Spiegel Spotlight – July 2, 2020

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Dear Second District Resident,

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.  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.


Effective immediately, Riverside County is one of 19 counties required to close all bars and some indoor business operations due to risk of infection. With the holiday approaching and increasing COVID-19 risks, Riverside County is being required to shut down some indoor business operations (sectors listed below). Businesses that can make modifications to operate outside or by pick-up only can continue to operate within the parameters of the state order. Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors. 

The closures will apply for a minimum of three weeks and are subject to an extension based on epidemiologic indicators.  Sectors to Close Indoor Operations:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Restaurants and other businesses may still do takeout, so long as there is no indoor dining.

The new rules come as residents prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday and follow an order issued Monday by Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser to close bars to slow the spread of the virus.

Riverside County health officials remind all residents there is still a statewide stay at home order in effect and social gatherings are known places where the disease is spread. Residents and visitors should celebrate the holiday at home – without visitors.

Riverside County officials also remind residents to get screened at one of the many coronavirus testing sites located throughout the region. More than 230,000 tests have been conducted in Riverside County so far. For more information on testing, click

We encourage you to stay connect by joining us on Facebook @SupervisorKarenSpiegel or Twitter @SupKarenSpiegel and Instagram @SupervisorKarenSpiegel  For additional daily press releases from the County of Riverside, please our News and Highlights page.

We hope you enjoy Supervisor Spiegel's E-Newsletter, featuring Spiegel Spotlight with updates and events for the month.  



Karen Spiegel 
Second District Supervisor




Has your Riverside County organization experienced a loss in funding, cancelled or postponed fundraising events or made staff changes because of COVID?  If this sounds like your organization, there is help!

On June 9, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved $5 million in financial support to the nonprofit community using CARES Act funding. Funds are being dispersed through the Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund that is administered by IECF, in partnership with the Riverside County Homeless Solutions and Workforce Department and the Inland Empire Funders Alliance. 

With over 7,500 organizations countywide, the new program will assist nonprofits headquartered in or who have an office in Riverside County who have experienced a loss of revenue following the COVID-19 crisis. 

The grant program is open and accepting applications through July 31, 2020.

Under the new program, grants will be made in the amounts of $2,500 -$10,000 to support nonprofit operations during COVID. Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to review the grant guidelines and application process here. Organizations with a 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 status are encouraged to apply. 

For help with applying, register for our online information sessions: July 2, 4:00pm, July 9, 12:00pm or July 16, 5:00pm. If you cannot attend, all sessions will be recorded and uploaded on the website. 

For more questions about the fund, email us at Please note, as IECF’s offices are closed, the best way to ask a question about this opportunity is at 

biz help



The Riverside County Business Assistance Grant Program Round 2 of applications will opened on Monday, June 29th at 5:00 p.m. with new, updated eligibility criteria for our Business Assistance Grant Program. What’s new in Round 2? 

More businesses are now eligible for $10,000 grants including:

Sole proprietors with no employees

Businesses that have received the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Advance)

Please visit our website for program details.If you have questions, please send an email to: RCFAQ@MAINSTREETLAUNCH.ORG or call 951.955.0493


Riverside County residents interested in getting screened for coronavirus at one of several county-operated testing sites can now make an appointment online.

More than 240,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Riverside County, and health officials continue to encourage residents – those with and without symptoms -- to get screened for the virus. The online scheduling will make it easier to make an appointment.

To make an appointment, click can also call 800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter between 5 and 10 p.m.

“The online appointment system will make it easier and more convenient for everyone to get tested for coronavirus,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “It will save time for families making testing appointments, and enable everyone to register for an account to view the result online. An online scheduling system enhances our testing capacity as more testing is conducted throughout Riverside County.”

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has continued to rise recently, along with hospitalizations and ICU usage throughout Southern California. The county today is reporting 679 new cases and two new deaths from the virus.

Health officials are concerned the Independence Day weekend could cause a spike if residents do not adhere to safety requirements, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing.

For more information about COVID-19 testing site, please visit the following links: 



𝗥𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗲𝗿! 

ALL fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Riverside County. All fireworks are illegal because they cause serious injuries and very often, cause fires. Riverside County has very diverse terrain. The vegetation is very dry where fireworks can easily start a brush fire. Individuals who cause fires by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs. These costs can run into the millions of dollars. Violators of Firework Laws will be prosecuted and are subject to confiscation of fireworks, arrest, citation, and/or fines. A combination of fines for the use of illegal fireworks can cost up to $3,500.

Social media platforms are NOT the way to report fireworks.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency dispatch line has been overwhelmed with calls, so to make things easier on everyone, we have created a quick online form to report fireworks in your neighborhood.

Follow the link and you’ll be taken to our Fireworks Reporting Form. The Sheriff’s Department fireworks form will be available between Wednesday, June 24, 2020 7 a.m. through Sunday, July 5, 2020 11 p.m.

You’ll need an address or intersection in order to submit the report and you may remain anonymous if you wish.  If you are unable to provide an exact location, you may provide two cross streets to the general area for deputies to check. DO NOT use this form if you are reporting an emergency. For emergencies dial 9-1-1.


Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health has recently launched a new app to help people who are facing increased challenges and stress get connected with someone to talk about the difficult feelings and behaviors they may be experiencing.  Known as , this app is accessible via computer and smartphone and provides a  chat-text format to connect individuals with specialists who are trained to discuss the people, situations and things that may be presenting challenges. 

It's easy and fast.  is confidential and does not require a login, username or password and is available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  It’s a great alternative to telephone and video calls for those who prefer text as their primary form of communication.  Please note that the URL is a .co and not a .com site.

A comprehensive list of Riverside County wellness and recovery resources is also available at . Although this is not a substitute for the care of a licensed clinical professional, many people may find this to be a useful outlet to help calm their concerns and regain their center.  Anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis should immediately contact 2-1-1 or call the behavioral health CARES line at (800) 706-7500.  A 24/7 free, confidential crisis or suicide intervention service can be reached at (951) 686-HELP (4357).


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT: Corona-Norco United Way

The Corona-Norco United Way is holding a Back-To-School Supply Drive in order to provide 110 filled backpacks to kids within the Corona Norco Unified School District who are experiencing extreme financial hardships. The recipients have already been identified through our program assessment and are some of the brightest kids--they just need the basic supplies to support their educational success.

Please consider donating to this important cause as 100% of donations received will go directly to these children. We will also accept donations of new school supplies based on the Supply List (see attached). 



To donate

  1. GoFundMe:
  2. Pay Pal: Corona-Norco United Way 
  3. Website:
  4. Checks: P.O. Box 1809, Corona, CA 98278-1809




Submit your photos to by July 4, 2020 to be entered!

For more information, contact the City of Norco at (951) 270-5632 or

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend!

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