December 15 – 28, 2014

THE WAX LORD’S LAST SUPPER. That’s probably Katherine Sturbergh and her daughter also named Katherine brushing up himself’s hair on this 3/4 size wax sculpture they made in 1950. We can only see this creation the week before Easter at the Santa Cruz Memorial Park & Funeral Home.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE DECEMBER 15, 2014
and
DATELINE DECEMBER 22, 2014

SANTA CRUZ CITY ADVISORY BOARD OPENINGS. Our “fair” city released this list two weeks ago saying there are openings on lots of our Advisory Boards. Legally they stated,” The City of Santa Cruz encourages public participation in local government through its advisory bodies. These are boards, commissions, committees, and task forces that deal with a variety of issues and make recommendations to the City Council. Applicants must be City residents and/or City voters for most of the advisory bodies”. Normally you’d figure this would be a decent thing to volunteer for. Wow, a chance to actually participate in choices for our ever-growing Santa Cruz!!! Make a difference, an active citizen, a real democracy, etc.,etc..“Recommendations” is the key word here. Read the list…

  • Arts Commission (Two (2) reappointments and one (1) vacancy)
  • Board of Building and Fire Appeals (Six (6) reappointments)
  • Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (Two (2) reappointments
  • and one (1) vacancy)
  • Downtown Commission (Two (2) vacancies)
  • Historic Preservation Commission (One (1) vacancy)
  • Measure K Oversight Committee (Two (2) vacancies and one (1) reappointment;
  • Parks and Recreation Commission (One (1) reappointment and two (2) vacancies)
  • Planning Commission (Two (2) reappointments)
  • Sister Cities Committee (Two (2) reappointments and one (1) vacancy)
  • Transportation and Public Works Commission (One (1) reappointment and one (1) vacancy)
  • Water Commission (One (1) reappointment).

Read it again and see if you can remember any issue of any importance that Cynthia Mathews, Lynn Robinson, Mike Rotkin, Scott Kennedy, Ryan Coonerty or any of our pro-growth, screw the environment council members ever listened to those recommendations of any one of those committees. Yes, I was on the Downtown Commission (Tom Bihn convinced me to volunteer) I lasted about 3 months, couldn’t take the hypocrisy and quit. We need to change the power of the council , or get some good, forceful folks on these commissions.

FAREWELL LA BAHIA HISTORICAL LANDMARK. Historian and preservationist Ross Gibson representing The La Bahia Coalition worked very hard to save the La Bahia Apartments from Charlie Canfield’s Boardwalk development headed by Craig French. I asked Ross to write up his reaction to the loss of another historical landmark. Ross wrote a lot.

You can read his complete statement HERE… THE UNTOLD STORY OF LA BAHIA By Ross Eric Gibson

MILITARY VEHICLE & THE CITY COUNCIL. Brent Adams posted this on You Tube. Of course Mayor Don Lane doesn’t see this as militarization of our police force, even though other cities are turning these tanks away. Check out this You Tube clip.

You’ll read such statements as… “The City of Santa Cruz designated the La Bahia Apts. one of the most important historic assets on the waterfront, eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, whose restoration in tandem with other important nearby landmarks would restore the historic character of the Beach-Front for heritage tourism. So it was shocking when developer Craig French proposed to demolish 90% of the landmark, de-list it, and build a Corporate International Style modern hotel in its place. Ross’s conclusion…”

With the La Bahia”s demise, what we”re losing is that unique, intimate nature-oriented kind of landmark that characterizes the artistic soul of Santa Cruz, and was intended to knit-together a vista of waterfront landmarks to attract the deep-pockets Heritage Tourism as a cultural destination. Instead, we”re getting bland Freeway Vernacular motel-modernism (not allowed in the certified Architectural Guidelines), noted for its uniformity of mass-produced elements (not allowed in the certified Architectural Guidelines), imposing Corporate International Style to reflect the Corporate ambitions of the City, and attract a hopefully self-indulgent Corporate crowd.

PRECEDENT: Meanwhile, a development plan to enfranchise the largest number of Santa Cruzans, has turned into a project to disenfranchise neighbors and preservationists. Those defending the development of La Bahia according to the Beach South of Laurel (SOL) Plan are accused of being anti-business and trying to stop progress. The City spent time and money devoting 56 pages to a La Bahia Preservation Plan (exceptional in Santa Cruz preservation history), and still ended up with the Worst Case Scenario that was warned against if the B/SOL Plan weren”t approved. Seeing nothing wrong with this, the Coastal Commission has set a low bar by creating the La Bahia Precedent for developers who don”t want to keep a protected landmark. All they have to do is reinterpret the LCP protections into non-protections, dismiss the authors of the requirements as having no authority over what it means, rewarding lack-of-maintenance with demolition, and planning to ruin a landmark”s historic integrity with delisting”. Ross had a lot of help and support in that battle.

 

ARANA GULCH. Opening-ribbon-cutting day has been moved to January 14.Watch and see which politicians show up for their picture op. Then see how they deal with what they did to our vanishing natural environment. Lets hope the ever-healthy bicyclists in the county don’t decide they need more of these destructive, expensive short cuts. And listen to the Jan. 6th Universal Grapevine 7p.m. (KZSC 88,1 fm and live online at KZSC.org) for both Ross Gibson talk about La Bahia and Jean Brocklebank talk about Arana Gulch.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…(On December 23,’14)

THE POLICE

Everybody I know agrees that our law enforcement officers are risking their lives every day to keep our community safe. Anything we can do to support them should be done, even obtaining bulletproof vehicles to be used when necessary. That being said, our elected officials can do their part by getting timely input from the public. Sometimes they are on it, when the council saw to it that Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark was removed as police spokesman after issuing an inflammatory verbal attack on a candidate for the Santa Cruz City Council. We’ll never know how many votes that took away from that candidate, but it could have cost her a seat on the council. It would be good to get input from the entire community on things like license plate readers too. Not just from city residents, but from the rest of us who love Santa Cruz and don’t need another reason not to go there.

ELERICK’S INPUT FOR DECEMBER 15, 2014

THE SANTA CRUZ POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NEW MILITARY VEHICLE.

 

It’s hard to believe, but our City Council has approved the “gift” of a quarter million dollar “defensive armored vehicle” from the Feds Homeland Security organization. This is the “tank” like thing we’ve gotten used to seeing on TV following citizen demonstrations in several parts of the country. We are shown only a few incidents. Interesting to see this offer was made to Santa Cruz City PD. I can’t imagine any other city or county law enforcement organization in the county accepting such an inappropriate “gift”. How about Santa Cruz residents just asking for the tax money back that paid for this ugly “tank” and use it to get people safely housed out of the rain and cold?

Lots of testimony opposed the acceptance of this vehicle, in fact the only people that went for it were 6 of the 7 members of the City Council when it was approved. I’ll predict that this thing will be rolled out on New Year’s Eve to go along with the chain-link fences and spotlights to keep “unapproved” revelers in check”. (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).

LA PROGRESSIVE. David McReynolds a life long Socialist sent this link to LA Progressive

http://www.laprogressive.com . Check it out. It’s created and run by Dick and Sharon.David wanted us to read ALL LIVES MATTER…EVEN IN CALIFORNIA!!!

http://www.laprogressive.com/all-lives-matter by Richard Shaffer. A tough subject, byt worth looking at, and thinking about. Then check out the other writers for LA Progressive…Tom Hayden, Robert Reich, Norman Solomon, Jim Hightower, and dozensmore of that same tone, temper and leanings.

Watch the Boswell Sisters in a rare film appearance.

THE BOSWELL SISTERS. Ken Koenig sent out a link to a book on the famed Boswell Sisters…and the mystery of why they broke up. Here’s that link…

LIVE FROM ANTARCTIC.. BrattonOnline readers may remember I had a friend Micaela Neus who lived and worked in Antarctica for many years. She sent weekly emails for the column about the carrying-ons way down there. It’s too late now to see the one week only documentary “Antarctica –One Year On Ice“, at The Nickelodeon. It was great, rent it or something. By luck I found this new You Tube clip on Micaela’s FB page. It only had 75 views so far. It gives you an instant taste of the friendship and relations and conditions down there. Take a peek and decide if you’d ever work there.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary has a lot of holiday stuff to talk about so check out his blog. He also talks about Land Use and the Monterey Bay…he says, “The Land Use Report focuses on the “land,” and not on the marine environment that is of such great importance to everyone who lives around the Monterey Bay. That said, the land, and the coast, and the ocean are related, of course, and it is particularly true that what we do on the land affects water quality and the health of our marine environment. Let’s not forget that! It also happens to be the case that the powerful ocean environment out there has direct impacts on the land, and on land use. Saltwater intrusion, long endangering water supplies in the Pajaro Valley, and more and more of a concern in mid-Santa Cruz County, is one example.

 

Another example is the impact that the processes of coastal erosion have on our land uses near the coast. Gary Griggs, a professor at UCSC, has educated us on this topic for years. For those who would like to hear more, be advised that there will be a free seminar on Wednesday, January 7th, at 6:30 p.m., featuring a presentation by coastal wilderness enthusiast and local sailor, Dr. David Revell. He will be speakingon “The Santa Cruz Beachfront: A Look At How The Effects Of Coastal Engineering And Climate Change Are Affecting The Harbor, Boardwalk And Beaches.”This presentation will take place at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, located at 244 4thAvenue, Santa Cruz, and everyone is welcome! 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. Our Sheriff’s Department is hiring!!! See De Cinzo below… a bit!!!

 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER, twice the pleasure!!! Internet Devils one week and Putin’s ride into the sunset. See downwards.

 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes…”Anything might happen this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). While still embroiled in a couple of secret projects, I’ll be keeping tabs on the latest Oscar-bait movies (as well as a few vintage Christmas chestnuts). Stay tuned!

 

CINEMA 9 CHANGE. After a very productive and challenging time as General Manager of The Regal Cinema 9 Nicole Snyder is leaving “show biz” to “pursue some other directions” as we say. She’s been great to work with and had to deal with the biggest changes in “The House” of any general manager since it opened. Wish her great luck when you see her. Mr. Paul Spencer takes over as manager right now.

 

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

WILD. Any Santa Cruzan will be totally sucked in when Reese Witherspoon starts hiking the Pacific Coast Trail and starts reading a copy of one of Adrienne Rich’s books. Somebody mentions Adrienne latsr in the film too. Cheryl Strayed did hike the PCT and wrote the book.Thomas Sadoski from HBO’s The Newsroom is in it too. Good acting, a few award nominations are already happening and it’s a very good feel-good movie. Not a great movie but a good feel good thing….especially for women.

FOXCATCHER. This is one of the most odd movies I’ve ever seen. You’ll spend almost the entire time just watching Steve Carell’s eagle beak fake nose. Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum look and act like a sequel to Planet of The Apes. It’s creepy, non- focussed and I’m not sure why they made the film. Carell will be nominated for sure for something.du Pont was a realpsycho and thought he was Jesus Christ, the Dalai Lama and a Russian czar according to Wikipedia.

 

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. This is supposed to end the Hobbit trilogies, but considering the huge opening weekend they’ll probably squeeze another dwarf flick and go for four. Yes, Martin Freeman is still in it as Bilbo Baggins, the titular lead of the little people. So is Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, and Ian Holm for two minutes at the end. Like Exodus it’s all done with pixels, and it’s impossible to tell one army fromanother. It’s very bloody and violent as all these billion dollar money makers are. So if you want to support more of these torture scenes , just go.

 

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. Not even Robin Williams in his last role gets a laugh here neither does Mickey Rooney in his last cameo appearance.Even with Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Dick Van Dyke, Hugh Jackman andmostly Ben Stiller in two roles, it’s not a funny film. They try very hard, but the joke material has run out on late night museum happenings. Save your money.

 

EXODUS. This digitalized piece of junk movie topped the boxoffice two weekends ago. Probably because it had so much violence, bloodshed and killing in it. It’s all about the Hebrews and the Egyptians not getting along. Christian Bale (great first name for this God –driven spectacle). By the way, God appears to Moses Bale as a ten year snotty boy!!! The bush doesn’t burn very brightly either and if you can imagine Brooklyn-born John Turturro as Seti, Rameses father, you’re much more of a believer than I am. ( Rameses, aside from being the greatest ruler Egypt ever had, also had the honor of having a brand of prophylactics named after him, which is odd and puzzling).See below. With all of today’s special effects, they don’t come close to what Cecil B. De Mille and Charlton Heston could pull off in the glory years of biblical spectacular films. Save your money, go see Wild, or Birdman, or even The Homesman or The Theory of Everything…they’re all award winning nominees.

 

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

 

 

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia.The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything”, is a physicists jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

WHIPLASH. J.K. Simmons will get big Oscar time press for his role as Mr. Nasty and newcomer Miles Teller is honestly impressive as the young wanna be drummer in this New York City jazz orchestra contest extravaganza, it’s very good.

THE HOMESMAN. It’s cutesy, snarly Tommy Lee Jones as we all love him and as he himself directed in this quickly forgettable tale of crazy women in the early west. Hilary Swank does her best, and she’s very good as the survival spirit of the plains, and an equal match for T.L.Jones but it’s still his picture. Only go IF you’ve seen everything else.

INTERSTELLAR. This over hyped piece-of- crap movie starring Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathway should refund every admsssion dollar it takes in. It’s pretentious, full of phoney intelligence, and uses such concepts as black holes, three dimensions and even five dimensions, singularity, string theory and voices from “them” who exist beyond Saturn. It’s not as bad as UCSC’s recent production of Birth Of Stars ..but almost. Once in a great while I’ll look up other critics to see who’s with me in disliking (or seeing) a film the way I do. Here’s what Critic David Thomson of the New Republic wrote…check it out

HUNGER GAMES, Mockingjay Part 1.A stunning cast, plus what has to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s really, really last role–forever. He’s joined by Julienne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harleson, Stanley Tucci, and Elizabeth Banks….and it’s a waste of your time and money. That is unless you’ve read the Hunger Games trilogy. Ashlyn Adams of Westside Video read the books, saw this movie, and even then said this new film is puzzling. I could not follow the plot, who’s good, who’s evil…and what is it all about anyways. And Jennifer Lawrence the star of the Games carries a bow and arrow while everyone around her shoots and kills things with future zap and zing future type weapons. I repeat DO NOT GO unless you’ve read all three books and even then Ashlyn says you can’t always trust anybody in the story.

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. I’m on vacation for December 23 and will repeat UCSC Professor Emeritus Lincoln Taiz talking about Population Growth and Climate Change followed by Social Media strategist Lydia Snider who’ll give us internet hints. Then on December 30 we’ll repeat Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick returning to talk more about issues from the bench. Marty Rizzo follows by telling us “new” details in our earliest Santa Cruz Mission Days. As previously mentioned I return on Jan.6, 2015 and will have historian and preservationist Ross Gibson discussing the destruction of The La Bahia Apartments by our Santa Cruz City Council and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Corporation. Then Jean Brocklebank talks about the sad loss of Arana Gulch to the so called bicyclists, and politicians. 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 the last few 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. “Love is just a dirty trick played on us to achieve the continuation of the species”, Somerset Maugham. “I sold the memoirs of my love life to a publisher—they are going to make a board game out of it”, Woody Allen.”I married beneath me. All women do”, Nancy Astor.

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December 1 – 14

HOLIDAY SPIRIT DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ @2 p.m. DECEMBER 1946. The great and grand original St. George Hotel. Then nest door there’s one of our early “not shop local” businesses Montgomery Ward’s Catalog Store. Down the street we had Woolworth’s, J.C. Penney, and other conglomerates.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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Double column….again!!! I too dislike having the material dated but I can’t fight internet and uploading problems. Besides, it’s all Gunilla’s fault. She said so herself!

DATELINE December 1, 2014

December 8, 2014

EX MAYOR LYNN ROBINSON. That lovey-dovey fluff Sentinel piece on Lynn Robinson didn’t go anyways near far enough to tell us all that she accomplished in her 8 years. Mainly it didn’t mention even one word about the millions of dollars she and the City Councils she was on gave to The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We tend to forget that the Seaside Corportation pays part of Lynn’s husband salary. That has always seemed to me to be more than just a conflict of interest, but we don’t care… do we Santa Cruz??? Wouldn’t it be fun to have tapped into husband John Robinson’s conversations with Charlie Canfield over the last 8 years.John is of course, a former Sentinel reporter but more importantly (from CAPA’s website)” John Robinson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA). He is responsible for all operations of the association including legislative outreach, industry communications, regulatory issues, membership and public relations”. Then of course we have (from the CAPA website) “Director of External Affairs and General Services
Kris Reyes, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA. Chris and Ryan Coonerty are close buddies, but that’s another story.So when your Holiday visitors ask you about Santa Cruz let them know who really runs this town.

BOTTLE MUSIC. The extra musical Mark Bernhard discovered this gem…

DON’T SIGN THAT PETITION!!! I was curious about a petition a guy was collecting signatures for last week in front of Save-Mart. He said at first it was for stopping grocery stores from selling paper bags. Then after I asked for more info he added that it also says bring back the plastic bags to grocery stores. Then he added that yes, it was a petition paid for by the Plastic bag industry…topping all that off was that he was making an amazing (to me) $3 per signature!!!

BE sure to ask that next signature guy lots of questions before you sign…unless you want plastic bags.

