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Resignation Creates Another Vacancy on the Ladera Ranch Civic Council

There is another vacancy on the Ladera Ranch Civic Council. Council member Connor Traut announced his resignation at Monday’s meeting. The text of his announcement is here. You will recall that Traut ran for the position two years ago as an 18 year recent high school graduate. While we still question whether it was wise [...]

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, [...]

Agenda for Monday’s Ladera Ranch Civic Council Meeting

The next Ladera Ranch Civic Council meeting will take place on Monday at 7 PM. On the agenda include:

Superintendent Farley Presentation

There will be an update from Capistrano Unified Superintendent Dr. Joseph Farley on the state of Ladera Ranch schools, with questions and comments open to the public.

Assemblywoman Harkey

The Civic Council [...]

Only One Applicant for Ladera Ranch Civic Council Vacancy; Deadline is Monday

The deadline to apply to fill the vacancy on the Ladera Ranch Civic Council is Monday, and the Council has thus far received only a single application. Are you interested? Do you think you can make a positive contribution to the community of Ladera Ranch? If so, please consider applying for the vacancy. The application [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Seeks Applicants for Vacancy

Due to a resignation, a position on the Ladera Ranch Civic Council is available and the Council is seeking applicants. The Civic Council will appoint a new Council member to serve the remainder of the term, until the next election in September 2014. Applicants must be a member of the Ladera Ranch Civic Council and [...]

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


Ladera Civic Council Meeting on Monday

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council meets Monday, November 18 at 7 PM. Meetings are held at the Santa Margarita Water District Building in the Board Room. On the agenda for Monday’s meeting is:

Oso Grande Traffic Presentation: Oso Grande Elementary parents are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting. There will be a presentation by the County [...]

Summary and Analysis of Last Night’s Ladera Ranch Civic Council Meeting

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council has published a summary of last night’s meeting. We want to thank the Civic Council for promptly and thoroughly disclosing the substance of the meeting. We are quick to give them a hard time on some things, but we also want to be equally quick to acknowledge when they are [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Meets Tonight at 7 PM

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council meets tonight. On the agenda are the following topics:

Traffic issues around Oso Grande Elementary. (There is a presentation from the County scheduled for next month’s meeting). A recap of the 2013 Civic Council election results. The Council will continue the tabled discussion on Council Member endorsements of Civic Council [...]

Should Ladera Ranch Civic Council Members Be Able to Endorse Candidates for Election?

At its most recent meeting, the Ladera Ranch Civic Council debated a tricky issue balancing an individual’s right to protected political speech and the Civic Council’s role as a non-partisan, tax exempt public benefit organization. The issue was whether it was appropriate for the Civic Council members to endorse the candidates running for election. At [...]