Volume 47 | December 4 - 8, 2017
Moreno Valley's 'M' on Box Springs Mountain Brightens Holiday Season
The City of Moreno Valley illuminated the "M" on Box Springs Mountain with a remarkable display of multi-colored LED lights during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony held last weekend. Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez proudly announced that the "M" lighting is now a permanent feature in Moreno Valley. Residents of Moreno Valley now have this beacon to guide them home as they return from their journeys near and far.

For many years the City relied upon the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers to light the "M" during the holiday season. The City's new lighting system can be illuminated with the click of a button and uses energy efficient LED lights. Residents can enjoy the "M" lighting from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. This special feature will enhance local events and provide an additional source of unity and community pride.

Lighting the "M" promotes the City, its civic institutions, state and federal holidays, and other public events of community significance as well as times of celebration. On a year-round basis, the “M” will be visible under white lights. The regional landmark will be illuminated in specific colors to elevate awareness of special occasions and events. Local non-profit and charitable organizations can also request that the “M” be illuminated in specific colors to elevate awareness of their cause.    

All requests must be submitted to the City at least three weeks prior to the requested start date. For more information about criteria for the "M" Lighting visit the www.moval.org/mschedule.
Moreno Valley Police Department Steps Up for Happy Feet Program
Members of the Moreno Valley Police Department donated fifteen pairs of new shoes to the Happy Feet program sponsored by the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). MVUSD's Happy Feet program aims to put new shoes on children facing adversity who attend Moreno Valley schools.

These shoes were collected by Officers throughout the year during community events. The Police Department was honored to collaborate with the School District to provide resources to those who would benefit from them the most this holiday season. The Moreno Valley Police Department strives to build strong relationships in the community. This holiday season, Officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department have also participated in Operation Holiday Cheer and Stuff the Bus charitable giving efforts. 

If you would like to learn more about the Moreno Valley Unified School District's Happy Feet program, please contact Connie Edwards 951.571.4560 (x46137). 
City Enhances Road Safety by Updating Speed Limits throughout MoVal
The safety of our residents is the City of Moreno Valley's top priority. The City recently updated speed limits for 74 segments of streets throughout the community.  As a result, nine speed limits are new, thirty-three will remain the same, four will be increased, and twenty-eight will be decreased.
State law requires local agencies to establish speed limits based on engineering and traffic surveys. These surveys are typically conducted every 5-7 years to consider vehicle volumes, prevailing speeds and collision history. Enforceable speed zones are an integral component to improving roadway safety in our community.
The updated speed limits will take effect starting January 6, 2018. Residents should look for updated speed limit signs and markings that reflect these changes.
Moreno Valley to Kickoff Pee Wee and Junior Soccer Season
The Parks & Community Services Department is currently accepting registrations for the upcoming Pee Wee and Junior Soccer season. The program is open to girls and boys ages 3–7.

The emphasis of this league is to provide a fun, non-competitive, atmosphere where young athletes of all skill levels can learn aspects of the sport of soccer.

Thanks to local volunteers, all Pee Wee and Youth Programs are available at an affordable cost for members of our community.

Volunteer Coaches are encouraged to apply. The Parks & Community Services Department is always looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a keen interest in the development of Moreno Valley youth through recreation.

The registration deadline is January 3rd and includes a jersey, participation award and an end-of-season banquet. All games and practices will be held at the City’s artificial turf fields located in Community Park at 13380 Frederick Street.

To register for the Soccer program or to become a volunteer coach, please visit the Conference & Recreation Center at 14075 Frederick Street, or call 951-413-3280. Additional information can be found on our website at www.moval.org/sports.
Shop MoVal's Newly Opened Restaurants & Retailers this Holiday Season
As we enjoy the holiday shopping season, please remember to shop local, Shop MoVal! Below are several new restaurants and retailers that have opened this year:
  • Authentic Cutz Barbershop at Pigeon Pass & Ironwood
  • Berumen Dance Studio at Sunnymead & Heacock
  • Botanica Guadalupe at Sunnymead & Heacock
  • Café Rio at Day & Campus
  • Cajun Wild at Perris & Hemlock
  • Cherished Memories at Cactus & Elsworth
  • Culichitown at Sunnymead & Graham
  • The Cupcakes & Espresso Bar at Day & Campus
  • Daniel’s Jewelers at Moreno Valley Mall
  • Dickey’s Barbeque at Day & Campus
  • Farm Market at Redlands & Alessandro
  • Fern’z Barbershop at Sunnymead & Graham
  • Fitness 19 at Perris & Iris
  • Hibbett Sports at Moreno Valley Mall
  • IHOP at Perris & Iris
  • Jerome's Furniture at SR-60 & Day
  • Ly Chinese Food Express at Cactus & Moreno Beach
  • Miniso Depot at Moreno Valley Mall
  • Organic Nail Bar at Day & Campus
  • Paris House of Crepes at SR-60 & Day
  • Pieology at Gateway & Day
  • Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen at Gateway & Day
  • Red Carpet Hair Studio at Sunnymead & Heacock
  • Saigon Bistro at Frederick & TownGate
  • Uncle Em's Southern Smokehouse at Alessandro & Frederick

There are many businesses and restaurants that are UNDER CONSTRUCTION and scheduled to open soon:
  • Coffee Bean & Tea at Day & Eucalyptus
  • Fatburger at Day & Eucalyptus
  • Holiday Inn Express at Day & Eucalyptus
  • Hyundai of Moreno Valley at SR-60 between Nason & Moreno Beach
  • Residence Inn & Suites at Day & Eucalyptus
  • Sit N Sleep at Day & Campus
  • The Habit Burger at Day & Campus
  • Z Pizza & Taproom at Day & Eucalyptus

For more information about the City’s new businesses or to learn more about establishing a new business in Moreno Valley, please visit our award-winning website morenovalleybusiness.com or contact the Economic Development Department at EDTeam@moval.org or by calling 951.413.3460. 
Pets of the Week
Each week, the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights pets available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

This week's Pets of the Week are Bruno and Bravo.

Bruno (#A480444) is a sweet four-year-old Shorthair Chihuahua who is looking for a good friend.

Bravo (#A480454) is a cute three-year-old Lhasa Apso Mix who is simply impossible to resist.

Watch the Pets of the Week video.

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

Call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790 or visit the City’s website for more information about adopting.
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