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Wahoo’s Lam Hits CES to Help Tout Startup Eco App

TECHNOLOGY: Works show floor for Aliso Viejo companyWahoo’s Fish Taco cofounder Wing Lam helped Aliso Viejo-based startup My Open Road Corp. grab some industry attention at the recent International CES convention in Las Vegas.

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Jobs Site Signs 146 Western Dental Offices

Mission Viejo-based Jobrivet said it had signed to provide employment services to 146 offices in Southern California of Orange-based Western Dental Services Inc.

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Disney to Lay Off 85

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts notified the state Employment Development Department on Jan. 15 it will lay off 85 employees from a Fullerton location, effective May 29.

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Montage LB Sells for $360M

Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc. has bought the Montage Laguna Beach for $360 million, the Chicago-based hotel investor said on Thursday.

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OC Weekly on Sales Block

OC Weekly is up for sale, according to Denver-based Voice Media Group Inc., parent of the alternative newspaper.

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JWA Continues Traffic Trends

John Wayne Airport reported more passengers flying on fewer commercial flights in December, the fourth straight month of airlines flying fuller planes.

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JWA Director to Step Down

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will meet in closed session today to plan the search for a successor to John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy, who will step down from the post on Feb. 5.

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Auction.com Launches Hotel Division

Irvine-based Auction.com LLC said it has formed a unit focused on selling hotel properties.

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Grupo Gallegos Lands Industry Salute

Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach made Advertising Age’s "Agencies to Watch" List.

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Mitsubishi Plans Spanish-Language Ad for Super Bowl

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said it plans to advertise during NBC Universo’s Spanish-language telecast of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

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NextVR Broadcasts Live Event

NextVR Inc. in Laguna Beach said it conducted the “first ever live, broadcast-quality transmission of a virtual reality experience” over the weekend.

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3 OC Resorts Make Travel Mag List

Three Orange County resorts—the Montage Laguna Beach, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, and the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast—made Travel & Leisure magazine’s annual list of the world’s 500 best hotels.

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San Clemente Auto Software Firms Buys Marketer

San Clemente-based automotive customer service firm DealerSocket Inc. has acquired DealerFire, a web design and digital marketing firm in Oshkosh, Wis.

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Sunstone Gets New CEO

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. president John Arabia has been appointed chief executive of the Aliso Viejo-based company.

LB Energy Drink Now Amway Product

FOOD: Buys XS Energy to draw young entrepreneurs

A Laguna Beach-based energy drink maker with $150 million in sales was sold Jan. 9 to Ada, Mich.-based Amway Corp., its exclusive distributor, the two companies said.