November 4 – 17, 2015

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ….PACIFIC AVENUE AND MISSION STREET. How time flies, what changes we’ve seen. That’s where McHugh & Bianchi used to be on the right side corner. Now it’s Bank of The West, There’s still an empty lot where Bookshop Santa Cruz used to be and Lulu Carpenter’s Café which was the first business to re-open on Pacific after the 1989 quake.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE NOVEMBER 2, 2015
And hoping to catch up again on……. NOVEMBER 9, 2015

MONTEREY DOWNS AND HORSE PARK DEVELOPMENT. Way back in the early 1970’s a group of out of town developers (Hollywood Turf Club, Marine World, Moroto Investment Company etc.) treid to develop Wilder Ranch. They tried to build 10, 000 homes (that’s means 30,000 people coming here). We organized and eventually stopped them. The Monterey Downs proposed development on Fort Ord Land isn’t quite that large but the battle is not only looming but getting dangerous. Land Watch Monterey County has stated the facts…they are startling. From their website…

“The Monterey Downs and Horse Park components of the proposed project includes the following: a 225,000 square foot horse training facility that would be comprised of a track and stabling area, ancillary buildings, and a 6,500 seat sports arena and grandstand; a 330,000 square-foot commercial center; a 15,000 square-foot horse park that would be comprised of a visitors center, office space, veterinary clinic, and horse stables; two affordable extended stay hotels with a total of 256 units; 1,280 residential units ranging from apartments to single family residential homes; a 100,000 square foot office park; a 200-room (100,000 square foot) hotel; a 5,000 square foot tennis and swim club; a 73-acre habitat preservation area; and 74 acres dedicated to open space and parks and infrastructure” Link to the Land Watch website see just how bad this development will be and get involved in any way you can. Bill Weigle will be talking about The Monterey Downs development on Universal grapevine Tuesday November 24 at 7:30 p.m.

KUSP CUTS BACK ON GARY PATTON’S LAND WATCH PROGRAM. Gary Patton sent this email Saturday (10/31)… “KUSP will no longer be running the Morning Edition show from NPR; therefore, the Land Use Report is not going to appear each weekday in a “local break” in Morning Edition, which is how it has appeared in the past. I am not sure what the programming will be that surrounds the placement of the Land Use Report, and I think that the scheduling shown in this week’s transcripts may change, as KUSP experiments with its new programming schedule. As you will probably notice, I have also been instructed to prepare only FOUR segments for next week; they will run (as indicated in the transcripts) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; plus Sunday”. Gary went on to say he has no idea what KUSP’s programming plans are for the future. When they start their AAA changes by cutting locally originated and essential news oriented programs like Gary’s all we can do is wait…and hope. Opera program host Jim Emdy says that his Monday Night at The Opera Show will continue until mid November but after that is anyone’s guess”. Jim added, “all news and info are gone now in daytime. that includes Democracy Now, which is a free show”.

JOHN LEOPOLD FOR SUPERVISOR. Grand new local news happened on Universal Grapevine last Tuesday (10/27). John Leopold announced that he was once again running for 1st District Santa Cruz County Supervisor. I added that we remember that even the Santa Cruz Sentinel endorsed him that last time he ran (2008). He reminded us that the county primary happens in June and usually lots of people try running up until that time. As you might guess Doug Deitch says he’s also running in the first district. He’s run in other districts before. Zach Friend 2nd District supervisor also announced and took out papers to run. Becky Steinbrunner said (also on Universal Grapevine) that there are some highly qualified folks that are considering entering that district race and said the recall drive is progressing nicely. We haven’t heard from 5th District Supervisor Bruce McPherson yet.

OUR PRECIOUS WATER AND UCSC. We’ve all been reading how UCSC has been nearly perfect on their water cutbacks. However Toby Goddard from our Santa Cruz City Water Department states and I quote, “Based on the assumed student enrollment growthrate and demand factor, it is estimated that water demand for the UCSC campus willincrease by 10 million gallons per year from 2020 to 2030. Total UCSC demand at 2030 would be 348 million gallons per year, which represents a net increase of 136 million gallons per year over existing water use.This statement is from… The University of California and The City of Santa Cruz recently completed a Water Supply Assessment (WSA) and certified an EIR for the City of Santa Cruz Sphere of Influence Amendment (“SOI Amendment EIR,” Santa Cruz, 2010).

NEWS FROM GEORGE OW. George sent some mighty interesting news about changes at Kings Plaza (41st Ave. and Capitola Road) …

  1. Orchard Supply Hardware is doing a multi-million dollar remodel of their existing store. They were bought by Lowe’s a year or two ago and we are very happy that they kept ours open–and are now improving it. It is rumored that they are spending $5 million, but that is unconfirmed.
  2. There are two murals along 38th Avenue. One is the 240 long feet by 160 feet high “Whimsey” mural done by Elizabeth Sadoff, Dennis Marks and Julie Heffernan about 30 years ago. It was recently refinished to bring back fading colors. The second one is the “Whale Mural” alongside the CineLux Theater that was 20 feet high by 134 feet long. It will be smaller because of architectural changes, but will be renovated with a whale theme.
  3. The old Pizza Company-Tony & Alba’s space across from the CineLux Theaters is being remodeled by the owners of West End Tap and will be called the East End Gastropub. They are working out the decor and menu now. Bill Schultz is doing the construction.
  4. The space where Pretty Mama was at is being remodeled to be a woman’s nail, facial, skin, etc. spa.
  5. 5. CineLux is remodeling the former Capitola Book Company and theater space to increase the theater count from three to eight. Paul Gunsky is changing everything to make it a deluxe presentation, à la his remodel of the Scotts Valley Cinemas. Construction is still underway, but five screens are now operating and more will come on line soon. (George Ow is part of Ow Family Properties and owns Kings Plaza).
MARIANNE FAITHFULL SINGS “TIMES SQUARE”. This is one of the great songs by Barry Reynolds that my daughter Hillary Bratton recorded. It’s available on iTunes.
GEORGE LEWIS & HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND November 1953. I heard this band many times and got to know them back in the day. I even almost went AWOL at Fort Ord to hear them play at the officer’s club in January 1955.

FINAL FAREWELLS. Al Johnsen taught pottery at UCSC back in it’s earliest days. He co-founded Big Creek Pottery and later opened his own Scott Creek Pottery. He was also the driving force behind the legendary Swanton Road Corn Roasts. He died Tuesday Nov. 3rd.

Marge Frantz also taught at UCSC for almost 30 years. She was a long time member of the Communist Party USA and lived for years at Piedmont Court.I have no details on her dying.

Ed Borovatz was a Santa Cruz school teacher and became our County supervisor in 1977. I remember that he lived in a near legendary house on Branciforte…we’ll miss them all.

BEACH FLATS & THEIR GARDEN & EMINENT DOMAIN. Fred Geiger wrote a letter to the Santa Cruz City Council and made some important points… “Dear Council members. As you likely realize, the General Plan calls for 1 Acre of publicspace per one thousand residents. The Beach Flats Community has about 2,600 residents and has only about ONE HALF an ACRE of public space. This is a completely unacceptable situation and has existed for very many years. Now the Garden space is to be reduced and no mitigation of this unacceptable situation is being proposed.

The City should exercise its right to Eminent Domain and secure this Garden plot, as well as other space, to rectify this unacceptable situation. The purpose of such taking of land (with just compensation) is to benefit the public good. I can think of no clearer circumstance in which it could be exercised! Thank You. Fred J. Geiger.”

BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ NEWS. Ex Register-Pajaronian and Mercury reporter Lee Quarnstrom will return to the Bookshop on December 3 to sign copies of his “When I was A Dynamiter” book. More details will follow but Lee told me…”It’s part of a big shindig that will include Supervisor John Leopold dedicating a plaque near The Spread, a house where I, along with Ken Kesey & his family and some other Merry Pranksters, lived in the mid-60s for a while. The plaque will memorialize the first Acid Test, held there 50 years ago, at the site of The Spread (now gone) on the north side of Soquel Drive just west of Rodeo Gulch — the gulch itself, not Rodeo Gulch Road, which is on the other side of the gulch. The Acid Tests, which we Pranksters, as we called ourselves, were held in in the Bay Area and southern California, with music by the Grateful Dead. Obviously those future details will make all this sensible!!!

Gillian Greensite writes…
IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Have you noticed a difference in your streetlights recently? Do they seem whiter and brighter? Do they disturb your sleep? The city has recently replaced our high-pressure sodium streetlights with its choice of light-emitting diode (LED) lights that create potential threats to human health and safety, wildlife ecology and naturally dark skies. Two months ago, on hearing that this retrofit was coming, the Santa Cruz chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), of which I am a member, requested a meeting with the city Public Works director to find out the specs on the retrofit, and find out if the lights chosen met the latest IDA standards in LED technology in order to save energy costs, maximize safety and minimize light pollution. We were stonewalled, given the run-around by both the city and PG&E. By the time we had a meeting the streetlights were a done deal, bought and installed.

LED light is a breakthrough in lighting technology, saving energy and its costs. It is the light of the future. It has its risks, especially in the choice of the technology that our city has just installed. The white light emitted by the diodes has a spectrum that ranges from cool (blue) to warm (red). The cool end of the spectrum is linked to human sleep disturbances, disruption of the ecosystems of nocturnal animals, disruption to bird behavior, disruption to plant growth and its short-wavelength scatters light over a wider range, while the warm end minimizes these effects. Since the technology is rapidly changing, a word to the wise by those in city management in other cities is to not rush into this mass retrofit without careful scrutiny of all the options. The city of Davis found this out the hard way. They retrofitted their public streetlights with 4000 K blue-white LED lights (which our city has just installed) and the public reacted with outrage, sufficient to force the city to replace the lights with the IDA approved, warm spectrum, dimmable, 3000 K lights. It cost the city of Davis $350,000 to make the change. We early on alerted our city about what happened in Davis.

The 2030 General Plan has entries that call for reducing light pollution and exploring a “dark sky ordinance.” There is no indication the city considered the General Plan given that the old lights were 70 watts and according to PG&E, the new LED’s are the equivalent of 100 watts (4,000 Kelvins). PG&E cautioned the city that this choice of light may not play well in Santa Cruz but the city insisted on 4,000K blue-white lights. In terms of energy savings, warm-spectrum white LED lighting now achieves the same energy efficiency as cool-spectrum lights and is better for people and the environment. The new lights have increased glare that leads to more pedestrian, bike and car accidents. The city claims the blue-white spectrum lights provide more home safety and enable law enforcement to better identify suspects. There is no evidence that the cool-white lights achieve this better than the warm-spectrum lights. There is evidence that the kind of lighting chosen by the city compromises public safety by creating deep shadows which provide cover for those intent on doing harm.

There is also a more cosmic concern. We are fast losing sight of the night sky due to light pollution. Not only astronomers feel this loss. It is a profound loss for humanity to lose sight of the immensity and beauty of space, to ponder our origins and fate. Whether your concern is cosmic, health, safety or environmental impacts, the main point is that there was no avenue for public input and discussion of alternatives. It’s not too late. Davis has led the way. If you want to express your concerns, email city Public Works director Mark Dettle at mdettle@cityofsantacruz.gov, Joe Foster of PG&E at Joe.Foster@pge.com and city council at citycouncil@cityofsantacruz.com You can find more about IDA at http://darksky.org/ ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

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

More on TAKE BACK SANTA CRUZ’S Community Safety Forum

The featured speaker for this event, Republican Lynne Brown from Sacramento seems to have taken her Electric Blue fundraising website down. Not sure if it’s worth the effort, but it would still be interesting to see who paid for Brown and her entourage to come to Santa Cruz and pitch their anti-AB 109 and Prop 47 cause back on October 22nd. There are still plenty of references to Electric Blue (“Supporting public safety professionals and their families”) out there. Their unregistered “foundation” has several Sacramento Tea Party political groups listed as supporters. Message to local groups who are asked to be co-sponsors at Take Back Santa Cruz Community Safety Forums…. Make sure you check out their programs before you lend your name. Paul Elerick is co-chair with Jack Nelson of the Campaign for Sensible transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

AMY WINEHOUSE. I’d only seen her in that documentary..here’s her big video hit “Back To Black”

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary Patton states in his now abbreviated KUSP Land Watch reports this week…

Highway widening projects are always controversial. They cost a lot of money, of course, and they generally have pretty significant environmental impacts. The issue that I think is most often coming to the fore, nowadays, is a question about whether such highway widening projects actually accomplish anything positive, in terms of reducing highway congestion.

In other words, while spending many millions of dollars and causing large impacts to the environment might be a good tradeoff, if the end result were significantly less traffic congestion, those huge expenditures and negative environmental impacts look a lot less attractive if the end result is no significant improvement at all in the highway congestion problems that were the reason that the widening project was undertaken in the first place.

In fact, highway engineers are coming to the conclusion that widening highways results in what is called “induced demand,” which means that the new capacity from the widening project is quickly consumed by more people using the highway, so it’s the same old congestion, but with more people caught in the jam. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is proposing a project to widen Highway One in Santa Cruz County, from Morrissey Boulevard to Larkin Valley Road. An EIR process is just beginning. You are invited to get involved, and can get more information at kusp.org/landuse.

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

A REAL AMAZON STORE TO OPEN!!! Casy Coonerty Protti mentioned this news at our Bookshop Santa Cruz Birthday Party last Friday night. And I just found the news on HUFF POST It’s going to be across from The Empire State Building on West 34th Street. “It won’t be a regular store, though. There’s just too many items on Amazon. The store will be more like a warehouse. You’ll be able to return and exchange things you buy online in the store. You’ll also be able to order something online in the morning and pick it up at the store that night”. It also said that if that one works they’ll open more. Something just doesn’t seem right about that. Amazon started in 1995, in case you’d forgotten.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Fortune teller DeCinzo reminds us of rain, storms and FEMA!!! See below just a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim gives us Deep Insight into the Republican future!!! Scroll below…

GUYS AND DOLLS IN THE NEW THEATRE!!! The Jewel Theatre Company must really be jumping up and down (plus dancing) getting ready for their big new production of Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls. It’s running in the brand new Colligan Theatre at The Tannery November 12-December 6. Laura Piccone is directing it and Lee Ann Payne is doing the choreography. Go to www.JewelTheatre.net for tickets or call 831 425-7506

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “Everybody’s a critic this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express http://ljo-express.blogspot.com as I consider what happens when audience expectations don’t match up with the book (or movie) actually produced. Also, there’s still time to catch up with some interesting fall films.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

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

LABYRINTH OF LIES. A subtitled story of the tracking down and making Germany aware of and admitting to the truths of Auschwitz. It hints at the terrible experiments and guilt of Josef Mengele and how he escaped justice. It’s tough and uncompromising and a lesson for all of us. It’s only here by special inclusion from the distributors.

SUFFRAGETTE. Carey Mulligan is almost too cute with those dimples to play the role she does here, and she’s great. Helen Bonham and Brenden Gleeson are at their best and Meryl Streep plays an almost cameo role. Seeing this film about women’s voting rights and also seeing “MissYou Already” has got to make you think deeply how deep the prejudice against women has gone and will women ever be treated as equals…here or anywhere. See this film, and think about Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina.

MISS YOU ALREADY. A genuine women’s film!!! Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette play best friends since childhood. Jacqueline Bisset (almost unrecognizable) plays Toni’s mom.The film is laden and loaded with cancer, masctectomies, scars, childbirth, and is full of tragedy, and stuff in the lives,pains and feelings of women that I can’t posibly identify with…it is a woman’s film, and that is a compliment and high praise.

TRUTH. You won’t be able to stop thinking about how much Robert Redford does NOT look like Dan Rather. However you will also not stop thinking about how Cate Blanchett should be given her Oscar immediately. Cate runs the gamut of excellent acting as Dan Rather’s producer at CBS. This is about how George W. Bush got special favors to get into the National Guard and avoided serving in the war in 2004. CBS comes out looking really bad as business took over news reporting in the fullest sense, and remains so today. See the film. Take Don Lane with you, please.

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS.Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton give this film all their acting chops and still it just doesn’t get great. Bullock looks like a real human in this film unlike the inches of makeup and hokey “style” she affects in most of her films. Like TRUTH this is all about politics and business…only in Bolivia. It’s politically confusing and dull at times, but Bullock and Billy Bob are fun to watch.

BURNT. A more accurate title would be “Steve Jobs goes to Cooking School”. Bradley Cooper plays a self centered jerk who is at least as bad as S. Jobs. Sienna Miller does a good job with her thankless role but this movie should never have been made. Cooper is supposed to be a former drug addict with a money depbt to pay, he’s been sober for a few years, he drives everybody crazy…and still you won’t give a damn when/IF you watch it.

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

STEVE JOBS. By now most of the world should know that Steve Jobs was a nasty, foccussed, driven, genius. We know too that his inventions have really changed the world and how we communicate. This film starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs, Kate Winslet as his enabler, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels in their usual stereotyped parts, is relentless. It’s all negative, fast paced, and it’s more or less a history lesson about the Apple tech-business behind the scenes. All in all it’s a fine film, but don’t expect to leave the theatre being happy.

SICARIO. Remember Javier Bardem the ruthless assassin in “No Country for Old Men”? Well Benicio Del Toro almost outdoes him in Sicario. Emily Blunt tries her best to act like a Federal agent (FBI) assigned to shady drug deals along the Mexico-El Paso border. Josh Brolin is the seasoned government agent who’s trying to stop the Cocaine, pot, drug trade being tunneled into the USA. It does a great job depicting the politics (ours and Mexico’s ) and shady acts that both sides deal with every day in this ongoing war. It’s an unusual action film, go if you like action films with a hint of truth.

THE MARTIAN. This Hollywood Matt Damon starring film is like George Clooney and in Gravity. It’s about Damon being left behind on Mars by his team mates (Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Pena). Chiwetal Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels are the NASA, Pasadena JPL business men in charge. It drags in spots and the FX look like they stole them from “2001”. Matt Damon is just too cute and funny and extraordinary to be real, But go see it. You’ll stay awake just to see how it all works out. It’s tense near the end but the ending itself is corney.

THE INTERN. Robert DeNiro does his quirky, cute, funny old man role in this feel good comedy. Anne Hathaway does almost eaactly a role reversal of what her co-star Meryl Streep did in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). There’s a lot of ageism, truth, and predictability in this feel good flick but it’s fun…even if you’re old. Believe me.

BRIDGE OF SPIES. Tom Hanks is the big draw for this Russian – German – American spy story. The Nick was packed all opening weekend. Mark Rylance (from Wolf Hall on PBS) plays a Russian “Spy” and is great. It’s all about the cold war,1957-1962, Berlin, USA spy pilot Gary Powers, secret negotians and it’s all directed by Steven Speilberg. That means it’s fast paced, not too demanding/shallow/easy to follow/ some jokes/some tears/ and a happy ending of course. You’ll like it, everybody does.

CRIMSON PEAK. Once again I’m on the opposite side of the reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave this a 69 % rating!! Jessica Chastain does a victorian, haunted near-witch role, Mia Wasikowska is her usual blonde wide eyed innocent, Tom Hiddleston spends most of the film figuring out just what role he is playing. It’s a Guillermo del Toro production and is gorgeous, but really tiring. No subtle surprises, no new suspense, just ghosts, and pretty costumes designed by Kate Hawley. Not our local talented Kate Hawley (I asked her). You could rent it, but not for Halloween…it’s not scary enough!!!

PAN. I mentioned to some film fan friends before I saw this mess that I’d never read such bad reviews of a major release as Pan got…and deserved. It is supposed to be a prequel to the too familiar Peter Pan story and tells of Peter and his American FRIEND Captain Hook!! Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Rooney Mara do what they can with such a shabby script, but it is extra shabby, and undecipherible to a fault. I won’t even try to explain the plot, I couldn’t understand any five minutes of it. It is bloody, evil, and has little or no meaning for existing. DO NOT ATTEND!

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Tandy Beal talks about her production of “Mixed Nutz” and her Artsmart concerts followed by Debbie Hencke from “The Alliance of Concerned Citizens” talking about County Code changes. And on Nov. 10. Shmuel Thaler and Wallace Baine discuss their new Gail Rich Awards book on November 17, those guys are followed by Dr. Shawna Riddle giving us Holiday health advice and common sense about vaccinations. Cardiologist Dr. Neil Sawhney guests on Nov. 14 to talk about you heart and the holiday strains. After Doc Sawhney, Bill Weigel reveals the issues and problems with the proposed Monterey Downs development. The winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest read their entries on Dec.1st. Patrick Mayer talks about airplane noise and “Save Our Skies” on Dec. 8. Later on, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal talks about being Chancellor on December 15. 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

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

QUOTES. “November hung his Granite Hat upon a nail of plush”, Emily Dickenson.

“The Hardest thing about boxing is picking up your teeth with boxing gloves on”, Kin Hubbard. “Losing the Super Bowl is worse than death. With Death you don’t have to get up in the morning”, George Allen. “You can observe a lot by just watching”, Yogi Berra.

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THE VENETIAN WATER CARNIVAL (June 1895-1927). Back in the day they’d dam up the San Lorenzo River, build elaborate floats and the community would have a great time. An annually built stage and grandstand held hundreds of folks.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE October 12, 2015
and DATELINE October 19. 2015
and DATELINE October 26, 2015

TARDY AGAIN??? As I’ve mentioned as often as deemed necessary, I write a new weekly column every Monday and I’ve been doing exactly that for 40 years and 6 months. Lately the woman who has been responsible for getting this weekly missile online and who has been so kind, generous, and severely over extended, Gunilla Leavitt, has had some hardships.

1. Her car was torched last November. They jailed the guilty teenagers two weeks ago. See the news video here.
2. Gunilla has been going through breast cancer for the last 8 months. She had surgery, radiation, and estrogen blockers that she will be on for 5 years; thankfully no chemo.
3. She’s had to close her business The Golden Fleece (Yarn Store/Emporium).

Beyond all that she’s maintained a positive attitude, not only on life itself, but she told me the other day that now she’ll have more time to devote to getting BrattonOnline actually online quicker. Starting November, the columns will again go up weekly. Let’s all give Gunilla enormous credit ..and big thanks…and best wishes.

SUPERVISOR GREG CAPUT. It seems unbelievable in Santa Cruz County, in this century, and after all the world’s exposure of that right wing group of anti-abortionists who criminally falsified Planned Parenthood’s operations that anybody with half a brain would still want to challenge the way Planned Parenthood does their good works. Yet Fourth District Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput has done just that. On October 14 he asked the Board of Supes to request an audit of Planned Parenthood in the 2016 Session. There’s been almost nothing in the media around here about Caput’s stupid caper. Thanks to a rare agreement the rest of the Supervisors held strong and all of them made fine remarks in their unanimous opposition to the numbed out Caput. Supervisor Ryan Coonerty gave an especially well rounded reaction. I’ve often surprised friends by telling them Caput has a law degree, and saying that when he was on Universal Grapevine, we agreed on many more issues than I’d imagined. No longer. He’s as big a fool and as poorly informed as everyone says he is. And just because he’s a Roman Catholic, a Croatian, has a law degree, and has been elected twice doesn’t make him a good guy. South County Democrats have to work harder next time and elect somebody who knows how to read…and think.

SUPERVISORS AND ISSUES. Patient observers of our local County Supervisors and City Council have long realized that there is now, and usually has been, a lot of agreement on issues, problems, and politics but only outside the County boundary. Gun control, equality, oil, water, ad infinitum…there’s agreement. What came out last week at the Supe’s stomping down Caput’s idiotic attempt to close down Planned Parenthood was that Caput had voted every time over the years NOT to fund Planned Parenthood!!! What we need is a website or an easy quick way to see how our locally elected officials have voted on major issues. Like checking on Zach Friend’s record on supporting police and military requests, or Bruce McPherson’s record on supporting any and all development. Any suggestions, or ideas on this??

POLITICAL NOTES. Watch how Mike Rotkin uses his membership and the so called success of the Water Survey Committee as a way to stay public and run again for City Council. Watch too for the petition to re-call County Supervisor Zach Friend. Becky Steinbrunner told us on Universal Grapevine that the re-call is now legal and we can all go sign the petition at tables near the Bayview Hotel.

BOARDWALK AND THAT COMMUNITY GARDEN. The Seaside Company or as it’s better known The Santa Cruz Boardwalk absolutely knows nothing but greed. After all these years that the City of Santa Cruz has given them gifts of millions of dollars they turn on the residents of Beach Flats and want to kill their Community Gardens. The City forgives the Boardwalk millions in terms of taxes on their arcade games, we’ve given the Boardwalk acres and acres of parking lots (for free) and manage to look the other way on how Charlie Canfield, Chris Reyes and the rest of their team has allowed all their properties in Beach Flats to deteriorate. Still they want their small garden space “to grow plants for Boardwalk rides decoration”. I think we should erect big signs telling all the Valley tourists who come to the Boardwalk about how the locals and their garden project get treated.

MORE ABOUT DeCINZO & THE SENTINEL. Well, first Steven DeCinzo got an email from Marc Desjardins saying they (Sentinel) was cutting him back to one cartoon per week. Steven says, “Marc was probably the only one at the paper who was positive and happy with an optimistic sense of humor”. While DeCinzo was thinking about that “one per week offer” he got another email saying Don Miller had changed his mind and that the freelancer money “could be better spent elsewhere”. Steven’s last cartoons (unprinted) were, “a series of cartoons condemning the visiting Pope and the hypocrisies and crimes committed by the Catholic church”. Besides all of that, Steven is getting married in Austria!!! I should have kept track of all the folks who told me, “Damn that paper, DeCinzo was the last and only reason I was reading the Sentinel”.

COTONI COAST DAIRIES NATIONAL BATTLE.As usual in Santa Cruz County the battle between Environmentalists and Big Business/Money goes on…and on. Ted Benhari of Friends of the North Coast posted this on Facebook…

UCLA Prof. Daniel Blumstein is a leading authority and researcher on animal behavior. You may have heard him talking about Ecotourism, which is particularly relevant to the debate about Coast Dairies, on NPR today. On his web page he writes: “Ecotourism is the fastest growing part of the world’s largest industry, tourism. Yet, in order for ecotourism to be sustainable, we must know much more about how non-humans perceive the myriad of impacts associated with tourism so that they can be minimized. Unfortunately, most studies focus on a single species and there is no theory managers can use to predict how a particular species might react to, say, the construction of a hiking trail. Current and future work aims to develop predictive models about how species react to human impacts based on an understanding of life-histories and evolutionary “experiences”. ” He’s written, with a colleague, “A Primer of Conservation Behavior” for Sinauer Associates press. I hope to read it soon, and that BLM has already. It’s obvious the backers of the monument campaign have not”.

