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April 25 – May 1, 2017

PRE-DRONE PHOTO OF SANTA’S VILLAGE May 29,1957. Wikipedia says…. “In 1956 the Lawridge dairy farm, alongside Highway 17 in Scotts Valley, was leased to southern California developer Glenn Holland. He had already developed Santa’s Village in 1955, in San Bernardino County, and would later build a third in East Dundee, Illinois, becoming Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. The grand opening was May 30, 1957, with Danish native Carl Hansen (aka magician/clown Hocus Pocus) in the role of Santa Claus. The main rides were a bobsled, a spinning Christmas tree and Santa’s Express train. There was also a petting zoo, a huge Jack-in-the-Box and equally large Santa’s boot, and an Alice in Wonderland hall of mirrors.

In August 1966, Holland sold to developer Noorudin Billawalla. In 1977, the Santa’s Village Corporation filed for bankruptcy, and in 1979 the park closed for good. In 1990 Borland International purchased the land as their world headquarters. The park had its own freeway exit off Highway 17, and as of 2016, the freeway exit signs still read “Santa’s Village Road”.                                                 


photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE April 24, 2017

Paraguay’s landfill orchestra plays instruments made from recycled rubbish
SANTA CRUZ SWINGS A Full length movie. I posted this one hour and 22 minute film by Ken Koenig a year or more ago. It got great reviews. If you haven’t seen it…do it now. You’ll learn a lot about our older and newer jazz history.

UCSC AND THE NUDGING OF STUDENT NUMBERS. The responses to the shifting of enrollment numbers given by UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal show a very real concern, support, respect, diversity, and caring for the relationship between the University and the community. One respondent wrote…That’s a very good point. Some of the missing students might be undocumented students who left after Trump was elected. That’s a number that could tell a story or two”. Andrew Schiffrin wrote… “I read in your most recent column about the confusion around the University’s enrollment numbers.  I may be able to help. As I understand it, the University uses a three quarter average in determining the official annual enrollment number.  I think the Chancellor’s 17,500 number refers to the three quarter average for the 2016-17 school year. As your column states, the 18,753 enrollment number is for the Fall, 2017 enrollment. 

Since enrollment declines over the school year, the University argues that using the three quarter average is reasonable.  The 19,500 maximum enrollment under the current LRDP is tied to this approach. Of course, a reasonable argument can be made that the impacts of the Fall Quarter enrollment on the community are real and shouldn’t be discounted through incorporation in the annual average. 

We won’t know how close this year’s enrollment approaches the 19,500 maximum until the University releases this year’s three quarter average.  The maximum was projected to be reached by 2020 and can’t be exceeded until a new LRDP is adopted. I hope this helps”.

Calling attention to another aspect, a reader writes… “Failing to mention the methodology is still misleading. And if the chancellor is talking about planning, I think that the most honest population number should be a projection from the most current numbers.  And projecting from the Fall 2016 enrollment, more than 1,800 students would have to have dropped out between October 2016 and Jan 2017 to maintain the 17,500 average.  That’s more than ten percent of the student body. So he’s picking numbers, now almost a year out of date, that makes him look good. Or his Communications people are putting these numbers in his mouth”.

STILL MORE UCSC NEWS. The April 20 issue of City on A Hill Press told a sad story. The sub headline read…”Response to removal of 80,000 books for study space, café”. The story by Katherine Plocharczyk opened  with…More than 80,000 texts were permanently removed without faculty approval from the Science and Engineering (S&E) Library last summer to make room for renovated study space and a library cafe. On April 13, research professor Michael Nauenberg, who has been a member of the UC Santa Cruz community for over 50 years, held a talk, urging students to consider how this may affect their education”. Read all of it here… It also states “The books were either destroyed or relocated to storage facilities”. It’s hard to really tell what’s going on up there on the Hill. Are they that desperate for space and money, do they lack an appreciation for books, do they dare ask the faculty for advice? Above all that, is anyone in charge of the overall quality of the education that the next enrollees will receive?  Every meeting I have with UCSC students (and I have a lot) involves hearing about the crowded classrooms, the inability to take classes they need to graduate, proper places to study, and so on. What is also a large question that never seems to be made clear is “Who’s in charge”? How much control or decision-making power does the Chancellor have and just which areas does he make decisions? The number of new students admitted, on campus housing numbers, construction of new bed spaces…and how many decisions are delivered to him by the Board of Regents?? I only wish we knew more about that.

