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March 22 – 28, 2017

PACIFIC AND CATHCART STREETS, Downtown Santa Cruz, November 29, 1950. This is where you’ll find Kianti’s Pizza and Hoffman’s Bistro.  The building that says “Fulmer’s Furniture” was once upon a time  known as The Good Times Building. It was owned by Jay Shore the original creator and publisher of Good Times. With an incredible piece of luck he sold the building a very short time just before the 1989 earthquake.                                          

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE March 20, 2017

PLAYING THE PIPES. Don’t tell John Malkin about this…he’ll be playing them too
IMPEACHARA…face your problem. Do you suffer from T.I.A.D.? The Shadowbrook’s Ted Burke sent this one. He adds…” For all the anti-Trump people out there and those who aren’t but appreciate good political humor no matter the target. Good fer what ails ya . . .
TRUMP’S TOP SECRET MARCHING BAND. Their precision is stunning but somehow it’s also scary.

BLACK “POLICE” CARS…PLEASE TELL US. I believe it was last Saturday and I was driving around the Santa Cruz Police Headquarters area when two sleek, all black, no white doors, black searchlights cars turned the corner. Each contained a pair of some kind of uniformed personnel. Who or what are they? ICE staffers/agents? some secret unmarked Santa Cruz Police? Anybody know who or what these cars are doing here? Lemme know ASAP

POWER TO AND FOR THE PEOPLE. Supervisors Bruce McPherson and John Leopold appear to be genuinely in support of and are actively pushing the Monterey Bay Community as a group to buy our electric power at wholesale prices from PG& E and forming our own power company so we can get that power at more reasonable rates. Other California communities like Palo Alto have been doing it for decades. It’s about time we became involved. Salinas is voting on it Tuesday March 21, 2017. There has been very little coverage in our local papers and here’s what I found in Supervisor John Leopold’s monthly newsletter…

“On February 28th, the Board of Supervisors took a critical step in the creation of a locally run, municipal power utility that will greatly increase the amount of renewable energy in use in Santa Cruz County and beyond. Since 2013, the County has joined with San Benito and Monterey counties and the cities in each county to examine the feasibility of using the Community Choice Energy (CCE) model to provide clean-source power at a cost equivalent to PG&E. This model is used in a number of other counties and would allow our community to choose what kind of power we wanted to pursue while still having PG&E maintain the power lines and provide customer service. Importantly, revenues that have historically flowed to PG&E will stay in our community to help fund renewable energy projects and local jobs. 

Known as Monterey Bay Community Power, the new utility will have rates equivalent to what is now charged by PG&E. A local board of elected officials would set rates and determine the type of energy mix that best serves the community.  My priority will be the reinvestment of revenue from this new entity to create local jobs by creating new renewable energy projects locally. Cities and counties in the three county region have been signing on quickly. While there are still some issues to be resolved, the next step in implementation is putting together the financing for the startup of the operation.  You can read about the Board’s action here. Check out the website for Monterey Bay Community Power here for complete information and updates.

If you go to the MBCP you’ll read…

Monterey Bay Community Power is continuing their effort to move forward in its final phase of formation. Jurisdictions  from throughout the tri-county region are bringing the JPA Agreement and ordinance to their Boards of Supervisors and City Councils for consideration with hopes of seating the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in April 2017 and delivering its first renewable power to local residents and businesses in Spring of 2018. The program is projecting up to 62% renewable energy portfolio as early as 2019, nearly double the 2020 requirement of 33% set by California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

MBCP is being touted as the single most important climate initiative our region can adopt to support local climate action goals. MBCP is receiving broad community support from the public, local businesses, and local non-profits.

The Compact is grateful to all supporters who have contributed public comment at council and board meetings, letters of support, and additional outreach to ensure the success of MBCP. A very special thank you is in order to the County of Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Romero Institute, and Emerging Ecologies for their support and community outreach. The efforts of these organizations have been instrumental in the  recent formation of the JPA. 
Official Joint Powers Authority Members to date: San Benito County, Santa Cruz County, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Marina, Hollister, and  Soledad.

Jurisdictions who have passed the first reading:Watsonville, Gonzales, Seaside, San Juan Bautista,  King City, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey County, Sand City and Monterey.

I don’t know who is responsible for all the pushing and shoving a major move like this takes …and that person should receive a medal (not made of metal!).

