Blog Archives

October 16 – 22, 2019

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…My earthquake story, Downtown Merchants’ stupid mistake, MAH report waiting, Tushar Atre, CVS response. GREENSITE…“Due to technical problems on her end, there will be no Greensite Insight this week. Apologies.” KROHN…Thanks supporters. STEINBRUNER …Big Change in Santa Cruz, developers’ plans, Newsom’s rent control. PATTON…on Trump’s mental health. EAGAN…Classic Sub Cons and Deep Cover. JENSEN…reviews Lucy In The Sky. BRATTON…I critique Monos and Lucy In The Sky UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…”Earthquakes
                                 

...

COOPER STREET OCTOBER 17, 1989. The real reason I’m using this photo is that I was exactly upstairs above Snandrydan when that BIG ONE hit those 30 years ago. Read more about it just below. Logos books started out in the Shandrydan Store, as a matter of fact.

photo credit: CE Meyer, USGS

Additional information always welcome: email photo@brattononline.com

DON’T BLAME PG&E PAL. I wrote and recorded this song along with Dick Fagerstrom and Wayne Pope, aka The Goodtime Washboard 3. The video shows Diablo Canyon as our point of protest, but we wrote and were very active in stopping their Bodega Bay nuclear power plant.
SANTA CRUZ 1955. Vintage film sent to us by Chris Krohn
Santa Cruz from 1955…and “the progressive spirit of its citizens,”

SANTA CRUZ POST-EARTHQUAKE FOOTAGE 1989.

DATELINE October 14

MY EARTHQUAKE STORY. I was genuinely surprised to see the Good Times cover photo last week. It was the exact spot I was in before, during and about two minute after the 1989 quake — right upstairs over the Shandrydan Shop in the Hihn Building at 110 Cooper Street. I was the promotions director for the Downtown Association, and along with the effervescent and incredibly talented Mimi Paulsen, we were working on some Halloween plans for Downtown. The quake hit, and we rumbled and almost got under tables but it stopped, and through a very thick cloud of dust we started for the stairway to get downstairs. We met Cynthia Mathews who was up there too, probably working on Planned Parenthood stuff, and Karla Krebs Hutton, songstress and former Good Times sales person. Blindly we walked downstairs and miraculously Karla was only hit on her heel by a large piece of brick façade that fell milliseconds after we excited the building. Cooper Street and Pacific Avenue were nearly lost in clouds of red and orange dust from the brick and stucco and cement collapsing buildings. My first instinct was to find my good buddy Charles Hilger, who was directing and managing our Art museum in a little store behind Weber’s Photo Shop on Pacific. Together Charles and I made our way back onto Pacific and demanded popsicles from the poor guy who was selling them at a stand at Pacific and Cooper. We needed them because of nearly choking from that dust.

There was so much confusion and erratic happenings I headed over to City Hall to see what our Downtown Association could do to help. Our Mayor and mu friend Mardi Wormhoudt was just exiting the hall and grabbed me, saying let’s go check out the Bookshop Santa Cruz’s collapse and the search for bodies. We watched a while and tried to figure our next best move. The earthquake story goes on… Mardi told President George Bush he couldn’t just walk down Pacific Avenue on an inspection when he was here; she had to be with him. He and his team agreed, and she was 100% instrumental in getting us the governmental help we needed. Later on I was more than happy to emcee the special earthquake dedication at the Town Clock with Mardi, Gary Patton and Sam Farr.

As the promotions person with the DTA I staged a “Secret Parade” through the Pavilions (tents) led by the Flying Karamazov Brother,s ending up at the Civic where we had a huge stage show as a benefit for the downtown. The Earthquake story goes on and on. That’s enough for now.

WAITING FOR MAH REPORT. Here’s how Jason Hoppin, communications manager for the County, replied to our questions on determining MAH’s financial status. “Thank you, Bruce. I haven’t read the lease so I’ll work with folks here in the office to get answers back to you shortly. We’re about to head into a PG&E power shutoff event, so it may be a few days.” 

DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS STUPID EARTHQUAKE DECISION. Three years BEFORE the ’89 quake, the downtown merchants hired an expert to advise them on earthquake preparedness. He did and told them to retro-fit ASAP. They said it would cost too much…and ignored it. Max Walden, who owned the Cooperhouse, had Michael Bates Construction retrofit it completely. But Jay Paul who owned the Cooperhouse then — and still owns O’Neill’s now — had it torn down to collect the FEMA money. Watch more about all this below:

TONY RUSSOMANNO AND THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR EARTHQUAKE DEVASTATION. 

