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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.

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Happy Birthday to Rancho Mission Viejo!

On this date (April 4) in 1845, the original land grant for Rancho Mission Viejo (then known as Rancho La Paz) is granted to Augustin Olvera by Mexican Governor Pío Pico. Later that year, the dapper-named Don Juan Forster acquired Rancho La Paz along with Mission San Juan Capistrano. Don Juan Forster would combine Rancho [...]

Historic Rancho Santa Margarita Book Signing

Are you interested in local history? If so, you may be interested in an opportunity to meet the author and obtain a signed copy of the book “Images of America: Rancho Santa Margarita.“ The book signing will take place at the Irvine Costco at 115 Technology West Drive, on Saturday, June 1st between noon and [...]

Camp Pendleton’s History: Friars, Vaqueros & Marines

We found this great video on the history of the land on which Camp Pendleton sits, including the southern half of the historic Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores. (The northern half, of course, consists of Rancho Mission Viejo and the Ranch neighborhoods of Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch and now [...]

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 [...]