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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 18, 2021

This week we mark what would have been the 92nd birthday of one of America’s greatest leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From 1955’s boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, city bus service to his triumphant – and tragically prophetic – “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech on April 3, 1968, and his murder the very next evening, he made tremendous progress toward racial justice in America.

What we admire and honor about Dr. King is not only that progress but the way in which he and others achieved it: through non-violent protest. They didn’t make threats or damage property or hurt anyone. They made their justifiable grievances clear and understandable, and then worked to build a coalition of supporters, which eventually included the president and a majority in congress, and many non-black citizens, north and south. And though the protesters often met with violence along the way, they did not return it, instead letting the power of their non-violence convey the seriousness of their cause.

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.

MLK freedom march photo.


Esta semana celebramos lo que habría sido el 92 cumpleaños de uno de los líderes más grandes de Estados Unidos, el Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Desde el boicot de 1955 al servicio de autobuses de la ciudad de Montgomery, Alabama, hasta su triunfante y trágicamente profético – el discurso “He estado en la cima de la montaña” el 3 de abril de 1968, y su asesinato la siguiente noche, el hizo tremendo progreso hacia la justicia racial en Estados Unidos.

Lo que admiramos y honramos del Dr. King no es solo ese progreso, sino la forma en que él y otros lo lograron: a través de protestas sin violencia. No hicieron amenazas ni dañaron la propiedad ni lastimaron a nadie. Hicieron que sus injusticias justificables fueran claras y comprensibles, y luego trabajaron para construir una coalición de partidarios, que finalmente incluyó al presidente y una mayoría en el Congreso, y muchos ciudadanos aparte de los ciudadanos negros, del norte y del sur. Y aunque los manifestantes se encontraron con violencia en el camino, no lo devolvieron, sino que dejaron que el poder de no participar en la violencia transmitiera la seriedad de su causa.

El compromiso del Dr. King contra la violencia en busca de un cambio político es algo que todos los Americanos deberían admirar y honrar, y que todos deberíamos emular 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)

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