DATELINE April 18, 2016
|ARANA GULCH ON YOU TUBE. From a bicycle rider’s view just after it was opened.
|THE SALES JOB ON ARANA’S BRIDGE.
|BEARCATS AND HEAVY ARMOR.
DOWNTOWN HOSTS…MORE ABOUT THE ENDING. I ran this in BrattonOnline 4/04/16…
“SANTA CRUZ DOWNTOWN HOSPITALITY HOST PROGRAM ENDING!!!
In spite of the favorable opinions from almost everybody those yellow jacketed Hospitality Hosts vanish as of June 30. As of right now it’s stated …because the contracts weren’t renewed. Paid for by Santa Cruz Businesses and property owners the program is run by the Downtown Management Corporation. The Downtown Management Corporation (online) has probably old data on it, with names like Ceil Cirillo, Bonnie Lipscomb, and Peter Prindle. Anyways we’ll miss those dedicated Pacific Avenue trekkers”
Since then I talked with Gina Rodrigues who has been heading our Downtown Host program since 1998. (It started in 1994) She wants to pursue other career moves. No one wanted to take over her job and no Downtown or City officials wanted to keep this extra friendly face of Santa Cruz in operation. The Hosts did and do more positive actions than any Don Lane Bearcat. The Host program is finished June 30th. We’ll miss ’em.
ARANA GULCH, WHAT IT COST US. Jean Brocklebank reports in with…
Friends of Arana Gulch (FOAG) recently requested an accounting to see how much was spent to build everything associated with Broadway-Brommer, a bike transportation project through the heart of the Arana Gulch Greenbelt. The draft figure I received from the Department of Public Works stands at $7,185,000 and includes the extra paved route from Agnes St. to connect to Broadway-Brommer ($515,000). This will be reported to the City Council in the General CIP Fund (Capital Improvement Program) now in preparation.
Some have charged that Friends of Arana Gulch is responsible for the exorbitant cost of the project. This is not true! In order to get its transportation project accepted by the CA Coastal Commission, the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and the public, the City had to change the name (and therefore the essence) of the project. No longer a transportation project (originally in the Gas Tax Fund, not the General CIP Fund), Broadway Brommer magically became an “interpretive trail” dependent on the natural resources of Arana Gulch (especially the endangered SC tarplant). This funny-nose-and-glasses disguise worked but greatly increased the cost of the bike shortcut through AG.
FREE SHAMU!!! I was awe struck (actually dumb struck) at the reactions by some long time friends to my running the clip of Shamu the Orca at Marine World. They actually thought and accused me of supporting Marine World’s cruel and unusual treatment of that poor Orca. I’ve been writing for years that we should close down all Marine World type side shows. I’ve been trying to convince readers that we should demand the closing of all Aquariums and zoos. Yes, close The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Even John Sandidge agrees with me about the cruelty on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium…and all zoos too. That definitely includes the San Diego Zoo!!! I’ve also printed and compared photos of big strong fishermen photos holding up their catches with hunters not daring to display photos of same age fawns and does shot illegally. I was trying to show by that Shamu video just how cruel the display of marine creatures really is. Next time I’ll include a caption so there’ll be no doubt. Just ask yourself if even the lowly jelly fish have any reactions at all, or do you think the marine victims in their “touch tank” really like living in the Monterey Bay Aquarium???
DON LANE’S BEARCAT ON DUTY SATURDAY NIGHT. The Don Lane Bearcat passed me about 7:20 p.m. Saturday night with siren screaming. It was going north on Laurel and turned west on Mission. The Sentinel report says it went up to Western Drive to deal with a suicide on Beachview Avenue. It is one scary vehicle!!! All black, no police insignia anywhere. This is the second time our law enforcement has used the Don Lane Bearcat since October of last year. What a bargain!!!
DILIP BASU SERVICE. Dilip Basu of UCSC shed this mortal coil and a memorial gathering for the UC Santa Cruz community will take place on Thursday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on campus at the Merrill Provost House. Individuals wishing to share memories about Professor Basu’s contributions to UCSC should contact Terry Burke at email@example.com to secure a place on the program.
MICHAEL MOORE LOST WEIGHT. Cedar Geiger, an integral part of our local Pulse Producations tells me that the now world famed Michael Moore has lost a huge amount of weight. More than that as most folks know Moore will be here at the Civic in Santa Cruz on May 14. See his new thinner photo nearby. The opening day of Where to Invade Next was the biggest box office of any of his films. Pulse has him booked at the Warfield in S.F. May 15. In case you miss him here.
