KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Profiles the Crusaders Who Are Battling Exorbitant Parking Tickets Fines

BURBANK, CA - August 22, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series looks at one of the many challenges of life in Los Angeles: parking. When you are lucky enough to find a spot, look out if you stay in it too long. Ticket fines are skyrocketing to what many people consider outrageous rates. SOCAL CONNECTED profiles two activists who are taking the battle against high ticket prices to City Hall. Reporter Jennifer Sabih looks at how they're trying to reform parking policy.


The story airs on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8 p.m.


This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:


The Right Stuff - Southern California is filled with material girls -- and boys. But it's hard to get a true picture of just how much stuff we have. UCLA researchers spent years visiting people's homes and recording startling pictures of how much families actually accumulate. Even they were shocked. Val Zavala takes a peek inside California's cluttered homes.


L.A. Mudpeople - They look like a tribe of misplaced primitives - bodies smeared with mud, faces obscured by masks. They are really a non-performance art troupe based in Los Angeles. In this story, drawn from KCET's Artbound, Nick Hardcastle joins the Mudpeople on a slow walk through Atwater Village to see how the public reacts to this strange crew. 


End of Watch - Observers at Mt. Wilson's solar tower have been drawing sunspots "every clear day since 1912." For the past 28 years, UCLA's Stephen Padilla has been part of that team, enjoying the panoramic vistas and faithfully recording solar activity. Now Padilla's job is being eliminated. We take the long ride up the 150-foot tower with him on his last payday.


Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, August 27 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m.



SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.


The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.



SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.orgSOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.



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