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Innovators Fete 6 of Their Own

About 415 people celebrated innovation and the people who create it at the Business Journal’s inaugural Innovator of the Year awards today at the Hotel Irvine.

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St. Regis Offers Details on Redo

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has offered details on its planned renovation of some public areas of the property.

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Pacifica in $44M Hotel Sale

Irvine-based Pacifica Hotels sold the Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey to Chatham Lodging Trust in West Palm Beach, Fla., for $44.5 million.

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Disney Co. Venture Points to Parks

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim could benefit from an investment its Burbank-based parent Walt Disney Co. has made in a virtual reality filmmaker.

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UCI Tops NY Times Index

University of California-Irvine ranked No. 1 out of 179 schools in a New York Times measure of access to college for lower- and middle-income students.

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Kelley Boss to New Role in Atlanta

Steve Lind will move from president of Kelley Blue Book in Irvine to executive vice president of operations at Cox Automotive Media, a newly formed division of Atlanta-based Cox Automotive Inc.

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St. Regis to Furlough 610 Workers

The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point plans a temporary layoff of 610 employees, a state filing said, with the reduction coming on a rolling basis over seven months.

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Disney Set to Break Ground on Star Wars Land in 2016

The Walt Disney Co. plans to break ground on its new Star Wars-themed land at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim next year, the Burbank-based company said today.

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Former DP Hotel Hopeful Files for BK

A developer that lost a bid to build a 5-story, 250-room hotel in Dana Point has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Santa Ana, a court filing said.

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OC Schools Hit U.S. News List

Eight Orange County universities were ranked on the U.S. News & World Report 2016 “Best Colleges” lists, the magazine said today.

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Ritz, Montage Owner to Blackstone in $6B Deal

The owner of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point and the Montage Laguna Beach will be sold to real estate investor Blackstone Group LP in New York City for $6 billion in a cash-and-debt deal expected to close in early 2016.

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L.A. Times Head Fired, Replaced

Austin Beutner was fired early Tuesday as publisher and chief executive of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, accordng to the Chicago Tribune, a sister publication that cited sources close to the matter.

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Apex Parks Buys in Indiana

Aliso Viejo-based Apex Parks Group bought Indiana Beach Amusement Resort in Monticello, Ind., on undisclosed terms.

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UCI Set for Top 10 Public List

University of California-Irvine is in the top tier of public universities in the U.S., according to a ranking scheduled to be released next week.

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‘Outdoor Living’ Leads Sports Gear Maker to Fountain Valley

A big chunk of the operations of the newly organized and renamed United Sports Brands will move into a 134,000-square-foot shop in Fountain Valley in December—just in time to remind employees who will be relocating from the Midwest of a key reason for the move.