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January 10 – 16, 2018

Highlights this week:
B.A.P. Store news, Swenson Suites at 1547 Pacific, Oprah for President?, My cannabis store visit… “GILLIAN GREENSITE  is off the grid for a week so no piece this issue. Back as usual next week…CHRIS KROHN and Federal Power locally, Immigration, rent stabilization, end corridor plan, housing, homeless issues, public library moving…BECKY STEINBRUNER on Rancho Del Mar, property tax rising, AMBAG questions, Nisene Marks parking…GARY PATTON about a digital Republic, and the loss of personal data online…DECINZO and historic rainy days…TIM EAGAN and Deep Cover…LISA JENSEN and I Tonya…Santa Cruz Chamber Players…8 tens @ 8…I critique Molly’s Game, I Tonya, The Disaster Artist, Downsizing…Quotes about January.

SOQUEL AND BRANCIFORTE 1960. Why is it that even with all the changes in the last 58  years, we can still identify where this corner is? Sure it’s now Bay Photo Lab, Solar Technologies, and the good old Shoppers Corner and the Buttery. Look closely and you’ll see that the Auto Float Tire Store was selling gas for 30 cents per gallon!                                                     

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DEAN MARTIN with FOSTER BROOKS. Ralph Davila with his acute humor found this gem
BETTE MIDLER SINGS UKULELE LADY. Always been one of my favorite songs. Our Goodtime Washboard 3 performed it for years.

DATELINE January 8, 2018

BRITISH AUTO PARTS ON UPPER PACIFIC. In a small side question last week relating to the historic photo of the Town Square from high atop the hill at Mission and Pacific, I asked if anyone knew what the visible sign stating B.A.P meant. Some great responses came in…here’s the best…Will Roblin says: “I went to a wonderful BAR in that area in 1973 – The United. [Not sure if it’s got anything to do with this photo!; United might have been further away from Tea Cup, but that’s the correct side of the street.] Sign on the wall said: “BE GOOD OR BE GONE”; some very mellow, creative types could be found there. It was good (no frills, open atmosphere) but it’s still gone.

The Holgers wrote, “Bruce — Years ago an outfit named British Auto Parts went by that acronym.  It purveyed MG and Austin Healy stuff in that era.  Who knows?”

Mike Hess wrote, “Could not find out what B.A.P. stands for but attached is a newspaper clipping from 1965. It was a transmission shop. Always look forward to Bratton on-line!

Historian and author Stan Stevens wrapped it all up when he emailed saying…

“It appears that B.A.P. moved to a Front St. location at the start of its Santa Cruz branch operation in 1963. They had 16 other locations. Then, after the death of its manager in March 1964, they moved to North Pacific Avenue in Sept. 1964”. He attached a photo of another ad from The Santa Cruz  Sentinel from Friday, April 29, 1966…here it is….

WAFFLING ON SWENSONS SUITES ON PACIFIC. The vote’s been taken, and Santa Cruz City councilmembers Sandy Brown and Chris Krohn’s pleas to make some of Swenson’s suites at 1547 Pacific affordable got outvoted. It’s a tragedy that — over and over again — our City Council majorities vote in favor of giving developers what they ask for, or what will “pencil out” over humane and usually undeniable civil rights to fair housing. Then again, I must say it’s been 29 — that’s twenty nine — years since the 1989 earthquake took out the Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Pacific Coffee Roasting buildings, and the resultant hole has not been all that much to look at…or think about. Especially since they took out that “suspended sidewalk” that took us to the parking lot that was behind it. In addition to retail space on the street level, the new Swenson monthly rents will consist of 2 bedroom units at $3,7000, 1 bedrooms at $2,500 and studios for $2,000 yes…per month. Those figures will undoubtedly shift upward. So yes, the council’s developer-kissing will be forgotten with a big ribbon cutting ceremony, probably by Mayor Martine Watkins in 2019. And Pacific Avenue will once again look more like a town that never had an earthquake.

