Blog Archives

December 11 – 17, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Progressive’s Victory Party, Larson and lateness, same sex marriages. GREENSITE..on Dream Inn parking lot development. KROHN…City Council business schedules, ADU’s, UCSC student numbers, affordable housing. STEINBRUNER…UCSC’s Kresge Project, Soquel Water Valve & sewage water, enhanced density bonus, San Jose and Google, Zach Friend’s new office space, Kaiser complex into Live Oak. PATTON…Originalism and Intent in our Constitution. EAGAN…Subconscious Comic and FOG and Deep Cover with Trump goes to church. JENSEN…reviews At Eternity’s Gate BRATTON…Maria by Callas, At Eternity’s Gate. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…”Homeless”


                                 

...

CONTEMPORARY HISTORICAL SANTA CRUZ PHOTO. As a break from my habit of displaying old Santa Cruz with snow scenes, this clever, pertinent, humorous, creative piece of art by Russell Brutsche deserves the big spot. Now we just have to guess — or imagine — if that’s the 1. New building across from the Dream Inn 2. The Owen Lawler monstrosity proposed for Laurel and Pacific, 3. The Ocean and Water apartment development, 4. A cell tower at the Errett Church Circle development or 5. Do not fill in the blanks!!                                           

photo art courtesy of Russell Brutsche

10000 MARBLE RUN!!
SILLY EXPERIMENT ABOUT MICE AND SMALL HOLES. Except that over 21 million folks have watched this.
CRUZIO’S FALLING DOMINOES. Cruzio had this in their monthly mailer. 77 million folks watched this so far! Nick Royal reminded me of the Guinness factor!

DATELINE December 10, 2018

THE PROGRESSIVES VICTORY PARTY. Santa Cruz definitely needs more of these progressive victory parties. We haven’t had one in years. Not trusting my own attendance estimates, I asked Susan Martinez, Micah Posner, Becky O’Malley and a few others for their guesses….each of them estimated about 300 folks were there. I agree. Speakers such as Gillian Greensite and Katherine Beiers made the most important point of the evening (Saturday at the 418 Project) that  the work hasn’t ended not that there’s a progressive majority on the City Council — it’s just beginning. With impeachments already being whispered, we know the moneyed-development side of our city will aim at 2020 with both big and hidden guns. Beiers also spoke about what it was like to serve on the council with a six to one (6-1) majority. No one mentioned his name, but grimacing references were made about the $50,000 guy. And — to no one’s surprise — Mike Rotkin wasn’t there. There was much praise and big applause when notice was paid to the first two African-American males who won the race, and Justin Cummings and Drew Glover gave deep heartfelt talks about their new roles and the work that we will all have to share in by staying involved in City politics. Maybe the biggest and most important observation was made by long-time progressives such as Ron Pomerantz, Fred Geiger, Tadd Hatch and Robert Morgan, who pointed out that a lot of the folks attending and celebrating were new and young faces that we didn’t know. It proved that the positive and progressive majority now on the City Council will have the necessary hard-working populace to get Santa Cruz back on track. You shoulda been there!!!

GREG LARSON’S “I RAN TOO LATE”. Larson didn’t run too late, he ran too soon. He should have waited 10 years, until most of us have moved on. (Californians move every 7.3 years, according to studies) Jacob Pierce said about Larson in his Good Times article that predicted election results…. “He (Larson) believes that if he had launched his campaign earlier, he would have had a different result on Election Day, but says that he wasn’t able to announce sooner because of business and personal reasons”. Sure, THAT must have been why Larson lost. It couldn’t have been his assault on Ashley Scontriano, or his temper, or his meanness. It could not have been because he walked out of a UCSC Student forum. Who could possibly believe that his pro-development team of David Terrazas, Ryan Coonerty, Zach Friend, Fred Keeley, Owen Lawler, Ted Burke, George Ow, and Robert Singleton could have turned a few folks against him? Larson’s money involvement was startling. As I said in this space on Nov. 12 … “One reader wrote: “Greg Larson was the only candidate who declined to agree to the city’s voluntary expenditure limit, and is at $52,411 as of the Nov. 1 reporting”. Is it possible that Larson’s campaign contributions from The Seaside Company, various Canfields, many, many realtors, Cynthia Mathews, David Baskin, Mark Mesiti-Miller, Dana Morgan, Bob Bosso, John Burroughs, David Terrazas, Doug Ley and Zach Friend may have turned off more than a few voters? We’ll have to wait and see how many of the above support him when he runs again…and files earlier?

