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February 27 – March 5 – 2017

FRONT AND SOQUEL STREETS January 1959. The lower left corner is now the CVS/Trader Joe’s parking lot also known as  Riverwalk Plaza. How many Santa Cruzans have ever said or even used the term Riverwalk Plaza?? And in the upper center where the gas station was, sits the infamous Wells Fargo Home Mortgage building.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE February 27, 2017

COSSACK DANCE. This is brand new to You Tube. It went online Feb 27, 2017.

Amazing Voice!Judges stopped her because they couldn’t believe it’s her real voice!English Subtitles  
You have not seen anything like this! Incredibly beautiful sight!

PLAN WHAT NEW GARAGE & LIBRARY? There’s a workshop this Saturday March 4th in the Police Community room at 11 a.m  to hear experts tell why and how we can easily do without a new FIVE (5) story parking garage that the City wants to build on Cedar Street between Lincoln and Cathcart streets. Go here to read The Campaign For Sensible Transportation’s views and news about it.

Part of that plan is to build a new Public Library on the first floor of that 5 floor parking garage. The Santa Cruz Public Library just (2/14) put an anouncement online…

They are looking for seven(7) folks to meet regularly to plot and plan this new library. They want to create a Downtown Library Advisory Committee Read about it here on their website…  Aren’t they jumping the gun just a bit?

Like conscientious cities and institutions everywhere are doing with Wells Fargo …The City and County of Santa Cruz should cancel, stop and cease any and all dealings with Granite Construction unless and until Granite ends any plans cooperating with TRUMP and his plan to build  the wall. Granite has been an involved part of the county community for decades


ANOTHER POINT!!! Even if this wall idea becomes closer to reality why wouldn’t it be better to build a FENCE? Aside from the fact that a fence would be cheaper, doesn’t it make better sense to be able to see what’s on the other side? Sure, cameras & expensive tech gizmos would give some screening opportunities over the top of the wall, a fence would provide 100% vision of any action on the other side. And of course I’m as opposed to a fence as I am to a wall but just in case….read the Granite construction article here…

And on the internet I found, “OK Santa Cruzans, time to make a phone call or send a letter. James Roberts, the president of Granite Construction (headquartered in Watsonville) has announced that they are bidding on the WALL. This is unacceptable on so many levels. Please call 831-724-1011 or write to 585 W. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076. Build bridges, not walls!”

SANTA CRUZ SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RAID MONTEREY COUNTY POT GROW. Why??? Ralph Davila sent this link to this week’s Monterey County Weekly and asks “Can’t figure out why Judge in Santa Cruz County would issue a warrant in Monterey County & why Santa Cruz County Sheriffs would have any jurisdiction in Monterey?” The article tells about how our County Sheriff’s raided a well known Monterey Pot growing facility and how attorney Ben Rice was involved and the possibility that some former Santa Cruz Deputy quit the force and is now growing pot and maybe this was a grudge raid by his former cop friends…read it and think again about the role our police play in so many areas.

SMART PHONES, TEXTING THE LAW AND HAMBURGERS!!! I can’t be the only one who wonders why,  if “texting” while driving is illegal because it takes our attention away from the road and traffic threats why then hasn’t eating hamburgers and tacos and eating all drive-thru food been made just as illegal?? Munching a hamburger, managing those fries, sipping that cola, and avoiding pedestrians all at the same time has to be as absorbing and tricky as any “texting”.

READING ORWELL’S 1984. Hopefully you’ve heard and read about a bunch of us locals reading the complete George Orwells “1984” at Bookshop Santa Cruz this Thursday March 2nd, starting at 10 am. As of Monday noon Feb 27 here’s the lineup, in case you want to miss or hit your favorite readers
SPECIAL NOTE…some readers are not reading in their official capacity, titles provided for identification only!!!

