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Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor

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Mayor Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez

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Dr. Yxstian A. Gutierrez

Phone: 951.413.3008


14177 Frederick St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Mayor Gutierrez' Weekly Message

Mayor's Minute

January 11, 2021

Our City continues to be blessed with an incredible animal shelter, where thousands of pets have found new forever homes. It’s also where I got my two dogs, Kayla and Lassie!

The good people at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter work tirelessly to provide the utmost care for the animals they rescue. Our Shelter employees also provide world-class customer service to Moreno Valley residents who stop by to look for their new best friend. 

I am thrilled to share our Shelter has successfully found new homes for nearly all the animals in their care. In fact, the Shelter has logged over 2,000 positive outcomes for sheltered pets last year. That’s a lot of dogs and cats finding their new homes!

This month, the Animal Shelter is starting the new year off right with a special month-long adoption event. Every Wednesday and Thursday throughout January, dogs will be available for adoption for only $50, and cats will be available to take home for only $25!

This adoption event is an incredible opportunity to meet the newest member of your family.

There’s a quote I love from the author Rudyard Kipling, who once wrote, “Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching that cannot lie.”

I encourage you to stop by the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter, located at 14041 Elsworth Street, and meet some of our wonderful furry friends today.


New Year Pet Adoption Event


Nuestra ciudad sigue siendo bendecida con un increíble refugio para animales, donde miles de mascotas han encontrado nuevos hogares para siempre. ¡También es donde conseguí a mis dos perros, Kayla y Lassie!

La buena gente del Refugio de Animales de Moreno Valley trabaja incansablemente para brindar el máximo cuidado a los animales que rescatan. Nuestros empleados del refugio también brindan un servicio al cliente de primera clase a los residentes de Moreno Valley que vienen a buscar a su nuevo mejor amigo.

Estoy encantado de compartir que nuestro refugio ha encontrado con éxito nuevos hogares para casi todos los animales bajo su cuidado. De hecho, el refugio ha registrado más de 2,000 resultados positivos para mascotas protegidas el año pasado. ¡Son muchos perros y gatos encontrando sus nuevos hogares!

Este mes, el Refugio de Animales está comenzando bien el nuevo año con un evento especial de adopción de un mes de duración. ¡Todos los miércoles y jueves durante todo enero, los perros estarán disponibles para adopción por solo $50, y los gatos estarán disponibles para llevar a casa por solo $25!

Este evento de adopción es una oportunidad increíble para conocer al miembro más nuevo de su familia.

Hay una cita que me encanta del autor Rudyard Kipling, quien una vez escribió: "Compre un cachorro y su dinero comprará un amor invariable que no puede mentir".

Los animo a pasar por el Refugio de Animales de Moreno Valley, ubicado en 14041 Elsworth Street, y conocer a algunos de nuestros maravillosos amigos mascotas hoy.





Coronavirus Efforts

As fast as the coronavirus crisis is evolving, I have been heartened to see our community adapting just as quickly.  Our City Council and I, working with what has to be the most talented and dedicated municipal staff, have had to anticipate coronavirus-related challenges and respond just as rapidly.
Here is a summary of actions we’ve taken to help Moreno Valley get through this unprecedented situation:

Meet Mayor Gutierrez

A resident of Moreno Valley for more than 20 years, Mayor Gutierrez serves as the City’s first directly elected Mayor. He began service as a City Council Member in 2013, was appointed Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor, and was elected Mayor of Moreno Valley in 2016. Mayor Gutierrez is proud of the City’s success in bringing more than 14,000 new jobs to our community over the past four years.

Under his leadership, Moreno Valley was ranked the third most fiscally strong City in the nation - a testament to sound financial management practices - and the City’s second library branch opened.

He championed the award-winning Hire MoVal program – an initiative that promotes hiring local Moreno Valley residents while offering economic incentives to businesses through utility rate discounts and business license waivers. The program’s expansion - Hire a Grad - benefits businesses that hire local college and career technical school graduates.

He advocates for Moreno Valley’s Citywide Camera program and cutting edge community policing programs which allow the City to stretch resources while reducing crime and making neighborhoods safer.

Mayor Gutierrez also works diligently to improve community engagement to help ensure that City government effectively represents its residents and businesses. He created the Summer at City Hall program to give local high school students an inside view at how city government works and spearheaded the establishment of the Emerging Leaders Council, a panel of college students between the ages of 18 and 25 who advise Moreno Valley officials on youth issues.

Mayor Gutierrez currently serves on the Parks, Community Services and Trails Committee, the Economic Development Subcommittee, the Finance Subcommittee, and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC). As an alternate, he serves on the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), the Riverside Transit Agency,  the Public Safety Subcommittee,

In addition to his role as Mayor of this dynamic City, Mayor Gutierrez has spent more than a decade working with children as a special education teacher with the Moreno Valley Unified School District. He also serves on the board for the Renu Hope Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to lifting up working families by providing education and other support services to guide them on their paths to success.

He is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Latino Alliance Committee along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Mayor Gutierrez also serves as a local board member for the US Selective Service. Members are nominated by the governor and appointed by the director of the Selective Service System on behalf of the President of the United States. Mayor Gutierrez has been serving in that capacity since 2016.

The first member of his family to go to college, he earned an associate’s degree from Moreno Valley College, a bachelor’s degree from California Baptist University, a master’s degree in Education from American InterContinental University and a doctoral degree in Special Education from Northcentral University.

Mayor Gutierrez is also an alumnus of USC’s Executive Education in Public Policy program and the USC Executive Education Marshall School of Business program in Strategic Analysis in Achieving Competitive Advantage.

The former local business owner is proud to live, work and play right in his hometown. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and his two dogs- Kayla and Lassie. 

“I am honored to have been chosen as the first directly-elected Mayor of Moreno Valley, the City where I grew up and the City where I continue to live and work,” said Mayor Gutierrez. “I look forward to bringing more job opportunities and preserving an exceptional quality of life for our community. Together, we are putting Moreno Valley on the map and continuing to make it work for our residents.”

Committee and Board Participation

City Council Subcommittees


  • Economic Development Subcommittee
  • Finance Subcommittee
  • Parks & Community Services Council


  • Public Safety Subcommittee


  • Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)


  • Riverside Transit Agency (RTA)
  • Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

District Map

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District Photo Album

Photographs are from City Events

Mayor Gutierrez at the Salvation Army Appreciation event.   Mayor Gutierrez with the winners of the MoVal Check Giveaway.
Mayor Gutierrez at Kawhis Kids Shoe Giveaway.
Mayor Gutierrez in front of a new fire engine.   Mayor Gutierrez at the Thornton memorial service.
Mayor Gutierrez at the Santiago Park groundbreaking.  
Mayor Gutierrez putting food in a car at a volunteer food giveaway.   Mayor Gutierrez putting food in a car at a volunteer food giveaway.
Mayor Gutierrez packing food at a local food bank.   Mayor Gutierrez in front of a tractor.
Mayor Gutierrez presenting a plaque to retiring Fire Chief Abdul Ahmad.   Mayor Gutierrez at the Fourth of July parade.
Mayor Gutierrez with volunteers at a Beautify MoVal event.   Mayor Gutierrez in front of the Beautify MoVal banner.
Mayor Gutierrez with the new police chief   Mayor Gutierrez with coucil representatives Thornton and Bacca.
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