Spiegel Spotlight – May 2022

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Dear Friends and Second District Residents,

As we enter the month of May, let’s not forget to honor and remember all the people in our lives who have laid the foundation on which we stand.  To recognize those that make a difference in our lives and to thank those that have given us the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy and which we often take for granted.  Some of the more notable May celebrations are as follows:

  • May 8th is Mother’s Day – a moment to pay homage to the women (mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, and sisters) who have made a difference in our life by caring for us and shaping the person that we've become.
  • May 21st   is Armed Forces Day – a day to recognize the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for the many freedoms we cherish. I ask that you take time to find a member of the military, and their family, to thank them for their service.
  • May 30th is Memorial Day – an opportunity to reflect and pay honor to service members who have passed away, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.  I encourage you to find a special way to be involved and participate in one of the many local events.  Our national cemetery, as well as other cemeteries, display flags on the graves of all those who’ve served. The placement of flags is a treasured activity for my family and I to participate in and show our respect.

Other Commemorative Days in May

May brings us flowers, but also many commemorative days which include (and are certainly not limited to): 

  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5th)
  • National Day of Prayer (May 5th)
  • National Fitness Day (May 7th)
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15th)
  • National Rescue Dog Day (May 20th)
  • National Brother's Day (May 24th)
  • National Wine Day (May 25th)
  • Hamburger Day (May 28th)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-7th),
  • National Pet Week (May 1st-7th),
  • National Nurses Week (May 6th-12th),
  • National Hospital Week (May 8th-14th)
  • National EMS Week (May 15th-21st)
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • National Pet Month
  • ALS Awareness Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • National Barbecue Month

I encourage you to stay connected by joining District 2 on Facebook @SupervisorKarenSpiegel  or Twitter @SupKarenSpiegel and Instagram @SupervisorKarenSpiegel for for more updates and information of all our events throughout the month of May.  


Prado Dam Update

After almost a decade of hard work by many, we are incredibly excited to announce that the Prado Dam Mural will again display its iconic image of the ‘largest’ patriotic billboard.  This mural was painted in coordination with students from Corona High School (1976) and guidance from the school's Activities Director, David DiPiaolo along with classmates and mural designers Ron Kammeyer and Perry Schaefer.  This mural is especially meaningful to me given my beloved mother-in-law, Flora Spiegel, was Mayor of Corona when this initial painting was constructed.

Prior to the original artwork being defaced by graffiti and the paint fading through the years, the mural read “200 Years of Freedom: 1776-1976” and featured an image of the Liberty Bell, commemorating the Bicentennial celebration of America’s freedom.  The mural is prominently visible from the 91 Freeway and has served as a source of pride and patriotism for hundreds of thousands of commuters, visitors and area residents for multiple generations, and is a unifying symbol for the region. 

Over the years, the surrounding communities and various local and federal agencies have come together in an effort to repaint this mural.  Peter Usle organized the Friends of the Prado Dam Mural group and, after years of work and lawsuits being settled, we are close to restoration.

Moving forward, Congressman Ken Calvert has secured $2.5 million in federal dollars to remove the lead based paint on the spillway with the goal of clearing the way for repainting the original mural. The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is leading the effort to replicate the bicentennial mural which will require a non-federal entity to apply for a permit and pay for the painting. This cost will be assumed by a 501(C)(3) non-profit without government or public monies.

My office and the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District are committed to working with federal and local partners to get the mural restored. In addition, many Stakeholders continue to support the mural and negotiations for its restoration.  Riverside County is working with the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) to enter into a licensing agreement for the mural to be painted.

I am pleased to be involved, along with Congressman Ken Calvert and numerous other agencies. While it may be a bit longer than we all wanted, I am confident that within the near future we will again see a beautiful patriotic image, viewable by thousands who travel the 91 and 71 Freeways.   The mural serves as a beacon of pride for our communities and as a monument to the incredible partnership that helped build the Prado Dam and Santa Ana Mainstem Project.

Our Office

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


Karen Spiegel, Supervisor
Riverside County Board of Supervisors 


Will Riverside County Face New Water Restrictions in the Near Future? 

As we prepare for summer, one-third of Southern California face new restrictions limiting outdoor watering to one day a week under an unprecedented action taken by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to dramatically reduce water use in communities most affected by the state’s historic drought.  The actions taken by the MWD Board on April 26th, 2022 apply to dozens of cities and communities in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties – home to about 6 million Southern Californians. 

The affected agencies include: Calleguas Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Three Valleys Municipal Water District, and Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

While Riverside County does not face these restrictions, Western Municipal Water District Board Member, Laura Roughton stated, “These restrictions bring home the very serious drought conditions that California is living under. Although not specifically affected by this current MWD directive, as we move into our typically hottest months of the year, we all need to strive to reach the already requested reduction of 20% across all of California during this State of Emergency.  There is hope on the horizon with the new Solve the Water Crisis initiative that is sharing the importance of making investments and creating support for critical water infrastructure and conveyance. Working toward drought-proofing our state with a diversity of new storage and conveyance will allow water to be available to move around to places most needed meeting our resident’s needs up and down California.”  For more information on this initiative, please visit their website

In addition, the Metropolitan Water District also offers year-round rebates whether we’re in drought or not to encourage the public to conserve long term. For more information, please click HERE


On April 26th, 2022, the Board of Supervisors recognized the Second District's Volunteer and Volunteer Organization of the Year.  The Volunteer of the Year Award is designed to recognize and honor those individuals and groups who have generously donated their time and talents to improving our communities. Volunteerism comes in many forms, and no act of service is too small.


