October 23 – 29, 2013

THE MIGHTY SAN LORENZO RIVER circa 1895. Here’s the way the river used to be during the Venetian Water Festivals. They started in 1895 and continued off and on into the 1920’s. Talk about bringing life back to our river!!!

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DEEP APOLOGIES TO RYAN, JEREMY AND WALLACE…MEA CULPA GRANDE, IT WAS ALL MY FAULT ETC.

Last week I began the column with what I believed was a revelation that Wallace Baine “Ghost Wrote” Naked Economy for Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner. I had received this “top level”, “confidential”, “inside scoop” complete with names of certain people who were in on this secret….and I never bothered checking the book itself (I don’t own a copy). I checked a copy and there in solid print in the acknowledgements…is something like, “Sincere thanks to Wallace Baine who took a good story and helped develop a narrative”…”his considerable talents and patience”. Ryan and Jeremy had complete and full integrity, honesty and professionalism…it was me who was fooled and erred in not checking my source who is a professional, and I had assumed checked the book before giving me this worthless “scoop”.

BRILLIANT LITTLE GIRLS ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY. If you’re anywhere online at all you’ve probaly been sent this “beyond cute” tap dance. It’ll make your day..
HUMAN SLINGSHOTING…what an idea…we could take most of our city council and launch them off our 100 year old wharf (or would that be a catapult?)….check this out.
NIAGARA FALLS with a CAMERA DRONE. Probably because I grew up a few miles from Niagara Falls (Buffalo) it’s always been impressive. Look at this peaceful way to use drones…

ARANA GULCH NOT OVER. Fierce fighter and longtime protector of natural stuff around these parts Jean Brocklebank reports Friends of Arana Gulch (FOAG) has a few more things up their sleeves before the City unleashes the bulldozers on Arana Gulch. It’s not over till it’s over. While FOAG is not naive about its chances to stop the paving projects altogether, it is convinced that the City has not met all the requirements to start construction this month. For those who want the deliciously juicy (and complex) details, read further

MUCKING ART AND HISTORY. As many folks on both sides of the discussion on what our Museum of Art and History should contain and focus on…we have exactly what we deserve. Take a look at Nina Simon’s Museum Page you’ll see how far she tap dances to justify her belief that attendance numbers are hers and our most important goal. In the meantime for those of you who care email the Museum’s board president Ms.Vance Landis-Carey at Gateway Health Management vance.landis-carey@gatewayhealthmgmt.com let her know what you want at MAH.

SENSIBLE TRANSPORTATION FORUM. October 28, 7:30 p.m. Peter and Celia Scott sent this notice… Please attend our upcoming FORUM: First District Supervisor John Leopold, who is a knowledgeable and influential voice on our Regional Transportation Commission, will share with us what is happening in the back rooms: What lies in the future for transportation in Santa Cruz County? Where are we going, and how will we get there? Bring your questions, your comments and your input. This forum is being co-sponsored with us by People Power. Admission is FREE. Details are on our home page at http://SensibleTransportation.org/ We have also posted a helpful video for those of you who might be obliged to drive a vehicle on some freeway, and would like to try breaking up a traffic jam. There are some interesting physics involved. Supervisor John Leopold will talk and answer questions: Monday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue.

CRUISE SHIPS DOCKING HERE? WHERE AND WHY??? I’ m sure you’ve noticed those little “hints” that, just maybe when the city has the 100 year wharf re-built maybe, just maybe they’ll add on a dock so that those Cruise ships can “birth” here. Seems like a great idea at first, wow, millions of dollars from those tourists who are here a few hours, shop and sail away. Then after thinking about it…what’s the difference between cruise ships and having a giant Wal-Mart open locally??? Possibly a few less-than-minimum-wage worker jobs and again, tourists that would never, never leave the Beach Boardwalk area. We need to think about this before it become a forgone conclusion. Lets ask Charlie Canfield to pay the full cost of that Cruise Ship dock.

GRAVITY…FOR PEOPLE WHO HATED THE FILM. Many, many folks have asked, and told me that they really, really didn’t like Sandra and George’s Gravity film. Not just didn’t like it, they were disturbed by the attitude of the films’ fans. What’s weird is that so many millions love it and want to see Oscars evenly distributed. Then I came across Peter Hartlaub’s article in Friday’s Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Didn-t-like-Gravity-You-re-not-alone-4904686.php . Read it, especially if you’ve seen Gravity. As I wrote in my critique I was only impressed by the 3D…the acting was non-existent, the plot was Hollywood, etc. etc.

SENIOR DECISION. SAUL LANDAU’S FUNERAL OR DON YOUNG’S BIRTHDAY. It wasn’t easy to make the decision of either going to San Francisco for very long time friend Saul Landau’s (Cuba, Allende, film maker, author, lecturer) wake/celebration, or to attend Don Youngs’ 90th Birthday celebration at Severino’s /Seacliff Inn in Aptos. I chose Don Young’s birthday party. (see Paul Elerick’s coverage below).

NICKELODEON NEWS. Maurice Peel, the most public face in the entire Nickelodeon-Del Mar–Aptos Cinema operation is leaving his multi-facteted position to “explore other opportunities”. Advertising, press rep, detailing, he did lots of roles. He’ll be missed.

LOCALLY BORN MOVIE STAR ADAM SCOTT. I don’t know of any movie star besides Adam Scott who was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. I’m trying to contact Adam’s mom Anne, so if you know her tell her to get in touch. I think we should have another Grauman’s Chinese type star handprints in cement ceremony at the Nickelodeon like we did for Rory Calhoun and Walter Reed. The Nick patio Star signatures are a great part of Santa Cruz History. Tell Anne Scott to email or call me…please.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick went to a special party….

DON YOUNG’S 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

About 100 people helped Don celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday at Severino’s in Aptos hosted by his wonderful wife and children. Don and Vivian Young have been our close friends and neighbors for over 40 years. Don has also acquired a long list of friends and admirers during that time and before. He retired from Cabrillo’s English Department some time ago after giving our children (and neighbors) a great appreciation of the English language, the written word, especially that of William Shakespeare during that time. Don continues to be a writer, his avocation since retirement and is still going strong. Don’s wife Vivian and their family, Jeffrey, Michael and Mamiche, have shared so much of their lives with us. From Pony League baseball (Jeffrey and my son were in the same class at Aptos High), to the lows of the Nixon (we cheered watching the Watergate hearings) and Bush years, and back to the highs of Bill Clinton and Barak Obama’s elections.

Don’s latest book, The Ascending Star and Other Stories, will let you in on his experiences as a Nazi Germany POW, all true stuff. Don was captured during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of WWII and pulls no punches describing what he experienced. Check Google for his other books, try Capitola Book Café too. So here’s to you and yours, Don. The best neighbor and friend a guy could ask for. Happy 90th! (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).

TWERKING…here’s just a bit of what one might call “classical Twerking”. Hillary Bratton found it.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary discusses mining laws and what they can do. He relates planning ahead for flooding dangers and our Board of Supes. He states that Luis Alejo has had a very productive legislative session and gives him credit. There are Monterey County ocean-related issues, and a “Downtown Specific Plan”. Then there are groundwater overdraft problems. He ends by saluting the Carmel Pine Cone weekly and how they pay attention to land-use issues. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo unleashes his considerable insight into one of our heaviest local issues…see downwards some odd pages.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Whew, Uncle Sam is invited to a Tea Party…hold tight and scroll below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Musical heroes don’t come much more unsung than the so-called Muscle Shoals Swampers. Read all about the unexpected session men who laid down some of the funkiest soul and R&B tracks of the 1960s and 70s this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, more news about the forthcoming US edition of Alias Hook!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

……In order of perfection……

CONCUSSION. It’s a serious film about a lesbian housewife and her frustrations. So if you don’t like serious films about lesbian housewives don’t go…but it’s a fine film, and I liked it very much. You might have seen the star Robin Weigert in a few other films and she is great in this one. I’d go if I were you.

FIFTH ESTATE. Another Benedict Cumberbatch starring role. I have to say Benedict Cumberbatch is probably my favorite actor, at least of this year. He plays Julian Assange the Wikileaks guy who leaked all those international espionage secrets. Laura Linney and Stanley Tucci are in it too, but they don’t count for much. The film sort of presents both sides of whether the leaking was good or bad. It pretty much makes Assange into a nerdy, kinky character…and you’ll leave frustrated because Assange looks into the camera and says it’s up to YOU. An odd film that will tell you more than you know about that leaking. Bradley Manning plays a very small role.

ACOD. (Adult Children Of Divorce) Even with our locally born actor Adam Scott and a cast including Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler and Catherine O’Hara this so called comedy has a meaness, a bitterness and, there is nobody to like in it. The idea of studying and watching the growth of ADULT CHILDREN OF DIVORCE is absolutely fascinating because it seems like that covers almost all of us…you’ll squirm more than laugh. Go but go warned , or rent it locally in a week or two.bE very sure to stay and watch all the clips of actual ACOD kids during the ending titles.It is far more painful, shocking, and revealing than the film.

PULLING STRINGS. This film proves that just because distributors distribute “foreign films” ( in this case Mexico) it doesn’t mean the films are worth seeing. This simple minded Hollywwod reject plot has an American woman visa agent falling in love with a Mariachi singer in Mexico and it all ends exactly like you know it does. Don’t even think about it.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

INEQUALITY FOR ALL. I thought I was completely impressed and excited about the importance of all of us seeing « Robert Reich’s « Inequality For All » then I read Becky O’Malley co-owner and editor of The Berkeley Daily Planet review of this documentary of our world and how it got this way. She says, Berkeley Prof Tackles Inequality: Inequality Persists By Becky O’Malley Friday October 04, 2013. Almost by accident, the other night I saw the new documentary Inequality for All, which features Robert Reich, now Professor of Public Policy at the University of California here in Berkeley. I know, I know, Paul Krugman called him a “non-economist”. . In fact, Krugman once wrote of Reich “talented writer, too bad he never gets anything right.” But he’s a pretty good teacher and journalist, skilled at communicating important points so that other non-economists like me understand them. This new movie, which relies heavily on animated graphs, is very simple, and much of it is incontrovertible.

A plus for the junior set is Reich’s self-mocking comic touch. He’s a master of the short end of the shtick. Well over four feet tall, he misses no opportunity to turn this genetic fact into funny stuff, starting with the lead-in scene where he drives up to the U.C. Berkeley campus in his Mini-Cooper. (You can watch this in the trailer on the film’s web site) The theme is simple, and very familiar to those—well, to those to whom it’s familiar. It’s a cliché in some circles: The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Some of us knew that already.

In fact, if you don’t have time to take in an hour and a half movie, you can quickly get the message, complete with clever animation; in this YouTubed short (see above) with Reich’s voice-over narration.Go here for her full review…

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. A much better film than Gravity. More tension, better acting and like Gravity it deals with the dangers dealing with the elements.( water not space)Tom Hanks has always been an excellent actor but he’s even better in this « true story ». One of the most multi foccussed films I’ve seen in years. Give Hanks some more Oscars. See my new « Gravity II » script below.

ENOUGH SAID. Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini create a perfectly complex and brilliant relationship movie. There are some genuine laughs in it, but the truth is you’ll bed deeply touched by the tenderness and the pain they go through. Gandolfini does an excellent acting job here. Far better than I ever thought he could….we’ll miss him. See this grand film asap.

GRAVITY. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rare 98%, and many of my favorite reviewers went crazy over Gravity. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are the astronauts in trouble and they float around in great 3D trying to fix everything and then battle to survive. Lots of Hollywood muck in this one in spite of director Alfonso Cuaron’s enormous talent.. He’s done some excellent films, Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men but Gravity is not in my list of his best works. It’s about like a Saturday matinee war movie where you wonder if so and so will get home alive. BUT go see it in 3D, it’s probably just me. MY ERROR. Judi Grunstra was kind enough to point out that re Gravity I, Pan’s Labyrinth was directed by Guillermo Del Toro, not Cuaron. Thanks for that correction..; it didn’t seem right when I typed it, but deadlines etc, etc.

GRAVITY II. With a deep bow and inspired by Lisa Jensen’s review I’ve scripted the Sequel to Gravity I now playing at theatres around us. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are back of course and the new Gravity II opens with a shark biting off Sandra Bullock’s right leg as she continues her crawl up the beach. She rips apart of her tee-shirt off ( adding more of the sex we saw with her “skin-tight boy shorts”) and wraps her shark bite, stands up and waves from the beach. Panning back, we see that she landed on Guantanamo Beach in Cuba in the free zone between the USA and the Cuban property lines. Both sides start firing at each other over this “invasion” Sandra crawls to the top of the nearest ridge just in time to grab on to some flying object just passing by. Lo and behold it’s none other that a very much alive George Clooney who has climbed into another space capsule, this time from India!! Painted on the side of the Indian capsule is Outer Spice. George looking even more like Buzz Lightyear than in Gravity I, gets Sandra inside and together off they go.

RUSH. Ron Howard directed it. That means it “feels good” and that it will end happily. It’s got a sound track of racing cars that sounds like Pacific Avenue on weekends. Hulky Chris Hemsworth appears to be a rare good looking actor who can act, at least he does in this 1970’s Formula One race car epic. The racing scenes are exciting, but the pseudo bios linking all the action fall very flat. Save your money and rent it, even though it should be seen on the big screen.

DON JON. Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed this nearly hot and sexy film and Scarlett Johansson does a great acting job as a New Jersey citizen. That’s the looney-crazy attempt at comedy part of the film…then Julianne Moore enters the plot and adds the only reasons to see this 1/2 comedy 1/2 tragedy attempt.

SPECIAL EVENTS.

HAMLET. National Theatre Live. Thursday October 24 @ 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 27 @ 11a.m. at The Del Mar… the “official press release sez, “National Theatre Lives’ 2010 broadcast of Hamlet returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner. He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). I’ll save you a seat.

SHOSTAKOVICH’S “THE NOSE” OPERA. SATURDAY OCTOBER 26 AT 9:55 A.M. at Cinema 9. Their “official press release” sez, …Don’t miss the broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera’s Shostakovich’s The Nose. William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Pavel Smelkov conducts. · 2 hr 15 min

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to co-host the bi annual Pledge Drive on Oct. 22. October 29 has Laura Bishop from the 418 Project revealing all their plans for the next season, followed by Tom Karwin about gardening around the Monterey Bay. The winners fom this year’s Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers contest will read their works on the Nov. 19th program. Alcohol Policy Consultant Jim Mosher guests on Nov. 26. Dr. Alfred Petrocelli discusses osteoporosis and Don Grube talks about theatre at Cabrilho College on Dec. 10. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “I always keep a stimulant handy in case I see a snake—which I also keep handy“, W.C. Fields. “There are more old drunks than old Doctors”, Francois Rabelais. “A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle”, Jonathan Swift

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October 15 – 21, 2013

AT THE FOOT OF OUR 100 YEAR OLD WHARF. The Sea Beach Hotel seen behind the Saloon in the front, opened in 1888 and burned up (or down) in 1912. This wharf, one of our three, was called “the railroad wharf” for obvious reasons.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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COONERTY. Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp organizers have been working very hard to create a 1/2 acre sanctuary camp for even just a small portion of our homeless. I think it’s a great idea, it’s been working in many places. Santa Cruz City Council person Micah Posner and Land use attorney and former Supervisor Gary Patton have supported it, Don Lane also seems to like it. Two of the Sanctuary Camp organizers were on my Universal Grapevine program Tuesday night (10/15/13). They told our listeners about how they have been making separate appointments to meet with our County Board of Supervisors, just to get feedback on their plans. No problems getting meetings with John Leopold, Greg Kaput, Zach Friend and Bruce McPherson. Guess whose office has said NO and refused to meet with Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp??? Yes…Papa Supervisor Neal Coonerty’s office simply told them NO MEETING!

DE-SAL AND THE CITY COUNCIL. Huge cheers are in order for our City Council’s move October 8 th of last week. Also, congrats to the Santa Cruz Sentinel for listening and reacting to so many concerned citizens in their supportive non-de-sal editorial, “money down the drain” on Oct. 9th. It seems like the council has a new strength, and is not being as dependent on “Staff” to make their decisions. Even larger kudos to council member Micah Posner for his lonely but strong stand on this life-changing issue. Let us hope that the planned forums, workshops, feedback sessions or whatever their title will be, really means a dialogue and sharing and genuine listening to each other.

OPEN STUDIOS AROUND SANTA CRUZ. As a prelude to getting into more MAH discussion all of us need to recognize the attendance, the money being made and the participation in our Santa Cruz County Open Studios these last weeks. As it says on the Arts Council website, “We launched the Open Studios Art Tour in 1986 to connect artists directly with art lovers. Our program has become a model for art tours across the country. The self-guided tour gives 300+ artists across Santa Cruz County a chance to welcome art admirers and buyers into their studios. One of the most popular annual events in the county, the Open Studios Art Tour welcomes thousands of locals and visitors who come from all over to see the creative process at work and experience first-hand the artistic diversity of our community”. And somehow MAH, our Art & History museum has virtually eliminated bringing and showing the very art and artists that have been inspiring those Open Studio participants.

