Blog Archives

July 17 – 23, 2019

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Library lies and denials, Coastal Haven progress Good Times owners. GREENSITE…on Waving the Corporate Flag. KROHN…The real Trump from other views. STEINBRUNER…Election systems reliability, vegetation treatment questions, P.G.&E and new rules, Midecounty Water Issues and survey, Downtown developments and Downtown Forward questions and the main library battle. PATTON…about fights and battlefields. EAGAN…reveals our Subconscious. JENSEN…and Shakespeare and Wild rose. BRATTON…I critique Wild Rose.UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…”WHALES”


                                 

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WAX FIGURE OF JAMES DEAN. Taken February 25, 1957. James Dean died September 30, 1955. That’s Brad Macdonald on the far right. He was the big time developer in and around Capitola. He started The Shadowbrook Restaurant and died in 1999. The Del Mar theatre opened August 14 1936.                                                       

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

HERE’S HOW THE ROVER GOT TO MARS. Ralph Davila found this gem of outer space exploration. 6:30 minutes of genius and beauty! 

LOS ANGELES BACK IN 1953.  What a place, what a time.

DATELINE July 15

DON’T  BURY THE LIBRARY’S RESPONSE TO FALSE ACCUSATIONS. Friends and members of DBTL (Don’t Bury The Library) were rightfully angered when John Mills the habitual Pacific Avenue Profit (sic) labeled a disturbed and vocal demonstrator as being a member of DBTL. They wrote…”Anyone who knows the respectful intent of Don’t Bury the Library organizers knows enough to dismiss a recent letter in the Sentinel which implied that a chronic disruptor of public meetings was in any way associated with their group when she started ranting at last week’s kick off of the group Downtown Forward.  DBTL would never sanction such unproductive hysteria“. 

Jean Brocklebank of DBTL also wrote…”It’s unfortunate that John Mills did not fact check his 7/13 LTE before making false accusations about Don’t Bury the Library (DBTL). The screaming woman who disrupted the Downtown Forward event is in no way associated with DBTL. She is neither a member nor a supporter of DBTL. Furthermore, Mills accuses “other Don’t Bury the Library folks” of screaming and “deplorable and undemocratic behavior” during the meeting. In fact, DBTL members repeatedly tried to reason with the screaming woman, and then spent considerable time reassuring others that she has no connection with DBTL whatsoever. A member of the DLAC, who knew the woman was not with us, acknowledged that DBTL has acted respectfully throughout the entire Downtown Library planning process”. Jean Brocklebank

COASTAL HAVEN FAMILIES PROGRESS. This pocket neighborhood up on the approach to Pogonip is being created by twelve families who have come together to create a place for their adult children with disabilities to live with one another, and others, in an intentional neighborhood. As previously reported they were fighting some very unreasonable property demands by developers John Swift and David Curry.

In what we might call a near bulletin they announced on Monday (7/15)…’After more meetings, more attorney time, and more community support, they finally reached an agreement on terms they feel they can live with.

The main part of the letter that they agreed to, reserves their right to fully participate in the future Golf Club Drive Area Plan and to protest any portion of it by any means, including legal if it comes to that.  Once a plan is agreed to and put into place, Coastal Haven Families pledge to abide by it. They made other small changes to what the city presented them with initially, but the main thing here is they have a no protest letter that explicitly protects their right to protest by any legal means. This was the main roadblock to their getting permits and they are hoping  to be able to break ground soon.

GOOD TIMES CELEBRATION. ‘Twas surprising news that our little old weekly Good Times bought out Watsonville’s Register Pajaronian and the Aptos Times. They bought them  from News Media Corporation. Nobody talks about it much anymore but Good Times was once owned and operated by Rupert Murdoch and his empire. Go HERE for a well done report by John Yewell of Santa Cruz Metro (July 16, 1998) on Good Times’ real history.

MARY KELLY’S KONTRIBUTION. Mary manages to find great and needed laughs online. She sent this…“Lexophile” describes those that have a love for words, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”,  “To write with a broken pencil is pointless.”  An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile.

