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A long-overdue post between book deadlines – Happy 2013, where we hope to see more green than red ink and brown skies. Stay tuned for big news from the authors of Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Some news and notes for late December: * Time to find a new EPA Administrator for Obama’s second term. NBC “Lisa Jackson is stepping down from her post as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a four-year term. ”I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready […]

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Tags: American history · California · Clean Air Act · environmental policy · EPA · global warming · ozone · Pacific Ocean · Smoggy China · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

Tarzan’s Cheetah the Ching and a few degrees of showbiz separation

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments

As you may have heard between news segments about the supposedly healing U.S. economy and those clever mullahs who run nuclearizing Iran, the primate that once occupied a prime cage in Americans’ hearts has kicked the bucket at the grizzled, pinch-me age of 80. Being a conspiratorial land, some have their doubts, because animals like […]

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The Dirt on Bill Burke, the Man Who’d Buy the Dodgers on Behalf of China: a Smogtown editorial

September 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Where’s Walter O’Malley when you need him? The revered owner of the Dodgers—who moved the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and privately financed and built Dodger Stadium in the early-1960s —was a man of stature unknown today in Chavez Ravine. Former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley once called the patrician O’Malley “the epitome of class.” […]

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Tags: American history · AQMD · Chip Jacobs · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental policy · L.A. City Council · L.A. Marathon · Los Angeles History · ozone · Political cronyism · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Smogtown book · William Burke · William J. Kelly

Smogtown set for e-book for Kindle and other mobile devices August 23. It’s a helluva, brown story for a warming age.

August 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Click here at and let the journey begin Some reasons to download it: * Named one of 2008′s best environmental books by Booklist magazine * Awarded silver medals at The Green Book Festival and Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards. Winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from Santa Monica. * Reviews “[A] remarkably […]

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My two favorite reviews and more Kennedy photograph silliness

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

* For Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles,” the nod goes to L.A. Times reviewer Chris Daley. “… Smogtown” is a regional history for the layperson, focusing slightly more on civic drama and scandal than hard science and legislative details. The cover promises “A Cautionary Tale of Environmental Crisis,” and the archival […]

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Robert Kennedy in L.A. hours before his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel: never seen-before photograph No. 2 captured by my big brother when he stumbled on RFK’s motorcade downtown on that fateful summer day in 1968 as a USC undergrad

March 24th, 2011 · No Comments

For the story behind this photograph and the earlier one we posted here yesterday, click on this link. To see clips of Kennedy’s Ambassador speech and the pandemonium that erupted after his shooting, click here for L.A. Observed’s post. This picture is owned and copy-written by Paul G. Jacobs and any use of it in […]

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Tags: American history · Historical serendipity meets calamity · Political assassinations · The Kennedy's

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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