November 14 – 20, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Nouveaux Santa Cruz, money and candidates, local trumpo voters, Cotoni Coast Dairies updates. GREENSITE…on Gentrification. KROHN…Rent Control Epitaph or Reinvigoration? STEINBRUNER…Measure H failed, Supes to meet re building height and density, Soquel Creek and raising rates, Twin Lakes well project. PATTON…Against Impeachment. EAGAN…Subconscious Comics, and Deep Cover. JENSEN…reviews Bohemian Rhapsody. BRATTON…critiques Wildlife, The Girl in The Spiderweb and Suspiria UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…on “VOTING”.
                                 

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SANTA CRUZ BEACH…before the boardwalk! 1889. Note the horse-drawn streetcars and the steam-powered merry-go round. There’s also an ad for the Santa Cruz Surf newspaper, and a “Museum” sign off in the distance. Those were the days.      

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

HAND CLAP SKIT. I’m not sure about this one…it seems a bit odd. BUT millions have watched it!!

THE LIVING STATUE OF JEROME MURAT. This has been online for ages, and it’s still weird.

DATELINE November 12, 2018

THE NEW SANTA CRUZ. Enough of the votes are in, and as so many of us wondered and predicted… money bought out the community of peaceful co-existence that Santa Cruz used to be noted for. One reader wrote: “Greg Larson was the only candidate who declined to agree to the city’s voluntary expenditure limit, and is at $52,411 as of the Nov. 1 reporting. I think Drew Glover’s amount is around $13,000. How much per vote would Larson have spent, if he could have continued asking for money, evidently he has no limit… The difference between their cost per vote will be of interest when it’s over”. We watched — and are watching — as landlords turned against renters, and defeated Measure M. We’ve seen who the developers and real estate money backed in THAT election. Now we watch while a weak and manipulated city council supports, as Gillian Greensite notes in her article below, “proposed new high-rise, mixed-use development for Pacific, Laurel and Front streets”.

MORE ON NOUVEAU SANTA CRUZ. Again from a reader… “There’s a discussion on Nextdoor that someone started about de-annexing UCSC? It’s gotten pretty interesting, as it has moved on to suppression of votes, district elections, etc., and finally today’s comments about  “is it legal for candidates to drive voters to register to vote?” It sounds like that side is freaking out about the chance they may lose, and our team will have 4 on the council. The comments are from the Westlake to Seabright neighborhoods”.

There’s an important Santa Cruz Planning Commission meeting this Thursday (Nov. 15), about the hundreds of downtown units being proposed by developer Owen Lawlor and the city. They plan to put the cheap seats in a separate building, but the city is ready to green light the market rate/luxury building before any concrete plans have been made for the “affordable” portion. Gee, why don’t I trust this unplan that the city supports ? Are we just supposed to wait and guess when the afterthought affordable ones will be built, while more and more people will have to move far away — or annoy the upper crust by living in cars or bushes? The need is not in the above average income level, but that is what is being approved, time after time.

ONE LAST THING. We need reminding again that 22,438 Santa Cruz County residents voted for Trump in 2016.

COTONI-COAST DAIRIES UPDATES. Ever-alert Pat Matejcek sent this announcement, and because every single change in the Cotoni Coast Dairies plans affects everyone in our County, we all need to get on this mailing list…

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Powers, Michael mpowers@blm.gov“>
Date: Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 3:37 PM
Subject: Update: Cotoni-Coast Dairies, upcoming Public Workshops
To: Michael Powers mpowers@blm.gov“>

Hello, 

Hope all is going well for you.  You indicated an interest previously in receiving updates regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County. I would like to invite you to participate in one of two public workshops scheduled in December that will explore future recreational access opportunities at Cotoni-Coast Dairies (see attachments). These public workshops are being held in advance of our formal planning process. 

Please RSVP if you would like to participate in one of the workshops using the website noted in the attached information.

Note that the content and activities will be the same at both workshops.   

Thank you for your interest in Cotoni-Coast Dairies, and for all the communication we have had regarding these BLM lands to date. We look forward to seeing you at one of these workshops, or at another time in the future. 

Thank you, 

Mike   

Mike Powers
U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Ave., Marina, CA, 93933-6009
mpowers@blm.gov 

November 12, 2018

ILLUMINATING GENTRIFICATION
Sometimes gentrification hits you in the face like a bucket of ice water. Two experiences this week afforded a glimpse into how quickly Santa Cruz is being transformed into a city that caters to the well-to-do whose consumption patterns and lifestyles are reshaping this town.

Walking home from the far westside, my best friend and I stopped to take a look in a new lighting store close to Kelly’s bakery. I need a new floor lamp. A rather nice one caught our eye and I turned over the tag to see its price.  A dollar twelve cents seemed wrong; it wasn’t a Goodwill store. It slowly became clear that the period was a comma and the price was $1,120. For a lamp! Disbelief turned into a strong desire to leave the store but we had been spotted. The very nice store manager showed us other examples at the more reasonable price of 300 and 400 dollars. For a lamp!  It seemed

almost insulting to tell him we were thinking more in the $50 range. We didn’t. Stepping out into the sunlight I gasped for fresh air as if I had been holding my breath throughout. Holding my nose may have been more appropriate. What on earth is happening when a store selling obscenely expensive lamps and light fixtures apparently can stay in business in an area that not long ago was a low and moderate-income working class neighborhood? Some may judge this as whining at change that is inevitable or nostalgia for a Santa Cruz that no longer exists. Those who hold such viewpoints are usually profiting off the demographic changes or prefer an urban lifestyle. Change is never inevitable. Those who are the agents of change would like you to believe that it is since that attitude will make it less likely that you will take an active part in preserving what’s left of our town.  
The other experience was downtown on Pacific Avenue. A friend and I had just finished a very nice Indian meal at Mumbai Delights. When we stepped outside after dinner we spotted the public notice for the proposed new high-rise, mixed-use development for Pacific, Laurel and Front streets. I’ve read the plans and my friend has attended the public meeting on the project. We know it is tall, large and boxy. However until you realize what will be torn down to make room for this behemoth and stand in the street to visualize the scale, it doesn’t fully register. This project will be discussed and voted on at the city Planning Commission at 7pm Thursday November 15th. You can see the plans via this link.