2021 Volunteer of the Year

Karen Alexander is that one volunteer who gets things done without expectation or desire to be in the limelight.  She is often referred to as "the hub of the wheel" meaning she helps others do their respective assignments and pulls all 'spokes' together to make the wheel complete. Karen loves Corona and has made a long and positive impact on the city. She serves the vulnerable of her community, active-duty troops, veterans, and anyone else who crosses her path in need of assistance. The citizens of Corona are blessed to have her as an advocate and ally.


2021 Volunteer Organization of the Year

The Eastvale Kiwanis Club invests in the success of the children within the community and strives to offer programs and opportunities that will help them realize their full potential. The organization also provides scholarships to high school students, supports the elementary school libraries, and offers community service opportunities to families across the city.  The Eastvale Kiwanis Club is the city’s oldest community service organization as well as being the top dedicated community group which performs many successful community clean-ups throughout the year.



We’re Rolling Back our Fares to 1977! All Bus Rides 25¢

In celebration of our 45-year anniversary, all customers pay just 25 cents to ride RTA buses anywhere we go, anytime we operate! Plus, Dial-Ride passengers ride for just $1 per zone, and youth and students from participating colleges ride free. And yes, you can use the Token Transit app to pay the special fare. Quarter fares are available March 1 through April 30.

This offer has been extended to May 31.

Click HERE to learn more!




Dear Veteran, 

You may be eligible for newly enacted service-connected benefits. 

Over the course of the last six months, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun processing service-connected disability claims for six new presumptive conditions related to environmental exposures during military service. We request your help in making more Veterans aware of these newly added presumptive conditions to help them file a claim and obtain any earned benefits. In May 2021, VA started implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), adding bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of medical conditions presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. A few months later VA added asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis (to include rhinosinusitis) on a presumptive basis based on particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas. 

Any Veteran who was previously denied service-connection for any of these six conditions but had symptoms manifest within 10 years of military service would need to file a supplemental claim. Be sure to use VA Form 20-0995, Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim when filing. The claim form should include the name of the condition and specify that the condition is being claimed due to in-service exposure to environmental hazards. 

VA is committed to assisting Veterans who may have been exposed to hazardous materials during their military service.  Be sure to stay plugged in to for the most recent developments around environmental exposures during military service, as VA is constantly conducting research and surveillance as well as reviewing scientific literature for conditions that may be related to exposure during military service.  For more information about VA benefits and eligibility, or how to file a claim, Veterans and survivors can visit VA’s website at or call toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.





Corona Beautiful Community Cleanup Event- Spring 2022

Cleanup of Stagecoach Park and Corydon Avenue

9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Join the City of Corona for the next Community Cleanup event of the season! This is a volunteer opportunity for all ages in which we will be cleaning the park and Richie Street. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes, clothing they do not mind getting dirty, jeans are highly recommended. Work gloves will be provided. Volunteers will check-in near the parking lot at the City of Corona booth.

All ages are welcome! Teens must be at least 14 years old to volunteer without a parent present. Any participants under the age of 18 will need a parent to sign their waiver of liability. Water and refreshments will be provided. An email confirmation will be sent out on Wednesday, May 11th. 

The City of Corona cannot validate any court or school mandated hours for disciplinary purposes.

Register to join us at


Contact us at 951-736-2241

Contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator by email, Madelyne Black


Corona Life Services invites the community to experience the 24th Annual Gala “A Night to Elevate the Beat” a gathering with outspoken defenders of life in the community to celebrate the wonder and sanctity of human life.

This first-ever outdoor event features a live artist, leading pro-life advocate Lila Rose, and walk-through experience of the splendor of life on Saturday, May 14. All proceeds from this event will help Corona Life Services continue to save lives and share hope to women and families in need. Get your ticket and make your reservation today! RSVP deadline is on Saturday, April 30th.  


Saturday, May 14th


5 PM - 9 PM 


Silverlakes (5555 Hamner Avenue, Norco, CA)

For additional information, please click here.



Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program that educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Course Information:

The City of Eastvale collaborates with Riverside County Emergency Management Department to provide 2 CERT Classes in the Spring and Fall of each year. CERT training is a commitment of 20 hours of training. There is no cost for the training. Only those who successfully complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion. Classes are typically over a 2 1/2 day span but are subject to change.

Class times are as follows: Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Upcoming Courses:

  • May 6-8, 2022: Sign Up HERE

Course Materials:

Course materials are provided on the first day of the course, but can also be found here or below for free download.





"The Future of Global Finance: Policy and Ethical Implications of Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets" - a seminar by Joshua Deese

About this event

All Eventbrite registrations are for in-person attendees. If you prefer to virtually attend this event, please register via






Concert Program

Saturday, May 28 @ 7:30 PM

Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Serenade for Strings will open our final concert of the 2021-22 season. The music is fun, engaging and uplifting – it will transport you and fill you with hope.

Guest artist Fiona Shea will perform the Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch. Ms. Shea, 22 is studying at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and the recipient of the 2022 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship.

Symphony #5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius is the perfect seasonal ending to May’s concert, celebrating nature through rich tones of strings and woodwinds.

Purchase Tickets HERE







There is an urgent need for blood throughout Riverside County. Our local hospitals and blood banks are in critical need of donations.  LifeStream Blood Bank has ZERO units of Group O blood on hand, and several patients in the community need blood now. Without blood on our shelves, these patients' lives are at risk.

Make an appointment to donate blood today: call 800-879-4484, visit, or download the LifeStream app TODAY.






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:



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 one (1) 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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