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›› LETTERS ‘Sharing physical resources’—so that’s what the kids are calling it these days... I appreciated Samantha Campos’s thoughtful article on the choice to avoid wedlock [“An Unmarried Woman,” Feb. 12], especially what she wrote regarding the history of the Catholic Church (puzzling, given its stance on birth control). If society were ready for the discussion, it might make sense to generalize the idea of marriage from a couple (straight or gay) to include any people making long-term commitments to live together—any couple who choose to share their resources and commingle their lives. Community living arrangements could provide the same benefit that marriage does—helping to create a stable child-rearing situation, helping to support the adults as well through “thick and thin,” and sharing physical resources. It’s a more varied world than it once was and, as you say, our relation with children is one of the things that’s changed. Procreation has been separated from sex, and we see in just about all countries in which women have choices that the birth rate is declining. The age of having children is also way higher than it once was, and women are no longer assumed to be the dedicated homemakers. Thanks for bringing up the question of what marriage means in this landscape. Bruce Ackerman, San Rafael

Wedded to journalistic excellence Loved Samantha’s piece about nonmarriage. Fabulous. Nicely done. Perfect angle for Valentine’s Day issue, too.

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Always the bridesmaid Thanks to Samantha for her “An Unmarried Woman” feature; it was refreshing and about time that someone, most notably a woman, wrote about the realities of marriage in our modern society under continued old conditioning from what, year 1200? Ridiculous, right? Thanks to the Church. :P I loved the various points of view and sources Samantha cites, and the fact that we single ladies (in my 40s and never married) still have to push against a silent stigma of unworthiness on some level regardless of other meaningful commitments and pursuits in our lives! Ugh, it’s so tiring. Anyway, good job. Tara Reale, Marin County

Seismic from Big Pink Recently the Marin Civic Center Vision Committee has been reviewing county seismic information on the Marin Civic Center Frank Lloyd Wright building. One of the most recent issues involved obtaining the existing earthquake standard for “Big Pink.” The reason for getting this informaWright, a man of tion was to assess earth-shaking vision. the “need” for a new public-safety building. Do we really need another 90,000-squarefoot building on the Civic Center campus?

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Upfront: The Authority strikes back Pacific Gas & Electric used get-tough tactics right up to the vote last week that put a Marin Clean Energy stamp on a contract--which dumps the utility and goes with Shell Ene... Food: Southern comfort When I decided to celebrate the life of Edna Lewis as part of Black History Month, it occurred to me that there are probably many readers who do not even know her name. Going Green: The other side of the tracks In Point Reyes last week, a single patch of mud showed tracks of birds, insects, rodents, possibly a kangaroo rat, coyotes, skunks and a barefooted human. I know this because ...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com Research into seismic levels of Wright’s structures and the architect’s history of earthquake standards unveiled an interesting historical fact. Frank Lloyd Wright was architect of the only structure left standing, the Imperial Hotel, after the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923, measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale, struck Kanto Japan. Most of the same parameters and structural assets of the Imperial Hotel were incorporated into the Civic Center structure. We have been told the Civic Center structure could sustain a 7.6 quake. This information is relevant to the proposed construction of a new publicsafety building. Is there really a need for this structure? The county maintains the “need” for a new structure based on additional space needed for the Sheriff’s office and earthquake standards mandated by the state. The county had stated, in an error they later admitted, that the state has “mandated” a new structure that would sustain an earthquake of 8.0 on the Richter scale. The state did not mandate a new structure. The state only mandated any “new” structure meet standards of 8.0. When the new jail was built the old jail was remodeled for office space. The office space created was no less than 5,000 square feet. How can the Sheriff’s office not have enough space? With the new Health & Wellness campus, the entire Health Department moved to the San Rafael Canal campus leaving empty offices in leased county buildings and at the Civic Center. The library has always wanted to move to another location and that may happen if the ballot measure passes next November. Moving the library will allow even more office space in the Civic Center building. So although the debate was never allowed to happen concerning seismic retrofit, and no public input was allowed concerning location or “need,” the new Sheriff’s office is slated to be built. Ron Ford, Santa Venetia

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in memory of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and prayer before dying on the cross. Such a gesture would be a tangible expression of ‘Behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed... and every tree Jesus’ message which has fruit with seeds; to you it of compassion shall be for meat!’ and love for all living beings. Animals are being raised for food under abject conditions of caging, crowding, deprivation, drugging, mutilation and manhandling. When trucked to slaughterhouses, they travel for days without food or water only to be bled, skinned and dismembered while still conscious. Wastes from factory farms foul the water we drink and the air we breathe, and meat production accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Most chronic killer diseases are linked to consumption of animal products. We have choices, and there are consequences: blessings and curses. We can continue to subsidize these sins against nature with every food purchase, or we can show our respect for Jesus’ message by accepting a wholesome, nonviolent diet of vegetables, fruits, and grains first mandated in Genesis 1:29. Visit veg4lent.org or enter “vegan recipes” in a search engine for some exciting cuisine. Morgan Vrooman, Mill Valley

PSA—ASAP! Thanks to the Pacific Sun for publishing Ronnie Cohen’s side-by-side articles last week about prostate cancer [“Tropic of Cancer”] and my prostate-cancer support group [“Numbers Game”]. I want to point out that a conclusion the article quoted—from a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association—was subjective and misleading. Specifically, “the absolute incidence of aggressive or later-stage disease has not been significantly decreased.” The facts are that since the inception of the PSA test, the death rate from prostate cancer has decreased from 39,000 per year in the U.S. to 27,000, and the rate of disease discovered to have already spread outside the prostate has decreased from 21 percent to 4 percent. I call that significant! Stan Rosenfeld, Fairfax

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he governor’s proposed budget contains a transit bombshell: California is abandoning its long-standing support of public transportation. “I am appalled,” said state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) at an informational hearing of the Senate Budget Committee in January. Lowenthal echoed a note of concern that’s reverberating through transit agencies across the state, including the Marin Transit District, which has been forced to cut service starting March 14. The cuts are part of the agency’s strategy to work through a combination of tough economic times and a state bureaucracy that sees transit funds as a rainy-day fund. At the hearing, Lowenthal, chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, lashed into representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, who said the state has no real plan to fund public transit from an account that local transit agencies have relied on for years. One public transit rule is unbreakable: Fares never cover the costs of operating service. Subsidies are a life support. California voters approved measures to raise sales tax on gasoline to fund transportation programs twice. In 2004, 60 percent of voters passed Proposition 42. After its passage, state lawmakers found a way to shunt money from Prop. 42 into the state’s general fund, even though the money was supposed to be dedicated to transportation. Then, in 2006, a super-majority of 77 percent of voters passed proposition 1A, which explicitly stated law-

makers could not raid Prop. 42 funds. “Voters sent a clear message that they want the gas tax to fund transportation improvements,” says Jim Earp, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. He and others have been deeply concerned that the state would continue to “borrow” transportation funds to help fill general-fund coffers in a state that faces chronic deficits (in large part because lawmakers refuse to raise taxes, preferring to march under a banner of lesstax, less-service.) That concern is justified. One of California’s biggest sources of transit funding is the State Transit Assistance (STA) fund. It’s part of how the sales tax revenue on gasoline flowed from customers at the pump to public transit programs across the state. Before Prop. 42, STA funding sent $40-$70 million a year for operating costs to local transit agencies, according to the Legislative Analysis’s Office. After Prop. 42 passed, the amount of transit money soared to around $305 million. The governor and legislators, wrestling with their perennially intractable budget, last year proposed cutting in half the amount of money going to local agencies from the STA account. The money saved would go to preserve “adequate funding for home-to-school and regional center transportation.” That was for the 2008-09 budget. Then, according to a Legislative Analyst’s Office report, “The governor proposes to eliminate the STA program statutorily, thereby providing no further funding for it for this program 9 > as of 2009-10.”

