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June 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Southern California burger chain Johnny Rockets has a new owner in Boston Market parent Sun Capital Partners. The Boca Raton, Fla., private equity firm also runs several other restaurant brands, including Fazoli's. The financial terms of the Johnny Rockets deal, which was confirmed by the chain, were not disclosed. The transaction was announced by North Point Advisors, which guided Johnny Rockets' previous owner, private equity firm RedZone Capital. The Aliso Viejo-based company was founded in 1986 by Ronn Teitelbaum, a men's fashion retailer.
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April 24, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
All lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway in Orange County were reopened late Thursday morning, hours after after a multicar, chain-reaction crash that left two people dead and four injured That collision in the northbound lanes in Irvine was so violent that debris was scattered over a quarter of a mile and took hours to clear, authorities said. The driver and passenger in a Toyota Camry were both pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:41 a.m. five-car accident. Authorities described the driver as a woman in her 40s and the passenger as a male in his 50s, both Rancho Santa Margarita residents, but did not give their names.
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BUSINESS
September 16, 1991 | Researched by DALLAS M. JACKSON / Los Angeles Times
Nature of Business: Manufacturer and supplier of automotive appearence products. Employees: 123 Orange County: 97 Stock Designation: Listed on NASDAQ "Armor" Ticker Symbol: "ARMR" Friday's Stock Close: $10.75 Change: -$0.25 Analyst review: "Apparently during the later part of the '80s they gave excessive credit terms to their retail customers and stuffied the trade with product--in essence, 'dumping'--and it caught with them . . . fiscal '91 was disastrous in terms of earnings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 19-year-old man believed to be the robber known as the “Apologetic Bandit” for his polite and contrite demeanor in 10 armed robberies was arrested following a heist at a Lake Forest convenience store. Farhad Sharifi was arrested early Friday after allegedly robbing a 7-Eleven in the 24000 block of Muirlands Boulevard, according to authorities. Orange County deputies said they saw a suspicious vehicle leave the area as they arrived. The deputies followed the car to the intersection of Rockfield Boulevard and El Toro Road, where the suspect led investigators on a short foot pursuit, said Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
BUSINESS
January 14, 1999 | Jonathan Gaw
QLogic Corp., a designer of computer interconnection technology whose stock was the second-biggest gainer last year among Orange County public companies, will move its headquarters into a 165,000-square-foot building in Aliso Viejo. The company expects to move into the new headquarters, twice the size of its current Costa Mesa space, late this year. A 10-year lease gives QLogic the option to buy the buildings and an undeveloped adjacent lot.
NEWS
January 12, 1989 | From Times wire services and
A tentative settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that aimed at blocking the 20,000-unit Aliso Viejo planned community in south Orange County, officials said today. Under terms of the proposed settlement, to be presented to the Irvine City Council during a closed session Saturday morning, Laguna Greenbelt Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
An ambulance company says it was asked to contribute to the campaign of an Aliso Viejo city councilman at the same time it was seeking the city's business, triggering concerns that political corruption has arrived in Orange County's newest city. A political consultant said he served as City Councilman Greg Ficke's middle man in seeking a donation from Doctors Ambulance Service in exchange for the councilman's support of its contract.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1991 | FRANK MESSINA
For the next several months, a group of county businesses and Aliso Viejo residents will thank Persian Gulf veterans in a big way: a sign with letters 75 feet high and 50 feet wide, which cover an area the size of two football fields. The massive message is in a vacant lot at Laguna Hills Drive and Liberty, directly beneath the flight path of pilots from El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. It says, "Aliso Viejo Salutes Our Troops."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2000 | DANA BUSHEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Aliso Viejo has the resources to be a financially healthy city, but only if it keeps 340 acres that neighboring Laguna Hills wants to annex, officials said Tuesday. The planned community petitioned the state in September to become Orange County's 34th city. At a community meeting Tuesday night, cityhood proponents released results of a fiscal analysis projecting costs and revenue for the city's first 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1992 | LEN HALL
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake did it for Debbie Richards. Since that 1989 temblor, she's been ready for the next one. Now, no earthquake, typhoon or any other disaster that could hit Aliso Viejo is going to catch her off guard. Stacked floor to ceiling in her garage is a 10-month supply of canned foods--from spaghetti to popcorn to instant milk--she personally packaged for her family of five. Bottled water and first-aid kits complete the picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
