KCET'S Award-Winning SoCal Connected Analyzes Los Angeles Archdiocese Sex Scandal and Reports on California's Gun Law Loop Holes and the Mayoral Race

    Airing 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nightly


Los Angeles, CA - February 4, 2013 - This week, SoCal Connected investigates the sex abuse scandal tied to the Los Angeles archdiocese, why strong gun control laws in California don't necessarily mean less assault weapons, the impact of new legislation to curb puppy mills and the latest on the Mayor's race.

MONDAY, February 4

SoCal Connected correspondent Jennifer London follows up on her exclusive report on how a former priest and admitted child molester found employment with the LAUSD, apparently without the school district knowing about his past. SoCal Connected anchor Val Zavala and London bring viewers up-to-date with all the latest developments. They analyze key findings from the 12,000 pages of documents that were released on Friday, February 1st with the help of SoCal's own Karen Foshay.  Lawyer Ray Boucher, who represents many of the plaintiffs in the cases, will join in the discussion on the documents' content, meaning, and the future.


Also, Madeleine Brand interviews Amy Wilentz, author of the memoir Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti about the country, its continuing struggle to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and Wilentz's personal experiences there.


Then, Brand gets a recap of Sunday's Super Bowl from comedian and pop culture commentator Jason Sklar.


TUESDAY, February 5

Although California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, there are still loopholes allowing citizens to buy powerful weapons. SoCal's Brian Rooney reports on how these legal ambiguities are allowing assault weapons like the AR-15 to stay on store shelves.


After, Madeleine Brand speaks with Professor Laurie Levinson, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, about California's marijuana laws and how legislation regarding the drug is quickly fading.


WEDNESDAY, February 6

Late last year, LA County laws have declared that pet stores and pet supply stores will no longer be permitted to sell dogs from breeders, only shelter dogs. Jennifer London takes a look at the reasoning behind the new legislature and reveals that most 'breeder' dogs come from puppy mills, and are in-bred, over-bred, irresponsibly bred, and often sick. London outlines the ways these new laws will help improve the lives of pets and pet owners.


Also, Madeleine Brand speaks with filmmaker David France about How To Survive A Plague, his Academy Award-nominated documentary about the early years of the AIDS crisis.

THURSDAY, February 7

Val Zavala reports on how the Los Angeles mayoral race is heating up. Afterwards, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez speaks about the race in studio with Madeleine Brand.



SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont Awards, 17 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs nightly at 5:30 p.m. with encores at 10:00 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.


SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks Brown Foundation; The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; and The California Endowment. 



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