Blog Archives

Column September 18 – 24, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Council candidates capers and new endorsements , Circle Church territory and development, Ocean Extension news and plea, Thomas Pynchon’s Aptos house. GREENSITE…with alert on changes to ADU ordinance. KROHN…Takes a week off with just a few notes. STEINBRUNER…Santa Cruz zoning changes, County Planning dept and creating ghettoes (or ghetti), Aptos Village hole gone, Aptos’ Manresa restaurant to expect more fires? No on Measure H. PATTON…about how “we’re all going to die”. EAGAN…Subconscious Comics and Deep Cover. JENSEN…reviews We The Animals. BRATTON…The Predator, White Boy Rick, We The Animals. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…on “Hurricanes”  

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CAPITOLA AND THE GRAND CAPITOLA HOTEL. The hotel opened in 1895 and burned down in 1929. It was designed to compete with The Del Monte Hotel and the rest of Carmel and Monterey’s attractions. This photo was taken about 1924.                                       

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

UCSC’S BILL DOMHOFF ON HOW SANTA CRUZ CHANGED.
28 MINUTES OF RARELY SEEN SANTA CRUZ.

DATELINE September 17, 2018

FODDER FROM THE FORUMS. The Newest news is that both City Council member Martine Watkins and  former mayor Celia Scott endorsed Justin Cummings. One (or many more) must wonder since Richelle Noroyan who was the Developer Relations Manager for Apple Computer,Inc and the long defunct SCO, Inc and is now an official employee with UCSC ie “Community Relations Representative” why she doesn’t recuse herself from voting on any item involving our shrinking campus and the city?  Especially since she’s so happy supporting any and all the new buildings being built. NO on rent control folks and the millions of dollars behind their negative crusade have already placed more than 1200 No On M lawn signs. Donna Myers keeps parading around and about as an environmentalist. Ask her at the next forum if she wasn’t a strong supporter of De-Sal. Have you noticed how the NO On Measure M group mostly landlords and realtors keep repeating “it’s too expensive”. How can they ignore the increasing pleas from our renters who genuinely have larger problems with rentals being expensive? (from an avid reader…” Why would an environmentalist have supported desal for Santa Cruz? I was told that Donna Meyers supported it and I’m not sure that it makes sense. She also gave the thumbs up for support of the library/parking garage at the Elston forum. A good friend made an important point before that vote at the council, which is how can they be working toward a library/garage when the word garage was never included in  measure S that was presented to the voters and we generously approved it  .The word  parking and the word garage did not appear in the text.  How can an element that was not voted on become the major part of the plan ? I know Rick L. said a lawsuit is not out of the question, and I will contribute to that one”.   

SQUARING THE CIRCLE (CHURCH). A long time and trusted friend sent this…Circular rumors have it that no permits have been issued, or even applied for, for development of the “Circle Church”.  As of this week one of the owners Chris Dreary the former pastor of the Circle Church is living in a mobile home on the premises.  I believe London Nelson is so heavily booked that it’s almost impossible to rent space there.   I’m wondering if there is any interest amongst the city council to purchase this property as a rented community center?  Can this subject be up for public hearing/vote?  I’m hearing that the entire structure may be demolished for so called co-housing.  Very disturbing.  Think we can start some movement in the city to have council purchase?  I know it’s probably a long shot, but may be worth some effort     Of course you’ve heard about the same Chris Dreary, now with a name change…hmmmmm, is leasing the former Logo’s to open another alcohol outlet called “faith on tap”.  Another scam by this scumbag”.  

STOP OVERBUILDING SANTA CRUZ. Ellen Aldridge who is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ocean Street Extension Neighborhood Association, and a native Santa Cruzian wrote this excellent plea to got our City Council to protect the Ocean Street Extension neighborhood. (OSX). It’s well worth reading ….and acting on it!

“Are you concerned about the development and overbuilding that is occurring in the City of Santa Cruz?  The Ocean Street Extension (OSX) neighborhood on the City’s northerly boundary is experiencing it firsthand. 

