July 2 – 8, 2014

EARLY, EARLY PHOTO OF DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ, ca. 1860. This is one of a rare and few photos of very early Santa Cruz. It shows the intersection of what we now know as Pacific, Front and Mission Streets. Back then it was Main and Willow streets. Now we have Jamba Juice, Bank of The West and The U.S. Post Office…that’s progress!!!

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE June 30, 2014

“BUILDING BIGGER ROADS ACTUALLY MAKES TRAFFIC WORSE” I’ve taken Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use Report for July 3rd and revised it. “Road projects are almost invariably costly, but the money we spend for these projects is supposed to make our lives better. Among other things, road projects are supposed to reduce traffic congestion, surely one of the banes of our modern, automobile-based existence. As it turns out, though, the effectiveness of road projects, as a way to reduce traffic congestion, is highly suspect. I want to make sure that KUSP listeners and BrattonOnline readers know about the concept of “induced demand.” The idea is that new road projects actually increase, rather than decrease, traffic congestion. As Wired Magazine puts it in the headline for a recent article on this topic: “What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse?” If you’d like to read this article, and I do recommend it, here are the links. It’s an easy to read introduction to the topic, which is also explored in numerous engineering studies. I have some links to those studies, too.The fact that building bigger, wider roads might actually make things worse is counterintuitive, but it might actually be true! What’s up with that? Read about “induced” traffic demand and find out more”. From Wired Magazine…”The concept is called “induced demand”, which is economist-speak for when increasing the supply of something (like roads) makes people want that thing even more. Though some traffic engineers made note of this phenomenon at least as early as the 1960s, it is only in recent years that social scientists have collected enough data to show how this happens pretty much every time we build new roads. These findings imply that the ways we traditionally go about trying to mitigate jams are essentially fruitless, and that we’d all be spending a lot less time in traffic if we could just be a little more rational”.

Wired Magazine Article on Induced Demand

Monterey County Weekly Article on Transportation Planning

Victoria Transportation Policy Institute Article on Induced Demand

Duranton and Turner: “The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion”

Gary’s website is at www.gapatton.net

Kit Birskovich says, “this German woman has worked with her two dogs to teach them music skills. Amazing! And legitimate (I have watched all her films closely and know a bit of German. I may begin accepting dogs as piano students, just as soon as I can get the right set-up…)”

JIM CARREY DOES “TM” MESSAGE. Ray Ginghoffer found this You Tube gem.

INCREASE PARKING FEES. From that same article in Wired magazine on Induced Demand…Parking in most cities is far cheaper than it should be, and it’s too often free. “Because it’s free, people will misuse it and it will be full all the time,”. Drivers searching for parking contribute significantly to road congestion. “There are some estimates that say in the central part of cities up to 30 percent of driving is people just cruising around for parking,” Increasing the price of a parking spot when demand is high would encourage people to leave sooner, letting more drivers occupy the same spot during the day. San Francisco did exactly this starting in 2011 and the results have been a boon to retailers because more customers are able to park in front of their stores. And because prices go down when demand is low, the program has actually saved motorists money. In a move to expand the meters outside of downtown and a few other areas, the city conducted a recent parking census and found that it has more than 440,000 public parking spots, which, if placed end to end, would stretch longer than California’s entire coastline. Try dropping that little factoid during your next cocktail party conversation with city planners and traffic engineers.

CONSERVATION LESSONS. This just came in from Rick Longinotti and Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives… Conservation Lessons from Australia with Conner Everts and from Soquel Creek District with Ron Duncan. A ten year drought provoked Australians to achieve unprecedented levels of water conservation. Conner Everts of California’s Environmental Water Caucus reports on what he learned visiting Australia last year. In the event that no new water sources become available, the Soquel Creek Water District will seek to reduce water consumption by over 30%—for the next 20 years. District Conservation Manager Ron Duncan reports on this ambitious planning effort, including an innovative plan to improve the District’s water-neutral growth policy. It happens Fri, July 18, 7-8:30 pm, London Nelson Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz free admission

RED HORSE CHESTNUT TREE UPDATE. That’s the beautiful heritage chestnut tree at the corner of Broadway and Ocean that the Santa Cruz City Council voted to kill. This news is from Gillian Greensite of the “Save Our Big Trees” organization. “The executive committee of the Sierra Club approved the sending of a letter from the Sierra Club to Ms. Farley Kern, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Hyatt. It has been mailed today. Thank you all who emailed Ms. Kern. I hope those of you who have yet to do so can send a quick email this week. Our message is being heard and they need to hear from many more of us to be effective. farley.kern@hyatt.com The TREE PROTEST~VIGIL NEEDS A FEW MORE FOLKS THIS WEEK it continues this week on Wednesdays as always from 3-5PM at 407 Broadway under the shade of the red horse chestnut. A few regulars cannot make this week’s vigil so if you’ve been waiting to jump in, now’s the time!

BURNING MAN. Peggy Snider sent this

HIGHWAYS ONE & NINE NEW INTERSECTION.There are 25 Heritage trees at this intersection. Gillian Greensite says, There will be many issues protested. However the issue of the proposed removal of 25 heritage trees from the site will probably not receive much attention…until they’ve gone. The Environmental Report from the Project is vague on exactly which trees will be removed. My hunch is it will be the grove of tall eucalyptus that grow on the corner and add a bit of beauty and rural feeling to an otherwise busy intersection. Let alone bird habitat. If you can’t make the meeting, public comment will be accepted until Friday July 11th. Addressed to Matt Fowler: Senior Environmental Planner Matt.C.Fowler@dot.ca.gov. For the trees! Gillian Greensite for Save Our Big Trees

CEDAR STREET VIDEO CLOSING. Over many, many years I’ve found hundreds of film treasures at Cedar Street Video. Most of them were films that were never commercially released in the USA. Cedar Street Video stopped renting videos Monday, June 30 and will begin selling those treasures July 1-15 from noon to 7 p.m. Every four of five days the prices go down on the remaining DVD series and Blu-Ray until the 15th of July. Some grand bargains here and yes the East Cliff Video and Video 9 in Boulder Creek will remain open.

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

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos is on vacation but just before he left he gave us some clues on his future “Inputs”…

I’m working out a column on the county’s former “Transit Corridor Plan“, now relabeled as “The Sustainable Santa Cruz County“. Have more research to do, but with an Advisory Group of 21 members that include reps from city governments (Capitola, Santa Cruz, Chambers of Commerce, Developers (Barry Swenson Builder), Louis Rittenhouse, commercial real estate brokers, and Dominican Hospital it seems these groups will outmuscle bicycle, pedestrian and neighborhood groups. Sort of reminds of the makeup of Fred Keeley’s Transportation Funding Task Force. Another current gripe of mine, if City Official had consulted residents before they demolished the Cooper House (like they are doing with the Beach Flats Mural), the Cooper House would still be there.

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

SANDY LYDON’S CENTRAL COAST SECRETS. Click here to see Sandy’s Summer issue of Secrets…tours, history bits, terrible photo, etc. http://www.sandylydon.com

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary covers the following on this week’s KUSP Land Use Report.

The oft-dreaded Army Corps of Engineers is upgrading the levies along the Pajaro River. Monterey County is trying to achieve”Sustainable Communities” and could possibly endanger our natural world in so doing. He defines “induced demand” and discusses road projects and how new roads actually increase traffic.!!! He ends the week talking about “Development Rights” and how they are misunderstood because there aren’t any such thing as Development Rights.Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Shark attack at the Monterey Aquarium see De Cinzo’s point of view…below a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. One more joke on Uncle Sam scroll down a bit.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S MANSION…a sneak inside! Brad Kava always on the search for “new news” sent this sneak peak inside Michael Jackson’s deserted Neverland. See photos and read the interview with the photographers here.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Look, Ma, I’m on Huff Post! This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), I’m all over the blogosphere, ranting about villains and fairy tales. Also, catch up with the superb Polish drama, Ida, and stand clear while I fire a broadside at the pirate TV series Crossbones. Then find out how you can win a free hardcover copy of Alias Hook from Goodreads!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE.From their press releaseThe newly formed Santa Cruz Shakespeare is proud to present its inaugural summer repertory season starting with previews on July 1 and playing through August 10, in the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Tickets are available online at www.santacruztickets.com.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare (SCS) carries on the tradition of professional, thought-provoking and passionate theater in Santa Cruz, forged by its predecessor Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC), with two comedies to celebrate the summer and the inaugural season’s successful funding campaign last winter. The festival opens with As You Like It on July 1 followed by The Merry Wives of Windsor opening on July 13 . SCS is also proud to present two special performances of The Fringe Show: The Beard of Avon , a mad-cap comedy by Amy Freed, July 29 and August 5..

The summer festivities will include pre and post-show discussions. There’s the Weekend With Shakespeare, a two-day event, July 25 and 26, where participants will hear leading Shakespeare scholars and theatre artists share their insights into the season’s plays through lectures and discussions. Weekend participants will also see both productions in premiere seating at a discounted price. Check it all out at www.santacruzshakespeare.org

…that is the question
(new films… in order of perfection)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE ROVER. Set in Australia ten years after “the collapse” as they call it Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson shoot and chase evil men across an empty continent to get Pierce’s stolen car back. You’ll learn why at the very end. Pattinson plays a handicapped harmless Steinbeck-like”Lenny” that’ll remind you of Jerry Lewis in his 1950’s “spastic” comedies.

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

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

WORDS AND PICTURES. Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are fine actors but this flimsy, hokey film probably will hurt both of their careers. Doris Day and Rock Hudson would have been great in this “high school teachers sort of fall in love” over a debate whether words or pictures best express the human spirit. If you do see it don’t eat sweets at the same time.

EDGE OF TOMORROW. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wade through this sci-fi time loop tour de force. It’s easy to say it’s like Groundhog’s Day, and it is but it does have some damned undefinable something that kept me awake all the way through. Don’t rush to see it, just go after you’ve seen everything else.

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. July 1st has Frank Perry director of The Capitola History Museum telling us about local baseball legend Harry Hooper and their museum exhibit. After Frank, Karla Hawkinson will talk about IotaGift.com her online business and how it helps veterans. Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski from Santa Cruz Shakespeare will guest on the July 8 program then Karen Egan from Bridging Warriors talks about their aims and goals. Lisa Jensen film critic and author of her new book “Alias Hook” will open the July 15 program and Ellen Primack will then talk about this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Becca King Reed will talk about heart disease and raw food benefits on July 22 then Executive director of The Grey Bears Tim Brattan (no relation) tells all about their latest achievements. On July 29th Julie Callahan talks about the “March for Elephants” program. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

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

QUOTES. My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”, Rick Bass. “No one’s gonna give a damn in July if you lost a game in March”, Earl Weaver. “Many public-school children seem to know only two dates: 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion,” Mark Twain. “Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers,”
Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse

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COMMERCIAL FISHING ON THE SANTA CRUZ WHARF 1906. That’s Steve Ghio with the cap holding a 50 pound deep sea bass. And that is Steve Canepa holding the fish basket. The structures on the right are davits or hoists that were used to haul the boats up out of the water,

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE June 23, 2014

ROBERT REICH AND OUR 3 BIGGEST SANTA CRUZ LIES. All the “business Democrats” in Santa Cruz should be made to read Robert Reich’s article in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle’s (6/23) INSIGHT section titled “3 right-wing lies undermine Congress’ will to lift the poor”. In brief he states…

Lie #1: Economic growth reduces poverty. “The best anti-poverty program,” wrote Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, in the Wall Street Journal, “is economic growth.” Wrong. Since the late 1970s, the economy has grown 147 percent per capita but almost nothing has trickled down. The typical American worker is earning just about what he or she earned three decades ago, adjusted for inflation.

Lie #2: Jobs reduce poverty.

Senator Marco Rubio said poverty is best addressed not by raising the minimum wage or giving the poor more assistance but with “reforms that encourage and reward work.”

This has been the standard Republican line ever since Ronald Reagan declared that the best social program is a job. A number of Democrats have adopted it as well. But it’s wrong.

Lie #3: Ambition cures poverty.

Most Republicans, unlike Democrats and independents, believe people are poor mainly because of a lack of effort, according to a Pew Research Center/USA Today survey. It’s a standard riff of the right: If the poor were more ambitious they wouldn’t be poor.

Obviously, personal responsibility is important. But there’s no evidence that people who are poor are less ambitious than anyone else. In fact, many work long hours at backbreaking jobs.

What they really lack is opportunity. It begins with lousy schools.

Read all of Reich’s justifications, proofs and explanations HERE

Then the next time we hear from any LOBA, Coonerty’s, Chamber of Commerce, Democratic Women’s Club, Fred Keeley, and other like minded pro-growth Democrats we can refer them to Robert Reich.

GRAND JURY AND DE-SAL. I was almost on the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury once. I made it all the way to the last weeding out….and I can tell you that members of any Grand Jury by definition are not experts or have any special knowledge on anything. They don’t know any difference between De-sal and Ly-sol. For this last Grand jury to make any proclamations about what Santa Cruz should do about our water problem is like any of us directing a brain surgery operation. Bruce Van Allen stated it perfectly in an article in the De-sal Alternatives newsletter. Go here to read all of Van Allen’s statement.

Grand Jury Doesn’t Get It

– Bruce Van Allen
In September, 2013, the City of Santa Cruz City Council heeded the skepticism of citizens about a plan for desalination, and ordered a halt to investment in that project while a citizen’s committee considers alternatives. Unfortunately, the Grand Jury Report reflects a lack of understanding for why that citizen skepticism exists. The report assumes that the citizen reaction to desalination was the result of the City’s failure to “adequately communicate the urgent need for a supplemental water source to its ratepayers”. (This in spite of hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on a public relations consultant to persuade citizens to accept the project).

In reality, citizen opposition to desalination is well informed and grounded in good science—the understanding that the carbon emissions resulting from society’s increased energy use has special relevance to a city that will be profoundly affected by sea level rise. The desal plant would be 12 times as energy intensive as our current water supply. The Grand Jury report misses the irony in its recommendation of energy-intensive desalination as a response to climate change’s impact on regional water supplies”. Then go here to read Van Allen’s campaign website…

WAVES FROM THE INSIDE. Turn off the sound so you miss the guy’s frantic dialogue. Dan Wenger found this one.

L.A. TIMES. Having two weeks of “extra” time is Victorville I read The L.A. Times every morning and Sunday too. Once upon a time (5-10 years ago) I thought the L.A. Times was nearly as good as the New York Times!!! Not anymore, for damn sure. It’s an enlarged copy of The Santa Cruz Sentinel and just about every other still existing daily paper nowadays. No reporting, no depth, junk photos and inane “local” features on the front pages. They are printing their own death certificates, and still the newspapers complain that they are lsoing readers!!!

