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Mayor Gutierrez Presents 2019 Community Leadership Awards
State of the City Address Focuses on Community Theme

Mayor Gutierrez giving his address at the 2019 State of the City luncheon.

Emphasizing this year's theme of "community," Yxstian A Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley, presented four Community Leadership awards at the recent State of the City address to recognize some of the people and organizations that help make the community so strong and healthy.

"This event is really meant to be a celebration of what we as a community are accomplishing together," Mayor Gutierrez explained.

Community Leadership Awards were presented to the following:

  • Large Business Owner: Iddo Benzeevi, Highland Fairview
  • Small Business Owners: Carina and Fadi Ballout, The Cupcake and Espresso Bar 
  • Educator of the Year: Dr. Robin Steinback, President, Moreno Valley College
  • Innovator of the Year: Karma Automotive (accepted by Chief Revenue Officer John Maloney).

Photos from the State of the City event may be accessed on the City's Facebook page.

Mayor Gutierrez and Iddo Benzeevi of Highland Fairview.

Community Leadership Award
Large Business Owner
Iddo Benzeevi
Highland Fairview

Mayor Gutierrez presented Iddo Benzeevi of Highland Fairview with the Community Leadership Award as the Large Business Owner of 2019.

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Mayor Gutierrez and Fadi and Carina Ballout, owners of the Cupcake and Espresso Bar.

Community Leadership Award
Small Business Owners
Fadi & Carina Ballout
Cupcake and Espresso Bar

Mayor Gutierrez presented Fadi and Carina Ballout, owners of the Cupcake and Espresso Bar, with the Community Leadership Award as the Small Business Owners of 2019.

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Mayor Gutierrez and Moreno Valley College President Dr. Robin Steinback.

Community Leadership Award
Educator of the Year
Dr. Robin Steinback
Moreno Valley College

Mayor Gutierrez presented Moreno Valley College President Dr. Robin Steinback with the Community Leadership Award as the Educator of the Year for 2019.

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Mayor Gutierrez and Karma Automotive Chief Revenue Officer John Malone.

Community Leadership Award
Innovator of the Year
Karma Automotive

Mayor Gutierrez presented Karma Automotive with the Community Leadership Award as the Innovator of the Year for 2019. Chief Revenue Officer John Maloney accepted the award on behalf of the Karma Automotive team.

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