Blog Archives

August 28 – September 3, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON… report on City Council candidates forum at SEIU, Amazon, Landmark and subtitled movies, the next Amazon, Sustaining Soquel. GREENSITE…on the Wharf Master Plan. KROHN…City Council agendas, UCSC growth, conflicts of interest, developer favors, city manager issues. STEINBRUNER…a new hotel at 7th and Brommer?, Planning Commission favorites, Aptos Village project, Cannabis licensing manager quits, Soquel and smart Water Meters. PATTON…about impeachment. EAGAN…Subconscious Comics & Deep Cover. JENSEN…relaxes after James’ party and her birthday. BRATTON…critiques Papillon and A.X.L.  UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…about Earthquakes and Impeachment.

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DAVENPORT STATION April 25, 1948. This popular railroad served thousands of tourists and locals. The scenery and the money-saving commute made it popular back then, and will again once the rail/trail has been established.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

WHAT DO YOU SEE? Be careful they get really, really difficult about half way through.
SALMON FISHING IN SANTA CRUZ? Can anyone tell where this was taken?
KIM NOVAK TALKS ABOUT MARILYN MONROE AND SEX.

                                                                                                          DATELINE August 27, 2018

THE VERY FIRST 2018 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM.
Because the general public was not invited to this forum last Thursday night (8/23), I asked friends who did attend for a report, and their opinions of what went on. The following is that “report”…. “Out of a total of 10 registered candidates, 8 were present for the SEIU-Central Labor Council forum last Thursday night at their union hall on Mission Street. Candidates Paige Concannon and David Lane were absent. This was the first candidate face-off in what appears to be a grueling campaign schedule for candidates — likely 9 or 10 more of these will follow. It was clear that a real race for three council seats is officially on. All 8 candidates seemed ready and prepared to talk about city business, although there were of course varying perspectives. This is Santa Cruz.

Placing this group on spectrum…The far-right (for SC) definitely has a candidate. Perhaps it was the most newsworthy (in SC) story of the night, that is the Trumpian tendencies of one Ashley Scontriano—(“safety,” police, home-girl, police, terror on the streets, police) Rumor has it that she vied for a place on the Cynthia Mathews slate, but missed the cut as Greg Larson (who would not utter the words “Los Gatos,” but said he has the experience of being a city manager, at least five times, but just where was he the city manager? (answer: Los Gatos). (Do we want to be Los Gatos?) Also on the Mathews team is Donna “support-the-city-manager-council-institution-at-all-costs” Meyers, and incumbent Richelle “never met a market-rate unit I did not approve” (and TBSC stealth candidate) Noroyan. That appears to be the institutional-city staff slate as chosen by the Cynthia Mathews-Carol Fuller machine. I also heard that former SC school board member Cynthia Hawthorne was also bumped from the Mathew slate.

Candidates Justin Cummings and Drew Glover hit homeruns all over the place. They were both honest and had a firm grasp of the issues, clearly outpacing the rest of the pack at this first forum. Justin is basing his campaign on “community stability”, wanting to house the homeless, lower rents considerably, and make Santa Cruz a place where union families can afford to live and raise their children. Drew Glover, when asked if he would talk to unions during contract negotiations (every candidate responded “yes”) went beyond the usual programmatic yes, to outline a strategy of creating and fostering community—raising wages, lowering rents, taking care of the homeless, and meeting union members and their representatives anywhere and any time.

Perhaps what separated this group more than anything was when SEIU board member Matt Nathanson asked candidates to respond to the question: “Which city council candidate would they endorse?” Simple enough question. Justin and Drew were forthright: they endorsed each other and outlined what a council majority might look like if they are elected and how it would benefit Santa Cruz. The Cynthia Mathews slate—Greg Larson, Donna Meyers, and Richelle Noroyan—responded rather disingenuously, preferring not to endorse or support each other, much less even acknowledging that they perhaps even know each other. They just get along with everyone, they are ‘independent and will work with other councilmembers once they’re elected.

