Feb 20 – 26, 2013

OUR HISTORIC SEA BEACH HOTEL circa 1890. Back in the day we’d build well designed significant structures like this Sea Beach Hotel to compete for tourists with the classy and distinguished Monterey/Carmel attractions. Today we’ve built a monstrous plastic tent for a “D” league basketball team….go figure. The hotel burned up (or down) on June 12, 1912.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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WARRIOR TENT ACCOUNTING??? Now that there have been 10 Santa Cruz Warriors home games isn’t it about time that the City provide us with an update on just how our huge investment in the Warriors D team and the Kaiser Permanente Arena is working out? If nobody else, than we should hope that Don Lane would have enough integrity to make a public report on income and profits on concessions, how much from parking lot game fees, how is the attendance so far? Does it meet expectations? Just how much do we get from Kaiser Permanente for displaying their name (remember we don’t allow billboards here!) If it’s working…fine, if not let’s hear about it….why the secrets??? And why don’t they turn down the amplified drum sounds…that reverb around the entire neighborhood?? They apparently don’t turn that amplified sound on during the High School games that have been held there.

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. Rachel Goodman says she didn’t meet the Tannery’s fund drive goals, that’s why she’s not there anymore. But she has big ongoing plans involving photographing seniors and their life stories. Lyle Troxell says he’s not leaving the County just UCSC after 10 years. He’ll still keep doing his KUSP radio show Geek Speak, and his new geek job thing is at 4D who’s home office is in Paris. Lyle will work out of their San Jose office however. . Tough times at Good Times…furloughs, cutbacks, cost cutting everywhere. First, they dumped Ron Slack and some other folks but it’s still tough going. Then again even new media like Santa Cruz Patch is “dealing with issues” and so is all of the Patch USA network….watch this one closely. Patch.com is owned by the AOL (America On Line) Corporation. AOL also bought Huffington Post awhile back. Lastly but not leastly, rumors have it that Nautical Treasures, the tshatshke shop over by The Crow’s Nest is moving into the old Gravago Shoppe on Cooper Street.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul emails to say…
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission moves ahead, in spite of creeping Republicanism from three of its members.

In response to letters from community members opposed to passenger rail, the Commission kept the railroad tracks in place. But most of the meeting was spent debating the adoption of the 2013 Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP). They finally approved the programming of approximately $5.3M of RSTP funds, on a vote of 9-3, as recommended by RTC staff, with only one small change. However, it was agonizing to the public to listen to Commissioner Randy Johnson repeatedly berate RTC staff for their recommendations of actually funding people to work on their recommended bike projects and he voted no. Johnson reminded me of a 7th grade teacher I once had who enjoyed tormenting students publicly. Also voting against the RTC staff were Commissioners Lynn Robinson and Ron Graves, but for reasons that were harder to comprehend. Watch for a rerun of this meeting on Community TV and check the RTC’s website for minutes from this meeting when they are available.

Aptos Safeway Update

Safeway and their consultants are doing another dog-and-pony show for community members later this month to convince us that we need what they’re up to, according to an ad in the Sentinel. Maybe at this meeting they can also explain the blight of the newest “yard signs” posted throughout their parking lots advertising for Safeway. But there is organized opposition forming to Safeway’s plans to tear out local businesses. Stay tuned. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks and writes about a job at the Coastal Watershed Council or CWC. (not to be confused with the Community Water Coalition!) He announces that there’s a meeting on the future of water in the Pajaro Valley. Will there be a new marijuana dispensary at 1321 Water Street. Patton also breaks down what “affordable housing” means in Monterey County. Read it all here XXXX Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO.Like herpes, flu, and the NRA, CAL-AM will always be with us.(Cal-Am’s headquarters is in Voorhees , New Jersey).Mr. DeCinzo gives us a repeat of another of his classics. Page below a little.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim addresses the “right to arm bears” and other members of the community… scroll below…

MASTER PICKPOCKET MAKES IT LOOK EASY. Don’ttry this at home or on Pacific Avenue. Another visual treat frommaster juggler and sculptor Peggy Snider.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul writes about Celia Sanchez in this week’s edition of Progreso weekly. He says, “Fidel, without Celia at his side, and still missing his friend and doctor Rene Vallejo, understood the depths of his personal loss. He made Celia into a national hero, which she richly deserved. Thanks to this biography, not heavy on critical characteristics, readers can understand some of the elements and people in the underground and the mountains, that put the Cuban revolution together, and how the word “commitment” resonated through the life of Celia Sanchez Manduley. This heroic woman’s body and brain throbbed with vital energy that she transmitted to her revolutionary work and to her comrades”. Read all of it here…http://progreso-weekly.com/ini/index.php/cuba/3685-celia-sanchez

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes…”Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night at the Oscars on Sunday. This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), I make my usual reckless attempt to predict the winners.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson are in this and it’s gotta be for the money. It’s sort of the Addams Family meets Dogpatch’s Lil Abner gang in thiswaste of time teeny- tiny movie.

ELENA, THE OFFICIAL SITE. Watch this trailer, just to get a feel of this award winner.

ELENA, A Russian version of Amour (2012). A winner at the 2012 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.The problem (and solution) is that the theme is too close to the Amour “taking care of a senior partner” with love. Moving, touching, lots of downtown Moscow, and an ending that is definitely non-Hollywood. Available at Cedar Street Video. An absolutely excellent film.

OSCARS, AND SOME REALLY GOOD FILMS. Usually just about 5 minutes before the Academy Awards show starts, I’ll make guesses on their choices for Oscars…there isn’t much point to it. But I do work hard to choose at least 10 films I liked each year. Not having the Nick’s Critic Session to have fun with, Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters and I each picked our personal favorites on my Universal Grapevine Program last Tuesday. My 2012 favorites were The Horse Of Turin, Once Upon a Time In Anatolia, Holy Motors, The Loneliest Planet, A late Quartet, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Amour, The Forgiveness of Blood and The Master. Since Tuesday I added Elena. As usual I found each of these films on DVD’s at Cedar Street Video.

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.

Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her new role on the Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre and Kathy Bisbee and Lynn Miller talk about Community Television’s future. Historian, author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. She’s followed by Linda Burman Hall unfolding the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s new season. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop 2 photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about their show. UCSC’s assoc. prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. 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, 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, 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 Conpany. 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.

When I lost my possessions I found my creativity. I felt I was being born for the first time”, Yip Harburg (Yip wrote all the songs in The Wizard of Oz, Only a Paper Moon, April in Paris) etc. “The whole universe resounds with the verb, I am.”, Alexander Scriabin. “Truth is error burned up“, Norman O. Brown.

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February 14 – 20, 2013

BOARDWALK TRAIN AND BUS ACCIDENT. August 16, 1954. No explanations for this one. Either the bus driver parked wrong or took off at exactly the wrong moment. Do note how neat and clean the lawn at the Cocoanut Grove was “back in the day”.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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BLUES BELTER IN A GUITAR SHOP. Another Kit Birskovich discovery (Note from Gunilla: this link didn’t work when I got it, so I’m guessing wildly that this is the video in question. It’s a good one either way!)

THE RETURN OF BEN TREVOR. Former Santa Cruz stage director Ben Trevor (1970-1980) returned for a visit here last weekend. So Katie Heth, , Billie Harris, Larry Jones, Sue Clow, Abby Goss, Rod Wilkinson, John Tuck, Armon Stover, Dennis Carlile and I talked about The Staircase Theatre, Storefront Theatre, Duck Island Stage, The Scotts Valley Cavalcade, Shakespeare, Virginia Wolff, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and things nobody would believe. Ben is living in Augusta, Georgia with his wife Lee who used to work at the Boardwalk. He says Augusta is full of racial hatred, homophobia forever, and guns and rednecks. He added that we should really appreciate Santa Cruz’s openness and that things are different when you go past the County line.

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. I couldn’t get the entire story but rumors have it that Rachel Goodman is no longer the executive director at the Tannery Arts Center. When you go to their website it says that George Newell is the exec.dir. Updates, whispers, even facts would be appreciated. That Rachel sure does move around a lot. But more than a rumor…Lyle Troxell is leaving the County!!! Lyle, son of Peter and Diana Troxell and “tech-coordinator” (major honcho) of UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media (DANM), plus the brains and voice behind “Geek Speak” on KUSP got some knd of job out of state. Geeks and normal people will miss him severely.

ELERICK’S INPUT

Tired of the gun lobby? Santa Cruz County residents will have a chance to speak out against the NRA and those opposing common sense controls on guns in our County at an upcoming public meeting on February 21st . If you’ve watched the Board of Supes recently, every time an issue that addresses gun control comes up, the audience is packed to oppose it. Even having a control process in place to monitor new gun stores gets them out to fight it.

On January 16, 2013 the Santa Cruz City School Board unanimously passed a resolution regarding their concerns about gun violence and how it related to school safety. Not one person addressed the board opposing the resolution. County Board of Education Trustee Sandra Nichols has formally requested a similar resolution to be placed on the February 21st agenda of the County Board of Education agenda. If you think this is going to be a shoo-in, don’t. At least one member of the Board is on record as being “comforted” by the presence of an armed guard at his own student’s elementary school during the week of Sandy Hook. The NRA will be present on the 21st. Trustee Nichols hopes there is at least “one peacenik present for every gun advocate in the room when my item is heard”.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Education meets on February 21, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education – in the Board Room. 400 Encinal Street in Santa Cruz. Let’s make sure that the NRA voice is not the only voice heard from the public at this meeting”. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

BIRD CATCHING FISH WITH BREAD. As K. Birskovich notes…who knew about birds and using tools??? Watch this one..

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s daily KUSP bdcsts include…Our Monterey Shale oil deposits looking more juicy to fracking. What will our Board of Supes do about that?? Will Watsonville sell off their prime agricultural land for Wal-Mart’s & franchises?? The Strategic Growth Council meets in SCTO and we should attend…He talks about Wildland and wildfires and how the state wants to spray and destroy our chaparral. He closes with news of a conference at UC Davis and CalCAN the California Climate and Agricultural Network. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″ – Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

VINTAGE DE CINZO. This week’s historic deCinzo proves Watsonville’s river problems never change. Scroll down.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan « drones » on about terrorism and targets….see down below a few pages.

