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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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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March 10 – 16, 2015

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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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.

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DATELINE March 2, 2015

THE B.E.A.R.C.A.T. & TERRORIST HOT SPOTS IN SANTA CRUZ. Good old dependable Congressman Sam Farr said in his letter of support for Santa Cruz having a BEARCAT attack vehicle that we must protect vulnerable critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks at four hot spots in our midst!! They are (in his order) The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, The Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Lockheed Martin and the UCSC Campus! Can’t you just see A BEARCAT thundering in on 420 day at UCSC? Or making peace as those short kids try to sneak under the height limit at the Boardwalk??? John Malkin adds…”Note that the BearCat will likely be on the City Council agenda again on March 24. The discussion will be about “use” of the BearCat. There seems to be some intention for Councilmember Posner to
raise, during the discussion, the possibility of not using the BearCat at all,and making a motion to rescind the decision to purchase it. Please encourage folks to write to City Council and especially to come to the City Council meetings on March 10 and especially March 24.

CHAPARREL NATIONAL MONUMENT” ??? As usual the current issue of the Rural Bonny Doon Association’s “The Highlander” has some vital and hot issues. You need to read all of it here There is the growing concern about the all too obvious “Pot Farms” on private property, there’s the pressure to create and allow Event Centers, and how much hope they are placing on Ryan Coonerty their new County Supervisor. The most interesting and biggest issue facing our North Coast is the possible and probable “REDWOOD National Monument” development. It’s called, “Coast Dairies: National Monument or a Monumental Mistake?” The Highlander article says, ” We also think the new name Sempervirens has single-handedly chosen for Coast Dairies, Santa Cruz Redwoods, is misleading. It seems solely designed to boost its attraction and support for the monument effort. Coast Dairies is largely coastal chaparral, and its upland redwood stands make up no more than 10% of its area. It is not Old Growth, and as statuesque as the groves are, few compare to those on Wilder/Gray Whale Ranch, and certainly not to those in Big Basin. Visitors expecting that kind of experience will be sorely disappointed”.Do read all of the current issue of The Highlander, and just wish your neighbors cared as much about your neighborhood as they do.

MAH’S DEVELOPMENT SLOWED??? Rumors on the street have it that MAH’s Nina Simon’s plans on revamping Abbott Square have hit some snares. The four to six planned incubator spaces for chef’s and food type businesses that are planned to happen along the Front Street side of the Suqare were being negotiated with John McEnery developer from San Jose.

Not only have those negotiations fallen apart, but according to that rumor factory Nina Simon was taken off the negotiating team. Details are hard to come by, and we’ll hear more about this I’m sure. First we lost the Art and History focus in the museum then we lost Annieglass then Vinocruz was forced out…this isn’t looning good for the Mostly Attendence & Happy (MAH) development. We need a show of hands on how many think hanging the red exercise balls in Abbott Square will help???

MIKE TERMINI RETURNS LIBRARY MONEY. This came in an email last week. Sure it was signed, but anonymity was requested…

“Capitola City Councilmember Mike Termini’s company, Triad Electric Inc., reimbursed the Santa Cruz City-County Library for $28,600 after it was pointed out that California Government Code section 1090 prohibits an agency from making a contract in which a board member has a financial interest. He was endorsed in his recent election campaign by fellow library board members Zach Friend, Cynthia Mathews, Jim Reed, and David Terrazas. The library board unanimously elected Termini as its chair at its meeting last month.”

FIREWORKS AND MUSIC. Once again cousin Dean Hagen sends a nearly patriotriotic fireworks display.Only 6,893,704 folks have seen it so far…let’s put it over the top!!!

J.M. BROWN’S DEMAND. Many great responses to J.M. Brown’s DEMAND that I tell you he resigned and wasn’t canned from The Sentinel. They all said the same thing…”now Brown knows what it’s like for the rest of us to be misquoted, deleted or edited in print”. Scroll down to last week’s column to see his demand and my correction.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES…SOME MORE!!! Stephen deCinzo and some other well meaning friends wondered why my annual (42 years now) attack on Girl Scouts selling their Cookies hadn’t appeared yet. Back in Janurary 2001 I wrote this for the Metro Weekly….

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. The bottom line is, we’ve got to boycott Girl Scout cookies. In past years, I’ve gone into numerous details of the many reasons why we need to stop supporting this miserable way they raise funds. Today, I’ll outline just some the major problems with their dependence on cookies. It is not only dangerous but also a degrading concept to teach young women/girls to go door-to-door selling anything, especially junk food. If they have to go door-to-door selling something, why not a product that would do some good for the environment, like soaps, herbs or flower seeds? Why not a product that they could make themselves (see above) and stop paying all that money to one of the two giant bakeries that make millions from all this free labor. Girl Scouts say they don’t encourage competition, but they award prizes to the bestsellers. In 1998, the Girl Scouts spent $100,000 (or the equivalent of 33,000 boxes, according to the San Francisco Chronicle) to a New York image consultant firm to “find out why they are best known for selling cookies.” The image firm was quoted as saying the Girl Scouts are “considered a fuddy-duddy, white-shoes-only organization that has fallen off the radar screen.” I’ve got files detailing the huge problems with cookie money being stolen by the girls and even by desperate moms who were then thrown in jail. My files also show the huge competition between the major cookie companies and the lengths they go to in order to land this lucrative cookie contract. Of the $3 per box, each local scout troop keeps only about 40 cents, according to the Chronicle. The Girl Scouts seem to be a fine organization and need a better image than what the cookies have done for them. By not buying cookies we’re helping the Girl Scouts grow up”. That was 2001, not much has changed. Just give them money and tell them to keep the cookies..that may send a message. But I doubt it.

EDUARDO CARRILLO FILM AND MURAL Betsy Anderson sends…”It is with excitement that I share that Eduardo’s film will be shown and our film maker, Pedro Pablo Celedon will be here at the Watsonville Film Festival. Our film screens on Friday, March 6 6pm. It is titled “Eduardo Carrillo: A Life of Engagement”. It traces his early years at UCLA and one of the earliest Chicano murals painted in an institution of higher ed- UCLA. We also traveled to Baja to his mother’s home town where he maintained a rustic dwelling and was deeply involved with the people of the town. His relatives still live there. The mural that was destroyed is an important part of the film. You can also see it ahead of time by the YouTube link to ECLE: http://youtu.be/HEGa1LJUE0o. More than that, a lot of people are working to digitally restore the 3D mural Eduardo painted in the passageway between the Santa Cruz Coffee Company and El Palomar restaurant and Front Street. IF you have any photos/ snapshots videos of that mural it would really helpful in that restoration. Let me know or contact Betsy at spark@cruzio.com.Here’s a link to the Watsonville Film Festivalhttp://watsonvillefilmfestival.org

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

MY HOME WATER REPORT

Here’s something every water consumer should receive from their water provider. I got my first one last week from Soquel Creek Water District, the first of a monthly report they will be sending to their customers. Private well owners should be required to do the same. It gives a simple measurement on how my usage of water compares to average neighbors use (theirs is 46 gallons per day, something called most efficient usage (25 Gallons Per Day or GPD) and my usage (22 GPD, a ranking in the top 20% of water savers. Not meaning to be a show-off, the numbers point out that it’s not impossible to do a better job at conservation. When some people scream that they cannot live with a 75 GPD water supply per person, it makes little sense. One strong answer to our water shortage is conservation; it should be on everybody’s to-do list.

