October 27 – November 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Times and then there’s …

ADA

still more pro-fluoride factsCDC

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

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

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

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

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

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT ELECTION MAILER REVEALS
FALSE ENDORSEMENT CLAIMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUOTES.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where’s Your Sign?(Oct. 28 1998)

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

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

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

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Ground Water Legislation in Monterey County is Gary’s opening broadcast. He talks about Assemblyman Mark Stone reporting on issues to our County Board of Supes on Tuesday. He talks about sustainable communities and affordable housing and why it’s worth fighting for, and a webcast that’s worth watching. He closes by teling us to visit the building of the 32 mile rail corridor and the La Selva Beach trestle, that’s; being built in Arizona!!! Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. An oldie-but-goodie which seems timely right about now… you know the drill – scroll down a ways.

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

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

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about North Coast area issues, followed by Ted Burke co-owner of the Shadowbrook and Crows Nest restaurants. Oct. 28 has Tim Kelly and Judy Johnson from the Community Of Artists discuss their Felix Kulpa Gallery Show then California State Assemblyman Mark Stone brings us up to date on Sacramento politics. On Nov.4th Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to assist with our bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive. November 11 noted historian and author Carolyn Swift co-hosts our second week of Pledge Drive time. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Young Writers Contest winners return on Nov. 18 for the full hour. On November 25 Ashlyn Adams owner of Westside Video tells film and video rental secrets then Social Media strategist Lydia Snider gives hints on Nov. 25. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea
“, e.e. Cummings. “The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea,” Isak Dinesen. “Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container”, Wallace Stevens.

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October 7 – 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICEBERG FOOTAGE.

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

THOMAS PYNCHON IN THE MOVIES???

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

PYNCHON’S CAMEO, AND OTHER SURREALITIES

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

By Logan Hill Sept. 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

WHEN ELECTED OFFICIALS GO OVER TO THE DARK SIDE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

“Too Intimate to be Expressed in Public”

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

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

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

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

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

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

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. October 14 has Michael Alman telling us about his Life Raft Tutoring program followed by Sandy Ferguson and Jeff Gallagher from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players talking all about their newest season. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about North Coast area issues. Oct. 28 has Tim Kelly and Judy Johnson from the Community Of Artists discuss their Felix Kulpa Gallery Show then California State Assemblyman Mark Stone brings us up to date on Sacramento politics. On Nov.4th Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold returns to assist with our bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive. 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 (two week’s worth) …SPECIAL DROUGHT QUOTES. “It’s so dry the trees are bribing the dogs”, Charles Martin. “Drought is the best thing that ever happened to my lawn. And my beard”, Jarod Kintz. “Love is a cloudless sky, and I’m having the longest drought of my life?” also Jarod Kintz. Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought“, Dwight Morrow. “Our fish, our recreation, our irrigation and all our uses of the Missouri River are threatened if the drought continues and the Corps of Engineers decisions aren’t changed”, Mike Rounds.

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Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

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October 3 – 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GREENSITE ON ACCESSORY DWELLINGS. Gillian Greensite sends the following…

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

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

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

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

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

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

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

The pictures in last week’s BrattonOnline of the total desecration of Arana Gulch brings up an important issue. Why should one city council be able to make life or death decisions over historical buildings or precious open space just because it’s within their city limits? Going back in recent history we have only to look at what has happened to La Bahia, what almost happened to the Dream Inn and what DID happen to the Cooper House. The later example was the beginning of the end for downtown Santa Cruz, all because a city council approved a demolition permit after the 1989 quake as fast as it could. What if the entire county could have weighed in on this one, like they did on Wingspread? I know, it was the “property rights” of the person who had their name on the Cooper House deed, but those “rights” took away forever the personality of downtown Santa Cruz. Something like the paving of Arana Gulch forever has changed that precious green space forever. We should collectively be ashamed. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about CSUMB (California State University of Monterey Bay)buying The Steinbeck Center in Salinas to use as a downtown campus!!! Then he talks about Supervisor John Leopold and the sustainable Santa Cruz County process, and how the supes will vote on it October 28, 2014. To quote Gary on his Thursday broadcast, “It is not clear that the regional desalination plant being promoted by California American Water Company will ever be built. There are many environmental and other questions. But if the plant is built, it will cost a lot of money. Estimates are on the order of $400 million dollars. If the plant goes ahead, with this price tag, water customers on the Monterey Peninsula are going to pay. Typically, large public works projects are funded by bonds, which means that whoever is doing the project borrows the money needed, and then the customers pay back the money over time, including both principal and interest. Anyone familiar with a home mortgage knows how this goes. The higher the interest rate, the more you pay. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… se next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Susan Lysik and Susan Pappas talk about Lysik’s photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New at The True Olive Connection on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. On October 7, Jessica Bailey the exec. dir of UCSC’s Arboretum talks about their latest plots and plans. Then Sandy Lydon historian, author and “coastal tour guide”, talks about historical droughts and floods. October 14 has Michael Alman telling us about his Life Raft Tutoring program. Then Sandy Ferguson and Michael Stamp from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players talk all about their newest season. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about area issues. Oct. 28 has Tim Kelly and Judy Johnson from the Community Of Artists discussing their Felix Kulpa Gallery Show then California State Assemblyman Mark Stone brings us up to date on Sacramento politics. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow“, Grant Wood.”The Sexual drive is nothing but the motor memory of previously experienced pleasure”, Wilheim Reich. “If it is not erotic, it is not interesting”, Fernando Arrabal.

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

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
Additional information always welcome: email bruce@brattononline.com

DATELINE…. SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impossible City: The Afterlife of an Army Base

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

TAKE BACK APTOS IS NO MORE

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

“THE WALL AT SEACLIFF SAGA”

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

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

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

PATTON’S PROGRAM. The future of Gonzales and the meaning of”Sphere of Influence”. Tuesday has the Santa Cruz City Council deals with the water rate issue, expanding the crematorium on Ocean Street and a development agreement on the La Bahia. Monterey County hears a presentation on “fracking” and Gary isn’t sure of the outcome of this one. He discuss the possible major development of Monterey County’s Ferrini Ranch. Then he talks about the People’s Climate March I NYC. He says, “The fact that we have just witnessed such an outpouring of citizen action on what may be one of the greatest challenges that we have ever faced (“We have met the enemy and he is us.”), leads me to talk today about activism closer to home. I often say that the “unhidden agenda” of this Land Use Report is to inspire public involvement in the land use policy and project decisions that will so profoundly affect our future. The best way for any individual to do that is to get involved with one or more groups that have organized to have an impact on the public decision making process. In Monterey County, LandWatch Monterey County is such a group. So is the Carmel Valley Association. So is Keep Fort Ord Wild. In Santa Cruz County, the Sierra Club, the California Native Plant Society, and NOPOC (Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community) are groups organized to have an impact. The “Land Use Links” you can find in today’s transcript will give you lots of ideas for how you can get engaged. I say, go to it! Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Classy DeCinzo predicted our downtown parking problem early on. Read about 3 pages downward.

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

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

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. . Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman, owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. On October 7 Jessica Bailey the exec. dir of UCSC’s Arboretum talks about their latest plots and plans. She’s followed by our 29th District Assemblyman Mark Stone discussing new Sacramento news. October 14 has Michael Alman telling us about his Life Raft Tutoring program. Then Sandy Ferguson and Michael Stamp from The Santa Cruz Chamber Players talk all about their newest season. On October 21st Ted Benhari and Tom Hearn from the Rural Bonny Doon Association talk about area issues. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 8 years here’s a chronological list of just last year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”, Eleanor Roosevelt. “We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk.”, Eleanor Roosevelt. “If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people”, Eleanor Roosevelt.The arts in every field — music, drama, sculpture, painting — we can learn to appreciate and enjoy. We need not be artists, but we should be able to appreciate the work of artists“, Eleanor Roosevelt.

