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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were higher on earnings reports by Facebook Inc. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., with Amazon.com Inc. scheduled to report numbers after markets close.

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March Airport Traffic Up

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic rose 5% year-over-year in March to 898,000 passengers.

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OC 500: Augie Nieto

Fitness industry entrepreneur … given name Augustine … wife, Lynne; kids, grandkids … lives Corona del Mar … subject of 2017 documentary ‘Augie’ directed by James Keach of Oscarnominated Glen Campbell bio-doc … ‘Augie’ screened at NB film festival, also Boston, Nashville … coming theater run … Patrick Fuscoe, fellow OC 500er, credited in film … Augie’s Quest has raised about $60M to battle disease Nieto has—ALS

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Santa Ana Business Park Sells for Nearly $74 Million

REAL ESTATE: Greenlaw Partners buys 5 buildings

Orange County Business Center, a five-building office park in Santa Ana, has traded hands for nearly $74 million, in one of the largest office deals in the area this year.

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OC 500: Lynn Jochim

Exec team, statewide developer … May IPO … $2B market cap … public co. includes Great Park Neighborhoods developer FivePoint … other state mega-developments … works with chief exec, OC 500’s Emile Haddad on strategy, sales, asset management, growth … moved from SF to lead Great Park work … led Lennar SF; Miami-based Lennar, company shareholder … experience, military base reuse analysis, E&Y

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Rich Uncles Affiliate Gets CFO

A new student housing REIT backed by the Rich Uncles investment group named Raymond Pacini chief financial officer.

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JetBlue LGB Airport Cuts Could Help Southwest

JetBlue Airways Corp. said it will cut its activity at Long Beach Airport by a third, from 35 daily flights to 23, on Sept. 5, in a move that opens up opportunities for other carriers, including John Wayne Airport’s largest air carrier by passenger totals, Southwest Airlines.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,628.67.

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PBS SoCal, KCET to Merge

Costa Mesa-based PBS SoCal expects to merge with KCETLink Media by mid-year with the newly formed group operating under a new name.

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$10M for CHOC Autism Center

Children’s Hospital of Orange County plans to open an autism center at 170 S. Main St. in Orange in early 2019.

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JetBlue to Sell JetSuiteX Seats

Seats on scheduled charters by JetSuiteX will be available on JetBlue’s website starting May 1 in an industry practice called code-sharing.

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Exporting Arts County

PSO, Carl St. Clair Make it To Carnegie Hall

Orange County’s Pacific Symphony played Carnegie Hall Saturday night (barring the unforeseen—The Business Journal goes to press Friday afternoon). It is as it seems. “A big deal. Always been at the apex,” said symphony President John Forsythe during the intermission of a “practice concert” at Segerstrom Concert Hall on April 14. “And to be invited and part of this series. And finishing it off there Saturday night. Very proud.”

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Jaksch to Exec Chairman; ChromaDex Names New CEO

ChromaDex Corp. (Nasdaq: CDXC) said Chief Executive Frank Jaksch will become executive chairman and the company’s current president and chief operating officer, Rob Fried, will get Jaksch's role June 22, after the company’s annual meeting.

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Boardriders Completes Billabong Buy

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. completed its acquisition of rival Billabong International Ltd. on Tuesday.

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ADL Lawyer Will Head UC’s Free Speech Center

Michelle Deutchman has been named the first executive director of the University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The major indexes fell steeply in midday trading as bond yields briefly topped 3% for the first time in four years, and an Apple partner lowered sales forecasts, triggering fears about iPhone X sales.

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Vanguard Eyes Updates To Costa Mesa Campus

Project Would Help Boost Enrollment

Vanguard University is planning an extensive renovation and expansion of its Costa Mesa campus in an effort to boost enrollment by more than 25%.

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OC 500: Robert Mayer

Family, business patriarch … saw HB hotels, residential, retail decades ago where others saw sand, surf … built Hyatt Regency, Waterfront Hilton … 950 rooms … life turning point ‘purchase of Waterfront property’ … one that got away ‘Long Beach Pike project’ … brisk schedule in his 90s … natty dresser … storytelling memoirist … Business Journal Person of the Year, Hospitality, 2016

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Ducommun Closes $30.5M Buy

Santa Ana-based Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO) has acquired Certified Thermoplastics Co. LLC for $30.5 million.

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The Venture Banker

After 26 Years, Byron Roth Keeps Adapting, Embracing Risk

Byron Roth has a feeling that his company’s dealmaking on Wall Street is about to take off.

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