Blog Archives

July 24 – 30, 2019

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…IndyBay’s take on Stop the Recall, Protests on Mauna Kea and UCSC’s role, Democracy and our Recall, goodbye Anglo Grova. GREENSITE…on What Price Tourism? KROHN…is off this week — he will return next week. STEINBRUNER…PATTON…and Public Opinion. EAGAN…classic SubCons and Deep Cover. JENSEN…Reviews The Art Of Self Defense. BRATTON…I critique The Art Of Self Defense. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES… “Statues”


                                 

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CAPITOLA BY THE SEA. The best photo date I can figure from Carolyn Swift’s book is 1928. The Capitola Hotel as shown above opened in 1895. Back then an electric railway ran from Capitola to Santa Cruz.                                                        

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

STILL MORE MOON WALK FOOTAGE…but weird!!!
TREE HOUSE LIVING IN SANTA CRUZ. 2015

DATELINE July 22

STOP THE RECALL NEWS re. INDY BAY. It was Santa Cruz Indy Bay’s July 11th issue that reported this revealing and somewhat surprising story. Thanks are due from all of us…read on…they list “multiple businesses are publicly supporting Santa Cruz United and the recall effort, including: Surf City Barber Shop, Union Foodie Truck, Stockwell Cellars, KSCO and Brooks Properties”. There are many more names and businesses and politicians listed here. 

“BOYCOTT BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT THE SANTA CRUZ RECALL”. 

MAUNA KEA, Part 1. Thousands of Hawaiians are currently protesting the continuing development of enormous telescopes on the big island of Hawaii. Our media has done almost nothing to tell us of the inhumane and unrespecting treatment the governing management is responsible for. To make some sense of what the protests are fighting for, consider for a minute your reaction if, say, Google had plans to erect the world’s largest cell tower in the heart of our Arlington National Cemetery or the Golden Gate national Cemetery. I talked with Ruben Carrillo — the son of Eduardo Carrillo, the famed painter who taught at UCSC and painted that three dimensional Jesus painting in the hallway in our downtown. Ruben lives and works in Honolulu as a photographer, and follows the Mauna Kea protest closely.

To get a sense of the sacredness of Mauna Kea.

MAUNA KEA PART 2. UCSC is heavily involved in the growing groups of telescopes. From a UCSC publication: “A leading astronomer at UC Santa Cruz hailed the selection of Mauna Kea in Hawaii as the site for construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), which will be the largest and most advanced telescope ever built.

“This is exciting, because it means we can move into the next phase of the project,” said Michael Bolte, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC and director of University of California Observatories. UCSC is a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, which houses the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes, the twin 10-meter Keck I and Keck II Telescopes.

“The TMT will be a great discovery machine,” added Bolte, who has been active in the planning and design of the TMT and is on the TMT Board of Directors. “I’m sure we’ll find things nobody ever thought existed in the universe.”

With the TMT, astronomers will be able to analyze the light from the first stars born after the Big Bang, directly observe the formation and evolution of galaxies, see planets around nearby stars, and make observations that test fundamental laws of physics. Jerry Nelson, professor of astronomy at UCSC, is the TMT project scientist.

Building the telescope on Mauna Kea–which is home to many of the world’s leading observatories and more than a dozen telescopes–will foster scientific collaboration, said Bolte. “Because the TMT partners operate existing observatories at Mauna Kea, it will be possible to integrate our planning much better in terms of scientific programs, the instruments we build, and possibly even sharing key technical staff,” he said. 

MAUNA KEA. PART 3. The size and plans of the telescope’s footprint. 

