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May 1 – 7, 2017

CABRILLO COMMUNITY CAMPUS 1967. Remember these good old days when the entire community was so proud of Cabrillo College? Remember when the teachers were so active and sincere and involved? What ever happened to the mutual pride we had for that College and the pride it had in itself?       

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MARY HOLMES & SARA BOUTELLE HOLMES DESCRIBE THEIR UPBRINGING. 1997. These two sisters are legends in the world and especially in Santa Cruz. Wallace Boss filmed them; Wallace is Coeleen Kiebert’s son.

DATELINE May 1, 2017

“MEMORY OF JUSTICE”. This is a documentary available now on HBO. It gives us a world history of terrible holocausts. Starting with the Nuremberg Trials, Dachau and Auschwitz it also includes many of the United States induced holocausts. Starting with Little Big Horn, and including Hiroshima, Dresden Bombing, Mai Lai, Vietnam, Nagasaki, it has terrifying newsreel footage. Filmed in 1976 and directed by Marcel Ophuls it has everyone from Joan Baez to Herman Goering, Yehudi Menuhin…and Hitler.  It is four hours and thirty-eight minutes long. And Ophuls interviews more than forty people…including  Daniel Ellsberg in a very significant role.

Huffington Post says the film’s thesis is : Any group in power is capable of war atrocities. 

More than all those recent atrocities it could cause you to wonder just how much the killing fellow humans is an integral part of “being human”. The archeologists tell us of early millennia old battles, we know Hawaiian islanders and the brutal warfare that happened between islands and even between their own families. We see it in Santa Cruz with the hate and disdain against the homeless and the hungry.

Keith McHenry of Food Not Bombs told me on last week’s Universal Grapevine that the same hate and animosity against the poor is the same at all the Food Not Bombs sites around the world (except Thailand and Sumatra!) As we watch battles in Berkeley, pro vs. anti Trump, and gun buying increase, so dramatically we must wonder if humans like all other animal species kill because it is in our heritage. And that we never will stop it. See Memory Of Justice…go to a friend’s house who has HBO, it’s worth it!!


May 1, 2017

As someone who tends towards the ruthless criticism of everything existing, I am not a pessimist. With an eye for hidden agendas behind politicians and non-profit profiteers, I am delighted to expose such folly. This trait does not endear me to many and I understand that reaction. Some is simple sexism. Females are supposed to be cheerleaders not critics. Some of it is a desire to see only the positive in a world of negatives. I understand that worldview. I feel better guided by Gramsci’s approach. “Pessimism of the mind: optimism of the will.” Hold both sides of the tension. Yes, it is bad and yes, we can make the difference. Sometimes it’s good to adjust the balance. Two experiences this week amplified “optimism of the will.”

The first was at Cabrillo College from students in response to my presentation on rape in their Human Sexuality classes. After deconstructing gender and rape historically, I asked for their ideas on how they would make a difference towards constructing a world freed from male violence. One woman had already made a difference by confronting sexual harassment towards her students by a male “leader” which led to his removal from a position of influence. That took courage. Male students talked of speaking up when they were around other males whose behavior was ignorant of gender justice. I left inspired.

The second was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its Ocean Plastic Summit.

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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).

May 1, 2017

In November of 1999, with my five-year old daughter in tow, I left Santa Cruz for Seattle. The previous evening the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) head-long rush toward globalism. Little did I know, as I arrived to San Jose airport on a chilly November evening that my daughter, Sophia that we were headed into one of the largest protest events ever in U.S. history. On, and off the airplane, I casually ran into UCSC professor Dana Frank, Santa Cruz Culture Czar Grant Wilson, peace activists  Ruth Hunter and Skip Spitzer (who were both eventually arrested and detained by Seattle police), and Santa Cruz Action Network SCAN (remember that?!) board member, Bob Guzley. I began to believe something might be happening in what today is known as the “Coffee Capital.”I would run into dozens of Santa Cruzans in Emerald City that week, and when I arrived to see more than 60,000 taking to the streets, I knew the anti-globalization movement had arrived and Santa Cruz could say, “presente.”

