Blog Archives

November 4 – 10, 2019

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…Justin Cummings and developers and “conscientious”, Bookshop Santa Cruz Birthday party. Hot Damn String Band plays, Bach is rated greatest composer. GREENSITE…Climate and Santa Cruz developments.  KROHN… on Chile, uprisings, and PG&E STEINBRUNER…Removing local control over development, Soquel Water district and lawsuit and soaring rates. PATTON…end of human civilization. EAGAN…his art show and subconscious comics plus Deep Cover. JENSEN…reviews Harriet. BRATTON…I critique Pain and Glory, Parasite, Motherless Brooklyn and Harriet. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…”VOTING”
                                 

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ESTHER AND CHUCK ABBOTT AND THEIR LIGHTHOUSE. October 27, 1967.  The Abbotts arrived here in 1960, and created a lot of positive changes for our city. The lighthouse is of course only decorative, a dedicated gift to the city in honor of their son Mark who died surfing at Pleasure Point. The Abbotts were photographers, and also owned and operated a dance hall in Florida before coming here.                                                  

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

Additional information always welcome: email photo@brattononline.com

OBAMA ROASTS TRUMP RE HAWAIIAN BIRTH.
HOW TO PLAY THE WASHBOARD (in French)

DATELINE November 4

CUMMINGS AND CONSCIENTIOUS. Many thanks to the folks who emailed in asking why I called Justin Cummings “conscientious” in last week’s BrattonOnline. The most honest answer is…  “I goofed”. Maybe it’s part of my curmudgeon stage… but no way is — or was — Justin Cummings “conscientious”. What’s even more telling about Cummings is that on my Universal Grapevine program last Tuesday night, Julie and Stu Phillips (two of the most active opponents against the Dream Inn expansion) told me and our listeners that immediately after Justin Cummings voted with the city council to allow that Dream Inn job ,they walked outside the city hall to see a happy group with Justin Cummings laughing and handshaking with not just the developers, but also with a bunch of the Santa Cruz City Planning Staff. Every Santa Cruzan knew about the City Planning crew and their support of Ensemble’s Dream development from the very beginning, but the surprise of Cumming’s vote will remain with us for a very long time.

BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ’S 53RD BIRTHDAY PARTY & HOT DAMN STRING BAND. Just so you know, the Almost Legendary Hot Damn String Band will be playing starting at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night Nov. 8th. There’s a Readers Club Member sale with 20% off storewide. There’s also cake and ice cream and just a grand get together. Our Hot Damn String Band has been playing for  these parties since before the 1989 earthquake!!! The Hot Damn String Band contains; Jim Reynolds – Guitar, Annie Steinhart – Fiddle, Dave Magram – Banjo,  Stewart Evans – Mandolin, Gary Cunningham – String Bass, and I’ll be playing the washboard and the Zayantephone..

J.S. BACH NAMED GREATEST COMPOSER OF ALL TIME. The October issue of the BBC Music magazine stated…Johann Sebastian Bach has been named the greatest composer of all time. The German Baroque figure has been voted top from a list of 50 musical masters for BBC Music Magazine. Bach was renowned for his organ playing, use of fugue, and works including The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Brandenburg Concertos. No British composers made the top 10 list in the poll, which ranked Igor Stravinsky and Ludwig van Beethoven in second and third place – ahead of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Composer Unsuk Chin said of the result: “Bach’s music displays great emotions and fiery temperament, while being the highest conceivable summit of composition as an intellectual art. “It is a synthesis of past music and the creations of his own time as well as a bold vision of the future. “Up to Bach, musical works disappeared after a premiere or, at least, after a composer’s death. Bach was too grand to be ignored.” Bach triumphed in a poll of 174 leading contemporary composers, who ranked their individual top five favourites based on originality, impact, craftsmanship, and enjoyability.

The result of the proposals from composers led to Bach coming out on top, and a list that spans musical history from the 12th century to the present day. Oliver Condy, BBC Music Magazine editor, said: “The sheer breadth and depth of our top 50 list proves that today’s composers look to all countries, styles and centuries for inspiration. “In gathering together 174 living composers for our poll, our Top 50 composer list turned out to be our most ambitious feature to date – and makes for fascinating reading.” British composer Benjamin Britten narrowly missed out on the top 10, voted in at 11th place in the rankings.

The top 10 composers are:
 

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Igor Stravinsky
  3. Ludwig van Beethoven 
  4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. Claude Debussy
  6. Gyorgy Ligeti
  7. Gustav Mahler 
  8. Richard Wagner
  9. Maurice Ravel
  10. Claudio Monteverdi
GREENSITE’S INSIGHT.