DEVELOPING OUR DOWNTOWN. Jean Brocklebank wrote this piece that says everything about what should concern all of us about the City of Santa Cruz, our environment and how little our City Council seems to care about all of above.

“On behalf of Friends of San Lorenzo River Wildlife environmentalist Jean Brocklebank shared concerns sent to City planners, about proposed Downtown Recovery Plan, General Plan and Local Coastal Plan amendments that will have impacts on wildlife.  Those amendments will be a way to make Santa Cruz grow in scale, once more — this time by getting closer to the San Lorenzo River and getting higher into the sky. “Any development along the river corridor will absolutely impact avian species. East-facing windows will reflect the rising sun and cause confusion for birds.  More birds are killed by flying into building windows than by any other means.  FoSLRW expects the City to address this impact and research ways to prevent bird deaths due to new buildings, regardless of height.

“There is precedence for the FoSLRW request.  On Tuesday March 7, 2017 the San Jose City Council voted to prioritize working on bird-safe design guidelines for buildings near creeks. San Jose City staff will begin work on studying this issue over the coming year, and will bring their recommendations to the City Council when this work is finished.  The City of Santa Cruz would be wise to emulate the City of San Jose. FoSLRW wants development farther away from the river and the Riverwalk.  This will allow people to enjoy the river without buildings being built almost on top of it.” Check out Friends of San Lorenzo River Wildlife at

22,438 TRUMP SUPPORTERS (VOTERS) IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. Just repeating this, as promised. Many times this last week I brought up this statistic to friends…it amazes everybody. We should never forget it.

LEAF BLOWER MEETING. Has anybody ever met a human who likes leaf blowers…either gas or power driven? Everybody hates them and other cities are doing something about it….Santa Cruz is finally organizing and maybe we can get the City Council to join the world and again help save the environment and our ears, and noses, and sensibilities.

C.H.A.S.E. (Santa Cruz Coalition for a Healthy And Safe Environment) advocates a ban on the use of gas powered leaf blowers and blowers louder than 55 decibels in the City of Santa Cruz. They have organized a CHASE Postcard Signing Event for : this  Saturday March 25th at the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. Refreshments will be served  & you can drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. The Center is located across from the Municipal Wharf by the tracks at 35 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz.  CHASE invites you, your family, friends, and neighbors to fill out our postcard expressing your support for leaf blower regulation.  CHASE will deliver the postcards en masse to the Santa Cruz City Council with a request for action.  Children are welcome to sign as well; their voices must be heard!  If you cannot attend but would like to sign a postcard, email and we will deliver one or more to you. Alternatively you can sign the online petition

You should also read Steve Kessler’s article from The Santa Cruz Sentinel March 10, 2017 titled Legislators: for quality of life’s sake, ban the leaf blowers!

CABRILLO FESTIVAL HOUSING. I’ve known and still know, dozens of folks who have housed Cabrillo Music Festival musicians during the fest and they love it. Here’s what the Festival says re: sharing a room or space…”Our most critical need!! The Festival is in constant need of donated accommodations to comfortably house our orchestra members, esteemed composers, guest artists, and technical staff. Specifically, if you have a spare bedroom, guest house, or granny unit that you can offer for one to two weeks during the Festival, please contact us right away at: (831) 426-6966, or use the form provided on their website. Our Housing Coordinator Valerie Hayes will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Hosts are not expected to provide meals or transportation, just aclean, safe, and friendly home base while artists are here for the Festival. Housing an orchestra musician is reportedly one of the most rewarding aspects of the Festival experience!


The original Santa Cruz Public Library, built in 1908, was a handsome building. One wonders if locals at the time tried to save it before it was demolished in 1966. Were people too busy or too complacent to try to preserve that beautiful landmark building or were they ignored? Fast forward to 2017 and the future of the Santa Cruz Public Library is again at stake. Built in 1968, the downtown library may lack the imposing presence of its predecessor and may be short on some of the amenities apparently now desired in libraries but skilled renovation could bring it into the modern era while preserving its current existence.  For those who have called Santa Cruz home for decades and who love books, the downtown library is as familiar as a favorite sweater. It is part of the identity of Santa Cruz.

The proposal from city staff is to demolish the current library building and put a new one under a 5 story parking garage on Cedar Street, displacing the Wednesday Farmers’ Market, and removing the stately magnolia trees. I see nothing to like here. Many feel the same way for a variety of reasons. There is a public process for examining the issues before any recommendations are made to council but staff appears to be proceeding as though the proposal is a fait accompli. Maybe they know something we don’t.

