October 17 – 30, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…a sad Greg Larson incident, latest news on UCSC’s East Meadow development. GREENSITE…on Housing for Whom? KROHN…10 reasons to vote YES on rent control, M campaign signs vanish. STEINBRUNER…Forums for Soquel Creek Water Board, Aptos/La Selva Fire Board, greedy Aptos Chamber, No on G. PATTON…about Trump rallies. EAGAN…Subconscious Comics and Deep Cover. JENSEN…reviews Colette. BRATTON…critiques 22 July, Old Man and A Gun, First Man, Colette, Bad Times at the El Royale. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE guest lineup. QUOTES…on Halloween.

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PACIFIC AVENUE LOOKING NORTH. Circa 1910. That was, and is, Lincoln and Soquel. That Unique theatre on the far right was owned by Mack Swain, who was Charlie Chaplin’s hulking nemesis in The Gold Rush. It closed in 1936 when the Del Mar opened. Once again note the ugly trolley tracks running both directions on Pacific. Good thing they removed them before they could save us all so much time and money. I wonder which council candidates today would fight to save them?                                                       

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

PEE WEE HERMAN & TEQUILA.
JOHN OLIVER & DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME EXPLAINED

DATELINE October 15, 2018

A VERY SAD GREG LARSON INCIDENT. Monday morning (10/15) I received this email…

“This past Sunday evening (10/14) after the filming wrapped at the local CTV community television headquarters for  “Meet The Candidates,” Santa Cruz City Council Candidate Greg Larson singled fellow candidate Ashley Scontriano out for questioning regarding what could be done to put a stop to negative publicity. The conversation – which took place in a dark parking lot – began innocently with shared experiences of typical campaigning growing pains, but took an accusatory left turn when Larson told Scontriano to manage her “core” campaign supporters and prevent them from highlighting facts Larson felt undermined his efforts as a viable candidate. Scontriano felt cornered and blindsided by the false accusations. However, it was the next statement that had Scontriano floored by the gravity of Larson’s direct threat: “Depending upon who gets elected…If you do, I will want to continue to work with you on policy. But if I get elected, I won’t want to work with you and I will make it very hard for you to get anything done.”   

Another female candidate who was present for the incident was so concerned for Scontriano’s safety she stayed around to make sure that Scontriano made it to her car safely. Going forward, Scontriano will make sure to have multiple supporters accompany her to her car after forums.

In a political climate that is already wrought with polarizing topics and alienating opinions, it is disheartening that a male candidate would use his power and control to intimidate a female candidate in this day and age”.

First I established the identity of the sender, and then I asked Ashley Scontriano if it was true. She replied…

“Hello Bruce,

All of it is true and another female candidate witnessed the whole thing.

Thank you,

Ashley Scontriano”

Now voters in Santa Cruz need to decide if that’s the kind of behavior we want to represent our city.

EAST UCSC MEADOW. Along with Chancellor George Blumenthal retiring there’s a lot going on at the UC campus we should all know more about. Here’s a good summary of the proposed project for the main entrance to the campus. On September 17, UCSC announced that it was going ahead with the development of the East Meadow project. Here’s the response of the East Meadow Action Committee (EMAC) to that announcement by the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Regarding the Student Housing West Proposal…

“During the late summer, there were no new developments in the University’s “Student Housing West” project. On September 17th  the administration released a newly revised DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) and began a new 45-day comment period.

The project as described in this newly released document is essentially the same, with building in the East Meadow retained. Some changes have been made to the West campus structures, lowering their height somewhat but not reducing the number of beds. Cosmetic grading changes in the East Meadow portion, and discussion of an augmented number of alternative sites are the other significant changes.

EMAC is studying the very long and complex document, working to prepare a revised comment by November 1st, the deadline for responses. We urge everyone who has previously submitted a comment to re-submit, and if appropriate, revise, their text. The University will not respond to prior comments, but only to comments on the latest DEIR.

Two public meetings have been scheduled for week-after-next (see details below). We don’t see these as opportunities to change the University administration’s mind, since every indication is that it is fully committed to its plan. But we hope that as many people as possible who are concerned about the project and especially by its careless development of the East Meadow will attend and be heard. It’s important for the University and the general public to know that resistance to their ill-conceived project has not waned. 

Going forward, during the months of November and December, the University will prepare formal responses to the many critical comments it will certainly receive. A final document will then be prepared for submission to the UC Regents at their January meeting. EMAC and its allies among UCSC’s Alumni and Trustee groups are strategizing to find ways to influence the Regents decision. (We will inform you of how to register your opinion in a future update.)

If the final proposal is approved in January, anyone who wishes to begin litigation to stop the project has thirty days to do so. EMAC and at least two other groups are currently engaged in consultations with lawyers. But no decision on legal action is possible until the final proposal can be analyzed and the Regents have acted. 

According to the present plan, bulldozers will begin work in the meadow in June. 

The current Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for download here (bottom of page). It is a very long and sometimes technical document. EMAC recommends special attention to the section on alternative sites (section 5.0 of volume one), which lays out seven alternatives to the proposed project, all of which spare the East Meadow, and 5 of which provide just as much new housing for students as does the administration’s proposed housing.

From all the possibilities, the University has chosen the least responsible option. This is not simply because it sacrifices the meadow for the sake of a very small number of student beds (less than 5% of all the beds proposed for the entire project), a wasteful use of a precious campus resource. It also delays the alleviation of the current crisis by bundling most of the needed student housing into a single massive complex. Several of the alternatives in the DEIR would be more flexible and could bring new housing to campus sooner. As documented on the EMAC website (eastmeadowaction.org), in June several of these alternatives were proposed to the Administration by knowledgeable campus planners representing the UCSC Trustees and EMAC. But apparently to no avail.

The current intolerable overcrowding in campus residence halls was created by Administration mismanagement (see the attached Press Release, also posted on the EMAC site). Over the last decade we have seen a relentless expansion of enrollments ahead of resources. Now 3000 new beds are being proposed, less than a 1000 of which would be needed to alleviate current overcrowding and to satisfy the 2008 agreement with the City to provide on-campus housing. Evidently, the large scale of the project reflects not an efficient response to the present crisis but rather an anticipation of student growth in the future. So far, the University has shown no interest in limiting enrollments or pausing to repair damage before continuing to make the housing crisis worse.  

Common sense would dictate that future projects of this scale should be undertaken with broad consultation and in the context of transparent long-term planning. A new Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) is currently under discussion, a process that will necessarily include negotiations with the City. In this context, “Student Housing West” looks like a hurried, careless undertaking.  