  • 10:00 – Steve Kettmann, Wellstone Center in the Redwoods
  • 10:20 – Rabbi Paula Marcus, Rabbi Temple Beth El
  • 10:40 – Alisun Thompson, Santa Cruz City Schools Board Member
  • 11:00 – John Sandidge, KZSC Host
  • 11:20 – Amy Ettinger, Author
  • 11:40 – Elizabeth McKenzie, Author
  • 12:00 – Ryan Coonerty, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
  • 12:20 – Giovan Michael, UCSC Student
  • 12:40 – Paul Skenazy, Author
  • 1:00 – Stephen Kessler, Author
  • 1:20 – Jolene Kemos, Librarian
  • 1:40 – Steve Palopoli, Good Times Editor
  • 2:00 – Paul Fleischman, Author
  • 2:20 – Danusha Lamerias, Poet
  • 2:40 – Patrice Vecchione, Author and Poet
  • 3:00 – Bruce Bratton, Columnist and Radio Host
  • 3:20 – Jenny Bitner, SF Writer’s Grotto
  • 3:40 – Rico Lange, Author and Bookseller
  • 3:50 – Rachel Goodman, Professor & Radio Host
  • 4:00 – Farnaz Fatimi, Professor
  • 4:20 – Clifford Henderson, Author
  • 4:40 – Micah Perks, Author
  • 5:00 – Nikki Silva, Radio Personality
  • 5:20 – Laurie R. King, Author
  • 5:40 – Mayor Cynthia Chase, Mayor of Santa Cruz
  • 6:00 – Thad Nodine, Author
  • 6:20 – Reverend Deborah Johnson, Reverend Inner Light Ministries
  • 6:40 – Karen Joy Fowler, Author
  • 7:00 – Mike Ryan, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Artistic Director
  • 7:20 – Michael Mehr, Immigration Attorney
  • 7:40 – Lisa Jensen, Author
  • 8:00 – Susan Freeman, Poet & Educator
  • 8:20 – Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel Arts Editor
  • 8:40 – Katherine Farrell, UCSC Student

Sometimes it is instructive to see how an issue is handled in another country in order to evaluate how it is handled in one’s own. Conditions vary and comparisons  approximate but normalcy may be more a matter of familiarity rather than wise policy.

I am currently visiting friends and family in Australia where I grew up on the northern beaches of Sydney, an area of stunning natural beauty. Similar to Santa Cruz, escalating property values have resulted in a class shift from working class to well-off, except for the working class old-timers who bought their house 40 to 60 years ago.  Dissimilar to Santa Cruz, the northern beaches are not marketed as a tourist destination by either local government or business interests. There are no hotels. While vacation rentals and Airbnb do exist, the numbers are relatively small and impacts minor. And while there is no equivalent Silicon Valley nor UCSC pressure to fuel the housing inferno, the market here is hot and everybody would love to live on the northern beaches. Pressure on housing supply has led to greater density with the state government requiring local communities to shoulder their share of new construction similar to California and Santa Cruz. However the scale and siting of the new housing is a far cry from what we are having forced upon us in Santa Cruz. New apartment buildings here are small in scale, perhaps 4 to 8 separate units, mostly two stories although there might be an additional ground floor retail in areas where such development already exists. There is no equivalent massive, out of scale, 100 unit plus retail development such as is being constructed at 555 Pacific Avenue nor the large multi-unit developments springing up in the middle of single family homes on the eastside.

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~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).

“Tale of Three Cities: One Armed, One Hiding, and the Third Just Plain Angry” 2/27/17

About a dozen journalists, five police officers including the Chief, Kevin Vogel and his two deputy chiefs—Rick Martinez and Dan Flippo, along with three city councilmembers and one mayor Cynthia Chase were present inside the Police Community room on Center Street last Thursday morning (2/23) to hear about what went down, and what went wrong, in Santa Cruz during the February 13th DHS—Department of Homeland Security—raid. It was a press conference for the ages.

