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December 13th, 2010 – December 19th, 2010

SAME SNOW AS LAST WEEK, OTHER END OF PACIFIC. This was 1957 and as many, many Facebook contributors have noted we’ve had several snows around here. This is looking up Mission where Water, Mission and Pacific meet.

It’s another of my favorite holiday photos.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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HISTORICAL QUESTION. Which was it Brigham Young University or Oral Roberts University? My nephew Larry Cornman and I got to talking at Thanksgiving about how poorly UCSC was doing back about 1980-1982 while he and his brother Bob were going to school here. I used to read in the Sentinel and write about the proposed sale of the UCSC Campus to either Brigham Young University. Larry says nope, it was Oral Roberts University that was being considered as a possible buyer. Larry went on to say that the only thing that saved the UCSC Campus was to guarantee future students that they could get into UC Berkeley if they did their first two years at UCSC. It worked and the then nearly empty campus was saved. Now who can tell me with any authority whether it was BYU or Oral U. that almost became our big neighbor? I’ve asked all my historical friends…nada! Don Miller of the Sentinel hasn’t responded about using the Sentinel archives…so somebody out there must know. Please advise!!!

CREATING A NEW AND “INTERACTIVE” CITY COUNCIL. We have our new City Council now, and we’ll probably survive…but what about a new way of representing the people…por ejemplo…All too many times the council dismisses issues or isn’t aware of just how many citizens care about a problem that faces our city. Few town halls are held because the council claims with little or no proof that it isn’t of sufficient interest…SO….Get Cruzio to develop (from plenty of existing sources) a secure voting system for our City. The results wouldn’t be necessarily “official”…lots of folks don’t use the internet. BUT if they put out the “vote” online about how many people care about an issue and got whatever they figured would be a sizable number of voters to listen to. (Guesses are that 80% or more Santa Cruzans use the internet!!) Then the council could be more aware, more honest and more responsible to us folks who got them into office. Far too many residents don’t like or trust De-salination plants…but Bill Kocher, Mike Rotkin and of course Cynthia keep pushing it. That’s with the help of UCSC of course they want that water for the new campus, when they get the funds to build more of than they have already. These Council Servants of the people have become all to used to the concept that they know more than we do about what’s good for us. With an online tabulation they could see, and WE could see how many citizens wanted or didn’t want De-sal, or Pogonip, or widening Highway 1, or La Bahia or Arana Gulch. No more developers shoving it down their throats and ours. And remember that cost of these “people’s voices” or internet votes would be free and fast…and secure.

ELERICK’S INPUT. A Happy Occasion! Peter and Celia Scott’s recognition event.

The Campaign for Sensible Transportation’s recognition event for Peter and Celia Scott on December 11th was a rip-roaring success. About 125 of us somehow crammed into Katherine Beiers beautiful home and enjoyed each other’s company for an hour before the very informal program kicked off. Among those 125 guests were Assembly member Bill Monning, Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin, City Council members Lane, Beiers, Robinson and former mayors Van Allen, Weed, Reilly, former Councilmember Ed Porter and council member-elect David Terrazas. City Council November candidates David Foster and Ron Pomerantz were also there.

County Electeds included Supervisors Mark Stone and John Leopold and former County Supervisor Gary Patton. Former County Director of Planning and City Council member Bert Muhly was there too.

Bill Monning presented Peter and Celia with a certificate thanking them for their service to the community, Mark Stone spoke on the importance of community activism as he views it from his position as a County Supervisor and Coastal Commissioner, Gary Patton, before introducing the Scotts, gave the crowd a historical and humorous perspective of their accomplishments.

However, all this was upstaged by the guests of honor, Peter (on the banjo) and Celia leading the crowd in singing “Widening One Won’t Work” and the San Lorenzo River Song.

It was a special afternoon, re-connecting with old friends and making new ones. Too bad somebody from the Sentinel didn’t cover this event; they might have been surprised that the people they frequently refer to as the “old guard” activists are still alive and kicking! Oh yes, the Campaign for Sensible Transportation wants to thank everybody who attended for such a successful fund-raiser. We’ll be updating our website with a better report on the event, keep looking at for more news, and updates on our lawsuit against Caltrans. Our attorney has just emailed that our December 17 court date has just been postponed until mid-January.

(Paul Elerick is thechair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates, and also a member of the Sierra Club’s Santa Cruz Group’s executive committee).

MÖBIUS STRIP EXPLAINED. Try this on your tintype over the holidays.

BEST YOU TUBE CLIP…Not a glass harmonica…but much more fun!! Keep watching…big surprises ahead!!

