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August 2 – 8, 2017

Highlights this week: UCSC’s new waste site for teensy radioactive waste…Dream Inn selling soiree and Santa Clara County connections…San Francisco and formula chain store restrictions…Don’t Bury The Library…Greensite on how you can help Don’t Morph the Wharf!…Krohn with NYC memories, Dream Inn development pitch…Steinbruner on tearing down the William Weeks historic Redman-Hirahara house, Soquel Water district diggings, Purewater facilities in Santa Clara, projected population growth here!…Patton and his Sentinel Op-Ed Overbuild piece…Eagan draws blood…DeCinzo and stopping outer space development…Jensen refers to Good Times review…I critique A Ghost Story, The Midwife, Atomic Blonde and Landline…Quotes by Tom Hanks and about Trees.

OUR ONCE CLASSY CORNER OF COOPER AND FRONT STREET. 1867. Before The Octagon, before the City Jail, before the Cooper House. And long before MAH changed this corner forever.                                                    

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE July 31, 2017

Brazilian pianist, Eliane Rodrigues, LITERALLY taking the performance below the stage! Watch past 1:25 seconds…never in all my years have I seen something like this…
TSUNAMI WAVE HITS JAPAN. Good thing we never have to worry,. Not with Santa Cruz County’s great disaster plan!!!
Coyote stalks and starts going in for attack on elderly lady and dog.

RADIOACTIVE DUMPSITE INTO CLEARING AT UCSC. Because I emailed Scott Hernandez-Jason at UCSC. He’s the official director of news and media relations for the UCSC campus. I asked about that clear cutting and the future of that space on Heller Road near where Shakespeare Santa Cruz used to perform. He replied. “We will soon build a facility to process and temporarily hold waste generated by teaching, research, and campus maintenance activities. Currently, lab waste is directed to two different interim facilities, one on Science Hill and one at the base of campus. Here’s a bit more: -Scott”.  If you do open that link you’ll see that this one facility will cost $20 million dollars, which will be paid for by the State. It’ll be the dump site for just a teensy little bits of radioactive waste material that’s been used for research. So obviously there’s nothing to worry about.

DREAM INN INANITIES. Friends and The Sentinel reported that there were no fancy drawings of the proposed Dream Inn/ Ensemble Developers proposed a four story – 89 expensive beach apartments with an underground parking lot. “We just want to collect reactions and ideas” the developers said. One wag had a great idea…”remove the top four floors from the Dream Inn and put them there!”. On a more serious note…”The Sentinel said the architect for the new Dream Inn project is supposedly the same one who worked on Abbott Square. At the Dream Inn feedback session he said he is from Berkeley.  The new Planning Director, Lee Butler, lives here but was planning director in Santa Clara, according to the Sentinel.  And isn’t Cynthia Mathews also on the Silicon Valley Leadership Council? Along with George Blumenthal?

SAN FRANCISCO’S ANTI-DEVELOPMENT LAWS. Today’s (7/31/17) San Francisco Chronicle had some great news about how THE CITY has laws and regulations “that make it harder for chains to enter the market”. They “passed a law to curtail the spread of “formula retail” stores with 12 or more locations nationwide. “Some commercial districts reject formula stores outright”. Other areas in S.F. require formula stores to apply for conditional use permits. Yes with our 5-2 City Council I realize that our ever-expanding city would apply such common sense regulations to Starbuck’s, Marriott’s , Hyatt, Hampton Inn, and other recent developments. See if you can link to the Chronicle for the entire article…

BOARDWALK SHUTTLE AND COUNTY BUILDING LOT. Will somebody tell me/us just how much does the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk/ Seaside Company pay Santa Cruz County for the use of their nearly empty parking lot right next to the new Starbuck’s?? They have a shuttle and a staff there on weekends. Great idea, as long as the County is getting their/our just rewards.


Jean Brocklebank and others sent this announcement of an organized campaign to keep the downtown library from being part of a proposed parking garage. “We are opposed to the parking garage by itself.  But there is already an organized effort under way by the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, whose goal is to replace the proposal for a parking garage with a sensible policy of Transportation Demand Management, including incentives for walking, bicycling and public transportation to and from downtown Santa Cruz. Our separate focus will be on the Downtown Library itself, to unhinge the library from the proposed parking garage for all the right reasons; thus our campaign name Don’t Bury The Library (DBTL).  

