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Schedule for Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano

Below are more details on the upcoming RMV Rodeo and Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano, courtesy of the City:

The following Chamber of Commerce sponsored events will take place the week prior to the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo at the City’s Riding Park. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for ticket information for these events.


San Juan Parking Lot is Casualty of Development Feud

Apparently the feud between the staff of the Mission San Juan Capistrano and the developers of a shopping center proposed nearby has escalated to the point where the developers are terminating the monthly lease that allows the City of San Juan Capistrano to use the parking lot for public parking. The parking lot is located [...]

San Juan Hotel and Villa Backers Holding Info Session This Friday

Do you have questions about the proposed hotel and townhome development being considered for downtown San Juan Capistrano. Proponents of the development will provide information and answer questions this Friday, August 1st at the Mission Grill (across from the Mission) all day between 8 AM and 8 PM. We’ve discussed the proposed “San Juan Hotel [...]

So Cal Water Usage is Up During Drought, San Juan Capistrano Cited for Wasting Water

California’s State Water Resources Control Board just released a report showing that in spite of facing a drought of historic proportions, California’s statewide water usage actually increased by one percent. From Yahoo! News:

The report says overall consumption jumped 1 percent, even as Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 20 percent cutback. It corrected [...]

South Orange County Needs More Public Equestrian Facilities

This article in the Orange County Register laments the loss of equestrian facilities in Orange County, a trend that is as prevalent in South Orange County as anywhere else. The article estimates that near half of the public horse boarding facilities in the County have closed since 1984, with more closures on the way. For [...]

Photos from San Juan’s 4th of July Celebration

The Capistrano Dispatch has some great photos from the city’s 4th of July celebration at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. You can view the photos here.

Happy 4th of July!

First and foremost, we hope that everyone out there enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. God bless America!

We’ve already given you the details on fireworks shows in Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano. There are plenty of other fireworks shows scheduled in South Orange County tonight. Courtesy of the Orange County [...]

July 16th is South County Day at the OC Fair

The Orange County Fair opens on July 11th, and will celebrate South County, including San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente, on July 16th. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes specific to your city. In addition, on July 16th, you can receive one free admission per person between noon and 3 PM with a [...]

Celebrate the 4th of July in San Juan Capistrano

Below is 4th of July information for the San Juan Capistrano celebration:

Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. with mechanical rides, bounce houses, activities for the kids, food, exhibits, and a beer garden. A live band will perform live on stage at 6:00 p.m. While there is no cost to enter the park, tickets for rides [...]

LAFCO Convenes Stakeholders for Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita Local Governance Study Areas

We have frequently mentioned LAFCO, Orange County’s Local Agency Formation Commission, in articles relating to South County governance and cityhood. After all, “LAFCO is the most important government agency you have never heard of.” There have been a couple recent developments at LAFCO that illustrate how much the agency is thinking about Rancho Mission Viejo [...]