The press actually showed up and the police spokesperson on this day was Deputy-chief Flippo. He expressed a full-throated, “We would never have participated had we known it contained an immigration enforcement operation.” While Chief Vogel, Flippo, and Mayor Chase were issuing their statements, a group of about twenty-five huddled around the ornate police plaza fountain outside and exchanged text messages while listening on speaker phone and trying to follow the blue-line mea culpa happening inside.

The night before I had received a cell phone call while attending my daughter’s CCS soccer match vs. the Menlo School from Atherton. (Had to fit that into this column somehow.) The game was being played on the plastic turf of Santa Cruz High. The call was from a stunned-sounding Deputy-chief, Rick Martinez. He outlined for me how Homeland Security had acted “outside the scope of their operation” on that certain Monday morning terrorist hunt. DHS arrested a dozen alleged gang members, but they also detained several other residents they claimed were undocumented. The latter part of this action disgusted him he said. It flies in the face of the Santa Cruz City Council’s recently passed Sanctuary City Resolution he stated. It’s against our community values he said. Wow, I thought.

It seems DHS has been duplicitous with SCPD. Under a supposed cooperation agreement with local police they should have been hunting down known gang members who the DHS said were planning to possibly commit murders in our community. But DHS went further. Without communicating with SCPD they turned the operation into an old-fashioned La Migra raid, something this town experienced often in the 1980’s and 90’s when ICE, then called the INS, raided neighborhoods at odd hours and hauled away fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in order to deport those who did not have their “papers.” But remember, the deputy-chief reminded me, FEMA falls under DHS, and we also need to work with them in investigating terrorist acts and underage sex crimes. Finally, he said he had been so incensed over the DHS actions that he contacted our US Rep., Jimmy Panetta and one of our US Senators, Kamala Harris. And by the way, there would be a press conference the following day at 11am, he said. I hung up the phone and my daughter’s team was already losing, 3-0.

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~(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, former Santa Cruz City Councilmember (1998-2002) and Mayor (2001-2002). He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 12 years. He was elected last November to another 4-year term on the Santa Cruz City Council).



More than 300 people attended the Rancho del Mar informational meeting last Thursday at the Seascape Golf Club, hosted by property owner Terramar Retail Center (TRC).  I was not able to attend, but spoke with a few who did.  Everyone felt disappointed. The main issue of a theater returning to the Center was side-stepped.  Finally, after persistent questions on the issue, Mr. Bruce Walton, TRC rep., said that he is “looking into” one possibility, but that Safeway does not want a performing arts center in the complex.  Many wondered why Safeway has so much power in deciding what tenants and uses will be allowed?  Sadly, it appears that the Rancho del Mar Center will just have a new facade and coat of paint, with no electrical upgrades, charging stations for electric cars, or even new landscaping.  Nope, no pervious paving for stormwater runoff and groundwater recharge.  Nope, no new trees.  I wonder if the folks at Fleet Feet know they will still not have air conditioning? Will local contractors be hired to do the remodel work?  Mr. Walton would not say.  One resident asked if Barry Swenson Builder will be doing the work?  “We’ve been talking with them,”  replied Mr. Walton.  Hmmm………


Aptos Village traffic.

About 50 residents of the Redwood/Cathedral Drive area of Aptos attended the meeting at the Community Foundation last week to learn how the impending Aptos Village Traffic Improvement Project Phase I construction will affect their emergency response and access.  Organized by Supervisor Zach Friend in response to a citizen petition (now, isn’t that remarkable?), the meeting included County Department of Public Works Mr. Esenwein, Aptos/ La Selva Fire Chief Jones, and County Sheriff Sgt. Demick as presenters.  

The work could begin as early as March 6, weather permitting, and operate for 80 days.  We were all relieved to learn that earlier information from Public Works Traffic Engineer Mr. Jack Sohriakoff stating that the Trout Gulch/Soquel Drive intersection could be closed for 48 hours has been changed to maintain one lane open at all times.  It will still be a congested mess…remember three years ago when the sewer pipes were replaced?  Yikes.