MY FIRST POT/CANNABIS SHOP VISIT. It’s been decades since paying $5 for a matchbox of pot or $15 for a lid in and around Berkeley in the 50s. Taking Jim Coffis from Green Trade Santa Cruz’s advice, I went to the Treehouse, which labels itself “A full service cannabis dispensary”. It’s located at 3651 Soquel Drive, the former Senate Mattress store.  It’s way upscale, much closer to an elegant jewelry store than a CVS store. They display only one or two of each of their “items”, and the clerk/attendant/guide punches your selections into his/her tablet and you pick up your total items at another desk on your way out. Very polite, regimented, and as they say, “Rooted in Community”. Whether you like pot or not, go visit Treehouse and see what the talk is all about. No, I didn’t buy anything…probably next time.

(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 January 8, 2018 majority report #108

All Politics are Local, Even State, Federal and International Issues

Feds vs. the City of Santa Cruz
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the liberal, do-your-own-thing, can’t-we-all-just-get-along, feel-good political waters of both the Golden State and the People’s Republic of Santa Cruz, a political hell begins to erupt. Along comes Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to tell us that he’s going to allow off-shore oil drilling off the central coast. Then it’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he wants to stop all cannabis production. What does Acting Commissioner of the IRS, David Kauter require? That homeowners no longer deduct their mortgage payments from their federal taxes. Next in line is another “Acting Director,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Thomas Homan, he wants to deport our immigrant community members. And then there’s the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, he wants to slow down our internet traffic. The master of this dog house, Donald Trump, lost California by over two million votes, so to some political watchers it would seem quite logical that he would come to hinder, thwart, hobble, restrict, and generally wreak havoc on the people of this state. He’s beginning. Not long ago I can remember letters to the editor, or to city hall, inquiring and questioning the wisdom of devoting city time to debating  national and international issues. War for example has been debated by past city councils: Ronald Reagan’s contras, George Bush Sr.’s Kuwaiti expedition, and later his son’s Iraq War policies. Once the council passed a resolution to send Chilean mass murder, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who was being detained in London, back to stand trial in Santiago. More recently the council is set to discuss a resolution asking the legislature to prohibit importation of crude oil from the Amazon. Santa Cruz has a long track record of being involved in US domestic and foreign policy issues.

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Seen along Ashby Street in Berkeley, Ca.

What Just Might be Coming to the SC City Council This Year?

  • Revenue enhancement measures (taxes) to cover the increasing costs of city pension costs, mainly police and fire will be on the ballot. (Some options: Hotel, sugar beverage, real estate transfer).
  • Rent stabilization, rent freeze, just-cause eviction ordinance will all likely be debated vigorously this year, in Santa Cruz and at the state capitol. Link here
  • Will 2018 see a silver stake finally pierce through the Corridor Plan and exorcise the final ghosts of a plan that was never accepted by many on the city’s eastside? See here…
  • Will this be the year the Jessie Street Marsh actually moves toward restoration and the 2003 plan is finally implemented? Follow here
  • A housing plan is needed that designates 50% of the planned for 1000 downtown units be affordable and offered to people who live here now, not as short-term rentals or second homes.
  • A plan to confront homelessness that is authored by both the city and county, which includes a designated on-going revenue stream to get people housed and into programs that offer drug, alcohol and mental health treatment.
  • And lastly, there is that pesky $23-million-dollar question: will the public library bond money be used as bait to finally convince the public to support the Public Works Department’s five-story parking garage to be built on the current site of the Farmer’s Market at Lincoln and Cedar streets?

Predictions for 2018

  • The city of Santa Cruz will join other municipalities in forming a state bank!
  • Ranked Choice Voting will get on the ballot this November.
  • Rent control will be instituted in Santa Cruz come January 1, 2019.
  • Barry Swenson Builder will finally be convinced to build the damn affordable rental units.
  • Homelessness-houselessness ain’t going away.
  • The Giants will make it to the playoffs!
  • The Trump Administration gets into a spat with Santa Cruz, which makes national news.

