September 10 – 16, 2014

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL NEWSBOY CARRIERS. Back in the day when school boys could get part time jobs. This was June 9, 1956. It doesn’t take long to count the girl deliverers.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE September 8, 2014

THE NEW YORKER AND SANTA CRUZ. It’ll be old news by the time you read this but the September 8 issue of The New Yorker has fascinating stuff involving our town. In an article by David Kushner titled THE MASKED AVENGERS he interviews and relates the wild life of Christopher Doyon who lived and led an activist career here in Santa Cruz in 2010. Kushner tells about Santa Cruz’s Peace Camp, the anti homeless laws, and the role he played in those sit/sleep ins at the County Building. Hetalks about attorney Ed Frey, and about Robert Norse. The Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company was Doyon’s Santa Cruz office for a while. The article is really about world wide hacking and the complex lack of rules, principles, and goals that keep it going and winning, and failing. There’s a story about how they shut down Santa Cruz County’s website for a brief while then returned it as a protest against our anti-homeless laws. Of course our laws were never changed. Read the story, send me your imprerssions.

GARY PATTON ON THE LA BAHIA HOTEL. I’m writing this Monday September 8 and it’ll be way to late by the time this gets online but…. Gary says in this week’s KUSP broadcasts

An historic structure at 215 Beach Street in the City of Santa Cruz will go on trial for its life tomorrow evening. That is when the Santa Cruz City Council will consider an application to demolish most of the La Bahia Hotel, to alter what isn’t demolished, and to turn a structure that is currently providing low income rental housing into a hotel serving high-end visitors.

The current application is the latest of several attempts by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Company to build a new, upscale hotel at 215 Beach Street. Many believe that tearing down the current structure, and replacing it would be a very good thing for the City. Others strongly believe that the current, historic structure is just the right scale for the City and the Beach Area, and should be restored to its former glory. I encourage listeners to join the debate. But be advised: after tomorrow it will be too late. The La Bahia item will be heard at 7:00 o’clock tomorrow evening (Tuesday Sept. 9) A link to the Council Agenda can be found at kusp.org/land use. Track down Item #1 on the evening agenda, and you will be able to peruse twenty-seven different documents relating to this application. From the point of view of the opponents, La Bahia is fighting for its life tomorrow evening. From the supporters’ perspective, an old and aging eyesore may finally be eliminated. I invite you to weigh in on what will be very consequential decision”. BrattonOnline says, Just for the record , and I’m writing this on Monday Sept.8, I’m betting the Santa Cruz City Council (with the small possible exception of Micah Posner) will go totally for destroying the La Bahia. That’s why we really need a new and environmentally oriented City Council.

GOOD TIMES WERE NOT HAD BY ALL.Stephen Kessler long time Santa Cruz newspaper person, has written some Sentinel pieces lately about why we should dump the La Bahia and why we should re-create (manicure) Lighthouse Field. The Sentinel didn’t print this piece on The Santa Cruz Weekly (Metro) and Good Times. Stephen said we could print it here.

How Good Times won the Santa Cruz news wars

Stephen Kessler

The recent purchase of the Santa Cruz Good Times by Santa Cruz Weekly owner Dan Pulcrano was a watershed moment in local media history. Pulcrano had started Metro Santa Cruz in the early 1990s as an offshoot of his flagship Metro in San José, had changed its name to the Santa Cruz Weekly a few years ago and, unable to beat Good Times in the marketplace, bought the more successful paper.

It was smart branding to call the new paper Good Times, comforting advertisers that nothing would change, when except for the name it would gradually morph into a Metro paper, which it already has. But as some bard or other once said, What’s in a name? The brand Good Times is worth its weight in air (“Lighter than Air” was Jay Shore’s original marketing slogan) and the air of advertising is what newspapers breathe if they want to live.

By calling his newspaper Good Times while folding the Weekly discretely into it, Pulcrano made an astute business decision. He is a journalist but also an aggressive entrepreneur who is out to win. As the historical and undisputed king of local weeklies, Good Times has won the newspaper wars by absorbing the Weekly into its fluffy pages, thus freeing the latter of any gravity it may once have had.

The notion of an alternative newspaper is passé, a relic of the 1970s and 80s, and Good Times, reader friendly as it is, is no alternative newspaper unearthing corruption and exposing scandals, but basically, per tradition, a vehicle for advertising.

DEER MEET CAT.

The Metro company is building a better Good Times, no doubt about it. But if the only way to beat Good Times is to become them, it raises the question of why you are in the business in the first place. Metro Santa Cruz first presented itself as “the intelligent alternative,” and when that didn’t fly, and week after week, year after year, the Good Times kept eating its lunch, Metro surrendered.

Now that this has enabled Metro to corner the market, will the editorial team do anything unexpected, out of the ordinary, imaginative, challenging—or will they play it safe with a formula that has seldom alarmed the commercial or political powers that be? Will they secretly, slowly, stealthily turn the paper into a sneakily progressive and creative weekly, or will lifestyle prevail?

Not that there’s anything wrong with life or style, but there is a readership that values a sharper edge, that appreciates wit and imagination as much as or more than information, and they are not being served. Maybe that’s what literary journals and upstart zines are for, way off in the dark corners of the culture. But for a while there when I was in the arena (dating back to 1972) it seemed possible to infiltrate the news with poetry, with scathing satire (DeCinzo in the Sentinel has become the only local journalist with any bite), with investigations, with original thinking, analysis and opinion.

Not anymore.

Most people now look to newspapers for information, in the case of Good Times information about entertainment, but not to be entertained by the paper itself, much less surprised or disturbed by what they find in it. For real good times they go to their portable devices, or to live events—or they write their own blogs and upload them into the ether—not to some printed pages where the ads are the main attraction. (Stephen Kessler is the former editor and publisher of The Sun (1986-1989), one of many unsuccessful newsweeklies defeated in the marketplace by Good Times.)

PSA’S STILL NEEDED. “PSA” That’s Public Service Announcements and KZSC sure could use them. These announcements are read several times (for free) every day on all radio stations. All you have to do is follow the FCC rules on how to write PSA’s. Many folks sent a bunch to me…nope, they all have to go to the Public Service Director at any/all stations. They are then read-edited-re-typed and put into our PSA notebooks. For your PSA to get read on KZSC go to the website www.KZSC.org then, on the far right side of the banner click on “contact” that’ll give you the PSA instructions.(http://www.kzsc.org/contact/psa/guidelines) You’ll be glad you did. So will we, actually.

ARANA GULCH UPDATE. Jean Brocklebank leader of the Friends of Arana Gulch

keeps very close tabs on what and how the city is handling the environmental development of Arana Gulch into the Broadway Brommer bicycle overpass. I’ve asked her to keep us informed. This is the second of her updates. Be sure to click on her links to see exactly what’ she’s talking about.

WATER WASTE

Let’s start with wasting water first, shall we? While the rest of us are conserving as best as we can during this drought, the Broadway Brommer (BB) project is consuming our savings. Sure, there is nothing inherently wrong with a water truck on a construction site, but the contractor doing the BB work in dry, dusty conditions was warned – twice – about its leaking water truck. The huge water truck is filled from the fire hydrant located at the harbor entrance to Arana Gulch. The first water waste warning was on 9/1, when the truck sat overnight in the harbor’s boat storage yard, leaking from two places. The second warning was on 9/5, as the truck sat above the work at Arana Creek, leaking from a faucet. Pictures and video are available HERE.

COST OVERRUNS

Next up is more on BB project cost overruns. My request of Public Works for a listing, to date, of all change orders and costs thereof resulted in zilch. The Public Works Director said they don’t have information to date compiled as yet (pardon my skepticism) and when the project is complete the change orders and the cost information will be finalized and settled before the contract is closed out. According to the Santa Cruz City Engineer change orders for BB “are within the normal range for a project of this magnitude and complexity.” Yeah, right. I still predict that the 5% contingency fund — that Chris Schneiter assured the Santa Cruz City Council he was comfortable with — will be at least 10% by the time this poorly designed project is complete. And it won’t be the fault of the contractor, leaking water truck aside. Go HERE to see more change order (aka cost overrun) predictions.

TARPLANT SEASON 2014

What about the endangered tarplant this year? Not good news. While the City has been spending millions for years to get a bike short cut across the greenbelt, the tarplant continues on its downhill slide to extinction. Only four individual plants were discovered this year (three of them by Friends of Arana Gulch, one by the City’s botanist). Two of them came in under two inches tall and are already goners, contributing no seed for next year. The other two are small with flowers and being carefully watched by FOAG (Friends of Arana Gulch). I have named one of those two living plants Martha, in reference to the last living passenger pigeon (of originally billions) which died in 1914 in a zoo. That Martha is stuffed and on display at the Smithsonian. How do we commemorate the last Santa Cruz tarplant unique to Arana Gulch? Go HERE to see the season’s four plants.

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

TAKE BACK APTOS FLUSHES MEMBERS

The Facebook group Take Back Aptos, mostly populated by Take Back Santa Cruz people did a recent purge of their members, including another rejection of my request to become a member. For openers, they removed all Facebook friends of a member of my family, just in case she saw and reported on the garbage they publish. Too bad they didn’t get ‘em all! But Take Back Aptos, it would still be nice to be able to answer some of your accusations.

LATEST ON SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT CAMPAIGNING

This Soquel Creek Water District election is now in the “sign wars” and endorsement gathering stage. Signs for both sides are going up daily, but direct mail hasn’t hit my mailbox yet. However, the Jaffe/Meyer website ( http://protectwater.info/?tag=jaffe-meyer-positions ) shows a partial list of community leaders and water experts supporting these two candidates, as am I. The opposing slate of candidates promoted by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce has its share of endorsers too, predominately featuring past members of SQWD Board of Directors that we residents referred to as “the good old boys club” and the pro-growth business community. Candidate Prentice, the Republican on the Aptos Chamber of Commerce’s slate hasn’t posted any endorsers yet, but Candidate McGowan’ endorsers match Deavers.

2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend has decided to back the COC’s slate, which is a big disappointment to me. His name appears on two of their endorser’s lists, but not directly attached to candidate Prentice, the Republican. But come on Zach, the COC’s slate is who you’re supporting. You could have at least endorsed one candidate from the other side! (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).

AMUSEMENT PARK ACCIDENTS. “One of the Safest in the world”???? This is in reference to last week’s mention that our Santa Cruz Boardwalk never, never has any accidents (that are reported)

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary tells us that the La Bahia Hotel will go on trial for its life Tuesday night (9/09/14) when the Santa Cruz City Council will decide to demolish it or not. (See above) Then he talks about the new groundwater law and the Water Supply Advisory Committee. He follows on Wednesday with news of the Cemex property in Davenport and plans for public access.He ends the week telling of a Convention event at the Civic (maybe in October) held by the Water Supply Advisory Committee and how you can get your ideas heard by that group. 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

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Professor Eagan details the difference between “dynamic” and “Dynamite”. See below a few pages.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Ahoy, me hearties! Let’s play pirates this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I join the Here There Be Pirates Blog Hop. Find out about ” Talk like a Pirate day” (Sept. 19) and how to win genuine pirate loot (free books!) without firing a single shot!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

FRANK. Michael Fassbender plays a weird guy who wears a large round mask/globe over his head 24/7. He eats, sleeps, and heads up a punk band in Ireland. The story is so far out,and the music and the plot are so nutty you’ll stay with it, just to see what happens. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays his sort of girl friend. Frank is also a very likable, friendly, non threatening human that you’ll stick with him all the way. This film is only for folks who like well done, thoughtful, and untypical movies…its very good.

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

LIFE OF CRIME. The movie is truly based on Elmore Leonard’s book “The Switch” and

Jennifer Anniston along with Tim Robbins do absolutely great jobs of acting. Tim Robbins plays Anniston’s terrible husband in the most nasty role of his career. It’s a kidnap film, with many laughs, but mostly serious times. You’ll lose the plot a few times and wonder just what’s happening and wish it was as good as 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Hombre, or Mr. Majestyk. It lacks a good director’s touch. Go warned.

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

THE NOVEMBER MAN. Pierce Brosnan is the “James Bond” retired CIA agent, and it’s the very old “Last Assignment” agent back in the game type film. Lots of Russians, some Germans, tons of sneaky types and I’m betting no-one has been able to figure out the plot yet. It is fun to look at.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

WHAT IF. Daniel Radcliffe is rapidly proving he’s more of an actor than the Hobbits role allowed. Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver add a tremendous amount of skill to this film. It’s cute, feel-good , not brilliant, but it’ll keep you involved throughout. Daniel and Zoe do have a great magnetism between them.

100 FOOT JOURNEY.A more memorable title would be “Slumdog Chef“, or “The Grand Budapest Restaurant” or “Monsoon Wedding Eats Out“. Even Helen Mirren doesn’t save this latest in the “aren’t East Indians cute and funny” type film. It’s degrading to all concerned. But I must confess, I went home and made my first omlette in months.

IF I STAY. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars (and I did) you might like If I Stay. A young cellist is almost killed in a car crash and she has to decide if she wants to come back to this life. Yes, it’s a weeper, feel depressed, after-life kind of film. Joshua Leonard who plays the girls’ once hip father is the son of Bob and Joann Leonard of Watsonville. Joshua was also in the original Blair Witch Project…and has scarier stories about the off screen Blair Witch happenings than we saw onscreen. Go only if you enjoy those flowing tears.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. There was a sizable audience at the Nick’s very first Santa Cruz screening of Woody’s latest saga. Ah ha I thought, even with the really terrible reviews of M.I.M. we all still like Woody’s worst films better than most of the rest. I was wrong. This is one of the worst W. Allen films I’ve seen. Colin Firth as sort of a Harry Houdini anti-psychic magician is bitter, mean, and completely unforgivable all the way through the film. Emma Stone is no match for Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johannesen, Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, or any of the brilliant feminine attractions Woody has directed in the past. Probably his 2015 film will be better…it has to be.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Most importantly The Sin City Movies aren’t like regular films. They are half drawn/graphic novel/ black and white, comic book, pulp fiction style movies. Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba are in it, but you might have a tough time recognizing them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the best short story role. I never could find Jeremy Piven in it. But Bruce Willis, Stacy Keech, and Ray Liotta all do well. Just go warned…it’s violent, beyond bloody, and uniquely styled.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

THE GIVER. This is one of those teen-age book series made into a big time film. The teenagers in the audience loved this sci-fi “1984” future world attempt. Jeff Bridges does an excellent job with his gruffy codger professor role, but Meryl Streep loses points and credability for suffering through this way overwritten, poorly filmed pointless simplistic plot. Don’t even rent it.

AS ABOVE SO BELOW. This film got three points less on Rotten Tomatoes than November Man’s 36. Young adults go beneath the streets of Paris into the catacombs to find the meaning of life…or something like that. It looks like the sequesl to Blair Witch with hand held camera stuff all the way through. Creepy, weird, crawly, but pretty dumb….don’t waste your money.

I REFUSE TO SEE
(AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!)

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL. Remember James Caviezel ??? He played christ in “The Passion of The Christ“. From what I gathered, he plays the same christ-type football coach in this Hallmark Greeting Card saga. We’ve seen it before. Way too many times. And I’ve been reading that half the stories in the film aren’t true.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I must confess and proclaim I did not see this movie. Any film that has a talking raccoon named “Rocket” as a major character is more than I could stand. Your guess on this movie is every bit as good as mine. Actually if anyone sees this film and likes it, let me know. Especially if you can think of a reason for anyone else to see it.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN 3 D. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a miserable 19. I’m giving it a complete pass…and could use a nap much more.

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. Melanie Sobel from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter guests on Sept. 9 talking about their programs and plans. She’s followed by attorney Bill Parkin discussing many land use issues in our county. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show after which Shelley Phillips describes The Community Music School programs on September 16. Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman, owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. 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 last 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. ” Work is our sanity, our self respect, our salvation. So far from being a curse, work is our greatest blessing”, Henry Ford. “At least talk to each other. To communicate is the beginning of understanding”, AT & T advertisement. “To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has a friend”, Antoine De Saint–Exupery.

