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Ladera’s Toy Town is Closing, Ladera Performing Arts Group Looking for a New Home

Toy Town, the local Ladera Ranch toy store at Mercantile West is closing its doors. Below is a message to customers and neighbors that Toy Town posted on their Facebook site today:

“Dear Loyal Friends of Toy Town,

Toy Town opened in 2004. We have spent 10 wonderful years in Ladera and will always cherish [...]

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 [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Election Commences Tomorrow: Vote Early and Vote Often!

Residents of Ladera Ranch who have joined the Ladera Ranch Civic Council are reminded that the Council elections will be held starting tomorrow from September 11-17, 2013. Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Council. You can read about them on the Civic Council’s web site here, and we wrote about them in [...]

Ladera Ranch Executive Director Selected as First General Manager of Sendero

We have heard that Todd Beebe, Executive Director of LARMAC — the Ladera Ranch master HOA — has been selected to serve as the first General Manager of the new Rancho Mission Viejo community of Sendero. Both Ladera Ranch and Sendero are managed by Merit Property Management. LARMAC has already named a new Executive Director, [...]

Register Article on “Mr. Ladera” — Jeff Blugrind

The Orange County Register has published a very nicely written article about “Mr. Ladera” — Jeff Blugrind. Please read it. Article link.

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.

In Memory of Jeff Blugrind, one of Ladera Ranch’s Founding Fathers

We are deeply saddened to learn that one of Ladera Ranch’s founding fathers, Jeff Blugrind, has passed away.

Jeff Blugrind

A announcement posted this morning on Ladera Life says:

The LARCS and LARMAC Boards are deeply saddened today by the loss of our good friend and colleague Jeff Blugrind.

Jeff’s enthusiasm for the community, [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Elections: Voter’s Guide!

We previously reported on the candidates running for a spot on the Ladera Civic Council. Voting begins today, and the online election will continue through September 18th. The results will be announced at the September 24, 2012 meeting of the Ladera Civic Council. Voting is limited to members of the Civic Council. More information is [...]