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January 3 – 9, 2017

BEFORE EMILY’S BAKERY. This was taken May 2, 1962. Do note the 31.9 cents per gallon gas price. It is of course Laurel and Mission Streets. Emily opened it in October of 1982. One could say that you still get gas there, but that wouldn’t be funny.                                                       

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE January 2, 2017


Fine little film starring Spencer Williams. Take a break and watch…
Oft in the Silly Night (1929, Spencer Williams, Roberta Hyson, race film)
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black amazing live performance! Such a tragedy, what a life she could have had!!!

Why are so many loyal Santa Cruzans convinced that ex Mayor Cynthia Mathews and her loyal followers on last year’s City Council have plotted with Susan Nemitz (the new library director) to let the Downtown library go to hell and the homeless so they can justify building that new six (6) story parking structure on Cedar Street that’ll contain a spanking new 21st Century library?  Shelley Bodamer Manager of Collection Management Services at the library states that there’s “about $394,514 that’s budgeted for print items (books, etc). That must come out to about half a new book per citizen nowadays. And Nemitz has stated that the main function of our libraries has changed from books and reading anyways. The City went ahead and justified  purchasing a Bearcat armored vehicle for $251,000 but it can’t somehow come up with even the minimal care and housing for the homeless.

There are many locations both temporary and possible permanent where some kind of homeless services center could be located. Right now with this cold and wet weather our homeless have to go to the Library. The police have stopped them from staying near the levee. Until we hear and learn otherwise we can predict the City Council voices saying “Yes but the new six story parking structure that will have the library on the first floor will bring in revenue that we can use for our social services”. It’s the same claim they use to justify any/all growth and yet Santa Cruz does next to nothing for the homeless compared to so many other cities. They haven’t talked much about the more than $25 million ($25,000,000) the parking palace will cost. They don’t say much either about how it will encourage more, not fewer cars downtown. I have to thank all the folks who have emailed and stopped me on Pacific to talk about this. It’s going to be genuine proof of what, if any heart, empathy, decency or simple human kindness our Santa Cruz City Council has.

(Watch this space and the corner where the library sits.)

WIDENING HIGHWAY ONE. Just enough voters passed that Measure D and we’ll probably get that new auxilliary lane someday. Ralph Davila and others sent me this amazing and very believeable article from the New York Times. It tells how Los Angeles spent 1.6 Billion dollars and added one car pool lane to the nortorious 405 and 6 years later…it wasn’t worth it. Raed the article…


Gillian emailed to say, “No Greensite’s Insight this week due to a nasty respiratory virus. Returns next week”.  

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.



Thanks, Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors, for voting to extend the Pure Water Soquel Environmental Impact Report Scoping public comment period 15 days to allow people additional time to access, read the 48-page Initial Study and submit comments.  Citizens now have until January 5, 5pm, to enter comments to:  or drop them off at the District Office at 5180 Soquel Drive, Soquel (there is an external payment box you can deposit letters in if the office is closed)

You can read through the Initial Study here:

Here are my greatest concerns, having read the document:  lack of full assessment of several valid alternatives(eg, water transfers and storm water percolation ponds for recharge such as are being used in Sweden, Israel, and other areas in the U.S.), assessing realistic need for temporary moratorium on new service connections until aquifer overdraft is reversed, possible effects on groundwater chemistry and micro-organisms (Orange County experienced spikes of arsenic), potential contamination of MidCounty Groundwater Basin with pharmaceuticals and endocrine inhibitors, allowing all citizens who rely on safe drinking water from the same aquifer to vote by ballot in a special election on this project, realistic geological ability to absorb 1.3 million gallons/day year round without pressurized injection wells, possible liquefaction and seismic hazards for nearby neighborhoods and Highway One, disturbance/destruction of tribal & cultural artifacts, emergency power back-up and system failure safeguards, hazards of chemicals and brine transfer system….well, that’s just a few.

The District is moving quickly to apply for grant funding for the Pure Water Soquel project, but not for studies of other alternative supplemental supplies.

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~Becky. (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).

