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Contract Electronics Makers’ Job Count Flat Again

Biggest Here Combine For Workforce of 2,728

Local employment growth has evaded Orange County’s largest contract electronics makers for another year, despite a boost in global sales for the industry.

It’s Official: Questcor Now Mallinckrodt PLC Unit

Acquisition Final, Local Operations to Stay Intact

Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. made plenty of headlines in its roughly four years as an Orange County-based public company.

Errand Turns Into Role in UPS Ad for HB Businessman

Does ‘Mailbox Confession’ Of Small-Business Services

Tony Orlando went to pick up his mail from a shipping and business services center in Huntington Beach and walked out with a contract to star in a commercial for UPS Store Inc.

Manhattan Transfer to Island Hotel; Ham & Keller Refine Focus

Gerard Widder, new GM of the Irvine Company’s Island Hotel, arrives in Newport Center with experience from several high-end Manhattan establishments, including a tenure in the same post for the flagship W.

Latino Shop Branches Further Into General Market

MEDIA: Casanova Pendrill TV ad straddles audiences

Casanova Pendrill’s idea for Nature Valley’s new TV ad was big enough to cross the boundaries of the Latino audience it was initially intended for. That also meant stepping on the turf of McCann Erickson, its sister agency, which handles the brand’s general market account.

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Alliant Expands with Buy in Spokane

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Moloney + O’Neill in Spokane, Wash. on undisclosed terms.

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Disney-Area Hotel Sold for $32.5M

Chesapeake Lodging Trust said it sold the 153-room Courtyard Anaheim at Disneyland Resort for $32.5 million, or about $212,000 per room.

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El Pollo Loco Parent Reports Higher Earnings in Q2

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. reported net income of $6.6 million and 21 cents per share for its second quarter ended June 25, 2014, compared to $410,000, or 1 cent per diluted share in the same period last year.

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Gillman Nominated for UCI Chancellor

University of California President Janet Napolitano nominated Howard Gillman as the University of California-Irvine’s next chancellor.

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Community College District Names Interim Chancellor

The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Tom Harris interim chancellor.

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Bankrupt CM Restaurant Chain to be Bought

The Costa Mesa-based parent of the Elephant Bar restaurant chain is slated to be bought out of bankruptcy and will be operated by a Dallas-based restaurant company.

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Warhol Pledge: $100K to UCI Beall Center

The New York City-based Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is giving $100,000 to The Beall Center for Art and Technology at the University of California-Irvine.

OC’s First Din Tai Fung and Other Worthy Food Adventures

Chinese Dumpling House Delights With Each Morsel

Din Tai Fung, the famed Chinese dumpling house, opened two weeks ago at South Coast Plaza (entrance on the upper level next to Sears). I surmise that, having heard the buzz about its international reputation, the crowds will flow.

St. Joseph Health Backs Big Office Buy in Mission Viejo

HEALTHCARE: Innovation Institute gets four buildings, 263,000 SF

The Innovation Institute LLC, a La Palma-based for-profit healthcare company formed by St. Joseph Health in Irvine last year, has taken over ownership of four medical buildings surrounding Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

Callahan v. Busch; Check Pyott’s Sleeve; Full of Philanthropy

The Dec. 18 date that’s been set for a special shareholders meeting on Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ hostile bid for Irvine-based Allergan didn’t add up to much on Wall Street, where neither company saw its shares do much last week.