SoCal Connected Looks at the Struggles of a Working Class Neighborhood Facing the Largest Freeway Expansion Project in the Country: The 710 Corridor


BURBANK, CA - May 30, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, digs into the human impact of the largest infrastructure project in the country, the expansion of the 710 freeway. Is there a way to accommodate the growth of truck traffic to and from the port without sacrificing the health and quality of life for the people who live along this busy corridor? SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Derrick Shore looks at the issue from both sides: the families who live right next to the freeway's noise, pollution and traffic hazards, as well as the perspective of a big-rig trucker who travels the congested roadway several times a day to support his family. Will their voices be heard as plans for this massive project take shape? The story airs on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:


·         "Swept Away" - Icebergs are melting in the Antarctic and seas are rising. Scientists say it's just a matter of time before beachfront properties along parts of California are under water. SOCAL CONNECTED'S Laurel Erickson looks at what's being done to stem the tides.


·          "Pet Cemetery" - It's the final resting place for 40,000 creatures great and small, from a tiny pet goldfish to performing animals who made their mark on the silver screen. Jennifer Sabih takes us to Calabasas to visit one of Southern California's quirkier institutions, The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park.


·         "Extreme Unicyclist" - Monday through Friday he's a mild-mannered piano-tuner, but on his own time he's a single-wheeled adventurer who calls himself, the UniGeezer (because he's over 50). SOCAL CONNECTED anchor Val Zavala follows Terry Peterson as he performs incredible feats on a unicycle that many mountain bikers wouldn't try.  


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


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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