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Building Blocks

Convention Center Space Spurs Business BumpThe 200,000-square-foot expansion of Anaheim Convention Center that opens Sept. 26 is the result of three to five years of wrangling, funding and construction—and the biggest new effort of several the area will get stretching forward another three to five.

OC Hyatts Get New Area VP

Hyatt Hotels Corp. named David Nadelman general manager at Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove and vice president over six other high-end hotels with 4,500 rooms in Southern California.

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Long Beach Airport Up 25% in October

Long Beach Airport’s passenger traffic shot up 25% to 330,000 in October from 265,000 in the same period last year.

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Chargers Pick Pacific Premier

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: PPBI), signed a multiyear partnership with the National Football League’s Los Angeles Chargers.

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Eight Feted for National Philanthropy Day

Association of Fundraising Professionals—OC honored eight of the county's outstanding givers at a National Philanthropy Day today before a lunch crowd of 680 at City National Grove in Anaheim.

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LA Times Site Sells for $65M

The owners of the Costa Mesa creative office complex that holds the headquarters of the Los Angeles Chargers have picked up an even larger redevelopment site next door.

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Study: OC Tourism a $20.5B Business

Orange County Visitors Association said a study it commissioned showed tourism providing $20.5 billion in economic impact to the county last year.

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Lido House GM Confirmed

Lido House officially named Adam Beer its general manager.

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JWA September Traffic Down

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic edged down 1.6% in September compared with the same period last year.

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Ubiquity Evicted

Ubiquity Inc. has been evicted from its Irvine headquarters at 9801 Research Drive.

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Disney Parks, Resorts Only Up Segment

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts segment reported higher quarterly and annual revenue—the only one of the entertainment giant’s four business units to do so.

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Five Honored With General Counsel Awards

A crowd of more than 400 members of Orange County’s corporate and legal communities gathered to honor this year’s top in-house lawyers at the Business Journal’s eighth annual General Counsel Awards.

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Mitsakos Sentenced

Nicholas Mitsakos, former interim chief executive of Irvine-based media firm Ubiquity Inc., was sentenced today to 30 months in prison on charges of conspiring to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, said Joon H. Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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'Dinesty' Ends: Fifi Chao Dies

Fifi Chao the longtime Orange County restaurant columnist died Monday. She was 81.

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$50M in Hotel Buys Hint at Past, Present

HOSPITALITY: Sales at Dyer & 55 Are Midscale Trend Marker

George Santayana said those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but sometimes that’s not so bad.

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Chargers on Long Drive Deep In New Territory

SPORTS: Hoag deal, civic deeds vs. poor optics

The business challenges facing the Los Angeles Chargers front office in Costa Mesa midway through the season haven’t changed much since owner Dean Spanos moved the franchise north in January.

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