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Thirty explosive years in Los Angeles County /
by John Anson Ford ; introduction to the second printing by Michael R. Adamson.
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San Marino, Calif. : Huntington Library, 2010.
description
xl, 232 p., [8] p. of leaves : ill ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0873282264 (alk. paper), 9780873282260 (alk. paper)
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San Marino, Calif. : Huntington Library, 2010.
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0873282264 (alk. paper)
9780873282260 (alk. paper)
contents note
Machine generated contents note: I. A Microcosm of America -- II. The County Meets a Crisis -- III. Big Business, but Different -- IV. Sunshine and Scenery for Sale -- V. "Make No Small Plans" -- VI. Shaping the New Metropolis -- VII. The Assessor -- VIII. The County's Own Lawyers -- IX. Jails, Honor Rancho, and Oil Wells -- X. "Fire!" -- XI. Water and Power -- XII. And the Floods Came -- XIII. The Sanitation Districts -- XIV. Nine Thousand Miles of Autos -- XV. Cameras and Computers -- XVI. The Fight against Smog -- XVII. The Problem of Minority Groups -- XVIII. Juveniles in Revolt -- XIX. The County's Parks -- XX. Libraries and Schools -- XXI. Art, History, Science, and Life -- XXII. Music for Everyone -- XXIII. Athletics and Dollars -- XXIV. Contrasts on Spring Street -- XXV. The Cancer in Politics -- XXVI. The County's Purpose.
general note
Originally published: San Marino, Calif. : Huntington Library, 1961.
catalogue key
7642567
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Anson Ford (1883-1983) served as a Los Angeles County Supervisor from 1934 to 1958.
Excerpts
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"Thirty Explosive Years in Los Angeles Countychronicles regional governance and politics in the tumultuous era from the Great Depression through the early years of the Cold War. A passionate political reformer who served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Ford sought to modernize an archaic form of local government and to make it responsive to the outside forces that both drove and constrained its work. He was frequently the lone advocate for the less affluent, and his story speaks to the challenges that continue to roil American politics."--Tom Sitton, author ofGrand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California
Summaries
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As a young, liberal, progressive politician squaring off against an entrenched conservative establishment, Los Angeles County Supervisor John Anson Ford transformed midcentury Los Angeles politics. Here, he captures the meanings of liberalism and progressivism at the dawn of the 1960s.
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As a young, liberal, progressive politician squaring off against an entrenched conservative establishment, Los Angeles County Supervisor John Anson Ford transformed midcentury Los Angeles politics. The region was in the midst of rapid economic growth, and it could, he firmly believed, meet the expanding needs of its diverse population. In his memoir, Ford reveals the struggles of a democratic government in the throes of unprecedented, unforeseen change. He describes how he faced such issues as air pollution, flood control, water conservation, racial discrimination, crime, and juvenile delinquency, seeking to lead with efficiency, transparency, and pragmatism. As Adamson notes in his introduction, Ford's descriptions of efficient and pragmatic government in action are timely reminders that well-run government has the capacity to anchor well-being and underwrite economic development. In this way, Ford's memoir vividly captures the meanings of liberalism and progressivism at the dawn of the 1960s. This new edition includes a bibliography of the John Anson Ford Papers held at the Huntington Library.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Printingp. vii
The John Anson Ford Papers, Huntington Libraryp. xxvii
Introductionp. xxxv
A Microcosm of Americap. 3
The County Meets a Crisisp. 7
Big Business, but Differentp. 16
Sunshine and Scenery for Salep. 35
"Make No Small Plans"p. 42
Shaping the New Metropolisp. 51
The Assessorp. 59
The County's Own Lawyersp. 66
Jails, Honor Rancho, and Oil Wellsp. 79
"Fire!"p. 85
Water and Powerp. 90
And the Floods Camep. 96
The Sanitation Districtsp. 102
Nine Thousand Miles of Autosp. 107
Cameras and Computersp. 114
The Fight against Smogp. 120
The Problems of Minority Groupsp. 129
Juveniles in Revoltp. 141
The County's Parksp. 150
Libraries and Schoolsp. 168
Art, History, Science, and Lifep. 175
Music for Everyonep. 185
Athletics and Dollarsp. 196
Contrasts on Spring Streetp. 203
The Cancer in Politicsp. 209
The County's Purposep. 220
Indexp. 225
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