June 30 – July 8, 2015


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

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

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE June 29, 2015

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

SNOW IN TEHACHAPI REVISITED.

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

NAT KING COLE & “Stardust”

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Frank Perry unveils The Capitola Museum’s summer attractions on June 30 followed by Becky Steinbruner who’ll bring news about The Aptos Village problems. Actor, director Mike Ryan talks about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season on July 7, then author, reporter, editor Wallace Baine talks about his new book, ” The Last Temptation of Lincoln“. July 14 has activist, commentator John Malkin discussing his Good Times article about SC Policeman Steve Clark. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. . Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July”. Rick Bass. “The Summer looks out from her brazen tower, Through the flashing bars of July.” Francis Thompson, A Corymbus for Autumn. “Many public-school children seem to know only two dates: 1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” Mark Twain. “An onion can make people cry but there’s never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.”Will Rogers.

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June 9 – 29, 2015

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

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE JUNE 8, 2015
DATELINE JUNE 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOM LEHRER’S FULL COPENHAGEN 1967 CONCERT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hear what took place at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 9th here. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates). (BrattonOnline note: Paul Elerick will also be on vacation from June 17 to June 30).

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

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

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

SATCHMO AND DIZZY TOGETHER.

All these are most important questions, but what about open space? One of the great things about the City of Santa Cruz is its open space Greenbelt. Unless you are thinking about open space as you take the survey, you may not think to mention it. If you value the open space resources of the City of Santa Cruz, and would like to make sure that our open space areas remain natural, keep that objective in mind as you go through the online questionnaire. You can sign up to get further information, too!” Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365″ – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo is spot on, as always. Scroll down and see for yourself!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
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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. On June 16 the annual Bookshop Santa Cruz three “Short Story Winners” read their winning entries. I’m on a Victorville vacation June 23 so you can hear a re-play of Art marketing expert Aletta DeWal giving great advice to amateur artists. Then Golden Fleece owner and BrattonOnline partner Gunilla Leavitt talks all about yarn and knitting. Frank Perry unveils The Capitola Museum’s summer attractions on June 30 followed by Becky Steinbruner who’ll bring news about The Aptos Village problems, Actor, director Mike Ryan talks about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season on July 7. Cartoonist, artist, and philosopher Tim Eagan talks about The Bonny Doon Art Tour on July 21. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns on September 1st discussing new nature issues that need attention. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome, so tune in and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com .

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

QUOTES. “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools”, John Muir. “Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought”, Dwight Morrow. “The Athenians regularly maintained a number of degraded and useless beings at the public expense; and when any calamity, such as plague, drought, or famine, befell the city, they sacrificed two of these outcast scapegoats”, James Frazer .

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May – June 8, 2015

SANTA CRUZ POST OFFICE. July 1, 1911. As the writing on the photo says, “looking Southwest”. You can see many of the still standing structures along Front Street and over on Pacific Avenue. It was the Plaza Land Office there where Jamba Juice is now located.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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We’re back!

First of all, where have we been? Well, that’s kind of a long story. Bruce has been here all along; the problems have all been me. Let’s see if I can break this down… the domain BrattonOnline.com was due for renewal, but when I went to renew it I couldn’t get in to the account at the registrar. Normally not a problem, you can use a different account to renew with, but for some reason not so this time. I did the “lost my password” thing, and that’s when trouble started.

I had lost my own domain because I was busy with cancer, so I couldn’t access the email they sent to change the password. This led to lots of communication with customer support, which for this company is in France… Figure in time difference and the need to fax documentation and no support on the weekend, and here we are!

It’s good to be back :)

-Gunilla

DATELINE May 4, 2015
DATELINE May 11, 2015
DATELINE May 18, 2015

IS KUSP BURNING??? I was part of a weekly Seniors Program on KUSP in the 1990’s, and part of a comedy troupe along with Tim Eagan, Michael Gant, Patty Free and John Tuck before that. John Laird talked me into being on KAZU’s board of directors a couple of years before they sold out to CSUMB. Way earlier than that, my KUSP attachment goes back to October of 1972 when I was running/managing a California State Assembly campaign and my candidate Henry Faitz and I did an appearance on KUSP. It was located in a large closet in the Babbling Brook Inn on Laurel Street and David Freedman ran the whole thing. Great days!!! Now there’s a complex money and ownership battle going on with all sorts of plots and possible plans. Some well informed sources say that if a large enough percentage of the membership get it together the possible sale could be stopped…and a very long overdue re-organizing could take place. The fear amongst many is that the blah, bland MUZAC type middle of the road classical format that CNPR foists upon all the stations it buys out/conquers will succeed. Meetings are being held, a growing number of folks are getting involved…it’s entirely possible that our community could go back to the days when we had a genuine locally owned and locally themed radio station.

MASCULINE WOMEN! FEMININE MEN!!! The full lyrics to this 1926 song. You gotta love it!!!
JUAN CABRILHO. Not much new stuff here but it does point out Cabrilho’s Portuguese heritage. That menas it’s “Cabrilho” not the Spanish “Cabrillo” !!!
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ MAMAS & THE PAPAS, back in the day.

KUSP OPINION. I asked Dr. Mark Bernhard, a long time friend and chiropracter to give us his opinion. He was president of the KUSP board when KAZU “merged” with CSUMB. He wrote…

“As president of the KUSP board at the time, my opinion is that it began to go wrong when KAZU was going under 15 years ago and the KAZU board chose to be taken over by CSUMB, despite repeated, loud warnings from us and others that CSUMB’s assurances that they “wouldn’t change anything” was a pack of lies. KUSP brought out a “merger specialist” from public radio to warn KAZU about CSUMB, outlining the history of what happens when a college acquires a station. It’s never pretty for the one being taken over. Then station manager, Peter Troxell, made an eloquent and strong presentation, to no avail. The KAZU board didn’t like KUSP—they thought WE were too corporate and slick! They wanted to keep their little radio station the way it was and CSUMB lied and told them they could. The KAZU board thought KUSP was the big fish that would swallow them but it was the wolf in sheep’s clothing that devoured them. Our plan was to create a single entity with two frequencies, one overhead/staff/underwriting department, etc. and provide one eclectic all-music station and one all-news/info/talk station offering local, national, and international content. It would have been a fabulous, sustainable, financially strong, aesthetically great arts organization for the entire Monterey Bay and would have prevented these 15years of inane, repetitive, overlapping programming and competition between an entirely publicly-funded, largely volunteer entity (KUSP) and one that receives funding from CSUMB’s (nearly bottomless) coffers plus public fundraising to present what is a mindless, unoriginal pipeline,with minimal local content, directly from NPR to the Central Coast (whoopee!). But they are able to undercut the cost of on-air underwriting vs. KUSP because of the subsidy from CSUMB, assuring that much of the underwriting money that could go to KUSP goes to KAZU because it’s cheaper and a lot of people love NPR and equate that with “public radio.” I often shake my head in dismay at what could have been vs what has been. The original KAZU board was suffering mightily from myopic provincialism. That’s what I called it at the time and I stand by that description to this day.

The imminent “sale” of KUSP is, so far, rumor. I don’t see that happening, at least not how it’s currently being portrayed by many. But KUSP is deeply in debt despite having already sold several repeater frequencies and much connected equipment. It is not the fault of management. I have the utmost respect for the insight, intelligence,eloquence, foresight,and dedication of Terry Green as Station Manager, and KellyO’Brien as Board President and John Morrison, Treasurer (both with superhuman, unbelievable volunteer dedication) as well as all the other unpaid board and under-paid staff. The whole media landscape is changing, as we all know. KAZU will probably have to change or go down as well in the next 5 years because they have their head in the sand regarding that landscape. We’ve been trying to convince them of the benefits of a merger for the last several years but they don’t get it. Most people, especially the young (i.e. current/futuremedia consumers) don’t listen to the radio anymore.They listen to their “device.” And they stream that content from the internet. Who needs a radio station that relies on an antenna anymore? Things will definitely change at KUSP, but the direction and ultimate organization remains to be seen. I was out of town for the big meeting on May 6 but I’m confident that everyone involved is dedicated to preserving the original mission of the station. As Terry Green said in a recent email: “As a group, we hold the public trust here, and we need to work from what is true, not what we are afraid might be true. We have a collective responsibility to work this out… and to do that in a way that will inspire, and not diminish, the confidence of the many thousands of people who support us now, and thousands more that may support what we do in the future.” Mark also sent two websites with further historical details. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAZU and http://www.metroactive.com/papers/cruz/12.15.99/kusp-9950.html

HAWAII—MAUNA KEA & THE 14 TELESCOPES. Hawaii – the big Island – is home to Mauna Kea the dormant volcano that stands 13,796 feet above sea level. There’s an even bigger issue going on there than KUSP!!! Mauna Kea is a sacred place and Universities and observatories from around the world are developing telescope sites there against the native Hawaiians protests. Go here to read the developers side. I’m trying to connect with some Office of Hawaiian Affairs officials to get their side. It’s a very sad and disrespectful saga…much like our treatment of the “American” Indians. More later.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…
BARRY SWENSON BUILDERS HAS THEIR WAY
WITH THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

On Tuesday, May 5th, the County Board of Supervisors approved the requested modifications to the Aptos Village Plan, the major modification was the addition of six more dwelling units. This wasn’t exactly a shock for those of us who have watched this project’s progress over the years. You can read and hear what happened on Tuesday by clicking here…. The proponents of Barry Swenson’s project included all the usual suspects, representatives from the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, Santa Cruz County Business Council , the project’s architect and several real estate agents. A new addition to this team was Testorff Construction, represented by a crew that occupied two rows of chairs in the audience wearing black hoodies with their company’s name on the back. Most of these guys testified in support of the modifications, one of them claimed he wasn’t being paid to be there. The opponents of the modifications were Aptos residents, many of who will live with the increased traffic and congestion during construction and after. But it gets tiresome to hear the proponents tout 22 public meetings on this version of the Aptos Village Plan over a 10 year period with “stakeholders” and the public. I certainly don’t remember any of these being announced to the public after the current plan was presented for review. Even Supervisor Zach Friend admits there have been no public hearings since 2012, that being before he was in office. Can anybody out there point me to these announcements?

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

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.
A FEW THOUGHTS ON HOUSING.

The high cost of housing in Santa Cruz is a frequent topic of conversation similar to the drought. Unlike the drought it is unlikely to have an ending date. Those of us who came here in the 1970’s can recall that rent wasn’t an issue. For around $120 a month you could rent a house. Those who could, bought a house for around $50,000. How did the same house which cost $50,000 then, come to be valued around $800,000 now? The usual answer is supply and demand. The population in the city in the 1970’s was around 30,000 residents and today it is double that number. To avoid any hint of smugness, it’s well to remember that the real old-timers will tell you that those of us who came here in the 1970’s were also responsible for the growth of Santa Cruz and they are right. But it did seem at that time the town was largely affordable. Today it is largely unaffordable except for those who bought their house long ago, or those currently with high incomes or investment properties.

According to supply and demand, the solution to the high cost of housing is always a call for more housing to be built, never that demand might be tempered by local hiring, less sales promotion of Santa Cruz and a smaller UCSC. Most assume that more housing equals more affordable housing. But does it? There has been a lot of housing built in Santa Cruz over the past 40 years and with greatly increased density, yet rents and housing prices have increased ten-fold or more. The developers and the politicians misuse the term “affordable” for market rate housing (ADU’s for example) and pretend that projects such as 1010 Pacific Avenue will be affordable for teachers, police and firefighters as promised, when in fact such projects soon become student housing at market rates. With an ever-expanding UCSC and 54 percent of students living off campus, easily outbidding families and workers for rental housing, there seems no relief in sight.

Beyond supply and demand, housing is a commodity, similar to health care, where speculation, trading and profit are the driving forces beneath the surface cost. Housing activists in the Bay area, which faces similar issues, conclude that it is not possible to build your way into affordability. Affordable housing can be achieved only through subsidized housing and rent control. Building more housing without such policies in place will not result in an affordable Santa Cruz but rather an affluent, overcrowded city straining available resources”.

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

CABRILHO MEETS THE INDIANS. Just a few dozen questions remain about this clip.

BLONDIE’S HEART OF GLASS. Blondie was one of Good Times’ publisher Jay Shore’s favorites

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary alerts us to our county supes re-writing our Land-Use Policies on 5/19. He says, “In essence, the County’s Planning Director and County Administrative Officer are asking the Board to change the rules for developers in Santa Cruz County, with a significant possibility that the protection of agricultural land, the protection of neighborhoods, and the protection of the natural environment will all be diminished”. Then he states about the KUSP confusion, “The KUSP Board and station management have signed a “Letter of Intent” to sell KUSP’s frequency and transmitters to the Classical Public Radio Network. If that deal goes through, you will have to start doing your own investigation on upcoming land use related items, since I’ll be off the air. And frankly, doing research on your own would be a good idea no matter what! At any rate, there are some upcoming meetings about the proposed sale of KUSP. The first meeting is May 21st, in Monterey” About our water issue Gary reports, “In the next few months, the City of Santa Cruz will be adopting a new Water Conservation Plan, and the event this evening is intended to stimulate some public input into that process. As the event organizers say, “among Santa Cruz residents, water conservation comes right after Mom and apple pie, or maybe ahead of apple pie, but there is [still] work to do to ensure that the new plan matches the community’s sentiment.” Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Very early “DeCinzo guide to Santa Cruz”….see downward just a bit.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Once again, we are gifted with a classic “Subconscious Comic”…see how Eagan sheds light on our darkest thoughts…scroll below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “How romantic is the new film version of Far From the Madding Crowd? Find out this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com.Also, please note my blog will be on hiatus until May 25, so talk among yourselves until I get back!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

FELIX AND MEIRA. A Hasidic Jewish wife in Montreal who isn’t happy with her traditional wife’s role and her husband’s rule seeks a change in her life. The plot moves to Brooklyn and Venice, Italy and is sensitive, respectful, involved, and gets you thinking all about religion , again. Not a laugh in it but well worth thinking about.

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

WELCOME TO ME. Kristen Wiig is the whole show here and her whole show is a weird takeoff on Oprah and her followers. Neurotic, disturbed, unsure…that’s what the story line/plot is. Not funny, deep, twisted and a genuine comment on a disturbed mind, just go prepared to think a lot.

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

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

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

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Juliette Binoche is totally wonderful in this wistful saga about fame, show biz, and aging. Kristen Stewart of all people, won an award in France for her role as Juliette’s assistant. I liked Chloe Grace Moretz’s presence more than I did Stewart’s contribution. You should see it, if you like good films. There are twists and plot turns and questions you’ll think about for days, and it’s an excellent film.

