"A Rat Bit My Daughter"

Substandard of Living: Southern California's Most Controversial Landlord

Dario Pini calls himself a savior of Santa Barbara’s working class, housing thousands of mainly low-income Latino families in his hundreds of apartment buildings. Amid the state’s affordable housing crisis, he says they would otherwise be homeless. But the City of Santa Barbara—and many of his tenants—have a different take on Pini. The City Attorney is now taking Pini to court in an effort to shut down a landlord that for years people have called a slumlord, not a savior.  And as we discover, Santa Barbara is not the only city struggling with problem property owners. “SoCal Connected” talks exclusively to Dario Pini, taking a guided tour with him at a few properties he claims are “great”—and confronting him directly as we dig deeper for the truth.

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'Freelance Nation' and 'Made in L.A.'

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How one of L.A.'s most successful entrepreneurs, Cisco Pinedo, is building a brand, furniture and community all at the same time.

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'Stolen Paychecks,' 'Watch Where You Sign' and 'The Virus Hunter'

A look at the spike in the number of employers retaliating against undocumented workers when they complain of stolen wages.

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'The Assassin Bugs' and 'Channel Islands'

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'Substandard of Living' and 'Mending Kids'

Landlord Dario Pini calls himself a savior of Santa Barbara's working class, but the District Attorney— and many of his tenants have other words to describe him. SoCal Connected questions one of Southern California's most notorious landlords about allegations that he's more of a slumlord than a savior.

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'Who Approved That?,' 'Super Soil,' and 'Oil Activist'

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