›› NEWSGRAMS When ex-mayors attack A letter intended for the Mill Valley City Council and signed by 11 former Mill Valley mayors adamantly urges the council to opt out of the Marin Clean Energy project and withdraw from the Marin Energy Authority. The letter, written jointly by Betsey Cutler, Anne Solem and Dennis Fisco, focuses on the “numerous financial risks” that “remain largely unquantified.” Solem is co-owner of a public relations firm that has represented PG&E for nearly three decades in San Francisco—where a similar Clean Energy initiative is being proposed. The letter hinges upon a controversial Marin grand jury report that states, “All costs incurred by MCE must be borne by the ratepayers as they are the sole source of revenue.” It’s a point Dawn Weisz, Marin Energy Authority’s interim executive director, insists is not the case. “I think that the letter shows a misunderstanding of the facts of the program,” says Weisz. “This program is redirecting taxpayer revenue into local and renewable projects. It does not place any liability on taxpayers for the program.” And, she said, it does not present a “ratepayer risk,” as the letter asserts. “Currently, ratepayers are at risk because they must pay [their utilities]—they don’t have a choice, unless they want to go without electricity. [MCE] is reducing risk, creating competition, which is good for ratepayers.” To Weisz’s knowledge, none of the letter’s signatories has met with any of the board members nor have they attended any of the more than 100 public forums and workshops held on the initiative over the past 18 months. In a recent letter to local editorial boards, County Supervisor Charles McGlashan— who also serves as MEA chairman—challenged some of the claims of MCE opponents, writing that the project “could provide a local economic stimulus by gaining a crucial and irreplaceable revenue source for our energy efficiency and local energy efforts,” with ratepayers’ redirected revenue “providing local jobs for local energy efficiency businesses and installers.” Supes respond to grand jury report Days after a letter signed by 11 ex-mayors rattled the Mill Valley City Council, challenging its participation in the Marin Energy Authority, county supervisors rallied against the civil grand jury report on the Marin Clean Energy initiative. The report, which was released in early December 2009 and titled “Pull the Plug,” called the MCE project “costly and extremely risky” and recommended dropping it altogether. But on Feb. 23, Marin supes voiced their disagreements with a majority of the jury’s claims and said the county will continue to work with the MEA board. —Samantha Campos And Mill Valley responds to grand jury report At a meeting Feb. 23, the Mill Valley City Council crafted the city’s response to the Marin grand jury report “Pull the Plug,” which urges members of the Marin Energy Authority joint powers agency to abandon Marin Clean Energy. The councilmembers did not, however, respond to a letter written by 11 formers mayors who urged the city to “back away from the MCE project and withdraw from the Marin Energy Authority.” None of the 11 mayors attended the meeting. Quitting the MEA or backing away from MCE wasn’t on the agenda, notes Mill Valley City Councilman Andrew Berman. “There was a lot of push from folks who were urging us to withdraw from the Marin Energy Authority, but last night had nothing to do with that.” The council revised and reworded staff recommendations regarding the city’s response to the grand jury report, essentially keeping “to the spirit of the recommendations,” 10 > FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 4, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 7

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the mainstream media or, as Stanley put it, “the four-letter word thing.” Turns out many of the cuts to his column were self-censorship, as Hip would reword the saltier language for big-time-daily mores. Still, the Chron withheld many of his favorite items from the column and even edited his farewell to readers after he resigned. Yet Hip vowed to find other publications—ones that would let him write how he wanted to write. “What do you get paid for your columns?” Stanley asked. “Most of the underground press can’t pay anything,” admitted Hip. Three weeks later “Dr. Hip Pocrates” made its debut in the Sun. These days Eugene Schoenfeld practices psychiatry out of an office near his home in Sausalito and works as a consultant in civil and criminal cases involving mind-altering drugs. Schoenfeld’s legacy lives on today in any number of sex-advice formats—from the Pac Sun’s own Amy Alkon to the radio shows of Drew Pinsky and Dean Edell. We asked Dr. Hip if he considers himself a media pioneer. In his typical soft-spoken manner he agreed. “There was a Pacific Sun [story] a few years ago which featured media doctors and Dean Edell credited me with inspiring him to do his work,” says Schoenfeld. “I was pleased to have him say that.” Dr. Hip appeared in the Sun until 1974 and then finally called it quits in 1979 after one last try with the Chronicle. But this time the problem wasn’t Chronicle censorship—it was parental censorship. The Chron ran his column back in the kid-friendly section of the Sunday edition. “Apparently,” laments Schoenfeld, “there were people who would cut my column off the page so that their children wouldn’t see it.” But not after they read it first. ✹ Share your medical problems with Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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1. Boys and girls basketball teams from what two high schools won the Marin County Athletic League championships this season? 2. On October 1, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits federal workers from doing what while driving? 3. From the 1840s through the 1860s, thousands of adventurous people—settlers, farmers, business #7 people—traveled by horse and wagon from Independence, Missouri to Fort Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest on a migration route known by what two word name? 4. This verb, which means to make much larger, was trademarked by McDonald’s in the 1990s and added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2006. What is it? 5. What is the most common surname (last name, family name) in each of these countries: 5a. Spain 5b. China 5c. Australia, England, Scotland and U.S.A. 6. Can you identify two words starting with the same letter that describe items that can be found in your kitchen or in a baseball game? 7. PICTURED, ABOVE: This city on the Caribbean originated as a run-down coconut plantation. Today it’s one of Mexico’s most popular resort destinations. What is it? 8. Considered the flip side of anorexia is the word bigorexia, a disorder in which certain people think they are what? 9a. Which large media company purchased a majority share of NBC television network in December 2009? 9b. What Internet company owns YouTube? 9c. Which Internet company owns Skype? 10. If you were to multiply all the even numbers from negative 20 through positive 20 inclusive, what would be the product? BONUS QUESTION

BONUS QUESTION: PICTURED, TO RIGHT: Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, is located in what country? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live team trivia contest at 7:30pm every Wednesday at the Broken Drum on Fourth Street in San Rafael. Join the quiz—send your Marin factoids to howard1@triviacafe.com.

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San Rafael was jet-lagged from a recent East Coast business trip. Subsequently, she accidentally left her car keys on the roof of her automobile in the parking lot behind her downtown office at Fifth and D streets. Luckily, instead of stealing Kathleen’s BMW and driving off, some anonymous Good Samaritan put a sticky note on her windshield that told her they had turned her keys into the police station across the street. Relieved and awestruck, Kathleen is ever-so grateful for her kind and neighborly homecoming.

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Marin had a “friend” with a sexual problem 40 years ago this week. It was the winter of years ago 1970 and fallout from the era of free love and heavy drug use had left county residents literally itching for a doctor who could feel their pain. Fortunately for the sexually revolutionized, it was the year of Gonzo journalism—and Dr. Hip was on call. “Under his nom de plume, Dr. Hip Pocrates, [Eugene] Schoenfeld for three years has been dispensing information of quite another color,” wrote Pacific Sun managing editor Don Stanley in his story “Dear Dr. Hip.” “Writing for the most part in the underground press, he has found his authority in the paramedical.” Or more specifically, detailed Stanley, he was answering a lot of questions like, “My boyfriend and I tried this weird (sex thing or drug thing) the other night—what’s going to happen to us?” The advice columns of Schoenfeld, who was about to move to San Anselmo from Berkeley, were running in more than a dozen publications and he’d just ended a five-month stint in the Sunday section of the Chronicle. The 34-year-old Bay Area transplant held degrees from UC Berkeley, the University of Miami and Yale and was now spending most of his time at his Tiburon office reading letters about women who can’t orgasm, their premature ejaculating boyfriends and the impotent older men who love them. “And males who imagine their penis is too small,” added Hip, whose day job, it would seem, was akin to being editor of Penthouse Forum’s most incompetent submissions. Upon arriving at the Tiburon interview, Stanley found the good doctor “barefoot in a pair of old brown cords and knit sweater.” He was “attended by a lovely, leggy blonde secretary,” drooled the reporter. After a few perfunctory questions about Hip’s hobbies (travel), interests (public health) and marital status (college nuptials, lasted only a year), Stanley got down to the bare necessities of his assignment—to read some of Hip’s racy letters. “I’m thinking about all the letters relating to sexual experimentation,” leered Stanley. And the doctor was only too happy to oblige. “Here’s one from a man who wonders about women wearing leather,” Hip showed the delighted scrum. But the reporter’s arousal was soon softened, as the letter writer went on to observe that “leather doesn’t breathe the way cloth does” and wondered if the rawhide his girlfriend wore during lovemaking was the cause of a particularly nasty fungal infection. “It’s an interesting speculation,” admitted the doctor. Chaffed, Stanley steered the interview toward the issue of censorship in

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cisco (a Mill Valley native) has officially lost his faith in Golden Gate Transit’s ability to get him home to his big-city digs from his San Rafael job—especially when he works late. On one such occasion, poor Miles pulled an exhausting 14hour day at the office, scrambling to catch the last bus of the night scheduled to leave the Transit Center at 11:30pm. Alas, Miles was told, the bus had left three minutes prior, and a hapless Miles was forced to camp out on his office’s overused, crampinducing, sore-back-causing couch for the night.—Samantha Campos

