Spiegel Spotlight – September 2021

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Dear Friends and Second District Residents,

September brings us many commemorative days, national celebrations, educational days and weeks including: Labor Day (September 6), Patriot Day/National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11), National Grandparent’s Day (September 12), Día de la Independencia/Mexico Independence Day (September 16), National POW/MIA Recognition Day (September 17), the Air Force Birthday (September 18), National Gold Star Mother’s Day (September 26), National Family Day (September 27), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Day (September 29), and National Coffee Day (September 29).  We also recognize National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11), National Small Business Week (September 13-15 and September is National Preparedness Month and Baby Safety Month.

With Labor Day behind us – a day honoring and celebrating America’s hardworking workforce, we as a nation prepare for the twentieth anniversary of the attack on America. Most of us can remember where we were when the Twin Towers, Pentagon and the field in Somerset County Pennsylvania were struck by American Flight 11, United Flight 175, American Flight 77 and United Flight 93.  

These attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  On this solemn twentieth anniversary, we join the nation in remembering the nearly 3,000 lives lost, and countless others forever altered – lives of accomplishment, contribution, and promise.

May we also honor the many heroes of that day – the thousands of courageous first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center, to that field in Pennsylvania, and to the Pentagon, putting themselves in imminent danger to save the lives of others. Their actions, and the sacrifices of thousands more in defense of our freedoms, continue to inspire us.

We saw the true spirit of America following the attacks of that day. An America which celebrates the differences and vibrancies of our many communities and which joins together to help one another in times of greatest need. We are the America that woke up on September 12, 2001 and emerged unified, with renewed devotion to freedom and respect for human life.

As we look forward, I hope that we will all call upon the spirit of unity which followed 9/11 as we honor those we lost. I hope you take a moment and hug your loved ones a little tighter when you get home, remind your family and friends how much you love them, and never forget that each one of us has so very much to be grateful for to live in this land of the free and home of the brave.

To all the families that have or had a relative(s) serving our nation – Thank You for their service, and Thank YOU for your sacrifice. To those that are still missing or were killed in action – we have not forgotten you.

We will never forget.

Below are several opportunities to remember September 11, 2001:

The History Channel will remember 9/11 on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack with four new documentaries: 9/11: The Legacy, Rise And Fall: The World Trade Center, 9/11: Four Flights and 9/11: I Was There. The seven hours’ worth of documentaries will provide a sweeping recollection of the historical event, providing audiences with accounts from America’s children, first responders and more.

In addition to the documentaries that remember the acts of heroism and reflect on how the 9/11 attacks changed the fabric of the United States, here are some events in our District:

City of Corona 
Corona Chamber of Commerce and the City of Corona are having a commemoration at 8:30am.
Corona Historic Civic Center (815 W Sixth Street, Corona, CA 92882)
Saturday, September 11 @ 8:30am

City of Eastvale
20th Anniversary Ceremony & Memorial unveiling
Fire Station #27 (7067 Hamner Ave, Eastvale, CA 92880)
Saturday, September 11 @ 6:45am

City of Jurupa Valley
20th Anniversary Ceremony
VFW Post #10267 (8607 Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley, CA 92509)
Saturday, September 11 @ 5:30am 

City of Norco
20th Anniversary Ceremony
Fire station #47 (6th Street/Hillside Street, Norco)
Saturday, September 11 @ 8:30am

City of Riverside
20th Anniversary 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony
Livestreamed at:
Saturday, September 11 @ 10:00am

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.


Board Chair Karen Spiegel
Second District Supervisor



August 15 Service Changes

RTA improved our customers’ travel experience with more morning and evening trips, increased frequencies and enhanced connections with other routes and Metrolink trains. We’ve also improving service to area schools. RTA also resumed separate weekday and weekend schedules for all routes. With buses back at full capacity, it’s our pleasure to welcome our customers back!

Service Changes Highlights: Added 149 new trips | Added new segments to 10 routes | Improved service on 36 routes | Improved frequency of service on nine routes | Improved hours of operations with earlier/later service on 10 routes | Restored two routes; Route 51 Crest Cruiser and Route 55 Temecula Trolley. 

Click HERE to learn more about service changes in our district.  




Riverside Express is the brand name for the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (RCTC) express lanes program, which includes the 15 Express Lanes, future 15/91 Express Lanes Connector, and any future express lanes developed within Riverside County. RCTC also jointly operates the 91 Express Lanes with the Orange County Transportation Authority, but this facility does not operate under the Riverside Express brand. Please click HERE for 91 Express Lanes customer service.

RCTC’s mission is to deliver mobility solutions to improve life in Riverside County. With transportation infrastructure needs exceeding available funding, RCTC developed the express lanes program to help improve mobility by providing travel options for toll payers, carpoolers, transit buses, and other travelers. RCTC opened the Riverside County portion of the 91 Express Lanes in March 2017 and is scheduled to open the 15 Express Lanes in late 2021. Construction of the 15/91 Express Lanes Connector is scheduled to begin in late 2020 and open in 2023.

Funding for the 15 Express Lanes and 15/91 Express Lanes Connector is provided by a combination of local, state, and federal sources. RCTC uses toll revenue to operate and maintain the express lanes and to repay the loan and bonds issued to fund construction of the new lanes. RCTC reinvests any remaining revenue after these obligations are paid in new transportation improvements to the corridor. In fact, toll revenue generated from the 91 Express Lanes since its opening is being used to help fund the 15/91 Express Lanes Connector. RCTC is a public agency, not a private or for-profit organization. All funds, including tolls, are public dollars subject to state and federal laws and regulations.


United States Department of State
Opportunities for Service Members and Veterans

Foreign Service Specialists: These specialized positions are somewhat akin to warrant officers and include positions in IT, engineering (construction and security), and business administration, among others. We do have a fellowship available for IT students, which provides support for two years of undergraduate or graduate study followed by a five year service commitment: Not all of these positions are open at all times, but interested individuals can register to receive updates.

Foreign Service Generalists: This career path is divided into five career tracks. The consular career track deals with issues such as crisis response, citizen services, visas. FSOs in the economic career track report on economic trends, support U.S. businesses, follow trade issues, and may be responsible for environmental and STEM diplomacy. The management career track manages the embassy or consulate’s people, resources, and systems, including the motor pool and housing. FSOs in the political career track analyze and report on internal/external political relations, human rights, democracy, security, and socio-political trends. The public diplomacy career track is responsible for press relations, social media, education and cultural affairs, public outreach, and exchanges. For those thinking of graduate school, the Rangel and Pickering Fellowships also offer support for two years of graduate study: and, followed by a five year service commitment.

Civil Service: Most of these positions are in the Washington DC area. Those interested can apply for positions on

Information on veterans' preferences and benefits can be found at

For additional information:
Jason Vorderstrasse
Diplomat in Residence – Southern CA, HI, NV, AS, GU, and MP
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Global Talent Management | Talent Acquisition


As the summer season heats up, so does the popularity of Farmers Markets. We are pleased to share the following information on Farmers Markets located throughout the Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Riverside areas. Enjoy!



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:






For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year is one unlike the half-century that has come before.

We are facing unique challenges together. However, American small businesses continue to play a central role in building a strong country, prepared for any obstacles in the future.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create nearly two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of NSBW, the SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others who support entrepreneurship from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories. Additionally, this year’s NSBW will recognize the small businesses who have navigated the coronavirus pandemic while supporting their employees and communities. There will be a number of presenters providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover towards a stronger economy.

Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. More information
















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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