SoCal Connected Takes a Look at the Economy From LA's Occupy Wall Street Movement to a Small Business Boom in Highland Park Nov 4 at 8:30 PM

SOCAL CONNECTED TAKES A LOOK AT THE ECONOMY FROM

LA'S OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT

TO A SMALL BUSINESS BOOM IN HIGHLAND PARK

ALL NEW EPISODE AIRS NOVEMBER 4 AT 8:30 PM

 

LOS ANGELES, November 1: This week SoCal Connected dives into the political and economic issues plaguing our country through the voices of LA's Occupy Movement and local CEOs dedicated to kick starting the economy. Plus, we profile a Northeast neighborhood of Los Angeles where new small businesses are opening and thriving despite the recession. The all-new episode airs Friday, November 4th at 8:30 p.m. on KCET.

 

"CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE"

Correspondent Jennifer London reports on the parallels between two separate protest movements -- the Occupiers of Los Angeles and the CEOs who took Starbucks Howard Shultz's challenge to stop making political donations and to start hiring.  At first glance, the two groups appear to have nothing in common, but a closer look reveals a shared view that Washington is broken and something bold must be done. London joins the 99% on the grounds of City Hall, and speaks to several prominent CEOS who signed on to Shultz's initiative. 

 

"OPEN FOR BUSINESS"

Brian Rooney visits the neighborhood of Highland Park where despite the recession, ordinary citizens are taking risks and successfully opening their own businesses. What makes this boom especially noteworthy is that none of these entrepreneurs secured financing from banks. Instead, they raised funds from family and private investors. 

 

"THE UNGER REPORT"

Satirist Brian Unger explores the reality of the disappearing middle class, with a focus on Proctor & Gamble's decision to abandon the middle class by targeting its marketing efforts on high end and bargain-level products.

 

The all-new episode airs Friday, November 4 at 8:30 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 (8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) and Mondays (10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit www.kcet.org/socalconnected.

 

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, UCLA and U.S. Bank.

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