LA BAHIA & THE COASTAL COMMISSION ON THURSDAY. Here’s how it reads officially when The Coastal Commuission meets in Monterey this week. Appeal No. A-3-STC-14-0049 (La Bahia Hotel, Santa Cruz) Appeal by La Bahia Coalition of City of Santa Cruz decision granting permit with conditions to La Bahia LLC for partial demolition of, and new development associated with, existing historic La Bahia complex, to accommodate a 165-room hotel, including meeting and banquet rooms, restaurant, retail space, day spa, swimming pool, hotel support space, and parking garage at 215 Beach Street fronting Santa Cruz Main Beach, City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County. (KG-SC). Ross Gibson filed the issue on behalf of the coalition. The Boardwalk wons the property and needles to say, the Sentinel quotes Lynn Robinson, “Mayor Lynn Robinson said she hopes the commission finds the project, which was approved by the city’s Planning and Historic Preservation commissions, has merit. “We had three different decision-making bodies weigh in and ultimately a unanimous vote by the City Council,” Robinson said. “We have fully vetted the project, and I feel the merits are very strong.”

Goodbye Lynn, some of us will miss you….guess who???

ANNA NETREBKO SINGS. O Mio Babbino Caro

(LAST WEEK) DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ DECISIONS AND POLICIES.. Gary Patton in his KUSP program gives us a head’s up …and we need it!!! He says, The Downtown Commission of the City of Santa Cruz is meeting Thursday morning (12/04) at 8:30 a.m. in the Santa Cruz City Council Chambers.The public is absolutely welcome to attend. Here are the topics that I found on the Commission’s agenda:

  • An informational item on Loitering on Sidewalks
  • An update on the Parking Validation Program
  • An update on Parking Meter Rate Increases
  • An update on the City’s Parking Project
  • Crime Statistics for September and October 2014
  • Consideration of the “Downtown Work Plan for 2015,” and
  • An Update on the proposed Pacific Station Project

Virtually every item just listed is controversial, and how the City conceptualizes and manages its Downtown is of real importance to City residents, and to City visitors. Lots of people have very strong feelings about these topics, so I’d encourage interested persons to get a flavor for how the City is currently addressing these issues by attending the meetings of the Downtown Commission. The proposed “Pacific Station” development, as an example, really should be the subject of spirited discussion. This proposed project would transform the existing Downtown Transit Center, and one version would result in a new five-story structure, and the demolition of an adjacent office building”. He urges us to attend, or at least to become better informed.

IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. As longtime BrattonOnline readers may know by now, I was part of a trio titled The Goodtime Washboard 3. We recorded for Fantasy and Capitol Records, played the Hungry I (with Shelley Berman) and the Purple Onion back in the 60’s and even dueted with Bing Crosby on his Hollywood Palace nationwide TV show. Go here for Bing and the 3 of us…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVuPZIXcTH0 . Later on we wrote and recorded 4 Christmas songs for Fantasy. Check out “The Little Boy and Santa Claus”, “Teki, The Funny Elf”, “When Santa Charges Through Your Bank Acccount”, and “Don’t take the Christ out of Christmas” at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-goodtime-washboard-3/id776308885 . Then there’s two more of our creations “Oakland” and “Don’t Blame P.G.& E., Pal” which we wrote protesting their plot to build a Nuclear Power Plant at Bodega Bay, listen to them as well. More on this later.

GREY BEARS HOLIDAY DINNER. (LAST WEEK) The Grey Bears got some fine publicity for all that they have done, and are doing in this 40th year of their existence. I remember well how Kristina Maillard (of the San Francisco Maillard’s) and significant other Gary Denny started it back in 1973. They now have almost 5000 members, and send out 4400 Brown Bags each month full of fresh groceries. I’ve emceed their annual Holiday Dinner for 39 years and along with Denise Elerick and Linda Bixby we’ll put on another spectacular show at the Civic Auditorium this Sunday. It’ll feature The Santa Cruz Dancecenter Dancers, The Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahaitian Dance, 14 year old violinist Benjamin Rivers, Elaines Dance Studio and in their first year appearance the UCSC Hightones, a 14 member female student vocal group. It starts at 11:30 and goes to about 1 :30 any, all adults age 55+ are welcome and I’ll see you there.

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

WHY VOTES ARE COUNTED CAREFULLY….TO GET IT RIGHT!!!

At least two important elections look like they will come out in favor of candidates that didn’t “win” on election night. In the Santa Cruz City Schools TA-3 (At Large) race, Alisun Thompson is now ahead of incumbent Cynthia Hawthorne by 81 votes. In the race for the third open seat on Soquel Creek Water District’s Board of Directors, challenger Carla Christensen pulled ahead of Aptos Chamber of Commerce slate candidate Bill Mc Gowan by 80 votes. Final certification of the November 4th election will be on December 2nd, possibly before this reaches readers of Bratton Online. No matter what the final certified election numbers end up with, voters who voted should feel good that they voted and especially in these two close races. We can only wonder what a better voter turnout in Santa Cruz City would have produced. (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). NOTE….County Clerk Gail Pellerin will be on Universal Grapevine Tuesday, Dec.9 at 7:30 p.m.

DIE MEISTERSINGER von NURNBERG ONSCREEN. The Metropolitan Opera is presenting Richard Wagner’s DIE MEISTERSINGER von NURNBERG live onscreen at the Cinema 9 for two performances, Saturday December 13 at 9 a.m and Wednesday December 17 at 6:30 p.m. James Morris sings Hans Sachs and good old James Levine conducts what they call this “epic comedy”. It’s an excellent intro to Wagner’s music and it’s happening at our Regal Cinema 9.

ANNA NETREBKO AND ELINA GARANCA sing The Flower Duet.

CARROT CLARINET

Susan Leask found this gem. Well, there might be one or two of you who haven’t watched it yet!!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM (THIS WEEK) Dec. 8-12. Gary says the S.C.. Board of Supervisors will deal with Affordable Housing Regulations and the Vacation Rental Ordinance. He then explains “PC” and “ZA” and why we should care.There’s Elkhorn Slough news about water quality and closes with “Is My PropertyNear a Nitrate-Impacted Water Well?”

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. (LAST WEEK)Dec. 1-5. Gary discusses cell towers on Freedom Boulevard, system development fees in Santa Cruz and a subdivision in Monterey County. There’s plans to do a massive development on old Fort Ord. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission talks about the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Bridge Rehabilitation Project and the Unified Corridors Plan which he states, “The Unified Corridors Plan will provide the Commission, and the public,with information about how future small and large multimodal investments might work together to improvethe unified local transportation network.North-south transportation is our big transportation problem, so this is a hopeful effort”.He adds that the California Coastal Commission is going to be meeting in Monterey. The meeting will be held at the Portola Plaza Hotel, and runs from Wednesday, December 10th through Friday, December 12th. They’ll be dealing with The tearing down of the historic La Bahia Hotel. Stay tuned.

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

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo reveals yet another questionable “Police Action” scroll downwards just a few feet/inches.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. This week Eagan peeks at Oil prices in Putin’s hometown.

Last week we asked is it really “Fox News” or “Fox Noose”??? Check out Eagan a few pages below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa wrote last week: “He may be 110 years old, but Captain Hook is still in his prime; in fact, he’s enjoying a mini-Renaissance right now on stage, screen, and TV. Find out what’s new with the old rogue this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE HOMESMAN. It’s cutesy, snarly Tommy Lee Jones as we all love him and as he himself directed in this quickly forgettable tale of crazy women in the early west. Hilary Swank does her best, and she’s very good as the survival spirit of the plains, and an equal match for T.L.Jones but it’s still his picture. Only go IF you’ve seen everything else.

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

CITIZEN FOUR. This is Laura Poitras’ mesmerizing, courageous, and 100% scary documentary of Edward Snowden and his battle for free speech. If you’ve ever used Amazon, You Tube, Facebook,Google, or communicate online in any way, the government has collected all your data…and continues to do so. You’ll like Snowden, he appears as friendly and honest as we all want him to be. It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen. Many screenings have been sold out…get there as rapidly as possoible.

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia. The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

NIGHT CRAWLER. Wow and damn, this got an incredible 93% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It is excellently done and Jake Gyllenhaal is near perfect in the lead role as a creepy wanna be TV news cameraman.Bill Paxton is hardly in it at all, that’s too bad, but Rene Russo still has some (not all) of her acting talent left.It’s a fine movie. You won’t forget it, and you’ll think about our visual news media and what we put up with, and pay for…and still call it news!!!

WHIPLASH. J.K. Simmons will get big Oscar time press for his role as Mr. Nasty and newcomer Miles Teller is honestly impressive as the young wanna be drummer in this New York City jazz orchestra contest extravaganza, it’s very good.

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Basterds. I. Basterds was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

ROSEWATER TV personality Jon Stewart wrote and directed this prison drama. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a journalist born in Tehran who lives in Canada and gets captured by some official and dumb jerks in Iran., and torture him. It’s boring in places, pointless and repetitive in others, and still makes a point.

PELICAN DREAMS. Because we see so many pelicans flying along our coast this documentary simply has to interest you, and it will. It’s not great, the naration is nerve wracking and poorly done. The photography is passable. Only if you want to know more about pelicans, or especially the one that was wounded and landed on the Golden Gate Bridge should you go for this one.

INTERSTELLAR. This over hyped piece-of-crap movie starring Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathway should refund every admsssion dollar it takes in. It’s pretentious, full of phoney intelligence, and uses such concepts as black holes, three dimensions and even five dimensions, singularity, string theory and voices from “them” who exist beyond Saturn. It’s not as bad as UCSC’s recent production of Birth Of Stars ..but almost. Once in a great while I’ll look up other critics to see who’s with me in disliking (or seeing) a film the way I do. Here’s what Critic David Thomson of the New Republic wrote…check it out

HUNGER GAMES, Mockingjay Part 1. A stunning cast, plus what has to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s really, really last role – forever. He’s joined by Julienne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Elizabeth Banks….and it’s a waste of your time and money. That is unless you’ve read the Hunger Games trilogy. Ashlyn Adams of Westside Video read the books saw this movie and even then said this new film is puzzling. I could not follow the plot, who’s good, who’s evil…and what is it all about anyways. And Jennifer Lawrence the star of the Games carries a bow and arrow while everyone around her shoots and kills things with future zap and zing future type weapons. I repeat DO NOT GO unless you’ve read all three books and even then Ashlyn says you can’t always trust anybody in the story.

ST.VINCENT. The world agrees that Bill Murray is a great actor, he just makes many, many, bad movies. This one has him as a mean, drunken, nasty, bitter and fat man. He’s supposed to have a heart of gold (see film title). It’s not even worth renting even though Naomi Watts plays a pregnant Russian hooker and Melissa McCarthy does a fine acting job. Forget you ever heard of it.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video telling film and video rental secrets.. She’s followed by Sentinel’s restaurant reviewer Ann Parker talking about eating out during the holidays. Attorney Bob Taren guests on December 9 opining on recent local politics. Then Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin tells us all about County Voting and mail ballots. Donna Maurillo longtime food editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel tells us about Holiday cooking on December 16. She’s followed on 12/16 by Rick Longinotti who’ll bring us up to date on our local water issues, and possible solutions.!!! 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. “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” Donald E. Westlake. “Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humor, and like enough to consent,” William Shakespeare. “Your body is a temple, not a visitors Center”, anon. “Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home”, Carol Nelson. “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves”, Eric Sevareid.

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November 25 – December 2, 2014

ORIGINAL STICKY WICKET, Oct. 25, 1953. This car accident happened on Mar Vista Drive in Aptos, near those four radio station antennas and the Aptos Grange. The Sticky Wicket was our local coffee house of the late 50’s and early 60’s. Many plays and musical performances were held there. Vic and Syd Jowers owned the Wicket, which folded when Highway One cut off easy access and Manuels Mexican Restaurant became the cultural focus of the county.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE November 24, 2014

LEON PANETTA GOES TO CHURCH. As we should all know by now, Leon Panetta wrote another “snitch” book about one of his former bosses. Bookshop Santa Cruz held an author event and there were some “issues” and “problems”! There was much concern two weeks ago equally about Alex Darocy being assaulted by Leon Panetta’s Security guards and about the protesters at the Peace United Church on High Street being banned from Bookshop Santa Cruz.

As a reaction to Darocy having his camera jammed to his face by Leon’s guards when he got too close to Leon, my professional media friends all agreed…real professional photographers never interfere or mess with any security guards and also real professional photographers use telephoto lens. As fas as the banning of anybody from Bookshop Santa Cruz Casey Coonerty Protti the owner says, “The only person that is banned as of now is Alex Darocy. I initially banned the four protestors that disrupted from inside the building. The reason that happened is that I had compromised in several areas to allow for various ways that this subset of protestors could be seen and heard beyond even the other protest groups (access to every entrance to the area, prioritizing their questions in the Q&A, passing out literature in line) and even after conceding in those ways with the one request of not disturbing the actual event by blocking views or delaying the event, they did it anyways. I thought we were partners and explained how it would put our booksellers in a difficult position if they did it (please don’t make booksellers bouncers) and they still did it. So I was angry at the time and banned them. But, it was peaceful and they were silent and they left as requested so I understand that they were compromising too. So, the next day I asked to meet with Keith McHenry and rescinded the ban”. She added,” Happy to answer any other questions. I met with 7-8 concerned people from the protest groups last Wednesday (11/19) to come to a better understanding of all of our perspectives. I think anytime we can meet ahead of time to understand the various needs is helpful”. One of the protesters connected with the aforementioned church emailed BrattonOnline to report, “Panetta’s appearance was unfortunately arranged between Bookshop Santa Cruz and our church administrator as a routine space rental matter, without any consultation beforehand involving the church’s leadership. We were disconcerted when a couple of weeks ago, Panetta’s security operation visited us to inspect the premises, and they dictated to us exactly how they would require us to limit the use our property by “potentially dangerous persons” whom they expected would show up to protest. But once our staff had sealed the deal, we didn’t feel we could arbitrarily cancel it, so we let it be, knowing there would be demonstrations of disapproval both within and outside the church. It is an inadvertence that we have not had a policy to require a process of review and consent by church leadership before our staff commits our space to anyone who wishes to promote ideas that are contrary to our values. In the future, we definitely will have such a protocol in place”. The protester continues… “What the four of us did was, having arrived early and purchased admission tickets (which came with a copy of Panetta’s self-serving book) we sat in the second row behind the front row, which had been reserved for Coonerty Protti dignitaries, with our “Stand Up For Peace” banner and t-shirts concealed. When Panetta got to the point in his comments where he explicitly justified the War on Terror, we figured that was our cue. So we stood up, unfurled the banner facing the audience, and walked out silently with it, so that we wouldn’t have to be seized and thrown out violently. On our way out of the sanctuary, passing through the narthex, we were confronted by Mistress Coonerty Protti, mad as a wet hen. That was when she banished us for life from Bookshop Santa Cruz. Keith began to argue with her, but I quickly ushered him and the others out with me in order to avoid a making an undignified scene. On our way walking down the steps to the front parking area, we passed by Deputy Chief Rick Martinez who was standing by. He observed me holding the crumpled up banner in my arms, and commented, “Thank you for your moderation,” What a guy, eh?’ Yes, I agree, being banned from a bookshop and the free speech concept is a tough one.

BROTHERS AND PAINT AND TROUBLE.Watch this cute piece of your own history in the old days when you got in big trouble.

LEON’S BOOK IN NY REVIEW OF BOOKS. In an article titled “How to Become Eminent in Washington” parts of the review stated, ““One might ask why the world needed a memoir from Leon Panetta . . . ? And it must be said that across nearly 500 pages, he doesn’t demonstrate the need with thundering conviction. For long passages, Worthy Fights is simply a dull book, a victim of the author’s proclivity, or of his assumptions that readers are aching to learn the behind-the-scenes details about often mundane bureaucratic decisions on questions ranging from the budget to intelligence. This assumption appears to derive from the fact that Panetta suffers from no deficit in self-esteem. The book has just started when he stops to inform us that his life, and by implication, ours, could have been very different if he’d pursued his first passion, the piano.” (WHAT???) Here’s the end of the article, “Panetta seems to view such considerations [working for the common good, far-sighted, goal-oriented] as above his pay grade. His idea of politics is essentially instrumental and technocratic. That’s the outlook required to be able to hop from Congress to the budget office to the White House to the CIA to the Pentagon and succeed at each (and become an eminence.) Washington will always need such people, but these days it needs much more than that.” End of review.

MICROSOFT WALTZ. In case you don’t hear the subtle lyricism in this famed tone poem.

ARANA GULCH UPDATED…and Rest In Peace. Jean Brocklebank, leader and organizer of Friends of Arana Gulch ( http://members.cruzio.com/~arana/ ) muses and curses over the loss of irreplaceable nature in our midst.

“When a natural area has been manipulated by an industrial-scale disruptive project, and evidence of the destruction is removed, most people tend to forget what happened and instead simply begin to delight in the aftermath, as though nothing ever happened to the place. We are observing this happening at Arana Gulch, where the intrusive construction corridor fencing is being removed. The City is pushing hard to get most of the project ready for prime time. Meanwhile locals are already using the pavement that is in place. Recently we heard a couple gleefully remark, as though handed a gift, that it “looked so much better now that the fencing was gone.”

Compared to the massive construction eyesores of the past year, lack of fencing has given a false sense of “looking good” to undiscriminating eyes. Most walkers on the paved routes, glad to be able to walk again in Arana Gulch, stay on those routes and fail to see the destruction almost in front of their noses. Their eyes glued on the pavement are no longer shocked at what remains: not only the construction mess still there but also less unpaved, natural grassland. Relieved that the construction fencing is coming down, their eyes see what is left and think it is as good as before. Developers certainly count on this human perception.

