Interview with “Smogtown” authors

In the kickoff to Here in the City's "Air Check: petroleum and air pollution from a community perspective," Sara Harris interviews Chip Jacobs and William Kelly, the authors of "Smogtown: The lung-burning history of pollution in Los Angeles." Continue Reading

“The Smogometer”

I'm knee deep in Smogtown: The Lung-burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles by Chip Jacobs and William Kelley. It's written like the pair wishes they were really James Elroy, but it's chock-full of archival research and unbelievable anecdotes about just how toxic the miasma called air was in Los Angeles before the oil companies and defense manufacturers were ever subject to regulation. Continue Reading

Toxic Tour of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard 22

San Francisco’s Superfund struggle

A legacy of toxic pollution lingers in San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard, which was once a booming hub for wartime construction efforts, but now is largely shuttered and represents a constant threat to the health of marginalized communities that live nearby. The U.S. Navy and diverse community groups are at odds over the best way to address the problem. Continue Reading

The Los Angeles Toxic Tour: Request for Proposals

[Download this RFP as a PDF]

Would you like to bring the award-winning "Toxic Tour" reporting project to Los Angeles? Newsdesk.org and Spot.Us welcome proposals from journalists interested in developing new coverage of pollution and environmental health in Los Angeles communities. Proposals are due Nov. 12 for short-term projects using text and multimedia to document pollution and communities in greater Los Angeles. Topics include neighborhoods, economics, industry, land use, transportation, politics, activism, environment and health. Continue Reading