Column, August 23 – 29, 2016


                                                 
COOPER STREET 1910. It’s almost shocking that we can still recognize the old County Bank Building after all these decades.  It was built after the 1894 fire. According to John Chase’s “Sidewalk Companion to Santa Cruz Architecture” and Ernest Otto that corner used to be a vacant lot that held tent shows “such as glass blowers or Millie Christine the Double Headed Woman”. Now it houses Pacific Wave, Laili, and one of the eight NextSpaces.                                          

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE August 22, 2016

BARBARA DANE. Back in 1963 Arhoolie Records shot this session at Barbara Dane’s house in Berkeley. We had a band and played around the Bay Area just a few times. That’s me on the left playing jug. Wayne Pope on the right on washboard and Dick Oxtot comes later playing stand-up bass. Barbara (age 89) has a brand new album being released this week. Huge article about her in Sunday’s (8/20/16) San Francisco Chronicle. (Webmistress note: I couldn’t find that one, but here’s one from Wednesday August 17. Barbara plays a show at Yoshis at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. $25-$55. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakland. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com)

CITY COUNCIL “FORUMS” CONTINUE. Wictionary says “Forum” means “discussion”. So far the two “forums” I’ve been to are just really, really short speeches by the candidates, which takes about two hours. The last one at the SEIU Hall (Aug. 18) had 9, not 11, of the candidates. SEIU talked to Nathaniel Kennedy and decided he wasn’t a serious candidate and didn’t invite him. Jim Davis the radio ad salesman got arrested the night before for drunk driving and was a no show!! It was mostly a Union audience so Cynthia Mathews was obviosly nervous and of course promised from now on everything would be all union in Santa Cruz. J.M Brown, Cynthia’s friend said about the same thing. Robert Singleton said he’s a Democrat and wants to bring all the businesses and people to Santa Cruz as soon as possible so the city will have more tax revenue!! He also wants more Section 8 housing…so does everybody. The tax measure D got us some idea of where the candidates are at. Martine Watkins, Robert Singleton, Jim Brown, Cynthia Mathews and Steve Pleitch all vote yes on Widening Highway One and the other covering -up benefits. Steve Schnaar, Sandy Brown, Chris Krohn and Drew Glover all say no to Measure D. Krohn’s idea is to put that $100 million into Metro and public transportation instead of Auxilliary Lanes. Sandy Brown also supports a minimum wage. Again on the issue of would you take developers money for your campaigns Cynthia Mathews, J.M Brown, Martine Watkins, and Robert Singleton all said yes. Krohn, Sandy Brown, Drew Glover, Steve Schnaar and Steve Pleitch all said no. There are many more “forums” coming up created by The Monterey Bay Labor Council, The People’s Democratic Club Forum (which will include the ACLU, The Sierra Club, The GLBT Alliance and others) , The Democratic Women’s Club, The Santa Cruz Downtown Association and probably a few more all within a few weeks. Go to one or more of them, see which candidates you believe will lead Santa Cruz in a progressive direction and end the the mess that the last few City Councils have gotten us into.

AUTO MECHANICS MEET RENAISSANCE ART.

Ethan Summers found this absolute gem of a collection. Check it out.

WIDENING WON’T WORK…VOTE NO ON MEASURE D.

The County claims that the November 8 Ballot Tax Measure D is “the solution” that will “ease traffic congestion on Highway 1″ by widening the Highway”. Why should voters agree to pay $100 million for something that even Caltrans own EIR study clearly says will not solve the problem it is intended to fix? Recent traffic studies conclude that highway widening does not solve the problem of highway traffic congestion. In fact, the opposite is true. Studies indicate that traffic actually increases with highway widening. That is why the state of California will no longer fund highway widening. There are faster, cheaper, more effective ways to improve travel. This ballot measure will cost us about a half billion dollars in new sales taxes. We need to invest in modern solutions that actually work. Other counties have improved travel without funding highway widening. A new Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program is drastically reducing single passenger car trips without raising taxes. We can do the same.

VOTE NO on Measure D to tell the decision makers that we want an improved transit system that actually works, doesn’t put more cars on the highway, doesn’t add to urban sprawl, and doesn’t add to climate change.

Concerned citizens have formed Widening Won’t Work to oppose the wasteful highway-widening plan. For more information visit: WideningWontWork.org. The campaign seeks volunteers and financial contributions. You are welcome to join the group. Attend our campaign Kickoff event on August 28th 3-5PM at Brommer Park (corner of Brommer & 30th Ave). Santa Cruz County can do better! Vote NO on Measure D.

Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…that he too is on vacation.

(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

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GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. The deadline for this week’s piece and the expected delivery of Gillian’s first grandchild has aligned so no Greensite’s Insight this week. All being well, next week as usual.

(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).

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#227….”THEY DIFFER ON TAXES”

According to The New York Times, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump differ on taxes. Click the link to read the article. Below, in a brief summary, is what The Times says about the candidates’ differing plans on tax reform at the federal level: “Hillary Clinton envisions a 4 percent tax surcharge for income over $5 million, meaning that the very highest earners would effectively have a nearly 44 percent top marginal rate. She also envisions implementing a rule so that those with income over $1 million pay at least 30 percent, aimed at preventing high earners from paying low overall rates thanks to the lower capital gains tax. She would also limit the value of tax deductions, and require longer holding periods to get the low long-term capital gains tax rate, among other steps that would make the tax code less favorable to the affluent. 

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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

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo looks out the window at the Regional Transportation Commission…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan shows us how Trump takes on baggage…scroll downwards …and There are two new cartoons posted at TimEagan.com still more at Subconscious Comics and the latest EaganBlog, Win or Lose, You Decide:

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. Go see the movie and do listen to Florence Foster Jenkins’ genuine recordings here.

MERCHANT OF VENICE, once only. The Globe Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” starring Jonathan Pryce  will be playing just once… this Sunday August 28 at the Del Mar theatre at 11am. Like all Globe productions it’ll be staged and costumed in the original Shakespeare tradition. As one Chicago Tribune critic said, “In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre. Article here: Many sides of Shylock from Jonathan Pryce in this ‘Merchant of Venice’

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “How cool was it to see my book, Alias Hook, performed live, onstage at Louden Nelson Center last weekend? Find out, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Special kudos to all the cast and crew at Santa Cruz Parks & Rec Teen Theatre for making the show so much fun!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975  

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

INDIGNATION. If you liked Portnoy’s Complaint, Goodbye Columbus or  any and all of Philip Roth’s novels you’ll love this film. In 1951 a very nice teen age Jewish boy from New Jersey starts college and goes through sexual, religious, moral, and very touching life evolving events (most of which you probably did too!). The acting has no flaws or weak points, the story is pure Philip Roth and you’ll be moved like no other film in the last year or two.

WAR DOGS. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller do some fine acting in this only half – serious drama about how much money shysters in the United States make when we are at war. You’ll wonder if the USA could even stay alive financially if we weren’t always at war or “Peace Keeping” as it’s called. Not a great film but it does get the message across.

HELL OR HIGH WATER. Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine make this one wonderful, exciting, involving, and well acted film. Go see it ASAP. Cops and bank robbers in Texas, internal conflicts, evil bank laws and practices, and ethics and morals are all integrated. It’s hard to believe that “Hollywood” could still make a film this good after all these years of junk.

EQUITY. You can learn a lot about Wall Street from this film. Women both created and star in this adventure about how money is made and lost in the financial world.  A lot of the money tricks went over my head, and still you’ll stay totally attached all the way through it. You might even get philosophical by the ending and ask yourself are women any different than men…even in this cutthroat money market? Go see it, and it’s only once per day this week.  

