Blog Archives

February 20 – 26, 2019

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Metro bus passes, Create a plaza, Paul Hostetter died. GREENSITE…on a place for the homeless. KROHN…City council decision making, Eco Passes, homelessness, council appointments. STEINBRUNER…Aptos P.O. Bike jump history, Coastal Bluffs armor and problem, new 152 parcel Seascape Subdivision proposed, Soquel Creek Water rates increase, Camp Ross and funding question. PATTON…The president’s Personal problems, EAGAN… “Trickle-down Economics”. JENSEN…more about the Oscars. BRATTON…critiques “They Shall Not Grow Old”. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES… “Oscars and the Academy Awards”.



A POLITICALLY DIFFERENT SANTA CRUZ. Back on May 22, 1965, these three Republicans stood very tall around here. On the left is Carl Conelly, trustee and co-founder of Cabrillo College. In the middle — in more ways than one — is Gerald Ford, who became our President in 1974 after being VP, and a member of the Warren Commission before that. On the right (but not too far right) is Donald Grunsky, lawyer and Republican State Assemblyman and our State Senator from 1947 to 1976. This photo was taken in The Deer Park Tavern in Aptos.                                           

The Aptos History Museum online page says… “1933Deer Park Tavern built by N.J. (Shorty) Butriza, a Yugoslavian. The Tyrolean-style building was originally decorated with hunting trophies, and music was supplied by a Hammond organ built for the place. The widening of Highway One in 1947 forced Shorty to move it up the hill to its current location. It’s now known as the Bittersweet Bistro”.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

The Opera “La Fille du Régiment”: “Ah! Mes amis… Pour mon âme” (Encore)
After attending more than 300 opera performances over the years, Javier Camarena’s encore with the high C’s and higher still brings tears. This clip is from Feb.7, 2019.

February 18

RUMORS AND RUMINATIONS. Even the most casual followers of our political scene weren’t surprised by Cynthia Mathews, Mayor Martine Watkins and Donna Meyers voting against downtown employees getting free Metro Bus Passes. We’ve seen some of this same 4-3 vote split before, and we’ll see much more.

Speaking of Downtown, I can’t find the source when I need it but let’s get behind the concept of turning the Cathcart, Cedar, Lincoln, Farmer’s Market lot into something beautiful and useful…like a PLAZA or just a park. It could and would be 100% better utilized and attractive — and even money-making for our City coffers. The Library Garage plot for that space seems to be dying, so let’s get a positive, productive movement on this ASAP.

PAUL HOSTETTER HAS LEFT. Many, many of our Santa Cruz communities will feel the loss of Paul Hostetter, who died last Wednesday (2/13) As a musician, activist and critic, Paul gave more of himself to the world than just about anyone I have ever known.

He moved here from Detroit decades ago, played many stringed instruments, and we sessioned together with Hank Bradley way back starting around 1970. His musically-talented daughters Marandi, and Kaethe and of course his wife Robin Petrie will carry on Paul’s love of music, but we’ve lost much more than that.

Karla Hutton filmed a fine interview with Paul about five years ago. You can see it here…

February 18th, 2019

No one ever said that solutions to the homeless issue would be easy.  The community is deeply divided. On one side are those who view the folks sleeping in doorways and tent encampments as lazy bums who don’t want to work or meth heads who steal to support their addiction and on the other side are those who see all homeless as deserving of compassion and resources. Meanwhile the city of Santa Cruz scrambles to provide some relief, which always seems too little, too late, too expensive. City staff and electeds bear the brunt of outrage from both sides of the divide.

This tension came to a head at the last city council meeting when staff unrolled its latest efforts to address the problem. The good news was that for the first time the county was on board and for the first time, significant money ($10 million) was made available from the state. The bad news was that the proposed shelter plans were modest, uncertain and unlikely to make a significant dent in the problem. Closing one camp after another while providing less than needed alternatives is not a solution. One speaker summed it up when he pointed his wooden walking stick at the bullet points on the video screen and retorted, “same old…same old.”

