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June 13 – 19, 2017

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ, Pacific and Cooper Streets April 14, 1894. A huge fire broke out on Pacific and because we had so many wooden buildings it was a catastrophe.  Smart City officials started a fire department that same year and built a firehouse on Church street.   
photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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VIETNAMESE FIRE FIGHTERS. Ralph Davila found this gem and adds, ” I wonder  how would they do do against a Trump wall?”
Tour part of UCSC and environs. I can’t tell who narrated or made this clip.
HITLER FINDS UCSC!!! Another wildly silly take-off of that Hitler clip….and it works!!!
FLOWER DUET. Delibes LAKME with Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca . There may well be equally great harmonies …but none better. Listen to all of this.

DATELINE June 12, 2017

UCSC…WHAT’S UP? For generations now our University of California and all the campuses have had a reputation that was actually better and more pure and even sacred than the Roman Catholic Church…and I mean exactly that. We went there we hoped our kids would go there, it was a perfect future. No one ever questioned or needed to question our pure and perfect official State University. Maybe the 1960’s Berkeley sit ins started  the exposure of an imperfect system. UC authority decisions became odd and not perfect. Now there isn’t hardly any  part of the UC system that doesn’t seem flawed or worse.  Back in the Day we always heard it’s the Regents!! The regents who decide… it’s the Regents who have the power…take that problem to the Regents…it has always been the mythical Board of Regents who turned the wheels, the Regents sat on Mt. Olympus…then we learned about the regents and their grossly misspent dinner funds, their wasting of valuable monies on ego based affairs.

The San Francisco Chronicle in their June 10th issue revealed some very disheartening facts about our UC Board of Regents. Nanette Asimov was the reporter.

In the article she wrote such things as…

“Most of the 26 regents who run the University of California are chosen in a process involving a ghostly, unnamed committee of 12 people who never meet, produce no public record of their actions, and publish no list of members. Some don’t even know who the other members are. That’s how it’s been for more than four decades. And that’s how it was this month when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed four new regents, including Lark Park, his own policy adviser, and Peter Guber, co-owner of the Golden State Warriors.

Of the 18 appointed regents, including the four just named, half are financiers, corporate executives, investors, real-estate developers or corporate attorneys. Three are former politicians. One is Brown’s senior policy adviser, and another — a former finance expert at UC — is chief financial officer at a company that supplies technology to a private college in San Francisco. The others are an eye doctor, a Sacramento lobbyist, a nonprofit policy director, and the chancellor of the California Community College system.

But the regents aren’t diverse enough, says a group of professors who represent UC faculty. The Council of UC Faculty Associations has complained to the governor and the regents for at least six years about back-room selection of regents they say creates a board top-heavy with financiers, corporate lawyers and other wealthy people.

As evidence of the problem, the group points to revelations by The Chronicle that the regents charge the university thousands of dollars a year for pricey parties and dinners. The day the story appeared last month, regents Chairwoman Monica Lozano and UC President Janet Napolitano announced that the regents will begin paying their own dinner bills.

“When they (the governor and Senate) appoint millionaires to the regents, they shouldn’t be surprised that their appointees think like millionaires and approve high administrator salaries or $300 dinners. After all, that’s their world,” Stanton Glantz, a UCSF professor and president of the Council of UC Faculty Associations, told The Chronicle.

“The same Constitution that granted UC autonomy created a process to find regents who look like the people of California the university serves,” he said. “The politicians need to follow it.”

Those are random sentences from the “Chron” article.  I love our UC system and especially UC Berkeley where I spent so many growing years and of course UCSC where I have also spent many more growing years…let’s hope we see some more white light come out of these dark times.

UCSC HOUSING TO EXPAND USING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. The latest issue of City On A Hill (6/8) talked about the big plans to increase on campus housing. It said…

UC Santa Cruz College, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) has over $1 billion worth of problems and only $300 million with which to solve them. From Kresge College’s $170 million renovation, Crown College residence hall renovations and many others across campus — the problems aren’t going away anytime soon. “We found ourselves in a bit of a pickle because we didn’t have enough capacity to do what we needed to do,” said Sue Matthews, CHES associate vice chancellor. With this in mind, the public-private partnership (P3) model was introduced to help mitigate the debt constraints. UC Irvine and UC Merced have already implemented this model, yet UCSC is the first college to utilize it for residences.

The new model will give rights of a new on-campus residential facility to third-party owners. The facility, called Student Housing West (SHW), will be located on the west side of campus. It will not be affiliated with any of the 10 colleges and will bring up to 3,000 new bed spaces to campus, mainly for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.

