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DATELINE August 28, 2017
OMEI BOYCOTT WORKED!
It is encouraging to see that the Omei Restaurant is now closed. It truly is the power and the will of the people that accomplished this. Omei owner Roger Grimsby has been a long time backer of right wing causes and a Republican student newspaper on the UCSC campus.
When enough folks learned that Grigsby contributed $500 last year (2016) to David Duke’s campaign for the U.S. Senate they too decided to stop eating at the Omei. More than that I’ve been told that the Omei staff quit in protest to his support of Duke and the KKK.
About David Duke…Wikipedia says, “David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is an American white nationalist, politician, antisemitic conspiracy theorist, Holocaust denier, convicted felon, and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. A former Republican Louisiana State Representative, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 1988 and the Republican presidential primaries in 1992. Duke unsuccessfully ran for the Louisiana State Senate, United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and Governor of Louisiana.
In 2002, Duke pleaded guilty to defrauding supporters by claiming to be in dire financial straits, and asking them for money to help him pay for basic necessities. At the time, Duke was financially secure, and used his supporters’ money for recreational gambling.
Duke speaks against what he describes as Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. federal government, and the media. Duke supports the preservation of what he considers to be Western culture and traditionalist Christian family values, abolition of the Internal Revenue Service, voluntary racial segregation, anti-communism, and white separatism.
We’ve experienced decades of boycotts against grapes, oil companies, Nestles, Tyson Foods, WalMart, Coors, Chevron, and on and on. One website states, “The word boycott actually comes from a person. Charles Boycott evicted those who couldn’t pay rent on the land he owned. The result was that all of his workers downed tools, delivery people refused to work with him and he found himself outcast from his local community. ‘Boycott’ quickly became the word for a form of economic protest. With a country built on capitalism and economic freedom, Americans see the value of taking economic action against those who don’t play fairly or break the law”. Then that site says, “Activists say that it encourages people to pause to reflect on what they are spending and the environmental and ethical consequences of what they are buying”. One misguided soul lamented the Omei closing and she said “the mob ruled”…I call it democracy and a positive demonstration of the will of the people who care where their money is spent.
Three unrelated topics recently caught my eye. Each contains misleading content. Some appear intended to deceive. All need correcting before they are accepted as fact and form the basis for decisions and points of view.
The first is the statement from Sarah Latham, UCSC Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services in a recent letter to the editor in the Sentinel on the topic of student impact on the local housing shortage. Dr. Latham notes that the provision of 3000 new on-campus bed spaces, which are expected to be built and fully available by 2022, will relieve the student pressure on the local rental housing market. She says this is good news for the community. Since many have criticized UCSC’s failure to provide sufficient on campus housing, such information blunts criticism and at first glance does seem a significant step forward. What Dr. Latham neglects to include in her letter is that only 900 of the 3000 beds will truly be additional bed space. The other 2100 will be bed space for those occupying converted lounges and converted doubles into triples. This is according to the manager overseeing the project and was shared with the public that is the four of us who attended the scoping meeting on the project. “Decanting the pressure” on existing facilities was how the 2100 bed distribution was described. And since UCSC continues to add students, by 2022, the 3000 additional beds will at best maintain the current stranglehold on the local rental housing market rather than in any way offering any relief. Since Dr. Latham was described as having “great skills and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for UCSC” when she was hired, one can assume she knows full well that her statement is misleading.
~Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, a member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association http://darksky.org Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.
