Blog Archives

November 5 – 11, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…about Larson, Myers and Scontriano walking out on a student forum, Santa Cruz now changed forever. GREENSITE…on our priorities. KROHN…Campaign affects and effects Cummings, Glover, Measure M. STEINBRUNER…Soquel Creek and drinking sewage water, same-day voter registration, lighting at Rancho Del Mar still lacking. PATTON…College students and local relations. EAGAN…Classic Subconscious Comics and Deep Cover. JENSEN…her My Beast Book, and Dia Los Muertos. BRATTON…critiques Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Beautiful Boy. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…on our country and elections.

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DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ. 1875-1880’s. Just barely 150 years ago. Note the progressive trolley tracks right down Pacific. Also note our present town clock tower, way down the street atop the Odd Fellows building. Santa Cruz could have grown and developed in many ways.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

BABY GRAMPS AT THE OREGON STATE FAIR. Tom Noddy is opening for Baby Gramps at Michaels on Main on Thursday, Nov. 15. Tom sent this link showing Paul Magid “Dimitri Karamavov” from the flying Karamazov Brothers, introducing Baby G.

CHICO AND HARPO MARX AT THE PIANO. 1943.

DATELINE November 5, 2018

GREG LARSON, DONNA MYERS & ASHLEY SCONTRIANO WALK OUT ON UCSC STUDENT FORUM. Last Monday evening (10/29), UCSC Students held probably the last of this campaign’s city council forums. You can read about it on Reddit and Indy Bay. The student-candidate discussion got involved in police power and Black Lives Matter, with the students wanting to know where the candidates stood on the power/police issue. Greg Larson, Donna Meyers and Ashley Scontriano actually got up and left the stage, rather than handle the questions or solve the problem! It’s a sad vision of how these candidates handle a boisterous crowd…ie. their own constituents. Leave the room? What’ll happen when the next City Council meeting has an equally enthusiastic audience? That is IF any of these 3 gets elected. This would have been the time to show us — and especially the UCSC students — that they can deal with anything that happens…we’ll see unfortunately…we’ll see.

A SANTA CRUZ TURNING POINT IN HISTORY. No matter how our local elections turn out, and as I was saying last week, Santa Cruz has irrevocably become the focal point of big money and development. No longer can we pretend to be a friendly, little beach-side town with unique character. (Sort of like Cambria or even Santa Barbara). Our city is now a target, and will grow rapidly to become a neighborhood of San Jose — source of the millions spent by our City Council candidates, many of whom show little or no concern for saving the essence of our city. These investors believe that growth somehow provides extra money to support our city’s needs. They believe the police, fire and health needs of our community will be better served. They fail to see that NO city, even hot growth cities, have healthy budgets. Growth costs money: it does not bring in money. But we’ve voted by now, and the die is cast.

EXTRA QUOTE. Dan Bessie sent this gem of a quote from H.L. Mencken

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.  

November 5

PRIORITIES MATTER
October came and went.  October was National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Were you aware that in that one month there were 479 domestic violence calls to police and sheriff’s offices countywide?  Not all were fists to face but predictably many were. Some were restraining order violations and other less than assault level charges but all suggest a serious local, national and global crisis.

Women are largely the victims of such interpersonal violence and men largely the perpetrators.  Even including transgender identities and acknowledging that men can sometimes be the victims and women sometimes the perpetrators, global research documents that 1 in 3 women will at some point in their lives be the victims of male violence, including physical assault and rape, predominantly from spouses or other male family members. Santa Cruz is not a bubble of progressive values in this regard.

There are global non-profits working to address this gendered violence as well as national, state and local agencies providing basic resources and shelter to victims. Beyond that the silence is deafening. The small insert in the Sentinel every October, documenting the number of daily domestic violence calls compiled by the DA’s office is about as far as we go for broad community awareness. That is not to denigrate the tireless work of those within the agencies that focus on domestic violence. However such work is largely invisible to the broader community and largely ineffective in achieving significant social change. And how could that be otherwise given the low priority we assign to such violence?