Developers Moe and Rowell are proposing a 40-unit apartment project, comprised of ten three story buildings on the steep 2.4-acre wooded parcel adjacent to the Santa Cruz Memorial Park located on OSX below Graham Hill Road.  Many of you know OSX — it’s a rural, dead end road without streetlights or sidewalks that includes the cemetery, commercial and horse farms, and single family homes on large rural lots.  The City Planning Staff have decided, despite uniform opposition from all surrounding neighborhoods, the Memorial Park, the Sierra Club, and other constituents, that it can disregard the City’s General Plan, and rezone this parcel which would allow 9 single family homes and quadruple the density to put in 40 units of San Francisco style apartments which will loom over the cemetery 26 feet from its  hillside chapel where families go to pay last respects to their loved ones.

The City Planning Department is clearly determined to build more Google housing, as these two bed-room apartments will rent for $2800 or more per month if rented – although there will be a few affordable units. We all know that housing is a major concern to many — but building more commuter housing in rural neighborhoods would just feed the endless Silicon Valley need for housing and not solve the housing needs of local low income and working families.  The City has repeatedly said that its development will be focused on transit corridors or in the downtown — but they are pushing this rezoning for a parcel at the City’s limits without regard to the neighborhood character, parking or traffic gridlock.  Commuters from the San Lorenzo Valley will also be impacted as the turn lane onto OSX will have at least 266 more car trips a day turning at this unsafe intersection.  

If you’re concerned that this trend will come to your neighborhood, there is still time to voice your opinion to the City Council. Check out www.osenasc.org for detailed information about the neighborhood’s concerns and sign our petition opposing the rezoning of this parcel. The development is scheduled to be considered by the City Council at its September 25th meeting, at a time to be determined.  Please write to the Council or better yet — show up at the meeting and voice your concern about this development.  Developers should follow existing zoning to keep neighborhood integrity”. 

THOMAS PYNCHON & REAL FANS. I’ve written a few times about meeting Thomas Pynchon when he lived here. Here’s a new clue, or hint about his house in Aptos in the 1980’s. He was writing  Vineland” as I remember. If you do go to that site you can also scroll up and down and see the unbelievable search some folks have done just to track down the nearly invisible and illusive Pynchon.

January 17, 2018

ADU CHANGES THREATEN LIVABILITY.
If you’ve ever complained about traffic in Santa Cruz or noticed how permanently crowded the town has become, hold onto your hats. It’s about to become much worse.

City staff is working on revisions to their Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance. This time around there seems little interest in balancing the General Plan directive to preserve existing neighborhoods’ character and quality of life with the supposed need for extra housing stock. It’s all about increasing supply. Since the proponents of increasing supply, including city staff, have an economic interest in that goal, (permits, fees, and job security) it’s up to the rest of us to try to save the town from overbuilding and overcrowding, neither of which will make a dent in the cost of housing which is the only real crisis. Nor will it solve the dilemma of our town becoming the dumping ground for wealthy second homers from Silicon Valley and for a burgeoning UCSC student population at a time when the school cannot provide sufficient housing and is reduced to begging staff and faculty to take them in.

I attended the first workshop on proposed changes to the ADU Ordinance and summarized that experience in a BrattonOnline piece, which you can read here.

The city is holding a further workshop on Thursday September 27th at 6:00 PM in the Police Community Room to share the changes they are proposing in the Ordinance to “encourage the creation of more units to help meet the local need for rental and family housing.”  It all sounds so positive and benign. However the local need is not for housing per se but is for housing that is far cheaper than market rate. If it’s market rate it is only meeting the need for folks who don’t yet live here but who have sufficient incomes to move here, impacting every available resource and service. None of the proposed changes listed below protect exiting neighborhoods but the elephant in the room is the one highlighted topic.  