SAME SEX MARRIAGES. Now that same sex marriages have now been legal for ten years, has anybody seen statistics on which pairings are happiest? Two men, two women, or the traditional one of each. Which couplings have the highest divorce rates? Somebody must have done a study. Nothing serious, here just curious. If you have any numbers on this, please send them in…thanks.

December 10

DREAM INN REBELLION!
For decades we have been led like sheep into accepting a less than democratic process at community meetings. Herded towards display sites where we are allowed to chat one on one with planners and developers or shepherded around small tables and handed sticky notes to record individual opinions, our collective voice has been effectively muted. Even progressive orgs have adopted the practice of questions written on index cards, which are hastily sorted and only the least critical read aloud for a response. Prior to the adoption of these tactics designed to manage dissent, public meetings on controversial issues were uncomplicated. People asked questions and the developers, planners, organizers answered them. You got to hear how others felt about the issue, groans and all. Community groups formed out of such dialogue. You could assess the strength of various viewpoints and saw who was who. Clearly, such meetings require a competent chair to ensure all voices are heard and quieting the loud mouths: not such a difficult task. Those who preferred to put it in writing could always do so. That more democratic process has long been supplanted by the current managerial approach. However the large crowd who attended the community meeting organized by the Dream Inn developer, Ensemble, was having none of it.

People demanded the right to ask questions. With so many voices raised in unison, the organizers agreed to change the format. Our questions were asked and largely answered although the question about the legitimacy of city Planning Commissioner Robert Singleton distributing YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) flyers with the heading: The Dream Inn Project Will Be Awesome! produced a convoluted non-answer from the city.

We learned that this project is deemed by city planners to be exempt from CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). Such designation is being used more and more frequently by city planners, including the mammoth Devcon-Lawler mixed use project with 205 housing units on Pacific, Laurel and Front Streets, to be voted on by the outgoing council this week barring any last-minute surprises. Such exemption avoids having to acknowledge, study and mitigate environmental impacts. The Dream Inn development has been well covered by the Sentinel, so just a few observations here with Ensemble’s rendition of the project included.

The current parking lot for the Dream Inn used to be the old Sisters’ Hospital, a handsome stucco low-rise building with spacious grounds, before it was bull-dozed to make way for the Dream Inn’s visitors’ cars. While cars are not a visual attraction, the big trees, open space and uninterrupted view of the Cowell Ranch (aka UCSC) and distant hills certainly are. While 6 out of the 55 trees on the property are to be saved, the stature of the remaining trees will be erased by the height and scale of the development. Talking of height and scale…here we go again with the architect’s rendition using the old trompe l’oeil of placing people, cars and bikes in the foreground to minimize the height and scale of the development in the background. In art, this is creative. In purporting to assess the impacts of a development, it is deceptive. Nor do we need birds-eye views; we need story poles delineating the actual scale of the 4 stories so we can walk by and get a feel for the impact. We need to-scale drawings with the surrounding buildings included, not just the project, so we can assess context. If our Planning Department were representing the good of the community not just the developer’s project, these would be required.

Some will be seduced with this project’s providing 89 housing units, 11 of which are designated “affordable.” That, plus green building standards, recycled water and roof gardens and what’s not to like? Well, a lot, if you care about the 64 unit Clearview Court low-income residents, many of whom own their mobile homes, have lived there for years and are probably some of the low income “work-force” that housing advocates profess to be concerned about. Their quality of life will be profoundly impacted with their windows abutting the service vehicle entrance to the project and with a 4-story shadow robbing them of morning sun. But never mind them, 11 other lucky ones will get to live in the new development.

There are many more issues, such as bringing commercial shopping into a residential area, the loss of a last rare piece of open space by the coast, the traffic impact in the already heavily impacted intersection of Bay and West Cliff. But take heart! Ensemble claims the project “will also provide habitat for butterflies migrating through the site.” (190 Westcliff.com. FAQ)

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.

