Orange County Business Journal

Kim Haman is a columnist. She can be reached at luxury@ocbj.com or philanthropy@ocbj.com.

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More than 800 leaders of the Orange County legal community celebrated the Public Law Center’s 35 years of helping the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents at Hotel Irvine on June 20.

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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 39, No. 28

University of California-Irvine and the other schools in the UC system increased the number of California-based students they offered admission for the year starting in the fall.

OC’s Luxury Market Heats Up in Summer Sunshine

32 Deals Top $4M In June; 2 Exceed $10M

Thirty-two home transactions above $4 million closed in June, including two that captured sales prices above $10 million.

How Women Mean Business

Where Communication, Collaboration, Success Intersect

Michelle Jordan ventured across the Atlantic Ocean decades ago in pursuit of her personal version of the American dream.

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Goodwill of Orange County opened its Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Center for Veteran Services building in Tustin, an all-in-one resource for military veterans living in Orange County and their families.

Dream Backyards Shift With Summer Trends’ Breezes

Popular Features Include Water Walls, Sunken Patios

Orange County’s flawless summer days invite relaxation, and some of its luxury backyards boast features on par with five-star resorts, begging the question: “Why would anyone need to leave home to go on vacation?”

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Microsemi Corp. partnered with Discovery Cube for the company’s Corporate Cube Challenge on May 19, a first-of-its-kind fundraiser that took in $250,000.

May Price-Per-Square-Foot Tops Year-Earlier Figure

Jumps 9%, With Balboa Peninsula Average Tops

Orange County’s luxury home market saw 25 transactions close between $4 million and $12 million last month, when the median price for a home along the coast was just under $6 million.

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The arts and the art of leadership took center stage May 12 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa at the fourth annual “The Mayor’s Celebration

Vacation Home Sales Second Highest in Decade-Plus

16% of Luxury Sales Last Year, All-Cash Sales Up

Orange County, with its 42 miles of beaches, average year-round temperature of 70, and ready access to a wide range of recreational activities, is a perennial vacation destination. The California Travel and Tourism Commission says 47.4 million people visited here last year, up 2.6% over 2014. International travelers are the fastest-growing segment of visitors, reaching 13.8 million last year, according to the commission.

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