Then there was a Survey of students it stated “Here’s What We Hear:

Almost 50% of students haven’t even HEARD about the (Public-Private Partnership (P3)).
63% of students don’t believe that they have been involved in the (decision-making process around critical campus issues).
59% of students feel concern regarding the new housing project, “Student Housing West.”

Top Concerns include:

  1. Housing Accessibility.
  2. Environmental Impacts
  3. Who owns and manages campus housing (non-university) entity?

I’m telling all of this to say that there’s an unfair gap that needs to be closed. The sense of trust and community seem to have vanished. More later…

BARRY SWENSON REPORT. A couple of columns ago I said I’d received some reports that major Santa Cruz and San Jose developer C. Barron “Barry” Swenson 1. Had Alzheimer’s  2. Was in his 80’s 3. His son Alex…etc. Well that was all incorrect news. I saw Barry’s brother Rob downtown Saturday and he corrected all of it. Barry did have a stroke, he did go to a care facility, but over in San Jose area (where he lives) Barry is 78 years old.  He was a little affected on his right hand side and is quite coherent. He has no son named Alex, it is his son Case who is the company president and is running Barry Swenson Builders. You can check out more details at

But I still wonder about the Silicon Valley Business Journal April 14, 2017 report that stated “Two major high-rise apartment development sites in downtown San Jose have been sold to the same Chinese real estate giant that purchased San Jose’s Silvery Towers project in 2014”. Now  we have to wonder if Swenson will sell the 94 units they are building on Pacific Avenue?

HOPE FOR HOMELESS ELSEWHERE? I’ve certainly tried my damndest for decades to blame, berate and condemn our Santa Cruz City Council for their miserable treatment of the homeless. Their meaningless 40 page study achieved absolutely nothing…and on they go. BUT I have to ask where in the USA has a city, town or metropolis found any solution? Maybe a little assistance program here or there, but can the homeless problem ever be eliminated?  Isn’t the entire world faced with the same issue? Am I missing something?

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT PHOTO CREDIT. Covello & Covello photographers provided the classic photo of Eleanor Roosevelt visiting Santa Cruz. (scroll down) It was mistakenly credited to a private collection (it has since been fixed). Covello & Covello have provided probably 98.5 % of all the historic photos I’ve ever used in BrattonOnline. They gave me hundreds decades ago and I’ve been using and re-using them ever since. I’ve asked for some “new” ones, for a few years and you’ll see them as I get them.


Catching a travel program about Molokai, Hawaii I was struck by the words of the local native Hawaiians and could not help but draw comparisons and contrasts with Santa Cruz. What the locals on Molokai have managed to preserve we are on the brink of losing.

Both Molokai and Santa Cruz share beautiful natural resources. Both are under intense pressures to develop and exploit their natural beauty for economic gain via tourism. Molokai fought back and restricted such development so that today no building can be higher than 3 stories and the island retains much of what has been sacrificed for tourist dollars on the other Hawaiian Islands.  As a cautionary tale for Santa Cruz, Molokai ranked 10th as a desirable destination for sustainable tourism out of 111 island destinations while Hawaii was 50th; Kauai was 61st; Maui was 81st and Oahu was 104th.  In the words of a local from Molokai, “what we love, we protect.”

While Santa Cruz has long been a place to visit, nothing approaches the scale of the current drive towards economic and tourist development with little concern for protecting the natural and human resources from the ravages of overuse. Some examples:

  • The city sponsored Wharf Master Plan, with the stated aim of economic development, if implemented will draw millions of tourists; crowd the bay with watercraft; replace the old family restaurants with generics and gentrified eating places; attract tourist ships up to 200 feet, all crammed into an extra 40 parking places over the current allocation.
  • Cowell Beach, which has long been regarded as a spot for locals contrasted to tourist Main Beach, every other summer weekend is reserved via the city for an event, often corporate sponsored, with the parking lot closed for all but event participants.
  • The Seaside Company encroaches on more and more of Main Beach with new city-approved thrill rides squeezed into tight Boardwalk space.
  • Public open space such as Pogonip and De Laveaga, eyed as key spots for steep downhill mountain bike trails, promoted by the city Parks and Recreation department, ignoring its own consultants’ random sampling that showed walking and hiking as the most popular activity (34%) with mountain biking far down on the list (9%).  There’s big money to be made from the lucrative mountain biking industry and protection takes a back seat when money clouds wise stewardship.

