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Feb 20 – 26, 2013

OUR HISTORIC SEA BEACH HOTEL circa 1890. Back in the day we’d build well designed significant structures like this Sea Beach Hotel to compete for tourists with the classy and distinguished Monterey/Carmel attractions. Today we’ve built a monstrous plastic tent for a “D” league basketball team….go figure. The hotel burned up (or down) on June 12, 1912.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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WARRIOR TENT ACCOUNTING??? Now that there have been 10 Santa Cruz Warriors home games isn’t it about time that the City provide us with an update on just how our huge investment in the Warriors D team and the Kaiser Permanente Arena is working out? If nobody else, than we should hope that Don Lane would have enough integrity to make a public report on income and profits on concessions, how much from parking lot game fees, how is the attendance so far? Does it meet expectations? Just how much do we get from Kaiser Permanente for displaying their name (remember we don’t allow billboards here!) If it’s working…fine, if not let’s hear about it….why the secrets??? And why don’t they turn down the amplified drum sounds…that reverb around the entire neighborhood?? They apparently don’t turn that amplified sound on during the High School games that have been held there.

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. Rachel Goodman says she didn’t meet the Tannery’s fund drive goals, that’s why she’s not there anymore. But she has big ongoing plans involving photographing seniors and their life stories. Lyle Troxell says he’s not leaving the County just UCSC after 10 years. He’ll still keep doing his KUSP radio show Geek Speak, and his new geek job thing is at 4D who’s home office is in Paris. Lyle will work out of their San Jose office however. . Tough times at Good Times…furloughs, cutbacks, cost cutting everywhere. First, they dumped Ron Slack and some other folks but it’s still tough going. Then again even new media like Santa Cruz Patch is “dealing with issues” and so is all of the Patch USA network….watch this one closely. is owned by the AOL (America On Line) Corporation. AOL also bought Huffington Post awhile back. Lastly but not leastly, rumors have it that Nautical Treasures, the tshatshke shop over by The Crow’s Nest is moving into the old Gravago Shoppe on Cooper Street.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul emails to say…
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission moves ahead, in spite of creeping Republicanism from three of its members.

In response to letters from community members opposed to passenger rail, the Commission kept the railroad tracks in place. But most of the meeting was spent debating the adoption of the 2013 Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP). They finally approved the programming of approximately $5.3M of RSTP funds, on a vote of 9-3, as recommended by RTC staff, with only one small change. However, it was agonizing to the public to listen to Commissioner Randy Johnson repeatedly berate RTC staff for their recommendations of actually funding people to work on their recommended bike projects and he voted no. Johnson reminded me of a 7th grade teacher I once had who enjoyed tormenting students publicly. Also voting against the RTC staff were Commissioners Lynn Robinson and Ron Graves, but for reasons that were harder to comprehend. Watch for a rerun of this meeting on Community TV and check the RTC’s website for minutes from this meeting when they are available.

Aptos Safeway Update

Safeway and their consultants are doing another dog-and-pony show for community members later this month to convince us that we need what they’re up to, according to an ad in the Sentinel. Maybe at this meeting they can also explain the blight of the newest “yard signs” posted throughout their parking lots advertising for Safeway. But there is organized opposition forming to Safeway’s plans to tear out local businesses. Stay tuned. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks and writes about a job at the Coastal Watershed Council or CWC. (not to be confused with the Community Water Coalition!) He announces that there’s a meeting on the future of water in the Pajaro Valley. Will there be a new marijuana dispensary at 1321 Water Street. Patton also breaks down what “affordable housing” means in Monterey County. Read it all here XXXX Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts (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”

VINTAGE DE CINZO.Like herpes, flu, and the NRA, CAL-AM will always be with us.(Cal-Am’s headquarters is in Voorhees , New Jersey).Mr. DeCinzo gives us a repeat of another of his classics. Page below a little.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim addresses the “right to arm bears” and other members of the community… scroll below…

MASTER PICKPOCKET MAKES IT LOOK EASY. Don’ttry this at home or on Pacific Avenue. Another visual treat frommaster juggler and sculptor Peggy Snider.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul writes about Celia Sanchez in this week’s edition of Progreso weekly. He says, “Fidel, without Celia at his side, and still missing his friend and doctor Rene Vallejo, understood the depths of his personal loss. He made Celia into a national hero, which she richly deserved. Thanks to this biography, not heavy on critical characteristics, readers can understand some of the elements and people in the underground and the mountains, that put the Cuban revolution together, and how the word “commitment” resonated through the life of Celia Sanchez Manduley. This heroic woman’s body and brain throbbed with vital energy that she transmitted to her revolutionary work and to her comrades”. Read all of it here…

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

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes…”Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night at the Oscars on Sunday. This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (, I make my usual reckless attempt to predict the winners.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson are in this and it’s gotta be for the money. It’s sort of the Addams Family meets Dogpatch’s Lil Abner gang in thiswaste of time teeny- tiny movie.

ELENA, THE OFFICIAL SITE. Watch this trailer, just to get a feel of this award winner.

ELENA, A Russian version of Amour (2012). A winner at the 2012 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.The problem (and solution) is that the theme is too close to the Amour “taking care of a senior partner” with love. Moving, touching, lots of downtown Moscow, and an ending that is definitely non-Hollywood. Available at Cedar Street Video. An absolutely excellent film.

OSCARS, AND SOME REALLY GOOD FILMS. Usually just about 5 minutes before the Academy Awards show starts, I’ll make guesses on their choices for Oscars…there isn’t much point to it. But I do work hard to choose at least 10 films I liked each year. Not having the Nick’s Critic Session to have fun with, Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters and I each picked our personal favorites on my Universal Grapevine Program last Tuesday. My 2012 favorites were The Horse Of Turin, Once Upon a Time In Anatolia, Holy Motors, The Loneliest Planet, A late Quartet, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Amour, The Forgiveness of Blood and The Master. Since Tuesday I added Elena. As usual I found each of these films on DVD’s at Cedar Street Video.

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 archived…(see next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG.

Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her new role on the Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre and Kathy Bisbee and Lynn Miller talk about Community Television’s future. Historian, author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. She’s followed by Linda Burman Hall unfolding the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s new season. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop 2 photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about their show. UCSC’s assoc. prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here, then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!


When I lost my possessions I found my creativity. I felt I was being born for the first time”, Yip Harburg (Yip wrote all the songs in The Wizard of Oz, Only a Paper Moon, April in Paris) etc. “The whole universe resounds with the verb, I am.”, Alexander Scriabin. “Truth is error burned up“, Norman O. Brown.


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