And so it goes. Each new generation sees a little less of the natural world but each new generation appreciates what is left, not realizing what was there BEFORE. And thus, the natural world is slowly, insidiously destroyed and gentrified. Visitors to Arana Gulch will now think they are walking through a park, complete with lots of signs and benches. BEFORE they walked through a natural area. Click HERE to see what the walkers, following the pavement, failed to notice all around them on November 23rd. I am numb right now. For the first time in almost 20 years I feel truly defeated. The City won, People Power won, the mis-informed won, the gentrifiers won. The brainwashing worked because no one, except those of us who cared, will ever know what was really lost. RIP Arana Gulch.

79 SONGS WE DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. It’s too late now but Gary opens this week’s broadcasts with news of a meeting Monday about The Community Water Dialogue in Watsonville and the Sustainable Groundwater management Act. On Tuesday he talks about Land Watch of Monterey County and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the Carmel Valley Association, the League of Women Voters, and the Monterey County Ag Land Trust, and Agri-culture. Then he suggests that for Thanksgiving you and your family take a hike Think about Wilder Ranch, or Pogonip, or Nisene Marks in Santa Cruz County, or Point Lobos or the lands of the former Fort Ord over there on the Monterey County side of the Bay. Our land use policies, local, state and federal, have helped preserve and protect the stunning natural environment in which we are so privileged to live. Get out there and give thanks! That’s a good suggestion for today!” 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

JERRY SEINFELD & GEORGE STEPHANOPOULIS TALK ABOUT

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Remember “ mad cow” disease?? DeCinzo does, scroll downwards.

 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan goes deep into super and supernatural powers to explain “just how it is”.. see some few pages below.

 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “The Oscar race starts now with Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in the gripping Theory of Everything. And need further proof that fairy tales are taking over the world? Check out the new trailer for Into the Woods, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THEORY OF EVERYTHING,The trailer

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending, tear jerker, feel-very-good movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia. The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

 

HUNGER GAMES, Mockingjay Part 1. A stunning cast plus what has to be Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s really, really last role forever. He’s joined by Julienne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, and Elizabeth Banks….and it’s a waste of your time and money. That is unless you’ve read the Hunger Games trilogy. Ashlyn Adams of Westside Video read the books saw this movie and even then said this new film is puzzling. I could not follow the plot, who’s good, who’s evil…and what is it all about anyways. And Jennifer Lawrence the star of the Games carries a bow and arrow while everyone around her shoots and kills things with future zap and zing future type weapons. I repeat DO NOT GO unless you’ve read all three books and even then Ashlyn says you can’t always trust anybody in the story.

 

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

CITIZEN FOUR. This is Laura Poitras’ mesmerizing, courageous, and 100% scary documentary of Edward Snowden and his battle for free speech. If you’ve ever used Amazon, You Tube, Facebook,Google, or communicate online in any way, the government has collected all your data…and continues to do so. You’ll like Snowden, he appears as friendly and honest as we all want him to be. It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen. Many screenings have been sold out…get there as rapidly as possoible.

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

NIGHT CRAWLER. Wow and damn, this got an incredible 93% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It is excellently done and Jake Gyllenhaal is near perfect in the lead role as a creepy wanna be TV news cameraman. Bill Paxton is hardly in it at all, that’s too bad, but Rene Russo still has some (not all) of her acting talent left. It’s a fine movie. You won’t forget it, and you’ll think about our visual news media and what we put up with, and pay for…and still call it news!!!

 

WHIPLASH. J.K. Simmons will get big Oscar time press for his role as Mr. Nasty and newcomer Miles Teller is honestly impressive as the young wanna be drummer in this New York City jazz orchestra contest extravaganza, it’s very good.

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Basterds. I. Basterds was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

ROSEWATER TV personality Jon Stewart wrote and directed this prison drama. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a journalist born in Tehran who lives in Canada and gets captured by some official and dumb jerks in Iran who torture him. It’s boring in places, pointless and repetitive in others, and still makes a point.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. As we’ve been reading, this is a satire. I couldn’t figure where and when the satire started or stopped. The direction is by a first time director and it shows. Every scene is exactly the same. No emphasis, no subtlety, and the acting is sincere, and developing, but lousy. They say nigger and nigga a lot, which means it must be a satire. I never caught on at all.

PELICAN DREAMS. Because we see so many pelicans flying along our coast, this documentary simply has to interest you, and it will. It’s not great, the narration is nerve wracking and poorly done. The photography is passable. Only if you want to know more about pelicans, or especially the one that was wounded and landed on the Golden Gate Bridge, should you go for this one.

INTERSTELLAR. This over hyped piece-of-crap movie starring Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathway should refund every admsssion dollar it takes in. It’s pretentious, full of phoney intelligence, and uses such concepts as black holes, three dimensions and even five dimensions and voices from “them” who exist beyond Saturn. It’s not as bad as UCSC’s current production of Birth Of Stars ..but almost. Once in a great while I’ll look up other critics to see who’s with me in disliking (or seeing) a film the way I do. Here’s what Critic David Thomson of the New Republic wrote…check it out

BEYOND THE LIGHTS. If you’re deep into Beyonce, Lady Gaga, or their type of show biz you might like this Hollywood saga. Danny Glover is in it and it’s great to see him working again. The same goes for Minnie Driver. It’s one of those tacky, trite, and very old plots…”will the kid make it in show biz?” Yes, of course she does, again. Save your money.

 

 

 

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On November 25 UCSC Professor Emeritus Lincoln Taiz talks about Population Growth and Climate Change followed by Social Media strategist Lydia Snider who’ll give us internet business marketing hints on Nov. 25. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video telling film and video rental secrets.. She’s followed by Sentinel’s restaurant reviewer Ann Parker talking about eating out during the holidays. Attorney Bob Taren guests on December 9 opining on recent local politics. 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. “Ooh, with a little luck — December will be magic again”, Kate Bush. “Some say I have a beautiful voice, some say I have not. It is a matter of opinion. All I can say, those who don’t like it, shouldn’t come to hear me”, Maria Callas. “I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. ~ George Carlin

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November 13 – 26, 2014

The Always Lovely Environmentally Sensitive Davenport Cement Plant in 1967. Once it was the Portland Cement Company Plant (1906), and a few other owners ran it for decedes,then Cemex, a Mexico Corporation operated it (2005) and shut it down in 2010.

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DATELINE Monday November 10, 2014
and
Monday November 17, 2014

LETS MEET HERE ONE YEAR FROM NOW. With David Terrazas, Richelle Noroyan and Cynthia Chase being on the City Council now… lets all meet here in one year and see what this dynamic trio has accomplished. More specifically Terrazas and Naroyan. I predict that neither of these two office holders will introduce even one motion or issue of any significance. I’ll bet they both follow Cynthia Mathews and city manager Martin Bernal’s leads completely. More than that, I’m saying neither of them will ever be on the minority side of any vote all year. Cynthia Chase on the other hand, appears to have the experience and intelligence to vote her conscience. Keep reading every week, but we’ll check up in one year. P.S. Bruce Van Allen and Leonie Sherman kept not just my name from their printed lists of endorsers but they chose not to include Gary Patton’s either, That says something!!!

AIRD and GRATZ ON ELECTIONS. John Aird activist, long time community member and out spoken critic said of the City Council 2014 election… The Council election campaign across the board seemed to lack a well-defined, well-articulated compelling rationale for change…..and therefore most folks seemed to see no action (not voting) or sticking with same-old/same-old as just fine. This seems to be reflected in the fact that only 34.5% of eligible voters voted, a number that suggests that the electorate was at large unenthusiastic, uninterested, and unengaged overall. So what to think? Well here’s one thought If there’s a silver-lining in all of this for those of us who did want to see a change in council composition, it’s probably the fact that for every 1 vote that each of “the winners” individually received, there were another 4 votes for someone else. Not exactly a mandate or ringing endorsement of any kind! So we need not to get down, but just to keep on plugging*. Sooner or later, it will pay off. *Certainly, this particularly applies to the work of Water Supply Advisory Committee and how critical will be its ultimate recommendations.

PAUL GRATZ ADDS..Sweeping the election with nearly 60% of the vote last Tuesday, the busine$$-as-usual conservative city council majority remains firmly in charge. This trend would seem to raise serious questions about the state of progressivism, especially concerning the environment, sustainable growth, UCSC expansion, and social and economic vitality/equity. Moreover, the willingness of the status quo brokers to pour unlimited money into holding power and to employ effective smear/red baiting attacks coupled with extensive vandalism of campaign signs is extremely sobering as to what is at stake.

LEON “SNITCH” PANETTA ON HIS 3 BOSSES !!!!

Way back when times were different and Bruce McPherson and Leon Panetta were Republicans Leon wrote his first SNITCH book telling us about his former boss Richard Nixon. Wikipedia says, ” Panetta chose to enforce civil rights and equal education laws over the objection of President Nixon, who wanted enforcement to move slowly.[11] Robert Finch and Assistant Secretary John Veneman supported Panetta and refused to fire Panetta, threatening to resign if forced to do so.[12] Eventually forced out of office in 1970, Panetta resigned and left Washington to work as Executive Assistant for John Lindsay, the then-Republican Mayor of New York City (Lindsay would switch parties the following year.) He wrote about this experience in his 1971 book Bring Us Together. Here’s a link to that book and Nixon’s reaction to it. http://nixontapes.org/panetta.html .

LEST WE FORGET BILL CLINTON!!! In June 1995: Monica Lewinsky, 21, came to the White House as an unpaid intern in the office of Chief of Staff Leon Panetta.

From U.S. News Nov. 15, 2014, “Panetta recalled his concerns about Monica Lewinsky hanging around during a government shutdown. “The president always had an eye for attractive women,” Panetta said”. From the L.A. Times Jan. 8, 1995, “An indication of the Clintons’ confidence in Panetta can be seen in how the First Lady has reduced her behind-the-scenes administrative role. In the last days of Panetta’s predecessor, Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty, Mrs. Clinton held her own planning meetings on Saturday, fearing that otherwise the work would not get done. Now “she’s pulled back,” according to an aide. A boyhood friend, McLarty has a relationship with Clinton that is as comfortable as an old sofa. In contrast, Panetta’s relationship with Clinton, though congenial, is carried on at a greater distance. Only infrequently do they see each other in relaxed settings; Panetta has been invited–but apparently has never gone–to the Friday evening screenings at the White House theater that Clinton usually reserves for his closest friends. Panetta himself says that their relationship isn’t as close as, for example, the Arkansans’. “There’s a depth of knowledge there,” he says, “that’s sometimes hard to replace by a few months of working with him,”.

President Clinton’s former top aide Leon Panetta said yesterday that “obviously there was something more here” than the president has disclosed regarding his relationship with Monica S. Lewinsky and called on Clinton to come forward and explain it to the American public. Leon E. Panetta, who served as White House chief of staff until January 1997, said he accepts Clinton’s assertion that he never had sexual relations with Lewinsky and never told her to lie under oath. But Panetta added that it is increasingly clear that Clinton had some sort of relationship with Lewinsky. “I take him at his word and I think the American people take him at his word. They’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt,” Panetta said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But I also think that at some point he’s got to tell the American people the truth of what was behind this relationship. Obviously, there was something more here. And it’s got to be explained to the American people.” Later in the article it says, “Shortly after the Lewinsky story broke, Panetta suggested the possibility of resignation, if the allegations were true”.

Lastly, we have the Wall Street Journal’s review of Panettas newest book where once againhe SNITCHES on his former boss Pres. Obama.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/book-review-worthy-fights-by-leon-panetta-1412636702

Mr. Panetta goes into some detail on the controversies surrounding the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which Mr. Obama banned early in his presidency after publicly characterizing them as “torture.” He recounts how, in congressional hearings, he expressed opposition to those techniques but left open the possibility of their use in a “ticking time bomb scenario.” Unlike many critics, Mr. Panetta notes that enhanced interrogation yielded “important, even critical intelligence,” including intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden . He diplomatically adds: “What we’ll never know is whether those were the only ways to elicit that information.”

Elsewhere, Mr. Panetta faults Mr. Obama for “failing to lead the Congress out of” sequestration—the across-the-board spending cuts triggered in January 2013 by a congressional supercommittee’s failure to reach a budget compromise. Mr. Panetta calls out the rest of Mr. Obama’s cabinet for failing to warn the nation of sequestration’s dangers, as he himself was doing at the time. The other cabinet members, he says, “waited for permission” from Mr. Obama to oppose the plan, and permission never came. This evidence suggests that Mr. Obama, though often denouncing sequestration, actually wanted it to occur—in part as a means of gutting the defense budget. As it turned out, sequestration took a huge bite of defense spending, putting it on a trajectory to fall below 3% of GDP for the first time since the 1930s.

More pointedly, Mr. Panetta takes Mr. Obama to task for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011. Mr. Panetta and others who supported retaining troops came to believe, he says, that the White House was “so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests.” According to Mr. Panetta, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki deserves some of the blame for his insistence that Iraq’s Parliament approve a continuing U.S. presence”. Summing it all up who else can Leon snitch on…let’s hope Leon’s wife Sylvia living on their 12 acre ranch in Carmel Valley is prepared. Next week in BrattonOnline …LEON PANETTA GOES TO CHURCH.

Oh Those Kids….watch this one…and think about our local schooling arts program!!! Click here to view.

MOTORCYCLES ON PACIFIC. I’ve written it many times before but why wont our City Council direct our City police to stop the motorcycle noise menace on Pacific Avenue …especially on weekends, and especially in front of Starbucks??? They had no problem in ruining the experience of having street performers entertain shoppers and visitors, but they keep away from motorcycles…why? Lets see what, if anything, our “new” council can or will do. And speaking of which have you ever seen any motorcycle driver who was six feet or taller?? Are they all short? What’s that about??

ARANA GULCH UPDATE. Jean Brocklebank brings us up to date on this now-blighted area.

(be very sure to click on the links to the Friends of Arana Gulch website to see the reality of what was promised to be an environmental “bike path” across what used to be nature).

VOCAL HISTORY. The history of music sung in minutes…just gorgeous.

“A year since the now infamous bike “path” (sic) construction started, the project is nearing its end. There is a flurry of activity to finish the work so the City can have its ribbon cutting on December 3rd. Benches, signs, and cattle fence posts are being installed. The entrance at Agnes Street has been gentrified. The bridges are not complete, however, and construction corridors remain a blight on the once living soil. Unfinished work aside, Broadway Brommer, rationalized to “save the tarplant” is almost done. Some glitches remain. Of course. Friends of Arana Gulch alerted Public Works to a hazardous situation with the retaining wall along Brommer St. Ext. Click HERE to see. Might get fixed by ribbon-cutting time. Might not.

No surprise to readers of this column, Broadway Brommer’s $6.5 million short cut for bicyclists required the industrial overhaul of land outside the greenbelt also. City property off Frederick Street, used for years as a parking lot by the Santa Cruz Bible Church, had to be excavated to a depth of about a foot and a half, to match the lower height of the new bike road asphalt. We’re thinking this is another one of those expensive extras. Of course, the Church will have to purchase the parking lot property from the City, so perhaps the City plans to recoup its extra in that way. Click HERE for pictures. Where did the truck loads of that removed parking lot go? How much fossil fuel has been expended in the year of this outrageous construction project toward People Power’s goal to “get people out of their cars and reduce greenhouse gases?” How much water was used for this project? A lot of energy and water is the answer to those questions”. More next week!!!

WHIPLASH HAS LOCAL MOVIE CREDIT Melanie Paizis Jones is the daughter of Suzanne Paizis who ran for Calif. State Senate in 1972 and was one of the former owners of the historic Castro Adobe in Aptos. Melanie was the production designer/set decorator on Whiplash. J.K. Simmons really is superior in this role. You’ll hate him and respect him at the same time.Without meaning to do it, the film demonstrates exactly how jazz has changed since the mid-60″s into academic, sterilized nearly mechanical scoring. Long gone are the spontaneous, smoke- filled, creative, jazz-from- the- heart sessions. Jazz seems now to be all composed, tight, methodical and nearly symphonic. But go see Whiplash it’s a good film.

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

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS STILL NOT FINAL

At least one and perhaps more contests are still to be resolved. More that 20,000 ballots were still being counted, and not expected to be finalized until possibly December 2. We should all be grateful for our County Elections Department headed by Gail Pellerin and her staff for

their dedication to getting the votes counted properly. We can all be grateful for the small number of registered voters who actually took the time to vote. There should have been a lot more. The majority of us that live within the Soquel Creek Water District were happy to see incumbents Jaffe and Meyer re-elected, repudiating the slate of challengers that tried to paint them as being out of touch with their customers. The number three open seat on the Board has turned into a real close election. Carla Christensen holds a 12 vote lead ( AS OF 11/17) over Aptos Chamber of Commerce slate member Bill Mc Gowan. Whether McGowan pulls it out or Christensen pulls off the huge upset, the message to Chamber slate supporters should be clear. “Don’t try to take over control of our water supply”. (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 talks about them there dwelling units or ADU’s and says, “When permitted, ADUs often provide affordable housing opportunities, but there are those potential neighborhood impacts. Tomorrow, the Santa Cruz City Council is going to debate proposed changes to current ADU regulations in the City, and will decide whether ADUs should be permitted on lots where there is no owner occupant. Such a change could have a major impact on residential neighborhoods. He goes on to report on a Caltrans meeting in Monterey. He mentions Lincoln Taiz’s talk on Wednesday night at UCSC. Then there’s news about a new tunnel being proposed alos in Monterey. He plugs Jerry Manders talk at Kresge College on Thursday.And he ends the week with NOPOC Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Property” against P.G.&E. bigger, newly proposing, power lines. Gary says about NOPOC….” Organized community participation makes a difference! In other words, if you care about something, getting personally involved, and getting organized with others who feel the same, is definitely worth your time!” 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

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE DAY. People who have lost someone to suicide will be gathering at conference sites around the country and around the world on Nov. 22nd. This event is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is a chance for people to gather together and to try to make some sense out of their loss, and to share in some healing. There is a local conference site in La Selva Beach, that’s November 22nd, 10:00AM-12:00PM

La Selva Beach Community Church 26 Florido Ave. La Selva Beach, CA 95076 Contact:Lucas Willey lucaswilley@comcast.net 831.239.6040 For in depth materials and background on suicide, please see this link to AFSP .

