Moreno Valley residents get late-fee relief due to coronavirus

While many fret over the coronavirus pandemic, Moreno Valley residents won’t have to worry about getting dinged by late charges.

City officials announced this week they are suspending penalties and interest for late payment of utility bills, parking citations, business license fees and library fines, for March 18 through April 15.

Moreno Valley City Councilman Ulises Cabrera said the city won’t shut off power to electric utility customers for nonpayment and won’t cite people for illegally parking cars on neighborhood streets on street sweeping days.

“We understand that people may not be working right now, that their children are at home and that there may be a lot more vehicles parked on the street” than would normally be, Cabrera said by phone.

Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said officials also understand that residents have other matters on their minds.

“We want people to look after their health right now, not concern themselves about interest on a fee they owe the city,” Gutierrez said in a statement.

Cabrera, however, said the city isn’t waiving actual fees.

“People will still have to pay their bills after everything calms down,” he said.

The Moreno Valley City Council approved the relief measure Tuesday, March 17, when it also closed all city facilities to the public through April 15, a news release stated.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez said several grocers in town have agreed to provide special shopping hours for senior citizens and disabled people in response to a city request. The move follows the wave of panic buying that has gripped the region and left less-aggressive shoppers empty-handed.

The following stores are offering priority shopping:

Winco, 12880 Day St., reserved for senior shoppers only from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily

Costco, 12700 Day St., no waiting for disabled shoppers

Smart & Final, 25050 Alessandro Blvd., reserved for senior and disabled shoppers only from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily

Super Target, 12700 Eucalyptus Ave., reserved for senior and disabled shoppers only on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Stater Bros., 25900 Iris Ave., 14425 Moreno Beach Drive and 11875 Pigeon Pass Road, reserved for people age 65 and older only from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily

Cardenas Markets, 25065 Sunnymead Blvd., 14930 Perris Blvd., Reserved for seniors, disabled people, caregivers and first responders only from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily

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