While driving to Aliso Viejo on Tuesday to hear the Juilliard String Quartet play Bach, Schubert and a young American composer, Jesse Jones, at the Soka Performing Arts Center, I listened to a little early Bob Dylan. It seemed right. But so might have Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, something from Stravinsky's Los Angeles years or Aaron Copland. Anything by Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk would have been equally suitable. All were artists on Columbia Records, and in the '40s, '50s and '60s, all were showing the extraordinary originality of North American music.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday celebration resumes in Southern California this weekend with the three-day Italian Opera Festival at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. The composer's birthday was Oct. 10. On Saturday, the festival at Soka University, an offshoot of the annual Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy, will feature a “Viva Verdi!” program that includes overtures and arias from 10 of his works, including “La Traviata,” “Il Trovatore,” “Aida,” “Otello” and Verdi's “Requiem.” Stefano Vignati, the Tuscia festival's music director, conducts the Tuscia Operafestival Symphony with reinforcements from the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard
A 38-year-old Aliso Viejo woman is charged with setting fires in her taxpayer-subsidized residences, fraudulently collecting the insurance money, and cheating on welfare. Authorities said that in August 2009, Andrea Michelle Robinson set a fire in a bedroom of the Rancho Santa Margarita home where she was living while her 12-year-old daughter was asleep in another room, and collected $25,000 in insurance for the damage. In 2011 and 2012, authorities said, she set fires at her residences in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Southern California burger chain Johnny Rockets has a new owner in Boston Market parent Sun Capital Partners. The Boca Raton, Fla., private equity firm also runs several other restaurant brands, including Fazoli's. The financial terms of the Johnny Rockets deal, which was confirmed by the chain, were not disclosed. The transaction was announced by North Point Advisors, which guided Johnny Rockets' previous owner, private equity firm RedZone Capital. The Aliso Viejo-based company was founded in 1986 by Ronn Teitelbaum, a men's fashion retailer.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Once on a flight to Warsaw in the 1990s, when the Polish airline LOT was still trying to get the hang of market economy, I requested a vegetarian meal. For the first course, I was served the same salad of iceberg lettuce and thousand-island dressing as everyone around me. But my hot entrée, I discovered as I peeled away the foil, was another helping of that salad zapped in the microwave. It took a minute or two for the Pole sitting next to me to stop laughing and wipe his tears away, but he then described how fabulous Polish vegetarian cooking could be. He suggested several dishes I try once I landed and told me where to find them.
SPORTS
June 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Kyla Ross likes homework. The Aliso Niguel high school freshman is particularly fond of science and the intricacies of biology. Ross likes the balance beam too, a piece of gymnastics equipment that she has also studied well. It is, at least on some days, Ross's favorite apparatus. That's on the days when she isn't totally engrossed in her floor exercise, danced and tumbled to music from Phantom of the Opera, or the uneven bars where every release move she does well earns a fist pump from her husband-wife coaches Howie Liang and Jenny Zhang at Costa Mesa's Gym-Max Gymnastics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY
The now complete Pacific Park Drive bridge over Aliso Creek and Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park will be dedicated and opened to through traffic Tuesday. The 9 a.m. ceremony will begin with Orange County Supervisor Thomas F. Riley and Aliso Viejo Community Assn. President Bob Fisher taking the first car--an antique--across the bridge.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
A two-year effort to bring Italian opera to south Orange County will come to fruition Wednesday with the opening of the three-night Tuscia Operafestival at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Organizers of the festival, an annual summer event in Viterbo, Italy, first announced in 2010 that they hoped to present a three-week festival that September at a harbor-front park in Dana Point. Logistical and funding problems ensued, and the focus shifted to Soka University, where a new 1,034-seat performing arts center opened last year.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Technology firm Quest Software Inc. has agreed to go private in a deal valued at $2 billion. The Aliso Viejo software company said Friday that it had agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Insight Venture Partners for $23 a share in cash, a 19% premium over its closing price Thursday. The announcement led to a surge in Quest's stock price, with shares rising $4.67, or 24%, to close Friday at $24.07, as some investors bought on the prospects of a bidding war for the company.
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