CLASSICAL DeCINZO.DeCinzo says volumes about our banks and money…scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Two Eagans this week… he “warms up to the latest news” and casts a “ROVEing” eye on world money issues. See downwards just a page or three..

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Interested in retold fairy tales? Or just looking for a great read for a chilly autumn night? How much fun is Jewel Theatre Company’s pre-holiday musical Enter the Guardsman? Is Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar a voyage worth taking? Check out my review of Kate Forsyth’s splendid, Rapunzel-inspired historical novel, Bitter Greens, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT. The Chamber Players present “Triple Play: A Diverse Trio of Trios” with music by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Debussy. Featuring Brian Johnston, artistic director, violin, and viola withAude Castagna, cello. Vlada Volkova-Moran, piano. Kathleen Purcell, flute. Jennifer Cass, harp. Their program says, ” it features three outstanding and varied works for trios composed over the span of about 75 years. Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano, is a passionately romantic piece constructed in the classical sonata-allegro format employed so successfully by Beethoven and his predecessors. Next, we present Dvor(ák’s celebrated “Dumky” trio for the same instruments. For Dvor(ák, this piece represents a break from the sonata format he used for his first three trios; it is a kind of fantasia in six movements, alternating deep pathos with exuberant and sunny sections. Our final work is Debussy’s lovely trio of 1915, which moves beyond not only the sonata form, but also much of conventional harmonic structure”. The concert will be Saturday, November 22, 8 pm and Sunday, November 23, 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive in Aptos up behind the CHP office just off Freedom Blvd. turnoff .

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

CITIZEN FOUR. This is Laura Poitras’ mesmerizing, courageous, and 100% scary documentary of Edward Snowden and his battle for free speech. If you’ve ever used Amazon, You Tube, Facebook,Google, or communicate online in any way, the government has collected all your data…and continues to do so. You’ll like Snowden, he appears as friendly and honest as we all want him to be. It should be mandatory viewing for every citizen. Many screenings have been sold out…get there as rapidly as possoible.

WHIPLASH. J.K. Simmons will get big Oscar time press for his role as Mr. Nasty and newcomer Miles Teller is honestly impressive as the young wanna be drummer in this New York City jazz orchestra contest extravaganza. See above for Aptos connection to this film., it’s very good.

ROSEWATER TV personality Jon Stewart wrote and directed this prison drama. Gael Garcia Bernal plays a journalist born in Tehran who lives in Canada and gets captured by some official and dumb jerks in Iran., and torture him. It’s boring in places, pointless and repetitive in others, and still makes a point.

THE GOOD LIE. Reese Witherspoon in what could be called by us locals “Lost Boys 2”. Actually it’s about some refugees from the Sudan and how they made it to America…some of them anyways. It’s way too sappy,cutesy, laughing at “cute savages” reacting to the commercial world. You could stay home and think more about why you hate Christmas.(leaves 11/20)

PELICAN DREAMS. Because we see so many pelicans flying along our coast this documentary simply has to interest you, and it will. It’s not great, the naration is nerve wracking and poorly done. The photography is passable. Only if you want to know more about pelicans should you go for this one.

BEYOND THE LIGHTS. If you’re deep ino Beyonce or her type of show biz you might like this Hollywood saga. Danny Glover is in it and it’s great to see him working again. The same goes for Minnie Driver. It’s one of those tacky, trite, and very old plots…”will the kid make it in show biz?” Yes, of course she does, again. Save your money.

FORCE MAJUERE. A Swedish family faces an avalanche and even larger personal forces in this fine film that will undoubtedly win awards around the world. Go see it, it’s beautiful and perfectly acted. (leaves 11/20)

LAGGIES. Keira Knightly is about 98% of this coming of age movie. Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz do good acting jobs, but you’ll wonder just what was that movie all about?? It’s about Keira’s growing pains and indecision and choices. But you’ll forget it all by the time you leave the theatre. (leaves 11/20)

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

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

NIGHT CRAWLER. Wow and damn, this got an incredible 93% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It is excellently done and Jake Gyllenhaal is near perfect in the lead role as a creepy wanna be TV news cameraman.Bill Paxton is hardly in it at all, that’s too bad, but Rene Russo still has some (not all) of her acting talent left.It’s a fine movie. You won’t forget it, and you’ll think about our visual news media and what we put up with, and pay for…and still call it news!!!

AWAKE. Paramahansa Yogananda was one of India’s first yogis to come to America he was born in 1893 and died in Los Angeles. This film is really a near hard sell for the Self Realization Fellowship that P.Y. started. It’s full of Phillip Glass music (a clue right there). If, and only if, you’re into yoga, meditation, bliss, go see this “documentary”- forward slash- promotion.(leaves 11/20)

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. As we’ve been reading, this is a satire. I couldn’t figure where and when the satire started or stopped. The direction is by a first time director and it shows. Every scene is exactly the same. No emphasis, no subtly, and the acting is sincere, and developing, but lousy. They say nigger and nigga a lot, which means it must be a satire. I never caught on at all.

INTERSTELLAR. This over hyped piece-of- crap movie starring Mathew McConaughey, Michael Caine and Anne Hathway should refund every admsssion dollar it takes in. It’s pretentious, full of phoney intelligence, and uses such concepts as black holes, three dimensions and even five dimensions and voices from “them” who exist beyond Saturn. It’s not as bad as UCSC’s current production of Birth Of Stars ..but almost. Once in a great while I’ll look up other critics to see who’s with me in disliking (or seeing) a film the way I do. Here’s what Critic David Thomson of the New Republic wrote…check it out

JOHN WICK. I saw this Keanu Reeves ex-agent/killer flick last week and forgot to write about it. That should be a clue right there. He’s not an ex CIA agent but some kinda Russian spy agent thing. Anyways some jerks steal Keanu’s sports car and kill his new puppy. That’s the entire plot right there. Keanu just kills everybody in the film then it’s over. Sometimes he goes back and shoots them again. Then it’s really over. Stay home and stuff your turkey instead.

ST.VINCENT. The world agrees that Bill Murray is a great actor, he just makes many, many, bad movies. This one has him as a mean, drunken, nasty, bitter and fat man. He’s supposed to have a heart of gold (see film title). It’s not even worth renting even though Naomi Watts plays a pregnant Russian hooker and Melissa McCarthy does a fine acting job. Forget you ever heard of it.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest winners return and read on Nov. 18 for the full hour. On November 25 UCSC Professor Emeritus Lincoln Taiz talks about Population Growth and Climate Change followed by Social Media strategist Lydia Snider who’ll give us internet hints on Nov. 25. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video telling film and video rental secrets.. She’s followed by Sentinel’s restaurant reviewer Ann Parker talking about eating out during the holidays. 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. “Earth is a great funhouse without the fun”, Jeff Berner. “I saw the bathroom fixtures as a kind of American Trinity”, Claes Oldenburg, “A society based on cash and self interest is not a society at all, but a state of war”, William Morris

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November 7 – 12, 2014

PACIFIC AVENUE NEAR COOPER STREET 1880. That’s our Town Clock on top of the Odd Fellows Hall (its original location). The building on the far left is our County Courthouse 1866-1894. All of this before the Cooper House was built.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE Monday ( before elections) November 3, 2014

2014 ELECTION MEMORIES. By the time we all read this…it’ll be over, and we’ll have a new Santa Cruz City Council, one newly elected County Supervisor and some results on our city school board , the Soquel Creek Water Board and the never ending ballot measures. From the mail I received many, many folks will always wonder if Zach Friend was involved in his successor at the Santa Cruz Police Department “discrediting” Leonie Sherman’s candidacy. Folks will continue wondering too about the Soquel Creek Water Board candidates Deaver, McGowan and Prentice using former County Supervisor Robley Levy’s and Superintendent of County Schools Michael Watkins names as endorsers and listing their names in newspaper ads and on flyers. Zach Friend couldn’t have been involved in that too, right??? Then a sort of funny thing… I got, and so did hundreds of voters, recorded phone calls from Richelle Naroyan telling us to be sure to go to the polls tomorrow “and vote for me”!!! The problem was that her phone calls were last Thursday October 30!!! Lastly, after attending Leonie Shermans and Bruce Van Allen’s kickoff parties and supporting their campaigns they didn’t add my name to their printed material as a supporter. But as almost everybody says…that’s politics.

HALLOWEEN 2014 DOWNTOWN. I ran into Chip Flatulencia (his full name) of the Downtown Association Halloween afternoon and repeated my griping about how downtown Pacific Avenue had again become a militarized attack zone to handle our celebrants. Then (two movies later) I was back on Pacific and saw the huge happy family type crowds dodging raindrops, it was wonderful and with Pacific Avenue closed to traffic it had become a happy place to be. I apologized to Chip Flatulencia of course.

Dr. Mark Bernhard found this gem. Absolutely mind blowing just thinking of the timing and organizing and where can we get those scooters??

EDWARD ALBEE PLAY AT UCSC NOW!!! I’ve been an Edward Albee fan ever since “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf“, “The Zoo Story”, The Sandbox” and more but now the UCSC production of his “The Play About The Baby” absolutely tops my list of Albee plays. The Direction by Lily Sorenson and the four actors Lucas Brandt, Hayley Jackson, Rachel Levy and Nathan Cabrera is perfectly created. The play in UCSC’s Second Stage Theatre runs Thursday-Saturday (Nov.6-8 at 7:30) and Sunday 11/09 at 3p.m. It’s easily Albee’s funniest, most profound, easily grasped, and meaningful plays. If you like Edward Albee’s works , if you like live theatre, go see it. It’s near the top of my best all time play experiences….I’m still reacting to it. Go here for details. http://arts.ucsc.edu/news_events/play-about-baby

NASA VIEW OF EARTH.

PROFESSOR EMERITUS LINCOLN TAIZ TALK. The UCSC 2014 Fall Emeriti Lecture will feature Lincoln Taiz speaking on “Agriculture, Population Growth, and the Challenge of Climate Change.” Here’s what Lincoln wrote about his talk…The invention of agriculture enabled the human population to expand from 10 million to 7 billion. Historically, crop yields have kept up with population growth by farmland expansion and by agricultural advances, but further population growth to the predicted 10 billion by 2050 cannot be sustained at the current level of productivity, a problem made worse by climate change. Integrated approaches will be needed to meet these challenges”. The talk happens 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 19th, at the UCSC Music Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the performing arts lot. Then on Nov. 25 Lincoln will guest on Universal Grapevine at 7 p.m. and we’ll discuss it further.

HOT DAMN STRING BAND AT BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ, AGAIN. It’s that time of the year again!!! Bookshop Santa Cruz had its biggest sale of the year, complete with birthday cake and ice cream, celebrating their 48th year with 20% off everything. Not only that, but our Hot Damn String Band has been playing these celebrations for at least 30 of those years. That’s with Jim Reynolds on guitar, Annie Steinhart on fiddle, Dave Magram banjo, Dore Coller mandolin, Gary Cunningham on string bass and I was playing washboard as usual. Here’s an old Metro Weekly article about us going back to our days in 1971 and Club Zayante, Catalyst, Roaring Camp gigs. It’s worth reading, even if you missed the party.

KZSC PLEDGE DRIVE. KZSC 88.1 fm radio is heading in many new directions, and all of them are upwards!! Our new station director Keith Rozendal has brought many great changes. You can hear them all during this years Pledge Drive starting Tuesday Nov. 4 and lasting through Nov. 13th. County Supervisor John Leopold will co-host 11/04’s Universal Grapevine with me (7-8 p.m.) and we’ll be telling everybody how to vote. Then on Non. 11 historian Carolyn Swift will be my co-host and we’ll talk history stuff in between your call in gifts/pledges…great fun. Tune in, and call in your donations at 831 459-4036

BATS, JUST DANCING AND SINGING BATS!!! Don’t think about this too much…just watch these bats wrong side up

UCSC HOUSING. Chris Moore writes…. “I recently heard that there are 400 units at UCSC that are sitting empty because of shoddy workmanship. That drives prices up for rentals throughout Santa Cruz. I noticed you mentioned that in one of your articles. I think that most people don’t know that and the huge impact (once again) that UCSC has on our community”. Thanks Chris, lets see what happens.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary boroadcasts about the RCDs…that’s Resource Conservation Districts and all of them are governed by local landowners. Then of course he tells us to get out and vote. LAFCO hats are his Wednesday topic and he discusses the LAFCO issues.On Thursday he talks about The Regional Transportation Commission meeting in Watsonville. Then there’s news about the 5 story high Pacific Avenue Bus station, unbelievable!!! Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo takes a look at Sheriff’s Deputies…scroll downwards.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Cuomo and Christie get “political” help…see below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Movies R Us, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). I check out some of the current offerings on local screens so you don’t have to! ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

BIRDMAN. Great cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think.

THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA. Whew, and geez, this film got an amazing 100% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! AND, it deserves every one of those percents. It’s an animated film from the famous Japanese Studio Ghibli. But their animation is far above the Disney, Pixar, slick, commercial stuff. It is sensitive, patient, not driven for cheap emotions, it’s wonderful and you should see it just to remember how much great animation can effect you.DO NOT see the dubbed version see the subtitled authentic one. It’s really more for adults, than kids. It’s a Japanese fairy tale, one of the oldest. See this one and enjoy some genuine art.

NIGHT CRAWLER. Wow and damn, this got an incredible 93% on Rotten Tomatoes!!! It is excellently done and Jake Gyllenhaal is near perfect in the lead role as a creepy wanna be TV news cameraman.Bill Paxton is hardly in it at all, that’s too bad, but Rene Russo still has some (not all) of her acting talent left.It’s a fine movie. You won’t forget it, and you’ll think about our visual news media and what we put up with, and pay for…and still call it news!!!

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. Surprising to see Colin Firth in a movie like this along with Nicole Kidman, who does an excellent job of acting here.She has amnesia, there probably was a baby, plus a strange therapist, and you’ll be as confused as she is all through the film. You’ll remember Hitchcock films while you watch this, and it doesn’t match his greatness, but it’s still pretty good, and nicely acted… as you could guess from the stars reputations.

HORNS. Daniel Radcliffe looks like he’s starting a new film series titled Horney Plotter!! IF (big IF) you do go to see this one remember that it’s from a horror story book. That means people grow wings, fly, kill each other, and are generally inane. Radcliffe has said he’s trying to escape his Harry Potter image…he screwed up on this one. Well at least he got rid of the glasses!!

JOHN WICK. I saw this Keanu Reeves ex-agent/killer flick last week and forgot to write about it. That should be a clue right there. Not an ex CIA agent but some kinda Russian spy agent thing. Anyways some jerks steal Keanu’s sports car and kill his new puppy. That’s the entire plot right there. Keanu just kills everybody in the film then it’s over. Sometimes he goes back and shotts them again. Then it’s really over. Stay home and stuff your turkey instead.

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

GONE GIRL.David Fincher has directed some intelligent films and has a style which is more than most movies have nowadays. Gone Girl starring Rosamund Pike (who is genuinely great) and Ben Affleck who is generally pretty good is a fine film. One friend who requires definite, obvious,conclusive endings hated Gone Girl,,,for that reason. Neil Patrick Harris is in it too, but not much. It’s tricky, you have to think, you’ll be puzzled, it’s more complex than a Hitchcock mystery and well worth seeing. What’s hard to believe is that Gone Girl is #1 at the boxoffice with an 87% at Rotten Tomatoes.

PRIDE. What a cast….Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton together in this almost true story of how the Lesbians and Gays joined together to support the striking miners in Wales. You’ll laugh, cry and be inspired by this feel good film.It happened 30 years ago and is well worth watching, but hurry.

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Bastards. I. Bastards was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

AWAKE. Paramahansa Yogananda was one of India’s first yogis to come to America he was born in 1893 and died in Los Angeles. This film is really a near hard sell for the Self Realization Fellowship that P.Y. started. It’s full of Phillip Glass music (a clue right there). If, and only if, you’re into yoga, meditation, bliss, go see this “documentary”- forward slash- promotion.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. As we’ve been reading, this is a satire. I couldn’t figure where and when the satire started or stopped. The direction is by a first time director and it shows. Every scene is exactly the same. No emphasis, no subtly, and the acting is sincere, and developing, but lousy. They say nigger and nigga a lot, which means it must be a satire. I never caught on at all.

