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News Release

Mayor and City Council Take Action to Protect Moreno Valley Utility Customers from Rate Increase During Covid-19 Crisis

For immediate release: April 7 2020

Now is not the time to raise electric utility rates. That's the message Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and the City Council want to send to residents.

As part of its legal responsibility, the City-owned Moreno Valley Utility (MVU) is required to make sure its electricity rates keep pace with Southern California Edison rates. So a legally required resolution to do that was part of the City Council's April 7 agenda. The Council rejected the resolution out of hand, saying that now, when so many residents and businesses are struggling financially, is not the time to increase rates.

"Raising utility rates is the last thing we would even consider right now," explained Mayor Gutierrez. "We need our residents to know that we are working day and night to ease their burden as much as possible in these uncertain times."

The City of Moreno Valley’s Disaster Council, which is led by the Mayor, recently took action to suspend late fees, disconnections and any rate increases for MVU customers during this crisis.

MVU serves approximately 6,100 residential and commercial customers in Moreno Valley; Southern California Edison provides power to the majority, approximately 50,000 customers.

For more information about Moreno Valley Utility, please visit www.moval.org/mvu

El Alcalde y El Concejo Municipal Toman Medidas para Proteger a Los Clientes de Servicios Públicos de Moreno Valley de los Aumentos de Precios Durante La Crisis de COVID-19

Ahora no es el momento de aumentar los precios de los servicios eléctricos. Ese es el mensaje que el Alcalde de Moreno Valley, Yxstian Gutiérrez, y el Concejo Municipal quieren enviar a los residentes.

Como parte de su responsabilidad legal, se requiere que la empresa Moreno Valley Utility (MVU), propiedad de la ciudad, se asegure de que sus precios de electricidad se mantengan igual que los precios de Southern California Edison. Entonces, una resolución legalmente requerida para hacer eso era parte de la agenda del 7 de abril del Concejo Municipal. El Concejo rechazó la resolución de inmediato, diciendo que ahora, cuando tantos residentes y negocios tienen dificultades financieras, no es el momento de aumentar los precios.

"El aumento de los precios de servicios públicos es lo último que incluso consideraríamos en este momento," explicó el Alcalde Gutiérrez. "Necesitamos que nuestros residentes sepan que estamos trabajando día y noche para aliviar su carga tanto como sea posible en estos tiempos inciertos."

El Concejo de Desastres de la Ciudad de Moreno Valley, dirigido por el Alcalde, recientemente tomó medidas para suspender los cargos por retraso, desconexiones y cualquier aumento de precios para los clientes de MVU durante esta crisis.

MVU atiende a aproximadamente 6,100 clientes residenciales y comerciales en Moreno Valley; Southern California Edison proporciona energía a la mayoría, aproximadamente 50,000 clientes.

Para obtener más información sobre Moreno Valley Utility, visite www.moval.org/mvu.

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