ELVIS MEETS LIBERACE

LANDAU’S PROGRES.Saul’s pronouncement is titled, “Guns In The US- A Cultural Cancer”. He states, “My country, a unique example, is the only nation to experience periodic massacres of people by killers armed with automatic weapons. When relatives of massacre victims gather to plead with legislatures to prohibit sales of such weapons, other citizens irately rise up to defend “our second Amendment rights.” The Amendment states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” He closes with, “The President has proposed background checks on all gun sales, and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines? Read the entire article here

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), a smart and twisty new thriller from Steven Soderbergh, some writing advice from an adverbial abuser, and, hmmm, maybe it’s time to rethink those earlier Oscar predictions…” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS I’ve never seen as poor a collection of animation shorts in my life. Trite, boring, (probably rejects) including a Simpsons Cartoon, Adam and Dog, Paperman, Head over Heels, really sucked. Fresh Guacamole was only clever, not worthy. Just shameful, and save your money. Look at a sample of the nominated shorts here.

OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS. This is damned near the finest collection of Live Action shorts since the Academy has been handing out awards. Henry, Asad, The Buzkashi Boys, Curfew, and Shadow of Death are all brilliant and well worth seeing…and they are worth Academy Awards.

SIDE EFFECTS. Steven Soderbergh’s films are all over the place. Silly, bombs, classics, and Side Effects is one wonderful film. Starring Rooney Mara without all that makeup from Dragon Tattoo she steals the entire film. Jude Law is now older and does better acting than we’ve seen in years, and Catherine Zeta Jones is absolutely perfect for her part. It’s a tricky, intelligent plot. Not easy to follow, you have to think a few times unlike most Hollywood films. When Soderbergh does it right, he tops the list of active American directors, go see it ASAP.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL’S 40TH SEASON. The opening night of the Baroque Festival last Saturday featured a Baroque Lute duet, a genuine rarity in today’s concert world. John Schneiderman and Hideki Yamaya played six compositions by some very obscure composers dating 1670-1758, and completely captivated the audience. Hideki also played the mandolino and the mandora. Don’t miss their next concert Bach For Strings Saturday, February 23 at the Holy Cross Church @ 7:30p.m. The Galax Quartet will perform “on a balanced ensemble of period instruments. Go to www.scbaroque.org for info.

LIBERACE FINALE. You probably heard that Steven Soderbergh is also making an HBO film of Liberace’s life. It stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, it’ll be released “in the spring”. Major Studios wouldn’t touch this Soderbergh film because it was too gay!!! See the real guy at

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.

Laura Marcus from Dientes Community Dental Services is on the first half hour of the 2/12 program then Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters, and I talk about the Oscars and who needs them takes the second half on Feb. 12. Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her topic of Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre and Kathy Bisbee and Lynn Miller talk about Community Television’s future. Historian and author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. 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, 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 Conpany. 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. “No one ever lacks a good reason for committing suicide”, Cesare Pavese. “We belong Dead!”, Frankenstein Monster in The Bride of Frankenstein. “The laying bare of oneself is obscene”, Ad Reinhardt.

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February 4 – 10, 2013

PACIFIC AVENUE circa 1910. Look how wide Pacific was back in the day. Two way railcars room to park cars on both sides…where did it all go?? This is Lincoln Street on the left and Soquel going off to the right. The Unique Theatre (see marquee) was once named after Charlie Chaplin’s friend and co-star Mack Swain. It closed in 1936 when the Del Mar opened.

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THE 2013 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY WAR. Never in the 43 years that I’ve been following, and been involved with local politics, have I seen such out and out nasty political power plays. Neal Coonerty throwing John Leopold off the LAFCO commission. Hillary Bryant and Cynthia Mathews, along with Martin Bernal, John Barisone and Bill Kocherdumping Ron Pomerantz from the Transportation and Public Works Commission.. You think this is the end of such strong arm tactics? Watch the City Council and how they get it all set up to push giving water to UCSC by way of De-Sal way around anything the citizens can do. Neal Coonerty’s control of the Board of Supervisors will show us just how aligned he is with McPherson and Zach Friend. I predict those three guys will vote identically on 99% of every issue they face. Meet me here in a year, and we’ll see.

OUR ENTERTAINING SUPERVISORS.As you can see from the attached clips, both John Leopold and Zach Friend have show biz in their blood. Now let’s hear from you…the question is what kind of act do we see Neal Coonerty, Bruce Mc Pherson, and Greg Kaput doing at Kuumbwa? No worries, I won’t print your name, if you wish.

JOHN LEOPOLD AND DYLAN TRIBUTE.
ZACH FRIEND @ KUUMBWA TELLING JOKES

THE RETURN OF BEN TREVOR. Ben Trevor was a huge part of live theatre in our county years ago. He’s mostly remembered for creating, staging and directing The Scotts Valley Cavalcade. The Cavalcade was a Cecil B. DeMille annual production featuring space aliens, Ohlone Indians, General George Patton (with tank), stage coaches and the ever-blonde Dorothy McPherson singing atop a white stallion. We’re putting together a lunch this Saturday at noon. If you were/are on old friend of Ben’s, or know someone who should be there call us at 426-7471, and we’ll see you there. Ben Trevor lives in Texas now, but he’s ok anyway.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING VIDEO CLIP. Only watch full-screen, I can’t remember who or where I found this…I’m still stunned!!!

SANDY LYDON’S PLOTS, PARADES, AND PERAMBULATIONS.As usual author, lecturer, historian without peer, Sandy Lydon has dozens of events all focused on local history scheduled. Starting this very weekend and going to December, he’s got big plans ranging from Castroville to China. Check out his walks, tours, talks, hikes, and resources here… http://www.sandylydon.com

KARUNA CAYTON TO GIVE BUDDHIST CLASSES. Karuna Cayton, author of “The Misleading Mind” will be giving a series of three lectures/classes on “The Myths We Live By” starting this Wednesday 2/6 and 2/13, 2/20. They’ll be at The Land Of The Medicine Buddha in Soquel. The LOMB website says that,” Buddhist Psychology argues that our difficulties in life arise from a misunderstanding and, thus, a misapprehension of reality. This misperception of reality causes us to see all kinds of things – beliefs, opinions, feelings and thoughts – in an inaccurate manner. These misbeliefs, which seem real to us, then are the direct causes of sadness, worry, anxiety, disappointment, frustration, fear and all the disturbing emotions that sabotage our happiness and well-being. We see things as permanent when they are not. We see things as happiness when they are, in fact, in the nature of disappointment. We take our life for granted when it is a precious and rare event. We act as if we’ll live forever when our very existence hangs on a single breath. This class will attempt to look at the myths we live by and their underlying cause in misapprehension of the world around us and our own”. I’ve taken two classes from Karuna Cayton, and recommend him and the classes very much. Go here for details.

JAZZ BABIES, LAUREL & HARDY PLUS MORE!!! Ralph Davila found this gem. You need to see it. Especially FULL SCREEN

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says on his almost daily KUSP program That the Fort Ord Re-use plan got unanimous votes except for Supervisor Jane Parkers!!! California America’s plan for De-Sal in Monterey drew an even bigger sized De-Sal plant proposal. Read about “Water Plus” !!Our County Transportation Commission has a list of possible projects coming up IF they get all the funding they ask for. Check it out. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

JAPAN’S TSUNAMI OF 2011.This clip is over an hour. The message is especially important, especially since we too live so close to the ocean. Remember our earthquakes and realize just how few emergency plans our Santa Cruz officials have ever created.

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo gives an example of just one of Neal Coonerty’s contributions to the community…scroll below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim teaches us a lesson on messaging…see below, way below.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul’s article is titled “Information To Help Follow The Syrian Debacle”. He writes… “In 2013, peace lovers pray that U.S. and Russian diplomats sit together to create a peace plan for Syria, one that stops the flow of weapons to both sides and puts heavy pressure on rebels and government leaders to sit and formulate a plan to stop the bloodshed and destruction. The bookies have not yet taken odds on such an outcome”. Saul Landau’s SYRIA: BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE was filmed in 2004 and is available from roundworldproductions.com. Read the rest of Landau on Syria here Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

CAB CALLOWAY AND BETTY BOOP. Cab only made three cartoons with Betty, then the censors stopped them. Too racist, too sexy. But The Old Man and The Mountain remains their classic from 1933.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), read all about the return of the Hearts for the Arts art auction, the further adventures of my forthcoming novel, Alias Hook, and why teach an old dog new tricks when the old tricks work as well as they do for the veteran stars of Stand Up Guys? And speaking of old pros, listen to Bruce Bratton, Christina Waters and moi dish this year’s Oscar race February 12 7-8 p.m. on Bruce’s Universal Grapevine radio show KZSC 88.1 fm.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

AMOUR.This masterpiece is so well done it’s almost impossible to review it. I told friends it wasn’t a film it was an experience. Emannuelle Riva the lead, now in her 80’s starred in Hiroshima Mon Amour (if you remember back that far!). Jean-Louis Trintigant and Isabelle Huppert playtheir roles to perfection. It’s another old person film about devotion, acceptance, and deep love. You won’t leave the theatre singing, but you’ll never forget this classic.

STAND UP GUYS. Box office demographics must be changing…there are more and more geezer films being filmed and being successful. Three old guys Al Pacino, Christopher and Alan Arkin make this film great fun…and they shoot a lot of people too!!! Gangs, doing time in stir, revenge, it’s all here. And there’s excellent pathos, empathy, sympathy, and old timers jokes that had the Del Mar laughing and contemplating all the way through this alternative to the old folks home films like Quartet, Exotic M. Hotel, etc.