Priorities are easy to spot. Just one example: this community is willing to spend $14 million dollars on a three quarter mile segment of a proposed rail trail, (Segment 7 Phase 2 from Bay/California to the wharf roundabout) necessitating the removal of all vegetation on the rail’s western side, the cutting down of 21 heritage trees and the building of a 20 foot retaining wall plus hundreds of hours of staff time, publicity and community debates. Any suggestion that the far cheaper alternative along Bay St. to West Cliff Drive would suffice and avoid environmental damage is met with disdain: nothing but the best will do. I can only imagine what a domestic violence agency could do with $14 million.

It’s easy to avoid dealing with domestic violence if you are not a victim, nor a child reared in such a home. After all it happens behind closed doors and isn’t it really a personal problem? If we’ve made any progress at all in the last 40 years it is in recognizing that domestic violence is a social problem with social not individual causes and solutions. However the resources needed to address it have never materialized.  The public discourse around it is non-existent except when a male celebrity is accused of beating his wife and then it is short-lived. Any efforts made to bring the issue into focus lack not only resources but also imagination and innovation.

I was struck by the brilliance of a recent campaign in Iceland to address the social problem of teenage drinking. Apparently Icelandic teenagers previously had one of the highest teenagers’ use and abuse of alcohol.  Rather than posting statistics and dedicating a month to ” Teenage Alcohol Abuse”, Iceland put its best minds and full resources to the task. They decided to interview teens who didn’t abuse alcohol and to explore what social factors made the difference.  Once they had that information, which included parents spending more time with their teens and the ready availability of after school activities, they put major resources including $’s into parent education and the provision of meaningful activities for teens. Not just a teen center but a full on array of free, accessible activities. I’m simplifying the incredible effort this involved but within a short time period, Iceland’s teenagers shifted to being the lowest alcohol abusers in Europe. What a success story! What a model to emulate.

We could achieve a similar success story with domestic violence. It will take more than giving more money to non-profits. It will take far more resources than we now dedicate to the issue and far more creative thinking and public discussion let alone enthusiasm and activism. If we could but generate the same energy to tackling this social problem that we seem to be able to muster for a rail trail then we would be well on our way to helping males deal with their aggression and protecting their spouses and children from that violence. Today’s child witnessing his father’s violence is tomorrow’s estranged male with an AR-15 targeting women and girls for slaughter.

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 5

ON THE RUN
This report comes in-between knocking on doors, putting out yard signs, and texting volunteers. This has been a hard-fought campaign. The “Yes on M” team led by Drew Glover and Justin Cummings has battled heroically down to the wire, leading hundreds of volunteers across a welcome finish-line. Will old-fashioned grassroots heart and soul campaigning win out over the big-money realtors and developers in 2018? The ballots are still being counted as you read these words. We’ve seen around town what a million dollars can buy–innumerable mailers (nine by my last count), ever larger billboard-like signs, daily newspaper ads, and endless Facebook pop-ups. But can it buy the hearts and minds of the Santa Cruz electorate? We will find out because there’s an end date. The election results, if Yes on M‘s get-out-the-vote (GOTV) strategy worked, will likely not be revealed on Nov. 6th (maybe?), but according to the county registrar of voters, definitely by Dec. 6th, long after the campaigning, yard-signing, bus-rapping, and door-knocking has ended. Thank goodness there is an end!

Ninety-four year old Manuelita from Dakota Street taking a pedi-cab ride to cast her ballot at 701 Ocean Street. It was a site to behold!

Campaign Trail
It’s brutal seeing your campaign signs come down. Perhaps it has happened along King and Bay Streets more than anywhere else. Less signs came down on the last weekend of the campaign, but it has been a whack-a-mole process of keeping them all up, some being replaced as many as three times. Campus has been a one-sided affair. Justin, Drew and Yes on M are everywhere, in dorm rooms, bus boards, and flyers were even seen in some classrooms. It has been really instructive being around students this past month and hearing their renter stories. Fourth-year students urging first-year’s to get out and vote for M because they will be there soon, searching for housing that does not exist at stratospheric rental prices they can’t pay. This situation has led so many into their cars to sleep at night. The students talking to students is the best way for them to hear about the need for rent control. There is little need for “outside agitation” here. It’s the insiders, the students themselves, who do not lack for stories that break your heart: thirteen students in that three-bedroom on Bixby Street for $7,000; a two-bedroom for $4,100; and a pool shed going for $650 (that’s a deal!).

