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October 19 – 25, 2011

“WORLD FAMOUS” BROOKDALE LODGE 1967.This gorgeous place was first built in 1923 where the Brookdale Hotel used to be. It burned level in 1956, and was partially re-built later. That’s Clear Creek running through it. The food was lousy but it was so campy lots of folks had to go there. Rumors of Marilyn Monroe visiting there but absolutely no proof or photos of her visit!!!

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MAIN STREET BANKS AND WALL STREET.What’s the difference? Why areour local OCCUPY groups and orgs like WILPF suggesting we take our money out of National Banks like Wells Fargo and Bank Of America and invest our money in “Main Street” so called “locally owned” banks ??? Is everybody aware of who owns these local banks and where their money goes? Both Lighthouse Bank and Santa Cruz County Bank are owned by the very same developers that threaten our environment, our neighborhoods, our building codes, our unions, and I’ll bet that 97% of these men are Republicans anyhow. Why gift them with our money when we have The Community Credit Union and Bay Federal.

LOOK AT LIGHTHOUSE BANK.Look at the directors like Bruce McPherson and his director friends like John Burroughs and Craig French. How would you feel if they appeared on your doorstep?? Then read the list of “Organizers” like William Brooks, Jesse and Christine Nickell, Whiting’s Foods, Chip and Suzie Bogaard…isn’t this our local version of Wall Street and the 1%??

LOOK AT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK.Go right to their website atCheck out the founders such as Charles Canfield, George Ow, Jr., Louis Rittenhouse, Robert & Bjorg Yonts, Richard Alderson, Joseph Anzalone, Victor Bogard, Anthony and Rebecca Campos, *Kenneth Chappell, Kate & Fred Chen, *George Gallucci,*Thomas Griffin,*Tila Guerrero, *William J. Hansen, *David Heald Mark Holcomb, *Steve John, Mateo Lettunich, Robert Lockwood, William Moncovich, Stuart Mumm, and Frank Saveria.

Their source of money??? Answer from their County Bank website…”How can I buy Santa Cruz County Bank stock? Our stock is traded over the counter under the symbol SCZC. A broker such as Charles Schwab or Merrill Lynch can place a buy order in the market on your behalf or you can contact one of the Market Makers listed on this page”.

Union Bank….don’t even think about it…from their website…” UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations”.


MARTIN LUTHER KING STATUE “MADE IN CHINA”.Nothing against China or Lei Yixin the sculptor, but having that statue of Martin Luther King that was dedicated last week and was made in Hunan and shipped here just seems odd. Here’s a link to a 2007 article (back when it started) which says, “Atlanta resident Lea Winfrey Young says the “outsourcing” by U.S. companies and organizations to China has gone too far this time. She and her husband, Gilbert Young, a painter, are leading a group of critics who argue that an African American — or any American — should have been picked for such an important project. “Dr. King’s statue is to be shipped here in a crate that supposedly says ‘Made in China.’ That’s just obscene,” Winfrey Young says”. . Last week, when the statue was dedicated, lots more articles came out such as this back-story in Wikipedia . But on the other hand, who cares???


NEXT SPACE & PARKS AND REC CONNECTION AND CORRECTION.I wrote a week or three ago that it was odd (or even unethical) that our Santa Cruz Parks and Rec. should sponsor classes in Next Space which is owned by Mayor Coonerty. One of the folks who has booked and held just such a class wrote a correction…it said– The class was NOT “hosted” by NextSpace. That was an error introduced by Sentinel writer Jondi Gumz. In my email to Jondi in which I asked her to post my class in the business digest, I specifically wrote: “Note: this is being held at NextSpace but is not hosted by them.” For some reason, she missed or ignored that. I am a member of NextSpace and I choose to hold my classes there. As a member of NextSpace, I pay for conference room space. City of Santa Cruz Parks and Rec allows instructors to find their own venues. I selected NextSpace for my class location because they’ve got good wireless, a good conference room, and a central location. I paid for the use of NextSpace, not Parks and Rec. Many NextSpace members hold meeting and classes there. We each pay for our use of the space through our membership, or at an additional hourly rate. I could rent other venues, and have considered Cruzio and Louden Nelson. Were I to hold my classes there or elsewhere, I would pay them, and my announcements would mention those locations, and would thus give “free publicity” to them. There were no politics at play”. End of correction.