As we were walking up Pacific Avenue counting the current stores and businesses that will be bulldozed to make room for the new development, we intersected with a group of folks coming out of one of the fun businesses. We started talking and a lively conversation ensued with their side seeing growth as inevitable and defending the need for more market rate housing pitted against our side stating that none of this development will create housing for those who live here now and are struggling to pay rent but will be high priced apartments for wealthier folks who don’t yet live here: that this demographic shift will mean we lose the current businesses who will be unable to afford the future rents in the new big building and we will lose even more working class folks as this form of gentrification and UCSC growth lead to even higher rents. They hadn’t heard that perspective before so there was a pause for thought.

The new city Planning Department momentum is seeking more of this type of development and the current city council majority has drunk the “growth is good” Kool Aid so our only hope to preserve what’s left of Santa Cruz waits on the results of the city council race. That plus an engaged community willing to challenge this push for gentrification. Only when a $1,120 lamp doesn’t raise an eyebrow shall we call it quits.

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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November 12, 2018

Rent Control Epitaph or Reinvigoration?

Measure M: Our ‘Network’ Moment?
The 2018 election is now over. The counting continues. How much were voters paying attention? Was this one of those once every 20-year major community skirmishes? Nineteen eighty-one was one, and 1998 was another. These were perhaps two other historical election-year markers in which the electorate sought out real change. You know it’s happening when local politics begins to leak into casual fall conversations about the World Series, or how the beginning of the UCSC school year brings smiling students and mega traffic back to the Westside. People found themselves this fall asking casual strangers, ‘So, what do you think about this rent control thing?’ Could this year’s election be a voter ‘aha’ moment? Many are on edge about the cost of housing and the inability to find solutions to homelessness as well. Could this be a Peter Finch moment we are living in?

Network
Remember, that old, and a bit odd, 1976 drama, Network, where Finch played a Walter Cronkite-type news anchor who at a certain moment instructs his audience to open their windows and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any longer.” Well, I hear what’s coming out of Santa Cruz windows and it’s something like, ‘I’m mad as hell and I just can’t pay this kind of rent any longer.’ Unlike what ensued in the fictional movieNetwork, real people in Santa Cruz came together this past winter and wore out their flip-flops and running shoes pounding the pavement to gather signatures, over 10,000 in only 87 days! Measure M is the result. Hundreds entered the political fray, some for the first time, to qualify this initiative. Never before had so many signatures been gathered so quickly in the city of Santa Cruz. But are these activists ready for the mad dash towards the November 6th finish line? Measure M got some major pushback from landlords, real estate developers, and outside corporate interests to the tune of $1 million. A local group, Santa Cruz Together opposed M, and combined with this outsider money they had a corporate war chest.It was an epic local battle. Tons of outsider Goliath money far exceeding the Movement for Housing Justice’s meager $50,000 effort. Who will prevail? Big money or big heart? There are still over 10,000 votes in the city of Santa Cruz still to count.

An Every 20-year Revolution?
Could this all be a local form of Thomas Jefferson’s revolutions cycle? “God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion…”This Santa Cruz “rebellion” was sparked by a whirlwind of national and international events, but a simpler truth is that rent is too damn high. We may live in a Santa Cruz bubble, but it is a bubble of our own making. History tells us that when hundreds participate in a local movement and gather over 10,000 signatures in the process, something in our community is awry and change is likely close at hand.

Stories Abound
Many UCSC grads and undergrads were accepted to go here, but were never told much about the depth of this community’s housing crisis. Immigrants living and laboring in Santa Cruz for the past two decades, making what many of us would consider middle-class incomes, have suddenly seen their rents rise 30-50%, while their wages remain stagnant. Locals who grew up here surfing, hiking, and loving the hell out of this place have found themselves all at once displaced as their parents sold during “a hot market,” while other parents were renters and wanted to retire, but can’t because if they keep working they can stay near their children. Santa Cruzans are “mad as hell” and Measure M is but one way of saying, ‘We not going to take it any longer.’ A whole new generation is becoming politically active. A movement? Maybe, but Measure M will be but one barometer if any movement is to take off here.

(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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November 12, 2018

MEASURE H FAILED BECAUSE VOTERS WERE WELL-INFORMED
Countywide, property owners rejoiced last week when Measure H failed because it will hopefully send a strong message to the County Board of Supervisors that people are tired of being taxed to death.  Many are struggling to pay property taxes already.  Let’s hope the Board of Supervisors will listen. 
MAKE ONE CALL.  WRITE ONE LETTER.  ATTEND A PUBLIC HEARING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.   BUT JUST DO SOMETHING!

The voters were well-informed, thanks to efforts of a handful of citizens who recognized the need to truly inform people about the bigger picture of Measure H, a poorly-written initiative placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors August 7, but that was nebulous and violated state law.  There would have been no exemptions for seniors for that new 35-40 year vaguely-written bond tax measure.   Many citizens independently took to the streets in their neighborhoods to talk with people.  Truly a grassroots effort, the No on H campaign budget was a mere pitance compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars the Yes on Measure H corporate giants and Monterey Bay Economic Partnerships interests spent, paying people thousands of dollars to show up at forums and Farmer’s Markets.  Take a look at the Campaign Reports here: http://votescount.com/  

Really?  Think of all the good those non-profits could have done with that big money instead.  Rest assured, Measure H will likely return in June in some other form, with lots more big corporate money behind it.  FYI, voters in Santa Rosa also refused to approve a similar bond tax as Measure N, for the same reasons, calling the attempted bond passage “crisis capitalism at it’s worst”. Ditto for Measure H in Santa Cruz County.