The project in its current form should be resisted. We need to convince the Regents and the University Administration to turn to more flexible and effective alternative responses to the current housing situation.”

All things considered, it is not surprising that, in a rare move, the university’s own Design Advisory Board, comprised of prominent California architects selected by the university, has voted unanimously to oppose putting that 5% in the East Meadow.

(For further information about the East Meadow Action Committee, visit our website at eastmeadowaction.org.)

Important information for current action. Public Comment Opportunities

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM?
Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. Santa Cruz, CA

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, 5-7 PM?
Kresge Town Hall, 510 Porter-Kresge Rd., UC Santa Cruz main campus

Written comments on the Revised Draft EIR may be submitted to: Director of Campus Planning, UC Santa Cruz, Physical Planning & Construction, 1156 High St, Mailstop: PPDO, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, or via email to eircomment@ucsc.edu. The comment period closes on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Link to revised Draft EIR is here at bottom of page. 1600 pp. 

October 15

HOUSING FOR WHOM?
There’s no shortage of housing in Santa Cruz. Right now you can rent a well-appointed one bedroom, one bath unit in a great location and there are plenty available. Only snag. The rent is $3000 a month. Well I did round up. It’s actually $2975 a month. I’m referring to 555 Pacific, the recently built new housing complex near the first roundabout. It’s safe to say that none of these units will be rented by local service workers. Safe to say they will be snapped up by highly paid professionals from over the hill and those seeking a second unit by the beach. If the goal is to attract more wealthy people to come live in Santa Cruz, and make a profit for the developers and their investors, then such developments make sense. If the goal is to provide affordable housing for local low -income workers then such developments should never get the green light. Or at least we shouldn’t kid ourselves that one equals the other.

The chairman (sic) for Affordable Housing Now in an op-ed in Monday’s (10/15/18) Sentinel wags his finger at those he imagines responsible for holding back the creation of affordable housing and as usual, points in all the wrong directions. It is narrow-minded at best to excoriate locals who have lived here for decades for daring to oppose 6 and 7 story complexes that butt up to their modest single-family homes and provide little in the way of anything but market rate housing. Neighbors rightly have a stake in reviewing/critiquing plans for new developments that impact their lives and the General Plan requires that new, higher density developments be compatible with existing neighborhoods, although that side of the equation is always ignored. When a truly affordable dense complex is built you don’t hear much neighborhood opposition even if it is felt, as is the case for the development currently under construction on Water Street. The re-zoning for the tidal wave of new 70 and 80 feet tall housing/commercial construction for downtown with the required bulldozing of the older historic low rise buildings has already been approved. If you look at the city’s data for housing under construction or approved for construction there seems no shortage at all: just a shortage for low-income workers.

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Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, a member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association  http://darksky.org    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.

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Oct. 15

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
I have been participating in local political campaigns for more than 30 years and I’ve never seen the number of political signs, specifically Yes on Measure M, that have been torn down. I do not condone the tearing down of signs by anyone on any side of M, the rent control ballot initiative now before voters. Yes on Measure M signs have gone missing on California, Delaware, King, and Barson streets. They’ve been replaced too, at great effort. People power is what put rent control on the ballot, and people power is the only resource that will carry it over the finish line on November 6th. It is a grassroots campaign that has tapped into a trove of raw emotions around the rental market. The anti-rent control crowd on the other hand has enormous resources (see campaign statements here), and this money machine is heading north of $1 million. They’ve already spent more money than any other local political campaign, EVER. The housing playing field is obviously tilted in favor of apartment owners. Property owners own multiple properties, and thus place multiple signs around, in front of, and sometimes high above their rentals. Property owners often do this without consulting tenants, and it’s frequently contrary to the political views of these same renters. Those who pay the high Santa Cruz rents have told me they are afraid to put up a sign supporting Measure M, or that the landlord prohibits them from exercising their free speech because of a clause in the lease. But in fact, there’s a state law that protects renters’ ability to practice their free speech. It’s in California Civil code 1940.4  here.    Landlords should not remove, or order tenants to remove political signs during the campaign season, it’s against state law. Yes, the deck is stacked high against the interests and desires of renters in Santa Cruz, and the accumulation of these tenant grievances is what coalesced all that energy to go out and collect over 10,000 petition signatures to place Measure M, “The Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act,” on the ballot.

It’s Like a Trial Being on the Campaign Trail
Lots of information is flying around about rent control and how it will help or hurt, revive or break, protect or destroy the very fabric of our town. While rent control is not THE only solution to Santa Cruz housing woes, it is a just and hard fought piece of a rather difficult Surf City housing puzzle. If Measure M wins, it must be followed up with funding for affordable housing and homeless services (Measure H), investment in a local Department of Housing that might foster land trusts, ADU development, and the buying of current housing units to maintain their affordability in perpetuity. And if the affordable housing bond measure, Measure H, fails we must look towards ongoing funding mechanisms such as an increase in the real estate transfer tax, business license fee, and the hotel tax because one-time money injections such as the one SC county will receive after January 1 from the state, will not be enough to confront the lack of housing that’s led to a homeless crisis, which has been years in the making.

Top Ten Reasons for Passing Rent Control in Santa Cruz

Number 10–Because the economic theory of “supply and demand” does not work here. We will not build our way out of this crisis, unless we kill the patient too and make the future quality of life rather unpleasant given our natural carrying capacity. We need to live within our limits in terms of available water, access to roads, available land, and some people’s ability to own as many cars, and houses, as they wish to.

Number 9–The rent control movement is growing and students–high school, community college, and UCSC–have been a big part. They understand something must be done. They understand this is not the only vehicle for achieving fair and just housing, but they also get it that Measure M is not only one small step towards housing sanity, but one giant leap in bringing to fruition a goal which the previous local political generation could not accomplish: rent control.

Number 8–There’s been pushback towards the anti-M-ers, “too expensive and too extreme” mantra. Obviously, it is RENT that is in fact, TOO EXPENSIVE and TOO EXTREME. I see this one now scrawled on placards around town as well. (See video)

Number 7–Follow the money. A carpenters union friend recently said to me that he was on the fence about Measure M and was tending to vote against it until he saw their campaign statements with $200,000 coming in from Chicago, and hundreds of thousands more outsider money bankrolling Anti-M. He finally said, Go ahead, put the sign out front. I’ll just douse it with Tanglefoot. They just won’t know what hit ’em if they try and take it!

Number 6–I met a father of two young daughters who attend Westlake school. He works in a cabinet shop in town and recently found himself on disability. His family lives in one of the five or six large apartment complexes in the city. He said they moved into a one-bedroom paying $1400, about six years ago. Now he’s paying $2000, but the new people moving in are paying between $2600-$2800 for a similar apartment. Rent Control would offer immediate help to this single dad. It would offer him housing stability by keeping rents within the cost of living index.