|By: Chris Krohn Email Chris at email@example.com|
“Dates to Keep in Mind This Fall”
They Partied Like It Was 2017
Cafe Pergolesi’s front door slammed shut just before midnight on Saturday, August 26th. But it did not go gently into that good night. Nope, not the Perg crowd. The evening was a final sweaty, throat-clearing, song and tears-filled dance jam. As more than 500 crammed into the old Dr. Miller’s building one last time to hear the sometimes smooth and sometimes ear-piercing band of Perg’s longtime barista, Hiram Coffee, few believed what they were witnessing. The twenty-five year-long run (Started in the old Bookshop SC courtyard, remember?! where the Penny University began too!) of Cafe Pergolesi was winding down. This was it. The oldsters and youngsters, some heavily tattooed, others sporting hipster beards and multiple piercings showed up one last time to pay homage, dance, receive free Rebecca’s cookies, drink one last beer from a pirate keg, and just share stories with friends and strangers about what Pergolesi meant to this town. Was the event really a harbinger cog in the capitalist wheel running over Santa Cruz? What most present understood too well was that along with
Logos bookstore, Pergolesi was yet another casualty of “$the market$.” While the ribbon-cutting at the 106-room Broadway Hyatt hotel will soon take place, and the 95 $market-rate$ condos at the end of Pacific nears completion, some at this cafe-wake suspected more condos coming here to the Cedar Street corner, while others said the old Victorian house would likely come down to provide some more surface parking for SC Warrior fans. Ahh, Surf City is riding one of its most gnarly socio-economic waves in recent memory. With the loses mounting up for bohemian Santa Cruzanos I offer below some upcoming events where you can get involved, get (or stay) active, and let your voice be heard about the kind of city you want to live in.
Not Without Your Voice
Get out your calendar. Here are the dates you should be aware of…and either write a letter, an email, or come out to a meeting and express your First Amendment rights by advocating and commenting on the kind of Santa Cruz you want help create. The city you see today is not necessarily the city that developers, the UC Regents, 1960’s conservatives, and real estate-mongers somehow bequeathed us. It took work to create and preserve Lighthouse Field, Wilder Ranch, the Pogonip, Del Mar Theatre, the Moore Creek Uplands, Tannery Arts Center, contra-flow bike lanes, keeping Santa Cruz Shakespeare in Santa Cruz, passing a Sanctuary City ordinance, and support for a killer Museum of Art and History (MAH). We can do more, but not without more community voices. Will we continue to bleed more Logos and Pergolesi’s, or can we work now to create the kind of future we want to live in? Protectionist? Activist? Socially just? A movable feast celebrating diversity?
~Bernie quote of the Week: “By pardoning Sheriff Arpaio, President Trump has once again made clear where he stands: on the side of racism and discrimination”.
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.
|By: Becky Steinbruner Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com|
A STATE TAX ON DRINKING WATER?
Senator Bill Monning wants to impose a first-ever drinking water tax with his SB 623, under the pretense of bringing in over $100 million in new funding for water improvements for disadvantaged communities suffering from nitrate in their wells. Bill Monning says the General Fund is just not a reliable fund source. In my opinion, this is nothing more than a money grab to benefit big water business, such as CalAm, pad the state coffers, exempt polluters and gouge the common people for life-sustaining water.
SB 623 would ALSO tax all fertilizer materials (“fertilizer fee”) and tax all milk produced (“dairy fee”) and allow voluntary contributions, gifts, settlements, grants and bequests to go to the Safe & Affordable Drinking Water Fund. Hmmm…
In exchange for these new taxes, SB 623 PROHIBITS the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) or Regional Water Quality Control Boards from specified enforcement actions against ag operations FOR EXCEEDING NITRATE GROUNDWATER OBJECTIVES OR OTHER GROUNDWATER POLLUTION STANDARDS as specified “if the operation demonstrates certain mitigation requirements are met, INCLUDING TIMELY PAYMENT OF FERTILIZER OR DAIRY FEE UNTIL 1/1/2033.” Senator Monning’s bill states the ag operations are entitled to “receive SWRCB enforcement relief”.
Read that shocking bit of verbiage yourself on page 4, ‘Polluter Pays Principle’, here in the 8/22/2017 bill analysis
ONE QUICK FLASH ON YOUR DNA, PLEASE
The Mercury News featured an article last Sunday (page B1) about the passage of the Rapid DNA Act that will allow law enforcement, under FBI guidelines, to collect DNA samples from everyone arrested, even though they are not convicted of a crime. That will greatly increase the data base of DNA identification information, and understandably has civil rights organizations worried. I am worried, too.
