Blog Archives

December 11 – 17, 2019

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…UCSC Grad student strike, Annrae Angel for judge, Sierra Club elections, Errett Circle Church and the City Council. GREENSITE… on ADU’s and other matters. KROHN… Chris Krohn is off this week and will return next week. STEINBRUNER…running for County Supervisor, SEIU endorsements, recycled water and health , Soquel Water district lawsuit. Aptos Village bailout by us taxpayers, UCSC long range Development plan. PATTON…Young Republicans and democracy. EAGAN…Deep Cover and Subconscious Comics. JENSEN…reviews Waves. BRATTON…critiques Honey Boy, and Waves. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES… “Christmas trees”  

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TRADITIONAL WINTER HISTORICAL PHOTO. This was 7:46 am, in the winter of 1957. The Town Clock was in its original space. Leask’s on the right turned into Urban Outfitters. The Cooper House on the very left turned into stucco and temporary plaster.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email photo@brattononline.com

THE ROYAL FAMILY DOCUMENTARY 1967.
QUEEN ELIZABETH AND FUNNY MOMENTS

DATELINE December 9 

UCSC GRADUATE STUDENTS ON STRIKE NOW. UCSC graduate student workers who are members of UAW 2865 began a strike Sunday (12/08). They want a cost of living adjustment (COLA) from the university administrators. It’s finals week, and the grad students aren’t going to submit grades until the COLA is met. They claim that the more than 1,400 graduate students will be more able to live with paying rent, and want wage parity with grad students at UC Riverside. Approximately 200 UCSC Faculty members have signed a supporting letter for a cost of living adjustment. Go to www.payusmoreucsc.org to stay in touch.

ANNRAE ANGEL IN, ARIADNE OUT. Now that Ari Symons said she isn’t running for re-election as Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge, which is only decent and smart for her to do, Anrae Angel has announced her candidacy. I started to write down the names of folks I’ve known and trusted who endorse Annrae. Names like Celia Scott, Sandy Brown, Stacey Falls, Chris Krohn, Tim Fitzmaurice, Ron Pomerantz and organizations like People’s Democratic Club and Santa Cruz for Bernie — the list goes on and on. Read her endorsements here, then read the rest of her website. To quote her website… “A Central Coast native, Annrae completed a double BA in Political Science and Business Management at Sonoma State University and a law degree from McGeorge University in Sacramento, before returning home 27 years ago to raise her two children here in Santa Cruz with her late husband, environmental attorney Keith Sugar“. We’re lucky to have the chance to vote for her. 

SIERRA CLUB EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS.
The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here — but the Santa Cruz Sierra Club has probably contained more battles within its walls than the ones they fight in the surrounding environment. Executive Committee Elections are running now. Jane Mio, Erica Stanojevic are incredibly involved, devoted, and 100% perfect for Sierra Club Executive Committee. Be sure you vote for them before January 12TH. The Santa Cruz Bird Club also urges everyone to support Jane Mio.

ERRETT CIRCLE CHURCH. It’ll be too late by the time this gets online, but check out how the City Council voted on whether or not to save the historic Circle Church or let the developers have it. It’s been the spiritual and cultural center for the Circle community for decades, and still is. 

December 9

HERE AND THERE
A three weeks absence from Santa Cruz politics is a blessing and a curse. The latter because there is no time to alert you of the item on the upcoming council agenda related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s). Whenever you are reading this, the votes will have been cast. At issue is whether to go further than the new state legislation abolishing the current requirement that property owners live in one of the two dwellings should an ADU be built in addition to a main house on a single-family lot. Besides relaxing all current criteria for ADU’s such as parking, size and number of additional units, the state is requiring the removal of owner-occupancy for all ADU’s built from 2020 until 2025. Bad enough but it gets worse. The city Planning Commission, displaying a complete disregard for the impact of this change on the sustainability of our neighborhoods, voted for the following: 

In the interest of making as many units as possible available for rent, the Planning Commission passed a motion to recommend removing the owner occupancy requirement for all ADUs, not just those built within the next five years, as is required by the pending state legislation. 