Of course, the path of what differentiates Justin Cummings and Drew Glover from the Mathews slate is clearrent control. Glover and Cummings were clear, cogent and enthusiastic in supporting tenants and the most vulnerable in this community in standing up to landlords and addressing the dire housing crisis in this town. The Cynthia Mathews slate waffled from no support to ‘I support rent control just not this one,’ — to which Glover stated that over ten thousand had signed a petition to get it on the ballot, and it’s an issue people want addressed.

Grey pony-tailed candidate-lawyer, Phillip Crawford, besides being opposed to rent control, made a good case for being a friend of labor, but also it became clear as the night wore on that he is not tethered to anything Santa Cruz. All his good work took place on the other side of the hill, as did Greg Larson’s.

You can see information about all candidates on the city’s web page here

It is not clear once you arrive at this page, but just scroll down and click on each candidate’s name”.

End of report. Another attendee asked “when Santa Cruz is having so much trouble dealing with our city managers and their influence on the council, do we want Greg Larson with his long experience as a City Manager of Los Gatos actually on our Santa Cruz City Council?”

MORE ABOUT AMAZON, LANDMARK, DEL MAR AND OUR NICKELODEON. No more definite news about Amazon buying the Landmark 50 theatre chain (del Mar and Nickelodeon), but I sat with Bill Raney — who created/built/established The Nick back in 1969 at Jim Aschbacher’s tribute last Saturday night. I told him that cinema trade experts are predicting Amazon might be mainly interested in owning theatres where they can show their own Amazon-produced films. That just might bring a slightly better selection of movies. Bill Raney added the main concern …will they be bringing any more subtitled films? Landmark brings us very few…but at least only rarely do they show “dubbed” films.

MIND-BOGGLING AMAZON QUESTION. Amazon’s marketing techniques have shut down thousands of brick-and-mortar stores, such our Sears and Orchard Supply stores, Toys are Us, Circuit City, Sports Authority, Borders and plenty more. The challenge is to think who, what and how somebody will come up with the business that will ruin Amazon? This is America, so you know our great American tradition has it that somebody will invent, create some new cheaper product service (even beyond drone shipping) that will shutter Amazon…wait for it!!!

HELP OUR NEIGHBORS WITH THEIR LAWSUIT. “Sustainable Soquel” is a group of neighbors and residents of Soquel who care a lot about their community. Teachers, lawyers, clerks, birders, and students have joined together to protest the Countey’s not just allowing, but  even pushing a new GROPETTI NISSAN DEALERSHIP to open on the corner of Soquel Drive and 41st. Avenue. There are many better uses for that almost 3 acre site, such as senior housing with a small locally-owned handy food store, or other retail and community business to fill in gaps that the neighborhood needs. Sustainable Soquel has hired an expert attorney from San Luis Obispo, and is taking Santa Cruz County to court for at least three pro-Auto Row actions they consider illegal. It costs lots of money to protect neighborhoods, and Sustainable Soquel needs your and my financial help. Being part of this Soquel community movement now will mean we all benefit from the legal changes it will bring…and your neighborhood could be next. Get in touch with Sustainable Soquel’s Go Fund account http://bit.ly/2MPIIm1stopautorow

August 27

DATELINE FLORIDA.
Two years ago almost to the day, the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf was saved from a morph-over by the timely birth of my only grandchild, Calliope. Had she been born on a Monday rather than a Tuesday, the historic wharf would now be unrecognizable. Forty foot tall buildings, three in all, one covering the sea lion viewing holes; landings on the east side for big boats, perhaps tenders for cruise ships; infill buildings for more retail shopping on the Westside; a lowered walk and bike way under the restaurants, facing the elements, blocking access for migratory birds that nest under the wharf; twelve automated pay machines spaced along the half mile wharf replacing the workers staffing the kiosks; reduced sized parking spaces. Just a sampling of the changes proposed by the SF urban design firm ROMA, who were paid a million dollars for the Plan alone, with most of the money coming from the federal government via the city’s dubious if not fraudulent claim of tsunami damage to the wharf, with the remainder of the money from city Parks and Recreation funds.