COTONI NATIONAL PARKING LOT. Someone I know has a good friend who works for BLM (Bureau of Land Management). BLM is and will be stewards of the proposed Cotoni National Monument. He reports that for a Park/Monument of this size (5,800 acres) BLM requires and would build a parking lot that would hold 500 cars. Ask anyone at BLM about that. Remember too that this isn’t about protecting that wilderness, it’s already completely protected. Read the list of local businesses that support the destruction of that wilderness…it’ll surprise and depress you. Operations such as KUSP, Hilltromper, O’Neil Sea Odyssey, Charlie Hong Kong, Save The Frogs, Emily’s Bakery, 99 Bottles, The Sock Shop and more. It makes you wonder how much research any of thse folks have done to see what impact the Fort Ord National Monument (14,658 acres) has had on their community since 2012, when it became official.

HILLARY BRATTON SINGS. Here’s a top music magazine interview with Hillary.

MY SPECIAL RADIO GUEST (repeat) It was obviously with great pride that I had my daughter Hillary Bratton as my interview guest on Universal Grapevine Tuesday October 13 from 7-7:30 pm. Hillary’s brand new album, “Tears on My Pillow but the rest of the bed’s OK” is her first, and was just released and is available at iTunes. We talked about her really interesting and illustrious past and living and working in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Her career with Sony, Rhino Records, and Apple…and a bunch of surprises for both of us…if you missed it here’s a link to the interview. http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton More than that…IF you want to hear or buy her album here’s a link to Hillary’s nine great songs…

THE REAL HALLOWEEN MONSTER. Just a reminder to see if any of us can guess where Mayor Don Lane’s BEARCAT will be parked during the Downtown Halloween celebration. I’m still guessing it’ll be on Front Street near the back door to The Verve Coffee house.

UPDATE ON 41ST AVENUE CINELUX. I saw the Robert DeNiro, Anne Hathaway comedy The Intern at the in-progress enlargement of the 7 screen theatre at the 41st Cinelux. There’ll be lots of ohhh’s and ahh’s when they do the official opening. They’ve added 4 theatres, I think three of them have just 35 seats each. Those are luxuorious seats too. When you do go there remember that the temporary entrance is a new single door, up a short ramp on the 38th avenue side.

HABITAT’S ReSTORE —FANTASTIC!!! Almost everybody has heard about Habitat For Humanity and all the good “housework” they do for low-income folks. It’s the ReStore that Habitat has been running out on Swift Street that has been the secret…at least I hadn’t been there. IF you are re-modeling, Nino prepping, searching for lightbulbs, lamps, refridgerators, mirrors, get out there ASAP. They have a huge warehouse chock full of tools, tables, dishes, art, anything you need house-wise. Check out their website, days and hours at…http://habitatsc.org/restore 719 Swift Street suite 62. It’s over by Kelly’s Bakery and the Swift Street Courtyard.

MARV KAPLAN DIED. Marv Kaplan was a dear friend to lots of people here and just about everywhere he went. He died September 4th. Gloria Kaplan and Mathilde Rand sent this notice…”As many of you may already know, my dear husband Marvin passed away on September 4th of this year. He would have turned 88 on September 30. We, Gloria and Family, will be celebrating Marvin’s life on Sunday, November the 8th, at the London Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, from 1 to 4 PM. I know he would have loved for you all to attend, as you are the people he really liked. I truly hope you will be able to be there! If you care to share some fond memories you might have of Marvin, we would love to hear them. We hope to see you then. If you can, please feel free to bring some finger food to share with others.”

KUSP… EARS AND TEARS! If you genuinely care about the future of KUSP you’ll read the full 33 page report onwhat the out of town consultants stated re keeping KUSP alive. If the consultants report seems like they haven’t a clue about our community, take another few minutes and read the RADIO SURVIVOR website take on those consultants ideas…http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2015/10/05/inside-kusp-fm-of-santa-cruzs-triple-a-music-plan. Among other things it tells us….”PMC (Public Media Company-consultants) sees potential in a programming/format shift to a local, professionally programmed and hosted music format that would be described, in radio format terms, as Triple-A (or ‘AAA’) . . . The Music Format, if done right, will share audience rather than compete for audience with KAZU. It will also be connected to the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay region and residents by programming regional music and musicians, convening and partnering with local events and with community and cultural groups.” If you are looking for extant public radio AAA models to grok this recommendation, the document cites Minnesota public radio’s The Current, Austin’s KUTX, and WXPN in Philadelphia. If anyone is taking bets on KUSP’s future, now’s the time.

RUPAN BAL. Mark Bernhard found this gem of a new art form. It’ll be the next biggest thing in Santa Cruz!!!

FREE RADIO AND A REWARD. Robert Norse wants us to know…Free Radio Santa Cruz is now offering a $500 reward for successful info about a new studio space [See “Free Radio Santa Cruz is now Homeless!” at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/24/18778046.php]. Not knowing which way KUSP will go just makes our need for radio news more important. Lend a hand to Free Radio Santa Cruz.

STAYTON AND SOLAR BOOK. I interviewed Bob Stayton who wrote the book “Power Shift-From Fossil Energy to Dynamic Solar Power on Universal Grapevine on September 29. I learned that for some wild reason most of us don’t see Solar Power as our own problem. We seem to be waiting for the government or Jesus to make it happen. Stayton’s book teaches us about all possible energies, and their history, and our future energy needs and solutions. Read his book, it’ll add new light to your life. It’s available at Bookshop Santa Cruz and Grass Roots Books in Corvallis. Online you can buy the book from:

Amazon (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook Book), Apple’s iTunes Store (iBooks), Kobo Books (Epub), or from the publisher http://sandstonepublishing.com/power-shift

KOENIGS’ HISTORY OF JAZZ FILM. Ken Koenig emails to say I just put the complete version of Santa Cruz Swings on YouTube where it can be watched for free. This film chronicles the history of jazz in Santa Cruz, California. Despite being a small beach town, Santa Cruz has had a rich jazz history which touches on all the eras of jazz. From the early bands at the beach at the turn of the 20th century, to the Cocoanut Ballroom and the big bands of the 30s and 40s, to the bebop era of the 40s and 50s, and the birth of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center as well as the great jazz program at our local community college in the 70s, and the many different venues for jazz in Capitola, Santa Cruz and the area over the years as well as the world class jazz musicians who have been a part of this history, Santa Cruz Swings shows it all. Using numerous interviews with folks who were there, archival film footage, photographs and selections of jazz music made in Santa Cruz the story unfolds for all to learn and appreciate. The film can be accessed by typing “Santa Cruz Swings Full length movie” into the YouTube search area or by typing “Santa Cruz Swings Full length movie” into Google”. We need to thank Ken for preserving that important part of our history. I’ve seen the film many times…it just keeps getting better, go for it.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes on October 12….

HERE COMES ANOTHER TRANSPORTATION TAX BALLOT MEASURE.

Even though this is being talked about for November 2016, activists on both sides of this ballot measure are meeting regularly. Our Regional Transportation Commission has the results of recent polls (the last one done and paid for by the business community). The issue of Highway 1 congestion got people’s attention, but produced a less than 50% favoring widening as a way to accomplish this. Fixing local streets and roads as usual comes out at the top vote getter. You can learn more about the latest plans by the RTC by going to their website, http://www.sccrtc.org

The Campaign for Sensible Transportation will be presenting an expenditure plan for the ballot measure that will have a somewhat different view on reducing congestion on Highway 1. Since we could not find any evidence that adding lanes (widening) reduces congestion, our proposal doesn’t call for any. But it does include measures that can reduce congestion. Want to know more about the Campaign for Sensible Transportation? Check our website, http://www.sensibletransportation.org

ELERICK WROTE ON OCTOBER 26…

ABOUT THAT PUBLIC SAFETY FORUM…

As a long-time skeptic of Take Back Santa Cruz, I thought their Public Safety Forum 2015 might shed some light on what they are really up to. Given the venue of Holy Cross Parish Hall, the event started with being “welcomed” at the door by armed Santa Cruz police in uniform seemed out of place. Many more of S.C’s finest were inside. It made me wonder who was minding the streets? Also alarming was an incident where regular citizens were threatened with arrest for passing out flyers with quotes from Pope Francis on it. Hard to believe Holy Cross leaders and parish members knew about this use of their hall.

The featured speaker was a woman from Sacramento, telling us about her Electric Blue Foundation, a group in opposition of prison realignment (AB 109) and redefinition of non-serious crimes Proposition 47. Mostly an uninspiring presentation, it was sad they chose their one speaker to be a young woman from UCSC whose mother was murdered by a prisoner released under Prop 109. On the positive side, half of the forum featured a panel of Sheriff Jim Hart, SC Police Chief Kevin Vogel, District Attorney Jeff Rosell and Chief Probation Officer Fernando Giraldo. All except Vogel seemed to refute Electric Blue’s stats and prediction of gloom and doom about these two proposition as related to Santa Cruz County. We are fortunate to have this kind of law professionals working for us.

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

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian was in South Africa (10/12/15)…and sent this…

PERSPECTIVES ON RAPE

I’m writing from South Africa in the Western Cape province, where I’ve been Invited to share my experience with best practices in rape prevention, rape policies and rape response with the University of Western Cape. A far cry from the city of Santa Cruz and UCSC, both of which did their utmost over the years to silence me and bury the issue of rape. I’m heartened by the openness here to address rape. Yes, the obstacles are huge. The legacy of apartheid has left a minefield of unresolved issues around self-esteem, violent masculinity and poverty. The prevalence of rape, rape of children, rape of lesbians, rape of women and men with disabilities is huge. Yet I open the pages of the local press and read lengthy, detailed investigative reporting on the issue. Government agencies highlight violence against women and seek ways to implement effective systems to address it. A local grammar and high school has invited me to help craft policies and procedures to respond to sexual abuse. No-one turns their backs. In this context, my years of experience in rape prevention are useful and appreciated. Why not in Santa Cruz?

A careful examination of the data reveals that the incidence of rape in South Africa is higher than other countries but not dramatically different from that in the US. Santa Cruz has one of the highest rates of rape in the state of CA. Its incidence of rapes by strangers is off the charts. Santa Cruz is still reeling from the rape and murder of an eight year old girl by a fifteen year old boy. The difference between the two countries is the concerted effort in Santa Cruz to pretend that rape is a non-issue. There were 63 reported rapes in Santa Cruz last year compared with 33 in the previous year according to the statistics on the SCPD website. That is more than one rape per week. Have you seen this reflected in the Sentinel’s crime report? Have you seen this issue agendized by the city council? Has it been on the radar of the city’s Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, whose staff has been reduced by half and whose annual meetings have been cut in half? Santa Cruz has a proud history of gender justice activism. Somehow that has been co-opted in the past decade by tourist and business interests who don’t want to let this cat out of the bag. It’s past time for Santa Cruz to reject such silencing and join the global movement to end male sexual violence. In this we have much to learn from South Africa”.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s KUSP Land Use report clearly states…

ABOUT PARKING…

Santa Cruz City residents, and those who work in downtown Santa Cruz, and those who shop in downtown Santa Cruz, and those who are in business in downtown Santa Cruz, may be getting a little bit panicked about parking. A recent article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel indicates that the City has oversold its available downtown parking spots. According to the article, there are 1,642 spots available for permit parking, and the City has issued 1,831 permits for those spots. Oh! That’s why you can’t find a spot, even if you have paid for it in advance.

Regular parking spots (the kind you don’t pay for in advance) are also hard to find. And you increasingly have to pay for them. They are no longer free. In fact, the City is currently getting ready to convert one of its last free parking lots to a paid parking lot.

ABOUT “CORRIDORS”.(Gary continues…

As I have mentioned a few times here on the Land Use Report, the City of Santa Cruz is moving ahead with a plan to increase development along the city’s most important transportation corridors. That means Mission Street, Ocean Street, Water Street, and Soquel Avenue. The proposal is to increase allowable building heights along these corridors, and to increase the densities allowed, and to encourage mixed uses, mixing commercial uses with multi-family residential uses. Three to five story buildings, all along these corridors, could be a result of the process that the City is pursuing. Naturally, these kind of changes could have significant impacts on adjacent neighborhoods, and might also be expected to increase the kind of traffic congestion and parking problems that are already pretty daunting.

In pursuing its so-called “Corridors Plan,” the City is seeking to implement General Plan provisions that support this kind of development. It’s fair to say that the City’s General Plan is rather pro-development, and that at least some local residents weren’t really paying attention when the General Plan policies gained approval.

A proposed development at 1800 Soquel Avenue provides an example of what’s proposed generally, and some residents are concerned. In fact, they’ve put out a petition opposing high-density zoning. You can explore this important issue with links at kusp.org/landuse.

ABOUT WATER AND “FLOW“. Gary writes on 10/26…

Friends of Locally Owned Water, or Felton FLOW, is holding a “Future of the San Lorenzo Symposium” Thursday 10/29 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Symposium will take place at the County’s Highlands Park, located at 8500 Highway 9, in Ben Lomond. Since the San Lorenzo River is the main source of water for the majority of residents in northern Santa Cruz County, this sounds like a meeting that you might want to attend, even if you don’t live in Felton.

Felton FLOW is the group that led the charge for public acquisition of the formerly private water system in Felton, then owned by the California American Water Company. Cal-Am didn’t particularly want to sell its system to the public, but the residents of Felton, and Cal-Am customers, thought the public, not a big corporation, should be in charge of their water supply. From everything I’ve heard, the former Cal-Am customers are happy to have put their water supply under public control. Folks from the Monterey Peninsula, where Cal-Am controls everyone’s water destiny, are also invited to the meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. Felton FLOW has also given local water customers a heads up on an upcoming public hearing to consider a drought surcharge. This would only affect customers of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District. If you’d be affected, you might want to mark your calendar for November 19th, at 7:00p.m.

Get 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 opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ NEWS. The biggest book sale of the year at the Bookshop starts Friday November 6th for Club members and the rest of the weekend for everybody else. As is the custom for the last 30 years our Hot Damn String Band will play from 7:30-9:30 to provide book buying music. Circle that date. The H.D.S.B. consists of Jim Reynolds – Guitar, Annie Steinhart – Fiddle, Bruce Bratton – Washboard, Dave Magram – Banjo, Garry Cunningham – Bass and Dore Collar – Mandolin. After that Ex Register- Pajaronian and Mercury reporter Lee Quarnstrom will return to the Bookshop on December 3 to sign copies of his “When I was A Dynamiter” book. More details will follow but Lee told me…”It’s part of a big shindig that will include Supervisor John Leopold dedicating a plaque near The Spread, a house where I, along with Ken Kesey & his family and some other Merry Pranksters, lived in the mid-60s for a while. The plaque will memorialize the first Acid Test, held there 50 years ago, at the site of The Spread (now gone) on the north side of Soquel Drive just west of Rodeo Gulch — the gulch itself, not Rodeo Gulch Road, which is on the other side of the gulch. The Acid Tests, which we Pranksters, as we called ourselves, were held in in the Bay Area and southern California, with music by the Grateful Dead. Obviously those future details will make all this sensible!!!

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. World traveler DeCinzo and bicycles…again. See below about four pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan takes on another part of our existence…scroll down.

HAMLET RE-DO. Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie do a very funny bit on Shakespeare.

A NEW HAMLET STARRING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Shakespeare fans and Cumberbatch lovers have made this National Theatre Live production”thee” fastest ticket seller in their history. There’ll be two more repeat screenings at the Del Mar. One on Thursday night Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and the last on Sunday Nov. 8 at 11 am. This is not your grandmother’s version of Hamlet. The period of the setting is all over the place, costumes are new and old and the much hallowed script has had infinite changes. It’s had rave reviwes and huge amounts of arrows and slings. But you shouldn’t miss it, I saw it and was nearly stunned and the Del Mar was sold out!!! It opens with Hamlet listening to Nat King Cole singing Nature Boy on an old 78. Ophelia is really disturbed and on and on. By the ending I was completely convinced that this was an important version of Hamlet. Remember Nov. 5 & 8 at the Del Mar.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Can the Peter Pan origin-story reboot, Pan, really be as bad as all that? Find out the awful truth this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, my next novel makes its first foreign-language sale, and read all about a beautiful, poignant Chinese film you should put in your Netflix queue like no.Don’t miss the powerful new doc on the courageous Malala Yousafzai, He Named Me Malala..”

Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

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

STEVE JOBS. By now most of the world should know that Steve Jobs was a nasty, focussed, driven, genius. We know too that his inventions have really changed the world and how we communicate. This film starring Michael Fassbinder as Jobs, Kate Winslet as his enabler, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels in their usual stereotyped parts, is relentless. It’s all negative, fast paced, and it’s more or less a history lesson about the Apple tech-business behind the scenes. All in all it’s a fine film, but don’t expect to leave the theatre being happy.

VICTORIA. This is more of a cinema feat than it is a great film. It’s two hours and 18 minutes long and was shot all in one take!!! No cuts, no breaks, like only a few others in film history. You go to see it as an achievement not as a dramatic, or exciting film. Yet because of its frantic pacing and no room for mistakes it becomes an amazing grabbing experience. It’s about a young girl who gets tricked into joining a group before, during and after a robbery plus shoot out. It takes place in Berlin. They shot it three times, there was no script the actors improvised their lines as it happened..and it’s nowhere near as great or as tense as it could have been. Hitchcock and others have made one take films, and did it better.

THE INTERN. Robert DeNiro does his quirky, cute, funny old man role in this feel good comedy. Anne Hathaway does almost eaactly a role reversal of what her co-star Meryl Streep did in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). There’s a lot of ageism, truth, and predictability in this feel good flick but it’s fun…even if you’re old. Believe me.

BEASTS OF NO NATION. This was the film to see!!! It lasted about six days at the Nick. UCSC graduate Cary Fukunaga has again directed an excellent and important film. I keep thinking about it as being “Shakespearian”. A “King” who deals with conscience, ethics, revolt, deceit, and the love and admiration of a young follower. It’s an unnamed tribal –civil war in Africa starring Idris Elba as the “King” and Abraham Attah as Aga, his believer. Yes it is bloody and very graphic at moments, but it’s only a film. Go see it if you like great films. Wikipedia says this… “Abraham Attah (born 2000/2001) is a Ghanaian actor. He made his feature film debut in Beasts of No Nation (2015). For his leading role of child soldier Agu, Attah was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival”

BRIDGE OF SPIES. Tom Hanks is the big draw for this Russian – German – American spy story. The Nick was packed all opening weekend. Mark Rylance (from Wolf Hall on PBS) plays a Russian “Spy” and is great. It’s all about the cold war,1957-1962, Berlin, USA spy pilot Gary Powers, secret negotians and it’s all directed by Steven Speilberg. That means it’s fast paced, not too demanding/shallow/easy to follow/ some jokes/some tears/ and a happy ending of course. You’ll like it, everybody does.

99 HOMES. Michael Shannon has never been more mean or terrifying than he is in 99 Homes.The film gets dreary half way through but it deals with the 2008 housing market crash and how cruel, dishonest Wall Street, savings and loans, banks, real estate dealers used to be…and some still are. It’s Shannon’s film. Go see it unless you’ve ever had trouble with real estate deals.

HE NAMED ME MALALA.It’s a soul stirring documentary about Malala Yousafzai, a teen ager who was shot in the face and went on to win the Nobel Prize. She is amazing and arresting and the film doesn’t make her quite human. She’ll probably be a Saint even though the film does tell us hse likes Brad Pitt. It’s dull and too one sided but do see it if you have doubts about whether there’s any hope for today’s teen agers.

FREEHELD. Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Michael Shannon play two lesbians and their true friend in this dull, dry, stiff unfeeling drama about equal rights for same sex partners in New Jersey 2007. Recent Supreme Court decisions date this achievement, and the similarities between the New Jersey Board of Freeholders (supervisors) will remind you of our all male county supervisors all too much. It just lacks heart and soul or excitement.

THE WALK. If you saw the brilliant documentary about Phillipe Petit walking a tight rope between NYC’s Twin Towers you don’t need to see this Hollywood version. (much like The Everest film versus Meru) Joseph Gordon-Levitt adds a pretty bad French accent to an awfully cute, fun-filled script. I checked my watch several times and if you skip the first 60 minutes you’ll be into the almost real tension of the WALK itself. It was 140 feet between the towers, in case you forgot. I watched it in 3D and got the hoped for thrill about three times…but actually before the walk started, just when they’d drop something…or pause when they shouldn’t. See it if you have the spare time.

CRIMSON PEAK. Once again I’m on the opposite side of the reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave this a 69 % rating!! Jessica Chastain does a victorian, haunted near-witch role, Mia Wasikowska is her usual blonde wide eyed innocent, Tom Hiddleston spends most of the film figuring out just what role he is playing. It’s a Guillermo del Toro production and is gorgeous, but really tiring. No subtle surprises, no new suspense, just ghosts, and pretty costumes designed by Kate Hawley. Not our local talented Kate Hawley (I asked her). You could rent it, but not for Halloween…it’s not scary enough!!!

PAN. I mentioned to some film fan friends before I saw this mess that I’d never read such bad reviews of a major release as Pan got…and deserved. It is supposed to be a prequel to the too familiar Peter Pan story and tells of Peter and his American FRIEND Captain Hook!! Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Rooney Mara do what they can with such a shabby script, but it is extra shabby, and undecipherible to a fault. I won’t even try to explain the plot, I couldn’t understand any five minutes of it. It is bloody, evil, and has little or no meaning for existing. DO NOT ATTEND!

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

BLACK MASS. Now our very own and only Santa Cruz- born-movie star Adam Scott can shorten the degrees of separation to Kevin Bacon. Adam has an almost non-speaking role (with mustache) as Bacon’s FBI assistant Robert Fitzpatrick. This saga of the very real true life monster/gangster “Whitey” Bulger stars Johnny Depp in one of the very best screen roles in his career. It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch doing a great Boston accent as Whitey’s brother. Full of violence, this film is apparently really accurate. Read last week’s New Yorker (Sept. 21st) for even more about Whitey. There was an earlier documentary (2014) titled “Whitey” details at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3326366 . What’s odd is that the Rotten Tomatoes website has removed Adam’s name and role from the credits (it was there) but you can still see a list of all his works at IMDB.

SICARIO. Remember Javier Bardem the ruthless assassin in “No Country for Old Men”? Well Benicio Del Toro almost outdoes him in Sicario. Emily Blunt tries her best to act like a Federal agent (FBI) assigned to shady drug deals along the Mexico-El Paso border. Josh Brolin is the seasoned government agent who’s trying to stop the Cocaine, pot, drug trade being tunneled into the USA. It does a great job depicting the politics (ours and Mexico’s ) and shady acts that both sides deal with every day in this ongoing war. It’s an unusual action film, go if you like action films with a hint of truth.

THE MARTIAN. This Hollywood Matt Damon starring film is like George Clooney and in Gravity. It’s about Damon being left behind on Mars by his team mates (Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Pena). Chiwetal Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels are the NASA, Pasadena JPL business men in charge. It drags in spots and the FX look like they stole them from “2001”. Matt Damon is just too cute and funny and extraordinary to be real, But go see it. You’ll stay awake just to see how it all works out. It’s tense near the end but the ending itself is corney.

EVEREST. What a cast!!! Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightly, Emily Watson, and Sam Worthington. The problem is that with all the grunting, straining, climbing and white-outs you can’t tell one from another. If you saw and liked Meru this film is a downer and can’t compare with reality. Everest is a 3D Hollywood attempt at showing how hard it is to commit to climbing…and living. The odd thing is that Everest is mostly about climbing DOWN the mointain while Meru was about climbing UP. It’s exciting, grim, and people die.

Go warned, it’s not real.

GRANDMA. It must be some of the same critics that liked Queen Of Earth think that Lili Tomlin is great and that this is a good movie. Not me. I thought that every line Tomlin spoke was fake and poorly delivered. I liked her much better as Ernestine at the switchboard on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In tv show.

MAZE RUNNER: The Scorch Trials. I liked the first Maze Runner. Mostly I liked the MAZE itself. Huge sliding walls crushing anybody without proper timing between them. This new movie has no MAZE walls at all. Just a bunch of Hollywood type teen agers running through basements and parking garages trying to escape the evil Queen…who, oddly enough is played by Partricia Clarkson the ditz in Learning to Drive. Don’t even watch this at a friend’s house who Netflixed it!

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. County Supervisor John Leopold and I co-host the bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive on Oct. 27. Davis Banta and April Bennett from SideReal Theatre discuss their new play on November 3, then Scott Griffin from The Del Mar- Nickelodeon theatre group talks about local movie business. Shmuel Thaler and Wallace Baine discuss their new Gail Rich Awards book on November 17, those guys are followed by Dr. Shawna Riddle giving us Holiday health advice and common sense about vaccinations. Ellen Primack from the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music guests on Nov. 14 to talk about renovating the Civic Auditorium. After Ellen, Bill Weigel reveals the issues and problems with the proposed Monterey Downs development. The winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest read their entries on Dec.1st. Later on, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal talks about being Chancellor on December 15. 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

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

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

QUOTES. “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons”, Woody Allen. “I wish that dear Karl could have spent more time acquiring capital instead of merely writing about it”, Jenny Marx. “Having a little inflation is like being a little bit pregnant“, Leon Henderson.

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September 23 – October 12, 2015

A VERY WIDE PACIFIC AVENUE IN 1910. Look this over carefully, note the two way traffic, note the two trolley car lines, note the cars and carriages parked at the curbs. Yet the stores were exactly as far apart as they are today. That would be at Lincoln Street on the left and Soquel Avenue on the right. Or New Leaf Market where the UniqueTheatre sign is and The Om Gallery and Pacific Cookie Company are on the right.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email photo@brattononline.com

DATELINE SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
and DATELINE SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
UPDATE: OCTOBER 9, 2015

[Note: This column has had a couple of updates, including the “To see or not to see”. New column Tuesday the 13th! -Gunilla]

SENTINEL OUSTS DECINZO!!!. This news just in….Steven DeCinzo’s cartoons will no longer appear in the Sentinel. First, they were going to cut him back to just one cartoon on Sundays then Don Miller decided that the free lancers money could be “better utilized elsewhere” and fired him completely!!!!. Steven said the Sentinel was “a nice run” and it lasted longer than he expected. It’s another financial and dissapointing cut and slash at the Sentinel. Of course you’ll always be able to read both classic and some new DeCinzos at the end of every BrattonOnline.com check below.

16,000 UCSC ALUMNI LIVE IN SANTA CRUZ. UCSC Chancellor stated in a column in the Sentinel a week or os ago that 16, 000 UCSC Alumni now live in Santa Cruz. We really have to think about that! That’s about four percent of our permanent population. Add to that the number of UC students living in Santa Cruz and we have some idea of UCSC’s influence on our city. Personally, I like almost all of that influence except their demands for water when they start building their North Campus.

