American Lung Association's Grade of LA's Air: Big Fat 'F'
In the American Lung Association's latest "State of the Air," it's no surprise Los Angeles County fails. For 2008, Los Angeles had 185 orange days (unhealthy for sensitive populations), 55 red days (unhealthy for all of us) and 11 purple days (very unhealthy). In fact, Los Angeles made all 6 top 25 lists for most polluted and at-risk with various factors. On the clean county lists, many northern and eastern California counties made it, including Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Today, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to counter the report touting "improvements to Los Angeles air quality" at a mid-morning press conference.