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September 19 – 25, 2014

OUR TOWN CLOCK’S ORIGINAL POSITION ON JULY 27, 1964. This shows the removal of the clock from high atop the International Order of Odd Fellows Building on Pacific Avenue. It went from here to sit in Harvey West Park for 10 years before Gene Corridon with financial help and guidance from Bob Darrow, got it re-situated in 1975. Check out the more formal and detailed history here…

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE: September 15, 2014

LA BAHIA EMAILS. Here’s a sampling of some La Bahia emails BrattonOnline received this week.

” The atmosphere at the City Council meeting was almost giddy with high-fives and celebratory congrats, even before the vote. The house was packed with Canfield/French supporters. The chambers were loaded with city bureaucrats and newly resuscitated French supporters from Pasatiempo. Ryan Coonerty was glorying in what he must think is his reputation resuscitation after his La Bahia debacle before the Coastal Commission. It was a horror show. Geoff Dunn, George Ow, and Kim Stoner were in the back grinning from ear-to-ear, positively drunk with excitement. I guess we’re the fools. Of course, Chase and Noroyan were at their sycophantic best, prostrating themselves before the current council with their support for demolition. Canfield has now been officially crowned

ANOTHER EMAIL…“The editorial cartoon in this morning’s (Sept 13) Senile referred to Soquel Creek Water. And the point it makes reminded me of the following excerpt from the final EIR for the La Bahia. Water was an insignificant issue, and the reason:

Impact 4.4-1 Water Supply. The proposed hotel project will result in an increased demand for water supply in a system that, under existing conditions, has adequate supplies during normal years, but inadequate supplies during dry years. The additional demand during dry years would not be of a magnitude to affect the level of curtailment that might be in effect”. Can you imagine any project that would fail to qualify on “water grounds”?

SANTA CRUZ 2014 LA GUELAGUETZA CELEBRATION. This happened in Harbor High’s football field and only 86 people have seen it!!!

STILL ANOTHER EMAILGeorge Ow, Chris Ferrante (last La Bahia battle), Richelle Noroyan, Cynthia Chase, all spoke in favor of the scrape-off. All of the City’s department heads were there, Bill Tyselling, Chip Dip, and many of the Chamber of Commerce types. Ron Pomerantz spoke for modifications to the plan and for the unions, Ross Gibson criticized the design as not really meeting the Spanish Colonial revival standard, Gillian Greensite spoke to the demolition by neglect aspects. Geoff Dunn said nothing as is his usual method‹but he was behind the scenes pulling strings and getting his buddies to sign the anti-Ross letter that was part of the packet and signed by Sandy Lydon, George Ow, Joan Martin, Nikki Silva and Charles Prentiss (shocker for me) and a few others on the “B” team. The letter was a case of public pillory, a sad and shameful attempt to trash Ross’s research credentials. I guess they are all on Ow’s payroll in one way or another. Totally unneeded as most of the time Ross is his own worst enemy in terms of documenting his sources. It was cruel and mean. Cynthia Mathews even sent the letter to Researchers Anonymous before the meeting hoping she would get them on board to trash Ross. Disgusting”.

ANOTHER LABAHIA EMAIL…”Right now I’m so disgusted w/our city government and their complicity w/developers, I could puke! We are powerless and they know it. The Council nods their heads, look concerned, but they do nothing in the public interest that isn’t run by the business establishment. Micah Posner is a cipher-his sole concern about LA Bahia is making sure that there enough bicycles for tourists. A small mind at work. He’s not intelligent enough to get it! Chase and Noroyan are hustling for votes and what a better venue than the LA Bahia hearing? Lots of voters and TV coverage. The message they are conveying to the Council members is that I’m one of you and I’ll support your agenda, oh, & BTW, spread the word to your supporters–vote for me and I’ll do what I’m told”.

BUSKING IN SANTA CRUZ 2013.

LA BAHIA & THE CITY COUNCIL. Gillian Greensite spoke against our City Council’s planned plot to destroy the historic La Bahia and again cave in to Mayor Lynn Robinson’s husband’s employer The Boardwalk/Charlie Canfield/Seaside Corporation. We can only assume that The Municipal Wharf and its historical value will be sold in the same way. I asked Gillian to tell us her reactions. She wrote…”City council members all jockeyed for the lead in support of the demolition of La Bahia to make way for its upscale mega replacement. Not even a nod in the direction of historian Ross Gibson, whose tireless defense of this historic building is matched only by his meticulous documentation. Not a word of regret for the community’s inability to protect and preserve its history. Not a murmur of censure for the Seaside Company’s deliberate neglect which advertized La Bahia as an eyesore. Not a word of concern for the EIR-determined “significant-level” traffic impact from the project. Nothing but gushing praise.

Traffic is a huge concern when local politicians discuss climate change and global warming but is of little concern when they discuss new developments that impact neighborhoods. My question about traffic impact, given that the current roundabout is gridlocked on peak summer weekends, was ignored. Within the next few weeks they plan to build a second roundabout at the wharf entrance without assessing the impact of the first.

The same holds true for water. In response to a community member’s comment about the impact on water from such a large-scale development, councilmember Posner dismissed it with reference to new water supplies and conservation. Along with “revitalization” aka “gentrification” of the beach front, tourist dollars were top dog, despite a recent $6 million tax rebate of city monies for the potential Seaside Co. hotel, for the soon to be built Hyatt on Broadway and for the Marriott. Santa Cruz has long been a tourist destination. What’s new is the imbalance between those who live and work here within the limits of available resources and the impact on both from the development/tourist industry, amply supplied with promotional dollars. The Sentinel used to celebrate the end of the tourism season and the return of the town to locals. Now it’s year-round tourism that’s celebrated. The argument that we need ever increasing tourist dollars to thrive as a city is contradicted by the lavish expenditure by the city on new senior management staff, all in the spin business.

Probably the biggest symbol of this imbalance will be the upcoming struggle over the Wharf Master Plan, a mega tourist upscale development which could potentially wipe out another part of Santa Cruz history. With the Coastal Commission and Congressperson Sam Farr gushing over the plan, sensible suggestions from those who love and frequent our Municipal Wharf will need to be expressed and heard. If you’re keen to work on this issue contact gumtree@pacbell.net

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

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT AND
THE APTOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SLATE

Not too many years back, the local Republican Party started out on a strategy to win local elections, one seat at a time. In the case of the Soquel Creek Water District (SQWD) election this year, the Aptos Chamber’s slate consists of one independent, one Republican, and one Democrat and that tells me the Repugs are still at it. Even with the support of 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend, the one member of Aptos Chamber of Commerce slate who’s a Democrat failed to get the Democratic Central Committee’s endorsement at Saturday’s endorsement forum.

