Biz News: Electric car maker Fisker is now Karma Automotive

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group, the Costa Mesa-based producer of one of the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, has changed its name to Karma Automotive and has a new logo and website.

The company produced the Karma, a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan, from 2011 to 2012 and is expected to launch an updated version next year.

Karma Automotive is owned by Wanxiang Group, one of the world’s largest automotive component conglomerates.


Pacific Premier to acquire Security California Bancorp

Irvine-based Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. announced it will acquire Security California Bancorp, the holding company of Security Bank of California for $118.9 million in a deal expected to close early next year.

Riverside-based Security Bank has six branches in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and a loan production office in Los Angeles County.

Security Bank had $734 million in assets and $654 million in deposits as of Aug. 31. The acquisition would boost Pacific Premier’s total assets to $3.4 billion and total deposits to $2.8 billion.


COS clothing boutique opening at South Coast Plaza

COS, or Collection of Style, is opening a 5,700-square-foot boutique this month at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

The store, on Level 2 in the Bloomingdale’s wing, will offer men’s, women’s and children’s clothing lines. It is the retailer’s third location in the United States and first in Orange County.


Newport to host 2016 economic forecast

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will present a 2016 economic forecast from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport.

The event will feature the UCLA Anderson Forecast, billed as the leading source of economic analysis for business, government and the academic community.

Speakers will give an overview of the 2016 federal, state and local economy as projected by the Anderson Forecast and an update on Orange County tourism and what to expect next year.

Tickets start at $50 per person. Tables for 10 are available for $500.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 729-4400.


Antis Roofing appoints new operations director

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing of Irvine announced that Col. Bradley Fuller has been appointed director of operations.

Fuller, a former military commander and deputy fire chief, will lead development of new processes and procedures for the company and be responsible for all day-to-day activities.


Costa Mesa office complex sold for $48 million

SteelWave and Goldman Sachs have acquired a 180,000-square-foot office campus in Costa Mesa for $48 million.

The seller, Emulex Corp., occupies the largest of the three buildings at 3333 S. Susan St. The remaining two vacant buildings contain a total of 84,000 square feet.


Autism therapy center opens in Newport Beach

Trumpet Behavioral Health, which provides autism therapy services, opened a center in Newport Beach last week.

The facility at 4001 Westerly Place will offer school-based behavioral health services, parent and family services, adult development services and free insurance-eligibility reviews.


Ruby’s expands menu with pumpkin items for fall

Ruby’s Diner, based in Irvine, has brought pumpkin hot cakes and milkshakes back for the fall.

It also is adding the Pumpkin Spice Coffee Roaster, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, to its list of beverages.


Carrington Real Estate Services has new Irvine office

National brokerage firm Carrington Real Estate Services LLC is celebrating the opening of its new Irvine office.

The facility, which will serve as a business hub for Carrington agents, will be headed by Marifrances Krstic, who has nearly 15 years of real estate experience.


The Beach Barrel extends deliveries to 3 a.m.

Newport Beach restaurant The Beach Barrel has expanded its delivery hours to 3 a.m., laying claim to one of the latest delivery hours in the area.

The “rustic surfer” restaurant features sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, burgers, hot dogs and salads.


Yoga Center offering free meditation classes

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Yoga Center of California in Costa Mesa is offering seven free meditation classes every week.

The classes will focus on themes such as using meditation for health and healing and calming the mind. A schedule and description of classes can be found on the Yoga Center’s website,

To register or for more information, email


Newport Beach & Co. announces new hires

Newport Beach & Co., the marketing agency for the city of Newport Beach, announced the hiring of two media professionals.

Jenny Wedge, who spent the past decade as public relations manager for John Wayne Airport, will assume the role of senior director of media relations and brand management at Newport Beach & Co.

Reilly Wilson, most recently public relations manager for Disney Destinations in Anaheim, will be a media relations and communications specialist for Newport Beach & Co.


Speaker series to focus on women in business

The Leadership in Heels speaker series, designed to provide a platform for panelists to speak on topics that can enhance women’s lives, will hold its second event at Costa Mesa’s Center Club on Nov. 5

Pernille Spiers-Lopez, a former president and chief executive of IKEA North America and author of the book “Design Your Life,” will be the keynote speaker.

Erica Zuniga, principal at SAA, an architectural and interior design studio, will speak about her journey to success in the design industry.

The event also will include breakfast and a chance to win a $100 gift card to Stuart Weitzman in South Coast Plaza and other prizes.

Tickets are $75 and are available at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County will receive a portion of the proceeds.