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June 9 – 29, 2015

MGM Star Van Johnson on the Graham Hill Road set for the film “The Romance Of Rosy Ridge”. The young women are Santa Cruz High School winners in the ticket selling contest for Miss Santa Cruz County of 1947. They are (L to R) Bunty Braun Pettibone, Joanne Nielsen, “unknown” and Julene Brogden. This film also starred Janet Leigh in her very first screen role, Marshall Thompson and comedian Guy Kibbee.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE JUNE 8, 2015
DATELINE JUNE 15, 2015

VACATION TIME IN VICTORVILLE. Just about every six months I need to get away….and go visit my sister Jerrie in Victorville and daughter Jennifer in Mar Vista which is near Santa Monica, and Victorville isn’t near anything. I have no way of knowing just when BrattonOnline will hit the internet again but I’ll be doing a new column June 29. Thank you so very much for your patience with the erractic online dates.

MAH. Mostly Attendance and Hot Dogs. I’ve messaged (as in don’t shoot the messenger) before a few times about the changes Nina Simon has made to our former Museum of Art and History. In addition to my own opinions of this severe downgrading of our traditional museum that featured famed art with traveling and local art exhibits, I’ve been the messenger for an untold number of artists and historians who weep at the cheap looking Side Show that goes on and on. There’s no doubt that Nina has been doing the job she was hired for and that she has raised attendance and a few grants, it’s just a shame that so far no-one has been serious about dropping the Art and History words from the title. It’s become a community center, way out doing London Nelson Community Center, at least in attendance, if not in appeal or purpose. As we predicted, Nina has succeeded in scaring almost everyone who has to “keep living here” from speaking out and now with all the press coverage…she’s even creating more supporters and creating still more dejected, rejected artists and historians. It’s all part of a much larger “Dumbing Down” of Santa Cruz, as well as the rest of the country.

We’ve seen it in the Warriors Kaiser Permanente inflatable arena. We see it in library attendance, in fewer foreign & art films, and even closer in AnnieGlass and Vinocruz leaving the MAH area. The new Mirrors and Red buoys décor went out with 1950s artistic taste, but we’ll have to live with it. We’ve seen how the temporary decorations to the Red Ball logo next to the M statue at Front and Cooper have been very successful and have kept 100’s of children from playing on it. The proposed food court and Nina’s festivals will attract folks for awhile but many friends and I predict it won’t be enough to make it the community space she’s calling it. I’ve also mentioned before that noticeably missing in all those words painted on the Trader Joe’s Front Street side is the simple word “ART”. That’s important, lets drop the words “ART” and “HISTORY” and admit that it’s now just our community center.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AND HOT DOG COMMUNITY CENTER ATTRACTION!!! Mark Bernhard sent this in. I love it, bring ’em to our Simon Community Center
and I’ll be there.

ABSOLUTELY VICIOUS RUMOR. It’s been said before, “I hate repeating rumors, but what else can you do with them?” We won’t have to wait long for this one but inside sources say that Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal isn’t strong enough for his job and he’s on his way out. No word on his replacement…yet. As per usual I’ll save space next week for any retractions.

LUIS ALEJO AND HIS FRACKING BILL COPOUT. Once again sourcing Gary Patton’s Facebook page I found… AB 356 failed last week 6/4 in the State Assembly. Had it passed, the bill would have provided some additional tools to prevent the contamination of groundwater from fracking operations. Residents in the Monterey Bay Region should be happy to know that Assembly Member Mark Stone co-authored the bill and voted “AYE,” in favor of the bill. Assembly Member Luis Alejo was “not voting,” equivalent to a “NO” vote, against the bill. Click here to read the bill. AB 356 – “A Bill To Protect Groundwater From Fracking Contamination”. Now we get to wonder just how much agriculture farming money Alejo has in his camp. We also get to wonder if Luis Alejo’s wife Karina who is now running for Luis’ Assembly seat in 2016 has any-all of that farming money in her campaign?? Ask her at one of her kick-offs this month!!! We can safely assume that the farmer organizations are in favor of making vast fortunes by ALLOWING Fracking on their acreage.

