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Ladera Joins National Night Out for Crime Prevention

With some of the crimes that have occurred in Ladera Ranch recently, this initiative seems all the more timely and appropriate, even if it is a symbolic gesture. Other communities can participate as well.

Even symbolic gestures are a good reminder to that we should all be vigilant and speak up if you see [...]

Two Stories Driving Record Traffic

Sometimes we are not surprised when a particular topic drives a lot of traffic, and sometimes we are. Both the most recent Ladera Ranch robbery and the Talega doll dropper stories are driving traffic to our site at record high numbers. What’s interesting is that previous stories about robberies in Ladera Ranch have not resulted [...]

Sheriff’s Department Seeking Information About Another Ladera Ranch Robbery

There has been another armed robbery in Ladera Ranch. This one occurred on Monday, July 21 at around 11:20 PM at the AM/PM gas station and convenient store at the corner of Antonio Parkway and Crown Valley. Below is the press release from , also available here.

source: Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Below is [...]

Ladera Times Publishes Article About the Local “Bullying” Incident

We’ve been critical of the Ladera Times in the past, so when they publish a solid piece of journalism it is only fair that we point that out, too. In the July issue of the Ladera Times reporter Amy Spurgeon-Hoffman has written a detailed, objective and interesting article about Robert Ayala, one of the two [...]

Happy 4th of July!

First and foremost, we hope that everyone out there enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. God bless America!

We’ve already given you the details on fireworks shows in Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano. There are plenty of other fireworks shows scheduled in South Orange County tonight. Courtesy of the Orange County [...]

Celebrate the 4th of July in Ladera Ranch

Ladera Ranch will host a full day of fun for the 4th of July, including a fireworks show, community parade, a 5K run (and a 1K kids run), live music and games and a number of food vendors. The 4th of July community parade begins at 10:30 AM at the corner of Sienna Parkway and [...]

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 [...]

A Topographical View of Planning Area 2

Google Maps has a cool new feature where you can tilt the map and get a topographical view of an area. We decided to have some fun and lay the boundaries for Planning Area 2 over a topographical map of the region. Below is the result — note the boundaries aren’t perfect. We were just [...]

Updating What We Know About Planning Area 2: The Village of Esencia

We have noticed a sudden, recent uptick in the number of internet searches related to Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan, what Rancho Mission Viejo has named the Village of Esencia.

We are also learning more about Rancho Mission Viejo’s plans for Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan. It is being called “Esencia” [...]

OCTA Seeking Comments on its Draft Long Range Transportation Plan at Public Meeting Tonight

There is a ton of construction going on in South County right now. For the next few years, South County residents will need to deal with construction on I-5 at Avenida Pico, Ortega Highway and El Toro just for starters. We will also watch as the Rancho Mission Viejo transportation infrastructure is built out over [...]