December 1 – 14

HOLIDAY SPIRIT DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ @2 p.m. DECEMBER 1946. The great and grand original St. George Hotel. Then nest door there’s one of our early “not shop local” businesses Montgomery Ward’s Catalog Store. Down the street we had Woolworth’s, J.C. Penney, and other conglomerates.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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Double column….again!!! I too dislike having the material dated but I can’t fight internet and uploading problems. Besides, it’s all Gunilla’s fault. She said so herself!

DATELINE December 1, 2014

December 8, 2014

EX MAYOR LYNN ROBINSON. That lovey-dovey fluff Sentinel piece on Lynn Robinson didn’t go anyways near far enough to tell us all that she accomplished in her 8 years. Mainly it didn’t mention even one word about the millions of dollars she and the City Councils she was on gave to The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We tend to forget that the Seaside Corportation pays part of Lynn’s husband salary. That has always seemed to me to be more than just a conflict of interest, but we don’t care… do we Santa Cruz??? Wouldn’t it be fun to have tapped into husband John Robinson’s conversations with Charlie Canfield over the last 8 years.John is of course, a former Sentinel reporter but more importantly (from CAPA’s website)” John Robinson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA). He is responsible for all operations of the association including legislative outreach, industry communications, regulatory issues, membership and public relations”. Then of course we have (from the CAPA website) “Director of External Affairs and General Services
Kris Reyes, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA. Chris and Ryan Coonerty are close buddies, but that’s another story.So when your Holiday visitors ask you about Santa Cruz let them know who really runs this town.

BOTTLE MUSIC. The extra musical Mark Bernhard discovered this gem…

DON’T SIGN THAT PETITION!!! I was curious about a petition a guy was collecting signatures for last week in front of Save-Mart. He said at first it was for stopping grocery stores from selling paper bags. Then after I asked for more info he added that it also says bring back the plastic bags to grocery stores. Then he added that yes, it was a petition paid for by the Plastic bag industry…topping all that off was that he was making an amazing (to me) $3 per signature!!!

BE sure to ask that next signature guy lots of questions before you sign…unless you want plastic bags.

LA BAHIA & THE COASTAL COMMISSION ON THURSDAY. Here’s how it reads officially when The Coastal Commuission meets in Monterey this week. Appeal No. A-3-STC-14-0049 (La Bahia Hotel, Santa Cruz) Appeal by La Bahia Coalition of City of Santa Cruz decision granting permit with conditions to La Bahia LLC for partial demolition of, and new development associated with, existing historic La Bahia complex, to accommodate a 165-room hotel, including meeting and banquet rooms, restaurant, retail space, day spa, swimming pool, hotel support space, and parking garage at 215 Beach Street fronting Santa Cruz Main Beach, City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County. (KG-SC). Ross Gibson filed the issue on behalf of the coalition. The Boardwalk wons the property and needles to say, the Sentinel quotes Lynn Robinson, “Mayor Lynn Robinson said she hopes the commission finds the project, which was approved by the city’s Planning and Historic Preservation commissions, has merit. “We had three different decision-making bodies weigh in and ultimately a unanimous vote by the City Council,” Robinson said. “We have fully vetted the project, and I feel the merits are very strong.”

Goodbye Lynn, some of us will miss you….guess who???

ANNA NETREBKO SINGS. O Mio Babbino Caro

(LAST WEEK) DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ DECISIONS AND POLICIES.. Gary Patton in his KUSP program gives us a head’s up …and we need it!!! He says, The Downtown Commission of the City of Santa Cruz is meeting Thursday morning (12/04) at 8:30 a.m. in the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers.The public is absolutely welcome to attend. Here are the topics that I found on the Commission’s agenda:

  • An informational item on Loitering on Sidewalks
  • An update on the Parking Validation Program
  • An update on Parking Meter Rate Increases
  • An update on the City’s Parking Project
  • Crime Statistics for September and October 2014
  • Consideration of the “Downtown Work Plan for 2015,” and
  • An Update on the proposed Pacific Station Project

Virtually every item just listed is controversial, and how the City conceptualizes and manages its Downtown is of real importance to City residents, and to City visitors. Lots of people have very strong feelings about these topics, so I’d encourage interested persons to get a flavor for how the City is currently addressing these issues by attending the meetings of the Downtown Commission. The proposed “Pacific Station” development, as an example, really should be the subject of spirited discussion. This proposed project would transform the existing Downtown Transit Center, and one version would result in a new five-story structure, and the demolition of an adjacent office building”. He urges us to attend, or at least to become better informed.

IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. As longtime BrattonOnline readers may know by now, I was part of a trio titled The Goodtime Washboard 3. We recorded for Fantasy and Capitol Records, played the Hungry I (with Shelley Berman) and the Purple Onion back in the 60′s and even dueted with Bing Crosby on his Hollywood Palace nationwide TV show. Go here for Bing and the 3 of us…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVuPZIXcTH0 . Later on we wrote and recorded 4 Christmas songs for Fantasy. Check out “The Little Boy and Santa Claus”, “Teki, The Funny Elf”, “When Santa Charges Through Your Bank Acccount”, and “Don’t take the Christ out of Christmas” at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-goodtime-washboard-3/id776308885 . Then there’s two more of our creations “Oakland” and “Don’t Blame P.G.& E., Pal” which we wrote protesting their plot to build a Nuclear Power Plant at Bodega Bay, listen to them as well. More on this later.

GREY BEARS HOLIDAY DINNER. (LAST WEEK) The Grey Bears got some fine publicity for all that they have done, and are doing in this 40th year of their existence. I remember well how Kristina Maillard (of the San Francisco Maillard’s) and significant other Gary Denny started it back in 1973. They now have almost 5000 members, and send out 4400 Brown Bags each month full of fresh groceries. I’ve emceed their annual Holiday Dinner for 39 years and along with Denise Elerick and Linda Bixby we’ll put on another spectacular show at the Civic Auditorium this Sunday. It’ll feature The Santa Cruz Dancecenter Dancers, The Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahaitian Dance, 14 year old violinist Benjamin Rivers, Elaines Dance Studio and in their first year appearance the UCSC Hightones, a 14 member female student vocal group. It starts at 11:30 and goes to about 1 :30 any, all adults age 55+ are welcome and I’ll see you there.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

WHY VOTES ARE COUNTED CAREFULLY….TO GET IT RIGHT!!!

At least two important elections look like they will come out in favor of candidates that didn’t “win” on election night. In the Santa Cruz City Schools TA-3 (At Large) race, Alisun Thompson is now ahead of incumbent Cynthia Hawthorne by 81 votes. In the race for the third open seat on Soquel Creek Water District’s Board of Directors, challenger Carla Christensen pulled ahead of Aptos Chamber of Commerce slate candidate Bill Mc Gowan by 80 votes. Final certification of the November 4th election will be on December 2nd, possibly before this reaches readers of Bratton Online. No matter what the final certified election numbers end up with, voters who voted should feel good that they voted and especially in these two close races. We can only wonder what a better voter turnout in Santa Cruz City would have produced. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates). NOTE….County Clerk Gail Pellerin will be on Universal Grapevine Tuesday, Dec.9 at 7:30 p.m.

DIE MEISTERSINGER von NURNBERG ONSCREEN. The Metropolitan Opera is presenting Richard Wagner’s DIE MEISTERSINGER von NURNBERG live onscreen at the Cinema 9 for two performances, Saturday December 13 at 9 a.m and Wednesday December 17 at 6:30 p.m. James Morris sings Hans Sachs and good old James Levine conducts what they call this “epic comedy”. It’s an excellent intro to Wagner’s music and it’s happening at our Regal Cinema 9.

ANNA NETREBKO AND ELINA GARANCA sing The Flower Duet.

CARROT CLARINET

Susan Leask found this gem. Well, there might be one or two of you who haven’t watched it yet!!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM (THIS WEEK) Dec. 8-12. Gary says the S.C.. Board of Supervisors will deal with Affordable Housing Regulations and the Vacation Rental Ordinance. He then explains “PC” and “ZA” and why we should care.There’s Elkhorn Slough news about water quality and closes with “Is My PropertyNear a Nitrate-Impacted Water Well?”

Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

PATTON’S PROGRAM. (LAST WEEK)Dec. 1-5. Gary discusses cell towers on Freedom Boulevard, system development fees in Santa Cruz and a subdivision in Monterey County. There’s plans to do a massive development on old Fort Ord. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission talks about the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Bridge Rehabilitation Project and the Unified Corridors Plan which he states, “The Unified Corridors Plan will provide the Commission, and the public,with information about how future small and large multimodal investments might work together to improvethe unified local transportation network.North-south transportation is our big transportation problem, so this is a hopeful effort”.He adds that the California Coastal Commission is going to be meeting in Monterey. The meeting will be held at the Portola Plaza Hotel, and runs from Wednesday, December 10th through Friday, December 12th. They’ll be dealing with The tearing down of the historic La Bahia Hotel. Stay tuned.

Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo reveals yet another questionable “Police Action” scroll downwards just a few feet/inches.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. This week Eagan peeks at Oil prices in Putin’s hometown.

Last week we asked is it really “Fox News” or “Fox Noose”??? Check out Eagan a few pages below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa wrote last week: “He may be 110 years old, but Captain Hook is still in his prime; in fact, he’s enjoying a mini-Renaissance right now on stage, screen, and TV. Find out what’s new with the old rogue this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE HOMESMAN. It’s cutesy, snarly Tommy Lee Jones as we all love him and as he himself directed in this quickly forgettable tale of crazy women in the early west. Hilary Swank does her best, and she’s very good as the survival spirit of the plains, and an equal match for T.L.Jones but it’s still his picture. Only go IF you’ve seen everything else.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

CITIZEN FOUR. This is Laura Poitras’ mesmerizing, courageous, and 100% scary documentary of Edward Snowden and his battle for free speech. If you’ve ever used Amazon, You Tube, Facebook,Google, or communicate online in any way, the government has collected all your data…and continues to do so. You’ll like Snowden, he appears as friendly and honest as we all want him to be. It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen. Many screenings have been sold out…get there as rapidly as possoible.

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia. The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

NIGHT CRAWLER. Wow and damn, this got an incredible 93% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It is excellently done and Jake Gyllenhaal is near perfect in the lead role as a creepy wanna be TV news cameraman.Bill Paxton is hardly in it at all, that’s too bad, but Rene Russo still has some (not all) of her acting talent left.It’s a fine movie. You won’t forget it, and you’ll think about our visual news media and what we put up with, and pay for…and still call it news!!!

WHIPLASH. J.K. Simmons will get big Oscar time press for his role as Mr. Nasty and newcomer Miles Teller is honestly impressive as the young wanna be drummer in this New York City jazz orchestra contest extravaganza, it’s very good.

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Basterds. I. Basterds was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

ROSEWATER TV personality Jon Stewart wrote and directed this prison drama. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a journalist born in Tehran who lives in Canada and gets captured by some official and dumb jerks in Iran., and torture him. It’s boring in places, pointless and repetitive in others, and still makes a point.

PELICAN DREAMS. Because we see so many pelicans flying along our coast this documentary simply has to interest you, and it will. It’s not great, the naration is nerve wracking and poorly done. The photography is passable. Only if you want to know more about pelicans, or especially the one that was wounded and landed on the Golden Gate Bridge should you go for this one.

INTERSTELLAR. This over hyped piece-of-crap movie starring Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathway should refund every admsssion dollar it takes in. It’s pretentious, full of phoney intelligence, and uses such concepts as black holes, three dimensions and even five dimensions, singularity, string theory and voices from “them” who exist beyond Saturn. It’s not as bad as UCSC’s recent production of Birth Of Stars ..but almost. Once in a great while I’ll look up other critics to see who’s with me in disliking (or seeing) a film the way I do. Here’s what Critic David Thomson of the New Republic wrote…check it out

HUNGER GAMES, Mockingjay Part 1. A stunning cast, plus what has to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s really, really last role – forever. He’s joined by Julienne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Elizabeth Banks….and it’s a waste of your time and money. That is unless you’ve read the Hunger Games trilogy. Ashlyn Adams of Westside Video read the books saw this movie and even then said this new film is puzzling. I could not follow the plot, who’s good, who’s evil…and what is it all about anyways. And Jennifer Lawrence the star of the Games carries a bow and arrow while everyone around her shoots and kills things with future zap and zing future type weapons. I repeat DO NOT GO unless you’ve read all three books and even then Ashlyn says you can’t always trust anybody in the story.