The council vote on 12/6/16 called for “an independent study to verify savings of renovation versus a new build” and this study has not been done.  The vote also called for a seven-member citizens’ Downtown Branch Library Advisory Committee and this committee has not yet been formed.  Yet the agenda of the Downtown Commission for Thursday March 23rd at 8:30 AM at city hall includes a Public Works Capital Improvement Program budget recommendation for $2.3 million for a design and environmental review of the parking structure.  This would seem to put the cart before the horse or the car before its alternatives. The three consultants hired by the city all recommended workable measures to reduce demand for parking prior to considering building expensive parking structures. On the one hand staff are recommending removing fifty percent of parking requirements for the new 65 to 85 feet tall mixed-use buildings anticipated for Front and Pacific (an economic boon for developers) and on the other hand staff are citing the lack of parking downtown as justification for a new 5 story parking structure, paid for by the public. Whose side are they on?

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~Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, a member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

#9, March 20, 2017


Every week on theSanta Cruz city council is different. As different as one week is from another , there must be some ties that bind. Perhaps it is the dissimilarities, distinctions, or varying disagreements that occur, which links the calendar dates into a more cohesive narrative that may reveal a picture of my civic life.

Early Monday morning I met with City of Santa Cruz Planning Department’s Principal Planner,Ron Powers, to discuss”The Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report” (re: Downtown Recovery Plan). It was an engaging conversation, which revealed that this is a big plan, folks. Similar to the steroidal Wharf Master Plan, and the market rate housing developer dream known as the“Corridors Plan,” this one contemplates BIG changes in the downtown, for example building heights going to seventy feet along Front Street. It’s a plan that brings together some formidable developer interests too including land-use consultant, Owen Lawlor who teams with Milpitas’ Devcon Construction. And don’t forget Barry Swenson and Doug Ross also have interests in this area. This plan includes parcels from Soquel to Laurel along Front Street, and from Cathcart to Laurel along Pacific Avenue. The question for city council members might be: What will the public benefit(s) be in these forthcoming projects? Affordable units maybe? It’s up to the community to weigh in and make the developers do the right thing. One elephant in this room  is what will the Metro be doing with their property (1.5 acres)? Will they  Play Ball with the developers, or go their own way? Stay tuned, the development of our downtown takes a village.

Later in the day I met with city manager (CM), Martin Bernal to discuss the Tuesday city council meeting agenda, but the conversation was mostly agreeing to disagree over one of his pet projects, the so-called “garage-library,” a five-story behemoth planned for the current site of the Farmer’s Market at Lincoln and Cedar streets. I will continue to update this story as information is made available.

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Bernie quote of the week:

The Republican health care bill… “should be seen as a huge tax break for the wealthiest people in this country.”

~ 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.

No one from the Department of Public Works or County Board of Supervisors has answered that question with regard to the structural integrity inspections of the Aptos Creek Bridge.  I have searched the CalTrans online bridge inspection reports, as Mr. Presleigh, Director of County Public Works suggested (well, he yelled angrily at me, really), but found nothing.  The Public Records Act request I filed for the information has been ignored, with the exception of nine pages of computer gibberish sent me from County Counsel Mr. Nefouse.  

Why doesn’t anyone seem to know the answer to the basic citizen question of “Has the Aptos Creek Bridge been inspected since the major storms?”    Is the 1928 bridge safe?   Will it be able to withstand the sustained heavy construction equipment traffic inherent to the proposed Aptos Village Traffic Phase I Improvement Project as well as the Aptos Village Project?  Many citizens are worried….and the public safety officials are not responding to their questions.

I wonder… DID Barry Swenson Builder and the other Aptos Village Project developers recently bring in the many pieces of massive earthmoving equipment to begin building the 17′-high retaining wall and new road?  Did they travel over the “impaired” washed-out area of Soquel Drive near the trestle or over the questionnable 1928 Aptos Creek Bridge?  

The equipment seemed to arrive overnight.  LOTS of interesting things happen at the Aptos Village Project at night….such as illegally transporting and destroying the 5,000 gallon metal diesel tank that the crew removed from the ground without permit or legal cleaning and  handling.  I wonder where that tank really went?

