|A VERY DATED SANTA CRUZ VIDEO. It only has 644 views so far…looks very commercial. If anyone can give us a date on this ‘twould be fun.
|SANTA CRUZ TOURING AGAIN. This time it’s more about the redwoods.
|WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD. David Attenborough narrates this…..Grey Hayes found it.
DATELINE May 15, 2105
THE CAMPAIGN FOR SENSIBLE TRANSPORTATION AND CORRIDOR REZONING. The Campaign and Rick Longinotti sent this. There’ll be a
“Discussion with City of SC planners” on Saturday, May 20th, 10:30 am at the Tannery Lofts, 1040 River St. [ Google Maps link ]
There will be an in-house meeting of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation for a presentation by planners from the City of Santa Cruz on the City’s proposed rezoning along its main transportation corridors, Soquel Ave, Water St., Mission St. and Ocean St. The rezoning is intended to allow higher density buildings in exchange for community benefits such as affordable housing. The Campaign for Sensible Transportation considers affordable housing an important element to reduce the length of commute trips. Below are some questions that we have submitted to the City staff. Here’s a link to the City’s webpage on the corridor rezoning.
Should the City require new residential development to unbundle the cost of parking from the cost of renting or purchasing a new apartment?
Should the City require that the tenant’s cost of a parking space be no less than the actual cost of providing that space?
Should the City require new residential development to offer free bus passes to residents, such as was required in the approval of Pacific Shores Apartments on Shaeffer Road?
Should the City adopt a plan for privileging transit on transportation corridors before allowing increased density on those corridors? examples: queue jumping; signal preference; raised boarding platforms; off-bus ticketing; bus-only lanes?
Can this plan involve a funding mechanism for the improvements?
What is the potential for additional affordable housing (of various tiers) from corridor rezoning compared to existing zoning?
Can the City issue neighborhood parking permits within geographic boundaries that exclude buildings on the corridor? (This is to protect neighborhoods from spillover parking.)
That meeting again is… Saturday, May 20th, 10:30 am at the Tannery Lofts, 1040 River St.
OUR SANTA CRUZ LIBRARY. The League of Women Voters sent this… Santa Cruz Public Libraries Director to Speak at LWV Annual Meeting. Susan Nemitz, Santa Cruz Public Libraries Director, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County on Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Dr., Aptos. Open to the public. Nemitz will give an update on plans for a $63 million investment in library system improvements funded by the library bond passed last June. Hot breakfast buffet: $20 per person. Paid reservations required by May 31. Send check payable to LWVSCC, P.O. Box 1745, Capitola, CA 95010. More information at www.lwvscc.org or call 831-325-4140.
That’s a lot of money just to tell Nemitz what you think about those plans for the parking garage. But it could prove valuable just to hear her tell how solid and locked in the City is in building that 5 story structure.
SALUTING LOU HARRISON’S 100TH YEAR. In addition to Phil Collins’ New Music Works creating three grand and well-attended concerts last weekend we need a statue or some sort of permanent public memorial to this highly respected world renowned composer who lived in Aptos. Maybe some developer could name a street or square after Lou?
One little thing though, in a recent mention in our daily paper it said Lou helped start the Cabrillo Music Festival. He didn’t… matter of fact he was against it and was very involved with the Sticky Wicket music productions instead. But he thought it over and ended up supporting all the work that Ted Toews and others had been doing and the rest is Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music history. The Festival just now emailed this…
For the Love of Lou. Our 2017 Festival season includes the commission of a tribute to Lou by one of this generation’s most talented composers, David T. Little. Read more about the work, titled The Conjured Life, on our website. In addition, to honor Lou’s legacy with the Festival, we have gathered a collection of wonderful images and audio from our archives, enjoy!
SPEAKING OF WHICH. The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music sent out the 2017 concert schedule last week. Go to their website… www.Cabrillomusic.org and check out all the stellar events. Local and worldwide favorite Evelyn Glennie is returning and the big news is that Cristian Macelaru the new music director and conductor will make his debut. About 75 families each year host and house the visiting musicians and guest artists. It’s a great and ongoing way to become part of the Festival family. If you have a possible room and live near the Civic Auditorium, get in touch with the Festival. There’s all sorts of benefits from sharing. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org The Festival dates are July 30- August 12.
UCSC: COLLUSION WITH CORRUPTION
A state audit of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), uncovered a cache of undisclosed reserves of $175 million (at the same time a raise in tuition was approved by the Regents) and revealed collusion between UCOP and three of the UC campuses to change state audit survey responses after the fact to reflect UCOP in a better light. Our own UCSC was one of those three.
