Most Influential 2015: Michael Colglazier

ANAHEIM Back in June, Michael Colglazier had a secret.

The president of the Disneyland Resort wanted to bring a galaxy far, far away to Anaheim, but he wasn’t ready to tell the world just yet.

So, in groups of no more than two, to avoid violating the state’s open-meeting law, Colglazier met with members of the Anaheim City Council at Walt Disney Imagineering offices in Glendale.

Before Colglazier spoke, each council member was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement – they could not reveal The Walt Disney Co.’s plan.

They signed, and Colglazier then explained that Disney wanted to build a “Star Wars” land in Anaheim, based on the movie franchise the company purchased for $4 billion in 2012.

But in exchange for Disney spending $1 billion in Anaheim on construction and other improvements by 2024, Colglazier wanted the council to pass a measure that would prevent a tax on tickets to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for at least the next 30 years.

Most council members agreed.

In July, despite opposition from Anaheim’s mayor and others – some saying Disney would never let a gate tax get in the way of a profitable project – the council voted 3-2 in favor of the no-tax pledge. Colglazier’s lobbying had helped seal the deal.

A month later Disney went public with Colglazier’s secret – a “Star Wars” land was indeed coming to town.

“I think this is going to be great for the local economy,” Councilwoman Lucille Kring said this week.

“This will be a feather in Michael’s cap, because it happened during his watch.”

Colglazier described the moment as “a critical policy vote” for his company and the city.

“We will always continue to invest in Disneyland,” he wrote in an email. “But to make truly big, long-term investments, companies need to have confidence that the business environment will remain vibrant and healthy within the communities where they invest.”

These days, as President of Disneyland Resort, Colglazier is the face of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom.

This year the Indiana native spearheaded the move against that entertainment tax, and helped bring “Star Wars” land to Anaheim. He also oversaw the wildly successful 60th anniversary at Disneyland that drew record-breaking crowds. And, through Disney, he launched a program that supplies $60,000 to a different local nonprofit each month.

Jay Burress, president and CEO of Visit Anaheim, which books events at the Convention Center, said Colglazier will be remembered for the changes Disney launched in 2015.

“That’s a great legacy to have,” Burress said. “This is going to be a big deal, and we’re lucky to be able to watch this happen from each of our respective positions.”

In his job running Disney’s Anaheim operations, Colglazier directs Orange County’s largest workforce, with 29,000 employees spread across two theme parks, three hotels, and a downtown shopping district.

Known by insiders for a sense of humor and down-to-earth nature, the boyish-looking Colglazier describes himself as a “tenacious optimist” who tries to balance Disneyland’s legacy of nostalgia while meeting the demands of a future generation.

And the Stanford and Harvard educated executive has the same enemy Disney himself once fought – complacency.

“Disneyland has been fortunate to have had a lot of success, but we must continue to innovate and provide even greater experiences,” Colglazier said.

The park’s Diamond Celebration, which will end in September, kicked off May 22 with a 24-hour party that thousands camped out the night before to attend.

The party has lasted through the year, bringing three new shows at the resort – an updated parade on Main Street, a higher-tech fireworks show, and a light and water show at Disney California Adventures that features the image of Walt Disney.

The party has extended into the board room. In the quarter after the actual anniversary day, Disneyland posted record attendance and profit.

“No question that people responded well,” said Tom Staggs, chief operating officer at Disney. “There’s a lot of attachment to Disneyland.”

As part of the Diamond Celebration, Colglazier also has been at the center of Disneyland’s Million Dollar Dazzle giveaway.

Every month since July, Disneyland has provided a $60,000 donation to a local nonprofit. To date, that’s meant seven donations to organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Orange County, the Literacy Project Foundation, and the Providence Speech and Hearing Center. The donations will continue until Disney has given out $1 million.

From the outside, and perhaps even internally, it is difficult to discern whose fingerprints are on each project. Disney prides itself on teamwork, and Colglazier doesn’t talk much about his role on any specific effort.

Others, however, see his hand in some of Disney’s 2015 projects, big and small.

“He has a genuine compassion for children, and it comes through with this program,” Anaheim Councilman Kris Murray said of Colglazier‘s role in the gifts to local charities.

“He’s a family man who genuinely cares about children and the community around the resort area.”

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Best of 2015: Orange County restaurants produced fare with flair


Each year, we ask the pickiest eaters we know about the three edibles and imbibables that thrilled them the most. Here’s what impressed the Food Team this year.