In Florida, August 22nd 2016, sitting, waiting for my grandchild’s birth, I decided to see what was on the Santa Cruz City Council agenda for the next day. I was shocked to see the Wharf Master Plan on the agenda. Shocked because it was unexpected; shocked because approval by council meant a green light for all of the above with only the funding to secure, a not insurmountable problem given the tourist industry and available grants. With limited time but with a 3 hour east coast advantage, I quickly read the agenda report and the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), spotted the lack of mention of the Puget Sound migratory birds annual spring nesting under the wharf, fired off emails to 7 of the most reliable environmentalists I could think of, all of whom wrote emails to council. At their meeting the next day and recognizing the MND’s omissions, council voted to continue the item for a month. In the meantime, a legal letter recommending the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and a petition drafted by a member of the Valley Women’s Club that garnered 2500 signatures under the title Don’t Morph The Wharfwas sent to council. Council member Richelle Noroyan dissed the petition for its inclusion of out of state signers, not reading in their comments that many were transplanted Santa Cruzans and out of state visitors who knew and loved the current wharf. Advised by the city attorney, council voted for the preparation of an EIR.

The EIR has apparently been long completed, reviewed by department heads but has not yet been released for public review. There is a temptation to hope that this widely unpopular project has been scrapped. Wish it were so. If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.

Writing from Florida, recalling that fateful day two years ago, I suggest if you care about saving the wharf from the changes proposed in the Wharf Master Plan that you ask the current city council candidates where they stand on this issue. And don’t accept weak, evasive responses. If they say they haven’t read it, ask them to do so and request a response within 3 days. If they say they are waiting for the EIR ask them to read the Plan and respond, irrespective of environmental impacts. If they say it may be good for the city’s economy, ask for proof (long time locals won’t support a morphed wharf) and take that as a yes. Then vote accordingly.

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.

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August 27, 2018

Making San Lorenzo Park Safe for Tequila (festival) Again!

Pictures of the week—contrast the one from the homeless encampment last winter with this past Saturday’s Tequila festival


LAST WEEK THIS WEEK ON THE CITY COUNCIL
Because of BrattonOnline deadlines, I often cannot relate to you, dear reader, what happened at the city council this week because the column sometimes comes out the same day as we have the council meeting. So, let me lay out what was on the meeting agenda this week. Every agenda has something of consequence. That is, the public’s money gets spent, decisions are made about various neighborhoods, downtown and the beach area, and an item, strange and interesting, often appears on the agenda, but shrouded in bureaucrat-ese.

The Hidden
Item #7 was a “Resolution amending the current “Conflict of Interest Code.” There are 10 pages of “disclosure categories,” 1 thru 4, but no real information or ways councilmembers might evaluate why a “Buyer” in the Finance department is now a “3” (“city/Department-Related Income”), and the “Sustainability and Climate Action Manager” will be in the “1” disclosure category (“Full Disclosure”).

The Staff Being Too Political?
Item #8, also on the “consent agenda,” (which usually indicates there will be no discussion and council likely all agree on passing the item) was a bunch of recommendations by the city manager that the council endorse certain state propositions, “1, 2 and 3,” and “oppose props 5 and 6 on the November 6, 2018 General Election Ballot.” Of course, I wanted to know why he wasn’t making a recommendation on Proposition 10, the repeal of the onerous Costa-Hawkins bill that prohibits any sort of rent control statewide on any units built after 1994? You can go to the League of Woman Voters recommendations: https://lwvc.org/news/our-voting-recommendations-november-ballot-measures   And why did he recommend the council support Prop. 3 when the League of Women Voters is firmly opposed?

Developer-Friendly City Council?
Item #20 is the “Density Bonus Zoning Ordinance Amendments.” Folks, we have a Planning Director who receives his marching orders from a City Manager (who believes he has them from a council majority) to develop anywhere, anytime, and on almost any property in this city. Nothing seems to be sacred, or off-limits, whether they’re proposing to build 400 units on Golf Club Drive right up to the Pogonip, or Forty condos along Ocean Street Extension, which is currently more like a country road. Six-hundred units downtown, where many believe the bulk of any development should go, might be acceptable, but only if half of them were actually affordable. “Density Bonus” is a cha-ching, cha-chinging sell-out musical show for developers, but it’s likely to be “a hard rain that’s gonna fall” on the rest of us. There is much to be aware of with this developer-giveaway ordinance. Be warned, if voters wish to max out market-rate development in a once beautiful beach town, then vote for the incumbent and her slate running in the next election. But if you seek a council majority that will protect our environment, negotiate with developers for more affordable units, protect local business over corporate crap while standing up to city planning staff and soliciting neighborhood input, then check out council candidates, Justin Cummings and Drew Glover. If they win, they would help form a council majority come November to halt the current sell-off of Santa Cruz to out of town (and some local) developers.”Density bonuses” should ONLY be used to create more, not less affordable housing.