The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on public property when they have no access to shelter violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment has tied the enforcement hands of the police. Without alternatives, city parks, open space and the river are now legitimate camping areas. And we aren’t talking boy scout camping. Those who are houseless, with no access to amenities to give a veneer of respectability soon foul their nest with garbage, human waste, discarded needles. Any one of us would look pretty messy without access to showers, a bed, public works to remove our garbage etc. Meanwhile, city Parks staff provide portable toilets, dumpsters and mulch for the wet ground and the tent camp at Gateway Plaza grows daily, straining staff time, impacting nearby businesses and evoking public outrage since, horrors, the homeless camp is visible to visitors coming in from Highway 1.

There is a solution. It is not a new one. It was proposed decades ago by Paul Lee. Given the current situation it is time to take a look and weigh the advantages of dedicating a portion of Pogonip for a permanent, adequately sized site for a “homeless” village. You could call it Hope Village or for those without charity, “Bludgers Burg”. (You’ll have to consult your Aussie slang dictionary for the meaning of “bludger.”)

Pogonip is one square mile. That is 640 acres. Dedicating 20 acres for a permanent homeless site would leave most for public access and habitat protection. Local environmentalists, in particular Celia and Peter Scott, worked hard to save this unique open space land for the public. It is one of 4 city-owned open spaces with Moore Creek Uplands, De Laveaga and Arana Gulch being the others. It is already the new site for the Homeless Garden Project. If there were no homeless crisis, opening up public lands for housing the homeless would not be on the table. But there is a crisis and other solutions are not working. Given the court ruling and with insufficient shelter space available, those who lack shelter at night are already camping in Pogonip and other public lands, deeply hidden, with no facilities, leading to human waste, garbage, polluted streams with the constant threat of fire in the dry season. Our city open spaces were closed last summer due to fires, possibly started in homeless camps. Some city parks were closed due to clogged toilets from used needles, anti-social behavior on the part of some homeless, with young children afraid to use the city parks. This is not ok.  

The village I envision at Pogonip would be self-contained with a shower block, small store and solid small shelters adequate in number for more than the estimated local homeless population. Since the homeless are a heterogeneous group, some will need mental services help, many need drug addiction help, some just a temporary helping hand. Those with intractable anti-social behavior and who refuse help are a relatively small group of around 30 and should not be eligible for such a village but rather be under the fold of the newly formed Focused Intervention Team, which has the resources and funding to make the difference.  

By providing sufficient shelters in a designated area in Pogonip, with the emphasis on creating a home for the homeless to develop some pride of place and sense of self-worth, there should be and legally could be zero tolerance for anyone camping in any other public place, park, sidewalk, doorway, beach or open space, including other parts of Pogonip. This will require a focused law enforcement campaign that persists until there is full compliance. Homeless issues already take up a disproportionate amount of time and money from city police and city staff. Those in the community who have more experience than I in homeless issues and the homeless themselves can weigh in on how best to run the place but it’s the place that has hitherto been the sticking point. Pogonip may well provide that missing solution.

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    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.



“Camp Ross” continues. This week I counted 159 tent structures, up from 134 two weeks ago. The Council and community continue to work on solutions. All I can say is, soon but we need viable options for all residents before simply closing it.

