July 12 – 18, 2016

THE ANTHONY BLOCK 1870 + . This building stood at the Town Clock corners  of N. Pacific, Water and Mission Streets. It was once the home and business location of Elihu Anthony. In this photo  he had converted it into a two story building. The second floor was a social hall. The bottom floor was a grocery, bakery, drug store, and even Irwin’s Nickledeon movie house. They cut it down and moved half of it  in 1909, and razed the rest in 1934.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE July 11, 2016

THAT SNEAKY, MISERABLE, HIGHWAY WIDENING TAX.

The Campaign For Sensible transportation can’t keep their website very current…check it out: sensibletransportation.org but they work hard on trying to make sense of what the Regional Transportation Commission is trying to do so they can get the funding to widen Highway One by adding auxilliary lanes. Debbie Bulger wrote to the Campaign For Sensible Transportation… “As one who opposes the tax measure, I do not and will not  make decisions for anyone

JONATHAN WINTERS ROASTS JOHNNY CARSON. Our popular humor today is so different from these classic years.

but myself. I feel it is important for CFST to publicize the arguments against the tax measure so people can make up their own minds from a position of knowledge. No one else will address th e real transportation and social justice issues against the tax measure if CFST does not do it”. Then she added “new information and analysis by Richard Stover which shows the Greenhouse Gas Reduction claim in the RTC brochure is incorrect.
Additionally the projection of a faster commute is way overstated by the RTC.

Stover states and asks in his report:
1.  How much of the projected reduction can the RTC really claim? The conclusion the public can draw from this is that the Plan guesses they can get 9% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions from Plan projects, but it might be less than 5%.

  1. Are the estimated speeds and CO2 pollution reductions reliable? The RTC neglects to include induced traffic in their analysis.

The Plan analysis is flawed, incomplete, and at odds with the RTC’s Environmental Impact Report. Th e Plan estimates its projects might contribute at least 4.7% of the projected greenhouse gas reductions. But even that estimate seems to be optimistic.

  1.  Are there priority projects that didn’t make it onto the “constrained” list because of lack of potential funding?
  2.  Does the Appendix C use of the word “prioritized” have any relation to that word elsewhere in the Plan?
  3.  If there are priority projects on the unconstrained list (unlikely to be funded) what h appens to the greenhouse gas projections if they are removed from the analysis?

The RTC needs to clarify what projects are included in the greenhouse gas analysis. One final note: The legal document which would enact the proposed 1/2-cent sales tax does not include any reference to the Plan”. End of Bulger/Stover exerpts.

There are numerous statistics, questions, and sources in Richard Stover’s report. Be sure to read all of it. I’ve attempted to cut to some essentials. This’ll go down in County history as one of the biggest boondoggles ever foisted on a community that deserves better treatment.

KUSP RUMOR. I’d be more than happy to refute and apologize for this rumor next week but the source is near unimpeachable!!! “The word is that KUSP is hanging on by thread, making just enough to cover monthly expenses, with just one employee and several volunteers. That’s not good enough to last very long, as expenses beyond month to month come up periodically.

The other word is that no one has stepped forward with an offer to buy KUSP license and equipment. No big surprise since that would be buying an $850,000+ debt as well, with no prospects of income to pay it off. Don’t know what they’re gonna do”. End of rumor!!!

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

HIGHWAYS IN MICHIGAN, ETC. 

Had a great two weeks in Michigan with family and friends. It’s always nice to go there in the summer months, and always nice to get back home.  I found that transportation is just as short of funding in Michigan  as in California.  The one most obvious is the deterioration of the highways, never enough time and money to fix them.  Michigan has an added level of complexity – they have only the warm months to work on road repair.

Couldn’t find any auxiliary lane projects but did see lots of upgrades to existing secondary roads getting their gravel roadbeds paved for the first time ever. There was no opposition to this asphalting work.  Couldn’t find any opposition to added freeway lanes, although there has been some of this in the past.  Paving roads is seen by most of the folks there as a good thing.

Michigan is not a backwards state on transportation issues though.  They have a fantastic network of bicycle trails throughout the state, and support for bike safety everywhere.

So am I ready to leave my home in Aptos for return to my Michigan “roots”?  After living here for the past 55 years, not a chance.  It’s probably too late to control urban sprawl in Michigan and California. Michigan has a longer way to go than we do.  But let’s not fool ourselves, we need to stay on top of development that brings the need for more real freeway widening, not just six miles of auxiliary lanes to help people who are already here.

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

EDITOR’S (Bratton) NOTE. The opinions on widening highways and auxilliary lanes are Paul Elerick’s…not mine, by a long shot.

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.

PG&E TREE REMOVAL HAS TO BE CHALLENGED!

The July 6th meeting with PG&E and city representatives was well attended thanks to community activism and little thanks to the city. At the council meeting in late April when this issue was on the council agenda as a presentation allowing no public comment, council stated that the July 6th meeting would be widely publicized. An Immediate Release item that appeared on the city’s website less than a week before the meeting, a hard to locate posting from Santa Cruz Neighbors on Next Door the day before the meeting and a Sentinel Coastlines entry the day of the meeting does not to me constitute a “widely publicized” meeting.

The posting from the city stated that the list of 38 public trees to be removed would be available at the meeting. The three copies available to look at but not take away suggest the city did not anticipate a large turnout. After the Mayor’s opening words, the city arborist introduced the meeting followed by the usual plethora of PG&E operatives dragged forward to respond to questions. It was a rather sorry affair. As one person shared, “I expected a slide show on the project with detailed explanations, scientific evidence and a comprehensive list of trees.” The poster boards with drawings of trees and pipelines did not pass muster for scientific evidence. The most energetic aspects of the meeting came from audience challenges and probing questions. At least questions were allowed in a group setting, a rare occurrence in today’s democratic process where consultants orchestrate small tables and post-it notes with no questions allowed.

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

WORLD’S BEST ROLLER COASTER RIDES.

Check out these modern coasters…a far cry from our historic beauty at the Boardwalk.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…

BERNIE SUPPORTERS (July 10th)

Michael Moore has endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. I endorsed Bernie Sanders, too, and was elected as an “alternate delegate” to represent those who voted for Bernie Sanders in the Primary Election in June, in California’s 20th Congressional District. In Santa Cruz County, California, where I live, Bernie Sanders won almost 60% of the vote.

News articles are speculating that Bernie Sanders is planning to endorse Hillary Clinton, before the Convention. I, personally, hope that Bernie Sanders doesn’t do that. As I explained in an Op-Ed not too long ago, a representative democracy presumes that elected representatives are going to be allowed to vote for those whom they represent. While Hillary Clinton is “leading” Sanders in pledged delegates by a substantial margin, and while the Party leaders who are “super delegates” are overwhelmingly in favor of Clinton, Clinton still doesn’t have enough pledged delegates to have been elected before the Convention.

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THE ABSOLUTE SCARIEST TIGHT ROPE ACT I’VE EVER SEEN!!!

Watch this one…yes, you’ve seen plenty but not as scary as this couple!!!

SANDY LYDON’S CENTRAL COAST SECRETS. Issue #37 is online now. Full of great photos of Capitola nearly underwater. News about a Nisene Marks walk, another Monterey Bay Walk is coming up and so is a tour of Japan. Then there’s  the annual Christmas in Cambria. But mostly, just don’t miss the 1983 flood and storm that sent waves through the Venetian Court. Read it here.

HIP SANTA CRUZ IN THE 1960’S. UCSC Math professor Ralph Abraham has been involved with and fascinated by our local Santa Cruz Hip culture in the 1960’s. He’s collected some statements and interviews from lots of the folks who were there. If you’ve only heard of the Hip Pocket Bookstore and The Barn in Scotts Valley and Ken Kesey’s visits, be sure to read his new book, “Hip Santa Cruz“, It’s available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and around.. You can also hear him on my Universal Grapevine radio program Tuesday night July 12, and it’s archived for two weeks in case you missed it by going to KZSC.org and clicking on the archives link.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo and PG&E Power lines…see downwards…

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Hillary and those gnawing emails…see below!!!

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: ” What are the magic words that every author want to hear from her editor? Find out this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as my Beast gets the greenlight (at last!) to go roaring into production. My book is NOT the Disney version; however, Disney’s live-action riff on its own animated Beauty a nd the Beast will be coming out at about the same time, early next year. Looks like it’s going to be a Beastly spring!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE INNOCENTS. An 88 on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It’s worth even more than that!!! A French, subtitled , sad, threatening, well-acted,  brilliant film that will wrench out your heart…and also your thoughts about faith. Set in Poland at the end of WW2, convent nuns have been raped by Soviet soldiers and 7 are pregnant. A young pretty French doctor stops her life to help them in spite of horrendous odds.  It’s  a well made film and should win awards…but it probably won’t. It’s too heavy for the awards, being so political and all.

WIENER-DOG. Four separate family stories woven around who owns the Wiener Dog, as it passes from owner to owner.  Danny DeVito is great to see back on-screen. Greta Gerwig is more or less boring and adds nothing (which is unusual for her). Kieran Culkin is in it and looks like an overly debauched Daniel Radcliffe. Julie Delpy and Ellen Burstyn also have dinky roles in this randomly constructed half funny mess but they should have stayed home, and so should you.

YO-YO MA’s WONDERFUL EGO or THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS-YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE. A mess of a documentary. Not one complete piece of music in it. It rambles all over the world showing how musicians  continue selling their souls by selling out their true folk music to make a buck. Ther’s a lot of good music being written nowadays both serious and popular…this doesn’t give proper credit to either. Stay home and listen to some music you really like, you’ll be better off.

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

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR. Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard take the leads in this John Le  Carre international money scheme thriller.It’ll remind you of James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock type chase films. Evil Russian Mafia spies, innocent British tourists, messy internal problems with British Government…all stuff that you’ve seen before. And it’s pretty good too.Paris, Bern, Marrakech, French Alps, and of course London  are feature attractions. If you like espionage, foreign intrigue, not much blood, and good acting– go for it.

WEINER. As weird as Anthony Weiner is, the social programs he fights for to become Mayor of New York City are way better than Cynthia Mathews’s any day. He’s brilliant, the documentary is well done, and this guy has a lifelong hang up with his name and his “wiener”. So he photographs his crotch and puts it online. Later on, during his Mayor campaign, he has phone sex with a young babe. His famous wife is/was Hillary Clinton’s best friend and advisor. If it wasn’t all true it would be the  nutso fantasy of all time. Go see it.

FREE STATE OF JONES. After all the lack of racial representationin last year’s films that was so hugely magnified at this year’s Oscars be prepared for many, many racially focussed films in the enxt few months. Jones is the first. It stars Matthew McConaughey  and it’s  about the little known history of one southern man’s battle to free the slaves at the end of the Civil War. It’s  long ( two hours and 20 minutes)  and even dull at times…and its fascinating.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp, wordy, comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular, it takes place in England 130 years  before Downton Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Daughter Hillary convinced me that I’d been slipping critic- wise and that Kate Beckensale is completely out of character, and phoney. It’s a desperate, wordy attempt to make still more money out of anything with Jane Austen’s name on it. The plot centers on what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if  you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, so go figure. It’s just not all that great a film.

THE BFG. A huge Steven Spielberg special effects version of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book. It lacks charm, warmth, cleverness, and wonderment. It’s even just plain boring for long sections. The BFGiant’s big excitement is in fighting the even bigger giants. It isn’t thrilling either. The effects are very good and may be better in 3D. But you’d be better off waiting and renting it later. Oh yes, the Queen of England is in it too, and she’s also boring.

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. Tarzan has left the jungle but politics and Christoph Waltz have begun enslaving Congo locals so Tarzan ( Alexander Skarsgård) returns back to the vines. He brings Samuel L.  Jackson who plays a more intelligent black version of Gabby Hayes, and does it poorly. The joy of the jungle, Brenda Joyce, Maureen O’Sullivan , Cheetah and Boy are gone. Just war, blood, violence remain. It’s sad to see a tradition like Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan squeezed through this absolutley senseless waste.

SWISS ARMY MAN. This is easily the most bizarre film I’ve seen in ten years.Paul Dano almost always plays in odd, nearly insane movies and he’s just as nuts in this one. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays a dead corpse who farts so hard that Dano uses him as a jet ski!!! It isn’t funny, or even odd enough with any class or coherence to make it worth seeing. It’s listed as a comedy, no one was laughing when I saw it.

THE SHALLOWS. It should be titled JAWS 23 or whatever sequel it is now copying. A young, beautiful  surfer girl from Texas who goes surfing at an unnamed beach in Mexico. Then the good old digital shark goes after her for about 80 minutes. I can’t spoil the ending because you know it already.

THE LOBSTER. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this

unfathomable, suposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex. marriage, and it’s not  nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95 % of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

GENIUS. Think about this cast…Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Jude Law (as Thomas Wolfe) Nicole Kidman, Dominic West (as Ernest Hemingway) and Guy Pearce (as F. Scott Fitzgerald) !!! This movie sucks. It is one of the worst acted, poorly written films I’ve seen in years. But it does prove that editors are an important fact of literary life. Don’t go.

THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR. What an idea…each year for just 24 hours it’s legal to kill anybody in this city. The city in this sequel is Washington, D.C. The first Purge movie had some sick but fascinating ideas in it this sequel is a very sick followup. A woman candidate for president who looks a lot like Elizabeth Warren is hunted by sort of Donald Trump type nazis. It gets bloody, racist, sexist and just plain putrid. They should purge this film, and forget the idea completely.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG    TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. . On July 12 Ellen Primack, executive director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music tells us all about the 25th anniversary of Marin Alsop’s conducting. After Ellen, Ralph Abraham talks about his new book, “Hip Santa Cruz:1st Person Accounts of the Hip Culture in Santa Cruz in the 1960’s”. Satirist, artist Steven DeCinzo guests first on July 19th. He’s followed by Becky Steinbruner and Ed Silviera discussing Villa Branciforte and the S.Cruz Transportation Corridor plans. Then on July 26 Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski discuss this year’s Santa Cruz Shakespeare season which opens July 12. After which, Michael G. Sullivan from The San Francisco Mime Troupe tells us about this year’s production. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome… so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

I found this absolutely hysterical clip from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Guest is Rod Hull (and Emu), and you also see glimpses of Richard Pryor and Ally Sheedy!

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston  on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES. “ROLLER COASTERS”

“Enthusiasm is not the same as just being excited. One gets excited about going on a roller coaster. One becomes enthusiastic about creating and building a roller coaster”, Bo Bennett
“Life can be like a roller coaster with its ups and downs. What matters is whether you are keeping your eyes open or closed during the ride and who is next to you.” Ana Ortega
“Life is a roller coaster, you have your ups and downs… unless you fall off”, Anonymous

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BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

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July 5 – 11, 2016

PACIFIC AVENUE. ST.GEORGE HOTEL. This was the era of The Pacific Avenue Garden Mall 1969-70. The TeaCup Chop Suey Restaurant and bar, Tom Cahill’s fine clothing store and some other businesses  that I can’t remember.                                                      
     

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE July 4, 2016

UCSC’S BILL DOMHOFF DISCOURSES ON SANTA CRUZ POLITICS. Bill’s also written about dreams and The Bohemian Club.

TOM SCRIBNERS REDWOOD RIPSAW REVIEW. Most folks who’ve lived in Santa Cruz any length of time have heard of or even knew Tom Scribner. We know him mostly as a Musical Saw player and his statue.Tony Russomano was more than kind and sent us downloadable photos of the June 1, 1967 Redwood Ripsaw Review. (Tony mistakingly called it the Redwood Chainsaw) . It was a twice monthly typewritten opinion paper, and Tom Scribner was the main writer and editor.

Click to Download Chainsaw.zip  63.8 MB <-- large file, but worth it. If it'll open, you'll see and read what true patriots Tom and his cohorts were. Writers (and my long time friends) John Tuck, John Sanchez, Rick Gladstone, Paul Lee, and Dick Credit wrote pieces month after month centering on ways the USA could improve. The first headline article, “Another War?”  is just the beginning. It circulated to about 200 people and grew to 1,700 per month. Manuel’s Restaurant in Aptos was an ardent supporter. Most of those guys later wrote for Jim and Katy Heth’s Buy and Sell Press which became The People’s Press. We have almost nothing like it in Santa Cruz County anymore.

PG&E Watch the two very different, yet both PG&E related videos below. Really, just hit play.