(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 some more about the development of Fort Ord. Then hewarns us about the Santa Cruz city Council deciding on tiered water rates. He says,” that means charging more per unit of water as the amount of water used goes up. Obviously, this approach to water pricing builds in a bias in favor of conservation. Interestingly, the whole concept of tiered water rates is under attack in San Juan Capistrano, where a court said it was illegal to use this system. That case is on appeal”. He talks about LAFCO and eliminating the Lompoico County Water District. He talks about The Santa Cruz Plaining Commission and their dealing with ADU’s. He states, “The acronym “ADU” stands for “Accessory Dwelling Unit.” In the City of Santa Cruz, land use and zoning regulations allow homeowners in a single-family residential district to construct a whole new residential unit on their existing city, subject to the City’s ADU regulations. The purpose of the ADU regulations is to promote small and more affordable housing opportunities in a city in which housing costs have continued to escalate”.

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 environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Not exactly ADU’s or are they? Scroll downwards and check out DeCinzo’s concept.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. How Secure is our Homeland with these guys in places of power?? See below.

GINGHOFFER & HUNNICUTT SHOW. The Blitzer Gallery opens a show this Friday (3/6 through 3/28) with old friends of mine, painter Ray Ginghoffer and sculptor Fred Hunnicutt. Both are excellent artists and are almost local monuments. Masters Series III- Ray Ginghofer and Fred Hunnicutt. Opening Reception First Friday March 6, 2015, 5-9 pm Raymon Ginghofer Studied art at San Jose State, U C Santa Cruz and San Francisco Art Institute. Has exhibited in San Francisco, London, San Jose and Santa Cruz. Fred Hunnicutt studied sculpture at University of Texas and San Francisco Art Institute. Taught at university for 28 years, Professor Emeritus, U C Santa Cruz (25 years). Visiting artist in universities and art colleges in England and U.S. The Blitzer Gallery is located on Santa Cruz’s west side in the old Wrigley Gum factory.

HARPER REGAN IS A FINE PLAY. If by any luck or good taste you saw the National Theatre Live’s telecast of Simon Stephens “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night” or any of his other plays, you know you’re in for a thrill when you see The Jewel Theatre’s production of Harper Regan. Stephens is 44 years old and is regarded as one of the world’s top “in yer face” playwrights.The tricky, crazed, plot gets deeper and further out as it develops and the Jewel Theatre production brings out all that puzzlement and search for reality. Their Brit accents make parts of it hard to understand, but go see it. Now through March 22.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “There’s hope for the future this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), as I gloat over, oops, I mean discuss a new report that even today’s young “millennials” prefer to read for pleasure on old-fashioned books rather than digitally. Also, a constant reader shares a couple of links that will interest fans of two of my favorite recent movies.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THE GLOBE THEATRE’S LOVE’S LABOR LOST Watch this live telecast (or maybe it’s a film??) of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor Lost. You won’t see better Shakespeare anywhere (unless it’s the National Theatre Live telecasts). Here’s a link to details. http://www.thenick.com/index.html#nowplaying_LoveLabourLost It’s at The Del Mar Thursday March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and once again on Sunday am. At 11.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
NEW OPENINGS—IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

MAPS TO THE STARS. Julienne 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!!.

RED ARMY. A great and poignant documentary of a world famous Russian hockey player. But more than that, it’s a history of both the changes in the Soviet government and the Soviet –USA relationship. It’s all about professional and Olympic hockey competition and team loyalty. A very personal, and deep film that will have you thinking about money, fame, sports, government…stuff like that. Go quickly, it probably won’t stay long.

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!!!

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’m betting on this to take the best film Oscar!!! ( and it did!!!)

THE IMITATION GAME.Excellent film, and if you care a lot about authenticity look the plot up on Wikipedia (much artistic license) but it doesn’t matter, it’s still a fine film. Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightly as his best friend are nearly perfect. It’s all about breaking the code that the Germans were using during WW2. Turing invents a machine, and in spite of his extra odd personality, the Germans are defeated. The sub theme of Turing’s then illegal homosexuality, and the deathly consequences he paid for it are strangly underplayed, but significent. See this fine film asap.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia.The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

SELMA. Given the state of racial affairs in the USA and the world today, this movie should be seen by every thinking human.It’s a powerful document of a shameful historic period in our history that should never be forgotten. There are many facts, lessons, and messages here that need repeating over and over again, no matter how well you think you remember or understand our Civil Rights issues. It gives us a real picture of Martin Luther King and David Oyelowo portrays him beautifully. Tom Wilkinson isn’t a great LBJ but he tries hard and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99, so there you are. Go see it.

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. Go see it in Aptos, not so many people will know you there.

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.

JUPITER ASCENDING.The special effects must have cost millions for this sci-fi flick. What is odd is that Eddie Redmayne (winner of this year’s OSCAR for best Actor and also BAFTRA’s leading actor award for playing Stephen Hawkins in The Theory of Everything) has a part playing the nasty Balem Abrasax, whoever that is. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean are in it too, but I’ll bet they aren’t proud of 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. March 3 has Julie James and Bill Peters from the Jewel Theatre talking about their new production, “Harper Regan”. after that Hedwig Heerschop and Kim Tyler talk about The Pajaro Valley Arts Council exhibit, “Photo Alchemy”. “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. UCSC History Professor Matthew Lasar talks about the future of radio on March 31. 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. . “To you, I’m an atheist. To God, I’m the loyal opposition,” Woody Allen “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence,” Christopher Hitchens. “Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?” Friedrich Nietzsche

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DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ 1920. Here’s the corner of Cedar and Locust Streets. It was the Hotel Santa Cruz back then. Now it’s the Planet Fresh Burrito place. The two story building on the closest corner used to be where Gary Patton’s dad had his law offices. It’s now that Chinese restaurant with a patio .