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›› UPFRONT < 7 Public transit at the back of the bus That proposal is an end-run around a court case in which the state was found to have acted illegally when it diverted $409 million from the state Public Transportation Account that should have gone to transportation. Instead, the state used the money to shore up its general fund. The governor’s proposal would eliminate the sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuels and replace just a portion of the lost money with an excise tax on fuels—but none of the excise-tax money would be allocated specifically to transit. In essence, the proposal strips the revenue stream from the STA fund. If there’s no money in the fund, the state can’t raid it illegally, thus the end-run. Lowenthal estimated that represents a loss of about $1.5 billion in transit funds for local agencies across the state. Representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office said other opportunities will exist to help fund transit programs. Keeping sales tax on diesel fuels is one option, which would garner only about $315 million in the next fiscal year. “Aside from that one proposal, I have not heard another proposal from anybody. There is no proposal besides that one proposal,” said Lowenthal. And that proposal puts the money into the general fund, where it may—or may not—eventually fuel local transit programs. “We’re burying the body [of public transit in California], never to be

seen again in Sacramento.” At the informational hearing, state Sen. Mark Leno (D-Marin) pointed out what’s happening across the state: Agencies are forced to raise fares and cut back on service, reducing the incentives to ride public transit. “We’re also cutting back on our investment of the infrastructure of our mass transit because the general fund at the local level is being pinched because of all the other demands we’re putting on them because we have no other opportunity to raise money here.” Leno asked the governor and the Legislative Analyst’s Office to “have some kind of perspective” about the ramifications of cutting public transit funding in a time of high unemployment—and the state’s ostensible goal of cutting greenhouse gases. The situation “is devastating,” says Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who also serves as a board member of the Transportation Authority of Marin and Marin Transit. “The state has taken billions of dollars out of funding for local transit over the last two years, and in the current budget proposal, they would zero-out the STA account for the next five years. Really, the state is saying that in these hard times, we can’t be involved in public transit, which is devastating and completely inconsistent with [the state’s] climate-change philosophy.” Not to mention the effects on an increasingly large number of older adults who could benefit from boosts in bus service. Public transportation, Kinsey notes, is the primary tool to reduce the number of vehicle miles on roads, and the proposal to eliminate dedicated state support

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hen it comes to humanity’s loathing of amorphousless embodiments of existence, traffic is near the top of the list in the combustion-engine world. If Soren Kierkegaard ever needed a modern apotheosis of his existential angst, being trapped in a dehumanizing metallic capsule inching meaninglessly through a random maze of replicant autobodies toward a destination of dreaded toil is about as good as it gets. Which is a highfalutin way of saying traffic sucks. But before we reveal our 2010 caboodle of Freeway Fiction finalists, we’d like to point out a few positive things about the dreaded T word: ● Was the theme for the catchy single “Crosstown Traffic,” on Jimi Hendrix’s classic ‘68 album Electric Ladyland. Granted, it’s a ripoff of “Drive My Car,” but it does feature the finest lead kazoo in psychedelic rock. ● Title of the well-deserved breakthrough film of indie-darling director Steven Soderbergh before he started making crap like Erin Brockovich. ● Name of early Steve Winwood jazzy rock band whose songs such as “Medicated Goo,” “Something’s Got a Hold of My Toe” and “(Roamin’ Thro’ the Gloamin’ With) 40,000 Headmen” make real traffic quite bearable by comparison. ● There’s an Estonian band named Traffic; we have no idea if they’re any good but we try to support the Estonian music industry when we can. ● It’s the title of the last movie to feature French director Jacques Tati’s beloved Monsieur Hulot character. Au revoir, mon oncle! ● Inspiration for the Pacific Sun’s hotly anticipated Freeway Fiction contest—101-word meditations on the stop-and-go nature of life in Marin. And they’re off!—Jason Walsh

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Half wiper speed too much, screech of blade across the not-quite-wet-enough windshield. Knob down and water puddles in front of our eyes, blurs 101 commute just a bit more then is safe. John, my wife’s father, talks of when he was with the 10th Armored Division, part of Patton’s army. Tenth helped get the 101st Airborne out of Baston after he liberated a cognac distillery, all done in a drizzle. Words of bombs in Iraq and vines in Afghanistan come from radio. Returning from the funeral, Maya remembers how he liked cognac, rain falls lightly as we exit 101. Joe Cresalia, San Rafael

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She lumbers into the kitchen, her multicolored muumuu billowing around her legs like waves. The broken veins on her arms a warning that despite her girth she is still fragile, and perhaps even broken. “Can I fix you something?” she asks. She has no place being in the kitchen at her advanced age, and in her condition. I find myself feeling angry—even with her. Why? Because I don’t want her to ever leave, and in that moment I’m reminded that she is closer to goodbye than hello. Laura Pattillo, Fairfax

Peering out the windshield, thin orange poles mark the cliffs. “Where does snow come from?” “Clouds.” Got to get there...this year I’ll sit at the table with my son. Pass him potatoes and cranberry sauce. “Why does it fall?” “Snow’s heavy. Falls down.” Sliding sideways...follow the track, watch it. I’d taught snow and avalanche rescue. Both child’s play. But this? “Where does snow come from?” “Shhh...why you keep asking?” White whirls about. Our car’s hood momentarily disappears. Slow... “I want to know everything about snow!” I gear down.“Everything?” “Yes everything!” I smile.“Like you, snowflakes start from a tiny seed...” Katie Blickensderfer, Fairfax

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The Pact Careening down the highway, oblivious of horns blasting and sirens blaring, they hunker down in their seats, elbows locked and arms out straight. They are young. Flashing glimpses of faces full of rage or fear don’t cause them to pause or add any fuel to the fire. The moments are so quick they cannot comprehend the full import. To ask them why would only engender a shrug and slight look of disdain because really, they don’t know. Just a few moments ago they were bored. Then their eyes met and in that instant, a pact was made. The race was on. Georgia Gibbs, Fairfax

Moon and Stars Caught once again in the 101 commute Ah, but I don’t mind. I have planned for this time. I’m practicing kegels. Warming up you might say, For an evening with my lover. Performing each contraction intentionally, Relaxing, tightening Faster, slower, Visualizing my lover and me at the zenith of passion, Our bodies moving together In a timeless symphony all our own. Love, joy and ever heightening pleasure, Join mind, body, spirit as one in pure ecstasy. Holding each other close, yet reaching beyond, Ultimately surrendering to the unity and enchanting wonder Of our euphoric yet mystical landing amid moon and stars Charlene Huxtable, Penngrove

Love At First Honk People say you can tell a lot about a person by the car they drive. I’d bet the gal in front of me likes surfing and landscaping.“Jenny’s Edible Gardens”—cool! If she takes the Stinson exit, she’s headed for the beach. Blinker on— oops, brake light out. How can I tell her? “Honk If You’re Single”—ha, that’s brave. I’ll pull up next to her, honk and point to her rear.“Honk! Honk!” She laughs.“Brake light!” I bellow. Gosh she’s beautiful! Suddenly, a sign with a phone number. Wow! I’ll call her! Darn, the exit! 388-5342? 386-5432? 388-5234!!!??? K W Sjostrom, Mill Valley

Daily Commute in San Salvador ¡Corra, corra si! ¡Paseo paseo paseo! The conductor’s like an evangelist: Best bus! Last chance! Spouting smoke, Bad Girl lurches into the fast lane on the Avenida Roosevelt.The competition gives way to her dropped suspension, blue neon undercarriage accents, spoiler and chrome rims, her name spangled in Mylar on the emergency exit.Vendors jump on board selling ice water in little plastic bags, guineos, green beans, plastic flip-flops, then rush to the back door and leap out at the last moment.“El Señor Vive” and “Moto Ecologico” (a super-smoker) crowd up from behind. ¡In corra, corra ve! proclaims the conductor. Potter Wickware, Mill Valley 12 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 4, 2010

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Work over, thank God. I’m leaving right on time. Well, I clocked in earlier than when I actually arrived, so “officially” right on time. On the freeway, radio on. First the jingle.“Five O’clock Trivia Time.”Then the question:“Forty percent of Americans admit they don’t do...what?” I know! I dial the number! But like a train jumping the tracks, the car to my right swerves and slams me into the guard rail. When I come to, I hear from my phone:“Forty percent of Americans don’t do what?” I yell,“Use their blinkers!”“Winner winner chicken dinner,” announces the DJ. Isaac Lefkowitz, Marin