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PACIFIC AVENUE & COOPER STREET. That would now be Cinema 9 , Palace Art & Office Supply and Peet’s Coffee + Tea on the left. Pacific Wave is on the right where it says County Bank. Any and all car experts should respond asap and tell us what year this was taken…please???

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
Additional information always welcome: email bruce@brattononline.com

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. This explains everything.
THE CATALYST AGAIN. This is the 2010 trailer for Michele Benson’s Catalyst film. Greg Kihn and lots of stars who performed there are featured. What ever happened to the vibes from the old place??
RANDALL KANE ON ART. Michele Benson created and posted a film about the good old Catalyst. Check out this excerpt..

DATELINE September 1st, 2014

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. That was the topic at the last Community Water Coalition last week. Matter of fact, that’s the largest question circulating around the entire “water versus growth” or “growth versus water” groups in the city and the county. Do we blindly welcome hotels, UCSC growth, and any other water users to move here before we even ensure we have enough water for ourselves? As Gary Patton, attorney for CWC put it, “In short, the City needs to amend the General Plan to make future growth dependent on available water, as opposed to doing the opposite and making water accommodate future growth”. Patton continued“Growth” is not “inevitable,” and whatever current plans may say, the amount of future growth that will be sustained by any community is going to be based on what that community decides to allow. Current plans can always change. In 1978, the current growth plans in Santa Cruz County forecast future growth that would have resulted in a County population of 500,000 in the year 2000. But the community changed those plans, and the County’s population in the 2000 census was about 250,000. Decisions by the community cut the planned for growth in half”.

Ask those City Council candidates about their votes on growth, ask them about how they would have voted on de-sal. See if you can get any real answer at all, and not just some political monologue.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary gives details on EIR’s and how e need to pay attention to them. Monterey has a huge (3000 acres) development in their future, and the EIR is available. The Marina Coast Strategic Plan deals with the future of Fort Ord. Then he talks about Toadal Fitness and their plans to move into 2931 Mission Street.Thursday (9/4) there’s a Counth Transportation Commission meeting about the Passenger Rail Study, and an intra-county rail service. 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. The who’s who of our street scene…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Hamas and Israel….maybe, just maybe??? Scroll down.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Didn’t hear anything from Lisa Jensen this week but I’ll be she’s reviewing FRANK the wild and creative film about the guy who wears a huge fake head and fronts a punk band. I’ll also bet she liked it. Then she talks about her recent podcast too. Go to her page and find out. Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

LIFE OF CRIME. The movie is truly based on Elmore Leonard’s book “The Switch” and

Jennifer Anniston along with Tim Robbins do absolutely great jobs of acting. Tim Robbins plays Anniston’s terrible husband in the most nasty role of his career. It’s a kidnap film, with many laughs, but mostly serious times. You’ll lose the plot a few times and wonder just what’s happening and wish it was as good as 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Hombre, or Mr. Majestyk. It lacks a good director’s touch. Go warned.

THE NOVEMBER MAN. Pierce Brosnan is the “James Bond” retired CIA agent, and it’s the very old “Last Assignment” agent back in the game type film. Lots of Russians, some Germans, tons of sneaky types and I’m betting no-one has been able to figure out the plot yet. It is fun to look at.

AS ABOVE SO BELOW. This film got three points less on Rotten Tomatoes than November Man’s 36. Young adults go beneath the streets of Paris into the catacombs to find the meaning of life…or something like that. It looks like the sequesl to Blair Witch with hand held camera stuff all the way through. Creepy, weird, crawly, but pretty dumb….don’t waste your money.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

WHAT IF. Daniel Radcliffe is rapidly proving he’s more of an actor than the Hobbits role allowed. Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver add a tremendous amount of skill to this film. It’s cute, feel-good , not brilliant, but it’ll keep you involved throughout. Daniel and Zoe do have a great magnetism between them.

100 FOOT JOURNEY.A more memorable title would be “Slumdog Chef“, or “The Grand Budapest Restaurant” or “Monsoon Wedding Eats Out“. Even Helen Mirren doesn’t save this latest in the “aren’t East Indians cute and funny” type film. It’s degrading to all concerned. But I must confess, I went home and made my first omlette in months.

IF I STAY. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars (and I did) you might like If I Stay. A young cellist is almost killed in a car crash and she has to decide if she wants to come back to this life. Yes, it’s a weeper, feel depressed, after-life kind of film. Joshua Leonard who plays the girls’ once hip father is the son of Bob and Joann Leonard of Watsonville. Joshua was also in the original Blair Witch Project…and has scarier stories about the off screen Blair Witch happenings than we saw onscreen. Go only if you enjoy those flowing tears.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. There was a sizable audience at the Nick’s very first Santa Cruz screening of Woody’s latest saga. Ah ha I thought, even with the really terrible reviews of M.I.M. we all still like Woody’s worst films better than most of the rest. I was wrong. This is one of the worst W. Allen films I’ve seen. Colin Firth as sort of a Harry Houdini anti-psychic magician is bitter, mean, and completely unforgivable all the way through the film. Emma Stone is no match for Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johannesen, Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, or any of the brilliant feminine attractions Woody has directed in the past. Probably his 2015 film will be better…it has to be.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Most importantly The Sin City Movies aren’t like regular films. They are half drawn/graphic novel/ black and white, comic book, pulp fiction style movies. Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba are in it, but you might have a tough time recognizing them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the best short story role. I never could find Jeremy Piven in it. But Bruce Willis, Stacy Keech, and Ray Liotta all do well. Just go warned…it’s violent, beyond bloody, and uniquely styled.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

THE GIVER. This is one of those teen-age book series made into a big time film. The teenagers in the audience loved this sci-fi “1984” future world attempt. Jeff Bridges does an excellent job with his gruffy codger professor role, but Meryl Streep loses points and credability for suffering through this way overwritten, poorly filmed pointless simplistic plot. Don’t even rent it.

I REFUSE TO SEE
(AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!)

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL. Remember James Caviezel ??? He played christ in “The Passion of The Christ“. From what I gathered, he plays the same christ-type football coach in this Hallmark Greeting Card saga. We’ve seen it before. Way too many times. And I’ve been reading that half the stories in the film aren’t true.

EXPENDABLES 3 . What some movie stars won’t do for several million dollars. You take

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren , Mel Gibson, Slyvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Jason Stratham and even Harrison Ford…what kind of a movie can that cast produce??? If you do go, let me know if there’s any reason anybody else should go.

LET’S BE COPS. This numb nutz movie earned a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Damon Wayans, Jr and Jake Johnson are in it and so is Andy Garcia (for some reason, like $$$). Don’t encourage these people to make more movies…don’t go. Read any critic’s review first…they all agree.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I must confess and proclaim I did not see this movie. Any film that has a talking raccoon named “Rocket” as a major character is more than I could stand. Your guess on this movie is every bit as good as mine. Actually if anyone sees this film and likes it, let me know. Especially if you can think of a reason for anyone else to see it.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN 3 D. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a miserable 19. I’m giving it a complete pass…and could use a nap much more.

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. . Sept. 2 we have Julie James and Susan Myer Silton from The Jewel Theatre Company talking about G.B. Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” opening 9/04. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her new book “Honoring Grief“. Melanie Sobel from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter guests on Sept. 9 talking about their programs and plans. She’s followed by attorney Bill Parkin discussing many land use issues in our county.Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show then Shelley Phillips describes The Community Music School programs on September 16. Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras Old and New on Sept. 30. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing”, Meister Eckhart. “Light is my obsession. I feel it as an elemental source of power, like a cosmic coal…Movies are made of light”, Dennis Hopper. “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here”, Desiderata, 1693.

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August 28 – September 2, 2014

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. Circa 1875. Those are the horsecar tracks going right down the middle of a very wide Pacific Avenue. The publicly owned horsecars would take folks
down to the beach…of course that idea had to be stopped – by some other city council I’ll bet.

Yes, that’s a fire on the left and I can’t find an exact date or location when it happened.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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Dateline August 25, 2014

SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL…BACKGROUND. Once upon a time our City Council listened to the citizens. There were all colors and stripes of people’s action groups and the City and County responded in kind. Then people like Scott Kennedy, Mike Rotkin and Cynthia Mathews took over the City Council. These folks and people like Neal Coonerty, Ryan Coonerty and others followed. They all claimed and claim they knew what’s best for us. They claimed they had more facts and information and we citizens couldn’t possibly understand all the issues that they would decide for us. Issues back a few years like expanding The Dream Inn, and lately The De-Sal Water problem were part of their “TRUST US” attitude. They cater and bow down before any developers…like hoping that Starbucks will build a 3 story building on our most visible corner. Do we see the Council reaching out to any other locally owned coffee business and giving them huge tax and fee breaks? There’s no helping Verve, Lulu’s, The Coffee Roasting Company or any others build a truly great looking structure. Another Starbucks…why? Nowadays we have Lynn Robinson’s City Council (with Cynthia Mathews in the control seat) working hard to stop the San Francisco Mime Troupe from performing here, we have The Great Morgani playing all over California and creating super new outfits and still he waits to hear from the city Council if he can play on our Pacific Avenue…it’s been months. And as any tourist or local will be happy to tell you, that same City Council somehow can’t stop motorcycles from roaring and ruining our downtown experience. ONE MORE TIME…we need new and better and more intelligent thinking on our city council.

THE GREAT MORGANI. Mike Ross aka Mormuzzi made some extra fine clips of The Great Morgani….watch this one…it’ll remind you just how talented and creative Morgani was…and is…and will be… IF the City of Santa Cruz’s City Council allows him back on Pacific Avenue.

BOARDWALK & WATER USAGE & INJURIES??? Wouldn’t it be great to get official assurance that the boardwalk with its many water based rides has been certified by some City Official and can tell us that they are genuinely cutting back on their wild and crazy water wastage, or at least turning off the water rides during the drought??? Remember too, how we used to read about all the Boardwalk injuries that required treatment at Dominican? If you have any Doctor or nurse friends who work in Emergency rooms around the area, ask them about how the injuries never quite make it into the Sentinel anymore!!!

SUNDAY MORNING’S EARTHQUAKE. It was nothing compared to our 1989 biggie…but this was all I could find online by Monday.

KATHY BISBEE TO LEAVE THE AREA!!! Kathy Bisbee made a long and important number of changes to Santa Cruz…and now she’s moving. Once upon a time she worked for John Robbins the ice cream heir, then she was with CALPIRG. I met her when she was directing SCAN (Santa Cruz Action Network) We worked together when she was Cruzio’s marketing director. Then she went with both Santa Cruz Community Television and Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP) in Gilroy.She recently accepted a job in Brookline/Boston as executive director at a community media center there She’s going to be around Santa Cruz and Gilroy until October and then we can start missing her fulltime.

SANDY BROWN TO RETURN TO AREA!!! Sandy’s a co-owner of Swanton Berry Farm and was an assistant professor of Public Affairs at the University of San Francisco. She’s a farm labor consultant and was heavily involved in all our local politics. Back in the day. She’s returning….you’ll hear more.

DOWNTOWN ALBANY, NEW YORK. Be very careful and do NOT think about our County Building when you watch this.

JON SAGEN. Jon Sagen died last week, he was Melody Sharp’s husband among other things. He was one of my rare links to my life before Santa Cruz. Jon worked for Frank Werber. Werber was the guy behind the Kingston Trio, and worked at the Hungry I , helping out such stars as Mort Sahl and Tom Lehrer. My “Goodtime Washboard 3” recorded some stuff in Werber’s studios. I was the voice behind Papa Cribari wines and recorded there and Jon Sagen and I became good friends. He was a master at organizing, communicating and making friends everywhere. We’ll miss him.

LEONIE SHERMAN FUNDRAISERS. This Thursday (Aug. 28) 6 p.m. at the Tannery ArtBar. Tom Noddy will make bubble magic and the hot street band Eight Dice Cloth will play. Then on Saturday, Sept. 6th. Leonie will be at Staff of Life at 4 p.m. The Coffee Zombie Collective will play and there’ll be delicious food and another chance to ask and tell Leonie important things.

ELERICKS INPUT. Mr Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
To the Take Back Aptos people who have written to say they are different than Take Back Santa Cruz, (TBSC) this is why I respectfully disagree with them. As mentioned in an earlier Bratton Online, I have been blocked on Facebook by Take Back Aptos (TBA) and TBSC. I can view them from any number of friends on Face Book. Without going into all the same names I found on both TBA and TBSC, a short review showed that one of TBSC’s admin persons is on TBA and several Santa Cruz TBSC members frequently post on both TBA and TBSC. And for those of you who are already on both TBA and TBSC, why are you insisting you are not the same? To both groups, if you really are interested in what happens in both Aptos and Santa Cruz, how do you justify blocking people when you claim to “love our diverse community and everyone is welcome here. ” I was blocked, said nothing at all, never one post. I didn’t make it 24 hours. Hmmm. What are you afraid of?

(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).

ABOUT RECYCLING. Great use of a flash Mob!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks more about how and when to get involved with land use issues, and about a new “private road” policy in Monterey County. The Soquel Creek Water District has a special meeting Tuesday 8/26 to talk about having their own De-Sal water plant.He speaks about the “Community Advisory Group” and widening Highway 156. He refers to the problem of Fracking” and groundwater. Capitola’s General Plan is going to be amended, and that affects all kinds of development. 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 individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinons expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

SANDY LYDON’S SECRETS. Historian and author Sandy Lydon creates great newsletters. This Summer-Fall 2014 issue of Central Coast Secrets contains surprising coverage of our earlier great droughts. Like the Drought of Lynchings, The Drought of Screaming Horses, PLUS he talks about celebrating the anniversary of our local great quake of 1989. (just a bit before our latest Napa shaker and which is now named When The Barrels Lost their Bungs). Go here to join Sandy and friends and their coastal adventures.

ANNIE STEINHARDT’S NEWEST BOOK. Fiddler, teacher, author Annie Steinhardt has written another book. She calls it, “Midlife Monkey Madness”. Way back when, she wrote Thunder La Boom about her days as a dancer in San Jose. Then she wrote Pele Voo Doo Live all about her years with the Pele Juju band. “MM Madness” is described as a socio-biological romance and is available at BookShop Santa Cruz. (better hurry, the Bookshop was down to two copies on Saturday when I was there browsing).

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. It’s true, De Cinzo does take vacations…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim takes arms against a sea of our troubles. Check down below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), find out what’s new in the Alias Hook universe, learn why a book’s pithy opening lines may be the very last thing an author writes, and take a journey to redemption with the mighty Brendan Gleeson in the new Irish drama, Calvary.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

WHAT IF. Daniel Radcliffe is rapidly proving he’s more of an actor than the Hobbits role allowed. Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver add a tremendous amount of skill to this film. It’s cute, feel-good , not brilliant, but it’ll keep you involved throughout. Daniel and Zoe do have a great magnetism between them.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Most importantly The Sin City Movies aren’t like regular films. They are half drawn/graphic novel/ black and white, comic book, pulp fiction style movies. Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba are in it, but you might have a tough time recognizing them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the best short story role. I never could find Jeremy Piven in it. But Bruce Willis, Stacy Keech, and Ray Liotta all do well. Just go warned…it’s violent, beyond bloody, and uniquely styled.

IF I STAY. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars (and I did) you might like If I Stay. A young cellist is almost killed in a car crash and she has to decide if she wants to come back to this life. Yes, it’s a weeper, feel depressed, after-life kind of film. Joshua Leonard who plays the girls’ once hip father is the son of Bob and Joann Leonard of Watsonville. Joshua was also in the original Blair Witch Project…and has scarier stories about the off screen Blair Witch happenings than we saw onscreen. Go only if you enjoy those flowing tears.

I REFUSE TO SEE
(AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!)

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL. Remember James Caviezel ??? He played christ in “The Passion of The Christ“. From what I gathered, he plays the same christ-type football coach in this Hallmark Greeting Card saga. We’ve seen it before. Way too many times. And I’ve been reading that half the stories in the film aren’t true.

