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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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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:


Orange County Sheriff’s Department Discusses Crime with the Ladera Ranch Civic Council

In the wake of several serious crimes that have occurred in Ladera Ranch this year, Ladera Ranch residents have begun wondering if their community is still a safe place to live. We noticed what seemed like an increase in crime as well. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies addressed resident concerns about safety at the February meeting [...]

Is Cityhood in the Future for Rancho Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch?

Will Rancho Mission Viejo be Orange County’s 35th City? That’s the question recently asked by the Orange County Register in this article.

“There’s a strong revenue base for the development of an incorporated city,” Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates said.

Bates, in her role as a member of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, [...]

Meet Some of Orange County’s Most Elusive Residents

One can’t deny the fact that the growth of Orange County has come at the expense of open space and natural ecosystems. And while many animals have adapted to living in the shadow of human development, there are certain animals who are largely not compatible with a human presence. Mountain lions and bobcats are prime [...]

Our First One Hundred Posts

We created our blog on Leap Day earlier this year and yesterday we published our one hundredth post. What is more appropriate than an arbitrary milestone to pause and look back at what we’ve done and speculate about where we are going?

When we started blogging, our primary goal was to gather some information about [...]

Rancho Mission Viejo Presentation to OC Supervisors Provides Some Clues to the Status and Features of Sendero

We recently found a presentation that Rancho Mission Viejo Company gave to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on or around July 13, 2012 regarding progress on the Ranch Plan, and specifically, Sendero. The full presentation (in PDF format) is available here. And a companion video is available here. We’ve summarized some of the highlights [...]

The Schools of Ladera Ranch

Ladera Ranch is known as a family-friendly community is lucky to be served by some of the best schools in Orange County. But because it is located in unincorporated Orange County and is a part of the sprawling Capistrano Unified School District, there can be confusion regarding which schools serve the residents of Ladera Ranch. [...]

An Introduction to the Ranch Plan

What is the Ranch Plan? We will be talking a lot about the Ranch Plan here at Rancho Ortega, but this first post will serve as a short introduction and an opportunity to post the Map of the Ranch Plan to which we will frequently make reference.

The Ranch Plan is the master plan that [...]

Orange County’s Next and Last City

Ladera Ranch, Las Flores and the Rancho Mission Viejo development are all located in unincorporated Orange County. Among other things, this means that our communities lack a municipal government and depend on the County for services. The most obvious and visible example of this is the fact that the Orange County Sheriff is responsible for [...]