Volume 195 | Oct. 26 - 30, 2020
Moreno Valley College Students Receive MoVaLEARNS - Mayors Challenge Stipends
The 2020-21 cohort of Moreno Valley College (MVC) students taking part in the MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge program have been presented with their first two monthly stipends. Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and representatives from Moreno Valley College welcomed this year’s students in a kick-off event at City Hall. The innovative partnership between the City and Moreno Valley College provides a $250 monthly stipend for eight months to help 50 qualifying MVC students who are residents of Moreno Valley avoid having to leave school for a low-wage job just to pay the bills.
"Our residents should never have to choose between paying the bills and getting an education," said Mayor Gutierrez. "Being able to help students stay in school and get their degrees for such a small amount of money is a tremendous return on investment for our entire community." See the video here.
This summer, MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge was honored by the International City/County Management Association with its Local Government Excellence Award in the category of Community Diversity & Inclusion. MoVaLEARNS was created in 2018 as a pilot project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge.
Those interested in helping support MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge can contribute to the Moreno Valley Community Foundation via its GoFundMe Charity account or by shopping at AmazonSmiles and designating Moreno Valley Community Foundation as the receiving charity. 
MoVal Welcomes Country Kitchen
to The Quarter
Options for Moreno Valley diners have expanded with the grand opening of the City's newest restaurant, Country Kitchen, located at 12980 Day St Suite 101 in The Quarter, MoVal's award-winning new commercial development at the northeast corner of Day and Eucalyptus. Mayor Gutierrez joined with the Country Kitchen owners and members of the Chamber of Commerce to ceremonially cut the ribbon for the new establishment.
For over 80 years, Country Kitchen has been serving fresh, homemade breakfasts featuring skillets and light and fluffy pancakes, and hearty lunches, like juicy burgers and home-style sandwiches. Country Kitchen also offers outdoor dining for pandemic safety.
City Council Approves Land Sale for
Town Center Project
The Moreno Valley City Council has taken the next step in creating a new City core by approving the sale of 56.42 acres at Alessandro Blvd. and Nason St. for development as a mixed-use master-planned Town Center, consisting of commercial, office and public uses. The buyer, Lewis Acquisition Company, is the largest and oldest master-planned community developer in the Inland Empire, with Rancho Cucamonga’s Victoria Gardens among its many successful projects.
The Moreno Valley Town Center is intended to provide the City with an attractive new downtown, a destination for residents and visitors, alike. The project envisions commercial uses, including entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, shops and offices; 300-700 luxury residential units; a section for a civic use, such as an Innovation Library/Technology Center; a police substation; public gathering places to host art displays and outdoor music and entertainment; and an area for a major public amenity that will attract more visitors and commerce to Moreno Valley. The project will be designed utilizing inter-connected plazas, urban niches, landscaped open space, walkable streets, and the highest caliber of architectural features.
"We want a destination Town Center to serve as both a beautiful new downtown core for residents and an alluring attraction for visitors," said Mayor Gutierrez. "It will be a beautiful and convenient place to live and work and a fun place to shop and recreate that we can all be proud of."
Lewis Acquisition Company has agreed to pay the fair-market value of $5.6 million, and will contribute another $2 million to create the major public amenity to attract visitors. The company has also agreed to give local residents priority for new jobs.
A Visit to: Moreno Valley Community Park
Moreno Valley Community Park makes good use of all of its 15.5 acres. The centrally located park at 13380 Frederick St. boasts four lighted soccer fields, a very popular skate park, playground, walking path, four picnic shelters. barbecues, picnic tables, restrooms, security lighting and off-street parking. Learn about Community Park and all of Moreno Valley's beautiful parks online!
Mayor Gutierrez to Offer Streaming
Veterans Day Remarks
As he did with his annual State of the City remarks in August, Mayor Gutierrez plans to live stream his Veterans Day remarks online and on TV channel MV3 on Wednesday, November 11, at 11 a.m. The City's usual event at the Civic Center Veterans Memorial has been changed due to coronavirus concerns. Here's a preview of this year's address.