November 5 – 11, 2012

FRONT STREET & SOQUEL. JANUARY 1957. Are you thinking about all of downtown Santa Cruz being built on a flood plain? All of downtown is about 2 inches above Tsunami or San Lorenzo River overflow headlines. The closest gas station on the left is now the CVS parking lot (I can’t read the gas prices…drat!) . Wells Fargo bank building is on the far corner where George Scofield’s gas station and Ford Motor Company stood.

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MONDAY DEADLINE. At least once per year I have to apologize for this Election week column being non committal. I write it Sundays and Monday mornings then send it to Gunilla about 1 p.m. Monday and she gets it online as soon as absolutely possible. In short, I haven’t the vaguest idea who won anything. But that doesn’t stop me from the following.

SHAME ON WOMEN CANDIDATES FOR USING SEX. It’s unbelievable how some city council candidate women slung the sex thing at endorsing groups because they didn’t endorse enough women. What a farce, what a phoney, low, political pile of poop.

Many of our very best local city Council women have been women. (Not counting Cynthia Mathews is her later years…she was good early in her first term or two) Santa Cruz will elect good qualified women, they have elected them in the past it’s simply that none of the women running this time had qualifications for the City Council. We’ve been good about electing “minority’ candidates and even LGBT’ers and hopefully that will continue. More to the point where are the qualified candidates, why aren’t more intelligent people running. As previously stated, this year’s candidate crop was the worst I’ve seen in years.

SHAME ON McPHERSON FOR DIRTY POLITICS. Shame on the Sentinel too for not exposing Bruce McPherson’s dirty smear papers at the last minute. Just about everyone figured he’d come out extra smarmy with his Republican money backers and it proved just how desperate he was, and how low he’d sink to win. If he won on Tuesday, just watch in only a few weeks and see where and how he’ll change his phoney, glad handing, to making his every developer-backer who did his kissy poo stuff make newer and more vast sums of money at the cost of our environment.

GREAT WOMAN CANDIDATE FOR SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL

A MAJOR QUESTION. Mike Rotkin didn’t really start it, but justifying corporations, chain stores, franchises…and any developer who wants to buy into Santa Cruz by claiming the resulting taxes that will help pay our costs of running the city is the biggest lie ever told. There is not one city, metropolis, or village in the USA or the world that has benefited from these mythical taxes. What city anywhere is well off human services- wise because they allowed such growth as Rotkin and his followers ( Coonerty, Mathews, Kennedy, Terrazas, Robinson et al. have created here?

De-Sal and UCSC and the Community

REPLACING FRED KEELEY WITH A MATH GENIUS
BUTTERFLIES AT NATURAL BRIDGES.

SHAME ON COMSTOCK’S MONEY CAMPAIGN. The way Pamela Comstock bought her way into the campaign was just shameful. It demonstrates just as much disrespect for honest elections as does her involvement with the vigilante Take Back Santa Cruz. What are we coming to? What kind of city are we developing? Who wants to bet when Comstock (if she’s elected) will make her first independent/minority vote on a City Issue? That’s mostly independent from what Mathews tells her.

KUDOS TO SANTA CRUZ ART LEAGUE’S POLITICS. Be sure to get over to the Santa Cruz Art League now through November 25 to see “Visual Politics: Art and the American Experience, 2012″.. See the many diverse points of view on politics and the American experience from all corners of the U.S. More than that David Fleming, Russell Brutsche, Kristin Casaletto, Dan Mills, Jaki Christeve, and many more…all good and worth seeing. Maureen Davidson juried the show and know her stuff.

BIG ANNUAL MUSICAL & BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ EVENT.
Bookshop Santa Cruz has been in business lo these 46 years and this Friday (11/9) is their Birthday Party. Or as their promo says, “PREVIEW SALE FOR READERS’ CLUB MEMBERS ONLY: 20% OFF EVERYTHING: All Day Friday, November 9th Join us in celebrating 46 years of Bookshop Santa Cruz, your independent community bookstore. Enjoy the live music of the Hot Damn String Band and (at 8:15) help us blow out all the candles on our big birthday cake! That’s us, the Hot Damn String Band. Jim Reynolds (vocals & guitar),Annie Steinhart (fiddle), Todd Kimball (mandolin), Dave Magram (banjo), Gary Cunningham (bass) and I’ll of course be on washboard and hump backed Zayante horn). We start at 7:30 p.m. everybody breaks for ice cream and cake at 8:15 then we play again until 9:30. Yes, we still miss Jim Houston on string bass and his unflinching warbling on Minnie the Mermaid…but if you listen closely you can probably hear him singing somewhere!!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about LAFCO and says, “The Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, will meet at 9:30 Wednesday, November 7 in the morning. This was the day that LAFCO was scheduled to address controversial applications by the City of Santa Cruz, and by the University of California at Santa Cruz, which ask LAFCO to approve an extension of City water service to the UCSC North Campus. The UCSC North Campus area is outside the area where the City currently provides water. Whenever a water agency wants to provide service outside its established water service area LAFCO has the responsibility of deciding whether or not this should be permitted. LAFCO policies say that water service should be extended only if LAFCO can find that there is an “adequate, reliable, and sustainable” water supply.

