Blog Archives

July 19 – 25, 2018

Highlights this week:
BRATTON…City council candidates coming out, Octagon News, Ocean Street Extension fights development, follow upon Regal Riverfront closing. GREENSITE…on outcome for The Tide Cliff cottageKROHN…City Council’s voting record, neighborhood hotel’s integritywhat’s affordable housing, the garage library. STEINBRUNER…Soquel Sewage into their water, Soquel not accepting Santa Cruz water, new housing tax coming soon, Redman-Hirahara house threatened, Rancho Del Mar loses another business. PATTON…another view and opinion of Bernie Sanders! EAGAN…and another dreaded Trump disease. DeCINZO…looking at a rear view of our local bicyclists. JENSEN…about her Beast Book and reviews Leave No Trace BRATTON…critiques The King, Leave No Trace, Sorry To Bother You, Skyscraper, First Purge. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…about Russia.


THE BOARDWALK’S PLUNGE CONVERSION. April 25, 1963. This became their miniature golf course after the salt water swimming pool.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

ROBIN WILLIAMS, JOHNNY CARSON AND SHAKESPEARE 1991. No comedian ever came close to entering the humor world that Robin Williams did.
SANTA CRUZ BOARDWALK AND THE SCAMS. $20,000 per day on just their games!!! Remember too that even years ago more than 3 million visitors per year lined the Seaside palms.
NIAGARA FALLS COLLAPSE! Growing up in Buffalo, New York meant the falls were the first place we took our tourist friends. We visited the falls not long before and shortly after this newsreel.

DATELINE July 16, 2018

COUNCIL CANDIDATE CROWDING. Word just came in that the Santa Cruz for Bernie team endorsed Justin Cummings and Drew Glover for Santa Cruz City Council. They also endorsed – Jenny Sarmiento, Watsonville District 4, Lowell Hurst, Watsonville District 3, and the Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act, as well as State Proposition 10: Costa-Hawkins Repeal. July 16 was the first day for candidates to file to run. Richelle Noroyan is the only incumbent in the race. She’s good friends with the Take Back Santa Cruz right-wing law and order group. Then there’s Donna Meyers and Paige Concannon, and Cynthia Hawthorne is running again. Robert Singleton, the executive director of the Santa Cruz County Business Council, hasn’t declared his candidacy yet. He ran before, and is probably trying to figure how to get rid of or solve the rumors of a #metoo incident back in Sacramento.

OCTAGON PLATZ. The noon-time weather was great, so returning to sit at the Octagon was good fun last week…and I get lots of secret plots and ideas from friendly passersby. For example, 2 or 3 carpenters are working hard to rebuild the inside of our historic Octagon. The Octagon was built in 1882 and served as our County Hall of Records. It’s a very rare structure and served as a display space for the Art & History museum. Later on it became a popular meeting spot ,as Lulu’s Coffee House. Now — under San Jose developer John McEnery — it’s going to be a SUSHI BAR. So much for respecting our historic heritage.

OCEAN STREET EXTENSION re. GRAPEVINE REPORT. Last Tuesday (7/10) Ellen Aldridge, head of the steering committee of the Ocean Street Extension Neighborhood Associatio (OSENA), gave an excellent report of what’s happening to their neighborhoodThe Ocean Street Extension has about 40 neighbors, and is located just downhill from Graham Hill road and across from the Santa Cruz Memorial Cemetery. “Quail Terrace Apartments” owned by Rick Moe and Craig Roswell are the would-be developers. Check out a “fly-by” of their proposed 10 three story, buildings or 40 condominiums at 1930 Ocean street Note too that there’s no space for children to play, and that it’ll bring in at least 80 new resident cars or 180 trips per day. There are problems with the EIR that came back in June, and there are further issues with a groundwater basin and drainage from uphill on Graham Hill. Ellen stated that the rents will be around $2400 and up per month. That’s nowhere near what is truly affordable. Let’s see what our City Council does with this developer scheme. So far the only Council feedback has been from Sandy Brown and Chris Krohn.

