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June 6 – 12, 2017

ORIGINAL SANTA CRUZ HIGH SCHOOL 1895-1913.  This was our first high school. It had about 200 students when it opened. That’s architect William Weeks house on the Left. It was later moved to California Street . Our present high school stands in the same location, Walnut and California Streets.                                                     

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.
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OPERA VERSUS TRUMP. Thanks to Puccini we have this late breaking news.
THE QUEEN’S ROYAL GUARDS GET ANGRY!! I’m not sure if all these clips are real but check out the attitude!!!
BEE HIVE ART PIECE. Gwyan Rhabyt (resident of Swanton Road) has made this very strange art piece. Watch it…it’s beautiful.
AN ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN. Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman.

DATELINE June 5, 2017


Debbie Hencke kindly sent statements and statistics about the huge share of water that goes to our public golf course. I’ve added a few items. She states… “the Parks and Recreation report shows that 13% of their budget goes to the golf course.  It is not self sustaining! How much do the citizens of SC have to fork over so people (the administration especially) can play golf?

There are 40-50 golf courses/year disappearing because they are not environmentally sustainable, yet Santa Cruz continues to fund this course.  Why?

This report is taken from documents for the University of California Santa Cruz…it shows that City industrial use is 2%, Municipal use is 2%, AND IT SHOWS DeLaveaga golf course irrigation uses 58 millions of gallons per year!! Of note, the golf courses uses potable water – this is water the people of Santa Cruz are paying for.

2% of $30,660,755 total water department budget is $613,215. It is unclear if that is part of the cost of projected expenses for DeLaveaga or is in addition to them.. It is also close to the amount of money for the Net General Fund cost for Bob Lee Community PACT Inebriate Program ($300,000) and Homeless Coordinating Committee Recommendations ($360,000) I venture to say that the cost for youth programs doesn’t even come close to $613,215.

Link here.

Of note: page 180 of Parks and Rec report – De Laveaga golf course’s projected expenses are $2,173,913. The projected income is $285,000 more than this year – from what? listed at $1,705,500

DeLaveaga itself (the park, not the golf-course) projected maintenance expenses are lumped in with other parks page 163 and listed $2,084,958

Of note, The Parks and Recreation budget has increased from $7,950,133 in 2016 to $10,834,113 request for 2018 a 27% increase.  Debbie adds… “Wish I had that kind of increase in income!”.

INPUT ON THE LIBRARY–GARAGE PLAN. As we’ve been hearing almost on the Q.T. the city is really pushing to build a new downtown library on the bottom floor of a new five (5) story parking garage. The Campaign for Sensible Transportation (CFST) sent out important reactions to that plan.

Most important is…an Advisory Committee for the Downtown Library has its first meeting next Wed, June 14th, 6:30pm  at the City Council Chambers

Rick Longinotti from the Campaign F.S.T. says..

Think of us as practitioners of the martial art, Aikido. Coming at us is a proposal for a new library and 5-level garage on the lot where the Downtown Farmers’ Market meets.  You, and the rest of us, need to redirect the City staff’s energy in a more positive direction.

We’ve already noticed a shift in the staff’s position. When they first floated the garage idea at a December Council meeting they did not include Transportation Demand Management (TDM)—incentives for commuters to get to work by means other than single occupant autos. Subsequently the City Manager has directed staff to come up with TDM options for the Downtown Commission and City Council to consider.

The staff are still motivated to build a garage. This is partly due to the belief that future parking demand will grow and cannot be adequately addressed through TDM. This belief is not substantiated by any analytical study. On the contrary, three different consultants advised the City to first implement a TDM program before trying to estimate future demand.

Part of the staff motivation for this project is to build a bigger and better library than what they could spend with library funds alone.

These two meetings are an opportunity for us to redirect some energy. The notion that the Downtown Parking District can afford to build a $37 million garage indicates that there is significant financial energy available for some purpose. Let’s put it to good use:

Rewarding the downtown workforce for not parking (e.g. cash lottery; bus passes; credits at bike stores/ ride sharing/ taxi/Zipcar, etc.)

  1. Programs that address the homeless issue in our downtown.
  2. Reducing/eliminating the parking deficiency fees charged to businesses. We shouldn’t subsidize parking if we don’t want to encourage parking!