One has only to be arrested or maybe even stopped by a law enforcement officer. The swab of your cheek collects the data, which is then sent to companies such as Pleasanton-based IntegenX and one can be detained (or not) until the results come back in 90 minutes.
Somehow, I just cannot believe information like that would be used for anything good.
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.
|By: Gary Patton Email Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org|
I was very happy to read the name of Zeynep Tufekci in a recent New Yorker article, “Is There Any Point to Protesting?” As you will see if you click the Tufekci link, above, I have long thought that Tufekci has a very accurate understanding of what it actually takes to make a revolution. Most recently, she has published a book on the subject.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
The New Yorker article, by Nathan Heller, quotes Tufekci extensively on what is needed to achieve real political change. Ad hoc, large scale protests won’t do it (at least not by themselves). That is her main point:
The missing ingredients, Tufekci believes, are the structures and communication patterns that appear when a fixed group works together over time. That practice puts the oil in the well-oiled machine. It is what contemporary adhocracy appears to lack, and what projects such as the postwar civil-rights movement had in abundance. And it is why, she thinks, despite their limits in communication, these earlier protests often achieved more.
Tufekci describes weeks of careful planning behind the yearlong Montgomery bus boycott, in 1955. That spring, a black fifteen-year-old named Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a bus and was arrested. Today, though, relatively few people have heard of Claudette Colvin. Why? Drawing on an account by Jo Ann Robinson, Tufekci tells of the Montgomery N.A.A.C.P.’s shrewd process of auditioning icons. “Each time after an arrest on the bus system, organizations in Montgomery discussed whether this was the case around which to launch a campaign,” she writes. “They decided to keep waiting until the right moment with the right person.” Eventually, they found their star: an upstanding, middle-aged movement stalwart who could withstand a barrage of media scrutiny. This was Rosa Parks.
In other words, if we are serious about making real and significant political changes (and that is how we create the world we inhabit), we need to organize ourselves in small groups, decide that we will plan on how to take real power, mobilize the resources that will allow us to implement our plan, and then work unremittingly, persistently, until we have succeeded. Generally speaking, the time required is measured in whole lifetimes. That’s what it means to be “serious.”
Protests in the street? That can be good, but that’s an activity, not a plan.
I recommend that New Yorker article. I recommend On Revolution by Hannah Arendt, and Tufekci’s recent book, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.
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 www.gapatton.net
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EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. You should be itching to see Eagan’s “Crab Louse Trump” down a few pages. As always, at TimEagan.com you will find his most recent Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog.
LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Jeff Bridges has way too much fun as an irascible old Yoda, mentoring a footloose young man in the school of life, in The Only Living Boy In New York, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com/). Also, discover the evocative and fanciful pastels of my Beauty and the Beast illustrator of the month, Binette Schroeder (as the countdown to my own Beast book continues)!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.
WHOSE STREETS. A brilliant well done documentary with a 98 rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s about the Ferguson, Missouri riots following the killing of teenager Michael Brown. It’s important that all us liberals see this film…especially since we think we know all there is to know about race relations. We don’t. It has many well placed interviews with participants from all angles. See it before Thursday. ENDS THURSDAY AUGUST 31
ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK. Most critics didn’t like this New York City family drama…I think it’s one of the finest films I’ve seen all year. It stars Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Cynthia Nixon (from Sex and The City). The tricky, intelligent plot revolves around a teen ager growing up in a family with complications. See it before Thursday…please??ENDS THURSDAY AUGUST 31
GOOD TIME. One of the darkest, mean spirited films of the decade. Robert Pattinson (“Twilight” star) does all he can to get his demented brother out of jail. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the old mentally disturbed girl friend. It’s not exciting or meaningful but it does have some excellently hand- held filmed scenes. Not my kind of movie by any means.
INGRID GOES WEST. It’s being billed as a dark comedy, and I didn’t laugh once. A deranged teen ager is totally hooked and dependent on any and all social media…especially her iPhone. She haunts and threatens her equally nutty celebrity heroine and it all takes place in around and about Venice Beach. I suggest you skip this one. I didn’t forget any star names there aren’t any.
