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August 20 – 26, 2012

A GENUINE KITCHEN BROTHERS PROJECT. Raymond Kitchen built most of this abalone shell, stone, and concrete “temple” in 1947. Dr. Stoller ,who did mushroom fertilizer research, finished the structure in 1954. According to John Chases book, Kitchen got the idea from a postcard he received from India. This temple is at 1211 Fair Avenue.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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BRUCE McPHERSON’S BANK SUES COUNTY BANK. In Saturday’s (8/18) Sentinel we got to read this story… “SANTA CRUZ – Not often do banks sue each other, but two local banks are going head to head over the only remaining empty lot downtown since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. A lawsuit filed July 30 by developer Bill Brooks, lender Bayside Capital Partners and Lighthouse Bank against Santa Cruz County Bank gives a look inside the lending industry and its practices five years before the real estate market crashed. In this case, the crash has left the Lau property, a key piece of downtown real estate, tied up in litigation, with local lenders scrapping to get their money back. The property is located at 1547-1549 Pacific Ave. Most of the parties involved are big names locally: Brooks, who planned to build the Park Pacific luxury condo complex on that empty lot, Santa Cruz County Bank, headed by David Heald, and Lighthouse Bank, headed by Rick Hofstetter”. And it goes on, and on. What it didn’t mention, and we can only guess why, is that The Sentinel never mentions Lighthouse Bank’s owners Bruce McPherson and Redtrees Property Developer Craig French. Check out the rest of that 1% as in ONE PERCENTERS right here..see names you know like Jesse Nickell, John Burroughs, Doug Austin

FRED KEELEY IS A TRAITOR. Friday’s Sentinel (8/17) printed Paul Sosbee’s great letter…in case you missed it here it is…

FRED KEELEY IS A TRAITOR. Fred Keeley’s recent endorsement of Bruce McPherson is a betrayal of his previous constituents, and of his personal ethics. Bruce McPherson is trying to buy a sweet “retirement job” with his extensive political contacts. McPherson is basically a carpet bagger from Pasatiempo trying to tell us he can represent residents of the San Lorenzo Valley. Personally I will hold Keeley accountable for this betrayal of party and principle. McPherson is wrong for us, and furthermore McPherson’s recent change of party status tells us what kind of guy he is: no integrity, anything for a job, he will even drop his party affiliation in hopes of getting it. Paul Sosbee, Boulder Creek

HUMAN DOLPHIN. Like we need about 200 of these wonderful machines in our Monterey Bay Sanctuary..

SPEAKING OF JUGGLING. David Thiermann found this stunning clip of the world’s best jugglers…check it out.

BRUCE McPHERSON’ SACRAMENTO VOTING RECORD. You can and should check out the long report on McPherson’s Sacramento voting record…here it is….. . This is the same Bruce McPherson who only got a 6% rating (out of 100%) and who voted against these environmental issues

  • protecting state parks from unrelated development, limiting diesel engines’ carbon emissions
  • shifting the management of state forests to sustainable forestry practices
  • disclosure of carcinogens in cosmetics
  • limiting air pollution at port facilities
  • protecting salmon and other fish in North Coast streams
  • launching efforts to fight invasive species
  • protecting federal lands from environmentally destructive activities

McPherson also voted against these bills affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians in 2004.

According to Equality California’s Official Legislative Scorecard for the 2004 Legislative Session, Senator McPherson received a score of 20% (out of a possible score of 100%) on bills affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians in 2004.

  • non-discrimination in employment
  • urging Congress to end discrimination in immigration policy
  • a pilot HIV/AIDS pharmacy program
  • expanding sexual harassment training
  • technical amendments to Domestic Partnerships Law
  • creating a clean needle exchange program
  • legalizing clean needle sales by pharmacies

McPHERSON SUPPORTERS? It’s never surprising to see names like Louis Rittenhouse, Larry Edler, Kris Reyes, Jesse Nickell, Harvey Nicholson, Betty Danner, Charlie Canfield, George Ow, Gary Reece, Tom Honig, and Debbie Elston supporting a PRO-DEVELOPMENT Republican like Mc Pherson. It’s some of those other supporter names that surprise and disappoint so many and so much. You know who they are.

DRIVE IN THEATRES STILL WORK!!! Judi Grunstra sent this NYTimes piece. There are only 368 drive-in theatres left in the USA. And because they are so economical and affordable they are succeeding. Of course our all-wise elected officials elected to allow our much loved drive in to be torn down. And why was that exactly???

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul Elerick says…

Vote Yes on Measure P and a Desal Dinner and Barn Dance!