In case the impact of removing past or future owner-occupancy isn’t immediately obvious, consider that 56% of houses in the city of Santa Cruz are owned by absentee landlords and are rented. Until now, such property owners could not build an ADU since they do not live in the main house or the ADU. This restriction has resulted in a manageable increase in ADU’s so that their addition has not overwhelmed existing neighborhoods with problems that accompany increased density such as parking, loss of privacy, loss of sunlight, increased noise, light pollution, dogs barking etc. Lift that restriction in an era of sky high rents, and why wouldn’t every absentee landlord opt to build one or two ADU’s in addition to the main house, all market rate rentals? Consider also how this change will raise property values, making it harder for first-time homebuyers to afford a down payment while speculators with ready money buy up all available housing stock to turn into ADU land. Exploiting this bonanza, how many will soon become short-term rentals?

City Planning staff does see a problem with extending the state requirement and is not supporting the Planning Commission recommendation. Instead, staff is recommending conducting community outreach to get input into whether to lift past and future owner-occupancy requirement beyond the state mandate. In the past, council member Mathews has been a reliable supporter of owner-occupancy. This should be an easy one for council members who profess to care about existing neighborhoods but one never knows. To me, it is inconceivable to go beyond what the state is forcing us to endure. More market rate housing will not solve a housing cost crisis. It will change the character of Santa Cruz, leading to transitory, overcrowded neighborhoods while the underlying causes of ballooning housing costs remain solidly in place and unexamined. 

By contrast, growth in the northern beaches of Sydney is better managed, as is transportation, even viewed through smoke-covered glasses. In areas similar to Santa Cruz, heights of apartments are capped at 3 stories and the number of units proposed even in controversial developments is around 20 not 100 + as is being proposed and built in Santa Cruz. Size and scale matter.

Since my last visit 3 years ago, a bus system called the B-line has been brought into service. With a dedicated lane, these new bright yellow double-decker buses are a joy to ride and all classes of people use them. Digital signs at brand new sheltered bus stops tell you exactly when the next bus will arrive. I missed the first one. The next one was due in 8 minutes. If I were a local senior, I could ride any bus or train within a 200-mile radius for a total of $2:50 a day. Not being a local, the cost for the 20-mile trip into Sydney was $4. I then caught a train for a 2-hour trip to visit my sister in the Blue Mountains at a cost of $7:50. The photo is taken from my seat at the front of the top deck of a B-line bus. When I asked the meaning of the name, locals shrugged. Took me a few seconds to realize…it makes a beeline for wherever you want to travel!

Transportation, like schools are funded by the state so there is no disparity between high and low-income communities with respect to school quality and resources, nor with transportation services. Gasoline is expensive (more than double) due mostly to gasoline taxes, which go towards funding the transportation infrastructure. A minimum wage above $20 an hour helps those on lower incomes. Still, the service is costly to run and there is a move to privatize the system, a big mistake in my view. 

I found myself puzzling over our inadequate bus system. Some is due to our being a relatively small town although there seems no shortage of state money for the rail trail. Ten million dollars for a three quarter mile section anyone? Apart from the infrequent service and old buses it is impossible to know the schedule. The postings at bus stops, often without shelter, tell you only the estimated time a bus left a distant station. Absurd! 

Lots of issues: good to be home.

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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Good News: 

20% Inclusionary Passed by City Council
This was a long day in coming. It was near the pinnacle, or THE pinnacle of concerns expressed by voters over the past two election cycles: how do we significantly raise the amount of affordable housing units that housing developers are required to build? The past city council hit a new low when they negotiated a less than 6% inclusionary agreement within a mammoth 205-unit housing project at the corner of Laurel and Pacific Avenue. The reason: requiring 15% would just not pencil out the developer said, which is a constant refrain we hear often from the developer class who are looking to cash in on the hot Santa Cruz housing market. In fact, the past city council accepted a property trade–the old Tampicos site in lieu of requiring Devcon to build even the meagre 10-12 units they should’ve at least built in this project. (Actually, if they adhered to the city’s 15% inclusionary ordinance, it would’ve been something like 32 units of affordable housing.) A law suit was subsequently filed by Shelley Hatch and Ron Pomerantz, and with legal help from Bill Parkin it resulted in the reincarnation of the 15% inclusionary ordinance, which by the way was passed by the people of Santa Cruz in 1979. While the settlement did not require Devcon to build the units at 208 Laurel Street, it restored the 15% inclusionary city-wide as it had been previously lowered to 10% by a former city council vote. The lowering of the inclusionary percentage should’ve been placed before voters, but wasn’t. 