It looks like the “slate” is playing it a little loose with endorsements. For a period of time, even Republican slate member Prentice listed Zach as an endorser on his website. It didn’t stay up there very long, but Prentice’ website screams out about the need to take politics out of the Water District election. If I was a member of a political party the commands less than 30% of the registered voters in the District, I’d be crying too. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

SANTA CRUZ: PARADISE LOST. Another view of our fair city. It’s a good thing the City Council and our police didn’t know about these kids having a good time

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s KUSP clips cover the Board of Supervisors legalizing ofcannibus, and property rights in Santa Cruz County.Then he mentions that Bruce McPherson will be talking about a $7.12 billion dollar water bond. He also talks about the lead pollution that the Santa Cruz Gun Club facility has been causing for decades. On Thursday he covers the raising of water rates for the next 5 years in Santa Cruz City, and also in Live Oak,Pasatiempo and Capitola. He ends on Friday discussing the dissolving of the Lompico Water District, which doesn’t happen very often. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo gives the United States Post Office a new idea see downwards.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan gives us a preview of “the arms race”, which means using arms against a race. See below a few pages.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), big thanks to the 300+ (and counting!) pirate fans who entered our Here There Be Pirates Blog Hop and Book Giveaway. Winners to be announced soon, so stay tuned!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE ONE I LOVE.Elisabeth Moss (from Mad Men) and Mark Duplass (from Parkland and Zero Dark Thirty) play a disturbed couple who go to Ted Danson for therapy. He send them to an isolated B&B and then the intriguing mystery begins. It’s all about both their relationships and hopes and dreams and it’s about your relationships too. It goes deep, it goes mysterious, and you’ll stay with it all the way through and you’ll think about it at home too. See it quickly, or it’ll vanish by Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

Now, check out this cast Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Oliver Platt. It’s an original comedy all centering around food. It’s funny, touching, fast moving, and even educational!!! If you enjoy preparing food, and relish eating good food this is your movie! Chefs, food critics, restaurantowners, and normal people should see this well made film.It’s been “onscreen” over six months. That’s got to mean something.

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

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

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

AS ABOVE SO BELOW. This film got three points less on Rotten Tomatoes than November Man’s 36. Young adults go beneath the streets of Paris into the catacombs to find the meaning of life…or something like that. It looks like the sequesl to Blair Witch with hand held camera stuff all the way through. Creepy, weird, crawly, but pretty dumb….don’t waste your money.

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

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

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

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

THE IDENTICAL. Ashley Judd and Ray Liota try to act like the parents of Elivis Presley’s secret twin…Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 5 (out of 100!) I give it a complete pass. And I like Liota and Judd too!!!

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

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show after which Shelley Phillips describes The Community Music School programs on September 16. Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman, owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. On October 7 Jessica Bailey the exec. dir of UCSC’s Arboretum talks about their latest plots and plans. She’s followed by our 29th District Assemblyman Mark Stone discussing new Sacramento news. October 14 has Michael Alman telling us about his Life Raft Tutoring program. 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. “If you lose a son you can always get another, but there’s only one Maltese Falcon“, Gutman in The Maltese Falcon. ” The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself”, Ramakrishna. “Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness”, Samuel Beckett/

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September 10 – 16, 2014

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL NEWSBOY CARRIERS. Back in the day when school boys could get part time jobs. This was June 9, 1956. It doesn’t take long to count the girl deliverers.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE September 8, 2014

THE NEW YORKER AND SANTA CRUZ. It’ll be old news by the time you read this but the September 8 issue of The New Yorker has fascinating stuff involving our town. In an article by David Kushner titled THE MASKED AVENGERS he interviews and relates the wild life of Christopher Doyon who lived and led an activist career here in Santa Cruz in 2010. Kushner tells about Santa Cruz’s Peace Camp, the anti homeless laws, and the role he played in those sit/sleep ins at the County Building. Hetalks about attorney Ed Frey, and about Robert Norse. The Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company was Doyon’s Santa Cruz office for a while. The article is really about world wide hacking and the complex lack of rules, principles, and goals that keep it going and winning, and failing. There’s a story about how they shut down Santa Cruz County’s website for a brief while then returned it as a protest against our anti-homeless laws. Of course our laws were never changed. Read the story, send me your imprerssions.

GARY PATTON ON THE LA BAHIA HOTEL. I’m writing this Monday September 8 and it’ll be way to late by the time this gets online but…. Gary says in this week’s KUSP broadcasts

An historic structure at 215 Beach Street in the City of Santa Cruz will go on trial for its life tomorrow evening. That is when the Santa Cruz City Council will consider an application to demolish most of the La Bahia Hotel, to alter what isn’t demolished, and to turn a structure that is currently providing low income rental housing into a hotel serving high-end visitors.

The current application is the latest of several attempts by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Company to build a new, upscale hotel at 215 Beach Street. Many believe that tearing down the current structure, and replacing it would be a very good thing for the City. Others strongly believe that the current, historic structure is just the right scale for the City and the Beach Area, and should be restored to its former glory. I encourage listeners to join the debate. But be advised: after tomorrow it will be too late. The La Bahia item will be heard at 7:00 o’clock tomorrow evening (Tuesday Sept. 9) A link to the Council Agenda can be found at kusp.org/land use. Track down Item #1 on the evening agenda, and you will be able to peruse twenty-seven different documents relating to this application. From the point of view of the opponents, La Bahia is fighting for its life tomorrow evening. From the supporters’ perspective, an old and aging eyesore may finally be eliminated. I invite you to weigh in on what will be very consequential decision”. BrattonOnline says, Just for the record , and I’m writing this on Monday Sept.8, I’m betting the Santa Cruz City Council (with the small possible exception of Micah Posner) will go totally for destroying the La Bahia. That’s why we really need a new and environmentally oriented City Council.

GOOD TIMES WERE NOT HAD BY ALL.Stephen Kessler long time Santa Cruz newspaper person, has written some Sentinel pieces lately about why we should dump the La Bahia and why we should re-create (manicure) Lighthouse Field. The Sentinel didn’t print this piece on The Santa Cruz Weekly (Metro) and Good Times. Stephen said we could print it here.

How Good Times won the Santa Cruz news wars

Stephen Kessler

The recent purchase of the Santa Cruz Good Times by Santa Cruz Weekly owner Dan Pulcrano was a watershed moment in local media history. Pulcrano had started Metro Santa Cruz in the early 1990s as an offshoot of his flagship Metro in San José, had changed its name to the Santa Cruz Weekly a few years ago and, unable to beat Good Times in the marketplace, bought the more successful paper.

It was smart branding to call the new paper Good Times, comforting advertisers that nothing would change, when except for the name it would gradually morph into a Metro paper, which it already has. But as some bard or other once said, What’s in a name? The brand Good Times is worth its weight in air (“Lighter than Air” was Jay Shore’s original marketing slogan) and the air of advertising is what newspapers breathe if they want to live.

By calling his newspaper Good Times while folding the Weekly discretely into it, Pulcrano made an astute business decision. He is a journalist but also an aggressive entrepreneur who is out to win. As the historical and undisputed king of local weeklies, Good Times has won the newspaper wars by absorbing the Weekly into its fluffy pages, thus freeing the latter of any gravity it may once have had.

The notion of an alternative newspaper is passé, a relic of the 1970s and 80s, and Good Times, reader friendly as it is, is no alternative newspaper unearthing corruption and exposing scandals, but basically, per tradition, a vehicle for advertising.

DEER MEET CAT.

The Metro company is building a better Good Times, no doubt about it. But if the only way to beat Good Times is to become them, it raises the question of why you are in the business in the first place. Metro Santa Cruz first presented itself as “the intelligent alternative,” and when that didn’t fly, and week after week, year after year, the Good Times kept eating its lunch, Metro surrendered.

Now that this has enabled Metro to corner the market, will the editorial team do anything unexpected, out of the ordinary, imaginative, challenging—or will they play it safe with a formula that has seldom alarmed the commercial or political powers that be? Will they secretly, slowly, stealthily turn the paper into a sneakily progressive and creative weekly, or will lifestyle prevail?