THE MAZE RUNNER. More “Dystopian” (opposite of Utopia) stuff. No big star names and not much excitement here either. This is a teenager film from a book. All bad future, kid survival, sci-fi puzzle with a dumb ending that makes strong hints that there’s more to come.

ST. VINCENT. The world agrees that Bill Murray is a great actor, he just makes many, many, bad movies. This one has him as a mean,drunken, nasty, bitter and fat man. He’s supposed to have a heart of gold (see film title). It’s not even worth renting even though Naomi Watts plays a pregnant Russian hooker and Melissa McCarthy does a fine acting job. Forget you ever heard of it.

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On Nov.4th Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to assist with our bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive. November 11 noted historian and author Carolyn Swift co-hosts our second week of Pledge Drive time. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest winners return on Nov. 18 for the full hour. On November 25 UCSC Professor Emeritus Lincoln Taiz talks about Population Growth and Climate Change followed by Social Media strategist Lydia Snider who’ll give us hints on Nov. 25. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video telling film and video rental secrets. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always, and only at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “I know that I have died before—once in November“, Anne Sexton. “November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows”, Clyde Watson. “”Remember, remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I know of no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot”, Alan Moore.

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October 27 – November 3, 2014

POLITICS IN SANTA CRUZ, April 26, 1962. Yes, that’s the estimable Eleanor Roosevelt shaking hands with our then Mayor Bert B. Snyder jr., while Erva Bowen looks on. They are all at the Deer Park Restaurant out in Aptos. Erva was president of the area NAACP and president of our Santa Cruz County School Board.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE Oct. 27, 2014

VOTING TIME. I’m never quite sure about online deadlines so here’s WHO, WHAT and HOW I’m voting next Tuesday. I quoted Karsten Wade’s Comment in Sunday’s Sentinel down below. Add to that quote “This is what the “recent council majorities, that the Sentinel now champions have been endangering, with a strong tilt for reversing decades of smart and environmentally focused growth’. Fighting for Santa Cruz to go forward and NOT follow Cynthia Mathews, Lynn Robinson, David Terrazas, Hilary Bryant and Pamela Comstocks descent into unmitigated, and environmental hell, I’m voting only for Bruce Van Allen and Leonie Sherman for city council. I’m voting for Jeremy Shonick and Alisun Thompson for Santa Cruz City Schools. For Port Commissioner Jean Brocklebank says Toby Goddard and Reed Geisreiter know a great deal about the realities of running the harbor, vote for them. Then there’s YES on #1, YES on #2, YES on 45, and YES on #46, YES on #47, YES on #48, and YES on L (the Cannibus tax)

WALL STREET JOURNAL INTERVIEW of reporter Ellen Gamerman talking about MOSTLY ATTENDANCE AND HAPPENINGS (MAH). She briefly mentions Santa Cruz.

MAH and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL or EVERYBODY’S AN ART CURATOR. I had more than a week of phone calls and emails with Ellen Gamerman of the Wall Street Journal. She made contact because of past BrattonOnline‘s revealing the discontent that Nina Simon has caused with her changing our Art and History museum into a Mostly Attendance and Happening (MAH). I couldn’t reveal to Ellen the names of all the MAH board members, donors, Historians, Artists, and former attendees who emailed, phoned, and talked in person about their discontent. BUT former Art Curator at MAH Susan Hillhouse Leask had the guts and courage to tell Gamerman [how and why she left MAH. Kudos to Susan. One comment grabs exactly what’s at stake here…and that’s museums are dumbing down our American culture. Today’s most popular films show it, Amazon Books help prove it, popular “culture” makes it plainly obvious that people around the world and very obviously Santa Cruz would rather see bubble blowing, fire shows, and cutesy stickums than our finest art and important history. Ellen’s WSJ article came out last Thursday Oct. 24 This is that article…

SANTA CRUZ’S FLUORIDE BATTLE. Speaking of crazy, there are still some locals who refuse to face facts and join the world in having our Santa Cruz City water fluoridated. Statistics below (in these links) say that 67% of the U.S. population are on flouridated water systems. Here’s just a couple of websites with facts and figures proving we need to add fluoride. Check them out please….

Irish Times and then there’s …

ADA

still more pro-fluoride factsCDC

SANTA CRUZ POLICE —FUTURE TOOL? Carolyn K. Lagattuta found this bizarre clip.

I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up! from Dave Fothergill vfx on Vimeo.

HALLOWEEN & SANTA CRUZ MOVING BACKWARD AGAIN. Karstan Wade’s Commentary in the Sunday (10/26) Sentinel was beautiful. She wrote about whether Santa Cruz is moving forward or backward. Among other deeply thought out critiques and comments on our growth and politics she said…”one of the hallmarks of Santa Cruz has been controlled growth and civil liberties”. With Halloween coming we’ll watch as our City Council approved police actions turn Pacific Avenue into an annual “Prisoner of War” camp. There’ll be fenced in areas, spotlights on poles, and police vans ready to arrest and jail our partying citizens. Back in the day Santa Cruz had great city- sponsored costume contests, city- sponsored store decorated window contests, and families parading up and down Pacific Avenue. We’re moving backward.

MARGHE McMAHON DIED. Marghe McMahon died Friday. Marghe was a student at UCSC and most importantly, was the sculptress of the great statue of Tom Scribner, the musical saw player. That’s of course the statue in front of BookShop Santa Cruz. Her husband Luc Lessard called me with the sad news. She was 6o years old and died rather rapidly of liver and kidney infections. We started The Musical Saw Festival to help pay Marghe for all the bronze she used in the statue. Marghe went on to work as a model maker for George Lucas and did Star Wars VI and more. I can’t find any photos of Marghe except one that Cin Martino took of Marghe and me hugging near Lulu’s at the Octagon. That was last year and it’s on my Facebook page. Luc said she wants to be buried someplace in or near Santa Cruz. She was a very wonderful and beautiful person.

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

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT ELECTION MAILER REVEALS
FALSE ENDORSEMENT CLAIMS

The Aptos Chamber of Commerce slate of candidates for Soquel Creek Water Board needs to clean up their endorsement list. They have been caught with their pants down on at least two endorsements that were never authorized. Former 2nd District Supervisor Robley Levy endorsed two candidates, Bruce Jaffe and Rick Meyer. The mailer put out by the Chamber’s candidates, Deaver, Mc Gowan and Prentice all claim Levy’s endorsement. All three also claim the endorsement of Michael Watkins, Superintendent of Santa Cruz County Office of Education. In fact, Michael Watkins has endorsed Bruce Jaffe and Rick Meyer, and only Deaver from the Chamber’s slate. When campaigns ignore common decency and honesty in advertising, it raises the question as to the legitimacy of other names on their mailers. A quote from former County Supervisor Levy regarding the Soquel Creek Water District election says it all: “Honesty is a prime requirement for good government. I regret that the challengers have not met this test”.

(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).

SOQUEL CANDIDATES USING ROBLEY LEVY’S and MICHAEL WATKINS NAMES.(see above) Paul Elerick sent a follow-up email to me stating…” I have the letter Robley wrote to the Sentinel (which they haven’t published). She copied all the sitting Water Board members, the Aptos COC slate and the Water District’s General Manager. She heard back from Deaver who said he didn’t know anything about it. I also have an email from Michael Watkins apologizing for the slate’s misuse of his endorsement to add to their mailers for all three”. Bad politics and lots of questions there in County Supervisor Zach Friend’s territory!!!

Click here to see more on Bruce Jaffe’s and Rick Meyer’s campaigns

DONKA. I just don’t understand this one. And only 49 people have watched this dance troupe. What is it about? Or why? Sort of looks like our Santa Cruz City Council!!!

THE GRAVITY SISTERS perform Donka. Ron Sandidge was one of the 77 who viewed this.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary discusses the “right to farm” and the land use regulations that support that right. The Santa Cruz City Council votes on “Basin Implementation Group” which of course is all about water. Patton then states, “UCSC has a Long Range Development Plan (or LRDP) more or less equivalent to a community “General Plan.” The LRDP sets out where development will be permitted, and outlines some of the conditions under which development will occur. Because the University of California is not subject to local land use regulations, neither the City nor the County General Plans apply. The LRDP is the defining document.

The current LRDP proposes something like 3.5 million square feet of new construction on the UCSC “North Campus” area, previously part of a “Natural Reserve.” Development plans have been stalled for some time, because the University has to get approval for an extension of City water onto the North Campus area, and that has not yet occurred, pending the completion of an Environmental Impact Report. As a full disclosure, listeners may remember that I have been representing the Community Water Coalition, which has been opposed to the UCSC water service extension. Today, let me suggest you visit kusp.org/landuse, and find a link to a schedule of upcoming “Forest Walks.” A group called “Save Upper Campus” is providing tours of the affected area, so community members will know what the debate is all about. One Forest Walk begins at noon Wednesday, Oct.29. Other Walks are scheduled for November 1st, 2nd, 12th, and 15th. More walks are scheduled beyond those dates.

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. S. DeCinzo brings us up to date on our police force. Scroll down.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan sizes up the relative importance of today’s voter…see below a page or two.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Finding a novel’s narrative voice is a mysterious process of intuition, alchemy, trial and error. Feel free to pick my brain this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), and see if any of my strategies might work for you!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE BLUE ROOM. There’s a murder, and an illicit love affair, nope, there are two murders (surprise) and the who done it problem…for just over an hour. It’s a fine film. Good acting, directing, and pacing is good too. Very French, go see it if you like affairs and murders, and plots especially by author Georges Simenon.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. As we’ve been reading, this is a satire. I couldn’t figure where and when the satire started or stopped. The direction is by a first time director and it shows. Every scene is exactly the same. No emphasis, no subtly, and the acting is sincere, and developing, but lousy. They say nigger and nigga a lot, which means it must be a satire. I never caught on at all.

BIRD PEOPLE. This is an eccentric, odd film. About 2/3 of the way through it becomes bizzarre and weird and catches you/us completely off guard. I still can’t figure it out (seriously), why the change, what was the purpose, what’s the message of this film??? It lacks depth or at least it lacks enough of a backstory to clue us in to what happened. It’s like watching one film for 1 hour and 45 minutes them having the projectionist decide to splice some other film on to the ending. Let me know how you liked it.

ST. VINCENT. The world agrees that Bill Murray is a great actor, he just makes many, many, bad movies. This one has him as a mean,drunken, nasty, bitter and fat man. He’s supposed to have a heart of gold (see film title). It’s not even worth renting even though Naomi Watts plays a pregnant Russian hooker and Melissa McCarthy does a fine acting job. Forget you ever heard of it.

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

GONE GIRL.David Fincher has directed some intelligent films and has a style which is more than most movies have nowadays. Gone Girl starring Rosamund Pike (who is genuinely great) and Ben Affleck who is generally pretty good is a fine film. One friend who requires definite, obvious,conclusive endings hated Gone Girl,,,for that reason. Neil Patrick Harris is in it too, but not much. It’s tricky, you have to think, you’ll be puzzled, it’s more complex than a Hitchcock mystery and well worth seeing. What’s hard to believe is that Gone Girl is #1 at the boxoffice with an 87% at Rotten Tomatoes.

KILL THE MESSENGER. Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see this almost true story about a San Jose Mercury reporter who uncovered thestory of The CIA smuggling cocaine and supporting Nicaraguan rebels. Renner liked the true story so much that he’s part of the producing group. But the film gets dull and full of old timey movie cliches. It could have been much better, and will make you very mad at our government, if you’re not already.

PRIDE. What a cast….Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton together in this almost true story of how the Lesbians and Gays joined together to support the striking miners in Wales. You’ll laugh, cry and be inspired by this feel good film.It happened 30 years ago and is well worth watching, but hurry.

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Basterds. I. Basterds was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

AWAKE. Paramahansa Yogananda was one of India’s first yogis to come to America he was born in 1893 and died in Los Angeles. This film is really a near hard sell for the Self Realization Fellowship that P.Y. started. It’s full of Phillip Glass music (a clue right there). If, and only if, you’re into yoga, meditation, bliss, go see this “documentary”- forward slash- promotion.

JUDGE. Robert Downey jr. gets another chance to act and he proves that he’s really, really good. AND he’s not wearing any Marvel Comic costume. Robert Duvall can only play Robert Duvall but he’s good at it. My favorite part of this film was to watch Vera Farmiga one of my favorite and most versatile actors. Billy Bob Thornton is another favorite but he doesn’t get to do much in this cliched movie. Go if you’ve seen the other good films.

THE MAZE RUNNER. More #1. definition “Dystopian” (opposite of Utopia) stuff. No big star names and not much excitement here either. This is a teenager film from a book. All bad future, kid survival, sci-fi puzzle with a dumb ending that makes strong hints that there’s more to come.

MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. It’s about how the internet has mucked up three families. It tries to make some statement about social issues, Facebook, Instagram, and texting in general. It’s boring, repetitive, very confusing and not worth your paying to see it.

DRACULA UNTOLD. Do we, or you, really want to know the back-story of Vlad the Impaler?? I walked out about 10 minutes BEFORE the ending. It’s all special effects even the impaling of 1500 victims. Good old Bram Stoker is probably spinning in his grave. We should dig him up and check!!!

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. . Oct. 28 has Tim Kelly and Judy Johnson from the Community Of Artists discuss their Felix Kulpa Gallery Show then California State Assemblyman Mark Stone brings us up to date on Sacramento politics. On Nov.4th Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to assist with our bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive. November 11 noted historian and author Carolyn Swift co-hosts our second week of Pledge Drive time. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest winners return on Nov. 18 for the full hour. On November 25 Social Media strategist Lydia Snider gives hints on Nov. 25. Then December 2has Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video tellingfilm and video rental secrets. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always, and only at bratton@cruzio.com

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.

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner”, James Bovard. “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting”, Franklin D. Roosevelt. In my lifetime, we’ve gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We’ve gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in twelve years, we’ll be voting for plants”, Lewis Black.

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October 22 – 28, 2014

EARTHQUAKES?? HOW ABOUT FIRES???? This is Pacific Avenue and Cooper Street on April 14, 1894 and because the water happened to be turned off that day, the fire consumed almost the entire block between Pacific and Front Street. That funny little “hut” on the right was the bank vault.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE October 20. 2014

“NO” ON TERRAZAS CONTINUED. Last week I printed a few of Santa Cruz City council member and candidate David Terrazas votes while on our city council. Here are some more of his votes and more reasons we should let him return to his wife and children and his well paying job over the hill. What I said last week was… “I like Terazzas, everybody likes Terrazas…he’s a nice guy. Family Man, works over the hill and why in hell was he on the City Council? What did he ever take a strong stand on, what did he ever introduce, when was he ever strong enough to be on the minority side? When did he ever disagree with Cynthia Mathews or Hilary Bryant?”

On Sept.10, 2013 Terrazas and the unanimous City Council failed to inform the public about their approval of the Justice Assistance grant to purchase license plate readers. Many of us including the ACLU believe license plate readers are a threat to our civil rights.

Terrazas again voted against the ACLU’s not wanting to place a curfew on Cowell Beach. Terrazas voted to destroy the heritage tree ordinance by adding an economic hardship clause.

More than all of above in June/July 2014 Terrazas voted to give 2 million dollar subsidies for large new hotels. Still more…September 23 Terrazas voted to allow the relocation of the crematorium on Ocean Street extension to make way for a development without an EIR.,and inspite of the mercury emmissions and the frightened neighbors concerns. After Terrazas filed his papers to run again in this campaign he voted to increase the campaign spending limit from $28,000 to $38,000. Of course as we now know, Terrazas has the most money in the canpaign. There’s more, but hopefully by now you can see that Terrazas voting history is amazingly obvious. Take this (and your wits) to the polls or mailbox…and vote only for Van Allen and Sherman.

HISTORIC CAMPAIGN SIGN THEFT. Following the Sentinel’s “Pulitzer Prize” history of the destruction of the Cooper House we must never forget the tradition of stealing your enemny’s campaign signs. Here’s an edited and updated version of what I’ve printed here since 1998.

POLITICAL SIGNAGE. The big and expensive campaign signs on Louis Rittenhouse’s lot at Almar and Mission Street says more than a lot. Yes, that’s the same lot that former mayor Mike Rotkin and the late also mayor and co-founder of the Resource Center for Non-Violence, Scott Kennedy, were caught ripping down the campaign signs back in 1998. I’ve printed the late Jerry Kaufmann’s and my version of that story many times over the years. Now, just to give us another accurate picture of both Rotkin and Kennedy, here is an article from the October 28, Metro Santa Cruz written by then reporter, John Yewell….

Union Square Jazz and starting off your day, courtesy of Ralph Davila. The band is “Too Many Zooz”

LILA DOWNS, IGUANAS AND GREAT HARP MUSIC. Another gem from Ralph Davila and if this is your first exposure to Lila Downs….enjoy!!!!
LOLA BELTRAN SINGS “CUCURRUCUCU” with the Pulido Mariachis.

Where’s Your Sign?(Oct. 28 1998)

Jerry Kaufman is not a man who minces words.” What are you rotten stinking bastards doing?” he screamed as he hurtled himself across Almar Street hobbling on his cane. “You’re the lowest bums I ever laid eyes on.” From inside The Parish Publick House Tavern last Saturday evening with his partner, Elaine Herman, Kaufman says he had spotted council members Michael Rotkin and Scott Kennedy tearing down campaign signs belonging to Timothy Fitzmaurice, Keith Sugar and Christopher Krohn – the Santa Cruz Action Network (SCAN) slate of City Council candidates. Kaufman, who supports the SCAN slate, swung a verbal left hook at Rotkin. “You give socialism a bad name,” he said to the leftist UCSC lecturer. He followed with a jab at Kennedy, who is a co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence. “You’re about as nonviolent as Mussolini,” Kaufman barked, “you disgusting fat galoots.”

