Volume 54 | February 5 - February 9, 2018
Property Cleanup Effort Applauded by Residents
Residents are applauding an effort by the City to clean up a property at Ironwood Avenue and Heacock Street that had been the site of a homeless encampment, filling the area with trash and debris.

The cleanup began in October after the City’s Code Compliance Division received numerous complaints about the large amount of trash and weeds on the property. The Moreno Valley Police Department worked with the property owner to address the trespassing issue while Code Compliance notified the owner to remove all of the trash.

The property owner began a clean-up effort in late January to bring the property up to code standards after the homeless encampment was disbanded. Code Compliance will continue to work with the property owner to address any additional code violations on the property.

Resident Kathy Henkenius wrote a letter to the City in December complaining about the problems at the property. She recently called the City's Code Compliance Division to thank the City for responding to her concerns and taking action.

"If I can write the not so nice letter that I did, then I can call you guys and say thank you for keeping Moreno Valley cleaned up nice," Henkenius said in a voicemail left for the code staff. "We're very thankful to see the cleanup. Thank you so much."
The property at Ironwood and Heacock before a joint effort by Moreno Valley Code Compliance and the Moreno Valley Police Department to address trespassing and trash issues.
The property at Ironwood and Heacock after a joint effort by Moreno Valley Code Compliance and the Moreno Valley Police Department to address trespassing and trash issues.
Solaris Paper Breaks Ground on Western Regional Headquarters
The City of Moreno Valley celebrated with Solaris Paper as the company broke ground on its new 862,000 square foot western regional headquarters.

Solaris Paper’s manufacturing and distribution plant will also be located at the new headquarters, located along the south side of State Route 60 between Moreno Beach Drive and Redlands Boulevard.

Solaris Paper produces away-from-home and at-home consumer tissue products sourced from sustainably managed forests. The company’s major branded retail products include Fiora, retailers’ private label brands, and away-from-home brands Livi and LoCor.

Solaris Paper announced plans last fall to expand to Moreno Valley, transferring approximately 175 employees and hiring additional personnel. The company’s Moreno Valley operation is expected to be fully operational by early 2019, joining the numerous Fortune 500 and international companies which have created more than 14,000 new jobs in Moreno Valley over the last four years.

Watch for new store/restaurant/hotel announcements in the monthly Economic Development Summary, www.moval.org/ed-news
Moreno Valley Hosts Inaugural Transportation Summit
The City of Moreno Valley hosted more than 135 transportation leaders from across Southern California at the inaugural Regional Transportation Summit last month to address regional transportation issues.

The summit was a collaborative effort between the City and the Western Riverside Council of Governments’ Clean Cities Coalition.

With an overarching theme of “Where are we going and how do we get there?,” the summit focused on autonomous vehicles, active transportation, clean air technologies, and light rail and other forms of mass transit.

Keynote speaker Hasan Ikhrata from the Southern California Association of Governments discussed how big data is revolutionizing every industry from driverless vehicles to every piece of technology in our homes.
Police Officers, Explorers Provide Burglary Prevention Tips
On February 3, the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Community Services Unit along with Explorer Post #882 met with residents as part of an outreach effort to reduce residents’ chances of becoming victims of residential and vehicle burglaries.

Over the past few months, the neighborhood has seen an increase in car and home burglaries compared to other parts of the City.

In an effort to prevent additional residents from being victimized, police officers and explorers went door to door, handing out more than 500 brochures with tips on how to increase security and safety. They also talked with residents about how to assess their risk level of becoming a victim – and reduce it.

The Moreno Valley Police Department encourages residents to:

  • Make your home look occupied
  • Lock valuable items away (do not leave them unsecured in your yard or shed)
  • Use curtains and locks on all windows and on the garage
  • Have outside lighting and motion sensing lights in both the front and back yard
  • Consider installing an alarm or surveillance system
  • After purchasing expensive electronics or appliances, don’t leave the box besides the trash can or recycling bin
  • Create a neighborhood watch program with the Moreno Valley Police Department
  • If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to (951) 247-8700. If there is an emergency please call 9-1-1.

Please contact the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-486-6700 with any questions or for additional safety tips.
Pay Your Moreno Valley Utility Bill by Phone
Moreno Valley Utility is introducing a new Pay-by-Phone program to make it easier than ever for MVU customers to pay their utility bills.

MVU customers can now call (844) 657-6473 to make payments by credit card, debit card, or directly from their checking account.

Payments will be posted to customer accounts immediately.
"Tell Me About Yourself" Workshop
Presented by Laura Acosta from Cal Baptist University

The “Tell Me About Yourself” workshop will focus on the importance of the first 2 minutes of any interview.

Being able to clearly and concisely explain who you are and how your career goals tie in to the organization are critical components to starting off on the right foot in any interview.

This workshop will also cover how to have a 30 second mini “Tell Me About Yourself” for those situations where you meet someone socially and have the opportunity to present what you are looking for in a career.

"Tell Me About Yourself" Workshop
February 15, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
Hosted by the City of Moreno Valley Economic Development Department

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 Lloyd.

Lloyd (#A481872) is a sweet nine-month-old Terrier Mix. He is incredibly excited to meet and make friends with everyone.

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at 14041 Elsworth Street to inquire about adopting Lloyd 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.