Spiegel Spotlight - August

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Dear Friends and Second District Residents,

This was a busy week for the Board of Supervisors with many pressing items on the August 4th Board agenda.  If you missed the meeting and would like to review the agenda items or watch a replay of the meeting, please visit the Riverside County Clerk of the Board website.  

There were several important announcements and news releases from Riverside County over the last week which can be found by visiting our News and Highlights page.  Some of the topics included the appointment of a new Fire Chief, launch of Youth Community Corp program, listening sessions on county services and budget, resuming youth sports, the status of school waivers and more. 

This week the City of Corona and City of Riverside mourned the loss of two of their own: Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra of Corona, CA (19 years old) and Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva of Riverside, CA (21 years of age). Both men were part of the July 30th Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AVV) training accident off the coast of California. 

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My thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities that have lost a loved one in this tragic accident. The remaining Marines and Sailor were:

  • Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19 years of age, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin;
  • Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19 years of age, of Portland, Oregon;
  • U.S. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22 years of age, of Stockton, California;
  • Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20 years of age, of New Braunfels Texas
  • Lance Cpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21 years of age, of Montebello, California;
  • Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21 years of age, of Bend, Oregon; and
  • Cpl. Wesley A. Rodd, 23 years of age, of Harris, Texas

The American Flags in the City of Corona, City of Riverside and the County Administrative Center will be lowered in honor of these fine men. Please join me in offering your condolences and support to their families, loved ones, and communities that are morning this loss together.

The County Administrative Center will remain closed to the public at this time, but the Riverside County Second District Supervisor’s office is working both remotely and with modified in-office hours to answer constituent questions and provide assistance.  District 2 Staff are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist you. You can reach my office by calling (951) 955-1020 or by emailing and staff will assist you promptly.

I encourage you to stay connected by joining District 2 on Facebook @SupervisorKarenSpiegel  or Twitter @SupKarenSpiegel and Instagram @SupervisorKarenSpiegel  

I hope you enjoy this weekly e-newsletter.  Please reach out to my office if we may be of assistance.



Karen Spiegel 
Second District Supervisor


It has been a pleasure working with Eastvale City Council Member Joe Tessari over the years, from the early days of Eastvale incorporation to the young and flourishing city we see today.  We thank Councilman Tessari for his many years of outstanding service, dedication and leadership for the citizens of Eastvale and the Inland Empire region. We wish him and his family much happiness and joy in their retirement in Texas. Best wishes!

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Hamner Avenue is an approximately 8.5-mile stretch of road extending through the Cities of Norco and Eastvale. The corridor runs parallel to Interstate 15 (I-15) and extends from Riverside Drive in the City of Eastvale (Eastvale) at the north end to the southern boundary of the City of Norco (Norco) at the south end. Hamner Avenue serves not only as a local arterial but also as an alternate route to the I-15. 

The bridge site is near the border between Norco and Eastvale, approximately 1,300 feet to the west of the I-15 Bridges over the Santa Ana River in the City of Norco, California. The existing structure has two traffic lanes, one in each direction with no shoulders. It carries heavy traffic bypassing Interstate-15 when there is congestion, maintenance activities, or an emergency on the freeway. The existing reinforced concrete bridge is approximately 676 feet long and 36 feet wide. The bridge was constructed in 1939. It was widened and seismically upgraded in 1978. The bridge widening project provided a cantilevered sidewalk on the east side of the structure and installed cable restrainers through the expansion joints for seismic retrofitting.

Construction will begin in January 2021.  To learn more, interested parties may view the project renderings here.

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In an effort to flatten the curve and slow the silent spread of COVID-19 in Riverside County, food banks, food pantries, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations, non-profits, and essential businesses residing in Riverside County are eligible to request disposable facial coverings for FREE distribution to their staff and customers. These coverings are disposable and are intended for one-day use per mask. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to review and approval. 