PG&E’S CLOSING OF DIABLO NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.
As most folks have heard by now PG&E is going to close their Diabolo Nuclear Power plant by 2025.  Enivonmental groups all over the world are rejoicing. A long time ago David Weisman from the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility asked me if they could use the recording and the song our trio “The GoodTime Washboard 3” wrote back in 1964 titled “Don’t Blame PG& E, Pal”. The Alliance wanted to make a clip of and put it on You Tube. It’s there now…and you can watch and sing along, and yes we are very proud of that song. It got us lots of exposure and led to an album for Fantasy Records (now on iTunes)

COMMUNITY POWER AND OUSTING PG&E.
More than just closing Diablo there’s 1000’s of folks working hard to create “Community Power”. Counties and cities such as Marin County, San Mateo, Sonoma, San Francisco, Benecia, El Cerrito, Richmond,  San Pablo all have bought in to community power and Lafayette and Walnut Creek join that group in September. Check out this link to see what Monterey Bay Community Power has already accomplished. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gY6AkwdIuY . Then read the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s angled and typically cautious piece about this October and Community Power plans for our neighboring counties.

PACIFIC AVENUE HISTORIC PHOTOS. In response to the folks who have asked why I keep mentioning the what looks like enormous width of Pacific Avenue in those historic photos and why I keep comparing it to the mostly one lane traffic that exists now…I’m not actually sure.  More than anything I want to see Pacific Avenue remain healthy..and prosperous…and even necessary! I’d like to see a Pacific Avenue that would bring locals back there to shop for necessities and enjoy our shared neighborhood. I can’t see that happening if we keep encouraging more franchises and cookie cutter businesses. Narrowing it to just one-way? Or closing it to all traffic and making it a plaza like place?? I don’t know anymore than any so called experts do. Some places it works, some places it doesn’t. Who’s to decide? An involved and intelligent Santa Cruz City Council sure would be a change. The last bunch of councils decisions and attitudes are what created the Pacific Avenue that we have now. Think about that when you look at the passing parade of council candidates.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos remains on vacation.

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian Greensite brings us….

BREAKING THE GOLDEN RULE

Capitola City Council with the room packed to overflowing on a warm June evening. The issue at stake: whether to allow a skate park to be built on the four-acre city-owned Monterey Park, currently occupied by New Brighton Middle School, a baseball diamond, a soccer field and a small grove of mature eucalyptus trees providing a sweet spot of shade in the peaceful green acreage, across the street from an established neighborhood.

The meeting was well run. In fact Santa Cruz city council could learn a thing or two about respect for the public and public process that seems to have taken a holiday under current Mayor Mathew’s gavel.  Attending the Santa Cruz city council the public is accustomed to being treated as an annoyance, told to raise our hands if we want to speak, scolded if we decide to speak after the initial count and sometimes only remembered as an afterthought in the process unless we are a developer, a consultant or a member of a favorite non-profit. By contrast, Mayor Bottorff carefully explained the process for the evening’s meeting, showed no impatience with the 58 people who spoke nor the many who got up to speak after the long line waiting to speak had dwindled to a handful. Beyond that the contrast ends. The 2-1 decision, with Stephanie Harlan in the minority to Ed Bottorff and Dennis Norton’s vote to approve the skate park (the other two council members were required to recuse themselves) had the familiar disregard for the impact on the nearby residents and a catering to a special interest group with financial backing that we have come to expect from the Santa Cruz city council majority.

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

KZSC COLLEGE COMMUNITY RADIO. This is dated from 2011 but it does give you some idea of the fun and creativity that the students and a few of us community people have in sharing broadcasting.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s letter in the Sentinel Posted: 07/01/16, 3:00 PM PDT …

All this advice for Bernie Sanders is way off base”

Bernie Sanders has been getting a lot of advice, lately. Advice like, “why don’t you admit you lost; sit down; get out of here; shut up.”

Stephen Kessler, a regular contributor to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, pretty much says all that in his “Open letter to Bernie Sanders” published last Saturday, accusing Sanders of being “deluded” and “caught in the bubble of (his) fans’ adulation.” Kessler paints Sanders as an “intransigent nag and a sore loser.”

As an alternate delegate pledged to Bernie Sanders, who plans to be at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, I would like to offer a different view.

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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 at  www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. A Starbucks near you??? See downwards a scroll or two.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan gives us another earthly perspective so  see below. Then check out http://www.timeagan.com/?eaganblog for some Tic Talk.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Some people talk about building a wall. (Okay, one fool in particular.) Find the perfect antidote to that mentality this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com) in The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Also, why are people flocking to The Lobster? Seriously; I want to know!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR. Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard take the leads in this John Le Carre international money scheme thriller.It’ll remind you of James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock type chase films. Evil Russian Mafia spies, innocent British tourists, messy internal problems with British Government…all stuff that you’ve seen before. And it’s pretty good too.Paris, Bern, Marrakech, French Alps, and of course London  are feature attractions. If you like espionage, foreign intrigue, not much blood, and good acting– go for it.

THE BFG. A huge Steven Spielberg special effects version of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book. It lacks charm, warmth, cleverness, and wonderment. It’s even just plain boring for long sections. The BFGiant’s big excitement is in fighting the even bigger giants. It isn’t thrilling either. The effects are very good and may be better in 3D. But you’d be better off waiting and renting it later. Oh yes, the Queen of England is in it too, and she’s also boring

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. Tarzan has left the jungle but politics and Christoph Waltz have begun enslaving Congo locals so Tarzan ( Alexander Skarsgard) returns back to the vines. He brings Samuel L.  Jackson who plays a more intelligent black version of Gabby Hayes, and does it poorly. The joy of the jungle, Brenda Joyce, Maureen O’Sullivan , Cheetah and Boy are gone. Just war, blood, violence remain. It’s sad to see a tradition like Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan squeezed through this absolutley senseless waste.

THE PURGE:ELECTION YEAR. What an idea…each year for just 24 hours it’s legal to kill anybody in this city. The city in this sequel is Washington, D.C. The first Purge movie had some sick but fascinating ideas in it this sequel is a very sick followup. A woman candidate for president who looks a lot like Elizabeth Warren is hunted by sort of Donald Trump type nazis. It gets bloody, racist, sexist and just plain putrid. They should purge this film, and forget the idea completely.

SWISS ARMY MAN. This is easily the most bizarre film I’ve seen in ten years.Paul Dano almost always plays in odd, nearly insane movies and he’s just as nuts in this one. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays a dead corpse who farts so hard that Dano uses him as a jet ski!!! It isn’t funny, or even odd enough with any class or coherence to make it worth seeing. It’s listed as a comedy, no one was laughing when I saw it.

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

NEON DEMON. I’m conflicted on this one. Director Nicolas Winding Refn uses Elle Fanning to make an amazing look and style to this film about the sick and sex ridden world of high fashion modeling. There’s a little necrophoilia, lesbian love, cannibalism, and vampirism all wrapped in a brilliant, cold, sterile portrait of that side of Hollywood. Even more strange they cast  Keanu Reeves who is as bad as usual,  as Elle’s Pasadena motel manager. Audiences at the Cannes Film Fest both cheered and booed. You won’t forget this one…and it’ll be awhile before the film world catches up to what is/was being said here.Oh yes, Christina Hendricks the giant sexy babe from Mad Men,  does a fine job here too.I saw it again last week…and still like it.

FREE STATE OF JONES. After all the lack of racial representationin last year’s films that was so hugely magnified at this year’s Oscars be prepared for many, many racially focussed films in the enxt few months. Jones is the first. It stars Matthew McConaughey  and it’s  about the little known history of one southern man’s battle to free the slaves at the end of the Civil War. It’s  long ( two hours and 20 minutes)  and even dull at times…and its fascinating.

WIENER. As weird as Anthony Weiner is, the social programs he fights for to become Mayor of New York City are way better than Cynthia Mathews’s any day. He’s brilliant, the documentary is well done, and this guy has a lifelong hang up with his name and his “wiener”. So he photographs his crotch and puts it online. Later on, during his Mayor campaign, he has phone sex with a young babe. His famous wife is/was Hillary Clinton’s best friend and advisor. If it wasn’t all true it would be the  nutso fantasy of all time. Go see it.   

MAGGIE’S PLAN. This NYC tradgi-comedy falls into the “Woody Allen, New York City Odd People in Love” category. Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Bill Hader do excellent acting (except for Julianne Moore and her lousy German accent). It’s about University teachers, divorce, sex, raising kids, control freaks, and our very, very complex lives today. You’ll be completely absorbed all the way through. Not a classic but “absorbing”.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp, wordy, comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular, it takes place in England 130 years  before Downtown Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Daughter Hillary convinced me that I’d been slipping critic- wise and that Kate Beckensale is completely out of character, and phoney. It’s a desperate, wordy attempt to make still more money out of anything with Jane Austen’s name on it. The plot centers on what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if  you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, so go figure. It’s just not all that great a film.

THE SHALLOWS. It should be titled JAWS 23 or whatever sequel it is now copying. A young, beautiful  surfer girl from Texas who goes surfing at an unnamed beach in Mexico. Then the good old digital shark goes after her for about 80 minutes. I can’t spoil the ending because you know it already.

CONJURING 2. I like Vera Famiga’s acting a lot. This is an “Exorcist type” true, ghost – type movie. Based on some haunted house in Londontables and chairs fly, doors slam, a little girl sounds like an evil devil driven Popeye and it is as scary as a film can be.After it’s over you’ll go home thinking about any/all encounters you’ve never had.

THE LOBSTER. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this

unfathomable, suposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex. marriage, and it’s not  nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95% of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

GENIUS. Think about this cast…Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Jude Law (as Thomas Wolfe) Nicole Kidman, Dominic West (as Ernest Hemingway) and Guy Pearce (as F. Scott Fitzgerald) !!! This movie sucks. It is one of the worst acted, poorly written films I’ve seen in years. But it does prove that editors are an important fact of literary life. Don’t go.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Gillian Greensite local environmental activist, brings us up to date on stuff on July 5th…She’s followed by Karen Ashley and Dick Tippett reporting on the West Coast Dowsing Conference. On July 12 Ellen Primack, executive director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music tells us all about the 25th anniversary of Marin Alsop’s conducting. After Ellen, Ralph Abraham talks about his new book, “Hip Santa Cruz:1st Person Accounts of the Hip Culture in Santa Cruz in the 1960’s”.  Then on July 26 Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski discuss this year’s Santa Cruz Shakespeare season which opens July 12. After which,  Michael G. Sullivan from The San Francisco Mime Troupe tells us about this year’s production. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome… so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

Inherited memories? This girl from Sweden decides to see if a herd of cows will answer to the way their ancestors were called, likely by her ancestors. She’s 26, from my home town of Gothenburg, and 5 years ago moved to the far north of Sweden to get away from noise, people, and city life. She lives in a cottage in a village that has a population of 11 (!). Click through to her blog, her photography is amazing!

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack o n 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 Simont on, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES. “TOURISTS AND TOURISM
“The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists“,  Sam Ewing
“I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists”,  Brigitte Bardot
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going”,  Paul Theroux
“I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town”, William Howard Taft
“The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them“,  Agnes Repplier
“I quit flying years ago. I don’t want to die with tourists”,  Billy Bob Thornton

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June 27 – July 4, 2016

PACIFIC AVENUE PARADE, Circa ? It’s either 10 :40 am or 10:50 am. According to the two clocks in this 1950’s photo. Once again, note the two lanes of parked cars, see the marchers marching in five columns and there’s still plenty of room on the sidewalks and in the street. Remember the buildings haven’t been moved an inch…so where has all that space disappeared to?                                                       

                

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE June 27, 2016

UCSC, MONEY & SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ. Remember all that muck UCSC administration issued when they shut down Shakespeare Santa Cruz from using the famed Audrey Stanley-Karen Sinsheimer  Glen ? Read the late  Don Rothman’s history here http://www.donrothman.com/audrey-stanley-and-karen-sinsheimer-the-readiness-is-all . First UCSC said they wanted to use the glen for more student productions. That was a year ago and they have never used the Glen since that time. UCSC administration

CHINA’S NEW GLASS BRIDGE.

also claimed that money was a big factor and they couldn’t afford to keep the Glen running. Since that time UCSC has refused to even rent the costumes that were created for Shakespeare Santa Cruz to Santa Cruz Shakespeare. More than that, they have been selling costumes worth hundreds of dollars each (such as the gorgeous gown designed by B. Modern for The Rape of Tamar play) for $5 apiece!!! At some point this has to be known as cruel and unusual punishment..not some pretext as fiscal responsibility. Who is in charge there?

IDLE THOUGHTS. Wouldn’t it be a big surprise and just try to guess the result IF CONDOLEZZA RICE decided to run as president or vice president? On the other hand… have you noticed that all the men who drive those damned loud motorcycles up Pacific Avenue are short and fat? Is there a relationship? Quien Sabe?

SAN RANCISCO MIME TROUPE VS. SANTA CRUZ LAWS. At the very last minute the City Of Santa Cruz’s bureaucracy almost stopped The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s performance in San Lorenzo Park claiming some obscure legal permit nonsense. The Mime Troupe performs in city parks without problems all over Northern California and they have been doing that for decades. The Pickle Family Circus did exactly the same thing. This year Santa Cruz City repeated its legalistic crap and forced the Mime Troupe to stop playing in San Lorenzo park entirely. The Mime Troupe will be performing up on the UCSC Campus Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7. This is a larger issue than stopping The Mime Troupe. Santa Cruz City Hall has been clamping down on many public events in the last two or more years. Fear of lawsuits? stopping large crowds? reducing book work? Whatever it is and whichever department is responsible , our city is looking like the most up-tight, negative, dictatorial administration in our history. Now’s the time to demand a change in how our city government relates to the folks living here. Ask the City Council candidates where they are at with these regulation enforcements and public entertainment. Ask them too while you’re at it where those candidates stand on so many other issues like The Beach Flats Gardens…we need to humanize our City Council.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos is still on a Michigan  vacation…probably driving only on auxilliary lanes!!!

DOES TREE CITY USA HAVE ANY MEANING?

If you love trees, put the date of July 6th on your calendar. If you want the city of Santa Cruz to follow the lead of the county in challenging PG&E’s tree eradication project, plan to attend the meeting. It will be held in the Police Community Room at 155 Center St. from 6:30-8:00pm.

PG&E has embarked on a tree removal project, named the Community Pipeline Safety Initiative, along its 6,750-mile high-pressure natural gas transmission pipelines. These are not the distribution lines that connect from the street to your house. These are the high-pressure transmission steel pipelines that transport gas over long distances from a storage facility to a distribution center, including traversing the city and county of Santa Cruz. The stated reason for PG&E’s removal of thousands of trees is to improve emergency access and safety. Few would question such a goal if trees legitimately stood in the way (or grew in the way) of such access and were indeed a legitimate safety issue. The evidence for trees causing such problems is scanty at best and those who have researched the issue challenge whether it is a problem at all. The San Bruno disaster had nothing to do with trees but rather with neglect, faulty pipeline welds and failure to keep track of pipeline information, to name a few of the causes. The vast majority of problems affecting underground pipelines are caused by third party excavation without properly locating the pipeline before commencing work.

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

PEOPLE TERRIFIED ON GLASS BRIDGE. It’ s nearly indecent to show these folks reaction to the glass bridge BUT would you walk across???
CAROL BURNETT & GREAT OUTAKE!!!!  Yes this is all over FB but it gets me every time…enjoy.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…

“Politics is never about truth. It is about opinion. We may be right to believe that Islamic fundamentalism is wrong (as are many if not most fundamentalisms); but that belief is an opinion not a truth. It is an opinion that has emerged over time through persuasion. If that opinion is to be maintained, it must be persuasive. We must argue for it and convince the majority that it is correct. That is why it is essential that we allow those who disagree to make their arguments. We should listen to fundamentalists and argue with them, not dismiss them, caricature them, or punish them. That is the best way we can truly confront, disagree with, and defeat our enemies. The same is true for those who are racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic”.

That statement  is from Roger Berkowitz, commenting on Hannah Arendt’s view of politics. The illustration is a pictorial depiction of one of my favorite poems, The Blind Men And The Elephant, by American poet John Godfrey Saxe. It is not ours to know “the truth,” in the sense that we can ever “prove it.” At least, not in our human world. In the World of Nature, where the laws are called “laws” because they perfectly describe what actually happens, the concept of a provable “truth” has some pertinence. But not in our human world. We live in a world of “opinion,” not “truth;” that is, we live in a “political” world. In that political world, the laws are not descriptive but prescriptive. They tell us not what will or must do, but what we want to do. In the human world that we create, “laws” are not discovered; they are made, and in any democratic society, persuasion is an absolute prerequisite. That’s what Berkowitz says. That’s what Arendt says. They’re right!”

