Volume 17 | April 24 - 28, 2017
Dawn Gouvion Named City of Moreno Valley's Officer of the Quarter

Moreno Valley Police Officer Dawn Gouvion has been named Moreno Valley Police Officer of the Quarter, Fourth Quarter 2016!

Officer Gouvion, who serves as a roving school resource officer, was recognized for the leadership she provides to her fellow resource officers on a daily basis.

Officer Gouvion conducts anti-drug and anti-bully demonstrations throughout the district. During these classes, she shares her own powerful testimony of growing up in a gang infested area to inspire students of the possibilities their futures hold.

Her commitment to our youth has resulted in the eradication of an up-and-coming gang through the arrest of several members and the identification of all of the members of the gang. Officer Gouvion earned the trust of the members’ families and gained access to their homes in order to mentor these at-risk youth.

She is also creating a comprehensive emergency response plan for Moreno Valley Unified School District. This plan, which includes critical information and pictures from all of the school district’s sites, will be available for mobile access by officers in patrol cars and in the field in the event of a crisis or routine call. This information will be invaluable in assisting our first responders.

Thank you Officer Gouvion for your hard work and commitment to the City of Moreno Valley!

City Employees of the Quarter: Ernie Precie and Angel Orellana

Lead Maintenance Worker Ernie Precie and Maintenance Worker II Angel Orellana were named the City of Moreno Valley’s Employees of the Quarter, 1st Quarter for 2017 for their part in assisting the Fire Department during an emergency on Christmas Eve.

On December 24, 2016, firefighters were called to a home on Kitching Street regarding a dog that had fallen nearly 20 feet into a sinkhole caused by a failed septic system.

The Incident Commander directed that trench rescue be undertaken which required calling for additional resources.  Members of Urban Search and Rescue, Public Works staff, and representatives from the Eastern Municipal Water District were on scene to provide the technical support and heavy equipment needed for this operation.

Ernie and Angel promptly responded to operate the heavy equipment necessary to begin the rescue efforts.  Fire Chief Abdul Ahmad and his staff noted that both men demonstrated a strong commitment to go above and beyond in support of the rescue efforts. Ernie and Angel represented the employees of the City of Moreno Valley proudly and were commended in a letter sent by Chief Ahmad.

Ernie was recognized for the remarkable precision he displayed in his operation of the backhoe during this emergency operation.

Ernie and Angel will be honored at the May 2 City Council meeting for their tireless work and dedication to the attempted rescue.

Congratulations Ernie and Angel for being named the City of Moreno Valley’s Employees of the Quarter!

CERT Classes Teach Teens Emergency Preparedness

The City’s Office of Emergency Management recently hosted a 3-day Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class for 15 students from Canyon Springs High School.

Students learned disaster preparedness skills with an emphasis on decision making, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. 

Additional lifesaving skills included fire suppression with a fire extinguisher and light search and rescue. CERT is a grant-funded program that is conducted at minimal cost to the City and allows the Fire Department to provide essential disaster preparedness training to our citizens.

The next 3-day CERT course will be held at the Emergency Operations Center at the Civic Center Campus on the following days:

Friday, May 5 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 6 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 7 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration forms are available at www.moval.org or by contacting the Office of Emergency Management at 951-413-3800 or oem@moval.org

Attendees must attend all three days of training in order to become CERT certified.

Farragut Avenue Sidewalk Project Under Construction

Sidewalks are under construction along Farragut Avenue as part of a capital improvement project to make the street safer for pedestrians and more attractive.

In addition to the sidewalks, the project will also add curbs and gutters along with street improvements on both sides of Farragut Avenue from Sherman Avenue to Elsworth Street.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by July 2017.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Makes City Safer

The City of Moreno Valley recently held a comprehensive two-day Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) workshop for City staff involved in the review, approval, construction and maintenance of development projects.

The purpose of the training was to foster critical thinking and various strategies to reduce crime, the fear of crime, inspire connectivity and confidence throughout the community, and keep Moreno Valley moving forward as a safe City.

CPTED principals are based on the fact there is a strong relationship between a built environment and safety. Proper planning, considerate design, appropriate maintenance, and a sense of ownership contribute to the overall safety of a place.

The City will be organizing a community workshop this summer to educate the public on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and the City's plans for incorporating these principles into future projects.

More information on this community workshop will be coming soon.

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter Cinco de Mayo Pet Adoption Event

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter Cinco de Mayo Pet Adoption Event

Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 6

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday

$50 dogs/puppies; $15 cats/kittens

Adoption 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.

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter is located at 14041 Elsworth St in Moreno Valley.

Small Business Development Workshops 

QuickBooks for Beginners 102 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Feeling overwhelmed by a pile of business receipts in a box?

Looking for a way to professionally manage your business expenses and billings?

The SBDC has your business covered with the FREE QuickBooks for beginners workshop.

During this seminar, you will learn the basics to get your financials organized and on track, including:

*   Setting up your system
*   Navigating QuickBooks software
*   Organizing the chart of accounts
*   Computerized balance and income sheets
*   Accounts payable/receivables
*   Daily operations including payment of invoices and creation of customer invoices

Join us at the Moreno Valley Conference Center located at 14075 Frederick Street in the Alessandro Room. This workshop is sponsored by the City of Moreno Valley.

Register online HERE.


SCORE Workshop: Employee or Independent Contractor

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


As an employer you are faced with many challenges and responsibilities. It is to your advantage to know your obligations and understand the State payroll reporting requirements. Complying with the employment tax laws will help you avoid payroll tax problems. Representatives from the EDD will discuss topics such as: factors that make a worker an employee, basics of statutory employment, independent contractor reporting requirements and how to get help.

Join us at the Moreno Valley Conference Center located at 14075 Frederick Street in Alessandro Room A. This workshop is sponsored by the City of Moreno Valley.

Register online HERE.