...
December 10

Something Needs Fixing at City Hall

No Way for City to do Business
More agenda items have been packed into the last agenda of the year, Dec. 12th, than all the city council business undertaken in October and November together. The hardcopy edition is over 700 pages. Councilmembers receive it on Thursday night and are expected to read it, or rubber stamp the items, by the following Tuesday. This includes making inquiries and searching out additional information, informing constituents who have previously expressed interest in keeping up with certain topics, and finally, usually for me, meeting with the city manager, city attorney, and a couple staff people about certain agenda items. I especially like to meet in the field with staff concerning building projects, trees, and traffic issues.


It took a couple more years than expected, but here is the Brand New Council, Part II. Justin Cummings, Drew Glover, Sandy Brown, and Chris Krohn

The Reasons
There are likely three reasons why the Dec. 11th council agenda was so ginormous. It was Mayor Terrazas’ last meeting and he likely wanted to fit in a couple of projects he’s been working on like the resolution adopting “Budgetary Policy” that came out of an ad-hoc subcommittee he chaired. He also wanted one last stab at homeless policy, so the council was to “receive a comprehensive update on local and regional [homeless] policy…,” a pretty tall order for just one meeting, but given other items, Terrazas called the meeting for 8:30a, partly because of the agenda size and partly because the evening is reserved for the council to choose the incoming mayor and vice-mayor. Second reason why there is agenda-packing, as far as I can see, is fear of the incoming city councilmembers syndrome. Staff just doesn’t know where new council will be on various issues, they’d likely rather take their chances with old ones such as the long and complex Devcon-Lawlor project, which swam under the radar screen for so long then desperately sought to cross the Dec. 11th last meeting deadline. Will it happen? I am writing these words the day before the council meeting for the Bratton-on-line deadline, so I don’t know yet. Another one of these fear-factor projects, which could’ve come to the council weeks ago, or weeks from now, is “installation and maintenance of electric charging features” for Jump (Uber) Bike stations around town. All councilmembers seem to like program, but the progressive-left ones ask more questions and even succeeded in getting one of the stations moved a couple of meetings back. With more progressive-lefties on the way, staff is taking no chances. The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance is another one to not let to chance with a new city council, although a new council can easily call it back and make changes, whereas the with respect to the 206 market-rate Devcon-Lawlor apartments to be situated along Pacific Ave., it might be harder to bring that one back…not impossible, just more complicated. And then with lawyer Bill Parkin’s last-minute letter representing a client who is demanding that Measure O affordable housing inclusionary ordinance be adhered to, the project may very well have to come back to council in January or February. Stay tuned! Final reason could be just work load issues and clearing of staff calendars for the new year.

Finally
The ADU part of the agenda is only 291 pages, the “Regional Transportation Commission’s Unified Corridors Study (UCIS) also not light reading, and the Devcon-Lawlor Project is also a couple hundred pages which all makes for an overwhelming bureaucratic reading experience. It is not really possible to read this packet in any manageable way, hangout a little bit with your family, and work the day job. Something’s gotta give. Spreading agenda items out through the year would make it more manageable. Which brings us to the recent election results. Justin Cummings and Drew Glover won seats on the council. What is the mandate? Crafting affordable housing that works. Building a 24/7 homeless shelter. Negotiating with UCSC on the number of students the UC Regents brings to town. Bringing popular power and participation back to city hall and the council chambers, i.e. restoring oral communication to 7pm; having more evening sessions so working people can attend meetings; making the city web site more accessible and user friendly; surveying residents on their needs and ideas; and opening up the civic auditorium when council meetings top over 130 people. I have no doubt that this new council will be open, hard-working, and social justice-minded. They were installed into their new jobs last Tuesday evening.

(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 the the city council again in November of 2016, after his kids went off to college. His current term ends in 2020.