EUCALYPTUS TREES AND SOME FACTS. Scroll below to read last week’s article by Gillian Greensite about Eucalyptus trees. She got a reaction…it said, “Not only do Australians never use the word ‘gasoline’ (we say petrol) but I have also never heard of any tree referred to as this in my 25 years firefighting experience. Further to this, spot fires are caused by embers blowing in the wind, so they occur in front of the fire, not behind it. There are a number of factors that affect fire spread, these include topography (mainly slope), aspect (north facing here in the Southern hemisphere), weather (wind, humidity, temperature) fuel moisture (how long since it has rained) and fuel load. The main concern with fuel load is the loose ground fuel or hanging fuel in the forest (smaller than 6mm). The way this is reduced sometimes is through a hazard reduction via scrub removal or a low intensity burning. Removing larger trees is counterproductive as it just allows the smaller shrubs to proliferate beneath, where they are normally shaded and slowed by the larger trees. The actual larger trees are not even considered in the fuel load calculation. If the ground fuel level is very high, this can lead to the fire spreading to the crowns of the larger trees, and then spreading as a crown fire. You don’t prevent this by removing the larger trees, but rather by managing the fuel load beneath the trees”.
Gillian responded and forwarded… “It says the author is an Aussie but I doubt it. No Aussie uses the word gasoline. To confirm this and other points, I sought the opinion of a firefighter in Tasmania just in case I had missed something. His response to my enquiry is below. He also shares some expert tips on fire safety under trees, including eucalyptus. I’ve emphasized his sentence about “gasoline trees.” Your author’s comments on a number of points are not well-informed. I’ve included the comments from retired Fire Chief from Oakland, Dave Maloney. His comments debunk a lot of the myths about the “explosive” unique character of eucalyptus under fire. Most Oakland folks don’t want to replace them and they have been leading the fight against that campaign. I lived under eucalyptus in Australia until I moved to the US in 1975. Nobody I knew hated eucalyptus or were scared of them. We took the usual fire precautions as you would living in any forested area. And, if a person is afraid of living under eucalyptus, why live there in the first place? Interesting how we’ve grown up believing the evils of Eucalyptii.
Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
WHEN YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF SANTA CRUZ
We used to identify with Santa Cruz as where we were “from,” when asked. That was probably over 30 years ago. We probably never really had an impact on Santa Cruz, but by working on city council campaigns and 3rd District Supervisor’s campaigns, we became closely aware of city politics more than the average Aptos resident did.
We shed tears when the real stores on Pacific Avenue disappeared, before and after the earthquake, watched when a big-box Mall went up on 41st Ave. in Capitola. We’re now reading that this Mall has been re-sold and is in need of “updating”.
But the final knife through the heart of what was once “downtown” Santa Cruz was the rush to demolish the Cooper House after the earthquake. The Cooper House was “our” town square, as it was for hundreds of other county residents. It was our weekend treat to go there for a beer and music. Such demolition can never be allowed to happen again.
Now Aptos residents are asked to look forward to the un-built Aptos Village Project as their “town square”. Sorry Barry Swenson Builders, a patch of artificial turf in the middle of a high-density development doesn’t cut it.
However, Santa Cruz still has another treasure, the Municipal Wharf. Please, city of Santa Cruz, don’t let this go the way of the Cooper House. By that, I mean the proposal I recently saw would be a disaster. Multi-story warehouse type buildings? Replacing what? We still see the Municipal Wharf as something special; can we please keep it the way it is?
(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park
PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s Land Use KUSP Reports include…
Capitola residents should be thinking about that “vision thing.” If you have some ideas about what Capitola should look like in the future, you will want to show up at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 20th. “Vision Capitola” is a grassroots effort,organized by former mayor and longtime business owner Gayle Ortiz. A workshop session will be held Wed. April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jade Street Community Center. There will be another meeting, Wednesday, April 27th. At that second meeting, participants will discuss the results of the workshop being held this evening, and
|GENE KELLY ON ROLLER SKATES. You might remember roller skates…the kind you strap onto your shoes???
will help prepare a report to the Capitola City Council. The “Vision Capitola” effort, in other words, is not city-sponsored; it’s a community effort that plans to deliver a message to the Council about what local residents are thinking, as they look towards the future. Here is what former Mayor Ortiz says, as quoted in a recent article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: “Vision Capitola is about a positive visualization of where we’re headed as a community. It’s not about looking back or complaining. Let’s find out what we value and build a city that reflects that.” The key to success in this effort, Ortiz said, is participation. Hey, I think that’s my line, too! For more information, track down today’s Land Use Report blog at kusp.org/landuse.
