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, public safety, public works, and other municipal related services. The Council consists of seven elected council members.
The Council meets the third Monday of every other month, unless a holiday conflicts, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Oak Knoll Clubhouse located at 28192 O’Neill Drive, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
A Note from Santa Margarita Water District
Our Drinking Water Is Safe
Our drinking water remains safe and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has no impact on the quality or supply of our tap water. While many of our employees are working remotely, alternate schedules, or at different locations to encourage social distancing, our top priorities remains the same: provide safe, reliable drinking water and managing wastewater. Here’s a message from our General Manager.
Please don’t flush those disposable wipes or paper towels! Only flush the three Ps – Pee, Poop, and (toilet) Paper.
While our offices are temporarily closed to the public, we’re still here to serve you by email, phone, or the Internet. Our Customer Care team is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can chat with us through our website, Email us at CustomerCare@smwd.com, call us at (949) 459-6420, or go online any time of day at smwd.com. We’re always available for after-hours emergencies by calling (949) 361-6294.
We’re working with the community and will ensure that residents continue to receive water and wastewater services during this time of emergency. Customers who are struggling to pay their water bill are urged to call Customer Relations.
Invoices and accounting: email@example.com
Water Festival is Postponed
To protect our team and the community that we serve, Santa Margarita Water District is postponing the Water Festival and its participation in all community events through May 15. We all must do our part to “flatten the curve.”
Additional information in pdf format here – SMWDInformationalPDF
As Ladera Ranch residents grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has compiled some resources for our residents. Please be mindful that all LRCC and LARMAC events and activities have been postponed. The Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health has recommended that all residents practice social distancing and that residents over 65 self-quarantine.
The State of California
California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
Our Next Public Meeting will be
Monday, March 16, 2020
Update: this meeting has been postponed. Please join the Ladera Ranch Civic Council for its upcoming meeting, on Monday, March 16 at 7pm. We meet at the Oak Knoll Clubhouse. The agenda for the meeting will be posted not less than 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Residents can view the agenda here – March 16, 2020 Agenda
Vice-Chair Heather Redd is Principal for a Day
Our very own Vice-Chair Heather Redd had the pleasure of serving as Principal for the Day at Ladera Ranch Elementary School. Special thanks to Capistrano Unified School District for inviting the Council to participate and to the staff and students at LRES.
Civic Council Appoints newest member
The Ladera Ranch Civic Council is pleased to welcome its newest member, Justin Finch. Justin is currently the chair of the Local Governance Committee.
Justin is the Water Use Efficiency Analyst for Mesa Water District where he administers water use efficiency programs and services. Justin leads coordination efforts with other government agencies and establishes working relationships with local businesses, property managers, and homeowners. Justin is also currently the Vice-Chair of the California Water Efficiency Partnership, a state-wide organization focused on water efficiency policy, programs, and research. Justin graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies, and California Polytechnic State University with a Master of Public Policy degree. He is also certified as a Water Use Efficiency Practitioner, Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Certified Landscape Water Manager, and a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper.
Justin lives in Oak Knoll with his wife and two daughters. You’ll catch the Finch Family around town enjoying Ladera Ranch’s many walking trails and parks.
Civic Council Seeks New Member
The Ladera Ranch Civic Council has a vacant seat and is seeking applications from residents who wish to serve their community. Residents can apply by submitting the LRCC Candidate and Ethics Statement before January 21, 2020.
A new member will then be appointed by the Council, according to its Bylaws, Article IV, Section 7A, which read: “ Councilmember may be appointed to the Council to fill a vacancy at any time by the vote of a majority of all Councilmembers. The appointed Councilmember will serve out the remaining term of the vacant seat to which he/she was appointed. The Council will notify the community of any vacancies and will request candidacy statements with a minimum of fourteen (14) calendars days’ notice for potential candidates to respond.”
LRCC Election Results
Congratulations to Joe Brenneman, Margaret Novak and Rosemary Scott, who were elected to the Ladera Ranch Civic Council. Councilmember Scott will join incumbents Chair Brenneman and Novak, along with Councilmembers Gow, Boutwell, Ramsey and Vice Chair Redd, whose seats were not up for reelection. Your Council looks forward to serving the Ladera Ranch community!
LRCC & Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce announce the “SLOW your roll” campaign
In light of recent tragic events in Ladera Ranch, the Civic Council and Chamber of Commerce have developed a public safety campaign, called “SLOW your roll.” This campaign encourages Ladera Ranch drivers and children to Stop, Look, Obey and Wave, while they drive, bike and walk throughout the community.
Coupled with the campaign, is the Ladera Play It Safe Pledge. Drivers who sign the Pledge promise to obey speed limits and posted signs, to avoid distractions, such as cell phones, and to use caution when backing out of driveways and when entering and exiting communities. Children who sign the Pledge promise to wear a helmet while riding bikes, skateboards and scooters. Children also pledge to cross the street safely at marked crosswalks and to choose safe places to play, such as neighborhood parks. Residents are encouraged to download copies of the Play It Safe Pledge and distribute them amongst their neighbors.
For more information on the program, visit the Ladera Ranch Civic Council Facebook page.
LRCC Unanimously Recommends Against Traffic Signal at O’Neill and Roanoke Intersection
At its January public meeting, the Council voted unanimously to support the County’s “Do Nothing” option at the intersection of Roanoke and O’Neill Parkway. After hearing from residents and receiving the County’s presentation, the Council determined that no changes were needed at this intersection.
To read the Council’s official recommendation, visit this link: 02.06.19_LRCC Letter to Wei Zhu_County (Roanoake & O’Neill)
Support the Ladera Ranch Civic Council
Did you know that the LRCC is funded entirely on donations? For the price of a cup of coffee, you can help support the efforts of the all-volunteer Council. The LRCC budget includes items such as liability insurance, our mailbox, office supplies, and other items. Please help support us today by clicking on the PayPal link and making a donation. Thank you!