It is hard not to conclude that the city is in the hands of people who don’t really love Santa Cruz. They pay lip service to “our wonderful natural environment” and then promote developments and uses that will clearly overwhelm it. Most of the architects of this blue-print for the future of Santa Cruz live in quiet more pristine areas of the county so the impact of their decisions has little effect personally. They certainly don’t live on or near the corridors of Mission, Water, Ocean and Soquel, all slated for future dense high-rise developments. Meanwhile, UCSC sits on the hill, casting a long growth-induced cloud over the city.

We are at a tipping point.  A forceful public opposition to the current development direction could make the difference, as it did in Molokai. But each day, old timers die and their modest cottages are bought up by the well off who tear down and rebuild to the maximum. Or developers buy up and the city rezones for multiple units that forever alter the rural feel that still exists on the margins such as Ocean Street Extension where 40 units on what is now a meadow are headed for council approval.

As always, it’s ordinary people coming together and getting organized that can tip the scales towards preservation and away from money and greed. A new organization named Save Santa Cruz aims to be such a force. If you want to be involved in this struggle for the soul of Santa Cruz or at least be kept updated send a request to: 

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.

Meetings, Meetings and More Meetings
Meet, Pray, Vote

So, since last week what has this city councilmember been doing? Glad you asked. A big part of the job, besides preparing for and attending city council meetings, is meeting with people on issues affecting their lives. These include meetings with other elected officials, community members, interest groups–students, renters, business owners—as well as city staff and members of quasi-political bodies like the Coastal Commission, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and the University of California administration. The meeting flow is constant and can fill up each individual councilmember’s time. The question always comes up: Is this a full-time job or a part-time job? It ends up being what the councilmember makes it…some work 50-60 hours per week and some a lot less, but meeting people is a big part of the job and why they pay us the big bucks, but “half-time” big bucks. In my case, city council take-home pay was $1788.47 last month.

I thought it might be helpful to go through some of these meetings and who approaches this city councilmember and why. Of course, it is basically a self-selective group as most people living in Santa Cruz are not all that familiar with what a city councilmember might be able to do for them…let alone what our state Assemblymember, Mark Stone, or State Senator, Bill Monning can do. But another part of this job is spreading the word on how local government works and affects the lives of everyone who lives here.

Leaf Blowers
One group I met with is concerned about the dire effects of those noisy, socially invasive, and irritating detriments to health, leaf blowers. Sound familiar to anyone? Just about everyone I meet, if I ask, they have a leaf blower story, and they ain’t pretty stories either. And here was a group gathered in someone’s dining room on the Westside of Santa Cruz recounting how so many people now work at home and how leaf blowers are negatively impacting that work. Another group member has asthma, and the dust generated by even the most “quiet” (electric?) leaf blower has deleterious results. Getting rid of leaf blowers would also be fulfilling our community’s climate action plan somebody else argued. There is no doubt that these mean machines impact our quality of life in Surf City, but who else might they impact?

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Bernie Tweet of the Week:

“The Democratic Party must decide which side it is on. It cannot be the side of Wall Street, fossil fuels and the pharmaceutical industry.” (June 10, 2017)

~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).


Last Tuesday, Supervisor Zach Friend asked to expedite the Aptos Village Project issues that will come before the Board of Supervisors from August 8 to June 27.  Who knows why, but it is likely for the benefit of Barry Swenson Builder somehow.

If you are at all able to attend the County Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday morning, June 27, please do so.  The Board will supposedly consider whether they want to take jurisdiction and hear at a later date the appeal of the Historic Resources Commission’s decisions regarding adding modern architectural features (skylight & steel roll-up door) to the 125-year-old Hihn Apple Barn.  These changes have been requested by the New Leaf Market architects and were approved May 12 by the County Historic Resources Commission (in a re-do hearing to cure and correct the multiple Brown Act violations of the April 10 debacle).

The greater issue, in my opinion, is the opportunity, under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) law, to consider new information and changes in circumstances that are significant enough to warrant further environmental review.  That is sorely needed for this disgusting Project that the County government leaders and developers Barry Swenson, Joe Appenrodt, and Pete Testorff, etal have shoved through.

Here is where to send your written comments if you cannot attend:

c/o Clerk of the Board, Susan Galloway

I do not know the agenda item yet, but note on your communication that it is intended for the Aptos Village Project issue before the Board on June 27 agenda, and for the public record.

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~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).