SANTA CRUZ COP LINGO. In last week’s column I mentioned that Santa Cruz police refer to “incidents” (trouble) happening on Pacific Avenue as being on the “Oakland” end (Lincoln Avenue going South) or on the “Los Gatos” end (Lincoln Avenue going North). I’ve since been informed the police also call “incidents” happening in Harvey West Park as being in “Middle Earth”. Now we know.


MY SPECIAL RADIO GUEST. It is obviously with great pride that I’m having my daughter, Hillary Bratton (pictured right), as my interview guest on Universal Grapevine Tuesday, October 13 from 7-7:30 pm. Hillary’s brand new album, “Tears on My Pillow but the rest of the bed’s OK” is her first, and was just released and is available at iTunes and other such places as Amazon. We’ll be talking about her really interesting and illustrious past and living and working in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Her career with Sony, Rhino Records, and Apple…and a probably a bunch of surprises for both of us…don’t miss it!

Also, while waiting for the radio show, you can read this interview with Hillary!

SANTA CRUZ WATER ISSUE. Lynda Francis sent this out a couple of weeks ago…it’s must reading.

“We need to include a movement in demanding climate action locally…that is, we can bevery effective here in Santa Cruz. The current council has taken countless actions that go against our own climate action plan and defy reasonable alternatives to counter climate change. Most are not “climate deniers,” but they carry on with business as usual in the face of mounting evidence that we really do need to change old habits—planning, water, public works projects, and transportation.

The current Santa Cruz City Council has:
1) Approved over 500 new hotel rooms in the past year without identifying any newsources of water, and this during a water emergency;
2) Discouraged electric car use by rescinding the “free parking in SC” for all electric cars ordinance;
3) Allowed trees to be cut down randomly, tall trees/shade producing trees, at anunprecedented rate…we need a city wide tree count now, and we also need to know howmany trees have been planted;
4) Continued to pave the old way…even though we know this is a major source ofradiating heat, the city continues to use old technology asphalt in the face of newways of resurfacing.
5) Is standing by passively and allowing the current Beach Flats garden to close…itwill be the loss of yet another green space;
6) Continued to encourage a car-centric city center…no discussion about a Pacific Ave pedestrian mall, but a two-way pro-car approach that was shot down by the fire dept., but now they want to make it one way all the way to the wharf.

We must standup and say most people want a pedestrian mall complete with movable street furnitureon Pacific Ave. AND the opening to peds and bikes only of other large thoroughfares(W. Cliff, Front Street, Soquel, Center Street) on a rotating Sunday basis like NYC, LA, Bogota and Mexico City now do with some of their large streets.

The city council can require:
— Shade trees for any new parking lots
— A bus pass fee for all new housing, that is, a bus pass be included for all residents of new housing paid for in developer fees
— Rainwater catchment and grey water systems in all new construction— significant solar subsidies
— Water from all yearly water main flushing has to be captured and given to local residents for use in their gardens
— Moratorium on new construction until new guidelines are put in place
— The city can only buy electric and hybrid vehicles
— Set a clear goal of 250 drought tolerant planted lawns each year for the next five years
— Begin the Santa Cruz version of the “ice bucket challenge” that only uses waterfrom the ocean Santa Cruz might not solve the global lurch toward climate change ourselves BUT, we can act locally and our actions are important and will effect other cities…five million people visit here each year and they will see that making positive change is possible. There is so much to be done locally. Maybe we need a follow up to the Climate Action Plan, or a plan with teeth: deadlines and fines and new policies”. Thank Lynda Francis for all of that.

WHALE WATCHING LAST YEAR!!! They can’t get much closer than this!!!
THE GREAT MORGANI & HIS BIKINI. Morgani the greatest, did a great pantomine at the FashionArt Show last Saturday. Watch very closly.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL’S HISTORY.There are a few glitches and odd opinions in this 2012 history and it’s still fun to watch…

BUD ABBOTT AND LOU COSTELLO IN THEIR VINTAGE YEARS.

VANISHING VIDEO STORES. After Sami Abed closed his three video rental stores…Cedar Street Video, East Cliff Video and Video 9 in Boulder Creek, I checked and according to a recent article in the S.F. Chronicle, there aren’t many left in San Francisco either. Remember the days of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video Stores? Well do check out DVD 2 Go at 5171 Scotts Valley Drive across from the turnoff to Scarborough Lumber. Linda runs this amazingly neat and well organized DVD store and it’s been there for 12 years!!!

THE RETURN OF LEON PANETTA. Lois and Bert Muhly had an almost infinite number of friends. Lois’s funeral last Saturday (9/26) was a very fitting tribute to both of them. John Laird officiated and about mid way through the friendly and informal tribute introduced Leon Panetta. Leon had appeared at Bert’s funeral a while back. Leon was in fine fettle and had us all laughing over some wonderfully shared memories.

KUSP NEWS. LIVE COVERAGE AND FIRINGS. Seems like the troubles never end at KUSP. Now that station manager Terry Green has left the building and some board members have resigned let’s hope that IF the station survives they’ll bring back all the live broadcasts that they cut in the last year. Many, many live classical and other musical events went by the wayside, with no notice to or from anyone.

WRENCHED, THE FILM. Here’s what I said last week…

Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance at the Del Mar Theatre (10/01) for a special screening of “Wrenched: how Edward Abbey lit the flame of environmental activism and gave the movement its soul”. This film captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to a new generation carrying Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century. How far are you willing to go in defense of wilderness? At 7pm there’ll be a special live introduction by Edward Abbey’s sister, activist and educator Nancy Abbey. This will be a night to remember but sell-out of the small upstairs venue is almost guaranteed. Advance tickets are strongly advised. Thursday, October 1: Doors open at 6:00 pm and show starts at 7:00 pm. Location Address: 1124 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz
Ticket Prices: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information: Call 831-423-3191 or go to ventanawild.org http://wrenched-themovie.com/

MORE ABOUT “WRENCHED”. I’ve seen the film since last week and need to tell you what an important film it is. It’s almost a primer on Anarchy and the real meaning and practice of Anarchy, and how historically it has changed communities for the better. It’s also a “how to” lesson on blocking traffic, using chains and barrels and arrests for achieving victory. Maybe more than all of that… it’s how greed, money and the establishment (Land Trust) cries for GROWTH ruin wilderness (The proposed Cotoni National Monument) . All we have to do is see what development has done to the wilderness that was once Wilder Ranch. See this film. I’ll meet you there.

WHICH HOMELESS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT??? We really need to be more careful with labels. Far too many well-minded folks use “Homeless” to describe who they mean instead of “travelers” or some such word. Any thinking person knows that there are true homeless by the hundred of thousands in the USA and around the world today. The “travelers” (as Mayor Don Lane suggested) that apparently hang out on Pacific Avenue at both Los Gatos and Oakland ends are there by their choice of lifestyle.

MARIN ALSOP’S LAST YEAR!!! So just one more season with Marin Alsop leading the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. That’ll be an exciting change. I go back so far with the Festival that I was on the Board when they let Carlos Chavez go, Marion Taylor and I think it was Bud Kretschmer went on a long time search and found Dennis Russell Davies back in St. Paul, Minnesota to lead the Fest for many more years. He made great opening appearances by riding his Harley Motorcycle and having hair down his shoulders!!! Maybe, just maybe they’ll ask composer John Adams (“The Death of Klinghoffer”, “Nixon in China”) to give us another try?? There was some awkward exchanges when he almost joined us just before Marin did.

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

COUNTY CONTINUES TO PUSH PLANNING CODE

“MODERNIZATION” CHANGES.

As reported in the Sentinel, about 50 people showed up at the Aptos Grange to hear what Planning Code Modernization is all about. 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend welcomed everybody in attendance, and reminded them that although many people were there to talk about the Aptos Village project. that wasn’t on the agenda. However after the meeting was turned over to the Planning Department, many people wanted to talk about the Aptos Village Project anyway, and continued to be critical of it. It’s too bad this meeting wasn’t held years ago before the Project got county approval. At least it could have been counted as “one of over 20” meetings that were supposedly held. Many of us wished that the Aptos Village Project would have received the same scrutiny that today’s Planning Department is giving to holding weddings in residential neighborhoods.

County is really pushing their “Code Modernization”

Lots of important things will have been decided by the County Board of Supervisors at their September 29th meeting. All will have an effect on county residents that could increase housing density near already densely populated areas of both city and county neighborhoods. It’s beginning to look like we’re being asked to rush these changes through to ease the County Planning Department’s workload by making it easier for developers to do their thing. They are allowing the public four whole days to review their “code modernization” changes that they have working on for many months. It will be interesting to see how the supervisors handle this issue. I hope they extend the review period after answering these questions: How many of my constituents are for these changes? How many developers are for these changes? What’s the rush to make these changes?

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

NOAM CHOMSKY CONFRONTS A RIGHT WINGER. Be glad Chomsky is out there and still fighting the good fight.

PACIFIC AVENUE—WHICH WAY. Reed Searle sent this letter to the City Council Monday 9/28…

It is more than slightly ironic (and of course hypocritical) that the Council is asked to do something designed and intended to increase traffic—-precisely the opposite of our stated intention to reduce traffic. But this is probably nothing more than standard procedures that have brought us to where we are now. Should the Council be inclined to accede to the request of the Downtown Commission, I have three suggestions:
1. Investigate (a pilot project along with the requested change) a two way bicycle path from the Town Clock to the intersection with Front St . This would probably necessitate elimination of some parking spaces but would be consistent with stated Council goals of reducing, not increasing, auto traffic. In any event, bicycles will undoubtedly continue to go two ways on Pacific regardless of legality and safety.
2. Consider eliminating all two way sections in this area. I cannot see why retaining these is reasonable. This may also assist in the desired development of the lower part (Oakland end) of what we used to call the Mall.
3. Consider an occasional, perhaps one Sunday a month, closure of Pacific so there may be a trial pedestrian mall. I know this is very controversial but that surely does not mean it is unreasonable. There are malls that are highly successful and others that have flopped. Careful planning and policing would be essential and might make the Mall as desirable as those in, say, Burlington, Vt, or more recently Times Square and a number of European cities. This also is consistent with Council global warming policies.

THE CORRIDORS PLAN;THEIR VISION, OUR NIGHTMARE.

I attended the city’s Corridors Planning and Zoning Update workshop recently held at Bay View Elementary school. I knew what to expect and I was not disappointed. Urban planners from San Francisco, senior city planning staff and commissioners, large maps, colored markers and a few residents. I had urged a couple of long-time Santa Cruzans to attend. They live near the Bay and Mission “node” which is one of the areas targeted for high density residential, mixed use and commercial development. They left in disgust. My eye spotted a wall chart with the heading: What This Plan Doesn’t Do. Listed beneath that heading were: “It won’t increase density significantly beyond what is already allowed on the corridors” and “It won’t tear down existing development.” Since the Corridors Plan will do exactly those two things, I caught the attention of a member of the SF Urban Planning team and told her I found those statements misleading. She nodded in sympathy and tended to agree. I’ve attended a number of public meetings on planning issues at Bay View Elementary over the past 40 years. Gone are the days when neighbors had a chance to voice their opinions and concerns on the issue of the time. Now, city- funded consultants camouflage the main issue with carefully constructed questions that deflect the topic to side issues such as “what are your current three main concerns about Mission Street?” My concern is with the Corridors Planning and Re-Zoning Update. The structure of the workshop doesn’t allow that to be discussed.

So what is the city’s vision for Mission as well as Ocean, Water and Soquel? The quoted vision is, “to preserve diversity while creating a satisfying quality of life for locals and visitors.” Sigh. On a more concrete level, the city’s Retail Market Analysis of 2011 states that Mission St. can accommodate 171,000 square feet of new retail, possibly for large retailers such as Old Navy, Target, Lowes etc. Lots of money to be made. Traffic is apparently not a concern since this plan, “will encourage land use changes that reduce the need for autos and is designed to reduce the need for parking and promote parking efficiency.” I tried to imagine how I could park more efficiently. I usually take only one parking spot. Then I realized they were referring to multi-story parking structures. Very expensive. Or maybe “parking efficiency” means ” no parking.” Since this project is being marketed along with a Transportation Alternatives Plan, I assume the city expects all the increased business activity and people to get around on foot and bicycle. The Corridors Plan if implemented will remove the small businesses we’ve long supported and loved and replace them with large-scale generic retail stores with multi-story residential on top. Think student housing. Think loss of human scale and the familiar. A disappearing sense of place. Very lucrative for developers and the city that is promoting them. You can read more at: www.santacruzcorridors.com

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary states on his weekday (endangered?) KUSP report…

City Councilmember Richelle Noroyan will be sponsoring a Pacific Avenue One-Way Traffic Project that will be presented to the City Council by the City’s Public Works and Economic Development Departments during the September 29, 2015 City Council meeting. The proposal is to convert a one-block segment between Walnut Avenue and Lincoln Street to the opposite direction, and to convert a three-block segment between Church Street and Cathcart Street to a continuous one-way southbound direction. If approved by the Council, the proposed construction date is after the first of the year in 2016. Last Thursday (9/17), the City of Santa Cruz Planning Commission held an important public hearing, and voted to support a proposed development at 1800 Soquel Avenue, consisting of two three-story mixed use buildings. The site is located at the corner of Soquel Avenue and Hagemann Avenue, right across the street from Walgreens, for those who know the Soquel Avenue corridor, and who would like to be able to picture exactly where the development would be.

An article in the Santa Cruz Sentinelcalled the proposed project “controversial.” The meeting took four hours, and the Sentinel says two dozen speakers expressed concerns, with both traffic and parking being the big issues. The “Nextdoor” online bulletin board for the Eastside/Branciforte neighborhood carried a report from a resident who attended the meeting. That person said that the Commission’s logic was that<quote> “if they make parking bad enough, people will be forced to use other transportation.”` The commenter made clear that he wasn’t advocating that approach, only reporting what he had heard from the Commission.

The project still has to go before the City Council, so if you care, you can still weigh in. In addition, this project is a good example of what the City is planning for the Soquel Avenue, Water Street, Mission Street, and Ocean Street corridors. As I’ve reported before, a planning process is underway. Plans govern specific projects, so get involved early, not late!

Gary then writes (and reads on 9/28)…

The “market” system is supposed to make things affordable. The price of peanuts is set at a point at which the demand for peanuts and the supply of peanuts is in balance. If there isn’t enough supply, the price will rise, and more peanuts will be produced. If there is more supply than demand, the price will fall. The housing market is not like the market for peanuts. Demand comes not just from people who need to have a house to shelter themselves, but also from those who want to invest in the real estate market. Investors don’t want housing for its own sake, and they price ordinary people out of the market. Consider Carmel. Something like fifty percent of the housing in Carmel has been purchased by people who don’t even live in our region, and who have out-competed local workers and their families, in terms of price.

One partial solution is to require new developments to sell a certain percentage of new units at a price below market, and to restrict that below market price for resales. The system is called “inclusionary housing,” and it has worked well in Santa Cruz County, though the Board of Supervisors recently changed the system, so that developers don’t have to build affordable housing anymore, and can just pay a fee instead. 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 opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo and the cyclists..go head on. See below just a bit.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Freedom by any other name would smell… etc. See Tim’s weekly aside, scroll downwards..

PENINSULA REVIEWS. I met Lyn Bronson at Anna Dmytrenko’s excellent piano concert Sunday (9/20) that was presented by The Aptos Keyboard Series. Lyn produces and edits Peninsula Reviews. It’s a free newsletter with maybe a dozen critics who review and discuss music events on and around the Monterey Peninsula “and neighboring communities”. Check it out. http://www.peninsulareviews.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Every word counts this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I consider the art and craft of the final book edit. Also, author Kate Forsyth delves deeper into fairy tales in The Wild Girl, Captain Hook invades Project Runway, and Alias Hook tops a list of recommended reading in Entertainment Weekly!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

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

BREATHE. A French film with subtitles, this is the best film I’ve seen in months…or longer. Two teenage girls and their intense relationship are so subtly portrayed and beautifully acted it’ll rip your heart out. It’s intense, and beautiful, and very rare. See this film and do it quickly. 92 % on Rotten Tomatoes.

TIME OUT OF MIND. Once in a while the film distributers tell our Nickelodeon that “you can only show this film for a week right now and maybe later on you can screen it longer”. That’s show bizness. Richard Gere does one of his finest acting roles as a Homeless guy in New York City. He’s almost mute and mentally disturbed after a head injury. Jena Malone, Kyar Sedgewick, Steve Buscemi, Ben Vereen, all do great jobs and are nearly unrecognizable. It’s slow and thoughtful in parts. You’ll be glad you saw it.

SICARIO. Remember Javier Bardem the ruthless assassin in “No Country for Old Men”? Well Benicio Del Toro almost outdoes him in Sicario. Emily Blunt tries her best to act like a Federal agent (FBI) assigned to shady drug deals along the Mexico-El Paso border. Josh Brolin is the seasoned government agent who’s trying to stop the Cocaine, pot, drug trade being tunneled into the USA. It does a great job depicting the politics (ours and Mexico’s ) and shady acts that both sides deal with every day in this ongoing war. It’s an unusual action film, go if you like action films with a hint of truth.

THE MARTIAN. This Hollywood Matt Damon starring film is like George Clooney and in Gravity. It’s about Damon being left behind on Mars by his team mates (Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Pena). Chiwetal Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels are the NASA, Pasadena JPL business men in charge. It drags in spots and the FX look like they stole them from “2001”. Matt Damon is just too cute and funny and extraordinary to be real, but go see it. You’ll stay awake just to see how it all works out. It’s tense near the end but the ending itself is corney.

COMING HOME. Gong Li is the now aging star of this Chinese Cultural Revolution family/Political film. Gong Li was born in 1965 and she film debuted in 1987!!! With her husband jailed politically for years Gong Li slowly goes mentally unbalanced while she waits for him. The plot is about hos he returns home and she can’t recognize him. Tearful, sad, subtitled, heart breaking, it almost gets too melodramatic, but it is well worth seeing.

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

GOODNIGHT MOMMY.This film from Austria (subtitled) is a genuine horror film. Almost no blood, no chain saws, cellar stairs, just horror. Identical twins (on and off screen) are very suspicious when their mother returns from the hospital after an accident with her face completely bandaged (covered). Maybe she’s not their Mom??? You’ll stay affixed to the screen right up to the last surprise…go see it IF you like squirming and excellence in good movies.

PAWN SACRIFICE TRAILER. Even if you don’t like Chess…see this film.

PAWN SACRIFICE. Tobey Maguire really brings life to his role as the crazed Bobby Fisher, world chess champion. Liev Schreiber plays Boris Spassky equally well. It’s about chess as an international political game as well as a mind destroying career. It’s an excellently made film and is as exciting and tense as any film you’ll ever see. Don’t miss it.

BLACK MASS. Now our very own and only Santa Cruz- born-movie star Adam Scott can shorten the degrees of separation to Kevin Bacon. Adam has an almost non-speaking role (with moustache) as Bacon’s FBI assistant Robert Fitzpatrick. This saga of the very real true life monster/gangster “Whitey” Bulger stars Johnny Depp in one of the very best screen roles in his career. It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch doing a great Boston accent as Whitey’s brother. Full of violence, this film is apparently really accurate. Read last week’s New Yorker (Sept. 21st) for even more about Whitey. There was an earlier documentary (2014) titled “Whitey” details at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3326366 . What’s odd is that the Rotten Tomatoes website has removed Adam’s name and role from the credits (it was there) but you can still see a list of all his works at IMDB.

EVEREST. What a cast!!! Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightly, Emily Watson, and Sam Worthington. The problem is that with all the grunting, straining, climbing and white-outs you can’t tell one from another. If you saw and liked Meru this film is a downer and can’t compare with reality. Everest is a 3D Hollywood attempt at showing how hard it is to commit to climbing…and living. The odd thing is that Everest is mostly about climbing DOWN the mointain while Meru was about climbing UP. It’s exciting, grim, and people die.

Go warned, it’s not real.

GRANDMA. It must be some of the same critics that liked Queen Of Earth think that Lili Tomlin is great and that this is a good movie. Not me. I thought that every line Tomlin spoke was fake and poorly delivered. I liked her much better as Ernestine at the switchboard on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In tv show.

LEARNING TO DRIVE. It really should be called “Driving Miss Crazy“. Ben Kingsley plays an East Indian Sikh cab driver who also teaches driving. Patricia Clarkson is the disturbed, ditzy, soon to be divorced, book critic. She has a daughter Grace Gummer who of course tries to pretend she’s not Meryl Streep’s real life kid. This meaningless, pointless, movie is not only tripe but like so many other paper thin movies makes so called “innocent” fun of racial stereotypes.

SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE. Santa Cruzan star Adam Scott shows up in this Woody Allen imitation movie. Scott wears goofy glasses and plays a two timing goof, but he does it well. Critics call these movies “rom-coms” now but this one isn’t romantic or comedic or worth your time or money. Just bitchy unlikable New Yorkers you’d never want to meet.

MAZE RUNNER: The Scorch Trials. I liked the first Maze Runner. Mostly I liked the MAZE itself. Huge sliding walls crushing anybody without proper timing between them. This new movie has no MAZE walls at all. Just a bunch of Hollywood type teen agers running through basements and parking garages trying to escape the evil Queen…who, oddly enough is played by Partricia Clarkson the ditz in Learning to Drive. Don’t even watch this at a friend’s house who Netflixed it!

THE VISIT. Another M. Night Shyamalan directed flop. This sad imitation of a scary film has grandma and grandpa as evil spirits..or something. I walked out after waking up to grandmother asking her grandaughter to climb inside the oven to clean 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. Jinx Deruisa from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players and Rebecca Jackson take the stage on Sept. 29, after which Robert Stayton will talk about solar energy and his new book “Power Shift” On October 6 Patrice Vecchione returns with news of her newest workshop. After which Amber Duncan and Courtney Castanos from the Ramblin’ Adventure Club talk about their kid’s programs.

My daughter Hillary Bratton opens on October 13 talking about her brand new album, “Tears On My Pillow” to be released Oct. 2. Then Lee Taiz and Nancy Howe talk about The Santa Cruz Watercolor Society’s Blitzer gallery show. On October 20 Becky Steinbruner returns to tell us what she thinks about developing Aptos. Phil Collins then tells us all the new season plans for The New Music Works. County Supervisor John Leopold and I co host the bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive on Oct. 27. Davis Banta and April Bennett from Sidereal Theatre discuss their new play on October 27. Shmuel Thaler and Wallace Baine discuss their new Gail Rich Awards book on November 17. The winners from Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest read their entries on Dec.1st. Later on UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal talks about being Chancellor on December 15. 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

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the 900 + great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a partial list of some past broadcasts. Such a wide range of folks such as 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.

QUOTES. “The geeks shall inherit the earth”, unknown. “A plagiarist is a writer of plays”, Oscar Wilde. ” I got all the schooling an actress needs—I learned to write enough to sign contracts”, Hermione Gingold

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EARLY PACIFIC AVENUE. Car collectors should inform me exactly when in the 1960’s this photo was taken. It’s just before Chuck and Esther Abbott changed the Avenue so completely with their “Mall” ideas. This is of course Pacific and Cooper Streets with Leask’s Deaprtment store on the left where The Regal Cinema 9 now sits. This is, as you’ll read, what the Santa Cruz police refer to as “The Los Gatos” end of Pacific Avenue.

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EARLY PACIFIC AVENUE. Car collectors should inform me exactly when in the 1960’s this photo was taken. It’s just before Chuck and Esther Abbott changed the Avenue so completely with their “Mall” ideas. This is of course Pacific and Cooper Streets with Leask’s Deaprtment store on the left where The Regal Cinema 9 now sits. This is, as you’ll read, what the Santa Cruz police refer to as “The Los Gatos” end of Pacific Avenue.

DATELINE AUGUST 31, 2015
AND DATELINE SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
AND DATELINE SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Dear Readers,

Yes, three columns worth of stuff this week. Sorry about the delays and missed events. Gunilla is doing all she can to get us back on a regular schedule. Stop by her “Golden Fleece Emporium of Wonderment and Yarn” over at 317 Potrero Street by the Sashmill and say hello, and check out the latest yarn bargains.

PACIFIC AVENUE’S DIVIDING LINE. It isn’t too widely known but our Santa Cruz Police have for many years divided Pacific Avenue when they refer to incidents needing attention. From Lincoln Street going north it’s called, “LOS GATOS”. From Lincoln Street going south it’s known as “OAKLAND”. We should just reflect on that a minute or two. For any and all newcomers trying to determine North and South in this bay- surrounded County…just remember that both Pacific Avenue and Forty-First avenue in Capitola run almost perfectly North and South. Check your compasses.

PACIFIC AVENUE – CLOSING IT TO CARS. In a New York Times article today, (August 31) it tells how Retail Space values went up after Times Square was closed to vehicles. …among other relevant ideas it says, “The kneejerk reaction of some city officials — to tackle the issue by returning Times Square to its old car-centric, traffic-first self — is unsurprising: We know how to manage traffic, with curbs, signals, crosswalks and signposting. But the answer to this topless crisis is not to act in haste and go back to a Times Square gridlocked with yellow cabs and black S.U.V.s. Instead, the lesson is that painting the pavement blue and closing it to cars is a start, but reclaiming space alone is not sufficient to create the sort of vibrant public plaza we’d all like. That requires real stewardship. Civic culture needs cultivating and curating. Unless we do so, public space can become a public nuisance. Urban space develops organically and in sync with a city’s communities if it’s nurtured properly, but we’ve learned that this requires cities to keep reviewing how that space is designed and regulated. There must be mechanisms for maintaining a balance of activities, to avoid one particular group of users, like panhandling performers, dominating. Sometimes, that means regulating activities that are a nuisance or offensive. But imposing conditions or constraints is only part of the solution”.

FIGHTING CHAIN STORES LIKE HAYES VALLEY (San Francisco). The San Francisco Chronicle (Friday, August 28) tells how the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association lost out in their fight to stopping more chain stores opening in their neighborhood. Our Pacific Avenue with Jamba Juice at one end The Los Gatos end and Taco Bell at The Oakland end and Rip Curl, Urban Outfitters, Gap and Forever 21in the middle, our Pacific Avenue is almost the perfect version of any tourist trap in the world. (Think Fisherman’s Wharf). More than a tourist trap it’s becoming just another anonymous shopping mall experience. As that Chron article quotes, “local merchants can’t afford to pay the type of rent those chain guys can pay”. When was the last time we heard anything from our Downtown Neighborhood Association???

TANGO DANCING ON A VERY SMALL TABLE. Ever watchful Ralph Davila spotted this amazing “non-Lingemann” tango technique.

