The 50,000 square foot Temecula Valley Lexus opened April 7 with the rustle of a samurai sword at the Temecula Valley Auto Mall.
The dealership is owned by Tom Rudnai and RJ Romero. Romero is CEO of Oremor Automotive Group. He and Rudnai purchased Temecula Valley Toyota in July 2014 and after years of success were offered the opportunity to open a Lexus franchise.
The facility sits on 4.73 acres and includes sales, service, parking, parts and warehousing. The owners said the dealership, which is part of the Temecula Valley Toyota Automotive Group, has created 60 new jobs in the city.
To celebrate the grand opening, dealership executives presented a check for $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County to help provide academic support, sports, arts, STEM, programs career readiness and leadership to young people in Temecula.
Penske opens second full-service facility in Fontana
Penske Truck Leasing has built a 34,031 square foot facility at 15436 Valley Blvd. in Fontana, the company’s second full-service location in the city.
The facility offers personal and commercial truck rentals, full-service truck rentals, and contract truck fleet maintenance.
“The opening of our second Fontana location will allow us to support a growing customer base and expand the district’s footprint to attract future business,” said Ed Mendoza, senior vice president of the West region. “This new state-of-the-art facility is equipped with innovative technology to keep pace with the growth and current demand of the transportation industry.”
The Penske facility has six truck service bays, an automated wash bay, a full-service fuel island and two electric vehicle charging stations that can service the Ford E-Transit van and vans and similar light trucks.
Penske said it also created 25 new jobs when the new plant opened and is still hiring. Positions available include diesel technicians, customer service representatives, and local and national drivers.
To learn more about open positions in the Fontana area, visit gopenske.com/careers.
Small home expo bringing ADUs and mini-mansions to Anaheim
Want to add an ADU to the backyard? Or maybe with real estate prices so high you’d rather pitch a tiny house on a tiny piece of land somewhere in Southern California?
A small home exhibit will help answer those questions about alternative housing in late April at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Home, Garden & Tiny House Show runs Friday through Sunday, April 29 through May 1, and will include Tiny Homes and Tiny Mansions, Yoga Retreats, ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), Apartments grandma’s, small two-storey houses and even houses on wheels.
The exhibit will also include decorating and remodeling ideas for kitchens and bathrooms, floors, doors, windows, hot tubs, barbecue islands, landscaping, solar panels and interior decoration.
It’s good for the whole family (leave Fido at home) with free The Home Depot take-home projects for kids and gifts.
Tickets are $10 and $5 for seniors at the door and on Eventbrite.com (search “Tiny Home Show”). Children under 18 are free with a paying adult. Military personnel and first responders also attend for free.
The event is sponsored by Orange County Realtors and produced by Huntington Beach resident Marlene Thorne of Specialty Shows & Events.
For more information, visit anaheimhomeshows.com. Address: 800 West Katella Ave. Hall D
Restaurants can apply for $3,000 grants
Independent restaurant owners can apply for $3,000 grants available from the Restaurants Care Resilience Fund, a $1.5 million fund created by the California Restaurant Foundation.
The grants were funded by donations from SoCalGas, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric.
The program, in its second year, offers $3,000 grants for equipment upgrades and employee retention bonuses to alleviate staffing issues and deferred maintenance caused by two years of indebtedness, losses and increased costs.
The application portal is open until April 30. Eligibility requirements are available at restaurantscare.org/resilience.
Family Promise hires its first executive director
Cordell J. Thomas is the first executive director of the nonprofit Family Promise of Riverside.
Thomas was previously Director of Youth and Young Adult Financial Resilience at AXIS Foundation in Moreno Valley. He was also an impact manager at United Way of the Inland Valleys.
The non-profit organization operates out of Magnolia Presbyterian Church while it seeks permanent housing. He is working on opening his day center where unprotected community members can shower, wash their clothes, conduct job searches and receive case management and support.
Finau is the new manager of Linda Valley Villa
Jonathan Finau is the new Executive Director of Linda Valley Villa, a 98-unit seniors’ apartment community on the Linda Valley Senior Living campus in Loma Linda.
Services provided by Linda Valley Villa include vegetarian meals, weekly maid and linen service, spiritual, social and recreational programs and regular local transportation. A beauty salon is also located on site.
Applications open for the Physician Shadowing Program
Elma Vines Summer Health Academy is accepting applications for its 20th annual “doctor-shadowing” program for Inland Empire students.
EVSHA is a four- to six-week paid program that allows students of color to track surgeons, general practitioners, pediatricians, and dentists. The program is administered by the JW Vines Medical Foundation, which will match university students interested in health professions with mentors.
Applications are due by midnight on April 30. A letter of recommendation must also be sent to email@example.com by April 30.
Interviews will take place from May 2 to 6 and notification of acceptance will be sent on May 13. Orientation is June 28-30, followed by program dates, which run July 11-August 12.
Go to bit.ly/3M9wFPi to apply.
JWVMF raises funds for programs and activities that help underserved high school and college students in the Inland Empire learn about the requirements and skills needed for admission to college and vocational programs in the health professions .
Sara Abdrabou, 33, a resident of Hesperia, has been appointed to the National Rehabilitation Council. She has been a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2016. Abdrabou was also an Early Intervention Specialist with the MENTOR Network from 2015-2016. She was a Counseling Intern for Disability Program Services at Chaffey College Rancho Cucamongo from 2014 to 2015. member of the rehabilitation advisory board at Cal State San Bernardino. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Abdrabou is not registered on the electoral lists.
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