Don’t Bury the Library supports one of two options for the downtown library:  Keep it in its current location — remodeled, renovated, refurbished, rehabilitated, and renewed. Build an entirely new library on the current Cedar/Church location.

Several of us have been educating ourselves for the past eight months and have learned a lot in that time.  We will be using the DBTL web site as a repository for all we are able to glean regarding a Downtown Library building project.  In other words, our web site will be, appropriately, a library of information, organized and user-friendly. We hope you will use the Contact Us form on our Don’t Bury the Library web site to request being added to an e-list for updates and newsletters in the months ahead, specific to the Downtown Library.  There will be eight meetings of the recently formed Downtown Advisory Library Committee between now and the end of October. Since there will be ample provision for public input on this project, our goal is to educate, through information, anyone who cares to engage in our campaign. Please feel free to share our web site.  We hope to hear from many of you through the Contact Us form… to be added to the updates e-list.

LIBRARY INTO LOGOS? It’s probably too small and I forgot who suggested it, but how about moving or adding what space our Santa Cruz City Library needs into the Logo’s Building?


I have a fairly eclectic group of friends and acquaintances. While I don’t rub shoulders with city planners, Boardwalk Executives or heads of the Chamber of Commerce, my friends include Republicans, small business owners, Trump voters, old time locals and long time activists. Not one of them has a good word to say about the Wharf Master Plan (WMP). Their reactions range from astonishment to outrage. One 5th generation Santa Cruzan shared that she will leave Santa Cruz if the Plan is approved and the 45 feet tall building (one of three) is erected at the end of the wharf. Others are shocked at the plan to cover the sea lion viewing holes with no guarantee the sea lions will oblige and move to the row of narrow planks to be attached to the east side of the wharf, cramped between thousands of visitors and large docking vessels. Still others cannot believe it when they read about the proposed lowered western walkway that will run the length of the restaurants and in full view of diners. Or at least the tops of their heads will be in full view. Old timers, knowing the power of winter storms laugh at such folly. All are eager to sign the petition being circulated by the community group Don’t Morph The Wharf! of which I am a member.

The first online petition against the Wharf Master Plan attracted 2500 signers in two weeks in late 2016. By comparison, the current online petition for more bike trails in city open spaces circulated by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz has attracted 254 signers in 5 weeks. News of city plans to make significant changes (please don’t call them “improvements”) to the wharf struck a nerve and many of the 2500 signers took time to write comments alongside their names. The comments had a common theme best summed up by, “we love the wharf the way it is. Don’t change a good thing!” Council member Richelle Noroyan dismissed the petition by noting that many of the signers were from out of town. That is true. It is also true that many of the out of towners, as shared in their comments,  had grown up in Santa Cruz, were former Santa Cruzans or had visited the wharf and loved it as is. The majority of signers were from Santa Cruz County. A Planning Commissioner scoffed at seeing a petition signer from Australia. Just so happens that Aussie is my childhood friend who has visited Santa Cruz and the wharf many times over the past 20 years. Her sentiment was from the heart.

Although it should be already obvious that the WMP is unpopular, the obtaining of federal funds for its consultants suspicious, the city is proceeding to move it towards a council vote. Whether its Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is adequate to address the plethora of environmental concerns raised is questionable since only $75,000 was allocated for the EIR. That is a small amount for a typical EIR. If the city were wise and were gauging public opinion rather than operating in the ozone of consultants and stakeholders it would shelve the WMP, way back on the shelf with the desal plant. Since wisdom seems in short supply at city hall, we are circulating a hard copy petition as a vehicle for public expression. This petition includes an objective summary of the main features of the WMP. I’ve been gathering signatures on the wharf and can attest that so far all are shocked and opposed to the Plan. And I haven’t yet approached the fisher folks to alert them that the available fishing areas will be reduced, nor yet approached those enjoying the sea lions at the viewing holes, for some their first sighting of a marine mammal. And yes, many of these people are visitors from outside the county but their affection for the current wharf is long and deep. A couple from Fremont who signed the petition has been coming to the wharf for the past 20 years. The male partner has a popular radio show that covers a huge slice of territory from which the wharf draws its business. He invited me to come on his show to share the WMP details.