THE SWANTON FAMILY BRINGS ELECTRICITY TO SANTA CRUZ. Historian and former UCSC map librarian Stan Stevens was kind enough to send us a four-page document detailing not just the Fred Swanton we know a little about but also his dad Albion Paris Kingston Swanton. The Swantons not just created our very own opera House and brought the very first electricity to the city, and the connection to the early Boardwalk but plenty more. Download the pdf here!


Sunday’s Sentinel (4/23/17) contained two op-eds that address the future of Santa Cruz. One under the name of UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal and the other by Gail Jack of the organization, Affordable Housing Now! Both are growth endorsing and both are based on assumptions that can be challenged.

The Chancellor’s article is a smooth piece of salesmanship for growth. We hear about Regine, from a working class Filipino family whose early interest in computers has led her to UCSC and a major in computer engineering. A heart- warming story sending a subtle race-coded message that any opposition to further UCSC growth will thwart the educational aspirations of thousands of future Regines. Never mind that students can get a fine education at UC Merced, including a major in computer engineering. The goal here is not so much ensuring that future students receive an education but that they get it at UCSC. Bigger is better. Students who select a campus other than UCSC receive letters encouraging them to consider UCSC if they change their minds. That doesn’t reflect a concern for the impact of UCSC growth on the community.

When addressing housing, the choice of words is revealing. The op-ed states: “The County’s housing shortage, for example, makes interesting headlines.” A more accurate statement would be “UCSC growth has resulted in escalating rents that are forcing out low income workers and families.” A shortage of housing is not the core of the problem. There is a rent crisis fuelled largely by UCSC growth in the context of housing being a market commodity.  There are hundreds of units of housing currently being built in town and the rents are exorbitant. A 300 square foot unit rents for $1700 a month. Others are in the $2300 a month range. Supply and demand is not the model any more. You can pave over paradise and the rents will still be exorbitant. The reassurance that UCSC is planning on building 3,000 beds by 2020 under a new public-private partnership will reassure some but not this writer. That means destroying the Porter meadow and erecting a concentration of housing that will not only be out-of scale with what has been historically the human-scale of campus development but will also ensure social problems that will strain already maxed out resources such as counseling; police; health services etc. I lived for four years in Family Student Housing, a complex of 199 apartments, which translates into approximately 700 beds. The scale of 3,000 beds crammed into the Porter meadow is a formula for problems.  Not to mention that students also venture off-campus, which means pressure on all off-campus facilities and resources. And if less than 97% of those 3,000 beds are occupied, the result will be rent increases across the board for all on-campus students, driving them into the community where landlords adjust their rents to keep pace with UCSC. Growth is the problem, not the lack of housing or lack of participation in the LRDP process.

The op-ed from Affordable Housing Now! uncritically accepts that growth is good, that the problem is lack of supply rather than housing speculation and that high density will translate into affordability with everyone biking and walking or using public transit. The op-ed states “we are not building enough housing for the people who want to live here.” Why should we? Building more housing has not resulted in lower housing costs or rents and that is true for Santa Cruz and other communities. It only results in over-crowding. It is estimated that you would need to build 10,000 units of housing to see rents reduce by 15% according to housing researchers. Nowhere does the op-ed address the concept of carrying capacity or sustainability. People don’t spend all their lives inside their houses. The consume things. They get on the roads, most of them in cars. They go to clinics where parking and getting an appointment are becoming difficult. Where is the space for new medical clinics? And all the other services that a community needs and desires?

