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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1989
President Bush's recent decision to seek basing of 50 MX missiles on rail cars (Part I, April 22) has given me cause to reflect. As we, residents of Southern California, sit mired in freeway traffic, above gang-plagued streets, breathing the nation's dirtiest air at least we can rest easier in the knowledge that we live in a country where the missiles will run on time. DAVID LEVY Irvine
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
California's parched winter brought a big surge in air pollution, pushing the number of bad air days one-third higher than the previous winter and posing a serious health threat, state air quality officials said Tuesday. Levels of haze-forming soot typically increase in winter, but this year was worse because of the persistent lack of rainfall, low winds and unusually stagnant conditions that trapped pollution close to the ground. Karen Magliano, an assistant division chief at the California Air Resources Board, said the increase in dirty air was a weather-driven exception to a decade-long trend of improvement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990
With regard to the article "1990 Smog Season Had Cleanest Air on Record" (front page, Nov. 1), I can't imagine where this information came from. I choked and had such difficulty breathing that the air actually made me sick. Where are these statistics taken from? I think it must be that Air Quality Management District officials just want to feel good. What air do they breathe? They are in El Monte--that's not too far from Monterey Park--where is this clean air? I just want to know so I can move there!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
After spending decades and hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning up stubbornly high levels of pollution, air quality officials in the San Joaquin Valley are telling federal regulators that enough is enough. San Joaquin Valley officials say that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unfairly blaming locals for air fouled by outside sources and is failing to take into account the pollution-trapping topography of the mountain-ringed basin. "Once we've done everything we can, we should not be penalized," Seyed Sadredin, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, said in reference to fees his agency has imposed on local drivers and businesses in recent years after failing to meet federal deadlines to curb smog.
OPINION
June 6, 2003
Re "Head of DWP's Green L.A. Quits," May 31: As a consumer of L.A. Department of Water and Power electricity, I was shocked when I learned that the DWP gets only 2.2% of its energy from clean, renewable sources. We get about 50% of our power from coal. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, and not only does L.A. have the dirtiest air in the U.S., it gets so much sunshine! Instead of creating asthma and lung-disease-causing pollution every time we turn on a light, why don't we utilize some of that solar energy?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989
Could someone please explain to me how Southern California could be a model ("The Clean-Air Agenda," editorial, June 14) for many of President Bush's ideas. We have the dirtiest air in the nation, admittedly by everyone, and yet we will be probably the last ones to benefit from this new "so-called clean-air act." If we are models, then we certainly haven't followed our own examples. Where is this all coming from? Who is setting these examples, and where are they becoming reality? When you can smell, touch, and taste the air you breathe (cough, cough)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
California's parched winter brought a big surge in air pollution, pushing the number of bad air days one-third higher than the previous winter and posing a serious health threat, state air quality officials said Tuesday. Levels of haze-forming soot typically increase in winter, but this year was worse because of the persistent lack of rainfall, low winds and unusually stagnant conditions that trapped pollution close to the ground. Karen Magliano, an assistant division chief at the California Air Resources Board, said the increase in dirty air was a weather-driven exception to a decade-long trend of improvement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
After spending decades and hundreds of millions of dollars cleaning up stubbornly high levels of pollution, air quality officials in the San Joaquin Valley are telling federal regulators that enough is enough. San Joaquin Valley officials say that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unfairly blaming locals for air fouled by outside sources and is failing to take into account the pollution-trapping topography of the mountain-ringed basin. "Once we've done everything we can, we should not be penalized," Seyed Sadredin, executive director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, said in reference to fees his agency has imposed on local drivers and businesses in recent years after failing to meet federal deadlines to curb smog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1989
For the first time this decade the White House has spoken encouraging words for clean air. Forests and lakes under clouds of acid rain were among the big winners in the environmental program that President Bush unwrapped Monday. The Reagan White House could never bring itself to agree with Canada and New England that such clouds even existed. Southern California's new clean-air plan, the toughest yet enacted anywhere, was an obvious model for many of Bush's ideas. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which devised the plan, will find the tacit support helpful against critics who complain that the district plan asks too much of the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 | MARLA CONE and TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The foulest air of the year blanketed the Southland's valleys Thursday and Friday, marring a mild smog season that still may shape up to be the best in decades. Stagnant air flow, powerful sunshine and a persistent, strong inversion layer combined to shroud the region with the year's worst concentrations of ozone--the potent, lung-scarring gas that makes Southern California's air the unhealthiest in the nation.
