Orange County Business Journal

Mirman’s Break; Wang’s Keynote; Martini’s Passing

Publisher Rich Mirman might have caught a break in his bid to boost the OC Register’s value for the remaining investors who took a flyer on Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz before their vision for the daily proved to be less than 20/20.

$62B Worth of Food for Thought

Wealthiest List Shows Diversity of OC’s Fortunes

Real estate, technology, healthcare, inheritances.

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St. Joseph Health in Talks on Affiliation

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health System is near a deal for an affiliation with Providence Health & Services, which has extensive operations in Los Angeles County among other markets in the western U.S.

Lennar Gets Funky; Quik Goes French; About Bus(c)h

Word on the street has Lennar getting “funky” with at least one of its several projects at Beacon Park, the next phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.

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.

OCSA Gets Hand From Argyros Clan; Different Donalds

George and Julia Argyros were there for daughter Stephanie when she took on the role of co-chair of the Southern California chapter of We Day back in May, donating $1 million and opening their Harbor Island home to kick off the cause.

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.

Ko’s Call on Sleep Trend; McLarand’s Double Vision

Toni Ko had a crystal ball to go with her public-speaking chops as she held the crowd of more than 800 rapt with the keynote at the Business Journal’s 21st Annual Women in Business luncheon last week.

Saunders Soaks Up OC Experience

Was Allergan CEO Brent Saunders simply spouting feel-good lines for the locals when he took the stage with Jim Mazzo during Octane’s ophthalmology summit at the Center Club last week and talked up the company’s commitment to Irvine?

CNBC Anchor Gives Plug; Gross Gets Laughs; Hoss on Way

Brian Sullivan is no relation, but he must have a great mind—because the co-anchor of CNBC’s daily Power Lunch program and the Insider think alike.

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.

Julia Passes Torch on Philanthropy; Dukes Back in Business

Count on Julia Argyros to gently move the needle on a subject that’s prompted a lot of sideline chatter ever since Henry Segerstrom passed away in February: Who’s in line to take the torch from the remarkable group of entrepreneurs who have driven OC’s philanthropy over the past half century?

Julia Passes Torch on Philanthropy; Dukes Back in Business

Count on Julia Argyros to gently move the needle on a subject that’s prompted a lot of sideline chatter ever since Henry Segerstrom passed away in February: Who’s in line to take the torch from the remarkable group of entrepreneurs who have driven OC’s philanthropy over the past half century?

St. Clair High Note; No Quit in Nepal; Peltason Program

Remarks by Kylie Schuyler and Rubén Martinez gave the crowd at last week’s High Hopes fundraiser for El Sol Science & Arts Academy clear reminders of why each was chosen for honors.

New Look for Lima Beans at SCP; OC 50 Update; Lyon in LA

Talk about courage and imagination—the crew from AnQi showcased culinary renditions of both at last week’s debut of Courage of Imagination: A Tribute to Henry T. Segerstrom at South Coast Plaza.

Moiso's Mission: Ride On

Family Found Way to Sell Ranch to Selves

It’s a cloudy day at Ranch Mission Viejo LLC’s headquarters on Reata Road, just off Ortega Highway.

Contrarian on Fall of Saigon; Pac Life as Political Football?

No surprise that Nghia X. Nguyen left it for others to mark last week’s 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, an event that set off a refugee trail that would make OC’s Little Saigon a capital of the Vietnamese diaspora.

Vinny in VR; Serial CEOs; What Tops Louisiana Purchase?

Count Vinny Smith in the class of investors who see some virtue in virtual reality.

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.

ADDENDUM

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 38, No. 15

Quick Bridge Funding LLC, an alternative lender specializing in short-term financing moved its headquarters from Orange to Irvine, taking 17,000 square feet at Market Place Center.

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.

Pyott’s Play: Cash Out and Carry On; F&M’s New Starter

This week’s Special Issue on OC-based public companies marks a farewell appearance for perennial leader Allergan, which has held the top spot ever since the Business Journal switched its ranking criteria for our annual list from revenue to market cap some years ago.

