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Five Elementary Schools Will Be Recognized With Check Presentations At Nascar Xfinity Series Race For Their Participation In Lefty’s Reading Challenge



Fontana, Calif. (January 28, 2020) –  More than 135,000 young race fans in nearly 200 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties recently completed Lefty’s Reading Challenge – a free literacy program through Auto Club Speedway.
Five elementary schools that had a 100% completion rate will receive $2,000 each for their school libraries from Auto Club Speedway Foundation which funds Lefty’s Reading Challenge.

The following five Lefty’s Reading Challenge elementary schools will be presented checks during Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series 300 pre-race ceremony on February 29, 2020.

  • Allen Ave Elementary (Bonita USD)
  • J. Marion Roynon Elementary (Bonita USD)
  • Rio Vista Elementary (Palm Springs USD)
  • Hemlock Elementary (Fontana USD)
  • Hughbanks Elementary (Rialto USD)

Lefty’s Reading Challenge, part of Auto Club Speedway’s youth initiative, Lefty’s Kids Club, provides youth with a positive and enriching outlook on life inspiring achievement and education in an effort to build future race fans.  Students read multiple books and reading assignments to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets. The 2019/2020 Lefty’s Reading Challenge was held on November 4-29, 2019.

Each student who participated in Lefty’s Reading Challenge and submitted their permission slip were awarded an official Certificate of Completion along with a voucher that can be redeemed for a ticket to NASCAR Practice Day on Friday, February 28, or NASCAR Qualifying Day and NASCAR Xfinity Series 300 race on Saturday, February 29. In addition, students received a membership card to Lefty’s Kids Club which gets them into the race for free.

Local community partners also rewarded students that complete 20 books or reading assignments within four weeks. Omnitrans offered a Youth Free Ride Coupon and Petersen Automotive Museum provided two complimentary Youth or Student Admissions for each paid Adult Admission. In addition, Big Al’s, Snowie, and King Taco support the reading program and Lefty’s Kids Club.

If a child was unable to participate in Lefty’s Reading Challenge this year, families can still bring children 12 years and under, and sign up for Lefty’s Kids Club on race day at Gates A, B, and D and receive free admission for Friday and Saturday of NASCAR race weekend with a paid adult ticket. Lefty’s Fun Zone offers family fun activities like bubble rollers, inflatable obstacle course, a coloring zone, and tire changing challenges.  For more information, go to or

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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