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OUR ORIGINAL SANTA CRUZ PUBLIC LIBRARY. With funds donated by Andrew Carnegie this great structure went up in 1908 and being Santa Cruz, it was destroyed in 1966.Obviously it was replaced by what we have now.                                                

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DATELINE March 13, 2017

DALI & DISNEY. Talk about your odd couple…yet these two guys had some dreams in common..


MAGIC . Tons of slight of hand on You Tube but this one really got to me…

FIRST THE BEACH FLATS, NOW THE POST OFFICE. I’m guessing many of us are wondering about the chain link fence that was put up last week around the U.S. Post Office, Santa cruz branch. Is this another Trump government /police tactic against the homeless like last month’s raid on Beach Flats against immigrants? Did our Santa Cruz Police put up the fence…which branch of what government is responsible. The post office is Federal property, and just exactly what laws were the homeless breaking when they slept and hung out there? It’s been days and still I haven’t seen a word in the Santa Cruz Sentinel…am I missing something here? By the way now that the Santa Cruz police have admitted to having a permanent Homeland Security office and official in their building and since they said they would be “evicting” him soon…just when will that be?


The NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, and the Santa Cruz chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom invite you to take part in a community reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. It’s where he connected militarism, capitalism, and racism – an electrifying speech. We will read it from 1 – 3 pm on April 2nd – close to the 50th anniversary of the speech (April 4th) – on the steps of the downtown Post Office.  There are many more questions and opposition to that fence. The Post Office Building is a designated Historic building and to alter or deface or erect new additions is illegal. Who’s in charge of all this, who’s behind it?

RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL? Just like Bruce McPherson gave up the Republican Party just in time, and Ryan Coonerty and Mike Rotkin ditching de-sal in split seconds we are seeing our local Santa Cruz City Council future being re-shaped. First J.M Brown who lost his first City Council campaign, now attending The People’s Democratic Club (PDC) meeting trying to score new left – progressive votes!!! Then we have Mike Rotkin almost a guaranteed council candidate, actually agreeing and having his name associated with Rick Longinotti’s in The Sentinel. Another topic worth mumbling about is whether or not Cynthia Mathews would run again. She’s lost big popularity according to the last election results and insiders say she’s also lost some of her usual force and drive. WRITE THIS DOWNCynthia Chase and Richelle Noroyan are up for re-election, and David Terrazas is out after 8 years.

WELLS FARGO & SANTA CRUZ CITY MONEY? Our city apparently has millions invested in Wells Fargo Bank for various purposes and tasks as well as in other financial institutions. How can we citizens (voters) get the city to stop Wells Fargo… and their crooked business deals and screwing their customers? Plus the no less serious investing and supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline project? Both Seattle and Davis, California pulled their accounts with Wells Fargo. If we are really, really going to be a world class city we need to join them.


As the U.S. Edition of The Guardian stated….”While housing shortages and homeless epidemics have afflicted communities up and down the west coast, a major crisis has emerged in Santa Cruz, the liberal seaside city 80 miles south of San Francisco, known internationally for its surfing and laid-back boardwalk attractions. With a swelling presence of Airbnb short-term rentals and university students, Santa Cruz has increasingly become unaffordable and inhospitable to many longtime low-income workers and middle-class families, and experts say the tech boom and housing crunch in nearby Silicon Valley is exacerbating the displacement”.

The Guardian continues… ‘Least affordable’ housing in the US. Santa Cruz, which was originally controlled by Mexico, was incorporated as a California town in 1866. The city is constrained by mountains and the ocean but has steadily grown since the gold rush, attracting agriculture and commercial fishing along with a vibrant resort community and tourism industry. Housing development has not kept pace with the growth of the population, which is now 62,000 in the city and 270,000 total in Santa Cruz County. The county has added roughly one housing unit for every 10 new residents in recent years, according to county housing manager Julie Conway”. AND in spite of this we are hearing and seeing the usual Business suspects like the Chamber of Commerce and developers up the gazoo clamoring to bring in more big business, build more high rises and so on. They use the same old numb & dumb slogan ” Growth will bring in the taxes which support our civil services’ which has been disproven eons ago. Stop the growth, stop the development. It’s never too late. Look at San Jose por ejemplo.