Bernie Tweet of the Week
“We need to get our priorities right. Not giving tax breaks to billionaires. Not throwing millions of people off of health insurance. We have got to pay attention to the working families of this country.” (Jan. 8)

~ Chris Krohn

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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Take a look at this amazing photo by Erik Chalhoub, editor of the Aptos Life and Register-Pajaronian.  As you can see, the theater is gone, gone, gone…

Rancho Del Mar work underway
Still no reply to phone calls placed with the Rancho Del Mar tenants that were evicted on short notice last fall.  Send them good thoughts and maybe a few bucks if I can get a Go-Fund-Me set up for them.  Stay tuned.

I am curious about the influence that the Associated Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) has over Santa Cruz County and other municipal land use and transportation policies.  The County Planning Department sets the number of building permits it publicly states that MUST be issued based on a State requirement that is approved by AMBAG to make sure each County “takes its share of the burden” for the state’s population growth.  These are the RHNA numbers that officials cite without any explanation to define what that means: “Regional Housing Need Allocation”. Here is a link to learn more about that.   

AMBAG was formed in 1968 and comprises of 24 representatives from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties and all cities within.   AMBAG has no ability to enforce the growth policies and transportation projects, according to Ms. Heather Adamson, the AMBAG Director of Planning, yet time and time again, I hear local government officials say “We have to do this because it is mandated by AMBAG”. 

I think the real truth is that it all revolves around money.  AMBAG gets grant money from State and Federal programs, so the local jurisdictions do what is necessary to get the money.  Here is the website for AMBAG…take a look and see what you learn.

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Thanks to the photo and report from a concerned Aptos citizen (who wishes to remain anonymous) who contacted me about State Parks posting the entry to Nisene Marks State Park as closed, due to lack of available parking in the park.  Doesn’t it make sense to you that the Phase 2 Aptos Village Project could be used to re-instate the prescriptive use of parking for the State Park visitors and public benefit of re-building the world-famous Post Office Bike Jumps instead of adding more traffic to the nearly-gridlocked Village? Take a look at this photo:  The sign was posted December 31, 2017 and AGAIN last Sunday, January 7.

CONTACT SUPERVISOR ZACH FRIEND ABOUT THIS AND OTHER ISSUES In the January 2018 issue of the “Aptos LifeSecond District Supervisor Zach Friend wrote about all the wonderful things he has done in the past year.  Under “Community Meetings” he reported “we’ve held 71 open office hours in Aptos, Corralitos, La Selva Beach and Watsonville and held or attended nearly 50 community and neighborhood meetings in Seacliff, La Selva Beach, Aptos, Watsonville, Capitola and Corralitos. ”  Wow.  Where are the Community meetings for the general public (not just the Rio del Mar Improvement Association buddies) regarding the Aptos Village Project????   Who can attend his Wednesday 9am-10am constituent meetings held occasionally?

Maybe he’ll schedule one if you ask for one regarding the significant building design modifications for the Phase 2 Aptos Village Project.  He needs to do that SOON, before Planner Randall Adams makes his Level 4 Discretionary decision about adding MORE three-story buildings and San Jose-like structures at the Aptos Creek Road entrance…also the gateway to Nisene Marks State Park. That’s Zach Friend <> 701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor, Santa Cruz, CA     831-454-2200  

You might also ask him why he made NO MENTION OF WATER ISSUES in his 2017 Reflections of being County Supervisor (January 2018 edition not yet available on line but in local coffee shops, banks and libraries)

~Cheers, Becky Steinbruner

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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Dateline Saturday, December 30, 2017
#364 / The Digital Republic

An article by Nathan Heller, in the December 18 & 25, 2017, edition of The New Yorker, identifies Estonia as a “digital republic.”

In other words, the article is not talking about some “abstraction,” but is claiming that an actual country, a nation, is now qualitatively different from the kind of political republics that exist in what most of us still consider to be the “real” world, a world that is definitely more “analog” than “digital.

