July 20 – August 2, 2015

THE FABLED SEA BEACH HOTEL circa 1898. This lovely hotel was yet a another attempt to compete with Monterey and Carmel for the overnight tourist trade. It stood over near where our municipal wharf is today. It burned down on June 12, 1912.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DOUBLE COLUMN AGAIN. This week contains both July 20, 2015 column material and stuff from July 27, 2015

DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF STEVE CLARK. If you didn’t read John Malkin’s June 24 th Good Times article about the misadventures of Santa Cruz Deputy Chief of police Steve Clark then go here to read “Blurred Blue Lines”.

It’s important that all Santa Cruzans know as much as possible about Steve Clark. John Malkin was a guest on my July 14th Universal Grapevine and he talked about his research and personal experiences in writing this article. When you know just how many times officer Clark had bad experiences with City Officials, office seekers, murder investigations, it makes you wonder just how this city is run…and who’s responsible. Clark was the Police department’s PR spokesman and he was also the Police Manager’s union representative. That’s been changed for obvious reasons. John Malkin and I talked about the fact that Steve Clark was making $167,268 per year in 2011 and we don’t know what he makes now. What is equally interesting (after you read the Good Times Article) is that there has been no reaction to it. None from the Police Department, none from the City Council. It’s probably the only “safe” way to react to something as important as his misconduct. As Malkin said, it’s also vacation time and city employees are taking time off. John Malkin also said that some of the people he interviewed want to ask questions of the Mayor and the police…and that “it’s definitely not over”.

I think we should take bets on how gutsy or relevant a statement we can ever expect from Mayor Don Lane.

DEDICATION OF THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE STATUE 20 YEARS AGO. Watch and listen to Doug Rand tell about the 100 + guns sunk into the base of the statue. E.A. Chase, the sculptor of the statue tells his history too.

MIKE ROTKIN NOT RUNNING AGAIN. Being a man of his word, many of us were thrilled when he told a questioner that “NO WAY” was he running again for City Council. Just as he’s kept his devotion to the City investing in a de-sal plant, we can be sure he’ll not be back. Some may wonder why he’s making all those televised speeches at the City Council meetings acting like a former Mayor etc., so ask him when you see him.

FLOURIDE IN OUR DRINKING WATER…UPDATE. This is an update from the Center For Disease Control …”The number of communities and people who benefit from water fluoridation is continuing to grow. This effective public health intervention was initiated in the United States in 1945. In 2012, 74.6% of the U.S. population on public water systems, or a total of 210,655,401 people, had access to fluoridated water”. Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and World Health Organization. Because of its contribution to the dramatic decline in tooth decay in the United States since the 1960s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Still, many poorly informed Santa Cruzans can’t see the future…or can’t understand statistics.

LOCAL VIDEO STORE SITUATION. I just got news that Video 9 in Boulder Creek is closing….and they are having a big and final sale of all their DVD’s right now. That’s a shame, I like browsing through stacks of videos and being surprised by ones I never knew existed. Ashlyn Adams, owner of Westside Video (out by Omei Restaurant) the last Video Store in Santa Cruz says that Capitola Video, Video USA in Aptos, and Beacon Video in Felton are still in existence.

COAST DAIRIES NATIONAL MONUMENTAL PROBLEMS. Ted Benhari of The Rural Bonny Doon Association writes… We learned last week that there is strong evidence of a Native American settlement on the Coast Dairies land. Almost certainly Cotoni (CHUH-ton-ee), which were the sub-group of Ohlone that lived on the north end of Monterey Bay for thousands of years. And who will be commemorated with the renaming of Coast Dairies to “Cotoni-Coast Dairies”. The need to protect and study this possible settlement site is another big reason National Monument status, which certainly brings many additional visitors, needs to be put off.

National Monument status could result in monumental overuse, impacting the fauna and flora of Coast Dairies, and the surrounding communities, because of the worldwide promotion that such status will surely bring, while additional funding for facilities and management is uncertain. Animals may no longer find suitable habitat, and creeks, lagoons, wetlands and special status plants could be seriously harmed. The existing strong and irrevocable protections are all we need because the Deed Restrictions governing the federal Bureau of Land Management and the California Coastal Development Permit require maximized coastal resource protection, limit use of Coast Dairies to open space, agriculture, and public recreation, and preclude motorized off-road vehicles, commercial logging, mining, and resource extraction, including fracking. After a regional management plan is developed and the detailed environmental study certified it may be reasonable to seek National Monument status for the Cotoni-Coast Dairies public lands.

