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January 24 – 30, 2011

REAL FISH, REAL FISHERMEN ON OUR WHARF, circa 1910. That was back in the days before mercury levels and men were men. See those frames holding the boats? Those were because the tides were so high they had to raise the boats out of the water. I think they were called davits. On the upper right you can see our last genuine beach hotel it was the Sea Beach Hotel 1870-1912. Two USA Presidents stayed there Teddy Roosevelt and William Henry Harrison.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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(photo Covello & Covello Historical photo Collection)

SF GIANTS TROPHY DISPLAYING WHERE??? Let’s see a show of hands if you think that the San Francisco Giant’s World Series Trophy should be displayed in The Civic Auditorium, the Main Library, or somewhere on City property this Thursday 1/27?? Now let’s see how many hands for displaying it at Costco, or wow…The Seaside Corporation’s Boardwalk?

According to the Sentinel, Mayor Ryan Coonerty’s long time buddy Chris Reyes (who Ryan is also pushing to get on the Transportation Commission) got the trophy to show at the Boardwalk because Reyes as we know is the Press Flack for the Boardwalk. The Sentinel reports…”Kris Reyes, spokesman for the Boardwalk, said he expects fans will be allowed to line up at least three hours ahead of time, though exact details are still being worked out with the Giants. Reyes said the Boardwalk asked the city if the 103-year-old amusement park could host the trophy shortly after the Giants announced the trophy’s visit”. Then Reyes says,” “Seeing the Giants’ trophy at the home of the Giant Dipper will make for an amazing day for baseball fans,” Reyes said “More than that The Seaside Corp will be ready that day..Sentinel again…”The 86-year-old wooden coaster will not be open during the trophy’s visit, which comes during the Boardwalk’s winter closure for rides. However, the Casino Arcade, Neptune’s Kingdom and Boardwalk Bowl will be open. Reyes said the Boardwalk will provide security and operational support for the visit, which event planners anticipate will draw up to 2,000 based on showings at other stops along the tour.

City officials are not expecting the need for additional police presence for security or traffic control. Fans won’t be permitted to take photos, but a professional photographer will be on hand to snap photos of fans with the trophy. The photos will be available for purchase online”.


MEA CULPA SOME MORE. My informant/advisor gave me a wrong ID for my statement last week in the paragraph “STILL ANOTHER NORTH COAST LAND USE BATTLE HAPPENING. Details will follow but some honcho from Microsoft has purchased some historically important and scenically grand property including a quarry and stupendous views up on Smith Grade. He’s from Apple, not Microsoft.

Here’s more about him…

Bob Mansfield’s $10 million payday

Posted by Philip Elmer-DeWitt

October 26, 2010 8:06 AM

An options windfall for Apple’s top Mac and iPhone hardware engineer

Image: Apple Inc.

Several senior Apple executives — including Betsy Rafael (controller), Jeffrey Williams (operations senior VP) and Bertrand Serlet (software engineering senior VP) — took advantage of the company’s recent record share prices to exercise some of the stock options they’ve been sitting on.But none saw quite the windfall that Bob Mansfield enjoyed last Thursday. According to an SEC Form 4 filed Tuesday, Mansfield sold 40,000 shares on 10/21 with a strike price of $36.54 for $308 apiece — clearing a cool $10.844 million in the deal. More…

WHAT’S HE PLANNING ON BUILDING ON SMITH GRADE? According to another well trained spy and from his application in the planning department…Bonny Doon will be blessed with and I quote..” The application says that in addition to the house, they propose building 1 garage, 2 workshops, 1 tractor barn, 1 carport, 1 horse barn, 1 potting shed, 1 swimming pool, 1 outdoor kitchen, 1 gate, miscellaneous stone bollards, various cisterns. They have already dug a well. One cistern is noted as being 36,000 gallons. The 3,073 square foot basement is identified by the applicant as ‘non-habitable’ and the plan shows it will include lots of ‘utility’ space, a bar and a theater! Grading for the basement is exempt from the grading ordinance. The house, including basement is just under 9,000 sq ft, the other outbuildings come to over 5,000 sq ft.

The house is noted as being 35′ tall, though that does not include chimneys and a ‘penthouse’ which according to the scale would extend another 5′ making the structure at least 40′ tall. Standard allowable house height is 28′, thus this will require an exception.

KRIS REYES BIO. Right now Kris has been pushed up to the Parks and Recreation Commission, but odds say he’ll get David Terrazas, Hillary’s, Lynn’s votes for sure and probably Don Lane’s and make the Transportation Commission next.

