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Mixing It Up With the Mayor: Freak Radio Interview
Date Sunday December 13
Time 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location Details
101.1 FM (streaming at, archived at
Event Type Radio Broadcast
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3@hotmail. com
Address309 Cedar PMB #14B Santa Cruz 95060
Newly-elected (by his own City Council) Mayor Mike Rotkin will cross verbal swords with Robert Norse in the Free Radio Santa Cruz studio.

Topics are expected to include: the proposed ban on new medical marijuana clinics and growhouses, recently installed anti-homeless architectural changes downtown (Penguin statutes, fencing, bench removal), the ever-repugnant outdoor and vehicular Sleeping Ban, the City's $120,000 defense of its repressive City Council decorum rules, the prospect of new anti-war initiatives at a city level, city support for "green" psychiatric alternatives, renter protection legislation locally...and more.

Call in with your questions and comments at 469-3119 and 427-3772. (Area code is 831 for distant folks)

You can also e-mail questions in advance to me at rnorse3 [at] !

Rotkin and City Council can be reached directly at 831-420-5020.
Added to the calendar on Friday Dec 11th, 2009 11:48 AM

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by The Good Doctor
Saturday Dec 12th, 2009 9:45 PM
not sure if i'm going to be able to listen to this...any chance on you revealing what exactly "green psychiatry" is? the best one i can think of is the homeless garden project, which rotkin voted to move a long time ago, way out to the boonies and it's never been the same since...
by Bernard G
Saturday Dec 12th, 2009 11:08 PM
that the ECT is solar powered.
by Sum Dim III
Sunday Dec 13th, 2009 9:24 PM
I missed it. How'd it go?
by Robert Norse
Sunday Dec 13th, 2009 9:59 PM
Long time listeners and tenacious trolls should be aware by this time that all my shows are archived. Likewise with the Rotkin interview at (download and go to the middle of the file).
by Sum Dim III
Monday Dec 14th, 2009 10:02 PM
I was hoping to hear more about the interview here. I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion. What happened? Was it just sort of a blasé interview?
by Becky Johnson
Thursday Dec 17th, 2009 7:05 PM
this was when Mike Rotkin tried to have Robert Norse arrested for bringing a sign into an ACLU event open to the public at Longs Marine Lab, August 2007.
by Sum Dim III
Thursday Dec 17th, 2009 7:23 PM
I'm sorry Becks. What does this have to do with the Sunday show?I just want to know how that went. Robert was very excited about it. Why are you posting unrelated matter in response to my question?
by can-do candace
(theotherway42 [at] Friday Dec 18th, 2009 4:00 PM
Here's what will happen (if this happens at all):

Rotkin will come off as more educated and understanding. Norse will do his best to troll Rotkin and his credentials, despite Norse never having held public office or improving the Santa Cruz community. Norse will strike the audience as more ideologically positive and hopeful, whereas Rotkin will come across as more practical and civic-minded. 101.1 will attempt to cast Rotkin in a bad light, but Rotkin's message will come through to the unbiased listeners.

Norse will continue trolling the Santa Cruz community with his fake organizations comprised of alcoholic homeless drug abusers, and Rotkin will continue to keep being elected for being a figure that the public sees as worthwhile to invest their time and money in.

Unless Norse can convince the public that the outdoor sleeping ban and the temporary moratorium on mmj dispensaries are related through some diabolical plot by the city council, he has no hope of coming across as educated, level-headed or a constructive criticizer. He'll continue being the whiny 8 year old who didnt get the new Tonka truck this year for Christmas.
by Sum Dim III
Friday Dec 18th, 2009 8:43 PM
Of course Candace is correct. But wait; did the interview not happen? I'm confused. This was potentially a breakthrough interview for Robert. Can someone please clarify?

Robert? Becks?
by Robert Norse
Tuesday Jan 19th, 2010 8:04 AM
A newer Rotkin interview/debate can be found at (download and go to the middle of the file).
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