Topics to be discussed: Proposed Changes to ADU Ordinance

  • Changing parking requirements
  • Easing development standards
  • Establishing the maximum size of a unit
  • Considering changes to the owner-occupancy requirement
  • Adjusting the qualifications for reduced fees
  • Required changes to the thresholds for public hearings

Unless you’ve had an ADU take away your privacy, sun, peace, parking you might be inclined to not regard them as a big deal. And odds are you have not been impacted since the number of ADU’s has been modest…so far. The main restriction that has kept the numbers reasonable is the requirement that the property owner live in one of the dwellings, either the main house or the ADU. If you would like to make money off an ADU and many would, then you also will be sharing your property with others. That gives enough pause- for- thought so that the addition of ADU’s into single-family neighborhoods has been gradual …so far. If the owner-occupancy requirement is removed, then 56% of single- family homes within the city will suddenly become newly eligible to add an ADU. That is the number of non-owner occupied houses in the city: in other words, investment properties with no on-site owner. Under the current ADU ordinance, such owners are not eligible to add an ADU to the property since they live somewhere else. Living somewhere else they are not concerned with the impact to the neighborhood of adding another house full of people…it’s all about money. In a hot rental market, even with rent control, I predict most will add an ADU. With the other changes proposed in parking, setbacks and size, the impact to the town becomes suddenly significant and negative and does nothing to add to affordability.  

The artist’s rendition of an ADU on the city’s website is deceptive. It shows a cute ADU with roof top garden, a couple enjoying a meal in their backyard open space with two high-end dogs inside their spacious ADU. With owner occupancy a requirement, such a scene may mirror reality although I doubt the unit is affordable. Without owner occupancy, reality is far more likely to be a dozen students in the ADU with even more in the main house. If you think I am exaggerating then read the article from Sunday’s Sentinel under the heading, “How many people can live in a unit?” Citing Section 503 (b) of the Uniform Housing Code, the author, attorney Melia Powell spells out the space requirements for each resident. A 600 square foot apartment, about the current size of an ADU may allow up to 12 people to live in it. Theoretically, if owner occupancy is removed as a requirement, many of you in single- family neighborhoods could have a couple of dozen new next- door student neighbors on the one lot. And if you live next to a two-story house, the ADU can also be two- story. Good-bye sun, goodbye privacy.

Probably a good idea to attend the meeting on September 27th IN THE Police Community Room.

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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September 17, 2018.

Chris was away this week taking his daughter to college in Chicago..but he did have time to mention…

“The 1930 Ocean Street Extension development is coming to council next Tuesday. And the 40 market rate condos planned for that area will devastate it. Met with cemetery owner too and he is upset. He added that Bill Parkin is representing the Ocean Street Extension Neighborhood Association (OSX).

(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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September 17, 2018

SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ZONING CHANGES TO CREATE GHETTOS
The Santa Cruz City Council last week swept approval of the major zoning changes in on the Consent Agenda, ignoring the well-documented presentation by residents of the Branciforte area and members of “Save Santa Cruz”. These changes would significantly and negatively change the quality of life for all in the County, while affording higher profits for developers who claim building affordable housing “just doesn’t pencil out”.

If you have not seen the documentary “Citizen Jane”, which describes the efforts of a neighborhood to fight back against this kind of local government disregard for community in the interest of partnering with developers, watch it here

Here is the slide presentation made to the Council by the Branciforte residents

Here are the approved Zoning Code changes that give developers lots of concessions, allow 35% reduction in green space and instead allow 35% increase in building footprints, reduce parking requirements without any documentation of public transportation availability or level of service, and more….

We have a battle for our neighborhoods before us.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER SIMILAR GHETTO-INDUCING CHANGES NEXT WEEK
Attend the PUBLIC HEARING before the County Planning Commission when they will hear these same recommendations.  The Public Hearing will be Wednesday, September 26 at 9am in the County Building (701 Ocean Street, 5th floor).  This is a continuation of the August 22 Public Hearing on the issue.