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD CRITICAL PUBLIC HEARING NOVEMBER 20 TO DECIDE HOW DENSE AND HIGH TO MAKE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S BUILDINGS
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 20 when the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to allow very dense development anywhere in the County that developers want to put it, and grant special concessions if some of it is affordable, calling it the “Near-Term Enhanced Density Bonus Program”.  The Board Agenda may not describe it as such, however, and only list it as a Public Hearing for changes to County Codes 13.01, 13.10, 17.10 and 17.12.  That was the secretive description listed on the Board of Supervisor Consent Agenda to set the date of the November 20 public hearing. It is being pushed forward by Monterey Bay Economic Partnerships, a corporate machine with many non-profits, developers and bankers at the table.

The impacts of these changes would not necessarily be confined to the areas within the Urban Services Line where public transportation and infrastructure would be in place to support up to 30 units/acre.  Developers could wait to pay the impact fees of their projects; these fees are in place to help mitigate the impacts to schools, parks, and infrastructure until the units are sold and/or occupied.

Developers could go directly to the Board of Supervisors to ask for tentative permission to proceed with such dense R-Combining District development studies to support their approval, not even paying attention to the General Plan for how an area is zoned or planned for use.  Is the Board of Supervisors really qualified to make such determinations?  At the Planning Department’s recommendation, all these changes would be exempt from California Environmental Review Act (CEQA) process and just get shoved through without real transparent public process down the road. 

Take some time to read through the County Planning Commission staff report and findings for the September 26 meeting, Item #7, where the discussion was continued from the earlier September 12 meeting.

Send your written comments to the Board of Supervisors on the November 20 Hearing matter as soon as the agenda is published (usually noon of the Friday before the meeting) so that Supervisors have a chance to read it and it will get recorded as correspondence on the matter.  Show up to the Tuesday, November 20, 9am meeting in the 5th Floor Chambers (701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz) and testify. 

I am worried the developers and Monterey Bay Economic Partnerships big money interests are launching a wholesale attack on Santa Cruz County that will toss reasonable growth out the window and change the quality of life as we know it, all in the interest of corporate profits.  

The County is in crisis, we keep being told, and in fact, the Board declared a Shelter Crisis in order to accept the $10Million state grant recently.  But where is UCSC in this dicussion?  When will Santa Cruz follow the leadership of the City of Davis, which finally got UC Davis to agree to house 100% of its students?  Why has the County Board of Supervisors allowed developers to choose whether or NOT to build the 15% affordable inclusionary housing as is stipulated by the 1978 Measure J law approved by voters during an affordable housing crisis back then???

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Cheers, Becky

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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November 7, 2018 #311 / Against Impeachment

At 8:19 p.m. on election night, I got an email from Tom Steyer, who has founded and funded a group called “Need to Impeach.” The group is promoting an online petition asking the House of Representatives to impeach President Trump. Over six million people have signed this petition so far.

Steyer is identified by Wikipedia as “an American billionaire.” Here was Tom Steyer’s election night message to me:

Gary, you did it. The polls just closed on the West Coast, and it’s official: You and 6.2 million members of this movement made the difference in electing Democrats to a majority in the House of Representatives. We voted against Donald Trump’s inhumane, destructive policies and for a Congress that will hold him accountable. Tonight is a step forward not just for Democrats, but for the future of America. This is your moment — thank you for all you did to help.

This is what we set out to do. With control of the House, Democrats can release Trump’s tax returns, subpoena his family members, and, yes, launch impeachment proceedings. Now, we need to keep the pressure on. In the coming weeks, I’ll be counting on you to call on your representatives to actively support impeachment.

Savor this victory, but know that the fight continues. Ask your friends to sign the petition and demand that our new Congress impeach Donald Trump.

Thanks again,

Tom Steyer, Founder …Need to Impeach

I do not much like overfamiliar emails, which assume a relationship not existing in fact. I do not like deceptive and manipulative emails, either. I consider this email to me from Tom Steyer to have been both “overfamiliar,” and “deceptive,” and “manipulative.” I am not one of the six million plus persons who have signed the “Need to Impeach” petition, and I don’t know Tom Steyer personally. That reference to my name, “Gary,” and his statement that I am part of “this movement,” along with the complimentary “you did it” assertion, assumes a relationship that does not exist in fact. Steyer is clearly operating in just the same way that Kirsten Gillibrand is operating. I have complained about this kind of politics before. I am complaining again.

Furthermore, since Steyer’s email referenced the closure of the polls on the West Coast, and reached me only nineteen minutes after the polls closed, I have deduced that the message was actually prepared ahead of time. It was not (as it presents itself) a quick note to supporters from someone who is feeling very good about the results of the November 6th midterm elections, written when those results were known.

Most importantly, while, I do happen to agree with Steyer that the policies being pursued by President Trump are both inhumane and destructive, an immediate move towards the impeachment of the President is not, in my opionion, a good way to show Mr. Trump to the door. In fact, I think that approach would quite likely have exactly the opposite effect. Pursuing impeachment in the way proposed by the “Need to Impeach” group is to turn the public into the bull, charging a presidential matador who will put the sword to its heart after driving the poor animal insane. Frank Bruni, columnist for The New York Times, has written an article, recently, talking about how best to beat the president politically. The following image, from the article captures exactly how the president is playing his opposition:

It probably did not escape Mr. Steyer’s notice, though he did not mention it, that the results of the election mean that the President’s support in the Senate has grown, even as the President’s support in the House of Representatives has declined. The Senate is the body that must try the President, if Articles of Impeachment against the President are ever adopted by the House. It is also true that Mr. Steyer probably knows that a judgment against the President, that would actually remove him from office, requires the Senate to convict the President by a two-thirds vote.

