Stories for December 2011

Saturday, December 31

By the Numbers - OC Businesses and Professional Firms

OC Businesses and Professional Firms

CALENDAR - January 2-11, 2012

A listing of events happening all around Orange County. January 2-11, 2012

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ADDENDUM - January 2, 2012

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal

Acapulco Hires Irvine Shop to Tout Spiced-Up Menu

Parent Real Mex Preps for Chapter 11 Auction

Acapulco Restaurants Inc. offers new menu op-tions to boost sales, in Media and Marketing

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MARKET WATCH - January 2, 2012

The Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance

Irvine Co. Starts Plans for Park Place Project

REAL ESTATE: Proposal for 980 apartments to city planners

More apartment development is in the works for Irvine Co. with its proposal to build 980 apartments in and around the Park Place mixed-use campus in Irvine

Ritz’ Brave New Year; Charitable Guy’s Painful 2011

OC INSIDER Column by Rick Reiff

Laguna Niguel Pricing Roiled by Nearby Short Sale

All-Cash Deal Reflects Tough Lending Climate

Laguna Niguel pricing roiled by nearby short sale, in Luxury Homes

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Big Rebound in Outlook for Q1

ECONOMY: Execs upbeat in Cal State Fullerton index

Cal State Fullerton index on local business expectations rebounds from two-year low, prompting optimism for new year

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CIP Set for $100M in Commercial Buys

REAL ESTATE: Hunt follows big Las Vegas portfolio sale

CIP Real Estate expects to spend $100 million on potential industrial, office buys this year

Moderate Growth Seen for Chip Makers After Record Year

Global Sales Topped $300B Despite Challenges of 2011

Orange County chipmakers could see revenue uptick this year, with global sales topping $310 billion this year, in Technology

2012 Board of Achievement

Industry Leaders Who Moved Forward Through Uncertainty

A look at executives who led their companies to big gains amid a patchy recovery last year

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Tidd Parts Ways With D-Link Amid Shift

TECHNOLOGY: Search for replacement at Fountain Valley firm

Interim president of North American operations named at networking equipment maker D-Link Corp. after Nick Tidd’s abrupt exit

Website Touts Migraine Drug Co-Marketed by Allergan

Rates Levadex’s Market Potential as “Blockbuster”

Seeking Alpha article deems Levadex “a very important new drug with blockbuster commercial potential,” in Healthcare

Biopharm Startup in East Coast Move

HEALTHCARE: Laguna Niguel firm, new CEO set for Cambridge

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Inc. to move headquarters from OC to East Coast as it ramps up efforts to bring products to market

Diners Globe-Trot at Golden Truffle Each Wednesday

3-Course, Sojourn Features Different Cuisine Weekly

Wednesday nights at the Golden Truffle offer diners the chance to travel the globe with international cuisines, in Executive Dining

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Real Estate: Winston Chung

Battery Magnate Shops Here, Talks Up Factory Plans

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Real Estate - Winston Chung

REAL ESTATE WATCH: Manufacturing & Warehouse

OC Lease Rates, Sale Prices Rising

Orange County industrial market continues to tighten, vacancy rate falls to 3.7%. Includes Real Estate Watch industry performance charts.

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Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Finance: Stephen Gordon

Big Growth, More Expected for Opus

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Finance - Stephen Gordon

Media: Jim Jannard

Red Wave Grows With Recent Product Debuts

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Media - Jim Jannard

Marketing: Ingrid Otero-Smart

Casanova Boss Passionate About the Pitch

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Marketing - Ingrid Otero-Smart

Technology: William Wang

Tablets, LED Bulbs Put Vizio Founder’s Vision in Focus

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Technology - William Wang

Apparel: Richard Woolcott

Volcom to PPR Portfolio in Deal De Luxe

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Apparel - Richard Woolcott

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Brandman Goes Local on New MBA Program

EDUCATION: Scholarships cut tuition in half for participants

New MBA program from Brandman University offers scholarships to employees of local companies

Separate Drives

Krafcik, Ahn Lead Sibling Rivals to Record Years

Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s John Krafcik and Kia Motors America Inc.’s Byung Mo Ahn steered their respective companies to record-breaking sales

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Healthcare: Michael Mussallem

Got Edwards Ready for New Valve’s Approval

OCBJ's Business Person of the Year, Healthcare - Michael Mussallem

Chicago Building Co-Owned by Pac Life Close to Sale

Insurer Teamed With Developer on High-Rises

Reports: High-rise apartment tower in Chicago partly owned by Pac Life close to being sold, in Real Estate

Friday, December 30

Clean Energy Raises Another $150M from T. Boone Pickens, Prior Investors

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has raised another $150 million from prior investors, including legendary oilman and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens.

