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October 11, 1988
Deukmejian's signing of the California Clean Air Act (AB 2595) by Assemblyman Byron Sher (D-Palo Alto), establishes a working partnership between the Air Resources Board and local air-pollution districts in the state. The goal is to attain the air-quality standards so that all Californians may breathe healthful air. This bill is the product of difficult compromises by supporters and opponents over the two years of its journey through the Legislature. California is again leading the way in air-pollution control with new technology and new laws.
November 4, 1999
Re "Smog Curbs Ordered on Home Products," Oct. 29: I would like to add perfumes to the list of targets the state Air Resources Board is going after in an effort "to reduce the amount of fumes that waft into California's air." On Oct. 29, I was standing in line at the market behind a woman who reeked of a sickeningly sweet scent. When I got into my car 10 minutes later, the smell was still with me. By the time I got home, the entire car stank. The odor followed me into the elevator and into my condo.
March 1, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
State Air Resources Board officials will call for scaling back a mandate requiring automakers to sell tens of thousands of zero-emission vehicles in California, and instead will allow manufacturers to get credit for making low-polluting hybrid vehicles, according to people familiar with the proposal. General Motors Corp. has challenged the current mandate in court, delaying its implementation.
June 1, 1989 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Environmental Writer
The South Coast Air Quality Management District will fail to achieve its 20-year goal to meet federal clean air standards for the basin unless it is given new powers and at the same time obtains firm commitments from cities, counties and other government agencies to help carry out proposed new air pollution controls, the state Air Resources Board staff said Wednesday. In a long-awaited evaluation of the AQMD's 20-year blueprint to return blue skies to the nation's smoggiest urban air basin, the state also said that as much as $21 billion over the remaining 19 years in the plan will have to be spent on mass transit systems, diamond lanes and other transportation improvements that the district says are needed to clean up the air. Currently, levels of ozone, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide in the four-county basin exceed federal standards.
July 3, 2007 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Saying that the Schwarzenegger administration "has lost its way on air quality," a top California air official resigned Monday. Catherine Witherspoon, executive director of the California Air Resources Board, resigned less than a week after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fired the board's chairman, Robert Sawyer, who said he was dismissed for aggressively pursuing greenhouse gas emission reductions.
December 17, 2004 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday appointed a longtime air pollution scientist and policymaker to head the state's Environmental Protection Agency. Alan C. Lloyd, the chairman of the California Air Resources Board since 1999, will take over as secretary of the California EPA, replacing Terry Tamminen, who was named Cabinet secretary last month. Lloyd, who is a Democrat, has been an outspoken advocate of cleaning up California's air pollution since the late 1980s.
October 20, 2005
BUSES BRING ENORMOUS PUBLIC BENEFITS -- except for those breathing the air behind them. Those black clouds of exhaust have prompted state and local air-quality officials to crack down on bus emissions for years. Today, the state Air Resources Board will revisit one of those crackdowns, which seems to have been too tough for engine makers to keep up with.
Three major environmental groups notified the Southland's smog board and the Wilson administration Thursday that they will file suit charging that the government agencies have failed to adopt two dozen anti-smog measures they committed to implementing three years ago.
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