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Rancho Mission Viejo before development begins in its second neighborhood, Esencia, where a new school is planned.  Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Matt Gaffney January 2, 2014 at 10:40 am
That's a good one coming from Jim Reardon. He's a member of the group that's always villifying theRead More Ranch.
Ilse M. Byrnes January 2, 2014 at 04:39 pm
How about "Jim Sleeper" a well known historian that wrote many books about Orange CountyRead More and had his cabin in the Trabuco area
rachel o January 2, 2014 at 04:39 pm
What group is that?
Rancho Mission Viejo just east of San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Clint Worthington September 4, 2013 at 04:21 pm
It is unfortunate that after nine years on the City Council that Sam Allevato and 14,000 homes to beRead More built that Sam Allevato is finally realizing that maybe we should be a part of this. Talk about being late to the game !
Tom Marantz September 5, 2013 at 05:14 pm
I know one thing for sure, the water plant isn't going to make any fiscal sense unless we get moreRead More "customers" or we produce much more than we currently are. The expansion of the tax base should overall have a positive effect on this town, and we should use the opportunity (if it arrives) to lower the cost per resident for the services the city provides. Further, giving up on expansion and annexation east I feel would lead to a greater threat upon our open spaces.
Diana Crandall September 10, 2013 at 04:29 pm
The character of San Juan will not change, but will be enhanced by the annexation of a the Ranch.Read More It has been my experience, that the property values of existing homes tend to increase and keep pace with the newly built housing areas. Most of us long term residents have always considered the Ranch as part of our heritage.
Rancho Mission Viejo just east of San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 4, 2013 at 08:15 am
it's not in the spam filter. Floating somewhere out there in the universe?
Shripathi Kamath July 4, 2013 at 05:01 pm
"What do you think about naming it after the families that have owned the ranch all theseRead More years?" __________________________________________________ Not much. It is bad enough that we name city buildings after ex-mayors or other politicians, so to name an educational institution after someone who just happened to own land? Why not name it after some educator? Perhaps even an educator from OC or Mission Viejo. Like Hudson Elementary, or Anderson Elementary after Randy Hudson (check Patch for year, was recent) and Lois Anderson (CUSD teacher of the year in 1990) respectively. __________________________________________________ Of course if you want to create controversy we could always name it after celebrity educators like Laura Bush, Elena Kagan, Mary Kay Letourneau... ____________________________________________________ It would be nice to see it named after a woman educator, though.
Mike Proctor July 7, 2013 at 01:20 pm
Don Jose Francisco Ortega Middle School, who was a member of the Portola expedition, and took partRead More in the the first attempt to found the San Juan Mission., and who Ortega highway was named after.
Michelle Pike January 29, 2013 at 03:28 pm
Maybe the district could transition the students living in SJC, who were orginally slated to attendRead More SJH, out of the over-crowded CVHS and even-out the attendance for all three schools.
Cynthia Curran July 6, 2013 at 02:10 pm
As for younger kids, the cycle in the US is more grade school age when the development getsRead More finished it will moved more to high school. And birth rates are dropping in the US, even Hispanic ones will in OC by the 2020's moved down to the 2.0 level. Crowding will lessen as the population ages, San Juan Capistrano will have less kids in the school in the 2020's. It happen in North County and older parts of South County.
jim capistrano July 1, 2013 at 07:45 am
...their timing is impeccable...with the lost electricity from the nuclear power plant; to theRead More upcoming water shortage; to the traffic issues because of the decline of the toll road extension...this is a perfect storm...but the developers got their way and make a lot of money...that's the American way.
The visitor center at Rancho Mission Viejo's Sendero.  Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Most of the senior living homes are one story.
Debbie Ellis Tallman June 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm
According to the website- most are 2 story.http://ranchomissionviejo.com/homes/sendero/
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm
those are the all-ages homes. The builders of the age-qualified homes (in the neighborhood calledRead More Gavilan) are Standard Pacific, Shea and Del Web. According to info I have, there will be 286 homes for seniors, "primarily sing-level residences." Go here to see those homes: http://ranchomissionviejo.com/homes/gavilan/ 3 of the 11 models are single story.
Grant February 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm
But people living in Sendero are not going to want to drive south to Pico to get to the I-5 north-Read More that would be miles out of the way. And in any case, the La Pata extension hasn't even been started yet: that is literally years away! I lived in San Clemente from 1986 to 2012 (we now live in Capo Beach) and I know there is firm opposition to having additional traffic from southbound La Pata diverted onto Pico; this would impact Talega and the SC High School (where traffic is already bad enough) and so that's not a realistic alternative. Sounds like the traffic impact hasn't been adequately addressed by the designers to me. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I predict enormous headaches when this development opens. Just remember, your heard it here first!
Henry April 26, 2013 at 06:34 pm
Its a flood zone where they are building Sendero.
Miles April 29, 2013 at 09:21 pm
Well it's nice you have a place to live Janice (selfish). What about us trying to buy a place withRead More little inventory on the market?
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