WARM BODIES. For some reason people are linking this piece of junk more than was expected. This box office hit brought in mostly teen age girls…you figure!! It’s about zombies who are coming back to human life. The citizen army, led by John Malkovich of all people, fight these half zombies, who can take bullets with no problems. But they also have to defend themselves against skeletons or “bonies” who can be shot and stopped, with just one shot. It probably came to some Hollywood predictable ending, but I left about 10 minutes early to go see Stand Up Guys.

LOS CENZONTLES TO PLAY WATSONVILLE. My trio “The Goodtime Washboard 3″ played with this beautiful and talented group Los Cenzontles at Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary show at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage. They were big hits. They’re coming to Watsonville. Here’s what their news says…Los Cenzontles, the San Pablo-based band in the San Francisco Bay area brings its roots music to the Henry J Mello Center for the Performing Arts, 250 East Beach Street, Watsonville on Saturday, February 9 for a 7:00 PM show. The concert is a benefit for Sueños Aztecas and Esperanza del Valle. Sueños Aztecas, is a ballet folklórico troupe composed of students at PájaroValley High School who will also perform. Watsonville’s premiere Mexican dance company, Esperanza del Valle, celebrates more than 30 years of dance, culture and education in the Monterey Bay area. Tickets for the event are available at Jansen Music, 1931 Main Street in Watsonville and by contacting Snazzy Productions at (831) 479-9421, or online at http://www.snazzyproductions.com/concert_tickets.html

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.

Ecologist and Doctor Kerry Kriger opens with “Save the Frogs” on Feb. 5th. Land Use Attorney Gary Patton follows with updates on LAFCO and other problems. Laura Marcus from Dientes Community Dental Services is on the first half hour. Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters, and I talk about the Oscars and who needs them covers the second half on Feb. 12. Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her topic of Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre 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, 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 Conpany. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES.”I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary.. If it’s someone else’s secretary, fine”. Senator Barry Goldwater. “The bones, sinews and nerves of modern civilization are coal, steel, cotton and wheat. He who controls these is mightier than the lord”, B. Traven. “The nation that controls magnetism controls the universe”, Chester Gould (Dick Tracy)

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January 29 – February 4, 2013

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION.1967.Contrary to popular opinion, they must have had plans or even blueprints when they built this mess. It doesn’t seem like anybody would have approved it had they known. But at least we can look around at Ocean Street and the neighbors on Water Coloma and Leonard Streets and see what could have been.

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PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC CLUB RE-VISITED. Paul Elerick adds a lot more news from this January meeting of THE PDC that happened last Thursday (1/24), scroll down for his take on it. More than 40 avid, progressive Democrats attended and gave committed, enthusiastic life and support to re-creating genuine Progressive changes to our County. Issues including, Immigrant Rights, replacing both our Sheriff and District Attorney Bob Lee, control of our City Council by groups like The Chamber of Commerce, concentrating on local campaign finance limits and reform, encouraging the growth of businesses that don’t pay fair wages, gun control measures, and the creating a strong Blue-Green Alliance. It was an exciting evening. The present City Council and their dreams of making Santa Cruz into a Big City earned lots of talk and future work. PDC President and Democrat of the year Brian Murtha presided.

EARLY JAZZ CARTOON. Best guess here is that this orchestra is a great imitation of early great jazz artists.

OUTRIGHT PLUGS.Some may remember that I found a great ’98Honda Accord through the kindness of you readers (especially Ralph Davila). I needed two important items to make the car perfect. One was a special new ignition key that has special codes and secret gimmicks built into it. I went to Kenville Locksmiths now in their “new” location at 111 Union Street (423-3252). They’re across the street from Cypress lounge.. They got me the proper key; it worked neatly, and were many dollars cheaper than the other key places I tried, who didn’t even have the right “blanks”.

PLUGS, PART TWO. My “new” Honda Accord came with near black tinting on the rear three windows. I had the growing suspicion that there may be cars behind me, and to the left and right as well, but I couldn’t see them. I literally called eight car window places and got prices well over (like $100) the price that Classic Glass did the job for. Both of these locally owned, generations-run businesses, were kind, quick, and actually fun to do business with. I told them I’d send all of you there, and I am. Classic Glass is at 917 Water Street, 423-5054. Tell them I sent you. Plus, they sell antique glasses, mirrors, frames and related items.

FILM CRITICS NICK OSCAR TALK CANCELLED. It’s very disheartening but our annual Critics Oscar gathering at the Nick won’t be happening this year. Morton Marcus started these Critics gatherings in 1998 – 15 years ago – and Lisa Jensen, Wallace Baine and I carried it onward in recent years. First, Wallace cancelled this year because he doesn’t get a chance to see films anymore, and Christina Waters gamely joined our plans for this year. Then scheduling problems arose and it just couldn’t happen. “Crowds” of 100 or more film fans added lively, fun discussions of dozens of Oscar contending films each year. Maybe next year…send me, Lisa, and the Nick any and all feedback about reviving it in 2014.

CARTOON JAZZ ORCHESTRA. Listen to and watch Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra. See them live next Friday…free!! (read next paragraph)

THE CARTOON JAZZ ORCHESTRA THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. As their press release says, “Yikes! Foiled again! If you were among the millions of little and big kids who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will bring back memories by the truckload. The music that accompanied Mickey, Minnie, Bugs, Daffy, Woody, Rocky, Bullwinkle, and their fine-feathered friends provided a special soundtrack for our young lives.
The Cartoon Jazz Orchestra is a sixteen-member jazz ensemble made up of some of the Bay Area’s top professional musicians, who play a veritable children’s zoo of instruments. Much of the CJO repertoire was composed by the great 20th-century composer Raymond Scott. Lenny Carlson’s Aluminum Sunset: A Tribute to the Music of Raymond Scott is a three-movement suite written in honor of Scott’s innovative and fun music, which also happens to be very difficult to execute. DETAILS???

When: Friday, February 1, 2013. 7:30 PM.
Where: Oak Lounge, Tresidder Student Union (Second Floor)
Admission: Free and open to public.

Contact: 725-2650 continuingstudies@stanford.edu

Permalink: http://events.stanford.edu/events/350/35003

What’s almost as exciting is that Jeff Sanford and Lenny Carlson have asked me to lead the Q & A session that follows. Don’t worry, I’ll save you! So, fasten your seat belts, beep-beep, we’re off on a grand adventure. th-th-th – That’s all, folks!

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. Deborah Whizin is out as Publisher at The Santa Cruz Weekly. I can’t remember the woman’s name who’s replacing her, but she worked at the Weekly/Metro years ago. I think she was there before they fired DeCinzo, then they fired me, later on they canned Traci Huikill, now Deborah. They must have really, really big plans!!!

ELERICK’S INPUT.LOCAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS.Our newest members of the State Legislature held an open house at their Santa Cruz County offices last Thursday, and they really packed them in. That would be newly elected State Senator Bill Monning and Assembly member Mark Stone. With all this after Governor Jerry Brown’s rousing speech on TV earlier; it’s looking good for the Dems. I missed the speeches at the open house(couldn’t get in the room it was that crowded), but as Bill Monning told me later, that the Dems need to be careful what they do with their 2/3 majority, as there are different priorities among that many Democrats, as we know only too well here in Santa Cruz County.

Later in the evening, the People’s Democratic Club held their 2013 kickoff meeting at the Dem HQ in the Galleria. Another full-house event, the meeting promised an exiting 2013. Guest speaker Santa Cruz City Councilmember Micah Posner shared his views of what could be in store for Santa Cruz City Council. The special announcement at the meeting was that PDC President Brian Murtha has been chosen Democrat of the Year by the Democratic Central Committee. He’ll have his award presented the March23rd Democratic Dinner at the Dream Inn by Sen. Bill Monning. You can reserve your place at this event by contacting Leslie Steiner, Events Chair at 831-335-4765 or coastlldy@aol.com. Leslie deserves big thanks for renegotiating the rent for the Democratic Party’ Headquarters office in the Galleria, allowing the Dems to continue operation there”.

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

EARLY MICKEY MOUSE JAZZ.Before Disney created the “Firehouse 5 plus 1″ as a house band to add jazz to their cartoons.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about The Santa Cruz Supervisors making committee appointments this week. (I’d add, lets all watch McPherson and Zach Friend’s handiwork on these). Patton goes on to talk about De-sal in Carmel. An AgKnowledge class that’s starting up and he adds comments about Guv Brown’s big, big plan for two tunnels. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Coming of Age in Santa Cruz…according to DeCinzo. (Scroll Down)

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Professor Eagan defines Liberal and Progressive…see below and pay attention.

THE INGENIOUS ALL GIRL JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF 1929

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau writes about Celia Sanchez, a major figure in Fidel’s life. He says, “Fidel, without Celia at his side, and still missing his friend and doctor Rene Vallejo, understood the depths of his personal loss. He made Celia into a national hero, which she richly deserved. Thanks to this biography, not heavy on critical characteristics, readers can understand some of the elements and people in the underground and the mountains, that put the Cuban revolution together, and how the word “commitment” resonated through the life of Celia Sanchez Manduley. This heroic woman’s body and brain throbbed with vital energy that she transmitted to her revolutionary work and to her comrades”. Read the rest of the article here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), we’ll take a fresh look at a classic Diana Gabaldon novel, consider the depth of the Oscar-nominated Amour, and listen to three little words from the great Neil Gaiman that should become the Mantra for every creative artist.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

QUARTET. Dustin Hoffman (age 75) directed thiscutesy geezer movie about has been Opera singers living in a British Old folks home. Maggie Smith steals every frame of the film she appears in (and she always will!). It’s mostly corny, heartfelt, and very predictable. I liked it better than Exotic Marigold Hotel because the characters are smarter, and not as mean. Go see it, you’ll cry a few times…that’s if you ever cry over movies.

