KCET'S Award-Winning SoCal Connected Analyzes Los Angeles Archdiocese Sex Scandal and Reports on California's Gun Law Loop Holes and the Mayoral Race

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Los Angeles, CA -

February 4, 2013 - This week, SoCal Connected investigates the

sex abuse scandal tied to the Los Angeles archdiocese, why strong gun control

laws in California don't necessarily mean less assault weapons, the impact of

new legislation to curb puppy mills and the latest on the Mayor's race.


February 4


correspondent Jennifer London follows up on

her exclusive report on how a former priest and admitted child molester found

employment with the LAUSD, apparently without the school district knowing about

his past. SoCal Connected anchor Val Zavala and London bring viewers

up-to-date with all the latest developments. They analyze key findings from the

12,000 pages of documents that were released on Friday, February 1st

with the help of SoCal's own Karen Foshay.  Lawyer Ray Boucher, who represents many of

the plaintiffs in the cases, will join in the discussion on the documents'

content, meaning, and the future.



Madeleine Brand
interviews Amy

Wilentz, author of the memoir
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti about the country, its continuing struggle to rebuild after the devastating

2010 earthquake, and Wilentz's personal experiences there.



Brand gets a recap of Sunday's Super Bowl from comedian and pop culture

commentator Jason Sklar.



February 5


California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, there are still

loopholes allowing citizens to buy powerful weapons. SoCal's Brian

Rooney reports on how these legal ambiguities are allowing assault weapons like

the AR-15 to stay on store shelves.



Madeleine Brand speaks with Professor Laurie Levinson, Professor of Law at

Loyola Law School, about California's marijuana laws and how legislation

regarding the drug is quickly fading.



February 6


last year, LA County laws have declared that pet stores and pet supply stores

will no longer be permitted to sell dogs from breeders, only shelter dogs.

Jennifer London takes a look at the reasoning behind the new legislature and

reveals that most 'breeder' dogs come from puppy mills, and are in-bred,

over-bred, irresponsibly bred, and often sick. London outlines the ways these

new laws will help improve the lives of pets and pet owners.



Madeleine Brand speaks with filmmaker David France about How To Survive A

, his Academy Award-nominated documentary about the early years

of the AIDS crisis.


February 7

Val Zavala

reports on how the Los Angeles mayoral race is heating up. Afterwards, Los

Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez speaks about the race in studio with

Madeleine Brand.





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Awards, 17 Emmy® Awards, 19 Golden Mikes, 41 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 nightly at 5:30 p.m. with encores at

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support of The Ahmanson Foundation serving the Los Angeles community since

1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; the Maddocks Brown Foundation; The John Randolph

Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; and The California Endowment. 




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