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August 5 – 11, 2020

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Goodbye Drew Glover, Shark Park, MAH a blight, B Movie Bratton. GREENSITE… is off, will return next week KROHN…BLM month summary, Drew Glover and Selma. STEINBRUNER…masks and fines, County selling our election data, will our ballots get counted, hotels for homeless, Grand Jury and our board of Supervisors. PATTON…A flawed Society. EAGAN…more Deep Cover and Subconscious Comix. QUOTES… “BOREDOM”

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VIETNAM PROTESTERS September 27, 1965. Yes, protesters at our Santa Cruz Post Office. The sign held by the guy in the white short sleeved shirt in front says, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last”.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email photo@brattononline.com

TOP SONGS OF 1963. Seems like only yesterday!!!

RAQUEL WELCH AND CHER. Old fashioned views of our stars back when..

DATELINE August 3 

GOODBYE DREW GLOVER. We should have a contest to find the most unusual reaction to Drew Glover’s moving to Alabama last week. It was announced in Alabama before July 8, but the news spread slowly. Here’s what he said to one enquirer… “I moved out of Santa Cruz. It brings with it a combination of sadness and, to be honest, relief. On June 1st I relocated with my fiancée Karen Moorer to the great state of Alabama and I am now the Principal Coordinator of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, dubbed “the largest celebration of civil rights in the country”. Pretty awesome stuff and I couldn’t be more humbled to be offered the position”.  Read more from Drew in Chris Krohn’s report.  

SHARK PARK. A physical therapist friend was musing last week about “Shark Park” in Aptos. After a bit of research, I found that so many great white sharks are returning that the old name Shark Park has become near-famous again. It’s also known as Sand Dollar Beach. That surfer who was attacked recently was known by sharks as “pied de Surfeur du sang”. 

MOVIE BRATTON & BUSHWHACKERS  Every Friday morning on KZSC (88.1 fm or live online at KZSC.org) from 8:10 am-8:20 am or thereabouts I present my “B Movie Bratton” segment of short critiques (not reviews) of what’s on our screens. Dangerous Dan Orange hosts the rest of the Bushwhackers B. Club. Lately of course those screens are on anything but theatre screens. Tune in this Friday and read my critiques of “Doctor Sleep” starring Ewan McGregor. It’s sort of a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. But not nearly as good. More about the complete season of Defending Jacob featuring Michelle Dockery which is extra slow and also just suspenseful enough to keep you tuned in. There’s more about Tom Cruise working with Elon Musk to make a movie IN ACTUAL SPACE with a budget of $200 million dollars that will go straight to streaming. 

August 3.

Gillian Is off this week. Will return next week.

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 3

BLM AGAIN, EVERY MONTH AND ALWAYS.
July was declared as Black Lives Matter Month. Well, now it’s August and I say let’s make this month too and for the entire year, and then see where we are. The young people in this town are organizing. Us older folks can either get on the train, stay off, or just watch it go by. A lot has been happening in this town these past two weeks with more called for in presentations, panel discussions, marches, and actions this week and in the upcoming weeks. I am including in the column this week various undertakings and endeavors so as to build bridges between the various communities that make up the Santa Cruz Community. I urge you to go to https://www.blendedbridge.com/post/dear-santa-cruz +and find out more information about the incidents detailed below.

Open Letter to Santa Cruz from Esabella Bonner

Dear Santa Cruz, 

As Black Lives Matter Month in Santa Cruz and the momentum for the movement wind-down simultaneously (or so it feels), it is with a somber heart that I bring forth a number of atrocious events that happened during this historic month in our community. 

For me personally, when I heard that Mayor Justin Cummings had declared July 2020 Black Lives Matter Month in Santa Cruz, I was optimistic. I was excited to think of the incredible actions and policies that would come from this declaration to propel our community forward and be a blueprint for the entire nation. 

Unfortunately, the type of actions that we witnessed were not ones of policy, but rather a month fueled with hate-filled incidents across our entire county. From direct to more subtle forms of racism- our BIPOC (Black Indigenous People Of Color) community experienced an uptick in the wide variety of levels of blatant white supremacy and inaction (apathy) for our Black Lives here in Santa Cruz. 

Below I have highlighted the main incidents that have headlined Black Lives Matter Month 2020. The forms of racism vary and are executed by community members, law enforcement, and a combination of systems that are in place to continue to keep us oppressed and our spirits low. 

With a number of our elected [officials] out on PTO (Paid Time Off ) and the council members not meeting at all during the month of July (which is always the case), #BlackLivesMatterMonth felt like a not so subtle attempt to distract and deter attention from the main goals at hand – policy and sustainable change in our community. 

I close this letter by highlighting that unfortunately Black Lives Matter Month for me was nothing but an attempt to put a band-aid over a gaping wound. This is a reminder that our work as a community towards dismantling racism and white supremacy must be strategic, aggressive, and swift. We cannot continue to allow this culture of hate to thrive in our community. It is my hope that we continue to work toward actionable policies and acceptance within our community for the years to come. 