SWENSON’S DOWNTOWN COMMISSION. Somehow the fact that Jesse Nickell is the chair of the Santa Cruz Downtown Commission completely slipped my attention, or I’d forgotten completely. Jesse Nickell is the Senior Vice President of Barry Swenson Builder. As such he’s mostly in command of Santa Cruz County projects like the Aptos Village Steamroller. Swenson’s headquarters are in San Jose but they have made millions building such Santa Cruz Downtown structures as the Galleria, The St. George Hotel, the Taqueria Vallarta building (partnering with Charlie Canfield and the Seaside Corp.), and on and on. Doesn’t the “conflict of interest” principle bother anybody else? I was a member of the Downtown Commission back in 2001 when Tim Fitzmaurice was mayor, we had no such money making members back then. Commission’s like these can only recommend stuff to the City Council, but all the same..Barry Swenson Builders advising the City Council?

TOM LEHRER’S FULL COPENHAGEN 1967 CONCERT.

ALL ABOUT TOM LEHRER. Here’s a link to all you’ll ever need to know about Tom Lehrer. His history with Cambridge, his decades with UCSC and lots more.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/tom-lehrer#.tcjDA82O8P

APTOS VILLAGE SUBDIVISION STATUS REPORT. In addition to Paul Elerick’s up to date report on the last meeting of the Aptos Neighbors who are very concerned over the Barry Swenson / Zach Friend developments taking place in the expanding Aptos Village, Becky Steinbruner sent out a great status report on where the Aptos Plan was before the meeting. Becky stated… We, as citizens, need to organize and become involved in what is being proposed to the Board of Supervisors. If passed, it will drastically change the nature of our County and virtually eliminate our ability to have a voice in developments and their environmental effects.

DONNY McCASLIN AND DAVE DOUGLAS. 2011.
DIZZY GILLESPIE- Con Alma 1965. This is just before Jazz died.

On May 19, County Planning Director Ms. Kathy Previsich proposed a number of sweeping changes to the Board of Supervisors that will virtually eliminate public hearings on developments and seeks to change zoning codes for agricultural, residential and commercial uses. Many critical decisions, such as determining land use charts, definition of “agricultural use”, and “sensitive habitat”, will all be at the discretion of the planner. It will allow “agricultural use” to include 12 events/year with 100 people to occur, with no public hearing. It will violate the 1979 voter-approved Measure J that set County growth at .5%/year, protects agricultural lands for agricultural use, and protects the County’s natural resources while specifying that any changes to these ordinances must be approved by the voters. When land use attorney Mr. Bill Parkin pointed out to the Board that the proposed changes violate the language of Measure J, Ms. Previsich said, “We will comply but we will re-define what ‘ag use’ is.” As Mr. Parkin stated at the Sierra Club Conservation Committee meeting “This is the greatest and worst change for the County in 20 years”. The problem is, the general public is not aware of what is about to potentially take place: large developments within the unincorporated area will be even easier to accomplish, and the public will have no say. It is very alarming that, with the exception of Supervisor Leopold, none of the Supervisors questioned the implications of the proposals. In fact, Supervisor Friend stated that Measure J is old and that zoning changes need to be updated. “We are moving in the correct direction,” he said”. Becky also added that she is “contemplating a recall effort against Supervisor Friend”.

LOUIS CAVIGLIA & CLOUDS. I ran into Louis Caviglia of Clouds, Louie’s Cajun Kitchen and Seacloud fame and notoriety last week. He said there were more than one reason, besides the rent for closing Louie’s Cajun Kitchen it was that there was a requirement that he sign a ten year lease and ” I’m getting too old” he explained. Louie added that a Monterey restaurant owner is opening a bar/restaurant in the same space and if all goes well Louis will be the bartender!! Being an authority on old age (by default) I asked him if he remembers John Tuck and I buying the very first drinks at the original Clouds when it opened about 20 years ago…he remembered!!

BEARCAT AND PROPER HONORS. Our ever-tearful, apologizing, do gooder mayor Don Lane has written so many pages of heart rendering explanation about why we need THE BEARCAT in the City of Santa Cruz that I propose when that damned military killer of a vehicle does get here that the least we can do for our ever watchful, loving, peaceful Santa Cruz City Council is paint all their names on both sides of the tank as a tribute. And their names should be painted in a sort of Hells Angels type font to further prevent any violence hereabouts!!!

A VERY FINE BIRTHDAY WISH. Long time friend, political ally, former County
Supervisor Gary Patton said some very kind things about me in his daily “Two Worlds” blog.
http://www.gapatton.net/2015/06/159-salute-to-bruce.html . Subscribe to his blog with Google Friend Connect if you want to keep up with the land use battles in the Monterey Bay Area.