REGAL’S RIVERFRONT THEATER CLOSED FOREVER! Movies mean a lot to Santa Cruzans and when I learned early Friday morning (7/13) that Regal had closed up the Riverfront I thought maybe I have a scoop! Ishmael, the current manager of the Regal 9 on Pacific, told me that “western management came in last week looked our situation over, and said they are closing the Riverfront”. He added that the Regal 9 is taking as many employees from the Riverfront as possible. The Riverfront was opened July 10, 1970 as a United Artists, and Lisa Jensen was one of their concession counter people. People just aren’t going to the movies as much anymore. Many, many other theaters have folded long ago. Netflix now has more views than Cable itself. Regal has already sold many of their other theaters, like in Malibu and Hudson Valley. Regal had 7,315 screens in 561 theaters in the USA. Cineworld bought the Regal chain last February. As mentioned back in April, Mark Cuban put his Landmark theater chain up for sale…no more news on that one, or the fate of our Nickelodeon or Del Mar. I wrote this in Facebook last Friday because I never know when BrattonOnline will get online, and like I said, I like a scoop once in a while. If the Regal/ Cineworld chain really wants to stay in business, especially on Pacific Avenue, we gotta wonder why they keep pushing Coca Cola and Join the US Army commercials at every screening!!! ( If you want more of the Riverfront Theater history look at this…

July 16th 2018

Last week I praised the California Coastal Commission (CCC). This week…not so much. In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved the tearing down of the Tide Cliff cottage on the ocean side of West Cliff Drive that I wrote about in last week’s column. Disappointing but not surprising. I went to the hearing not expecting a different outcome since I had read the staff report and its recommendations. I went to request two small conditions be added: that the color of the new house be retained as a soft blue/gray in harmony with its natural surroundings of sea, sky and fog and that the new large plate glass windows be designed to prevent bird strikes since the structure is in the Pacific Migratory Flyway. The current windows are modest in comparison with what is proposed for the new house. I opted to avoid an impassioned plea to save an iconic piece of Santa Cruz history. While tempting, that would be a spit upwind on a blustery day.

Commission staff, Dan Carl presented the report and recommendations. Listening to him, you would have no clue that this house held any history or meaning for Santa Cruz: just a piece of expensive real estate that held interest because it is on the ocean side of West Cliff Drive and is a non-conforming structure. Never mind that non-conforming allows for repair and maintenance only, not new construction, according to city rules, which apparently can be bent. Take a look at the interior of the current house in the photograph from the real estate’s brochure when the house went up for sale and eventually sold for $3.9 million. Does it look as though the only option is to tear it down?

My 3-minute presentation was low key and made the case for the two small conditions to be added. I cited the staff report under the Design section, which states, “all development shall be sited and designed to protect public views as much as possible, including through the use of colors and natural materials to be sensitive to the bluff edge location.” Commissioners had received public correspondence advocating for retaining the current colors and noting that a dark brown finish will be like a hole in the sky. The new owner’s property manager was allowed to respond. She claimed that the dark brown treatment planned for the new house was not simply a paint job so no, keeping the present colors was not going to happen. The plate glass windows will be non-glare, which doesn’t help the birds. She did allow that they would adhere to whatever is required for bird safety so that will be up to the city’s building codes which are presently not bird friendly although some changes are in the works.

I did expect some lively discussion from the commissioners. Especially since the city planner who spoke still maintains this is a re-model not a new construction.  No such discussion ensued. After a few comments from commissioner Aaron Peskin who seemed to catch on that the city is playing games and advised the city to clarify its standards; after a commissioner thought that dark brown is in harmony with the 3 trees on the property; after shout outs to the property owner for being asked to make fairly expensive changes (such as removing illegal riprap) and shout outs to the staff for being creative, a commissioner opined that this is “a big improvement,”  and the motion to approve the staff recommendations was made, followed by a unanimous vote. What? No shout out to the Santa Cruz community for having to accept yet another piece of its history torn down by those with big money?