In other words, if the impeachment of the President is to be successful, the process needs to be based on something more than the fact that six million people and more would really like to replace President Trump with someone else (presumably with Vice President Mike Pence).

I would like to suggest that the new House of Representatives not spend time trying to prove that the President should be impeached, but instead pass a series of bills that would address, directly, the main concerns of the citizens of the United States, which include a secure system of health care for the people, income inequality, confronting the climate change crisis, and providing adequate housing for every person who lives in this country. The House might also propose ways to end the never-ending wars that presidents of all parties seem so fond of pursuing. It could even address the dysfunctional laws that relate to aslyum and immigration. Is the Senate likely to agree with such initiatives? Highly doubtful, but perhaps more possible than getting the Senate to agree to convict president Trump on Articles of Impeachment.

If we want a new president (and we definitely need a new president), we are only going to get there if our elected representatives (and the political candidate who eventually opposes president Trump in 2020) are able to offer up a positive set of programs and policies that will persuade the voters that someone else ought to be running our government.

Attacking the president personally, which is what pursuing impeachment would do, helps the President politically, not the opposite. Let’s get serious. That’s my thought. Beat the president and his supporters on policy, instead of attacking the president on personality. He loves to be the victim!

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. Check out Eagan’s “racing against time and everything” Subconscious Comic for the week just below a few scrolls.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s ” You’re All Fired” 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.

EVENTS

MUNCHING WITH MOZART AND FRIENDS. Every third Thursday there’s a free concert in the upstairs meeting room of our threatened Santa Cruz Public Library from 12:10-12:50p.m. This Thursday ( Nov.15)  it’s …

“Celebrate Piano Ensemble”
Presented by
Santa Cruz County Branch of
Music Teachers’ Association of California

PROGRAM

Sonata in D Major, Op. 6                                             

Ludwig von Beethoven  (1770-1827) • Stefanie Malone and Dorothy Roberts

Ma Mère L’0ye

Maurice Ravel  (1875-1937) • Rose Georgi and Carol Panofsky

Jazz Suite for Piano Duet                                               

Mike Cornick (1947- )   • Anne Lober and Lynn Kidder

Andante, K. 497                                                                

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756-1791) • Roger Emanuels and Carol Panofsky

Grand Waltz and Tarantella, from the ballet Anyuta

Valery Gavrilin  (1939-1999) • Rose Georgi and Marina Thomas

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Find out why they were the champions in the high-octane Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody,  this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). It’s more than just a killer soundtrack!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

WILDLIFE. With a 94 RT rating — plus the astounding acting by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal — you can’t go wrong. This is actor Paul Dano’s first director job, an award-winning film about a teenage boy in the 1960’s trying to make sense of his mom and dad’s near-crazed decisions and problems. It’s sad, tense, frustrating, and an excellent film…go for it.

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER WEB. I think Claire Foy is probably the best actor/actress in the business. She could have made Lisbeth Salander (“The Girl With The…”) unforgetable — but the script, the directing, and the characters all let her down. The other Lisabeth Sanlader films were well-done and incredibly exciting. This one is loaded with obscure references, dull explanations and few chase scenes. See it some other time.

SUSPIRIA. This re-make of a scary, bloody, slasher classic fails miserably. Tilda Swinton plays both a male and female role, but even that doesn’t make it worthwhile. It seems to last for 5 hours, much of the dialogue is hard to hear, the revised plot is next to impossible to follow and it’s just plain disappointing…don’t go.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? A well-deserved 98 on RT! Melissa McCarthy plays real-life author Lee Israel, who, when she’s down on her luck, starts forging and selling fake letters from famous literary stars. McCarthy is better for my money at being straight than she is as a comic. An excellent movie, based on a book that Lee Israel wrote confessing the entire plot. Go see it…it’s why they make movies, and why we like to go see them.

BEAUTIFUL BOY. A long and drawn-out saga/story of a teen age boy Timothee Chalamet in his first real role. He becomes a crystal meth addict and his Dad — played by Steve Carell — goes the full distance as a parent trying to relate and help. The movie is as sad as real life when parents lose touch with their kids. The background music is way too loud, the acting is perfect, and it is a very sad, depressing film, without an ending that will leave you satisfied.

FREE SOLO. A National Geographic documentary of young Alex Honnold free-climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. It is beautiful, terrifying, and the most tension you’ve ever felt from anything ever on screen. He climbs the three thousand-plus feet in a little over three hours. It’s a nearly perfectly-made film, on a topic you’ll never forget. See it on the big screen at the Del Mar…you won’t regret it, trust me!!! Oh yes 98 on RT!!.

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. CLOSES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15.

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. CLOSES THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15.

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.

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)

MID 90’S. Comic Jonah Hill directed this mid 1990’s near-documentary of skateboarder teen agers coming of age in Los Angeles. My grandsons are going through the same period of life, and in the same area right now — but I could not sense what point or comment Jonah Hill was trying to make with this short (84 minutes) drama. The story seemed disjointed and pointless, but maybe that was the point?

HALLOWEEN. Yes, Jamie Lee Curtis and her nemesis Michael Myers are back in another awkward attempt to make money…not cinematic progress. The usual scare attempts are used over and over and they just plain flop. There isn’t a single reason to see this latest version of the 1978 original. Save your money for Candy Corn.