There’s only been three Santa Cruz city council meetings this year, but political winds at city hall are blowing in a decidedly let’s-get-something-done direction. Recent additions, Justin Cummings and Drew Glover have already created political climate change, Santa Cruz-style, in local decision-making. The February 12 council meeting saw a new majority’s agenda on display. After many community meetings, council discussions, and staff presentations the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance was amended and the city will not require a parking space to be built for a new detached ADU. The vote was 6-1. It was approved as a “pilot project,” and the council will revisit this ordinance again in one year in order to evaluate the impacts of parking on neighborhoods and whether many units were actually developed as a result of the new law. Next, a spirited debate took place about whether to provide Eco Passes, monthly Metro bus passes, to ALL 4000-plus downtown employees. It was a motion endorsed by the Downtown Commission, but not by city staff. The 4-3 outcome was a step in the direction of addressing climate change and downtown traffic congestions by offering residents real encouragement and incentives to leave their cars home by using the bus, or one of the many Jump Bikes around town. Bus passes will be free and the Jump Bike fee will be drastically reduced. It is a big step the council took, but with support coming from the Sierra Club, the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, and Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (SCCAN). It’s a decision, similar to the lifting of parking for ADUs that can be revisited after a trial period, tweaked, even scaled down, or if proving successful, scaled up.

Study Session Anyone?
Towards the end of Eco-Pass discussion, Councilmember Cummings introduced another motion proposing a council-community study session on March 19 that would focus on parking, traffic, and housing in the downtown. It was the new majority (4-3 vote) wanting to get ahead of the building-development curve and becoming proactive hoping to understand all the issues going on downtown and work with the community, especially on parking and housing. From what I’ve been told, downtown goes from Water Street to Laurel Street and from the San Lorenzo River to Center Street. Several speakers are invited to this event including UCSC Prof. Adam Millard-Ball whose essay on driverless cars creating worse parking jams went viral recently.

Rental Housing Task Force
The council agreed in a 7-0 vote to hire a Sacramento consulting firm, Consensus and Collaboration Program (CCP) to assist our city in moving forward to address our housing needs. The charge of this newly formed task force will be:

  1. Ensure analysis is data driven
    • Look at what other cities have done
    • Gather info on rent increases and evictions over the past 5 years
    • Develop/utilize landlord database
  2. Utilize a variety of communication/outreach tools: Discussion circles, surveys, smaller groups where opposing interests meet together and talk
  1. Spell out areas of consensus
  2. Develop protections addressing needs of each opposing interest
    • Protect tenants from inflationary rent increases
    • Protect annual return on investment for landlords
    • Develop causes for eviction and terms of no-fault eviction
    • Provide just cause eviction exemptions
    • Consider exemptions for those landlords who are already renting at below market
    • Investigate costs related to making publically available all leases, rent increases and complaints

Response to Homelessness
Tepid. The city council gave staff direction to come back to the council, more blah, blah, but as far as putting real on the ground “solutions” out there, little came out of this agenda item. But if Drew Glover, Sandy Brown, and me have anything to say or contribute, a homeless emergency declaration will be voted upon at our next meeting (Feb. 26) along with opening additional restrooms and washing stations, buying property for an emergency shelter, and identifying an RV parking area (not Delaware Street) will all be in the mix. Stay tuned, February 26! We did award Brent Adams $5k to help support his storage program for homeless people’s belongings and that was positive.

Brand New Majority Commission Appointments
On January 8, the Santa Cruz city council made several commission appointments. If you remember, Councilmember Brown and I have not had any of our nominees appointed to city commissions outside of the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Woman (CPVAW). But the dam broke during the first month of the year. Here is an impressive list of new commission members. Expectations are high and politics may begin to get more interesting.

Arts CommissionSean Swain McGowen, Janina Larenas, Owen Thomas, and MK Veniegas
CPVAWAnn Simonton
Downtown CommissionBrett Garrett
Historic Preservation CommissionRoss Gibson
Parks and Recreation CommissionGillian Greensite and Dawn Schott-Norris
Planning Commission–Miriam Greenberg and Andy Schiffrin
Transportation and Public WorksShawn Orgel-Olson

“Before Social Security was created in 1932, about half of seniors lived in poverty. Today, the senior poverty rate is just 8.8% and in 2016 Social Security lifted 22 million Americans out of poverty. Our job is not to cut Social Security. Our job is to expand it.” (Feb. 17)
(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.

