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Aliso Viejo

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With award-winning schools, attractive neighborhoods, and fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment, Aliso Viejo is certainly a popular place to live. The City, which is continually ranked one of the safest cities in the nation, boasts rolling hillside, valley terrain and picturesque views of mountains, streams, parks and city lights.

This South County city became Orange County’s 34th city when it incorporated on July 1, 2001 due to the efforts of the Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 Committee, which was responsible for introducing an initiative on the ballot for the 2001 special election. Voters passed the initiative with 93.3% in favor of incorporation.

The City of Aliso Viejo is a master planned community that was developed to contain a balance between residential neighborhoods, community parks, facilities and schools as well as an appropriate mix of business, office and retail uses. The City is home to the headquarters of several large corporations and the community features ample employment opportunities and extensive recreational facilities. The City also enjoys access to the Orange County trail system. Wood Canyon Wilderness Park is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals, along with mature oaks, sycamore and elderberry trees and year-round streams. An abundance of parks and trails, cultural and recreational activities and youth sports programs further enhance the quality of life for a community with a vision to ensure long-term viability.

In 2009, Aliso Viejo was listed as one of “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well” by Forbes.com. This City of roughly 47,823 ranked 16th among the top towns in the nation.

As a general law city, the City of Aliso Viejo develops policies and procedures in accordance with California State law. Aliso Viejo contracts for many of its services including police, fire, legal, public works, engineering, code enforcement, building & safety, street maintenance and street sweeping. Additional City-contracted services include animal care, and trash pick up. Library services are provided by the Orange County Library System. Landscape maintenance of most slopes, medians, and parks are administered by AVCA, with the exception of Iglesia Park, which the City owns. The City and AVCA share in the responsibility of providing an array of outstanding recreational programs, special events and activities to the community.

Aliso Viejo became Orange County’s 34th City on July 1, 2001, yet it’s a community grounded in a rich history that echoes other south Orange County cities.

The community name derives from Spanish for “old alder” or “old sycamore.”

Aliso Viejo was originally part of the 22,000-acre Moulton Ranch. In the 1890s, the Moulton family took ownership of land the Mexican government originally granted to Juan Avila in 1842. In 1976, Mission Viejo Company purchased the last 6,600 acres for a new master-planned community. The ultimate vision for Aliso Viejo was to feature neighborhoods that mix homes, workplaces, stores and services. A transit-friendly, energy-conscious and land-conserving community, Aliso Viejo was to foster a sense of community by creating a friendlier streetscape, quality infrastructure like parks, schools  roads, shopping close to home, community services and neighbors that genuinely feel connected to the community and to one another in some fashion.

The county approved the master plan for the community in 1979 – and by March of 1982 – the first residential units were offered for sale. About eight months later, the first residents arrived. Shea Properties purchased the Mission Viejo Company in 1997.

In February of 1995, the Self-Governance Subcommittee of Governmental Affairs, an offshoot of the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA), which was the first community-wide property owner’s association of its kind in the state, began its push to make Aliso Viejo a city. Two years later, Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 was born. In March of 1999, Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 launched a petition drive to put the question of cityhood to a community vote. On March 6, 2001, voters (more than 90 percent) overwhelmingly decided to make Aliso Viejo a city.

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Laguna Niguel

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Over one-third of Laguna Niguel is designated as open space. This significant amount of open space is one of the key features defining the character and urban form of the City. The City has 2 community parks, 23 neighborhood parks, 3 mini-parks, 1 dog park, 2 county regional parks, 2 small county parks and the new Laguna Niguel Skate & Soccer Park.

The name “Laguna Niguel” is derived from the Spanish word “Laguna,” which means lagoon, and the word “Nigueli,” which was the name of a Juaneno Indian village once located near Aliso Creek. In 1821, California became Mexican territory and many rancheros were formed in Southern California, including Rancho Niguel. During this period, Rancho Niguel was primarily used as a sheep ranch. The first private landowner of the area was Juan Avila, a resident of San Juan Capistrano, who obtained land through a Mexican land grant in 1842. Juan Avila was also successful in re-establishing his title to the land after California became US territory in 1848 and remained the owner of “Rancho Niguel” until 1865.

