CLOSING OUR PARKS AND BEACHES.Again almost quoting Supervisor Neal Coonerty on last week’s Universal Grapevine the State is planning on our closing Twin Lakes, Mission Adobe and Castle Rock State Parks due to budget problems.
Can anyone see far enough ahead to foretell some problems especially with Castle Rock. Wikipedia says about Castle Rock, “Under Governor Brown’s current budget proposal this park will be closed. This doesn’t necessarily mean that visitors couldn’t enter the park, but it does mean that rangers will no longer staff the park. If the city of Santa Cruz doesn’t step in, garbage collection will cease and crime may increase without the presence of park rangers”. Twin Lakes State Beach (in case you’ve successfully repressed the memory) is the scene of our local police war zone on the Fourth of July weekend (less than 20 days from now). The State Of California now proposes to close Twin Lakes? CLOSE TWIN LAKES???I suggested to Neal maybe our local police working with the State of course could put up barbed wire, install land mines, and 2 or 3 gun towers…maybe, just maybe that would “cut down” some of the 1000’s of families that see our beaches as public property to be enjoyed by all. Remember Fourth Of July is less than 20 days from now. And to think this would have been averted by John Lairds idea of taxing license plates for park revenue.
PREVIEW OF COMING DISTRACTIONS.So far there hasn’t been much press/media talk about what UCSC is proposing out at Terrace Point/Long Marine Lab. Supervisor Neal Coonerty said on Universal Grapevine he hadn’t heard much. What I’ve gathered so far is that UCSC wants to build 322,825 square feet of new buildings and that there will be 152,000 sq feet of outdoor development.
Open this image to see the list of 604 parking spaces, 30 researcher overnight rooms, 10 student rooms, the 10×12 entrance kiosk and things like that.
The map is from the just released DEIR for the new coastal biology building. It shows what areas can be developed.
The table that follows it is from the CLRDP (coastal long range development plan), the roadmap for all development on Terrace Point. It tells how much building is allowable. Much. Much more on this as you can imagine.
VALIDATION. Yes, its 16 minutes but watch until at least the part about the DMV photo session…one of the best You Tubes I’ve seen.
REDISTRICTING TRANSLATED. Political pro and former Mayor Bruce Van Allen sent this email, “Just a quick note to make sure that everyone understands that Bill Monning may still run for another term in the Assembly — he’s now in his second of the allowed three terms.
The talk about others running is based on the idea that the new districts to be adopted this summer will provide a viable Senate district for Bill to run for. But that’s by no means a sure thing — some of the preliminary maps divide our region among Senate districts in ways even worse than the current districts do.
In case your readers are interested, the Citizens Re-Districting Commission is scheduled to certify final district maps August 15. Between then and now there will be three draft maps issued. Here’s the schedule:
June 10 – Release 1st Draft maps
June 24 – End of 14-day Public Review period – 1st Draft Maps
July 7 – Release 2nd Draft Maps
July 21 – End of 14-day Public Review period – 2nd Draft Maps
July 28 – Release Final Draft Maps
August 11 – End of Final 14-day Public Review
August 15 – Certification of Maps and Report to Secty of State
There are many contending proposals for district maps, and no matter how skillfully and fairly they are drawn, someone will not like them. And changes in some distant part of the state might affect how the district lines shake out for our region. So we can expect changes from draft to draft.
We are in for a wild summer!
Also, FYI, I’ll be discussing the maps and the re-districting process at the next meeting of the People’s Democratic Club, 7 PM, Thursday, June 23rd, at the Center for Change (Democratic Party HQ) in the Galleria at 740 Front Street in Santa Cruz. Guests welcome.Thanks”- Bruce Van Allen. Be sure to ask Bruce V.A. (or I will about re-districting of our Supervisor Districts in the county, which is happening!!)
L.A. DRIVER CHEATS DEATH. You haven’t seen it all…yet.
PHIL COLLINS-COUNTY ARTIST OF THE YEAR. This hot scoop (On Monday 6/13… The Santa Cruz County Arts Commission is pleased to announce 2011 Artist of the Year Phil Collins in a Profile Performance on Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Cabrillo College Recital Hall
Phil Collins has been named the 2011 Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission. Collins, an award-winning musician, composer and conductor, is the County’s 25th artist to be so honored. The high level of artistic production in this County is acknowledged through this award which goes to an artist who lives in Santa Cruz County, has a national and/or international reputation as well as having contributed to the cultural enrichment of the local community.
