June 20 – 26, 2017

PACIFIC AND LINCOLN STREETS 1953.  You can tell by the former Bank of America now the New Leaf Market, a wholly owned subsidiary of  New Seasons Market chain. More about New Seasons Markets from their website…

New Seasons Market is a chain of privately owned grocery stores operating in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan Area of Oregon and Washington. Founded by three families and 50 of their friends in 1999, the company currently operates 13 stores in the greater Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, including: Hillsboro, Oregon, Beaverton, Oregon, Happy Valley, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington, and Lake Oswego, Oregon. Many of the products offered are organic food and produced locally in the Pacific Northwest. The stores differ from most grocers by offering natural and conventional products side by side”.

There aren’t many other buildings left from 64 years ago. There’s the Palomar Hotel, and if you peek closely you can see the Town Clock atop the Odd Fellows Building in its original location.  And as usual, I like to point out how easily four cars could park and pass on the old Pacific Avenue.    
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JOHN WAYNE’S AMERICA. Just don’t forget that John Wayne was a draft dodger!
SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING SKETCH. I think I showed this one before and it’s always a testimonial to our young students.
SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK 1920-1940. Not quite the same home town feeling now as back in this day…and it makes the City of Santa Cruz what it is today!!!

DATELINE  June 19, 2017

HOMELESS…AN UNSOLVABLE PROBLEM? Last week I wrote…”HOPE FOR HOMELESS ELSEWHERE?” I’ve certainly tried my damndest for decades to blame, berate and condemn our Santa Cruz City Council for their miserable treatment of the homeless. Their meaningless 40 page study achieved absolutely nothing…and on they go. BUT I have to ask where in the USA has a city, town or metropolis found any solution? Maybe a little assistance program here or there, but can the homeless problem ever be eliminated?  Isn’t the entire world faced with the same issue? Am I missing something?”. Not much of any responses to this except one email from Sara Cloud that read…

“I’ve been volunteering occasionally with the Coffee Talk program that the Santa Cruz Library is doing on Thursday mornings, inviting homeless persons to gather near a canopy set up at the corner of the downtown library for–as it says–coffee and talk.  After the first hour 9-10 a.m.  people who want one-on-one assistance with a specific problem, such as “how do I get a cell phone?”, come into the library upstairs where there are computers set up to work with volunteers. 

I’m learning a lot just by going twice a month and getting some of the materials that are distributed about homelessness.  There is a movement called “Housing First” that has come to mean providing a chronic homeless person with direct and immediate access to housing.  It reverses the traditional concept of “treatment first and then housing” to “housing first and then appropriate treatment.”  Apparently, some communities are using this model successfully.  I saw a video of housing that Salt Lake City has built for the homeless and it said that the city is free of people living on the streets. Awhile ago on the radio  I heard a report of a city in the midwest (sorry don’t remember the name) that was able to do a program subsidizing landlords to provide housing and found that it saved them a lot of money from the policing and emergency services.

Salt Lake City presumably has a dominant Mormon ethic of taking care of ‘your own’  that would have supported their housing initiative.  The city in the midwest had vacant apartments as a result of population loss.  Obviously, Santa Cruz has a whole other set of conditions.  As long as the control of land and money are the competitive driving forces of social and political power, it is hard to see a solution to homelessness”.

There’s no doubt that there are probably more than a thousand help the homeless programs in place around the USA. Each of them I’m sure does some amount of good. The Salt Lake City plan which “provides a chronic homeless person with direct and immediate access to housing”…must mean that Salt Lake City has that immediate access!! Santa Cruz doesn’t, nor do very many other USA cities. There must be another way to deal with this, or just accept the homelessness as a fact of our community…and keep dreaming up new little programs.

DEVELOPMENT FALLACIES
As development pressures in Santa Cruz heat up, we can expect to hear more about the so-called “YIMBIES” (Yes In My Back Yarders) as well as arguments for open space management to move with the times and incorporate modern interests such as drones, high-tech wheeled vehicles and other forms of “activation” into our city parks. To vigorously defend Santa Cruz from losing its identity by overbuilding and to protect its precious open space lands, we need to demonstrate the fallacies in the arguments and expose the commercial interests that drive them.

The Good Times of 5/30/17 in its article on YIMBY featured one pro-development speaker who was one of two people who defended high-rise and dense development in the Corridors Plan to the Planning Commission in contrast to the large crowd of neighbors who attended and spoke and who will be affected by such over- building.  I was struck by the words of this newcomer to Santa Cruz. In defending high-rise development, he said, “I feel I have a right to live and build a life here, too, just as much as the people who’ve been here for 30 or 40 years and already own a home.” There’s no argument against that claim. Sure, he has that right and nobody is suggesting otherwise. But does the community have the responsibility to provide him with the housing he seeks? I would argue no, we have no responsibility to provide housing for the millions who would like to live in Santa Cruz. In fact, rights and responsibilities are not relevant in this debate. Or if they have a place, I can argue that I have a right after 40+ years of working to contribute to this community to not have its identity erased by overbuilding and a responsibility to protect its open space lands as bulwarks against rapid urbanization.

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

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BIGGER AND BIGGER AND BIGGER.