In 1895, the “Rancho Niguel” land became part of the Moulton Company, a company that

 

would eventually control over 19,000 acres of local ranch land. 

The genesis of today’s Laguna Niguel was the establishment of the Laguna Niguel Corporation in 1959 by Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, making it one of the first master planned communities in California. The firm of Victor Gruen and Associates was retained to develop a detailed community plan for the approximately 7,100-acre site. Land sales started to occur in 1961 in Monarch Bay and Laguna Terrace subdivisions. Avco Community Developer acquired the Laguna Niguel Plan in 1971 and initiated development as set forth in the original Master Plan.

During the early years of development in Laguna Niguel, the Laguna Niguel Homeowner Association, later to become the Laguna Niguel Community Council, served in an advisory capacity to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on land use issues.

In 1986, Laguna Niguel residents, looking for local governance, took the first step toward cityhood by forming a Community Services District. Three years later, on November 7, 1989, 89% of the voters favored incorporation and on December 1, 1989, Laguna Niguel became the 29th city in Orange County. 


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San Clemente

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San Clemente residents often think of their town as paradise—where the 1920’s vision of a Spanish Village by the Sea still lingers, the sun shines 342 days a year and the conveniences of metropolitan Southern California are balanced by fresh ocean air and beaches untouched by time. Just 75 years ago, most of the coastal land between Los Angeles and San Diego was no more than barren rolling hills covered with mustard and sagebrush. San Clemente was no exception. 

 

People love the beautiful things...

A unique combination of personality, foresight, luck, and a good dose of marketing savvy transformed this stretch of land. But unlike so many other communities in the region, San Clemente’s geographical isolation helped protect its small-town charm from the homogeneous urban sprawl that permeates so much of this region. 

As town founder Ole Hanson said in the late 1920s, “I get credit for building San Clemente. I am doing my best, but San Clemente’s development was as natural as a well-watered and fertilized tree to grow. It is on the coast. Its climate is superb. It is far enough from San Diego and Los Angeles to fill a real necessity. Besides, people love the beautiful things.” 

People indeed love beautiful places and the boom in San Clemente’s population, this year reaching 67,892 in this 80 year-old community, reflects the popularity of San Clemente and the development that has transformed all of Orange County in the past century. 

However, San Clemente started and has evolved differently than many of its neighboring communities. 

San Clemente was among the first master planned communities built from totally open land in the United States. Before erecting a single structure on the rolling coastal hills, Ole Hanson laid out an expansive plan based on the Spanish Colonial architectural style including restaurants, a clubhouse, residences, public parks, a public pool, a fishing pier, and even equestrian trails.

Many thought Ole Hanson had lost his mind! Many thought Hanson had lost his mind, investing so much effort to build a community an hour’s distance from either Los Angeles or San Diego, the only two major cities in Southern California at the time. 

In fact, his initial plan submission to the Orange County Board of Supervisors was rejected—the Board simply couldn’t imagine funding public streets when no building had yet been built. 

But that didn’t stop Hanson. He opted to retain ownership of the roads, and in a stroke of marketing genius (or perhaps deception) Hanson whitewashed the unpaved roads to make them appear as clean, new concrete in the aerial photos he commissioned for his marketing brochures.

Hanson did not allow deviation from his Spanish Village dream. On a rainy day in December 1925, Ole Hanson managed to attract 600 people from Los Angeles and beyond to hear his real estate spiel. He chartered luxury limousines to transport prospective buyers; others were attracted by the free hot meals that accompanied his presentation. That was the birth of San Clemente, when average lots sold for $300. Prime lots went for $1,500. Within the first six months, Hanson set a record by selling 1,200 lots. Hanson was as “hands-on” as land developers get. Every home ownership deed mandated that residents comply with stringent Spanish Colonial Revival style guidelines, enforcing uniform handmade red tile roofs and whitewashed stucco walls. A tile and wrought iron foundry was even established in town to meet the needs of the rapidly growing community. Hanson did not allow deviation from his Spanish Village dream. In fact, if a home was built that didn’t comply with his guidelines, he would either pay for its remodeling or purchase it himself to rebuild in accordance.