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE February 23, 2015

UCSC & BORLAND PROPERTY or “Sucking up to Silicon Valley”. UCSC is considering buying the former Borland Property that was opened in 1993 that cost $120 million to build.

ELVIS PRESLEY…RARE FOOTAGE OF UNCHAINED MELODY. 1977

The Sentinel’s Jondi Gumz wrote a zinger of a piece (no date!!) about the property that Santa’s Village website re-printed, check it out.

UCSC wants to use it for combining University Relations, Information Technology Services and Business plus Administratvie Services. UCSC claims they’ve outgrown all campus office space, and that they’ve been leasing buildings on Delaware Ave on our Westside. Borland had 1200 employees working up there when it opened. It’ll mean a huge change in vehicle transportation figures. UCSC is going to start “working with the unions that represent involved employees” soon. Does it make you wonder why the old Wrigley Plant didn’t work for UCSC business expansion??? Then we wonder about the impact on rental benefits and the taxes that will be lost to the City of Santa Cruz when they leave for Scotts Valley!!! BUT we can rest assured that our City Council will get to the bottom of this. Somebody should ask if any searching for office space was done in South County…just asking!!!!

TOXIC CRUMB RUBBER & DEPOT PARK OR HARBOR HIGH??? Sunday’s SF Chronicle (02/22/15) had a front page article on the dangers of recycled tires on artificial turf fields and playgrounds. They pose a health risk to people.These surfaces contain rubber from scrap tires. Environmental groups and health advocates say the EPA didn’t study the health effects thoroughly. What about our Depot Park…why was that closed for such a long time….did they ever replace that “crumb rubber” base??? Then too how about Harbor High and that ball park, there was some problem with that “crumb rubber” too. Was all that hassle ever resolved??? Don’t you wish we had more real news reporting around here?

SAN JOSE IS BROKE…WITHER SANTA CRUZ???? By now almost everybody has read or heard the news that San Jose as a city is broke. All that growth, all those jobs, all those great benefits from economic growth meant nothing. Where and how do our Santa Cruz local growth boosters Chamber of Commerce, Board Of Supervisors and our City Council figure our locally encouraged growth will be any different??? Can anybody show us where that growth has resulted in success?

FLUORIDATED WATER ANNIVERSARY. There’s a great article in today’s (2/23/15) New York Times…. “NEW YORK’S FLUORIDATION FUSS, 50 YEARS LATER” by RALPH BLUMENTHAL Among other facts it says that 3/4 of Americans now drink fluoridated water. Then it goes on to say how opponents used to call it a communist plot and how most major cities in the US now fluoridate their water, and the good that it does. Here’s a link, but I don’t think it’ll work…

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

APTOS VILLAGE GETS OFF THE GROUND?

Lots of hoopla this past week when Barry Swenson Builders flattened the Aptos “Post Office” bike jumps. We’re told in Monday’s Sentinel that BSBuilders will be sending plans for construction of their “village” to the County soon. Really? For a plan that has been approved by the County for over two years, what have they been waiting for?

Aptosians are starting to pay attention to what we have in store for us and many are wondering how the Village Plan can solve the traffic increase by adding three stop lights to the already congested area. Other concerns have been voiced on Neighbors Next Door, a community based forum. Most voiced opposition, but one advocate is for the plan because it might “bring us a Chipotle”! But we already have Manuel’s Restaurant! More good info and a chance to voice your opinion can be found on Facebook’s Aptosia page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/aptosia/ It includes a link to local Testorff Construction’s site that shows what we’re facing if and when the whole Village Plan ever happens. .

(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).

MAKE ME HAPPY, BRING ME LOVE.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about the County’s Affordable Housing problem and states, “One of the issues under discussion is whether the developers of five or more units should be required actually to construct affordable units as part of their development, or whether the developers will simply be able to pay a fee, and make County government responsible for turning money into real affordable housing”. Later he says, regarding the development of Fort Ord, “I think that planning that is based on community participation and community goal setting (even over the Internet) is a lot better than the kind of planning that occurs only when landowners and developers have a particular project in mind. It is true, however, that the current planning effort is based on the thought that “urban” development is going to be at the center of future land uses on the former Fort Ord. That might not, in fact, be the “best use” of these lands, particularly since so much of the former Fort Ord is in public ownership. If you care, get involved! He closes with a pithy statement on the proposed Davenport National Monument…” Not everyone is enthusiastic about designating the Santa Cruz County North Coast as a National Monument. No money comes with the designation. Just lots of visitors! 400,000 annual visitors is a figure being suggested as a realistic estimate. Where do they park? How do they get there, and would such a designation actually turn land already protected into what amounts to a nationally advertised resort destination? Will Davenport turn into a hotel/resort gateway? Could the natural resource values of the North Coast actually be compromised, not protected, by the Monument designation? These are all worthy questions. Robust public discussion and participation is advised! 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. Back when CSUMB moved to Fort Ord!!! see below

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan hints at Job Fair secrets…scroll downwards.

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BUDAPEST AIRSHOW 2014. If you’ve ever been to Budapest…watch this…

HARPER REGAN AND JEWEL THEATRE. Jewel Theatre presents the play by Simon Stephens Harper Ragan from Feb. 26- March 22. Bill Peters is directing. The plot runs something like this…. One Autumn evening, after learning her father is near death, Harper walks away from her home, her family and her job, tossing fate and obligations into the air and embarking on a life journey that becomes an exploration of loyalty, morality and the bonds of family. Harper Regan is part of a body of work that has helped Stephens emerge as one of the most renowned and prolific playwrights of his generation in the UK. It’s at 1001 Center Street (where India Joze used to be, if you’re a long time Santa Cruzan). Buy tickets online here.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. The players present The Last Tempo in Paris, a concert of French musical impressionism, focusing on suggestions, atmosphere, and colors, rather than strong emotions, like a painting by Claude Monet. This program features the late masterpieces of two great French impressionist composers: the Violin and Cello Sonatas by Claude Debussy and Les Chansons Madécasses by Maurice Ravel. And the music of Hector Berlioz, Philippe Gaubert and Cécile Chaminade. Aude Castagna, is the artistic director and plays cello. There’s Shannon Delaney, violin Lars Johannesson, flute, Sheila Willey, soprano, Susan Bruckner, and Michael McGushin, piano. It happens Saturday, February 28, 8 pm and Sunday, March 1, at 3 pm. in the Christ Lutheran Church,
10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.)