Protesters—students and labor, Teamsters and turtles—held demonstrations and teach-ins at various intersections, at school playgrounds and in a soccer stadium. The goal of the protesters was to stop WTO delegates, including UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from ever reaching the Seattle Convention Center. Mission accomplished. At least for a couple of days Seattle was shut down. But what began as a tranquil protest—the police chief was complemented by protesters after Day 1—ended badly with police shooting tear gas at peaceful protesters and some black block partisans turning over everything in sight including garbage cans, dumpsters, and newsstands. November 30 and December 1 of 1999 were the major protester head-banging days, and by Day Five Seattle was a city on the brink and  definitely looking to rid itself of anything WTO-related. Between multiple tear-gassings, seeing pepper spray being dropped from six inches away onto large groups occupying most intersections, and stun grenades launched to simply clear these intersections, the city had become a war zone and Sophia and I were simply targets.

I carefully avoided most of these running street battles while pulling on my daughter’s arm as we moved briskly from the outskirts of one battle scene to another. I feverishly passed out our city council’s resolution, handing copies to the army of news media people who were covering the Battle. On Day Two we witnessed the giant metal letters of the Nike building being pried off and dropping onto the sidewalk below. The social, political and financial toll for this port city was enormous:$20 million in damage to businesses; $6 million spent on security by the city of Seattle; and arguably, the incumbent mayor thrown out of office, and the police chief forced to resign.

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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.


Thanks to everyone who contacted Mr.  Bruce Walton Senior Vice President of Development for  Terramar Retail Centers (RC Retail), about keeping the mature trees in  the remodeling of the Rancho del Mar Center.  Mr. Walton left a message for me stating that in response to public comments, consultants are reviewing the logging plans. Good work!  Stay tuned.

Why is it important to grow your own food…or know the farmer who does? What does the future hold for small  organic farmers?  Aptos organic farmer Ms. Erika Knudsen will discuss this and more at the Aptos Library,  Saturday, May 6, 1pm-3pm.  The  event is free and part of the “Aptos Agriculture… a nod  to the past, a look to the future” display this month in the Library.

Here is an opportunity to learn more about the city’s newest Beltz 12 well and treatment plant: Wednesday, May 17, 10:30am-noon. RSVP to 831-420-5220.  Does Santa Cruz City plan to use treated sewage water in the near future?  That could work for the DeLaveaga Golf Course, which currently is irrigated with potable water. 

Saturday, May 6, 10am-noon at Aptos  Village Park.  Join your neighbors to help shape the future of parks Countywide.  Take a look on your way at the vertical hillside in the area where Granite Way meets Aptos Creek Road (on your right as you travel into Nisene Marks Park).  That is the vertical hillside that Barry Swenson Builder gave to the County for a park to sa tisfy the requirement to provide an active recreation park. Swenson supposedly paid half-a-million dollars for the hillside, and will not have to pay to develop it into an  active recreation area. 

In exchange for the land, the County granted Barry Swenson Builder FREE drainage easement across the Aptos Village Park land to dump storm water from the Aptos Village Project parking lots and roof runoff into Aptos Creek.  I am sure the salmonids will love that.

The County also WAIVED ALL DEVELOPER PARK FEES for Barry Swenson Builder.  Other developers in the County are required to pay $1000/bedroom to help  develop parks that will serve the occupants of their project.  There are 69 new residential units approved for the Project, some are 3,000 square foot condominiums.   

It seems the County Planning  Department, former County Supervisor Ellen Pirie and current Supervisor Zach Friend highly value that future hillside  active recreational park…or maybe another form of  green?   Hmmmm….  Ask about the future of that  valuable hillside park, and why County Parks is putting out  to bid $35,000 for work on the Aptos Village Park driveway and parking lot.