How would you like more density in your residential neighborhood? The City of Santa Cruz has big plans for a lot more density and a lot more development along the City’s major transportation corridors. Find out how to plug into the process at kusp.org/landuse. I strongly advise you, if you live or work in the City of Santa Cruz,to pay attention to what the City is proposing. Pay attention and get involved, to be more specific!
What is being proposed is a change to the City’s land use regulations to allow five-story, and maybe even seven-story buildings along Mission Street, Ocean Street, Water Street, and Soquel Avenue. Parking would be limited, and both commercial and residential uses would be housed in the new, high-rise structures. A member of the City’s Planning Commission explains the program in a recent article in the Good Times weekly newspaper. The title of the article is quite appropriate: “Expansion Pack.” If you think local streets are already “packed” with traffic, and that the “expansion” of the UCSC campus, and other major developments, like a hotel in a residential neighborhood on Broadway, have already “packed” the City quite enough, get ready for a lot, lot more. Unless, of course, community involvement suggests that the City’s plans aren’t really what local residents want. No one is going to know what you want if you don’t get involved yourself! 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 environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net
Gillian tells us…
SANTA CRUZ: AT CAPACITY.
A unanimous council vote approved the 3-story, 32 unit housing development with ground floor space for commercial at 1800 Soquel Avenue where the soon to be demolished May’s restaurant is currently located. Many Eastside neighbors spoke against the project. Proponents were fewer and mostly members of Affordable Housing Now! The Sentinel reporter’s write-up of the meeting (4/12/16) gave voice to the various viewpoints. The Sentinel editors revealed their bias with the headline “Project Irks Neighbors.” The verb “irk,” means to annoy or irritate. Thus they trivialize the serious fight that Eastsiders are waging to save their neighborhoods from the negative impacts of dense, multi-story housing/commercial projects that are disproportionately impacting that side of the San Lorenzo River.
If the 1800 Soquel Avenue project were only one of few large multi unit housing projects proposed for Santa Cruz it would be hard to oppose. If the project were about truly affordable housing for those who live and work here it would be hard to oppose. It is neither. This is one of many such developments in the Corridors’ Plan, impacting Water, Ocean, Soquel and Mission and ultimately the whole town and which will be before city council later this summer. As for “affordability,” the below market rate allowance for 5 out of the 32 units for this project with no restriction that they go to local workers belies one of the principles of Affordable Housing Now! that, “Affordable housing solutions should be directed toward housing for existing local moderate and low income residents.” None of those who spoke from that organization raised this important point, which, if enacted, could be a game-changer. So much for principles.
( 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).
OPERA AT THE DEL MAR. Santa Cruz opera fans now have another reason besides the Regal Saturday morning Metropolitan viewings to be happy. The new (4 months now) Landmark chain is bringing filmed
|FEMALE HAMLET. Watch Maxine Peake deliver “To Be or Not To Be” in a production coming to the Del Mar on May 2. It’s from Manchester’s Royal Exchange. Lots of women have played Hamlet starting with Sarah Bernhardt in 1899, Asta Nielsen did Hamlet in a silent German film in 1920. And Santa Cruz Shakespeare will be dong the same this season with Kate Eastwood Norris as Hamlet. July 29 – Aug. 28.