November 4. 

 CLIMATE AND SANTA CRUZ DEVELOPMENTS.
I’m a believer. I’m convinced. The science is in. The climate is rapidly changing towards extremes. The seas are rising. Species are collapsing. Disease and food scarcity are spreading.  We have only a decade to act. So why is it that others, including city staff, four council members and public figures say they accept this climate reality and also cheer at the recent approval of a massive new structure of 79 luxury apartments and retail at 190 West Cliff Drive?  

A tally of the carbon footprint for just this one project would be an eye-opener: the excavation and trucking away of thousands of cubic yards of soil and bedrock for a two story underground parking lot; the production of thousands of cubic yards of cement for concrete, (cement production is one of the most carbon intensive and polluting of products); the carpeting; the wood floors; the plastics; the steel; the removal of 51 trees: all this resource depletion and carbon production for the wealthy to secure a second home at the beach. Anyone serious about climate impacts would eschew such conspicuous consumption. 

The contradiction between the climate-induced need to scale back our consumption and the market imperative to increase it can be seen across Santa Cruz. It is multiplied by millions of projects and products across the country. If you attend public meetings where new projects are approved and at the same time read any worthwhile Climate Action Plan you can see the disconnect. If your thinking stops at “it’s a Green Building” then you aren’t seeing the gap. 

We are a throw away society. What we truck to the landfill every day, other countries would preserve or re-use, if not by custom then by regulation. The Family Student Apartments at UCSC, built in 1971 and soon to be bulldozed are described as “beyond their lifespan.” The historic La Bahia on Beach St. is deemed, by neglect, beyond preservation. The small local businesses along Front, Water, Ocean and Mission Streets, the so-called Corridors, are to be bulldozed to make way for glass and steel high-rises with the attendant rent increases that will drive the local businesses out of business. These will be replaced by high-end retailers catering to the new high-end residents whose carbon footprint via their consumption patterns exceeds any savings from the hoped-for reduction in automobile use as per the “smart-growth” paradigm.

Since we are immersed in a capitalist culture of consumption we rarely see it from the outside. And some consume a lot more than others. As a nation we emit twice the carbon as do folks living in Europe and for a variety of reasons, including the casual disposal of finite resources. 

The photograph is of a house being built in the Rift Valley in Tanzania by a teacher who works at the nearby Maasai School for Girls. Such rare schools are important as an alternative for Maasai girls who otherwise would be married at a young age and lose any chance for an education. Being a product of western society I at first did not believe what he was building was a house. Where will you cook I asked? Outside, the teacher replied. It was a humbling experience. 

The gulf between the Tanzanian hut and the West Cliff Drive luxury apartments is a measure of our disproportionate impact on the global climate scene. Such disparity will continue so long as we let the market and investors drive our choices. To those who supported the West Cliff Drive project as well as other projects in the works, I suggest you leave your climate hat at the door.

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  http://darksky.org    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.

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November 4

WHY A SANTA CRUZ FOREIGN POLICY?

Policy Perspectives
I have always encountered a strong sentiment in Santa Cruz for debate, discussion, and action around issues of both domestic and foreign policy. It’s an interest bordering on the severe in Santa Cruz. That is, residents here have always been involved in the larger issues of this state, the nation, and the world. Often, locals expect and demand that their elected public officials take stands against unjust national policies–not sending immigrants back to dangerous places as the council did in passing numerous resolutions to protect immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. The council often addresses and sometimes takes action on state issues such as housing, homelessness, and firearms. Why? Because the state’s policies often impact our spending and ultimate quality of life here in Surf City.

Santa Cruz Foreign Policy
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children”.
–From (Dwight Eisenhower’s “Chance for Peace” speech soon after the death of Joseph Stalin)

In the area of “International Affairs” and “Foreign Policy,” the Santa Cruz city council has often put its collective toe, and sometimes foot, into the steamy and muddy waters of global concerns. We’ve demanded that Great Britain for example, hand over Augusto Pinochet to the Chilean people, proclaim our support for the Salvadoran people over the Reagan war machine in the 1980’s, as well as pronouncements in support of the rain forest, banning sex slavery, and upholding the MacBride principles of Northern Ireland. The city council has made statements, demands, and passed resolutions usually because our residents demanded discussion and action on these issues. So here is an update on international concerns I’ve been hearing from Santa Cruz residents recently.

