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Mountain View News Saturday, July 10, 2021 
Mental Health Bills Clear Huntington Adds Three NASA’s AIRS Tracks 
Education Committee New Members to Board Record-Breaking Heat 

Senate Bills 14 and 224, The Huntington Library, and Grounds Committee Wave in Pacific Northwest 
authored by State Senator Art Museum, and Botanical and Digital and Technology 
Anthony Portantino (D – La Gardens announces the Committee. 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49

addition of three new members The science instrument degrees Celsius).

Cañada Flintridge), cleared 

to its Board of Trustees. They mapped the dome of high The AIRS instrument

the Assembly Education 

are Christine Bender, J. Mario pressure that settled over recorded similar

Committee this week with 

Molina, and Mei-Lee Ney. The the northwestern U.S. and temperature anomalies at an

bipartisan support. SB 224 

Board, whose members share 

western Canada in late June, altitude of about 10,000 feet

and 14 address the growing fiduciary responsibility for the 

sending temperatures into (3,000 meters), showing that

mental health crisis among institution and final decision-

the triple digits. the extreme heat also affected

California’s youth by making on major matters, was 

implementing mental health recently expanded from five An unprecedented heat mountainous regions. And 
education and strategies. to seven members after 100 wave that started around temperature anomalies at 
years. With the retirement of June 26 smashed numerous roughly 18,000 feet (5,500

“We can end the stigma 

chair Loren Rothschild, Trustee all-time temperature records meters) demonstrated that

surrounding the discussion 

Gregory A. Pieschala has been in the Pacific Northwest and the heat dome extended high

of mental health and get 

named chair. Other members western Canada. NASA’s into Earth’s troposphere,

help to those who need it,” 

include Andrew Barth, Simon Atmospheric Infrared creating the conditions for

stated Senator Portantino. 

K.C. Li, and Wendy Munger. 
Sounder (AIRS), aboard the intense heat at the planet’s

“As schools transition “The Huntington is a more Joseph “Mario” Molina 

Aqua satellite, captured the surface that are normally

back to in person learning, complex institution than it Mario Molina has served on 

progression of this slow-found farther south.

teachers are bound to be was at its founding, when the Board of Governors since 

faced with behavioral health Board membership was set 2011, bringing a particularly moving heat dome across AIRS, in conjunction with 
challenges resulting from are treated. at five. Today, the institution deep interest in the history of the region from June 21 to the Advanced Microwave 
the emotional impact of the “NAMI-CA is pleased to is expanding its reach, with medicine. Molina served as 30. An animation of some of Sounding Unit (AMSU), 
see this bill move forward, an even greater breadth of CEO of Molina Healthcare, the AIRS data show surface senses emitted infrared

pandemic on their students. 

and are infinitely grateful programming, a broadened the Long Beach-based health air temperature anomalies – and microwave radiation

Unrecognized, untreated or 

to have such a bold leader educational and research focus, plan operator and healthcare values above or below long-from Earth to provide a

late treated mental illness 

in Senator Portantino,” and an expanded sense of its services company, from 1996 term averages. Surface air three-dimensional look at

elevates the risk of mental 

public mission,” said President through 2017.

stated Jessica Cruz, CEO temperature is something the planet’s weather and

health crises such as suicide 

Karen R. Lawrence. “With these Molina earned his

of NAMI-CA. “While the that people directly feel climate. Working in tandem,

and self-injury, diminishes new Board members, we gain undergraduate degree from

amendments we took in when they are outside. the two instruments make

prospects for recovery and critical and diverse expertise California State University,

today’s hearing mean that In many cases, the simultaneous observations

can contribute to substance and perspectives that will serve Long Beach and his M.D. 
abuse and other negative mental health instruction us well as we move out of our from the University of highs exceeded previous down to Earth’s surface. 
coping behaviors. We want will not reach as many Centennial and step into our Southern California. He temperature records by With more than 2,000 

children as we intended, second hundred years.” is a former member of the several degrees or more. channels sensing different

to make sure we are not 

NAMI-CA is committed to Molina and Ney begin their board of directors of Apollo On June 28, Quillayute, regions of the atmosphere,

neglecting these critical 

this fight – as we have been terms July 1; Bender, who had Medical Holdings Inc. and the Washington, set an all-time the system creates a global,

issues and giving our kids 

for the last eight years – so previously been elected chair Aquarium of the Pacific. He high temperature record of three-dimensional map of

the help they need.” 