The law firm with which I am associated represents the Community Water Coalition, which takes the position that the City does not, at the current time, have an “adequate, reliable, and sustainable” water supply, and that allowing the University to take more City water, to facilitate the University’s plan to construct over 3,000,000 square feet of new buildings, in what is now a natural reserve area, would put current water users, and the natural environment, in jeopardy. If you want to get involved, mark your calendar for the next LAFCO meeting, on December 5th. That’s when the Commission is now scheduled to address this issue”.

Gary also deals with a Airplane Museum theme park on 101 in Greenfield. How our City Council met on Monday and dealt with our Heritage tree ordinance and more. Go here for all of it. (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)

ELERICK’S INPUT. Also writing on Monday (11/5) Paul Elerick sends this…

The Election – Some predictions

There are so many important issues that will be decided tomorrow, it’s hard to prioritize them. Local measures and races are at the top of my list. Despite the Sentinel and big out-of-district dollar promotion of Mc Pherson for 5th District County Supervisor, I’m picking the better candidate; Eric Hammer. This will be the swing vote on the Board and Eric will serve the entire county well.

Santa Cruz City Council looks like Mathews and Lane for sure, the other two not so sure. But I’m picking Posner to be the number three vote getter. Santa Cruz needs at least one voice for those outside the business community. The number four? Pick one.

Measure P, the right to vote on desal, will pass with flying colors. How could anybody vote against giving people the right to vote? Measure P will also wake up Soquel Creek Water District’s customers when they get the chance to vote on desal.

The state and local tax measures will be close, or as the networks say, too close to call. But Santa Cruz County will stand strongly behind Prop 37 because we want to know what’s in our food, and are not beholden to the chemical industry. The State and Federal offices will all be won by Democrats, not a difficult prediction. It will be a clean sweep.

(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).

VINTAGE DE CINZO. De Cinzo was way ahead of the time when he drew this food labeling visual. Scroll down.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim looks at something much more dangerous than the power of nature…see below a couple of pages.

AA BATTERY TRICK!!! We aren’t supposed to know this!!!

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau’s weekly piece in Progreso Weekly is titled, “Cuban Missile Crisis, Lessons for Iran?” In it he says, “Sergei Khrushchev advises Obama “to negotiate with Iran, not threaten them with different sanctions, but negotiate on the highest level, American president with Iranian president,” The former Soviet Premier’s son continued. “And I don’t think that President Kennedy loved Khrushchev more than President Obama loves President Ahmadinajad, but they understood – Kennedy and Eisenhower – that you have to talk with them, because if you are talking with your enemy, you can influence them and you can better understand them.” President Obama might well apply this advice to his Cuba policy as well, and begin talking to Havana as well as to Teheran”. 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. “Say, pal, if you love film noir, beat it over to the Jewel Theatre Company’s Gunmetal Blues, a fast and funny musical homage to the genre. Read all about it this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, get ready for the 3rd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading, and pardon me while I rant one last time (promise!) about TV’s Once Upon A Time.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

ORSON WELLES TALKING ABOUT HEARST & CITIZEN KANE.

MISSING “TIMON OF ATHENS”. Twice last week the Del Mar Theatre presented a telecast of London’s National Theatre Live’s production of Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens”. This absolutely stunning performance elevated Timon from what we used to call a “Shakespeare Problem Play” to for me, right up there with Lear and Hamlet. Deep, murky, cruel, awfully realistic and human it is/was a production never to be forgotten. I don’t know how BUT if it’s ever available just see it. Check out John Lithgow in The Magistrate that’s next at the Del Mar.

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.

Celia and Peter Scott talk about the last 5 decades of local City and County politics on Election Night (November 6th) followed by retiring City Council member Katherine Beiers who wraps up her political career. Linda Bixby and Jimmy Cook will discuss child placement and the local CASA organization on November 13, right after that Jim Coffis, editor of the San Lorenzo Valley Newsletter discusses that area. November 20 has Wes Modes talking about all the happenings at SubRosa. .Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers Contest winners read their works for the full hour November 27. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. 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. All of these quotes are from Shakespeare’s play Timon of Athens (which he never lived to see performed). “We have seen better days. (4.2)”,Every man has his fault, and honesty is his. (3.1)”, The earth’s a thief, that feeds and breeds by a posture stolen from general excrement”.(4.3):

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October 29 – November 4, 2012

HARD WORKING SENTINEL “EMPLOYEE” BRUCE Mc PHERSON AND HIS 1963 MGB. This was taken on August 30, 1965 when bosses’ son and playboy Bruce was 21. For example if Bruce paid say, $3000 for that 63 MGB that would be $22,038.76 in today’s money, which is a lot for a reporter to make. Bruce’s dad was publisher of the Sentinel from 1941-1982. These are supposed to be McPherson’s “working experience years”. The other guy is Brad Elliott who shows up in local football player lists.

