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February 27 – March 5, 2018

Highlights this week:
BRATTON on UCSC growth, the chancellor, the state…GREENSITE on saving the Washington St. tree…KROHN about San Diego’s California Democrats convention, rent control history, UCSC’s growth issue…STEINBRUNER and water tax, Friend and Coonerty and sb623 and politics, property tax relief, the library fund…PATTON and runaway growth…EAGAN and Mueller’s Fairy Tale…DeCINZO about parking meters…JENSEN handles the Oscars…BRATTON critiques Annihilation, Happy End, GameNight UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUESTS…QUOTES for MARCH.             


LINCOLN AND CENTER STREETS. The Cope Row homes shown here on the right were built in 1894.                                                       

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

RAQUEL WELCH AND CHER. No comments necessary except to newer generations.

DATELINE February 26, 2018

I’ve always maintained that blaming the manager of Sears for the price of his bedsheets makes no sense whatsoever. On Sunday February 4th, the Santa Cruz Sentinel printed an excellent op-ed piece by Donna Mekis. (Here’s that letter, you should read it.)

Having known Donna for decades, I interviewed her on my Universal Grapevine radio program Tuesday, February 20 from 7-7:30. (here’s a link to the radio interview ). First of all, it isn’t the chancellor who decides the size of enrollment, or who makes most of the decisions that have been driving us all so crazy — it’s the Board of Regents: Board President Janet Napolitano and of course Bill Monning and Mark Stone.

UC Merced is planned to have 25,000 students by 2050 and it’s also figured to have 10,000 by 2020. They don’t have empty beds or buildings there either. Constructing new buildings at any campus costs big bucks and the State has cut back tremendously on funding UC. We should realize too that there are 19,500 UCSC alumni living here in Santa Cruz — and that UCSC is the largest employer in the county, and has an economic impact of $1.3 billion dollars. We definitely need new thinking — and new directions — on this.

Dateline: February 26, 2018


In the battle between trees and PG&E, round one went to the trees. Or, more accurately, one tree. At the hearing to decide the fate of the city’s public trees in the coastal zone (a tiny sample of trees that PG&E wants to cut down) the Zoning Administrator, Eric Marlatt, directed PG&E to return with an assessment of the feasibility of re-routing the gas pipeline to save the tree. I’m not accustomed to staff siding with a tree so my smile and good feeling lasted all day. The tree in question is the one pictured and it lives on Washington Street. Its lean is more of a camera angle than actual. It’s a battler since it’s surrounded by asphalt and concrete. We give it the name Corymbia or more commonly, a Red Flowering Gum. Yes, it’s non-native but the birds and the bees don’t care so neither should you. It’s a beauty and one of the last of few to survive the full scale slaughter of these trees which lined Front St. until the 1990’s when the then Parks Director ordered them all cut down. At the time I asked him why and the answer was “they are not our idea of a street tree.” The straggly bunch of sad looking tree replacements currently on Front St. underscores the loss.

An older survivor of the same species is battling for its life on Cedar St. next to the newly dug hole in the ground, which will eventually be transformed into high rent, high rise apartments. The city arborist and the consulting arborist are optimistic for its survival despite the excavation for the foundation abutting its trunk and the severe pruning required to accommodate the development. It was without doubt one of the signature downtown trees. Its uncertain future makes the effort to save the same species on Washington St. even more urgent.

PG&E were not exactly pleased at the Zoning Administrator’s decision. They demurred about putting additional bends in underground gas transmission lines (which the ZA pointed out would not be necessary) and worried about other underground infrastructure making a re-route difficult. And the old bottom line of cost was raised since they are, they say, concerned about costs to their customers. Re-routing a small section of pipeline is chump change compared to the $1.6 billion in fines to PG&E following their negligence and cover-ups associated with the San Bruno fires. They politely agreed to do the assessment and asked for an early hearing.

That hearing will be on March 7th at 10am in council chambers. I hate to do it but I am going out on a limb and am begging you to send an email to the Zoning Administrator:, prior to the hearing. Don’t feel guilt-tripped: feel confident that your 5 minutes of effort will make a difference. Few issues are as focused and simple as this one. Even more rare is to have staff in support. I suggest a simple statement that you are writing in support of saving the heritage tree on Washington Street; that you encourage PG&E to cooperate to the fullest with the city’s aim to save the tree; that you request an independent evaluation of PG&E’s assessment of the feasibility of re-routing the gas pipeline. I believe the last request is the most important. Despite their slick Public Relations, PG&E have not been honest or forthcoming in their promotion of this massive tree- cutting project. Convincing research and evidence makes the project itself questionable. We still have no idea how many big trees on private property within the city they are requiring to be cut down. Is it in the hundreds? We don’t know and they won’t reveal that figure. So independent scrutiny of their findings in this case is crucial.