MISSING ARTISTIC HEROES. What I’ve neglected to mention in now this 5th column questioning of what’s happening to MAH are the many complaints from young and older MAH supporters about the MAH tradition (and the tradition of both brand new and historic museums around the world). Back before Nina Simon, MAH showed and displayed genuine art and equally as important introduced and invited living artists here to talk about their art. Wayne Thiebaud, Joan Brown, Zandra Rhodes, were all here and each of them inspired local artists to grow and learn. We had a large reflecting pool in the main Art Gallery that showed us new ways to look up down and sideways. Later on we saw a great retrospective of local artist Eduardo Carrillo that explored his inner world…and as so many have communicated….what has Nina accomplished except increasing attendance and getting one time grants to pay the bills? My columns have acted as a message center for so many former board members, staff, donors, and especially historians and artists who aren’t yet willing to take on Nina Simon publicly. I’ve written before that you know most of their names, they belong to many of our Non-Profits and local organizations, and won’t involve their organizations by using their names…..yet.

MORE ADDITIONAL HEAVINESS. Wallace Baine in his Sentinel Sunday October 13 Opinion column (see here) stated that folks who are unhappy with the current MAH are a minority or “perhaps a tiny minority”. This is purely his own bias. He has absolutely no idea whether it’s a huge majority or not. Then when he brings up the “ugly generational tone—critics were toothless old coots standing in their boxer shorts” wow, as he says “we can do better than that”. Yes we can, in fact more than half of the unhappy with MAH critics that have spoken with me are either younger or close to Wallace’s age. And I wonder why he brought up the age issue? What if some of the unhappy were Black, Mexican, or Gay would he have seen fit to dig up that completely non relevant point. (Actually many of the “unhappy” are Black, Mexican or Gay!!). It sure would have been nice if Wallace had included a link to my columns as he did Susan Dobrzynski’s in The New York Times and her Arts Journal blog.

ZASU PITTS REVISITED. Mark Bernhard sent this “new” photo of one time resident and genuine Hollywood Star Zasu Pitts and a friend. Zasu was small but not this small and nope, I don’t know what those mysterious numbers are high atop that giant’s chair she’s in.. Does this photo belong in our History Museum??? Your choice.

JUDITH DOBRZYNSKI’S ARTS JOURNAL BLOG. I’ve been negligent in not checking new additions to Judith’s blog titled “Trouble In Paradise” regarding my columns reacting to her column from August 11, 2013 in the New York times. Comments still coming in (as of Oct.8) from readers all over the USA concerned about MAH and Art museums everywhere. There are many dozens of reactions including some from Nina Simon and Santa Cruz locals…as well as many criticisms of both Nina’s and my disagreeing sources. Check them out.

SANTA CRUZ HOSPITALITY “HOST” LOSES IT!!! Many folks sent this terrible clip of one of our Hospitality Hosts dealing with a protester.

LONDON NELSON or “LOUD N’ NOISY” COMMUNITY CENTER. I long ago gave up trying to fight a much smaller cause than MAH by suggesting that LOUDEN NELSON COMMUNITY CENTER be changed to his more HONEST name LONDON. (We’ll never know his African name, but his plantation brothers were named on documents as Cambridge and Marlborough) But the point here is that in a casual conversation with muralist Peter Bartzcak last week he dropped the name “Loud and Noisy” as a moniker for Louden Neslon Community Center. Just passing that on, I’d never heard it before!.

RESTORE STORE RUNNING NICELY. I had a quick meeting with David Foster of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore out on 719 Swift Street (go here for the hours, volunteers, pick-up days etc. http://www.habitatsc.org/restore.html ). David said the store now does at least $10, 000 in weekend sales, and $150,000 of net profits. That money all goes to making houses, their staff has increased, and there are now 34 volunteers…now that’s success. Check out that website.

Tom Noddy sent this clip of some circus friends of his: Die Maiers. He sez, and I agree, that they are one of the funniest acts in show biz. Click this link to view, I can’t embed the video.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick’s weekly “shot at sanity” has…

WATER WARS FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT.

Back in 1973, water supply in the mid-county was an issue with Soquel Creek Water District customers. The district called for a $5 million dollar bond vote to extend its service area that passed overwhelmingly in a 17% voter turnout. One of the issues that opponents of the bond measure brought forward was an extension of water service areas would be growth inducing and produce seawater intrusion. The opponents turned out to be right, all be it forty years later, especially on seawater intrusion.

Last week Santa Cruz City Council, after investing over $15 million in studying the water problem, backed away from de-sal to solve a potential water shortage in drought years, which leaves Soquel Creek Water District, their partner in de-sal, up a creek. SCWD is now looking into ways to solve their seawater intrusion problem on their own. What do I suggest? Based on a simple experiment I cut my own water consumption in the past two months by 34% over the same period last year by not watering my small area of lawns. Based on that, more water conservation should be the way to start. (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).

Peggy Snyder provides this great hunk of vintage Pickle Family Circus footage. Of course it includes her award winning juggling check it out…

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary describes the Williamson Act which when enacted properly can preserve agricultural lands. He tells how in June 1978 our own Measure J ensured our Ag land usage. On Wednesday he tells of the Community Water Coalition (of which I am a long time member and supporter) and includes a link to the Santa Cruz City Council video of the last Council meeting centering on the CWC proposal. Probably the major issue right now is whether or not to complete the EIR. Believe it or not he reminiscences about “Chicken Soup with Rice” and closes with the final Master plan for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail network. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

THE DIMKA LIVE JOURNAL. Rich Siebert sent this link.It’s the world famed Codex Seraphinianus. Talks about your odd, weird, and very cool items; check this out .

VINTAGE DE CINZO. How about changing our world famed Fishook Curve…scroll below about four pages…and see DeCinzo’s classic concept.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. “Just a statistic” sez Eagan see below just a page or two.

MACBETH ON THURSDAY AND SUNDAY. The trailers look perfect and with Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth and (Ms.) Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth we can’t miss. Here’s what the Del Mar Nickelodeon website says, « National Theatre Live MACBETH

National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway) and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church. Running Time: 180. The telecast runs only once on Thursday night (10/17) at the Del Mar at 7:30 with an encore screening Sunday (10/20) at 11 a.m.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved Pacific Rim Film Festival, help a Santa Cruz artist launch a new one-woman show, and find out where authors get their ideas in a new ebook anthology on writing speculative fiction.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

……In order of perfection……

ROBERT REICH CARTOON FROM INEQUALITY FOR ALL. This very fun and totally serious film is now at the Nick and will probably only be there a week…please see it.

INEQUALITY FOR ALL. I thought I was completely impressed and excited about the importance of all of us seeing « Robert Reich’s « Inequality For All » then I read Becky O’Malley co-owner and editor of The Berkeley Daily Planet review of this documentary of our world and how it got this way. She says, Berkeley Prof Tackles Inequality: Inequality Persists By Becky O’Malley Friday October 04, 2013. Almost by accident, the other night I saw the new documentary Inequality for All, which features Robert Reich, now Professor of Public Policy at the University of California here in Berkeley. I know, I know, Paul Krugman called him a “non-economist”. . In fact, Krugman once wrote of Reich “talented writer, too bad he never gets anything right.” But he’s a pretty good teacher and journalist, skilled at communicating important points so that other non-economists like me understand them. This new movie, which relies heavily on animated graphs, is very simple, and much of it is incontrovertible.

A plus for the junior set is Reich’s self-mocking comic touch. He’s a master of the short end of the shtick. Well over four feet tall, he misses no opportunity to turn this genetic fact into funny stuff, starting with the lead-in scene where he drives up to the U.C. Berkeley campus in his Mini-Cooper. (You can watch this in the trailer on the film’s web site) The theme is simple, and very familiar to those—well, to those to whom it’s familiar. It’s a cliché in some circles: The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Some of us knew that already.

In fact, if you don’t have time to take in an hour and a half movie, you can quickly get the message, complete with clever animation; in this YouTubed short (see above) with Reich’s voice-over narration.Go here for her full review…

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. A much better film than Gravity. More tension, better acting and like Gravity it deals with the dangers dealing with the elements.( water not space)Tom Hanks has always been an excellent actor but he’s even better in this « true story ». One of the most multi foccussed films I’ve seen in years. Give Hanks some more Oscars. See my new « Gravity II » script below.

WADJDA. A sappy, meaningless, predictable Hollywood style attempt at a woman’s film. It was the first film made by a female Saudi filmmaker and is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and that deserves huge credits. Too bad it has no depth, or even good acting but it is the first film…etc…etc.

ROMEO AND JULIET. Only one critic that I read mentioned the fact that “Wherefore art thou” doesn’t mean “Where”, it means “Why”. As in why do you have that name that is my enemy, what’s in a name etc. The rest of this film is nearly as ridiculous. It’s a re-write of Shakespeare, taking almost all of the rhyme and rhythm out of one of the Bard’s finest works. The kid who plays Juliet is a terrible actor BUT and I mean this it’s almost worth seeing just to see the beautiful city of Verona where it was filmed.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

ENOUGH SAID. Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini create a perfectly complex and brilliant relationship movie. There are some genuine laughs in it, but the truth is you’ll bed deeply touched by the tenderness and the pain they go through. Gandolfini does an excellent acting job here. Far better than I ever thought he could….we’ll miss him. See this grand film asap.

GRAVITY. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rare 98%, and many of my favorite reviewers went crazy over Gravity. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are the astronauts in trouble and they float around in great 3D trying to fix everything and then battle to survive. Lots of Hollywood muck in this one in spite of director Alfonso Cuaron’s enormous talent.. He’s done some excellent films, Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men but Gravity is not in my list of his best works. It’s about like a Saturday matinee war movie where you wonder if so and so will get home alive. BUT go see it in 3D, it’s probably just me. MY ERROR. Judi Grunstra was kind enough to point out that re Gravity I, Pan’s Labyrinth was directed by Guillermo Del Toro, not Cuaron. Thanks for that correction..; it didn’t seem right when I typed it, but deadlines etc, etc.

GRAVITY II. With a deep bow and inspired by Lisa Jensen’s review I’ve scripted the Sequel to Gravity I now playing at theatres around us.Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are back of course and the new Gravity opens with a shark biting off Sandra Bullock’s right leg as she continues her crawl up the beach. She rips apart of her tee-shirt off ( adding more of the sex we saw with her “skin-tight boy shorts”) and wraps her shark bite, stands up and waves from the beach. Panning back, we see that she landed on Guantanamo Beach in Cuba in the free zone between the USA and the Cuban property lines. Both sides start firing at each other over this “invasion” Sandra crawls to the top of the nearest ridge just in time to grab on to some flying object just passing by. Lo and behold it’s none other that a very much alive George Clooney who has climbed into another space capsule, this time from India!! Painted on the side of the Indian capsule is Outer Spice. George looking even more like Buzz Lightyear than in Gravity I, gets Sandra inside and together off they go.

RUSH. Ron Howard directed it. That means it “feels good” and that it will end happily. It’s got a sound track of racing cars that sounds like Pacific Avenue on weekends. Hulky Chris Hemsworth appears to be a rare good looking actor who can act, at least he does in this 1970’s Formula One race car epic. The racing scenes are exciting, but the pseudo bios linking all the action fall very flat. Save your money and rent it, even though it should be seen on the big screen.

DON JON. Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed this nearly hot and sexy film and Scarlett Johansson does a great acting job as a New Jersey citizen. That’s the looney- crazy attempt at comedy part of the film…then Julianne Moore enters the plot and adds the only reasons to see this 1/2 comedy 1/2 tragedy attempt.

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. October 15 has Erin Tools and Stacey Falls discussing the Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp. Then Ken Koenig and Ted Orland talk about The Community of Artists photographers group and their show at Felix Kulpa. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to co-host the bi annual Pledge Drive on Oct. 22 October 29 has Laura Bishop from the 418 Project revealing all their plans for the next season.The winners fom this year’s Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers contest will read their works on the Nov. 19th program. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here http://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on the 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 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. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known”, Oscar Wilde. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”, Aristotle. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”, Vincent Van Gogh. “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life” Oscar Wilde.

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October 7 – 13, 2013

EARLY SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK. This dates about 1882 and a hot air balloon ascension which doesn’t look too successful.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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THE SISTINE CHAPEL..A CLOSE UP VIEW. Alyce (Vestal) Caudill sent this amazing bit of technology that allows you to scroll closeup and move your arrow everywhere around the Sistene Chapel. (This computer stuff might just catch on!!)

[click the musical note in the lower left corner to turn the music off]

MAH’S LATEST FUNDRAISING LETTER. Nina Simon’s October 1st Fund raising letter is full of references to Art…so maybe some progress is being made!!! There is only one mention of MAH’s History Gallery. She wants to make it “more interactive, multi-vocal, dynamic home for exploring our past and future”. What that means is anyone’s guess, and any credentialed Historian’s nightmare. Nina tried hard to diminish the size and length of stay of the “Journey Forth” art exhibit now on the 3rd floor, what she plans to really do with her promised project that she stated in that fund raiser letter in 2014 “to bring world-class art exhibitions to the MAH” is still more guesswork.

OUR CONVERSATION LAST WEEK. Because I hang out at Lulu Carpenter’s at the Octagon a lot, it is inevitable Nina and I meet by accident every so often. We did just that last week. She said Vance Landis-Carey MAH’s board president hasn’t received any negative emails re the Simon System of Museums. That figures, I haven’t received any positive emails supporting Nina….and it will probably remain a draw until enough folks step up and sign their names. She also said I made two mistakes in the last three columns (scroll down) about MAH plans. They are…

MAH MISTAKE #1. I said Nina was going to rip out Roy Rydell’s Abbott Square Fountain and install a “kiddy wading pool” Nina said it’s not a kiddy wading pool it’s one of those spurting water jet things that squirts shots of water at random, like they have at hundreds of institutions all over the world.

MAH MISTAKE #2. Nina said her husband Sibley Verbeck who has done all that great re-habbing of Evergreen Cemetery legally changed his last name to Simon when he married Nina and I had “Simon” in parethesises last week.

A repeat from last week’s BrattonOnline…

MAH…WHAT COULD HAPPEN? Well, if half as many folks that have talked and emailed me wrote or contacted Vance Landis-Carey, the President of the MAH board she too would see that something should be done about the direction MAH has taken. Nina is fordmidable and tough to face AND great at what she wants to do…but what does the community want her to do? Contact Vance at vance.landis@gatewayhealthmgmt.com

RORY CALHOUN. Oft claimed Santa Cruzan. Rory wasn’t born here but he enjoyed the years he lived (and played) here. We brought Rory and his wife back to Santa Cruz in 1991, gave him some special awards and he placed his hands and boot prints forever in the patio cement at the Nickelodeon Theatre. Here’s a complete ½ hour episode of The Texan from 1958.

NEW YORK TIMES AND OUR SANTA CRUZ STATE OF MIND. Judi Grunstra sent this article and also added the Times writer forgot actor Adam Scott, Carlos Santana, and of course Lou Harrison are all from Aptos. I’m not too sure about that particular Santana, but lots of other Santanas lived there.

VERMEER AND MUSIC: THE ART OF LOVE…Thurs. OCT. 10 at Cinema 9. Their website says, The National Gallery, London, is offering a major exhibition on one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all-time, Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer is most popularly known as the painter of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. Vermeer painted little more than 30 works that still exist, and the National Gallery has chosen to focus on his art in relation to music. The event goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer’s life and, in doing so, shows in detail many other of the artist’s great works. The program will suit the wide audience who adore Vermeer’s work and who want both to see it in detail and to learn more about this mysterious, fascinating man. Don’t miss your chance to experience a global revolution of world class art, history and biography through the works of Vermeer in Regal Cinema 9 only on Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 PM”. I try to go to all these museum screenings, they are the only way we can see this world famed art aside from going there…tell your friends.

BRILLIANT 15 PART FILM HISTORY SERIES. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has been screening “The Story of Film: An Odyssey” It is 15 chapters, each Monday night at 7:15 p.m. each chapter is one + hours long. No matter where you come in on this you’ll learn stuff you’ve never heard before. I’ve taken more than seven years of film classes, eons of cinema lectures and this series still knocks me out. The official description reads… “The Story of Film: An Odyssey” is an unprecedented cinematic event, an epic journey through the history of world cinema that is a treat for movie lovers around the globe. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this bold 15-part love letter to the movies begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar globalized digital industry of the 21st. The Story of Film: An Odyssey heralds a unique approach to the evolution of film art by focusing on the artistic vision and innovations of filmmaking pioneers. Cousins’ distinctive approach also yields a personal and idiosyncratic rewriting of film history. Filmed at key locations in film history on every continent, from Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory, to Hitchcock’s London; from post-war Rome to the thriving industry of modern day Mumbai–this landmark documentary is filled with glorious clips from some of the greatest movies ever made and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale”. Remember Monday nights 7:15 p.m. Comcast channel 501 TCM.

PHIL SLATER MEMORIAL. It seems like every Santa Cruzan and half the world was and is affected by Phil Slater’s death. There will be a special memorial Sunday Oct. 13.at the First Congregational Church 900 High Street at 2 p.m. No matter how well you knew him, the New York Times obituary has more. Read it here….

