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Not all Retail is roiled

Marijuana is a criminal, gateway drug. Marijuana should be legal in 50 states and the Marshall Islands. Or … something in-between. Regardless of your take, you’ll enjoy Peter J. Brennan’s stories on Kush Bottles, a publicly traded everything-but-cannabis, cannabis co. Kush opened in 2010.

When 95% Equals Nothing

Anthony Maglica is shining a big flashlight on CA’s manufacturing rules.

Ambassadorship Reportedly to Roberts

GOVERNMENT: Co-owns Mission Inn; couple GOP donors

It’s a time-honored government tradition—patronage has its privileges, as does friendship and policy kinship.

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Not Standing Still

How OC’s Wealthiest Grew Firms and Fortunes

Orange County’s wealthiest people enjoyed a good year. Most on our 2017 list, see page 16 of stand-alone Special Report, grew their fortunes, some substantially. The roster grew by two, nearly 5% from 45 to 47. The Business Journal’s “cutoff” is $250 million.

‘Favorite Issue’

In managing this week’s OC’s Wealthiest issue—my first, our 17th—I placed a call to a source to confirm a few figures in our write-up.

Dale and the Dominoes

We all know Pacific Life, the humpback whale, but I’m betting there are revelations for readers of Peter J. Brennan’s wide-ranging conversation with the 149-year-old insurer’s 14th CEO, Jim Morris.

OC runs middle leg in LA Olympic win

L.A. gets the Olympics—2028. This Olympics won’t be OC-centric like 1984, when Laguna Beach’s Peter Ueberroth helmed the effort, $0 in the bank and national malaise—finished with a $250 mill surplus and the Games’ financial viability restored.

Industry Posts 33rd Quarter of Modest Expansion

MANUFACTURING: But labor shortage, costs, crimp job creation

For the 33rd straight month, Orange County’s manufacturers expanded output—albeit modestly—as measured by Chapman University’s quarterly survey of purchasing managers.

Optimism Still Reigns in Survey of OC Execs

ECONOMY: Gov’t regulation cited as their biggest concern

For the first time since the onset of the recession, business owners and executives here share a bigger worry than the overall economy, according to the latest California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey.

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Dale Dykema Recalled With Great Reverence

OBITUARY: His good works benefitted a good many

Dale Dykema died on July 4.

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