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GENE KRUPA AND BUDDY RICH BATTLE IT OUT ON THE DRUMS

NO VOTES FOR CITY COUNCIL. Back in the day, like the earliest 70′s and long before, we had an almost all Republican City Council. They were terrible. Strange, suspicious land use decisions, friends and relatives getting good deals, conflict of interest stories everyplace. Remember the bad and right winged Ernie Wicklund, Al Castagnola, Lorette Wood, Vern Smith, Denver Groff and even Larry Edler??? Whew!!! This next council…whoever wins, will be worse! These candidates all pose as environmentalists, humanitarians, homeless helpers, and will continue the downward direction of our city at an even faster pace. I’m not voting for any of them. Not one!

RICHELLE NOROYAN’S BREAKDOWN.No place such as the Weekly, Sentinel, Indy Bay, Good Times reported how Richelle Noroyan and stormed out of the City Council candidates forum at London Nelson on Thursday night September 27 hollering, “this isn’t working for me”. There were at least 75-100 folks there, and we all wondered and knew that if she just couldn’t take the minimal pressure of a candidates forum she sure wasn’t fit for any council job. I reported it and had a huge positive response. Next to Pamela Comstock who barely knows where city hall is, Richelle is least equipped to hold this office.

SPIKE JONES AND HIS VERSION OF “COCKTAILS FOR TWO”. Rare footage!!

STATE PROPOSITIONS.I’ve talked and read all that can get my hands on…and then went to the Berkeley Planet website to read Becky O’Malley’s and the Planet’s editorial board recommendations…we agree completely. That’s not unusual, few of the groups and individuals that I trust disagree on 99% of these…so…

State Propositions:

30 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. YES. Jerry Brown’s Last Chance: badly needed and the best choice if you only vote for one.

31 State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. NO. Would cripple government at all levels

32 Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute. NO. An anti-union move

33 Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute. NO. Benefits companies, hurts drivers.

34 Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.YES, YES, YES. Saves money, saves lives, avoids errors which can’t be reversed.

35 Human Trafficking. Penalties. Initiative Statute. B. Planet says, No position—evidence is unclear. BrattonOnline adds…” Nancy Abbey of The Progressive Network and WILPF says, “Vote no. Well intentioned (maybe, there’s some cynicism about that) but a badly written law that would put thousands more on the sex offender list even if it was just for underage sex, or a small time pimp with two experienced prostitutes. It would put undue constraints on defense lawyers, possibly entrap sex workers, reduce attention to slave labor, and focus only on sex crimes; the list goes on……

36 Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties. Initiative Statute. YES, YES, YES on financial grounds alone, plus humanitarian considerations.

37 Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute. YES. “Send the chemical companies a message”.

38 Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute. YES. Prop. 30 is better. If voters split their votes between the two, both might lose. Vote for both if you vote for this one at all, but be sure to vote for Prop. 30.

39 Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute. YES, though it probably has some pork in it.

40 Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum. YES. It seems to be working.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY & CITY PROPOSITIONS.

N. Add 1.5% Transient Occupancy Tax on tourists in county hotels and motels? YES.

P. Allowing voters approval for any De-sal projects? YES. YES. (see below))

Q. Add 1% tax to tourists staying at local hotels and motels? YES.

DROPPING A FEATHER AND A HAMMER ON THE MOON

DE-SAL PLANS AND MEASURE P. Rick Longinotti wrote, and The Sentinel printed a fine explanation of our de-sal situation. If you are still unsure why a YES vote on Measure P is essential. Read this.

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES AND MCPHERSON!!! For the first time I can remember, two Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judges came out and endorsed, and even contributed campaign money to a county supervisor’s campaign. That would be Judges Ariadne Symons and Judge Paul Marigonda giving money to Bruce McPherson. Doesn’t that seem just a little unfair? Doesn’t that feel like fair trials from those judges will be even more rare AND just a bit tainted if you’re a Democrat? Of course, fair decisions for developers and any land use decisions would be only a memory in this county. Shame on both of them, didn’t there used to be some oath about equality?

SPIKE JONES GOES LIVE ON TV.

