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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Reveals the Hidden Homeless of Santa Clarita

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KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Reveals the Hidden Homeless of Santa Clarita

BURBANK, Calif. - April 10, 2015 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series reveals a different form of homelessness; encampments along a riverbed in the affluent community of Santa Clarita. Unlike residents on L.A.'s skid row, dispossessed people like Mike Crosby are less visible. Reporter Cara Santa Maria learns how Crosby survives and what led to his current living situation. She also talks to law enforcement, a city official and a shelter director about the limited resources available to the homeless, and what happened after the city cleared the riverbed encampments.

The story airs on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:

Hollywood Sign Hassles: It's more famous than the Sunset Strip, but for homeowners living near the Hollywood sign this popular tourist attraction has become a major annoyance. Traffic is only one of the irritants. Correspondent Brian Unger heads to the Hollywood Hills to see how these nine white letters are spelling trouble for local residents. Related story at SoCal Wanderer.

Midnight Birdie Madness: It happens late at night in huge windowless buildings, attracting hundreds of people. Reporter Conor Knighton discovers the popularity of badminton among Asian-Americans, who flock to two clubs in El Monte to play out their obsession with this surprisingly competitive sport.

Compulsive Collector of the California Orange: David Boulé became enamored of the iconic California orange at an ephemera show when he spotted a penny postcard of a citrus orchard set against the mountains. Thirty-five years later, Boulé's collection has grown to 600 postcards, all featuring the region's signature crop. Boulé himself has gone from collector to one of the foremost experts on the California orange industry, and author of "The Orange and the Dream of California." From Artbound.

Broadcast Premiere Date:  Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributorsinclude science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Conor Knighton, Jennifer Sabih, Derrick Shore, writer Nick Hardcastle and documentary filmmakers Nic Cha Kim and Dija Dowling.

The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.

ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED

SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two 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 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 theMaddocksBrown Foundation.

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