(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 at  www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Summer time, travel time…exotic places…DeCinzo has tit all scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim E. fires up our imagination, see downward. Then check out Eagan’s NRA question of the week…or century,  at http://www.timeagan.com/?eaganblog

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Feed your inner lit geek this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), with Genius; Jude Law stars as life-ravenous author Thomas Wolfe, and Colin Firth is his uber-editor, Maxwell Perkins. Also, an update (and a cool new poster!) on the SC Parks & Rec Teen Theatre production of Alias Hook, coming this summer!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

NEON DEMON. I’m conflicted on this one. Director Nicolas Winding Refn uses Elle Fanning to make an amazing look and style to this film about the sick and sex ridden world of high fashion modeling. There’s a little necrophoilia, lesbian love, cannibalism, and vampirism all wrapped in a brilliant, cold, sterile portrait of that side of Hollywood. Even more strange they cast  Keanu Reeves who is as bad as usual,  as Elle’s Pasadena motel manager. Audiences at the Cannes Film Fest both cheered and booed. You won’t forget this one…and it’ll be awhile before the film world catches up to what is/was being said here.Oh yes, Christina Hendricks the giant sexy babe from Mad Men,  does a fine job here too.

FREE STATE OF JONES. After all the lack of racial representationin last year’s films that was so hugely magnified at this year’s Oscars be prepared for many, many racially focussed films in the enxt few months. Jones is the first. It stars Matthew McConaughey  and it’s  about the little known history of one southern man’s battle to free the slaves at the end of the Civil War. It’s  long ( two hours and 20 minutes)  and even dull at times…and its fascinating.

CONJURING 2. I like Vera Famiga’s acting a lot. This is an “Exorcist type” true, ghost – type movie. Based on some haunted house in Londontables and chairs fly, doors slam, a little girl sounds like an evil devil driven Popeye and it is as scary as a film can be.After it’s over you’ll go home thinking about any/all encounters you’ve never had.

THE SHALLOWS. It should be titled JAWS 23 or whatever sequel it is now copying. A young, beautiful  surfer girl from Texas who goes surfing at an unnamed beach in Mexico. Then the good old digital shark goes after her for about 80 minutes. I can’t spoil the ending because you know it already.

GENIUS. Think about this cast…Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Jude Law (as Thomas Wolfe) Nicole Kidman, Dominic West (as Ernest Hemingway) and Guy Pearce (as F. Scott Fitzgerald) !!! This movie sucks. It is one of the worst acted, poorly written films I’ve seen in years. But it does prove that editors are an important fact of literary life. Don’t go.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

WIENER. As weird as Anthony Weiner is, the social programs he fights for to become Mayor of New York City are way better than Cynthia Mathews’s any day. He’s brilliant, the documentary is well done, and this guy has a lifelong hang up with his name and his “wiener”. So he photographs his crotch and puts it online. Later on, during his Mayor campaign, he has phone sex with a young babe. His famous wife is/was Hillary Clinton’s best friend and advisor. If it wasn’t all true it would be the  nutso fantasy of all time. Go see it.   

DARK HORSE. Another documentary, and it’s syrupy, feel good, nearly predictable and grand fun to watch. The middle class Brits who all chip in and buy a race horse are perfect. You’d want them for neighbors. It’s another slam at England’s class system. Their class system is just older and better defined and more accepted than ours.

MAGGIE’S PLAN. This NYC tradgi-comedy falls into the “Woody Allen, New York City Odd People in Love” category. Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Bill Hader do excellent acting (except for Julianne Moore and her lousy German accent). It’s about University teachers, divorce, sex, raising kids, control freaks, and our very, very complex lives today. You’ll be completely absorbed all the way through. Not a classic but “absorbing”.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp, wordy, comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular, it takes place in England 130 years  before Downtown Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Daughter Hillary convinced me that I’d been slipping critic- wise and that Kate Beckensale is completely out of character, and phoney. It’s a desperate, wordy attempt to make still more money out of anything with Jane Austen’s name on it. The plot centers on what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, so go figure. It’s just not all that great a film.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2. A disaster sequel to another disaster opener. 36 on Rotten Tomatoes. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and bit parts by Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine but don’t tell anybody. Four would be stage illusionists (technical advice by David Copperfield, really) are supposed to be world famous but Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, really) is an evil world plotter and you’ll never be able to follow the plot anyways, so don’t go. Tell your friends who like stage magic not to go too, there isn’t any. What effects there are, are all digital Fx.  

THE LOBSTER. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this

unfathomable, suposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex. marriage, and it’s not nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95 % of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

X MEN: APOCALYPSE. Another Marvel Comics dystopian monster versus mutant movie. The one in teresting thing I remember from this very forgetable mess is that Magneto played by Michael Fassbender is Jewish and got all his superhuman strength from the ashes of Auschwitz!! And it shows Auschwitz  too!! Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Issac, James McAvoy and a big surprise Ally Sheedy are all in it for the big bucks they got paid….why else?  

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING. I am many generations before this parody of today’s rock scene and didn’t laugh or like any of the parts I stayed awake through. Then I left just about half way through. It is true that Sarah Silverman, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey, Martin Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Simon Cowell, and Joan Cusack all have “cameo” parts of about 12 seconds each BUT that Judd Apatow directed it… should be warning enough.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. June 28 has naturalist Grey Hayes warning us of more dangers from the ill-schemed proposed North Coast Cotoni National Monument. He’s followed by UCSC Professor James Clifford telling us about his new UCSC Campus book, “The Ecotone“. Gillian Greensite local environmental activist, brings us up to date on stuff on July 5th…She’s followed by Karen Ashley and Dick Tippett reporting on the West Coast Dowsing Conference. On July 12 Ellen Primack, executive director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music tells us, all about the 25th anniversary of Marin Alsop’s conducting. Then on July 26 Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski talk about this year’s Santa Cruz Shakespeare season which opens July 12. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome… so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

I can watch clips from the Graham Norton Show for hours. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a whole episode, come to think of it!

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Bu rdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES “THE FOURTH OF JULY”

“There, I guess King George will be able to read that”, John Hancock
On signing the American Declaration of Independence.

“Because of the poor economy, we couldn’t afford fireworks. The only snap, crackle, and pop at our house yesterday was when I poured milk on a bowl of Rice Krispies”, Unknown.

“Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left”, John Waters

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June 21 – 27, 2016

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HALL OF RECORDS AND FIRST COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

This was taken before 1894 when the courthouse burned down/up in the fire of that year. The Hall of Records still stands as Lulu’s Octagon Coffee house. It’s all on short little Cooper Street. I have no idea which Cooper it was named after, probably Fred Cooper who had a bookstore.                          

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE June 20,2016

RAY BOLGER and the missing dance from The Wizard of Oz.
Ray came to Santa Cruz a few times. We visited once when he filmed Peter and The Wolf for Dan Bessie out on Swanton Road.
THE DOWSERS ARE COMING!!! We don’t hear as much about dowsing as we used to. Dowsing being the “art” of divining where water is located by use of some sort of sticks, or rods. There’s much more to it than that and the 34 th annual West Coast Dowsing Convention is happening again this year from July 1-5 on the UCSC campus.

DOWSING CONFERENCE IN SANTA CRUZ.
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FUTURE OF PACIFIC AVENUE. Our Santa Cruz City Council race is looming closer each week. What should be one of the largest issues facing our council is the health and future of Pacific Avenue.  Our wimpy council kowtows daily to allow business exploitation and what should be better marketing concepts to stop more ruining of our Downtown. As out of town franchises like  Five Guys Burgers gets more and more popular, more and more of that money goes out of town and more of our local burger businesses  are hurt. As our City Museum of Art & History brings in four or five out of town restaurants and a wine and beer business, again more of our local businesses are decimated. As our police hassle our street performers and the vendors, they refuse to ticket or stop the insane loudness from the roaring motorcycles. Those motorcyclists licenses  could easily be photographed and ticketed. We now have one “parklet” narrowing Cathcart street. The quick debate will soon carry over to more parklets on Pacific and so will the decades old debate on making Pacific a one way street, or closing it to all traffic. We need some consistent thinking, planning, and permitting if Downtown is going to remain the centerpiece it once was…when locals went there to shop and have fun.

COTONI-ESHOO-CEMEX NATIONAL MONUMENTAL THREAT. Before everybody gets excited over again about Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s National Park Monument with Obama’s Yosemite push, we need to realize and remember that our Coast Dairies Land just north of Davenport is now and has been 1. Almost wilderness 2. Completely protected by BLM regulations. 3. Even if declared a National Monument BLM doesn’t have the money to protect it from the tens of thousands of tourists that will invade and ruin the very nature of the place. AND what happened to all the political promises by Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, Anna Eshoo and others to not support the Monument status unless certain rules and regulations were made part of the plan?

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE. I drove up to the De La Veaga  building site of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s new outdoor theatre a couple of weeks ago. I was going to take pictures of how it’s developing, but I couldn’t, the project is just too big to photograph. Rick Wright the president of the Shakespeare board stopped by my car on his way to saw down a couple of trees. He told me there was more than 2 ½ miles of cables under the new “Tech House” building  that was near completion. Tractors, bulldozers, trucks were everywhere, didn’t see any seats yet but the whole scene is so large I might have missed them. Everything opens July 12th. It’s going to be something else. Especially when they only have a two year lease.

APOLOGY TO STEPHEN KESSLER. I wrote here two weeks ago in answer to Stephen Kessler’s diatribe against Bernie Sanders that he was heir to the Maidenform Bra fortune. Stephen corrected me…it was Rose Marie Reid Swimware not Maidenform Bra. Stephen after continuing to slam Bernie in every possible way  also corrected me in saying he never had to work for a living. He said he did too, he’s been a writer almost all his life…you can see what he’s been up to all of his years at http://stephenkessler.com

PAUL ELERICK IS ON VACATION (In Michigan)

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.
DEMOCRACY UNDERMINED

Last Thursday, the City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission voted unanimously to conduct their next round of discussions on the Corridor Plan and the Downtown Recovery Plan in a series of private ad hoc committee meetings. No public allowed. Two ad hoc committees were voted in: one to review development standards and circulation issues for the Corridors Plan and the other to review development standards for the Downtown Recovery Plan, that outdated name for the bulky high rises that will eventually line the river on Front St. between Laurel and Soquel, and parts of Pacific, bulldozing the current buildings that house Recycled Stereo, India Joze, University Copy and many other small long-time Santa Cruz businesses.  These zoning changes foreshadow the development of projects more massive and impactful than any Santa Cruz has ever experienced, ones guaranteed to change the character of Santa Cruz to the point of rendering parts of town unrecognizable.

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Our democratic process is not something to take for granted. It needs constant vigilance. As it increasingly slips away it needs your voice raised in protest. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, a member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association  http://darksky.org    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…

Stanley McChrystal is a retired General in the United States Army. In other words, this is a guy who knows about guns (and other weapons). In an opinion piece in the June 17, 2016 edition of The New York Times, McChrystal came out in favor of gun control legislation, to “keep guns out of the hands of those who cannot be trusted to handle them responsibly.” What we need to avoid, said McChrystal, is a situation in which “our communities … feel like war zones.” McChrystal’s article bore this title: “Home Should Not Be A War Zone.” I want to join with McChrystal in saying that “home should not be a war zone.” But let me ask this question: Does that same principle apply to Iraq? Or to Afghanistan? And what about Syria? What about Libya? Presumably, we all remember the pictures of what United States military operations, some of them directly commanded by McChrystal, did in those countries. U.S. Military operations have turned the homes of other nations into “war zones,” with drone strikes, on the ground military operations, naval bombardments and aircraft bombing runs. The picture below is from Iraq, and is labeled as “collateral damage.” We started that war.

In the article readers are reminded that the United States has a long history of bombing the homes of other peoples “back to the stone age,” to use the colorful, but largely accurate, language of General Curtis LeMay. Here for nostalgia buffs, is a picture of a United States aviator destroying Ben Tre, a village in Vietnam.

GREAT WHITE SHARKS JUMPING. Probably not as big a danger as the bird poop on our wharf but worth thinking about.

There is at least some evidence that the recent and horrific events in Orlando, Florida were the result of someone trying to achieve retribution, in this country, for what this country is doing to the homes of those living in countries that the United States government has decided have something to do with “terrorism.” Ask the ordinary people whose homes are being destroyed by the United States military who they think the terrorists are. Their answer will almost certainly be that the greatest purveyor of terror today is the United States government (and specifically its military troops and the private contractors who have properly been identified by Bob Dylan as the Masters of War). Want to stop terrorist efforts from targeting U.S. communities, and trying to turn them into war zones? Let’s stop doing to others what we do no t want them to do unto us!”

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 expre ssed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds at  www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Our spacial neighbors and their welcome see down a few pages..

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan views our constitutional RITES…use your scroll wheel for a few pages below.

Then check out Tim’s other views…

Subconscious Comics

And the latest EaganBlog, We’re All in This, but Not Necessarily Together:

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Party like a pagan this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as we celebrate the Summer Solstice! And. as an extra added attraction this year, we also get a full moon on the same day! Read all about it!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

WEINER. As weird as Anthony Weiner is, the social programs he fights for to become Mayor of New York City are way better than Cynthia Mathews’s any day. He’s brilliant, the documentary is well done, and this guy has a lifelong hang up with his name and his wiener. So he photographs his crotch and puts it online. Later on during his Mayor campaign, he has phone sex with a young babe. His famous wife is/was Hillary Clinton’s best friend and advisor. If it wasn’t all true it would be the  nutso fantasy of all time. Go see it.   

DARK HORSE. Another documentary, and it’s syrupy, feel good, nearly predictable and grand fun to watch. The middle class Brits who all chip in and buy a race horse are perfect. You’d want them for neighbors. It’s another slam at England’s class system. Their class system is just older and better defined and more accepted than ours.

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

MAGGIE’S PLAN. This NYC tradgi-comedy falls into the “Woody Allen, New York City Odd People in Love” category. Julienne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Bill Hader do excellent acting (except for Julienne Moore and her lousy German accent). It’s about University teachers, divorce, sex, raising kids, control freaks, and our very, very complex lives today. You’ll be completely absorbed all the way through. Not a classic but “absorbing”.

ME BEFORE YOU. It’s an odd bit of casting to see Emilia Clarke who plays the white haired,  skinny, oft-bare-nippled, dragon mother Princess Daenerys Targaryen Thoros in Game Of Thrones in this hammy, corney tragi-comedy. She is chubby, uneducated, clutzy, poorly dressed, goofy and mugs incessantly. The other star is a guy in a wheelchair who looks so much like Christopher Reeves (in and out of the wheel chair) that there’s a creepy feeling all through the film. It’s beyond a tear jerker, it’s treacle, sugary, and not worth your time.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp, wordy, comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular, it takes place in England 130 years  before Downtown Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Daughter Hillary convinced me that I’d been slipping critic- wise and that Kate Beckensale is completely out of character, and phoney. It’s a desperate, wordy attempt to make still more money out of anything with Jane Austen’s name on it. The plot centers on what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, so go figure. It’s just not all that gteat a film.

NICE GUYS. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make terrible buddies in this sloppy attempt at another buddy movie.This one is set in L.A. in the 70’s. An investigator and a cop team up and with no laughs, no subtleties whatsoever, more violence, much blood, …it’s awful. There’s a 13 year old girl in it that does an excellent job of acting her name is Angourie Rice. We’ll be seeing and hearing more of her.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2. A disaster sequel to another disaster opener. 36 on Rotten Tomatoes. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and bit parts by Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine but don’t tell anybody. Four would be stage illusionists (technical advice by David Copperfield, really) are supposed to be world famous but Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, really) is an evil world plotter and you’ll never be able to follow the plot anyways, so don’t go. Tell your friends who like stage magic not to go too, there isn’t any. What effects there are, are all digital Fx.  

THE LOBSTERColin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this unfathomable, supposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex, marriage, and it’s not nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95% of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

X MEN: APOCALYPSE. Another Marvel Comics dystopian monster versus mutant movie. The one in teresting thing I remember from this very forgetable mess is that Magneto played by Michael Fassbender is Jewish and got all his superhuman strength from the ashes of Auschwitz!! And it shows Auschwitz  too!! Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Issac, James McAvoy and a big surprise Ally Sheedy are all in it for the big bucks they got paid….why else?  