BEN HUR. It’s got chariot chases instead of car chases and they even threw in the crucifixation with Jesus carrying the cross not too gladly…and it’s still a jerky movie. Listen for classic Roman dialogue such as “Are we having fun yet brother” during the big chariot fiasco. Charlton Heston’s 1959 movie is still the one to remember. Donald Trump voters will probably like this one. 28 on Rotten Tomatoes.Yes, Morgan Freeman is in it…but it doesn’t matter.

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

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950 & 60’s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive , and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

CAFÉ SOCIETY.Woody Allen’s newest starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Woody narates the film and he’s older and his voice has lost that whiney, confused, contradictory warble that we’ve grown to love so much. This film doesn’t rank in his top 4 or 5 films. The story is original, the acting is perfunctory, Kristen Stewart is above reproach, but it’s no Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine, Hannah and Her Sisters or Purple Rose of Cairo.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. The ever-popular,  award winning Meryl Streep mugs , struts and acts her way through this odd portrait of an eccentric totally tone deaf New York socialite in the early 1940’s, Florence Foster Jenkins caught syphilis from her first husband, divorced him, kept his name and married another rich fellow socialite. She loved music, was friends with Arturo Toscanni but because of the tertiary stages of the disease, was unable to accurately hear her own singing voice. She gave concerts and recorded records and made millions laugh at her bizzarre off key voice. It’s a cute, somewhat serious comedy…and again Meryl Srreep has the lead with Hugh Grant playing a good older version of Hugh Grant, and you know what that means.

JASON BOURNE.The minute you leave the theatre this movie will seem like a dream you had. It’s fuzzy, unclear, random scenes in random order, no real meaning…just like a dream. The director tried to make some new kind of spy killing, car chase, fie, explosion movie. Edits, cuts, dialogue are all mixed up and mixed together…it makes little or no sense at all. Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Alicia Vikander, and Riz Ahmed from “The Night Of” all do their best, but it’s all the director’s fault. Well, Matt Damon just phoned in his part and he’s terrible.

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. ( I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

DON’T THINK TWICE. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 % I give it about 4!!! I’ve always hated Improv Comedy, that’s why. This movie is totally about Improv Comedy and the internal combustion within a group calling them selves the Commune. I can’t tell you how many times I watched San Francisco’s The Committee throughout most of the 1960’s. A lot of the Nickelodeon audience laughed a lot when I watched it…go warned.

SUICIDE SQUAD. Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis could never be accused of acting in this horrible Gotham City disaster. Yep, Gotham City and yes Batman is in it for a few seconds but he doesn’t save this Super Hero flick from being one of the very worst ever made. (read any other review!!!). I could try to tell you about the plot, but there really isn’t one…it’s all violence, weird effects, killing, and to save production money most of it is filmed extra dark so you can’t see what might be around the corner. Don’t let anybody go, except your worst enemy. 26 on Rotten Tomatoes!!

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
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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. On August 23 Jeffrey Smedberg talks about the Bernie Sanders event and revolution, he precedes  Carol Panofsky talking about Munching with Mozart and The Raggazzi Boys Choir and other musics. Then on August 30 Artist and Doctor Mark Wainer talks about his forthcoming exhibit, after which Joan Martin discusses Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro and the MAH history book. Julie James speaks about the Jewel Theatre’s new season and “Streetcar Named Desire” on September 13, she’s followed by Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick. Angelo Grova unveils his Fashion Art Show on Sept.20. Michel Singher previews The Espressivo Orchestra’s next concert on September 27. 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

There aren’t words… 🙂

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”

We provoke a shark every time we enter the water where sharks happen to be, for we forget: The ocean is not our territory – it’s theirs”,  Peter Benchley

“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

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

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August 15 – 21, 2016


                                                 
SANTA CRUZ’S BIGGEST BEACH TRAGEDY, THE DREAM INN. Area environmentalists got serious after The Dream Inn became a reality. This monstrosity (a nod to Honolulu and Rio’s beaches being ruined by hotels) happened back in April 26 1963. Across the street on the left is the Dominican Sisters Hospital, later morphed and moved into Dominican Hospital. Depot Park complete with Depot is there too, about dead center.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE August 15, 2016

James Davis at the Christian City Council Candidate thing.

Let “Jim” speak for himself!! If you really want to know about Jim Davis ask anyone at KPIG, (or the other stations he writes ads for) about his reputation…wow and whew!!!

Nathanael Kennedy at that Christian Council Candidate Thing.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES GENUFLECT. A church group sponsored the first collection of the eleven (11) Santa Cruz City Council Candidates gathering last Thursday August 11. In the High Street PeaceUnited Church out in the westside. As you can guess it attracted  a very different crowd (probably 250!!) than it will when another gathering is held at London Nelson Community Center. So white,westside, christians listened as the 11 candidates spoke as fast as they could in their given 5 minutes about absolutely nothing new or exciting. It  became even more clear that present and often mayor Cynthia Mathews has three staunch camp members who’ll follow her past and present pro-growth and harsh and demanding rulings. J.M Brown, Robert Singleton, and Martine Watkins will be right there for her. There probably won’t be any announced SLATE formed on either side. So then we have former mayor Chris Krohn, Drew Glover, Steve Schnar, Sandy Brown and Steve Pleitch on the progressive, environmental, sustainable growth, help the homeless side. Check out their websites, see if they commit to anything, and most importantly learn who’s endorsing them. Por Ejemplo, J.M. Brown campaign endorsers page has names like Baskin, Bosso, Colligan, Matt Farrell, Robert Singleton, Doug Ley, Fred Keeley, Hilary Bryant, Richelle Noroyan and more like that. Then again, there’s Nathaniel Kennedy who wants more public toilets and told us in great detail about what toilets are used for!!! Cynthia Mathews endorsers are just about the exact same as J.M Brown’s. Tons more to talk about…watch this space especially for the  next 10 weeks!!!

IMPROV HISTORY. SAN FRANCISCO’S “THE COMMITTEE” HISTORY.

MISS HAMLET, THE COMEDY & REACTIONS. Folks are still responding to my quest to find out just why Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s production of Hamlet that had Hamlet being a woman, drew so many laughs on opening night (and after that too, according to readers). It’s about an even bout between the acting being so shallow and Hamlet actually being played for any laughs they can get, to this reader who seemed to sum up the other reactions…

“I theorize the people laughing at Hamlet, are “Millennial”. I think it’s because they are so crippled by politically correct Bullpucky that they don’t know how to process 1. the world 2. their emotions 3. social interactions 4. them selves  without first checking what their other “peeps” are doing. They are Sheep, or Sleepwalkers, or Lemmings, take your pick”.

BERNIE SANDERS SANTA CRUZ REVOLUTION. Jeffrey Smedberg sends this…

Our Revolution is a new organization emerging from Bernie Sanders’ campaign that will continue to bring together a new majority for economic and social change by supporting candidates at the local, state, and national level who support the mission, issues and values of the Sanders campaign. The progressive community is invited to a potluck meeting to view Bernie’s live broadcast kickoff at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, August 24, at the London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos is still vacationing…

(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

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REFLECTIONS ON THE RENT PRICES IN SANTA CRUZ

I am reading the Santa Cruz Sentinel front page article, Rent: Squeezed in Santa Cruz (8/14/16) from 3,000 miles away in central Florida where a new 3-bedroom house can be bought for $140,000 or rented for $1200 a month. Even close to the University of Central Florida, rents are one third the rate in the city of Santa Cruz. Similar reasonable housing costs were typical for Santa Cruz when I arrived in 1975. If I were contemplating where to go to school or where to live and work as a young adult today, Santa Cruz would not be an option.  

