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Rancho Mission Viejo the Guest Speaker at San Juan Chamber April Networking Breakfast

We write a lot about Rancho Mission Viejo on this blog, but why get your information from us when you can get it straight from the source? The San Juan Chamber is hosting its monthly networking breakfast on April 3rd, featuring a representative from Rancho Mission Viejo Company talking about Sendero and the Ranch Plan. [...]

Chamber Defends SJC on LA Times Blog: Yes, the Swallows are Here!

It’s St. Joseph’s Day and the Los Angeles Times is trying to spoil our fun! In an LA Now blog post entitled “San Juan Capistrano celebrates, but will swallows arrive?” the Times wonders whether there is anything left to our annual tradition:

Tuesday is stoked in tradition for the mission, but much has changed in [...]

Capistrano Unified Joins the El Horno Debate; Requests Access for School Buses

In a letter addressed to San Juan Capistrano’s City Manager, Capistrano Unified School District has requested access to the El Horno Street underpass for school buses, saying “[i]f the El Horno Street underpass were available to the school district for bus passage during the construction period, the district believes it would minimize delays transporting students [...]

A St. Joseph’s Day Swallow Sighting!

The Mission has many visitors today, but perhaps none is more welcome than this little guy — a cliff swallow soaring above the St. Joseph’s Day celebration at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

A Swallow Visits the Mission on St. Joseph’s Day (credit: San Juan Chamber)

Image credit goes to the San Juan Chamber. We [...]