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Pacific City will bring change, luxury to Surf City

South Coast Plaza has Bloomingdale’s. Fashion Island has Nieman Marcus.

So how will Orange County’s next luxury shopping center, Pacific City, compete with rivals?

“The Pacific Ocean is our anchor,” said Linda Berman, chief marketing officer for Pacific City developer DJM Capital Partners.

The $135 million lifestyle hub on Pacific Coast Highway provides expansive views of Huntington Beach’s open coastline. Close to 60 shops and restaurants are planned for the 191,000-square-foot mall, the centerpiece of a larger, 31-acre hotel and residential project emerging among the city’s eclectic mix of surf shacks and bohemian bars.

Taking cues from other revamped Orange County shopping centers, Pacific City’s backers are betting big on food and nightlife. Key attractions at the site will be a casual dining hall dubbed Lot 579, a cocktail lounge from Santa Monica and the first Orange County outpost for craft beer pub Simmzy’s.

One-third of the food and retail shops are expected to open by the end of the year. The open-air mall also will have a public outdoor lounge with sofas and coffee tables called Main Plaza, offering a front-and-center view of the beach at sunset.

“We are really trying to change the adjectives about Huntington Beach,” said DJM President Lindsay Parton. “Traditionally it hasn’t been an upscale destination.”


Huntington Beach’s lively Main Street is home to countless surf shops, dive bars and chains such as Starbucks, BJ’s Restaurants, Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Avila’s El Ranchito.

But two blocks away at Pacific City, developer DJM is going for a modern lifestyle center – one that is unified in theme from its chef-driven restaurants to its independent boutiques.

The center with a bungalow motif is part of a city that attracts 11 million visitors a year and has an annual median household income of $81,000. The eye-popping demographics, combined with the coastal setting, have made it easier for DJM to curate tenants for a built-from-scratch center with no track record.

“Orange County is not a cliche,” said Berman with DJM. “Orange County is a very unique, very eclectic. And the demographics are very attractive.”

The ocean-facing property lured Mike Simms, owner of the craft-beer-centric restaurant Simmzy’s.

Of his four Los Angeles-area pubs, Huntington Beach is the first to open in a new retail center, said Simms, whose father founded Mimi’s Cafe. Initially he thought it could be risky – until he set foot on the property, which had been vacant for years.

“You step out on the patio, and you see the pier, and the surfers. The ocean views are unbelievable,” said Simms, whose brother founded Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar.

Jennifer Delcham, who is bringing Ways & Means Oyster House to the center, said Pacific City offers residents a premium dining and shopping experience closer to home.

“It really feels like Pacific City is bringing a lot of luxury and upscale touches that (locals) are traveling down the coast for,” Delcham said.

Still, she says, Pacific City is not “better” than Main Street: “It’s just that it is different.”


Pacific City’s cachet will be its hipster food brands, which carry a large following in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

PopBar, a gelato-on-a-stick sensation from New York, is opening at Lot 579. Los Angeles hospitality guru Brent Bolthouse is bringing his rustic Bungalow, a popular cocktail and music lounge in Santa Monica. Old Crow Smokehouse is a fusion barbecue eatery coming from Chicago.

“Food is the new fashion,” said Parton with DJM. “It’s going to be a very unique waterfront experience. Best in class.”

Hospitality consultant Jeffrey McNeal said savvy developers like DJM know that next-generation shoppers, especially millennials, are looking for buzzworthy experiences when it comes to shopping.

“Malls are tough places to do business. No longer can you put (in) a Nordstrom or a Macy’s and expect that to drive traffic,” said McNeal, president of Fessel International in Arcadia.

With consumers able to buy everything online – from shoes to bed sheets to home computers and mobile devices – McNeal said DJM is smart to use restaurants as anchor tenants.

“Restaurants will continue to be a social experience that can’t be replaced by the Internet,” he said.


