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Amazon makes surprise $50,000 donation to Inland Empire United Way & United Way of the Inland Valleys During Virtual Meeting



Inland Empire United Way & United Way of the Inland Valleys caught off guard when Amazon makes a surprise $50,000 donation during live virtual meeting

May 19, 2020 — When leaders of Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys met for a virtual meeting this week, they had no idea Amazon would be joining – or making a $50,000 donation.

Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys have partnered to establish the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund to respond to the needs of Inland SoCal residents who will undoubtedly be affected by the pandemic. United Way serves as the point of contact for Southern California’s emergency response infrastructure for non-911 calls, connecting people to the resources they need.

Video conference with Amazon, Inland Empire United Way & United Way of the Inland Valleys

To recognize the organization’s efforts during this challenging time, five of Amazon’s Inland Empire General Managers joined their virtual meeting to deliver the news and thank the nonprofits for their work in the community were Amazon associates live and work.

Amazon General Manager Camdon Johnson kicked off the surprise donation announcement, expressing gratitude for United Way’s work in Southern California’s most vulnerable communities. “At Amazon, we are inspired by the work of Inland Empire United Way and United Way of the Inland Valleys, and greatly appreciate their tireless efforts in the communities where we live and work,” he said.

Since COVID-19 took a toll on businesses and individuals throughout the state, United Way has experienced increases in phone calls and online inquiries from underserved families seeking help related to education, health, and finances.

“We’re so thankful for this generous donation, which will tremendously support our efforts during this time,” said Lisa Wright, CEO of United Way of the Inland Valleys. “We’re doing everything we can to help our community. Ninety percent of requests we receive are related to rent and food assistance and Amazon’s donation will directly impact the needs of 100 families right here in the Inland Empire.”

Through its partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, the Inland SoCal COVID-19 Fund gives children and families access to food, mentors, social services, and other resources. In the coming months, increased demand for these resources will likely continue. United Way encourages individuals, businesses, and community groups to support these efforts through donations of money and time.

To learn more about how United Way is responding to the pandemic visit

For more on Amazon’s COVID-19 response, including ways it is practicing safety within its facilities, visit its blog which is updated daily.

In addition, at a time of record unemployment caused by the pandemic, Amazon employs more than 18,000 people in Southern California, and recently hired an additional 7,000 employees in the region. For information about available jobs at Amazon, please visit

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



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



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



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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