Number 5–Measure M will help keep literally thousands of community members in their homes. A bus driver recently penned an Op-ed. He wrote, Whatever is on the ballot may not be perfect, but it is our best shot at addressing a very real problem.  It is a problem with costs and consequences that far outstrip the costs and consequences for landlords if proposition M passes.  And it is way overdue.  Waiting for perfection is not an option. 

Number 4–Average rents have increased more than 50% in the past four years and wages have barely moved. A friend who manages a local Italian place told me he informed his chagrined boss recently that most restaurant managers are in favor of rent control because they can’t find any employees.

Number 3–Believe it or not, our state Democratic Party platform supports rent control. The detractors say, “but just not this rent control measure.” But the Democratic Party also supports Proposition 10, while the Apartment Renters Ass. and California Real Estate Ass. pour money in against Measure M, and Prop. 10. The latter initiative would repeal Costa-Hawkins and allow all California cities to decide their rent control futures.

Number 2–Measure M seeks to level the now disheveled state of the landlord-tenant playing field. Of course, not all landlords are bad actors and some rarely even raise their rents. These landlords should not fear rent control. But if you are a tenant who’s gone from one apartment to another, who lives in fear of reporting a leaky toilet or window that won’t close because you do not have $10,000 or $12,000 to find another place, you will likely vote YES on M because it’s about fairness too.

Number 1: The number one reason for voting Yes on M is that it will keep many, many people in their homes now. These are our neighbors. It is about stability and community empowerment. If Measure M prevails, tenants may finally get some relief after years of stagnant wages and double-digit rent increases.

“In my view, what this whole election will come down to is whether we can mobilize people to come out and vote”
(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, former Santa Cruz City Councilmember (1998-2002) and Mayor (2001-2002). He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 12 years. He was elected last November to another 4-year term on the Santa Cruz City Council).

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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Oct. 15.

CANDIDATE FORUM FOR SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT BOARD  
Please mark your calendar for Monday, October 22, 6 pm-8 pm for a Candidate Forum at the Aptos Library that will allow all members of the public to meet and ask questions of the Soquel Creek Water District Board Candidates.  Three of the five Board offices are up for election.  This event is being sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Environmental Committee. Make sure you read Sentinel reporter Ms. Jessica York’s excellent article in Sunday’s paper

It would be a good time to ask the Candidates about the impending rate increase next March to pay for the $200 Million PureWater Soquel Project that would pump 3+ million gallons of treated sewage water daily into the area’s drinking water supply.  It would also be a good time to ask the incumbent candidates why their recent mailer states their platform: “Solutions grounded in science, NOT ones that won’t hold water”.  Do they mean the water transfer project with Santa Cruz?   Hmmmm….

WHY IS SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT DRAGGING THEIR FEET ON ACCEPTING WATER FROM SANTA CRUZ THIS WINTER?
With a Pilot Project agreement in place to be able to accept water from Santa Cruz City’s North Coast stream sources on November 1 and decrease pumping in the over drafted MidCounty groundwater basin, why has Soquel Creek Water District not been working on the requirements to be able to accept the water until very recently?  This became known last week at District Public Outreach and Supplemental Supply Committee meetings when a member of the public asked the staff about the status of the water transfer agreement requisites.  

Staff replied that plans for the required four-week water monitoring in the pilot test service area were recently submitted to the State Division of Drinking Water but had not been approved.  The monitoring must occur in advance of accepting any surface water from Santa Cruz.  Soquel Creek Water District has known since last June that there would be no chemical problems caused by mixing water from the surface streams.  So, why has staff not taken the action necessary in a timely manner in order to accept the water on November 1?

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IF YOU DON’T HAVE MONEY, JUST GO AWAY
That was the general message I received last Thursday when I wanted to attend the Aptos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast and hear Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer (CAO) Carlos Palacios talk about local government issues.  Breakfast costs $25 but I only had $15.  I asked if I could make a $15 donation for a cup of coffee and listen to the program.  NO.  I asked if I could make a donation, just stand in the back and listen and not drink any coffee?  NO.  I asked if I could just distribute some flyers on the tables with information about a local issue? NO, but I could put them on the table near the door if people wanted to take it.

I did that and left…..maybe hearing the sound of a shredder as I departed?  I was painfully reminded that these Aptos Chamber of Commerce meetings were included in former 2nd District Supervisor Ellen Pirie’s list of PUBLIC MEETINGS held to unveil the Aptos Village Project during her reign. Transparency at its worst.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ACLU TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUM ON POLICE USE OF FORCE
Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 18, 7 pm, at the Resource Center for Non Violence (812 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz) for the local ACLU Community Forum on Police Use of Force.  There will be some excellent and well-known public rights defenders and law enforcement officials on the panel.  Here is the link:  https://www.santacruzaclu.org/events   

VOTE NO ON MEASURE G
Measure G is a proposed half-cent sales tax increase for 12 years that is being sold as funding mechanism for 9-1-1 response and fire, along with a lot of other things.  As I have written here before, a sales tax increase would add ZERO DOLLARS to fire agency budgets.  The Farm Park did not have a bridge to replace, nor is the Aptos Village in need of our tax $

Cheers, Becky Steinbruner

Becky Steinbruner is a 30+ year resident of Aptos. She has fought for water, fire, emergency preparedness, and for road repair. She ran for Second District County Supervisor in 2016 on a shoestring and got nearly 20% of the votes.

Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com

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October 15, 2018

#288/Honest Don?

The New York Times ran two stories on Sunday, October 14, 2018, spotlighting our president’s penchant for barnstorming political rallies. One article was titled, “The Trump Rally: A Play in Three Acts.” The other article was titled, “A Guide to Trump’s Stump Speeches for the Midterm Campaigns.” They are both worth reading.

I remember back to the presidential primaries, in 2016, before now-president Trump had secured the Republican Party nomination. I almost accidentally ended up watching a complete Trump rally, and my heart sank. Just looking at the rally, as someone with political experience, I had to admit that Mr. Trump was really good at what he was doing, building a strong political base of support for himself, and energizing voters for the things he was advocating. 

He is still doing it, and I am similarly nervous about the current primary season. The fact that our barnstorming president is back on the road, whipping up the voters and demonstrating his political fervor for the political goals he is advancing, is not good news. 

