SoCal Connected Investigates How Boyle Heights Fights Extreme Air Pollution and Whether Your Zip Code Can Determine Your Health

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HOW BOYLE HEIGHTS FIGHTS EXTREME AIR POLLUTION AND WHETHER YOUR ZIP CODE CAN DETERMINE YOUR HEALTH

 

Episode airs February 24 at 9 p.m.

 

Los Angeles, CA - February 21, 2012 - This week on SoCal Connected, correspondent Vince Gonzales examines the hidden hazards of extreme air pollution in Boyle Heights and what this predominantly Latino neighborhood is doing about it, while correspondent Angie Crouch takes a look at fat and skinny ZIP codes and the correlation between park space and overall health.

  

"UP IN THE AIR"

Sometimes the greatest threats to clean air don't come from a smokestack.  Residents of Boyle Heights battle a conglomeration of dangers--from traffic jams to factories to railroads and auto body shops.  Correspondent Vince Gonzales examines the hidden hazards of extreme air pollution and what this predominantly Latino neighborhood is doing to turn Boyle Heights from a toxic hot spot to a green zone.  The producer is Rebecca Haggerty.

 

"PARK POOR"

When it comes to green space, Los Angeles is one of the poorest major cities in the nation. Correspondent Angie Crouch delves into new research that shows a direct correlation between income, race, health and the availability of community park space. Activists have taken the lead as the city and county lag, but they often face a multitude of political road blocks. Tune in to find out which LA County cities are living fit and which are living large. The producer is Karen Foshay.

  

SoCal Connected airs Friday, February 24th at 9 p.m. with encore airings on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Mondays at 10 p.m.

 

The Executive Producer of SoCal Connected is Bret Marcus. Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt. Anchor is Val Zavala.

 

About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 18 LA Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and (6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)  and Mondays (10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit http://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 Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and UCLA.

 

Press Contacts

Nick Jones or Liza Nedelman, MPRM Communications

323-933-3399; socal@mprm.com

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