Stories for December 1999
Monday, December 27
The holiday shopping season is well under way at shopping malls throughout the county, but the Christmas cheer is muted at the former Crystal Court section of South Coast Plaza.
From a business standpoint, Orange County closes 1999 in an almost giddy mood: Companies are thriving; virtually everyone who wants to or who can is working (the jobless rate hit an all-time low of 2.3% in November, and finding qualified help has become t
Nearly 60% of business executives said they believe quality of life is more important than a proposed commercial airport at El Toro, according to the first-ever random poll of business executives on the controversial issue.
Edison International was named an education partner by Chapman University in recognition of its $50,000 pledge to support the school's scholarship fundraising and educational outreach efforts in the coming year.
The Newport Beach offices of Doner, together with Clemenger Harvie, Melbourne, bested three other ad shops last week in a shootout for Mazda Australia's estimated $20 million advertising account.
SRS Labs Inc. is plunging head first into the Internet with plans to license its sound processing technology to web site operators and cash in on the escalating popularity of online multimedia, moves that appear to be music to investors' ears.
Stan Braden, president and principal of architectural and planning firm KTGY Group, Irvine, was elected president of the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association.
Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group has hired a veteran real estate financial executive as its new chief accounting officer.
Despite an average increase in net worth of 33% since 1993, the biggest worry of 72% of affluent baby boomers is still that the next generation will have a more difficult time financially than their own generation. Their second-greatest concern, expressed
unemployment is at an all-time low, OC home prices are at an all-time high. The area is finally gaining national and worldwide recognition as a distinct center for technology and innovation. And anyone who can locate OC on a map (the number is growing) al
Santa Ana-based Comarco Inc., once a defense industry stalwart, soon will be out of defense altogether. It is selling three of its units,including its former core military business,to focus on its wireless technology products.
In your Nov. 22 issue a letter from Art Pedroza Jr. criticizes the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce for, as he writes, "its support for light rail on the cover of the latest edition of its newspaper, the CityLine."
Piece by piece, U.S. Bancorp is moving into Southern California in an effort to become a major banking force in the state. While it still has a long way to go to seriously challenge California's two giants, Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank, the Minnea
A headquarters move by one of Orange County's longtime commercial real estate brokerage houses to Irvine has put Cox Communications in the hunt for new offices for its advertising and marketing department.
MBK Real Estate of Irvine has sold its 12 senior-living communities and related operations to Senior Housing 1 LP of Atlanta for more than $100 million.
A.G. Edwards, which has an Irvine office, ranked No. 1 in a national survey of full-service brokerage firms by Kiplinger's Magazine.
CKE Restaurants Inc., Anaheim, reported third quarter earnings of $3 million on revenue of $415.5 million for the 12-week period ended Nov. 1 compared to earnings of $18.8 million on sales of $418.4 million the previous year. For the nine-month period end
Earlier this year, the last undeveloped commercial parcels of Aliso Viejo were snatched off the market.
ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. founder and Chairman Milan Panic has marked two anniversaries,his 70th and his company's 40th,by announcing a plan to expand the company's R & D; operations in Costa Mesa, and by telling his Wall Street critics to take a hike.
The kid gloves are coming off in the hometown rivalry between communication chip makers Broadcom Corp. and Conexant Systems Inc., if recent press is any indication. The two companies, which have barely acknowledged the other's existence up to now, are get
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With new properties opening up, the market for experienced hotel managers has tightened considerably in Orange County.
Turner Development sold a 62,970-square-foot leased industrial building in the city of Industry to 1210 N. Tustin Partners LLC. Jedd Zaun, a senior vice president at the Newport Beach office of Lee & Associates, represented the buyer in the $3.9 million t
Two heavily courted high-tech companies looking for new offices in Orange County may end up moving in together.
You might have read elsewhere that Sares-Regis Group has purchased the remaining four buildings totaling 841,000 square feet in Koll Development's Plantation industrial park in the city of Industry in a deal valued at $47 million.
My editor thought it would be a hoot for me, being a blonde just like Barbie, to review this book. Ha ha. Press a button and Barbie's little sister Skipper chirps, "It's fun to be a reporter." She never worked for my editor. Barbie and Ken take off (push
Dr. Kenneth Wright, a pediatric ophthalmologist at UCI Medical Center (who joined the hospital in July) recently performed cataract surgery on a 2 1/2-week-old infant,the youngest patient to get such surgery in the hospital's history, officials say.
Jaguar Cars of North America has found a buyer for the long-delayed South Coast Motorcars, its planned swank dealership in Newport Beach and Mission Viejo, Susan Deemer is told; identity not revealed, except that it's a big U.K. dealer The board of Coas
The ailing 50-store University Center across from UC Irvine may find relief with the addition of Trader Joe's and 24 Hour Fitness, part of an effort by landlord The Irvine Company to revitalize the center.
This article has been mulling around in my mind for the past two years. I periodically jotted notes on my yellow pad about the really, really important occurrences in Orange County's restaurant industry throughout the last decade. A surprising thing happe
The North/Central Market Area typically offers lower asking prices than the southern half of the county. The price differential in lease rates between the northern and southern parts of the county has helped fuel demand in North and Central Orange County.
Less than a year after buying 50 acres and announcing plans for a $100 million-plus mixed-use commercial park in South Orange County, Turner Development is close to signing its first set of deals.
Buy.com, Aliso Viejo, said it hopes to raise up to $168 million in an IPO, which would impute a value of about $1.5 billion to the company (see related story, page 20) ICI Development, Santa Ana, said it will buy the 54-acre former Chevron office comple