Reyes in case you forget, ran Republican Bruce McPherson’s Senate campaign. He was Ryan’s campaign consultant and in days gone by he ran two Republican political campaigns in Texas one for Peter Wareing for Congress and Fred Brown for State Representative.

Another funny odd, not funny ha-ha item is that John Robinson (Lynn’s husband) former Seaside flack and now head of the State International Association of Amusement Parks named Kris best PR campaign guy in 2007 and again in 2008. What’s that about?? Well when you figure the City of Santa Cruz just gave the Seaside Corporation full rights to the Chili Cook Off which draws thousands, then in May the City again gave the Seaside Corporation the hugely popular Amgen Bicycle Race ending location that drew 1000’s you just have to wonder what’s next?

How about moving the Garfield Park Library to the Cocoanut Grove and charging a wristband to take out books? How about moving all the City Voting Booths to Neptune’s Garden? How about we all pay our parking tickets next to the Funnel Cakes stand? The mind and Civic budget boggles in anticipation.

SENTINEL’S DE-SAL STORY. The Sentinel printed this great article saying just about everything that water users and voters need to hear. PAUL GRATZ, RICK LONGINOTTI and DAVID STEARNS wrote it. They ask, and answer the question, we should all be more aware of…Is seawater desalination the solution to Santa Cruz’s water supply needs? View Full Story


WHERE’S PETER? Whatever happened to Peter the frizzy-long haired saxophone player who played and hung out along Pacific Avenue for the last few years??? The police don’t have a clue and said to call the coroner’s office who said they needed a last name but like Chip and Liberace he mostly didn’t use one. Peter used to be a regular at the Penny University on Mondays and stopped a month ago. Since then rumors of his hanging or OD’ing on Methadone have been circulating. Peter was an over gifted techie and saw many things others didn’t…if you have any info on where he went let me know.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Mr. G. Patton tells about the Eco-Farm conference if anybody cares about our food. He relates that there’s stuff about Watsonville growth and ethics that needs attention. He talks about Redevelopment in Santa Cruz County, about proposed developing of Pebble Beach. Gary closes by announcing that he will be at the LAFCO meeting because Water policy issues are scheduled to be on the agenda, and so is the process for considering the extension of water service to UCSC, to facilitate University expansion into the UCSC “North Campus” area. (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365” )


EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tour guide Tim Eagan suggests that for trips our politicians take scroll below…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul writes in Progreso Weekly in a piece titled “The Context of Cuba’s Crisis. “On December 18, 2010, Cuban President Raúl Castro warned Cubans: the nation faced a crisis. The disastrous condition of Cuba’s economy no longer allowed the state any maneuvering room to walk the dangerous “precipice” of inefficiency, low productivity and corruption. Without reforms, Cuba would sink — and with it the effort of every generation seeking a free Cuba since the first native revolt against Spanish colonial rule.

Cubans understood that since 1959 the Revolution, with all its faults, had safeguarded the nation’s independence – national sovereignty. From 1492 (Columbus’ landing) through December 1958, foreign powers had decided the fate of Cubans. Read the rest here

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from


Facebook – Choose the best type of Facebook page for you!

If Facebook were a country, it would be the third biggest in the world, behind China and India, according to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s January 1, 2011, social media chart. Closing in on having 600 million users internationally, Facebook provides a rare marketing opportunity to reach a global audience. So be sure when you utilize Facebook for business and/or personal reasons, you are familiar with the different types of pages Facebook offers. For more info, refer to Facebook’s help center:

1. Facebook Personal Page. This is for your friends and family and/or colleagues. At least once a week, I receive an invitation from a business to “add them as a friend.” This means that business is using the wrong type of page! Facebook has created Business Pages with special features to help boost business so that is what’s needed. When you are invited to join a Facebook Personal Page, it will say, “Add as Friend.”

2. Facebook Business Page (formerly known as a “Fan Page”)
Remember: You must have a free, Facebook Personal Page already set up in your name in order to create a Facebook Business Page. This is where you can build your following of current customers and find new ones. When you are invited to join a Facebook Business Page, it will say, “Like.”

3. Facebook Group Pages.
Facebook revamped its Group Page functionality to make it easier to communicate within the group, resulting in more companies using the Group Page for inside corporate communications. This can also be good for private groups, like Rotary Clubs. When you are invited to join a Facebook Group Page, it will say, “Join.”

4. Facebook Community Pages. You won’t be adding content, creating or editing your own Community Page – that’s done by Facebook itself. Facebook defines them as “the pages that link from fields you fill out in your profile — are for general topics and all kinds of unofficial but interesting things. You “like” these pages to connect with them, but they aren’t run by a single author, and they don’t generate News Feed stories. Wikipedia and other sources generate the content for these pages.