versions of live opera performances from opera houses around Italy to our Del Mar screen on Pacific Avenue. I can’t find many details and the production company All’ Opera Italia’s website is all in Italian. The spring series starts April 26 with Barber of Seville from Torino, Cerentola from Rome (May 25), La Favorita from Venice (7/27) that’ll be sung in French, and La Fanciulla del West from La Scala on August 10.The rest of them are sung in Italian with English subtitles and start at 7 p.m. The usual Santa Cruz tuxs and tiara’s are expected. https://www.landmarktheatres.com/special-events-santa-cruz
SANTA CRUZ LIBRARY CONCERT. MUNCHING WITH MOZART & FRIENDS presents “MOSTLY PIANO” concert with Roger Emanuels, cello and piano and Carol Panofsky, piano and oboe. They’ll be playing Mozart, Brahms, Gustavino, Saint-Saens, Haydn, Faure and Chopin. It is free and will happen Thursday, April 21st 12:10 – 12:50 Santa Cruz Public Library, Downtown Branch – Meeting Room. Coming Soon in the series is; May 19: Rose Georgi, solo piano…June 16: Lars Johannesson, flute & Ann Thiermann, piano…July 21: Daniel Lewin, violin…August 18: Phyllis Rosenblum, flute and Laureen Herr, piano.
CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Dives deep into the Monterey Bay Aquarium…scroll downward.
EAGAN’S DEEP COVER.Tim looks at Hillary’s “best ……forever” see below.
LISA JENSEN LINKS…Lisa writes: “He’s been dead for 400 years this week, but William Shakespeare is still being performed, and enjoyed, with gusto. Join me in speculating why, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I suggest some of my favorite Bardic reinventions! Also, ready or not, here comes Game of Thrones—Season 6! ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Go od Times since 1975.
THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)
A good week to read those books that you’ve been thinking about. These films (EXCEPT FOR Midnight Special) aren’t even worth renting!!!
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Last week I wrote, “MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton make this into one of the best most imaginative films of this year (so far). It’s about Shannon’s son who my really be from another world. Fine acting, great creative plot and an ending…well we didn’t get to see the last ten minutes because there was a fire alarm and flashing lights all inside and around the theatre. We (audience) thought it was part of the film’s special effects, and had to leave. I’ll go back this week to see the ending. . p.s. It’s got some exciting scenes of Don Lane type BEARCATS in action. (odd coincidence since we hadn’t seen our Lane Bearcat in months) . Because of the fire alarm, I went back to see the ending. It’s even better the second time. A rare fantasy sci-fi it is good fun, well acted by all concerned…and you could take the famly!!!
THE JUNGLE BOOK. I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that…a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.
CRIMINAL. Another very bizzarre, violent, dis-jointed, poorly written, secret agent mess. It stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and the new lovely Gal Gadot (former Miss Israel 2004), and they try hard to make sense of a gnarly plot. Ryan Reynolds mind and memories are stored in Kevin Costner’s brain. Costner is a former evil person, who now has to deal with secrets he can’t quite remember, and the whole thing goes downhill from there. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 26 out of a 100.
APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD. I really loved “Persepolis” another film from Jacques Tardi but April is no “Persepolis”. It’s a steampunk animated graphic cartoon and has about zero subtely. It goes almost nowhere and I defy anyone to tell me what point the film was trying to make. I like animation, especially the now classics from Japan’s Miyazaki studios, and the animation is fine in April, it’s the ridiculous plot that drove me out of the theatre half-way through. The first time this year.
STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD
DEMOLITION. A very dark, deep film about a guy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who suffers terribly from the accidental death of his wife. During his healing he hangs out with Naomi Watts, and they stay crazed together. If you know tragedy personally , you’ll identify completely with what he goes through. Perfectly acted, totally believable and an excellent film. Just be prepared for the suffering
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL.Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton make this into one of the best most imaginative films of this year (so far). It’s about Shannon’s son who my really be from another world. Fine acting, great creative plot and an ending…well we didn’t get to see the last ten minutes because there was a fire alarm and flashing lights all inside and around the theatre. We (audience) thought it was part of the film’s special effects, and had to leave. I’ll go back this week to see the ending. . p.s. It’s got some exciting scenes of Don Lane type BEARCATS in action.
I SAW THE LIGHT. I can’t remember seeing a movie where the lead character was made out to be such a terrible human. If you really love Hank Williams music be very sure you want to find out what a miserable human being he was. Tom Hiddleston who was born and raised in London does an excellent acting job as Hank. He also does his own singing, just copying Hank a little bit. Williams died at age 29 and had recorded 36 hits in that short time. Hank had a wonderful and unique voice, plenty of stage charm but away from the spotlight….whew!!!
EYE IN THE SKY. Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman are Brits in Kenya who are involved in bombing humans by drones. Will they or won’t they bomb some terrorists because they might kill a little local girl. It’s hyped up suspense, manipulated beyond belief. It is Hollywood tension, and it’s done well but after a while you feel like you’ve been suckered in. Go warned, and of course Helen Mirren is excellent as always. I’ll miss Alan Rickman he had an unique style, great voice and quirky appeal…you couldn’t take your eyes off him.