ST.VINCENT. The world agrees that Bill Murray is a great actor, he just makes many, many, bad movies. This one has him as a mean, drunken, nasty, bitter and fat man. He’s supposed to have a heart of gold (see film title). It’s not even worth renting even though Naomi Watts plays a pregnant Russian hooker and Melissa McCarthy does a fine acting job. Forget you ever heard of it.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC 88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video telling film and video rental secrets.. She’s followed by Sentinel’s restaurant reviewer Ann Parker talking about eating out during the holidays. Attorney Bob Taren guests on December 9 opining on recent local politics. Then Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin tells us all about County Voting and mail ballots. Donna Maurillo longtime food editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel tells us about Holiday cooking on December 16. She’s followed on 12/16 by Rick Longinotti who’ll bring us up to date on our local water issues, and possible solutions.!!! Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” Donald E. Westlake. “Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humor, and like enough to consent,” William Shakespeare. “Your body is a temple, not a visitors Center”, anon. “Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home”, Carol Nelson. “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves”, Eric Sevareid.

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November 25 – December 2, 2014

ORIGINAL STICKY WICKET, Oct. 25, 1953. This car accident happened on Mar Vista Drive in Aptos, near those four radio station antennas and the Aptos Grange. The Sticky Wicket was our local coffee house of the late 50′s and early 60′s. Many plays and musical performances were held there. Vic and Syd Jowers owned the Wicket, which folded when Highway One cut off easy access and Manuels Mexican Restaurant became the cultural focus of the county.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE November 24, 2014

LEON PANETTA GOES TO CHURCH. As we should all know by now, Leon Panetta wrote another “snitch” book about one of his former bosses. Bookshop Santa Cruz held an author event and there were some “issues” and “problems”! There was much concern two weeks ago equally about Alex Darocy being assaulted by Leon Panetta’s Security guards and about the protesters at the Peace United Church on High Street being banned from Bookshop Santa Cruz.

As a reaction to Darocy having his camera jammed to his face by Leon’s guards when he got too close to Leon, my professional media friends all agreed…real professional photographers never interfere or mess with any security guards and also real professional photographers use telephoto lens. As fas as the banning of anybody from Bookshop Santa Cruz Casey Coonerty Protti the owner says, “The only person that is banned as of now is Alex Darocy. I initially banned the four protestors that disrupted from inside the building. The reason that happened is that I had compromised in several areas to allow for various ways that this subset of protestors could be seen and heard beyond even the other protest groups (access to every entrance to the area, prioritizing their questions in the Q&A, passing out literature in line) and even after conceding in those ways with the one request of not disturbing the actual event by blocking views or delaying the event, they did it anyways. I thought we were partners and explained how it would put our booksellers in a difficult position if they did it (please don’t make booksellers bouncers) and they still did it. So I was angry at the time and banned them. But, it was peaceful and they were silent and they left as requested so I understand that they were compromising too. So, the next day I asked to meet with Keith McHenry and rescinded the ban”. She added,” Happy to answer any other questions. I met with 7-8 concerned people from the protest groups last Wednesday (11/19) to come to a better understanding of all of our perspectives. I think anytime we can meet ahead of time to understand the various needs is helpful”. One of the protesters connected with the aforementioned church emailed BrattonOnline to report, “Panetta’s appearance was unfortunately arranged between Bookshop Santa Cruz and our church administrator as a routine space rental matter, without any consultation beforehand involving the church’s leadership. We were disconcerted when a couple of weeks ago, Panetta’s security operation visited us to inspect the premises, and they dictated to us exactly how they would require us to limit the use our property by “potentially dangerous persons” whom they expected would show up to protest. But once our staff had sealed the deal, we didn’t feel we could arbitrarily cancel it, so we let it be, knowing there would be demonstrations of disapproval both within and outside the church. It is an inadvertence that we have not had a policy to require a process of review and consent by church leadership before our staff commits our space to anyone who wishes to promote ideas that are contrary to our values. In the future, we definitely will have such a protocol in place”. The protester continues… “What the four of us did was, having arrived early and purchased admission tickets (which came with a copy of Panetta’s self-serving book) we sat in the second row behind the front row, which had been reserved for Coonerty Protti dignitaries, with our “Stand Up For Peace” banner and t-shirts concealed. When Panetta got to the point in his comments where he explicitly justified the War on Terror, we figured that was our cue. So we stood up, unfurled the banner facing the audience, and walked out silently with it, so that we wouldn’t have to be seized and thrown out violently. On our way out of the sanctuary, passing through the narthex, we were confronted by Mistress Coonerty Protti, mad as a wet hen. That was when she banished us for life from Bookshop Santa Cruz. Keith began to argue with her, but I quickly ushered him and the others out with me in order to avoid a making an undignified scene. On our way walking down the steps to the front parking area, we passed by Deputy Chief Rick Martinez who was standing by. He observed me holding the crumpled up banner in my arms, and commented, “Thank you for your moderation,” What a guy, eh?’ Yes, I agree, being banned from a bookshop and the free speech concept is a tough one.

