The Californian desert of Palm Springs -- long the retreat of rich Americans -- is being faced by the big-city problem of smog.
SV People in Palm Springs. Commentary
IN:" People come...."
SV Old people down street
LV & CU Mountain scene (2 shots)
LV ZOOM smog over Palm Springs.
SV Desert suburb
SV Traffic along highway
CU Residents interviewed
OUT: "...moving out". (2 shots)
SV PAN ACROSS Apartment for rent (3 shots)
LV INT. Public meeting (3 shots)
SV PAN from Palm trees to highway (2 shots)
LV PAN over Palm Springs desert surrounds
HOROWITZ: "People come to Palm Springs to play and lounge in the desert, to revive and then go home. The elderly with respiratory problems come here to live out their years in the clean air. Others like the relaxed desert atmosphere which has become a playground of the international jet set and some of America's richest and well-known people."
ANNOUNCER: This is a special announcement from the Riverside County air pollution control district. You are now experiencing a smog alert. Stay indoors as much as possible.
HOROWITZ: There have been three major smog alerts in three last three weeks. The city wants the government to declare Palm Springs a disaster area; its even been suggested that only vehicles powered by natural gas be allowed in the city.
FIRST RESIDENT: I hate to see the desert change. That's the reason we moved down here -- to get away from the smog.
SECOND RESIDENT: My wife's throat is affected by it, and we're thinking of conving out.
HOROWITZ: Building is booming. Condominiums, apartment houses and (indistinct homes are blossoming everywhere. The sales pitch is still the charm of the old desert. But Palm Springs is beaming a city which cannot cope with the problems of growth. Public matings are being held and this historic apathetic desert community is being aroused as never before. Some of the seasons are broadcast live by a local television station. There is no heavy industry in Palm Springs to cause pollution; some say it comes as far away as Los Angeles, a theory scientists disprove. Winds do bring it form Orange Country and Riverside, but most of it is home-grown It can't be blamed on other places."
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Background: The Californian desert of Palm Springs -- long the retreat of rich Americans -- is being faced by the big-city problem of smog.
The local county authorities have begun to broadcast smog alerts on television. Public meetings are being held and some residents are talking about moving away to find cleaner air.
There is no heavy industry in Palm Springs; most of the pollution seems to be caused by the cars of the people who visit or live in the city.
SYNOPSIS: People have been going to the California resort of Palm Springs for years to enjoy the relaxed desert atmosphere.
Many old people, some with breathing problems, have settled to spend their last years in its clean air. Palm Springs has also become a holiday playground for the rich and famous. But the idyllic life is threatened.
There have been three major smog alerts in the past three weeks. The city authorities want the government to declare Palm Springs a disaster area. Residents are increasingly worried about the smog.
Nevertheless, building is booming. Apartment blocks and houses are being pushed up throughout the city. The selling point is still the charm of the desert, although there are signs that Palm Springs may not be able to cope with the results of growth.
Residents are voicing their concern at a series of public meetings, some of which are broadcast live by a local television station.
There is no heavy industry in Palm Springs to cause the pollution. Some say it drifts from as far away as Los Angles but scientists reject this theory. It seems clear that most of the smog is caused by the came and trucks which clog the roads of the city.