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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 [...]

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.

Pondering the Future of Unincorporated South Orange County

According to the San Juan Capistrano Patch, San Juan Capistrano city officials got their seat at the table when LAFCO begins discussing local governance options for unincorporated South Orange County. No word yet on whether the Ladera Ranch Civic Council received the same courtesy. You know how we feel about that. Recall, in an earlier [...]

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 [...]