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 (

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

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

computerized tests.

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.


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

"super graphics."

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. 



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

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


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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