Orange County Business Journal

Innovator Award Catches Morales With Pants Up

A lot of good lines at the Business Journal’s inaugural Innovator of the Year Awards last week, including one that helped sum up how the event reaches beyond the buzzword for a comprehensive look at one of Orange County’s most valuable and broad-based assets—businesses of all sorts that turn fresh thinking into new products, processes or practices (see news item, page 7).

About That 100,000; Kudos for Ingram; Prediction for Aitken

A key number overlooked in last week’s initial blast of publicity on the $68 million makeover of the central plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts: 100,000.

On Overtime & Innovation; Mall & Anti-Mall

You can hardly get through any conversation about business these days without getting an earful on the importance of the Millennial generation in the workforce and the need to develop leaders.

Memo to Anaheim: Entertain This!; Jay’s Judgment: Ed Rocks

“Disney tax break up for renewal,” proclaimed the L.A. Times in its business section last week.

Will Allergan Cuts Resound in China? Holte’s High-Rise Act

Jinsong Ni isn’t too worried about the pink slip he got from Allergan last week, perhaps because he has a PhD in chemistry and years of experience on the nonclinical side of the drugmaker’s R&D—the sort of early-stage investments it pledged to cut at its Irvine HQ amid a hostile takeover bid by Valeant last year.

Mohamed’s Moxie; NB’s Big Week; I Heart Ballet

The Insider has heard more than once that former Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian is a favorite for a cabinet-level job if Hillary Clinton wins the White House in 2016.

Aitken on Angels; Segerstom Memorial; OC-China Update

Anyone who doubts Wylie Aitken’s will probably hasn’t seen him in a court of law.

Will Times Lien in on Register? Picture This on Pimco

The $4.2 million lien slapped on Freedom Communications and its flagship Register seems to carry extra significance since it came at the request of the L.A. Times, which has a claim pending on bills for past work distributing the OC daily.

Ben Up for Bill’s Old Spot?; Morr on Ports Drama

Anyone else see former Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke around Pimco’s HQ in Newport Center last week?

This One Is All About Henry

Not many individuals can provide the spark for an entire column.

Pyott’s Victory Lap; New at Modo Mio; Just-Right Joyce

You heard it here first back in November, when the Insider picked up on vibes that Actavis PLC might take the Allergan name once it got its deal for the Irvine-based drugmaker done.

Whale of a Tie-In; NBFF Scores in UK; Doti at Shea Center

Here are a couple of big OC names that make a natural marketing match: Pacific Life and filmmaker MacGillivray Freeman.

When Donald Met Steve; Whitaker Gets Off to Strong Start

A big chunk of the Irvine Company’s operations outside of OC got a lengthy overview in a recent issue of the Silicon Valley Business Journal, which put some meat on the bones of a 25-year process that has seen Donald Bren amass 7,000 apartment units and 4 million square feet of office space in the region.

Times Taps OC for Big Hire; Revenge of Mt. Rushmore?

The L.A. Times plucked its latest big hire from the OC Register’s backyard, tapping UCI grad and Monarch Beach resident Don Reis as chief revenue officer.

Pimco’s ‘Fade’; Oakley’s Got Games; ‘Musco Match’

Anyone else take note of some particularly colorful words that turned up in a story about Pimco in the Dec. 15 issue of the Wall Street Journal?