LOS ANGELES — Back in 1990, the original developers of the Ritter Ranch project envisioned a mixed-use golf-course community on 10,000 acres of rolling hills in the Mojave Desert city of Palmdale, Calif.

Ritter Ranch Development LLC predicted there would be 20,000 residents by 2010. But years later, all that has developed out of Ritter Ranch is a long record of litigation and bond defaults.

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