Updates on Concerns Expressed by Residents

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Trump and the World Rightwing-mania
It is perhaps no coincidence that the world is besieged by rightwing heads of state and Trump is seems to be a friend to most of them. Trigger warning: this scorecard of right-wingers is gruesome. In Hungary, Victor Orban has successfully kicked out Central European University from Budapest. It was founded by billionaire liberal, George Soros. Kim Jong Un of South Korea has an up and down bromance with President Trump as does Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump has said he admires Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for the way he goes after (and kills) drug dealers. Trump also seemed to be the choice for Russia’s Vladimir Putin in the 2016 elections. But perhaps most disturbing is Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and his embrace of Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and this is despite all evidence that leads to Salman’s ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. These foreign “entanglements” kind of relationships should be disturbing to most voters, but I would bet there is a larger percentage in Santa Cruzans who want to debate and discuss the current administration’s spiraling downward in the area of foreign policy.

Addendum: What to do About P.G.$ E?
Now, here we have a corporate investor-owned, for-profit utility that has shown more concern for its shareholders than the rate-payers of Northern California and Santa Cruz. What can our residents and ratepayers do to confront this out of control company and maybe help the push toward democratizing P.G.$ E’s future actions? What might residents want their city council to do? Something like making a demand that P.G.$ E not be allowed to get away with the past blackout or future ones as well? No other utility has thus far shut down the grid because of high winds; it is not an industry standard. Residents could demand that P.G.$ E’s people be present at the next city council meeting meeting and respond to the to the community’s questions. Or they could ask for a resolution to sever ties with P.G.$ E, or to buy out P.G.$ E assets as San Francisco and San Jose are asking to do. The least we can do is have the mayor write a letter expressing our community’s strong feelings about this issue. What do you think we should do?

“Won’t you look at that: turns out all the chicken littles on raising min wage were wrong! GOP said the sky would fall if we (New York) raised tipped wages to $15/hr w #TipsOnTop. Turns out both revenue & employment are UP since the #Fightfor15, & way more people are getting a fair shake.” (Nov. 3)

(Chris Krohn is a father, writer, activist, and was on the Santa Cruz City Councilmember from 1998-2002. Krohn was Mayor in 2001-2002. He’s been running the Environmental Studies Internship program at UC Santa Cruz for the past 14 years. He was elected the the city council again in November of 2016, after his kids went off to college. His current term ends in 2020.

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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November 4

COUNTY PLANNING DEPT. HOUSING ADVISORY COMMISSION TO REVIEW IMPENDING (AND FOREBODING) LEGISLATION 
This Wednesday, the County Housing Advisory Commission will consider the many pieces of impending legislation regarding the heavy-fisted State mandates that would remove significant local control over dense development in the future.  If you are able, attend this meeting: November 6, 1pm, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, 4th Floor large conference room.  Here is a link to the agenda, which includes direct links to all legislative actions

These meetings are NOT audio or video recorded, but I will do my best to record it and post it as a YouTube in the near future. Of great concern is the SB 330 (Senator Nancy Skinner) is a re-hash of Senator Scott Wiener’s attempts to remove the ability of local planning agencies and the public to refuse large dense developments, but adds in language that any opposition must prove there is non-conformity with zoning and general plan language in place at the time this bill is approved.  YIKES!  Councilmember Chris Krohn wrote about this last week in BrattonOnline.

Read his thoughts, and read the legislative proposal yourself, then contact your local representatives about the status of zoning and general plan amendments.  The County is in the middle of updating all of that language NOW.  831-454-2200

Write your County Supervisor:

SOQUEL CREEK WATER DISTRICT RATE INCREASES ARE UNFAIR AND HURT FAMILIES
Join the 535+ ratepayers and sign the online protest and let Soquel Creek Water District Board know that their outrageous rate restructuring and 9% annual rate increase is really  hurting families and those on fixed incomes.  

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You will now find that complete document on the November 5, 2019 agenda, pages 18-23. I think it is shocking that the Board was so willing to squander so much ratepayer money and to accept the questionable actions of General Manager Ron Duncan to attempt to hide critical financial information from them and the public that was very relevant to decision-making regarding the expense.

What amazed me at the October 15, 2019 Board meeting was Director Bruce Daniels’ angry retort to the ratepayers, stating (as you can read on page 6 in the Minutes):

“Vice-President Daniels responded to public comment, explaining that staff and the Board identified and evaluated a variety of water supply options, and there is no alternative to Pure Water Soquel”

WOW!

Please visit the Water for Santa Cruz County website and learn the truth.  Santa Cruz County does not have a water supply problem, but rather a water STORAGE problem that can be regionally managed if only there is a political will from the Soquel Creek Water District Board and staff.  