One resident pointed out to Mr. Esenwein, Public Works Department rep. (who did not seem familiar with the Project or the neighborhood) that now, drivers will allow others from the Cathedral Drive and Aptos Post Office area to enter the congested flow of traffic, because everyone will eventually have to stop at the Trout Gulch/Soquel Drive intersection.  But when the traffic light goes in, drivers will most likely not behave so courteously in the mad dash to “make the light!”  Mr. Esenwein had no answer.

Aptos/La Selva Fire Chief Jon Jones said “I think the traffic on Trout Gulch will be easily managed.  I do not think there will be any problem with traffic and the Aptos Village Project.  I meet with the developer weekly.”  Hmmm….

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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).


#53 / Rotten To The Core

Here is a quote from a column that was published online in the February 18, 2017 edition of The New York Times. I snagged this quote from Amor Mundi, the weekly blog of the Hannah Arendt Center:  Fascists the world over have gained popularity by calling forth the idea that the world is rotten to the core. In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt described how fascism invites people to “throw off the mask of hypocrisy” and adopt the worldview that there is no right and wrong, only winners and losers … In the last decade and a half, post-Communist autocrats like Vladimir V. Putin and Viktor Orban have adopted this cynical posture. They seem convinced that the entire world is driven solely by greed and hunger for power, and only the Western democracies continue to insist, hypocritically, that their politics are based on values and principles….

This month, Mr. Trump … was asked about his admiration for Mr. Putin, whom the host Bill O’Reilly called “a killer.” “You got a lot of killers,” responded Mr. Trump. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” To an American ear, Mr. Trump’s statement was jarring — not because Americans believe their country to be “innocent” but because they have always relied on a sort of aspirational hypocrisy to understand the country. No American politician in living memory has advanced the idea that the entire world, including the United States, was rotten to the core.

These observations come from Masha Gessen, who writes for The Times on LGBT and Russian issues. What she says should make us think. 

Historically, Americans have been willing to believe the very best of themselves, because Americans have always credited themselves with good intentions. Mistakes may have been made, but, we have always told ourselves, we are trying to do good. The idea that our good intentions are what really count can very easily be characterized as “hypocrisy,” and many would say that hypocrisy is hypocrisy, whether “aspirational” or not. Before we adopt that position, let’s pause for just a moment. 

When “we, the people” no longer believe that we are (or even can be) “good,” we turn over governance to those who are beyond any pretense of trying to do good. We abandon our government to the authoritarians, and the despots, and the “killers.” 

To the degree that we believe that our entire politics is “deplorable,” that it is “rotten to the core,” we abandon the possibility of genuine self-government. 

That is exactly how a free democracy turns to totalitarianism. Let’s not go there!

~Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. You can read and subscribe to his blog at )


CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo (now residing in Cuba) looks at our county timber management see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Clean Sweeping Cabinet” 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. It‘s about simple things like “What is True” and things like that.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Now that we’re all living in an Orwellian nightmare, the good folks at Bookshop Santa Cruz, the Wellstone Center, and Wallace Baine are staging a public reading of “1984” at the Bookshop on Thursday, March 2, from 10 am until the book is done. Read all about it this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( ).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

A UNITED KINGDOM. “Based on a true story” has almost become a law for movies lately…but this one really is. And It’s an excellent film. There’s a bunch of Black & White themed films out there now and that’s a good thing. This “historical” film about the King of Botswana land falling in love with and marrying a white Brit. woman is still deeper and more meaningful than most of the rest. (“Loving”, etc.) Recent award winner David Oyelowo and the brilliant Rosamund Pike star of Gone Girl (one of my favorite actors) grab hold of every scene and make you believe it. More than that you (we) become completely involved with the story. Somehow you’ll begin to wonder just how far you’d go in this “mixed marriage” thing. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 85%.

