Orange County Business Journal


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More Interest in Register Parent

The publisher of the Orange County Register has received a third loan offer to help it maintain operations while it goes through a bankruptcy auction.

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Tradeshow Firm Buys Vegas Event

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano acquired National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo from the show’s co-owners, Jim Bannister and Mike McGuire, for an undisclosed amount.

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Freedom Exec Exits for FivePoint

Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana said Steve Churm stepped down from his position as chief revenue officer to join Aliso Viejo-based FivePoint Communities Management Inc. as its new chief communications officer.

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$20M Car Auction to Draw 20,000

A car auction at the Anaheim Convention Center that starts tomorrow expects to draw 20,000 attendees and several hundred sellers of classic and antique cars, generating sales of about $20 million by the time the last gavel drops.

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Olson Out at Wunderman

Dan Olson has left his post as managing director of Wunderman Los Angeles in Irvine.

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Hotels Drive Disney, Cedar Fair Results

The two companies that own and operate Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park reported higher revenue and income in their most recent quarters, driven partly by a strong hotel market.

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JWA, Alaska Add NorCal, Nevada Flights

Alaska Airlines said it would fly from John Wayne Airport to Santa Rosa, Calif., and Reno/Tahoe, Nevada starting in March

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Blizzard Loses 100K Subscribers

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. posted another subscription loss in its flagship World of Warcraft franchise, but the third-quarter drop was overshadowed by Santa Monica parent Activision Blizzard Inc.’s $5.9 billion takeover of King Digital Entertainment PLC.

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PennySaver Expected Back Online

PennySaver will resurface as an online-only entity in the near future, according to the officials from MonetizeMore, a Victoria, Canada-based company that purchased the PennySaverUSA domains and other intellectual property in a bankruptcy auction held on Sept. 23.

Garden Grove Hyatt Draws Chinese Buyer

REAL ESTATE: Shanghai firm paid $137M for 653-room hotel

An affiliate of one of China’s largest construction companies has purchased the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove for $137 million.

New Flag, Renovation for South Coast Metro Hotel

HOSPITALITY: $5M more for ex-Wyndham near Segerstrom

A $5 million room redo and a new brand for the former Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel in Costa Mesa mark the latest upscale moves in a section of the city’s South Coast Metro district anchored by Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Musco Center Gets Started With Logo

MARKETING: Stylized ‘M’ honors main donors, shows flair

Music has yet to stream through the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, but Chapman University’s newest addition just played its first visual note—a signature-like logo that fuses outlines of the letter “M” with movements of a conductor’s baton.

Recent Restaurant Closing No Surprise, Another Sad

Tamarind Dashed Hopes, Scott’s Ends on High Note

Double bombshells hit diners in the past month with the sudden closing of Tamarind of London at Newport Coast and news that Scott’s would be closing at the end of the year.

Ad Agency Sets Upcoming Shopping Center Apart

Spots Show HB Affords ‘Real’ Vibe to Pacific City

Pacific City in Huntington Beach is scheduled to open to the public on Nov. 7, according to its developer, DJM Capital Partners in San Jose.

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Register Parent Files for Chapter 11

Freedom Communications Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.