much the agency is thinking about Rancho Mission Viejo [...]

LAFCO Seeking Applications for Public Member

We have frequently mentioned LAFCO, Orange County’s Local Agency Formation Commission, in articles relating to South County governance and cityhood. If this is new to you, start with our article from last June “When it Comes to Cityhood, LAFCO is the Most Important Government Agency You Have Probably Never Heard Of.” LAFCO’s governing commission consists [...]

South Orange County Economic Coalition Hosting Governance Visioning Process on Friday

Anyone interested in South Orange County Local Governance should plan on attending the South Orange County Economic Coalition meeting this Friday, March 28th from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the offices of the Orange County Association of Realtors, located at 25552 La Paz Road in Laguna Hills. The event is being billed as a [...]

OC LAFCO Interview on Cox Civic Affairs

Cox Civic Connection aired an interview with Carolyn Emery, Executive Director of the Orange County LAFCO to discuss the organization, its programs and its agenda.

Ladera Local Governance Task Force Seeks Volunteers

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Member and Chair of the Local Governance Task Force Carlo Tomaino has penned a short article in the Ladera Times seeking volunteers for the Civic Council’s Local Governance Task Force. The letter also discloses the names of the Task Force’s current members, which includes several names familiar to Ladera Ranch civic [...]

San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano Mayors Talk about the Future of South Orange County

The newly appointed mayors of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano (Tim Brown, Lisa Bartlett and Sam Allevato) sat down with the publishers of the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications to talk about the future of South Orange County. You should read the entire article here, but we wanted to highlight some [...]

Visions of South County Cityhood Dancing in our Heads

Susan Wilson is the Chairwoman of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission. What is LAFCO? Well, if you’ve been reading our blog, you would know that when it comes to South County local governance and cityhood, LAFCO is the most important government agency you’ve never heard of. Wilson has written a guest opinion piece, [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Letter to Supervisor Bates Discusses Local Governance Process

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council has published a letter recently sent by the group to Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates regarding the local governance process currently underway in South County. We’ve republished the letter below, although it doesn’t offer much in the way of new information.

image source: Ladera Ranch Civic Council