Blog Archives

August 14 – 20, 2019

Highlights this week:
BRATTON…MAH and mopping up money, district elections, Downtown Forward – a front? 15 women artists. GREENSITE…on the Coastal Commission rail/trail hearing. KROHN…Green New Deal, rental housing, Water Street bridge lynching, district elections, cell towers, new council work plan. STEINBRUNER…pleads for a fair trial, Soquel sewage water, Dream Inn Development. PATTON…5G Wireless technology. EAGAN…classic treasures. JENSEN…Reviews Mike Wallace is Here. BRATTON…I critique Mike Wallace is Here, Them That Follow. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES… “Beaches”


                                 

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RORY CALHOUN VISITS SANTA CRUZ IN 50’S. Rory was born in Los Angeles, and lived and worked here (Boulder Creek) for a few years. He was the only actor to have made four films with Marilyn Monroe! With George Ow’s, the Nickelodeon’s and Rita Bottoms’ help we brought Rory back here in 1991. That’s when he signed the cement sidewalk at the Nickelodeon. The photo shows his then wife and movie star Lita Baron on the right, with Eunice and Leonard Sancher, plus Mary and H. Ersie on his left. Rory died in 1999. My daughter Jennifer and I went to his funeral. Lita Baron was there.                                         

photo credit: Fredda C. Carr of Boulder Creek

OH BROTHER WHEREFORE ART THOU? 
THE WASHBOARD SERENADERS. 

DATELINE August 12

MORE PHOTO FACTS. Scroll down to see last week’s historic photo of Julian Camacho and John Tunney at the Cooper House rally. Eric Fingal took that photo for Covello & Covello, and still works for them. He emailed saying: “The photo of Tunney and Camacho in front of the Cooper House is mine, not Covello and Covello’s. I believe that was from a series (there were also some of Cranston and Camacho too) shot on my last day of being a teenager — October 20, 1972. I turned 20 years old the next day! I couldn’t remember which series was shot in October. This one could very easily been shot on August 20, and the photos with Cranston shot on October 20. 

MOPPING UP MAH… We haven’t heard or read anything about it yet, but the MAH is in serious financial trouble. A major part of the problem is MAH financial data is no longer shared with the board or their largest donors. The MAH Finance Committee has been ordered by the former executive director not to disclose financial data on the Museum’s current fiscal status, despite repeated requests. The staff has kept these “internal affairs” quiet, but the problem is real and they’re working on a fundraiser to alleviate that imbalance. Somebody should demand “transparency”. More than that, there’s trouble afoot over finding a new director since Nina Simon left. It appears the present staff doesn’t want anybody new telling them what to do, and they want a voice in the selection of that new director. Many of the staff are challenging the board’s authority. A big part of the problem seems to be that the food court which destroyed Abbott Square isn’t bringing in the bucks. It’s usually inhabited by computer and cell phone users, not food court customers. Of course, as any Mindfulness follower will tell you, all of above are just words, opinions, and thoughts. But then again, what would happen if the folks involved with Nina Simon’s current job take a look at what’s been happening to the MAH project she rammed so long and hard to deliver to us?

DISTRICT ELECTIONS APPROACHING…AGAIN!!! So I received a document from The National Demographics Corporation. It says in part“you are sitting at your office on a Thursday afternoon, and the city manager sends you an email letting you know that the city received a demand letter about a voting rights issue. You review the demand letter and realize that it is a letter from a prospective plaintiff’s attorney, alleging that the city’s election system is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA“) and threatening litigation if the city does not voluntarily change its elections system. What do you do? At least 88 cities have made the change to by-district elections and two more, the City of Goleta and the City of Carpinteria, agreed to make the change for 2022. Other cities, such as the City of San Clemente have decided to put the matter on the 2018 ballot for voters’ approval. Approximately eighteen other cities are in some form of legal dispute but have not yet decided to make the change to by-district elections. For context, only 28 cities employed by-district elections prior to passage of the CVRA. Cities are not the only public entities susceptible to a CVRA challenge. Thirty two community college districts, over 165 school districts, and at least 12 other special districts have made the change to by-district elections”. 

District Elections are all about voting rights, protected classes, racially polarized voting, equal protection and the basic right to vote.  

Vallejo has — and has had — what looks like a wide spread of groups elected to their City Council. But no matter, they are going through deep, studies and plots and plans to determine IF district elections will change anything. At first and second glances, Santa Cruz also appears to have fair and just representative voices from all concerned. This is just a head’s up to start studying the pros and cons when IT comes our way…again.