The Finish-line is in Sight
The walking, talking, leafleting, yard-signing, and bus stop raps ended on Nov. 6th. I feel proud of the way Justin Cummings, Drew Glover, and Yes on M finished their campaigns in a fever pitch-style that would put a satisfied smile on any activist face. Over a one hundred came out to door hang on the last weekend of the campaign; more than 50 volunteers worked the campus this past Monday and Tuesday; phone banking went on all weekend and right up until the polls closed; and it was fun seeing the candidates climb aboard pedi-cabs to get the vote out during these final days. Rent control being on the ballot has made this a campaign season to remember. Very few potential voters were encountered who were not aware that it was up for a vote. It was Escalona vs. Lower Ocean and Prospect Heights going up against South of Laurel voters. The progressives–Glover and Cummings–will likely win if those neighborhoods along with Beach Flats, Downtown, 200 Button Street, Schaeffer Road apartments, and certain parts of Seabright if, if, if  the electorate comes out in higher numbers than past elections. The voters in Carbonera, Fredrick Street, and the Westside are regular voters and they will definitely be out in numbers. The fact is, there are many more renters than landlords. Come Dec. 6th we will find out if enough renters actually voted.

More about the elections next week

(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).

Email Chris at ckrohn@cruzio.com

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November 5

WHY IS SOQUEL CREEK TRYING TO SHOVE EXPENSIVE, RISKY TREATED SEWAGE WATER INTO YOUR DRINKING WATER?
Many continue to ask just that, especially if you read the excellent articles from Sentinel reporter Jessica York recently.   https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2018/11/02/impacts-of-water-projects-under-review-santa-cruz-county-wide/ Water is available from Santa Cruz City to transfer to Soquel Creek Water District, but for some reason, the District continues to drag their feet while throwing seemingly unlimited time and ratepayer money into fast-tracking the PureWater Soquel Project.  That Project would cost ratepayers $200 MILLION and inject 3 million gallons/day of treated sewage water with unknown contaminants into the drinking water supply of ALL  MidCounty residents.  A District Board incumbent even recently told members of the public during campaign conversations that Santa Cruz is refusing to send the water to the District or that the City has other plans for the water, so there is no alternative but to go the treated sewage water injection route.  What?  This fits with the recent Technical White Paper Feasibility and Cost/Benefit Analysis submitted for a $20 Million federal grant application, and afterward shared with the Board…claiming there is NO alternative available other than injecting treated sewage water.

Attend the Santa Cruz City Water public meetings this Wednesday at the Harvey West Scout house and Thursday at Highlands Park House in Ben Lomond, both beginning at 6:30pm.   This will give you information about possible water rights amendments that can support a regional solution to the water issues in Santa Cruz County.

Many are rejoicing at the District finally agreeing to to begin transfer water from Santa Cruz on November 26 as a five-year Pilot Project. This will let over-pumped areas near 41st Avenue and Soquel Village rest and will allow District production wells to rest this winter, increasing groundwater levels and Soquel Creek stream flows.  However, it has taken the District three years to get to this point, and the five-year Agreement ends December, 2020.  We all need to insist the District pursue an amended Agreement date with Santa Cruz with the same zeal they are showing for the expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project.

Soquel Creek Water District staff and Board members have seemingly lost touch with fiscal responsibility to ratepayers and transparency with the public.  District rates are already second-highest in the State for a system of its size, yet ANOTHER RATE INCREASE IS PLANNED FOR NEXT MARCH, and more every year thereafter for five years… all to cover the cost of the expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project.  The Board will consider comment to responses at this Tuesday’s November 6 meeting and probably approve the Twin Lakes Pilot Recharge Well Project, one of the three treated sewage water injection well sites.   That Well will be 1000′ deep and require destroying 19 mature oak trees along Cabrillo College Drive and below the Twin Lakes Church (for a 16 square foot well space???).  The website links to the information have been problematic for some to access.  Transparency?  I just don’t think so.  When will the Soquel Creek Water District allow those who would be affected by this expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project to vote on whether is happens or not, AS DIRECTOR RACHEL LATHER TOLD A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC?