From Wikipedia…As of 2012, the Mauna Kea Science Reserve has 13 observation facilities, each funded by as many as 11 countries. It is one of the world’s premier observatories for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy, and in 2009 was the largest measured by light gathering power.[14] There are nine telescopes working in the visible and infrared spectrum, three in the submillimeter spectrum, and one in the radio spectrum, with mirrors or dishes ranging from 0.9 to 25 m (3 to 82 ft).[15] In comparison, the Hubble Space Telescope has a 2.4 m (7.9 ft) mirror, similar in size to the UH88, now the second smallest telescope on the mountain.[15] Planned new telescopes, including the Thirty Meter Telescope, have attracted controversy due to their potential cultural and ecological impact.[16][17] The multi-telescope “outrigger” extension to the Keck telescopes, which required new sites, was eventually canceled.[18] Three or four of the mountain’s 13 existing telescopes must be dismantled over the next decade with the TMT proposal to be the last area on Mauna Kea on which any telescope would ever be built.[19] A leading astronomer at UC Santa Cruz hailed the selection of Mauna Kea in Hawaii as the site for construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), which will be the largest and most advanced telescope ever built.

Building the telescope on Mauna Kea–which is home to many of the world’s leading observatories and more than a dozen telescopes–will foster scientific collaboration, said Bolte. “Because the TMT partners operate existing observatories at Mauna Kea, it will be possible to integrate our planning much better in terms of scientific programs, the instruments we build, and possibly even sharing key technical staff,” he said. 

Click here to get live-now, immediate footage of the protest.

What can we do about this? Keep informed; go to the Facebook page “Manaikaleo”. We can also wonder about UC’s so-called financial problem. Check the links above, and learn about another site in Chile.

DEMOCRACY AND CITY COUNCIL RECALL. A seriously-involved friend and Santa Cruzan asked to have the following published from an anonymous “voice of reason”. Very happy to oblige.

Is it “democratic” to attempt to recall two City Council members in one fell swoop?

A Santa Cruz Sentinel letter-to-the-editor writer, name of Sean Livingston, says the recall definitely is democratic, unselfconsciously citing a general reference in an on-line dictionary. This is typical of the lowbrow reactionary element pushing recall petitions in Santa Cruz. Anybody who has ever published a university thesis, or even a passing high school research paper, would know better than to cite a single unauthoritative source when opining on a complex socio-political issue.

Livingston does touch one of his group’s talking points though, reciting the formula, “the recall is designed to ensure that an elected official will act in the interests of his constituency rather than in the interests of his political party or according to his own conscience.”

The recall backers say they are a constituency who ought to be able to remove City Council members Glover and Krohn from office because they disagree with them. They say every City Council member has to act in the interests of all residents, especially including them. Meanwhile, they feel there is a “war” being waged against them by another faction in the body politic, which elected Krohn and Glover. Ergo, a large number of us do not agree with them, either about the “war” or the recall.

I’m pretty sure that not one of the recall backers voted for Krohn or Glover. Most likely, they voted for other candidates, who lost. But the recall crowd’s present scapegoats were nonetheless duly elected by winning pluralities in recent elections. They were elected by constituents whose interests are aligned with theirs, and whom the recall backers consider enemies. The factions that opposed Krohn and Glover in their election campaigns are not their constituents in a political sense. They are instead, perhaps, constituents of three other City Council members, and they are a minority group in the electorate. The electorate is in fact sharply divided by conflicting socio-economic interests, and so is the City Council.

So, to claim a constitutional warrant for attempting to cause a recall election now is really pretty disingenuous. Just because a political power grab is possible doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. 

In fact, it is the wrong thing to do. It would seek to overturn two recent legitimate elections and overthrow a duly elected local government. It is anti-democratic in that sense. Don’t do it.

Don’t sign the recall petitions.

MISSING ANGELO GROVA. Angelo Grova gave so much to our community, and we’ve started to appreciate just how much during forced pulling back lately to handle his illness. He created the once annual FashionArt Show at the Civic, he taught hundreds of UCSC students sculpture and painting… and he maintained one of the happiest, outgoing personalities I’ve ever known.

July 22

WHAT PRICE TOURISM?