RANCHO DEL SAFEWAY.On my way back from seeing Chasing Mavericks at the Aptos Cinema I stopped in the Rancho Del Safeway. Sneaky, corporate, developing Safeway did the exact same thing to the Rancho D. Mar store that they did to the old Mission Street store before they enlarged it. They did everything they could to make the store look and feel more crowded and more run down. They added extensions to every aisle, allowed ceiling lights to burn out and not replacing them, plastered 100′s extra smarmy ads and signs everywhere you look. It’s all an attempt to convince shoppers that they need to expand…it’s a cheap shot. And it worked at Mission Street. I’m assuming you all know that Safeway is all poised to give birth to another giant store at their Morrissey site as soon as a snarky legal problem is worked out.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary gives some details about Monterey’s People’s De-Sal, their Deep Water De-Sal and other bay area water projects. He has some comments re Cal-Am. He also talks about the plans for a Sheriff’s facility at Chanticleer and Soquel Drive. San Benito County is considering fracking, and that’s a new problem. He closes with ideas for The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic trail network. It’s all right here.

(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.Steven takes the masks off our Halloween time on Pacific Avenue…look downwards about 3 pages.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan gives us lessons in Ignoring Mitt Romney, scroll down.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Seasonal greetings from the witching time of year! This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express, find out if the ambitious, shape-shifting Cloud Atlas is worth three hours of your time, hear how New Music Works scored on the opening night of its 34th Season, and more! ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

NTL’s TIMON OF ATHENS.

TIMON OF ATHENS.The world famous National Theatre Live from London is doing their production of Shakespeare’s Timon Of Athens telecast “live from London ” at the Del Mar at 7:30 Thursday (11/1) and a repeat on Sunday (11/4) at 11am. NTL with little disagreements is the world’s hottest theatre company. We can see about one play live per month and Timon O. A. will be one of the best. As the NTL website says re Timon, “Wealthy friend to the rich and powerful, patron of the arts, ostentatious host, Timon of Athens is surrounded by free-loaders and sycophants. He vastly outspends his resources but, finding his coffers empty, reassures his loyal steward that all will be well.
When he calls upon his associates, instead of offering help, they hang him out to dry. After a final, vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland, living off roots and pouring curses on a morally bankrupt Athens”. Don’t go if you don’t like Shakespeare. Look here…

CLOUD ATLAS. A genuine “far out film”. You and your friends will argue about this one for days. It’s either deep, profound and inspirational, or poorly conceived, artsy, fake and phoney. I think it’s an excellent film that takes on huge new steps in story telling. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent take on numerous parts wearing pounds of makeup. They are supposed to be the same person (maybe) in different times, different races, and at least six or more different plots. You won’t fall asleep, but if you like your films, simple, silly, and easy to follow, don’t see this one.

SMASHED.An excellent film. It’s about a young woman school teacher who is absolutely perfect and lovable AND she’s an alcoholic. The acting is excellent, the story line is completely believable and you’ll know a lot more about AA and the problems in giving up the bottle. See it by all means, especially if you know anyone who drinks too much.

MAVERICK’S , NON HOLLYWOOD STYLE.

CHASING MAVERICKS.This film was made by Walden Media they made such “Hallmark” type stuff as Narnia, Tooth fairy, Charlotte’s Web, and Benji. C. Mavericks has an awful lot of sappy, sweet, trite, Hollywood junk in it.It also has absolutely fantastic footage of Maverick’s waves. I’m guessing it really doesn’t qualify as a great surf movie (I’ve only seen one or two). Gerard Butler, who plays guardian angel to Jim Moriarity used to play roles like Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Archie Brown with Judi Dench as the queen in Mrs. Brown in this one he does a terrible job of hiding his accent and acting ability. Go anyways, other wise you’ll be the only one in the county who hasn’t seen it.

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

On October 30 professional political advisor Bruce Van Allen talks about the area’s politics and makes guesses. He’s followed by John Brown Childs, editor and author of Indigeneity (all about Indigenous peoples). Celia and Peter Scott talk about the last 5 decades of local City and County politics on Election Night (November 6th) followed by retiring City Council member Katherine Beiers who wraps up her political career. Linda Bixby and Jimmy Cook will discuss child placement and the local CASA organization on November 13, right after that Jim Coffis, editor of the San Lorenzo Valley Newsletter discusses that area. Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers Contest winners read their works for the full hour November 27. 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. “A Fishing rod is a stick with a worm at one end and a fool at the other”, Samuel Johnson. “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out”, Rodney Dangerfield. “I want to thank all the people who made this meeting necessary”, Yogi Berra.

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October 25 – 31, 2012

SANTA CRUZ SURF CLUB AT COWELL’S BEACH. This photo was taken on June 8, 1941. That’s before Pearl Harbor, Cowell Beach pollution, the Dream Inn, Jay Moriarity or almost everybody got here. Anyone know who these guys are?

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CLEAR AND FREE. This amazing 5 minute and 40 second short You Tube film says just about everything necessary about the ongoing De-Sal debate and why we need to vote YES on Measure P. Mathilde Rand and Russell Brutsche created and produced it…THIS is Santa Cruz at its finest and most creative and aware!!!

