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Larry Thomas, Message Man for All Seasons

Irvine Co. Exec’s Passing Hits Hard and Wide

Larry Thomas died on the morning of June 12. He was 70.

Bring Your “A” Speech

It was late 2007, unusually muggy summer night at Shady Canyon Country Club. The crowd was mostly execs, mostly in suits. The guest of honor’s boss, Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren, sat front row.

The Story of “LT”

Larry Thomas spent a lifetime as a master storyteller. Family and friends share their stories about “LT” after his passing at age 70.

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Ventura Bound?

It’s referred to as the Ventura Laboratory. Late ’70s to ’90s, residents of major Ventura County cities elected officials, passed laws to effect smart growth—SOAR initiatives, “save open space and agricultural resources.”

The Rebranding and Restructuring of CalAmp

The Irvine satellite company was floundering, then it got into new business lines with a fresh look. Now it’s a telematics power and the best may be to come for CalAmp.

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Hard to Do

Rumored Allergan break-up more like a broken Snapstreak … remember Snap? Two-unit spinout could fetch $5B to $6B but will take awhile … activist investor David Tepper not known for patience.

New Shooter, Biggest Deal; Joe Knows Wealth

The hits keep coming for owners of OC commercial real estate, biggest sale to date, first-time OC shopper Boston-based Rockpoint spending $150M+ for five buildings at the Summit Office Campus in Aliso Viejo.

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Allergan Seeks to Shed Two

In response to its lagging stock, Allergan Plc (NYSE: AGN) will seek buyers for both its women’s health and infectious disease units. CEO Brett Saunders confirmed the unanimous board decision in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.

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Tinker to Evers, Stoecker to Niccol

BIG stories this week, grist for the mill … FivePoint-City of Hope alliance, $200M centerpiece of Great Park Neighborhoods medical campus; Newport Beach serial entrepreneur Alan True, shifting seamlessly from China-based furniture importer to U.S. food-biz disruptor; OC-borne fintechs Acorns and SAY drawing love and lead investment from BlackRock and Steve Cohen’s Point72; and the “Did I read that right?” story, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Taco Bell-poached boss Brian Niccol getting out of Denver, escaping New York, moving HQ and as many as 250 top-level jobs to Newport Beach … low-cost, low-reg, low-tax OC.

Walker and Hope, Niccol and Chipotle, Choose OC

A look at Annette Walker’s decision to leave the nation’s No. 2 hospital chain to run Hope’s first OC cancer center at Great Park Neighborhoods.

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