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING. I am many generations before this parody of today’s rock scene and didn’t laugh or like any of the parts I stayed awake through. Then I left just about half way through. It is true that Sarah Silverman, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey, Martin Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Simon Cowell, and Joan Cusack all have “cameo” parts of about 12 seconds each BUT that Judd Apatow directed it… should be warning enough.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG     TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness. She’s followed by Lincoln Taiz and Ben Leeds Carson talking about the workshop presentation of their opera “Menagerie: The Trial of Spock” (the Star Trek Opera). June 28 has naturalist Grey Hayes warning us of more dangers from the ill-schemed proposed North Coast Cotoni National Monument. He’s followed by UCSC Professor James Clifford telling us about his new UCSC Campus book, “The Ecotone“. Gillian Greensite local environmental activist, brings us up to date on stuff on July 5th…She’s followed by Karen Ashley and Dick Tippett reporting on the West Coast Dowsing Conference. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

Oh yes. This isn’t new (2011), but if you’ve ever shopped at Whole Paycheck, this will resonate.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES“SHARKS”

“French fries kill more people than guns and sharks, yet nobody’s afraid of French fries“,    Robert Kiyosaki

“Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks”, Sylvia Earle

“Most people don’t know that humans kill 100 million sharks every year, mostly for a really expensive soup in Asia”,  Michael Muller

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June 14 – 20, 2016

THE REAL APTOS VILLAGE circa 1910.  Train depot, The Bayview Hotel in it’s real location, before Swenson Builders and Zach Friend got involved.                                                   

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE June 13, 2016

SANTA CRUZ’S MYSTERY SPOT. There aren’t as many Mystery Spots around the USA as there once was, and ours was/is one of the best.
STAN KENTON & HIS ORCHESTRA. I’ve never been a fan of Stan Kenton but his influence on West Coast jazz was undeniable.

LONDON NELSON,  JACOB LIEBBRANDT, JOAO CABRILHO, AND MR. GHARKY.

Or “What Sin’s A Name”?

It was great news last week to see that Good Times finally caught up to spelling LONDON Nelson’s name properly. I’d been writing about LONDON Nelson and that stupid spelling for at least 25 years. Phil Reader wrote a brief book about LONDON N. and appeared on my radio program a few times talking about how that mistake happened. It takes all of about three minutes research to learn how it happened. Now let’s see if Good Times sticks to the proper spelling. I bet they won’t. For some reason (probably arcane), Santa Cruz County has been cursed with popular names that have been spelled incorrectly for decades or even a century.
 

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LEAH GARCHIK AND MY GREAT NAMES. Noting all of above, names has always fascinated me. I met Cashmere Tango Obedience in Aptos, E. Pluribus Eubanks verified his name for me decades ago. In the last two months I’ve sent two names to Leah Garchik at the San Francisco Chronicle. She sent them back, not wanting to make fun of a foreign name and she thinks folks might be too sensitive in the second case. From the 3/30/16  issue of the Santa Cruz Sentinel in  an article about new buildings being proposed near an agricultural zone…it stated this.. “We’re not city planners or economists, but we feel there must be a proposal that falls somewhere between encroaching on the buffer and killing the project.” Juggy Tut, president of Elite Developments, which bought the property last year, remains patient despite the controversy”. I never asked Juggy. Last week I sent Leah “Rasmea and her defense committee recently won a huge victory, as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sent her case back to trial judge Gershwin Drain, saying he had BLAH.. BLAH”‘ JUGGY TUT  and GERSHWIN DRAIN !!! How can you beat those monikers??

CABRILLO FESTIVAL HOUSING. It’s a long time and very popular tradition. Especially for folks who live near the Civic Auditorium to house one or two Cabrillo Festival Of Contemporary Music musicians while they’re here. Hundreds of friendships have been made, kids love having musicians in their homes”and you get to hear Festival secrets too. The “official” festival request reads “We need your help! Each year, dozens of local families and individuals open their homes to house our talented orchestra members and illustrious guest artists. With the momentous season ahead, we now find ourselves short of homes! If you have a spare bedroom, guest cottage, or entire home available, won’t you consider joining our host program? Many of these are for short term stays! You’ll receive vouchers for two concert tickets, and the opportunity to support some incredible artists. Contact Festival Housing coordinator  Valerie Hayes at 426-6966 or use this form

ELECTION RESULTS

Only one shocker in Santa Cruz County results, and that was the vote total that Donald Trump received.  It’s hard to understand why 5,883 of our neighbors voted this way.  Obviously they haven’t been watching Trump perform on TV, and God knows he’s been given lots of free TV by the media.  Very scary stuff going on here.  No surprise here in Santa Cruz County  that Bernie beat Hillary by the count of  25,171 to 20,105.  The Bernie team certainly got their people out to vote.  Now lets get the Dems on the same page in November. I found it reassuring that all three of the County Supervisors running for re-election won.  Today’s Board of Supervisors members are working as a team to get things done while supporting their diverse constituents.  Nice going voters and nice going Supervisors Friend, Leopold and McPherson. Check  here for complete election results.

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

SEXUAL ASSAULT: CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

There is no going back.  

Inspired by the compelling Victim Impact Statement read aloud in court by the woman sexually assaulted, and fuelled by national outrage at the 6 month jail sentence handed down by Judge Aaron Persky to the ex-Stanford student convicted of sexual assault, the public’s understanding of the impact of rape and the focus of blame has shifted as dramatically as two plates in a major earthquake. The issue of rape, routinely buried in silence, has soared to a national and global level and the discussion is not on how drunk she was but on how life shattering her experience was. This shake-up is long overdue.

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

UCSC DORM TOUR. Not what you think

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website”

Go to Gary’s Two World’s website to see the Trump image he mentions”

“That  image, like Donald Trump himself, is hard to ignore. I found it on a blog posting by David Weinberger, who writes, mainly, about the effect of tech on our ideas

In his blog posting entitled, “How Donald Trump Hijacked the Authenticity of the Web,” Weinberger claims that Trump appears to be “authentic,” even “honest,” because political discourse has succumbed to a standard of “political correctness” that makes virtually all political speech seem somewhat deceptive and fraudulent. In other words, by saying the politically incorrect thing, Trump gets credit for “speaking truth to power,” and for an honesty and straightforwardness to which he is most emphatically not entitled. Weinberger’s observation is worth thinking about, particularly as those who hope for an honest political discourse think about how to “trump” the advantage that “The Donald” has managed to obtain by his ruthless and brutal disregard for good breeding and the truth”. (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 at  www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Same old view of local cyclists according to DeCinzo scroll that-a-way.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan swings into our hot election circus see below”

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Good news for art lovers, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as Pajaro Valley Arts hosts an excellent sculpture show in its Watsonville gallery, and offers up a fabulous new membership deal. Also, discover a new online arts and letters publication, Ampersand Literary, which generously invited me to Q&A about books, writing, and my chaotic adventures in publishing!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

MAGGIE’S PLAN. This NYC tragi-comedy falls into the “Woody Allen, New York City Odd People in Love” category. Julienne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Bill Hader do excellent acting (except for Julienne Moore and her lousy German accent). It’s about University teachers, divorce, sex, raising kids, control freaks, and our very, very complex lives today. You’ll be completely absorbed all the way through. Not a classic but “absorbing”.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2. A disaster sequel to another disaster opener. 36 on Rotten Tomatoes. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and bit parts by Morgan Freeman & Michael Caine but don’t tell anybody. Four would be stage illusionists (technical advice by David Copperfield, really) are supposed to be world famous but Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, really) is an evil world plotter and you’ll never be able to follow the plot anyways, so don’t go. Tell your friends who like stage magic not to go too, there isn’t any. What effects there are, are all digital Fx.

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

ME BEFORE YOU. It’s an odd bit of casting to see Emila Clarke who plays the white haired,  skinny, oft-bare- nippled, dragon mother Princess Daenerys Targaryen Thoros in Game Of Thrones in this hammy, corney tragi-comedy. She is chubby, undeucated, clutzy, poorly dressed, goofy and mugs incessently. The other star is a guy in a wheelchair who looks so much like Christopher Reeves (in and out of the wheel chair) that there’s a creepy feeling all through the film. It’s beyond a tear jerker, it’s treacle, sugary, and not worth your time.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp, wordy, comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular, it takes place in England 130 years  before Downtown Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Daughter Hillary convinced me that I’d been slipping critic- wise and that Kate Beckensale is completely out of character, and phoney. It’s a desperate, wordy attempt to make still more money out of anything with Jane Austen’s name on it. The plot centers on what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, so go figure. It’s just not all that gteat a film.

MONEY MONSTER. Genuine Hollywood. What can you expect when you have George Clooney and Julia Roberts as stars and Jodie Foster as director. The entire film demands lots of tension and there is some but it keeps lagging. You will be totally aware that you’re watching Clloney and Roberts every time they move or speak. The irate investor/person of plot isn’t the best actor either. But there’s few other films around so see this”just be warned.

NICE GUYS. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make terrible buddies in this sloppy attempt at another buddy movie.This one is set in L.A. in the 70’s. An investigator and a cop team up and with no laughs, no subtleties whatsoever, more violence, much blood, “it’s awful. There’s a 13 year old girl in it that does an excellent job of acting her name is Angourie Rice. We’ll be seeing and hearing more of her.

THE JUNGLE BOOK. I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that”a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s  looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.

THE LOBSTER. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this unfathomable, suposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex. marriage, and it’s not nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95 % of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

X MEN: APOCALYPSE. Another Marvel Comics dystopian monster versus mutant movie. The one in teresting thing I remember from this very forgetable mess is that Magneto played by Michael Fassbender is Jewish and got all his superhuman strength from the ashes of Auschwitz!! And it shows Auschwitz  too!! Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy and a big surprise Ally Sheedy are all in it for the big bucks they got paid”. why else?  

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. These box office gazillion dollar money makers are getting more and more bizzarre. They are direct copies of comic book plots. You shouldn’t apply any common sense or logic to the plots. Like comic books (even the earliest ones 1930’s) were just for fun and escape. So is Captain America:Civil War. To see Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downeyjr., Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Paul Bettany, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard and the legendary Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Comics) in as nonsensical and violent and bloody and senseless a film like this one is just embarrassing. I can’t wait to see such sagas as Orphan Annie vs. Little Lulu, Joe Palooka battles Dick Tracy, Bugs Bunny vs. Minnie Mouse. They can’t fail.

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING. I am many generations before this parody of today’s rock scene and didn’t laugh or like any of the parts I stayed awake through. Then I left just about half way through. It is true that Sarah Silverman, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey, Martin Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Simon Cowell, and Joan Cusack all have “cameo” parts of about 12 seconds each BUT that Judd Apatow “directed it” should be warning enough.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG     TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks” (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. The three top Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program which is also Universal Grapevine’s 10th  Anniversary!! June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness. She’s followed by Lincoln Taiz and Ben Leeds Carson talking about the workshop presentation of their opera “Menagerie: The Trial of Spock” (the Star Trek Opera). June 28 has naturalist Grey Hayes warning us of more dangers from the ills-schemed proposed North Coast National Monument. He’s followed by UCSC Professor James Clifford telling us about his new UCSC Campus book, “The Ecotone“. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

With all the sadness going around, here’s a little helping of pure joy.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez” and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES “MUSEUMS”

“I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums”, Steven Wright

“I’ve  become like one of those people I hate, the sort who go to the museum and, instead of looking at the magnificent Brueghel, take a picture of it, reducing it from art to proof. It’s not “Look what Brueghel did, painted this masterpiece” but “Look what I did, went to Rotterdam and stood in front of a Brueghel painting!”, David Sedaris
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”, Scott Adams

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Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

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June 7 – 13, 2016

BRAND NEW HISTORICAL PHOTO. Here we are,  the June 4th ers at Lulu Carpenters (on June 4th 2016). We started getting together in 1982, and hadn’t been together for at least 15 years). Left to right… That’s Rip Harris–  S. Cruz High School Counselor, Kathy Cowan – Cabrillo teacher and author of “Sacred Lies Sober Truths“, Linda Pope formerly of Pope Gallery and UCSC’s Sesnon Gallery, Me, Gail Cruse– realtor and vocalist with the “Back In Time” trio. Coffee, laughs and an Astrology reading from Susan Heinz!!!

photo credit: my new iPhone and a genuine photographer who volunteered and I didn’t get her name

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                                                                                                             DATELINE June 6, 2016

MUHAMMAD ALI AND SYLVESTER STALLONE. Ali was truly the greatest, and would have been a much better president than Trump. Watch these two stars in action.

MUHAMMED ALI…MORE OF…only if you like the reality of boxing.

JUST GET OUT AND VOTE. Here’s How…

PRESIDENT….Bernie Sanders by all means, and later (if necessary) Hillary Clinton.

U.S. SENATE….Kamala D. Harris

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE….Jimmy Panetta,  yep!  I know what you’re thinking but…

STATE SENATOR….Bill Monning (even with his strange support of studying the economics of closing the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant).

STATE ASSEMBLY….Mark Stone, hasn’t done anything wrong yet!

YES ON 50…The legislator suspension measure.

YES ON Q…Cabrillo College Bond. (Some questions do arise here BUT it’s our community college!)

YES ON S…Santa Cruz Library Money. It’s needed now more than ever!

COUNTY DEMOCRAT CENTRAL COMMITTEE. Pick 5 out of the six. The five I know are all pro-growth, anti homeless…it’s embarrassing, and shameful

SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM. There’ll hopefully be more of these and the first one I know of  will be produced by the Peoples Democratic Club of Santa Cruz (PDC) it’s happening Monday August 29 6:30 p.m. at the London Nelson Community Center.

KESSLER, CLINTON…and MAIDENFORM BRAS. It shouldn’t have been such a surprise to read Stephen Kessler’s diatribe against Bernie Sanders in Sunday’s Sentinel. He called Bernie an idealogue, said he’d “make a lousy president”, wasn’t a liberal, wasn’t a Democrat, would destroy the Democratic party, said “no one has taken him seriously”,  and called him a simple minded  demagogue. Kessler had special words for Bernie’s constant attack on Wall Street, wherin lies the clue to Stephen’s heavy attack. Stephen is one of the heirs to the Maidenform Bra Corporation and has never had to work a solid day in his life. So protecting stocks and Wall Street??? It all figures, in case you wondered. Read it here… or not!

Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

PRIDE.

What a wonderful event, the entire day with the before-parade, the parade and after the parade. I walked with the People’s Democratic Club along with our Democratic Central Committee, Crosson North County Democrats, and other likeminded folks.  I’m sure the large turnout of Democrat walkers had to do with having two candidates in the running for the Democratic nomination for president.  I’d say of the marchers, the Sanders and Clinton supporters were about even.  But that wasn’t the same with the parade watchers.  Sanders had the most vocal (and younger) supporters.  Great parade and lots of fun afterward.

 

Here’s to getting behind our Democratic Party candidate.  Let’s not even think about giving the election to Trump because our choice for president came in 2nd in the Democratic Primary on June 7,  Make sure you vote!  

Oh yes, I forgot to mention a great lunch at 99 Bottles.   Try their American Stout (Number 38 on the list), to go with the BBQ beef sliders.  It would be another good place to watch election returns.  

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

CORRIDORS OF POWER.

The parking component of the Corridors Plan was presented to and discussed by the Santa Cruz City Planning Commission last Thursday. The public present voiced strong opposition. Eastside neighbors were joined by local business-owners, their numbers swelled by a petition containing 200 signatures of other businesspeople, gathered in just 2 days of door-to-door effort. The senior city planner expressed annoyance, declaring that the public had been misled by a flyer detailing the proposed parking changes and distributed to neighbors and businesses by folks on the eastside. A number of long-time local business owners, including a Soquel Avenue physician plus the owner of Horsnyder’s Pharmacy begged for the retention of on-street parking, stating its removal would severely impact their businesses since proximity was crucial for their elderly, often frail patrons. The senior city planner continued to be annoyed, stating that this change was way off into the future and anyway, prior to the removal of on-street parking, new parking structures would be built within a quarter mile or so of any business. “This will promote healthy living through walking and bicycling” assured the consultants.

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It will be a sad day for Santa Cruz if this Plan slips through without stiff opposition from all sides of town.

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

GROUCHO MARX, DICK CAVETT, AND TRUMAN CAPOTE

(WHAT A GROUP). What celebrities today have this much appeal and cool?

OLDIE BUT GOODIE. It’s been around for years, and I laugh every time I see it.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…June 4, 2016

LET’S HAVE HOUSING PRICE CONTROL

The People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County, affectionally known as the PDC, hosted a discussion on affordable housing on Thursday, May 19th. I was privileged to be able to participate in the discussion, and joined former Santa Cruz County Planning Director Tom Burns, and current County Planning Department staff person Sarah Neuse, for what turned out to be a lively and (I thought) productive session. The very engaged audience, more than any of the named presenters, is what helped make it that way.  