If you can’t make the meeting and want to give input, send an email. -Rick Longinotti

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI POEM. Dan Bessie now resident of France (formerly of Santa Cruz and Los Angeles) sent this absolutely perfect poem written by Ferlinghetti decades ago. He is now 98 years old and is of course the co-founder of City Lights bookshop in San Francisco.

“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”

JACK O’NEILL TEE SHIRT DAY. John Sandidge of KZSC’s Bushwhackers Breakfast Club fame is organizing a special day this Friday June 9. Nearly everybody in Santa Cruz owns an O’Neill tee shirt. Let’s all wear them this Friday. So far KPIG, Good Times, KSCO, KZSC, Snazzy Productions and Rick Novak are all working on it. Send out notices on your favorite media!!! Actually lots of folks will be wearing their wet suits or any O’Neills gear!!!

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT IN SANTA CRUZ. If you scroll down to last week’s BrattonOnline.Com.  you’ll see a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt visiting here in Santa Cruz.   Cabrillo College “mossback” Bill Grant sent this

“I watched that photo being taken. I was her host for the visit. Picked her up at Monterey airport. The easiest guest I ever had. While we were having tea, a phone call came for her…from Pierre Salinger and the White House. (Pierre S. and I were school mates in LA.) She had to fly to NYC as she was our rep at the UN and there was an important meeting the next morning. So I drove her to SFO, where Air Force One was waiting”. Bill Grant. Ask Bill what a Cabrillo “mossback” means.

LOCAL TRUMP VOTES. 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!!!


The Santa Cruz cash cow is being prodded towards the Economic Development barn where greasy palms wait, eager to milk her dry. Four huge projects are planned that promise to forever alter the character of this small town, erasing history, familiarity and human scale. All are facing major community opposition, which begs the question of whose interests are being served.

Let’s start with the Wharf Master Plan (WMP), which was pushed back six months ago by significant public opposition and community scrutiny of its inadequate environmental review. You may recall that the WMP, drawn up on paper by the San Francisco urban planning firm ROMA, was funded by an 850 thousand dollars grant from the Federal Department of Commerce applied for by the city under the category of tsunami relief. Never mind that the wharf sustained no significant damage from the tsunami unlike the harbor, which did. This money, augmented by 150 thousand dollars from the Parks and Recreation Department’s budget paid for ROMA to inspect the wharf pilings (the vast majority found to be in good condition) and to draw up on paper a plan for a complete make-over of the century old wharf ignoring its history and its place in the hearts of most Santa Cruzans and long- time visitors to this iconic landmark.
The city has just announced the beginning of the process for an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) for the Wharf Master Plan. It took two and a half thousand people signing a petition of Don’t Morph the Wharf and a letter from an environmental attorney to pressure the city to agree that a project of such environmental significance requires an EIR.  Of course EIR’s rarely reject a project if the bias and intent is to forge ahead and the city makes no bones that this is the direction for the Wharf Master Plan ( WMP). Council members could reject the project, which is a political battle. A meeting for public input on what should be included in the EIR is being held on Wednesday June 14th at 6:30PM in the Police Community Room.

On the same evening and at the same time in the city council chambers is a meeting of the newly formed Library Advisory Committee to discuss plans for the renovation or removal of the current downtown library to be squashed under a five story parking garage where the Farmers’ Market is located on Wednesday afternoons. The removal of the library from its current location, the erection of a five story mausoleum to the automobile and the displacement of the Farmers Market all face significant community opposition. Disdain for the public is evident in the city’s decision to hold such important meetings at the same time as well as proposing such unpopular projects in the first place. Of course it’s not about the public: it’s about profit. Assurances that such profit will eventually trickle down in the form of money for social services echo the sophistry from the Reagan era.

Add to the above the Corridors Plan and the Downtown Recovery Plan, both on the fast track for council approval and both being a windfall for real estate interests and developers and you get a feel for the magnitude of this re-make of Santa Cruz. Of course Santa Cruz has changed over the past century and folks from that era would hardly recognize their town. Sure change is inevitable but that truism conceals the drivers of change and whose direction it favors. Except for developers and city officials who serve their interests, who would object now if locals in the their respective eras had successfully headed off the Dream Inn; allowed the San Lorenzo to meander in a natural riverbed with flood control achieved by building on higher ground; saved the original Downtown Library; required UCSC to stay within sustainable growth limits? Change can occur in many directions, not just the one on developer’s spreadsheet. The sheer magnitude of what is on the city’s development wish list requires that we organize and demonstrate to the decision-makers that we refuse to lose any more of Santa Cruz to the highest bidder.

