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Naming the New Capo Unified School in Rancho Mission Viejo

Earlier today, we mentioned that a recent Patch article about a new CUSD school gave us the name of Planning Area 2 here. Esencia! Speaking of that new school, our friend and CUSD Trustee Jim Reardon has suggested that the K-8 school be named the “Richard J. O’Neill School” in honor of Rancho Mission Viejo [...]

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 [...]

Happy Halloween!

Did you know Rancho Mission Viejo had a cemetery on its premises? It is located near the Amantes Camp — a private campsite on the Ranch. In spite of the long lineage of the Ranch, the cemetery is only about 25 years old and contains just a few graves, primarily of O’Neill family members and [...]