WORLD
March 31, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Whether this city has the most polluted air in the world is a matter of debate: Indignant Mexican officials lobbied to have it stricken from the Guinness Book of World Records this year after it held the title two years running. What's not in question is its attraction for the hundreds of atmospheric scientists who are wrapping up a monthlong study of the reach and repercussions of Mexico City's pollution: Where does it go? What does it become? What is its effect on climate and weather?
OPINION
June 6, 2003
Re "Head of DWP's Green L.A. Quits," May 31: As a consumer of L.A. Department of Water and Power electricity, I was shocked when I learned that the DWP gets only 2.2% of its energy from clean, renewable sources. We get about 50% of our power from coal. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, and not only does L.A. have the dirtiest air in the U.S., it gets so much sunshine! Instead of creating asthma and lung-disease-causing pollution every time we turn on a light, why don't we utilize some of that solar energy?
NEWS
February 2, 2001 | GARY POLAKOVIC and TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Any given day, the view across this desert valley--the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation--shows a carpet of homes stretching to the foothills, sprawling beneath not blue skies but a yellowish-tan haze. Distracted by the demands of an expanding population--new roads, new water lines and new schools--government officials here have failed to keep up with one of the most toxic side effects of growth: air pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1993 | MARLA CONE and TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The foulest air of the year blanketed the Southland's valleys Thursday and Friday, marring a mild smog season that still may shape up to be the best in decades. Stagnant air flow, powerful sunshine and a persistent, strong inversion layer combined to shroud the region with the year's worst concentrations of ozone--the potent, lung-scarring gas that makes Southern California's air the unhealthiest in the nation.
NEWS
November 21, 1991 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Air pollution in the nation's smoggiest cities dropped 10% during the past decade, and 10 million fewer Americans are breathing unhealthful air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief William K. Reilly announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. Although comparable progress has been made in Southern California, the region continues to lead the nation in dirty air.
NEWS
December 19, 1990 | JOY ASCHENBACH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Five hundred people with heart and respiratory ailments landed in hospitals in Athens, Greece, one weekend last May. What put them there was nitrogen oxide from car and truck exhausts. Athens is one of the most polluted capitals, but it finds plenty of company in the world's other great old cities, including Baghdad, Beijing, Istanbul, Leningrad and Calcutta. The best way to survive there--and in many other large cities--is to hold your breath.
NEWS
November 21, 1991 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Air pollution in the nation's smoggiest cities dropped 10% during the past decade, and 10 million fewer Americans are breathing unhealthful air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief William K. Reilly announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. Although comparable progress has been made in Southern California, the region continues to lead the nation in dirty air.
NEWS
December 19, 1990 | JOY ASCHENBACH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Five hundred people with heart and respiratory ailments landed in hospitals in Athens, Greece, one weekend last May. What put them there was nitrogen oxide from car and truck exhausts. Athens is one of the most polluted capitals, but it finds plenty of company in the world's other great old cities, including Baghdad, Beijing, Istanbul, Leningrad and Calcutta. The best way to survive there--and in many other large cities--is to hold your breath.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990
With regard to the article "1990 Smog Season Had Cleanest Air on Record" (front page, Nov. 1), I can't imagine where this information came from. I choked and had such difficulty breathing that the air actually made me sick. Where are these statistics taken from? I think it must be that Air Quality Management District officials just want to feel good. What air do they breathe? They are in El Monte--that's not too far from Monterey Park--where is this clean air? I just want to know so I can move there!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989
Could someone please explain to me how Southern California could be a model ("The Clean-Air Agenda," editorial, June 14) for many of President Bush's ideas. We have the dirtiest air in the nation, admittedly by everyone, and yet we will be probably the last ones to benefit from this new "so-called clean-air act." If we are models, then we certainly haven't followed our own examples. Where is this all coming from? Who is setting these examples, and where are they becoming reality? When you can smell, touch, and taste the air you breathe (cough, cough)
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