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Ladera Times Responds to Rancho Ortega Blog, Publishes Important Article for Solar Panel Owners

The Editors of the Ladera Times have responded to the constructive feedback we offered here. They’ve posted their response on their home page here, and we’ve quoted it below:

Source: Ladera Times

Unfortunately, the link to read “More…” is (as of this moment) a link to our blog article. We’re not sure if that [...]

Some Constructive Feedback for the Ladera Times

The publishers of the Ladera Times seem to be a little upset by our comments about their newspaper. They ran a poll question, asking readers whether they agreed with “a local blogger” who thought the Ladera Times was amateurish, and the publisher of the Ladera Times also posted about it on his Facebook page. It [...]

Ladera Times Poll Question

The Ladera Times is running a poll question on the front page of its web site that makes reference to some “local blogger.” Are they talking about us? It would seem so. Given that previous poll questions have related to President Obama, Governor Romney and the Duck Dynasty guys, I’d say ol’ Don Juan has [...]

Ladera Times Contemplating Expansion and Name Change

In the February 2014 issue of the Ladera Times, the Editor and Publisher welcomed the “pioneers” of Rancho Mission Viejo. Beginning with this February issue, the Ladera Times is also being delivered to the homes in Rancho Mission Viejo as well as “every home, apartment complex, business and [c]orporate office in Ladera Ranch.” What’s more, [...]

Where Did The Ladera Times Go Online?

We know that the Ladera Times is still being delivered to local homes and businesses in Ladera Ranch every month, but the paper seems to have allowed (intentionally or unintentionally) it’s internet domain to lapse.

Where has the Ladera Times gone online?

Granted, months would go by between Ladera Times’ internet page refreshes. As [...]

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey to Appear on Ladera Internet Talk Radio Show

As some of you may know, James Schmitt, who is the publisher of the Ladera Times, hosts a weekly internet radio show called “Open Mic.” Schmitt fancies himself a “liberal Rush Limbaugh” (his words, not ours) and his show focuses primarily on politics. Tomorrow (March 20) at 2 PM, Schmitt hosts California Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, [...]

January 2013 Issue of Ladera Times

We almost gave up! At one point, their server wasn’t even responding. But the Ladera Times is back online with their January 2013 issue, available here. Among the stories is a touching piece about efforts to raise funds for young Ladera Ranch resident Blake McGraw’s prosthetic arm. Read the article and help little Blake if [...]

October 2012 Issue of Ladera Times

Better late than never, we guess. The Ladera Times has not exactly been prompt about posting the online version of its newspaper, but the October edition is now available. Among this month’s articles is a summary of the candidates running in the upcoming LARMAC elections.

September 2012 Issue of Ladera Times

We almost gave up on the online edition of the Ladera Times after it disappeared for a few months, but it looks like the PDF is back. September 2012 issue is available online here. (Previous issues have been uploaded as well.)

April 2012 Issue of the Ladera Times

Available here.