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Long Beach Airport Up YTD

Long Beach Airport’s passenger count was up 47% in the first six months of this year—to 1.8 million fliers, from 1.3 million in the same period last year.

Evolution Sells LAX Hotel for $54M

Evolution Hospitality in San Clemente and Argosy Real Estate Partners in Wayne, Pa., sold the 216-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LAX in El Segundo for about $54.1 million, sales records show.

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Ayres SD Hotel Breaks Ground

An Ayres Hotel is part of a development breaking ground tomorrow in Chula Vista.

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Veritone Takes AI-Centric Business to Costa Mesa

New HQ at The Met Follows May IPO

Artificial intelligence technology and media firm Veritone Inc., fresh off an initial public offering in May that raised $37.5 million, is moving its headquarters to a larger space in Costa Mesa.

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Entrepreneurs Stars of Livestreamed Show

MyStartup.Live Focuses On Founders’ Passions

A public relations and marketing expert harnessed the passion around Orange County startups into a weekly livestreamed show that debuted in June.

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Businessman Eric Davidson, Breakers Live the Dream

SPORTS: Team rewards owner, fans, sponsors with televised title

Orange County’s professional tennis team is looking to build momentum off the court after winning the Mylan World TeamTennis championship under first-year owner Eric Davidson.

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ACC North Gives NAMM Room

The 200,000-square-foot Anaheim Convention Center expansion has driven official notice by its biggest client that it, too, is in growth mode.

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Blizzard Sells E-Team to Rams Owner

Blizzard Entertainment Inc.’s Overwatch League, a professional video gaming competition, will include an e-sports franchise fielded by Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh.

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Hotel Sales Mid-Year Tally: $372M

16 OC hotels sold for more $372 million in the first six months of the year—an average of $23.3 million and 201% higher by dollar volume than in the same period last year.

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Del Taco Names CMO

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest named Barry Westrum chief marketing officer.

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Disney Parks: Q3 Bright Spot

Walt Disney Co.’s Parks and Resorts Segment had $1.2 billion in operating income on revenue of $4.9 billion in the Burbank-based entertainment company’s most recent quarter, growth of 18% and 12%, respectively.

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Anaheim Visitors Spend $710M in May

Visit Anaheim said 2.4 million people visited the city in May and spent $710 million countywide.

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Ambassadorship Reportedly to Roberts

GOVERNMENT: Co-owns Mission Inn; couple GOP donors

It’s a time-honored government tradition—patronage has its privileges, as does friendship and policy kinship.

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Vaca Preps for Buzzworthy James Beard Benefit Meal

Meanwhile, New and Old Everyday Spots Entice Us

This Thursday, one of summer’s most exciting culinary events will take place: a Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner at Vaca, the fascinating Spanish-inspired restaurant in South Coast Metro’s arts district in Costa Mesa.

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Hyundai Hopes Spots Make Viewers Sweet on Sonata

Show 2018 Model Makes Modern Life a Tad Better

Hyundai Motor America Inc. is channeling Neil Diamond in its latest TV ad for the 2018 Sonata.

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