The Great Santa Cruz Motel Building Boom

First Do No Harm: the case of 2424 Mission Street
There’s a motel in Santa Cruz near the corner of Swift and Mission streets. It’s currently called, the Sunset Inn. It will soon be named after its corporate overseer, the Hampton Inn. Seems that “Hampton,” a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide has their “Global Corporate Office” in McClean, Virginia, just up the I-495 toll road from the CIA’s headquarters in Langley.

The Sunset is a faded, light-brown, poop-colored really, stucco faux Spanish Colonial seventies sprawly structure. The parking lot is perhaps its most notable feature. It is one of those motel parks where you drive in right up to your room, never have to see another soul, sleep a few hours and get back on the road. Motels like the Sunset are middle-of-nowhere sleeps on the way to somewhere. It’s a 32-room, rather anonymous piece of anywhere marking our city’s Highway 1 North gateway. It’s a tremendous rebuilding opportunity by anyone’s standard. But, at last Tuesday’s city council meeting, a day after the Warriors took to the court to complete their championship run, the ball this day was in the council’s court. Would this faux-colonial–shelf-life of a couple decades–become a “destination” hotel, or remain an also-ran?

The majority of the Santa Cruz city council, over the objections of neighbors, the warnings of two minority council voices, and a lack of any articulated “community gateway” aesthetic sense, approved doubling down on motel schlock with more motel schlock. A “new and improved,” and just as unremarkable, 60-room faux-something else will take the Sunset’s place, and the community will keep on losing in the Great Santa Cruz Motel Building Boom.

I’ve always thought of Santa Cruz as a somewhere, a destination, a small city with distinction. The new cookie-cutter Hampton Inn will be yet another nod by corporate culture telling Santa Cruz that we are truly a ‘middle-of-nowhere’ place, an out of the way “burgh” on the way to a somewhere more significant, I guess. But if you go to the Consumer Affairs for Brands web site, it’s pretty clear that the Hampton brand is a ‘middle-of-nowhere’ corporation, (only earning 2 out of 5 stars in the 136 reviews that are posted.)

Maybe you’re not surprised when you see one of these sterile, photo-copied monoliths, elegies to a throw-away culture, as you careen past pockets of corporate compost–McDonald’s, Arby’s, Exxon, and Denny’s–on I-80 as you leave the Golden State behind and head for Elko. Or one might be planted like a pernicious weed along I-70 on the outskirts of say, Kansas City, or perhaps you’ve just slid into a widget-like restaurant booth tinged with southern grease and humidity along the I-10 corridor outside of Baton Rouge, and yep, you look up and there it is, another boxy, soulless Hampton Inn staring you in the face like a bad television commercial.

We Can Do Better
But, my friends, this is Santa Cruz, and you and I both know we can do better than freeway off-ramp motel offal. The neighbors along King Street and Mission Street know we can do better. Eastsiders present at the meeting, wondering how the Westside corridor neighbors would be treated, also know we can do better. Local businesses like Companion Bakery and Another Bike Shop know we can do better. Environmental groups clamoring for green, Leeds Certified buildings know we can do better. (No one asked that the building be carbon and water neutral. Why?) A dozen neighbors who showed up at the council meeting knew we could do better. In fact, they presented ideas on how to improve upon the corporate crap-model, not to stop it, but to make it more interesting, more compatible with the neighborhood, and even to acknowledge and celebrate a building that would be constructed at the front gate of a town they thought was a Somewhere.

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Bernie Sanders Tweet of the Week: “We must demand a justice system that values black lives, not one that takes innocent black lives”.

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.

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APTOS VILLAGE PROJECT APPEAL JURISDICTION..FILL THE ROOM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 27 FOR BOARD OF SUPERVISOR CONSIDERATION.
If you can, please attend the June 27 County Board of Supervisor meeting (9am) when they will consider whether or not to listen to citizen appeals for upholding the County Code, and requesting further environmental review for the Aptos Village Project.  Citizens have had to pay $1800 for this, which one would think would be part of the job a County Supervisorial Board would just do as elected public leaders.  

Well, people need to be there to ask that the Board take jurisdiction to hear the appeal, and to write Chairman John Leopold with this request if they are not able to attend the meeting.

View Historic Resources Commission May 12 public hearing

Here are the main points:

The Historic Preservation Plan for the Aptos Village Project expired January 19, 2014. There were no active permits being considered at that time that could perhaps fit the County’s loophole of keeping the Plan active. (Check for yourself on the Planning Department website for APN 041-011-03, -33, -24.)  Under Santa Cruz County Code16.42,060(L), the Plan was good for two years after approval (January 19, 2012) by the Historic Resources Commission, and could only be extended by that Commission upon application prior to expiration of the Plan approved.  That did not happen.