Happy Black Lives Matter Month.

Signed sincerely, 

Esabella Bonner, Blended Bridge 

Black Lives Matter Month- July 2020

With our leaders nowhere to be found for the entirety of Black Lives Matter Month, it continues to be up to us, the outraged Santa Cruz Community, to continue to use our voices and firmly reject the notions and actions of white supremacy. While we remain hopeful and optimistic about the changes that are to come in our community, we also recognize the importance of accurately highlighting and remembering the first annual Black Lives Matter month in Santa Cruz history. 

Signed sincerely, 

Esabella Bonner, Blended Bridge
Ayo Banjo
Thairie Ritchie
Faith Brown, organizer 
Arianna Jones
Chloe Gentile-Montgomery
Marissa Molina
Ayah Abdul-Hadi
Hector Marin
Naythan Ramos

See pictures, videos and list of further incidences here 

SELMA 1, SANTA CRUZ 0.

Drew Glover’s New Home: Selma, Alabama

This comes from Drew’s recent Facebook posting:
Hello Santa Cruz Family. I have been getting contacted by a lot of you over the last day or two checking-in to see if the rumors are true. I was waiting till August 6th, the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to make the official announcement, but since people are already posting about it I figure you might as well hear it from me.

I moved out of Santa Cruz. It brings with it a combination of sadness and, to be honest, relief.

On June 1st I relocated with my fiancé, Karren Moorer, to the great state of Alabama and I am now the Principal Coordinator of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, dubbed “the largest celebration of civil rights in the country”. Pretty awesome stuff and I couldn’t be more humbled to be offered the position. 

If you wanna touch base or hear more about the work I am doing, please don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi. Also, if you are an organizer or fundraiser, I am building a National Coordinating Committee that will take on various roles of support to make sure the 2021 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee is successful. If you are an experienced organizer or fundraiser and you are interested in lending your talents to the design and development of an educational event that impacts hundreds of thousands of people, or you know someone who is, contact me.

I will miss you all in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area, but I will be back to visit sporadically so the next time I am in town let’s get our social distance hang-out on, or let me know if you wanna connect over Zoom.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Assata Shakur

Very truly yours in peace, love, and justice.

Drew

Here is the news story about it and stuff

“Abolishing ICE isn’t a radical thing to do, it’s a humane thing to do.” (July 31)

(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, and was on the Santa Cruz City Councilmember from 1998-2002. Krohn was Mayor in 2001-2002. He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 14 years. He was elected to the city council again in November of 2016, after his kids went off to college. His term ended in April of 2020.

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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August 3

WEAR A MASK OR PAY A LARGE FINE
The County Board of Supervisors will most likely adopt their plan on August 4 to fine anyone not wearing a mask up to $500 and authorize additional “enforcers” to issue the tickets. Item #10 will do just that, but with no definition of what other violations might result in a ticket as deemed a “violation” of public health orders, or exactly who these new “enforcers” would be.  The City of Santa Cruz recently expanded their enforcement officers to include the City Forester and Street Sweeper.  

Read more here about the County’s action considered August 4 by the Board in Item #10:

Consider adoption of an urgency ordinance adding Chapter 7.109 to the Santa Cruz County Code to provide remedies for violation of public health orders, as outlined in the memorandum of the County Administrative Officer – Santa Cruz County, CA

What about people with a medical exemption that will be physically harmed by being forced to wear a mask?  Is it medically advisable to require people to wear a face mask while they are running and need unobstructed oxygen during intense physical exertion?

If you have questions about this, call your County Supervisors 454-2200.  You can also call any of the four people hired by the County to answer “COVID-19 Hotline” questions  454-4242 (nowhere to be found on any County Health website) Monday-Friday 8am-6pm.  

DID YOU KNOW THE COUNTY ELECTION DEPARTMENT SELLS YOUR DATA?
Another excellent investigation and report by the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury this year takes a look at how your personal voter registration information is handled…and legally sold.    

WILL YOUR BALLOT BE COUNTED?
A recent article in the Washington Post described why significant numbers of mail-in ballots were rejected, and should cause us all to wonder how the system can be improved.  

Here is a good article by Santa Cruz County Clerk and Elections Manager, Ms. Gail Pellerin,  that was in the Sentinel last Sunday, describing how careful this County’s election results will be handled. 

I wondered about any problems with signature comparison, knowing that my own signature looks nothing like it did even just a couple of years ago.  When I wrote Gail Pellerin with my question about the need to re-register to update my signature, she responded right away.  Her answer was that Elections staff will contact each person whose registered signature does not match that on the ballot.  Imagine all that work!

COUNTY PLANS TO BUY HOTELS TO PERMANENTLY PROVIDE HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS
The County Board of Supervisors will consider a report at their August 4 meeting that recommends the County purchase a number of hotels to provide permanent shelter for the homeless.  This is part of the State Project Home Key, formerly known as Project Room Key.

This is moving quickly, because the money must be spent within six months.