5 FLIGHTS UP. You get what you pay for when you see this cutesy Hollywood film. Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, and especially Cynthia Nixon make this almost worth your admission. Cynthia Nixon is the one you’ll remember, we’ve seen just about all of Keaton’s jerky, kinky moves and have been lulled almost to death with kindly, cuddly Morgan Freeman’s grandpa imitation. It’s an OK movie but you won’t remember anything from it….or how it ends 2 minutes after you leave the theatre. At least there’s no violence, blood, or superheroes in it…and that’s rare!!

WATER DIVINER. Russell Crowe makes his debut as a director in this Gallipoli war saga of a father who’s a water diviner goes to the battlefield in Turkey where this two or maybe 3 sons died and “divines” their bodies…well, two of them. The war scenes are great and bloody, but the film never transports you into the story. Something is too cold, too impersonal to care that much about. But it still qualifies a a good movie.

WOMAN IN GOLD. Helen Mirren will get no big awards for her starring role in this mini-saga of how a Jewish woman fought for years to get Gustav Klimt’s painting of her aunt back from the Austrian government. Austria possessed the painting after Hitler’s Nazi’s stole it from her folks. It lacks a point or reason or spark. Ryan Reynolds is pretty good as the young attorney. Go rent “The Rape of Europa” documentary from a few years ago, it’s more dramatic!!

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

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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. May 19 Elizabeth Romanini and Attny. Bill Parkin talk about the success of NOPOC (Neighbors Organized to Protect our Community) and then Tash Nguyen and Courtney Hanson discuss UCSC’s Sin Barras.. . . May 26 Rachel Goodman and Ed Porter bring us up to date on the KUSP confusion. They are followed by UCSC Prof. Mathew Lasar talking about the future of radio and online “radio” type stuff. Veterans advocate Dean Kaufman talks about benefits and programs for vets on June 2. Becca Reed King discusses our Community Television station news after Dean. On June 16 the annual Bookshop Santa Cruz “Short Story Winners” read their winning entries. Frank Perry unveils The Capitola Museum’s summer attractions on June 30. Actor, director Mike Ryan talks about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season on July 7. 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 9 years, here’s a partial list of some of the 900 broadcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “`listen here” to hear what’s still available. The list includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Ted Benhari, 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. 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 June 2006.

QUOTES.

“There’s too much nudity on TV, and not enough on the radio,” Jarod Kintz. “Television, radio, and all the sources of amusement and information that surround us in our daily lives are also artificial props. They can give us the impression that our minds are active, because we are required to react to stimuli from the outside. But the power of those external stimuli to keep us going is limited. They are like drugs. We grow used to them, and we continuously need more and more of them. Eventually, they have little or no effect. Then, if we lack resources within ourselves, we cease to grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually. And we we cease to grow, we begin to die.” Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book “As early as 1930 Schoenberg wrote: “Radio is an enemy, a ruthless enemy marching irresistibly forward, and any resistance is hopeless”; it “force-feeds us music . . . regardless of whether we want to hear it, or whether we can grasp it,” with the result that music becomes just noise, a noise among other noises. Radio was the tiny stream it all began with. Milan Kundera, Ignorance

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PACIFIC AVENUE December 22, 1955. Remember rain and floods? This was one of our biggest. The photo shows just about where that stupid looking Rittenhouse Building with the empty store front windows sits and sits and sits. That’s where the Rittenhouse murder took place upstairs a few decades ago. Near the corner of Church and Pacific.

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DATELINE May 4, 2015

WHY A NATIONAL MONUMENT IN DAVENPORT? Here’s an article from the front page of the May/June 2015 Bonny Doon Highlander newsletter…

NOT YOUR OLD SOLAR SYSTEM CONCEPT. Check this out, then think about all that it means!!!

YOGA AND COWS!!! Mark Bernhard found this gem. It’s all about breathing!!!

On April 21 the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the designation of Coast Dairies as a national monument. Apparently they think it will bring added protection for the 5,800 acre property, and more money for stewardship, management and construction of trails and visitor facilities. We do not share that opinion. We are strongly concerned that monument status might attract so many more hikers, cyclists and equestrians that it could actually harm the plants and the animals living in and moving through the area. And it will certainly negatively impact the North Coast beaches, roads and neighboring communities. And what is the point?

Coast Dairies is already strongly protected from adverse activities like mining, logging, development and off-road recreational vehicle use by deed restrictions on the property, made even stiffer by the terms of a Coastal Development Permit (CDP). The monument campaign backers have raised the red herring of a recent Congressional vote by Republicans to sell off federal lands that are not national monuments or parks. The terms of the deed restrictions and the CDP are valid in perpetuity, regardless of future ownership of the land. Would anyone pay many millions of dollars for something they can’t build anything on?”. The article has many, many more concerns that we should all be informed on. Example…how can Sempervirens claim that the number of visitors won’t be as high as Fort Ord? What will the impacts be on the surrounding communities like Davenport and Bonny Doon? How much volunteer work will be needed to maintain the park…and will it materialize? How about law enforcement in “the Monument” . This is truly a monumental decision. Check out many more questions that need to be asked here.

COAST DAIRIES MONUMENT PLANNING TO USE WILDER RANCH??? Ted Benhari from The Rural Bonny Doon Association entered this on The “FRIENDS OF THE NORTH COAST” page on Facebook.

“I Had a little debate tonight with Steve Reed, head of the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument campaign, at the Conservation Committee of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Sierra Club, who are considering whether to recommend support for the monument designation. The most interesting thing to come out of it was Reed’s remark that the power players behind the campaign are now thinking that a visitor center should be at Wilder Ranch State Park! What are the implications of THAT? Wilder is separated from Coast Dairies by about a mile of private properties surrounding Laguna Creek canyon. A visitor center at Wilder presumably would be at the ranch house area, which is 2+ miles from Coast Dairies. Wilder, of course, is a State Park. What are the legal roadblocks to using it as a visitor center for a federal national monument? What would be the effect on Wilder? What legal process would be required? CEQA ramifications? What would that mean for the old cement plant property in Davenport, which many assumed would eventually become the visitor center? Lots of questions…and again, as with so much about this monument campaign, decisions being made or at least considered out of the public eye”. Then Ted Benhari added, “Sempervirens Executive Director Shelley Ratay says she doesn’t know what Steve Reed is talking about, but she’ll ask him and get back to me. Interesting…” As of press time she hadn’t gotten back to Mr. Benhari. What kind of internal Sempervirens communications is that? Are we (and the North Coast) going to be subject to more of their internal problems?? Be sure to keep up on issues and topics involved with this gigantic change to our precious North Coast, go to Friends of The North Coast page on Facebook.

THE WARRIORS PARADE DOWN PACIFIC. A reader writes, I know I’m totally out of touch, bit I really miss the Santa Cruz I’ve loved over the past close to 40 years. As I walked from the Farmer’s Market today towards New Leaf, Pacific Avenue was suddenly closed to traffic for the Warriors Parade. Jeeze, I didn’t even know I was watching James Durbin sing 15′ away (and I actually like him on American Idol), but I found myself totally pissed at watching my town go down the sports tube. Of course, Santa Cruz council woman Cynthia Mathews was there with a big grin, which didn’t help. We won! We won! What I want to know is, how come stopping traffic with loud, amplified music for a basketball team gets full support from the cops (and the City), but that black guy Curtis Relliford who parks his truck down there with a boom box playing to raise money for the poor gets busted by the cops?”.

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

THE TRAFFIC STUDY FOR THE APTOS VILLAGE PLAN”.

It’s hard to believe that we Aptosians are asked to accept the old and dated traffic study numbers still being used in this village plan. The study was done back in 2002 (more than 12 years ago), with an “update” done in 2009 (middle of an economic downturn six years ago). Message to county planners: things have changed! Anybody who has waited for 3 or 4 changes of the traffic signal at Soquel Drive and State Park would ask for an updated study before we’re asked to accept two more signal lights to get to and through Aptos. Those lights are not including the signalized pedestrian crossings that will stop traffic when activated by pedestrians wanting to cross Soquel Drive.

Sweeping today’s traffic jams under the rug may be OK by our Aptos Chamber of Commerce and their local “stakeholders” who are pushing this development and more (Rancho Del Mar expansion), but certainly not OK with the crowd that showed up at the April 24th meeting in Rio Del Mar. The developer wants to add an additional six houses to the plan that will have to be approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 5th. If you don’t agree with more houses than were approved earlier, plan to attend and let the Board know”.

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

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian Greensite shares…
“THE END OF THE TOURIST SEASON”

I miss the tourist season. That period from the beginning of Memorial Day weekend to the end of Labor Day, when our home town was swamped with thousands of tourists seeking a respite from summer inland heat or taking a well-earned vacation. We grumbled, we complained, we made jokes. “If it’s called the tourist season, why can’t we shoot them?” but we knew that once the Labor Day barbeques were over we could breathe a collective sigh of relief and go about our business of daily life until the next tourist season. The Sentinel reliably noted the end of the tourist season with an editorial heralding a return of the town to the locals. That era is gone.

Year round tourism is the new norm. With online tools available to all who stand to profit, Santa Cruz is being sold across the globe as a tourist destination that knows no season as “off”. The Chamber of Commerce lures tourists with the inside scoop that according to locals, their favorite season is fall when summer visitors have left and the weather is at its sunniest. New GPS apps give mountain bikers instant knowledge of trails in local parks and open spaces drawing thousands of out-of-towners all year. West Cliff Drive is the destination for year-round city-approved events drawing thousands of tourists who park in local neighborhoods. Non-profit surfing organizations promote the economic value of waves and push for branding local surf-breaks. The marketing potential is enormous.

So what’s the problem? We need tourist dollars to fund essential services such as police, fire and local parks, since tourism has largely replaced extractive industries as the economic base in Santa Cruz. The problem is one of balance and sustainability. How much tourism is sustainable? Who profits? Have the wages of restaurant cooks risen? For every thousand tourists there must be a ratio of need for extra police, fire, roads, parks and water supply. These should be factored in. Civic leaders have forgotten about us locals in their rush to embrace every new scheme to bring in even more visitors.

I grew up in a tourist town in Australia. I’ve lived in tourist Santa Cruz for 40 years. Nothing in my experience equals the current tidal wave of tourism that threatens to drown locals in the rush for Mammon”. ( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

LITTLE KID DANCING!!! AND ALSO ??? I’m not at all sure about this clip…it’s another Mark Bernhard special!!
THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER DOES HER WORK!!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says that the Board of Supes may allow the developer to build either 63 or 69 residential units, and up to 75,000 square feet of commercial space in the new Aptos Village. He then talks about the Monterey County General Plan and how their Board of Supervisors sided with the abricultural industry over a better land use proposal. Gary then “details” a Santa Cruz City Planning Commission session happening Thursday May 7. First, the Commission is going to hold a public hearing, and then decide whether the City’s Capital Improvements Program is consistent with the City General Plan and the City’s Climate Action Plan. The General Plan is the community’s “constitution for land use.” All project level decisions must be “consistent” with the General Plan. That “consistency” requirement is the way that the community can hold its elected officials accountable, and can ensure that the City’s long terms goals, adopted in the General Plan, are in fact followed. If you live in a residential area, for instance, and the General Plan says it is supposed to remain residential, a developer cannot get approval for a used car lot. The “consistency” requirement applies to the City’s own projects, too, and whether the City’s proposed road, bike lane, and other projects are consistent with the General Plan is what is up for discussion this evening. The second item on the Commission’s agenda is about legalizing multi-family residential units, to address the City’s housing crisis. The recommendation is to change the rules to allow more units to be recognized. As you can see, this will be an important meeting. Get more information at kusp.org/landuse”. Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo and our wonderful marine wild life and our rangers!!!Look below a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan’s “Subconscious Comics” were an enormous hit a few years ago. Tim has loaned us the use of a few of the classics. Scroll down and gaze in awe!!!

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Take a peek inside the publishing biz as an author receives her first (dreaded) editorial letter from a new editor, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). And don’t forget, folks: my novel, Alias Hook comes out in paperback this week!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

SALT OF THE EARTH. The S.F. Chronicle’s Critics Consensus (100 critics) placed this film as #1 of all films showing right now…I agree completely. Wim Wenders follows and comments on still photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s photographs and his life. It becomes very depressing then becomes hopeful and dreamily futuristic. If you think of yourself as an environmentalist, or humanist, or have any faith at all in the future of the earth…PLEASE see this film. Far and away the best I’ve seen in years!!!

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Juliette Binoche is totally wonderful in this wistful saga about fame, show biz, and aging. Kristen Stewart of all people, won an award in France for her role as Juliette’s assistant. I liked Chloe Grace Moretz’s presence more than I did Stewart’s contribution. You should see it, if you like good films. There are twists and plot turns and questions you’ll think about for days, and it’s an excellent film.

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

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

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

WATER DIVINER. Russell Crowe makes his debut as a director in this Gallipoli war saga of a father who’s a water diviner goes to the battlefield in Turkey where this two or maybe 3 sons died and “divines” their bodies…well, two of them. The war scenes are great and bloody, but the film never transports you into the story. Something is too cold, too impersonal to care that much about. But it still qualifies a a good movie.

WOMAN IN GOLD. Helen Mirren will get no big awards for her starring role in this mini-saga of how a Jewish woman fought for years to get Gustav Klimt’s painting of her aunt back from the Austrian government. Austria possessed the painting after Hitler’s Nazi’s stole it from her folks. It lacks a point or reason or spark. Ryan Reynolds is pretty good as the young attorney. Go rent “The Rape of Europa” documentary from a few years ago, it’s more dramatic!!

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG. Naomi Watts steals the show from Ben Stiller in this “middle age” tragic comedy. They are an “older” couple who try competing with the 20 year younger couple Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. The film tries hard to say something about getting older and being present, but fails. However it does have a bizzarre sequence when everybody goes to an Ayahuasca ceremony (Hollywood version) and of course vomiting is supposed to get big laughs…it’s that kind of film.

CINDERELLA. This is a 100 % Disney movie, and I mean it in a good way. It’s the classic Disney from Snow White, Pinocchio, Beauty and The Beast and the old timey beautiful, heart-tugging, syrupy romance years. This is a live action spectacular, with Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in Downtown Abbey as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I loved it, but it does start very slowly.