First course: Circle of Life deviled egg at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge in Costa Mesa: As the Fast Food Maven, I don’t get to eat the fancy stuff too often. But this year, I managed to squeeze in a few memorable meals at some fine food establishments. Among the highlights was a preview of Leatherby’s Broadway Dinner series. The Patina Group restaurant caters to theatergoers attending shows at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. “The Lion King” tasting menu included a gorgeous deviled egg topped with iridescent pink salmon caviar, chicken skin, pickled mustard seed and mustard frills. Divine and delicious. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; 714-429-7640, patinagroup .com

Main entree: Chicken tikki masala at Clay Oven in Irvine: This Irvine Indian restaurant has been around for ages, yet somehow I never had the pleasure of dining there until this year. The meal was exquisite – from the presentation to the service and the flavors. The creamy red masala sauce was so good, I wanted to lick the copper serving pot clean. I controlled myself, and instead, ordered more sourdough naan to wipe the bowl. 15435 Jeffrey Road, Suite 116, Irvine; 949-552-2851,

Dessert: Creme brulee at Tustin Grille: The premium dining restaurant opened this year in Old Town Tustin. You go there for farm-to-table cuisine and steaks, but you leave thinking about the gorgeous desserts. I’ve had creme brulee dozens of times. But this luscious vanilla bean custard dessert – topped with the freshest of berries and whipped cream – blew all others away. It’s beautiful. 405 El Camino Real, Tustin; 714-824-6800, tustingrille .com

– Nancy Luna

Pork shank at Grits in Fullerton: This dish is incredible. It’s huge. Chef Cody Storts braises the pork in Dr Pepper, Southern-style, which tenderizes the meat to the point that a knife isn’t necessary. This is spoon food, served over creamy polenta with the jus from the cooking pot. When Grits opened this year, it served only breakfast and lunch. But as of last month, it’s now open for dinner. The pork shank is available both day and night. 133 W. Chapman Ave., No. 102, Fullerton; 714-449-0939,

Aguachile at Taco Maria in Costa Mesa: Chef Carlos Salgado’s aguachile changes constantly. Some days, he makes it with yellowtail. Other days, it’s with tuna or maybe scallops. My favorite this year was a version that included sushi-grade tuna with avocado and watermelon radishes, with a splash of citrus and a wee hint of chili. It doesn’t really matter which seafood he’s using; it’s always extraordinary. The OC Mix at SoCo, 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite C21, Costa Mesa; 714-538-8444, taco

Tofu three ways at Sushi Roku in Newport Beach: I’ll be honest. Tofu generally isn’t my thing. That’s because there’s good tofu and bad tofu, and most places serve the bad stuff. Sushi Roku makes its tofu in house, and it is absolutely exquisite: a series of beautiful quivering squares that literally melt in your mouth. The caviar and black truffles are a nice touch, but they are merely a bonus. Fashion Island, 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach; 949-706-3622,

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Rombauer 2012 Stice Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: It’s the time of year to treat yourself to a big boy cabernet. Let this one be your first choice. From a respected Napa house, Stice Lane is a classic example of California cabernet, with aromas of violet and nutmeg, a cornucopia of tastes from cherry through black currant to raspberry, and a finish that includes licorice, bright fruit and surprisingly subtle tannins. It’s a gentle monster that is guaranteed to be a great match with juicy and well-seasoned holiday meats. $90 on the winery website:

Lucid Absinthe: Ted Breaux, a chemist and New Orleans native, decided to get to the bottom of the absinthe mystery. His 20-year odyssey led to the rediscovery of ancient recipes for the legendary anise-flavored French spirit, and he managed to overcome the ban to make the category legal again in the U.S. after 95 years. Breaux produces five distinctly flavored absinthes in a Loire Valley distillery that was built by Gustave Eiffel; in the U.S. they’re $60-$100 for a 750-milliliter bottle. No Corpse Reviver is complete without a touch of the stuff. Available at It’s also stocked at several O.C. bars, including La Cave, 25 Degrees, Marine Room Tavern, Tommy Bahama’s, The Cannery, Chapter One, the Ranch and Bayside Restaurant.

Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice: It’ll set you back only $5.99 at Total Wine & More for a 375-milliliter jar, but just half an ounce of this magic elixir will transform a ho-hum martini into a mixology masterpiece. The product’s inventor, former bartender Eric Tecosky, sources high-quality olives and draws the brine directly from the large barrels where they rest before being jarred. “You get more of an olive front and a salty finish, rather than really salty with a bit of olive at the end,” Tecosky says.

