KCET's 'SoCal Connected' Reports on Sizzling So Cal Housing Market, Confronting the Concussion Epidemic, Three Strikes and An Update on Billboards | KCET
KCET's 'SoCal Connected' Reports on Sizzling So Cal Housing Market, Confronting the Concussion Epidemic, Three Strikes and An Update on Billboards
This week, the award-winning
series SoCal Connected (www.socalconnected.org),
focuses on the housing market boom and how Southern Californian residents
looking to buy or sell will be affected by changes in the economic
landscape. Correspondent John
Ridley takes a closer look at football season and whether or not high schoolers
are getting the protection they need to prevent head injuries in this
contact-heavy sport. And Connie
Rice discusses her decades-long battle to end gang violence in Los Angeles.
This week's episode highlights include:
MONDAY, November 12
Due in part to record low interest rates and fewer foreclosed
properties, the housing market in the Southland is sizzling again. Over the last year, housing prices in
LA County alone rose 9.7 percent, but as SoCal
Connected correspondent Laurel Erickson questions, is now the best time to
buy? And how does the typical
family compete with "flippers" and other investors who are able to purchase
homes above asking price with cash?
And, special contributor Madeleine Brand interviews
Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC, widely
considered to be one of California's leading economists, to provide additional insight
on the future of Southern California's economy.
TUESDAY, November 13
As the ultimate contact sport, it's not
surprising that football accounts for two out of every three sports-related
concussions in high school, but what is surprising is that most of them occur
during practice. Correspondent John Ridley reports on how one Southern
California high school is working on lowering the risk with gel caps and
Plus, in light of Steven Spielberg's
highly anticipated Lincoln, Madeleine
Brand interviews historian and author Ronald C. White about America's enduring
fascination with Abraham Lincoln.
WEDNESDAY, November 14
Election Day, Californian voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 36, amending
the state's Three Strikes law mandating that a third strike, which carries a
life sentence, be a serious or violent crime. SoCal Connected correspondent
Jennifer London dissects the reformation and how it will affect those currently
serving harsh sentences as well as future convicts.
Madeleine Brand speaks with Connie Rice on her radical approach to ending gang
violence as well as her new memoir, Power
Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the
Courtroom to the Kill Zones.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Worth billions of dollars, the
billboard industry has found its home in Los Angeles, the billboard capital of
the nation. Correspondent Vince
Gonzales provides viewers an important update on last season's "Billboard
Confidential" news story, looking into whether or not city officials are
willing or able to enforce their own ban of billboards, digital signs and so-called
Plus, Madeleine Brand interviews David
Frankham, Director of the new HBO series Witness: Juarez, a four-part
documentary series following combat photographers into conflict zones in
Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil.
ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED
SoCal Connected, winner of the Peabody and duPont-Columbia 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 7
p.m. with encores at 10:30 p.m. exclusively on KCET. For more information, to
view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.
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 John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation; The California
Endowment; and by UCLA.
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