Thursday, December 29

Newport Corp. Buys Montana Laser Equipment Maker

Irvine-based laser maker Newport Corp. is set to acquire a Montana technology company that specializes in performance and measurement tests for $9.3 million.

Wednesday, December 28

Japanese Regulators OK Western Digital’s Hitachi Global Storage Buy

Japan’s regulatory agency that oversees mergers and acquisitions has approved Western Digital Corp.’s pending buy of San Jose-based Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Ltd.

Surfline Founder, President Dies

Sean Collins, founder and president of Huntington Beach-based Surfline/Wavetrak Inc., died Monday.

Tuesday, December 27

China Raises Concerns on Western Digital Deal

China reportedly has raised antitrust concerns over Western Digital Corp.’s proposed acquisition of San Jose-based Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Ltd.

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Moving to Massachusetts

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a startup company that is developing treatments for hemophilia, said today that it will move its corporate headquarters from Laguna Niguel to Cambridge, Mass.

Friday, December 23

Amonix Chief Executive Dies in Plane Crash

Brian Robertson, chief executive of Seal Beach-based Amonix Inc., died in a plane crash yesterday.

Red Files Lawsuit Against Arri, Bravin in Email Hacking Case

Irvine-based Inc., which does business as Red Digital Cinema Camera Co., alleges it was a victim of email hacking, according to a lawsuit filed Dec. 21 against another camera manufacturer and a film industry executive.

Grant Thornton Partner to Move to PwC

Gary Wilson, partner-in-charge of Grant Thornton LLP’s Irvine office, will shift to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Irvine office Jan. 5.

Thursday, December 22

Foothill Ranch GPS Company Locates Buyer

Navman Wireless OEM Solutions, a Foothill Ranch-based GPS technology provider, is set to be acquired by a North Carolina company.

Acacia Settles Two More Patent Cases

Newport Beach Acacia Research Corp. has settled a patent lawsuit levied in Delaware against Hewlett-Packard Co., according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday morning.

Wednesday, December 21

Edison Mission Gets $242M Finance Deal

Santa Ana-based Edison Mission Energy landed a $242 million financing deal for three wind energy projects.

Quiksilver Pulls Back on Pro New York Event

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. will not sponsor the Quiksilver Pro New York next year, ending a major marketing initiative that debuted earlier this year.

Billabong Parent Forecasts Earnings Decline

U.S. sales have proven to be one of the few bright spots for Billabong International Ltd., the Australia-based parent of Billabong USA in Irvine.

Specific Media’s Myspace Launches Music Library

Irvine-based digital media agency Specific Media LLC launched Myspace Music Player, a new feature that lets users listen to songs for free via its recently acquired Myspace social networking website.

Tuesday, December 20

Fisker Doubles Target in Latest Financing Round to $300 million

Anaheim-based luxury hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. has increased the amount of private funding it’s looking to raise in its latest round to $300 million, according to a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission Monday.

Biotech Company Aviir Gets Financing

Irvine-based medical testing companY Aviier Inc. has signed a deal with multiple investors to raise up to $30 million in a round of financing.

Monday, December 19

Another Court Win for Broadcom vs. Emulex

Costa Mesa-based networking electronics maker Emulex Corp. infringed on two patents from Broadcom Corp., a court ruled Monday.

William Lyon Homes Files for Bankruptcy

William Lyon Homes Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, along with more than 20 companies affiliated to the Newport Beach-based homebuilder.