In connection with what I could call my version of the “Worried Man Blues,” because I am worried, I must report on a column by Marc Thiessen, also appearing in my Sunday newspapers. Thiessen is a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, and his column on Sunday was called, “Trump could be the most honest president in modern history.”

Considering that the president is so well known for his consumate and seriatum prevarication, what could Thiessen possibly be talking about? 

Well, Thiessen is talking about the fact that President Trump appears to be carrying out his campaign promises – or at least he is trying to (which is exactly what our elected officials are supposed to do, and something that they rarely do in fact).

I am not about to start calling our president “Honest Don,” but I do think Thiessen’s point is well-taken. The American people are sick up to here with a politics that doesn’t live up to its purpose, which is to reflect and accomplish the hopes and aspirations of the voters. A politician and an elected official who does that is rare.

I, personally, think that what the majority of the American voters hope for and aspire to is a future quite different from the future that is featured in the Trump rallies. But if those with different hopes and dreams want to have a government that can (and will) accomplish them, we’re going to need candidates who seem “honest” in the way that Donald Trump seems honest. 

I’m looking at what happens to Beto O’Rourke, in Texas. He strikes me as another one of those “honest politicians,” but one with much better values. 

We need a lot of those!

Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. You can read and subscribe to his daily blog at www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Trip the light fantastic inner views…scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Climate Changing” down a few pages. As always, at TimEagan.com you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog.

MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday in the upstairs meeting room of our threatened Public Library there’s a free concert. This Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12:10 – 12:50 solo pianist Ben Dorfan will play Schubert and Chopin. The program will be

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Impromptus Op. 90 No. 1, 2, 3 and Impromptus Op. Posth. 142 No. 2, 3. Then he’ll play Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Preludes Op. 28 No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22. Coming Soon November 15: Celebrate Piano Ensemble

December 20, Josef Feinberg, cello. January 17: Carol Panofsky. Piano. February 21: Michael Tierra, piano.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Author, cabaret performer, sexual adventuress, and advocate for equality, Colette dominated French arts and letters in the first half of the 20th Century. Now she gets her own biopic, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). (And star Keira Knightly convincingly captures the author’s rebel spirit — even if you were expecting someone more, you know, French.) Also, the spirit of Art Boy lives on at Hestwood Park in Live Oak, where the vandalized animals in James Aschbacher’s public art project have been given new life by local art restorer Robert Echols. Go check it out!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

22 JULY. On that date in Oslo, Norway, in 2011, a guy blew up and killed eight people at their Government center. He then dressed as a police man, took a machine gun, went to a children’s day camp and shot 69 children. He surrendered to the police and demanded that he be tried as sane, on the grounds that he deemed his insane action “political”. It was/is also on Netflix. Powerful, very current, thoughtful — and very much worth seeing.

OLD MAN AND A GUN. Sissy Spacek (and her well-known nose) play foil to Robert Redford, in what he says will be his last movie. He’s 82 (and was born in Santa Monica, by the way). Sissy is 69 years old and is from Texas. Based on a true bit of muck, this movie has Redford as an old man who can’t quit robbing banks, or being very nice to everybody involved. Tom Waits is in it but I didn’t notice him! Casey Affleck is Redford’s foil, and does a brilliant low-key job. Danny Glover is in it too, and it’s good to see him working albeit in a very small part. Don’t miss this film. It’s cute, charming, friendly, and nicely done.

COLETTE. Dominic West from HBO’s The Wire (filmed in and centered in Baltimore)  Eleanor  Tomlinson from Demelza Poldark (filmed in and centered in England), and the lead Keira Knightly all play French people but have British accents. The music score is by Thomas Ades who was here once with the Cabrillo Festival of Music. It’s an almost trite and overused true story of a woman who does all the writing while her husband gets the credit. It’s veddy, veddy British, clever, lightweight, fun, go for it.

FIRST MAN. 88 on RT. Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong steals this saga about our landing on the moon in 1969. He’s nowhere near the type of human that Armstrong seemed to be, or must have been, to carry off this moon landing, marriage, fame, and some failures too. Claire Foy (The Queen) is wasted here as Neil’s wife. The movie is tense at times, nerve-wracking at others and is a full two hours and 18 minutes long. Armstrong died in 2012. It is such a tribute to our US space program, and such a hunk of our national pride, that it’s impossible not to enjoy. Go see it. Nope, they didn’t include the planting of the American flag.

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE. Once upon a time there was a hotel at Lake Tahoe named the Cal Neva. That’s because it was located right on the state borderlines of California and Nevada. It was cheap, shady, and gaudy — and so is this movie. Jeff Bridges plays a former bank robber dressed as a priest, and Jon Hamm is an FBI agent who for some reason uses a terrible southern accent. Chris Hemsworth plays a weird killer, and for some reason that makes the plot even odder. Its two and a half hours long and has more plot holes than I’ve seen in years. Don’t go unless you love old Motown hits and soul and rock n roll.

FAHRENHEIT 9-11. This is more than a movie critique; it’s a plea to you and everyone you know to see Michael Moore’s latest fling and sling against a lot more than just Trump. No matter where you think you are on the progressive scale, Moore shows us data and details on Hillary, Flint water, Democratic Party politics, Super delegates, Jeb Bush, and beyond. Go see it ASAP and remember November 6. That’s’ the most important date for many, many years!

THE WIFE. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater — along with a sensitive plot/script — make this another great 2018 film. Pryce wins the Nobel Prize; his wife Glen Close has a deeply involved and serious role as his lodestar. An excellent film, go see it. You’ll love it. CLOSES THURSDAY OCT.18

BLACKKKLANSMAN. Spike Lee’s newest and most effective critique on what’s happening in America. It’s the progressive Democrats best statement since Michael Moore’s last film.  Not subtle, even funny, bitter, and painfully true. It’s based on the true story of a black police officer who finagles a way to get a white guy into the KuKluxKlan. More than that he has meetings with David Duke, head of the KKK. Alec Baldwin has an opening scene Adam Driver is the “hero” and you have to see it. It earned 97% on RT. CLOSES THURSDAY OCT.18

A STAR IS BORN. Yes, the crowds are right: Lady Gaga is a genuine actor now. She takes almost all the movie away from Bradley Cooper. Cooper directed, financed most of it and plays and sings too. It’s a saga, a melodrama, and shares almost zero with any of the other 4 or 5 Star is Born flicks. Go see it, even if like me you’ve never seen or heard Lady Gaga before. According to Wikipedia… Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986 in NYC)

PICK OF THE LITTER. A very cute and cuddly documentary about how doggies are trained to be guide dogs for the blind. I liked it more than most folks, perhaps because I trained dogs in the army K9 corps. It did get 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Data and techniques are missing, and you won’t learn much, but you’ll be touched. CLOSES THURSDAY OCT.18