VICTORVILLE VISITATION.What a grand two week vacation I had with my sister Jerrie and nephew Johnny who live in Victorville. We went to the Victor Valley Museum for about

7 minutes and learned that “About 1895, the village was named “Victor” for the California Southern Railroad‘s General Manager Jacob Nash Victor. In 1901, the U.S. Post Office Department changed that name to Victorville to avoid confusion with the town of Victor, Colorado” (Wikipedia). Every day I read the High Desert Daily Press (since 1937), a terrible right wing Republican daily that did report that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said

“FUCK- – -” ! as a reaction to the LA Kings hockey team’s victory and winning the Stanley Cup. They had a 1/2 page article stating that there is no proff that the lead in bullets is harmful to any living thing and that making bullets with other metals would cost too much!!! They had many ads for guns and rifles but now I see the Sentinel does the same thing! Adelanto a “suburb” of Victorville is in a dither about maybe building a new jail there and how many new, wonderful jobs it would create (See Reich piece above). Driving down and back and driving on the James Dean Memorial Highway I spotted both new and old billboards stating, “More water =More jobs” I saw Halliburton tank trucks en route and Army convoys going both ways, which can creep you out if you think about it. Cholame the site of the James Dean Memorial had the usual 3-8 pickup trucks and 5 cars. I’m glad to be back home.

COMCAST COMMENDATIONS.The cost of subscribing to Comcast is so high it should be illegal…BUT if you are subscribing already ( I am) you should know that by going to “HBO Series” on their XFinity link you can now view the very best of years of HBO’s greatest series. Sure all of The Sopranos, Sex and The City, Big Love, Deadwood, and The Wire are all there but some of the best series I’ve ever seen are back and available “for free” (to subscribers) They almost all are within their “Latino Original” or “Ole” series. Such serious dramas as Capadocia, Epitafios, Hijos del Carnival, Premar, Sr. Avila and Profugos are available right now and all have brilliant subtitles. Try any or all of them, I’m loving them all over again.

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

SEACLIFF SCOOPS SANTA CRUZ

As of May 25th, Marianne’s Ice Cream shop opened at the corner of State Park Drive and Center Street in Seacliff, replacing a very average grocery and bait shop. Marianne’s management has worked tirelessly for over a month turning this building into the winning business they used to operate in Santa Cruz on Ocean St. Opening day had customers lined up out the door. We mid-county folks welcome this business to our community. Along with the 3 million visitors yearly to Seacliff State Beach, we’ll all get to enjoy Marianne’s wonderful ice cream treats. Can’t wait to get an ice cream cone after one of Manuel’s (across the street) lunches or dinners. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org, and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary Patton broadcasts the following on KUSP this week…Monterey County is considering new land use laws which are difficult because Monterey County is an extra large county. He tells us that The Veterans Affairs Dept. is facing problems with establishing a veteran’s Cemetry on Fort Ord land. It’s an 80 acre cemetery and Bill Monning is having some contrary thoughts. Capitola’s General Plan is facing a final vote of approval. And Gary states, Thursday morning, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will hold a special meeting in downtown Santa Cruz, starting at 9:00 o’clock. At the meeting this morning, the Commission will consider final adoption of its 2014 Regional Transportation Plan, or RTP. This proposed Plan has gone through a lengthy process of public workshops and environmental reviews. The RTP is intended to outline a plan for “sustainable” transportation strategies for Santa Cruz County. If you would like to weigh in before the final vote, you will find links at kusp.org/landuse. He ends the broadcasts dealing with Transfer of Development Rights and what we need to know about protecting our valuable open space.

Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

“APTOSIA” ON FACEBOOK. Denise Elerick sent this invite to anyone who cares about Aptos. It’s really a feel good approach…she says, “In an effort to find a healthy community page that is not “anti them” or “take back ” anything I have found Aptosia. Here is the best part. It is an open page and there is zero poison pen and hate speak. Please take a look and consider joining in. You need not chime in and speak( unless you want to of course). Just consider supporting our page. I am not admin, I did not start it, I am not vested. I could write a book about my “take back…” experiences though”. That’s if you still even do facebook!!!

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. De Cinzo centers on our unemployment issue. See below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan and today’s comics…view downwards.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), catch up with the superb Polish drama, Ida, then stand clear while I fire a broadside at the new pirate TV series Crossbones. Also, find out how you can win a free hardcover copy of Alias Hook from Goodreads!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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

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

THE ROVER. Set in Australia ten years after “the collapse” as they call it Guy Pierce and Robert Pattinson shoot and chase evil men across an empty continent to get Pierce’s stolen car back. You’ll learn why at the very end. Pattinson plays a handicapped harmless Steinbeck-like”Lenny” that’ll remind you of Jerry Lewis in his 1950’s “spastic” comedies.

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

WORDS AND PICTURES. Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are fine actors but this flimsy, hokey film probably will hurt both of their careers. Doris Day and Rock Hudson would have been great in this “high school teachers sort of fall in love” over a debate whether words or pictures best express the human spirit. If you do see it don’t eat sweets at the same time.

EDGE OF TOMORROW. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wade through this sci-fi time loop tour de force. It’s easy to say it’s like Groundhog’s Day, and it is but it does have some damned undefinable something that kept me awake all the way through. Don’t rush to see it, just go after you’ve seen everything else.

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

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

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

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

X MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Just consider the cast…Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr., Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbinder, Peter Dinklage Anna Paquin, and Hugh Jackman !!! Add to that a bit of humor, a sense of Marvel comic book hero errata and you have a teen age boy boxoffice hit. The film isn’t worth $2 admission let alone what you’ll pay to see it, so don’t. The deeper question is (considering that cast) would YOU play a 5 minute part in a Marvel Comic book flick for a million dollars (plus overseas percentages) ???

GODZILLA. There aren’t any recognizable star names in thisgigantic poop of a movie. Oops, yes there are David Strathaim, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins in very small parts, but I’ll bet they’re sorry. Now I’m guessing that Godzilla has had too much film exposure and is expensive in the FX department, so they added MUTO monsters. I shouldn’t mention this but in one closeup scene when a gigantio MUTO (in 3D) lumbers across the screen it looks like it has only one testicle, which would explain the anger I guess. Aside from that, MUTOs invade San Francisco (mostly Chinatown) and after more than one hour into the film Godzilla finally lumbers on and eats most of them up, after burning them with his flaming breath. It’s exactly that kind of flick.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM

KZSC 88.1 FM or live online at

www.KZSC.ORG TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On June 24, once again the three winners of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Short Story Contest will read their entries. July 1st has Frank Perry director of The Capitola History Museum telling us about local baseball legend Harry Hooper and their museum exhibit. After Frank, Karla Hawkinson will talk about IotaGift.com her online business. Santa Cruz Shakespeare has two guests coming on for the July 8 program then Karen Egan from Bridging Warriors talks about their aims and goals. Lisa Jensen film critic and author of her new book “Alias Hook” will open the July 15 program and Ellen Primack will then talk about this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “The Dawn is a term for the early morning used by poets and other people who don’t have to get up”, Oliver Herford. “I never read a book before reviewing it. I find that it just prejudices me”, Sydney Smith. “Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage that you think is particularly fine, strike it out”, Samuel Johnson.

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Column June 2 – 16, 2014

Good old Greyhound bus Depot by the railroad tracks in 1964.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE June 2, 2014

TWO WEEK VACATION ISSUE

I’m taking a two week vacation and visiting my sister and her large and spread-out family in Victorville and environs. In the meantime here are a few items I’ve developed over the almost 39 years of writing weekly columns and doing radio programs in Santa Cruz. That of course includes an almost record setting 11 years of writing online weekly at Brattonline.com.

BEING POSITIVE. A few times each year some folks will ask, “why are you so negative”, “why are you always criticizing and against new plans?” These questions always seem to be from folks who then turn around and tell me how bad Jerry Brown is as governor, how Obama has let us down, how the USA has become such a war-like country. I’m only applying what I believe AND what my friends believe is going wrong on a local level. That’s the difference …I’m talking locally and others are complaining only on a larger scale.

ABOUT PLAY AND CONCERT REVIEWS. I try hard to promote the local performing arts that I believe will be good events to attend, both here and on my radio program. Like movies I wouldn’t send anyone to an event or performance that I don’t think has a good record. However after attending those events and believe that they aren’t up to an acceptable standard I don’t ever review them. I don’t like to knock local attempts. So if you see a notice or coming attraction in this space and I don’t review it, that means I didn’t like it and couldn’t recommend it.

SUPPORTING BRATTONONLINE.COM. I make absolutely zero money from this website. Every dollar goes to my hard working and dedicated internet web friend Gunilla Leavitt (of The Golden Fleece fame). You can and will hopefully consider supporting the column by buying a space on the right of this column. Those spaces are currently being 1. Paid for on an annual basis. 2. Being paid for anonymously and supporting an institution. 3. A trade ad being placed and traded for a service rendered. Email and ask me if you have any questions on all of above.

Runner falls then wins!!!

OUR WHARF PLANS. We really need to buckle down on these new plans for the wharf. At least let’s ask the City Council and the candidates where they stand on the wharf. Ask them how much the actual building is going to cost (we’ve been given no figures so far). Ask them what’s the source of all these millions of dollars? Ask about how big that new building on the end of the wharf will be…and what’s going in it? (a big mystery so far) Ask them why we would want to bring more boats into the National Marine Sanctuary? From the new plans it looks like the sea lion lounge or haul-out would be exactly next to the new boat dock. Is that wise? Can the boats and sea lions co-exist in that close proximity? Many friends are saying that if that lower level walking dock is built on the Cowell Beach side won’t it be washed away with the next big waves? Obviously the city wants to spend this vast sum of money to bring in more tourists and to keep more of their money here. How much of the character integrity, authenticity of our existing wharf are we willing to get rid of ? Will it become another San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf??

RANCHO DEL MAR FUTURE. Now that the Safeway chain has been sold and will be merging with Albertsons and now that super markets are becoming less super (and going for being smaller) inside betting is that Safeway will NOT do the huge expansion/level adding changes to Rancho Del Mar. We can bet that they’ll do some make over stuff, but since they’ve just re-newed one small business permit there it appears their secret inside plans are changing as we speak (or read).

GMO TREES!!!! Jodi Frediani passed this on to all of us. Check it out carefully and then we should find out which of our area logging companies use or could be thinking of using these GMO TREES!!!

Will Combs had this on his FB page…

Salut Salon “Wettstreit zu viert” | “Competitive Foursome” .

MARILYN MONROE’S PRIVATE THOUGHTS. Bernadette Wilson found this online.

It’s a surprising look at her most sensitive and intelligent thoughts.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/27/marilyn-monroe-fragments-poems

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC & HOUSING DOWNTOWN.

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

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

PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC CLUB…UPDATE.

It’s that time of year again. The PDC will vote for officers at their June 19th meeting. Members must be present at the meeting and be current with dues to be eligible to vote. The nominating committee submitted the following candidates for next year’s officers: President, Nancy Abbey, Vice-President, Tom Batley, Recording Secretary, Nora Hochman, Corresponding Secretary, Joyce Malone, Treasurer Gail Jack, and Membership Chair Paul Elerick. The PDC has voted to support a local campaign finance reform proposal that will be discussed at the June 10th Santa Cruz City Council meeting. People interested in getting big money out of local politics should attend this meeting and make the voices heard. The May 4 Campaign Finance Reform Forum will be aired on Community Television (Channel 27) for 5 weeks. It can also be live-streamed from anywhere at the same times. Tuesdays at 10 AM through June 10th. Wednesdays at 10 PM through June 11th. Saturdays at 1pm through June 14th.(Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

Adorable 3 year old is very happy to dance!

ARANA GULCH WORK DAY. Debbie Bulger Conservation Chair, Santa Cruz Chapter California Native Plant Society sent this notice. There is an upcoming habitat restoration work party at Arana Gulch on Saturday June 14. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Agnes Street entrance to rack thatch from the recent mowing. The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can come for all or part of the time. Wear work clothes. Gloves and sun hat suggested. Bring snack and water. Tools provided. We will be raking and bagging cuttings from the mowing giving native plants space and light to grow so they are not crowded out by fast-growing non-native grasses.” Let’s just see if Micah Posner shows up…he cares a lot about Arana Gulch.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s KUSP program covers such items as our cities Water Commission meeting on June 2, and how we need to be more active in what’s decided for our wtyaer future. He covers LAFCO and Salinas and their police and how Salinas is growing. A ban Fracking bill failed last week in the State Senate. But our Board of Supervisors passed a county ban on fracking. Legalizing “accessory dwellings and “affordable housing” problems face the City Planning Commission this week.Get involved!!! He ends the week discussing Short Term Vacation rentals and how they affect the neighborhood. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. De Cinzo reminds us that Clint Eastwood has another movie about to be released. Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim checks out the scene at the Veterans Hospitals. See below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), the so-called villain from Sleeping Beauty gets a makeover in the flawed, but intriguing revisionist fairy tale, Maleficent. Also, take a sneak peek at the full wraparound book cover for Alias Hook (it’s way cool!), and join me in the ongoing “bookaday” celebrations where we swap stories about our favorite books.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

EXTRA SPECIAL FILMS TO RENT. One of my favorite habits and hobbies is to thumb and flip through, and then rent the extra unique and usually uncirculated and unseen videos at Cedar Street Video on Cathcart and Cedar Street. Over the years I’ve discovered 100’s of films that were never seen on our theatre screens. That’s mostly because distributers wouldn’t invest the money. For example last week I unearthed two genuine gems.

Mobius” (2014) stars Jean Dujardin (from The Artist), Tim Roth, and the absolutely beautiful Cecile de France. It’s an international spy plus romance type film like Notorious. Only this film is centered on international sneaky finance. The other huge surprising discovery last week was “Simon and the Oaks”. (2012). It’s the story of two boys in Sweden coming of age as Hitler invades Poland and begins the Holocaust. Go rent (locally) these perfectly made films.

FED UP. Katie Couric was behind this documentary centering on the evils of sugar and the politicians, corporations, and media who support the USA’s terrible sugar eating habit. It condemns bad labeling and such products as Prego sauces, yogurt and yes, Girl Scout Cookies. We have a lot to learn and change about the way we eat and purchase all our foods, see this one quickly.

COLD IN JULY. Michael C. Hall shoots a night time thief in this house and Sam Shepard pursues Hall for revenge. That’s the way it starts but the many surprising plot twists keep this movie constrantly interesting. It’s bloody and violent and worth seeing, if gore and guns don’t get to you.

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

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

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

IMMIGRANT. Marion Cotillard can, and has done almost no wrong in acting on screen. I can’t say the same for Joaquin Phoenix who is sort of a nutty pimp in this film. So is Jeremy Renner as a two bit magician who doesn’t seem to know what to do with his role. It’s a beautiful looking film, it’s a very, very serious film, but it must be the script that skews the plot into a puzzling change of direction. Go see it, it’s well worth seeing, but it’s not the film it could have, and should have been.