CALEDONIAVan Johnson, Keenan Wynn and Sugar Chile Robinson. Sugar Chile was a force to be reckoned with…whatever happened to him???
AMY WINEHOUSE, AND THE ROLLING STONES
TINA TURNER & CHER & OPRAH!!!

YES ON P, AND NO ON DE-SAL. Rick Longinotti sent this email to folks last week, everybody should pay attention…Dear Neighbor,
There are some important voices among water professionals who have questioned the one-track pursuit of desalination to address our water challenges. One is James Bentley, who was Superintendent of Water Production for the City of Santa Cruz for fourteen years until his retirement in 2008. Bentley says “We should optimize existing resources for regional benefit before we consider desalination”.

In a guest editorial in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Bentley backs a Santa Cruz County plan for regional water sharing, whereby Santa Cruz would share river water during plentiful winter months with the water districts of Scotts Valley and Soquel Creek which are 100% dependent on groundwater pumping. Santa Cruz would receive water back from these districts during drought years. Bentley writes, “This is water capacity in excess of the amounts proposed to be provided by the desalination plan, sharing of which would provide an opportunity for a true conjunctive use arrangement.”

Gerald Weber, PhD, is a retired lecturer at UCSC, and expert on the hydro-geology of Santa Cruz County. He writes, “Studies show it would be cheaper and more environmentally sound to store water underground during the rainy season, so it can be used in drought years.” Weber also wrote a guest editorial in the Sentinel.

These professionals, as well as John McGuire, former Associate Director of the Santa Cruz Water Department, have endorsed Measure P, which would require that the City seek approval of the voters before authorizing a desalination project. (Measure P puts this requirement in the City Charter, so it cannot be revoked except by another vote of the people.) For more information on the County plan for water transfers between Santa Cruz and neighboring districts, click here.

Thanks for your consideration,

Rick Longinotti

UCSC’s 120 PESKY REDWOODS. Jodi Frediani reports in her October Forest Update…

USCS Merrill Timber Harvest Plan 1-12-075SCR under review

This plan, which includes a conversion permit, was filed on August 16, but the RPF, Vaughn, did not get his responses to the First RT questions in until September 26. The plan is still under review. Total acreages is .5 acres. The Timber Harvest Plan proposes removing 120 redwood trees, though I was unable to find this in the THP. The number was proposed in the earlier Draft Initial Study. Most trees will be removed by crane.

Operations are anticipated to take about 6 days to complete. Winter operations are proposed. It appears that they want to remove trees during Winter and/or Spring Break. This means they are proposing winter ops way past any cutoff date or rainfall amount seen on other timber harvest plans. Of course, this isn’t your usual forested landscape. While there are no streams in the plan area, a drainage system does direct surface runoff into ditches, and then into gullies, which technically are Class III streams that flow onto the Pogonip and to Redwood Creek, which is a tributary to the San Lorenzo River.

The plan proposes operating between 8 am and 6 pm Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays, in addition to week days, to “result in less disturbance because there will be fewer people on campus and thus fewer impacts from noise, traffic, and safety. Cal Fire may re-evaluate this exception if significant complaints are received during active operations.”

The plan is expected to ‘yield less than 10 short-log loads of logs, and hauling will involve less than 5 days.” “Should log hauling occur while UC Santa Cruz is in session…truck drivers and logging crew members will be asked to use extreme caution.” Logs may be hauled off campus using container trucks. Hmm. Is that for safety or so students don’t notice logs leaving campus? No notice was posted on campus, because such notice is only required if using a private road for hauling.

ftp://thp.fire.ca.gov/THPLibrary/North_Coast_Region/THPs2012/1-12-075SCR/

EXPOSING ROMNEY. Geoffrey Dunn’s work on the real Mitt Romney has become big deal news. Salon.Com printed it, The Santa Cruz Weekly did too, and so did Huffington Post

Folks are wondering when he’ll write his long-researched book on how developers really work in Santa Cruz.

(I REPEAT)…WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL. As a benefit for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance you should definitely see the eleven films (three hours total) at The Del Mar on Thursday October 25 from 7-10p.m. Protecting the environment, organizing, getting involved, saving the earth, cartoons, victory parties like saving Mono Lake…very inspirational. I’ve seen them all and rate them 5 stars. “Renowned conservationist” Gary Patton hosts the program…and every de-sal opponent should be there. Tickets at Patagonia Outlet or online at www.Ventanawild.org. or call 831-423 3191.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul lays it all out…

What may be really behind the big dollars being spent to elect McPherson?

With Mark Stone leaving the Coastal Commission after his term expires next May that opens up a need to replace him. Could that be the real reason McPherson wants to become an elected official again, one requirement for an appointment? Mark current serves as vice-chair of the Coastal Commission and is one of the four commissioners appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. It’s not possible to analyze the political intrigue involved with these appointments, but there are enough pro-development people involved to make a push for a McPherson-type commissioner. McPherson has raised over $170,000 to get him elected as of early October.