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS. A little 10 year old boy has to live with his creepy, trying to be funny uncle Jack Black. There is some story about the house and why it has so many clocks but I couldn’t stay awake long enough to find out the plot. Cate Blanchett is in it too, but she shouldn’t have been. Stay away. Even the kids probably won’t care for it. 68 on RT.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Rick Longinotti and Curt Simmons talk about the still controversial library garage first then Santa Cruz City Council person Sandy Brown discusses the elections and local politics on Oct.16th. October 22 has Ken Koenig and friend talking about communicating with your friends and relatives who like Trump. After that Candace Brown and Shelley Hatch talk about zoning, rent control and many hot voting issues. Jack Bowers and Dennis Morton describe their prison Art programs followed by City Councilmember Chris Krohn talking about voting and still more local issues on October 30. Environmentalist Grey Hayes takes the full hour on Election Night November 6. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s traditional night featuring the winners of their Young Writers Contest happens Nov. 27. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

Today marks 29 years since the Loma Prieta quake. I moved here in 1996, visited for the first time in 1992. I had no idea that the earthquake at the time was so recent! It’s always felt like an “a long time ago” event. Except the Cooper House. A building that I never saw, but that I still mourn the loss of.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES.  “HALLOWEEN”

“If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween”.  Douglas Coupland
“This Halloween, the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him”.  Conan O’Brien
“We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween. Anything to be mean”. Loretta Lynn


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Column October 8 – 14, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Greg Larson buying endorsements, Kara Meyberg Guzman quitting, Octagon Sushi Bar someday, Dr. Millers Pizza Shop soon. GREENSITE…on ADU changes. KROHN…Campaign issues now and coming up. STEINBRUNER…Landscapes Book, Soquel Creek Water District secrets and Water Board forum, Historic Resources commissioners, PG&E trees. PATTON…Constitutional Dictatorship. EAGAN…Subconscious Comics and Deep Cover. JENSEN…reviews Monsters and Men. BRATTON…critiques A Star is Born, Monsters and Men, A Simple Favor and Pick of the Litter. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…on “RENT”.

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PACIFIC AVENUE AUGUST 23, 1967. It’s all there…The Tea Cup, PG&E, Lulu Carpenters future bar, the Plaza Bakery, and of course the original location of our Town Clock Tower with flag pole.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

JAMES BROWN & GREAT DANCER. Hillary Bratton found this grand version of HELL!!
SAN FRANCISCO, THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE and THE 1989 QUAKE. I think some of this is FX but watch it anyways.

DATELINE Oct. 8, 2018

GREG LARSON GETTING DESPERATE. By now every Democrat in the city has received one of those 16 inch blue “Santa Cruz Voter Guide” doorhangers. It lists Donna Meyers, Greg Larson and Richelle Noroyan as being supported by Santa Cruz Democrat groups. Greg Larson was never and is NOT now supported by any Democrat groups. Meyers and Noroyan were endorsed by the Democratic Women’s Club and the Democratic Party of Santa Cruz, but NOT GREG LARSON!!! The People’s Democratic Club endorsed Justin Cummings and Drew Glover, but not Greg Larson. If you read the fine print on the back of that doorhanger you’ll see the doorhanger was paid for first by Greg Larson’s campaign committee…and others.

Looking at the campaign financial reports as officially filed you’ll also see that Larson’s campaign is one of the wealthiest, supported by the usual developers and big money investors. Isn’t there some way this Trump-like buying of politics can be stopped? Well, yes — by being very thoughtful on NOVEMBER 6th.

KARA MEYBERG GUZMAN QUITS…WHY? I think that many of us Santa Cruz Sentinel readers hoped that the changes, ideas, and some new directions of Kara Meyberg Guzman the new editor would expand, and give us a daily newspaper we could be proud of. But it was not to be, and just last week she stated…

“The decision to leave was difficult, but due to differences with this company’s management, it’s time for me to move on. I am sad to report that I am resigning from my role as managing editor of the Sentinel, effective Thursday night. The company is recruiting for my replacement…”

And so on. Let’s hope she shares exactly what her “differences” with management amounted to.

In case anyone has forgotten, Sentinel owner(s)? are ?Digital First Media and … Wikipedia says, “The MediaNews Group formed Digital First Media in 2013 when it merged with Journal Register Company. The company is controlled by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.” Wikipedia also says… “MediaNews Group is known as a cost-cutter in the newspaper publishing industry. The company has a reputation for buying smaller daily newspapers in an area (examples include Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay) and consolidating their operations, including sharing staff writers and printing facilities”. As a result of the cost-cutting, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times,[30] some former employees say that the newspapers are focused on making a profit to the detriment of good journalism.

OCTAGON SUSHI BAR.  On one of my weekly sits at the Octagon Platz I asked one of the owners/workers just how long they predict it’ll be before they’ll be opening their new sushi bar. Six months was the answer: six months!!! Then again, I guess you should look inside the Octagon and see just how complex and difficult it must be to figure out the angles inside an octagonal building.  

Besides that, I hear that Dr. Millers Coffee House at Cedar and Elm Streets — complete with a new prison wall with eight foot spikes — will become a fancy Pizza Place.

October. 8

ADU CHANGES: WHAT’S AT STAKE
The deadline for input on the proposed changes to the city’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance came and went before last week’s BrattonOnline was published. The Planning Commission will vote on these changes on Thursday October 18th at 7pm in city council chambers. If adopted, the new ADU Ordinance will forever change the character and livability of our neighborhoods. Below are the comments that I submitted and which are a summary of the major changes proposed.

The counter argument is the ostensible need for more housing, a mantra that has been elevated to a status of apparent crisis. Dare to challenge that assumption and you are an elitist homeowner or worse, a NIMBY. There is much handwringing and exaggerated concern for our police, firefighters and teachers who apparently are out looking for a place to live and can’t find one since we don’t have enough housing. But is that accurate or just an emotional appeal that plays well? Examine the numbers. The total number of currently employed city police, firefighters and teachers is 874 individuals. Police: 94 sworn officers; firefighters: 60 (plus seasonal lifeguards); teachers: 420 certified city teachers plus 300 classified staff. Presumably many have families and presumably most have a place to live. New hires will probably find the cost of housing too high and will commute. However the numbers of new hires in all 3 categories is relatively modest compared to the elephant in the room, which is the approximately 9 thousand (and growing) UCSC student body looking for rental housing in town.

