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 pleased to offer in-person services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our Valle Vista Office inside the Valle Vista Sheriff’s Station (43950 Acacia Avenue, Hemet) or our French Valley Office at the French Valley Airport (37600 Sky Canyon Drive, Murrieta). Please contact our office before your visit by calling 951-955-1030 or emailing For regular Third District updates, visit our Facebook page (@supervisorchuckwashington), Instagram page (@supervisorchuckwashington), Twitter page (@SupWashington), and website (

During the summer, the newsletter is sent monthly. The biweekly newsletter returns Sept. 1.

Riverside County is once again experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. As of Tuesday, Aug. 3, Riverside County’s case rate per 100,000 residents is 17.4, and our positivity rate is 9.3 percent. For comparison, when businesses were opened or closed in accordance with the state’s colored tier system, the most restrictive tier (the purple tier) described any county in which the case rate was higher than seven per 100,000 residents and the positivity rate was higher than 8 percent. During the peak of the pandemic in Riverside County, case rates reached as high as 199 cases per 100,000 residents and positivity rates were as high as 28.6 percent. 

Please, help keep our community and your family safe by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. The County of Riverside is vaccinating residents ages 12 and up. To make an appointment, call 2-1-1 or visit You can also schedule an appointment at a Community Health Center by calling 800-945-6171. If you unable to leave your home for medical reasons, you can be vaccinated from the comfort of your home by calling 833-422-4255 or visiting

Data on the county’s COVID-19 cases is still posted at and on Facebook at @countyriversidedepartmentofpublichealth and Twitter at @RivCoDoc. For state updates, visit, and for national updates, visit


Chuck Washington

A closeup of a microscopic viral organism.

New COVID-19 Mask Guidelines

Due to rising COVID-19 rates, state and federal health officials have issued new public health guidelines. Current state and federal masking guidance recommend that vaccinated individuals wear face masks in public indoor settings. The state still requires unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors.


1,346,930 vaccines received; 2,435,325 vaccines administered; 270 vaccine providers


As of August 2, 2021, 57.9 percent of Riverside County residents are partially or fully vaccinated (1,217,295 residents), and 50 percent are fully vaccinated (1,052,430 residents). To see a larger image, click on the picture.

A man holding a pen puts a ballot into a box.

Governor Recall Election: What You Need to Know

The California Gubernatorial Recall Election takes place Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. All registered voters in Riverside County will be mailed a ballot beginning Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. You can check your voter registration status at or register to vote at

Your completed vote-by-mail ballot can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service – no postage is required. You can also drop off your ballot at any official ballot drop-off location that will be available beginning Aug. 16 or vote in-person at your assigned polling place from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14. A final list of Riverside County’s 102 ballot drop-off locations and 145 polling places will be posted at on Aug. 16.

The Registrar of Voters is currently recruiting approximately 900 temporary workers to assist in the upcoming election. Temporary elections assistants perform a variety of routine work such as customer service, proofing ballot material, counting ballots, answering phones and receiving, inspecting, recording and storing voted ballots. The position offers day and night shifts and pays $20 per hour. Interested candidates can apply using the following link: For specific questions regarding this position, call 951-955-3500 or send an email to

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Looking for a Job? IHSS Recipients Need Caregivers

The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority is actively recruiting for caregivers to join the registry. IHSS caregivers are needed to provide assistance to elderly and disabled individuals who are approved for IHSS services. Caregiver responsibilities are based upon the needs of their IHSS client and can vary from domestic tasks like laundry and meal preparation to more personal tasks such as feeding and bathing.

Caregivers make $14.50 per hour and can earn overtime if authorized to work over 40 hours in a week. Interested candidates are encouraged to call 1-888-960-4477 and request to join the registry.

The Changing Third District: What You Need to Know About Redistricting  

Riverside County supervisorial district boundaries are geographically redrawn every 10 years in line with the county's population as reported by the U.S. Census, most recently conducted in 2020.

Community input is extremely important to the redistricting process, and there will be ongoing opportunities for comments on the proposed district lines. Ultimately, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will adopt the new supervisorial district boundaries by December 15, 2021.

To view the latest public meeting notices, agendas, minutes and proposed redistricting maps, visit the following website: To watch an informative video on the redistricting process, click on the picture below.

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Opal Hellweg and Sundae Sayles. Third District Workshop with DCSS Department of Child Support Services.

Curious About What We Do? Watch the Third District Workshop Below!

The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office recently partnered with the Department of Child Support Services to provide more information about how our office serves Third District residents.

The workshop — which was filmed in the newly opened French Valley Library — provides specific examples of ways in which our office can help constituents navigate the county’s numerous programs and services to find assistance for their unique circumstances.

To view the workshop, visit the Riverside County Department of Child Support Services Facebook page at

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Changes Coming to Riverside County’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance

The County of Riverside is seeking the input of business owners and residents on upcoming revisions to the short-term rental ordinance.

This ordinance will provide updated regulations for short-term rentals, vacation home rentals and properties listed on Airbnb, VRBO and other online vacation rental marketplaces.

Do you operate a short-term rental in unincorporated Riverside County? Are you a resident who lives near short-term rental homes in unincorporated Riverside County? If so, the County wants to hear from you!

Please see the proposed changes using the following link:

To provide input, please send an email to Principal Planner Steven Jones at with the subject line “Ordinance 927.1.”

The County of Riverside Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the short-term rental ordinance at a future commission meeting. The agenda and public hearing schedule will be located through the following link:

If you live next to a short-term rental that is not following Good Neighbor requirements (outlined in this brochure:, you can report it by calling 800-228-5051. You can also address your concerns directly with the appropriate short-term rental company. For instance, for issues with properties rented on Airbnb, you can call their 24/7 hotline at 1-855-635-7754 or visit their website at

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CFLC Empower Youth and EMWD Partner Offering Paid Internship

California Family Life Center Empower Youth (CFLC) and Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) have created a 12-week paid internship for youth interested in water technology.

There are numerous positions potentially available to interns, including records management assistant, engineering administrative assistant, conservation administration assistant, new business plan of service assistant, recycled water and backflow coordination assistant and education assistant. Interns will improve their occupational skills and gain valuable knowledge in water technology.

Please apply as soon as possible. Department positions are filling fast, and the application deadline is August 26, 2021. For more information, call 951-765-0917 or visit CFLC Empower Youth at 930 N. State Street, Hemet, CA 92543.

Third District Spotlight: The French Valley Library Opens!

The highly anticipated French Valley Library celebrated its grand opening July 31. Elected officials, business leaders and members of the community were on hand to browse the shelves and see what the library has to offer.

For those of you who attended the grand opening, we hope you loved what you saw! With reading nooks, small study rooms, teen and children’s sections and a large community room, this library has something for everyone.

The French Valley Library is located at 31526 Skyview Road in Winchester. The library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays and on county-observed holidays.

For more information about the French Valley Library, including a calendar of events, visit


A tiered table covered in books. Behind the table, rows of books and two large study rooms, which are boxes with large, open windows.


The inside of the French Valley Library