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October 2 – 8, 2018

Highlights this week:

BRATTON…money investors behind Donna Meyers, more about Senator Alan Cranston, those phony Measure M phone survey calls, Landmark theaters being sued, and remember October is earthquake month…we could all be homeless in less than 30 seconds! The two strongest recorded earthquakes in U.S. history occurred in this month…and so did Santa Cruz’s Loma Prieta quake in October, 1989. GREENSITE…on the Senate Hearings and Rape. KROHN…on Council Candidates slates and campaigns. STEINBRUNER…Supervisors and shelters, crisis money, when and why, Kaizen events, planning commission and code changes, Rancho Del Mar road hazard, No on Measure H & G. PATTON…about Local Control and Yes on prop. 10. EAGAN…a classic Subconscious Comic and “Those Hearings”. JENSEN…earnest, busy and involved. BRATTON…critiques Blaze. UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE GUEST LINEUP. QUOTES…on “The Supreme Court”


GOOD OLD PACIFIC AVENUE PARADE. I have no dates for this photo. Judging by the hats, coats and jackets it could well be Labor Day. There are no holiday decorations. It was when Pacific was so much wider. If anyone has a date for this…do let me know. We had so many more parades back then.                                                        

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.


DATELINE October 1, 2018

WHO & WHAT’S BEHIND COUNCIL HOPEFULS. The first financial statements have been filed. All of us can, and should, look to see who’s investing in these candidates. Looking at the backers for Donna Meyers (next week Greg Larson) we can predict where and how the candidates will pay back their investors. Developers Doug Ley and Craig Rowell. Real estate interests such as Peter Cook and Karon Properties and  Ken Carlson. There’s William and Erica Ow, Geoffrey Dunn, Carol Fuller, Bill Kocher, Greg Pepping, Zach Friend, David Baskin and Marty Ackerman. The big Boardwalk/ Seaside threesome Charles Canfield, Tom Canfield and Karl Rice. Bigger investor/contributors include Reed Hastings and wife Patti Quillan and Julie Packard. Please check them out ASAP. See how similar the above list is to Greg Larson’s

When you open that link go to your candidate and begin checking at form 460 07/01.18 it takes some getting used to but it’s very worthwhile. Remember that we are deciding on the future of Santa Cruz — do we want more growth??? It’s never brought financial security or improvement to any city anywhere…and it won’t be here either. Think about it.

HISTORICAL PHOTO ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS. Under the historical photo last week I stated that Alan Cranston was our U.S. State senator from 1969-1973. That was because the data on the photo was written in 1973. Chris Krohn wrote to remind/inform me that “Alan MacGregor Cranston was an American politician, journalist and world federalist who served as a United States Senator from California, from 1969 to 1993. Born in Palo Alto, California, Cranston worked as a journalist after graduating from Stanford University. He got a degree in English, and later on, according to Wikipedia… “Cranston was a correspondent for the International News Service for two years preceding World War II.[3] When an abridged English-language translation of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf was released, sanitized to exclude some of Hitler’s anti-semitism and militancy, Cranston published a different translation (with annotations) which he believed more accurately reflected the contents of the book. In 1939, Hitler’s publisher sued him for copyright violation in Connecticut; a judge ruled in Hitler’s favor and publication of the book was halted, but by then a half million copies had been sold, helping inform a wide audience about the threat Hitler posed”. Then just at this week’s deadline Eric Fingal photographer and historian at Covello & Covello wrote to tell me that Julian Camacho was running for U.S. Congress not the Senate and also that Eric was the private photographer who took this photo, before he went to work for C&C!!! Other than that I mean it was in front of the Cooper House I’m really sure about that.