I found the commission’s lack of concern for our local history and efforts to preserve it, more than disappointing. The city rarely disappoints since I have no expectations beyond whatever developers want, developers get. However I brightened up a bit when I realized that each day the commission meets, they start with public comment and there was one day left. So, bright and early Friday I attended the meeting, signed up to speak and spoke my mind.  Not low key this time. When I sat down, two strangers leaned over and said “well-done.”  If only I could somehow have included, “go ahead, make my day.”

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.

July 15 

Looking for Justin to be on the other side of the podium after November. Justin Cummings for Santa Cruz City Council 2018! He’s is an exciting candidate, but don’t necessarily take my word for it, come and here him speak at his campaign kick-off, August 11th at 357 Parkway in Santa Cruz, 3p-5p.

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This is just one of a series of columns I will write leading up to the November elections in which I will describe the votes made by the current city council majority these past two years. I urge voters to go out and do the research and elect candidates that will more reflect the deeply held values of affordable housing, environmental protection, standing up to the UC Regents, and pursuing sane transportation solutions for our community.

Neighborhood Integrity
From the Eastside to the Westside, from 7th Avenue to Western Drive the present Santa Cruz City Council majority when given the opportunity, has chosen corporate interests over neighborhood voices almost every time. For example, the neighbors of Ocean Street Extension looked to the city council for relief when PG&E carried out a series of tree massacres in their neighborhood. Their pleas however fell on five pairs of deaf ears and it was not until they hired a lawyer that the tree-cutting ceased, although perhaps only temporarily, but again, the council could step in at any time and stop PG&E’s ongoing baseless practice of cutting all trees near their gas lines. Neighbors on the Westside, situated behind where a bulkier, taller, and glitzier Hampton Inn that will be built at Mission and Swift, approached the city council earlier this year with some relatively minor suggestions–grow some trees to shield nearby houses and move a driveway among others–and they were also rebuffed. On the upper Westside it was a cell tower that was disputed by neighbors. The current council majority wouldn’t even consider asking the corporate, near-monopoly cable-vulture, Comcast to move the tower out of the neighborhood. I really could not wrap my head around that one. The council had the discretion, and once more decided against the twenty-plus neighbors who came out for a Tuesday night public hearing to pleading for relief. Many perhaps, wished they’d stayed home to watch the Warriors. The group’s spokesperson even teared up when discussing the cell tower’s proposed location: outside of his daughter’s bedroom window. The city council gave the go-ahead to Comcast, a big thumbs-up for more private cable service.

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Next week’s campaign topics will include the City-University relationship; transportation: the pedestrian-bicycle-bus-car experience; and why this community is special when it stands up for immigrants in the face of an out of control federal ICE machine, and our support for the native peoples at Standing Rock, both being issues that reflect our community values and are rooted in the unique political history of Santa Cruz.

“Nothing is more important now than doing everything in our power to stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court”. (July 15)
(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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July 16

Two public workshops will assist you in wading through the plan to inject treated sewage water into  your drinking water and, if you are a Soquel Creek Water District customer, charge you million of dollars to do it:

  • Wednesday, July 25,  6pm-8pm,  Aptos Library Meeting Room
  • Wednesday, August 8, 6pm-8pm,  Aptos Library Meeting Room

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Soquel Creek Water District’s proposed PureWater Soquel Projectis available at local libraries and online.  It is about two-inches thick in hard copy and daunting, but it is critical that that people read sections of this document that most concern them, as well as the Project Alternatives considered and Appendices.   Oddly, the printed copy of the document at the Aptos Library does NOT include the Appendices.  Here is what the public is NOT able to review because those Appendices documents are missing:

  1. Notice of Project and Scoping Report (that would be the comments that people submitted initially regarding their concerns)
  2. Health Risks Assessments

C-1. Special Status Species Considered
C-2. Terrestrial and Fresh Water Species Considered
C-3. Local Plans & Policies Relevant to Biological Resources

  1. PureWater Soquel Model Simulation Results
  2. Summary of Impacts and Mitigation Measures from the City of Capitola and County of Santa Cruz General Plan EIR’s

Don’t you think the public needs to see this information?  Contact Soquel Creek Water District and insist the Appendices be made available in print to the public and that the Public Comment Period be extended beyond the current August 13, 2018 deadline.