It’s past time to accept that we are at the upper limit of human carrying capacity and the only possible solution is to not build more housing for all who would like to live or study here but to take care of the people who are already here.

~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    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).


GRANITE AND TRUMPS WALL. Micah Posner emailed to clarify Granites “BID-NO BID” statement … Yes. It is a big victory, albeit a minor role in one. It seems likely that the pressure did effect Granite. Their CEO said that if Granite was “asked to build it, they would.” Google “Trump’s Wall Granite Construction” for the source. While that is not exactly the same as putting in a bid, it does seem to connote that they have had a change of heart. Good for them”. Read Chris Krohn’s Trumped–up Wall report next.


First, the Happiest News This Week — All part of Just Saying No to Trump’s Trumped-up Wall

First, I received this email forwarded from the city manager:

Martin (Bernal),
Thank you for your call today. You had asked me for feedback on whether Granite [Construction] has bid any border security work under the current administration. You may be aware that the Department of Homeland Security solicited proposals and whitepapers to be submitted by contractors on April 4th. I can say with certainty that the only border security-related projects that Granite has submitted bids on to-date were administered under the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. As Granite has previously shared with the City of Santa Cruz, we fully support everyone’s right to voice their opinions. Granite is in the business of creating jobs by putting the proven skills and capabilities of our thousands of diverse employees across the country to work and build infrastructure projects in North America. Please let me know if I can provide any further clarification.

Best regards,
Don (Roland)
Manager Construction Materials, Coastal Region  Granite Construction

Then I sent this to Don Roland:
Thank you Mr. Roland. Can I tell my constituents that Granite Construction of Watsonville, Ca. will not, has not, and does not have any intention of bidding for work on an ill-conceived border wall idea by the Trump administration? It is important for all of us that you clearly state your intentions. I believe you are going in the direction of NOT assisting in the wall-building fiasco, but could you be a bit clearer? 

Thanks much and your communication is much appreciated. 
Best, Chris Krohn  Councilmember

Then, I was elated when I received the following email and declared victory:

Council Member Krohn,
Thank you for your message. My family and I live in Santa Cruz, so as one of your constituents I appreciate your service to our city. April 4 was a critical deadline to submit proposals to the Department of Homeland Security for border security projects. Granite did not submit a proposal, and to date has not bid any border security projects under the Trump administration. With recent road maintenance funding being secured at the state and local levels, we’re currently focused on building those types of projects. 



Score one for the people! OMG, I love Santa Cruz!

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~ (Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, former Santa Cruz City Councilmember (1998-2002) and Mayor (2001-2002). He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 12 years. He was elected last November to another 4-year term on the Santa Cruz City Council).


I requested a meeting with Planner Randall Adams to review the TRC Retail plans for Rancho del Mar Center.  He responded by placing the plans in the Records Room for me to see.  I am troubled by the plans to remove all existing vegetation…the large redwood tree, the large palms, the mature Hollywood Junipers.  There are no new planting areas included in the sea of asphalt of the lower areas near the theater.  It does not appear there are any stormwater runoff elements, such as bioswales or pervious paving included either.  Contact Mr. Bruce Walton  “Bruce Walton”  858-442-9960 (cellphone)

A thoughtful and highly educated group of citizens has formed  “Water for Santa Cruz” to study secondary supply options for our County.  One member, Mr. Scott McGilvray, has served on the State Water Advisory Commission and others have a wide range of engineering and scientific expertise.  This group has sounded the alarm regarding the Soquel Creek Water District plan to pursue the PureWater Soquel project, injecting treated sewage water into the groundwater supply for the MidCounty region.  These people have asked many times to be included on Board agendas for presentations to the Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Cruz City Water District meetings, but are never given the opportunity to give a public presentation. 

Take a look at their website: to learn about the readily-available and affordable alternative solutions to the groundwater overdraft problem facing our area.  You will also find a comprehensive list of local meetings and hearings regarding the local groundwater crisis.

