"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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People vs. Kiera Newsome

One woman strives to prove her innocence from behind bars, while a team of pro-bono lawyers and students fight the odds to get her out.

  • 2018-11-17T04:30:00-08:00
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Heat

How hot will your neighborhood get? "SoCal Connected" looks at the ground-level effects of climate change on southern California.

  • 2018-11-20T12:00:00-08:00
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Out of Bounds

One of the nation's top high school athletes was on a path to the NFL, but instead became the poster child for what's wrong with L.A.'s mental Health system. "SoCal Connected" documents the life and times of Dorsey High's Antonio Carrion.

  • 2018-11-27T12:00:00-08:00
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Divide and Conquer

Gerrymandering is one of the most effective tools to manipulate an election and guarantee a win. "SoCal Connected" profiles how some local governments have used political borders to dilute minorities' power, and what is being done about it.

  • 2018-12-04T12:00:00-08:00
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Blood Money

A look at the profiteering behind two of America's fastest growing diseases affecting millions of Californians.

  • 2018-12-11T12:00:00-08:00
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