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October 12 – 18, 2011

An aerial of the Cabrilho College campus from days past. Imagine it that sparsely populated with cars today…

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection, click for bigger version.

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RUMORS FOR RENT.I love rumors, true or not they tell us what folks are talking about…and of course most of the time they’re true. Rarely talked about in print are those “items” that are one step above rumors called “Everybody Knows That…”. EKT‘s are almost always true, and accepted as true, and hardly doubted because everybody knows that…etc.

Here’s one…”Everybody knows thatSanta Cruz Police spokesperson Zach Friend (aka Police Flack Zach) former head of the Democratic Central Committee and candidate for Ellen Pirie’s County Supervisor Seat ran all or part of the Santa Cruz County United Democratic Campaign from his Santa Cruz Police office on police time. More than that he held meetings and on and on while being paid to be the Police spokesperson. And “everybody” even heard him brag about doing that double duty!!! “Everybody” now wonders if he’ll continue this bi-peddleism while he runs for Supervisor. Should our Santa Cruz City Police Department fund a political campaign? “Everybody’s” waiting to hear more about this state of affairs.

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. Most of the European students hired this summer to work at the Boardwalk and who lived at La Bahia came from Romania. Not only that but everybody knows that Micah Posner is testing the waters and people’s patience in trying to decide if he should run for Santa Cruz City Council…tell him no if you run into him. The rules and regulations and splits and divisions between the city and the University ain’t easy to figure out. Take for example that the Santa Cruz City Police go on campus and write tickets!!! Is that because they have nothing else to do? Can Campus police write tickets in City territory?


POGONIP REACTION. Drew Perkins emailed to say, “I would hope you would at least do a cursory check of the facts before posting something like that Pogonip commentary piece. Besides all the half truths and fear mongering, there is the blatant lie that dirt bikes would be allowed. No mention of the fact that all types of trail users have been happily sharing the U-con trail for almost 15 years now and that the proposed trail would just continue U-con all the way to town. The current bike-free Pogonip experience that people treasure would be wholly unchanged, and I would wager that fewer bikes would poach the current trails, as there would be a safe and legal way from U-con to town. Those who prefer not to share trails could avoid using the new trail and enjoy Pogonip as they do now. Thanks, Drew.

THOSE CITY COUNCIL PENSIONS.The last reports in claim that Santa Cruz City Council members currently make $1551.33 per month and the mayor makes $3,1022 per month. Carol Di Palma told me that neither she nor Sally Di Girolamo get any such thing as a pension from their years on the City Council.

Cedar Geiger sent this clip…

DAVID BROOKS ON OCCUPY WALL STREET. From the Mexican newspaper La Jornada David Brooks writes in this week’s Progreso Weekly… With a first encounter in Wall Street between students and workers, something dawned that could become a new social movement in the United States. A couple of days ago, the New York chapter of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) became the first guild to formally express its solidarity with the youths who make up a majority of the Occupy Wall Street encampment. Gradually, others joined. And, in what could change everything, the nation’s largest industrial union – iron and steel’s USW – became the first national union to express its support. Suddenly, the encampment rang to the shouts of “students and workers united.” Such an alliance, historically, can make power tremble in any country. In Cairo, the joining of labor unions and young people was crucial; here, it made Seattle and its echoes in other countries a threat to “world order.” In Seattle in 1999, at a steel union rally during protests against the summit of the World Trade Organization, the workers realized that hundreds of young people had come to their side. One union leader, current USW president Leo Gerard, was at the microphone and suddenly stopped reading his speech and said, “Brothers and sisters, please turn to hug the young people, our new brothers, the future of us all.” Amazing…from Brooks too read the rest here

OCCUPY WALL STREET, THE CLOCK TOWER. This message is from our local Venomous Crone and “everybody knows” who that is…

Clock Tower, Downtown Santa Cruz 14 Oct, 12:00 PM
Join us to demand that giant banks pay their fair share of taxes, end the foreclosure crisis, and create jobs. Big Banks crashed our economy, destroyed our communities and wrecked our budgets. We bailed out Wall Street. Now its time to make them pay!! Let’s not just use our voices, but for those who can, lets use our money. Let our money do the talking and the walking! Move your money out of these big banks and out of the Wall Street coffers. Let’s not just occupy Wall Street, let’s abandon it! We hope all of you who have funds in Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase or Citibank can also participate by moving your bank account to a local bank or credit union. The mission of local banks is to reinvest in their communities to support local small businesses, infrastructure and local programs and services, not fill the pockets of the rich. (Moving your money is not a mandatory part of this action. It is mandatory to show up and make your voice heard!) See a clever cartoon how banks make money.