THE BEARCAT’S LOCATION??? When will Mayor Don Lane be rolling out his pride and joyride??? We are taking all bets on just where that pride of the City Council be parked during Halloween (just weeks from now). Many times our cops park such vehicles across from the Vet’s Hall on Front street…until needed.

TEEN AGE BOY’S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.In the New Yorker (Aug. 31st) there’s an article titled “The Terrible Teens” (no links allowed from the New Yorker). It’s another piece of the Tannery Tragedy puzzle. The article tells and gives scientific proof that there’s somethhing wrong with teen age boy’s brains. “They are not quite firing on all cylinders when it comes to the frontal lobes”. The frontal lobes are where planning, self-awareness and judgement happen. Parents need to be ever protective and watchful. They do crazy, insane things with little or no thought of any consequences. Those seemingly insane thoughts include what seems to us like planning, plotting for seconds, days or months according to professionals who have studied recent teen age behavior. More information is out there on the unknown effects of various tranquilizers and behavior modifers that have been prescribed for teen agers. Those effects are often monstrous and yet subtle…and largely unexplored. Who is the guilty party when prescribed medicines are given teen agers who then act spontaneously or carry out “evil” plans???

NO EL NINO …AGAIN??? Grey Hayes, ecologist and teacher at Elkhorn Slough told me last week that we really shoudn’t get too excited about all the predictions of El Nino coming this year. He reminded me that exactly one year ago (last August) weather people were jumping crazily about the big rains and a huge El Grande heading our way. Then a few weeks later nope, no such rains/water. All predictions were off. Grey says he’s betting it’ll happen again….be warned!!!

COTONI NATIONAL MONUMENT. Some of author Ed Abbey’s quotes really ring true when we’re facing the wilderness- killing involved with the Cotoni National Monument proposal. One especially…”The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.” Then, when we look at the politicians who support this money making destruction there’s “Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.” Looking at the much lauded and hyped development of our city by the Chamber and its types there’s Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” I miss Ed and his wisdom and his foresight.

APTOS “Wreckage”. Local Drones sure are a mixed message, but take a look at this.

PYNCHON MYSTERY LINGERS ON. There’s a new novel on the market, “Cow Country”. The author is listed as Adrian Jones Pearson. Many folks are saying it’s none other than our one-time Aptos resident Thomas Pynchon. Now someone has to figure out if the bizarre and dysfunctional Cow Eye Community College (the focus of the book) is none other than our Cabrillo Community College!!! Some literary “experts” are claiming it’s not Pynchon, but others like of the New York Times say it’s another trick by Pynchon, who seldom misses a chance to mess up, fool, baffle and hide from the public. Here’s a link to Alexandra Alter’s New York Times piece from Sept.11, 2015.

As I’ve mentioned a few times I actually did meet Thomas Pynchon while he lived here. A long time friend of mine visited with Pynchon frequently and introduced us.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
APTOS VILLAGE PLAN FACES MORE TRAFFIC ISSUES.

Aptos residents continue to speak out about the traffic bottlenecks currently existing in and around the proposed Aptos Village development. There is a new website, There is a new website, http://www.weareaptos.com that is now online and current. Check it out.

School has now started with all the increase in automobile and pedestrian traffic that always happens. However this year brings even more congestion on the way to Valencia School.. Parents have been holding signs at the corner of Trout Gulch and Cathedral Drive protesting the lack of safe sidewalks to the school, an amenity that was at one time planned as part of the Village Project approval.

We’re now hearing that Aptos Village Plan will actually begin construction in February, 2016, Right in the middle of El Nino, with a traffic study that is now another year older? When does a traffic study become out of date? Construction permits are being based on the 2009 study. (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).

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.
OF DEVELOPMENT AND DOUBLESPEAK.

When it comes to development issues it is wise to pay attention to language. There is nothing new in the manipulation of language for political purposes. George Orwell alerted us seventy years ago. While we tend to associate it with dictators and repressive regimes, such exploitation of language is alive and well in the city and county of Santa Cruz.

This particular use of language in local politics first struck me in the 1980’s and 1990’s when Western Drive was being developed from small homes and open space into the large-scale, dense development of today. Trees were cut and killed, meadows graded, sidewalks and streetlights installed, all under the name of “improvements.” Those beautiful meadows sure didn’t look improved to me!

Recent examples of using language to obscure the truth are imbedded in the city and county’s current rezoning campaigns. The city’s Corridor Planning and Zoning Code Updates singles out Mission and Bay, Branciforte and Soquel and other “nodes” along the four corridors (Mission, Water, Ocean, Soquel) to be transformed into high density, multi-story, mixed-use developments. Such re-zonings are described by the city as, “contributing to the corridors increased intensity and vibrancy,” which sanitizes and obscures the more likely negative impacts of increased human density. Rather than admit that they will be forcing out long-time local small businesses, the study says it may require, “incentives if property owners are reluctant to change their properties.” All of this will be achieved they say, “while retaining the city’s small town character and unique neighborhoods.” How reassuring!

The county’s Zoning and General Plan proposed changes contain similarly coded language. Their euphemism is to “modernize” and “update” the zoning code rather than the more accurate description of changing the zoning to favor development over open space and rural character. Their public notices imply that commercial uses such as weddings are already permitted and this process is all about regulating and limiting them. Nothing sinister with that except that it is deliberately misleading.

At the meeting where these changes were first presented, Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, in defending the need for zoning changes argued, “the nature of how we use space has changed.” His is a more subtle manipulation of language. Implied is the assumption that laws should change to accommodate the current pressure for maximized profits rather than the pressure for maximized profits should be tempered to respect the laws in place to protect and preserve our rural lands. These issues will be presented at upcoming public meetings. It is up to us to ensure the discussions are more meaningful than the usual doublespeak. There are meetings on the city and county websites. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

FREEDOM FROM FIREWORKS. Jean Brocklebank long time activist, environmentalist and neighbor of Arana Gulch writes…

“Residents all over the County of Santa Cruz have had it with fireworks explosions, not just on July 4th but throughout the year. They are fed up with the problems caused to people, pets and wildlife. A new campaign has been formed, appropriately called Freedom From Fireworks. “The FFF campaign was introduced to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors during oral communications at their August 18 meeting. Six of us stood at the podium, representing 83 others who could not be there. The supervisors listened carefully. There was some applause from the audience after I finished reading our statement. Now the big work begins, to educate the BOSupes, so that we can get their help in making enforcement of the existing ordinance prohibiting all fireworks a priority health & safety issue. This will take some specific policies and we are going to share our ideas for said policies with the BOS in the coming months. We’ll be meeting the County Sheriff, the Santa Cruz Police, Veterans, Animal Services, Native Animal Rescue, City and County Fire Chiefs, CalFire and NOAA officials (Monterey Bay Sanctuary), to name a few.
“Meanwhile, if anyone wants to add their name as Supporters of what we are doing, they can use the Contact Us form at the web site. They can also add the name of their neighborhood by using the same form found on the Neighborhoods page. The more names the better to show supervisors that this is an issue of concern all over Santa Cruz! We also have a Facebook page.” http://freedomfromfireworks.weebly.com

DEAN MARTIN AND FOSTER BROOKS. Kim Luke and I got laughing last week about Foster Brooks…a near genius.Watch this one…

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary reports Mon-Fri on his KUSP program…

There are definitely two schools of thought about the proposal to ask President Obama to establish the Coast Dairies land on the Santa Cruz County North Coast as a National Monument. Supporters say that this will confer a status and recognition for these and other lands on the North Coast that can’t help but be positive. Skeptics point out that the lands are already protected and preserved, and that the main impact of the Monument designation, if such a designation is made, will likely be to bring hundreds of thousands of additional tourists to the North Coast, causing environmental damage to the very lands that all agree are worthy of protection. Monument skeptics also point out that there are already significant parking, traffic, littering, and law enforcement problems on the North Coast, and that a Monument designation would probably make the existing bad situation even worse. You can get more information on both sides of the controversy at kusp.org/landuse, and if you’d like to register your personal feelings, consider attending a Town Hall Meeting to be conducted by Congress Member Anna Eshoo and Congress Member Sam Farr. That meeting will take place on Monday, September 21st, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Davenport Volunteer Fire Department. The purpose of the meeting is to address North Coast concerns regarding the National Monument proposal.

If you live in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County, and if you care about the future of your community, please get involved in the so-called “Code Modernization” project. It will have a major impact. By the way, the “unincorporated area” means any area in Santa Cruz County that is not located in the City of Santa Cruz, the City of Watsonville, the City of Capitola, or the City of Scotts Valley. The zoning ordinance is the set of rules that restricts what you (and maybe more important, what your neighbors) can do. Don’t underestimate its importance!

As a matter of pure logic, and basic economics, if our communities want affordable housing, they must either use public funds to build it, and/or find a mechanism to impose price controls. Just to say it again, if maintaining a “free market” in real estate is our society’s highest priority, then prices will be set by those with the most money. In Monterey County, huge numbers of homes formerly available for residential use by local residents are now second homes, the owners living elsewhere and only using the homes infrequently. They have the money to do that, and that’s what they do. In Santa Cruz County, higher-paid people who work in the Silicon Valley buy up homes that are then not available for local workers. Then he talks about a proposed evelopment in Live Oak… The Board is probably going to set Tuesday, September 29th, at 1:30 p.m., as the time to make a decision on a 20-unit residential subdivision proposed at 1000 Rodriguez Street, at the corner of Jose Avenue. If you care about this proposed development, you should plan to attend the hearing. Originally, the developer, City Ventures, wanted to build more units, and there is an argument, of course, that developments within designated urban areas should be “dense” developments, to help prevent future urban sprawl. To me, one of the issues of most significance is that the developer will not produce ANY affordable units. That’s because the Board changed its policies within the last year to allow developers the right to pay fees instead. Significant neighborhood impacts; no affordable units. You decide!

He closes with a huge development named The Monterey Downs…

LandWatch Monterey County has announced some guided hikes, to show the public the proposed Monterey Downs development site.Participants will be able to see the size of the one mile race track, the 6,500-seat arena, the grandstands proposed, and all the area that will be developed into homes and commercial areas if the Monterey Downs project is approved. There are also coastal oak trees covering the land, many of which would be cut down to carry out the project.

I want to mention another federal agency with a hugely important environmental assignment; this is an agency that I bet listeners and readers may think about quite frequently. I mean the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Again, this federal agency has oversight responsibilities for natural resources that are critically important to our Central Coast Region

I want to alert all of you to the Sanctuary’s pending review of its management plan. There will be a meeting on this topic on September 23rd, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. This is a “scoping meeting” for the Environmental Impact Statement that will accompany the management plan revision. My comment is that the health of our marine environment depends on good land use practices. If you want to make a comment, visit kusp.org/landuse to find out how you can do that! (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 opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DON RICKLES. Just in case you’ve forgotten the unique and brilliant humor of Don Rickles, watch him with David Letterman and Johnny Carson

SANDY LYDON’S SANTA CRUZ HISTORY CLASS & CENTRAL COAST SECRETS.

This is the guaranteed last time forever and ever that Sandy will teach his much respected and community changing Santa Cruz History class. It began September 11 and goes through December 18. Go here.. http://www.sandylydon.com to see how to enroll and check out his newest travel and tour news. There’s new news and data on the past and very present anti-Chinese sentiment in San Francisco now!!!

EXEUNT PETER DEMMA. Peter Demma died a couple of weeks ago…on August 28. He added greatly to the color of our county. He was part owner with Ron Bevert of the Hip Pocket Bookstore once located in the older St. George Hotel. He ran for sheriff and walked naked down the street to draw attention to his cause. He was born in Oakland and grew up in Berkeley and in various towns like Menlo Park and Atherton. His daughter Melyssa sends this…Please join his life celebration ceremonies as follows: Sunday, September 27th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Hall, Front Street, Santa Cruz. The ceremony will Include; photos, stand up speeches (please feel free to contribute), Honored Guards, Taps performance and a 21 gun salute.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. The Best of Times, the Worst of Times and Good Times too…scroll a few pages downward.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER.
Look below a page or two..see Eagan’s newest target..

ARTHUR MILLERS “THE PRICE”. One of Arthur Miller’s finest and most rarely performed plays runs now through October 4 at The Jewel Theatre at 1001 Center Street Downtown Santa Cruz. Joy Carlin directs it, and Nancy Carlin stars in it. It was the absolute hit of their theatre season. The complete cast of four actors was probably the finest ensemble I’ve seen in years. The touching, demending, family disecting plot is excellent Arthur Miller. (Death of A Salesman, All My Sons, The Crucible, After The Fall) This’ll be the Jewel’s last show in the Center Stage. Artistic Director Julie James tells me the Tannery’s Colligan Theatre will open on time and that the Jewel Theatre will open with Guys and Dolls in November!!! Tickets at www.JewelTheatre.net or call 425-7506

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “All quiet on the blog this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), while I hunker down to hammer out the final revision on my next novel. But you never know when something cool is going to pop up, so keep checking back!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

WRENCHED, THE FILM. Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance at the Del Mar Theatre (10/01) for a special screening of “Wrenched: how Edward Abbey lit the flame of environmental activism and gave the movement its soul”. This film captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to a new generation carrying Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century. How far are you willing to go in defense of wilderness? At 7pm there’ll be a special live introduction by Edward Abbey’s sister, activist and educator Nancy Abbey. This will be a night to remember but sell-out of the small upstairs venue is almost guaranteed. Advance tickets are strongly advised. Thursday, October 1: Doors open at 6:00 pm and show starts at 7:00 pm.Location Address: 1124 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz
Ticket Prices: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here For more information: Call 831-423-3191 or go to ventanawild.org http://wrenched-themovie.com/

THAT IS THE QUESTION
THIS WEEK’S NEW FILMS
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

LISTEN TO ME MARLON. If you’ve ever wondered what Marlon Brando was really like this is your chance to find out. The film consists almost entirely of private tapes Marlon recorded about his views of life, and show biz. There are many film clips too. He was a deep fellow. You’ll learn about his life in Tahiti about his son and the murder…and most importantly you’ll see how his acting changed film acting forever. See it quickly.

DYING TO KNOW. LSD, Harvard, enlightment and the whole mystique around Timothy Leary and his friendship with Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) make this a very complete documentary. Ram Dass is gay and that’s talked about a lot here in their relationship. There’s a focus on Leary’s death and how Ram Dass still relates as a friend. Be Here Now, Richard Nixon, the oft told hippie stories…if this was part of your life, go see this well done epic.

QUEEN OF EARTH. Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men fame takes about 100% of the lead in this weird, depressing, and mostly boring movie. Why it has been getting such good reviews is beyond me. (95% on Rotten Tomatoes!!!) Katherine Waterston plays Moss’ girlfriend who spends most of the film trying to cheer Moss up. Both women constantly argue bitch, and fight each other…and we have to watch. Many critics want to give Moss some awards right now for her acting, I don’t.

GRANDMA. It must be some of the same critics that liked Queen Of Earth think that Lili Tomlin is great and that this is a good movie. Not me. I thought that every line Tomlin spoke was fake and poorly delivered. I liked her much better as Ernestine at the switchboard on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In tv show.

STEVE JOBS: MAN IN THE MACHINE. You gotta be careful here, there’s at least two Steve Jobs films out and around. This one is excellent and is a documentary. It certainly doesn’t canonize Jobs, or Apple for that matter. There doesn’t seem to be much more to learn about Jobs. He was spiritual, driven, merciless, nutty, crafty, and screwed many, many people. He also created the iPhone which to most of the world is far more than a telephone or a marketable product it’s an integral part of our lives and half of the world cried when Steve Jobs died!!!

You need to figure why that happened. The next Jobs movie stars Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Katherine Waterston.

IRRATIONAL MAN. It’s back again, and I don’t know why. You take Woody Allen, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and the seldom seen Parker Posey, put them together and whatcha got??? A confused, pointless, humorless Woody Allen repeat mess!!! How Woody can make so many good films then do a bomb like this, will never be known. IF you do go, see if you don’t thnk about Woody and Mia Farrow’s love life, you’ll remember too about: Soon-Yi Previn (m. 1997-present), Louise Lasser (m. 1966-1970), Harlene Rosen (m. 1956-1962). Is Woody trying to work out those past loves, who knows??? Go here if you want to remember even more about his love life.

Z FOR ZACHARIAH. Another “last- woman- on- earth” movie. Then of course around the bend comes Chiwetel Ejiofor and a lot of religion thrown in, along with the predicatable racial hinting. That’s almost settled then Chris Pine enters the scene along with jealousy, honor, more religion, future of the human race stuff, and at least a thousand plot holes about gasoline, water, K Mart stores and inconsequential stupidities. A vey disappointing movie and onev that could have been great…given the still unexplored future theories. Margot Robbie is the last woman!! She was in About Time and The Wolf of Wall Street, but is largely forgettable.

A WALK IN THE WOODS. This is an unbelievably dopey failure of a movie. Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen are almost always good actors…not in this goof-ball flick. Robert Redford has had good moments onscreen, but he too comes out covered with poop in this one. All I could think of whilst watching it was the old Bob Hope and Bing Crosby “Road Movies”only those films were really funny. This flop makes cornball jokes of old age, bear attacks, will we fall, will we fail, ad infinitum. The film is beneath everyone involved in the making of it….do NOT go.

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

MERU. This is much more than a mountain climbing documentary, it’s a no-holds barred examination of the human psyche. Three men climb an un-climable mountain peak in the Himalayas. The photography is bowel grabbing, the beauty is awesome, and these guys personalities and humanness is truly one for the books. The film forces you to also go deep inside and ask your own self many questions. Go se it, by all means…if you care!!

PHOENIX. It was hard work figuring out the complex plot. It’s full of flashbacks, historical incidents, Nazi’s, Jews, and a 99 % on Rotten Tomatoes!!! A Berlin cabaret singer was shot in the face , gets a thoroughly new face and tries to determine if her husband betrayed her to the Nazis.It’s a sad and well made film except for the hard to follow plot. Go see it quickly.

MISTRESS AMERICA. The women characters in this movie are like Sex and The City stars but they aren’t as likable. In fact these “Mistress” women are nasty, greedy, self centered, rich, and like most Noah Baumbach directed films they talk too much. Greta Gerwig is her usual quick, well acted self but you won’t like her either. Save your money.

THE GIFT. Jason Batemen tops this “near Hitchcock” thrill/murder movie. Joel Edgerton plays his long lost”buddy” and wrote and directed it. You’ll stay awake and thank about the movie long after you leave the theatre. There are a few plot holes, but go see it IF you like thrillers with lots of suspense.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

ANT-MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book bloody, violent hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

MAN FROM UNCLE. Napoleon Solo and Ilya what’s his name are back buit no where near as clever as Robert Vaughn and David MCallum in the original 1968 TV series. Those same guys made a movie-copy of the same plot in 1983 which bombed. This “new” flick is just another insanely ridiculous, hard to follow plot, about atomic bombs, and much blood. Don’t go. I’ve forgotten who the “stars” are in this cheap new copy (after a lot of work).

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. Tom Cruise again.This sure isn’t of Mad Max quality but it beats the hell out of the Marvel Comic film industry and 99% of the dumber action films. Like the title and most of this ilk, no one could follow the absolutely useless plot. Like all other big selling films for kids it’s about how you have to kill people to save the world. And we wonder what drives kids to kill!!!

NO ESCAPE. Owen Wilson and his odd nose and Pierce Brosnan in a small part can’t save this very poor idea for an action movie. Owen works for a foreign water company with secret government plans. That’s probably much like Cal-Am and Monterey!!! Anyways, after all the killing, jumping, brutality, and huge veins of blood flowing, the escape that Owen of course manages to make just before the movie ends is totally mindless. Do NOT see this movie, no matter what!!!

AMERICAN ULTRA. Why anyone would want to take Kristin Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman and John Leguizamo and keep them stoned for as long as it took to make this “stoner” movie is beyond me. Even if I had been stoned at 10:25 am on Friday morning when I went, I couldn’t have enjoyed this sump of a film.( I mean SUMP). Save your money and your stash and don’t go. It may have had a plot but I couldn’t figure it out.

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 and we now have two weeks worth of archives!!!)… Composer, teacher Joseph Sekon guests on September 15 to talk about an upcoming concert. After Joseph, Jewel Theatre’s Julie James returns to reveal their 2015-16 season. September 22 has emcee and Santa Cruz Voice Kim Luke discussing this years FashionArt Show happening September 26. Then Rachel Kippen program director of Save Our Shores talks about their Beach Clean-up program. Jinx Deruisa from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players and Rebecca Jackson take the stage on Sept. 29, after which Robert Stayton will talk about solar energy and his new book “Power Shift” On October 6 Patrice Vecchione returns with news of her newest workshop. After which Amber Duncan and Courtney Castanos from the Ramblin’ Adventure Club talk about their kid’s programs. 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 .

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

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

QUOTES. “I could never trust a man unless I’ve got his pecker in my pocket“, Lyndon Baynes Johnson. “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance”, H.L.Mencken. “I never vote for anyone—I always vote against“, W.C. Fields.

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August 15 – September 1, 2015

THE OLD PACIFIC AVENUE 1960. This is the Hotel St. George originally built in 1893. There were many versions of this hotel due to fires and earthquakes. The one we know today is a Barry Swenson Builders creation.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE AUGUST 17, 2015
COMBINED WITH DATELINE AUGUST 24, 2015

COLUMN CONFUSION. Once again Gunilla Leavitt and I are forced to combine the weekly columns which are always written every Monday. Hopefully next week there we can get back to a regular new column online as soon as possible each week on or after Mondays.

[Gunilla speaks: It is ALL MY FAULT, please don’t fault Bruce for this. And bear with me, I *will* get back on a normal schedule. I’m just going through some stuff. Thank you for your patience.]

PRISON “FLASH MOB” DOES Michael Jackson. As one reader pointed out prisons can’t exactly do a “flash mob”. And does dancing to Michael Jackson music equal water boarding?
Cabrillo Fest Future??? Another one of those staged “flash mob” cutesy concerts

FAREWELL FRED KEELEY. There may be a farewll party at the Highway 17 Santa Cruz County Boundary for Fred Keeley by folks who offer to pay his gas fare… one way. We’ll have to wait and see. Then again others have started calling him the Man From Unctuous, but that isn’t kind.

Fred’s giving up his push and pull job working as the Sempervirens Fund President and his connection with the proposed National Monument campaign. As The Sentinel (8/6) said “As a contract democracy consultant for Santa Clara, Keeley, a former California assemblyman and former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, will help expand the city’s award-winning Community Outreach/Vote Ethics Program, which puts ethical campaign strategies at the forefront of elections, asking voters to pay attention to the candidates’ conduct. He also will teach a graduate seminar in the Public Administration Department at San Jose State University and continue serving as chair a special task force, commissioned by State Treasurer John Chiang, to develop best practices on the fiduciary care and use of state and local bond proceeds”. Local subterranean voices are saying he was advised to switch jobs, and even get something out of the county due to some near –totally- unproven rumors. I’ll remain poised to add to all of this…stay in position.

MORE ABOUT TEEN AGERS, LIFE IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH SENTENCES!!!

Last time I wrote in this space…”THE TANNERY MURDER, A THOUGHT. Now that we know that 15 year old teenager will be tried and sentenced as a adult doesn’t it seem “strange” that at 15 we don’t believe he’s mature enough to drink, he’s too young to know how to vote, and he certainly can’t think fast enough to drive a car…but he is definitely qualified to face life imprisonment for that one decision???” Whew, lots of reactions to what I just meant as something to think about. Well it turns out some folks think that stuffing the body in the dumpster closest to your house and then hanging out near it and bugging the police is adult thinking!!! Others think that because that 15 year old kid killed somebody that we should hire prison staff to kill him. It’s really hard to justify this killing thing. Then again we all know what happens to young boys/men in prison especially if they were sick enough to murder a child.

It’s another slower version of a death sentence. There are many articles lately on youths and solitary confinement. A reader sent this link..

The New York Times had an editorial Sunday (8/16) titled “Indefinite Imprisonment, on a Hunch”. I can’t get a link to it, but it says, “despite the public perception that all sex offenders are recidivists sex re-offense rates are in fact lower than those for other crimes”. It concludes, ” Public Safety would be better served if resources were directed toward community supervision and other services for those leaving prison, rather than skirting the Constitution to keep locked away”. One reader/writer wrote, “What bothers me about the crimes that took Maddy Middleton’s life was that AJ Gonzalez was let down by so many systems in his life: familial, social, educational. Somewhere throughout his young life there had to have been many warnings signs that should have been detected and not ignored”.

FAREWELL LOIS MUHLY. Lois and Bert Muhly were among my earliest Santa Cruz friends when I moved here in 1970. For nearly 45 years we worked on an infinite number of causes, campaigns, fund raisers, musicals, and protests. Davenports Nuclear Power Plant, stopping 10,000 homes onto Wilder Ranch…and on and on. Bert and Lois defined what it means to be a beautiful, giving and very loving couple. We will fell the loss for decades. Services will be held September 26, 2015, at 3:00pm at the Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational Church), 900 High St, Santa Cruz, Ca In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Resource Center for Non-Violence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060 or Three Americas, Inc. PO Box 711, Santa Cruz, Ca 95061-0711

KUSP HISTORY. For a completely different reason some readers searched online for some of my old columns in Metro Weekly. I happened to find this from JANUARY 22, 2003 Metro Weekly…

“As listeners probably know, KUSP-FM is starting its biggest schedule change in 20 years on Feb. 3, 2003. There’s a new lineup of programs from 9am to 9:30 pm weekdays, including the canceling of the seniors’ Prime Time program. (Full disclosure: that show contained my little eight-minute movie critiques that used to be aired every other week.) The station is cutting out Johnny Simmons’ Lost Highway and Wallace Baine’s Talking Pictures on Sundays. It’s adding Pacifica’s Democracy Now at 3pm on weekdays and expanding a lot of NPR programming, such as All Things Considered and Fresh Air. Changes in any medium (even newspapers) are rarely taken lightly, and KUSP’s changes have caused a near civil war among programmers, supporters and volunteers. Station manager Peter Troxell, who has seven months left (if he leaves on schedule), says these are tough financial times for the station. Along with KAZU’s recent switch to NPR programming, which cost some amount of KUSP listeners, the debt from an expensive station remodeling has also hurt KUSP’s budget. So KUSP has reduced staff hours, not replaced some staff members who’ve left and even gotten a discount on NPR’s program costs. Grants and station-sponsoring clients have dwindled, and now program director Howard Feldstein and Troxell say the station’s healthy. “We’re not going away; we’ll stay here. Membership is OK; these are just program changes that were overdue,” Troxell and Feldstein add. What you need to do is go online to www.kusp.org and see the complete new schedule”. So much for KUSP history and that “expensive remodeling” plus the $6500 monthly rent that seldom gets talked about.

