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Boom (2013) 3 (3): 60–67.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Ron Nichols An interview with Ron Nichols, director of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power surveys the past, present, and future of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the department's relationship with Owens Valley, restoration of Owens Lake, the role of the department and its unions in city...
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Boom (2014) 4 (2): 92–93.
Published: 01 June 2014
...Annie Powers A brief history of the phrase “Die Techie Scum,” which has been appeared as graffiti on San Francisco walls, handed out on postcards, printed on shirts, and yelled at commuters to Silicon Valley. The die [fill in the blank] scum construction has been used frequently in the past thirty...
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Boom (2013) 3 (3): 115–122.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Annie Powers A partially reproduced photo album of two men, William Oliver and Henry Frick, who photographed their road trip along the Los Angeles aqueduct in 1915. The photos and their captions reveal contemporary car culture, engagement with the film industry, and interest in the origins of water...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 6–9.
Published: 01 December 2016
... happened to his experience of time in those places that summer of 1980. Experienced as a series of fleeting memories, joining together with others who lived there for a time. They left, and so did the author, experiencing the power of temporality or “abandon” both in and from this place. © 2016 by The...
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Boom (2016) 6 (2): 8–21.
Published: 01 June 2016
... stands as an indicator of state control. The visual effect references the images from the test sites of nuclear bombs, an enormous display of technocratic power reflecting a truly destructive invasion into otherwise peaceful pastoral settings. © 2016 by The Regents of the University of California 2016...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 60–75.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Bruce Barcott On a tour of the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California’s Mojave Desert, the author discusses the risks and potential benefits of large solar farms like this one. The article is accompanied by stunning black and white photographs of the Ivanpah facility by Jamey Stillings...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 79–85.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Suzanne Fischer “Pacific” was the key term in the name of San Francisco's Panama Pacific International Exposition. The fair presented a vision of an increasingly unified Pacific region under the control of American economic and political power. Of course, California had been part of a coherent...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 4–11.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Thomas J. Osborne San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal, symbolized California’s desire for preeminence in Pacific trade and naval power. The expected reopening of an enlarged Panama Canal in 2015 is causing shippers, ports, and...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 95–105.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Alex Steffen An interview with Alex Steffen, a futurist and native Californian. Steffen, a self-described optimist, is nevertheless deeply worried about the inertia he has found in his home state. The power of the past—which, it turns out, has much to do with the California dream—weighs on the...
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Boom (2014) 4 (4): 16–25.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Reyna Olaguez New America Media asked young reporters in the Central Valley to capture how the drought has affected their communities in this powerful photo essay. Six photographs are presented here, each paired with thoughts from its subject or photographer. © 2014 by the Regents of the...
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Boom (2014) 4 (3): 4–27.
Published: 01 September 2014
... designed to provide an understanding of the complexity and diversity of California ecosystems, to help explain how landscapes worked, to track persistence and change, and to identify potential future scenarios. The changes made evident when the maps are compared remind us of the enormous power we have to...
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Boom (2014) 4 (3): 60–69.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Glen M. MacDonald A century after John Muir’s death, Glen MacDonald examines his legacy and argues that while Muir’s message of the value of wilderness to society might need to evolve for a twenty-first century audience, it is still relevant. For instance, Muir believed in the transformative power...
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Boom (2014) 4 (2): 20–23.
Published: 01 June 2014
... responding to the city’s affordability crisis by having fewer babies or by moving to the suburbs. But in an equally potent trend for the city’s future, overseas Chinese investment activity in San Francisco’s real estate is at a fever pitch. What no one doubts in San Francisco—in either the corridors of power...
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Boom (2014) 4 (2): 62–67.
Published: 01 June 2014
...Kristin Miller Maps have power. They can make the illegible legible and the invisible visible. They can make the obvious even more obvious and the impossible seem possible, as a map published in 2012 did when it mapped the routes of the private buses that ferry techies between their homes in San...
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Boom (2014) 4 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 March 2014
... the American spy plane incident of 2001, when Chinese guards asked members of the U.S. crew of a downed surveillance jet to tell them the words to this well known song from their country. The essay looks at the song’s popularity abroad, and the power of music in forming memories and conjuring a sense...
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Boom (2013) 3 (3): 50–59.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., controversial land sales, depletion of the valley water table, dust at the dry Owens Lake bed, the impact of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the region, the second aqueduct and Mono Lake, the 1991 long-term water agreement, and mitigation efforts including dust control at Owens Lake and the...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 70–73.
Published: 01 December 2016
... California s tenth poet laureate, serving a two-year governor-appointment. California has changed a lot over the years, as has the dynamic makeup of our state. What do you hope to accomplish in this role? Gioia: My goal as state poet laureate is to bring the power of poetry and literature to as many people...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 92–98.
Published: 01 December 2016
... bender a 169-year binge lubricated by gold, cattle, wheat, oil, sub-urban housing, the Cold War, and a marketing campaign of seductive power. At every stage of its history, each of the state s exploitable ecologies has been dressed up as another paradise, pandering to the latest wave of hopelessly...
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Boom (2013) 3 (3): 11–13.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Chris Plakos Los Angeles Department of Water and Power public relations officer Chris Plakos describes how the Los Angeles Aqueduct works, from its headwaters near Big Springs to the Los Angeles Aqueduct filtration plant in Sylmar. Transcribed from Kim Stringfellow’s There It Is—Take It...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 34–38.
Published: 01 December 2016
... capital, Sacra- mento. But because it s in the heart of farm country, it lacks big-city glamour. What it does offer is a more com- pact power structure that allows even the young to make a difference4 I remember a relief map of California I made in the fourth grade. I pressed my thumb into the mixture of...