The area will be opened to public use whether designated as a National Monument or not. Funding for infrastructure and management is not guaranteed for National Monuments, other than an extra $3 per acre, or only about $18,000 a year, about enough for a quarter-time ranger. Current protections give us the luxury to take the time for a proper review of all the ways that the National Monument designation will affect the Coast Dairies property and our communities. The current plan is to do this review after the site is designated a National Monument. Consequently there would be no review of the wisdom of the designation itself, and no review of locally controlled alternatives for opening up the area for public use. There are very high downside risks of inviting the world to visit: fragile soils, multiple salmonid streams, and steep cliffs will make public access very tricky. The size of this property supports mammals such as puma, gray fox, and badger. These species will not remain in areas with high public use. If trails are not sited well, or if too many are opened up, we could lose these species. If hundreds of thousands of additional visitors descend upon the area, choke Mission Street and Highways 1, 92 and 17, and overwhelm the small town of Davenport, we could lose much more.

To learn more about this issue and follow developments, go to http://www.friendsofthenorthcoast.org and join the Facebook group, Friends of the North Coast https://www.facebook.com/groups/846372308752865/.

Ted added this week: Over 400 signatures now on the petition, but we’d like a lot more. Please keep pumping your friends and contacts to consider signing. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/coast-dairies-national-monument-not-so-fast

A RIDE ON THE GOOD OLD ANGELS FLIGHT. It’s a larger and older version of the Shadowbrook railway experience (and there’s no food ) check out this valuable vehicle.
JOHNNY CARSON AND BETTY WHITE DO” ADAM & EVE”

COLLATERAL DAMAGE TRIBUTE. Mathilde Rand announces…Please Join Us at the Collateral Damage Statue for “A Coming Together”. 70 years ago, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Today, in a time of increasing tensions between the U.S., its NATO allies, and Russia, there are nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons, 94% held by the U.S. and Russia.

The two sides are brandishing nuclear weapons on the borders of the Ukraine, posingan intolerable threat to humanity and the global environment. On Sunday, August 2nd, starting at 6 pm, we will hold a Coming Together next to the Statue at the Town Clock Park in downtown Santa Cruz to say: No to Nuclear Weapons, No to War! We will begin the evening with a brushing, waxing and buffing of the Collateral Damage Statue. Starting at 6:30, Aileen Vance, Gail Swain, Louis LaFortune, Russell Brutsche, Victor Aguiar, the Raging Grannies and others will share their music with us. The music will be followed by a quiet candlelight circle during which all participants are invited to offer short personal reflections, songs and poems. Let us recommit ourselves to a world without nuclear weapons and without war. Please bring symbols for peace, flowers, candles in containers, and chairs.

SAVE L.A.’S ANGEL’S FLIGHT. Pat Matecjek informs us that L.A’s famed Angel’s Flight is in danger. There’s a petition out there to save it. The online newspaper “LAist” said…”Downtown’s historic Angel’s Flight railway has been gathering dust for two years, but a new petition from fans of the funicular might help get the vintage trolley moving again. Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, local historians and operators of the unique Esotouric tour-company, launched a petition earlier this week, asking the city to reopen the railway at S. Hill St. between Third and Fourth streets. A bright orange vestige of the city’s past, the block-long, two-car railway was shut down two years ago for safety reasons. The petition asks Mayor Garcetti to “help cut the red tape in Sacramento and San Francisco” so that the nearly 115-year-old railway, also known as a funicular, can operate once again. The railway has closed and reopened a number of times in its long history, but the petitioners claim the safety issues have been resolved”.

ROBERT KRAFT TRIBUTE. Paul Elerick emailed to say…Robert Kraft’s family and friends met Saturday July 18 in memory of this great man. I met Bob and Rosalie Kraft at the beginning of the campaign to keep the Wingspread Development from being built on one of the last open spaces on our mid-county coast I was lucky to be able to know these two great people. One of the highlights of the memorial was a rendition of that Lennon/-McCartney classic “She’s Leaving Home” by Bob’s two son’s, Kevin and Ken Kraft, both talented musicians. Bob Kraft’s long time friend John Faulkner described him best as “Warm Friend, Great Astronomer and Modest Human Being”. You can read lots more about Bob Kraft here.

TIM EAGAN BLOG. Artist, cartoonist (“Deep Cover” & “Subconscious Comics”)Tim Eagan guested on my Universal Grapevine last Tuesday. After a thirty + year friendship I still learned that night he was a member of and lived in the original Dartmouth “Animal House”. More than that I learned that he has a weekly blog. Go here about Animal House and go here about “A Freakin’ Genius” to read his weekly musings and meanderings.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.