HANSEL AND GRETEL. This film is “Grimm” in more ways than one. Maybe they were trying to make a parody of fairy tales. That would explain why they have Hansel using automatic weapons, wearing a wrist watch, playing a Flintstones phonograph, stabbing foes with a taser and junk like that. The language is like, “ok you guys, let’s go get them witches”. It was of course the weekend box office’s biggest money maker. Don’t go even though Famke Jensen is in it, so’s Jeremy Renner, but never mind, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 17 (out of 100)

PARKER.There is one, and just one reason to see this film, Jennifer Lopez has never been better!!! Jason Stratham does about the best he can with a script and editing job that makes little plot sense. It’s a gang hoist gone bad-revenge-Florida-stab-shoot-blood-January-action movie that no one should ever watch.

THE WASHBOARD SERANADERS 1934.Some of the best orchestra washboarding ever caught on film.

CELEBRATE PIANO ENSEMBLE! – in Concert!!! Come hear and see Celebrate Piano Ensemble’s annual concert at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall on Sunday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m. Twelve well-known Santa Cruz pianists will again flex their fingers (120 in total) in a concert that has become a tradition for duo-piano music lovers. The duo-pianists performing are: Josephine Alvarado, Karen Cole, Thomas Cole, Chris Dennis, Ray Fernando, Laureen Herr, Nicki Kerns, Lynn Kidder, Lavinia Livingston, Zack Myers, Ivan Rosenblum and Vlada Volkova-Moran.

They will be joined by renowned tango dancers John and Nancy Lingemann. The Lingemann‘s are well known for their Tango classes and many performances in Santa Cruz, and the Carmel area. Experience the thrill of Tango dancing at its best, along with masterful performances of the music of composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, music that is seldom heard, explicitly written for duo-pianists. The music will be played on UCSC’s beautiful matched Steinway grand pianos. This event is a benefit for Talent Bank Awards Festival, a scholarship program of the Music Teachers Association of California, Santa Cruz branch. Suggested donation is $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors.

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. Betsy Herbert opens the Jan. 29 Grapevine talking about Fracking and proven results. Sky-Power specialist Joe Jordan returns to Grapevine in the second half hour to talk about some great comets heading our way, and about renewable energy. Kerry Kriger opens with “Save the Frogs” on Feb. 5th. Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters, and I talk about the Oscars and who needs them on Feb. 12. Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discuss the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her topic of Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. 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, 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 Conpany. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “I love children. Especially when they cry – for then someone takes them away”, Nancy Mitford. “Why should we do anything for prosperity? What has prosperity ever done for us?”, Joseph Addison. “Some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps“, Emo Phillips.

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January 23 – 29, 2013

THE WORLD FAMED “JUPITER” LOCOMOTIVE. This engine was owned by the Santa Cruz Railroad Company and ran both board feet of lumber and bored tourists around our county circa 1878. It has been prominently displayed in the Smithsonian Institute since 1976.

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SPEECH WRITING HINT.I’ve been telling radio classes at UCSC for many years the little known “fact” that you should write 150 words per minute when you make a speech. President Obama today delivered 2137 words in 15 minutes in his Inaugural Address. That figures out at 142 words per minute, and that’s pretty close.

GUN MADNESS…AN IDEA, A PLEA. Lee Quarnstrom (formerly of this area and his wife Chris sent this letter. It gives some positive action we can all do…now.

“Friend(s): We are so sickened by the recent plague of gun violence that has broken out recently — in schools, a movie theater, places where boys and girls and men and women go expecting to learn and/or to be entertained — that we have taken one very small step hoping to help curb the madness. We have made a small ($100) donation to the group started by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, to try to bring some common sense to bear in the firearms debate that has begun and, hopefully, will continue until solutions are found. Specifically, Giffords and Kelly have formed a political action committee designed to counter the efforts of the politically powerful NRA.

The National Rifle Association, as everyone knows, is NOT what it claims to be: an organization of gun owners. Rather, it is a marketing organization for the manufacturers of firearms and has the sole purpose of helping those gun-makers sell as many of their products as they can.
Giffords and Kelly, as we understand it, support what they believe is Americans’ Second Amendment right to own firearms. Their goal is not to disarm Americans but to work with lawmakers to eliminate the availability of the useless but deadly semi-automatic rifles designed for use by the military as well as accessories such as clips that hold enough ammunition to kill, for instance, 20 schoolchildren and six of their teachers.

If you are unaware of it, Lee’s 18-year-old son Eric was shot to death in San Francisco in 1982. A lesson to be learned is that the loss of one’s own child is unnatural and the pain of that loss never subsides.

If you are interested in helping Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly stand up to the NRA, you can make a contribution online, securely, here
or you can send a check to:
Americans for Responsible Solutions
P.O. Box 15642
Washington, D.C. 20003

Let’s hope that there will be fewer, even no, gunshot massacres in this new year. Best,
Chris and Lee Quarnstrom

OUR WORLD IN TWO MINUTES. I swiped this from Carmella Weintraub’s FB page…it’s great!!!

SCIENTOLOGY EXPOSED BY PULITZER AUTHOR. For some reason Santa Cruz has looked the other way and let Scientology exist as just another philosophy. It isn’t, and maybe, just maybe, the world may be catching on read this book review from the New York Times…

Now if we could just get someone to expose the Western Service Workers and their sneaky cult.

DOG COMMUNICATES WITH BABY. Only on You Tube..

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary Patton talks about The Eco-Farm conference in Feb. Then there’s the S.Cruz City Council voting on cutting down historic trees and spending even more money to push their damned De-Sal bait and switch. He discusses CEQA and why it’s necessary/ There’s new news about the Save The Frogs Academy and he closes with facts about water rights.Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse / (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim exhumes Snidely Whiplash…with an update!! Scroll lower down.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. “Cuba Opens To Small Business” is this week’s Saul landau article in Progreso Weekly. In it he says, “Realists who have studied Cuba see a well-organized government and society with no serious succession problems or internal threats. U.S. pessimists see no clear and immediate benefits to the Obama administration for taking steps to improve relations. Indeed, in Washington, no signs of policy change appear on the Obama agenda. The “what’s in it for us” attitude of the White House does not offer much positive perspective on the President changing course in the next four years. He has shown little interest in Cuba, or the rest of Latin America, after appearing in 2009 in Trinidad and raising hopes in the region, and then squashing them. Optimists now predict that by 2050, the embargo might self erode. On the other hand, some large business interests may soon see Cuba as a market of 11 million people, and as a potentially lucrative source for investment. Their pressure could change the political climate. And those on the left who have always thought the U.S. had done wrong to Cuba could better organize for their position. How weird that some people still think that “doing the right thing” should prevail in the White House, rather than the “how I can benefit” approach. It was not the Obama I voted for, but the one I got. Maybe he’ll think of his legacy?” Read the entirety of Saul’s article here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS: Lisa writes: “This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), check out the dark satisfying French love story, Rust and Bone, and don’t miss the last weekend for the Actors’ Theatre’s entertaining 8 Tens @ Eight Festival, and its companion mini-festival Best of the Rest.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MAMA. Jessica Chastain in another winner!!! Jessica plays a rocker, baby sitter and this is one grand ghost horror film. Like the original Frankenstein films we actually feel some empathy for the ghost. It’s a classic and well made film. No blood, no slashing, no cellar stairs…go see it, you’ll be impressed. Remember too that it was directed by Guillermo del Toro which gives it 6 points to start with.

RUST AND BONE.It’s a really nice film with Marion Cotillard playing a young woman who trains whales in a French Marineworld. One whalecauses an accident and Marion loses her legs. It isn’t as mawkish as it sounds. You’ll keep watching, but it does lack feeling. Cotillard should get awards mailed to her regularly every time she makes a film, she’s that good. See it, it was made in France not Hollywood, and say that a few times before you go in.

BROKEN CITY.What a cast, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta -Jones, Russell Crowe and still it pretty much bombs. New York City crooked mayor, city politics, private detective, double crossing, all that usual stuff, a murder of course. You’ve seen this movie one hundred times. And Catherine Zeta Jones gets more beautiful with each decade. Wait and rent it.

>LAST FRIDAY EASTSIDE ART SHOW. Canvas for a Community.Come by the Feldner Project Open House, Friday, Jan. 25, 3-7 p.m., 1030 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz. Art by Barbara Lawrence, Stacey Pollard, Anna Oneglia, Stephen Laufer, Erika Perloff, Claire Lerner, Stephanie Martin, Andrew Purchin, Robert O Bauspies Jr, Don Lobner, Kimberly Parrish and Peter Hanson. Free admission. The show remains up through February. Contact misskimp@gmail.com for further information. The building is for lease and open by appointment. If interested, or if you’re wondering is the Feldner project is real visit www.feldnerproject.com

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 January 22 Roberta Bristol, Ruth Solomon and Beth Pettengill all talk about dance history in Santa Cruz and the big dance production happening on Jan. 25 at Cabrilho College. Then Steve Pleich discusses the newcommunity action group being formed. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Betsy Herbert opens the Jan. 29 Grapevine talking about Fracking and proven results. Sky-Power specialist Joe Jordan returns to Grapevine in the second half hour to talk about some great comets heading our way, and about renewable energy. 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, 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 Conpany. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “I’d rather be dumb and clean than smart and dirty, anytime“, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. “Go tell families with silverware and cars, “what’s the use of all that noise and money”, Han-Shan. “I hate politics“, Samuel Fuller.

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Jan 16 – 22, 2013

SANTA CRUZ DEPOT. Somewhere around the turn of last century we can see the depot before they added long running roofs along the tracks….back when trains had passengers.

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SNEAKY SUPER SECRET SOUND CHECK AT THE SF JAZZ CENTER.

The 35,000 square foot and $65 million dollar SF Jazz Center won’t open officially until January 21, Martin Luther King Day. The building is on the corner of Franklin and Fell Streets in San Francisco in the Hayes Valley neighborhood near the Opera House and the Davies Symphony Hall, one block west of Van Ness. Daughter Hillary Bratton, being with iTunes at Apple, and son-in-law Martin Kloiber being a VP with Avid Technology got us a special invitation to the Jazz Center’s Super Secret Sound Check last Sunday. We not only got to the first song ever played in the Center but also had a private tour of the guts and bowels of the entire Center from Sam Berkow who was and is the sound designer of the Center. Sam also did the Hollywood Bowl, The Lincoln Center, and the Grand Ole Opry. We heard the very hot, Red Hot Skillet Lickers with Chris Siebert on piano. It was a genuinely moving experience. I’d spent many of my early years listening to the jazz greats when they played San Francisco. Miles Davis at the Blackhawk, Earl Hines at The Hangover, Kid Ory at The Tin Angel, Cannonball Adderley at the Jazz Workshop, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, those were the best of times but they never would have dreamed of a place like the new SFJazz Center. Go here to check it all out and get up to the Center as soon as it opens, you’ve never seen or heard anything like it.