Sunday, December 18

Device Maker Boosts Santa Ana’s Status

HEALTHCARE: Medtronic to consolidate heart-valve business

Medtronic Inc. is consolidating and growing its OC heart valve operations at its existing local center

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Ingram Micro’s Elves

Tech Distributor Adds Toys for Holidays

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. adds toys for holidays

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Angels Ready for Top of Order

SPORTS: TV money, new stars could make team SoCal’s star

Angels ready for top of order

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Caution Vs. Optimism

2012 Outlook: caution vs. optimism

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Bay Area Investment Bank Establishes OC Beachhead

FINANCE: Office in Newport Center; venture fund in works

Investment banking firm MergerTech Advisors is setting up shop in Orange County

Startup Gaikai Has Veteran Customers, Backers

TECHNOLOGY: Touts cloud storage, glitch-free streaming

Startup Gaikai Inc. has veteran customers, backers

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Moreno Gets His Wings

Editor's Notebook

COMMENTARY: Editor’s Notebook: Moreno gets his wings

Goodness Gone, Agencies Eye El Pollo Account

RESTAURANTS: Chain plans review, new shop for next year

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Inc.’s advertising account is up for grabs with the recent breakup of chain and its ad agency

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Marwit Investment Sells Boot Barn

FINANCE: Freeman Spogli is likely to widen chain’s footprint

Marwit Investment Management LLC in Newport Beach sells Boot Barn Inc. to another private equity firm

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Construction Projects Planned by Kaiser, St. Jude, Children’s


OC’s healthcare industry will see plenty of action, with several big hospital projects in works

Retailers Hope for Best, Play Close to Vest for 2012


“Cautiously optimistic” is still in fashion when retailers talk about the outlook for 2012

Apartments, Industrial Improving; Offices Not So Much


Real estate market looks likely to continue its scattershot approach to recovery in 2012

Surging Mobile Tech Pushing Sector Projections Into the Clouds


Surging mobile technology pushing sector projections into the clouds

Execs Expect More Lending, Pick-Up on M&A Action


Bankers and financial advisers expect a general pickup in 2012 but add notes of caution

Website Makeovers, Mobile Apps Top Digital To-Do Lists


Website makeovers, mobile apps top digital to-do lists

High-Tech Manufacturers Will Mark Most Significant Growth


Orange County manufacturers look to 2012 anticipating opportunity amid continuing challenges

Hospitable Environment for OC Hospitality Will Continue


Hospitable environment for OC hospitality will continue

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Expansions, Renovations for Some, Battles for Others


Growth, new looks for some, lean times for others

ADDENDUM - December 19, 2011

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal

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CALENDAR - December 13-21, 2011

A listing of events happening all around Orange County. December 19-28, 2011

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MARKET WATCH - December 19, 2011

The Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance

Credit-Score Service Uses Music to Hook Customers

Viewers Can Tag Songs From Experian TV Spots

London-based Experian PLC adds an interactive flourish to 30-second TV spots it began running in September, in Media and Marketing

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Lantronix Gets Lift on Plug-and-Play Print Server

Lets Users Access Home, Work Printers Remotely

Lantronix Inc. offers new print server compatible with iPads, iPhones, in Technology

CorVel Chief Touts Growth Spurt, Says More to Come

Sales Climb for Workers’ Compensation Software

CorVel is expanding its services and opening itself up to new markets to position itself for future growth, in Healthcare


Positive Signs in South Orange County

South Orange County commercial market sees some positive activity during the third quarter. Includes Real Estate Watch industry performance charts.

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Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

OC Health Nonprofits Share $1.5M in Komen Funding

Breast Cancer Charity IDs Recipients at Breakfast

The Orange County chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded $1.5 million in grants to 15 local nonprofits that work to promote breast cancer awareness. In the Philanthropy Column.

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Greenlaw Seen as Likely Buyer and Seller Next Year

Also Seeks Break-Up Fee on Crystal Cathedral Bid

Greenlaw seen as likely buyer and seller next year, in Real Estate

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Diamond Cuts Space in Headquarters Move

REAL ESTATE: Baseball gear maker takes pitch for 82,000 SF

Diamond Baseball Company Inc., a manufacturer of baseball, softball, and football products, is moving its headquarters from Cypress to Santa Ana.

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Friday, December 16

Ista Rejects $314M Offer

Irvine-based eye drug maker Ista Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it has rejected a buy-out offer of $314 million from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in Ontario, Canada.

In Memoriam—Bob Campbell: CT Realty Cofounder, Philanthropist

Robert “Bob” Campbell, a long-time Orange County real estate developer and investor who was known as much for his local philanthropic work, passed away on Thursday.

Jobs and Jobless Rate Both Fall in November

Orange County saw a dip in employment as most sectors cut jobs in November.

Thursday, December 15

Fisker Adds Former Chrysler CEO to Board

Anaheim-based luxury hybrid automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. named a former head of Chrysler Group LLC to its board.

