Blog Archives

March 21 – 27, 2018

Highlights this week:
BRATTON…and the Dream Inn Cliff & Bay development, UCSC’s East Meadow plot and plans, natural foods markets in the area, Santa Cruz Indivisible, Robbie Schoen is alive and very well, Assassins the musical coming to Ben Lomond…GREENSITE on: two developments of concern…KROHN’s taking a breather…STEINBRUNER about ground water contamination, Aptos Bridge cracked and due to collapse?, County cannabis codes…PATTON re our housing supply and demand…EAGAN and “National Health Alert#15 “Suspicious Mole Trump”…DeCINZO visits a natural foods restaurant…JENSEN and Jewel Theatre’s “Coming Of Age” play…Bratton critiques “Love, Simon” and “Tomb Raider 2018” …UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUESTSQUOTES about “Meadows”


BOULDER CREEK’S MAIN STREET. Circa 1910-1915. According to Donald Clark’s book “Santa Cruz County Place Names” it was named after the “many bowlders in the bed of this creek”!!! The town dates back to the 1860s. It centered on a river water-powered saw mill located there.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

ASSASSINS. See the nearby words talking about the Ben Lomond production coming in May
PACHELBELS CANON IN D MAJOR. Remember when this ancient classic was nearly on everyone’s top ten list?
OBAMA FORGETS TO SALUTE MARINE. May 2013. Ya just gotta miss this guys style.

DATELINE March 19, 2018

DREAM INN EXPANSION….aka…”CLIFF AND BAY PROJECT”. Forces are mobilizing, neighbors are communicating, and environmentalists are strategizing over the newest and largest development our precious beach area has seen since the Dream Inn itself ruined our natural beauty. (Try to imagine our Cowell Beach and the coastline without the Dream Inn!) The Coastal Commission cares about sightlines, and this development would end sightlines for ¾ of West Cliff residents. When do they plan on starting and finishing construction? Are the traffic studies they’ve referenced current and accurate? What’s the total acreage? How many units per acre?

Have their plans been checked for compliance with zoning and the General Plan? What about the immediate and closest residents The ClearView Court Mobile Home Park and their Homeowners association? What’s the guarantee that the developer will adhere to the “affordable” housing percentage required? Or will it too “not pencil out?” Click here to read and see Dream Inn owners Ensemble Real Estate’s own website, and realize that their plotting is all too real!

UCSC’S EAST MEADOW DEVELOPMENT. The UCSC East Meadow Action Committee opens with a perfect description…The East Meadow Action Committee (EMAC) is a group of University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) faculty, students, alumni, staff, and concerned community members. We have joined together in an effort to prevent development on one of the campus’s most important scenic landmarks, the East Meadow, north and east of the intersection of Hagar and Coolidge Drive on the UCSC campus. The open meadows are central to UCSC’s world-renowned design aesthetic. This proposal overturns a fifty-year tradition of environmentally-conscious planning. We support more, better and more affordable student housing and improved childcare facilities on campus. There are other places to build them that do not overturn UCSC’s proudest traditions”.

The website goes into well-developed ideas and issues. It concludes with… “Conclusion: We must provide more campus housing for students, honoring the 2008 compact with the City. Quality childcare is a priority, as is Family Student Housing. But there are certainly other ways to achieve these goals. If it is claimed that this is the only possible solution, we need to say, “not so fast.” For 50 years, campus planners have inventively found ways to grow without wrecking a unique environment. Acting with judiciousness and care we can sustain the traditions of stewardship that have made UCSC famous”.

City on A Hill, which has been producing some of the best reporting in the last school year that I’ve seen in my 48 years of reading it, has an excellent summary of East Meadow issues. One statement was… “Of particular concern was the announcement of development of the new Family Student Housing (FSH) facility in East Meadow, as well as the announcement that UCSC chose Bright Horizons, a for-profit child education company, to operate the early education center at FSH”. Go here to read the full story, . UCSC affects, effects, impacts and re arranges all of our lives, and so we owe it to both the University and our community to keep up, and get involved in these proposed changes.

SIGN THE EAST MEADOW PETITION. There are already 600 signers to the petition. Go here to add your name…

UCSC’s LONG RANGE DEVELOPMENT PLAN. Santa Cruz Board of Supervisor John Leopold’s latest newsletter has a survey from UCSC asking for input on their future. That is more than kind of him…go here…

MORE NATURAL FOODS MARKETS. Many mea culpas everywhere for not checking the statement in last week’s BrattonOnline, about New Leaf now being part of a much larger corporate market chain. The closing statement “Staff of Life is our ONLY local natural foods market” was part of a reader’s email that I printed, and was, it turned out, wrong. Reed Searle led all the fact checkers and pointed out, “Another natural food, health food store Aptos Natural Foods at 7506 Soquel Dr. is a good one”. Steve Premo added, “But isn’t Food Bin locally owned? What about Aptos Natural Foods?” Joan Martin adds that there are two markets in Felton and Boulder Creek that were named New Leaf but have dropped all connections with the Portland New Seasons chain and are now named Wild Roots Markets. I’ll edit and check more carefully, probably.