#1 / Names Have Been Changed  
I have been writing a blog for eight years. I wrote the first of my blog postings in early January, 2009. I titled my new blog, Abrazos/365, in honor of Eduardo Galeano, author of a wonderful book, The Book of Embraces, which is titled El Libro de los Abrazos en Español. The title I chose was also intended to commemorate my intention to write one blog post every day. The “/365” part of the title was to demonstrate that commitment. Let me recommend Galeano’s book, by the way, as I did way back on January 25, 2009, repeating that good advice on December 31st of that year, and once again on January 1, 2011. In fact, I recommend ALL of Galeano’s books, in either English or Spanish. I am sorry he is no longer with us.

By the end of 2009, I had to confess my failure as to the daily blog postings. I determined to keep on, nonetheless, and I still wanted to bring discipline to the task, and to do one blog posting each day. I decided to keep the “/365,” but I also decided to change the name of the blog. As I explained on December 31, 2009, I changed the title of the blog to “reflect my continuing efforts to understand ‘the world’ by seeing it as consisting, in fact, of ‘two worlds,’ both of which we inhabit simultaneously, and one of which we create ourselves.” 

Starting in January 2010, this blog was titled, Two Worlds / 365. On January 1, 2011, I was happy to be able to say that I had, in fact, published one blog posting each day during 2010 (though I had to acknowledge that there had been some problems with the numbering). Given my success in writing something each day, I decided that my blog would continue to be published under the title, Two Worlds / 365 during 2011. On January 1, 2012, one year later, in a posting titled, “Just A Little Title Change,” I announced my intention to rename this blog once again, and to drop the “/365.” This was not because I had failed to maintain my commitment to publish one blog posting each day. I made a posting every day in 2011 – and without any numbering errors, either! As I said in 2012, I just decided to “relieve myself of that commitment.”  Starting January 1, 2012, and continuing through December 31, 2016, this blog has been called, simply, Two Worlds. The “/365” part of the title I had previously included clearly wasn’t needed. I haven’t missed a day since January 1, 2010, with or without the “/365” in the title. 

Today, at the start of what I think is likely to be a very consequential New Year, I have decided to change the title of this blog once again. Changing the title works backwards, as well as forwards, so the Two Worlds name will disappear entirely, just as the Abrazos title did. All the postings remain, and my ideas are not going to be any different, either.

Starting today, this blog will be called, We Live In A Political World. That’s a shout out to Bob Dylan, of course, who will presumably receive his Nobel Prize check sometime in early 2017, and who is supposed to give some sort of public presentation in connection with that. I am looking forward to that presentation, whatever that turns out to be. If you are not familiar with Dylan’s song, Political World, you can click the link for the lyrics.

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~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 his blog at )

SPIKE JONES and The City Slickers do “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”. One of my favorite orchestras. I saw them many times live in both Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo swears this one was never printed…and DeCinzo ” rains” supreme!!! Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “downward slope” 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 CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT#3. Is titledMADE IN VIENNA” with music by Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert is the third concert in their season.  ‘Made in Vienna’ brings audiences traditional works, such as Haydn’s Trio in C Major for piano, violin, and cello, inspired in London, and composed after Haydn returned to Vienna. Hear well-known Schubert Lieder, including Rosamunde and Der Tod und Das Mädchen for voice and piano, composed in Vienna between 1817 and 1825.The second half of the concert features less common pieces by Mozart, including selections from 6 Preludes and Fugues (from Bach transcriptions) for violin, viola, and cello. They finish with Haydn’s Arianna à Naxos, a setting of the famous Greek mythological story of Princess Ariadne’s desertion by Theseus on the island of Naxos.  Originally written for voice and keyboard, this transcription features mezzo-soprano and string quartet. Solmaaz Adeli, Concert director and voice, Elizabeth Schumann, Co-concert director and piano, Shannon Delaney, violin; Rebecca Wishnia, violin, Chad Kaltinger, viola; and Kristin Garbeff, cello. The concerts happen at Christ Lutheran Church which is at 10707 Soquel Drive near the Calif. Highway Patrol turnoff from Freedom Boulevard in Aptos. Go here for tickets and directions… . These concerts are on Saturday, January 14, 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 15, 3:00 pm.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa’s working on secret things and will be back here next week. Check out her Lisa Jensen Online Express ( Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.   

