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Probing Hidden Hazards of Extreme Air Pollution in Boyle Heights

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Boyle Heights, a predominantly Latino neighborhood in southern California seems to have a major problem with air pollution.

Sometimes the greatest threats to clean air don't come from a smokestack. The residents of Boyle Heights are battling a combination of dangers. These include traffic jams, factories, railroads and auto body shops, all in the local area.

"Up In The Air"

The investigative journalists at SoCal Connected visit the area to see what they can find. Correspondent Vince Gonzales examines the hidden hazards of extreme air pollution in Boyle Heights and what people in this neighborhood are doing about it.

Correspondent Angie Crouch takes a look at fat and skinny ZIP codes and the correlation between park space and overall health.

Assisted by producer Rebecca Haggerty, Vince Gonzales talks to the people who are working to change their neighborhood from a toxic hot spot to a green zone.

"Park Poor"

If you measure green space as wealth, Los Angeles is one of the poorest major cities in the nation.

In an encore broadcast, Socal Connected correspondent, Angie Crouch, delves into new research that shows a direct correlation between income, race, health and the availability of community park space.

Activists have taken the lead, because the city and county are not taking responsibility. The activists find they often face many political road blocks.

Producer Karen Foshay and correspondent Angie Crouch tell us which Los Angeles County cities are living fit, and which ones are living large.

Bret Marcus, the Executive Producer of SoCal Connected was interviewd by NewsBlaze editor, Alan Gray, in the story Bret Marcus, on "California at War". Co-Executive Producer is Justine Schmidt. Anchor is Val Zavala.

SoCal Connected airs Friday, February 24th at 9 p.m. with encore airings on Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Mondays at 10 p.m.

You can view episodes online or post comments, at www.socalconnected.org.

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