From the Desk of Chuck Washington
Dear Third District Resident,
At the bottom of this email, you will find a list of COVID-19 resources and information. It has been updated as of Tuesday, June 2, 2020. To keep this email relatively brief, some of the older Third District resources are available here.
The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office is working remotely to answer constituent questions about property taxes, COVID-19 restrictions and mandates, obtaining 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will be in touch with you promptly. You may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (@supervisorchuckwashington) and Twitter page (@SupWashington).
Statement on National Protests
Last week, America was shocked by a video that showed George Floyd – a father and beloved community member – dying at the hands of a police officer. The incident was deeply troubling and unacceptable for a member of law enforcement. It also sparked protests throughout the nation and the world – many of which have been peaceful, but some of which have involved instances of violence and looting. We have the right to assemble, and we have the right to protest: we do not have the right to loot and commit acts of violence.
People have asked me about my experience as a black man in America. Often, I have tried to ignore subtle suggestions of racism, such as when I worked at Delta Airlines, and a woman asked me to check her baggage, despite the fact that I was wearing a captain’s uniform. Every black man in America has those types of stories. Every day for the past 67 years, I have woken up as a black man. If we are to understand the experiences of one another – as black men, as law enforcement officers, etc. – we need to stop battling one another.
I recently saw a picture that read, “Not all black men are thugs or criminals. Not all police officers are racist.” In the past few days, I have been encouraged by pictures and videos of law enforcement officers and protesters coming together, supporting one another and hugging. If we are to improve circumstances in America, we are going to need to talk, understand, and most importantly, listen.
Our nation has just come through two-and-a-half months of dealing with a once-in-a-century pandemic. I respect the right of everyone to peacefully protest this tragedy, but please, remember that COVID-19 is still a threat. You can let your voice be heard through social media and by sending letters and emails to your elected officials. The state stay-at-home order is still in effect, so my office cannot encourage mass gatherings. However, if you attend a protest in person, please practice social distancing and wear face coverings at all times. Most importantly, remember to show kindness and love. ~ Chuck
Riverside County COVID-19 Update
As of Tuesday, June 2, 2020, there are 8,155 cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County. There have been 342 deaths and 4,804 recoveries. For more detailed data on the County’s COVID-19 cases, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. For state updates, visit www.cdph.ca.gov, and for national updates, visit www.cdc.gov.
Cool Centers open Throughout Riverside County
- County cool centers are opening to help residents escape extreme temperatures during the hot summer months.
- The 14 cool centers will be open to the public at no cost. The centers will be available through October as temperatures warrant.
- The centers will implement safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Among the safety measures, all visitors and staff at the cooling centers will be asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
- Light refreshments and water will be available at some locations.
For a list of cool center locations, visit www.capriverside.org