Kaufman says he saw Kennedy throw a Fitzmaurice sign into the street, and produces a tire-marked sign to back up his story. Kennedy denies this. In fact, Rotkin says, they delivered the three removed signs to nearby Democratic Party headquarters on Swift Street. But longtime Democratic Party activist and ex-high school teacher Ed Porter, who was in the office when Kennedy and Rotkin arrived, says he saw no signs delivered. Welcome to this year’s election week sign wars”.

Now in 2014 at that Almar/Mission corner, you’ll see which ones are Rittenhouse Mathews-Coonerty-Bryant developer approved signs for this years campaign. Stay tuned on this one.

WILDER RANCH . All to often The Santa Cruz Sentinel fails to give credit to where credit is due. For example in reporting on the 40 th anniversary of Wildre ranch becoming a State Park they said, “In 1972, 10,000 houses were slated for development on the property, which would have doubled the size of Santa Cruz. After people rallied against the proposal, the state acquired the ranch in 1974′. They failed to mention a few items such as 19 attorneys volunteering to save Wilder Ranch. Marine World, Hollywood Turf Club, and the mysterious maybe mafia corporation (Moroto Investment Corporation) in the Bermudas being the developers. They didn’t mention our local attorney firm Bob Bosso representing that group and suing ME personally and 10 “John Does” for $121,00,000 that’s one hundred and twenty One Million Dollars for what they said was libel. (We won!!!). That was the largest environmental law suit ever filed in the USA at that time. There’s pages more to tell how a group of 10 active citizens pooled their hard earned money and hired Shirley Zimmerman an organizer from the Saul Alinsky school in Chicago to provide us with solidarity. As we all now celebrate that 40 the anniversary think about our current poltical scene. The Wilder Ranch is in Ryan Coonerty’s North Coast District…would he or our other County Supervisors turn down a development of 10,000 homes that would bring in 30,000 new people???

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Ground Water Legislation in Monterey County is Gary’s opening broadcast. He talks about Assemblyman Mark Stone reporting on issues to our County Board of Supes on Tuesday. He talks about sustainable communities and affordable housing and why it’s worth fighting for, and a webcast that’s worth watching. He closes by teling us to visit the building of the 32 mile rail corridor and the La Selva Beach trestle, that’s; being built in Arizona!!! 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. An oldie-but-goodie which seems timely right about now… you know the drill – scroll down a ways.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim creates one of the biggest Halloween scares ever… see below a page or three.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Who’s suddenly making a comeback in pop culture? That would be Hook, Captain Hook, to you! Read all about it this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

FURY. Do not confuse or compare this Brad Pitt war movie with Inglorious Bastards. I. Bastards was a near classic and original piece of art… Fury is just another fairly good war movie. It’s tense at times, nicely acted, but has nothing you haven’t seen before. It does however make you think that maybe humans killing humans must be political and I’ve concluded, more than likely….genetic!!!

AWAKE. Paramahansa Yogananda was one of India’s first yogis to come to America he was born in 1893 and died in Los Angeles. This film is really a near hard sell for the Self Realization Fellowship that P.Y. started. It’s full of Phillip Glass music (a clue right there). If, and only if, you’re into yoga, meditation, bliss, go see this “documentary”- forward slash- promotion.

MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. It’s about how the internet has mucked up three families. It tries to make some statement about social issues, Facebook, Instagram, and texting in general. It’s boring, repetitive, very confusing and not worth your paying to see it.

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

GONE GIRL.David Fincher has directed some intelligent films and has a style which is more than most movies have nowadays. Gone Girl starring Rosamund Pike (who is genuinely great) and Ben Affleck who is generally pretty good is a fine film. One friend who requires definite, obvious,conclusive endings hated Gone Girl,,,for that reason. Neil Patrick Harris is in it too, but not much. It’s tricky, you have to think, you’ll be puzzled, it’s more complex than a Hitchcock mystery and well worth seeing. What’s hard to believe is that Gone Girl is #1 at the boxoffice with an 87% at Rotten Tomatoes.

KILL THE MESSENGER. Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see this almost true story about a San Jose Mercury reporter who uncovered thestory of The CIA smuggling cocaine and supporting Nicaraguan rebels. Renner liked the true story so much that he’s part of the producing group. But the film gets dull and full of old timey movie cliches. It could have been much better, and will make you very mad at our government, if you’re not already.

TRACKS. Mia Wasikowska plays a real life girl who treks 2000 miles across the Australian outback. The odd part is that most of the trek is along a road that has (we are told) “only 6-8 cars per day”. She has an affair with a Frans Lanting type National Geographic photographer (Adam Driver). She has lots of trouble with Driver, tourists, Aborigines, the media, and camels. Somehow we don’t get too involved with all this, and just watch with deserved interest.

JUDGE. Robert Downey jr. gets another chance to act and he proves that he’s really, really good. AND he’s not wearing any Marvel Comic costume. Robert Duvall can only play Robert Duvall but he’s good at it. My favorite part of this film was to watch Vera Farmiga one of my favorite and most versatile actors. Billy Bob Thornton is another favorite but he doesn’t get to do much in this cliched movie. Go if you’ve seen the other good films.

PRIDE. What a cast….Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton together in this almost true story of how the Lesbians and Gays joined together to support the striking miners in Wales. You’ll laugh, cry and be inspired by this feel good film.It happened 30 years ago and is well worth watching, but hurry.

THE SKELETON TWINS. Even though Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are SNL veterans and even though the trailer has laughs…this is NOT a funny feel-good film. It’s a wonderful, touching, perfectly acted and directed film. It’s sad, loving, sensitive, suicide attempts, and oddly enough like “The Notebook” it’s about twins struggling to survive on their own. See it asap.

MY OLD LADY.Usually I’d bet big money that any movie starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas would be the most enjoyable, touching, funny and thoughtful film ever filmed. It isn’t!!! Kline plays a sad loser, Maggie plays a dull old maid with a sad past, and Scott Thomas is her sad daughter who’s never left their Paris apartments. Don’t rush to see it. Rent it, then you can turn it off a few times and take breaks as you watch it. Kristin Scott Thomas by the way, is giving up films. She’s 54 now and is tired of playing middle age women. She doesn’t want to do any more TV series either. Read her statements here

THE MAZE RUNNER. More #1. definition “Dystopian” (opposite of Utopia) stuff. No big star names and not much excitement here either. This is a teenager film from a book. All bad future, kid survival, sci-fi puzzle with a dumb ending that makes strong hints that there’s more to come.

DRACULA UNTOLD. Do we, or you, really want to know the back-story of Vlad the Impaler?? I walked out about 10 minutes BEFORE the ending. It’s all special effects even the impaling of 1500 victims. Good old Bram Stoker is probably spinning in his grave. We should dig him up and check!!!

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about North Coast area issues, followed by Ted Burke co-owner of the Shadowbrook and Crows Nest restaurants. Oct. 28 has Tim Kelly and Judy Johnson from the Community Of Artists discuss their Felix Kulpa Gallery Show then California State Assemblyman Mark Stone brings us up to date on Sacramento politics. On Nov.4th Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to assist with our bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive. November 11 noted historian and author Carolyn Swift co-hosts our second week of Pledge Drive time. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest winners return on Nov. 18 for the full hour. On November 25 Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video tells film and video rental secrets then Social Media strategist Lydia Snider gives hints on Nov. 25. 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. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea
“, e.e. Cummings. “The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea,” Isak Dinesen. “Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container”, Wallace Stevens.

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October 7 – 20, 2014

THE FAMED AND DOOMED SWANTON HOUSE. You could drive your horse and buggy right off the “street” and inside through the center door. This great structure stood about where our present post office is today. Albion Swanton built it and, according to John Chase’s Santa Cruz Architecture book it burned down on May 30,1887.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE October 6, 2014
DATELINE October 13, 2014

A DOUBLE COLUMN THIS WEEK. Due to crappy internet problems Gunilla never got last week’s column. So we’re combining last week’s and this weeks. I know, I know, but whaddya gonna do???

BODEGA BAY 50 YEARS LATER. 50 years ago in 1964 a bunch of us defeated PG&E’s proposed Nuclear Power plant at Bodega Bay. It was my first real land use environmental battle and we fought it for about three years. The Sonoma County Museum is creating an exhibit titled “HOLE IN THE HEAD” The Battle for Bodega Bayand the Birth of The Environmantal Battle”. It opens Saturday November 1, 2014 and runs through February 9, 2015. What’s really great is that I’ve been invited to a pre-opening get together of a small bunch of us who started and finished that battle. Some of those folks I haven’t seen in those 50 years. Dave Pesonen led the battle and with incredible intelligence was able to keep all the different anti- nuclear groups united until we won.I brought Pesonen and others down to Santa Cruz to help organize and strategize PG&E’s same plot to build a Nuclear Power Plant in Davenport…we won that one too!!! The Museum states… “The exhibition chronicles the story of the nuclear power plant, proposed for construction at Bodega Head in 1958 and its defeat by members of the local community in 1964. Stories will focus on the lives of the individuals involved in the struggle against PG&E and the arguments made against the plant on one of California’s most pristine coastal areas. This project not only honors the region’s earliest environmental activists but shows their enduring legacy for our region. The project will include an in-gallery exhibition featuring text, photographs, artifacts and multimedia—mostly in the form of edited video interviews. The interviews will include new video collected for this project, as well as edited segments from a rich collection of existing video histories in SCM’s collection.” Check out the museum’s exhibit website.

WHARF CELEBRATION DRONE VIDEO. There’s about 4:45 of aerial video that is truly breathtaking and even sentimental. The music track sounds like it’s dubbed from a little munchkin, and it’s sponsored by Santa Cruz Waves.com.

Santa Cruz Wharf 100th Anniversary Celebration Fireworks from MultiRotorCam on Vimeo.

NO ON DAVID TERRAZAS. I like Terazzas, everybody likes Terrazas…he’s a nice guy. Family Man, works over the hill and why in hell was he on the City Council? What did he ever take a strong stand on, what did he ever introduce, when was he ever strong enough to be on the minority side? When did he ever disagree with Cynthia Mathews or Hilary Bryant? MORE IMPORTANT here are a few of his votes when he voted against the ACLU, against the homeless, against Morgani playing on Pacific Avenue, and more.

On Jan. 28, 2014 He voted against The Bike Church receiving abandoned bicycles. On Feb 11 he voted against the working public being able to speak to the City Council at 7pm and changed it to 5 p.m. On Dec.2013 he voted to make expensive permits mandatory for groups/events of only 50 instead of 100. That means marches, gatherings, protests, etc. On Dec. 3, 2013 he voted to strengthen our so called City Park Safety Initiatives making it a civil rights issue against our homeless.. There’s more about Terrazas’ voting record and I’ll report more in the next week. Stuff he voted for like opposing the ACLU re the curfew on Cowell’s Beach, how the council can use “Closed Sessions” etc. He’s just too busy on his day job, relys too heavily on City Staff and Cynthia Mathews. Vote no on David Terrazas.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & BUSINESS COUNCIL DID SOMETHING GOOD!!! Don’t tell anyone where you got this but for once the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Cruz Business Council did a positive thing. They got Larry Pearson and Hillary Bryant to interview each of the Santa Cruz City Council Candidates on TV!!! Now Larry’s no Charlie Rose (and he’s nervous, but he makes good cookies) and Hillary Bryant is Hillary Bryant but at least we get to see how the wanna-bees perform on camera. These are long interviews (24-38) minutes each. They are all solo interviews. And as of Monday Oct. 13 Cynthia Chase had the most views (61) and David Terrazas had the fewest (26) take a look, think about these candidates. The camera work is about non-existent, the questions are sort of jerky, but you’ll get a feel of the quality and brains behind our to-be-chosen-few. It’s all on You Tube. As you probably know by now, I’m definitely voting for Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van AllenONLY!

WHARF WARNING. Now that the city and related developers have had their big 100th anniversary celebration we have to be very aware that those same powers are working very hard to develop our municpal wharf into another San Francisco Fisherman’s Tourist Wharf. We’ll see Swenson’s Wax Museum, Appenrodt’s Apple Toss, Canfield’s Bilk Bottle, Dunn’s Whack-a-Fish, Schwartz’s Diving Bell, Brooks Ball Batter and similar attractions. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports…”Amid centennial celebrations this year for the wharf, the city will also complete a nearly $1 million,18-month study (funded largely by a federal grant) to evaluate new uses and capital costs for upgrading the half-mile-long wharf. The city expects to have a Wharf Master Plan laying out a comprehensive development strategy after the study wraps up”. Remember that’s ONE MILLION just for a study…let’s have a contest to guess what the legitimate total cost will be, how many tourist bucks will it generate, and what will it cost in maintenance just to keep it operational?

ICEBERG FOOTAGE.

BOARDWALK GARBAGE RATES??? Obviously just another rumor, but one intrepid BrattonOnline reader who has (or had) access to such things says that the Boardwalk and especially the La Bahia (owned by The Boardwalk) pays cheaper garbage rates than any of the other commercial operations in the city. Of course I’ll be happy to print all the proof and/or retractions on this one.

THOMAS PYNCHON IN THE MOVIES???

When Thomas Pynchon lived here and I got to meet him and chat I had no idea just how “reclusive” he was…or is. Pynchon and a good friend of mine became friends and my friend keeps me informed about Pynchon’s comings and goings (mostly goings). Here’s the latest news from the New York Times, Sept. 29 …

PYNCHON’S CAMEO, AND OTHER SURREALITIES

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON films PYNCHON’S “INHERENT VICE” BOOK

By Logan Hill Sept. 26, 2014

Halfway through a long lunch at Tavern on the Green on a sunny September day, the trim, tanned filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, dressed in a Southern California beach bum’s uniform — Quiksilver shorts, faded blue T-shirt, crumpled white bucket hat — went silent. Mr. Anderson, 44, had been asked a simple question: Does Thomas Pynchon, the reclusive author of “Gravity’s Rainbow,” “Mason & Dixon” and “The Crying of Lot 49,” make an on-screen cameo in Mr. Anderson’s “Inherent Vice,” the first movie adapted from one of the writer’s celebrated novels? Surely Mr. Pynchon, 77, would be tempted by such an inside joke? Told that other sources had confirmed a cameo, Mr. Anderson stared intently into his salad and poked around with his fork, either looking for an answer among the summer beets, fighting back a grin or both.

The mystery of Mr. Pynchon’s cameo is trivial. But that doesn’t make it any less fun to pursue — and the same could be said of the mysteries in “Inherent Vice,” which exist more to propel Joaquin Phoenix into wild, gag-filled scenarios than to deliver whodunit satisfaction.

Continue reading the main story Like the novel, the film is set in 1970 in the fictional Gordita Beach, Calif., among paranoid burnouts, white-supremacist bikers, black-power ex-cons, and hippies turned toothless heroin addicts”. BrattonOnline sez…I edited that article a lot, so try to link to it. Then we can wonder if Gordita Beach is really partly Santa Cruz, or was it Manhattan Beach? He lived in both locales.

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

WHEN ELECTED OFFICIALS GO OVER TO THE DARK SIDE.

One issue that fits this category was when 2nd District Supervisor Robley Levy came out in favor of Wingspread, the disastrous development at one time aimed for New Brighton Beach State Park. Many months of fighting off the developer, all the way to Sacramento and including a county-wide ballot measure won the day for the good guys on this issue.

Now we have a 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend collaborating with the Aptos Chamber of Commerce candidates and their attempt to take over Soquel Creek Water District’s Board (SQWD) of Directors. This slate’s latest flashy and expensive mailer includes an endorsement by Zach and a quote from him saying, “We need to take politics out of the discussion and ensure that our community has a voice in water policy”. Since when has water not been a political issue?

A quick review of the latest Grand Jury report says the following, “We commend the Soquel Creek Water District for holding meetings at Capitola City Hall to address supplemental supply and mandatory rationing. This allows for greater public participation and awareness of the discussions via local access television and the internet.” Zach’s interest in water management is a few months old, as in…”right before the election”.

Look at all the Chamber’s endorsers, it’s a lineup of all the big-name developers, past (and failed) SQWD Directors and their supporters. It reads like a who is who of the old Aptos Incorporation crowd. The hidden agenda is not hidden very well. A red flag is the amount of money the slate is using to attempt to gain control of the board, not for the sake of the groundwater, but for the sake of their own wallets. Let’s face it, if a director had not even mentioned moratorium, (a motion that was not seconded, as in there is zero support for it) there would likely be no expensive opposition to a community service position occupied by Bruce Jaffe and Rick Meyer.

I would prefer a 2nd district Supervisor let the voters decide and not actively campaign in an area not under his area of expertise. This further polarizes the community and is very divisive. Zach’s finger prints are everywhere and that is not admirable.

(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).