THE AGE OF ADALINE. Beyond tacky and full of cliché and tripe, even Harrison Ford doesn’t save this impossible hackyned story. A woman has an accident and stays 29 years old forever. Ellen Burstyn tries hard to act as her daughter then becomes her mother. You’ll go batty thinking of ways this could have been a fine sensitive film, but it isn’t.

DIVERGENT SERIES; INSURGENT. Unless you’ve read all three of thse teeny-bopper, sci-fi thrillers you won’t get much out of this part two. They could have named it Effulgent, Detergent, Emolument, Deterrent, or even best yet, Detriment…and it would have been more honest, and saved some unpuspecting movie goer an admission price!!

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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. “Congress (and the public which elects it) can always be expected to hesitate longer over an appropriation to acquire or protect a national park than over one to build a highway into it. Yet there is nothing which so rapidly turns a wilderness into a reserve and a reserve into a resort.” — Joseph Wood Krutch, 1957. “In Yellowstone National Park, there are more ‘do not feed the animals’ signs than there are animals you might wish to feed”, Natalie Jeremijenko. “In fact, at Olympic National Park in my district, they 3 years ago had 130 summer employees they brought in for temporary work. This summer they have 25 because they cannot afford more”, Norm Dicks.

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BEST OF VINTAGE STEVEN DeCINZO.

Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

Posted in Weekly Articles | Comments Off on May 6 – 12, 2015

April 30 – May 6, 2015

PACIFIC AND COOPER STREETS 1892 at 11:40 am. This is before the Cooperhouse was built and shows the Santa Cruz County Courthouse before the big quake took it down. The Town Clock is in its’ original position atop the Odd Fellows building. Note how extra wide the streets were then.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE APRIL 27, 2015

GROCERY OUTLET OPENS ON LUCKY’S OLD SITE. Big crowds on Saturday (4/25)at the site of the old Lucky’s Store on Morrisey. New labels amongst old familiar ones , and prices seemed lower for sure Safeway/Albertsons. Grocery Outlet stores are mostly independently owned not like trader Joes and their owner ALDI International in Germany, the world’s largest grocery chain owner. They get their egges and milk and meat the same places the big chains do so not a big svaings there, but I got a great buy on imported Olive Oil at $3.99. It’s from Bellucci and is 100% Italian extra virgin, non-GMO…but then again, who isn’t? It’s probably made by ESSO or Sunoco or some other off brand. Then again, I’ll bet you’ll see more old friends at Trader Joe’s.

COAST DAIRIES NTL. MONUMENT. Supervisor Ryan Coonerty’s pledge to withdraw his support of The Coast Dairies National Monument IF all the issues aren’t dealt with is certainly a good one. WE may have to remind him from time to time so he doesn’t duck out like he did in his long pitches for a DE-SAL plant, but let’s hope.

APTOS VILLAGE…WHY? A bit further down Paul Elerick deals in details on the Aptos Village or SWENSONVILLE or ZACHARAVIA but I defy anyone anytime to show or prove that city growth has brought any kind of success anywhere in the world. These developers and Chambers of Commerce’s keep pushing for growth, development and can they possibly deny that as cities grow bigger they actually have more tax money to spend on improvements? Never happen!

SUICIDE WARNING. Exit International just sent this warning… in case you were planning to use “Balloon Time Helium” on your way out.

The largest manufacturer of disposable helium cylinders, Worthingtons in Columbus, Ohio, who make Balloon Time kits have announced on its website that from April 2015 their cylinders will guarantee only 80% helium, with up to 20% air. While an 80:20 helium:air mixture is suitable for floating party balloons, its use to provide a peaceful death is lost. It went on to state… Exit recommends that those with recently-acquired Balloon Time cylinders either test the gas to ensure that there is no oxygen contamination. Alternatively, the cylinders should be discarded and replaced with a reliable alternative like Max Dog nitrogen, where the purity of the gas (& absence of any oxygen) is guaranteed by the distributors. Read all of it here….

HISTORICAL PHOTO ADDITIONS. If you scroll down to last week’s issue (April 9-22) of BrattonOnline you’ll see a photo I quickly assumed was taken from the County Building as it was being constructed…nope, I got it wrong. Several readers sent in the “news” that the photo was taken from the roof of the San Lorenzo Park Apartments overlooking Dakota Avenue. Thanks readers.

L.A.TIMES ABOUT DESALINATION. Paul Gratz sent this timely piece
Times (April 24, 2105)
DESALINATION PLANTS AREN’T A GOOD SOLUTION

FOR CALIFORNIA DROUGHT.

By Michael Hiltzik

* Enthusiasm for desalination tends to overlook its enormous energy demand and environmental footprint. As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore. All that ocean water, begging to be converted to fresh and pumped into our pipelines, would solve our water supply problems instantly and permanently, boosters say. In the coming months, the drumbeat will only get louder. That’s not only because the current drought is the longest and most severe in memory, but because a $1-billion desalination project scheduled to start operating in Carlsbad this fall will be attracting lots of attention”. Brattonote read the rest of this article it mentions Santa Cruz!!! And a seaside beach photo caption in the LA Times article says, “As big industrial facilities, desalination plants can’t be plunked down just anywhere on the coast without destroying the qualities that attract people to the shoreline. (John Antczak, Associated Press) [MORE]

DE-SAL POETRY. Patricia Matecjek forwarded this timely ode

LETS DISCUSS DESALINATION

by joey racano

Let’s discuss Desalination
Could it be right for our nation
Let’s explore both pro and con
Before you turn those sprinklers on

First let’s see how Desal works
How it’s owned by greedy jerks
Who built a plant and ran away
Leaving Tampa Bay to pay

Two faced liars call it salt
What they dump like it was malt
But brine is so bad for the sea
Concentrated impurity

Then the issue of intake
Suck fish in and set on bake
Plankton are our baby fish
Want dead ocean? Got your wish!

Should we drink desalted water
Knowing sea life it will slaughter?
What would Desal set in motion?
It would sterilize the ocean!

Now it’s time to speak of cost
How much San Diego lost
Built a plant and spent a billion
To serve seven percent of over three million!

ADULTS ONLY HAPPY BIRTHDAYSPECTACULAR. You have been warned, and send this one to your Facebook friends, I dare ya!!!

With 40 million in our state
Do the math, extrapolate
California needs 200 plants!
That’s half a trillion- with no grants!

Perhaps the greatest threat of all
Fukushima comes to call
Tritium can’t be removed
Ice cubes glow when thirst is soothed

Get yours at the Geiger counter
Desal water large amounter
Hate to throw you such a curve
Maybe we should just conserve

Joey Racano the poet adds this is from a ‘Weapon of mass discussion” and remember that “Capitalism is the first stage of cannibalism” -joey racano

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

APTOS VILLAGE PLAN (part 2) MEETING ON APRIL 22.

As mentioned in last week’s BrattonOnline, here’s what happened at a community meeting called by 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend. Community activist Seb Frey published a blow-by-blow account of the meeting on Neighbors Nextdoor, including a link to the audio version. Click here to read his account and the audio. What cannot be described was an overwhelming sense of community frustration. The 150 plus SRO audience fired questions at the developer and speakers even though they were asked to use 3 x 5 cards to submit them on. Most of the questions were about how the developer was going to handle traffic and our water shortage. There was a crowd of people standing outside that couldn’t get in due to the full house. Nobody spoke in favor to the Village Plan, but were encouraged by Supervisor Friend to attend a public hearing on May 5th at the Board of Supervisors regular meeting, The meeting will start at 9:00 A.M. Thanks to the Rio Sands Hotel for making their meeting room available, and to Supervisor Friend for scheduling the meeting. If you’re not satisfied with changes made to The Plan by Barry Swenson Builder after it was approved, please plan to attend the May 5th meeting and speak out.

(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).

WELCOME TO A NEW WEEKLY CONTRIBUTION BY Gillian Greensite….

GILLIAN’S INSIGHT. (April 26, 2015)
ABOUT UCSC AND RAPE.

I was surprised to read that UCSC is again being investigated by the US Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for possible violations of federal law in its handling of sexual violence and sexual harassment cases. The last investigation of UCSC by OCR for the same reasons was in 1994. At that time UCSC was found in violation and deservedly so, although the students who suffered from the horrific mismanagement of their cases received no justice.

I was not surprised to read that reports of sexual crimes at UCSC have tripled since 2011. When I left UCSC in 2010 after 30 years as founder and head of UCSC Rape Prevention Education, the official number was between zero and three, which seemed to me to be artificially low given the number of student cases that I forwarded to the Title IX office and which should have been included in the police database but weren’t.

Administrators claim the current increase in numbers is due to their efforts to increase awareness and encourage anyone who has been raped to come forward. Maybe yes, maybe no. There are many variables. Maybe the police are now keeping accurate statistics? Maybe the termination of the UCSC women’s self-defense program, gained after years of struggle by students and having a 20-year history of empowering women has had an impact? Maybe the termination in 2013 of the kiosk guards, non-police staff who sat in booths at both campus entrances at night and who turned away an average 80 people a month and kept an eye on students returning to campus after a night on the town has had an impact? Maybe the adoption of online programs for mandatory education, where students sit in isolation and answer pat questions has had an impact? Maybe transforming the few remaining dorm lounges into bed space, with the loss of public space where new students of all genders could become acquainted with no bedroom overtures has had an impact? Maybe the requirement that resident assistants now report to the police any student’s sharing their experience of sexual assault has had an impact? A well-meaning inquiry would address all of these variables and more. So far we have had only a PR campaign”.

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

WORLD’S WURST COOKING. Mark Bernhard sent this one. Do not blame me for it.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about developing Fort Ord, and about an Open Space future at the Fort. Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community (NOPOC) celebrates their victory over P.G.& E. and their unnecessary power line project. He says, “As I said yesterday, with reference to the work of NOPOC, Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community, community participation in land use related matters can actually make a big difference in what governmental agencies do. To be successful, with respect to any community-based effort, concerned members of the community do have to “get organized,” and they have to be willing to go to meetings, and to educate and inform themselves about the various governmental processes that can so profoundly affect our future. But if they do that, the results are often quite striking. Your participation can, in fact, make a difference. Self-government actually does work, but as the term so clearly states, we don’t get self-government as a gift from someone else. If we care about self-government, we do need to get involved ourselves.

He ends the week talking about The Carmel Valley Association and their guide on how to comment on an EIR which is available.Check it out at his wensite. 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 takes a look at the roaming Catholics. Scroll downwards.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan looks at surfing, voting, and DARK MONEY!!! See below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), Jewel Theatre Company debuts a witty new play by Kate Hawley, and sci-fi gets smart with Ex Machina.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION. This documentary is gone already and is worth your looking into. Especially if you love music and pianos. Ethan Hawke paid for the film and talks to Seymour Bernstein, a grand pianist and teacher. It’s about loving music, the subtleties of performance, about Steinway Pianos…it’s as educational as it is beautiful.Go seek it out.

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

TRUE STORY. James Franco and Jonah Hill try their damndest to make this TRUE STORY work..but it doesn’t. It’s a murder story and Franco is the murderer and Hill is the NY Times Reporter who gets too involved. I guaranteed you’ll pay attention all the way through but at the end you won’t care about it, and won’t remember any of it. You might possibily want your money back…so think about it!!!

WATER DIVINER. Russell Crowe makes his debut as a director in this Gallipoli war saga of a father who’s a water diviner goes to the battlefield in Turkey where this two or maybe 3 sons died and “divines” their bodies…well, two of them. The war scenes are great and bloody, but the film never transports you into the story. Something is too cold, too impersonal to care that much about. But it still qualifies a a good movie.

THE AGE OF ADALINE. Beyond tacky and full of cliché and tripe, even Harrison Ford doesn’t save this impossible hackyned story. A woman has an accident and stays 29 years old forever. Ellen Burstyn tries hard to act as her daughter then becomes her mother. You’ll go batty thinking of ways this could have been a fine sensitive film, but it isn’t.

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

WOMAN IN GOLD. Helen Mirren will get no big awards for her starring role in this mini-saga of how a Jewish woman fought for years to get Gustav Klimt’s painting of her aunt back from the Austrian government. Austria possessed the painting after Hitler’s Nazi’s stole it from her folks. It lacks a point or reason or spark. Ryan Reynolds is pretty good as the young attorney. Go rent “The Rape of Europa” documentary from a few years ago, it’s more dramatic!!

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG. Naomi Watts steals the show from Ben Stiller in this “middle age” tragic comedy. They are an “older” couple who try competing with the 20 year younger couple Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. The film tries hard to say something about getting older and being present, but fails. However it does have a bizarre sequence when everybody goes to an Ayahuasca ceremony (Hollywood version) and of course vomiting is supposed to get big laughs…it’s that kind of film.

CINDERELLA. This is a 100 % Disney movie, and I mean it in a good way. It’s the classic Disney from Snow White, Pinocchio, Beauty and The Beast and the old timey beautiful, heart-tugging, syrupy romance years. This is a live action spectacular, with Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in Downtown Abbey as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I loved it, but it does start very slowly.

DIVERGENT SERIES; INSURGENT. Unless you’ve read all three of thse teeny-bopper, sci-fi thrillers you won’t get much out of this part two. They could have named it Effulgent, Detergent, Emolument, Deterrent, or even best yet, Detriment…and it would have been more honest, and saved some unpuspecting movie goer an admission price!!

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. . Miriam Ellis guests on May 5 to talk about this years International Playhouse at UCSC. Miriam is followed by Dr. Jason Luksich talking all about his field of Ophthalmology. May 12 has Ted Benhari telling us of some of the problems and issues that the proposed National Monument will bring. After Ted Anita Monga visits from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival to tell about this years full schedule. May 19 Elizabeth Romanini and Attny. Bill Parkin talk about the success of NOPOC (Neighbors Organized to Protect our Community) and Tash Nguyen discusses UCSC’s Sin Barras after that. . 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 I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god”, Napoléon Bonaparte . “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade”, Charles Dickens. “The Sun is such a lonely star. Whenever he comes out to see his friends, they all disappear”,Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “He stepped down, avoiding any long look at her as one avoids long looks at the sun, but seeing her as one sees the sun, without looking”, Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.