EXPENDABLES 3 . What some movie stars won’t do for several million dollars. You take

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren , Mel Gibson, Slyvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Jason Stratham and even Harrison Ford…what kind of a movie can that cast produce??? If you do go, let me know if there’s any reason anybody else should go.

LET’S BE COPS. This numb nutz movie earned a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Damon Wayans, Jr and Jake Johnson are in it and so is Andy Garcia (for some reason, like $$$). Don’t encourage these people to make more movies…don’t go. Read any critic’s review first…they all agree.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I must confess and proclaim I did not see this movie. Any film that has a talking raccoon named “Rocket” as a major character is more than I could stand. Your guess on this movie is every bit as good as mine. Actually if anyone sees this film and likes it, let me know. Especially if you can think of a reason for anyone else to see it.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN 3 D. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a miserable 19. I’m giving it a complete pass…and need a nap much more.

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. There was a sizable audience at the Nick’s very first Santa Cruz screening of Woody’s latest saga. Ah ha I thought, even with the really terrible reviews of M.I.M. we all still like Woody’s worst films better than most of the rest. I was wrong. This is one of the worst W. Allen films I’ve seen. Colin Firth as sort of a Harry Houdini anti-psychic magician is bitter, mean, and completely unforgivable all the way through the film. Emma Stone is no match for Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, or any of the brilliant feminine attractions Woody has directed in the past. Probably his 2015 film will be better…it has to be.

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

100 FOOT JOURNEY. A more memorable title would be “Slumdog Chef“, or “The Grand Budapest Restaurant” or “Monsoon Wedding Eats Out“. Even Helen Mirren doesn’t save this latest in the “aren’t East Indians cute and funny” type film. It’s degrading to all concerned. But I must confess, I went home and made my first omelette in months.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

THE GIVER. This is one of those teen-age book series made into a big time film. The teenagers in the audience loved this sci-fi “1984” future world attempt. Jeff Bridges does an excellent job with his gruffy codger professor role, but Meryl Streep loses points and credibility for suffering through this way overwritten, poorly filmed pointless simplistic plot. Don’t even rent it.

GET ON UP. This is the bio-pic of James Brown the self titled King of Soul. All his songs are dubbed, the acting isn’t bad but Brown (according to the film) was one mess of a human. It seems like he had no friends, no family, and was simply unlikable. A genuine downer of a film.

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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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit, then Land Use Attorney and activist Gary Patton takes the second half hour. Sept. 2 we have Julie James and Susan Myer Silton from The Jewel Theatre Company talking about G.B. Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” opening 9/04. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her new book “Honoring Grief“. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show on September 16. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES.“Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex”, Karl Marx. “I feel like a million tonight—but one at a time”, Mae West. “It was a man’s world—then Eve arrived”, Richard Armour.

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August 21 – 27, 2014

SANTA CRUZ OPERA HOUSE. The Knight’s Opera House which was located on Union (then Park Street) and Center streets opened 11/23/1877. Jack London spoke there, Paderewski played there and boxer John L. Sullivan spoke there too. Zasu Pitts was in some plays staged here while she was a student at Santa Cruz High. The building was actually moved to Capitola in 1921 and burned down (or up) in 1961.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE August 19, 2014

LATE BREAKING COUNCIL NEWS. Monday (8/18) night’s Peoples Democratic Club (PDC) was a major success. Not only were there at least 130 attendees jamming London Nelson Community Center but we actualkly learned a lot about the eight city Council candidates. We learned that of the eight candidates Gary Knutson was a disdaining no-show which gives us an advance warning how responsive he would be in an elected office. Craig Bush hasn’t a clue about what’s going on, and has an obsession

OSCAR PETERSON AND DICK CAVETT PIANO LESSON.
DEAD ISLAND 2. We read a lot about violent video games…. I haven’t viewed one in years but here’s a new one I stumbled on. Take a look and redefine your definition of bloodshed and violence. Are your children or grandchildren watching and playing this???

with his ability to guide the spiritual and divine rights to our water problem. Coroner Mike Pruger really grabbed our emotions by telling us that he has a daughter who’s addicted to heroin. Every candidate agreed that the needle exchange should not just continue, but be expanded. All present agreed on campaign spending limits and that the City made a terrible mistake in their pursuit of De-Sal without listening to the people first. David Terrazas talked about how he served on some committees and boards while on the council, but no-one could remember anything he ever took a lead or made a stand on. Richelle Noroyan who’s received campaign bucks from developers already, generalized a lot and added few specifics to anything. Cynthia Chase was excellent in her answers to helping LGBT children face the future and her long experience with Gemma and law enforcement Bruce Van Allen had much to say, and had the experience to back it up especially on river restoration and working with all politicians, and abouthis support of public financing of city council elections. Leonie Sherman demonstrated her sharpness and dealt with affordable housing, safe streets and her work in our public schools.

PDC’S FINAL ENDORSEMENTS. 1.Bruce Van Allen was number one in PDC member’s voting on Monday night by a clear margin. 2. Leonie Sherman was next followed closely by 3. Cynthia Chase. Way near the bottom 4. David Terrazas was fourth, 5. Mike Prager was fifth and 6.Richelle Noroyan was at the bottom. No one voted for no – show Gary Knutson or Craig Bush.

CITY COUNCIL POLITICS. The Santa Cruz City Council Candidates Campaign is racing along. Yes, it’s earlier than usual. So far folks are impressed that the candidates are mostly valid, and serious. That means Rodent or Jesus Christ or their friends didn’t take out papers. Crowds of 100 or more showed up at Leonie Sherman’s and Bruce Van Allen’s kickoffs last weekend. Supervisor John Leopold spoke and Assemblyman Bill Monning sent a special message at Van Allen’s Kickoff. The usual surmises were made about which of the other 6 candidates are “MATHEWS MARIONETTES”. Leonie Sherman talked about how Water and the Homeless were the biggest issues she heard in her door to door campaigning. Van Allen’s kickoff was held at a special handicapped section of Harvey West Park that he helped dedicate when he was on the City Council 31 years ago. Just in passing…when you look up council candidate Craig Bush (who doesn’t want to give his age) on Intelius it says he’s 65, but Facebook says he’s 55 and says his birthday was July 1st 1959. What’ll be “fun” and I’m betting very predictable will be to watch the difference between who the PDC has endorsed, who the NAACP endorse, and of course LOBA and The Chamber of Commerce endorsements. Santa Cruz Neighbors can’t endorse because they are 501 c3.

ANOTHER CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM. Ron Pomerantz sent this notice…On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, there will be a Santa Cruz City Council Candidates Forum from 7-9 PM at London Nelson Community Center (Center and Laurel Streets in Santa Cruz). The forum will be moderated by Brenda Griffin, NAACP. All candidates who have filed for the race have been or will be invited to the forum, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Questions will be posed by the sponsoring organizations and members of the audience. Some, but not all of the co-sponsoring organizations may endorse candidates in this election contest. The forum is sponsored by: the Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Surf Rider of Santa Cruz County, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Human Care Alliance. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Santa Cruz Chapter Sierra Club, and the Santa Cruz County Community Coalition for Overcoming Racism (SCCCCOR). Yes, all eight candidates have said they’ll be there.


ARANA GULCH GLITCH, PART 2. Michael Lewis, ardent defender of what we used to call the environment in Arana Gulch sends this note… As you may be aware, the City attempted to deny for many years that the Broadway-Brommer Bicycle Pedestrian Path Project across Arana Gulch had two bridges in it: one over Hagemann Gulch and one over Arana Creek. Then, in the Arana Gulch Master Plan Draft EIR, the bridge over Arana Creek was called a “steel bridge span,” soon to be renamed in the Final EIR a “steel span.” Finally, in the plans revealed during the Coastal Commission hearing, they changed the name to a “causeway.” Now, here it is, installed, in all its glory over where Arana Creek flows through the tubes into the harbor.

RICKY GERVAIS AND RUSSELL BRAND INTERVIEW.

DEL MAR THEATRE TO REMAIN SECURE. After that Sentinel story about the Del Mar theatre building maybe being sold or re-possessed, many if not all of us worried about the future of the historic theatre. Jim Schwenterley owner/director of the Nick, Del Mar, Aptos theatres assured me last week there was no problem…the Del Mar is in no danger of closing. Jim says that they have a long, long lease to keep it as the Del Mar Theatre and no matter who ends up owning the building (like the city of Santa Cruz or George Ow or anybody)…the theatre stays.

More than that the main auditorium is going right ahead with the installation of the big easy chair seats. Not recliners!!! Jim also says that there won’t be any wine or beer served. He’s tried for years but the City says no. Too many alcohol establishments on Pacific Avenue (or some such nonsense). That must mean that the Cinema 9 won’t ever get a wine-beer license either. So the beef goes on!!

SEA GLASS. During a stroll through the Church Street Art Fair during the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music at the Civic Auditorium I noticed the Sea Glass Booth. I guess by now everyone knows that the supply of that beautiful, glazed, supposedly sun-bleached , supposedly “natural” Sea Glass is never ending. They make it by throwing broken bottles into those small ELECTRIC cement mixers. You knew, right???

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

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION

The Soquel Creek Water District November 4th election will be a barn-burner. Our local Aptos Chamber of Commerce sent out a plea to their membership for three of their own to run for all three open seats. Sure enough they got them. Doug Deaver, a retired administrator, John Prentice – former Ocean Chevrolet manager and currently operator of Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, and Bill Mc Gowan – an employee of Granite Construction. The Chamber’s letter to the members made it clear that candidates did not require experience in water, just to be smart enough to follow the direction of consultants and water district staff. The chamber is playing up the fear of a building moratorium resulting from prolonged drought.

All this seems like a “back to the future” to those of us who remember the days when the District was run by the good old boys, who never saw a project they didn’t like, and never knew the meaning of the word conservation. It’s taken years to elect forward-thinking Directors that have done an excellent job. You can view their qualifications and accomplishments here.

There are a total of nine candidates running for three open positions, but my prediction is that this election will revolve around the two slates of candidates, the Chamber of Commerce slate and that of the incumbents, Directors Jaffe and Meyer. I plan on following this one closely. (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).

BBC’s Dave Allen Comedy Skit. Dean Hagen of Florida found this gem..

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary discusses his “measure J” and tells about threats to affordable housing. He says, “The County staff is now recommending that this thirty-five year old program Measure J, be scrapped. Instead of having to “build” affordable housing, builders could choose to pay a fee, instead, and then be excused from further responsibility. The County would get money, not actual housing units. This proposal does not seem to meet the test of Measure J, which requires (on a year by year basis) that at least 15% of the housing units “newly constructed … each year” be capable of purchase by an average or below average income person. If you care about affordable housing, let the Board of Supervisors know what you think. There is more information at kusp.org/landuse “. then he talks about Martin’s Beach. He talks about Monterey Downs the huge development in Seaside and the negative effects it’ll have on our coast.. He ends by giving details on The Public Records Act. 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

GUY LOMBARDO’S BOO HOO.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo had comments way back then about bringing more tourists to Santa Cruz. See below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Our President makes tracks in Iraq…see below.

NEW MUSIC WORKS. On September 5 from Noon to 3 p.m. New Music Works has created a multi location performance piece that we shouldn’t miss. Phil Collins says, ” WATERMUSIC is an especially joyful and community-minded event. It is a shared celebration music and nature. September 5 marks the 102nd year since the birth of composer John Cage (died 1992), and we are enlarging upon this special occasion to honor the San Lorenzo River and its surrounding lands, which are among Santa Cruz’ most beautiful environmental wonders.

12 noon – 1pm; Duck Island 12:00: NMW Ensemble newwatermusicworks, George Frederic Handel with (deconstructive embellishments by Philip Collins and Steed Cowart) A Royal barge circles Duck Island in tribute to the 1717 aquatic premiere of Water Music on the Thames River Water Music, John Cage.

12:30pm: Grammy- nominated William Winant Percussion Group

Fads and Fancies in the Academy, John Cage and

Music for Mallet Instruments,Voices and Organ, Steve Reich

1:30 @ on the San Lorenzo River pedestrian Bridge the NMW Ensemble & Guests play

more WATER MUSIC in a Musical Procession across the San Lorenzo River to Abbott Square.

2 – 3pm; Pacific Garden Mall.NMW Ensemble and friends perform and playMUSICIRCUS: a musical street collage ala John Cage on Pacific Avenue (from Walnut & Cooper St.). From balconies, doorways and patios, passing of friendly merchants, to the radios of passing motorists, for one hour, one block of Pacific Avenue will resonate with indeterminate layerings of John Cage’s infectious musical inventions. Go here for all the intricate details.

LISA JENSEN LINKS.Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), find out what’s new in the Alias Hook universe, learn why a book’s pithy opening lines may be the very last thing an author writes, and take a journey to redemption with the mighty Brendan Gleeson in the new Irish drama, Calvary.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

ADVANCE WARNING….THE CALVARY. The Nick had a preview screening of The Calvary. It opens Friday, August 22nd and it’s so great that I wanted you to be sure to see it asap, otherwise it’ll be another 6 day quickie that you’ll miss in many ways. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now.Put it on your calendar while you’re thinking about it.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. There was a sizable audience at the Nick’s very first Santa Cruz screening of Woody’s latest saga. Ah ha I thought, even with the really terrible reviews of M.I.M. we all still like Woody’s worst films better than most of the rest. I was wrong. This is one of the worst w. Allen films I’ve seen. Colin Firth as sort of a Harry Houdini anti-psychic magician is bitter, mean, and completely unforgivable all the way through the film. Emma Stone is no match for Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johannesen, Diane Keaton, Cate Blanchett, or any of the brilliant feminine attractions Woody has directed in the past. Probably his 2015 film will be better…it has to be.

THE GIVER. This is one of those teen-age book series made into a big time film. The teenagers in the audience loved this sci-fi “1984” future world attempt. Jeff Bridges does an excellent job with his gruffy codger professor role, but Meryl Streep loses points and credability for suffering through this way overwritten, poorly filmed pointless simplistic plot. Don’t even rent it.

I REFUSE TO SEE
(AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!)

EXPENDABLES 3 . What some movie stars won’t do for several million dollars. You take

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren , Mel Gibson, Slyvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Jason Stratham and even Harrison Ford…what kind of a movie can that cast produce??? If you do go, let me know if there’s any reason anybody else should go.

LET’S BE COPS. This numb nutz movie earned a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Damon Wayans, Jr

and Jake Johnson are in it and so is Andy Garcia (for some reason, like $$$). Don’t encourage these people to make more movies…don’t go. Read any critic’s review first…they all agree.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I must confess and proclaim I did not see this movie. Any film that has a talking raccoon named “Rocket” as a major character is more than I could stand. Your guess on this movie is every bit as good as mine. Actually if anyone sees this film and likes it, let me know. Especially if you can think of a reason for anyone else to see it.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN 3 D. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a miserable 19. I’m giving it a complete pass…and need a nap much more.

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

INTO THE STORM. This is a thrill ride much like the award winning Giant Dipper at the Boardwalk. I saw it exactly when we didn’t know if the two hurricanes would destroy Hawaii. This film is about tornadoes and the fools that chase the, You will definitely think of the Wizard of Oz and wait for Margaret Hamilton to ride by the window with Toto in tow. Bad acting, miserable plot but wonderful special storm effects. The Giant Dipper is better and much more believeble.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

100 FOOT JOURNEY.A more memorable title would be “Slumdog Chef“, or “The Grand Budapest Restaurant” or “Monsoon Wedding Eats Out“. Even Helen Mirren doesn’t save this latest in the “aren’t East Indians cute and funny” type film. It’s degrading to all concerned. But I must confess, I went home and made my first omlette in months.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. (or APES OF WRATH ) It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

GET ON UP. This is the bio-pic of James Brown the self titled King of Soul. All his songs are dubbed, the acting isn’t bad but Brown (according to the film) was one mess of a human. It seems like he had no friends, no family, and was simply unlikable. A genuine downer of a film.