Cramming all this development into our town with its finite capacity to absorb it, whether it be the upcoming 7 story apartment buildings downtown and on the eastside or this ADU stimulus is about one thing only: accommodating the burgeoning UCSC student population. Opposing these ADU changes is not elitist or uncharitable; it is a clear-eyed challenge to a growth model that is out of scale with every measure of carrying capacity and neighborhood livability.   

Comments on Proposed Changes to ADU’s
The 2030 General Plan contains language that aims to balance the need for additional housing with the need to protect the character and livability of established Santa Cruz city neighborhoods. The current Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance, which was crafted over many years and with many public hearings, has struck such a balance. These new proposed changes will significantly and negatively impact established neighborhoods, which seem to have been forgotten in the process.

In particular:

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Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, a member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association  http://darksky.org    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.

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Oct. 8

Part II. CAMPAIGN ISSUES

Santa Cruz City Council candidates, Drew Glover and Justin Cummings serve food at this year’s Labor Day Picnic at the Watsonville Plaza. Labor is supporting both candidates. They were endorsed by the Central Labor Council recently.

Housing
A precarious, punishing, and close to near zero availability housing situation exists right now in Santa Cruz. A series of events has led to the ridiculous cost of renting in this town. Along with “short-term rentals”–550 is the cap right now–the explosive growth of the Silicon Valley (check out the Google buses every work day on Pacific Avenue), and the wicked price of owning a home all contribute to this community’s housing crisis. But perhaps, the number one reason for the loss of workforce and multi-family housing is the student, staff, and faculty growth of UC Santa Cruz. The next city council has to go back to basics and work on the following:

  1. Keep up demands on UCSC. The Chancellor is retiring. The next council has an opportunity to foster a clear, firm, amicable, but consistent relationship with the new Chancellor. No new student growth past 19,500 until students are housed on campus must be the continuous council mantra. The next council, from Day 1, has to be ready to work with state legislature and the UC regents in negotiating a deal that is based on the results of last June’s Measure U: 76% voted for no growth.
  2. Demand 25% Inclusionary! Renegotiate the developer-friendly “density bonus” and inclusionary housing regulations that the current council recently rammed through. We must ask more from developers, at least 25% inclusionary, if they want the right of building more market-rate housing in Santa Cruz. We must build housing for people who live here now.
  3. Look to… a.) housing land trusts, b.) no-interest accessory dwelling unit loans, c.) non-profit housing providers, and d.) buying up existing rental housing to keep affordable in perpetuity as all parts of a multifaceted solution.

Addressing Homelessness and Houselessness

    1. Building a year-round, 24/7 shelter. Our county will be the recipients of more than $9 million in state money come January to address homelessness and our mental health crisis. The next council has to offer clear direction to city staff that this is a top priority, one we can get done within the next year.
    2. Identify and open a safe and secure vehicle parking area for up to 100 people now living in their cars. We can do this.
    3. Expand the number of social workers on Pacific Avenue and being paired with police officers. We already know that police, fire, and parks and recreation expend considerable portions of their budgets dealing with the consequences and collateral damages of people not housed and living on the streets. Our city council must confront this situation head-on and provide leadership.
  • Raise the hotel tax by 3% to fund affordable housing and homeless services. The next council must place this on the 2020 ballot.

ELEPHANT-SIZED ISSUES LINGERING ABOUT THE ROOM IN THIS CITY COUNCIL RACE.

  1. Sticking the downtown main library at the bottom of a five-story parking garage on the current site of our enormously popular weekly Farmer’s Market is one BIG issue in this race. Drew Glover and Justin Cummings are opposed, while Greg Larson, Donna Meyers, and Richelle Noroyan are in favor of park baby park. The current city council voted in favor of the library-in-a-garage concept, but the next city council can overturn that decision by electing Glover and Cummings. The “threesome slate” above will leave the library-garage in place, but Glover and Cummings say they lean toward renovating and reusing the existing library ($28 million) right where it is, and not building the parking structure (save $41 million) until a traffic demand management strategy has been put into place. There is much at stake in this election.
  2. The relationship between the city council and the city manager has been fraught with contentiousness for many years now. The next council will have a chance to really make inroads into the way that power dynamic ensues over the next two years.
  3. The corridors plan, wharf master plan, renovating the civic auditorium, purchasing the Beach Flats Community Garden, and managing all that housing that’s coming downtown…look out. These will all be thrust onto the agenda of the next city council! And by the way, all city labor agreements will be expiring need to be negotiated again over the next two years.
  4. Of course, three large issues are on the ballot this fall that could really impact the way the next city council conducts its business: Measure M, a local rent control law; Proposition 10, the repeal of Costa Hawkins anti-rent control legislation of 1993; and Proposition 6, the repeal of the 12 cents gas tax for infrastructure improvements. May we all live in interesting times.

Analysis of Rent Control
The city of Santa Cruz paid a considerable amount of money, $18,500 so far, to a Grass Valley law firm to essentially, analyze the impacts that the Measure M rent control ballot initiative might bring to Santa Cruz. According to the city staff report, “The Council requested a general analysis of the operation and administration of the Act, including (1) rent control and just cause eviction policies, (2) separately elected Rent Board’s powers and duties, and (3) interaction with and obligations on City policy, operations and administration.”The results of that report are available here https://scsire.cityofsantacruz.com/sirepub/cache/2/bioiuo01woue4vd2uym1ycxs/476694710082018103256501.PDF

Besides the report being a hot political potato document that tries at many turns to discredit Measure M, it is an unnecessary intrusion really, coming 30 days before the general election. And guess what? No smoking gun here. Rent control, already in place in 15 other California cities, will not bring down our Surf City, with the exception of hopefully collectively stifling many real estate developers’ get-rich quick schemes. Can I get an ‘Amen’ to that! Here’s what’s in the conclusion of the consultant’s report: “In short, the Act will establish a rent control, just cause eviction, and rental housing regulation comparable to those in the 15 other California cities which regulate apartment rents…. City’s General Fund will be obligated to advance staff and funding to establish the Rent Board and its programs, to be repaid from Rental Housing Fees on landlords when those funds are available. The Rent Board will be an independent policy-maker with budget authority to the extent of its own resources and will have power to appoint some of its own staff.” If you think all that is a pretty good idea as I do, then vote Yes on Measure M.

