Volume 55 | February 12 - February 16, 2018
Moreno Valley Officers Honored For Valor
M oreno Valley Police Officers Kevin Mahoney and Brian Keeney were honored at the 2018 American Legion Law and Valor Awards this week for bravely rushing into a burning house and rescuing a grandmother from the flames. Both officers were treated for severe smoke inhalation and have returned to full duty.

The Call:

It was September 7, 2017, a regular shift for Moreno Valley Police Officers Kevin Mahoney and Brian Keeney - answering calls for service.

Then the call came in for emergency assistance at a house in the 14000 block of Cloverfield Road.

Officers saw thick, black smoke pouring out of the home that was already engulfed in flames. Firefighters were still on their way – but there was no time to wait.

A teenage girl was hysterical, yelling to officers that her grandmother was trapped inside the burning home.

The officers tried the front door, but it was locked. They kicked it down, took a deep breath and entered the burning home.

The heat was so intense it forced them to the floor. Crawling through the burning home, they yelled for anyone still in the house. Unable to see through the thick smoke, they resorted to using their hands to search for the girl’s grandmother.

They found her – unconscious – on a couch. She was burned and barely breathing, but she was alive.

Officers Mahoney and Keeney tried to pick her up, but the smoke and the heat from the flames forced them back to the ground. Determined to save the woman from the burning home, they pushed and pulled the couch toward the front door.

They pulled the woman to safety just as flames began to engulf the couch.

As they handed the woman over to rescue personnel, both officers collapsed and began vomiting violently as a result of the smoke they inhaled during the rescue effort.

The woman and the police officers who rescued her were immediately transported to the hospital for treatment. The grandmother and her rescuers made a full recovery.

Congratulations Officers Mahoney and Keeney!
Animal Shelter Volunteer Photographer Helps Increase Adoption Rates
All but four of the 694 pets photographed by Moreno Valley Animal Shelter volunteer photographer Kelly Vela in 2017 found their forever homes.

Her photographs, which showcase lost and homeless pets in a positive light, have helped achieve a 99.4% success rate.

Every Thursday morning Kelly and her best friend “P.D.,” short for Puppy Dog, arrive at the shelter. P.D. is a formerly homeless dog who was adopted from the shelter by Kelly and her husband.

Now P.D. proudly rides on top of Kelly’s cart full of her camera equipment and accessories, an unofficial mascot, as Kelly takes pictures of homeless and lost pets in the hopes of finding them loving homes.

Once inside, P.D. anxiously searches out our Animal Rescue Coordinator, Margret Linne, who always has a special treat for P.D. After her treat, and greeting the rest of the shelter staff, P.D. gets to work with Kelly creating all of those amazing photos of shelter animals, putting their best paw forward.

For more information about adopting an animal from the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter visit the shelter's website .
First Responders Participate in Mock Major Aviation Accident Exercise
The City of Moreno Valley’s Office of Emergency Management along with its Police and Fire Departments, participated in a mock major aviation accident response exercise this week in preparation for the March Field Air & Space Expo April 7 and 8.

Members of March Air Reserve Base coordinated the comprehensive exercise to allow for multiple first responders from local, county, and state departments, ambulance companies, and hospitals to practice their response in the unlikely event of an aviation accident.

Students from Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, and Arlington and Riverside Polytechnic High Schools portrayed victims in the exercise.

Also participating in the exercise: Riverside Sheriff's Department, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, Riverside University Health System, Kaiser Moreno Valley, Kaiser Riverside, American Medical Response, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

SBDC: QuickBooks for Beginners 102
Confused about all the financial rules related to your business?
Want expert advice on how to run your business like a pro?
Join us for the QuickBooks for Beginners Workshop and learn the essentials to understanding your business financials.
SBDC: QuickBooks for Beginners 102
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Cost: FREE
Learn how to:

• Create and Set up a Company
• Work with Lists
• Work with Bank Accounts
• Use Other Accounts in QuickBooks
• Enter Sales Information
• Receive Payments and Make Deposits
• Enter and Pay Bills
• Your Options With QuickBooks Payroll
• Analyze Job Cost and Financial Data
This seminar was designed to build upon the principles introduced in the QuickBooks for Beginners seminar.

Pre-registration is recommended. Register online at: www.iesmallbusiness.com
For more information, please email edteam@moval.org or call 951.413.3460.

Social Media Setup & Mangement Workshop 
Presented by Daniel Choi from COO ProspectWise

Want to access thousands of local customers online?

Looking to take your social media skills to the next level?

Learn how to get your business noticed with the Social Media Setup & Management Workshop.

Join us for a practical workshop that teaches the basics of establishing a social media presence.

Attendees will be guided through setting up Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Instagram business profiles. They will also learn how to use their own business portal on each platform and how to take full advantage of the platform’s available tools.

This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs who are new to social media, and for those who have some familiarity with it.

Social Media Setup & Management Workshop
Presented By Daniel Choi from COO ProspectWise

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Cost: $20 prepaid, $30 at the door

For more information, please email edteam@moval.org or call 951.413.3460. This workshop is sponsored by the City of Moreno Valley.

Register here .
City Program Protects Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
The City is responsible for protecting its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) from receiving pollutant discharges.

Educating the community about what constitutes illegal activities related to the City’s storm sewer system and conducting enforcement activities to address and correct unlawful dumping and other prohibited activities, is part of that responsibility. The City’s Stormwater Program conducts this public outreach and enforcement to meet the State Water Resources Control Board’s requirements for the MS4 permit.

The Stormwater Program regularly inspects construction sites and commercial and industrial facilities to ensure that these sites are not illegally dumping into the City’s MS4, either by dumping pollutants directly into the MS4, referred to as an illegal discharge (ID), or through a non-permitted system designed to divert pollutants off the property, referred to as an illicit connection (IC).

Our residents play a critical role in ensuring our MS4 is protected. If you believe you have observed pollutants being illegal dumped into the City’s MS4, please contact the Land Development Division at  951.413.3120 .
Pet of the Week
Each week the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights a pet available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

This week's Pet is Buster.

Buster (#A482010) is a lovable ten-month-old Pomeranian/Dachshund Mix. He is an absolute sweetheart that is eager to make friends with someone like you.

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at 14041 Elsworth Street to inquire about adopting Buster 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.
Upon request, this news release will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should direct such requests to Guy Pegan, ADA Coordinator, at 951.413.3120 at least 72 hours before the meeting. The 72-hour notification will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.