LIONS REVOLT, ATTACK CIRCUS TRAINERS. Gena Foucek Sinopoli finds all the great clips. It’s a wonder this doesn’t happen more often. We should close down aquariums too.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. (Week of October 13-17) Gary talks about Bike lanes on Western Drive and the resultant loss of street parking, and the City Council’s decision. There’s a 5 story building proposed for 1482 Freedom Boulevard and the lack of water problem. On Thursday Oct. 16 there’s a Santa Cruz Water Supply Convention at the Civic (11am-9pm) he says we should all be there…IF you use water. Cal Am and it’s privately owned status are above the law, Gary says, read all about that issue. He closes giving details on what Sustainable Communities means…”Sustainable Communities” is a phrase that actually has a legal reference, in California. As part of California’s effort to address global warming, state law was modified to try to encourage land use planning that would reduce vehicle miles traveled, or VMT. The plans that are supposed to accomplish this goal are called “Sustainable Communities Strategies.”

 

As a kind of follow-up, I am providing interested listeners and readers with a link to a “Catalogue” of “Sustainable Community Indicators.” The Catalog helps communities identify indicators that can measure progress toward their sustainability objectives. The indicators focus on the relationships among land use, housing, transportation, human health, and the environment. The Catalogue was developed by a team of researchers, which evaluated over 100 community indicator initiatives across the United States. The team identified over 1,000 examples of indicators being used to measure community progress towards the Partnership for Sustainable Community’s Livability Principles.Here’s that link..The Sustainable Community Indicator Catalog

(The Week of October 6-10) Gary kicked off the week with some news about Marina and Monterey County’s water problems. Then he talks about the Santa Cruz City Council and their study session on Accessory Dwelling Units. He adds the problem that the UCSC student population causes by their adding more students and closing down some student housing for renovation. There’s a dispute over turning highway 156 into a toll road and the Transportation Agency role in it. More than that Monterey County has a “Rooster Ordinance”!!! You wouldn’t believe me if I wrote about it here, so read Gary’s report…it’s serious. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

 

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo gives us a “heads up” warning about Halloween scroll to page six.

 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim has another idea about Security at the White House, It’s about three pages down

Anna-Maria Hefele sings two and more notes at the same time.(Polyphonic Overtones)

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. Their first concert of the 2014-15 season is titled

“Too Intimate to be Expressed in Public”

“The No-Holds-Barred Emotions of Dvor(ák, Shostakovich, and César Franck”. Roy Malan, artistic director and violin Susan Freier, violin; Polly Malan, viola; Stephen Harrison, cello; Ian Scarfe, piano. They’ll be playing Four Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75 by Antonín Dvor(ák. Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dymtri Shostakovich and Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor by César Franck. It’s Saturday October 18 at 8pm and Sunday October 19 at 3pm atChrist Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr., Aptos. Advance single tickets for all SC Chamber Players’ concerts are available at www.scchamberplayers.org Single tickets are also available at the door 1/2 hr. prior to each performance CUSTOMER INFO: 425-3149 or www.scchamberplayers.org

DEL MAR THEATRE’S NEW SEATS!!! Those 300 new seats in the main auditorium of the Del Mar Theatre are absolutely amazing. They cut the 500 old style seats down to house only 300 of the new (not reclining) “leather” comfy seats. When pressed, Jim and Paul (Del Mar owners) said the new seats cost between $300-$500 per!!!

SHAKESPEARE LIVE ON SCREEN. There’s a new (??) live telecast Shakespeare series direct from London’s Globe Theatre…again limited to one screening only.

Henry V October 14th Del Mar
Taming Of The Shrew October 28th Del Mar
The Tempest November 4th Del Mar

Two screenings are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and ONE SHOWING ONLY. click here for a detailed link, and a connection to the Globe.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), Open Studios heads into its last weekend, Alias Hook receives high marks from the School Library Journal, and coal miners and gay activists make strange, but effective political allies in the exuberant film, Pride.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

 

GONE GIRL.David Fincher directs some intelligent films and has a style which is more than most movies have nowadays. Gone Girl starring Rosamund Pike (who is genuinely great) and Ben Affleck who is generally pretty good is a fine film. One friend who requires definite, obvious,conclusive endings hated Gone Girl,,,for that reason. Neil Patrick Harris is in it too, but not much. It’s tricky, you have to think, you’ll be puzzled, it’s more complex than a Hitchcock mystery and well worth seeing. What’s hard to believe is that Gone Girl is #1 at the boxoffice with an 87% at Rotten Tomatoes.

 

KILL THE MESSENGER. Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see this almost true story about a San Jose Mercury reporter who uncovered thestory of The CIA smuggling cocaine and supporting Nicaraguan rebels. Renner liked the true story so much that he’s part of the producing group. But the film gets dull and full of old timey movie cliches. It could have been much better, and will make you very mad at our government, if you’re not already.

TRACKS. Mia Wasikowska plays a real life girl who treks 2000 miles across the Australian outback. The odd part is that most of the trek is along a road that has (we are told) “only 6-8 cars per day”. She has an affair with a Frans Lanting type National Geographic photographer (Adam Driver). She has lots of trouble with Driver, tourists, Aborigines, the media, and camels. Somehow we don’t get too involved with all this, and just watch with deserved interest.

 

JUDGE. Robert Downey jr. gets another chance to act and he proves that he’s really, really good. AND he’s not wearing any Marvel Comic costume. Robert Duvall can only play Robert Duvall but he’s good at it. My favorite part of this film was to watch Vera Farmiga one of my favorite and most versatile actors. Billy Bob Thornton is another favorite but he doesn’t get to do much in this cliched movie. Go if you’ve seen the other good films.

PRIDE. What a cast….Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton together in this almost true story of how the Lesbians and Gays joined together to support the striking miners in Wales. You’ll laugh, cry and be inspired by this feel good film. It happened 30 years ago and is well worth watching, but hurry.

THE REAL PAUL POTTS SINGS “TIME TO SAY GOODBYE”. You’ve just got to love this duet. Here’s the real Paul Potts from the movie “One Chance”.

ONE CHANCE. James Corden, one of Britain’s finest upcoming actors plays Paul Potts a shy iPhone salesman who wins Britains Got Talent. I cried, laughed, and was forced to appreciate the honesty of this corney film. Go quickly, it’ll leave by Thursday.

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS. Rosamund Pike does a good job with this intelligent comedy so does Simon Pegg as the psychiatrist guy who earnestly goes around the world doing “research” on what is happiness. It’s sort of funny but it reminded me of how super funny the Alec Guiness Brit comedies were and how great this film would have been with other actors in his role.

DRACULA UNTOLD. Do we, or you, really want to know the back-story of Vlad the Impaler?? I walked out about 10 minutes BEFORE the ending. It’s all special effects, and good old Bram Stoker is probably spinning in his grave. We should dig him up and check!!!

 

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

 

THE SKELETON TWINS. Even though Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are SNL veterans and even though the trailer has laughs…this is NOT a funny feel-good film. It’s a wonderful, touching, perfectly acted and directed film.It’s sad, loving, sensitive, suicide attempts, and oddly enough like “The Notebook” it’s about twins struggling to survive on their own. See it asap.

 

EQUALIZER. A huge big hit and Denzel Washington’s third biggest opening weekend. Denzel plays a floor manager at “Home Depot” by day and like Batman turns into a near superhero who punishes with a hidden talent for violence that he learned in his secret past.It is violent, bloody, co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz, and is one of the best action films I’ve seen in a very long time.You’ll never take your eyes off the screen, and Denzel’s killing and acting ability makes Clint Eastwood look like Woody Allen. It’ll be here a month!

 

MY OLD LADY. Usually I’d bet big money that any movie starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas would be the most enjoyable, touching, funny and thoughtful film ever filmed. It isn’t!!! Kline plays a sad loser, Maggie plays a dull old maid with a sad past, and Scott Thomas is her sad daughter who’s never left their Paris apartments. Don’t rush to see it. Rent it, then you can turn it off a few times and take breaks as you watch it. Kristin Scott Thomas by the way, is giving up films. She’s 54 now and is tired of playing middle age women. She doesn’t want to do any more TV series either. Read her statements here http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/kristin-scott-thomas-quits-film

 

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Liam Neeson always does a good job of acting and makes almost any film worth seeing. Guess what…. he’s an ex-cop and aa AA member. It’s about kidnappers who kidnap crooks wives, kill them and still ask for ransoms!!! You’ve seen it all before and Neeson still can’t do American accents.

THE MAZE RUNNER. More #1. definition “Dystopian” (opposite of Utopia) stuff. No big star names and not much excitement here either. This is a teenager film from a book. All bad future, kid survival, sci-fi puzzle with a dumb ending that makes strong hints that there’s more to come.

 

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

QUOTES (two week’s worth) …SPECIAL DROUGHT QUOTES. “It’s so dry the trees are bribing the dogs”, Charles Martin. “Drought is the best thing that ever happened to my lawn. And my beard”, Jarod Kintz. “Love is a cloudless sky, and I’m having the longest drought of my life?” also Jarod Kintz. Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought“, Dwight Morrow. “Our fish, our recreation, our irrigation and all our uses of the Missouri River are threatened if the drought continues and the Corps of Engineers decisions aren’t changed”, Mike Rounds.

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October 3 – 9, 2014

CORNER OF FRONT STREET AND SOQUEL AVENUE on JANUARY 9, 1957. This is now entirely the CVS/Trader Joes parking lot aka Riverwalk Plaza. The photo includes a view on the right of where Home Mortage sits.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE… September 29, 2014

DON’T TRUST THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND. The September issue of The Highlander (a monthly publication of the Rural Bonny Doon Association) had an article involving just a few of the problems involved with preservation of our North Coast lands. This is a complex issue, and if you care about, or are involved with land preservation you should read this…it involves some of our most active environmentalists being sued by TPL.

“As we reported in the May Highlander, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), which owned the vast Coast Dairies property from 1998 until its recent transfer to the federal Bureau of Land Management, was rebuffed in its suit to recoup over $200,000 in attorney fees that it claimed to have spent fighting a lawsuit brought by the Rural Bonny Doon Association RBDA and SOAL (Save Our Agricultural Lands). The suit involved 2 parts, one over whether TPL needed to obtain a Coastal Development Permit from the Coastal Commission to subdivide the property, and the second whether it needed to comply with the Subdivision Map Act, which allows for public input into the subdivision process.

The RBDA and SOAL felt that certain restrictions on activities and uses of Coast Dairies were not written with strong and precise enough language to adequately protect the conservation of the property. Apparently TPL was so enraged by small, local upstarts questioning its motives and judgment, and forcing it to abide by the law, that it wanted to punish SOAL and the RBDA as an example to anyone who might try to take them to task in the future. Towards this end, they decided to sue SOAL and the RBDA for legal costs.

Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Rebecca Connolly wasn’t buying into their lawsuit, writing in her order denying TPL’s reimbursement request that, “The record supports that Petitioners’ [i.e., the RBDA, SOAL et al] actions was not brought to prevent the transfer of the Coast Dairies property to the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”); rather, it was brought to assure compliance with the approval processes under the Coastal and Subdivision Map Acts prior to such a land transfer, in order to obtain protective conditions on that transfer which would better serve and benefit the public.” She went on to write that “…there is a concern that an award of attorneys’ fees in this case could have a chilling effect on other environmental actions brought to require both public and private interest projects to comply with acts and ordinances, such as the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), in order to assure that all appropriate environmental concerns are addressed.”

TPL eventually applied for the Coastal Development Permit, contending that it did so not as a result of legal pressure from SOAL and the RBDA, but voluntarily, so technically it “won” the lawsuit.

However, the part of the suit dealing with compliance with the Subdivision Map Act was in the process of going to the State Court of Appeal. In early August, SOAL, the RBDA, and some Davenport residents who were co-plaintiffs agreed to drop the appeal of the Subdivision Map Act part of the suit if TPL dropped its appeal of the denial of attorney’s fees. They agreed, so all legal battles between SOAL and the RBDA and TPL are now over. However, it should be noted that TPL has still not taken a very important step required by the Coastal Permit. Specifically, it has not recorded the legal easement as it promised. That easement is necessary to protect the agricultural parcels it still owns, and ensures that TPL gives up a broad range of development rights on those parcels.

What remains is the bad feeling that TPL, a formerly respected organization, whom we once considered allies in trying to preserve ecologically significant properties, turned out to be little different in their tactics than arrogant bullies like a large corporation that uses its wealth and power to intimidate and bowl over anyone who challenges it. We hope that anyone who may be considering a donation to TPL will instead support one of the other conservation organizations, such as the Santa Cruz County Land Trust, which respects the motives and concerns of like-minded individuals and groups.

Finally, we must give a shout-out to our attorneys, the highly respected law firm of Wittwer/Parkin, probably the pre-eminent land use and environmental legal firm in Santa Cruz County, who put in many pro bono hours, and thousands of dollars in largely unreimbursed legal fees, in a noble and selfless effort to ensure that the magnificent Coast Dairies property and related agricultural parcels are truly protected in perpetuity by iron-clad legal language to preserve them from exploitation, degradation, development and improper uses.

MORGANI AT FASHION ART. The Great Morgani added to the fun of this year’s FashionArt Show and took a page from Bill Irwin’s classical footwork. Check out Mortmuzi’s video here…

STAYING AWAY FROM BICYCLE OWNERS. So far it hasn’t been easy to keep three feet away from anybody who owns a bicycle…but we’ll get used to it, I’m sure. And besides it smells better!!!

BRUCE VAN ALLEN CORRECT PARTY TIME & DATE. (Fred Geiger alerted me to the fact that I got the time of Bruce’s event wrong last week) It should read…”Please join Bruce Van Allen on Sunday, October 5th, from 1:30 to 3 pm, in Abbott Square on Cooper Street by Lulu’s and MAH for a campaign rally with fun, entertainment, games, and of course, Bruce! Van Allen says he is very excited that CA State Senator Bill Monning will be the special guest, at that G.O.T.V. (Get out the vote) Rally on October 5th! This event will also be a great opportunity for folks to register to vote in the November elections”.

GREENSITE ON ACCESSORY DWELLINGS. Gillian Greensite sends the following…

CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS (ADU)
TUESDAY OCTOBER 7TH

Despite clear Council direction to the Planning Commission that it not include a reconsideration of the “owner occupancy rule” for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s)(the requirement that one of the dwellings be occupied by an owner) the Commission voted to do just that. Not surprising since all commissioners are architects, work for architects, run consulting engineering businesses or are housing executives.

ADU’s are not “affordable” housing. A recent Nation article on the crisis of affordable housing in San Francisco concluded: “only public housing and strictly-controlled rents can protect affordability.” We can’t build ourselves into affordability. ADU’s are market-rate rentals for individuals whose incomes are high enough to afford to rent an ADU rather than an apartment or a room in a house.

The current Santa Cruz city ADU Ordinance went through many public hearings and revisions to respond to neighborhood concerns, resulting in size limits, set-backs, off-street parking, notification to adjoining neighbors and the requirement that one of the dwellings be occupied by a property owner. All cities include this requirement.

The recommendation to strike these and the owner-occupancy requirement will have a significant impact on all Santa Cruz neighborhoods given that 54% of properties are non-owner occupied. Why wouldn’t an absentee landlord build a second unit? The profits are high given UCSC and Silicon Valley housing demands. Do we value our neighborhoods or is it just real estate? (Gillian Greensite is a long-time observer and critic of UCSC growth as it relates to real estate speculation leading to infilling our neighborhoods and ever-rising rents).

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

SHOULD THINGS WE ALL TREASURE AND BENEFIT FROM BE
UNDER THE CONTROL
OF
SANTA CRUZ CITY…. OR ANY OTHER SINGLE MUNICIPALITY?

The pictures in last week’s BrattonOnline of the total desecration of Arana Gulch brings up an important issue. Why should one city council be able to make life or death decisions over historical buildings or precious open space just because it’s within their city limits? Going back in recent history we have only to look at what has happened to La Bahia, what almost happened to the Dream Inn and what DID happen to the Cooper House. The later example was the beginning of the end for downtown Santa Cruz, all because a city council approved a demolition permit after the 1989 quake as fast as it could. What if the entire county could have weighed in on this one, like they did on Wingspread? I know, it was the “property rights” of the person who had their name on the Cooper House deed, but those “rights” took away forever the personality of downtown Santa Cruz. Something like the paving of Arana Gulch forever has changed that precious green space forever. We should collectively be ashamed. (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 talks about CSUMB (California State University of Monterey Bay)buying The Steinbeck Center in Salinas to use as a downtown campus!!! Then he talks about Supervisor John Leopold and the sustainable Santa Cruz County process, and how the supes will vote on it October 28, 2014. To quote Gary on his Thursday broadcast, “It is not clear that the regional desalination plant being promoted by California American Water Company will ever be built. There are many environmental and other questions. But if the plant is built, it will cost a lot of money. Estimates are on the order of $400 million dollars. If the plant goes ahead, with this price tag, water customers on the Monterey Peninsula are going to pay. Typically, large public works projects are funded by bonds, which means that whoever is doing the project borrows the money needed, and then the customers pay back the money over time, including both principal and interest. Anyone familiar with a home mortgage knows how this goes. The higher the interest rate, the more you pay. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo deals with the wildlife issue read downwards about a foot and a half!!!

