"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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'The Assassin Bugs' and 'Channel Islands'

They’re tiny, weaponized, and carry a potentially deadly payload. They’re called “Assassin Bugs” and they can be as common as the backyard mosquito or as exotic as the so-called “kissing bug"--and they're here in Southern California, spreading some of the deadliest - and neglected- diseases in the world.

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

A man's search for his missing wife who suffers from early onset Alzheimers 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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