On a cool Sunday afternoon I crawl along Center St. with beach bound traffic backed up from Laurel to the first roundabout. I am going home. Most are visitors from far away, coming to the beach, Boardwalk and other attractions of the brand, Santa Cruz. The half-mile takes 20 minutes. I could have walked while they could not. To pass the time I think about the insanity of directing beach tourist traffic onto the route used by locals to get to the westside, past two roundabouts, which are gridlocked, past the wharf entrance, creeping onto Beach Street and then to the Boardwalk parking entrance when a back entrance to the Boardwalk parking lot makes commonsense. I know the reasoning since I’ve heard it articulated by city staff and tourist- focused council members: “this will connect tourists to downtown!”  No it won’t. It never has and it never will. The beach-going tourists are a different demographic from the downtown seeking ones. Maybe the latter don’t like sand in their toes or maybe they are from higher income levels. Downtown is ever changing to attract tourists with money, perhaps a reflection of the ever-increasing rents charged to businesses by property owners. 

Many don’t realize, as I didn’t, that the people who own business property in Santa Cruz are on the whole not the same people as those who own local businesses. If you pay attention, you will notice how many of our long-time, small local businesses are going out of business. Why is that? If you ask, the most common reason is that the property owner, often located in a different county, is raising the rent to a level unaffordable for long-time, local businesses. In their place, chains or businesses catering to a wealthier clientele are solicited. The catalyst is the re-zoning approved by recently past city councils allowing for a higher, denser, more affluent town. Their various Development Plans (Corridors; Downtown) outline plans for outreach to business property owners to facilitate the selling of individual properties to permit increased size, consolidation and up scaling. This spells the end for small local businesses on Pacific and Front Streets, Soquel and Mission, Ocean and Water. Can the Municipal Wharf be far behind?

It was in this context that the article in the Sentinel (7/22/19) titled ” Capitola named one of the nation’s least spoiled vacation spots” caught my eye. According to the article, “an unspoiled vacation spot is defined as a place that doesn’t cater only to tourists but maintains its reputation and spirit.” Capitola ranked 4th in the country. Highlighted was that Capitola Village has “maintained its spirit the last 50 to 100 years; primarily occupied by locally-owned businesses…and no chain stores.”

Maybe there’s a lesson here for the city of Santa Cruz. A survey of locals with the question: “Do you think the city of Santa Cruz caters more to tourists than locals?” would, in my estimation receive an overwhelming “yes!” There are some standouts for locals such as programs from Parks and Recreation but the sway and direction is catering to higher-income tourists in order to make more money. For whom? Some will argue it trickles down to the city to pay for essential services but tourists put a strain on essential services from water to garbage to police to roads. And if the politics is to attract more affluent tourists, their consumption patterns demand even more underpaid service workers, further impacting truly affordable housing needs or long commutes. 

I reflect on Caernarfon and Capitola, both able to better balance tourism with local spirit: something our city leaders need to consider before approving policies that will erase yet another local landmark business. 

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 22

Chris Krohn is off this week he will return next week.

(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 22

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT WANTS A LOAN FROM THE EPA TO INJECT TREATED SEWAGE WATER INTO MIDCOUNTY DRINKING WATER SUPPLY?
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released an announcement that there were 51 applications submitted requesting WIFIA loans for projects totaling $6.6 billion to improve the nation’s infrastructure supporting public health and environmental protection.  Soquel Creek Water District is among them.  Do you think their project to inject millions of gallons of treated sewage water with unregulated contaminants including low doses of pharmaceuticals will support public health and protect the environment?   I don’t.

When the Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors approved application for a WIFIA Loan at last month’s meeting, I asked if they could provide more information about that action.  Although he did respond (a rare occurrence), Chairman Tom LaHue did not seem to know much about the issue.  “It’s just some federal grant that we’re applying for.” he said.  He did not invite staff to elaborate or to divulge the amount requested in the loan application.  The application was not included in the publicly-available agenda packet.  
Here is the link to the announcement featured on Maven’s Notebook, a great news source for water-related topics.
NEWS WORTH NOTING: New Yolo Bypass fish passage project approved; Attorney General Becerra weighs in on groundwater and the Clean Water Act; EPA receives 51 requests for WIFIA funding; Trump Administration agrees to revisit ocean salmon fishing impac  

CLARIFICATION ON LAST WEEK’S MEASURE S AND THE LIBRARY / PARKING GARAGE

Thank you to Jean Brocklebank for sending clarification about the use of Measure S and the proposed parking garage in downtown Santa Cruz.  She kindly pointed out:

“The multi-story parking garage (mixed-use) will be built using whatever general fund, parking fee, and /or grant funding the city can lay its hands on. The library will be a tenant in that structure. In other words, the shell will be provided, like any commercial building, with tenant improvements of the tenant paid for by the tenant. The foundation, walls and ceiling, plus other basic infrastructure of the shell (e.g., windows and probably some plumbing, etc.). The rest of the interior of the portion allocated to the library will be financed with Measure S money (the $27+ million). That will include all the soft costs also (public art, computers, furnishings, etc.). The garage is not dependent on the library or on Measure S money. It would be illegal and the city knows it to use Measure S money for building that structure. If, for some reason, there is a decision to renovate the existing library instead, then someone else (commercial? retail? even parking!) will use the 44,000 sf that a library would have used.”

Thanks, Jean. While I did not intend to claim that Measure S taxpayer money, meant to support libraries, would fund the entire parking garage, I think it would lend a stable funding source for the whole project to look more feasible and inviting to construction project lenders.

What I want to know is how quickly would the parking garage project progress without the solid financing of the Measure S-funded library as a reliable long-term tenant, rather than some retail enterprise that may struggle to pay the rent?  Who would determine the parking requirement for the library patrons that supposedly would use the parking garage when visiting the library (they would not all arrive on bikes or on the bus), which would also necessitate using Measure S funds?  

I would appreciate response from readers.  Becky Steinbruner ki6tkb@yahoo.com

DRAFT SANTA CRUZ-MIDCOUNTY GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN INCLUDES A PLAN TO TAX ALL BASIN USERS
Buried at the very end of the Plan to sustain the groundwater levels for the MidCounty area is the Raftelis consultant’s report outlining how to make it legal to tax all private water pumpers in the Basin.  Private well owners using two acre-feet/year are de minimus users, and could be taxed under the Water Code 10730(a) but ONLY IF THEY ARE REGULATED.  Here is what Raftelis recommends to “Regulate” these water users in what I think is a very sneaky way: The act of noticing can equal “regulating.”  “At least one GSA that Raftelis consults for is considering this.  By corresponding with a de minimus user and requesting basic information, the agency HAS REGULATED the de minimus user and can legally impose a fee.”  WOW!

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

RANCHO DEL MAR CENTER NEARLY COMPLETE
The Rancho del Mar Center, in addition to the return of Erik’s Deli, now hosts Peet’s Coffee, Sutter Walk-in Clinic, Bay Federal Credit Union, and Anytime Fitness Center.   Long-time tenants Ace Hardware and Rite Aide (formerly Vessey Drugs) have endured a prolonged construction period, but now Rite Aide is also getting a remodel as well (still open, with construction working at night).   

It is a real relief to have Bay Federal Credit Union move out of Aptos Village location….the traffic there is becoming increasingly congested and it is a headache to access the center where Bay Fed has been for many years.  

HAVE YOU BEEN WONDERING ABOUT TRAFFIC COUNTS IN APTOS VILLAGE?
County Public Works Dept. staff recently was kind enough to forward to me the results of the traffic counts performed in the Aptos Village area last May.  The reports are attached.  

I think it is interesting that the numbers are already higher than what the Aptos Village Project traffic projections were supposed to be once the development is completely built and occupied.  Only Phase One has been built, with few occupants aside from New Leaf Market.  Phase Two would be even more dense and mostly three-story buildings……

Please contact me if you would like to see something different go in there…something for the youth would be nice, wouldn’t it?

WRITE ONE LETTER.  MAKE ONE CALL.  ATTEND ONE PUBLIC MEETING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. BUT JUST DO SOMETHING THIS WEEK!

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 21, #202 / Public Option Politics

A column that appeared in the Sunday, July 7, 2019, edition of The New York Times addressed the “capitalism versus socialism” debate that seems to be attractive to at least some people who have already become actively engaged in the upcoming 2020 presidential race. 