This meeting was held in basement conference room at 1080 Emeline Ave. I can’t say this venue was easy to find, but I did locate it and attended the meeting. Couldn’t this important meeting be held at the County Building on Ocean Street???

The main purpose of the meeting was to review the Housing Element of an update to the County’s General Plan. Mostly because of high cost of housing, and the State requirement to accommodate still more people in Santa Cruz County, the Planning Commission is moving in that direction.

Two of the Planning Commissioners, Holbert and Shepherd were able to forward some critical comments to the Board of Supervisors, which is the plan’s Housing Element’s next stop in the approval process. One of several controversial changes prevents people wanting to build on their property to always build to the maximum units that their property is zoned for. Also raised were concerns over raising allowable building height and lack of consideration for parking when residential density is increased.

However the representative of the Santa Cruz Business Council and Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors spoke in favor to the changes. He felt that ” building was more important than trying to find a parking space”. If you want to have a say in this important issue,, plan to attend the next Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:00 A.M. on August 4.

(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).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says this week on his KUSP Land Use Report

Santa Cruz County residents may remember that there has been a lively discussion before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on medical marijuana cultivation, with an initiative measure having been circulated to overturn the regulatory system adopted in Santa Cruz County. When the Santa Cruz County Board returns from its summer break, we will probably hear more about this issue in Santa Cruz County. Last Monday, the City of Santa Cruz opened up its Resource Recovery Facility for a public tour. I missed it, and I bet you did, too! However, you will have a couple more chances to see how the City of Santa Cruz handles its recycling operations if you make a reservation for tours being offered on Friday, August 21st, from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning, and from 1:00 to 2:30 in the afternoon. The City’s Resource Recovery Facility is located at 605 Dimeo Lane, on the County’s North Coast, and it’s a pretty impressive facility. If you are interested, you can make a reservation in advance. Naturally, I have provided you with the information you need in today’s Land Use Report blog.

Santa Cruz residents (City residents, I am talking about) generate about thirty to fifty tons of recyclable materials each day. These are the materials that go into the “blue bins” that residents push to the curb on their assigned pick up day. If you take the tour, you’ll see how the City’s recycling workers, in just one week, can bale as much as forty-nine tons of mixed paper, twenty-one tons of plastic, and about seventy-one tons of cardboard. Those on the tour will visit the scrap metal facility, too, and even the so-called “Second Chance Store,” where recycled materials are offered to the public free of charge. 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

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS IN PERSPECTIVE.

 

For the past few weeks I’ve had a chance to visit and stay in state parks in Colorado and Florida. A comparison with California State Parks is unavoidable. How do California State Parks measure up? Not well I’m afraid. This is not news for most of us and lack of money is usually the rationale. The closer I looked, the less the problems in California appear to be budget-based, the more they appear to be based on the organizational structure and philosophy of the CA State Park system.

The most striking difference I experienced was how comfortable and welcoming the state parks felt in Colorado and Florida. A leisurely walk on the trails is an activity on par with other activities. Bikers keep to their trails; dogs are on leash or not allowed and the rangers ensure the rules are followed. This has created a climate of cooperation and respect for others and the natural resources which can thus be enjoyed by all and preserved for future generations. In my experience in California, the simple pleasure of a hike in a state park is shattered by the domination of mountain bikers, most of whom view any restrictions on their access as an affront to their right to ride anywhere and everywhere. The rangers simply look the other way. The results of this neglect and bias are evidenced in serious erosion of trails and ever-increasing domination by bikers to the exclusion of others. A mountain-biking friend, one of the few who follows the rules and who worked as a docent at one of our state parks close to Santa Cruz, showed the ranger photos he took of dramatic erosion on the steep slopes of the park caused by mountain bikers in areas off-limits to them and was told, “well, they have to ride somewhere”! And so it is with dogs running at large in California state parks, a growing trend with the corporate-sponsored current popularity of dog ownership. With little if any enforcement by rangers, there is a growing sense of entitlement by dog owners, similar to that of mountain bikers, that they have a right to run their dogs off leash on state park beaches and trails.

Never mind habitat, never mind the discomfort of others. If there is not a reversal of the rangers’ attitudes and practices, California state parks will soon become the playground for bikers and dog owners and the rest of us can “go somewhere else” as one dog owner told me. Of course there is no “somewhere else.” Will drones be next?