For years, city  and UCSC planners have been arguing that locals have to just get over the perception that Santa Cruz is a town and to get used to the idea that we are a city; that density, infilling and more and more housing are the only avenues to affordability. (Housing Study: Executive Summary 2002). The General Plan and Corridors Rezoning embody these concepts and high-rise buildings to match are already being approved with lots combined, single family homes and old-time businesses razed to make way for the new “smart growth” that according to the promoters will provide housing for our current workforce, our children and our seniors. What nonsense. Any return to the affordable housing of yesteryear is a chimera. Even a return to the housing costs of 2002 when the above document was written with hand wringing over the average housing cost of $480,000 is out of the question under current market conditions. Like it or not, housing is a commodity, exploited to generate profit. Under conditions of bottomless demand, currently being experienced by Santa Cruz and other Bay Area cities, the value and price of housing will continue to rise no matter how many units are built. What is lost in the process is the character and scale of Santa Cruz, irrelevant to the speculators and developers and increasingly  to the planners and elected decision makers, all of whom give lip service to retaining what’s left of the town as they bulldoze yet another lovely old building such as the one that housed the 1970’s and 80’s La Chaumiere restaurant on Ocean St. to make way for a Habit Burger chain.

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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).

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

The traffic on Highway One in Santa Cruz County is brutal. It’s ugly! It’s horrible. Naturally, elected officials would like to respond to the demand of voters and residents that something be done, and just as in the case of affordable housing, the first thing that comes to mind is that we should just “build our way out of it.”

Where transportation is concerned, a proposed “build our way out of it” solution is contained in a 2016 ballot measure, to be voted on this November. If passed by 2/3 of the voters, this measure would impose a 1/2-cent sales tax, to continue for thirty years. The resulting sales tax income would provide about $125,000,000 for highway widening, which could accomplish a very small part of the widening that the most zealous widening advocates are calling for.

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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  

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo shakes up Shakespeare in Santa Cruz, scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim looks back in anger…see below

If Words Could Put the Fire Out: A Benefit for Soberanes Fire Relief Wine & Small Bites & Readings by local authors Ellen Bass, Jane Smiley & Patrice Vecchione at Earthbound Farm Stand 7250 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley. August 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm. All proceeds go to the Soberanes Fire Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes again: “Why would anyone have to take a vacation from watching movies? In my case, it’s two family weddings, and the family reunions that come with them! So I’m taking a short break from the blog, Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). But I’ll be back in time for opening night at Santa Cruz Parks & Rec Teen Theatre’s production of Alias Hook, August 19, at London Nelson. Maybe I’ll see you there!” 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 COMMITTEE RETURNS. One of the USA’s best Improv groups. Re “Don’t Think Twice” critique below.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. The ever-popular,  award winning Meryl Streep mugs , struts and acts her way through this odd portrait of an eccentric totally tone deaf New York socialite in the early 1940’s, Florence Foster Jenkins caught syphilis from her first husband, divorced him, kept his name and married another rich fellow socialite. She loved music, was friends with Arturo Toscanni but because of the tertiary stages of the disease, was unable to accurately hear her own singing voice. She gave concerts and recorded records and made millions laugh at her bizzarre off key voice. It’s a cute, somewhat serious comedy…and again Meryl Srreep has the lead with Hugh Grant playing a good older version of Hugh Grant, and you know what that means.

DON’T THINK TWICE. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 % I give it about 4!!! I’ve always hated Improv Comedy, that’s why. This movie is totally about Improv Comedy and the internal combustion within a group calling them selves the Commune. I can’t tell you how many times I watched San Francisco’s The Committee throughout most of the 1960’s. A lot of the Nickelodeon audience laughed a lot when I watched it…go warned.

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

OUR LITTLE SISTER. 91 on Rotten Tomatoes!!! Many (including me) are calling it the Best film of 2016. Intelligent, sensitive, (Subtitled ) perfect acting, the direction assumes we have brains, and a heart. Three Japanese teen age sisters living alone learn they have another sister. The sister moves in with them, and the film takes us through every emotion we’ve ever had. It’s the kind of film we get to see very seldom nowadays. No blood, violence, car chases, or sex…just excellence. Please see it, it’ll re-affirm your faith in movies. (P.S. I’ll always try to say if a film is subtitled because I know it’ll turn off about 50 % of you immediately).

CAFÉ SOCIETY. Woody Allen’s newest starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Woody narates the film and he’s older and his voice has lost that whiney, confused, contradictory warble that we’ve grown to love so much. This film doesn’t rank in his top 4 or 5 films. The story is original, the acting is perfunctory, Kristen Stewart is above reproach, but it’s no Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine, Hannah and Her Sisters or Purple Rose of Cairo.   

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950 & 60’s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive , and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE. An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. See the video on the right for a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!! (In all fairness, it’s also cute, feel–good and improbable!)

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. ( I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

JASON BOURNE. The minute you leave the theatre this movie will seem like a dream you had. It’s fuzzy, unclear, random scenes in random order, no real meaning…just like a dream. The director tried to make some new kind of spy killing, car chase, fie, explosion movie. Edits, cuts, dialogue are all mixed up and mixed together…it makes little or no sense at all. Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Alicia Vikander, and Riz Ahmed from “The Night Of” all do their best, but it’s all the director’s fault. Well, Matt Damon just phoned in his part and he’s terrible.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Remember that there was a sequel also with the original cast in 1989. As most movie fans know, they have  replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver , Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast ie…Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change, even though that’s’ what everyone focusses on. The big difference is iin the amount of intelligence, cleverness,and sold humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I hear that this is a very funny TV show made into a movie. I read in various places that it’s funny…I didn’t laugh once. Two loud British “babes” go to the French Riviera and race through a lot of muck and fuss. Kate Moss (I just learned) is a beautiful and famous model and the two bimbo stars get involved with her. Just to be fair and add perspective…the young girls/women in the movie audience did laugh a lot. So if you’ve watched and liked the TV series, you’ll probably like this heavy accented film too.

SUICIDE SQUAD. Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis could never be accused of acting in this horrible Gotham City disaster. Yep, Gotham City and yes Batman is in it for a few seconds but he doesn’t save this Super Hero flick from being one of the very worst ever made. (read any other review!!!). I could try to tell you about the plot, but there really isn’t one…it’s all violence, weird effects, killing, and to save production money most of it is filmed extra dark so you can’t see what might be around the corner. Don’t let anybody go except your worst enemy.

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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 new book “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” co-author Christian Schwarz guests on August 18th after which former County Supervisor and Bernie Sanders pledged delegate Gary Patton talks about the DNC. Historian Martin Rizzo talks about MAH‘s new history book “Do You Know My Name?” preceding  Carol Panofsky talking about Munching with Mozart and other music on August 23. Then on August 30 Artist and Doctor Mark Wainer talks about his forthcoming exhibit, after which Joan Martin discusses Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro and the MAH history book. Julie James speaks about the Jewel Theatre’s new season and “Streetcar Named Desire” on September 13. Angelo Grova unveils his Fashion Art Show on Sept.20. Michel Singher previews The Espressivo Orchestra’s next concert on September 27. 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

Epic Rap Battles of History is one of my favorite series of videos, ever. If you haven’t seen any of them, you should. If you have, check them out again 🙂 This one is a classic!

