Volume 188 | Sept. 7 - 11, 2020
Moreno Valley Marks Sept. 11
with Special M Lighting
Moreno Valley's iconic M on Box Springs Mountain will shine in red, white and blue from dusk to midnight on Friday, Sept. 11, in recognition of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. The day commemorates the loss of thousands of people in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., at the hands of terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. Thousands more were injured.

“This is a great opportunity for each of us to find a way to make a positive contribution to our community,” said Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley.

The National Day of Service and Remembrance website offers suggestions of simple acts of service, such as donating to a food pantry or non-profit organization, giving blood, and more.

The M is lighted almost nightly in recognition of holidays and observances important to the community. To find out why it’s lighted in a particular color, visit www.moval.org/mschedule.
"State of the City" Awards Presented
As part of his recent virtual "State of the City" address, Mayor Gutierrez named four recipients of this year's Community Leadership Awards. Receiving their recognitions in person recently were:

  • United Materials Handling -- Community Leadership Award for Small Business;
  • Solaris Paper -- Community Leadership Award for Large Business; and
  • The staffs at Riverside University Health System - Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, on behalf of all local healthcare workers -- Community Leadership Award for Healthcare Heroes.
City's Three Libraries Open Again
with Safety Measures in Place
Moreno Valley's three libraries -- including the brand new Iris Plaza Branch -- are now open with coronavirus safety measures:
  • Main: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m; Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
  • Mall Branch: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Iris Plaza Branch: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Patrons also can get a free library card, search the library catalog and order library materials online at www.moval.org/mv-library.
Swap Zone: The Safe Place to
Complete Transactions
Looking for a safe meeting place to finalize a transaction you started online? Then come to the Moreno Valley Police Department Swap Zone! Located at the MVPD parking lot at 22850 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, the Swap Zone is a safe alternative to meeting a stranger at a private residence or unfamiliar location. The area is also available for visitation exchanges of children in families with custodial arrangements. The Swap Zone is not actively monitored by police, but it does include a camera for extra safety.
Simple Ways to Improve Pool Safety
Stay close, be alert and watch children in and around the pool.
  • Never allow children to use a pool or spa unsupervised.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
Learn and practice water-safety skills.
  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.
Have appropriate safety equipment.
  • Install a four-foot fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water.
Census 2020 Conducting In-Person Visits to Those Who Haven't Been Counted
Census takers will be knocking on your door soon if you haven't completed the 2020 Census, which ends September 30. Census takers can be identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. You can still complete the Census online, by phone or on paper by visiting www.census.gov. For more information, visit www.moval.org/census.

Important note: All personally identifiable information must be kept confidential by the Census Bureau and may NOT be shared with any other agency, law enforcement, immigration agents or landlords. The Census does NOT include a citizenship question.