TOURISM AND MEDIA

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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JWA Up in July

John Wayne Airport saw about 919,000 passengers in July, up 1.7% year-over-year.

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SEC Revokes Stock of Irvine’s Ubiquity

The Securities and Exchange Commission said today that it's officially revoked the stock of Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc.

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Paciolan to Buy Two Firms

Paciolan in Irvine will buy TicketsWest and West Coast Entertainment in Spokane, Wash., on undisclosed terms, a trade journal reported.

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JetSuiteX Connects More Dots

JetSuiteX plans 12 flights a week between Burbank and San Jose starting Sept. 12.

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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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Fashion Island at 50

‘You had to dream a lot’ in ’67

Every pair of shoes Tom Gazsi wore until he reached high school, his parents bought at Dick Marowitz’s Newport Children’s Bootery at Fashion Island—“Adidas, saddle shoes, dress shoes, everything!”

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OC’s PR Shops Grew in Past Year

Social Media, Digital Storytelling in Toolset

The role of public relations professionals is changing—even the president is tweeting daily, bypassing the media.

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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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