Deirdre Newman

Staff Reporter

Email: newman@ocbj.com
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Recent Stories

TrafFix Prevails in Court

Fisher Phillips said client TrafFix Devices Inc. won a race discrimination and wrongful termination case in Orange County Superior Court.

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Chao Family Gives UCI Health $5 Million

UC Irvine Health’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center said two new leukemia endowed research chairs would be named through a $5 million gift from the Chao family.

New Alliance Seeks to Unify SoCal Entrepreneurs

STARTUPS: Priority is getting top tier VC money into region

Over several generations, substantial entrepreneurial ecosystems have sprouted in Southern California. San Diego is known for biotech, Orange County for med-tech and life sciences. And Los Angeles has spawned social media, entertainment and esports startups.

Another ROC Lawsuit Resolved

The Irvine Company reached an agreement with Real Office Centers on one of the properties about which it had filed an eviction-based lawsuit against, an Irvine Co. spokesperson told the Business Journal.

B2B Augmented Reality Company Raises $1 Million

Meridian Will Use Funds For Hires and Expansion

A Tustin-based company that’s combined augmented reality and cognitive computing for use in enterprise and business applications raised $1.2 million in early-stage funding from strategic partners, high net-worth individuals and local investors.

TrafFix Prevails in Court

Fisher Phillips said client TrafFix Devices Inc. won a race discrimination and wrongful termination case in Orange County Superior Court.

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Working Wardrobes’ Nonprofit Nod

Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach said he’ll name Working Wardrobes 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 74th Assembly District.

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Irvine Law Partners Come and Go

Two partners have joined the Irvine-based Umberg Zipser LLP law firm.

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Another ROC Lawsuit Resolved

The Irvine Company reached agreement with Real Office Centers on one of the properties about which it had filed an eviction-based lawsuit against ROC, an Irvine Co. spokesman told the Business Journal.

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Chao Family Gives UCI $5M

UC Irvine Health’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center said two new leukemia endowed research chairs would be named through a $5 million gift from the Chao family.

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Audio-Video Provider Gets $700K, Lands Big Client

Jetbuilt’s Product Helps State Dept. Streamline

A Newport Beach-based company that created an online platform for audio-video, IT and security projects closed a $700,000 seed round.

Carmichael Back as Ubiquity Chief

Ubiquity Inc. Chairman Chris Carmichael has added duties as interim chief executive, a June 20 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said.

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Vanguard Enhances Nursing Ed

Vanguard University in Costa Mesa plans several additions to its nursing programs.

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NB Company Lands Service at San Diego Airport

AtYourGate Has Milestone With Passenger Deliveries

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority selected Newport Beach-based AtYourGate to provide the first airportwide passenger delivery service in the U.S., the company said.

LA-OC Partnership Produces Episodic Opera

KCETLink Media Group Joins With Grand Central Art Center

Move over Netflix.

One Irvine Co., ROC Suit Resolved

The Irvine Co. reached an agreement with Newport Beach-based Real Office Centers on one of the properties it had filed an eviction-based lawsuit against the company over, an Irvine Co. spokesman told the Business Journal.

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New United Way Head Tapped

Irvine-based Orange County United Way announced the appointment of Susan Parks as president and chief executive, effective June 19 to replace Max Gardner.

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OC Production ­ Hits Big Time on NBC

World of Dance on TV and Helping Other Brands

An Orange County entrepreneur with zero dance experience has built an international dance empire that’s now on prime-time TV on NBC. And its business model has obtained such a wide reach that others want to emulate it.

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OC Sees Mini Surge of Crowdfunding Campaigns

Money Sought For Beauty, Greeting, Content Products

Several Orange County startups have recently launched crowdfunding campaigns.

Ex-Ubiquity Boss Guilty of Securities Fraud

The former interim chief executive of Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc. recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud investors, according to news reports.

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Whittier President to Retire

Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger plans to retire from her post at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Turk to be Argyros Interim Dean

Thomas Turk will serve as interim dean of Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics, effective August 1, the university said.

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Co-Working Landlord Enduring ROC-ky Times

Walk into the Real Office Centers (ROC) portion of The Vine in Irvine, and it’s business as usual. Entrepreneurs and others related to the OC startup ecosystem who lease space from Newport Beach-based ROC in the Irvine Co.-owned building, are either working in the open co-working spaces or private offices. There’s a farmers market in one of the parking areas. Some ROC members are eating outside on the back patio.

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Chapman Pushes Into Virtual Reality

EDUCATION: Motivation is students’ knowledge, interest

Students typically go to college to learn from their professors.

UCI’s Cove Lands New Innovation Center

Base 11 Spends $250,000 for Lab

A Costa Mesa-based nonprofit workforce development and entrepreneur accelerator opened an innovation center at The Cove in Irvine, the physical space of the University of California-Irvine’s Applied Innovation institute.

Corinthian Holders in $2M Deal

News reports said a proposed class of shareholders suing Corinthian Colleges Inc. have reached a $2.25 million deal in California federal court to settle claims that the operator of for-profit colleges misled investors for years before state and federal probes contributed to its closure.

