Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/16/2012 07:26:58 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A ray of good news sneaked into the city unannounced this month: Online giant Amazon finished construction of a distribution center here, complete with many of the promised 1,000 jobs.

And it happened two weeks ahead of schedule.

Mayor Pat Morris heralded the opening as a step toward recovery for a city whose Aug. 1 bankruptcy filing he said was largely based on a lack of sales tax revenue and jobs, along with “bad decisions.”

“We are ecstatic about the fact that they’re employing – right now they’re ramping up to employ for the season probably 1,500 people,” Morris said. “They’ve already got hundreds on board, and many more to come.”

Amazon will announce the number of jobs at a news conference Thursday, said Laurie Duffy of Taylor Strategy, speaking on behalf of Amazon. Company spokeswomen said they would comment at the conference, timed for the day after the first package is shipped today.

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