Orange County Business Journal

SCP’s Creamy, Dreamy B-Day; Sofar So Good

The music was lovely and the dancing superb, but it was the dreamily effective costumes and stage designs for “Whipped Cream” that made the American Ballet Theatre’s redux of the 1924 Viennese affair feel like just the right performance to celebrate South Coast Plaza’s 50th birthday with a March 15 worldwide debut at the Segerstrom Center …

Irish Eyes; UCI Medal; DTSA Cool

Céad míle fáilte to Tom Donovan, whose fine Irish surname might not sound like a natural match for the Italian influences of the Resort at Pelican Hill, where he signed on as managing director just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and is slated to report for duty later this month.

There and Back All Around OC

“There and back” can carry myriad meanings—and become more interesting when folks get specific.

Chapman’s Pace on Immigrant Engagement: Unplanned, Impressive

Who figured a university with fewer than 10,000 students nestled on a quaint campus just up the street from the old-timey, Middle American look and feel of the Orange Plaza would become a showcase of modern immigrant engagement and achievement that drives forward in spite of all the political palaver and high emotions attached to the subject these days?

New Perspectives on Diapers, Lawyers, Football, Politics

You don’t necessarily have to do a lot to get a fresh perspective—sometimes a slight shift in vantage point is all it takes …

Lots of Good On OC To-Do List

What to do if you’re unsettled by the harsh tone and tenor of politics today?

OC All Over— From Wayne’s World to Ebell

Put Wayne Gross at the head of the line on a recent trend that has OCers popping up in all sorts of prominent places.

About Our New Look; OC Star Power: Clinton Keys & Bridges

For Your Consideration: the update to our front-page design, which now is a bit more horizontal than vertical, with the banner at the top a tad leaner and cleaner.

Gardner to Step Down; Hill Steps Up; New Bank Steps Forward

A couple of changes in command coming up at organizations that operate outside the private sector but nevertheless play key roles in OC’s community of business …

Hueston’s Draw; Julia’s Shine; Chuck’s Birthday

Check our front-page report on the latest joint venture between Hyundai Motor America and the Tiger Woods Foundation—and kindly note that they aren’t the only ones who poke around north of here from time to time …

Argyroses Give on Both Sides of Bristol; Happy Birthday Bobby Mac!

It will be tough to find a clearer example of acting locally and thinking globally than the Argyros family will provide this week.

GG Tops Cravath; Craig Sets Own Scale; Buchanan’s Cheap Trick

Just a few additions to this week’s front-page coverage of our Business People of the Year—notes on some recent moves that also merit mention as our community of business gets set to take on whatever 2017 has to offer …

OC 500’s Place in the Pulpit; Man’s Lamb Chops

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson recently hosted another intriguing salon at their family office on Von Karman, providing the Baroness Caroline Cox, a long-standing member of the British House of Lords, a platform to talk about her ongoing efforts to give voice to peoples under religious prosecution around the world—you can check out her book titled “The Very Stones Cry Out” for more.

OC 500’s Place in the Pulpit; Man’s Lamb Chops

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson recently hosted another intriguing salon at their family office on Von Karman, providing the Baroness Caroline Cox, a long-standing member of the British House of Lords, a platform to talk about her ongoing efforts to give voice to peoples under religious prosecution around the world—you can check out her book titled “The Very Stones Cry Out” for more.

OC 500’s Place in the Pulpit; Man’s Lamb Chops

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson recently hosted another intriguing salon at their family office on Von Karman, providing the Baroness Caroline Cox, a long-standing member of the British House of Lords, a platform to talk about her ongoing efforts to give voice to peoples under religious prosecution around the world—you can check out her book titled “The Very Stones Cry Out” for more.

Challenges Start at Aitkens’ Place

Holiday fun can become more meaningful with a challenge or two, which was the case at Wylie and Bette Aitkens’ recent party at their spread in Anaheim Hills.

Musco & Musk; Eyes on Fig & Olive; Strip Mall’s New Fortune

Word on the street says Paul Musco has racked up a win with Tesla’s operation in Europe.

