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October 17, 1992 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
May Department Stores Co. said Friday that it will close 12 stores in the Southland, including four in Orange County, and merge the California May Co. and Robinson's department-store chains by the end of January. In a major cost-cutting move prompted by the flagging California economy, the company is creating a hybrid chain, melding the venerable Robinson's upscale style with May Co.'s orientation toward heavy promotions.
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BUSINESS
May 25, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc., Orange County's largest movie house operator, has become embroiled in legal disputes with three landlords as it moves to unload about 25 aging theaters, raising questions about the chain's financial stability.
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BUSINESS
January 28, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The corporate headquarters of Armor All Products Inc. will be closed this spring and most of the headquarters staff laid off as its new owner, Clorox Co., ends the car care company's 25-year history in Orange County. Employees of the company, founded in Irvine in 1972, were told Monday morning that as many as 80 of them will be laid off beginning March 31 when Clorox begins moving the company's operations to its Oakland headquarters.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1998 | P.J. Huffstutter
Waldron & Co., an Irvine brokerage firm accused of inflating the shares of troubled online retailer Shopping.com, has lost its regulatory registration and closed its doors. The National Assn. of Securities Dealers suspended the company's registration last week after it failed to pay $350,000 in compensatory damages for allegedly artificially boosting the share price of the Corona del Mar-based company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1995
Memorial Day will be observed Monday. These closures and schedule changes will be in effect: * City, county, state and federal offices: closed. * County, state and federal courthouses: closed. * City and county libraries: closed. * Banks, savings and loans: closed. * Schools: no classes Monday. School offices, including those at colleges and universities, will be closed. * Mail: No delivery Monday. All post offices will be closed.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1992 | John O'Dell Times staff writer
Centex Cutbacks: Centex Homes has closed its San Clemente office and consolidated it with a Riverside office, citing slow sales and expectations of more of the same in 1993. Two of a dozen employees were laid off, with the rest transferred to other Centex offices in Southern California. The company, a division of Texas-based Centex Corp., has been building on the 1,800-acre Forster Ranch for three years. Centex acquired the huge property in 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1995
Saturday is Veterans Day. Observance of the holiday will affect the following facilities and services: * Most city, county, state and federal offices will be closed today. City offices in Brea, Fullerton, Laguna Hills, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach and Westminster will be open. Villa Park and Garden Grove city offices will be closed Monday only. * All county, state and federal courthouses will be closed today. * City and county libraries will be closed Saturday.
SPORTS
May 3, 1992 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
Vince Brown was angry. He didn't think Friday's game between his Tustin baseball team and Saddleback should have been postponed. Not with the Sea View League championship on the line. Not when the threat of violence seemed so slim. Friday morning, the Santa Ana Unified School District recommended that its schools postpone most extracurricular activities. With the riots in Los Angeles raging only 30 miles away, the school district wasn't taking chances.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1993 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shepard Bentley's worst fear is that he will have to close his 25-person manufacturing plant before it ships its first product. The cause of its imminent demise? Lack of financing. Bentley's start-up company, Rising Star Contract Services Inc., rose from the ashes of a layoff. Bentley and 400 other people lost their jobs earlier this year when Symbol Technologies began relocating its Costa Mesa high-tech plant to New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what local authorities say would be a blow to drug enforcement in Orange County, the state is considering shutting its only drug and investigation bureaus here, moving 21 agents to Los Angeles. The state agents, who work in the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and the Bureau of Investigation, seized $5 million in drug assets and about three tons of cocaine last year. They helped to dismantle more than a dozen methamphetamine laboratories, said J.D.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1997 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County Performing Arts Center recently reported a banner fund-raising year, and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County finished its season with a surplus of $1.9 million. But while these organizations are thriving, at least a dozen other music and dance groups have dropped off the county map during the past 10 years (see related story, F2).
BUSINESS
March 4, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Original Musical Instruments, which produces the Dobro guitar popular in bluegrass music, is closing its doors and transferring production to Nashville. About 20 jobs are being eliminated at OMI's plant in a busy Huntington Beach industrial park, said its parent company, Gibson Musical Instruments. Most workers were sent home with severance checks late last month, but a handful of employees are at work filling outstanding orders.
BUSINESS
January 28, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The corporate headquarters of Armor All Products Inc. will be closed this spring and most of the headquarters staff laid off as its new owner, Clorox Co., ends the car care company's 25-year history in Orange County. Employees of the company, founded in Irvine in 1972, were told Monday morning that as many as 80 of them will be laid off beginning March 31 when Clorox begins moving the company's operations to its Oakland headquarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1996
Columbus Day will be celebrated Monday. The following schedules will be in effect: * All county, state and federal offices will be closed. City offices will be open, except in Seal Beach and Stanton. * County, state and federal courthouses will be closed. * County libraries will be closed. City libraries in Anaheim, Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Huntington Beach will be open. * Some banks and savings and loans will be closed. Check with your bank for hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1995
Memorial Day will be observed Monday. These closures and schedule changes will be in effect: * City, county, state and federal offices: closed. * County, state and federal courthouses: closed. * City and county libraries: closed. * Banks, savings and loans: closed. * Schools: no classes Monday. School offices, including those at colleges and universities, will be closed. * Mail: No delivery Monday. All post offices will be closed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1995 | JEFF BEAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Albert and Ardythe Smetona moved to San Clemente in 1963 to escape Los Angeles County smog, friends questioned the couple's sanity in choosing such a tiny, distant town. Little did the Smetonas know when they opened a photography shop on Doheny Park Road that their clients would someday include the President of the United States, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, Dana Point City Council members, a popular equestrian ride and thousands of children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1995 | JEFF BEAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Albert and Ardythe Smetona moved to San Clemente in 1963 to escape Los Angeles County smog, friends questioned the couple's sanity in choosing such a tiny, distant town. Little did the Smetonas know when they opened a photography shop on Doheny Park Road that their clients would someday include the President of the United States, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, Dana Point City Council members, a popular equestrian ride and thousands of children.
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