BELLE. A Beautiful British costume drama, that has a little historical stuff about Dido Elizabeth Belle. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson are in it, so it’s got to be at least charming. Dido was an illegitmate “mixed race” kid raised by the privileged upper class and the movie gives us all the expected reactions of that upper class. No surprises, no extra thinking required, just go, if you like costume dramas. That means wigs, fans, snooty haughty glances and men wearing white knee hose..that sort of thing.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also in the film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

X MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Just consider the cast…Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr., Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbinder, Peter Dinklage Anna Paquin, and Hugh Jackman !!! Add to that a bit of humor, a sense of Marvel comic book hero errata and you have a teen age boy boxoffice hit. The film isn’t worth $2 admission let alone what you’ll pay to see it, so don’t. The deeper question is (considering that cast) would YOU play a 5 minute part in a Marvel Comic book flick for a million dollars (plus overseas percentages) ???

GODZILLA. There aren’t any recognizable star names in thisgigantic poop of a movie. Oops, yes there are David Strathaim, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins in very small parts, but I’ll bet they’re sorry. Now I’m guessing that Godzilla has had too much film exposure and is expensive in the FX department, so they added MUTO monsters. I shouldn’t mention this but in one closeup scene when a gigantio MUTO (in 3D) lumbers across the screen it looks like it has only one testicle, which would explain the anger I guess. Aside from that, MUTOs invade San Francisco (mostly Chinatown) and after more than one hour into the film Godzilla finally lumbers on and eats most of them up, after burning them with his flaming breath. It’s exactly that kind of flick.

SPIDER MAN, AD INFINITUM. I can’t think of a scene or any part of this film that is worth even mentioning. Four movies of Peter Parker doing Tarzan and swinging through street scenes are almost enough. Adding Jamie Foxx as Electro (in whiteface) could not be more idiotic. This of course guarantees it’ll be an international box office blockbuster. It ends with Paul Giamatti in a techno-monster suit playing Rhino, meaning of course that there will be more such drivel. No, watching it in 3D didn’t help.

NEIGHBORS. Seth Rogen is a credible and even good actor, so is Zac Efron but thisvulgar, sexist, mean- spirited attempt at humor film is not just gross and tastless it also causes you to leave the theatre feeling terrible. Do not attend it, rent it or even click or touch the buttons to preview it.

“WORDS OF WISDOM”. John Malkin sent the following press release

A music/spoken-word album to be produced through new generosity-based crowd-gifting website.

“WORDS OF WISDOM” is an album of dynamic music from Santa Cruz’s John Malkin, infused with the voices of some of the world’s most inspiring social change activists, spiritual teachers, artists, musicians, and philosophers. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE to the production of this CD which will benefit Free Radio Santa Cruz (celebrating its 20th birthday in 2015) and Food Not Bombs. Look at a two-minute video and project details at https://dana.io/words-of-wisdom. This is a 45-day crowd-gifting period to raise $8000 — Thank you for contributing!
“WORDS OF WISDOM” will be a diverse set of songs that support the words and ideas of some of the 500 people John has interviewed on his weekly radio show – The Great Leap Forward – over the past seventeen years on Free Radio Santa Cruz (freakradio.org). The interviews include Thich Nhat Hanh (“The Miracle of Mindfulness”), Howard Zinn (“People’s History of the United States”), Noam Chomsky (“Manufacturing Consent”), Ram Dass (“Be Here Now”), Joanna Macy (“World As Lover, World As Self”), Ursula K. Le Guin (“Left Hand of Darkness”), Philip Glass (“Satyagraha”), Amma (Hindu Humanitarian), Utah Phillips (folksinger activist) Amy Goodman (“Democracy Now!”), Michael Meade (“Finding Genius in Your Life”), Marshall Rosenberg (“Nonviolent Communication”), Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), Linda Montano (performance artist), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) and others.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On June 3 Brian Spencer discusses his direction of “Freud’s Last Session” coming to the Center Street Theatre then Lisa Robinson talks about MAH‘s new History Journal publication. I’m off on vacation for two weeks and you can hear re-plays of Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick and historian Marty Rizzo on June 10. On June 17 a “classic” program featuring Frank Bardacke and about area politics and Jim Mosher discussing alcohol and the law. On June 24 once again the three winners of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Short Story Contest will read their entries. July 1st has Frank Perry director of The Capitola History Museum telling us about local baseball legend Harry Hooper and their museum exhibit. After Frank, Karla Hawkinson will talk about IotaGift.com her online business. Lisa Jensen film critic and author of her new book “Alias Hook” will open the July 15 program and Ellen Primack will then talk about this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk-dancing”, Sir Arnold Bax (English composer 1883-1953) “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution”, Emma Goldman. “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”, Anon.

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May 19 – June 2, 2014

SANTA CRUZ BEACH FRONTAGE 1960. Lots for sale, and it’s hard to believe that development hadn’t hit harder along West Cliff Drive by 1960. This is long before The Dream Inn and the Sea and Sand Inn and what seems like hundreds of cookie cutter apartments covered and defaced every square foot of this photo.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE (s). Due to technical difficulties, glitches, goofs, and the eternal, infernal, internet.. ..Gunilla & I decided to combine last week’s (May 19-25) and this week’s issue (May 26-June 2).

RE-SHAPING OUR SANTA CRUZWHARF. Bill Malone, active member of Santa Cruzans For Responsible Planning (SCRP) wrote this report on the “official City wharf meeting”. “On May 19th, the City held a Community Briefing which featured a presentation of the Wharf Master Plan Study by San Francisco based Roma Design Group and a summary of the planning process followed by a public comment period. The City states: “The Wharf Master Plan provides the City with a multi-faceted approach to enhancing the Wharf through increased public access, recreational activities and economic development opportunities, and will help in firmly establishing the Wharf as a vibrant year-round destination for residents and visitors alike”. The Plan has been developed by the Design Group from input of City planners, Wharf stakeholders and the Coastal Commission Staff. Although the Briefing was not well publicized, it was attended by about 35 people.

The attendees seemed to be mostly wharf business owners. Most attendees seemed to be favorably impressed with the proposed plan. There were some concerns voiced such as the loss of the quaintness and Santa Cruz character of the wharf, the loss of its history, the impact of more visitors on the Bay and the need for public transport, (preferably elevated such as gondola or PRT) to accommodate people who can’t or don’t want to walk.

The plan will add about 2 ½ acres of new surface area on the wharf to enhance public access. Mainly this is a new 28-foot wide promenade on the eastern side of the wharf and a new 12-foot wide promenade on the western side. Staff indicated that the redesigned Wharf would encourage visiting by locals as well as tourists.

I was initially very concerned about the proposed new large vessel landing. I was relieved to find out that this is not for massive Carnival Cruise size ships. This is for much smaller 200 ton vessels like research, whale watching and marine related tourism vessels. There will be a new sea lion haul out area – an open area on the west side where people will be able to more easily view the sea lions. The commercial area footprint will not be expanded. Parking will be slightly (about 15%) increased, mostly by straight in parking, narrowing some spaces and removal of trash bins.

You can find out more information on the Plan on the City’s web site. Do a Google search on “Santa Cruz wharf master plan”. Just type in “wharf plan” on the City’s web site. Their webpage has the slideshow that was presented at the briefing, which includes diagrams of the proposed new walkways. The Planning Commission Staff Report lists a summary of proposed improvements.

The next opportunity for public comment on the Plan will come in September when the plan goes to the City Council for acceptance (acceptance – not for approval at this time). That will begin the review process. Planning Department to make sure the Plan confirms to zoning and existing plans such as Beach Area South of Laurel Plan. Then to the Coastal Commission for a permit. Following that, the EIR process. There are many opportunities for public comment during this process. The planning process so far has been paid for by state and federal grants. Financing for further design and construction has not yet been arranged”. End of Malone’s report.

PARROT’S GOT TALENT!!!

SCIENTOLOGY AT SANTA CRUZ AND HARBOR HIGH SCHOOLS. Monday’s Chronicle ( May 26, 2014) has a long report of how Scientology under the name of Narconon has been taught at many schools including our Harbor High and Santa Cruz High Schools. This teaching goes on in spite of a State of Californis review in 2005 that warned schools of the Narconon training being very flawed. The even more secret Scientology connection and their Narconon donation to the Aptos Academy has been talked about before. The Chron article says that Narconon International has headquarters around the world including Narconon Vista Bay on Gaffey Road in Watsonville. Check out their Narconon website and see how our Santa Cruz County Board Of Supervisors sent them aletter of appreciation, along with letters from Community Bridges, Big Brothers and Sisters, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, Food Drive and more fine agancies. Doesn’t anybody look into this Scientology support system…even in Santa Cruz County???

Bob Hope and Jimmy Cagney Tap Dancing. Alyce Vestal Caudill found this gem…

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. The Santa Cruz City Council can set new and great standards on June 10 by setting limits on how much money candidates can spend on their campaigns. Jacob Pierce wrote a fine piece in Good Times on Tuesday, April 29. Read it all here

It’s a complex idea but an excellent principle. As Civinomics says… in passing this reform it would 1.Prevent the potential for corruption, or the perception thereof, in City Council elections. 2. Insure that the pool of City Council Candidates is not limited to those with fund raising experience and/or access to money. 3. Significantly increase the quality of the debate during elections by allowing candidates to focus more on issues and conversations and less on fundraising. As you’ll read in Jacob’s article Micah Posner and Don Lane are leading the effort. You’ll read too about Richelle Noroyan’s reaction and partial reception. Council candidate Leonie Sherman has accepted the finance proposal. Let any and all the Council people you connect with know you support the reform….before June 10th. Watch Hillary Bryant’s and David Terrazas‘ decisions extra closely.

NATIONAL MASTURBATION MONTH. It was nice that the Pure Pleasure store on Chruch Street across from Cruzio sent out an announcement that May is Masturbation month. But there is a problem with their announcement!! It didn’t say whether we should start it, stop it, or do it in a parade down Pacific Avenue???. More later. But for now, if you want to know more about Masturbation month check this out…

Ready, Set, Masturbate! Meet the Mastermind Behind ‘International Masturbation Month’
http://www.alternet.org/sex-amp-relationships/ready-set-masturbate-meet-mastermind-behind-international-masturbation-month

STOPPING P.G.& E. IN APTOS. From their press release…

Neighbors Work Together to Stop Destructive PG&E Project

Two community meetings have been scheduled to update residents about PG&E’s proposed power line project passing through Watsonville, Corralitos, Pleasant Valley, and Day Valley, and its impact on their neighborhoods. The meetings, to be held May 28 at the Aptos Branch Library and June 9 at the Corralitos Cultural Center, will provide an open forum for concerned citizens to discuss the next steps to stop this destructive project. Check out their very well done website…http://www.nopoc.org/may-newsletter.html

OBITUARIES . That’s the problem with old age, it seems like everybody around you is dying.

Ralph Peduto was a great, funny concerned old friend. David Weiss was a wonderful musical saw player who alos played with the Los Angeles Symphony and came to all of our Musical Saw Festivals. John Vasconcellos came to Santa Cruz often even way back in 1972 to help out our Hank Faitz California State Assembly Campaign. Rumiel Rothschield was a next door neighbor for many years who taught me some life changing skills. They will, and are already missed.

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

PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC CLUB…UPDATE.

It’s that time of year again. The PDC will vote for officers at their June 19th meeting. Members must be present at the meeting and be current with dues to be eligible to vote. The nominating committee submitted the following candidates for next year’s officers: President, Nancy Abbey, Vice-President, Tom Batley, Recording Secretary, Nora Hochman, Corresponding Secretary, Joyce Malone, Treasurer Gail Jack, and Membership Chair Paul Elerick. The PDC has voted to support a local campaign finance reform proposal that will be discussed at the June 10th Santa Cruz City Council meeting. People interested in getting big money out of local politics should attend this meeting and make the voices heard. The May 4 Campaign Finance Reform Forum will be aired on Community Television (Channel 27) for 5 weeks. It can also be live-streamed from anywhere at the same times. Tuesdays at 10 AM through June 10th. Wednesdays at 10 PM through June 11th. Saturdays at 1pm through June 14th.

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

MANTA RAYS. Denise Elerick discovered this stunning spectacle.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s back from vacation and talks about the Aromas Water District and their water dealings. He tells us about Monterey County land use planning and getting involved. He too tells us all about Aptos vs. P.G.& E ( see above) and their proposed enormous power lines. He links to Santa Cruz’s “inclusionary housing” or so-called affordable houses and Measure J. He ends the week talking about that “Eco-Resort” on the beach in Sand City, and hopw Mother Nature may scale it back even if the Coastal Commission didn’t. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

JOHN CLEESE TALKS ABOUT SARAH PALIN.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. It’s Summer and Boardwalk Band times andthe award winning DeCinzo thought about “The Rolling Stones”and their “DEPENDS TOUR” see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. A few pages below Eagan sheds little light on the Koch Brothers

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express(http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), a genteel young woman of color in 18thCentury London searches for her identity in the handsome, engaging Belle.And meet (and hear) the new voice of Captain Hook for the upcoming AliasHook audiobook.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for GoodTimes since 1975.

TARTUFFE, THE OPERA AT UCSC. The “official” press release says, “The UCSC Opera Theatre and the UCSC Music Department present a fully staged production of Kirke Mechem‘s comic opera Tartuffe based on the brilliantly satirical 17th-century play by Molière. The three-act opera has been performed some 400 times in six countries since its 1980 premiere at the San Francisco Opera”. I saw one the SF Opera performances, it’s a fine new opera. And the UCSC Opera productions feature some amazing and surprisingly good singers. Get tickets asap because the four performances will probably sell out. It’s directed by Brian Staufenbiel, conducted by Nicole Paiement and sung in English (with supertitles). It plays May 29-30-31 and June 1, 2014 in the Music Center Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz. 7:30 pm curtain (Sunday at 3:00pm) Lobby opens 1 hour before curtain; doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets at santacruztickets.com, the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159), and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium box office (831-420-5260). Parking $4. Look up Kirke Mechem at Wikipedia….his background is very impressive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirke_Mechem

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

IMMIGRANT. Marion Cotillard can, and has done almost no wrong in acting on screen. I can’t say the same for Joaquin Phoenix who is sort of a nutty pimp in this film. So is Jeremy Renner as a two bit magician who doesn’t seem to know what to do with his role. It’s a beautiful looking film, it’s a very, very serious film, but it must be the script that skews the plot into a puzzling change of direction. Go see it, it’s well worth seeing, but it’s not the film it could have, and should have been.

X MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Just consider the cast…Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr., Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbinder, Peter Dinklage Anna Paquin, and Hugh Jackman !!! Add to that a bit of humor, a sense of Marvel comic book hero errata and you have a teen age boy boxoffice hit. The film isn’t worth $2 admission let alone what you’ll pay to see it, so don’t. The deeper question is (considering that cast) would YOU play a 5 minute part in a Marvel Comic book flick for a million dollars (plus overseas percentages) ???

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

NEIGHBORS. Seth Rogen is a credible, even good actor so is Zac Efron but thisvulgar, sexist, mean- spirited attempt at humor film is not just gross and tastless it causes you to leave the theatre feeling terrible. Do not attend it, rent it or even click or touch the buttons to preview it.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

…..FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD….