If you are wondering what you can do to help convince the city that this is an unpopular plan whose time has come to be shelved, email me and I’ll send you a copy of the petition for you to gather some signatures. It’s actually fun to interact with folks, all of whom in my experience so far are united in their opposition to changing the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. And remember, the engineering study concluded that the wharf pilings are in good shape with only 5% needing replacement, a regular maintenance task. So this make-over has nothing to do with the viability or safety of the wharf pilings. Nor it seems, has it anything to do with reflecting the sentiments of the community. My email is

~(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).

By: Chris Krohn    Email Chris at

“Non-Fiction: Stranger Than Fiction” What Are We Leaving Our Children?

The day I saw plane #2 hit the Twin Towers I came to realize that truth is more powerful than fiction. No one could’ve written the 9/11 script, and if they did it would’ve been likely rejected as fantasy to the point of farce. Observing the daily drumbeat of news, and “fake news,” out of Washington, D.C. these days I am reminded just how nonfiction has completely outpaced and outnumbered the stories coming out of the fiction-writing world. Where can you find a Harvard educated  ‘Don-in-waiting’ chief of staff, from Long Island, who speaks in obscene language drivel about fellow members of the Administration he is part of? It’s a special group that may long be remembered for its forays into profane high school tirades more than even its daily duplicitous language gymnastics and shear policy incompetence. Never has the news media or entertainment world experienced such pre-written scriptology, politically staged camera direction, and Twitter teaser-tantrums, which are free to cable outlets who use this political theatre to promote their evening fictional TV series. If I were an evangelical, I might perceive the Trump Administration madness as the end-times. The Book of Revelation has nothing over the Book of Bannon-Scaramucci. So, I am brought back to earth by delving into local issues. Since “all politics is local,” according to former House Speaker, Tip O’Neill, we do not have to go far to find an outlet for our righteous anger at TrumpLand, or our fear that Kim Jong-un’s missile can now reach San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago according to the New York Times. We can do something about university growth, chaotic beach area traffic, and protecting our most vulnerable right here through our own legislative acts. It’s called democratic government. The people present issues and the city council agendizes, debates, and votes up or down, on each matter. So, how about an issue that may be coming to the council shortly…

“Dream Inn parking lot where the “mini-mall” and up to 89 units of mostly market-rate housing might go”.

Fun City vs. Surf City
After ten days of walking around my second favorite city, New York, and experiencing the possible–a bike-share program and bike lanes that are highly used; High-Line Park with plenty of benches, once an experiment but now an institution; moveable tables and chairs inside potted-tree areas (MAH listening?) useful for meeting friends, reading, and eating lunch; and good street food of all stripes and competitively priced–I came back to my favorite city and a phone call awaited. It was from Tyson Sayles (I kid you not!) of Ensemble Real Estate Solutions and Investments. He wanted to discuss the Dream Inn parking lot project: a mini-mall plaza concept with 67-89 units above retail, all perched on the beach-centric corner of Bay and West Cliff and shadowing the Clear View Court mobile home park. But, it’s just a “concept” for now. I met Tyson in the ample-sized glass enclosed Aquarius restaurant above the Santa Cruz Main Beach, and below the 60’s Brutalist structure we lovingly call, the Dream Inn. He ordered fish tacos and iced tea; I had clam chowder and water. Tyson is currently the “Principle, Multi-families and Mixed Use Properties” guy at Ensemble. A “Development Associate,” Jason Muller, joined us half way through our lunch-time meeting. Both seemed familiar with the town uprising that took place in 2006 against the Idaho developers who wanted to put the then, Coast Hotel, on builder steroids. It became a non-starter and they left town. Now it’s Ensemble’s turn to present is what they believe is kinder and gentler building design.

