Volume 136 | September 9-13, 2019
Join the Conversation:
Give YOUR Input on City Priorities
The City budget is really a statement of the community’s priorities. That’s why we created the Citizens’ Guide to the budget, free online, which explains the budget and how it affects YOU.
While we’re proud of our balanced budgets, we know that maintaining and building our community will require long-term investment and community input. So, as we plan for future budgets, we want to hear from you! Please join the conversation by taking a brief online survey about your service priorities .

And if you’d like one of our friendly budget experts to explain the City’s budget and future challenges at your organization’s next meeting, just email us at jointheconversation@moval.org or call 951-413-3021 to request a speaker.
El Grito Celebration at Moreno Valley College Marks Mexican Independence
This month marks the 209th anniversary of El Grito , the historic call to arms in the early morning hours of September 16, 1810, which began the decade-long Mexican War of Independence against Spain.

In partnership with the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the City of Moreno Valley is honoring Mexican Independence with a celebration of El Grito this Sunday, September 15, from 4-9 p.m. at Moreno Valley College, 16130 Lasselle St .

This FREE outdoor event will feature food vendors, Mariachi, a kid zone, face painting, exhibitors, and beautiful ballet folklorico performances by the Moreno Valley Folklorico Scholarship Association featuring Moreno Valley Unified students.
"Prepared, Not Scared"
Create an Emergency Plan During
National Preparedness Month
If The Big One strikes tomorrow -- or right now -- are you prepared? What about a wildfire? Flood? If you're not prepared, you're certainly not alone. September, however, is National Preparedness Month , and the perfect time to create or improve your emergency-response plan.

There's a lot to consider, including lack of cell phone service, reuniting with your children, caring for pets and much more. But our Office of Emergency Management can help you get started. Any preparation is better than none, and beginning now is better than waiting another day. Remember: " Prepared, Not Scared ."
The City of Moreno Valley strongly supports local businesses. One way is through the Business Spotlight program. The Spotlight is a 30-second professional video production created by the award-winning MoVal Media team to promote your business. 

Four businesses in each Council district are spotlighted each year. The Spotlight is posted to the  MVTV-3 YouTube Channel and the City's Facebook , runs on MVTV-3 and is showcased on the City’s website . You'll be recognized at a City Council meeting and even get a DVD copy of your Spotlight!

Visit the City's Economic Development Department to find out how to turn the Spotlight on YOUR business.
Veterans: Learn How to Start a Small Business
Veterans thinking of starting a business, or who have already begun, should definitely take advantage of this FREE seminar created just for you. Learn about: Being an Entrepreneur, Business Planning, Veteran Business Financing Options, the Legal Forms of Organization, Licensing and Permits, and Veteran Franchising Opportunities.

How to Start a Small Business – Veteran Edition
Thursday, Sept. 19, 9-11 a.m.
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick St., Suite K-3

Pet of the Week Video:
Elvis is Ready to Leave the Building!
Meet Elvis (A 499820 ) . He's two-years old, and he certainly is no "hound dog." He's a Shih Tzu Mix -- sort of "all shook up." So, "are you lonesome tonight?" This gentle little guy is ready to be your "teddy bear." All he needs now is a human friend to love and be loved by. Are you that person? You could be. Elvis is ready and waiting to leave the building -- with you!

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at 14041 Elsworth St. to inquire about adopting "The King" and other dogs and cats searching for life companions. Animal Services can be reached at 951-413-3790 .