GET OUT. Rotten Tomatoes gives this one an amazing 99%. Plus, it’s a huge box office hit !!! That’s surprising to everybody because it’s a low budget semi horror-comedy, black and white theme film. Probably released in February because that’s when they release films that aren’t expected o make much money. Catherine Keener is about the only actor whose name any of us might know. It’s a white girl brings home a black boyfriend topic. Only it goes into zones and situations that will amaze and get you laughing!! Wild, inventive, new, fine acting, twisted…you’ll love it.

COMING ATTRACTION…Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, recorded live in 2016 from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias. Sunday, March 5 at 11 am. And Tuesday March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Del Mar Theatre

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Casey Affleck single handidly sustains this deep, emotional film. It’s on the way to several awards and should win them all. It’s an intelligent, beautifically acted in depth portrait of people going through trauma and relationships. Along with Affleck there’s Michelle Williams, Gretchen Mol, even Mathew Broderick in a bit part and especially the 16 year old Lucas Hedges. It’s a cold and unrelenting film that demands your attention.

THE SALESMAN. This great film won the OSCAR for best Foreign language film. It’s from Iran …and it’s a winner anyway. Subtle, subtitled, human, complex…it’s a story about a young couple who are acting in a staged version of Death Of A Salesman.  A secret tragedy  happens and the plot handles the truth about it very slowly and very beautifully. You could call it searing, emotionally draining, and a lot more. Go see it quickly.

MOONLIGHT. Best Oscar film 2017!!! For starters, Moonlight  has a 98 % on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s not just me who really not only enjoyed this tale of drugs, gangs, and love, but people who like deep, serious films loved it too. Set in Miami, this sharp, delicate, brilliant story of a Black man’s life is told in three parts. It’s best not to read too much about the plot and just watch with wonder as it unfolds. You’ve never seen a film like this one. Yes, It’s back again…many nominations and Sunday’s winning an Oscar did it!!

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. James Baldwin began writing a book in 1979 and this documentary uses the 30 pages his finished as continutity between the 6 chapters in the film. The links are stories of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evans. It’s Baldwin working for unity and equality and we all need to see this film. It’s a lesson in humanity, and probably no Republicans or any of the 22, 438 Santa Cruz Trump voters will see this important film. It’s narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and got a 98 % on Rotten Tomatoes. Please see it!!!

LION. A true story of a little 5 year old boy getting lost in India. At last we get to see Dev Patel portray somebody serious and he does an excellent job.  It’s a very cornball plot that you can guess every turn and twist, but still just because it’s India you do stay tuned in all the way through. Rooney Mara is his girlfriend for part of the plot and Nicole Kidman is the Australian wife who adopts him. It’s 100% feelgood and there are much better films out and around now, but it does have a certain charm.

HIDDEN FIGURES. A syrupy, Hollywoody much- altered story of three Black American women who did spectacular mathematical and technical work at NASA while fighting against a lot of racial and female prejudice. All to launch John Glenn into orbit. It’s both a cute and painful story at the same time. It’s a contender and still lacks something that could have made it a classic. It almost outdrew Star Wars on opening weekend!

LA LA LAND. It all depends on how much you remember the glorious and very bright and brilliant days of the Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Betty Grable, even Barbara Striesand, Judy Garland, and especially Ginger Rogers musicals. La La Land works very hard to convince us that the world hasn’t changed since those days and tries earnestly to recreate the innocence, and obvious genius of those performers. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make La La Land fun and happy to a degree, but it’s not the same. The music and songs aren’t anywhere near as good and the photography of today’s LA doesn’t add much either, besides that Stone and Gosling are not professional dancers or singers like all of above.  It’s like having Eddie Redmayne play Tarzan.