SANTA CRUZ INDIVISIBLE PLANS. I missed their early date (Sunday March 18) but check out all the other events they have planned. That would be March 25 and beyond

ROBBIE SCHOEN. Finally I got to visit with Robbie Schoen — former director, manager, planner and maitre d’ of the FELIX KULPA Gallery. More than that, Robbie was an integral member of the aesthetic team that hung and planned the design of MAH’s exhibits. Robbie recently went through some intricate brain and skull surgery and is doing beautifully. We’ll all be seeing him back around everywhere very soon.

ASSASSINS, THE MUSICAL…SOON! I love musicals, but only the really good ones. Most of my “good ones” have been written by Stephen Sondheim. Those certainly include Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, Into The Woods, and Sunday In The Park With George. I’ve only seen one production of Assassins, a UCSC student production at Porter College many years ago. It’s so rarely produced that I wanted to urge musical fans and friends to get tickets as soon as they are available. Davis Banta is directing this production at The Mountain Community Theater (MCT) in Ben Lomond at the Park Hall May 4-June 2. The cast comprises both MCT favorites and newcomers to MCT, including Robert Gerbode as John Wilkes Booth, David Jackson as Giuseppe Zangara, Alexander Garrett as Charles Guiteau, Benjamin Canant as Samuel Byck, Brittney Mignano as Sara Jane Moore, Brennan Perry as Leon Czolgosz, John Wasielewski  as John Hinckley Jr., April Bennett as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Sarah Kauffman as The Balladeer, and Mike Stark as The Proprietor.

If you’re wondering about timeliness, here’s some excerpts from a recent review (2017) of assassins. “Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman examine the motivations of the men and women who have killed — or attempted to kill — United States Presidents throughout history. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley and others meet and interact in this revue-style musical. It has mad scenes, melodrama, minstrelsy and vaudeville. Wednesday night, when a character called the Balladeer sang the lyric “Every now and then, the country goes a little wrong,” applause stopped the show for perhaps 20 seconds”.

Still, when Giuseppe Zangara, who tried to kill Franklin D. Roosevelt, calls himself an “American nothing,” or when the nine assassins sing together about “another national anthem” that applies to the likes of them, you may feel, as I did, the rumblings of our unsettled country in your bones. “Assassins” is the report of that unsettlement, and the bang”. Tickets go on sale March 23 at Brown Paper Tickets. A very rare opportunity.

Dateline March 19, 2018

Two massive developments are hurtling towards us like runaway freight trains. If given the green light, both signal a seismic shift from what has long been regarded as the essence of Santa Cruz. One is the proposed building complex on the East Meadow at UCSC. The other is the 4 story retail and housing development proposed for the corner of West Cliff Drive and Bay Street, opposite the Dream Inn.

Alarmist? I don’t believe so.

The motto that captures the unique geography and beauty of Santa Cruz city has forever been: “from the mountains to the sea” meaning you can stand near the ocean and see the faraway mountains and vice versa. This defining essence of place has been severely compromised since I arrived 43 years ago. I’ve watched with sadness its gradual disappearance when new high rise structures replace more modest human scale buildings, many of which housed local businesses that cannot afford the higher rents that such new dense development demands. In some places you can still catch a small glimpse of the former view, in others it’s a visual treasure forever buried.

One significant expanse of this view shed that breathes life into the motto is opened up at the corner of Bay and West Cliff Drive. All along the west cliff stretch you can see the ocean and hear the waves and when you reach Bay Street you look north and see the the sweeping hills of the former Cowell Ranch. Such breathtaking beauty will forever be lost if the Encompass Company development with its 89 condos and apartments, market hall and retail shops is approved by the city council and the Coastal Commission. This is the site of the former Sisters Hospital, a sweet modest stucco building where many long time locals were born. It was torn down in 1980. Currently the site is a surface parking lot, dignified by the presence of some of the biggest heritage trees in town. Planning Director Lee Butler while acknowledging that this is a “visually prominent location” went on to add that, “it is not providing the best face for the city. A surface parking lot is not a great aesthetic.” Such a statement ignores the beauty of the view that this open space allows. The face of the city that the Planning Director apparently favors is condos, townhouses and retail while the developer is enthusiastic that such a development will allow visitors and locals to mingle. Call me silly but mingling with visitors in retail stores isn’t nearly as attractive as the simple beauty of the current vista that mother nature provides for all for free. Stopping this development won’t be easy since the developer has already peeled and offered the city his carrots but we’ve stopped previous developments at this iconic site and we can do it again.

