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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).

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Development Commences on 127 Acres in Coto de Caza

Mission Viejo real estate developer Khalda Development is moving forward on a plan to develop Coto Estates, a small enclave if seven mega-mansion properties on fourteen acres. The development is just a small portion of a 127 acre parcel owned by Khalda, but zoning and environmental concerns have frustrated Khalda’s attempts to develop the property. [...]

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Discusses Crime with the Ladera Ranch Civic Council

In the wake of several serious crimes that have occurred in Ladera Ranch this year, Ladera Ranch residents have begun wondering if their community is still a safe place to live. We noticed what seemed like an increase in crime as well. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies addressed resident concerns about safety at the February meeting [...]

Is Cityhood in the Future for Rancho Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch?

Will Rancho Mission Viejo be Orange County’s 35th City? That’s the question recently asked by the Orange County Register in this article.

“There’s a strong revenue base for the development of an incorporated city,” Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates said.

Bates, in her role as a member of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, [...]

Open Space: You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Part of Rancho Mission Viejo’s media strategy is to place “suggested posts” (Facebook-speak for ads) in the newsfeeds of potential buyers. The ad uses pictures of a green orchard, a field of wild poppies or a shaded path lined by majestic oak trees and invites viewers to:

“Like” this if you like open space.

As [...]

Our First One Hundred Posts

We created our blog on Leap Day earlier this year and yesterday we published our one hundredth post. What is more appropriate than an arbitrary milestone to pause and look back at what we’ve done and speculate about where we are going?

When we started blogging, our primary goal was to gather some information about [...]

Patch Sponsoring a CUSD School Board Candidates Debate

We’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating, our local San Juan Capistrano Patch does a great job following hyper-local politics. Not only do they report the races in great detail, but they sponsor civic events that facilitate participative democracy at the local level. In the latest example, the Patch is sponsoring a debate [...]

Welcome to Coto de Caza

Coto de Caza is a guard gated community located in unincorporated Orange County. Approximately 15,000 people live in Coto in an area of almost 5,000 acres, making it one of the largest gated residential communities in the country. It is also one of Orange County’s first master planned communities. Coto is served by Capistrano Unified [...]

Did Coto de Caza Home Prices Touch Bottom, Too?

Last week, we explored whether Ladera Ranch home prices may have bottomed earlier this year. Our conclusion was that Ladera Ranch home prices may have bottomed in early 2012. We first looked at Ladera Ranch because it received national attention as the poster child for the real estate bubble and bust. After concluding that Ladera [...]

The Ranch Plan Promises New Trails and Bikeways

As you may know, Orange County has a “General Plan” that describes its long-term goals for growth and development. The General Plan is comprehensive in that it covers seven core aspects of County life: land use, transportation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety. Today, we are going to look at the impact of the [...]

Rancho Mission Viejo Wants to be your Friend

Talk about serendipity. Today seems to be social media day on the Ranch. First, we installed our social media sharing buttons here on the blog. Moments later, we saw this press release announcing that Rancho Mission Viejo Company had created a Facebook page and wanted to introduce you to the “faces” of the Ranch. Apparently, [...]