Join us for his Profile Performance on Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Cabrillo
College Recital Hall. Local and Bay Area musicians will be performing several
of Collins’ works, including “Trojan Slave Aria,” “Seven Haiku,” and “Springing.” Soloists include pianist Sandra Gu and countertenor Jesse Buddington. For a complete program of the evening’s music, please visit www.scparks.com.
PROGRAM of MUSIC BY PHIL COLLINS (also the possible order of performances) timings approximate
Seven Haiku (1980) 12:00
Text by Ron Federighi,
Teresa Orozco-Petersen, flute
Jenny Bifano, violin
Beth Zare, French Horn
Stan Poplin, double bass
Tonight, I Watched (1986) 8:00
Text by Sappho, translation Mary Barnard
Debra Spencer, alto
Jenny Bifano, violin
Phil Collins, guitar
Continuation (2009) 8:00
Phil Collins, guitar
Stream (2006-2011) 7:00 (world premiere)
Jennifer Cass, harp
Trojan Slave Aria (2011) 3:00?
Text by Euripides, translation Mary-Kay Gamel
Jesse Buddington, countertenor
Vocal quartet, singers & pianist, TBA
Springing (2010) 7:00
Sandra Gu, piano
Admission is FREE to the public. Advance tickets are not available. Seating
is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the
We have all been reading how the Central Coast will be put back into electoral districts that makes sense, and that’s going to be good for the Democrats. Perhaps it will make up for what the Democrats did to themselves in 2001 when they willingly tossed the Central Coast to the Republicans in exchange for God knows what. I attended two hearings back in 2001, where every single person who testified spoke against what the Dems planned for our Central Coast; not one person spoke in favor of it. But the Dems who had a chance to stop the split did it anyway. As frequently happens, when big errors like this are made by Electeds, a ballot measure comes along, in this case it took away the power of the Electeds to do redistricting and gave it to a citizens committee. Their first results were released to the public on June 10th. Not getting as much coverage is the changing of Supervisorial District lines, but there will be some shifting to accommodate the changes in current District population.
Want to hear from an expert on this subject? Bruce Van Allen will present his analysis of the redistricting being proposed at the next PDC meeting scheduled for 7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 23th at Democratic Party HQ in the Galleria in Santa Cruz. (Paul Elerick is thechair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , chair of the Transportation Committee of the Santa Cruz Group Sierra Club. and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).
THE SURFING MADONNA OF ENCINTAS. Cruz Zamarron sent in this newsy item.The mural is not only huge, it’s beautiful.
BURGER KING TOW JOBS & GRrrANT WILSON. I’m not totally sure what Grant has in mind here…but that’s not at all uncommon. He says,” Re: Burger King towing Staff of Life. I consulted by oracle + my astrologist. It appears that it’s in retaliation for the outbreak of lethal e-coli food poisoning originating from Hamberg-errrr… Germany * 2800 people infected, so far… Perpetuating a deep, negative, karmic cycle as a result of decades of profound abuse, neglect and suffering of sacred- (yet anonymous) cows (and locally, in SC~ as a result of Das Kapitalism, mein herr). Of course, it’s always better to reach The Staff of Life by foot or bike, if possible, thereby breaking the karmic cycle & liberating one’s self while enjoying nature’s remaining birds and flowers, at the same time! I will consult my “Pocket Oracle” next time I see you in the streets, of this berg.
* Obama is meeting with Angela Merkel, today, in Germany, in talks on Global Warming.
* In the parallel universe there is also the karmic cycle of Hamberg Iowa – the entire town about to go under… 8 ft of water as a result of the uprising of “Misseri” River and global warming/warning…Eco-Terrorists, of course!”
DOLPHINS SURFING. K. Birskovich spied this one too. It proves that we can, and should learn a lot more than we have from our animal brothers.
PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks here about 4000 live Oak trees being cut down on Fort Ord land for the Whispering Oaks development. He discusses De-sal in Monterey which would be even bigger than what Santa Cruz- Soquel is pushing. Then he says our Supes are dealing with their new county district boundaries on 6/14. There’s the new Santa Cruz Marketing district which sounds like another Convention Visitors Bureau secret deal.