Under the signature and direction of Chancellor Blumenthal, UCSC changed the original audit survey entries in key areas from criticisms to praise at the request of UCOP, ignoring the state auditor’s direction that all campuses keep the surveys confidential, not to be shared outside of the campus. Ironically, one of the whitewashes was for the UCOP Division of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services, for which UCSC heads replaced the internal criticism and rating of “poor” to one of “high quality services” and praise as “a critical partner for the campus.”
Kudos to the San Francisco Chronicle and reporter, Nanette Asimov, for uncovering this violation of ethics in her article of May 10th, 2017. And where was the Sentinel? While our local daily newspaper did cover the main thrust of the statewide news, it has made no attempt to report on the actions of the leaders of UCSC in this cover-up. Surely, this is local news of significance.
~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).
SANTA CRUZ CITY BUDGET BLUES.
The Budget is Coming Hurrah, Hurrah!?!
I would like to be brief this week…
The Santa Cruz City budget was released last Saturday morning (5/13) at 1:37am by finance director, Marcus Pimenthal.
Besides wondering what Marcus is doing up in the wee hours it is interesting to note that city councilmembers have from May 13th to May 22nd to study a document totaling 525 pages. Remember, being on the council is theoretically “a half-time job.” The city council has nine days to digest, deliberate, and again theoretically, hold numerous meetings with staff members to get questions answered before the line item voting begins on May 23rd. And in this budget process the votes will be numerous and I will try and report them out to you here in the coming weeks, but my point is there is not a lot of prep time for councilmembers to get up to speed.
No matter how much Santa Cruz city councilmembers stand up for Standing Rock (?) and against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) (?), and support the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band (?) and pass a resolution in favorSingle-Payer Healthcare (SB 562) (?), and no matter how many people come out to support a resolution that says NO to Trump’s Wall (?), and also want to boot the Homeland Security investigator from the SC Police Department (?)…it all makes little difference in terms of political power in the city of Santa Cruz because real political power is linked with economic power.
Unless the city council hears from the voters about how the $261,365,609 million “proposed” budget of this city might be spent and should be spent, the above goodwill issues are all just window dressing.
I can bring forward for approval a sanctuary city ordinance (?) on the heels of a 7-0 vote in favor of a sanctuary city resolution(?), but unless “we the people” follow this up with lots of voices in the room and emailing and calling demanding $ $ MONEY $ $ for lawyers to help defend immigrants from being deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, by tripling the number of drug and alcohol treatment counselors, by building a 24/7 emergency shelter, or by allocating funds to expand teen programs, then we might as well be running a city of symbology and good intentions.
Where the rubber meets the road is how the above $261,365,609 (p. 438) proposed budget expenditures is “projected” to be parceled out in salaries, programs, potholes, and fee, fine and ticketing relief for locals. And the big secret that few councilmembers really ever talk about is just how few people are busting down the doors during budget hearing time. Don’t forget, these are decisions humans make, not ones written on tablets that descend from on high and are handed over to the city manager by Moses or Abraham, Mohammed or Jesus. This budget is the work of flesh and bones humans, and it can be changed, amended, or thrown out and started over by just any four-vote council majority.
Budget hearing time is coming… May 23rd beginning at 7pm, and also May 24th from 9am to 4pm, and if needed, May 25th. The final city budget document will be approved at a council meeting in June (13th or 27th).
Bernie Quote of the Week:
“To the class of 2017 I say: If there was ever a time in history for a generation to be bold and to think big, to stand up and to fight back, now is that time.”
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.
WHO IS WATCHING AS APTOS VILLAGE PROJECT DEVELOPERS DESTROY AN ANCIENT OHLONE VILLAGE SITE?
That is the huge problem that residents tried to get the County Historic Resources Commission to address last Friday during the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) public hearing for the Aptos Village Project. The Commissioners seemed unconcerned about the fact that no Native American observers have been on the site during the recent massive amounts of earth disturbance going on.
See the YouTube of that public hearing on the right.
The large, significant archaeologic site, CA-SCR-222. mapped in 1979, is an ancient Ohlone Village site. There have been burials found previously in the area. This information was glossed-over by Albion, the company that Barry Swenson Builder, Joe Appenrodt, Pete Testorff and other Aptos Village developers hired to assess the impacts of the proposed development on cultural and historic resources. Consequently, the mitigations for the Project focus on the structures: rehabilitating the Apple Barn, and demolishing the Aptos Fire House, but not on the large pre-historic Ohlone village site.
|Here is my YouTube video of finding artifacts during the excavation.
The mitigations CUL-2 reads: “All ground disturbing activity in the project area shall be monitored by a qualified archaeologist in the event a substantial intact deposit is found within the property. Pursuant to Section 16.40.040 of the Santa Cruz County Code, if archaeological resources are uncovered during construction, the responsible persons shall immediately cease and desist from all further site excavation and comply with the notification procedures given in SCC 16.40.040. WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ABOVE MITIGATION, IMPACTS TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES WOULD BE LESS THAN SIGNIFICANT.” (Caps added for emphasis.) Really? So, who is watching to determine whether a substantial intact deposit is found? Nobody, quite honestly.