The Santa Cruz County Planning Department and Historic Resources Commission committed at least nine violations of the Ralph M. Brown Act in the course of the Aptos Village Project Public Hearing held earlier this month.  Because a few citizens brought this to the attention of County Counsel, the Planning Department has decided to RE-DO THE PUBLIC HEARING ON FRIDAY, MAY 12 AT 9:30AM (Board of Supervisor’s Chambers, 701 Ocean Street).

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~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.

Friday, April 21, 2017  

#111 / May I Politely Disagree?

Brent Lewellen, pictured right, wrote a letter to the San Franciso Chronicle addressing the forcible removal of Dr. David Dao from United Airlines Flight 3411 on April 9, 2017. Lewellen’s letter was published on Saturday, April 15, 2017, and is reproduced below.

The forcible removal of Dr. Dao from the airplane resulted in significant physical injuries to him, and the incident generated a great deal of public discussion (including several of my own postings on this blog, the latest of which was yesterday). Wikipedia now has a page devoted to the incident on United Flight 3411.

Here is Lewellen’s letter:

Listen to authority next time

I believe the most important aspect of the United Airlines story is being overlooked. It’s not about overbooked flights or whether airlines should have the right to compel passengers to give up their seats (currently they do).  The most important question this regrettable confrontation raises is what, as a society, we believe citizens should do when persons of authority, such as a security guard or a police officer, direct us to do something. Is it really OK now to simply disregard what a cop or security guard asks (then tells) us to do because we don’t want to? 

You can reasonably argue whether United Airlines should have brought in airport security, but once it did, a citizen in a free society has a duty to comply with its instructions. You are certainly free to complain (loudly) as that authority figure escorts you from the plane; threaten to sue, demand to see a manager. But you must comply with those instructions, or you violate the social contract. One reason United called airport security is that people have decided they don’t have to listen to airplane personnel anymore. We can’t continue down this path.

signed…Brent Lewellen, San Francisco

It is Mr. Lewellen’s contention that “a citizen in a free society” has a duty to “comply” with the instructions of a “security guard or a police officer” when such an official issues a direct order to the citizen to do something, and that this duty to “comply” applies without any reference, whatsoever, to how justified, or not, the order might be. In other words, it is Mr. Lewellen’s belief that our duty as citizens is to “comply” first, and to complain later. This is how citizens must uphold “the social contract,” according to the way Lewellen sees the world. This is, to repeat, what Mr. Lewellen contends is the obligation of “a citizen in a free society.”

I want to disagree with Mr. Lewellen. Politely, I hope, but emphatically. 

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


CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo takes pity on UCSC Students and “rockin out”. See a few pages downward.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Korean fashion statement”below some few pages. As always, at you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL. The Baroque Festivals Concert #5 is titled “Harmonious Sphere”. Experience the North American debut of the renowned Colombian early music group Esfera Armoniosa. Directed by the charismatic Claudia Liliana Gantivar, they will perform folkloric villancicos, psalms, and lamentations from Colonial Latin American archives. Instrumentation includes recorder, baroque guitar, theorbo, dulcian, and viola de gamba. Trained at European early music conservatories, Esfera Armoniosa appears with support from the Colombian Ministry of Culture. It’s happening Saturday April 29 at 7:30 pm
in the Holy Cross Church, 126 high Street, Santa Cruz. Or get in touch at Santa Cruz Baroque Festival • 831-457-9693 • E-mail • P.O. Box 482 • Santa Cruz, CA 95061

LISA JENSEN LINKS.  Lisa writes: “How does the great Alfred Hitchcock’s sage advice for constructing a movie apply to writers? And what does Maestro Hitch have to do with the 2017 Santa Cruz Shakespeare season? Find out this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

LOST CITY OF Z. A pointless and true plot based on a book about a Brit who keeps trying to find what he thinks is a lost civilization deep in the Amazon jungle. Its 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but you’ll think it’s longer. It has everything jungles always have except Tarzan…and suspense. The hero leaves his wife and kids at home for years on end and you’ll wish you had stayed there too. The true name of the hero only adds to the boring trek… Percy Fawcett.