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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. Pledge Drive Night has UCSC teacher Maria Herrera, her students Ruvim Gavrilchik and Adrian Mendez talking about revolutionary on Nov. 13. They are followed by Ken Koenig and Judy Allen discussing the Common Ground part of Santa Cruz Indivisible. November 20 has UCSC folks bringing us up to date on The East Meadow development, followed by ex County Supervisor Gary Patton. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s traditional night featuring the winners of their Young Writers Contest happens Nov. 27. Tandy Beal talks about her special performances on Dec. 4th. Then Carla Brennan shares news about her Insight Meditation workshops. 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

1963. The Stomp was all the craze in Australia. It was not a complicated dance – “all you have to do is shake yourself about and keep time with the music” – I think we should bring it back!

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. “VOTING”

“The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do”. Joseph Stalin

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

“This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in “American Idol” than in any U.S. Election”. Rush Limbaugh


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November 5 – 11, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…about Larson, Myers and Scontriano walking out on a student forum, Santa Cruz now changed forever. GREENSITE…on our priorities. KROHN…Campaign affects and effects Cummings, Glover, Measure M. STEINBRUNER…Soquel Creek and drinking sewage water, same-day voter registration, lighting at Rancho Del Mar still lacking. PATTON…College students and local relations. EAGAN…Classic Subconscious Comics and Deep Cover. JENSEN…her My Beast Book, and Dia Los Muertos. BRATTON…critiques Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Beautiful Boy. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…on our country and elections.

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DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. 1875-1880’s. Just barely 150 years ago. Note the progressive trolley tracks right down Pacific. Also note our present town clock tower, way down the street atop the Odd Fellows building. Santa Cruz could have grown and developed in many ways.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

BABY GRAMPS AT THE OREGON STATE FAIR. Tom Noddy is opening for Baby Gramps at Michaels on Main on Thursday, Nov. 15. Tom sent this link showing Paul Magid “Dimitri Karamavov” from the flying Karamazov Brothers, introducing Baby G.

CHICO AND HARPO MARX AT THE PIANO. 1943.

DATELINE November 5, 2018

GREG LARSON, DONNA MYERS & ASHLEY SCONTRIANO WALK OUT ON UCSC STUDENT FORUM. Last Monday evening (10/29), UCSC Students held probably the last of this campaign’s city council forums. You can read about it on Reddit and Indy Bay. The student-candidate discussion got involved in police power and Black Lives Matter, with the students wanting to know where the candidates stood on the power/police issue. Greg Larson, Donna Meyers and Ashley Scontriano actually got up and left the stage, rather than handle the questions or solve the problem! It’s a sad vision of how these candidates handle a boisterous crowd…ie. their own constituents. Leave the room? What’ll happen when the next City Council meeting has an equally enthusiastic audience? That is IF any of these 3 gets elected. This would have been the time to show us — and especially the UCSC students — that they can deal with anything that happens…we’ll see unfortunately…we’ll see.

A SANTA CRUZ TURNING POINT IN HISTORY. No matter how our local elections turn out, and as I was saying last week, Santa Cruz has irrevocably become the focal point of big money and development. No longer can we pretend to be a friendly, little beach-side town with unique character. (Sort of like Cambria or even Santa Barbara). Our city is now a target, and will grow rapidly to become a neighborhood of San Jose — source of the millions spent by our City Council candidates, many of whom show little or no concern for saving the essence of our city. These investors believe that growth somehow provides extra money to support our city’s needs. They believe the police, fire and health needs of our community will be better served. They fail to see that NO city, even hot growth cities, have healthy budgets. Growth costs money: it does not bring in money. But we’ve voted by now, and the die is cast.

EXTRA QUOTE. Dan Bessie sent this gem of a quote from H.L. Mencken

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.  

November 5

PRIORITIES MATTER
October came and went.  October was National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Were you aware that in that one month there were 479 domestic violence calls to police and sheriff’s offices countywide?  Not all were fists to face but predictably many were. Some were restraining order violations and other less than assault level charges but all suggest a serious local, national and global crisis.

Women are largely the victims of such interpersonal violence and men largely the perpetrators.  Even including transgender identities and acknowledging that men can sometimes be the victims and women sometimes the perpetrators, global research documents that 1 in 3 women will at some point in their lives be the victims of male violence, including physical assault and rape, predominantly from spouses or other male family members. Santa Cruz is not a bubble of progressive values in this regard.

There are global non-profits working to address this gendered violence as well as national, state and local agencies providing basic resources and shelter to victims. Beyond that the silence is deafening. The small insert in the Sentinel every October, documenting the number of daily domestic violence calls compiled by the DA’s office is about as far as we go for broad community awareness. That is not to denigrate the tireless work of those within the agencies that focus on domestic violence. However such work is largely invisible to the broader community and largely ineffective in achieving significant social change. And how could that be otherwise given the low priority we assign to such violence?

Priorities are easy to spot. Just one example: this community is willing to spend $14 million dollars on a three quarter mile segment of a proposed rail trail, (Segment 7 Phase 2 from Bay/California to the wharf roundabout) necessitating the removal of all vegetation on the rail’s western side, the cutting down of 21 heritage trees and the building of a 20 foot retaining wall plus hundreds of hours of staff time, publicity and community debates. Any suggestion that the far cheaper alternative along Bay St. to West Cliff Drive would suffice and avoid environmental damage is met with disdain: nothing but the best will do. I can only imagine what a domestic violence agency could do with $14 million.