CABRILLO MUSIC FEST’S BIG NEW SEASON. The new music director Cristian Macelaru has lined up some guaranteed big attractions for this years Cabrillo Music Festival. When you have names like Lou Harrison, John Adams, Evelyn Glennie and Jake Heggie you know some serious planning has been done. This season’s highlights include seven world premieres, one US premiere, three West Coast premieres, plus 11 composers in residence. They are… Karim Al-Zand, Clarice Assad, Gerald Barry, Michael Gandolfi, Aaron Jay Kernis, David T. Little, Cindy McTee, Christopher Rountree, Gabriella Smith and James Stephenson. Special guest artists include Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Jennifer Frautschi (violin), Gemma New (conductor), Clarice Assad (piano/vocals), Keita Ogawa (percussion), Jason Hardink (piano), and Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone). Go here for more details and figure ways to get your tickets early. . Also IF you have an extra room or space and want to partake in the extra fun of the Festival, share a space/ bedroom with a Festival musician…especially if you live near the Civic auditorium. Then too you could volunteer to be an usher or donate $$ or help out at the street Fair. Remember, no more concerts at San Juan Bautista Mission!


I urge you to take a walk to the new construction site at 555 Pacific Avenue to view the future of Santa Cruz if development interests are left unchecked. It is just around the corner from the first roundabout. You can’t miss it. It towers over and dwarfs every other familiar landmark. Its bulk and scale transform the area into an unrecognizable urban wind tunnel. Soon, its 99 rental units will be occupied, with maybe 4 to a unit, and this formerly quiet stretch of the town will lose its identity. If it were the only example there might be less concern. However, such developments are on track for approval (or have already been approved) across Santa Cruz, particularly for downtown and the eastside although the far westside has its share of dense new ugly.

This transformation of Santa Cruz has its supporters. Of course those who stand to make money from the growth are first in line. City planners seem to like it, either because it brings in money to hire more planners or they don’t live in town. Otherwise one would expect the staff reports to temper such growth and require developers to keep to height and zoning ordinances rather than continuously requesting variances, which the council majority approves. Newcomers who have no feel for what gives this town its character don’t seem to mind the growth and urbanization so long as they can get their new downhill mountain bike trails pushed into Pogonip and De Laveaga. Some progressives see this as “smart growth” and as long as folks get out of their cars and onto their bikes, see no problem with density and loss of identity. Tethered to smart phones and whatever new technology is around the corner, more and more people are losing connection to and seeing value in the human landscape from the past.

Local historian Ross Gibson as quoted in the Sentinel of 2/28/17 said it best: “Santa Cruz is constantly renewing itself and always pretending that there was never anybody there before them. They’re taking over a neighborhood without any identity as far as they’re concerned. We have a tough time in Santa Cruz on the historic end, trying to pass down from one generation to the next, the things that are of value to us and an identity that made the community what a wonderful place it is today.”

Examples of such local loss are legion. La Bahia was a big one. Curious how deliberate neglect on the part of the Seaside Company and some peeling paint sent many into the “tear down and transform” camp. There is little we can do about such losses now. But there is much that remains that is worth fighting for. The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf is a big one. There are many who see that effort as worthwhile as evidenced by the 2500 people who signed the “Don’t Morph the Wharf” petition, both locals and visitors alike. Another is the Downtown Recovery Plan, the transformation of downtown with up to 85 feet high buildings, especially along Front Street adjacent to the San Lorenzo River. This Plan is currently wending its way through the approval process and comments on the Initial Study are due Friday March 17th. You can find it here

Proponents of this new urbanization like to label those of us who oppose it as “out of touch” or “nostalgic”. “Get over it”, they say. Or that growth is inevitable and this is the best way to accommodate it. Nothing is inevitable about human action. It’s a struggle; its political; its difficult but nothing is pre-determined. Far from being nostalgic, we see the human value in what is left of the unique character of Santa Cruz in a rapidly homogenizing, urbanizing world. We also see the finite nature of natural resources that cannot accommodate the bottomless pit of demand on the part of the wealthy to live in Santa Cruz, nor the town’s ability to cater to the unfettered growth of UCSC. The future of Santa Cruz is at a tipping point. Money, power and influence heavily weight one side. Ordinary folks speaking out can as always tip the scales.

~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).


majority report #8                                         March 13, 2017


First, some good stuff that happened at the city council.

