Volume 1 | January 2-6, 201 7
Officer of the Quarter
Officer Joshua Hephner was honored by Mayor Dr. Yxstian A. Gutierrez and the City Council as Moreno Valley’s Officer of the Quarter for his exemplary service.

A Moreno Valley native, Officer Hephner spent four years as an explorer with the Moreno Valley Police Department before joining the Sheriff’s Department. He returned to Moreno Valley as a deputy in 2014 to serve the residents of the community where he grew up.

Officer Hephner has earned a reputation as a tenacious police officer who has a “true servant’s heart,” according to Police Chief Joel Ontiveros.

Officer Hephner has consistently gone above and beyond the call of his position as a patrol deputy, writing search warrants and helping out with investigations to ensure the residents of Moreno Valley continue to enjoy a safe community. He has used the Citywide Camera system to help identify and arrest suspects and was involved in solving another case that could send the perpetrator to prison for the rest of his life. The community also recognizes Officer Hephner's positive impact on the community, including a resident who recently used Facebook to publicly thank the officer for helping him when he ran out of gas.

Keep up the good work Officer Hephner!
Hire MoVal: Hyundai Job Fair
Hyundai of Moreno Valley will hold a job fair on Wednesday, January 18 to recruit for approximately 35 positions at its newest flagship dealer which is expected to open in February.

The job fair will take place Wednesday, January 18 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center (ERC) 12625 Frederick Street, K-3, Moreno Valley.

Applicants are encouraged to bring their resume and dress for success.

The dealership is currently under construction at 27500 Eucalyptus Avenue near the Stoneridge Towne Center. The dealership is expected to open in February 2017.

The Hyundai job fair announcement follows several other major hiring events where the City and its partners have helped fill positions at Amazon, Supreme Truck Bodies, Aldi Foods and Karma Automotive.
New Business Openings

The Community Development Department recently approved the opening of the City’s first Jimmy John’s Sandwiches restaurant, located near Costco, and the expansion of Moreno Valley Mall’s Forever 21 now known as F21 Red.

Stop by and see what Jimmy John's Sandwiches and F21 Red have to offer.

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter: Success Stories
In 2016, the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter helped more than 4,500 animals find positive outcomes, including adoption, rescue, and reuniting lost pets with their owners.

The shelter recently added a feature to the City's website to showcase success stories of animals who have found a forever home with the shelter's home. Jax, a 3-year-old Chinook mix, is the first pet to be featured.

Click here for more information about adoption events and shelter hours.
City Council Meeting: Council Approves Improvement Projects

On Jan. 3, the City Council approved a series of improvement projects designed to enhance public safety and increase its capacity to promote job growth in our community.

Projects will add 76 cameras to Moreno Valley’s Citywide Camera System, construct the Kitching Substation to accommodate increasing demands for electricity, and build the City Hall Solar Carport and Battery Energy Storage Unit Project.

The solar project will cover approximately 38,000 square feet and generate approximately 1,000,000 kWh per year, enough energy to serve about 142 homes.

"Most Inspirational Mom"

Moreno Valley resident Carmen Ochoa was honored by the City Council for her recent selection by the University of Phoenix and the Boys & Girls Club of America as their 2016 “Most Inspirational Mom.”

Motherhood is hard work. The Boys & Girls Club of America and the University of Phoenix celebrate the energy, leadership and perseverance of mothers who put their children, families and communities before themselves.

Carmen has also made her mark as a dedicated purchasing technician for the Moreno Valley Unified School District while raising five children and pursuing an education. The University of Phoenix and the Boys & Girls Club of America awarded Carmen a full-tuition scholarship so that she can earn her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Phoenix.

Congratulations Carmen!

First Annual Writers Expo

The Moreno Valley Library is busy preparing for its First Annual Writers Expo which will be held at the library on Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents will have hear from 20 local authors across a variety of genres, including children's literature, contemporary fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Authors will read selections from their books and sign copies. Books will be available for sale.

For more information, please see the event flier.

City Successfully Completes Financial Audit
Independent auditors Vasquez & Company issued the City of Moreno Valley a clean bill of health on its financial and accounting reporting.  The auditors found no internal control weaknesses or significant deficiencies and issued the most positive outcome as a result of their audit.

The City also released its 2015-2016 Comprehensive Annual Report and  Popular Annual Financial Report this week. This is the second year the City has produced the PAFR in order to give residents an easy to understand summary of the City's financial activities in an informative, balanced and objective manner.

The CAFR is found here and the PAFR can be found here under the Other Financial Reports tab.

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