BROTHERS AND PAINT AND TROUBLE.Watch this cute piece of your own history in the old days when you got in big trouble.

LEON’S BOOK IN NY REVIEW OF BOOKS. In an article titled “How to Become Eminent in Washington” parts of the review stated, ““One might ask why the world needed a memoir from Leon Panetta . . . ? And it must be said that across nearly 500 pages, he doesn’t demonstrate the need with thundering conviction. For long passages, Worthy Fights is simply a dull book, a victim of the author’s proclivity, or of his assumptions that readers are aching to learn the behind-the-scenes details about often mundane bureaucratic decisions on questions ranging from the budget to intelligence. This assumption appears to derive from the fact that Panetta suffers from no deficit in self-esteem. The book has just started when he stops to inform us that his life, and by implication, ours, could have been very different if he’d pursued his first passion, the piano.” (WHAT???) Here’s the end of the article, “Panetta seems to view such considerations [working for the common good, far-sighted, goal-oriented] as above his pay grade. His idea of politics is essentially instrumental and technocratic. That’s the outlook required to be able to hop from Congress to the budget office to the White House to the CIA to the Pentagon and succeed at each (and become an eminence.) Washington will always need such people, but these days it needs much more than that.” End of review.

MICROSOFT WALTZ. In case you don’t hear the subtle lyricism in this famed tone poem.

ARANA GULCH UPDATED…and Rest In Peace. Jean Brocklebank, leader and organizer of Friends of Arana Gulch ( http://members.cruzio.com/~arana/ ) muses and curses over the loss of irreplaceable nature in our midst.

“When a natural area has been manipulated by an industrial-scale disruptive project, and evidence of the destruction is removed, most people tend to forget what happened and instead simply begin to delight in the aftermath, as though nothing ever happened to the place. We are observing this happening at Arana Gulch, where the intrusive construction corridor fencing is being removed. The City is pushing hard to get most of the project ready for prime time. Meanwhile locals are already using the pavement that is in place. Recently we heard a couple gleefully remark, as though handed a gift, that it “looked so much better now that the fencing was gone.”

Compared to the massive construction eyesores of the past year, lack of fencing has given a false sense of “looking good” to undiscriminating eyes. Most walkers on the paved routes, glad to be able to walk again in Arana Gulch, stay on those routes and fail to see the destruction almost in front of their noses. Their eyes glued on the pavement are no longer shocked at what remains: not only the construction mess still there but also less unpaved, natural grassland. Relieved that the construction fencing is coming down, their eyes see what is left and think it is as good as before. Developers certainly count on this human perception.

And so it goes. Each new generation sees a little less of the natural world but each new generation appreciates what is left, not realizing what was there BEFORE. And thus, the natural world is slowly, insidiously destroyed and gentrified. Visitors to Arana Gulch will now think they are walking through a park, complete with lots of signs and benches. BEFORE they walked through a natural area. Click HERE to see what the walkers, following the pavement, failed to notice all around them on November 23rd. I am numb right now. For the first time in almost 20 years I feel truly defeated. The City won, People Power won, the mis-informed won, the gentrifiers won. The brainwashing worked because no one, except those of us who cared, will ever know what was really lost. RIP Arana Gulch.

79 SONGS WE DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. It’s too late now but Gary opens this week’s broadcasts with news of a meeting Monday about The Community Water Dialogue in Watsonville and the Sustainable Groundwater management Act. On Tuesday he talks about Land Watch of Monterey County and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the Carmel Valley Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Monterey County Ag Land Trust, and Agri-culture. Then he suggests that for Thanksgiving you and your family take a hike Think about Wilder Ranch, or Pogonip, or Nisene Marks in Santa Cruz County, or Point Lobos or the lands of the former Fort Ord over there on the Monterey County side of the Bay. Our land use policies, local, state and federal, have helped preserve and protect the stunning natural environment in which we are so privileged to live. Get out there and give thanks! That’s a good suggestion for today!” Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

JERRY SEINFELD & GEORGE STEPHANOPOULIS TALK ABOUT

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Remember “ mad cow” disease?? DeCinzo does, scroll downwards.

 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan goes deep into super and supernatural powers to explain “just how it is”.. see some few pages below.