– Paul Hodgins

Most Influential 2015: Courtney Conlogue

Floating alone in the center of Honolua Bay, off the coast of Maui in Hawaii, Courtney Conlogue remained on her surfboard, waiting for a best wave that never ever would come.

It was Dec. 2, the fourth round of the Target Maui Pro, the final Globe Surf Organization event of the season, and also Conlogue, a Santa Ana indigenous and the second-ranked female surfer on the planet, tracked Hawaii’s Coco Ho. This was her last possibility.

This season currently had been a success– her ideal on trip, with 3 first-place coatings in Brazil, Australia as well as Portugal. In September, at an event in Huntington Coastline, she came to be the very first California internet user considering that 1990, male or women, to be rated No. 1 around the world.

“I take a look at Courtney and see that she’s a tough competitor; she’s ready,” Hawaiian Carissa Moore, that battled Conlogue for the title all period, claimed after the Maui event.

Conlogue had gone even more compared to anybody may’ve pictured, established to push the borders in a sport that had actually merely started to promote women as equals to their male counterparts.

Her hopes of coming to be the very first female world champ from the American mainland in a generation hinged on moving on from this heat. But the ocean was not working together.

The water had actually gone standard. Three mins continued to be. After that 2. After that one. All she might do was wait.

No Californian has actually held a world surfing title in a quarter century, and also Conlogue, 23, comes with the weight of that extended absence on her shoulders.

After investing her first few years on tour merely fighting for respect from the browse neighborhood, she now talks longingly concerning blazing a path for other women web surfers stateside.

Her novice year on trip, Conlogue worried that she might not make enough to endure a profession as a web surfer, so she took on-line college classes as a backup. In the water, judges examined her regularly. Some in the searching globe refused to work with her. Much more questioned she would certainly last. Conlogue jokes since it was like being the new kid, regularly defending acceptance.

“Like a freshman packed into the trash bin,” she said.

“She needed to bust down the doorway,” put her mother, Tracey.

With a minute left in Maui, she found an unexceptional swell. She carved through one solid turn, then attempted again. But there was no lip; the wave had nothing left. She shed her footing, and the sea went standard once again. Ruined, she gazed out at hand.

“I just thought, ‘I have to wait another year for this, as well as I need to start from scratch,'” Conlogue said. “I felt like a person stabbed me in the gut.”

This is the intrinsic ruthlessness of affordable surfing– a lesson she’s come to be shateringly aware of these previous two years. The sea could provide even the very best surfers vulnerable.

A year as well as a fifty percent ago, Conlogue, who had been the youngest American ever to make the U.S. Youth Browse Team at age 11, studied the barrel of a wave in Australia. It deceived her, falling down into her board and also destroying her ankle joint. All of a sudden, landmass America’s finest women surfing hope could not browse for 5 months.

Conlogue had never been one to harp on things. Constantly, she would certainly willed herself ahead whatever, tossing herself right into her job. “She wishes to work more difficult compared to any sort of professional athlete I’ve ever fulfilled,” among her instructors, Jonathan Brown of Extreme Athletics, told the Register in 2013.

But here she was, forced to rest still, and the inactiveness put her on side.

Those 5 months were the longest Conlogue had invested far from surfing because she was 4, learning how to surf on Newport Beach.

Yet the wait brought viewpoint. Some mornings, she paddled bent on enjoy the daybreak, appreciating it more compared to she ever had.

“Simple things like that make you decrease and take a deep breath,” Conlogue claimed.

Back on the coastline in Maui, as Moore commemorated her globe title, Conlogue went looking for that exact same peace. “I desire to go run,” she told her mom.

Hiking alone, Conlogue thought of just how far she would certainly come. She played the long season over and over in her head.

Nobody doubted her any kind of longer. She would certainly currently resisted the probabilities, an American woman from a landsecured Orange Area county, forcing her method to the top. This moment, just the ocean had not conformed.

But also that harsh fact can not maintain Courtney Conlogue down. Hrs after her period finished, she was currently on the phone with her board shaper, speaking about next year.

The following day, Conlogue as well as her mother established out for the crater on top of Haleakala, a guard volcano on Maui that stands even more than 10,000 feet high. She dug into the volcanic sand as they climbed 12 miles, one foot before the other. The trek took throughout the day.

"As I was walking, I simply felt myself a lot more in the now, letting every one of that go," Conlogue claimed. "By the end, I knew I was past it."

At the top, 3 Hawaiian islands stretched throughout their perspective. The moon beamed above.

