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Volcom’s New Ambassador Pick Stirs Brand’s Fans

Mick Jagger’s Daughter Considered Weak Choice

Volcom LLC, looking to shed its surf-only brand image, hired Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall to be the Costa Mesa-based footwear and apparel manufacturer’s new global brand ambassador.

Brunt of Western Digital Cuts Come in Silicon Valley

SanDisk, HGST to Bring About $1B in Savings

Western Digital Corp.’s massive integration of SanDisk Corp. and HGST already has led to more than 500 job cuts in the past month, and more are expected.

Surge of Hotel Development

More Than 7,000 Rooms Proposed in Four Cities

The four Orange County cities with the heaviest volume of hotel construction are seeing a divergence in the type of properties being built there and the sorts of guests the hotels will target.

Indies Rock

Hotel Owners Trade Big Brands for Local Focus

A range of Orange County hotels are declaring independence, testing the potential and limits of a hot hotel market and foregoing the regular business a brand can bring.

Keirstead Buys Back In on Stem Cells

Orange County stem cell entrepreneur Hans Keirstead refers to his newly established biotechnology company as a “startup with mature assets.”

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New Chancellor for Research at UCI

University of California-Irvine has named Pramod Khargonekar its vice chancellor for research, effective June 30.

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Knott’s Plans New Soak City Slides

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park said it plans to begin building two new slide structures at its Knott’s Soak City water park and open them next summer.

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Confie Buys in Calabasas

Huntington Beach-based insurance provider Confie acquired on undisclosed terms ExpressLink Inc. in Calabasas.

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Ubiquity to Spin Off Production Work

Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc., a technology-focused media company, will spin off its Ubiquity Studios.

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Alliant Buys Carwash Insurer

Newport Beach-based insurance broker Alliant Insurance Services acquired on undisclosed terms the Western Carwash Insurance Program in Sacramento.

Inventory of Experts

Wing of UCI Incubator Roster Includes 400 ‘Experts-in-Residence’

Startup Flyt turned to Dan Jenkins when it needed a mentor.

Kia’s Court

Automaker’s Research Indicates NBA Ties Lift Brand

Kia Motors America Inc. is playing some impressive moves on the sponsorship court.

Palace Boss Adds Top Job at Parent Company in Spain

HOSPITALITY: Move came as Parques Reunidos prepped IPO

Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC President and Chief Executive Fernando Eiroa has taken on chief executive duties at its parent company.

Knott’s Hires Ex-Disneyland Executive

Jon Storbeck was named vice president and general manager at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park.

Santa Ana College Names President

Linda Rose, currently president of Los Angeles Southwest College, will become Santa Ana College’s new president on July 18.