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June 27 – July 3, 2017

MISS CALIFORNIA PAGEANT CONTESTANTS, June 1963. Here they are way atop the
Palomar Hotel. That’s Miss Tulare (with the camera) and Miss Azusa. Obviously it’s 6:14 p.m. on the Town Clock, in its original location on the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Building. Go here… to learn more about IOOF.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE  June 26, 2017



It doesn’t take much of an imagination to realize that the so called “modernization” (“MORPHING”) of our historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf is being pushed through by all the big money interests that will make huge profits by bringing Cruise Ships to Santa Cruz.

Check out this Princess Cruise website that sells Monterey as a destination . We’d be included under shore excursions by ship’s tenders if the large ships aren’t allowed in the sanctuary. We can only guess what the pressure from the Boardwalk/Seaside Corporation is now and has been for decades. Of course our Chambers, Councils, all want to bring more tourists here. Yet the question always remains…where or when has tourist money ever increased any city monies, the costs of maintaining and attracting tourism have always left cities and towns hurting.

FOURTEEN (14) ACRE THEME PARK COMING TO FELTON? Plans are underway and so far mostly underground to build a theme park next to the Safeway/CVS shopping center near the intersection of Graham Hill Road and Mt. Hermon Roads. Yes, lots of opposition and we’ll have a report on this in next week’s BrattonOnline.

LOCAL TRUMP VOTES. (repeat) Lest we ever forget, Trump got 22,438 votes out of 132,165 cast in Santa Cruz County. I think it is important that we never lose sight of that vote. I’m going to keep “printing” this for the next few years!!!

June 26, 2017

Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder but few would argue that the new hotels recently built or under construction in Santa Cruz are attractive. I’d go further and say that most are moneymaking eyesores that reveal a yawning disinterest in civic pride of place. Let’s start with The Marriott on Mission Street Extension. If you haven’t yet seen this big ugly box hotel be prepared for a shock.  Painted in colors that defy explanation, it transforms the rural western edge of town into a high-rise commercial strip. Unless ugly colored big boxes are a new architectural statement that eludes appreciation by the masses, it’s hard not to conclude that the planners, commissions and council that approved this hotel had no interest in promoting a visually pleasing built face of Santa Cruz.

Another example is the almost completed Hyatt on Broadway. I will admit to a bias.  This was the site of the single story Unity Temple with the iconic 110 year-old red horse chestnut tree in front. Ignoring the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance that requires a heritage tree to be saved unless a design cannot accommodate it, the city council majority (Lane, Posner and Beiers opposed) approved the high rise hotel including eradicating the tree and a zoning change to allow this commercial project in an area zoned for housing. A group of us held a weekly tree vigil protesting council’s decision and judging by the enthusiastic response from evening commuters heading up Broadway, most people agreed with us. Now the hotel nears completion. There appears to be no space left for the required planting of two baby red horse chestnuts to replace the mature beauty that was cut down and chipped on site. Nor was the adjacent pine tree protected during construction as required. It died after its roots were severed during excavation for the hotel’s underground parking. If you forget all of the above abominations and just look at the building itself, I reluctantly admit it wasn’t a bad design: until last week when for some unknown reason two massive plexiglass wings have been added in front, dominating the space and turning it into an eyesore. There are other examples, including a new, 3 times larger hotel on Front and Second St. that has been appealed and is on the City council’s afternoon agenda for June 27th.  Last week, neighbors appealed, without success, a new 3 -story hotel to replace a single story hotel on Mission and Swift Streets. It seems the public is trying to give council a message.

Do the decision-making bodies bother to look carefully at the design of hotels and high-rise new construction? Do they ask for realistic human-scale renderings at eye not bird-level? Are they aware of the visual tricks used by architects to distort the scale of tall, big buildings including placing pedestrians or a person on a bike or with a surfboard in the foreground so that the proposed building in the background appears much smaller that it will when built? Do they ask for renditions that incorporate the surrounding landscape and existing buildings?  Do they cry foul when consultants and planners justify massive new building heights downtown since the historic Palomar is 90 feet tall? Do they ask for story poles to be erected so the public can see ahead of time how the scale of the buildings will impact views and a feeling for place? They should but I don’t believe they do. Other communities make story poles a requirement. Other cities televise their Planning Commissions so the public is more likely to know what projects are under discussion. The city of Santa Cruz is the only city in the county that does not televise its Planning Commission. The city of Scotts Valley does; the city of Watsonville does; the city of Capitola does.  Members of the public have made repeated requests for the city of Santa Cruz to join the other cities in this practice and all requests have been ignored. During budget deliberations, when councilmember Chris Krohn made a motion, seconded by councilmember Sandy Brown, to allocate money ($7,500) for the purpose of televising Planning Commission meetings, it gained no other council support with councilmember Cynthia Mathews leading the opposition. What do they have to hide?

