'SoCal Connected' Looks at the Choices Facing Lawn-Loving Homeowners During California's Severe Drought

BURBANK, CA - May 23, 2014 - SOCAL

, KCET's Emmy and Peabody Award winning series, digs into

the options available to Southern Californians who love their wide, grassy

lawns. The most severe drought in nearly 500 years has triggered

an executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown urging people to reduce water

SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Jennifer Sabih found some

homeowners who have gotten ahead of the drought and have already said "The Lawn

Goodbye." The story airs on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:




House" - He just may be the landlord from heaven. The inspiring story of one

man who is paying it forward by making his
three-bedroom home available to a single mother

and four children who were desperate for a place to live. The rent?  $1 a month.




Little-Known Side of Prop 13" - Homeowners love Prop 13 for protecting them

from skyrocketing property taxes. But there's another side to Prop 13 that few

people know about - businesses who have learned how to game the system to keep

their own taxes at 1975 rates.
Is it time for reform?




of America" is the Southern California-based Goodyear blimp. As it soars above

all the noise and traffic one lucky man is at the controls of this beloved

dirigible: pilot David Bowling.



"Skin as Canvas" - The

extraordinary work of Japanese tattoo masters is captured in the photography of

Kip Fulbeck, on display at the Japanese American National Museum. Why is this

exquisite work derided in Japan?


SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time

Emmy-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors to SOCAL CONNECTED include

science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer

Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.


SOCAL CONNECTED airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and

repeats Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Weekly segments are also

available online at socalconnected.org.


The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is

Val Zavala; digital executive producer, Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns, senior

producer.  Pictures are available upon




SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont

Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 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 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, Chapman University and the Maddocks-Brown Foundation. 



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