If you ask for a ranger response to this situation, the swift reply is that they are short-staffed because of a lack of funding and don’t have the personnel to enforce the rules. The public nods in understanding. Having observed the personnel structure and budgets of Colorado and Florida State Park systems I disagree that this is a legitimate reason for the lack of enforcement. In California, state park rangers are sworn law enforcement personnel and thus receive far higher salaries than if they were non law enforcement personnel. Their duties are limited to patrol and enforcement which makes their lack of success at that job even more egregious. In Florida and Colorado the rangers are not law enforcement personnel. They have a variety of duties including collecting fees at the entrances; giving naturalist programs for the public; staffing the visitor centers; cleaning up trash and bathrooms as well as enforcing the rules, all of which they do successfully. They see their duty as enforcing the rules rather than accommodating the rule breakers. The other significant difference is the top-heavy middle and upper management in California compared to the lean levels in Colorado and Florida. Reminds me of the UC system which also complains about lack of funding as it adds layers and layers of middle and top management.

At one state park in Colorado I was stunned to hear that the park is self-supporting, including the cost of the rangers dedicated to that park! Entrance and camping fees are less than in California. They also have three popular cabins for rent and a superb visitor center. In my minds eye I reflected on the hundreds if not thousands of mountain bike riders who park outside of Wilder Ranch and pay nothing to enter the park.

Perhaps a close look at how other states operate their parks, particularly their personnel structure and sense of duty, would do more to address the decline in California state parks than all the committees, hours of testimony and suggestions to commercialize our state parks could ever achieve.

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

HIGHWAY SIX PARTY AND FUN RAISER. Bruce Van Allen informs us…I’m working with the student activists known as the UCSC Highway 6 after they temporarily blocked the freeway as part of a statewide “96 Hours of Action” last March to express outrage against police brutality and excessive student fee increases. The 6 have been the target of severe repression by the University and the courts, as well as vicious attacks by our own “Take Back Santa Cruz” right-wing extremists. We are having a benefit dinner to help them raise funds to pay restitution stemming from their civil disobedience and to fight for the rights of student activists in the future.

Concretely, please SAVE THE DATE for an evening of delicious food, music, an auction, and opportunities to connect campus and community activists: UCSC Highway 6 Benefit Dinner Saturday, August 29, 5:30 – 8:30 PM London Nelson Community Center Requested Donation: $25 (sliding scale – no one turned away). You can RSVP to <ucscHWY6@gmail.com>. You can also make a direct contribution at: <http://www.gofundme.com/oee2do>. Please include a note if you plan to attend the dinner on August 29.

SANDY LYDON’S SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HISTORY CLASS. Sandy tells us we’re doing the second semester — History 25B — from 1880 to the present — this coming fall semester at CarbilhoCrabilho? — The schedule is in the Cabrillo class schedule and will be on my website. We’re working very hard to make the registration process easier — particularly for those who have taken it before –it was first taught in 1974 — we’ve made 41 more years of history since then…Also, of course, registrants can take the vaunted Certified Local exam at the end of it all, and become CERTIFIED LOCALS! (Don’t have to have taken History 25A, but the test will cover the pre 1880 period…) Check out His website at http://sandylydon.com/index.html

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Hatred in Santa Cruz??? DeCinzo has a point…scroll down.

 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. There are puns and there are classic puns. Check out a classic Subconscious Comic from August 1988 see below….

 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Behold Beast”, the hero of my next novel, ready for his first close-up, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, take a new look at a venerable old detective in the often lyrical Mr. Holmes. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

 

TANGERINE. A very down to earth gritty downtown Los Angeles film claiming to be a comedy is absolutely great. We didn’t laugh at all but admired, loved and talked a lot about the sex flipping tragic lives involved. Cross dressing street corner prostitues and the debauched folks in their lives make this one grand film that will be talked about for years.See it quickly at the Nick.

WOLFPACK. A documentary about a bizzare family of seven brothers who have stubted lives because of a warped father. All that keeps them near sane is watching DVD’s of films. It’s an excellent film and will leave Thursday July 29.

 

PAPER TOWNS. A teen age saga pseudo mystery that will keep you glued to the screen. It really doesn’t go anywhere, but you’ll admire the pace of the film and the acting. Go for it.

UNEXPECTED. A white school teacher gets pregnant and befriends a black teen age student when she too becomes pregnant. No world shattering lessons, or cinema it’s still a fine film. Go see it…and quickly.

 

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

Mr. HOLMES. Ian McKellen is “sort of interesting” as a retired 93 year old Sherlock Holmes. But the script takes cheap shots when they claim he never wore a Deerstalker hat or smoked a cigar instead of a pipe. The plot meanders in time from 1947 to now and includes a visit to Hiroshima as well as telling us that he never really lived at 221B Baker Street !!!. Laura Linney gained a few pounds and does her usual brilliant job of acting as his housekeeper. I liked Jeremy Britt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Basil Rathbone (not Robert Downey jr.) much better than McKellen. According to Guiness’s book of Records Sherlock has been played on screen 247 times by 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, and John Cleese. That’s more than Hamlet!!!

