Private Property sign in foreground with beach behind it | Still from "Access Denied" on SoCal Connected

Vows and Votes

A look at the high-stakes, emotionally-charged battle behind Proposition 8, the November ballot that, if passed, would ban same-sex marriages in California. Supporters argue passing the measure is essential to protect "traditional values" and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. Opponents say that the initiative is a bigoted attempt to snatch a newly-won but fundamental right away from gay and lesbian Californians.

The conflict over Proposition 8 has turned California into a central battlefield in America's on-going culture wars. In this story we visit the frontlines of the conflict, and explore how each side is using moral arguments, records amounts of cash, and hardball politics to make sure it's idea of what marriage should be prevails.

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Cannabis Country

State and local regulators are overwhelmed and outgunned when it comes to closing down California’s poisonous pot pipeline.

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Life In Plastic: California’s Recycling Woes

As California deals with the fallout of a global waste crisis, plastic manufacturers continue to spread misleading information about recycling, while spending big on lobbying efforts to keep their products on the shelves.

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Who Killed Josiah?

A Humboldt town is polarized over allegations of racism and police incompetence surrounding the death of college student Josiah Lawson. 

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Born to Run

The Los Angeles Jets youth track and field club is one of the oldest and most established running teams in California. It was founded in South Los Angeles in 1973 by then West Vernon Elementary school teacher Ron Moore.  Five years later James Robertson and Booker Woods joined as coaches and the team became one of the largest co-ed running groups in the city.

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Access Denied

An investigation reveals how the state and many cities have let developers get away for decades with not paying their fair share when they replace affordable lodging with luxury hotels up and down California’s coast.

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