CLOSING PACIFIC AVENUE FOR $800. It’s a good thing Mayor Don Lane and The Santa Cruz City Council approved the closing down of Pacific Avenue and Lincoln Streets last Friday morning for a Helmann’s Mayonnaise commercial. We learned that to cover the cost of blocking all traffic, bringing in extra police and preventing the use of all the parking meters for FOUR HOURS on Pacific Avenue and Lincoln streets costs only $800. That’s the amount that Helmann’s Mayonaise had to pay. As most of us know, Hellmann’s is owned by Unilever, probably the largest commercial institution of its kind in the world. If you go to Unilever’s website you’ll read such stuff as…”On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life” and, “With more than 400 brands focused on health and wellbeing, no company touches so many people’s lives in so many different ways”. Still more, “Our portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products. We produce world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo, alongside trusted local names such as Mazola, Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle, Rinso and Suave. With the generosity shown to UNILEVER by our City Council we should surely see a more honest appraisal when any local residents disrupt traffic hereabouts. As The Sentinel article says, “There’s a flat fee of $100 to shut down any street”. We can only assume that anarchists and others would pay that same fee.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL SAYS GOODBYE TO MISSION CONCERTS. Marin Alsop has decreed No more San Juan Bautista Mission concerts! Besides all the problems with traffic, weather, cramped space, bad acoustics, and rigid church officials, the Mission gigs cost the Festival an extra $20,000 to move all their gear there.

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

LOT SPLITS AND ADU’S ON TOP OF GARAGES.

Neighbors in the Winkle Dr. neighborhoods have succeeded in appealing building permits granted by the County Planners. Item 47 on last week’s Board of Supervisors agenda resulted in the Board agreeing with the neighbors and will be taking jurisdiction in these appeals at a later meeting this year. My guess is that this issue will be the first of many like it, now that our county has been tasked to accept denser, higher multi-family homes and more accessory dwelling units to make room for more people to live here. The Winkle Ave. neighbors take issue with all this being crammed into an existing residential neighborhood, including accessory units built as second stories of new garages.

You can read and hear all about Item 47 on the August 18th BOS agenda here.

http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/BDS/Govstream2/Bdsvdata/non_legacy_2.0/agendas/2015/20150818-666/PDF/047.pdf If you live in Santa Cruz County you should take a few minutes and see what’s happening to us. (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).

FOOD TRUCKS & WHAT TRUCKS?? Restaurateur Ted Burke swears a friend sent this to him… There should be a margarita truck that plays Mariachi music as it drives around the neighborhood in the evening. And we would hear it and run out with our money and stand on the curb, waiting for it. Like an ice cream truck, but, you know, with margaritas”. We’d probably have to vote on that.

TESLA MURAL PLANS. Nikola Tesla can get some much needed publicity and recognition here in our enlightened city. Peter Bartczak noted muralist says, “My latest public art project is a 22’x12′ mural featuring Nikola Tesla, your favorite cult hero/genius inventor/visionary. I hope to put paint to the wall at a local longtime (35 years) Santa Cruz institution – John’s Electric Motor Service on May Street. That’s over off Water and Orielly’s Auto Parts and near where the old DMV offices used to be , remember? The mural will depict Tesla as an electrical magician and shows a few of his inventions – A.C. Current, broadcast power, fluorescent lights, remote controls, and, of course, the Tesla coil. Peter is a long time Santa Cruzan and is responsible for murals on the west side’s Upper Crust Pizza on Mission St., the dancing figures downtown by the clock tower, and the portraits that used to grace the wall of the Silver Spur restaurant on Soquel Drive. He has also done work for such companies as Disney, Universal Studio Tours, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Dell Publishing, Annieglass, and many local businesses. You can see more of his work at www.clownbankstudio.com

Funding is thru the Indiegogo crowd funding website All sorts of goodies are given to contributors, including postcards, fine art prints, keychains, and original art, depending on how much you contribute. Please contribute whatever you can to this project so we can inspire more people with Tesla’s genius and vision.

PETER McGETTIGAN SAYS GOODBYE TO COMMUNITY TV. After decades of erstwhile camera work at Santa Cruz Community Television these two entities said goodbye to each other under circumstances which aren’t entirely clear. But Peter is now available to do any and all video work. mcgettiganfilms@gmail.com or 831 469-9501.

HIGHWAY 6 Benefit Dinner August 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. London Nelson Center. The invitation reads, “There’s a time when you can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop!” – Mario Savio, UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza, 1964.

Please join us for an evening of delicious food and inspiring music in a benefit dinner for the UCSC Highway 6. Members of the UCSC Highway 6 and the Santa Cruz community are organizing to raise funds to further the fight against UC political repression of student activism, at a time when students all over the country are rising against police brutality and inequality in education. We would love to have you be a part of this important movement-building event!The six students who took the highway on March 3rd have met unprecedented repression by the state and the university, including several violations of constitutional rights by the UC administration during the judicial process. The Hwy 6 will be filing a civil suit against the university with the goal of minimizing further repression of student activists across the UC system. This event is also an opportunity for you to connect with other community activists, to learn more about recent student activism at UCSC and why things have escalated to the point that they have. There will be a catered dinner, a silent auction, and several inspiring performances. Please RSVP with your name/s and the number of people attending in your party to: <ucschwy6@gmail.com>

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian writes…

DOGGONE:

The public howls of protest may have subsided but no doubt feelings remain high. Even my hero DeCinzo recently weighed in. I understand the fuss. Terrace Point is a Santa Cruz coastal treasure. If you’ve been walking or running your dog there for a number of years, the news that this activity has an ending date is not likely to be well-received, whatever the reasons. Charges of UCSC hypocrisy, insensitivity, arrogance and being a bad neighbor have been pitched with gusto. Letters and online comments challenge with: “How can UCSC ban dogs in the interest of protecting sensitive habitat while simultaneously ripping up the land to build their Marine Sciences campus?” At first sight this contradiction has some appeal. But historical context is important and reasons, if valid, should not be dismissed without thought.

In 1988, Wells Fargo bought the land with plans to build 350 housing units. They repossessed the land from an owner who had leased it to a Brussels sprouts farmer. Wells Fargo refused to renew the farmer’s lease and he claimed they filled in his well to make farming impossible and development more attractive. The then water director Bill Kocher maintained such filling in of unused wells was appropriate. The plan for 350 housing units was scrapped as too large and the second plan put forward by Wells Fargo in1989 was for 144 rental units, 46 for-sale homes plus a marine lab. Many claimed the marine lab was a Trojan horse for developers since no marine entity had committed to occupy the site. Neighbors, environmentalists and farmers organized into the Terrace Point Action Network. City planning meetings, council meetings and neighborhood meetings were attended by scores of vocal opponents until 1999 when UCSC brokered a deal to purchase the 55 acres from Wells Fargo for $4 million for a Marine Sciences campus. By this time, the wetlands and sensitive habitats on the property had been identified and UCSC committed to their permanent protection. So we lost the battle to save Terrace Point as open marine terrace for habitat protection and farming but won the fight to preserve the sensitive habitat areas and wetlands. In this context the charge of hypocrisy against UCSC is meaningless. They are required to protect these areas and the fact that they are prepared to do so should be supported not undermined.

Dog owners need to take more responsibility for losing the privilege of dog access at Terrace Point. If every dog owner understood the impact canines have on sensitive habitats, on flora and fauna (and on other people) and knowing this, kept their dogs leashed at all times and picked up their dog’s poop, it may have been possible to co-exist. But that didn’t happen. Nor does it ever happen. Far too many dog owners not only allowed their dogs to run at large, marking their territory, but felt entitled to do so and affronted if a steward of the natural reserve tried to explain the problem. This is becoming the norm on our beaches and open spaces. Maybe Terrace Point is a harbinger of things to come? The city, county and state have apparently abandoned their role as protectors of the environment. Let’s give a small cheer to UCSC for doing the right thing, even if they were required to do so.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary states on his KUSP broadcasts…August 24-28. He talks about plans to vibrate Salinas and developing CSUMB. Then he talks about Cal-Am and their control of the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply. Hard to believe but there’s a “Canine Sports Center,” proposed to be located on a 43-acre site near Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. Gary mentions that too. Fort Ord development will be dealt with by the City Of Marina Planning Commission. Like Santa Cruz, he says, “There is a more Marina-specific item on the agenda, too; namely, the proposal by Shea Homes to cut down two healthy cypress trees. The Planning Director said that was “ok.” The Marinatacrifice

Tree Committee said it was “ok,” and now the Planning Commission will consider the issue on an appeal. From the City of Santa Cruz to the City of Marina, public officials are usually willing to sacrifice trees to aid the desires of the developers. ficials are usually

ABOUT PLACING WIRELESS TOWERS AND SUCH…to aid the desires of the developers”. He closes telling us about the placement of Wireless Facilities

As listeners may know, federal law has largely preempted the field of wireless regulation, and this federal preemption has made it quite difficult for local governments to have any say on the location of these facilities. For instance, while the health impacts of wireless facilities are of concern to many local residents, federal legislation has pretty much made it impossible for local governments to regulate wireless facilities based on health concerns.The visual impacts of such facilities, and other land use impacts, are still a basis for local regulation. However, there is a bill now being considered in the California State Legislature that might undermine such local regulation. Assembly Bill 57, now in the State Senate, would provide that proposed wireless facilities will be “deemed approved” if not acted upon within either 90 or 150 days. I note that Assembly Member Mark Stone voted “no” on this bill in the Assembly. Assembly Member Alejo is recorded as “not voting.” 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. A National Monument by any other name would smell… etc. etc scroll downwards!!!

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan looks at the many sides of Trump…see below.

MACBETH. I wrote on my Facebook page last week…”I’ve been urging everybody to go see Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s “The Liar”,. It’s the best and funniest play I’ve ever seen them perform. I saw Macbeth last night(8/13). It’s the worst, most poorly acted Macbeth I’ve seen in a long lifetime. Macbeth forgets his lines, the audience laughs at every tragic scene, it’s so poorly performed. The Equity actors must be from the bottom of the barrel. Macbeth got more laughs than their production of Much Ado About Nothing!!!” I got many thnk-yous for that but UCSC’s Patty Gallagher who is an EQUITY Actor and a witch in Macbeth felt bad. Patty’s consistently one of the best actors I’ve seen, even though this production plays the witches as bar maids/whores instead of powerful demons from hell. I should have said that 99% of all the actors were all bad and never mind about Equity.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: Lisa writes: “This is the last season for Santa Cruz Shakespeare in the fabulous Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen at UCSC. So if you want to bask one more time in this unique playgoing experience, make plans to see a play (or two) before the season ends on August 30. I recommend the rambunctious, hysterically funny comedy, The Liar, the absolute jewel in the crown of this year’s SCS season, and there are only a few performances left! Read all about it 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)

MERU. This is much more than a mountain climbing documentary, it’s a no-holds barred examination of the human psyche. Three men climb an un-climable mountain peak in the Himalayas. The photography is bowel grabbing, the beauty is awesome, and these guys personalities and humanness is truly one for the books. The film forces you to also go deep inside and ask your own self many questions. Go se it, by all means…if you care!!

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER does Hamlet!!!

END OF THE TOUR. Jesse Eisenberg plays a real life Rolling Stone reporter and Jason Segel plays author David Foster Wallace. And neither of them are people you’d want to have an espresso with. Egos abound, fame, money, fandom, shyness and deep personal problems are the entire plot. Mamie Gummer and Joan Cusack add some genuine humaness and a likability but if you’ve ever though about writing a book…see this movie it’ll cure you!!!

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE. If you too are a Wallace and Gromit fan you’ll miss the intelligence, wit, pacing and wildly funny situations IF you go see Shaun. It’s really quite boring, it aims at a much dumber audience and doesn’t succeed. Go to the website http://www.wallaceandgromit.com and you’ll remember just how funny Aardman Productions can be.

AMERICAN ULTRA. Why anyone would want to take Kristin Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman and John Leguizamo and keep them stoned for as long as it took to make this “stoner” movie is beyond me. Even if I had been stoned at 10:25 am on Friday morning when I went, I couldn’t have enjoyed this sump of a film.( I mean SUMP). Save your money and your stash and don’t go. It may have had a plot but I couldn’t figure it out.

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

JIMMY’S HALL. Ken Loach like Woody Allen, makes both great and near terrible films. His great ones include Kes, Family Life, The Gamekeeper, Riff-Raff, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and now Jimmy’s Hall seen all year . It’s just about the best film I’ve seen all year. A true story, it’s also a lesson for every protester/free speech/ anti-establishment citizen. It’s about people’s power when they organize…see it and bring friends, and hurry. It’ll probably close Thursday (8/20)…never mind, it did close!!!

BEST OF ENEMIES. To again watch this very personal debete/fight between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, jr. is to re-live the late 60’s, and an age where news, television, and intellect changed radically. Just to watch Buckley say to Vidal , “Now listen you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamned face, and you’ll stay plastered.” There’s even a scene showing my old producers chair at KGO radio in San Francisco. These brilliant wordsmiths and political mouthpieces are just a delight to watch. See it quickly…at the Nick.

MAN FROM UNCLE. Napoleon Solo is back, but nowhere near as clever as Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in the original 1968 TV series. Those same guys made a movie-copy of the same plot in 1983 which bombed. This “new” flick is just another insanely ridiculous, hard to follow plot about atomic bombs, and much blood. Don’t go. I’ve forgotten who the “stars” are (after a lot of work).

RICKI AND THE FLASH. It’s totally true Meryl Streep can play any role. She does a 60+ near failure rock singer about perfectly. As the publicity says, “Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband”. The movie won’t change your life, but it’ll keep you attentive for two hours…don’t miss it.

THE GIFT. Jason Batemen tops this “near Hitchcock” thrill/murder movie. Joel Edgerton plays his long lost”buddy” and wrote and directed it. You’ll stay awake and thank about the movie long after you leave the theatre. There are a few plot holes, but go see it IF you like thrillers with lots of suspense.

Mr. HOLMES. Ian McKellen is “sort of interesting” as a retired 93 year old Sherlock Holmes. But the script takes cheap shots when they claim he never wore a Deerstalker hat or smoked a cigar instead of a pipe. The plot meanders in time from 1947 to now and includes a visit to Hiroshima as well as telling us that he never really lived at 221B Baker Street !!!. Laura Linney gained a few pounds and does her usual brilliant job of acting as his housekeeper. I liked Jeremy Britt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Basil Rathbone (not Robert Downey jr.) much better than McKellen. According to Guiness’s book of Records Sherlock has been played on screen 247 times by 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, and John Cleese. That’s more than Hamlet!!!

IRRATIONAL MAN. You take Woody Allen, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and the seldom seen Parker Posey, put them together and whatcha got??? A confused, pointless, humorless Woody Allen repeat mess!!! How Woody can make so many good films then do a bomb like this, will never be known. IF you do go, see if you don’t thnk about Woody and Mia Farrow’s love life, you’ll remember too about: Soon-Yi Previn (m. 1997-present), Louise Lasser (m. 1966-1970), Harlene Rosen (m. 1956-1962) . Is Woody trying to work out those past loves, who knows??? Go here if you want to remember even more about his love life http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woody-allen-thought-wife-soon-yi-previn-fling-article-1.2309170

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more movies down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

COP CAR. Kevin Bacon, is usually a fine actor but the material in this flop is just plain nuts and non-sensical. In spite of the fact that two production team members are children of an long time Los Angeles-Berkeley friend, this film could have been brilliant…but it sucks. It’s not serious when it should be and it’s not funny when (I think) it tries to be, Everybody was laughing at the wrong times. Like Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Macbeth we can’t be sure if it’s a tragedy or a parody. Plus, Camyrn Manheim is in it (she shouldn’t have been ) she’s a UCSC graduate, and was in Clint Eastwood’s Sudden Impact, while she was here. It too closed after 7 days, but you didn’t miss much!!

ANT-MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. Tom Cruise again.This sure isn’t of Mad Max quality but it beats the hell out of the Marvel Comic film industry and 99% of the dumber action films. Like the title and most of this ilk, no one could follow the absolutely useless plot. Like all other big selling films for kids it’s about how you have to kill people to save the world. And we wonder what drives kids to kill!!!

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton August 25 has Bruce Van Allen talking about UCSC’s Highway 6 and a fund raiser on 8/29 as a very hot topic. After that Sharon D. Payne and Kosher Assault tell us inside secrets about the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Sept. 1st Tom Karwin talking about The UCSC Friends of the Arboretum after which environmentalist Grey Hayes discusses new nature issues that need attention. On Sept 8 Kimberly Perm from the Pajaro Valley Shelter Services talks about their programs and their successes. Then Julie Callahan returns with Rosemarie Alles discussing The March For Elephants. Joseph Sekon guests on September 15 to talk about an upcoming concert. After Josef, Jewel Theatre’s Julie James returns to reveal their 2015-16 season. September 22 has emcee and Santa Cruz Voice Kim Luke discussing this years FashionArt Show happening September 26. 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 .

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts. Such a wide range of folks such as Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, 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.

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TOM SCRIBNER October 28 1964, Davenport CA. Here’s a photo of Tom doing what he loved the most, editing and creating the Redwood Ripsaw Review. The Review was a hard hitting opinion generated “newspaper” . Known mostly as the subject of the Musical Saw player in front of the Bookshop Santa Cruz which was placed there in 1978. Tom was a staunch member of the Industrial Workers of the World (The Wobblies). He fought for labor and labor unions all his life. The Musical Saw was barely a hobby for him. He did play on Pacific Avenue when he lived in the St. George Hotel…but he never “busked” (played for money). He died in 1982.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE August 3, 2015
DATELINE August 10, 2015

RACIST SANTA CRUZ. Preparing for and Interviewing Ann Lopez, Executive Director of The Center For Farmworker Families last week (July 28) on Universal Grapevine taught me a lot about the problems our neighbors, the Farmworkers in South County have to live with. I learned that California is the deadliest state in the USA for Mexican workers. 2 billion pounds of LICENSED pesticides are used in the USA every year . The average life expectancy of farmowrkers is only 49 years. Mexicans are 80% more likely to die on the job than any native workers. With all those dangers Farmworking is still the SECOND most dangerous job….construction is number one!!! More than that, researchers have found that farmworkers would e be healthier over the long run if they stayed in Mexico. There are an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cases of physician-diagnosed pestcide poinioning among USA farmworkers. Anyone trying to help our Santa Cruz farmowrkers gets a more positive and frequent response from outside our county. These helpers, organizations, agencies, usually blame local racism for our lack of caring!! They wonder how and why so many Santa Cruzans will work for assistance to starving and suffering populations in Cuba, India, Iraq and around the world and turn a blind eye to Watsonville and South County, what is that other than RACISM?? The Center for Farmworkers is offering Farmworker Reality Tours of local farmworker farms, “homes” this Sunday (8/08) and Sunday 8/16 at 3 p.m. Go to their website http://www.farmworkerfamily.org and enroll.

MBIRA (thumb piano) A 5 chord progression improvised on an Array mbira, 5 octave model

MUSICAL SAW & THERAMIN DUET. I’ve built and played both these “instruments” and could not believe how well these two guys play Halvorsen’s 1893 classic composition. Try it..

MARIN ALSOP GOING TO CUBA. In addition to conducting the annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music that’s closing this week (August 12-16) was the announcemnet that Marin Alsop is going to conduct Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana’s 500th Anniversary. One of her websites I went to said…”Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana’s quincentenary”.That’s a real big deal. Better get your tickets quickly, even at the Civic Aud. box office!!

“12” AN UNIQUE RUSSIAN MOVIE. Remember that 1997 film “12 Angry Men” starring Henry Fonda, and Lee’J. Cobb?? Russian film director Mikhalkov created a new version in 2007 (available at Westside Video next to Omei Rstaurant). It’s still 12 men trying to agree on how to sentence a teenager who commited a murder. It’s got ethnic hatred, great insight into human reasoning, even humor. Rent it, think about where a teenage boy’s real reasons and problems lead him. Then give a moment to think what you’d do and decide if you were on that jury.

THE TANNERY MURDER, A THOUGHT. Now that we know that 15 year old teenager will be tried and sentenced as a adult doesn’t it seem “strange” that at 15 we don’t believe he’s mature enough to drink, he’s too young to know how to vote, and he certainly can’t think fast enough to drive a car…but he is definitely qualified to face life imprisonment for that one decision???

McPHERSON EVENT CENTER. Oddly enough some readers (also writers) have come up with what sounds like a great idea. Why not simply re-name it The McPherson Event Center? The center has had many proven successful events, and it looks likely it’ll continue that way. Then folks who expect to see or visit a genuine Art and History location won’t be so disapointed.

CRUZIO’S POWER PLANS. As you know by now Windows 10 is out and has been getting good reviews. What this means is obvious… we’ll all need more computer power. Cruzio has been working with the City Of Santa Cruz on a partnership to bring in optical fiber cable that will carry an almost infinite power load. Go to Cruzio.com and take their GIGABIT FIBER survey to illustrate where the power lines (buried) should go. And don’t worry, the list of subscription choices at the survey’s end isn’t binding.

A reader writes… Imagine if Santa Cruz motel owners restored some of the funky beach hotels to a chic “retro” look instead of having them modernized in a nondescript way. (I’m not talking about LaBahia, however) Check this out…http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/mark-havens-photos-new-jersey-motels

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

THAT APTOS VILLAGE PLAN – AGAIN!!

A group of Aptosians continue to meet weekly to seek a way to reduce the density of the Aptos Village Plan (subdivision). Accomplishments so far have been to research the history of this project’s approval. One of the proponents claims is that there were more than 20 public meetings held to keep us apprised of what they were up to. This proved to be not true, there were five, with other presentations made by the developer at Aptos Chamber of Commerce breakfasts. These were not public meetings, i.e. non-chamber members were required to pay to attend.

Our appeal to the County for a current traffic study was rejected, with the comment that the traffic study (last updated in 2009) was valid, that the developer couldn’t be required to do another one. What we asked was for a new County sponsored traffic study, taking into consideration the changes in traffic patterns since 2009, and to be done at intersections that were not included in the developers study.

There are many more questions that should have been answered during the Aptos Village Plan approval process that took place prior to our current supervisor’s term of office. Sadly, what was approved then will probably go down as an example of why people need to pay closer attention to what’s being slipped through the planning process. (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).

Judy Riva submits and suggests…Maybe readers would be interested in these innovative SMALL houses. Maybe city and county planners should purchase the book mentioned and seek out similar innovative designs to expand our housing stock. Here’s the link to the book on Amazon, but of course it should be purchased at a local bookstore!

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. .
SMART GROWTH IS AN OXYMORON

Having read the 77 page document prepared for the Santa Cruz City Council by the San Francisco urban and regional planning firm of Dyett and Bhatia, I was left with more than a few concerns. For one, why would the city spend money on outside urban consultants to write a detailed description of Mission, Ocean and Water streets plus Soquel Avenue when city planning staff (or any long-term resident) could probably pull that together in a day or two? The document, labeled “Corridor Planning and Zoning Code Updates: Site Analysis and Assessment”, is the core of the city’s plan to rezone the above streets to conform to the 2030 General Plan that calls for increased density and mixed uses on strategic areas along the city’s four primary corridors. This is Phase 1 and the process is expected to take 18 months before reaching council for the final vote.

So-called “change areas” will provide new mixed uses and “nodes” which are focal points along the “corridors” will create “opportunity areas for intensive infill development, supported by infrastructure and transportation investments that promote sustainability and Complete Streets.” Having a low tolerance for “smart growth” jargon, I was more attentive when this was translated to familiar sites on the ground.

There are 3 “nodes” envisioned for Mission Street. The intersection and surrounding area at Bay and Mission is one of these “nodes” slated for intensive infill development. The urban planners from San Francisco have analyzed that this site contains a school, a strip mall and surface parking, the last two being anathema to “smart growth” proponents. It took me a while to realize that their strip mall is our Palm Place, a sweet spot for many of us who have lived here a while. Imagine all the familiar low-key, low-rise, long-term establishments in this “node”, such as Larry’s Photography and Sylvan Music razed and replaced with high rise modern retail and dense residential units? All the other “nodes” on the other “corridors” earmarked for intensive infill have similar familiar, small-scale older businesses which give a sense of place and continuity along with great service. They will be pressured to sell to developers who are likely chomping at the bit to give our local small businesses an offer they can’t refuse. Only in one paragraph on the last of 77 pages do the SF urban planners admit to any constraints and challenges to this vision, or nightmare depending on your perspective. One is that there is little vacant land in these corridors. Another is the small size of the current parcels. Dense infilling requires larger sized footprints. A further constraint is that most of the parcels are already in use. What a nuisance! The planners state that, “it may require incentives if property owners are reluctant to changing their property.” Translated, this may mean a small business we know and love will not have its lease renewed if the owner is lured by big development bucks. Or the current owner of a familiar store may be unable to resist the fat check held out on the rezoning stick.

There are many other issues of concern. Where’s the water coming from for all this dense development? What about traffic congestion at these “nodes?” Portland, the model for “smart growth”, found that traffic congestion increased with infilling despite additions of bike lanes and mass transit. Greater density housing has not proved to lower the cost of housing according to the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development. It just adds to population density and the predicted increase in crime.

It is tempting to give up, since the General Plan with its inclusion of dense infilling on “corridors” has passed and the city seems willing to fund outside planners to tell it what it wants to hear. However, the city of Santa Monica has recently turned its back on such infilling despite a commitment to “smart growth” policies. With well-organized neighborhood opposition, the city council voted down a specific infill project, one far less problematic than these “nodes” envisioned for Santa Cruz. The Zoning change process provides us an 18 month window of opportunity to debate the issue of “smart growth” which is appearing less and less smart as the appealing rhetoric is replaced by an assessment of the real impacts on our sense of place, quality of life and livable neighborhoods.

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

Check your dental fillings first then click on this duet…

Musical Saw & Glass Harp (I think it’s really a glass harmonica) with Felice Pantone & Robert Tiso

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary speaks about Mobile Home park resident rights, “If you happen to be a mobile home park resident, worried that you may be ousted from your mobilehome by the conversion of the park from a rental park to an ownership park, a recent decision of the Second District Court of Appeal is good news. In Carson Harbor Village v. City of Carson the court held that the General Plan policies of the City of Carson trumped the desire of the mobilehome park owners to convert their park, which would probably have displaced many lower income tenants. This decision strongly affirms what I have often said about the local community General Plan. Here’s the court speaking: Cities must have general plans governing development, including the protection of open space, and must also deny proposed subdivisions that are inconsistent with their general plans. Then he talks about the WSAC (Water Supply Advisory Committee) and their presentation to the City Council on 8/11.