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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. Email Chris at

By: Becky Steinbruner    Email Becky at

The July 27, 2017 Register-Pajaronian ran a nice status report about the historic Redman-Hirahara house in Watsonville (page A2) “No Plans Yet to Restore Redman House”.  The Report states that as of last Wednesday, the Tut family owners (Elite Developments, Inc.) of Watsonville purchased the property in March, 2015 but have no plans yet to restore the 1897 Victorian home designed by William H. Weeks, currently on the National Historic Registry, along with the 14 associated acres of farm land located at 1635 West Beach Drive, near the Riverside Dr. exit.   Just across Lee Road, “Plans have been made by the Tut family to build seven new structures which will consist of two hotels, a restaurant, gas station, mini mart, and retail stores.”  That construction will begin in August. 

The story imbedded in the house and the barn nearby (which fell down last winter) is that the Hirahara family bought the house just before World War II and were farming the land.  After the Pearl Harbor bombing, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, sending thousands of citizens of Japanese, Italian and German nationality to concentration camps on the west coast.  Most of these families lost all property they had owned because they were not able to pay property taxes while incarcerated. 

The Hirahara family in Watsonville had good neighbors that paid their property taxes for their home and farm while the family was imprisoned in the concentration camp.  When the Hirahara family returned, they had a home and a farm, but most families released from the concentration camps did not.  The Hirahara family let displaced Japanese families stay in their barn until they could recover economically and re-establish their lives.

This story and the Redman-Hirahara house must be saved out of respect for the past and the benefit of future generations.  The property is in a state of disrepair, but hold great potential to become a Community gem if preserved and put to community use.  I believe the San Jose-based Emma Prusch Farm Park and associated Head Start program with community garden is a good model for what could be done in Watsonville: an urban farming education center, wedding venue, and HeadStart/daycare facility that honors the historic use of the land, house and great community spirit.

Here is the link to learn more:

If you agree, write County Parks Director Mr. Jeff Gaffney
You might also write a letter to the editor of local newspapers: Mr. Erik Chalhoub
(Editorial Board) Mr. Don Miller, Ms. Ceil Cirillo, Mr. Mike

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Stay tuned for future updates on Soquel Creek Water District’s plans already in place to raise customer rates next year by 17% to support the PureWater Soquel plan to inject treated sewage water into the area’s drinking water supply.  EIR process?  What process?


~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:

By: Gary Patton    Email Gary at

FROM GARY A. PATTON  Gary Patton has a great website/blog …”We Live In A Political World” go to a target=”_blank” href=””>“>  I usually select one of his daily articles to include here in BrattonOnline. But this week I am re-“printing” his and Jerry Christensen’s “Overbuild” Op-Ed piece about  “Save Santa Cruz” from Sunday’s (7/30/17)Santa Cruz Sentinel

Don’t Overbuild Santa Cruz
By Jerry Christensen and Gary A. Patton

Traffic seems worse. A lot worse, don’t you think? Huge edifices are springing up everywhere in our neighborhoods. Big hotels and motels are invading those neighborhoods, too. And what about that monstrosity on Pacific and Front, as you head towards the beach? More of that kind of building may be coming soon, unless we do something.

The University is keeping its growth machine going, full speed ahead. Silicon Valley workers are pricing local families right out of their own community. Our water problems are sure not solved, and it is crystal clear that all the growth we are experiencing doesn’t make housing prices go down. Quite the opposite!

Growth, as always, is the biggest issue here in Santa Cruz, and the City’s current plan is to try to “accommodate” what amounts to an almost unlimited demand for development in our city. The City’s “Corridor Plan,” as currently configured, would allow 55′ high and 65′ high apartment/commercial/dormitory structures along Soquel Avenue and Water Street, and along Mission Street and Ocean Street. City planners have said, “don’t worry!”Those planners are not going to do an Environmental Impact Report, but “don’t worry” is what they say.

We have a different message: “Worry!” We had all better start worrying about this Corridor Plan now, or we will really have something to worry about later on.”Save Santa Cruz” is a new community group that thinks the City’s “Corridor Plan” is out of scale and out of control. We are not comforted by the City Manager’s recent statement that he thinks, maybe, the Corridor Plan should be slowed down. In fact, we suggest it should be turned around and sent in a different direction. If the plan were to go through as it has been presented at the Planning Commission, traffic would get worse, not better. Housing prices would get worse, not better, and our water security position would get worse, not better.

