Category Archives: Environment

Oct. 12, 1907: Contractor Leaves Dead Dogs in Street to Break Contract; A Foul Wind From Fertilizer Plant Blows Over Boyle Heights

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 12, 1907 Los Angeles After repeated complaints to police because half a dozen dead dogs had laid in the streets for two weeks, the health department tried to charge C.T. Hanson, … Continue reading

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Oct. 8, 1907: Sewage-Eating Fish Spread Disease at Local Markets, Health Officials Say

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 8, 1907 Los Angeles Health officials and a deputy district attorney have joined to urge the Board of Supervisors to ban fishing within a half-mile of the city’s Hyperion line that … Continue reading

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Sept. 5, 1947: L.A. Turns 166, Becomes Third-Largest City in America

Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. Los Angeles mounted a festive reenactment of its founding, with people taking the roles of padres, soldiers and settlers. On the gaily decorated steps of City … Continue reading

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July 18, 1907: Santa Monica, Ocean Park Must Abate Sewage Discharge Into Ocean

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. July 18, 1907 Santa Monica Officials of Santa Monica and Ocean Park are fighting a lawsuit that seeks to block the discharge of raw sewage into the ocean. According to testimony, the … Continue reading

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June 13, 1947: California Takes First Steps to Reduce Smog

A sample card from the Ringelmann Smoke Chart. Note: This is an encore post and originally appeared in 2005 on the 1947project. Shall we talk about noir? Let’s start with the skies over Los Angeles, which are so dirty that … Continue reading

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Eve Golden: Queen of the Dead

Photo: This 1929 Cadillac hearse, exported to Argentina,  is listed on EBay at Buy It Now for $35,000. Queen of the Dead – dateline January 9, 2012 •  Illustrators are right up there with starlets and socialites on the “people … Continue reading

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Removal of Streetcar Tracks Leaves Ugly Mess in Redondo Beach

Jan. 5, 1942: Nazi patrols plow through students protesting in Paris’ Latin Quarter, “firing a warning burst from machine guns over the heads of the crowd” and then proceeding to “clean up the situation,” The New York Times reports. “A … Continue reading

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Immigrants Overwhelm San Diego!

San Diego has everything a family might want: A moderate climate and jobs in the expanding defense industries. But there’s no place to live.  Rep. John H. Tolan (D-Oakland) is holding hearings in San Diego on the plight of migrants … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Oct. 28, 1941

        Oct. 28, 1941: Did no one note the passing of the widow of once-famous star Harold Lockwood? She'd been working as a studio wardrobe woman, Jimmie Fidler says.

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City Hall Is a Firetrap

  The 1889 City Hall on Broadway just north of what is now the Victor Clothing Building. Notice that there are no fire escapes. April 9, 1910: A fire that broke out in the janitor’s basement office could have quickly … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, April 7, 1960

S. Smith Griswold's Finest Hour at Hand     The man's name:  S. (for Sam) Smith Griswold.     He's 51 years old, married, father of two, and — by his own admission — a descendant of Aaron Burr.     This last … Continue reading

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Vernon Hog Farmer Accused of Ignoring L.A. Garbage Laws

  April 7, 1910: A century ago, hogs were fed garbage, and if you had a lot of hogs, you needed lots of garbage. What better way to get it than what was discarded from Los Angeles restaurants?  P.J. Durbin, … Continue reading

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  March 22, 1910: Oil executive A.B. Cohn says "… the Lakeview gusher can be seen sprouting oil like a miniature volcano for 20 miles across the desert country and it is impossible to approach within a reasonable distance of … Continue reading

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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, March 5, 1960

Leonard Warren, 1911-1960 Telephone Girls Belie Propaganda       I'm a client, reasonably well paid up, of Pacific Telephone Co.  And I'd like to assure you that my complaint is nothing personal.       In fact, over the years, I've … Continue reading

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Baptismal Records Hold Evidence in Suit Over Pioneer’s Estate

   March 3, 1920: I’m sure the concept of this ad seemed fine. But we have a slightly malevolent fellow spilling grease that turns into a highway. Maybe that’s why we don’t hear much about Gredag these days. On the … Continue reading

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Governor Halts Chessman Execution

   Caryl Chessman is prepared for the gas chamber, but gets a last-minute reprieve – for now.  Vice President Richard Nixon visits the winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. An experiment in composting, “one of the disposal systems of the future.” … Continue reading

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L.A. Prepares for Auto Show

     Jan. 31, 1910: Some grand old names of the past are at the auto show, like Packard and Pierce-Arrow. Buick and Cadillac seem to be about the only survivors. The first Los Angeles auto show was held in … Continue reading

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Finch Stole Two Cadillacs, Went to Las Vegas

  Betty Jean Behr shows a photo of victim Barbara Jean Finch. What to do with the radioactive waste piling up in Long Beach? Dump it in the ocean!   March 22, 1960: A judge rules that Long Beach has … Continue reading

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TV Writers Go on Strike Over Residuals

“I Wish He'd Finish His Cartoon Before He Takes His Coffee Break.”View this photo Akron has slipper sox! President Eisenhower, the man of the decade, according to a Gallup poll, goes bird hunting. A radioactive waste disposal company in Long … Continue reading

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Glorious Southern California!

    “He who thinks that the Southland's many miles of smooth automobile roads penetrating every beauteous section have relegated the alpenstock to the reverent care of the antiquarian is mistaken. In case you doubt me ask any member of … Continue reading

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