A drive through Santa Cruz looking at former progressive candidates signs displayed with a McPherson sign is very revealing. There are still a number of these people that blame Mark Stone for doing his job with the Coastal Commission’s rejection of the high-rise La Bahia project. All this makes it even more important to elect Eric Hammer as 5th District Supervisor on November 6th. A recent email from the Progressive Network says it all:

“If Santa Cruz County voters in the 5th District put a man with a 6% legislative scorecard on environmental issues – not to mention 50% on women’s right to choose, 20% on equality issues and 12% on issues affecting working families – it will be a huge step backwards for progressive leadership in Santa Cruz County”. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about a Monterey Area De-Sal meeting, he gives details on the San Lorenzo Valley water issues and talks about Randall Brown and Margaret Bruce as candidates for that water board. Then he waxes profound and says, “Many different groups in our Central Coast Region are dedicated to the protection and defense of the Natural World that ultimately sustains all life – including our own. Our human powers are great, and we depend upon them greatly, and so it is easy to forget that no matter how great our powers, we are ultimately creatures here on an Earth that we did not create ourselves. Ultimately, we must learn to live within the limits of the Natural World. Many land use policy debates (debates about water policy come to mind) are really discussions about how we propose to confront (or perhaps attempt to defy) the limits of the natural resources that are essential for all life. The “desal” debate going on around the Monterey Bay is a great example. Do we live within the limits of the fresh water resources that Nature has provided, or do we seek to “manufacture” fresh water to support growth and development?” (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. Live fast and diet young deCinzo says, be careful !!! See downwards about three pages.

ANCHOR IN ANTARCTICA. Readers, I have no idea where Micaela Neus is at!!! The last word I received was from Chile where she was having huge computer problems. I’ll keep you posted… IF she does show up somewhere.

(Micaela Neus used to work for Raytheon Polar Services Company as a utilities technician and was living at Palmer Station, Antarctica until earlier this October 2012.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Beeping his way to our future…scroll below…

SIMPLY STUNNING. This is from my cousin Dean Hagen who lives in Florida. He’s right about this clip, but other than that, he’s a Republican.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. We couldn’t link to Progreso Weekly this week. So Saul emailed his article directly to BrattonOnline

“Jesus’ wife?”
Details Published on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 19:32 By Saul Landau
“Despite all the evil that organized religion has done around the world, religions have also been a primary source of energy for better ways of doing things and thinking about them.” – Sam Smith, Undernews October 9, 2012

“Grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate.” The Dalai Lama, Huffington Post, October 9

Much of American religion revolves around the nature of Jesus Christ, God’s allegedly perfect son who perished for the sins of the rest of us and in whose name priests offer forgiveness to confessing offenders. From time to time, facts creep into the religious realm that challenges the established doctrine.

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LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), get psyched to see the silent German Expressionist masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, on a big screen with live music, courtesy of New Music Works. Also, find out what I think about my favorite pirate, Captain Hook, getting thrown into the mosh pit of the fairy tale mash-up TV series, Once Upon A Time ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

FRANKENWEENIE in 3D. Director Tim Burton has made some of the most inventive, creative, fresh, good fun films of the last 20 + years. Edward Scissorhands, the good Batman films (“Forever” & “Return”), and of course Ed Wood. Frankenweenie has references to all those films, the main insane Doctor looks like Vincent Price and it’s all done in glorious black & white. It’s not a very important film , but it’s fun, especially in 3D go for it.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4. I just checked Rotten Tomatoes, and I’m just about the only human who likes the Paranormal Activity series. I continue to be impressed with the acting, editing, and just the inventing of an entire new scary film format. I can’t take my eyes off the screen, I am constantly searching every inch of the frame to spot any paranormals…but I will say that ending hint at the next “P.A. 5″ looks awfully Hollywoodish…we’ll see. (well, I will anyways).

LADY GAGA & OPRAH INTERVIEW

NEW YEARS IN MAUI. Daughter Jennifer (Davenport Pacific school, Westlake Elementary, Santa Cruz High etc. has a place in Maui she wants to let everyone know about. She wants to rent it New Years Week (week 52) December 29th – Jan 5th. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort. Swim with the turtles. Two bed room 2 bathroom lock off which is two units that can connect if desired. One bedroom unit on the corner with a full balcony that stretches from the master bed room to the living room.

Full kitchen with a real stove (most of the units have a cook top and micro wave) dining table for 6 with fully stocked kitchen. large bath with two sinks, Jacuzzi tub and large shower. washer/dryer, Nice living room that has a queen sleeper and you can call in full mattress roll-aways.