Heaven Sent
The 20% inclusionary housing ordinance passed on a 4-3 vote, BUT IT PASSED! It has not been easy getting here. I was elected advocating for 25%. Many in our community want 50% inclusionary. They ask why do we continue to build so many more unaffordable units.

Rick Martinez, Deputy Chief Advocates for Affordable Housing Too
Earlier in the day, Deputy Chief of Police Rick Martinez offered a tearful (for me) farewell after 30 years of service to the city. He said he lived in Section 8 housing with his single-mom while growing up in Surf City. Martinez is a home-boy and these personal aspects sound similar to Councilmember Drew Glover’s upbringing here. Martinez urged the city council to step it up in our efforts at creating more affordable units. He also strongly encouraged us to protect the most vulnerable in this community. Twenty-percent inclusionary is a big step in that direction. I believe the Deputy Chief might agree. (He did not say it officially, but he hinted at it.)  

Don’t Pat Yourself on the Back Just Yet
The good news is that we voted to require 20% affordable on all new for-sale and rental units built in the city of Santa Cruz. The bad news is that this still means that 80% of all new construction will be unaffordable and out of reach for most teachers, nurses, mechanics, and librarians. Candace Brown, speaking to the city council, made it abundantly clear that the more market rate units that are built the more this drives even higher the area median income (AMI) needed to qualify for an affordable unit. Gary Patton the former 20-year 3rd District Supervisor wrote to the council: “More housing emphatically does not mean more “affordable” housing, but increasing the Citys inclusionary requirement will do that!” As stewards who are blessed to live in such an amazing city, councilmembers really have the duty to carefully shepherd our community resources and try even harder to ensure that there will be places for moderate and low income community members to live and thrive. That’s part of our job, isn’t it?

More Good News

Circle Church Residents Will get their Day in Court
Neighbors from the westside have come to city council meetings several times during this past year advocating for the city council to direct the Historic Preservation Commission to review the developer-paid for historical report concerning the Circle Church. That report produced a this is not a historical structure analysis. That report paved the way for possible demolition and a major development project to be built on the current 111 Errett Circle site. Councilmembers Sandy Brown, Drew Glover, and me placed an item on today’s city council agenda, which I thought was innocuous-enough to be placed on the “Consent Agenda,” which is the part of the city council agenda where usually uncontested items land. Well, this item became if not a brawl, then an engaged and perhaps unwelcome robust civil discussion about whether to support the neighbors who reside in the Circles, or to assist the would-be developers who wanted to “continue” this item to another meeting because all their consultants could not make this meeting. I have been on the city council for almost seven years and these kinds of issues never cease to amaze me. What were we talking about? We were talking about having the Historic Preservation Commission, a commission under the city council’s authority, take up an issue that scores of neighbors are interested in, and that over 1000 signed a petition to get the city to consider granting historic status to this 130-year old site now known as the Circle Church. It came down to the 4-3 vote. Why? Call it politics or call it incomprehensible posturing, but at the end of the day this issue was sent to the commission’s agenda for their first meeting in January. Done. The community asked their council majority for a discussion, a potential for historic designation and the developers of the property cried foul, as did their three councilmembers. 

Addendum
This my friends is what a council majority can do…20% inclusionary and also offer neighbors a fighting chance, a voice, to have input on decisions that affect their neighborhood. I call that letting the people lead and the leaders following, democracy in action. See you at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting in January, y’all. It’s days like this that being on the council is nothing short of joyful.

