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Agua Caliente Casinos Start Off New Year With Exciting Executive Team Announcement

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NEWS RELEASE — Rancho Mirage, Calif. (January 21, 2020) – Agua Caliente Casinos start off 2020 with a bang by announcing today an exciting change to its executive team. Michael J. Facenda, who has been the Vice President of Marketing for Agua Caliente Casinos for nearly two years, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the companies’ third casino property, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City, opening this Fall.

“Michael has been an integral part of some of the organization’s biggest endeavors over the last two years such as launching the new ACE Rewards Club, branding and launching some of our biggest renovations including The District, 360 Sports, and Pivat Cigar Lounge just to name a few, and we are excited to see him take his expertise to the next level by running our third casino operation set to open later this year,” said Saverio Scheri III, COO for Agua Caliente Casinos. “In his new role, Michael will oversee all daily operations of the new casino including construction plans, hiring of the new team members, and of course, will be heavily involved in the Cathedral City community. We are looking forward to seeing the success that Michael will bring not only to our beautiful new casino but to the community as a whole,” Scheri added.

Michael J. Facenda; General Manager, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City

Throughout his 30+ year career, Facenda has held the roles of General Manager, and Vice President of Marketing at various casinos throughout the country focusing on key areas such as advertising, entertainment, branding, public relations, retail promotions, loyalty card and database operations, and quality service management. Facenda also formerly served as Vice President and General Manager of Gaming at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Indiana.

Prior to that, Facenda served as Director of Marketing and then Vice President of Marketing at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Michigan, where he played a major role in branding and opening the $300 million casino while serving as a member of the executive management team. Facenda also previously worked as Director of Marketing Services for Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and the Water Club where he participated heavily in the product design, branding and launch of this destination resort that started Atlantic City’s renaissance.

A native of New Jersey, Facenda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Rowan University.

Groundbreaking on Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City took place on Monday, November 4, 2019, and the property will sit upon a 12.5-acre lot at East Palm Canyon Drive and Date Palm Drive. The 100,000 sq. foot building will consist of 29,000 sq. feet of gaming space including 500 slot machines and eight table games. Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City will also have restaurants, bars, retail, live entertainment, mixed-use space, and tribal government offices.

Cathedral City firefighters will receive a new fire station across the street from the casino with a $5.5 million contribution from the Tribe marking one of many improvements to the area.

Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City is expected to generate approximately 556 new jobs from both the casino and mixed-use facilities on-site and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

ABOUT AGUA CALIENTE CASINOS
The Agua Caliente Casinos, located in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, are the Coachella Valley’s foremost resort gaming destinations. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is a AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property, ranked top 10 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 travel awards, and is also home to the Forbes Four-Star Sunstone Spa, ranked in the top spas in the U.S. and no. 1 in California by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas 2018. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also home to Southern California’s premier entertainment venue, The Show, which features a legendary lineup of performers. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs offers the newest games, a variety of table action, and high-limit gaming, plus fine dining and shopping, all in a fabulous resort setting in historic downtown Palm Springs at the site of the area’s natural hot water springs. The Agua Caliente Casinos are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling Give Back to Military Families

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Stater Bros. Charities, the philanthropic arm of Stater Bros. Markets, partnered with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling again this year for their Give Back program during National Military Appreciation Month. The program ran for the entire month of May, during which Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling committed to donating $0.25 per eligible product purchased to the Bob Hope USO. Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling donated $15,000, and Stater Bros. Charities matched their donation for a total contribution of $30,000.

A check presentation occurred during a K-EARTH 101 radiothon benefiting the Bob Hope USO. The radiothon took place at the Bob Hope USO at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on June 29, 2023, where Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling presented Bob Hope USO with a $30,000 check.

Bob Hope USO’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The Give Back program is a unique opportunity to show gratitude and support to the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms and to care for their families while they are away from home on deployment.

“Stater Bros. Markets has a long history of supporting veterans, service members, and their families,” said Danielle Oehlman, Director, Stater Bros. Charities. “We are so pleased to partner with our friends at Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling and the USO to give back to those who have given so much for us.”

Lorin Stewart, President, USO West Region, said, “We are deeply grateful to Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling for being sustaining partners of the USO. The Give Back program embodies the essence of the USO mission by enabling the community at large to come together to support and give thanks to our armed forces and their brave military families in an impactful way.”

Funds will support the Bob Hope USO and USO San Diego Center operations, including programs and services that strengthen the social, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of local military service members, their families, and their communities.

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BDK Logistics Intelligence Fully Leases 114,190 SF Industrial Facility in Corona, CA

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Cushman & Wakefield represents landlord in lease in SoCal’s Inland Empire

Cushman & Wakefield announced that BDK Logistics Intelligence, Inc. has signed a lease for an entire 114,190-square-foot industrial facility at 1161 Olympic Drive in Corona, California. Situated in Southern California’s renowned Inland Empire, the building is owned by Monterey Rancho Mirage, LLC, which was represented by Brett Lockwood and Rick Ellison of Cushman & Wakefield in the transaction.

“We are pleased to welcome BDK to the property as a quality industrial tenant that is expanding its presence in the market, which it also currently occupies multiple warehouse facilities,” said Director Brett Lockwood. “Our client was instrumental in helping this deal transact as there were many variables that needed to be navigated which led to this lease coming together quickly and successfully.”

1161 Olympic Drive is a quality freestanding building situated on ±4.8 acres and features 20 dock high loading doors. The property is conveniently located off Interstate 15 near the confluence of SR 91 and is proximate to the extensive freeway network traversing the entire Greater Los Angeles region and into other major markets in and out of state.

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Q2-2023 quarterly report, the Inland Empire industrial market posted an overall vacancy of 3.4% and has recorded more than 2.7 million square feet of positive net absorption through the first half of 2023.

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Hernandez resigns as County CEO; Snoke will continue filling in pending Board action

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Leonard X. Hernandez resigned from the post of County Chief Executive Officer effective today. County Chief Operating Officer Luther Snoke has been filling in for Hernandez while Hernandez has been on leave and will continue to do so. The Board of Supervisors will act to appoint an interim or permanent CEO shortly.

“The Board of Supervisors appreciates the service Leonard provided to the public and the County organization, especially as we navigated our way through the pandemic and other very difficult challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe.

Hernandez provided the following statement:

“It has been an extreme privilege to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County. I am thankful to the Board of Supervisors for their leadership and the hard-working men and women who do amazing work every day. Due to an urgent family health issue that requires my immediate and undivided attention, I have informed the Board of my resignation. Under the strong leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the County’s executive team, the County will continue doing great things for the residents of San Bernardino County.”

“The Board of Supervisors is committed to a seamless transition in staff leadership with no interruption in County services or impact on County residents or employees,” Rowe said. “Luther has performed well filling in for Leonard and I am confident in his ability to continue serving in this role until the Board takes action.”

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