As recovering Long Beach, California, drug addict Tiffany Hall prepared for her graduation from university, she might well have wondered whether her special guest would turn up. After all, police lieutenant Jim Foster had put her in jail more than once.
The port city of Long Beach is part of the Los Angeles urban area. Formerly known for its oil production, it remains a busy center for manufacturing. Indeed, car parts, electronics and furniture are just some of the things made today in Long Beach.
However, the bustle of the docks and local industries does have a downside. Long Beach is among the U.S.’ most polluted cities, with the wind bringing in dirty air from L.A. to its west to add to the pollution created by one of the world’s largest ports.