JEREMY BRETT AS SHERLOCK HOLMES.

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana do tremendous jobs of acting in this real-life story of one man’s bi-polar life. If you watch closely, and know he’s in it, Keir Dullea (2001) plays somebody’s father. It’s an “Interesting” film, which means not great, but you’ll watch it all the way through and won’t fall asleep.

 

AMY. I hardly knew who Amy Winehouse was before seeing this documentary. She was a genuine marvel. Great voice, vulnerable, had a terrible father and this is one excellent film. It’s the very bad side of fame and fortune. She drank and drugged herself to death at the very ripe age of 27. See this film quickly…it’s at the Nick.

 

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more movies down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Tom Hardy is no Mel Gibson and Charlize Theron isn’t any Tina Turner (Beyond Thunderdrome 1985). Fury Road is a very serious and wonderfully filmed road chase that lasts 2 hours. Remember how sort of goofy and friendly Mel Gibson was? Tom Hardy barely talks at all through the entire film. Max’s last name is Rockatansky in case anybody asks you. Hard to believe but this plot involves mother’s milk, oil, a little water, a flame throwing guitar, and just plain lunacy. Great special effects…all directed by George Miller the very same director who did the first 3 Max’s.

ANT MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

TERMINATOR GENISYS. As you probably know by now Arnold Schwartznegger is back (as in one of his dumber than dumb catch lines “I’ll be back”). He’s worse in this film than he was in Sacramento. The entire film is a mess. It’s a special effects series of 100’s of 15 second action shots, none of which add up to a plot. It’s another formula time-travel crapshoot. Arnie hasn’t progressed since his Conan days. Don’t even rent this insult of a movie.

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. Ann Lopez talks about the Center for Farmworker Families on July 28 then Chris Neklason of Cruzio relates their latest projects. On Tuesday August 4 Kristal Caballero Exec. dir. Of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes talks about their events. Then area attorney Bob Taren discusses his ideas on what’s happening in our county. Patrice Vecchione talks about her new book, “Step Into Nature” on August 11th. Mireya Gomez-Contreras program director of The Day Worker Center on 7th Avenue tells about the newest accomplishments at the Center. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. 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

NEW GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. Right now you can listen to the last two weeks of Grapevines if you …go to KZSC.org, click on the “TWO WEEK ARCHIVE” box on the right hand side. Scroll down the station DJ’s circles past “Bruce” and click on the circle that says “Bruce Bratton” then you have your choice of the last two week’s programs. You have to listen to about 4 minutes of KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

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 some past broadcasts. 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.

QUOTES.

“My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”, Rick Bass. “August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one’s endurance, sanity and stamina”, Henry Rollins. “Sunset Boulevard opened in August 1950, and it was pronounced the best movie ever made about Hollywood”, Gloria Swanson.

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July 9 – 22, 2015


DOWNTOWN BOULDER CREEK, circa 1890’s. That’s of course Central Avenue with
The Alpine House on the right. Do note how very wide the Avenue is, and with all the flags flying we can assume it must be a Fourth Of July Parade.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE July 6, 2015
and
DATELINE July 13, 2015

ADAM SCOTT ON THE LETTERMAN SHOW.

Our one and only Santa Cruz born film star guests on Letterman a few years back and now STARS in “The Overnight” an excellent well acted film that played quickly at the Nick.

HALTING THE COAST DAIRIES NATIONAL MONUMENT. As the petition says, “National Monument status will not add any legal protections that do not already exist, and the resulting overuse could seriously harm the land’s unique and fragile eco-system, its resources, and public safety. We and the property need Development of a regional approach to manage the many preserved properties in northern Santa Cruz County and southern San Mateo County, which must include the various public agencies and private organizations that own and manage them, as well as the surrounding communities; and Completion and approval of a detailed environmental study conforming to National Environmental Protection Act specifications to determine the level and locations of public access that can be accommodated at Coast Dairies while minimizing impacts to the environment and neighboring communities. Some of the most important reasons for “halting” the Monument designation and Fred Keeley’s maneuvers are;

RORY CALHOUN SINGS!!! Not born locally, but a Santa Cruz resident for a few years Rory duets here with Mary Costa. Trivia question…”Rory Calhoun was the only Hollywood star to make three films with Marilyn Monroe can you name them?”
WATCH THE PROTESTORS ON MAUNA KEA. This clip from June 25 shows how serious this native Hawaiian protest has become. Since this clip, the Government has broken up and stopped the blockade.
Zasu Pitts. Another great movie star who lived and went to school in Santa Cruz. This clip teaches us how to pronounce her name.
911 NEW YORK CITY AND “BOATLIFT”…who knew??? Tom Hanks narrates this 12 minute video of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan the day of the attacks in 2001. 2996 people died that day. This video makes it very clear that Manhattan is an island and those folks felt trapped. To watch all the help from the boat owners is amazing. Now, ask yourself: how come this gigantic effort never became public knowledge?

