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


14177 Frederick St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Mayor Gutierrez' Weekly Message

Mayor's Minute

Mayor’s Weekly Message – March 19

We’ve made it even easier for local businesses to earn incentives just for hiring Moreno Valley residents who have recently graduated from college or vocational training.

Under the City’s Hire a MoVal Grad program, Moreno Valley businesses who hire recent college or technical/vocational school graduates can apply for a $1,000 stipend. Businesses can earn a $1,000 incentive for each new hire, up to five new hires.

Graduates now only have to work a minimum of 20 hours a week for six months before businesses are eligible to apply for the Hire a MoVal Grad incentive.

Hire a MoVal Grad is part of our award-winning Hire MoVal program, designed to help Moreno Valley residents find jobs with local employers.

In order to qualify for a Hire a MoVal Grad stipend, Moreno Valley businesses must be licensed by the City of Moreno Valley and hire a Moreno Valley resident who has graduated or completed a specialized training program from any accredited college, university, vocational technical school, or any other specialized training program within the past two years.

Businesses are encouraged to hire local – and are being rewarded for doing so. Local graduates are getting their foot in the door.

It’s a win-win.

If you are a local business owner, I encourage you to hire a recent Moreno Valley graduate – and apply for the Hire a MoVal Grad incentive. If you are a Moreno Valley resident who recently graduated from college or a technical/vocational school, I encourage you to let your employer or potential employer know that they could be earning money just for hiring you.

Stipends are provided on a first come basis.

For more information, visit the Hire MoVal website. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to Hire MoVal!


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


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

City Council Subcommittees


  • Economic Development Subcommittee
  • Finance Subcommittee


  • Public Safety Subcommittee



  • Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)


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

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