Nikki  Silvestri and Captain Planet

A Conversation with Nikki Silvestri

Was it the oil field across from her elementary school that inspired her? No, environmental leader Nikki Silvestri says it was watching the cartoon Captain Planet as a little girl that made her to want to save the planet. Val Zavala sits down with Silvestri for a conversation about environmental justice, the changing face of environmental leadership and whether she sees hope for the future.

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S8 E2: Coastal Housing Crisis

SUBSTANDARD OF LIVING

In this episode, SoCal Connected's Deepa Dernandes meets with Dario Pini, a landlord who calls himself a savior of Santa Barbara’s working class, but the City—and many of his tenants—have a different take on Pini. SoCal Connected looks at whether this self-proclaimed savior is actually a slumlord, and why it's taken officials nearly three decades to stop him.


BACK FROM THE BRINK

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SoCal Connected

They’re tiny, weaponized, and carry a potentially deadly payload. They’re called “Assassin Bugs” and they can be as common as the backyard mosquito or as exotic as the so-called “kissing bug"--and they're here in Southern California, spreading some of the deadliest - and neglected- diseases in the world. a group of children with facial birthmarks and deformities receive a life changing experience thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteer doctors and nurses.

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