Go HERE if you want more info re Vallejo’s problems.

DOWNTOWN FORWARD or BACKWARD
While Queen Mother Cynthia Mathews can’t vote on her plot to develop the library garage structure — because she owns the house next to the Nickelodeon — she’s been super busy teaching her Fairy Princess Martine Watkins how to sneak, plot and plan their library garage goal through the Downtown Forward group. Go to their home page and check out how many developers and money people are on their membership list.

LINK TO 15 WOMEN ARTISTS. I can’t remember how I came across this, but it’s an excellent document that shows us some wonderful and deserving art. It’s all from turn of the century Paris. Take a look.

August 12

TIMING IS EVERYTHING.
I’m willing to go the extra mile to protect nature. Even so, 345 miles seemed a long drive for a 3 -minute presentation before the CA Coastal Commission. All sorts of rationalizations to avoid a 7-hour each way road trip presented themselves but in the end, with a colleague willing to drive and participate, not going was not an option.

At issue was an appeal to the Coastal Commission of the city of Santa Cruz’s approval of Segment 7 Phase 2 of the Rail Trail project: that less than a mile segment of proposed rail/ trail from Bay and California Streets to the wharf roundabout. The proposed route follows the current rail, which dips into a ravine below the linear La Barranca Park on Bay St., enters Neary Lagoon and skirts the Wastewater Treatment Plant before spilling out bike riders, pedestrians and wheel chair users into the roundabout at the foot of the wharf. It has a price tag of $10 million, which seems high for a less than a mile multi-use trail. For comparison, that is the same amount of money the state allocated to the whole county to tackle homeless issues. 

The high cost reflects the need for thousands of cubic yards of soil to be removed, the removal of all vegetation, including 44 trees on the western side, the building of an up to 19 foot high retaining wall on one side (to shore up the now denuded embankment) and a 54 inch high fence on the other, to separate the trail from the rail, plus the installation of lights and security cameras, which suggests that security issues are anticipated. Users will basically be walking or biking in a 12 foot wide chute next to tourist trains running between the Boardwalk and Davenport. None of this (except the cost) bothers me except for one thing: the project area includes a wetland, protected under the Coastal Act. It also is home to a wide variety of bird species, other vertebrates and invertebrates including bats and embraces a monarch butterfly site, designated as such by a city plaque within the grove. 

The city twisted itself into knots trying to downplay or negate any environmental impacts. First they omitted any reference to the monarch grove. Then they used a non Coastal Act definition of “wetland” to claim it wasn’t one; they then claimed the monarch grove wasn’t really a habitat; that displaced birds would simply go elsewhere and so on. The mitigations for such habitat loss are inadequate (you have to recreate lost wetlands, not just plant replacement trees elsewhere) and alternative alignments of the trail (such as up on Bay St.) were overly quickly dismissed. No doubt eying the council chambers filled with rail trail advocates the council quickly approved the project.

Since the Coastal Commission staff had expressed some concerns about the project and since wetlands are protected under the Coastal Act, Save Our Big Trees decided to appeal the city’s approval to the Coastal Commission. Buoyed by a detailed biological assessment of the project area from a biologist with 30 years’ experience, including photographs of onsite wetland vegetation, standing water, bird species and monarchs, plus a legal interpretation from an environmental attorney of the Coastal Act vis a vis wetland protection, and mapping an ADA compliant alternative, we were fairly confident that commission staff would find the appeal raised a substantial issue, which is the first step in the appeal process. But they didn’t. I admit to a certain naiveté when it comes to civic institutions. I trust they are following their mandate rather than eying the potential political repercussions of their decisions. And so the Coastal Commission staff accepted and parroted the city’s position.  If there was any hope at all, it was in Eureka for the Friday the 9th meeting of the CA Coastal Commission.

We had submitted extensive documentation to be shared with commissioners within the stated deadlines. Unbeknown to us, as we drove north towards Eureka, the commission staff had shared our documentation with city staff, which wrote a 17- page rebuttal as an addendum for commission review at the 11th hour. The rebuttal refuted the wetland designation, calling it a drainage ditch with the standing water being from rainfall and run off, despite the fact the standing water was photographed in July, the dry season. This type of fluvial deception by the city has a long history but I’ll save that for a future column.

