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Cities Tap Into Their Fun Sides to Promote Themselves

Market Existing Points Of Interest to Potential VisitorsThey won’t change the name—Surf City it is, and Surf City it ever shall be—but Huntington Beach marketers told the Business Journal they’re preparing to market the locale to travelers based on fun of all types.

Mitsubishi Names Ad Agency

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. hired Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners as its advertising agency of record.

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JWA August Traffic Flat

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic in August ticked down 0.2% compared with the same month last year.

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United Collective Taps New #2

United Collective in Huntington Beach hired Kristin Jackson as chief financial officer and chief operating officer, a new position.

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Green Grant to PBS SoCal

Costa Mesa-based PBS SoCal KOCE is one of five public stations that’s been awarded a grant by Washington, D.C.-based The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Moorad to Run Law Firm’s Sports Practice

Sports agent and attorney Jeff Moorad has been named chairman of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s new global sports business.

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Yamaha Will Peddle eBikes Here

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA said it plans to enter the U.S. electric bicycle market in 2018.

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Khanna Sells Venice Hotel

Khanna Enterprises Ltd. in Irvine sold the 12-story, 250-room Custom Hotel in the Westchester area of Los Angeles for more than $40 million, or at least $160,000 per room.

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Business Journal Honors OC Innovators

Around 400 people praised creativity at the Business Journal’s Third Annual Innovator of the Year Awards luncheon at Hotel Irvine on Tuesday.

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Irvine Co. Making Serious Push for Amazon HQ2

The Irvine Co. said it’s making a serious push to bring Amazon to Irvine for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters, and has enlisted its former No. 2 executive to lead the project.

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Anaheim Tourism Dollars Up 10% YTD

Visit Anaheim said 12.1 million travelers to the city have spent $4.2 billion in Orange County year-to-date, an increase of some 10% in each number, and have spent of about $347 per person.

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Spanos Family Gives 500K for Harvey

The Los Angeles Chargers and owners the Spanos family on Friday announced a $500K donation for Hurricane Harvey victims.

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Oomba Closes Acquisition of GameWorks

Irvine-based startup Oomba Inc. closed its acquisition today of Chatsworth-based GameWorks Entertainment LLC, an entertainment and gaming venues company.

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Montage CFO Has IR Chops

Montage International in Irvine named Brian Karaba executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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Real Mex Hires CFO

Real Mex Restaurants Inc. in Cypress named Judd Tirnauer executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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SoCal AAA Gets New CEO

Former Automobile Club of Southern California Chief Executive Robert Bouttier says goodbye to the Auto Club’s members in his final column in the September issue of Westways.

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