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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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“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

Holiday Season first annual point – counterpoint babble

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

* POINT: The Ontario International Airport is worse than Los Angeles City Hall’s red-haired stepchild. It’s more akin to the deserted, forlorn cousin promised housing in a garden shed. Glad folks are just learning this. – From the L.A. Times: “After three decades of steady growth and earning a Forbes magazine nod as one of […]

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Tags: Aiport battles · AQMD · chromium-six · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · EPA · General asssignment issues · groundwater pollution · L.A. City Council · Outrageous Legends · paralysis · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

Securing the spine — or sitting duck — of L.A.’s growing rail network: a Union Station story

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Long ago, Los Angeles’s central transit terminal, the cavernous and eleganty designed Union Station, was where men wore dark Fedoras and smoked like chimneys and women donned long, white gloves and raced to secretarial jobs at insurance companies with smog-bloodshot eyes. Then the freeways spread, the old Red Car lines were ripped out — Roger […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · General asssignment issues · L.A. Transportation Matters · Politics · Terrorism · Union Station

Redevelopment: get it while it lasts

May 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Once upon a time, like the 1990s, Los Angeles was crazy with and about redevelopment. Redevelopment to spark affordable housing in a metropolis notoriously in short supply of it. Redevelopment to ignite a comeback in Hollywood, where the teenage runaways outnumbered new, hip buildings. Redvelopment to buy off opinion-makers, I mean offset the effects of […]

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Tags: General asssignment issues · Hollywood · Redevelopment · Uncategorized · Urban renewal

The RFK photo mystery lives on

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Why this matters. Since posting my big brother’s heretofore-unseen photographs of Robert F. Kennedy in the “hours” before he was tragically assassinated in the kitchen of the old Ambassador Hotel last week, I’ve learned some facets about the half-life of history. 1. Even mildly dipping one’s toe into the Kennedy world can bring a cold […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · General asssignment issues · Historical serendipity meets calamity · Political assassinations · RFK photographs

Robert Kennedy on the campaign hustings in downtown L.A. in a heretofore unpublished photograph taken hours before he was murdered.

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

You never know in this life when you’re about to become a witness to tragic history before it occurs. Such was the circumstance for my older brother, Paul Jacobs, who found himself face to face with American political royalty– a man who might’ve spared us from the last phase of Vietnam and the enduring cynicism […]

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Tags: American history · General asssignment issues · Political assassinations · The Kennedy's · Uncategorized

Lucky they never faced a stampede, Rose Bowl officials FINALLY do something about their dangerous tunnels never intended to last until 2010

October 19th, 2010 · No Comments

From the L.A. Times: UCLA fans will benefit from widened tunnels and additional aisles for smoother entry and exit at the stadium. Other improvements include additional toilets, a 50% increase in concession areas, new luxury and premium seating inside a refurbished press box, a video board 2½ times larger than the current one and a […]

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Tags: General asssignment issues · Pasadena · Rose Bowl