I hear some whining: “all this fuss over one tree; what about world hunger?” A motorist actually yelled that at us when we held our weekly tree vigils to try to save the iconic red-horse chestnut that was felled for the Hyatt on Broadway. On some fundamental level, both are connected.

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.

Dateline February 25, 2018


“Mueller’s indictment provides further evidence that the Russian government interfered in 2016. It also shows that they tried to turn my supporters against Hillary Clinton in the primary and general election. I unequivocally condemn such interference.” (Feb. 21)

On the floor of the sprawling San Diego Convention Center, California Democrats were on an historic, change-making mission. They frankly seek the national leadership mantle in ousting Donald J. Trump and all he stands for, and remove him from the golden cash Brahmin bull he now sits atop. You might remember, ‘the top’ used to be called our federal government. It’s readily apparent from this San Diego gathering that CA Dems are in it for the long-term fight, and perhaps find themselves at the center of a kind of coastal exterior vs. flyover interior post-post-modern-day power struggle. Although Dems did not reach consensus on a Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senate, or Attorney General endorsements, what they did seem to agree upon is that it is their election to lose. Democrats carry overwhelming voter registration numbers in California, occupy every statewide office, and have an easy foil in roundly reviled President Tweet, as they head for the June primaries. The biggest upset vote was Kevin De León besting Sen. Diane Feinstein. He won 54% of the 2,775 delegate votes cast. Former State Schools Superintendent Delaine Easton surprised many by capturing third place in the race for governor, beating a likely favorite, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In first place was Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome with 39%, followed by State Treasurer John Chiang’s 30%. None of the gubernatorial candidates were even near the 60% threshold needed to capture the party’s endorsement.

The Show
It’s always a raucous display of candidate partisans yelling, sign-waving, and sometimes dancing, in the hallways surrounding the cavernous main hall. They support a multitude of assembly, senate, board of equalization, governor, lieutenant governor, and U.S. senate and house candidates. Sometimes you might wonder if the convention is being held in South Bend or Columbus on football homecoming weekend. It’s always hard for me to believe that delegates could be swayed by such displays of mirth and mayhem, but it happens at every state and national convention. It’s probably to show a legitimate level of support for a given candidate, and if that’s true, repealing Costa-Hawkins and the labor movement seemed to make the most noise. In fact, the roar reached a crescendo outside of rooms 30a and 30b on the convention’s second floor. That’s where the Democrats picked up their ballots, and the long snaking line of delegates became a captive audience. In fact, there were two San Diego police officers, both mentored by our own Santa Cruz Chief of Police Andy Mills, working to keep the halls clear so delegates could pick up their ballots and vote. Small world.

The Rents, the Rents Are Too Damn High!
A large contingent showed up to endorse the repeal of the “Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.” Costa-Hawkins, passed by the legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Pete Wilson, went into effect in 1996 and effectively gutted rent control in the state of California.

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Dolores Huerta. Always a pleasure to be around her. She signed the Save Beach Flats Community Garden petition and I signed her repeal Prop. 13 for business properties petition.

Legendary Berkeley-Oakland member of congress, Barbara Lee at rally for labor

With Santa Cruz organizers Erik Erikson and Jeff Stoll.

Billionaire Trump detractor and Democrat stalwart, Tom Steier
(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).

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Dateline February 26, 2018
Santa Cruz County Board Chairman Zach Friend and Supervisor Ryan Coonerty recommend supporting SB 623 to impose, beginning on July 1, 2020, a $.95 monthly water tax on each and every household, impose a tax on all fertilizer sales and distribution, and a tax on all dairy products.  The bill would put the burden on local agencies to collect the anticipated $140 million annual revenue, turning it over to the State Water Board to decide how to help out disadvantaged communities with groundwater contamination.  In exchange for paying this new tax to the State, the POLLUTERS WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM ANY ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATION REGARDING GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION until 2035.

Supervisors Zach Friend and Ryan Coonerty put this on the Consent Agenda as a last-minute addition, Item 43.1, for Tuesday, February 27 Board meeting.  Here is the link to the agenda…..take a look at the text of the proposed Bill

SB 623 was introduced by State Senator Bill Monning last year.  Now it’s back, with additional endorsement by Senate Pro Tempore and candidate for Governor Kevin DeLeon (Los Angeles) and Senator Bob Hertzberg (San Fernando).