LISA JENSEN LINKS Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), if you love seals, Celtic mythology, and/or exquisite, hand-drawn animation, don’t miss Song of the Sea (and DO see it on a big screen)! Also, the Oscars have been handed out, and 6 out of my top 8 Oscar predictions were right on. Unfortunately, the two I missed were Best Picture and Best Director. I know by now to follow the trail of the pre-Oscar craft guild awards, but this year I was really pulling for my favorite (Boyhood), so I ignored my own advice. Next year I’ll be back on my game! AND the season isn’t complete without the return of the (dreaded) Oscar Barbies!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(NEW ONES…IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

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.

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.

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’m betting on this to take the best film Oscar!!! ( and it did!!!)

THE IMITATION GAME. Excellent film, and if you care a lot about authenticity look the plot up on Wikipedia (much artistic license) but it doesn’t matter, it’s still a fine film. Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightly as his best friend are nearly perfect. It’s all about breaking the code that the Germans were using during WW2. Turing invents a machine, and in spite of his extra odd personality, the Germans are defeated. The sub theme of Turing’s then illegal homosexuality, and the deathly consequences he paid for it are strangely underplayed, but significent. See this fine film asap.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia.The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT. Marion Cotillard does an absolutely wonderful, brilliant job of acting in this very emotional and powerful saga of a woman who is facing some of life’s biggest challenges. She’s depressed, weakened, alone- even though she has friends and you’ll share all of her life threatening problems. Highly reccomended …in fact please go, IF you like good cinema.

TURNER. Mike Leigh the director of this partial biography,has made at least 20 films, all without scripts or casts before he starts shooting and he doesn’t make simple films. Secrets & Lies, Life is Sweet, and High Hopes among others. Mr. Turner is famed “action” painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Timothy Spall plays Turner and is so kinky and erractic that you can’t stop watching him. But the story line is so pointless, jumpy, erractic and odd that you constantly keep wide awake just trying to piece it together for your own sake. It’s a curious film, not a great film, and you’ll wonder what point Mike Leigh was trying to make when he directed this beautifully photographed attempt.

SELMA. Given the state of racial affairs in the USA and the world today, this movie should be seen by every thinking human.It’s a powerful document of a shameful historic period in our history that should never be forgotten. There are many facts, lessons, and messages here that need repeating over and over again, no matter how well you think you remember or understand our Civil Rights issues. It gives us a real picture of Martin Luther King and David Oyelowo portrays him beautifully. Tom Wilkinson isn’t a great LBJ but he tries hard and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99, so there you are. Go see it.

OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS. A few years ago one of these Oscar Shorts had an interview with a filmaker who said how much deeper, better, easier, cheaper it is to make shorts than to attempt “greatness” or even getting your “statement out” in a full length film. This years live action shorts AND the animated shorts are all so much better in general than the years out- put of feature length films…it just isn’t funny. Butter Lamp from China (and set in Tibet) is worth the price of admission.

OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS.Try to sneak in and see “Duet” a gorgeous, colorful 4 minute love story. Unfortunately it didn’t make the final cut for Oscar nominations but it’s being shown anyway. Go see this grand grouping of shorts.

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!!!

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. Go see it in Aptos, not so many people will know you there.

FOXCATCHER. This is one of the most odd movies I’ve ever seen. You’ll spend almost the entire time just watching Steve Carell’s eagle beak fake nose. Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum look and act like a sequel to Planet of The Apes. It’s creepy, non- focussed and I’m not sure why they made the film. Carell will be nominated for sure for something.du Pont was a real psycho and thought he was Jesus Christ, the Dalai Lama and a Russian czar, according to Wikipedia

JUPITER ASCENDING.The special effects must have cost millions for this sci-fi flick. What is odd is that Eddie Redmayne (winner of this year’s OSCAR for best Actor and also BAFTRA’s leading actor award for playing Stephen Hawkins in The Theory of Everything) has a part playing the nasty Balem Abrasax, whoever that is. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean are in it too, but I’ll bet they aren’t proud of 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. Jonathan Marx discusses ADHD in Adults on Feb. 24 and John Malkin follows him bringing us up to date on the B.E.A.R.C.A.T. issue. March 3 has Julie James and Bill Peters from the Jewel Theatre talking about their new production, “Harper Regan”. after that Hedwig Heerschop and Kim Tyler talk about The Pajaro Valley Arts Council exhibit, “Photo Alchemy”. “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. 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. “March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine.”L.M. Montgomery. “Joy is not in things; it is in us,“Richard Wagner. “By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again. Not that year. Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold, “Neil Gaiman.

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DAVENPORT 1907. This is the huge construction by the Ocean Shore Railroad of the trestle just below Davenport. It was intended to go to Scott Creek up along Swanton Road.

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DATELINE February 16, 2015

WILLIE “THE LION” SMITH. One of the all time great stride piano artists.

PSYCHEDELICS, THE NEW YORKER and SANTA CRUZ. Whatever else you do be sure to read Michael Pollan’s “The Trip Treatment” article in the latest (Feb. 9) issue of The New Yorker. Michael Pollan usually writes about food. His books like Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and The Botany of Desire are all best sellers. He teaches at U.C. Berkeley. The New Yorker piece tells about how new research and testing are finding still more beneficial uses and directions for using psychedelics. That’s of course LSD, psilocybin, mushrooms, thorazine and the like. What’s equally interesting is that he talks about Rick Doblin, the Director of The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or M.A.P.S. The New Yorker article doesn’t mention that M.A.P.S. and Rick Doblin are located right here in Santa Cruz with an office on Mission Street. They have been doing research on positive uses for psychedelics for years. Pollan reports that Doblin sees a bright future for this research and hopes that the less than positive reaction that happened regarding the testing of psychedelics won’t happen again. It’s a fine article, read it quickly.

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL UP FOR SALE. Actually from what I can ascertain, it’s either the Digital First Media Company or the Bay Area News Group that’s for sale., and The Santa Cruz Sentinel is a tiny, tiny part of that sale. And now we know why the Sentinel has been making all those tightening changes…they’re trying to make it look like a better buy for some corporate mega machine to buy it. From all I can gather it’s part of a $125 million package of 77 newspapers.. If you look at the Bay Area News Group online you’ll see…

About Bay Area News Group”

As a Digital First Media Company, Bay Area News Group offers the most powerful media buy in America’s 6th largest market. We provide online, print, and mobile advertising solutions to businesses on a local, regional, and national level. Our leading publications include The San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and Oakland Tribune, (if you scroll down far enough you’ll see The Sentinel and lots more little dailies) and our websites draw over 12 million unique consumers a month. Our papers carry a history of providing quality news and information to the, culturally and economically important, Bay Area region”. Sadly, reporter J.M. Brown has been canned and as he said in an email, he’s a pay grade or two below the group who know what’s happening. Wallace Baine FB’d that Christa Martin and Kirby Scudder are also gone As we have come to expect, there has been nothing reported in The Sentinel…so far. As many have stated, as bad as the Sentinel has become, wait until we have no daily paper at all. A sad commentary on our community.

