Volume 44 | October 30 -  November 10, 2017
Moreno Valley's First Latino Film Festival & Art Walk Amazes Audiences
Moreno Valley was honored to present the City's first Latino Film Festival and Art Walk. The City held the Cinema Culturas Film Festival and First Annual Moreno Valley Art Walk at Harkins Theatres in the Moreno Valley Mall. This weekend-long celebration of the arts took place October 27th through October 29th.

The first day of the festival began with a fantastic Gala Night and showcase of art created by 15 local artists. Artists Tony Lavall, Shaz Hunter, Jessica Cruz, and Maurice Howard were in attendance to meet Art Walk visitors.

A screening of Esteban, an award-winning and uplifting film about a gifted nine-year-old pianist followed the Art Walk. Many viewers left the theater expressing feelings of deep admiration and inspiration. A variety of award-winning and award-nominated films were shown throughout the weekend including feature films, documentaries, short films and animated shorts. 

Cinema Culturas also offered a selection of student film screenings. Students from three Moreno Valley schools were able to screen films they created; filmmakers and their parents stayed on site to answer questions.

Attendees enjoyed an array of Latin cuisine, listened to keynote speakers, and marveled at the festival’s upscale offerings.

Cinema Culturas concluded with a special screening of the newly restored film, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Attendees had the unique opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with the film's Director Robert Young and film scholar Dr. Carlos Cortez. Guests and festival staff were honored with a special appearance from the legendary actor and star of the film Edward James Olmos.

To view or learn more about the Cinema Culturas Film Fest and Art Walk visit the City's Facebook page or www.cinemaculturas.com.
City Welcomes Solaris Paper to Moreno Valley's
Thriving Business Community
Solaris Paper, a United States based manufacturer of premium quality kitchen, bath, and facial tissue, has selected a Moreno Valley site to position the company for growth and greater efficiency. Solaris Paper joins numerous Fortune 500 and international companies that have created more than 14,000 new Moreno Valley jobs over the past four years.

Solaris Paper produces away-from-home and at-home consumer tissue products sourced from sustainably managed forests. The company’s major branded retail products include Fiora®, retailers’ private label brands, and Away-From-Home brands Livi® and LoCor®. The company will occupy the flagship, LEED Certified 862,000 square foot facility to be constructed at Prologis Park Moreno Valley Eucalyptus, near the south side of State Route 60 between Moreno Beach Drive and Redlands Boulevard.

Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez expressed enthusiasm for the company’s decision. “We are thrilled to welcome Solaris Paper to Moreno Valley,’ said Mayor Gutierrez. “Solaris is an industry leader in supplying kitchen towels, bath, and facial tissue. We have great respect for Solaris Paper’s commitment to responsibly-managed paper sourcing, sustainable manufacturing operations, and employment of local talent.”

James Rice, Solaris Paper’s Chief Executive Officer, supports the move, which allows for operational consolidation within proximity to several large customers, major cargo ports, transportation routes, and wonderful quality of life for the Solaris team. “This is a win-win for us as we hope to not only transfer our entire existing workforce but offer new job opportunities to those already within the Moreno Valley area as well,” said Mr. Rice.

Moreno Valley has established itself as a global hub for logistics and is a leader at the forefront of tomorrow’s economy. For more information about the City’s new businesses or to learn more about establishing a new business in Moreno Valley, please visit www.morenovalleybusiness.com and contact the Economic Development Department at EDTeam@moval.org or 951.413.3460.
Cyclists Soar in the City's Ride MoVal Race
Cyclists of all ages and skill levels participated in Ride MoVal 2017 beginning their trip at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center on October 29th.

Participants were able to choose from courses ranging from an easier 5-mile course to grueling Metric Century (62 miles). It was a perfect day to ride and local cyclists took to the challenge with vigor and enthusiasm.

Event sponsor Neighborhood Cyclery, supportive friends and family members came to motivate riders from the sidelines. Many bystanders brought signs with messages of encouragement. Our City's local cyclists rode with impressive endurance to reach their chosen course range.