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about The California Coastal Commission and that they are meeting in San Diego three times this week. They’ll be talking about UCSC’s Long Range Development Plan. Capitola’s General Plan is being finalized and that citizens should at least comment on that plan. Then there’s San Luis Obispo’s groundwater crisis, and what that could mean to our county. Water Transfers and Assembly bill 426 are about selling water and agricultural economy. Gary closes talking about CCATF and you can look it up right here. Read his complete scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

VINTAGE DE CINZO. De Cinzo makes a statement about not so strange bedfellows. Scroll downwards.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Professor Eagan teaches us just one isolated statistic…see below.

SANDY LYDON’S CENTRAL COAST SECRETS.The History Dude’s Christmas in Cambria is sold out but there’s news about the Bay Walk 8 which will happen in 2104. Also new news about Chinese Bone Pickers and the Hike To Nisene Marks. Click here to get all involved.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “All hail the first 4-star movie I’ve seen in two years! What is it? Find out this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

……In order of perfection……

PARKLAND. Definitely NOT a JFK assassination theory movie. It’s all about the staff at Parkland Hospital when they dealt with JFK’s body then Lee Harvey Oswald’s the day after. Paul Giamatti plays Abraham Zapruder, Marcia Gay Harden is a nurse at Parkland,with Zac Efron and Billy Bob Thornton doing great non-acting humans dealing with this world shattering event. See it quickly. The Nick has it in their smallest theatre already…that means one week.

HAUTE CUISINE.The President of France hires a woman chef to make his meals at the Palace. It’s a true story and the actress Catherine Frot is great in the paret. It’s not too serious a film so if you want to see a diverting film that is very well done…go see it asap.

GRAVITY. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rare 98%, and many of my favorite reviewers went crazy over Gravity. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are the astronauts in trouble and they float around in great 3D trying to fix everything and then battle to survive. Lots of Hollywood muck in this one in spite of director Alfonso Cuaron’s enormous talent.. He’s done some excellent films, Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men but Gravity is not in my list of his best works. It’s about like a Saturday matinee war movie where you wonder if so and so will get home alive. BUT go see it in 3D, it’s probably just me.

RUNNING WILD. A documentary about Dayton O. Hyde, who is now 88 years old, and the wild horse preserve he runs in South Dakota. His life and his wild life accomplishments plus his photography and the many books he’s written are stunning. He went to UC Berkeley of course, and you need to go to his home page just to read half of what’s he’s done with his life….and see this one rapidly too, before it vanishes. http://www.daytonohyde.com

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

ENOUGH SAID. Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini create a perfectly complex and brilliant relationship movie. There are some genuine laughs in it, but the truth is you’ll bed deeply touched by the tenderness and the pain they go through. Gandolfini does an excellent acting job here. Far better than I ever thought he could….we’ll miss him. See this grand film asap.

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woodyloves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you possibly can.

GOOD OL’ FREDA. Freda Kelly was the Beatles secretary for 11 of the ten years the boys were together.No matter how famous YOU thought the Beatles were…Freda’s story shows they were much more than that. It tells great background on each of the boys families, and about Brian Epstein’s controlling and guiding influence on them. If he hadn’t died would they have remained together??? We’ll never know. See this film quickly, it’s probably another one week only showing at the Nick.

RUSH. Ron Howard directed it. That means it “feels good” and that it will end happily. It’s got a sound track of racing cars that sounds like Pacific Avenue on weekends. Hulky Chris Hemsworth appears to be a rare good looking actor who can act, at least he does in this 1970’s Formula One race car epic. The racing scenes are exciting, but the pseudo bios linking all the action fall very flat. Save your money and rent it, even though it should be seen on the big screen.

DON JON. Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed this nearly hot and sexy film and Scarlett Johansson does a great acting job as a New Jersey citizen. That’s the looney- crazy attempt at comedy part of the film…then Julianne Moore enters the plot and adds the only reasons to see this ½ comedy ½ tragedy attempt.

THE FAMILY. Robert DeNiro plays another Mafia- made man and Michelle Pfeiffer does her best with this boring, predictable, over used plot. DeNiro informed on the mob and the fuzz moved them to France for protection. Lots of blood, few if any laughs, and it’s still boring. You’ve seen it all before.

A GENUINE WEATHER REPORT. Watch this “til the end it gets better and better.

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. Cathy Pickerrell from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players opens the program on October 8, then John Hibble curator of the Aptos History Museum talks about old and new things. October 15 has Erin Tools and Stacey Falls discussing the Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp. Then Ken Koenig talks about The Community of Artists photographers group and their show at Felix Kulpa. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to co-host the bi annual Pledge Drive on Oct. 22 October 29 has Laura Bishop from the 418 Project revealing all their plans for the next season. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys,” Ray Bradbury “Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring,” Nelson Algren,. “Autumn flings her fiery cloak over the sumac, beech and oak,” Susan Lendroth. “Anne reveled in the world of color about her.
“Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill–several thrills?”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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September 30 – October 6, 2013

BUILDING THE LIGHTHOUSE AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT. The lighthouse went up (this photo was taken May 5, 1967). If you really squint you can see that the project was being done by Milt Macken, contractor.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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Dateline: September 30, 2013 (date column written)

MAH (Missing Art and History) PART 3. If you’re new to this discussion you can scroll down to the last two BrattonOnlines…those would be September 16 & September 23 issues. We’re talking about the dissent in the general community and especially within the museum and the art and history communities, about the direction Nina Simon has taken The McPherson Center for Art and History. The discussion grew rapidly and nationally when Judith Dobrzynski’s column in The Arts Journal titled “Trouble in Paradise Santa Cruzs Museum Loses its Way” hit the internet. Read it here. You’ll also notice more than 30 responses from museum professionals and Art and history lovers taking both sides of this issue. It was Dobrzynski’s New York Times article from 08/11/13 that made me realize that all of the complaints and concerns I’d been hearing for almost the full two years of Simon’s takeover at MAH was worth revealing.

MORE ARRANGING AND HAPPENINGS. Since that initial column in BrattonOnline… artists, MAH board and staff members and neighbors have told me Nina is hoping to take out the Abbott Square Fountain and replace it with a kiddy wading pool. They also tell me she’s completely re-doing or removing the “Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea: A History of Santa Cruz County and its People “permanent” exhibit. “Where The Redwoods” description reads… “The Museum’s installation is devoted to a thematic and topical interpretation of county history, from its earliest days to its more recent past. Dedicated to the uniqueness and diversity of Santa Cruz County and its residents, the exhibit describes native peoples, the Mission period, early immigrants, early industries, and more”. Many times emails, letters and personal chats focus on the almost total lack of Nina Simon’s museum experience, and especially historians worry that this modernizing of the “Redwoods Sea” exhibit will be done with no credentialed historian in charge.

VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY. Here are some of the many reactions I’ve received in the last two weeks re: Nina and MAH. “I agree with you that the MAH is tightening its belt so far that it is an amateur hour place to go now. Let’s keep our community amateur entertainment at the Louden (London) Nelson Center”. A slightly different view…” I agree with your assessment of the MAH. It’s kinda like a circus sometimes. It’s lost its “credibility” in my mind, and as you say, has become sort of a community center. How does ART in itself fit into a MUSEUM context? I do believe that we should have a museum that reflects our lengthy and interesting history. But I always thought that the same-old dusty displays were hokey in today’s atmosphere. I also abhor the tendency to make everything “child friendly.” And for that reason, I have not returned to the Museum of Science in Golden Gate Park. It’s all steel and cement, and noisy, and focusing on restaurants and shops, and you can hardly even find the planetarium! You don’t even want to know my take on the “new” DeYoung”. I talked about MAH last Friday with Rosemary Chalmers on her KSCO Good Morning Show. Immediately after the interview I got a phone message from one of our very top five most noted artists in the County thanking me for saying all of above. That was one of many artists who have responded in similar manner. Nina Simon will be on Rosie’s show next Friday about 8:43 am.

ON IT GOES…MAH. There’s no denying that Nina has raised attendance. She says it’s from 17,000 up to 40,000 per year now.She says there’s a 50% raise in membership and a 30% increase in children’s experiences. No one has denied any of that. It’s all about why people are going to MAH nowadays , that’s it!! It’s not old versus newpeople are still waiting for hours to see the Mona Lisa, The Venice Bienelle always draws visitors from around the world, The Getty Center, The De Young, The Norton Simon, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is doing beautifully, they don’t feature experiences with Post-It’s and paper mache . Here’s one more letter (for this week)…

RINGO CRIES OVER JOHN LENNON’S DEATH.
CAT & THEREMIN. Paul Hostetter sent this in. If anyone finds a You Tube of a cat lutherist send it to me.

“As a retired museum curator, I’ve witnessed the decline in museum quality since the 1990s. Museum administrators, challenged by diminishing visitor numbers, have increasingly turned to entertainment events, at the expense of art or science based exhibits, to attempt to increase visitorship. Museums have become entertainment destinations for school groups, tourists and locals, while their role as a repository for the curation and exhibition of cultural artifacts and documentation is diminished and ultimately lost.

In my experience, this emphasis on entertainment results in decreased emphasis on collections management, preservation and curation. Museum collections languish in dark storerooms, are poorly maintained, inventoried and curated, and inadequately supplemented with new collections.

Museums and museum collections serve functions other than public education and entertainment. Archived cultural collections, whether on display or preserved in storage, provide opportunities for research and education by historians, natural scientists, archaeologists, genealogists and the general public. Museums have limited budgets. When emphasis is placed on events rather than collections management and curation, the heart of the museum, its collections, is placed in jeopardy. Events are for the present. Collections are for the future. Museum collections are much more than the objects in storage or on display. The documentation that accompanies the objects in storage or on display are in many ways more important than the objects themselves, providing the cultural continuity that gives meaning and interest to the objects. Documentation requires careful and thorough preservation and curation in perpetuity.

Unfortunately, while a institution may prosper financially under such management, it can, at the same time, fail in culture, art and science”.

More letters next week.

MAH…WHAT COULD HAPPEN? Well if half as many folks that have talked and emailed me wrote or contacted Vance Landis-Carey, the President of the MAH board she too would see that something should be done about the direction MAH has taken. Nina is formidable and tough to face AND great at what she wants to do…but what does the community want her to do? Contact Vance at vance.landis@gatewayhealthmgmt.com

EVERGREEN CEMETERY…LOOKING GREAT!!! One close associate of MAH reports great things about the re-furbishing of our Evergreen Cemetery. We saw photos in the Sentinel of the new Chinese Gate that George Ow is sponsoring in the Chinese section of Evergreen. Nina Simon’s husband Sibley Verbeck “Simon” , formerly of Comcast and CEO of Electric Sheep Company (http://www.electricsheepcompany.com/about has been spearheading this much needed miracle and ceratinly deserves our thanks.

SANTA CRUZ WATER QUOTE. I looked this up…”The Nevada State Library and Archives has a web presence at nsla.nevadaculture.org. An undated article discussing the saying was titled “Myth #122 – What Mark Twain Didn’t Say” by Guy Rocha, former Nevada State Archivist. The essay began with this unequivocal statement: Mark Twain didn’t say “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over,” or any other version of the oft-quoted phrase. That’s what seemingly everybody wants to believe. We Santa Cruzans have revised it locally, as follows….”Whiskey AND Water are for drinking, De-Sal is for fighting”.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ UPDATE. There’s no real news on this except that staff, founders, students, actors, directors and anybody connected with SSC were given exactly two hours notice from Dean Yager about UCSC’s cancelling their future. It also turns out that a nameless somebody was actually selling the SSC stored costumes for $5 (five) dollars each. Fortunately he was stopped.Now’s also the time to note Romeo & Juliet (the NEW movie) opens Oct.11 at The Del Mar. The National Theatre Live (NTL) Macbeth with Richard Branagh plays Oct.17 & 24. NTL’s Hamlet plays Oct.24 & 27. NTL’s Coriolanus plays Jan. 30 & Feb. 2, 2014….don’t say you weren’t notified.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul emails…

APTOS DEVELOPMENT GUESSING GAMES

About the only thing for sure in and around Aptos Village and Rancho Del Mar is traffic congestion.

Other issues are not clear. The Sentinel reported that Aptos Cinema has been granted a two year lease extension that will see new digital movie equipment installed along with new seats is good news. It’s nice to know that we’ll be able to see good movies without driving all over the county, at least for two years. I saw the 6:45 showing of “The Butler” at Aptos Cinema on Friday night, it’s been showing there for quite a while, but still had lots of customers coming to see it.

ALE (Aptos Local Economies), an Aptos citizens group continues to collect signatures online and by volunteers with clipboards from people who oppose Safeway’s expansion plans. With the extension of leases to Ace Hardware (14 months) and the Cinema (24 months) and other local stores, Safeway’s strategy still is unclear. Could it be they might do the right thing by just updating their store where it’s located now? They could also win friends by taking down all those Verizon yard signs posted on their property facing Soquel Ave. along with their own promotional signs throughout their parking lot.

Barry Swenson’s Aptos Village Plan is another mystery to the general public. Will the new railroad crossing ever get the approval from the Public Utilities Commission to build it? Is it a deal breaker if they don’t? If the Soquel Creek Water District raises its rates, will the Village Plan still “pencil in” for Swenson? What if SCWD chooses to declare a building moratorium due to salt water intrusion in the district? We’ll stay tuned to these issues. (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).

BEATLES MEETING ELVIS.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Monterey’s Measure K and M and the development behind them. He talks about our Santa Cruz Supervisors dealing with two land use items on 10/1, and how planning departments believe that developers are their customers. Our planning Commission will face a Solar Panel ordinance on 10/3. Monterey County listeners to Patton’s program should care about Paraiso Hot Springs and EIR comments. He closes the week talking about why we should not allow the Santa Cruz City Council to finalize the De-Sal EIR. Read all of above scripts at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse. Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

VINTAGE DE CINZO. These are really, really vintage DeCinzo creations. He loaned me a stack of oldies but goodies and I choose one each week (for many years now). We’ll all have to wait and wonder about DeCinzo’s Sentinel contributions during October. He’s re-vacationing in Cuba. He goes there often, I’ve been told. This week Steven DeCinzo pays a special and revealing tribute to Open Studios. Check it out 4 pages down there.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Peace loving Eagan shows us just how strong our President can be….see below, just a bit…down there after the movie section.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), color me pleasantly surprised by an enjoyable new romantic comedy from a director I usually dislike, and get a sneak preview of the 2013 Open Studio artists at this year’s preview exhibit at the Art League.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

WHERE SHOULD THE BIRDS FLY? The Palestine-Israel Action Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Resource Center for Nonviolence and the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom all present this film about two Palestinian women trying to exist in the Gaza of today. Fida Qishta the filmaker will be there. It’s Wednesday October 2nd at 7 p.m. at The Resource Center 612 Ocean Street.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

……In order of perfection……

ENOUGH SAID. Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini create a perfectly complex and brilliant relationship movie. There are some genuine laughs in it, but the truth is you’ll bed deeply touched by the tenderness and the pain they go through. Gandolfini does an excellent acting job here. Far better than I ever thought he could….we’ll miss him. See this grand film asap.

GEORGE HARRISON TALKS ABOUT PAUL M.

GOOD OL’ FREDA. Freda Kelly was the Beatles secretary for 11 of the ten years the boys were together.No matter how famous YOU thought the Beatles were…Freda’s story shows they were much more than that. It tells great background on each of the boys families, and about Brian Epstein’s controlling and guiding influence on them. If he hadn’t died would they have remained together??? We’ll never know. See this film quickly, it’s probably another one week only showing at the Nick.

RUSH. Ron Howard directed it. That means it “feels good” and that it will end happily. It’s got a sound track of racing cars that sounds like Pacific Avenue on weekends. Hulky Chris Hemsworth appears to be a rare good looking actor who can act, at least he does in this 1970’s Formula One race car epic. The racing scenes are exciting, but the pseudo bios linking all the action fall very flat. Save your money and rent it, even though it should be seen on the big screen.

DON JON. Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed this nearly hot and sexy film and Scarlett Johansson does a great acting job as a New Jersey citizen. That’s the looney- crazy attempt at comedy part of the film…then Julianne Moore enters the plot and adds the only reasons to see this 1/2 comedy 1/2 tragedy attempt.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

THANKS FOR SHARING. Mark Ruffalo and Gwenyth Paltrow do fine work in this serious comedy. It’s about AA and Tim Robbins as a spoonser all dealing with sex addiction. I didn’t know if they were kidding about there being an AA concept for sex addiction….and I’m still not sure. A good film never the less and another idea for a better title would be…”Much Ado About Rutting“.

SALINGER.I’d forgotten that three (3) crazed killers actually used Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye as justifying their killing. This is one odd movie. It seems to confuse Salinger with God, or somebody more special than just a writer. Like Thomas Pynchon he became a recluse and shied away from the public. The film says that his “newest” material like a few books will be released next year!!! We’ll soon see if he was worth all the spying and guessing. Only see this if Catcher STILL means that much to you. Wait until they do a film on Pynchon, then I’ll get to tell about my meeting him over in Live Oak when he lived here!!!.

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woody loves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you possibly can.

SPECTACULAR NOW. It’s back again!!! Remember Shailene Woodley? Well, not by name- nobody does, but she was George Clooney’s fantastic teen age daughter in The Descendents. She’s back as an older teenager in this serious, beautifully directed, thoughtful movie. There’s a bunch of teen-age-angst movies lately and I like them, mostly. We’ve all been there and done that, and this movie will touch all of your rough memories.

