Capistrano Dispatch: A Tax Bill for Pacifica San Juan


Beleaguered residents of the Pacifica San Juan project off Valle Road will continue paying a Mello-Roos tax that generates $443,000 a year, mostly for the Capistrano Unified School District, even though the project only sends 10 kids to public schools.

Fewer than 60 of a planned 416 homes were built in Pacifica San Juan before the developer, SunCal, and lender, Lehman Brothers, plummeted into bankruptcy. Residents have attended several meetings of the Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees, asking for relief from the tax.