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September 5 – 11, 2011

PACIFIC AVENUE DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ AUGUST 29, 1957. Reeve’s Shoes is now The Gap and F.W. Woolworth Co. is now Graphfix and the World Market. Is this progress? Nope, all in all we just swapped some chain stores over the last 64 years.

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BRATTONBULLETIN. (This just in from Monday Sept.5, ” Lynn Robinson is stepping down from the assembly race. She will be meeting with her campaign managers (Coonerty, Friend, Reyes) this Tuesday morning at Walnut Street Cafe to let them know her reasons”. Now folks you gotta wonder why that happened. Did Canfield, Swenson, LOBA, George Ow, and Santa Cruz Neighbors pull their $$$ promises out of Rapunzel Robinson’s campaign? Will this mean that Ryan will be coached back into running (or drafted by “popular demand” as they say?). Maybe husband John didn’t want her up in Sacramento? By golly, let’s get to the bottom of this.

SUSTAINABLE WATER COALITION…WHAT??? Cynthia Mathews who’s hot on her campaign trail to run once again for the next City Council election 2012, sent this email…

Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 17:20:39 -0700
Subject: Invitation: Sept. 19 Leadership briefing on Our Water Future

Dear Community Leader,

As you know, the need to address our community’s water challenges could not be more urgent. While there are differing views about the proposal for the City of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District to build a local desalination facility, there is no doubt that maintaining the status quo is not a viable option.

We are vulnerable to major community disruption in the event of a severe drought.

Our groundwater aquifers are threatened with saltwater intrusion

Federal officials working to restore endangered species will limit our use of existing surface water supplies in the future

The Sustainable Water Coalition has come together to help the community understand our vulnerability to water shortages in the years ahead and to ensure that all options – including desalination—remain on the table as we search for the means to achieve a sustainable water future.

We are writing to invite you and other community leaders to join us at a special briefing to get a complete update on our community’s water situation and learn what you can do to ensure an adequate water supply in the years ahead.

Bill Kocher, head of the City of Santa Cruz Water Department, and Laura Brown, head of the Soquel Creek Water District, will discuss the water districts’ challenges, research conservation efforts, and critical decisions ahead; the Sustainable Water Coalition will describe opportunities for community members to get involved, with time for Q & A.

Please join us:

Community Water Issues Briefing

Monday, September 19, 7:30 pm

McPherson Center for Art and History – auditorium

705 Front Street, downtown Santa Cruz

We promise an efficient, information-filled meeting, with plenty of time for your questions. We’ll also provide desserts and coffee. This is an invitation-only event, and space is limited. Please reply to let us know if you will be able to join us. We look forward to seeing you September 19.


Cynthia Mathews

Mike Rotkin SUSTAINABLE WATER COALITION PO Box 8305, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

We do have to wonder about this private meeting using City Personnel to obviously pitch the De-Sal plant. By Invitation only!!! Who is paying rental for the room at MAH? Does Kocher get paid for these appearances? Who’s attending? At least they’re admitting to a water shortage.

WHAT CITY COUNCIL PENSIONS? As previously mentioned Cynthia Mathews has been out there running for re-election in 2012. You can tell because she’s smiling, friendly, and joining every group she can squeeze into. But now comes along by way of Doug Dietch of all people, this data on the Sentinel website about the pensions she and Mike Rotkin receive. What pensions? How much do we pay former City Councilmembers? Why does Cynthia get an annual pension of $34,569.48 and Mike Rotkin only gets $9,789.24? What other City jobs has Cynthia had? Not Planned Parenthood surely? I always thought that City Council members did it for the civic duty thing. Would somebody look into this hard earned City Expenditure….and reveal all the facts behind what our City Council are really paid??? Wasn’t it widely touted as $1000 per month while in office??

Check Michael E. Rotkin’s monthly and annual pension:

Monthly pension $ 815.77
Annual pension $ 9,789.24

Mike had 6 terms, or 24 years, in office.

Now check Cynthia’s pension:

Monthly pension $ 2,880.79
Annual pension $ 34,569.48

She had 4 terms or 16 years in office….why the difference? And how come they make more in pensions than that $1000 per month??

(Thanks to Ray Ginghofer who knows his beer!!!)