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. August 19 has Michael Wallace author of “Wash Her Guilt Away” a new murder mystery, he’s followed by Susan Leask, exhibit curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit, then Land Use Attorney and activist Gary Patton takes the second half hour. Sept. 2 we have Julie James and Susan Myer Silton from The Jewel Theatre Company talking about G.B. Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” opening 9/04. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her new book “Honoring Grief“. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show on September 16. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove”, Timothy Leary. ” Nothing is ever alike. The best thing is the difference. I get to keep what nobody needs”, Diane Arbus. “You are to learn to listen to the cursed radio music of life and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at its distortions”, Hermann Hesse.

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“HELP” opens at the Del Mar August 11, 1965. This was almost exactly one year before their final concert at the Candlestick. Has there ever been such fan support for any group, any music in history?

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE. August 11, 2014

OUR STUPID CITY GOVERNMENT vs. SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE.Since 1962 The San Francisco Mime troupe has beenentertaining audiences in city parks for crowds of thousands. In just the last month their 2014 “Ripple Effect” political comedy-satire played in San Francisco’s Dolores Park, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Ukiah, Sacramento, and Oakland before getting to Santa Cruz. Some nit wits in the Santa Cruz City Hall tried to stop the Mime Troupe from performing in San Lorenzo Park. They said the same stage they’d been using at all their performances this year was 18 inches too high!!! This is after playing to all those crowds in those cities. Just how dumb can our Santa Cruz City get??? Is anybody in charge?? Led by Becky O’Malley (Chris Krohn’s mother in law and SFMT board member, and many local Troupe supporters worked overtime to allow the Troupe’s show to go on. Grant Wilson, Ron Pomerantz, Celia Scott, Micah Posner, and I made calls, and sent emails to correct those City Staff morons from carrying out their threat. As Grant Wilson says, “the San Francisco Mime Troupe had to hire a Civil Engineer- who had to go to Oakland, to measure the stage, to write a report & confirm that the stage (& back-wall) were solid & met stage safety requirements, and yes, that cost the SFMT an extra 200+$$ & a lot of precious staff time & hassle”. So back on schedule, the Mime Troupe performed their satire on San Francisco City Politics beautifully. First our City Council got rid of The Great Morgani on some technicality, then they tried to stop the Mime Troupe. We need new thinking (and people) in our city government.

LA BAHIA SHUFFLE. So the new Charlie Canfield-Craig French La Bahia plans have been 100% approved by our Planning Commission. That includes adding 40 more rooms, a cutback from 62 to 49 valet parking spaces, and the much touted conference/banquet room space was cut from 5353 to 4330 square feet. One constant BrattonOnline reader wrote, “After attending the Planning Commission on La Bahia it can now be confirmed that the fix is in. The Planning Commission offered no amendments to the Seaside Company plan for La Bahia. No real concerns over water consumption, outsized swimming pools, traffic mitigation, LEED certification, neighborhood impacts, sustainability, nothing. Not one amendment from the Commission to alter the presented plan. I wonder if they even read it?” Then another email said, “I think the outcome is a fait accompli, but we can still try to educate the public that historic preservation by its very nature is sustainable development. Adaptively reusing structures is the way to achieve this. I am in favor of developing La Bahia, but only if it involves preserving and enhancing buildings 1-4, which is Alternative 2 in the EIR. I believe that this French project will not be LEED certified. Sustainability is for us little folks. My other point is that this is a clear case of “demolition by neglect” supported by King Canfield’s Privy Council (loved De Cinzo’s cartoon). The City made no effort to consult with the King Canfield regarding the 20% federal tax credit that could be obtained by restoring the building. That’s a shame. I wonder who will be the only one to vote no with a well-documented and intelligent argument as to whyhistoric preservation matters”. BrattonOnline says, “The Boardwalk’s control over our City government is embarrassing One of my long time questions about the Seaside/Boardwalk empire is why Santa Cruz allows Canfield to continue his “demolition by neglect” by his buying the dozens and dozens of houses and lots in Beach Flats and then, like the La Bahia he lets them rot, tears them down (or tries) only to someday create his own enclosed Uncle Charlie’s Theme Park. We need new thinking in our city government.

FAWLTY TOWERS.

ARANA GULCH & GLITCH. Jean Brocklebank has been keeping a very close watch on what’s happening to the bridges, bicycle cement highway, and destruction of Arana Gulch. She wrote the following… “The $6.5 million dollar Broadway Brommer bicycle short cut through the Arana Gulch greenbelt, an idea that started out bad and does not get any better, continues badly” She writes about the City’s contingency fund, Micah Posner, Public Works Chris Schneiter, and the blank check the city is donating…. Nothing is small about Broadway Brommer, the industrial “path” that eats away at the greenbelt and its two creeks. So we’re not surprised that the snafus, the goofs, the oopsies are likewise large in scale. Each mistake means a change order and extra cost. There are to be many change orders for the BB project. And we predict that Mr. Schneiter’s $300,000 will be double that amount before this project is complete. To see an example of one mistake (180 linear feet that had to be demolished and rebuilt), go HERE“. Jean wrote a lot more about Arana History, and the contigency fund…

go here to read it

…She’ll be writing more in the next few weeks.

SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM…August 18, 7-9 p.m. The People’s Democratic Club is/are the hosts and sent this Santa Cruz residents will get their first look at the six candidates for Santa Cruz City Council: Bruce Van Allen, Craig Bush, Cynthia Chase, Richelle Noroyan, Michael Pruger, Leonie Sherman, and David Terrazas The forum is hosted by the People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County and co-sponsored by Desal Alternatives, Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance, and Glass Ballot. Nora Hochman will facilitate the discussion.Questions from the audience will be submitted on 3×5 cards. Questions will be sorted to combine similar questions and to assure there is a wide range of questions. The forum will be recorded and broadcast later on local Community Television.The forum is free and open to the public. Questions will come from forum attendees. Snacks will be provided. It’s at London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz. Doors open at 6:30. It might be crowded so be there early to check-in and get a good seat”. Being the first candidates Forum of this election you’ll get a chance to see and hear the candidates before they become “political”. Don’t miss it. For additional information, contact Bill Malone, 420-1133, billmalone@pacbell.net or log on to the club’s Web site, www.PDClub.org. The People’s Democratic Club (PDC) promotes progressive Democratic values and candidates and is currently celebrating 40 years of service to the community.

MONTY PYTHON’S BICYCLE REPAIRMAN SKETCH.

LEONIE SHERMAN KICKOFF….August 16. Leonie Sherman, City Council Candidate sent a note… “Amid the whirlwind, I’m feeling good. Just last week, Kathy Beiers endorsed me. That makes six former mayors of Santa Cruz, almost enough for a baseball team.I’d like to invite folks to gatherings in every neighborhood in town. If you’d like to host a little event at your home, just let Jay know (jay.melena@gmail.com) and we’ll make arrangements to walk through your neighborhood a week ahead of time. And we’ll bring the refreshments too; you just have to make a place available for us to meet with your neighbors for about an hour. Leonie says, ” The next four years will be a critical time for folks who live in Santa Cruz to come together to celebrate civil liberties, public space, and open democracy. I’m ready to take on those challenges. Please join us for light refreshments, live music and excellent company at the home of Ben and Tamyra Rice on August 16 from 1-3 at 109 Lisa Court. That’s just off Western Drive up by Meder Street.

BRUCE VAN ALLEN KICKOFF. ..August 17. Having been on the Santa Cruz City Council before Bruce Van Allen is the only candidate with that experience. He says, “Do you think city government should promote shared prosperity, environmental stewardship, and safe streets for all? I was amazed last year when the City claimed that its proposed desalination plant was environmentally sensible. As a community organizer, I also know and have seen that when we engage the whole community in solving these problems, we make our city the best place it can be. From my years of community work — neighborhood advocacy, affordable housing, restoring the river, promoting the arts, and supporting a voice for all Santa Cruzans — along with my experience in small business as a woodworker and software developer, I have acquired the necessary skills and understanding to ensure that city government is a positive force in community life. You are invited to a fun party to kick off the campaign to elect Bruce Van Allen to the Santa Cruz City Council. When: Sunday, August 17, 3:00 PM. Where:Friendship Garden, Harvey West Park. What:Fun • Food • Music • Special Guests. ** Free Admission • Contributions Requested ** Directions:The Friendship Garden is located in the upper area of Santa Cruz’s Harvey West Park, west of the swimming pool. You can park in the central parking lot at the end of Evergreen Street, or on Harvey West Blvd near the corner with Dubois Street, next to the Park. Please consider car-pooling or riding your bike!

2014 NEWS BLOOPERS

THE RED HORSE CHESTNUT TREE’S LAST LIMBS? Gillian Greensite from the “Save Our Big Trees” writes “We hear that work will soon begin on the Hyatt Hotel at 407 Broadway. The Hyatt Corporation has snubbed our collective effort to have a dialogue about saving the tree. The developer has never responded. The city didn’t respond to our proposal for saving the tree. We are waiting to hear back from Sam Farr’s office to discuss his role in securing federal funds for the Hyatt and ways he might be helpful with respect to the tree. Recall that every statement made about the tree by the city planning director, the developer and her architect during all public hearings was not true. Only our commitment remains. As long as the tree lives we will continue to press forward in the hopes of a last minute reprieve. We know many of you can’t make the weekly vigils because of work. There are other ways you can help: “Like” our FaceBook page: Save Our Big Trees Invite your friends to join Save Our Big Trees Facebook page.”Like” or join our weekly Vigil Posting (even if you can’t attend!) Repost our Vigil Events on your Facebook page. Repost any of the Save Our Big Trees info on your FB page. Thank you for taking a few minutes to support the effort. For the trees! Thanks from Gillian “Save Our Big Trees”.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Soquel and their water plans and groundwater and seawater intrusion. He tells of a meeting to learn about saving water. Then he tells of the California Coastal Commission’s next meeting and live webcast. Their meeting topics include Santa Cruz Hotel regulations and a local coastal program amendment. The “hot” Coastal Commission item will be about Sand City’s Hotel development…which is huge and right on the Coast. He closes saying… the California State Air Resources Board is going to be reviewing its regulations governing fracking. I know that many KUSP listeners and BrattonOnline readers are following fracking issues in the Central Coast Region, and I imagine that we will hear a lot more about fracking during the upcoming months, since the voters of San Benito County will have an opportunity to vote in November on an initiative measure that would ban fracking in that County. If you care about fracking, you might want to think about attending the ARB workshop. It will be held on Monday, August 25th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Coastal Hearing Room, located on the Second Floor of the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building, 1001 “I” Street in Sacramento. A webcast and remote participation will be available. Get more information at kusp.org/landuse. 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 environmentall issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

FAWLTY TOWERS ROOM WITH A VIEW

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo has read the future with his reaction to Cell Towers, scroll downwards.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim’s all fired up over global warming check his art out down below a page or two.

REALLY REGAL COMFORT. Nicole, the manager of our Cinema 9 took me on a tour Friday 8/08 of their theatre #2. That’s the small one right next to the candy counter. They finished installing their new reclining chairs. It is honestly staggering to see, and sit in and feel the difference these reclining chairs make. They are huge chairs and even gave me more leg stretching room than I needed. They also removed more than half their old seats to make rrom. Then they added width and padding to the walls to provent sound from next door “bleeding” through. Nicole said the beer, wine and pizza will be added later.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), it’s official: Alias Hook is one of “Summer’s Buzzy Fantasies,” according to Us Weekly! Also, check out some other, alternative Captain Hooks on the pop culture horizon, and chow down on an entirely predictable, but still fun foodie feast in The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

INTO THE STORM. This is a thrill ride much like the award winning Giant Dipper at the Boardwalk. I saw it exactly when we didn’t know if the two hurricanes would destroy Hawaii. This film is about tornadoes and the fools that chase the, You will definitely think of the Wizard of Oz and wait for Margaret Hamilton to ride by the window with Toto in tow. Bad acting, miserable plot but wonderful special storm effects. The Giant Dipper is better and much more believeble.

100 FOOT JOURNEY.A more memorable title would be “Slumdog Chef“, or “The Grand Budapest Restaurant” or “Monsoon Wedding Eats Out“. Even Helen Mirren doesn’t save this latest in the “aren’t East Indians cute and funny” type film. It’s degrading to all concerned. But I must confess, I went home and made my first omlette in months.

LAND HO. Two old geezers, one American the other Australian go on a vacation-bucket list trip around Iceland. The American is the worst possible stereotype of a gross, farting, southern, wealthy American doctor type you hope you’ll never run into. The film is not funny, touching, tastefull, or professional. The photography of Iceland is beautiful but NOT worth your money to see. An absolutely terrible film, it shouldn’t even last the usual six days at the Nick.

I REFUSE TO SEE

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I must confess and proclaim I did not see this movie. Any film that has a talking raccoon named “Rocket” as a major character is more than I could stand. Your guess on this movie is every bit as good as mine. Actually if anyone sees this film and likes it, let me know. Especially if you can think of a reason for anyone else to see it.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN 3 D. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a miserable 19. I’m giving it a complete pass…and need a nap much more.

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

\Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt. It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurantowners, and normal people should see this well made film.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

GET ON UP. This is the bio-pic of James Brown the self titled King of Soul. All his songs are dubbed, the acting isn’t bad but Brown (according to the film) was one mess of a human. It seems like he had no friends, no family, and was simply unlikable. A genuine downer of a film.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. ( or APES OF WRATH ) It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

BEGIN AGAIN. Mark Ruffalo is getting tiresome onscreen, he’s always the same guy, and he’s no different in this sad music business saga. Kiera Knightly is supposed to be a singer and James Corden (brilliant star of One Man, Two Guvnor’s is just about an invisible zero in his good buddy role here. It’s like a new copy of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie.

JERSEY BOYS. Like most of Clint Eastwood– directed films, Jersey Boys is about as deep as a 45 rpm disc. The same plot could have been afixed to any pop group. The acting is about as good as you can expect from such a hackneyed show biz story. Even if you’re still a Frankie Valli fan, this movie is boring.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY. This bloody, confusing flick will probably make as much money as last year’s surprise Purge hit. It’s a truly evil premise that centers on 12 hours per year when everybody can kill everybody…all across the USA. This pits race against race, poor against rich, whatever!!! I guess it’s as valid as all those viruses, aliens, freezes, and radiation that kills us in the rest of the disaster films. The pacing isn’t bad, the camera work is passable, the acting is so-so but why go to see a film like this??? Just watch the box office receipts, don’t help them.

MALEFICENT. As we all know know, this is “Sleeping Beauty” gone bad. Curses, spells, special effects and Angelina Jolie’s fake jawbones plus horns make this an almost silly and phony saga. Elle Fanning who is now 16 years old is still cute as all get out. And you should get out and see some more meaningful movie.

AND SO IT GOES. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton do their best to save this very unfunny, and even bitter film. Keaton even pretends she can sing, and you too will wonder why. Michael Douglas is supposed to be a bitter old real estate man who took care of his wife who died off screen and he won’t convince you of anything. Stay away from this mess, and don’t consider even renting it.

HERCULES. This monstrosity is exactly the film you expect it to be. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules uttering such classic Roman-Greek lines as “fuck the centaurs” just leaves you breathless. What happened to great cinema stars like Charlton Heston, Victor Mature, Kirk Douglas, and even Steve Reeves.? You could believe those guys. There’s also a character named Rhesus in this saga, and the pun is too obvious. I just found (on Wikipedia) a film titled, “Hercules In New York” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970).

22 JUMP STREET. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back again doing their dumb undercover cop thing. The film took in $111.5 million dollars the opening weekend, and what else is new??? It’s stupid, mean, crotch focussed, anti-gay, and will probably make many more millions before thet finish 23 JUMP STREET. If you do go and see this pierce of junk don’t tell me about it!