The Water Supply Advisory Committee is going to hold two sessions this week. The first session is scheduled for Thursday August 13th, at 5:00 p.m. A second session will be held on Friday, August 14th, at 2:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the City’s Police Community Room, located at 155 Center Street. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Water Supply Advisory Committee is due to present their recommendations to the City Council in October. Currently, WSAC members are working as individuals and in groups to put together portfolios of solutions to address the City’s water supply challenges. These proposals will be presented and discussed at the two meetings I just mentioned. These meetings, in other words, are quite likely going to be both interesting and lively, as WSAC works on strategies for decision-making around implementation of the final proposal. He closes with local territory lesson…. There are four cities in Santa Cruz County, and the City of Capitola is one of them, though everyone should note that at least half the population of Santa Cruz County doesn’t live in any city at all. Sometimes, people get confused, and think that the various “place names” we know, and use, mean that the designated locations are cities, but that’s not true. Aptos, Soquel, Boulder Creek, Live Oak, Freedom, Bonny Doon, and Davenport (to name a few) are not cities at all. Those unincorporated areas are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors. There are only four cities, with their own city councils, and Capitola is the smallest. Size, however, does not equate to importance! 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. Those pesky South County students…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan shows us the Circus Circuit…scroll down.

More than that, Tim’s website has two new cartoons posted at TimEagan.com: http://www.timeagan.com/?deepcover http://www.timeagan.com/?subconscious_comics And the latest EaganBlog, Prime Suspects: http://www.timeagan.com/?eagabnlog LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Put down that hand-held device! High summer is high time to dive into a real book, and this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), I share some of my all-time favorite summer reads!” Then she reviews Macbeth. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

“THE LIAR” BY SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE. I sent out a Facebook alert Sunday (8/9) saying, “Any Santa Cruzans who need a laugh should go see Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s The Liar…now playing. I’ve seen every production in their history and never have I heard such audience applause and such laughs from any of their plays. It is clever, bawdy, easy to follow…bring your friends.. ” I meant exactly that!!! It reminded me of the early San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Commedia Del Arte days. Fast, raucous, well timed, nicely acted. Go for it, especially if you’ve never seen/heard a play in the UCSC Stanley-Sinshimer Glen.

SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE.(August 15 & 16) San Lorenzo Park.

“Are the police out of control? What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? IsMalcolm’s neighbor Luis (an undocumented immigrant,) actually a SNORF-lord? And canMalcolm convince his grandson that it is safer to re-up and fight overseas than totry to survive here at home, in Freedomland?” That’s the plot…it continues…”A door is blown off its hinges! Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16’s, America’s bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gunsights on… an old black man watching TV on his couch?”. SPECIAL ADDED SANTA CRUZ ATTRACTIONS…Post Show discussions associated with SF Mime Troupe’s production of FREEDOMLANDAfter several shows, the Mime Troupe has invited guest speakers to participate in a post-show talkback about the militarization of police and police targeting of people of color. Our invited guests will join Freedomland’s playwright Michael Gene Sullivan for a 30 minute post-show talkback for each of the performances: Pietro Calogero, Lecturer in Planning and Policy, University of California, Berkeley and Willow Katz from Sin Barras and Keith McHenry, SCRAM! (Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization). Don’t miss the wild, wooly, bizarre and incredible Mime Troupe 2:30 for the music and 3 p.m. for the show.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

RIKKI AND THE FLASH. It’s totally true Meryl Streep can play any role. She does a 60+ near failure rock singer about perfectly. As the publicity says, “Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband”. The movie won’t change your life, but it’ll keep you attentive for two hours…don’t miss it.

THE GIFT. Jason Batemen tops this “near Hitchcock” thrill/murder movie. Joel Edgerton plays his long lost”buddy” and wrote and directed it. You’ll stay awake and thank about the movie long after you leave the theatre. There are a few plot holes, but go see it IF you like thrillers with lots of suspense.

DARK PLACES. Charlize Theron does the best she can and nearly makes this an excellent devil-scare-ghost-evil memories movie. It’s oddly edited, and hard to connect or identify which time frame we’re watching. It even has a few seconds of my old friend Anton LeVay ,founder and leader of the Satanic Church of America. The movie does wrap it all up (pretty much) at the end but I wouldn’t go if I were you.

STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. If you feel a need to be sickened, puzzled, disturbed, and very afraid of anyone you know go see The Stanford Experiment. It is a fine documentary and boring too. I’m just glad I went to Berkeley and the mandatory Psych experiments we had to enroll in were only about eye-movements. This Stanford perverted experiment has had at least three films centered on it. As I mentioned you’ll wonder just how far, how deep, and how perverse are our “other selves” or do we even have other selves? You’re on your own and I’m very glad I sat through it.

IRRATIONAL MAN. You take Woody Allen, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and the seldom seen Parker Posey, put them together and whatcha got??? A confused, pointless, humorless Woody Allen repeat mess!!! How Woody can make so many good films then do a bomb like this, will never be known. IF you do go, see if you don’t thnk about Woody and Mia Farrow’s love life, you’ll remember too about: Soon-Yi Previn (m. 1997-present), Louise Lasser (m. 1966-1970), Harlene Rosen (m. 1956-1962) . Is Woody trying to work out those past loves, who knows??? Go here if you want to remember even more about his love life http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woody-allen-thought-wife-soon-yi-previn-fling-article-1.2309170

THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed this film and also the excellent Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. But he also did Amelie and some other sappy, too cute losers. This is another loser. It’s long, meaningless, well acted, and the boy star-lead Kyle Catlett is one of the finest child actors since Shirley Temple. He was born in New Jersey!!!

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. Tom Cruise again.This sure isn’t of Mad Max quality but it beats the hell out of the Marvel Comic film industry and 99% of the dumber action films. Like the title and most of this ilk, noone could follow the absolutely useless plot. Like all other big selling films for kids it’s about how you have to kill people to save the world. And we wonder what drives kids to kill!!!

A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY. This is just like a two hour version of “Thank You Doctor Klim” advertisement. There are no mentions of traditional and legendary children learning toys such as Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker-Toys. It also proves that, except for one exception, no gilrs or women play with Legos. The narration is cutesy, the whole film is just a pitch….don’t go. What’s even more odd is that the film never mentions any of the world wide Legolands!!! is like an extended “Thank you Doctor Klim” advertisement. Not a mention of Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker Toys or any other legendary predecessors. The 2 hour ercial also proves that except for one execption, no girls or women play with Legos.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

AMY. I hardly knew who Amy Winehouse was before seeing this documentary. She was a genuine marvel. Great voice, vulnerable, had a terrible father and this is one excellent film. It’s the very bad side of fame and fortune. She drank and drugged herself to death at the very ripe age of 27. See this film quickly…it’s at the Nick.

PAPER TOWNS. A teen age saga- pseudo- mystery that will keep you glued to the screen. It really doesn’t go anywhere, but you’ll admire the pace of the film and the acting. Go for it.

Mr. HOLMES. Ian McKellen is “sort of interesting” as a retired 93 year old Sherlock Holmes. But the script takes cheap shots when they claim he never wore a Deerstalker hat or smoked a cigar instead of a pipe. The plot meanders in time from 1947 to now and includes a visit to Hiroshima as well as telling us that he never really lived at 221B Baker Street !!!. Laura Linney gained a few pounds and does her usual brilliant job of acting as his housekeeper. I liked Jeremy Britt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Basil Rathbone (not Robert Downey jr.) much better than McKellen. According to Guiness’s book of Records Sherlock has been played on screen 247 times by 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, and John Cleese. That’s more than Hamlet!!!

JEREMY BRETT AS SHERLOCK HOLMES.

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more movies down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

ANT-MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

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. Patrice Vecchione talks about her new book, “Step Into Nature” on August 11th followed by Food Not Bombs member Abbi Samuels talking about their Sleep-in happening that same night. Mireya Gomez-Contreras program director of The Day Worker Center on 7th Avenue tells about the newest accomplishments at the Center, then Willy Elliott McCrea discusses The Second Harvest Food Bank. August 25 has the Highway 6 and a fund raiser as hot topic. After that Sharon D. Payne and Kosher Assault tell us inside secrets about the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. September 1st has Tom Karwin talking about The UCSC Friends of the Arboretum after which environmentalist Grey Hayes discusses new nature issues that need attention. Joseph Sekon guests on September 15 to talk about an upcoming concert. Jewel Theatre’s Julie James returns after Sekon to reveal their 2015-16 season. 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

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

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

QUOTES. “Divorce is the sacrament of adultery”, Jean Guichard. “Niagara Falls is the bride’s second great disappointment”, Oscar Wilde. “My love life is terrible. The last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty”, Woody Allen.

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THE FABLED SEA BEACH HOTEL circa 1898. This lovely hotel was yet a another attempt to compete with Monterey and Carmel for the overnight tourist trade. It stood over near where our municipal wharf is today. It burned down on June 12, 1912.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DOUBLE COLUMN AGAIN. This week contains both July 20, 2015 column material and stuff from July 27, 2015

DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF STEVE CLARK. If you didn’t read John Malkin’s June 24 th Good Times article about the misadventures of Santa Cruz Deputy Chief of police Steve Clark then go here to read “Blurred Blue Lines”.

It’s important that all Santa Cruzans know as much as possible about Steve Clark. John Malkin was a guest on my July 14th Universal Grapevine and he talked about his research and personal experiences in writing this article. When you know just how many times officer Clark had bad experiences with City Officials, office seekers, murder investigations, it makes you wonder just how this city is run…and who’s responsible. Clark was the Police department’s PR spokesman and he was also the Police Manager’s union representative. That’s been changed for obvious reasons. John Malkin and I talked about the fact that Steve Clark was making $167,268 per year in 2011 and we don’t know what he makes now. What is equally interesting (after you read the Good Times Article) is that there has been no reaction to it. None from the Police Department, none from the City Council. It’s probably the only “safe” way to react to something as important as his misconduct. As Malkin said, it’s also vacation time and city employees are taking time off. John Malkin also said that some of the people he interviewed want to ask questions of the Mayor and the police…and that “it’s definitely not over”.

I think we should take bets on how gutsy or relevant a statement we can ever expect from Mayor Don Lane.

DEDICATION OF THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE STATUE 20 YEARS AGO. Watch and listen to Doug Rand tell about the 100 + guns sunk into the base of the statue. E.A. Chase, the sculptor of the statue tells his history too.

MIKE ROTKIN NOT RUNNING AGAIN. Being a man of his word, many of us were thrilled when he told a questioner that “NO WAY” was he running again for City Council. Just as he’s kept his devotion to the City investing in a de-sal plant, we can be sure he’ll not be back. Some may wonder why he’s making all those televised speeches at the City Council meetings acting like a former Mayor etc., so ask him when you see him.

FLOURIDE IN OUR DRINKING WATER…UPDATE. This is an update from the Center For Disease Control …”The number of communities and people who benefit from water fluoridation is continuing to grow. This effective public health intervention was initiated in the United States in 1945. In 2012, 74.6% of the U.S. population on public water systems, or a total of 210,655,401 people, had access to fluoridated water”. Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical, and dental organizations including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, US Public Health Service, and World Health Organization. Because of its contribution to the dramatic decline in tooth decay in the United States since the 1960s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Still, many poorly informed Santa Cruzans can’t see the future…or can’t understand statistics.

LOCAL VIDEO STORE SITUATION. I just got news that Video 9 in Boulder Creek is closing….and they are having a big and final sale of all their DVD’s right now. That’s a shame, I like browsing through stacks of videos and being surprised by ones I never knew existed. Ashlyn Adams, owner of Westside Video (out by Omei Restaurant) the last Video Store in Santa Cruz says that Capitola Video, Video USA in Aptos, and Beacon Video in Felton are still in existence.

COAST DAIRIES NATIONAL MONUMENTAL PROBLEMS. Ted Benhari of The Rural Bonny Doon Association writes… We learned last week that there is strong evidence of a Native American settlement on the Coast Dairies land. Almost certainly Cotoni (CHUH-ton-ee), which were the sub-group of Ohlone that lived on the north end of Monterey Bay for thousands of years. And who will be commemorated with the renaming of Coast Dairies to “Cotoni-Coast Dairies”. The need to protect and study this possible settlement site is another big reason National Monument status, which certainly brings many additional visitors, needs to be put off.

National Monument status could result in monumental overuse, impacting the fauna and flora of Coast Dairies, and the surrounding communities, because of the worldwide promotion that such status will surely bring, while additional funding for facilities and management is uncertain. Animals may no longer find suitable habitat, and creeks, lagoons, wetlands and special status plants could be seriously harmed. The existing strong and irrevocable protections are all we need because the Deed Restrictions governing the federal Bureau of Land Management and the California Coastal Development Permit require maximized coastal resource protection, limit use of Coast Dairies to open space, agriculture, and public recreation, and preclude motorized off-road vehicles, commercial logging, mining, and resource extraction, including fracking. After a regional management plan is developed and the detailed environmental study certified it may be reasonable to seek National Monument status for the Cotoni-Coast Dairies public lands.

The area will be opened to public use whether designated as a National Monument or not. Funding for infrastructure and management is not guaranteed for National Monuments, other than an extra $3 per acre, or only about $18,000 a year, about enough for a quarter-time ranger. Current protections give us the luxury to take the time for a proper review of all the ways that the National Monument designation will affect the Coast Dairies property and our communities. The current plan is to do this review after the site is designated a National Monument. Consequently there would be no review of the wisdom of the designation itself, and no review of locally controlled alternatives for opening up the area for public use. There are very high downside risks of inviting the world to visit: fragile soils, multiple salmonid streams, and steep cliffs will make public access very tricky. The size of this property supports mammals such as puma, gray fox, and badger. These species will not remain in areas with high public use. If trails are not sited well, or if too many are opened up, we could lose these species. If hundreds of thousands of additional visitors descend upon the area, choke Mission Street and Highways 1, 92 and 17, and overwhelm the small town of Davenport, we could lose much more.

To learn more about this issue and follow developments, go to http://www.friendsofthenorthcoast.org and join the Facebook group, Friends of the North Coast https://www.facebook.com/groups/846372308752865/.

Ted added this week: Over 400 signatures now on the petition, but we’d like a lot more. Please keep pumping your friends and contacts to consider signing. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/coast-dairies-national-monument-not-so-fast

A RIDE ON THE GOOD OLD ANGELS FLIGHT. It’s a larger and older version of the Shadowbrook railway experience (and there’s no food ) check out this valuable vehicle.
JOHNNY CARSON AND BETTY WHITE DO” ADAM & EVE”

COLLATERAL DAMAGE TRIBUTE. Mathilde Rand announces…Please Join Us at the Collateral Damage Statue for “A Coming Together”. 70 years ago, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Today, in a time of increasing tensions between the U.S., its NATO allies, and Russia, there are nearly 16,000 nuclear weapons, 94% held by the U.S. and Russia.

The two sides are brandishing nuclear weapons on the borders of the Ukraine, posingan intolerable threat to humanity and the global environment. On Sunday, August 2nd, starting at 6 pm, we will hold a Coming Together next to the Statue at the Town Clock Park in downtown Santa Cruz to say: No to Nuclear Weapons, No to War! We will begin the evening with a brushing, waxing and buffing of the Collateral Damage Statue. Starting at 6:30, Aileen Vance, Gail Swain, Louis LaFortune, Russell Brutsche, Victor Aguiar, the Raging Grannies and others will share their music with us. The music will be followed by a quiet candlelight circle during which all participants are invited to offer short personal reflections, songs and poems. Let us recommit ourselves to a world without nuclear weapons and without war. Please bring symbols for peace, flowers, candles in containers, and chairs.

SAVE L.A.’S ANGEL’S FLIGHT. Pat Matecjek informs us that L.A’s famed Angel’s Flight is in danger. There’s a petition out there to save it. The online newspaper “LAist” said…”Downtown’s historic Angel’s Flight railway has been gathering dust for two years, but a new petition from fans of the funicular might help get the vintage trolley moving again. Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, local historians and operators of the unique Esotouric tour-company, launched a petition earlier this week, asking the city to reopen the railway at S. Hill St. between Third and Fourth streets. A bright orange vestige of the city’s past, the block-long, two-car railway was shut down two years ago for safety reasons. The petition asks Mayor Garcetti to “help cut the red tape in Sacramento and San Francisco” so that the nearly 115-year-old railway, also known as a funicular, can operate once again. The railway has closed and reopened a number of times in its long history, but the petitioners claim the safety issues have been resolved”.

ROBERT KRAFT TRIBUTE. Paul Elerick emailed to say…Robert Kraft’s family and friends met Saturday July 18 in memory of this great man. I met Bob and Rosalie Kraft at the beginning of the campaign to keep the Wingspread Development from being built on one of the last open spaces on our mid-county coast I was lucky to be able to know these two great people. One of the highlights of the memorial was a rendition of that Lennon/-McCartney classic “She’s Leaving Home” by Bob’s two son’s, Kevin and Ken Kraft, both talented musicians. Bob Kraft’s long time friend John Faulkner described him best as “Warm Friend, Great Astronomer and Modest Human Being”. You can read lots more about Bob Kraft here.

TIM EAGAN BLOG. Artist, cartoonist (“Deep Cover” & “Subconscious Comics”)Tim Eagan guested on my Universal Grapevine last Tuesday. After a thirty + year friendship I still learned that night he was a member of and lived in the original Dartmouth “Animal House”. More than that I learned that he has a weekly blog. Go here about Animal House and go here about “A Freakin’ Genius” to read his weekly musings and meanderings.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.

This meeting was held in basement conference room at 1080 Emeline Ave. I can’t say this venue was easy to find, but I did locate it and attended the meeting. Couldn’t this important meeting be held at the County Building on Ocean Street???

The main purpose of the meeting was to review the Housing Element of an update to the County’s General Plan. Mostly because of high cost of housing, and the State requirement to accommodate still more people in Santa Cruz County, the Planning Commission is moving in that direction.

Two of the Planning Commissioners, Holbert and Shepherd were able to forward some critical comments to the Board of Supervisors, which is the plan’s Housing Element’s next stop in the approval process. One of several controversial changes prevents people wanting to build on their property to always build to the maximum units that their property is zoned for. Also raised were concerns over raising allowable building height and lack of consideration for parking when residential density is increased.

However the representative of the Santa Cruz Business Council and Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors spoke in favor to the changes. He felt that ” building was more important than trying to find a parking space”. If you want to have a say in this important issue,, plan to attend the next Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:00 A.M. on August 4.

(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 says this week on his KUSP Land Use Report

Santa Cruz County residents may remember that there has been a lively discussion before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on medical marijuana cultivation, with an initiative measure having been circulated to overturn the regulatory system adopted in Santa Cruz County. When the Santa Cruz County Board returns from its summer break, we will probably hear more about this issue in Santa Cruz County. Last Monday, the City of Santa Cruz opened up its Resource Recovery Facility for a public tour. I missed it, and I bet you did, too! However, you will have a couple more chances to see how the City of Santa Cruz handles its recycling operations if you make a reservation for tours being offered on Friday, August 21st, from 10:00 to 11:30 in the morning, and from 1:00 to 2:30 in the afternoon. The City’s Resource Recovery Facility is located at 605 Dimeo Lane, on the County’s North Coast, and it’s a pretty impressive facility. If you are interested, you can make a reservation in advance. Naturally, I have provided you with the information you need in today’s Land Use Report blog.

Santa Cruz residents (City residents, I am talking about) generate about thirty to fifty tons of recyclable materials each day. These are the materials that go into the “blue bins” that residents push to the curb on their assigned pick up day. If you take the tour, you’ll see how the City’s recycling workers, in just one week, can bale as much as forty-nine tons of mixed paper, twenty-one tons of plastic, and about seventy-one tons of cardboard. Those on the tour will visit the scrap metal facility, too, and even the so-called “Second Chance Store,” where recycled materials are offered to the public free of charge. 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

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS IN PERSPECTIVE.

 

For the past few weeks I’ve had a chance to visit and stay in state parks in Colorado and Florida. A comparison with California State Parks is unavoidable. How do California State Parks measure up? Not well I’m afraid. This is not news for most of us and lack of money is usually the rationale. The closer I looked, the less the problems in California appear to be budget-based, the more they appear to be based on the organizational structure and philosophy of the CA State Park system.

The most striking difference I experienced was how comfortable and welcoming the state parks felt in Colorado and Florida. A leisurely walk on the trails is an activity on par with other activities. Bikers keep to their trails; dogs are on leash or not allowed and the rangers ensure the rules are followed. This has created a climate of cooperation and respect for others and the natural resources which can thus be enjoyed by all and preserved for future generations. In my experience in California, the simple pleasure of a hike in a state park is shattered by the domination of mountain bikers, most of whom view any restrictions on their access as an affront to their right to ride anywhere and everywhere. The rangers simply look the other way. The results of this neglect and bias are evidenced in serious erosion of trails and ever-increasing domination by bikers to the exclusion of others. A mountain-biking friend, one of the few who follows the rules and who worked as a docent at one of our state parks close to Santa Cruz, showed the ranger photos he took of dramatic erosion on the steep slopes of the park caused by mountain bikers in areas off-limits to them and was told, “well, they have to ride somewhere”! And so it is with dogs running at large in California state parks, a growing trend with the corporate-sponsored current popularity of dog ownership. With little if any enforcement by rangers, there is a growing sense of entitlement by dog owners, similar to that of mountain bikers, that they have a right to run their dogs off leash on state park beaches and trails.

Never mind habitat, never mind the discomfort of others. If there is not a reversal of the rangers’ attitudes and practices, California state parks will soon become the playground for bikers and dog owners and the rest of us can “go somewhere else” as one dog owner told me. Of course there is no “somewhere else.” Will drones be next?

If you ask for a ranger response to this situation, the swift reply is that they are short-staffed because of a lack of funding and don’t have the personnel to enforce the rules. The public nods in understanding. Having observed the personnel structure and budgets of Colorado and Florida State Park systems I disagree that this is a legitimate reason for the lack of enforcement. In California, state park rangers are sworn law enforcement personnel and thus receive far higher salaries than if they were non law enforcement personnel. Their duties are limited to patrol and enforcement which makes their lack of success at that job even more egregious. In Florida and Colorado the rangers are not law enforcement personnel. They have a variety of duties including collecting fees at the entrances; giving naturalist programs for the public; staffing the visitor centers; cleaning up trash and bathrooms as well as enforcing the rules, all of which they do successfully. They see their duty as enforcing the rules rather than accommodating the rule breakers. The other significant difference is the top-heavy middle and upper management in California compared to the lean levels in Colorado and Florida. Reminds me of the UC system which also complains about lack of funding as it adds layers and layers of middle and top management.

At one state park in Colorado I was stunned to hear that the park is self-supporting, including the cost of the rangers dedicated to that park! Entrance and camping fees are less than in California. They also have three popular cabins for rent and a superb visitor center. In my minds eye I reflected on the hundreds if not thousands of mountain bike riders who park outside of Wilder Ranch and pay nothing to enter the park.

Perhaps a close look at how other states operate their parks, particularly their personnel structure and sense of duty, would do more to address the decline in California state parks than all the committees, hours of testimony and suggestions to commercialize our state parks could ever achieve.

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

HIGHWAY SIX PARTY AND FUN RAISER. Bruce Van Allen informs us…I’m working with the student activists known as the UCSC Highway 6 after they temporarily blocked the freeway as part of a statewide “96 Hours of Action” last March to express outrage against police brutality and excessive student fee increases. The 6 have been the target of severe repression by the University and the courts, as well as vicious attacks by our own “Take Back Santa Cruz” right-wing extremists. We are having a benefit dinner to help them raise funds to pay restitution stemming from their civil disobedience and to fight for the rights of student activists in the future.

Concretely, please SAVE THE DATE for an evening of delicious food, music, an auction, and opportunities to connect campus and community activists: UCSC Highway 6 Benefit Dinner Saturday, August 29, 5:30 – 8:30 PM London Nelson Community Center Requested Donation: $25 (sliding scale – no one turned away). You can RSVP to <ucscHWY6@gmail.com>. You can also make a direct contribution at: <http://www.gofundme.com/oee2do>. Please include a note if you plan to attend the dinner on August 29.

SANDY LYDON’S SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HISTORY CLASS. Sandy tells us we’re doing the second semester — History 25B — from 1880 to the present — this coming fall semester at CarbilhoCrabilho? — The schedule is in the Cabrillo class schedule and will be on my website. We’re working very hard to make the registration process easier — particularly for those who have taken it before –it was first taught in 1974 — we’ve made 41 more years of history since then…Also, of course, registrants can take the vaunted Certified Local exam at the end of it all, and become CERTIFIED LOCALS! (Don’t have to have taken History 25A, but the test will cover the pre 1880 period…) Check out His website at http://sandylydon.com/index.html

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Hatred in Santa Cruz??? DeCinzo has a point…scroll down.

 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. There are puns and there are classic puns. Check out a classic Subconscious Comic from August 1988 see below….

 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Behold Beast”, the hero of my next novel, ready for his first close-up, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, take a new look at a venerable old detective in the often lyrical Mr. Holmes. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

 

TANGERINE. A very down to earth gritty downtown Los Angeles film claiming to be a comedy is absolutely great. We didn’t laugh at all but admired, loved and talked a lot about the sex flipping tragic lives involved. Cross dressing street corner prostitues and the debauched folks in their lives make this one grand film that will be talked about for years.See it quickly at the Nick.

WOLFPACK. A documentary about a bizzare family of seven brothers who have stubted lives because of a warped father. All that keeps them near sane is watching DVD’s of films. It’s an excellent film and will leave Thursday July 29.

 

PAPER TOWNS. A teen age saga pseudo mystery that will keep you glued to the screen. It really doesn’t go anywhere, but you’ll admire the pace of the film and the acting. Go for it.

UNEXPECTED. A white school teacher gets pregnant and befriends a black teen age student when she too becomes pregnant. No world shattering lessons, or cinema it’s still a fine film. Go see it…and quickly.

 

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

Mr. HOLMES. Ian McKellen is “sort of interesting” as a retired 93 year old Sherlock Holmes. But the script takes cheap shots when they claim he never wore a Deerstalker hat or smoked a cigar instead of a pipe. The plot meanders in time from 1947 to now and includes a visit to Hiroshima as well as telling us that he never really lived at 221B Baker Street !!!. Laura Linney gained a few pounds and does her usual brilliant job of acting as his housekeeper. I liked Jeremy Britt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Basil Rathbone (not Robert Downey jr.) much better than McKellen. According to Guiness’s book of Records Sherlock has been played on screen 247 times by 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, and John Cleese. That’s more than Hamlet!!!

JEREMY BRETT AS SHERLOCK HOLMES.

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana do tremendous jobs of acting in this real-life story of one man’s bi-polar life. If you watch closely, and know he’s in it, Keir Dullea (2001) plays somebody’s father. It’s an “Interesting” film, which means not great, but you’ll watch it all the way through and won’t fall asleep.

