Volume 180 | July 13 - 17, 2020
Moreno Valley's Healthcare Industry Expands with Kaiser Permanente Project
The healthcare industry's local footprint got a little bigger with the groundbreaking photo opportunity for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center's new Diagnostic & Treatment Center. The project is part of phase one of a three-phase expansion set to take place over the next 20 years. The development will add more than 1.1 million square feet of medical services space, including an expansion of its current 100-bed hospital to an eventual 460-bed facility. Riverside University Health System Medical Center opened its beautiful new medical office building earlier this year, as it also continues to expand its presence in our community.
MoVal's Afterschool Expanded Learning Program Wins Highest Statewide Award
Moreno Valley's Afterschool Expanded Learning Program is being honored by the League of California Cities with its prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the category of Counties/Cities/Schools Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration. The Helen Putnam Award is considered the highest honor bestowed upon a project or program for cities in California.

The Afterschool Expanded Learning Program uses a state After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant to fund the Think Together program at elementary and middle schools in the Moreno Valley and Val Verde unified school districts. The program served 4,000 students in the 2019-20 school year, and has served more than 46,000 since beginning in 2007.

"The hours between the time when school lets out and parents get home from work are the riskiest time of day for children," said Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley, himself a former middle-school educator. "The City's Afterschool Expanded Learning Program provides students with a fun, safe learning and socializing environment that keeps them out of trouble and on the path to success." (Photo from 19/20 program year.)
Be the First to Hear About Job Openings with the Hire MoVal Job Board
The City of Moreno Valley is continuing to connect residents with local businesses that are hiring. In fact, the City's Employment Resource Center has remained open all along, helping residents and businesses weather the economic storm. Now it's launched a new online resource called the Hire MoVal Job Board , featuring one-click access to local employers looking to fill positions. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page where you can subscribe to the Hire MoVal Jobseeker List !
Public Participation is Key to
General Plan Update Process
The 2040 General Plan is the City’s blueprint for how and where Moreno Valley will grow over the next 20 years. It contains policies that guide everything from economic development to transportation, from the type of homes available to open-space conservation, and from community gathering places to public health and safety. As Mayor Gutierrez explains in this brief video , public participation and input is key to the process. Learn more about the General Plan Update online .
Stay Healthy - Take a Hike!
The return to stricter coronavirus state guidelines has not affected the status of MoVal parks and trails. They remain open for limited use. Of course, restrictions on gatherings and the use of high-touch facilities such as playgrounds, along with requirements for physical distancing and masks in public places, remain in effect. But you can still use the open spaces and trails to get some relaxation and exercise. Visit Moreno Valley Parks & Community Services online for more information .