JACKIE. I can’t honestly critique this film. Watching Natalie Portman portray Jackie Kennedy so perfectly as she went through those agonizing moments just seconds before the assassination and a few days after, just ripped me apart. It took just minutes into the film before I was back there in November of 1963 sharing her shock and horror as we all tried to face the reality of losing our president and all the dreams and hope that vanished with him. It’s a sad, monumental film. It also shows the cruel, condescending power of the males surounding Jackie in her time of need. See this film, no matter how old you are

FENCES. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis acted in August Wilson’s play “Fences” in 2010. Now Denzel directed this film version starring the two of them and most of the rest of that NYC cast. It’s drama after drama and is about a dysfunctional black family that takes place almost entirely in their small backyard. To watch the always articulate and brilliant Denzel play a black jerk who is forever down on his luck and is also mean, poorly motivated, and plain nasty was more than I could believe. I didn’t care for this film at all.

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.

PASSENGERS. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt do as best they can in this spaceship drama about waking up too soon (90 years too soon) on a 120 year voyage to another planet to find a home away from earth. For obvious reasons it has to be love at first sight after Chris wakes Jennifer up early but “Hollywood level” problems arise and the plot goes lower and more predictable.  Nothing here you haven’t seen before.

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 Streisand, 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.

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 especially since you’ve gone through tragedies too. I’m going again, there’s just so much to watch and think about.

ARRIVAL. Amy Adams has always been an excellent actor and she’s even better in this pretty sophisticated science fiction spellbinder. 11 alien speceships hover around earth just a few feet above ground while Amy and Jeremy Renner attempt to communicate with them. It’s a thoughtful film and it’ll make you wonder just how would anybody relate to aliens (and vice versa) Like the Trump victory the world is in a state of shock over these visitors. No killings, violence or cheap cliches…a fine film. I forgot to add that like so many Special effects films nowadays it is photographed in a very dark style. (Saves money I guess)

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS. Charming, cute, girl-empowering and all for the sake of tradition and making this very staged “documentary”. Male Mongolian tribes folk trained eagles to kill foxes in the old days probably because they needed the furs and meat. Now that everybody lives in houses, eats in cafeterias, and wears spin off clothing from Target, L.L. Bean, via China why still kill foxes?? But this cute 13 year old girl defies tradition with 100% help from staged camera work and a devoted dad…she too kills a fox. Besides the making of this film it also helps the tourist trade who visit the Mongol Mountains every year to watch the Eagle Hunt with vans, television, and lots of posters in English pushing the event.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.  We can only guess that now that the Star Wars movie property is Walt Disney Property it would change, but not like this latest mess. Instead of being more cute, cuddly and cartoonish (like traditional Disney films)…Rogue One is darker, colder, meaner and full of war and killing. It has none of the charm, humor, humanity, mystery, history, tradition or fun quirkieness that the original Star Wars films brought us. The plot is tripe stuff about stealing Death Star plans. Darth Vader is back and James Earl Jones voice is too, but he looks thinner and smaller. The biggest afult for me is that it was filmed so dark it’s hard to see details, or look anywhere besides center screen. No great intricate space ships stay in view long enough to enjoy the fantasy. The acting is ok but there’s not much screen time for it to happen. Big disapointment.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. The first Harry Potter spinoff from J.K. Rowling, and it’s only the first of four more Beast movies planned!! Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell are the only actors we know of. In this very dark, depressing, beast filled mistake. Set in New York City in 1926 it lacks any semblence of the charm, magic, character or even cuteness of Harry Potter’s world of Hogwarts and vicinity. Special effects produced beast like snakes, octopii, Dragons, Hydras, and more than 85 different types according to Rowland’s book. Redmayne and Farrell aren’t given a chance to be likable or empathetic. You probably catch my drift…don’t go.



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. Starting the New Year properly on Jan. 3 Patricia Rain will be my guest telling us all about Vanilla. Then Becky Steinbruner returns to bring us up to date on Aptos Issues and water problems everywhere. Dr. Rachel Abrams guests on Jan. 10 talking about her new Rodale Book, “Body Wise.” It is about our “Body’s Intelligence“and health & healing. She’ll be followed by Gillian Greensite talking about wharves,  trees,  and environmental problems we are facing. 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    

She is terribly missed. This is a great interview with Carrie Fisher.

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.


“I like the cold weather. It means you get work done”, Noam Chomsky
“There are three reasons why I live in Scotland. First, I like silence, and you have to be a millionaire to buy silence in Italy. Second, I like cold weather. Third, in Italy I have too many relatives and know too many people, so I never get a quiet time”, Gian Carlo Menotti
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man”,  Benjamin Franklin
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you”,  F. Scott Fitzgerald

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