Volume 2 | January 9-13, 201 7
Moreno Valley Police Visit Cub Scouts

On January 11, officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department had the opportunity to visit with Cub Scout Pack 100.

Officers discussed the various roles of police officers, the dangers of drugs, and how the police are there to help those in need.

Officers answered many different questions from the young scouts. Officer Schmidt and his K9 partner "Dre" explained the value of having a police dog. The scouts were also able to check out a police motorcycle and patrol vehicle.

Thank you Cub Scout Pack 100 for inviting the Moreno Valley Police Department to your weekly meeting.

CycloCross is Coming to Moreno Valley
The City of Moreno Valley will host its first CycloCross race as Southern California CycloCross closes out its season with a final race on a 1.8 mile custom built course on March Air Reserve Base January 15.

CycloCross combines road racing and mountain biking while challenging riders with a course featuring everything from grass and sand to gravel and dirt mounds. Riders must also negotiate a number of obstacles that may force them to dismount, shoulder their bikes while they negotiate the obstruction and then remount their bikes to continuing riding.

The MoVal CycloCross is the final race in CycloCross Fever Series. The race will take place at March Field Park with riders navigating a course that includes the baseball fields, Valley Skate Park and the field area around the community center. Race day will also include a Kiddie Cross Skills Course, Community Cross (Obstacle Course), Doggie Cross, Cross-A-Thon and a short track mountain bike race and team relay.

The City of Moreno Valley received a $2,500 BEYOND Initiative grant from the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) for this event. Gates open at 7:00 a.m.

Come cheer on these athletes as they go head to head for the first time in Moreno Valley.   
Free Interview Skills Workshop

Gain the composure, insight and knowledge necessary for landing your next job.

  • Learn effective interviewing skills through preparation and practice

  • Learn proper interview etiquette

  • Build rapport, emphasize your skills, overcome objections

Thursday, January 19, 2017

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick Street Suite K-3
Moreno Valley, CA 92552

For more information email erc@moval.org.

Moreno Valley's Karma Automotive Featured in Electric Car Insider 

Karma Automotive and its new Moreno Valley factory were featured in the current issue of Electric Car Insider.

The magazine highlights China’s Wanxiang Group’s bold entrance into the U.S. automobile market with the purchase of bankrupt Fisker Automotive in 2014.

The company, now named Karma Automotive, built a new 555,670 square-foot-factory in Moreno Valley, assembled a team, and began producing Karma Revero, a plug-in hybrid that Karma says can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. Former GM Chairman Bob Lutz praised the Karma as one of the most beautiful cars ever produced.

Check out Electric Car Insider to learn more about the Moreno Valley-produced Revero.  Select copies are available in the Moreno Valley City Hall lobby.

MoVal Police Educate Residents about Burglary Prevention
On January 7, the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Community Services Unit and Burglary Suppression Team hit the streets in an effort  to reduce residential and vehicle burglaries.

Police explorers, volunteers and police officers targeted an area of the city that has a seen an increase of home and car burglaries over the last six months, talking to residents about how to increase the safety of their homes and vehicles.

They also handed out more than 500 informational pamphlets on tips for assessing their current risk of being the victim of a burglary along with information on how to reduce the attractiveness of your home, vehicle and neighborhood to burglars.

Burglary Prevention Tips from the Moreno Valley Police Department:

- Make your home look occupied and difficult to break in
- Lock valuable items away (do not leave them unsecured in your yard or shed)
- Use curtains and locks on all windows and the garage
- Have outside lightening and motion sensing light in both the front and back yard
- After purchasing pricey electronics or appliances, don’t leave the box out besides the trash can or recycling bin
- Create a neighborhood watch program with the Moreno Valley Police Department
- If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to (951) 247-8700. If there is an emergency please call 9-1-1.
Certificates of Occupancy Issued to Moreno Valley Businesses

The Community Development Department’s Building and Safety Division issued five new Certificates of Occupancy to new or expanded businesses.

These businesses will provide additional job opportunities for residents and tax revenues to assist with the delivery of important city services.

As a bonus, the Certificate of Occupancy process ensures businesses comply with all of the critical life-safety regulations providing a safe place to shop, eat and visit.

Happy Tails from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter
Moreno Valley Animal Shelter’s Rescue Coordinator Margret Linne worked with the Upland Animal Shelter, which currently has a shortage of dogs for adoption, to take six dogs from Moreno Valley’s shelter to be adopted from their shelter.

Representatives from the Upland Animal Shelter took two Chihuahuas, two Huskies, one pit bull and one mastiff mix to Upland this week to find their forever homes.

Find your own dog or cat to adopt by looking at the Moreno Valley Shelter’s available animals.

Click here for more information about adoption events and shelter hours.
Moreno Valley Residents Try Balancing City's Budget

In December the City of Moreno Valley debuted an innovative pilot project to encourage members of the community to be part of the City’s budgeting process.

The pilot project features a new online tool that will allow users to try their hand at creating a balanced City budget while providing valuable feedback on their service and spending priorities to help guide the City as it develops its FYs 2017/18 and 2018/19 budget.

Through December, the City has already had 500 visits to the site. 

Visit http://morenovalley.abalancingact.com to try out Balancing Act and learn about the City of Moreno Valley’s budget. 

In addition to the budget balancing simulator, users can input specific information to receive an estimate of how much of the sales and property taxes they paid is received by the City of Moreno Valley and an estimated breakdown of how those taxes are divided to fund City services, such as police and public works.

Volunteers Needed for Homeless Point-in-Time Count

Adult volunteers are needed to assist in the count and help identify locations where homeless people live and receive services.

People from all walks of life, including college students, nonprofit organizations, faith based institutions, business and neighborhood groups, and current or former homeless people, are encouraged to sign up to volunteer to assist with the count.

The 2017 Riverside County Point-in-Time Homeless Count will be held from 5:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24.  The annual effort also surveys homeless people throughout the region.

Information collected from the count and survey will ensure continued federal funding for homeless programs, assist in developing strategies to end homelessness, and provide help for homeless children and families in need.   Homelessness counts are also taking place across the United States as part of the national effort to address chronic homelessness.

For more information or to sign up for a volunteer position please see the Riverside County Homeless Counts website: www.RiversideHomelessCounts.com