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. One of my maybe top 3 films from 2015. It also has a 99% from Rotten Tomatoes. This was Colombia’s best foreign film entry for the Oscars…it shoulda won! Filmed along the Amazon. It’s two separate stories of scientists exploring the jungles for certain rare plants. It’s really about how “whites” have ruined, killed, destroyed,the peoples and the environment as they stoled the rubber and lumber. There’s a very clear message for all of us here, today. (subtitled)
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE. What a surprise…the reviews were coming in saying this is a well done, thrill -film from some very respected reviewers. They’re right, this is an exciting, involving, mysterious, well-acted, suspenseful movie. John Goodman stars as a creepy, misunderstood, possible deviate, who’s locked up a young beautiful woman Mary Elizabeth Winstead to protect her from what is (or isn’t?) outside the underground home-like prison. Great suspense, nicely filmed, believable, just go and have fun. Don’t read anything else about it, you’ll spoil the excitement and puzzlement.
HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS. Sally Field is now 70 and plays a empty-headed ditzy senior in this mean spirited good- for- nothing movie. Like “Big Fat Greek Wedding” tries to make a minority group cute, fun and quirky, Doris the movie, makes fun of seniors. Yet Sally Field who hasn’t had work in years does a good job with this piece of junk.
ALLEIGIANT, Part of the Divergent series. This mess got a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and deserved about a 2. Shailene Woodley once again leads her group of troopers out of Chicago and you can’t blame her. It’s the future and Chicago has been destroyed by secret nasty people led by Jeff Daniels. Jeff has something to do with altering genomes and making people nutty. The flimsy, thrown together plot is too confusing and too improbable to explain. Just remember that no matter how bad Chicago is in the future, outside the wall that surrounds it…it’s even worse. So’s the movie, don’t go.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Remember when these two heroes were nice guys with even some humanity and humor? Don’t even try thinking about a fully clothed Clark Kent getting into the bathtub with a naked Lois Lane (Amy Adams). Avoid thinking about Batman wanting to kill Superman or space monsters in Metropolis. Metropolis at least has Laurence Fishburne playing Perry White, editor of The Daily Planet. Ben Affleck as Batman??? Jeremy Irons as Batman’s butler? Then for some reason Wonder Woman comes in near the end. They have besmirched our legends…don’t go.
BREACHING THE BOTTOM. DEADPOOL. To be fair Deadpool is a fairly decent movie, because if you’ve followed the Deadpool comic book character for its many years (since 1991) you might relate to this meaningless , pointless, extra violent mess. Deadpool is a reluctant, foul mouthed superhero. If you like superhero/Marvel type graphic heroes, you could like this movie. Deadpool is making millions at the boxoffice.
|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 archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. April 19 has Joan Van Antwerp describing Albee’s play “A Delicate Balance” now playing at the Center Stage (4/8-4/23). She’s followed by Laurie King, author of 14 Mary Russell (Mrs. Sherlock Holmes) mysteries detailing her Bookshop Santa Cruz new book signing on April 20. Andrew Austin tells us about UCSC’s latest development plans on April 26. followed by The Reel Work Film Festival’s Camille Walker. The bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive happens May 3 with County Supervisor John Leopold co-hosting and Sandy Lydon co-hosts for pledges on May 10. On May 17 Brian Spencer from the See Theatre talks about T. McNally’s play, “Mothers and Sons“. He’s followed by Becky Steinbruner discussing Aptos issues and the legal measures in her lawsuit. Anita Monga artistic Director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (21st Year) returns May 24. Mark Wainer and Judy Johnson talk about the Community of Artists show on May 31st. The Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This girl is AH-MAZING!!! Prepare to have your mind blown!
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 here… http://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-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.
A city where everyone seemed to live in a bungalow on a broad avenue lined with palm, pepper or eucalyptus trees, where there was never any snow. Kevin Starr.
“My nose remembers more than my eyes. The sharp oily smell of eucalyptus combines with afternoon dust from the hockey field. But my heart feels the difference then and now.”
“I can’t be expected to produce deathless prose in an atmosphere of gloom and eucalyptus.”Gerald Durrell
“When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers.”
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