EARTH TO ECHO. Kids find a cute tiny, little robot from outer space and it’s just like all the rest of the cutesy, summertime, kids & robots movies. Not one new twist, you don’t even see the robot until 45 minutes into the film and it’s very poorly directed and miserable editing, with lousy camera angles. Don’t go. Or at least SEND the kids, don’t go with them.

TAMMY. What a line-up of stars in this very sad downer of a movie. Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass and Melissa McCarthy who co-authored and produced it with her husband Ben Falcone. It certainly isn’t a comedy, because Melissa and Susan Sarandon play such loser roles. It’s not a tragedy because you’ll laugh at the stupid, and vulgar scenes. It’s a waste of… time, your money and their talents.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “Let everything be reported. Then one day we may have a revolution”, Louis Pauwels. “All writing is pigshit“, Antonin Artaud. “Sorry ‘bout that sweat, honey. That’s just holy water”, Little Richard.

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August 7 – 13, 2014

MISSION AND KING STREETS. June 7, 1957. I can’t make out any price per gallon for their gas back then. The only gas there now is laughing gas administered by the Five Gables Family Dentistry dentists.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE August 4, 2014

SURFING SANTA CRUZ & GO PRO FOOTAGE. Yep, another drone over Santa Cruz but it’s soothing to watch.

SENTINEL AND THEIR PRO GROWTH & PRO DE-SAL EDITORIAL. We always need to remember the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s positions on development in the County and in the City. For example the Sentinel was in favor of a nuclear Power plant in Davenport. The Sentinel was in favor of developing Wilder Ranch with 10, 000 homes (30, 000 residents). They supported a Home Depot store on the Westside. The list has gone on for many decades and of course last Sunday’s (8/03/14) editorial supported growth and de-sal. The editorial stated,…

“Economic growth is the en­gine behind our county’s in­frastructure. Growth provides jobs and generates the tax rev­enues that fund our recre­ational services, cultural and social services. Growth can be a sprawling mess, or it can be a well-executed plan that brings untold benefits to the community.
Beyond our landscapes and gardens, beyond our desire for a second glass of water at a restaurant, we need water to keep our businesses, and the benefits they provide, healthy. As a county, we have strug­gled mightily with alterna­tive sources of water. Water districts have studied, experi­mented and proposed various alternatives. We have all retro­fitted, adapted and conserved. And still, during drought years, we struggle. We need additional sources of water, and every year we wait compounds our problem”.

The reality is, and economists around the world like Robert Reich know, that growth doesn’t do any of those things the Sentinel claims. Can or would they name one city where growth has “provided jobs, and generated tax revenues” or any “UNTOLD BENEFITS” that helped a city. We can look at our own Capitola decades ago when they added their 41st avenue shopping mall. How many benefits has that provided? Look at the insane growth of San Jose and more recently, the city of San Francisco…check out their financial and job problems. Look at the closing of the Australian de-sal plants, check out the cost of any size de-sal plant planned for Santa Cruz. Then read the Sentinel editorial again. Growth for the Sentinel used to mean more paid advertisements, more readers…that’s not the case for hard copy newspapers anymore, and the few local Sentinel employees who are left and who write the editorials need to catch up.

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

Response to “Take Back Santa Cruzers” and “The Santa Cruz Clean Team”
who objected to my criticism of their organization(s).

Readers are encouraged to join these Facebook groups and determine if these people are something they want to be part of. I tried to do this and was immediately blocked before commenting on anything. I would have asked why they don’t welcome different opinions or sharing of data. I’ve learned that if you do these things, you’ll be attacked and likely to be banned. Take Back Santa Cruz, in my opinion, is not a well moderated page. They have a habit of approving posts of possible homeless people, then ridicule and add personal attacks, then remove the pictures when they get complaints. They did this with a man with a beard on a bike. “Look at this guy, probably stole his bike” kind of comments. Turned out the man worked for a bike shop and was riding to work. I do not support pages that post pictures of people anonymously. These posts should never be approved.
Take Back Santa Cruz protested on the courthouse steps after the arrest of a homeless man for stealing flowers. Turned out he bought them. He served 18 days in jail. If you missed these Sentinel articles covering this here they are.

Charges dropped….Take Back Santa Cruz cost the county a lot of money on this one.

Space doesn’t allow other examples here, but just these two should prompt readers to do their own research. What feels like a community Facebook page to some looks like vigilante activity to me”. .

(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).

HAVANNA, CUBA…1930. Fellow travelers and recent tourists should enjoy this 80 year old view.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary gives more details on Land Use Policies and Marina. He welcomes back our Santa Cruz County Supervisors from vacation. He relates their looking at a “Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan” and why more of us need to get involved. Charlie Canfield bought the La Bahia hotel and let it rot. He tells how the city helped subsidize Charlie’s Hotel development and gave him tax revenues. That’ll be discussed at the Planning Commission Wednesday night. 8/6/14. About the SCCRTC meeting Thursday he says, “The SCCRTC meeting this morning will be held in Scotts Valley, starting at 9:00 a.m. As I have eyeballed the agenda, it seems to me that there are two items that might be of particular interest. Agenda Item #23 will provide an update on the Commission’s Passenger Rail Study. Item #22 is a report on a study that has evaluated travel time reliability along Highway One, from Watsonville to Santa Cruz. Lots of people make that commute, and as I read the staff report, one of the most important things, for commuters, is knowing that the time that the trip takes today will be the same as the time it takes tomorrow. “Reliability” of travel time, in other words, is a high priority”. He closes the week’s broadcasts by saying, “The Council has declared a drought crisis, and also recognizes a long-term water supply crisis, even in the absence of the drought. Our daunting water supply challenges, however, have not led the Santa Cruz City Council to hold up on water consumptive projects, like University expansion or big hotels. In fact, the Council recently voted to subsidize the construction of big hotels using City tax revenues”. 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 opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

FULL MOON SILHOUETTES. My cousin Dean Hagen ( Florida) found this awe-inspiring Vimeo video of a moonrise in New Zealand. It’s more than 3 minutes…but you’ve got the time, take a look.

BIGGEST EVENT WEEKEND OF THE YEAR!!!
37TH ANNUAL MUSICAL SAW FESTIVAL, AUGUST 9 & 10 . This year the 37th Annual Musical Saw Festival will be visited by a superb saw playing trio from Japan, “Kara-a-ge.” The group consists of Tomomi Kamiya, Yuki Nakamura and Hiroko Sakai. They will perform at 1pm. Dr. Haris Gershom from India is known for his invention of the “Harishophone,” an unique musical instrument used in music therapy. His performance at the festival starts at 12:40 pm,and he will also be available all day for music therapy sessions. On Saturday afternoon August 9 at 1 p.m. the Sawyers will gather on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz to perform next to the statue of Tom Scribner. The first saw festival, in 1978, was organized to pay for the cost of the statue created by Marghe McMahon, a local student and sculpter who later went on to work for George Lucas and Star Wars. The statue is in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz

HELEN KELLER AND ANNE SULLIVAN “SPEAK”

SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE, August 9 & 10. The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT) opens its 55th season with RIPPLE EFFECT, a musical comedic tale of intersecting lives and cultures that reflect the familiar neighborhood tensions that are polarizing San Franciscans and of course Santa Cruz today. It plays Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10. It’s about Skyrocketing rents. Loss of diversity. Evictions, Google Glass wearing, nouveau riche, The War on the Poor. And just What is The City coming to? RIPPLE EFFECT was written by an esteemed trio of beloved Bay Area writers and performers including Michael Gene Sullivan (SFMT), Eugenie Chan(Cutting Ball) and Tanya Shaffer (Let My Enemy Live Long!). Music & lyrics by Ira Marlowe. Michael Bello is the music director and lead musician. Other musicians include: Peter Penhallow and Mick Berry. The show is co-directed by Hugo E Carbajal and Wilma Bonet. It’s happening Sat., Aug. 9 San Lorenzo Park 2:30 pm music, 3:00 pm show and Sun., Aug. 10 also San Lorenzo Park 2:30 pm music, 3:00 pm show

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, August 9 & 10. Concerts and events happening here and in San Juan Bautista both days and nights. Concert at 2:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m. on Saturday and at 4 and 7:30 on Sunday. Check for details and ticket availability at www.cabrillomusic.org.

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE, August 9 & 10. This is their closing weekend of performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor and As You like it. Go towww.santacruzshakespeare.com for details.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo makes a clean breast of a growing problem. See downwards.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim takes a surgical look at Israel’s strike. See below.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

GET ON UP. This is the bio-pic of James Brown the self titled King of Soul. All his songs are dubbed, the acting isn’t bad but Brown (according to the film) was one mess of a human. It seems like he had no friends, no family, and was simply unlikable. A genuine downer of a film.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I must confess and proclaim I did not see this movie. Any film that has a talking raccoon named “Rocket” as a major character is more than I could stand. Your guess on this movie is every bit as good as mine. Actually if anyone sees this film and likes it, let me know. Especially if you can think of a reason for anyone else to see it.

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

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

  1. Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt. It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurantowners, and normal people should see this well made film.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. ( or APES OF WRATH ) It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

BEGIN AGAIN. Mark Ruffalo is getting tiresome onscreen, he’s always the same guy, and he’s no different in this sad music business saga. Kiera Knightly is supposed to be a singer and James Corden (brilliant star of One Man, Two Guvnor’s is just about an invisible zero in his good buddy role here. It’s like a new copy of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie.

JERSEY BOYS. Like most of Clint Eastwood– directed films, Jersey Boys is about as deep as a 45 rpm disc. The same plot could have been afixed to any pop group. The acting is about as good as you can expect from such a hackneyed show biz story. Even if you’re still a Frankie Valli fan, this movie is boring.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY. This bloody, confusing flick will probably make as much money as last year’s surprise Purge hit. It’s a truly evil premise that centers on 12 hours per year when everybody can kill everybody…all across the USA. This pits race against race, poor against rich, whatever!!! I guess it’s as valid as all those viruses, aliens, freezes, and radiation that kills us in the rest of the disaster films. The pacing isn’t bad, the camera work is passable, the acting is so-so but why go to see a film like this??? Just watch the box office receipts, don’t help them.

AND SO IT GOES. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton do their best to save this very unfunny, and even bitter film. Keaton even pretends she can sing, and you too will wonder why. Michael Douglas is supposed to be a bitter old real estate man who took care of his wife who died off screen and he won’t convince you of anything. Stay away from this mess, and don’t consider even renting it.

I ORIGINS. This film is about God, eyeballs, evolution,and lots more eyeballs. The acting is unbelievably bad, but not as bad or as confusing as the plot. It tries to be an important statement, it tries to pretend that there’s an idea behind the plot…but there isn’t. Avoid this film.

HERCULES. This monstrosity is exactly the film you expect it to be. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules uttering such classic Roman-Greek lines as “fuck the centaurs” just leaves you breathless. What happened to great cinema stars like Charlton Heston, Victor Mature, Kirk Douglas, and even Steve Reeves.? You could believe those guys. There’s also a character named Rhesus in this saga, and the pun is too obvious. I just found (on Wikipedia) a film titled, ” Hercules In New York” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970).

MALEFICENT. As we all know know, this is “Sleeping Beauty” gone bad. Curses, spells, special effects and Angelina Jolie’s fake jawbones plus horns make this an almost silly and phony saga. Elle Fanning who is now 16 years old is still cute as all get out. And you should get out and see some more meaningful movie.

22 JUMP STREET. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back again doing their dumb undercover cop thing. The film took in $111.5 million dollars the opening weekend, and what else is new??? It’s stupid, mean, crotch focussed, anti-gay, and will probably make many more millions before thet finish 23 JUMP STREET. If you do go and see this pierce of junk don’t tell me about it!

EARTH TO ECHO. Kids find a cute tiny, little robot from outer space and it’s just like all the rest of the cutesy, summertime, kids & robots movies. Not one new twist, you don’t even see the robot until 45 minutes into the film and it’s very poorly directed and miserable editing, with lousy camera angles. Don’t go. Or at least SEND the kids, don’t go with them.

TAMMY. What a line-up of stars in this very sad downer of a movie. Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass and Melissa McCarthy who co-authored and produced it with her husband Ben Falcone. It cedrtainly isn’t a comedy, because Melissa ans Susan Sarandon play such loser roles. It’s not a tragedy because you’ll laugh at the stupid, and vulgar scenes. It’s a waste of… time, your money and their talents.

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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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Sentinel reporter and author Terri Morgan discusses her book “The Genetic Lottery” on August 5th. Then Jacob Martinez describes the work he’s doing on DigitalNest.org and young folks in Watsonville. Patrice Keet talks about all the plans for the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery on August 12. And she’s followed by Phil Collins relating the dates and events of the New Music Works. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show on September 16. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor”, Henry Rollins. “August depresses me a little. I don’t even feel like eating. And when I don’t eat, that’s a sure sign of stagnation“, Willard Scott. ” Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance”, Victor Hugo..

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July 31 – 6, 2014

NEW LEAF MARKET-BANK OF ITALY-BANK OF AMERICA BUILDING. Chase’s Sidewalk Guide says this “1929 zig-zag Moderne building” was desdigned by Henry A. Minton. In 1977 it won a preservation battle and Thacher and Thompson adapted it for New Leaf Market. Before it was built there was a two story building there that contained the Santa Cruz Surf’s pressroom and a Buddhist Church presided by Swami Mazzanandi.

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DATELINE July 28, 2014

SANTA CRUZ CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY. I wrote about the Museum of Discovery here last week, and just today (Monday 7/28) had a grand note from the museum’s co-founder Patrice Keet.She writes, “Exciting news: we just signed a lease for space in the Capitola Mall in the former Abercrombie and Fitch space and plan to open the doors to our new museum and a museum retail store on Nov. 1. We are very busy pulling it all together since it is a little ahead of our planned schedule but turns out to be a great opportunity. The Mall is very thrilled to have us move in as they seek to be more diversified and more of a community center. We will offer programs, a Tinkering Studio, classes and very cool exhibits that focus on the wonders of Santa Cruz County. Some of our spiffiest things will be in the tech realm with a couple of programmable robotic arms called Alphabots.

We want to make the museum affordable to all families so we are keeping our prices for admission and classes down and will look for business sponsors to underwrite some memberships. We have a lot on our plates but have a great team of folks working. As you said in your column, we are still looking for support from the community but our needs have changed a little. We are now looking for volunteers, donations and members. Our Mobile Museum will continue to be taking our show out on the road to community events from Watsonville to Scotts Valley. Thank you for this opportunity to get out in front of the public. Much appreciated” . Those are some hard working, devoted folks getting this together and now’s a good time to figure how you can help them.

STILL MORE ON FRANKLIN MARSHALL. Last week I wrote this in BrattonOnline about Franklin Marshall… FRANKLIN MARSHALL STILL AT IT. Franklin Marshall wrote a children’s book about Louden (LONDON) Nelson that is so full of flaws it would be laughable if some folks hadn’t and children didn’t take it seriously. More important than that, Franklin Marshall has been collecting money for his Children’s LEARNING Museum for more than a decade. Friends and foes alike have wondered for years how Marshall exists, except on his museum collections. His museum website still lists Longs Drugstore and Borders Bookshop as sponsors. The Guide Star website will tell you that Franklin Marshall’s Children‘s LEARNING Museum is more than defunct, it had its tax exempt status revoked in 2011 for not filing for three years. Check that out at http://www.guidestar.org/ViewPdf.aspx?PdfSource=0&ein=20-1490562 . Then you could check the LEARNING MUSEUM tax status at the official IRS website.

That’s a lot of messing around, but too many people have been taken in by Franklin’s hype and smooth talk and use of our ongoing guilt. He’s no credit to Santa Cruz, our children, or the need for a genuine “children’s museum”. Many supporting reactions came in, including this one from Rachel Goodman, “Thank you for warning others about Franklin Marshall. He approached me about editing a magazine, and it quickly became apparent there was no magazine or any of the other seemingly wonderful history projects he was fantasizing about. I commend the folks who are in truth working on The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, and hope they succeed”. The list of folks that have been duped by Franklin Marshall is a long one. Let me know if you’d like to share.