Heller’s article is worth reading, perhaps particularly if you teach a course in “Privacy, Technology, And Freedom,” as I do. Here’s a sample of what Heller has to say:

I booked a meeting with Marten Kaevats, Estonia’s national digital adviser. We arranged to meet at a café near the water, but it was closed for a private event. Kaevats looked unperturbed. “Let’s go somewhere beautiful!” he said. He led me to an enormous terraced concrete platform blotched with graffiti and weeds.

Seagulls riding the surf breeze screeched. I asked Kaevats what he saw when he looked at the U.S. Two things, he said. First, a technical mess. Data architecture was too centralized. Citizens didn’t control their own data; it was sold, instead, by brokers. Basic security was lax. “For example, I can tell you my I.D. number—I don’t fucking care,” he said. “You have a Social Security number, which is, like, a big secret.” He laughed. “This does not work!” The U.S. had backward notions of protection, he said, and the result was a bigger problem: a systemic loss of community and trust. “Snowden things and whatnot have done a lot of damage. But they have also proved that these fears are justified.

“To regain this trust takes quite a lot of time,” he went on. “There also needs to be a vision from the political side. It needs to be there always—a policy, not politics. But the politicians need to live it, because, in today’s world, everything will be public at some point.”

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~ Gary Patton


OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT? It takes a deep breath to think about it twice…then again, just maybe possible? There are rumors that she has been thinking about it, and last night’s Emmy Award speech was amazingly powerful. Yes, Oprah has little political history, but then again what has that proved for our past leaders? Who else is out there? Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders? As much as I like and would vote for either/both of them…Where are they lately? Hopefully Webmistress Gunilla Leavitt has found a way to link the Emmy Speech, so you too can consider the possibilities.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. See DeCinzo’s extra classical view of our rain season problems scroll down a few pages…

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim and I missed connecting this week for a new one, but…. 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 CHAMBER PLAYERS. This courageous, dedicated, talented musicians and the organization behind it has been presenting small group concerts of live chamber music for 39 years. Next weekend (Jan. 13 @ 7:30 and Jan. 14 @ 3 p.m.) their concert is titled “Czech, Please” and will feature musics by  Smetana, Dvorak, and Suk. The musicians involved in this concert are Roy Malan, concert director and violin, Susan Freier Harrison, violin; Polly Malan, viola Stephen Harrison, cello; and Robin Sutherland, piano. Czech Please of course means music from Czechoslovakia. All their concerts are at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos just off the freeway at the Freedom Blvd. turnoff. Then take an immediate right past the CHP headquarters and up the hill. You probably can’t miss it. Tickets may be available at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets            

EIGHT 10’s at EIGHT PLAYS. For 23 years the Actors Theatre has performed and presented evenings of eight original plays submitted from everywhere… and each lasting only 10 minutes.

Funny, sad, profound, moving and even boring, but wait ten minutes and there’ll be a new one. There are now two evenings “A” and “B” each presenting eight different plays. It’s great fun.

They opened  Jan. 5 and will  run through February 4th at the Center Stage Theatre 1001 Center Street (near where the old India Joze used to be). Go to to the website for the rest of the information

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “She was famous for all the wrong reasons, but the raucous biopic I, Tonya aims to set the record straight, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( ). Also, something old, something new in the book department, with the gorgeously Gothic dust jacket of my next book, Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge, revealed in its entirety, while my last book, Alias Hook, racks up another boffo review! ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MOLLY’S GAME. This is an unusual “true” film, about a former Olympic ski champion who becomes the owner/manager of zillion dollar poker games. Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba play the top roles, and good old Kevin Costner has a bit part as Jessica’s father. It’s a fancy film with plenty of cinema tricks to keep us interested, and the acting’s ok too. But think twice before going, especially if you’re trying to give up movies for the New Year.

I TONYA. A very dark, depressing movie about some very depressed people. It’s got loud rock 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 more awards this Award season…but not for this one. Warning…IF you do go you’ll leave wondering why you still care about Nancy Kerrigan or Tonya Harding.