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

...
December 10, 2018

UCSC KRESGE COLLEGE PROJECT DRAFT EIR OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL JANUARY 7
I attended the Public Comment Hearing recently for the Kresge College Renewal and Expansion Project.  There were two hearings, and I chose to attend the one on the UCSC Campus.  There were not many people there, but the mix was interesting, being current students and alumni.  The Project will only add 175-225 new beds, enough to house current Kresge College students, but does not address the needs stated in the UCSC Long Range Development Plan to house substantial numbers of increased students in the future..  I learned that only about 50% of the UCSC population currently lives on campus.  The new plans will make it difficult for students to have access to a common kitchen, requiring 33 students to share a kitchen, rather than the current 8.  One current student in the audience asked if there would be showers near the common areas….which are currently being used as student dormitory areas.  Wow. 

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

Take a look at this Project and submit your thoughts by January 7

I was not able to review the document thoroughly before attending the hearing because the link was broken, but it seems to be repaired now. Maybe we need to follow the good work that the city of Davis, Calif. leaders recently did, with the help of a mediator, negotiating an agreement with UC Davis to provide on-campus housing for 100% of the increased student enrollment.  UC also agreed to fund $2.3 Million in transportation improvement projects immediately around the Campus to support better infrastructure serving staff and students.  What an amazing accomplishment!  Why can’t we do that in Santa Cruz, too?    Are there any leaders in the house?

Fire damages Seacliff apartment building

An apartment at the Seacliff Garden Apartments in the Seacliff area of Aptos sustained massive damage Tuesday (12/2) from a 3:30 p.m. blaze. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

FIRE DESTROYS SEACLIFF APARTMENT, LEAVING SOME HOMELESS
A November 20 electrical fire destroyed several apartments in Seacliff Gardens, most notably that of Gary Lindstrum, recent Soquel Creek Water District Board candidate.  He was barely able to escape the fire, but lost everything.  If you can help Gary, please consider a donation of any amount to a special account established for his benefit at Bay Federal Credit Union, account #33713456.  You may send checks, payable to Becky Steinbruner with the notation “FBO Gary Lindstrum” and mail to 3441 Redwood Drive, Aptos, CA  95003.  Phone 831-685-2915 with questions.

Take a look   

THE WATER VALVE FINALLY OPENED!
It was a beautiful celebration Monday, December 3, when the Santa Cruz City Water officials and Soquel Creek Water District Board Chair together opened the valve to begin sending water to customers in the over drafted area of the MidCounty.  Now, 1200 gallons/minute are flowing from Santa Cruz City’s system into the pilot project area of Soquel Creek Water District and District pumps in the area have been turned off.  This should help groundwater levels rise and is a pilot project for using the water more extensively in the District to help address the Soquel Creek Water District’s over-pumping problem.  It is one of the recommendations of the Santa Cruz Water Advisory Commission’s work that came from extensive studies by local citizens after the expensive SCWD2 DeSal effort dissolved due to citizen protests and referendum.

Here is a good report from Santa Cruz Sentinel writer Ms. Jessica York.  

I also video recorded the celebration and will send out the YouTube link in the near future.

So, one must now ask the question: Is Soquel Creek Water District’s fast-tracked construction of the PureWater Soquel Project pre-mature and an irresponsible use of ratepayer money?  This Project would inject 3 Million gallons of treated sewage water daily into the area’s drinking water supply; require annual 9% rate increases for the next five years in order to pay the $200 debt burden of the Project.  In my opinion and that of many others informed on the subject, it would pose unknown health and safety risks to all who depend on the Purisima Aquifer for drinking water…..not just the District ratepayers.  It would increase District annual operating costs by an estimated $2.5 Million, require hiring additional staff with required certification, increase energy demand significantly and depend on the highly-technologically dependent equipment to function perfectly 100% of the time.  Remember that in Marina last January the high-tech sewage treatment system failed and dumped an estimated 9 Million gallons of raw sewage into Monterey Bay without anyone noticing for days.

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

Cheers and Happy Holidays, 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

...

December 4, 2018 #338 / “Originalism” Reconsidered

Originalism” is a doctrine of Constitutional interpretation, often identified with former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The idea of “originalism” is that there is “an identifiable original intent or original meaning, contemporaneous with the ratification of a constitution or statute, which should govern its subsequent interpretation.”

That seems like a plausible way to think about how to interpret the Constitution. Let’s look to the intent expressed in the words of the document. 