Not that there’s anything wrong with life or style, but there is a readership that values a sharper edge, that appreciates wit and imagination as much as or more than information, and they are not being served. Maybe that’s what literary journals and upstart zines are for, way off in the dark corners of the culture. But for a while there when I was in the arena (dating back to 1972) it seemed possible to infiltrate the news with poetry, with scathing satire (DeCinzo in the Sentinel has become the only local journalist with any bite), with investigations, with original thinking, analysis and opinion.

Not anymore.

Most people now look to newspapers for information, in the case of Good Times information about entertainment, but not to be entertained by the paper itself, much less surprised or disturbed by what they find in it. For real good times they go to their portable devices, or to live events—or they write their own blogs and upload them into the ether—not to some printed pages where the ads are the main attraction. (Stephen Kessler is the former editor and publisher of The Sun (1986-1989), one of many unsuccessful newsweeklies defeated in the marketplace by Good Times.)

PSA’S STILL NEEDED. “PSA” That’s Public Service Announcements and KZSC sure could use them. These announcements are read several times (for free) every day on all radio stations. All you have to do is follow the FCC rules on how to write PSA’s. Many folks sent a bunch to me…nope, they all have to go to the Public Service Director at any/all stations. They are then read-edited-re-typed and put into our PSA notebooks. For your PSA to get read on KZSC go to the website www.KZSC.org then, on the far right side of the banner click on “contact” that’ll give you the PSA instructions.(http://www.kzsc.org/contact/psa/guidelines) You’ll be glad you did. So will we, actually.

ARANA GULCH UPDATE. Jean Brocklebank leader of the Friends of Arana Gulch

keeps very close tabs on what and how the city is handling the environmental development of Arana Gulch into the Broadway Brommer bicycle overpass. I’ve asked her to keep us informed. This is the second of her updates. Be sure to click on her links to see exactly what’ she’s talking about.

WATER WASTE

Let’s start with wasting water first, shall we? While the rest of us are conserving as best as we can during this drought, the Broadway Brommer (BB) project is consuming our savings. Sure, there is nothing inherently wrong with a water truck on a construction site, but the contractor doing the BB work in dry, dusty conditions was warned – twice – about its leaking water truck. The huge water truck is filled from the fire hydrant located at the harbor entrance to Arana Gulch. The first water waste warning was on 9/1, when the truck sat overnight in the harbor’s boat storage yard, leaking from two places. The second warning was on 9/5, as the truck sat above the work at Arana Creek, leaking from a faucet. Pictures and video are available HERE.

COST OVERRUNS

Next up is more on BB project cost overruns. My request of Public Works for a listing, to date, of all change orders and costs thereof resulted in zilch. The Public Works Director said they don’t have information to date compiled as yet (pardon my skepticism) and when the project is complete the change orders and the cost information will be finalized and settled before the contract is closed out. According to the Santa Cruz City Engineer change orders for BB “are within the normal range for a project of this magnitude and complexity.” Yeah, right. I still predict that the 5% contingency fund — that Chris Schneiter assured the Santa Cruz City Council he was comfortable with — will be at least 10% by the time this poorly designed project is complete. And it won’t be the fault of the contractor, leaking water truck aside. Go HERE to see more change order (aka cost overrun) predictions.

TARPLANT SEASON 2014

What about the endangered tarplant this year? Not good news. While the City has been spending millions for years to get a bike short cut across the greenbelt, the tarplant continues on its downhill slide to extinction. Only four individual plants were discovered this year (three of them by Friends of Arana Gulch, one by the City’s botanist). Two of them came in under two inches tall and are already goners, contributing no seed for next year. The other two are small with flowers and being carefully watched by FOAG (Friends of Arana Gulch). I have named one of those two living plants Martha, in reference to the last living passenger pigeon (of originally billions) which died in 1914 in a zoo. That Martha is stuffed and on display at the Smithsonian. How do we commemorate the last Santa Cruz tarplant unique to Arana Gulch? Go HERE to see the season’s four plants.

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

TAKE BACK APTOS FLUSHES MEMBERS

The Facebook group Take Back Aptos, mostly populated by Take Back Santa Cruz people did a recent purge of their members, including another rejection of my request to become a member. For openers, they removed all Facebook friends of a member of my family, just in case she saw and reported on the garbage they publish. Too bad they didn’t get ‘em all! But Take Back Aptos, it would still be nice to be able to answer some of your accusations.

LATEST ON SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT CAMPAIGNING

This Soquel Creek Water District election is now in the “sign wars” and endorsement gathering stage. Signs for both sides are going up daily, but direct mail hasn’t hit my mailbox yet. However, the Jaffe/Meyer website ( http://protectwater.info/?tag=jaffe-meyer-positions ) shows a partial list of community leaders and water experts supporting these two candidates, as am I. The opposing slate of candidates promoted by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce has its share of endorsers too, predominately featuring past members of SQWD Board of Directors that we residents referred to as “the good old boys club” and the pro-growth business community. Candidate Prentice, the Republican on the Aptos Chamber of Commerce’s slate hasn’t posted any endorsers yet, but Candidate McGowan’ endorsers match Deavers.

2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend has decided to back the COC’s slate, which is a big disappointment to me. His name appears on two of their endorser’s lists, but not directly attached to candidate Prentice, the Republican. But come on Zach, the COC’s slate is who you’re supporting. You could have at least endorsed one candidate from the other side! (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

AMUSEMENT PARK ACCIDENTS. “One of the Safest in the world”???? This is in reference to last week’s mention that our Santa Cruz Boardwalk never, never has any accidents (that are reported)

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary tells us that the La Bahia Hotel will go on trial for its life Tuesday night (9/09/14) when the Santa Cruz City Council will decide to demolish it or not. (See above) Then he talks about the new groundwater law and the Water Supply Advisory Committee. He follows on Wednesday with news of the Cemex property in Davenport and plans for public access.He ends the week telling of a Convention event at the Civic (maybe in October) held by the Water Supply Advisory Committee and how you can get your ideas heard by that group. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Professor Eagan details the difference between “dynamic” and “Dynamite”. See below a few pages.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Ahoy, me hearties! Let’s play pirates this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I join the Here There Be Pirates Blog Hop. Find out about ” Talk like a Pirate day” (Sept. 19) and how to win genuine pirate loot (free books!) without firing a single shot!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

FRANK. Michael Fassbender plays a weird guy who wears a large round mask/globe over his head 24/7. He eats, sleeps, and heads up a punk band in Ireland. The story is so far out,and the music and the plot are so nutty you’ll stay with it, just to see what happens. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays his sort of girl friend. Frank is also a very likable, friendly, non threatening human that you’ll stick with him all the way. This film is only for folks who like well done, thoughtful, and untypical movies…its very good.

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

LIFE OF CRIME. The movie is truly based on Elmore Leonard’s book “The Switch” and

Jennifer Anniston along with Tim Robbins do absolutely great jobs of acting. Tim Robbins plays Anniston’s terrible husband in the most nasty role of his career. It’s a kidnap film, with many laughs, but mostly serious times. You’ll lose the plot a few times and wonder just what’s happening and wish it was as good as 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Hombre, or Mr. Majestyk. It lacks a good director’s touch. Go warned.

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

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

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

WHAT IF. Daniel Radcliffe is rapidly proving he’s more of an actor than the Hobbits role allowed. Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver add a tremendous amount of skill to this film. It’s cute, feel-good , not brilliant, but it’ll keep you involved throughout. Daniel and Zoe do have a great magnetism between them.