National Monument status could result in monumental overuse, impacting the fauna and flora of Coast Dairies, and the surrounding communities, because of the worldwide promotion that such status will surely bring, while additional funding for facilities and management is uncertain. Animals may no longer find suitable habitat, and creeks, lagoons, wetlands and special status plants could be seriously harmed.

The existing strong and irrevocable protections are all we need because the Deed Restrictions governing the federal Bureau of Land Management and the California Coastal Development Permit require The petition to delay the monument campaign is now available for signing, here. Spread the word! Ask everyone you know to sign it, too!

JADE HELM HAPPENING? THOSE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED TANKS IN TEHACHAPI. Jeannine Bonstelle was kind enough to send us a link and what looks like an explanation for all the brand new tanks I saw being trucked east on the Tehacapis on June 17. My sister and her daughter also saw hundreds of brand new tanks being railroaded toward Las Vegas a few days before that. From all reports there is a huge military “exercise” happening right now July 15- September 15. Conspiracy theorys are going and growing like crazy. There are maps showing the seven western states that are involved. There are supposedly hostile states, friendly states….all sorts of plots like using closed down Wal Marts and their secret tunnels!!!!

The Washington Post says Jade Helm isn’t aimed at starting “martial Law” check here… I could link 20 sites like Wikipedia to give you more data and rumors…just Google “Jade Helm” and see for yourselves.

WAMM FEATURED IN/ON HUFFINGTON POST. Valerie Corral and WAMM

( Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana) have an excellent article in Huffington Post.It’s about their history, their battles, and the amazing amount of courage and patience its taken even to maintain the benefits and status they now have. Most importantly, it says why they are doing a very critical and timely Indie GoGo crowdfunding fund raiser. We should all chip in…as the article states WAMM is the heart of the medical marijuana movement. (p.s. Yes I know, when you see
the Huffington article, the photo says Santa Cruz City Hall, we all know it’s really the county building).

SACRED MAUNA KEA AND THE EIGHT ACRE, 18 STORIES HIGH TELESCOPE.

It’s great that The Santa Cruz Sentinel picked up on this Hawaiian protest(July 6). What their story didn’t tell you is that the proposed 30 meter telescope (TMT)is 18 stories high and will occupy eight (8) acres of land. Dan Ahuna the Vice Chair and trustee from Ni’ihau and Kaua’i makes it very clear in the May 2015 issue of Ka Wa Ola the official newspaper of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that Hawaiians are not against science. They protest the process the telescope has been pushed through, and he also announced that Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has rescinded their 2009 support of this 30 meter telescope. He goes on to say that it’s the management and decommissioning processes of the 13 telescope site has been terrible and adds that the many nations operating telescopes there pay only $1 per year lease-rent to the University of Hawaii. Then Rowena Akana OHA Trustee says that the University subleases the lands for millions, perhaps billions of dollars. She then asks where does that money go? Is it going to science? She says there is no accountability for that money. Ahuna closes by saying that even the resulting jobs which have not been promised to Hawaiians would only be a few hundred temporary construction jobs and less than 150 permanent jobs.

NEW LEAF MARKETS NOT LOCALLY OWNED. The oft – mentioneds Jesse Nickell and Supervisor Zach Friend have both boasted and claimed that the reason New Leaf Markets are supposed to open in the APTOS VILLAGE PROJECT is because New Leaf is locally owned. It certainly is not locally owned. Even The Sentinel reported on Nov. 12 2013…

SANTA CRUZ — New Leaf Community Markets, a local leader in organic and natural foods, announced Tuesday its acquisition by New Seasons Market, a growing grocery chain based in Portland, Ore. The price was not disclosed. New Seasons, founded in 2000, has 13 stores and is one of the largest private employers in the Portland area with nearly 2,700 workers.

New Leaf, founded in 1985, has eight stores, including five in Santa Cruz County, and 600 employees. New Leaf’s founders will have an ownership share in New Seasons Market and Scott Roseman, founder and co-owner of New Leaf Community Markets, will join the New Seasons Market board of directors. The combined company will be based in Portland, Ore., with New Seasons operating from Portland and New Leaf operating from Santa Cruz as a wholly owned subsidiary with the current management team running New Leaf’s stores”.

