Ozone concentrations have decreased significantly since the 1960s in the California South Coast Air Basin (SoCAB), a region encompassing the Los Angeles urban area. Maximum 8 h average ozone mixing ratios measured basin wide and at individual surface monitoring network stations in the SoCAB decreased by about a factor of 3 (Figure 1; http://www.arb.ca.gov/adam/index.html) between 1973 and 2010. The observed decrease in ozone is attributed to decreases in local emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) [Warneke et al., 2012] and nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO + NO2) [McDonald et al., 2012], the precursors to ozone formation. Reactions of hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide (CO) with hydroxyl radicals (OH), as shown in () and (), initiate ozone formation chemistry [Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts, 2000; Jacob, 1999] through formation of peroxy radicals. Oxidation of NO by HO2 or RO2 via ()–() then generates nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and produces ozone following photolysis () and reaction with molecular oxygen ().
 Ozone precursors have been extensively studied over the years in the SoCAB. Some of the earliest measurements of NOx, CO, and speciated VOCs in downtown Los Angeles date back to 1960 [Neligan, 1962], after emissions from automobiles and local industry were identified as major contributors to photochemical smog [Haagen-Smit, 1952; Haagen-Smit and Fox, 1954]. These measurements initiated the development of an extensive surface monitoring network in the state of California and motivated future intensive field measurement campaigns. Since 1960, several short-term ground-based field studies have been conducted at selected locations within the SoCAB. Basin-wide measurements from instrumented research aircraft began in the 1970s [Husar et al., 1977], and near-tailpipe measurements from mobile roadside monitors began in the early 1990s [Beaton et al., 1995; Bishop and Stedman, 2008; Gertler et al., 1999; Lawson et al., 1990]. Long-term trends in ozone and emissions of its precursors in the SoCAB have been extensively studied using the data collected in these experiments [Ban-Weiss et al., 2008; Bishop and Stedman, 2008; Dallmann and Harley, 2010; Fortin et al., 2005; Fujita et al., 2003; Fujita et al., 2013; Grosjean, 2003; Harley et al., 2005; McDonald et al., 2012; Parrish et al., 2002; Parrish et al., 2011; Warneke et al., 2012].
 Other secondary pollutants such as nitric acid (HNO3), alkyl nitrates (RONO2), peroxides (H2O2 and ROOH), and peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN; CH3C(O)O2NO2), formed in reactions accompanying those that produce ozone, have also been measured in the SoCAB. Formation of HOx-NOx oxidation products, such as nitrates via () and () and peroxides via () and (), effectively removes these radicals from ozone-producing reaction cycles. In contrast, formation of VOC-NOx oxidation products, such as PAN via (), produces temporary reservoir species for HOx and NOx due to relatively short thermal decomposition lifetimes for the peroxyacyl nitrates under surface conditions characteristic of summertime in Los Angeles [Roberts et al., 2007; Roberts et al., 1995; Stephens, 1969; Grosjean et al., 2001; Grosjean, 2003; Tuazon et al., 1991]. These reactions propagate the radical chain and lead to continued ozone production.
 The interdependence of these odd-hydrogen sinks with the chain reactions that produce ozone, reactions ()–(), makes the oxidation products of reactions ()–() a useful tool for attributing a cause and effect relationship between decreasing ozone and decreasing precursor abundances [Kelly, 1992; Roberts et al., 2007; Roberts et al., 1995; Sillman et al., 1990; Sillman, 1991; Trainer et al., 1993]. Even though secondary oxidation products have been measured and studied in SoCAB field experiments since the 1960s and 1970s, relatively few peer-reviewed publications analyze these data over multiple years. These few include reviews of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) measurements [Lee et al., 2000; Sakugawa et al., 1990], with several measurements in the California SoCAB between 1970 and 1988, and reports of ambient PAN measurements at various sites in the SoCAB between 1960 and 1997 by Grosjean  and between 1975 and 1983 by Temple and Taylor . Historical analyses of secondary oxidation products other than ozone in the SoCAB have been largely neglected, despite their key role as indicators for understanding the response of ozone production rates and yields following changes in precursor emissions.
 In this work, we confirm and extend reported long-term trends in abundances and emission ratios of ozone precursors over the five decades from 1960 to 2010 in the SoCAB using data from surface monitoring network stations, mobile roadside monitors, ground-based field campaigns, and instrumented research aircraft. Abundances and emission ratios of ozone precursors determined from these measurements are also compared to those derived from emission inventories. We further report long-term trends in secondary oxidation product concentrations and extend the measurements to 2010. Measured abundances and enhancement ratios for secondary oxidation products are compared with values predicted by a chemical box model [Fujita et al., 2013]. These long-term trends are described as exponential decreases [e.g., Parrish et al., 2002; Warneke et al., 2012] and quantified by calculating average rates of change per year. We use this approach to define trends in measured precursors and secondary pollutants. Correlations of ozone and related oxidation products with precursor abundances and VOC/NOx ratio are identified using these historical data. Decadal changes in ozone production efficiency and rate of photochemical processing are interpreted from long-term trends in ozone and NOx oxidation products.