The following updates were provided by Riverside County District 1 Supervisor Kevin Jeffries. District 1 encompasses the cities of Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and most of the City of Riverside. The district also covers several unincorporated communities.
Chapter ClosesYou may have read that our County Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Johnson, has announced his retirement. George has been working in government services for roughly 30 years. If you have ever worked with George, you know he is one of the nicest, most polite individuals you could ever meet. And being the county CEO has significant challenges: Managing over 20,000 employees, a half dozen or more labor groups, roughly $6 billion budget, complying with state-mandated programs and spending, working with nearly 30 cities, and of course, five elected county supervisors, one elected sheriff, one elected district attorney, one elected auditor-controller, one elected assessor-clerk recorder, and one elected treasurer tax collector. What could go wrong?
George will be missed by all. His departure of course opens another chapter for the next county CEO. The board will soon be selecting a firm to conduct a local and nationwide search for a permanent replacement.
COVIDWith COVID hospitalizations having fallen to April levels, and Riverside County having moved into the improved Red Tier level, many local businesses have reopened and/or moved back indoors, albeit with limited indoor seating in most cases. Many local residents have called upon the board of supervisors to “lift” the remaining restrictions on businesses, churches, and others.
The board will hold a follow-up discussion on this matter on Tuesday, October 6, sometime after 9:30 a.m. For those advocating to lift the restrictions, the single biggest hurdle for such an effort is that the County of Riverside has no county-issued restrictions to lift on businesses, churches, schools, etc. All the restrictions are imposed by the State of California. Local counties and cities cannot legally lift restrictions issued by a higher-level government agency only the courts can do that, and the school districts will determine when they will open their own schools once the governor allows them to do so—not the county.
If the county did tell business owners that they could fully open and to disregard state orders, local cities (where 70 percent of businesses are located) and the state could still enforce their own regulations. Additionally, for any professionals or businesses who are licensed by the state or have an ABC license, the personal or business licenses could be revoked or suspended by the state.
Cal/OSHA is another potential legal hazard for employers defying state orders. Numerous lawsuits have been filed across the State to challenge the restrictions, but to date, no rules have been overturned in California. I believe a brief review of the lawsuits and their merits will occur at our meeting on Tuesday. It is important to note that there is no proposal before the board to lift mask, social distancing, or sanitizing requirements. The entire COVID response issue has our residents pretty well divided.
VOTINGVoting this year has been made a lot easier, but will it be better? Will it take longer to get results? Below I have listed some of the changes that you should expect this election season. Unfortunately, the state changes will not stop you from likely receiving campaign robo-calls the minute you sit down for dinner. Only voting early can help get you off the call list of some big campaigns!
The November 3, 2020, General Election model will be different this year, offering more ways to vote, and I have heard from many who have had concerns or questions. Here is information on the election model:
Important RecommendationAn important recommendation that I would like to make is that if your preference is to vote in person, please try to bring your Vote-by-Mail ballot to surrender to the poll workers and they will give you a new ballot. If you do not bring your Vote-by-Mail ballot with you, you may still vote; however, you may be given the option of a Provisional Ballot, and that will take longer (weeks) to be counted, as the Registrar’s office will need time to verify that the Vote-by-Mail ballot originally sent to you was not submitted.
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The Canyon Lake Women’s Club calls on witches of all ages to attend its Annual Witches Gathering Luncheon on Saturday, October 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
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