DIAMONDS AT DEL WILLIAMS???After reading in the Sentinel about that “Cruzin’ Courses progressive dinner stroll” i.e. the business women’s group that sipped wine at MAH then went over to Del Williams Jewelers to view diamonds and the owner Joe Williams then offered a toast to Coonerty’s newborn daughter, Daisy Joan, and offered everyone 20 percent off on any purchase, includ­ing Rolex. I was wondering if the Mayor’s wife had owned Andy’s Auto Supply instead, would they have gone to look at cans of oil??

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Outdoor Economy jobs in Monterey County. He then relates more on the Monterra development. Capitola’s Village and future growth will be dealt with in their General Plan, about now. He adds news about The Coastal Commission and their dealing with fences and walls and pays tribute to People Power and mentions FLOW. (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”

Micaela says, “The RV Laurence M. Gould returned to port last week, bringing us mail, freshies and the first batch of scientists. The research teams usually send down students or recent graduates a month earlier than the principal investigators to get the laboratories and equipment ready for field work beginning in November. The pace of life on station picks up with their arrival, naturally, both as a result of the additional work and of the renewed excitement. Whether mechanic or chemist, we came down for science and the entire station perks up when we get to begin our real assignment at last.

Next week, I’ll start including a brief profile of each science group and their goals for the season along with regular news from station. Most of them belong to the Palmer Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, a series of studies into the local ecology of our area of the peninsula. Although different researchers with their own unique experiments work as part of the LTER, each seeks to add to the existing body of knowledge about the bird and marine life, ocean and atmosphere, sea ice, and other features of the surrounding environment. The program began in 1967, before the construction of Palmer Station had completed, and consequently we have uncommonly rich and detailed data sets for our immediate vicinity. Some of the earliest observable effects of climate change are seen here, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the Palmer LTER website:

The vessel departs on Thursday, a bittersweet moment when we lose the last of the winterovers and our special-project friends but gain bandwidth and breathing-space. One thing we don’t have mixed feelings about: getting rid of the nasty fuel that has sat useless in one our tanks for the last several years. The cold temperatures cause wax, a normal additive to diesel, to separate out and float to the surface like lumps of lard on a jar of bacon grease. The process of removing is expensive, physically intense, toxic, and somewhat disgusting. To prevent the problem from recurring, we have started recirculating the fuel within the tank– stirring up the jar of grease– and in the future, we’ll be running on the same fuel blend that they use at stations farther south like McMurdo and South Pole which is, essentially, jet fuel! (Micaela Neus works for Raytheon Polar Services Company as a utilities technician and is currently living at Palmer Station, Antarctica until April 2012.

Gunilla of Golden Fleece Yarn Shop, aka ~ Gunilla’s Emporium of Wonderment and Yarn ~ ~ sez…check this one out!

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Mr. D. looks at roomies…down about 3 pages

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim looks at OCCUPY from a higher point of view…down about 3 pages.


LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau writes in his Progreso Weekly piece titled, “Who controls the Street?”… The financial sector lends to the corporate elite who impulsively try to reduce the socially necessary cost of labor, which makes life more desperate for the already poor. The elite immunize themselves against the rage over wage differentials of 325 to 1 for corporate executives and workers (See the Institute for Policy Studies report). They ignore pleas for environmental sanity, or embrace denial on climate change. Without lobbyists the American public had no voice – until it hit the streets. Politicians who throw their weight around for epical interests demonstrate their national concern by “supporting our troops – after 10 years of no progress in Afghanistan and destroying Iraq – and love our country. Mostly, they woo corporate funders to insure their reelection, while the executive elite hide behind the biblical phrase “National Security,” which the President imposed to justify assassinating a U.S. citizen (al-Awlaki) and denying basic rights to prisoners suspected of terrorism – and harboring anti-Castro terrorists in Miami. The “indignants” remain on The Street. Has the American Spring arrived in the fall? Read it all right here… Saul Landau is anInstitute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from

SANDY LYDON UPDATES. Sandy laments the continual lack of great hotels on the Santa Cruz side of the bay and tells news of his latest trips and tours…and available openings. There’s a history of the Sea Beach Hotel, our last contender.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week at (Lisa Jensen Online Express), I take a crack at Hugh Jackman and the boxing robot movie, Real Steel, and invite filmgoers to consider two words you rarely hear in the same sentence—Norwegian comedy—with the Nordic import, Happy, Happy. Lisa Jensen has been writing film reviews and a column for Good Times since 1975.