Today, the Spanish Village by the Sea is more heterogeneous than Hanson had envisioned, but historic homeowners and current planning and development all reflect increasing esteem for his red-roofed, white-walled Spanish architecture dream. 

As San Clemente grows, people increasingly look to the past to anchor their sense of local identity. 

Historic homeowners must abide by city codes that protect the aesthetic spirit and style of early San Clemente. New development east of the 5 freeway now elevates Spanish Colonial Revival architecture to new interpretations, incorporating red roofs, balconies, and promenades as the demographics of San Clemente shift and new residents are drawn to the Mediterranean charm of this community. City development officials have leveraged new growth to funnel money into programs that reinvigorate and restore the historic downtown.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens Perhaps the best example of San Clemente’s increasing appreciation for its past is the exciting restoration underway at the Casa Romantica, which was Ole Hanson’s bluff top home at the time of the City’s founding. The Casa Romantica was completed in 1928, and after Hanson lost it to the bank during the Great Depression, the Casa passed through various owners. The wear and tear of time and neglect took its toll and at one point the outstanding landmark seemed destined for demolition. Fortunately, a group of local activists pushed hard for the Casa Romantica’s rescue, and directed its destiny away from commercial alternatives and toward a use that will benefit all of the community—that of a Cultural Center and Gardens. 

The Casa Romantica project has garnered attention from a wide-range of San Clementeans. In addition to the lengthy list of donors who are funding its restoration, nearly 100 residents have offered to volunteer as the future site of performing and visual arts, educational programs, and world-class gardens.

 

 

Tustin

Tustin Unified School District

Tustin Unified School District

Tustin has historically been a center of education in Orange County, and today continues its bright heritage with a fine program of outstanding teachers and facilities.

Tustin Unified School District Area Map

Elementary Schools
Arroyo Elementary School
11112 Coronel Road
Santa Ana, CA 92705-2492
(714) 730-7381
Maggie Villegas, Principal
Barbara Benson Elementary School
12712 Elizabeth Way
Tustin, CA 92780-2811
(714) 730-7531
Kelly Fresch, Principal
Benjamin Beswick Elementary School
1362 Mitchell Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780-5799
714) 730-7385
Margaret Sanders, Principal
Helen Estock Elementary School
14741 North B Street
Tustin, CA 92780-2598
(714) 730-7390
Paulette Fuller, Principal
Guin Foss Elementary School
18492 Vanderlip Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705-3242
(714) 730-7552
Nancy Jenkins, Principal
Robert Heideman Elementary School
15571 Williams Street
Tustin, CA 92780-4146
(714) 730-7521
Norma Lemus, Principal
Hicks Canyon Elementary School
3817 Viewpark Ave.
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 734-1878
Pat Ahern, Principal
Ladera Elementary School
2515 Rawlings Way
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 730-7505
Luciana Laszewski, Principal
C. C. Lambert Elementary School
1151 San Juan Street
Tustin, CA 92780-4629
(714) 730-7457
Jennifer McGhay, Principal
Loma Vista Elementary School
13822 Prospect Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705-2690
(714) 730-7528
Dr. Gail Levy, Principal
Myford Elementary School
3181 Trevino Drive
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 734-1875
Nancy Lev, Principal
W. R. Nelson Elementary School
14392 Browning Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780-6338
(714) 730-7536
John Laurich, Principal
Peters Canyon Elementary School
26900 Peters Canyon Road
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 730-7540
Janet Bittick, Principal
Red Hill Elementary School
11911 Red Hill Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 730-7543
Wendy Hudson, Principal
Jeane Thorman Elementary School
1402 Sycamore Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780-6233
(714) 730-7364
Christine Matos, Principal
Tustin Memorial Academy
12712 Browning Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705-3402
(714) 730-7546
Cindy Agopian, Principal
Tustin Ranch Elementary School
12950 Robinson Drive
Tustin, CA 92782-0921
(714) 730-7580
Michael Shackelford, Principal
Marjorie Veeh Elementary School
1701 San Juan Street
Tustin, CA 92780-5204
(714) 730-7544
Tyler Ream, Principal
Middle Schools
Columbus Tustin Middle School
17952 Beneta Way
Tustin, CA 92780-2659
(714) 730-7352
Tim O'Donoghue, Principal
A. G. Currie Middle School
1402 Sycamore Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780-6233
(714) 730-7360
Karla Wells, Principal
Hewes Middle School
13232 Hewes Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705-2277
(714) 730-7348
Tracey Vander Hayden, Principal
Pioneer Middle School
2700 Pioneer Road
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 730-7534
Mike Mattos, Principal
C. E. Utt Middle School
13601 Browning Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780-5212
(714) 730-7573
Ron Richardson, Principal
High Schools
Arnold O. Beckman High School
3588 Bryan Avenue
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 734-2900
Adele Heuer, Principal
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Foothill High School
19251 Dodge Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705-2298
(714) 730-7464
Al Marzilli, Principal
Hillview High School (Continuation School)
19061 Foothill Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92705-2275
(714) 730-7356
Andrew Hernandez, Principal
Tustin High School
1171 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780-4660
(714) 730-7414
Margie Sepulveda, Principal
Sycamore High School (Adult School)
13780 Orange Street
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 730-7395
Betty Sarell, Adult Education Specialist

