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July 17, 2018

House votes to rename San Bernardino post office after former Stater Bros. leader Jack Brown

A bill to rename the downtown San Bernardino post office after the late Jack Brown passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote Monday, July 16, clearing its path to the U.S. Senate.

Last year, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, introduced H.R. 2979, which proposed renaming the U.S. post office at 390 W. 5th St. as the “Jack H. Brown Post Office Building.”

The bill was cosponsored by every member of the California House delegation.

In a statement released after Monday’s vote, Aguilar called Brown, the late leader of Stater Bros., “a giant in our community.”

“I know that the Inland Empire misses his leadership and service,” the congressman said. “His commitment to making the Inland Empire a better place to live, work and raise a family was inspiring to me and had a profound impact on countless lives in our region.”

In addition to leading Stater Bros., Brown founded the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino. He also was the founding chairman of the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County and a supporter of Inland Empire veterans and first responders.

Brown, a San Bernardino High graduate, died in late 2016 at 78.

“Jack loved the Inland Empire and dedicated his life to serving San Bernardino County families,” the Brown Family said in a statement.  “We’re grateful for this legislation, which will allow his memory to live on in the heart of San Bernardino and remind the public of his lifetime of service.”

Built in 1931, the post office was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

“I’m proud that this bill passed (Monday) and that Jack’s name will be on the post office in the center of the hometown he loved so much,” Aguilar said.