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April 23 – 29, 2015

This great and imposing Hotel Metropole stood about where Eye Q optometrists and Logos Book Store are now at 1111 Pacific Avenue. It was a National Dollar store and also Hal Morris moved Plaza Books there before the 1989 earthquake. This is from the National Register of Places…”The Hotel Metropole was constructed in 1908 for Duncan McPherson by contractor Charles Kay. McPherson was the editor and publisher of the newspaper, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and owner and developer of several parcels of significant real estate on Pacific Avenue. In addition to the hotel, which offered forty-eight “furnished rooms for transient and permanent guests” at fifty cents per day, the building also housed a millinery, the offices of C. W. Waldron, a partner of McPherson’s, and the C.O.D. Grocery. The hotel changed names twice, to the Hotel Al Rose in 1935 and to the Hotel Drake in 1946, and was occupied continuously until 1961. The ground floor commercial space was consolidated in the thirties for the use of the National Dollar department store, which operated until 1976. When the property was added to the National Register in 1979, it housed Plaza Books. The Hotel Metropole was a unique Santa Cruz example of turn-of-the-century commercial architecture in the late Italianate style in which pressed-metal ornamentation replaced the more costly and fancy Victorian plaster work it often copied. The four pediments atop the third-story windows, and the acanthus design cornices were particularly handsome”.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE April 20, 2015

CAN WE HANDLE A ” NATIONAL MONUMENT”?? By now our Board Of Supervisors plus John Laird and most of our officials have continued to endorse the so called Santa Cruz Redwoods. Locally it’s been mostly the Bonny Dood residents who have brought important issues up for consideration. They talk of the enormous impact that the new traffic will have on little old (really OLD) Mission Street, there’s the increased traffic leading in and our of our county Highway 17 and Highway One. Has any “official” mention been made on just the traffic problems? The concerns involve all of us not just Bonny Doon….consider the developer pressure there will be on our precious North Coast agriculture land. Then consider Supervisor Ryan “de-sal” Coonerty’s constant support of growth? Go here to read Bonny Doon’s Newsletter The Highlander from last month. Check out the many, many more problems that have never been considered. http://www.bonnydoon.got.net/03-15_hlndr.html . One special question is why has there been no community meetings on this “national issue”??

Ed Abbey author of “Desert Solitaire” and lifelong defender of wilderness wrote many deeply relevant statements about saving such land as The Coast Dairies territory. He and I talked about them on a long walk we took near Swanton Road not too long before he died. Here’s some of the hundreds of great Ed Abbey quotes, think about them before you go waving flags.

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”

“I understand and sympathize with the reasonable needs of a reasonable number of people on a finite continent. All life depends upon other life. But what is happening today, in North America, is not rational use but irrational massacre. Man the Pest, multiplied to the swarming stage, is attacking the remaining forests like a plague of locusts on a field of grain”.

“Water, water, water….There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here unless you try to establish a city where no city should be”.

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”.

“The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.”

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government”.

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyong reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” As an aside IF anyone really wanted to name it after the most prominent growth on the land it would be the HEMLOCK National Monument. Closing note; if you do Facebook go to it and join the new “Friends of the North Coast” page.

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

APTOS VILLAGE PLAN RETURNS TO THE

SANTA CRUZ BOARD OF SUPERVISOR’S AGENDA.

A County Board of Supervisors hearing is on the agenda at their meeting scheduled for May 5. It’s billed as a “Special Consideration” of the approval given to Barry Swenson Builder’s Aptos Village Plan. This will be following a community meeting on April 22nd on the same subject. Sorry not to have a report on this meeting here, stay tuned for next weeks BrattonOnline.

Nobody expects the BOARD OF SUPERVISORS to reverse their approval of the Village Plan, but there may be requests to change part of it. Namely the addition of six homes and reduction is size of the “community park” that was added to the plan after it was formally approved. The lack of an adequate traffic study that didn’t include the cumulative effect of two major developments within a couple hundred yards from each other , needs to be corrected. Giving a flippant response by developers and the county that the Rancho Del Mar expansion “isn’t my project” is not acceptable. For those who care about controlling mid-county traffic congestion and blight you should attend this hearing and speak out. Again, it’s scheduled for May 5th, 9:00 AM at the Board of Supervisors meeting room, 701 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz. (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).

40 YEARS OF GOOD TIMES. Be sure to check out the 40th Anniversary issue of Good Times. I think I have a small piece on the little remembered two years that they operated in Capitola in an office just behind the AAA Center. It was 40 years ago that I started this very column in Good Times, Volume One # 1. The very first item in my first column created some reaction. I merely stated that it was a good thing Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Abbott’s son died from surfing and not from an upset stomach. Otherwise they would have built a giant brick hamburger instead of the lighthouse on Lighthouse Point in his memory.

WHO’S YOUR LITTLE WHOSIS? 1932 DITTY WITH DANCERS,

WOMAN ECCENTRIC DANCER,and so much more!!!

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary brings up many of the problems with the North Coast National Monument. He announces two “Water Meetings” and says, “think about how we can use less, and live within the constraints of the water we’ve got. There is, of course, the other alternative, which is to find a way to increase our water supply. Historically, Americans have always been fond of the “supply side” approach. Facing natural resource constraints, our inclination is to build a dam, extend a pipeline, or drill a well. Most recently, the “let’s increase our water supply” approach has focused on building a factory to “manufacture” fresh water, using that big ocean out there as our supply source”. It would be hard to overstate how important it is that we be aggressive and proactive in dealing with our water supply situation”. He talks about how Monterey locals want more open space at Fort Ord and public officials want development. He closes Thursday by saying, “remember that the officials we elect are supposed to work for the public, not vice versa”. That statement should be a mandatory tattoo and required on every elected public officials right hand!!! 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

SEXY and excellent levitation trick.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. There will never be another Steven DeCinzo or just maybe…check out his classic cartoon just below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan predicts trouble ahead especially for Iran see downwards.

STEPHEN FRY DISMANTLES THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. The Players end their season with The Clarinet Ascending” featuring music by two favorites, Mozart and Brahms. The performing cast is

Jeff Gallagher, artistic director and clarinet, Sue Brown, violin and viola, Shannon Delaney, violin and viola, Eri Borcea-Ishigaki, violin, and Judy Roberts, cello. It’s at Christ Lutheran Church, in Aptos off Freedom Blvd. near the CHP office. Saturday, Apr. 25, 8 pm and Sunday, Apr. 26, 3 pm. Maybe tickets at the door, but the Sunday performances usually sell out!!!

SHAKESPEARE’S KING JOHN. The Stratford Festival presents a “live” telecast of King John. Wikipedia sez, “King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatises the reign of John, King of England (ruled 1199–1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry III of England. It is believed to have been written in the mid-1590s but was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in 1623. King John is one of only two plays by Shakespeare that are entirely written in verse, the other being Richard II. It’s at The Del Mar, Downtown Santa Cruz. Two Shows Only!!Thurs 4/23 @ 7:30pm. and Sun 4/26 @ 11:00am.

JEWEL THEATRE’S “COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL”. Santa Cruz’s own Kate Hawley wrote it and it is directed by Paul Whitworth of Shakespeare Santa Cruz fame. The notes say, “In this touching and funny new play, an adult son reluctantly comes home to care for his aging mother for a few days and finds out a great deal more about her past — and his own — than he had bargained for. While his long suffering care-taker sister spreads her wings out of town, Teddy comes to grips with adult diapers, irrational demands, souvenirs from the past, and his engaging and infuriatingly mysterious mother”. It runs April 23 through May 17.The Jewel Theatre is in the Center Stage Building 1001 Center Street. Tickets at this link.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Drop in and help me celebrate 40 years on the movie beat in Santa Cruz, 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)

CHILD 44. You’d think that with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and especially with Gary Oldman it would be a great movie. It isn’t!!! A murder mystery from the best selling book , set in 1953 darkest Russia, it really is dark. So dark you can’t tell the good guys from the bad ones. It’s a child murderer, evil governments, lots of lies, and I mean it really is DARK! Save your money.

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

WOMAN IN GOLD. Helen Mirren will get no big awards for her starring role in this mini-saga of how a Jewish woman fought for years to get Gustav Klimt’s painting of her aunt back from the Austrian government. Austria possessed the painting after Hitler’s Nazi’s stole it from her folks. It lacks a point or reason or spark. Ryan Reynolds is pretty good as the young attorney. Go rent “The Rape of Europa” documentary from a few years ago, it’s more dramatic!!

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG. Naomi Watts steals the show from Ben Stiller in this “middle age” tragic comedy. They are an “older” couple who try competing with the 20 year younger couple Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. The film tries hard to say something about getting older and being present, but fails. However it does have a bizzarre sequence when everybody goes to an Ayahuasca ceremony (Hollywood version) and of course vomiting is supposed to get big laughs…it’s that kind of film.

DANNY COLLINS. Al Pacino hams up the lead in this Hollywood faux bio pic. Christopher Plummer has never been worse and Annette Bening does an excellent job of saving the film. Jennifer Garner and her dimples are in it too but I don’t know why. Pacino plays a washed up 1970’s singer who “coulda been a contenda” if he’d received a letter John Lennon wrote him 30 years before. Renting it is the best way to see this IF you have to. Screen credits say Michael Caine was in it….I sure didn’t see him!!! Maybe the noon nap time???

THE WRECKING CREW. This documentary, which was years I the making is another of those “behind the hit records” scenes. The Beach Boys, The Minkees, Nancy Sinatra, Cher, Mamas and The Papas, The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and hundreds of other “stars” needed the incredible talent and creativity that this group of very professional musicians put together in the L.A.1960’s recording studios. Go see it.

CINDERELLA. This is a 100 % Disney movie, and I mean it in a good way. It’s the classic Disney from Snow White, Pinocchio, Beauty and The Beast and the old timey beautiful, heart-tugging, syrupy romance years. This is a live action spectacular, with Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in Downtown Abbey as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I loved it, but it does start very slowly.

IT FOLLOWS. It’s a scary movie about teen age sex. Lots of teen age skin and guilt and a mysterious “something” that follows you until you have sex then IT follows that person.Oddly enough it really is scary and it’s done well, but who needs it?

DIVERGENT SERIES; INSURGENT. Unless you’ve read all three of thse teeny-bopper, sci-fi thrillers you won’t get much out of this part two. They could have named it Effulgent, Detergent, Emolument, Deterrent, or even best yet, Detriment…and it would have been more honest, and saved some unpuspecting movie goer an admission price!!

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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. County Supervisor John Leopold co-hosts our KZSC #1 Pledge Drive night on April 21. Historian, author Sandy Lydon co-hosts KZSC #2 Pledge Drive night on April 28. Miriam Ellis guests on May 5 to talk about this years International Playhouse at UCSC. Miriam is followed by Dr. Jason Luksich talking all about his field of Ophthalmology. May 12 has Ted Benhari telling us of some of the problems and issues that the proposed National Monument will bring. May 19 Elizabeth Romanini and Attny. Bill Parkin talk about the success of NOPOC (Neighbors Organized to Protect our Community) and Tash Nguyen discusses UCSC’s Sin Barras after that. 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. “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, “The exhausted earth groaned and quivered under the monotonous glare of the sun. Spirals of heat rose from the ground as if from molten lava. A panting lizard crawled painfully over the fevered rock in search of a shady crevice. Cattle and dogs cringed under the scanty shade of the trees and waited for the rain to deliver them from the heat and thirst. Instead the heat grew more intense and oppressive each day, singeing and stifling all living things with an invisible sheet of fire, which only the rain could put out. The drought had persisted for over a month.” S. Rajaratnam

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April 9 – 22, 2015

Early San Lorenzo Park. This is dated 1967 and looks out from the County Building, and looking over Dakota Avenue.

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DATELINE April 6, 2015
DATELINE April 13, 2015

STARBUCKS ON OUR BEST CORNER. Another brilliant move from our so called leaders…allowing Starbucks to take over our most prominent, visible corner. Think about it. We have Jamba Juice on our Pacific Avenue entrance, a Taco Bell drive in at our southern Laurel Street entrance, Safeway/Albertsons on the Western entrance, and there’s Ross, Office Max, Cost Plus at the Highway 17 entrance. Each of them built and cheered on by the promise of jobs and tax revenue. Let’s hear it again….why would people come to Santa Cruz…to see what exactly??? Maybe the Bearcat???

MAUNA KEA, A CLEARER VIEW?? The UC system is working fast and putting out lots of publicity on the new telescope system that’s going up on Mauna Kea on Hawaii, the big island. If you go to whythemountain.blogspot.com you’ll read some of the many concerns native Hawaiians have about the destruction of their very holy and sacred mountain. You’ll read… “Mauna Kea is inundated with 13 telescopes, one of which is obsolete. The Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) would be larger than all the other telescopes combined. On March 26th, 2014 Hawaiians and our allies began peaceful protests in the very cold and rainy climate of Mauna Kea. So far 31 people have been arrested, and more arrests are expected to take place next week. Mauna Kea is sacred to Hawaiians, a vulnerable ecosystem that needs protection, and prized by the astronomy industry. Why do Hawaiians and environmentalists oppose a $1.4 billion project that promises a much-needed economic boost? Mauna Kea represents the origins of one culture, and is a place where other cultures go to seek their origins. Environmentalists argue that because the largest fresh water aquifer for Hawaii Island is on Mauna Kea, the potential for irreversible harm is too high a price to pay. They say to build a stadium sized structure and its 5,000-gallon hazardous chemical waste container above the aquifer is terrible risk to the entire watershed and the endangered and threatened species’ habitats. But for the Hawaiian people, what began as an agreement to allow one telescope on Mauna Kea over 40 years ago has turned into a generational struggle to protect the mountain from endless acts that amount to a form of cultural strip-mining. Because traditionally, Hawaiians have regarded the summit as sacred. Today, it’s also a symbol of cultural erasure and the ongoing assault on Hawaiian spiritual and religious practices and rights to self-determination. Read up on this, it’s yet another direction that the UC system has taken that so embarrassing, culturally offensive and non caring.

THE HUNTING GROUND. See this documentary at The Nick quickly. It’s about sexual crimes on American campii. You’ll wonder about UCSC, because it isn’t mentioned in the film. UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, Harvard, Yale, UC San Diego are all talked about but not UCSC. So we find in the papers… UCSC SEXUAL CRIME “REPORTS” ON THE RISE” was the headline by Kara Guzman in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 02/23/2015. It stated, “SANTA CRUZ — Reports of sexual crimes at UC Santa Cruz have tripled since 2011 — a sign that administrators say shows their efforts to increase awareness and make victims less wary about stepping forward are paying off”. According to a 2013 collection of crime reports from both police and campus authorities, UCSC had 12 forcible sex offenses in 2013, up from 10 in 2012 and four in 2011. But those numbers don’t show the real picture, as sexual crimes are grossly underreported, said Caitlin Stinneford, sexual violence prevention educator and advocate. So far this school year, around 130 students have sought campus help for sexual or dating violence, That’s up from 97 students in the entire 2013-14 school year, she said. Weeks can pass before victims realize what happened, since most instances are not violent and involve alcohol, minimal force and an assailant the victim knows. Victims usually blame themselves, and don’t want to harm the assailant by reporting to the police, she said”. What’s almost funny is that UCSC’s Chancellor Blumenthal stated in the press last week something like “we are taking this very seriously”. If he’d seen The Hunting Ground he would have rephrased it. The film says, nearly 85 % of college officials always state, in the same words, “we are taking this very seriously”. But UCSC has stated that April is a big deal month and there are many “sexual awareness” meetings and presentations taking place. What’s even more interesting is that the film says (and proves) that most sex attacks on females (and males too) are committed by friends and acquaintances, not strangers.

