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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

October 12, 2021

Last week, we lost a true champion of Moreno Valley: Mayor Pro Tem Victoria Baca.

Victoria was a trailblazer in Moreno Valley. She was the first Latina elected to the City Council, and the first Latina to be elected to the Moreno Valley School Board. She was proud of her heritage, and supported multicultural-focused events such as El Grito and Dia de los Muertos.

Not only was Victoria my colleague on the City Council, she was also my mentor and friend. She exemplified what it meant to be a true public servant to the people of Moreno Valley. She worked tirelessly for the residents of District 1, and her compassion and perseverance inspired everyone around her, including me. 

Even as she battled her illness, she continued to connect and serve her district in any way she could.

You never know when you’ll lose the loved ones in your life. Take time to call, visit, and connect with those who are important to you. Life is precious, and we cannot take it for granted.

I invite you to join me, the Moreno Valley City Council, and Victoria’s family to pay our respects to the Mayor Pro Tem at her memorial service, which will take place at the Civic Center Amphitheater on Monday, October 18 at 3 p.m.

I am reminded of a quote by the Greek statesman, Pericles, who said: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

Victoria Baca leaves behind a legacy of unity, inclusion, job creation, and fiscal stability. She left the City a stronger place, and helped to better the lives of residents across Moreno Valley. She will never be forgotten.

Mayor Gutierrez at Mayor Pro Tem Baca's memorial


La semana pasada, perdimos a una verdadera campeona de Moreno Valley: la Alcaldesa Provisional Victoria Baca.

Victoria fue pionera en Moreno Valley. Fue la primera latina elegida para el Concejo Municipal y la primera latina en ser elegida para la Junta Escolar de Moreno Valley. Estaba orgullosa de su herencia y apoyó eventos multiculturales como El Grito y Dia de los Muertos.

Victoria no solo era mi colega en el Ayuntamiento, también era mi mentora y amiga. Ella ejemplificó lo que significaba ser un verdadero servidor público para la gente de Moreno Valley. Trabajó incansablemente para los residentes del Distrito 1, y su compasión y perseverancia inspiraron a todos a su alrededor, incluyéndome a mí.

Incluso mientras luchaba contra su enfermedad, continuó conectándose y sirviendo a su distrito de todas las formas que pudo.

Nunca se sabe cuándo perderá a sus seres queridos en su vida. Tómese el tiempo para llamar, visitar y conectarse con aquellos que son importantes para usted. La vida es preciosa y no podemos darla por sentada.

Los invito a unirse conmigo, con el Concejo Municipal de Moreno Valley y a la familia de Victoria para presentar nuestros respetos a la Alcaldesa Provisional en su servicio conmemorativo, que se llevará a cabo en el Anfiteatro del Centro Cívico el lunes 18 de octubre a las 3 p.m.

Recuerdo una cita del estadista griego Pericles, quien dijo: "Lo que dejas atrás no es lo que está grabado en monumentos de piedra, sino lo que está tejido en la vida de los demás".

Victoria Baca deja un legado de unidad, inclusión, creación de empleo y estabilidad fiscal. Dejó la ciudad como un lugar más fuerte y ayudó a mejorar las vidas de los residentes de Moreno Valley. Ella nunca será olvidada.





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)

District Map

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District Photo Album

Photographs are from City Events

Mayor Gutierrez at the Salvation Army Appreciation event.   Mayor Gutierrez with the winners of the MoVal Check Giveaway.
Mayor Gutierrez at Kawhis Kids Shoe Giveaway.
Mayor Gutierrez in front of a new fire engine.   Mayor Gutierrez at the Thornton memorial service.
Mayor Gutierrez at the Santiago Park groundbreaking.  
Mayor Gutierrez putting food in a car at a volunteer food giveaway.   Mayor Gutierrez putting food in a car at a volunteer food giveaway.
Mayor Gutierrez packing food at a local food bank.   Mayor Gutierrez in front of a tractor.
Mayor Gutierrez presenting a plaque to retiring Fire Chief Abdul Ahmad.   Mayor Gutierrez at the Fourth of July parade.
Mayor Gutierrez with volunteers at a Beautify MoVal event.   Mayor Gutierrez in front of the Beautify MoVal banner.
Mayor Gutierrez with the new police chief   Mayor Gutierrez with coucil representatives Thornton and Bacca.
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