“I dont want us to just go back to where we were before Trump. I want us to ask some hard questions that we as a nation rarely do: How is health care not a right in the richest country in the world? Why do one in six of our children go hungry? Why are 500,000+ people homeless?” (Dec. 10)
(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, and was on the Santa Cruz City Councilmember from 1998-2002. Krohn was Mayor in 2001-2002. Hes 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

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December 9

RUNNING!
In the space of 24 hours, I pulled nomination papers, gathered 25 qualified signatures, wrote a Candidate Statement, and filed to run for Santa Cruz County Supervisor in the Second District. As I read the oath to protect the Constitution, I was near tears. I felt the enormity of the spirit, intention and dedication of those who founded this marvelous country and significance of the moment as I stepped up to place my name on the ballot. My platform is not quite complete, but below is my Campaign Statement. I was limited to 200 words…mine is 199! Next week, I will write more fully about issues. Huzzah!

Becky Steinbruner age: 64 Occupation: writer, researcher, activist, Mom 

My family and I have lived in rural Aptos for 35 years. I would be honored to be your elected public servant, representing your voice in local issues. I am fully capable. I understand equally the issues of rural residents, urban residents and businesses. I am a voice of reason and integrity. I am a leader that will be responsive to your concerns and ideas. I will accomplish solutions, without interest in climbing “political ladders”. I ran for this office in 2016, earning nearly 20% of the votes. I understand many local issues, attending and speaking at nearly every Board of Supervisor meeting for the past four years, and Commission meetings regarding water, fire, housing, transportation, and historic preservation, and report weekly on “Bratton Online”. I actively participated in MidCounty Groundwater planning. Recently, I acted as my own attorney in action insisting Soquel Creek Water District conduct environmental analysis. I criticized associated rate increases. I successfully defended my community against fraudulent utility practices via formal Public Utilities Commission complaint. I have organized my rural neighborhood’s road repairs, and lead fire clearance projects. I currently serve on the FireSafe Council Board and Education Committee, and President of the local amateur radio club. 

Please vote for me to improve government transparency and responsiveness.

WHAT VALUE ARE POLITICAL ENDORSEMENTS WHEN THEY ARE NOT FAIR?
As I was filing my papers for candidacy, I recognized a fellow who heads up the local labor union policies and actions. He had arranged the candidate forum in 2016 that I participated in when I ran for Supervisor in 2016. Friday, he let me know that the local labor unions had already made their candidate endorsements, and done so a long time ago.

I asked him why the unions had taken the action so early, before the close of candidate filing? He admitted it was a controversial action among the membership, but the leaders felt they needed to get ahead of the election schedule, especially since primary elections are in March instead of June.

I feel this is not a fair practice. If you are a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), I hope you will ask that this policy be revisited before future elections.

DRINKING RECYCLED WATER COULD BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH
Recent studies show that drinking water standards may not be adequately protecting your health when recycled water is injected in the source of your water supply. Soquel Creek Water District Board and staff always tout the established practice of Orange County water municipalities injecting the recycled water into the aquifer when trying their best to alleviate public concerns about their risky PureWater Soquel Project process. “Legal does not necessarily equal safe said the researcher.

Read this and consider writing to the Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors

MY LAWSUIT AGAINST SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT
I was contacted by the Times Publishing Group about my lawsuit against Soquel Creek Water District. The editor requested I write a letter to be included in a future edition that would also be featuring information about the recent grant the District received for their project to inject millions of gallons of treated sewage water into the local drinking water supply.

I did so, and it was printed in entirety December 1 in the Aptos Times. However, the copies of this free paper that are usually available at the library and other public places disappeared after a few of days. 

I have copied the text below, as the Aptos Times website does not seem to yet include the full content of the paper. I think it is very interesting that the Aptos Times is suddenly in short supply, when usually readily available.

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

WRITE ONE LETTER. MAKE ONE CALL. ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING. BUT JUST DO SOMETHING. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 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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December 9
#343 / Young Republicans On Democracy

I really like The Sun magazine. In its November 2019 issue, The Sun published an article entitled, “An Imperfect Union – Astra Taylor on the Inherent Conflict Between Capitalism and Democracy.”