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. “VOTING”

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting”,  Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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

“Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper”,  Larry Flynt

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal”, Emma Goldman

“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

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Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

Posted in Weekly Articles | Comments Off on August 15 – 21, 2016

August 8 – 14, 2016

ENDANGERED EASTSIDE (VILLA de BRANCIFORTE NEIGHBORHOOD). This is Water and Soquel and Morrissey Streets  on June 12, 1953. “twas long before Grocery Outlet, The Post Office, Lucky Grocery and much, much more.                                                    
                                                 

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE August 8, 2016

CABRILLO FESTIVAL O’ MUSIC NATIONAL PRAISE. First of all (in answer to many of our questions)…no word has been made public as to Marin Alsop’s replacement. Second of all, last  Friday and Saturday concerts almost completely packed the Civic Auditorium. Dozens of tributes of all styles were given and received by Marin, it was good fun. Right after intermission Jesse Rosen President and CEO, League of American Orchestras flew in from New York and stated…”America’s 1200 orchestras look to Cabrillo as a kind of laboratory, a cauldron of creativity; developing the finest compositional talent.   Cabrillo is regarded as a standard-bearer in fostering creativity and demonstrating a rich and authentic relationship with its community. He really said it more friendlily and profoundly than that, but I emailed him Sunday and he just sort of paraphrased it all for us especially. It amazed many audience members to hear that there are 1200 orchestras in the USA and although The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal and many, many national and international media voices have recognized The Cabrillo Festival, it was still great to hear OUR orchestra praised and respected so highly. You shoulda been there, and there are just two more concerts left…get those tickets in case you’re still wondering what the super fuss is all about.

YOU TUBE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA…WHO KNEW?
FUNNY PRESIDENT OBAMA. We’ll never get another one like him!!

HOW MORAL ARE YOU? Lee Taiz sent in this deep and timely question/test.

Subject: MORALITY

Are you as moral as you think you are?
This test only has one question, but it is a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Only you will know the results, so remember that your answer needs to be honest.

THE SITUATION:
You are in Florida, Miami to be specific.
There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding.
This is a flood of biblical proportions.
You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you’re caught in the middle of this epic disaster.
The situation is nearly hopeless.
You’re trying to shoot career-making photos.
There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water.
Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury.

THE TEST:
Suddenly you see a man in the water.
He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris.
You move closer.
Somehow the man looks familiar.
You suddenly realize who it is.
It’s Donald Trump
At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever.

YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:
You can save the life of Donald Trump OR  you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world’s most powerful Republican men hell bent on the destruction of The United States of America…

THE QUESTION:
Here’s the question, and please give an honest answer…….
“Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?”

TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES.

John Aird Former co-chairman of CLUE, member of Desal Alternatives and Community Water Coalition (CWC)……active citizen  went to much trouble to lay out some facts and questions in this most troubling time of political honesty. He says…

“I thought you might find the compilation (below) that I put together based on information from the politifact.org organization of interest.  They took information/statements on the respective listed individual websites and then judged each of them on its relative “truth” on a scale from “true” at the high end to at the low end, “pants on fire”- their rating step that’s worse than just being false.

What is shocking is the comparative difference on the low/false end:

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, President Obama statements ranged from 11%-14% “false” or “pants on fire” while more than half (55%) of Trump’s statements were so rated.

I know that this difference is not entirely new “news” in general.  However, the fact that the basis of this information is from their own presumably well-reviewed and considered websites makes it especially noteworthy. 

Truthfulness based on Facts:

“Mostly True” + % in Rank Order

Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton Pres. Obama Trump
True 13 22 21 4
Mostly True 39 28 27 11
Half True 20 21 27 15
Mostly False 17 14 12 15
False 11 11 12 36
Pants On Fire 0 2 2 19
Totals:
Half True+ 72 71 75 30
Mostly False+ 28 27* 26* 70

*Apparently the totals are a reflection of rounding

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

(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

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Gillian is off to Florida for the birth of her first grandchild, and she’ll be writing from there…

WAKE UP WESTSIDE

Members of the Santa Cruz City Planning Commission showed a hint of spine at the public hearing for the 630 Water St. development last Thursday (8/4/16). Although they unanimously approved the development of 20 units to join the already constructed 53 units next to Kiva Retreat House, they balked at catering to the developer’s lament that having to provide 3 “affordable” units out of the 20 was a burden on his profit margin. For once, commissioners seemed to at least listen to the eastside residents who showed up to voice their concerns about the cumulative impacts of dense developments rising on the eastside like mushrooms after rain. Perhaps toadstools is a better simile since there is nothing palatable about this sea change to the character of Santa Cruz neighborhoods on the eastside.

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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).

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PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…(dated Friday, August 5 2016)

“In an article that ran in The San Jose Mercury News on Thursday, August 4th, Michael Doyle and William Douglas of the McClatchy Washington Bureau observed that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is apparently laying the ground for a post-election challenge to the results of the November election (presuming he isn’t declared the winner in that election, of course): 

If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will be no longer the government,” Trump ally Roger Stone said last week on The Milo Yiannopolous Show. Let’s be clear; this isn’t about being a “sore loser,” as the news article suggests. For the Trump campaign to make the statement (through an intermediary, admittedly) that there will be a “constitutional crisis” and “civil disobedience” if Donald Trump doesn’t win the election in November is extraordinarily concerning. 

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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

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo muses on our ART problem….see below a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim gives new meaning to “Don’t Tread on Me”  scroll downwards. Then check out Subconscious Comics, and the latest EaganBlog, 100 Years Until Forever:

SPANISH MUSICAL SAW PLAYER.

MUSICAL SAW FESTIVAL & SCRIBNER CELEBRATION. It’s the 37th  annual Musical Saw Festival that we started way back in September 1979, that is happening this Saturday and Sunday (08/11 & 08/12). The most easily accessible (and free way) to hear some of the very best Saw Players from around the world (truly) is to be at the Tom Scribner Statue in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Denise Gallant is filming a documentary on Tom Scribner, she’ll be there too.

Here’s some of what’s going on:

Saturday, August 13th, 2:00 to 4:00 PM The start time for the street jam has been changed to 2pm this year. Chairs will be provided for performers. Acoustic instruments only, please. We will gather at the world’s only life-sized bronze statue of a saw player in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA.

Saturday, August 13th, 6:30 to 10:00 PM We will provide the meat, please bring drinks, a side dish, chairs and a lantern for after dark. We will share a potluck dinner, then pull out our instruments for a jam session. Look for us in the outer parking lot of Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California, just seven miles north of Santa Cruz

Sunday, August 14th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, CA
This year we will be on the Chuckwagon BBQ Stage, which is also known as the Group Picnic Stage. This is an outdoor stage towards the back of the park, near the Chuckwagon BBQ area. 

10:00 – Gathering of the Sawyers
11:00 – Musical Saw Contest
12:00 – The Blacklock Family Band
12:30 – Art Peterson with Laurie Miller, Donnie Hodges & Susan Spoons
1:00 – The Geezers – Juli Moscovitz & Friends
1:30 – Blacklock Ukulele/Saw Extravaganza

Featured Sawplayers
1:45 – Cindy Webster – saw and electricity
2:00 – Joe Eding
2:15 – Lou Mannick
2:30 – Thomas Spearance
2:45 – Terry Bergman
3:00 – Morgan Cowin
3:15 – Alistair “Azo” Bell from Australia

3:30 – Presentation of Awards
4:00 – First Place Winner of Musical Saw Contest
4:15 – CHORUS OF SAWS (ALL Sawplayers welcome)
4:30 – Musical Saw Workshop – play the saw!
5:00 – Sawyers Farewell Circle

For more information, visit our website: http://www.sawplayers.org

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Why would anyone have to take a vacation from watching movies? In my case, it’s two family weddings, and the family reunions that come with them! So I’m taking a short break from the blog, Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). But I’ll be back in time for opening night at Santa Cruz Parks & Rec Teen Theatre’s production of Alias Hook, August 19, at Louden Nelson. Maybe I’ll see you there!” 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 LITTLE SISTER. 91 on Rotten Tomatoes!!! Many (including me) are calling it the Best film of 2016. Intelligent, sensitive, (Subtitled) perfect acting, the direction assumes we have brains, and a heart. Three Japanese teen age sisters living alone learn they have another sister. The sister moves in with them, and the film takes us through every emotion we’ve ever had. It’s the kind of film we get to see very seldom nowadays. No blood, violence, car chases, sex…just excellence. Please see it, it’ll re-affirm your faith in movies. (P.S. I’ll always try to say if a film is subtitled because I know it’ll turn off about 50 % of you immediately).