Read here about the Court-ordered adjustment to District rates that came about only because ratepayer Mr. Jon Cole took legal action on his own for the unjustly high water rates.  He was forced to do so because the Board simply dismissed his earlier information and request for an investigation of the matter.  Yet, this District boasts of transparency???  

Write the Soquel Creek Water District Board bod@soquelcreekwater.org    and let them know your thoughts.  Insist the District negotiate an extended Pilot Water Exchange Agreement with Santa Cruz and put the expensive and risky treated sewage water injection Project be put on hold until the benefits of a regional solution can be fully assessed.   Attend their Board meeting this Tuesday, 6pm, at the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, and also the Special Board Workshop about changing Water Demand Offset Policy, beginning a 5pm (same location).  I am not sure either will be filmed and made available on Community Television, but I will ask a friend to video record both for public YouTube access.  https://www.soquelcreekwater.org/

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

IS SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION AT UCSC REALLY SERVING OUR COUNTY’S LONG-TERM HEALTH?
I spent some time observing November 5 at UCSC Voting Center, located in the Bay Tree Conference Room.  This is one of three Voting Centers in the County where anyone can walk up, register to vote, and cast a Conditional or Provisional Ballot.  What I saw this morning worried me.  In the space of 15 minutes, I observed at least 30 students walk in, ask to register and appear clueless about the process or the issues.  They cast their ballots, helping to decide the future of critical issues that could have far-reaching economic and environmental impacts on Santa Cruz County and the City. 

Outside, there were members of various political lobbying groups pushing their agendas, and handing young, uninformed students a list of voting recommendations to take to the poll.  Off these students went, registering for what seemed to be the first time, and not knowing much more about issues than what they had just been told by someone with a definite agenda.  I asked the Election Official inside the Voting Center about the legality of this entryway lobbying.  She informed me that as long as the lobbyists were not within 100′ of the door to the third floor entrance (basically the hallway from the stairwell and elevator on the third floor) it was okay.  Wow.

It will be interesting to see how many voters register at these three same-day Voting Centers ( Watsonville Civic Center, the County Building at 701 Ocean Street, and the UCSC location).  County Clerk Gail Pellerin has assured me that these provisional and conditional ballots will all received special scrutiny and investigation within a statewide data base to verify these voters only cast one ballot in this election.  I sure do hope so, but I really have to wonder about the wisdom of this new legally-allowed procedure.

SECURITY LIGHTING IMPROVED LAST WEEK AT RANCHO DEL MAR LOWER PARKING LOT…THEN WENT DARK.
Maybe it was due to your letter to TRC Retail executive Scott Grady that a portable floodlight got installed in the lower Rancho del Mar Center parking area, welcoming Erik’s Deli patrons and staff to a secure parking area.  Unfortunately, the lights were not on Sunday night, when many families might have been interested in getting dinner out during the new daylight savings time change darkness.  Hmmm….write Scott Grady again and ask when the main lights will be re-established for reliable security lighting.   Scott Grady sgrady@trcretail.com

Attend the Santa Cruz City Water public meetings this Wednesday at the Harvey West Scout house and Thursday at Highlands Park House in Ben Lomond, both beginning at 6:30pm.

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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October 31, 2018 #304 / Town And Gown


In “Merry Olde England,” relationships between those attending Oxford University and the residents of the town of Oxford were, apparently, none too good. In fact, according to an engaging article appearing on the BBC website, physical confrontations between the residents of town and gown were common; murder was not unknown. Military intervention was sometimes required.

Aren’t we so much better off, today?