Just to give you a hint about the nature of this EIR assessment, I read the section 4.6.8 about Energy Conservation Impacts of the Project.  It mostly discussed the amount of fuel the construction vehicles will require but in the Operations of the Project facility the gasoline required for service vehicles will be a 2,257 gallons/year increase to the current District fleet requirements.  What about the electricity to run those energy-hog reverse osmosis pumps and injection well pumps??? Here is the one sentence relative: The Project will “increase District electricity demand by 3,600 Megawatt hours/year.  This would be less than 0.01% of the total electricity used in the County in 2016.” and is therefore less than significant in impact.   Does that worry you????

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Cheers, 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.

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July 15, 2018 #196 / I Am Going With Dylan And Debs

Chris Hedges, pictured right, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator who warns us on a frequent basis that we are living in “an inverted totalitarian state.” Hedges faithfully reminds us that our nation is pursuing a modern variety of imperialism and that we have convinced ourselves that our imperialistic actions are motivated by, and justified by, our self-proclaimed “good guy” status. Hedges routinely, and properly, decries our massive investment in, and our devotion to, war and the military, which are hugely damaging to our democracy. As a contrarian, Hedges is often quite irritable and dyspeptic as he dispenses this invaluable advice.

One of Hedges’ recent commentaries in TruthDig was titled, “Et Tu, Bernie?” This opinion piece provides a good example of Hedges’ irritability and dyspepsia. In the article, Hedges “goes off” against Bernie Sanders, calling him “a loyal party apparatchik,” who has squandered “his legacy and his integrity.”

The article is worth reading, painful as it is to someone like me, who strongly supported Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016. Some might think it a bit overwrought, but there is a point well made, or so I believe.

What is most worth thinking about in Hedges’ article is not the status of Bernie Sanders’ integrity. Rather, the article ought to suggest to us that we can never rely on someone else to do our democracy for us, no matter how principled and imbued with integrity she or he might be. Democracy, in other words, is a definite “do it yourself” project. If anyone thought that Bernie Sanders would do it for us, that person will be disappointed. I think Hedges is right about that.

In the article, Hedges quotes Eugene V. Debs, a democratic socialist political activist and trade unionist:

“I never had much faith in leaders,” Debs said. “I am willing to be charged with almost anything, rather than to be charged with being a leader. I am suspicious of leaders, and especially of the intellectual variety. Give me the rank and file every day in the week. If you go to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the Congressional Directory, you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians, members of Congress, and misrepresentatives of the masses—you will find that almost all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of eminence and distinction. I am very glad I cannot make that claim for myself. I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks.”

Bob Dylan puts it this way: “Don’t follow leaders; watch the parkin’ meters.”
I value Hedges’ social and political analyses, but I am not buying into Hedges’ dyspepsia in this case. I am not going to question Bernie Sanders’ integrity.
There is a problem, in politics, with relying on leaders who will end up disappointing us, in various ways. To insulate ourselves against this experience, I am going with Dylan and Debs!

Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for individuals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. You can read and subscribe to his daily blog at

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. A repeated view of our local bicyclists..see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Health Alert #19” down a few pages. It’s part of his dreaded Trump disease series…be very cautious. 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.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. July 28-Aug.12. From their website (… Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other. For the 2018 season, Music Director Cristi Macelaru has summoned voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. You’re invited to journey deep into the creative process through our open rehearsalstalks and the intoxicating experience of live performance. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship, coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. It’s a rare thrill, and you’re invited! So much is new in 2018!

New pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert This new event welcomes the                     wider community to experience just how fun new music can be. Earlier concert times All our evening concerts now begin at 7pm! New $20 Youth tickets Invite your favorite young person (age 6-25), and inspire a future Festival fan! New Prix Fixe Dinner on our Grand Finale night.