THE MILL AND THE CROSS. This is a very unusual film. Not exactly a documentary, not exactly a drama, it’s more of a lesson. A lesson in how or why Peter Brueghel painted one of his most famous and detailed paintings. Rutger Hauer as Brueghel and Michael York walk through the digital recreation of (Rotten Tomatoes) “The Way to Calvary, the story of the crucifixion, setting it in 16th century Flanders under brutal Spanish occupation. Rutger Hauer plays the artist, Michael York his patron, and Charlotte Rampling the Virgin Mary”. The Virgin just sits there, and most of your time will be spent trying to catch the extras moving around on the huge set. I wouldn’t want this kind of film to catch on, and it can’t because it’s so boring…but “interesting” in the most over used meaning of the word.

THE WAY. Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez must have tons of father/son issues because they use most of this dull pro-Christian pilgrimage saga to work them out. The Way is probably more interesting if you believe in a Roman Catholic type god but if you don’t, renting this would be just about as exciting 😉 .

ELLIOT ARONSON TO GIVE EMERITI LECTURE Elliot Aronson, emeritus professor of psychology, will deliver the Fall 2011 Emeriti Lecture at UC Santa Cruz on Thursday, October 27. His talk, “The Psychology of Self-Persuasion: Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts,” will begin at 7 p.m. the Music Recital Hall on the UCSC campus. It is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $3 per vehicle in the Performing Arts lot. Aronson taught at UCSC from 1974 to 1994 and is one of the preeminent social psychologists of the 20th century. He has written or edited more than 20 books including The Social Animal, The Jigsaw Classroom, Nobody Left to Hate, Mistakes Were Made, (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, and last year, a memoir Not By Chance Alone: My Life as a Social Psychologist.
Aronson will show how this phenomenon applies in a variety of areas including politics, medicine, the law, sexual behavior, and everyday decision-making.

HOSTETTER’S HOT STUFF.It’s dated but daunting…Paul states, “Things just keep happening. Cynthia Baehr leads the SC Chamber Players in a few days,(we missed that) the BluePrint thing at the Conservatory in SF is launched once again, the venerable SF World Music Festival is again kicking in. It must be Fall. Read all about it here. All the best, ph.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE CONCERTS at UCSC.Boston-based concert pianist Andrew Rangell performs in a special appearance at UC Santa Cruz. Read about him here. Rangell’s repertoire covers a wide range of interests and affinities. He has recorded works taken from many periods in the history of the classics; great works from Bach to Schoenberg to Ives. From 1984-85, he performed as a member of a musical quintet in a series of Bach programs at Boston’s Gardner Museum. This included keyboard concertos, the six partitas and the Goldberg Variations. Rangell has received critical laurels from many critics and the listening public alike for his work with the Goldberg Variations, one of his most well known and admired performances. “Rangell plays his Goldbergs with flair and nimbleness (Var. 12, for e.g.),” wrote music critic Freddie Sng, of the J.S. Bach’s Home Music Page, “His Bach is entertaining and he is able to hold the listener’s interest throughout. No repetition is made at all, but the “Toccato” in F-sharp minor and the two “Ricercares” from the Musical Offering compensates for it. A very well and systematic presentation of the sleeve notes comes with this equally superb digital recording.” He’ll play works by Frédéric Chopin, including Bolero, op. 19, and works by William Tisdall, Matan Porat, Carl Nielsen, W. A. Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Friday, October 21, 2011 – 7:30p.m. Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC). Tickets available in advance at the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159), the Santa Cruz Civic box office (831-420-5260) and at

HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK VIDEO. If you did not catch the first viewing of the video, “The Natural Wonders of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park,” there is another chance! It is a video story through the seasons of the many diverse natural communities of Henry Cowell State Park. It contains remarkable animal life, rare native plants, spectacular landscapes and geology shot over a five year period. State Parks Interpreter Daniel Williford says, “This is the most comprehensive natural history video of Henry Cowell to date. I promise you will be amazed at what they captured on film!” It will be shown in the Visitor Center at Henry Cowell on Friday, October 21, at 7:00 PM. It is free, but reservations are necessary, as seating is limited. Please call Priscilla at Mountain Parks at 335-3174 to reserve your seat(s).

It will also be shown at the California Native Plant Society public meeting at the UCSC Arboretum (north of the entrance on Empire Grade) Monday, November 14, 7:30 PM. Free. No reservations necessary.

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. Author, actor and acting teacher Joanne Linville will take the entire hour on Tuesday October 18 to talk about her book Seven Steps to an Acting Craft. County Supervisor John Leopoldwill 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 discussing 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, 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. “Germany is very American“, Joe Dallesandro. “In a society of criminals the innocent man goes to jail”, Philip K.Dick. “Justice is incidental to law and order”, J.Edgar Hoover


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