BELLE. A Beautiful British costume drama, that has a little historical stuff about Dido Elizabeth Belle. Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson are in it, so it’s got to be at least charming. Dido was an illegitmate “mixed race” kid raised by the privileged upper class and the movie gives us all the expected reactions of that upper class. No surprises, no extra thinking required, just go, if you like costume dramas. That means wigs, fans, snooty haughty glances and men wearing white knee hose..that sort of thing.

PALO ALTO. Geez, so much review space saying there’s no city of Palo Alto in the film. What does that have to do with anything?? Gia Coppola created some very subtle moments in this film which was written by James Franco. Girls and women should see this if only to re-live and open their own terrible early sexual experiences from the all too present male predators. Go see it and quickly or it’ll vanish.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also in the film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

GODZILLA. There aren’t any recognizable star names in thisgigantic poop of a movie. Oops, yes there are David Strathaim, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins in very small parts, but I’ll bet they’re sorry. Now I’m guessing that Godzilla has had too much film exposure and is expensive in the FX department, so they added MUTO monsters. I shouldn’t mention this but in one closeup scene when a gigantio MUTO (in 3D) lumbers across the screen it looks like it has only one testicle, which would explain the anger I guess. Aside from that, MUTOs invade San Francisco (mostly Chinatown) and after more than one hour into the film Godzilla finally lumbers on and eats most of them up, after burning them with his flaming breath. It’s exactly that kind of flick.

SPIDER MAN, AD INFINITUM. I can’t think of a scene or any part of this film that is worth even mentioning. Four movies of Peter Parker doing Tarzan and swinging through street scenes are almost enough. Adding Jamie Foxx as Electro (in whiteface) could not be more idiotic. This of course guarantees it’ll be an international box office blockbuster. It ends with Paul Giamatti in a techno-monster suit playing Rhino, meaning of course that there will be more such drivel. No, watching it in 3D didn’t help.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. May 27 has Mary Hsia-Coron from San Benito Rising talking about the anti-fracking campaign. Then Anastasia Steinberg and Karla Hawkinson talk about their online businesses. On June 3 Brian Spencer discusses his direction of “Freud’s Last Session” coming to the Center Street Theatre then Lisa Robinson talks about MAH‘s new History Journal publication. I’m off on vacation for two weeks and you can hear re-plays of Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick and historian Marty Rizzo on June 10. On June 17 a “classic ” program featuring Frank Bardacke about area politics and Jim Mosher discussing alcohol and the law. On June 24 once again the three winners of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Short Story Contest will read their entries. July 1st has Frank Perry director of The Capitola History Museum telling us about local baseball legend Harry Hooper and their museum exhibit. After Frank , Karla Hawkinson will talk about IotaGift.com her online business. Lisa Jensen film critic and author of her new book “Alias Hook” will open the July 15 program and Ellen Primack will then talk about this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. . “You can tell German wine from vinegar from the label“, Mark Twain.”The reason I drink is because when I’m sober I think I’m Eddie Fisher”, Dean Martin. “I can speak Esperanto like a native”, Spike Milligan.

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SEA BEACH HOTEL. This gorgeous hotel was built in the 1870’s and had 170 rooms. Rumor has it that Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Teddy Roosevelt stayed there. It burned down and up on June 12, 1912.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE May 12, 2014

SHERIFF CAMPAIGN. This campaign is getting serious. Lawn signs, trucks with Roger Wildey’s name but I’m still going with Paul Elerick’s Input from last week’s column.” Candidate Jim Hart, current Chief Deputy Sheriff came across the best. His website lists a host of excellent endorsements, including the ones that impress me the most. In this case, Supervisor John Leopold’s endorsement was the best of Hart’s many endorsers. Candidate Bob Pursley, is a retired Lieutenant from Sheriff’s Department. His website doesn’t list his endorsers but I’m sure he has some good ones. He was the only candidate who favored the license-plate tracking system currently under consideration by the City of Santa Cruz. A deal breaker for me, we’re tracked too much already; this is an unnecessary expense and an invasion of privacy. Candidate Roger Wildey, is also a retired Lieutenant from Sheriff’s Department. He clearly was the candidate of choice for the NRA and Take Back Santa Cruz members in the audience, as well as the only Republican. Noting that he shared a freeway overpass sign with Tim Donnelly, the Tea Party candidate for governor made him a non-starter for me. My choice for Santa Cruz County Sheriff is Jim Hart”. I’d have to addsuch Jim Hart endorsements as Bill Monning, Mark Stone, Luis Alejo, the GLBT Alliance, and the Peoples Democratic Club.

IAN Mckellen explains his interpretation of King Lear

NEW RADIO STATION!!! It’s hard to believe but there’s a new listener supported non profit radio station in the county. Very soon we can listen to KBCZ in Boulder creek at 90.1 FM. Tim Welch the director wants to hear from everybody about what you’d like to hear. Actually they don’t have their FCC license yet, but they’re working on it. Their website says, “Boulder Creek Community Radio is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational radio station committed to bringing together the local community using an entertaining and educational format. The content is focused on local expertise on a wide array of subjects including local history, art, music, agriculture, weather, emergency information, safety issues, upcoming community events, and local economy. KBCZ is to be financially sustainable through donations and local business sponsorships. We plan to be broadcasting in 2014”.

Simon Russell Beale talks about his interpretation of King Lear now at the Del Mar theatre.

OUR FOOD FADS.There was an intriguing article on our national food fad in last week’s New Yorker (5/05).It’s based on a new book titled, “The Tastemakers: Why we’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue”. The article talks about how Jello was a big deal in the Space Age, and Fondue was super popular in the 1960’s. Then it was foot long pepper grinders in the 70’s and “Pasta” replaced spaghetti at that same time. Muffins were huge around 1987, balsamic vinegar and cupcakes in the 1990’s and we all drank alcoholic Iced Teas. Then it skips to 2009 when Greek Yogurt hit the big time and of course as we all know now, it’s Sriracha and Chia seeds which usurped flax by far. It gets serious and talks about “Cultural” divisions such as drinking Cosmopolitians, “Agricultural” tastes such as Heirloom tomatoes, “Chef driven” hits like Cajun spices and “Health Driven” fads like Acai berries. Somewhere in there it talks about such dead fads as MSG, pre-ground pepper and Snapple. It’s both funny and odd to think about..that’s all.

SAVING THAT HORSE CHESTNUT TREE. Gillian Greensite emails to state…Dear fighters for the red horse chestnut tree on Broadway, given that the Hyatt contacts, the developer and the city have chosen to give us the silent treatment, I thought it time to find others in the corporation who might listen. The link below is a list of people I’m going to contact and link to our Facebook page. Maybe someone upstairs will wake up and realize that saving this tree is in all of our interests, not the least of whom is the tree. Anyone want to do the same? Let’s give it all we’ve got! Gillian & Save Our Big Trees !!!

Hyatt Contacts… http://www.hyattpressroom.com/content/hyatt/en/contact_us/corporate_office/usa.html

STAFF OF LIFE’S WASTED WATER WATERFALL. Sidewalk tables are multiplying like flies on Pacific Avenue. More and more folks around the world sit at street- side tables to enjoy the passing parade , but not at Staff of Life. It’s unbelievable that when they built their new store on Soquel they went to extra expense to have a fine sitting area but then went and fenced off the street so you can’t experience being out side. They have actually installed a phony looking and noisy waterfall so you can’t hear the world because of the added extra water splashing noise. And why now.. with all the water issues we are facing are they wasting all the evaporation from that waterfall? Sure it’s probably recycled, but for a store with good taste (and tastes) why did they do that to their otherwise excellent atmosphere?

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

VOTE “YES” ON MEASURE F

The last item on your ballet this year (for voters in the unincorporated part of the County) is a measure called County Service Area No. 11. For $8.50 per parcel, you will be voting to replace an expiring service area charge that maintains our County Park System. This is the cost per year for each improved parcel in the County and will pay for park maintenance, safety, clean restrooms, etc. The objective here is to get TWO THIRDS (2/3) of the voters to agree that this is a good thing, and vote yes. Even though there is no organized opposition to Measure F, the “no taxes anti-government” people will vote against maintaining our parks, so the rest of us must get out and vote Yes on F…. if it’s on your ballot.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary announces the Star Creek Adventures as presented by The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He continues with the Coastal Commission’s meeting in Inverness this week and tells about their Webcast feature. He tells us about our local worst water quality in the State and the report from OEHHA. As you can predict he gets into the problems with the California American Water Company and their TV ad. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365″ – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. The award winning DeCinzo exposes Capitola’s new police uniform look. Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim’s Deep Cover holds a special torch to the world’s oil problem. See below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), the mysteries of creative inspiration revealed (or at least grappled with), as I chime in on the My Writing Process blog tour. Also, tag along with Alias Hook on a pictorial mini-tour of London!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

KING LEAR.(Repeat.. one more time) I’ve seen maybe 10 different King Lear productions.. I’ve been in the cast of two more « Lears », and I’ve seen this National Theatre Live production at the Del Mar twice already !!! This is without a doubt the best King Lear I’ve ever seen. Audrey Stanley and Michael Warren, both Lear experts agree with me !!! Reviews for this Sam Mendes production of King Lear at London’s National Theatre live have been nearly perfect. Simon Russell Beale as Lear got raves in every review. The National Theatre Live production plays at the Del Mar for only two more screenings.Thursday 5/15 @ 7:30pm and Sunday 5/18 @ 11:00amhttp://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/44084-king-lear . I’ll probably go again !!!

TARTUFFE, THE OPERA AT UCSC. The “official” press relerase says, “The UCSC Opera Theatre and the UCSC Music Department present a fully staged production of Kirke Mechem‘s comic opera Tartuffe based on the brilliantly satirical 17th-century play by Molière. The three-act opera has been performed some 400 times in six countries since its 1980 premiere at the San Francisco Opera”. I saw one the SF Opera performances, it’s a fine new opera. And the UCSC Opera productions feature some amazing and surprisingly good singers. Get tickets asap because the four performances will probably sell out. It’s directed by Brian Staufenbiel, conducted by Nicole Paiement and sung in English (with supertitles). It plays May 29-30-31 and June 1, 2014 in the Music Center Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz. 7:30 pm curtain (Sunday at 3:00pm) Lobby opens 1 hour before curtain; doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Tickets at santacruztickets.com, the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159), and the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium box office (831-420-5260). Parking $4. Look up Kirke Mechem at Wikipedia….his background is very impressive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirke_Mechem

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(NEW ONES… IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

LOCKE. A truly great film. No kidding. It’ll make it into cinema history books for sure. The entire film takes place inside a guy’s BMW while he’s driving…that’s it. He’s got a problem, he answers and makes 100 phone calls on his Bluetooth, while driving to solve a problem that he feels responsible for. You’ll share his misery over right and wrong, love and marriage, responsibility and humanity. No sex, violence, or blood, just a thrilling,challenging piece of what cinema can do, when there’s proper direction and a great story and with Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke.

FADING GIGOLO. With John Turturro directing and starring along with Woody Allen and Sharon Stone you’d think and hope that this would be an incredible picture. It’s isn’t. It’s worth watching and even paying admission but it falls right between comedy and drama and misses both. It’s too difficult to image Turturro as the super gigolo he plays.

THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR. Thisis a documentary about some murders that happened on the Galapagos Islands back in 1934. You’ll sit and wonder and follow every frame of the film, but when it’s over it remains only a curiosity piece. Lotsa sea turtles, if you like sea turtles.It does give us some answers about what is paradise and where it’s located.

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.This is Jim Jarmusch’s vampire movie. It features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as century old lovers and Mia Wasikowska (now older) is in it too. It happens in Detroit and Tangiers. They drink special high quality blood from aperitif glasses and there’s many, many classic and rare guitars in to as well. It is a curiosity piece.

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

RAILWAY MAN. The “shell shocked”(PTSD) Colin Firth just wants to kill his WW2 Japanese captor who is still alive. Firth and Nicole Kidman do good jobs with their roles but the film drags for some reason and loses impact. It’s still well worth seeing, but it could have and should have been better.

LUNCHBOX. You’ve seen the lead Irrfan Khan in great films if you’ve seen any Indian films lately. HBO’s In Treatment, The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire etc. It’s the touching, sensitive, no big action story of a non-relationship. It’s also a tour of contemporary Mumbai, India. It’s a wonderful film.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also inthe film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. A surprising and well-made documentary about a very shy woman who hid her photography “hobby” from the world all of her life. As the Nick’s site says, “She never showed her work to anyone, but since its recent (and accidental) discovery, she is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Walking the streets of Chicago and New York City, Maier quietly captured faces, moods and moments (as well as many self-portraits) with her Rolleiflex and created unforgettable imagery that has only come to light in the last few years. Her strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with those who thought they knew her”. You’ll see a huge number of her photos; go if that’s your thing, or if you like good documentaries.

DIVERGENT. Shailene Woodley has come a long way from George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendents, or her wonderful job in “The Spectacular Now”. She’s the main thing in Divergent. She diverges from the approved 5 factions in this Chicago land of the far distant future. It’s a lot like Hunger Games and Shailene reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence in looks and in the roles they play in both these flicks. Ashley Judd is in this too, so is Kate Winslett. Much war, blood, fights, teen age stuff. You could stay home and study about oil deposits in Santa Cruz County and be better off.

SPIDER MAN, AD INFINITUM. I can’t think of a scene or any part of this film that is worth even mentioning. Four movies of Peter Parker doing Tarzan and swinging through street scenes are almost enough. Adding Jamie Foxx as Electro (in whiteface) could not be more idiotic. This of course guarantees it’ll be an international box office blockbuster. It ends with Paul Giamatti in a techno-monster suit playing Rhino, meaning of course that there will be more such drivel. No, watching it in 3D didn’t help.

CAPTAIN AMERICA, Winter Soldier.You take Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and put them in a film like Captain America and what do you have?? Not much, just another bloody, violent, superhero, Marvel Comic blockbuster. It does have a few seconds where we can think about security versus fear as a way to run the USA. Redford plays an evil Wall Street warmonger, and Johansson jumps around a lot and she really does have an intriguing voice, if you stop looking and listen to her. She’s a good “guy” and works with Chris Evans as the Captain. Just go if you’re under 16, and bored.

HEAVEN FOR REAL. Jesus H. Christ, is this a god “faith-based” film or what??? Greg Kinear plays the preacher who’s son almost dies but goes to heaven anyways and probably, or maybe… where??? The kid sees jesus and his horse, and lots of Christian stuff. Don’t go unless your church is closed for some reason and you have nothing to do.

THE OTHER WOMAN. If you’ve ever wondered why Cameron Diaz is famous, you’ll still wonder after seeing this dog of a dumb comedy. Mick La Salle liked it and he’s just about alone. I never knew what Nicki Minaj did, I’m still not sure but she’s the best thing in this FLOP and everything else flops a lot in this film (if you catch my drift). I’m still trying to figure why I went.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Dan Haifley author of “50 Years of Safe Harbor” talks about his book on May 13 then Andrew Hsia-Coron talks about the anti fracking movement. Dr. Mark Bernhard discusses his Qiqong work with Santa Cruz Veterans on May 30, followed by Ed Penniman talking about The Santa Cruz Art League. On June 3 Brian Spencer discusses his direction of “Freud’s Last Session” coming to the Jewel Theatre then Lisa Robinson talks about MAH’s new History Journal publication. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “If at first you don’t succeed—so much for skydiving“, Henny Youngman. “Winning isn’t everything it’s the only thing”, Vince Lombardi. “My horse was in the lead, coming down the home stretch, but the caddie fell off”, Samuel Goldwyn.