Under Santa Cruz County Code 16.42.060, “no final County approval shall be given to a land division, development permit, building permit, demolition permit, land clearing permit or grading permit for a project affecting an historical structure, object, property, site or district. That is  unless an Historic Resource Preservation Plan for the protection of the historic resource has been approved by the Historic Resources Commission…”   

Well, there you have it, folks….the County simply must obey its own laws.  Now, you and I all know that the County would NEVER make Barry Swenson Builder, Pete Testorff, Joe Appenrodt and the other faceless developers of the Aptos Village Project take down the 17′-high retaining walls, the 3-story steel girders or the concrete foundations now in progress.  HOWEVER, the County Board of Supervisors could show leadership and require that the developers widen Trout Gulch Road between Cathedral Drive and Soquel Drive to accommodate the added traffic impacts of the Phase I development.  The County Board of Supervisors COULD show leadership. They could help the public negotiate buying the Phase II Project area as a mitigation for Phase I traffic, water and public safety impacts, and assist with development of that Phase II area for Nisene Marks State Park users  and possible future rail passenger parking, to re-build the world-famous Aptos Bike Jumps, to re-plant some trees and create public open space or community garden space.

Please write Chairman John Leopold, John.Leopold@santacruzcounty.us  or 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060 with your thoughts.  Attend the June 27 meeting if at all possible.  Help save Aptos Village for EVERYONE!

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~WRITE ONE LETTER.  MAKE ONE CALL.  ATTEND ONE MEETING.

ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS.

TOGETHER, WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Cheers and Happy Summer Solstice, 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.

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#167 / RoseAnn Meets Harry


An article printed on the first page of the June 12, 2017, edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel said this: “Nurse union boss does not play nice.” 

Check the photo!! There she is, RoseAnn DeMoro. DeMoro is the head of the California Nurses Association, and I guess that her nice smile, as pictured in this blog posting, wouldn’t seem so friendly if you were one of those 1% people from Wall Street and didn’t like her “Tax Wall Street” message. The people complaining about DeMoro most recently, though, at least the ones mentioned in the Sentinel article, were not Wall Street 1%ers. They were Democratic Party politicians from California. Why were they so upset? How did DeMoro demonstrate that she doesn’t “play nice,” as far as those Democratic politicians are concerned?

Well, DeMoro actually informed the public, by name, which Democratic Party legislators failed to vote for SB 562, a bill sponsored by the California Nurses Association, and legislation that seeks to establish a “single payer” health care system in this state. It seems to me that the complaints against DeMoro are an example of the thing President Harry S. Truman talked about. Truman was known as a “straight shooter,” and his supporters used to yell at him, “Give ’em Hell, Harry!” Truman’s classic response was this:

I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.”

The California Nurses Association has been working for decades to overhaul the health care system in this state, and is currently supporting Senate Bill 562. SB 562 would establish a “single payer” health care system in California. If you want to read the current version of the bill, entitled, “The Healthy Califoria Act,” just click the link. 

Without trying to argue the pros and cons of the bill in its current form (and there are definitely arguments on both sides), I want to suggest that it is never “unfair” to deny politicians the ability to hide their votes and their actions. The voters often lack information about what politicians and elected officials actually do, and this lack of information screens those elected representatives from having to account to their constituents for what they are doing on behalf of the constituents. Representing those who elected you, of course, is actually what elected officials are paid to do, and it does seem pretty “fair” to let those who are paying the bills know what you are doing (or not doing) in their name. 

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~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 his blog at www.gapatton.net

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO This week, a popular “target” reappears… The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Scroll down a bit for the hilarity.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “National Health Alert” 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. With a June 13 think piece titled “Play It As It Lies“.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “In honor of Their Finest, which was such a big hit in Santa Cruz, let’s visit some of my other favorite movies about wisecracking scribes this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Salma Hayek is a poor, hard working , talented, spiritual, immigrant from Mexico who ends up having an elegant dinner with John Lithgow and some ritzy friends. Lithgow plays Donald Trump…(the character is named Doug Strutt) really. It’s a clunking, heavy, poorly directed, blah of a movie. It could have been sensitive, real, poignant and even witty but it isn’t.  The ending is not only terrible but it is cruel, pointless and it’ll make you feel bad. Don’t go. And it takes place in Newport Beach.

DEAN. Kevin Kline is the only name we recognize and he does his usual excellent best. This movie is set in Santa Monica, and NYC. Demetri Martin is not only the director but he also is Dean, the lead kid. Kline’s son. It too could have been a fine sensitive story, but the directing, the attempt at humor, the lack of depth, doesn’t allow us to care as much as we should about the family. Not bad, but there are better films around.

THE BOOK OF HENRY. A lowly 25 on Rotten Tomatoes and still Naomi Watts manages to make us believe her. Sarah Silverman is in it too but if you are a fan don’t expect much…she’s only in it a few minutes and she isn’t supposed to be funny!! Henry is a genius kid Naomi is a dopey Mom and Henry is dying. More than that for a plot Henry discovers that their next door neighbor ( a sheriff)  is abusing his 12 year old stepdaughter!!! It’s a tragic waste of what could have been a very sensitive, developed drama. See some other film first.

ROUGH NIGHT. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz should be ashamed to have played the leads in this piece of Hollywood crap. It demeans women to the utmost. It has absolutely no cleverness, intelligence, timing, or logic. The plot and way too many scenes are sexist, tasteless, pointless, and set in Miami. That’s enough…forget all about it.

MY COUSIN RACHEL. Daphne Du Maurier who was born in London (1907 -1989) wrote this intricate, wonderful, 19th century, threatening, gothic, perverted story of a trusting rich 25 year old who falls in love with his cousin who is out to take both his brothers and his family fortune. Du Maurier wrote Rebecca and also The Birds which Alfred Hitchcock used as a starting point for that film. Rachel Weisz plays Rachel!! And you couldn’t ask for anyone better…she is magnificent. A British costume saga, and if you’re a follower see this film ASAP.