BEYOND MÖBIUS STRIPS. Like for example what do you get when you glue, then cut two Möbius Strips?? This becomes nearly mind boggling but it’s something to think about during these holiday parties.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about the uses and importance of General Plans. He relates news about Wildfire Plans in Monterey County and why we should be careful of them. What’s the use and importance and the in’s and out’s of a “Consent Agenda“?? He uses the word “Kleptocratic” and talks about a co-op in Salinas. (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365” )

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Certain mysterious forces say we should call this Deep COLOR but never mind. It’s how Tim Eagan foresees the dealing with taxes…scroll below.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. “WIKILEAKS DESERVES AN AWARD” says Saul Landau in this issue. He continues, “U.S. officials routinely declare commitment to a free press – except when someone uses it to reveal unflattering information. Ironically, members of the media critical of Wikileaks also think the government should protect us by not sharing “classified information.” Those two words often alert us to some bureaucrat who is covering his ass by barring the public from knowing of a possibly illegal act. In school, Americans routinely hear “we are a government of law.” Teachers should add “when convenient.” Indeed, Julian Assange formed Wikileaks because the U.S. government had acted in a wildly illegal fashion and then used “classification of documents” to cover crimes — and because mainstream media abdicated its responsibility decades ago”. Read it all here

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from

LINK TO LYDON. Sandy Lydon and Gary Griggs are skulking around plotting stuff and sent this missive…”First off, here’s the link – I know it’s long and a pain – we’re working on making it easier – but won’t have it fixed for a week or so:

Griggs and I spent yesterday with our photo files and went up and did a dress rehearsal of the North Coast walk for this coming Saturday December 18. — Wow, have we got some great stuff — Unless a person has walked along that cliff-top from Scotts Creek Beach down to Davenport Landing, they wouldn’t have a clue as to what’s out there…amazing. There’s a storm coming for this weekend, apparently, in which case we’ll have to reschedule the damned thing — if there’s one place you don’t want to be when a storm blasts in off the Pacific, it’s El Jarro Point. (Griggs can show the group the PRECISE earthquake fault that helped do in the PG&E nuclear project out there). Cool stuff. Happy Holidays! Onward! Sandy

LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express she promises you can catch up with some vintage holiday chestnuts at the Aptos Cinema Classics series, and find out why I think Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the perfect novel (and what my favorite adaptations are) in advance of the upcoming Cabrillo Stage version.

Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

STAY MISERABLE DURING THE HOLIDAYS!!! Atheists, why be happy, why hedonism, self improvement, hunger, Obama. Michael Schermer says it all.

WATERS WEIGHS IN. Christina comes back from Santa Fe full of tamales and restaurant tips. All at

PREPARED AND DANCEABLE PIANO’S ODE TO JOY I can’t embed this video from the New York Times, but it’s rather interesting. Just click the link and see for yourself!

THE TOURIST. The visual sugar contented of this tripe could probably be counted in calories. For an international spy film set in Venice there isn’t one second of tension or suspense in this fluff. Watching Angelina J. smart around and to see Johnny Depp without eye makeup isn’t worth your hard earned money or time. Jolie looks like she’s wearing all of Depp’s eyeliner from Pirates of the Caribbean series. It’s mostly due to bad directing by Florian Donnersmark who’s done much better work in the past.

NARNIA, CHRONICLES OF. This lack luster spell binding, sword, dragon, dreams, innocent kids stuff is getting boring. It’s just another mess of poor special effects spinning off from Hobbits, Potter, Go see Tangled in 3D, it’s not great either but it’s better than this serialized duplication.

HOSTETTER’S HOT STUFF. Another little update before the next little update: Kleptograss, my pal Eric’s ongoing effort to mix things up, has a new CD and a show coming right up; Kevin Carr will be telling stories at the Freight on an afternoon soon, and the Blind Boys of Alabama have a Christmas show, of all things. Then the holidays will scramble all our brains and it’ll suddenly be 2011. Have a look right here. You’ll see. Cheers, ph

(editors note..scroll to the very bottom of Paul’s site and check out the animated 2 headed banjo player and other features).

HOLIDAY FUNNY THINGS. Simon Kelly and Ralph Davila teamed up to send this…A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. Enjoy!

  • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
  • The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.
  • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
  • We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
  • War does not determine who is right — only who is left.
  • I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
  • Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • To steal an idea from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  • How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire.
  • Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says “In an emergency, notify: “I put “A DOCTOR.”
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
  • The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
  • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.

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 sometimes old programs are on “blog”) at WWW.KZSC.ORG. December 14 means Roger Knapp creator and owner of the Davenport Gallery will talk about the genuine local art for sale and for looking at over the holidays. Then UCSC Senior Lecturer Emeritus Don Rothman has a new book in print “One Way of Seeing”, about his devotion to photography and writing. He’s also on Dec. 14. UCSC Professor of History Dana Frank will be reporting on her latest Honduras trip on December 21st followed by County Supervisor Neal Coonerty telling us what’s the latest about our County especially District 3 and an update on the Cemex problem. December 28th will feature a re-broadcast of an earlier Grapevine while I drive back from Victorville. 2011 starts off on January 4th with Chris Kenney conservator of Paintings and owner of Mobius Art Conservation. Peter and Celia Scott follow on the 4th talking about The Campaign for Sensible Transportation and what’s new with that. Any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in and keep listening. Karen Kefauver will be back later in January and Kinan Valdez from El Teatro Campesino will be on in February. Any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in and keep listening.

QUOTES. “The Gullickson Twins, Tim and Tom, are both from Wisconsin”, Dan Maskell. “Skiing? Why should I break my leg at 40 degrees below zero, when I can fall downstairs at home?”, Corey Ford. “Meet my daughter,” said the bishop, with some disgust”, Evelyn Waugh.

BEST OF DeCINZO. Mr. DeCinzo proves that times don’t really change much.

Deep Cover

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