We will meet at the town clock at 12:00pm and march to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Citibank to demand that these giant banks pay their fair share of taxes, end the foreclosure crisis, and create jobs. We will also support those who can close accounts. Then we will walk to Santa Cruz County Bank, Lighthouse Bank, Bay Federal Credit Union, and Santa Cruz Community Credit Union to support those who can open new accounts. For those of you with walking/mobility issues you can always meet us at one of the banks. We will send out the order of the banks in a later email. Please make a sign if you can. Lots of sign ideas can be found at Why Occupy Wall Street; youtube video on the right.

Why Occupy Wall Street

RSVP at Event URL:
Thanks, Ven.

ROBERT NORSE WROTE IN THE SENTINEL…and he’s making a lot of sense. He was our guest speaker at the Penny University back in August. He made sense there too.

Abuse of power at City Council continues, unchecked
Santa Cruz mayor Ryan Coonerty and his gang are still determined to save face. They want unchecked power to impose repressive rules and undemocratic procedures — no matter how much it costs. After spending more than a $100,000 and being rejected by court after court, City Attorney John Barisone still insists on a mayor’s privilege to call whatever dissent displeases them “a disruption.”
In 2002 I made a silent brief mock-Nazi salute. In 2004 I was falsely arrested for whispering to a homeless man in the audience. These “disruptions” were created by the mayors themselves. We must reject intimidation of this kind. A federal court ruled a year ago there must be real disruption before a mayor can arrest. But as recently as last Tuesday, Mayor Coonerty unilaterally shortened public comment time and threatened to arrest those in the audience speaking critically. He segregated the oral communications period into an isolated “doghouse” time. Things won’t change until we change them.

MAX HARTSTEIN DIED. Max Hartstein passed away on 8/8/11 he was 82 years old. He would have been 83 on 8/11/11. He had a blood clot that caused a fatal stroke. He did not have a will and no biological children. A few lines from the autobiography he worked on forever…

Bob Dylan was just getting famous and playing in the Village. Zoot Sims was jamming just a couple of blocks up Third Avenue, in the loft of a friend of mine. Charlie Mingus was playing at the Five Spot a couple more blocks north on Third Avenue. My friend from my army days, Eric Dolphy, was playing with him and they were doing some wild experimental stuff. In good weather I would often stand outside the club on the sidewalk listening in awe to the fantastic stuff they were doing. Dizzy Gillespie often played at Birdland. Since I was a member of the house rhythm section of a short-lived club in San Francisco that he opened for, he gave me a pass to enter Birdland and listen whenever he played there. One spring morning, about this time, a tiny calico kitten climbed in through the back window and took up residence with me. I named her “Lady Cockymoony,” Lady for short.”

Max played string bass with all the greats, nationally, internationally and locally. He’ll be missed.

DE-SAL FAILS IN MONTEREY, THE WHY…( this piece is from the Anti De sal folks) A well-documented array of overlapping factors contributed to the unraveling of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Desal Project, including:

Lack of direct citizen and water ratepayer representation

  • Costs and consequences unfairly stacked against the public
  • News media scrutiny, fact checking, and readiness to follow-the-money
  • Secrecy, lack of transparency, selective information dissemination, and omission of key facts
  • An aggressive pro-desal marketing campaign
  • Over $40M of public funds spent during severe recession with nothing to show
  • Failure to submit the project to a ballot vote
  • Absence of an alternative water supply and management plan
  • Denial that desal would induce growth
  • Outrageous contractual obligations and partnership arrangements
  • Unaligned with community priorities
  • Weak oversight, mismanagement, and discredited leadership
  • Conflict-of-interest and corruption allegations
  • Growing community skepticism and a groundswell of opposition

Sources: Water partnership waste of time, money By ROGER DOLAN The Monterey County Herald 0/03/2011


GARY PATTON WRITES ABOUT UCSC, WATER & THE DECEMBER LAFCO MEETING. It’s a factthat the proposed UCSC North Campus expansion project would require an extension of water service from the City of Santa Cruz, putting both the natural environment and existing City water customers at greater risk. We now know when the public hearing on this proposal will be held. LAFCO, the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, will hear from the public on Wednesday, December 7th.

The December 7th meeting will take place on the 5th Floor of the County Governmental Center, located at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

(A staff report will be available on November 7th).

SUJATA MOHAPATRA DANCED HERE LAST WEEK!!! They had almost no publicity and the Guru Shradha Dance Company performed at Merrill College last Saturday night. And you missed Sujata Mohapatra!!! Sujata is at the same time, graceful, beautiful, frightening , brilliant, tender, a genius, comparable to Chaplin, Maya Plisetskaya, Geoff Hoyle, Gloria Swanson, Marcel Marceau, Chitresh Das, you should have been there.

