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Trained Falcons Keep Birds Out of the Trash

Waste disposal companies are required by law to keep birds away from landfills since birds that eat trash can subsequently pollute nearby water sources. The problem is that automated bird abatement systems such as horns don’t work very well. Seagulls quickly learn that these empty threats are little more than noise.

Dealing with the avian dilemma is good business for Master falconer Joe Suffredini who staffs a crew of 20 eager raptors. Suffredini is part of a small but growing niche of falconers for hire that keep birds away from wine grapes, sunbathing resort tourists and jet airplane turbines.

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S8 E2: Coastal Housing Crisis

SUBSTANDARD OF LIVING

In this episode, SoCal Connected's Deepa Dernandes meets with Dario Pini, a landlord who calls himself a savior of Santa Barbara’s working class, but the City—and many of his tenants—have a different take on Pini. SoCal Connected looks at whether this self-proclaimed savior is actually a slumlord, and why it's taken officials nearly three decades to stop him.


BACK FROM THE BRINK

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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. a group of children with facial birthmarks and deformities receive a life changing experience thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteer doctors and nurses.

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