The PDC billed the evening as “An Initial Conversation about Density and Affordable Housing,” with the idea, I think, that there would be a lot of back and forth on the question of whether or not it is “worth it” to increase residential densities in Santa Cruz in order to provide the community with more affordable housing. As some who are reading this blog posting probably know, the City of Santa Cruz is currently considering a “Corridors Plan,” to increase building heights, mixed uses, and residential densities along the City’s main transportation corridors (Ocean Street, Mission Street, Water Street, and Soquel Avenue). Santa Cruz County has recently adopted a somewhat similar plan, which they call the “Sustainable Communities Plan.”

The PDC sent out its meeting announcement with the following advisory: 

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What will make housing affordable is price controls.

It’s just that simple.

And that is, indeed, a very “tough truth.” 

(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 at  www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo asks “is it really, really the Safe-Way”? …checkout is below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. The ever thoughtful Eagan puts the bite on politics. Thumb down a few pages.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa is working and writing harder than ever, and was deeply involved with Nancy Raney’s celebaration at the Nick. Check out her website anyway, just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. It’s at  Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-xpress.blogspot.com) Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

ME BEFORE YOU. It’s an odd bit of casting to see Emila Clarke who plays the white haired,  skinny, oft-bare- nippled, dragon mother Princess Daenerys Targaryen Thoros in Game Of Thrones in this hammy, corney tragi-comedy. She is chubby, undeucated, clutzy, poorly dressed, goofy and mugs incessently. The other star is a guy in a wheelchair who looks so much like Christopher Reeves (in and out of the wheel chair) that there’s a creepy feeling all through the film. It’s beyond a tear jerker, it’s treacle, sugary, and not worth your time.

X MEN: APOCALYPSE. Another Marvel Comics dystopian monster versus mutant movie. The one interesting thing I remember from this very forgetable mess is that Magneto played by Michael Fassbender is Jewish and got all his superhuman strength from the ashes of Auschwitz!! And it shows Auschwitz  too!! Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Issac, James McAvoy and a big surprise Ally Sheedy are all in it for the big bucks they got paid….why else?  

POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING. I am many generations before this parody of today’s rock scene and didn’t laugh or like any of the parts I stayed awake through. Then I left just about half way through. It is true that Sarah Silverman, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey, Martin Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Simon Cowell, and Joan Cusack all have “cameo” parts of about 12 seconds each and that Judd Apatow directed it…which should be warning enough.  .

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

A BIGGER SPLASH. Tricky, subtle, beautifully acted by Tilda Swinton who plays a female David Bowie, and a plot that’ll sneak up on you. Ralph Fiennes is unusually nasty and perfect in his role as a father and ex-lover. Lots of nudity, Italian Island scenery and surprises that’ll ultimately leave you happy that you saw it.

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp, wordy, comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular, it takes place in England 130 years  before Downtown Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Daughter Hillary convinced me that I’d been slipping critic- wise and that Kate Beckensale is completely out of character, and phoney. It’s a desperate, wordy attempt to make still more money out of anything with Jane Austen’s name on it. The plot centers on what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, so go figure. It’s just not all that great a film.

NICE GUYS. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make terrible buddies in this sloppy attempt at another buddy movie.This one is set in L.A. in the 70’s. An investigator and a cop team up and with no laughs, no subtleties whatsoever, more violence, much blood, …it’s awful. There’s a 13 year old girl in it that does an excellent job of acting her name is Angourie Rice. We’ll be seeing and hearing more of her.

MONEY MONSTER. Genuine Hollywood. What can you expect when you have George Clooney and Julia Roberts as stars and Jodie Foster as director. The entire film demands lots of tension and there is some but it keeps lagging. You will be totally aware that you’re watching Clloney and Roberts every time they move or speak. The irate investor/person of plot isn’t the best actor either. But there’s few other films around so see this…just be warned.

MEDDLER. Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons who plays a cop named Zipper are the main reasons to see this family drama. There are a few laughs, but the plot is so burlesqued that you’ll never be too absorbed or care about it. It’s a warm touchy-feelie flick but only hints at any of the characters depths so again you don’t get very involved. Your call….as usual. I didn’t know that Susan Sarandon is 70 years old. Same age as the character she plays.

THE LOBSTER. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this unfathomable, supposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex. marriage, and it’s not nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95 % of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

THE JUNGLE BOOK. I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that…a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s  looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. These box office gazillion dollar money makers are getting more and more bizzarre. They are direct copies of comic book plots. You shouldn’t apply any common sense or logic to the plots. Like comic books (even the earliest ones 1930’s) were just for fun and escape. So is Captain America:Civil War. To see Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downeyjr., Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Paul Bettany, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard and the legendary Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Comics) in as nonsensical and violent and bloody and senseless a film like this one is just embarrassing. I can’t wait to see such sagas as Orphan Annie vs. Little Lulu, Joe Palooka battles Dick Tracy, Bugs Bunny vs. Minnie Mouse. They can’t  fail.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG     TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Former Mayor Bruce Van Allen guests the first half hour, then former County Supervisor Gary Patton discusses local politics on Election Day June 7. The Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program which is also Universal Grapevine’s 10th  Anniversary!! June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness. She’s followed by Lincoln Taiz and Ben Leeds Carson talking about the workshop presentation of their opera “Menagerie: The Trial of Spock” (the Star Trek Opera). Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com   

I love some of Jimmy Fallon’s segments – Wheel of Musical Impressions, for instance, is great. Jamie Foxx is absolutely fantastic, so enjoy.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES.     “GAY”

“I was like, Am I gay? Am I straight? And I realized…I’m just slutty. Where’s my parade?” Margaret Cho

“The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them.” Rachel Maddow

“Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!” Allen Ginsberg

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May 31 – June 6, 2016

LAUREL AND PACIFIC, FEB. 2, 1949 Back then this was Bill O’Reilly’s  Dodge and Plymouth showroom and garage. Now it’s Walgreen’s. There is nothing more to say.                                                       

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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                                                                                                              DATELINE May 30, 2016

WELCOME TOURISTS. Just kidding….I know tourists don’t read local stuff. But just in case any of your visitors even think about moving here, we owe it to tell them about….our lousy bus system, our states almost highest real estate  and rental prices, the states dirtiest city beach, our greedy Boardwalk and what they’ve taken from our community, how our Art and History Museum doesn’t have much Art or History anymore, and much, much more. On the other hand Santa Cruz still has a special and unique character.  Not just the scenic attraction but the mix of locals who moved here because of blending of the influences from the University, surfing, The Boardwalk, and just the fact that our town is separated from those other places by those mountains that still shut out some of the northern noise.

OUR STATE’S DIRTIEST BEACH. Once again we have to live with the bold greed of our City Council when we are awakened to the fact that our most prominent Cowell Beach is the dirtiest beach in the state. Our City Council has continually gone forward and spent
thousands, with millions more dollars on the way, to expand, commercialize, and destroy the integrity of our Municipal Wharf instead of cleaning up and eliminating the health hazards that apparently is the result of that wharf being contaminated. Putting money and tourism ahead of health and the environment is another example of this council’s ineptitude. Here’s a news clip from KSBW from 2012 about trash found on Cowell Beach. I can’t embed it, so I’m just giving you a link.

BOARDWALK BUSINESS IN 2015. I don’t think hardly anyone realizes the vast amounts of money the  Boardwalk makes off the tourists/customers.  A survey and index report was just press released by the TEA and AECOM  Themed Entertainment Association Just check out the link below… Read all about The Boardwalk and the rest of the California Theme parks. The Seaside Corporation, i.e. Boardwalk, can’t be listed in many of these reports because they can’t sell admission tickets. The last I knew was that there are over 3,500,000 customers annually attending the Boardwalk and that was ten years ago. Go to page 35 of the 82 pages and see that Seaworld in San Diego, Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park,  Six Flags in Valencia, Busch Gardens in Virginia all have almost as high attendence figures as The Boardwalk.

According to the report, money spent per visitor ranges from $126 at Disney Parks to $50 at Cedar Fair Park. Locally of course that doesn’t include what Boardwalk visitors have to pay for parking. Read here for a summary of the report.

Just a quote from the report…

“Finally, if done right, it can be easier to get visitors to spend more than it is to get new visitors.”

BEACH FLATS GARDEN AND THE BOARDWALK. What I’m trying to get across with all those facts and figures is that The Boardwalk makes a very lot of money. Much more money than we’ll ever know about. Doesn’t it seem cruel and nearly evil that they won’t give or  donate 16, 000 square feet of a community garden to the folks who have lived and worked there for more than 20 years. The Seaside Corporation owes much more than they have ever given not just to the Beach Flats Garden folks but our entire City. They should be ashamed.

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

NONSENSE COMING FROM THE CAMPAIGN FOR SENSIBLE TRANSPORTATION

Today’s group of highway haters continues to do their best to steer people away from allocating any money from a possible Transportation Tax towards improving congestion on Highway 1.  CFST is asking us believe that it is all about “Highway Widening,” and would do nothing to improve congestion on Highway 1.  Not true at all.  

For those of us who use the highway, we see the auxiliary lanes that go as far as Soquel Drive exit as being clear mostly all day long.  The auxiliary lanes being proposed by the Transportation Improvement Plan (Tax Measure) will eventually extend to State Park Drive, letting people who live between Soquel Dr. and State Park get on and off Highway 1 faster, giving the rest of the south-county commuters a better chance at getting home sooner.  We’re talking about a total of three miles of aux lanes that extend between on-ramps and off-ramps. 

CFST continues to hammer away about “Highway Widening” being the same as auxiliary lanes and that these three miles of lanes will bring about the dreaded global warming that we all are aware of.  

Consider what will NOT happen if CFST is successful at killing the tax measure by taking away any money for congestion relief on Highway 1. 

  • Local street repair: Improved neighborhoods and increased safety for cyclists and pedestrians by repairing local streets and roads countywide. 
  • New bridges for cyclists and pedestrians:  Cyclist- and pedestrian-only bridges to be built over Highway 1 at Chanticleer St. and Mar Vista Dr.  
  • Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail:  Expansion of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail for cyclists and pedestrians along the coastal rail corridor in Watsonville, Santa Cruz and Capitola, and connecting to Monterey County. 
  • Preservation of rail transit as a future option: Holding open the option of transit in the future by maintaining the tracks in the coastal rail corridor and researching future technologies; the plan doesn’t include funding for any new rail service. 
  • Improvements to Highways 1, 9 and 17: • HWY 1: Traffic relief for South County and  Mid-County commuters, small businesses, transit buses and first responders through  the addition of auxiliary lanes.  
  • HWY 17: Protection for wildlife by building an undercrossing at Laurel Curve and funding the Safe-on-17 Freeway Service Patrol. • HWY 9: Safety improvements in the  San Lorenzo Valley. 
  • Safety for kids: New funding for Safe Routes to Schools.  
  • Help for seniors, veterans and residents with disabilities: Sustain an effective paratransit system.  

Think about all these things that are needed before you sign onto Campaign For Sensible transportation CFST’s petition. My opinion?  A transportation tax measure will never pass without some benefit to users of Highway 1. Current proposal is to allot about 20% of the tax to the Highway.  Let’s not let the perfect stand in the way of the good!

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

(EDITORS NOTE. BrattonOnline is now, and always has been, an opinion “column”. Rarely if ever, have I knowingly included opinions I disagree with. However, I completely disagree with Paul Elerick’s opinion, and completely support The Campaigh For Sensible Transportation goals, aims and logic.)

SEA ORGAN. An amazing invention sent by my nephew Johnnie McKown.
15 MYSTERIOUS CREATURES…AND FUZZY FILMING. Most probably the result of those low flying planes we’ve been suffering from.

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian is out documenting the 33 trees in the city of Santa Cruz that PGE proposes to remove; most of them long time heritage trees. Others are documenting the hundreds of trees to be removed along Graham Hill Road. Greensite’s Insight returns next week.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM From Gary’s Two Worlds website…

My hometown newspaper, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, ran an article on Friday, May 20th, about a new innovation in land use planning, the “Agrihood.” The article was titled, “Home grown: Agrihoods take hold – residential developments firmly rooted in agriculture” 

Please color me skeptical (in fact, please color me outraged, especially about that “firmly rooted” part). The “Agrihood” featured in the Sentinel article is located near Davis, California, which is a university community located in Yolo County. Davis, the main city, is almost totally surrounded by extremely productive agricultural land. In other words, Davis is not that different from the City of Santa Cruz, which also hosts a University of California campus, with productive agricultural land located nearby. 

I tracked down the developer’s website, which you can review by clicking this link The development is called “The Cannery.” See if you think that the kind of housing depicted is “firmly rooted in agriculture.” Note, also, that the development is not actually in Davis, the city, but on the outskirts, and undoubtedly is being built on what was formerly productive agricultural land. The claim that the development is “rooted in agriculture” is apparently based on the fact that instead of converting all of the agricultural land that the developer acquired, the developer is retaining some part of it in agriculture, as an amenity for the developer’s sprawl development. This is a lot better than a “golf course,” says the article, particularly from the developer’s point of view, since golf courses aren’t nearly as attractive as an amenity, nowadays, as they used to be. 

In my opinion, having served for twenty years on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, where I learned firsthand about the relentless pressure that developers apply to get local land use approvals for developments that either convert or encroach upon agricultural land, this “agrihood” concept reeks of a developer ploy to get county governments to approve residential developments that would violate basic General Plan and zoning laws. 

In Santa Cruz County (and in Yolo County) land use laws are intended to protect agricultural land, and to reserve such land for agriculture If the developers can make Boards of Supervisors believe that their proposed housing developments are “rooted” in agriculture, then maybe they can get approval to start converting agricultural land into skip out subdivisions. In the case of “The Cannery,” a 547-unit subdivision is planned, with the units priced to appeal to upscale buyers. Again, check out the lovely pictures in the website advertising These are not homes that are intended to house persons whose lives are “rooted in agriculture.” Quite the opposite. 

In case you haven’t taken a course in Land Use 101, let me tell you why developers always want to convert agricultural land into residences, if they can get away with it. It all comes down to land cost. The cost of agricultural land is usually something like one-tenth of the cost of urban land, on a per acre basis Therefore, if the developer can get approval to convert agricultural land into housing, instead of building the housing on the lands already designated for urban development, they can make a lot of money. So, if someone proposes an “Agrihood” near you, don’t be fooled. It’s a ploy by developers, to make a lot of money, not a new way to integrate agriculture into the fabric of our urban lives.

(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 at  www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Another view of Roaring Camp’s idea of Patriotism. See below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan’s dystopian view of Hillary’s  political future. Scroll down.

COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS. On First Friday, i.e. June 3, See 13 area artists works at the opening of A Community of Artists, 5pm to 6pm, at the Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz. Their ninth annual show runs through  June 26. Get there early on Friday and hear their saxophone group, “Casual Sax”.

DIDO AND AENEAS. The UCSC Music Department presents an updated production of the tragedy Dido and Aeneas, a Baroque opera in three acts. Music by Henry Purcell. Libretto by Nahum Tate. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel. UC Santa Cruz Orchestra conducted by Bruce Kiesling. Thu, Jun 2, 2016 to Sun, Jun 5, 2016. Music Center Recital Hall

LISA JENSEN LINKS Lisa is very busy memoralizing her other writing…next week!!!

Check out her website this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com) Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

DYSTOPIAN…critics favorite word It seems like every film reviewer or critic, who writes about films taking place in the future has to use the word DYSTOPIA or DYSTOPIAN. With another  half year of DYSTOPIAN films coming to our screens and just to safe, I had to look it up to be sure. And to save you the trouble, here’s the Wictionary definition.

DYSTOPIA…
A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society. A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living
DYSTOPIAN… dire; characterized by human suffering or misery

LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP. This sharp wordy comedy is from a little known Jane Austen book, “Lady Susan”. If you’re particular it’s about 130 years in England before Downtown Abbey (1790). Plenty of Hayden, Cherubini and Cimarosa-type music. Kate Beckensale is just great, so’s everybody else in it. It’s actually about what women had to do to survive back then. Go see it if you like Brit costume epics, with lots of scenery and furniture. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes!!!

A BIGGER SPLASH. Tricky, subtle, beautifully acted by Tilda Swinton who plays a female David Bowie, and a plot that’ll sneak up on you. Ralph Fiennes is unusually nasty and perfect in his role as a father and ex-lover. Lots of nudity, Italian Island scenery and surprises that’ll ultimately leave you happy that you saw it.

