Brothers Bryan and Bradford Manning were each 7 years old when they were separately diagnosed with a disease that would eventually make them blind.
SERVICES: $100M now; CEO Britt seeks more
Synoptek LLC looks poised to become Orange County’s next tech company with sales topping $100 million this year.
HOSPITALITY: Local buyer Clearview plans upgrades
The Newport Beach Marriott Bayview has been sold to a local investor, in the priciest hotel transaction seen in Orange County in nearly a year.
Burritos, Not Botox
Bill Ackman’s latest investment in an OC company is going much more smoothly than its predecessor.
REAL ESTATE: Gemdale’s first local project; 272,000 SF
A Pasadena-based real estate investor with financial backing from China has proposed building a pair of creative offices along Barranca Parkway in Irvine, across the street from the Tustin Legacy development.
MEDIA: 5th offering under motorcycle unit
The smell of tacos drifted in the air as a handful of people cruised around the parking lot at media company Bonnier Motorcycle Group’s Spectrum-area headquarters to test out various electric bikes.
FOOD: Juice bar near $100M sales, 150 units
People may not always want to eat their fruits and veggies, but they’re increasingly drinking them.
HOMEBUILDING: Former Stearns CEO in charge
Newport Beach-based William Lyon Homes (NYSE: WLH) has launched a title insurance, settlement and mortgage agency in part through the acquisition of Irvine’s South Pacific Financial Corp.
REAL ESTATE: Ocean Plaza first in OC for Onni
Huntington Beach’s Ocean Plaza office and retail center has traded hands for $97.3 million, the second-largest commercial property sale of the year in Surf City.
The inaugural Siksha Foundation Celebration Dinner held on May 15 raised more than $600,000 for the Siksha Foundation.
RESTAURANTS: Looking to double in size
A danger of doing well at one thing is doing well at one thing.
Chipotle, Gains, Newbies Spark Restaurant Surge
Orange County-based restaurants saw its best-ever year for cumulative sales in 2018, thanks to improving same-store sales, expansions, and one very high-profile relocation here.
MEDICAL DEVICES: New lease doubles OC space
Medical device maker Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc., Orange County’s latest public company to reach $1 billion in valuation, isn’t just growing by stock price.
AI Keeps Track Of Ad Spending
Costa Mesa-based Veritone Inc. says that Cox Media Group isn’t the only big-name broadcaster interested in the company’s artificial intelligence applications.
Will Be No. 2 Employer in Los Alamitos
Printer and scanner manufacturer Epson America Inc. says it’s making room for a hefty increase in growth and employee numbers when the company’s headquarters moves from Long Beach to Orange County a year from now.
Gently-Used Tech Marketplace Opens
Swappa LLC, a Kansas City-based online marketplace for “gently used technology,” recently set up one of its first local shops outside its hometown, boasting a “no junk policy” to protect consumers.
Land Sale Complete; Will Hold 750 Workers
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in California, has been given the go-ahead to build a new corporate headquarters facility in Tustin, and expects a big hiring push as a result.
857,000 SF of Industrial In Georgia, Texas
Newport Beach-based Bixby Land Co. is bulking up its industrial portfolio outside of California.
3.4M SF of US Offices Back REIT
Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Partners expects to place an 11-property collection of offices into a new real estate investment trust whose shares will be traded on Singapore’s stock exchange.
UCI 5-Year Research To Examine Lithium Use
The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation has donated $1 million to University of California-Irvine for a specific salivary lithium study in psychiatry.
Studying How Parental Signals Affect Infants Later in Life
The National Institute of Mental Health has granted a $15 million Silvio Conte Center Grant to Dr. Tallie Baram, a professor of pediatrics, neurology, and anatomy and neurobiology at the University of California-Irvine, for her research in early childhood psychiatric screening.
Reports Q3 Revenue More Than Triples to $41.5 Million
Cannabis paraphernalia supplier KushCo Holdings Inc., which supplies the containers, hardware, mouthpieces, bottles and cartridges used by companies in the marijuana business, is aiming to be on the big exchanges.
WoW, Overwatch Shirts for Sale
Irvine-based video game giant Blizzard Entertainment Inc. is heading back to the retail aisles with a familiar partner.
Long Beach Site Tapped for Smartwater
Blue C Advertising in Costa Mesa has been keeping busy in varied ways—helping more than 550 people stay hydrated, while also refreshing the look of a 20-year-old software company.
Links Employees To Volunteer Opportunities
Orange County United Way is tapping into the cloud to help corporations promote philanthropic efforts among its employees.
OES Connects Companies With Capital Sources
Aliso Viejo-based OCTANe, best known for its role as a business accelerator for area technology and life science companies, has laid the groundwork for a new company—OCTANe Enterprise Solutions.
Series B Brings Total Funds to $137M
Beta Bionics, a medical device startup with substantial operations in Irvine that is looking to develop the world’s first autonomous bionic pancreas for those suffering from diabetes-related issues, closed its $63 million Series B round of funding.
Sales of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments
PKPG Investment Holdings LLC purchased a warehouse building from Scott I. Ravenhorst Commercial Property Trust for $2.6 million, or $214 per square foot.
How We Built Pick Up Stix
Editor’s Note: 64-year-old Charlie Zhang and his wife, Ling, founded Pick Up Stix, which grew to a chain of 85 restaurants by the time it was sold in 2001 to TGI Friday’s.
FINANCE: PIMCO, Blackstone at odds
Stearns Holdings LLC, a one-time Santa Ana-based mortgage powerhouse, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.
COWORKING: Full-office lease at new development
WeWork Companies Inc. has struck a deal to lease all of a just-built office in the Irvine Spectrum, and will operate one of the largest coworking spots in the U.S. at the location.
SPORTS: Moshayedi, Madden, Bissell and other OC execs see parallels in sailing, business endeavors
More than a dozen sailing teams from local yacht clubs and several prominent Orange County-based business executives are heading to Hawaii this week.
DESIGN: From Crystal Cathedral to Catholic home
Orange County’s most iconic house of worship has designs on becoming one of the most famous structures in the Roman Catholic Church.
How WATG Draws Its Own Space
Dentists get cavities, developers buy houses; how do designers execute on their own plans—and spend their money?
Designing Couple on Restaurants, $23M Westin Long Beach Redraw
Conventional wisdom says “look before you leap.”
$1.3B Billings; 11% Sales Jump; 26M SF of Work
There appears to be no shortage of work for Orange County’s tenant-improvement contractors. The local market heated up last year after a slower 2017.
Blessings, and Jams
Glenn Stearns is an optimist—a fact made clear during an interview with our Peter J. Brennan—coming after his namesake mortgage lender filed for bankruptcy, an event that involves another notable OC finance firm, PIMCO (see his front-page story).