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2014 Year in Review: Restaurants

We said to keep an eye on Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed as he began overseeing the brand worldwide in January.

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OC Fair Names CEO

The Costa Mesa-based OC Fair & Events Center named Kathy Kramer its new Chief Executive.

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Times Gets “Protective Order” on Claim Against Register

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has granted the Los Angeles Times’ request for a “temporary protective order” against Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc.’s flagship Orange County Register.

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El Pollo Loco Closes $200M Debt Deal

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said today it closed on a new $200 million lending agreement that cuts its interest costs by about $7 million a year.

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Mortgage Lender to Expand in OC

Stonegate Mortgage Corp. in Indianapolis said it plans to make more than 175 hires in Orange County for its recently created loan servicing subsidiary Stonegate Direct in Lake Forest.

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British Columbia Travel Promo Uses Oculus Rift

Count British Columbia’s tourism agency as the latest enterprise to utilize the breakthrough virtual reality headset Oculus Rift developed by Irvine-based startup Oculus VR Inc.

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Brandman to Accept Units from Free Program

Brandman University in Irvine said it will accept a limited number of credits from a Washington, D.C.-based online education nonprofit that doesn’t charge for its courses.

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Alliant Acquires Employee Benefits Firm in N.Y.

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. in Newport Beach has acquired the Camps Group, a New York-based brokerage firm that specializes in employee benefits services.

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Brandman to Expand Community College Sites

Irvine-based Brandman University plans to expand its presence at community colleges, the school said.

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Yogurtland to Enter Thailand

Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. said a new franchisee in Thailand plans to open 15 stores there.

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Boeing Plans OC Layoffs

Boeing Co. will lay off 360 people in Southern California between Dec. 12 and Jan. 1, with about a third of the cuts in Huntington Beach, according to layoff notices posted by the California Employment Development Department.

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Hyundai to Recall 2 Models for Brake Lights

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley will recall 42, 925 vehicles with faulty brake lights, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Johnny Rockets Seeks Savings With Own Software

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc. said it and franchisees would save about $450,000 a year systemwide with new back-office operations software the retro burger chain developed in-house for $25,000.

El Sol Neighbor Goes Global for Local Girls

Kylie Schuyler decided to create a mentoring program for girls in grades five through eight in which accomplished college-age women would serve as mentors.

El Sol’s Sunny Mission

Plenty of Business Backers for Santa Ana School’s Focus on Arts, Academics, Dual Immersion

The idea of charter schools was little-known concept in Orange County in 1999, recalls Susan Mas.