THE BBC’s FUNNY ANIMAL VIDEO. Yes, you’ve seen it before but it’s still the funniest video I’ve seen.

EARTH’S CATASTROPHIC ANIMAL LOSS. Julie Cohen from UC Santa Barbara wrote a great article on how rapidly we are losing so many of our animal species. In the article she says, “The Earth’s current biodiversity — the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error — is vital to sustaining human life. This rich accumulation has reached a tipping point and is now shrinking rapidly. New research conducted by an international team of scientists that includes UC Santa Barbara’s Hillary Young strongly suggests that human activity is driving the rapid loss and decline of animal life at such magnitude that we are likely in the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event. The findings, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Science, demonstrate that since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Perhaps more important, it shows that populations of all the remaining species are experiencing a 25 percent average decline in abundance.

“This pattern of loss appears to be pervasive across the animal kingdom, including those less charismatic but critically important groups, the invertebrates,” said Young, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology. “In the same period, the populations of invertebrate animals — the beetles, butterflies, spiders and worms that drive so many of the basic functions of our planet — have decreased by 45 percent.” Read all of the article here…

ANA YANG BUBBLE SHOW. It’s always been Tom Noddy’s territory, and now there’s competition,take a look.

PSA’S/PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS. I’m not sure about other radio stations but KZSC certainly has space and time for more Public Service Announcements. We are reading PSA’s from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and all over, just to fill in time. Go to the KZSC website and follow directions for PSA submissions. You get your local organizations publicity read many, many times on air… all for free of course. Go here for details…

BECCA’S CRONOMETER. Becca King Reed was on Universal Grapevine last week and mentioned the website CRONOMETER. It shows you all the breakdown and healthy content of any food you type in…and you needn’t bother “signing up” either… https://cronometer.com

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary explains some more on EIR’s and why we need to stay involved. He says that the county is moving to allowing developers avoid building affordable housing, and pay money to the county instead. He reports on LAFCO and how it works to make our local government work better.He talks about The Community Water Coalition and how we question the need for de-sal. He closes the week by saying, “It is not untypical for our government to give away public money and property to private developers, to stimulate behavior that our elected officials think might have public benefit. Remember the history of the railroads. This goes back to the days of Abraham Lincoln. The United States government gave away large portions of our public lands to the railroad companies, in return for construction of the transcontinental railroad. Lots of “private” benefits resulted. Several people got inordinately rich; take Leland Stanford as an example.

Locally, the Santa Cruz City Council recently voted to share tax revenues with developers who build big hotels within the city limits. This action was taken at the Council’s July 8th meeting. Council Member Micah Posner voted “no,” but the proposal otherwise had the full support of the Council. At the meeting, four members of the public testified against the proposal, and two business representatives said that these business subsidies were a good idea. Again, the Council as a whole agreed.

Not apparently a factor in the Council’s thinking was our current drought emergency. As members of the public pray for rain next year, and cut back on their current water use, their elected City Council Members are doing what they can to have more big hotels built in town, and are going to share transient occupancy tax revenues to make that happen. You can get more information at kusp.org/land use”.

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

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Our friends with fins remain active and seem to “cuddling” closer…check out DeCinzo’s reaction…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan shows us another view of Jeopardy and our collective future.See below, a bit.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), take a pictorial tour of the Neverland (Mermaids! Indians! Fairies! Pirates!), then return to terra firma for a mesmerizing look at real life in Richard Linklater’s audacious Boyhood.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

BOYHOOD. This film made some sort of cinema history because the director took 12 years to film the same cast in the same roles as they aged. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 but I think the acting is so terrible it shouldn’t have been made…or released. Any sensitivity, reality, sincerity, or emotions are spoiled by the amateurish acting. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents, and they aren’t very good either. Wait and rent it.

AND SO IT GOES. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton do their best to save this very unfunny, and even bitter film. Keaton even pretends she can sing, and you too will wonder why. Michael Douglas is supposed to be a bitter old real estate man who took care of his wife who died off screen and he won’t convince you of anything. Stay away from this mess, and don’t consider even renting it.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

I ORIGINS. This film is about God, eyeballs, evolution,and lots more eyeballs. The acting is unbelievably bad, but not as bad or as confusing as the plot. It tries to be an important statement, it tries to pretend that there’s an idea behind the plot…but there isn’t. Avoid this film.

HERCULES. This monstrosity is exactly the film you expect it to be. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules uttering such classic Roman-Greek lines as “fuck the centaurs” just leaves you breathless. What happened to great cinema stars like Charlton Heston, Victor Mature, Kirk Douglas, and even Steve Reeves.? You could believe those guys. There’s also a character named Rhesus in this saga, and the pun is too obvious. I just found (on Wikipedia) a film titled, ” Hercules In New York” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (1970).

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

Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt. It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurantowners, and normal people should see this well made film.

SNOWPIERCER. It’s the future again but no aliens are attacking, for once. South Korean director Bong Joon Ho made this one fascinating , tight, fast moving, well-directed movie.. Tilda Swinton plays her silliest role in her career, John Hurt is always the same and he plays “Gilliam” (remember that IF you go see this thriller). It’s about a train that runs forever with all the 1000 survivors left on earth. Ed Harris is the supreme & majestic conductor. It’s a great escape film…go for it.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY. This bloody, confusing flick will probably make as much money as last year’s surprise Purge hit. It’s a truly evil premise that centers on 12 hours per year when everybody can kill everybody…all across the USA. This pits race against race, poor against rich, whatever!!! I guess it’s as valid as all those viruses, aliens, freezes, and radiation that kills us in the rest of the disaster films. The pacing isn’t bad, the camera work is passable, the acting is so-so but why go to see a film like this??? Just watch the box office receipts, don’t help them.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. ( or APES OF WRATH ) It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

OBVIOUS CHILD. It’s listed as a comedy…it isn’t. It’s a gut wrenching well done portrait of a young woman coming of age in NYC. Jenny Slate plays a stand-up comic with a life that isn’t funny and Gaby Hoffman from Crystal Fairy is her buddy. You might not like Jenny’s character but you’ll face the fact that even tougher-than-shit people have feelings.

BEGIN AGAIN. Mark Ruffalo is getting tiresome onscreen, he’s always the same guy, and he’s no different in this sad music business saga. Kiera Knightly is supposed to be a singer and James Corden (brilliant star of One Man, Two Guvnor’s is just about an invisible zero in his good buddy role here. It’s like a new copy of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie.

JERSEY BOYS. Like most of Clint Eastwood– directed films, Jersey Boys is about as deep as a 45 rpm disc. The same plot could have been afixed to any pop group. The acting is about as good as you can expect from such a hackneyed show biz story. Even if you’re still a Frankie Valli fan, this movie is boring.

THIRD PERSON. Liam Neeson does the worst job of acting I’ve ever seen him do in this confusing mess of a film. Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, Kim Basinger and the omni-present James Franco all sound like they are reading their parts off the script. And I like those actors. This poorly directed story is maybe about a writer (Neeson) who is writing a story about the intwined lives of three groups of people mostly in Italy. You can’t be sure if it’s his writing or reality that you are watching….and eventually, you don’t care much.

MALEFICENT. As we all know know, this is “Sleeping Beauty” gone bad. Curses, spells, special effects and Angelina Jolie’s fake jawbones plus horns make this an almost silly and phony saga. Elle Fanning who is now 16 years old is still cute as all get out. And you should get out and see some more meaningful movie.

TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction. Mark Wahlberg and his “Autobots” fight off the “Decepticons” or something like that. In case you care (and you shouldn’t ) The Transformers now have personalities like the fat robot who smokes metal cigars and has a metal beard. There’s a Japanese Samurai robot, a southren red-neck robot, it’s just awful and it’s 2 hours and 37 minutes long. You could knit a scarf in that same amount of time. Peter Cullen is the voice of the Opitmus Prime robot (not our Peter Cullen) one of those special effect thingees.

22 JUMP STREET. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back again doing their dumb undercover cop thing. The film took in $111.5 million dollars the opening weekend, and what else is new??? It’s stupid, mean, crotch focussed, anti-gay, and will probably make many more millions before thet finish 23 JUMP STREET. If you do go and see this pierce of junk don’t tell me about it!

EARTH TO ECHO. Kids find a cute tiny, little robot from outer space and it’s just like all the rest of the cutesy, summertime, kids & robots movies. Not one new twist, you don’t even see the robot until 45 minutes into the film and it’s very poorly directed and miserable editing, with lousy camera angles. Don’t go. Or at least SEND the kids, don’t go with them.

TAMMY. What a line-up of stars in this very sad downer of a movie. Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass and Melissa McCarthy who co-authored and produced it with her husband Ben Falcone. It cedrtainly isn’t a comedy, because Melissa ans Susan Sarandon play such loser roles. It’s not a tragedy because you’ll laugh at the stupid, and vulgar scenes. It’s a waste of… time, your money and their talents.

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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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On July 29th Julie Callahan and Rosemary Alles talk about the “March for Elephants” program followed by Lisa Robinson telling everybody about the wonders at The San Lorenzo Valley Museum. Sentinel reporter and author Terri Morgan discusses her book “The Genetic Lottery” on August 5th. Then Jacob Martinez describes the work he’s doing on DigitalNest.org and young folks in Watsonville. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit. . Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “I’m very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch”, Woody Allen. “I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty”, Groucho Marx. “One way to solve all the traffic problems would be to keep all the cars that aren’t paid for off the streets”, Will Rogers.

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July 23 – 29, 2014

EARLIEST PHOTO OF DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. This was taken around 1859. It’s of course what we now call Pacific, Front, and Mission streets with that Jamba Juice, US Post office and stuff there now. Back then it was Willow, Front and Main Streets.

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DATELINE July 21, 2014

SANTA CRUZ CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY.Lots of good people in the county have been working hard to create a Children’s Museum Of DISCOVERY. Folks like
Patrice Keet, Katherine Beiers, John Leopold, Trink Praxel, Bob Keet, Michael Watkins, and Don Lane. They’ve researched and gone around the Country talking to experts to determine what would work well in our County. Check on the right to see how much they are accomplishing. Right now they’re looking for a location, some donations and underwriters. The Children’s Museum of DISCOVERY is a great idea and we need to support it and them. Here’s another DISCOVERY Museum video link which is more of a guide to Santa Cruz but still worth watching and telling your friends about.

Unfortunately there’s been some confusion and misdirection lately with that long time local poseur (fake) Franklin Marshall trying to horn in on the DISCOVERY Museum’s hard work and reputation. Be very careful of Franklin Marshall, most folks have learned by now what he’s up to. Check him out thoroughly and stay away from his fake Children’s LEARNING museum…it doesn’t exist.

FRANKLIN MARSHALL STILL AT IT. Franklin Marshall wrote a children’s book about Louden (LONDON) Nelson that is so full of flaws it would be laughable if some folks didn’t and children disn’t take it seriously. More important than that, Franklin Marshall has been collecting money for his Children’s LEARNING Museum for more than a decade. Friends and foes alike have wondered for years how Marshall exists, except on his museum collections. His museum website still lists Longs Drugstore and Borders Bookshop as sponsors. The Guide Star website will tell you that Franklin Marshall’s Children’s LEARNING Museum is more than defunct, it had its tax exempt status revoked in 2011 for not filing for three years. Check that out here. Then you could check the LEARNING MUSEUM tax status at the official IRS website. That’s a lot of messing around, but too many people have been taken in by Franklin’s hype and smooth talk and use of our ongoing guilt. He’s no credit to Santa Cruz our children, or the need for a genuine children’s museum.

SPEAKING OF SCAMS. “Almond Milk is kind of a scam” according to Mother Jones and Alternet. I’ve been paying $3.99 per half gallon at T.Joe’s …read this link…

SEND THE IMMIGRANTS HOME. I just was thinking what if we ALL had to go back where we came from? It would be a lonely place…all you’d find would be some American Indians and a bunch of casinos.

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

WHAT ARE THE “TAKE BACKS” DOING IN APTOS?

I’ve been less than amused at what Take Back Santa Cruz has been promoting and the strategies used in their city of Santa Cruz. Lots of anti-homeless and negative stuff, despite their mission statement. Some of the anti-needle exchange antics are questionable.

But now we have a “Take Back Aptos” group with a Facebook page. After living in Aptos for the past 44 years, it seemed appropriate that I get involved with this group to see exactly what they’re going to “take back” from me and my neighbors. I tried to get onto their closed page, and was almost immediately blocked by their admin person. I never had a chance to “like” or comment on a single post. ? I’m sure that action had something to do with a family member of mine who has been very vocal in her support of syringe exchange programs as well as her decision to respond to the almost immediate upwelling of anti-homeless agenda on the page. I did notice several TBSC activists on the Take Back Aptos roster. An open message to TBSC/TBA – Please go away! We don’t need your Clean Team for our parks and beaches or your Cruz Needles posts. We’ll ask for your help if we need it.

And for future moves by TBSC: Neighbors in Capitola, Soquel, Scotts Valley and other communities, you may be next to be “Taken back”. Watch out!. (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).

SWANTON BERRY FARM. Rachel Goodman sent this one out. A beautiful and important message about our rare and endangered North Coast of Santa Cruz County.

TURTLE AND DIVER RESCUE

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about “Inclusionary Housing” in Pebble Beach and some implications.Then he mentions our S. Cruz City Council considering the Pacific Collegiate School’s relocating, and the 2120 Delaware development on the Westside. There’s a clearinghouse report coming from AMBAG about land use. That includes a waterline on our North Coast being rehab’ed. Theres more about fracking in Monterey County. He states, “If you would like to “study up” on the topic, here is a “free event” that I think will be interesting. At noon on Saturday, July 26th. Calvin Tillman, the former Republican Mayor of Dish, Texas, is going to be speaking at the Sunnyslope Elementary School Auditorium, located at 1475 Memorial Drive in Hollister. His topic? “Why Fracking Made Me Move.” Texas has welcomed fracking, by and large. Should be worthwhile to hear from former Mayor Tillman about some of the possible downsides! 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 reveals the reason behind Pearl Jam’s death. Look downwards at the end of this column.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Mr. Eagan comments on our good neighbor policy , see more below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Talk about pirate loot! This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com) free copies of Alias Hook are up for grabs at various online portals. Find out how to win one—no purchase necessary! Also, feel the love again from my appearance last week at Bookshop Santa Cruz!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

LIFE ITSELF. Roger Ebert was certainly America’s number one film critic of all time. This loving and kind documentary makes him eligible for sainthood. He worked and played very hard to get the reputation he had. Pauline Kael was my inspiration as a film critic. I knew her and her husband in Berkeley before she became involved with the New Yorker. Her insight, opinions, and depth made her every bit as unique as Ebert and hopefully a documentary will be made as a tribute to her. In the meantime, go see Life Itself, Ebert was his own monument.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY. This bloody, confusing flick will probably make as much money as last year’s surprise Purge hit. It’s a truly evil premise that centers on 12 hours per year when everybody can kill everybody…all across the USA. This pits race against race, poor against rich, whatever!!! I guess it’s as valid as all those viruses, aliens, freezes, and radiation that kills us in the rest of the disaster films. The pacing isn’t bad, the camera work is passable, the acting is so-so but why go to see a film like this??? Just watch the box office receipts, don’t help them.

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

VENUS IN FUR. This is Roman Polanski’s masterpiece, a genuine master work of cinema, an honest artistic statement and one hell of a good movie. The film stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s real life wife. The plot is from an original novel by Sacher-Masoch which is where we get the word masochism!!! (hint, hint) But it’s all talk and brilliant discussion between a play director and an actress. No sex, no S&M, no nudity…the trailers were terrible and misleading ….go see it quickly.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. ( or APES OF WRATH ) It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

OBVIOUS CHILD. It’s listed as a comedy…it isn’t. It’s a gut wrenching well done portrait of a young woman coming of age in NYC. Jenny Slate plays a stand-up comic with a life that isn’t funny and Gaby Hoffman from Crystal Fairy is her buddy. You might not like Jenny’s character but you’ll face the fact that even tougher- than- shit people have feelings.

