Hannah Mitchell

Managing Editor

Hannah Mitchell is managing editor. She can be reached at mitchell@ocbj.com.

Email: mitchell@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 254

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Orange Coast College named Kevin Ballinger interim president as it searches for a permanent replacement for retiring President Dennis Harkins, who’s departing at the end of the fall term.

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Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine named Iwona Alter chief brand officer, a new position.

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The University of California-Irvine received a five-year, $14.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Andrew Brown succeeds Elizabeth Pearson as president and chief executive of Pacific Chorale, a resident of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, effective Dec. 3.

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Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. is buying San Diego-based municipal-bonds specialist Gurtin Municipal Bond Management to expand its tax-exempt investments business.

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Irvine-based medical and dental practice management service provider Quality Systems Inc. said it changed its corporate name to NextGen Healthcare Inc. Its stock started trading under the symbol NXGN today. “Our clients have known us as NextGen Healthcare for nearly 20 years,” Chief Executive Rusty Frantz said. “Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in our journey of aligning and simplifying our organization.” Meanwhile, Garden Grove-based cannabis packaging company Kush Bottles Inc. switched its name to KushCo Holdings Inc., saying it sells a wider variety of products and services than bottles.

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Walt Disney Co. said it put its fourth hotel near Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on hold in a disagreement with the city over tax rebates.

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Costa Mesa-based Orange Coast Auto Group acquired South Coast Acura in Costa Mesa for an undisclosed sum.

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Irvine-based marketing firm Advantage Solutions Inc. bought Mill Valley, Calif. agency Beekeeper Marketing on undisclosed terms.

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Orange County Department of Education received $15 million from the state to expand the California Multi-Tiered System of Support, a statewide program for “the academic, behavioral and social needs of students,” a press release said.

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Fund of hedge funds PaamcoPrisma Holdings co-chief executives Jane Buchan and Girish Reddy are stepping down a year after combining their firms.

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The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa appointed four members to its board of directors.

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Six construction permits for projects with a combined value of $180 million pulled over the past 30 days in Anaheim suggest the home stretch for elements of the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort, which is scheduled to open next summer.

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A subsidiary of Newport Beach-based American Vanguard Corp. acquired the Bromacil herbicide business of Bayer Crop Science in the U.S. and Canada.

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Alfred Chang was promoted to president of Anaheim-based retailer Pacific Sunwear.

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Richard Gannotta was named chief executive of UCI Health, the clinical, medical education and research arm of the University of California-Irvine.

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Partners Bank of California, a Mission Viejo based firm with $300 million in assets, hired Chris Walsh as president.

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Disneyland Resort started building a 6,500-space parking structure valued, according to permits, at $100 million, and part of the park’s $2 billion expansion, which also includes a fourth hotel and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Anaheim-based retail chain Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is reportedly in talks with Bellevue, Wash.-based sports retailer Eddie Bauer to consolidate their businesses, Reuters reported. Both retailers are owned by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

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Eran Cohen was appointed chief executive of Irvine-based luxury label St. John Knits, succeeding Bruce Fetter, who retired after more than 15 years.

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Shares of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. surged after the Newport Beach company said it received an investment and launched a leasing program for heavy-duty natural gas trucks.

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Santa Ana-based Ducommun Inc. acquired Certified Thermoplastics Co. LLC for $30.5 million.

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Newport Beach-based United Capital Financial Advisers LLC released its newest white-label software for financial advisers.

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Irvine-based Sunwest Bank hired Ben Alvarado, Wells Fargo & Co.’s former head of operations for the retail branch network in Orange County and San Diego, as an executive vice president in charge of retail and business banking.

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Kia Motors America Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Michael Sprague announced he’ll leave his post, effective April 17.

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on Swearingen, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced his retirement, effective June 1.

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Some OC universities made U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the best graduate schools.

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The Business Journal’s 17th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards honored five honorees chosen from 84 nominees:

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Former Sport Chalet chief executive Craig Levra was named president of Costa Mesa-based retailer Gear Coop, a new executive role.

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Irvine-based Sunwest Bank elevated Carson Lappetito from chief operating officer to president.

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Irvine’s Pacific Premier Bancorp agreed to acquire Grandpoint Capital Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $641.2 million.

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Leadership changes were announced at Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. following the presumed death of Chief Executive Pierre Agnes, who was lost at sea off the coast of France.

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Irvine-based fintech firm AutoGravity, which provides auto financing through smartphones, signed up another automaker: Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

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Vanguard University in Costa Mesa will open a new science lab this fall, thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation.

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The Philharmonic Society of Orange County said President and Artistic Director John Mangum will leave the group this spring to become executive director and chief executive of the Houston Symphony.

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Irvine-based Mazda Motor of America Inc. said it plans to open a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., in a joint-venture with Toyota Motor Corp.

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Alstyle Apparel will close its Anaheim distribution center and lay off 81 people, according to filings with the state.

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Irvine-based Karma Automotive LLC tapped Liang Zhou to replace Thomas Corcoran as chief executive of the luxury carmaker.

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California State University-Fullerton said Kari Knutson Miller will replace Anil Puri as provost and vice president of academic affairs on Jan. 1.

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Bob Chapek, head of the Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts division, is viewed as the successor to Bob Iger, according to Bloomberg News, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

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Amazon plans to hire more than 3,000 people to work at Inland Empire facilities, news reports said.

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Irvine-based healthcare REIT HCP Inc. said it will cut the amount its Brookdale Senior Living unit contributes to earnings from 27% to about 16%. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based senior housing operator’s declining occupancy rate has dragged down HCP shares.

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St. John Knits International Inc. will cut 72 jobs in Irvine, effective Dec. 11, according to a filing with the state.

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The University of California-Irvine said it will create a Center for Jewish Studies to bring together faculty, students, visiting scholars and members of the public interested in exploring Judaism.

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The South Orange County Community College District said Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons will retire on Dec. 30.

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Concordia University Irvine President Kurt Krueger will step down on June 30 at the end of the academic year.

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An outdoor amphitheater that will temporarily replace the former Irvine Meadows is scheduled to open this weekend next to Great Park in Irvine.

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Chapman University said its Dale E. Fowler School of Law received a $1.125 million gift from Newport Beach-based personal injury law firm Bergener Mirejovsky APC to fund a scholarship for law school students for six years, among other efforts.

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The local units of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Inc. could be in line for another shakeup following its planned $30 billion sale to Conn.-based United Technologies Corp.

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