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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.


NO KROHN COLUMN THIS WEEK…he didn’t say why!!

(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).

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Dateline March 19, 2018


I was stunned to see the Board of Supervisors, led by recommendation of Chairman Zach Friend, unanimously approve County support of SB 623 without any discussion whatsoever.  I pulled the item from the Consent Agenda in order to allow for public discussion, but other than a brief quizzical look from Supervisor Bruce McPherson as I described verbatim that the bill will prohibit state and regional authorities from enforcing regulations regarding groundwater contaminators, there was no reaction or discussion from the Board.


I later visited Supervisor Greg Caput’s office to inquire about his inaction.  His assistant informed me that their office had simply looked at the list of non-governmental agencies (namely, the Farm Bureau) that have already signed on in support of SB 623 and agreed to go along with them….but HAD NOT READ THE ACTUAL TEXT OF THE SB 623 PROPOSED LEGISLATION.  His aide pulled up the SB 623 document online, printed it, and started highlighting issues that he saw of concern.   I asked if anyone in their office had read my e-mail, sent three weeks prior and again two days before the Board meeting, wherein I outlined the issues of continued contamination allowed (stated as “enforcement relief” in the previous iteration of this legislation)  and other critical issues, with references to document page numbers and sections of the proposed bill.  NO, they had not.  He pulled it up on his computer and read it for the first time while I was standing there.

I am sure this situation is no different among any of the other four Supervisors…our public servants

I was also surprised to learn that the Quaker Legislative Committee had urged members to send in numerous form letters to the Board to recommend support of SB 623, with no mention of the contamination issues or those low-income households who will be exempt from paying the new water tax MUST APPLY FOR EXEMPTION.  How many do you think really will take that action? It also will allow the State to gobble up 25% of the money for administrative work.  It will not allow small water mutually-owned companies to be eligible for any of the money for water projects, but instead force consolidation with larger water districts that are less-responsive to public concerns and not necessarily run as efficiently.  It will seal all records regarding polluters’ compliance and fee payment records from any Public Records Act requests.  Did the Quakers read the entire 19-page document, or did they also just “take a look at who had already signed on in support”?

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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.

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Dateline March 19, 2018; #78 / What Seems Right May Not Always Be Right

For years, I have read Land Lines, a magazine published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The Institute advertises the magazine this way: “Land Lines draws on Lincoln Institute research to explore land-based solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Connecting the dots between our expertise and major global challenges, Land Lines shows why land policy matters.” In the issue of Land Lines published in January 2018, George W. McCarthy, President of the Lincoln Institute, wrote an article in favor of efforts to provide price controls in local housing markets. McCarthy’s article was titled, “Protecting a Share of the Housing Market,” and his recommendations speak to the kind of conditions that exist in my hometown, Santa Cruz, California. By the way, McCarthy’s credentials are pretty impressive. Click the link to review his resume.
Here is a key paragraph from early in McCarthy’s article (emphasis added):

In his 1949 State of the Union address, President Truman noted that to fill the needs of millions of families with inadequate housing, “Most of the houses we need will have to be built by private enterprise, without public subsidy.” Nearly 70 years later, our collective failure to solve the affordable housing deficit may stem from wrongheaded analysis of the problem, and the conclusion that market-based solutions can be designed to solve the mismatch between the supply of affordable housing and demand for it.

McCarthy, in other words, is telling us that “the market” has not (and will not) ever solve our affordable housing problems. Building more houses, in and of itself, will not result in new housing that is affordable to average and below average income members of the community. 

How could this be? Everyone knows about the so-called “law” of supply and demand. If demand exceeds supply, prices will increase. If a greater supply is provided, prices will fall until supply and demand are balanced. Belief in this supposed “law” of supply and demand leads to efforts to deal with our housing affordability crisis by determining that we need to “build more.” Yet, says McCarthy, this “build more” strategy won’t work to make housing prices more affordable to local residents. It will, though, result in more traffic congestion, more stress on the city budget and city facilities, like parks, and more demand for natural resources, like water.