Here is what is at stake:

The City of Santa Cruz and the University of California at Santa Cruz are asking for permission to have the City extend water service to the UCSC “North Campus” area, which is now largely a nature reserve. Besides allowing the development of currently undeveloped lands on campus, the impacts of allowing such an extension of water service would be to put more stress on the rivers and creeks now providing water for the City. In addition, extending service beyond the existing service area could put existing customers in a disadvantageous position in a drought. Greater cutbacks for current residential and business customers in the City, and for residents and businesses in Live Oak, Pasatiempo, and Capitola, would likely be experienced if the application is approved, because of the new water demands of UCSC.

The LAFCO hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 7th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 5th Floor, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me, as an attorney representing the Community Water Coalition, which has been leading the opposition to this water service extension request. Gary A. Patton, Of Counsel Wittwer & Parkin, LLP

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary also has his daily radio program on KUSP where he says, decisions will be made about the noise problem with Ocean Honda, more regulating of pot dispensaries, Dealing with water shortages in Monterey County and here at home. There’s some mysterious $$$ settlement happening Tuesday between the City and UCSC??? Another decision on the 5 story building on Pacific happens Tuesday…and will developers be made to pay when they pollute? (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365”

WILPF & OCTOBER MEETING. ANN WRIGHT, A [Retired] Colonel and Diplomat Turned Anti-War Activist, will speak at the WILPF October 18th program . Colonel Wright is a 29-year veteran who also served in the State Department for 16 years in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Somalia . She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign from her military and diplomatic career over what she said was her country’s unwarranted occupation of Iraq . She will be speaking out on U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Vandenberg AFB’s continued nuclear missile testing.

All WILPF general meetings are free and open to everyone. Visit our website at or call 457-6797 for more information. Please join us Tuesday, October 18th, at 7:00pm at the Quaker Meeting House 225 Rooney Street (at the end of Morrissey), Santa Cruz.

ANCHOR IN ANTARCTICA. This weeks words from Micaela…Nearly a month has passed since the new crew arrived on station and with the departure of the last few winterovers planned for later this week, people have started to settle into their summer groove. Life on ice follows a routine, partially imposed by the job and partially created by the social realities of close confines.

Everyone at Palmer Station works from 7:30am to 5:30pm every day except Sunday, a routine known as “Town Schedule” at other stations where people might also work night shifts or 12-on/12-off shifts customary to firefighters or power plant personnel. Meals come regularly, served on a steam table buffet line, except on Saturdays when someone hosts a thirty-minute Cocktail Hour before a 6pm supper. The steady rhythm of sleep-eat-work-eat-work-eat-sleep at exactly the time of day, every week for most of a year, does worm its way into your system. For several weeks after I leave station, I find myself craving a cup of coffee at precisely 10am (morning break) and sniffing around for dinner about 5:15pm… just in time to wrap up the day’s task and wash up, except no dinner waiting!

Even our evenings start to resemble one another as people assemble their inner-circles and find ways to amuse one another. We do not have a television, thankfully. Part of what makes community life so special is the lack of easy distractions, all the garbage of everyday life up north. Here, we make our own fun and for the most part, we’re so wholesome it makes me sick: card-playing, knitting, wood-working, playing music, home-brewing (beer and meads), movie nights and Saturday morning cartoons, painting, and simply chatting around the fireplace or in the hot tub. We do have parties, especially around the holidays, and the bar usually has a few people playing pool or darts after hours. On Sundays, the cooks also get the day off and we have to fend for ourselves. However, someone usually makes a treat or even a full dinner for the station simply for their own pleasure. Last Sunday we had crepes in the morning and almond brittle candy in the afternoon, courtesy the doctor and welder, respectively.

I obviously enjoy the pace of life here or I would not return, but it’s true that the routine makes time slippery, and remembering the exact dates or sequence of past events is like grasping at a wet bar of soap–it’s gone and you’ve got it– at the same time.

(Micaela Neus works for Raytheon Polar Services Company as a utilities technician and is currently living at Palmer Station, Antarctica until April 2012.

VINTAGE DE CINZO Just how happy are the Monarchs???

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EAGANS DEEP COVER. Scroll down 2 pages and see Tim’s answer to our Government’s problems…(snicker, snicker)

ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS CALENDAR. Dennis Etler sent this in. It’s very long winded so click here to read it all.

There are three big events that local humanists are organizing or participating in towards the end of October. On Wednesday night, October 19th the UCSC Secular Student Alliance is holding a debate on the perennial question, “Does God Exist” (details below). Then on Friday night, Oct 21st the newly formed Cabrillo College Secular Student Alliance will hold its first annual Flying Spaghetti Monster Pastafarian Talk and Dress Like A Pirate Spaghetti Dinner on the Cabrillo College Campus (details below). The week will be capped off with the United Nations Association’s Annual UN Day Parade down Pacific Ave on Saturday October 22nd . Secular Humanists and Atheists from throughout the Santa Cruz Community will march under our Reason’s Greetings Banner as a contingent in the parade (details below) . These events will allow humanists, freethinkers, atheists and non-theists to meet and greet one another and hopefully galvanize us to get together more often on an ongoing basis.

