Volume 174 | June 1 - 5, 2020
Mayor Pledges to Work with Residents
to Address Racial Inequities
While most Americans were horrified by the video of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police, most Americans of color say it's a horrifying example of their daily experience with law enforcement and the justice system. Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez says it's time for communities to address America's racial inequities.
Coronavirus Testing Site Open in MoVal;
Residents Encouraged to be Screened
The Riverside County Public Health coronavirus testing site in Moreno Valley is still operating. It's located at  CrossWord Christian Church, 21401 Box Springs Road , and is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing at the county-run site is open to anyone, regardless of symptoms, and is FREE, but you must call and make an appointment: 1-800-945-6171. 
Young adults and teenagers age 25 and under are especially encouraged to be tested as that age group has been under-represented among the Riverside County residents screened so far. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Creating a Phased-in Re-opening Plan for
City Recreation Programs
In normal times, the City of Moreno Valley offers hundreds of popular classes and recreation activities for residents of all ages. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, those have been suspended for the time being. But as Mayor Gutierrez explains , the City is working on a phased-in re-opening plan to bring back those classes and activities just as soon as it's safe to do so.
Some of MoVal's Youngest Students Celebrate Their First Graduation!
They just couldn't have been any cuter. The 2020 graduating class from the City's Time for Tots preschool program had what has become the norm right now: a drive-thru graduation. But they were all very excited, regardless!

At Time for Tots, toddlers learn colors, shapes, letters and numbers, and get to take part in fun learning activities, including games, arts, crafts, music and special presentations, which all helps prepare them for kindergarten. They grow up so fast!
Message to the Class of 2020:
With Crisis Comes Opportunity
The Class of 2020 is graduating into a pandemic that has just about everyone concerned about their personal health and the health of the economy. But as Mayor Gutierrez reminds graduates in this brief video , with crisis comes opportunity, as well!
Moreno Valley's Iconic M to be Lighted
in City High Schools' Colors
From Monday, June 8, through Friday, June 12, the iconic  M on Box Springs Mountain will be lighted  in honor of the City of Moreno Valley's high school graduates. The lightings will feature schools' colors on the evenings of their scheduled graduation events.

Several high schools have graduation events scheduled for the same days. Their colors will take turns for one minute at a time, separated by a five-second break.

The M is lighted most evenings in recognition of holidays and various causes. If you're curious about why it's lighted a certain color or colors, visit the M calendar on the City's website at  www.moval.org/mschedule .