The frenzy to hire continues, this time with jobs in the desert commanding a $1,000 bonus for hotel housekeepers at a Palm Desert hotel and $2,500 for line cooks at the Pechanga Resort Casino.
Let’s start at the JW Marriott Desert Springs, which is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22.
The hotel needs to fill 30 housekeeping positions. The sign-on bonus for eligible new hires will be paid in chunks: $250 over 90 days.
The hiring fair will take place in the San Jacinto meeting room.
Full-time benefits include paid time off, discounted hotel rooms, medical, dental and vision insurance, a retirement savings plan and tuition reimbursement.
Address:74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, 92262
Next up are the many openings at the Pechanga Resort Casino, where a starting line cook can earn a tidy bonus spread over six months.
The Temecula resort is offering applicants with culinary aspirations a $2,500 incentive to join its team.
Other open positions include stewards, guest room attendants, environmental services specialists and lifeguards who can earn hiring bonuses of $500 to $1,000.
Pechanga will host a culinary career fair from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 22.
“Applicants interested in line cook, sous chef or pastry cook positions should come in and be prepared to meet one on one with hiring managers,” the resort said in a statement. “They may be offered a job on the spot.”
The job fair will take place at the second-floor meeting rooms in the Pechanga Resort Tower. More details can be found at Pechanga.com/careers.
Southwest customers can start booking tickets from Ontario to Austin, Texas, airport officials said last week.
The Dallas-based carrier will begin daily nonstop routes from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) beginning March 10, 2022.
The tentative schedule has flights departing ONT at either 9:50 a.m. or 10:55 a.m., landing in AUS by 2:30 p.m. or 3:35 p.m., respectively. Return flights depart AUS at 2:55 p.m. or 4:35 p.m., landing in ONT at 4:10 p.m. or 5:55 p.m.
A quick check online for Austin routes showed a one-way flight in late March 2022 is roughly $155 for Southwest’s “Wanna Get Away” ticket or $204 one-way for “Anytime” tickets.
“The addition of the Texas state capital to our route map is welcome news and further indication of confidence by ONT’s largest air carrier,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the OIAA Board of Commissioners. “It is also another sign that ONT’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is well underway and gaining momentum.”
Traffic through the airport is beginning to look a lot more like 2019. ONT reported August traffic was within 7% of pre-pandemic levels.
To check out those routes to Austin, go to southwest.com.
A plumbing and pipe supplier has claimed a stake in Riverside County, opening its first store in San Jacinto.
Van Nuys-based Hirsch Pipe & Supply has acquired Hemet Valley Pipe & Supply at 1590 Commerce Lane.
“Hirsch is excited about this opportunity to join together with the Hemet Valley Pipe & Supply team and to work alongside former owner David Holt and his staff,” said Bill Glockner, president and CEO of Hirsch Pipe & Supply. “Bringing our people together allows us to continue our shared legacy of providing excellent customer service. It also allows Hirsch to extend our store network further into the Inland Empire, so we can continue to provide more locations and products to the Southern California plumbing community.”
The is the 25th store for Hirsch Pipe & Supply. In addition to San Jacinto, it has a location in Redlands.
Contact the store at 951-654-9358 or by fax at 951-654-4729.
Los Compadres Plaza in Colton has been sold for $8.8 million, according to Progressive Real Estate Partners.
Neither the buyer nor the seller was identified.
Brad Umansky, Greg Bedell and Mike Lin represented the Los Angeles County-based seller, who was also one of the original developers, in the sale. The buyer is a Southern California-based 1031 exchange investor.
The 47,090-square-foot commercial center at 1035 S. Vernon Ave. has four buildings with multiple tenants including a medical clinic and two barber/beauty shops.
“The sale of this property demonstrates the desire of certain buyers to own multi-tenant properties at a lower price per square foot with long-established independent operators,” Umansky said. “Our team has seen more and more interest in these types of properties based upon the fact that so many “mom and pop” tenants proved to be amazingly resilient during the pandemic.”
CenterPoint Properties of Oak Brook, Ill., has bought a 91,963-square-foot industrial facility in San Bernardino.
The purchase sum was not disclosed.
The 6-acre property is just 32% occupied by the building at 535 E. Tennis Court Lane, leaving room for expansion at the site.
“In order to accomplish our desired growth targets in Southern California over the next several years, CenterPoint will be increasing our investment activity in the Inland Empire market,” said Evan Lippow, CenterPoint’s senior vice president of investments. “535 E. Tennis Court is the epitome of the type of deals CenterPoint targets to facilitate our Inland Empire portfolio expansion.”
Remington Moses and David Bales of Lee & Associates brokered the transaction.
First Community Capital Inc. in Temecula has been certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution.
The nonprofit helps low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs who lack sufficient training and education to gain access to capital. It serves Southern California and Arizona.
“We often lend to borrowers that may not meet mainstream institutions’ underwriting criteria, helping to bridge the gap between conventional lending standards and the needs of hard-to-reach borrowers,” said Jay Diallo, CEO and Founder of First Community Capital.
Diallo previously was vice president and Community Development Lending officer at Pacific Premier Bank in Irvine.
For more information on First Community Capital, go to https://www.fccbi.org or call 951-249-5767.
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