Volume 179 | July 6 - 10, 2020
MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge
Wins Prestigious International Award
The MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge program, which helps Moreno Valley students stay in school and finish their degrees, has been chosen for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)'s Local Government Excellence Award. The honor comes in the Community Diversity & Inclusion category. 

MoVaLearns-Mayors Challenge helps qualifying Career & Technical Education students at Moreno Valley College (MVC) stay in school and finish their degrees by steering them away from the "earn versus learn" trap. "Earn versus learn" refers to when students low on funds are forced to put school on hold while they take a low-wage job, from which too many never return to school. MoVaLearns-Mayors Challenge provides students with a $250 monthly stipend for eight months to allow them to stay and finish their degrees.
"We created the program after deciding that increasing the number of college graduates is critical to our City's success," explained Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley. "Too many students were dropping out for lack of money. We partnered with Moreno Valley College and found that just an extra $250 a month could make the difference in achieving that college degree. It's a bargain in terms of return on investment."
Cool Center Open When Temps Climb to 97
When temperatures climb to 97 degrees and above, heat-sensitive residents may seek refuge at the City of Moreno Valley's designated cool center, the Cottonwood Golf Center at 13671 Frederick St. Physical-distancing and face coverings are required. The cool center is available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to dusk.
Cottonwood: Your City-Owned Golf Course
Speaking of Cottonwood Golf Center , did you know about Moreno Valley's municipal golf course? It's a short 9-hole course with just one par-4 hole. That means you can pretty much get by with just a couple of short-game clubs and a putter. And at $8 on weekdays and $9 on the weekend, Cottonwood is one of MoVal's very best bargains! Call 951-413-3290 for tee times.
Moreno Valley's New Amphitheater
Rising at the Civic Center
The City of Moreno Valley's new amphitheater , pictured in this architect's rendering, is quickly taking shape at the Civic Center at Alessandro Blvd. and Veterans Way, and is expected to be completed later this summer. The beautiful new facility will immediately take its place as a premier outdoor performance venue in the Inland Empire.
Census 2020: Just 10 Minutes to Make Sure MoVal Gets its Fair Share of Federal Funding
The federal Census is conducted just once every 10 years, and it determines how much federal funding communities receive for vital public services including public safety, schools, and social programs. So it's very important for MoVal to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census. To help make that happen, the City has created a special Census web page to provide information in English and Spanish.
 Important note: T he Census does NOT include a citizenship question and, by federal law, the U.S. Census Bureau must keep all personal information confidential and may not share it with any other government agency, law enforcement, immigration officials or landlords.
How to Recycle an Oil Filter and
Get a FREE Replacement!
Step 1: Stop by O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, 23334 Sunnymead Blvd., July 10-17 to get a voucher for a FREE oil filter. (Limit 2 vouchers per person, one free filter per voucher, while supplies last) .
Step 2: Put your used oil filter(s) in a sealed plastic bag.

Step 3: Bring your voucher(s) and used oil filter(s) to the Sunnymead O’Reilly’s on Saturday, July 18, to receive a new FREE filter of equal or lesser value. (Maximum 2 free filters per person, $15 per filter max price, while supplies last.) The first 100 participants will also receive a FREE oil drain container, courtesy of the City of Moreno Valley!
Funded by a grant from the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).
Oil Recycling Protects the Environment,
Conserves Important Resource
Did you know that used motor oil never wears out? It just gets dirty. But oil can be recycled, cleaned, and used again. Recycling used motor oil conserves a natural resource and is good for the environment. Motor oil poured onto the ground or into storm drains, or tossed into trash cans, even in a sealed container, can contaminate and pollute the soil, groundwater, streams, and rivers (and it's illegal). Take your used oil to your local certified center for recycling. For more information, please visit  www.moval.org/oil .