CORRECTION, DELETION AND APOLOGY DEPARTMENT:

Within minutes of this edition hitting the internet J.M.Brown emailed and said, ” I don’t know where you got your information that I was “canned” but I demand you remove that from your website immediately and issue a correction because it couldn’t be further from the truth. I left the Sentinel on my own accord”. I told him about 4-6 people told me he was canned, and I apologized to J.M. Then Scott MacClelland emailed minutes later to ask why I didn’t include The Monterey Peninsula Herald…the answer…I FORGOT!!

THE BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

B.E.A.R.C.A.T. INFORMATION. Some folks have the wrong idea about these $250,000 citizen removers….they are NOT Army surplus. Each of these machines are separately built to order by THE LENCO ARMORED VEHICLE COMPANY in Massachusetts. The “surplus” idea may be from the surplus money that Homeland Security has to spend to militarize police forces in the USA. Look up BEARCAT on Wikipedia and you’ll see that over 500 are in use in the USA right now. Stockton has one, so does Seaside and San Francisco. Tell anybody you know who knows anyone on our City Council to be courageous and stop the unecessary purchase and expense of this community harming concept.

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

THE SENTINEL

It’s hard to give up subscribing to our local newspaper, and I can afford the latest price increase. But many people can’t and will drop them. There’s nothing against the Sentinel’s content, (De Cinzo is worth the price of the paper), but too many things of local interest go unpublished. It’s hard to keep up with newsworthy items that are reported in real-time social media, but we still like to read details. For example, take the F-15 fighter jet that buzzed mid-county last week.. It was reported on Aptosia, the best Facebook page going, while the plane was still in the air. What’s the answer to keeping the Sentinel publishing a daily newspaper? I don’t know but please support them, or they’ll go the way of so many small town (and big town!) dailies.

(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).

SATCHMO & MEADE LUX LEWIS AND SOME REAL JAZZ.
POLISH SKIMBOARDING OPEN. I happened to watch some local skim boarders…what a different kind of skill, watch this Polish version…

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about “plenary” and defines it for us. He talks about new food peddling laws in Monterey. He goes on to tell how strawberries need a lot of water and how groundwater management in Pajaro Valley is all important. Gary closes his week of broadcasts by saying…”Our local economy is significantly tied to agriculture. When I was a public official, it was my belief that the larger community wanted their local government agencies to establish effective land use controls, to help make sure that agriculture remained at the center of our local economy. To achieve that long-term, community objective, it is sometimes necessary to turn down individual applications that might lead to a greater immediate economic gain for an individual agricultural landowner, but that would undermine our agricultural economy in the long run. Turning a farm field into a new subdivision, for instance, is a perfect example”.

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

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. The Santa Cruz Sentinel…a steal at any price??? See downwards afew pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan slices and dices the Greece situation…see below.

MY 10 BEST 2014 FILMS. Lisa Jensen and I decided to end the Meet The Critics event at the Nick after all these 12 or more years. Morton Marcus started it all way back in 2003, and it was great fun. My personal choice for best films of 2014 are The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman, Venus In Fur, Two Days, One Night, Still Alice, Gone Girl, Ida, The Imitation Game, and Citizenfour., I didn’t like Boyhood or anybody in it at all.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), behold the unquenchable urge to make art on a virtual tour of the cut-out paper work of Henri Matisse, done late in life, when he was too infirm to paint. Also, see if my Oscar predictions will fly in a year that’s way too close to call.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(NEW ONES-IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

STILL ALICE. Julianne Moore deseves two oscars for her starring role in this mesmerizing film. 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.

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. Go see it in Aptos, not so many people will know you there.

KINGSMEN: THE SECRET SERVICE. It’s embarrassing to watch Colin Firth and Michael Caine in this genuinely gross parody of early James Bond films. It’s even more weird to be surprised by Samuel. L. Jackson playing the evil Richmond Valentine, the nasty who seeks world control by killing us through our cell phones and other super nasty schemes!!! One critic said “It relishes low class ugliness”, and I agree. AND it’s over two hours long…it just seems longer!!!

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

TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT. Marion Cotillard does an absolutely wonderful, brilliant job of acting in this very emotional and powerful saga of a woman who is facing some of life’s biggest challenges. She’s depressed, weakened, alone- even though she has friends and you’ll share all of her life threatening problems. Highly reccomended …in fact please go, IF you like good cinema.

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’m betting on this to take the best film Oscar!!!

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. Just watching Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain plus David Oyelowo act is reason enough to see this not very violent film. It’s set in 1981 New York City where mob control of the furnace oil delivery business is the entire plot. Oscar Isaac is the main Al Pacino– type nice guy fighting the evil truckers. Jessica Chastain doesn’t get a chance to do much but what she does is near-perfect. Go see this film IF you like well made films.

THE IMITATION GAME.Excellent film, and if you care a lot about authenticity look the plot up on Wikipedia (much artistic license) but it doesn’t matter, it’s still a fine film. Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightly as his best friend are nearly perfect. It’s all about breaking the code that the Germans were using during WW2. Turing invents a machine, and in spite of his extra odd personality, the Germans are defeated. The sub theme of Turing’s then illegal homosexuality, and the deathly consequences he paid for it are strangly underplayed, but significent. See this fine film asap.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia.The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

TURNER. Mike Leigh the director of this partial biography,has made at least 20 films, all without scripts or casts before he starts shooting and he doesn’t make simple films. Secrets & Lies, Life is Sweet, and High Hopes among others. Mr. Turner is famed ‘action” painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Timothy Spall plays Turner and is so kinky and erractic that you can’t stop watching him. But the story line is so pointless, jumpy, erractic and odd that you constantly keep wide awake just trying to piece it together for your own sake. It’s a curious film, not a great film, and you’ll wonder what point Mike Leigh was trying to make when he directed this beautifully photographed attempt.

SELMA. Given the state of racial affairs in the USA and the world today, this movie should be seen by every thinking human. It’s a powerful document of a shameful historic period in our history that should never be forgotten. There are many facts, lessons, and messages here that need repeating over and over again, no matter how well you think you remember or understand our Civil Rights issues. It gives us a real picture of Martin Luther King and David Oyelowo portrays him beautifully. Tom Wilkinson isn’t a great LBJ but he tries hard and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99, so there you are. Go see it.

OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS. A few years ago one of these Oscar Shorts had an interview with a filmaker who said how much deeper, better, easier, cheaper it is to make shorts than to attempt “greatness” or even getting your “statement out” in a full length film. This years live action shorts AND the animated shorts are all so much better in general than the years out- put of feature length films…it just isn’t funny. Butter Lamp from China (and set in Tibet) is worth the price of admission.

OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS.Try to sneak in and see “Duet” a gorgeous, colorful 4 minute love story. Unfortunately it didn’t make the final cut for Oscar nominations but it’s being shown anyway. Go see this grand grouping of shorts.

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!!!

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. This is supposed to end the Hobbit trilogies, but considering the huge opening weekend they’ll probably squeeze another dwarf flick and go for four. Yes, Martin Freeman is still in it as Bilbo Baggins, the titular lead of the little people. So is Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, and good old Ian Holm for two minutes at the end. Like Exodus it’s all done with pixels, and it’s impossible to tell one army fromanother. It’s very bloody and violent as all these billion dollar money makers are. So if you want to support more of these torture scenes , just go.

PROJECT ALMANAC. A bunch of teenagers build a time travel machine. They then go through every trite, hackneyed, stupid plot device we’ve ever seen, and then the movie’s over. And just like all time travel movies you’ll sit there and notice all the impossible contradictions as to why it couldn’t work. It’s also very dull, has that cheap hand-held camera look, and doesn’t have 2 minutes of excitement in it. Don’t rent it either..

JUPITER ASCENDING.The special effects must have cost millions for this sci-fi flick. What is odd is that Eddie Redmayne (winner of BAFTRA’s leading actor award for playing Stephen Hawkins in The Theory of Everything) has a part playing the nasty Balem Abrasax, whoever that is. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean are in it too but I’ll bet they aren’t proud of 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. On Feb. 17 Good Times film reviewer Lisa Jensen and I talk about the Oscars. Then cardiologist Dr. Neil Sawhney discusses current news and recent methods of maintaining heart health. Jonathan Marx discusses ADHD in Adults on Feb. 24 and John Malkin follows him bringing us up to date on the B.E.A.R.C.A.T. issue. March 3 has Julie James and Bill Peters from the Jewel Theatre talking about their new production, “Harper Regan”. after that Hedwig Heerschop and Kim Tyler talk about The Pajaro Valley Arts Council exhibit, “Photo Alchemy”. “Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin returns March 10 telling us about campaigns, voting, and the election department. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

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

QUOTES. “All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher”, Ambrose Bierce. “If you want to make a man angry, tell him you are going to pray for him”, Edgar W.Howe. “How could God do this to me after all I’ve done for him?“, Louis XIV…

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KING AND MISSION STREETS JUNE 7, 1957. This is the grand opening of the Flying A Gas station. Complete with clown. Now it’s Five Gables Dentistry where Dr.David Klim has his offices.

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DATELINE FEBRUARY 9, 2015

SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL UP FOR SALE. Now we know why the Sentinel has been making all those tightening changes…they’re trying to make it look like a better buy for some corporate mega machine to buy it. From all I can gather it’s part of a $125 million package of 77 newspapers. Reporter J.M. Brown has been canned and as he said in an email, he’s a pay grade or two below the group who know what’s happening. As we have come to expect, there has been nothing reported in the Sentinel…so far. As many have stated, as bad as the Sentinel has become wait until we have no daily paper at all. A sad commentary on our community.

B.E.A.R.C.A.T. UPDATE & SAN LEANDRO TOO. The headline in KQED News for Jan. 9 states, “San Leandro Police Face Opposition in Push for New Armored Vehicle”. The San Jose Mercury headline (1/08) says, “San Leandro armored vehicle forum draws crowd”. And yet we’ve seen nothing in the Sentinel about the San Leandro battle to stop the BEARCAT in their city. CBS (KPIX TV 5) San Francisco reported on 2/05/15 “SAN LEANDRO– Amid an ongoing debate over the militarization of local police departments, the San Leandro City Council said they would move forward with plans to purchase an armored rescue vehicle. In a 6-1 vote, the council approved the purchase of the Bearcat Medevac. The vehicle will be paid mostly thorough a $200,000 Homeland Security grant” It’s amazing and as well as shocking to see how our government both nationally by selling these tanks, and locally by buying them, are becoming so militarized, and they are getting approval by our elected officials.

(I REPEAT) THE BEARCAT ATTACK VEHICLE BY ANY OTHER NAME. Now that we know BEARCAT stands forBallistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck and now we all know how it’s really going to be used…let’s vote and change the name to “G.A.R.B.A.G.E” that would be Government Approved Reactionary Barricade Against Groups of Environmentalists.

FRED KEELEY’S OPEN SPACE DISTRICT. It would take too long to explain, but when I see Fred Keeley’s name on almost anything….I get worried about some hidden deal. I asked a number of informed friends about Keeley’s Plot and plans for this “district” thing. Replies came in, “I think there has mainly just been “talk” about how creating an Open Space District would be beneficial. The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County explored the idea, too, some years ago. In general, an Open Space District would be a new governmental agency with the governmental purpose being to acquire and protect open space lands. To create such an agency, LAFCO would likely be involved, and there might also be some special state legislation involved. “We should look into the Open Space Authority of Santa Clara County, which was created by a specific state law. Here’s a link to review the law governing that District (called an Authority) by going to the this link. Here’s a link to the Authority’s website, to give you an idea of the kind of entity that might be created here. “The key thing in making any Open Space District work is the willingness of the public to tax themselves, in order to raise money to be spent on the purposes of preserving open space. A 2/3 vote would be required. If a District were created here, and funded, then the “management” of the District would be key. Some Districts spend a lot of money on administrative overhead; some are more bureaucratically efficient, and devote more of their money to actual property acquisition and preservation”. More to follow.

HUGE ICE FLOW. My cousin Dean Hagen sent this email.

HOW PROGRESSIVES IN RICHMOND BEAT BIG OIL. In a “David vs. Goliath” race, 3 of the 3 Team Richmond Progressive candidates were elected to the Richmond City Council. 5 of the 5 candidates promoted by Chevron were defeated — How did they do it? Hear Richmond City Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin describe how they built authentic relationships in the community to mobilize voters in support of their leadership on the Richmond City Council over a ten year period in which they: § Raised the minimum hourly wage;§ Increased green tech jobs and attracted businesses that included both sole operator and firms with a number of employees;§ Opened a foreclosure prevention program to acquire underwater mortgages and resell to citizens at reduced principals;§ Initiated a “livable, walkable community environment”; § Built condominiums for senior housing…AND Formed the Richmond Youth Corps.What can we learn from them? How can we organize campaigns to elect progressive candidates and build a better, kinder Santa Cruz? Saturday, February 21, 4-6 pm Center for Spiritual Living: 1818 Felt St. Sponsored by People’s Democratic Club and WILPF Santa Cruz.