41st ANNUAL MUSICAL SAW FESTIVAL. This happens AUGUST 11 & 12. On 
Saturday August 11, 2018 at 
2:00 pm there’ll be an Open jam at the Tom Scribner Statue1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz. That night at 6:30 pm there’ll be a potluck and jam up at Roaring Camp‘s outer parking lot in Felton, CA.

On Sunday 
August 12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm will be the genuine 41st Annual Saw Festival  up at Roaring Camp in Felton, CA. 

Highlights of the festival.

11:00 am Musical Saw Contest The 41st annual Saw Contest is the longest running saw contest in the world and they will crown their 2018 champion.
12:00-4:00 Featured performers, awards, chorus of the saws. At the festival you can jam, meet other saw players, take part in the contest, take a workshop, and hear some great saw players literally from all over the world. 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (, I’m ready for my close-up at Bookshop Santa Cruz (Tuesday, July 17), reading from and signing Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge! And a father’s determination to live off the grid in the wild impacts his teenage daughter’s budding need for community in the quiet, absorbing Leave No Trace, reviewed in this week’s Good Times! ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THE KING. This film is promoted as a documentary about a tour in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce, but it’s way more than that! It’s a brilliant political, cultural, musical, view of today’s America and how we got this way. It’s anti-Trump, Bernie Sanders is in it, so are Alec Baldwin, Ethan Hawke — and many more stars and normal people related to yesterday’s and today’s cross section of the USA. Go see this film; it probably won’t be here long. Yep, I was right, no one is attending and it ends Thursday July 19. 

LEAVE NO TRACE. It’s difficult to critique a film with a 100% RT rating. Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie play a father and daughter who live in the woods around Portland, Oregon. Why they live outdoors, and how they face the real world, makes a near perfect film. Sensitive, thoughtful — and it forces us to think again about our definition of what a home is and what will happen after the movie ends. See this excellent film quickly.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. A 95 on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a crude take-off on telemarketers and their lowly status in life. It takes place in Oakland and is nearly all African-American themed. That means that to be a successful telemarketer you have to use your “white voice”. Danny Glover has a small part, and we can only hope he gets some decent roles again. This wasn’t one of them. There is too much racism, role-playing. and politic switching played as humor for me to really like this movie. You are on your own.

SKYSCRAPER. What is it with bald-headed movie stars like The Rock/Dwayne Johnson? There’s Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson, Yul Brynner, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart, and of course Ben Kingsley. As Shakespeare or somebody once wrote…, “Be not afraid of baldness: some are born bald, some achieve baldness and some have baldness thrust upon them”. This is a flop of a movie. Maybe a few moments of scary views down the 200 floors above Hong Kong. I almost forgot: in addition to his baldness, Dwayne’s hero role is a guy with just one leg!!!

THE FIRST PURGE. It was July of 2016 when the first of the first purges splashed on our screens. It was set in Washington. Marisa Tomei must be very desperate to show her face in this bloody sequel. It’s set on Staten Island and it could almost be seen as a comment on Trump’s presidency! For 12 hours it’s legal for Staten Islanders to kill any neighbors. It’s supposed to reduce the anger and tension we deal with the rest of the year. It goes beyond being a very bad movie, it’s a cruel and savage plot set almost entirely within the Black community. Don’t go.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS. (94 RT) A very serious documentary about Jewish twin and triplet babies that were secretly separated and placed around carefully-chosen Jewish families in New York City in the 50s, as part of an experiment that has still never been made public. The previews make you think it’s about triplets and the fun they have finding each other. It’s much more than that, and will have you questioning your own behavior and your DNA inheritance. SEE THIS FILM!!!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? A well deserved 99 on RT and Mr. Rogers turns out to be all that we’d hope to see in this bio. That he was a lifelong Republican is about the only surprise, but it’s not important. It’s no surprise to learn about his faith-based upbringing and he practiced love and kindness in his entire television career. Go see this film. You’ll agree with him about the glut of violence in other children’s tv shows. We can only guess how he’d deal with Trump’s presidency. He handled Robert Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11 with amazing taste and skill. His neighborhood tv show started in 1968 and lasted until 2001. He died in 2003. As I mentioned go see this film, it’s one of the few uplifting things available nowadays.