ELEPHANT MAN Not for the sensitive

SAUL LANDAU’S PROGRESO WEEKLY. Saul writes…” Sixty-three years ago most Jews rejoiced over the birth of Israel. Some thought it would become the place where a new vision of socialism with justice and equality would arise. Clearly, not all Jews believed that – or in those values. Six plus decades later, the idea that Palestinians also deserve their own nation with UN recognized boundaries has caused a panic reaction. (he closes with)… “To such a question the Israeli government and its fan club scream “anti Semitism” a response to all criticism of Israel. This has earned me, and thousands of others, the title of “self hating Jew.” On the list you’ll find Noam Chomsky and Woody Allen. (read the rest here)

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from


LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week, let’s welcome back Santa Cruz’s favorite free movie event, the Pacific Rim Film Festival, for its 23rd Anniversary season. And prepare our eyeballs for a weird, experimental, and utterly captivating new movie about art and the art making process, a perfect complement to the final weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour. Read all about it at Lisa Jensen Online Express (

Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

PACIFIC RIM FILM FEST. The late, local and much lamented Eduardo Carillo’s son Ruben made a film that will screen at the Festival on Tuesday Oct. 18 at 3:30 at The Rio Theatre, it’s called Mana I Ka Leo it’s a well made and important film about the importance and relevance of “oli”, the Hawaiian chant. It reveals a depth and history that
can only make us appreciate Hawaiian culture more than we ever imagined. If you think you know Hawaiian culture and don’t know all about Oli, you’ve missed a lot. The film is only 26 minutes long and well worth seeing.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. Chamber Players to Present Transformed Masterpieces.A brilliant J.S. Bach keyboard work is newly realized as a string trio; Igor Stravinsky rewrites a ballet suite for only two instruments; Alfred Schnittke is inspired by music of Bach to compose a piano quintet—three works, each a marvel of re-invention, will be presented as the Santa Cruz Chamber Players open their 33rd season with “Re-Imaginings…Great Music by Great Composers Inspired by Other Great Composers.” The concert will be directed by violinist Cynthia Baehr, joined by violinist Roy Malan, violist Chad Kaltinger, cellist Vanessa Ruotolo, and pianist Michael McGushin.
The Santa Cruz Chamber Players, a not-for-profit organization, will present “Re-Imaginings…Great Music by Great Composers Inspired by Other Great Composers” on Saturday, October 15th, at 8:00 PM and on Sunday, October 16th, at 3:00 PM. Both performances will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (near the Highway One exit and east of Freedom Blvd). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth (18 & under or full-time student with ID); free for ages 12 and under .

Tickets are available at the door 1/2 hour before each performance or at (831) 420-5260). For information call (831) 425-3149 or go to

(repeat) LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI AT THE DEL MAR—IN PERSON. Santa Cruz has more than the average number of poets. It also has more than a number of average poets, but never mind. Lots of people have been working hard to bring major poet, writer and owner of City Lights Bookstore Lawrence Ferlinghetti to Santa Cruz. BrattonOnline readers will remember that he was in Davenport in June. We’ll see a documentary about Lawrence showing what a force he’s been in social change and literary freedom over the years. Mark your calendars for Tuesday October 18th 7p.m. .

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 sometimes old programs are archived…(see next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On October 11 Peter Cullen and Janis O’Driscoll tell news about Friends of The Santa Cruz City Library. Felicia Rice follows them and will talk about` UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media. Author, actor and acting teacher Joanne Linville will take the entire hour on October 18 to talk about her book Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. County Supervisor John Leopold will again co-host the fall pledge drive on October 25. City Council person Katherine Beiers will be the guest on November 1st. Followed by Meg Sandow and friend discussing the Homeless Garden Project. The November 8th Grapevine has former Cabrilho Professor Don Young talking about his book,” The Battle For Snow Mountain”. On November 15th the winners of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Youth Writing contest will read their entries. Ralph Abraham will talk about 2 of his new books on November 22.November 29 has Assemblyman Bill Monning discusses inside Sacramento stuff. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The Great Morgani on Street performing, 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 Conpany. Plus 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution yet“, Mae West. “I have so little sex appeal that my gynecologist calls me “sir”, Joan Rivers. “I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce”, Margaret Mead.


Mr. DeCinzo peddles the truth nothing changes in bicycle behavior. Except it gets worse over the years.

Deep Cover by tim eagan.

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