Karen Kefauver is a freelance journalist and social media consultant who teaches Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to business owners and executives in classes and private sessions. For info: Email: Website:

LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express announces The annual Gail Rich awards and sez…”here come the Gailies, the party of the year for the Santa Cruz arts community. Also, find out how to help a local photographer kickstart her celebrated exhibit into a book, compare notes with this week’s official Oscar nominations, and tune in when six local critics discuss the best and worst movies of 2010. Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Natalie Portman was as good as she could be with a script that meant absolutely nothing but having to act and fake emotion with Ashton Kushner hulking dumbly across from you is going too far. Avoid this film (if you can call it that)

SOMEWHERE.This film really stars Elle Fanning because she steals every second she’s on screen. Elle’s really 13 but plays an 11 year old. Don’t confuse her with her older sister Dakota who’s now 17!! This is Sophia Coppola’s 4th film and her ex boyfriend Quentin Tarantino who headed the Venice Film Festival gave her an award, but he shouldn’t have. It’s good, I cried but the story of a single father trying to raise his daughter just kept getting to me. Go see it.

BIUTIFUL.I’ve never met or heard from anybody who doesn’t like Javier Bardem and this film like Innaritu’s other greats Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel is superlative and perfect. Go down to the Nick and wait for it…it’s worth it.

HURRY AND SEE. Whatever you do don’t miss Black Swan, Rabbit Hole and Blue Valentine all great and all on my top 10.

HOSTETTER’S HOT STUFF.(BrattonOnline gets Paul Hostetter’s “feeds” a day or two after the week he begins so we usually miss the first few attractions he addresses. Like David Lindley). If you’re in the area and move fast, you may still catch David Lindley at the Freight tonight. Otherwise, you have only to look here at (as usual) to see information about some other concerts coming up involving, for example, the Disciples of Markos, Jody and Kate, Panacea, the Bee Eaters, Philip Glass’s Orphée, a special cluster of events about Paul Bowles, an intimate evening with Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Afel Bocoum, and heaven knows what else. There’s bound to be something. Yrs, pH


NY TIMES TEN BEST CLASSICAL COMPOSERS EVER. Some weeks ago, Anthony Tommasini, chief music critic for the New York Times, set out to determine the 10 best classical composers in the history of the world. I have no idea who wrote this question…”Can you imagine putting Stravinsky and Debussy on a list with Wagner, Verdi and Bach, and ahead of them? And Bartok, whose music is forgotten by most music lovers?” end of anonymous quote. The only reason I printed this was to make everybody mad…;-) It’s more fun to argue about music than Santa Cruz’s water problem!!! Click here to read the article


It’s no surprise to local history fans that Sandy Lydon has planned a massive list of related historical activities. What newcomers may not know is that these trips are at least as much fun as they are educational. Click here to see what he’s cooked up. Items like Secrets of Monterey, The Watsonville – Santa Cruz “Thing”, a Trip to China in October, Racism around here, plus secrets of Swanton!!!


The UCSC Academic Senate and Office of the Chancellor present the 45th Annual UC Santa Cruz Faculty Research Lecture “To Be… and… Not to Be” A talk by Paul Whitworth, professor of Theater Arts Professor Whitworth will perform Samuel Beckett’s short play Krapp’s Last Tape and give a talk about his research. It’s happening Thursday Feb. 3rd. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM UCSC’s Theater Arts Mainstage – West part of campus Open to Public. Free. Sponsored by: The UCSC Academic Senate and Office of the Chancellor. Call (831) 459-2787 Email:

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 sometimes old programs are on “blog”) at WWW.KZSC.ORG. Karen Kefauver will open the program discussing “social networking”followed by UCSC’s Chip Lord telling us about his new exhibit “Public Spaces” on January 25. On February 1st County Supervisor John Leopold will interview me about my showbiz career, especially the re-union of our original “Goodtime Washboard 3” happening Feb. 5th at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage and I’ll interview him about his work with Arhoolie Records. Kinan Valdez from El Teatro Campesino will be on February 8th, and in the second half hour Ellen Murtha will explain why banking locally makes sense and helps our economy. Any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in and keep listening.

QUOTES. “Facts are for people who don’t have opinions”, Bruce Bratton. “When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I’ve never tried before“, Mae West. “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar“, Sigmund Freud.


DeCinzo has always thought the Seaside Corporation’s “Double Shot” ride presented a sort of a phallic or big finger view to the City. I’ll leave it “Up To You”…!!

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