#158 / People’s Assemblies

Pictured right is Chokwe Antar Lumumba, who just won his campaign for Mayor in Jackson, Mississippi. You can read all about him, and his political campaign, by clicking this link, or this link. The links will will take you to two different articles from In These Times

Among other things, Lumumba built his campaign around “people’s assemblies,” instituted by Lumumba’s father, Jackson Council Member Chokwe Lumumba, who was elected mayor in 2013, only to pass away months later. The son, who ran once for Mayor and lost, is now hoping to turn his recent victory into an opportunity to continue the work his father began. Here’s what he has to say about people’s assemblies:

The people’s assembly grew out of an idea my father had as a city council person for Ward 2 in Jackson. At that time, the assembly moved between community centers and churches within the ward. When he became mayor, it expanded to citywide. We’ve dealt with issues ranging from school board appointments to racial profiling. What is happening in the city dictates the turnout. Sometimes we have one to two hundred people, sometimes more. 

The beauty of the people’s assembly is that, though it’s government related, it is meant as a way to apply outside pressure to those in government. Assemblies are strategically placed throughout the city, so we can give information to the community and get information back from the community about what issues are facing them.

The only real “secret” to establishing and maintaining democratic control over our government is to make sure that ordinary people are actually engaged in the process of governing, and that they understand what their elected representatives are doing, and are effectively able to mobilize in numbers sufficient to make certain that what they are doing is what the community wants. 

Democracy does work! It works in Jackson, Mississippi, and it works elsewhere, too, even in some of those Republican Districts in which the angry “constituent meetings” we have been hearing about are making members of Congress face up to their responsibility to serve the people who elected them, not the corporate interests in Washington, D.C., to whom so many elected representatives have pledged their allegiance.

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 his blog at


CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo probes outer space…and reveals….(see below)

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “FALLOUT” down a few pages. 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.

LISA JENSEN LINKS: Lisa writes: “Improbably, Captain Hook surfaces in landlocked Phoenix (well, my book about him, anyway) this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( The countdown continues to the publication of my next book with my Beast of the Month for June, and I invite you to contemplate the mystery at the heart of My Cousin Rachel in this week’s Good Times.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MY COUSIN RACHEL. Daphne Du Maurier who was born in London (1907 -1989) wrote this intricate, wonderful, 19th century, threatening, gothic, perverted story of a trusting rich 25 year old who falls in love with his cousin who is out to take both his brothers and his family fortune. Du Maurier wrote Rebecca and also The Birds which Alfred Hitchcock used as a starting point for that film. Rachel Weisz plays Rachel!! And you couldn’t ask for anyone better…she is magnificent. A British costume saga, and if you’re a follower see this film ASAP.

MEGAN LEAVEY. This is true story about a woman in The Marine Corps K9 Corps.  (Canine corps). Full disclosure …I was in the US Army K9 corps. (Canine corps). She and her dog were trained to sniff and locate explosives. Me and my dog were trained to sniff and point to enemies hiding in fields and buildings in front of our advancing troops. The movie is sincere, well acted, and not as exciting as it could have been considering the action they were placed in. My dog platoon didn’t see any “action” we were stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. You really don’t have to see this movie.

THE MUMMY. Well it has a 16 on Rotten Tomatoes, and I couldn’t agree more. I’ll bet Tom Cruise snuck a whole bunch of Scientologists into this insane, completely confusing, screwy monster movie. It’s by far the worst Mummy movie I’ve ever seen. (probably about 4). Poor Russell Crowe who must need the $$$ to actually take on a role like the evil Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yes, Jekyll…because Universal is putting a Jekyll monster in one of their theme parks.!! It’s obvious you shouldn’t go, no one else is…it’s a huge bomb.

NORMAN. It has an 88 on Rotten Tomatoes, and for a quiet, serious, dramatic film that’s a very big deal. The full title is “Norman: The Moderate rise and tragic fall of a New York Fixer”. As the ads and reviews state, Richard Gere has never had a greater part and he’s never been better than he is in this saga of New York and money and Israel. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Steve Buscemi and Michael Sheen are equally wonderful. Gere plays a lonely, manipulative, well meaning guy who can’t help from making deals. He means well and will ultimately break your heart with empathy. See this film. Ends Thurs. June 15

WAKEFIELD. Brian Cranston plays an unhappy, neurotic guy who decides to hide from his wife and children for months by sneaking up stairs in their garage and disappearing.  He spys on his mystified wife (Jennifer Garner) and kids and talks to himself through the entire film, It’s from a book by E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate,  and could have been made into a real contender. Cranston plays it too almost silly and instead of a deep profound character study we just watch a jerk. But it an involving story and worth seeing.

