Girl in foreground stretching, with teammates stretching behind her | Still from "Born to Run", SoCal Connected

Guerrilla Gardeners

They appear at night, working in the shadows. Within a matter of hours they transform ugly patches of neglected public land into urban gardens. No permits, no licenses, no permissions. Is it illegal? Yes. But that doesn't stop this nocturnal group of succulent-loving laborers.

Their leader is Scott, who has been guerrilla gardening for more than 20 years. His backyard is a virtual nursery, with tens of thousands of succulents and cacti of all sizes, waiting to be planted in guerrilla gardens from Long Beach to Whittier. Val Zavala met up with the group for a night dig in Hollywood to find out how they work and what motivates these unauthorized horticulturalists.

Val Zavala at Scott's home nursery.

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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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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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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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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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