WAKEFIELD. Brian Cranston plays an unhappy, neurotic guy who decides to hide from his wife and children for months by sneaking up stairs in their garage and disappearing.  He spys on his mystified wife (Jennifer Garner) and kids and talks to himself through the entire film, It’s from a book by E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate,  and could have been made into a real contender. Cranston plays it too almost silly and instead of a deep profound character study we just watch a jerk. But it an involving story and worth seeing. Ends Thursday, June 22

WONDER WOMAN. IF you like comic book heroes or heroines (hope its ok to use that term) Wonder woman is several cuts about the usual no brainer/ violent/monster filled box office smashes we keep seeing. Gal Gadot is a former Miss Israel and we keep hearing about that. She plays W. Woman. Robin Wright, is in it too and she is a long time favorite of mine. She is Sean Penn’s ex. Chris Pine just jumps around looking like the usual Hollywood cutey pie. If you remember that she’s a comic book star and is supposed to battle, fight and pose in tight pants all the time you could enjoy this more than most of that ilk.

PARIS CAN WAIT. This piece of fluff tries to be a sophisticated travel –romance-comedy and it is terrible. It’s not even as honest a film as Baywatch…which makes no such pretensions.  Diane Lane plays a still beautiful woman who completely subjects herself to a Frenchman as they take a car trip to Paris. Lane’s husband Alec Baldwin isn’t in the film very much and he would have been an even worse match. DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. The absolute bottom of the barrel in sequels. Even the dopey mugging by Johnny Depp (whose brother owned a bookstore in Santa Cruz) Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom doesn’t save the lack of a story or plot. The effects are built for 3D but add to the confused and twisted story. Avoid this one like the plague.

THE MUMMY. Well it has a 16 on Rotten Tomatoes, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll bet Tom Cruise snuck a whole bunch of Scientologists into this insane, completely confusing, screwy monster movie. It’s by far the worst Mummy movie I’ve ever seen. (probably about 4). Poor Russell Crowe who must need the $$$ to actually take on a role like the evil Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, Jekyll…because Universal is putting a Jekyll monster in one of their theme parks.!! It’s obvious you shouldn’t go, no one else is…it’s a huge bomb.

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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. Bookshop Santa Cruz features its top Short Story Winners Ross Clifford, Joanne Wright, and Paul Skenazy for the full hour on June 20. Doctor James Beckett, PAMF Dermatologist talks skin care on June 27 followed by activist, BrattonOnline columnist Gillian Greensite reporting on area issues. July 4th has environmentalist Grey Hayes talking about the magnificent meadow mouse. Then environmental attorney and former Santa Cruz County Supervisor Gary Patton talks about growth and changes in our County. 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

Worth watching in our throwaway society… This couple has been married for 80 years. She’s 100, he’s 110. That’s mindblowing.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed 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.

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.    “AMUSEMENT PARKS”
“My first job was at an amusement park in Virginia. It was the worst. I loved the park but once I’d worked there all the magic was gone from it. It just turned into a place I hated and I’ve never been there since”.  Danny McBride
“Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement park”, Paddy Chayefsky
Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride”, Anthony Bourdain

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DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ, Pacific and Cooper Streets April 14, 1894. A huge fire broke out on Pacific and because we had so many wooden buildings it was a catastrophe.  Smart City officials started a fire department that same year and built a firehouse on Church street.   
    
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VIETNAMESE FIRE FIGHTERS. Ralph Davila found this gem and adds, ” I wonder  how would they do do against a Trump wall?”
COWELL LIME WORKS HISTORIC DISTRICT.
Tour part of UCSC and environs. I can’t tell who narrated or made this clip.
HITLER FINDS UCSC!!! Another wildly silly take-off of that Hitler clip….and it works!!!
FLOWER DUET. Delibes LAKME with Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca . There may well be equally great harmonies …but none better. Listen to all of this.

DATELINE June 12, 2017

UCSC…WHAT’S UP? For generations now our University of California and all the campuses have had a reputation that was actually better and more pure and even sacred than the Roman Catholic Church…and I mean exactly that. We went there we hoped our kids would go there, it was a perfect future. No one ever questioned or needed to question our pure and perfect official State University. Maybe the 1960’s Berkeley sit ins started  the exposure of an imperfect system. UC authority decisions became odd and not perfect. Now there isn’t hardly any  part of the UC system that doesn’t seem flawed or worse.  Back in the Day we always heard it’s the Regents!! The regents who decide… it’s the Regents who have the power…take that problem to the Regents…it has always been the mythical Board of Regents who turned the wheels, the Regents sat on Mt. Olympus…then we learned about the regents and their grossly misspent dinner funds, their wasting of valuable monies on ego based affairs.

The San Francisco Chronicle in their June 10th issue revealed some very disheartening facts about our UC Board of Regents. Nanette Asimov was the reporter.