On the retail side, DJM is targeting chic indie stores such as bohemian clothing shop Irene’s Story (Mission Viejo and Irvine), men’s shop TankFarm (Seal Beach) and men’s and women’s boutique West of Camden (Corona del Mar).

Though niche concepts are preferred, DJM is not ignoring national and regional brands.

Pacific City will have upscale fitness club Equinox, H&M, Crazy Shirts and MAC Cosmetics. All four are expected to open in November.

Restaurants slated to open before the end of the year include Simmzy’s, Lemonade, Ola Mexican Cuisine, Backhouse Yakitori & Sushi, Ways & Means and Saint Marc.

While Pacific City is attracting food entrepreneurs outside of Orange County, homegrown brands are the heart of the project.

Ways & Means is relocating from its original location in Orange, which closed last year. The 3,600-square-foot restaurant plans to offer “approachable pricing” on small plates from $4 to $12, as well as fish, chicken and steak entrees from $12 to $40.

The restaurant also is opening a culinary store geared toward at-home chefs. Ways & Means At Home will sell chef-driven merchandise and offer carry-out picnic baskets for dining on the beach.

Other locally based concepts include Burnt Crumbs, Bear Flag Fish Co., American Dream, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream, Ola Mexican Cuisine and Pie-Not.

Some are rookie concepts, like sandwich shop Burnt Crumbs and burger bar American Dream. While other mall developers might balk at leasing to untested brands, Berman said DJM likes entrepreneurs with a built-in fan base.

Burnt Crumbs, she notes, will be run by a food truck operator (The Burnt Truck) with a proven track record.

“We love the idea of somebody doing something (successful) before, and has the desire to incubate something new,” she said.


Many of the locally conceived eateries are opening at Lot 579, a food hall expected to open in 2016.

Lot 579, named after the lifeguard towers in front of the center, is part of a growing number of culinary hubs being developed under one roof.

The OC Mix at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa, the Anaheim Packing House, 4th Street Market in Santa Ana and Union Market Tustin at The District are some of the food halls that have opened in the county in recent years.

When the Tustin food hall launched last year, it struggled because many of the restaurants didn’t open at once.

Berman said she is encouraging Lot 579 tenants to open at the same time.

“Some of these markets open way before they should, and the customer experience isn’t as good as it should be,” she said.

For Paul Cao of Burnt Crumbs, opening at Lot 579 marks a dream come true.

The chef is the co-founder of The Burnt Truck and the recently opened Burntzilla restaurant in Irvine. The latter is a hybrid restaurant that sells Burnt Truck-inspired sliders, mini versions of Dogzilla food truck’s signature Asian-fusion hot dogs.

The 36-year-old Cao has been developing the chef-driven sandwich shop for six years. Landing at Pacific City, he said, is icing on the cake.

“This is my passion project. I’ve been doing everything – the truck, Burntzilla – to get to this,” Cao said.

Contact the writer: nluna@ocregister.com

Tsunami waves from Chile earthquake expected to reach Orange County, local beaches to close

After a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck off Chile on Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory for the coast of Southern California, from San Onofre State Beach north to San Luis Obispo.

The waves are expected to be small, less than 1 foot at Newport Beach above the usual tide, the NWS advisory said, but the currents may be hazardous to swimmers and boats for many hours. It’s expected to arrive at 4:46 a.m.

All Orange County beaches, harbors and marinas will be closed as of 4 a.m. because of dangerous currents, said Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Dana Point Harbor will close at 2 a.m.

No evacuations are ordered, Hallock stressed.

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center tweeted Wednesday that “no widespread inundation was expected on OC coast” and those near the beach were asked to move off the beach and out of harbors and marinas, and not to go to the coast to observe the tsunami.

The advisory will be in effect until further notice. For more information, the Emergency Operations Center has a public hotline about the tsunami at 714-628-7085 or go to the National Tsunami Warning Center at ntwc.arh.noaa.gov..

A watch means that a tsunami is possible, but it doesn’t mean it will happen, said Chevy Chevalier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

“A watch is for everybody to be aware of it, that it’s a possibility,” he said. “A warning means it’s happening right now or it’s imminent.”