Santa Cruz water customers will have a chance to vote on their water future by voting Yes on P in November. Hopefully Soquel Creek customers will have a chance to vote on the same issue, and I believe they will. Also, save Friday, September 7 to help with passing measure P. Information is at the end of this article.

Some more comparisons/contrasts between the two water districts involved with Desal.

  • Santa Cruz estimate of potential increase in water demand by 2030 = 15%

Soquel Creek Water District estimate decrease in water demand by 2030 = 11%

  • Soquel Creek Water Demand Offset Program requires developers to offset 120% of water demand from new projects.
  • Santa Cruz has no program to require developers to offset water demand, other than a new program under discussion to offset UCSC expansion.
  • Soquel Creek Water District Board asked their staff to determine how to achieve the desired pumping reduction (2900 acre-ft/year) with conservation alone (no desalination or water transfers)
  • Santa Cruz City Council has not asked their staff to investigate any alternative to desalination.
  • Soquel Creek District has written letters in October, 2011 and April, 2012 to Santa Cruz City Council asking for negotiations regarding water transfers and requesting Santa Cruz to initiate water rights applications with the State to enable the water transfers.

Santa Cruz City Council has not replied to those letters.

Two weeks ago I wrote here that SCWD’s alternative to Desal was a 40% reduction of water usage in drought years. That remains true, but the 40% reduction would be for all years, rain or drought. In either case, as a SCWD customer I’ll take the 40% reduction option if I get a chance to vote on it.

YES ON P PARTY TIME… Fri, September 7, 6pm – 10pm

Where: 418 Front St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (map)

Description: Our Kickoff Fundraiser will be on September 7th, with a dinner catered by India Joze, followed by a Barn Dance. Dinner tickets must be reserved in advance. Dinner & Barn Dance tickets: $50 and up (students, $25) Barn Dance only: $25 (students, $12) To reserve tickets, send check to RTVOD, PO Box 3203, Santa Cruz, 95063. Tickets can also be reserved online by going to the “Events” page. All tickets will be available on the day of the event at Will Call. If you have any questions about this event, or you would like to check on the status of your ticket purchase, please feel free to contact Mathilde Rand at 831-475-2411“. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation,, and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

OWL PETS DOG. Very strange but watch it…what’s this world coming to???

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Aptos and Barry Swenson planning, he mentions The Monterey Downs then closes on Friday with, “A City General Plan Update is still pending in the City of Capitola. I encourage Capitola City residents to read the latest version of the General Plan Update, and to get involved in the General Plan Update process. While project level planning decisions always attract the most attention, the long range planning decisions that are incorporated in a community’s General Plan are actually more important. That is because all project level approvals have to be found “consistent” with the adopted General Plan. The General Plan, in other words, is just what the courts say it is, a “constitution for land use.” Just as the enactments of the U.S. Congress must be consistent with the U.S. Constitution, actions taken by local governments that affect land use have to be consistent with the community General Plan. In the meantime, as the General Plan Update process proceeds, the City of Capitola continues to process various land use related projects. One project that might be interesting to KUSP listeners and BrattonOnline readers, is the proposed Villa Capitola Senior Housing project. This proposed project would require the demolition of an existing commercial salvage yard and the subsequent construction of a 23-unit market-rate rental development in a new, three-story building. The project is proposed at 1575 38th Avenue. The comment period on the project Initial Study ends on Monday, September 3rd. Read it all here.

(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”

ANCHOR IN ANTARCTICA. Micaela Neus emails direct from Antarctica…

Whenever I meet people on the street back home and Antarctica comes up in conversation, jaws drop. The very mention of the continent conjures up images of rugged treks across a frozen wasteland and rough seas studded with icebergs. These do exist, of course… but not for the vast majority of people stationed here! Our work requires that we stick close to our stations and any travel that takes us more than two miles away from our own bunks counts as a serious bit of business. I’ve only left the two-mile radius Boating Safety Limits once in the past year; most days I stay within a few hundred feet of my pillow.

In fact, I can describe my daily route: down the Winterover Stairwell to my office, turn left through the Garage toward the Galley for meals, back to my office again, turn right out the door to the Warehouse to work, up the same stairs to the Gym, down the hall the our shared bathrooms, then back to my room. Repeat that sequence for a couple hundred days and it’s easy to forget why exactly Antarctica appears so exotic to northerners.