PUSH POLL FOR RENT CONTROL. We’ve been seeing and hearing so many ways the National and California Association of Realtors have been spending huge amounts of money on full-page ads, TV spots, mailers, and more mailers, proving just how afraid they are that MEASURE M (the Rent Control Measure) will pass in the city of Santa Cruz. Last week I got a call (so did many, many friends) from Luce Research of Colorado Springs. The call starts out claiming it’s a survey about how I’ll vote on Measure M. IT IS NO SURVEY. It is, according to Wikipedia… “A push poll —  an interactive marketing technique, most commonly employed during political campaigning, in which an individual or organization attempts to manipulate or alter prospective voters’ views/beliefs under the guise of conducting an opinion poll”. These push polls should be illegal. They began back in Nixon’s time. The poll people keep zinging you with lying “facts” to convince you to change your vote to NO on M. Realtors, developers, and The Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County all support this very expensive campaign technique…they should be ASHAMED.

Besides earthquakes being a danger this month and next, we must never forget that 22,438 voters in Santa Cruz County voted for TRUMP!!! The total county vote was 132,165.

LANDMARK THEATRE CHAIN LEGAL PROBLEMS. Joe Blackman sent this clipping from today’s (10/01) Hollywood Reporter… “A judge refuses to dismiss a complaint alleging distributors were coerced into exclusive licenses for specialty films. A federal judge in the District of Columbia won’t dismiss a lawsuit accusing Mark Cuban-owned Landmark Theatres of using its nationwide footprint to coerce film studios into exclusive licenses for specialty films. The lawsuit came a year ago from smaller exhibition outfits operating in D.C., Detroit and Denver. It also arrived in court after Landmark struck a settlement in its own antitrust lawsuit against Regal over so-called “clearance pacts” between studios and exhibitors in the movie industry”. There’s more and you can read it at . It probably won’t affect our Nickelodeon and Del Mar operations, but I’ll bet it’ll cause Mark Cuban to want to sell them as fast as possible. On a related note, I hear every week from many Santa Cruz film fans about Landmark not showing any foreign (subtitled) films here anymore. It’s certainly true and extra frustrating, but after checking around like NYC and Los Angeles, Landmark isn’t screening foreign language films anywhere.

October 1st

If I was doing my job as your town crier for the latest city overdevelopment plans being rushed through for quick council approval, I’d be writing about the significant changes proposed by city Planning staff for ADU’s (removing any parking requirements for the first ADU for example and yes, they are recommending more than one). But I’m not going to do that. If you care about your neighborhood you might want to check out the link and get your comments in by Thursday October 4th (I said it was on the fast track)

I want to write about sexual assault and whether any progress has been made over the past 27 years since the Anita Hill hearings. At that time I was already 12 years into what was to be a 30-year career as founder and head of Rape Prevention Education at UCSC. Since leaving the campus in 2010 I continue to do rape prevention work in sub-Saharan African countries with colleagues based in South Africa. At UCSC, I listened to stories of rape from thousands of students, often being the first person they ever told. I defended male students if I judged that what happened did not rise to the charge of rape. I carefully observed male entitlement (the confident male students who rushed forward after a presentation to tell me why I was wrong) and defensiveness (the irrational fear that all males will be accused of rape if they even look at a woman) and ignorance (the male student who quietly shared that in high school he had crossed a line he didn’t know existed) and I tailored the education to try to lower the fears and raise awareness for the whole student body.

In 1991, like many others, I was glued to the television watching Dr. Hill be verbally attacked by the all male clueless Senators. This time around, Dr. Ford was spared that humiliation from the (still) all-male Republican Senators (due to a female stand-in) and the Democrats to a person were knowledgeable and kind. Other things were eerily similar, as if in a time warp. The poised and measured victims; (I dislike the word “accuser”. It’s the only time we allow for female subjectivity when in fact they have been used as objects); the angry, defiant perpetrators claiming victimhood; the chorus of outrage that a good man’s name has been destroyed; the incredulity about the fact that a person could remember vivid details of a long-ago attempted rape but couldn’t remember the date or place of the party; the ignorance of the fact that most of those who are raped, especially by someone they know, tell no-one… ever.