MAKE ONE CALL. WRITE ONE LETTER.  ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING.  MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.   BUT JUST DO SOMETHING THIS WEEK! 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.

Email Becky at KI6TKB@yahoo.com

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November 3 #307 2050 IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

2050 is “just around the corner.” At least, that is the perspective of someone like me, who has already lived for seventy-five years. 2050 is roughly thirty years away, so I have lived more than twice as long as the thirty years that now separate us from 2050. For someone who has lived thirty or fewer years, of course, thirty years is likely to appear to be a rather long time. It is a “lifetime,” in fact.

From whatever vantage point you consider the year 2050, and whether you think that thirty years is a “long” time or a “short” time, the following headline should make that 2050 date significant:

‘High likelihood of human civilisation coming to end’ by 2050, report finds. Here is a link to an article in The Independent, published in Great Britain, to which the headline above applies. Harry Cockburn, who wrote the article, is reporting on a paper produced by the Melbourne-based think tank the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration.

The Breakthrough Centre defines its mission as “the development and promotion of strategies, innovation and analysis which are required to restore the climate to a safe condition.” The Breakthrough report was written by David Spratt and Ian Dunlop, with a forward by Chris Barrie, the former chief of the Australian Defence Forces and a retired Admiral in the Royal Australian Navy.

Clicking this link will take you to the full report. The article already linked provides a good synopsis. The key point, and the reason for this blog post, is not just that we need to take very seriously the impacts that accelerating global warming is having on the natural environment. We do need to do that, of course, but we also need to think about what the impacts of the coming changes in the natural environment will mean for our human civilization. We need to think about those dangers and threats, in other words, the way Admirals and Generals have always thought about the threats and dangers posed by other nations, as nations skirmish for geopolitical advance and/or domination. 

Human-caused global warming is initiating a Sixth Mass Extinction. That is horrible, but what the Breakthrough Report is trying to make clear is a point that I, too, try to make clear in the series of daily blog postings that I have been making on this website for almost ten years. 

We live ultimately in the World of Nature, but we live most immediately in a Human World, a “Political World,” a world that we can properly call our human “civilization.” While we have the ability to undermine the integrity of the Natural World, and are doing so (witness that Sixth Mass Extinction) our own, human world is less resilient and more vulnerable than the World of Nature. 

In other words, our human civilization will break down BEFORE the worst has happened in the Natural World. In fact, according to the Breakthrough report, we don’t have long to get ready and to do something about that. 
This is obviously very bad news, but is there an upside? Is there any good news? 

Maybe there is! If we can truly understand that we live, most immediately, in a human world, and that all our lives depend on being able to maintain the viability of our human civilization, then the unity of human beings across all perceived boundaries and differences will melt away. We are in this together. All of us. Every single one of us. In our current situation, in our current crisis, it is only human empathy, love, and commitment to each other that can avert the end to the human civilization we have created and that makes it possible for our lives to continue. 
Sooner or later, we are going to realize this. Young girls are sailing across the ocean to bring us this news. I think we’re going to figure this out, but we don’t have much time.

2050 is just around the corner!

Gary Patton 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 www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. More of the early years of Eagan’s subterranean sneaky looks into our other selves. Check them out below a few scrolls. 

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s sharp, poignant political plots down a few pages. As always, at TimEagan.com you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog

TIM EAGAN SAYS…”Hi everybody. If you find yourself in Santa Cruz in the near future, please come take a look at my plein air oils at the Gabriella Cafe on Cedar St. It will be there until the end of December. Hope to see you there”. If you want to subscribe to Tim’s blog, go here 

12×12 ARTWORK The Webmistress, Gunilla Leavitt, wants to let everyone know about an awesome local art tradition, the 12×12 exhibit at the Cabrillo Gallery. It’s open to anyone residing in California, pieces must be 12×12, and the show opened Monday and goes until December 6. There’s a reception on Saturday, November 9, 4:00–6:00, come see all the different ways you can make art in a 12×12 square! Most of the artwork is for sale, and the whole event is a fundraiser for the Gallery. Gunilla has three pieces in the show, woodworking and knitting! Come check them out and say hi at the reception!