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

LAND USE ISSUES IN ROCKFORD, MICHIGAN.

Just returned from two weeks in a small town in Michigan where I grew up, seeing friends from sixty years ago. That little town has prospered over the years, mostly by making smart decisions, getting rid of a polluting shoe factory and keeping a lid on dumb growth. But recently the citizens were put to the test again. First, by an unapproved sand mining operation on the outskirts of town, and then a 51-unit three story condo development proposed for the middle of a beautiful old residential community. Some of my less enlightened friends supported both of these projects with the reasons we know only too well. ” You can’t stand in the way of progress”, and “property rights must be upheld”, and “we must provide housing for those who want to move here”. We’ve heard all these pro-growth ramblings here in Santa Cruz County. Both of these projects were defeated in Rockford..

The message here is that we must stay on top of what our County leaders are proposing for changes in our General Plan. This issue will come back before the Board of Supervisors sometime before the end of the year in the form of a 200 page document for review. It’s extremely complicated, but is intended to “make the planning process easier'”. Plan on a full court press by developers, vineyard owners and business interests throughout the county to back the changes. Call your County Supervisor and ask to be kept in the loop on this issue”. “. (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).

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT….Gillian Greensite emails…

CONTEMPLATING DRONES

We can learn a lot from elephants. When the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake struck, elephants went to the hills and humans went to the coast to look at the big waves. So it is with drones. Elephants fear the drones’ sound while humans embrace this new recreational technology with enthusiasm. The Santa Cruz Sentinel featured drones in an article on July 10th, with enticing drone photos of Lighthouse Point and Kenyan giraffe reserves by local photographer and drone enthusiast Steve Mandel. The only caution mentioned was that some can do evil and stupid things with drones so you have to keep an eye on them. Is this sufficient? On a recent birding trip to Point Pinos, we saw a drone fly over the offshore rocks scattering the resting sea birds. By the time the sheriff responded the drone operator was gone.

There has been little public debate about drones beyond their use for military purposes. What is the likely impact on our public lands and private spaces? On birds and other animals? What is the impact of commercial drones? What about firefighters who had to ground planes in recent fire-fighting efforts due to recreational drone use?

The advantages of drones are well promoted, whether for rescue purposes, for crop inspections or for combating elephant and rhinoceros poaching in African game reserves. There is little to argue against such advantages. Yet, despite embracing the drone’s ability to deter poachers, some African communities are already questioning the invasion of privacy by drones whose high tech cameras leave nothing to the imagination. In a longer time frame, poachers may arm themselves to destroy drones, thereby escalating the violence.

You can buy a drone with camera at a local electronics store for under one hundred dollars, putting it within reach of almost everybody. Have you had a drone within your range of view, knowing it’s taking pictures, perhaps of you and another in the privacy of your back yard? Have you had your tranquility in a place of natural beauty interrupted by a drone? Such impacts will become commonplace unless we demand a discussion and action on regulating this new technology. Just because we can build it doesn’t mean we should”. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

WALTER REED. Another temporary Santa Cruzan. He too (along with Rory Calhoun) has a bronze-cement tribute square in the Nickelodeon’s Plaza. There’s no need to coment on this “Macumba Love” clip. It’s all I could find.

GOODBYE CHARLIE PHILLIPS. Charlie Phillips of “Voices From The Village” and numerous good community battles died and all of us will miss his eternal energy and good spirits. Paul Elerick forwarded Tim Fitzmaurice’s statement about Charlie. “Charlie Phillips passed away. He was an unrelenting peaceful progressive and the host of Voices From The Village on Community TV, a good friend to me and to our community. He was very brave in his final struggle with illness but undaunted and continued to be present in our town, His devoted partner Betsy is in my thoughts and in our hearts”.

ADAM SCOTT ON KIMMEL’S SHOW. This is a weird interview unless you saw “The Overnight”. The over night was smart, clever, and well worth seeing.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks more about his favorite topic Land Use…

I often use three different “P” words when I talk about land use. Land use “policy” is at the top of the list. Using the powers granted to local government, we have the ability to set “policies” in place that will govern future land use. Zoning ordinances, for instance, set policies that govern the details of future developments. “Project” is a second “P” word. “Projects” are proposals by individuals to use the land, and approval or rejection of these proposed ” projects” is supposed to conform to those “policies” established by the community. A community has “plenary” authority to make decisions about land use projects and policies. There is my third “P” word. “Plenary” means “full.” Local communities have full authority to make decisions about land use, and the decisions that the community makes can have a very significant impact on three “E” words I also frequently mention: the “Environment,” our “Economy,” and social “Equity.”