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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.

#121 Monday May 1, 2017


It is thought by many that our current president manifests narcissistic behavior to a significant degreeKim Jong-un, the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly called North Korea, is another national leader who many think may be dangerously narcissistic

Narcissistic behavior is not, generally, considered to be a good thing, and it is listed as potentially pathological in the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Here is my question for the day: “Can nations (apart from their leaders) also be narcissistic?”

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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 points out one of our many seasonal foibles, scroll down just a bit o’pages.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. While Tim’s gone on vacation he’s gifted us with some of his more than classic and classy ” Subconscious Comics” which you’ll find 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.


This is the U.S. Premiere of the play about the very important OCCUPY LONDON action that happened in October 2011. Watch the trailer here…

It runs now through Sunday May 14. Get info and tickets here

SYLVIA RETURNS TO THE JEWEL THEATRE. This play by A.R.Gurney runs May 3-28.  Juile James, Shaun Carroll, Diahanna Davidson and J.T.Holstrom have the leads.

Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As “Kate tells Greg: “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” But life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. For info and tickets go to  or call 831 425-7506.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “You don’t have to be a sucker for movie about writers (like I am) to get a kick out of Their Finest, a sharply funny, if bittersweet story of movie scriptwriters concocting a morale-boosting epic in WWII-era London. Read all about it this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.


THEIR FINEST. Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton lead off in this British semi-comedy set during WWII as England is being bombed while they are making a film trying to encourage the USA to enter the war. Jeremy Irons is in it for about 8 seconds. The film waves back and forth between drama and comedy. You won’t remember much of it afterwards, but it’s one of the best out and around at the moment.

THE CIRCLE.  This weak plotted pointless mess earned a 17 on Rotten Tomatoes… I would have given it maybe 18 because it was fun to see the making fun or evil of the Apple empire in Cupertino where I’ve visited a number of times. Tom Hanks does his usual job or being the perfect Steve Jobs – Mark Zuckerberg type guy. Emma Watson proves again that she can act…most of the time. Friends tell me that in the book Emma does not turn out to be a nice girl as she does in this flick but joins Hanks in trying to rule the world by controlling all personal data on everybody in the world.

BORN IN CHINA. In 1952 my photography teacher in Pasadena Norm Wakeman shot hours of footage for Walt Disneys’ Water Birds. Coincidentally, he shot the water Ouezel footage  up here on Swanton Road at The Big Creek falls!! He told me at the time just how severe Disney Nature films are anthropomorphized and edited/faked/dubbed to make them into the glossy, sweetened versions we still see in Born In China”. The photography is only stunning, amazing, and beautiful. Pandas, Snow leopards and cutesy monkeys are the main feature…if you can make it through all the added verbal poop.

COLOSSAL. Nacho Vigolondo directed it….and that should be a clue..He’s a wild Spanish young director who did Timecrimes and Open Windows. Anne Hathaway tries very hard to make this into maybe a comedy or possibly a sci-fi fantasy, but the studio and the director were against her. It has Godzilla monsters under her control, it’s got her battleing a serious drinking problem, and a very brutal boyfriend who actually beats her up a few times. I can’t imagine anyone liking this stuff, but it’s strictly up to you!!!

LOST CITY OF Z. A pointless and true plot based on a book about a Brit who keeps trying to find what he thinks is a lost civilization deep in the Amazon jungle. Its 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but you’ll think it’s longer. It has everything jungles always have except Tarzan…and suspense. The hero leaves his wife and kids at home for years on end and you’ll wish you had stayed there too. The true name of the hero only adds to the boring trek… Percy Fawcett.