February blues and financial disaster mixed me a perfect unemployment cocktail. A thousand glaring brake lights illuminated the dark, flooded highway of 101 south. My last commute was about to get longer.The holdup was an elderly couple standing on the side of the road next to a broken down car. She was crying and he was holding his head in despair. Soulless people were splashing by in their Toyota environment-savers without a glance. Distracted by a fast tire change; a warm coat for her, kind words. “No, please, it’s nothing...you’re OK now? “ He pressed his card into my hand. Sue Warhaftig, Mill Valley

Freeway of Love The hot afternoon’s slow-and-go traffic did not damp the enthusiasm of the commuter ahead of me. Alone in his Mustang, he bobbed furiously to the music on his radio, left hand out the window, slapping the car’s side arrhythmically. I rolled down my window, hoping to get an earful of whatever was turning him on, but no sounds drifted back. His bouncing crescendo’d and then stopped abruptly, the song apparently over. A figure drew up in the seat next to him; a woman’s face appeared. She blotted her lips with a hanky, then leaned over and kissed him on the cheek. Bill Amatneek, Sebastopol

Confidence—or Just Dense? She was an intense person, although she didn’t see why people quantified her in that way. Having a heartbeat meant one was alive. Negotiating through life with as much effort as one had—wasn’t that just the way it was done—with intensity? “Having an orgasm is intense too,” she once noted to an almost boyfriend commenting on what he interpreted as her extremes.“But there’s no other way to have one—is there.” And she lit a cigarette, regarding him coolly, before he looked away. She always won. Sue Aldridge, San Rafael

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The “Systems” light is green. I pull into West Gate, flashing my badge with a wave to the officer. I drive into the fog line, parallel to the moving Larkspur Ferry. Commuters so close I see hot steam float from beverages. I consider what you must imagine as my headlights generate enormous human shadows against the prison walls, inmates congregating in the yard before breakfast. I contemplate my day; North Block quarantined, H1N1. H-unit lockdown over, gun located last night. Abruptly, an alarm sounds— the “Systems” light turns red. Shelley Serrano, Novato

Raining hard. Lucky they finished 101 over the hill. Most still going 65, but a black VW hatchback weaving from lane to lane doing 80, but making headway. Must have wanted to catch the CHP officer who was cruising in the HO lane. He didn’t catch him, nor hit anything, as I continued on to Sir Francis Drake wondering if calling 911 was a violation in itself. Two lessons learned: Californians slow going up and down grades under all conditions; never a cop when you need one. David Kurland, San Rafael

Northbound Rolling the Second Street morning commute. Simple coordination of signals pleases her. Everything should be like this. Timelines again; she moved to Marin three years ago, because it fit into default “Northern California.”TBD: was she real here or not? Divorce was final more than a year ago, life presumed dead was awakening, the signal sequence was comforting. Don’t run the red, it won’t change things. Left to Irwin, this is beginning to feel like home after all. Reverse 101 commute, a metaphor for herself; learning again to be happy, but against the grain, though that was fine with her. Hmm. Laurel Konkol, San Rafael

Behind-the-Wheel Politics A profusion of illusion, a mountain of whimsy. A mess of enmeshment, a glut of thin air. A snow job of proportions starts an avalanche of distortions. An effusion of bamboozle And scads of flimflam. A profusion of illusion, diffusion of dupery Whose dissipation of smoke in the end will provoke A fluency of ether calming the believer with A heap of hoodwinking, A spate of self-deception. A profusion of illusion, pecks of befooling. Bushels of conning, acres of make-believe Make the harvest of seeming a surplus of dreaming. Bounty of fantasy. Bumper crop of airy nothings. A profusion of illusion. Diana L. Powers, San Rafael

Jenny swept the hair from her eyes, savoring the brief sting of cold on her tongue as she sucked at her snow-stained lips. Winter this year was a metaphor. She wrapped herself in the grey of the sky and slid her hand to her belly. Love had left behind an indelible mark. It had dragged itself over her life like a knife and etched itself into the core of her. She had bled for two weeks, the life inside of her already protesting its uncertain conception. Today, though the storm consumed her, Jenny wished for nothing more than nine months. Monica Mancillas, West Hollywood

The Starlet of 101 Ponders The Sleeping Lady of Tamalpais ought to wake up and see me, my ears ďŹ&#x201A;ying back scarf-like against the wind as we zoom past our Riviera Bay in this Mark Twain summer. Misty beads sparkle my cold black nose. This is better than a greasy steak bone. Just me, my chauffeur, and an open window to the world. Dare I nudge my human to pet me? It couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even think I am going to pet your tummy while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m driving!â&#x20AC;? she says, looking straight at me...since she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watching the road anyway, what difference would a little massage make? Victoria Rubini, San Rafael

TrafďŹ c in the Sky TrafďŹ c again. You take a long thoughtful drag off of a cigarette all the while wondering if the highways on Earth are this clogged as well. You manually roll up the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat window of your Volvo 240 and blow smoke rings to pass the time; you wonder whether, with practice, they will ever reach the consistency of the halo around your forehead. You scrape a few crumbs off your cheap gray suitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;passĂŠ after the ďŹ rst week of wearing itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and question death: how can rent cost more in the afterlife? You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough ďŹ ngers to count the reasons. Charlie Edwards, San Francisco

MacLuvin in Marin Neither his integrity nor his ďŹ nancial statement had escaped the credit crash, but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel too dirty. Then there were the Belvedere bookend Betties. Describing one described the other, minus a scratch or two. They had a certain madras madness. Madras as in the pattern of starched country club golf skorts. Type A preppie neurotics. But, who is as Norman

Rockwell-perfect as mom and dad want? They made their worlds small ďŹ nding him within their perimeters. They kept his balls clean, him and his dogs exercised, and did not mind the tan lines on his ring ďŹ nger too much. Maggie Weems, Fairfax

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Possessed Car Radio Northbound 101, Sausalito fog engulfing Jeep as something inexplicable takes over my radio. Speeding soccer mom passes, chatting on cell phone, unbuckled children climbing over seats. I push my radio button and CHP instantly appears, sirens blazing. Multiple violations, Maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;am. Carload of teens behind me, windows rattling with hip-hop bass. I push another button and their music becomes agonizingly loud opera. Next falsetto aria will surely crack their windshield. There goes my ex in her BMW, suitcases on board. This time I hit two buttons, both her rear tires picking up nails. Sorry about that missed ďŹ&#x201A;ight. Sure love Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fog! Bill Chaison, San Rafael Honk about our freeway ďŹ ction winners, at â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ csun.com

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he rarefied atmosphere of Radcliffe Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal PerCollege in Cambridge, Mass., isn’t the formance, and 1990’s Luck of the Draw, which typical spawning ground for a great featured the hit single “Something to Talk blues player. But that’s where Marin resi- About,” also earned a Grammy for Best Female dent Bonnie Raitt, who first picked up the Vocal Performance. guitar at age 12, spent her formative years, In 1994, she followed up that success with before dropping out and hitting the Boston Longing in Their Hearts, which topped the club circuit, where the 1960s album charts and captured folk and blues revival was in the Grammy for Best Pop full swing. Vocal Album. The daughter of the late Last week, the Blues Broadway star John Raitt Foundation announced soon found herself sharing that Raitt—who in 1989 the stage with such downalso had picked up a in-the Delta blues idols as Grammy for Best TradiMississippi Fred McDowell tional Blues Recording for and Sippie Wallace. “I’m in the Mood,” her Raitt’s 1971 eponymous duet with longtime friend debut established her as a and blues great John Lee white girl in possession of a Raitt’s 1971 debut album flexed her blues Hooker (and who, in powerful, soulful voice and muscles with a cover of Robert Johnson’s 2004, participated in the the ability to play stinging ‘Walking Blues.’ PBS documentary series slide guitar solos. Martin Scorsese Presents Though she’s best known by the general the Blues—A Musical Journey)—will be public for her commercial hits, Raitt never among those inducted into its Hall of Fame abandoned the blues. Her 1989 chart-topping at a May 5 ceremony in Memphis. pop album, Nick of Time, earned Grammys for According to a statement issued by the

