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THE OLD OX ROAD. Circa 1885, this photo looks a lot like one taken behind what’s now the Brookdale lodge back in the day. The guy in the vest maybe Chris Iffert. These log roads were built to stop the logs from rolling into the oxen. That’s all according

photo credit: To the picture book “Santa Cruz California” published by Arcadia and compiled by Sheila O’Hare and Irene Berry. (A photo from the Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.)

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WELCOME FOREVER 21…AND WHY EXACTLY??? Wikipedia says they put the biblical quote John:3:16 on their clothes, and gee that’s just what we need. Then Wikipedia states, “On August 19, 2010, a security guard at a XXI (Forever 21) store at 6801 Hollywood Blvd assaulted and choked a deaf man, Alejandro Rea, for nearly two minutes because he did not stop at the door when the security alarms went off. Rea, who had previously been convicted twice for shoplifting, was seen on surveillance footage leaving with unpaid items and was arrested after the incident. The security guard was suspended for using excessive force. A pedestrian filmed the altercation and uploaded the video to YouTube, prompting responses from various news outlets.[24] In January 2012, a class action lawsuit was filed against Forever 21 by its own employees stating that they (Forever 21) systematically failed to pay them for hours worked. Employees of Forever 21 are required to subject their personal belongings to a “Bag Check Policy” to ensure there is no stolen merchandise. As part of this policy employees are required to have their belongings checked while still clocked in, however according to former and present Forever 21 employees the bag check has been done while clocked-out resulting in unpaid time while working”. Check out the Wikipedia link your self… . As previously stated it won’t be long before Pacific Avenue is more like Fisherman’s Wharf then Santana Row. Just what is Santa Cruz anyways? Do we care?

RICHARD FEYNMAN, ABOUT GOD. Just about the last word

McPHERSON SUPPORTERS. We tried to get all the developers, bankers and their money in last week’s list of Republicans who support Bruce McPherson in his run for County Supervisor. Here’s some more including dentists!!!

Toby Alexander, Thomas AmRhein, Joseph Anzalone, John Bargetto, All the Bogard Family, Karl Brose DDS, Lee Courtwright, Charles Elmore DDS, Jeanne Epping, Krassow Funeral Family, Doug Ley, Jeremy Lezin, Harriet Mainis, Terry Medina, Robert Millslagle DDS, Diane Siri, John Sisk, Ken Thomas, Bob Yonts, Bob Zufall, and Evelyn Zaballos. What’s with dentists being Republican…Would you want a Republican working on your teeth?

FORD SPONSORED MUSIC CLIP. Nick Royal sent this clip. It’s a lot more fun than the SC Baroque Festivals attempt was last weekend to play baroque compositions on Kotos, Marimbas, and a guitar orchestra!! Yuck!!

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. I attend many, many concerts at UCSC and am delighted to announce that the Music Department has somehow managed to get permission to hire a new senior level composer/teacher. Folks are applying from all over everywhere for the position. We’ve missed 2 already but each of them will be here talking about their views on music…Composers – In Lecture/Discussions on their Music… Lei Liang – 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 6. Chinary Ung – 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 13. Larry Polansky – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 21 Rodrigo Sigal – 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 27All lectures are in the Music Center room 131.Free and Open to the UCSC Campus Community.

ANOTHER UCSC ITEM. “The Araboolies of Liberty Street. Students from the UCSC Opera Theater present two free matinee performances of the children’s opera “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” based on the popular book by Sam Swope. Music by Ronald Perera Libretto by Constance Congdon. Sunday, March 4, 2012 Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC) 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. FREE admission. First-come first-served. Parking $3 per vehicle.

THIS TOO SHALL PASS. From Arts Journal

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?? Guy Cecil, executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at sent this out…URGENT NEWS: One of the nation’s wealthiest and most powerful corporate interest groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, just announced a $10 million advertising campaign across eight key states. This is a major piece of their plan to defeat President Obama, seize the Senate and execute a complete GOP takeover of government. These states represent 72 electoral votes, more than decided two of the past three presidential elections — combined. Eight Senate seats is twice the current slim Democratic majority. These ads are running now. We must react. We must respond. Now. $1 million by the end of February – combined with our current resources – will allow us to beat the Chamber. If we lose these states, we don’t just lose the Senate. We lose the White House and our ability to stop Republicans from launching a full-out assault on women’s rights, American workers, and our social safety net. $1 million by the end of February will help us hold the line. Thanks for your help.
Guy Cecil, Executive Director, DSCC. There’s much more to this story… read this article how so many local Chamber chapters are opposed to the National Chapter.

Column cohort Gunilla found this cutesy senior moment.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul’s out for a few weeks because he had an operation on his other foot. And he’s doing well according to reports.

BALLS UP ILLUSION. Don’t bother trying this at home.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about the destruction of Fort Ord known as “Whispering Oaks” He talks about The proposed Retail Shopping Center being pushed in Watsonville by the airport then he ends up telling us news about The RTC and developments on the Branch Rail Line. It’s all here at XXXXX

(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”

3D ART. We saw this guy’s work in S.F. Peggy Snider found him to be Patrick Hughes. See his art “in action” at
See more about him and his technique here

TAX ININIATIVES IN SANTA CRUZ. Do you ever wonder how all those proposed initiatives for curing the state budget problems will affect Santa Cruz? WILPF says, “Let’s talk about it:Join our panelists:Fred Keeley (Treasurer, Santa Cruz County) Nora Hochman (union representative) Brian Wall (Deputy Superintendent of SC Schools) Katherine Beiers (SC City Council). We’ll review proposed state initiatives to increase state revenue – what each intends to do, what taxes would be imposed, where the money would go have the panel discuss how they will impact our community from their point of view – and open the discussion up for questions, discussion, and advocacy. Plenty of time after the presentation to ask questions, give a pitch for a particular initiative, talk about what actions we can take on these.