THE PROMISE. Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale lead this sad story of how the Germans under the Kaisers rule watched and supported the Turks back in 1915 as they murdered the Armenian segment of their population. ( 1.5 million Armenians). For some unknown reason James Cromwell has a two minute role and Jean Reno is also on screen near the end of the film. IF you do go, see if you feel like Christian Bale who plays an Associated Press newsman somehow is too big for the screen. Sounds odd but check it out. There is a very serious love interest dealing with tradition, religion, fidelity that seems to offset the too real tragedy of the Armenian slaughter. The Republic of Turkey still denies all this ever happened…more of the insanity of world politics.  Ends Thursday 5/4.

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.

YOUR NAME. This beautiful Japanese inspired animated film makes Disney animation look like Walter and Margaret Keane’s “Big Eye” paintings in San Francisco in the 60’s.  It is drawn with such skill and a sense of what animation can create that even Pixar should hang their well-financed heads in shame. The story behind Your Name is complex and thought provoking. Centering on youth and growing up, and sex changes, and ghosts, and family… it is just brilliant. See the subtitled version to get the full Japanese sensitive touch.

GIFTED. Hollywood stars Chris Evans (who usually plays Captain America) and Octavia Spencer along with British star Lindsay Duncan lead the cast of this feel good saga of a 7 year old girl who was born into a mathematical genius family and who becomes another mathematical genius. It’s too soapy, too cute, too unbelievable, too contrived to be a good movie. I can’t think of any solid reason to recommend it to any group except to families who may have a genius child and are wondering what to do OR not do, with her.

GOING IN STYLE. Another tired re-hash is Going In Style starring Morgan Freeman-79, Alan Arkin-83, Michael Caine-84, Ann Margret –76, and Christopher Lloyd – 79 as the same grumpy old geezers who decide to rob a bank. That these actors would align themselves with Steven Mnuchin who was the National Finance Manager for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and who Trump just appointed as Secretary of The Treasury is a shame. The first version was in 1979 and starred now long gone stars George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. Making our senior citizens the butts of jokes is about as funny as Mantan Moreland, Aunt Jemina, Gordo, and any overused stereotypes that come to mind.

UNFORGETTABLE. Katherine Heigl plays the absolutely perfect ex-wife who haunts, plots, and damned near demolishes the new relationship her husband is having with Rosario Dawson. It’s more like a 1940’s B movie plot that we’ve seen too often. Lies, deceit, trust, sex, stabbing, and who loves the 10 year old perfect daughter most is about the entire story. You don’t need to see it any more times.

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.

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.  

FATE OF THE FURIOUS. Just about everybody who watches or reads the news knows that the Fate of The Furious (better title “Fart of the Furious” as in exhaust) movie topped almost every box office record ever set. Vin Diesel (real name Mark Sinclair) was born in Alameda in 1967 and has been the lead in all eight exact copies of one of the dumbest plots ever filmed. To see such stars as Helen Mirren sink to a three-minute role, Charlize Theron half act some part as a Russian killer is just sad. There’s a street race in Havana and somehow it ends with cars taking on the Russians in some sort of war. The USA reaction and most of the world’s reaction to such a crap of a film is an embarrassing statement of our collective taste. Dwayne Johnson is in it too but he is always in these sorts of things.



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. .  On May 2nd UCSC Film Professor emeritus Earl Jackson talks about films and his Asian teaching experiences in Taiwan on my turn at Pledge Drive night!!… May 9th has director Kinan Valdez discussing the traditions behind the new version of the “Zoot Suit” play opening May 26-June 4 at UCSC. Kinan is followed by artistic director  Anita Monga coming down here to talk about The San Francisco Silent Film Festival (June1 -4). Cruzio co- founder Chris Neklason tells us about Net Neutrality and the Cruzio position on May 16. Then Phil Collins from The New Music Works talks about their wild new fun raiser. Bookshop Santa Cruz features its top Short Story Winners on May 30. 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  

I can spend way, waaay too long watching these kinds of craft videos. Now, where did I put my gluegun?

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.


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

“May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself”, Marty Rubin

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk– honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year”, Samuel Scoville Jr.,

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