Here is a link to the audio recording of the August 22 presentation and public discussion

Here is a link to the documentation

One really has to wonder why the County and City of Santa Cruz are so willing to allow developers to dictate what we will all be expected to live with and pay for.

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MAKE ONE CALL.  WRITE ONE LETTER.  ATTEND A PUBLIC HEARING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.   BUT JUST DO SOMETHING!

MEASURE H IS A NEBULOUS MONEY GRAB FOR WHOM?

Read the full text of Measure H, the Affordable Housing Bond Initiative on your November ballot.  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Can the County’s property owners already struggling to pay high property taxes now afford to take on an additional 35-year debt of nearly a quarter BILLION DOLLARS?
  2. Why are there no exemptions for seniors, disabled and fixed income property owners?
  3. The Property Tax Postponement Program is restrictive and costs 7% for those who are lucky to be approved, with an annual requirement to re-apply.  Is that any relief for seniors and disabled property owners?  Will the legislature again suspend the Program in the next 35 years, as was done 2009-2013?
  4. What would the administrative fees be for the four cities and County to handle this money?
  5. How would the Oversight Committee, which would have the power to approve changes to the distribution of the money, be chosen and be accountable to the property owners paying the taxes?
  6. How can we trust that this would all be administered with transparency and legally, when THE BALLOT LANGUAGE ITSELF VIOLATES AB 195 REQUIREMENTS TO STATE THE TERM OF THE DEBT?

Make no mistake, this is a money grab to benefit developers who claim that building affordable housing “just doesn’t pencil out”.  That is why the County Board of Supervisors, since 2015, has allowed developers to decide whether or not to build affordable housing, or just pay a small fee.  DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU?   Does this help the “affordable housing crisis” at all? 

Vote NO on Measure H and give your Supervisor a call.  831-454-2200.

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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September 13, 2018

Ok, Ok! My headline is wrong! We ARE all going to die, but not (as John Oliver seemed recently to announce) because our president is a “goddamn dumbbell.”  

If you haven’t watched John Oliver discuss the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, by someone deep inside the Trump White House, and if you haven’t yet heard what Oliver has to say about Fear, reporter Bob Woodward’s latest book, then by all means click on this link and watch the 2:26 minute segment from one of his recent shows. It’s funny, and it casts our president in a very bad light. The segment ends with this statement:

The president’s a disaster; we’re all going to die.

Let’s stipulate to that first assertion, but let’s remember, as well, that our government, in the end, is NOT some sort of monarchial state. That went out with Louis XIV of France. The president (disaster that he is) is only one person, and “we,” citizens of the United States of America, are going to be around a long time after he is gone (though not likely forgotten, I am afraid).

In other words, while our president is “a disaster,” that isn’t the reason that “we’re all going to die.” Could we take our eyes off that rubber balloon of a Chief Executive for a minute or two? We are all paying way too much attention to someone whose own lawyer calls him a “dumbbell.”

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. Enjoy the weekly trip through only you know where when you see his classic inner trips.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “The Adults In The Room” 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.

MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday there’s a  FREE concert up stairs at the threatened Santa Cruz Main Library. This month its.. Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 12:10 – 12:50 The performers will be  Jeff Gallagher, clarinet , Carol Panofsky, piano.  Laureen Herr, piano,  Nicki Kerns, mezzo-soprano and Lynn Kidder, piano  Robin Murray Charlotte McManus-Guthrie, clarinet and Lynn Kidder, piano.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “A boy on the brink of manhood tries to piece together his own identity in the lyrical We The Animals, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Meanwhile, my Art Boy is entered into the Congressional Record by Congressman Jimmy Panetta!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

WE THE ANIMALS. It has a 90 Rotten Tomatoes score and deserves every one of them. It’s a very sensitive, touching story of three young brothers coming of age. Sons of a sad, misguided, and maybe doomed marriage the boys face the real world with dreams, practicality, and hope. It’s very much worth seeing. One of my favorites. CLOSES THURSDAY SEPT.20

WHITE BOY RICK. Matthew McConaughey plays a low down lower- class father to Richie Merritt the teenager who gets into drugs. First he’s a user then he secretly becomes an FBI informer while underage. The true story and the movie fall apart when this scheme fails and Richie is sentenced to a long stretch. It’s dull and boring and almost impossible to like anybody in this saga.

