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SoCal Connected

'Substandard of Living' and 'Back From The Brink'

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

Get an exclusive look at one of country's most beautiful and least visited national parks and see why it's often called the Galapagos of North America. It's home to one of the biggest comebacks in wildlife history. Travel with Val Zavala to the Channel Islands and learn how the Island Fox came back from the brink of extinction. 

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City of Fullerton police cars in a parking lot | Still from SoCal Connected's "The Fight to Know"
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The Fight to Know

In 2019, California, one of the nation’s most secretive states when it comes to police files, put SB1421 into effect. But a year into the new transparency law, journalists and the public are realizing that the law may not be as transparent as expected.
Season 10 Episode 1108
SOCAL CONNECTED “Fire Station 9”
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27:50
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Fire Station 9

Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country, where firefighters act as both primary care providers and emergency responders for the nearly 5,000 people living on Skid Row.
Season 10 Episode 1107
Marijuana plants with law enforcement officers behind it | Still from SoCal Connected "Cannabis Country"
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27:20
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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.
Season 10 Episode 1106
Students sit at a desk | Still from SoCal Connected's "Under Pressure"
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28:20
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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.
Season 10 Episode 1105
Girl in foreground stretching, with teammates stretching behind her | Still from "Born to Run", SoCal Connected
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27:20
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Born to Run

Socal Connected looks at what happened to LA Jets’ Obea Moore and the current state of youth track and field today.
Season 10 Episode 1104