Much has been made of the fact that we are in the #MeToo era which many see as a game-changer. Rape crisis hotlines received a huge increase in calls following and during Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony. There was however a similar reaction after the Anita Hill hearings and survivors of rape have been breaking their silence on college campuses ever since. Perhaps now in far greater numbers and once powerful public men have been toppled by women speaking out about their experiences of male sexual abuse in male dominated halls of power and the ability of social media to amplify the debate is undeniable. However the terms of the debate are troublingly unchanged. People vehemently support Brett Kavanaugh’s story despite his perfect fit as a textbook case of “undetected rapist” both in his outrage, his attitudes towards women and his denial of heavy drinking as likely to cause memory lapses. And that is being generous since I think he is lying just like his counterpart in the White House. Of course we need careful procedures to ascertain the truth but I haven’t noticed a groundswell of outrage when black men are falsely accused of rape and serve 20 years in prison before DNA and determined activists secure their release.   

In some respects we have lost ground. A few examples: most states still lack good sex education (beyond disease and pregnancy) in their schools or teach only abstinence; the anti-rape movement has in my view become somewhat bureaucratic and rigid. True, in the 1970’s there was plenty of ideology thrown around and nuance was seen as a sell-out but consider the following: women’s self-defense has all but disappeared from college campuses and communities because it is not labeled as “primary prevention.” Primary prevention is that which stops men raping, so the story goes, and self-defense merely gives girls and women the skills to help avoid being raped. Not good enough apparently. Another example: UCSC has recently been heavily fined for its inadequate response to charges of sexual assault and harassment by a faculty member and the administration promises in future to publish an annual accounting of cases that are reported. What? When I was on campus that was standing operating procedure. Education for all students, staff and faculty was mandatory and dorms were plastered with posters clearly letting students know their rights and resources plus an annual listing of reported sexual assaults and sexual harassments without identifying details was readily available. I recently picked up a pamphlet at the campus bookstore. A professional job, it was all but impossible to know that it was a resource for rape. The very word “rape” has been erased from campus and most campuses. We now have the acronym, C.A.R.E, which includes the words advocacy, resources and education. Not a hint of sexual assault or rape to ruffle a University’s reputation. And despite the fact that over 30 sexual assaults are reported in the city of Santa Cruz each year, when did you last read of a reported rape in the local press?

I’m not trying to be depressing. I try to live by Gramsci’s “pessimism of the intellect: optimism of the will.” We make history in jumps and starts and retreats. However if we are going to make real progress in educating little boys to treat little girls as equals so the boys don’t grow up to rape, then we have to do a whole lot more than we are doing. Few rapes involve a witness. This one did. Unless the White House interferes, a good FBI interviewer will break down Mark Judge’s story and give him a chance to save his soul by telling what he saw.

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    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.

Oct. 1


To Slate or Not to Slate? Is that the right question?
The Santa Cruz City Council race is now officially on a slow boil, going right past the very hot setting on the political stove top. Are there “slates” in this race? I would say there are slates, duos, and loners. I will offer a perspective on at least four slates that now exist in this race. These configurations consist of The Institutionals, the Conservatives, The Wannabes, and the Superhero Progressives…and, I guess, there are also,The Outliers.

The Institutionals

The Conservatives

The Progressive Superheroes

The Wannabes, Looking for a Place to Call Home

The Outliers

Follow the Money$
The yard sign war has No on M’s $half million dollars $ winning that war, but council candidate Greg Larson is likely the top sign-waver so far. Hand-in-hand with the candidate sign wars, Larson has the money advantage too. He’s already reached the agreed to $40.000 fundraising limit, according to the most recent filing. I guess those BIG signs cost a little bit more, but he seems to have enough to project his image around town, and Noroyan and Meyers are both at $26k on their latest financial disclosure Form 460.(See financial disclosure statements here.

Next week: The three hottest issues facing Santa Cruz City Council Candidates.