Stay tuned. In the coming weeks of what’s been a grueling-dueling rent control campaign (this is Santa Cruz, would we have it any other way?) we will see just how “robust,” “mindful,” and downright “plucky” each side will be. As the Movement for Housing Justice gains steam with a broad endorsement list that includes labor, students, the People’s Democratic Club, former Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and a long list of renters, homeowners and landlords, the Anti M’s are supported mostly by real estate and developer money that is fast approaching $800,000 and counting. This includes a mind-blowing $200k coming in from the likes of the Chicago Real Estate Ass., whatever that is. Much is at stake for some large corporations, remember, Goldman Sachs bought the Outlook, now Hilltop, Apartments last year for over $50 million. As Deep Throat often said to Bob Woodward as he was chasing down the sins of Richard Nixon, “Follow the money.”

“There is a power in a union. One worker alone can beg for a wage, can beg for decent working conditions, can beg for some retirement benefits, but when workers stand together, they don’t have to beg. They can win what they rightfully deserve”. (Oct. 4)
(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, former Santa Cruz City Councilmember (1998-2002) and Mayor (2001-2002). He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 12 years. He was elected last November to another 4-year term on the Santa Cruz City Council).

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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Oct. 8

ACTIVISM THAT SHAPED SANTACRUZ COUNTY 1955-2005
On October 20, 2pm-4pm, Kelly’s Books in Watsonville will host Donna Bradford, Chris Johnson-Lyons and Robley Levy,  three contributing authors to “Landscapes: Activism That Shaped Santa Cruz County 1955-2005”.   This is the ninth book in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s Journal Series.  How did these activists organize the communities?  Is local government less responsive to the public now?  What are these activists doing now, and what words of wisdom might they have for the massive County Zoning code changes the Board of Supervisors will consider next month?  I hope you will attend this event, and ask questions. Kelly’s Books is near the Nob Hill Store on Main Street, just across the street from where they used to be until Kaiser gave them and all businesses in the Crossroads Center a 30-day eviction notice a couple of years ago.

MAKE ONE CALL.  WRITE ONE LETTER.  ATTEND A PUBLIC HEARING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.   BUT JUST DO SOMETHING!

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT NOT TRANSPARENT AGAIN
Soquel Creek Water District is planning to drill a 1000′-deep pilot injection well near Cabrillo College and not make it public. Public Comment closes on October 12, but the District has kept it secret.  Despite releasing the Negative Declaration for public comment in early September, the notice was not published on the District website until just a couple of days ago, and was never disclosed in the customer newsletter “What’s On Tap”. 

The Project is part of the expensive and risky PureWater Soquel Project to inject treated sewage water into the aquifer that supplies drinking water for the Mid  County region.  District consultants, ESA, awarded the Pilot Injection Well Project a Negative Declaration because they determined there will be NO significant impacts.  The Initial Study fails to address the long term impacts of injecting millions of gallons of treated sewage water daily into the aquifer, instead focusing only on the short-term impacts of the pilot well study to determine if the soils will accept the water.

The Pilot Injection Well location is at the edge of the Twin Lakes Church parking lot, adjacent to Cabrillo College Drive.  The 6-8 Million Gallons of water to be used for the test will come from a hydrant on Rose Marie Lane nearby.  Here is a link to the Project information

Here are some questions that beg to be addressed:

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VOTE ‘NO’ ON MEASURES G AND H….NEITHER IS WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE.

Cheers, Becky Steinbruner

Becky Steinbruner is a 30+ year resident of Aptos. She has fought for water, fire, emergency preparedness, and for road repair. She ran for Second District County Supervisor in 2016 on a shoestring and got nearly 20% of the votes.

Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com

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October 4, 2018 #277 / Constitutional Dictatorship


Clinton Rossiter, who was an American historian, wrote The American Presidency (pictured above). I remember reading that book way back when. He also wrote another book, which I just came across in a giveaway book bin: Constitutional Dictatorship: Crisis Government in the Modern Democracies. That is a timely title, of course, so I picked up the book, which I had never heard of.

I have a generally positive recollection of The American Presidency, which I must have read over fifty years ago when I was an undergraduate student. I do not have a similar good feeling about this other book. I was genuinely disturbed and distressed by the edition of Constitutional Dictatorship that I fished out of the book bin. The original edition of the book was written in 1948, immediately after the Second World War. It seems it went out of print pretty quickly. A new edition of Rossiter’s book was then reissued in 2002, right after the terrorist attacks that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001. 

William J. “Bill” Quirk, who currently represents the 20th Assembly District in the California State Assembly, wrote an introduction for the new edition of Constitutional Dictatorship and indicates that he approves the idea that what America really needs right now, in the aftermath of the successful terrorist attacks on 9-ll, is nothing less than a dictatorship: 

How shall we be governed during the War on Terrorism? Definitely not as we have in the past. Existing governing practices comprehensively failed to protect the people and cannot be continued. Since we have been forced to face the horrors of terror attacks on the United States we likewise need to consider the sort of government such a war will force us to adopt…

Rossiter’s book is premised on the idea that democratic societies, when they face crises, need to set democracy aside, so they can really get to work on the problems that confront them. Democracies are inevitably unable to deal with crisis. That’s what Rossiter argues, and that is what Quirk says, too. 

May I politely and profoundly disagree?

I assume that Quirk’s introduction is, by now, an embarrassment to him. I surely hope so. Do we really want President Donald J. Trump to be our constitutional dictator? I am voting “NO.”

I would vote “NO” on making Barack Obama a constitutional dictator, too. 

Please, people, let’s have a little bit of faith in our system of democratic self-government! We have faced a lot of crises, from wars to economic collapse. No dictatorships have been required. 

Let’s not start now.

ESPECIALLY now!!

Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. You can read and subscribe to his daily blog at www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. From the Subconscious classics file see the real relationship between  Hope and Fear just a bit more below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Real men” down a few pages. As always, at TimEagan.com you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog.

West Coast Premiere of  “Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw” will be presented Saturday and  Sunday, October 14, 2018 at UCSC’s Experimental Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC). This imaginative and groundbreaking new interpretation of the gothic classic by Henry James is presented by the internationally celebrated, Obie Award-winning theater company, The Builders Association from New York. This new interpretation is directed by renowned stage director and UC Santa Cruz Professor of Theater Arts, Marianne Weems. Presented by the Arts Division in partnership with the Theater Arts Department. Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw provides audiences an exceptional opportunity to see this world-class production locally before it goes on to one of the most important performing arts venues in the world at its New York engagement and East Coast premiere at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, as part of its prestigious 2018 Next Wave Festival.

Tickets are on sale at ucsctickets.com. General adult: $25 evenings, $20 matinees Students: $10 UCSC Faculty/Staff w/ID: $10 UCSC Alumni w/ Alumni ID card: $10. It’s a small theater. Limited seating for each performance. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Tickets are not guaranteed at the door. Performance runs approx 70 minutes. There is NO intermission.  