THE PREDATOR. It all started in 1987 with the first Predator starring Arnold “the Governor” Schwarzenegger. It took place in a jungle. It was quite good if you like that sort of thing. This re-make has Olivia Munn as a biology teacher traipsing along with army veterans trying to destroy another predator from outer space. Very much violence, terrible photography, and a plot that is completely unfathomable. Don’t go.

THE WIFE. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater — along with a sensitive plot/script — make this another great 2018 film. Pryce wins the Nobel Prize; his wife Glen Close has a deeply involved and serious role as his lodestar. An excellent film, go see it. You’ll love it.

THE BOOKSHOP. (See this week’s “quotes” at the end of Bonline). If you like, love and use bookshops this film will make you appreciate your favorite bookshop all the more. Single woman Emily Mortimer (you’ll remember her once you see her) opens an independent, very independent bookshop in a small town in England. The acting by Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson is absolutely wonderful and this has to be one of my favorite 2018 films.

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.

OPERATION FINALE. Ben kingsley and Oscar Issacs head the cast of an almost documentary of how Adolf Eichmann was found in Argentina and brought to Israel to face an international exposure and jury for his role in Hitler’s extermination of the Jews. If you were of voting age back then 1960 you’ll remember almost all the details surrounding his capture and trial. But see this film by all means…it’s a lesson that still hasn’t been learned by enough humans. . CLOSES THURSDAY SEPT.20

SEARCHING. An nearly-all Asian cast makes this “disappearing child” thriller almost as unusual as does the fact that almost 90% of the movie is on computer and iPhone screens. Facebook, Google, and every contraption we use today is part of this hunt for the guy’s daughter. The ending is a letdown in more than one way. Wait and rent it. CLOSES THURSDAY SEPT.20

JULIET, NAKED. Nope, it’s not reference to Shakespeare, darn it — but the title of a song that has been/legend Ethan Hawke recorded years ago. It’s got some laughs, many impossible plot twists, and you’ll have to be a full-time Hawke fan to sit through some very slow development. He’s done better…and so have you!!!

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. This means of course that there’ll be a dozen look a like sequels.

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.

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.

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.

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. Sept. 18 has Don Stump pres. and CEO of CCH housing returning to discuss HUD, affordable housing and senior issues for the full hour. Stacey Falls and Tom Donahue are guests on September 25 to talk about rent control and Housing Justice. Then Sarah Mason and Julian Parayno from Democratic Socialists of Santa Cruz talk about their political views. “Landscapes” the new book about historical & local land use battles will be talked about by Elizabeth Schilling and Heather Stiles on October 2nd. Then  Julie Phillips and George Lewis discuss the proposed Dream Inn development at West Cliff and Bay. On October 9 Hina Pendle discusses her “Power of the Heart” workshop. October 22 has Ken Koenig and friend talking about communicating with your friends and relatives who like Trump. City Councilmember Chris Krohn talks about voting and local issues on October 30.

I wonder if that lady held on to her opinion…

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

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. “HURRICANES”

“I’d always thought hurricanes were romantic, with pretty feminine names like Celestine“. Mark Shand

“Everyone except the far right wing of the Republican Party realizes that oil, gas and coal burning are the main activities that have sent the climate into bigger floods, droughts, hurricanes, and El Niños”. Donella Meadows

“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye”. Brandi Carlile

“Even in the middle of a hurricane, the bottom of the sea is calm. As the storm rages and the winds howl, the deep waters sway in gentle rhythm, a light movement of fish and plant life. Below there is no storm”. Wayne Mulle


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