Soils at the true location of that underground storage tank were never tested or remediated.  That’s because Barry Swenson Builder had covered everything up by the time (eight days later) the County Environmental Health staff became aware of and inspected the site where hundreds of gallons of diesel and who-knows-what-else leaked into the soil as the crew cavalierly ripped it from the ground.  

There has been massive earthwork all around the true tank location, but that site has remained untouched…until this week.  An excavator bit into the edge of the site and WHEW!  The soil smelled of diesel and sewage.  There was no further work there the following day…maybe Air Quality Control Board and County Environmental Health caught wind of the problem?

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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).


#77 DENYING TO THE GRAVE    March 18, 2017
Elizabeth Kolbert has recently written an informative article for The New Yorker. Kolbert’s article is titled, “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds.” In her article, Kolbert reviews three different books. One of the books she reviews is Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us. Kolbert synopsizes Denying to the Grave as follows: 

Jack Gorman, a psychiatrist, and his daughter, Sara Gorman, a public-health specialist, probe the gap between what science tells us and what we tell ourselves. Their concern is with those persistent beliefs which are not just demonstrably false but also potentially deadly, like the conviction that vaccines are hazardous. Of course, what’s hazardous is not being vaccinated; that’s why vaccines were created in the first place. “Immunization is one of the triumphs of modern medicine,” the Gormans note. But no matter how many scientific studies conclude that vaccines are safe, and that there’s no link between immunizations and autism, anti-vaxxers remain unmoved. (They can now count on their side—sort of—Donald Trump …) All three of the books Kolbert reviews are showing us, she says, that “human reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight.”

How on earth could that possibly be? Most of us assume that our ability to reason (greater than the ability possessed by other species) is what has helped us survive in a dangerous world. In fact, Kolbert tells us, citing to the second book she reviews, The Enigma of Reason, by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber:

Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to cooperate. Cooperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For any individual, freeloading is always the best course of action. Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather, it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.

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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. Check out his news re: Shopping bags and the profits see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “Lime Tick Trump” down a few pages. As always, at you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, check out this week’s feature “On Second Thought” (circa 1987) and the ever- entertaining Eaganblog.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “I hope you’re in the mood for surprises, because I have no idea what I’ll be coming up with this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( But the sun is out (for a few days, anyway), the trees are in bud, Spring is lurking just offstage, and anything is possible! But do expect to hear from me about the new Beauty and the Beast movie soon!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

SENSE OF AN ENDING. What a cast!!! Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Emily Mortimer and even Michelle Dockerey who plays a pregnant lesbian. The major, and only problem for me, with this film were the veddy veddy narsty  Brit accents. Adapted from the book this is a sensitive and complex view and review of  Jim Broadbent’s memories of his love lives and his marriage. Its mean and subtle zings and arrows might be depressing for you and you’ll miss being in London if you like London…but go see it quickly. It won’t be many Santa Cruzans cups of tea.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Total 100% Disney sights, sounds and drech. You couldn’t possibly tell the songs from this Disney production from any of the last 30 years of Disney product songs.  A wasted cast includes Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Ewan MacGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Audra McDonald. BUT most of these actors play the roles of animated tea pots and candlesticks. There is or are no reasons to see this re-hash of every commercial triumph the Disney Factory has turned out for more than 50 years. And the kids will probably love it.

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. ENDS THURSDAY March 23.

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 for best picture 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 Evers. 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!!! ENDS THURSDAY, March 23.

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%. ENDS THURSDAY, March 23.

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 to 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!

KONG:SKULL ISLAND. Kong is back and after waiting for 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.



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. .  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, UCSC’s Ben Leeds Carson details the April In Santa Cruz concerts. Carson Kelly tells us about the political force “Indivisible”  on April 11. Followed by Brian Spencer talking about the See Theatre play “The Nether” opening April 14. On May 2nd UCSC Film Professor emeritus Earl Jackson talks about films and his Asian teaching experiences. 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  

Here is the exact opposite of the drum corps above. I love these guys, they’re amazing!

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.


“Ships are expendable; the whales are not”, Paul Watson
“Nature did not put whales on this earth to splash kids while stuck in a pen”, Jane Velez-Mitchell
“If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales”, Oliver Goldsmith
“If I say that I am more interested in preventing the slaughter of large whales than I am in improving housing conditions for people, I am likely to shock some of my friends”, Richard Dawkins

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