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SoCal Connected Investigates How Chevron Avoided Paying Millions in Taxes and the Fundraising Power of Kickstarter.com

SOCAL CONNECTED INVESTIGATES

HOW
CHEVRON AVOIDED PAYING MILLIONS IN TAXES AND THE FUNDRAISING POWER OF
KICKSTARTER.COM

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Episode
airs March 2 at 9 p.m.

Los
Angeles, CA - February 29, 2012 - This
week on SoCal
Connected
, correspondent Vince Gonzales
investigates how, for over a decade, El Segundo's Chevron has avoided paying
millions of dollars in taxes--and why it may not be their fault.  Then, correspondent Judy Muller takes a look
at the power behind the fastest-growing funding raising site on the web,
kickstarter.com, which launched the dreams of two unique SoCal
entrepreneurs.   

  

"SMALL TOWN, BIG OIL"

In the
tiny South Bay city of El Segundo, oil runs deep. The town was named after
Chevron's (then Standard Oil) second refinery, which was built 100 years
ago.  Just about everyone in the
community knows someone who works for Chevron, which sponsors community events
like 4th of July fireworks and little league games. So what happens when an
outsider discovers the hometown company may not being paying its fair share of
taxes? Watch as correspondent Vince Gonzales reveals the threats, secrecy and
politics well at play in a small town with big oil. The Producers are Karen
Foshay and Lata Pandya.

"KICKSTARTER"

A growing number of entrepreneurs are raising money through web
sites like kickstarter.com, a popular funding platform that reported over 100
million dollars in pledges last fall. 
Correspondent Judy Muller takes a look at how this evolving trend
changed the lives of two Southern California home-spun businesses--a mom who
designed a special gluten-free, organic ketchup and a student director who
clenched over a quarter million dollars to film an action series. The producer
is Rick Wilkinson.

SoCal Connected airs Friday, March 2nd
at 9 p.m. with encore airings on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. and
6:30 p.m., and Mondays at 10 p.m.

The
Executive Producer of SoCal Connected
is Bret Marcus. Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt. Anchor is Val Zavala.

 

About SoCal Connected

SoCal Connected, winner of the
Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards, 14 Emmy® Awards, 15 Golden Mikes, 18 LA
Press Club Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary and Los
Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs Fridays (9:00
p.m.), with encores Saturdays (6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), Sundays (1:00 p.m. - 1:30
p.m.) and (6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)  and
Mondays (10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. For more information, to
view episodes online or to post comments, please visit http://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 Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes &
Dora Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
and UCLA.

 

Press Contacts

Nick Jones or Liza Nedelman, MPRM Communications

323-933-3399; socal@mprm.com