Volume 19 | May 8-12, 2017
City Gathers Experts to Celebrate, Grow Local Small Business

To celebrate Small Business Month, the City of Moreno Valley is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to host three workshops to benefit local businesses.

The first in the series, Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2017,  will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and is designed to help Moreno Valley businesses separate from the crowd and reach their profit and performance goals.

The workshop will feature a meet and greet with representatives with the SBA, the region’s top business experts from the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, and Inland Empire SCORE.

Participants will learn from experts how to increase customers and revenue, market to the right customer, and sell abroad. Participants will be able to ask questions specific to their business needs in this interactive setting. 

Additional workshops are scheduled on July 27 to discuss SBA Contracting and on August 24 to discuss Accessing Capital.

Workshops are held at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center located at 14075 Frederick Street. These SBA workshops are offered in addition to monthly SBDC and SCORE workshops offered in partnership with the City. For a schedule of upcoming workshops, please visit www.morenovalleybusiness.com/events.

The City also offers monthly workshops on improving resume writing and interview skills for jobseekers at the Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center through the Hire MoVal program. For more information about the Hire MoVal program, please contact the Economic Development Department at 951.413.3460 or email hiremoval@moval.org.

Moreno Valley Police Explorers Give Back to Community

The 40 members of Moreno Valley Police Explorer Post 882 volunteered more than 2,500 hours to local community events last year.

The explorer program provides the opportunity for students between the ages of 14 and 21 years old to explore careers in law enforcement while giving back to our community.

The Explorers have donated their time to numerous City of Moreno Valley events, including the City’s Springtastic Festival and Egg Hunt, the MyMoVal Day of Community Service and the Fourth of July Parade and FunFest. Explorers have also volunteered at local charitable events including the Moreno Valley Relay for Life and the Soroptimist Fashion and Tea Event. 

In addition to their volunteer work, the Explorers meet once a week to receive training in a variety of public safety topics, including crime prevention, traffic control, first aid and CPR. They also learn about juvenile law, patrol procedures, criminal justice and much more.

The program improves explorers’ self-esteem, communication skills and community relations. It also provides explorers a sense of responsibility, good judgment and moral character.

A small group of explorers also attend a weeklong live-in academy sponsored by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside. Explorer Post 882 competes against other explorers at an Explorer Competition every year.

In an effort to foster teamwork, the Moreno Valley Police Department will begin providing extensive drill and ceremony training to the explorers.

To find out more information about the Moreno Valley Police Explorers please call the volunteer coordinator at 951-486-6700 or visit the explorer website.

Moreno Valley Animal Shelter: Pets of the Week

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week are Hannah, a lovely two-year-old Lhasa Apso/Miniature Poodle mix, and Kim, an adorable three-month-old Tortoiseshell kitten.

An incredibly sweet and affectionate dog, Hannah’s one desire in life is to be loved. A loving scratch is all that it would take for Hannah to know your kindness, and for her love to be secured.

Like most kittens her age, Kim is an active and playful little rascal, and always seems to have a blast. Don’t let her playfulness fool you though; she still needs someone like you to really show her a good time.

For more information about the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter’s Pets of the Week, watch the video. Visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter website for complete animal adoption information and adoption specials.

Building Safety Month: Week 2 - Building Design Solutions for All Ages

Data from the US Census Bureau shows there are more than 76.4 million baby boomers, close to one-quarter of the estimated US population. Week 2 of Building Safety Month addresses this important topic affecting all generations.  

According to AARP, 89 percent of people 50 years old and older intend to continue living in their own homes as long as possible.  Ensuring that residents of all ages can enjoy community amenities pertains to numerous types of buildings including:  

  • Restaurants, hotels and motels

  • Work locations

  • Retail stores and entertainment

  • Healthcare

  • Housing -  apartments, assisted living, multiple generation and more

Visit the Building and Safety Division at City Hall to learn more about the strategies and techniques for designing comfortable, safe and barrier-free living environments.

The City of Moreno Valley is celebrating Building Safety Month to educate the public about the importance of safe and sustainable structures in which we live, work and play.

This year’s theme is Code Officials-Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth.

The campaign also reinforces the need for adoption of model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. 

In addition to the overall theme, Building Safety Month incorporates weekly themes.

WEEK ONE // May 1-7, 2017
Mentoring the Next Generation of Building Professionals

WEEK TWO // May 8-14, 2017
Building Design Solutions for All Ages

WEEK THREE // May 15-21, 2017
Manage the Damage – Preparing for Natural Disasters

WEEK FOUR // May 22-28, 2017
Investing in Technology for Safety, Energy & Water Efficiency

Sidewalk Access Ramps Will improve Pedestrian Safety

Construction will begin later this month to install or reconstruct 24 sidewalk access ramps at eight intersections across the City and one bus turnout to further enhance pedestrian safety and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

The Cycle 6 ADA Pedestrian Ramp Improvements will be funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The ramps will be installed at the following locations:  

  • Cottonwood Avenue at Cheshire Drive  
  • Cottonwood Avenue at Heacock Street  
  • Heacock Street at Eucalyptus Avenue  
  • Heacock Street at Fawn Street  
  • Heacock Street at Postal Avenue  
  • Perris Boulevard at Sunnymead Boulevard  
  • Perris Boulevard at Filaree Avenue
  • Perris Boulevard at John F. Kennedy Drve  
  • The bus turnout location is also near Perris Boulevard at John F. Kennedy Drive. 

  Construction is scheduled to be completed by August.