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Entries Tagged as 'Los Angeles politics'

STRANGE AS IT SEEMS: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF GORDON ZAHLER – ON THE LAUNCHPAD

January 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll have plenty to say, post and blather about this one in the months to come. For now, Gordon up.   FROM THE DUST COVER: The life of Gordon Zahler was simply so miraculous that it might as well have been science fiction.  Born into an entertainment family in suburban Los Angeles in the mid-1920s, Zahler […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · climate chaos · Day of the Lust · Ed Wood Jr. · environment · environmental catastrophe · Family matters · global warming · globalization · Gordon Zahler · Gordon's big ideas · Hollywood · Hollywood post production · Los Angeles politics · People's Republic of Chemicals · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Showbiz Legends · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Strange As It Seems

My Smogtown co-author and me talking environmental crises on China’s version of CNN International. Our sequel, centered on the Far East, will be published later this year!

January 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Tags: California · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

Fall literary news – get your reading glasses ready

October 8th, 2013 · No Comments

* Riffing off the old SNL spoof of Cuban baseball players speaking Spanglish with a microphone thrust in front of them after a big game, may I say the Southern California Book Festival “haz been berry, berry good to me.” My last book, The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths, won first place […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · environment · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Los Angeles politics · Smogtown book · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized

Summer catchup: Vicodin and a tease, L.A. smog (in China) and a little Jerry for your August

August 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

* My latest book, The Vicodin Thieves: Biopysing L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths, was a Vroman’s bestseller. Amazon link. Reviews coming. Here’s a little tease from one of the original articles in the collection about my older brother’s brush with Robert F. Kennedy probably a few hours before his assassination changed the trajectory of American […]

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Tags: 1968 election · AQMD · Chip Jacobs · Chip's journalism · environmental policy · EPA · execution · KPCC · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Political assassinations · The Vicodin Thieves

Get while it’s hot. My latest book is a collection of my top narrative and investigative articles. May I present “The Vicodin Thieves: Biopsying L.A.’s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths”

April 30th, 2013 · No Comments

  In this stories collection 23-years-in-the-making, you’ll find 29 articles on a sumptuous basket of subjects originally published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Daily News, L.A. Weekly and other publications. Hold on for the unexpected and the maddening, the heartbreaking and the mystifying. The feature, investigative and opinion pieces here by Chip Jacobs range […]

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Tags: assassination · Biltmore Hotel · Dirty environmental deals · environmental policy · EPA · Frankenheimer · General asssignment issues · global warming · groundwater pollution · Historical serendipity meets calamity · killers · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles politics · Los Angeles real estate · murder for hire · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Political assassinations · Political cronyism · Politics · Pure Inspiration · Quadriplegia · Redevelopment · RFK · RFK photographs · Robert F. Kennedy Jr. · Sirhan Sirhan · The Hollywood Way · The Kennedy's · Turf fights · Urban renewal · William Burke

The Ascension of Jerry – reviews and blurbage to date of the true-crime creeper about the little North Hollywood wuss who dared to outlast a murder corporation in irascible Los Angeles 1979

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments

– “In Chip Jacobs true-crime, The Ascension of Jerry, we are whisked back to LA’s Kodachrome world of the Seventies. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Jerry, the “bright colors and greens of summer” quickly change to the real life black-and-whites of mayhem and murder. But, this is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the […]

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Tags: 1979 Los Angeles · assassination · Chip Jacobs · hitmen · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Hollywood · Jerry Schneiderman · killers · La Brea Tar Pits · Late-1970s America · Los Angeles politics · Los Angeles real estate · Los Angeles underbelly · murder for hire · Murder triangle · Paul Fegen · Societal Disenchantment · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · tragedy · Urban renewal · Westside Memorial Park

“The Ascension of Jerry” featured on KCET, the sizzling, NPR-parodying web radio show called “This American Wife” and a few minor miracles for those unaccustomed to them

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

* “Why is civic activism and journalism legal and who was Jerry Schneiderman” – KCET, June 11, 2012 “America,” Chip Jacobs says, “is still that enviable place on the hill.” Jacobs — journalist and gonzo author extraordinaire of titles such as “Smogtown” and “Wheeling the Deal” — is claiming American exceptionalism here with particular regard to free […]

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Tags: Ambassador Hotel · Chip news · Ed Wood Jr. · General asssignment issues · L.A. Marathon · Los Angeles politics · murder for hire · Paul Jacobs · Paul Schrade · Societal Disenchantment · stampede · Wheelchairs general · William J. Kelly