It’s easy to avoid dealing with domestic violence if you are not a victim, nor a child reared in such a home. After all it happens behind closed doors and isn’t it really a personal problem? If we’ve made any progress at all in the last 40 years it is in recognizing that domestic violence is a social problem with social not individual causes and solutions. However the resources needed to address it have never materialized.  The public discourse around it is non-existent except when a male celebrity is accused of beating his wife and then it is short-lived. Any efforts made to bring the issue into focus lack not only resources but also imagination and innovation.

I was struck by the brilliance of a recent campaign in Iceland to address the social problem of teenage drinking. Apparently Icelandic teenagers previously had one of the highest teenagers’ use and abuse of alcohol.  Rather than posting statistics and dedicating a month to ” Teenage Alcohol Abuse”, Iceland put its best minds and full resources to the task. They decided to interview teens who didn’t abuse alcohol and to explore what social factors made the difference.  Once they had that information, which included parents spending more time with their teens and the ready availability of after school activities, they put major resources including $’s into parent education and the provision of meaningful activities for teens. Not just a teen center but a full on array of free, accessible activities. I’m simplifying the incredible effort this involved but within a short time period, Iceland’s teenagers shifted to being the lowest alcohol abusers in Europe. What a success story! What a model to emulate.

We could achieve a similar success story with domestic violence. It will take more than giving more money to non-profits. It will take far more resources than we now dedicate to the issue and far more creative thinking and public discussion let alone enthusiasm and activism. If we could but generate the same energy to tackling this social problem that we seem to be able to muster for a rail trail then we would be well on our way to helping males deal with their aggression and protecting their spouses and children from that violence. Today’s child witnessing his father’s violence is tomorrow’s estranged male with an AR-15 targeting women and girls for slaughter.

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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November 5

ON THE RUN
This report comes in-between knocking on doors, putting out yard signs, and texting volunteers. This has been a hard-fought campaign. The “Yes on M” team led by Drew Glover and Justin Cummings has battled heroically down to the wire, leading hundreds of volunteers across a welcome finish-line. Will old-fashioned grassroots heart and soul campaigning win out over the big-money realtors and developers in 2018? The ballots are still being counted as you read these words. We’ve seen around town what a million dollars can buy–innumerable mailers (nine by my last count), ever larger billboard-like signs, daily newspaper ads, and endless Facebook pop-ups. But can it buy the hearts and minds of the Santa Cruz electorate? We will find out because there’s an end date. The election results, if Yes on M‘s get-out-the-vote (GOTV) strategy worked, will likely not be revealed on Nov. 6th (maybe?), but according to the county registrar of voters, definitely by Dec. 6th, long after the campaigning, yard-signing, bus-rapping, and door-knocking has ended. Thank goodness there is an end!

Ninety-four year old Manuelita from Dakota Street taking a pedi-cab ride to cast her ballot at 701 Ocean Street. It was a site to behold!

Campaign Trail
It’s brutal seeing your campaign signs come down. Perhaps it has happened along King and Bay Streets more than anywhere else. Less signs came down on the last weekend of the campaign, but it has been a whack-a-mole process of keeping them all up, some being replaced as many as three times. Campus has been a one-sided affair. Justin, Drew and Yes on M are everywhere, in dorm rooms, bus boards, and flyers were even seen in some classrooms. It has been really instructive being around students this past month and hearing their renter stories. Fourth-year students urging first-year’s to get out and vote for M because they will be there soon, searching for housing that does not exist at stratospheric rental prices they can’t pay. This situation has led so many into their cars to sleep at night. The students talking to students is the best way for them to hear about the need for rent control. There is little need for “outside agitation” here. It’s the insiders, the students themselves, who do not lack for stories that break your heart: thirteen students in that three-bedroom on Bixby Street for $7,000; a two-bedroom for $4,100; and a pool shed going for $650 (that’s a deal!).

The Finish-line is in Sight
The walking, talking, leafleting, yard-signing, and bus stop raps ended on Nov. 6th. I feel proud of the way Justin Cummings, Drew Glover, and Yes on M finished their campaigns in a fever pitch-style that would put a satisfied smile on any activist face. Over a one hundred came out to door hang on the last weekend of the campaign; more than 50 volunteers worked the campus this past Monday and Tuesday; phone banking went on all weekend and right up until the polls closed; and it was fun seeing the candidates climb aboard pedi-cabs to get the vote out during these final days. Rent control being on the ballot has made this a campaign season to remember. Very few potential voters were encountered who were not aware that it was up for a vote. It was Escalona vs. Lower Ocean and Prospect Heights going up against South of Laurel voters. The progressives–Glover and Cummings–will likely win if those neighborhoods along with Beach Flats, Downtown, 200 Button Street, Schaeffer Road apartments, and certain parts of Seabright if, if, if  the electorate comes out in higher numbers than past elections. The voters in Carbonera, Fredrick Street, and the Westside are regular voters and they will definitely be out in numbers. The fact is, there are many more renters than landlords. Come Dec. 6th we will find out if enough renters actually voted.

More about the elections next week

(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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November 5

WHY IS SOQUEL CREEK TRYING TO SHOVE EXPENSIVE, RISKY TREATED SEWAGE WATER INTO YOUR DRINKING WATER?
Many continue to ask just that, especially if you read the excellent articles from Sentinel reporter Jessica York recently.   https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2018/11/02/impacts-of-water-projects-under-review-santa-cruz-county-wide/ Water is available from Santa Cruz City to transfer to Soquel Creek Water District, but for some reason, the District continues to drag their feet while throwing seemingly unlimited time and ratepayer money into fast-tracking the PureWater Soquel Project.  That Project would cost ratepayers $200 MILLION and inject 3 million gallons/day of treated sewage water with unknown contaminants into the drinking water supply of ALL  MidCounty residents.  A District Board incumbent even recently told members of the public during campaign conversations that Santa Cruz is refusing to send the water to the District or that the City has other plans for the water, so there is no alternative but to go the treated sewage water injection route.  What?  This fits with the recent Technical White Paper Feasibility and Cost/Benefit Analysis submitted for a $20 Million federal grant application, and afterward shared with the Board…claiming there is NO alternative available other than injecting treated sewage water.