TUSHAR ATRE MURDER. I knew and saw Tushar Atre many times back around 1987. He was one of my more than 200 clients when I was a marketing consultant for Cabrillo’s Small Business Development Center. We worked on promoting his Atrenet business. I met his folks, and we met at his Yacht Harbor office quite a few times. Nice guy. His money must have come from his folks. He was intelligent, friendly, sharp and obviously naïve…as we read in the press.

WHAT CVS STANDS FOR? Big thanks to all those folks who sent me the translation of CVS. What I was trying to get at was to ask their employees the next time you are there…few if any I’ve met know what it stands for. But in looking up CVS I found… Consumer Value Stores CVS Pharmacy is currently the largest pharmacy chain in the United States by number of locations (over 9,600 as of 2016)  In early 1972, CVS introduced America’s first refillable plastic bottle. But yet CVS CEO Tom Ryan has said he considers “CVS” to stand for “Convenience, Value, and Service”.  


October 14.

Gillian says, “Due to technical problems on her end there will be no Greensite Insight this week. Apologies.”   

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.

...

October 14

AND NOW, LET US PRAISE GREAT SUPPORTERS
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who showed up at last Tuesday night’s city council meeting. It cannot be said enough times that it is the people of Santa Cruz, when they participate; they drive the narrative and ultimately write the history of our town. This history is made only because it is the residents marching–two large support for women’s marches, the Martin Luther King march last January, and the Global Climate Strike march last month are examples of taking it to the streets; knocking on doors and talking with neighbors, especially during the past two election cycles, and advocating for the environment over rampant development–Lighthouse Field, Wilder Ranch, Moore Creek Uplands and the Pogonip–has made a great impact on our quality of life here. Of course, attending neighborhood meetings, serving on city commissions, and showing up to city council meetings are all vital constituent parts of the democratic process. Last Tuesday evening’s city council crowd not only felt comforting to this councilmember, but it sent a clear signal that votes count and we will not allow our democracy to be compromised by taunts, misperceptions, or misinformation. Keep on keeping on my friends, the people will win and the community will determine what kind of community we will have!

The People’s Bully Pulpit
Appearing at the podium to address the city council was an array of straight-shooters, poets, community activists, and many others concerned about the future of the city and wanting to lend their voice as we proceed into the future, hopefully on a calmer, more measured, but truly principled path. I offer an amalgam of eloquent and energizing voices here. It is a tribute to why so many of us have found a true home here in Santa Cruz among what some used to call, Fellow Travelers.

Out of their Mouths & Straight from the hip
Please, don’t kick off reconciliation with punishment. (Brett Garrett)
This censure is a misuse of feminism. (Katherine Herndon)
This is a #MeToo town, the city manager should’ve fixed this before it turned into a civil war. (Ed Porter)  
The CPVAW by-laws were not adhered to. (Ann Simonton)
This is all about the recall. (Drew Lewis)
The city should not have spent $29,000. (Shelley Hatch)
The person punking all of you is the City Manager. (Nora Hochman)

The Philosophers
From the Merchant of Venice, “The quality of mercy is not strained.” (Darrell Darling)
Yom Kippur is a day of atonement, but you must first go to the person and ask for forgiveness. (Rabbi Posner)
Donna and Martine, perhaps your deepest need is to be completely heard and understood. (Satya Orion)
I’m sorry to everyone. The censure, nor mediation will work. (Pat Mahlo)
Conflict is not abuse. (Alicia Kuhl)

The Realists
Censure is just more shaming. (Rick Longinotti)
Censure is a political tactic to reinforce the recall. It’s a Republican tactic in many states to    overturn elections. (Eric Ericsson) 
You can still be a lesbian and still be a racist. (Anon.)
What happened to mediation and conflict resolution? (Alex King)
We have NVC (Nonviolent Communication) in this town you know. (Jackie Griffith)
Reject this censure as antithetical to the path of reconciliation. (John Hall)
The City Manager should’ve intervened. (Jane Doyle)