In the article she wrote such things as…

“Most of the 26 regents who run the University of California are chosen in a process involving a ghostly, unnamed committee of 12 people who never meet, produce no public record of their actions, and publish no list of members. Some don’t even know who the other members are. That’s how it’s been for more than four decades. And that’s how it was this month when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed four new regents, including Lark Park, his own policy adviser, and Peter Guber, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors.

Of the 18 appointed regents, including the four just named, half are financiers, corporate executives, investors, real-estate developers or corporate attorneys. Three are former politicians. One is Brown’s senior policy adviser, and another — a former finance expert at UC — is chief financial officer at a company that supplies technology to a private college in San Francisco. The others are an eye doctor, a Sacramento lobbyist, a nonprofit policy director, and the chancellor of the California Community College system.

But the regents aren’t diverse enough, says a group of professors who represent UC faculty. The Council of UC Faculty Associations has complained to the governor and the regents for at least six years about back-room selection of regents they say creates a board top-heavy with financiers, corporate lawyers and other wealthy people.

As evidence of the problem, the group points to revelations by The Chronicle that the regents charge the university thousands of dollars a year for pricey parties and dinners. The day the story appeared last month, regents Chairwoman Monica Lozano and UC President Janet Napolitano announced that the regents will begin paying their own dinner bills.

“When they (the governor and Senate) appoint millionaires to the regents, they shouldn’t be surprised that their appointees think like millionaires and approve high administrator salaries or $300 dinners. After all, that’s their world,” Stanton Glantz, a UCSF professor and president of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, told The Chronicle.

“The same Constitution that granted UC autonomy created a process to find regents who look like the people of California the university serves,” he said. “The politicians need to follow it.”

Those are random sentences from the “Chron” article.  I love our UC system and especially UC Berkeley where I spent so many growing years and of course UCSC where I have also spent many more growing years…let’s hope we see some more white light come out of these dark times.

UCSC HOUSING TO EXPAND USING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. The latest issue of City On A Hill (6/8) talked about the big plans to increase on campus housing. It said…

UC Santa Cruz College, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) has over $1 billion worth of problems and only $300 million with which to solve them. From Kresge College’s $170 million renovation, Crown College residence hall renovations and many others across campus — the problems aren’t going away anytime soon. “We found ourselves in a bit of a pickle because we didn’t have enough capacity to do what we needed to do,” said Sue Matthews, CHES associate vice chancellor. With this in mind, the public-private partnership (P3) model was introduced to help mitigate the debt constraints. UC Irvine and UC Merced have already implemented this model, yet UCSC is the first college to utilize it for residences.

The new model will give rights of a new on-campus residential facility to third-party owners. The facility, called Student Housing West (SHW), will be located on the west side of campus. It will not be affiliated with any of the 10 colleges and will bring up to 3,000 new bed spaces to campus, mainly for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.

Then there was a Survey of students it stated “Here’s What We Hear:

Almost 50% of students haven’t even HEARD about the (Public-Private Partnership (P3)).
63% of students don’t believe that they have been involved in the (decision-making process around critical campus issues).
59% of students feel concern regarding the new housing project, “Student Housing West.”

Top Concerns include:

  1. Housing Accessibility.
  2. Environmental Impacts
  3. Who owns and manages campus housing (non-university) entity?

I’m telling all of this to say that there’s an unfair gap that needs to be closed. The sense of trust and community seem to have vanished. More later…

BARRY SWENSON REPORT. A couple of columns ago I said I’d received some reports that major Santa Cruz and San Jose developer C. Barron “Barry” Swenson 1. Had Alzheimer’s  2. Was in his 80’s 3. His son Alex…etc. Well that was all incorrect news. I saw Barry’s brother Rob downtown Saturday and he corrected all of it. Barry did have a stroke, he did go to a care facility, but over in San Jose area (where he lives) Barry is 78 years old.  He was a little affected on his right hand side and is quite coherent. He has no son named Alex, it is his son Case who is the company president and is running Barry Swenson Builders. You can check out more details at www.swensonbuilders.com

But I still wonder about the Silicon Valley Business Journal April 14, 2017 report that stated “Two major high-rise apartment development sites in downtown San Jose have been sold to the same Chinese real estate giant that purchased San Jose’s Silvery Towers project in 2014”. Now  we have to wonder if Swenson will sell the 94 units they are building on Pacific Avenue?

HOPE FOR HOMELESS ELSEWHERE? I’ve certainly tried my damndest for decades to blame, berate and condemn our Santa Cruz City Council for their miserable treatment of the homeless. Their meaningless 40 page study achieved absolutely nothing…and on they go. BUT I have to ask where in the USA has a city, town or metropolis found any solution? Maybe a little assistance program here or there, but can the homeless problem ever be eliminated?  Isn’t the entire world faced with the same issue? Am I missing something?

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT PHOTO CREDIT. Covello & Covello photographers provided the classic photo of Eleanor Roosevelt visiting Santa Cruz. (scroll down) It was mistakenly credited to a private collection (it has since been fixed). Covello & Covello have provided probably 98.5 % of all the historic photos I’ve ever used in BrattonOnline. They gave me hundreds decades ago and I’ve been using and re-using them ever since. I’ve asked for some “new” ones, for a few years and you’ll see them as I get them.