If Scotland can demand that Amazon get off corporate welfare and pay its workers a living wage, then so can the United States. (Oct. 1)
(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).

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October 1

Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors declared our county to be in “Shelter Crisis” that waives all state and local health and safety codes for affordable housing.  They took this action without any public discussion or staff report regarding the implications of the action.  Why?  Because a $10 Million State grant required them to declare the “Crisis” in order to receive the money.  Why didn’t the Supervisors or staff discuss it publicly?  Because it was on the Consent Agenda, and no member of the public was allowed to pull the item for Regular Agenda public discussion.

Two citizens took time off work to attend the meeting and speak to the issue.  Both asked the Board to place the item on Regular Agenda or to postpone action to allow further consideration, due to concerns of building substandard affordable housing.  Did the Board oblige?  NO.  Supervisor John Leopold did comment that he felt compelled to take action to help the thousands of homeless in the County.  The staff documents stated there are about 580 homeless in the unincorporated area.  The number is higher in Santa Cruz City.  There was virtually no discussion on the matter as the Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda.

The result is that the County now has $10 Million from the State to create affordable housing for the homeless.  The County is required to remain in “Crisis” for the next three years, the life of the grant. What that will mean for the Communities will depend on how the money is used and how many actually benefit.  How much will the County take in administrative fees?  Will this be used to grant developers a gift of health and safety shortcuts and monetary bonuses so that their affordable units “pencil out”, when that really means they just won’t make AS MUCH profit as they would on market rate luxury unit housing?  What health and safety codes will the County find are necessary to waive in order to move forward with these projects?  Will there be government transparency?  Hmmm……..

Contact your Supervisor and ask what projects are planned for your area.  The Sustainable Soquel group just learned about a planned Homeless Safe Camp near the high school, possibly at the Seventh Day Adventist Camp on Old San Jose Road.  I wonder if there will be public notice and community meetings?  Here is the link to last Tuesday’s agenda; make sure you read the documentation for Consent Agenda Item #16.

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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.

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September 28, 2018 #271 / Your Vote For Local Control

My hometown, Santa Cruz, California, is debating rent control in the context of a voter initiative, Measure M, qualified for a local vote by citizen action. It’s a fierce debate. The need for some sort of action to help ordinary and below average income people survive in the local housing market is undeniable. Even those who strongly oppose Measure M agree to that. Most of those who oppose Measure M are not contending that some sort of regulation of rents would not be justified. Their argument is that Measure M is “flawed.”  Maybe a majority of city voters will conclude, as the opponents say, that Measure M is not going to have a positive impact because of problems with its exact language. Maybe they won’t, and a majority will support Measure M, alleged flaws and all. 

The fact is, we are not going to know what the local community thinks about Measure M until election night, or even later, depending on how close the vote is. 

Whatever happens with Measure M, it is also a fact, as I say above, that some sort of action is needed, to help ordinary and below average income people survive in the local housing market. Whatever a voter’s position is on the specifics of Measure M,  that truth remains. 

Therefore, this blog posting is my plea for a “YES” vote on Proposition 10. Proposition 10 is on the statewide ballot, and it will give local communities the ability to make local decisions on rent control issues. 

When I first served in elected office, local governments at the city and county level did have that power. The State Legislature took away that local control option, providing only a very narrow area within which rent control could be enacted at the local level.

Let’s give ourselves, in our local communities, the right to allow our elected representatives to take the actions they decide are needed. If Proposition 10 is approved by the voters, statewide, our local governments can enact local ordinances that go through the regular legislative process. 

If Proposition 10 is approved, local communities, acting through their elected local governments, can do something positive to provide help to those who are being driven out of this community by spiraling housing costs, driven by global speculation in California coastal real estate and by the demand associated with Silicon Valley workers, almost all of whom can “outbid” local working families for rental housing. 

I believe in the ability of our local governments to find the right, “unflawed” approaches to our local problems. 

