Last week, our paper featured a brief reappearance by political cartoonist of DeCinzo in our paper. “I was reminded of why so many people became disenchanted with his work,” one reader writes.

Cartoon Facts

After seeing DeCinzo’s recent cartoon about the local desalination debate (Posts, April 18), I was reminded of why so many people became disenchanted with his work—and why he got dropped by Metro Santa Cruz—several years back. 

While his imagery is always clever and contains the right level of irreverence for local political leaders, he frequently forgets something that good cartoonists know well: it is important that the criticism of the target be based on something pretty darn close to the facts.

If DeCinzo’s desal cartoon were to be put into fully narrative form, it would quickly be dismissed as a bundle of lies, misinformation and severe distortion. For instance, the cartoony assertion that aggressive conservation has been rejected by the Santa Cruz City Council is just ridiculous. The city has a conservation program that wins national awards. Our per-person use is the lowest in the state.

The well-drawn image of the city destroying “science based evidence” is breathtaking in its hypocrisy and falseness. The city and the desalination task force have done many years of serious scientific investigation on marine life, energy use and brine disposal. There are volumes of science-based reports on which the desal planning process is based and they are all available to the public. DeCinzo has aligned himself with activists who have put their strong opinions on desalination ahead of science and who cherry pick a few words from a scientific report to make their case when a complete reading of the scientific reports shows the cherry-pickers to be simply incorrect.  

My favorite part of the whole desal cartoon (aside from the fact that it was the first time I’ve seen Katherine Beiers driving a steamroller) was the suggestion that the current city council is out to destroy democracy a month after the council voted to put the desalination question on the ballot.  It made me laugh to think that a political commentator like DeCinzo would have forgotten to actually follow the recent news that he is commenting about in his cartoons. Perhaps his motto is: “Never let the facts get in the way of a good dig at the City Council.”

Charlotte Webster

Santa Cruz


From The Web

Gambles Respond

[RE: “Progressive Leaders Denounce ‘Thrive,’” Currents, April 11]: Although the letter of dissociation raised no specific issues, we understand from John Robbins’ articles and the correspondence that he wrote soliciting others to participate in his disinformation campaign that the objections range from ET presence, to naming the reality of the Global Domination Agenda, to validating Zero Point Energy, to adhering to the Principle of Non-violation. Wow, not much of a movie left after eliminating those taboo inquiries!

We encourage everyone reading this to watch Thrive and determine for yourselves if you agree that there is enough evidence to warrant additional dialog—about a covert agenda, about revolutionary new technologies and about bold strategies for achieving true liberty and justice for all.

We spent decades doing our homework on these issues and stand with complete integrity and clarity behind the facts represented in Thrive. We welcome meaningful dialog and otherwise consider it dangerous to undermine the millions of us who are standing up to expose the covert global scheme amongst the elite and their secret societies and intelligence agencies to destroy the economies of countless nations, take over their resources, and kill whatever leaders or people don’t play along.

Foster and Kimberly Gamble

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In last week’s cover story (“Sharing the Wealth”) we gave an outdated name for Andrew Whitman’s seed library. The new name is the UCSC Demeter Seed Library ( We apologize for the error.