He says there are many cases in which a property owners with a project in mind don’t want to follow the policies that the County has set for a proposed development. Will “policy” or “politics” prevail? That “politics” “P” word has a lot to do with land use decision making. He talks about development of tall buildings in lower Pacific Avenue.Then he discusses Cal Am and the Monterey de-sal proposal. 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

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE AND OUR CITY COUNCIL. Mike Ryan talked about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s possible move to De La Veaga Park for their next season on last week’s Universal Grapevine. He said it would be close to the former Stroke Center on a long rolling meadow. And he said it would be much closer to where we park!!! The main point is that the move isn’t a done deal yet. Our Santa Cruz City Council has to approve the move. So if you know anyone on the council tell them to support and approve Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s big move. Some wags who have noted the sex-changes and script changes in this year’s season have emailed to ask if in the future we’ll be seeing such plays as “Romeo and George”, “King Laura”, “Julia Caesar”, or “Hamletina” ??

LISA JENSEN LINKS…Lisa writes: “Break out the bubbly, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I finally sign the contract for my next book! Also, Wallace Baine fools around with history in his entertaining new collection of stories, and I bid a heartfelt farewell to one of my favorite actors, the wonderful Roger Rees. (Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975).

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. De Cinzo creates a subtle view of station KSCO. Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan clowns around with the G.O.P.see downwards a few pages.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana do tremendous jobs of acting in this real-life story of one man’s bi-polar life. If you watch closely, and know he’s in it, Keir Dullea (2001) plays somebody’s father. It’s an “Interesting” film, which means not great, but you’ll watch it all the way through and won’t fall asleep.

AMY. I hardly knew who Amy Winehouse was before seeing this documentary. She was a genuine marvel. Great voice, vulnerable, had a terrible father and this is one excellent film. It’s the very bad side of fame and fortune. She drank and drugged herself to death at the very ripe age of 27. See this film quickly…it’s at the Nick.

SELF/LESS. A DULL BORING MESS OF A MOVIE. Director Tarsem Singh has little talent for making good films. This one stars Ryan Reynolds as the new body Ben Kingsley buys so he can live longer. For some reason, and it can really surprise you, Michelle Dockery the star of Downton Abbey has a dinky role that amounts to zero. If you remember the 1966 film “Seconds” which was shot partly in Santa Barbara and starred Rock Hudson…see it again, Self/Less is a cheap copy.

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

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL.This film is clever, smart, bitter, heart rending, tearful, nicely acted, neatly directed and worth seeing…if you like a good cry now and then. It’s a teenage classic and it’s about a dying girl. Definitely worth seeing.

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. Blythe Danner who is now 72 years old carries this film all the way. Sam Elliott is only 71 (and who was born in Sacramento) plays one of Blythe’s boyfriends. It’s a sensitive, tearful, beautiful, emotion filled film. It’s about a woman who was a singer and lost her husband and gets back into the swing of things. Go see it. Yes, Blythe’s daughter Gwyneth Paltrow could take a few lessons from mom. Don’t miss this film.

LOVE AND MERCY. Definitely NOT your typical Hollywood star bio film. This Brain Wilson and The Beach Boys saga is one fine film. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian’s role and the plot is as interesting and complex as his past, present and future. Go see this film especially if you liked The Wrecking Crew (they’re in it too).

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there wre lots more down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

SPY. If you are a Melissa McCarthy fan, you’ll love this one. She gets to act, and not mug nearly as much as usual. It’s a James Bond SPY satire and co-stars Jason Stratham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, 50 Cent, and Bobby Carnavale….all of which add some class to a tired old attempt at being funny.

TERMINATOR GENISYS. As you probably know by now Arnold Schwartznegger is back (as in one of his dumber than dumb catch lines “I’ll be back”). He’s worse in this film than he was in Sacramento. The entire film is a mess. It’s a special effects series of 100’s of 15 second action shots, none of which add up to a plot. It’s another formula time-travel crapshoot. Arnie hasn’t progressed since his Conan days. Don’t even rent this insult of a movie.

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 July 14 Gillian Greensite talks about Vacation rentals and some water issues. Then activist, commentator John Malkin discusses his recent Good Times article about SC Policeman Steve Clark. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. Ellen Primack executive director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music follows Tim on July 21st. Ann Lopez talks about the Center for Farmworker Families on July 28 then Chris Neklason of Cruzio relates their latest projects. Patrice Vecchione talks about her new book, “Step Into Nature” on August 11th. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. . 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. My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”.Rick Bass.

“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July.”
Francis Thompson, A Corymbus for Autumn

“Many public-school children seem to know only two dates: 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” Mark Twain

“An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.”Will Rogers.

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