THE LOBSTER Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly head the cast of this unfathomable, suposedly dystopian satire on our views and customs relating to sex. marriage, and it’s not nice to animals either. It’s heavy drama, with some laughs thrown in. Maybe you have to be young and distant to catch all the supposedly clever zingers. I missed 95 % of any meaning or purpose to this flick.

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

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY. Dev Patel the star from Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shows his very excellent acting chops in this true story. A low caste Indian child is born with the strange and genuine gift of understanding mathematics on the same level as Einstein. Because he’s Indian and dark skinned the British intellegentsia (Oxford etc. ) won’t accept him or his math theories. It’s a feel good story you’ve seen hundreds of times, but it’s worth going to.

NICE GUYS. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make terrible buddies in this sloppy attempt at another buddy movie.This one is set in L.A. in the 70’s. An investigator and a cop team up and with no laughs, no subtleties whatsoever, more violence, much blood, …it’s awful. There’s a 13 year old girl in it that does an excellent job of acting her name is Angourie Rice. We’ll be seeing and hearing more of her.

MONEY MONSTER. Genuine Hollywood. What can you expect when you have George Clooney and Julia Roberts as stars and Jodie Foster as director. The entire film demands lots of tension and there is some but it keeps lagging. You will be totally aware that you’re watching Clloney and Roberts every time they move or speak. The irate investor/person of plot isn’t the best actor either. But there’s few other films around so see this…just be warned.

MEDDLER. Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons who plays a cop named Zipper are the main reasons to see this family drama. There are a few laughs, but the plot is so burlesqued that you’ll never be too absorbed or care about it. It’s a warm touchy-feelie flick but only hints at any of the characters depths so again you don’t get very involved.Your call….as usual. I didn’t know that Susan Sarandon is 70 years old Same age as the character she plays.

THE JUNGLE BOOK I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that…a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s  looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. These box office gazillion dollar money makers are getting more and more bizzarre. They are direct copies of comic book plots. You shouldn’t apply any common sense or logic to the plots. Like comic books (even the earliest ones 1930’s) were just for fun and escape. So is Captain America:Civil War. To see Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downeyjr., Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Paul Bettany, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard and the legendary Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Comics) in as nonsensical and violent and bloody and senseless a film like this one is just embarrassing. I can’t wait to see such sagas as Orphan Annie vs. Little Lulu, Joe Palooka battles Dick Tracy, Bugs Bunny vs. Minnie Mouse. They can’t  fail.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG     TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG Mark Wainer and Judy Johnson talk about their Community of Artists show on May 31st followed by Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin with updates on local voting. Former Mayor Bruce Van Allen guests the first half hour, then former County Supervisor Gary Patton discusses local politics on Election Day June 7. The Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program. June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness She’s followed by Lincoln Taiz and Ben Leeds Carson talking about the workshop presentation of their opera “Menagerie: The Trial of Spock” (the Star Trek Opera). Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com   

I love impressions. When someone is really good, it’s extra awesome. This guy is great 🙂

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-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.

QUOTES “JUNE”

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”, Dr. Seuss

“All June I bound the rose in sheaves, Now, rose by rose, I strip the leaves”,  Robert Browning

“Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures”,   M. F. K. Fisher

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CLASSIC INTERSECTION of Pacific, Water, Front, and Mission streets. This was taken January 27, 1967. There was a long battle in 1972 to save this McHigh & Bianchi Building. Henry Faitz who ran for State assembly that year was part of it…we lost! Next door (to the left) you can almost see the original Plaza Stationery Store, which became Tower Records. Today we have Bank Of The West taking over all of this. Probably the next development will be a 20 story Corridor building.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE May 23, 2016

WIDENING HIGHWAY ONE…ANOTHER EXPERT SAYS NO.

1955 SANTA CRUZ. Here’s a 20 minute film of 1955 Santa Cruz. Have we lost or gained anything from the 61 years of growth?
IRIS DeMENT (H.Q.). “Let The Mystery Be”. The song and her rendition just haunts me

LOST BOYS FILMING IN SANTA CRUZ. Back in 1987 Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric and the late Corey Haim came to Santa Cruz to film “The Lost Boys”. The city went nuts over the “fame”.

Bruce Van Allen, Jack Nelson and Rick Longinotti from The Campaign For Sensible Transportation sent this email last week…”In case you missed it, on Saturday (5/14) we learned the answer to the question, “Stuck in Traffic, Will More Lanes Help?” Susan Handy, Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis told us, “Numerous studies consistently show that adding capacity to roadways fails to alleviate congestion for long because it actually increases vehicle miles traveled (VMT).” Susan explained how “induced travel” works. When a highway is consistently congested, some people decide not to take a trip or to take an alternate route or mode. These potential trips constitute a pent-up demand for auto travel on the highway. When highways are expanded that pent-up demand is unleashed as more cars return to the temporarily less-congested highway. Pretty soon congestion is back.
We already know that the Draft Environmental Impact Report on Highway 1 expansion predicts “very slight improvement in traffic congestion”. Susan said that the Draft EIR is overstating the congestion relief benefits, because the Draft EIR didn’t account for induced travel. If “very slight” congestion relief is an overstatement, then what would commuters get from the $100 million highway project that the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) wants to ask voters to approve in November?

If you think that this money for highway expansion would be better spent on saving bus routes, creating safer bicycle and pedestrian routes and repairing roads, then please support our campaign. We’re mailing to as many voters as we can afford with the important message that widening highways doesn’t work and that we need sustainable transportation solutions. Would  you make a donation online? Or send a check to Campaign for Sensible Transportation, PO Box 7927, Santa Cruz, Ca. 95061? There’s not a lot of time left to persuade the RTC to shift priorities. Let your friends know about this!!!  

JUNE 4TH PARTY REMINDER. Don’t forget to get in touch, or tell only your June 4th friends to get in touch, if they’d like to be invited to our very exclusive June 4th Birthday Party. It’s a fun and intriguing party. Susan Heinz is creating a special Gemini reading just for us. Like noon to 2 p.m on 6/04.

THE REAL MICHAEL MOORE.  After Michael Horne’s Pulse Productions brought Michael Moore to Santa Cruz last week I asked him for any great backstage stories. Horne has told me some nearly horrendous tales of backstage demands, tempers, and plain nastiness from some ot the other “stars” he’s booked. Here’s some of what he wrote about Secrets of Michael Moore…

“Santa Cruz had 3/4 house sold at the Civic. A great evening. He spoke for about 90 minutes and then took another 90 min for Q & A. It was Michaels first talk in about 6 months after being essentially bedridden since his bout w pneumonia, so he had a lot on his mind! 

Nice dude backstage…as you would expect, smart, funny and down to earth. I asked Mayor Mathews to introduce him and she gave him an “Honorary citizen of Santa Cruz” plaque, which he got a kick out of. Someone shouted out “Send back the Bearcat” in the midst of the intro, so Michael ran with that to start the talk. 

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Horne concluded…”All in all a great experience and an honor to bring this brave warrior back to Santa Cruz”. 

WHY I’M OPENLY SECULAR by ENTERTAINER JOHN DAVIDSON from the San Francisco Chronicle May 12, 2016. John Davidson made some bold and wise comments on where he’s at with religion.

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Among other statements he wrote…

If people deny the scientific facts of evolution and climate change, and they are in positions of authority, such as in government or on a school board, their superstitions and religious views affect me, my children and my country.

If people believe that the Bible is a book of facts and not myths, then they are a danger to me and my loved ones, because the Bible, if taken literally, says people should kill anyone who does not agree with their faith (Deuteronomy 13), that women must submit to men, that slavery should be accepted, that homosexuality is wrong and that the end of the world is imminent. And, if people advocate for prayer instead of modern medicine, they are a drain on our health care emergency centers, not to mention a danger to themselves and their own children”.  As I said, there’s a lot more …click and read it.

John Davidson is an American singer, actor and hosts of TV shows that included “That’s Incredible,” “Time Machine” and “Hollywood Squares.”

PACIFIC AVENUE MARCH FOR HILLARY.

I walked with 20 other Hillary for President supporters last Friday night starting at 7PM.. It was an enlightening hour or so.  Got lots of quiet thumbs up from Hillary supporters, yes there were quite  a few.  One Trump supporter hanging out of a passing car hollering “Trump, Trump…”. Lots of Bernie’s people, student age, telling us to “feel the Bern”, whatever that means. Several of Pacific Ave. rougher looking back-packers followed along for a while, not cheering for anybody in particular, but mostly just making noise and expecting to be told to shut up.  Nobody did, nor were there any SCPD officers that I saw. It was an interesting walk, the street music was great,  very mellow evening. There’s no doubt in my mind that Senator Sanders will carry the Santa Cruz vote on June 7. 

But if you’re a Hillary supporter like me, tired of apologizing for not seeing Sanders as presidential material, join us every Friday evening until June 7th, at 7PM at Jamba Juice on Pacific Ave. to walk with us for Hillary. Not sure if we’re changing anybody’s mind who to vote for, but it’s rewarding enough to see the thumbs up and smiles from people.

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

FAULTY TOWERS

There is something creepy about outside urban planners dissecting the place we call home. As I sat in council chambers last Thursday (5/19), listening to SF consultants Urban Field Studio deliver their presentation on the Corridors Plan to the Planning Commission, I felt our town’s identity inexorably slipping away. Given the small turnout, I fear most have accepted this urban makeover of Santa Cruz as inevitable, which I think is a mistake. Despite the fast tracking to get approval by council before the elections in November, there are glaring problems with the proposed rezoning that can and should be challenged.

To be sure the current General Plan calls for a greater density of housing along the four major corridors of Mission, Water, Ocean and Soquel. This makes some sense given the restraints of the Greenbelt, the continued expansion of UCSC, the bottomless pit of desire to live in Santa Cruz and the fact that building new housing in a hot market is a speculators’ dream machine. Too few believe the last 3 variables can be challenged so we are left with how best to implement growth. Within this narrowed vision, we should still expect robust debate, since there are winners and losers in this growth-at-all-cost game. So far, the debates and some concern for what’s left of Santa Cruz’s built identity have been non-existent.  Absent more community-awareness and expressed concern, there is no indication that this situation will change when the Corridors Plan goes to council in August.

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

BRATTON NOTE. Be sure to look at this link from Gillian. http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/home/showdocument?id=52398.  It has eight (8) pages of Santa Cruz Developments. There’ll be one near you!!! La Bahia is at the very end of those pages. Is this the reason you live in Santa Cruz?

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…5/22/16

There is “tension” within the Democratic Party, as the Party decides which candidate it will put forward as its Presidential candidate after the Presidential Nominating Convention to be held in Philadelphia this July. 

Those who want the tension-causing Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race are advocating for a course that would reduce intra-party “tension,” but that could mean all the difference for the long-term health of the Democratic Party, and not in a good way.

I say, let’s keep that tension going! I’d like to hope that the Democratic Party is going to come out of the elections in 2016 as a “thriving,” not a “dying” organization.

Absorbing and celebrating what Bernie Sanders and his supporters are bringing to the table is one way to make sure that’s true!

(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 at  www.gapatton.net )

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Classic DeCinzo predicts our future…car-wise. See below

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. It’s the old unicorn versus the turtle story scroll down a little bit.

For more Eagan, baseball and his Uncle Everett check out… Tim Eagan’s blog

STRINDBERGS “A DREAM PLAY” AT UCSC. Last week I wrote August Strindberg’s plays inspired playwrights like Albee, Artaud, Beckett, Pinter and Tennessee Williams. A Dream Play was Strindberg’s personal favorite. He wrote The Ghost Sonata, Miss Julie, and The Dance of Death. A Dream Play is about life being lived out as a dream, or an illusion. Kirsten Brandt is directing it. It runs May 26-29 at UCSC’s Experimental Theatre. (That’s the large black box theatre up the hill from the Mainstage Theatre). 7:30 pm & 3 p, on Sundays. Tickets available online at ucsctickets.com. Go see it IF you like Beckett, Albee, Pinter, Tennessee Williams and plays like that. The acting, the play itself, the incredible sets and the directing by Kirsten Brandt are as engrossing as they are revealing of our own lives and dreams.

HILLARY BRATTON SINGS AGAIN! In case you and/or your friends will be in New York City Tuesday, June 14 daughter Hillary will be singing some of the great songs from her new album, “Tears on My Pillow but the rest of the Bed’s OK”. She’ll be backed by songwriter Barry Reynolds on guitar. It’s happening at the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 in the East Village at 196 Allen Street . She’ll go on about 7:30 p.m.

SANTA CRUZ WOMEN OF JAZZ. Jim Coffis sent this email from the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Santa Cruz Women of Jazz features an impressive line-up of local, vocal talent featuring Gail CruseAnn WhittingtonRuby RudmanCharmaigne ScottVicki Neville Coffis, and Stella D’Oro. Three of the vocalists, Cruse, Coffis and Whittington are from the popular Back in Time vocal trio, known for their tight harmonies and swing era classics. Whittington has also led her own excellent groups for many years, with a warm vocal style favoring modern jazz classics. Ruby Rudman has sung it all, jazz, pop, funk/fusion. She has been featured locally with the Robin Anderson Big Band and fusion band Barbies in Jail. Charmaigne Scott is one of the Bay Area’s most celebrated blues, funk and soul singers, and a crowd favorite at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival for many years. She is also a wonderful, dynamic jazz vocalist. Stella D’Oro is the lead singer for Santa Cruz’s Stella By Barlight, a fine jazz quintet playing the music of Anita O’Day, June Christy and other jazz legends. The Back in Time band, featuring pianist Martan Mann, reedman Phil Smith and bassist Bill Bosch, superbly accompanies the Santa Cruz Women of Jazz. Expect an evening of contemporary jazz to classics of the Swing Era. It happens this Thursday May 26 at Kuumbwa.

MIRIAM ELLIS INTERNATIONAL PLAYHOUSE….UCSC’s Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, Cowell College, and Stevenson College, will present The Miriam Ellis International Playhouse (MEIP), an annual multilingual program of fully-staged short theater pieces, for its 16th season. Three public performances will be held on May 25, 26, and 27 (Wed. – Fri.) at 8:00 PM at the Stevenson Event Center, UCSC, and will feature works in French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, with English super-titles projected above the stage. The program will be directed by Language lecturers and performed by Language students. It’s free and nearby parking is $4.00.

This year’s works include: (in French) Scenes from TARTUFFE, by Molière, directed by Miriam Ellis; (in Japanese) BEST FRIENDS, by Yuuki Himura & Osamu Shitara, directed by Sakae Fujita; (in Russian) UNCLE FYODOR, THE DOG AND THE CAT, by Edward Uspensky, directed by Natalya Samokhina and her students; (in Spanish) THE BAT, based on a myth by Eduardo Galeano, directed by Marta Navarro. The pieces range in style from folklore to classical and modern-day theater, with emphasis on their comic elements. The English subtitles titles make the material easily accessible to audiences, who are afforded a rare multicultural experience by the diversity of the programs. For further information, please contact lmhunter@ucsc.edu or ellisan@ucsc.edu.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “In a recent interview, I was asked how, when, and why I first got the writing bug. Read my answer, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, help me cheer on my next book, Beast: A Love Story, as it moves a couple of paw-prints closer to publication!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY. Dev Patel the star from Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shows his very excellent acting chops in this true story. A low caste Indian child is born with the strange and genuine gift of understanding mathematics on the same level as Einstein. Because he’s Indian and dark skinned the British intellegentsia (Oxford etc. ) won’t accept him or his math theories. It’s a feel good story you’ve seen hundreds of times, but it’s worth going to.

NICE GUYS. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe make terrible buddies in this sloppy attempt at another buddy movie.This one is set in L.A. in the 70’s. An investigator and a cop team up and with no laughs, no subtleties whatsoever, more violence, much blood, …it’s awful. There’s a 13 year old girl in it that does an excellent job of acting her name is Angourie Rice. We’ll be seeing and hearing more of her.

HIGH RISE. After watching and liking Tom Hiddleston in The Hank Williams movie and becoming a complete fan of The Night Manager on HBO I figured anything he was in would be great. Whew, was I wrong. Both Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons give it their all but the director has ruined what I hear was a very  exciting book. It’s about a very tall apartment building that holds 2000 residents. The problem is that the poorest folks are on the first floor and the class system is seriously enforced all the way to the penthouse where Jeremy Irons who designed the building lives. The editing, the interwoven plots and the insane struggle of the classes to “move up” become bloody and are full of killing, anal, booze, drugs, more blood, eating dog meat, just plain yuck. Do not go see this movie.