This year’s submissions:   

  • I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic.  It’s syncing now.
  • England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
  • Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
  • This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore.
  • I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
  • A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
  • When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
  • I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.
  • A dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail.
  • A will is a dead giveaway.
July 15, 2019

WAVING THE CORPORATE FLAG
With council on July break and most commissions not meeting this month, local political issues are in relative short supply. Behind the scenes, deals are probably being hatched and a public meeting (which, I was unable to attend) was held for the Bay and West Cliff (Dream Inn) development. Those of us on the lower westside know that the intersection of Bay with West Cliff can be gnarly. In more formal terms it is classified as E, just shy of a failing F grade. The project traffic engineer admits that the development will worsen the conditions while the city’s Assistant Public Works Director says a roundabout or signal will improve it to an A or B level. Really? There’s a contradiction worth exploring. The project will soon be at the Planning Commission. A four story, high-priced building for 89 apartments on the site of the old Sisters’ Hospital, blocking the last view of the distant hills from West Cliff and blocking the light for the lower income trailer court behind, is in my mind worth opposing. I’m sure the YIMBY’s (Yes In My Back Yard) love it even though it is NOT in their back yard. A more apt name for that group, although harder to say would be YIYBY (Yes In Your Back Yard).

A national issue caught my eye, more for what was not said than what was. I’m referring to the decision by Nike to pull its new shoe with the 13 five pointed-star Betsy Ross flag on and under the heel. Responding to concerns expressed by Colin Kaepernick, that the Betsy Ross flag is offensive since it is a symbol used by some white supremacist groups, and came from an era of slavery, Nike decided to take it off the market before the Fourth of July, which was the selling point in its release. Outrage ensued. Those defending the flag as representing the era of the War of Independence and therefore as patriotic as it gets, blasted Nike for buckling under to “political correctness.” Supporters of Nike pointed out that this country was founded on white supremacy. Opponents were apoplectic. Those were our founding fathers! (Misogyny is usually the last to be recognized). Sure we made mistakes (like slavery) but we have corrected such things, they argued. And the debates raged on until the next news cycle. 

What struck me as missing was any concern about using the flag, on the heel of a shoe no less, to sell and make money. Not one comment offered from the flag supporters that found commercial exploitation of their sacred symbol offensive. Not even a comment from the flag detractors who might have found such commercialization indicative of something else disturbing. Maybe there was a late night comedian who made fun of such shoe with its flag face down in dog poop or chewing gum, but I saw only acceptance of such commercialization as given. Worse, it was invisible. That means commercial appropriation of our national symbols (good or bad) is now as reflexive as the air we breathe. Just as we cannot feel the spin of the earth since we go along with it, we apparently cannot see or feel the commercialization of our everyday existence. 

Commercialization and its handmaiden, advertising, affect how we live, how we relate and how our children are raised. Consider the recent research that children, as young as 3 in some cases, can readily identify most corporate brands (Nike being #1) but cannot identify images of our large animal species, which not coincidentally are fast disappearing due to commercialization, poaching and loss of habitat.  One study found that children under the age of 8 could accurately identify Pokeman characters 80% of the time with a less than 50% rate for real species. 

On the bright side, there are educators and public officials who are trying to counter this trend but they are heavily outweighed by the wealth of the commercial sector. One can detect who has drunk the commercial Kool Aid when there’s a push for zip lines, pump tracks and steep downhill trails for mountain bikes with the explanation that young people, especially young people of color need enticing into nature: as though nature itself does not contain all the magic, mystery and beauty of the universe.  Yes, the commercial fast-track stuff may be fun for a while but it’s that slow moving banana slug or singing meadow-lark that is lasting, that is, if we allow it to penetrate our over-commercialized world and don’t kill it off in the rush to buy more “things.”

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  http://darksky.org    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.

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July 15

TRUMP SAID WHAT?

Has It Come to this?

Donald Trump has done it, again, and with the zeal of someone leading a lynch mob like an Archie Bunker on steroids. No, I’m not talking about his risky rhetorical rants about Rocket-man, Little Marco,Half-Awake Jeb, or Lyin’ Ted, names which he used for his sometimes so-called, “friends.” Nor am I writing about his deranged policy of separating children and locking them up in US border detention facilities, although that pretty well should have ignited a Martin Neimoller-esqe, “First they came for the Jews” firestorm. It hasn’t yet. I’m not even referring to Trump’s daily hate-spews, or his dubious legal tax dodging dereliction, or even the now infamous Charlottesville comments on American White Nationalists vs. anti-hate protesters. “You had very fine people on both sides,” he said that day. And that coming with the death of Heather Heyer who died from injuries she suffered when a Neo-Nazi at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally took his car ran her over. Trump’s presidential bar has been set pathetically low. He entered his 905th day as President of the United States this past week when he lashed out at the newly minted congressional women of color class of 2018. Trump told congress members Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar who represents parts of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts to, “go back” to the countries they came from. Not that it even remotely matters, but only Rep. Omar was born outside of the United States. Trump’s people are from Germany and his family’s last name was originally, Drumpf, less we permit collective amnesia to perform its Orwellian digital erasure miracle and continue to allow history to be rewritten.  According to the New York Times, there are 52 members of the House, and 16 members of the Senate who were either were born outside of the US, or whose parents came here from another country.

