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Willdan Designs Smart Electrical Grid of the Future

ENGINEERING: Firm targets 20% annual growthThomas Brisbin knows first-hand the agony and thrill of a roller coaster ride on Wall Street.

UCI Gets $7.8M Grant for Brain Study

University of California-Irvine has been awarded a $7.8 million federal grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to explore the link between family income and early brain development.

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Sedgwick to Close

Sedgwick LLP will be closing its offices at the end of December, according to two legal websites.

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Lazy Dog Hires CMO, CPO

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Huntington Beach named John Williams its chief marketing officer and Mariah Machnikowski its chief people officer, both new roles.

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OC Hyatts Get New Area VP

Hyatt Hotels Corp. named David Nadelman general manager at Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove and vice president over six other high-end hotels with 4,500 rooms in Southern California.

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Long Beach Airport Up 25% in October

Long Beach Airport’s passenger traffic shot up 25% to 330,000 in October from 265,000 in the same period last year.

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Advantage Solutions Buys Complementary Company

Advantage Solutions Inc. will buy Daymon Worldwide Inc. on undisclosed terms in a deal that links two private equity-backed big players in brand and retail sales and marketing work.

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Eight Feted for National Philanthropy Day

Association of Fundraising Professionals—OC honored eight of the county's outstanding givers at a National Philanthropy Day today before a lunch crowd of 680 at City National Grove in Anaheim.

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Juice It Up Adds Drive Thru

A Juice It Up franchisee will offer the chain’s products for the first time in a drive-thru location next month.

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Nonprofit Gifted $8.5M Home

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire received the biggest financial gift in its history: a home in Laguna Beach valued at $8.5 million.

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Study: OC Tourism a $20.5B Business

Orange County Visitors Association said a study it commissioned showed tourism providing $20.5 billion in economic impact to the county last year.

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Buck’s Art Stops for Good at UCI

The University of California-Irvine announced today that it’s received a collection of California art from the trust of Gerald Buck, a Newport Beach developer.

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Lido House GM Confirmed

Lido House officially named Adam Beer its general manager.

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Remembering Fifi: “A Big Part of Orange County History”

Chefs, Owners, Foodies Reflect on Her Legacy

“Knew her almost 30 years. One of the most important people I’ve known for the business I’m in. And then she became a friend. She knew so much about this business, who’s doing what, what direction I, the industry should take. Her column taught us. A wonderful person.” —John Ghoukassian, owner, Bistango, Bayside Restaurants

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Opus to Pay $17M to Settle Suit

Opus Bank (Nasdaq: OPB) is settling for $17 million a class-action shareholder lawsuit alleging the Irvine company misled investors about the quality of its loans.

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ICU Medical Inc. in San Clemente reported revenue of about $343 million in its most recent quarter, compared with about $97 million in the same period prior year.

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