Volume 7| February 13-17, 2017
Moreno Valley Prepares for Another Round of Rain

On February 17, the City of Moreno Valley activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Departmental Operations Center (DOC) to manage the City's response to another round of heavy rain expected to hit Riverside County.

Forecasters are predicting the latest storm could bring powerful winds and up to 1.5 inches of rain to the region, with the heaviest rain falling Friday evening.

The City is offering free sandbags and loose sand to residents at all Moreno Valley fire stations between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information and specific locations, visit www.moval.org

The EOC and the DOC will coordinate responses by Public Works crews, Animal Services, and the Fire and Police Departments to ensure the safety of the community. Teams will also actively monitor “hot spots” affected by the heavy rains and dispatch crews to clear roads and respond to other storm-related issues.

The Fire Department is working closely with the County of Riverside's Emergency Management Department to monitor regional traffic conditions which affect Moreno Valley.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert MoVAL, the City’s Emergency Alert and Warning Notification System, to quickly notify residents of storm information and warn of potential hazards.

Registrants will have an option when signing up whether they want to receive notifications through their landline, cell phone, text message and/or email.

Sign up for Alert MoVal here.

Moreno Valley Community Day of Service

The City of Moreno Valley is hosting its first Community Day of Service on Saturday, February 25, as residents of all ages work together to beautify our community.

Grab your paint brushes, rakes, and smiles and get ready to make a difference in our City!

Volunteers can choose from two projects designed to enhance the quality of life in two areas of the City.

These events are designed for all ages so bring the entire family.

  • Help spruce up Hidden Springs Park
    • Saturday, February 25 between 8 a.m. and noon
    • Hidden Springs Park, 9675 Hidden Springs Drive, Moreno Valley
    • Bring rakes, shovels and gloves 

  • Give March Field Community Center a face-lift with a new coat of paint and newly planted trees
    • Saturday, February 25 between 8 a.m. and noon
    • March Field Park Community Center, 15325 5th Street, Moreno Valley
    • Bring paint brushes, rollers, and gloves

Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers.

To participate in Moreno Valley’s Community Day of Service, sign up here or email us at mymoval@moval.org to register as an individual or group.

Explorers Spend Day with Seniors

The Moreno Valley Police Explorers spent a day this week visiting with the residents of Renaissance Village - Rancho Belago, an assisted care community.

The explorers and residents spent time playing balloon volleyball, singing, and getting to know each other. The explorers also had the privilege to serve lunch to these amazing seniors.

We would like to thank Renaissance Village for the opportunity to meet new friends and make memories.

The Moreno Valley Police Explorer program gives young people between the ages of 14 and 21 an opportunity to get a hands-on look at what a law enforcement career is really like.

In addition for laying the foundation for a career in law enforcement, the Moreno Valley Police Explorers also spend time volunteering in the City.

Find out more about the Moreno Valley Police Explorers here.

Free Small Business Workshop

The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center presents…How to Start a Small Business

Wednesday, February 22

9 am - 11:00 am

Starting a business on your own can be intimidating. Take the fear out of getting started with the SBDC’s “Must Know” guide to starting your own business.

The seminar will cover:  

  • Being an Entrepreneur
  • Business Planning
  • Small Business Financing
  • Legal Forms of Organization
  • Licensing and Permits

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited. Register today at www.iesmallbusiness.com

The workshop will be held at the Moreno Valley Conference Center located at 14075 Frederick Street in Alessandro Room A. 

Bulky Waste Clean Up Scheduled

Help make Moreno Valley beautiful by bringing your unwanted mattresses, dryers, washing machines, and other bulky items to the City’s Bulky Waste Clean Up Event on February 25.

Bulky Waste Clean Up Event

8 a.m. to noon

Vista del Lago High School

15150 Lasselle St.

Moreno Valley, CA 92551

Acceptable items: Washing Machines/ Dryers, TVs, Microwaves, Air Conditioners, Computers, Refrigerators, Freezers, Chairs/ Couches/ Tables, Box Springs/ Mattresses, Barbecue/ Patio Furniture, Bundled Branches, Bagged Green Waste.

Waste Management is sponsoring this event.

6th Annual Small Business Summit Held in Moreno Valley

The City of Moreno Valley hosted the Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center’s (SWVBRC) 6th Annual Small Business Summit on February 15.

More than 150 people attended the event designed to help veterans succeed in the business world.

“As a community working to boost its economy with an aggressive economic development team, we understand the importance of this awesome effort to improve the regional economy, the bottom-line for businesses, and the ability of our veteran population to, not only provide for their families, but to provide well for their families as they develop their entrepreneurial spirit with determination and education,” Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez told attendees during his opening remarks.

“We are grateful for organizations like Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center who work hard to drive the collective effort to raise the economic bar for business, for veterans, and for families,” Gutierrez said.

Daniel C. Kim, director of California’s Department of General Services, was the keynote speaker. The Department serves as the state of California's business manager.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine Corps Band delighted the crowd with a lunchtime performance.

For more information about the SWVBRC and their efforts to work with communities and businesses to serve veterans, as well as active duty members and their spouses visit their website.

Moreno Valley to be at Forefront of Vehicle Technology

The City of Moreno Valley will be at the forefront of vehicle technology by allowing the City’s traffic signals to provide real-time traffic data to vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-infrastructure capability.

Moreno Valley has entered into an agreement with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) to provide real-time traffic data, allowing Vehicle-to-Infrastructure connectivity.

Through a cellular connection, and using cloud-based technology, the car receives real-time signal information from the advanced traffic management system used to monitor the City’s traffic signals.

Audi produced the first vehicles with the “Red Light Information” technology. Other car manufacturers are expected to follow in Audi's footsteps.

The Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission, located in Las Vegas, was the first local government to connect its traffic monitoring center directly to vehicles.

When approaching a connected traffic signal, the vehicle will know whether the light is red or green, and how long until it changes. The information is provided in a heads-up display.

Developers of the technology hope to improve navigation routing and increase the accuracy of arrival time estimates as well as enhance predictive services such as providing the driver with a speed recommendation designed to maximize the number of green lights that can be made in sequence.

The City of Moreno Valley anticipates having the program up and running by the end of 2017.

The TTS agreement helps fulfill a key Strategic Plan initiative for Moreno Valley to be a test bed for connected vehicle technologies.