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

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

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

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Most importantly The Sin City Movies aren’t like regular films. They are half drawn/graphic novel/ black and white, comic book, pulp fiction style movies. Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba are in it, but you might have a tough time recognizing them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the best short story role. I never could find Jeremy Piven in it. But Bruce Willis, Stacy Keech, and Ray Liotta all do well. Just go warned…it’s violent, beyond bloody, and uniquely styled.

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

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

AS ABOVE SO BELOW. This film got three points less on Rotten Tomatoes than November Man’s 36. Young adults go beneath the streets of Paris into the catacombs to find the meaning of life…or something like that. It looks like the sequesl to Blair Witch with hand held camera stuff all the way through. Creepy, weird, crawly, but pretty dumb….don’t waste your money.

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

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

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

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

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Melanie Sobel from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter guests on Sept. 9 talking about their programs and plans. She’s followed by attorney Bill Parkin discussing many land use issues in our county. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show after which Shelley Phillips describes The Community Music School programs on September 16. Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman, owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras, Old and New on Sept. 30, she’s followed by world expert on King Lear, UCSC’s Michael Warren telling secrets about the play. 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 last 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. ” Work is our sanity, our self respect, our salvation. So far from being a curse, work is our greatest blessing”, Henry Ford. “At least talk to each other. To communicate is the beginning of understanding”, AT & T advertisement. “To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has a friend”, Antoine De Saint–Exupery.

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September 3 – 9, 2014

PACIFIC AVENUE & COOPER STREET. That would now be Cinema 9 , Palace Art & Office Supply and Peet’s Coffee + Tea on the left. Pacific Wave is on the right where it says County Bank. Any and all car experts should respond asap and tell us what year this was taken…please???

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
Additional information always welcome: email bruce@brattononline.com

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. This explains everything.
THE CATALYST AGAIN. This is the 2010 trailer for Michele Benson’s Catalyst film. Greg Kihn and lots of stars who performed there are featured. What ever happened to the vibes from the old place??
RANDALL KANE ON ART. Michele Benson created and posted a film about the good old Catalyst. Check out this excerpt..

DATELINE September 1st, 2014

PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE. That was the topic at the last Community Water Coalition last week. Matter of fact, that’s the largest question circulating around the entire “water versus growth” or “growth versus water” groups in the city and the county. Do we blindly welcome hotels, UCSC growth, and any other water users to move here before we even ensure we have enough water for ourselves? As Gary Patton, attorney for CWC put it, “In short, the City needs to amend the General Plan to make future growth dependent on available water, as opposed to doing the opposite and making water accommodate future growth”. Patton continued“Growth” is not “inevitable,” and whatever current plans may say, the amount of future growth that will be sustained by any community is going to be based on what that community decides to allow. Current plans can always change. In 1978, the current growth plans in Santa Cruz County forecast future growth that would have resulted in a County population of 500,000 in the year 2000. But the community changed those plans, and the County’s population in the 2000 census was about 250,000. Decisions by the community cut the planned for growth in half”.

Ask those City Council candidates about their votes on growth, ask them about how they would have voted on de-sal. See if you can get any real answer at all, and not just some political monologue.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary gives details on EIR’s and how e need to pay attention to them. Monterey has a huge (3000 acres) development in their future, and the EIR is available. The Marina Coast Strategic Plan deals with the future of Fort Ord. Then he talks about Toadal Fitness and their plans to move into 2931 Mission Street.Thursday (9/4) there’s a Counth Transportation Commission meeting about the Passenger Rail Study, and an intra-county rail service. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net
CLASSICAL DeCINZO. The who’s who of our street scene…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Hamas and Israel….maybe, just maybe??? Scroll down.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Didn’t hear anything from Lisa Jensen this week but I’ll be she’s reviewing FRANK the wild and creative film about the guy who wears a huge fake head and fronts a punk band. I’ll also bet she liked it. Then she talks about her recent podcast too. Go to her page and find out. 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)

LIFE OF CRIME. The movie is truly based on Elmore Leonard’s book “The Switch” and

Jennifer Anniston along with Tim Robbins do absolutely great jobs of acting. Tim Robbins plays Anniston’s terrible husband in the most nasty role of his career. It’s a kidnap film, with many laughs, but mostly serious times. You’ll lose the plot a few times and wonder just what’s happening and wish it was as good as 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Hombre, or Mr. Majestyk. It lacks a good director’s touch. Go warned.

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

AS ABOVE SO BELOW. This film got three points less on Rotten Tomatoes than November Man’s 36. Young adults go beneath the streets of Paris into the catacombs to find the meaning of life…or something like that. It looks like the sequesl to Blair Witch with hand held camera stuff all the way through. Creepy, weird, crawly, but pretty dumb….don’t waste your money.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

WHAT IF. Daniel Radcliffe is rapidly proving he’s more of an actor than the Hobbits role allowed. Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver add a tremendous amount of skill to this film. It’s cute, feel-good , not brilliant, but it’ll keep you involved throughout. Daniel and Zoe do have a great magnetism between them.

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

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

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

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Most importantly The Sin City Movies aren’t like regular films. They are half drawn/graphic novel/ black and white, comic book, pulp fiction style movies. Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba are in it, but you might have a tough time recognizing them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the best short story role. I never could find Jeremy Piven in it. But Bruce Willis, Stacy Keech, and Ray Liotta all do well. Just go warned…it’s violent, beyond bloody, and uniquely styled.

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

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

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

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

EXPENDABLES 3 . What some movie stars won’t do for several million dollars. You take

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren , Mel Gibson, Slyvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Jason Stratham and even Harrison Ford…what kind of a movie can that cast produce??? If you do go, let me know if there’s any reason anybody else should go.

LET’S BE COPS. This numb nutz movie earned a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Damon Wayans, Jr and Jake Johnson are in it and so is Andy Garcia (for some reason, like $$$). Don’t encourage these people to make more movies…don’t go. Read any critic’s review first…they all agree.

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

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

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. . Sept. 2 we have Julie James and Susan Myer Silton from The Jewel Theatre Company talking about G.B. Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” opening 9/04. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her new book “Honoring Grief“. Melanie Sobel from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter guests on Sept. 9 talking about their programs and plans. She’s followed by attorney Bill Parkin discussing many land use issues in our county.Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show then Shelley Phillips describes The Community Music School programs on September 16. Debbie Diersch and Jonathan Pilch from the Wetlands Foundation relate new wetlands ideas and Scott Roseman owner of New Leaf Community Markets is on the second half hour on Sept. 23. Susan Lysik talks about her photo exhibit Toy Cameras Old and New on Sept. 30. 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. “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing”, Meister Eckhart. “Light is my obsession. I feel it as an elemental source of power, like a cosmic coal…Movies are made of light”, Dennis Hopper. “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here”, Desiderata, 1693.

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August 28 – September 2, 2014

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. Circa 1875. Those are the horsecar tracks going right down the middle of a very wide Pacific Avenue. The publicly owned horsecars would take folks
down to the beach…of course that idea had to be stopped – by some other city council I’ll bet.

