Biweekly Third District Update

Supervisor Washington

From the Desk of

Chuck Washington

Dear Third District Resident,

The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office is working remotely to answer constituent questions about property taxes, COVID-19 restrictions and testing, social-service benefits and other County-related matters. Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 951-955-1030 or send an email to, and someone will be in touch with you promptly. You may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (@supervisorchuckwashington) and Twitter page (@SupWashington).

Kathy and I would like to wish all of our Third District neighbors a safe and happy holiday season.

There is no doubt that many of us will count 2020 as one of the hardest years of our lives. Many have lost family members. Others have lost their livelihoods. And our kids have lost many of their traditional childhood experiences.

Now that our most cherished holidays are upon us, most of us can’t help but to think of the quality time we’d like to spend with our families.

We ask that you make sacrifices this year to keep one another safe so that we can celebrate life with our families in 2021. Remember to stay home as often as you can and wear your mask and practice social distancing when you go out in public.

Thank you for all that you do to make Riverside County a special place to live.

Sincere regards,

Chuck Washington 

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Federal COVID-19 Update

  • Congress has passed a $900 trillion stimulus bill, but it’s unclear if it will be signed into law as is. The legislation is awaiting the President’s signature.
  • The following are highlights of the bill, should it be signed into law:
    • $600 stimulus checks for individual taxpayers who earn less than $75,000 and their child dependents;
    • Those using unemployment insurance (UI) will qualify for an additional 11 weeks of payments. Unemployed workers would also receive an additional $300 per week for 11 weeks. Both of these programs would end March 14, 2021;
    • $284 billion for Paycheck Protection Program loans for small businesses and nonprofits;
    • $25 billion in rental relief and an extension of the eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021;
    • $13 billion in increased SNAP funding. There would be a 15 percent across-the-board increase for all SNAP recipients, which would translate into an extra $25 per person per month, approximately. This increase would begin Jan. 1 and end June 30, 2021. The stimulus package also would expand SNAP benefits for college students and exclude unemployment compensation when calculating SNAP eligibility.
  • The County of Riverside and other local governments would not receive direct funding through this bill, so our local programs — such as the Small Business Assistance Grant, the Nonprofit Assistance Fund, the Youth Community Corps and Pathways to Employment — are not expected to be renewed if this bill is signed.


California COVID-19 Update

Riverside County is currently under the State’s Regional Stay Home Order. The order took effect Dec. 6 after our region’s ICU availability fell to less than 15 percent. Southern California has 0 percent ICU availability at the moment; Riverside County’s availability is 0 percent. As our ICU availability has not increased, we do not expect to see the Regional Stay Home Order restrictions lifted before the end of the year.

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Riverside County COVID-19 Update

As of Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, there have been 156,834 cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County. There have been 1,805 deaths and 74,448 recoveries. For more detailed data on the County’s COVID-19 cases, visit For state updates, visit, and for national updates, visit

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State Launches $500 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses

  • The State has launched their website for the $500 million Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program: Grants up to $25,000 will be given to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.
  • Visit the website early to review eligibility and prepare for the application. The first application window opens Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 and closes Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.
  • Do you have questions about the grant program? Visit the following link to register for an information session hosted by America’s SBDC California: Webinars are available daily in English and other languages until at least Jan. 4, 2021.

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COVID-19 Testing Available in Hemet

  • Walk-up testing is available every Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hemet Public Library (300 E. Latham Avenue).
  • You can park and walk to the trailer located in the library’s parking lot.
  • No appointment necessary. Please wear your mask and follow directions given by staff.
  • You must not eat 20 minutes before taking your test!

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County Offering Classes for Family Caregivers

  • Have you been feeling stressed about your caregiving situation? You are not alone!
  • Join other family caregivers and an experienced facilitator for a free 11-week virtual series on Zoom. Hosted by the Riverside County Office on Aging, each session will focus on a topic that affects caregivers, such as stress, memory impairment, legal issues, financial issues and more!
  • Each session will last two hours. The workshops are provided in a support group setting. Please commit to attending all 11 sessions. Respite may be available.
  • Never used Zoom or don’t have a computer? Don’t worry! Assistance is available to help you participate!
  • The next series of classes begins January 2021. For more information, please call 951-867-3800 and ask for a CARE Pathways staff member.

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Beware COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed throughout the United States and the world. If you are a healthcare worker or a first responder and you would like to receive the vaccine, you can send an email to When vaccines are available to the general public, you can send an email to for information on how to receive the vaccine. For general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 833-502-1245 or send an email to
  • Please be aware that some scammers are taking advantage of misinformation surrounding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Federal Trade Commission has issued alerts asking people to be aware of the following scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine:
    • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine;
    • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine;
    • No one will call about the vaccine and ask for your Social Security number, credit card number or bank account information.
  • Report these scams at For tips on avoiding scams relating to COVID-19, visit

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Do You Know a Champion for Children? Nominate them Today!

  • First 5 Riverside’s Champion for Children Award was created to honor and bring awareness to people and organizations whose leadership and advocacy embody the vision of First 5 Riverside, where all children in Riverside County are healthy and thrive in supportive, nurturing and loving environments and enter school ready to learn and embrace lifelong learning.
  • Nominees must be a resident of Riverside County and have lived or worked within the county for at least two years. The recipient selected will have achievements that align with First 5 Riverside strategic goals, including quality early learning, comprehensive health and development and resilient families.
  • The next Champion for Children will be presented a plaque and certificate by the Riverside County Children and Families Commission in spring 2021 and recognized on the First 5 Riverside website and social media channels.
  • You can access the nomination form here.
  • Nominations are open through January 11, 2021. For additional information, please contact Public Information Specialist Sean Pravica at 951-203-3079.

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Through It All: Riverside County Transportation Pushes on with Road Projects Near You

  • Despite the pandemic, several road projects are scheduled for Third District roads.
  • The following construction project will begin early 2021:
    • Pala Road between Pechanga Road and the County of San Diego.
  • The following stretches of road will be resurfaced starting spring 2021:
    • Ramona Expressway from a half mile west of Warren Road to Warren Road;
    • The second westbound lane of Ramona Expressway from Warren Road to 800 feet west of Sanderson.
  • The following sidewalk project will begin construction summer 2021:
    • Mayberry Avenue between Peartree Lane and Casino Road.
  • The following stretches of road will be resurfaced starting fall 2021:
    • The roundabout at Rancho California Road and Anza Road;
    • San Jacinto Street between Thornton Avenue and Central Avenue;
    • Stetson Avenue between Santa Fe Street and Hemet Street;
    • Rainbow Canyon Road between north Frontage Road and the City of Temecula.
  • Thank you to the staff at the Riverside County Transportation Department for continuing your great work!