Volume 113 | April 1- 5, 2019
Moreno Valley's Public Safety Expo Enjoyed By Thousands
Thousands of Moreno Valley residents attended the 6 th Annual Moreno Valley Public Safety Expo on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Residents visited the Moreno Valley Civic Center for a day of fun, music, food, giveaways, and interaction with local Public Safety Personnel and the equipment that they use to keep Moreno Valley safe.

Moreno Valley’s Firefighters and Police Officers provided thrilling K-9 demonstrations, automobile accident extractions, and educational displays throughout the day. This year’s Public Safety Expo featured an obstacle course, an appearance by the Riverside County Sheriff Dive Team, the Norco Animal Rescue Team, Kona Ice, and the Habit Burger Truck and other local favorites.

The City of Moreno Valley would like to thank everyone who attended the Public Safety Expo as well as the partnering agencies that worked together to make the Public Safety Expo a great success. We look forward to seeing you next year at this exciting event! 
Animal Shelter Awarded $30,000 Grant to Support Lifesaving Programs
The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its lifesaving programs to improve outcomes for the community’s companion animals.

The grant funds will support services for both owned and homeless community pets. The Petco Foundation grant will also help vulnerable pets that have a higher likelihood of missing the opportunity to receive important medical support services such as spay and neuter procedures, routine vaccinations, and microchipping.

The objectives of this important funding are:
  • Keep community pets healthy
  • Reduce the number of pets entering the Animal Shelter
  • Achieve a 5% reduction in the annual intake of animals
  • Allow more time and space for shelter pets to achieve a positive outcome
  • Assist low-income residents who own pets with access to basic veterinary care
  • Continue with the successful TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) Community & Feral Cat Program

This is the City’s third grant award from the Petco Foundation, which represents a total overall investment of $75,000 for the community’s pets since 2016.

For more information about this grant award, please visit  petcofoundation.org or visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter's website .
Moreno Valley Fire Department's Tips for Snake Safety
As summer approaches and temperatures rise, incidences of snake sightings and injuries increase. The Moreno Valley Fire Department would like to share the following safety tips regarding local snakes:

What can I do to keep snakes away from my house?
  • Keep grass and vegetation cut short
  • Trim shrubs and bushes so you can see the ground under them
  • Remove piles of debris, including branches, leaves, boards, and logs, as these provide hiding and nesting places for many kinds of snakes

What do I do if I see a snake?
  • Walk!
  • Do not run away from the snake
  • Take two steps backward and watch where the snake goes
  • Calmly turn around and leave the snake alone
  • Do not harm the snake
  • It is recommended to contact a professional to remove the snake
  • If safe to do so take a picture, so that an expert can provide identification 

What should I do if bitten by a snake?
  • Remain calm, and remove yourself from the area
  • Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately
  • If you suspect the snake is venomous, remove any constricting jewelry, watches, clothing, etc.
  • Keep the injured limb still
  • Clean the bite area thoroughly
  • Do not suck the venom from the bite
  • Do not apply ice
  • Do not use a tourniquet
  • Never cut on the fang marks

Tips to keep your pets safe:
  • Pets make great hiking companions, so it is important to keep them safe by using a 6-foot leash
  • Ask your veterinarian about the rattlesnake vaccine, which can help delay the effects of venom if a rattlesnake bites them
  • Staying on trails and avoiding rocky or dense brush will help you identify and avoid danger
  • If your pet is bitten, they will need immediate veterinary care
  • Make sure to immobilize your pet and keep them as calm as possible since movement makes the venom circulate more quickly through their body. 

For more information about snake safety, please visit Moreno Valley's Fire Prevention web page.
Moreno Valley Utility is Recognized for Providing Reliable Public Power
Moreno Valley Utility was honored with a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP 3 ) ® designation from the American Public Power Association. The American Public Power Association is the voice of nonprofit community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, training, and operations.

The City of Moreno Valley was presented the RP 3 designation on April 1, 2019, during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The RP 3 designation lasts for three years and recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines:
  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Workforce development
  • System improvement

Moreno Valley Utility joins the 270 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP 3 designation.

For more information about Moreno Valley Utility, please visit moval.org/mvu .
58 Arrested in Moreno Valley Police Department Led Special Operation
Moreno Valley Police Departments Special Enforcement Team, and the Riverside County Probation Department organized an effort to serve warrants and makes arrests of criminals residing Moreno Valley.

Eighty-five law enforcement officers throughout western Riverside County came together on April 1, 2019, in the City of Moreno Valley for a pre-dawn briefing led by Sheriff Chad Bianco. Targeting gang members, violent offenders, and career criminals, over 130 locations in the City of Moreno Valley were visited by local law enforcement officers in an effort to keep the community safe.

Moreno Valley Police Special Enforcement Team and the Riverside County Probation Department were aided by Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies and SWAT team members, the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, the Sheriff’s Aviation & K-9 units, Officers from California Highway Patrol of Riverside, the District Attorney’s Office and others.

MVPD is working diligently to rid the City of criminals and further enhance Moreno Valley's high quality of life. The Moreno Valley Police Department is confident the 58 arrests made will positively impact the community.
Pet of the Week
Each week the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights a pet available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

This week's Pet is Quinn.

Quinn (#A493978) is an adorable two-year-old Shorthair Chihuahua. She is always ready to have a fun time.

Watch the Pet of the Week video .

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at 14041 Elsworth Street to inquire about adopting Quinn or other pets in search of lifelong companions.

Call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790 or visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter's website for more information about adopting.