To top that all off we had dinner at the HAYES STREET GRILL, one of “The Cities” finest “new” traditions..

BERKELEY PLANET EDITORIAL. Long time readers know I see mostly terrible similarities between UC Berkeley and their relationship with the City Of Berkeley and our UCSC relationship with our city. Becky O’Malley editor of The Berkeley Daily Planet and I have talked about it, a lot. Here’s her editorial from last week…

NEW GUN POLICY.Issue every child at birth a derringer (tiny, cute 2 bullet pistol) and teach them how to use it responsibly by the time they are four years old. We could have marksmanship contests and award teddy bear targets to the winners. By high school every student would have an assault rifle and instead of Senior Proms they would re-enact the O.K Corral or the action of their choice from any current video game

RAYMOND SCOTT FANS.Here are the Philarmonicas playing Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse” don’t miss it!!!

ELERICK’S INPUT. Santa Cruz Warriors- a Class Act

We (family) attended our first Santa Cruz Warriors game last night and we all had a ball. The Home Team did too, pulling out a win in the last quarter. We arrived early to watch warm-ups and by game time at 5 P.M., the stadium was full. Warrior’s staff (plenty) made sure we found our seats OK, even walking me up the steps to reach them. Amusement for the fans during halftime and long time-outs included a musical chairs game for kids in center court, a beach ball volleyball game for the fans in the stands and souvenir T-shirts tossed to the fans. Lots of family groups with little kids were in attendance with everybody was involved in cheering on “our” team.

Quality basketball? You bet! Picking up the Sentinel sports page this morning we learned that two of the Tulsa 66’ers, had just been called up to play for their NBA parent team. Expect to see some of our Santa Cruz Warriors get a call from their Golden State Warriors NBA team, they are that good.

So what’s not to like about Warriors basketball? We got there early and found parking OK, after being chased out of the Walgreen parking lot across the street. The lot remained mostly empty at the end of the game. Security is always needed, but c’mon, is “wanding” (passing security wand) 8 year old girls necessary? Noise? Yes it was noisy inside during the game, but I have no way of knowing how loud it was outside the stadium. We’ll be looking forward to more Santa Cruz Warriors games. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

DAN PIRARO OF BIZARRO COMICS FOUND THIS PROFOUND VIDEO. Music by Edward Grieg, it’s a deep dig at man’s relationship with the natural world.

Follow this link to Bizarro’s home page, you’ll be glad you did. http://bizarrocomics.com

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary outlines gun shop regulations and our county. He details stuff about City Council meetings here and in Monterey. More news and links to Keep Fort Ord Wild, and news about a guided walk and hike to UCSC’s proposed North Campus happening Saturday 1/19 at noon. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse /

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

A TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN. The Wheel Company is producing this mammoth show… they say “We are really excited to bring you a third Bob Dylan Tribute show at The Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz on Friday, January 25th with some very talented musicians playing some classic tunes from one of our generations most influential writers and poets. In between the songs will be audio clips from some of Dylan’s famous interviews, a video presentation and even spoken word by one of our own Santa Cruz Supervisor, John Leopold. The doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 sharp with tickets available only at www.thewheelcompany.com Get your tickets early as the show will probably sell out.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim gives us insight on Uncle Sam’s diet vs. his diet. Scroll below.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Danny Glover and Saul Landau write about the United States Influencing Cuban Five decision. They say, “Maybe President Obama might agree to Cuba’s proposal to exchange – independent humanitarian gestures – the Cuban 5 for Alan Gross, the contract agent who worked for AID and tried to set up non-traceable satellite systems inside Cuba as part of an effort to subvert its government. Gross was convicted and sentenced to 15 years by a Cuban court”. For a YouTube video with Danny Glover and Peter Coyote taken from the trial transcript go here, then read it all here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

GIANT DIPPER FROM HELL RIDE. A classic graphic ride from hell, (NOT to be confused with our Boardwalk) and great art too.

Coaster test from Steve Cutts on Vimeo.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “As the movie awards season heats up, this week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (ljo-express.blogspot.com), I review The Impossible and Zero Dark Thirty, sound off on the Oscar nominees, and, oh yes, I’ll probably have something to say about the femme-o-centric Golden Globes ceremony.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

PULL MY DAISY, THE FILM. Here’s the nearly complete, original Jack Kerouac film. Alan Ginsberg, Greg Corso, Larry Rivers, Peter Orlovsky and other New York beatniks are in it. It’s 27 minutes long and ever watchful Kit Birskovich sent it to us.

ZERO DARK 30. Jessica Chastain is a very good actor, and she won a Golden Globe but it shouldn’t have been for this role. It’s a well made movie, clever, unique style, very exciting…mostly. The odd thing is watching James Gandolfini playing Leon Panetta!!!

Even in IMDB credits Panetta’s name isn’t used, just C.I.A. director. But Gandolfini wears Leon-type glasses and has a weird com-over like Leon does. And somehow it works, despite the 100 pound and 6 inches in height difference. Once again, I don’t think the film was all that good and yes, it sure does show the USA using lots of torture to locate Osama Bin Laden, what’s new about that?

GANGSTER SQUAD.Watching Sean Penn playing Mickey Cohen and Josh Brolin acting as a LA Detective kept reminding me of Dick Tracy vs. Rugface. This was supposed to be some kind of satire or spoof of film noir cop movies, but it wasn’t. It’s bloody and violent beyond all belief, it’s crude, unfunny, pointless and lacks style. By no stretch should any children be allowed to see it, and you shouldn’t bother either.

THE MAGISTRATE. The National Theatre Live Telecast of John Lithgow in”The Magistrate” is this Thursday at 7:30 at The Del Mar. It shows again on Sunday Jan. 20 . Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London). In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit classic comedies, She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences doubled up with laughter. When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries Agatha (Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll, After the Dance), little does he realise she’s dropped five years from her age – and her son’s. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps

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SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS PLAY SAT.JAN.19 8pm.& SUN.JAN.20,3 p.m..

Ivan Rosenblum and friends are playing music by Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms Turina, Jacob and Ives. It’s a program titled, “Transcriptions & Transgressions”. They play at Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Go to www.chamberplayers.org for all info.

“8 TENS @ 8″.Best collection of 8 ten minute plays I’ve seen in their 18 seasons. Now through Jan. 27 you’ve got a chance to see what I think are the best 8 10 minute plays they’ve ever assembled. Fast and funny plays, two deeper inner looking serious plays, the acting range is about like you’d expect and it’s all worth attending. I used to be a judge for 8 10’s and there have been some real clunkers…not this year. As usual it’s at The Center Stage Theatre on Center Street.

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.

January 15 has Marcus Cato and Brian Spencer discussing “8 Tens @ 8″ now at the Art Center Theatre. Then Ian Coulson tells us all about bee keeping and honey. On January 22 Roberta Bristol, Ruth Solomon and Beth Pettengill all talk about dance history in Santa Cruz and the big dance production happening on Jan. 25 at Cabrilho College. Then Steve Pleich discusses the newcommunity action group being formed. 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, 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 Conpany. 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. “Among the greatest things which are to be found among us, the Being of Nothingness is the greatest”, Leonardo Da Vinci.” The Self is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere”, Carl Jung. “How can any man be sad and watch a sunset?”, Bela Lugosi.

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January 8 – 14, 2013

LOWER PACIFIC AVENUE, SANTA CRUZ. Maybe circa 1890’s?? notice no cars, street car tracks, and “Theraputic Baths” on the roof of a building maybe on Pacific and Spruce Streets. Any/all data would be appreciated.

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WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAY VACATION. As previously mentioned, I flew to daughter Jennifer’s family (and house) in Mar Vista (Santa Monica) for a few days, then to my sister Jerrie’s home in Victorville and beyond that to a stunning (really !!) two day tour of Joshua Tree National Park, 29 Palms, Palm Springs, and lots of Yucca Valley. There are too many items to report on in just this week’s column but do note that when you’re past 75 you don’t have to take off your shoes for airport security. I didn’t ask how old you must be to keep your hat on. I was once again amazed at the rip off prices for snacks, sodas, and food in airports. Talk about captive audiences!!! Why and who allows this? I found that my Hershey bar was made in Mexico, and no longer made in Hershey, Pennsylvania where I visited their amusement park many times in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Speaking of airports I was killing a lot of time (don’t ask why) in the airport in Ontario before flying back to SJC. Who do I meet but Phil and Sue Bonner of Kentucky who told me they were nearly life long friends of Cynthia and Bill Mathews. we had a great conversation, and I avoided any references to our local politics. It was a fine holiday. Yes, we saw the 26 ft. tall statue of Marilyn Monroe in the town square of Palm Springs. Yes, it looks just like you think it looks.

LOU HARRISON’S STRAW BALE HOUSE.‘For years I’d heard Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig talk about their dream straw bale house down in Joshua Tree. Finally, through the kindness of Eva Soltes and Shauna Tucker I got to visit it. Sister Jerrie, Dori and Merl Abel (niece and husband) got to experience what can only be called the Lou’s spirit home. The house, the feeling, the creativity is so much like Lou it is awe inspiring. We also toured The Sacred Tree bed and breakfast another straw bale construction just down the road. If you like desert and yuccas this is the place to be.

CITY HALL & POLICE DEPT. PARKING LOT SOLAR PANELS. Hardly any citizen or tourist could possibly miss the huge columns and Solar Panels being built in our City Hall Parking lot.

NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS.My only partially silent partner in BrattonOnline, Gunilla Leavitt (she of Golden Fleece, the Yarn Store) found this graphic history of the 2053 Nuclear Explosions worldwide…from 1945 to 1998.Check it out and think about Global Warming, and life itself!!

It is a big project and is being built by developer Barry Swenson. Folks have been wondering how and why the contract was assigned to Swenson and why there were no competing bids allowed. Ron Pomerantz, sustainable advocacy and open government enthusiast as well as a former City Council candidate wrote the following to let the rest of us in on “Business As Usual” at City Hall.

“The Photovoltaic Projects on the 2 City Parking Lots”
You’ve most likely noticed a construction project in the City Hall parking lotread the rest here. Link expands, click again to collapse.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA NEWS. I didn’t get the heads up until too late for my pre-holiday column but The Roman Catholic Church in San Juan Bautista actually apologized to the local Amah Mutsun tribe for the tragic events which occurred during Mission times. That seems unbelievable…The Catholic Church apologizing and offering a “Mass of Reconciliation” for the wrongs they did. I’m wondering if the Pope and Rome know about this? Could this be the start of something bigger? Like the Catholic Church apologizing for anything? Think about that.

GOODBYE “MIKE” HUGH JOHNSTON. Attorney and mandolinist Mike Johnston died Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Mike was the original mandolin player in our Hot Damn String Band for decades. He was an ardent environmentalist and wrote a fine article in a book on our North Coast. A Celebration of his life is happening this Sunday Jan. 12. If you’d like to attend call 831 761-9923 for details.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick kibitzed this week, “Interesting to see who swore in our two new county supes… Judge Maragonda for Zach Friend, County Treasurer Fred Keeley for Mc Pherson… We may be in for some rough years.. Keeley has gone completely to the other side. He’s the one who should re-register his party affiliation… to Republican”. Here’s Paul E.’s column from Dec. 31, 2012

Elerick’s Wish List for 2013

Best wishes go to Micah Posner starting his first term on Santa Cruz City Council. A long-time ally and friend of Sensible Transportation, Micah will be the lone breath of fresh air on the Council for the next two years at least.

More best wishes to Safeway on their development plans for Scotts Valley. I wish them the best in a community that probably wants their growth-inducing project. Those good wishes stop when it comes to their Rancho Del Mar demolition/ expansion project in Aptos. Maybe they could re-target this effort to their for Scotts Valley project?

Even more best wishes to my friend Zach Friend starting his first term as 2ND District County Supervisor. I believe Zach understands what 2nd District priorities are, with local street and road repair being at the top of the list. Saving local businesses vs. a mega-Safeway will also be one of the first things on his agenda.

The Regional Transportation Commission has done wonders by completing the purchase of the branch rail line. I wish them the best on holding the line against the train-haters and for pushing ahead with plans for future use of the rail line.

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District has an opportunity to make the passage of Measure L (and other measures) to great things for students and teachers in our schools. To the folks that worked to pass these measures, accept the thanks in 2013 that you so deservedly won.

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

JAYNE MANSFIELD. In case you’ve forgotten just how poor a copy of Marilyn Monroe Jayne Mansfield was, take a look

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary is talking to Carmel’s League of Women Voters on Wednesday. He includes the link to Good Times article on Bill Kocher’s de-sal conflict of interest… , He talks about Cal Am and their proposal and how to connect with your State Officials and closes with checking out the California Native Plant Society. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse / (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Violence in our classrooms ?? DeCinzo thought about that…see below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim offers an inside view of the deep conflict within the Republican Party (hint…it’s no party !) Scroll below.

WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES.‘The trailer from Bela Tarr’s great classic…not for mainstream movie goers, and still a classic. Just a teaser…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. « No Longer a Bourgeois Social Order » is this week’s piece from Saul. Among other things he writes… “But where do transsexuals, gays and lesbians go to meet others (in Cuba) for socializing and sex? They have made their spots, places where large crowds gather on weekend nights to hook up and go inside a dark place to have sex. CENESEX workers try to distribute condoms as a public health measure, but the police do not break up the crowds or intrude on the indoor private spaces. Hotel rooms are expensive, and few habaneros have access to private space or permission inside their homes to bring lovers of the same sex. Under Mariela’s leadership and obviously with the at least tacit support of her father, President Raul Castro, CENESEX has made huge strides in enlightening Cuba’s youth and bringing the new culture in to challenge the old. But she knows she has a long way to go before the old macho culture concedes to facts and reason around the issues of homosexuality. Indeed, it took decades before Cuba’s medical profession began to concede that homosexuality could not be simply dismissed as a “bourgeois social disorder.” Read all of it here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Happy 2013, everyone! It’s a numbers racket this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), where I reveal my Top 10 movies of 2012, and look back on a dozen alternative ways to spend the 12 Days of Christmas. Also: can Les Miserables really be as awful—or as great—as everyone says? Find out what I think!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THE REAL FDR IN THE REAL HYDE PARK.

DJANGO UNCHAINED. Quentin Tarantino is one of the very few American directors who has a style. It’s bold gutsy, intelligent, clever and more clever, and even innovative. Django is one of his finest. So are Inglorius Basterds, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, and Pulp fiction. Django is a comedy satire on westerns and resembles Blazing Saddles in lots of ways. It’s focus is slavery pre-Lincoln film time. Yep, nigger the word is used throughout the film, a lot. Hopefully it’ll take as much energy out of using that word as Lenny Bruce did by saying fuck. The New Yorker uses fuck all the time now,. When both Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx are the stars and they say nigger you know there’s reasons behind it. Go see it.

PROMISED LAND. Matt Damon and Frances McDormond do wonderful acting jobs in this “fracking film”. It should be difficult for any Santa Cruzan to sit through it and NOT think about De-salination and how the city council and Bill Kocher the water director are working hard to accomplish the exact same environmentally dangerous goal.

Go see the film, you can almost fill in every local name with the folks in this movie.

THE IMPOSSIBLE. ‘The tsunami in Thailand in 2004, Naomi Watts, and Ewan McGregor make this one very exciting film. Naomi is certainly up for Oscar time and the special effects people should be too. It’s very Hollywood, very exciting and again it does make you wonder what Santa Cruz will do and how we’ll react when the big one hits here. We have zero preparation, just like Thailand did. Maybe we could turn the basketball arena upside down and use it as an ark!!!

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON.‘This should really be called “The Sex Life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt”. It surely isn’t fun, not at all educational and may even be true if you want to believe some papers and notes found after Daisy died at age 100. Daisy was FDR’s 5th cousin and is played by Laura Linney (she shouldn’t have). Bill Murray as FDR isn’t all that wonderful or believable either.

CIRQUE Du SOLEIL. I’m only one of many who think that making the most exciting dangerous aerialist moves in circus history into filmed slow motion sagas took all the danger out of what Cirque does best. It’s a mash-up of 6 or 7 Cirque productions. The water spectacle O (I saw it live in Las Vegas), the Elvis Show, The Beatles Show and other scenes are stripped of almost all grace and excitement. Forget it.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE.‘Hoping to see the magic I figure both Billy Crystal and Bette Midler‘have always had, this film was a genuine let down. Cheap, stupid lines and making both Crystal and Midler into mean, dumb grandparents just didn’t work.

LES MISERABLES. Pretending to be something it isn’t, puts it at the very bottom of my list. Like its title, the music is miserable, the lyrics are beneath junk, and it all sounds like Andrew Lloyd Webber and I can’t stomach Andrew Lloyd Webber. For years I thought he wrote Les Miz, Robert Norse corrected me and said he liked the movie. It ruined Victor Hugo’s book, the voices sound like the Disney Snow white soundtrack, and the photography was ok. The switch from a play onstage to what was supposed to be reality was phoney, etc. etc.

JACK REACHER. It takes about 30 minutes before all the sniper shootings stop reminding you of Newtown and Sandy Hook. From then on Jack Reacher is another top notch Tom Cruise chase- intrigue – inside the department traitor-movie. Robert DuVall and Rosamund Pike, especially Rosamund add much to this twisty, sneaky, unpredictable thrill ride.

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.

Brian Staufenbiel is on January 8 talking about the UCSC Opera program. After which Heather McDougal talks about her new book “Songs For A Machine Age”. January 15 has Marcus Cato and Brian Spencer discussing “8 Tens @ 8″ now at the Art Center Theatre. Then Ian Coulson tells us all about bee keeping and honey. On January 22 WILPF is sending someone to talk about Fracking. Followed by folks from our local dance groups talking about the history and richness of dance hereabouts and the special program happening on Jan. 25 at Cabrilho College. 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, 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 Conpany. 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. “Avoid like the plague a clergyman who is also a business man“, Saint Jerome. “I started out with nothing. I still have most of it”, Michael Davis. “My grandfather died in the great crash of 1929—a stockbroker jumped out of a window and crushed him and his pushcart down below”. Mario Cuomo.

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December 22, 2012 – January 6, 2013

PACIFIC AVENUE 1957. These snow photos that I print every season are necessary proof that it can happen here. It’s obviously 7:46 am by the Town Clock shown here atop the ODD Fellows hall right there 2 doors from the Palomar Hotel. Leask’s department store here on the right is now the Urban Outfitters or something. That’s our nearly venerable Cooper House on the far left. If you enlarge enough you can see the marquees of both the Santa Cruz Theatre sort of where 99 Bottles is and the Del Mar marquee right where it still is….and go see Lincoln this holiday season.

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A NAGGING THOUGHT OR QUESTION.It’ll be quite a while before the Sandy Hook school tragedy in Newtown, Conn. is forgotten, and we have some new tragedy to feel frustrated about. And while the gun control monster is just about all we can think about, there’s another deeper but unspoken angle lurking out there. What if Adam Lanza hadn’t committed suicide after shooting those children, and was captured alive? How would the United States vote right now on giving him the death penalty or life imprisonment? How would you vote? How would Santa Cruz vote? Obama said, “We will have to change”. I’m still wondering just how much we will change.

