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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.

OC Efforts Spur Japanese Device Regulation Changes

New Law Loosens Process US Firms Have Criticized

Efforts over the past decade by several of Orange County’s better-known medical device executives to change Japanese laws are bearing fruit.

Agency Bakes Up Videos Featuring Pretzel Mascot

O’Leary Produces Five Pieces Starring Tiny Baker

O’Leary and Partners, in its latest assignment for Wetzel Pretzels LLC, has brought the Pasadena-based chain’s blue baker mascot to life.

Hotel Irvine Transformation Starts on Ground Floor

HOSPITALITY: New amenities, look for lobby, all 536 rooms

A yearlong renovation has Hotel Irvine ready for its interior close-up—with makeovers of meeting spaces and outdoor amenities scheduled for completion in January.

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Taco Bell in International Push

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. plans to add 1,300 restaurants with an aim of adding $2 billion in sales overseas by 2023, according to a report in Nation’s Restaurant News.

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OCVA, “The Voice” in $5M Deal

The Irvine-based Orange County Visitors Association said it got $5 million worth of media exposure for Orange County in 12 Middle Eastern countries through a recent contest for viewers of TV show “The Voice.”

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Hyatt HB Names New GM

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa named Peter Rice its general manager, effective Dec. 2.

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Chapman 2015 Forecast: OC Will Add 38,000 Jobs

Orange County businesses will add nearly 38,000 jobs in 2015, growing the local employment base by 3%, according to a forecast by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics.

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Register Parent to Cut 100 Jobs

Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. will cut about 100 positions, including executives, according to a report today in the company’s flagship publication, the Orange County Register.

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Casa Laguna Changes Hands

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, a boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, has sold on undisclosed terms.

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Catholic Diocese Gets $20M Pledge

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said today its foundation received a pledge of $20 million from an undisclosed individual for its Christ Cathedral campus, the former site of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.

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Actavis to Cut Jobs in Corona

Actavis PLC, which is buying Irvine-based Allergan Inc., will lay off 200 workers at its operation just across the county line in Corona, according to a state filing.