Card-Carrying Supporters
These same councilmembers are the ones who most represent the people, yes, I support Drew Glover and Chris Krohn. (Marilyn Garrett)
You unfairly shut down Sandy Brown! (Shalom Compost)
I campaigned for them, I never saw anything. (Sally Gwin-Satterly)
Rodney King and Aretha, ‘can’t we all just get along,’ and ‘Respect’ (Scott Graham)

Passed, 4-3 MOTION:
Councilmember Sandy Brown moved, seconded by Vice Mayor Justin Cummings, that the Council finds that the censuring of two of its members is inadequate based on the findings of the Rose report as it relates to Administrative Procedure Order II-1B regarding respectful workplace conduct, which states, “A single act shall not constitute disrespectful conduct unless especially severe and egregious.” (‘Nuf said.)

“For working people. 
For the poor. 
For jobs. 
For justice.
For peace.
For prosperity.
For economic mobility. 
For society. 
For our planet. 
We fight for a #GreenNewDeal.”

(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

...

October 14 

THIS IS WHAT I THINK, AND WHY I AM WORRIED
For quite some time, I have had a “gut-sense” that the quality of life in beautiful Santa Cruz County is on the cusp of big change and it is approaching with the largess of a steam roller.  I am worried. Over the past four years, I have been delving into how and why local government works the way it does.  Speaking as an ordinary citizen, it has been truly eye-opening.   I remember County Traffic Engineer Jack Sohriakoff telling me in 2015,  as I was asking multiple questions about the approvals of the Aptos Village Project, that “for a long time, we haven’t been able to build big projects like this one, but things are about to change.” 

I have lived in rural Aptos for 35 years, and was semi-active in local politics in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, attending critical community meetings and occasional Board of Supervisor meetings.  However, let me tell you right now, the general attitudes of the local political landscape have changed for the worse, both in how the public is treated, and certainly in the City of Santa Cruz, respect given to colleagues.  By and large, elected officials, especially at the County level, now regard members of the public with a dismissive and sometimes arrogant attitude.  People who take time off work to attend public hearings and ask thoughtful, well-informed questions get absolutely no answer.  Many give up out of disgust, and do not return.

The Brown Act encourages public participation and requires elected officials to take one of three actions when the public brings forth concerns and questions: briefly clarify issues brought up, direct staff to look into the matter and contact the person, or direct that the matter be placed on a future agenda for thorough public discussion.  Instead, the standard response of County Supervisors is silence, but if pressed, answers “we can have no dialogue”.  Such is the case when scores of neighborhood residents fill the Board chamber, yet leave feeling the Board paid them no attention, and what got decided was a “done deal”.  As I have learned, that is usually true.  

The County Administrative Officer (CAO) is the real wizard behind the curtain that runs the County government show, dictating in tandem with the County Economic Development Director, what will happen to bring in more money to fund the tsunami of debt this and all government agencies now face due to CalPERS employee pension funding debt in the next couple of years.  And of course, the CAO has favorite projects and responsive developers.

What happens then is Ad Hoc Planning, such as what is happening with the Nissan auto dealership at 41st Avenue and Soquel, the Mid-Pen Housing project that includes a large medical clinic and a large dental clinic at 1520 Capitola Road, the five-story Kaiser medical clinic and detached five-story 730-car parking garage at 5490 Soquel Avenue, the two large and very dense developments on Portola Drive (which somehow got reduced to half the number of traffic lanes, despite strong public resistance to do so), and even more larger, dense developments in the City of Santa Cruz.  How could City Director of Economic Development, Bonnie Lipscomb, make the statement in September, 2017 on KION that “the City of Santa Cruz has already promised 500-700 new residential units to high-tech employers” for their workers here? 
  
What worries me is the rising tide of developer clamor to streamline the project approval process so that their projects will “pencil-out.”   Santa Cruz County Housing Planner Julie Conway seems all too happy to accommodate the plaintive cries of these developers and has actually dissuaded the County Housing Advisory Commission from recommending the County require 15% of rental housing developments be set aside for affordable housing because developers have told her it just wouldn’t “pencil-out” for them.  We are seeing the same actions in the City of Santa Cruz, where new large rental housing developments are not required to include 15% of the units for affordable housing.

