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El Pollo Loco Signs Tucson Franchisee

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. signed PLM Restaurants LC in Ogden, Utah to open six new sites in Tucson, Ariz., by August 2019, and to buy the chain’s two existing company-owned sites there.

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Dana Point DMO to Hire Chief

Visit Dana Point plans to hire an executive director by summer’s-end, according to Board Chairman Jim Samuels, general manager of Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.

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Rehab Hospital Opens in Aliso Viejo

AAC Holdings Inc. said today it opened Laguna Treatment Hospital in Aliso Viejo.

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Cuts at PIMCO

Newport Beach-based asset management firm Pacific Investment Management Co. has cut 68 jobs, or about 3% of its 2,300 workers companywide.

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Payoff Raises $47 Million

Costa Mesa-based consumer financial services firm Payoff has raised about $47 million from 56 investors in a round expected to raise about $65 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission document.

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Ad Agency Adds Exec

Huntington Beach-based Grupo Gallegos created a new management post to be shared between an in-house executive and a new hire, effective July 18.

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Johnny Rockets Gets 1st Drive-Thru

Lake Forest-based restaurant chain Johnny Rockets Group Inc. opened its first-ever drive-thru, a franchised location in North Carolina.

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Samuelis Give $10M to UCLA

The Samueli Foundation in Corona del Mar has given $10 million to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of California-Los Angeles.

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Auto Dealer Insurer Names CEO

Irvine-based automobile-dealership insurer SouthWest Dealer Services named Vernon Leake as chief executive officer.

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UCI Honored for Off-Campus Work

The Association of California Cities-Orange County recently honored the University of California-Irvine with a Golden Hub of Innovation award for its “Fifty for 50 Campus Challenge: A Celebration of Community Engagement at UCI.”

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HB Chamber Taps New Chief

James O’Callaghan will be the new president and chief executive of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, effective July 11.

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NBA Deal for FV Gear Maker

Fountain Valley-based United Sports Brands’ Shock Doctor has been named the official mouthguard of the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, NBA Development League and USA Basketball.

Master Plan Morphs; Christ Cathedral Draws; Blanning’s CROC

Early take on Dan Young’s decision to step away from the Irvine Company: Donald Bren’s master plan continues to morph into something that increasingly looks like more of an operating company than a developer.

Montage Hotel in Baltimore Named

The Baltimore hotel Montage Hotels & Resorts will run under its Pendry brand has been named Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.

New OC Company Developing Cannabis-Based Drug

Compound Could Treat Chemo-Induced Pain

Douglas Ingram’s drug development work encompasses more than just Alzheimer’s disease, which his Irvine-based Chase Pharmaceutical Corp. focuses on.