The previously was behind them. An intense future lay ahead. And as landmass America's ideal female web surfer in decades watched out onto the sea that rejected her, she knew, after years of waiting, that her time would certainly come again soon enough.

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San Bernardino massacre site had once-rare terrorism insurance, but it may not kick in

Years ago, the owner of the Inland Regional Center, a sprawling office complex in San Bernardino, took out insurance coverage for what seemed an unlikely possibility: a terrorist attack that damaged the buildings.

Fast forward to this month, when a radicalized Muslim couple sprayed scores of bullets into a holiday gathering in one of the center’s conference rooms, killing 14 people and wounding nearly two dozen others.

Beyond the devastating human toll, the massacre sent shrapnel burrowing through four walls, the force cracking tiles in bathrooms some distance away. Sprinklers soaked ceilings, walls and floors. Police broke down hand-milled doors as they searched the building. Windows shattered.

While authorities say the attackers were terrorists, experts say it’s the center’s standard property insurance that most likely will pay to replace bullet-riddled walls and water-damaged ceilings and floors. That’s because the terrorism insurance – a public-private program created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – doesn’t kick in until covered losses hit $5 million.

“The idea is that smaller-scale attacks should be absorbed in the (private insurance) system,” said Bob Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute in New York. “This probably won’t add up to $5 million in losses.”

At Inland Regional, insurance adjusters and a restoration team have not yet estimated the cost of the damage, said Bill Lemann, who represents California Housing Foundation, which owns the property. Lemann said the damages are substantial, though the building is fixable.

“They haven’t really questioned the repairs,” Lemann said. But he said it remains unclear exactly what costs, including round-the-clock security by eight guards, the insurers eventually will agree to cover.

Before the Sept. 11 attacks, terrorism insurance in the U.S. was rare. But insurers paid out $30 billion in claims after 9/11, Hartwig said, “and hadn’t priced a penny of it in the coverage.”

Insurers began to exclude terrorism and priced it separately. And they got the promise of backup from the federal government. President George W. Bush signed into law the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act in 2002, which created a public-private loss program. That law established the $5 million threshold for coverage to kick in.

Since the law passed, it has never been used. Though the Boston Marathon bombing caused tremendous physical injuries, the attack occurred in the streets and did not result in $5 million in damages to insured properties.

“What everybody had in mind was another 9/11,” Hartwig said. “We were thinking larger-scale events. Nobody had ever really heard of the term ‘self-radicalization’ or lone-wolf attacks.”

Experts say that the federal government has managed to thwart those types of big attacks and is having to adjust to the threat of so-called soft target attacks, such as the one in San Bernardino. Still, buying the relatively inexpensive terrorism insurance has become common.

Hartwig said if Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik had managed to detonate bombs, the damages could have hit the $5 million mark.

“It’s not as hard as you think to fill a truck up with explosives,” he said.

Nearly every major insurer offers the coverage as an add-on to basic packages. A number of stand-alone terrorism insurers also have emerged in recent years.

Most commercial property owners – about 6 in 10 – now carry terrorism coverage, said Hartwig. That rate is higher in urban areas, lower in rural ones.

The education industry in 2014 purchased terrorism coverage at the highest rate (82 percent), followed by financial institutions, real estate and technology firms, according to a March report from global insurance broker Marsh.

The University of California carries two terrorism and sabotage policies that provide systemwide coverage, said Gary Leonard, executive director of liability and property programs with the system.

One policy provides coverage for all university-owned property for damage “caused by terrorism or sabotage events,” Leonard said in an email. The second policy is for third-party claims made against the university arising from a terrorist attack.

The rare nature of terrorist acts in the U.S. means that insurance rates are relatively cheap. Commercial property owners pay an average premium of about $15 to $20 per $1 million of insured value, Hartwig said.

Iconic buildings, especially in dense urban areas like New York, pay much higher premiums than do shopping malls in the suburbs.

Though the law established financial thresholds for an incident to be declared an act of terrorism, it does not specify that the terrorists must have been motivated by particular religious or political ideology, said Tarique Nageer, head of the terrorism insurance division at Marsh in New York.

The law is fairly broad, saying only that the individual or group must be “coercing” the civilian population or trying to influence government policy, he said.

So an antiabortion activist’s attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic, for instance, could be covered if the damages exceeded $5 million.

But a disgruntled employee who shoots up his workplace would not qualify as an act of terrorism under the law, he noted.

Still, the San Bernardino case shows how those definitions could get complicated, he said.

