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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 Thanksgiving!

We are taking a little blogging hiatus this week in order to celebrate the holiday with our family and friends. Best wishes from all of us to all of you for a Happy Thanksgiving!

What is Rancho Ortega?

We’ve noticed an increase in the number of Google searches for “Rancho Ortega Blog” or some variation of our name. Since we only see the searches that result in a page view on our site, we can only imagine that there are many more searches that lead elsewhere. This post isn’t about the purpose or [...]

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 [...]

Welcome to Readers of the San Juan Capistrano Patch

We noticed that we received a mention in one of the Patch articles, although the link was to our landing page at If you’ve been there, you know that we haven’t put anything up at our front door, yet. So, we’re not sure any of the Patch readers will actually make it back here [...]

Rancho Ortega Goes Social!

We’re just getting started with this blog, but no one ever suggested that we weren’t ambitious. In anticipation of the day when thousands of you are reading and commenting on our blog, we’ve added some social media widgets that will allow you to email, Facebook, Tweet and Google+ our posts. Share away!

Welcome to the Rancho Ortega Blog!

It seems appropriate that we leap into the world of blogging on this, February 29, 2012. Happy Leap Day!

Welcome to Rancho Ortega, our fictional homestead here on the internet. We’ve adopted a whimsical ranchero persona in tribute to the history of our home, the historic Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. And that history [...]