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Final Names Selected for Rancho Mission Viejo School; Don Juan Ortega Casts His Vote

According to this article in the Capistrano Dispatch, the Capistrano Unified School District has narrowed down the list of names for the new K-8 school that will be built in Planning Area 2, the Village of Esencia, in Rancho Mission Viejo. Among the finalists are:

Barbara L. Banda, a local woman who helped bring Native [...]

Barbara Banda, Elder of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Banda, an Elder of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians and a matriarch of a great San Juan Capistrano family. Our condolences and prayers to her family. There is a fundraiser tonight from 6-11 PM at El Adobe to assist the family with expenses.


Honoring the 200th Anniversary of the Collapse of the Great Stone Church

December 8, 2012 is a significant date in the history of San Juan Capistrano. It marks the 200th anniversary of the 1812 earthquake that rocked the area and collapsed the Great Stone Church at the Mission.

The Great Stone Church – begun in 1797 and completed in 1806 – was considered one of the architectural [...]