TICKETING CURTIS RELIFORD AND NOT THE MOTORCYCLES? Does anyone else see the terrible crime our Santa Cruz City Council is allowing to happen when Curtis Reliford of the Follow Your Heart Network and his very humane colorful and decent trailer has been ticketed several times for being downtown and yet the damned noisy and offensive motorcycles are allowed to scorch and screech up Pacific Avenue with a knowing friendly nod from our smiling police? What’s with that?

KEITH SUGAR’S STIRRING MEMORIAL. Keith Sugar died of sudden heart failure On March 17, 2015. Keith is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years, Annrae Angel. He was a loving father to his son Ian 19, and his daughter Marlana 16. Keith Sugar was elected to the Santa Cruz city council in 1998 and also served on the Santa Cruz Local Agency Formation Commission, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, and the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control Board. He was mayor of Santa Cruz from 1999-2000. There was a fine and well attended celebration of Keith’s life on Sunday, April 12th, at Christopher Krohn’s house. Contributions in Keith’s name may be made to the Keith Sugar: Children’s College Fund, at the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union in lieu of flowers.

HISTORICAL PHOTO NEWS. Tony Russomanno poet, artist, reporter, TV cameraman found great photos of Governor Ronald Reagan on the UCSC Campus, and sent them. He also made great and important corrections to my notes on last week’s (April 6) historical photo caption. I welcome any/all corrections to stuff you read and see here. I got the UCSC Reagan Tuition protest notes from penciled notes on the back of the 8×10 photo. It was my guess that it was Vernon Berlin from KSCO with the microphone, Tony R. shows us none of above was correct. Tony reports….” Ronald Reagan was on the UCSC campus to take part in “Spring Thing,” an annual event that ran for a few years in the late 60’s to raise money for the UCSC Tutorial Project summer camp for underprivileged children. It would be nice to think that students on that day would have been far-sighted enough to hold a vigil against tuition, but they had other things on their minds, as shown in these photos from the UCSC McHenry Library Special Collections, Spring Thing, May 11-14, 1967. For more photos and corrections (be sure to not miss the early photo of cowboy Page Smith.),

click here (link expands, click to collapse)

BANANAS EXPLODING ON FACE. Never mind, just take a look, another Mark Bernhard discovery.

20th CENTURY FOX THEME. Mark Bernhard also found this gem…listen closely.

ELECTRIC MAILBOX. Reed Searle sent this great idea…” I wonder, and I’ve tried but nobody seems to know the answer, how many homes in Santa Cruz are owned by non-residents and are vacant much/most of the time. Sure would be nice if it were possible, say, to double property tax for those homes or, better, to exempt them from the protection of prop. 13″. Any idea out there just how many non-resident homes there are in the county? We should check this out.

BLOCKHEAD ICED CREAM. Last Christmas daughter Jennifer treated me and her two boys to one of the most delicious taste treats ever. Blockhead Iced Cream. According to their website it’s a mix of “the fine texture of Hawaiian shave ice with the creamy goodness of ice cream”. There are only three Blockhead Shavery’s in the world so far, we need one up here much more than we need a damned Starbucks on Ocean Street. Check it out www.blockheadsshavery.com

ELLEN BASS IN THE NEW YORKER. Ellen Bass again makes the big time with The New Yorker publishing her “The Orange-And-White High-Heeled Shoes” poem in the March 30 issue with the Hillary Clinton emoticons on the cover. Be sure to read Seymour Hersh’s deeply researched My Lai story “The Scene Of The Crime” that surrounds Ellen’s poem. Did you know, and I’ve said this before, that there are more New Yorker subscribers in California than in New York….AND that there are more New Yorker subscribers in Northern California than in Southern California???

GUNILLA LEAVITT IS BETTER!!! Gunilla Leavitt my not-so-silent partner in getting this BrattonOnline..online, has gone through some hell and an operation and is doing just great. We should all stop in her Golden Fleece Yarn Shop on 317 Potrero Street over by the entrance to The Sashmill and tell her hello and give her a hug…she deserves it. Somehow she got last week’s “Bonline” out and continues to perform miracles!!! Or call her at 426-1425 and see what yarn specials she has going!!

[Gunilla here: Apologies for getting this out so very late sometimes, especially recently. The hell and the operation was breast cancer, and it’s kind of been a lot! I’ll try to pick up my pace; it’s never Bruce’s fault that the column doesn’t happen on Mondays every week… I’m doing fine, will start radiation within the month, provided that I don’t need chemo. Thanks for all your patience!]

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

APTOS VILLAGE PLAN – MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
At the request of one of his constituents, Supervisor Zach Friend is organizing a public meeting April 22, 6pm-8pm at the Rio Sands Hotel (116 Aptos Beach Drive) Banquet Room. The purpose of this community-wide meeting is to give residents current information regarding the proposed Aptos Village Plan construction and answer questions.

Expected attendees;
Supervisor Zach Friend and his aide Patrick Mulhearn
Mary Gourlay and Jessie Nickell from Barry Swenson Builder
Jack Sohriakoff, Sr. Traffic Engineer for Santa Cruz County
Kim Adamson, General Manager of Soquel Creek Water District
perhaps Jeff Gaffney, Director of County Parks and Open Space (not confirmed)

Since there hasn’t been a public hearing on this project since 2012, many of us think it’s time to take a look at what has changed in this plan since then without much public scrutiny. There have been several changes, including adding more houses than were originally approved and the reduction in size of the mini-park near the entrance to Nisene Marks State Park. The size reduction of the park is to increase the size of a paved parking lot. There are concerns also over the staging of the project, i.e., building the houses after moving the Apple Barn before any possible benefits to the community. Changes in our water situation should be re-applied to this project. The Governor’s declaration to reduce water usage statewide was not in place in 2012….

(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 Ryan Coonerty and Bruce McPherson’s “Working Lands Resolution” that gives big breaks to loggers and agriculture corporations. He says, “The “Working Lands Resolution” is being proposed by Supervisors Ryan Coonerty (representing the North Coast) and Supervisor Bruce McPherson (representing the San Lorenzo Valley). Timber harvest issues are controversial in both districts, and this Resolution comes down strongly in favor of timber harvesting and agriculture. That’s what the phrase “working lands” means; these are lands that are being used for economic production, including cattle ranching and timber harvesting.

The proposed resolution says that the county’s “working lands” are [quote] “at risk of conversion to other uses.” In fact, thanks to a long legacy of protective legislation, including our Growth Management System, enacted by Measure J, the conversion of the county’s “working lands” to any kind of residential or commercial development is very small. The objection seems to be to the possibility, on the North Coast in particular, that timberlands and range lands might be included in future parks”. Then he brings up the Seacliff Village Plan Amendment which would allow “more high-end residential development”!!! He gives a link to the “Climate Speakers” program which provides speakers who will provide information on climate change and global warming to ordinary people, to help empower them to make a difference. Go to his website for more info. 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 takes on Starbucks and coffee prices, scroll down a bit…

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan peeks at Uncle Sam’s role playing …and asks a question!

See below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Ahoy, me hearties, the paperback edition of Alias Hook is on the way! Also—stay tuned for big news about my next book. The film Effie Gray has everything: thwarted desire, confused sexuality, monstrous in-laws, cruelty, scandal, forbidden love, and Pre-Raphaelite art. Still, the handsome period drama Effie Gray just misses the mark. Find out why 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)

WHITE GOD. This Hungarian-subtitled unique and well done film is either a parable, or an allegory, or fable, or even a simile. It’s about how dogs see humans as White Gods and mostly evil, menacing god and how they band together, escape fom the pound and get even with them. You’ve never seen a film like this. It’s not your Lassie Come Home, or even Rin Tin Tin it’s much better….and see it quickly.

WOMAN IN GOLD. Helen Mirren will get no big awards for her starring role in this mini-saga of how a Jewish woman fought for years to get Gustav Klimt’s painting of her aunt back from the Austrian government. Austria possessed the painting after Hitler’s Nazi’s stole it from her folks. It lacks a point or reason or spark. Ryan Reynolds is pretty good as the young attorney. Go rent “The Rape of Europa” documentary from a few years ago, it’s more dramatic!!

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG. Naomi Watts steals the show from Ben Stiller in this “middle age” tragic comedy. They are an “older” couple who try competing with the 20 year younger couple Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver. The film tries hard to say something about getting older and being present, but fails. However it does have a bizzarre sequence when everybody goes to an Ayahuasca ceremony(Hollywood version) and of course vomiting is supposed to get big laughs…it’s that kind of film.

DANNY COLLINS. Al Pacino hams up the lead in this Hollywood faux bio pic. Christopher Plummer has never been worse and Annette Bening does an excellent job of saving the film. Jennifer Garner and her dimples are in it too but I don’t know why. Pacino plays a washed up 1970’s singer who “coulda been a contenda” if he’d received a letter John Lennon wrote him 30 years before. Renting it is the best way to see this IF you have to. Screen credits say Michael Caine was in it….I sure didn’t see him!!! Maybe the noon nap time???

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

EFFIE GRAY. Emma Thompson wrote and plays in this “Jane Austen” Victorian era costume drama based on the true story of Effie’s marriage to an art critic. It stars Dakota Fanning (who is now 21 years old!). If you prepare ahead of time you might spot Claudia Cardinale as the countess. Derek Jacobi, James Fox, David Suchet, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane are all in it too. It lacks something. It’s subtle, sensitive, perfectly acted, but almost too unreal to be believable and touching. It’s about No-Sex!!! Read Wikipedia about Effie Gray before you go.

THE WRECKING CREW. This documentary, which was years I the making is another of those “behind the hit records” scenes. The Beach Boys, The Minkees, Nancy Sinatra, Cher, Mamas and The Papas, The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and hundreds of other “stars” needed the incredible talent and creativity that this group of very professional musicians put together in the L.A.1960’s recording studios. Go see it.

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER. This is an odd, partly comedy, psycho drama, curiosity that will keep you wondering long after you leave the theatre (if you go in!!!). This delusional, misfit young woman from Tokyo goes to Fargo to find a buried treasure, that doesn’t exist…and that’s all you need to know. It got an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes.

CINDERELLA. This is a 100 % Disney movie, and I mean it in a good way. It’s the classic Disney from Snow White, Pinocchio, Beauty and The Beast and the old timey beautiful, heart-tugging, syrupy romance years. This is a live action spectacular, with Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in Downtown Abbey as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I loved it, but it does start very slowly.

IT FOLLOWS. It’s a scary movie about teen age sex. Lots of teen age skin and guilt and a mysterious “something” that follows you until you have sex then IT follows that person.Oddly enough it really is scary and it’s done well, but who needs it?

DIVERGENT SERIES; INSURGENT. Unless you’ve read all three of thse teeny-bopper, sci-fi thrillers you won’t get much out of this part two. They could have named it Effulgent, Detergent, Emolument, Deterrent, or even best yet, Detriment…and it would have been more honest, and saved some unpuspecting movie goer an admission price!!

FOCUS. Will Smith tries hard to get back on top of the Hollywood star ladder but this clever and yet meaningless film goes absolutely nowhere. It’s about pickpocketing on a global level, and I’m not kidding. You are supposed to be fooled by who’s lying to which character but you really don’t care much. I dozed off many times and I was at the 10:50 am show!!!

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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 April 14 actress and playwright Kate Hawley talks about “Complications From A Fall” her newest play opening at the Jewel on April 23. Then Jeffrey Smedberg reports on the Reel Work Labor Film Festival. County Supervisor John Leopold co-hosts our KZSC #1 Pledge Drive night on April 21. Historian, author Sandy Lydon co-hosts KZSC #2 Pledge Drive night on April 28. Miriam Ellis guests on May 5 to talk about this years International Playhouse at UCSC. Miriam is followed by Dr. Jason Luksich talking all about his field of Ophthalmology 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. “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams,” Werner Herzog. “Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away”, Sarah Kay “I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came”, John F. Kennedy. “Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills”, Ambrose Bierce.

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April 2 – 8, 2015


PACIFIC AVENUE AUGUST 23, 1967. Note the four car width of Pacific Avenue and the cars going in both directions!!! Now where the Tea Cup sat, we have Louis Rittenhouses’ Jamba Juice building on the east side and Lulu Carpenters and that sad still undeveloped lot (since the earthquake) that so many developers have been trying to make fortunes from.

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DATELINE March 30, 2015

BEARCAT AND “PROTECTION” FOLLOWUP. Soon we’ll have the Bearcat rolling into town…anybody heard of an expected date? What kind of welcoming party will our City Council create? Will we see Pamela Comstock with a crown of flowers riding in the top gun turret? More importantly since the biggest excuse for our having this monster is to protect our police. Who needs the protection???

From USA Today (2014) WASHINGTON — The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report.

The justifiable homicide count, contained in the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, has become increasingly scrutinized in recent months as questions continue to be raised about the use of lethal force by law enforcement. From Wikipedia we have….For 2012, the Officer Down Memorial Page records 120 deaths in the line of duty.[4] The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund counted 127 federal, state and local officers to have been killed in 2012.

Check out any other sources of police killings and killings by police and as they say, “you do the math”.

BACH & Jackson 5

SAFEWAY?? NOPE, ALBERTSONS!!!!. Now that private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management bought Safeway for over $9 billion a couple of weeks ago there’ll for sure be some changes. One of our local Safeway store admin assistants told me inside rumors have it that all the Safeway house labels will disappear. They are also having a tough time figuring what to do with the Safeway “Customer Cards” and charges and converting them to Albertsons.

3 HOTELS AND OUT OF TOWN PROFITS. Aside from never publicly discussing the vast amount of water these three new chain hotels that have been dumped on us will be using, we never hear much about just how much of all their profits will go out of town to their corporate headquarters. Where and what are all the advantages our sell-out city council and Board Of Supervisors keep promising and believing in???

