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Chemerinsky Leaves UCI Law With Legacy to Build OnWhat a difference a decade makes. When Erwin Chemerinsky joined the University of California-Irvine as founding dean of its law school, it was under a maelstrom of controversy. Some political conservatives protested based on his reputation as a “liberal” scholar, and a backlash ensued. He will leave the law school at the end of June to become dean of the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Law, surrounded by an aura of adulation, with statistics buttressing the law school’s out-of-the-gate laurels, which many lawyers have called “unprecedented.” He’s also one of the country’s most recognized and sought-after authorities on constitutional law and has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

By Deirdre Newman May 22, 2017 10:59 a.m.   $$ Share
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Big Plans at Taco Bell

Taco Bell Corp. again updated mid-range goals at its annual investor and analyst day this week with big plans for annual revenue, international expansion and unit totals.

By Paul Hughes May 26, 2017 9:44 a.m. share »
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Firm Gives $500K to Goodwill

Law firm Greenberg Gross LLP donated $500,000 Thursday to Santa Ana-based Goodwill of Orange County to be used to boost Goodwill’s career counseling services, which will now be housed in the newly named Greenberg Gross Career Center.

By Pete Weitzner May 25, 2017 12:42 p.m. share »
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JWA Traffic, Flights Down

JWA Traffic, Flights DownJohn Wayne Airport passenger traffic fell to 851,000 in April, from 861,000 in the same month last year—a decline of 1%, or about 10,000 passengers.

By Paul Hughes May 24, 2017 6:01 p.m. share »
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OC’s Pre-Pay: $27M

Orange County will redeem about $27.2 million in airport revenue bonds July 1 after supervisors yesterday approved the move in a 5-0 vote yesterday. A four-fifths majority was required for passage.

By Paul Hughes May 24, 2017 2:11 p.m. share »
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Hill Gets Nonprofit’s Award

Human Options gave its 2017 Dove Award to Julie Hill at its “Serious Fun” gala at Balboa Bay Resort on Saturday.

By Deirdre Newman May 22, 2017 2:08 p.m. share »
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Brea Food Maker Names COO

Ventura Foods LLC promoted John Buckles to chief operating officer, a new position at the Brea-based maker of branded butter, margarine, mayonnaise, dressings and dips.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 10:53 a.m. share »
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Juice It Up Adds in Inland Empire

Juice It Up plans in June to open a new franchised location in San Bernardino County, purchased by a husband-and-wife team that also franchises three Wienerschnitzel locations in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 10:25 a.m. share »
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OCVA Focus: Mideast, Mexico

Orange County Visitors Association worked in the Middle East in March and plans new efforts in Mexico, through a California tourism team’s visit, to tell business travelers and tourists they’re welcome locally.

By Paul Hughes May 19, 2017 9:38 a.m. share »
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Chapman to Get $1M Scholarship Gift

Chapman University on Wednesday will get a $1 million gift from the Illinois-based Give Something Back Foundation Inc.

By Deirdre Newman May 16, 2017 5:40 p.m. share »
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L Squared Buys Elevator Servicer

Newport Beach-based L Squared Capital Partners and Longview Asset Management purchased Oracle Elevator, a service provider, for an undisclosed amount.

By Peter J. Brennan May 16, 2017 1:19 p.m. share »
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Journalist to Join UCI Faculty

Hector Tobar, an author and New York Times contributing op-ed columnist, will be an associate professor in Chicano/Latino Studies and English-Literary Journalism at University of California-Irvine, a UCI spokesman confirmed today.

By Deirdre Newman May 15, 2017 5:01 p.m. share »
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Mistrial in Mazzo Insider-Trading Case

A mistrial was declared Friday in the insider trading case against Jim Mazzo, global president of ophthalmic devices at Carl Zeiss Meditec AG in Germany, while two others—former Angels player Doug DeCinces and friend David Parker—were found guilty of multiple charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

By Sherry Hsieh May 15, 2017 10:44 a.m. share »
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UCI Prof Gets Alzheimer's Funds

The Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will give UCI professor Matthew Inlay $150,000 over three years for research “critical to developing more-effective strategies for understanding and treating” the disease, the association said.

By Deirdre Newman May 15, 2017 10:42 a.m. share »
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Yogurtland's Texas Two-Step

Yogurtland Franchising Inc. added two locations in Houston under separate owners.

By Paul Hughes May 15, 2017 6:01 a.m. share »
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Hotel Developer to Lay Off Staff

FJS Inc. said in a regulatory filing it would cut 121 jobs in Anaheim.

By Paul Hughes May 12, 2017 11:22 a.m. share »