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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.


State of South County: Transportation, Public Safety and Economic Development

Sponsored jointly by the Chambers of Commerce of Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the 2014 State of South County networking luncheon will feature a speech from Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates. In addition to Supervisor Bates’ keynote speech, the lunch event will also feature three panelists discussing the ”Three Pillars [...]

San Juan Chamber Mixer and Rancho Capistrano Winery Ribbon Cutting

Join the San Juan Chamber of Commerce this Thursday, May 8th, for a monthly networking mixer and celebrate the opening of Rancho Capistrano Winery with a ribbon cutting. Details below:

Carmageddon Is Here: Ortega Bridge Lane Reduction Starts This Week

It’s here. Carmageddon, South County style.

Tomorrow, “on Saturday, June 1 at 10 p.m., crews will reduce lanes on the Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 freeway to two lanes in either direction in preparation for upcoming demolition activities on the south half of the bridge.” This configuration will remain for approximately one year as [...]

A Big Thank You to OCTA for Supporting San Juan Businesses

We previously mentioned OCTA’s efforts to support San Juan Capistrano businesses during the I-5/Ortega construction project, including a Metrolink program encouraging visitors to take the train to San Juan and enjoy discounts on local attractions and restaurants. Courtesy of the San Juan Chamber, check this out:

photo credit: San Juan Chamber of Commerce

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La Pata Gap Closure Could Be Finished by Late 2015

“When will the La Pata Gap Closure be finished?” This is one of the most common questions we receive by email, and one we have not seen a reliable answer for — until this morning. At this morning’s San Juan Chamber of Commerce Networking breakfast, “Harry Persaud of OC Public Works says [the] La Pata [...]

San Juan Chamber May Networking Breakfast Features Updates on South County Transportation Projects

The San Juan Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly networking breakfast. May’s event is tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 1st) at the Vintage Steakhouse (near the train station) from 7:30 – 9 AM. The topic will be South Country transportation projects, including updates on the Ortega interchange project and the La Pata Gap Closure. We know [...]

Keep Calm and Carry On

And so it begins…

According to a Caltrans alert, construction crews will this week close the outside lane in each direction on Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and Rancho Viejo Road in order to install temporary traffic signals on Ortega at the northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps. Stay informed! For more information [...]

Mission Flats Residents Speak Out Against the Opening of El Horno Street

We have previously made the suggestion that El Horno Street should be opened to through traffic as a traffic mitigation measure during the I-5/Ortega interchange construction. We have also reported that the San Juan Chamber of Commerce has also recently suggested that El Horno be temporarily opened to through traffic. Even the Register has picked [...]

OC Register Article on Opening El Horno

The Orange County Register has joined the debate, raising the possibility of opening El Horno as a third detour route during the Ortega Highway/I-5 interchange project. The Register’s take seems to be more pessimistic. From the article:

El Horno is paved but “is not currently constructed to be used as a regular roadway,” city spokeswoman [...]