(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365” – www.gapatton.net )
BANKSY ART IN OCEANSIDE ???
VINTAGE DE CINZO. Professor deCinzo explains the mystery behind City Council candidates…see below
EAGANS DEEP COVER.”Excuses For A New Decade” is Tim’s title for this weeks in full color DeepCover. Look about 3 pages below.
PEACEFUL PILL & ASSISTED SUICIDE NEWS. If you’re not planning on dying don’t bother watching this one. But there’s late breaking news about “how to go”!!!
LANDAU’S PROGRES. In his weekly piece titled »The Honduran Accords”
Saul Landau states, “In 2009, the now celebratory Hillary Clinton tried to legitimate the Honduran coup. The State Department had lined up with neocons, Chiquita Banana, Honduran business tycoons and military brass to condemn Zelaya for overstepping the sacred Constitution. Hillary has forgotten her righteous condemnations and supports the agreement reached by her arch foe Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (socialist), and her ally Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos (conservative), and Washington’s recently acquired Honduran puppet president Porfirio Lobo (conservative) to laud progressive Zelaya’s return”. Read it all here…
Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from firstname.lastname@example.org
CROW SOLVES PUZZLE. Gives new meaning to “eating crow””
LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express http://ljo-express.blogspot.com you can ONLY reflect on her last column or two because she says, “I will be out of town all next week & not blogging. But we should be back by next Sunday (June 19).
Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.
E CLAMPUS VITUS FOREVER. Clamper Jim (aka XNGH #16) sent this…On Saturday, June 25th at San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St, 10.00 AM. the local Chapter of E Clampus Vitus – “El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797” will be unveiling a new bronze plaque set in concrete for the last known Bull & Bear Fighting Ring in Santa Cruz. This was part of Villa de Branciforte. The monument will be at the entrance, here. Hope to see you there”.
If you have never seen what Clampers look like up close this will be your big chance.
From Kit B. comes this amazing 8 year old 5 string banjo player clip, what were you playing at age 8??
SUPER 8.For a main line audience pleaser this is a pretty good and exciting movie. There’s a great train wreck scene that everybody’s been talking about and to be honest I’ve seen at least four films since Friday and can’t remember anything else about Super 8…it’s that kind of film. Army, kids, government, small town, New Jersey, , making a film, Elle Fanning is cute, alien spaceship leaves earth, what else is new???
TREE OF LIFE. This piece of pap from Terence Malick is just about the most foolish, pretentious, ultra cosmic, sermon, Hallmark –TEDx piece of junk ever filmed. Maybe TEDx people will like it, or Rosicrucian’s, or Scientologists but don’t go whatever you do. Paul Lee told me that Malick was his philosophy student at Harvard and later worked at The New Yorker. I thought Malick’s Badlands and The Thin Red Line were very good films but like Tree of Life his The New World was just as hyped and ego driven.
OTHER FILMS. Go see Woody Allen‘s Midnight In Paris, The Double Hour, L’Amour Fou, Incendies, Bill Cunningham N.Y. and for sure Cave of Forgotten Dreams even in 2D.
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 on “blog”) at WWW.KZSC.ORG. Now for the Fourth year The top 3 Santa Cruz Bookshop Short Story Winners will read their entries for the full hour on June 14th. Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams will discuss their new book, “The New Universe and the Human Future. Ellen Primack details this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music on July 5th followed by a return of Anita Monga of the now legendary San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Shary Farr (of the Carmel Farr family) talks about elders, death, dying and positive preparation on July 12 after that author, historian, Geoffrey Dunn will tell us all about “The LIES of Sarah Palin, (his newest book) and her latest breaking news. Michael Warren will give us an in depth Shakespeare Santa Cruz preview on July 19 and Sue Heinz will return to tell us even more about Tarot, The Qabalah, and of course astrology on that same program. Any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in and keep listening.
QUOTES. “dames lie about anything-just for practice”, Raymond Chandler (Farewell My Lovely). “What is pornography to one man is the laughter of genius to another”, D.H.Lawrence. “Don’t admire wavy hair when your date wears a crew cut”, Tips to Teen Agers.