RBG. This nicely-done documentary tells us a lot more than has ever been made public before. Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) is a surprisingly quiet, shy woman. It reminds us that Bill Clinton got her the job as Supreme Court Justice: oddly enough it does not remind us that Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Conner as the first woman to serve on the court. See this film. It’ll give you hope that you can fight against the odds. It’s been packing ’em in for weeks at the Nick, and it deserves it.

HERIDITARY. It genuinely earned 91 on RT!!! Toni Colette and Gabriel Byrne control the screen, the plot and all your attention is this shockingly scary horror film. It features séances, ghosts, and grave scenes and no cheap power saws or trite Hollywood tricks. This film is genuinely scary and you’ll remember it long after you leave the theatre.

SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are back again in sequel #2. ‘Sicario’ means “Hitman”, especially with regard to Mexican drug cartels, in case you’ve ever wondered. “Soldado” means “to pay” as in hired hit man. It’s a nasty, tough, complex, killing movie. There’s the kidnapping of a 12 year old daughter of a drug lord, and a merciless look at the very current plight of Mexican immigrants…especially now with Trump making headlines with his sick view of humanity. The plot is fast and hard to follow, but it’s got some well-produced moments.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. It’s embarrassing to watch Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne and especiallyMichelle Pfeiffer having to take roles in yet another factory-produced Marvel Comic mass-produced monster hit. (85 RT) Paul Rudd is back in this sequel, and does the best possible job as the Ant-Man. He shrinks; he grows, flies around on the Wasp’s back and does what little he can with this comic book movie. I’m guessing that these Marvel movies are best enjoyed by eight-year-olds. If you’re older than that, think at least twice before attending

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. A big 50 on RT and it didn’t deserve that much. Chris PrattJames Cameron, Geraldine Chaplin and Jeff Goldblum are the only names you might remember from other movies but they can’t help this weak, predictable, rip off. Dinosaurs escape…like duh!!! Gee and they eat humans or stomp them to death. It is very far removed from the realistic, character driven original Jurassic Park of 1993 starring Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and B.D. Wong. Send the kids, don’t accompany them!!

BOUNDARIES. Syrupy, corny, trite, not funny and boring! Even with Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga leading, this would-be comedy is an insult. Plummer as a Grandpa pot dealer wearing adult diapers on a cross country jaunt with his not-funny daughter makes for a very amateurish and miserably directed movie…avoid at all costs.

INCREDIBLES 2. I liked Incredibles 1. Now Pixar/Disney has shifted to centering on Mrs. Incredible as a Wonder Woman who goes through numerous violent bloody battles against the one concept I thought was funny…the evil Screenslaver. Very little of the original charm, family stuff, human frailties, it’s another cutesy version of the Marvel Comics blockbusters



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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.ORGEllen Primack exec. dir. of The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music discusses it on July 17. Also on the 17 Jean Brocklebank and Michael Lewis share the latest news on our public library issue. July 24 has Dr. Larry DeGhetaldi CEO of Sutter Health Santa Cruz and Pres. of Palo Alto Medical Foundation of Santa Cruz talks about medical issues and developmentsHe’s followed by UMI Santillan from QEUC , Quality Eduction in UC’S . On July 31 Angela Franklin and Dave Weaver from C.F.O.G. Citizens For Orderly Growth in Scotts Valley will talk about their area issues.  On August 7 Dr. Shawna Riddle of PAMF talks about staying healthy. Attorney Bob Taren discusses politics and problems on August 14th. Aug. 28 has Lisa Rose and Ken Koenig from Santa Cruz Indivisible talking about their latest plans and events. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here… You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at

This might be Randy Rainbow’s best yet. Brilliant man! 🙂

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 Whitworthon 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.


“Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great”. Clement Attlee, as quoted in The Observer (1956).
“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Winston Churchill
“Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms”. Vladimir Putin
“In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No color prejudice like in Mississippi, no color prejudice like in Washington. It was the first time I felt like a human being”. Paul Robeson
“I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler”. Paul Robeson