Mark Mueller

Editor

Mark Mueller covers commercial and residential real estate for the Orange County Business Journal. His beat also includes title insurers and mortgage lenders, as well as government stories that relate to real estate. He can be reached at mueller@ocbj.com.

Email: mueller@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 226

Recent Stories

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Making Wall Street Waves

Med tech homer

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Steinberg Sports Strikes Record NFL Contract

SPORTS: Gets $500M for Chiefs star Mahomes

The money’s been shown.

Loan Designers

Local PPP Recipients Get $50M+, Docs Show

Orange County’s cluster of architecture, design, and tenant-improvement focused construction firms are among the largest local beneficiaries of the Paycheck Protection Program, according to newly released federal documents.

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Survival Story

In the teeth of it

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Montrose Enviro Preps for $160M IPO

FINANCE: Has bought 50 firms since 2012

Environmental consulting firm Montrose Environmental Group Inc. is looking to join the ranks of Orange County’s publicly traded companies.

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Amazon Eyes Cypress Site as New Logistics Hub

E-COMMERCE: Project at former Mitsubishi HQ

Amazon.com Inc. is looking into building a last-mile logistics facility at the former campus of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress.

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Car Talk, Road Closures

Doti reads; Laguna eats

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FivePoint Selling Broadcom Offices for $355M

REAL ESTATE: Will be top OC sale of year

PRP Real Estate Investment Management, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investor backed in part by overseas funding partners, plans to buy the two largest buildings at Irvine’s FivePoint Gateway office campus.

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Area Investments

COR AME on the march

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Intersect Complex Gets $182M Refi

REAL ESTATE: Office project no longer on market

Intersect, one of the largest high-end office complexes near John Wayne Airport, has a new financing deal in place but is no longer up for sale amid a choppy and uncertain investment market for commercial real estate properties.

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OCBJ efforts; Bren’s artful dodge

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Gains and Losses

Kiani speaks

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Kiani’s Calling: Device Maker CEO Takes to Streets

MEDTECH: Masimo CEO’s goal: unity, justice

The first time Joe Kiani joined an organized protest was in college.

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Irvine Co. Presses on with Development

Nearly 900K SF Of Office Space Underway

Irvine Co. has been Orange County’s most active commercial developer the past year and over the past decade.

A Healthy Market for Healthcare Development

New Hospitals and Expansions in Works

Orange County has seen a consistent batch of new office product built over the latter part of the latest market cycle, adding several million square feet of high-end inventory in markets including Irvine, Tustin and Newport Center.

Edwards Adds Another Office to Portfolio

REAL ESTATE: $12M deal; B. Braun buys too

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW), Orange County’s largest publicly traded company, has added another office building to its rapidly expanding headquarters campus.

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Anduril Expands OC Base with Santa Ana Lease

DEFENSE: New warehouse at Shea Business Center

Palmer Luckey’s tech-focused defense company Anduril Industries is expanding both its local and national base, after inking a deal for a newly built industrial building in Santa Ana and opening a new office in Seattle.

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Battlefield Stories

Until a few years ago, Gen. William Lyon was a lunchtime mainstay at Newport Beach’s swank Pacific Club, the unofficial home of OC’s real estate community.

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City of Hope Completes Irvine Land, Office Buy

$108M deal tops in 2020; hub coming

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Stimulus Spending

$218B in stimulus; Vizio sells 250K TVs

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Inari Medical’s IPO Launches

DEVICES: Shares surge on first day; $1.9B valuation

Irvine-based Inari Medical Inc., a commercial-stage medical device company whose products treat patients suffering from blood clots and other diseases affecting veins, says the impacts of COVID-19 have disrupted its local operations, but it didn’t scuttle its plans to go public.

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Menlo Equities Returns to Lake Forest Office Market

REAL ESTATE: $38.8M; tops for OC since April

Menlo Equities LLC has added another property to its already sizable holdings in Lake Forest and Foothill Ranch, after snapping up a three-building office complex for $38.8 million.

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OC 50

Headline Makers. Difference Makers.

It’s not a normal year for business. It’s not your normal OC 50.

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Pension & Alcohol Shortages

Pension fund blues ... and red

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Hoag Under Contract to Buy Its Irvine Hospital

REAL ESTATE: $226M; moves to end affiliation

Seller is Irvine-based landlord Healthpeak

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Patents and Paychecks

Ellis Island beckons

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Mussallem’s World

Mike Mussallem says the coronavirus is everywhere, and he should know.

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OC Eyecare Ties For COVID-19 Tests

HEALTHCARE: Avellino aims for 5,000 tests per day

A new COVID-19 testing network launched by the Orange County Health Care Agency has its roots in the area’s eyecare industry.

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Local Representation

Newly released data indicates it’s a tale of two parts of Orange County.

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Bren’s Latest Revival

Economic revivalism, OC-style

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Here Comes the Boom

Apex goes under; Phelps family home

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Ventilator Blues

“The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed,” was the headline of an alarming March 29 NY Times report, which, among other issues, noted how device giant Covidien in 2012 bought a “small California company” from Costa Mesa that had been hired to design that government fleet of life-saving respiratory machines, a product now very much in demand.

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Haddad’s Pivot: From Land Sales to Face Mask Donations

REAL ESTATE: CEO finds calling in chaos; 100K face masks

Hey buddy, wanna free PPE?

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Chilling with Adam Coffey

Coffey, Scott Boras have some plans

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Gross Calls on Wealthy To Lead Coronavirus Relief

PHILANTHROPY: $1.5M donated by foundation

The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, the charity founded by retired financial asset manager Bill Gross and his son and daughter, have given $1.5 million to charities and organizations providing relief from the effects of coronavirus on Southern California communities.

Masimo Monitors COVID-19 Patients

DEVICES: Irvine firm takes load off hospitals

Cleveland’s University Hospitals is said to be the first in the country to remotely monitor patients who test positive for the coronavirus.

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A Postcard from Irvine

Weddings, humor, resilience

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Financial Health

What a difference a week makes.

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Business Journal Postpones Award Events

Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Women in Business luncheons to be rescheduled

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Mazzo Retiring from Zeiss

Healthcare exec will remain an adviser

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Non-Canceled Gatherings

Julia Argyros turns 20

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Collection of Retail Centers Sell for Nearly $300M

REAL ESTATE: Blackstone affiliate buys six OC sites

ShopCore Properties, a retail arm of private equity giant Blackstone Group Inc. that owns and operates small and midsized shopping centers, has bought a collection of six retail properties across Orange County, in deals that collectively approach $300 million.

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Roth Capital Offshoot Plans $75M IPO

FINANCE: Tech, healthcare companies targeted

Byron Roth, chief executive of Roth Capital Partners, Orange County’s largest investment banking firm, has more to look forward to this month than just his firm’s highly anticipated annual investor conference.

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Fullerton Metrocenter Sale Planned Soon

RETAIL: $55M ground lease deal paves way

443K-SF retail layout; $80M annual taxable sales

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Tennis, Anywhere?

Palisades Tennis Club break point

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What the Cat Saw

A Fitbit, a feline, and Big Data writ small

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Safety First

Barry Arbuckle’s value proposition

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Talent, and Dedication

Chipotle, CFOs, UCI Law, Working Wardrobes

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Cryoport HQ Shifts To Nashville Area

HEALTHCARE: CEO moves, Irvine ops remain

Cryoport Inc., the fast-growing provider of cold-chain logistics services for the biopharmaceutical industry, is the latest local company to move its headquarters to the area around Nashville, Tenn.

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Old School Accolades

Kobe in OC; Red Digital in space

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