KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Profiles the Crusaders Who Are Battling Exorbitant Parking Tickets Fines
- August 22,
2014 -SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody®
Award-winning series looks at one of the many challenges of life in Los
Angeles: parking. When you are lucky enough to find a spot, look out if you stay in it too long. Ticket fines are skyrocketing
to what many people consider outrageous rates. SOCAL CONNECTED profiles
two activists who are taking the battle against high ticket prices to City
Hall. Reporter Jennifer Sabih looks at how they're trying to reform parking
The story airs on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8 p.m.
This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:
The Right Stuff -
Southern California is filled with material girls -- and boys. But it's hard to
get a true picture of just how much stuff we have. UCLA researchers spent years
visiting people's homes and recording startling pictures of how much families
actually accumulate. Even they were shocked. Val Zavala takes a peek inside
California's cluttered homes.
L.A. Mudpeople -
They look like a tribe of misplaced primitives - bodies smeared with mud, faces
obscured by masks. They are really a non-performance art troupe based in Los
Angeles. In this story, drawn from KCET's Artbound, Nick Hardcastle
joins the Mudpeople on a slow walk through Atwater Village to see how the
public reacts to this strange crew.
End of Watch -
Observers at Mt. Wilson's solar tower have been drawing sunspots "every clear
day since 1912." For the past 28 years, UCLA's Stephen Padilla has been part of
that team, enjoying the panoramic vistas and faithfully recording solar
activity. Now Padilla's job is being eliminated. We take the long ride up the
150-foot tower with him on his last payday.
Broadcast Premiere Date: Wednesday,
August 27 at 8 p.m.
August 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m.
SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time
Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist
Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary
filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.
The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is
Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is
ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED
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Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national 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 moreinformation, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.
CONNECTEDis made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson
Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.
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