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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.

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.

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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.