SUICIDE SQUAD. Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis could never be accused of acting in this horrible Gotham City disaster. Yep, Gotham City and yes Batman is in it for a few seconds but he doesn’t save this Super Hero flick from being one of the very worst ever made. (read any other review!!!). I could try to tell you about the plot, but there really isn’t one…it’s all violence, weird effects, killing, and to save production money most of it is filmed extra dark so you can’t see what might be around the corner. Don’t let anybody go except your worst enemy.

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

CAFÉ SOCIETY. Woody Allen’s newest starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Woody narates the film and he’s older and his voice has lost that whiney, confused, contradictory warble that we’ve grown to love so much. This film doesn’t rank in his top 4 or 5 films. The story is original, the acting is perfunctory, Kristen Stewart is above reproach, but it’s no Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine, Hannah and Her Sisters or Purple Rose of Cairo.   

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC.Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950 & 60’s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive, and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE. An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. See the video on the right for a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!! (In all fairness, it’s also cute, feel–good and improbable!)

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. ( I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

JASON BOURNE.The minute you leave the theatre this movie will seem like a dream you had. It’s fuzzy, unclear, random scenes in random order, no real meaning…just like a dream. The director tried to make some new kind of spy killing, car chase, fie, explosion movie. Edits, cuts, dialogue are all mixed up and mixed together…it makes little or no sense at all. Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Alicia Vikander, and Riz Ahmed from “The Night Of” all do their best, but it’s all the director’s fault. Well, Matt Damon just phoned in his part and he’s terrible.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Remember that there was a sequel also with the original cast in 1989. As most movie fans know, they have  replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast ie…Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change, even though that’s what everyone focuses on. The big difference is in the amount of intelligence, cleverness, and solid humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I hear that this is a very funny TV show made into a movie. I read in various places that it’s funny…I didn’t laugh once. Two loud British “babes” go to the French Riviera and race through a lot of muck and fuss. Kate Moss (I just learned) is a beautiful and famous model and the two bimbo stars get involved with her. Just to be fair and add perspective…the young girls/women in the movie audience did laugh a lot. So if you’ve watched and liked the TV series, you’ll probably like this heavy accented film too.

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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. . Rick Gladstone opens on August 9th discussing Tom Scribner and Santa Cruz political history in the 1960’s. He’s followed by Debbie Hencke discussing undesirable Branciforte & Eastside growth. The new book “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” co-author Christian Schwarz guests on August 18th after which former County Supervisor and Sanders pledged delegate Gary Patton talks about the DNC. Carol Panofsky talks about Munching with Mozart and other music on August 23. Then on August 30 Artist and Doctor Mark Wainer talks about his forthcoming exhibit. Angelo Grova unveils his Fashion Art Show on Sept.20. Michel Singher previews The Espressivo Orchestra’s next concert on September 27. 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

This is a trailer for a movie called “Embrace” It’s a film about body acceptance, and there is a way we can get it to show in Santa Cruz! Follow this link to Gathr and preorder your tickets to ensure a screening at the Riverfront on September 28 at 7:30. I’ll be there.

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 – OLYMPICS

“Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion”, Richard M. Nixon

“Olympics — A lifetime of training for just ten seconds”, Jesse Owens (African-American athlete, 1936 Summer Olympics)

“I swam my brains out”, Mark Spitz (American swimmer, 1972 Summer Olympics, on winning seven gold medals Inspirational)

“It was not the money that was my main motive; it was the challenge and the thrill where I got my kicks. Armed robbery to me was like a sport. To take on an armored vehicle with two armed security guards—it was like an athlete attending the Olympic Games” Drexel Deal.

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BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

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August 2-8, 2016

OUR COUNTY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION March 18, 1966. Not just the County Building but a great view of El Rio Mobile Home Park just behind Lenz Arts. There’s the Outdoor World building, The Taqueria place at River and Water Streets, and Vapor Cleaners on Water Street!!!                                                   

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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HUNTER S. THOMPSON & DAVE LETTERMAN 1988

DATELINE August 1. 2016

A MYSTERIOUS HAMLET. I’ve never missed a one of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s (or Shakespeare Santa Cruz) plays in their entire history and I was even in their very first play, King Lear. I attended opening night of Hamlet last Friday 7/29. Changing Hamlet’s sex to female wasn’t anywhere near as interesting as I imagined it would be. What was “interesting”, surprising, and totally mystifying is how the audience laughed so much and so often. Right from the very first scene with Hamlet’s ghost, the place burst into fits of howls, guffaws, and continuing snickers. Those laughs continued right into what is traditionally the most serious and heartfelt confrontations in all of theatre history. I don’t mean the intentionally funny Mrs. Polonius dialogue or the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern stuff.  I’m talking about heavy scenes between Ms. Hamlet and her Mom or Hamlet and Ophelia getting solid laughter!!! Why?? I could only come up with these possibilities….

  1. The actors are playing it for laughs on purpose.
  2. The actors have little or no idea what is funny in Hamlet.
  3. It’s bad acting because it’s very rushed, and shouted due to inability to project.
  4. Three quarters of the audience has never seen Hamlet and thinks it’s a comedy.

Go see it, maybe it’s just a new way of playing Shakespeare. Their production of Macbeth last year got a bunch of laughs too…go figure.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick wrote that he has a one way ticket back to Michigan. He’s going to stay there at least through August. So we’ll just wait 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

Gillian brings us….
THE MYTH OF MILLENNIALS

In case you missed the earlier lengthy article on the topic, the Sentinel positioned a new one right on the front page of Sunday’s edition with the headline: “Why not build more granny units?” The article was a sales pitch for accessory dwelling units, (ADU’s), second homes on single family lots, with promotional quotes from planners, designers, contractors, housing specialists, housing activists and legislators. Not a sole voice from dissenting residents whom the planners dismiss as out of date, out of touch “Leave it to Beaver” caricatures. To maximize readers’ endorsement at an emotional level, the article opened with the story of a couple trying desperately to find housing for their grown daughter with disabilities, scanning the housing scene with tape measure in hand due to the supposedly draconian, complex housing codes across Bay Area communities. Since the city and county of Santa Cruz have recently completed lengthy updates to their ADU ordinances, including public meetings, commission recommendations and Council/Board of Supervisors’ votes to relax the codes to encourage more ADU’s in single family neighborhoods, one wonders why the Sentinel chose to feature and promote this issue at this time? Given the housing feeding frenzy going on at the planning department and developer levels, with ever-increasing heights and density re-defined as essential, modern and desirable, and neighborhood alarm at the impact of such density brushed off as NIMBY’ism, the Sentinel’s promotion of ADU’s suggests they have an insider’s knowledge of what may be coming our way in the near future. If so, the assumptions and statements of “fact” on which such development is based require closer examination.

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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 BIGGEST WAVES EVER SURFED!

Genuine Santa Cruz crowd pleasers!!!

CHRIS KROHN with DNC SNAPSHOTS.
Chris brings BrattonOnline an exclusive report

“DNC Snapshots”

Republicans Seem to Implode, Democrats Like to Explode

Sunday 2016 Philadelphia—pre-convention political protestation

CAFÉ SOCIETY TRAILER. Just to give you an idea of Woody’s latest effort.

So much happening…the morning begins by finding out the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign her position over a WikiLeaks email cache that had the DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton’s campaign over Bernie Sanders…it’s an accusation Sanders people have been levelling for months and now a new energy and confidence seems to have been unleashed as Sanders supporters are out in force and feeling a justified “Bern” now. Wasserman-Schultz resigning really casts a pall over the the big party…how will Dems recover?

