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Yes, Trabuco Canyon, There Is A Santa Claus

Christmas is coming a little early for the residents of Wagon Wheel in Trabuco Canyon, who will be able to keep their lights on this holiday season. Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates has taken an active role in making sure that the lights would not have to come down and the OC Public Works department [...]

Orange County Plays the Grinch in Wagon Wheel

Every year, the neighborhood of Wagon Wheel in Trabuco Canyon comes together to create an amazing display of holiday lights. This year, however, the County of Orange sent residents a notice to take down some of the lights. You can watch the KTLA news report here.

Anti-Development Groups in Orange County Extend Their Winning Streak

Development is taking a beating in Orange County lately. First, the Tesoro Extension of the 241 was denied a permit in San Diego, then the Strand in Dana Point lost to the Coastal Commission. We discussed those setbacks here. Now, a controversial 113 acre development planned for north of Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon has [...]

The Shadows of Old Saddleback: A Book Review of Sorts, Eighty Years Too Late

You might have guessed that Don Juan Ortega fancies himself a bit of an amateur Orange County history buff, but he also acknowledges that no one can truly claim amateur historian status in Orange County unless they have read a copy of Terry Stephenson’s venerable “The Shadows of Old Saddleback: From the Day of the [...]

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Discusses Crime with the Ladera Ranch Civic Council

In the wake of several serious crimes that have occurred in Ladera Ranch this year, Ladera Ranch residents have begun wondering if their community is still a safe place to live. We noticed what seemed like an increase in crime as well. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies addressed resident concerns about safety at the February meeting [...]