THE DISASTER ARTIST. A very curious movie about the making of what has become known by critics and the public as the worst movie ever filmed. That movie is “The Room“. James Franco and his brother Dave Franco are the leads. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen are in it too, but there are not that many laughs. If you’re not careful you’ll start pitying just about everyone in the film for being so desperate just to make a movie. I began to like or appreciate it about 20 minutes before it ended. The closing credits are a must-watch-to-be-believed item.

DOWNSIZING. Matt Damon plays a guy who — for what might be considered an environmental move — agrees to be reduced to about 5 inches tall and go live in a Truman’s Show type world with other shrinkees. It’s cute, pointless, and feel-good. No genuine issues or meanings are dealt with. ‘Nasty ol’ Christoph Waltz plays his usual smirking, almost Nazi-like character, and Kristen Wiig plays Damon’s wife — until she decides NOT to get shrunk. Save your money, subscribe to Netflix and watch Black Mirror instead.

DARKEST HOUR. Gary Oldman takes the role of Winston Churchill to new heights…and depths. Its World War II history and 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.

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 Labyrinthand 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.

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!!!

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.

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. This movie will forever change your reaction to the Getty Museum in Malibu…trust me. And, you’ve probably read that this movie was completely finished with Kevin Spacey in the lead role of J. Paul Getty, then with Spacey’s sex problems looming so large they completely re-filmed the part and replaced Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Ridley Scott directed it, and of course he directed Alien, The Martian, Into The Storm and other big box office hits. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg are the other stars. It’s a cruel, nearly true story about how J.Paul wouldn’t give Italian kidnappers any ransom money when they kidnapped his grandson. I felt far removed from the film, and never identified with anyone in the plot. It was cold, well filmed, and credibly acted but it never drew me into feeling anything for anyone involved.

COCO. A genuine Pixar animated cartoon. And, the animation is amazingly three –dimensional. The plot is totally focused on the very rich and traditional Mexican culture. Day of the Dead, plenty of food, religion, music, and only a little bor ing after the first half hour. It’s completely original, you’ve never seen anything like this before, its way more creative and developed than what we usually think of as a Disney Cartoon. Go see it.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Yes, 93 on RT and I thought it was a complete fake of a billion dollar move machine. I’ll always remember going to our Soquel Drive in (just a little stoned) and being completely taken into outer space with Star Wars 1. It had humor, empathy, great imagination, tension and a story you could care about. The franchise now stages monotonous, uncaring, space attacks and wars so numerous that you can’t remember who is on who’s side…and you don’t care much either. There’s the Dark Side, the Resistance, Adam Driver, R2D2, a very dull Carrie Fisher, an aging Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker and those endless space battles that take up probably 33 1/3 of the movie. A great disappointment…go at your own peril, and its 2 ½ hours extra long.

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.



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. January 9th has Otolaryngologist, Dr. Douglas Hetzler discussing surfer’s ear, ear wax and dangers of candling and many other health issues. Following the Doctor Jim Coffis and Pat Malo from Green Trade Santa Cruz talk about the latest legal cannabis scene. UC San Diego Professor Emeritus Roddey Reid comes from Berkeley to talk about his book, “Confronting Political Intimidation and Public Bullying” on Jan. 16. Then activist, conservationist, columnist Gillian Greensite talks about local politics. Dr. Carlos Arcangeli, noted Urologist, bring us up to date on those problems on Jan.23. He’s followed by  UCSC Professor emeritus Ralph Abraham talking about his newest book, “Hip Santa Cruz Vol. 2” about that scene with articles by local veterans. Then on January 30 UCSC Music prof. Linda Burman Hall talks about the 45th annual Santa Cruz Baroque Festival opening February 10. AND ALSO…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

I grew up on Dave Allen. I have vivid memories of watching him on TV in my grandmother’s apartment. I hadn’t thought about him for a long time, and I was delighted when I found this piece about him on Youtube.

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.


“January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out”. Michael Caine

“It snowed and snowed, the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.”
–  Boris Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago  

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