Well, there haven’t been any town-gown murders yet, here in the City of Santa Cruz, and the National Guard hasn’t been turned out, but feelings between town and gown are certainly strained. In a recent Santa Cruz City election, almost 80% of City voters said the University should stop accepting any more students, in view of the incredibly negative impacts that growing student enrollments have had on the local housing market, traffic congestion, and water security. Fact is, those growing enrollments have undermined the quality of education at the local campus, too.

So far, the University has given no significant indication that it would be willing to terminate future student enrollments at UCSC and maintain the current enrollment level, which is approximately 19,000 students. The Chancellor’s semi-official proposal, which has not yet been made final, and which has not yet been subjected to environmental review, is to add about 10,000 more students to the local campus, on top of the 19,000 students currently enrolled. That number doesn’t count faculty and staff, of course. The local community is officially not pleased with the Chancellor’s number of 10,000 new students (in fact, you could say the community is “outraged”). Unfortunately for the City, which otherwise does get to plan for its future growth, decisions about student enrollment are not made by the community. Outrage won’t be enough.

In my view, since the people have spoken locally in such an emphatic way, this would be a good time for some local political leadership to take this issue to the UC Regents and the State Legislature. A claim that the University should be permitted to do whatever it wants to with respect to increasing student enrollments, without any responsible reference to the adverse impacts that the University’s actions might have on a local community, is a claim that needs to be disputed. There is no reason to abandon hope that such a dispute can be resolved in favor of the local community. No murder or military intervention should be necessary. It won’t be easy, however, to win this debate.

If our local political leaders will commit time, money, and energy to an effort to achieve what 80% of the local voters said they want, I think they can win the battle for us. It is irksome to have to expend lots of energy to achieve what should be obvious, but such is the way of the world. Unless the community mounts the effort, mobilizing every community resource we have, future student enrollment growth will give us an even bigger housing crisis than we already have, a housing crisis on steroids, and we will all be spending our time on gridlocked streets. 

As James Herndon, who writes on education, has put it: that is not “The Way It Spozed To Be.”

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 www.gapatton.net

Email Gary at gapatton@mac.com

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EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Look for an inside view of desire, despair, and our inner most sanctum just below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “About Deleting” 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.

BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ BIRTHDAY PARTY. The Bookshop celebrates 52 years in business on Friday November 9. Bookshop Readers Card members will receive a 20% discount all day. That night there’s a birthday cake and ice cream for everybody plus the annual and once per year only appearance of The Hot Damn String Band. That’s Jim Reynolds guitar, Annie Steinhardt fiddle, Gary Cunningham string bass, Dave Magram banjo, Stuart Evans mandolin and as per usual I’ll be playing washboard. see you there!!.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS.
The  second concert in this season’s series is … “AMERICAN VOICES” with music by Bloch, Barber, Praetorius Gómez, Cowell, Brown, and others. C.A.Jordan, concert director and soprano; Kathleen Purcell, flute, alto flute, and piccolo; Kristin Garbeff, cello; Kumi Uyeda, piano. The second concert of their spectacular new season is a “triple-entendre” of American composers, featuring the words of three uniquely American poets, sung by a uniquely talented American soprano. The concerts are on Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm and repeated on Sunday, November 11, 3:00 pm. They are always held at Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.) that’s by the CHP Patrol offices.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “My Beast places #4 on the cyber list 9 Fantastic Novels For Fairy Tale Fans — complete with video! —  this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). Also, some ghostly thoughts about my Art Boy, in keeping with the spirit of last week’s Dia de Los Muertos celebrations.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? A well-deserved 98 on RT! Melissa McCarthy plays real-life author Lee Israel, who, when she’s down on her luck, starts forging and selling fake letters from famous literary stars. McCarthy is better for my money at being straight than she is as a comic. An excellent movie, based on a book that Lee Israel wrote confessing the entire plot. Go see it…it’s why they make movies, and why we like to go see them.

BEAUTIFUL BOY. A long and drawn-out saga/story of a teen age boy Timothee Chalamet in his first real role. He becomes a crystal meth addict and his Dad — played by Steve Carell — goes the full distance as a parent trying to relate and help. The movie is as sad as real life when parents lose touch with their kids. The background music is way too loud, the acting is perfect, and it is a very sad, depressing film, without an ending that will leave you satisfied.