Here is what I think is wrong about supporting this legislation:

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That’s what Mr. Hagen, one of the Santa Cruz Metro Board members told me last week after I testified before that Board about concerns I have for elderly and disabled trying to use the future #71 bus stop relocated within the Aptos Village.  He said he has visited the bus stop and sees no problem with the 100′ span of 5% grade sidewalk without resting platforms, lack of handrails, lack of seating or cover at the stop, or any other aspect.  I suppose the fact that he has a nice eclectically-propelled wheelchair helps, but I have helped plenty of people who struggle to push themselves backwards up a sidewalk ramp to know that often those who are in self-propelled wheelchairs do not have the physical strength and endurance to get around some obstacles.

Director Mike Rotkin chastised me for just bringing “yet another complaint fueled by the fact that I just don’t like the Aptos Village development.”  

I suppose the Board did not appreciate me reading to them the Ralph M. Brown Act section that clearly dictates that government officials should respond to public comment on un-agendized items by either briefly discussing the matter, referring the person to appropriate staff for information, or placing the matter on a future agenda for public discussion.  I suppose a snide response qualifies as discussion…but there certainly were not any “thank you’s” by Board members to ANY of the members of the public who took time to attend last Friday’s 9am meeting in Watsonville.  Not even to the school bus driver who was involved in the accident at the new taxpayer-funded Aptos Village Trout Gulch intersection near the new bus stop when a Prius driver tried to pass her bus on the right.

Maybe the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) would like to hear from you about this intersection at their Board meeting Thursday, March 1, 9am in the County Board of Supervisor Chambers (701 Ocean Street, 5th floor).  The Commission will be reviewing proposals for the state grants this year…I wonder how much the Aptos Village will get awarded?

On the right is a photo of that dangerous intersection that will only get more hazardous when the new bus stop (just behind the school bus) gets activated. 

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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Dateline February 24, 2018

#55 / Feed A Cold; Starve A Fever

A recent article in Scientific American tells us that my mother’s advice to “feed a cold, starve a fever” may have been an error. Maybe so! Nonetheless, I am sticking with my mother’s remedy, and I am comforted that Scientific American indicates that my mother wasn’t the first to come up with this guidance for the sick and suffering. Apparently, this saying has been “traced to a 1574 dictionary by John Withals.” In other words, this advice about colds and fevers goes way back, and I am always suspicious of “the latest.” Sometimes, the “latest” isn’t the best. 

Allegiance to my mother, while a factor, is not the only reason that I am suspicious of any effort to reverse polarity on the “starve a fever” advisory. 

My experience as an elected official in Santa Cruz County in the 1970s and 1980s occurred at a time when the community was being consumed by the “fever” of runaway growth. Our little community (the smallest county in the state, geographically) was being overwhelmed by growth stemming from the fastest-growing economy in the state, located just over the hill. 

Santa Clara County used to be called the “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” and is now known as Silicon Valley, and while there were “gains” coming from this feverish transformation of Santa Clara County, a lot was lost when the “good old days” were left behind. In the 1970s and 1980s, the people of Santa Cruz County didn’t want our county to succumb to the ravenous fever of growth that was so completely transforming our Bay Area neighbor. 

Today, things are not so different, though those who argue that Santa Cruz County should accommodate the growth of the Silicon Valley, and “feed that fever,” are not so much assaulting our farmlands and mountains, but are looking, instead, to transform our historic and much-loved neighborhoods into high-rise, apartment house canyons. We can, of course, feed the fire, and if we do, much of what we treasure most will be consumed. Given that the raging fever of high-tech growth could make us sick, I’m sticking with my mother. Starve a fever! That was her advice. We did it once before, and we can do it again. I think that’s the right remedy for the place I live.

Gary 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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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo exposes Santa Cruz’s budget problem solution…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s ” Fairytale Update” 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.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL. Their second concert this season is … 500th Birthday Celebration – Medici Codex. Don’t miss this performance of music from the Medici Codex, a choir-book gifted exactly 500 years ago to Pope Leo X’s nephew. The book was collected from the best composers of the Renaissance, and stands the test of time due to the stunning nature of the vocal music. These sacred compositions were written during a time of political strife and represent some of the challenges and beauty of the time.  You will hear voices leaping in and out of one another, a big, moving sound, per- formed by four separate ensembles who have come together to celebrate this unique collection of music. Ariose, conducted by Camille Couture… UCSC Chamber Singers, conducted by Michael McGushin …San Francisco Renaissance Voices, conducted by Katherine McKee. It happens Saturday March 3, 2018
7:30 P.M. at Holy Cross Church. Tickets probably at the door or

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “The Oscars are coming! Compare your notes with mine as I try to guess who’ll go home with the gold this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( Of course, along with the Oscars comes this year’s edition of the (dreaded) Oscar Barbies! But if it’s all too much, and you’d rather curl up with a good book, I have a recommendation for that too!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