Saturday, Oct. 13 – 3:00 PM matinee,  Saturday, Oct. 13 – 7:30 pm, Sunday, Oct. 14 – 3:00 PM matinee. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. General seating; first-come, first-served. Parking $5

NEW MUSIC WORKS PRESENTS “October Surprise” October ignites with a 40th Season send-off of passion, fearless virtuosities and abundant beauty…the guest artists include
Andy Strain, trombone and garden hose, Andrew Carter, tenor, Lori Rivera, vocalist,
Larry Polansky and Giacomo Fiore, electric guitars…NewMusicWorks Ensemble, with Phil Collins, conducting.They’ll be playing 22 American folk songs (1930-1940) – Ruth Crawford Seeger…Five Songs from Cold Mountain (2010) Bun-Ching Lam…Anagnorisis (1964) Bob Hughes…Coming Together (1971) Frederic Rzewski… and especially  Ritmicas: Homago al Roldan (1965) Lou Harrison and Bob Hughes (world premiere).

That’s Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. UCSC Music Recital Hall, Meyer Drive | Santa Cruz

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Thumbs-up from an intrepid 9-year-old reader and book blogger (hint; she loves Beast!), this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Also, delve into the human stories behind the slogans of the Black Lives Matter era in the compelling Monsters and Men, reviewed in this week’s Good Times.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MONSTERS AND MEN. A well-deserved 83 on RT. But a extra foolish title — and NO advance promotion — has it closing this Thursday, Oct.11. Brooklyn police shoot an unarmed black man, and it’s photographed by a young black kid who has to decide whether or not to turn in the evidence. It’s exciting, depressing, painful, and excellent. It feels like it happened yesterday, and will bring out all those suppressed feelings we share over today’s street scenes.

A STAR IS BORN. Yes, the crowds are right: Lady Gaga is a genuine actor now. She takes almost all the movie away from Bradley Cooper. Cooper directed, financed most of it and plays and sings too. It’s a saga, a melodrama, and shares almost zero with any of the other 4 or 5 Star is Born flicks. Go see it, even if like me you’ve never seen or heard Lady Gaga before. According to Wikipedia… Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986 in NYC)

A SIMPLE FAVOR. Anna Kendrick leads this half-funny tragi-comedy about the disappearance of her next best friend. There are a few (very few) laughs, a bunch of sex shots, and you’ll have a hard time explaining to anybody what this movie is about…or why they made it.

PICK OF THE LITTER. A very cute and cuddly documentary about how doggies are trained to be guide dogs for the blind. I liked it more than most folks, perhaps because I trained dogs in the army K9 corps. It did get 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Data and techniques are missing, and you won’t learn much, but you’ll be touched.

FAHRENHEIT 9-11. This is more than a movie critique, it’s a plea to you and everyone you know to see Michael Moore’s latest fling and sling against a lot more than just Trump. No matter where you think you are on the progressive scale, Moore shows us data and details on Hillary, Flint water, Democratic Party politics, Super delegates, Jeb Bush, and beyond. Go see it ASAP and remember November 6. That’s’ the most important date for many, many years!

THE WIFE. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater — along with a sensitive plot/script — make this another great 2018 film. Pryce wins the Nobel Prize; his wife Glen Close has a deeply involved and serious role as his lodestar. An excellent film, go see it. You’ll love it.

BLACKKKLANSMAN. Spike Lee’s newest and most effective critique on what’s happening in America. It’s the progressive Democrats best statement since Michael Moore’s last film.  Not subtle, even funny, bitter, and painfully true. It’s based on the true story of a black police officer who finagles a way to get a white guy into the KuKluxKlan. More than that he has meetings with David Duke, head of the KKK. Alec Baldwin has an opening scene Adam Driver is the “hero” and you have to see it. It earned 97% on RT

JULIET, NAKED. Nope, it’s not reference to Shakespeare, darn it — but the title of a song that has been/legend Ethan Hawke recorded years ago. It’s got some laughs, many impossible plot twists, and you’ll have to be a full-time Hawke fan to sit through some very slow development. He’s done better…and so have you!!! Closes Tuesday Oct.9

BLAZE. Ethan Hawke is on his fourth director’s job for this bio-pic of the near-legendary country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. In all fairness I’ll admit that it got a 98 on RT. I gave it about a 9! I didn’t like the acting, the plot, the music, or the arty-crafty directing. Foley’s real name was Michael David Fuller and he drank himself to death when he was 40. I’ve never heard of his biggest hit songs either: “If only I could Fly”, “Clay Pigeons”, and “Cold, Cold World”. Closes Thursday, Oct.11

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS. A little 10 year old boy has to live with his creepy, trying to be funny uncle Jack Black. There is some story about the house and why it has so many clocks but I couldn’t stay awake long enough to find out the plot. Cate Blanchett is in it too, but she shouldn’t have been. Stay away. Even the kids probably won’t care for it. 68 on RT.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS. A Hollywood movie with an all Asian cast. It’s about the same as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, except Asian Americans instead of Greeks. The plot, laughs, and acting are all typical Hollywood re-hash. It doesn’t need your ticket money…it’s breaking many, many box office records already. This means of course that there’ll be a dozen look a like sequels.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Ewan McGregor does the best possible job he can with a boring, depressing, and very commercial attempt to make more money from A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh books. It isn’t even Disney cute or Pixar creative it’s simply not interesting. And old Christopher Robin is forced by animated versions of Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and other stuffed toys to remember how much fun he had as a boy. Don’t even send the kids.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On October 9 Sean Van Sommeran talks about his Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. He’s followed by Hina Pendle discussing her “Power of the Heart” workshop. Rick Longinotti talks about the still controversial library garage first then Santa Cruz City Council person Sandy Brown discusses the elections and local politics on Oct.16th. October 22 has Ken Koenig and friend talking about communicating with your friends and relatives who like Trump. After that Candace Brown and Shelley Hatch talk about zoning, rent control and many hot voting issues. Jack Bowers and Dennis Morton describe their prison Art programs followed by City Councilmember Chris Krohn talking about voting and still more local issues on October 30. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

Fould language, but this is hilarious…. She couldn’t get the number for the Coast Guard? 😀

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES.  “RENT”
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. Muhammad Ali
“I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it ‘content.‘ ” Lauren Bacall
“I’ve had grand pianos that are more expensive than, like, a year’s worth of rent”. Lady Gaga
“You rarely pay the rent by doing Shakespeare or Ibsen”. Mandy Patinkin


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Bruce critiques films every Friday on KZSC-FM (88.1) on The Bushwhacker Breakfast Club at 8am.

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