In recent times, the Supreme Court has tended to put forward “originalist” arguments in favor of its profoundly conservative decisions. Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and now Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, says “It’s Time for a Progressive Reading of the Constitution.” He makes a good case that the so-called “originalist” decisions aren’t reflecting the Constitution’s original intent at all, and urges us to develop a “progressive reading.”

Among other things, Chemerinsky notes that any genuine “originalism” would admit that the words of the Constitution ought to be understood and interpreted according to the intent of the Framers, as that intent is found within the document itself. Thus, Chemerinsky says:

The document should be interpreted to fulfill its central values. Therefore, it is essential to begin by identifying the core underlying values that the Constitution is meant to achieve. The place to start is at the very beginning, with the Preamble, which articulates the purposes for the document. The Preamble states: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I think Chermerinsky is onto something, in terms of how we should be thinking about the Constitution. Decisions on issues like gun control and campaign finance reform should reflect those Constitutional purposes. Let’s think about “gun control,” for example, in connection with the Constitution’s commitment to “domestic tranquility.” Seems like there is an important relationship right there!

Just to add on, let’s also not forget that the Constitution was (and I would say still is) a “revolutionary” document. 

Let us not forget that “revolution” is what this country is supposed to be all about!

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

...

EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Eye in the Sky below, scroll down a bit.
EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s Characterization of 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: “There’s great news on the Beast front for e-book readers this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com/). Also, find out why Willem Dafoe (mesmerizing, as usual) received a Golden Globe nomination for At Eternity’s Gate, a cinematic oddity that would rather be a painting than a movie.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MARIA BY CALLAS. To be fair, I’m an opera fan — and have attended over 300 performances — so any film lauding Maria Callas was likely to be a hit with me. Nonetheless this documentary compilation of performances, newsreels and interviews is surprisingly great. Her relation with Aristotle Onassis is brutal, touching, and newsworthy, but it’s her acting and singing that made her opera’s most famous character. She died aged 53, in 1977. Go see it, then listen to her recordings all over again. I did.

AT ETERNITY’S GATE. Willem Dafoe is the perfect Vincent van Gogh, even with his Wisconsin/New York accent. This film tries very hard to teach us about Vincent’s psychological reasons for painting, and to answer questions about his behavior. You’ll learn more about Van Gogh but it still looks like no one will ever actually know if he shot himself or if it was an accident during a scuffle/murder!!

WILDLIFE. With a 33 RT critics rating, 152 normal people rating — plus the astounding acting by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal — you can’t go wrong. This is actor Paul Dano’s first director job, an award-winning film about a teenage boy in the 1960’s trying to make sense of his mom and dad’s near-crazed decisions and problems. It’s sad, tense, frustrating, and an excellent film…go for it. Not to be confused with Boy Erased! or Beautiful Boy!!!

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? A well-deserved 98 on RT! Melissa McCarthy plays real-life author Lee Israel, who, when she’s down on her luck, starts forging and selling fake letters from famous literary stars. McCarthy is better for my money at being straight than she is as a comic. An excellent movie, based on a book that Lee Israel wrote confessing the entire plot. Go see it…it’s why they make movies, and why we like to go see them. CLOSES THURSDAY DEC.13

FREE SOLO. A National Geographic documentary of young Alex Honnold free-climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. It is beautiful, terrifying, and the most tension you’ve ever felt from anything ever on screen. He climbs the three thousand-plus feet in a little over three hours. It’s a nearly perfectly-made film, on a topic you’ll never forget. See it on the big screen at the Del Mar…you won’t regret it, trust me!!! Oh yes 98 on RT!!. CLOSES THURSDAY DEC.13

FIRST MAN. 88 on RT. Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong steals this saga about our landing on the moon in 1969. He’s nowhere near the type of human that Armstrong seemed to be, or must have been, to carry off this moon landing, marriage, fame, and some failures too. Claire Foy (The Queen) is wasted here as Neil’s wife. The movie is tense at times, nerve-wracking at others and is a full two hours and 18 minutes long. Armstrong died in 2012. It is such a tribute to our US space program, and such a hunk of our national pride, that it’s impossible not to enjoy. Go see it. Nope, they didn’t include the planting of the American flag.