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February 18

Every year at this time, I take a moment to think about what happened the day after President’s Day weekend in 2015, because it was such a loss for area youth, and an event that was the catalyst for my increased involvement in local government.  On February 17, 2015, Swenson Builders illegally bulldozed the world-famous Aptos Post Office Bike Jumps.  The kids and adults who loved that place had gathered over 300 signatures on a petition to try to save it, and a handful tried to stop the bulldozer, but were tricked into thinking there was an alternate place all settled for relocation. 


Realizing that I had been tricked made me also painfully realize that, although I had attended nearly all of the public meetings about the Project, there was little information being given to update me or anyone else, and I really did not understand the government process.  How could this devastation happen?  That question is what caused me to start attending meetings, asking questions, learning how to submit Public Records Act requests, and piecing together murky details regarding many issues throughout the County. 

What happened in Aptos has and is happening in other neighborhoods throughout the County (see info. re: Seascape Beach Estates included here), and that is what compels me to alert others about what I have learned, and to encourage everyone to get involved, stay involved, to ask questions and demand clear and timely answers.  It is what compels me to urge each of you to write one letter, make one call, to attend a public meeting or hearing (the difference is that the later requires more thorough public notification), and to hang in there because your opinions matter and demand respect and true consideration by those who are elected to represent you. 

I have not given up on efforts to make changes in my Aptos community, and still have at heart the interests of all those kids and adults and the entire Community who were devastated on the Tuesday morning after President’s Day in 2015.  The world-famous Aptos Post Office Bike Jumps are still looking for a new home.  Please contact me if you want to help  ( or 831-685-2915) or work with the folks here

That was the big question considered again at last week’s February 13 County Planning Commission meeting in continued consideration of the proposed updated County General Plan’s Local Coastal Plan (LCP) and the Public Safety & Hazard Management Plan.  The room was full, with public testimony lasting over an hour.  People who live on the coastal bluffs and near beaches will, under this proposed LCP, have a new set of rules about armoring along the beach areas as well as possible sand mitigation fees for impacts of their dwellings or armoring.

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During the February 12 Board meeting, the County Board of Supervisors discussed the homeless camp at Highways 1 and 9, behind the Ross Department store.  The County has been awarded $10 Million in State grant money to address the homeless issues, but had no real solution to present to the public, other than opening up a small number of beds at the Salvation Army building on Laurel Street in Santa Cruz, and closing the encampment by March 15.  How can this be only considered now, when the County has applied for and been awarded this substantial grant, with a requirement that 50%+ of the money must be spent within 6 months???   Rayne Marr is the County Homeless Services Coordinator, but one really has to wonder what is driving the County’s seeming lack of solution to a growing issue, and what she is effectively doing to develop long-term solutions to this growing problem?

The County got $2.2 Million in grant money last year for housing the homeless youth

The County got $3.3 Million in grant money early this year for homeless services

The County now has another $10 Million in grant money for homeless solutions

So, why are there still 150-200 people living under tarps in the mud along the levee in freezing temperatures???

Contact Rayne Marr and ask.     When I offered last year to organize a meeting with her and a representative of the Seaside Homeless Task Force that is following the City of Oakland’s lead on using Tough Sheds as affordable, effective homeless shelters, Ms. Marr refused to meet with us because she said it was “pre-mature”.   I wonder if her tent is warm at night?     Hmmmmm……

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.

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February 17, 2019
#48 / Returning to Royalty (The Elected Kind)

The picture is from Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive, found atop an article titled, “Dear Mr. President: The Royal We.” The article, as you might suspect, focuses on the president’s recent declaration of a national emergency, related to the president’s desire to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. 

The point made by the article is that the language used by the president, in justifying his declaration, is “personal.” The president’s statement that “I am unhappy…” betrays what is really going on. The individual distress of a president is not, in a democracy, a national emergency, however much it may be a personal or political one. The tendency of our current president is to see himself in a “royal” frame, and this goes back to the 2016 campaign, when he sometimes commented on earlier presidencies by talking about the “reign” of this president or that. 