The OMG! Item
Another heritage tree (item # 21) will be felled if the city council takes the word of a 6-1 Parks and Recreation Commission vote over the advice of its own urban forester and allows this 50-foot Giant Sequoia with a 53-inch trunk to be cut down. It now stands tall, proud, and healthy in front of 1420 King Street near the corner of Baldwin. Here’s hoping for an 11th hour reprieve…

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“We must remember that the struggle for our rights is not a struggle for one day, or one year, or one generation – it is the struggle of a lifetime, and one that must be fought by every generation”.
(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 ckrohn@cruzio.com

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August 27, 2018

COUNTY WANTS TO LET SWENSON BUILD A HOTEL ABOVE THE HARBOR
The County Board of Supervisors are trying to sneak the contract with Barry Swenson Builders to build a HOTEL  at 7th Avenue and Brommer, above the Harbor, even though the public was adamantly opposed to such a use when asked at the April 27, 2017 Public Meeting.  Call Supervisor Ryan Coonerty and ask him who he is really representing here?

At the public meeting last year, people were clear they want the original open space and park agreements of the Redevelopment Land to be honored, to respect the neighborhood’s needs and complex issues of the property, and to accommodate the needs of the fishermen at the Harbor.  THEY DID NOT WANT A HOTEL TO BE BUILT THERE!  But that is exactly what the Board of Supervisors is shoving through under the cloak of this Consent Agenda item, which is supposed to be reserved for “non-controversial matters” and of insignificant dollar amounts.

Under the new rules imposed by Supervisors, citizens are no longer able to pull Consent Agenda items to be placed on the Regular Agenda for BETTER PUBLIC DISCUSSION.  Now, people must rely on a Supervisor to accommodate their requests for such, which must be made in writing by 5pm the day before the meeting.  As you read this, it may be too late to take that action (I have already done so within the required time limit) but our County Supervisors need to hear from you regarding this proposed Swenson Hotel at the Harbor.

Here is the link to the Consent Agenda Item #62

Here is a link to an excellent Letter to the Editor by Jean Brocklebank and Michael Lewis on the public’s input regarding the 7th & Brommer

Here is the information on the County website regarding the history of this Swenson-hugging deal

Call Ryan Coonerty at 831-454-2200 or write him at ryan.coonerty@santacruzcounty.us

Hold this elected official accountable!

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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.

Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com

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August 26, 2018

# 238 / A Quick Reprise On Impeachment

In suggesting, yesterday, that we should not be clamoring for the impeachment of President Trump just quite yet, I made a passing comment about the impeachment of President Clinton, which I characterized as “nothing more than political gamesmanship.”

When I read yesterday’s edition of The New York Times (which I read after having posted to this blog), I felt like I received an instant, and condign, rebuke*. Bret Stephens, writing on “Sex, Lies and Presidents,” said this about the Clinton impeachment hearings (emphasis added):

Liberals now calling for Trump’s impeachment ought to rethink the excuses so many of them made for Clinton 20 years ago. That it was “just sex.” Or that “lying about sex” doesn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense (even if it’s lying about sex under oath). Or that “character doesn’t matter” so long as the administration produces peace and prosperity. Or that the motivating animus of the president’s critics is reason enough to dismiss the criticism.

These excuses were toxic not because they had no merit, but because they sidestepped the core of the issue: that the survival and ennoblement of democracy depend on holding people in high office to higher, not lower, standards.

Clinton’s supposedly “small” lie about sex (like Trump’s “small” violation of campaign finance laws) was not so small coming from the one person uniquely entrusted to uphold and enforce the law. It sent a signal that lying would be politically acceptable and legally tolerated. Clinton’s lawyerly prevarications helped create the truth-optional standard by which the Trump presidency operates. The claim by Clinton’s defenders that his job performance immunized him from impeachment sowed the seed for Trump’s remark, in an interview with Fox News this week, that “I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job.”