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~ Chris Krohn is a former Santa Cruz Mayor.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…Gary was an Alternative delegate for Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention. He wrote the most revealing daily coverage on what really was going on between the Clinton and Sanders delegates that I could find in all of media.

Read all of his Two Worlds column for Friday July 29 which is linked here…. (link expands, click again to collapse)

~ 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 gives us a plane’s eye view of Santa Cruz, scroll down.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan’s Little Miss Putin makes a move…see below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “It’s not like a woman has never played Hamlet before. Discover some vintage examples of actresses in the role, and find out what’s special about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s powerful new production, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, visit a dreamy, glittering 1930s as they never were — except in the movies — in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society. “Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE

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

JASON BOURNE. The minute you leave the theatre this movie will seem like a dream you had. It’s fuzzy, unclear, random scenes in random order, no real meaning…just like a dream. The director tried to make some new kind of spy killing, car chase, fie, explosion movie. Edits, cuts, dialogue are all mixed up and mixed together…it makes little or no sense at all. Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Alicia Vikander, and Riz Ahmed from “The Night Of” all do their best, but it’s all the director’s fault. Well, Matt Damon just phoned in his part and he’s terrible.

CAFÉ SOCIETY. Woody Allen’s newest starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Woody narrates the film and he’s older and his voice has lost that whiney, confused, contradictory warble that we’ve grown to love so much. This film doesn’t rank in his top 4 or 5 films. The story is original, the acting is perfunctory, Kristen Stewart is above reproach, but it’s no Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine, Hannah and Her Sisters or Purple Rose of Cairo.

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

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950s & 60s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive, and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE. An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. See the video on the right for a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!! (In all fairness, it’s also cute, feel – good and improbable!)

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR. Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård take the leads in this John Le Carré 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 proble ms 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.

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.  

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. (I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Remember that there was a sequel also with the original cast in 1989. As most movie fans know, they have  replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver , Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast, i.e. Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change, even though that’s what everyone focuses on. The big difference is iin the amount of intelligence, cleverness, and sold humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I hear that this is a very funny TV show made into a movie. I read in various places that it’s funny…I didn’t laugh once. Two loud British “babes” go to the French Riviera and race through a lot of muck and fuss. Kate Moss (I just learned) is a beautiful and famous model and the two bimbo stars get involved with her. Just to be fair and add perspective…the young girls/women in the movie audience did laugh a lot. So if you’ve watched and liked the TV series, you’ll probably like this heavy accented film too.

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 August 2 Dr.Neil Sawhney (cardiologist) from PAMF talks about heart health. Then Kathy McClure discusses the secrets of self-publishing. Rick Gladstone opens on August 9th discussing Santa Cruz political history in the 1960’s. He’s followed by Debbie Hencke discussing undesirable Branciforte & Eastside growth. The new book “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” co-author Christian Schwarz guests on August 18th. Carol Panofsky talks about Munching with Mozart and other music on August 23. Then on August 30 Artist and Doctor Mark Wainer talks about his forthcoming exhibit. 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

This is funny in the interesting sense of the word.

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. About SUNSET

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“One might fancy that day, the London day, was just beginning. Like a woman who had slipped off her print dress and white apron to array herself in blue and pearls, the day changed, put off stuff, took gauze, changed to evening, and with the same sigh of exhilaration that a woman breathes, tumbling petticoats on the floor, it too shed dust, heat, colour; the traffic thinned; motor cars, tinkling, darting, succeeded the lumber of vans; and here and there among the thick foliage of the squares an intense light hung. I resign, the evening seemed to say, as it paled and faded above the battlements and prominences, moulded, pointed, of hotel, flat, and block of shops, I fade, she was beginning. I disappear, but London would have none of it, and rushed her bayonets into the sky, pinioned her, constrained her to partnership in her revelry.” Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

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July 26 – August 1, 2016

41st & CAPITOLA ROAD 1967. Ah, progress!! That huge building in the lower right hand quarter is of course, Orchard Supply Hardware (once King’s Plaza). 41st runs left and right in the center. Now we have two banks and two gas stations on this former green corner.                                                        

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email bratton@cruzio.com

DATELINE July 25, 2016

A LITTLE BENNY HILL. We need all the humor we can get between Cleveland and Philadelphia.
JERRY LEWIS does his “Cinderfella dance”. Fun fact that you may not know: The scene was shot with one take of Jerry Lewis going down the stairs and one take going up. He ran up the stairs in less than nine seconds and collapsed at the top. He was taken to the hospital and spent four days in an oxygen tent with his second cardiac event. This delayed filming for two weeks.
FRANK SINATRA & COUNT BASIE. Just in case you forgot what “great” meant.

PROTECTING OUR NORTH COAST. (Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument). Sunday’s (7/24/16) Santa Cruz Sentinel had a great article titled, “Protections a must before monument”. Here’s what Ted Benhari from Friends of the North Coast (one of the authors) said,  and sent out on Facebook…

“Farm Bureau President David Van Lennep, Big Creek Lumber’s Bob Berlage, and I wrote an OpEd in Sunday’s Santa Cruz Sentinel about the importance of getting the conditions demanded by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz City Council written into any proclamation President Obama might issue creating the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument. Without having those spelled out in the proclamation’s language, the impacts on our roads, first responders and other services will likely have to be born by local taxpayers. Just below is a link to the OpEd. If you are concerned about this, write a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and President Obama demanding these protections be included if he makes Coast Dairies a national monument, which we think is a terrible mistake because it will only attract thousands more visitors without necessarily providing any more funding (our national park system has $12 billion dollars of unmet maintenance needs, a figure which grows larger every year).

TRUMP, GEORGE F. WILL AND DAVID BROOKS!!! Sunday’s Santa Cruz Sentinel (July 24, 2016) should be preserved in some very special place. Not only did we find the above article on saving our North Coast, and Chris Krohn’s piece on the Republican Convention and how that party may be over but we find absolutely shocking revelations from staunch conservative and Pulitzer prize winner George F. Will. He calls Trump “a boastful adulterer and aspiring torturer”. He says Mike Pence’s unctuous affect resemble’s Uriah Heep’s”. It’s important…you should read Will’s entire editorial here…

GEORGE.F. WILL “Another view – Pence the pliable’s contortions”.

DAVID BROOKS, “The Dark Knight of disorder promises law and order”  David Brooks another noted conservative and commentator for the Washington Post called Trump “The Dark Knight”. He says in this article, But if Trump is detached from the country, and uninterested in anything but himself, he’s also detached from his party. Trump is not really changing his party as much as dissolving it. He also states…” This is less a party than a personality cult. Law and order is a strange theme for a candidate who radiates conflict and disorder. Some rich children are careless that way; they break things and other people have to clean up the mess”. Go here and read it all… When you have two of the most prominent Republicans in the nation saying that about the party candidate and the party…you know times are changing.

COMMUNITY  POWER AND OUSTING PG&E. ( a repeat) 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. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160609/NEWS/160609741

COMMUNITY POWER MEETING… Beverly DesChaux, President of the Electric Auto Assn Central Coast Chapter sent this notice…
Hi Environmentally Concerned Citizens,  

The Electric Auto Association,  Central Coast Chapter is very excited to co-sponsor this presentation on our Monterey Bay Community Power, Wednesday, August 3rd, 6-7:30 pm at Santa Cruz High Auditorium. This presentation will include results of the technical study. It will help you to understand what a Community Choice Energy(CCE) program means with all of its many benefits to our community and the environment, including facts and figures about costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions reductions into the future. This information will prepare you to choose whether to buy your electricity from our locally controlled CCE or opt out to stay with PG&E. As we green up the grid, this is great news for EV owners/drivers who are not already plugging into their own solar arrays. This presentation will be co-sponsored with Allterra Solar, and Santa Cruz City Schools’ Green Schools Committee, targeting environmental groups and other interested members of the community. That’s Weds., Aug. 3
6-7:30 p.m. Santa Cruz High Auditorium. We hope you will join us for this official presentation by the outreach firm for Monterey Bay Community Power. The aim is to begin providing electricity to customers by October 2017, so please invite concerned groups and people so they can be informed about their upcoming choice.

Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
THAT APPLE BARN IN APTOS

No, this isn’t a storage place for Apple Computer products.  It’s the former Village Fair Antique shop housed in an old apple shed that no longer exists. We get updates in the local Aptos newspapers as to what going on. Never what’s not going on.  Ever since last year Barry Swenson Builder (BSB) has given completion dates for moving the barn about 300 feet to become a grocery store and the “Town Center”. It’s almost August and the barn hasn’t moved .  The apple barn when moved will become a focal point for BSB’s Aptos Village Project with 67 residential homes, retail shops and whatever.  Maybe even a small park on a hillside that was once in their plan. 

I hope out county government takes all this into consideration when they start to sell us their Corridors Plan, of which Aptos Village Project is apparently one of them.  I believe BSB’s project in Aptos will have set records for elapsed time between approval and completion.  I believe this is year 13 for Aptos Village. 

Please, please… neighbors on the East Side of Santa Cruz,  don’t let BSB or any other development company get started on that wonderful portion of Soquel Ave between Ocean St. and the freeway.  It’s just fine the way it is, and so are the neighborhoods that are located nearby.  Don’t give us county people another reason not to come into Santa Cruz’. (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

Gillian sends…
DEVELOPERS’ EXPRESS

At the Planning Commission meeting on the Downtown (Recovery) Plan, (7/21/16) supporters, namely developers, property owners and the Downtown Business Association and opponents, members of the public with concerns, attended in equal numbers… five on each side. It is hard to fathom why such a radical departure from the vision of the original Downtown Recovery Plan has attracted little response from the community. The reasons are probably many: so much new development bearing down on us like a freight train it feels overwhelming; eastside neighborhoods under siege leaving little time to worry about downtown; the pervasive, misguided philosophy of “growth is inevitable” and most concerning, that few locals care enough about downtown to speak out.  

And then there’s that old problem of misinformation masquerading as truth put forward by the Planning Department.

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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).

CHRIS KROHN’S EXCLUSIVE REPORT TO BRATTONONLINE…from Philadelphia.

INSIDE THE RNC   Chris Krohn is a fromer Santa Cruz mayor.

“Much of Cleveland this week is surreal, maybe post-surreal”.

Surreal, Take One—Police and More Police

There are police there from 21 different states—Louisville, Austin, Charleston, all represented, and so are the Florida, Indiana, and New Jersey state police to name just a few. But perhaps the most bizarre security presence I witnessed, more unusual than Secret Service, Homeland Security Intelligence (HSI, who know?), “Terrorism Task Force,” and the National Guard was the presence of our own CHP. That’s right, the California Highway Patrol had at least seven officers patrolling downtown Cleveland during the convention. The mayor, Frank Jackson told me in an interview that the city’s received $50 million to help pay for the convention, so I guess it’s got to go somewhere.

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~ Christopher Krohn

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

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION COMMENTARY #1.

Today, Monday, is the start of the Convention, and today is the last time for delegates to check in. Most did yesterday, I among them, and those who showed up got lots of convention-related buttons, water bottles, toys, snacks, and the like. Delegates receive their official credentials to get into the Wells Fargo Center on a daily basis, and Monday morning is the first day that official credentials are being handed out. Since I am an “alternate” delegate for Bernie Sanders, I may get an upgrade if a Bernie delegate doesn’t show up.

As I indicated yesterday, I am using my Two Worlds blog, this week, to give readers a personal report, perhaps providing news or information that the major media isn’t covering. In terms of what happened on Sunday, the Democratic Party is all about the “Party” thing.

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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

THE TROUBLE WITH SHAKESPEARE. Just watching the trailers for the repeats of Shakespeare plays at the National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, our local Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s and the vast majority of any modern Shakespeare productions around the world …whole generations are growing up with no chance to see Shakespeare’s plays uncut and the way he wrote and staged them. Isn’t it like putting the Mona Lisa in a Nike tee-shirt so the younger generation will appreciate her more??

HIP BOOK SIGNING. Ralph Abraham and the Hip Santa Cruz History Project invite you to a launch event for their new book,  “Hip Santa Cruz” just published on June 17, 2016. It’ll be at the R. Blitzer Gallery in the Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission Street (foot of Western Drive), 2nd floor on Saturday, August 6, 2-5 pm. The program:

2 pm,

Sitar Power concert (Ashwin Batish and family)

3 pm

Brief talks and discussions with contributors…
      (Ralph Abraham, Rick Gladstone, Fred McPherson et al ).    

4 pm

1960s slide show (Jacob Aman) and songs (Eric Levin)
      book signing (Ralph and Holly Harman)

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Scribner’s statue ripe for assault….see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan bursts balloons…scroll lower.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Head over to Cabrillo Stage for a vivid production of Fiddler On The Roof (starring one of the best Tevyes ever!) this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://lio-express.blogspot.com). Also grab a glass of Champers and find out how the dysfunctional duo from Ab Fab fares on the big screen!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

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

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950 & 60’s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive , and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. ( I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I hear that this is a very funny TV show made into a movie. I read in various places that it’s funny…I didn’t laugh once. Two loud British “babes” go to the French Riviera and race through a lot of muck and fuss. Kate Moss (I just learned) is a beautiful and famous model and the two bimbo stars get involved with her. Just to be fair and add perspective…the young girls/women in the movie audience did laugh a lot. So if you’ve watched and liked the TV series, you’ll probably like this heavy accented film too.

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

HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE.An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. Go here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgWnQVfY3mE to get a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!! ( In all fairness,  it’s also cute, feel – good and improbable!)

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 proble ms 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.

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.  

GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Remember that there was a sequel also with the original cast in 1989. As most movie fans know, they have  replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver , Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast ie…Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change, even though that’s’ what everyone focuses on. The big difference is in the amount of intelligence, cleverness, and sold humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

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.

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.

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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. On July 26 Michael G. Sullivan from The San Francisco Mime Troupe tells us about this year’s production happening at UCSC’s Porter College Aug. 6 & 7  Then Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski discuss this year’s Santa Cruz Shakespeare season which runs through August 28th at De LaVeaga park. On August 2 Dr.Neil Sawhney (cardiologist) talks about heart health. Then Kathy McClure discusses the secrets of self publishing. Rick Gladstone opens on August 9th discussing Santa Cruz political history in the 1960’s. Carol Panofsky talks about Munching with Mozart and other music on August 23. 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 mentioned Catherine Tate as Donna Noble (in Dr. Who) last week. This is a skit featuring David Tennant and Donna, eh, I mean Catherine; a special for the charity Comic Relief.

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.

“August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor”, Henry Rollins
“Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can’t begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so”,  Andrew Young
“I bet deep down you still wish your mom would take you clothes shopping every August for the new school year”, Bridget Willard.

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July 19 – 25, 2016

SANTA CRUZ BEACH & BOARDWALK 1940. This photo contains plenty of long ago history, By squinting you can see what used to be Opera Island over by the east parking lot in the San Lorenzo River. Note too The Casa Del Rey Hotel later turned into a senior center later razed rapidly (1989) by Charlie Canfield /Boardwalk to get FEMA earthquake money. Of course you notice the pier running out from the Boardwalk. Then there’s The La Bahia Hotel.  

