Paul Hughes

Web & Data Editor/Reporter

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,719.52.

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JWA Traffic Up

Year-over-year John Wayne Airport passenger traffic was up 5% in April to 894,000 on about 3,775 commercial flights, up 4.4%.

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Chipotle Moving to Newport

Chipotle Mexican Grill is moving to Newport Beach.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,728.24.

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OC First On Galaxy’s Edge

Walt Disney Co. said Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019; the Walt Disney World iteration will follow in late fall.

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Visit Anaheim Teases 2019 Event

Visit Anaheim Chief Executive Jay Burress today in Denver led a live-streamed, kick-off to promote a 2019 tradeshow expected to bring about 6,000 travel industry attendees to Anaheim and Orange County.

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Chipotle Moving to Newport

Chipotle Mexican Grill is moving to Newport Beach.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.3% in midday trading to 2,716.91.

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Real Mex for Sale

Real Mex Restaurants Inc.’s owners seek to sell the chain and have hired investment bank Piper Jaffray to unearth a buyer, according to Bloomberg. The chain’s second bankruptcy filing in seven years could precede a transaction, the report said.

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John Wayne Gets JFK

Delta Air Lines will fly nonstop between John Wayne Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, daily except Saturday, beginning Oct. 15.

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JetSuite First on Board New Jet

JetSuite Inc. plans to get the first “hybrid-to-electric” aircraft from Zunum Aero when it’s ready for takeoff in 2022.

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They Feed Others From the Overflow of Kinship

Foodmakers Live Traditions, Ventures

Family-owned food enterprises naturally have a special something in their recipes.

Long Beach Passengers Up 9%

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic grew 9% in April to 348,000, compared with the same period last year.

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New Can in 7-Eleven Test

A “self-chilling” beverage can created by an Irvine-based firm is on shelves in 15 Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading to 2,714.20.

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Airport, OC Businesses Back Live Music at JWA

John Wayne Airport and local businesses will expand a pilot program that brings live music to ticketed passengers in secure areas waiting for or arriving on flights at the facility.

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St Joe’s Walker to City of Hope

Annette Walker has been named president of City of Hope, Orange County, in charge of developing the cancer center planned for the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,722.11.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in midday trading to 2,723.24.

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Lazy Dog Adds Chicago

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Huntington Beach said it will add one location in Illinois—a new state for the casual dining chain—one more in Texas, and two more in its California backyard.

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Flight Paths: Region’s Airports’ Airline Mix Shifts

TRANSPORTATION: Ontario to China; Long Beach to Hawaii

Orange County-area airports have experienced recent shifts in air carrier mixes and routes due to changes related to ownership, operations and government actions.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,722.40.

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16 Tons: Execs Rope, Ride, Range in Pursuit of West

High-Powered Cowpokes Take Horse-Powered Days

Some claim to be “kind of a big deal,” but a 1,200-pound horse—large as a car, lithe as a cobra, and not sure it likes you—removes all doubt.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.8% in midday trading to 2,719.97.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 1% in midday trading to 2,698.25.

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Disney Parks Shine On

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts unit, which includes Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, reported quarterly revenue of $4.9 billion, up 13% year-over-year, and operating income of $950 million, up 27%.

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Data Backs OCVA View

Trade groups give rosy numbers and data delivered at Irvine-based Orange County Visitors Association’s tourism conference gave the group's “endless summer” tagline some statistical backing.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were up in midday trading on a strong U.S. jobs report and a tech stock rally.

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Long Beach Airport March Traffic Up

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic grew 11% year-over-year in March to $356,000.

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El Pollo Loco Revenue Up, Beats Street

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa said revenue in its most recent quarter grew about 1% year-over-year to $101 million and net income declined 49% to $2.5 million; pro forma net income, a non-GAAP measure, increased 9% to $6.7 million.

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Del Taco Revenue Up, Net Income Down

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) in Lake Forest said revenue increased about 7% to $113 million and net income fell 24% to $3.2 million in its most recent quarter.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indices had recovered after each diving more than 1% earlier, hovering amid mixed-to-flat levels in midday trading.

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Yogurtland Adds in Dallas

Irvine-based Yogurtland signed current franchisee Yang Group to expand the chain in Dallas-Fort Worth with up to eight locations over the next three years.

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Taco Bell Sales Up, Profit Down

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp.’s system-wide sales grew 4% to $2.34 billion and operating profit declined 6% to $132 million in its most recent quarter.

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Franchiser Names Development Chief

Home Franchise Concepts promoted Jonathan Thiessen to chief development officer, a new position. He was previously vice president of franchise licensing.

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Habit Sales Up; Earnings, Comps Down

Habit Restaurants Inc. reported about $92 million in revenue for its most recent quarter, up 17% year-over-year. Net income plunged 61% to $700,000.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% in midday trading to 2,653.04.

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Yield of Dreams: Candy Man’s Passions Are Child’s Play

Hydrox Hawker Goes Toy Shopping in Newest Push

The business plans at Strategic Marks LLC are in constant motion, as is Ellia Kassoff, the man with the plans, but the business of adolescence takes longer than you think.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 fell 0.8% in midday trading to 2,627.00.

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Pacific Hospitality Group Buys AC Hotel in Dallas

HOSPITALITY: Now has four ACs in four states

Pacific Hospitality Group Ventures Inc. affiliate DG Hotels Ventures LLC bought a newly opened 256-room, dual-branded property in Dallas.

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BJ's Revenue, Income, Comps Up

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) in Huntington Beach reported higher revenue, net income and same-store sales in its most recent quarter.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes were higher on earnings reports by Facebook Inc. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., with Amazon.com Inc. scheduled to report numbers after markets close.

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March Airport Traffic Up

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic rose 5% year-over-year in March to 898,000 passengers.

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Rich Uncles Affiliate Gets CFO

A new student housing REIT backed by the Rich Uncles investment group named Raymond Pacini chief financial officer.

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JetBlue LGB Airport Cuts Could Help Southwest

JetBlue Airways Corp. said it will cut its activity at Long Beach Airport by a third, from 35 daily flights to 23, on Sept. 5, in a move that opens up opportunities for other carriers, including John Wayne Airport’s largest air carrier by passenger totals, Southwest Airlines.

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JetBlue to Sell JetSuiteX Seats

Seats on scheduled charters by JetSuiteX will be available on JetBlue’s website starting May 1 in an industry practice called code-sharing.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.7% in midday trading to 2,673.55.

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Goodwill: Talarico Resigns

Frank Talarico, Jr. resigned after six years as president and chief executive of Goodwill of Orange County, effective April 9, the nonprofit said in a letter by Board Chairman Dick Trueblood.

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Allergan Opens, Closes, Window on Shire

Allergan PLC won’t pursue a deal to buy Shire PLC, the company said, after earlier considering a bid.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.8% in midday trading to 2,686.99.

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