Quiksilver Full-Year Sales Up

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc.’s shares rose in after-hours trading as the company’s results for the October quarter and full year showed continued improvement.

Wednesday, December 14

El Pollo Loco Launches Agency Review

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Inc. confirmed it has begun an agency review for its general market and Hispanic advertising business.

Fisker Names Auto Industry Vet Chief Commercial Officer

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive Inc. named a former executive of Jaguar Land Rover North America as its chief commercial officer, a new position at the company.

Broadcom Shares Rise on Upped Outlook

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp.’s shares rose today after it raised its outlook on revenue and gross margins for the current quarter.

Tuesday, December 13

Boot Barn Sold

Marwit Investment Management LLC in Newport Beach sold Irvine-based Western apparel retailer Boot Barn Inc. to another private equity fund.

Johnny Rockets to Expand into Indonesia

Aliso Viejo-based 1950s-style American diner chain Johnny Rockets Group Inc. is set to expand into Indonesia next year as the chain continues an aggressive push into international territories.

Monday, December 12

Drug Maker Questcor Slips on Report for MS Prescriptions

Anaheim-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s shares fell today after it reported a lower rate of paid prescriptions for the main use of its sole drug.

Institutional Investor Calls for Sun Healthcare Sale; Shares Rise

Shares of Irvine nursing home operator Sun Healthcare Group Inc. jumped today after one of its investors called for the company to be sold.

Sunday, December 11

Tesla to Shift Service Center as Retail Focus Changes

AUTOMOTIVE: Most local selling moved to Fashion Island store

Palo Alto-based luxury electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. to relocate its Newport Beach service center as it pursues new retail strategy

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OC Money, Politics: Challenge to Unions; Billionaire Donors

OC INSIDER Column by Rick Reiff

Grubb Healthcare Successor Rejects Bid From N.Y.

REAL ESTATE: Unsolicited offer; others could follow

Grubb healthcare successor rejects bid from New York

MARKET WATCH - December 12, 2011

The Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance

Year in Review

This Year’s Action Promises More in 2012

This year’s action promises more in 2012

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Coastal Views Hook Texas Executive in $6.7M Buy

Plans Rebuild to Boost Splendor of Laguna Perch

Texas business executive purchases home perched above Irvine Cove in Laguna Beach for $6.7 million, in Luxury Homes

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DGWB Adds PR Duties for Toshiba America Business

Starts With Campaign for “Technology Makeover”

DGWB Advertising & Communications adds public relations to services it provides Toshiba America Business Solutions, in Media and Marketing

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Microsemi Follows Zarlink Deal With Cuts in Canada

Expects About $20 Million in Savings on Acquisition

Chipmaker Microsemi Corp. begins consolidating production and trimming some employees picked up in recent buy of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc., in Technology

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TechSpace Set to Bring Office Campus to Costa Mesa

30,000-SF Deal on Bristol Is Firm’s Second Site Here

Office-campus operator TechSpace Inc. is adding a second Orange County location to its growing portfolio, in Real Estate

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Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments


State of OC’s Big Box

Retail property owners advised to try new approaches to replace large tenants lost during the recession. Includes Real Estate Watch industry performance charts.

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EVENTS: Family Affair

Scenes from business, social, charity and other events

More than 500 at luncheon to laud honorees at Family Owned Business awards hosted by the Business Journal, CSUF Family Business Council

Donald Koll: 1933-2011 Legacy Lives On

‘I Like to Build and Have a Lot of Fun at It’

Real estate icon Donald Koll dies after heart attack at the age of 78, his legacy lives on

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Edwards, Hoag Join Forces on Sapien Debut

HEALTHCARE: Surgical center for new heart valve set to open

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach will be among one of the first U.S. hospitals to offer much-touted heart valve from a device maker here.

Return of the Shopper

Biggest Retail Centers Post 5.5% Sales Increase

Taxable sales from 26 largest shopping centers here were up 5.5% for the 12 months through June, to $6.3 billion. Includes the 2011 OC's 25 LARGEST SHOPPING CENTERS list for download (pdf)

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Local EV Sector Depends on Fisker

CLEAN TECH: Claims bulk of funding, spurs supply chain

All roads lead to Anaheim-based Fisker Auto-motive Inc. when it comes to the electric- and hybrid-vehicle industry in Orange County

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Kofax Adds Specialist in Northern Ireland