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.

Business Journal Honors Entrepreneurs

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated seven winners during a luncheon for the Business Journal’s 14th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

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Seven Honored for Entrepreneurship

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated seven winners during a luncheon Wednesday for the Business Journal’s 14th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards.

Pyott’s Long-Term Memory; Freedom’s Call on Kushner

David Pyott was graceful as ever during the Leaders & Legends luncheon hosted by the Irvine Chamber just a few days before Allergan shareholders approved the company’s $70-billion-plus sale to Actavis.

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.

Allergan Name Game; Basombrio Gets Big Case; New Year x 3

Don’t know if this is a case of imprecise phrasing or a clue worth considering when it comes to the fate of the 67-year-old Allergan brand.

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?

Maseeh in Middle; Plenty of Ties to Presidential Timber

What does St. Margaret’s Episcopal School have in common with UCI, USC, MIT and Portland State University?

OC Tech on Target; Sage Hill’s Science Scholar; Early Picks

Anyone who doubts that science and technology are all over the place—or that Orange County is all over tech—can check our Chris Casacchia’s front-page piece on the CES show in Las Vegas.

Allergan Effect: Healthcare Hotter Than Ever Here

Healthcare remains integral and then some to OC’s economy, even as Irvine-based drugmaker Allergan Inc. gets ready to exit the stage as the largest publicly traded company based here

Early Indicators Point to Strength, Staying Power for OC’s Economy

Is the outlook for business in Orange County hot or strong?

New Yorker’s OC Junket Puts Jannard in YouTube Picture

Much of this week’s issue is dedicated to a look back at 2014, which has proved to be a remarkable year in many respects for the community of business in Orange County (see overview, page 1; coverage by industry, pages 5 through 18).

2014 in Review: Big Deals, Doings

My, how you’ve grown. What else to say about Orange County’s business landscape over the past year?

Pimco Blame Game? Harp-ing on Mariachi Show at Segerstrom

Is the split between Bill Gross and Pimco—now going on 3 months old—just too juicy to quiet down in the financial press?

Taco Bell on Its Own in Irvine?; $3M for ‘Popcorn’ at Westin

Thanksgiving is in the books and you can see the year-end holidays from here.

Herberts’ Triple Play; Allergan Name Game; Bully for Campbell

It seemed altogether fitting that three generations of Herberts—all Gavins, by the way—were on hand for the Business Journal’s 15th annual Family-Owned Business Awards last week (see related item, page 8; profiles of winners in next week’s edition).

Hope for Hangars? South Coast Redux; Act II for Churm?

Are the powers that be rethinking the fate of the two hangars on the former Marine base in Tustin now that Google has signed a 60-year lease worth $1.2 billion for a similar structure and several others on surrounding grounds in the Silicon Valley?

Plenty in Play Around South Coast Metro; Don’t Forget the Vet

A trot around the South Coast Metro district that covers corners of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana reveals several sizeable chunks of property in a state of flux.

OC’s Hollywood Side; Montage on Block? Ackman at Airport

Sometimes the uninitiated are right even when they’re wrong about Orange County.

Pac Life Adds Tea Leaves to Brew in Newport Center

Not much math but plenty of tea leaves to read on the Pimco-Janus front.

UCI’s Deep Bench; Evan in Snyc?; Ask Ellermeyer

The search is on for a new executive vice chancellor and provost at UCI—a job that’s about on par with a COO’s post in the business world, while the chancellor of the school functions more like a CEO.

Allergan’s Obvious Reply: Gross X 2; Gilyard’s A List

Would-be raiders Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Bill Ackman appear to be running out of room for their argument that Allergan CEO David Pyott and his fellow board members overlook shareholders as they fight the hostile bid for the Irvine-based drug maker.

Big Numbers Go With Gross

Bill Gross and big numbers go together, as our story on page 1 shows with its estimate on the value of the publicity that came with the Bond King’s jump from Pimco to Janus Capital topping $300 million.

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