"Alicia Rivera was supposed to meet me at the Wilmington Senior Citizen Center, but when she spotted red flaring and thick black smoke pouring out of refinery smokestacks and moving across nearby neighborhoods, she got distracted.
Rivera is a detective, a rabble-rouser, a crusader, and she's fighting to defeat the oil company-sponsored November ballot proposition that would delay implementation of California's innovative global warming act. And when she spotted what could be a violation of environmental regulations by a refinery, she pulled off the road in her battered Toyota Celica to take pictures with her phone."
Steve Lopez reports for the Los Angeles Times September 26, 2010.
"Proposition 23 Poll Shows a Dead Heat Among California Voters" (Los Angeles Times)