We begin five weeks co-hosting All Things Considered from California on Monday. Just like the Golden State, we've got a mix of stories.
Ina Jaffe reports on whether the state is ungovernable. There's a $26 BILLION budget deficit, Sacramento is issuing I.O.U.'s instead of checks, and state workers are being furloughed almost every Friday. Oh - and Mom (Assembly Speaker Karen Bass) and Dad (Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) aren't speaking to each other.
To take a break from all that dysfunction, we spend some time with Charles Phoenix, the first in our series of "California Characters," people who embody some facet of the Golden State. Charles is a pop-culture historian, who's fascinated by kitschy Americana. I spoke to him at downtown L.A.'s Olvera Street, one of the first "themed environments" in the country.
Charles Phoenix: Olvera Street from Shereen Meraji on Vimeo.