THE PROMISE. Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale lead this sad story of how the Germans under the Kaisers rule watched and supported the Turks back in 1915 as they murdered the Armenian segment of their population. ( 1.5 million Armenians). For some unknown reason James Cromwell has a two minute role and Jean Reno is also on screen near the end of the film. IF you do go, see if you feel like Christian Bale who plays an Associated Press newsman somehow is too big for the screen. Sounds odd but check it out. There is a very serious love interest dealing with tradition, religion, fidelity that seems to offset the too real tragedy of the Armenian slaughter. The Republic of Turkey still  denies all this ever happened…more of the insanity of world politics.

UNFORGETABLE. Katherine Heigl plays the absolutely perfect ex-wife who haunts, plots, and damned near demolishes the new relationship her husband is having with Rosario Dawson. It’s more like a 1940’s B movie plot that we’ve seen too often. Lies, deceit, trust, sex, stabbing, and who loves the 10 year old perfect daughter most is about the entire story. You don’t need to see it any more times.

FRANTZ. Subtitled and in French and German this is another masterpiece from the young (40)  Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, See The Sea). Subtle, sensitive, perfectly paced and engrossing acting by all concerned. It’s about the aftermath of WW1 and the heart tearing effects it has on the soldiers and the families that survived. Love, enemy hatred, family loyalty, a soldiers duty are all paced and packed together in a film that will keep you completely involved up to and including the closing scene. See it quickly, Landmark closes these films way too quickly.

T2 TRAINSPOTTING. Danny Boyle is one of the most effective and wide ranging film directors working today. Not only did he direct the original down, gritty and dirty original Trainspotting in 1996 but he also did Slumdog Millionaire, and Steve Jobs fils. T2 takes us back to the original four druggies, thugs, and crazy guys who did that heroin robbery 20 years ago. They get together again and NO they don’t do “another job” they argue, hug, fight and give us a very busy film full of creativity, brilliance and Edinburgh Scotland atmosphere. It too has Iggy Pop music and Ewan McGregor in the lead. You have to see it if you liked the original.

GET OUT. Rotten Tomatoes gives this one an amazing 99%. Plus, it’s a huge box office hit !!! That’s surprising to everybody because it’s a low budget, semi horror-comedy, black and white theme film. Probably released in February because that’s when they release films that aren’t expected to make much money. Catherine Keener is about the only actor whose name any of us might know. It’s a white girl brings home a black boyfriend topic. Only it goes into zones and situations that will amaze and get you laughing!! Wild, inventive, new, fine acting, twisted…you’ll love it.

YOUR NAME. This beautiful Japanese inspired animated film makes Disney animation look like Walter and Margaret Keane’s “Big Eye” paintings in San Francisco in the 60’s.  It is drawn with such skill and a sense of what animation can create that even Pixar should hang their well-financed heads in shame. The story behind Your Name is complex and thought provoking. Centering on youth and growing up, and sex changes, and ghosts, and family… it is just brilliant. See the subtitled version to get the full Japanese sensitive touch.

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE. Jessica Chastain and her husband ran the Warsaw Zoo in Poland in 1939 before, during and after the Germans invade. A true story adapted from the book it details how the couple managed to hide 300 Jews from the Nazis inside the zoo during the invasion. You might get to thinking, as I did about half way through the film about the contrast, similarity, duality of watching the animals escape from behind bars and then keeping the Jews in the same place. Or of watching the animals escape to their freedom or posible death…well you see what I’m getting at. Besides that I’m against Zoos, Aquariums, animal parks, and all that cruel stuff. So go se this film, Jessica is very good in the lead role except that her fake Polish accent sounds fake.

