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UCI to Add Data Science Bachelor’s

University of California-Irvine plans to enroll its first undergraduates this fall in a new bachelor’s of science program in data science. UC Irvine is the first UC campus to offer the degree.

By Paul Hughes May 28, 2015 2:29 a.m.   Share
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June Sales Up for OC Automakers

Two of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace for new vehicles in June, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Avanti Moves HQ to Costa Mesa

Avanti Restaurant Solutions said it moved its corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Costa Mesa.

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Alliant Buys in N.Y.

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Preferred Concepts LLC, a New York-based wholesale broker and underwriter that specializes in real estate insurance.

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Del Taco-Levy Combo OK’d

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc. will be acquired and become a public company today, after shareholders in Chicago-based Levy Acquisition Corp. voted in favor of Levy’s acquisition of the Mexican-style fast food chain.

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JWA Traffic Up in May

John Wayne Airport booked a nearly 5% increase in passengers and a 1% increase in commercial airline flights in May 2015, compared with the same month last year.

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Hyundai to Sponsor NFL

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley said it has become an official automotive sponsor of the National Football League.

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Disneyland Exemption, Expansion on Anaheim Agenda

Walt Disney Co. is proposing a $1 billion expansion at its Disneyland theme park in Anaheim that would include new attractions, parking and other infrastructure improvements – and it wants a tax break in exchange.

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Johnny Rockets to Poland

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets said Warsaw-based HDS Polska Group plans to open 10 Johnny Rockets over the next 10 years in Poland.

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Franchisee Switch for Johnny Rockets in UAE

A Dubai-based private equity firm bought 14 Johnny Rockets franchised restaurants in the United Arab Emirates from the franchisee group that runs them.

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Sabra Spends $234M for Nursing Homes

Irvine-based Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. said today that it bought four nursing homes in Maryland for $234 million.

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Chapman Ups Forecast on OC Jobs

Orange County’s economy is expected to add about 47,000 jobs through this year and another 41,000 in 2016, according to an updated estimate by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics.

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AOCVCB’s New Name: Visit Anaheim

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau has changed its name to Visit Anaheim.

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Juice It Up to Add NM Units

Irvine-based Juice It Up said Albuquerque franchisee It Takes Two LLC plans to add two locations in New Mexico.

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UCI Humanities Gets $2.7M Mellon Grant

The University of California-Irvine has received $2.7 million from the New York City-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to broaden access to its Ph.D. program in Humanities by providing funding for tuition and teaching fellowships.

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Alliant Gets New PE Investment

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has received “a significant equity investment” from Stone Point Capital LLC, which now is the largest shareholder of the Newport Beach-based insurance brokerage firm.