ANNIHILATION. This is the Natalie Portman science fiction thriller that got 87 on RT. If you pay close attention, there is quite a moral, philosophic base to the plot, including one line I can’t forget… “all humans self-destruct either by suicide, drinking or smoking”. The same director was responsible for “ExMachina” so you can tell he’s got something to say — but it’s way too hard to follow. There’s a sort of foggy, swirly, shimmer-wall. People go through it. The dead come back to life, time goes back on itself, and on and on. Maybe if you really concentrate and stay awake you’ll get some kind of profound meaning from Annihilation…I’m not sure.

HAPPY END. A French film with white subtitles on white backgrounds. It’s almost impossible to read them. In addition, deep secret parts of the plot are revealed on computer screens with extra small fonts — so you’ll have a bad time reading them, too. Isabelle Huppert and JeanLouis Trintignant are the leads, so you know there’s seriousness and continuity to the story. It’s about death, dying, money, raising a family, love, commitment and things like that. Because of those supertitles I missed a lot of the meaning, so let me know if you figure out what the main point was. ENDS THURSDAY, March 1st

GAME NIGHT. An extra-dopey, low grade, overused plot with stars like Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams (and her dimples) trying to make it into a comedy. Couples get together for one of those “who did the murder” theme nights, only — ha, ha, ha — it isn’t a fake. Imstead it’s boring, trite, unbelievable, and lacks any semblance of humor.

THE PHANTOM THREAD. It’s back again for a few days and at The Nick.

Paul Thomas Anderson the director first made Boogie Nights, he topped that one with Magnolia, There will be Blood, and Inherent Vice and now there’s Phantom Thread. The star is Daniel Day-Lewis and seeing him and Anderson work together in this one makes it not a film but an experience. Day-Lewis in A Room With A View, My Left Foot, The Unbearable Lightness of Being became greater and greater with each role. Now he has promised to never make another film. If that’s true Phantom Thread is a brilliant masterpiece to end a career. It’s the story of a driven, crazed artist who designs women’s clothes…that’s all you need to know. As critics are saying it’s not a film for mass audiences, just those folks who appreciate genius.

LADY BIRD. This film restored my faith in great films! RT gives it 100% and it’s the highest rated film in RT’s history!!! Greta Gerwig directed  Saorise Ronan and others in this sincere, well thought out movie. A teen aged daughter and her Mom have a terrible, never ending battle over clothes, religion, dating, sex, college and everything. It all happens in Sacramento in about 2003 , which is somehow appropriate. It’s sensitive, subtle, and surprising. Gerwig breaks many directing rules and creates new plot possibilities. Go see this film. Ps….as I’ve told many folks, it’s definitely not about Lady Bird Johnson!!!

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. No matter where you’re at sexually this beautiful film deals with a young 17 year old boy in Italy working his way through his sexual coming of age. Armie Hammer plays the 30 year old scholarly hunk who visits the kid’s parents. You remember Armie Hammer heir to the Armand Hammer oil fortune and who played The Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp’s Tonto (2013)!!!

THE SHAPE OF WATER. A 93 on RT and that means something! Sally Hawkins plays a beautiful mute working in a lab who cares for, and falls in love with a mysterious water creature. It’s a fable, a fairy story, and reminds us of the black and white fantasy films from the 40’s and 50’s. It’s vital to know that it’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro who also did Pan’s Labyrinth  and Hellboy. It is such an enormous change from every other film we’ve seen in years that its’ worth going just for the fun of it.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. First, please note the 95 RT rating. When you have Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell working in a film directed by an Oscar winning director you almost can’t miss. It is definitely a dark comedy. The plot contains murder, rape, loyalty, cancer, and some absolutely brilliant acting. Go see it, and force all your friends to see it too.

DARKEST HOUR. Gary Oldman takes the role of Winston Churchill to new heights…and depths. Its World War II history and it’s the background story of what Churchill had to endure when he first took office as Prime Minister. He deserves the Oscar like few stars ever have. The story is absorbing, educational, and it makes you wonder why the USA doesn’t have someone like Churchill to handle Trump like Churchill handled Hitler and Mussolini.

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL. Gloria Grahame was an Academy Award winning sultry, smart “actress” (old term) in the 40’s and 50’s. In her later years she did some stage work in Liverpool and had a very serious affair with a much younger man. He wrote a book about it and this is the movie from that book. And it is an entirely captivating movie.