Attend the Santa Cruz City Water public meetings this Wednesday at the Harvey West Scout house and Thursday at Highlands Park House in Ben Lomond, both beginning at 6:30pm.   This will give you information about possible water rights amendments that can support a regional solution to the water issues in Santa Cruz County.

Many are rejoicing at the District finally agreeing to to begin transfer water from Santa Cruz on November 26 as a five-year Pilot Project. This will let over-pumped areas near 41st Avenue and Soquel Village rest and will allow District production wells to rest this winter, increasing groundwater levels and Soquel Creek stream flows.  However, it has taken the District three years to get to this point, and the five-year Agreement ends December, 2020.  We all need to insist the District pursue an amended Agreement date with Santa Cruz with the same zeal they are showing for the expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project.

Soquel Creek Water District staff and Board members have seemingly lost touch with fiscal responsibility to ratepayers and transparency with the public.  District rates are already second-highest in the State for a system of its size, yet ANOTHER RATE INCREASE IS PLANNED FOR NEXT MARCH, and more every year thereafter for five years… all to cover the cost of the expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project.  The Board will consider comment to responses at this Tuesday’s November 6 meeting and probably approve the Twin Lakes Pilot Recharge Well Project, one of the three treated sewage water injection well sites.   That Well will be 1000′ deep and require destroying 19 mature oak trees along Cabrillo College Drive and below the Twin Lakes Church (for a 16 square foot well space???).  The website links to the information have been problematic for some to access.  Transparency?  I just don’t think so.  When will the Soquel Creek Water District allow those who would be affected by this expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project to vote on whether is happens or not, AS DIRECTOR RACHEL LATHER TOLD A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC?

Read here about the Court-ordered adjustment to District rates that came about only because ratepayer Mr. Jon Cole took legal action on his own for the unjustly high water rates.  He was forced to do so because the Board simply dismissed his earlier information and request for an investigation of the matter.  Yet, this District boasts of transparency???  

Write the Soquel Creek Water District Board bod@soquelcreekwater.org    and let them know your thoughts.  Insist the District negotiate an extended Pilot Water Exchange Agreement with Santa Cruz and put the expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project be put on hold until the benefits of a regional solution can be fully assessed.   Attend their Board meeting this Tuesday, 6pm, at the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, and also the Special Board Workshop about changing Water Demand Offset Policy, beginning a 5pm (same location).  I am not sure either will be filmed and made available on Community Television, but I will ask a friend to video record both for public YouTube access.  https://www.soquelcreekwater.org/

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

IS SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION AT UCSC REALLY SERVING OUR COUNTY’S LONG-TERM HEALTH?
I spent some time observing November 5 at UCSC Voting Center, located in the Bay Tree Conference Room.  This is one of three Voting Centers in the County where anyone can walk up, register to vote, and cast a Conditional or Provisional Ballot.  What I saw this morning worried me.  In the space of 15 minutes, I observed at least 30 students walk in, ask to register and appear clueless about the process or the issues.  They cast their ballots, helping to decide the future of critical issues that could have far-reaching economic and environmental impacts on Santa Cruz County and the City. 

Outside, there were members of various political lobbying groups pushing their agendas, and handing young, uninformed students a list of voting recommendations to take to the poll.  Off these students went, registering for what seemed to be the first time, and not knowing much more about issues than what they had just been told by someone with a definite agenda.  I asked the Election Official inside the Voting Center about the legality of this entryway lobbying.  She informed me that as long as the lobbyists were not within 100′ of the door to the third floor entrance (basically the hallway from the stairwell and elevator on the third floor) it was okay.  Wow.

It will be interesting to see how many voters register at these three same-day Voting Centers ( Watsonville Civic Center, the County Building at 701 Ocean Street, and the UCSC location).  County Clerk Gail Pellerin has assured me that these provisional and conditional ballots will all received special scrutiny and investigation within a statewide data base to verify these voters only cast one ballot in this election.  I sure do hope so, but I really have to wonder about the wisdom of this new legally-allowed procedure.

SECURITY LIGHTING IMPROVED LAST WEEK AT RANCHO DEL MAR LOWER PARKING LOT…THEN WENT DARK.
Maybe it was due to your letter to TRC Retail executive Scott Grady that a portable floodlight got installed in the lower Rancho del Mar Center parking area, welcoming Erik’s Deli patrons and staff to a secure parking area.  Unfortunately, the lights were not on Sunday night, when many families might have been interested in getting dinner out during the new daylight savings time change darkness.  Hmmm….write Scott Grady again and ask when the main lights will be re-established for reliable security lighting.   Scott Grady sgrady@trcretail.com

Attend the Santa Cruz City Water public meetings this Wednesday at the Harvey West Scout house and Thursday at Highlands Park House in Ben Lomond, both beginning at 6:30pm.

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 31, 2018 #304 / Town And Gown


In “Merry Olde England,” relationships between those attending Oxford University and the residents of the town of Oxford were, apparently, none too good. In fact, according to an engaging article appearing on the BBC website, physical confrontations between the residents of town and gown were common; murder was not unknown. Military intervention was sometimes required.

Aren’t we so much better off, today?

Well, there haven’t been any town-gown murders yet, here in the City of Santa Cruz, and the National Guard hasn’t been turned out, but feelings between town and gown are certainly strained. In a recent Santa Cruz City election, almost 80% of City voters said the University should stop accepting any more students, in view of the incredibly negative impacts that growing student enrollments have had on the local housing market, traffic congestion, and water security. Fact is, those growing enrollments have undermined the quality of education at the local campus, too.