In the attacks at Inland Regional, killers Farook and Malik, his wife, opened fire on a gathering of Farook’s colleagues from the county health department. Yet Farook and Malik had been “self-radicalized,” declaring allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State, authorities have said.

In the end, Nageer said, coverage depends on how the policy is written. A mass shooting in a building could qualify as a “malicious” act, typical language found in standard property insurance coverage, he said.

But insurers also recognize new markets for property owners hoping for additional protections, particularly as fears of mass shootings rise.

Coming down the pipeline next year, according to Nageer? “Active shooter” insurance.

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Most Influential 2015: Carlos Salgado

Carlos Salgado

Age: 36 . State of property: Costa Mesa

. Task: Chef-owner, Taco Maria

. Most significant challenge: “The dining establishment, the food, the service, the area, all of it boosts based on just how carefully we construct as well as maintain partnerships. We have to operate synergistically with suppliers, farmers, staff members, customers.”

. Work ideology: “We’re right here to develop great encounters for individuals.”

. Can’t do without: “Our beans. They are eight times the price of asset beans. They originate from Rancho Gordo in Napa or from Mexico, from the very same people that resource our corn. These are special varieties that have actually been kept by small farming areas or specific family members.”


Exactly what’s following: Salgado wishes to broaden, however he won’t reveal his precise plans. He doesn’t want to simply replicate his present restaurant. “We’re exploring several alternatives,” he claimed.

His mom and also daddy ran La Siesta, a moderate combo-plate dining establishment in Orange. But Carlos Salgado was established to show the globe that Mexican food could be nouvelle cuisine, too.

Currently he has attained and surpassed his goal: Salgado is riding a wave of acclaim that many cooks only dream around.

Taco Maria, his restaurant in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection, has been singled out by Register food doubter Brad A. Johnson and Jonathan Gold of the L.a Times as extraordinary. “Among one of the most innovative dining establishments to open up in Orange Region in years,” Johnson composed. As well as previously this year, Food & & Wine publication, amongst one of the most prominent nationwide magazines in the industry, called Salgado one of America’s 10 ideal new cooks.

“It’s been rather remarkable,” claimed Salgado, a subtle person not offered to self-praise. “I see it as a recognition of not only my own job, but (the values) that my mother and my daddy instilled in me.”

He named the dining establishment after his mother, Maria.

As a youngster, Salgado worked in the household company. It was a mind-blowing experience, one that originally guided him far from the eating sector.

“Viewing my parents sell very inexpensive food at a really reduced earnings margin and martyring themselves to the concept– well, it left a huge perception on me. I didn’t intend to go down that roadway.”

For a time, Salgado operated in the video game industry; science is an interest for him.

“I’ve in fact had a bunch of various tasks and two totally different occupations,” Salgado said. “I think the typical thread through every one of them has been the wish to create points. My preferred meaning of a musician is an individual who sees something that doesn’t exist, yet is so emotionally affixed to the idea that he has a need to produce it– to bring it right into existence, whatever it is. I like to create points, whether I’m making a taco or structure kitchen cabinetry for the restaurant or making a tool so we could do something we couldn’t do in the past.”

After a couple of years in the stressful globe of video gaming, Salgado chose that food was his true calling. He participated in the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco, then worked as a bread cook for 2 Michelin-ranked dining establishments in the Bay Area: Coi in San Francisco as well as Commis in Oakland.

At the turn of the century, San Francisco was a hotbed of cutting-edge food and also groundbreaking chefs, Salgado remembered. It was the best time to be an apprentice.

“I’m significantly influenced by the generation of cooks that I worked carefully with in San Francisco, and also currently I’m finding that Baja The golden state and Mexico State are wonderful inspirations for me.”

Salgado has a food researcher’s attraction with farming, and he invests a great deal of time looking for the finest regional food resources. “That is an actually important point to me.” He laughed. “I actually wish to be a farmer but I’m too careless, so I’m a cook instead.”

Like every effective business individual, Salgado wishes to broaden– but not as well rapidly.

It took him 2 years of effort to change Taco Maria from a food truck into a brick-and-mortar dining establishment in 2013.

“I wish to focus on Taco Maria first,” Salgado stated. “I would certainly like to be rich, certainly, to make sure that I might take a trip as well as send my youngsters to great institutions. But I would never ever wish to expand past the point where I could touch and also see every little thing. We have ambitions to increase, but we would certainly never ever try to duplicate exactly what we do at Taco Maria. We would just do something that’s corresponding.”

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