MICHELLE OBAMA & ELLEN DE GENERES DOING THE F-F-FUNK!!!

NO P.G.& E.POWER LINES IN APTOS, CORRALITOS AND WATSONVILLE !!! The California Public Utilities Commission’s unanimous decision to dismiss PG&E’s application to construct the Santa Cruz 115 Kilovolt Reinforcement Project has thousands of folks very happy. NOPOC’s (NOPOC stands for Neighbors Organized to Protect Our Community) press release said…

P.U.C. Commissioners Vote to Dismiss Controversial Santa Cruz Project
After PG&E Agrees Project is Not Needed in Next 10 Years

APTOS, Calif. – In a victory for the environment, wildlife, ratepayers, and the quality of life in Santa Cruz County, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) dismissed PG&E’s application to construct the Santa Cruz 115 Kilovolt Reinforcement Project. In a public meeting held on March 26, 2015, CPUC President Michael Picker and four commissioners voted unanimously to grant PG&E’s motion to dismiss its application for a permit to construct the controversial power line project after PG&E and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which oversees the statewide power grid, agreed that the project was not needed in the next 10 years.

The proposed project would have added a second 115,000 volt transmission line to a 7.1-mile circuit through portions of Aptos, Corralitos, and Watsonville. A new 1.7-mile transmission line would have been constructed through Day Valley. PG&E proposed to erect more than 80 steel power poles, double the height of many wooden poles, destroy hundreds of trees, build helicopter landing pads in an orchard and fields, and permanently remove all vegetation around the poles with herbicides. NOPOC has tentatively scheduled a community meeting at the Corralitos Grange Hall on April 28 at 7:00 p.m. to update community members on the status of this project and to discuss next steps.

Read the full release here…

THE ELECTRIC MAILBOX. Jason sent some photos of the newly exposed store front on Water Street where Staff of Life used to be. He asks gnarly questions such as…

  1. What is the name of the motorcycle shop that featured Bultaco motorcycles?
  2. What kind of things went on in The Ragged Edge Ltd.?
  3. Who jabbed the screwdriver in the tree (it is really stuck and grown over) across the street, and how long ago?

***Any and all answers will be greatly appreciated.

#1 SONG THE DAY YOU WERE BORN. This site plays the #1 song when you were born And when you were conceived….find any connection??? Ted Burke of Crows Nest and Shadowbrook fame sent it in. Go for it.

ELERICK…Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

SO SANTA CRUZ GETS THEIR BEARCAT.

Not too surprisingly, the current Santa Cruz City Council ruled in favor of their police department and upheld their request for the Bearcat. That continues their being out of touch with the rest of the county. It never ceases to amaze me how Santa Cruz City leaders expect the rest of us to visit their shops, see their movies and “buy local”, but only seek opinions of city residents on issues like the Bearcat. Their Bearcat decision gives many of us a reason to avoid Santa Cruz, along with a list of other reasons. Like the demolition of the Cooper House, the Rittenhouse thing, Borders Books and the general trend of moving Pacific Avenue into shops to attract customers from over the hill. That Bearcat does nothing to improve the image of Santa Cruz; lets hope they never have a reason to use it anywhere in the County.

(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).

Shell vs. greenpeace
LEGO VS. SHELL AND THE ARCTIC
SWANTON ROAD RAILROAD. Paul Hostetter found this gem of our local connection to the Pan Pacific Exposition. I lived in the house in front of this train (see 18 minutes in) and watched the entire thing be built.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Once again Gary defines LAFCO. LAFCO is the “Local Agency Formation Commission.” New local agencies, before they are “formed”, must go through a review and approval process at LAFCO. When existing local agencies want to expand their territory, or to dissolve, or to merge, LAFCO is again involved. If a local agency that provides water or sewer service wants to extend its services beyond the boundaries previously existing (and that were probably approved by LAFCO), the agency must come to LAFCO and get LAFCO approval. Although there are some special cases throughout the state, where the rule is different, generally speaking each LAFCO has a membership of seven persons: two County Supervisors, two City Council Members, two representatives of Special Districts in the county, and one public member. He says about De-sal plants, “Desal proposals are often scaled to provide water for new land development proposals”.

IMPORTANT SYMPOSIUM…Gary describes a San Lorenzo river symposium, “Here is another “heads up” advisory that actually gives you time to put something on your calendar. On Saturday, April 11th, an all day symposium, focused on the “State of the San Lorenzo River,” is going to take place at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, located at 307 Church Street in Santa Cruz. It’s an all day affair, from 9:00 to 5:00, so bring a bag lunch!

John Laird will give the keynote speech. Mr. Laird is a former Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, a former Assembly Member representing most of Santa Cruz County and parts of Monterey County in the State Legislature, and is currently serving as the Secretary for Natural Resources of the State of California. Besides that keynote speech, the day will be filled with presentations and discussion about the San Lorenzo River watershed, with a particular emphasis on fisheries and water quality. Presenters will include consulting biologist Don Alley, Greg Pepping of the Coastal Watershed Council, Anthony Guerriero from the United States Geological Survey,Jon Jankovitz, from the California State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Dr. Brian Spence from NMFS, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Dr. Jerry Smith from San Jose State University. The Symposium is being hosted by the City of Santa Cruz, the County of Santa Cruz Fish and Game Advisory Commission, and the Coastal Watershed Council. I hope you will plan to attend! Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own daily website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo questions blood types and mixing of species see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. The political Eagan shares a view of Ted Cruz’s bid for the presidency scroll down…

NEW MUSIC…S’PACIFICALLY “PACIFIC PREMIERES”. New Music Works (now in its 36th year) presents “Pacific Premieres” with powerful new compositions by Jack Body (New Zealand) – Kick in the Arse, Hyo-shin Na (Korean-American) – Dark Study + Morning Study Margaret Brouwer (U.S.A.) – Skyriding and Casey Cangelosi (U.S.A.) Theatric no 1.

At 7pm there’ll be a Composer – Performer Panel Discussion (free of charge). This Saturday, April 4th, 8pm at Cabrillo College Samper Recital Hall. Tickets at the door or at this link.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Join me in a Bard-binge this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I discover Kate Danley’s fantasy novel Queen Mab, a clever rewrite of Romeo and Juliet the way we wish it had all turned out. And speaking of twisted tales from Shakespeare, expect some surprises at this summer’s second season of Santa Cruz Shakespeare.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

IT FOLLOWS. It’s a scary movie about teen age sex. Lots of teen age skin and guilt and a mysterious “something” that follows you until you have sex then IT follows that person. Oddly enough it really is scary and it’s done well, but who needs it?

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

WILD TALES. Pedro Almodovar “produced” this Argentine film, whatever that means. It is a wonderful, tense, great collection of six unrelated-subtitled stories that will have you laughing, squirming, and praising the beauty of this absolutely great piece of cinema. Revenge, anger, accidental, all themes of our lives are carried to the extreme…plese see this film, (and I don’t say that often) but only if you really like good films.

CINDERELLA. This is a 100 % Disney movie, and I mean it in a good way. It’s the classic Disney from Snow White, Pinocchio, Beauty and The Beast and the old timey beautiful, heart-tugging, syrupy romance years. This is a live action spectacular, with Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in Downtown Abbey as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I loved it, but it does start very slowly.

McFARLAND, USA. This heart breaking-tearful movie is Disney at the best. Kevin Costner and Maria Bello head this solid trite hackneyed saga and yep, I cried too. It’s sort of like seven Rocky’s all in one film, as we watch the local Mexican kids in McFarland become state running champs. You can make up the plot, you’ve seen it many , many times. Yet because of the direction and Costner you’ll fall right into the pathos, cornball story.I forgot where Mc Farland is, I looked it up, route 99 goes right through the center of town, that’s why I even remembered being there…back in the day(or decade) It’s near Wasco, where I always get my gas when I drive to Victorville.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.I left this movie angry, frustrated, and frustrated. Like most folks I expected a sequel with almost all the same stars that was at least half as cute, whimsical, and clever as the original. This slapped together- money grabbing movie is mean spirited, cliched, and poorly directed. The same geezer couples argue, lie, and cheat on each other, Dev Patel wheels and deals and argues, lies and cheats too. How anyone could have completely changed the spirit, charm and talent in the first Marigold Hotel to this contrivance is beyond me. To watch Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, and Bill Nighy become such small time humans is just degrading. Tell me if you see it and disagree.

DIVERGENT SERIES; INSURGENT. Unless you’ve read all three of thse teeny-bopper, sci-fi thrillers you won’t get much out of this part two. They could have named it Effulgent, Detergent, Emolument, Deterrent, or even best yet, Detriment…and it would have been more honest, and saved some unpuspecting movir goer an admission price!!

FOCUS. Will Smith tries hard to get back on top of the Hollywood star ladder but this clever and yet meaningless film goes absolutely nowhere. It’s about pickpocketing on a global level, and I’m not kidding. You are supposed to be fooled by who’s lying to which character but you really don’t care much. I dozed off many times and I was at the 10:50 am show!!!

RUN ALL NIGHT. Liam Neeson and Ed Harris lead the casting in this completely unnecessary bloody, violent, commercial reptition of all the other killing, murder, car-crashing, gunfire, corpse-filled, money making movie hits. Box office dynamite and stomach turning disgrace of a movie.

SONG OF THE SEA. Ireland’s Cartoon Studio also created The Secret of The Kells and I didn’t like it much either. It doesn’t compare to the Japanese Ghibli Studio’s classic works such as the current “The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya” or Pono, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Monoke or Spirited Away. The backgrounds in Song of the Sea are distracting, the music is too sweet or cute. The plot is cloying too. Plus, it lost the Oscar for animated feature to Big Hero 6.

CHAPPIE. Sci-Fi again and the future is controlled by a bunch of Robo-Cops. Hugh Jackman has an odd almost small part and Dev Patel plays an earnest but inneffectual jerk. The plot is awfully familiar, you’ll probably snore, so watch out for whomsoever is sitting next to you. Tons of violence, blood, and similar very popular themes…don’t go.

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. UCSC History Professor Matthew Lasar talks about the future of radio on March 31. Matthew is followed by Attorney Bill Parkin telling us about our environment and planning problems. Composer and winemaker Joseph Sekon talks about his music and about the Del Sol String Quartet appearing April 12 at 900 High Street. Joseph is followed by Carla Brennan talking about Mindfulness and meditation. On April 14 actress and playwright Kate Hawley talks about “Complications From A Fall” her newest play opening at the Jewel on April 23. Then Jeffrey Smedburg reports on the Reel Work Labor Film Festival. County Supervisor John Leopold co-hosts our KZSC #1 Pledge Drive night on April 21. Historian, author Sandy Lydon co-hosts KZSC #2 Pledge Drive night on April 28. Miriam Ellis guests on May 5 to talk about this years International Playhouse at UCSC. 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. “There’s only two people in your life you should lie to… the police and your girlfriend”, Jack Nicholson. “The police must obey the law while enforcing the law”, Earl Warren. “Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal,” Benjamin Spock.

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March 17 – 30, 2015


UCSC STUDENT VIGIL AGAINST TUITION May 18,1967. Sure, that’s then California Governor Ronald Reagan visiting the UCSC campus. I’m betting that is Vernon Berlin who started KSCO radio holding the microphone on the left. History knows what Reagan thought of students.
photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE March 16, 2015

and also…… March 23, 2015

HIGHWAY 17 SIX, part 2. One thing we can agree on is that Governor Jerry Brown, the UC Regents and UC president Janet Napolitano won’t change tuition by one cent for months. Even then, it may increase.The HIGHWAY 17 SIX are receiving tremendous support for their blocking of Highway 17 protest. They have a Civil Rights attorney Dan Siegel who used to be legal advisor to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. He resigned from that office because of her use of police against the Occupy Oakland Movement. We should all agree that our California education system is terrible and ranks near the bottom of most lists. We should also agree that more than ever we need to provide our kids with better and better education….just to compete on the career/ job market. We need to agree that a $5000 top is a sufficient tuition for any California resident. Those Highway 17 Six fought hard, gave up a lot and are being incredibly brave for their cause of fighting the UC tuition increase and police violence. Back in the day (1957-65) when I was a UC Berkeley student and card carrying member of SLATE at the UC Berkeley Campus and later sat inside UC Berkeley’s Sproul Hall with Joan Baez and Tom Luddy who showed his collection of silent films on the hallway walls, we heard Mario Savio say, “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” It was 1965 when Martin Luther King Jr. said, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” I think those brave Highway 17 Six and thousands of University of California students need to think bigger.

A BIGGER STUDENT PROTEST. Now’s the time (before summer break) when every student at all 9 of the U.C. Campuses (campii?) need to plan ahead set a date and block highways and freeways from one end of the state to the other. UC San Diego could close off the Mexican Border, UCLA could close off Highway 10, UC Merced could block freeway 5, UC Davis blocks route 80, UCSC would go back to Higwhays 17 and 1, and and on it goes. There would be hell to pay and the results would be immediate. Greatest publicity in the world, and maybe, just maybe, the power structure would get the message that our students are serious about their education, and the system isn’t being fair to them.

KEITH SUGAR TRIBUTE. Chris Krohn probably knew Keith better than anyone in the public eye. Chris wrote a very touching tribute to Keith in Sunday’s Sentinel. Here’s a link in case you don’t subscribe, and missed it.

Among other reminders Chris said, “You could always count on Keith Sugar. He was a consistent voice for the environment, didn’t waver under development pressures and he always voted his conscience as a member of the Santa Cruz City Council from 1998-2002.

Keith was a principled environmentalist, someone who knew when he attended the McGeorge Law School in Sacramento that he would always be coming back home to Santa Cruz to help save it from overreaching developers, tourist industry takers, and timber harvesting excesses. He took to heart what former Coastal Commission Executive Director Peter Douglas once said: “The coast is never saved, it is always being saved.” Keith knew that being an environmentalist wasn’t a fad, something you volunteered for on weekends. He was an environmentalist every day; it was his job” .

Chris added, “I first met Keith back in 1997 when we were members of BAWG, the Beach Area Working Group, begun by peace activist Doug Rand of the Resource Center for Nonviolence. Keith could put difficult legal concepts into plain language and the group ran with it. When the City Council passed the Beach and South of Laurel (BSOL) plan against the will of the community, Keith decided to run for the council. At the time, he said the plan was a Seaside Co.-inspired overreaching development scheme that envisioned gutting 19 houses in Beach Flats, realigning Third Street, and adding more than 100,000 square feet of retail space that would impact an already overburdened neighborhood. People rose up, turned out the previous council’s agenda and elected Keith and two other new city council members (Krohn and Tim Fitzmaurice) . Together they threw out the bad parts of the plan, and Keith provided effective legal advice, first to the activist group BAWG, and later to the City Council”.

