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Rancho Ortega Blog discusses matters of public interest in South Orange County, including the communities of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo.

The writings of Don Juan Ortega on the Rancho Ortega Blog are the personal views of the author. This blog is not authored by nor does it have any affiliation whatsoever with any other person, place or entity using the name "Rancho Ortega" (or any similar name).

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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 [...]

This Day in Orange County History: South County Municipal Birthdays

In anticipation of Orange County’s 125th anniversary, we are highlighting some milestone dates in Orange County’s history. Today’s date is significant to two South County cities, and tomorrow is significant for one more. On March 5, 1991 the City of Laguna Hills incorporated as a city, and on the same day, the City of Lake [...]

Candidates Line Up to Battle for Harkey’s 73rd District Assembly Seat

Congressman John Campbell’s retirement is not the only vacant seat up for grabs in 2014. Orange County Assemblywoman Diane Harkey is being termed out of her 73rd District seat next year, and the battle to replace her is shaping up to be another battle royale with no clear favorites. Five Orange County Republicans have already [...]

Map of Orange County’s Fifth District

From time to time, we make reference to Orange County’s Fifth District. Patricia Bates is currently the Fifth District’s representative on Orange County’s Board of Supervisors. What are the boundaries of the Fifth District? What cities constitute the Fifth District? The map below shows the boundaries and the cities of Orange County’s Fifth Supervisorial District: