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Spiegel Spotlight

Dear Second District Resident,

On June 2nd the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved $45M of grant funding to aid small businesses enduring hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is open to small businesses based in cities and unincorporated communities of Riverside County. These businesses must apply online until June 19th at 6:00 p.m.  The funding was provided through the CARES Act.

The grant will provide up to $10,000 in assistance to individual businesses. Applications will be accepted and recommended for grant approval based on meeting requirements. Available funding is limited. The awarded businesses will be chosen by an automated random selection process by Main Street Launch, a third-party nonprofit.  Grants are not available to businesses that have received other federal assistance such as the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan or the Paycheck Protection Program. Awardees must also develop and implement a safe reopening plan that addresses employee and customer health prior to disbursement.

Before you begin the application, please read the FAQ, Instructions, and Requirements below. Before you start the application, please keep in mind:

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 6:00pm

  • You will only be able to upload documents if you are deemed eligible to apply.
  • You can return to your application once you start it
  • Applications must be complete to be considered for funding
  • For any questions, please send an email to

Click here to view grant application flyer. Don’t miss the deadline, apply today!

Riverside County offers various programs and assistance for our business community. We have developed the RivCoBiz Toolkit to help our business community access the information you need directly. If you require additional information or assistance navigating the various programs, contact us at (951) 955-0493 or

Business Assistance



The Class of 2020 has endured many hardships from COVID-19, social distancing, constant change, developing the “new normal” and social unrest to name a few but your ability to persevere and rise above is admirable and to be respected.  You have grit and that will take you far in your next journey.  We wish you continued success and best wishes as you begin your next chapter. Congratulations!

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” -Dr. Seuss


As a friendly reminder, the Riverside County Second District Supervisor’s office continues to work both remotely and with modified office hours to answer constituent questions and provide assistance regarding county-related matters such as property taxes, COVID-19 restrictions and mandates and more.  The date for reopening County offices has not yet been determined however, District 2 Staff are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist you. You can reach our office by calling (951) 955-1020 or by emailing and someone will assist you promptly.

We encourage you to stay connect by joining us on Facebook @SupervisorKarenSpiegel or Twitter @SupKarenSpiegel and Instagram @SupervisorKarenSpiegel  



Karen Spiegel
Second District Supervisor


The District 2 office is divided into different functional areas to ensure the needs of the constituents are met.  The Office staffing is comprised of Chief of Staff, Legislative Assistants and a Board Assistant to provide a high level of service to the constituents of District 2.  In an effort to provide the best possible service to our constituents of District 2, we would like to introduce the key staff members that keep the office moving forward.

Karen Christensen serves as Chief of Staff for Supervisor Spiegel. She works on constituent and policy issues related to the following departments: Assessor-Clerk Recorder, Auditor, Executive Office, Human Resources, County Counsel, Courts, District Attorney, EDA, Probation, Sheriff, Tax Collector and the Registrar of Voters. Some of the community and county issues she assists the Supervisor with are Boards, Committees and Commissions, County Budget, Legislative Platform, Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP), Youth Advisory Council and she manages the office, staff and district budget. Karen may be reached at or (951) 955-1021.


Liliana Allin is Supervisor Spiegel’s Legislative Assistant and primary contact for scheduling Supervisor’s meetings and appointments as well as managing daily office operations. For any of the Supervisor’s scheduling, traveling coordination, committee meeting coordinating, office expenditures, procurement card related issues, reimbursements, constituent call follow up, Form 11’s and or record management please contact Ms. Allin at or (951) 955-1020.


Deborah Rose is a Legislative Assistant and Health & Human Services liaison for Supervisor Spiegel. Deborah handles any and all cases and policy issues related to the following fields and county departments: Community Action Partnership (CAP), Child Support Services, Department of Public Social Services, including the divisions of Adult Services, Children’s Services, Self-Sufficiency, and In-Home Supportive Services, Education, Fair Housing, Housing Authority, Homelessness Issues, Office on Aging, Public Health, and Veterans Services. Deborah also oversees the Riverside University Health System, encompassing the county’s Community Health Centers, RUHS Medical Center, and Departments of Behavioral and Public Health, as well as the Second District Senior Centers (Eddie Dee Smith Senior Center, Janet Goeske Center, and Corona Senior Center). Additionally, Deborah represents Supervisor Spiegel on community organizations such as Healthy Jurupa Valley, Riverside Downtown Partnership, The Group, and UNITY. Deborah oversees the City of Jurupa Valley and City of Riverside.  You may reach Deborah at or (951) 955-1028.


Wendell Bugtai is a Legislative Assistant who handles the Land Use and Land Use Policies for Riverside County 2nd District Supervisor Karen Spiegel.  He started his career as an Associate Planner for the City of Riverside and has since taken on various private sector development roles such as Project Manager for KB Home and Community Development Manager for Shea Homes; where combined, he has entitled and developed over 500 residential units.  Mr. Bugtai has also held positions with the County of Riverside as an Urban Regional Planner, Agency Program Administrator (Ombudsman) along with his current role as Legislative Assistant. Mr. Bugtai oversees the cities of Corona and Eastvale along with the unincorporated areas of Coronita, El Cerrito, Home Gardens and Highgrove. Please reach out to Mr. Bugtai at or (951) 955-1868.

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Matthew Maldonado serves as the Board Assistant for Supervisor Spiegel. He oversees cases and policy related to Animal Services, Assessor-Clerk-Recorder, Treasurer-Tax Collector, and Veterans Services. He is the main contact for any and all Certificates of recognition & Proclamations for the office as well as the Riverside Latino Network Committee. He also manages constituent calls, the district’s photo gallery, safety manual, social media, supplies, website as well as other required duties assigned. Matthew also oversees the City of Norco. Matthew may be reached at or (951) 955-1024.

Supervisor Spiegel Welcomes New Chief of Staff to Riverside County District 2


On April 23, 2020 Supervisor Spiegel welcomed a new Chief of Staff member Michele Nissen to help serve the District 2 communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, and western part of Riverside as well as the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, Highgrove and Home Gardens. “I’m very excited and blessed to have the opportunity to be part of Supervisor Spiegel’s District 2 team. I look forward to working for the County of Riverside in collaboration with our regional partners and stakeholders,” stated Nissen.

Nissen has many years of local and regional government experience having previously worked for the cities of Corona and Eastvale. During her tenure with the City of Corona, Nissen served as the Assistant City Manager and Acting City Manager, where she oversaw economic development, communications, public relations, legislative affairs, homelessness, regional initiatives, other major programs and projects. To read more about Ms. Nissen’s background and qualifications, please read the entire article here.

The current Chief of Staff, Karen Christensen, will retire on June 11, 2020 after more than 24 years of experience working for former District 2 Supervisor John Tavaglione, with a total of 29 years with Riverside County. Christensen will spend the next few months in assisting Nissen in the transition. 

Please join us in congratulating Karen Christensen on her retirement and wishing her well!


As of June 3, 2020, in Riverside County:

  • 125,268 Residents have been tested
  • 8,303 Confirmed recoveries
  • 4,897 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
  • 345 Confirmed deaths


Testing is an important component of reopening our regional economy. Testing at any of the County-wide locations is open to everyone, whether they have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. Participants will be asked to provide information about their health insurance, but they will not be charged any costs or copay and will be allowed to get tested even if they do not provide insurance information. To date, more than 106,000 Riverside County residents have been tested at the 16 total community test sites, along with screenings at clinics, hospitals, private labs and other locations. Appointments are required at all locations to get tested.  For a complete list of all testing locations and instructions on how to make an appointment, visit

Census - do your part

If you have not yet responded to the 2020 Census, you are strongly encouraged to do so promptly. You can respond online at — without ever having to leave home or meet with a census taker. Completing the Census is critical to future funding allocations and grants for Riverside County.

Your participation in the 2020 Census is mandated by the Constitution, even if you recently completed another survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. And while you are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics, and the Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information.

Water Safety


This month, we welcome the official start to Summer. With the weather warming up and many of us spending more time than usual at home, you and your family may decide to spend time outdoors, cooling off by the pool or taking a day trip to the beach or one of our nearby lakes.

Water comes with the potential for great danger and the need for us all to be vigilant and aware of how we can protect our loved ones and children from water related accidents. Even things like unattended tubs and buckets filled with water can become potential drowning dangers.

The reality is that it only takes a moment for a child, and even adults, to slip under the water silently and without much commotion. That’s why it is important to follow the “ABCs” of water safety as outlined by the Riverside County Water Safety Coalition.

A - Adult Supervision.

Assign an adult “water watcher” who can swim to specifically watch the water. It only takes a moment for a situation to become dangerous, which is why it is crucial that the water watcher be fully dedicated to keeping an eye on everyone in and around the water. This can be especially important at social gatherings when it’s easy to assume that someone else is keeping an eye on things while you look away.

B - Barriers

Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool to isolate your swimming area from the home and play area. Remove all objects which allow a child to climb up to the gate latch or climb over the fence.

C - Classes (“CPR”)

Learn CPR, First-Aid, and rescue techniques which can be used in the event of an emergency and keep rescue equipment and CPR instructions mounted near the pool. Find out and understand the proper behavior in and around the water and teach children those same safety behaviors.

If a child were to fall into the pool (or have their face submerged in any other body of water such as a bucket or bathtub)

It is important to quickly evaluate the safest and most expedient way to get the child out of the water and onto their back on a flat surface. Check for consciousness by tapping and shouting “are you okay?” to try and provoke a response. If someone is with you, have them call 9-1-1 while you stay with the child and check their breathing. Tilt the child’s head back and check for breath. If you cannot feel breathing or see the child’s chest rising, give two (2) Rescue Breaths, then check for a pulse. Begin Rescue Breathing or CPR immediately and continue until help arrives.

If you are alone when the accident occurs and the child is not breathing, evaluate if the child is breathing and, if necessary, begin Rescue Breathing or CPR immediately. After one minute, call 9-1-1 and then return to the child and continue CPR until help arrives.

Spending time near the water can be a fun and relaxing way for all ages to pass time during our summer months, provided proper precautions are taken. And it is never too early to begin talking to your children about water safety!

Visit the Riverside County Water Coalition’s website for additional safety tips and lengths to resources with more information and ways of educating even your youngest children on pool and water safety.


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