Spiegel Spotlight – August 2021

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Dear Friends and Second District Residents, 

We often hear that we want to leave this world a better place for our children, yet what have we done to make a difference? How can one simple, ordinary person make a positive impact in this world? One way is to “Pay It Forward” through random acts of kindness.

In 1916, author Lily Hardy Hammond wrote, “You don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” The concept of paying-it-forward has been rediscovered many times through books, essays, and projects. It encompasses a Dominoes-like phenomenon, where a single good deed creates a chain reaction of kindness.

In many ways, we’ve become accustomed to the belief that our lives are centered around moments of great significance. But great moments often catch us unawares - beautifully wrapped in small acts of kindness. It is those individual gestures that work together to create a positive difference in our lives and our communities. By being attentive, thoughtful, and creative, we will find that opportunities to Pay It Forward are all around us!

One of my favorite ways to Pay It Forward is through community service. Getting involved in our communities enhances an overall sense of connectedness and creates opportunities to positively impact the lives of those around us, including ourselves.

There’s a wide variety of opportunities for community service, big and small. Some include:

  • Feeding the homeless.
  • Tutoring children.
  • Donating clothes and other necessities to local non-profit organizations.
  • Building homes in low-income areas.
  • Helping and visiting the elderly.
  • Socializing animals at animal shelters.
  • Volunteering at blood drives.
  • Serving as a museum docent.
  • Contributing to food pantries.
  • Working at thrift shops.
  • Helping with civic beautification.

Non-profits, city services, churches, and schools often need volunteers. In all cases, community service work is performed by community members graciously giving of their time and skills. And in many instances, the work would not be accomplished without the work of such volunteers, and many small organizations rely on people with community spirit to survive. I encourage you to find a volunteer opportunity that speaks to your skills and interests, and to continue to "Pay It Forward." 

The Riverside County Second District Supervisor’s office 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 e-newsletter.  Please reach out to my office if we may be of assistance. 


Chair Karen Spiegel  
Second District Supervisor 



Phil Paule, Chief of Staff - On August 2, 2021, Supervisor Spiegel welcomed a new Chief of Staff, Phil Paule to the Second District. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Paule has extensive experience in local and regional government, having previously led the offices of both Congressional and County representatives. ”I am thrilled to be joining Supervisor Spiegel’s team. I look forward to working with the County of Riverside and our regional partners to continue serving the residents of the Second District,” said Mr. Paule.

Mr. Paule has served fifteen years as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Municipal Water District, in Southwest Riverside County. A longtime resident of Riverside County, he and his family enjoy traveling and spending time with their two teenage children.


Deborah Rose, Deputy Chief of Staff - Supervisor Spiegel is excited to have Deborah Rose accept the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Second District. Ms. Rose will be working alongside the new Chief of Staff on executive management and furthering development of the legislative platform. Additionally, Ms. Rose will continue to serve as the Health & Human Services Policy Advisor for Supervisor Spiegel, managing constituent and policy issues related to the following departments: Behavioral Health, Child Support Services, Correctional Health, Fair Housing, Housing Authority, Public Health, Public Social Services (including the divisions of Adult Services, Children’s Services, Self-Sufficiency, and In-Home Supportive Services), and the Riverside University Health System. Ms. Rose is also the liaison to the cities of Riverside and Jurupa Valley.

Ms. Rose joined the Second District team in January 2019, after more than twelve years of experience working for Retired Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley.




Riverside University Health System-Medical Center (RUHS-MC) was recently designated as a Level-1 Trauma Center by the County of Riverside Emergency Medical Services Agency (REMSA). The Level 1 designation is in addition to verification by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) earlier this year, making RUHS-MC the first of its kind to hold both distinctions in Riverside County.

Level 1 is the highest level of designation given to trauma centers and attests that the facility has all necessary resources immediately available to provide critically injured patients with the highest level of quality healthcare.

REMSA is responsible for ensuring that hospitals meet the trauma center requirements specified in the California Health and Safety Code. Patients who suffer a severe injury will be treated by a board-certified trauma surgeon leading a multidisciplinary team of highly trained healthcare personnel from the emergency room, operating room, intensive care, radiology and rehabilitation services.

“This achievement is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our health care team, surgeons of all specialties, and our leadership team,” said RUHS Surgeon in Chief Dr. Raul Coimbra. “Our entire team worked together to achieve one common goal – to provide the very best care to the residents of Riverside County."

The designation also means that RUHS-MC participates in national quality initiatives and multi-institutional research efforts, which are benchmarked against more than 800 hospitals across North America. This not only helps the team monitor the success of the program but identifies opportunities to consistently improve patient care.

"I am extremely honored to work with a team of talented and deeply committed individuals who work tirelessly to provide our community with the highest level of healthcare and services available,” says Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Cruikshank. “This latest effort by our trauma team illustrates our ongoing commitment and dedication to deliver exceptional care to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our community."

The most important factor dictating a trauma patient’s survival is the initial assessment of the injury, which takes place in the emergency department. As a Level-1 Trauma Center, RUHS-MC now serves as a regional referral center and supports all local hospitals by accepting patients who require the most advanced or specialized care and treatment. Having the capability to provide comprehensive care for every aspect of injury for severely injured patients means that anyone throughout the Riverside County area with immediate critical medical needs will receive the finest care.

“It takes a highly trained and skilled medical team to be able to care for any injury that may occur, at any given moment,” said Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “I am incredibly proud of the team at RUHS-MC for achieving this high distinction. By serving as a leader in the region to provide the highest standard of care and services, RUHS stands ready to serve all residents of Riverside County when they need it most.

This latest achievement is among several accomplishments that RUHS-MC has made over the past several years to enhance the quality of services provided, including the sepsis program, the stroke program and the joint replacement program.



On August 15, Riverside Transit Agency will improve your travel experience with more morning and evening trips, increased frequencies and enhanced connections with other routes and Metrolink trains. We’re also improving service to area schools and resuming service aboard the Temecula Trolley and Crest Cruiser. RTA will also resume separate weekday and weekend schedules for all routes. 

For more information, please click the link HERE.






Riverside County Veterans’ Services Recruiting  

The Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services is currently recruiting to fill 6 vacant Veterans Representative positions.  If you wish to find out more information or are interested  in joining the Riverside County Veterans Services Team, please CLICK HERE





Looking for some Friday night fun? Come and hang out at the Eastvale Farmers Market, every Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Day Christian Church: 7155 Hamner Ave., Eastvale CA 92880.

Fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, freshly baked bread, microgreens, farm fresh honey and MUCH MORE!! For more information or on how to become a vendor, please email:









Registration is being accepted for the City of Norco's Co-Ed Youth Tennis Camp! Space is limited! For more information please


Registration is being accepted for the City of Norco's Co-Ed Youth Basketball League. Space is limited! For more information please



Are you interested in what’s going on in the community of Highgrove? If you live within the unincorporated community of Highgrove, be sure to apply for two (2) Alternate Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) positions .  Get to know your Sheriff Deputies, Code Enforcements Officers, School Board Members, Animal Control Specialists and more! Interested parties may apply online at under Boards-Committees & Commissions.


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