But then something happens to remind me that only a few people have a chance to take this place for granted: the seabirds returned this week. Kelp Gulls screaming at the Brown Skuas squawking back at them. Giant Petrels hanging in the sky like shaggy kites, so silent and still that you start looking for someone holding the string. I was squinting through a snow flurry, trying to sort out the Antarctic Terns from the Wilson Storm Petrels, when I remembered the Sheathbill nests tucked under our garbage compactor. Did their chick survive the winter? Will they return again this season? Moments like that bring these dead walls back to life. To honor that awareness, I’m posting some photographs of Palmer Station like the one seen here on my blog ( with some brief captions. The place looks a little prettier with a bright clear sky behind it, but these shots are more realistic!”

(Micaela Neus works for Raytheon Polar Services Company as a utilities technician and is currently living at Palmer Station, Antarctica until at least October 2012.

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo examines our « power structure » see below…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Eagan reveals the hiring of the Veep 2B?…scroll below

MICAELA IN PERSON IN ANTARCTICA. No screenings at Cannes or Sundance or Tribeca, Berlin or Aromas but here’s a very short psycho drama that BrattonOnline correspondent Micaela Neus created…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul’s weekly article is sort of a review of Jerry Mander’s new book. He says, “Reading Jerry Mander’s The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System (Counterpoint: Berkeley, 2012), I recalled lessons from my first Marxism class at the university. Capitalism has no morality, but must constantly grow. It creates inequality, exploits labor and nature and fights wars. Mander sees no way for all these negative qualities to lead the world to happiness, or even survival. Some keen observers noted these qualities of capitalism more than 150 years ago. But only good can come from reiterating basic truths and Mander has written a readable and snappy critique of the economic and political system that governs our lives and he offers good reasons to get rid of it and find a healthier – non-utopian – way to live together under a different economic and political system. Capitalism has produced a world of things, but in doing do so it has destroyed hunks of the environment, and made a mess of human relations. Karl Marx saw this in the 19th Century; Mander in the 21st“. Read it all here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from

SAND ART VIDEO. I’ve always been a sucker for this jerky talent. Yes, there are better sand artists but…

LISA JENSEN LINKS: Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express, learn what you can do to help the local wild kitten population—for free—through August and September, courtesy of Project Purr. Also, it’s all over now, but find out why I think Anything Goes may have been the best Cabrillo Stage musical, ever!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

KILLER JOE. This is a masterpiece in the same category as Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino, Bad Lieutenant, and other bloody, sex filled, blacker than black humor films. It’s the kind where you don’t want folks to know you laughed, and liked it, but did anyways. It has way fewer killings and violence than stupid films like Expendables 2 but it’s sharp, clever, thoughtful…and still funny. William Friedkin directed it. He also directed The Exorcist, Bug, French Connection and many more Mathew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, and Juno Temple are the courageous stars of this never to be forgotten film. I loved it, but go warned

AWAKENING. A Classic British ghost film. Done with style, thought and some genuinely frightening moments. It takes place in a boarding school in England 1921, and Dominic West is the real star. He starred in HBO’s The Wire, was actually born in England and has a genuine Brit not Baltimore accent. Rebecca Hall and Imelda Staunton are perfect in their parts….see it IF you like ghost films.

EXPENDABLES 2. Bruce Willis is the youngest (57) then Arnold Schwarzenegger (65) and Sylvester Stallone (66) and that’s most of the story. Old guys doing stand-ins for other stunt men. A few dumber than dumb jokes, and of course the audiences are about the same…and it was the best selling film last weekend. What else needs saying, movie audiences are getting dumber and dumber…you should hear the laughs in the theatre over this piece of junk. Shameful, and all the stars are Republicans, they’ll probably desert the party like Bruce McPherson did.

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.

KUSP’s poet Dennis Morton will discuss poetry on August 21, after Dennis will be

Maryanne Porter from The Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters. On August 28 Lisa Uttal Project Coordinator of the brand new Santa Cruz Marine Sanctuary Center will guide us verbally through the new place. Sally Green from The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz follows Lisa. Grapevine on Sept. 4th will have Joan Van Antwerp telling news about the Van Antwerp Theatre Company’s next play. “Crooked” opening Sept. 19. Right after Joan, Jack Bowers and Sayaka Yabuki from New Music Works will share thoughts about their John Cage tributes. Julie James from The Jewel Theatre Company will talk about their new season on Sept.11. Jim Emdy also from KUSP and I will talk about the many area opera season’s on Sept. 25th. then Scott Griffin, Nickelodeon chief operating manager discusses films, digital releases and local movie tastes. Cathy Pickerrell from Santa Cruz Chamber Players will provide season news on October 2nd. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at

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 update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, 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, 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. With a special deep bow to Phyllis Diller…(1917-2012)

“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” “Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.” “We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.” “Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?”


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