WIDOWS. If you blink you’ll miss Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson, but you’ll see a little of Colin Farrell in a very uneven mess about a bank robbery. Viola Davis is the star of this “heist” movie. She leads two other women in a foolish, trite, impossible robbery caper. It’s not only hard to believe in, or follow, it’s just a re-hash of a million heist films we’ve all seen before.

GREEN BOOK. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are getting extra-super praise for their roles in this almost-true story of a white chauffeur driving a black jazz pianist through the American south in 1962. I couldn’t buy the entire plot. Both Viggo and Mahershala play their roles way over the top…becoming caricatures. There isn’t a surprise, revelation, or any lesson to be learned from this movie. It’s a story we are all too familiar with. If Slumdog Millionaire got an Academy Award, this one could too. But not from me.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. I should note that I’m no fan of “Queen” the band, or of Freddie Mercury, their Mick Jagger-copying lead singer. Nonetheless this Hollywood-style movie is shallow, hammy, trite, and adds nothing to film, music, or history. It’s actually boring for much of its screen time of two hours and 15 minutes.

A STAR IS BORN. Yes, the crowds are right: Lady Gaga is a genuine actor now. She takes almost all the movie away from Bradley Cooper. Cooper directed, financed most of it and plays and sings too. It’s a saga, a melodrama, and shares almost zero with any of the other 4 or 5 Star is Born flicks. Go see it, even if like me you’ve never seen or heard Lady Gaga before. According to Wikipedia… Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986 in NYC)

CREED II. Sylvester Stallone — now 72 years old — is back again with another Rocky sequel. Like just about every one of Stallone’s four Rocky or Adonis Creed movies…it’s totally predictable. But it’s also exciting. The added depth (if you can call it that) is that once again it’s America versus Russia — and it’s interesting to see Dolph Lundgren again, 30 years later, as Drago’s dad. You won’t fall asleep. It was 1976, and 42 years ago, when Stallone did his first Rocky movie.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I really liked most of the Harry Potter movies, but this is a far cry from the happy, brilliant, colorful, playful fiction of J.K. Rowling’s books and movies. Johnny Depp is terrible in this mess, and Jude Law is somewhere in it too, but Eddie Redmayne does a yeoman’s job in the lead. It lacks all the magic, the fairytale, and the imaginative fun of other Rowling films.

OVERLORD. You have to believe me when I tell you this is a movie about Paratroopers, D-Day, Nazi experiments and zombies…and it’s serious! It’s almost laughable (which is probably what is intended) but somehow Nazi experiments still aren’t funny to me. Forget it!!!

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER WEB. I think Claire Foy is probably the best actor/actress in the business. She could have made Lisbeth Salander (“The Girl With The…”) unforgetable — but the script, the directing, and the characters all let her down. The other Lisabeth Sanlader films were well-done and incredibly exciting. This one is loaded with obscure references, dull explanations and few chase scenes. See it some other time.  

...

...

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. December 11th has former mayor and political consultant Bruce Van Allen talking about that last election. He’s followed by Scott McGilvray from Water For Santa Cruz bringing us up to date on our water issues. Jane Mio of San Lorenzo River Mysteries holds forth on Dec.18 talking about river management. Then Fred Geiger gathers up facts about ADU’s and shares some new ideas. The Tuesday after that is Christmas and you know about that! 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

Gotta love a pittie!

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. “Homeless”
“You know, if I listened to Michael Dukakis long enough, I would be convinced we’re in an economic downturn and people are homeless and going without food and medical attention and that we’ve got to do something about the unemployed”. Ronald Reagan
“You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course”. Jello Biafra
Economic inequality is not about food stamps and homeless shelters. It is about being a devotee of social justice and equality”. Mike Quigley


COLUMN COMMUNICATIONS. Subscriptions: Subscribe to the Bulletin! You’ll get a weekly email notice the instant the column goes online. (Anywhere from Monday afternoon through Thursday or sometimes as late as Friday!), and the occasional scoop. Always free and confidential. Even I don’t know who subscribes!!

Snail Mail: Bratton Online
82 Blackburn Street, Suite 216
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Direct email: Bratton@Cruzio.com
Direct phone: 831 423-2468
All Technical & Web details: Gunilla Leavitt @ godmoma@gmail.com


Posted in Weekly Articles | Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.