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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 and subscribe to his daily blog at

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CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Goes to a health food restaurant…see below a scroll or two.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s ” Suspicious Mole 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, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog about getting older.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Aging parents affect the lives of their adult children in surprising ways in Jewel Theatre Company’s new production of Kate Hawley’s “serious comedy,” Coming of Age, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( ). Also, Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge, earns an encouraging review from a prestigious source, and another book to recommend (not mine) from my adventures in reading!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

LOVE, SIMON. This is a very light, music background, story of a teen age boy coming out as gay. It contains drama, real pain, peer and penis envy and it’s still “lighter than heir”. (Pun intended). No stars involved, but it’s a nice movie.

TOMB RAIDER 2018. Angelina Jolie (Oscar winner and ultra conservative actor Jon Voight’s daughter) starred in the first two Tomb Raider films, in 2001 and 2003. Now, with a 50 RT score Alicia Vikander, Dominic West and Kristin Scott Thomas (in a very small role) have tried to bring back that comic book-type spectacle. It’s 98% special effects, and centers on a search for some mythical spirit power…I think. Sleep overtook me, at about 11:30 am on a Saturday morning. Tomb Raider was once a video game, if that gives you any more clues whether or not you’d like it.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN. Daniela Vega is a transgender actor portraying a transgender lover of an older married man. The film just won the Oscar for best foreign film and it should have, it’s an amazing film. It’s in Spanish and directed by Chilean writer director Sebastian Leilo. Daniela Vega did n Oscar presentation last night at the Oscars in the same dress he wore in the film. You’ll learn a lot from this brilliant, touching, accurately acted film. Don’t miss it. I’m emailing all my close movie expert friends to see it immediately.

LADY BIRD. This film restored my faith in great films! RT gives it 100% and it’s the highest rated film in RT’s history!!! Greta Gerwig directed  Saorise Ronan and others in this sincere, well thought out movie. A teen aged daughter and her Mom have a terrible, never ending battle over clothes, religion, dating, sex, college and everything. It all happens in Sacramento in about 2003 , which is somehow appropriate. It’s sensitive, subtle, and surprising. Gerwig breaks many directing rules and creates new plot possibilities. Go see this film. Ps….as I’ve told many folks, it’s definitely not about Lady Bird Johnson!!! ENDS THURSDAY MARCH 22.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. No matter where you’re at sexually this beautiful film deals with a young 17 year old boy in Italy working his way through his sexual coming of age. Armie Hammer plays the 30 year old scholarly hunk who visits the kid’s parents. You remember Armie Hammer heir to the Armand Hammer oil fortune and who played The Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp’s Tonto (2013)!!! ENDS THURSDAY MARCH 22.

THE SHAPE OF WATER. A 93 on RT and that means something! Sally Hawkins plays a beautiful mute working in a lab who cares for, and falls in love with a mysterious water creature. It’s a fable, a fairy story, and reminds us of the black and white fantasy films from the 40’s and 50’s. It’s vital to know that it’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro who also did Pan’s Labyrinthand Hellboy. It is such an enormous change from every other film we’ve seen in years that its worth going just for the fun of it.

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. First, please note the 95 RT rating. When you have Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell working in a film directed by an Oscar winning director you almost can’t miss. It is definitely a dark comedy. The plot contains murder, rape, loyalty, cancer, and some absolutely brilliant acting. Go see it, and force all your friends to see it too.

DARKEST HOUR. Gary Oldman takes the role of Winston Churchill to new heights…and depths. Its World War II history and it’s the background story of what Churchill had to endure when he first took office as Prime Minister. He deserves the Oscar like few stars ever have. The story is absorbing, educational, and it makes you wonder why the USA doesn’t have someone like Churchill to handle Trump like Churchill handled Hitler and Mussolini. ENDS THURSDAY MARCH 22.

I TONYA. A very dark, depressing movie about some very depressed people. It’s got loud rock period music as the film score which almost qualifies it as a fun comedy but you’ll be able to count your laughs. Somewhere in the movie somebody says Americans love to hate or love their current sport stars…and its sure true here. Allison Janney plays Tonya’s seriously disturbed mother and deserves some award this Award season…but not for this one. Warning IF you do got you’ll leave wondering why you cared about Nancy Kerrigan or Tonya Harding. ENDS THURSDAY MARCH 22.

THOROUGHBREDS. Two very privileged teen-age rich girls try to figure out what their lives are about. It’s up-state Connecticut and it is a biting, psychological peek into isolated, removed out of touch 15 year olds. Not funny, not satire, not rewarding and definitely not for anyone seeking a fine happy time at the movies. BUT like The Strangers, it too is a well made film.

THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT. It’s a sequel but never mind that…it is one very well made film. It is bloody, violent, senseless, pointless and edited and expertly directed to scare the hell out of everybody. I certainly won’t say you’ll like it, I’m not sure I did but I cannot deny the pacing, camera angles and movement combine to make it a genuine knuckle breaker. Christina Hendricks who starred for 8 years in Mad Men is the only star you might recognize in this trailer park murder mess.

RED SPARROW. Jennifer Lawrence is just a little bit better at ballet than I am and she’s also much better an actor in every one of her other films than she is in this spy action Red Sparrow flick. She’s a ballet dancer who gets hurt, and actually goes to a Russian government run whore’s school and learns how to spy on people and use lots of sex. Of course like anyone with little imagination would write she falls for an American and everybody lies a lot, then the movie ends. Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, and Ciarán Hinds are in it too but they shouldn’t have been, they don’t help at all.

ANNIHILATION. This is the Natalie Portman science fiction thriller that got an 87 on RT. If you pay close attention there is quite a moral, philosophic base to the plot. Like one line I can’t forget…”all humans self destruct either by suicide, drinking or smoking”. The same director did “ExMachina” so you can tell he’s got something to say. But it’s way too hard to follow. There’s a sort of foggy, swirly, shimmer wall and people go through the wall. The dead come back to life, time goes back on itself, and on and on. Maybe if you really concentrate and stay awake you’ll get some kind of profound meaning from Annihilation…I’m not sure.

BLACK PANTHER. Like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman created a lot of good will and empowered women Black Panther does the same for Blacks in America and around the rest of the world. Both are Marvel Comics creations and are full of violence, killings and special effects. I’m finding it more and more difficult to see these action films with messages like revenge, torture, and blood and guts as having any semblance of cinematic art. Black Panther is science fiction, space travel and still the characters use spears and super hi tech weapons to kill each other. There are messages in this movie so I read…but I sensed nothing positive in it. Now I wonder since this has been such a blockbuster if we’ll see Mexican Panther, Chinese Panther, Croatian Panther?

A WRINKLE IN TIME. The much hyped adapting of this hugely popular children’s book by black woman director Ava DuVernay is a flop. Even with Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon and Zach Galifianakis it’s still a flop, and got a 42 on Rotten Tomatoes. Many women friends have told me Wrinkle was their favorite book when they were little. It’s so far out so otherworldly so fantastical it becomes unwakeable while you try to watch it. Think of time world-travel children’s classics like Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, ET, Fantasia and more. I saw it in 3D and it didn’t help, I couldn’t follow it…and there didn’t seem to be any reason to do so.

THE PARTY. A star studded cast with Bruno Ganz, Patricia Clarkson, Cilian Murphy, Emily Mortimer and mostly Kristin Scott Thomas. It’s a very dark comedy/satire that really bites deep. It’s also an intellectual London apartment party where the cruelty and humor fight for top billing. Vicious, scathing, cruel zingers just about kill everybody and could get to you too if you go. Yes, it did get an 84 on Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s only 71 minutes long.

GAME NIGHT. An extra dopey, low grade, over used plot with stars like Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams (and her dimples) trying to make it into a comedy. Couples get together for one of those “who did the murder” themes only ha, ha, ha, it isn’t a fake. It’s boring, trite, unbelievable, and lacks any semblance of humor.



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. March 20 has former Santa Cruz county Supervisor Gary Patton talking about UCSC’s LRDP and many more local and broader issues. He’s followed by Kara Meyberg Guzman editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel discussing the paper’s structure and plans. March 27 Chris Connery and Paul Schoellhamer from the East Meadow Action Committee talk about UCSC and development. Then local author Leslie Karst talks about her new book, “Death al Fresco“. April 2 the full hour will be devoted to the heavily debated proposed Library/Parking Garage with Rick Longinotti, Chris Krohn, Judi Grunstra and Jean Brocklebank. April 10 has Veterans advocate Dean Kaufman discussing news and programs created for our veterans. He’s followed by Robert Morgan discussing the Frankenstein 200th Anniversary Celebration & conference happening at MAH. April 17 Davis Banta director of Assassins at MCT talks about the Sondheim musical. Then folks from The Reel Work Film Festival reveal this year’s festival films. OR…if you just happen to miss 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. 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

Language warning, but this is funny and timely 🙂

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.


“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air”. Georges Bernanos
“My ideal is to wake up in the morning and run around the meadow naked”. Daryl Hannah
“I know I can’t own a hilltop, a meadow, or a mountainside. But keeping it a secret somehow makes it mine.”Joyce Rachelle
“While it is relatively easy to recognize the perennial grasses and seed-eating sparrows as characteristic of meadows, the ecosystems exist in their fullest sense underground. What we see aboveground is only the outer margin of an ecosystem that explodes in intricacy and life below.”Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

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