Taylor is a young activist filmmaker who has recently directed a documentary film, “What is Democracy?” The film is based on conversations that Taylor had, on camera, with all sorts of people, from throughout the United States. The article in The Sun is a transcript of a conversation between Taylor and Finn Cohen, who is a Professor in the Journalism department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you check out Finn on “Rate My Professors,” you find that Finn is “caring,” a “tough grader,” “inspirational,” and that if you “skip class you won’t pass.” Sounds like my kind of a guy!

The picture above, from the article, is supposed to illustrate the “democracy” part of “democracy versus capitalism.” In The Sun, the pictures are always pretty extraordinary. You get the feeling with this one that “democracy” is kind of isolated, forgottten, and alone – but still made out of solid brick!

Here is a quote from the Cohen-Taylor conversation that made me scared. Taylor said it made her scared, too: 

When I was making What Is Democracy? I interviewed some young Republicans. I don’t normally talk to twenty-two-year-old Trump supporters, and I assumed that they were going to give me the conservative spiel that democracy is free markets and everyone having a chance to duke it out in the marketplace and trickle-down economics and blah, blah, blah. Instead they told me they don’t like democracy, because democracy is about the majority wanting to improve their situation, and they, the young Republicans, are part of a minority of affluent white people. They literally mocked democracy on camera; that scared me. 

They see capitalism as more valuable than democracy, because capitalism benefits them. And if the masses are empowered, they’re going to want to take rich white people down a peg. These young Republicans recognize that their status is dependent on others being impoverished. They recognize that if we had a popular vote in this country, and not the Electoral College, Republicans would not win the presidency. They recognize that controlling a majority of seats on the Supreme Court is essential to imposing their agenda. It’s not going to happen through mobilizing voters, because the policies they support are genuinely not popular. 

What’s increasingly clear is that the far Right is abandoning democracy. It sees democracy as the enemy. It is a politics of aristocracy, a politics of hierarchy. I have gone on deep dives into far-Right subcultures online, and what they hate about democracy is the idea of equality at the center of it. 

I do not see the problem of our time as one of populism and an overly passionate majority. I see the problem as an affluent minority who are tired of democracy and the equality that it demands. You find this in the bowels of the Internet, but you also find it in mainstream conservative thinkers like George Will. On the surface his new book looks like a standard-issue political treatise, but he’s basically saying that democracy has gone too far and is at odds with American conservatism. During the Cold War it was easy for conservatives to promote U.S. democracy over Soviet communism, but now that democracy means including all these groups and sharing resources and expanding the government, conservatives are going back to their roots and saying democracy is a problem.

“Democracy” is premised on the proposition that we are “all in this life together,” and that this existential reality is the basis for the need to provide equal treatment to all. 

The corrosive nature of “individualism,” of an analysis that seeks to understand all things from an “individual” perspective, and that rejects the idea that we are “in this together,” is a prescription for the end of the human world. 

And why is that? Because some things are true and other things are false. It is false to believe that we can survive if we act only on the basis of what gains we might make individually, failing to notice that we all, as individuals, will survive or perish only as we can act in ways that provide common benefit. 

And what’s the proof that I am right? 

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you global warming (covered at length in The Sun’s October 2019 issue, from which the picture below is taken). 

We will either find ways to cooperate, and change what we are doing, collectively, on a worldwide basis, or we will all perish in the aftermath of heat waves and fire, hurricanes and floods!

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. Scroll below for yet another Sub Con and a peek way inside our driving forces. 

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. Especially check out …”Don’t tempt me” with a deep nod near Satan.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “If you blink, you might miss it, so better rush out and see the intense, but exceptional family drama Waves while it’s still here — by Friday it might be gone! If not, my review should run in this week’s Good Times; otherwise, look for it at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975. 

 

HONEY BOY. This is Shia LaBeouf’s movie. Not only does he star, but he wrote the screenplay and plays his own father’s role. It’s about LaBeouf’s life in show biz and the bad and good influence his dad had, and has, on him. Very few, if any, laughs — but a well done search into what fame and no fortune can do to you. Go for it!