THE BUTLER. A very odd film. At moments it’s moving, deep, and influential. But Oprah Winfrey will always be Oprah, and you won’t forget that it’s Oprah being Mrs. Butler. Forest Whitaker has never been my favorite actor and he’s worse in this feel-almost-good flick. Robin Williams playing Eisenhower? John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman as Ronnie Reagan? But Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is terrific!!And nope, you never get to see who would have played Obama. Wait a couple of weeks and rent it.

THE FAMILY. Robert DeNiro plays another Mafia made man and Michelle Pfeiffer does her best with this boring, predictable, over used plot. DeNiro informed on the mob and the fuzz moved them to France for protection. Lots of blood, few if any laughs, and it’s still boring. You’ve seen it all before.

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 1st Peggy Dolgenos CEO and director of Cruzio will tell us what’s new in the internet world followed by Bruce Van Allen illuminating De-Sal and other pressing issues. Cathy Pickerrell from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players opens the program on October 8, then John Hibble curator of the Aptos History Museum talks about old and new things. October 15 has Erin Tools and Stacey Falls discussing Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp. Then Ken Koenig talks about The Community of Artists photographers group and their show at Felix Kulpa. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to co-host the bi annual Pledge Drive on Oct. 22. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths”, Muhammad Ali. “You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it”, W. C. Fields. “Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know”, Groucho Marx

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PRE-NICKELODEON SITE. This was the Lincoln Bakery back on May 16,1950. The house next door where they now have such an incredible sidewalk garden, was where actress Zasu Pitts lived (she was born in Kansas). The Nick opened July 1, 1969 with Bill Raney at the helm and Roy Rydell as designer.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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Dateline: September 23, 2013 (date column written)
MORE ON MAH. MAH really stands for More Arguments and Harangues. The responses to last week’s article on the deterioration of MAH in the last two years have been gratifying and even wonderful…in a way. Before continuing please go see “Museum Hours” at the Nickelodeon. It captures perfectly what so many in our community believe an art museum has been and should be.

Many, many emails came in fast and wonderfully supportive of returning MAH to being a Museum of Art and History. I won’t include anywhere near the amount of words that were received but hopefully enough to convince somebody or somebodies (plural) to re-think and give us back our Art and History.

This one came in within minutes of BrattonOnline being online…” I was so happy to read your piece about the MAH. I was wondering if it was only me who was not happy with the new direction the museum had taken. There are certainly a lot of people at the Friday evening ‘happenings’, so I thought everyone was happy about the new scene. But I was not. My membership is up for renewal; I’ve been a supporter of our local museum for many years now, but I questioned whether I wanted to renew this year. I miss a real museum!.

This one from a historian, “I thank you. Your review of MAH’s current (one more pop-up museum and I’m going to explode) life is refreshing and courageous. Bravo ‘.

From a former MAH staff member “As a former staff member at MAH, I have to give you praise and thanks for writing the recent article about the Museum of Art & History. While Nina Simon has provided financial stability for the museum, she has caused the institution to sacrifice professional standards and has indeed created a “circus.” I left because of these reasons and the fact that it was turning into another community center rather than a museum. You nailed it on the head, what many of us insiders (staff, historians, artists) have been thinking since 2010 when Nina started, and I applaud you for your article shedding light on this. I have had many conversations with these same individuals, many long-time Santa Cruzan’s like me, who are extremely disappointed by the tackiness. Not everybody is agreeable with this approach and it doesn’t seem representative of our entire community. The MAH can be participatory, engaging, community-focused and fun without compromising professional and aesthetic standards. Our community deserves better from our local museum! In appreciation”, (name withheld).

From a credentialed arts person,A lot of people have been appalled by the turn away from museum to events center, but very few are willing to speak out publicly or to stand up for the integrity of the institution. Thank you Bruce”.

From a MAH committee member. “I think M.A.H. is in trouble. Wish I could do something more to save it. Keep up your good work. I am reading and listening”.

There were lots more comments such as, “What Nina has done to our MAH is like turning the Del Mar and Nickelodeon into “Chuck E. Cheeses”. Obviously there’s more coming in on Saving MAH. I started listening to and reacting to negative MAH feedback more than a year ago, and am glad to act as a messenger….send me your opinions, and maybe we can make some progress.

MORE ON HERITAGE TREES. I asked Christopher Krohn (former mayor) to report on the City Council’s ruling on cutting down Dentist Christie’s Canary Island pines. He wrote…

“You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone”

 

“The trees are too close to the building” was the refrain heard over and over at the City Council meeting last Tuesday (Sept. 10) in deciding to permit Dr. Bill Christie to chainsaw four 80-foot tall Canary Island Pine trees. It is reputed that these trees were planted between 60-70 years ago by none other than Roy Rydell.

Several people spoke for each side and the city’s climate action plan was brought ups several times. In that plan it discusses the importance of the urban forest. Carbon is sequestered by trees and the taller the tree the more carbon sequestered. So, if we are talking about mitigations, leaving four 80-foot trees up is better as a “sink” for carbon than placing more solar on parking lot roofs, if that is the trade-off, according to a local scientist and consultant. Councilmember Micah Posner was the only one, out of seven, who opposed cutting “all” the trees. He was in favor of leaving one, possibly two of the trees. He was spirited in his defense of keeping a tree.

The other council members seemed to rely on the current flawed city heritage tree ordinance in denying the appeal and granting the permit. They either are not aware of their legislative discretion to work out these matters with property owners, or they would just rather city staff make these decisions. It was almost shocking to hear certain council members say that the current ordinance is a good one, and that it is working. Talk about not seeing the urban forest because there are no longer any trees in the way…the city has allowed over 2000 permits to cut heritage trees and denied only a few over the past decade. This appeal, despite the council’s courteous manner, was a very tough sell. It shouldn’t have been this way though.

These trees, not only offer habitat to various birds, insects and other animals, but also provide cooling for at least 3 other buildings in the area that would otherwise be in direct sunlight (heat). What needs to happen now is for the city to: 1) inventory our trees so we know what we have and how many, 2) renew our heritage tree fund, 3) work with property owners to maintain tall trees so as to unburden the owners and make it a shared community responsibility, because it is, and 4) publicly declare the importance, significance, and outright aesthetic qualities of our trees, and see these living specimens as a tourist draw, source of clean air and helps improve our quality of life. Someone said recently, “When the tall trees are gone downtown, they are gone. No one will plant them again.”

TALK ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS

#1. POMPEII ON WEDNESDAY. Cinema 9 is showing Pompeii at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday September 25….here’s all I could find in advance.

NCM Fathom Events, The British Museum and More2Screen are thrilled to present Pompeii from the British Museum, the first ever cinema event from the British Museum – an exclusive private view of the major exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The exhibition explores the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum nearly 2,000 year ago when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. This extraordinary one night event will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30pm (local time) in select cinemas nationwide. Don’t miss it! Introduced by British Museum Director Neil McGregor, cinema audiences will be treated to an exclusive view of the exhibition with insights from renowned experts who help bring these fascinating objects to life. With accompanying music, poetry and readings from eyewitness accounts, you will go behind the scenes of the exhibition to discover the stories of these famous Roman cities.

 

WATCH THE TRAILER

#2. OTHELLO ON THURSDAY. The Del Mar is shoing Othello on Thursday September 26 at 7:30.

The National Theatre of London presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC’s Hustle) takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of Hamlet. Running Time: 180 minutes. VIEW OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Special Guest Introduction! Thursday Shakespeare Santa Cruz artistic director Marco Barricelli will introduce the screening from 7-7:25 p.m.

 

#3. FASHIONARTS ON SATURDAY. Now in it’s eighth year, this is one of Santa Cruz’s most fun nights. Angelo Grova of Michaelangelo Gallery and his team make it happen this Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Civic. The Trunk Show starts at 5 p.m. if you get VIP tickets quickly, and the stage/runway show is at 7 P.m. This year, they have an exciting trunk show featuring 16 vendors selling beautiful jewelry, apparel, accessories and fashion-related goodies. Open to VIP ticket holders before the show, open to the general public during the show (7-9) and for everyone attending the show, you won’t want to miss the excitement in the Civic parking lot after the show lets out! I wouldn’t miss it and never have!! I’ll be wearing Quail Run’s “Non-smoking” Jacket, a very unique one- of- a- kind creation by Judy Swanson.

APTOS LOCAL ECONOMIES. Lots going on in Aptos….both with the Mega Safeway plans being held up for two years….and the stalled plans for. Stay tuned and involved. Read this…

MUHAMMAD ALI 1981 WEIRD INTERVIEW.

Aptos residents are concerned about Safeway Corporation’s proposed mega-store expansion plans at Rancho del Mar Shopping Center.
To learn more, please click here to read our 2 page PDF.

To sign the online petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/reject-the-aptos-safeway-mega-expansion.
To send a message to Zach Friend, Santa Cruz District 2 Supervisor: zach.friend@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

Tom Noddy sent this great parody of the Nazis doing the Lambeth Walk.

Please forward this info on to friends and neighbors. Together, we have a voice for the future of Aptos!

Please JOIN Aptos residents in protecting our community.
October 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm (free)
ALE meets monthly the 2nd Tuesday of the month,
at the Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about The Santa Cruz City Council dealing with The Heritage Tree ordinance plus medical marijuana. He Talks about Verizon’s Cell Tower versus the neighbors in Carmel Valley. Methyl bromide and the legal issues around its use and a forum about the development of Fort Ord. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse Gary Patton, former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo took a look at military recruiting on the UCSC Campus a few years ago…see downwards a few pages…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan gives us « Common Sense Solutions » for damned near everything…ha !! Scroll below a few pages

MY GRANDSON LEONARDO BOULANGER ON CBS !! Daughter Jennifer (graduate of Davenport Pacific Elementary,Westlake, Santa Cruz High and beyond)sent this video clip of grandson Leonardo Boulanger and dad George Boulanger in a kayak helping clean up Marina Del Rey waters on Coastal Clean-Up Day.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), experience the heyday of Beatlemania with the 17-year-old Liverpool girl who became The Beatles’ personal secretary in Good Ol’ Freda. And visit a spiritual and musical medieval landscape in a new stage production about the trials and travels of 15th Century mystic Margery Kempe.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

……In order of perfection……

MUSEUM HOURS. A perfectly wonderful film filmed almost entirely inside Vienna’s Grand Art Museum. There’s a continuing story about bthe guard and his relationship with a woman visitor. It proves what most of us believe an art museum should give us. History, imagination, tradition, controversy, a peaceful place to ponder humanity and our creativity. I rarely if ever do this but go to Rotten Tomatoes and see what other critics say about this masterpiece. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/museum_hours I am not fooling when I say it changes the way you look at the world and art especially after the scene with the docent….see this film and see it quickly, and remember when our MAH would have such an inspiring impact!!

WOMEN’S SEX ADDICTION. Just go online and check out the huge number of AA type sites for sex addiction. This is one about women’s sex addiction.

THANKS FOR SHARING. Mark Ruffalo and Gwenyth Paltrow do fine work in this serious comedy. It’s about AA and Tim Robbins as a spoonser all dealing with sex addiction. See that You Tube an inch or two above these words. I didn’t know if they were kidding about there being an AA concept for sex addiction….and I’m still not sure. A good film never the less and another idea for a better title would be…”Much Ado About Rutting“.

SALINGER.I’d forgotten that three (3) crazed killers actually used Salinger’s Catcher in The Rye as justifying their killing. This is one odd movie. It seems to confuse Salinger with God, or somebody more special than just a writer. Like Thomas Pynchon he became a recluse and shied away from the public. The film says that his “newest” material like a few books will be released next year!!! We’ll soon see if he was worth all the spying and guessing. Only see this if Catcher STILL means that much to you. Wait until they do a film on Pynchon, then I’ll get to tell about my meeting him over in Live Oak when he lived here!!!.

POPULAIRE. An almost Jerry Lewis level French film parodying Hollywood cutesy romantic comedies of the ‘50’s. It takes place in Paris 1958 and is all about speed typing. I kept noticing that the french typewriter keys use AZERTY and not QWERTY like ours. Maybe rent it at Thanksgiving when the relatives are here.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

(from BEST 2 worst)

SHORT TERM 12. I Left the theatre in such awe that I was calling it the best film of the year. Then I saw on Rotten Tomatoes that more than half the other critics said exactly the same thing…this is the best film of the year. Brie Larsen as a supervisor of at risk teenagers in a facility probably near San Diego is perfect in the part. All the acting is perfect, it’s a gut wrenching accurate portrayal of not just the teen agers but everyone involved. Please see this film if you appreciate good films.

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woody loves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you possibly can.

PATIENCE STONE. A young Muslim girl is married to an oldformer Jihadist hero who has been totally paralyzed and just lies there through almost the entire film just breathing. She pours her life out to him and he is as patient as a stone. Go see this movie…it’ll tear you apart and you’ll love it.

THERESE. Audrey Tautou is an unhappy wife in this 1920 French setting drama. It’s about women’s place in history, love, tradition, and just plain survival. An excellent movie.

SPECTACULAR NOW.Remember Shailene Woodley? Well, not by name- nobody does, but she was George Clooney’s fantastic teen age daughter in The Descendents. She’s back as anolder teenager in this serious, beautifully directed, thoughtful movie. There’s a bunch of teen- age- angst movies lately and I like them, mostly. We’ve all been there and done that, and this movie will touch all of your rough memories.

DRINKING BUDDIES. This is one of thosevery hip new indie films where,I’ll bet, no one had a script. It looks just about spontaneous and it’s mostly boring about beer and couples making in a very large Chicago brewery. Olivia Wilde is gorgeous to watch and she was one of the producers too. Maybe rent it later, unless you attend AA meetings, in which case forget it entirely.

CLOSED CIRCUIT. This movie is almost like part of PBS’s “Silk” series, and that’s good. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall act as two London lawyers and there’s a lot about British law problems. The main deal is a terrorist action and who’s secretly involved. You really don’t need to see this one…there are plot holes, and doesn’t it seem like many movies have plot holes recently?? Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 44. R. Tomatoes gave Getaway a 2!!!

RIDDICK. Vin Diesel is back whether you like it or not. He’s created his own, what you might call “acting style’. And like the earlier two Riddick films it’s got cheap special effects, miserable monsters BUT it’s exactly what Riddick fans want. Only see it IF you liked the first two Riddick jobs.

GRANDMASTER. I took about three years of film classes in Asian film from Earl Jackson at UCSC. He taught us a lot about Asian Film. Then he moved to Korea to teach Koreans about film!! Now he lives in Taiwan. He taught us how and why Wong Kar Wai the director of Grandmaster, is a great and exciting film maker. Wong Kar Wai directed Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love, Ashes of Time, and more masterpieces. Grandmaster is a dramatic bio-pic of Ip Man, an iconic martial arts teacher. It’s historical, perfectly photographed, grandly acted, confusing, and disapointing…unless you like any and all of Wong Kar Wai’s films, and I do.

ELYSIUM. Matt Damon , through some Hollywood miracle is becoming a much better actor than anyone thought possible. Jodi Foster is always a magnetic screen attraction except that her “accent” in this sci-fi film gets way out of her control. It’s about the year 2159 and how all the rich and perfect people live on a “2001” type wheel circling in outer space. The poor people who live on a savaged and depleted earth suffer a lot just like Bladerunner stuff. Earthman Matt Damon works hard to save the earth people. IF (that big word again) IF you like sci-fi films this is a fairly good one. An overused plot but effective…but only on a big screen.

THE BUTLER. A very odd film. At moments it’s moving, deep, and influential. But Oprah Winfrey will always be Oprah, and you won’t forget that it’s Oprah being Mrs. Butler. Forest Whitaker has never been my favorite actor and he’s worse in this feel-almost-good flick. Robin Williams playing Eisenhower? John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman as Ronnie Reagan? But Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is terrific!! And nope, you never get to see who would have played Obama. Wait a couple of weeks and rent it.

THE WORLDS END. This is part of a genre-parody-comedy-trilogy (which I didn’t know or remember) Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz being the other two movies. These guys (Simon Pegg is one of them) attempt to drink one beer at each of a bunch of pubs. The World’s End is the name of the last pub. Shaun of The Dead parodied zombie films and this one parodys another genre. It’s as if you were watching Mary Poppins and all of a sudden Bruce Willis comes in and shoots everybody. I sure wouldn’t see it twice.

THE FAMILY. Robert DeNiro plays another Mafia made man and Michelle Pfeiffer does her best with this boring, predictable, over used plot. DeNiro informed on the mob and the fuzz moved them to France for protection. Lots of blood, few if any laughs, and it’s still boring. You’ve seen it all before.

AUSTENLAND. I like Jane Austen books, and I’ve liked most of the films made from her books, and I walked out after the first ten minutes of this cheap and ignorant comedy. There is not one second of British humor in it, it’s gross, poorly directed and a complete waste of everybody’s time. It’s about an American Jane Austen fan who saves her money, goes to England and visits the hokey- schlocky Austenland. Don’t even rent 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. Author, poet, retired Cabrilho College professor Don Young also returns on September 24 to talk about his two new collections. Linda Hoeger- Thompson and Gus Ceballos talk about Companion for Life programs and services after Don Young. On October 1st Peggy Dolgenos co-owner/director of Cruzio will tell us what’s new in the internet world followed by Bruce Van Allen illuminating De-Sal and other pressing issues. Cathy Pickerrell from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players opens the program on October 8, then John Hibble curator of the Aptos History Museum talks about old and new things. Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to co-host the bi annual Pledge Drive on Oct. 22. 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 with program ideas.