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FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

MONEY MONSTER. Genuine Hollywood. What can you expect when you have George Clooney and Julia Roberts as stars and Jodie Foster as director. The entire film demands lots of tension and there is some but it keeps lagging. You will be totally aware that you’re watching Clloney and Roberts every time they move or speak. The irate investor/person of plot isn’t the best actor either. But there’s few other films around so see this…just be warned.

MEDDLER. Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons who plays a cop named Zipper are the main reasons to see this family drama. There are a few laughs, but the plot is so burlesqued that you’ll never be too absorbed or care about it. It’s a warm touchy-feelie flick but only hints at any of the characters depths so again you don’t get very involved.Your call….as usual. I didn’t know that Susan Sarandon is 70 years old. Same age as the character she plays.

DOUGH. Jonathan Pryce is the Jewish bakery shop owner in London who hires an African Muslim, pot – selling teen ager as a helper. It’s a British film and it’s a cute and cuddly early Hollywood type comedy. If you’re Jewish, it’ll probably make you feel good, except for the treacle.

SING STREET. Dublin, Ireland in the 1980’s and a group of kids form a band. It’s almost a musical except for the teen age/lovesick plot that makes the film into a really enjoyable trip. Not exactly Oscar material you’ll enjoy it in spite of yourself.

THE JUNGLE BOOK. I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that…a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s  looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.

SNOW WHITE SELLS OUT. Or The Huntsman: Winters War. Yes, it does have the mirror and “who’s the ugliest thing in the land” gimmick . It also has tons of dwarves who’s names should be Poopy, Syphly, Pee Pee, Crotchy and awful things like that. A fully armed (remember Mad Max?)  Charlize Theron along with Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain do their best to bring life and some semblence of excitement, or maybe even magic to this dull flick…and they couldn’t add anything worthwhile to this convuluted old prequel to Snow White Rotten Tomatoes gives it a measly 17 tomatoes. It’s evil sisters fighting each other, curses, ice walls (Game of Thrones stuff), and special effects dwarves…BUT if like that sort of thing, it’ll probably play for weeks.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. These box office gazillion dollar money makers are getting more and more bizzarre. They are direct copies of comic book plots. You shouldn’t apply any common sense or logic to the plots. Like comic books (even the earliest ones 1930’s) were just for fun and escape. So is Captain America: Civil War. To see Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downeyjr., Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Paul Bettany, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard and the legendary Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Comics) in as nonsensical and violent and bloody and senseless a film like this one is just embarrassing. I can’t wait to see such sagas as Orphan Annie vs. Little Lulu, Joe Palooka battles Dick Tracy, Bugs Bunny vs. Minnie Mouse. They can’t  fail.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Anita Monga artistic Director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (21st Year) returns May 24, then Chris Krohn and Michelle Glowa bring us up to date on the Beach Flats Garden issue. Mark Wainer and Judy Johnson talk about the Community of Artists show on May 31st followed by Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin with updates on local voting. Former mayor Bruce Van Allen discusses local politics on Election Day June 7. The Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program. June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com   

People complain a lot about the younger generation, how they’re lazy and not involved, etc etc. Enter this young man from Louisiana. He’s 22, and has been an activist for 8 years. He’s well spoken and smart; this gives me hope.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-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 Simont on, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES. “VOTING”

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”  Winston S. Churchill
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” Abraham Lincoln
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” H.L. Mencken
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” Larry J. Sabato

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May 16 – 22, 2016

PACIFIC & SOQUEL AVENUES. 1912.   Nowadays we have Forever 21 on the left and New Leaf   Market on the right. That old building on the left is where Good Times started in 1975. Note how incredibly wide the street was back then. That was BP (before parkletts), and other architectural miracles.                                             

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DATELINE May 16, 2016

PINK FROGMOUTH WALKING FISH.

FISH THAT WALK ON LAND

COUNCIL CAROUSEL, PART 7. Don’t ask about the first six parts, I just made that up because I have no idea how many times I’ve written about our 2016 Santa Cruz City Council race. Just trying to list the important issues so we can learn where the candidates stand isn’t easy. We’ve got three hotels going up in North County and two new ones in South County, and our greedy developers, Chamber of Commerce, Business Council, and a majority of the present City Council all drool over the thought of attracting more businesses here with the totally untrue statements that growth will provide more jobs and provide money to help pay for our Social Services (an old Mike Rotkin mantra). So ask the candidates how they’ll vote on growth.

Ask them about widening Highway One,  simply pro or con) ask them if they think adding auxiliary lanes is widening…or not. Ask them tough ones like where do they stand on The Beach Flats Garden and do they think the City has already given The Boardwalk enough land and tax breaks. Ask them their definition of “affordable” as in “affordable housing” (maybe even a dollar set of figures) the current City Council and the Board of Supervisors have long ago copped out/sold out on that one.

WHO’S RUNNING.

The final or even the first declaration dates for city council candidates to declare their commitment are July 18 – August 12. Here’s a list of names that you’ll be seeing and hearing as candidates. Some have already made their candidacy known, others are strong and oft-repeated rumors. Por ejemplo… Sandy Brown, Martine Watkins,  J.M. Brown, Micah Posner, Dru Glover, Steve Pleich,  Mark Primack  and of course Cynthia Mathews.

HAPPY COLLEGE NEWS. KZSC 88.1 fm our local radio station just finished another pledge drive, it was good fun. More than that it worked!!! I asked Keith Rozendal our station broadcast advisor how it went from his point of view, he said …

“We are very pleased with the fundraising. We’re going to top our fall 2015 drive by roughly 25% (pledges are still coming in!), and our number of donors is up by a similar margin from the fall. The UCSC one-day Giving Day game was a nice boost near the end, with 115 donors together giving $5,700 in just 24 hours. We’re going to put that money to good use, hiring a professional instructor (Nada Milkjovic) to teach our radio training class. KZSC doesn’t sound like other college radio stations because of this deep training and mentorship behind the mic. More than 70% of our programmers are UCSC students with less than 2 years experience on the air, but it doesn’t sound like that at all! If you haven’t listened to KZSC in a while, I think you’d be pleasantly surprised. And KZSC-trained programmers go on to successful careers in the media as a high rate (NPR, This American Life, podcasting, including Serial and Maximum Fun!, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and more). With continued strong listener support, we plan to bring some of that same strong education to teaching local news reporting. We’d hire local journalists, and other people who know the community well, to give a crash course in local issues and history. Then the students would be sent out to meetings, events, and happenings to report on Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. We get the sense that Santa Cruz is starving for local news and we think this is a very inexpensive way to start providing that essential service to the community and our democracy”.

Editors note…you can always send/donate/give to support KZSC by going to KZSC.org and click on “donate”

SAD COLLEGE NEWS. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle (Sat. May 14, ’16) talked about a Stanford student who struggled with depression, and was a lacrosse star. The article states…”The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) cites research that suggests that suicide “is the second leading cause of death among college students. Approximately three suicides occur daily among college students, and 7 to 10 percent of college students either attempt or contemplate suicide in a given year”. I’d never heard this. More about athletes and suicide..

UCSC MEETING WITH CHANCELLOR BLUMENTHAL AND EXEC. VICE CHANCELLOR AND STUDENTS MAY 2ND, 2016. This is a group of notes taken at the meeting. There were between 90 and 100 students present. Quotes are labeled  GB= George Blumenthal and AG= Alison Galloway. Assuming you’d like to hear some straight and otherwise answers to many students about their college,  go here to read two pages of notes from that meeting….you’ll be surprised.

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GENERATING OPINIONS. My notes last week about labeling generations brought in many opinions.  I hasten to add, and should have emphasized that hardly any two of my sources agreed on which years bracketed those groups. More than that many generations had titles that I didn’t and couldn’t include. Lisa Jensen wrote to say…” As to your generational categories last week, it seems to me that the Beat Generation ought to be in there somewhere between the Silent Generation and the Boomers (overlapping both: people who came of age in the mid-50s). And I remember that the Me Generation is what  Boomers used to call people coming of age in the ’70s. The Gen X-ers came after. What you call Generation Z (the current crop), I call “Gen-Texters” — but that’s just me!” She’s right there was no mention of the Beat Generation. Probably because it seemed to apply for only a few years and mostly to SF and NYC groups. Fascinating, isn’t it?

BERNIE NEWS. Here’s an email report with some near late breaking news re the opening of The Santa Cruz Bernie headquarters… 150 people show up to Bernie’s campaign headquarters opening in downtown Santa Cruz…pretty impressive…the Sanders people were ready…split into three groups…telephone bankers, register to vote group and door to door canvassers…had house parties lists ready for people to volunteer…Watsonville, Gilroy and Gonzalez lists and events for people to sign up for too…they were ready. The headquarters are at the new Satellite Center 325 Soquel Drive by the Hindquarter restaurant.

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

DO WE WANT THE CORRIDORS PLAN? 

I think the County Planning Department and others are setting themselves up for failure with their development concept called a “corridors plan“.  If they push more multi-purpose and multi-story projects like the one in Santa Cruz off Soquel, there may be a homeowner’s revolt.  At the public hearing on CTV,(community television) every speaker (neighborhood resident) spoke against the project due to building height, density and traffic.  Speakers for the project all worked for the City or County, or were part of the developer’s team.

So why is a ‘corridors plan” needed?  We’re told we need more housing, especially low cost housing for workers that are already here and can’t find a place to live where they work.  And of course the same old “we need to provide for growth”.  Sounds reasonable, but has anybody considered all the other things these “growing corridors” will bring?  Take a drive over the hill to San Jose, or even closer to Salinas and see what high-rise,  low cost housing looks like after a few years.  Streets mostly shaded from the sun all day, cars that look like they haven’t been driven for a long time and left on the streets.  Streets that can’t be swept clean due to all the cars parked on them.  The sad part is that some of our friends and neighbors are for this in the name of providing “affordable housing”.  Another solution to the problem is don’t build them and they won’t come.  We are big enough already.

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park


TALL STORIES.

The council hearing last week on the large-scale developments proposed for Front Street between Laurel and Soquel and parts of Pacific, was a love fest among consultants, planners and decision-makers with developers observing from the wings. I kept waiting for a challenging question from a council member. Perhaps someone will express a small concern about the impact of eight story buildings, I thought? Maybe a word or two about the impending loss of long-time, small businesses? An observation, perhaps, that 85 feet tall buildings and the phrase “human-scale” is an oxymoron? No such questions were asked. No critical comments expressed. The assumptions went unchallenged.

The consultants and planning staff did a slick job of minimizing impacts and keeping the tone upbeat. The visuals kept the heights far lower than what is proposed, which perhaps explains why council member Micah Posner wrote in his newsletter to his constituents that the proposed building heights are 3 and 4 stories rather than the 5, 7 and 8 stories detailed in the presentation. Everyone on council loved the alleyways connecting Pacific and the river levee and why not? They looked cute in the drawings, decked out with flowers and surrounded by 2 story buildings rather than the sunless corridors bounded by 55 to 85 feet high buildings which is what actually will be the result if the height changes are approved. The council expressed enthusiasm for tall buildings butting up to the San Lorenzo River levee as “revitalizing” the river, although the consultant made it clear that commercial activity facing the river was not viable.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s TWO World’s website (05/16/16)

ABOUT COMMUNITY BRIDGES.

IGOR MOISEYEV BALLET. Diana Rose has this great Russian ballet dance company on her FB page. I know nothing about ballet but this is different!!!
MEXICAN WALKING FISH.

I am a long time supporter of Community Bridges, a Santa Cruz County-based nonprofit organization that provides a wide variety of human service programs in the three-county area that includes Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Benito County. You, too, can be a Community Bridges supporter. Click right here to contribute! Community Bridges recently sent me its 2015 Annual Report, which you can read online. On Pages 4 and 5, I learned that Community Bridges provided help to tens of thousands of people last last year, and that over 87% of the people it helped live below 200% of the federal poverty level (less than $31,860 for a family of two). I am glad that my contributions to Community Bridges are helping families and individuals who are having a difficult time, economically. That’s great, and there are pages and pages of names in the Annual Report (all in very small print), of many hundreds of other people who are doing the same. However…..

While individual giving is good (an d let me remind you about that link in the first paragraph of this posting that will let you join the crowd), there is no reason that we shouldn’t structure our society so that the community itself provides the kind of basic human services that are now being provided by way of individual contributions to Community Bridges and other nonprofit organizations. In the richest nation in the world, the richest nation, in fact, in the history of the world, we could, thorough our collective action, provide every family and every individual in this country with a basic education, meaningful work, child care, health care, and housing.  You know we could do it. The money is out there, and the purpose of politics is to decide, collectively, how we should raise money and spend it, on the things we decide just must be done, for the good of us all. So, keep those individual contributions flowing, but…Let’s make sure that the United States Congress and the next President of the United States does something to ensure that there’s a strong and solid economic floor for every family, and every person in this country. 

That’s not a bridge too far! Read more of Gary’s patterns on his website. 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. Check out his website, ” Two Worlds/365www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo looks at war games at Roaring Camp!!!

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan reveals the Trump campaign’s major believers. See downward a few scrollings . Read his  near weekly blog right here…. http://www.timeagan.com/?eaganblog

MUNCHING WITH MOZART & FRIENDS. Every third Thursday there’s a free noon piano concert upstairs at the Santa Cruz Downtown Library. This Thursday (5/19) Rose Georgi will play Tchaikovsky, Chopin, more Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Khachaturian. The concert starts at 12:10, but get there early because it fills up pretty fast. Carol Panofsky creates and supervises the series.

STRINDBERG’S “A DREAM PLAY” AT UCSC. August Strindberg’s plays inspired playwrights like Albee, Artaud, Beckett, Pinter and Tennessee Williams. A Dream Play was Strindberg’s personal favorite. He weote The Ghost Sonata, Miss Julie, and The Dance of Death.

A Dream Play is about life being lived out as a dream, or an illusion. Kirsten Brandt is directing it. It runs May 20-22 & 26-29 at UCSC’s Experimental Theatre. (That’s the large black box theatre up the hill from the Mainstage Theatre). 7:30 pm & 3 p, on Sundays.Tickets available online at ucsctickets.com.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “We didn’t have much in the way of female role models on 1960s TV, but it was still possible for a little girl to get inspired — if she knew where to look. Join me in the Way-back  Machine, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

MONEY MONSTER. Genuine Hollywood. What can you expect when you have George Clooney and Julia Roberts as stars and Jodie Foster as director. The entire film demands lots of tension and there is some but it keeps lagging. You will be totally aware that you’re watching Clloney and Roberts every time they move or speak. The irate investor/person of plot isn’t the best actor either. But there’s few other films around so see this…just be warned.

MEDDLER. Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons who plays a cop named Zipper are the main reasons to see this family drama. There are a few laughs, but the plot is so burlesqued that you’ll never be too absorbed or care about it. It’s a warm touchy-feelie flick but only hints at any of the characters depths so again you don’t get very involved.Your call….as usual. I didn’t know that Susan Sarandon is 70 years old. Same age as the character she plays.

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

DOUGH. Jonathan Pryce is the Jewish bakery shop owner in London who hires an African Muslim, pot – selling teen ager as a helper. It’s a British film and it’s a cute and cuddly early Hollywood type comedy. If you’re Jewish, it’ll probably make you feel good, except for the treacle.

SING STREET. Dublin, Ireland in the 1980’s and a group of kids form a band. It’s almost a musical except for the teen age/lovesick plot that makes the film into a really enjoyable trip.

Not exactly Oscar material you’ll enjoy it in spite of yourself.

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING. Tom Hanks (born in Oakland!!) plays a weary broken marriage guy going to a very foreign Saudi Arabia to sell the king a high tech invention. The plot is from a novel and must be a fairly boring book. The movie is slow and pointless and ecept for Hanks’ typically great performance ther’s no reason to see this poke along plot.Hanks face is every bit as intriguing to look at and watch as Humphrey Bogarts is/was. It’s a pleasant movie, and you’ll stick with it all the way through…but I’d bet you’d have a tough time explaining it to your friends.

THE JUNGLE BOOK. I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that…a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s  looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.