WAVES. A very dramatic, heart-breaker film about a Florida black family and its troubles. That includes a heavy father and children who want to escape something — and make mistakes. It’s got some very serious near-corny music that drowns out almost all of your built-up emotions, and some visual camera sweeps that don’t help much either. Go at your own risk.

DARK WATERS. You’ll never look at your Teflon or DuPont products the same way after seeing this fine film. Mark Ruffalo plays the real-life attorney who finally wins his case against DuPont, with the political and financial odds stacked 100% in favor of DuPont, the world’s largest chemical company. Just in case you want to stop supporting DuPont, stop using Kevlar, Styrofoam, Corian, Dow Corning, Great Stuff, Prima Green and many more names you can find on their website.

QUEEN & SLIM. Some character in this movie calls Queen and Slim the “Black Bonnie and Clyde”,and it fits. It’s a long chase featuring this mostly likable couple, caused by Slim killing an insane cop, and their adventures on the lam. There’s even some jokes and humor in it. But it’s really a vivid reminder of the police brutality, racism, and violence we read and hear about daily under the Trump administration. Go see it.

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I think Americans now regard Mr. Rogers as our own Dalai Lama. Tom Hanks is the only actor in the world who could take and do so well in this movie. But before you go, if you haven’t already, emember that this is not really about Mr. Rogers, but about an Esquire magazine writer who interviewed Rogers and his rigid, tormented life and choices. Chris Cooper is back as the writer’s father. It’s an oddly structured film, with many unusual directors’ touches. After skimming around the internet to see what the real Mr. Rogers was like, all I found was that he was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and went to Dartmouth. His mom knitted all his sweaters, he liked his wife’s dirty jokes, he had fun farting and he was a registered Republican. 

JOJO RABBIT. Centered on Nazi Germany, this is very rare political comedy with funny scenes. A little boy has Adolf Hitler as an invisible buddy. Scarlett Johansson plays the little boy’s mom, and does one of very finest acting jobs, ever. Hitler and the screwed up political/ military scene will make you think of Trump and our own screwed up political/ military scene. A wonderful and rare film, do not miss it!! 

JOKER. Joaquin Phoenix should just be given the Oscar now, instead of all that fuss in January. Yes this is the origin of why the Joker haunts Bruce Wayne (Batman) and it’s so much more than that. The film is deep, dark, brilliant, violent, clever, absorbing, haunting, and will move you into a different perspective. Forget the criticism about protesters; the Joker is insane and magnetic. See this film if you like films beyond what’s acceptable! It just became the biggest – money making attendance record R-rated film ever!!!. Now (11/18) it’s taken in over 1 billion dollars.

THE GOOD LIAR. Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen two of the finest actors in contemporary films had never made a movie together. It’s too bad that this one wasn’t the predictable, slow moving cute product that it is. It is a treat to watch these pros work together; they are as great as almost every movie goer knows but the script is a poor copy of a plot that deserved to be better. But, in spite of all that, go see it…they are perfect in their parts. CLOSES THURSDAY DECEMBER 12

PARASITE. South Korean director Bong Joon-ho outdid his other international screen successes with Parasite. Wikipedia calls it a dark comedy thriller and so do I. It’s winning awards everywhere and deserves them all. There’s brain surgery, murder, basement dwellers, numerous surprises, even some shocks and well worth your seeing it ASAP.

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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. Alicia Kuhl from the Santa Cruz Homeless Union opens the December 10 program. She’s followed by Felicia Van Stolk, executive Director of the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, talking about their new exhibits and some exciting changes. Environmentalist Grey Hayes returns December 17 talking about saving our local environment. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttps://www.radiofreeamerica.com/schedule/kzsc 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 

Standup comedy, this woman is great 🙂

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. 

“CHRISTMAS TREES”

“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room. All those presents under it, all that anticipation. Just a way of saying there’s always light and hope in the world”. Nora Roberts 

“If my Valentine you won’t be,
I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.”

– Ernest Hemingway, 88 Poems 

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.” – Shirley Temple 


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