Kawamura Crops Up; Jimmy P. at Shea; Max & Kate at SCP

Anyone else hear about a longshot push for Big Canyon resident A.G. Kawamura as Secretary of Agriculture in the pending Trump Administration?

Girly Guys; Trump Ties; Royce Tries

Word that Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to carry Orange County since Franklin Roosevelt might just have you ready to consider another stereotype-buster for this place that boasts an airport named after John Wayne: The two men who built the Irvine-based Too Faced makeup brand into an outfit that fetched $1.45 billion in last week’s sale to Estee Lauder counted “unabashed girliness” as an inspiration (see related report, page 8) …

All About the Inaugural OC 500

Still need a reason to get over the recent election season?

Post-Election Report: Plenty to Like Here; Katz’s Canadian Youth

The draining presidential campaign ends this week—time for anyone who got caught up in the back-and-forth to disengage from all the disputation and negativity.

Plenty to Credit on IPSF’s $780K Night

Credit FivePoint Holdings boss Emile Haddad for punctuating his generosity with a sense of humor during the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 7th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala & Auction, where he announced that his company would extend its role as the event’s presenting sponsor for three years, added $100,000 to a kitty that came to $780,000 for the night—and then wondered aloud whether the city of Irvine was on the hook for another $200,000 because of a 2-1 match it offered for donations …

New Standing for New Majority?; Will Daniele Dance?

History might someday deem last week’s debate-watching party hosted by the New Majority—with guest Newt Gingrich—at the Island Hotel just the sort of gathering that laid the groundwork for reshaping party politics in the U.S. …

New Standing for New Majority?; Will Daniele Dance?

History might someday deem last week’s debate-watching party hosted by the New Majority—with guest Newt Gingrich—at the Island Hotel just the sort of gathering that laid the groundwork for reshaping party politics in the U.S. …

New Standing for New Majority?; Will Daniele Dance?

History might someday deem last week’s debate-watching party hosted by the New Majority—with guest Newt Gingrich—at the Island Hotel just the sort of gathering that laid the groundwork for reshaping party politics in the U.S. …

World Affairs Council Presents Saudi Prince; Santa Ana’s Ink Well

Keen sense of timing at the World Affairs Council of Orange County, which will offer a reminder that life goes on around the globe, even during the compelling-like-a-train-wreck U.S. presidential election.

Talent Tells Tale of New Era in OC

It can be hard to recognize an era while it’s happening.

ADDENDUM

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No. 40

This year’s Orange County International Auto Show will occupy 25% more space at the Anaheim Convention Center for its Oct. 6-9 run to accommodate about 50 work trucks and vans in the inaugural So Cal Work Truck & Van Show.

Presidential Presence for Big Canyon?; Ueberroth on Arnie

New Chapman U President Daniele Struppa is a soccer guy, a preference that tracks back to his native Italy.

Struppa’s Strong Start; About Our OC 500; Fall Fashion Find

Daniele Struppa is off to a strong start on establishing his own manner of maintaining the high profile of the president’s office he takes over from the ever-energetic Jim Doti at Chapman U.

Ketchum Puts Herbert Atop Its List; Can You Say Quatrefoil?

Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton wasn’t listed among the recent and much-heralded U.S. News & World Report rankings of post-secondary educational institutions throughout the land.

China Car Connections; Buena Park’s Big Day; Harrah on the Clock

Add a couple of entries from China’s wave of would-be makers of electric cars to OC’s auto industry, which started with companies from Japan—Mazda and Mitsubishi —and now includes Hyundai and Kia from South Korea.

ADDENDUM

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No. 37

Costa Mesa-based Karma Automotive LLC set the price for its Revero sports car at $130,000 but declined to peg a date when the car would be delivered to the 80 buyers who’ve placed initial orders.