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “Maybe now that we’re all so woke, the times have finally caught up to the amazing life of Harriet Tubman, a real-life superhero who fought for justice and won major victories against impossible odds in her lifelong battle to end slavery in the American South. In Harriet, filmmaker Kasi Lemmons explores the woman behind the historical footnote in a tribute that feels long overdue, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Also, some memories of Halloweens Past for this witching season. And if you were going to dress up as your favorite literary character, how would you choose? Your actual favorite character or the one with the coolest outfit? You’ll get your chance next week when Bookshop Santa Cruz hosts a Literary Masquerade in honor of author Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), and her new novel, The Starless Sea! ” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975. 

SPECIAL BRATTONOTE. WHEN YOU CAN’T QUITE FIGURE OUT THE PLOTS TO ANY FILMS OR TV SERIES, GO TO WIKIPEDIA. For example the “Watchmen” series is/was completely beyond me to decipher. Go here if you too need explaining…  

PAIN AND GLORY. This is probably my favorite film of 2019. I do not state that lightly It was directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar, and stars Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Julieta Serrano. It’s about a film director who has lost the energy and drive to make films. He gets into heroin, some sex love, booze — and ultimately back into film making. The acting is perfect, directing is shockingly tight, and a masterpiece. See it as soon as possible. 

PARASITE. South Korean director Bong Joon-ho outdid his other international screen successes with Parasite. Wikipedia calls it a dark comedy thriller ,and so do I. It’s winning awards everywhere and deserves them all. There’s brain surgery, murder, basement dwellers, numerous surprises, even some shocks, and well worth your seeing it ASAP.

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. Actor Edward Norton not only plays the Tourette syndrome-plagued detective posing as a reporter, but he directed the movie too. It takes place in NYC in the 1950’s. Alec Baldwin plays a character based on Robert Moses, the evil developer of NYC. Willem Dafoe and Bruce Willis have small parts. The movie is not only confusing, but drags on and on with little if any conclusion. And no, you won’t believe Norton’s actor’s version of faked Tourette’s either.

HARRIET. A real Hollywood tear-jerker of Harriet Tubman’s amazing life, and what she accomplished fighting slavery. Cynthia Erivo is excellent as Harriet, and even looks like her. However the crashing crescendos of sobbing music, the homey corniness of so much of the plot, and much of the acting makes this look and feel like a 1940’s Hollywood soap opera.

JOKER. Joaquin Phoenix should just be given the Oscar now, instead of all that fuss in January. Yes this is the origin of why the Joker haunts Bruce Wayne (Batman) and it’s so much more than that. The film is deep, dark, brilliant, violent, clever, absorbing, haunting, and will move you into a different perspective. Forget the criticism about protesters; the Joker is insane and magnetic. See this film if you like films beyond what’s acceptable! It just became the biggest – money making attendance record R-rated film ever!!!

THE LIGHTHOUSE. Robert Pattinson plays the young, innocent, naïve and new lighthouse keeper wannabe. Willem Defoe works very hard to be the ancient, hard to understand keeper from the old days. Neither of them are likable, and they don’t like each other. And I didn’t like this movie because they were so unlikable. It doesn’t matter much but it’s set in the 1890’s in New England. It’s screened in black and white and in a small square frame. 

CURRENT WAR. I thought at first this might be about today’s White House and foreign relations. Then I wondered maybe it’s about swimming against the currents. Could it possibly be about black versus yellow Currants? None of above, it’s really about George Westinghouse versus Thomas Alva Edison versus Nikolai Tesla. The war is about Direct Current or Alternating Current. Too bad we can’t raise hands and count how many folks care about the difference between the two currents. Worse than the boredom is watching and hearing Benedict Cummerbatch doing an American accent. For the first time on screen he is boring. This is the “director’s cut”, too bad he didn’t cut it much more!!!. CLOSES THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7

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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 November 5 Dean Kaufman Veterans Service Officer talks about the meaning and events happening on Veterans Day. Gail Pellerin Santa Cruz County Clerk talks about voting and elections after Dean on Nov. 5. Paloma Curutenango from UCSC’s Common Ground Center discusses their goals, successes, and history on Nov.12  OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttps://www.radiofreeamerica.com/schedule/kzsc   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 bratton@cruzio.com 

I was careening down a YouTube rabbithole of videos about drummers. There are several on what a fantastically talented and genius drummer Ringo Starr was, and how underappreciated his contributions have been. I meant to post one of those, but then I stumbled on this one about John Bonham, and so this is what you get this week. The death of John Bonham was a tragedy to music, and you wonder what he would have come up with had he been around.

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. 

    “VOTING”

 “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Thomas Jefferson 

“Too many people fought too hard to make sure all citizens of all colors, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities can vote to think that not voting somehow sends a message.” Luis Gutierrez

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato 

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles 


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