Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 13, 2019

MVNews this week:  Page B:1



LOS ANGELES COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors 
has unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger to send a five-signature letter 
to the California Horse Racing Board supporting 
further efforts to investigate and advocate for solutions 
to end the spate of horse fatalities at Santa 
Anita Park.


Since December 26 of last year, there have been 23 
horse deaths at the racetrack, and the reasons for 
this significant increase remain unclear. Some have 
speculated that the winter rains caused the soil to 
become too soft. Others with the Stronach Group, 
which owns Santa Anita Park, argue that standards 
for veterinary treatment need to be updated. 


Barger’s motion directs the Chief Executive Officer 
to work with the Department of Animal Care and 
Control to offer cooperation with those responsible 
for horse fatalities at Santa Anita Park, including 
support for updated standards, if appropriate.


“The extent of loss of these beautiful animals is 
truly heartbreaking, yet despite all the analysis, 
concern, and care shown by a multitude of experts, 
advocates, and concerned citizens, the number of 
injuries and fatalities continues to grow,” said Supervisor 
Barger. “My motion expresses the county’s 
concern over the matter and offers the full support 
of county agencies and departments who wish 
to partner with state agencies and Santa Anita Park 
to solve this problem and protect these animals.”


Despite the most recent fatality, Santa Anita Park 
will remain open to host the Santa Anita Derby, a 
significant race for those hoping to make it to the 
Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2019.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – In an effort to improve 
the county’s ability to effectively identify and 
address trauma and emotional distress affecting 
youth, the Board of Supervisors has unanimously 
approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
to launch the Community Schools Initiative in 15 
high-need school districts. 


The motion directs the Department of Mental 
Health, in coordination with the Los Angeles 
County Office of Education, to identify nearly $4.3 
million to hire 45 positions and deploy 10 regional 
mental health teams to serve the 80 school districts 


A recent study by the Journal of Abnormal Psychology 
reveals that rates of major depressive episodes 
among adolescents ages 12-17 increased 52% 
between 2005 and 2017. The study found a similar 
increase in rates of major depressive episodes 
among young adults ages 18-25, which increased 
63% between 2009 and 2017. 


“These statistics are alarming and clearly demonstrate 
the immediate need for expanded access 
to mental health and well-being services for our 
youth,” said Barger. “This initiative will integrate 
evidence-based practices on school campuses and 
improve the connectivity of students and their families 
to service providers and holistic programs. By 
eliminating socio-emotional barriers, we will see 
improved learning outcomes and overall wellness 
for our students.” 


The initiative will achieve these goals through dedicated 
school-based mental health social workers 
and regional mental health teams that will provide 
an array of school-based services, including but not 
limited to community outreach, peer support, crisis 
response, screening, triage, and linkage for students 
and families in need. Additionally, the initiative 
will provide education and training to school 
staff and administrators on the impacts of trauma 
and how to improve student achievement by creating 
a trauma-informed learning environment. 


The Department of Mental Health has conducted 
broad stakeholder outreach to develop a community-
driven plan to action. The proposed initiatives 
were presented to over 100 stakeholders including 
students, parents, teachers, psychiatric social workers, 
providers, and other community members to 
get feedback and input on the development of a 
comprehensive initiative. 


Barger’s motion directs county agencies to begin 
implementing this initiative and report back in 60 
days with additional pilot schools, as well as framework 
for a Mental Health First Aid program which 
will educate students on how to support a friend 
or loved one who is experiencing mental health 



Warren S. Wing Yip studied architecture at Oklahoma State 
University and did his postgraduate work at Columbia 
University in New York. He practiced architecture in New 
York and Florida for 15 years before turning to designing 
products and importing and wholesaling his designs. His 
designs included display fixtures, desktop accessories 
such as lamps, and picture frames.

In the mid 2000’s, and after doing business in Hawaii 
for a number of years, Warren slowly absorbed the local 
cultures and sensed the potential of the art of floral 
presentation by creating contemporary containers. He 
also felt the need to set up his own studio in California where he lives for its design development and 

The blending of cultures on the islands gave him the incentive to further develop this floral presentation 
concept for the mainland lifestyle. This harmonious fusion for modern day living is the foundation of 
his work. His medium is simple wooden pieces, and his focus is utilizing simplicity to bring out the 
natural beauty of flowers while allowing the containers to be both a complimenting and stand-alone 
art form.

He is now semi-retired and enjoys doing his wood 
work and art shows with help from his wife Janet.

Warren describes his featured art piece, ‘Giraffe,’ as: 
“I chose a laminated block made from small pieces of 
Maple wood as the body for the vase. The block was 
cut to show the end grains of the wood which gave 
me a texture in various tones. The vase was designed 
for directional and single-stem floral arrangement in 
the Asian fashion. It was also meant to be sculptural 
by itself. The glass liner was purposely exposed for 
contrast with wood. For the frame, I used a very hard 
wood from Indonesia called Balau which allowed me 
to cut it into narrow pieces for a sense of slenderness.”

This year’s Art Fair is being held in Memorial Park 
on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 
Sunday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be sure to 
stop by Warren’s booth (#53) to admire and purchase 
his inspiring creations.

For more information, please visit us at our web site, our Facebook 
page; or call 626-355-7186.


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Spring is here!
The Friends Of The Sierra Madre Library Invite You To57th Annual 
Sierra Madre Art FairSaturday, May 4 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Giraffeby Featured 
100 Artists • Children’s Activities • Live EntertainmentFood Vendors • Free AdmissionSierra Madre Memorial Park222 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CaliforniaFor event information: 626•355•7186 or www.sierramadrelibraryfriends.orgBenefits Sierra Madre Public LibraryGiraffeby Featured 
57th Annual 
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