Masimo Gives on Zika; Great Park’s New Leathernecks

Orange County’s community of business plays a big part in the impressive array of philanthropic groups and nonprofit organizations that operate here, as you’ll find on our front page and in the Special Report that starts on page 15 …

Elizabeth Engages; OC’s Asian Edge

Maria Hall Brown is the talent behind KOCE’s upcoming documentary on the late Henry Segerstrom, and the Insider hears that her project has attracted the keen interest of Elizabeth Segerstrom, who’s joined Sandy Segerstrom Daniels as co-managing partner at C.J. Segerstrom & Sons and its South Coast Plaza since her husband’s passing last year … 

Sports Report: Golf, Rodeo, Theater, Etc.

Count the Oct. 5-9 run of the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club as another aspect of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology’s role as a good sport and able marketer.

Lincoln Club’s Cue; Haddad’s Menace; Callahan’s Kickers

The Lincoln Club of Orange County said a mouthful—and not a word about Donald Trump—in a recent call for support for Marco Rubio, who came up short in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination and now seeks a second term representing Florida in the U.S. Senate.

Perceptions of New OC Reality Range

A couple of recent visitors came from the East Coast and left the clear impression that old stereotypes about Orange County—all-white population, conservative to the point of reactionary, land of goofy housewives—are a thing of the past on the other side of the continent, too …

Big Bucks, Big Names, Big Ideas

Our OC’s Wealthiest list—the centerpiece of this week’s issue and accompanying special section—is about more than money.

Big Wheels, Big Deals

How OC’s Wealthiest Got Much Wealthier

This year’s crop of OC’s richest residents managed to outpace the market by a longshot, thanks to a number of additions and several deals that helped boost the combined wealth of the 45 entries to $72.5 billion.

Turnaround Tag at PIMCO, Expansion Plans at PAAMCO

Sometimes the global financial media does math with words rather than numbers.

Emile, Larry Show 2 Sides; Stylish Symbol at Santa Ana College

The Orange County Forum served up humor, straight talk and useful insights at last week’s Housing Outlook 2016 at the Hilton Irvine, where FivePoint Communities CEO Emile Haddad and Larry Webb, his counterpart at New Home Co., joined the Business Journal’s Richard Reisman for a chat.

Martin Gets to Core of Community in Orange County, Inc.

UC-Irvine Librarian Lorelei Tanji hit upon a point that you’ll regularly find under the Business Journal’s front-page banner during her opening remarks to a crowd of about 300 who gathered at the Beckman Center last week to celebrate the debut of Chuck Martin’s coffee-table tome,

Pulido’s Pals; Doti’s Elbow Room; Witte’s Range

Anyone else notice former L.A. mayor, current Banc of California adviser and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa introduced Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido at last week’s State of the City Address?

Pyott’s Coach; OC in DTLA; Higby’s Early Path to Power

David Pyott hasn’t been the boss of Allergan for more than a year, but events conspire to keep him in the public eye.

How Much for Sears at SCP? Kudos Galore

Have to wonder how much longer Sears will remain at South Coast Plaza, where its 300,000-square-foot store is now among the properties the once-colossal retailer has put up for sale or lease …

Master Plan Morphs; Christ Cathedral Draws; Blanning’s CROC

Early take on Dan Young’s decision to step away from the Irvine Company: Donald Bren’s master plan continues to morph into something that increasingly looks like more of an operating company than a developer.

Tam, Twila Join Forces; Gross at Human Scale

We sure can pick ‘em: Tam Nguyen of Advance Beauty College was honored—along with his sister, Minh Nguyen—with one of the Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Awards in 2012.

Ahmansons’ Eclectic Salon; Moorlach Is No Mr. Big Shot

Howard and Roberta Ahmanson wrapped several pleasant surprises into the salon they hosted recently at Fieldstead & Co. Inc. It’s their family office, which looks after a fortune that started with Howard Ahmanson Sr., the late founder of Home Savings of America and a giant in the development of Southern California as a powerhouse fueled by a middle class that had room to grow in nearly every sense of the word in the decades after World War II.

Split Decision on Trump Smell Test; Doti Goes Solo

Reports from the Lincoln Club’s recent annual dinner at the Island Hotel indicate Al Frink captured the mood of many of the assembled GOP stalwarts with a turn as a prop comic.

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