MAYORS AGAINST GUN CONTROL. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg started MAIG. Wikipedia says, “Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) is a coalition of over 600 mayors who support a number of gun control initiatives that the group calls “commonsense reforms” to fight illegal gun trafficking and gun violence in the United States. Most recently the group has focused on an effort to defeat a bill in Congress that would require each state to recognize carry licenses issued by other states”. Have I missed the Sentinel article that reports on either Hilary Bryant or Don Lane joining MAIG??? I mean Santa Cruz would be 100% in favor of gun control, right? Why doesn’t some group collect signatures at the opening night of The Warriors game favoring gun control?

MORE ON GUNS AND SHOOTING.Long time friend Bob Reid sent this…”I reposted a column on my site that I had written after the shootings in Arizona, and posted again after the Colorado theater shooting. I know it will continue to be sadly relevant. I believe that it is an important perspective to have represented in the conversation about our relationship with guns. Be sure to read it…

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Read Gary’s daily KUSP scripts this week when he talks about The Pajaro Valley and the river being besieged. He tells of the Monterey City Council issues and about the problems with the re-use policies happening at Fort Ord. He talks about the conflict of interest that Bill Kocher has in selling De-sal plants and how the town of Gonzales is getting wind turbines without any EIR’s. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO.Holiday time at those neighbor’s ?? De Cinzo takes a poke.

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EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim shows the Republicans how to cheer!!! See below…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul’s weekly column is titled, ” Obama could use gross and the five to restore relations”. In it he states, “President Obama could assent to the reciprocal humanitarian gestures that would bring Alan Gross, an American contractor home and send the Cuban Five back to their island and their families. Only the extreme right wing Cuban exiles in south Florida and in northern New Jersey would loudly complain. Most Americans don’t know who the Cuban Five are. The gesture would also open the road for more relations with Cuba, may be even a lifting of the travel ban that prevents American from going to the island, and a loosening of the economic embargo – good for U.S. business. All of Latin America would praise Obama as would most of the world. Read all of it here….

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express), enjoy some merry Marxism as Cabrillo Stage resurrects Groucho, Chico, and Harpo in the entertaining new holiday production, A Night At The Nutcracker.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THE TURIN HORSE.(2012) Here’s just 2 minutes of one of the finest films I’ve ever seen. It’ll give you some idea of the barren and still claustrophobic feel of director Bela Tarr’s greatest film…to date, and maybe ever.

THE TURIN HORSE.Only if you truly enjoythe mystery of early Bergman films or the staging of Beckett plays (without the words) or Tarkovsky, Lars Von Trier, Eisenstein, Bunuel films…will you enjoy what Turin Horse shows us. Beal Tarr who also made the unforgettable Werckmeister Harmonies said Turin Hose might be his last film because there’s nothing left to say in cinema after Turin Horse. Rent it at Cedar Street Video (that’s where I found it)…or they say you can watch it online, but be sure to add it to your masterpieces

THE ELEMENT OF CRIME. Von Trier was only 24 when he made this film. Check out the use of sepia as a mood setting device.

THE ELEMENT OF CRIME. Lars Von Trier is another favorite living director. His Melancholia, Medea, The Kingdom, Anti-Christ, and Breaking the Waves are all cinema masterpieces. Be sure to catch up on his early Elements of Crime. Also at Cedar Street Video….rent locally!!!

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. A huge box office success on its opening weekend but I’ll bet it plummets fast. Even Ian McKellan as Gandalf can’t rise above a boring, violent script. Dwarves fighting elves, elves fighting trolls, orcs and wargs and all in 3D and expensive Computer Graphics…it’s still monotonous. As we’ve been told, there’ll be more…but dare we hope for a semblance of what Tolkien had in mind???

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only, or sometimes old programs are archived…(see next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG.

Then on December 18 Futzie Nutzle talks about his Blitzer Gallery show followed by Bonnie Stoehn and Virginia Wright telling us about Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or MAPS, and the treatment ofdepression and PTSD. On Christmas Night (12/25) I’ll be in LA and Victorville so we’ll re-play the Grapevine with Katherine Beiers , Celia and Peter Scott. Same goes for Jan.1, 2013 when we’ll replay an important Grapevine. Brian Staufenbiel is on January 8 talking about the UCSC Opera program. After which Heather McDougal talks about her new book “Songs For A Machine Age”. 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, 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 Conpany. 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. “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them”, Dave Berry. “Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson. “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store”,Dr. Seuss

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December 13 – 19, 2012

BEFORE THE POST OFFICE. The Swanton House was an early Fred Swanton project. It burned down in 1887 in the huge downtown fire. It was the first three story hotel in town. Our present post office opened around 1911/1912.

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SUBROSA WINDOWS SMASHED!!! This is from an email last week…”Over the weekend (Dec. 1 &2)two of our windows were busted out on two consecutive nights. It wasn’t a burglary (though that has happened several times in the past), but just a semi-random asshole thing to do, we guess. Windows can be replaced, of course. But it is expensive (and disheartening). If you’d like to help, come in during staff hours (9am-2pm M-F) and help make the space feel safe. Or if you can’t make it in, please support our winter fundraiser. The good news is that we’ve met 33% of our goal in our fundraiser. But we only have a little under a month left, which works out to be just over $400 a week.

‘Again, if you can, please stop in and help make the space feel safer. And thanks as always for your support. Wes Modes, SubRosa Collective Fundraising Bottomliner”. Few businesses (or collectives) are as community oriented as The Subrosa. Now’s the time and season, to help out.

W.C. Fields in “The Mormon’s Prayer” (1928). Mitt Romney was but a tear in his dad’s eye when this was filmed.
EVIAN BABY BREAK DANCE. It’s old (2010) and I think I used it before…but it’s a great clip.

MARK STONE’S APPOINTMENT. I got this from the San Lorenzo Valley News

http://slvnews.blogspot.com

STONE NAMED CHAIR OF ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE


SACRAMENTO – Assembly member Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) has been named Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee. The committee considers legislation regarding child welfare, adult foster care, Cal WORKS, and developmental disability services. “I’m pleased to continue my work to protect the most vulnerable Californians by serving as Chair of the Human Services Committee,” said Stone. “I look forward to focusing on legislation to improve the lives of California’s children, elderly, and disabled citizens.” Stone’s appointment builds upon his previous work as a champion for disadvantaged children. As a Santa Cruz County Supervisor, Stone served on the Santa Cruz County First 5 Commission and the Santa Cruz County Child Welfare System Improvement Plan Steering Committee. During that time, he led an overhaul of the County’s child welfare system, allowing disenfranchised youth of Santa Cruz County to have a voice in their future”.

TRUE COSTS OF DE-SAL. Pat Matecjek sent this link to Huffington’s Post

which says in part…”In a new report issued today, the Pacific Institute released the results of a year-long analysis of the complex and controversial costs of seawater desalination. The conclusion? It is still really expensive, especially compared to alternatives”. It also concludes, “But the public and water planners must not blindly assume that desalination makes sense now: it remains among the most expensive options available to meet water demands”. read all of it here

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick reports in from Aptos…

Aptos gets a great new restaurant

‘It’s called Aptos Burger and it opened across the street from Rancho Del Mar. It’s the same style (and owners) of the Burger restaurant at the corner of Mission and Bay Streets in Santa Cruz. However, the Aptos Burger has a great outdoor deck to enjoy the sun and meet your neighbors. A very classy family-oriented place, their parking lot is nearly full any time they’re open.

‘Aptos Safeway Expansion – more of the same baloney

‘The consultant team promoting a Safeway mega-store at Rancho Del Mar continues to confound the community. We’re still waiting for that community meeting they promised, so they could hear what we think of their demolition proposal for the shopping center. Instead, they hosted two more promotional events at a small vacant store-front with the same artist’s drawings of what they expect to do. These meetings were held at unbelievably inconvenient times, one starting at 3PM on Tuesday, the one last Saturday at 10:00 A.M. The first one, as reported in the Sentinel, featured a tour of the existing Safeway and didn’t report the attendance. However, Saturday’s turnout was mild, to say the least. I dropped in at 10:15 and joined about six others, along the consultant’s staff, left my letter of opposition to their project and departed.

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

LANDFILL HARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Doug Pomeroy makes a strong point that music exists in the hearts of most humans….except those local democrats who voted for McPherson.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary states in his KUSP script, “For as long as I have been involved in public life in Santa Cruz County, the elected officials of the City of Watsonville (with some individual exceptions, of course) have wanted to pave over the agricultural land surrounding Watsonville, to build housing, and stores, and factories. The aim has been, it is always claimed, to achieve “economic” benefits for Watsonville. Often, “equity” benefits have been cited, too. The concept has been that we must accept negative “environmental” impacts in order to achieve positive “economic” and “equity” gains. That is the story featured in the Sentinel article”. Agriculture is, by far, the biggest business in the Pajaro Valley, and hundreds of farmworkers depend on employment in the agricultural fields surrounding Watsonville. Does displacing agriculture, and these workers, and putting up a big-box store on productive farmland, actually achieve economic and equity advances for the community at large? Soon, Watsonville voters will have a chance to decide”. Read it all here…XXXXX (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

RICHARD FEYNMAN TALKS ABOUT GOD. Our Hot Damn Jug Band in Pasadenaused to rehearse on the CalTech Campus back in the 50’s . Feynman was there once, we said hi!!!

VINTAGE DE CINZO.Substitute Bruce McPherson’s name for Ralph Nader’s and you are up to date!!! Scroll below…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. You’ll have to discover T. Eagan’s « Bubba Bubble » on your own…scroll down…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. “Israel and Gaza Again” is Saul’s title for his weekly opinion in Progreso Weekly. In it he says, “Much of the media propagated the Israeli lie that wicked Hamas started the current fighting by firing missiles, which forced innocent Israel to defend its people and territory. President Barack Obama and the U.S. and Israeli mainstream media blamed Hamas. Yes, Palestinians fired rockets into Israel, and Israel claimed its only reason for bombing Gaza was to stop the rocket fire. However, Israel has consistently launched violent attacks into Gaza with far more firepower and accuracy than that available to the Gazans. The war has ended, temporarily. One hopes Obama fashions the courage to tell Netanyahu and company to stop its brutality and withhold aid until Israel starts moving toward making real peace, recognizing that Palestinians merit a larger and contiguous piece of their rightful (by the 1967 accords) land, as a state”. Read it all here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

UFO’s, STONHENGE, MAYAN 2012 ENDING, SECRET MASONIC STUFF.