LESSONS FROM MOLOKAI June 12

Catching a travel program about Molokai, Hawaii I was struck by the words of the local native Hawaiians and could not help but draw comparisons and contrasts with Santa Cruz. What the locals on Molokai have managed to preserve we are on the brink of losing.

Both Molokai and Santa Cruz share beautiful natural resources. Both are under intense pressures to develop and exploit their natural beauty for economic gain via tourism. Molokai fought back and restricted such development so that today no building can be higher than 3 stories and the island retains much of what has been sacrificed for tourist dollars on the other Hawaiian Islands.  As a cautionary tale for Santa Cruz, Molokai ranked 10th as a desirable destination for sustainable tourism out of 111 island destinations while Hawaii was 50th; Kauai was 61st; Maui was 81st and Oahu was 104th.  In the words of a local from Molokai, “what we love, we protect.”

While Santa Cruz has long been a place to visit, nothing approaches the scale of the current drive towards economic and tourist development with little concern for protecting the natural and human resources from the ravages of overuse. Some examples:

  • The city sponsored Wharf Master Plan, with the stated aim of economic development, if implemented will draw millions of tourists; crowd the bay with watercraft; replace the old family restaurants with generics and gentrified eating places; attract tourist ships up to 200 feet, all crammed into an extra 40 parking places over the current allocation.
  • Cowell Beach, which has long been regarded as a spot for locals contrasted to tourist Main Beach, every other summer weekend is reserved via the city for an event, often corporate sponsored, with the parking lot closed for all but event participants.
  • The Seaside Company encroaches on more and more of Main Beach with new city-approved thrill rides squeezed into tight Boardwalk space.
  • Public open space such as Pogonip and De Laveaga, eyed as key spots for steep downhill mountain bike trails, promoted by the city Parks and Recreation department, ignoring its own consultants’ random sampling that showed walking and hiking as the most popular activity (34%) with mountain biking far down on the list (9%).  There’s big money to be made from the lucrative mountain biking industry and protection takes a back seat when money clouds wise stewardship.

It is hard not to conclude that the city is in the hands of people who don’t really love Santa Cruz. They pay lip service to “our wonderful natural environment” and then promote developments and uses that will clearly overwhelm it. Most of the architects of this blue-print for the future of Santa Cruz live in quiet more pristine areas of the county so the impact of their decisions has little effect personally. They certainly don’t live on or near the corridors of Mission, Water, Ocean and Soquel, all slated for future dense high-rise developments. Meanwhile, UCSC sits on the hill, casting a long growth-induced cloud over the city.

We are at a tipping point.  A forceful public opposition to the current development direction could make the difference, as it did in Molokai. But each day, old timers die and their modest cottages are bought up by the well off who tear down and rebuild to the maximum. Or developers buy up and the city rezones for multiple units that forever alter the rural feel that still exists on the margins such as Ocean Street Extension where 40 units on what is now a meadow are headed for council approval.

As always, it’s ordinary people coming together and getting organized that can tip the scales towards preservation and away from money and greed. A new organization named Save Santa Cruz aims to be such a force. If you want to be involved in this struggle for the soul of Santa Cruz or at least be kept updated send a request to: stopoverbuildingsantacruz@gmail.com 

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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Meetings, Meetings and More Meetings
Meet, Pray, Vote

So, since last week what has this city councilmember been doing? Glad you asked. A big part of the job, besides preparing for and attending city council meetings, is meeting with people on issues affecting their lives. These include meetings with other elected officials, community members, interest groups–students, renters, business owners—as well as city staff and members of quasi-political bodies like the Coastal Commission, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and the University of California administration. The meeting flow is constant and can fill up each individual councilmember’s time. The question always comes up: Is this a full-time job or a part-time job? It ends up being what the councilmember makes it…some work 50-60 hours per week and some a lot less, but meeting people is a big part of the job and why they pay us the big bucks, but “half-time” big bucks. In my case, city council take-home pay was $1788.47 last month.

I thought it might be helpful to go through some of these meetings and who approaches this city councilmember and why. Of course, it is basically a self-selective group as most people living in Santa Cruz are not all that familiar with what a city councilmember might be able to do for them…let alone what our state Assemblymember, Mark Stone, or State Senator, Bill Monning can do. But another part of this job is spreading the word on how local government works and affects the lives of everyone who lives here.

Leaf Blowers
One group I met with is concerned about the dire effects of those noisy, socially invasive, and irritating detriments to health, leaf blowers. Sound familiar to anyone? Just about everyone I meet, if I ask, they have a leaf blower story, and they ain’t pretty stories either. And here was a group gathered in someone’s dining room on the Westside of Santa Cruz recounting how so many people now work at home and how leaf blowers are negatively impacting that work. Another group member has asthma, and the dust generated by even the most “quiet” (electric?) leaf blower has deleterious results. Getting rid of leaf blowers would also be fulfilling our community’s climate action plan somebody else argued. There is no doubt that these mean machines impact our quality of life in Surf City, but who else might they impact?

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Bernie Tweet of the Week:

“The Democratic Party must decide which side it is on. It cannot be the side of Wall Street, fossil fuels and the pharmaceutical industry.” (June 10, 2017)

~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).