Save Santa Cruz urges concerned residents from the Eastside, the Westside, and all over, to engage now, so our community can stop this development juggernaut before it runs over everything that makes our community unique, and special.

Citizen engagement has always carried the day in our City. We stopped a Convention Center on Lighthouse Field with community engagement. We stopped massive development on the North Coast with community engagement. We saved Pogonip and established our Greenbelt with community engagement. We stopped high-rises on the Eastside once before, and we stopped big freeways snaking through the heart of our downtown residential neighborhoods. Community engagement did the trick, every single time!

We think it’s time to prove that community engagement still works. Join us! There’s a lot to lose if we don’t act now.

Jerry Christensen is a Santa Cruz attorney who grew up on the Santa Cruz Eastside. Gary A. Patton also lives on the Eastside. He served on the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors for twenty years, from 1975 to 1995. Christensen and Patton are the Co-Chairs of Save Santa Cruz, a recently-formed community group that is opposing the City’s proposed “Corridor Plan.” You can contact Save Santa Cruz by email at:, or you can follow us on Facebook at:, and on Twitter at:

Gary 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 his blog at, email Gary at


CLASSICAL DeCINZO. “Development ….AND BEYOND!!!”  See DeCinzo a few scrolls below

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Tim Eagan’s “Taking a Shot” down a 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.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes that she’ll be reviewing A Ghost Story in this week’s Good Times. Check her website at Lisa Jensen Online – Express. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

A GHOST STORY. Excellent, wonderful, brilliant, thoughtful, meaningful…really worth seeing and thinking about. It should be titled : “A Ghost’s Story“. It is a story about a kindly ghost who watches the world after he dies. No blood, no BOOS, no closets, just Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck have lead roles. Casey as the bedsheeted ghost wanders through time and locations’ trying to connect or figure out what life is all about. It is well worth seeing, probably twice!!

THE MIDWIFE. Catherine Deneuve has always been magnetic in her films and she still is as an aging and still controlling mother. 86 on RT. Well known French actor Catherine Frot plays the daughter of the man Deneuve cheated with decades ago. It’s a beautiful, excellent film that you’ll remember for years. Go see it.

ATOMIC BLONDE.Charlize Theron does a nearly perfect job as the Blonde in this James Bond – Berlin Wall era action movie. Very well done fight scenes, complex spy loyalty plot, John Goodman is getting more and more difficult to believe, and he’s in it too. James McAvoy is there too but he doesn’t matter much. It’ll be the first of many sequels believe me, even though it didn’t do that well on opening weekend. Charlize T. also produced the film, and it’s based on a graphic novel.

LANDLINE. A New York and Jewish themed near comedy that isn’t very funny…or meaningful. John Turturro is the only familiar face in the cast. It’s about a disturbed family and the dozens of lies they try to live with. Everybody cheats on each other. You would come away from this film feeling much better about your family…which must operate much better than this one.

DUNKIRK. Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. co-star, with longtime Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing the score.

Dunkirk is a city in France and during WWII the Nazis drove the allied troops to Dunkirk’s beaches. There were 400, 000 troops stranded there with no ships to take them to safety. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance are in the film briefly and do fine acting jobs. The film is all war and is well made and directed…better than most war films. But with City Of Ghosts playing now that’s the one to see IF you like genuine war films.

MAUDIE.  A 90 on Rotten Tomatoes and Sally Hawkins plus Ethan Hawke play a severly crippled arthritic and her cruel, stubborn husband…and it’s a true story. The film is sad, poignant, heart gripping and maybe even mawkish. Other than some fine acting by all involved I’m not sure why they made this film, or why you might enjoy it. Me? I’m not sure if I did.

THE BIG SICK. Kumail Nanjiani the Pakistani jerk from the “Silicon Valley” tv sit com not only wrote this plot but he and his real wife lived it. The film is a bit long but it’s well worth seeing. It’ll grab you when you least expect it. He’s a standup comic and falls in love with Zoe Kazan, a “white” girl. It’s heart rending, funny and  a tale told of cultural differences between his traditional Pakistani family and her very contemporary Mom  (Holly Hunter) and dad. Go see it…it’ll surprise you.(and I’ll predict some Awards around December-January).

BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Salma Hayek is a poor, hard working , talented, spiritual, immigrant from Mexico who ends up having an elegant dinner with John Lithgow and some ritzy friends. Lithgow plays Donald Trump…(the character is named Doug Strutt) really. It’s a clunking, heavy, poorly directed, blah of a movie. It could have been sensitive, real, poignant and even witty but it isn’t.  The ending is not only terrible but it is cruel, pointless and it’ll make you feel bad. Don’t go. And it takes place in Newport Beach. ENDS THURSDAY 7/27

THE BEGUILED. Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Durst top the list in this Civil War hokey melodrama. For some reason the director Sophia Coppola is getting big publicity but I saw nothing that gave her any extra directing points. Farrell is a wounded Yankee who stumbles into this very southern girl’s school, and gets all the girls and their leaders to fall all over him. You could stay home and dream up the script. ENDS THURSDAY 7/27

WAR ON PLANET OF THE APES. This should really be classified as an animated saga. It’s all digital ape stuff with Woody Harrelson as an evil human. It has a plot that could make you think seriously…if you can take the computer apes seriously. It could eb said to relate to the Democrats versus the Republicans. Republicans (Harrelson) want to build a wall among other plot devices and the more liberal apes just want to have peace.  About 90 % of the film is centered on wars between the two forces and who will rule in the future. Better to go to one of our museums or galleries instead.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS. (See above for the NO 3D at the Regal 9). This is an excellent example of a comic book film. Set in the 28th century its silly, preposterous, amazing, and it’s sort of like the first Marlon Brando Superman film.  The cast actually includes Herbie Hancock, Ethan Hawke and Clive Owen…but not very much! It’s full of stolen creatures from Star Wars, Avatar, yep even Jar Jar Binks, and long scenes looking like Blade Runner. Only if you like comic books.

SPIDERMAN:HOMECOMING. Michael Keaton completely steals every movie he’s ever made and he sure does playing an evil “Vulture” in this latest version of the web spinner (there have been at least 13 versions of Spidey on TV and the movies!!) Spidey is a high school student with Teresa Tomei as his mom. Robert Downey jr. is back as Iron Man. It doesn’t matter much but Gwyneth Paltrow is in it too. It’s a little better than most of the Marvel Comics hero movies but not much. I’d suggest you stay home and wait for Game of Thrones to start again this next Sunday!!

WONDER WOMAN. IF you like comic book heroes or heroines (hope its ok to use that term) Wonder woman is several cuts about the usual no brainer/ violent/monster filled box office smashes we keep seeing. Gal Gadot is a former Miss Israel and we keep hearing about that. She plays W. Woman. Robin Wright, is in it too and she is a long time favorite of mine. She is Sean Penn’s ex. Chris Pine just jumps around looking like the usual Hollywood cutie pie. If you remember that she’s a comic book star and is supposed to battle, fight and pose in tight pants all the time you could enjoy this more than most of that ilk.

THE LITTLE HOURS. It’s a combination of Monty Python, The Decameron, and Amy Poehler. Loony sex humor in a medieval nunnery. I’m not sure what the point or problems were in telling this story but it left me either napping or bored. John C. Reilly plays a priest, everybody says fuck a lot, and that’s about all there is to it. Ends Thursday 8/3…yea!!!



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 1 Rick Longinotti speaks on the library garage issue, widening Hwy 1, and where to park. Then  Shelley Hatch, Candace Brown, and Dawn North tell us about the Branciforte Action Committee. Dr. Shawna Riddle (PAMF) guests on August 8th talking about staying healthy in Santa Cruz. She’s followed by John Aird talking about C.L.U.E. and what they’ve accomplished. On August 15 Julie James releases the news about the new Season of The Jewel Theatre. After Julie interventional cardiologist and Doctor Neil Sawhney (PAMF) brings us up to date on heart news. Then on August 29 The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Marilet Martinez tells us about their 9/9, 9/10 performances here. 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

“Jettying.” I did not know that this was a thing 🙂 This is interesting.

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.


“Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day”.…Tom Hanks.
“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees”. George Eliot
“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people”. Confucius

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