Arriving late Thursday night in Eureka, we decided to wake early, read the city’s addendum and craft a timed response to fit within the allotted 3 minutes. It’s a brutal time limit; not 3 minutes each person but 3 minutes total. Prune every extraneous word and highlight the main points. Since Friday’s agenda contained 22 items and our appeal was the last item we took the time to finish our prep and headed to the meeting in the Eureka Marine building expecting a wait for our item to be up. The meeting had started at 9am. We arrived to an empty room save the sound crew packing up their equipment.  “Where’s the Commission meeting?” I asked, with a foreboding of the answer. ” Oh, they finished the meeting at ten minutes past ten”, was the response. “They re-positioned most of the items under the consent agenda.”

Such moments test one’s fortitude. And humility. Only a swim in the Eel River on the return journey cleansed our spirits. One part of nature replenishing as another part awaits destruction.

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

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August 12

THIS WEEK ON THE CITY COUNCIL

The Good

Green New Deal
Okay city council, it’s been six weeks since your last meeting. You’ve had time to think it over and as in former House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s used to say, “All politics are local.” So, this week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey’sGreen New Deal,” is on the Santa Cruz city council agenda, item #6. Three councilmembers (not me) have signed on to supporting it for Surf City. Take a look at House Resolution 109, “The Green New Deal” here As it stands on the agenda, it’s a feel-good aspirational nod towards doing the right thing concerning the environment. It lays out several reasons for how the initiative came about and why it is needed now, but also discusses healthcare, job creation and links climate change as a threat to national security. If the initiative receives support here, the mayor will notify our Congress member, Jimmy Panetta who is already signed on as a co-sponsor, but it will not provide any real teeth to mandate or legislate anything in the city of Santa Cruz. If we were serious, what might a Green New Deal look like for Santa Cruz? Ban single-use plastic bottles? Refrain from building the proposed last century 5-story parking garage downtown? We could mandate that the city initiate a process to only purchasing or leasing non-fossil fuel vehicles. We could also hire 100 people to form a Climate Corps. They could be trained to teach homeowners, businesses and renters how to transition to a non-carbon, fossil-free economy. And perhaps most easily and essentially, we could begin planting trees. How about planting 2,020 trees in 2020?

Data Collection Related to Rental Housing
Just the facts Ma’am. We need data to figure out what can be done to ease the pain and suffering of renters who include the low-income, students, and families. This data would be public as it is in other cities and include tracking actual rent increases–amount, where, and previous rent–(not just average ones) and actual evictions. In addition, to get an overall and useful picture of renters and landlords in the city we need to include rented accessory dwelling units, bedrooms rented out in owner-occupied single family homes, new buildings for multiple dwellers including townhouses and condos, and mobile homes. All this would be useful data. This item will be before the city council on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30pm, right after Oral Communication.

Plaque on Water Street Bridge Remembering the May 2, 1877 Lynching
I am excited about Santa Cruzans getting behind historical remembrances. Forgetting history is a theme that looms large in our country (slavery, Hay Market Square, Women’s participation in US science achievement, and national immigrant history). George Ow is behind a project to name the bridge going over the San Lorenzo River that spans from River Street to San Lorenzo Park, Chinatown Bridge. In addition, Councilmember Drew Glover has been working with locals to place a plaque on the Water Street Bridge “memorializing the May 2, 1877 lynching” of two men from this same place while also acknowledging the history of racial discrimination that’s taken place right here in the city of Santa Cruz. Whew! These are exciting times for teaching, learning, acknowledging, and understanding our own history.

The Bad

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“$70,000 a minute. $4 million per hour. $100 million per day. That’s how much the Walton family, the richest family in the world, made last year. I say to the Walton family: No more excuses. Pay your workers a living wage—at least $15 an hour.” (Aug. 12) 
(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, and was on the Santa Cruz City Councilmember from 1998-2002. Krohn was Mayor in 2001-2002. He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 14 years. He was elected the the city council again in November of 2016, after his kids went off to college. His current term ends in 2020.

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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August 12

I WANT A FAIR AND IMPARTIAL TRIAL, PLEASE.
How can it be fair that a judge would rule multiple times on a case, then disqualify himself after the last judgment that imposes hardship on the plaintiff?  That is what I feel occurred last Friday in Judge John Gallagher’s court regarding my legal action against Soquel Creek Water District.  He had done legal work for the District for 23 years before becoming a judge in this County.  He voluntarily signed a Statement of Recusal in 2017 for a similar case, admitting “It would give the appearance of impropriety if I were to handle this case.”  I discovered this Statement of Recusal only after he issued an Order that imposes a very compressed schedule upon me for submitting a Record of the evidence that is now 70,000 pages and will require printing and binding in nearly 90 binders. Judge Gallagher refused earlier to allow me to provide this voluminous Record in electronic form, and therefore i must submit it in hard copy.  The attorney for the District has stipulated that all documents with color MUST be printed in color for the Record.  This needlessly imposes form over function, and adds great expense.

