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Developers Retaining Mineral Rights Under Residential Developments and What That Means for Ladera Ranch

Reuters News has published an article about the trend of master planned community developers to reserve the minerals rights beneath the properties they sell to homebuyers. According to the Special Report, entitled U.S. Builders Hoard Mineral Rights Under New Homes:

[T]ens of thousands of families … have in recent years moved into new homes [...]

El Diablo Returns: The Santa Ana Winds Storm Into Southern California

The Santa Anas are back. Every autumn, around the same time as the swallows leave Capistrano, the Santa Ana winds storm into town — invading southern California over the mountain passes and through the coastal canyons. Santa Ana winds are largely a Southern Californian phenomenon. They occur as far north as Santa Barbara (where they [...]