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

QUOTES. “I always pass on good advice— it’s the only thing one can do”, Oscar Wilde.

“First Left, go along the corridor. You’ll see a door marked Gentlemen, but don’t let that deter you”, F.E.Smith. “If this is the way Queen Elizabeth treats her prisoners, she doesn’t deserve to have any”, Oscar Wilde.

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September 18 – 24, 2013

HISTORIC OCTAGON HALL OF RECORDS and OUR ORIGINAL COURT HOUSE (AFTER 1882). This beautiful stately two floor masterpiece was our first County Court House, built in 1867 and burned down in 1894. Next door and on the left was and still is the Octagon. Now Lulu Carpenter’s coffee house. Back then it was the official Hall of records.

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DAVENPORT WATER-CEMEX-RYAN-SANTA CRUZ-KEELEY & NEAL. The two greatest thing about rumors are that “there’s always more where that came from” and tracking them down almost always leads to surprises. Davenport used to have all their water needs supplied by Cementos Mexicanos or CEMEX as we call it. (I didn’t know that there’s a 587 seat auditorium on the Stanford campus named the CEMEX Auditorium!). Even though it is one of the world’s largest cement producers, Cemex pulled out of Davenport leaving those folks low and dry. Here’s where the rumor starts….fingers point to Fred Keeley trying to pull a water deal by the City Of Santa Cruz supplying water to Davenport. That’s not all bad, and if and when that water deal looks almost perfect Ryan Coonerty and Daddy Neal will get the credits and the plugs in Ryan’s campaign for Dad’s seat. I’m going to adjust that rumor as soon as I get more facts, so when you hear anything along that Davenport-Santa Cruz water sharing let me know.

MNOZIL BRASS &LONELY BOY. Peggy Snider sent this totally bizzare and brilliant clip. Watch it the first 5 minutes to really get the point.

MAH’s NEWEST MEANINGMostly Attendance and Happenings. Other folks among the numerous local residents sugggested Mostly Attendance and Hobbies. Then there’s Mediocre, Humdrum and all kinds of clever ways to re-name our gone to hell Museum of Art and History. We’ve lost the “Museum”, “The Art”, and “The History” concepts of what was once a professional institution with professional standards. The actual mission statement of MAH has changed and now we have what should be called our “second community center”. MAH Board members have been quitting over this, professional historians, curators and staff members have either left or are completely devastated by the community circus that Nina Simon has created in the two and a half years she’s been executive director.

The Sunday August 11 New York Times had an article titled High Culture Goes Hands-On. Read it here….lots of people in the Museum business read it, and responded. Nina Simon did too….she didn’t like the article.

It says that museums across the country are going for attendance numbers and crowds and are sacrificing traditional experiences with history and with art to bring in large crowds that then are used as proof to justify grants, and larger sums of monies to subsidize these halls of hobbies. (Yes MAH exhibited my collection of toothpaste, Don Lane’s collection of eggs, Lance Linares collection of bottle caps….and that helps make the point….we fell for the Attendance and Hobbies part of the new name.

Remember back in the day when you could sit or stand and just think about the art pieces you were able to see in person? Think how many thousands/millions of students and artists were influenced by seeing circulating masterpieces or from the local collections…not now. Consider the impact on the next generation of art and history-lovers; the kids. Where can we take our kids now to learn how to experience a real museum; a place that challenges the attention span a little? There are experiential activities everywhere, as I mentioned but the former MAH was our only real museum environment that offered art in a museum context; a respectful place that created the sense that what you’re seeing is important, and worthy of your consideration. Not just something you whip through as you’re doing activities.

The new mission statement is so stunning in its exclusion of any cultural references that you should read it… From the website; “Our mission is to ignite shared experiences and unexpected connections”. What does that mean?? Where’s History, where’s Art, where’s Tradition, most important where’s any statement about inspiration and education???

Historians have told me many times in the last two and a half years that there are no longer any qualified historians cataloguing and curating and handling our MAH’s collections. Future generations will suffer from this. Concerned community members are wondering why the MAH Board of Directors have allowed this hobby-circus to take over MAH. The NY Times article said museums justify the numbers game because they claim the newest art equals experiences. Is it fear of getting involved? Is it just let Nina do her thing, it’ll work out…a hands off approach?

We’ve gained a second London Nelson Community Center (where all this show biz & hobby stuff should take place) and we’ve lost a vibrant and rewarding Art & History Museum.

MAH’S NEXT ART EXHIBIT??

TONY MADRIGAL RUNNING FOR MODESTO CITY COUNCIL. I thought everybody knew that Tony is running for Modesto City Council. So far I haven’t heard of anybody from Modesto calling Santa Cruz and asking how Tony did on our City Council. Aside from accomplishing next to nothing Aside from his support for building the Coast Hotel, his arrest and jail time for texting while driving, he should have been punished for the rude, continual, and insolent way he used his laptop during Council sessions. Good luck Modesto !!!

ANOTHER ATTACK ON SCOPE PARK??? Celia Scott wrote to say, “I just discovered that Scope Park is in jeopardy of being developed for commercial uses again. On Tuesday Sept. 10 the Council went into closed session to consider selling the park to a developer for a proposed (unspecified) commercial project. Comments were to be taken from the public just prior to the closed session, but who even knows about it or what actually is proposed? Here we go again. As if there wasn’t enough bad news!” Celia sent that last week….any reports on what happened? Scope Park, for any newcomers, is that tiny greenspace with Peter Bartczak’s mural of dancing beachers at the corners of Mission-North Pacific-Water Streets.

PATTON TO OPEN NEW LAW OFFICE. As of October 1st. Gary Patton will be opening his own private law practice. Witwer and Parkin and Patton are best of buddies and Gary will be focussing on land use and environmental issues in his new place…to be determined.

INTERVIEW WITH TOM SCRIBNER

UCSC AND SHAKESPEARE BRAND. “Words, words, words” was Hamlet’s reply and Santa Cruz (as a “hamlet”) should be eager to hear UCSC’s reply to Shakespeare Santa Cruz asking for the right to use that name in their future plans. Any response other than 100% full granting of rights will prove there’s more to UC’s official closing of SSC than meets the eye.

THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN & BERKELEY’S DAILY PLANET. Napolitano News.

From The Saturday Sept.14 issue of U.C. Berkeley’s Daily Californian…. The ASUC Senate wasted no time at the beginning of the academic year, gearing up in its first meeting to debate a bill expressing that the senate has “no confidence” in Janet Napolitano as the incoming UC president. Napolitano’s appointment raised concerns due to the policies she implemented in her previous position as Secretary of Homeland Security. In response, the ASUC Senate will debate SB 2, titled Bill in Support of Undocumented Students and Immigrant Communities, on Monday. “The ‘no confidence’ comes from a lot of history — she has deported over 2 million undocumented immigrants,” said ASUC Senator Sean Tan, who authored the bill. “There’s a lot of fear in terms of what is her main priority as UC president, because she comes from a background of surveillance and apprehension and security.” As Homeland Security Secretary, Napolitano played a role in enacting immigration policies such as Secure Communities, a program that allows local governments to report undocumented immigrants to federal officials. Under her leadership, the Homeland Security Department deported a record number of undocumented immigrants, according to a report by UAW Local 2865, a UC student workers’ union. Read the rest of it here… (B. Bratton.. full bragging disclosure…I was writing for The Daily Californian 1958-1960)

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick writes…

APTOS LOCAL ECONOMIES ORGANIZATION (A.L.E.)

ALE is moving ahead with the fight against Safeway’s expansion plans at Rancho Del Mar in Aptos. Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at the Aptos Grange. A few signs supporting ALE’s cause have started to appear, and Safeway has begun discussion with the County Planning Department. If you think that seven traffic signals between State Park Drive and Trout Gulch Road sounds like traffic mitigation we’ve got news for you. It isn’t anything but pure gridlock for Aptos residents, but that’s what is being proposed. Sooner or later there has to be public hearings on this fiasco.

NISENE 2SEA TRAIL UPDATE.

The trail is finally under construction by CCC workers brought in by the County. This has been a long wait; we’re now into the second decade of dealing with the County and the developer who owns the property. When finished, there will be a trail between Cabrillo College and Nisene Marks Park that can be used by hikers, bicycle riders and dog walkers. We were looking forward to an end-of-August completion date. (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).

FASHIONART SANTA CRUZ 2012

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about developing Fort Ord, and Monterey’s General Plan.

He tells of the Community Choice Aggregation public power system in Santa Cruz County, and about Conner Everts chair of P.O.W.E.R. There is yet another Dog Leash meeting Thursday at Simkins Family Swim Center. See there are the Off Leash Advocates and the Leash Law Advocates and their twains never meet! He closes with a long look at the history and meaning of the 1978 Measure J. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse Gary Patton, former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, and environmental attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365?www.gapatton.net

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo reminds us of the joys of Wilder Ranch scroll below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan hears a droning noise…beware very much !! And see below about three pages.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Life initates Art this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), in the weirdly engrossing film Museum Hours, set largely within Vienna’s venerable Kunsthistorisches Museum. And while we’re on the subject, come along on a virtual tour of the museums of Vienna.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

 

SHORT TERM 12. I Left the theatre in such awe that I was calling it the best film of the year. Then I saw on Rotten Tomatoes that more than half the other critics said exactly the same thing…this is the best film of the year. Brie Larsen as a supervisor of at risk teenagers in a facility probably near San Diego is perfect in the part. All the acting is perfect, it’s a gut wrenching accurate portrayal of not just the teenagers but everyone involved. Please see this film if you appreciate good films.

PATIENCE STONE. A young Muslim girl is married to an oldformer Jihadist hero who has been totally paralyzed and just lies there through almost the entire film just breathing. She pours her life out to him and he is as patient as a stone. Go see this movie…it’ll tear you apart and you’ll love it.

THERESE. Audrey Tautou is an unhappy wife in this 1920 French setting drama. It’s about women’s place in history, love, tradition, and just plain survival. An excellent movie.

DRINKING BUDDIES. This is one of thosevery hip new indie films where,I’ll bet, no one had a script. It looks just about spontaneous and it’s mostly boring about beer and couples making in a very large Chicago brewery. Olivia Wilde is gorgeous to watch and she was one of the producers too. Maybe rent it later, unless you attend AA meetings, in which case forget it entirely.

THE FAMILY. Robert DeNiro plays another Mafia made man and Michelle Pfeiffer does her best with this boring, predictable, over used plot. DeNiro informed on the mob and the fuzz moved them to France for protection. Lots of blood, few if any laughs, and it’s still boring. You’ve seen it all before.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

SPECTACULAR NOW.Remember Shailene Woodley? Well, not by name- nobody does, but she was George Clooney’s fantastic teen age daughter in The Descendents. She’s back as anolder teenager in this serious, beautifully directed, thoughtful movie. There’s a bunch of teen- age- angst movies lately and I like them, mostly. We’ve all been there and done that, and this movie will touch all of your rough memories.

CLOSED CIRCUIT. This movie is almost like part of PBS’s “Silk” series, and that’s good. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall act as two London lawyers and there’s a lot about British law problems. The main deal is a terrorist action and who’s secretly involved. You really don’t need to see this one…there are plot holes, and doesn’t it seem like many movies have plot holes recently?? Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 44. R. Tomatoes gave Getaway a 2!!!

RIDDICK. Vin Diesel is back whether you like it or not. He’s created his own, what you might call “acting style’. And like the earlier two Riddick films it’s got cheap special effects, miserable monsters BUT it’s exactly what Riddick fans want. Only see it IF you liked the first two Riddick jobs.

GRANDMASTER. I took about three years of film classes in Asian film from Earl Jackson at UCSC. He taught us a lot about Asian Film. Then he moved to Korea to teach Koreans about film!! He taught us how and why Wong Kar Wai the director of Grandmaster, is a great and exciting film maker. Wong Kar Wai directed Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love, Ashes of Time, and more masterpieces. Grandmaster is a dramatic bio-pic of Ip Man, an iconic martial arts teacher. It’s historical, perfectly photographed, grandly acted, confusing, and disapointing…unless you like any and all of Wong Kar Wai’s films, and I do.

THE WORLDS END. This is part of a genre-parody- comedy- trilogy (which I didn’t know or remember) Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz being the other two movies. These guys (Simon Pegg is one of them) attempt to drink one beer at each of a bunch of pubs. The World’s End is the name of the last pub. Shaun of The Dead parodyied zombie films and this one parodys another genre. It’s as if you were watching Mary Poppins and all of a sudden Bruce Willis comes in and shoots everybody. I sure wouldn’t see it twice.

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woody loves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you posspbly can.

ELYSIUM. Matt Damon , through some Hollywood miracle is becoming a much better actor than anyone thought possible. Jodi Foster is always a magnetic screen attraction except that her “accent” in this sci-fi film gets way out of her control. It’s about the year 2159 and how all the rich and perfect people live on a “2001” type wheel circling in outer space. The poor people who live on a savaged and depleted earth suffer a lot just like Bladerunner stuff. Earthman Matt Damon works hard to save the earth people. IF (that big word again) IF you like sci-fi films this is a fairly good one. An overused plot but effective…but only on a big screen.

THE BUTLER. A very odd film. At moments it’s moving, deep, and influential. But Oprah Winfrey will always be Oprah, and you won’t forget that it’s Oprah being Mrs. Butler. Forest Whitaker has never been my favorite actor and he’s worse in this feel-almost-good flick. Robin Williams playing Eisenhower? John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman as Ronnie Reagan? But Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is terrific!!And nope, you never get to see who would have played Obama. Wait a couple of weeks and rent it.

AUSTENLAND. I like Jane Austen books, and I’ve liked most of the films made from her books, and I walked out after the first ten minutes of this cheap and ignorant comedy. There is not one second of British humor in it, it’s gross, poorly directed and a complete waste of everybody’s time. It’s about an American Jane Austen fan who saves her money, goes to England and visits the hokey-schlocky Austenland. Don’t even rent 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. Thom Zajac discusses the 29 years of Comic News on Sept. 17. Patricia Matejcek returns that same night to talk about South Couny issues. Author, poet, retired Cabrilho College professor Don Young also returns on September 24 to talk about his two new collections. Linda Hoeger- Thompson talks about Companion for Life programs and services after Don Young. On October 1st Peggy Dolgenos co-owner/director of Cruzio will tell us what’s new in the internet world. Cathy Pickerrell from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players opens the program on October 8.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 with program ideas.

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!!!

BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

QUOTES. “Bad taste doesn’t exist; it’s just a figment of somebody’s paranoia”, Viva. “All writing is pigshit”, Antonin Artaud.”An intellectual carrot? The mind boggles“, “The Thing” produced by Howard Hawks.

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September 10 – 16, 2013

MISS CALIFORNIA CONTESTANTS ATOP PALOMAR HOTEL. That’s Miss Tulare on the left and Miss Azusa on the right. Obviously it’s 6:14 p.m. and not so obviously it’s June 1963. Newcomers shopuld note that this was the original location of our Town Clock. Also note the two way traffic PLUS curbside parking spaces!!! (Copy date Sept. 9)

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REPUBLICANS TAKING OVER THE STATE AND SANTA CRUZ!!! The omni-present Don Webber sent this scary article from the September 3 issue of the LA Times. The title is “California Republicans thrive at the local level”. It begins with,”GOP members hold close to half the 2,500 mayoral and City Council seats in the state. It’s at the state level that the party is largely irrelevant”. When you think how Santa Cruz elected Pamela Comstock to our City Council and Bruce McPherson to our County Board of Supervisors, it should cause some kind of concern.

When you read the entire article, and you really should, you’ll see how our Santa Cruz County follows this dangerous path…(from the article) “In the last two statewide election cycles, when Californians voted true to partisan form — bucking the national GOP wave in 2010, siding strongly with Obama in 2012 — Republicans won more local contests than did Democrats, and not just in rural or such traditionally conservative-leaning areas as the Central Valley. More than 75 cities in California have a majority of Democratic voters but Republican-run city councils; the GOP has toeholds in such otherwise blue bastions as Alameda, Los Angeles and SANTA CRUZ counties”. I didn’t have time to check party registrations in the other cities in our County. Anyone have details on those places?? Read it all here…

NEW SANTA CRUZ POLICE CAMERAS. The Santa Cruz Downtown Association’s Chip told me yesterday (Sept. 5th) that the Santa Cruz Police Department now has special license plate cameras. We both agreed that maybe, just maybe, they could photograph the damned loud motorcycle maniacs who remove the mufflers from their bikes and make Pacific Avenue such hell…especially on weekends.

S.S PALO ALTO AERIAL VIDEO BY ARCHER KOCH. Archer Koch used one of little drone quadcopters with cameras and gives us footage of the Concrete Ship. Just beautiful. WE know of course that it’s a reinforced concrete ship that was built in Oakland in 1919…but why is it named The SS Palo Alto? Why Palo Alto?

