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30 Years with Val Zavala

Val Zavala, whose presence has been an integral part of the Southern California media landscape for three decades, is retiring. Her legacy as a news anchor/producer, Latina role model and an award-winning journalist deeply involved in the community she covers will be recognized in a special tribute episode of "SoCal Connected."

This half-hour retrospective features numerous special guests, among them Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, filmmaker John Ridley, KPCC's Larry Mantle and KCRW's Saul Gonzalez and Warren Olney, who recall Zavala's role in covering some of the region's most critical events and key influencers of our time. Zavala weighs in on moments that helped define her career with flagship series such as "SoCal Connected," "Town Hall Los Angeles" and "Life & Times." She also speaks to her commitment to serve as a role model for young women in Southern California.

On the morning of February 13th, the Los Angeles City Council will hold a special presentation to honor Val Zavala for her important role and journalistic leadership in highlighting the uniquely Los Angeles stories by declaring Val Zavala Day in Los Angeles.

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'Where's Nancy?' and 'The Virus Hunter'

A man's search for his missing wife who suffers from early onset Alzheimer's reveals gaps in the system meant to locate and care for the mentally impaired in California. Socal Connected documents the journey to answer, where's Nancy.

She's called the unstoppable woman. Meet one of the world's top virus hunters, who travels to the most remote parts of the planet to identify and stop pandemics.

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'Cycle of Disrepair' and 'Blowing Concerns'

Los Angeles has some of the worst streets in America and the degradation and disrepair is costing the city millions in costly personal injury claims. What's being done to fix L.A.'s roadways and stop the costly litigation?

Socal Connected investigates Motorized outdoor equipment like leaf blowers and lawnmowers will soon surpass cars as California's top pollutant. In a joint investigation with FairWarning, Socal Connected looks at the politics and pollution behind leafblowers.

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'Maybe Babies' and 'Patagonia's Workplace Paradise'

They’re called maybe babies... nearly a million frozen embryos stored in labs across the nation. They’re at the heart of a daunting decision for thousands couples--and a brave new world for others. Welcome to the newest controversy around creating human life.

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'Bail Bonds', 'The Comeback Kids' and 'School of Good Works'

The price of freedom for some in the Los Angeles County Jail system is simply too high a cost. As much as a quarter of the 17,000 in LA's jails are there simply because they cannot make bail.

The California Condors were close to extinction when Federal Fish and Wildlife officials took an aggressive approach to save one of the world's largest birds.

A profile piece of an Islamic school in South Los Angeles which is giving back to its local community which has been ravaged by drugs, violence and crime. 

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'Who Approved That?', 'Animal Court' and 'Energy Saving Family'

As new developments pop up all over L.A., many are asking, 'Who approved that?'

Exclusive: What happens when dogs have behaved badly - or accused of it? They end up in LA's animal hearings. 

How did an Altadena family cut its energy use by 90%? It helps when the dad is a climate scientist who is committed to doing about global warming. Anchor Val Zavala meets Peter Kalmus to find out how and why he felt compelled to shrink his carbon footprint so dramatically.

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