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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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Two reports by University of California-Irvine researchers show most job growth in two decades in Southern California originated outside of central business districts.

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The U.S. Department of Education will forgive $171 million in debt owed by former Corinthian Colleges Inc. students, according to news reports.

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Karma Automotive LLC, the Costa Mesa-based manufacturer of luxury electric hybrid plug-in vehicles, hired Dennis Dougherty as president and chief operations officer, a new position.

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The Association of California Cities-Orange County honored the University of California-Irvine with a Golden Hub of Innovation award for its “Fifty for 50 Campus Challenge: A Celebration of Community Engagement at UCI.”

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Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park plans to open two new slide structures at its Knott’s Soak City water park next summer.

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Santa Fe Springs-based distributor USE Co. Inc. was sold on undisclosed terms to Ingersoll Rand in Davidson, N.C., and will operate in conjunction with a recently acquired business in Buena Park.

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Disneyland visitation was up 9% last year, when 18.2 million people walked through the Anaheim park’s gates, according to Burbank-based Themed Entertainment Association.

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Newport Beach-based Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC’s $430 million in debt is expected to be repaid as a result of its parent company’s recent initial public offering.

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Personal finance website WalletHub found that Irvine has the workforce with the highest percentage of college-educated workers among the 150 most populous U.S. cities: 66%, almost six times higher than the lowest percentage: 12% in San Bernardino.

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Midlothian, Texas-based Ennis Inc. said it plans to sell Alstyle Apparel LLC in Anaheim to the newly formed Alstyle Operations LLC for $76 million in cash and $12 million to cover a 60-month equipment lease.

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Marshall B. Ketchum University Provost Morris Berman will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry at the association’s annual leadership luncheon in Boston in June.

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Los Angeles-based manufacturer American Apparel Inc. laid off more than 80 people at its Garden Grove factory, a number that could grow to 150, according to news reports.

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Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. in Anaheim filed for bankruptcy protection and said it will convert debt into equity for creditor Golden Gate Capital.

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The Wet Seal LLC in Irvine hired Judd Tirnauer as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective May 1.

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Santa Ana College President Erlinda Martinez announced plans to retire at the end of June after 11 years at the helm. The Rancho Santiago Community College District has launched a nationwide search to fill the position.

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Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. sold Electric Visuals in San Clemente to the eyewear subsidiary’s chief executive, Eric Crane, for an undisclosed amount.

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Mission Hospital named Tarek Salaway its new chief operating officer.

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A Netherlands-based subsidiary of American Vanguard Corp. in Newport Beach made an undisclosed investment in Belgium-based Biological Products for Agriculture.

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Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it will discontinue an ongoing third-phase clinical trial of its lead compound, bavituximab, in patients with previously treated lung cancer.

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Irvine-based Banc of California was named the official commercial bank of the committee trying to land the 2024 summer Olympics for Los Angeles. The Business Journal recently ranked the bank the fastest growing public midsize company headquartered in Orange County.

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The Dean of Chapman University’s film school said Rob Cohen will join Don Hahn as artist-in-residence for the spring semester, which started Feb. 1.

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Two out of four Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in January, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp. Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley sold 45,011 vehicles, up 1.1% over a year earlier and the best January in its history.

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Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. selected a new board of directors to take over after bankruptcy proceedings end, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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University of California-Irvine named Dr. Howard Federoff chief executive of UC Irvine Health.

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Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. filed a patent application for an eyeglasses concept that would project images onto an insert display lens similar to Google Glass, the Orange County Register reported.

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California State University-Long Beach said Brian Jersky will be provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective June 1, replacing David Dowell, who is retiring.

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La Jolla Group LLC in Irvine acquired an equity stake in Laguna Beach-based apparel maker Roark Revival for an undisclosed amount.

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Footwear manufacturer OluKai Inc. in Aliso Viejo acquired Newport Beach-based eyewear brand Kaenon for an undisclosed sum.

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News reports said Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. will eliminate more jobs following a 170-job trim earlier this year.

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Irvine City Council gave conditional approval for a request by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team to build an ice rinks and training center at Great Park, according to the Orange County Register.

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Lost Holdings in Irvine selected former Rip Curl executive Rick Petri as president, a new position.

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Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton said Edward Fisher will be dean of its new College of Pharmacy, effective Jan. 4.

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Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros reportedly pulled the $500 million investment he made about a year ago in a fund managed by Bill Gross at Janus Capital Group Inc.

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Kia Motors Corp.’s logo will appear on player jerseys during the National Basketball Association’s next two All-Star games—in Toronto in 2016 and Charlotte, N.C., in 2017.

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University of California-Irvine is ranked No. 31 on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of full-time master’s in business degree programs.

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Oaktree Capital Management LP’s turnaround plan for Quiksilver Inc. calls for combining the Huntington Beach-based footwear and apparel company with Australia-based Billabong International Ltd., a “source close to the situation” told the New York Post.

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Disneyland raised prices for annual passes for the second time in less than a year.

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The former Fisker Automotive and Technology Group is now Karma Automotive.

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The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim could benefit from an investment Burbank-based parent Walt Disney Co. has made in a virtual reality filmmaker.

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