THE WEDDING PLAN. A young woman of 30 living in Jerusalem plans on getting married, but her guy leaves her a few weeks before the arranged and planned wedding. . It’s a curious study and comedy about culture, faith, dreams, religion and you’ll watch her go through hell. Whether she carries it off, or not, or how… is fascinating. A few dull spots but there are many other rewards…go for it quickly. Ends Thursday June 15.

THE LOVERS. Debra Winger is still great as she plays the cheating wife of a husband who is cheating too. Beyond that, the two people they are cheating with are also cheating. It gets a bit confusing and the slow times gives you a chance to think about all the lies you (or your “best friends forever” have told) told when they were cheating. Not for a first date evening but excellent for long time relationship people to see. Ends Thurs. June 15th

WONDER WOMAN. IF you like comic book heroes or heroines (hope its ok to use that term) Wonder woman is several cuts about the usual no brainer/ violent/monster filled box office smashes we keep seeing. Gal Gadot is a former Miss Israel and we keep hearing about that. She plays W. Woman. Robin Wright, is in it too and she is a long time favorite of mine. She is Sean Penn’s ex. Chris Pine just jumps around looking like the usual Hollywood cutey pie. If you remember that she’s a comic book star and is supposed to battle, fight and pose in tight pants all the time you could enjoy this more than most of that ilk.

CHURCHILL. Brian Cox makes a halfway accurate impression of Winston Churchill in this saga of a failing old man trying to stop Britain from being involved in D-Day WWII. Many Churchill scholars and many other historians say the entire script is wrong, distorted, and should never have been made into a movie. But no matter, the movie..true or false, isn’t very good or exciting anyways. And Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower played by John Slattery comes off like a goof ball. Ends Thursday, June 15.

PARIS CAN WAIT. This piece of fluff tries to be a sophisticated travel –romance-comedy and it is terrible. It’s not even as honest a film as Baywatch…which makes no such pretensions.  Diane Lane plays a still beautiful woman who completely subjects herself to a Frenchman as they take a car trip to Paris. Lane’s husband Alec Baldwin isn’t in the film very much and he would have been an even worse match. DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE.

BAYWATCH. It didn’t seem possible to make a movie that was worse than the original Baywatch tv show but they did. And as you’ve probably heard it’s one of the worst of the year so far. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the only person you’ll even stay awake to watch…if that gives you any clue. Don’t ask what it’s about…its not about anything, trust me.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD. Jude Law is about the only good thing in this mess of a movie. It flopped miserably at the boxoffice…and it deserved it. Some tiny part of the Knights of the Round Table are in it, a little bit about Excalibur, one shot of the Lady In The Lake…and just about the dumbest,  most convoluted plot you’ve ever not wanted to sit through. Huge FX transformer monsters race around stomping on things and people, and never mind the rest, just avoid this one like the plague.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. The absolute bottom of the barrel in sequels. Even the dopey mugging by Johnny Depp (whose brother owned a bookstore in Santa Cruz) Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom doesn’t save the lack of a story or plot. The effects are built for 3D but add to the confused and twisted story. Avoid this one like the plague.



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. June 13 brings historian/author Sandy Lydon back to surprise us with NEW Santa Cruz County history. Then Don Stump the C.E.O. of Christian Church Homes fills us in on the background and future of CCH. Bookshop Santa Cruz features its top Short Story Winners for the full hour on June 20. Doctor James Beckett, PAMF Dermatologist talks skin care on June 27 followed by activist, BrattonOnline columnist Gillian Greensite reporting on area issues. July 4th has environmentalist Grey Hayes talking about the magnificent meadow mouse. Then environmental attorney and former Santa Cruz County Supervisor Gary Patton talks about growth and changes in our County. 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

Watch this. It’s hysterical.

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.


“The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before”, Arthur Erickson

“The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists”, Sam Ewing

“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist”, Russell Baker

“TO BE A TOURIST is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don’t cling to you the way they do back home. You’re able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity. You’re expected to be stupid. The entire mechanism of the host country is geared to travelers acting stupidly. You walked around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don’t know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it. Being stupid is the pattern, the level and the norm. You can exist on this level for weeks and months without reprimand or dire consequence. Together with thousands, you are granted immunities and broad freedoms. You are an army of fools, wearing bright polyesters, riding camels, taking pictures of each other, haggard, dysentric, thirsty. There is nothing to think about but the next shapeless event.” Don DeLillo, The Names

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