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Property Owner, City Leaders Clash Over New Retail Proposal for “Plaza Banderas” Site

Gretchen Stroscher Thomson owns property in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Her family is one of the ranch owning families on which much of San Juan Capistrano was built. In fact, the famous Walnut Grove restaurant was on her family’s land, as were the actual walnut groves for which the legendary San Juan restaurant was named. [...]

Latest Information on the I-5/Ortega Interchange Project Schedule

Here at Rancho Ortega Blog, we try to bring you as much information as possible about the upcoming I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Project so that you can plan in advance and minimize your inconvenience. We first warned you about Carmageddon. We next highlighted some of the road closures and detours and previewed the construction phases. Most [...]