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May 8 – 14, 2014

ABUILDING THE DREAM INN. This architectural disaster happened before local environmental groups were organized. It was 1962. That’s the Lynch House standing alone on the right, built in 1877. This was also before the beach was polluted.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE May 5, 2014

OUR FISHERMAN’S WHARF…PACIFIC AVENUE!!! Does anyone else ever think about how our Pacific Avenue Downtown has disintegrated into a cheap Fisherrman’s Wharf tourist attraction?? How many more pizza joints, ice cream parlors, and coffee houses do we need?? More to the point…let’s make a guess….if Louis Rittenhouse got an offer for his Church & Pacific Corner mausoleum to house a Wax Museum or a Ripleys Believe it Museum would our City Council or Business Council or LOBA or Chamber turn it down? There are almost no stores selling any necessity downtown, we are forced to go to 41st or Amazon. Don’t we care about integrity, quality, character? Taco Bell at one end, Jamba Juice at the other and what’s in between? answer Forever 21. And do they really, put religious statements in the bottom of their shopping bags??? Our kids will someday wonder why we let it go like that…just to keep it “vibrant” at any price.???

ELEPHANT & BOOGIE WOOGIE. As an aside, we’ve been assured that the piano keys are NOT ivory. This is from daughter Hillary’s FB page.

GOOD TIMES MOVING AND A NEW PUBLICATION!!! Late breaking rumors have it that Good Times is working hard to save the rent bucks and is moving down Pacific Avenue to Charlie Canfields and Barry Swenson’s building (UCSC Educational ) at 1101 Pacific Avenue upstairs from Taqueria Vallarta. The other completely absurd rumor is that there’s a new “publication” in the works (not from Good Times) but who in their right mind would start a new publication around here? Absurd, but remember you heard it here first!!!

UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES ON BONNY DOON. Back in 2009 Karla Hutton (formerly of Good Times) filmed Paul Hostetter and me talking about Bonny Doon. Here’s that clip, finally!!!

DeCINZO’S AWARD. According to The Sentinel last week none other than Steven DeCinzo won the first place award for “editorial cartoon” from the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. That’s in the 15,001-35,000 circulation category. He certainly deserves it.

EBAY HELP WANTED. I have a bunch of collectibles I want to “share with the world” (sell). If you know of anybody local who can navigate EBAY and assist in this endeavor please get in touch. And do not assume that somebody else will jump on this..email me at bratton@cruzio.com and we’ll talk.

GOODBYE PHIL READER. Phil Reader died Thursday May 1st at 4:15 a.m. Anyone who knows about Santa Cruz history will know what a loss that is. Phil was not only good fun to hang out with, but an excellent researcher and writer. He wrote in depth articles about the human side of Santa Cruz history; Chinatown, our prostitutes, and he helped me a lot by researching the complete story of LONDON Nelson and his brother slaves Marlborough, Cambridge and Canterbury. Check here to read Readers research…and to remember Phil.

KING LEAR. I’ve seen maybe 10 different King Lear plays. I’ve been in the cast of two more « Lears », and I’ve seen this National Theatre Live production at the Del Mar twice already !!! This is without a doubt the best King Lear I’ve ever seen. Audrey Stanley and Michael Warren, both Lear experts agree with me !!! Reviews for this Sam Mendes production of King Lear at London’s National Theatre live have been nearly perfect. Simon Russell Beale as Lear gets raves in every review. The National Theatre Live production plays at the Del Mar for only two more screenings. Thursday 5/15 @ 7:30pm and Sunday 5/18 @ 11:00am http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/44084-king-lear . I’ll probably go again !!!

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul emails to state…

JIM HART FOR SHERIFF

The three candidates for Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office spoke at a forum on April 28th, appearing before a standing room only crowd at the Santa Cruz Police Department meeting room. The forum was co-sponsored by the ACLU and People’s Democratic Club, Valley Women’s Club, GLBT, and others.

Candidate Jim Hart, current Chief Deputy Sheriff came across the best. His website lists a host of excellent endorsements, including the ones that impress me the most. In this case, Supervisor John Leopold’s endorsement was the best of Hart’s many endorsers.

Candidate Bob Pursley, is a retired Lieutenant from Sheriff’s Department. His website doesn’t list his endorsers but I’m sure he has some good ones. He was the only candidate who favored the license-plate tracking system currently under consideration by the City of Santa Cruz. A deal breaker for me, we’re tracked too much already, this is an unnecessary expense and an invasion of privacy.

Candidate Roger Wildey, is also a retired Lieutenant from Sheriff’s Department. He clearly was the candidate of choice for the NRA and Take Back Santa Cruz members in the audience, as well as the only Republican. Noting that he shared a freeway overpass sign with Tim Donnelly, the Tea Party candidate for governor made him a non-starter for me. My choice for Santa Cruz County Sheriff is Jim Hart.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary is on vacation for a few weeks and prepared these Reports just before he left. He talks about The Army Corps of Engineers and our water. Then he deals with the future of Capitola and their general plan, and huge changes. San Benito County is dealing with fracking in a courageous way…he tells us about that issue. The San Clemente Dam owned by California America Water is slated for removal soon. Read about that problem. He ends the week talking about our San Lorenzo River and the Alliance to save it. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DE CINZO. Award winning DeCinzo looks at films…scroll down.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Eagan takes on the Supreme Court and racism…that’s all !!! See below.

KING LEAR. I’ve seen maybe 10 different King Lear plays. I’ve been in the cast of two more « Lears », and I’ve seen this National Theatre Live production at the Del Mar twice already !!! This is without a doubt the best King Lear I’ve ever seen. Audrey Stanley and Michael Warren, bnoth Lear experts agree with me !!! Reviews for Sam Mendes production of King Lear at London’s National Theatre live have been nearly perfect. Simon Russell Beale as Lear got raves in every review. The National Theatre Live production plays at the Del Mar for only two more screenings.Thursday 5/15 @ 7:30pm and Sunday 5/18 @ 11:00am http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/44084-king-lear . I’ll probably go again !!!

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), Jewel Theatre Company concludes its ninth season with a bang in Joe Orton’s scabrously funny What the Butler Saw, truth is stranger than fiction in the 1930s-era true-crime doc, The Galapagos Affair, and the Art and Chocolate art studio tour returns for another tasty Mother’s Day weekend.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
……In order of perfection……

BLUE RUIN. I was up late watching King Lear the night before, and Spiderman 2 just three hours before, so that’s why I dozed off during this good film. It’s a low key revenge story about just a guy who is driven to avenge his parents death, and he really doesn’t know how. I’m going back. It won awards at Cannes, and that’s got to mean something.

SPIDER MAN, AD INFINITUM. I canm’t think of a scene or any part of this film that is worth even mentioning. Four movies of Peter Parker doing Tarzan and swinging through street scenes is almost enough. Adding Jamie Foxx as Electro (in whiteface) could not be more idiotic. This of course guarantees it’ll be an international box office blockbuster. It ends with Paul Giamatti in an techno-monster suit playing Rhino, meaning of course that there will be more such drivel. No, watching it in 3D didn’t help.

FACE OF LOVE. Annette Benning and Ed Harris are great actors, they are in a special group of actors that can convey a special something genuine. This isn’t the film to watch them hit their usual high marks. It’s an odd film about insanity, fatefull love, and some weird stuff. Robin Williams is in it too…and he’s far from being my favorite actor. I can never believe any word he says. Go warned and only if you want to see Benning and Harris together.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

RAILWAY MAN. “Shell shocked”,(PTSD) Colin Firth just wants to kill his WW2 Japanese captor who is still alive. Firth and Nicole Kidman do good jobs with their roles but the film drags for some reason and loses impact. It’s still well worth seeing, but it could have and should have been better.

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE. Rotten Tomatoes gives this a 99%, it’s that great!!! Jodorowsky who is now 85, wanted to make Frank Herberts classic “Dune” into an opus that would have been extra magnum. He has Salvatore Dali, Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carridine, and Pink Floyd committed to do it, but it never happened. This documentary is a telling and showing of Jodorowsky’s pic and plot. If you ever read Dune and thought it was one of the best Sci-Fi books ever written see this film very soon, it won’t be there long.

UNDER THE SKIN. If you liked Enemy and wonderfully challenging plots that will leave you wondering this is your film. I loved every minute of it. It’s intelligent, non Hollywood, beautifully photographed and of course it stars Scarlett Johanessen. Like Enemy the recent Jake Gyllenhaal piece of cinema history theending to Under The Skin will knock off your socks permanently. Check out the trailer…

LUNCHBOX.You’ve seen the lead Irrfan Khan in great films if you’ve seen any Indian films lately. HBO’s In Treatment, The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire etc. It’s the touching, sensitive, no big action story of a non-relationship. It’s also a tour of contemporary Mumbai, India. It’s a wonderful film.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also inthe film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. A surprising and well made documentary about a very shy woman who hid her photography “hobby” from the world all her life. As the Nick’s site says, “She never showed her work to anyone, but since its recent (and accidental) discovery, she is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Walking the streets of Chicago and New York City, Maier quietly captured faces, moods and moments (as well as many self-portraits) with her Rolleiflex and created unforgettable imagery that has only come to light in the last few years. Her strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with those who thought they knew her”. You’ll see a huge number of her photos; go if that’s your thing, or if you like good documentaries.

DIVERGENT. Shailene Woodley has come a long way from George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendents, or her wonderful job in “The Spectacular Now”. She’s the main thing in Divergent. She diverges from the approved 5 factions in this Chicago land of the far distant future. It’s a lot like Hunger Games and Shailene reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence in looks and in the roles they play in both these flicks. Ashley Judd is in this too, so is Kate Winslett. Much war, blood, fights, teen age stuff. You could stay home and study about oil deposits in Santa Cruz County and be better off.

TRANSCENDENCE. Johnny Depp seems to be losing the zillion dollar attraction he used to have. This film is a dud. It’s about technology and re-creating dead people. Paul Bettany does his usual fine actiong job and so does Morgan Freeman who hasn’t had a chance to really act in years and just keeps playing the same old Morgan Freeman. It’s Man versus machine and dullness versus your cost of admission…you decide.

CAPTAIN AMERICA, Winter Soldier.You take Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and put them in a film like Captain America and what do you have?? Not much, just another bloody, violent, superhero, Marvel Comic blockbuster. It does have a few seconds where we can think about security versus fear as a way to run the USA. Redford plays an evil Wall Street warmonger, and Johansson jumps around a lot and she really does have an intriguing voice, if you stop looking and listen to her. She’s a good “guy” and works with Chris Evans as the Captain. Just go if you’re under 16, and bored.

BRICK MANSIONS. If all goes really, really bad then Detroit could look like this movie in 2018. It’s a terrible action, evil, crashing, jumping killing “action” flick. The now deceased Paul Walker stars in this mindless, over edited, special effects, pointless disaster. It’s a perfect example to use when you think that there are too many movies centering on violence on every theatre screen in the USA (and propably the rest of the world today).

HEAVEN FOR REAL. Jesus H. Christ, is this a god “faith-based” film or what??? Greg Kinear plays the preacher who’s son almost dies but goes to heaven anyways and probably, or maybe??? the kid sees jesus and his horse, and lots of Christian stuff. Don’t go unless your church is closed for some reason and you have nothing to do.

THE OTHER WOMAN. If you’ve ever wondered why Cameron Diaz is famous, you’ll still wonder after seeing this dog of a dumb comedy. Mick La Salle liked it and he’s just about alone. I never knew what Nicki Minaj did, I’m still not sure but she’s the best thing in this FLOP and everything else flops a lot in this film (if you catch my drift). I’m still trying to figure why I went.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Traci Hukill and Eric Johnson tell us about Hilltromper Santa Cruz on May 6., then Anita Monga artistic director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (May 29-June1) reveals this years featured films. Dan Haifley author of “50 Years of Safe Harbor” talks about his book on May 13 then Andrew Hsia-Coron talks about the anti fracking movement. Dr. Mark Bernhard discusses his Qiqong work with Santa Cruz Veterans on May 30, followed by Ed Penniman talking about The Santa Cruz Art League. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

BEST OF CLASSICAL STEVEN DeCINZO.

QUOTES. Ted Burke (of Crow’s Nest & Shadowbrook notoriety) sent this first quote…“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”, Joseph Addison, writer (1672-1719). How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” Lear, Shakespeare. “When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools“, Lear, Shakespeare.

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May 1 – 7, 2014

Santa Cruz Beach and Wharves circa 1888. This shows two of our very early wharves. It’s near where the Sea Beach Hotel was built later.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE April 28, 2014

SANTA CRUZ BUSINESS COUNCIL SUPPORTS APTOS VILLAGE & EVERYTHING. One can never be too sure where the Santa Cruz Business Council is coming from. Way back in February they agreed, and sent a letter supporting the development of Barry Swenson’s Aptos Village. That’s odd because Swenson hasn’t yet even filed permits or finished finding financing for this controversial development. The Business Council also sent a letter to the City Council supporting Swenson’s 100 Studio units at 555 Pacific Avenue that also hasn’t even broken ground yet. Makes you wonder what development they wouldn’t support or if they care?

COASTAL COMMISSION GOING ANTI-COAST!!! It was almost a surprise when the Coastal Commission voted to allow the 39 acres and 184 hotel rooms The Monterey Shores Resort wants to build in Sand City, right on the beach, right where the Snowy Plovers nest!!! As environmental watchers predicted only Commissioner Mary Shallenberger voted against the monstor beach motel. Now we can all watch and bet how they’ll vote on…(from their website)…University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC – Marine Mammal Pool Renovation). UCSC’s notice pursuant to the certified CLRDP for renovation of the existing marine mammal pools at UCSC’s Marine Science Campus at Terrace Point in Santa Cruz. (AK-SC). Explain once again how do these mammal pools differ from “The Blackfish” orca side shows at Marineworlds??

SANDWICH BOARDS EVERYWHERE ON PACIFIC AVENUE. Adding to the mystery and incompetence in ruling The Great Morgani off Pacific Avenue we now are seeing sandwich boards being allowed all over our downtown sidewalks. Each one takes up almost exactly the same amount of square inches that Morgani does…or did. Let’s vote all of the City Council out of office tomorrow morning…what good have they done so far?

THE SENTINEL’S LAST REPUBLICAN. Somewhere in the vast internet I found The Santa Cruz Sentinel’s veteran photographer Dan Coyro saying goodbye to Shanna McCord labeling her the “second to last Republican at The Sentinel”. Did you doubt it???