Then there is the studio side with a kitchenette washer/dryer, balcony, large shower. Last time I rented it for $7,000.00 you can see most of it on line at http://www.westinkaanapali.com/It is booked for 5th or 6th floor. This time of year is whale season and it’s amazing, you can watch them from the room, from the pool the beach. We have heard the whale calls snorkeling. Costco right by the airport on the way in. email me at bratton@cruzio.com and I’ll put you in touch.

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. Tuesday, October 23rd means the Bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive with County Supervisor John Leopold returning as special guest co-host. Professional political advisor Bruce Van Allen talks about the area’s politics and makes guesses on October 30. Celia and Peter Scott talk about the last 5 decades of local City and County politics on Election Night (November 6th) followed by retiring City Council member Katherine Beiers who wraps up her political career. Linda Bixby and Jimmy Cook will discuss child placement and the local CASA organization on November 13.Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers Contest winners read their works for the full hour November 27. 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. “I don’t believe in rocking the boat. I believe in sinking it“, Putney Swope. “Many persons pass for normal and indeed for highly valuable members of society, who are incurably mad”, Hermann Hesse. “Live ignorance rots us worse than any grave”, Philip Whalen

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October 16 – 22, 2012

NOW MORE THAN EVER!!! This was back on October 15,1952. These intrepid Democrats were standing on Pacific across from Leask’s Department Store (and the Rittenhouse Building) at Pacific and Church Streets. According to the photographer’s notes they were about to embark on a trip to San Francisco to hear Adlai speak.

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DEMOCRAT PARTY PRESS RELEASE. I’m not sure if everyone saw this press release but it’s typical McPherson sleaze that’s spreading faster than good folks can control…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from SC County Democratic Party Chair

October 8, 2012 – Recently, the McPherson campaign has passed out campaign materials to voters in which he seems to imply that he is either a Democrat or is endorsed by the Democratic Party. Neither is true. Eric Hammer was unanimously endorsed by the Santa Cruz Democratic Central Committee in April. Eric not only has the support of the local Central Committee, he has also been endorsed by virtually every prominent Democrat including John Burton, the State Party Chair, as well as Congressman Sam Farr, Assembly Members Bill Monning and Luis Alejo, and many others. Mr. McPherson on the other hand was a lifelong Republican until he changed his party affiliation to “decline to state” a few days after the June primary. Mr. McPherson should be proud of his lifelong affiliation with the Republican Party and not send out literature implying he has the support of the Democratic Party. Sincerely, Michael Breeden Chair, Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, 831 905-2146.

MORE MC PHERSON MUCK. A friend sent me a 231 page research report from the political research team of Koenig & Dorsey that was done back in 1995 when McPherson was running for State Senate up in Sacramento. I wish I could print or even link to it here. It details his Sentinel editorials, his votes against women, children, labor, education, gun control, seniors, environment, abortion, his campaign contributions from corporations and his acceptance of their money, his real estate involvements, his votes for the medical industry…on and on throughout his entire career.

How any thinking Democrats, especially local Democrats, can possibly support this weasel is way beyond me. His brother Fred however, is a great guy. You may remember that I worked for them for six months writing my column back in the day. But then I called Charlie (Boardwalk) Canfield “greedy” because he didn’t want to pay the same business taxes as the rest of the Santa Cruz businesses, and I was fired immediately. John Robinson (Lynn’s husband) worked at the Sentinel at the same time. He of course went on to get Canfield’s support of Lynn’s campaign and I guess is still President & CEO of California Attractions & Parks Association and is in Sacramento.

P.S. Kris Reyes (Ryan Coonerty’s buddy and the Boardwalk’s Community Relations director) is C.A.P.A’s director of external affairs.

LONDON’S TUBE & FUNNY NOTICES. You gotta admire the Brits, their sense of humor, and perseverance. Check this out

ELERICK’S INPUT.

Candidates answer questions on transportation issues

The Campaign for Sensible Transportation asked questions of local candidates running for election in November, including those running for 5th District Supervisor, and those running for City Councils in both Santa Cruz and Capitola. We received answers from all of the candidates running for Santa Cruz City Council, one candidate for Capitola City Council and one of the two candidates running 5th District County Supervisor, Eric Hammer.

The other 5th District Supervisor candidate, Bruce Mc Pherson, failed to respond even though follow up requests were made.

You can see all the questions and responses at www.sensibletransportation.org , as well as a scoring made by the Campaign, based on how answers matched our goals for the future of transportation in our County. Those candidates elected in November will most likely serve on the Regional Transportation Commission and the SCCMTD Board, the governing agencies that decide for us what we’ll see in our transportation future. Take a close look at the responses of the candidates and see how their views on this important issue line up with yours.