I filed two motions on July 12: to disqualify Judge John Gallagher, and to vacate and set aside the Order he imposed, requesting a new Case Management Conference.

On August 8, 2019, Judge Gallagher issued the following tentative ruling:

LAW AND MOTION TENTATIVE RULINGS DATE: AUGUST 9, 2019 TIME: 8:30 A.M. Case No. 19CV00181 STEINBRUNER v SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT et al.

MOTION TO VACATE AND SET ASIDE ORDER, AND TO SET NE CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

The motion is denied. Petitioner’s motion states that it is brought under CCP §§170.3(a). 170.4(c)(1), and 170.4(d). None of these code sections support Petitioner’s request that the court’s June 27, 2019 Order Following Case Management Conferences Setting Administrative Record Deadlines, Briefing Deadlines and Hearing Schedule be vacated or set aside. While CCP §170.4(c) provides for vacating orders made by a judge after a statement of disqualification has been filed, no statement of disqualification was filed prior to the court’s June 27, 2019 order.

As is required, I notified the Court and all parties by 4pm that I requested to present oral argument in Court on August 9.

On August 9, in Dept. 10 before Judge John Gallagher, I did so, outlining these issues:

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STOP OVER-BUILDING SANTA CRUZ!
This crazy frenzy is happening all over the County, but the City of Santa Cruz is about to change so substantially that the quality of life as we know it will vanish forever.  Where is the infrastructure to support this madness???

Here is one opportunity to speak out:

Time To Get Active!
A major new development is proposed, right across from the Dream Inn. The Planning Commission is going to consider the development at a meeting this coming Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz City Hall. The artist’s fantasy is below. A picture of actual traffic follows that. 
Traffic is not the only problem!
If you’d like to be involved, you can click this link to access information from the City Planning Commission. The complete agenda is available at the bottom of that page.

You can send a message to the Planning Commission by clicking this link

I always think it is interesting that so few vehicles are ever shown in these artist renderings, don’t you???

WRITE ONE LETTER (AND MAKE A COPY TO KEEP!). MAKE ONE CALL.  ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.  BUT JUST DO SOMETHING THIS WEEK!Cheers, Becky Steinbruner 

Becky Steinbruner is a 30+ year resident of Aptos. She has fought for water, fire, emergency preparedness, and for road repair. She ran for Second District County Supervisor in 2016 on a shoestring and got nearly 20% of the votes.

Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com

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August  11
#223 / 5G Wireless? G-Whiz! And Watch Out!


If you would like to read an article titled, “Everything iPhone Users Need to Know About 5G Wireless,” please click that link. Just be aware that the article does NOT tell you “everything you need to know.” 
This article, and many like it, emphasize the “Gee Whiz” aspects of this proposed new 5G technology. How about complete movies downloaded in seconds? How about autonomous cars?

Gee Whiz, Mr. Science, that 5G wireless sounds really keen!

What people have NOT been told about 5G wireless is that there are potential health impacts that have not been fully evaluated. Here is a link to an informative video, for those who want to learn more. Remember, you won’t find out about any of the potential problems from Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T!
Here is another thing. What people have NOT been told is that the federal government is attempting to prevent any local or state government from interfering with the upcoming rollout of this new 5G wireless technology.

On this coming Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Santa Cruz City Council is slated to adopt an ordinance governing the installation of 5G wireless hot spots throughout the City of Santa Cruz, massively increasing the number of these radiation-emitting antennas in the local community, and allowing them to be placed not high above the ground, but at street level, where human exposure will be greatest (this is what the federal government requires, not necessarily what our local elected officials want).

You can find a link to the City Council agenda right here. Materials relating to the 5G wireless issue are found as part of Agenda Item #25.

Local activists, and particularly a group called called EMF-Aware-Santa Cruz, are trying to persuade the Council to impose the maximum controls possible, and to make it easy to appeal any grant of a permit for a 5G wireless installation. If you think that would be a good idea, and would like to communicate with the Council on this matter (and that’s encouraged), you can send an email to the City Council by clicking this link

I continue to believe that the “precautionary principle” is the proper approach to proposed new technologies. That is not what is happening with the proposed rollout of 5G wireless. To the degree that our local government can stand up for the local community, as the federal government seeks to sweep possible objections under the rug, I’m in favor of local control! Those concerned can attend the City Council meeting Tuesday, or send the Council a message in advance!

