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Mail IRA Ext. by April 15 To Avoid Severe Penaltes
you're late filing your income taxes, you need to file a for an extension using Form 4868
The form must be mailed on or before April 15,. The penalties for filing late are but with a request for an extension are a fraction of those for filing late without the extension. If you need to request an extension, click on Form 4868, fill it out, and mail it by no latert than midnight on April 15.

Frank Ury Seeks OC 5th District Supervisor Seat
      Frank Ury (center), Mission Viejo Council-member and two-time Mayor, held a gathering in March at Selma's Pizzeria to garner support for his candidacy for Orange County Fifth District Supervisor, an open seat now that Pat Bates is termed out. Enjoying a light moment with Frank are Laderian supporters, l-r, Kathy Scholze, Ram Mukherji, Jim May, and Michelle Patterson. The 5th Supervisor District includes Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo, as well as Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Coto de Caza, Las Flores.

Community Rallies to Help Family

10-Y-O Katy Carlson's Alert 9-1-1

Call Averts Neighborhood Disaster 
By Amy R. Spurgeon-Hoffman
      Ten-year old Ladera Ranch Elementary 3rd grader Katy Carlson’s instinctive and instantaneous actions to call 9-1-1 shortly after 2:00 pm Thursday, March 27, saved her precious life and possibly the lives of others as a fire gutted the family’s garage on Sklar Street, sending toxic fumes and smoke through the home causing over $275,000 in damage. More...>

First-Ever Community & Business Expo May 10
       The Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Community and Business Expo at Oso Grande Elementary School from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 10, to promote, strengthen and celebrate Ladera’s local businesses. To learn more and for sponsorship opportunities go to Ladera Expo.

Ladera Times Is ONLY Source for Ladera Ranch News
         The only real source of news and information about Ladera Ranch is the Ladera Times, Ladera's Hometown Community Newspaper. The April 2014 issue was delivered to every home, business and apartment complex in Ladera Ranch on Thursday, April 3. If you didn't receive your free copy, you can pick one up at most stores in Ladera Ranch, but hurry, they go quickly. This month's issue features a major feature on a fire that destroyed a house in Ladera and the young heroine who may have saved the entire neighborhood; a visit to Ladera by Frank Ury to garner votes for his run for OC 5th District Supervisor now that Pat Bates will be termed out; a story on Tspoons' franchising launch; and the ever popular Police Blotter, as well as many of your favorite monthly columns including Pat Bates Speaks. To view a PDF of the issue online, click on April 2014 Ladera Times (allow time for the file to download). You can also read this and any of the past 12 issues online by clicking on Past Issues.

Chamber 'State of the Community' May 29
       The Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual "State of the Community" presentation at the Oak Knoll Clubhouse on Thursday, May 29, at 6:00 pm. If you are a Ladera resident and interested in the direction and activities of the community, this event is for you. Learn about key community projects, upcoming Ladera events and updates on local real estate, schools and the local economy and meet the leaders of Ladera's business community, city management, members of the Civic Council, and elected officials who represent Ladera at both county and state level. For sponsorship opportunities and to book a seat before they are sold out, go to
State of the Community.
CA Utilities, Governor Brown
Slip One Past Solar Users

by Amy R. Spurgeon-Hoffman
    The Riley family "went solar" after moving to California and becoming "sticker shocked" by their electric bill. “We were like ‘whoa’”, said Laderian Lesley Riley. “Our first electric bill was crazy. We were blown away.” Lesley and her husband Peter differed on reasons for going solar – she wanted to go “green” and he was incentivized by the economics of it, but ultimately, the couple was pleased with their decision. The only problem is, the company that sold them their solar panels did not inform them of Assembly Bill (AB) 327 that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on October 7.  More...>

Volunteers Needed for
Governance Task Force

by Carlo Tomaino, Ladera Ranch Civic Council Member
    As the County of Orange to focus on providing more regional services, such as health and jail services, it may move away from providing day-to-day municipal services to unincorporated parts of the County. If the current structure of municipal services delivered to Ladera Ranch changes, the question of local governance in Southern Orange County will become especially important. More . . .>

Remembering Cameron Cook
by Amy R. Spurgeon-Hoffman

    He came into the world on Wednesday, September 30, 1992, but was tragically killed by a drunk driver on the 57 freeway on Sunday, April 3, 2011. Just 18 years old. Our community celebrated his life here on February 1, when his still grief-stricken but steadfast parents Bohdanna “Boh” Witiuk and Doug Cook stood together in front of over 100 well wishers to ceremoniously unveil the newly minted street sign “Camerons Way” (previously Stonebrier).  More . . .>

Rancho Ortego Blog Likes Ladera Times,
But Points Out Areas for Improvement

     Rancho Ortega Blog editor offers the Ladera Times some friendly advice, some of which is greatly appreciated, and some of which is simply not factual. Nevertheless, the Ladera Times accepts this advice in the spirit in which it has been offere
d. The Rancho Ortega Blog is an excellent source of South Orange County news. Click on "More" for the story. More . . .>

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Letter to the Editor
      David Frazer of Ladera Ranch writes: Spreading the word. It didn't take much for me convince one advertiser to cancel a weekly full-page ad.  A couple half-pages will be canceling shortly. Nobody seems to appreciate the liberal, one-sided rant your paper presents!  One advertiser at a time.... This is fun! Take your Obama-loving socialist views to the East Coast where you belong.

Check Out Our Updated 2014 Calendar of Events
    Click on Calendar of Events to see scheduled activities throughout Ladera Ranch. If you know of any activity that is not listed, or you wish to submit an event for inclusion in the Calendar of Events, email details to