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South Orange County Post-Election Roundup

Want the roundup of the local elections that impact South Orange County? Here you go:

Orange County’s Fifth District has a new Supervisor in former Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett who defeated Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming to replace Patricia Bates. Bates easily defeated Ladera Ranch Civic Council member Gary Kephart and will represent the [...]

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council Candidates Forum

Can’t get enough of local city council campaigns? Courtesy of Cox Communications and the South Orange County Economic Coalition, below is a televised forum among some of the candidates for City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita. Apparently, three of the candidates declined to participate.

According to Cox, “Cox Communications, in partnership with the South [...]

Marathon City Council Session in Rancho

The RSM Patch endured an eight hour City Council meeting regarding the rezoning of the vacant Nissan dealership site. The owners were seeking a rezoning of the site from “auto zone” to general commercial. They were proposing a retail development called “Rancho Canyon” that might include a Mother’s Market, a fitness club, a relocated Bruxie [...]

Cox Civic Connection: Rancho Santa Margarita

Cox has a public access program called Cox Civic Connection, and Rancho Santa Margarita City Council Member Brad McGirr was Lacy Kelly’s guest on this episode. In the clip below, McGirr talks about fostering a pro-business climate in the city while remaining true to Richard Reese’s vision for RSM. He also discusses the Chiquita Ridge [...]

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council Meeting Agenda for September 25, 2013

The next Council meeting for the City Council of Rancho Santa Margarita is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 25 at 7 PM at the Council Chambers in Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall located at 22112 El Paseo in RSM. The proposed agenda is available online here.