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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.

LB Energy Drink Now Amway Product

FOOD: Buys XS Energy to draw young entrepreneurs

A Laguna Beach-based energy drink maker with $150 million in sales was sold Jan. 9 to Ada, Mich.-based Amway Corp., its exclusive distributor, the two companies said.

UCI Medical Center Head to Retire

UC Irvine Medical Center Chief Executive Terry Belmont said he plans to retire from his post on June 30.

Apparel Brands Unveil 2015 Marketing Agendas

2 Silos for Element as Women’s Line Grows

Several Orange County apparel brands in attendance at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach this month shared news from their marketing departments:

Q&A

The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local law firms whether the pace of associate hires has picked up in recent years after a long slowdown hiring in the industry following the recession. Yu also asked attorneys how they’re grooming young talent for their firms’ future leadership. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Legal Pros Focus on Fine Arts, Plan UCI Collaboration

Attorneys Work With UCI Program to Boost Fine Arts

Put together a few attorneys sharing a passion for the arts and a local university that fosters artistic talent, throw in some creative thinking and readiness to provide support, and you’ll get Off-Center, a collective launched by a committee of local lawyers and educators in concert with University of California-Irvine’s art department.