Volume 241 | September 13 - 17, 2021
A New Safe Space for Children in Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley is leading the way when it comes to creating healthy spaces for our children to thrive.

On September 1, the Riverside University Health System Medical Center unveiled their brand new expansion of their Child Assessment Team Center right here in Moreno Valley.

This vital new center offers a multidisciplinary approach to assist children who have been suffering from abuse. The center offers specially-designed therapy for kids, crisis counseling, partnerships with law enforcement, emergency medical care, forensic exams and more.

Check out video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring an exclusive interview with Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez, here.
City Enhances Safety Measures at
Two Intersections
Two City intersections recently became a little brighter thanks to the City’s new pilot program to add yellow retroreflective borders to traffic signals.

These new reflective borders—at the intersections of Grande Vista Drive/Iris Avenue and Alessandro Boulevard/Moreno Beach Drive—improve visibility by offering a contrasting yellow background to the illuminated face of a traffic signal. These new backplates are also beneficial during power outage events.  

The City is currently looking for grant opportunities to support the citywide expansion of the program.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Transportation Engineering Division at 951.413.3140 or visit the Transportation Engineering Division’s webpage.
Moreno Valley Danced the Night Away at El Grito
Wednesday's El Grito celebration was a huge success, thanks to you!

Thousands of Moreno Valley residents gathered at the Civic Center Amphitheater to dance, eat great food, play fun games and spend time with their families. The evening featured ballet folklórico, a live feed of El Grito in Mexico City, and amazing music from a local Mariachi group and Rocio, la Dama de la Cumbia.

There is no better way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month!

Thank you to the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Moreno Valley College, the Moreno Valley Unified School District, Mexican Consulate of San Bernardino, Radio Laser, as well as the many performers, vendors, and volunteers for making El Grito 2021 a celebration to remember.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in MoVal
September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates and honors the achievements and stories of Hispanic/Latino Americans throughout history.

First made into law in 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the independence days of several Hispanic countries—Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Chile. It is a month to honor Hispanic/Latino Americans who made their mark in history—including Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Sandra Cisneros and many others.

On Thursday, September 16, we lit the M on Box Springs Mountain a beautiful red, orange, green, blue, and purple to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Learn more about the M lighting here.
Pet of the Week: Benji
Our Pet of the Week is an incredibly cute one-year-old Cairn Terrier Mix named Benji. Fun-loving and adorable, Benji is the right kind of excitement someone needs to brighten up their day. A happy bark and lovable tail wag show just how much Benji wants to be friends.

If you would like to make Benji or any pet from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter part of your family, please contact the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790 or visit www.moval.org/pets.