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Whittier Trust Appoints Doti

Whittier Trust, a private family office in South Pasadena that serves 349 families and has $11 billion in assets under advisement, has appointed Jim Doti to its board of directors.

By Peter J. Brennan March 13, 2017 11:09 a.m. share »
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Pelican Hill Names Managing Director

Tom Donovan will join Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast at the end of the month as managing director.

By Paul Hughes March 13, 2017 9:45 a.m. share »
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Disney-Area Ramada to Reflag

Ramada Plaza Anaheim plans to become a Wyndham Garden hotel after a $4 million renovation set to take six months.

By Paul Hughes March 10, 2017 11:20 a.m. share »
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El Pollo Loco’s Sather to Retire

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. president and Chief Executive Steve Sather plans to retire by year-end, the company said on Thursday.

By Paul Hughes March 10, 2017 9:46 a.m. share »
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Grand Californian Gets Redo

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim is being renovated with changes to its guest rooms, lobby, pool and other areas in “the most extensive refurbishment since” the 948-room property opened in 2001.

By Paul Hughes March 9, 2017 5:09 p.m. share »
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JWA January: Up 1%

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic was up about 1% in January compared with the same month last year.

By Paul Hughes March 9, 2017 4:07 p.m. share »
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Spitz Gets Callahan for Freedom Fight

Eric Spitz, a former partner and president of Freedom Communications Inc., has retained attorney Daniel J. Callahan to resolve a pension dispute with the bankruptcy creditors of the company that previously owned the Orange County Register.

By Peter J. Brennan March 8, 2017 3:37 p.m. share »
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County Named in New FAA Filing

Signature Flight Services Corp. filed a complaint today with the Federal Aviation Administration in response to the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to award a contract to operate one of two fixed-based operations at John Wayne Airport to a competitor.

By Paul Hughes March 7, 2017 3:20 p.m. share »
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Del Taco Adds in Fla., Ga.

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest said franchisees would open 10 restaurants in West Palm Beach County, Fla., a new market for the fast food chain, and six in Georgia, over the next several years.

By Paul Hughes March 7, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »
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Clean Energy Shares Jump on Q4

Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. surged in afterhours trading after the Newport Beach-based company reported sales and adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter that easily beat Wall Street expectations.

By Chris Casacchia March 7, 2017 1:45 p.m. share »
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Drakes to Get UCI Medal

Michael Drake, former chancellor of the University of California-Irvine, and his wife, Brenda Drake, will receive the UCI Medal at the Lauds & Laurels celebration on March 30.

By Deirdre Newman March 6, 2017 4:03 p.m. share »
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PBS Chief Joins National Board

Andrew Russell, chief executive of Costa Mesa-based PBS SoCal, is a new trustee of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), a nonprofit national trade group in Arlington, Va.

By Deirdre Newman March 3, 2017 7 p.m. share »
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Harbor Audit Asks Money Questions

An audit of some services provided by an outside operator at Dana Point Harbor couldn’t validate the firm’s reported gross receipts at the facility and said its “rent payments are not calculated or reported in accordance with lease agreements” the operator has with the County of Orange, which owns the harbor, the county auditor said in a report.

By Paul Hughes March 3, 2017 11:51 a.m. share »
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January Unemployment Up

OC’s unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.9% in January from revised 3.5% in December and below the 4.1% reported in the same period last year, the state Employment Development Department said.

By Peter J. Brennan March 3, 2017 10:49 a.m. share »
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Habit Up on Q4, Full-Year

Shares in Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine were up more than 10% in Friday trading to a market cap of about $475 million on its quarterly and full-year report, issued after markets closed Thursday.

By Paul Hughes March 2, 2017 1:46 p.m. share »