The “qualified archaeologist”, a young fellow with an anthropology (not the same as archaeology) degree, has been assigned by Mr. Robert Cartier, an archaeologic consultant with a widely-known reputation as “the developer’s archaeologist”. The young man, if at all present, spends most of his time checking his cell phone, and stands at a great distance from the excavation action. I have observed this many times….and filmed it.
So, when members of the public asked the Historic Resource Commissioners about the artifacts that have been found and reported during construction so far, Commissioners looked blankly to Planner Ms. Annie Murphy. She nervously shuffled papers and said she would check. The Commissioners decided not to address the issue of there being NO NATIVE AMERICAN OBSERVER at the construction site; because they are confident Ms. Murphy is taking care of things with a “watchful eye”.
Watchful? NOBODY is watching. Native American observer Ms. Ann Marie Sayers, who was present at the site during Soquel Creek Water District’s new water main trenching last year, visited the Aptos Village Project site last weekend and is upset. No one contacted her that such massive amounts of earth disturbance were occurring on the archaeological site.
WRITE ONE LETTER. MAKE ONE CALL. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
~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.
There was an article about America’s beloved “first environmentalist,” Henry David Thoreau.
in the October 9, 2015, edition of The New Yorker. That article, by Kathryn Schulz, is well worth reading. It is titled, “Pond Scum,” and is subtitled, “Henry David Thoreau’s moral myopia.” The picture itself, as it appears in the magazine, is graced with the following legend: “Why, given his hypocrisy, sanctimony, and misanthropy, has Thoreau been so cherished?”
Based on what Schulz says in her article – and she makes a good case – I may have been hasty in characterizing Thoreau as our “beloved” first environmentalist. Maybe that “beloved” part should be discarded. Schulz pretty much concedes that Thoreau is “beloved,” and “cherished;” her point is that he shouldn’t be! However hypocritical, sanctimonious, and misanthropic Thoreau may have been, however, Thoreau is still our “first environmentalist.”
A book review in the Saturday/Sunday, April 29-30, 2017, edition of The Wall Street Journal (not Schulz’s New Yorker article), is what has stimulated this blog posting. That review, which appeared in the print edition of The Journal as “America’s First Environmentalist,” was written by John Kaag. Kaag’s review does give Thoreau some positive press, although it omits any reference to him as “beloved.” In the online version, which is what you will find if you click the link, Kaag’s review is headlined, “How to Live Like Thoreau.” Just a warning: read Schulz to see how Thoreau actually lived, before deciding how much you want to follow in his footsteps.
~Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for indivuduals 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
CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo asks the “Wholesome” question about Whole Foods scroll below just a bit.
EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Moldy Bread Trump”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 wher he mentions that he doesn’t own a clarion.
THE KILLER DILLER KITCHEN SISTERS!!! Sunday’s S.F. Chronicle (5/14) Ben Fong –Torres Radio Waves column had a photo (with Martha Stewart) and super mention of the Kitchen Sisters winning (for the second time) the James Beard Foundation Media Award. The Kitchen Sisters are of course Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson. We hear their documentaries on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and NPR.org They also won a Webby Award for their “Stories from the B-side of history“. It all began at little old KUSP. You’ve probably forgotten that the Kitchen Brothers, Kenneth and Raymond built that “Court Of Mysteries” out on Fair Avenue. Nikki and Davia also have won three Audie awards, two Peabody Awards and the DuPont – Columbia Award.
MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday there’s a free classical music concert in the upstairs meeting room at the main library. This Thursday, May 18 Carol Panofsky, plays oboe and Lynn Kidder, pianist perform music by Britten, Piston, and Telemann in a concert titled “The Sprightly Hautboy”. I looked up “hautboy” it means oboe !!!
LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “You may not realize you qualify to receive a sack of fresh produce every week from the stalwart folks at Grey Bears. Find out how to participate in the program — and why you should — this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, feast your orbs on my Beast of the Month for May, to celebrate the fact that my own Beast book is now available for pre-order on Amazon!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.
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.
THE WALL. John Cena is the almost last survivor in an Iraq battle. He and an invisible sniper almost have a Beckett like ongoing conversation/relationship….except that there’s murder and killing at the base of the entire film. You’ll feel illogical flaws and wonder “why’d he do that” more than once. It begins as a masterpiece of tension and meaning but looses its way about half way through…but it’s a good film.