So far, the University has given no significant indication that it would be willing to terminate future student enrollments at UCSC and maintain the current enrollment level, which is approximately 19,000 students. The Chancellor’s semi-official proposal, which has not yet been made final, and which has not yet been subjected to environmental review, is to add about 10,000 more students to the local campus, on top of the 19,000 students currently enrolled. That number doesn’t count faculty and staff, of course. The local community is officially not pleased with the Chancellor’s number of 10,000 new students (in fact, you could say the community is “outraged”). Unfortunately for the City, which otherwise does get to plan for its future growth, decisions about student enrollment are not made by the community. Outrage won’t be enough.

In my view, since the people have spoken locally in such an emphatic way, this would be a good time for some local political leadership to take this issue to the UC Regents and the State Legislature. A claim that the University should be permitted to do whatever it wants to with respect to increasing student enrollments, without any responsible reference to the adverse impacts that the University’s actions might have on a local community, is a claim that needs to be disputed. There is no reason to abandon hope that such a dispute can be resolved in favor of the local community. No murder or military intervention should be necessary. It won’t be easy, however, to win this debate.

If our local political leaders will commit time, money, and energy to an effort to achieve what 80% of the local voters said they want, I think they can win the battle for us. It is irksome to have to expend lots of energy to achieve what should be obvious, but such is the way of the world. Unless the community mounts the effort, mobilizing every community resource we have, future student enrollment growth will give us an even bigger housing crisis than we already have, a housing crisis on steroids, and we will all be spending our time on gridlocked streets. 

As James Herndon, who writes on education, has put it: that is not “The Way It Spozed To Be.”

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. Look for an inside view of desire, despair, and our inner most sanctum just below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “About Deleting” 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.

BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ BIRTHDAY PARTY. The Bookshop celebrates 52 years in business on Friday November 9. Bookshop Readers Card members will receive a 20% discount all day. That night there’s a birthday cake and ice cream for everybody plus the annual and once per year only appearance of The Hot Damn String Band. That’s Jim Reynolds guitar, Annie Steinhardt fiddle, Gary Cunningham string bass, Dave Magram banjo, Stuart Evans mandolin and as per usual I’ll be playing washboard. see you there!!.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS.
The  second concert in this season’s series is … “AMERICAN VOICES” with music by Bloch, Barber, Praetorius Gómez, Cowell, Brown, and others. C.A.Jordan, concert director and soprano; Kathleen Purcell, flute, alto flute, and piccolo; Kristin Garbeff, cello; Kumi Uyeda, piano. The second concert of their spectacular new season is a “triple-entendre” of American composers, featuring the words of three uniquely American poets, sung by a uniquely talented American soprano. The concerts are on Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm and repeated on Sunday, November 11, 3:00 pm. They are always held at Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.) that’s by the CHP Patrol offices.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “My Beast places #4 on the cyber list 9 Fantastic Novels For Fairy Tale Fans — complete with video! —  this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Also, some ghostly thoughts about my Art Boy, in keeping with the spirit of last week’s Dia de Los Muertos celebrations.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? A well-deserved 98 on RT! Melissa McCarthy plays real-life author Lee Israel, who, when she’s down on her luck, starts forging and selling fake letters from famous literary stars. McCarthy is better for my money at being straight than she is as a comic. An excellent movie, based on a book that Lee Israel wrote confessing the entire plot. Go see it…it’s why they make movies, and why we like to go see them.

BEAUTIFUL BOY. A long and drawn-out saga/story of a teen age boy Timothee Chalamet in his first real role. He becomes a crystal meth addict and his Dad — played by Steve Carell — goes the full distance as a parent trying to relate and help. The movie is as sad as real life when parents lose touch with their kids. The background music is way too loud, the acting is perfect, and it is a very sad, depressing film, without an ending that will leave you satisfied.

FREE SOLO. A National Geographic documentary of young Alex Honnold free-climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. It is beautiful, terrifying, and the most tension you’ve ever felt from anything ever on screen. He climbs the three thousand-plus feet in a little over three hours. It’s a nearly perfectly-made film, on a topic you’ll never forget. See it on the big screen at the Del Mar…you won’t regret it, trust me!!! Oh yes 98 on RT!!.

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.

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)

MID 90’S. Comic Jonah Hill directed this mid 1990’s near-documentary of skateboarder teen agers coming of age in Los Angeles. My grandsons are going through the same period of life, and in the same area right now — but I could not sense what point or comment Jonah Hill was trying to make with this short (84 minutes) drama. The story seemed disjointed and pointless, but maybe that was the point?

HALLOWEEN. Yes, Jamie Lee Curtis and her nemesis Michael Myers are back in another awkward attempt to make money…not cinematic progress. The usual scare attempts are used over and over, and they just plain flop. There isn’t a single reason to see this latest version of the 1978 original. Save your money for Candy Corn.

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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. Environmentalist Grey Hayes takes the full hour on Election Night November 6. Pledge Drive Night has UCSC teacher Maria Herrera and her student talk about campus issues on Nov. 13. They are followed by Ken Koenig and Judy Allen discussing the Common Ground part of Santa Cruz Indivisible. November 20 has UCSC folks bringing us up to date on The East Meadow development. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s traditional night featuring the winners of their Young Writers Contest happens Nov. 27. Tandy Beal talks about her special performances on Dec. 4th. Then Carla Brennan shares news about her Insight Meditation workshops. 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

Sharks! This woman is living her dream life 🙂

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. “Timely Quotes”
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.  Isaac Asimov
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists”. Franklin D. Roosevelt
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”. Abraham Lincoln
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”. Abraham Lincoln


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