State Senator Scott Wiener is working hard to pass SB 50 that would be a real boon for developers and remove any opportunity for local residents to refuse massive developments.  It would make all such projects exempt from any environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which has been the only opportunity for environmental scrutiny and public interest participation.  Therefore, all analysis and methods of redress of adverse ENVIRONMENTAL concerns and protections would vanish. Senator Wiener’s bill would give local government only 60 days to review any developer’s large project application, and unless it can be proven that the project would cause a specific adverse impact to public HEALTH AND SAFETY, there would be nothing to stop the ministerial approval of the project.  

*****If the County did nothing within the 60-day window, the project application  would automatically be approved.  

Do you think members of the public who may live near these proposed developments even KNOW about them within the 60-day window?   Doubtful, because unlike neighboring Monterey County, this County does not require developers to “stake and flag” the height and boundaries of proposed developments.  Would it matter anyway, since Senator Wiener’s bill would recognize specific adverse health and safety impacts only.  What about preserving your ocean view or winter sunlight?  GONE.  What about adverse traffic increases that developers might have to pay to mitigate?  GONE.  What about saving significant trees and preserving important historic and cultural resources?  GONE.

Senator Wiener’s SB 50 would remove local control of development, but would not address any infrastructure necessary to support new large subdivisions that his bill would force local officials to rubber-stamp if the project were within a 1/2 or 1/4 mile radius of a transit stop.  It would virtually remove parking requirements for projects.  It would pay no attention to water supply availability. When asked about this issue at a Monterey Bay Economic Partnership conference in November, 2018 when he was a guest speaker, Senator Wiener’s reply was essentially that when conditions get so bad, people will be more likely to agree to tax increases to fix things.   It was shocking. If you take a moment to read what Senator Wiener is relentlessly pushing through, I think you will be worried too.  

What also worries me is the State Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA 1) to allow a lower voter approval threshold (55%) to pass new or increased special purpose taxes, instead of the now-required 2/3 approval.  It narrowly missed getting enough votes to get to the Governor’s desk.  You can be sure the proponents will re-work the language and keep trying.  Advocates already had the publicity engines humming for what was to be called the “Community Say for Community Needs” ballot measure.  

As the good article describes, ACA 1 would have finished ripping the hole in your wallet that people such as the Santa Cruz County Administrative Officer Carlos Palacios would love to have passed, making it much easier to impose new taxes to pay for basic public services that the General Fund should cover and that developer impact fees should supplement.  You may be interested in knowing that local State Assemblyman Mark Stone SUPPORTED ACA 1.

Here is the text of the bill that luckily failed (note that it  was co-authored by State Senator Scott Wiener)

GOVERNOR NEWSOM IS HAPPY TO IMPOSE STATE-MANDATED LOCAL PROGRAMS
He just signed two bills that mandate the City of Oakland build the new sports coliseum and large mixed-use development at Jack London Square.  AB 1191, authored by Rob Banta (D-Alameda) took away local control of the Oakland City Planning Dept. and handed it to the State Land Authority to decide whether building a large development adjacent to wetlands is a proper thing to do.  

Governor Newsom also signed SB 293, authored by Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that streamlines the process to finance the infrastructure necessary for this new large development.  Usually, the public debt incurred by sales of bonds would have to be put to ballot and get a 2/3 voter approval.  However, Governor Newsom has just mandated that NOT HAPPEN, but instead, mandate the City of Oakland for a special taxation board, hold three meetings, and unless 50% of the affected agencies and people who would be taxed to pay for the development protest, the massive development will be funded by widespread taxation burden.  Wow.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM JUST MANDATED STATEWIDE RENT CONTROL
Yet another significant state level action that takes away local control of critical issues just happened with the Governor signing AB 1482 to impose rent control statewide.  Although the October 9, 2019 Santa Cruz Sentinel had barely a couple of paragraphs buried on page 6, it was front page Local News in the Mercury News on October 9, with a prominent photo of the Governor signing the bill. Effective January 1, 2020, the bill caps rent increases to 5% retroactive to March 1, 2019 and would require landlords to pay for tenant relocation in certain instances. Here is an interesting analysis of why landlord lobbyists did not fight this state action

When WILL a local leader sit down at the table with UCSC leaders and negotiate the University to become a responsible partner in the County and provide housing for its students in an ecological way, and help will the infrastructure to support it?  The City of Davis and County of Yolo did just that with UC Davis, and successfully negotiated that the University would house 100% of increased student enrollment as well as contributing $2.3 million to local infrastructure.  Wow, why can’t we do that here???