A QUIET PASSION. This one got a 94 from Rotten Tomatoes,,,not from me. It’s part of poet Emily Dickinson’s life story. Emily is played by Cynthia Nixon and she’s wonderful. He’s hard to recognize but Keith Carradine plays her dad. (remember when his real dad John Carradine played at Cabrillo College’s Summer Theatre?). The entire film and everybody in it is stiff, cold, unemotional, and it feels like only a string of quotes strung together, with not a genuine human reaction to be seen…or felt.
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.
THEIR FINEST. Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton lead off in this British semi-comedy set during WWII as England is being bombed while they are making a film trying to encourage the USA to enter the war. Jeremy Irons is in it for about 8 seconds. The film waves back and forth between drama and comedy. You won’t remember much of it afterwards, but it’s one of the best out and around at the moment.
LOST CITY OF Z. A pointless and true plot based on a book about a Brit who keeps trying to find what he thinks is a lost civilization deep in the Amazon jungle. Its 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but you’ll think it’s longer. It has everything jungles always have except Tarzan…and suspense. The hero leaves his wife and kids at home for years on end and you’ll wish you had stayed there too. The true name of the hero only adds to the boring trek… Percy Fawcett.
BORN IN CHINA. In 1952 my photography teacher in Pasadena Norm Wakeman shot hours of footage for Walt Disneys’ Water Birds. Coincidentally, he shot the water Ouezel footage up here on Swanton Road at The Big Creek falls!! He told me at the time just how severe Disney Nature films are anthropomorphized and edited/faked/dubbed to make them into the glossy, sweetened versions we still see in Born In China”. The photography is only stunning, amazing, and beautiful. Pandas, Snow leopards and cutesy monkeys are the main feature…if you can make it through all the added verbal poop.
THE CIRCLE. This weak plotted pointless mess earned a 17 on Rotten Tomatoes… I would have given it maybe 18 because it was fun to see the making fun or evil of the Apple empire in Cupertino where I’ve visited a number of times. Tom Hanks does his usual job or being the perfect Steve Jobs – Mark Zuckerberg type guy. Emma Watson proves again that she can act…most of the time. Friends tell me that in the book Emma does not turn out to be a nice girl as she does in this flick but joins Hanks in trying to rule the world by controlling all personal data on everybody in the world.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Total 100% Disney sights, sounds and drech. You couldn’t possibly tell the songs from this Disney production from any of the last 30 years of Disney product songs. A wasted cast includes Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Ewan MacGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Audra McDonald. BUT most of these actors play the roles of animated tea pots and candlesticks. There is or are no reasons to see this re-hash of every commercial triumph the Disney Factory has turned out for more than 50 years. And the kids will probably love it.
THE DINNER. Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan do their very best (and that’s quite good) with a script and direction that is beyond comprehension. Two brothers and their wives jab, slice, cut and torture each other and the audience while they eat dinner at a fancy-beyond words restaurant. Their teen age sons have murdered a homeless black woman and their parents have their own severe problems in dealing with that fact and life itself. A confusing, angry, hostile film that will upset you almost as much as the schitzy parents….do not see this movie!!! (ends Thursday 5/13)
FATE OF THE FURIOUS. Just about everybody who watches or reads the news knows that the Fate of The Furious (better title “Fart of the Furious” as in exhaust) movie topped almost every box office record ever set. Vin Diesel (real name Mark Sinclair) was born in Alameda in 1967 and has been the lead in all eight exact copies of one of the dumbest plots ever filmed. To see such stars as Helen Mirren sink to a three-minute role, Charlize Theron half act some part as a Russian killer is just sad. There’s a street race in Havana and somehow it ends with cars taking on the Russians in some sort of war. The USA reaction and most of the world’s reaction to such a crap of a film is an embarrassing statement of our collective taste. Dwayne Johnson is in it too but he is always in these sorts of things.
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. Cruzio co- founder Chris Neklason tells us about Net Neutrality and the Cruzio position on May 16. Then Phil Collins from The New Music Works talks about their wild new Avant Garden fun raiser. May 23 features UCSC Prof. Maria Herrera’s students talking about recent new events happening on campus….then Jim Coffis brings us up to date on all the county cannabis news. Vinnie Hansen talks about her new mystery novel “Lostart Street” on June 6. She’s followed by Justin Stack from Listening Stack talking about ear health, hearing aids, and surfer plugs. Bookshop Santa Cruz features its top Short Story Winners on June 20. 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 email@example.com
This is a wonderful little film about the last issue of the New York Times that was printed with hot type back in 1978. Fascinating and well worth a half hour!
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, 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.
“The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people”, Noam Chomsky
“Immigrants are more fertile”, Jeb Bush
“The truth is, immigrants tend to be more American than people born here”. Chuck Palahniuk
“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country”. Theodore Roosevelt
“I take issue with many people’s description of people being “Illegal” Immigrants. There aren’t any illegal Human Beings as far as I’m concerned”. Dennis Kucinich
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