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Call Center Operator Set to Double on $275M Deal

SERVICES: Alorica grows list of industries, geographic reachAlorica Inc. has purchased some units of Omaha, Neb.-based West Corp. for $275 million.

By Paul Hughes January 12, 2015 midnight   $$ Share
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JWA Director to Step Down

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will meet in closed session today to plan the search for a successor to John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy, who will step down from the post on Feb. 5.

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Mitsubishi Plans Spanish-Language Ad for Super Bowl

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said it plans to advertise during NBC Universo’s Spanish-language telecast of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

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SJC Big Data Firm Raises $10.8M

San Juan Capistrano-based search engine Maana Inc. has raised $10.8 million, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Ketchum Pays $10.3M for Eye Care Digs

Fullerton-based Marshall B. Ketchum University paid $10.3 million for an 88,000 square foot building on La Palma Avenue in Anaheim and will move its University Eye Center there, the school said.

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Jobs Grow, Unemployment Falls to 4.4%

Orange County businesses added 33,500 jobs in 2014, up 2.3% to 1,515,300 jobs.

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El Pollo Loco a Takeover Target?

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. has been mentioned as a possible takeover target after news reports that a Philippines-based restaurant company is shopping for a U.S.-based regional fast food chain worth at least $1 billion.

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Del Taco to Enter N.J.

Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC said it will begin franchising in New Jersey, its first restaurants in the Northeast U.S.

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3 OC Resorts Make Travel Mag List

Three Orange County resorts—the Montage Laguna Beach, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, and the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast—made Travel & Leisure magazine’s annual list of the world’s 500 best hotels.

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Acacia Shares Drop on Patent Ruling

Shares of Acacia Research Corp. dipped sharply after the company received an unfavorable ruling on patent infringement claims it made against some large technology companies.

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Santa Ana, Cypress Colleges Plan Bachelor’s Degrees

Santa Ana College and Cypress College were named to a list of 15 community colleges statewide that can offer four-year college degrees, according to the California Community Colleges chancellor’s office.

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Alliant in $300M Deal to Buy QBE Units

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has agreed to pay about $300 million to acquire QBE US Agencies, the U.S. operations of Sydney, Australia-based QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

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San Clemente Auto Software Firms Buys Marketer

San Clemente-based automotive customer service firm DealerSocket Inc. has acquired DealerFire, a web design and digital marketing firm in Oshkosh, Wis.

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Sunstone Gets New CEO

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. president John Arabia has been appointed chief executive of the Aliso Viejo-based company.

Maseeh in Middle; Plenty of Ties to Presidential Timber

What does St. Margaret’s Episcopal School have in common with UCI, USC, MIT and Portland State University?

Wahoo’s Lam Hits CES to Help Tout Startup Eco App

TECHNOLOGY: Works show floor for Aliso Viejo company

Wahoo’s Fish Taco cofounder Wing Lam helped Aliso Viejo-based startup My Open Road Corp. grab some industry attention at the recent International CES convention in Las Vegas.