Blues Foundation, Raitt, 60, is being recognized for having played or sung on blues albums by B.B. King, A.C. Reed, Sippie Wallace, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Ruth Brown, Charles Brown, Keb’ Mo’ and Joe Louis Walker, as well as using her pop-music fame to help other blues artists. “Her contributions to the blues have also included assisting artists in royalty recovery as co-founder of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation,” the statement noted, “helping to fund headstones and memorials, and quietly, sometimes anonymously, donating money to blues singers in need. “Bonnie Raitt’s example is one that ought to inspire many other blues-influenced performers from the worlds of rock and pop music.” Other 2010 Blues Hall of Fame inductees include Sonoma County resident and blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite and former Marin blues guitarist Robert Cray, who is being honored for his 1986 breakthrough album Strong Persuader. Raitt, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, delivered a show-stopping version of “Love Has No Pride” last fall at a Madison Square Garden concert and HBO-televised tribute to the Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary. ●

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Raitt was inducted into that other hall of fame—the rock ‘n’ roll one— in 2000.

bluegrass banjo player Keith Little (also a helluva guitarist), the woefully underrated mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist Jody Stecher and West Marin upright bassist Paul Knight. The group coalesced around one of Knight’s regular Sunday evening bluegrass jam sessions at the Station House Cafe in Pt. Reyes Station. Rowan is a former member of bluegrass founder Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He co-wrote, with Monroe, the classic bluegrass song “Wall of Time.” He also penned “Midnight Moonlight” and “Panama Red,” both included on the landmark 1975 bluegrass album Old & in the Way (with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and others), among other songs. Sony/Legacy has just released an expanded 10th anniversary edition of Carlos Santana’s mega-hit album Supernatural, which gathered nine Grammys and sold 25 million copies. The two-CD anniversary edition includes outtakes, remixes and previously unreleased songs from the original 2000 sessions that include a jam with Eric Clapton. ✹ Sing the blues to Greg at gcahill51@pacificsun.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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ere’s the challenge: Select a winner in all 24 categories, and if you can correctly pick more than our on-staff movie experts—we’ll announce our predictions in the March 5 issue—you’ll win tickets for two to a film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. That’s right, the esteemed California Film Institute has agreed to reward each and every contestant who bests the Pacific Sun. We are humbled by the confidence—some would call it madness— they have in our film knowledge. But that’s not all! Whoever gets the highest total out of all entries will receive a 2010 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute, which includes discounts on regular screenings (two $5.50 tickets per membership all year!), exclusive “members-only” screenings, more Rafael Film Center passes, discounts on Mill Valley Film Festival tickets and more. (Pacific Sun employees, contest sponsors and their employees or immediate family are not eligible for entry. Only one entry per person. Deadline for entries is March 3, 5pm).

‘You liked it, you really liked it!’ —Sally Field, about last year’s inaugural Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge

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For contestants who wish to compare their picks with ours on the Big Night, we recommend the California Film Institute’s Oscar Night America, where guests can tally their ballot via live telecast in the Rafael’s main theater, win raffle prizes, bid in a silent auction and eat like a star. March 7, doors open at 3:30pm. $55 general; $40 CFI members; memories— priceless. Call 415/526-5841 or check out cafilm.org.

Mail to: Pacific Sun Oscar Contest 835 Fourth Street, Suite B San Rafael, CA 94901

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›› MOViES

Friday February 26-Thursday March 4

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

● Alice in Wonderland (1:49) Tim Burton directs Christopher Lee, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and a host of others in the latest screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s sociosurreal Victorian fable. ● As White As in Snow (2:34) True tale of Sweden’s first female aviator and her daring and dangerous exploits. ● Avatar James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic employs cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of a disabled vet reborn on a distant planet as an aboriginal warrior. ● Bang! (1:45) A middle-aged schoolteacher contemplates the women in his life in Jan Troell’s surreal drama. ● The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. ● The Book of Eli (1:58) A lone warrior wanders postapocalyptic America in search of hope and humanity, felling any hopeless inhumane enemies in his path; Denzel Washington stars. ● Il Capitano (1:50) Jan Troell directs this gripping look at a real-life murder case. ● Celine: Through the Eyes of the World (1:57) Concert film follows the Vegas diva on a five-continent ’round-the-world tour. ● Cop Out (1:50) Kevin Smith action comedy stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two New York cops on the trail of a priceless, mintcondition bubblegum card. ● The Cove (1:34) Chilling documentary about a top-secret Japanese installation where mercury-tainted dolphin meat is harvested for human consumption. ● The Crazies (1:41) The upright citizens of an all-American small town go totally wacko when an unspecified toxin turns them into a band of bloodthirsty zealots. ● Crazy Heart (1:51) Jeff Bridges as a dilapidated country music star who glimpses salvation in the person of Maggie Gyllenhaal. ● Dancing/Reflexion 2001/Their Frozen Dream (1:30) Three short nonfiction works from Jan Troell look at cross-cultural movement, the Twin Towers attack and an 1897 polar expedition. ● Dear John (1:48) Lasse Hallstrom drama about the star-crossed romance between a soldier and a college girl in the wake of 9/11. ● Edge of Darkness (1:56) Grizzled Boston cop Mel Gibson searches for his daughter’s killer and uncovers a web of corporate malfeasance and political corruption. ● An Education (1:40) Conundrum: should pre-Swinging London schoolgirl Carey Mulligan head off to Oxford or pursue the naughty life with a sexy older man? ● The Emigrants (3:12) Jan Troell’s Oscarnominated epic stars Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as Swedish farmers seeking a new life in the American Midwest. ● Everlasting Moments (2:10) An impoverished Swedish woman wins a camera in a lottery and discovers her artistic side; Jan Troell directs. ● From Paris with Love (1:35) Two American secret agents team up to stop a terrorist attack in the City of Light. ● The Ghost Writer (2:08) Polanski political thriller about a Tony Blair-like former PM and the biographer who learns more about

his subject’s ties to the CIA than he ought to; Pierce Brosnan stars. ● Half the Sky (1:45) Celebrate International Women’s Day with a star-studded evening of music and inspiration. ● The Hurt Locker (2:11) A bomb disposal unit in war-torn Baghdad is taken over by a new commander with a dangerously high bravado level. ● It’s Complicated (1:54) Meryl Streep as a happily divorced mother of three who enters into an affair with ex-hubby Alec Baldwin; dashing Steve Martin complicates matters. ● The Last Station (1:52) Christopher Plummer stars as a dying Leo Tolstoy beset by journalists, disciples and his own conflicted legacy. ● The New Land (3:24) Sequel to The Emigrants finds Ullmann and von Sydow settling in the New World, Indians, Civil War and all. ● North Face (2:01) Fact-based thriller about two mountain climbers’ attempts to scale the formidable Eiger in 1936, a proud Nazi Germany cheering them on. ● Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. ● Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five short subjects are on display at the Rafael this week. ● Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2:00) Chris Columbus fantasy flick about a schoolboy who finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between a troupe of surly Greek gods. ● Precious (1:49) Sundance fave about an African-American teen dealing with illiteracy and a second pregnancy with the help of a Harlem schoolteacher. ● The Princess and the Frog (1:35) Disney’s first hand-drawn cartoon in half a decade transports the Grimm fairy tale to New Orleans’ rollicking French Quarter of the 1920s. ● Shutter Island (2:18) Atmo-rich Martin Scorsese thriller about the misterioso goingson at a remote island insane asylum; Leo DiCaprio and Max von Sydow star. ● The Spy Next Door (1:32) Retired CIA agent Jackie Chan takes on one last mission: protecting his fiancee’s three rambunctious kids from clueless terrorists. ● Tooth Fairy (1:42) Dwayne Johnson as a tough, mean hockey player who atones for his sins by working out the week as a tutu’d tooth fairy; Ashley Judd costars?!? ● Up in the Air (1:49) Jason Reitman’s quirky comedy stars George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man who finds true love with a fellow frequent flyer. ● Valentine’s Day (1:57) Comedy follows a group of budding romantics (Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba and Julia Roberts among them) over the course of one particular February 14. ● When in Rome (1:31) Lovelorn Kristen Bell heads for sunny Italy and in no time attracts a bevy of suitors...a few of them fairly normal. ● The White Ribbon (2:24) The choristers in a small German village are beset by a series of unexplained (perhaps vindictive?) “accidents.” ● The Wolfman (2:05) Benicio del Toro IS the haunted, hunted Victorian gentleman whose inner canine is aroused whenever the moon turns full. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ Alice in Wonderland (PG) Century Cinema: Thu 11:59pm Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm An Education (PG-13) ★★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri 7:20 Sat-Sun 1:20, 7:20 Mon-Thu 7:40 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 7, 9:30 Mon, Thu 8:45 Tue-Wed 9:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:15 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:15 Sun 1:45, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ As White As in Snow (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon, Thu 7 Avatar (PG-13) ★★★ Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:35 Thu 11:30, 3:10, 7 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 3:10, 6:40, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 4:10, 7:55 ❋ Bang! (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7 The Blind Side (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 3:55, 7:05, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 3:50, 9:55 Sun 3:50 Mon-Thu 4:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:30, 9:40 Sat 11:20, 4:30, 9:40 Sun 11:20, 4:30 Mon-Thu 4:30 Lark Theater: Fri 4 Sat 9 Sun 1:30 Mon-Wed 2:30 Thu 4:50 The Book of Eli (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 9:40 Celine: Through the Eyes of the World (Not Rated) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Sat-Sun 2 ❋ Cop Out (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11:25, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10 The Cove (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 2 Thu 12:30 ❋ The Crazies (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Crazy Heart (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:10, 7:35, 10 Sat 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Sun 2:40, 5:10, 7:35 Mon -Wed 5:10, 7:35 Thu 4:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Sat 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10 Sun 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri

❋ = New Movies This Week

4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 ❋ Dancing/Reflexion 2001/Their Frozen Dream (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (director Jan Troell in person) Dear John (PG-13) ★★ Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 1:45, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 Edge of Darkness (R) ★★★ Century Rowland Plaza: 7, 9:40 ❋ The Emigrants (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 2 ❋ Everlasting Moments (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Sat 7:15 (director Jan Troell in person) From Paris with Love (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10 ❋ The Ghost Writer (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11:20, 12:50, 2:25, 4, 5:35, 7:10, 8:45, 10:15 ❋ Half the Sky (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7:30 The Hurt Locker (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 6:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 ❋ Il Capitano (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 7 It’s Complicated (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:25 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:25 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 MonThu 4:30, 7 ❋ The New Land (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 2 North Face (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 MonThu 6:45, 9:15 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 6:30 Sat-Sun 2:15 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 8:45 Sat-Sun 4:30 Tue-Wed 8:45 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:15, 2:40, 4, 5:30, 6:45, 8:15, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50

Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Precious (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 9 Sat 4 Sun 4:10 Mon-Wed 5:10 Thu 2:30 The Princess and the Frog (G) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10 Shutter Island (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6, 7, 8, 9:15, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 7, 9:55 Sat 12:15, 4, 7, 9:55 Sun 12:15, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 3:55, 6:50 Mon-Thu 3:55, 6:50 The Spy Next Door (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 2:50, 5:10, 7:25 Tooth Fairy (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:15, 4:40 Up in the Air (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:40, 10:15 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 2, 7:15 Valentine’s Day (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 1, 3:55, 7, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 11:30, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 11:30, 4:50, 7:30 MonThu 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 When in Rome (PG-13) 1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 3, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 The White Ribbon (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4:20, 7:20 The Wolfman (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Leonardo DiCaprio explores the noirish mysteries of ‘Shutter Island.’

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SUNDiAL ] [ Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin..

F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 2 6 — F R I D AY M A R C H 5 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Las Que Son Son will shake it Caribbean style Feb. 27 at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks with more important event information. ‘‘ pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 02/26: Big Daddy Sunshine ’80s cover band. 8:30pm. $8-10. Club 101, 815 W. Francisco, San Rafael. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe.com/thevibe 02/26: Buxter Hoot’n Bluesy Americana, psychedelic folk. 9pm. $7. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 02/26: Elvin Bishop Blues. 9:30pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com 02/26: Jack Van Paris and Company Rock. 8pm. $7-10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina,Fort Baker,Sausalito, Sausalito. 302-6180. www.presidioyachtclub.org 02/27: Mukti Kirtan Band with vocalist Prajna Vieira; Don Fontowitz, flamenco guitar and Ramana,tabla. 7:30pm. $15. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191 . www. muktimusic.net 02/27: Natural Rhythms: Garthwaite and Reardon sing jazz, blues and originals. 7-9pm. $15-20. Art Works Downtown, downstairs gallery, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 02/27: Pink Sabbath New country and folk. 9pm. $7. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 02/27: The 85’s ’80s dance band. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 02/28: Ray Wylie Hubbard Country. 7:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/02: Swing Fever Music of Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael. 7-10pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 03/04: Joey Davis and the Po’Boyz Jazz. 7-10pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

Get to know Yorick better at College of Marin’s production of ‘Hamlet,’ opening March 4.

03/05: California Honeydrops Roots, blues and jazz. $10. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.coastalpost.com/smileys 03/05: Dry Branch Fire Squad Traditional American acoustic music. 8pm. $20-22. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 383-8716. www.drybranchfiresquad.com 03/05: Dave Gleason and the Golden Cadillacs Country rock. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com Fridays: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Sun. and Wed: Family Night with Giovanni Italian and international accordion music. 6-9pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria, 45 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-7472. www.ghirpizza.com Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361. Sundays: Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland Jazz 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

Concerts 02/26: American Bach Soloists J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Jeffrey Thomas, conductor. Soloists: Ellen Hargis, soprano; Judith Malafronte, alto; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; William Sharp and Joshua Copeland, baritones. 8pm. $18-45. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 621-7900. www.americanbach.org 02/26: Joe Venegoni and Friends “Music that Soothes the Soul.” With Kathryn Keats, vocal; Tom Lattan, guitar; Kelly Park, piano. 8pm. $15-20. Old

St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org 02/27-28: Opera in Tam valley Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Verismo Opera’s Elizabeth F. Genter performs the lead role. 7pm. $20-25. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 02/28 and 03/02: Marin Symphony “Four Score and Seven Years Ago.” KDFC radio host Hoyt Smith narrates Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Program also includes Tchaikovsky’s “Fifth Symphony” and Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun.” Alasdair Neale conducts. 7:30pm. $29-70, students half price. Marin Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marinsymphony.org 02/28: Volti Chamber Chorus Led by Robert Geary in a program of choral music with Piedmont Children’s Chorus. 5pm. $5-15. St. John’s, 14 Lagunitas at Shady Lane, Ross. 456-1102. www.stjohnsross.org

03/05: Band of the Irish Guards and Royal Regiment of Scotland They perform for the Queen of England, now they perform for you in those cool, traditional uniforms. 8pm.$18-55. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Dance 02/26-27: Choreographers Showcase With choreography by Doree Clark, Nathan Cottam, Tom Mayock, Lee Rauch and George Young, Valerie Russell, Saki Suto and Patricia TerHeun. 8pm. Stage Dor Performance Space, 10 Liberty Ship Way, #340, Sausalito. 339-1390. www.stagedor.com

Theater/Auditions 03/03:‘Filthy Rich: Bernie and the Jews’ Written by Lynne Kaufman. Chris Smith directs a staged reading of this dark comedy about Bernie Madoff's last chance to beg forgiveness from the Tribe in a prison synagogue. 7:30pm. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 03/04-21:‘Hamlet’ Directed by James Dunn. March 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30pm. Matinees on March 13, 14, and 21 at 1:30pm. $10-15. Fine arts theatre, College of Marin, Sir Francis Drake and Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555. www.marin. edu/ news/press_release/020310.htm

BEST BET Movies, muffins and moderated discussion In association with the Emeritus Program at College of Marin, the SUNDAY SALON AT THE LARK THEATER series is a chance for a little culture with your Continental brunch. With Rustic Bakery providing the muffins and scones, along with coffee and tea, friends and neighbours are invited to watch a movie (not announced in advance) and participate in a moderated discussion (moderators are chosen for their knowledge and expe- The Lark was originally built during the helicon rience of the film’s subject). 10:30 am Feb. days of Art Deco, 1936. 28, Mar. 21 and Apr. 18 at the Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., downtown Larkspur. For info, visit www.larktheater.net/ or call 415/924-5111. —Samantha Campos

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Through 02/27: Marianne Hale and Philip Wadsworth Exhibits Photography. Paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888, ext. 252. www.sgvcc.org Through 02/28:‘Black,White, Plus Red’ Gallery is open 11am-4pm Mon-Thu; Noon-4pm Sat.Sun. Closed Fri. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www. marinsocietyofartists.org

The Dry Branch Fire Squad will light it up March 5 in Sausalito.