 

AMY. I hardly knew who Amy Winehouse was before seeing this documentary. She was a genuine marvel. Great voice, vulnerable, had a terrible father and this is one excellent film. It’s the very bad side of fame and fortune. She drank and drugged herself to death at the very ripe age of 27. See this film quickly…it’s at the Nick.

 

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more movies down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Tom Hardy is no Mel Gibson and Charlize Theron isn’t any Tina Turner (Beyond Thunderdrome 1985). Fury Road is a very serious and wonderfully filmed road chase that lasts 2 hours. Remember how sort of goofy and friendly Mel Gibson was? Tom Hardy barely talks at all through the entire film. Max’s last name is Rockatansky in case anybody asks you. Hard to believe but this plot involves mother’s milk, oil, a little water, a flame throwing guitar, and just plain lunacy. Great special effects…all directed by George Miller the very same director who did the first 3 Max’s.

ANT MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

TERMINATOR GENISYS. As you probably know by now Arnold Schwartznegger is back (as in one of his dumber than dumb catch lines “I’ll be back”). He’s worse in this film than he was in Sacramento. The entire film is a mess. It’s a special effects series of 100’s of 15 second action shots, none of which add up to a plot. It’s another formula time-travel crapshoot. Arnie hasn’t progressed since his Conan days. Don’t even rent this insult of a movie.

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. Ann Lopez talks about the Center for Farmworker Families on July 28 then Chris Neklason of Cruzio relates their latest projects. On Tuesday August 4 Kristal Caballero Exec. dir. Of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes talks about their events. Then area attorney Bob Taren discusses his ideas on what’s happening in our county. Patrice Vecchione talks about her new book, “Step Into Nature” on August 11th. Mireya Gomez-Contreras program director of The Day Worker Center on 7th Avenue tells about the newest accomplishments at the Center. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. 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

NEW GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. Right now you can listen to the last two weeks of Grapevines if you …go to KZSC.org, click on the “TWO WEEK ARCHIVE” box on the right hand side. Scroll down the station DJ’s circles past “Bruce” and click on the circle that says “Bruce Bratton” then you have your choice of the last two week’s programs. You have to listen to about 4 minutes of KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

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 some past broadcasts. 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.

QUOTES.

“My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”, Rick Bass. “August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the great and awful tests of one’s endurance, sanity and stamina”, Henry Rollins. “Sunset Boulevard opened in August 1950, and it was pronounced the best movie ever made about Hollywood”, Gloria Swanson.

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July 9 – 22, 2015


DOWNTOWN BOULDER CREEK, circa 1890’s. That’s of course Central Avenue with
The Alpine House on the right. Do note how very wide the Avenue is, and with all the flags flying we can assume it must be a Fourth Of July Parade.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE July 6, 2015
and
DATELINE July 13, 2015

ADAM SCOTT ON THE LETTERMAN SHOW.

Our one and only Santa Cruz born film star guests on Letterman a few years back and now STARS in “The Overnight” an excellent well acted film that played quickly at the Nick.

HALTING THE COAST DAIRIES NATIONAL MONUMENT. As the petition says, “National Monument status will not add any legal protections that do not already exist, and the resulting overuse could seriously harm the land’s unique and fragile eco-system, its resources, and public safety. We and the property need Development of a regional approach to manage the many preserved properties in northern Santa Cruz County and southern San Mateo County, which must include the various public agencies and private organizations that own and manage them, as well as the surrounding communities; and Completion and approval of a detailed environmental study conforming to National Environmental Protection Act specifications to determine the level and locations of public access that can be accommodated at Coast Dairies while minimizing impacts to the environment and neighboring communities. Some of the most important reasons for “halting” the Monument designation and Fred Keeley’s maneuvers are;

RORY CALHOUN SINGS!!! Not born locally, but a Santa Cruz resident for a few years Rory duets here with Mary Costa. Trivia question…”Rory Calhoun was the only Hollywood star to make three films with Marilyn Monroe can you name them?”
WATCH THE PROTESTORS ON MAUNA KEA. This clip from June 25 shows how serious this native Hawaiian protest has become. Since this clip, the Government has broken up and stopped the blockade.
Zasu Pitts. Another great movie star who lived and went to school in Santa Cruz. This clip teaches us how to pronounce her name.
911 NEW YORK CITY AND “BOATLIFT”…who knew??? Tom Hanks narrates this 12 minute video of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan the day of the attacks in 2001. 2996 people died that day. This video makes it very clear that Manhattan is an island and those folks felt trapped. To watch all the help from the boat owners is amazing. Now, ask yourself: how come this gigantic effort never became public knowledge?

National Monument status could result in monumental overuse, impacting the fauna and flora of Coast Dairies, and the surrounding communities, because of the worldwide promotion that such status will surely bring, while additional funding for facilities and management is uncertain. Animals may no longer find suitable habitat, and creeks, lagoons, wetlands and special status plants could be seriously harmed.

The existing strong and irrevocable protections are all we need because the Deed Restrictions governing the federal Bureau of Land Management and the California Coastal Development Permit require The petition to delay the monument campaign is now available for signing, here. Spread the word! Ask everyone you know to sign it, too!

JADE HELM HAPPENING? THOSE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED TANKS IN TEHACHAPI. Jeannine Bonstelle was kind enough to send us a link and what looks like an explanation for all the brand new tanks I saw being trucked east on the Tehacapis on June 17. My sister and her daughter also saw hundreds of brand new tanks being railroaded toward Las Vegas a few days before that. From all reports there is a huge military “exercise” happening right now July 15- September 15. Conspiracy theorys are going and growing like crazy. There are maps showing the seven western states that are involved. There are supposedly hostile states, friendly states….all sorts of plots like using closed down Wal Marts and their secret tunnels!!!!

The Washington Post says Jade Helm isn’t aimed at starting “martial Law” check here… I could link 20 sites like Wikipedia to give you more data and rumors…just Google “Jade Helm” and see for yourselves.

WAMM FEATURED IN/ON HUFFINGTON POST. Valerie Corral and WAMM

( Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana) have an excellent article in Huffington Post.It’s about their history, their battles, and the amazing amount of courage and patience its taken even to maintain the benefits and status they now have. Most importantly, it says why they are doing a very critical and timely Indie GoGo crowdfunding fund raiser. We should all chip in…as the article states WAMM is the heart of the medical marijuana movement. (p.s. Yes I know, when you see
the Huffington article, the photo says Santa Cruz City Hall, we all know it’s really the county building).

SACRED MAUNA KEA AND THE EIGHT ACRE, 18 STORIES HIGH TELESCOPE.

It’s great that The Santa Cruz Sentinel picked up on this Hawaiian protest(July 6). What their story didn’t tell you is that the proposed 30 meter telescope (TMT)is 18 stories high and will occupy eight (8) acres of land. Dan Ahuna the Vice Chair and trustee from Ni’ihau and Kaua’i makes it very clear in the May 2015 issue of Ka Wa Ola the official newspaper of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that Hawaiians are not against science. They protest the process the telescope has been pushed through, and he also announced that Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has rescinded their 2009 support of this 30 meter telescope. He goes on to say that it’s the management and decommissioning processes of the 13 telescope site has been terrible and adds that the many nations operating telescopes there pay only $1 per year lease-rent to the University of Hawaii. Then Rowena Akana OHA Trustee says that the University subleases the lands for millions, perhaps billions of dollars. She then asks where does that money go? Is it going to science? She says there is no accountability for that money. Ahuna closes by saying that even the resulting jobs which have not been promised to Hawaiians would only be a few hundred temporary construction jobs and less than 150 permanent jobs.

NEW LEAF MARKETS NOT LOCALLY OWNED. The oft – mentioneds Jesse Nickell and Supervisor Zach Friend have both boasted and claimed that the reason New Leaf Markets are supposed to open in the APTOS VILLAGE PROJECT is because New Leaf is locally owned. It certainly is not locally owned. Even The Sentinel reported on Nov. 12 2013…

SANTA CRUZ — New Leaf Community Markets, a local leader in organic and natural foods, announced Tuesday its acquisition by New Seasons Market, a growing grocery chain based in Portland, Ore. The price was not disclosed. New Seasons, founded in 2000, has 13 stores and is one of the largest private employers in the Portland area with nearly 2,700 workers.

New Leaf, founded in 1985, has eight stores, including five in Santa Cruz County, and 600 employees. New Leaf’s founders will have an ownership share in New Seasons Market and Scott Roseman, founder and co-owner of New Leaf Community Markets, will join the New Seasons Market board of directors. The combined company will be based in Portland, Ore., with New Seasons operating from Portland and New Leaf operating from Santa Cruz as a wholly owned subsidiary with the current management team running New Leaf’s stores”.

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

LAND USE ISSUES IN ROCKFORD, MICHIGAN.

Just returned from two weeks in a small town in Michigan where I grew up, seeing friends from sixty years ago. That little town has prospered over the years, mostly by making smart decisions, getting rid of a polluting shoe factory and keeping a lid on dumb growth. But recently the citizens were put to the test again. First, by an unapproved sand mining operation on the outskirts of town, and then a 51-unit three story condo development proposed for the middle of a beautiful old residential community. Some of my less enlightened friends supported both of these projects with the reasons we know only too well. ” You can’t stand in the way of progress”, and “property rights must be upheld”, and “we must provide housing for those who want to move here”. We’ve heard all these pro-growth ramblings here in Santa Cruz County. Both of these projects were defeated in Rockford..

The message here is that we must stay on top of what our County leaders are proposing for changes in our General Plan. This issue will come back before the Board of Supervisors sometime before the end of the year in the form of a 200 page document for review. It’s extremely complicated, but is intended to “make the planning process easier'”. Plan on a full court press by developers, vineyard owners and business interests throughout the county to back the changes. Call your County Supervisor and ask to be kept in the loop on this issue”. “. (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).

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT….Gillian Greensite emails…

CONTEMPLATING DRONES

We can learn a lot from elephants. When the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake struck, elephants went to the hills and humans went to the coast to look at the big waves. So it is with drones. Elephants fear the drones’ sound while humans embrace this new recreational technology with enthusiasm. The Santa Cruz Sentinel featured drones in an article on July 10th, with enticing drone photos of Lighthouse Point and Kenyan giraffe reserves by local photographer and drone enthusiast Steve Mandel. The only caution mentioned was that some can do evil and stupid things with drones so you have to keep an eye on them. Is this sufficient? On a recent birding trip to Point Pinos, we saw a drone fly over the offshore rocks scattering the resting sea birds. By the time the sheriff responded the drone operator was gone.

There has been little public debate about drones beyond their use for military purposes. What is the likely impact on our public lands and private spaces? On birds and other animals? What is the impact of commercial drones? What about firefighters who had to ground planes in recent fire-fighting efforts due to recreational drone use?

The advantages of drones are well promoted, whether for rescue purposes, for crop inspections or for combating elephant and rhinoceros poaching in African game reserves. There is little to argue against such advantages. Yet, despite embracing the drone’s ability to deter poachers, some African communities are already questioning the invasion of privacy by drones whose high tech cameras leave nothing to the imagination. In a longer time frame, poachers may arm themselves to destroy drones, thereby escalating the violence.

You can buy a drone with camera at a local electronics store for under one hundred dollars, putting it within reach of almost everybody. Have you had a drone within your range of view, knowing it’s taking pictures, perhaps of you and another in the privacy of your back yard? Have you had your tranquility in a place of natural beauty interrupted by a drone? Such impacts will become commonplace unless we demand a discussion and action on regulating this new technology. Just because we can build it doesn’t mean we should”. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

WALTER REED. Another temporary Santa Cruzan. He too (along with Rory Calhoun) has a bronze-cement tribute square in the Nickelodeon’s Plaza. There’s no need to coment on this “Macumba Love” clip. It’s all I could find.

GOODBYE CHARLIE PHILLIPS. Charlie Phillips of “Voices From The Village” and numerous good community battles died and all of us will miss his eternal energy and good spirits. Paul Elerick forwarded Tim Fitzmaurice’s statement about Charlie. “Charlie Phillips passed away. He was an unrelenting peaceful progressive and the host of Voices From The Village on Community TV, a good friend to me and to our community. He was very brave in his final struggle with illness but undaunted and continued to be present in our town, His devoted partner Betsy is in my thoughts and in our hearts”.

ADAM SCOTT ON KIMMEL’S SHOW. This is a weird interview unless you saw “The Overnight”. The over night was smart, clever, and well worth seeing.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks more about his favorite topic Land Use…

I often use three different “P” words when I talk about land use. Land use “policy” is at the top of the list. Using the powers granted to local government, we have the ability to set “policies” in place that will govern future land use. Zoning ordinances, for instance, set policies that govern the details of future developments. “Project” is a second “P” word. “Projects” are proposals by individuals to use the land, and approval or rejection of these proposed ” projects” is supposed to conform to those “policies” established by the community. A community has “plenary” authority to make decisions about land use projects and policies. There is my third “P” word. “Plenary” means “full.” Local communities have full authority to make decisions about land use, and the decisions that the community makes can have a very significant impact on three “E” words I also frequently mention: the “Environment,” our “Economy,” and social “Equity.”

He says there are many cases in which a property owners with a project in mind don’t want to follow the policies that the County has set for a proposed development. Will “policy” or “politics” prevail? That “politics” “P” word has a lot to do with land use decision making. He talks about development of tall buildings in lower Pacific Avenue.Then he discusses Cal Am and the Monterey de-sal proposal. 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

SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE AND OUR CITY COUNCIL. Mike Ryan talked about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s possible move to De La Veaga Park for their next season on last week’s Universal Grapevine. He said it would be close to the former Stroke Center on a long rolling meadow. And he said it would be much closer to where we park!!! The main point is that the move isn’t a done deal yet. Our Santa Cruz City Council has to approve the move. So if you know anyone on the council tell them to support and approve Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s big move. Some wags who have noted the sex-changes and script changes in this year’s season have emailed to ask if in the future we’ll be seeing such plays as “Romeo and George”, “King Laura”, “Julia Caesar”, or “Hamletina” ??

LISA JENSEN LINKS…Lisa writes: “Break out the bubbly, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I finally sign the contract for my next book! Also, Wallace Baine fools around with history in his entertaining new collection of stories, and I bid a heartfelt farewell to one of my favorite actors, the wonderful Roger Rees. (Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975).

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. De Cinzo creates a subtle view of station KSCO. Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan clowns around with the G.O.P.see downwards a few pages.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR. Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana do tremendous jobs of acting in this real-life story of one man’s bi-polar life. If you watch closely, and know he’s in it, Keir Dullea (2001) plays somebody’s father. It’s an “Interesting” film, which means not great, but you’ll watch it all the way through and won’t fall asleep.

AMY. I hardly knew who Amy Winehouse was before seeing this documentary. She was a genuine marvel. Great voice, vulnerable, had a terrible father and this is one excellent film. It’s the very bad side of fame and fortune. She drank and drugged herself to death at the very ripe age of 27. See this film quickly…it’s at the Nick.

SELF/LESS. A DULL BORING MESS OF A MOVIE. Director Tarsem Singh has little talent for making good films. This one stars Ryan Reynolds as the new body Ben Kingsley buys so he can live longer. For some reason, and it can really surprise you, Michelle Dockery the star of Downton Abbey has a dinky role that amounts to zero. If you remember the 1966 film “Seconds” which was shot partly in Santa Barbara and starred Rock Hudson…see it again, Self/Less is a cheap copy.

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

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL.This film is clever, smart, bitter, heart rending, tearful, nicely acted, neatly directed and worth seeing…if you like a good cry now and then. It’s a teenage classic and it’s about a dying girl. Definitely worth seeing.

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. Blythe Danner who is now 72 years old carries this film all the way. Sam Elliott is only 71 (and who was born in Sacramento) plays one of Blythe’s boyfriends. It’s a sensitive, tearful, beautiful, emotion filled film. It’s about a woman who was a singer and lost her husband and gets back into the swing of things. Go see it. Yes, Blythe’s daughter Gwyneth Paltrow could take a few lessons from mom. Don’t miss this film.

LOVE AND MERCY. Definitely NOT your typical Hollywood star bio film. This Brain Wilson and The Beach Boys saga is one fine film. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian’s role and the plot is as interesting and complex as his past, present and future. Go see this film especially if you liked The Wrecking Crew (they’re in it too).

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there wre lots more down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

SPY. If you are a Melissa McCarthy fan, you’ll love this one. She gets to act, and not mug nearly as much as usual. It’s a James Bond SPY satire and co-stars Jason Stratham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, 50 Cent, and Bobby Carnavale….all of which add some class to a tired old attempt at being funny.

TERMINATOR GENISYS. As you probably know by now Arnold Schwartznegger is back (as in one of his dumber than dumb catch lines “I’ll be back”). He’s worse in this film than he was in Sacramento. The entire film is a mess. It’s a special effects series of 100’s of 15 second action shots, none of which add up to a plot. It’s another formula time-travel crapshoot. Arnie hasn’t progressed since his Conan days. Don’t even rent this insult of a movie.

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 July 14 Gillian Greensite talks about Vacation rentals and some water issues. Then activist, commentator John Malkin discusses his recent Good Times article about SC Policeman Steve Clark. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. Ellen Primack executive director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music follows Tim on July 21st. Ann Lopez talks about the Center for Farmworker Families on July 28 then Chris Neklason of Cruzio relates their latest projects. Patrice Vecchione talks about her new book, “Step Into Nature” on August 11th. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. . 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. My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”.Rick Bass.

“The Summer looks out from her brazen tower,
Through the flashing bars of July.”
Francis Thompson, A Corymbus for Autumn

“Many public-school children seem to know only two dates: 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” Mark Twain

“An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.”Will Rogers.

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June 30 – July 8, 2015


ROMANCE OF ROSY RIDGE, part 2. Same young women as pictured last week (scroll down) only with Guy Kibbee who co-starred with Van Johnson and Janet Leigh while they filmed here in Santa Cruz in 1947. That would be an unknown seated left of Guy Kibbee and Joanne Neilsen seated on his right. Standing (Lto R) is Jolene Brogdan, Bunty Braun Pettibone, and somebody else.

Guy Kibbee was mostly famous for his film role as Scattergood Baines Watch this tribute to him. Guy died in 1956.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE June 29, 2015

ON THE ROAD or CALIFORNIA GOING TO WAR??? I saw some interesting stuff on my vacation…. driving down highway 101, taking the good old 99 over to Bakersfield, and then over the Tehachapi mountains. Traffic was going nicely through the Tehachapis…then whammo!! it stopped and we crawled, stopped and crawled for more miles. What stopped us was surprising. Dozens, probably 50 or more brand new, sand colored, army tanks being trucked eastward somewhere. No camouflage on them, and I’m guessing plain sand color is better and more invisible than moving camouflaged weapons. That was nothing!!! My sister in Victorville reported that she and her daughter were driving on their way to Utah via Las Vegas in May when they saw 100’s (hundreds) of the new sand colored tanks being hauled by train northward toward Barstow or Fort Irwin or Nevada. You have to wonder about this. What’s going on? When was the last time we ever heard about who’s manufacturing these tanks, who’s making the war profit? Who makes all the guns and armaments? On the way back home from daughter Jennifer’s home in Mar Vista (Santa Monica) I passed lots of new sand colored desert-looking buildings on the US. Army’s Camp Roberts property along Highway 101. What a war and military oriented nation we are. And not to be funny, but that has to include putting Santa Cruz mayor Don Lane in the history books as the first Santa Cruz mayor to bring in and buy tanks.

SNOW IN TEHACHAPI REVISITED.

HIGHWAY 101 IS ALL DOWNHILL. Drought is busting out all over and driving back up highway 101 the only green to be seen for dozens of miles is the 1000’s of acres of grape vineyards on one side of the highway and total tans, browns, dirt and sand as far as your eye can see on the other side. Before all those green lush watered grape crops I drove past Refugio Beach where the oilspill happened and there was at least a mile of volunteer cars parked alonside the highway trying to clean up that horrendous spill. Give them all a BRAVO!!!

NAT KING COLE & “Stardust”

KUSP HASSLE. Messages are certainly mixed but as we know KUSP was (and is) in the red. The Board of Directors wanted to sell it to CPRN. Then a bunch of listeners/ supporters formed KUSP Forward to see what else could be done….and that group is still moving forward. But now the game has changed. The CPRN Classical Public Radio Network offer to buy KUSP has been rescinded as of June 24th. Then some anonymous donor offered to donate $100,000, but other than that plans are very much up in the air. Meanwhile KUSP continues to pay over $6000 per month rent. But late news says the station is giving up some of their rental space to cut rent costs. Stay tuned…if possible.

KUSP’S FUTURE SURVEY. Former Santa Cruz City Councilman Ed Porter has been very active in KUSP Forward. He created a survey to gauge the potential support from the community for keeping KUSP alive…and well. Ed adds, “The ideas expressed here are solely those of the author and do not reflect any policy or statement of KUSP, its Board of Directors, or its management..Go here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3N9W7NJ to check it out AND fill it out. There’s a lot riding on these decisions.

MIKE ROTKIN’S TV SHOW!!! One way of telling about Mike Rotkin’s political plans is to watch the Santa Cruz City Council’s televised meetings. Right there center screen sits Mike looking all attentive and relevant. That takes planning, he could have sat off screen or watched at home but nope, he’s running again. You can also tell by the number of recent times he attends meetings and speaks. Cynthia Mathews does the same thing when she’s going to run. Not the TV audience show but the amount of organizations and speeches she gives.


ZACH FRIEND’S RE-CALL!!! The folks in Aptos are totally serious about the recall of Zach Friend as supervisor. Anyone who follows politics at all knows that this is, and will be, a large “blemish” on his political career. And if you follow Zach’s manuevers you know he’s dreaming at least of a Sacramento and beyond future. The re-call people have contacted Zach and the County Elections department and are getting all the legal requirements worked through. They needed 20 signatures just to file the first document and got 40 in no time at all. They need 6000 signatures and will be holding “Town Hall” type meetings to alert the rest of the Aptosians about Zach’s nearly total ignoring of the people he represents. See DeCinzo’s cartoon in last Sunday’s (6/28) Santa Cruz Sentinel, to your left.

SANTA CRUZ DOWNTOWN COMMISSION CORRECTION. Ron Slack emailed to inform me (and us) that Barry Swenson’s main plot point man Jesse Nickell is no longer the chair, as I said he was in the last column. As you can see from the stupid Santa Cruz City website as of today (June 29) Jesse is still listed as chair. Ron told me the new chair’s name but I lost his email and as I mentioned, you can’t find out from the City website.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. Wonderful relationships have formed over the decades of residents housing the musicians from the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. New insights into the music, live music in the homes, it’s worked beautifully over the many years and returning musicians and their hosts look forward to the arrangement every year. It’s time again, and especially if you live in or know a suitable room that’s available for this year festival that happens August 2-16 get in touch with the fectival by calling 831 426-6966 or going to the website.

SANDY LYDON’S SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HISTORY CLASSES. Sandy Lydon’s Santa Cruz County History Classes are really history themselves. Over many, many years thousands of people (me included) have not just taken the class but have gained a deep and meaningful connection with our county. He’s teaching it again September 11-December 4. It’s History 25B and Sandy and Cabrillo figured out easy ways to enroll. There are 8 Friday evening classes and 3 Saturday Field Trips. As he says and guarantees “you can become a certified local” with a genuine certificate. Go here to check up on his History Dude website and get details on his other near-legendary offerings.

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian Greensite opines on Same sex marriages, and on not paddling the San Lorenzo River…

I cannot start this column on a local issue without first expressing great joy at the US Supreme Court’s historical decision to extend the constitutional right of marriage to same sex couples. More organizing lies ahead since gays and lesbians can be fired from work in twenty-nine states of the union because of their sexual orientation but now is the time for celebration!

At the local level, a pilot paddling program on the lower San Lorenzo river was the most contentious on the city council’s agenda for its June 23rd meeting. Proposed by a 5-2 vote of the advisory group formed by council to explore the issue, over 100 emails and letters were sent to council with two thirds opposing the pilot program and paddling in general.

At the meeting, political heavies Fred Keeley and Mike Rotkin urged support. Many others spoke to the documented negative impact on nesting and fledgling birds during past paddling events on the river which is 300 feet at its widest. I spoke on behalf of the Sierra Club, which has not taken a position on paddling but has taken a position on the need for environmental review consistent with CEQA prior to any further paddling on the river. The city’s stance is that the pilot program is CEQA exempt. Attorney Celia Scott spoke in opposition to the CEQA exemption. Coastal Watershed Council E.D. Greg Pepping urged the council’s support and offered CWC funding. Bruce Van Allen, long time river restoration activist who originally favored paddling, spoke against human activity on the river and gave a historical reminder that the river used to extend to the current post office; that us humans have degraded the river so dramatically that we should protect the last remaining bit of habitat as much as we can. Mike Rotkin, member of the Board of Directors of CWC, spoke of the river as urban and dirty.

Council’s deliberation covered the spectrum. In support of paddling, Micah Posner talked about humans being part of the natural world with a right to access the river. Pamela Comstock would support the pilot program only if CWC covered the $32,000 cost. (Since the pilot was to provide data on which to base a decision about future paddling, I wondered if that would be legal or ethical?) In a strong defense of the environment, Richelle Noroyan proposed a yearlong base-line study of birds and habitat prior to a decision about paddling. She spoke to a number of concerns, including encroachment via paddling of the invasive New Zealand mud snail. Her motion failed to garner a second. The final vote, 6-1 with Noroyan against, was for a twelve day bird survey this Fall, funded by the city, followed by the twelve day paddling program next Fall, funded by CWC. At issue is whether paddling and kayaking will be a benign activity that brings more people down to appreciate the river or whether such activity will disrupt the 100+ species of birds that nest, fledge and migrate to this river habitat. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says about the Brown Act…. “The Brown Act is intended to guarantee the right of the public to know what’s happening. There are very definite rules that government agencies must follow. Normally, they must meet on a regular schedule, but if there is a need for a meeting outside that normal schedule, special notices have to be provided”. Then he talks about a campaign sponsored by Global Population Speakout. Go here to read his plugging for their book . Then he talks about cock-fights in Monterey County and chicken rules!! After that he speaks about the difference between Same Sex marriage laws and environmental-land use legislation. He closes the week with a quick view of what’s happening to the development of Fort Ord. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s . Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Sharks off Pleasure Point? Impossible. DeCinzo gives us the sharks point of view…see downwards a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan creates another high caliber comment on what’s happening….scroll below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “If you think historical fiction is just asmuch fun as historical fact, go see “A Little Chaos”. Read all about it, andfind out why it takes a village for some writers (me) to edit a book, thisweek at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisahas been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

A LITTLE CHAOS. Kate Winslet is perfect as the gutsy, fictional, talented woman who helps Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) design his garden at Versailles. Stanley Tucci is barely in the cast and it is a little movie. It won’t change your life, you won’t remember much of it, but it is a sweet costume drama, that is well done.

