THE SMOG THAT WASN’T THERE, by Ralph Nader, 1965

"'We have done everything that it is within our power to do. We have cleaned up industries that other sections of the country have deemed impossible to control — steel mills, petroleum refineries, smelters, railroads, shipping. We have helped our electrical utilities obtain more gas for their steam plants. We have issued 5,000 citations in the last three years, and levied half a million dollars in fines. Despite this, we still have smog. There remains one source of air pollution beyond our power to control. Every day in Los Angeles County, 2,700,000 automobiles are burning 5 million gallons of gasoline, and fouling our air with 8,000 tons of contaminants. These emissions include: 6,400 tons of carbon monoxide, 300 tons of oxides of nitrogen and 1,050 tons of hydrocarbons."

MURALS ARE HIDDEN GEMS: Robin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals, 1925-2002

"The photographer, Robin Dunitz, was a long time resident of Los Angeles, an independent researcher on the city's murals, and tour director of the Murals Conservancy of Los Angeles. She documented Los Angeles' murals from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. The University of Southern California collection consists of more than 2,000 digitized 35mm slides of murals in Los Angeles photographed by Robin Dunitz."

TANGIBLE MEMORIES: Californians and their Gardens, 1800-1950, by Judith M. Taylor and Harry Morton Butterfield

"California may be the golden state but it is also a garden state. Innumerable gardens have been made since the Europeans first came, starting with the Franciscan missionaries. The gold rush was the defining period, leading to immense expenditures by newly rich miners."