of the Board of Governors, will is a trustee of Johns Hopkins

that all California students, 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 atmospheric temperature

According to the U.S. serve in that position through Medicine, Curator of the Osler

as well as their families, degrees Celsius), shattering and humidity, cloud amounts

Department of Health and December and join the Board Library, and has served on

will soon benefit from this the old record of 99 degrees and heights, greenhouse

Human Services, nearly 1 of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2022. the visiting committee for the 

movement.” Fahrenheit (37 degrees gas concentrations and

in 3 California high school Harvard Medical School and

Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey, the Harvard Dental School. Celsius). Numerous weather many other atmospheric

students surveyed reported 

feeling sad or hopeless CEO of California Council Molina’s family provided stations broke records on phenomena. Launched into 
of Community Behavioral major support for the Molina consecutive days, showing Earth orbit in 2002 aboard

almost every day for two or 

Health Agencies (CBHA) Family Latino Gallery at the unprecedented nature NASA’s Aqua spacecraft,

more weeks in a row. Nearly 

recounts CBHAs advocacy the Smithsonian’s National of this extreme heat, which the AIRS and AMSU

1 in 5 reported that they 

efforts over the past several Museum of American History is also being blamed for instruments are managed

have seriously considered 

in Washington, D.C., slated to

years, “CBHA has been a a number of fatalities. by NASA’s Jet Propulsion

attempting suicide. open in late 2022.

tireless advocate for getting In British Columbia, the Laboratory in Southern

SB 224 requires local 

needed training to school village of Lytton set a new California, under contract

educational agencies and 

personnel and students. all-time record for Canada to NASA. JPL is a division of

charter schools which 

Our SB 428 (Pan, 2018) at 119 degrees Fahrenheit Caltech.

currently offer one or more 

which Senator Portantino (48 degrees Celsius) on More information about

courses in health education 

co-authored, sailed through Christine Bender June 29, only to break it the AIRS can be found at: airs.

to middle or high schools 

the Legislature with over Christine Bender has been a next day with a reading of

students include mental 

250 organizations in support member of The Huntington’s

health content in those 

only to get stalled at the Board of Governors since 

courses. Educational topics Governor’s desk. The hope 2014. She was a corporate Schiff Secures $20 Million would include but are not and securities lawyer in 
limited to the overarching was that funding allocated private practice until 1983 in Funding for Infrastructure

to schools through the

themes and core principles when then-Governor George

budget would be used to

of mental health. Under the Deukmejian appointed her 

establish trainings. Three vote in the Senate, includes 

amended version, SB 224 Chief Deputy Commissioner 

would also require that the years later, and in the midst of Corporations; Deukmejian the following local funding 
California Department of of a pandemic, Senator subsequently appointed her priorities, which were 
Portantino recognized that Commissioner of Corporations Mei-Lee Ney requested by communities

Education develop a plan 

enough hadn’t been done and in 1987, a position she held Mei-Lee Ney has been a across the district:

to expand mental health 

action had to be taken now. I until her retirement in 1991. member of the Board of $500,000 for the 5 & 134instruction in California remember him reaching out Originally from upstate New Governors since 2018. A native Freeway Electric Vehicle public schools on or before York, Bender received her BA of Shanghai, she is president of

to us to request we revive the DC Fast Charging Network

January 1, 2024. coalition of supporters led from Wellesley College and her Richard Ney & Associates Asset (City of Burbank) to expandSB 14 requires the California JD from Harvard Law School. Management Inc. A longtime

by CBHA. We are grateful the installation of electric

Department of Education to Bender is a longtime art Huntington supporter, Ney charging stations

for the Senator’s leadership vehicle 

recommend best practices docent at The Huntington, has been actively involved in 

along the I-5 & SR-134 

and identify evidence-based on this issue. We recognize is vice-chair of the Board the Chinese Garden and the 
that taking amendments just Membership Committee Art Museum. Outside of her Freeway corridors. 