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE July 18, 2016

SANTA CRUZ’S CANCEROUS GROWTH. In spite of the massive evidence surrounding us, cities do not get better, or expressly more prosperous when they get bigger. Yet the lure and promise of taxes imposed on new buildings and big out of town and state franchises still fool local officials into luring and encouraging growth. Can anyone possibly think that San Jose or Los Angeles or San Francisco city coffers are better off because they grew into gigantic metropolises?  Santa Cruz is seeing this “greed above

UC STEREOTYPES EXPLAINED. Odd, strange, but you probably haven’t seen this one!!!
PGA GOLF TOUR MEETS ANIMALS

all common sense” attitude when we keep getting our elected politicos’ pitches pushing THE CORRIDOR PLAN.  I’m willing to bet that never in Santa Cruz City history has there been such a rush to approve as much building as is happening right now. The Villa de Branciforte Society (go here to see their history) has been working for years to keep some semblance of livability and quality to our neighborhoods. They work hard to inform neighbors and elected officials of the enormity of pending development. (Go here to see their current “Developments on the Block”…) Just like widening highways encourages more traffic new housing doesn’t satisfy any local housing needs it encourages more folks moving here.  

To make all this even more real check out the two full pages (below) of projects from April 30, 2016 of such projects as four hotels, 248 units on Delaware, 94 units on Pacific, 63 units on Pacific and numerous additions, second floors, ad infinitum. We need to keep asking our City Council and especially the new council candidates such questions as… where will the necessary water come from, how can our streets carry the added traffic, hos can the police and fire departments handle the extra problems. What kind of new jobs will be created, how much of the new business profits will stay in the County?

Follow this link to see a more or less complete list (2 full pages) of all the projects the City has given approval to build.

KROHN GOES TO CLEVELAND. Former Santa Cruz Mayor and political activist Chris Krohn is in Cleveland. He will be sending exclusive reports on the Republican Convention to BrattonOnline….here’s his first (dated Mon, 18 July, 2016 8:37 am)

“SURROUNDED BY REPUBLICANS”. by Chris Krohn.

I was surrounded by Republicans at SFO this past Saturday night. Having been able to score a press pass from the House of Representatives Periodical Press Gallery for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland—they obviously do not know me—I’m waiting for my red-eye flight when I hear a forty-something in a red tee shirt wearing Birkenstock’s and carrying a computer bag being introduced to a twenty-something woman who is seated near me. “I run data for Trump, that’s what I do. Nice to meet you,” he says. Then a guy about 30 in beige shorts and a white sport shirt chimes in. “Oh yeah, I was the youngest delegate for the Republicans back when I was 22…I’m a big fan of Donald Trump…I’m on the leadership committee for the state.”

I’m thinking, wow the convention starts here at SFO. So with notebook in hand I get up and approach the Republican gaggle. The man in shorts is clear he does not want to talk about the convention. He says he’s going but “doesn’t necessarily want people to know. Who do you work for?” he asks.

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Christopher Krohn (Next week: What happens inside the convention hall never stays inside.)

Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

The People’s Democratic Club (PDC) held their annual Retreat on Saturday, July 16.  24 PDC members plus several non-members attended.  The minutes will be posted soon at www.pdclub.org, but here is a report from PDC’s initiatives Committee on what will be on the November 8th Ballot Good grief!!!!    Seventeen propositions on the State Ballot!!!!

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(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

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian writes….”Gillian is off for this week. Will return next week”. We are repeating her column from last week because the “click here/read more” link didn’t work much of the time.

“PG&E TREE REMOVAL HAS TO BE CHALLENGED!” (July 11, 2016)

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).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…             dated July 14, 2106

UCSC TRAIL RIDE. Not sure exactly where near the campus this is..and it’s beautiful.

“GOOD ADVICE FROM JANE”

The City of Santa Cruz is in the middle of developing a so-called “Corridors Plan” for the main transportation corridors in the city. Affected would be Mission Street, Ocean Street, Water Street, and Soquel Avenue. In general, higher densities and increased building heights would be encouraged all along these city streets. I have been following the project from afar, and I have been encouraging local residents to get involved. There was a community meeting last night, for instance, on the East Side, highlighting the massive traffic, parking, and other impacts of what is being suggested. My suggestion? Pay attention. The stakes for the future of Santa Cruz are, actually, pretty high.

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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. Hear Steven DeCinzo on Universal Grapevine Tuesday July 19 th, 7-7:30 p.m. KZSC 88.1 fm. Scroll downwards to see his take on Santa Cruz Shakespeare

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Scroll down to see Eagan’s view of our views.

BLITZER GALLERY PRESENTS…The Fool’s Journey-An Exhibition of Paintings-Special Event-Gallery Talk: Sunday July 24th 2 pm. Pamela Eakins, Ph.D. “The Fool’s Journey”. Following in the tradition of the Tarot, with its 22 illustrations of life passages, gifts, and challenges, 18 women artists paint their experience of life’s journey.  Based on a painting course developed and taught by Susan Heinz.  Curated by Betsy Anderson and Susan Heinz. Featured artists are…Laurel Andres, Sharon Bosley, Maureen Davidson, Bonnie Friedmann, Ruth Garland, Susan Heinz, Aisha Hudson, Lynne McGolrick, Eileen Nazzaro, Christine Price, Kathy Pouls, Nora Sarkissian, Barbara Schatan, Karen Schembs, Peggy Snider, Berdell Spellman, Janet Trenchard, and Karen Zelin.
Exhibit dates now through July 30, 2016. Gallery hours -Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 5 pm. SPECIAL EVENT:  Gallery Talk, Sunday July 24th, 2 pm-Scholar and author, Pamela Eakins, Ph.D., speaks on “The Fool’s Journey”

MUNCHING WITH MOZART & FRIENDS. Every third Thursday of the month Carol Panofsky presents a free concert. So Thursday, July 21st 12:10 – 12:50 at the Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown Branch – in the Meeting Room there’ll be ” Noontime with the Oldies – very Oldies” with  Lynn Kidder at the piano. Lynn will play Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Sonata in C, K. 560 and Sonata in C, K. 561. Then Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Preludes, from Well Tempered Clavier, vol. 2 No. 7 in Eb and No. 9 in E. After that, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Romanze in F#, op. 28 #2 and Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) Ballade in g, op. 23. Shell close with Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Sonata in Eb, op. 31 #3, “The Hunt” Presto con fuoco. Get there early seats go fast.

LISA JENSEN LINKS.  Lisa writes: “How well has Santa Cruz Shakespeare transitioned to ther new performance space in DeLaveaga Park? Read about the new SCS production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). The set and costumes may be minimalist, but that they got the stage erected at all is no less a feat of magic than anything conjured by Puck and his fleet of fairies!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

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

HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE.An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. Go here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgWnQVfY3mE to get a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!!

GHOSTBUSTERS 2. As most movie fans know, they replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver , Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast ie…Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change even though that’s’ what everyone focusses on. The big difference is iin the amount of intelligence, cleverness,and sold humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

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

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 Weiner Dog As it passes from woner 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.

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.

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 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.

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.  

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.

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 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.  

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.  

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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. Satirist, political cartoonist  Steven DeCinzo guests first on July 19th. He’s followed by Becky Steinbruner and Ed Silviera discussing Villa Branciforte Preservation 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. On August 2 Dr.Neil Sawhney (cardiologist) talks about heart health. Then Kathy McClure discusses the secrets of self publishing. Rick Gladstone opens on August 9th discussing Santa Cruz political history in the 1960’s. 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 only knew Catherine Tate from her playing Donna Noble in Dr. Who opposite David Tennant as the Doctor. I found some gems from the Catherine Tate Show, and I’m going to binge watch all the Catherine Tate I can find.

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.  Shakespeare’s dream quotes….

“A dream itself is but a shadow”, Hamlet.
“If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here, while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream”,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“When I waked, I cried to dream again“,  The Tempest.

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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.

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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.
Check out this video clip

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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