Substandard living in Santa Barbara

Property owner Dario Pini houses thousands of low-income tenants throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but faces over 3,000 health and safety violations and three lawsuits by the city of Santa Barbara.

An investigative report from KCET explores whether this self-proclaimed savior is actually a slumlord, and why it’s taken officials nearly three decades to stop him.

KCRW spoke with reporter Deepa Fernandes about what she learned. Take a listen, and watch her video report.

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