What Was Said
In the age of Twitter everyone can have access to creating a press release. You don’t have to hire a press secretary. Hell, if the President’s vile and villainous tweets have no vet-venality insurance, then why would anyone hire writing help? Or is he the model of why everyone needs PR help? I’m convinced though that a good bit of vetting does happen to his tweets and some nuance is built into his keyboard habits. There has to be someone present, a couple people maybe, when he sends out his early morning blurt-outs? As the conventional media is by-passed, Trump has developed his own news agency, much better for him even than a state agency like a Tass or Agence France-Presse, or Associated Press. Way too many eyes pass over that copy, but Trump must surely have a couple of wary-eyed assistants helping with strategy and messaging, right? 

Here is some of what the “Real Donald” tweeted out after his “go back” message and responses from Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……

Nancy Pelosi@SpeakerPelosi
I reject @realDonaldTrump‘s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids – #FamiliesBelongTogether!

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, “RACIST.” Their disgusting language…..
17,531 replies19,923 retweets102,385 likes

Nancy Pelosi
@SpeakerPelosi
When @realDonaldTrump?? tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
@AOC
Mr. President, the country I “come from,” & the country we all swear to, is the United States. But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet.

Earlier Dem Party Machinations
Trump’s comments came on the heels of a couple of weeks of Democratic party hand-wringing, and Twitter back-and-forths within the party over some comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said to New York Times Reporter, Maureen Dowd. Pelosi said something about the fabulous foursome’s votes–Pressley, Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez–being just that, “four votes” in the house. The comment sounded more like a rebuke than stated fact. Bernie Sanders weighed in over MSNBC about Pelosi’s remark. “You cannot ignore the young people of this country who are passionate about economic and racial and social and environmental justice,” the Vermont Senator told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.“You got to bring them in, not alienate them.” Ocasio-Cortez did some analysis of the old Dem party and the mainstream’s reliance on 24/7 fundraising throughout a member’s two years in office. She tweeted, “I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important. They set millions of $ on to run TV ads so people can see their message. I haven’t dialed for dollars *once* this year, & have more time to do my actual job. Yet we’d rather campaign like it’s 2008.”

AOC’s Chief of Staff
Looks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti is the most courageous person in Washington, D.C. this week. He’s the usual Harvard-educated house staffer, but most comparisons with other hill people end there. He is former digital director of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign and one of the founders of the startup, Stripe. He also helped found, Justice Democrats, a group that takes on centrist Dems and helped elect the current target of Trump, the Fearsome Foursome. In addition, seems like Chakrabarti is one of those unusual staffers that has the trust and the okay from his boss to speak out about injustice whether domestic or international, and that includes criticizing the Democrats for caving to Trump on funding the border wall. Chakrabarti has taken on Pelosi various times, once writing, “Pelosi claims we can’t focus on impeachment because it’s a distraction from kitchen table issues. But I’d challenge you to find voters that can name a single thing House Democrats have done for their kitchen table this year.”

Read this New York Times article

Be on the look-out for more conservative and centrist Dems calling for Chakrabarti’s head. But you know what? If Ocasio-Cortez is worth her progressive soul, and I believe she is not the usual politico, she will not throw staff under the bus of the mainstream Dems. These folks are here to change the culture and mission of Washington, D.C. They don’t f**k around. Will history absolve the “Squad,” as Dowd calls them? Well, for now they will hang together…or be hung together. Stay tuned, it is an exciting time to be involved in electoral politics.

Our Work
This attack on elected members of Congress is a new Trumpian low and it should be called out for what it is: the deplorable declarations of a racist. He must be rejected at every level of our government. It used to be “the buck stops” with a President, every President. Now, the “buck” must stop with the American electorate. The followers must now lead, it’s time. We must spurn the vile hate speech and actions that emanate from this, the whitest of White Houses. The only mechanism to confront and defeat speech that you do not like is more speech. Speak up and speak out early and often and use your voice, and your vote, for change.

“It’s important to note that the President’s words Sunday, telling four American Congresswomen of color “go back to your own country,” is hallmark language of white supremacists. Trump feels comfortable leading the GOP into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans.” (July 15)
  

(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, and was on the Santa Cruz City Councilmember from 1998-2002. Krohn was Mayor in 2001-2002. He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 14 years. He was elected the the city council again in November of 2016, after his kids went off to college. His current term ends in 2020.