OTHER GOODBYES TO ELIZABETH LIMBACH AND IKE JABLON. After reading Elizabeth Limbach’s great Good Times piece on Rape in the Watsonville fields everyone was surprised to see last week’s Good Times ad for a new Managing Editor!! Elizabeth will be missed. Ike Jablon, the nearly new and wildly energetic PR guy at the Nickelodeon/Del Mar is leaving for Austin, Texas this week because of family. He changed the cinema marketing scene in these parts by leaps and bounds, he too will be missed and appreciated…a lot. Lane Jouvet is replacing him. She’s worked in film in NYC and LA and there’s a picture of Lane and Alejandro Jodorowsky together on her website.

PARAPROSDOKIANS, PART 2. Ralph Davila also sent in these paraprosdokians which he states arefigures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Wikipedia adds, “Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis“. You can look up “syllepsis”. I did. I printed some of Ralph’s paraprosdokians last week. Here are the last ten…

  1. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  2. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
  3. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.
  4. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
  5. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
  6. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
  7. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
  8. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  9. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
  10. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul notes…

CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROPOSAL- CITY OF SANTA CRUZ

The People’s Democratic Club (PDC) is holding a May 4 forum, 5-7pm, In the Police Department Community Room, City of Santa Cruz. A proposal by Councilmember Micah Posner, to consider a proposed ordinance to allow for the use of city funds in campaigning will be reviewed. Speakers include Bruce van Allen, former SC City mayor, Councilmember Posner and possibly Senator Bill Monning. If you are tired of big money buying into seats on our City Council, you need to come to hear Micah’s proposal. Also, there could be major announcements by people who will be running for City Council!

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about the Monterey County LAFCO packet and tells us that Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold is actually the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the the California Association of LAFCOs statewide group. He explains Soquel’s “Will-Serve” letters. Check to see news about how there’ll be an official groundwater emergency. If you are involved with accessory dwelling units as a tenant, landowner,or neighbor , you’d better attend this weeks meeting. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DE CINZO. Jobs, what jobs ?…see DeCinzo’s version down below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Eagan sinks to a new low in this week’s Deep, Deep Cover see deeply below.

KING LEAR. Reviews for Sam Mendes production of King Lear at London’s National Theatre live ahve been nearly perfect. Simon Russell Beale as Lear got raves in every review. The National Theatre Live production plays at the Del Mar FOUR SHOWS ONLY!Thursday 5/1 @ 7:30pmSunday 5/4 @ 11:00amThursday 5/15 @ 7:30pm and Sunday 5/18 @ 11:00am http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/44084-king-lear . I’ll save you a seat !!

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW. If you’ve never seen this rapid, zip along, sexy comedy by Joe Orton here’s your chance. (Local history…it was one of the four plays that opened Theatre 303 at the Sashmill back in the 70’s). Jewel Theatre is presenting it and Art Manke is directing, and Mike Ryan plus Danny Scheie and Julie James are co-starring. It plays May 1-25 at Center Stage. Go here!

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Follow the saga of “the greatest science fiction movie never made” in the irresistible doc, Jodorowsky’s Dune, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, celebrate the first annual California Bookstore Day, and get ready to grin like the Cheshire cat over this Sherlock vs. Loki dance-off video mashup.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
…In order of perfection…

JOE.Many of us forgot that Nicolas Cage could act, he was in some very terrible films. That’s not the case with Cage in Joe. Taking place in today’s Texas, it’s hot, dirty, nasty, gritty, boozin’, shootin’, evil, stupid South. Supporting Cage is the young Tye Sheridan (from Mud). It’s an excellent movie…go see it.

RAILWAY MAN. “Shell shocked”,(PTSD) Colin Firth just wants to kill his WW2 Japanese captor who is still alive. Firth and Nicole Kidman do good jobs with their roles but the film drags for some reason and loses impact. It’s still well worth seeing, but it could have and should have been better.

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE. Rotten Tomatoes gives this a 99%, it’s that great!!! Jodorowsky who is now 85, wanted to make Frank Herberts classic “Dune” into an opus that would have been extra magnum. He has Salvatore Dali, Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carridine, and Pink Floyd committed to do it, but it never happened. This documentary is a telling and showing of Jodorowsky’s pic and plot. If you ever read Dune and thought it was one of the best Sci-Fi books ever written see this film very soon, it won’t be there long.

THE OTHER WOMAN. If you’ve ever wondered why Cameron Diaz is famous, you’ll still wonder after seeing this dog of a dumb comedy. Mick La Salle liked it and he’s just about alone.I never knew what Nicki Minaj did, I’m still not sure but she’s the best thing in this FLOP and everything else flopsa lot in this film (if you catch my drift). I’m still trying to figure why I went.

BRICK MANSIONS. If all goes really, really bad then Detroit could look like this movie in 2018. It’s a terrible action, evil, crashing, jumping killing “action” flick. The now deceased Paul Walker stars in this mindless, over edited, special effects, pointless disaster. It’s a perfect example to use when you think that there are too many movies centering on violence on every theatre screen in the USA (and propably the rest of the world today).

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
(from BEST 2 worst)

DOM HEMINGWAY. Jude Law literally chews up the hard drive in this very British art-house film. It somehow ended up at Cinema 9 in Santa Cruz. Law plays the angriest man I can remember on screen. He is mean, pissed, cruel and just served 12 years in prison instead of ratting on an equally mean billionaire mob boss. It’s an excellent film, and funny, driven, exciting and touching, all at the same time. Go for it…it’s really a Nickelodeon film at Cinema 9 no less!!!

UNDER THE SKIN. If you liked Enemy and wonderfully challenging plots that will leave you wondering this is your film. I loved every minute of it. It’s intelligent, non Hollywood, beautifully photographed and of course it stars Scarlett Johanessen. Like Enemy the recent Jake Gyllenhaal piece of cinema history theending to Under The Skin will knock off your socks permanently. Check out the trailer… http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/under_the_skin_2013

LUNCHBOX.You’ve seen the lead Irrfan Khan in great films if you’ve seen any Indian films lately. HBO’s In Treatment, The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire etc. It’s the touching, sensitive, no big action story of a non-relationship. It’s also a tour of contemporary Mumbai, India. It’s a wonderful film.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also inthe film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. A surprising and well made documentary about a very shy woman who hid her photography “hobby” from the world all her life. As the Nick’s site says, “She never showed her work to anyone, but since its recent (and accidental) discovery, she is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Walking the streets of Chicago and New York City, Maier quietly captured faces, moods and moments (as well as many self-portraits) with her Rolleiflex and created unforgettable imagery that has only come to light in the last few years. Her strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films and interviews with those who thought they knew her”. You’ll see a huge number of her photos; go if that’s your thing, or if you like good documentaries.

OCULUS. Featuring a haunted mirror, this is a pretty good and pretty scary movie. It has some clever and well thought out scenes and is definitely several cuts above the usual horror film. What it does do is maintain a tense feeling throughout almost all the film, that’s not easy. Go if you like to be mystifyied or scared.

DIVERGENT. Shailene Woodley has come a long way from George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendents, or her wonderful job in “The Spectacular Now”. She’s the main thing in Divergent. She diverges from the approved 5 factions in this Chicago land of the far distant future. It’s a lot like Hunger Games and Shailene reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence in looks and in the roles they play in both these flicks. Ashley Judd is in this too, so is Kate Winslett. Much war, blood, fights, teen age stuff. You could stay home and study about oil deposits in Santa Cruz County and be better off.

TRANSCENDENCE. Johnny Depp seems to be losing the zillion dollar attraction he used to have. This film is a dud. It’s about technology and re-creating dead people. Paul Bettany does his usual fine actiong job and so does Morgan Freeman who hasn’t had a chance to rslly act in years and just keeps playing the same old Morgan Freeman. It’s Man versus machine and dullness versus your cost of admission…you decide.

CAPTAIN AMERICA, Winter Soldier.You take Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and put them in a film like Captain America and what do you have?? Not much, just another bloody, violent, superhero, Marvel Comic blockbuster. It does have a few seconds where we can think about security versus fear as a way to run the USA. Redford plays an evil Wall Street warmonger, and Johansson jumps around a lot and she really does have an intriguing voice, if you stop looking and listen to her. She’s a good “guy” and works with Chris Evans as the Captain. Just go if you’re under 16, and bored.

HEAVEN FOR REAL. Jesus H. Christ, is this a god “faith-based” film or what??? Greg Kinear plays the preacher who’s son almost dies but goes to heaven anyways and probably, or maybe??? the kid sees jesus and his horse, and lots of Christian stuff. Don’t go unless your church is closed for some reason and you have nothing to do.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick returns April 29 to talk more about issues from the bench. Marty Rizzo follows him on 4/29 by telling us “new” details in our earliest Santa Cruz Mission Days. Traci Hukill and Eric Johnson tell us about Hilltromper Santa Cruz on May 6., then Anita Monga artistic director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival reveals their film features. Dan Haifley author of “50 Years of Safe Harbor” talks about his book on May 13. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all lawyers“, William Shakespeare. “Only lawyers and mental defectives are automatically exempt from jury duty”, George Bernard Shaw. “The only difference between Doctors and Lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas Doctors rob you and kill you, too”, Anton Chekhov

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April 23 – 29, 2014

OUR HISTORICAL SANTA CRUZ FISHERMAN’S WHARF. Taken in 1961, this photo clearly shows the unique bend in the ocean end. That bend that faces almost exactly into the oncoming wave action is what has saved our wharf over all these years.Note the “no lighthouse on Lighthouse Point. Note too the Boardwalk wharf.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE April 21, 2014

UCSC’S OPENING DEDICATION

The video and UCSC founders story never mentions anything about Al Smith who inherited and owned the Orchard Supply Hardware stores being UC Berkeley Chancellor Clark Kerr’s brother in law. Or how Clark Kerr would escape the tribulations of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley in the 60’s and come down to Swanton Road to stay at Al Smith’s house (which was across the road from mine).

SCRP AND OUR MUNICIPAL FISHERMAN’S WHARF. Rumors have it that Santa Cruzans for Responsible Planning (SCRP) are going to meet to discuss the many problems with the city’s near secret plans to add 2 acres of width to our wharf. They’re concerned about historic preservation, financing,design, and naturally…coastal considerations. Watch this space.

SAVE THE HORSE CHESTNUT TREE, Gillian Greensite of the “Save our Big Trees” movement writes…”We’ve had great publicity for the red horse chestnut tree over the past week! It seems a good time to take a break and use the time to get the word out over Twitter and Facebook. And write a proposal for Planning and Council since the Planning Director was quoted as saying they hadn’t yet received one. I did send the tree expert reports to all council members who did not respond, but that was before the publicity. Here’s the contact information for Global Head of Hyatt Real Estate.

Chris Dobbins, Vice President of Development, christopher.dobbins@hyatt.com (480) 308 2915

Can you please help get the word out? It’s the only hope we have for saving the tree”. Here’s a link to the Sentinel article

AMONG THE MISSING. Long time friends like Bill Caldwell who was involved early on with Cesar Chavez’s and Luis Valdez good works died. So did David Rigler, child psychologist and Jewish Film Festival organizer. Ginny Fitzmaurice passed on a few weeks ago she worked hard helping UCSC students for decades. Our community is not the same without them.

ELERICK’S INPUT…Mr. Paul Elerick writes…

HEALTH INSURANCE (NOT OBAMACARE) RUNAROUND

I was happy with my health insurance but needed to find a new arrangement since my previous employer got out of the health care business for their retirees. They were extremely helpful in the transition that led me to choose Healthnet for supplemental Medical Insurance.

My first two attempts at claims to Healthnet were rejected, with a cryptic reason given “no EOB.” No indication of what EOB meant. Calling Healthnet was a terrible experience, working through the worst phone exercise ever; I finally got to the recording after asking to speak to a person. The recording said all agents were busy, and expect a wait time of seventy (70) minutes. I called my primary care provider, Dignity Heath, and got to talk to a real person, learning from her to NEVER call insurance companies on Monday, best time is first thing in the morning on THURSDAYS. I also learned the EOB means Explanation of Benefits in insurance language, i.e., they wanted my claims to go first to Medicare. So both providers of service to me have submitted the charges to Medicare. It will be May before these are paid for services I received in March.

So what’s the point with this ranting? We’ve been told of horror stories of waiting on phones to enroll in Obamacare. I’m not eligible for this coverage as a primary Medicare customer, but would certainly give it a try in November if I was.

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

POLAR BEARS AND DOGS PLAYING.

CINEMA 9 MAKE OVER. I saw photos of the super luxurious reclining chairs that are going to replace every seat in all 9 of the Regal Cinema 9 theatres. Not only do they look like your front room variety chairs they’ll eliminate 40 percent of the existing seats there now. Not only that, but all the wall coverings and screen curtains will be replaced and they’ll have quite a selection of wines in neat looking decanters. Plans are looking good to even feature some local wines!!! Contractors are working on final plans and all this probably starts around June.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary discusses the Agriculture Water Quality Alliance and how they work to save the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. On Tuesday he talks about the drought and some local workshops that address the issues. The State Water Resources Control Board governs state water use and there are meetings coming up. UCSC’s Common Ground Center has a meeting on Thursday night about sustainable agriculture. He ends the week talking about PG & E’s proposed power line would affect Aptos, Corralitos, and Watsonville, all located within Santa Cruz County. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

RUSSELL BRUTSCHE ART SHOW 5/04. Russell Brutsche has been creating protest art pieces a long time. We’ve seen them nearly evberywhere. He’s got some new ones (seen here this week) that he’ll be showing. He writes …. « I’m excited about a Sunday May 4 exhibit I’m doing related to water, at the Santa Cruz Art League, 3-8 pm, 526 Broadway . As we know, desal and droughts have been major local concerns, and in this show I’ll be addressing the core reason why citizens have been questioning energy-intensive solutions: more carbon equals more climate change equals rising sea levels. With scientists predicting 2 to 7 feet sea level rise this century, and with 5 million American homes currently less than 4 feet above sea level, the topic is certainly ripe for us coastal folk! These pieces are new, and I’ll also have other works I’ve done about water over the last couple of years. Also offering original music, snacks, & wine. One day only, free.


MORGANI CHIMES IN. This “photo essay” just arrived from Frank “Morgani” Lima. He told me last week that the reason we haven’t seen him playing is that he’s just waiting for official City Approval for some spaces on Pacific where he can play with his back against the buildings so that his audience doesn’t block traffic and stop customers from entering the stores. He writes,

I love the comments from everyone, regarding this trend…hell, I’ve been doing this for 17 years, and never thought that I was «seeking liberation through complete sublimation of the physical self. I have just rationalized, that I am an accordionist, who dresses, in an unusual manner, without all the «Bovine defecation analytical theories» He attached this photo of the Tokyo Zentai Project minding their own business in downtown Tokyo earlier this year.

FIRST TEST FLIGHT WITH DRONE COVERAGE. Tom Graves sent this clip..it’s Elon Musk’s (Tesla) rocket flight and planned landing.