SNOWPIERCER. It’s the future again but no aliens are attacking, for once. South Korean director Bong Joon Ho made this one fascinating , tight, fast moving, well-directed movie.. Tilda Swinton plays her silliest role in her career, John Hurt is always the same and he plays “Gilliam” (remember that IF you go see this thriller). It’s about a train that runs forever with all the 1000 survivors left on earth. Ed Harris is the supreme & majestic conductor. It’s a great escape film…go for it.

  1. Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt. It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurantowners, and normal people should see this well made film.

BEGIN AGAIN. Mark Ruffalo is getting tiresome onscreen, he’s always the same guy, and he’s no different in this sad music business saga. Kiera Knightly is supposed to be a singer and James Corden (brilliant star of One Man, Two Guvnor’s is just about an invisible zero in his good buddy role here. It’s like a new copy of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie.

JERSEY BOYS. Like most of Clint Eastwood– directed films, Jersey Boys is about as deep as a 45 rpm disc. The same plot could have been afixed to any pop group. The acting is about as good as you can expect from such a hackneyed show biz story. Even if you’re still a Frankie Valli fan, this movie is boring.

THIRD PERSON. Liam Neeson does the worst job of acting I’ve ever seen him do in this confusing mess of a film. Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, Kim Basinger and the omni-present James Franco all sound like they are reading their parts off the script. And I like those actors. This poorly directed story is maybe about a writer (Neeson) who is writing a story about the intwined lives of three groups of people mostly in Italy. You can’t be sure if it’s his writing or reality that you are watching….and eventually, you don’t care much.

MALEFICENT. As we all know know, this is “Sleeping Beauty” gone bad. Curses, spells, special effects and Angelina Jolie’s fake jawbones plus horns make this an almost silly and phony saga. Elle Fanning who is now 16 years old is still cute as all get out. And you should get out and see some more meaningful movie.

TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction. Mark Wahlberg and his “Autobots” fight off the “Decepticons” or something like that. In case you care (and you shouldn’t ) The Transformers now have personalities like the fat robot who smokes metal cigars and has a metal beard. There’s a Japanese Samurai robot, a southren red-neck robot, it’s just awful and it’s 2 hours and 37 minutes long. You could knit a scarf in that same amount of time. Peter Cullen is the voice of the Opitmus Prime robot (not our Peter Cullen) one of those special effect thingees.

22 JUMP STREET. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back again doing their dumb undercover cop thing. The film took in $111.5 million dollars the opening weekend, and what else is new??? It’s stupid, mean, crotch focussed, anti-gay, and will probably make many more millions before thet finish 23 JUMP STREET. If you do go and see this pierce of junk don’t tell me about it!

EARTH TO ECHO. Kids find a cute tiny, little robot from outer space and it’s just like all the rest of the cutesy, summertime, kids & robots movies. Not one new twist, you don’t even see the robot until 45 minutes into the film and it’s very poorly directed and miserable editing, with lousy camera angles. Don’t go. Or at least SEND the kids, don’t go with them.

TAMMY. What a line-up of stars in this very sad downer of a movie. Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass and Melissa McCarthy who co-authored and produced it with her husband Ben Falcone. It cedrtainly isn’t a comedy, because Melissa ans Susan Sarandon play such loser roles. It’s not a tragedy because you’ll laugh at the stupid, and vulgar scenes. It’s a waste of… time, your money and their talents.

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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 sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Becca King Reed will talk about The Farmers Market Diet and about heart disease and raw food benefits on July 22 then executive director of The California Grey Bears Tim Brattan (no relation) tells all about their latest achievements. On July 29th Julie Callahan talks about the “March for Elephants” program followed by Lisa Robinson telling everybody about the wonders at The San Lorenzo Valley Museum. Sentinel reporter and author Terri Morgan discusses her book “The Genetic Lottery” on August 5th. Then Jacob Martinez describes the work he’s doing on DigitalNest.org and young folks in Watsonville. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “OCEANS”“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came”, John F. Kennedy. I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me”, Isaac Newton. “Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn’t happen”, Steven Wright.

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Posted in Weekly Articles | Comments Off on July 23 – 29, 2014

July 15 – 21, 2014

SALINAS RODEO GROUNDS, 1942. The photo is a bit dark and fuzzy, but so are our memories. This is the Japanese and Japanese-Americans holding camp before they were transported to Manzanar and other prisons.

photo credit: U.S. Army photo

DATELINE July 14, 2014

OUR OAKLAND SONG REVISITED. Tina Baine alerted me at Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook book party on Saturday that NPR played an interview last Friday that I did with them back in April. Luckily I found it online. Our Goodtime Washboard 3 trio wrote the song back in 1965, and the Oakland song and the entire Fantasy album is available on iTunes. Here’s NPR/KQED

NO NEEDLES/SYRINGES FOUND OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND. Last week Paul Elerick mentioned in BrattonOnline that when he participated in the Save our Shores Beach Clean Up no needles/syringes were found. He wondered why. Many reactions came in quickly. Most of them said simply that no druggies and crazies would dream of going near any beaches over the heavily policed weekend. Ed Martinez went beyond that and said that with those heavy police barricades and patrolling many of our beaches, like Crows Nest Beach were almost empty and that the firework nutsos are now going back up into the neighborhoods to set off fireworks and of course causing the resultant ground fires we all experienced this 4th. Clearly the police and our City Council policies have failed and should be revised. Like maybe before Halloween and how the council brings back all the same police attitude with fencing, spotlights and prevailing downtown hostility.

HIGHWAYS ONE & NINE. Debbie Bulger of the Mission: Pedestrian Organization (www.missionped.org) sent a 3 page letter outlining the issues and problems in the stated plans to “upgrade” the biggest and busiest intersection in our county. The letter is addressed to Matt Fowler, Senior Environmental Planner, California Department of Transportation. You can read all of it here.

In it she says…We are appalled that the proposed changes to the Route 1/9 Intersection in Santa Cruz would decrease safety and walkability for pedestrians, in direct conflict with the Complete Streets policy. In addition the proposed changes violate the goals pertaining to pedestrian travel of the City General Plan and the Master Transportation Study. The proposed project is even more grievous since it does not significantly improve the situation for motorists by providing a second entrance/exit to the Harvey West area.

1. Caltrans’ Complete Streets Policy and Federal Law require safe accommodation for all users. The Initial Study does not seem to take pedestrian travel seriously.

2. The 8-foot sidewalk and 5-foot tree-planted landscape strip along both sides of River Street would be narrowed to a 5-foot sidewalk with no landscape strip.

3. The project is in conflict with the Santa Cruz City General Plan

4. The conceptual design of the project does not employ best practices for pedestrian safety.

5. The Initial Study states that the San Lorenzo Multipurpose Path is now considered the primary north/south route for pedestrians and bicyclists

6. She offers a better solution….

There is, however, a better solution to the traffic congestion that will also be better for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the 1/9 Intersection. That is, create another intersection north of the intersection between the RR tracks and Chestnut Street. Such a project would also provide another entrance and exit to Harvey West. I have been told that Caltrans rejected a second entrance/exit north of the RR tracks because they envisioned the new intersection as a ramp. Caltrans was rightly concerned about the increased collision rate such a ramp could entail.

However, a signalized intersection would not have the high collision rate of a ramp. Construction of another road leading to Harvey West would not only relieve congestion in the short term, but would also enable drivers coming from or going to the Westside of Santa Cruz to avoid the 1/9 intersection altogether. Route 1 heading north to Chestnut Street is not a high speed freeway, but rapidly becomes a business district at the traffic signal at Chestnut. Properly timed, the two intersections could work together to decrease the delay currently experienced by drivers at the 1/9 intersection. A benefit of the new road would be a safer River Street and 1/9 intersection for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as a much-needed second entrance/exit to the Harvey West area. In the past a number of accidents and incidents have blocked the single entrance/exit to the Harvey West area. Residents have been trapped in the area for hours, unable to go home. A second entrance/exit should be a higher priority than the proposed project which just perpetuates the current situation”. Debbie has put a lot of time, and expertise into these ideas. Read them all in their entirety and read them carefully. All of our community and environment and area businesses depend very much on that intersection.

ANDY SERKIS (Caesar in Dawn of Apes) shows how he did the Gollum in The Hobbitt movies.

GILLIAN GREENSITE WEIGHS IN. “The vote of 6 Santa Cruz City council members last Tuesday to give a $2 million windfall of TOT taxes back to hotels of 100 beds or more is probably the final piece of funding that will allow the 407 Broadway Hyatt to go ahead. Expect the tree to be cut down sooner rather than later. I hear, although haven’t checked it out, that Sam Farr was helpful in getting public money for this hotel. Then Gillian adds almost as an accompaniment to Debbie’s concerns …” GROVE OF EUCALYPTUS AT HIGHWAYS 1 and 9. The CalTrans planner confirmed that the Highways 1& 9 widening project will indeed remove that grove of eucalyptus on the northern corner. It’s a last rural remnant in an ever urbanizing landscape for Santa Cruz. How ugly that area will be without the softening effect of the trees. I saw a Cooper’s Hawk fly into the grove. Possibly a nest there And please, check out the Save Our Big Trees Facebook page, like and share. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Our-Big-Trees/509203989181027

UCSC LIME KILNS. Here’s a fine little documentary.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. It’ll probably be too late by the time this gets online but Gary announces the SCruz Water Advisory Commission metting on Wed. 7/16 from 4-6 p.m. It’s regional water planning, and we some more of that. He talks about the “Open Counter” system that is aimed at making it easier for businesses to get permits.

Then on Thursday night it’s passenger rail service discussion time at the Regional Transportation Commission and he links to an online survey… check it out at . He closes by stating very clearly that the Salinas Valley is truly “America’s Farming Capital”. And states, “Last year, in 2013, Monterey County generated almost four and one half billon dollars from its agricultural production. There isn’t a more productive agricultural area anywhere else in the United States. The Salinas Valley is America’s “Farming Capital.” You can tell Dorothy: that capital isn’t in Kansas anymore!” 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 peeks at nudes events. See below (pun)

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim shows that oil and money have deep connections. Scroll downwards.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com) find out why the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer is flawed, but fun. Meanwhile, Captain Hook’s voyage of conquest continues, with new links on the Alias Hook Blog Tour going live every day!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975

that is the question
(in order of perfection)

3rd REPEAT PLUG!!! SNEAK PREVIEW. Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur opens July 18. I saw an advance preview. This is Polanski’s masterpiece, a genuine master work of cinema, a genuine artistic statement and one hell of a good movie. Save that date. The film stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s wife. The plot is from an original novel by Sacher-Masoch which is where we get the word masochism!!! (hint, hint) But it’s all talk and brilliant discussion just between the two of them….go see it quickly.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

THIRD PERSON. Liam Neeson does the worst job of acting I’ve ever seen him do in this confusing mess of a film. Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde, Kim Basinger and the omni-present James Franco all sound like they are reading their parts off the script. And I like those actors. This poorly directed story is maybe about a writer (Neeson) who is writing a story about the intwined lives of three groups of people mostly in Italy. You can’t be sure if it’s his writing or reality that you are watching….and eventually, you don’t care much.

Still playing at a theatre near us
from best to really bad

IDA. A very serious and wonderful film about an 18 year old girl in 1960’s Poland who is about to become a nun. Her mother dies and the girl learns she is Jewish. It’s a beautiful story of Poland, the Nazi’s, love, tradition…and should remain the “best film of the year”, if there is any real criteria in the choosing. See it asap, it’ll probably leave town quickly.

GORE VIDAL. The United States of Amnesia. You need to see this documentary/hymn to a real American hero. Vidal always stood up for the America he believed in and if you’ve forgotten or arent aware of how strong and resolute and correct in his life long attempt to make sense of what was and IS happening in the USA, see this film. Read his books. And memorize his statements about our ridiculous government. Especially what he says about J.F.K. and Obama. It lasted less than one week here…BUT rent it as soon as possible.

OBVIOUS CHILD. It’s listed as a comedy…it isn’t. It’s a gut wrenching well done portrait of a young woman coming of age in NYC. Jenny Slate plays a stand-up comic with a life that isn’t funny and Gaby Hoffman from Crystal Fairy is her buddy. You might not like Jenny’s character but you’ll face the fact that even tougher- than- shit people have feelings.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. You’ll tear up more than laugh in this nicely made piece of cinema. Oscars, best film of the year, stuff like that is being said by audiences over and over again. Shailene Woodley (Goerge Clooney’s tean age daughter in “The Descendents” takes the lead role and keeps it. Newcomer Ansel Elgort plays her teen age boyfriend, and they are both dying from cancer. Weepy, emotional and great like Greek tragedies. Go see it.

SNOWPIERCER. It’s the future again but no aliens are attacking, for once. South Korean director Bong Joon Ho made this one fascinating , tight, fast moving, well-directed movie.. Tilda Swinton plays her silliest role in her career, John Hurt is always the same and he plays “Gilliam” (remember that IF you go see this thriller). It’s about a train that runs forever with all the 1000 survivors left on earth. Ed Harris is the supreme & majestic conductor. It’s a great escape film…go for it.

  1. Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt. It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurantowners, and normal people should see this well made film.

BEGIN AGAIN. Mark Ruffalo is getting tiresome onscreen, he’s always the same guy, and he’s no different in this sad music business saga. Kiera Knightly is supposed to be a singer and James Corden (brilliant star of One Man, Two Guvnor’s is just about an invisible zero in his good buddy role here. It’s like a new copy of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL.It’s got elements of good scary old time films like “The Exorcist” and “The Blair Witch” plus “don’t go down those cellar stairs” stuff but the direction is all over the place. Eric Bana and Olivia Munn lead the cast. Nothing in the entire film could make you believe that the events are as real life as the previews claim.

JERSEY BOYS. Like most of Clint Eastwood– directed films, Jersey Boys is about as deep as a 45 rpm disc. The same plot could have been afixed to any pop group. The acting is about as good as you can expect from such a hackneyed show biz story. Even if you’re still a Frankie Valli fan, this movie is boring.

MALEFICENT. As we all know know this is “Sleeping Beauty” gone bad. Curses, spells, special effects and Angelina Jolie’s fake jawbones plus horns make this an almost silly and phony saga. Elle Fanning who is now 16 years old is still cute as all get out. And you should get out and see some more meaningful movie.

TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction. Mark Wahlberg and his “Autobots” fight off the “Decepticons” or something like that. In case you care (and you shouldn’t ) The Transformers now have personalities like the fat robot who smokes metal cigars and has a metal beard. There’s a Japanese Samurai robot, a southren red-neck robot, it’s just awful and it’s 2 hours and 37 minutes long. You could knit a scarf in that same amount of time. Peter Cullen is the voice of the Opitmus Prime robot (not our Peter Cullen) one of those special effect thingees.

22 JUMP STREET. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back again doing their dumb undercover cop thing. The film took in $111.5 million dollars the opening weekend, and what else is new??? It’s stupid, mean, crotch focussed, anti-gay, and will probably make many more millions before thet finish 23 JUMP STREET. If you do go and see this pierce of junk don’t tell me about it!

EARTH TO ECHO. Kids find a cute tiny, little space robot and it’s just like all the rest of the cutesy, summertime, kids & robots movies. Not one new twist, you don’t even see the robot until 45 minutes later and it’s very poorly directed and miserable editing, with lousy camera angles. Don’t go. Or at least SEND the kids, don’t go with them.

TAMMY. What a line-up of stars in this very sad downer of a movie. Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass and Melissa McCarthy who co-authored and produced it with her husband Ben Falcone. It cedrtainly isn’t a comedy, because Melissa ans Susan Sarandon play such loser roles. It’s not a tragedy because you’ll laugh at the stupid, and vulgar scenes. It’s a waste of time, your money and their talents.

