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Next Civic Council Board Meeting Monday, November 17
        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, November 17. For more, go to the LRCC website.

Sunday, November 2 Daylight Savings Time Ends
    Move clocks one hour back at 12:00 midnight, Saturday, March 8.

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 November 2014 issue was delivered to every home, apartment complex, business and Corporate office in Ladera Ranch on Friday, October 31. 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 Jennifer Schmitt's custom cake business; stories on voting in the November 4 and 5 elections; and a two-page feature on the Rancho Mission Viejo company and new community; plus 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 November 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.

OC Traffic Committee Supports Four-Way Narrow Canyon Signs

By Amy R. Spurgeon-Hoffman
 Instead of sounds of tires screeching and metal crunching, residents here may soon be hearing the installation of a long-awaited and heavily battled for 4-way stop at the notoriously dangerous Narrow Canyon/Aura Lane intersection, thanks to County officials finally hearing our pleas. More...>

LARMAC Hires New Security Firm
    The LARMAC Board of Directors has contracted with a new vendor to provide patrol and gate attendant services for our Ladera Ranch Community. With a depth of experience in premier master planned communities, the new firm, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), is among the leading security and patrol service firms in the country. Castillo Private Patrol has provided patrol and gate attendant services in the community since its inception. "We want to begin this homeowner communication by expressing our sincere appreciation to Tony Castillo and his team of patrol officers for their work in protecting LARMAC properties and facilities as we have grown from a fledgling community to a premier master planned community," the Board said in a letter to homeowners. G4S will be responsible for protecting all LARMAC owned assets, property and facilities, including its recreational parks, trails, swimming pools, clubhouses and pocket parks situated throughout its 125 neighborhoods. LARMAC’s patrol company is not responsible for providing security services to homeowners or their properties. As always, this remains the responsibility of each homeowner.

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 LaderaTimes@LaderaTimes.com. 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.'"
 

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 . . .>