THE POST. This is Steven Spielberg’s answer to the Trump administration’s corruption and misuse of presidential power. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks rip up the acting as we expect them to do. It’s the story of the then little Washington Post trying to catch up to The New York Times printing Daniel Elsberg’s Vietnam exposure papers. It makes easy parallels to Nixon and Trump’s dictatorships. It also makes great pitches for freedom of the press…and what we need to do to keep that freedom alive…especially now. Go see it, bring your friends. But truthfully it’s not as interesting or revealing as the MSNBC documentary two weeks ago… “The Most Dangerous Man In America” the same story from Elsberg’s view.

I TONYA. A very dark, depressing movie about some very depressed people. It’s got loud rock period music as the film score which almost qualifies it as a fun comedy but you’ll be able to count your laughs. Somewhere in the movie somebody says Americans love to hate or love their current sport stars…and its sure true here. Allison Janney plays Tonya’s seriously disturbed mother and deserves some award this Award season…but not for this one. Warning IF you do got you’ll leave wondering why you cared about Nancy Kerrigan or Tonya Harding.

THE INSULT. This is one of five foreign language films up for an Oscar on March 4.  It’s a difficult political-religious film to understand and having white subtitles on white backgrounds doesn’t help much. It takes place in Beirut and it’s a courtroom drama dealing with Christians vs. Muslims. The actions and accusations by political and religious factions are hard to follow. Absolutely perfect acting, much tension…and unless you know the history of Palestine and Lebanon you’ll miss some important points.

BLACK PANTHER. Like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman created a lot of good will and empowered women Black Panther does the same for Blacks in America and around the rest of the world. Both are Marvel Comics creations and are full of violence, killings and special effects. I’m finding it more and more difficult to see these action films with messages like revenge, torture, and blood and guts as having any semblance of cinematic art. Black Panther is science fiction, space travel and still the characters use spears to kill each other. There are messages in this movie so I read…but I sensed nothing positive in it. Now I wonder since this has been such a blockbuster if we’ll see Mexican Panther, Chinese Panther, Croatian Panther ?

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS..LIVE ACTION. Not as good as last year’s crop but “The Eleven O’Clock” is hilarious, “The Silent Child” will make you cry…and think and “Watu Wote” will give you hope for the world, in spite of everything. Go for it.

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS …ANIMATED. Not funny, not great, not far out, not profound but “Dear Basketball” produced, directed and narrated by Kobe Bryant himself is beautiful.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. This is Hugh Jackman trying his best to bring life to the bio of P.T.Barnum. Jackman is an excellent dancer, singer and showman but this movie just doesn’t have the heart or solidity that a good film should have. The music is just more copying of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s gooey showbiz. It’s shallow, trite, and repetitious to a fault. Don’t bother seeing it.

WINCHESTER. To see Helen Mirren in a miserable movie like this flop is just embarrassing.

You know where 98% of it was filmed right? Yes, on sound lots in Australia…NOT the famous Winchester Mansion just over the hill. It’s dull, boring, darkly lit, and for a scary movie it misses at every bump in the night. Even Helen Mirren does a shameful job of acting…it’s her worst ever!!

50 SHADES FREED. I am probably required to admit that I actually saw  “50 Shades of Grey” (2015) it was the last movie I saw at the Aptos Theatre. I will not reveal the name of the person I saw it with however because we are still friends. 50 Shades Freed (2018) the third and final film of this series from the book got an 11 on Rotten Tomatoes. Fifty Shades Darker #2 (2017) got 10 on RT. The original 50 Shades Of Grey (2015) got an 25 on RT. You can see there’s sort of a trend!!! Not that you should care and it’s not really what you’d call a plot, but it’s about Seattle, sex, money, and ice cream in your crotch.



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. On February 27 Lesley-Reid Harrison talks about Santa Cruz’s Diversity Center and their activities and programs. Then  Linnea Beckett and Christopher Lang discuss Food Justice and the DIG IN happening at the UCSC Campus Friday March 2nd. March 6th has Kate Hawley author of the play, “Coming of Age” that opens March 14 at The Jewel Theatre. The second half hour has Mark Burden and David Foster bring us up to date on Habitat for Humanity’s news. 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

Shazia Mirza is a female muslim standup comic. I think she’s 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.


“In March the soft rains continued, and each storm waited courteously until its predecessor sunk beneath the ground.”  John Steinbeck, East of Eden
“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” Richard Wagner
“POOR MARCH is the HOMELIEST month of the year. Most of it is MUD, Every Imaginable Form of MUD, and what isn’t MUD in March is ugly late-season SNOW falling onto the ground in filthy muddy heaps that look like PILES of DIRTY LAUNDRY.” Vivian Swift, When Wanderers Cease to Roam.

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