TECHNOLOGY: $48.1M deal in process-management segment

Irvine-based software maker Kofax PLC acquires a company in Northern Ireland that specializes in process-management software

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Year in Review - How We Did

The Business Journal Assesses Its 2011 Picks to Watch

The Business Journal Assesses Its 2011 Picks to Watch

California Coastal Gets New Builder for Brightwater

REAL ESTATE: Shelves own unit, picks Woodbridge Pacific

Recently formed Woodbridge Pacific Group in Mission Viejo signs on to complete work at the high-profile Brightwater development in Huntington Beach

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ADDENDUM - December 12, 2011

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal

New Investor Gets 8 Medical Buildings for $112 M

Various U.S. Locations Come to 451,000 SF

Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II Inc. signs separate deals to buy eight medical office buildings for $112 million, in Healthcare

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CALENDAR - December 13-21, 2011

A listing of events happening all around Orange County.

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Friday, December 9

El Pollo No Longer Working With Ad Agency Behind 'Mexcellence' Campaign

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Inc. might be searching for a new advertising agency of record.

Cal United Bank to Acquire Premier Commercial of Anaheim

California United Bank has agreed to acquire Anaheim-based Premier Commercial Bancorp for $38 million in a deal expected to close in the second quarter.

Thursday, December 8

Real Estate Icon Donald Koll Passes

Donald Koll, one of Orange County’s most prominent commercial real estate developers, died on Tuesday night at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. He was 78.

Moreno, Angels Nab Pujols, Wilson

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno has nabbed the top two free agents on the market, dispelling a long-held notion that the franchise wouldn’t pay top dollar for prized players.

Wednesday, December 7

PacSun Shares Surge on New Financing, Plan to Trim Stores

Shares of Anaheim-based action sports retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. jumped on news of new financing and its plans to shutter as many as 200 stores.

West Coast U. Gets WASC Accreditation

Irvine-based West Coast University has won an initial five-year accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional accrediting associations.

Tuesday, December 6

First American Pulls Offer to Buy CoreLogic

Santa Ana-based First American Financial Corp. is no longer interested in buying back neighboring data services and analytics company CoreLogic Inc., the title insurance company said on Tuesday.

Chapman Forecast: 21,000 New Jobs in 2012

Orange County is poised for higher employment growth next year, with several sectors expected to fuel the gain.

Oakley Signs Licensing Deal for Swimwear

Foothill Ranch-based Oakley Inc. has signed a licensing deal to have a Canadian company make, market and distribute its line of women’s swimsuits and related products.

Monday, December 5

Ensign Buys Nursing Home in Nevada

Mission Viejo-based Ensign Group Inc. said today that it bought Rosewood Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home in Reno, Nev. A purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

Sunday, December 4

By the Numbers - Financial Advisory Firms

Financial advisory firms, in By the Numbers

Goodwill Repeats Atop List Of Biggest Nonprofit Groups

Among 61 OC nonprofits again combining to post revenue leap

The 61 largest nonprofits here combine for increase in total revenue for second-straight year. Includes the 2011 OC's 50 LARGEST NONPROFITS list for download (pdf)

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Menlo Buys at Summit, Sold on OC Market

REAL ESTATE: Silicon Valley firm eyes big tenants, more deals

Palo Alto-based Menlo Equities LLC snaps up another two offices in Aliso Viejo and has its eyes on more local deals

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Patio Furniture Retailer Has Prospered for 55 Years

RETAIL: Late founder arrived in U.S. bearing $1 and a dream

Anaheim Patio & Fireside, Small Business award winner, has prospered for more than 50 years

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Some Flood Relief for Western Digital

TECHNOLOGY: Thai officials lift import fees to spur recovery

Western Digital re-opens one production plant, set to receive financial assistance from Thailand as it copes with flood-related production shortages there

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Plus-Size Result: $522,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Gourmet Bash Fetes Ducks COO Ryan for Kids Work

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County raised $522,000 at its 47th Annual Gourmet Dinner.