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, for instance, who is a Democrat, seems to think that this is a key concern for the voters. Hickenlooper was apparently booed, recently, when he made a point of saying, at a California Democratic Party event, that “Socialism is not the answer.” In this, Hickenlooper agrees with President Trump, which is probably why Hickenlooper got booed.  Maybe he even wanted to be! Meanwhile, another Democrat in the race, Elizabeth Warren, who is generally acknowledged to be one of the more “progessive” candidates, and certainly has very little in common with Trump, has gone out of her way to profess a commitment to capitalism.

Maybe this “capitalism versus socialism” debate will turn out to be an important, in terms of “electability.” You can color me skeptical, however. Personally, I am not much of an “-ism” kind of a guy. I don’t care what the label is, I want to examine what sort of politics is being proposed, and I tend to think that I am not that different from most voters.

State ownership of the means of production, the classical definition of “socialism,” is definitely not something I’d like to adopt as my bottom line requirement for a good society. By the way, I don’t think Bernie Sanders would go there, either! 

Similarly, the idea that those who have “money” (i.e., “capital”) need to be free to make change by letting market competition between those capitalists lift all boats, which I believe is the basic argument for “capitalism,” is  pretty much what we have got now, and what we have now is not working. I am definitely not on the side of “capitalism” if that means more of the same.

Because of my skepticism about the debate of the “-isms,” I found that recent Times’ opinion piece to be quite refreshing. Law professors Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne L. Alstott suggest that our economy should always countenance, and perhaps even explicitly provide for, a “public option.” In other words, if “competition” is what makes capitalism great, and if concern for social and economic justice is what makes us want to be socialists, then we should let our public institutions (the government, representing the entire society) get into the economic ring with private business. That is essentially the idea rejected by the Congress when the Affordable Care Act was being debated, and while I, personally, think Medicare can outperform private health insurance, I’m willing to let it compete, and to “prove itself in the market,” as those capitalists always say is the best argument for “capitalism.” 

In fact, the “capitalists” generally use their money to make sure that there is never any fair competition in “the market,” because what they really prefer is “socialism for the rich and capitalism for the rest of us.” 

Think about that “public option.” Not a bad idea!

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. Love and other hidden desires Grace the seasoned Subconscious Comics and Tim’s focus. See below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Classic Deep Cover with Obama” down a few pages. 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

THE CABRILLO FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC. Now in its 57th year the festival is beyond any doubt Santa Cruz’s finest and most famous contribution to the world’s culture. With free and open orchestra rehearsals starting Saturday July 28,  a community night when you can pay what you wish, orchestra players from all over the earth…it’s huge, and still friendly and casual. There’s also more woman centered music this year. There are six main concerts Aug.2-4, and Aug. 8-11. Look them up at CABRILLOMUSIC.ORG 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Try to imagine  the movie Fight Club as interpreted by Woody Allen, and you might get an idea what to expect from The Art Of Self-Defense. Read my review in this week’s Good Times, and keep checking back at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ) for more movie and summer theatre reviews!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975  

 

THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE. Jesse Eisenberg has always been good in the roles he’s featured in, but on this occasion both the movie and Eisenberg seem terribly confused. It’s labeled a comedy yet the amount of pain, suffering, terror, fright, plus daily fear and a lack of laughs could make you wince, as you watch Jesse get thrashed over and over again. Some critics have seen it as a parody on masculinity, but I had few if any laughs. It earned an audience score of 66 on Rotten Tomatoes.

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.

CLOSES THURSDAY JULY 25

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. CLOSES THURSDAY JULY 25

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. Rick Longinotti and Bruce Van Allen members of Campaign for Sustainable Transportation give details on their current lawsuit against t Caltrans on July 23. Dr. Rachel Abrams guests on July 30 to talk about her books and new workshops. She’s followed by Susanna Waddell from the Pajaro Valley Arts organization who will discuss their exhibits and current events. 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 

Here’s a link to this guy’s mother’s website, in case you get curious… like I did.

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.  “STATUES”
“The great poet is a great artist. He is painter and sculptor. The greatest pictures and statues have been painted and chiseled with words. They outlast all others”. Robert Green Ingersoll
“I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees”. Gilbert K. Chesterton 
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it”. Michelangelo 


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