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July 26 – August 1, 2016

41st & CAPITOLA ROAD 1967. Ah, progress!! That huge building in the lower right hand quarter is of course, Orchard Supply Hardware (once King’s Plaza). 41st runs left and right in the center. Now we have two banks and two gas stations on this former green corner.                                                        

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE July 25, 2016

A LITTLE BENNY HILL. We need all the humor we can get between Cleveland and Philadelphia.
JERRY LEWIS does his “Cinderfella dance”. Fun fact that you may not know: The scene was shot with one take of Jerry Lewis going down the stairs and one take going up. He ran up the stairs in less than nine seconds and collapsed at the top. He was taken to the hospital and spent four days in an oxygen tent with his second cardiac event. This delayed filming for two weeks.
FRANK SINATRA & COUNT BASIE. Just in case you forgot what “great” meant.

PROTECTING OUR NORTH COAST. (Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument). Sunday’s (7/24/16) Santa Cruz Sentinel had a great article titled, “Protections a must before monument”. Here’s what Ted Benhari from Friends of the North Coast (one of the authors) said,  and sent out on Facebook…

“Farm Bureau President David Van Lennep, Big Creek Lumber’s Bob Berlage, and I wrote an OpEd in Sunday’s Santa Cruz Sentinel about the importance of getting the conditions demanded by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz City Council written into any proclamation President Obama might issue creating the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument. Without having those spelled out in the proclamation’s language, the impacts on our roads, first responders and other services will likely have to be born by local taxpayers. Just below is a link to the OpEd. If you are concerned about this, write a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and President Obama demanding these protections be included if he makes Coast Dairies a national monument, which we think is a terrible mistake because it will only attract thousands more visitors without necessarily providing any more funding (our national park system has $12 billion dollars of unmet maintenance needs, a figure which grows larger every year).

TRUMP, GEORGE F. WILL AND DAVID BROOKS!!! Sunday’s Santa Cruz Sentinel (July 24, 2016) should be preserved in some very special place. Not only did we find the above article on saving our North Coast, and Chris Krohn’s piece on the Republican Convention and how that party may be over but we find absolutely shocking revelations from staunch conservative and Pulitzer prize winner George F. Will. He calls Trump “a boastful adulterer and aspiring torturer”. He says Mike Pence’s unctuous affect resemble’s Uriah Heep’s”. It’s important…you should read Will’s entire editorial here…

GEORGE.F. WILL “Another view – Pence the pliable’s contortions”.

DAVID BROOKS, “The Dark Knight of disorder promises law and order”  David Brooks another noted conservative and commentator for the Washington Post called Trump “The Dark Knight”. He says in this article, But if Trump is detached from the country, and uninterested in anything but himself, he’s also detached from his party. Trump is not really changing his party as much as dissolving it. He also states…” This is less a party than a personality cult. Law and order is a strange theme for a candidate who radiates conflict and disorder. Some rich children are careless that way; they break things and other people have to clean up the mess”. Go here and read it all… When you have two of the most prominent Republicans in the nation saying that about the party candidate and the party…you know times are changing.

COMMUNITY  POWER AND OUSTING PG&E. ( a repeat) More than just closing Diablo there’s 1000’s of folks working hard to create “Community Power”. Counties and cities such as

Marin County, San Mateo, Sonoma, San Francisco, Benecia, El Cerrito, Richmond,  San Pablo all have bought in to community power and Lafayette and Walnut Creek join that group in September. Check out this link to see what Monterey Bay Community Power has already accomplished. . Then read the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s angled and typically cautious piece about this October and Community Power plans for our neighboring Counties.

COMMUNITY POWER MEETING… Beverly DesChaux, President of the Electric Auto Assn Central Coast Chapter sent this notice…
Hi Environmentally Concerned Citizens,  

The Electric Auto Association,  Central Coast Chapter is very excited to co-sponsor this presentation on our Monterey Bay Community Power, Wednesday, August 3rd, 6-7:30 pm at Santa Cruz High Auditorium. This presentation will include results of the technical study. It will help you to understand what a Community Choice Energy(CCE) program means with all of its many benefits to our community and the environment, including facts and figures about costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions reductions into the future. This information will prepare you to choose whether to buy your electricity from our locally controlled CCE or opt out to stay with PG&E. As we green up the grid, this is great news for EV owners/drivers who are not already plugging into their own solar arrays. This presentation will be co-sponsored with Allterra Solar, and Santa Cruz City Schools’ Green Schools Committee, targeting environmental groups and other interested members of the community. That’s Weds., Aug. 3
6-7:30 p.m. Santa Cruz High Auditorium. We hope you will join us for this official presentation by the outreach firm for Monterey Bay Community Power. The aim is to begin providing electricity to customers by October 2017, so please invite concerned groups and people so they can be informed about their upcoming choice.

Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

No, this isn’t a storage place for Apple Computer products.  It’s the former Village Fair Antique shop housed in an old apple shed that no longer exists. We get updates in the local Aptos newspapers as to what going on. Never what’s not going on.  Ever since last year Barry Swenson Builder (BSB) has given completion dates for moving the barn about 300 feet to become a grocery store and the “Town Center”. It’s almost August and the barn hasn’t moved .  The apple barn when moved will become a focal point for BSB’s Aptos Village Project with 67 residential homes, retail shops and whatever.  Maybe even a small park on a hillside that was once in their plan. 

I hope out county government takes all this into consideration when they start to sell us their Corridors Plan, of which Aptos Village Project is apparently one of them.  I believe BSB’s project in Aptos will have set records for elapsed time between approval and completion.  I believe this is year 13 for Aptos Village. 

Please, please… neighbors on the East Side of Santa Cruz,  don’t let BSB or any other development company get started on that wonderful portion of Soquel Ave between Ocean St. and the freeway.  It’s just fine the way it is, and so are the neighborhoods that are located nearby.  Don’t give us county people another reason not to come into Santa Cruz’. (Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

Gillian sends…

At the Planning Commission meeting on the Downtown (Recovery) Plan, (7/21/16) supporters, namely developers, property owners and the Downtown Business Association and opponents, members of the public with concerns, attended in equal numbers… five on each side. It is hard to fathom why such a radical departure from the vision of the original Downtown Recovery Plan has attracted little response from the community. The reasons are probably many: so much new development bearing down on us like a freight train it feels overwhelming; eastside neighborhoods under siege leaving little time to worry about downtown; the pervasive, misguided philosophy of “growth is inevitable” and most concerning, that few locals care enough about downtown to speak out.  

And then there’s that old problem of misinformation masquerading as truth put forward by the Planning Department.

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~ (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).


INSIDE THE RNC   Chris Krohn is a fromer Santa Cruz mayor.

“Much of Cleveland this week is surreal, maybe post-surreal”.

Surreal, Take One—Police and More Police

There are police there from 21 different states—Louisville, Austin, Charleston, all represented, and so are the Florida, Indiana, and New Jersey state police to name just a few. But perhaps the most bizarre security presence I witnessed, more unusual than Secret Service, Homeland Security Intelligence (HSI, who know?), “Terrorism Task Force,” and the National Guard was the presence of our own CHP. That’s right, the California Highway Patrol had at least seven officers patrolling downtown Cleveland during the convention. The mayor, Frank Jackson told me in an interview that the city’s received $50 million to help pay for the convention, so I guess it’s got to go somewhere.

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~ Christopher Krohn

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…Gary’s in Philadelphia.


Today, Monday, is the start of the Convention, and today is the last time for delegates to check in. Most did yesterday, I among them, and those who showed up got lots of convention-related buttons, water bottles, toys, snacks, and the like. Delegates receive their official credentials to get into the Wells Fargo Center on a daily basis, and Monday morning is the first day that official credentials are being handed out. Since I am an “alternate” delegate for Bernie Sanders, I may get an upgrade if a Bernie delegate doesn’t show up.

As I indicated yesterday, I am using my Two Worlds blog, this week, to give readers a personal report, perhaps providing news or information that the major media isn’t covering. In terms of what happened on Sunday, the Democratic Party is all about the “Party” thing.

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~ Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds at

THE TROUBLE WITH SHAKESPEARE. Just watching the trailers for the repeats of Shakespeare plays at the National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, our local Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s and the vast majority of any modern Shakespeare productions around the world …whole generations are growing up with no chance to see Shakespeare’s plays uncut and the way he wrote and staged them. Isn’t it like putting the Mona Lisa in a Nike tee-shirt so the younger generation will appreciate her more??