Yes, that’s a fire on the left and I can’t find an exact date or location when it happened.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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Dateline August 25, 2014

SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL…BACKGROUND. Once upon a time our City Council listened to the citizens. There were all colors and stripes of people’s action groups and the City and County responded in kind. Then people like Scott Kennedy, Mike Rotkin and Cynthia Mathews took over the City Council. These folks and people like Neal Coonerty, Ryan Coonerty and others followed. They all claimed and claim they knew what’s best for us. They claimed they had more facts and information and we citizens couldn’t possibly understand all the issues that they would decide for us. Issues back a few years like expanding The Dream Inn, and lately The De-Sal Water problem were part of their “TRUST US” attitude. They cater and bow down before any developers…like hoping that Starbucks will build a 3 story building on our most visible corner. Do we see the Council reaching out to any other locally owned coffee business and giving them huge tax and fee breaks? There’s no helping Verve, Lulu’s, The Coffee Roasting Company or any others build a truly great looking structure. Another Starbucks…why? Nowadays we have Lynn Robinson’s City Council (with Cynthia Mathews in the control seat) working hard to stop the San Francisco Mime Troupe from performing here, we have The Great Morgani playing all over California and creating super new outfits and still he waits to hear from the city Council if he can play on our Pacific Avenue…it’s been months. And as any tourist or local will be happy to tell you, that same City Council somehow can’t stop motorcycles from roaring and ruining our downtown experience. ONE MORE TIME…we need new and better and more intelligent thinking on our city council.

THE GREAT MORGANI. Mike Ross aka Mormuzzi made some extra fine clips of The Great Morgani….watch this one…it’ll remind you just how talented and creative Morgani was…and is…and will be… IF the City of Santa Cruz’s City Council allows him back on Pacific Avenue.

BOARDWALK & WATER USAGE & INJURIES??? Wouldn’t it be great to get official assurance that the boardwalk with its many water based rides has been certified by some City Official and can tell us that they are genuinely cutting back on their wild and crazy water wastage, or at least turning off the water rides during the drought??? Remember too, how we used to read about all the Boardwalk injuries that required treatment at Dominican? If you have any Doctor or nurse friends who work in Emergency rooms around the area, ask them about how the injuries never quite make it into the Sentinel anymore!!!

SUNDAY MORNING’S EARTHQUAKE. It was nothing compared to our 1989 biggie…but this was all I could find online by Monday.

KATHY BISBEE TO LEAVE THE AREA!!! Kathy Bisbee made a long and important number of changes to Santa Cruz…and now she’s moving. Once upon a time she worked for John Robbins the ice cream heir, then she was with CALPIRG. I met her when she was directing SCAN (Santa Cruz Action Network) We worked together when she was Cruzio’s marketing director. Then she went with both Santa Cruz Community Television and Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP) in Gilroy.She recently accepted a job in Brookline/Boston as executive director at a community media center there She’s going to be around Santa Cruz and Gilroy until October and then we can start missing her fulltime.

SANDY BROWN TO RETURN TO AREA!!! Sandy’s a co-owner of Swanton Berry Farm and was an assistant professor of Public Affairs at the University of San Francisco. She’s a farm labor consultant and was heavily involved in all our local politics. Back in the day. She’s returning….you’ll hear more.

DOWNTOWN ALBANY, NEW YORK. Be very careful and do NOT think about our County Building when you watch this.

JON SAGEN. Jon Sagen died last week, he was Melody Sharp’s husband among other things. He was one of my rare links to my life before Santa Cruz. Jon worked for Frank Werber. Werber was the guy behind the Kingston Trio, and worked at the Hungry I , helping out such stars as Mort Sahl and Tom Lehrer. My “Goodtime Washboard 3” recorded some stuff in Werber’s studios. I was the voice behind Papa Cribari wines and recorded there and Jon Sagen and I became good friends. He was a master at organizing, communicating and making friends everywhere. We’ll miss him.

LEONIE SHERMAN FUNDRAISERS. This Thursday (Aug. 28) 6 p.m. at the Tannery ArtBar. Tom Noddy will make bubble magic and the hot street band Eight Dice Cloth will play. Then on Saturday, Sept. 6th. Leonie will be at Staff of Life at 4 p.m. The Coffee Zombie Collective will play and there’ll be delicious food and another chance to ask and tell Leonie important things.

ELERICKS INPUT. Mr Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
To the Take Back Aptos people who have written to say they are different than Take Back Santa Cruz, (TBSC) this is why I respectfully disagree with them. As mentioned in an earlier Bratton Online, I have been blocked on Facebook by Take Back Aptos (TBA) and TBSC. I can view them from any number of friends on Face Book. Without going into all the same names I found on both TBA and TBSC, a short review showed that one of TBSC’s admin persons is on TBA and several Santa Cruz TBSC members frequently post on both TBA and TBSC. And for those of you who are already on both TBA and TBSC, why are you insisting you are not the same? To both groups, if you really are interested in what happens in both Aptos and Santa Cruz, how do you justify blocking people when you claim to “love our diverse community and everyone is welcome here. ” I was blocked, said nothing at all, never one post. I didn’t make it 24 hours. Hmmm. What are you afraid of?

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

ABOUT RECYCLING. Great use of a flash Mob!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks more about how and when to get involved with land use issues, and about a new “private road” policy in Monterey County. The Soquel Creek Water District has a special meeting Tuesday 8/26 to talk about having their own De-Sal water plant.He speaks about the “Community Advisory Group” and widening Highway 156. He refers to the problem of Fracking” and groundwater. Capitola’s General Plan is going to be amended, and that affects all kinds of development. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinons expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

SANDY LYDON’S SECRETS. Historian and author Sandy Lydon creates great newsletters. This Summer-Fall 2014 issue of Central Coast Secrets contains surprising coverage of our earlier great droughts. Like the Drought of Lynchings, The Drought of Screaming Horses, PLUS he talks about celebrating the anniversary of our local great quake of 1989. (just a bit before our latest Napa shaker and which is now named When The Barrels Lost their Bungs). Go here to join Sandy and friends and their coastal adventures.

ANNIE STEINHARDT’S NEWEST BOOK. Fiddler, teacher, author Annie Steinhardt has written another book. She calls it, “Midlife Monkey Madness”. Way back when, she wrote Thunder La Boom about her days as a dancer in San Jose. Then she wrote Pele Voo Doo Live all about her years with the Pele Juju band. “MM Madness” is described as a socio-biological romance and is available at BookShop Santa Cruz. (better hurry, the Bookshop was down to two copies on Saturday when I was there browsing).

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. It’s true, De Cinzo does take vacations…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim takes arms against a sea of our troubles. Check down below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), find out what’s new in the Alias Hook universe, learn why a book’s pithy opening lines may be the very last thing an author writes, and take a journey to redemption with the mighty Brendan Gleeson in the new Irish drama, Calvary.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

WHAT IF. Daniel Radcliffe is rapidly proving he’s more of an actor than the Hobbits role allowed. Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver add a tremendous amount of skill to this film. It’s cute, feel-good , not brilliant, but it’ll keep you involved throughout. Daniel and Zoe do have a great magnetism between them.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Most importantly The Sin City Movies aren’t like regular films. They are half drawn/graphic novel/ black and white, comic book, pulp fiction style movies. Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, and Jessica Alba are in it, but you might have a tough time recognizing them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the best short story role. I never could find Jeremy Piven in it. But Bruce Willis, Stacy Keech, and Ray Liotta all do well. Just go warned…it’s violent, beyond bloody, and uniquely styled.

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

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

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

EXPENDABLES 3 . What some movie stars won’t do for several million dollars. You take

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren , Mel Gibson, Slyvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Jason Stratham and even Harrison Ford…what kind of a movie can that cast produce??? If you do go, let me know if there’s any reason anybody else should go.

LET’S BE COPS. This numb nutz movie earned a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Damon Wayans, Jr and Jake Johnson are in it and so is Andy Garcia (for some reason, like $$$). Don’t encourage these people to make more movies…don’t go. Read any critic’s review first…they all agree.