Gary Patton is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. You can read and subscribe to his daily blog at www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Check it out just below…another classic Subconscious Comic.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s ” Extra superb taste” down a few pages. As always, at TimEagan.com you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog

MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday of almost every month there is a free concert held in the upstairs meeting room of the threatened Santa Cruz Public Library. This month the theme is Bach • Brahms • Massenet and it happens Thursday, August 15 from 12:10 – 12:50. It’s in the upstairs meeting room of the threatened Santa Cruz Public Library, Downtown Branch. 

Emma Arulanantham on violin and Kumaran Arulanantham at the piano. They’ll play Partita No.2 in d minor BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Violin Sonata No.1 in G Major, Op.78 by Johannes Brahms and close with Meditation (from Thais) by Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet.Remember… it’s free and at the Santa Cruz Library

Central Branch Meeting Room upstairs.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Santa Cruz Shakespeare tackles one of the Bard’s lesser-known plays, The Winter’s Tale, with typical vitality, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Also, return to an era when journalism mattered and a free press was cherished in the doc Mike Wallace Is Here, reviewed in this week’s Good Times.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975. 

 

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE. A very insightful documentary about this major player in our USA news reporting history. A showman, actor and gadfly turned into a brilliant interviewer who changed the way we can become informed. Wallace fights depression, alcohol, drugs and media bosses to unearth truth and the nonsense behind many of our most famous faces. See it ASAP. You’ll appreciate whatever source of news you watch a lot more.

THEM THAT FOLLOW. This is an extra dramatic voyeuristic peek into the snake-handling Pentecostal hillbillies in Appalachia. It sheds no light on why these folks are like they are, or why we should care about their way of life. Olivia Colman does her best (and it’s good) to add depth to this drama. A big secret carries the movie three quarters of the way, but it’s not enough to make it worth your time or admission.  CLOSES THURSDAY AUGUST 15

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. The more movies you’ve seen in your lifetime the more you’ll like Quentin Tarantino’s latest. With Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the leads and it all happening in L.A. in 1969 it almost can’t miss. Slightly under the cuteness of the relationship between Pitt and DiCaprio is knowing that the film ends with the Manson Family killings of Sharon Tate and four other characters at the house that she shared with her husband, Roman Polanski. Add Al Pacino for about two minutes to all of that and you’ll be forced to like it.

MAIDEN.  A very significient tribute to women’s empowerment. With a well deserved 97 audience score and a 98 Rotten Tomato meter score you can be sure this documentary is very well worth watching.  It’s the very detailed story and back story of how one woman gathered the all woman crew and won the Whitbread Round the World sailboat race in 1989. It’s also an example of a very well made documentary. With great camera work, and a super amount of tension it should be seen by anyone who cares about the arorementioned women’s empowerment.

YESTERDAY. Imagine if the entire world forgot who the Beatles were except for one pretty good guitarist and singer of Indian heritage. An excellent feel good movie that has a fun plot, the greatest Beatle songs and good acting. Go see it especially if you have forgotten how much those songs affected you when their albums were first released.

THE FAREWELL. Whew, 100% on the Rotten Tomato meter and 91% on their audience score. The cast is mostly Asian and handles the problem of how to tell Grandma that she’s dying of cancer. It’s funny, deeply sad, superior acting and will hold you to the unfolding story right to the unusual ending. Well worth seeing….and remembering.

LOST AND FOUND. This is a very unusual blend and criss cross of seven (7) different stories that take place in a small Irish town. Some of these stories work perfectly others will leave you cold. Many of the characters merge and blend into the next story. It is Irish humor, subtle,  vague, slap happy and it works slowly on you…until you catch on. CLOSES THURSDAY AUGUST 15

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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 archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. August 13 has Jane Mio talking about the San Lorenzo River, the issues, the birds, the events. She’s followed by activist Gillian Greensite discussing trees, UCSC Growth, and more community concerns. Bruce Van Allen will cover many area developments on August 20. Then Julie James alerts us to The Jewel Theatre’s exciting new season. The small intense Espressivo Orchestra’s new season is Michel Singher’s subject on August 26. On September 3 John Orlando talks about his Distinguished Artists 2019-2020 season. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttps://www.radiofreeamerica.com/schedule/kzsc   You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at bratton@cruzio.com 

Gotta love some standup…

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts. Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, 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. 

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“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea”. Anne Morrow Lindbergh 
“I pass my time in the open air on the beach when it is really heavy weather or when the boats go out fishing”. Claude Monet
“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war”. Loren Eiseley


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