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October 9 – 15, 2012

ONE WAY ON PACIFIC 1964. I was going to suggest that this was a traffic experiment for one way traffic back in the day…it’s not really. It’s theMiss California Pageant just starting up. See all the Marines driving those Oldsmobiles? If you squint a little you’ll see we’re about where the Metro Buses park. Who can “miss” the Miss California Pageant when we now have the Roller Derby Girls???

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BRUCE MC PHERSON NEWS. Jim Coffis has started SLV News (San Lorenzo Valley) online. Check it out, it’s got many sources of news from The Valley. Most importantly it’s got plenty of SLV people reporting on their opinions and facts about McPherson. How he’s been a no–show at forums, how he’s left early at other forums. It tells of problems the Valley Women’s Club has with him…check it out.

SLV News quotes McPherson saying, “He said (referring to his Sentinel editor years) “I’ve written about the district for 26 years, I know the issues well. I don’t need any on the job training. I’ll hit the ground running and give you four years. I can deliver best for you.” Yes, he wrote about the district for 26 years…he worked hard to bring Nuclear Power to Davenport, he wrote many times pro developing Light House Point,we fought him hard when he supported bring 10,000 homes to what is nowWilder ranch State Park, he wanted Wingspread’s Ocean front property developed for condo’s. Yes, he wrote editorials and reports for 26 years, probably Fred Keeley helped him do that too. Vote for Eric Hammer.

THE CHESTNUT STREET CLIFF PROJECT. One BrattonOnline Reader wrote in to say (partly) “The entirety of Union St. is only six houses long between the cliff and Mission Street. Truth be known, the cliffs on Chestnut Street Extension have been spewing water onto Chestnut St. for most of any given year and that cliff has periodically been sliding onto Chestnut. It supports a public walk way from the neighborhoods above Mission St. to the downtown and most Union Street people walk this path rather than use their cars to get to downtown. That is the only reason to support its stabilization… and I really doubt it is a project based upon any particular parties benefit. That beautiful paved path down the hill has been in jeopardy of sliding down the hillside for years”. There’s clue in there somewhere.

ADDITIONAL CORRECTION. Somehow that blue link in Paul Elerick’s Input to The Campaign For Sensible Transportation got misspelled last week. They’ve update it with candidates statements.

MY CAR STORY. I mentioned last week I needed a “new” car and asked if anyone who had any ideas about that to contact me. I also predicted that because everyone assumed I’d get hundreds of calls that hardly anyone would make the effort. My friend Ralph Davila did call and said he figured I’d get lots of calls and that he knew of a car that was just right. I went way out near the fields in Watsonville and bought the 1998 Honda Accord last Sunday, it’s wonderful. That was the only call I got and I’ll never figure it out. Folks will be telling me for weeks that they knew of a great car but figured I’d get too many calls, but thanks.

HEXAFLEXAGONS…an illegitimate offspring of Mr. Rubic??? This one is all over FB, but maybe you missed it??

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about a program called Smart Growth America,” “It is not easy to find effective ways to engage the public in the important land use policy decisions that will shape our future. Today, I want to alert interested members of the public, and also interested elected and non-elected officials at the local government level, of some help that is available, an opportunity to get free technical assistance to maximize what is often called “smart growth” planning. Smart Growth America, whose tagline is, “making neighborhoods great together,” is offering technical assistance grants to local communities. You can get details at Information on Smart Growth America Technical Assistance Grants or try Technical Assistance Webinar Materials The application deadline is October 25th.

(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” )

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo welcomes back students…and gives warnings…see below

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Obama scores what could be a knock out blow…look about three pages down…

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau calls this week’s column”14 Plus Years of Injustice”. In it he states, “Five Cubans fighting terrorism in South Florida have served 14 years of prison, more than enough time for the U.S. public to learn from its media about the horrific injustice done by the U.S. government to these Cuban men. But the media has barely touched the grotesque frame up of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez, the Cuban Five as they are called. These Cuban intelligence agents volunteered in the 1990s to infiltrate violent groups of Miami-based Cuban exiles who had orchestrated bombings in Cuba of tourist spots – hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars, and even the Havana airport where vacationers from Canada and Europe arrive. By scaring foreigners with violence they hoped to intimidate tourists from visiting Cuba, and thus hurt the island’s economy”.

He closes with, “Amnesty also condemned the trial results because the U.S. government has material related to Cuban espionage and the U.S. government knew the Five were not engaged, and refused to turn over to the defense that information so the jury could not know about that. Finally, a perfect storm of prejudice existed in Miami. The jury understood they had good reason to feel frightened should they vote for acquittal. The media needs to report this horrific injustice. Readers should write President Obama with the clear message: FREE THE FIVE NOW. Read it all here.

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

AFTER ANTARCTICA. Micaela Neus continues writing…only from Chile (this week)

“One always leaves Antarctica without the promise of return. The routes back here are longer and stranger than those to other places, and require a more emphatic departure from the rest of the world. No matter how many seasons you spend working on the ice, you cannot know for certain that this one wasn’t the last. This basic truth lends an aura of melodrama and preemptive nostalgia to the final days of any season. Mine were no exception.