The powerful earthquake shook Chile’s capital, causing buildings to sway and people to take refuge in the streets. Several strong aftershocks hit within minutes as tsunami alarms sounded in the nearby port of Valparaiso. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but authorities said some adobe houses collapsed in the inland city of Illapel, about 175 miles north of Santiago.

Waves measuring as high as 15.3 feet were reported in Coquimbo, according to the NWS.

Staff Writer Louis Casiano Jr. and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hewitt: Content trumps conflict in Round 2 of Republican presidential debates

They made an excellent aviator episode, however was there sufficient zest for a series?

That was the inquiry towering above the second installation of “The Genuine Candidates of the GOP,” or else referred to as the Republican debate.

The very first, on Fox News in early August, became the highest-rated main debate in history, as 24 million Americans listened to contrast the subtleties of economic platforms.

Psych! Naturally, they tuned in to watch that guy with the reality program roil the firmly scripted world of political speaking points. As well as Donald Trump did simply that, surprising the criteria of decorum to the satisfy of many.

The billionaire financier and previous host of “The Apprentice” did fight with his fellow candidates and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as he made use of the event to leverage an also bigger lead in the surveys.

The 11 leading GOP candidates revealed up for round 2 Wednesday evening at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, and also the folks at host network CNN accurately were intending to recapture that lightning strike.

“Anything can occur over the next few hrs!” mediator Jake Tapper breathlessly vowed.

What did happen, to CNN’s potential annoyance, was less truth program compared to authentic debate. There were stimulates, many of them created by Trump, yet the voltage was considerably reduced.

In the very first argument the various other candidates seemed flattened by the Trump shocks. This time around, the 10 sharing the podium with Trump were braced. They fulfilled him with a funny bone and also a rejection to leave their chatting factors.

The outcome most likely was far better for them. Viewers who came for fireworks or comedy were much less well served.

CNN did its best to buzz the competition. Wolf Blitzer, loading time before a late begin, declared that the prospects would certainly be restricted to merely a lectern, a pen and some water– as if they would be MacGyvering them into weapons.

The questions from Tapper, Hugh Hewitt and also Dana Bash often were phrased to motivate battling– “Sen. A, Gov. B claimed this regarding you …”– but the candidates seldom bit. There were occasional spoken slaps, however no haymakers.

One of the most anticipated fight was to have actually been between Trump as well as Carly Fiorina, whose looks he had actually maligned in an interview.

Tapper also prompted her to eliminate, yet Fiorina took the high roadway. “I think females all over this country listened to extremely clearly just what Mr. Trump stated,” was her wise comment. Trump then called her “beautiful.”

“I think everybody did effectively,” Trump said in a post-game interview as well as stated that the prospects were getting respect for each and every other.

That’s no way to market a fact program.

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Heading into tonight’s GOP debate, was the real Ronald Reagan anything like the leader the Republicans worship?

If Ronald Reagan were among the 11 prime-time candidates debating this evening at his namesake library – if he were not a legend, but just another candidate – there would be abundant fodder for attack.

Instead, viewers can expect to hear reverent utterances to a towering icon who shaped the present-day Republican Party. Likely absent will be parts of Reagan’s record that clash with conservative ideology.

For instance, as California governor, Reagan signed into law what was then the nation’s most liberal abortion act. As president, he signed an amnesty that legalized the status of 3 million undocumented immigrants. As both governor and president, he oversaw record tax hikes. The federal government grew under his watch. He endorsed the Brady Bill for gun control.

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“If Ronald Reagan declared as a candidate today, I don’t think he could win the nomination,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political scientist at USC. “He has become the shibboleth of the conservative right, but the reality of Ronald Reagan isn’t what the conservative right is promoting.”

Reagan did not campaign on tax hikes, big government and abortion rights. Running for president in 1980, he condemned those things – and did so with a charismatic effectiveness that for many overshadow his actual record.