At any rate, it’s a striking picture. At least that’s what I think. I also think that we might, justifiably, start worrying about an “emergency,” but that our focus ought to be on whether or not our institutions of government are prepared to reject the idea that governmental powers are subservient to the personal predilections of the president. That is not the way the Constitution says it works. An article in The Atlantic, published in 2017, raised concerns about whether or not our current president would “destroy the presidency” by failing to follow what are the unwritten, but real, rules governing presidential conduct. An article published by the Brookings Institution, on Valentines Day this year, takes the Atlantic’s general concern and makes it specific to the recent presidential declaration. 

If a president can declare a national emergency based on what that president personally believes is a major national problem, and can thereafter use government money and resources to accomplish what the president personally believes is the right thing to do, then the idea that the congress, not the president, is primarily in charge of determining what is done in the name of the “nation” will be ended forever. 

Congress is not an inspiring body, mostly, but it is composed of persons elected by the voters, and is thus, theoretically, representing the “national” will, not an individual or “personal” agenda. The President’s job, as outlined in Article II of the Constitution, is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The President, in other words, is supposed to “execute” the policy decisions made by our representative Congress, not decide what the nation should do based on the president’s personal priorities. However, we do need, as a nation, to allow our president to act for us in emergency situations, and that brings us to the precipice upon which we now find ourselves.

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Monarchial rule can take root with an elected monarch, too. Unless the Supreme Court does what would really be something different from what it usually does, deference to this president will return us to those pre-revolutionary times!

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

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Get your weekly inner chuckle from Tim Eagan’s classic Subconscious  playground. Scroll southward.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Trickle Down Economics“” down a few pages. As always, at you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog.

Don’t miss the programming of Robots in his blog.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa says, “Return of the Dueling Divas! My slugfest . . . oops, I mean my reasonable discussion with Christina Waters over this year’s Oscar nominees, wraps up this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( ).  Watch the broadcast Sunday night, February 24, 5 pm, and see how we did!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD. Peter Jackson (who directed The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings films) has digitized hundreds of hours of actual World War I battles into a brilliant evocation of what those soldiers went through. Using recordings of soldiers who were in those trenches, he made this 3D colorized documentary to pay tribute to the 100 year anniversary. You’ll see war like we’ve never seen it before, with all the suffering, the humor, the and blood on the screen. It’s not being shown in 3D locally.

CAPERNAUM. It means “Chaos”. A near documentary, heart wrenching story of a Syrian 12 year old trying to stay alive on the streets of Beirut. It’s tireless and unforgiving in telling what the poor and starving parents and children must do in order to stay alive. It’s almost like facing what our local homeless have to face, except Beirut is far away.

OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS. The true story of two 10 year old boys killing a 2 year old, an abandoned boy on the beach, racial hatred and parental murder, and more. This collection of Live action shorts is the most miserable, untalented group of shorts I’ve ever seen. They are depressing, uncreative, and hopefully forgettable.

OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS. Pixar has its usual expected cutesy entry in this group of shorts. In addition there’s young girl’s menstruation, the smell of dog’s butts, elderly care, and still more depressing topics. The animation shorts aren’t any better or important than the live action.

COLD WAR. One of the very best films I’ve seen in many YEARS!! A 1950’s love relationship between two very involved lovers that endures the Cold Wars between Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia and in Paris and Berlin. It’s perfectly acted, all in black and white and very serious. Only 1 ½ hours long, it’ll stay with you for a very long time…don’t miss it. 94 on RT.

