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ORANGE COUNTY NEWSWATCH

September 22, 1993|Jerry Hicks and Thuan Le and Lily Dizon

BANK ON IT: When federal regulators closed American Commerce National Bank in Anaheim in April, they accused its chairman, Gerald J. Garner, of mismanagement, concealing records and wasting the bank's assets. He denied it. . . . So who is teaching a group of medical interns this afternoon a course in financial management for their future practices? It's Garner. The session is at Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital in Norwalk, where he's also chairman of the board.

ROLE MODEL: Kieu Chinh, idolized in Little Saigon as Vietnam's preeminent actress, is strengthening her local ties. She launched a Westminster public relations firm and bilingual magazine. And Thursday, producers of "The Joy Luck Club" will hold a screening at the Edwards Westminster 10 theaters in her honor--she's one of its stars. Says the actress: "The movie is simultaneously painful, beautiful and full of love."

CHANGING LANES: Victoria Van Meter, who is 11, will become the youngest girl to fly a plane cross-country when she lands Thursday in San Diego. The youngest person to pull off that feat was Tony Aliengena--then of San Juan Capistrano--who did it in 1988 at just under 10. . . . Tony's family now lives in Park City, Utah, and his father, Gary, says the teen-ager doesn't fly as much, but will probably get his pilot's license when he turns 16, if for no other reason than to impress girls on dates.

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