What can you and I do?  We have a lot of work to do, but I still believe in the power of people who join together, get scrappy, and fight to protect what they believe in and value. 

Start talking with your neighbors.  Maybe we all need to unite and move to put some issues on the local ballot to protect our beautiful Santa Cruz County, just like then County Supervisor Gary Patton and other did in the 1970’s when Measure J put the brakes on frenzied development that at the time had this County as the fastest-growing in the state.  Measure J required developers include 15% affordable housing in their subdivisions because there was an “affordable housing crisis”.  Measure J protected prime agricultural land from development, but that is now being chipped away by new state laws mandating on-site farm worker housing, maybe run by non-profits but paid for by farmers.

Write Governor Newsom and let him know your thoughts

Consider running for a public office.  Three County supervisorial jobs are open in 2020, and you need to declare candidacy by December 3, 2019.

Take a look at what we could do with Home Rule activism:  https://celdf.org/law-library/local-law-center/home-rule/

Please let me know what you think.

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

Cheers, Becky Steinbruner
(831) 685-2915

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

...

October 12 #285 / He Really Believes It

“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)…”

I read the paper each day with interest, but I almost always read it with a good deal of trepidation, too. What bad news will the paper bring today? I am almost always assuming the worst. I don’t think I am alone in this.
Whatever the merits may be of the president’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria – and there is a good argument to be made that this is a completely justifiable decision – the statement quoted at the beginning of this blog post sure makes me nervous.
In fact, the president’s statement above, quoted in a recent news story in The New York Times, chilled me. I had a hard time accepting that this could be a real quote. The picture I have put on top of today’s blog posting is from a July 2016 story in The Star. That story was headlined, “Is Donald Trump OK? Erratic behaviour raises mental health questions.” Writing in today’s New York Times, Jennifer Senior puts a name to the disease: pathological narcissism.

People have been concerned about our president’s mental health from the beginning, from before he was president. And the statement above, in which our president asserts his “great and unmatched wisdom,” appears to qualify as a reason for all of us to have great concern about the president’s mental state. At least, that is what this statement would indicate if the person who says it means it. 

He means it!

Trepidation doesn’t even begin to describe what to feel about a nuclear-capable president who claims “great and unmatched wisdom,” and suggests that he intends to use that wisdom totally to destroy and obliterate the economy of another nation.  

Jennifer Senior’s article argues that is is hard to figure out what to do (“We are all at the mercy of the Narcissist in Chief …You can no sooner quit your President than you can quit your family”). There are, however, remedies found in the Constitution. 

It’s time for the Vice-President and others to start reading up on the Twenty-Fifth Amendment

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

...

EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Look back just a few years and check out our darkest and funniest thoughts. Scroll below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s “classic” view 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 with his power outage advice.

MUNCHING WITH MOZART. Every third Thursday of almost every month there is a free concert held in the upstairs meeting room of the threatened Santa Cruz Public Library. This month the musicians are Tatyana Rekow, saxophone and  Marina Thomas, piano. They’ll be playing works by Tchaikovsky, Bozza, Planel, Debussy,Albeniz, and Piazzolla plus Ellington and Joe Garland. It happens Thursday October 17 from 12:10-12:50 p.m. 

Remember…it’s free and at the Santa Cruz Library, Thursday October 17, 2019 12:10-1:00 Central Branch Meeting Room upstairs. 

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. The first concert in their 2019-2020 season is titled“BLOWING IN THE WIND”. It’ll be at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos. That’s Saturday October 19th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday October 20 at 3 p.m. Music by Carl Maria Von Weber, Glinka, Villa-Lobos and D’Rivera and others. Aude Castagna is the director and cello player. Lars Johannesson, flute. Jeff Gallagher clarinet and VladaVolkova-Moran on piano. For cost, tickets  and other information, go to http://www.scchamberplayers.org  There’s two performances Saturday, April 27, 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 28, 3:00 pm. The Chamber Players concerts are all at … Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.) 

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Turn off the damn TV and tag along on my ongoing trek into the deeply human fantasy realm of Robin Hobb, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com ). And find out why walking in space is like having sex with Jon Hamm in my review of Lucy In the Sky, in this week’s Good Times!” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975. 