A two-way bike path on Pacific Avenue from Church to Cathcart Street was recently approved by the city council. This measure has been a long time in coming and…might this action be the preface for what residents have been crying out for ever since I arrived in 1980: a car-free Pacific Avenue?! This undertaking by the council should be a boon for cyclists wanting to go toward the beach through downtown. In addition, the council also voted to look for a vendor to run a “Bike-Share” program. Think Portland or Minneapolis or NYC where bike-share programs are enormously popular and really work. I have my fingers crossed that it will be successful. It will begin with a modest fifty bikes and five stations.

The council also passed a “Declaration of the City of Santa Cruz as a Sanctuary for all its Residents.” We are a real, affirmative, legislatively-approved “sanctuary city” now. Which by the way, does mean something, despite what mainstream media pundits might say. It means that we welcome immigrants here to Surf City, and we will go out of our way to offer you protection and no one should make no mistake about that! (Gawd, I love double negatives.)

All these decisions were unanimous.

Also, once again it was reiterated by certain city authorities that it’s just a vicious rumor, spread by “certain people,” that public parking will actually be taken off of the Soquel and Water Street corridors anytime soon. That is good news too for many Eastsiders. No ordinance yet to preserve the parking, but we’re working toward that!

Now, the psycho-S*** and navel-gazing part of council life (it’s important though)

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~(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’s (3/7) Soquel Creek Water District Board meeting drew another standing-room-only crowd from the neighborhoods near the District offices. The District has been seriously considering the installation of a sewage treatment plant in that location, immediately adjacent to a quiet residential neigborhood. Those people feel the District staff has not been forthright in the information presented and are paying little attention to the neighborhood concerns. They are not happy. Here is a link to the neighborhood online petition.

The Board started off by discrediting nearly all of the Water for Santa Cruz information. I had already been publicly accused by Ron Duncan at the previous meeting of speaking false information, but without any substantiation. He never responded to my message asking for clarification on exactly what I said that was false. The Board then made all the people wait for the item on the agenda relative to the Carollo Engineer presentation on contaminants. I had seen this presentation before at the Secondary Supply Subcommittee meeting, and I noticed that this time, there were no charts or information about what contaminants persist through various stages of treatment process. I was still outside in the hallway at that point but tried to look in to see the presentation screens. He also addressed the issue of high energy demand that is inherent with the reverse osmosis process. He quickly said that it takes less than desal, so it is a good choice.

By the time the Board finally let people speak, many had left.  Many talked about the lack of clear and honest communication that the District has had with the community. Many are worried about their property values. I raised the issue of the later item on the agenda where the Board would consider a draft agreement with Santa Cruz City for wastewater. The Board insisted it is not a draft contract, just a memorandum of understanding. I also talked about NDMA and the fact that it makes it through the reverse osmosis process about 50% of the time. The presenter insisted that it is all removed by UV, but that is not what the presentation showed at the Subcommittee meeting… NDMA was there, but below State health levels. There were 17 other contaminants that made it through R/O, but were shown to be removed by UV disinfection.

The Board then took a break, at which nearly all of the audience left. There was then, albeit out of order for the agenda listing, a very interesting presentation by Mr. Vind from Denmark, representing a company that has sponsored him to live in Los Gatos for three years to promote the use of Electro-Resistivity Technology (ERT) to map salinity in groundwater supplies, including areas UNDER the Bay. He mentioned Dr. Knight from Stanford, who has recently published her work using this technology to assess the sea water intrusion along the beaches from Seaside to Capitola. It is the same technology, but Mr. Vind insists that his company can use it to get information about the aquifer areas that are beneath the seawater interface. Director Bruce Daniels pointed out that Dr. Knight has said the technology does not work reliably for that situation.

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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).

Sunday, March 12, 2017 #71 / Article II


The Constitution of the United States is organized into seven different “Articles.” The first three Articles outline the duties of the three branches of government that the Consitution establishes:

Article I – Legislative
Article II – Executive
Article III – Judicial

This is pretty basic, and most of us understand the concept pretty well. Each branch of the government has its own assignment, or assignments, and to the degree that the government is going to be able to act at all, the three branches have to “agree,” or at least not “disagree.” The fact that each branch can (and is supposed to) act as a “check and balance” on the other branches is one of the ways we make sure that our democratic government doesn’t turn into despotism. 