WIND RIVER. Jeremy Renner and young beauty Elisabeth Olsen track down a killer on an Indian Reservation in the very cold Wyoming winter. Much better than average, you’ll stay with the plot and quite decent acting…all the way. It males some obvious social comment along the way, and that works too. The conclusion is a bit crude and drunken, but Renner is almost always worth watching.
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).
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 severely 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.
ENDS THURSDAY AUGUST 31
THE GLASS CASTLE. Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and especially Brie Larson bring this autobiographical life story to the screen. “Dysfunctional family” doesn’t come close to describing their family problems. The problem is that Woody Harrelson almost always plays exactly Woody Harrelson (as do John Goodman,Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone, etc.) He’s an incurable drunk and takes his family on his 100’s of trips through hell. It qualifies as a sob story except that Brie Larsen is just mesmerizing and perfect in the role. Plus you have to believe that Naomi Watts is an old wrinkled mountain woman married for life to Woody. ! Go see it and bring a hanky.
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.
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. Do remember too that Wonder Woman is a DC comics creation NOT a Marvel Comic character…there’s a big difference, and I was recently corrected on KZSC’s Bushwhackers Breakfast Club.
LOGAN LUCKY. This film has just about everything that should guarantee greatness or at least give you two hours of “Good Movie”. It’s a robbery movie that takes place at the annual Coca Cola NASCAR race in Concord North Carolina. Channing Tatum isn’t very impressive, but Adam Driver steals many, many scenes with his one arm. Katie Holmes is in it too but it’s Daniel Craig who is most watchable. It’s odd and weird but Hillary Swank shows up in the last few minutes that must hint that there’ll be Logan Lucky 2. Steven Soderbergh has done better.
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.
ANNABELLE:CREATION. This is supposed to be the prequel to the Conjuring series (in case you’ve seen this haunted doll series). You can stay home and write the tired old script in seconds. Dark cellar stairs, creepy doll in closet, innocent orphan girls, scarecrows, dumbwaiters, you’ve seen it dozens of times if you haven’t been careful.
THE DARK TOWER. How can a movie from books by Stephen King, and produced by Ron Howard, and which stars Mathew McConaughey and Idris Alba be so bad?? (18 on RT). It’s intergalactic, bloody, complexly stupid plot…and it’s filmed mostly in the dark. That saves tons of money spent on special effects. McConaughey is the bad guy and Alba is the good guy, in case somebody forces you to go. It’s more depressing than watching Fox news!!
THE HITMANS BODYGUARD. Samuel L. Jackson probably says “motherfucker” at least 100 times in this car chase, bloody, violent flick. Audiences laugh nowadays at the violence and I have a tough time with that. Jackson is the Hit man and Ryan Reynolds is supposed to be his body guard for some reason that I slept through. Salma Hayek is supposed to be Jackson’s wife and I guess to prove it, she too says “motherfucker” at the very end of the movie. Don’t expect to enjoy Gary Oldman, because he only has about 10 lines.
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. On August 29 The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Marilet Martinez tells us about their 9/9, 9/10 performances here. She’s followed by UCSC Astrobiologist and author David Deamer talking about new theories on the Origin Of Life . September 5 has Lisa Hadley and Davis Banta previewing their Quality Of Life play. Then therapist Alexandra Kennedy talks about her Awakening to Life In Transition retreat. UCSC’s Gary Griggs discusses his newest book, “Coasts In Crisis” on Sept.12. Then Patricia Rain talks about her 2nd annual Vanilla Festival. Jane Mio from the San Lorenzo River Mysteries group starts the hour on Sept.19. September 26 has Conductor, artistic director Michel Singher talking about the next Espressivo Orchestra Concert happening Oct.15. On October 10 Phyllis Rosenblum discusses the Santa Cruz Chamber Players 2017-18 season. The top winners of the Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers contest read their works on November 28. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here… http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at email@example.com
BBC3 did this whole series of “Things Not To Say To…” You should check some of them out; they vary from humorous to very thought provoking.
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.
“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer”,Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost”. Heny Rollins
“My favourite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something”, Groucho Marx
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