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FILL THE ROOM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 27 TO DEMAND FURTHER ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FOR  THE APTOS VILLAGE PROJECT

Last Tuesday, Supervisor Zach Friend asked to expedite the Aptos Village Project issues that will come before the Board of Supervisors from August 8 to June 27.  Who knows why, but it is likely for the benefit of Barry Swenson Builder somehow.

If you are at all able to attend the County Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday morning, June 27, please do so.  The Board will supposedly consider whether they want to take jurisdiction and hear at a later date the appeal of the Historic Resources Commission’s decisions regarding adding modern architectural features (skylight & steel roll-up door) to the 125-year-old Hihn Apple Barn.  These changes have been requested by the New Leaf Market architects and were approved May 12 by the County Historic Resources Commission (in a re-do hearing to cure and correct the multiple Brown Act violations of the April 10 debacle).

The greater issue, in my opinion, is the opportunity, under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) law, to consider new information and changes in circumstances that are significant enough to warrant further environmental review.  That is sorely needed for this disgusting Project that the County government leaders and developers Barry Swenson, Joe Appenrodt, and Pete Testorff, etal have shoved through.

Here is where to send your written comments if you cannot attend:

c/o Clerk of the Board, Susan Galloway Susan.Galloway@santacruzcounty.us

I do not know the agenda item yet, but note on your communication that it is intended for the Aptos Village Project issue before the Board on June 27 agenda, and for the public record.

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WRITE ONE LETTER.  MAKE ONE CALL.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

JUST DO SOMETHING.

~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).

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#158 / People’s Assemblies

Pictured right is Chokwe Antar Lumumba, who just won his campaign for Mayor in Jackson, Mississippi. You can read all about him, and his political campaign, by clicking this link, or this link. The links will will take you to two different articles from In These Times

Among other things, Lumumba built his campaign around “people’s assemblies,” instituted by Lumumba’s father, Jackson Council Member Chokwe Lumumba, who was elected mayor in 2013, only to pass away months later. The son, who ran once for Mayor and lost, is now hoping to turn his recent victory into an opportunity to continue the work his father began. Here’s what he has to say about people’s assemblies:

The people’s assembly grew out of an idea my father had as a city council person for Ward 2 in Jackson. At that time, the assembly moved between community centers and churches within the ward. When he became mayor, it expanded to citywide. We’ve dealt with issues ranging from school board appointments to racial profiling. What is happening in the city dictates the turnout. Sometimes we have one to two hundred people, sometimes more. 

The beauty of the people’s assembly is that, though it’s government related, it is meant as a way to apply outside pressure to those in government. Assemblies are strategically placed throughout the city, so we can give information to the community and get information back from the community about what issues are facing them.

The only real “secret” to establishing and maintaining democratic control over our government is to make sure that ordinary people are actually engaged in the process of governing, and that they understand what their elected representatives are doing, and are effectively able to mobilize in numbers sufficient to make certain that what they are doing is what the community wants. 

Democracy does work! It works in Jackson, Mississippi, and it works elsewhere, too, even in some of those Republican Districts in which the angry “constituent meetings” we have been hearing about are making members of Congress face up to their responsibility to serve the people who elected them, not the corporate interests in Washington, D.C., to whom so many elected representatives have pledged their allegiance.

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 his blog at www.gapatton.net

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo probes outer space…and reveals….(see below)

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “FALLOUT” 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.

LISA JENSEN LINKS: Lisa writes: “Improbably, Captain Hook surfaces in landlocked Phoenix (well, my book about him, anyway) this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). The countdown continues to the publication of my next book with my Beast of the Month for June, and I invite you to contemplate the mystery at the heart of My Cousin Rachel in this week’s Good Times.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MY COUSIN RACHEL. Daphne Du Maurier who was born in London (1907 -1989) wrote this intricate, wonderful, 19th century, threatening, gothic, perverted story of a trusting rich 25 year old who falls in love with his cousin who is out to take both his brothers and his family fortune. Du Maurier wrote Rebecca and also The Birds which Alfred Hitchcock used as a starting point for that film. Rachel Weisz plays Rachel!! And you couldn’t ask for anyone better…she is magnificent. A British costume saga, and if you’re a follower see this film ASAP.

MEGAN LEAVEY. This is true story about a woman in The Marine Corps K9 Corps.  (Canine corps). Full disclosure …I was in the US Army K9 corps. (Canine corps). She and her dog were trained to sniff and locate explosives. Me and my dog were trained to sniff and point to enemies hiding in fields and buildings in front of our advancing troops. The movie is sincere, well acted, and not as exciting as it could have been considering the action they were placed in. My dog platoon didn’t see any “action” we were stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. You really don’t have to see this movie.

THE MUMMY. Well it has a 16 on Rotten Tomatoes, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll bet Tom Cruise snuck a whole bunch of Scientologists into this insane, completely confusing, screwy monster movie. It’s by far the worst Mummy movie I’ve ever seen. (probably about 4). Poor Russell Crowe who must need the $$$ to actually take on a role like the evil Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, Jekyll…because Universal is putting a Jekyll monster in one of their theme parks.!! It’s obvious you shouldn’t go, no one else is…it’s a huge bomb.