CLASSICAL DE CINZO. DeCinzo displays his fishy ideas about «Thee Acquarium» see downwards.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim gives new meaning to «and the horse he rode in on»….see below

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT 4/26 & 4/27. The Santa Cruz Chamber Players present Bohemian Soul: Nationalism Inspired by Folk Musicfeaturing music by Janacek, Kodaly, Marinu and Smetana. Artistic director Rebecca Jackson, violin, will be joined by Sarah Rommel on cello and Christine McLeavey Payne on piano. This concert will take place on Saturday, April 26, 8:00 PM & Sunday, April 27, 3:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos. Click here to view the program, notes and bios of all the players in this concert, or visit our web site at: www.scchamberplayers.org For more information on tickets or sponsorships, please call us at 831-425-3149 or 831-713-5061.

PARAPROSDOKIANS. Ralph Davila sent in these paraprosdokians which he states are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Wikipedia states Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis. You can look up “syllepsis”. I did.

Here are the first seven…

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

I would add that these are not only funny, but even profound. Thank Ralph when you see him. (more next week).

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa says she’s taking a break this week and will be back with more juicy stuff next week. Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
……In order of perfection……

NYMPH()MANIAC.Vol. 2. If you saw Nymph() vol. 1 you have to see Nymph() 2. Just like artists paint differently and authors write differently directors make movies and tell their stories differently. Nymph() director Lars Von Trier does exactly that. This part 2 is as sexual and scary as Vol.1 and completes the prostitutes’ ( Charlotte Gainsbourg) story as she tells it to kindly old asexual Stellen Skarsgard. It has a shocking ending…that’ll surprise you. And as you’ve probably read, the sex scenes as simply 100% total. Thjose scenes will push some or maybe all of your buttons and they’re supposed to. See it quickly it’ll probably close soon.

DOM HEMINGWAY. Jude Law literally chews up the hard drive in this very British art-house film. It somehow ended up at Cinema 9 in Santa Cruz. Law plays the angriest man I can remember on screen. He is mean, pissed, cruel and just served 12 years in prison instead of ratting on an equally mean billionaire mob boss. It’s an excellent film, and funny, driven, exciting and touching, all at the same time. Go for it…it’s really a Nickelodeon film at Cinema 9 no less!!!

OCULUS. Featuring a haunted mirror, this is a pretty good and pretty scary movie. It has some clever and well thought out scenes and is definitely several cuts above the usual horror film. What it does do is maintain a tense feeling throughout almost all the film, that’s not easy. Go if you like to be mystifyied or scared.

TRANSCENDENCE. Johnny Depp seems to be losing the zillion dollar attraction he used to have. This film is a dud. It’s about technology and re-creating dead people. Paul Bettany does his usual fine actiong job and so does Morgan Freeman who hasn’t had a chance to rslly act in years and just keeps playing the same old Morgan Freeman. It’s Man versus machine and dullness versus your cost of admission…you decide.

HEAVEN FOR REAL. Jesus H. Christ, is this a god “faith-based” film or what??? Greg Kinear plays the preacher who’s son almost dies but goes to heaven anyways and probably, or maybe??? The kid sees jesus and his horse, and lots of Christian stuff. Don’t go unless your church is closed for some reason and you have nothing to do.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. April 22 we have Julie James from the Jewel Theatre talking about “What the Butler Saw”. Jeffrey Smedberg follows her telling us about the 13th annual Reel Work Film Festival (4/26-5/6). Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick returns April 29 to talk more about issues from the bench. Marty Rizzo follows on 4/29 by telling us “new” details in our earliest Santa Cruz Mission Days. Traci Hukill and Eric Johnson tell us about Hilltromper Santa Cruz on May 6., then Anita Monga artistic director of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival reveals their film features. Dan Haifley author of “50 Years of Safe Harbor” talks about his book on May 13. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES.”A careful driver is one who looks in both directions when he passes a red light”, R.Marterie. “It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one’s enemies. It is the successes of one’s friends that are hard to bear”, Oscar Wilde. “This year Elizabeth Taylor is wearing Orson Welles designer jeans”, Joan Rivers.

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April 16 – 22, 2014

THE SANTA CRUZ RAILROAD WHARF & THE FISHERMAN’S WHARF. This dates about 1914 the WW1 year.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

FOUNTAINS OF CHAIN. I found this science mystery in the N.Y. Times.
GREAT AD. Wait for the ending…
GREAT TAP DANCING, SINGING AND ESPECIALLY THE DRUMMING.
JONATHAN WINTERS & DEAN MARTIN

DATELINE APRIL 14, 2014

NEIGHBORS ORGANIZED TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY. ..N.O.P.O.C. !!!

A courageous group of Aptos neighbors have organized to try to stop P.G.& E. from erecting nine (9) miles of 40-to 100 foot tall poles across their backyards, berry farms and apple orchards. There’s an EIR report due in June but that’ll just say that P.G.& E. have to plant 150 new trees someplace because they are cutting down that many for these new power lines. N.O.P.O.C. has hired land use attorney Bill Parkin to represent them. P.G. & E. has never revealed the reason why they want to put in these new lines. Of course it is in direct conflict with local zoning regulations and the County General plan. P.G.& E. stated in January 2012 when they applied to the California Public Utilities Commission that the new 115 kilovolt transmission lines will connect the Green Valley substation in Watsonville with the Rob Roy substation in Aptos. This will be added to the 7.1 mile line going through Watsonville, Corralitos, Pleasant Valley and Day Valley on new steel power poles with bases of poured cement holes going 30 feet deep. I got all of this from Marco and Elizabeth Romanini who were on my Universal Grapevine program last Tuesday (4/8/14). NOPOC can sure use your support (read $$$, money) so go to thjeir excellent website and get all the details and help them out. You can also hear our KZSC interview at their website… http://www.nopoc.org

SHERIFF CANDIDATES FORUM 4/28. The three candidates for Santa Cruz County Sheriff for the June 3, 2014 election, Jim Hart, Bob Pursley, and Roger Wildey, will be speaking at a forum co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the People’s Democratic Club (PDC), the NAACP, the Latino Democrats, the Valley Women’s Club, the GLBT Alliance, the Santa Cruz County Coalition for Overcoming Racism, and the Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. The PDC will vote their endorsement for Santa Cruz County Sheriff at this event. This should be a perfect time to try to nail these guys down. Ask them where they stand on license plate scanners, how about legalizing marijuana, capital punishment, things like that. I’ll bet none of them will give direct answers but it’s worth a try. It’ll be at the Police Community Room (at Center and Laurel near the London Nelson Community Center).It’s 7-9pm, Monday April 28, it’s also free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Ron Pomerantz 831-239-5542; hectic@cruzio.com.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says that our Board of Supervisors Supervisors “will decide whether or not to establish a “Seascape Seawall Geologic Hazard Abatement District”. Seawalls and their problems are defined. He talks about Monterey Peninsula’s “Governance Committee” and about California American Water Company. He sends us to the website of the Valley Women‘s Club and gives us a reality check on old growth forests. There’s news of the Santa Cruz Planning Commission and two important issues they are deciding on. He closes by telling us about Earth Day happening on April 22nd and events related to that celebration. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DE CINZO. DeCinzo has hard advice for the bikers amongst us. Scroll down…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. T. Eagan takes a swipe at the Washington version of The Supremes…see below three or more pages.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), discover the most exciting and mysterious 20th Century photographer you’ve never heard of in the excellent doc, Finding Vivian Maier. Also, more publishing news as my new book Alias Hook sails toward it release date.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul writes…

APTOS DEVELOPMENT– WHY IS BARRY SWENSON BUILDER

DRAGGING HIS FEET?

As reported by Bruce Bratton right here last week, according to Swenson project manager Jesse Nickell, the long awaited Aptos Village Plan won’t be started this year. Could there be financing problems? Did the lenders take a drive through today’s Aptos Village area and ask about how the traffic was going to work?

From what has been reported, there are no more government hurdles for the project. So what’s the problem? In “penciling out” this huge development, did the pencil snap?

SAFEWAY/RANCHO DEL MAR

Now we’re expected to believe that nothing has changed in Safeway’s plan to expand Rancho Del Mar shopping center, even when the sale of Safeway to a huge development conglomerate requires Federal approval. All that we are told is that plans will be submitted “in the spring”, with perhaps a smaller grocery store. How much smaller? Still 18 gas pumps? Can you see Safeway’s Property Development Corporation proceeding without Safeway getting a clean bill of health on the sale of their company? Do they know there is organized opposition to their proposed expansion plan, at least to the preliminary plan we have seen? You can follow the organized opposition to Safeway’s expansion plan here. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

THAT IS THE QUESTION
……In order of perfection……

 

NYMPH( )MANIAC VOLUME 1. Like seeing Ingmar Bergman films back in the 50’s and 60’s when he was breaking into the world film consciousness Lars Von Trier has been doing the same for the last 25 years. His Zentropa, Breaking The Waves, and Dancer in the Dark were milestones in cinema. Nymph (O ) maniac Vol. 1 is another great piece of story telling.

( Think Bergmans’ Persona). The sex scenes will shock you no matter where you come from the techniques Von Trier uses to tell this story are unique and only his. Charlotte Gainsbourg is the Nymphomaniac, Uma Thurman is the angry wife, Shia LaBeouf is one of the confused and used lovers, and Christian Slater who is way underused in movies plays the Nympho’s dad. Stellen Skarsgård is the patient listener to the story and next week (4/18) we get to see Volume 2. I’ll probably go done now and wait….it’s that good a film.

UNDER THE SKIN. If you liked Enemy and wonderfully challenging plots that will leave you wondering this is your film. I loved every minute of it. It’s intelligent, non Hollywood, beautifully photographed and of course it stars Scarlett Johanessen. Like Enemy the recent Jake Gyllenhaal piece of cinema history theending to Under The Skin will knock off your socks permanently. Check out the trailer…

THE RAID 2. Just like Ernest and Celestine is a nearly perfect animated feature and 2001 is a nearly perfect science fiction film The Raid 2 is a nearly perfect,violent, 2 ½ hour long saga of blood, bones, brutality, beauty and cruelty we’ve rarely seen on screen.Violence may not be your favorite genre (Schwarzneggar, Stallone, Willis, ad nauseum) but this is an excellently made film. Try to remember that no one was hurt during the filming, and that they are all acting, not dying. I’ll probably go again, it’s that good.

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. A surprising and well made documentary about a very shy woman who hid her photography “hobby” from the world all her life. As the Nick’s site says, “She never showed her work to anyone, but since its recent (and accidental) discovery, she is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Walking the streets of Chicago and New York City, Maier quietly captured faces, moods and moments (as well as many self-portraits) with her Rolleiflex and created unforgettable imagery that has only come to light in the last few years. Her strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films and interviews with those who thought they knew her”. You’ll see a huge number of her photos; go if that’s your thing, or if you like good documentaries.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
(from BEST 2 worst)

LE WEEKEND. Be very aware that the previews you may have seen are 100% misleading. This is NOT a fun filled weekend in Paris romp for a two senior- long time- married couple. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan who is 64 (you’ll wonder when you see her) star in this bittersweet, soul searching, awkward view of a marriage. It’s about devotion, growing old, egos, and suffering alone. Broadbent you know about but Lindsay Duncan was in the HBO series Rome, films like Under The Tuscan Sun, a bunch of Pinter plays, Prick Up Your Ears, Mansfield Park, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Oops, she was also in the last Sherlock Holmes “His Last Vow” with Mr. B. Cumberbatch. See this most excellent film but remember, it’s not fun just wonderfully thoughtful.

EARNEST AND CELESTINE. An Oscar nominee for the 2013 Best Animated Feature. Don’t be put off by the ” animated” word. This is absolutely beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and very clever animation. Not Disney, not Pixar, sort of like Beatrix Potter illustrations. The film is in French which adds to the brilliance. Go see it and bring the kids!!!

LUNCHBOX.You’ve seen the lead Irrfan Khan in great films if you’ve seen any Indian films lately. HBO’s In Treatment, The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire etc. It’s the touching, sensitive, no big action story of a non-relationship. It’s also a tour of contemporary Mumbai, India. It’s a wonderful film.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also inthe film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

CESAR CHAVEZ. Michael Pena who plays Cesar in the film is no Cesar Chavez. We learn nothing of Chavez’s upbringing, why he’s such a great leader and where he got the guts to do what he did. We learn nothing about who or what role Dolores Huerta played in all the struggle. It’s interesting to us locally because we all knew a little or a lot about Chavez’ fights and it does give us a framework for what we knew but it’s not much of a portrait of such an important person. It should have been titled “5 years in the life of Cesar Chavez”.

 

BAD WORDS. This is a much more serious film than the trailers would have you believe. Jason Bateman, the lead actor ( and also the director) is excellent in his role. But there’s a dark side, a deep reason that Bateman is competing against the kids in this spelling bee movie, and it’s not funny. Tons of swear words in this film, and the spelling words are fun to learn, but there are a lot of better films out and running at the moment.

DIVERGENT. Shailene Woodley has come a long way from George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendents, or her wonderful job in “The Spectacular Now”. She’s the main thing in Divergent. She diverges from the approved 5 factions in this Chicago land of the far distant future. It’s a lot like Hunger Games and Shailene reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence in looks and in the roles they play in both these flicks. Ashley Judd is in this too, so is Kate Winslett. Much war, blood, fights, teen age stuff. You could stay home and study about oil deposits in Santa Cruz County and be better off.

NOAH. A very dark, non-human, bloody, director’s version of one part of the bible. If you liked the Bible you probably won’t like this special effects version.There are so many ” non biblical” characters and adventures that the entire movie just looses it completely. Check out this biblical source http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/03/28/noah_movie_biblical_accuracy_how_the_darren_aronofsky_movie_departs_from.html to see just some of the problems. What is amazing is Aronofsky’s addition of huge silly looking stone monsters (looking like Hollywood Transformers) called Watchers that help Noah fight off the humans. But Russell Crowe does as good a job as he can with his funky role and script to match.

THE LEGO MOVIE. Check it out, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 95 % (Monuments Men got 34%!!!). It’s notTHAT great but its clever, sort of Pixar clever. Yes it’s all animated with those little Lego people doing all the acting”. Voices like Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, and Chris Pratt are just fine, but there are dozens of almost secret throwaway lines that will really grab you. Many product take offs, huge slaps at our commercial lives, and it ends up with what you might even call a moral lesson!!! The 3D version is extra cute…but you could rent it in a year and still enjoy!!

CAPTAIN AMERICA, Winter Soldier.You take Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and put them in a film like Captain America and what do you have?? Not much, just another bloody, violent, superhero, Marvel Comic blockbuster. It does have a few seconds where we can think about security versus fear as a way to run the USA. Redford plays an evil Wall Street warmonger, and Johansson jumps around a lot and she ereally does have an intriguing voice, if you stop looking and listen to her. She’s a good “guy” and works with Chris Evans as the Captain. Just go if you’re under 16, and bored.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN. I only watched 6 minutes of the part where Peabody and Sherman confront Leonardo DaVinci. It was enough to convince me that none of the wit, cleverness, sharpness of the Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do Right days were gone. This is just another witless money grubbing Hollywood cartoon.