Then, too, the Clinton machine’s relentless efforts to delegitimize the independent counsel by claiming Starr had gone far beyond his original remit to investigate the Whitewater case mirror the Trump machine’s attacks on Robert Mueller today.

Yet what Starr did then is what Mueller and other prosecutors are doing now: uncovering wrongdoing where they find it. That Trump’s hush money to two women has nothing to do with Russia makes the wrongdoing no less contemptible, illegal — and, because it’s about the president, impeachable.

Because the Clinton impeachment saga is still relatively recent, it’s been depressing — and instructive — to watch the two sides in that drama conveniently adopt the other’s former rationale for their own partisan convenience. (Lindsey Graham, this means you.)

But anyone who now calls for Trump to be judged severely should acknowledge that we would have been in a better place today if Clinton hadn’t been so fervently defended back then. Among other things, it might have dissuaded other sexual predators and congenital liars from running for high office.

We can still get it right. Some intellectual consistency would go a long way.

I really believe I stand corrected. I don’t want to be associated with any claim that when the President of the United States lies (particularly under oath), that such lying is in any way “ok.” We can’t allow any of our elected officials to operate under a “truth-optional” standard.

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 and subscribe to his daily blog at www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Carefully check out the latest re-issue of Tim’s Subconscious Comics…just below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Deep Cover”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.

SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE. We are really fortunate that the San Francisco Mime Troupe continues to make Santa Cruz one of their traveling stops. They’ll be performing their original time – traveling musical “SEEING RED” twice in San Lorenzo Park for free. That’s Saturday/Sunday September 8th & 9th. The great Mime troupe band starts at 2:30 the play is at 3 p.m.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa’s taking a week off to just enjoy the experience of James Aschbacher’s tribute last Saturday and her own Birthday last Sunday!!! See her blog at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

PAPILLON. This isn’t just a remake of the 1973 original starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman — the two new actors look just like them too! The acting is terrible, the camera work jarring, and it’s a very boring movie. I dozed several times. It’s all about Devil’s Island, prison life, and how to escape. Rent the original, which is a much better film.

A.X.L. This bizarre drivel didn’t deserve even the 22 it got on Rotten Tomatoes. The army developed a secret mechanical dog as a modernized K9 corps tracker and killer. In case you forgot, I was in the U.S. Army K9 corps as a dog trainer…seriously! So I’m an expert on K9 dogs! This movie wouldn’t be worth watching even if it was free. The plot is absolutely beyond understanding, the special effects are poorly carried out, and it’s a waste of your time and admission charges.

BLACKKKLANSMAN. Spike Lee’s newest and most effective critique on what’s happening in America. It’s the progressive Democrats best statement since Michael Moore’s last film.  Not subtle, even funny, bitter, and painfully true. It’s based on the true story of a black police officer who finagles a way to get a white guy into the KuKluxKlan. More than that he has meetings with David Duke, head of the KKK. Alec Baldwin has an opening scene Adam Driver is the “hero” and you have to see it. It earned 97% on RT

EIGHTH GRADE. A 99 on RT and the lead actor Elsie Fisher deserves at least an Oscar for her role as a conflicted and nearly typical eighth grader. The incredibly talented, funny, and  profound  Bo Burnham directed it. (See his Comedy special on Netflix!). You’ll relive the anxiety, insecurity, and fears we all had in eighth grade. It’s billed as a comedy and some of the audience laughed when I was watching it…but see it for the insights, the reality, and the remembrances of those times.

BLINDSPOTTING. Has a 93 on RT…and deserves it. A “blindspot” as we learn in the film, is when something is right in front of you and you can’t see it. In this case it’s the racial scene in Oakland and the rest of the USA. Violent, conflicted, heartwarming, well acted, and painful. It’ll leave an impression on you long after you leave the theatre.

PUZZLE. A perfectly acted, extra sensitive story of a woman finding her way to empowerment . It’s also a view into the little known world of Jigsaw Puzzle addicts and experts. Go see this quickly, it probably won’t last long on Santa Cruz screens.