SANTA CRUZ COMMUNITY TELEVISION MOVING. Becca King Reed just happened to mention on Universal Grapevine Tuesday (June 2) that finally after years of trying…the Santa Cruz Community Television station is moving in a few weeks. Somewhere on Soquel Avenue, but that’s all I know.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…(on June 8th )

APTOS COMMUNITY MEETING
Aptos activist Becky Steinbruner scheduled a Neighborhood Meeting and chaired it on Wednesday, June 3 at the Aptos Library. The subject of the meeting was to discuss the status of the Aptos Village Subdivision, sometimes referred to as the Aptos Village Plan.

Becky took care of getting the word out about the meeting, and she was VERY successful, with the Library Meeting Room packed with people standing two deep around the room. Each person was given the opportunity to identify themselves and say why they came. Although they were invited, both the Sentinel and Aptos Times refused to cover the meeting. Too bad for them. The only media coverage was a reporter from radio station KSCO and BrattonOnline.

Just about each person there spoke about their concern about what the Sub-division would bring to the community, and that was traffic gridlock and extra drain on our water supply. Several speakers voiced their dissatisfaction with 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend’s support for the Subdivision’ However, the best speaker of the evening was former County Supervisor Gary Patton, who covered ways for communities to organize and oppose unwanted development, even if the County says that’s what they’re going to get, like it or not. Gary also covered the history of Measure J, and how important it is for citizens to carefully watch what the County is planning to change in the name of “updating” it. County Planning Director Kathy Previsich attended part of the meeting, and spoke briefly, assuring that current changes to the County General Plan will not affect Measure J, however she had to leave before people had a chance to ask questions. Several clipboards were passed around with petitions, one asking the County that a current traffic study around the area of the proposed Aptos Village Subdivision be done. Another asking for the recall of Supervisor Zach Friend.

Because of the delayed BrattonOnlines heres what Paul Elerick reported on June 15…

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PLANNING CONTINUES TO PUSH THEIR CASE. At the last County Board of Supervisors meeting, we saw part two of an “update” to the County General Plan. All this began with a request from 3rd District Supervisor Ryan Coonerty to clarify land use issues in his district, mostly for the commercial wedding businesses.. This has morphed into a blatant attempt to rewrite planning regulations for the entire county and specifically an attack on Measure J. For those that don’t remember, this was a voter approved initiative back in 1979 that was meant to control sprawl and keep agricultural land for agriculture. It’s definition of an urban services line has been kept intact since then. Thank you Gary Patton! These proposed changes are, as local land use attorney Bill Parkin has stated, “the greatest and worst change in 20 years for the County”. Tuesday’s review and public hearing on this issue at least got the attention of the Board. They directed the Planning Department to address the comments from the public and themselves before returning to this again in September. We should watch this issue very closely, as the business-friendly Board may forget about the rest of their constituents who want growth controls left in place.

Hear what took place at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 9th here. (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). (BrattonOnline note: Paul Elerick will also be on vacation from June 17 to June 30).

SAD NEWS FROM SCOTLAND’S LOCH LOMOND. Way back in 1963 when they were damming Newell Creek and building our local Loch Lomond reservoir someone had the brilliant idea of getting some water from Scotland’s real Loch Lomond. Bill Findlay lived near that source and he sent a dram or two. His daughter Elaine Docherty sent this to me last week. ” I wanted to let you know that my dad died on the 26th April peacefully at home. The funeral was 10 days later on the 6th of May. He was very ill with cardiac failure near the end and a hospital bed was brought into the living room for him to remain at home for his last few days. I know the two of you were in close contact and as a family we wanted you to know. Kind regards, Elaine Docherty. Bill Findlay and I emailed and “lettered” each other for at least 15 years. We never met, although I came close when I went to England in 2003. He had a grand sense of humor, and even sent me a photo of himself in kilts alongside his wife. I’ll miss his happy exchanges, and his history.

