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OC 500: Wylie Aitken

Half-century OC law, largesse … ‘King of Torts’ … second-gen Irish-American … family from County Cork…. gives to Chapman U, where he’s board chair … politics—lone Dem who backed

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OC 500: Kristen Allison

Joined John Burnham & Co. 1990s after stint at what’s now Willis Group Holdings PLC … bought most of firm 1995 … employee benefits, financial services … 30+ years’ experience … past Business Journal Women in

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,657.95.

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Providence St. Joe Might Merge

Providence St. Joseph Health and Ascension Health are discussing a merger that would create the largest hospital system in the U.S., news reports said.

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2017 Year In Review: Real Estate

5 Big Stories

Irvine Ranch became the country’s largest source of new-home sales; Great Park Neighborhoods, Rancho Mission Viejo and Lake Forest’s Baker Ranch were also among the 25-best-selling communities in the U.S.; and average new-home prices in Orange County veered closer to $1 million.

Lennar Regional Executives Tapped

REAL ESTATE: Roos gets OC, West; 1 spot for CalAtlantic

Lennar Corp. plans to install its own executives in the top spot in four of the five national homebuilding regions it will run after buying Irvine-based Cal- Atlantic Homes, according to company documents provided to the Business Journal.

Chapman Sees Largest Tax Hike in State History

OC Job Growth a Mixed Message

The Orange County economy is facing both good news and bad in the coming year, according to Chapman University’s annual forecast.

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Flute Bug Skips Another Generation of McLarands

Needle Point: Wednesday, Dec. 6, I was commended to read two books (in one year?) … “Reinventing the Administrative State” and “Financial Management Theory in the Public Sector,” –both apparently preach the same sermon: “When Money Talks, the Truth is Silent.”

Subprime Auto Firm Veros Buys HQ in Busy Year

REAL ESTATE: $165M securitization firm’s first

The acquisition of Veros Credit LLC’s Santa Ana headquarters is the latest piece of notable business this year for the family-owned auto finance company, which is taking steps to ramp up lending operations.

Toshiba Unit’s StubHub Win May Lead to Bigger Deals

TECHNOLOGY: Digital work makes up for print decline

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s multimillion-dollar contract to outfit the StubHub Center in Carson with ultra-high-definition scoreboards and digital ribbon displays highlights one of the few growth markets in an otherwise flat sector challenged by the dwindling life of print.

Anton & Chia Fights SEC Charges

FINANCE: Accounting firm’s penny stock audits scrutinized

Newport Beach-based Anton & Chia LLP, ranked on the Business Journal’s list of Orange County accounting firms, is disputing civil fraud allegations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission involving penny stocks.

2017 YEAR in Review: Technology

5 Big Stories

Western Digital Corp.’s decision to quietly redesignate headquarters from Irvine to Silicon Valley highlighted the ongoing challenge of scaling public companies and keeping them here.

2017 YEAR in Review: Healthcare

Allergan PLC’s (NYSE: AGN) transfer of patents on its blockbuster dry-eye drug Restasis to a Native American Tribe in September is not only a top story this year, but one that will continue unfolding into 2018.

2017 YEAR in Review: Hospitality & Tourism

Top o’ the pops this year was every one of the 200,000 new square feet at Anaheim Convention Center and attendant growth in area hotel activity.

2017 YEAR in Review: Finance

Who says bankers are dull? They aren’t in Orange County, not this year.

2017 YEAR in Review: Retail & Marketing

Orange County is home to five automakers, three of which had a moving 2017.

Taiwanese Company Says Irvine Device Stronghold

Plans to Strengthen US HQ as R&D Center

He pointed out that while the company is a relatively new player in the U.S.—it received Food and Drug Administration approval of its knee and hip replacement products in the early 2000’s but didn’t start selling in the U.S. until 2014—“we have a long history in providing innovative orthopedic implants and instrumentation product.”

UCI’s Claire Trevor School Makes a Business of Dance

EDUCATION: UCI trains for performing, management

Dance is less of a profession and more of a passion that draws artists early in life—and often down the road they’re encouraged to give up the passion for more practical endeavors.

Philanthropy

On Oct. 14 Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its eighth annual Spirit of Excellence Gala at KIA Motors America.

Aerie to Build Manufacturing Facility in Ireland

Site to Support 2020 Global Commercialization

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AERI) continues to ramp up in anticipation of upcoming Food and Drug Administration approval of glaucoma drug Rhopressa.

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