Volume 117| April 29 - May 3, 2019
Council Members Attend Legislative Action Day to Advocate for the City
To ensure that Moreno Valley’s voice is heard throughout the chambers of the State Capitol, Moreno Valley Council Members made a special visit to Sacramento to attend Legislative Action Day. Held on April 24, Legislative Action Day is an opportunity for California's locally elected officials to engage with State Legislators and was hosted by the League of California Cities.

Legislative Action Day was also an opportunity for City Council members to receive important updates on legislation that could affect Moreno Valley.

Council Members participated in crucial meetings with the State Senator and Assembly Member representing our region at the State level. Council Members engaged with State Officials on a range of important legislation including:
  • Affordable Housing
  • Homelessness
  • Education
  • Veterans
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics

Some Council Members also used this opportunity to combat legislation that could be harmful to our Community. Most notably AB 485 (Medina) could significantly impact Moreno Valley's efforts to grow our local economy. California Assembly Bill 485 threatens to make it difficult, if not impossible, for cities and counties to help businesses to grow their distribution networks in California. Assembly Bill 485 specifically targets California’s logistics industry, and forces companies to disclose proprietary business information, and mandates the collection/publication of confidential information (employee wages, job classifications, and labor agreements, automation details, etc.), which could be used by competitors to gain an unfair advantage over California businesses. Current law already requires substantial disclosure. The City of Moreno Valley opposes AB 485, because it blatantly targets an industry that has accelerated Moreno Valley's economy, and would hinder job creation, business attraction, and business expansion efforts .

Legislative Action Day was a resounding success for the City, and Moreno Valley's City Council Members are already exploring new ideas and developing efforts to enhance Moreno Valley's current legislative platform.
City Offers FREE LinkedIn Expert-Led, Online Training to Job Seekers
The City of Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center is proud to offer LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand and internet-based education platform to help residents develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led online courses and video tutorials.

With over 550 million users, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking site. As part of the platform, LinkedIn provides an online learning system offering on-demand skills with over 12,000 specialized courses. Best of all, the City provides this program at  NO COST!

If you are looking to add new skills for a new career or a promotion, then this program is for you!

In this program you will:
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
  • Take a professional headshot (optional)
  • Gain access to career related skills that will help you gain an edge in your career.

Courses available include:
  • Leadership and management
  • Communication
  • Online marketing
  • Microsoft Office and other productivity software
  • Data science
  • Information management
  • Software development
  • Creative software
  • Design
  • Video and more

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must be a Moreno Valley resident (proof of residence required)
  • Must attend an orientation workshop
  • Must be willing to take online courses
  • Must complete three digital badges within one year

Space is limited for this exclusive opportunity to accelerate your career, and registrants must meet the eligibility requirements. Sign-up online today !

For more information about LinkedIn Learning, please visit www.LinkedIn.com/learning .
City Nominated for Regional Cable Television Awards
The City of Moreno Valley has been nominated for multiple regional cable television awards by the States of California and Nevada Chapter (SCAN) of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). This association recognizes excellence in local government television programming.

Moreno Valley is a finalist in the following categories:
  • Best Animal Rescue Video
  • Best Economic Development Video
  • Best Informational Video
  • Best Public Service Announcement
  • Best Use of Animation
  • Best Use of Set & Sound Design
  • Overall Excellence in Government Video Programming

The City of Moreno Valley will compete against cities including Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Long Beach, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Monica.

If you would like to view any of the nominated videos, please use the links below:

These videos and many more are available to view on MVTV-3,  Facebook , or the  City’s YouTube channel .

For more information, please contact the Media & Communications Division at 951.413.3053.
Animal Shelter Offers Discounted Fees at Special Pet Adoption Events
Moreno Valley’s Animal Shelter offers residents a unique new way to celebrate both Cinco de Mayo & Mother's Day – by welcoming a furry and loving addition to their families.

Bring home a new pet from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter's special Cinco de Mayo & Mother's Day pet adoption event!

Don't miss this exciting event held at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter!

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter Cinco de Mayo & Mother's Day Pet Adoption
14041 Elsworth Street (between Cactus & Alessandro)
May 7- 9 & 21- 23
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

The discounted cost is $60 for dogs/puppies and $5 for cats/kittens, which includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccines, and a HomeAgain microchip. Pets adopted that have not been altered will stay for surgery and will be available to go home on the afternoon of the day surgery is scheduled.

Call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951-413-3790, or visit the  City’s website  for more pet adoption information. 
Protect Your Property with Fire Resistant Landscaping
Every year, homes are destroyed by wildfires. Residents living in an area where homes are intermixed with woodlands are at high risk during the fire season.
Fire-prone landscaping around homes increases the possibility of fire damage and personal injury, while also hindering the activities of firefighters. 
There are many landscaping techniques that can create a defensible space around homes. A fire-safe landscape is not necessarily the same thing as a well-maintained yard. A fire-safe landscape uses fire-resistant plants that are strategically planted to resist the spread of fire to your home.
Fire-safe landscapes are very affordable and can increase property value while conserving water and beautifying a residence.
How to Choose Fire Resistant Plants and Materials
Create fire-safe zones with stone walls, patios, swimming pools, decks, and roadways. Use rock, mulch, flower beds and gardens as ground cover for bare spaces and as effective firebreaks. There are no "fire-proof" plants but some are highly resistant.

Select high moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content. Choose fire retardant plant species that resist ignition such as rockrose, ice plant, and aloe. Fire-resistant shrubs include hedging roses, bush honeysuckles, current, cotoneaster, sumac and shrub apples. Plant hardwood, maple, poplar and cherry trees that are less flammable than pine, fir and other conifers.

Consult with a local nursery, landscape contractor or county extension service for advice on fire-resistant plants that are suited for your environment, and help to plan your landscape. Planting a fire-resistant landscape could prove to be a life-saving effort.
City Hosts Open House for Youth Summer Camps
What's planned for camp this summer?

Find out about the City's exciting summer camp programs at Moreno Valley's Summer Camp Open House.

Learn about the camps, meet the staff, and discover all the exciting activities and excursions that will be offered this summer.

This event is free to all new and returning campers and families. The City's Summer Camp Open House will take place on May 28 from 6 pm-8 pm.

Summer Camp Open House Locations:
  • Kids Camp for ages 5-10 - March Field Park Community Center,15325 6th Street
  • Junior Camp for ages 11-14 - March Field Park Annex Center | 15450 4th Street

For more information about Moreno Valley's Summer Camps, please visit the Parks & Community Services website at www.MoVal.org/pcs.
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 Hannah.

Hannah (#A494991) is a sweet four-year-old white terrier mix. Hannah has a gentle and loving demeanor. She may be small, but Hanna has a big heart.

Watch the Pet of the Week  video .

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

For more information about Moreno Valley Animal Shelter, please call 951.413.3790 or visit moval.org/pets .