A man operates a leafblower in the park

Blowing Concerns

Suburban sprawl in SoCal is nothing without manicured lawns and gardens. But in order to maintain them, we depend on gardening equipment like leaf blowers, mowers and hedge trimmers. Unfortunately those tools are often powered by smog-spewing motors that will soon surpass cars as the biggest polluters in California! In a joint reporting project with the investigative journalists at FairWarning, SoCal Connected found little attention is focused on the health risks created by our lush machine-maintained landscapes. And a lot of push back happens when cities actually try regulating their use.

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Access Denied

An investigation reveals how the state and many cities have let developers get away for decades with not paying their fair share when they replace affordable lodging with luxury hotels up and down California’s coast.

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Born to Run

The Los Angeles Jets youth track and field club is one of the oldest and most established running teams in California. It was founded in South Los Angeles in 1973 by then West Vernon Elementary school teacher Ron Moore.  Five years later James Robertson and Booker Woods joined as coaches and the team became one of the largest co-ed running groups in the city.

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Under Pressure

Parents are willing to spend thousands to get the competitive edge in the college admissions process, but at what cost? Socal Connected takes a revealing look at the high stakes world of the for-profit education consultant business.

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Students featured in the #decisionday section were replaced with new photos.

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Cannabis Country

State and local regulators are overwhelmed and outgunned when it comes to closing down California’s poisonous pot pipeline.

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