'SoCal Connected' Looks at the Choices Facing Lawn-Loving Homeowners During California's Severe Drought

BURBANK, CA - May 23, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy and Peabody Award winning series, digs into the options available to Southern Californians who love their wide, grassy lawns. The most severe drought in nearly 500 years has triggered an executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown urging people to reduce water consumption. SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Jennifer Sabih found some homeowners who have gotten ahead of the drought and have already said "The Lawn Goodbye." The story airs on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:


·         "$1.00 House" - He just may be the landlord from heaven. The inspiring story of one man who is paying it forward by making his three-bedroom home available to a single mother and four children who were desperate for a place to live. The rent?  $1 a month.


·         "The Little-Known Side of Prop 13" - Homeowners love Prop 13 for protecting them from skyrocketing property taxes. But there's another side to Prop 13 that few people know about - businesses who have learned how to game the system to keep their own taxes at 1975 rates. Is it time for reform?


·         "Spirit of America" is the Southern California-based Goodyear blimp. As it soars above all the noise and traffic one lucky man is at the controls of this beloved dirigible: pilot David Bowling.


·         "Skin as Canvas" - The extraordinary work of Japanese tattoo masters is captured in the photography of Kip Fulbeck, on display at the Japanese American National Museum. Why is this exquisite work derided in Japan?


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


SOCAL CONNECTED airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and repeats Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Weekly segments are also available online at socalconnected.org.


The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer, Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns, senior producer.  Pictures are available upon request.



SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 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 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 Maddocks-Brown Foundation. 



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