Be sure to read all of that Krohn-Sugar tribute. We’ve rarely seen anyone in public office like Keith around these parts.

ASSEMBLYMAN ALEJO NEWS. Now that Assemblyman Luis Alejo’s been re-elected to his last two year term his wife Karina Cervantez Alejo has decided she’s going to run for that seat. Then too, I didn’t know that Tony Madrigal of Modesto City Council fame is working in Alejo’s Sacramento office.

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS. Stephane Levene found this nearly insane illusion.

GROWTH AND WATER, A PRINCIPLE. It’s a battle cry for more than a few involved citizens…”We need to base our growth on the amount of water we have, NOT base the amount of water on the growth some of us hope for”.

SCIENTOLOGY ON HBO. “Going Clear and the Prison of Belief” is the title of a new documentary now at limited theatres somewhere. And it’ll be on HBO March 29. As we know John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Alley are members, but I just found out that Juliette Lewis, Jason Lee, Anne Archer and Elisabeth Moss are members too. Locally the Scientology mystery continues. The Aptos Academy was devious about their Scientology connection/affiliation for years. Then too Capitola chiropractor Dr. David McCollum has never been too clear about his affiliation with Scientology. Maybe after we see the movie…he’ll tell us?? Here’s some links in case you want to see a larger view of the question…

Link number 1, Yahoo

Link number 2, CNN

LAST WEEK REPEAT…“SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS SHOCKER. RICHARD SCHEININ, one of the most valuable music critics in Northern California—as at home with jazz as classical—has been reassigned to write about real estate. The Merc announced that it plans to use free-lancers in place of Scheinin. The move is guaranteed to lose subscribers”.. I put all of that in quotes because I don’t remember where online I found it. I sure agree with it. Last week Scott MacClelland reminded me it was from his weekly website. He says that “if you look again you’ll see an expanded profile of Rich Scheinen under Performing Arts People. To visit www.performingartsmontereybay.com

MARGHE McMAHON SERVICES. Marghe McMahon is an official local legend. She’s the once UCSC student who sculpted the bronze statue of musical Saw player Tom Scribner that sits in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz on Pacific Avenue. She died and her husband Luc mailed to tell us “Marghe was an Artist, a Scientist, an Educator, a Dancer, a Champion Horse Rider and a loving Mother and Wife. She was the definition of a renaissance woman”. We would like to invite you to a celebration of Marghe’s life with us on Saturday March 28th in Santa Cruz. The gathering will start at 1 PM at the Santa Cruz Oakwood Memorial cemetery in front of the Dominican Hospital and close to Soquel Avenue, where Marghe’s ashes will be put to rest (close to the white columns entry). After the ceremony, a celebration of Marghe’s life will be held at Chaminade resort just up the hill from the Oakwood Memorial Park.

ELERICK’S INPUT I. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes on March 16…

MARY WEST

We lost another of the true progressive Democrats and a beautiful lady, Mary West, last month. For those who never knew her, read about her life here. Mary, along with Elsie Beltram, Lois and Bert Muhly, Gordon and Rachel Haskell, Sharon Elerick, Bruce Bratton, Nancy Matlock and several others sang at an annual St. Patrick’s Day musical for the Democratic Women’s Club fundraiser. They were always a sell-out, with Mary Selby and Jon Backstrom doing the honors with delicious corned beef and cabbage. The lyrics were great, written by Mary, Elsie and Lois,, always taking liberties with potshots at the Republicans, most notably Bush II. I was given the “honor” of playing Bush and it was fun. Mary, Elsie and Lois made the whole thing work every year, with new material, the Republicans always had something to poke fun at. Somewhere I have a DVD of one of those musicals and plan to play it on St. Pat’s day and remember Mary West. We’ll all miss her.

ELERICK’S INPUT II. Paul Elerick writes on March 23…

RECOVERY CENTER

We are fortunate to have elected a true leader, Sheriff Jim Hart. He continues to live up to campaign promises by working to establish a Recovery Center to house inebriated citizens while they sober up, rather than booking them at the jail. This is not happening without lots of effort, starting with his securing over a million dollars of state funding to pay for it. Santa Cruz County is the only County to receive such funding.

Rather than locking drunks up, they will be checked into the Recovery Center for a period of 5 to 10 hours until they sober up, and then released. No fingerprinting, booking, or transporting them to Dominican for sobering up. There are now about 4000 bookings per year for being drunk in public equating to 8,000 hours of law enforcement time, where each arrest for being drunk in public can tie up a law enforcement officer for up to six hours per arrest. County Chiefs have endorsed the program and the location for the Center, the blue house next to the jail.

The Recovery Center will be properly staffed by qualified medical personnel. Drug users will not qualify for the Recovery Center. The project goes before the BOS on April 14th at 9:AM for final approval. If you agree with this program, be there to support our Sheriff.

(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).

ANDY VARIPAPA AND BOWLING. Totally unbelievable bowling. Does anyone bowl anymore??

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Last week (March 16) Gary talked about the North Coast proposed National Monument he says, “Establishing a National Monument would not add much by way of “protecting” the resources located on the Coast Dairies land. Those resources are already pretty well protected. Without doubt, however, establishing a National Monument would put our North Coast “on the map,” and thus promote the area on a nationwide basis. The local impacts of such a designation could be significant, which is one good reason that those promoting the Monument campaign might well consider a meeting or two on the North Coast itself, to get those most affected involved in the process”.

This week (March 23) he talks about the Board Of Supervisors agenda for 3/24 which includes,

1.A report on the UCSC Comprehensive Settlement Agreement, about University growth.

  1. Setting a hearing on April 21st for the Davenport Cement Plant Reuse Strategic Plan.

3.Receiving a report about a Broadband Master Plan, to extend fiber optic cable in the county.

  1. Set May 19th as the date for a report on regulations for weddings and special events.

5.Scheduling an Earth Day 2015 event in San Lorenzo Park on Saturday, April 18th.

6.Repealing an ordinance that allows the commercial cultivation of medical cannabis.

7.Consider a Homeless Strategic Plan.

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

TERRIBLY BORING ARCHERY TRICK SHOTS.This kid whos doing the great bow and arrow work is a miserable show biz personality, but watch his shots.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Some of those noisy bike riders have learned, but check out DeCinzo’s view of their problem. See below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan delivers a crushing blow to some elephants (you know which ones)see downwards.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT # 5. This concert is titled Classical And “All That Jazz” it features music by Beethoven, Erwin Schulhoff, Schumann, Scriabin, Piazzolla, Marin Marais, and Nikolai Kapustin. Players will be Ivan Rosenblum, artistic director and piano, Kathleen Purcell, flute and Kristin Garbeff, cello. It’ll be at the Christ Lutheran Church up the hill behind the CHP Offices on Soquel just off Freedom Blvd. Saturday, Mar.28, 8 pm. and Sunday, Mar. 29, 3 pm. Tickets at the door, probably.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa wrote last week: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), Christopher Moore takes another whack at Shakespeare with his subversively funny new novel, The Serpent of Venice (the sequel to Fool) and Kenneth Branagh creates a luscious package for the same old story in Cinderella.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM. This almost best Foreign film (Oscars 2014) from Isreal got 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and Number 1 in the Chronicle Critics Consensus. It’s playing once only at 4 p.m. at the Nick NOW through Thursday March 20. (we should be glad they are even bringing it here). It’s the story of how an Israeli woman wanted a divorce, but in Israel unless the husband agrees, she must stay married. Gut wrenching, sad, powerful, perfectly acted, and true. Try to see this grand film.

CINDERELLA. This is a 100 % Disney movie, and I mean it in a good way. It’s the classic Disney from Snow White, Pinocchio, Beauty and The Beast and the old timey beautiful, heart-tugging, syrupy romance years. This is a live action spectacular, with Lily James who plays Lady Rose MacClare in Downtown Abbey as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I loved it, but it does start very slowly.

SPRING. An excellent quiet, surprising, intelligent ghost film about a young guy from California who meets a beautiful young girl in Italy and they have a special reletionship mostly because she’s a ghost and is 1000 + years old. The film has charm and you can’t say that about many movies today. Go for it.

QUEEN AND COUNTRY. Young Brits in their late teens go off to the Korean War. They have funny, heart-felt, stupid, and typical military adventures. Nicely acted and is a sequel to director John Boorman’s Hope and Glory, but not quite as good.

AN HONEST LIAR The Amazing Randi had a long stage career as a magician and as an “exposer” of phoney psychics like Uri Geller, and some religious “healers” too. As an amateur magician myself I was hoping for some explanation of the bending spoon trick and others but no secrets are revealed in the film and I don’t know why!!! It’s not very exciting otherwise.

DIVERGENT SERIES; INSURGENT. Unless you’ve read all three of thse teeny-bopper, sci-fi thrillers you won’t get much out of this part two. They could have named it Effulgent, Detergent, Emolument, Deterrent, or even best yet, Detriment…and it would have been more honest, and saved some unpuspecting movir goer an admission price!!

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

WILD TALES. Pedro Almodovar “produced” this Argentine film, whatever that means. It is a wonderful, tense, great collection of six unrelated-subtitled stories that will have you laughing, squirming, and praising the beauty of this absolutely great piece of cinema. Revenge, anger, accidental, all themes of our lives are carried to the extreme…plese see this film, (and I don’t say that often) but only if you really like good films.

This film received a 98 % on Rotten Tomatoes. A young Brit soldier gets lost fighting in Belfast against the Irish activists in 1971. It’s North Ireland vs. Great Britain, and you can’t tell one side from the other (main plot point). Excellent film, and it could use subtitles with all the Irish and British accents. Well worth attending, especially if you already don’t like wars.

McFARLAND, USA. This heart breaking-tearful movie is Disney at the best. Kevin Costner and Maria Bello head this solid trite hackneyed saga and yep, I cried too. It’s sort of like seven Rocky’s all in one film, as we watch the local Mexican kids in McFarland become state running champs. You can make up the plot, you’ve seen it many , many times. Yet because of the direction and Costner you’ll fall right into the pathos, cornball story.I forgot where Mc Farland is, I looked it up, route 99 goes right through the center of town, that’s why I even remembered being there…back in the day(or decade) It’s near Wasco, where I always get my gas when I drive to Victorville.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.I left this movie angry, frustrated, and frustrated. Like most folks I expected a sequel with almost all the same stars that was at least half as cute, whimsical, and clever as the original. This slapped together- money grabbing movie is mean spirited, cliched, and poorly directed. The same geezer couples argue, lie, and cheat on each other, Dev Patel wheels and deals and argues, lies and cheats too. How anyone could have completely changed the spirit, charm and talent in the first Marigold Hotel to this contrivance is beyond me. To watch Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, and Bill Nighy become such small time humans is just degrading. Tell me if you see it and disagree.

CHAPPIE. Sci-Fi again and the future is controlled by a bunch of Robo-Cops. Hugh Jackman has an odd almost small part and Dev Patel plays an earnest but inneffectual jerk. The plot is awfully familiar, you’ll probably snore, so watch out for whomsoever is sitting next to you. Tons of violence, blood, and similar very popular themes…don’t go.

FOCUS. Will Smith tries hard to get back on top of the Hollywood star ladder but this clever and yet meaningless film goes absolutely nowhere. It’s about pickpocketing on a global level, and I’m not kidding. You are supposed to be fooled by who’s lying to which character but you really don’t care much. I dozed off many times and I was at the 10:50 am show!!!

RUN ALL NIGHT. Liam Neeson and Ed Harris lead the casting in this completely unnecessary bloody, violent, commercial reptition of all the other killing, murder, car-crashing, gunfire, corpse-filled, money making movie hits. Box office dynamite and stomach turning disgrace of a movie.

SONG OF THE SEA. Ireland’s Cartoon Studio also created The Secret of The Kells and I didn’t like it much either. It doesn’t compare to the Japanese Ghibli Studio’s classic works such as the current “The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya” or Pono, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Monoke or Spirited Away. The backgrounds in Song of the Sea are distracting, the music is too sweet or cute. The plot is cloying too. Plus, it lost the Oscar for animated feature to Big Hero 6.

THE DUFF. “DUFF” stands for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”. The movie is touted as a teen age comedy, but it’s not very funny. Mae Whitman does a fine job as the Duff in the title, but the story is so over- used and old, you won’t care much for it…unless maybe you liked 50 Shades of Grey.

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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. Former County supervisor and land use attorney Gary Patton talks about water and area issues on March 24. Then Valerie Corral discusses marijuana and altering consciousness methods. UCSC History Professor Matthew Lasar talks about the future of radio on March 31. Mathew is followed by Attorney Bill Parkin telling us about our environment and planning problems. Composer and winemaker Joseph Sekon talks about his music and about the Del Sol String Quartet appearing April 12 at 900 High Street. Joseph is followed by Carla Brennan talking about Mindfulness and meditation. On April 14 actress and playwright Kate Hawley talks about “Complications From A Fall” her newest play opening at the Jewel on April 23. Then Jeffrey Smedburg reports on the Reel Work Labor Film Festival. County Supervisor John Leopold co-hosts our KZSC #1 Pledge Drive night on April 21. Historian, author Sandy Lydon co-hosts KZSC #2 Pledge Drive night on April 28. 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. QUOTES. “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” Abraham Lincoln. “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards”, Mark Twain “Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men”, W. E. B. Du Bois

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CALIFORNIA STATE MILITIA FROM CAMP STONEMAN. Here they are marching west in the early morning along Soquel Avenue in the 1890’s . That would be Shopper’s Corner in the lower right, and Branciforte going up to the left.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE March 9, 2015

3 CHEERS FOR THE HIGHWAY BLOCKADE. Last Tuesday’s (March 3) blocking of Highways 1 & 17 was a great example of the people responding to an unjust part of our community. That intersection has been blocked before by protestors, it’s even been blocked by trees and mudslides…it’s part nature. Highways get blocked all the time, and we live with it. Martin Luther King blocked the Pettus Bridge in Selma three times, and that worked and we respect that blocking. Where else in our County could the students have protested and received the much needed publicity for their deserved free or at least freeer education? As Martin Luther King said, “. “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law”, Martin Luther King Jr.