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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July 15

NEW ELECTION SYSTEMS VULNERABLE TO HACKING?
The Santa Cruz Sentinel featured an extensive report last Sunday, July 14, on page A2, titled “New election systems use vulnerable software” that should give us all cause for concern regarding the integrity of our 2020 elections for what Senator Ron Wyden termed a “looming election cybersecurity crisis.”

The AP report by Tami Abdollah states that the three largest vendors that control 92% of the new election systems that states are using for required system upgrades in response to the 2016 election hacking problems are also vulnerable because of old Windows 7 technology that will “reah the end of life on January 14, meaning Microsoft stop providing technical support and producing ‘patches’ to fix software vulnerabilities, which hackers can exploit.” 

I contacted the Santa Cruz County Election Department and learned that the new system this County chose is from Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado. Here is the text of the reply: 

“We are upgrading our Dominion Voting System, so therefore we are staying with Dominion Voting Systems.  Their current version that is approved and certified by the California Secretary of State and the upgrade that is currently going through certification at the Secretary of State both use Windows 10.”

While I think that is good news, the AP report states; “Of the three large vendors, Dominion’s newer systems aren’t touched by upcoming Windows software issues–though it has election systems acquired from no-longer-existing companies that may run on even older operating systems.”

The report further states that “Certification, which is voluntary at the federal level but sometimes required by state laws, ensures vendor software runs properly on operating systems they’re tested on.  But there is no cybersecurity check and the process often fails to keep up with rapidly changing technology.  Kevin Skoglund, chief technologist for Citizens for Better Elections, said county election officials point to EAC (the Election Assistance Commission) and state certifications as ‘rock-solid proof” their systems are secure, but don’t realize vendors are certifying systems under 2005 standards.”  The EAC has no regulatory ability, and can only make recommendations.

While we can take comfort in the good choice Santa Cruz County Elections Department made to contract with Dominion Vending Systems, rather that Hart InterCivic Inc. or Election Systems and Software LLC, which seem much more prone to hacking due to the antiquated Windows 7 software expiration problem, I think we all need to contact our representatives to demand legislation be passed to give the federal government authority to mandate basic cybersecurity election infrastructure to be tested now and put in place before the primary elections begin, and most certainly before November, 2020 elections.

The Sunday, July 14, 2019 article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel (page A2) is not yet online, but take a look at this article that states the basics but with less analysis of the problem and includes a quote from concerned Oregon Senator Ron Wyden at the end: (Interestingly, the version of this report published in Sunday’s San Jose Mercury News was a mere one-third of the good report provided by the Santa Cruz Sentinel

click here to continue (link expands, click again to collapse)

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK UP AND ENJOY THE WONDERFUL NIGHT SKIES!
I have really been enjoying the clear summer night skies and the views of stars and planets lately.  While a good pair of binoculars is often plenty of magnification for viewing dimmer stars, a good telescope adds a whole new dimension to night sky viewing.  

I just learned that the Santa Cruz Public Libraries have Orion StarBlast 4.5 reflector telescopes and astronomy kits to loan for up to three weeks to those 18 years of age and older.  Take a look at http://www.santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7713. Sometimes, it really helps to just enjoy the beauty of all that is around and above….and replenish our spirits to enable us to do the sometimes- difficult work of just being a good citizen.

MAKE ONE CALL.  WRITE ONE LETTER.  ATTEND ONE PUBLIC MEETING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.  BUT JUST DO SOMETHING! Cheers, Becky Steinbruner 

Becky Steinbruner is a 30+ year resident of Aptos. She has fought for water, fire, emergency preparedness, and for road repair. She ran for Second District County Supervisor in 2016 on a shoestring and got nearly 20% of the votes.

Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com

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July 13
#194 / Living On A Battlefield


“War” may be our favorite metaphor. We have the “War on Drugs.” We have the “War on Poverty.” We have the “War on Crime.” We have the “War on Terror.” Recently, I found my son reading a book called “The 33 Strategies of War,” by Robert Greene. My son had picked it up, he told me, at the Santa Cruz Public Library. Greene is noted as an expert on “strategy, power, and seduction.” He tells us that LIFE ITSELF is basically a “War.” I was only partly pleased to discover that General George S. Patton got a rather favorable mention in Greene’s book. Despite my name, I have resisted the idea that there might be a familial connection. 

Last Friday, I read a column by Paul Krugman, the retired Princeton economist who writes for The New York Times. “Trade War” was the topic, and Krugman contends that “Trump Is Losing His Trade Wars.”