FREE SOLO. A National Geographic documentary of young Alex Honnold free-climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. It is beautiful, terrifying, and the most tension you’ve ever felt from anything ever on screen. He climbs the three thousand-plus feet in a little over three hours. It’s a nearly perfectly-made film, on a topic you’ll never forget. See it on the big screen at the Del Mar…you won’t regret it, trust me!!! Oh yes 98 on RT!!.

OLD MAN AND A GUN. Sissy Spacek (and her well-known nose) play foil to Robert Redford, in what he says will be his last movie. He’s 82 (and was born in Santa Monica, by the way). Sissy is 69 years old and is from Texas. Based on a true bit of muck, this movie has Redford as an old man who can’t quit robbing banks, or being very nice to everybody involved. Tom Waits is in it but I didn’t notice him! Casey Affleck is Redford’s foil, and does a brilliant low-key job. Danny Glover is in it too, and it’s good to see him working albeit in a very small part. Don’t miss this film. It’s cute, charming, friendly, and nicely done.

COLETTE. Dominic West from HBO’s The Wire (filmed in and centered in Baltimore)  Eleanor  Tomlinson from Demelza Poldark (filmed in and centered in England), and the lead Keira Knightly all play French people but have British accents. The music score is by Thomas Ades who was here once with the Cabrillo Festival of Music. It’s an almost trite and overused true story of a woman who does all the writing while her husband gets the credit. It’s veddy, veddy British, clever, lightweight, fun, go for it.

FIRST MAN. 88 on RT. Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong steals this saga about our landing on the moon in 1969. He’s nowhere near the type of human that Armstrong seemed to be, or must have been, to carry off this moon landing, marriage, fame, and some failures too. Claire Foy (The Queen) is wasted here as Neil’s wife. The movie is tense at times, nerve-wracking at others and is a full two hours and 18 minutes long. Armstrong died in 2012. It is such a tribute to our US space program, and such a hunk of our national pride, that it’s impossible not to enjoy. Go see it. Nope, they didn’t include the planting of the American flag.

A STAR IS BORN. Yes, the crowds are right: Lady Gaga is a genuine actor now. She takes almost all the movie away from Bradley Cooper. Cooper directed, financed most of it and plays and sings too. It’s a saga, a melodrama, and shares almost zero with any of the other 4 or 5 Star is Born flicks. Go see it, even if like me you’ve never seen or heard Lady Gaga before. According to Wikipedia… Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986 in NYC)

MID 90’S. Comic Jonah Hill directed this mid 1990’s near-documentary of skateboarder teen agers coming of age in Los Angeles. My grandsons are going through the same period of life, and in the same area right now — but I could not sense what point or comment Jonah Hill was trying to make with this short (84 minutes) drama. The story seemed disjointed and pointless, but maybe that was the point?

HALLOWEEN. Yes, Jamie Lee Curtis and her nemesis Michael Myers are back in another awkward attempt to make money…not cinematic progress. The usual scare attempts are used over and over, and they just plain flop. There isn’t a single reason to see this latest version of the 1978 original. Save your money for Candy Corn.

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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. Environmentalist Grey Hayes takes the full hour on Election Night November 6. Pledge Drive Night has UCSC teacher Maria Herrera and her student talk about campus issues on Nov. 13. They are followed by Ken Koenig and Judy Allen discussing the Common Ground part of Santa Cruz Indivisible. November 20 has UCSC folks bringing us up to date on The East Meadow development. Bookshop Santa Cruz’s traditional night featuring the winners of their Young Writers Contest happens Nov. 27. Tandy Beal talks about her special performances on Dec. 4th. Then Carla Brennan shares news about her Insight Meditation workshops. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton 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

Sharks! This woman is living her dream life 🙂

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.

QUOTES. “Timely Quotes”
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.  Isaac Asimov
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists”. Franklin D. Roosevelt
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”. Abraham Lincoln
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”. Abraham Lincoln


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