WILPF Public Program, 7 – 9 pm February 21, Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney St. (off the inland end of Morrissey). Open to all. Free, donations welcomed! Co-sponsored by the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers, the Soquel Education Association, Organizing for Santa Cruz, and Organizing for Santa Cruz.For more information, email For even more information than that: or 831 465 8272.

WATER & DE SAL FORUM AT UCSC. There will be a forum/debate on water policy (desal being the draw). Morgan Rankin of the League of Women Voters will moderate. Participating will be Rick Longinotti, Paul Brown, Mike Rotkin, and Gary Patton. The City of Santa Cruz and the Soquel Creek Water District both refused an invitation to participate. You are definitely invited, and please feel free to tell your family and friends. It will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd, starting at 5:30, at the Stevenson Fireside Lounge on the UCSC Campus. That was the site of many of Tom Lehrer’s finest and funniest musical extrapolations. It’s small so get there early, and pay attention to the parking problems.

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Doctor DeCinzo looks at some peculiar problems of the psyche…scroll below when you’re up to it.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Are no Newt’s good newts? Scroll downwards.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau’s title this week is “The Media Informs Us About American Idols”. In it he writes, “Without media questioning, the national security elite monopolize the terrorism theme. Israel and the U.S. accuse their enemies of terrorism, while practicing assassinations and deadly drone strikes. In 2009, Ros Lehtinen said she “would welcome anyone who wanted to assassinate Fidel Castro.” And she didn’t get tossed into Guantanamo for advocating the assassination of a foreign leader – from her congressional office. Israel fears Iran will develop a nuclear weapon via the very secret process Israel chose. Indeed, Israel bombed Syria and Iraqi nuclear installations to stop their attempts to do what Israel did. In April 1963, President Kennedy asked Israeli Premiere Shimon Peres about nuclear intentions. Peres lied: “I can tell you forthrightly that we will not introduce atomic weapons in to the region. We certainly won’t be the first to do so. We have no interest in that. On the contrary, our interest is in de-escalating the armament tension, even in total disarmament.” (Barry Lando, “The Iran Crisis: Only Half the Story,” Blog, February 2, 2012). Israel’s nukes receive scant media attention. When an Iranian scientist gets whacked, the media shrug. After all, everyone knows, Israel had to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuke. Israel only has 200 of them. Would a career-minded reporter ask about such contradictions? If he doesn’t ask how will he (we) learn?” Read it all here. Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from


LISA JENSEN LINKS: Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (, find out what local artist was featured on a recent KQED TV show, pick up some tips on Oscar Party invitations, and get ready to rumble when Bruce Bratton, Wallace Baine and yours truly mix it up at our annual pre-Academy Awards showdown at the Nickelodeon.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

HOSTETTER’S HOT STUFF. Paul H. says, “Hello all – Starting out with the sad announcement that Andy Irvine has had to suddenly cancel his California tour due to a medical emergency in his family. So, no Andy right now. But if you navigate over to you will find a plethora of other good things coming up that should divert you well, such as the Great Gatsby Opera in SF, the baroque koto concert at UCSC, The Foghorn String Band, Kleptograss, Deby Grosjean and Bill Coulter, Athena Tergis and Kyle Alden, Tam-Fest in SF, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, and on and on. Go ahead, have a look. Cheers, ph”

(REPEAT) CRITIC MORNING NEWS. THREE CRITICS AT THE NICK. As many film fans know, Lisa Jensen, Wallace Baine and I have an annual pre-Oscar “Meet The Movie Critics” event at the Nickelodeon one week before Hollywood does its thing. More than ever before we’re wanting to hear YOUR choices, and favorite films for 2011, so we’ll do exactly that, and of course discuss the films that we think deserve Oscars. For example here’s



Lisa’s Runners-Up: 50/50, THE GUARD, THE DESCENDANTS
Lisa’s Guilty Pleasure: RANGO
Lisa’s They Coulda Been Contenders: TAKE SHELTER, THE TREE OF LIFE





So anyone and everyone with an opinion about movies should be at The Nickelodeon Sunday morning February 19th at 10am. It’s free, good fun, only a little serious, and it’s the Ninth annual. And yes, we miss Morton Marcus, who doesn’t?.

PINA IN 3 D. Wim Wenders needs a special award for establishing a new criteria in using 3D in films. I’ve always said that 3D has as much future in filmmaking as sound did once upon a time and Wenders proves it in Pina. It’s a biography of Pina Busch who died before he finished the film, but it’s really a collection of her most famous dance works. She was a genius and Wenders who directed Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire, and Buena Vista Social Club has made a masterpiece. See it in 3D if you know what’s good for you…and the Academy!! Who should give this documentary 2 Oscars.

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. Nina Simon director of MAH and Susan Hillhouse curator of MAH will talk about Love on Valentine’s Night Feb 14th followed by Lisa Jensen to talk about our critic’s choices for best films of 2011. (Wallace Baine can’t make Tuesday nights). Kirsten Brandt will discuss her play “The Thinning Veil” opening March 2,3,4. followed by UCSC students Kimberly Schneider and Krysta Thornton talking about a water discussion event happening on campus Feb.22(see above). 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. 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. Peter Bartczak and Rafael deSoto sent all these gems…

“If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?”, “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?”, “Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems”, ” Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals…. You might want to see a specialist”.


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