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

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

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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

THE CALVARY. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now. Better go tonight before it becomes another six day wonder and leaves town.

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

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

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

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

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

GET ON UP. This is the bio-pic of James Brown the self titled King of Soul. All his songs are dubbed, the acting isn’t bad but Brown (according to the film) was one mess of a human. It seems like he had no friends, no family, and was simply unlikable. A genuine downer of a film.

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UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit, then Land Use Attorney and activist Gary Patton takes the second half hour. Sept. 2 we have Julie James and Susan Myer Silton from The Jewel Theatre Company talking about G.B. Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” opening 9/04. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her new book “Honoring Grief“. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show on September 16. 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.“Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex”, Karl Marx. “I feel like a million tonight—but one at a time”, Mae West. “It was a man’s world—then Eve arrived”, Richard Armour.

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August 21 – 27, 2014

SANTA CRUZ OPERA HOUSE. The Knight’s Opera House which was located on Union (then Park Street) and Center streets opened 11/23/1877. Jack London spoke there, Paderewski played there and boxer John L. Sullivan spoke there too. Zasu Pitts was in some plays staged here while she was a student at Santa Cruz High. The building was actually moved to Capitola in 1921 and burned down (or up) in 1961.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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DATELINE August 19, 2014

LATE BREAKING COUNCIL NEWS. Monday (8/18) night’s Peoples Democratic Club (PDC) was a major success. Not only were there at least 130 attendees jamming London Nelson Community Center but we actualkly learned a lot about the eight city Council candidates. We learned that of the eight candidates Gary Knutson was a disdaining no-show which gives us an advance warning how responsive he would be in an elected office. Craig Bush hasn’t a clue about what’s going on, and has an obsession

OSCAR PETERSON AND DICK CAVETT PIANO LESSON.
DEAD ISLAND 2. We read a lot about violent video games…. I haven’t viewed one in years but here’s a new one I stumbled on. Take a look and redefine your definition of bloodshed and violence. Are your children or grandchildren watching and playing this???

with his ability to guide the spiritual and divine rights to our water problem. Coroner Mike Pruger really grabbed our emotions by telling us that he has a daughter who’s addicted to heroin. Every candidate agreed that the needle exchange should not just continue, but be expanded. All present agreed on campaign spending limits and that the City made a terrible mistake in their pursuit of De-Sal without listening to the people first. David Terrazas talked about how he served on some committees and boards while on the council, but no-one could remember anything he ever took a lead or made a stand on. Richelle Noroyan who’s received campaign bucks from developers already, generalized a lot and added few specifics to anything. Cynthia Chase was excellent in her answers to helping LGBT children face the future and her long experience with Gemma and law enforcement Bruce Van Allen had much to say, and had the experience to back it up especially on river restoration and working with all politicians, and abouthis support of public financing of city council elections. Leonie Sherman demonstrated her sharpness and dealt with affordable housing, safe streets and her work in our public schools.

PDC’S FINAL ENDORSEMENTS. 1.Bruce Van Allen was number one in PDC member’s voting on Monday night by a clear margin. 2. Leonie Sherman was next followed closely by 3. Cynthia Chase. Way near the bottom 4. David Terrazas was fourth, 5. Mike Prager was fifth and 6.Richelle Noroyan was at the bottom. No one voted for no – show Gary Knutson or Craig Bush.

CITY COUNCIL POLITICS. The Santa Cruz City Council Candidates Campaign is racing along. Yes, it’s earlier than usual. So far folks are impressed that the candidates are mostly valid, and serious. That means Rodent or Jesus Christ or their friends didn’t take out papers. Crowds of 100 or more showed up at Leonie Sherman’s and Bruce Van Allen’s kickoffs last weekend. Supervisor John Leopold spoke and Assemblyman Bill Monning sent a special message at Van Allen’s Kickoff. The usual surmises were made about which of the other 6 candidates are “MATHEWS MARIONETTES”. Leonie Sherman talked about how Water and the Homeless were the biggest issues she heard in her door to door campaigning. Van Allen’s kickoff was held at a special handicapped section of Harvey West Park that he helped dedicate when he was on the City Council 31 years ago. Just in passing…when you look up council candidate Craig Bush (who doesn’t want to give his age) on Intelius it says he’s 65, but Facebook says he’s 55 and says his birthday was July 1st 1959. What’ll be “fun” and I’m betting very predictable will be to watch the difference between who the PDC has endorsed, who the NAACP endorse, and of course LOBA and The Chamber of Commerce endorsements. Santa Cruz Neighbors can’t endorse because they are 501 c3.

ANOTHER CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM. Ron Pomerantz sent this notice…On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, there will be a Santa Cruz City Council Candidates Forum from 7-9 PM at London Nelson Community Center (Center and Laurel Streets in Santa Cruz). The forum will be moderated by Brenda Griffin, NAACP. All candidates who have filed for the race have been or will be invited to the forum, which is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Questions will be posed by the sponsoring organizations and members of the audience. Some, but not all of the co-sponsoring organizations may endorse candidates in this election contest. The forum is sponsored by: the Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Surf Rider of Santa Cruz County, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Human Care Alliance. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Santa Cruz Chapter Sierra Club, and the Santa Cruz County Community Coalition for Overcoming Racism (SCCCCOR). Yes, all eight candidates have said they’ll be there.


ARANA GULCH GLITCH, PART 2. Michael Lewis, ardent defender of what we used to call the environment in Arana Gulch sends this note… As you may be aware, the City attempted to deny for many years that the Broadway-Brommer Bicycle Pedestrian Path Project across Arana Gulch had two bridges in it: one over Hagemann Gulch and one over Arana Creek. Then, in the Arana Gulch Master Plan Draft EIR, the bridge over Arana Creek was called a “steel bridge span,” soon to be renamed in the Final EIR a “steel span.” Finally, in the plans revealed during the Coastal Commission hearing, they changed the name to a “causeway.” Now, here it is, installed, in all its glory over where Arana Creek flows through the tubes into the harbor.

RICKY GERVAIS AND RUSSELL BRAND INTERVIEW.

DEL MAR THEATRE TO REMAIN SECURE. After that Sentinel story about the Del Mar theatre building maybe being sold or re-possessed, many if not all of us worried about the future of the historic theatre. Jim Schwenterley owner/director of the Nick, Del Mar, Aptos theatres assured me last week there was no problem…the Del Mar is in no danger of closing. Jim says that they have a long, long lease to keep it as the Del Mar Theatre and no matter who ends up owning the building (like the city of Santa Cruz or George Ow or anybody)…the theatre stays.

More than that the main auditorium is going right ahead with the installation of the big easy chair seats. Not recliners!!! Jim also says that there won’t be any wine or beer served. He’s tried for years but the City says no. Too many alcohol establishments on Pacific Avenue (or some such nonsense). That must mean that the Cinema 9 won’t ever get a wine-beer license either. So the beef goes on!!

SEA GLASS. During a stroll through the Church Street Art Fair during the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music at the Civic Auditorium I noticed the Sea Glass Booth. I guess by now everyone knows that the supply of that beautiful, glazed, supposedly sun-bleached , supposedly “natural” Sea Glass is never ending. They make it by throwing broken bottles into those small ELECTRIC cement mixers. You knew, right???