SON OF GOD.Going to see this saga is way easier than reading the book. It is also more straight from the bible, not like the Noah movie. It should have said at the end “No saviors were injured during.. etc”. This shortened version of a made for TV series at least has everyone in the cast liooking Jewish or Italian/Roman. Except of course “HIMSELF” who appears to have come from the Hills of Beverly or Mount Malibu. It’s a sappy, gooey, mass marketed and never does tell us how the Shroud of Turin ended up in Santa Cruz!!

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE. It’s got an evil queen Menses (who looks like a dark, mysterious Margaret O’Brien) fighting the pure-at-heart Sphinctus Erectus who’s from grease or maybe it’s Greece. It’s full of blood and a PG type warning “no acting was performed during the making of this film” should have been given before we had to watch it.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On April 15 Peggy Dolgenos CEO of Cruzio discusses the Santa Cruz Business Council followed by Gary Patton on the topic of Land Use, high speed rail and water issues. April 22 we have Julie James from the Jewel Theatre talking about “What the Butler Saw”. Jeffrey Smedberg follows her telling us about the 13th annual Reel Work Film Festival (4/26-5/6) Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick returns April 29 to talk more about issues from the bench. Marty Rizzo follows on 4/29 by telling us “new” details in our earliest Santa Cruz Mission Days. Traci Hukill and Eric Johnson tell us about Hilltromper Santa Cruz on May 6. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “A peptic ulcer is a hole in a man’s stomach through which he crawls to escape from his wife”, J.A. Anderson. ” What is a human being but an ingenious assembly of portable plumbing?”, Christopher Morley. “Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you”, Carl Jung.

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April 10 – 16, 2014

THE ORIGINAL FISHERMAN’S WHARF. Once we had a fisherman’s Wharf and a Railroad Wharf right next to each other. The Sea Beach Hotel is on the right, it opened in 1888, and burned up (or down) in 1912. (Covello & Covello Historical Photos)

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

DATELINE APRIL 7, 2014

GOOD TIMES ALL THE TIME. By now just about everybody who reads hard copy is aware of the buy-out of Good Times and some other weeklies by Dan Pulcrano. Here are the “legal” details if you missed them. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/03/31/metro-newspapers-buys-weeklies-in-santa-cruz.html

What many folks may not remember (or know) are some of the changes Good Times has gone through in the last 39 years. Not even counting the time when the Good Times offices were moved to Capitola (next to AAA). I can remember at least four different office locations just on Pacific Ave alone. You probably remember too that for a while Rupert Murdoch who also owned or owns The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Harper Collins, The New York Post and more, was the owner of our Good Times too!!! Then there were the great parties, like the very first Good Times Halloween Party up at the old Pogonip Country Club in 1975. It was jointly celebrated with The Santa Cruz Symphony. The party got so out of hand, both groups were told never, never come back!!! Here’s more of the story…. Lisa Jensen has still more in her section. Scroll down a little bit.

SAVE THAT TREE. Gillian Greensite works hard to save our Heritage Trees. She was on my radio program last Tuesday night talking about one tree in particular…I asked her to write something about saving that tree. She writes…

“There is a beautiful tree at 407 Broadway, between the levee and Ocean Street, soon to be killed to make way for a Hyatt Hotel. It is a red horse chestnut, one of only three in Santa Cruz. Described as “sacred” and “a guardian of the property” by the original owners of the land, it is now being sacrificed in the name of profit by local developer Tejal Sood. Ms. Sood, her architect Peter Bagnall and Planning director Juliana Rebagliati presented the city council with misleading and incorrect testimony in order to secure their tree removal permit. By stating that the tree had a “very large root ball” and “very very sensitive roots” and is a “tree in decline” they managed to sway the council into believing that the tree could not be saved and was not worth saving.

By contrast, tree experts David Cox of Environmental Design and Barrie Coate, local, esteemed arborist, both inspected the tree and assessed it as “in excellent health” with a life span of many centuries, a “unique” specimen that could be preserved with a retaining wall and a planting space of 24 feet. Unfortunately such information came in after the fact and the Soods have their tree removal permit. It’s too late for legal action. The only hope left is to appeal to the Soods to spare the tree with a slight design modification which should have happened from the beginning if the city had followed its Heritage Tree Ordinance. Tejal Sood declares her family’s roots in the community and her desire to be a good neighbor at every opportunity. With only one week left before the tree will be killed, it may help if we all email Ms. Sood and respectfully ask that she do everything possible to save this beloved tree. Her email is tejalsood@yahoo.com

If we cannot convince Ms. Sood to change her mind, we plan to hold a demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the tree with signs for all to see who drive by. Nothing illegal. If you wish to be kept informed of developments- email me at gumtree@pacbell.net. Gillian Greensite, Save Our Big Trees.

MUNICIPAL WHARF WIDENING, THE REAL COST. According to the Sentinel (3/29) The cost just for implementing the master plan for the 2 acre widening of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf will be $1.02 million dollars. That’s for the master plan. A lot of that preliminary money (according to the Sentinel) will come from our Parks and Recreation Departments park maintenance fund. And why should we bother maintaining our parks when we can add all those new businesses on the wider wharf? We need to ask our sitting City Council (or any future candidates) just how much are the estimates for the actual construction of the wider wharf?? WE should all guess just how much it costs to sink just one redwood tree piling and multiply it out. Then there’s the adding of more 100 ton ships and boats to our Monterey Bay Sanctuary. Will we eventually see Viking Lines, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess Cruise ships docking here…or a few feet off shore with little boats bringing those tourists straight to Charlie Canfield’s Boardwalk???

APTOS VILLAGE…NOT YET!!! With all the talk and debate over the pros and cons of the development of the new Aptos Village I wondered exactly what step of the creation the village is in. I asked Jesse Nickell senior vice president of Barry Swenson Builder about it. He said it probably won’t be happening this year. They are still in the design stages, and they haven’t yet even applied for permits. That should give plenty of time for any and all the neighbors to give lots of input…and for elected officials to figure out traffic problems and EIR’s in general.

BOOK DOMINOS in SEATTLE

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary opens this week’s broadcasts with “Water and Development” plus “Transportation”. He details more of Sand City’s Eco-Resort a 184 room condominium that the Coastal Commission staff recommends approval…and lawsuits are following!!! More Monterey County Land use stuff like a farming ordinance is involved. The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy that involves The California American Water Company is back in the news. He closes with the issue of Measure O and that we should all stay in touch with The Carmel Valley Association through their weekly bulletin. Link here…

Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DE CINZO. De Cinzo re-visits nature and UCSC… see downwards.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim takes a poke at Republican Senator Barrasso and the cooking of the books…see below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “What just happened? Read all about the unexpected merger between Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, as if there isn’t enough drama around here, join me in celebrating the return of Game of Thrones!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
……In order of perfection……

LE WEEKEND.Be very aware that the previews you may have seen are 100% misleading. This is NOT a fun filled weekend in Paris romp for a two senior- long time- married couple. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan who is 64 (you’ll wonder when you see her) star in this bittersweet, soul searching, awkward view of a marriage. It’s about devotion, growing old, egos, and suffering alone. Broadbent you know about but Lindsay Duncan was in the HBO series Rome, films like Under The Tuscan Sun, a bunch of Pinter plays, Prick Up Your Ears, Mansfield Park, and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Oops, she was also in the last Sherlock Holmes “His Last Vow” with Mr. B. Cumberbatch. See this most excellent film but remember, it’s not fun just wonderfully thoughtful.

EARNEST AND CELESTINE. An Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature. Don’t be put off by the ” animated” word. This is absolutely beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and very clever animation. Not Disney, not Pixar, sort of like Beatrix Potter illustrations. The film is in French which adds to the brilliance. Go see it and bring the kids!!!

CAPTAIN AMERICA, Winter Soldier.You take Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and put them in a film like Captain America and what do you have?? Not much, just another bloody, violent, superhero, Marvel Comic blockbuster. It does have a few seconds where we can think about security versus fear as a way to run the USA. Redford plays an evil Wall Street warmonger, and Johansson jumps around a lot and she ereally does have an intriguing voice, if you stop looking and listen to her. She’s a good “guy” and works with Chris Evans as the Captain. Just go if you’re under 16, and bored.

OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS. Remember how we used to wonder why the french liked Jerry Lewis so much…and how we’d wonder about the French sense of humor??? You’ll experience it again if you see this smart cop with “dumb” assistant flick. It’s is so obvious a plot you’ll go nuts trying to think up as many plot changes as possible, but don’t bother. Good thing it’s only here for a week.

THE PLAYERS.Another reason to be thankful this dopey French comedy is here for just a week. Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and friends created this dopey mess of 6 or maybe 8 short segments with only a second- long black screen to separate them. It’s about two guys and their wives, girlfriends, and much more vulgar, slutty, anti – women humor. Never mind about this film…hopefully it’s gone by now!!!

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

ENEMY. . (Damn, it has gone already!!) but it was/is so good, I’ll repeat “This film is from the book “The Double” by José Saramago. Saramago is one of my favorites. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the lead; he is one of my favorite actors. I loved every second of this film. Darker than Noah and as surrealistic as Bunuel it’s a piece of art to ponder deeply. Wikipedia says, “Saramago addresses serious matters with empathy for the human condition and for the isolation of contemporary urban life. His characters struggle with their need to connect with one another, form relations, and bond as a community, and also with their need for individuality, and to find meaning and dignity outside of political and economic structures”. If you need easy, clear cut non provoking entertainment this isn’t it. But if Fellini, Bergman, and Tarkovsky give you stuff to think about go see Enemy asap. P.S. Isabella Rossellini plays his mother

LUNCHBOX.You’ve seen the lead Irrfan Khan in great films if you’ve seen any Indian films lately. HBO’s In Treatment, The Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire etc. It’s the touching, sensitive, no big action story of a non-relationship. It’s also a tour of contemporary Mumbai, India. It’s a wonderful film.

CESAR CHAVEZ. Michael Pena who plays Cesar in the film is no Cesar Chavez. We learn nothing of Chavez’s upbringing, why he’s such a great leader and where he got the guts to do what he did. We learn nothing about who or what role Dolores Huerta played in all the struggle. It’s interesting to us locally because we all knew a little or a lot about Chavez’ fights and it does give us a framework for what we knew but it’s not much of a portrait of such an important person. It should have been titled “5 years in the life of Cesar Chavez”.

BAD WORDS. This is a much more serious film than the trailers would have you believe. Jason Bateman, the lead actor ( and also the director) is excellent in his role. But there’s a dark side, a deep reason that Bateman is competing against the kids in this spelling bee movie, and it’s not funny. Tons of swear words in this film, and the spelling words are fun to learn, but there are a lot of better films out and running at the moment.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.Like Salvatore Dali and Norman Rockwell Wes Anderson makes brilliant films but the intent, meaning, and any statements behind what you see are confusing. Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s simplest films. Lots of laughs, not much subtlety, and Ralph Fiennes is at his funniest best. Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton and F. Murray Abraham are also inthe film for publicity purposes I guess. Rotten Tomatoes says Johnny Depp, Ursula Kuhnt, and Angela Lansbury are in it too, but I didn’t see them.

DIVERGENT. Shailene Woodley has come a long way from George Clooney’s daughter in The Descendents, or her wonderful job in “The Spectacular Now”. She’s the main thing in Divergent. She diverges from the approved 5 factions in this Chicago land of the far distant future. It’s a lot like Hunger Games and Shailene reminds me a lot of Jennifer Lawrence in looks and in the roles they play in both these flicks. Ashley Judd is in this too, so is Kate Winslett. Much war, blood, fights, teen age stuff. You could stay home and study about oil deposits in Santa Cruz County and be better off.

NOAH. A very dark, non-human, bloody, director’s version of one part of the bible. If you liked the Bible you probably won’t like this special effects version.There are so many ” non biblical” characters and adventures that the entire movie just looses it completely. Check out this biblical source to see just some of the problems. What is amazing is Aronofsky’s addition of huge silly looking stone monsters (looking like Hollywood Transformers) called Watchers that help Noah fight off the humans. But Russell Crowe does as good a job as he can with his funky role and script to match.

THE LEGO MOVIE. Check it out, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 95 % (Monuments Men got 34%!!!). It’s notTHAT great but its clever, sort of Pixar clever. Yes it’s all animated with those little Lego people doing all the acting”. Voices like Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, and Chris Pratt are just fine, but there are dozens of almost secret throwaway lines that will really grab you. Many product take offs, huge slaps at our commercial lives, and it ends up with what you might even call a moral lesson!!! The 3D version is extra cute…but you could rent it in a year and still enjoy!!

NON STOP. It’s not a “who dunnit” but a “who’s doing it” murder mystery on board an airliner. It’s really confusing, and Liam Neeson holds it together as best he can. It’s odd and disappointing to see Michelle Dockery from Downton Abbey have such an almost non speaking part. Julienne Moore does her usually fine acting as does Lupita Nyong’o from 12 years as a Slave. Go if you want to, but you won’t like it very much.

NEED FOR SPEED. It’s difficult to put all of this racing saga in the overflowing movie trash bin. Aaron Paul and his relationship with co-star Imogen Poots is fascinating and well done. The racing footage is ok even in 3D it’s not great, but ok. The film has such a Hollywood ending like you’ll never believe.

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN. I only watched 6 minutes of the part where Peabody and Sherman confront Leonardo DaVinci. It was enough to convince me that none of the wit, cleverness, sharpness of the Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do Right days were gone. This is just another witless money grubbing Hollywood cartoon.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE. It’s got an evil queen Menses (who looks like a dark, mysterious Margaret O’Brien) fighting the pure-at-heart Sphinctus Erectus who’s from grease or maybe it’s Greece. It’s full of blood and a PG type warning “no acting was performed during the making of this film” should have been given before we had to watch it.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. UCSC Music prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about April in Santa Cruz events on April 1st then Gillian Greensite discusses the new Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf plans and Heritage trees. April 8th has Kathleen Johnson from Advocacy Inc.telling us about Senior Care facilities then Marco Romanini guests to talk about Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community (NOPOC) and their battleagainst PG&E. On April 15 Peggy Dolgenos from Cruzio discusses the Santa Cruz Business Council followed by Gary Patton on the topic of Land Use and water issues. April 22 we have Ricardo de La Cruz and Kate Minott talking about the new plans for a Memory Care facility to be built here. Jeffrey Smedberg follows them telling us about the 13th annual Reel Work Film Festival (4/26-5/6) Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick returns April 29 to talk more about issues from the bench. Marty Rizzo follows on 4/29 by telling us “new” details in our earliest Santa Cruz Mission Days. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “Often undecided whether to desert a sinking ship for one that might not float, he would make up his mind to sit on the wharf for a day”, Lord Beaverbrook. “When it blows here, even the seagulls walk”, Nick Faldo. “If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock”, Arthur Goldberg.

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BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

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