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Monica Luhar is the site and social media editor for "SoCal Connected." Her bylines have appeared in NBC News, HelloGiggles, Yahoo! News, Southern California Public Radio, India-West, and various other weekly, national, and hyperlocal publications. Prior to working at KCET, she worked as a digital news assistant and general assignment reporter. She received her bachelors degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Follow her on Twitter: @monicaluhar

SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected: Best of 2016

As the year comes to an end, we're taking a moment to reflect on all the informative, quirky, and heartwarming stories that have contributed to a spectacular season of "SoCal Connected."  
Meet siblings P-46 and P-47.
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Meet Two New Mountain Lion Kittens P-46 and P-47

Exclusive video preview of two beautiful blue-eyed mountain lion kittens discovered by the National Park Service.
A motorcyclist lane splits on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

California's Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Proposal Moves Forward

A bill aiming to regulate motorcycle lane-splitting could also make California the first state to formally legalize it.
Everyday products such as toothpaste often contain microbeads, non biodegradable plastic that ends up in oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Personal Care Products Containing Microbeads Could be Off Shelves by 2020 in California

Plastic microbeads are typically found in everyday products such as toothpaste and exfoliating scrubs.
The Right to Try Act would make it easier for patients with terminal illnessness the chance to access investigational drugs.

'Right to Try Act' Would Make Access to Investigational Drugs Easier

A bill has moved forward with bipartisan support on the Assembly floor.
Disability rights advocates march to the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 18, 2015, urging lawmakers to increase funding for services and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Disability Rights Advocates Call for Budget Increase

A 10 percent increase, they said, is a critical need, but only a step in much needed reform after years of cutbacks.
Older Couple Walking

California's End of Life Option Act Moves Forward

Many patient rights organizations are optimistic that SB 128 is one step closer to becoming law.
Crumb rubber mixed in with artificial grass at a public park in Los Angeles. | Photo: Zach Behrens/KCET

Artificial Turf Regulation Based on Industry-Supplied Data, Alleges Group

An environmental whistle-blower group is accusing a federal regulatory agency.
Assemblymember Jim Wood introduces new legislation that would help reduce prescription drug abuse during a press conference March 24, 2015.

Bill Seeks to Reduce Prescription Drug-Related Deaths in California

Prescription drug abuse is the third leading cause of death in L.A. County.
A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to protect a deceased person's digital assets or electronic communications.

Clarity for Social Media Accounts of the Deceased Sought in Bill

When you or a loved one passes on, what exactly happens to their digital information?
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