UCSC AND MOVE TO BORLAND. Many reactions to that news, here’s one…’Does UCSC indeed pay much in taxes to the city for off campus property they own or lease? Educational institutions usually get major tax breaks which turn into real town vs. gown issues in cities like Evanston, Il and Cambridge, MA. If Santa Cruz will really lose tax revenue to Scotts Valley (and shouldn’t there be an apostrophe somewhere there!) with the move to the Borland property, then that’s not so good. On the other hand, if it opens up commercial and office space for tax paying businesses, then good riddance. I had understood this was a major issue with the University taking over the old hotel (was it the Holiday Inn?) a few years ago…the city would and did lose a lot of tax revenue, and I don’t think the issue was just transient occupancy tax or whatever they call the tourist tax. And if the University needs office space, why don’t they just build it? It’s not like they’re land poor…and they can pretty much do as they please without worrying about much planning department and building department and Coastal Commission oversight. UC could pay admin a bit less, too. I’m never going to forget nor forgive the $35,000.00 dog kennel kerfuffle, the chancellor’s girlfriend’s moving expenses, nor the apparent damage to floors and carpets from the only dogs allowed on campus. But it was all politically correct as I recall from a few years back, Rick Turner”. Rick doesn’t mention the remote possibility of the regents putting a cap on the number of employees getting $500, 000 per year salaries. He didn’t mention the even more impossible idea of the University being able to build more student housing which would of course change all our lives locally.

BOARDWALK AND THEIR WATER USAGE??? Back in the day (and another bad drought year) some of us questioned the Boardwalk about their water usage. Have you seen any mention in the last few years about how much water they use? The Logger’s Revenge doesn’t run on hot air, or does it??? Our City Council should be on top of this one!!!

GMO’S AND GEO’S, NOT THE SAME!!! UCSC Professor Lincoln Taiz was finally able to teach me that WE are Genetically Modified Organisms and so is almost every growing thing. What the worriers are really worried about are Genetically Engineered Organisms. Those are the seeds and things that the labs engineer for various reasons. It’s probably too late to modify the world and their labels, but think about it anyways.

AND MAH’S NINA SAYS…an hour after I printed that “rumor” last week about MAH’s food court negotiations getting in trouble (scroll down to last week’s column) she replied…”Bruce, Details are hard to come by” because your rumors are baseless. The MAH board unanimously voted two weeks ago to formalize our Abbott Square development partnership with John McEnery IV. He and I have signed an LOI and are moving forward with the MAH board, City, and County partners. We are diving into the work to ensure that Abbott Square will be a vibrant community plaza featuring delicious food, dynamic performances, and family-friendly experiences. No slow down in sight. Nina”. I guess she really means those problems were solved two weeks ago…and that’s the trouble with rumors. This week’s mail from a very active resident and former MAH “participant” says, “As for MAH. They have already dummied down the museum and especially the Holiday Benefit Party so that they hardly have any attendance anymore. Nobody wants to pay over $100 per ticket to hear DJ music pumped through the museum all evening. A sorry excuse for an auction and benefit. I think they should scrap the entire Board of Directors and staff and start over with true locals that understand the Santa Cruz personality and agenda”.

“SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS SHOCKER. RICHARD SCHEININ, one of the most valuable music critics in Northern California—as at home with jazz as classical—has been reassigned to write about real estate. The Merc announced that it plans to use free-lancers in place of Scheinin. The move is guaranteed to lose subscribers”.. I put all of that in quotes because I don’t remember where online I found it. I sure agree with it

HISTORICAL PHOTO CORRECTION. Last week I captioned ,” OUR SANTA CRUZ RAILROAD WHARF AND MUNICIPAL WHARF in 1913. The railroad wharf (on the right) was gone by 1922. The Santa Cruz Canning Company was located at the far end. I was off by one year (I used data from the back of Ravnos/ Vester Dick photo and the O’Hare/Berry Images book) Stan Stevens, Gordon van Zuiden, and Frank Perry all sent word from Geoffrey Dunn that said,” The photo was taken late in 1914 (judging by the location of the pile driver), not 1913, likely on the same day that the photo of all my family members was taken on the beach, also by Ravnos; and the building at the end of the Railroad Wharf at that time was a warehouse used for the steamships that still docked at the end of the Railroad Wharf. The cannery wasn’t even contemplated on the Railroad Wharf until 1917 and didn’t commence operation until the summer of 1918 and was soon moved to Washington Street (Stan), to the site of the old Hihn planning mill. My mother recalled the stench emanating from the latter and said that she refused to attend Laurel School because of it (confirmed by the clip of 1921). Nothing like olfactory memory, alas”. Please continue sending any/all corrections…I’m happy to print them.

DANCING SKELETONS. Daughter Jennifer found this gem.

PATTON’S PROGRAM.Gary talks about…Oil shipping on the railroads and how San Luis Obisbo and the Pajaro River and Monterey County will be affcted. He mentions County money for TV ads telling us how to save water.Then there are Housing Meetings, “The purpose of the meetings being hosted by the Housing Advisory Commission is to discuss programs and policies that could address issues that affect the price, type, location, and availability of housing to serve the needs of County residents and workers. A meeting took place on March 4th, and two more meetings are coming up soon”. He remembers and gives us a history lesson… “Back in the day (and I am talking about forty-five years ago back in the day), I first got involved with land use issues through a group called the Save Lighthouse Point Association. That group definitely operated on the basis of “grassroots community action,” and that grassroots action changed the history of Santa Cruz. Because people cared enough to spend their time working to save Lighthouse Field, a City-County plan to develop Lighthouse Field was changed. Instead of using the Field for a convention center, a high-rise hotel, a shopping center, and an upscale condominium development, all to be accompanied by seven acres of blacktop parking, the City ultimately chose to protect the Field as open space along the coast”. 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 historic DeCinzo shows us inside the old Sentinel office…scroll below a few pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Uncle Sam goes bar hopping…see downwards.

SHAKESPEARE AND HIS MUSIC.There’s a lot of Shakespere stuff happening this Saturday on the UCSC campus. First is the conference from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Dark Lab, Room 108 and it’s Free!.Shakespeare is famous for his speeches, but the London theaters where his plays took place were also filled with music. “Shakespeare and Music” is a symposium exploring the popular music of Renaissance England, the practice of vocal and instrumental music in Shakespeare’s plays, and Shakespeare’s meditation on music as a metaphor for his art and its effects. Featuring a keynote address by Ross Duffin, The Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music at Case Western University and author of Shakespeare’s Songbook (W.W. Norton 2004). The panelists are Ross Duffin: “Reconstructing Shakespeare’s Songbook” ,Samuel Arkin: “Shakespeare’s Music and Shylock’s Ears”, and Ariane Helou: “Shakespeare’s Singers”. After the conference there is …

TREASURES FROM THE AGE OF SHAKESPEARE. The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents their third concert this season featuring The Baltimore Consort. This is the Consort’s 34 th season. “The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. The Baltimore Consort’s arrangements of early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain speak to the heart as well as the mind, and their love for the early music of English/Scottish heritage has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian mountains and Nova Scotia. They’ll be playing heavenly harmony and earthly delights from the time of the bard. Revel in the triumphal return of America’s favorite early music ensemble, playing their ‘exquisite consort’ of Renaissance instruments — lute, cittern, viols, and flute. Concertgoers will also enjoy the grand prize winning group from our Youth Chamber Music Competition. It’s at the UCSC Music Recital Hall, this Saturday, March 14 • 7:30pm. Tickets: scbaroque.org/tickets).

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

LEVIATHAN. Serious Warning. If you are an AA member, or think you should be, do NOT see this film. The cast drinks more vodka than Carter has liver pills, really. It’s about political corruption in Russia, it’s about the rich and the powerful developers. It’s a deadly serious study of life under Putin…and it’s excellent, and also slow moving in parts. Plus it won a Golden Globe Award.

IMMORTAL.2004 (France).Charlotte Rampling.

AMAZING MOVIE NUMBER 1.One of my favorite off-schedule hobbys is searching Westside Video or East Cliff Video for films I’ve never heard of (and never seen here)…and finding genuine art masterpieces. Immortal (see clip above for data) is one of the finest sci-fi films I’ve ever seen. A combination of Blade Runner, and Sin City, it’s a beautiful combination of animation and live action…find it at Westside or anyplace and enjoy.
Fellini’s Toby Dammit or Don’t Wager your Head to The Devil. The complete film.

AMAZING MOVIE NUMBER 2. Finding a Fellini film that is almost unknown seems impossible. Yet, “Toby Dammit” starring Terence Stamp is a 30 minute classic, and it’s rarely talked about. It’s over 30 minutes long and is coupled with two other jerky EdgarAllan Poe short stories-films starring Bridgette Bardot, Alain Delon, Jane and Peter Fonda (which are awful) Fellini just took off with this story, and if you like Fellini, you’ll see the genius in this one. The video package is titled “Spirits of The Dead”. Or you can watch all of it on the You Tube link above.

CHAPPIE. Sci-Fi again and the future is controlled by a bunch of Robo-Cops. Hugh Jackman has an odd almost small part and Dev Patel plays an earnest but inneffectual jerk. The plot is awfully familiar, you’ll probably snore, so watch out for whomever is sitting next to you. Tons of violence, blood, and similar very popular themes…don’t go.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL.I left this movie angry, frustrated, and frustrated. Like most folks I expected a sequel with almost all the same stars that was at least half as cute, whimsical, and clever as the original. This slapped together- money grabbing movie is mean spirited, cliched, and poorly directed. The same geezer couples argue, lie, and cheat on each other, Dev Patel wheels and deals and argues, lies and cheats too. How anyone could have completely changed the spirit, charm and talent in the first Marigold Hotel to this contrivance is beyond me. To watch Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, and Bill Nighy become such small time humans is just degrading. Tell me if you see it and disagree.

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

STILL ALICE. Julianne Moore deseves two oscars for her starring role in this mesmerizing film, and she got the big one!!! As a fictional, and 100% believable 50 year old victim of Alzheimers, she is perfect. She’s a linguistics professor with three kids and married to Alec Baldwin.One of many surprises in the film is how efficiently Kristen Stewart plays her daughter., and Baldwin is surprisingly good too. It’s a sad and thoughtful film that will cause you extra worry about the things you’ve been forgetting lately. It’s also one of the best films of the decade…don’t forget to go.

BIRDMAN. Greatest possible cast with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Lindsay Duncan. Keaton is always good and here he plays an ex Batman/Birdman who tries to make it back to fame in a Broadway play. This is not a simple Hollywood flick!!! Don’t expect some cheap laughs, and takeoffs on Batman movies. It’s a complicated psychological look at egos, fame, friendship, family. It’s a very fine film, worth your going to see by all means. It’s just deeper than the previews make you think. I bet on this to take the best film Oscar!!! ( and it did!!!)

MAPS TO THE STARS. Julianne Moore in another knock out role as a Hollywood creation with an ego that knows no bounds..or has any relationship to love or other humans.What a cast, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and even Carrie Fisher!! It’s twisty, contains incest, and is directed by David Cronenberg. IF you go, consider that a warning!!

AMERICAN SNIPER. Director Clint Eastwood downplays the bar fighting, cruder aspects of this Navy Seal sniper who killed 160 humans and maybe another 95 not confiirmed. Brad Cooper got all big and tubby for the part, and does a great job as an actor. We see a bit of complexity and thoughtfulness from this killing machine, but untimately its another Eastwood product. Only go if you like killing, war, and surprise endings, or if you want to see Brad Cooper acting like it’s really a baby and not a doll he holds in one scene!!!

McFARLAND, USA. This heart breaking-tearful movie is Disney at the best. Kevin Costner and Maria Bello head this solid trite hackneyed saga and yep, I cried too. It’s sort of like seven Rocky’s all in one film, as we watch the local Mexican kids in McFarland become state running champs. You can make up the plot, you’ve seen it many , many times. Yet because of the direction and Costner you’ll fall right into the pathos, cornball story.I forgot where Mc Farland is, I looked it up, route 99 goes right through the center of town, that’s why I even remembered being there…back in the day(or decade) It’s near Wasco, where I always get my gas when I drive to Victorville.

50 SHADES OF GREY.My biggest problem with this movie is that I liked it too much!!! It’s like secretly wanting a MacDonald’s Burger or cherry jello…a guilty pleasure, you know it’s bad for you and still, and still, and still. This 50 Shades movie with its 28 Rotten Tomatoes score blew away the Valentines Day boxoffice weekend….all from women/girls under 28. It isn’t really very sexy, nor does it get very “dominant or submissive” and makes no sense at all from a masculine or especially a feminine point of view. Just to be sure I’d develop a proper opinion I went with a close friend, she agreed with me…and we had a great time discussing it afterwards.

FOCUS. Will Smith tries hard to get back on top of the Hollywood star ladder but this clever and yet meaningless film goes absolutely nowhere. It’s about pickpocketing on a global level, and I’m not kidding. You are supposed to be fooled by who’s lying to which character but you really don’t care much. I dozed off many times and I was at the 10:50 am show!!!

SONG OF THE SEA. Ireland’s Cartoon Studio also created The Secret of The Kells and I didn’t like it much either. It doesn’t compare to the Japanese Ghibli Studio’s classic works such as the current “The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya” or Pono, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Monoke or Spirited Away. The backgrounds in Song of the Sea are distracting, the music is too sweet or cute. The plot is cloying too. Plus, it lost the Oscar for animated feature to Big Hero 6.

THE DUFF. “DUFF” stands for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”. The movie is touted as a teen age comedy, but it’s not very funny. Mae Whitman does a fine job as the Duff in the title, but the story is so over- used and old, you won’t care much for it…unless maybe you liked 50 Shades of Grey.

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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. “Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin returns March 10 telling us about campaigns, voting, and the election department. She’s followed by UCSC’s Ariane Helou discussing the Shakespeare lectures happening on campus and the next Baroque Festival concert. City On The Hill co-editors Gabby Areas and Lauren Romero talk about their paper on March 17. Then Julie Callahan discusses the bvegan way of life. UCSC History Professor Matthew Lasar talks about the future of radio on March 31. Composer and winemaker Joseph Sekon talks about music and about the Del Sol String Quartet appearing April 12 at 900 High Street. On April 14 actress and playwright Kate Hawley talks about “Complications From A Fall” her newest play opening at the Jewel on April 23. 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 ABOUT PROTEST. “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves,” Henry David Thoreau. “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Martin Luther King Jr. “Protest is when I say I don’t like this. Resistance is when I put an end to what I don’t like. Protest is when I say I refuse to go along with this anymore. Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too.” Ulrike Marie Meinhof

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