Speaking about despotism, I sense some concern about the potentially despotic tendencies of our current president. Some are calling him “erratic” (raise your hand if you agree), but despotic or erratic tendencies shouldn’t cause any terminal hysteria among the public, if our governmental system is, in fact, operating as it’s supposed to. To have any chance of enduring over time, a governmental system must be robust enough to survive an “erratic” period, once in awhile.

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~Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney for indivuduals 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 depicts Danged UCSC students facing reality…or Santa Cruz!!! Scroll below just a bit…

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Tim Eagan’s “The President Who Cried Wolf” 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: “Childhood is not for sissies. But marginalized kids on the fringes of the social norm get their story told with humor an compassion in the charming animated featutre, My Life As a Zucchini, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday Carol Panofsky presents… “MUNCHING WITH MOZART & FRIENDS” it’s this Thursday, March 16th, 12:10 – 12:50 at the Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown Branch – in the upstairs Meeting Room. It’ll feature Mozart and Chopin played by Carol Panofsky and Ben Dorfan, solo pianists. Carol will be playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)  Sonata in A Major, K. 331 and Ben will play Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Ballade in G Minor, op. 23. Get there early, the good- but few seats fill fast.

JEWEL THEATRE’S “The Dance of Death” a play by August Strindberg plays March 16-April 9 at the Colligan Theatre over in the Tannery Arts Center. Wikipedia says it has black humor. It’s about a soured marriage and reviews have almost always said it has overtones of George and Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. Tickets and more information here.

PATRICE VECCHIONE’S ONE—WOMAN SHOW. Author, artist, teacher, poet and performer Patrice Vecchione has created and will perform her newest one –woman show “Words Dressed & Undressed:Women, Aging & Identity” Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18 at the Center Stage Theatre 1001 Center Street. With humor, fashion and flair she’s put together a performance that reveals much of her most surprising personal history. Get tickets at Brown Paper Tickets online.

LAND OF MINE. Denmark’s entry for best foreign film 2017. Subtitled and deeply magnificient. Pefrectly acted, 100% engrossing, and for me it was a deep as any Greek tragedy. It’s 1945, the Germans lost the war and Denmark has forced 1000’s of young Deutsche POW’s to defuse and de-activate the millions of land mines that they buried along the miles of Denmark’s beaches. Human, realistic, painful, If you like films that make you think AND re-consider what you hold deeply, go see this one… as quick as possible.

KONG:SKULL ISLAND. Kong is back and after his appearance about 45 minutes into the film I figured why Kong is always mad. Unlike all gorillas, Kong has hair all over his butt and he has no penis! He does have his usual minute or two with a beautiful blonde…that’s Brie Larson (playing Faye Wray). Samuel. L. Jackson is a very bad guy, Tom Hiddleston is the big hero John Goodman gets killed before you expect it and John C. Reilly saves the movie from being just another numb & dumb box office smash. It beat Logan at the ticket office so that proves it. Truthfully though, it isn’t all bad IF you like monster gorilla movies.

LOGAN. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart lower themselves considerably by playing the lead roles in this last of the Wolverine series. I’ve tried hard and failed to stop thinking that this is exactly the kind of film I’ll bet that Donald Trump likes. Even though the Wolverine (Jackman) is a comic book character and the special effects are just about 90% of the picture, the cruelty, killing, blood, evil, are all so typical of today’s biggest boxoffice hits, it’s too over the top for me. No plot, no emotions, no humanity…just more blood and more killing. Even the ending when Wolverine is in a stone covered grave I kept worrying and watching to see if some of the stones didn’t start shaking, meaning we’ll be tortured by an even worse Wolverine # 10. Yes Jackman has played the part nine times!!! Go if you like Donald Trump type movies.

MOONLIGHT. Best Oscar film 2017!!! For starters, Moonlight has a 98 % on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s not just me who really not only enjoyed this tale of drugs, gangs, and love, but people who like deep, serious films loved it too. Set in Miami, this sharp, delicate, brilliant story of a Black man’s life is told in three parts. It’s best not to read too much about the plot and just watch with wonder as it unfolds. You’ve never seen a film like this one. Yes, It’s back again…many nominations and winning an Oscar did it!!

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. James Baldwin began writing a book in 1979 and this documentary uses the 30 pages his finished as continutity between the 6 chapters in the film. The links are stories of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evans. It’s Baldwin working for unity and equality and we all need to see this film. It’s a lesson in humanity, and probably no Republicans or any of the 22, 438 Santa Cruz Trump voters will see this important film. It’s narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and got a 98 % on Rotten Tomatoes. Please see it!!!