BILL KOCHER’S NOW IN MONTEREY. You have to admire Bill Kocher for having the guts and gall to return to the neighborhood where his zillion dollar De-Sal plant and plans failed so miserably. He’s now Marina Coast Water District’s new interim general manager.

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

STILL MORE ON THAT DAMNED BEARCAT

This whole thing has been mishandled from the start. According to the Good Times, Congressman Farr requested this armored vehicle for Santa Cruz back in September of 2013, saying to somebody that it was something Santa Cruz needed. Was this “need” just pulled out of the blue? Who was consulted in Santa Cruz to find out if Sam was correct? Could this be a colossal oversight by an out-of-touch staffie in his office?

Considering that this was once presented as a way to make use of military surplus gear, what changed to make this not true? We’re now told that the damned thing has yet to be built. Sounds like a never ending list of pork items that never stops. How many of us have to say no? Who EVER said yes? Maybe some of these questions will be answered Wednesday night (2/11) at the public meeting on this subject.

(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 gives more news about development of Fort Ord and tells of the impact on environment for just about any development.Then he tellls of Mayor Don Lane and his affordable housing dreams. There’s a water supply reliability forum scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 o’clock Wednesday 2/11 in Santa Cruz, the forum is jointly sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Cruz Water Department, the Water Supply Advisory Committee, and Desal Alternatives. That’s a very broad sponsorship list! He adds, “Guest speakers are economist David Mitchell, who will present “Water Reliability and the Community’s Economy,” and water and energy efficiency consultant John Rosenblum, who will present “Deep Conservation: Going Beyond The Building Code.” Hard to think of a more important topic. I encourage listeners and readers 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 opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

OLGA KORBUT ON THE OLYMPIC BARS. 1972

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Scroll down and see a preview of De Cinzo’s Jurassic Park nightmare..

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Rand Paul is ahead by at least a foot check out Eagan a few pages below.

EUBIE BLAKE, NINA McKINNEY AND THE NICOLAS BROTHERS.

Great 1932 jazz, vocals and dancing in all 4 songs.

NEW MUSIC WORKS & SARAH CAHILL. An unusual menu of solo piano music titled

“PIANO REVERIE” is happening at Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz (900 High Street) on Sunday, February 15, 2015, 3pm Sarah’s performance selections will include:

Shade Studies (2014), Samuel Carl Adams
Valentine Waltzes, George Antheil
Feuerklavier, Luciano Berio
Pleasant Dreaming, Philip Collins
selected Preludes, Ruth Crawford
Trumpet of Angus Og by Henry Cowell

Patterns of Plants (selections) by Mamoru Fujieda
Dance for Lisa Karon (1938) and Largo Ostinato, Lou Harrison
RCSC
Annea Lockwood St. Petersburg Waltz, Meredith Monk
B’midbar
(selections), Larry Polansky
Fourth Pentagram
(selections) (1925), Dane Rudhyar. There will be a short reception at intermission, featuring a showing of Valentine’s artwork by the children of Santa Cruz Art Studio and truffles from Donnelly Chocolates.Tickets at the door, probably.

WESTSIDE VIDEO MOVES NEAR OMEI AND SHEN’S GALLERY. Rarely do you see a group of friends and family work together and as hard as the gang at Westside Video did last weekend when they moved the million Video tapes (yep, video tapes) Blue Rays, DVD’s and film stuff to their new location at 2334 Mission Street. That’s between Omei Restaurant and Shen’s Gallery and next to La Cabana Taqueria. Westside will order any/all requests for hard to find videos too.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “If you love art, or history, or both, run, don’t walk, to see Mr. Turner while its still in town, reviewed this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). And speaking of movies, don’t forget to tune in the Universal Grapevine radio show on KZSC, Tuesday, February 17, to hear Bruce Bratton and me duke it out over this year’s Oscar nominees.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(NEW ONES – IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT. Marion Cotillard does an absolutely wonderful, brilliantjob of acting in this very emotional and powerful saga of a woman who is facing some of life’s biggest challenges. She’s depressed, weakened, alone- even though she has friends and you’ll share all of her life threatening problems. Highly reccomended …in fact please go, IF you like good cinema.

PROJECT ALMANAC. A bunch of teenagers build a time travel machine. They then go through every trite, hackneyed, stupid plot device we’ve ever seen, and then the movie’s over. And just like all time travel movies you’ll sit there and notice all the impossible contradictions as to why it couldn’t work. It’s also very dull, has that cheap hand-held camera look, and doesn’t have 2 minutes of excitement in it. Don’t rent it either..

JUPITER ASCENDING.The special effects must have cost millions for this sci-fi flick. What is odd is that Eddie Redmayne (winner of BAFTRA’s leading actor award for playing Stephen Hawkins in The Theory of Everything) has a part playing the nasty Balem Abrasax, whoever that is. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean are in it too but I’ll bet they aren’t proud of it.

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

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’m betting on this to take the best film Oscar!!!

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. Just watching Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain plus David Oyelowo act is reason enough to see this not very violent film. It’s set in 1981 New York City where mob control of the furnace oil delivery business is the entire plot. Oscar Isaac is the main Al Pacino– type nice guy fighting the evil truckers. Jessica Chastain doesn’t get a chance to do much but what she does is near-perfect. Go see this film IF you like well made films.

THE IMITATION GAME.Excellent film, and if you care a lot about authenticity look the plot up on Wikipedia (much artistic license) but it doesn’t matter, it’s still a fine film. Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightly as his best friend are nearly perfect. It’s all about breaking the code that the Germans were using during WW2. Turing invents a machine, and in spite of his extra odd personality, the Germans are defeated. The sub theme of Turing’s then illegal homosexuality, and the deathly consequences he paid for it are strangly underplayed, but significent. See this fine film asap.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.Stephen Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne who did Les Miserables. Felicity Jones from Spider Man 2 and Emily Watson is in it too but you’ll hardly recognize her. David Thewlis is also perfect and downplays his role nicely. It’s a heart rending- tear jerker- feel very good- movie. Redmayne will be near the top for an Oscar because they always go for handicapped roles (My Left Foot, Rainman etc.). There’s very little of Hawkings actual scientific genius in the film. It’s more about how later he split from his long suffering and eternally supportive wife and went for his beautiful sexy caretaker and how his wife paired up with her choir director!!! Hawkings book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME sold more than 10 million copies in twenty years (but only 8 people read it!!). It was translated into 35 languages sez Wikipedia.The Met has commissioned an opera based on the book which should happen in 2015. Wikipedia also says, “the theory of everything, is a physicists’ jargon term for a theory in physics which unifies the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, the strong force, the weak force, and the electromagnetic force”, but recently Hawking says that theory will probably never happen. Go see it, and bring a hankie.