We are facing unprecedented plans for more big buildings in Santa Cruz city within the near future. EIR’s are currently being drafted for the Wharf Master Plan and the Downtown Plan both of which include tall buildings out of scale with what currently exists: 45 feet on the Wharf and 85 feet on Pacific and Front St. Then there’s the Corridors Plan, which threatens to forever transform small town Santa Cruz into high-rise, dense urban throughways to cater to future not current residents. Nobody expects there to be no building. But we should expect that such building be carefully scrutinized early in the process and modified when the public voices its preference for smaller, human-scale designs over the out-of-scale edifices that are being built or proposed.

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.

Photo of the Week–“Don’t Mourn People, Organize!”


The prize? What prize? Well in this case it’s all about who gets to live in Santa Cruz? How do we make it possible for those who work in town, who have family here, who have long histories (immigrants!) with our beloved Surf City to actually get what is now a brass ring: make a home here?

There are around 25,000 units of housing in Santa Cruz for about 62,000 people. And we can be sure that there are well over 62,000 more people who want to live here. Of course, there are empty homes in the city, over 2,000 empty homes on any given night by some estimates. There are also those who own multiple properties and, if they have children, will somehow figure out how to make it possible for them to have the choice of staying here. But what about the one-house family, or the renter family? How will they and their children stay? They will not be able to afford the “market rate” $600k condos that are now being built for second-homers and the Google bus crowd. This is where government comes in. We need to figure out how to house those people most in need, as well as the off-spring of current residents. We also need housing for plumbers, hotel staff, teachers, bus drivers, electricians, and grocery clerks. Perhaps it’s an uphill battle, but I believe we can make some inroads. These are ideas many of you have sent me. Thank you.

What’s on the Table?

  • 25% inclusionary. We must demand every housing developer make 25% of the units of every project “affordable” by HUD (US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) standards. f they rent, that means around $1000-$1200 for a two-bedroom apartment at the lowest income level.
  • Rent control and rent stabilization. It failed twice back in the Seventies, but that’s when only 40% of residents rented, now renters are approaching 60% of city residents. Mountain View just passed a rent control ordinance, and even the most ardent housing activists will tell you it is not a panacea, but it is a vital must-do piece if our current housing puzzle is to improve.
  • A voter-approved Rent Stabilization Board. This Board must be part of any rent control initiative if we are to be successful in holding the line on the crazy rent increases we’ve been seeing.
  • Community Housing Land Trust. A community housing land trust is a non-profit the city invests in and promotes that develops and stewards affordable housing.
  • Work with Metro and the SC City School District to build real workforce housing. If we want “workforce” housing to be truly affordable the city cannot mandate it for any particular job category, but the city council can work with the Metro and make it easier for them to build affordable housing for bus drivers for example, on their property downtown; and also work with the school district at sites like the former Natural Bridges School on Swift Street where teacher housing might go. Let’s get creative folks!
  • A just-cause eviction ordinance. This is another idea whose time has come. Stories abound around town of how people are getting kicked out of their apartments, some after having paid premium rents for several years, to make way for the AirBnB throng. This issue will be on the Planning Commission agenda on June 29th at 7pm.
  • Reign in Short-term Vacation Rentals. Right now there are over 500 acknowledged “units” of vacation rentals. It has become epidemic. There is a strong lobby for limiting these rentals to a set number of permits. You have time to register your views. The city council will likely take up this issue in October, after the Planning Commission weighs in.
  • Real Estate Transfer Tax gets deeper into the policy weeds than a lot of voters are willing to go, but it’s where a smallish pot of gold just might be buried. Santa Cruz home-sellers now pay $1.10 per $1000 of assessed value when they sell their house. $.55 goes to the county and $.55 goes to the city. If the house sells for $1 million that’s a paltry $1,100 split between city and county. But, Berkeley and Oakland have figured out how to share in the “good luck” of home sellers. That same one million-dollar home results in $16,100 and yields $15k to the city while the county gets the $1,100. That could mount up to some real money, given the dozens and dozens of homes changing hands every year. We could make it progressive too. For example, the longer you hang onto your home the less you pay in transfer tax.
  • Fight for $15. It was a Bernie Sanders campaign shout-out to the youth of America, and it still has mucho traction. Even if we are successful in stabilizing rents in the city, working people will still need a raise to afford rents, and getting wages up to fifteen bucks an hour by 2020 is not only a just and fair first step, it will also help young people be able to stay in Santa Cruz.
  • Raising the Hotel tax by 3%. We need to build a 24/7 emergency homeless shelter and fund a revolving “housing trust fund” to pay for more affordable housing. It could bring in about $3.5 million a year from the tourists. There is likely support for raising such a tax in Santa Cruz. Now the council needs to act by placing it on the ballot as a “general tax” measure, which means it would need 50% plus one of city residents’ votes, as opposed to a “special tax,” which requires a 66% voter threshold. (There’s a good explanation of the CA tax structure here:

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Atención, Atención: Big Housing Meeting, Civic Auditorium, Tuesday June 27th, 7pm. Be there! And if you have any more ideas, please email me at:

Bernie Quote of the Week:

“Here’s a crazy idea: We should join the rest of the world and guarantee health care to all, rather than take it away from 23 million people.” (And remember, CA Assembly member Speaker, Anthony Rendon moved to place the single-payer healthcare bill, SB 562, onto the backburner for the rest of the legislative year. Let him know what you think:  

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.

I really appreciate the sign posted in the Aptos Village area to announce the upcoming MidCounty Groundwater Agency meeting.   The MidCounty Groundwater Agency is holding a public workshop this Thursday, June 29 to describe the selection process and time commitment needed for anyone from the public interested in applying for the crucial job of writing the area’s Groundwater Sustainability Plan.  There are various interest areas that will be represented on the Planning Committee:

Agricultural User (1)
Small Water System Management (1)
Environmental Interest (1)
At-Large Representatives (2 will be selected)
Institutional User (1)
Business Interest (1)
Water Utility Rate Payer (1)

The applications are available on the MidCounty Groundwater Agency website:

The meeting will be Thursday, June 29, 7pm at the Congregational Church in Soquel Village (the picturesque white-steepled church).  Even if you do not think you want to be on the committee, it would be wise to attend to learn more about what is planned for controlling who will get water and how much we will all be taxed.

I have noticed that the Soquel Creek Water District notified the County Board of Supervisors in the past that one of the wells contains a carcinogen, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane or TCP.   I wondered about that report, and then was quite amazed to hear further information about the matter at the April 18, 2017 District Board meeting under Agenda Item 5.4 (page 263 in the agenda packet).  There was that report again, but this time stating that the Country Club Well “contains 1,2,3,-TCP concentrations exceeding the draft Maximum Contamination Level (MCL) of 5 nanograms/liter, with levels at the Country Club Well ranging from <5ng/l to 15ng/l.”  The Board accepted the report with the additional information that the State has not yet set the safe MCL for this carcinogen in drinking water, so the Country Club Well continues to be in operation, supplying polluted water to District customers in that service area.

Does that seem right to you?  I wrote the Board on April 23 to ask why they would sell water that is known to be polluted with a carcinogen at levels that exceed the proposed limit?  I got no response.  I asked the question of the Board again during oral comment at the May 23 meeting.  No response.

I wrote the Board again on May 31.  That time, I got a reply on June 2 from District General Manager, Mr. Ron Duncan.

Mr. Duncan stated “Currently, there is not a drinking water standard for 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), however, the District has been voluntarily monitoring for 1,2,3,-TCP and recognizes that the levels in the Country Club Well are above the proposed Maximum Contamination Level (MCL) of 5 parts per trillion (ppt) and the District is concerned about that.”  He further stated that the District is considering a treatment feasibility study to remove the TCP but in the meantime, they have reduced pumping to  one hour/day.  “This duration of pumping contributes approximantely 2.5% of the total supply to that service area.”

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I’ll look for you at the Aptos Parade festivities BUT DON’T FORGET…..




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).

From Gary’s “We Live In A Political World” website… Thursday, June 22, 2017 #173 / Horserace Politics

When the media and the press treat politics like a horse race it is called “horse race journalism.” Wikipedia describes the practice as follows: 

Horse race journalism is political journalism of elections that resembles coverage of horse races because of the focus on polling data, public perception instead of candidate policy, and almost exclusive reporting on candidate differences rather than similarities. For journalists, the horse-race metaphor provides a framework for analysis. A horse is judged not by its own absolute speed or skill, but rather by its comparison to the speed of other horses, and especially by its wins and losses.