HIP BOOK SIGNING. Ralph Abraham and the Hip Santa Cruz History Project invite you to a launch event for their new book,  “Hip Santa Cruz” just published on June 17, 2016. It’ll be at the R. Blitzer Gallery in the Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission Street (foot of Western Drive), 2nd floor on Saturday, August 6, 2-5 pm. The program:

2 pm,

Sitar Power concert (Ashwin Batish and family)

3 pm

Brief talks and discussions with contributors…
      (Ralph Abraham, Rick Gladstone, Fred McPherson et al ).    

4 pm

1960s slide show (Jacob Aman) and songs (Eric Levin)
      book signing (Ralph and Holly Harman)

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Scribner’s statue ripe for assault….see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan bursts balloons…scroll lower.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Head over to Cabrillo Stage for a vivid production of Fiddler On The Roof (starring one of the best Tevyes ever!) this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( Also grab a glass of Champers and find out how the dysfunctional duo from Ab Fab fares on the big screen!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.


CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950 & 60’s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive , and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. ( I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I hear that this is a very funny TV show made into a movie. I read in various places that it’s funny…I didn’t laugh once. Two loud British “babes” go to the French Riviera and race through a lot of muck and fuss. Kate Moss (I just learned) is a beautiful and famous model and the two bimbo stars get involved with her. Just to be fair and add perspective…the young girls/women in the movie audience did laugh a lot. So if you’ve watched and liked the TV series, you’ll probably like this heavy accented film too.


HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE.An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. Go here to get a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!! ( In all fairness,  it’s also cute, feel – good and improbable!)

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR. Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard take the leads in this John Le  Carre international money scheme thriller.It’ll remind you of James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock type chase films. Evil Russian Mafia spies, innocent British tourists, messy internal proble ms with British Government…all stuff that you’ve seen before. And it’s pretty good too.Paris, Bern, Marrakech, French Alps, and of course London  are feature attractions. If you like espionage, foreign intrigue, not much blood, and good acting– go for it.

YO-YO MA’s WONDERFUL EGO or THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS-YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE. A mess of a documentary. Not one complete piece of music in it. It rambles all over the world showing how musicians  continue selling their souls by selling out their true folk music to make a buck. Ther’s a lot of good music being written nowadays both serious and popular…this doesn’t give proper credit to either. Stay home and listen to some music you really like, you’ll be better off.  

GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Remember that there was a sequel also with the original cast in 1989. As most movie fans know, they have  replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver , Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast ie…Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change, even though that’s’ what everyone focuses on. The big difference is in the amount of intelligence, cleverness, and sold humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. Tarzan has left the jungle but politics and Christoph Waltz have begun enslaving Congo locals so Tarzan ( Alexander Skarsgard) returns back to the vines. He brings Samuel L.  Jackson who plays a more intelligent black version of Gabby Hayes, and does it poorly. The joy of the jungle, Brenda Joyce, Maureen O’Sullivan , Cheetah and Boy are gone. Just war, blood, violence remain. It’s sad to see a tradition like Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan squeezed through this absolutley senseless waste.

SWISS ARMY MAN. This is easily the most bizarre film I’ve seen in ten years. Paul Dano almost always plays in odd, nearly insane movies and he’s just as nuts in this one. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays a dead corpse who farts so hard that Dano uses him as a jet ski!!!

It isn’t funny, or even odd enough with any class or coherence to make it worth seeing. It’s listed as a comedy, no one was laughing when I saw it.

KZSC  88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG     TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

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. On July 26 Michael G. Sullivan from The San Francisco Mime Troupe tells us about this year’s production happening at UCSC’s Porter College Aug. 6 & 7  Then Michael Warren and Aimee Zygmonski discuss this year’s Santa Cruz Shakespeare season which runs through August 28th at De LaVeaga park. On August 2 Dr.Neil Sawhney (cardiologist) talks about heart health. Then Kathy McClure discusses the secrets of self publishing. Rick Gladstone opens on August 9th discussing Santa Cruz political history in the 1960’s. Carol Panofsky talks about Munching with Mozart and other music on August 23. 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   

I mentioned Catherine Tate as Donna Noble (in Dr. Who) last week. This is a skit featuring David Tennant and Donna, eh, I mean Catherine; a special for the charity Comic Relief.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts.  Such a wide range of folks such as  Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.


“August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor”, Henry Rollins
“Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can’t begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so”,  Andrew Young
“I bet deep down you still wish your mom would take you clothes shopping every August for the new school year”, Bridget Willard.

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