Chip Jacobs

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Entries Tagged as 'Los Angeles History'

So Many People, So Much Murk & Karma – the People’s Republic of Chemcials

March 31st, 2014 · No Comments

* Chip discusses his forthcoming book, The People’s Republic of Chemicals, and global smog on National Public Radio affiliate KCRW. Madeleine Brand, who hosts the “Press Play” show, had some terrific questions. * Speaking of The People’s Republic of Chemicals, here’s the working dust-jacket description. It and our author bios will be updated soon. Maverick environmental writers William J. Kelly […]

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Tags: Al Gore · AQMD · atmospheric karma · Bill Clinton · California · Chip news · Clean Air Act · climate chaos · Dirty environmental deals · environmental catastrophe · EPA · Free trade implications · global warming · globalization · Los Angeles History · Overlook Press · ozone · Penguin Group USA · People's Republic of Chemicals · Shanghai Scientific and Technological Publishing House · Smoggy China · Smogtown · Societal Disenchantment · Transpacific Drift · Water contamination

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

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

My desert Island books

August 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

My cherished college, the University of Southern California, was gracious enough to feature me in their alumni magazine about my favorite books. I let it rip below, with humble apologies to so many brilliant writers — T.C. Boyle, Ernest Hemingway, John Irving, Mary Carr — that don’t make my little list. Give me an archipelago […]

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Tags: Favorite literature · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Jerry Schneiderman · Late-1970s America · Los Angeles History · Miracle Mile · murder for hire · Murder triangle · Uncategorized

White-haired magicians in their second act, an old murder gets first billing and the heart that pumps metal gazelles

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments

 News about Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman * Book signing and talk on Wed., July 18 with Jerry’s ex-colleague, Paul Fegen (a.k.a. the magician “The Fantastic Fig” at the  Santa Monica Public Library. Here’s the Fig’s website. Here’s how it spins his legend: “the walk-around psychic magician ‘“Fantastic […]

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Tags: 1979 Los Angeles · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · Jerry Schneiderman · Los Angeles History · Los Angeles real estate · Oddballs in L.A. · paralysis · Paul Fegen · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · Uncategorized · Wheelchairs general · Wheeling the Deal: the Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler

“Ascension of Jerry” coverage and miscellaneous May linkage

May 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“Jerry Schneiderman: The Rabble-Rouser you’ve never head about but should know” - L.A. Weekly, May 22, 2012 Author Q&A Jerry Schneiderman was not your ordinary real estate developer. For years, he was a rabble rouser who took on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after tunneling for the Red Line subway collapsed parts of Hollywood Boulevard. ”You […]

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Tags: assassination · assassins · danger · Gordon's big ideas · Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman · L.A. Transportation Matters · L.A. Weekly · La Brea Tar Pits · Late-1970s America · legal Catch-22s · Los Angeles History · medical advancements · Miracle Mile · murder for hire · Murder triangle · paralysis · Pasadena · Quadriplegia · The Ascension of Jerry: Murder · The Hollywood Way · Wheelchairs general · Wounded Warriors

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

AQMD chairman representing smog-smothered China in a deal with the Dodgers, Obama caving in on a critical ozone rule: just another jaded day in Smogtown

September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

* Bill Burke, longtime chairman of Southern California’s regional smog-fighting agency, is leading a group that includes the Chinese government, to purchase the L.A. Dodgers for $1.2 billion from beleaguered owner Frank McCourt. Burke, who founded the L.A. Marathon and is the husband to former congresswoman and County Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, has given no […]

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Tags: Chip Jacobs · Clean Air Act · Dirty environmental deals · environment · environmental policy · EPA · Los Angeles History · ozone · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Uncategorized

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 amazon.com 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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Tags: American history · California · Chip Jacobs · Chip news · environment · environmental policy · global warming · Historical serendipity meets calamity · L.A. Transportation Matters · Los Angeles History · Smogtown · Smogtown book · Urban renewal