This wistfulness slips into some of the very busiest days of the year. A Turnover Boat happens twice a year (when one season’s crew “turns over” the station to the incoming crew) and always comes with a list of extra activities that must get done in the same number of days as a normal port call. My job is to organize and oversee offloading cargo from our research and supply vessel, the ARSV Laurence M. Gould, and the spring Turnover Boat usually carries a large load of gasoline, Freshies, science equipment and general station supplies in addition to the summer crew.

After three months of quiet routine and only eighteen other faces to see, the influx of energy and new stimulus threatens to overwhelm some winterovers. I felt refreshed, honestly! The changes came like cold water splashed on my face, shocking but invigorating, and I spent the last week zipping from one task to the next, one conversation blending naturally into another.

And then it was time to go. The morning looked like a movie set. Broken sheets of winter sea ice paved the ocean from our harbor to the horizon, but the weather remained mild and nothing appeared to move. We stood on the aft deck waving at our friends on the pier until a rare fog obscured the view completely. The ship pushed the sea ice aside and left a trail of open water behind us, leading our eyes on a path back to station. Soon the ocean closed itself up once again and we went inside. So long, Palmer Station!

A year of my life disappeared into the mist that morning. Living in Antarctica is a rupture of such magnitude that leaving closes up the slit, so quickly and seamlessly, that I find myself wondering if the whole thing wasn’t a dream. I guess it depends on where I next wake up”.

Micaela has left her living and working as a mechanic in Antarctica (which she did for more than four years), and is moving on. She was in Chile eating Avocados when she wrote this.


LIVE FROM LONDON. If you genuinely love great live theatre you need to see any and all of the live televised productions from London’s National Theatre. Comedies, dramas, Shakespeare, world premieres of new plays, the very best in live theatre. The Del Mar screens these live ( via an antenna on the roof) and theatre people all over the world are loving what they see, and share. The next play is” THE LAST OF THE HAUSSMANS(in state-of-the-art DIGITAL Picture & Sound!)Thursday October 11th at 7:30pm and a repeat matinee show Sunday October 14th at 11am. That’s it just twice. The release says, “Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Billy Elliott, Mamma Mia!) plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear (National’s Hamlet) and Helen McCrory (The Queen, Hugo) as her children in his eagerly-anticipated new play: a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that’s losing its grip. That’s Thursday October 11th at 7:30pm and a repeat matinee show Sunday October 14th at 11am.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express(, more Open Studios Art Tour updates as North County artists gear up for the weekend. Also, find out how to enjoy Britain’s acclaimed National Theatre, live, in the privacy of your own local movie theater. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. Coming of age and fitting in and Emma Watson is the only real star. Funny, painfully reminiscent, close to home and another fine story of a bunch of friends just like you and I had a few decades ago. Go see it.

THE ORANGES. These two neighboring families live on Orange Drivein New Jersey. The teen age daughter of one family falls in love with and MOVES INwith the father of the other family!!! You’ll squirm, laugh a little and feel uncomfortable all the way through this one…but it is intriguing. It’s like eaves dropping, but you’d rather not.

RENT MOVIES LOCALLY. I’ve been renting movies at Cedar Street Video and East Side Video for at least seven years. One of my largest pleasures and joys is when I find an unknown masterpiece that was never shown on any local screen and many films that were never released in the USA…and there are hundreds. I’m working now with webwoman Gunilla to create an alphabetical list of these gems that you can go to and discover for yourself. Four this week are Pariah (2012), a study of growing up black and lesbian in Brooklyn. Sundance loved it. Black Butterflies (2010) a true story about Cape Town poet Ingrid Jonker. Bag Of Hammers (2012) Young adults scamming their way around Los Angeles come to terms with reality. Funny, well written, worth seeing. Free Men(Ismael Ferroukhi, dir.2012). Paris, young Algerian works hard to survive and faces life threatening choices…amazing, and a hit at Cannes!!! Rent them at Cedar Street Video, I did.

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.

Cathy Pickerrell from Santa Cruz Chamber Players will provide season news on October 9 Then David Foster from Habitat for Humanitydiscusses the newly opened Re-Store project. The October 16thGrapevine has Catherine Segurson talking about The Catamaran Literary Reader then Richard Popchak discusses The Ventana Wilderness Alliance. October 23rd means the Bi-annual KZSC Pledge Drive with County Supervisor John Leopold returning as special guest co-host. Professional political advisor Bruce Van Allen talks about the area’s politics and makes guesses on October 30. Celia and Peter Scotttalk about the last 5 decades of local City and County politics on Election Night (November 6th) followed by retiring City Council member Katherine Beiers who wraps up her political career. Linda Bixby and Jimmy Cookwill discuss child placement and the local CASA organization on November 13.Bookshop Santa Cruz Young Writers contest winnersread their works for the full hour November 27. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at

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 update includes Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, 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, 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 Jameson Jewel Theatre Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!


QUOTES. Alyce Cadwallader keeps finding these someplace…so thank her when you see her.” The easiest way to stay young is to lie about your age“. “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading”.” It’s important to have self-control. When you are angry, count to ten. When you are really, really angry, swear”.What is this nonsense about beauty being skin deep? That’s deep enough. What do you want? A beautiful liver?”.


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