ALPHA. 88 on RT. A live action Ice Age cave man meets a dog for the first time. It does lack Raquel Welch or any cave babes in leather skimpys but it is fascinating….and you can take the kids. I’m serious about the man meets dog story. That’s the only plot it has.

 CRAZY RICH ASIANS. A Hollywood movie with an all Asian cast. It’s about the same as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, except Asian Americans instead of Greeks. The plot, laughs, and acting are all typical Hollywood re-hash. It doesn’t need your ticket money…it’s breaking many, many box office records already. Which means of course that there’ll be a dozen look a like sequels.

EQUALIZER 2Denzel Washington is back again as a vigilante. Unlike all the rest of the bloody, violent, killing, revenge movies, Denzel makes this one a little deeper, more thoughtful, and yet at the same time heavy-handed. There’s nothing new, imaginative or startling in it, but because it’s Denzel you’ll be able to sit through all of it.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE :FALLOUT. Another Tom Cruise do it yourself stunt movie. Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin are back again too. It has some wild and inventive stunt scenes that we’ve never seen before. Plus a music score that keeps almost all of the movie at a very intense level. It’s thrilling, mindless, pointless, but full of kicks. It’s made for the big screens.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. It’s embarrassing to watch Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne and especiallyMichelle Pfeiffer having to take roles in yet another factory-produced Marvel Comic mass-produced monster hit. (85 RT) Paul Rudd is back in this sequel, and does the best possible job as the Ant-Man. He shrinks; he grows, flies around on the Wasp’s back and does what little he can with this comic book movie. I’m guessing that these Marvel movies are best enjoyed by eight-year-olds. If you’re older than that, think at least twice before attending.

THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play buddies from LA who for some kinky reason become involved with an international killers. The two of them go toHolland, Hungary, Berlin, Austria, Denmark and Atlanta, Georgia.  After more than two hours those locations plus the foolish, overused dialogue between the two women aren’t enough to make this flick worth paying to see.

INCREDIBLES 2. I liked Incredibles 1. Now Pixar/Disney has shifted to centering on Mrs. Incredible as a Wonder Woman who goes through numerous violent bloody battles against the one concept I thought was funny…the evil Screenslaver. Very little of the original charm, family stuff, human frailties, it’s another cutesy version of the Marvel Comics blockbusters

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Ewan McGregor does the best possible job he can with a boring, depressing, and very commercial attempt to make more money from A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh books. It isn’t even Disney cute or Pixar creative it’s simply not interesting. And old Christopher Robin is forced by animated versions of Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and other stuffed toys to remember how much fun he had as a boy. Don’t even send the kids. CLOSES THURSDAY AUGUST 30

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN. It’s all of the original cast (even Meryl Streep for two songs) and ABBA music. It’s mindless, pointless, meaningless, and lacks almost all of the charm or naiveté of the first one. If you wait until almost the end you can watch a 72 year old Cher in tights singing to her daughter Meryl Streep — who is 69 years old!!! You could also watch Stellan Skarsgård, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters embarrass themselves in this strictly for-the-money prequel. Or I could say, “here we go again… BUT you shouldn’t”.

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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. . Aug. 28 has Lisa Rose and Ken Koenig from Santa Cruz Indivisible talking about their latest plans and events. Then Phyllis Rosenblum president of the Santa Cruz Chamber Players talks about their new season (2018-2019) concerts. On September 4 Rotimi Agbabiaka from The San Francisco Mime Troupe discuss their performances here on Sept. 8 & 9. Then Rose Sellery and Tina Brown share style scoops from their PIVOT: Art Of Fashion show happening 9/22. September 11 Michel Singher from the Espressivo Orchestra will describe their upcoming concerts. Then Julie James from The Jewel Theatre shares news of their new play season. Sept. 18 has Don Stump pres. and CEO of CCH housing returning to discuss affordable housing. Nora Hochman guests on September 25 to talk about rent control and Housing Justice. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://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 bratton@cruzio.com

Cutest photo-bomber ever! 😀

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.

QUOTES.     Earthquakes & Impeachment.

“Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes”. Voltaire
“How terribly downright must be the utterances of storms and earthquakes to those accustomed to the soft hypocrisies of society”. John Muir

I think it absolutely necessary that the President should have the power of removing his subordinates from office; it will make him, in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses”.  James Madison


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