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Parent Puts Mimi’s Cafe on Probation for Poor Performance

RETAIL: Seeks higher holiday sales to lift turnaround prospects

Improvement in holiday sales at Mimi's Cafe will be crucial, as parent looks for signs of turnaround

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ADDENDUM - December 5, 2011

Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal

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Tenet, Hospital Chains Give Wall Street Good Vibes

Publicly Traded Chain Includes 3 OC Hospitals

Publicly traded hospital chains draws positive reviews from Wall Street, in Healthcare

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Hotel Certificates, Kitchen Gadgets

Wine, Vodka Still Work Well As Fall-Back Ideas

Fifi Chao reviews recently launched Capital Seafood, talks holiday gift ideas

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Long-Term Outlook Better View for Powerwave

TECHNOLOGY: Gear sales to AT&T, others should rebound

Powerwave Technologies still has some industry watchers in its corner, despite a rash of problems

KOCE’s Initial Push Into L.A. Set for January

MEDIA: Flagship status due for test against KCET’s plans

KOCE's plans for expansion into L.A. market set to roll out with bid to pick up viewers left behind by KCET

Another BCS Win For OC; Kay Warren, D.C. VIP

OC INSIDER Column by Rick Reiff

Del Taco’s Saucy Store Among Slew of Web Debuts

Others Hawk Hotel Linen, Mammoth Daily Discounts

Del Taco LLC launches online store offering a variety of branded merchandise, in Media and Marketing

Acquisitions Back in Ingram Micro’s Growth Plans

Computer Distributor Aims For Deals-Driven Growth

Ingram Micro Inc. looks for acquisitions to fuel growth in coming years, in Technology

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Device Chiefs: Healthcare Reform Here to Stay, Innovation at Risk

HEALTHCARE: Three share stage, concerns on U.S. competitive position

Medical device execs don’t expect healthcare reform to be repealed, Supreme Court unlikely to strike down individual mandate

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CALENDAR - December 5-13, 2011

A listing of events happening all around Orange County. December 5-13, 2011

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UCI Law Inaugural Class Poised to Gain Repute

EDUCATION: On pace to rival Yale, Stanford on clerkships

UC Irvine School of Law inaugural class poised to gain repute

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Kilroy Was Here? Investor Could Prune OC Portfolio

Sale of Non-Core Office, Industrial Holdings Mulled

A former industrial property near JWA may not be the only OC property put up for sale by Kilroy Realty in the not-too-distant future, in Real Estate

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Teacher-Created Enterpreneurs

Huntington Beach-Based Publisher Grows Into Honors

Teacher Created Materials Inc.—winner of the Medium Business award—grows into honors

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Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments


Airport Industrial Sector Stronger Than Offices

Greater Airport Area shows signs of improvement during Q3 after a slow first part of the year

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Family Shifted Roles, Rolled On

FOOD: Mom champions growth, daughter handles day-to-day

Mom champions growth, daughter handles day-to-day for Susan's Healthy Gourmet Inc., recipient of Up & Coming Business award

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Not Exactly Can Be Plenty Good

Commentary by Editor, Jerry Sullivan

Airport Area Office Deal Tops $100M

REAL ESTATE: AEW adds 2050 Main to local portfolio

AEW Global pays estimated $108.5 million for 2050 Main Street office tower in Irvine, the priciest office sale seen in Orange County this year

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Crown Ace Remains Place for Old-School Business Values

RETAIL: Fights big chains with customer service

Large Companies award-winner Crown Ace Hard-ware is a place for old-school business values

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Success in Spirits, Ongoing Commitment to Charity

WHOLESALE: LeVecke moved HQ but maintains OC ties

LeVecke Corp.'s ties to Orange County continue to run deep for the Longevity award recipient

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Saturday, December 3

MARKET WATCH - December 5, 2011

The Week's Best, Worst Performers; Roth OC50, Billion Dollar Club, OC Tech; Index Watch, 52-week Performance

Friday, December 2

Western Digital Up as Thai Plant Re-Opens

Shares of Western Digital Corp. surged Friday on word that the Irvine-based disk drive maker has resumed some of its operations in Thailand and raised its revenue outlook for the current quarter.

Thursday, December 1

Hyundai, Kia Lead Automakers on November Sales

Strong sales from Orange County’s larger auto manufacturers helped bolster the November sales picture here.

Wet Seal Beats Wall Street Outlook on November Comparable Sales

November sales of Foothill Ranch-based teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. fared better than analysts expected even as they slid for the third consecutive month this year.

Arellano New Editor of OC Weekly

Managing editor and columnist Gustavo Arellano has been promoted to editor-in-chief of OC Weekly.

Local Exec Promoted in McGladrey Deal

Accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen LLP completed a $610 million acquisition of RSM McGladrey Inc. from H&R Block Inc. and named an Orange County executive to head its newly combined western region.