Don’t watch this one; it’s full of genuine proof that everything weird is true.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “Go Psycho for Christmas this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as Anthony Hopkins steps into the role—and the famous silhouette—of Alfred Hitchcock during the making of his famous horror movie, in Hitchcock.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

LINDSAY LOHAN DOES ELIZABETH TAYLOR. I missed Lohan’s performance two weeks ago and I’m betting you did too (snicker, snicker). This clip is probably more than enough.

HITCHCOCK. According to folklore, Alfred Hitchcock was a very private person. This film does nothing to convince us that we are getting any closer to the real guy at all. Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins do all they can with a “filmsy, flimsy”, script. But the film does include the fact that Hitchcock changed forever the way we see films from the beginning, instead of walking in any old time. James D’Arcy looking so much like Anthony Perkins is the scariest thing in the film about the making of Psycho.

JOHN BARRYMORE DOES HAMLET. That’s bandleader Kay Kyser Barrymore’s talking to. Vocalist Ginny Simms and comedienne Patsy Kelly are in the scene. This was Barrymore’s last film and the only time his Hamlet soliloquy was filmed. Christopher Plummer’s Barrymore stage performance at the Del Mar last week was boring.

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.

December 11 has photographer Charles Berger discussing the changing field and definitions of photography. After which, UCSC Student Kim Schneider comes back talking about Teach the Forest, LRDP’ s, and late breaking LAFCO items. Then on December 18 Futzie Nutzle talks about his Blitzer Gallery show. Bonnie Stoehn and Virginia Wright tell us about Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or MAPS, and the treatment ofdepression and PTSD. On Christmas Night (12/25) I’ll be in LA and Victorville so we’ll re-play the Grapevine with Katherine Beiers , Celia and Peter Scott. 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, 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 Conpany. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “I could prove God statistically“, George Gallup. “Work is our sanity, our self respect, our salvation,> So far from being a curse, work is the greatest blessing”, Henry Ford. A license plate I saw at highway 9 & 1 last week ..IH8W8IN“(clever , right??)

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December 5 – 11, 2012

CLEAN BEACHES. This was back about 1940 or so, before the Dream Inn, before dirty beaches, The Ideal Fish Restaurant building was there. Check it out and think about how all the development this area has received, and just how much better is it now???

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WARRIORS RUBBER WELCOME MAT. I really hope the Warriors tent deal works out. I mean it’s here, the city has gone way out on a limb financially, aesthetically, and almost morally to make money off the deal. But, when I read items in Monday’s San Francisco Chronicle such as, “Warrior’s Credibility May be Shot” I have serious doubts. Read all of Randy Shandobil’s Open Forum column here. Its about trusting the management of the Warriors. Read the part where it says, “The Warriors, led by owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, are asking San Franciscans, city leaders, planning commissioners and environmentalists to believe that the team can build a 17,500-seat, 135-foot tall arena on Piers 30-32 without blocking views from the waterfront, without creating traffic gridlock along the Embarcadero and without harming the San Francisco Bay. And the Warriors promise they can do all that using local union workers. And they wouldn’t use any public money. Can they deliver on all those promises?”

Then read the part where it says, “Public Relations 101: To persuade people to trust you, be transparent and tell the truth. Are the Warriors being fully forthright and transparent about any potential problems they might encounter in building their arena? So far, there is nothing to suggest they haven’t been. But if the Warriors continue to be evasive about the true status of their star players, San Francisco city leaders might wonder if they are getting the whole truth about the team’s ability to build a waterfront arena, without blocking waterfront views and without using any public money”. What I hope won’t happen (but I’m afraid it will is that in about the Spring of 2014 the Warriors owners will decide that the “Santa Cruz team and arena deal” isn’t working. They’ll find a loophole, a clause, some very legal to back out of town, leaving us all high and dry. That’s Spring of 2014. Speaking of high and dry, I asked Don Lane when we were both working at the Grey Bears Holiday Dinner about the huge rain run-off from the Warriors rubber tent roof. He said he didn’t know but would look into it. That’s if we ever get that much rain again!!!

NEW/REVISED PARKING LOT AT FARMERS MARKET?? Micah Posner emailed last week… “There is a new impetus/argument for the garage or a Paid Not to Park Program. The city will be giving the Seaside Company 250 spots downtown during the summer for their employees in exchange for lot for the basketball stadium”. Apparently The Downtown Commission discussed this idea last week.

WIND POWERED CHINESE CAR.

FAREWELL MARGARET METZINGER. Margaret Metzinger died a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t know Margaret, but she certainly had a lot of friends. Here’s an email I received…”Margaret was an educator, nurse, and political activist. For over twenty years she lived in Santa Cruz, California, a place that she loved and we had hoped she would be able to return home to. She was active in the Santa Cruz community as a member of WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom), the Raging Grannies, and a number of other social justice organizations. One of her greatest joys in life was live music, and on any given night she would go out in Santa Cruz to see live performances. She was never in a rush, and always had time to listen or talk. Even strangers were treated as friends. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:00 noon, at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz at 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 427-2227. For further information please email margaretmemorial@gmail.com

TOUR OF A SPACE STATION.
THE ORANGUTAN AND THE HOUND DOG. Alyce Cadwalladersent this gem. Count how many “awws” you sigh during this odd ball clip.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about LAFCO, and UCSC. Then he explains RTC and TAMC, he mentions the Ventana Wilderness Alliance. In addition to those topics he states, “In Santa Cruz County, slightly more than half of the population lives outside of an incorporated city. If you live in Live Oak, or Aptos, or Soquel, or Ben Lomond, or Freedom, or La Selva Beach, or Pasatiempo, or Boulder Creek, or Felton, you need to pay attention to what the County Planning Commission is doing. While the ultimate responsibility for land use and planning decisions outside the boundaries of cities is with the Board of Supervisors, the Board often defers to what the Planning Commission does, or recommends. So, here is a “heads up.” The Santa Cruz County Planning Commission is going to hold an evening study session on Wednesday, December 12th, next week, at 6:30 p.m. The study session will focus on a proposed “Transit Corridors Plan for Sustainable Communities.” Unincorporated areas in mid-county would be directly impacted. Mark your calendar for next Wednesday’s (Dec. 14) meeting.

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Mr. DeCinzo’s $20,000 dollar raises are just a bit dated (maybe $200,000?) but the attitude, the attitude??? Scroll down…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Obama begins working it out with the Republicans, but only maybe….see below.

GUSTALVO ALMODOVAR REPEATS HIMSELF. This news guy can’t say his last name without turning his head…it’s a weird affectation, watch it…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul’s weekly column is titled, “Cuban Americans are Many things, But few are conservatives”. In it he says, “Several of our friends expressed shock when they learned that President Obama had won some 48% of south Florida’s Cuban-American vote. One asked: how can you explain that a reputedly reactionary community would yield such a high percentage vote for a Democrat? The answer relates to confusion. The Cuban Americans in the Miami area have gotten mislabeled. They do not belong in the social or “cultural conservative” category. Some sectors of the “Latino” community do have conservative social views. But apart from their harsh position on the Cuban revolution, Cuban Americans do not strongly oppose divorce, women’s rights, social security, social welfare payments, or sexual preference”. Read it all here… Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), see if you have the Luck of the Draw at the Santa Cruz Art League’s annual art swap, check out some cool First Night festivities, find out if the new Anna Karenina is truly epic, or an epic fail, and read all about the “secret book sculptor,” the biggest mystery to come out of Scotland since the Loch Ness Monster.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Brad Pitt reminds us that he can act in this excellent gangster film. So does Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, and Ray Liotta. Liotta really got to me in his role as bad guy gone good. The dialogue, acting, editing, and directing all work together to make this one fine film. Its several cuts above any American gangster film in nearly a decade.

ANNA KARENNINA. It’s one of the very best love stories of all time. It’s been filmed many times and this version starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law with a script by Tom Stoppard, sets the entire drama in a half stage- half outdoors setting. This partial reality gets in the way. You constantly ask yourself is this real or the stage part? Nothing gets too serious before the stage stuff intrudes. Knightly has the ability to appear onscreen as the most beautiful woman ever filmed OR the plainest blah presence ever tolerated. If you’ve seen any version of this or can rent one , do it. This one misses.

PEER GYNT IN 2013 AT UCSC. Consider this a friendly warning that if you don’t set aside all the dates now, you’ll be sorry once the announcements are officially promoted. Here’s the Gynt project website http://thegyntproject.com. And here’s what Christina Waters wrote about the project a while ago… http://thegyntproject.com . Check it all out, and if you’ve always been curious about what’s behind Peer Gynt now’s the time.

NUTTY AT BLITZER.We used to call Futzie Nutzle “Nutty”, and people are calling him more often than ever nowadays!!! He told me, and Nutty never lies, that he’s got one of his biggest shows of art opening at The Blitzer Gallery where Wrigley’s used to be. It opens on December 7th. If you think you’ve seen all the styles and beauty and politics on Nutty’s art, you’ll be surprised each time he has a new show. Go see this one.

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. Joe Jordan talks about NASA, space and Global Warming on December 4th followed by Attorney Bob Taren wrapping up the local political year. December 11 has photographer Charles Berger discussing the fine points of his art. After which, UCSC Student Kim Schneider comes back talking about Teach the Forest, LRDP’ s, and late breaking LAFCO items. Then on December 18 Futzie Nutzle talks about his Blitzer Gallery show. On Christmas Night (12/25) I’ll be in LA and Victorville so we’ll re-play the Grapevine with Katherine Beiers , Celia and Peter Scott. 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, 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 Conpany. 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!!!

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