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Kelley Blue Book Rolls Out Overseas

AUTOMOTIVE: Vehicle valuator’s Portuguese site may be first of manyKelley Blue Book Co. Inc., after about 90 years in business, is dipping its tires into international waters.

By Mediha DiMartino March 27, 2017 midnight   $$ Share
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Ubiquity Investor Wants New Execs, Board

One of Ubiquity Inc.’s largest shareholders wants to immediately replace the Irvine-based media and technology company’s top executives.

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JWA Passengers Down in February

John Wayne Airport’s passenger count fell 7.5% in February, year-over-year, in the first monthly decline in two and a half years.

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American Advertising Federation OC Chapter Names Winners

The American Advertising Federation of Orange County held its annual awards gala Thursday at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

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Ubiquity Inc. Stock Suspended

The Securities and Exchange Commission said this week it would temporarily suspend the stock of Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc., from March 20 to March 31, due to “a lack of current and accurate information about the company.”

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Southwest Adds 2 Long Beach Slots

Southwest Airlines Co. gained two permanent slots at Long Beach Airport to add to several slots it has flown from since last year.

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Kelley Blue Book Expands Overseas

Kelley Blue Book in Irvine launched vehicle pricing and valuation website KBB.PT in Portugal that it plans to adapt to other international markets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five Entrepreneurs Feted

More than 300 members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners during a luncheon at the Business Journal’s 16th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

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New Corporate Name for Quiksilver

Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach changed its corporate name to Boardriders Inc. today.

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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.

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Bank Shifts Funds for Stadium Deal

Irvine-based Banc of California plans to reallocate $3.5 million in sponsorships to partially offset the costs for the naming rights to the new $350 million stadium of the Los Angeles Football Club.