SNOW WHITE SELLS OUT. Or The Huntsman: Winters War. Yes, it does have the mirror and “who’s the ugliest thing in the land” gimmick . It also has tons of dwarves who’s names should be Poopy, Syphly, Pee Pee, Crotchy and awful things like that. A fully armed (remember Mad Max?)  Charlize Theron along with Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain do their best to bring life and some semblence of excitement, or maybe even magic to this dull flick…and they couldn’t add anything worthwhile to this convuluted old prequel to Snow White. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a measly 17 tomatoes. It’s evil sisters fighting each other, curses, ice walls (Game of Thrones stuff), and special effects dwarves…BUT if like that sort of thing, it’ll probably play for weeks.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. These box office gazillion dollar money makers are getting more and more bizzarre. They are direct copies of comic book plots. You shouldn’t apply any common sense or logic to the plots. Like comic books (even the earliest ones 1930’s) were just for fun and escape. So is Captain America:Civil War. To see Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Paul Bettany, Hope Davis, Alfred Woodard and the legendary Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Comics) in as nonsensical and violent and bloody and senseless a film like this one is just embarrassing. I can’t wait to see such sagas as Orphan Annie vs. Little Lulu, Joe Palooka battles Dick Tracy, Bugs Bunny vs. Minnie Mouse. They can’t  fail.

GREEN ROOM. To try and watch such a fine actor as Patrick Stewart in what is supposed to be a clever satire or insiders look on slash/blood/horror films is too painful. I walked out about half way through. A traveling punk band is accidently trapped by killer druggies and get killed one at a time as they try to escape. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an amazing 88. I give it zip!

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

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computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On May 17 Brian Spencer from the See Theatre talks about T. McNally’s play, “Mothers and Sons” and about theatre details. Then Land Use Attorney Bill Parkin brings us up to date on legal, environmental, and social issues. Anita Monga artistic Director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (21st Year) returns May 24, then Chris Krohn brings us up to date on the Beach Flats Garden issue. Mark Wainer and Judy Johnson talk about the Community of Artists show on May 31st followed by Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin with updates on local voting. Former mayor Bruce Van Allen discusses local politics on Election Day June 7. The Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program. June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com   

Interesting stuff about something we all take for granted – 911.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-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.

QUOTES“The Ocean”

” The smell of the ocean was stronger now, rank and enveloping, as if the bottom of the sea had turned over and littered the shore with its dead”, T. Coraghessan Boyle

“I think space exploration is very important. I think there is very intelligent life on Mars. I believe that Martians are spying on us from the bottom of the ocean“, Annabella Sciorra

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering“, Saint Augustine

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May 9 – 15, 2016

DEL MAR THEATRE February 25, 1957. That’s the then Del Mar theatre  manager on the left, a wax figure of James Dean, (unidentified woman behind Dean) and Brad McDonald who created the Shadowbrook Restaurant on the right.    James Dean died February 25, 1957 in case you forgot.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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                                                                                                           DATELINE May 9, 2016

OUR COMMUNITY POWER. Community Choice Aggregation or CCA is just about the greatest environmental concept for our local three counties….ever!  It’s been talked about nearly a decade around these parts. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold talked about it on last week’s Universal Grapevine. His  Facebook page says, “Santa Cruz leads the way on push for local green energy grid, he’s a strong supporter and liked the article in last weeks Good Times.

Community Power means that our three counties, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz combine efforts and buy power collectively from PG& E. Our costs would drop considerably, the sources of that power could be wind and sun driven…and we’d have dreaded PG&E off our backs ond away from our pockets. It’s working right now in other counties. It can work here. Read Power Structure – Good Times Santa Cruz .

SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL QUESSING GAME. As of Sunday (5/8) Micah Posner’s dad said Micah hadn’t made up his mind yet about running this time.

MILLENNIALS, SILENT GENERATION ETC. Discussions and critiques of generations seem to crop up and be more numerous at certain times. I got curious and after a bunch of searching I found the most agreement on generation labels and dates to be…

  • The Lost Generation             1900 – 1924
  • The Silent Generation          1925 – 1942
  • Baby Boomer Generation    1946 – 1964
  • Generation  X                       1960 – 1980
  • Millennial Generation          1980 – 2000
  • Generation  Z                        2000 – 2025

I know there are some gaps in the years…these numbers are just to give you something to think about besid es Donald Trump.

LENNY BRUCE ON THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW. Lenny was/is my most favorite comedian. I saw him in person quite a few times and even ushered once at the Warfield theatre so I could see his most notable performance.

A LITTLE CONFUSION. The week before last (April 26-May 2) issue of brattononline.com had some glitches. There were no borders around Paul Elerick’s and Gillian Greensite’s sections. As a result many folks were confused about who said what. It was Paul Elerick who likes and wrote about auxillary lanes on Highway One, not me, definitely NOT ME. I’ve never seen, heard or read anything that says widening highways or adding auxillary lanes has worked…ever.

SANDY LYDON’S STEINBECK EVENT. Sandy Lydon and Thomas Steinbeck are doing a presentation/discussion titled “Fact or Fiction? Did the Chinese visit this coast before the Spanish?” Ow Family Properties is sponsoring it. Author, cinematographer, and photojournalist Thom Steinbeck and Cabrillo College Historian Emeritus Sandy Lydon will discuss (together for the first time), their own views of our Chinese past. They have admired each other’s work for years. You will be able to listen as they come together on stage and share notes and writings, including the opinions of Thom’s father, Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. It promises to be a rare and magical evening. Friday, May 13, 2016  7:00 pm Barbara Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo College. This event is free for President’s Circle Members and Heritage Club members. Tickets will also be on sale in the Cabrillo Ticket Office for the general public at $12 per ticket. Students are free.If you belong to President’s Circle or Heritage Club and would like to reserve tickets, please email foundation@cabrillo.edu or call (831) 479-6338. Tickets are available to the general public for $12 each and students are free. Click to purchase tickets.

JUNE 4TH PARTY REMINDER. Don’t forget to get in touch, or tell your June 4th friends to get in touch, if they’d like to be invited to our very exclusive June 4th Birthday Party. It’s a fun and intriguing party. Like noon to 2 p.m on 6/04.

HIGH RISES & HOT AIRRegarding the massive, dense, high rise retail and residential units projected to line the levee on Front Street between Laurel and Soquel and parts of Pacific, by the time you are reading this, city council will have deliberated on the project and given direction to staff. That’s right, before the Planning Commission has finished discussing and voting on the project, the council is inserting its influence. After last week’s piece on this topic, I wrote to Ron Powers, principal planner for the project to confirm the correct date for the next Planning Commission meeting when this item would be voted on. He replied that it would be held most likely in July. He omitted to mention that it was also on city council agenda for Tuesday, May 10th.  I don’t recall an item ever discussed by council prior to the Planning Commission’s voting and forwarding its recommendation to council. Perhaps as unprecedented as 85 feet high buildings downtown.

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

GOODBYE THRIFT STORE. The City of Santa Cruz demolished the old Front Street Thrift at 521 Front Street last week. (Note from Gunilla: “The store moved a while ago to the old New Leaf location at that funky Soquel/Water intersection that trips up anyone driving who’s not from around here. What’s with that intersection anyway?”) The Sentinel ran a photo from the destroyed inside of the structure on  5/4. Gunilla Leavitt’s photo is from 5/6. I can’t find any information on how many parking spaces this will yield. OR could this be another 3 or 4 story parking structure? Why aren’t we told these things?

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Goodbye to Gary Patton’s KUSP’s Land Use Report and all the other local programming at KUSP that is now off the air. Here is the link to Gary’s website… In it in addition to discussing the KUSP affair he says, “In fact, for any Santa Cruz County residents who are reading this particular blog posting, and who care about land use, the upcoming meeting of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 2016, has a number of important land use related items, including an item that could have truly profound impacts on the future of local land use. You can review the agenda by clicking the link.

FOXES ON A TRAMPOLINE..

Agenda Item #53 recommends that the Board proceed to make the commercial cultivation of marijuana a legal land use in Santa Cruz County. If you care about this topic, and it will very likely affect your neighborhood, you might want to mark your calendar for June 14, 2016, which is when a proposed ordinance on commercial cultivation will likely come back for detailed review, and a public hearing. Supervisors Zach Friend and Bruce McPherson are calling for a full environmental review, and major public involvement. I think that is a very good idea!”. Also be sure to link around his site and think about his bus and bicycle theories!!!  

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

FUN RAISER AND SPECIAL TRIBUTE. The Campaign For Sensible Transportation is saluting and appreciating Nancy Abbey, beloved activist with the People’s Democratic Club, Women’s International League for Peace and  Freedom, Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba, octagenarian mother of three and grandmother of six. The event will be Sunday May 22, 3-5 pm in the Courtyard of The Museum Of Art & History, Cooper at Front Street. $20 – $200 donation requested. Come and enjoy good company, food, and music while raising funds to campaign for sustainable transportation. The Campaign for Sensible Transportation is in the middle of a direct mail campaign advocating that a November sales tax include adequate funding for METRO transit, not highway widening. They could use your donation now. Please go online to get benefit tickets or to make a contribution to this effort.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO.  Those danged Monarchs…planning their return…see downwards.
EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan has a vision….and shares it. Scroll below.

MOTHERS AND SONS. See Productions presents  Terrance McNally’s MOTHERS AND SONS   The publicity says, “At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and is raising their son. Challenged to face how society has changed in the 20 years since her son’s death from AIDS, she faces the past and begins to look to the future. Local actors, Mindy Pedlar (Katharine Gerard), David Jackson (Cal Porter), Benjamin Pletcher (Will Ogden), and (alternating) Everest Franz and Ezra Knox (Bud Ogden-Porter) will bring this emotionally heart-warming story to life. Independent producer and director, Brian Spencer, will guide the production. Though gay-themed, MOTHERS AND SONS is perfect for the open-minded theater goer as it explores human emotions which do not have boundaries.
MOTHERS AND SONS plays in about 90 minutes without an intermission. It’ll be at the Center Stage Theatre 10001 Center Street Downtown Santa Cruz May 12-29.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(THE NEWEST FILMS IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

POST SCRIPT “P.S.” none of the movies showing anywhere in the county right now  are very good. Save your time, do something constructive like take a nap.

DOUGH. Jonathan Pryce is the Jewish bakery shop owner in London who hires an African Muslim, pot – selling teen ager as a helper. It’s a British film and it’s a cute and cuddly early Hollywood type comedy. If you’re Jewish, it’ll probably make you feel good, except for the treacle.

SING STREET. Dublin, Ireland in the 1980’s and a group of kids form a band. It’s almost a musical except for the teen age/lovesick plot that makes the film into a really enjoyable trip. Not exactly Oscar material, you’ll enjoy it in spite of yourself.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. These box office gazillion dollar money makers are getting more and more bizzarre. They are direct copies of comic book plots. You shouldn’t apply any common sense or logic to the plots. Like comic books (even the earliest ones 1930’s) were just for fun and escape. So is Captain America:Civil War. To see Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downeyjr., Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Paul Bettany, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard and the legendary Stan Lee (creator of the Marvel Comics) in as nonsensical and violent and bloody and senseless a film like this one is just embarrassing. I can’t wait to see such sagas as Orphan Annie vs. Little Lulu, Joe Palooka battles Dick Tracy, Bugs Bunny vs. Minnie Mouse. They can’t  fail.

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

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING. Tom Hanks (born in Oakland!!) plays a weary broken marriage guy going to a very foreign Saudi Arabia to sell the king a high tech invention. The plot is from a novel and must be a fairly boring book. The movie is slow and pointless and ecept for Hanks’ typically great performance ther’s no reason to see this poke along plot.Hanks face is every bit as intriguing to look at and watch as Humphrey Bogarts is/was. It’s a pleasant movie, and you’ll stick with it all the way through…but I’d bet you’d have a tough time explaining it to uour friends.

EYE IN THE SKY. Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman are Brits in Kenya who are involved in bombing humans by drones. Will they or won’t they bomb some terrorists because they might kill a little local girl. It’s hyped up suspense, manipulated beyond belief. It is Hollywood tension, and it’s done well but after a while you feel like you’ve been suckered in. Go warned, and of course Helen Mirren is excellent as always. I’ll miss Alan Rickman he had an unique style, great voice and quirky appeal…you couldn’t take your eyes off him.

ELVIS AND NIXON. Michael Shannon does an absolutely superb job as Elvis Presley. Kevin Spacey is equally as good being Richard Nixon. It’s a long drawn out shaggy dog story about how these two world famed figures met for an historic photo. It’s all fantasy, there are no records as to how this event happened but it did. It’s clever, but tiring. More so since we do know they actually met while Tricky Dick was in the White House. Just go if you have the spare time. Don’t miss anything important just to see this.

BORN TO BE BLUE. Another jazz themed bio-pic like Miles Ahead. Ethan Hawke does what he can with this saga of Chet Baker a heroin addict. He does his usual job of fine acting. But like Miles Ahead this too is a depressing, painful look at a stars problem dealing with success. No insights, no clues, it just says that Chet Baker was a failure at life…while you watch. If you do.

HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS. Sally Field is now 70 and plays a empty-headed ditzy senior in this mean spirited good- for- nothing movie. Like “Big Fat Greek Wedding” tries to make a minority group cute, fun and quirky,  Doris the movie, makes fun of seniors.  Yet Sally Field who hasn’t had work in years does a good job with this piece of junk.

MILES AHEAD. Don Cheadle directed this Miles Davis bio-pic and turned it into a shallow action packed Hollywood boring film. Davis was a dentist’s son, born in St’ Louis, married three times, and went to Juillard, but you wouldn‘t know any of that from this cheap shot. Cheadle made up a flimsy ” who stole the master tape” as a plot and threw in a bullet loaded car chase just to make sure you’d watch. You will learn absolutely nothing about the genius behind Davis’ superior contribution to American music from this flop.

SNOW WHITE SELLS OUT. Or The Huntsman: Winters War. Yes, it does have the mirror and “who’s the ugliest thing in the land” gimmick . It also has tons of dwarves who’s names should be Poopy, Syphly, Pee Pee, Crotchy and awful things like that. A fully armed (remember Mad Max?)  Charlize Theron along with Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain do their best to bring life and some semblence of excitement, or maybe even magic to this dull flick…and they couldn’t add anything worthwhile to this convuluted old prequel to Snow White Rotten Tomatoes gives it a measly 17 tomatoes. It’s evil sisters fighting each other, curses, ice walls (Game of Thrones stuff), and special effects dwarves…BUT if like that sort of thing, it’ll probably play for weeks.

THE JUNGLE BOOK. I must confess to still being under the influence of the REAL Jungle Book movie. That’s the 1942 masterpiece starring Sabu as Mowgli. All real live action, no special effects, just Kipling and technicolor. This Disney commercial money maker is exactly that…a Disney money maker. Filmed darkly (to save FX expense) it’s a hodge-podge of Bill Murray’s  looney asides, some old Disney songs and not one iota of what Kipling had in mind when he wrote the book. Send the kids, and you go to the movie next door, believe me.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Remember when these two heroes were nice guys with even some humanity and humor? Don’t even try thinking about a fully clothed Clark Kent getting into the bathtub with a naked Lois Lane (Amy Adams). Avoid thinking about Batman wanting to kill Superman or space monsters in Metropolis. Metropolis  at least has Laurence Fishburne playing Perry White, editor of The Daily Planet. Ben Affleck as Batman??? Jeremy Irons as Batman’s butler? Then for some reason Wonder Woman comes in near the end. They have besmirched our legends…don’t go.

GREEN ROOM. To try and watch such a fine actor as Patrick Stewart in what is supposed to be a clever satire or insiders look on slash/blood/horror films is too painful. I walked out about half way through. A traveling punk band is accidently trapped by killer druggies and get killed one at a time as they try to escape. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an amazing 88. I give it zip!

CRIMINAL. Another very bizzarre, violent, dis-jointed, poorly written, secret agent mess. It stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and the new lovely Gal Gadot (former Miss Israel 2004), and they try hard to make sense of a gnarly plot. Ryan Reynolds mind and memories are stored in Kevin Costner’s brain. Costner is a former evil person, who now has to deal with secrets he can’t quite remember, and the whole thing goes downhill from there. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 26 out of a 100.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG     TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Historian and author extraordinare Sandy Lydon co-hosts for pledges on May 10. On May 17 Brian Spencer from the See Theatre talks about T. McNally’s play, “Mothers and Sons” and about theatre details. Then Land Use Attorney Bill Parkin brings us up to date on legal, environmental and social issues. Anita Monga artistic Director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (21st Year) returns May 24, then Chris Krohn brings us up to date on the Beach Flats Garden issue. Mark Wainer and Judy Johnson talk about the Community of Artists show on May 31st followed by Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin with updates on local voting. The Short Story Winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz take over the June 14 program. June 21 has Carla Brennan talking about Meditation, Buddhism, and Mindfulness. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com

Stephen Colbert 🙂

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-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.

QUOTES. About “MAY”

“But winter lingering chills the lap of May”, Oliver Goldsmith

“May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live”, Robert A. Heinlein

“Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date”, William Shakespeare

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