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

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION

The Soquel Creek Water District November 4th election will be a barn-burner. Our local Aptos Chamber of Commerce sent out a plea to their membership for three of their own to run for all three open seats. Sure enough they got them. Doug Deaver, a retired administrator, John Prentice – former Ocean Chevrolet manager and currently operator of Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, and Bill Mc Gowan – an employee of Granite Construction. The Chamber’s letter to the members made it clear that candidates did not require experience in water, just to be smart enough to follow the direction of consultants and water district staff. The chamber is playing up the fear of a building moratorium resulting from prolonged drought.

All this seems like a “back to the future” to those of us who remember the days when the District was run by the good old boys, who never saw a project they didn’t like, and never knew the meaning of the word conservation. It’s taken years to elect forward-thinking Directors that have done an excellent job. You can view their qualifications and accomplishments here.

There are a total of nine candidates running for three open positions, but my prediction is that this election will revolve around the two slates of candidates, the Chamber of Commerce slate and that of the incumbents, Directors Jaffe and Meyer. I plan on following this one closely. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

BBC’s Dave Allen Comedy Skit. Dean Hagen of Florida found this gem..

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary discusses his “measure J” and tells about threats to affordable housing. He says, “The County staff is now recommending that this thirty-five year old program Measure J, be scrapped. Instead of having to “build” affordable housing, builders could choose to pay a fee, instead, and then be excused from further responsibility. The County would get money, not actual housing units. This proposal does not seem to meet the test of Measure J, which requires (on a year by year basis) that at least 15% of the housing units “newly constructed … each year” be capable of purchase by an average or below average income person. If you care about affordable housing, let the Board of Supervisors know what you think. There is more information at kusp.org/landuse “. then he talks about Martin’s Beach. He talks about Monterey Downs the huge development in Seaside and the negative effects it’ll have on our coast.. He ends by giving details on The Public Records Act. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

GUY LOMBARDO’S BOO HOO.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo had comments way back then about bringing more tourists to Santa Cruz. See below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Our President makes tracks in Iraq…see below.

NEW MUSIC WORKS. On September 5 from Noon to 3 p.m. New Music Works has created a multi location performance piece that we shouldn’t miss. Phil Collins says, ” WATERMUSIC is an especially joyful and community-minded event. It is a shared celebration music and nature. September 5 marks the 102nd year since the birth of composer John Cage (died 1992), and we are enlarging upon this special occasion to honor the San Lorenzo River and its surrounding lands, which are among Santa Cruz’ most beautiful environmental wonders.

12 noon – 1pm; Duck Island 12:00: NMW Ensemble newwatermusicworks, George Frederic Handel with (deconstructive embellishments by Philip Collins and Steed Cowart) A Royal barge circles Duck Island in tribute to the 1717 aquatic premiere of Water Music on the Thames River Water Music, John Cage.

12:30pm: Grammy- nominated William Winant Percussion Group

Fads and Fancies in the Academy, John Cage and

Music for Mallet Instruments,Voices and Organ, Steve Reich

1:30 @ on the San Lorenzo River pedestrian Bridge the NMW Ensemble & Guests play

more WATER MUSIC in a Musical Procession across the San Lorenzo River to Abbott Square.

2 – 3pm; Pacific Garden Mall.NMW Ensemble and friends perform and playMUSICIRCUS: a musical street collage ala John Cage on Pacific Avenue (from Walnut & Cooper St.). From balconies, doorways and patios, passing of friendly merchants, to the radios of passing motorists, for one hour, one block of Pacific Avenue will resonate with indeterminate layerings of John Cage’s infectious musical inventions. Go here for all the intricate details.

LISA JENSEN LINKS.Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), find out what’s new in the Alias Hook universe, learn why a book’s pithy opening lines may be the very last thing an author writes, and take a journey to redemption with the mighty Brendan Gleeson in the new Irish drama, Calvary.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

ADVANCE WARNING….THE CALVARY. The Nick had a preview screening of The Calvary. It opens Friday, August 22nd and it’s so great that I wanted you to be sure to see it asap, otherwise it’ll be another 6 day quickie that you’ll miss in many ways. Brendan Gleeson is the Roman Catholic priest in a small town in Ireland. The acting is perfect, the photography makes you want to visit Ireland next week. The tension, ethics, morals, God, and murder all combine to make this an award winner. Gleeson should be handed this years Oscar now.Put it on your calendar while you’re thinking about it.

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

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

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

EXPENDABLES 3 . What some movie stars won’t do for several million dollars. You take

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren , Mel Gibson, Slyvester Stallone, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Jason Stratham and even Harrison Ford…what kind of a movie can that cast produce??? If you do go, let me know if there’s any reason anybody else should go.

LET’S BE COPS. This numb nutz movie earned a 10 on Rotten Tomatoes. Damon Wayans, Jr

and Jake Johnson are in it and so is Andy Garcia (for some reason, like $$$). Don’t encourage these people to make more movies…don’t go. Read any critic’s review first…they all agree.

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

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

STEP UP ALL IN. One of the innumerable mutant versions of the original Step Up film that starred Channing Tatum. Just look at the trailer online…you’ll agree I’m, sure.

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

LUCY. Scarlett Johansson struts, slinks and shoots her way to the top in this science fiction thriller. Morgan Freeman loses a few acting points as he pretends he’s some kind of a professor. Amazingly, Lucy topped Hercules in box office money on opening weekend. That definitely proves something. Honestly, it’s a fun story and you’ll stay attached to the screen all the way through. The story is ridiculous, the plot has huge mistakes, there’s not one ounce of logic to it, it’s just fun to watch.

INTO THE STORM. This is a thrill ride much like the award winning Giant Dipper at the Boardwalk. I saw it exactly when we didn’t know if the two hurricanes would destroy Hawaii. This film is about tornadoes and the fools that chase the, You will definitely think of the Wizard of Oz and wait for Margaret Hamilton to ride by the window with Toto in tow. Bad acting, miserable plot but wonderful special storm effects. The Giant Dipper is better and much more believeble.

A MOST WANTED MAN. This is almost Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film. It got a 90 on Rotten Tomatoes. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright play various roles as secret agents from The USA, Germany, Islamic territories, Russia and elsewhere. It’s a slow moving and very confusing story from John le Carre’s book. I couldn’t follow the connections and lost interest after the first 20 minutes.

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

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

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. (or APES OF WRATH ) It’s like Snowpiercer in that it has a somewhat serious message on the present and future status of humans. The apes who live in Marin County and ride horses are half human, speak some English and have almost exactly the same values as we do. It lacks the cutesy humor of Roddy McDowell and super stars like Charlton Heston, and is a much more somber comment on our lives after a virus kills off most humans. You could wait and rent it if you have a big screen at home.

GET ON UP. This is the bio-pic of James Brown the self titled King of Soul. All his songs are dubbed, the acting isn’t bad but Brown (according to the film) was one mess of a human. It seems like he had no friends, no family, and was simply unlikable. A genuine downer of a film.

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. August 19 has Michael Wallace author of “Wash Her Guilt Away” a new murder mystery, he’s followed by Susan Leask, exhibit curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. On August 26 Mary Altier and Carol Trengove talk about the Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibit, then Land Use Attorney and activist Gary Patton takes the second half hour. Sept. 2 we have Julie James and Susan Myer Silton from The Jewel Theatre Company talking about G.B. Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” opening 9/04. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her new book “Honoring Grief“. Rose Sellery and Tina Brown discuss this years Fashion Art Show on September 16. 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. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove”, Timothy Leary. ” Nothing is ever alike. The best thing is the difference. I get to keep what nobody needs”, Diane Arbus. “You are to learn to listen to the cursed radio music of life and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at its distortions”, Hermann Hesse.

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