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).

Picture of the Week:

Dr. Charlie Clements and CA State Sen. Bill Monning at The Pride Parade 2017

“If you are going over a cliff and you slow down, you are still going over the cliff”.

–Paul Hawkin

Cliff Diving
President DonaldTrump‘s not slowing down. His wrong-headed, anti-science message of spite came quickly and boastfully this past week. He declared that the US would be leaving the 197 other nations who participated in negotiating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as the Paris Agreement. This decision may go down as on one of the great historical markers of our century by an administration that history will likely treat as an infamous malignant cancer, only to be remembered as an erratic frog who momentarily basked in a pot of boiling. As a result of Trump torching the Paris Agreement, I have been approached by three separate groups looking for Santa Cruz City Council resolutions to 1) Impeach Trump—ten cities have already passed one and many Santa Cruz Indivisible members see this action as paving the way for a 2018 actual impeachment when the Dems have a good shot at getting the House of Representatives back; 2) pass the Paris Agreement now, was perhaps the big-ticket email message filling up my in-box this week, and 3) oppose the current administration’s review of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and preserve and protect all marine sanctuaries (there are four) in California. That’s right folks, with Daffy Donald in the pond no environmental accomplishment is safe.Hang together everyone…or we shall surely hang separately…

Pride Day in Santa Cruz!
Never saw such crowds on Pacific Avenue this past Sunday. (Okay, not since last year’s Pride) Pride Day makes you really proud to live, work and play in Santa Cruz…no room for hate here, day for everyone to lay down our varied political swords and shields and march under one banner…it is as hypnotic and peace-building as it is awe-inspiring and visionary to see our community come together around some remarkably hard-won struggles: the rights and respect for the GLBTQI community in our community. I felt it today in large doses. I marched with the “politico” contingent, which included Santa Cruz City councilmembers David Terrazas, Richelle Noroyan, and Mayor Cynthia Chase; our US Representative, Jimmy Panetta was there too and so were Supervisors Ryan Coonerty, Zach Friend, and John Leopold. Of course, our own (and the state of California’s too),Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird seemed to be everywhere. I even got to talk Sacramento and Warriors basketball politics with State Senator, Bill Monning, who then introduced me to one of my long-ago heroes, Charlie Clements. I first came across Clements when he was doctoring in remote villages in El Salvador as the US was funding a terrorist government in the capital, San Salvador. Witness to War, his book and subsequent movie were well known amongst the aid workers in Nicaragua where I was running a Spanish language programat the time. Clements’ work helped crystalize why we were working in Central America against injustice and outright hypocrisy of another now discredited US Republican administration—Reagan, Weinberger, Schultz, Kirkpatrick and Abrams. Remember that motley crew of rightwing zealotry?! We thought our government had hit rock-bottom…until “the Donald” showed up. I ended up marching in the Pride parade behind Monning and alongside Clements, what a joy! Clements is recently retired from the Kennedy School at Harvard and told me he was able to weave human rights training into every policy course he taught. Go Charlie!

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Bernie Tweet of the Week We cannot be ‘America first,’ or ‘Germany first.’ We all have our own interests, but we must be an international community.”

*Because That’s Where the Money Is!

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 attended both of the Special Meetings called by the County Board of Supervisors last Friday and Saturday (yes, Saturday 6/3)  morning at Hotel Paradox.  The sole purpose was interviewing prospective candidates for County Administrative Officer (CAO).  

Friday’s meeting included the Technical Advisory Group, which included two people from San Mateo and Marin Counties as well as very limited staff from Santa Cruz County.  The applicants remained obscured.  

In fact, much of this process has been and remains obscured from the public.  One other member of the public and I discussed this with the County Supervisors during the mandated public comment period.  I asked about the criteria that the Supervisors would be using to evaluate candidates.  No response.

I also asked why the interviews could not be conducted in the County Building immediately next door, rather than spending a lot of taxpayer money on lavish meeting rooms and food.  Hotel Paradox staff told me the rooms reserved by the County cost $1000 for a morning, just for the use of the room.  Food is extra.  

Two of the six candidates interviewed were from other states…did taxpayers pay for their rooms?