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL. This film is clever, smart, bitter, heart rending, tearful, nicely acted, neatly directed and worth seeing…if you like a good cry now and then. It’s a teenage classic and it’s about a dying girl. Definitely worth seeing.

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more down different hallways. My two grandsons ages 15 and 11 didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

DOPE. According to the papers this movie left town rapidly, and that’s good news. It’s about kids grwoing up in the Inglewood section of L.A. That means we get to see Randy’s Doughnut shop with the 20 foot doughnut many times and are forced to watch a tired old plot of kids making good while surrounded by evil. You’ve seen it dozens of times before, only not with the all black cast like Dope has.

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

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. Blythe Danner who is now 72 years old carries this film all the way. Sam Elliott is only 71 (and who was born in Sacramento) plays one of Blythe’s boyfriends. It’s a sensitive, tearful, beautiful, emotion filled film. It’s about a woman who was a singer and lost her husband and gets back into the swing of things. Go see it. Yes, Blythe’s daughter Gwyneth Paltrow could take a few lessons from mom. Don’t miss this film.

LOVE AND MERCY. Definitely NOT your typical Hollywood star bio film. This Brain Wilson and The Beach Boys saga is one fine film. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian’s role and the plot is as interesting and complex as his past, present and future. Go see this film especially if you liked The Wrecking Crew (they’re in it too).

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener last weekend. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

SAN ANDREAS. Named after Saint Andrew who had palsy (just kidding). A very exciting, tense, well assembled film. It’s almost the definition of an action movie. Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson is even better than Charlton Heston would have been in the lead role. According to seismologists there are serious flaws in the predicting and depicting of “THE BIG ONE”, but they still manage to hold our attention for two full hours of shaking. There are some serious lessons you’ll learn from watching San Andreas. Duck and cover (better than dorways), plan anhead on how to connect with your family, and it’s best if you have a serious relationship with a helicopter pilot who also can handle a speedboat and swim underwater. It’s a roller coaster of a movie, and I liked it.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Tom Hardy is no Mel Gibson and Charlize Theron isn’t any Tina Turner (Beyond Thunderdrome 1985). Fury Road is a very serious and wonderfully filmed road chase that lasts 2 hours. Remember how sort of goofy and friendly Mel Gibson was? Tom Hardy barely talks at all through the entire film. Max’s last name is Rockatansky in case anybody asks you. Hard to believe but this plot involves mother’s milk, oil, a little water, a flame throwing guitar, and just plain lunacy. Great special effects…all directed by George Miller the very same director who did the first 3 Max’s.

SPY. If you are a Melissa McCarthy fan, you’ll love this one. She gets to act, and not mug nearly as much as usual. It’s a James Bond SPY satire and co-stars Jason Stratham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, 50 Cent, and Bobby Carnavale….all of which add some class to a tired old attempt at being funny.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. It’s the second biggest box office opening in movie history!! Avengers #1 was the biggest and IronMan was number 3 As you could guess 59% of the audience were males under age 25, and probably walked using their knuckles. No one has figured out what Ultron was supposed to be and not very many people could possibly care. It’s nearly 100% computer generated , which means it’s very dark…even the non 3D version. There’s no figuring out the plot. And Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr., Mark Ruffalo (as the Hulk!!) Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgard, and even Samuel L. Jackson in a bit role can do absolutely nothing to make this movie interesting. It’s a hymn to violence, it totally depends on blood and killing and who needs 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. Frank Perry unveils The Capitola Museum’s summer attractions on June 30 followed by Becky Steinbruner who’ll bring news about The Aptos Village problems. Actor, director Mike Ryan talks about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season on July 7, then author, reporter, editor Wallace Baine talks about his new book, ” The Last Temptation of Lincoln“. July 14 has activist, commentator John Malkin discussing his Good Times article about SC Policeman Steve Clark. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. . 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. “My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”. Rick Bass. “The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July.” Francis Thompson, A Corymbus for Autumn. “Many public-school children seem to know only two dates: 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” Mark Twain. “An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.”Will Rogers.

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June 9 – 29, 2015

MGM Star Van Johnson on the Graham Hill Road set for the film “The Romance Of Rosy Ridge”. The young women are Santa Cruz High School winners in the ticket selling contest for Miss Santa Cruz County of 1947. They are (L to R) Bunty Braun Pettibone, Joanne Nielsen, “unknown” and Julene Brogden. This film also starred Janet Leigh in her very first screen role, Marshall Thompson and comedian Guy Kibbee.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE JUNE 8, 2015
DATELINE JUNE 15, 2015

VACATION TIME IN VICTORVILLE. Just about every six months I need to get away….and go visit my sister Jerrie in Victorville and daughter Jennifer in Mar Vista which is near Santa Monica, and Victorville isn’t near anything. I have no way of knowing just when BrattonOnline will hit the internet again but I’ll be doing a new column June 29. Thank you so very much for your patience with the erractic online dates.

MAH. Mostly Attendance and Hot Dogs. I’ve messaged (as in don’t shoot the messenger) before a few times about the changes Nina Simon has made to our former Museum of Art and History. In addition to my own opinions of this severe downgrading of our traditional museum that featured famed art with traveling and local art exhibits, I’ve been the messenger for an untold number of artists and historians who weep at the cheap looking Side Show that goes on and on. There’s no doubt that Nina has been doing the job she was hired for and that she has raised attendance and a few grants, it’s just a shame that so far no-one has been serious about dropping the Art and History words from the title. It’s become a community center, way out doing London Nelson Community Center, at least in attendance, if not in appeal or purpose. As we predicted, Nina has succeeded in scaring almost everyone who has to “keep living here” from speaking out and now with all the press coverage…she’s even creating more supporters and creating still more dejected, rejected artists and historians. It’s all part of a much larger “Dumbing Down” of Santa Cruz, as well as the rest of the country.

We’ve seen it in the Warriors Kaiser Permanente inflatable arena. We see it in library attendance, in fewer foreign & art films, and even closer in AnnieGlass and Vinocruz leaving the MAH area. The new Mirrors and Red buoys décor went out with 1950s artistic taste, but we’ll have to live with it. We’ve seen how the temporary decorations to the Red Ball logo next to the M statue at Front and Cooper have been very successful and have kept 100’s of children from playing on it. The proposed food court and Nina’s festivals will attract folks for awhile but many friends and I predict it won’t be enough to make it the community space she’s calling it. I’ve also mentioned before that noticeably missing in all those words painted on the Trader Joe’s Front Street side is the simple word “ART”. That’s important, lets drop the words “ART” and “HISTORY” and admit that it’s now just our community center.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE AND HOT DOG COMMUNITY CENTER ATTRACTION!!! Mark Bernhard sent this in. I love it, bring ’em to our Simon Community Center
and I’ll be there.

ABSOLUTELY VICIOUS RUMOR. It’s been said before, “I hate repeating rumors, but what else can you do with them?” We won’t have to wait long for this one but inside sources say that Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal isn’t strong enough for his job and he’s on his way out. No word on his replacement…yet. As per usual I’ll save space next week for any retractions.

LUIS ALEJO AND HIS FRACKING BILL COPOUT. Once again sourcing Gary Patton’s Facebook page I found… AB 356 failed last week 6/4 in the State Assembly. Had it passed, the bill would have provided some additional tools to prevent the contamination of groundwater from fracking operations. Residents in the Monterey Bay Region should be happy to know that Assembly Member Mark Stone co-authored the bill and voted “AYE,” in favor of the bill. Assembly Member Luis Alejo was “not voting,” equivalent to a “NO” vote, against the bill. Click here to read the bill. AB 356 – “A Bill To Protect Groundwater From Fracking Contamination”. Now we get to wonder just how much agriculture farming money Alejo has in his camp. We also get to wonder if Luis Alejo’s wife Karina who is now running for Luis’ Assembly seat in 2016 has any-all of that farming money in her campaign?? Ask her at one of her kick-offs this month!!! We can safely assume that the farmer organizations are in favor of making vast fortunes by ALLOWING Fracking on their acreage.

SWENSON’S DOWNTOWN COMMISSION. Somehow the fact that Jesse Nickell is the chair of the Santa Cruz Downtown Commission completely slipped my attention, or I’d forgotten completely. Jesse Nickell is the Senior Vice President of Barry Swenson Builder. As such he’s mostly in command of Santa Cruz County projects like the Aptos Village Steamroller. Swenson’s headquarters are in San Jose but they have made millions building such Santa Cruz Downtown structures as the Galleria, The St. George Hotel, the Taqueria Vallarta building (partnering with Charlie Canfield and the Seaside Corp.), and on and on. Doesn’t the “conflict of interest” principle bother anybody else? I was a member of the Downtown Commission back in 2001 when Tim Fitzmaurice was mayor, we had no such money making members back then. Commission’s like these can only recommend stuff to the City Council, but all the same..Barry Swenson Builders advising the City Council?

TOM LEHRER’S FULL COPENHAGEN 1967 CONCERT.

ALL ABOUT TOM LEHRER. Here’s a link to all you’ll ever need to know about Tom Lehrer. His history with Cambridge, his decades with UCSC and lots more.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/tom-lehrer#.tcjDA82O8P

APTOS VILLAGE SUBDIVISION STATUS REPORT. In addition to Paul Elerick’s up to date report on the last meeting of the Aptos Neighbors who are very concerned over the Barry Swenson / Zach Friend developments taking place in the expanding Aptos Village, Becky Steinbruner sent out a great status report on where the Aptos Plan was before the meeting. Becky stated… We, as citizens, need to organize and become involved in what is being proposed to the Board of Supervisors. If passed, it will drastically change the nature of our County and virtually eliminate our ability to have a voice in developments and their environmental effects.

DONNY McCASLIN AND DAVE DOUGLAS. 2011.
DIZZY GILLESPIE- Con Alma 1965. This is just before Jazz died.

On May 19, County Planning Director Ms. Kathy Previsich proposed a number of sweeping changes to the Board of Supervisors that will virtually eliminate public hearings on developments and seeks to change zoning codes for agricultural, residential and commercial uses. Many critical decisions, such as determining land use charts, definition of “agricultural use”, and “sensitive habitat”, will all be at the discretion of the planner. It will allow “agricultural use” to include 12 events/year with 100 people to occur, with no public hearing. It will violate the 1979 voter-approved Measure J that set County growth at .5%/year, protects agricultural lands for agricultural use, and protects the County’s natural resources while specifying that any changes to these ordinances must be approved by the voters. When land use attorney Mr. Bill Parkin pointed out to the Board that the proposed changes violate the language of Measure J, Ms. Previsich said, “We will comply but we will re-define what ‘ag use’ is.” As Mr. Parkin stated at the Sierra Club Conservation Committee meeting “This is the greatest and worst change for the County in 20 years”. The problem is, the general public is not aware of what is about to potentially take place: large developments within the unincorporated area will be even easier to accomplish, and the public will have no say. It is very alarming that, with the exception of Supervisor Leopold, none of the Supervisors questioned the implications of the proposals. In fact, Supervisor Friend stated that Measure J is old and that zoning changes need to be updated. “We are moving in the correct direction,” he said”. Becky also added that she is “contemplating a recall effort against Supervisor Friend”.

LOUIS CAVIGLIA & CLOUDS. I ran into Louis Caviglia of Clouds, Louie’s Cajun Kitchen and Seacloud fame and notoriety last week. He said there were more than one reason, besides the rent for closing Louie’s Cajun Kitchen it was that there was a requirement that he sign a ten year lease and ” I’m getting too old” he explained. Louie added that a Monterey restaurant owner is opening a bar/restaurant in the same space and if all goes well Louis will be the bartender!! Being an authority on old age (by default) I asked him if he remembers John Tuck and I buying the very first drinks at the original Clouds when it opened about 20 years ago…he remembered!!

BEARCAT AND PROPER HONORS. Our ever-tearful, apologizing, do gooder mayor Don Lane has written so many pages of heart rendering explanation about why we need THE BEARCAT in the City of Santa Cruz that I propose when that damned military killer of a vehicle does get here that the least we can do for our ever watchful, loving, peaceful Santa Cruz City Council is paint all their names on both sides of the tank as a tribute. And their names should be painted in a sort of Hells Angels type font to further prevent any violence hereabouts!!!

A VERY FINE BIRTHDAY WISH. Long time friend, political ally, former County
Supervisor Gary Patton said some very kind things about me in his daily “Two Worlds” blog.
http://www.gapatton.net/2015/06/159-salute-to-bruce.html . Subscribe to his blog with Google Friend Connect if you want to keep up with the land use battles in the Monterey Bay Area.

SANTA CRUZ COMMUNITY TELEVISION MOVING. Becca King Reed just happened to mention on Universal Grapevine Tuesday (June 2) that finally after years of trying…the Santa Cruz Community Television station is moving in a few weeks. Somewhere on Soquel Avenue, but that’s all I know.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…(on June 8th )

APTOS COMMUNITY MEETING
Aptos activist Becky Steinbruner scheduled a Neighborhood Meeting and chaired it on Wednesday, June 3 at the Aptos Library. The subject of the meeting was to discuss the status of the Aptos Village Subdivision, sometimes referred to as the Aptos Village Plan.

Becky took care of getting the word out about the meeting, and she was VERY successful, with the Library Meeting Room packed with people standing two deep around the room. Each person was given the opportunity to identify themselves and say why they came. Although they were invited, both the Sentinel and Aptos Times refused to cover the meeting. Too bad for them. The only media coverage was a reporter from radio station KSCO and BrattonOnline.

Just about each person there spoke about their concern about what the Sub-division would bring to the community, and that was traffic gridlock and extra drain on our water supply. Several speakers voiced their dissatisfaction with 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend’s support for the Subdivision’ However, the best speaker of the evening was former County Supervisor Gary Patton, who covered ways for communities to organize and oppose unwanted development, even if the County says that’s what they’re going to get, like it or not. Gary also covered the history of Measure J, and how important it is for citizens to carefully watch what the County is planning to change in the name of “updating” it. County Planning Director Kathy Previsich attended part of the meeting, and spoke briefly, assuring that current changes to the County General Plan will not affect Measure J, however she had to leave before people had a chance to ask questions. Several clipboards were passed around with petitions, one asking the County that a current traffic study around the area of the proposed Aptos Village Subdivision be done. Another asking for the recall of Supervisor Zach Friend.

Because of the delayed BrattonOnlines heres what Paul Elerick reported on June 15…

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PLANNING CONTINUES TO PUSH THEIR CASE. At the last County Board of Supervisors meeting, we saw part two of an “update” to the County General Plan. All this began with a request from 3rd District Supervisor Ryan Coonerty to clarify land use issues in his district, mostly for the commercial wedding businesses.. This has morphed into a blatant attempt to rewrite planning regulations for the entire county and specifically an attack on Measure J. For those that don’t remember, this was a voter approved initiative back in 1979 that was meant to control sprawl and keep agricultural land for agriculture. It’s definition of an urban services line has been kept intact since then. Thank you Gary Patton! These proposed changes are, as local land use attorney Bill Parkin has stated, “the greatest and worst change in 20 years for the County”. Tuesday’s review and public hearing on this issue at least got the attention of the Board. They directed the Planning Department to address the comments from the public and themselves before returning to this again in September. We should watch this issue very closely, as the business-friendly Board may forget about the rest of their constituents who want growth controls left in place.

Hear what took place at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 9th here. (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). (BrattonOnline note: Paul Elerick will also be on vacation from June 17 to June 30).

SAD NEWS FROM SCOTLAND’S LOCH LOMOND. Way back in 1963 when they were damming Newell Creek and building our local Loch Lomond reservoir someone had the brilliant idea of getting some water from Scotland’s real Loch Lomond. Bill Findlay lived near that source and he sent a dram or two. His daughter Elaine Docherty sent this to me last week. ” I wanted to let you know that my dad died on the 26th April peacefully at home. The funeral was 10 days later on the 6th of May. He was very ill with cardiac failure near the end and a hospital bed was brought into the living room for him to remain at home for his last few days. I know the two of you were in close contact and as a family we wanted you to know. Kind regards, Elaine Docherty. Bill Findlay and I emailed and “lettered” each other for at least 15 years. We never met, although I came close when I went to England in 2003. He had a grand sense of humor, and even sent me a photo of himself in kilts alongside his wife. I’ll miss his happy exchanges, and his history.

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian Greensite tells us….
A FURTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF NEIGHBORHOOD INTEGRITY I thought it was a no-brainer that the Santa Cruz City Council would move swiftly to end the loophole that allows owners of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) to market them for short-term rentals or vacation rentals. What happened instead was a surprising defense of allowing this commercialization of our neighborhoods to continue. The issue was discussed at the city council meeting on May 12. The unanimous recommendation from the Planning Commission was that, “ADU’s shall be used for long-term residential purposes only. ADU’s may not be used on a transient occupancy basis or for vacation rental purposes.” This recommendation was ignored save for Vice-Mayor Mathews and Mayor Lane who offered a reasonable set of limits which went unsupported by other council members. Council member Comstock argued that allowing homeowners to have a vacation rental unit on the property will make it easier for prospective home buyers to purchase a property due to the increase in income potential. This not only ignores the original purpose of ADU’s, which was to provide additional long-term rental housing stock in a town with a rental shortage due to thousands of UCSC students living off-campus, but it also is not sound economics. The cost of housing rises with increases in the value of the property. Approving the use of ADU’s as vacation rentals hikes the value big time, which raises the cost of housing in the long-term. And why is the concern always about tourists or people not yet living here rather than with the quality of life for residents who do live and work here? Any real estate agent will confirm that the buyers seeking houses in Santa Cruz are largely from outside the area and rarely long-time local renters seeking to move into home ownership. Some politicians pay lip service to neighborhood integrity when they are running for office and then abandon that concern when real issues such as this one come up for a vote. A council’s job is to represent the common good, not to represent individuals’ desire to maximize profits on their property. The issue is clear. Do we want to preserve the stability and character of our diverse neighborhoods or is it all about tourist development and exchange rate? An upcoming city council vote on this issue will determine the answer to this question. If you care, now is the time to get involved”. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Monterey’s Deep Watter De-Sal and says, “A good description of the proposed project can be found in a recent article in the Monterey County Weekly. The proposal is to build a reverse-osmosis desal facility, drawing 55,000 acre feet of seawater per year from the Monterey Submarine Canyon, to produce up to 25,000 acre-feet per year of drinkable water. This is enough water to allow the construction of up to 50,000 new homes, which could be growth inducing! The project is being proposed by a for-profit business partnership, and the idea is to co locate the desal plant with a major “server farm.” He then tells us ….” If you are a City of Santa Cruz resident, and have thoughts about what sort of park and recreation facilities the City should be providing, I think it’s probably worth a few minutes of your time to go through the survey questions, and I recommend that you do that! As you do that, and take the survey, it’s probably worthwhile to keep in mind that the survey seems mostly aimed at finding out what sort of new, physical amenities people might like. Do you think we need more ball fields, or skate parks, or tot lots?

SATCHMO AND DIZZY TOGETHER.

All these are most important questions, but what about open space? One of the great things about the City of Santa Cruz is its open space Greenbelt. Unless you are thinking about open space as you take the survey, you may not think to mention it. If you value the open space resources of the City of Santa Cruz, and would like to make sure that our open space areas remain natural, keep that objective in mind as you go through the online questionnaire. You can sign up to get further information, too!” 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 is spot on, as always. Scroll down and see for yourself!

EAGAN’S “SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS”. Another rare re-print of the Classic series Tim created years ago. See below.

LISA JENSEN writes: “Going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), check out a very funny video of Game of Thrones: The Musical!, and explore the show’s notorious history of fan abuse.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF “PERFECTION” )

I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. Blythe Danner who is now 72 years old carries this film all the way. Sam Elliott is only 71 (and who was born in Sacramento) plays one of Blythe’s boyfriends. It’s a sensitive, tearful, beautiful, emotion filled film. It’s about a woman who was a singer and lost her husband and gets back into the swing of things. Go see it. Yes, Blythe’s daughter Gwyneth Paltrow could take a few lessons from mom. Don’t miss this film.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener last weekend. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

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FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

ABOUT ELLY. This masterpiece will probably also leave the Nick soon, so hurry. It’s nearly an Ingmar Bergman-type film about some Iranian families vacationing at the beach and dealing with a tradegy. Very serious, subtitled, and directed by the same guy who did “A Separation” and that too was a classic. Trust me…if you like excellent foreign films this will be a new favorite.

100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED. Once in a blue moon I agree with a fellow critic..nearly totally. As in this case…Glen Kinney of the Roger Ebert Review website wrote, “What’s the highest grossing Swedish movie of all time?” you ask. Wait, no, you didn’t ask? Well, too bad. The highest grossing Swedish movie of all time, apparently, is this one, new to U.S. release, and watching it, one can see why. The Swedish film industry is one of the oldest and most advanced in the world—during the teens and ’20s of the 20th century, its output was absolutely on a par with what the greatest innovators of the U.S. and France were up to—but it is often associated with a kind of dourness, on account (somewhat unfairly) of Ingmar Bergman and his death-occupied allegories. Even Sweden’s popular culture is pretty dark—it’s from this country that the dark thrillers of Steig Larsson hail. This movie, as it happens, is a comedy, but it’s a frequently grisly one, and one that makes rollicking fun of a lot of dark Swedish preoccupations”. Go see this one before Thursday (06/04) it’ll go quickly. It’s quirky, hilarious, curious and memorable.

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. Carey Mulligan and her dimples light up the screen every second in this Jane Austen era vintage drama. It’s an early women’s equality heartbreaker, and it;’s beautifully photographed, perfectly acted and only a little pointless. It’s of course from Thomas Hardy’s book. Matthias Schoenaerts is from Belgium and Wikipedia says, “Matthias Schoenaerts (Dutch: [&#712;m&#593;tj&#593;s&#712;sçuna&#720;rts]; born 8 December 1977) is a Belgian actor.[1] He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts. He first starred in Daens. He is best known for his roles in Loft, Bullhead and Rust and Bone, the latter for which he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor. I put that stuff in there because he’s an excellent actor and we’ll be seeing a lot of him very soon. Go see this movie. By the way cute and essentially sweet Carey Mulligan is far from the way Julie Christie played the role in the earlier version.

EX MACHINA. Oscar Isaacs takes the lead in this sci-fi winner of a film. You’ll stay glued to the seat as this somewhat kinky story unfolds. If you have to classify it , It’s another robot into human story but with so many twists..it’s powerful, and full of suspense. You could say that there are a few plot twists that seem awkward, but go for it…it’s the best film of the year (4 months).

LOVE AND MERCY. Definitely NOT your typical Hollywood star bio film. This Brin Wilson and The Beach Boys saga is one fine film. Both Paul Dano and John Cusack play Brian’s role and the plot is as interesting and complex as his past, present and future. Go see this film especially if you liked The Wrecking Crew (they’re in it too).

SAN ANDREAS. Named after Saint Andrew who had palsy (just kidding). A very exciting, tense, well assembled film. It’s almost the definition of an action movie. Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson is even better than Charlton Heston would have been in the lead role. According to seismologists there are serious flaws in the predicting and depicting of “THE BIG ONE”, but they still manage to hold our attention for two full hours of shaking. There are some serious lessons you’ll learn from watching San Andreas. Duck and cover (better than dorways), plan anhead on how to connect with your family, and it’s best if you have a serious relationship with a helicopter pilot who also can handle a speedboat and swim underwater. It’s a roller coaster of a movie, and I liked it.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Tom Hardy is no Mel Gibson and Charlize Theron isn’t any Tina Turner (Beyond Thunderdrome 1985). Fury Road is a very serious and wonderfully filmed road chase that lasts 2 hours. Remember how sort of goofy and friendly Mel Gibson was? Tom Hardy barely talks at all through the entire film. Max’s last name is Rockatansky in case anybody asks you. Hard to believe but this plot involves mother’s milk, oil, a little water, a flame throwing guitar, and just plain lunacy. Great special effects…all directed by George Miller the very same director who did the first 3 Max’s.

RESULTS. It’s about an Austin Texas fitness studio that Guy Pearce is trying to keep afloat. It has a tricky, complex, convaluted plot that I never did figure out. A Few laughs, mostly though it’s an attempt at a romantic three-for –all that doesn’t compute. Go at your own risk.

SPY. If you are a Melissa McCarthy fan, you’ll love this one. She gets to act, and not mug nearly as much as usual. It’s a James Bond SPY satire and co-stars Jason Stratham, Jude Law, Allison Janney, 50 Cent, and Bobby Carnavale….all of which add some class to a tired old attempt at being funny.

ENTOURAGE. I’ll admit to watching the Entourage series almost forever (it seems like it) on HBO, and I’m not sure why. This is their first movie and it’s blah, trite, poorly directed, poorly directed and meaningless. Don’t go under any circumstances, there’s no reason to.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. It’s the second biggest box office opening in movie history!! Avengers #1 was the biggest and IronMan was number 3 As you could guess 59% of the audience were males under age 25, and probably walked using their knuckles. No one has figured out what Ultron was supposed to be and not very many people could possibly care. It’s nearly 100% computer generated , which means it’s very dark…even the non 3D version. There’s no figuring out the plot. And Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey jr., Mark Ruffalo (as the Hulk!!) Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgård, and even Samuel L. Jackson in a bit role can do absolutely nothing to make this movie interesting. It’s a hymn to violence, it totally depends on blood and killing and who needs it?

ALOHA. If you really, really, love Hawaii, don’t see this mess of a movie. It was cut, edited, sliced and argued about for years before it was released….and it looks like it!!! Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams fight for Bradley Cooper’s hot lava and you’ll never know why. No great shots of Maui, or any of the islands. It’s like eating fresh poi…!!! (an 18 on Rotten Tomatoes)

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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 June 16 the annual Bookshop Santa Cruz three “Short Story Winners” read their winning entries. I’m on a Victorville vacation June 23 so you can hear a re-play of Art marketing expert Aletta DeWal giving great advice to amateur artists. Then Golden Fleece owner and BrattonOnline partner Gunilla Leavitt talks all about yarn and knitting. Frank Perry unveils The Capitola Museum’s summer attractions on June 30 followed by Becky Steinbruner who’ll bring news about The Aptos Village problems, Actor, director Mike Ryan talks about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season on July 7. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. 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. “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools”, John Muir. “Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought”, Dwight Morrow. “The Athenians regularly maintained a number of degraded and useless beings at the public expense; and when any calamity, such as plague, drought, or famine, befell the city, they sacrificed two of these outcast scapegoats”, James Frazer .

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