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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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Holiday Break

We are going to take a little break from active posting on this blog during the holidays. We’ll see you after the New Year. Until then, we wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season!

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Tweets Our Water Article

Thank you to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for tweeting our water conservation article.


.@Rancho_Ortega blog in #OrangeCounty takes a look at our #AB2104 to cut down on #CAwater use by #HOAs. #CAdrought

— Asm. Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaAD80) September 23, 2014


Which reminds us, we forgot we had a Twitter account. Poor Don Juan, [...]

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 [...]

Rancho Ortega Article About Water Usage Picked Up by California Water Alert

Our recent article about California water usage during the drought was picked up by the statewide California Water Alert. If you are interested in more information about California’s water challenges (and the associated politics), the California Water Alert is a good resource to bookmark.

Hang in There!

We just wanted to take a moment to let you know that real life has the audacity to interfere with our online alter ego this week. It’s all good, but we won’t have much time to blog. Look for us to be back in the saddle next week. And as always, thank you for reading!


Our little blog passed a big milestone yesterday — we received our 100,000th unique page view on the blog. That may not be much by internet standards, but it’s a little bit humbling to think that our writings and musings have been viewed over 100,000 times. Don Juan Ortega strongly denies any suggestion that he [...]

Thank You, Rancho Ortega Readers!

Thank you to all of our readers, new and old. Yesterday was the second highest traffic day in our existence and part of a month-long upward trend in readership. We had nearly 400 unique readers on the site yesterday. More importantly, they weren’t all referred by a single event or from a single source. Facebook [...]

Consider Following “The Real RSM” on Facebook

We’ve been following a Rancho Santa Margarita-specific Facebook page that calls itself “The Real RSM” lately. It’s relatively recent, but has been updating frequently and seems to have a similar mission to our own. In a recent status update, they say:

Friends, the local perspective of “RSM Patch” is apparently gone. We are hoping that [...]

Rancho Ortega in Finland

Apparently, somewhere in Finland, an internet bulletin board is vigorously debating something to do with our August 2012 article: Calling a Bottom in Ladera Ranch Home Prices. That article has been viewed dozens of times in the last few days, all resulting from the same Finnish message board. Here’s the link. Go figure.

EDIT: Curisotity [...]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We will be taking some time away from the blog, but will return in the new year. Until then, we wish all of our friends and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!