and evidence-informed 

to guarantee the bill would the Huntington involvement, she $2 million for the Olive/

training programs to address and chairs Fellows 

be heard was not ideal, but Membership Committee; she has been a generous supporter Magnolia Bridge Safety

youth behavioral health, 

Senator Portantino saw was also a founding member at USC and serves on the board Barrier Rail Project (Cityincluding but not limited beyond himself and pushed of the Diversity, Equity, and of councilors for the university’s of Burbank) to modernizeto, staff and pupil training. Inclusion working group Leonard Davis School of

sound policy forward. We barriers and pedestrian

Additionally, the bill ensures that has since evolved into Gerontology and Pacific Asia railings for safety purposes.that youth absences from are heartened by what he the Diversity, Equity, and Museum. She also serves on the Rep. Adam Schiff last week 

did during the hearing by voted in support of the $2.08 million for the 

school for mental health Inclusion staff committee. Her board of Huntington Hospital, 
issues will be treated as an speaking truth to power and husband, Ken, also a retired as well as chair of the board INVEST in America Act, Broadway Rehabilitation 

Project (City of Glendale) to 

excused absence in the same challenging his colleagues to corporate attorney, serves on of trustees of Otis College of which includes nearly $20do the right thing.” The Huntington’s Buildings Art and Design, where she has million for local priorities make safety improves for all 

way any other health issues 

focused on issues of diversity, shared across seven projects modes of transportation. 
equity, and inclusion. from Glendale to La Cañada $2.4 million for a 

At The Huntington, she serves Community Beautification


on the Art, Board Membership, Project (City of Glendale) to

“Every day, I’ll continue

Society of Fellows Membership, facilitate road, sidewalk, and

fighting to make sure

and Botanical Committees of driveway repairs and install

that California and our

the Board of Governors. 

shared roadway bicycle

Gregory A. Pieschala, Chair community receive the 


Gregory A. Pieschala is resources they need to thrive 

$3 million for the

president of BrightView and invest in the future,” 
(formerly ValleyCrest) Golf said Schiff. “The House Beverly and Robertson 
Maintenance. Originally from passage of the INVEST in Boulevards Complete 
Indiana, he earned a BA in America Act is a critical Street Improvements (CityEconomics from Stanford of West Hollywood) to

step toward enhancing the

University and an MBA from modernize roadways and

safety, sustainability, and

Harvard Business School. He make pedestrian safetyspent 13 years with McKinsey quality of life across our improvements.& Co.’s Los Angeles office community. This year has 

$4.8 million for the Flint

before joining BrightView. shown us that infrastructure 

Canyon Trail Repair/

While at McKinsey, Pieschala is about so much more than 
was asked to work with just roads and bridges, and Restoration (City of La 

The Huntington, pro bono, must include investing in Cañada Flintridge) to create 
on strategic planning. The the American people and a permanent stabilization 
resulting report was a watershed the communities where they solution for erosion. 
moment for the institution, $4.9 million for Melrose

live and work. I urge my

putting in place a framework Avenue Complete Street

colleagues in the Senate to

for securing The Huntington’s Improvements (City of West

swiftly pass this bill, so we

financial underpinnings Hollywood) to modernize through more robust audience can revitalize our economy 

roadways and make 

engagement and more dynamic and ensure we are ready for 

pedestrian and bicycle safety

programming and outreach. the future.” 


The report also strongly Schiff advocated to ensure 

The full text of H.R. 3684 can

suggested that The Huntington Los Angeles transportation 
beef up its emphasis on K-12 and infrastructure saw be found at: transportation. 
education; today, the institution significant funding support The full 
serves tens of thousands of descriptions of community

in the House Committee 

school children and their projects Schiff requested can

on Transportation and

teachers each year both on-site be found at:

Infrastructure legislation.

and online. gov/transpo_funding.

The bill, which now awaits a

Pieschala served on The 
Huntington’s Board of 
Governors from 1999–2017 
and was chair 2015–16, became 
a Trustee in 2017, and served 
as a founding member of the 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
working group.
For more information about the 
Huntington visit: huntington. 

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