Man Looks at Housing Development in his Backyard in Westchester

Super Soil: This Could Be the Healthiest Farm in California

Spiraling orchards. Flocks of sheep. Returning to basics. A trip to Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, Calif. transports you to an idyllic environment. One that focuses on the natural ebbs and flows of a purposefully created ecosystem and has one very important thing at it’s center -- healthy soil. Here, letting plants go through their natural process of living and dying actually helps regenerate unhealthy soil. Val Zavala looks at cutting-edge environmental practices where soil is king. She also looks at how taking care of our soil can help to combat climate change. Focusing on the future by digging deeper into what’s under our feet.

Featuring Interviews With: 

John Chester, Apricot Lane Farms 

Steven Allison, University of California, Irvine 

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

As developments continue to pop up all over L.A., some residents are questioning who approves them. SoCal Connected takes a deep dive into L.A.'s housing and asks if the single family home is an endangered species 

It's considered some of the richest super soil in California. Get a close look at the idyllic Apricot Farms, where cutting-edge environmental practices and old school farming techniques are producing some of the purest produce around.

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'Blowing Concerns,' 'Comeback Kids' and 'Family Savings Plan'

In a joint investigation with FairWarning, SoCal Connected looks at the politics behind regulating California's largest polluter: backyard motorized equipment like leaf blowers and lawn mowers. 

The California Condor is back from the brink of extinction but the job is far from over. Find out what it takes to keep a species surviving and thriving.

Would you switch from gas to veggie oil to run your car? how about stop flying on airplanes? Those are just some of the ways a local family has cut their energy use by ninety percent.

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A look at the spike in the number of employers retaliating against undocumented workers when they complain of stolen wages. How do developers get unpopular and controversial projects approved in your neighborhood? One very big loophole. Socal Connected investigates.

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With the rise of the supertemp, comes the increase income inequality. What happens when half the workforce are gig workers? How of LA's most successful entrepreneurs, Cisco Pinedo, is building a brand, furniture and community all at the same time.

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30 Years with Val Zavala

Val Zavala, whose presence has been an integral part of the Southern California media landscape for three decades, is retiring. Her legacy as a news anchor/producer, Latina role model and an award-winning journalist deeply involved in the community she covers will be recognized in a special tribute episode of "SoCal Connected."

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