A UNITED KINGDOM. “Based on a ture story” has almost become a law for movies lately…but this one really is. And It’s an excellent film. There’s a bunch of Black & White themed films out there now and that’s a good thing. This “historical” film about the King of Botswana land falling in love with and marrying a white Brit. woman is still deeper and more meaningful than most of the rest. (“Loving”, etc.) Recent award winner David Oyelowo and the brilliant Rosamund Pike star of Gone Girl (one of my favorite actors) grab hold of every scene and make you believe it. More than that you (we) become completely involved with the story. Somehow you’ll begin to wonder just how far you’d go in this “mixed marriage” thing. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 85%.

GET OUT. Rotten Tomatoes gives this one an amazing 99%. Plus, it’s a huge box office hit !!! That’s surprising to everybody because it’s a low budget semi horror-comedy, black and white theme film. Probably released in February because that’s when they release films that aren’t expected o make much money. Catherine Keener is about the only actor whose name any of us might know. It’s a white girl brings home a black boyfriend topic. Only it goes into zones and situations that will amaze and get you laughing!! Wild, inventive, new, fine acting, twisted…you’ll love it.

LION. A true story of a little 5 year old boy getting lost in India. At last we get to see Dev Patel portray somebody serious and he does an excellent job. It’s a very cornball plot that you can guess every turn and twist, but still just because it’s India you do stay tuned in all the way through. Rooney Mara is his girlfriend for part of the plot and Nicole Kidman is the Australian wife who adopts him. It’s 100% feelgood and there are much better films out and around now, but it does have a certain charm.

HIDDEN FIGURES. A syrupy, Hollywoody much- altered story of three Black American women who did spectacular mathematical and technical work at NASA while fighting against a lot of racial and female prejudice. All to launch John Glenn into orbit. It’s both a cute and painful story at the same time. It’s a contender and still lacks something that could have made it a classic. It almost outdrew Star Wars on opening weekend!

LA LA LAND. It all depends on how much you remember the glorious and very bright and brilliant days of the Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Betty Grable, even Barbara Striesand, Judy Garland, and especially Ginger Rogers musicals. La La Land works very hard to convince us that the world hasn’t changed since those days and tries earnestly to recreate the innocence, and obvious genius of those performers. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make La La Land fun and happy to a degree, but it’s not the same. The music and songs aren’t anywhere near as good and the photography of today’s LA doesn’t add much either, besides that Stone and Gosling are not professional dancers or singers like all of above. It’s like having Eddie Redmayne play Tarzan.   

JOHN WICK Chapter 2. Keanu Reeves is back as the star of this sequel. That should be warning enough. One of the most splatteringly bloodiest films I’ve seen in years. Seems like all American made big studio films are violent nowadays, but this one is more than that. They justify the plot by adding sworn Mafia type family oaths , scenes in Rome, and just blood and more blood and as I said, most of it gets splattered on walls… a lot. However. I’m more than willing to entertain the possibility that it’s a generational thing. Most of my younger friends love it…and Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%!! It’s in “THE SAME VEIN” as Logan and Jack Reacher movies.



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. Patrice Vecchione returns March 14 to talk about her one-woman show “Dressed and Undressed” happening March 17 & 18, then Bruce Van Allen from the Affordable Housing Now and S.C. Tenant’s Organizing Committee will talk about short term vacation rentals.  Espressivo conductor and artistic director Michel Singher talks about their March 30 concert on March 21 followed by Chip from The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz. Roy Malan discusses the Hidden Valley String Orchestra concert happening April 9. John Aird follows with an overview of UCSC growth, water, and our tourist driven wharf plans. On April 4 Linda Burman-Hall returns to talk about The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s spring concerts. After Linda, Ben Leeds Carson details the April In Santa Cruz concerts. 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

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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.


“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Joseph Fort Newton

“If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals . . . We are all human beings, individuals, fragile eggs. We have no hope against the wall: it’s too high, too dark, too cold. To fight the wall, we must join our souls together for warmth, strength. We must not let the system control us — create who we are. It is we who created the system. (Jerusalem Prize acceptance speech, JERUSALEM POST, Feb. 15, 2009)” Haruki Murakami

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance”. Robert Kennedy

“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect”. Ronald Reagan

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