L.A is the capital of many things. Few of them are good things. At least not lately, it seems.
A day after it was announced that Los Angeles is America's traffic-congestion Mecca once again (breaking news, that), we bring you the American Lung Association's annual "Most Polluted Cities" list:
New York and Los Angeles, the nation's two largest cities, are notoriously filthy in their own special ways. New York packs its residents in extra tight for that one-of-a-kind human-density stench, but L.A. does the same with its cars; New York's streets ooze with nasty brown slush in the winter-spr ... More >>
Juan Soliz/NewscomBijan PakzadIranian fashion and fragrance designer Bijan Pakzad -- who died April
16 of a stroke in Beverly Hills -- was, we are told, "the most expensive
menswear designer in the world." Those who packed Royce Hall at UCLA to
memorialize him in the warmth of springtime w ... More >>
Ted SoquiL.A. housing complex near the air pollution of busy freeway.The American Lung Association just released a health report Los Angeles politicians will most probably try to ignore, and hope the public will not notice, but facts are facts: Los Angeles' air quality sucks, and its residen ... More >>
Smoking problem? Or transparency problem?Hooray, L.A. City Council! Your ceaseless attempts to ban smoking in every last nook of Los Angeles have finally paid off. You got a 'C' on the American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control" report card for 2010, and we couldn't be more proud. ... More >>
Despite nationwide efforts to curb smoking, a recent study released by the county Department of Public Health has revealed that rates of lighting up in Los Angeles have remained steady since 2002, though some areas, including West Hollywood, South Los Angeles and the South Bay have seen incre ... More >>
NASAOld timers will tell you it's not like it used to be, when Los Angeles would be socked in for weeks at a time by dense smog that ringed the foothills and capped the basin. It has been a long time. Still, comparatively speaking, L.A. is still tops when it comes to air pollution.
The Ameri ... More >>
As L.A. Weekly often reports, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a habit of making strange claims -- remember how he calls himself the hardest working mayor in America and says, with LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's blessing, that L.A. is as safe as 1956? This week, longtime Daily News scribe Rick ... More >>
Today the American Lung Association released its state of the air report. The survey flunked 32 California counties, while awarding 16 counties A's. L.A. County was definitely not among the latter, scoring F-eroos in two categories, High Ozone Days and Particle Pollution. According to the ALA, this ... More >>
For all the talk about America's "greening," 60 percent of us still live in areas with dangerously high pollution, according to a new American Lung Association report. Basing their conclusions on state and local statistics gathered by the Environmental Protection Agency between 2005 and 2007, the AL ... More >>