LOCAL HOTEL NEWS. Gary Patton in his KUSP broadcasts this week announces…There are a couple of significant hotel proposals coming up in Santa Cruz County. First, there is a new proposal for the so-called La Bahia Hotel, in the City of Santa Cruz. The proposal is to demolish the existing 44-unit La Bahia apartment complex and to build a new 165-room hotel. If you want to comment on the Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Report, the comment period ends on September 20th. Second, in the City of Capitola, a Monarch Cove Hotel Project is being proposed. Again, historic structures would be demolished and 32 hotel rooms would replace them on the site. The comment period on the Notice of Preparation for the EIR on this project ends on September 26th“.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ…MORE!!! It’ll be years before Santa Cruz gets over the loss of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. But to add to the absolutely odd relationship between the University and SSC…the reason there were no performances inside on UCSC’s Centerstage is because the University was charging SSC too much money to rent the space. Go figure.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ…EVEN MORE. Some informative opinions and feedback on UCSC’s David Yager killing of SSC. Feedback from ACT’s artistic director Carey Perloff and a switch in Marco Barricelli’s contract.

ZACH “WHOSE FRIEND IS HE?” FRIEND. Mr. Kess Kaathoven sent this enlightening view of our first opportunity to see which way Supervisor Zach Friend is going to vote on development issues.

“On August 27, the Board of Supervisors approved a proposal that weakens the County’s regulations for the Coastal Zone, that sacred area of the County in the California Coastal Commission’s jurisdiction. The amendments weaken coastal protections, and make it easier to develop without a coastal permit, and those amendments reduce protections for Seacliff Village. Zach Friend, who represents Aptos, made the motion to weaken the regulations despite the fact that his constituents care deeply about their coastline.

In fact, when three of the Supervisors (Leopold, Caput and McPherson) voted the correct way to eliminate one of the provisions that exempted all residential additions no matter the size from coastal regulation, Friend voted “no.” This is the first foray of Mr. Friend into a real land use decision. Not only did he vote the wrong way on coastal protection (including protections for Seacliff Village, a part of his district), but he made the motion to weaken coastal protections. He stated at the hearing that since staff made the recommendation, he trusts that staff has done its job. This means that whatever staff wants they can have. He won’t think for himself or carefully review +whether staff is actually making a sound recommendation. So look out Aptos residents. If this is any indication on the Rancho Del Mar mega-Safeway store, he will defer to staff and will not be a lead for his constituents to broker a deal the community can support. One can only hope there are not many more pressing land use and environmental issues during his tenure. But, the Planning Department has a number of zoning code “reform” initiatives moving forward. Friend may well be Aptos’ enemy, not its champion”. Kess Kaathoven.

 

SAVE APTOS. Aptos Local Economies (A.L.E.) is a growing organization of Aptos Citizens working hard to convince Zach Friend and the community, of the dangers in allowing Safeway to build their Mega-store at Rancho Del Mar. Read this link and see their many concerns.

ELERICK’S INPUT. More on Rancho Del Mar from Paul Elerick

Aptos History emerges from a garage cleaning project

Buried deep in my garage “stuff”, I uncovered a January 1974 copy of the Santa Cruz Times, the weekly back in the day. Appropriate to today’s Aptos, it featured the headline, “Aptos Action & the land war”. Along with providing an excellent history of Aptos and how it looked in 1974, the big issue of the day was GROWTH! In this case it was a chain store: Monte Mart, a Monterey – based food and discount store. They began the push into Aptos by soliciting support of various improvement organizations as early as 1972. This managed to incite those of us who didn’t want a regional shopping center in place of Rancho Del Mar that would cater to shoppers driving up and down Highway 1 and push out local businesses.

Monte Mart people based their pushiness on a projection by the County that Aptos would have 15,000 residents by 1984. (The county was way off; Aptos population was recorded at 6,220 in 2010. Somebody should reprint the entire article from the 1974 issue of the Santa Cruz Times; it is a fantastic look into our past. The article could also include updates on what really happened to Monte Mart (it went away) and how Rancho Del Mar was developed into community based businesses.

One could replace the name “Monte Mart” with “Safeway”, the company has set their sights on turning Rancho Del Mar into a regional shopping center. Could history possible repeat itself by sending Safeway packing the same way Aptos residents did with Monte Mart back in the 1970’s? We should be able to learn something after 40 years, i.e., that we don’t have to give in to something we don’t’ want. (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 fracking and our board of Supervisors banning it. He adds news too on Aptos High School’s soccer field and the lack of permits. The Coastal Commission’s webcast facilities and this week’s meeting in Eureka deals with affordable housing. He explains L.U.L.U. (Locally Undesirable Land Use). A garbage dump is a LULU, and he carries on from there. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scriptshttp://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. DeCinzo resurects «the Holy See» scroll down a page or three.

EAGANS DEEP COVER.See below for Doctor Eagan’s diagnoses of our real health problems…

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), get smart with Jewel Theatre Company’s ambitious new production of Tom Stoppard’s witty, literate Arcadia, and get engrossed by Audrey Tatou as a desperate housewife of the 1920s in Thèrése. “Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975. Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION

ADORE. Watch the trailer. Some critics are calling it trash. What do they know??

ADORE. If you liked Sophocles “Oedipus” you’ll love Adore twice as much. A more “fun” title would have been “The Motherfuckers” but it wouldn’t go over too well in some areas. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are now and always have been, superb actors, and whoever it is that play their two sons are almost as good, but you won’t remember their names either. I wasn’t fooling about Oedipus. You’re forced to at least think about it for most of this film. Not as many laughs as Blue Jasmine but deeper and better.

PASSION. Brian DePalma has Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace playing two cuthroat women in international corporate business. It’s neither too serious nor quite funny enough…so you can’t ever get the gist of it. It’s mostly Hollywood type acting set in Berlin and elsewhere. Don’t bother going.

RIDDICK. Vin Diesel is back whether you like it or not. He’s created his own, what you might call “acting style’. And like the earlier two Riddick films it’s got cheap special effects, miserable monsters BUT it’s exactly what Riddick fans want. Only see it IF you liked the first two Riddick jobs.

AUSTENLAND. I like Jane Austen books, and I’ve liked most of the films made from her books, and I walked out after the first ten minutes of this cheap and ignorant comedy. There is not one second of British humor in it, it’s gross, poorly directed and a complete waste of everybody’s time. It’s about an American Austen fan who saves her money, goes to England and visits the hokey schlocky Austenland. Don’t even rent it.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

SPECTACULAR NOW.Remember Shailene Woodley? Well, not by name- nobody does, but she was George Clooney’s fantastic teen age daughter in The Descendents. She’s back as anolder teenager in this serious, beautifully directed, thoughtful movie. There’s a bunch of teen- age- angst movies lately and I like them, mostly. We’ve all been there and done that, and this movie will touch all of your rough memories.

CLOSED CIRCUIT. This movie is almost like part of PBS’s “Silk” series, and that’s good. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall act as two London lawyers and there’s a lot about British law problems. The main deal is a terrorist action and who’s secretly involved. You really don’t need to see this one…there are plot holes, and doesn’t it seem like many movies have plot holes recently?? Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 44. R. Tomatoes gave Getaway a 2!!!

GRANDMASTER. I took about three years of film classes in Asian film from Earl Jackson at UCSC. He taught us a lot about Asian Film. Then he moved to Korea to teach Koreans about film!! He taught us how and why Wong Kar Wai the director of Grandmaster, is a great and exciting film maker. Wong Kar Wai directed Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love, Ashes of Time, and more masterpieces. Grandmaster is a dramatic bio-pic of Ip Man, an iconic martial arts teacher. It’s historical, perfectly photographed, grandly acted, confusing, and disapointing…unless you like any and all of Wong Kar Wai’s films, and I do.

THE WORLDS END. This is part of a genre-parody- comedy- trilogy (which I didn’t know or remember) Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz being the other two movies. These guys (Simon Pegg is one of them) attempt to drink one beer at each of a bunch of pubs. The World’s End is the name of the last pub. Shaun of The Dead parodyied zombie films and this one parodys another genre. It’s as if you were watching Mary Poppins and all of a sudden Bruce Willis comes in and shoots everybody. I sure wouldn’t see it twice.

GETAWAY.This Ethan Hawke action car chase movie is and was a complete waste of time for everybody involved in making it….so don’t you waste your time in seeing it. The acting is literally non-existent. The car chase (about 95% of the movie) is poorly filmed, the plot is impossible and you’ll hate yourself if you do go..

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woody loves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you posspbly can.

ELYSIUM. Matt Damon , through some Hollywood miracle is becoming a much better actor than anyone thought possible. Jodi Foster is always a magnetic screen attraction except that her “accent” in this sci-fi film gets way out of her control. It’s about the year 2159 and how all the rich and perfect people live on a “2001” type wheel circling in outer space. The poor people who live on a savaged and depleted earth suffer a lot just like Bladerunner stuff. Earthman Matt Damon works hard to save the earth people. IF (that big word again) IF you like sci-fi films this is a fairly good one. An overused plot but effective…but only on a big screen.

THE BUTLER. A very odd film. At moments it’s moving, deep, and influential. But Oprah Winfrey will always be Oprah, and you won’t forget that it’s Oprah being Mrs. Butler. Forest Whitaker has never been my favorite actor and he’s worse in this feel-almost-good flick. Robin Williams playing Eisenhower? John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman as Ronnie Reagan? But Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is terrific!!And nope, you never get to see who would have played Obama. Wait a couple of weeks and rent it.

THERESE & AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS. This is just an advance suggestion to plan on seeing both of these fine films. We got to see them ahead of time. Audrey Tautou stars in Therese and has grown way past her “Amelie” cutesy muck. More later.

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. September 10 has Tina Brown and Rose Sellery giving details on their Fashion Art Extravaganza 9/28, followed by Jeff Sanford talking about his Cartoon Jazz Orchestra’s newest release. Thom Zajac discusses the 29 years of Comic News on Sept. 17. Patricia Matejcek returns that same night to talk about South Couny issues. Author, poet, retired Cabrilho College professor Don Young also returns on September 24 to talk about his two new collections. Linda Hoeger- Thompson talks about Companion for Life programs and services after Don Young. On October 1st Peggy Dolgenos co-owner/director of Cruzio will tell us what’s new in the internet world. Cathy Pickerrell from the Santa Cruz Chamber Players opens the program on October 8.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 with program ideas.

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 want to say something so embarrassing about September that even the leaves start blushing and turning red”, Jarod Kintz. “I’ll be damned if I’ll love just to love—there’s got to be more to it than that”, Humphrey Bogart. “Standing on a Street corner waiting for no one is Power”, Gregory Corso.

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DREAM INN BEING CONSTRUCTED. This was April 26, 1963. On the far left you can see the old Sisters Hospital which moved to the Branciforte Plaza on Soquel. The Dream Inn is often considered the local environmentalist’s biggest loss, and spurred them on to organize more efficiently.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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THE DE-SAL ISSUE. So much has been said….and will continue being said about this learning experience for our community. We should not lose track of the lessons, and stay on point. Gary Patton as our attorney in a letter to the City Council on behalf of our Community Water Coalition sums up the situation nicely. And I repeat most of his points here (he took 33 pages to write it!!).

(LESSON ONE).It isn’t just the 400 letters that were written in response to the EIR it’s that to continue and to pursue completing the EIR is pursuing the De-Sal water plant.

(LESSON TWO). It isn’t just the people of the City of Santa Cruz who say that the plans for our De-Sal were and are faulty and dangerous, it’s the State and Nation wide agancies that have judged our de-sal and the EIR report so negatively. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says that the discharged brine and the proposed dredging and pproject construction plans are dangerous. In their words, “CDFW recognizes the City’s significant efforts to date to evaluate both the City’s water supply needs and adequate flows for fish; however, the results of those efforts have not been accurately reflected in the draft EIR”. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that the EIR is full of faults. (NMFS) The National Marine Fisheries Service say the cities data is insufficient, and that the City doesn’t have all the information. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) also recommends exploring land use alternatives before continuing with the present thrust towards a de-sal plant.

(LESSON THREE). Hold a series of educational meetings working with the community so we can reach a consensus.

(LESSON FOUR). We should never forget the people who pushed so hard and so long for a de-sal plant. People like Ryan Coonerty, Cynthia Mathews, Mike Rotkin, Neal Coonerty and Fred Keeley. These folks have woven themselves into our political fabric…they won’t go away, they are convinced they know what’s best for the community, and they haven’t given up on De-sal.

STEAMER LANE BY DRONE FILMING. Photographer Eric Cheng used his drone to take 5 minutes of absolutely stunning views of the Lighthouse, the surfers, the sea lions, and the stunning waves at Steamer lane on July 21 of this year. Jason Hopin wrote fine words when the Sentinel linked to this in July. I just found it….and you need to see it. The music was an excellent choice too.

LENZ ARTS AND PAINT. Over the last few years I’ve gripped a few times about how crappy Lenz Arts building used to look. Now they’ve painted it… and we all need to say thanks. Lenz is on of the most used corners in downtown and you’d think especially since they sell paint*, it would never have become as shabby as it did….thanks. *( I know that house paint isn’t the same as… etc.).

SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ. I’m not sure what to say that hasn’t been said already. As readers of BrattonOnline must know by now, I was part of the small band of sisters and brothers led by Audrey Stanley who created Shakespeare Santa Cruz back in 1980 and before. I had a part in King Lear, the very first play presented and I’m almost positive that I attended every single play in its 32 year history. For an interesting dialogue including reactions from Marco Barricelli go to Isaac Butler’s “Parabasis” blog.

VETERANS HALL RE-OPENING (A CORRECTION). I mentioned in the last BrattonOnline that Greg Caput was the only member of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voting to re-build, re-hab and re-construct the Vet’s Hall. I’ve heard that from my fellow members of the Disabled Veterans of Santa Cruz County and lots of places. The truth is (from deep in the trustworthy bowels of our County government) that “the entire Board of Supervisors has always supported full reconstruction of the Vet’s Hall, and the Board has voted unanimously on every single item regarding the bidding, re-bidding and awarding of the
construction contract for the Vet’s Hall. To imply otherwise is factually wrong at best and disturbingly disingenuous”. I’m happy to print that correction, and happy too that the Santa Cruz Vet’s hall will re-open in a few weeks.

TRIPS TO SANTA CRUZ 1937 & 1938. See Highway 17 the way you always knew it could be.

NEW CLASSICAL RADIO STATION. KYZZ 97.9 FM. Dan Morookian of KZSC fame told me about KYZZ 97.9 fm. the new all classical station. It’s automated, no announcers, no identifying of any music being played, no commercials. It plays “Tchaikovsky tchotchkes” endlessly. That means big orchestra-romantic drivel. The recorded message keeps saying “Bach is Back, Beethoven is back” but after listening off and on for days, I never heard those guys at all. KYZZ I think is simulcast from KMZT a pseudo-Mozart station in LA.

NEW OLD HISTORICAL COWELL KILNS UCSC PHOTOS FROM 1920’S. Frank Perry the new director of The Capitoila Historical Museum told us on the Universal Grapevine program (Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. KZSC 88.1 fm) that more than 50 “new” photographs from the limestone quarry days on the Cowell UCSC campus were given to UCSC recently. They were from a limestone worker named Silva who took the photos with his Kodak Brownie camera. The photos had been in Portland all these years. Hopefully we’ll be seeing them soon.

JENNIFER BOULANGER’S NEW FENCE IDEA. Daughter Jennifer spied this fascinating and nearly bizarre yard decoration.
ANIMALS ON TRAMPOLINES. Carolyn Lagatutta (noted photographer) sent this one.

TIM GONCHAROFF OFF AND RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL.I met with Tim Goncharoff (his idea) last week. He’s really, really running for City Council. If you are on Facebook you’ve seen all his messages and plugs. He thinks that the City made a big mistake in their de-sal plans and wants to pursue water capturing and other measures long before pursuing de-sal again. He’s not setting a top on campaign limits and figures on spending $30,000 or more. He supported the warriors Arena. He was in favor of widening Highway One. He liked the ” bike trail on Arana Gulch”. He’s pro minimum wage for Santa Cruz. He couldn’t give me any names of supporters yet, but promised he would as soon as he got their OK. He wouldn’t say whether he’d vote more like Pamela Constock or Micah Posner. He’s got a degree in Planning and has worked as a professional for our county. He’s a member of the City Planning Commission. And has worked hard and suceeded in creating many environmentally sound County and City practices, such as the plastic bag ordinance. He has many good sounding conservation plans like wind power, solar power and more. He’s smart and works well with others. More later.

STORIES FROM THE URBAN FOREST. Gillian Greensite.

Part 2. HERITAGE TREE ORDINANCE: SUCCESS OR FAILURE?

The city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance was not passed by city council in 1973 as I described in Part 1 of Stories from the Urban Forest. Carole DePalma was able to find an old Sentinel article that jogged her memory of the sequence of events from those early years and gives us a more accurate historical record. The efforts started in 1973 and an emergency ordinance was imposed at that time but it was not until 1976 that the actual ordinance was voted into law. The removal of some large eucalyptus trees on the site of the former Santa Cruz hospital on Soquel Avenue sparked council member DePalma to initiate the proposal for a permanent heritage tree ordinance, which passed on a 5 to 2 vote. We owe Carole DePalma a vote of thanks for her vision and commitment to environmental protection at a time when the significance of preserving big trees was not so obvious as it is today.

