Thursday and Friday of this week, the outdoor air was so smoggy that people with respiratory problems were advised to stay indoors. It would be nice to see transit agencies like Caltrain and VTA hammer this point home, rather than try to convince people that it's cheaper to ride transit than to drive (which is generally true but often assumes your time is worthless).
That is where I thought Gary Richards was going with his article in yesterday's paper. But the only person he found that cared about the impacts of smog was an asthmatic herself. Today, the paper followed up with a happy story about little girls in matching pink bikinis splashing in a fountain. Isn't smog fun?