SoCal Connected Looks at the Struggles of a Working Class Neighborhood Facing the Largest Freeway Expansion Project in the Country: The 710 Corridor


BURBANK, CA - May 30, 2014 - SOCAL

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

the human impact of the largest infrastructure project in the country, the

expansion of the 710 freeway. Is there a way to accommodate the growth of truck

traffic to and from the port without sacrificing the health and quality of life

for the people who live along this busy corridor? SOCAL CONNECTED reporter

Derrick Shore looks at the issue from both sides: the families who live right next

to the freeway's noise, pollution and traffic hazards, as well as the

perspective of a big-rig trucker who travels the congested roadway several

times a day to support his family. Will their voices be heard as plans for this

massive project take shape? The story airs on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:



"Swept Away"

- Icebergs are melting in the Antarctic and seas are rising. Scientists say

it's just a matter of time before beachfront properties along parts of

California are under water. SOCAL CONNECTED'S Laurel Erickson looks at what's

being done to stem the tides.



 "Pet Cemetery" - It's the final resting place

for 40,000 creatures great and small, from a tiny pet goldfish to performing

animals who made their mark on the silver screen. Jennifer Sabih takes us to

Calabasas to visit one of Southern California's quirkier institutions, The Los

Angeles Pet Memorial Park.




Unicyclist" - Monday through Friday he's a mild-mannered piano-tuner, but on

his own time he's a single-wheeled adventurer who calls himself, the UniGeezer

(because he's over 50). SOCAL CONNECTED anchor Val Zavala follows Terry

Peterson as he performs incredible feats on a unicycle that many mountain

bikers wouldn't try.  


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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