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Lumina to Lay Off 58

Irvine-based Lumina Media LLC will lay off 58 workers, the company confirmed Tuesday.

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Irvine Incubator Aimed at Variety of Entrepreneurs

Hungry Lab’s Startups Based in WeWork Space

Another incubator has sprouted in Orange County, this one in Irvine at the WeWork co-working space at the 200 Spectrum Center office tower.

Hill Gets Nonprofit’s Award

Human Options gave its 2017 Dove Award to Julie Hill at its “Serious Fun” gala at Balboa Bay Resort on Saturday.

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A Case for Excellence

Chemerinsky Leaves UCI Law With Legacy to Build On

What a difference a decade makes. When Erwin Chemerinsky joined the University of California-Irvine as founding dean of its law school, it was under a maelstrom of controversy. Some political conservatives protested based on his reputation as a “liberal” scholar, and a backlash ensued. He will leave the law school at the end of June to become dean of the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Law, surrounded by an aura of adulation, with statistics buttressing the law school’s out-of-the-gate laurels, which many lawyers have called “unprecedented.” He’s also one of the country’s most recognized and sought-after authorities on constitutional law and has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Startup Buys Entertainment Centers for $60M

STARTUPS: Oomba plans esports stadiums and teams

Irvine-based startup Oomba Inc. has taken an unconventional route toward buying an entertainment and gaming venues company from Chatsworth-based GameWorks Entertainment LLC.

Insurance App Firm With CSUF Roots Kicks Off

GoodFetch Delivers Prices, Not Estimates

A Southern California company hatched at California State University-Fullerton’s incubator program has launched its core product.

Chapman to Get $1M Scholarship Gift

Chapman University on Wednesday will get a $1 million gift from the Illinois-based Give Something Back Foundation Inc.

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Irvine Startup Acquires GameWorks

Irvine-based Oomba Inc. and Barington/Hilco Acquisition Corp. said Oomba will buy Chatsworth-based GameWorks Entertainment LLC for $60 million and take the combined company public.

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Journalist to Join UCI Faculty

Hector Tobar, an author and New York Times contributing op-ed columnist, will be an associate professor in Chicano/Latino Studies and English-Literary Journalism at University of California-Irvine, a UCI spokesman confirmed today.

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UCI Prof Gets Alzheimer's Funds

The Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will give UCI professor Matthew Inlay $150,000 over three years for research “critical to developing more-effective strategies for understanding and treating” the disease, the association said.

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Blues Event Founder Starts Genre Group

NONPROFITS: Foundation seeks to help musicians, educate

The 20th Doheny Blues Festival will rock Doheny State Beach in Dana Point this weekend, an anniversary that prompted founder Rich Sherman to consider his legacy.

From a Place of Vulnerability

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Empowers Staff

Just before Melissa Beck took over as chief executive of Santa Ana-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, staff turnover was more than 50% a year, she said.

Auto Loan Company Gets $85 Million Line of Credit

Springboard Auto Will Use Funds to Expand

An Irvine-based direct-to-consumer auto loan company closed an $85 million line of credit during the first quarter.

OCers Get Ellis Island Awards

Several Orange County residents, as well as others with ties to OC, are recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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CSULB Names Ed Dean

California State University-Long Beach said Shireen Pavri will be dean of the College of Education starting July 3.

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UCI, Girls Group Go to Camp

University of California-Irvine and Santa Ana nonprofit Global G.L.O.W. will work this summer to help get 50 at-risk middle- and high-school girls succeed in school and move on to college.

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SCC Foundation to Get Estate Gift

Santiago Canyon College Foundation in Orange received a $100,000 bequest from the estate of Arlin and Betty Pirtle, the largest donation from an individual donor in the foundation’s 19-year history, a press release from the foundation said.

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Entrepreneur Works to Bridge Religious Conflict

NONPROFITS: Facilitates Palestinian-US Jews projects

Entrepreneur Russ Rosenzweig is a man on a mission: to use entrepreneurship as a tactical tool to reduce hostility in the Middle East via interfaith business collaborations.

T-Shirt Makers Sweat Out Appearance on Reality Show

Thompson Tee Profiled On TV’s “Shark Tank”

A Placentia-based clothing-maker has gone prime time.

$2M Remediation for ‘Toxic’ Fullerton Site

Current and former owners of the site of a former Chicago Musical Instruments manufacturing facility in Fullerton will pay about $2 million to the state in a deal unveiled today.

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UCI Prof Named to Science Academy

University of California-Irvine said Professor James Randerson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Cancer Treatment Company Seeks $5M in Funding

Bone-Rad in CDM Targets Spinal Tumors

Bone-Rad Therapeutics Inc., a Corona del Mar-based healthcare technology company, is seeking $5 million, $2 million to conduct preclinical activities and to prepare its application with the Food and Drug Administration to perform clinical trials, and $3 million to obtain the required certification to sell its product in Europe.

UCI Research Effort Gets $9.6M

University of California-Irvine has been awarded up to $9.6 million over seven years to continue studying ways to combat malaria.

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Chargers Near Broadcast Deals

The Los Angeles Chargers said they've agreed “in principle” to multi-year television and radio agreements to develop content that includes preseason games, news features, community events and promotions.

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