Your “YES” vote on Proposition 10 will say that you agree!

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    Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild.


EAGAN’S SUBCONSCIOUS COMICS. Down somebody’s memory lane…maybe yours? Check out SubconsciousComics a ways below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. See Eagan’s ” How’s your Hearing?” down a few pages. As always, at you will find his most recent  Deep Cover, the latest installment from the archives of Subconscious Comics, and the ever entertaining Eaganblog with his poem “He said, She said They Said”.

West Coast Premiere of  “Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw” will be presented Friday, October 12, 2018 to Sunday, October 14, 2018 at UCSC’s Experimental Theater, Theater Arts Center (UCSC).

This imaginative and groundbreaking new interpretation of the gothic classic by Henry James is presented by the internationally celebrated, Obie Award-winning theater company, The Builders Association from New York. This new interpretation is directed by renowned stage director and UC Santa Cruz Professor of Theater Arts, Marianne Weems. Presented by the Arts Division in partnership with the Theater Arts Department.

Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw provides audiences an exceptional opportunity to see this world-class production locally before it goes on to one of the most important performing arts venues in the world at its New York engagement and East Coast premiere at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, as part of its prestigious 2018 Next Wave Festival.

Tickets are on sale at General adult: $25 evenings, $20 matinees
Students: $10 UCSC Faculty/Staff w/ID: $10 UCSC Alumni w/ Alumni ID card: $10. It’s a small theater. Limited seating for each performance. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee admission. Tickets are not guaranteed at the door. Performance runs approx 70 minutes.
There is NO intermission.

  • Friday, Oct. 12 – PRIVATE EVENT, this performance is not open to the public
  • Saturday, Oct. 13 – 3:00 PM matinee
  • Saturday, Oct. 13 – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 14 – 3:00 PM matinee  

Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. General seating; first-come, first-served. Parking $5.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa is rounding up ideas, plans and projects…check out just which ones at her website at Lisa Jensen Online Express (” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.  

BLAZE. Ethan Hawke is on his fourth director’s job for this bio-pic of the near-legendary country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. In all fairness I’ll admit that it got a 98 on RT. I gave it about a 9! I didn’t like the acting, the plot, the music, or the arty-crafty directing. Foley’s real name was Michael David Fuller and he drank himself to death when he was 40. I’ve never heard of his biggest hit songs either: “If only I could Fly”, “Clay Pigeons”, and “Cold, Cold World”.

FAHRENHEIT 9-11. This is more than a movie critique, it’s a plea to you and everyone you know to see Michael Moore’s latest fling and sling against a lot more than just Trump. No matter where you think you are on the progressive scale, Moore shows us data and details on Hillary, Flint water, Democratic Party politics, Super delegates, Jeb Bush, and beyond. Go see it ASAP and remember November 6. That’s’ the most important date for many, many years!

THE BOOKSHOP. (See this week’s “quotes” at the end of Bonline). If you like, love and use bookshops this film will make you appreciate your favorite bookshop all the more. Single woman Emily Mortimer (you’ll remember her once you see her) opens an independent, very independent bookshop in a small town in England. The acting by Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson is absolutely wonderful and this has to be one of my favorite 2018 films. CLOSES THURSDAY 10/04.

THE WIFE. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater — along with a sensitive plot/script — make this another great 2018 film. Pryce wins the Nobel Prize; his wife Glen Close has a deeply involved and serious role as his lodestar. An excellent film, go see it. You’ll love it.

BLACKKKLANSMAN. Spike Lee’s newest and most effective critique on what’s happening in America. It’s the progressive Democrats best statement since Michael Moore’s last film.  Not subtle, even funny, bitter, and painfully true. It’s based on the true story of a black police officer who finagles a way to get a white guy into the KuKluxKlan. More than that he has meetings with David Duke, head of the KKK. Alec Baldwin has an opening scene Adam Driver is the “hero” and you have to see it. It earned 97% on RT

LIZZIE. We all know the story behind the Lizzie Borden took an axe but seeing it acted out by Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart gives us thoughtful, new sensitive ideas. It’s a tragic true story, it’s beautifully acted and the direction/pacing gets dreary at times but it’s still a good movie.. CLOSES THURSDAY 10/04.

