LOS ANGELES --
A regional air quality agency wants to change the way it monitors smog in Southern California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District
, a smog control agency for all or portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, is hoping to make Boyle Heights and San Bernardino testing grounds for a new community-focused approach to combating air pollution.
The AQMD said the traditional method of establishing regional rules for certain industries that produce more air pollution doesn't address the concerns of communities that get a disproportionate amount of smog.
The agency is launching a new plan that's aimed at relying more heavily on increased local air monitoring, community input, cleaner technologies, outside grants and new regulations.