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Hope for Hangars? South Coast Redux; Act II for Churm?

Are the powers that be rethinking the fate of the two hangars on the former Marine base in Tustin now that Google has signed a 60-year lease worth $1.2 billion for a similar structure and several others on surrounding grounds in the Silicon Valley?

Habit Looks to Trade on ‘Better-Burger’ Standing in IPO

RESTAURANTS: Recent growth, timing of offering look favorable

The Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine appears to have a number of factors working in its favor for an initial public offering that’s expected sometime this week, including some that reflect its strong run of recent years and others that indicate the chain is well-positioned for the future.

Software Deal Points to Resumption of Fisker Production

TECHNOLOGY: Pact with Quantum could bring stake in IP

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc.’s new deal to supply key vehicle operations software for the relaunch of the Fisker Karma and potentially other models rekindles a relationship that had soured before the luxury automaker crashed two years ago.

Small Restaurants Seek Big League Through Franchises

RESTAURANTS: Approach allows fast growth at limited cost

Small local restaurant companies plan to expand by franchise in 2015.

Cosmetics Firm Could Go Up for Sale

Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine “is exploring a sale that could value it at several hundred millions of dollars,” according to Reuters.

Quiksilver Sells Online Retailer to Rival

Quiksilver Inc. sold online retailer Surfdome.com in the United Kingdom to Australia-based rival SurfStitch for $16 million.

Students Try to Live Más Football With Taco Bell

Tickets to College Playoff Games Part Of Giveaway

Taco Bell Corp. has teamed up with ESPN Inc. to give college students a chance to cheer on their teams at this season’s College Football Playoff games from the Live Más Student Section.

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Hyundai Gets Honors for HQ

Hyundai Motor America Inc.'s new headquarters won honors from the local chapter of a global real estate trade group.

New Mitsubishi Finance Head Named

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress appointed Dan Booth president of its financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc.

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Irvine-Based Cosmetics Firm Reportedly in Play

Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine “is exploring a sale that could value it at several hundred millions of dollars,” according to Reuters.

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El Pollo Loco Insiders to Sell 6M Shares

El Pollo Loco insiders plan to sell 6 million shares, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing yesterday.

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Habit Sets IPO Terms

Irvine-based the Habit Restaurants Inc. plans to offer 5 million shares priced at $14 to $16 a share in its initial public offering, according to updated filings with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission.

Will This Shoe Fit?

China-Based 361° Aims for U.S. Share From Irvine HQ

361° International Ltd.’s recent arrival to the U.S. market is another step toward the China-based footwear and apparel company’s ultimate goal: becoming a top five global sports brand in a short period of time.

Working Wardrobes’ Transition Plan

James Toth was living with his parents and working odd jobs for cash that offered little security and no future.