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian Greensite tells us….
A FURTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF NEIGHBORHOOD INTEGRITY I thought it was a no-brainer that the Santa Cruz City Council would move swiftly to end the loophole that allows owners of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) to market them for short-term rentals or vacation rentals. What happened instead was a surprising defense of allowing this commercialization of our neighborhoods to continue. The issue was discussed at the city council meeting on May 12. The unanimous recommendation from the Planning Commission was that, “ADU’s shall be used for long-term residential purposes only. ADU’s may not be used on a transient occupancy basis or for vacation rental purposes.” This recommendation was ignored save for Vice-Mayor Mathews and Mayor Lane who offered a reasonable set of limits which went unsupported by other council members. Council member Comstock argued that allowing homeowners to have a vacation rental unit on the property will make it easier for prospective home buyers to purchase a property due to the increase in income potential. This not only ignores the original purpose of ADU’s, which was to provide additional long-term rental housing stock in a town with a rental shortage due to thousands of UCSC students living off-campus, but it also is not sound economics. The cost of housing rises with increases in the value of the property. Approving the use of ADU’s as vacation rentals hikes the value big time, which raises the cost of housing in the long-term. And why is the concern always about tourists or people not yet living here rather than with the quality of life for residents who do live and work here? Any real estate agent will confirm that the buyers seeking houses in Santa Cruz are largely from outside the area and rarely long-time local renters seeking to move into home ownership. Some politicians pay lip service to neighborhood integrity when they are running for office and then abandon that concern when real issues such as this one come up for a vote. A council’s job is to represent the common good, not to represent individuals’ desire to maximize profits on their property. The issue is clear. Do we want to preserve the stability and character of our diverse neighborhoods or is it all about tourist development and exchange rate? An upcoming city council vote on this issue will determine the answer to this question. If you care, now is the time to get involved”. ( 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).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Monterey’s Deep Watter De-Sal and says, “A good description of the proposed project can be found in a recent article in the Monterey County Weekly. The proposal is to build a reverse-osmosis desal facility, drawing 55,000 acre feet of seawater per year from the Monterey Submarine Canyon, to produce up to 25,000 acre-feet per year of drinkable water. This is enough water to allow the construction of up to 50,000 new homes, which could be growth inducing! The project is being proposed by a for-profit business partnership, and the idea is to co locate the desal plant with a major “server farm.” He then tells us ….” If you are a City of Santa Cruz resident, and have thoughts about what sort of park and recreation facilities the City should be providing, I think it’s probably worth a few minutes of your time to go through the survey questions, and I recommend that you do that! As you do that, and take the survey, it’s probably worthwhile to keep in mind that the survey seems mostly aimed at finding out what sort of new, physical amenities people might like. Do you think we need more ball fields, or skate parks, or tot lots?

SATCHMO AND DIZZY TOGETHER.

All these are most important questions, but what about open space? One of the great things about the City of Santa Cruz is its open space Greenbelt. Unless you are thinking about open space as you take the survey, you may not think to mention it. If you value the open space resources of the City of Santa Cruz, and would like to make sure that our open space areas remain natural, keep that objective in mind as you go through the online questionnaire. You can sign up to get further information, too!” Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365″ – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo is spot on, as always. Scroll down and see for yourself!

EAGAN’S “SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS”. Another rare re-print of the Classic series Tim created years ago. See below.

LISA JENSEN writes: “Going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), check out a very funny video of Game of Thrones: The Musical!, and explore the show’s notorious history of fan abuse.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF “PERFECTION” )

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.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener last weekend. 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.

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

ABOUT ELLY. This masterpiece will probably also leave the Nick soon, so hurry. It’s nearly an Ingmar Bergman-type film about some Iranian families vacationing at the beach and dealing with a tradegy. Very serious, subtitled, and directed by the same guy who did “A Separation” and that too was a classic. Trust me…if you like excellent foreign films this will be a new favorite.

100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED. Once in a blue moon I agree with a fellow critic..nearly totally. As in this case…Glen Kinney of the Roger Ebert Review website wrote, “What’s the highest grossing Swedish movie of all time?” you ask. Wait, no, you didn’t ask? Well, too bad. The highest grossing Swedish movie of all time, apparently, is this one, new to U.S. release, and watching it, one can see why. The Swedish film industry is one of the oldest and most advanced in the world—during the teens and ’20s of the 20th century, its output was absolutely on a par with what the greatest innovators of the U.S. and France were up to—but it is often associated with a kind of dourness, on account (somewhat unfairly) of Ingmar Bergman and his death-occupied allegories. Even Sweden’s popular culture is pretty dark—it’s from this country that the dark thrillers of Steig Larsson hail. This movie, as it happens, is a comedy, but it’s a frequently grisly one, and one that makes rollicking fun of a lot of dark Swedish preoccupations”. Go see this one before Thursday (06/04) it’ll go quickly. It’s quirky, hilarious, curious and memorable.