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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, and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) Lisa Jensen, Good Times film critic and author of her new book “Alias Hook” will open the July 15 program and Ellen Primack will then talk about this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Becca King Reed will talk about heart disease and raw food benefits on July 22 then executive director of The Grey Bears Tim Brattan (no relation) tells all about their latest achievements. On July 29th Julie Callahan talks about the “March for Elephants” program followed by Lisa Robinson telling everybody about the wonders at The San Lorenzo Valley Museum. Sentinel reporter and author Terri Morgan discusses her book “The Genetic Lottery” on August 5th. Then Jacob Martinez describes the work he’s doing on DigitalNest.org and young folks in Watsonville. 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. “The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,Through the flashing bars of July,”- Francis Thompson. I would sign on for projects that were meant to shoot in July, and then they would postponed and they would bleed into the following semester, and then I’d take a semester off, and then the movie would collapse,” Claire Danes.Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn’t rain,” Mae West.

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July 9 – 15, 2014

PACIFIC AVENUE AUGUST 29, 1957. That’s Pacific and Walnut streets. Now we have The Gap, Synergy, and World Market Bazaar plus new light poles. It’s all about progress.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE July 7, 2014

CITY COUNCIL CUT UPS. This is that curious, tense, funny, deadly serious time of the year that happens just before anybody can take out papers and legally say that they are running for Santa Cruz City Council. Hilary Bryant’s strategy of waiting and saying she hasn’t made up her mind to run again creates the most buzz and is a very clever tactic. (She’ll run!!!) Bruce Van Allen and Leonie Sherman are in it for sure and are out there pushing hard and have active websites with plenty of endorsements. Richelle Noroyan’s City Council website shows how serious she is. Steve Pleich is running for a third time according to his little page on Facebook. Cynthia Chase of Gemma apparentlyhas Cynthia Mathews support which can and has turned elections either way in the past Peter Kennedy (Scott Kennedy’s son) has created rumors about running but no confirmations about his candidacy. Like the Mathews name, Scott Kennedy’s reputation still makes heads turn almost 360 degrees.Yes, David Terrazas is definitely runing for re-election and has his nearly vacant website up and running, right now.

MARK STONE AND THE COASTAL COMMISSION’S NEW POWER. There’s a new law that went into effect last Tuesday that gives The California Coastal Commission authority to impose fines on property owners who do anythinmg to keep the public away from the beaches. It’s the heaviest authority ever given the Commission since it began back in 1972. They can impose fines up to $11,250 per day for each violation (according to the LA Times Article) and the fines go to the commission to pay for Coastal access improvement projects. Assemblyman Mark Stone did a great deal of the work on getting this passed and didn’t get much credit. Thank him when you see him.

DRONE MEETS FIREWORKS. Photographer Carolyn Klein Lagattuta found this brilliant and even creative use of a drone on July 4th.

ARANA GULCH UPDATE. Despite all of Micah Posner’s pleas and pitches about how wonderful and plant sensetive and nature loving his bicycle highway through Arana Gulch was going to be…take a look at how it’s going so far. It’s a lot of destruction for a handfull of bicycles per day. https://www.flickr.com/photos/85798589@N04/sets/72157644670432057 . Then read up on the entire project at Friends of Arana Gulch by checking this out. http://members.cruzio.com/~arana/project.html . Jean Brocklebank says it even going to get worse!!

FRANKIE VALLI SINGS ON JULY 4TH. In case you forgot what he sounds like, and yes, he sings Can’t take my Eyes off of you. Try to calm down. I think he sang as a tribute to all the Mafiosa who died in their ongoing battle to take over Washington . (p.s. note that there’s only 160 views so far!!! As of 7/6)

SPLITTING WOOD BOOK. The Museum of Art & History just published their latest Santa Cruz County History Journal (#7) it’s full title is “Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains” A SPLIT HISTORY”. It is an excellent collection of articles by historians and lumber people detailing the history of our local trees, timber and lumber. It’s full of valuable maps and photos and is for sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz and MAH. Don’t miss it, it could easily sell out and it could be years before it is re-printed.

BILL REYNOLDS, HARRIET DECK & ANN BENNETT. I hope that some of the new people moving into Santa Cruz are even half as vital, friendly and great neighbors as these three long time friends were. Bill Reynolds and Harriet Deck were good friends and it’ll be impossible to forget those wild and crazy Friday Night parties at Bill’s Dancing Man Galleries. Harriet had a way of melding into any organization or group and becoming an intergral part of whatever was going on. Ann Bennett was an excellent theatre critic and wrote ’em as she saw ’em. She wrote for the Watsonville Register Pajaronian, and The Sentinel since the mid 80’s. It was a treat to read her insights.

DACHSHUND MEETS CRAB!!! Lorraine Valdez spotted this day at the beach.
Anthony Hopkins wrote a waltz 50 years ago, Alyce Cadwallder forwards it to us.

MUNICIPAL WHARF HISTORY. With all the talk about”modernizing” our Municipal Wharf we really need to be more familiar with the very rich and near legendary history of all of our seven wharves. Go here to read what Frank Perry, Barry Brown, Rick Hyman and Stan Stevens wrote and so carefully researched. It’s 14 pages long and well worth reading.

THE GHARKY WHARF AND PROPER SPELLING. Last week on my Universal Grapevine program Frank Perry (historian and Capitola Museum director) talked about how many different ways (about 7) everybody spelled David Gharky’s name. Santa Cruz street signs all spell it GharkEy which simply isn’t correct. Read that link above, especially the second page and think about how easy it would be to right that wrong.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC & HOUSING DOWNTOWN.

It’s been a tradition since forever that as many locals as possible house Cabrillo Fest musicians. The festival wins out, the musicians have a good time and the folks that house them learn a lot about music. The Festival runs July 27-August 10. If you have a spare room, couch, or something and hopefully live anywhere near the Civic auditorium call asap 831-426-6966. They still needed 7 locations as of July 7. You’ll be glad you did.

3RD ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ FRINGE FESTIVAL JULY 10-19. An amazing collection of talent both local and visiting will be happening right here at six different venues. Check them all 150 performances by 32 different artist/groups in Santa Cruz during the 10 day festival from July 10–19. Check it all out go to www.scfringe.comfor details.

DOLPHINS AND BUBBLES. Gena Foucek Sinopoli shares this bubble magic from the sea. Here’s the link!

CUBA PEACE CARAVAN. This is the 25 th anniversary of the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba. It happens Monday, July 14 at the Resource Center for Non-Violence at 6:30 p.m. You’ll meet Judy Geer and her three grandchildren who are some of the 2014 Santa Cruz Caravanistas. Hear the latest on the Cuban five, see Saul Landau’s film about Cuba’s GLBTQ movement, and also hear Bill Hackwell, noted photographer and long time Caravan supporter. Sandino Gomez will talk about his views on Cuban youth and what damage the USA blockade has caused Cuba. There’ll be food: Bread, Cheese, Crackers, Coffee, Tea, Brocolli, Carrots, plus Melon and Entertainment: For more information go tomwadzuka@cruzio.com or call 427-0980

LATTE BREAKING THEATRE NEWS. Last Sunday the crew at the Cinelux 41st movie theatre told me that no definite dates yet but that phase one of the new addition of FIVE (5) new screens at the old Capitola Bookstore would be around Christmas time. That makes 8 movie screens on 41st avenue. Nicole at Regal Cinema Nine on Pacific says the first phase of all new recliner seats in the nine theatres will be starting up this month. And that progress is slow as to getting permits for the wine and beer bar in the theatre. The Del Mar lobby has an example of their new lounging type seats which are scheduled for insertion pretty soon. Let’s just hope with all this new comfort in our local theatres that the films will also get better.

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

“MORNING AFTER” BEACH CLEANUP

“We participated in the county-wide beach cleanup on July 5th that was coordinated by Save Our Shores. The energy of volunteers was amazing to watch; people just out for a stroll on the beach came up to ask if they could help. “Our” assignment was at the foot of the stairs leading to Beer Can beach. Four urns of hot coffee donated by Pacific Roasting Company in Aptos, got people going starting at 9AM.

The Sentinel reported that some 2000 pounds of trash was collected by volunteers at all beaches combined throughout the county. That’s a lot of bottles, cans, spent fireworks, cigarette butts, and just plain junk that people are too lazy to take care of. We found trash within a few yards of half-empty trash cans at Beer Can beach.

It’s amazing based on all of the hoopla by the “Take Backs”, that there were zero reported used syringes found on any of these beaches. Could it be that some of these needle findings that make the KSBW evening news are staged? Think about it”..

(Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary Patton broadcasts the following on KUSP this week Check out the Ferrini Ranch Development. It aims for 212 residential lotson 866 arces. Land Watch is looking into it. Then he talks about a Monterey County public hearing on an ordinance to make it easier for the County to terminate inactive land use applications. If adopted, the ordinance should allow the County better to deploy its scarce planning resources. As we read everywhere lately de-sal plants are being proposed everywhere. Gary states,” The State Water Resources Control Board, which has authority over both water supply and water quality, is now considering some new rules for ocean desalination“.He ends the week saying, “I encourage listeners who care about desalination and its land use implications to join forces with those whose major focus is on the need to protect our marine environment. It’s important that the State Board get it right. Our Sanctuary is always at risk”. 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

WESTSIDE VIDEO. Stop by Westside Video and meet Ashlyn Adams owner of this video rental store. It’s right next to Donnelly’s Chocolates and Sylvan Music at Bay and Mission. She tells me that they have 200, 000 titles. That includes many, many VHS tapes, Blu-Ray and DVD’s. They keep them in a card catalog system and are easy to file through to find your hits. Now that Cedar Street Video is closed Westside Video is the last place on the west side to rent local. Besides that Ashlyn knows her films.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. From deep in the “Classic” files comes this week’s Peep at DeCinzo’s take on X ratings. See below a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Existentialist Eagan creates another view of how IT really is. Scroll below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Lend an ear, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com) as I take to the radio waves to yak about Alias Hook. I’ll be chatting with Bruce Bratton on his Universal Grapevine program, Tuesday, July 15, 7 pm. Then, on Wednesday, July 16, I’ll be talking to Rosemary Chalmers on KSCO at (gah!) 8:30 in the morning! Also, check out the cover of the new Alias Hook audiobook. And please do come by and say ‘hello’ at my book signing at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Wednesday, July 16, at 7:30 pm.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

That is the question
(in order of perfection)

REPEAT PLUG!!! SNEAK PREVIEW. Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur opens July 18. I saw an advance preview. This is Polanski’s masterpiece, a genuine master work of cinema, a genuine artistic statement and one hell of a good movie. Save that date. The film stars Emmanuelle Seigner Polanski’s wife. The plot is from an original novel by Sacher-Masoch which is where we get the word masochism!!! (hint, hint)

SNOWPIERCER. It’s the future again but no aliens are attacking, for once. South Korean director Bong Joon Ho made this one fascinating , tight, fast moving, well-directed movie.. Tilda Swinton plays her silliest role in her career, John Hurt is always the same and he plays “Gilliam” (remember that IF you go see this thriller). It’s about a train that runs forever with all the 1000 survivors left on earth. Ed Harris is the supreme & majestic conductor. It’s a great escape film…go for it.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL.It’s got elements of good scary old time films like “The Exorcist” and “The Blair Witch” plus “don’t go down those cellar stairs” stuff but the direction is all over the place. Eric Bana and Olivia Munn lead the cast. Nothing in the entire film could make you believe that the events are as real life as the previews claim.

BEGIN AGAIN. Mark Ruffalo is getting tiresome onscreen, he’s always the same guy, and he’s no different in this sad music business saga. Kiera Knightly is supposed to be a singer and James Corden (brilliant star of One Man, Two Guvnor’s is just about an invisible zero in his good buddy role here. It’s like a new copy of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie.

EARTH TO ECHO. Kids find a cute tiny, little space robot and it’s just like all the rest of the cutesy, summertime, kids & robots movies. Not one new twist, you don’t even see the robot until 45 minutes later and it’s very poorly directed and miserable editing, with lousy camera angles. Don’t go. Or at least SEND the kids, don’t go with them.

TAMMY. What a line-up of stars in this very sad movie. Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Mark Duplass and Melissa McCarthy who co-authored and produced it with her husband Ben Falcone. It cedrtainly isn’t a comedy, because Melissa ans Susan Sarandon play such loser roles. It’s not a tragedy because you’ll laugh at the stupid, and vulgar scenes. It’s a waste of time, your money and their talents.

Still playing at a theatre near us
from best to really bad

IDA. A very serious and wonderful film about an 18 year old girl in 1960’s Poland who

is about to become a nun. Her mother dies and the girl learns she is Jewish. It’s a beautiful story of Poland, the Nazi’s, love, tradition…and should remain the “best film of the year”, if there is any real criteria in the choosing. See it asap, it’ll probably leave town quickly.

GORE VIDAL. The United States of Amnesia. You need to see this documentary/hymn to a real American hero. Vidal always stood up for the America he believed in and if you’ve forgotten or arent aware of hoe strong and resolute and correct in his life long attempt to make sense of hwta wqas and IS happening in the USA see this film. Read his books. And memorize his statements about our ridiculous government. Especially what he says about J.F.K. and Obama. It lasted less than one week here…BUT rent it as soon as possible.

OBVIOUS CHILD. It’s listed as a comedy…it isn’t. It’s a gut wrenching well done portrait of a young woman coming of age in NYC. Jenny Slate plays a stand-up comic with a life that isn’t funny and Gaby Hoffman from Crystal Fairy is her buddy. You might not like Jenny’s character but you’ll face the fact that even tougher- than- shit people have feelings.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. You’ll tear up more than laugh in this nicely made piece of cinema. Oscars, best film of the year, stuff like that is being said by audiences over and over again. Shailene Woodley (Goerge Clooney’s tean age daughter in The Descendents” takes the lead role and keeps it. Newcomer Ansel Elgort plays her teen age boyfriend, and they are both dying from cancer. Weepy, emotional and great like Greek tragedies. Go see it.

CHEF. Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt.It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurant owners, and normal people should see this well made film.

JERSEY BOYS. Like most of Clint Eastwood- directed films, Jersey Boys is about as deep as a 45 rpm disc. The same plot could have been afixed to any pop group. The acting is about as good as you can expect from such a hackneyed show biz story. Even if you’re still a Frankie Valli fan, this movie is boring.

MALEFICENT. As we all know know this is “Sleeping Beauty” gone bad. Curses, spells, special effects and Angelina Jolie’s fake jawbones plus horns make this an almost silly and phony saga. Elle Fanning who is now 16 years old is still cute as all get out. And you should get out and see some more meaningful movie.

TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction. Mark Wahlberg and his “Autobots” fight off the “Decepticons” or something like that. In case you care (and you shouldn’t ) The Transformers now have personalities like the fat robot who smokes metal cigars and has a metal beard. There’s a Japanese Samurai robot, a southren red-neck robot, it’s just awful and it’s 2 hours and 37 minutes long. You could knit a scarf in that same amount of time. Peter Cullen is the voice of Opitmus Prime (not our Peter Cullen) one of those special effect thingees.

22 JUMP STREET. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are back again doing their dumb undercover cop thing. The film took in $111.5 million dollars the opening weekend, and what else is new??? It’s stupid, mean, crotch focussed, anti-gay, and will probably make many more millions before thet finish 23 JUMP STREET. If you do go and see this pierce of junk don’t tell me about it!

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. Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski from Santa Cruz Shakespeare will guest on the July 8 program then Karen Egan from Bridging Warriors talks about their aims and goals. Lisa Jensen film critic and author of her new book “Alias Hook” will open the July 15 program and Ellen Primack will then talk about this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Becca King Reed will talk about heart disease and raw food benefits on July 22 then Executive director of The Grey Bears Tim Brattan (no relation) tells all about their latest achievements. On July 29th Julie Callahan talks about the “March for Elephants” program. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “She is so unreadable that people will finally believe her to be a classic“, Ernest Hemingway. “It is a mean thief or a successful author who plunders the dead“, Austin O’Malley. “Nature, not content with denying him the art of thinking, conferred on him the gift of writing”, George Bernard Shaw.

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