LARRY GRANGER LEAVING SANTA CRUZ SYMPHONY. I couldn’t find anything about it on the Symphony website but in San Francisco Classical Voice we

Read…”After 20 years of heading the Santa Cruz County Symphony, John Larry Granger is retiring. He will conduct concerts in the next season and will remain music director during the 2012–2013 season, in which guest conductors will vie for the position. During Granger’s tenure — the longest in the orchestra’s 53-year history — the California Arts Council awarded the organization the highest ranking of artistry in its class. Granger will conduct a season of personal significance: Dvor(ák’s Symphony No. 8, which he conducted at his audition concert in 1991; Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, the first major work he studied in detail at the Institute of International Conducting in 1979; and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, which influenced his love for classical music as a child.

Opening the season on Oct. 1 and 2, along with the Dvor(ák symphony, will be the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, with New York Philharmonic Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples as soloist. A “concert concerto” on Nov. 12 and 13 will bring together Klein Competition winner Nikki Chooi (in the Beethoven Violin Concerto), 2009 Van Cliburn Competition finalist Chetan Tierra (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1), and Aaron Miller (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24). Concerts in 2012 will feature the music of Delius, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Nielsen, Berwald, Estrella de Soria, Mendelssohn, and Vaughan Williams on Jan. 28–29, Feb. 27–28, March 24–25, and May 12–13. Santa Cruz will miss Larry. A fine guy, easy to talk to and an inspiration.

DANCING DOGJodi Frediani sent this lyrical, canine driven meringue.

SANTA CRUZ WEEKLY MOVING INTO CRUZIO.I found this news in Cruzio’s newsletter.” News Flash, just signed: Santa Cruz Weekly will be moving into one of our new offices this fall, more on that soonThe Sentinel moved to Scotts Valley, The Weekly’s moving into Cruzio!!! That’s really known as downsizing, times are getting tougher.



“I was very heartened to read that your newest Bratton Online included info about the sacred Ohlone site along Branciforte Creek. I marched in the first protest, which I found very moving, from Laurel Street to the site (almost – the guard would not let us onto the knoll). To the indigenous people it is a sacred site, where they will go to offer their chant, prayers, and medicine to their ancestors. For me, well, for 15 years I’ve walked many times a week in the DeLaveaga woods so close by, and feel like it is my “church.” To know that indigenous people walked there too, and nearby buried their dead along that sweet creek long long ago: it fills me with song. Please can’t we all convince whoever it is who needs convincing that a small knoll near a pleasant creek has meaning far beyond money and power? Thank you for your good work for our citizens and our piece of paradise”. – Kit Birskovich.


PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says… People hate being stuck in traffic. Elected officials, at all levels, hear about this problem all the time, and while the problem comes from poor land use planning, the “solution” most often suggested is to build more roads. Transportation planners have noted that building new roads actually “induces” new demand, so that the road-building strategy doesn’t actually work. The new congestion-free roadway stimulates more people to get into their cars, and the final result is the same old level of congestion, but with another lane of cars now stuck in the jam”. He also says, ” Monterey is dealing with money and tourism and needs citizen input. Then he talks about the ongoing issue of the Corral de Tierra Shopping Center and why it doesn’t die. He closes with The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (full disclosure here…I was the treasurer of the Santa Cruz County Fair back around 1975!). He ends by telling us news of the County Planning Commission. (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365”

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo provides the bait for dealing with our big tourist attraction Fishhook Curve.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Professor Eagan, civil rights, protests, home sweet home, mix ’em together and whaddya got???…scroll down.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau was in town last Thursday. We chatted about our old days with the S.F. Mime Troupe and how he’s thinking of making yet another film!!! But before that, he writes…”The Thief In The Living Room”. A rogue elephant ravishes the American living room. But instead of stopping the criminal antics, the people and elected officials salute, praise and honor him, and keep him close to our hearts and wallets. The scoundrel’s name? The Defense Department. Thanks to clever PR teams, the media refers to its murderous and thieving excesses in eulogies to “our brave men and women in uniform who keep our freedom alive.” Until recently, Congress routinely lauded its “heroic feats.” Even as Members focused attention on debt slashing, they continued to fund costly wars and development of futuristic weapons systems; some wrung their hands in despair over insufficient funds to maintain basic infrastructure. Read all of it HERE

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from

ODE TO PACHELBEL. For all the uke fans in the area. These guys could be out surfing instead!!!

LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (, catch up with the Santa Cruz Woodworkers show at the MAH, get ready for Laurie King’s first Pirate King event at Capitola Book Cafe, and fasten your seat belts for some exciting new movies (we hope!) coming to local screens this fall. Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE….extra great film news

The National Theatre of Great Britain Announces the new National Theatre Live season beginning September 15th 2011 at the DEL MAR THEATRE, 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060.

