Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor

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Mayor Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez

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Dr. Yxstian A. Gutierrez

Phone: 951.413.3008
Email: yxstiang@moval.org

Address:

14177 Frederick St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Mayor Gutierrez' Weekly Message

Mayor's Minute


Mayor’s Weekly Message – February 19

We are breaking down barriers to education and helping put our residents to work through the award-winning Moreno Valley College Promise Initiative and Hire MoVal programs.

The Promise Initiative was created to help fund the first year of community college for first time students at Moreno Valley College, which also happens to be my alma mater! The program covers the cost of any tuition, fees, and textbooks not paid for by financial aid for the student’s first year of college.

I knew that we, as a City, could do more.

As a result, I championed the effort by convincing my council colleagues to partner with Moreno Valley College on the Promise Initiative. As a City, we pledged financial assistance to pay for the second year of college for Moreno Valley residents attending the college. Although it is uncommon to see cities supporting free college tuition programs, I think it is imperative that we reduce barriers for our youth and future leaders.

In addition to financial support, Promise students are assigned a success coach for the first year to guide students through the college process and are given priority registration to ensure they carry 12-15 units per semester.

Graduates from any high school within Moreno Valley Unified and Val Verde Unified School Districts are given priority to participate in the Promise Initiative.

The program funded more than 500 students in just its first year, providing these students much needed financial and emotional support to help them achieve their educational goals.

It’s not just the students who benefit; the entire Moreno Valley community benefits.

The Promise Initiative helps create a highly skilled workforce to serve our businesses. A highly skilled workforce attracts companies to Moreno Valley, providing more job opportunities for our residents.

Thorough its Hire MoVal program, the City further encourages local businesses to hire recent graduates by providing up to $5,000 in incentives.

These efforts are being recognized. The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) just named Moreno Valley its 2018 Programs Award of Excellence recipient for the Promise Initiative/Hire MoVal programs.

Together, we are working to brighten the futures of our residents, our businesses and our City. As your mayor, I couldn’t be prouder.

 

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 board of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and the City’s Economic Development and Finance Subcommittees. As an alternate, he serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC); March Joint Powers Authority (MJPA); Emerging Leaders Council; Library Commission; Parks, Community Services and Trails Committee, and 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 Advisory Commissions/ Boards

Alternate

  • Library Commission
  • Emerging Leaders Council
  • Parks, Community Services and Trails Committee

City Council Subcommittees

Primary

  • Economic Development Subcommittee
  • Finance Subcommittee

Alternate

  • Public Safety Subcommittee

Inter-Agency

Primary

  • Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

Alternate

  • March Joint Powers Commission (JPC)
  • Riverside Transit Agency (RTA)

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