I think it is fair to point to the recent House runoff election in Georgia, pitting Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel, as a good example of the practice. All sides treated the election as a “horserace,” and there was lots of betting going on. That election, as it turns out, was the most costly House of Representatives election in history. Most of the contributions came not from the District, or even from Georgia, as partisans from all over the country put their money down on the horse they liked best. Ossoff, for instance, is said to have received nine times as much money from California contributors as from contributors hailing from Georgia, where Ossoff was seeking office

A story in The Hill, following up on the Handel-Ossoff race, gave me a chuckle. The Hill quoted New Jersey Congress Member Bill Pascrell as follows: “Close is only good in horseshoes.” Pascrell is a Democrat, and he definitely wasn’t pleased by the outcome of that Georgia election. In a “horse race” election, his horse lost! He was wishing that the election had been some different kind of contest (let’s say horseshoes), in which “close” could win

The Hill’s article is worth reading, since it focuses on a big question for the Democratic Party. Is running against our current President the best way to win seats, or do the Democrats need to have some positive program, going beyond being the “non-Trump” alternative? 

Granted that electoral politics is not “horseshoes,” in which close can be good enough, “horserace”  politics tends focus on personalities, not policy. 

I think the Democrats will start getting more “ringers” (that’s a horseshoes term) when they have a program and a policy that credibly promises to do something concrete for those not belonging to the 1%. (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. “Always room for one more”. Scroll below for DeCinzo’s look at our scene.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Trump Care” 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. If you’ve never thought about the number “6” take a look.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare has the Santa Cruz premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow to kick off Hitchcock Week! Hitchcock Week is presented by SCS and we have lined up some happening events starting Friday, July 7th to celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s rich history with Santa Cruz.

  • Friday, July 7 – Noon at The Nick presents a Q&A with the actors and creative team of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow hosted by SCS ‘s Artistic Director Mike Ryan at 12pm, free to the public. The Nick, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Saturday, July 8SCS Opening Night of Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS adapted by Patrick Barlow at The Grove with intro by Tere Carrubba, Alfred Hitchcock’s granddaughter. Enjoy our pre-show wine tasting at 6pm by Armitage presenting wine from Alfred Hitchcock’s previously owned vineyard in Scotts Valley, come and taste the rare and elegant Armitage Heart o’ the Mountain Estate wine and catch the show! The Grove 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz, Ca 95065
  • Sunday, July 9 – 515 Kitchen & Cocktails hosts an evening of Hitchcocktails plus a low-key screening of SPELLBOUND. Bar opens at 5pm.  515 Kitchen & Cocktails, 515 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  515 Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Monday, July 10 – An outdoor screening of THE BIRDS at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery at 8:00pm. Free and open to the public, grab a brewsky and watch the film that was inspired by true incidents in Capitola, (Santa Cruz County), California. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, 402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
  • Tuesday, July 11 – Hitchcock: A Look Back exhibition and THE 39 STEPS play/film discussion at the downtown Santa Cruz Public Library with Lisa JensenGood Times Film Critic and Maria FrangosSCS Dramaturg and Theatre/English Professor with DeAnza College/UCSC at Santa Cruz Downtown Library at 6:30-7:30pm, free to the public. Santa Cruz Public Library (Downtown).
  • Wednesday, July 12 – The Nickelodeon Theatre screens the classic thriller PSYCHO at 7pm with intro by Tere Carrubba, the granddaughter of director Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets available at The Nick, 210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 and at on 6/21/2017.
  • Thursday, July 13 – 8:30pm free film screening of VERTIGO at The Crepe Place featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite libation The White Lady. The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 The Crepe Place

Organists Vlada Moran, William Visscher, Faith Lanam and Nicola Canzano play Bach, Vivaldi, Pachebel, Handel and Praetorious on ? July 8, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm at  Boomeria, located at….60 Verde Drive, in Bonny Doon. It’s an annual benefit presented by the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. Tickets available online at  Ticket prices: Advance tickets: $50, At the Door: $60, Children 12 and under: Free!!!

Their email says…Original music composed in Baroque style – ?