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary in his daily shot on KUSP and here, reveals problems with De-Sal in Monterey and possible public ownership. He tells of the County Board Of Supes meeting in Watsonville to deal with severe problems with the Pajaro River and the levee. Later he tells about Fort Ord issues and maybe a cemetery and a “Horse Park“. Supervisor John Leopold’s Transportation Corridor (Soquel Drive) is a big topic and Gary closes with praising the Ventana Wilderness Alliance’s Wild And Scenic Film Festival which happens on Oct. 25. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a great 3 hour collection of truly inspiring “get involved” environmental films…De-Sal opponents should not miss this!! (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)

LENNY BRUCE IN PERFORMANCE. I was lucky to see Lenny Bruce perform many times…this isn’t typical of his later work, but still great.

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL. As a benefit for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance you should definitely see the eleven films (three hours total) at The Del Mar on Thursday October 25 from 7-10p.m. Protecting the environment, organizing, getting involved, saving the earth, cartoons, victory parties like saving Mono Lake…very inspirational. I’ve seen them all and rate them 5 stars. “Renowned conservationist” Gary Patton hosts the program…and every de-sal opponent should be there. Tickets at Patagonia Outlet or online at www.Ventanawild.org. or call 831-423 3191.

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo questions the meaning of life in the abstract…look below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan reflects on the debates, the races and looks ahead !!! Scroll downwards…to the end of the column.

LANDAU’S PROGRES.

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), catch the aloha spirit at the 24th annual Pacific Rim Film Festival, meet one adorable, reanimated pooch in Tim Burton’s doggy-centric Frankenweenie, and find a few more artists worth seeking out for the last weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THE REAL ARGO vs. the REEL ARGO. Check out this link to the real story then be sure to see Argo asap.

ARGO. Alan Arkin and John Goodman are big helps to actor and director Ben Affleck

in this exciting and preposterous film based on facts. You must know by now that it’s about getting some American govt. employees out of the US Embassy in Tehran. They create a fake very Hollywood film crew and fool everybody. It’s tense, well directed, neatly acted…and in case you wondered (spoiler alert here) ARGO stands for “Ar-Go fuck your self”. It’s the funniest, and most often repeated, line in the film. Go see this fine piece of work.

PAPERBOY. Somebody called this film trash, and it is. It wallows in being TRASH. Nicole Kidman is a trashy whorish, peroxidey Barbie, Mathew McConaughey is a trashy, slimy, masochist, John Cusack is a trashy murderer and Zac Efron is of course very clean. If you can see it knowing it’s trash, it’s a great film. Much fun, over the top, gutsy, wild style, a class of its own…I liked it.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS. How can a movie starring Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell which tries so hard to copy Quentin Tarantino’s early films be so bad? It’s been getting good critics reviews but it’s gross when it should have been clever, it’s crude when it needed precision. No finesse!

FILM CRITICISM. Unlike most critics and film fans I didn’t care much for Moonrise Kingdom or Exotic Marigold Hotel. As I’ve been saying for years, look around, find a critic you like and stay there. I realized last week that for me Joe Morgenstern who writes for The Wall Street Journal is a critic I agree with a lot. Check out what HE says about “Argo” and “Seven Psychopaths” …I agree.

HOSTETTER’S HOT STUFF. Mr. Paul Hostetter shares…

“Hey folks -BluePrint in SF, Sri. Mysore Nagaraj & Dr. Mysore Manjunath in Milpitas, Ross Daly and company (Labyrinth-Teslim-Kitka, meaning Ross Daly & Kelly Thoma, Teslim (Kaila Flexer and Gari Hegedus) with bassist Miles Jay, and Kitka) up and down the state, Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin in Oakland, Sonny Landreth in Live Oak, Patrice Maginnis, Michele Rivard, Sheila Willey and pianist Michael McGushin in Santa Cruz, the noted Bulgarian band Kabilé nearly everywhere, Ensemble Basiani from Georgia (the other one), and MacArthur Genius Chris Thile and his band, the Punch Brothers. More to come, and pertinent details as usual right here: http://www.lutherie.net/live.music.html Hope to see you at one of these. ph

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.

The October 16th Grapevine has Catherine Segurson talking about The Catamaran Literary Reader then Richard Popchak discusses The Ventana Wilderness Alliance. “Film Festival”. Tuesday, October 23rd means the Bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive with County Supervisor John Leopold returning as special guest co-host. Professional political advisor Bruce Van Allen talks about the area’s politics and makes guesses on October 30. Celia and Peter Scott talk about the last 5 decades of local City and County politics on Election Night (November 6th) followed by retiring City Council member Katherine Beiers who wraps up her political career. Linda Bixby and Jimmy Cook will discuss child placement and the local CASA organization on November 13.Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers contest winners read their works for the full hour November 27. 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. “When women kiss it always reminds me of boxers shaking hands”, H.L. Mencken. “Hypocrisy is the Vaseline of social intercourse“, J.R. Newman. “If you wait long enough beside the river, you will see the bodies of your enemies float by“, Ying Chu

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