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Next Civic Council Board Meeting Monday, October 20
        The Ladera Ranch Civic Council is the precursor to a local incorporated government that provides input to the Orange County governing boards as the Ladera Ranch civic representation. The purpose of the Council is to encourage and gather public comment on a range of topics which may affect the community and represent the interests of Ladera Ranch residents as their Council. Meetings discuss and provide input on: planning and land use, a public safety, public works, and other municipal related services. The Council consists of seven elected councilmembers. The Council meets the third Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Santa Margarita Water District board room located at 26111 Antonio Parkway. The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 20.
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 Ranch's Hometown Community Newspaper. The October 2014 issue was delivered to every home, apartment complex, business and Corporate office in Ladera Ranch on Thursday, October 2. 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 story on Katie Hawley's renewed fight against her recurring cancer; a story on Margarita Water Districts new rules for filling swimming pools during this three-year drought; candidates running for LARMAC Board; an update on the Ladera Ranch Civic Council; 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 October 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.

Accident Focus on Narrow Canyon-Aura Land Traffic Safety
By Amy R. Spurgeon-Hoffman
   All elements of a perfect storm collided here on July 30 when a driver plowed into an unaware motorist at the doomed intersection of Narrow Canyon and Aura Lane, hurling a vehicle into a home – while severing a natural gas line, causing gas to saturate the surrounding air and requiring a blast zone be designated by first responders. Meanwhile, 50-60 yards away at The Goddard School for early childhood development, approximately 24 infants and toddlers and 20 two-year-olds played unsuspectingly outdoors simultaneously while natural gas drifted their way. More...>

Calendar Lists Activities in Ladera Ranch

    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

Kathy Scholze
Continues Fight
To Survive ALS

   Many readers of the Ladera Times may recall a cover feature story last year about Kathy Scholze, wife of Jim Schmitt, Editor and Publisher of the community paper, who was diagnosed with the Bulbar form of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body, eventually leading to the victim's death. More . . .>

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      Individuals or organiz-ations with a story to tell should email the story along with related photos to The story should answer the questions: "Who, What, When, Where, Why and How."  Photos should be 200 pixels per inch (ppi) or at least 8" wide.

Get Your Free
'Stop the Bullying'

Wristband; Support
The Campaign

    To support the "Ladera Ranch No Bullying" Facebook campaign, started by Dave Matthies, following the local bullying video that went viral, the Ladera Times has made up "Stop the Bullying" wristbands to be made available to students as well as adults who would be willing to wear them to make a visible statement against this destructive behavior. The Ladera Times needs help distributing them, making them available to students and adults that would like to pass them out as well as locations where they can be picked up for free. If you'd like to help this effort and provide locations for distribution, email your name and phone number to The Ladera Times will make as many available as are necessary. "We'll fill the demand, said Ladera Times Editor and Publisher Jim Schmitt. "With school back in session, now's the perfect time to wear these bands. "We should all work together to make our community 'bullying free.'"

Ladera Teen, Dad, Conquer Rainier
    Christian Lybarger, 17, accomplished something most people can only dream about. Christian, a San Juan Hills High School Senior and 10-year Ladera Ranch resident, successfully climbed and summited Mt. Rainier in Washington State this past May with his dad, Scott. Mt. Rainier, at 14,411 feet, contains the only year-round glaciers in the contiguous U.S., classifying it as a Class 4 climb, requiring climbers to rope together in teams and climb with ice axes and cramp-ons. This level of mountain climbing requires rigorous physical training to prepare for the steep climb, intense core strength requirements and high aerobic capacity.
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LRCC Seeks Resident Feedback
by Carlo Tomaino, Vice Chairman, Ladera Ranch Civic Council

      The Civic Council has been working to address questions regarding the potential future of Ladera Ranch.  For that purpose, the Civic Council formed the Local Governance Task Force, a group comprised of dedicated local volunteers. Running parallel to the Civic Council’s efforts, a South Orange County Visioning Process is being undertaken by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), a public agency tasked by the State of California to evaluate and recommend policies concerning local governance, including the creation and expansion of cities. Over the next few years, LAFCO will study the areas of Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo to explore short and long term governance options. LAFCO invited the Civic Council and representatives from Rancho Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano to participate in a series of stakeholder meetings. More . . .>