Volume 207 | Jan. 18 - 22, 2021
City Mourns Passing of City Councilwoman
Dr. Carla J. Thornton
The City of Moreno Valley is mourning the loss of District 2 City Councilwoman Dr. Carla J. Thornton, who passed away January 21 following an illness.
"Councilwoman Thornton was a dedicated public servant who cared deeply for the residents of her district and the City as a whole," said Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley. "Carla brought an incredible amount of enthusiasm, energy and real joy to her Council work, and she had so much more to contribute. This is a tremendous loss for Moreno Valley, and I will miss her as a colleague and as a friend."
Councilwoman Thornton was elected to her first four-year term in December 2018, and was the first African-American woman to serve on the Council. She was an academic by profession and served as an assistant professor at California Baptist University, where she specialized in teaching social work management and policy.
Councilwoman Thornton was born in Culver City and graduated from the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Management at the University of Redlands, and a Master of Social Work degree and a Doctorate of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Her doctoral research focused on women veterans and the economic-development challenges affecting the Inland Empire.
Dr. Thornton proudly served her country as a member of the United States Air Force for 20 years. She deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant.
Prior to being elected to the City Council, Dr. Thornton was already an active member of her community, chairing both the Moreno Valley Traffic Safety Commission and the City’s Environmental and Historical Preservation Board.
Councilwoman Thornton's family has asked that their privacy be respected and has not yet shared information regarding services.
Heroic City Employees Honored for Valor
by Mayor, City Council

Three City of Moreno Valley employees were honored for valor by the Mayor and City Council this week for actions they took while on duty that saved lives. On December 16, 2020, David Serna, Alfred Fierro and James Gutierrez were working near an intersection when a serious collision occurred. The three men rendered aid immediately prior to emergency responders being able to get to the scene. Serna extracted a passenger from a vehicle and wrapped him in his jacket in case the person was going into shock. At the same time, Fierro extinguished a fire that started in one of the vehicles. Gutierrez redirected traffic safely around the accident scene. Police say one or more of the people involved in the wreck could have died without the men's immediate assistance.

The three heroic workers were honored at the January 19 City Council meeting with the City's highest honor, the Mayor's Award for Valor.
City Hosts Curative Coronavirus Testing Site
In coordination with Riverside County Public Health, the Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center is hosting coronavirus testing provided by Curative in the parking lot at the main entrance. This is a walk-up testing site; participants will exit their vehicles and wait in line. Testing is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Participants must register online at Curative.com. Testing remains available at Cottonwood Golf Center; appointments can be made at https://gettested.ruhealth.org/.
Business License Renewals Due by January 31
If you do business in Moreno Valley, then you need an up-to-date business license. Notices were mailed out in December to remind business owners that license renewals are due by January 31. Please refer to these step-by-step videos designed to help you renew your business license online or on paper.
Moreno Valley Honors Dr. Martin Luther King
The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was honored by the City of Moreno Valley this week with a special blue lighting of the iconic M on Box Springs Mountain on his birthday, January 18. And Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez dedicated his weekly message to praise of both Dr. King's record of progress for racial justice, as well as his method of pursuing it through non-violent protest. "Dr. King’s commitment to non-violence in pursuit of political change is something all Americans should admire and honor, and that we all should choose to emulate today," said Mayor Gutierrez.
A Visit to: Pedrorena Park
This pretty little park packs a lot of amenities into its 5.5 acres. Located at 16009 Rancho del Lago, Pedrorena boasts a play structure, multi-use athletic fields, a basketball court, tennis courts, barbecues, picnic tables and picnic shelters, restrooms, security lighting and convenient off-street parking. Never visited Pedrorena Park? Maybe now is a good time. Learn more online about Pedrorena Park and all of Moreno Valley's beautiful parks!