SERVICES

JWA September Traffic Down

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic edged down 1.6% in September compared with the same period last year.

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Taco Bell Shifts Senior Execs

Melissa Lora will retire next summer from her position as president of Taco Bell Corp.’s international division. Chief Financial Officer Liz Williams will move into Lora’s role and Rahul Shinde, currently GM in India for KFC will become Division CFO at Taco Bell.

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Ubiquity Evicted

Ubiquity Inc. has been evicted from its Irvine headquarters at 9801 Research Drive.

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Disney Parks, Resorts Only Up Segment

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts segment reported higher quarterly and annual revenue—the only one of the entertainment giant’s four business units to do so.

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Mitsakos Sentenced

Nicholas Mitsakos, former interim chief executive of Irvine-based media firm Ubiquity Inc., was sentenced today to 30 months in prison on charges of conspiring to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, said Joon H. Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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MemorialCare to Close LB Hospital

Community Medical Center Long Beach, one of Fountain Valley-based MemorialCare Health System’s three hospitals in the area, will soon close due to not meeting earthquake building standards.

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'Dinesty' Ends: Fifi Chao Dies

Fifi Chao the longtime Orange County restaurant columnist died Monday. She was 81.

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Chapman: $150M in Bonds for Student Housing

Chapman University will buy Katella Grand, a 399-unit apartment complex near Anaheim's Platinum Triangle, for $148 million, from UDR, a Colorado-based REIT.

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CSUF's Garcia Going to Washington

California State University Chancellor Timothy White said today that California State University-Fullerton President Mildred García will be the next president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

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Law Firm in Trump U. Case Buys Practice

San Diego-based consumer advocacy law firm Haeggquist & Eck said it’s bought the Cooper Law Firm in Irvine, an employee and consumer class action firm.

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$50M in Hotel Buys Hint at Past, Present

HOSPITALITY: Sales at Dyer & 55 Are Midscale Trend Marker

George Santayana said those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but sometimes that’s not so bad.

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Chargers on Long Drive Deep In New Territory

SPORTS: Hoag deal, civic deeds vs. poor optics

The business challenges facing the Los Angeles Chargers front office in Costa Mesa midway through the season haven’t changed much since owner Dean Spanos moved the franchise north in January.

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Aluminum Firm Maintains Innocence, Fights Seizure

Irvine Warehouse Part of International Tariff Caper

The foreign owners of Irvine’s 2323 Main St. industrial building are fighting the federal government’s attempt to seize ownership of the airport-area property, citing in court filings “demonstrably false” allegations and violations of its due process.

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Hoag Orthopedic Taps St. Joseph Hoag CFO to Lead

HEALTHCARE: Plans to partner to grow outpatient care

Irvine-based Hoag Orthopedic Institute, a unique for-profit joint venture comprised of two groups of orthopedic surgeons and a nonprofit hospital, is positioned for growth with a new chief executive at the helm.

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An Extra Course: Presenting the Best of Fifi’s Best

A Tasting of Retired Columnist’s Favorites

Executive dining columnist Fifi Chao announced her retirement in this column last month with a joyous romp through “the past 26 ½ years, the best dining years in Orange County’s history.”

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