 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “The Oscar race starts now with Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in the gripping Theory of Everything. And need further proof that fairy tales are taking over the world? Check out the new trailer for Into the Woods, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THEORY OF EVERYTHING,The trailer

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending, tear jerker, feel-very-good movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia. The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

 

HUNGER GAMES, Mockingjay Part 1. A stunning cast plus what has to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s really, really last role forever. He’s joined by Julienne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Elizabeth Banks….and it’s a waste of your time and money. That is unless you’ve read the Hunger Games trilogy. Ashlyn Adams of Westside Video read the books saw this movie and even then said this new film is puzzling. I could not follow the plot, who’s good, who’s evil…and what is it all about anyways. And Jennifer Lawrence the star of the Games carries a bow and arrow while everyone around her shoots and kills things with future zap and zing future type weapons. I repeat DO NOT GO unless you’ve read all three books and even then Ashlyn says you can’t always trust anybody in the story.

 

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

CITIZEN FOUR. This is Laura Poitras’ mesmerizing, courageous, and 100% scary documentary of Edward Snowden and his battle for free speech. If you’ve ever used Amazon, You Tube, Facebook,Google, or communicate online in any way, the government has collected all your data…and continues to do so. You’ll like Snowden, he appears as friendly and honest as we all want him to be. It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen. Many screenings have been sold out…get there as rapidly as possoible.

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

NIGHT CRAWLER. Wow and damn, this got an incredible 93% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It is excellently done and Jake Gyllenhaal is near perfect in the lead role as a creepy wanna be TV news cameraman. Bill Paxton is hardly in it at all, that’s too bad, but Rene Russo still has some (not all) of her acting talent left. It’s a fine movie. You won’t forget it, and you’ll think about our visual news media and what we put up with, and pay for…and still call it news!!!

 

WHIPLASH. J.K. Simmons will get big Oscar time press for his role as Mr. Nasty and newcomer Miles Teller is honestly impressive as the young wanna be drummer in this New York City jazz orchestra contest extravaganza, it’s very good.

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Basterds. I. Basterds was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

ROSEWATER TV personality Jon Stewart wrote and directed this prison drama. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a journalist born in Tehran who lives in Canada and gets captured by some official and dumb jerks in Iran who torture him. It’s boring in places, pointless and repetitive in others, and still makes a point.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. As we’ve been reading, this is a satire. I couldn’t figure where and when the satire started or stopped. The direction is by a first time director and it shows. Every scene is exactly the same. No emphasis, no subtlety, and the acting is sincere, and developing, but lousy. They say nigger and nigga a lot, which means it must be a satire. I never caught on at all.

PELICAN DREAMS. Because we see so many pelicans flying along our coast, this documentary simply has to interest you, and it will. It’s not great, the narration is nerve wracking and poorly done. The photography is passable. Only if you want to know more about pelicans, or especially the one that was wounded and landed on the Golden Gate Bridge, should you go for this one.

INTERSTELLAR. This over hyped piece-of-crap movie starring Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathway should refund every admsssion dollar it takes in. It’s pretentious, full of phoney intelligence, and uses such concepts as black holes, three dimensions and even five dimensions and voices from “them” who exist beyond Saturn. It’s not as bad as UCSC’s current production of Birth Of Stars ..but almost. Once in a great while I’ll look up other critics to see who’s with me in disliking (or seeing) a film the way I do. Here’s what Critic David Thomson of the New Republic wrote…check it out

BEYOND THE LIGHTS. If you’re deep into Beyonce, Lady Gaga, or their type of show biz you might like this Hollywood saga. Danny Glover is in it and it’s great to see him working again. The same goes for Minnie Driver. It’s one of those tacky, trite, and very old plots…”will the kid make it in show biz?” Yes, of course she does, again. Save your money.

 

 

 

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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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On November 25 UCSC Professor Emeritus Lincoln Taiz talks about Population Growth and Climate Change followed by Social Media strategist Lydia Snider who’ll give us internet business marketing hints on Nov. 25. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video telling film and video rental secrets.. She’s followed by Sentinel’s restaurant reviewer Ann Parker talking about eating out during the holidays. Attorney Bob Taren guests on December 9 opining on recent local politics. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “Ooh, with a little luck — December will be magic again”, Kate Bush. “Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not. It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don’t like it, shouldn’t come to hear me”, Maria Callas. “I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. ~ George Carlin

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