SPLIT.  M. Night Shyamalan makes some pretty weird and frequently awful movies. But Split has James McAvoy playing a very disturbed guy with 23 distinct and split personalities (and most of them are very crazy). He’s lured and locked up 3 teen aged girls and it’s scary and more or less predictable after that, but you’ll stay glued to the screen and your seat…go for it …if you like scary stuff. Not anywhere near as a good as Hitchcock, but he tries. (Shyamalan even makes a secret cameo appearance like Hitch always did).

OSCAR SHORTS. LIVE ACTION. There s five of them. 100 % on R. Tomatoes.They range from really, really soapy cornball love story to a really, really, soapy, cornball car attendents secret  dancing between parking cars. One is very heavy and serious about a guy being questioned about his loyalty, and you’ll question yours too after seeing it. All in all nit my favorite year for Live action shorts. All foreign, all subtitled.

OSCAR SHORTS, ANIMATION. There’s five of these animated shorts too. They range from a sickingly slick, cutesy Pixar baby sandpiper confection to an adults only “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” 35 minute graphic saga that is brilliant. Don’t take the kids to any of these shorts they simply aren’t worth it. But see Pear Cider if you can.  

THE GREAT WALL. Matt Damon heads this almost all Chinese cast in a huge special effects battle against thousands of 20 foot man killing, organized, queen – led Iguanas during the 12 century. Damon’s accent goes from Ireland to Massachusetts (his birthplace). Damon can and has done some fine acting in the past but he’s lost in this computer generated, darkly filmed big, big box office success (in China). 36 on Rotten Tomatoes.  

JOHN WICK Chapter 2. Keanu Reeves is back as the star of this sequel. That should be warning enough. One of the most splatteringly bloodiest films I’ve seen in years. Seems like all American made big studio films are violent nowadays, but this one is more than that. They justify the plot by adding sworn Mafia type family oaths , scenes in Rome,  and just blood and more blood and as I said, most of it gets splattered on walls… a lot. However. I’m more than willing to entertain the possibility that it’s a generational thing. Most of my younger friends love it…and Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%!!



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. Robert Stoll from the Santa Cruz Bonsai Club guests on February 28 talking about the ancient art of making bonsai.  Then Cynthia Berger and Zav Hershfield talk about the Santa Cruz Tenants Association. On March 7 Newton and Helen Harrison talk about their book, ” The Time of The Force Majeure”. Tony Russomano follows talking about the structure of the Democratic Party in California. Patrice Vecchione returns March 14 to talk about her one-woman show “Dressed and Undressed” happening March 17 & 18. Espressivo conductor and artistic director Michel Singher talks about their March 30 concert on March 21 followed by Chip from The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz. Roy Malan discusses the Hidden Valley String Orchestra concert happening April 9. John Aird follows with an overview of UCSC growth, water, and our tourist driven wharf plans. On April 4 Linda Burman-Hall returns to talk about The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s spring concerts.  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

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NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed 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.

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.


“Dictators can fix up their entire families in good jobs, in or around government, and often do. In democracies, such a practice is frowned upon. Privileged access to the corridors of power through family connections and a kind of old boys’ network is also deemed an abuse of power, and so it is”.  Jimmy Reid

“Italy in the 1920s, Germany in the ’30s, East Germany in the ’50s, Czechoslovakia in the ’60s, the Latin American dictatorships in the ’70s, China in the ’80s and ’90s – all dictatorships and would-be dictators target newspapers and journalists”,  Naomi Wolf

“All dictators, the rich and famous, to the lowest security guard who holds a gun, easily forget that power is transitory”,  F. Sionil Jose

“Dictators never invent their own opportunities”,  R. Buckminster Fuller

“Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces”,  Richard Perle

Speaking of quotes…..

Donald Trump retweeted a quote from Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini In February 2016.The Republican President shared the saying made famous by the founder of the fascist movement with his 6.4 million followers. “@ilduce2016: ‘It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep,’ – @realDonaldTrump #MakeAmericaGreatAgain,” the tweet said.

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