Listen: Jerry Brown, Academy Awards And Gavin Newsom discussed on Press Play with Madeleine Brand
"The balance the country is watching us. The world is waiting on us and the future depends on us. And we will seize the moments a fifty one year old Newsom without mentioning Donald Trump by name made it clear he believes the administration's agenda is hostile to the states interest. House speaker Nancy Pelosi was among those in attendance for newsome's inaugural address. A second session of strong gains on Wall Street apparently prompted by renewed confidence in retail and smaller companies shares the Dow is up ninety eight points to twenty three thousand five thirty one. The NASDAQ rose eighty four points. This is NPR. This is KCRW at seven. Oh four. Good evening. I'm Steve Chia take us. You just heard Gavin Newsom, the new governor of California and on this day that there is that new governor political historians are looking at the old governor the highlights and the lowlights of his predecessor former governor Jerry Brown and Brown's biggest challenge during his last two terms in office is taking on the state's finances in two thousand eleven he took over a state in the red by more than twenty five billion dollars. Some critics argue that Brown focus too much on balancing the state's bookstore in his time in office, but others say he had little choice. It was a cautionary tale. It was the next Greece Rafe sunshine heads up the Pat Brown institute at Cal State LA and institute named by the way for Jerry Brown's father who was also in the governor's chair decades ago. The state can't pay its bills, it's not governable. Well, now, you know, they can brag about to reserve funds that are gigantic and the next governor will have some money to spend at next governor. Of course, Gavin Newsom sworn in today Brown is leaving. Knew some with an estimated near fifteen billion dollar surplus and a hefty rainy day fund another day at the bargaining table. But no dice so far the nation's second largest school district says it's leaders presented a new proposal to the United teachers LA that would have catered to many of its demands proposal that L A USD put forth includes adding nearly a thousand teachers and counselors, nurses and librarians raising salaries by six percent, including backpay and strengthening oversight on charter schools. But the union rejected the offer saying it's little too little too late. The union will be in court tomorrow defending its right to strike if need be they'll be back at the bargaining table on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to avert some sort of walkout teachers could strike as early as Thursday, but that could be delayed until early next week voting is officially underway for the ninety first Academy Awards. I mean, we just got done with the Golden Globes. Last night will starting today academy members are casting ballots for nominees and films to be honored during that award ceremony. There's still a question about one thing. Whether or not the academy will actually have a host at the Oscar ceremony. Here's KCRW Jennifer wolf the last time the academy when fully host Louis was thirty years ago. It's also highly unusual for the show to start the new year without a named host. Jon Stewart got the gig January fifth two thousand six Whoopie Goldberg on January seventh two thousand two comedian Kevin Hart left the academy in the lurch. This year stepping down two days after being chosen to host his decision. Followed public backlash from homophobic tweets. Dating back a decade heart appeared last Friday on the Ellen show. Ellen Degeneres the first openly gay person to host the Academy Awards is supporting heart and called the academy. I said Kevin's on. I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts? And they were like, oh my God. We we want him to house. No word from the academy on whether that's true KCRW, Jennifer wolf Cording to variety key parties involved are open to the idea. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking to make a decision. Oscar nominations will be announced on January twenty second the Academy Awards take place Sunday February twenty fourth from the Dobie theater. 707 KCRW support for NPR comes from X chair maker of the X to office."