So has the Heritage Tree Ordinance (HTO) done the job it was intended to do? Are the city’s large, significant or historical trees still alive 37 years after the ordinance was passed? The city has never made inventory of its heritage trees so complete numbers are unavailable but the data that is available suggests that the HTO has failed to protect our heritage trees.

In 2000, the Parks and Recreation Commission requested data from the then city arborist, Ray Sherrard, on how many heritage trees had been cut down in the previous 5 years. The results were staggering. Out of requests for permits to cut down 2,500 heritage trees, 2,350 permits were granted. According to the current city arborist, last year, permits were granted to remove 170 heritage trees and 11 were denied. She confirmed that last year was a typical year. That adds up to an additional 2,200 heritage trees removed, making a total of 4,550 heritage trees removed in less than 20 years. In a city less than 16 square miles in size.

Some loss of heritage trees over time is to be expected. Some trees may become a hazard, some may become diseased, some may cause structural damage with no options for addressing the problem. However, in my 38 years experience trying to save big trees, particularly on the lower westside, few fell into those categories justifying removal. In the majority of cases, the trees were healthy and sound, any structural problems fully capable of being resolved. So why are so many tree removal permits granted? I suspect that it’s the easy way out for the decision-makers. There has always been a tension between private property rights and the public good. Many don’t see trees as a public resource. They are outraged if they are told they can’t cut down a healthy big tree on their property. The city, instructed by the city attorney, caters far more to the tree owners than the trees or the ordinance that was passed to protect them. The Heritage Tree Grant program that was passed by council in 2002 to help property owners financially with the care of their big trees was de-funded a few years ago. The Parks Department could have added it to this year’s budget request but didn’t, which reflects their low priority for heritage trees. An ordinance is only as good as the people implementing it. Our remaining heritage trees will only be saved if we demand their protection”. Gillian Greensite. (Coming soon Part 3: Heritage Tree Ordinance Revisions: Sharpening the Axes).

ELERICKS INPUT.

EARLY JUMP FOR 2014 COUNTY SUPERVISORS RACE.

A lot has been said about Ryan Coonerty’s early announcement for the 3rd District County Supervisors election in 2014. His early announcement has raised some eyebrows as to why people are endorsing Ryan before the election cycle won’t start until next spring. These early endorsers shouldn’t come as a big surprise, except for a few. Ryan collared a long list of business, labor, electeds and developers during his run for a 2nd term on Santa Cruz City Council in 2010. Most, if not all, of these endorsers will certainly be on Ryan’s 2014 list for County Supervisor.

So who is missing from this who’s-who list in Santa Cruz County? Most of the environmental activists and all of the Progressive community. It might appear that the 3rd District election will be over in the June 14th primary unless somebody steps up. Remember, name recognition isn’t everything. Ask Eric Hammer who came within 145 votes of beating career politico Bruce McPherson last November. With the vote on Desal possibly being on the same ballot with Ryan, this race is far from over! (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).

A DEER DAY AT THE BEACH. Deer meet harbor seals at Hopkins Marine Station beach.
SANTA CRUZ SOJOURN. 1955 MISS SANTA CRUZ BATHING BEAUTY CONTEST.

HEAL THE SICK…EVEN LOCALLY?? We probably don’t “have all the information” as our Mayor sez, but how come in the last very few years, the HMO Secure Horizons has dumped all Santa Cruz citizens from coverage, Kaiser Permanente hasn’t allowed any locals to belong to their plan for decades, we hear hundreds of Medical professionals complaining about ever lowering reimbursements…and yet…and yet PAMF (Palo Alto Medical Foundation) is growing by leaps and bounds all over our county!!! Doctors from private practices and other services are joining PAMF, they are sure huge hereabouts. Somebody who knows should explain how this works. I like PAMF, they treat me “excellent well”, but how does this happen?

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary again discusses the concept of Land Use and what our involvement could and should be. He pushes the Carmel Valley Association as an example. He then tells us about the Aptos Local Economies (ALE) group who are working on action against the Safeway expansion in Aptos. Here’s their website. http://www.aptoslocaleconomies.com . The Pajaro River Flood Prevention Authority meets Friday 9/6. Their website is http://www.pajaroriverwatershed.org . He closes with news about a Seaside Sustainable Living tour on Sunday, 9/8. Read his website for full details. 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. DeCinzo has been on vacation, that’s why we haven’t seen his works in the Sentinel and won’t until next Friday. Scroll down for a classic DeCinzo now !!!

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim gives us a lesson in the recesses of our Congress. Wheel below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “What? You haven’t seen 20 Feet From Stardom yet? Not even once? Find out why you should this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also more good news about the US edition of my novel, “Alias Hook,” coming soon from St. Martin’s Press!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975″

THAT IS THE QUESTION

SPECTACULAR NOW.Remember Shailene Woodley? Well, not by name – nobody does, but she was George Clooney’s fantastic teen age daughter in The Descendents. She’s back as anolder teenager in this serious, beautifully directed, thoughtful movie. There’s a bunch of teen- age- angst movies lately and I like them, mostly. We’ve all been there and done that, and this movie will touch all of your rough memories.

CLOSED CIRCUIT. This movie is almost like part of PBS’s “Silk” series, and that’s good. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall act as two London lawyers and there’s a lot about British law problems. The main deal is a terrorist action and who’s secretly involved. You really don’t need to see this one…there are plot holes, and doesn’t it seem like many movies have plot holes recently?? Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 44. R. Tomatoes gave Getaway a 2!!!

GRANDMASTER. I took about three years of film classes in Asian film from Earl Jackson at UCSC. He taught us a lot about Asian Film. Then he moved to Korea to teach Koreans about film!! He taught us how and why Wong Kar Wai the director of Grandmaster, is a great and exciting film maker. Wong Kar Wai directed Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love, Ashes of Time, and more masterpieces. Grandmaster is a dramatic bio-pic of Ip Man, an iconic martial arts teacher. It’s historical, perfectly photographed, grandly acted, confusing, and disapointing…unless you like any and all of Wong Kar Wai’s films, and I do.

THE WORLDS END. This is part of a genre-parody- comedy- trilogy (which I didn’t know or remember) Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz being the other two movies. These guys (Simon Pegg is one of them) attempt to drink one beer at each of a bunch of pubs. The World’s End is the name of the last pub. Shaun of The Dead parodyied zombie films and this one parodys another genre. It’s as if you were watching Mary Poppins and all of a sudden Bruce Willis comes in and shoots everybody. I sure wouldn’t see it twice.

YOURE NEXT. A ” scarylonely big house in the woods, and who gets shot with an arrow next” plotline. Creepy, well acted, canyon-size plot holes like why don’t they close the drapes instead of having all those killer arrows knock them off. Who is doing it and why, is almost an unique twist, the killers wear animal masks and all in all IF you like “10 little indian” plots go see it.

GETAWAY.This Ethan Hawke action car chase movie is and was a complete waste of time for everybody involved in making it….so don’t you waste your time in seeing it. The acting is literally non-existent. The car chase (about 95% of the movie) is poorly filmed, the plot is impossible and you’ll hate yourself if you do go..

THERESE & AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS. This is just an advance suggestion to plan on seeing both of these fine films. We got to see them ahead of time. Audrey Tautou stars in Therese and has grown way past her “Amelie” cutesy muck. More later.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woody loves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you posspbly can.

IN A WORLD. An odd-ball Los Angelesrecording studio drama with comedy thrown in. It’s very hip, contemporary, next generation, flip material about the so-called voice over commercial recording business. Having cut several voice overs in my time in both LA and San Francisco, it didn’t seem all that cut- throaty to me but that was decades ago. Go see it but only if you speak today’s LA lingo. Yes, I liked it.

ELYSIUM. Matt Damon , through some Hollywood miracle is becoming a much better actor than anyone thought possible. Jodi Foster is always a magnetic screen attraction except that her “accent” in this sci-fi film gets way out of her control. It’s about the year 2159 and how all the rich and perfect people live on a “2001” type wheel circling in outer space. The poor people who live on a savaged and depleted earth suffer a lot just like Bladerunner stuff. Earthman Matt Damon works hard to save the earth people. IF (that big word again) IF you like sci-fi films this is a fairly good one. An overused plot but effective…but only on a big screen.

THE BUTLER. A very odd film. At moments it’s moving, deep, and influential. But Oprah Winfrey will always be Oprah, and you won’t forget that it’s Oprah being Mrs. Butler. Forest Whitaker has never been my favorite actor and he’s worse in this feel-almost-good flick. Robin Williams playing Eisenhower? John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman as Ronnie Reagan? But Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is terrific!!And nope, you never get to see who would have played Obama. Wait a couple of weeks and rent it.

PARANOIA. This could have been a contender…but it is so full of overused plot pieces you could just as easily take a nap at home. Harrison Ford isn’t too bad and neither is Gary Oldman but the so- called script is so hackneyed and predictable, it’s just sad. Don’t go…ever.

THE WOLVERINE. Hugh Jackman actually pulls this comic book hero action flick off….and in a good way. There’s enough of an almost believable (and followable) plot to keep you watching, and almost believing in what you’re watching. It seems like I’m saying this more lately BUT if you like comic book action films (Superman, Batman etc.) this one really works.

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. This documentary makes Stars out of the faceless, nameless back-up singers on hit pop albums. I suppose there’s a point to it, but how about documentaries featuring the recording engineers, the producers, and the musicians who also make a song a hit? Making hits is a very collaborative; sharing process…it ain’t just the back-up singing. But it’s a fun film.

WAY, WAY BACK. It’s filmed mostly in a rundown family owned seaside water park, and it has some good moments Steve Carell has a very serious role as a bad step dad and Toni Colette is the teen age lead’s mom. It’s a coming of age film and Sam Rockwell is the kid’s guiding light. Alison Janney is the next door drunk and way overplays it. Save your money.

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 September 3 Susan Myer Silton tells us about Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia that she’s directing for our Jewel Theatre Company, and playing Sept.5-22. Then Doug Keegan the program director of the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) brings us new news about their program.September 10 has Tina Brown and Rose Sellery giving details on their Fashion Art Extravaganza 9/28, followed by Jeff Sanford talking about his Cartoon Jazz Orchestra’s newest release. Thom Zajac discusses the 29 years of Comic News on Sept. 17. Patricia Matejcek returns that sema night to talk about South Couny issues. Author, poet, retired Cabrilho College professor Don Young also returns on September 24 to talk about his two new collections. Linda Hoeger- Thompson talks about Companion for Life programs and services after Don Young. 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. All are from Henry V.

“O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act”.

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”.

“Thus far, with rough and all-unable pen,
Our bending author hath pursued the story”.

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August 22 – 28, 2013

CABRILLO/CABRILHO COLLEGE. Circa 1962. Plenty of parking spaces here. According to Kevin Newhouse’s Aptos book…it was 1958 when the County voters voted to create a junior college. The location was a hassle then and it still is, being between Watsonville and Santa Cruz. Wally Trabing, longtime columnist for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, suggested the name “Cabrillo” even though Cabrillo or Cabrilho (his Portuguese name) never saw any of California north of Santa Cruz island.

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GREAT QUOTE“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” –Nineteenth century Ne-hilawe- (Cree) proverb

DE-SAL AND BILL KOCHER. Pages can and should be written about the history and manueverings behind Santa Cruz and the de-sal battle. I’m with Jean Brocklebank’s warning that the city also went ahead with the EIR on Arana Gulch after it seemed to be a dead issue. They turned around and passed it later after the EIR was certified….they’ll do the same thing with De-Sal. I spoke with Bill Kocher just after he announced retirement. He said there wre plenty of people in the department who could handle his old job. Why they are looking so far afield seemed to baffle him. He said that the city will now be cutting all ties with Cal Desal. I’m personlly betting that Kocher never again links his name as a consultant or anything dealing with De-sal plants. He said, in many words and in many ways, that he was doing what the city asked him to do re: de-sal, and that they changed their minds. I’m betting that Rotkin, Keeley, Coonerty (Ryan and Neal) plus Mathews all truly believed in, and still believe in de-sal and pushed the rest of the council and staff into this mess.

Out of all this was Mayor Hilary Bryant’s statement and unbelievable quote in last week’s Sentinel…”You can’t let the community make the decision when they don’t have all the information,” Bryant said. Isn’t this what all bloated, better-than-thou politicians believe? That they have all the pure, undeniable facts with no bias, no angles, no financial ties, just pure information??? She doesn’t have “all the information”, the City Council doesn’t have “all the information”…and what’s worse, rumors now have it that she is thinking about running again. Let’s hope she has more information this time.

SAUL LANDAU— BOTH SAD AND GREAT NEWS. I’ve mentioned before that Bob Taren, a close friend of Saul Landau’s told me that Saul Landau has cancer of the bladder. Now Bob informs us that The Cuban government has awarded Saul Landau its highest honor the, “Cuban Medal of Friendship”. Alarcon is the past president of the Cuban Assembly. Bob said he was told that among those present at the ceremony was Pablo Armando Fernandez the port laureate of Cuba and other dignitaries. Ricardo Alarcon said “Saul Landau deserves this recognition and much more. He has given our people a sincere, unlimited, authentic friendship all his life. In his early youth he embraced revolutionary ideas and never abandoned them. He always upheld these ideas far from dogmatism, bureaucratic or sectarian distortions. He has been a loyal friend since the long gone times of Ramparts Magazine and Studies on the Left to Progreso Weekly, and his intense participation in the struggle for the liberation of our five compañeros unjustly punished for fighting against terrorism”… he said more than that.

In accepting the award Saul stated, “The Medal of Friendship and ICAP represent the virtues of the Cuban Revolution as in 1959, when I began supporting the solidarity movement as President of the Students Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Then, Cuba represented, as it does now, justice and equality as a force for global progress toward peace and the end of oppression. These values deserved universal support in the beginnings of the Revolution, in the same way they deserve it in 2013.I feel deeply honored and touched by this recognition. Read the entire piece from Radio Havanna Cuba . Saul’s an old friend from our days together in the San Francisco Mime Troupe and I’ve re-printed his weekly Progreso Weekly articles in BrattonOnline for over a decade.

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

OUTER SPACE MONSTER. Tom Noddy found this one.
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CRAZIEST IDEA YET. Don Webber shook most of the western world with a question…”Why doesn’t UCSC build their own De-Sal plant?” They have the land, and from all we hear they have a crying need to expand, so they can build their own water source…who’s to stop them?

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS & RUMORS. Supervisor Greg Kaput told me that if all goes well, and apparently it is going well that the Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building will open in September. He said all of our County Supervisors now support the re-supporting of the building….which they didn’t before. WE can now assume that oft-mayor and council person Mike Rotkin will change his prefix to “De-salinist, Feminist, Socialist Mike Rotkin“. Rumors have yet to be checked, but it’s being whispered that Greg Archer really isn’t Polish and that he’s just trying to pass. That DeCinzo cartoon last week the two of us “curmudgeons” sitting in front of Lulu’s at The Octagon was nearly scurrilous….I don’t hate Girl Scouts or even the forcing those little girls to wear uniforms and them having to make god pledges, I just think their door to door selling and competing over junk food cookies teaches them bad ideas.

NEW JAPANESE 2011 TSUNAMI FOOTAGE. Dale Matlock sent the clip shown to the right and added, “It’s amazing to see how this thing builds within the 26 minutes shown- and the relative calm of those behind and around the camera(s). You’ll need a tall glass of your favorite beverage to assist you to the end, where the fires are then raging. Not sure of the exact locale, or how close to the sea it is, but all I could think of was the San Lorenzo River and its tributaries during such an event. Cheers, Dale”. To which I’d add just how do you think our City Council would respond to a disaster of this size? How prepared is Santa Cruz? But of course it could never happen here. But when it does, the Tannery will be the first to go, then Pacific Avenue will flood out. But since the City Council has all the information about tsunamis and how we’ll be saved we don’t need to worry.

ELERICK’S “INPUT” & LISA JENSEN’S “LINKS”. Both Paul Elerick and Lisa Jensen are on vacations. No, not together…I don’t think they even know each other. Paul went to Michigan and Lisa and husband Jim Aschbacher went to Sweden, for some reason.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s on vacation now too but he writes and broadcasts aboutWater Wisdom and the State Water plan.He talks about The New Complete Streets Guidebook and how it minimizes car usage. There’s a Land Trust Bar BQ thiss Saturday August 24 (see details) there’s also a new Carmel River Stewardship Manual that could and should be applied to other rivers we all deal with. He closes with news about a rules for De-Sal projects happening in Sacramento next Wednesday.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

MAGIC MEMORY METAL. Even though you see it, you won’t believe it.
VINCE GUARALDI & BOLA SETE. They play “Star Song” on Ralph Gleason’s TV show back in 1963. Just so we can remember what it meant to swing.