NORMAN. It has an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes, and for a quiet, serious, dramatic film that’s a very big deal. The full title is “Norman: The Moderate rise and tragic fall of a New York Fixer”. As the ads and reviews state, Richard Gere has never had a greater part and he’s never been better than he is in this saga of New York and money and Israel. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen are equally wonderful. Gere plays a lonely, manipulative, well meaning guy who can’t help from making deals. He means well and will ultimately break your heart with empathy. See this film. Ends Thurs. June 15

WAKEFIELD. Brian Cranston plays an unhappy, neurotic guy who decides to hide from his wife and children for months by sneaking up stairs in their garage and disappearing.  He spys on his mystified wife (Jennifer Garner) and kids and talks to himself through the entire film, It’s from a book by E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate,  and could have been made into a real contender. Cranston plays it too almost silly and instead of a deep profound character study we just watch a jerk. But it an involving story and worth seeing.

THE WEDDING PLAN. A young woman of 30 living in Jerusalem plans on getting married, but her guy leaves her a few weeks before the arranged and planned wedding. . It’s a curious study and comedy about culture, faith, dreams, religion and you’ll watch her go through hell. Whether she carries it off, or not, or how… is fascinating. A few dull spots but there are many other rewards…go for it quickly. Ends Thursday June 15.

THE LOVERS. Debra Winger is still great as she plays the cheating wife of a husband who is cheating too. Beyond that, the two people they are cheating with are also cheating. It gets a bit confusing and the slow times gives you a chance to think about all the lies you (or your “best friends forever” have told) told when they were cheating. Not for a first date evening but excellent for long time relationship people to see. Ends Thurs. June 15th

WONDER WOMAN. IF you like comic book heroes or heroines (hope its ok to use that term) Wonder woman is several cuts about the usual no brainer/ violent/monster filled box office smashes we keep seeing. Gal Gadot is a former Miss Israel and we keep hearing about that. She plays W. Woman. Robin Wright, is in it too and she is a long time favorite of mine. She is Sean Penn’s ex. Chris Pine just jumps around looking like the usual Hollywood cutey pie. If you remember that she’s a comic book star and is supposed to battle, fight and pose in tight pants all the time you could enjoy this more than most of that ilk.

CHURCHILL. Brian Cox makes a halfway accurate impression of Winston Churchill in this saga of a failing old man trying to stop Britain from being involved in D-Day WWII. Many Churchill scholars and many other historians say the entire script is wrong, distorted, and should never have been made into a movie. But no matter, the movie..true or false, isn’t very good or exciting anyways. And Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower played by John Slattery comes off like a goof ball. Ends Thursday, June 15.

PARIS CAN WAIT. This piece of fluff tries to be a sophisticated travel –romance-comedy and it is terrible. It’s not even as honest a film as Baywatch…which makes no such pretensions.  Diane Lane plays a still beautiful woman who completely subjects herself to a Frenchman as they take a car trip to Paris. Lane’s husband Alec Baldwin isn’t in the film very much and he would have been an even worse match. DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE.

BAYWATCH. It didn’t seem possible to make a movie that was worse than the original Baywatch tv show but they did. And as you’ve probably heard it’s one of the worst of the year so far. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the only person you’ll even stay awake to watch…if that gives you any clue. Don’t ask what it’s about…its not about anything, trust me.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD. Jude Law is about the only good thing in this mess of a movie. It flopped miserably at the boxoffice…and it deserved it. Some tiny part of the Knights of the Round Table are in it, a little bit about Excalibur, one shot of the Lady In The Lake…and just about the dumbest,  most convoluted plot you’ve ever not wanted to sit through. Huge FX transformer monsters race around stomping on things and people, and never mind the rest, just avoid this one like the plague.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. The absolute bottom of the barrel in sequels. Even the dopey mugging by Johnny Depp (whose brother owned a bookstore in Santa Cruz) Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom doesn’t save the lack of a story or plot. The effects are built for 3D but add to the confused and twisted story. Avoid this one like the plague.

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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. June 13 brings historian/author Sandy Lydon back to surprise us with NEW Santa Cruz County history. Then Don Stump the C.E.O. of Christian Church Homes fills us in on the background and future of CCH. Bookshop Santa Cruz features its top Short Story Winners for the full hour on June 20. Doctor James Beckett, PAMF Dermatologist talks skin care on June 27 followed by activist, BrattonOnline columnist Gillian Greensite reporting on area issues. July 4th has environmentalist Grey Hayes talking about the magnificent meadow mouse. Then environmental attorney and former Santa Cruz County Supervisor Gary Patton talks about growth and changes in our County. 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

Watch this. It’s hysterical.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed 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.

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. “TOURISTS”

“The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before”, Arthur Erickson

“The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists”, Sam Ewing

“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist”, Russell Baker

“TO BE A TOURIST is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don’t cling to you the way they do back home. You’re able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity. You’re expected to be stupid. The entire mechanism of the host country is geared to travelers acting stupidly. You walked around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don’t know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it. Being stupid is the pattern, the level and the norm. You can exist on this level for weeks and months without reprimand or dire consequence. Together with thousands, you are granted immunities and broad freedoms. You are an army of fools, wearing bright polyesters, riding camels, taking pictures of each other, haggard, dysentric, thirsty. There is nothing to think about but the next shapeless event.” Don DeLillo, The Names

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