The National Theatre is delighted to announce the third season of National Theatre Live(NT Live), a successful initiative to broadcast live performances from the National’s stages to cinemas worldwide. Since its first season, which began with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, over half a million people have now experienced the National’s acclaimed work on movie screens around the world.

David Sabel, the National Theatre’s Head of Digital Media, says: ‘It is thrilling to think that over half a million people worldwide have now seen a National Theatre Live broadcast. The programme has grown significantly, giving an ever-widening audience an unprecedented opportunity to engage with our work.’

Season three titles include: One Man, Two Guvnors, The Kitchen, Collaborators, and The Comedy of Errors. These live performances will be broadcast from the National Theatre in London and presented in state-of-the-art High Definition in the 500 Seat Grand Auditorium of the Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060. all evening shows are at 7 p.m. Additional titles for 2012 will be announced soon.

APOLLO 18.If you look around you’ll note some critics use “Blair Witch” to describe Apollo 18. They should, it’s like Blair Witch meets Paranormal Activity. That’s not all bad. Apollo is a scary movie, and it sues the same techniques to scare us that those two films used. Newly found footage shows what happened to the Lunarnauts when they landed up there. Far from great, and not worth watching on your little screen, but it does manage to keep you awake…go warned.

SHARK NIGHT. Made by the same guy (David Ellis) who made Snakes on a Plane, this flick is even worse, which seems impossible but due to the weekly KZSC program The Bushwhackers I’ve become an expert on Snakes On A Plane through no fault of my own. This shark flick is even in 3D and that sucks too. I don’t even remember any nudity in it, which would have been a plus for a film this miserable. Fake sharks, bad acting, muddy water, no stars, and insane plot…a David Ellis film. He knows exactly what he’s doing and will make millions, just not from you, I hope.

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM FESTS. Years ago the Pacific Rim Film Fest showed a film that was really raunchy and a bunch of children were in the audience. Last year the same thing happened with the Santa Cruz Film Festival…they didn’t bother rating and warning their audience’s films for what was appropriate and some children and families were very upset. I wrote to Julian Soler at the Santa Cruz Film Fest last week he responded…”we will indicate in all the program notes, in both the printed program and on the website, if a film is family-friendly as well as alert audiences about any films which younger audiences should definitely avoid. You can definitely assure anyone who raises this issue that we are taking proactive measures to ensure that younger audiences are not exposed to inappropriate content”. Ann Parker of The Pacific Rim Film Festival says that they too are making sure audiences get accurate family viewing ratings before their screenings.

THREE PHOTOGRAPHERS: DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS 4.Exhibit at London Nelson Gallery. Different Directions 4, a vibrant new selection of photographs by Susan Lysik, gail nichols and Virginia Scott, runs from Saturday, October 1 through Friday, November 18, 2011 in the Hallway Gallery at London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street in downtown Santa Cruz. The Center is open from 9 am to 9:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, October 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and is included in the October First Friday Art Tour.

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 Sept. 6th Land Use Attorney Bill Parkin will describe current issues then Jewel Theatre’s Chad Davies and Mary James talk about their The House of Blue Leaves play. Sept. 13 Angelo Grova, Rose Sellery and Tina Brown talk about Fashion ART happening on Sept 24 followed by KUSP’s Opera host Jim Emdy and I discussing up coming Opera seasons. September 20th has Christopher Krohn discussing one of UCSC’s student programs, then that same program, Rita Bottoms author of the new book “riffs & ecstasies” will talk about that book. On Sept.27 Brian Spencer and Al Muller talk about The Letters play coming to the Actors Theatre in October. Also on the 27th, ceramic sculptor Peggy Snider discusses her works and Open Studios. UCSC’s Micah Perks talks about a writing event on the campus on October 4th followed by Davis Banta relating stuff about Sam Shepard’s True West. On October 11 Teresa Landers tells news about The Santa Cruz City Library system. Felicia Rice follows her and will talk about UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media. Author, actor and acting teacher Joanne Linville will take the entire hour on October 18 to talk about her book Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. County Supervisor John Leopold will again co-host the fall pledge drive on October 25. City Council person Katherine Beiers will be the guest on November 1st. Followed by Meg Sandow and friend discussing the Homeless Garden Project. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The Great Morgani on Street performing, Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Conpany. Plus 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.Some of the worst things in my life never even happened”, Mark Twain (contributed by Jane Bruce-Munro).” The words were not alive. What was alive was the twitch…the twitch can know that the twitch was all. Then, having found out, in the mystic vision, you feel clean and free. You are at one with the great twitch”, Robert Penn Warren/ All the King’s Men.


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