SELMA. Given the state of racial affairs in the USA and the world today, this movie should be seen by every thinking human.It’s a powerful document of a shameful historic period in our history that should never be forgotten. There are many facts, lessons, and messages here that need repeating over and over again, no matter how well you think you remember or understand our Civil Rights issues. It gives us a real picture of Martin Luther King and David Oyelowo portrays him beautifully. Tom Wilkinson isn’t a great LBJ but he tries hard and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99, so there you are. Go see it.

MR. TURNER. Mike Leigh the director of this partial biography,has made at least 20 films, all without scripts or casts before he starts shooting and he doesn’t make simple films. Secrets & Lies, Life is Sweet, and High Hopes among others. Mr. Turner is famed ‘action” painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Timothy Spall plays Turner and is so kinky and erractic that you can’t stop watching him. But the story line is so pointless, jumpy, erractic and odd that you constantly keep wide awake just trying to piece it together for your own sake. It’s a curious film, not a great film, and you’ll wonder what point Mike Leigh was trying to make when he directed this beautifully photographed attempt.

BLACK SEA. Jude Law gets a great chance to play atough, driven, courageous, mean submarine captain….and he does it perfectly, it’s a Jude Law we’ve seldom if ever, seen on screen. A bunch of non- communicating Russians and Brits are forced to work together to get $182 million dollars worth of gold bars out of a sunken German U-Boat. It’s incredibly tense, all underwater, and probably best described as a “mans” movie….and it’s really, really, good.

OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS. A few years ago one of these Oscar Shorts had an interview with a filmaker who said how much deeper, better, easier, cheaper it is to make shorts than to attempt “greatness” or even getting your “statement out” in a full length film. This years live action shorts AND the animated shorts are all so much better in general than the years out- put of feature length films…it just isn’t funny. Butter Lamp from China (and set in Tibet) is worth the price of admission.

OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS.Try to sneak in and see “Duet” a gorgeous, colorful 4 minute love story. Unfortunately it didn’t make the final cut for Oscar nominations but it’s being shown anyway. Go see this grand grouping of shorts.

BLACK OR WHITE. Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer battle it out over this loosey-goosey Hollywood style color line plot. This film is supposed to be dealing with the ongoing racist life styles in the USA but it really doesn’t. It’s a token film, superficial and actually a very stereotyped thin attempt to make a statement…save your money.

INHERENT VICE. I can’t review this film fairly. I can’t “get into” Thomas Pynchon’s books and this film is an excellent adaptation of his 2009 Los Angeles themed novel. Like his books the film’s plot weaves and staggers leaps ahead and falls back. Here’s what a friend of mine who knows Pynchon as a friend said of the film…” Upon further reflection, I realize now that when I said the movie was schizophrenic, what I was feeling was that there was no coherent thematic feel (despite a cinematic unity/style) but that THAT is precisely the nature of Tom’s writing. His stock in trade is the mixture of high and low culture, profane/sacred, slapstick/goofiness with high art/glorious writing. This and his (consistent) paranoid/anti-authoritarian/pro-individual themes contributes to his status as a primary source of “postmodern” literature. We like our stories to be linear and with a consistent theme or tone, whether books or movies, despite our own experience that real life is a hodgepodge of conflicting occurrences and desires, successes and failures, punches out of left field, transcendent grace, whacky/strange/unpleasant thoughts, wistful memories of lost loves/opportunities, etc. creating a general posture of “Huh?” This befuddlement and all of society’s attempts to “explain” or provide coherency/context (religion, morality, philosophy, politics, etc.) at the expense of individual spontaneous expression and our general turning away from looking at the usually disastrous, and evil consequences and actions of these (corporate/fascist) control mechanisms is a central theme of Tom’s writing. That Yin/Yang “chaotic” nature is, I think, what I was feeling and it perfectly captures Tom’s writing style. So I think this movie is a resounding success not only in presenting the primary story line but in somehow capturing the quality of the writing in the film. It is not a film for everybody, nor are the books”. A complex review, a complex film, and a very complex writer.

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!!!

WILD. Any Santa Cruzan will be totally sucked in when Reese Witherspoon starts hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and starts reading a copy of one of Adrienne Rich’s books. Somebody mentions Adrienne later in the film too. Cheryl Strayed did hike the PCT and wrote the book.Thomas Sadoski from HBO’s The Newsroom is in it too. Good acting, a few award nominations are already happening and it’s a very good feel-good movie. Not a great movie but a good feel good thing….especially for women. And it wasn’t filmed in California!!!

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES. This is supposed to end the Hobbit trilogies, but considering the huge opening weekend they’ll probably squeeze another dwarf flick and go for four. Yes, Martin Freeman is still in it as Bilbo Baggins, the titular lead of the little people. So is Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, and good old Ian Holm for two minutes at the end. Like Exodus it’s all done with pixels, and it’s impossible to tell one army from another. It’s very bloody and violent as all these billion dollar money makers are. So if you want to support more of these torture scenes, just go.

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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. February 10 John Orlando gives details on the remaining two concerts in The Distinguished Artists Series. After John Kianna Anvari and Luis Cubas co-editors of the UCSC publication TWANAS talk about their aims and goals. On Feb. 17 Good Times film reviewer Lisa Jensen and I talk about the Oscars. Then cardiologist Dr. Neil Sawhney discusses current news and recent methods of maintaining heart health. Jonathan Marx discusses ADHD in Adults on Feb. 24 and John Malkin follows him bringing us up to date on the B.E.A.R.C.A.T. issue. March 3 has Julie James and Bill Peters from the Jewel Theatre talking about their new production, “Harper Regan”. Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin returns March 10 telling us about campaigns, voting, and the election department. 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. “Rain slips through your fingers as easily as words blow away in the wind, and yet it has the power to destroy your whole world”, Karen Maitland. “Life isn’t how to survive the storm, it’s about how to dance in the rain”, Taylor Swift (yes, Taylor Swift!!!) “And in this moment, like a swift intake of breath, the rain came”, Truman Capote

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