Half a billion in half a year: The ticking clock on California’s newest homeless plan

click here to continue (link expands, click again to collapse)

WRITE ONE LETTER.  MAKE ONE CALL.  ATTEND A VIRTUAL MEETING AND MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK.

Cheers,

Becky Steinbruner, 831-685-2915, ki6tkb@yahoo.com   I welcome your discussions! 

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 3 
#216 / A Worried Friend

Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody’s having them dreams
~Bob Dylan, “
Talkin’ World War III Blues

A couple of days ago, I was holding forth on the topic that when we see some “warning signs” that fascism is coming forward around the bend we should not, thereafter, immediately leap to the conclusion that fascism is in fact already here, or that it is anywhere near likely or inevitable. 

It is that “self-fulfilling prophecy” thing that I am worrying about, and that phenomenon is hugely indebted to our willingness to think of ourselves, mainly, as “observers” of reality, instead of keeping in mind that it is we who create the realities we inhabit. 

At any rate, concerns about the growth of authoritarian tendencies in the United States seem to be multiplying. More and more people are “having them dreams.” More and more people are worrying about fascism’s incipient arrival, including a fellow named Daniel Schwammenthal, who characterizes himself as a “worried European friend.” If you click that link, and can slip by what I am pretty sure will be a paywall of some kind, you can read the entire column in which Schwammenthal outlines his worries. I’ll summarize what he says here, though, just in case you can’t get access to the column in its entirety.

Schwammenthal’s column, which appeared in the July 29, 2020, edition of The Wall Street Journal, makes a case for American “exceptionalism.” 

I learned to cherish the U.S. long before I had the privilege to live and study there. History can be very personal. What Madeleine Albright called the “indispensable nation” meant the difference between life and death for my family. I was brought up in the firm knowledge that had it not been for those unimaginably brave American boys storming the beaches of Normandy, I wouldn’t have been born, and my parents and the rest of my people would have been extinguished. No doubt I’m leaving out entire libraries of nuance, but that is the quintessential truth.

America today is what it has always been: a flawed society, like all others, but also a unique force for good in the world. No other multiethnic, multireligious society can credibly claim to be more democratic, more prosperous and more just than the U.S.

This is giving the United States a lot of credit (and deservedly, I think). However, Schwammenthal is, as the column headline said, “worried.” 

America can’t remain the leader of the free world if it is itself no longer free. To be the guarantor of Western security requires military and economic power, but also a sense of mission. And right now Americans are committing mass character suicide. If the country goes beyond acknowledging that racism and inequality persist and must be fought, and instead convinces itself that it’s inherently and irredeemably racist, it can’t possibly continue to believe that it has any right to lead. Such an America would reject the notion that the West is worth defending and regard Europe as also inherently oppressive. We know who will fill the vacuum left by an America in retreat and at war with itself. As they watch America’s self-immolation, leaders in Moscow, Beijing and Tehran surely can’t believe their luck. 

Any functioning society must extend tribal loyalty beyond the ties of blood. Ethnicity and Christianity were the glue that helped hold the more homogenous European nation states together. America’s Founding Fathers laid the foundation of a society worthy of the motto “e pluribus unum”—out of many, one—by replacing ethnic and religious loyalties with liberal ideas and deist ideals. A shared loyalty to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution allows Americans to see each other not as strangers but as fellow citizens.

Yes, the U.S. has not always lived up to its ideals. But to claim that the Founding’s “promissory note” was never anything but a scam to maintain a system of white oppression is an historical revisionism that will erode the country’s foundation (emphasis added).

I am not sure how many who will read this blog post will find themselves agreeing with what Schwammenthal is saying. It is my opinion, though, that now is not the time to decide that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were, and are, a tissue of deception. Instead, I think we need to reaffirm that both the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are the foundational pronouncements of our collective intention – an intention to which we continue to pledge allegiance.

Do “We, the people” (those of us alive right now) affirm that all persons are “created equal?” Do those of us present on the scene today affirm that each one of us has an “unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” Do we believe that our government, which we call “ours” because we take personal responsibility for what it does, must follow the requirements outlined in the Bill of Rights?

If we do, then fascism, or totalitarianism, or a submission to authoritarian practices will not occur in the United States of America. And we can be certain in stating this, because we will not just stand around as observers, noting all the latest outrages perpetrated by our president or the Attorney General, or some other governmental authority. We will, rather, do whatever must be done to ensure that Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg will prevail. 

As before, we will give our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to ensure that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

This is more or less what John Lewis was talking about in the essay he wrote just before he died. 

As for me, I am willing to make the pledge. And I don’t think I am alone. As we contemplate authoritarian actions by the government, and by the president, here is what I think we should make clear to our worried European friends (and to ourselves): 

We’ve Got This! 

Gary Patton 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. Classic, profound and memorable Subconscious Comics a few knob twirls below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s inspired and new Deep Covers 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

    “BOREDOM”

“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom”.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

“To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do”.
~Heraclitus 

“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits”.
~Albert Camus, The Plague 

“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.” ~Louis C.K. 

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