Volume 10 | March 6-10, 2017
Captain Robert Patterson Honored as Firefighter of the Year

Fire Captain Robert Patterson has been named as the City of Moreno Valley’s 2016 Firefighter of the Year for his devotion to our community and his passion for helping develop the firefighters of the future.  

As a captain at Moreno Valley’s Fire Station 58 since 2014, Captain Patterson and his crew are responsible for responding to incidents throughout the City and on SR-60, including technical rescues, mass casualty traffic accidents and car fires.

Despite the inherent danger of responding to accidents on the freeway and the challenging nature of the calls, Captain Patterson skillfully directs his crew to manage care for multiple patients. His calm demeanor and decades of experience ensure patients receive the care they need and his crew remains safe from harm.

In addition to his daily responsibilities, Captain Patterson oversees one of the Department’s two Fire Explorer posts. Captain Patterson’s passion for teaching and training is apparent through his oversight of the Explorers, which provides Moreno Valley high school students a valuable opportunity to learn first-hand about a career in fire or emergency services. 

Since 2014, Captain Patterson has led the Spark of Love Toy Drive which collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for local children and families. In cooperation with the Community Assistance Program of Moreno Valley, and other non-profit groups, Captain Patterson has helped make the program more successful each year. 

“Captain Patterson is the very definition of a public servant,” said Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. “He truly lives to serve our community through his work as a firefighter, as a teacher, and as a leader.”   

More than $1 Million in Solar Rebates Paid to MoVal Residents, Businesses

The City of Moreno Valley Electric Utility’s solar program has been exceptionally effective.  Nearly 10% of MVU residential and business customers have installed solar systems that help to reduce their electricity bills.

MVU has paid over $1 million in solar rebates since the program began in 2008. A map of solar installations within MVU’s service area is now available online.

Customers can verify their Permission to Operate status through this map.

Interested in installing solar at your home or business?

Find out everything you need to know to get started by visiting the Moreno Valley Solar Program website.

Police Officer Plays Catch with Moreno Valley Kids

Moreno Valley Police Officer Mark Skoglund was recently praised for taking time out of his workday to toss a football with a few neighborhood kids.

Watch the video of Officer Sokoglund playing football with the kids here.

The children's mother told Officer Skoglund the family had recently moved to Moreno Valley and had never seen anything like the officer's kindness where they used to live.

The Moreno Valley Police Department is a part of this community and serves the City in many ways.

Sometimes that means throwing a few passes to our local kids.

Great job Officer Skoglund welcoming some of our newest - and smallest - residents to the neighborhood!

Free Interview Workshop to Help Land Your Next Job

Stand out from the crowd with resumes that help get you hired!

Offered the first Thursday of every month, Moreno Valley's award winning Employment Resource Center provides in depth resume writing assistance.

Interview Workshop

Thursday, March 16

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3
Moreno Valley, CA 92552 

Learn how to:

• Create a resume that works for you.

• Use new resume writing trends and find out what employers really want to know.

• Showcase your job skills with confidence. 

Bring your current resume or build a new one from scratch.

Please register on www.caljobs.ca.gov before the workshop for faster service. 

The Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center is offered in partnership with the City of Moreno Valley and the Riverside County Workforce Development Center and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3 in the TownGate Center in Moreno Valley.  

Sign-up for job alerts with the Hire MoVal Job Seekers list at www.moval.org/erc.

Hire MoVal Announcement: DB Schenker is Hiring

Are you a team-player with enthusiasm, commitment, and a positive attitude?

Attend the DB Schenker Hiring Event

Wednesday, March 15
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3
Moreno Valley, CA 92552 

Apply in-person for multiple positions.

Must have:

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Professional work ethics
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English   
  • Must be able to pass any federal/state/local government, airport, or company-required background checks, clearances, and/or drug and alcohol test

Resume required. Dress for success!

Register for a user account at www.caljobs.ca.gov for faster service!  

Library Program Rewards Reading with Hamburgers

Would you like to encourage your child to read?

Sign your child up for the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Library Reading Program which begins Saturday, March 11 at the Moreno Valley Public Library.

Children ages 4 to 12 are eligible to participate.

After a child reads 5 books, he or she will receive a certificate for a free hamburger and cheeseburger at a local In-N-Out restaurant.

Children can read up to 15 books and receive a maximum of 3 In-N-Out certificates.

The In-N-Out Reading Program runs through April 15.  

Transportation Management Center Helps Drivers Avoid Gridlock

The City’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) was able to quickly help drivers on their way after a semi-truck jackknifed on Interstate 215 near March Air Reserve Base on March 6 causing a serious traffic jam that lasted into the evening commute.

The accident prompted a full closure for the southbound lanes of the freeway between Van Buren Boulevard and Harley Knox Boulevard, causing traffic backups on local streets as motorists attempted to avoid the incident.

Although the increased traffic demand strained the capacity of City streets, staff in the City’s Transportation Management Center quickly recognized the impact and adjusted traffic signal timing to keep traffic flowing.

For nearly four hours, staff monitored the condition and made more than 150 timing adjustments to keep Moreno Valley motorists moving toward their destinations.

City Employee of the Quarter: Senior Graphic Designer Larry Jaime

Senior Graphic Designer Larry Jaime was named as the City Employee of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of 2016.

Larry is an army of one in the City’s Graphics Section.  While juggling an ever growing schedule creating graphics, fliers and brochures for the entire City, he always find time to come up with creative and quality designs. He listens to what his customers need and delivers far beyond their expectations.

Larry provides excellent customer service; he is always friendly, helps to find solutions to the issues at hand and consistently turns around quality projects under demanding deadlines.

Larry's creative designs are integral to the City's outreach to local residents. We are most fortunate to apply Larry's expertise in crafting such powerful and professional images to showcase what the City has to offer.