LUCY IN THE SKY. Natalie Portman is almost always near-great in her movies. She seems to be trying extra hard to make this movie work, but fails. Based on a sad but true story, she’s an astronaut who has extra earth visions as she floats through space. Jon Hamm is in it too, but he too can’t make a meaningful story from this dull plot. 23 Critics, 28 Audiences on RT.

MONOS. An award-winning film about a bunch of young Columbian boys in an organization assigned to guard a young woman Doctor. Like “Lord of the Flies”, they have shocking fights among themselves as they roam, and roam some more, through beautiful jungle scenes. I didn’t enjoy any two minutes of the film and was sorry I saw it. 92 Critics , 81 Audiences on RT.

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!

JUDY. Renee Zellweger does the best possible imitation of Judy Garland in this dramatic and still musical tribute. Garland transcended the usual fame and popularity and has become a legend. This film starts off in 1968 and ends with Judy’s last days and five husbands later plus drugs. It’s corny and hammy but so was Judy. For some reason Liza Minnelli isn’t in much of it. You’ll almost cry at some scenes…so don’t miss it.

DOWNTOWN ABBEY. With an audience score of 96 you can’t go wrong. It topped Rambo and Ad Astra and earned $31 million in its’ opening weekend. I have no way of knowing if those few people who didn’t watch all or most of the Downton Abbey tv years will love as much as we devotees do the movie. Same cast and the plot is centered about the King and Queen of England coming to visit the Abbey. There’s a clash between the Abbey staff and the service crew that the Queen brings with her. It’s grand fun to see all our long time screen friends again. We know so much about each character. Don’t miss the big screen version it just ain’t the same.

AD ASTRA. Brad Pitt is much more than his usual cute self in this 2001 type space adventure. Shocking but it’s true that film critics liked it more than “audience” on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics gave it 83, audience gave it 45!! Tommy Lee Jones plays Brad’s mysterious and missing father, and Donald Sutherland has a bit part. It’s a serious film about humans, genetics, space, dying, and it’s worth every bit of admission. See it soon.

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. With an audience rating of 99 on Rotten Tomatoes it’s gotta be good…or great! Her politics, talent, integrity plus an amazing voice makes her truly unique in the field of music. She mastered many styles, never gave up and is dying of Parkinson’s right now! Her Mexican heritage, time with Gov. Jerry Brown and sheer guts will keep you surprised as you learn so much about her. 

BRITTANY RUNS THE MARATHON. Actress Jillian Bell plays Brittany and I could not like Jillian Bell no matter how hard I tried. In real life Jillian even lost a lot of weight so she could give a better performance, I didn’t care. As promised she doe run the NY marathon …no she doesn’t win it. The movie is supposed to be a comedy I didn’t laugh once. 

...

...

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. . Mariam Gafforio from Extinction Rebellion will talk about XRSC and their goals and accomplishments on October 15., followed by former County Supervisor and Land Use Attorney Gary Patton talking about many of our local issues.

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 love Emma Thompson!

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. 

    “EARTHQUAKES” 

“I noticed that volcanoes, earthquakes and floods, though are not good events, they are better than the silence of good people when bad people take the podium. The latter are to an extent uncontrollable, but the former can be stopped.” Israelmore Ayivor, 

“Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match”. Karl Kraus 

“I live a half mile from the San Andreas fault – a fact that bubbles up into my consciousness every time some other part of the world experiences an earthquake. I sometimes wonder whether this subterranean sense of impending disaster is at least partly responsible for Silicon Valley’s feverish, get-it-done-yesterday work norms”. Gary Hamel

“The safest place to be during an earthquake would be in a stationary store.” George Carlin

“The earthquake, however, must be to everyone a most impressive event: the earth, considered from our earliest childhood as the type of solidity, has oscillated like a thin crust beneath our feet; and in seeing the laboured works of man in a moment overthrown, we feel the insignificance of his boasted power.” Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle 


COLUMN COMMUNICATIONS. Subscriptions: Subscribe to the Bulletin! You’ll get a weekly email notice the instant the column goes online. (Anywhere from Monday afternoon through Thursday or sometimes as late as Friday!), and the occasional scoop. Always free and confidential. Even I don’t know who subscribes!!

Snail Mail: Bratton Online
82 Blackburn Street, Suite 216
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Direct email: Bratton@Cruzio.com
Direct phone: 831 423-2468
All Technical & Web details: Gunilla Leavitt @ godmoma@gmail.com

Posted in Weekly Articles | Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.