Saturday’s Special Meeting was without the Technical Advisory Group.  The goal that day was to select the final candidate.  I still got no answer to a request for the evaluation criteria or for the public’s ability to observe the interviews.  I wonder whom the Board chose?  Stay tuned….


I attended an orientation meeting for prospective County Civil Grand Jury last week.  I learned a great deal.  What I thought interesting is that grand jurors are naturally not allowed to discuss any aspect of investigations with anyone other than fellow grand jurors, but that gag order extends in perpetuity.  It is a misdemeanor to violate that silence.

Wow.  I think I can keep a secret….


I just witnessed massive bulldozers digging within the heart of the archaeologic site CA-SCR-222, dumping the dark brown earth into a dump truck.  The dump truck unloaded the earth on the other side of the construction site, near where the diesel tank was illegally removed and contaminated soils.  Another bulldozer then spread the archaeologic site soil all around.

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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).


Pictured is former United States Secretary of State George P. Schulz. After serving as Secretary of State, Schulz served as a member of the Board of Directors of Theranos, Inc. There seems to be some considerable evidence that Theranos was a company engaged in a financial scam.  Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Weaver has written a number of articles about the company, which claimed to have developed a revolutionary new technology for taking blood samples. Weaver’s most recent article, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, said this in its two lead off paragraphs:

“Two former Theranos Inc. directors said they didn’t follow up on public allegations that the Silicon Valley blood-testing firm was relying on standard technology rather than its much-hyped proprietary device for most tests, according to newly released court documents. In depositions, the highly decorated former directors—former U.S. Navy Adm. Gary Roughead and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz —who were board members when concerns of employees and regulators became public—said they didn’t question Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes about the matter. Schulz was specifically quoted as saying that he “didn’t probe into” whether the company’s technology was working, adding: “It didn’t occur to me.” This is, actually, both alarming and all too common.

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~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’s  “movable event” center!! Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s ” Crooks and Witches” 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: “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (, consider some thoughts on being here now (as we used to say in the ’60s), enjoy a vintage illustrated storybook that just plopped into my lap, and pardon me while I blush over this thrilling video review of Alias Hook on You Tube. Also, can Wonder Woman save the superhero movie? Find out in this week’s Good Times!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

THE WEDDING PLAN. A young woman of 30 living in Jerusalem plans on getting married, but her guy leaves her a few weks 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.

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.

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 half way 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.

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.

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.

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB “ADIOS”. Nowhere near as good as the first documentary that  Wim Wenders directed. Most of the original Social Club died, the Club site has been totally changed and we learn that the original musicians got together for the first time just two days before they shot the world famous movie and resulted in that huge worldwide hit album. An amazing story, you’ll probably cry if you love their music at all. Go see it the music will still move you, and it adds to the “lure” of Cuba. ENDS Thursday June 8

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.

A QUIET PASSION. This one got a 94 from Rotten Tomatoes,,,not from me. It’s part of poet Emily Dickinson’s life story. Emily is played by Cynthia Nixon and she’s wonderful. He’s hard to recognize but Keith Carradine plays her dad. (remember when his real dad John Carradine played at Cabrillo College’s Summer Theatre?). The entire film and everybody in it is stiff, cold, unemotional, and it feels like only a string of quotes strung together, with not a genuine human reaction to be seen…or felt. ENDS Thursday, June 8.

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. There’s not that separates this teen age Hallmark Greeting Card feel- good saga from the rest of the teeny muck cutesy flicks except the extreme cruelty of the girl’s mother. The acting is passable for a teen-age movie and all of the audience attending when I was there were teenagers. So go if you are a teenager, but any older than that….stay home or better yet go see Citizen Jane. Ends Thursday, June 8.

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

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. Author Vinnie Hansen talks about her new mystery novel “Lostart Street” on June 6. She’s followed by Justin Stack from Listening Stack talking about ear health, hearing aids, and surfer plugs.  June 13 brings historian/author Sandy Lydon back to surprise us with NEW 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. BrattonOnline columnist and activist Gillian Greensite reports on area issues on June 27. 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

You never know how you can have an impact on other people’s lives. I mean, some things are pretty obvious, but then sometimes it just sneaks up and smacks you upside the head 🙂

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.


“There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter”,  Billy Connolly

“Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month for madness”. Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Canary

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or good people and noble ventures”.  M. F. K. Fisher

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