Hannah Mitchell

Managing Editor

Hannah Mitchell is managing editor. She can be reached at mitchell@ocbj.com.

Email: mitchell@ocbj.com
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Chapman University said its Dale E. Fowler School of Law received a $1.125 million gift from Newport Beach-based personal injury law firm Bergener Mirejovsky APC to fund a scholarship for law school students for six years, among other efforts.

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The local units of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Inc. could be in line for another shakeup following its planned $30 billion sale to Conn.-based United Technologies Corp.

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The University of California-Irvine said Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corp. donated $1.5 million to the university.

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California students of the defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc. will receive $51 million in student loan relief, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, joining other U.S. attorneys general in the announcement. The AGs struck the deal alongside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. An Oregon bankruptcy judge must give final approval.

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University of California-Irvine researchers received more than $378 million in grants and contract funding for fiscal 2016-17, the second-highest total in campus history after last year, when it got $395 million, UCI said. The lower total this year is due to decreased federal funding, according to UCI. It said most grants in 2016-17 went to health research.

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Anaheim retail and entertainment complex Downtown Disney will get a virtual reality experience this year.

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Argosy University in Orange said it will launch a master of law in compliance online degree program with a health law concentration in September.

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Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine hired Bill Peffer as vice president of sales, a position Michael Sprague held until he was promoted to chief operating officer in 2015.

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The University of California-Irvine ranked No. 1 on the New York Times’ recent College Access Index.

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Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. purchased Community 1st Bancorp for $50.4 million in stock to increase its presence in Sacramento.

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Deloitte & Touche LLP named Tim Brandt chief of its Orange County offices, where he’ll oversee 750 employees.

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Hines Growers Inc. will close its San Juan Capistrano location, effective Oct. 1, affecting 115 workers, a California EDD Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing said.

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An OC Superior Court jury awarded the former Superior Automotive Group $256.5 million in damages in its fraud case against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., the financing arm of Nissan Motor Ltd.

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The Pacific Symphony moved into a new headquarters office in Irvine.

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Hybrid Apparel in Cypress launched the Love Tribe brand, a Disney princess-themed line of clothing for young women that’s available only at Macy’s department stores.

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Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as chief marketing officer, a new position.

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Arle Capital Partners Ltd., the London-based private equity firm that last year took public the parent company of Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC, sold a 15% stake in the parent for about $221 million to Belgium-based investor Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.

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John Mack, former chairman and chief executive at Morgan Stanley, was appointed chairman of the board of managers of Newport Beach-based Lantern Credit LLC.

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Nancy Alvarez, assistant dean of experiential education and continuing professional development at Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy, was inducted as president of the American Pharmacists Association.

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Satellite launch company Rocket Lab moved its headquarters from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach as it completed a $75 million funding round led by San Francisco-based venture capital fund Data Collective.

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University of California-Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business launched a master’s degree program in business analytics, which the school says is in response to high demand from businesses, recruiters and students.

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Michael Drake, former chancellor of the University of California-Irvine, and his wife, Brenda, will receive the UCI Medal at the Lauds & Laurels celebration on March 30.

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California State University-Fullerton President Mildred García is scheduled to receive the 2017 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award on March 14 from the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.

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A bankruptcy court judge approved Quiksilver Inc.’s settlement agreement with 26 former employees who were looking to collect about $7 million in severance pay, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will open Star Wars Land in 2019, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger said on the company’s quarterly conference call. He didn’t specify an opening date.

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Wet Seal LLC in Irvine filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week and is taking steps to liquidate its assets.

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Ad agency Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach rebranded itself as GALLEGOS United after buying two companies on undisclosed terms—New York-based digital agency Canvas and public relations shop RL Public Relations & Marketing in Los Angeles.

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Wet Seal LLC is exploring liquidation or a sale, according to news reports.

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Boeing Co. said it will start another round of engineer buyouts, including at its Southern California operations, and said it will issue layoff notices this month in Washington state, according to news reports.

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An affiliate of private investment firm Admiralty Partners Inc. acquired General Electric’s Santa Ana aerospace business unit and plans to maintain it at its present location under the name Integral Aerospace LLC, according to news reports.

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Yamaha Motor Corp. USA in Cypress said its Kennesaw, Ga.-based Outdoor Power Equipment division acquired Subaru Industrial Power Products on undisclosed terms.

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The University of California-Irvine opened a Center for Critical Korean Studies with a grant of about $850,000 from the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam, South Korea.

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Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp. promoted Vans Inc. President Kevin Bailey to the same post for the parent company’s Asia-Pacific region.

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Pacific Investment Management Co. in Newport Beach agreed to pay $20 million in penalties, fees and interest to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that it misled investors about one of its funds.

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Santa Ana College’s International Business Program received the Responding to Globalization award on Nov. 17 at the Orange County Business Council’s sixth annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards.

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Boeing Co. plans to move 2,500 jobs from Huntington Beach in the next four years, leaving a fraction in Seal Beach while the majority go to El Segundo, Long Beach, St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala.

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AutoGravity Corp. in Irvine signed Fletcher Jones dealerships in five markets to its mobile application-based car sales and financing venture.

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Irvine City Council voted to seek bids for a water park that would be on city-owned land in Great Park, the Orange County Register reported.

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Chapman University got a $2.5 million gift from the Kay Family Foundation to fund faculty and student research, projects and other activities in data analytics, which is part of the growing field of “big data.”

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The Orange Coast College Foundation received $240,000 from PIMCO co-founder Bill Gross and his wife, Sue, to establish a “Sue and Bill Gross Scholars” program, which will support students pursuing vocational and technical education (see related item under Finance).

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The Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Southern California annual pass has been revived at a price of $459 after a two-year hiatus on new sales.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has received the President’s Award from the Orange County Chapter of the American Institute for Architects for its work on Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

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Australia-based online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said a wave of recent losses have prompted it to delay a global rebranding effort that would have consolidated its online operations into a single website named after its e-commerce subsidiary in Irvine.

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A.G. Kawamura, owner of Irvine-based Orange County Produce, and Tom Nassif, president and chief executive of Irvine-based Western Growers, were appointed to the agricultural advisory committee of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign, the Orange County Register reported.

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Sole Technology Inc. in Lake Forest appointed Esmail Mawjee interim president, a new position.

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Karma Automotive LLC in Costa Mesa said its distribution strategy for the new Revero car will include 10 independent dealers in the U.S. and Canada and a company-owned “brand-experience center” in Orange County.

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Vans Inc. in Cypress promoted Doug Palladini to global brand president, effective immediately.

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A new ride will replace the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure, according to news reports.

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Fullerton-based Marshall B. Ketchum University’s College of Pharmacy received precandidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, authorizing the college’s first doctoral students to start in the fall.

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