GHOST IN THE SHELL. If you can stand watching Scarlett Johansson running, jumping, leaping, shooting and maybe being a robot for 106 minutes while she’s wearing just a skin tight, white, thin, body suit…then go see this movie. It’s a zillion dollar Japanese Studio production and another good thing about it is that Takeshi Kitano has a brief appearance and it’s amazingly powerful. Then again, he always is. The plot is way too complex and unbelievacle to fathom out. It’s copied from a Japanese comic book. Not to insult them, but12 year olds will love it.

GIFTED. Hollywood stars Chris Evans (who usually plays Captain America) and Octavia Spencer along with British star Lindsay Duncan lead the cast of this feel good saga of a 7 year old girl who was born into a mathematical genius family and who becomes another mathematical genius. It’s too soapy, too cute, too unbelievable, too contrived to be a good movie. I can’t think of any solid reason to recommend it to any group except to families who may have a genius child and are wondering what to do OR not do, with her.

GOING IN STYLE. Another tired re-hash is Going In Style starring Morgan Freeman-79, Alan Arkin-83, Michael Caine-84, Ann Margret –76, and Christopher Lloyd – 79 as the same grumpy old geezers who decide to rob a bank. That these actors would align themselves with Steven Mnuchin who was the National Finance Manager for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and who Trump just appointed as Secretary of The Treasury is a shame. The first version was in 1979 and starred now long gone stars George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. Making our senior citizens the butts of jokes is about as funny as Mantan Moreland, Aunt Jemina, Gordo, and any overused stereotypes that come to mind.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Total 100% Disney sights, sounds and drech. You couldn’t possibly tell the songs from this Disney production from any of the last 30 years of Disney product songs.  A wasted cast includes Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Ewan MacGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Audra McDonald. BUT most of these actors play the roles of animated tea pots and candlesticks. There is or are no reasons to see this re-hash of every commercial triumph the Disney Factory has turned out for more than 50 years. And the kids will probably love it.

LOGAN. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart lower themselves considerably by playing the lead roles in this last of the Wolverine series. I’ve tried hard and failed to stop thinking that this is exactly the kind of film I’ll bet that Donald Trump likes. Even though the Wolverine (Jackman) is a comic book character and the special effects are just about 90% of the picture, the cruelty, killing, blood, evil, are all so typical of today’s biggest boxoffice hits, it’s too over the top for me. No plot, no emotions, no humanity…just more blood and more killing. Even the ending when Wolverine is in a stone covered grave I kept worrying  and watching to see if some of the stones didn’t start shaking, meaning we’ll be tortured by an even worse Wolverine # 10. Yes Jackman has played the part nine times!!!  Go- if you like Donald Trump type movies.  

FATE OF THE FURIOUS. Just about everybody who watches or reads the news knows that the Fate of The Furious (better title “Fart of the Furious” as in exhaust) movie topped almost every box office record ever set. Vin Diesel (real name Mark Sinclair) was born in Alameda in 1967 and has been the lead in all eight exact copies of one of the dumbest plots ever filmed. To see such stars as Helen Mirren sink to a three-minute role, Charlize Theron half act some part as a Russian killer is just sad. There’s a street race in Havana and somehow it ends with cars taking on the Russians in some sort of war. The USA reaction and most of the world’s reaction to such a crap of a film is an embarrassing statement of our collective taste. Dwayne Johnson is in it too but he is always in these sorts of things.


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. . Carla Brennan discusses Mindfulness and Awareness on April 25 after which Keith McHenry talks about “Food Not Bombs” and the Santa Cruz experience.  On May 2nd UCSC Film Professor emeritus Earl Jackson talks about films and his Asian teaching experiences on my turn at Pledge Drive night!!… May 9th has director Kinan Valdez discussing the traditions behind the new version of the “Zoot Suit” play opening May 26-June 4 at UCSC. Bookshop Santa Cruz features its top Short Story Winners on May 30. 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  

I love Bob Ross and his happy little trees. 🙂

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

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.


“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later”, Stanley Kubrick
“If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office”, George Lucas
“To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition”, Woody Allen
“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television”, Woody Allen

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