Fantasia for the Easter Season …And so much more music! Kick back and enjoy a relaxing Saturday at the annual Boomeria Extravaganza on July 8th. Hear local organists tickle these legendary keys and pull out all the stops, literally! Enjoy local and organic snacks with vegan and gluten-free options, along with an assortment of soft drinks, beer, and Hallcrest Vineyards wine. Enjoy having free will? Then explore the Kingdom (and the cuisine) as your heart beckons! And as a testament to Bastille Day, Boomeria’s remarkable guillotine will be “beheading” some treasonous produce. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival’s annual concert season.

Brattonote…I’ve been to these Boomeria Festivals and must tell you that it is truly an experience to be remembered. It’s the only chance per year that you can tour Boomeria…and you won’t forget it!!!

(repeat) There is plenty of excitement for this year’s CabFestConMus ( formerly CabMuFest) They emailed…”Orders are pouring in for Cristi’s inaugural season. Act now to reserve the best seats in the house. Go here to get tickets and programs.

Also don’t forget about having a festival player guest in your spare room especially if you live near the Civic Auditorium.. Contact the festival if that’s possible.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Ghouls just wanna have fun in the exuberant new Cabrillo Stage production of The Addams Family. Read all about it this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

OBIT. Now Obit got a 93 on Rotten Tomatoes!!! And it’s worth it. It’s a documentary about the Obituary writers at the New York Times. It’s quaint, funny, odd, and gives you thoughts about how your obituary will read…or how would you like it to read? It tells of 100’s of famous folks and  what you might call their  “death sentences”. Even Adrienne Rich’s obit is mentioned briefly. These NYTimes writers are sincere, talented, committed and have fine senses of humor. Go see it. Ends Thursday June 29

TRANSFORMERS:THE LAST KNIGHT. I have failed as a film critic!!! More than eight years of formal film studies, dozens of film forums, 100’s of film books and nearly 40 years of critiquing movies….and I couldn’t force myself to go see this latest Transformer movie. More often than I like to admit, I’ll go see one of these monster movies hoping against hope that just maybe there’ll be a minute or even two of some good film idea. Not this time!!! The 15 Rotten Tomato rating plus the nearly unanimous zinging of critics did me in. I just couldn’t  go see it. Besides that, I’ve noticed lately that bad movies leave me in bad moods…so no critique of this mess. Not even Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel in the leads could get me to see this film.

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.

BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Salma Hayek is a poor, hard working , talented, spiritual, immigrant from Mexico who ends up having an elegant dinner with John Lithgow and some ritzy friends. Lithgow plays Donald Trump…(the character is named Doug Strutt) really. It’s a clunking, heavy, poorly directed, blah of a movie. It could have been sensitive, real, poignant and even witty but it isn’t.  The ending is not only terrible but it is cruel, pointless and it’ll make you feel bad. Don’t go. And it takes place in Newport Beach.

DEAN. Kevin Kline is the only name we recognize and he does his usual excellent best. This movie is set in Santa Monica, and NYC. Demetri Martin is not only the director but he also is Dean, the lead kid. Kline’s son. It too could have been a fine sensitive story, but the directing, the attempt at humor, the lack of depth, doesn’t allow us to care as much as we should about the family. Not bad, but there are better films around. Ends Thursday June 29

THE BOOK OF HENRY. A lowly 25 on Rotten Tomatoes and still Naomi Watts manages to make us believe her. Sarah Silverman is in it too but if you are a fan don’t expect much…she’s only in it a few minutes and she isn’t supposed to be funny!! Henry is a genius kid Naomi is a dopey Mom and Henry is dying. More than that for a plot Henry discovers that their next door neighbor ( a sheriff)  is abusing his 12 year old stepdaughter!!! It’s a tragic waste of what could have been a very sensitive, developed drama. See some other film first. Ends Thursday June 29

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.

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 Ends Thursday June 29

ROUGH NIGHT. Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz should be ashamed to have played the leads in this piece of Hollywood crap. It demeans women to the utmost. It has absolutely no cleverness, intelligence, timing, or logic. The plot and way too many scenes are sexist, tasteless, pointless, and set in Miami. That’s enough…forget all about it.

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.

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.



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. 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. On July 11 Ellen Primack exec.dir of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music tells us about this year’s fest. Then we’ll hear about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s plays this season. 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

These “N tricks” videos are often tedious, but sometimes they make you go “wow!” 🙂

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.

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Through the flashing bars of July”. Francis Thompson
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Deep Cover by Tim Eagan.

Posted in Weekly Articles | Comments Off on June 27 – July 3, 2017

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