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Check out a different view of PAYING AT THE PUMP see Eagan’s take a few pages below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Pssst—hey, kids! Don’t be alarmed if things are kind of quiet this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). I’m toiling away at a top-secret book-related project, the nature of which is soon to be divulged (I hope)—so please stay tuned!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

SHAKESPEARE LIVE ON SCREEN. See The Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance of The Two Gentlemen from Verona at the Del Mar Theatre only on Thursday Oct 2 at 7:30 and repeated just once on Sunday at 11 am. Then there’s also a new (??)live telecast series from London’s Globe Theatre

Twelfth Night October 7th Del Mar
Henry V October 14th Del Mar
Taming Of The Shrew October 28th Del Mar
The Tempest November 4th Del Mar

All screenings are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and ONE SHOWING ONLY. click here for a detailed link, and a connection to the Globe.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE NOTEBOOK. Best film of this year, so far!! Hungary,Nazi’s, Jews, subtitles, and twin brothers struggling to survive on their own. Starvation, sex, beatings, and a brilliant film. Don’t miss it. It’ll probably be in town for only six days.

THE SKELETON TWINS. Even though Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are SNL veterans and even though the trailer has laughs…this is NOT a funny feel-good film. It’s a wonderful, touching, perfectly acted and directed film.It’s sad, loving, sensitive, suicide attempts, and oddly enough like “The Notebook” it’s about twins struggling to survive on their own. See it asap.

EQUALIZER. A huge big hit and Denzel Washington’s third biggest opening weekend. Denzel plays a floor manager at “Home Depot” by day and like Batman turns into a near superhero who punishes with a hidden talent for violence that he learned in his secret past.It is violent, bloody, co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz, and is one of the best action films I’ve seen in a very long time.You’ll never take your eyes off the screen, and Denzel’s killing ability makes Clint Eastwood look like Woody Allen. It’ll be here a month!

MY OLD LADY.Usually I’d bet big money that any movie starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas would be the most enjoyable, touching, funny and thoughtful film ever filmed. It isn’t!!! Kline plays a sad loser, Maggie plays a dull old maid with a sad past, and Scott Thomas is her sad daughter who’s never left their Paris apartments. Don’t rush to see it. Rent it, then you can turn it off a few times and take breaks as you watch it.

Kristin Scott Thomas by the way, is giving up films. She’s 54 now and is tired of playing middle age women. She doesn’t want to do any more TV series either. Read her statements here.

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

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy lead the stars and William Hurt, Viola Davis and Isabelle Huppert also do great jobs. It is a a deep and touching film about two people who were once in love, and are still haunted by that connection. The acting is wonderful, Chastain has never been better and that‘s saying a lot. Go see it….it does lack a certain depth but you’ll fill in the lines.

LOVE IS STRANGE. Wow, 97 % on Rotten Tomatoes…I’d give almost that much. It’s about Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as gay males who’ve lived together for decades.Marisa Tomei does a perfect job as part of the family. It’s really about much more than the gay couple it’s about all the relationships around them, and around you too. Go see it quickly it could leave very fast if you don’t go now.

THE DROP. Apparently this really, really is James Gandolfini’s last film….and it’s very good. Not an excellent one but very good. Tom Hardy is the lead and he’s excellent, and Noomi Rapace is just as good. Everybody’s good and so’s the film but…even with the well done tensions, great photography…it’s a mite puzzling…until the end. It’s mob scene Brooklyn, bars, illegal payoff money…go see it.

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Liam Neeson always does a good job of acting and makes almost any film worth seeing. Guess what…. he’s an ex-cop and aa AA member. It’s about kidnappers who kidnap crooks wives, kill them and still ask for ransoms!!! You’ve seen it all before and Neeson still can’t do American accents.

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

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU. Big stars like Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Timothy Olyphant and the newly big star Adam Driver. When there are laughs they are all about sex, poop, breasts, crotches, lesbians, more breast implant jokes and it’s dull. Centering on a Jewish tradition of sitting shiva for seven days. It’s like one step up from frat house comedies.

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

THE MAZE RUNNER. More #1. definition Dystopian stuff. No big star names and not much excitement here either. This is a teenager film from a book. All bad future, kid survival, sci-fi puzzle with a dumb ending that makes strong hints that there’s more to come.

TRIP TO ITALY. A sequel to the clever, improvised comedy of 2010 “The Trip” this one flops miserably. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are big time British stars once again out on a food columnist tour of great restaurants in Italy. They apparently ad-lib, imitate Brit celebrities, and make fools of themselves. I have no idea why anybody likes this film , but the New Yorker did!!!

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… se next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Susan Lysik and Susan Pappas talk about Lysik’s photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New at The True Olive Connection on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. On October 7, Jessica Bailey the exec. dir of UCSC’s Arboretum talks about their latest plots and plans. Then Sandy Lydon historian, author and “coastal tour guide”, talks about historical droughts and floods. October 14 has Michael Alman telling us about his Life Raft Tutoring program. Then Sandy Ferguson and Michael Stamp from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players talk all about their newest season. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about area issues. Oct. 28 has Tim Kelly and Judy Johnson from the Community Of Artists discussing their Felix Kulpa Gallery Show then California State Assemblyman Mark Stone brings us up to date on Sacramento politics. 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. “All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow“, Grant Wood.”The Sexual drive is nothing but the motor memory of previously experienced pleasure”, Wilheim Reich. “If it is not erotic, it is not interesting”, Fernando Arrabal.

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September 26 – October 2, 2014

END OF THE LINE. Horsecar #1 at Soquel May 1890. This horsecar line went from Ocean Street to Arana Gulch (2 miles). That’s the Netherton and Williams Saloon in the background. That’s Ed Ely at the reins.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE…. SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

ENDORSEMENT FEVER. With the Santa Cruz City Council race heating up and especially with the mail in ballot looming closer each day (3 weeks from now!!!) we see the scramble for organization endorsements really getting wilder. Por ejemplo The Sierra Club Santa Cruz County Group surprised everyone and went with just two endorsements Leonie Sherman and Bruce Van Allen. After Fred Keeley’s screwing around (manipulating) with the Sierra board most folks figured they’d endorse more growth/business type candidates. Larger surprises came from the GLBT Alliance of Santa Cruz County. The organization endorsed Cynthia Chase, David Terrazas and Bruce Van Allen. Merrie Schaller co-chair of GLBT did end up endorsing Leonie. According to rumors (and hear-say) their board and steering committee recommended endorsing Leonie Sherman, a strong woman candidate. Those rumors also said that a bunch of people like Carol Fuller, Darrell & Karen Darling joined GLBT at the last legal moment just to stuff the ballot for their candidates, Chase and Terrazas. Fuller and the Darlings used to do that same thing in other political groups, but those groups changed their voting rights laws. Leonie’s next parties are Tuesday, September 30 (6 pm till 7:30) at 118 Miles Street (off of King Street) at the home of David Foster and Saturday, October 4 (4 pm till 5) at 1520 Escalona Drive at the home of Celia and Peter Scott. Bruce Van Allen’s campaign announcesPlease join Bruce Van Allen on Sunday, October 5th, from 3 to 5 pm, in Abbott Square on Cooper Street by Lulu’s and MAH for a campaign rally with fun, entertainment, games, and of course, Bruce! Van Allen says he is very excited that CA State Senator Bill Monning will be the special guest, at that G.O.T.V. (Get out the vote) Rally on October 5th! This event will also be a great opportunity for folks to register to vote in the November elections.

AMUSEMENT PARKS FROM HELL. Jodi Frediani found this shocker. Click here, it’s worth it.

ARANA GULCH, A GROWING PROBLEM. Jean Brocklebank brings us up to date with the city approved further ruination of the Arana Gulch greenbelt.

“Another surprise for most readers will be that our greenbelt is getting not one but two destructive paved routes for bicyclists. It is called the Arana Meadow Trail (named for what it destroys). It runs from the Agnes Street entrance into the Arana Gulch Greenbelt and will intersect with the Broadway Brommer (BB) paving in a wide triangle of remnant “critical habitat” of the endangered SC tarplant. Because there simply cannot be enough damage to Arana Gulch in the minds of City bureaucrats, work on the second paved route has begun while the BB work continues at a snails pace, with another 30′ wide construction corridor for big earth moving equipment, disrupting visitors and wildlife alike. Upon seeing the new construction work, one visitor to AG recently said, eyes wide in hope, “This one will be less wide, right?” She was shocked to learn that it will be another 8 foot wide paved route. Go HERE to see pictures”.

THE KING’S CABINET. Susan Leask found this absolute gem of a hand built cabinet that’s over 200 years old. Watch the 2 minutes and 20 seconds of it…and then think of IKEA!!!

PADDLING THE SAN LORENZO…A BAD IDEA. From the Friends of the San Lorenzo River Wildlife website…

The Friends of SLR Wildlife seeks to protect riverine wildlife habitat and the species therein from disturbances that jeopardize them, with a special focus on avian species The San Lorenzo River (SLR) is a living river. It is alive with a myriad of species (avian, piscine, and the aquatic critters that birds and fish depend on for food). The river is host to birds year round. It is their home, offering resting, nesting and feeding. It is part of the Pacific Flyway of migratory birds. The SLRiver offers migratory birds respite and food during their journeys of thousands of miles. The Audubon Society lists “habitat loss, water shortages due to diversion for agriculture and development, and diminishing food sources as major reasons migratory bird numbers have plummeted over the years”. Recently the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) has initiated a campaign to open the Lower San Lorenzo River to water sports equipment, including kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, an activity which is currently banned by the City of Santa Cruz. CWC has received Special Events Permits from the City Manager’s Office for a series of seven Paddle Events, ostensibly to learn about the effects of paddling on the San Lorenzo. CWC is lobbying the City to rescind its ban on water sports equipment.

Prohibition of any recreational activity that can negatively impact river wildlife.
Prohibition of any single-use recreational activity on or near the river that may exclude other recreational uses such as bird watching, bird photography, painting, or quiet enjoyment and appreciation of this public natural area/open space. Two of the FOSLW objectives are

1. The City cancels all further special use permits for Coastal Watershed Council sponsored paddling events.

2. The City Department of Parks and Recreation retains its regulation of water sports equipment on the lower river.

FORT ORD COMIC BOOK. Watch Michael Houlemard take you on a comic book tour of what’s happening at good old Fort Ord. Artist Andy Warner drew it on September 10. The Sentinel re-printed the Monterey Herald article last Saturday. The link was hard to open, this one might work better. Check it out, it’s important to our bay area.

Impossible City: The Afterlife of an Army Base

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

TAKE BACK APTOS IS NO MORE

The sound you hear on Facebook is due to shutting down of the Take Back Aptos page due to , wait for it….”possible copyright issues” . A newly named page did resurface with two of the same admin people and …an aptly named sock puppet admin. Say “Stu Padasso” three times fast! There is a presence of Take Back Santa Cruz and low grade Clean Team (as in a fever) but not as overt as the Cruz Needle presence of Take Back Aptos of yesteryear. Myself and many of my neighbors are awaiting acceptance after sending in a request to join. I would not bet the family farm on that one.

“THE WALL AT SEACLIFF SAGA”

Eminent Domain is “The right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.” There’s a segment of our community that tears up when eminent domain is mentioned. These rants usually come from anti-government types who fear the “taking” of their God given “property rights”.

A perfect implementation of eminent domain would be the surface of the wall at Seacliff Beach State Park that the community has placed inscriptions and tiles on in remembrance of loved ones who have died and the thousands of community members who have “touched the wall” on daily walks, The absentee “landowner” of the wall who can’t even see the surface of the wall from her beach front home filed the complaint. She should be damn grateful that she was able to buy a beach house that was built before the Coastal Commission was formed, as that house wouldn’t be there today. As it is, we’re looking a perfect opportunity for our elected officials to get on board and represent their constituents, and not a rich Los Gatos absentee resident.

(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. The future of Gonzales and the meaning of”Sphere of Influence”. Tuesday has the Santa Cruz City Council deals with the water rate issue, expanding the crematorium on Ocean Street and a development agreement on the La Bahia. Monterey County hears a presentation on “fracking” and Gary isn’t sure of the outcome of this one. He discuss the possible major development of Monterey County’s Ferrini Ranch. Then he talks about the People’s Climate March I NYC. He says, “The fact that we have just witnessed such an outpouring of citizen action on what may be one of the greatest challenges that we have ever faced (“We have met the enemy and he is us.”), leads me to talk today about activism closer to home. I often say that the “unhidden agenda” of this Land Use Report is to inspire public involvement in the land use policy and project decisions that will so profoundly affect our future. The best way for any individual to do that is to get involved with one or more groups that have organized to have an impact on the public decision making process. In Monterey County, LandWatch Monterey County is such a group. So is the Carmel Valley Association. So is Keep Fort Ord Wild. In Santa Cruz County, the Sierra Club, the California Native Plant Society, and NOPOC (Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community) are groups organized to have an impact. The “Land Use Links” you can find in today’s transcript will give you lots of ideas for how you can get engaged. I say, go to it! 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. Classy DeCinzo predicted our downtown parking problem early on. Read about 3 pages downward.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Look below a few pages and see Tim’s version of “WHACK A MOLE” only Tim Eagan would….etc., etc.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “How could the great, turn-of-the-(20th) century American illustrator Howard Pyle have envisioned the characters from my novel, Alias Hook, so completely? See the amazing evidence this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

No wonder so many film critics are using the word dystopian in their reviews. I wanted to make sure, before I used it so I looked it up in Wikipedia it says “dystopia (plural dystopias)….

1. A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society. 2. A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living. 3.(medicine) Anatomical tissue that is not found in its usual place. By the way, it seems like every film that’s onscreen now is
DYSTOPIAN.

THE ZERO THEOREM. Like Picasso, Fellini, Jan Brueghel, Caligari, John Cage, and Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil this new film from Gilliam is a greatly enjoyable puzzle. It’s dystopian for sure and stars Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis. Just watch it, appreciate it, don’t expect it to change your life. It’s like Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon look at it and simply enjoy. Don’t worry about meaning…it’s creative, a work of art and well thought out and will be talked about long, long after anything we’ve seen onscreen for years.

TUSK. This is definitely definition #3 of dystopian. The now- fat kid with a (podcast) talk show is Haley Joel Osment (remember him?). It’s a horror comedy with great and cool humor. It’s a little bit dull in parts. A secret surprise appearance by Johnny Depp who plays the odd ball detective helps the plot to stay odd, and funny and weird. I loved it, and had good laughs AND I hadn’t read a word about it before I saw it.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy lead the stars and William Hurt, Viola Davis and Isabelle Huppert also do great jobs. It is a a deep and touching film about two people who were once in love, and are still haunted by that connection. The acting is wonderful, Chastain has never been better and that‘s saying a lot. Go see it….it does lack a certain depth but you’ll fill in the lines.

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. Liam Neeson always does a good job of acting and makes almost any film worth seeing. Guess what…. he’s an ex-cop and aa AA member. It’s about kidnappers who kidnap crooks wives, kill them and still ask for ransoms!!! You’ve seen it all before and Neeson still can’t do American accents.

THE MAZE RUNNER. More #1. definition Dystopian stuff. No big star names and not much excitement here either. This is a teenager film from a book. All bad future, kid survival, sci-fi puzzle with a dumb ending that makes strong hints that there’s more to come.

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU. Big stars like Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Timothy Olyphant and the newly big star Adam Driver. When there are laughs they are all about sex, poop, breasts, crotches, lesbians, more breast implant jokes and it’s dull. Centering on a Jewish tradition of sitting shiva for seven days.It’s like one step up from frat house comedies.

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

THE DROP. Apparently this really, really is James Gandolfini’s last film….and it’s very good. Not an excellent one but very good. Tom Hardy is the lead and he’s excellent, and Noomi Rapace is just as good. Everybody’s good and so’s the film but…even with the well done tensions, great photography…it’s a mite puzzling…until the end. It’s mob scene Brooklyn, bars, illegal payoff money…go see it.

LOVE IS STRANGE. Wow, 97 % on Rotten Tomatoes…I’d give almost that much. It’s about Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as gay males who’ve lived together for decades.Marisa Tomei does a perfect job as part of the family. It’s really about much more than the gay couple it’s about all the relationships around them, and around you too. Go see it quickly it could leave very fast if you don’t go now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NO GOOD DEED.This absolute mess of a horror- thriller film got a 14 % on Rotten Tomatoes (just as an example). Idris Elba is excellent with the part he must have been forced to play. What is odd is that the film spends most of the time explaining Elba’s brutal/insane character. DO NOT SEE THIS FILM….EVER!!! (nobody else is going either)

TRIP TO ITALY. A sequel to the clever, improvised comedy of 2010 “The Trip” this one flops miserably. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are big time British stars once again out on a food columnist tour of great restaurants in Italy. They apparently ad-lib, imitate Brit celebrities, and make fools of themselves. I have no idea why anybody likes this film , but the New Yorker did!!!

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

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

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

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

DOLPHIN TALE 2. Looks to me like a corporate attempt to make us moviegoers and humanitarians forget how cruel Marine Theme parks (Marine World, etc.) are to dolphins. Remember Blackfish?? Yep, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd (again) and Harry Connick, jr. and Kris Kristofferson all take part in this cover-up.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. . Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman, owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. On October 7 Jessica Bailey the exec. dir of UCSC’s Arboretum talks about their latest plots and plans. She’s followed by our 29th District Assemblyman Mark Stone discussing new Sacramento news. October 14 has Michael Alman telling us about his Life Raft Tutoring program. Then Sandy Ferguson and Michael Stamp from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players talk all about their newest season. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about area issues. 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 8 years here’s a chronological list of just last 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. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”, Eleanor Roosevelt. “We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.”, Eleanor Roosevelt. “If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people”, Eleanor Roosevelt.The arts in every field — music, drama, sculpture, painting — we can learn to appreciate and enjoy. We need not be artists, but we should be able to appreciate the work of artists“, Eleanor Roosevelt.

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