* The Irvine Unified School District and Santa Ana Unified School District also provide services to some City of Tustin residents, but none of their facilities are located within City limits.

Private Schools

Private Schools
Ability Plus School
(K-8), 333 S. Prospect, (714) 731-9006
Children's Center - First Baptist
(K-6), 12881 Newport Avenue
(714) 544-4431
Fairmont School
12421 Newport Avenue
(714) 832-4867
First School Montessori
13806 Red Hill
(714) 505-9293
Newport Avenue Preschool
(P-K), 13682 Newport Avenue
(714) 730-3424
Oakridge Private School
11911 Red Hill Avenue
(714) 832-2461
Red Hill Lutheran
(P-8), 13200 Redhill Avenue
(714) 544-3132
St. Cecilia Elementary
(K-8), 1301 Sycamore Avenue
(714) 544-1533
St. Jeanne de Lestonnac
(K-8), 16791 Main Street
(714) 542-4271
Temple B'nai Israel
(P-8), 2111 Bryan Avenue
(714) 730-9693

Nearby Colleges & Universities

Institution NameAddressDistance From City HallPhone Number
California State University/Fullerton 800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
12.6 miles (714) 773-2011
Chapman University 333 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
6.1 miles (714) 997-6815
Coastline Community College 11460 Warner Ave.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
8.6 miles (714) 546-7600
Concordia College 1530 Concordia
Irvine, CA 92612
11.7 miles (949) 854-8002
Cypress Community College 9200 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630
18.4 miles (714) 826-2220
Fullerton Community College 321 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
13.9 miles (714) 992-7000
Goldenwest Community College 15744 Goldenwest 
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
16.1 miles (714) 895-8700
Marymount Weekend College 2300 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
7.5 miles (714) 639-6188
National University 2080 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
6.8 miles (714) 250-5100
Orange Coast Community College 2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
9.1 miles (714) 432-0202
Pepperdine University Graduate School 2151 Michelson Dr., #165
Irvine, CA 92612
7.3 miles (949) 739-2506
Irvine Valley Community College 5500 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92620
6.5 miles (949) 559-9300
Rancho Santiago Community College 8045 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
5.6 miles (714) 564-4000
Santa Ana College 1530 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
5.1 miles (714) 564-6000
South Orange County Community College 28000 Marguerite Pkwy.
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
17.7 miles (949) 582-4500
University of California/Irvine Irvine, CA 92612 7.8 miles (949) 856-5011
University of La Verne 17400 Brookhurst
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
11.4 miles (714) 964-4215
Western State University 1111 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
12.7 miles (714) 738-1000