To request face coverings, complete this form. Upon receipt and approval of your request, you will be contacted regarding delivery.  Please follow the link to complete the request form:


The California Department of Motor Vehicles is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. This action delays the requirement for this population to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE for additional details.



The County of Riverside has created a county-wide mapping service that provides a valuable resource for those struggling with food insecurities.  You can allow this app to use your location, or type in an address to find locations providing food pantries, senior meals, and school meals during the COVID-19 emergency in Riverside County. Click HERE to view the map. A mobile version is also available from the RUHS Coronavirus home page: 


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Say hello to FREE rides all year long! It all starts today, when students from participating colleges and anyone 18 and younger can ride RTA for free anywhere we go, anytime we operate. Check out for details.

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The Riverside County Transportation Department is rehabilitating nearly two miles of roadway in the El Cerrito neighborhood between I-15 and Temescal Canyon Road. Crews will remove the existing roadway and reconstruct with new asphalt. 

WHEN: Early August through September
TIME: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Please note the following in your neighborhood: 

  • Road closures will be in effect and detour signs will be posted. Please allow extra travel time. 
  • Temporary “no parking” signs with a specific date will be placed on the streets. Cars parked in the work area during these hours will be towed at the owners’ expense. 
  • Neighbors may experience construction noise and some access restrictions during the project. Please drive with caution and stay out of the work area at all times. 
  • Work schedules are subject to change based on weather, field conditions or other operational factors. 
  • If you have a special concern, please call the construction hotline at (877) 278-7606. 

Construction Hotline 877.278.7606
Website: @RivCoTrans 

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The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed at

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

More than 380,581 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 Residents 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.

  • You must be a Riverside County resident to be tested in Riverside County.
  • Testing is available to anyone, with symptoms or without.
  • There are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals.
  • Have your health insurance on hand, but you will not share in any costs, or co-pays.
  • Testing is still offered, even if health insurance is not provided.
  • Families are welcome.

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

County-run testing sites:

NOTE: (For County-run testing sites, please create a mychart account)

State-run testing sites:



Please take a moment to complete the Census. It’s estimated that our region lost 1 billion dollars over the last ten years because of undercounting in the 2010 Census. That’s 1 BILLION dollars that our region didn't have for our schools, public health, small businesses, non-profits, transportation and critical infrastructure. 

Dial 1-844-330-2020 to be connected with the U. S. Census Bureau to fill out your Census by phone - and their call-back feature means you won't have to be placed hold!  

Visit to take the Census in another language. 

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.  

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Want to help make a difference for veterans of Jurupa Valley?  Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10267 has been closed since March because of COVID 19. During this time, they have not been able to raise funds with charity dinners etc. In the meantime, thieves cut into their SCE utility box, shut off their power, disabled their security system and cameras and drove a vehicle through the back doors of VFW Post 10267. The thieves took sledgehammers to their ATM, Juke Box, and glass case containing artifacts from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts.They are now in the process of repairs, replacement and adding security: new cameras, gates, chains, locks, roll-up doors and more. If you would like to support the VFW Post 10267 of Jurupa Valley, please visit their Facebook page to learn more or call (951) 681-0267.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10267, Jurupa Valley, California, consists of past and present members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America whom have served their Country on Foreign Soil. The VFW perpetuates the memory and history of the dead, assists Veterans in need, Widows, Orphans, Community and maintains allegiance to the Government of the United States of America.  


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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has announced the cancellation of the 2020 The Wall That Heals Tour out of concern for the health and well-being of visitors and staff.

Initially scheduled to come to the City of Corona for October 15 through October 18th, 2020, the exhibit would honor the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War.

Given the current circumstances related to COVID-19, the City of Corona understands the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s difficult decision to cancel the tour. The City will reapply as a host site for 2021/2022. Corona remains optimistic that they will be able to host The Wall That Heals in the future. Until then, thank you for your support and understanding.


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