“Reagan gave the party an ideological direction it never had,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles. “That, more than specific policies, is what’s remembered.”

When he painted big government as a public enemy, he won supporters who stood steadfast with all that followed.

“People decide whether they can trust a leader, and then they decide whether that leader did what they wanted,” said Fred Smoller, a political scientist at Chapman University. “He convinced people he was giving them what they wanted.”


Reagan was hardly the first – or the last – president to take actions that were contrary to his campaign pledges. Whether it’s Barack Obama vowing to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility or George H.W. Bush saying, “Read my lips: no new taxes,” you’d be hard-pressed to find a commander in chief who did everything he said he would.

“Presidents have high rates of trying to enact what they promised on the campaign trail, but what they’re able to do is much less,” said Lori Cox Han, a Chapman University political scientist specializing in the U.S. presidency. “People always blame the president, but the president has very little control over a lot of these issues.”

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Shifting circumstances and a competing congressional agenda are chief reasons for the discrepancies between promises and actions. Reagan stalwarts are quick to explain away the contradictions between his promises and what eventually happened.

Reagan won across-the-board income tax cuts the first year of his presidency but then oversaw unprecedented tax hikes the following year. Reagan speechwriter Ken Khachigian told KQED radio last week that the president felt he’d been misled, that there would be far greater budget cuts made.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, also was a Reagan speechwriter. He argues that taxes were lower when Reagan left office than when he entered it, despite 1982’s tax increase.

“I suspect Rohrabacher is right,” Han said. “The problem is when you look at tax rates, it depends on what brackets and types of taxes you look at. Everybody looks at it in a way that supports their point of view.”

One measure is the average income tax for those with the median income, which decreased over the span of Reagan’s presidency, according to calculations by the Tax Policy Center.

Since Reagan was working with a Democratic-controlled Congress, his principles were sometimes compromised by his pragmatic belief that getting something was better than getting nothing. And sometimes things just didn’t play out as hoped, like the immigration reform that gave amnesty to 3 million.

“Part of that program was a clamping down on employers and a tightening of the border,” Rohrabacher said. “But there was no enforcement of employers, and border security was not strengthened. As a result, there was a subsequent flood of millions more coming across the border. He got snookered on that.”

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But at the end of the day, Reagan was a president who knew how to get things done, said Jack Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College.

“He was strongly ideological, but he had the ability to bring people in,” said Pitney, a GOP researcher in Washington during the Reagan presidency. “It’s not accurate to depict him as a moderate. But he was pragmatic. He brought in conservatives and moderates. It’s hard to see anybody with that skill today.”


Rohrabacher has no doubt that a candidate with Reagan’s record would be attacked in tonight’s debate.

“Any time politicians can make a surface analysis and use it to attack their opponents, they do,” he said.

But Sonenshein, unlike USC’s Jeffe, thinks Reagan could overcome those attacks and win the nomination.

“If he was running, he would be winning,” Sonenshein said. “He was an exceptionally skilled politician. He had a commanding presence. From a rhetorical standpoint, he was the best I’ve seen. (Donald) Trump, who is very quick with the insult, would have trouble with him. Reagan was very good at deflecting insults and sending them back in another form.

“The other candidates now take weeks to figure out how to respond. Reagan was a natural.”

Among Reagan’s successes was shifting spending from social services to the military, according to Sonenshein.

“Government kept growing, but it grew in ways Republicans wanted,” Sonenshein said. “The real difference between the parties is not the size of government so much as the role of government. Is it there to provide welfare or is a strong military a bigger priority?”

Sonenshein and Han agree that despite criticisms of his record, Reagan is responsible for the GOP’s ideology today.

“If Barry Goldwater was the grandfather of the modern Republican Party, Ronald Reagan was the father,” Han said. “He brought positions to a level of discussion at which they’d never been heard before. He made it part of the mainstream political debate.”

Contact the writer: mwisckol@ocregister.com; @MartinWisckol