SHOPLIFTERS. Famed and great Japanese film director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film about an impoverished makeshift family won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. And it earned a 99!! On Rotten Tomatoes. A very poor family “adopts” a cruelly treated little girl and gives her sensitive and true family love while teaching her to shoplift as they do to stay alive. The relationships and bonds of love are  a bit confusing and near boring yet it’ll rip your tears out and maybe even cry. Not your Hollywood saga…but a piece of cinematic art.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. A 94 on Rotten Tomatoes, Golden Globes and Oscar talk, this is a deeply moving story about a black Harlem family in the 70’s, facing the very real race problems that remain with us all. James Baldwin wrote the book, and the Beale Street reference is only to drive home the fact that time and equality haven’t changed. Rape, pregnancy, mother’s love, are combined with super acting to wrench hidden feelings from all of us. Don’t miss this excellent film. CLOSES THURSDAY February 14th.

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

ON THE BASIS OF SEX. If you saw the recent documentary “RBG” there’s no reason to see this nearly religious tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsberg. But she is a lot prettier in this version. We know by now that RBG is some kind of saint and that she had a lung problem a few weeks ago. Felicity Jones is a British actress and manages to sound about 80% American with just some New Yorker accent that flips on and off. It’s sort of a mix between Joan of Arc and Mary Poppins

STAN & OLLIE. Full disclosure… I had a wonderful afternoon with Stan Laurel and his wife in their upstairs beach front apartment in Malibu in the fall of 1962..  Stan told me about their European tour in 1953 which is the focus of this new film. He said it gave both of them some much needed boosting. He also talked about their appearance on Ralph Edward’s “This Is Your Life” in 1954 and how awkward that appearance was. Stan and I sent a few Christmas cards back and forth for a few years. Stan & Ollie has a 92 on Rotten Tomatoes, and Stan died in 1965. When I find those notes from him, I’ll share. The movie is “bittersweet” well acted and does lay out the semi business-friendly relationship the two comics had all their lives together. Go see it.  

FAVOURITE. Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman work together nicely in this  costume drama that tries to be a comedy or else it’s a comedy that looks like a costume drama. Olivia Colman is Queen Elizabeth in this 18th Century and she’s been winning all sorts of awards and praise for her slap stick fun. The movie is intentionally full of out of proper time words and gestures. They say fuck a lot and make very modern gestures. Not my favorite movie but just maybe it’s yours?

GREEN BOOK. Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali (from Oakland) 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.


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. Co-Authors and Publishers Doug and Rachel Abrams discuss their new book on finding, maintaining relationships “Eight Dates” on Feb.19. Vets Service Officer Dean Kaufman follows them and talks about many new veterans’ benefits and area events. February 26 has George Fogelson and Barry Braverman discuss the book, “Between The Redwoods and The Bay- a History of Jews In Santa Cruz”. Jean Brocklebank and Judi Grunstra discuss Santa Cruz library plans following Fogelson. Workers comp attorney Bob Taren returns March 5 to share his thoughts on the political scene.  Then author and art critic Carolyn Burke discusses her newest book, “Foursome”. It focuses on the relationship between two famous couples. On March 19 Maestro Michel Singher talks about the Espressivo Orchestra concert happening March 31st. Then Ellen Primack exec. dir of the Cabrillo Fest of Contemporary Music talks all about plans to upgrade the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. May 21st has concertmaster Roy Malan discussing the Hidden Valley String Orchestra concert occurring on June 2nd. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here   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

Here’s some spoken word poetry for you. Boomerang Valentine.

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. “The Oscars”
“The Oscars are a lot different when you are a nominee. You walk around with this big smile on your face, and everyone, even people who work for rival film companies, tells you they voted for you“. Samuel Goldwyn
“Our minds are big enough to contemplate the cosmos but small enough to care about who wins an Oscar”. Dean Cavanagh
“Nothing can take the sting off the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other golden statues.” Billy Crystal
“I haven’t had an orthodox career and I wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it and I can’t deny the fact that you like me—right now, you like me!”
Sally Field, Best Actress, Places in the Heart, 1984

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