LIFE ITSELF. It got a miserable 12 on RT. I was mystified and bored at first but soon got into what the director was trying to say…and was engrossed. It’s a mite banal, then deeper and sentimental. It stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, and  Annette Bening,. CLOSES THURSDAY 10/04.

SEARCHING. An nearly-all Asian cast makes this “disappearing child” thriller almost as unusual as does the fact that almost 90% of the movie is on computer and iPhone screens. Facebook, Google, and every contraption we use today is part of this hunt for the guy’s daughter. The ending is a letdown in more than one way. Wait and rent it.

JULIET, NAKED. Nope, it’s not reference to Shakespeare, darn it — but the title of a song that has been/legend Ethan Hawke recorded years ago. It’s got some laughs, many impossible plot twists, and you’ll have to be a full-time Hawke fan to sit through some very slow development. He’s done better…and so have you!!!

WHITE BOY RICK. Matthew McConaughey plays a low down lower-class father to Richie Merritt the teenager who gets into drugs. First he’s a user then he secretly becomes an FBI informer while underage. The true story and the movie fall apart when this scheme fails and Richie is sentenced to a long stretch. It’s dull and boring and almost impossible to like anybody in this saga.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS. A little 10 year old boy has to live with his creepy, trying to be funny uncle Jack Black. There is some story about the house and why it has so many clocks but I couldn’t stay awake long enough to find out the plot. Cate Blanchett is in it too, but she shouldn’t have been. Stay away. Even the kids probably won’t care for it. 68 on RT.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS. A Hollywood movie with an all Asian cast. It’s about the same as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, except Asian Americans instead of Greeks. The plot, laughs, and acting are all typical Hollywood re-hash. It doesn’t need your ticket money…it’s breaking many, many box office records already. This means of course that there’ll be a dozen look a like sequels.

ALPHA. 88 on RT. A live action Ice Age cave man meets a dog for the first time. It does lack Raquel Welch or any cave babes in leather skimpys but it is fascinating….and you can take the kids. I’m serious about the man meets dog story. That’s the only plot it has.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Ewan McGregor does the best possible job he can with a boring, depressing, and very commercial attempt to make more money from A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh books. It isn’t even Disney cute or Pixar creative it’s simply not interesting. And old Christopher Robin is forced by animated versions of Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and other stuffed toys to remember how much fun he had as a boy. Don’t even send the kids.

ASSASSINATION NATION. No stars that you’ve heard of and probably and hopefully never will. This bloody, corny, high school, sex-texting, supposedly scary flick isn’t worth talking about…and definitely not worth you spending your money on…avoid at all costs.



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. “Landscapes” the new book about historical & local land use battles will be covered by co-editors  Elizabeth Schilling and Heather Stiles on October 2nd. Then Julie Phillips and George Lewis discuss the proposed Dream Inn development at West Cliff and Bay. On October 9 Sean Van Sommeran talks about his Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. He’s followed by Hina Pendle discussing her “Power of the Heart” workshop. Santa Cruz City Council person Sandy Brown discusses the elections and local politics on Oct.16th. October 22 has Ken Koenig and friend talking about communicating with your friends and relatives who like Trump. After that Candace Brown and Shelley Hatch talk about zoning, rent control and many hot voting issues. Jack Bowers and Dennis Morton describe their prison Art programs followed by City Councilmember Chris Krohn talking about voting and local issues on October 30. OR…if you just happen to miss either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here 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

Some people are so smart, and when I see neat inventions I often think “Why didn’t I think of that?” 🙂

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.

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“The Supreme Court needs jurists, not politicians”. Timothy Noah

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