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. Carey Mulligan and her dimples light up the screen every second in this Jane Austen era vintage drama. It’s an early women’s equality heartbreaker, and it;’s beautifully photographed, perfectly acted and only a little pointless. It’s of course from Thomas Hardy’s book. Matthias Schoenaerts is from Belgium and Wikipedia says, “Matthias Schoenaerts (Dutch: [ˈmɑtjɑsˈsçunaːrts]; born 8 December 1977) is a Belgian actor.[1] He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts. He first starred in Daens. He is best known for his roles in Loft, Bullhead and Rust and Bone, the latter for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor. I put that stuff in there because he’s an excellent actor and we’ll be seeing a lot of him very soon. Go see this movie. By the way cute and essentially sweet Carey Mulligan is far from the way Julie Christie played the role in the earlier version.

EX MACHINA. Oscar Isaacs takes the lead in this sci-fi winner of a film. You’ll stay glued to the seat as this somewhat kinky story unfolds. If you have to classify it , It’s another robot into human story but with so many twists..it’s powerful, and full of suspense. You could say that there are a few plot twists that seem awkward, but go for it…it’s the best film of the year (4 months).

LOVE AND MERCY. Definitely NOT your typical Hollywood star bio film. This Brin 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).

SAN ANDREAS. Named after Saint Andrew who had palsy (just kidding). A very exciting, tense, well assembled film. It’s almost the definition of an action movie. Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson is even better than Charlton Heston would have been in the lead role. According to seismologists there are serious flaws in the predicting and depicting of “THE BIG ONE”, but they still manage to hold our attention for two full hours of shaking. There are some serious lessons you’ll learn from watching San Andreas. Duck and cover (better than dorways), plan anhead on how to connect with your family, and it’s best if you have a serious relationship with a helicopter pilot who also can handle a speedboat and swim underwater. It’s a roller coaster of a movie, and I liked 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.

RESULTS. It’s about an Austin Texas fitness studio that Guy Pearce is trying to keep afloat. It has a tricky, complex, convaluted plot that I never did figure out. A Few laughs, mostly though it’s an attempt at a romantic three-for –all that doesn’t compute. Go at your own risk.

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.

ENTOURAGE. I’ll admit to watching the Entourage series almost forever (it seems like it) on HBO, and I’m not sure why. This is their first movie and it’s blah, trite, poorly directed, poorly directed and meaningless. Don’t go under any circumstances, there’s no reason to.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. It’s the second biggest box office opening in movie history!! Avengers #1 was the biggest and IronMan was number 3 As you could guess 59% of the audience were males under age 25, and probably walked using their knuckles. No one has figured out what Ultron was supposed to be and not very many people could possibly care. It’s nearly 100% computer generated , which means it’s very dark…even the non 3D version. There’s no figuring out the plot. And Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr., Mark Ruffalo (as the Hulk!!) Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgård, and even Samuel L. Jackson in a bit role can do absolutely nothing to make this movie interesting. It’s a hymn to violence, it totally depends on blood and killing and who needs it?

ALOHA. If you really, really, love Hawaii, don’t see this mess of a movie. It was cut, edited, sliced and argued about for years before it was released….and it looks like it!!! Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams fight for Bradley Cooper’s hot lava and you’ll never know why. No great shots of Maui, or any of the islands. It’s like eating fresh poi…!!! (an 18 on Rotten Tomatoes)

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. On June 16 the annual Bookshop Santa Cruz three “Short Story Winners” read their winning entries. I’m on a Victorville vacation June 23 so you can hear a re-play of Art marketing expert Aletta DeWal giving great advice to amateur artists. Then Golden Fleece owner and BrattonOnline partner Gunilla Leavitt talks all about yarn and knitting. Frank Perry unveils The Capitola Museum’s summer attractions on June 30 followed by Becky Steinbruner who’ll bring news about The Aptos Village problems, Actor, director Mike Ryan talks about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season on July 7. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. 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 here http://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. “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools”, John Muir. “Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought”, Dwight Morrow. “The Athenians regularly maintained a number of degraded and useless beings at the public expense; and when any calamity, such as plague, drought, or famine, befell the city, they sacrificed two of these outcast scapegoats”, James Frazer .

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One Response to June 9 – 29, 2015

  1. Bill Evans says:

    please send me info on the recall of Zach Friend…
    thanks
    Bill Evans