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

Walmart Rewind

Walmart is the largest retailer in the world and it wants to get even bigger. Part of its expansion plan involves California—but it faces tough opposition opening new stores, especially in Los Angeles County.

As Judy Muller reports this week, the mega-chain used a new tactic to gain a foothold in Burbank.

But while the strategy may have evolved, the issues surrounding Walmart's incursion into Southern California have been around for awhile.

Here's a sampling of coverage from KCET's Life & Times dating back to 2004.

SoCal Rewind is an on-going series bringing you past reports on the issues of today. By drawing on KCET's extensive archive of Southern California news, culture and public affairs, we'll seek to inform current events by providing a little historical perspective, and maybe answer the question: Is there anything new under the SoCal sun?

The image for this post is by Flickr user arellis49. It was used under a Creative Commons License.

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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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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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Under Pressure

Parents are willing to spend thousands to get the competitive edge in the college admissions process, but at what cost? Socal Connected takes a revealing look at the high stakes world of the for-profit education consultant business.

The following changes were made to the original episode:
Students featured in the #decisionday section were replaced with new photos.

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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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Fire Station 9

Take a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the busiest fire station in the country, where firefighters act as both primary care providers and emergency responders for the nearly 5,000 people living on Skid Row.

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