To see highlights from Moreno Valley's Ride MoVal event, please visit the City's Facebook page.
Moreno Valley Police Department Donates to Kids in Need
Members of the Moreno Valley Police Department donated nearly $275,000 in items for the annual “Stuff the Bus” charity campaign. The Department collected the donated items over recent months from individuals and organizations within the Moreno Valley business community.

“Stuff the Bus” is administered by Operation Safe House in cooperation with the Riverside Transit Authority (RTA). Operation Safe House operates two short-term emergency shelters for at-risk youth in Riverside County. Minors who turn to Safe House often have only the clothes on their backs. The mission of Operation Safe House is to provide what they need to return to a normal life.

 The Moreno Valley Police Department wishes to thank everyone who donated to this worthy cause.
Moreno Valley Supports Huge Seasonal Hiring Event for Amazon
Earn extra money this season while adding the Amazon Smile to your resume.

Amazon is hiring associates for seasonal positions. Amazon offers weekly pay, flexible and predictable work schedules and opportunities for overtime.

Amazon will provide on-the-spot job offers during the following hiring events:

  • November 14 from 8 am – 7 pm
  • November 15 from 8 am – 5 pm

The hiring event will be held at Moreno Valley's Conference and Recreation Center located at 14075 Frederick Street.

In addition to competitive pay, Amazon offers:
  • Health care benefits
  • Weekly Pay
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible work hours

Amazon requires employees to be at least 18 years old, have a High School Diploma or equivalent and have the ability to lift up to 49 pounds.  Apply today at  amazon.com/movaljobs or t ext IEJOBS2 to 77088.

Stay up to date with hiring events in Moreno Valley by joining the Hire MoVal Job Seekers list at  www.moval.org/erc or visit us at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center (ERC) located at 12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3, for job resources like resume help, interview workshops and job search assistance.

Find your Future at the ERC! Se habla Español.
Heacock Street Improvement Project Reaches Completion
The Moreno Valley Public Works Department proudly announces completion of the Heacock Street Improvement Project. This project realigns and widens the roadway from Iris Avenue to Gentian Avenue from two to four lanes.

The project includes new asphaltic blacktop, new street lights, and traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Heacock Street and Gentian Avenue.
The $1.7 million project was completed with Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fees, Moreno Valley Utility Crosstown Tie funds, and development impact fees.

The new four-lane roadway and bike lanes with a signalized intersection were opened to commuters on time and within budget. 
City Keeps Moreno Valley Beautiful with Annual Tree Trimming Program
Crews have started the annual tree trimming process in the City’s landscape maintenance districts. With close to 2,000 trees scheduled for maintenance this fiscal year, work is expected to continue through February 2018. 

Work started in the northwestern part of the City and will progress in a southeasterly manner. Maintenance of public trees is funded with parcel charge revenue collected as part of the annual property tax bill. The annual Tree Trimming Program is another important program keeping Moreno Valley beautiful.
Moreno Valley Police Department Leads Successful
Prescription Drug Take Back Program
The Moreno Valley Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, operated The National Prescription Drug Take Back Program on October 28th. This effort allows residents to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. Collection of items during this event is anonymous. 

During this “Take Back,” the Moreno Valley Police Department collected 15 boxes of prescription drugs. All too often prescription drugs make their way onto the streets and are illegally used by those without a proper prescription. This program is just one of the many ways the Moreno Valley Police Department works to keep the community safe. 

The Moreno Valley Police Department will host the next “Take Back” event in April of 2018. Please visit  www.moval.org/pd for more information as the date approaches.
Hire MoVal Hosts Interview Workshop at Employment Resource Center
Tired of getting overlooked by the competition during the interview process?

Has it been a while since your last interview and you need some practice?

Interview Workshop
Thursday, November 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The friendly staff at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center have just what you need to conquer your next interview and land the job you seek.

Join us the third Thursday of every month to:
  • Learn effective interviewing skills through preparation and practice
  • Learn proper interview etiquette
  • Build rapport
  • Emphasize your skills
  • Overcome objections

To reserve your spot today email  erc@moval.org or call 951.413.3920 . Workshops are held at the ERC located in t he TownGate Center at  12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3 .
Upon request, this news release will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should direct such requests to Guy Pegan, ADA Coordinator, at 951.413.3120 at least 72 hours before the meeting. The 72-hour notification will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.