Might I suggest (think about it) that “War,” itself, is a losing proposition in virtually every circumstance. The United States is engaged in many foreign wars. We are losing them all. We are also not winning any of those economic and political “Wars” listed above. I guess some might take Trump’s word over Krugman’s, and think we are winning the “Trade Wars,” but I think I’m going to go with the economist on this one. We are losing our “Trade Wars,” too. 

“Conflict” is inevitable. “War” is not. In the arenas of politics, economics, social policy and international relations, I suggest we drop the “War” metaphor. 

Let’s give ourselves a break and get off what Greene postulates as the “battlefield of life.”

Whenever we have differences, let’s work it out! I am really tired of the idea that to achieve what we want to achieve we need to kill someone else.

Gary Patton 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 www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S  SUBCONSCIOUS  COMICS. A genuine classic from the Eagan Archive. Scroll just a bit downward.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Throwback Thursday with a Deep Cover from 2014. As always, at TimEagan.com you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog

MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday of almost every month there is a free concert held in the upstairs meeting room of the threatened downtown Santa Cruz Public Library. This month the theme is “Poulenc’s Last Sonatas”and it happens Thursday, July 18, 2019…12:10 – 12:50. Musicians will be Kathleen Purcell, flute Carol Panofsky, oboe & Marina Thomas on piano. The program contains… Sonata (1962) a la memoire de Serge Prokofieff Francis Poulenc (1899-1962) from Sept Gnossiennes Erik Satie (1866-1925) and Sonata (1957) a la memoire de Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Francis Poulenc (1899-1962).

Remember…it’s free and at the Santa Cruz Library, Thursday July 18, 12:10-1:00 Central Branch Meeting Room upstairs

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “Will Shakespeare meets Jane Austen as Santa Cruz Shakespeare launches its summer season with a crowd-pleasing production of Pride And Prejudice, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Also, let me count the ways I’m still missing my Art Boy, and read my review in this week’s Good Times to find out why the country music melodrama Wild Rose doesn’t quite sing.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975. 

WILD ROSE. Jessie Buckley is perfect in the role of a 20 + girl in Scotland who has two children, just did prison time, and wants to sing country music in Nashville and become a worldwide success. The Scot dialect makes it hard to understand at times and the ending makes it a feel good drama. Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo are equally perfect in their supporting parts.

MIDSOMMAR. Maybe devout Scientologists would like this horror movie, or folks who think sex and death dealing cults are really cool but forget you’ve ever even heard of this carefully directed evil attempt to sicken and redefine horror. Beautifully filmed in Sweden featuring almost all Swedes, it is beyond creepy. American tourists visit a cult and get very involved…but you need be warned that you’ll remember more of it than you plan on.

YESTERDAY. Imagine if the entire world forgot who the Beatles were except for one pretty good guitarist and singer of Indian heritage. An excellent feel good movie that has a fun plot, the greatest Beatle songs and good acting. Go see it especially if you have forgotten how much those songs affected you when their albums were first released.

ECHO IN THE CANYON. Grand memories of the 1960’s popular music scene. Jakob Dylan (Bob’s son) and singer with the Wallflowers produced this documentary but is a full dud on screen. It’s also a huge tribute to the Beachboys and what they added to our culture. See it quickly.

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO. An excellent, touching film about two close buddies who face the changing city…and the world. Great footage of THE CITY and a story that will have you thinking about it for days or longer. It’s the story of love of an old San Francisco house, and everything that surrounds it. Don’t miss it.   ps. Lisa Jensen tells me that the director Joe Talbot is 1940’s-50’s movie star, bad guy Lyle Talbot’s grandson. 

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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. . John Sears and Sue Powell return on July 16 to update us on the devastating proposed development of the Garfield Park Errett Church Circle and the threat to the community. Then Ellen Primack exec. dir of the Cabrillo Festival of Music will discuss this year’s program which runs  July 28-Aug.11. Rick Longinotti and Bruce Van Allen members of Campaign for Sustainable Transportation give details on their current lawsuit on July 23. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttps://www.radiofreeamerica.com/schedule/kzsc   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 bratton@cruzio.com

A BBC documentary about Harvey Weinstein and his (well deserved) fall from grace.

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. 

QUOTES. “WHALES”

“Whales are killed today to supply the limited demand for whale meat or to be used in pet foods or as fodder for fur-bearing animals used in the fur trade”. Paul Watson
“Size isn’t everything. The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine”.
William E Bill Vaughan
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure.” Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale


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