EDUARDO CARRILLO MUSEUM. (MUSEO EDUARDO CARRILLO). Betsy Andersen tells us « We are seeking to reconnect with old friends of Eduardo’s. We would love to be able to stay in touch with them and hear their stories and let them know about news regarding Eduardo. We are having an event…See the video, meet our director Pedro Pablo Celedon at MAH, Thursday September 19th 5:30-7:30. She added that there is aRetrospective of Ed’s work scheduled for 2015 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. More news upcoming. On top of that…Museo Eduardo Carrillo has been awarded $50,000.00 toward the completion of the documentary “Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement”. In awarding the grant, Peter Mithoefer, representing The Robert T. Keeler Foundation, said, “We look forward to the realization of this tribute to Ed’s inspiring life and work.” Professor Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, The Julien Samora Chair Latino Studies and the Director of the Institute of Latino Studies in at University of Notre Dame, Indiana says, “Eduardo was a true pioneer. He exhibited his art and was recognized in the early 1960’s. That was so early for a Mexican-American to gain recognition”. Ralph D’Oliveira, co-founder of the Tortuga Patrol mural project in Watsonville, CA states,“He was always just ahead of his time in terms of his art view. He didn’t believe you built fences to get ahead, you opened up fences-you opened up doors.” While earning his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at University of California, Los Angeles the arts of Mexico were missing from the curriculum. In 1972, when his teaching career began at UC Santa Cruz, Eduardo developed culturally relevant classes for an increasingly diverse student population. He taught there for 25 years until his death in 1997. Our film will trace Eduardo’s discovery of his Mexican heritage in Baja, California. The simplicity of life, beauty of the land and authenticity of the people drew him back again and again. “Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement” will underscore his connection to his roots in San Ignacio, Baja, California. As the cultural environment of the 1960’s changed global perspectives so did his understanding of his place in the world. We will share how his evolving relationship to his ancestral homeland exerted its influence on his art. It was a geographical connection, a familial connection but beyond that it was a spiritual relationship that evolved over many decades. This story will be told in our film.For more information please contact: Betsy Andersen ,Director, Museo Eduardo Carrillo 831 239- 411 or spark@cruzio.com and Visit www.museoeduardocarrillo.org

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Curmudgeon DeCinzo checks out a “more uniform approach” to learning. See below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Check out Tim’s approach to GOP politics and how we really feel. Scroll a few feet downwards.

BLUE JASMINE. Don’t expect to see much of San Francisco in this one, even though Woody loves “The City”, he didn’t show us much of it onscreen. Cate Blanchett goes beyond acting…she digs deeper into her character than we’ve ever seen onscreen. She is simply brilliant. Alec Baldwin is perfect as a sleek, snaky “Mr. Smarmy” type. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll fall all over in your praise of Mr. W. Allen and his “on again-off again” directing technique. See this movie just as soon as you posspbly can.

IN A WORLD. An odd-ball Los Angeles recording studio drama with comedy thrown in. It’s very hip, contemporary, next generation, flip material about the so-called voice over commercial recording business. Having cut several voice overs in my time in both LA and San Francisco, it didn’t seem all that cut-throaty to me but that was decades ago. Go see it but only if you speak today’s LA lingo. Yes, I liked it.

THERESE & AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS. This is just an advance suggestion to plan on seeing both of these fine films. We got to see them ahead of time. Audrey Tautou stars in Therese and has grown way past her “Amelie” cutesy muck. More later.

ELYSIUM. Matt Damon , through some Hollywood miracle is becoming a much better actor than anyone thought possible. Jodi Foster is always a magnetic screen attraction except that her “accent” in this sci-fi film gets way out of her control. It’s about the year 2159 and how all the rich and perfect people live on a “2001” type wheel circling in outer space. The poor people who live on a savaged and depleted earth suffer a lot just like Bladerunner stuff. Earthman Matt Damon works hard to save the earth people. IF (that big word again) IF you like sci-fi films this is a fairly good one. An overused plot but effective…but only on a big screen.

THE BUTLER. A very odd film. At moments it’s moving, deep, and influential. But Oprah Winfrey will always be Oprah, and you won’t forget that it’s Oprah being Mrs. Butler. Forest Whitaker has never been my favorite actor and he’s worse in this feel-almost-good flick. Robin Williams playing Eisenhower? John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman as Ronnie Reagan? But Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is terrific!!And nope, you never get to see who would have played Obama. Wait a couple of weeks and rent it.

PARANOIA. This could have been a contender…but it is so full of overused plot pieces you could just as easily take a nap at home. Harrison Ford isn’t too bad and neither is Gary Oldman but the so- called script is so hackneyed and predictable, it’s just sad. Don’t go…ever.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

BLACKFISH. We all need to see the documentary Blackfish. It’s abouthow cruel and even evil SeaWorld treats their Orca Whales. Orca Whales are members of the dolphin family it’s about how one of those killer whales killed a lovable and talented trainer. What it’s really about is how all of us are guilty of making Sea world and all aquariums and zoos and keepers of trapped animals and sea life vast sums of money for continuously torturing jelly fish, gorillas, elephants, just so we can pay and peer into their unnatural habitat. Wikipedia says, “Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans, although there have been cases of captives killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks.[8] Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures, with their reputation ranging from being the souls of humans to merciless killers”. Yes the Monterey Aquarium is just as guilty as the rest of them. The actual amount of research and legitimate experimentation they do in re the torture of those trapped fish is minimal and we all know it. See the film Blackfish before responding.

STILL MINE. It’s another “crabby, but lovable old people” movie. This time it’s grandma played by a surprisingly old Genevieve Bujold who’s nearly nuts. (She’s really only 71) James Cromwell plays the 89 year old husband (he’s really only 73) who loves her and builds a house without a permit!! So you know it couldn’t have happened in Santa Cruz. Go see it, and bring a hankie, and your cane.

THE WOLVERINE. Hugh Jackman actually pulls this comic book hero action flick off….and in a good way. There’s enough of an almost believable (and followable) plot to keep you watching, and almost believing in what you’re watching. It seems like I’m saying this more lately BUT if you like comic book action films (Superman, Batman etc.) this one really works.

THE CONJURING. IF you like scary films this one is excellent. Vera Famiga seems to outdo herself in any role she’s given and here in this “based on a true story” film she plays a ghost hunter’s wife. Yes, there are the usual cellar stairs, spirit bodies hanging from trees, and so on BUT if you like etc.etc.

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. This documentary makes Stars out of the faceless, nameless back-up singers on hit pop albums. I suppose there’s a point to it, but how about documentaries featuring the recording engineers, the producers, and the musicians who also make a song a hit? Making hits is a very collaborative; sharing process…it ain’t just the back-up singing. But it’s a fun film.

WAY, WAY BACK. It’s filmed mostly in a rundown family owned seaside water park, and it has some good moments Steve Carell has a very serious role as a bad step dad and Toni Colette is the teen age lead’s mom. It’s a coming of age film and Sam Rockwell is the kid’s guiding light. Alison Janney is the next door drunk and way overplays it. Save your money.

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 Podcasts. New Capitola History Museum Frank Perry guests on August 27th followed by Cabrillo College Gallery director Tobin Keller. On September 3 Susan Myer Silton tells us about Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia that she’s directing for our Jewel Theatre Company, and playing Sept.5-22. Then Doug Keegan the program Director of the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP)brings us new news about their program.September 10 has Angelo Grova giving details on his Fashion Art Extravaganza, followed by Jeff Sanford talking about his Cartoon Jazz Orchestra’s newest release. Patricia Matejcek returns on Sept. 17 to talk about South Couny issues. Author, poet, retired Cabrilho College professor Don Young also returns on September 24 to talk about his two new collections. 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!!!

BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

QUOTES. “There are fools , damn fools, and jockeys who remount in a steeplechase“, John Oaksey. “Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open-air café in Paris”, Oscar Wilde. “Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry”, George Ade.

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August 8 – 14, 2013

SANTA CRUZ BEACH & BOARDWALK 1940. By taking a closer look you can see the historic La Bahia Hotel in the lower left corner. You don’t need to look so hard to see the Historic Casa Del Rey Hotel that vanished with a FEMA payback right after the 1989 quake. Then there’s the Boardwalk pier and the freely flowing San Lorenzo River with the once-named “Opera Island” just before the railroad bridge.

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DENTIST CHRISTIE AND HIS ROOT CANAL PROBLEM. The case of Dentist William Christie versus his wanting to destroy the 4 Canary Island Pine trees that are on his property isn’t over yet. The deep roots are causing him great pain and obviously something needs to be extracted. Environmentalists and Tree lovers plus the Historical Building Preservationists are at odds over this and are eagerly waiting for the cities’ decision. Former mayor Chris Krohn, former professor Jim Funaro, UCSC’s Gillian Greensite and many others are working hard to save those 70 foot tall pines. Dentist Christie’s office is across the street from the Good Will Store and where India Joze used to be. That’s the corner of Union and Center….you’ve seen and read about this battle I’m, sure. Dentist Christie (and you know what they say about Dentists) has brought wild and weird politics into it Christie was once the Chairman of The Santa Cruz Police Review Board but he was so pro any and all police actions he was removed. Now in his appeal to the City he calls Krohn” a single uninformed individual”, “with too little to do” and that his actions are due to their “radically different political differences”. He even continued by calling ME “poorly informed, but deeply opinionated”. He repeated my line in this space about how Christie’s patients should go to “more environmentally minded dentists”. Near the close of his ranting and bitching he threatens the city with “I feel there could be legal ramifications here”. What a guy! what a dentist. You gotta wonder about a guy who opens a dental practice between and among four very young pine trees and then spends years, dollars and legal time fighting about their growing. It’s like moving to Times Square and complaining about the traffic. Or moving to Death Valley and suing over the amount of sand. There’ll be announcements any day now whether or not Our COURAGEOUS City Council will vote to save those trees. Be sure to read Gillian Greensite’s series on our Heritage Trees and how our Santa Cruz has treated them.

DENZEL WASHINGTON POSITIVELY GUARANTEES. Denzel and his script writers must have a thing about the word “guarantee”. I’d never noticed, but watch this clip, Ralph Davila found it.

LATTE BREAKING NEWS. Michael Bethke told me he is definitely NOT running for City Council or anything because he has a bad hip problem. Don Lane repeated the non-news that he too isn’t running for anything, it just seems like he is. You’ve seen those Segways around town, right? One of the Segway Tour owners set me straight, they are NOT for rent, and they are for tours only and there are two tours per day. Those Segways cost $7,500 each and people were breaking them…so tours only NO rentals.

HACKEY SACK LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN.

BAGS FOR SALE. I just learned the news that when our more than benevolent County Board of Supervisors passed that ordinance about plastic bags that they are now charging for what they used to give away for free. The money Safeway, Whole Foods, CVS gets from selling you those bags….they keep!!!. Another corporate crime aided by our Supes!!! That money should go to our arts organizations, our schools, or some environmental cause. Let’s right this wrong ASAP.

LOUIS SATCHMO 1933 INTERVIEW & CONCERT !! This took place in Copenhagen. Listen to him play and sing « Dinah » !!

STORIES FROM THE URBAN FOREST. by Gillian Greensite(The first in a series)

Part 1: “History of the Santa Cruz city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance. Like most cities in California and many across the nation, Santa Cruz has a Heritage Tree Ordinance, designed to protect large, old, unique or historic trees living within the urban boundary. Today, the need for such an ordinance seems a no-brainer. The urban tree cover is declining nation-wide at four million trees per year, according to the US Forest Service. The level of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere recently broke the once unthinkable barrier of 400 parts per million for the first time in three million years. Forty years ago, however, the need for an ordinance to protect our urban forest was not so obvious to the general public. But as is often the case, a few individuals saw the need, put their heads together and with the help of a sympathetic city council, passed the Heritage Tree Ordinance into law in 1973.

The spark that ignited the cause was the felling of an old English walnut tree for the construction of a building behind Holy Cross church. According to the story shared by M. Lachman, this particular walnut tree was not only good eats but had a unique history. It was from this tree in 1812 that the Mission Indians hung Father Quintana due to his cruel treatment of them, including beatings with a metal-tipped whip. While there is no reference to this particular tree in the historical records, its destruction was the incentive for Mr. Lachman to seek out landscape architect Roy Rydell and city planner Joe Hall to begin the process of crafting an ordinance to protect Santa Cruz’s old and significant trees.

There were differences of opinion on what should constitute a heritage tree. Some felt that the ordinance should cover only a limited number of outstanding trees such as the Black Walnut on Cedar St. before it was butchered. Others felt that the ordinance should include protection for a broader range of trees. Undoubtedly there were some who felt no trees needed protection, arguing that the marine terraces were originally treeless. The city council of the day, including the newly elected Bert Muhly, who played a significant role in the establishment of the California Coastal Commission, debated the various points of view and decided to protect trees based on their size, their uniqueness and their historical significance. The council also debated the appropriate size for a tree to be designated as heritage. With few ordinance models from other cities to use as a guide, the council came up with a figure based on a unique calculation. The circumference for a tree to be designated as heritage would be 44 inches or, as the local press reported the council’s deliberations, the size of council member Muhly’s waistline! As it turned out, 44 inches circumference or 14 inches diameter is somewhat similar to the tree size criterion for ordinances in other cities, although most protect trees of even smaller size.

Part 2: Heritage Tree Ordinance: Success or Failure? (Next Issue)

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary reports on our County Board of Supes being back and in session. He relates about PG&E and their problems in Monterey and how they relate to San Bruno’s disaster, and if the City should buy the Golden State Theatre. He deals with Monterey’s de-sal plans and plant and how the Monterey Herald newspaper likes the agreement. He tells about Cal Am and who owns the rights to our water…and Monterey’s water. 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. It couldn’t happen here to our very own Starbucks…could it ??See below a few pages.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan introduces us to Rocco, the peoples candidate. Scroll down a page or four.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “In celebration of marriage equality, take a look at my favorite same-sex domestic partnerships in the movies—and feel free to suggest your own—this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). After that, I’m on vacation, so meet me back here in two weeks!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

SHAMU STILL ROCKS AT SEA WORLD. See the Blackfish documentary ASAP. Check out this ad from Sea World in Orlando. http://seaworldparks.com/seaworld-orlando/Attractions/Shows/Shamu%20Rocks

Or check out our very own Sea World San Diego also featuring a performing Shamu.

http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/Events/Summer-Nights?from=Front_Page_Bottom_Promo

TO SEE….OR NOT TO SEE

THAT IS THE QUESTION

BLACKFISH. We all need to see the documentary Blackfish. It’s abouthow cruel and even evil SeaWorld treats their Orca Whales. Orca Whales are members of the dolphin family it’s about how one of those killer whales killed a lovable and talented trainer. What it’s really about is how all of us are guilty of making Sea world and all aquariums and zoos and keepers of trapped animals and sea life vast sums of money for continuously torturing jelly fish, gorillas, elephants, just so we can pay and peer into their unnatural habitat. Wikipedia says, “Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans,[7] although there have been cases of captives killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks.[8] Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures, with their reputation ranging from being the souls of humans to merciless killers”. Yes the Monterey Aquarium is just as guilty as the rest of them. The actual amount of research and legitimate experimentation they do in re the torture of those trapped fish is minimal and we all know it. See the film Blackfish before responding.

STILL MINE. It’s another “crabby, but lovable old people” movie. This time it’s grandma played by a surprisingly old Genevieve Bujold who’s nearly nuts. (She’s really only 71) James Cromwell plays the 89 year old husband (he’s really only 73) who loves her and builds a house without a permit!! So you know it couldn’t have happened in Santa Cruz. Go see it, and bring a hankie, and your cane.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FRUITVALE STATION. A must see film. Not a documentary, it’s an amateur director’s first attempt, and not just because it’s almost in our neighborhood… it’s simply a “Must See Film”. It’ll give you all the more reasons why our justice system needs so much correcting and not only in the BART-Oscar Grant case. It’s been winning awards everywhere.

THE WOLVERINE. Hugh Jackman actually pulls this comic book hero action flick off….and in a good way. There’s enough of an almost believable (and followable) plot to keep you watching, and almost believing in what you’re watching. It seems like I’m saying this more lately BUT if you like comic book action films (Superman, Batman etc.) this one really works.

THE CONJURING. IF you like scary films this one is excellent. Vera Famiga seems to outdo herself in any role she’s given and here in this “based on a true story” film she plays a ghost hunter’s wife. Yes, there are the usual cellar stairs, spirit bodies hanging from trees, and so on BUT if you like etc.etc.

TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. This documentary makes Stars out of the faceless, nameless back-up singers on hit pop albums. I suppose there’s a point to it, but how about documentaries featuring the recording engineers, the producers, and the musicians who also make a song a hit? Making hits is a very collaborative; sharing process…it ain’t just the back-up singing. But it’s a fun film.

RED 2. Sure Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are in it,but trust me; John Malkovich and Bruce Willis ruin every scene and any bit of tension or believable minute of this junk flick. I defy anyone who claims to have liked this mess to repeat the plot to us. It is so convoluted, so impossible, so stupid.

MYSTERIOUS FAIRY U.K. INSECT. Just another odd You Tube curiosity.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE, the radio program I host, happens each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Universal Grapevine is 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. . . Kevin Newhouse guests on August 13 to tell us about his new Arcadia book on Aptos. He’ll be followed by Dean Kaufman, the Santa Cruz County Veteran Advocate. Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput talks politics and about his background on August 20. On September 3 Susan Myer Silton tells us about Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia that she’s directing for our Jewel Theatre Company, and playing Sept.5-22.September 10 has Angelo Grova giving details on his Fashion Art Extravaganza, followed by Jeff Sanford talking about his Cartoon Jazz Orchestra’s newest release. 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 Sand hills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first”, Chanakya “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky,” Audrey Hepburn. “He plants trees to benefit another generation”, Caecilius Statius.

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