OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Michele Johnson: Litigator, Leader

LAW: Securities work; US Soccer representationLifetime of legal toil, honor

Central Park West Development Enters Final Chapter

285-Unit, 4-Building Site Goes Vertical

Four-building, 285-unit residential project now going up at busiest intersection in Irvine that will largely put a cap on housing development at Central Park West

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High-Rise Mixed-Use Project Near Airport Revamped

CAVU Campus Unveiled; Towers’ Future Unknown

Camphor Partners hitting the reset button for site slated to hold one of the more ambitious high-rise mixed-use properties near John Wayne Airport

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Gordon Ditches Branches at Latest Upstart Bank

Genesis aims for minority-owned businesses

Latest bank will focus on loans for small to medium-size businesses, commercial industry, multifamily, office, industrial and retail

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Pair of Large Banks Eyeing Orange County

Torrey Pines, Truist Expanding, Hiring

Representatives of two large national bank holding companies, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Truist Financial Corp., are eyeing Orange County for expansion

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OC Banks Report Asset Growth Slowing

Execs See Loan Payoffs, Increase in Digital Use

Assets at Orange County-based commercial banks climbed 3% as growth slowed following a wave of consolidation and payoffs of government-backed loans

OC’s Credit Unions Outpacing Banks in Asset Growth

See 16% Rise to $38.3B; SchoolsFirst Adds $4.25B

Orange County’s credit unions are growing their assets at a far faster pace than the county’s for-profit banks

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Sunwest Helps Start VC Fund BankTech Ventures

Seeks Startups That Can Assist Small Banks

Sunwest Bank is helping kick off BankTech Ventures LP, a venture capital fund designed to connect fintech startups to community banks

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Axonics’ Sales Skyrocket 4,509% in 2 Years

CEO Says Urinary Implant Well Received

Launch of implant that treats overactive bladders has had one of the three most successful debuts in American medical device history

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Concierge Technologies Booms With Diverse Assets

Seeks Holding Company Like Berkshire Hathaway

For its fiscal year ended June 30, Concierge reported revenue jumped 49% year-over-year to $39.9 million as net income climbed threefold to $5.8 million

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OC’S Automotive Charge

OC’s automotive landscape is a mix of heritage automakers with traditional gasoline-powered lineups and electric startups looking to muscle their way into the markets

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OC’s Auto Dealers Adapt and Win

Sales Up 15% To $4.9B; SUVs Lead

SUV segment continues to be a bright spot in an operating environment that’s seeing plenty of retail headwinds for auto dealers

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Inventory Constraints Put the Squeeze on Automakers

Supply Chain Issues, Chip Shortage Woes

Automakers will need to practice stoicism with economists not forecasting a return to any semblance of normality until 2023

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UCI’s Research Funding Hits New Mark, Approaches $600M

Cutting-Edge Studies; From Tinnitus to Tires

UCI announced it has received the most research funding in campus history: $592 million in grants and contracts for the fiscal year ended June 30, a 12% annual increase

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IEC Sees Enrollment Boost; Tops 20,000 Students

Aims to Make Trade School Cool; Offers Career Training Programs

Pandemic caused millions of workers in leisure and hospitality to lose their jobs resulting in higher enrollment for learning new skilled trades

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Chapman’s Business School Touts New ‘Analytics Accelerator’

Revamped Entrepreneurial Program; Learning From Failure

New programs at the Argyros School of Business and Economics started in 2020, and the newly revitalized entrepreneurship curriculum starts in 2022

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