Through 02/28:‘A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery’ Pottery exhibit. Tradi-

The ‘Witty, Whimsical and Weird’ will be showcased this month at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley.

03/05-14:‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Marin Youth Performers presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical. 7:30pm Fri.; 2pm Sat.-Sun. $14-18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org Through 03/07:‘Proof’ Novato Theater Company presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. $19-22. Pacheco Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www.pachecoplayhouse.org

Art 03/02-31 ‘Witty,Whimsical and Weird: Light Hearted Moments in Photography’ Juried group photography show which feature images that provoke and puzzle, and amuse. Opening reception March 2, 6-8pm. 10am-2pm. Tue.- Sat. O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.ohanloncenter.org 03/04-28: Artisans Member Exhibit Art gallery exhibit and sale. Open Thu-Sun from 11am-5pm. Artists’ Reception Mar 12, 5-8pm. Free. Artisans Art Gallery, 1002 Court St., San Rafael. 518-5116. www.artisansartgallery.com 03/05-30:‘The Way I See It’ Ellis Heyer, paintings. Meet the artist at an opening reception on March 5 at 6pm. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747-8696. Artist Ricky Watts adds to the physical graffiti that will be taking place Feb. 27 at the Demolition Dance Party fundraiser for the Marin History Museum’s ‘Marin Rocks’ exhibit.

tions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tue.-Sat. Noon-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-4064. www.marinindian.com Through 02/28: Linda Larsen Exhibit Landscape oil paintings. 8am-9:30pm. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. www.lindalarsenartist.com

Through 03/03:‘The Same Place Where Dreams Come From’ New works by Josie Grant and Jane Zich. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696. www. elsewhere.com

Through 03/04: ImageMovers Digital Employee Art Show “Counterpoint.” Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, collage and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 448-0362. www.marinarts.org

Through 03/05:‘Tim Weldon: The Higher Foolishness’ Mixed-media assemblages. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia, Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com

Through 03/07:‘Coyote, Deer and Gold’ “Karen & Malcolm Whyte Collection of Contemporary American Indian Art in California”;“Ilka Hartmann,” Photography;“Marna Clarke,” Coastal Marin artist. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www. bolinasmuseum.org

Through 03/08:‘Artists for Awareness: Goes Red’ Group show benefitting nonprofit fighting heart disease. 4-7pm. Northbay ArtWorks, 7049 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 892-8188. www.northbayartworks.com

Through 03/09:‘California, Una Decada’ Ronald Alexander Berliner, paintings. “Travels, A Decade.” Charlee Wagner photography. In the Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Through 03/14:‘Inside Out’ Works from 13 Bay Area abstract artists. Tue.-Sun. 11am-4pm Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www. marinmoca.org Through 03/25: Annual Marin Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Annual art exhibit featuring works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362. www.marinarts.org

Through 03/28:‘Gloria Matuszewski: Fields of Time’ and “The Wild Book Show 2010: Rain or Shine.” 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Talks/Lectures 02/27: Greenwood School Parenting Workshop Early Childhood Workshop:Explore techniques for guiding your young child toward joyful exploration. With early childhood educators Marcy Summers and Peggy Rock. RSVP required. Childcare available. 9:30am-noon Free. Greenwood School, 17 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 388-0495. www.greenwoodschool.org

03/01: ‘The Man Who Loved Books Too Much’ Author Allison Bartlett will talk about her book, “The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: the True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession.” 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org

Readings 02/27: Dr. Linda Joy Myers Dr. Linda Joy Myers talks about “The Power of Memoir: How To Write Your Healing Story.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

02/27: Poetry at the Rebound Bookstore “Hand To Mouth/WORDS SPOKEN OUT #27.” With Lynne Knight, Dawn McGuire and Andrena Zawinski. Open mic to follow. 4-6pm. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael,. 482-0550. 03/01: Zachary Mason The author presents his debut novel “The Lost Books of the Odyssey.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

03/02: Cara Black, David Corbett and Domenic Stansberry An evening with mystery writers. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/02: Elaine Beale The author talks about her novel “Another Life Altogether.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage at The Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 835-1020. 03/03: Kathleen Norris Kathleen Norris discusses “Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer’s Life.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123075 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RSVP, RESOURCE SPECIALIST VERY PERSONAL, 426 CEDAR HILL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CARLA L. HIMY, 426 CEDAR HILL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304143 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictious Business Name(s): ROBâ ™S HANDYMAN SERVICES, 369-B THIRD STREET, #326, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94904. Filed in Marin County on: March 13, 2008. Under file No.: 2008116565. Registrant’s Name(s): ROBERT ROBBINS, 216 FOSTER AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business was conducted by an INDIVIDUAL. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2010. (Pacific Sun: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123084 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE NOISE FARM, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JESSICA LUTHI HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; LUKE LUTHIMORRISON, 56-C MORAY ROAD, LONDON, UK, N43LG; JAY ALAN HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a Limited Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123085 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOBILE AFFILIATE NETWORK, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 95965: JESSICA LUTHI HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; JAY ALAN HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 95965; STUART REED, 51 BRIARS END, WITCHFORD, ELY, UK CB62GB; JOHN GILBERT-JUPP, 74 EAST STREET, GILLINGHAM, KENT, UK ME71EH . This business is being conducted by a Limited Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123077 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL MALO, 431 FIRST STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JORGE SANTANA, 431 FIRST STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122933 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHINING STAR ELECTRIC, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: SEAN KEVIN MOHAN, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; STEPHANIE MOHAN, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a Husband and Wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1989. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010)

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FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33

STARSTREAM Week of February 25-March 3, 2010 ›› by Ly n d a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Well, your ruler’s moving backwards and you have four planets in your house of befuddlement. You are dazed and confused, but thanks to powerful Pluto’s influence on your career, at least you can fool the boss. It’s right about now that Aries suffers a case of the winter blahs. My suggestion? Shots of tequila followed by wild salsa dancing. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your ruler, seductive Venus, closes in on spontaneously kinky Uranus this week. You could meet a free spirit who makes you want to break a few rules and try something new. Meanwhile, what was a pipe dream could turn into a logical goal as imaginative Neptune and clever Mercury connect in your career house. Success comes to those who color outside the lines. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Although, for the most part, you are being recognized for your professional achievements, you should not be too confident. Pride often comes before a fall and this week you could trip over your own ego. Any media or writing projects may not be as error-free as you believe them to be—especially over the weekend. Reach for the sky, but keep one hand firmly on the dictionary. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Let’s start with the positive. Travel and learning opportunities, luck with international endeavors and an adventure with an attractive foreigner are all possible. Meantime, critical Saturn is eating away at your confidence, while perceptive Pluto is exposing any weaknesses in your primary relationships. Your bowl of cherries definitely has a few pits, so go ahead and explore the world, but do it with caution. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your intimate life is wonderfully warm and wild right now. This continues past the weekend. On a less personal note, your financial holdings may increase via a settlement, a tax return or a trust fund disbursement. So, go ahead then. Book the luxury hotel. You know you want to... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) It’s not really you against the world—it only feels like that. There are multiple celestial energies opposing your sign right now. Instead of dishing out “constructive” criticism, you could be on the receiving end. Fortunately, idealistic Neptune is having an influence on your ruler, analytical Mercury. If you look for love instead of war, that is exactly what you will find LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Jealous Pluto is playing with your emotions. Before accusing your mate of having a fling with a mysterious stranger, you should do a reality check. Meanwhile, you are dealing with temptation in the form of a work flirtation. Could you be projecting your own potential for infidelity? Something to consider... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) It’s not officially springtime yet, but you’re ready. A trio of lively planets has taken over your party house. The playful Sun, free-spirited Jupiter and pleasure-seeking Venus bring out the little kid in you. You’re probably plotting a way to play hooky from work. As for the weekend, a previous coworker may be your ticket to a profitable career. Make sure you are reachable. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Four planets in your house of past attachments bring up memories of all your previous relationships (friends and lovers) while chatty Mercury in your communication house urges you to get in touch. Chances are you’re going to find whomever you seek. If it doesn’t happen immediately, try again next week. After all, you ignored those former lovers for years. You can’t expect them to drop everything and rush to your door. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) This weekend is not recommended for starting your income tax return. You are likely to be a little foggy on the details. After the weekend, you are in a philosophical mood as you expand your views on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yes, Capricorn can move from gloomy to goodnatured when the planets are aligned correctly. All it takes is a little heavenly help and a quick return of your overpaid taxes. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your sweetie is overly emotional on Friday and Saturday. It is up to you to maintain the voice of reason and objectivity. Meanwhile, you CAN make money this week. The challenge is hanging on to it. The planets in your finance house are an extravagant bunch. For every dollar in, several dollars can go out if you aren’t careful. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Even though you’re ready, willing and able to involve yourself in a relationship, you hesitate to let yourself get very close. With restrictive Saturn in your intimacy house, you back off when it looks like things are moving too fast. Fortunately, there is no rush. This year’s solar return gives you 12 months to get comfortable with fulfilling all your desires. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 34 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122955 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANACELIS SERVICE, LLC, 136 BELLAM BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA VICTORIA ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949; ABEL ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949; ARACELI ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHITE GIRAFFE PRODUCTIONS, 387-A WOODSIDE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PHILIP A. HODGES, 387-A WOODSIDE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 12, 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123078 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHARITYSTATEREGISTRATION. ORG, 40 HARCOURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MP MAY, INC., 40 HARCOURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 27, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122939 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WILMER’S AUTO REPAIR, 1385 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WUILMER NORBERTO DE LEON DE LEON, 3411 KERNER BOULEVARD, APT. 10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123083 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PING’S BODY WORK, 710 C STREET, SUITE #14B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: YAO LIU, 200 CUTLASS DRIVE, #210, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123125 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMBASSY SUITES - MARIN COUNTY/SAN RAFAEL AND GRILLE 101, 101 MCINNIS PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DJONT/EPT LEASING, LLC, 545 EAST JOHN CARPENTER FREEWAY, SUITE 1300, IRVING, TEXAS, 75062. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 12/31/1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123182 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAINTBALL AT YOUR PLACE, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920: EMPYREAN GROUP, LLC, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123076 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW GUY, 25 CORTE

LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: BRUCE WRIGHT, 25 CORTE LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122923 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FESTIVAL COMPANY/ THE MARIN ART FESTIVAL, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TYSON UNDERWOOD, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010122907 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TALES, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN M. PRICE, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-5058. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123159 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASTERPIECE COFFEE, 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949: K & R HOLDINGS, INC., 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123213 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW WAREHOUSE, 5776 PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: HEALDSBURG LUMBER COMPANY, INC., 359 HUDSON STREET, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123093 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., 1 EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123204 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BONNIE LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123221 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREAT BAY SIGNS AND GRAPHICS, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ROBERT B. JACKLIN, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123217 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROYAL FRANKS, 1109 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOHAMED SHAWA, 2745 HILLVIEW DRIVE, FAIRFIELD, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123185 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PETER JAMES, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; MAKENS, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; SAUSALITO PRECIOUS METALS, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: LYN MATSON, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 18, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123211 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAQUERIA PUERTO VALLARTA, 85 WOODLAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOSEFINA SAMPERIO, 2 WARRNER STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123282 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDEN BUILDING AND DESIGN, 1875 SECOND STREET, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER REMMERS, 1875 SECOND STREET, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 26; MARCH 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123247 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CROSS STREET CREATIVE, 9 NEVADA STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SETH QUINBY, 9 NEVADA STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123236 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS, 83-B CLARK STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KENNETH C. HOMER, 83-B CLARK STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123203 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAILPLANE DESIGN, 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; NIPHA, 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SV SITUM, INC., 4 FRIAR TUCK LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. These businesses are being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123312 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTI INDIAN ORGANIC NATURAL CAFE, 7282 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938: HANSRAJ SINGH HANS, 200 BOLINAS SHERWOOD, APT. 42, FAIRFAX, CA

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 94930; NOEL FERNANDES, 200 BOLINAS SHERWOOD, APT. 42, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant(s) will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123280 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMOOTH OPERATIONS, 1100 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: MELANIE ROE KESSLER, 23 SUNNY COVE DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in February 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123310 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW LEARNING CULTURE - EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS, 38 MARQUARD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAMPER CARMEN, 38 MARQUARD AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123348 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ILLUMINA STORY + DESIGN, 2132 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596: LISA COOKE, 2132 BLACKWOOD DRIVE, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596; SPENCER JAMES NILSEN, 110 TERRACE AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as X-D PUBLISHING, INC., 5 MILLWOOD STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: X-D PUBLISHING, INC., 5 MILLWOOD STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 26; March 5, 12, 19, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1000522. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SCOTT JOSEPH KALECHSTEIN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SCOTT JOSEPH KALECHSTEIN to SCOTT KALECHSTEIN GRACE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: March 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall

be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: February 1, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MICHAEL KIRK FARMER. Case No. PR-1000470. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of MICHAEL KIRK FARMER, MICHAEL K. FARMER, MICHAEL FARMER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LOTUS FARMER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that FRANZA GIFFEN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: March 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: Probate, Room: L, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JULIA P. WALD, 1108 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 202, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415) 482-7555. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304156 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictious Business name(s): BUDGET BLINDS OF NORTH BAY, 1612 GRANT AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945. Filed in Marin County on: October 27, 2008. Under File No.: 118921. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): ROBERT K. RAMERS, 1165 MIDWAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business was conducted by: an INDIVIDUAL. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 11, 2010. (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1000704. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE PECKHAM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JANE E. PECKHAM to JAIME PECKHAM. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: March 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: February 10, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE

SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): CIV 093568 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): ENAAM DABBAS, AND DOES I THROUGH X, INCLUSIVE: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): DOUGLAS MACCALLUM. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The courtâ ™s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, UNLIMITED JURISDICTION, P.O. BOX 4988, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94913-4988. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): Geraldine Armendariz, (S.B.N.: 97196), 760 Market Street, Suite 939, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 986-0873. Date (Fecha): July 16, 2009 /s/ Kim Turner, Clerk (Secretario): by, S. Bond, Deputy Clerk (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010)

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Q:

Your advice to “Shell-Shocked,” the guy with the “baby crazy” wife, ignored how he obviously hasn’t read much about pregnancy at 40-plus. At 42, this woman’s lucky if she gets pregnant at all, and she’s stuck with a guy who wants to “wait.” If they want kids, they can’t wait a single day. A female friend, faced with a similar situation with her husband, independently went out and had IVF with a sperm donor—while staying married. The husband dealt with it.—Well Read

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When people talk about marriage as a partnership, they mean two people making decisions together, not one person announcing to the other, “I’m going out for a cup of some other guy’s sperm. Deal with it.” You signed yourself “Well Read,” apparently because you caught the bit about this woman wanting a baby and, well, read no further. If you had, you’d know the problem isn’t that Mr. ShellShocked hasn’t done his homework on the joys of spawning with older eggs, but that he’s married to a shrieking psycho who’s always been about two loose screws from holding him down and strangling him with her fallopian tubes. Raising kids—“the toughest job you’ll ever SAY you love”—tests the emotionally healthy, let alone the obviously unhinged. Like me, Mr. and Mrs. Shell-Shocked’s therapist believes you don’t have kids first and resolve Mommy’s mental health issues later. I told Mr. S to have no part of enabling his whack-job wife to become a mom, which means getting out before she gets her paws on his sperm. Sadly, once you’ve got that, all you need to give birth are working ovaries and such (only when you try to adopt do they do background checks and a psych evaluation). But, hey, what about her biological clock? Sorry, that’s just the breaks. A guy doesn’t say, “Gee, I think I’ll become a cage fighter at 58.” Sometimes life passes you by, and you need to admit that. I’m guessing she bought into the feminist propaganda that you can “have it all,” then spent a couple decades trying to do that. I am of the mind that women who want kids should establish themselves in careers first in case they get left or widowed, but you also don’t wait to start a family until you hear your ovaries yelling “Last call!” As for your friend who trotted off to commit turkey-baster adultery, it’s dicey enough for a relationship when a guy comes home to some cutesy couch the wife blew his bonus money on. And yeah, it’s sure to be a continuing money drain—but 11 cents here, 36 cents there, between the crevices, not $208,000 for four years at Brown. So, what if your girlfriend’s kid has some birth defect (more likely in pregnancies of women over 40), or is autistic? Lifetime care for somebody with autism can cost $3.2 million, according to Harvard School of Public Health’s Michael Ganz. If a husband is included in the decision to have a kid, and the kid turns out to be autistic, well, that’s rough. A husband like your friend’s, on the other hand, might find himself somewhat less motivated in the face of “Awwww, the baby looks just like his...well, some kid who put himself through college by going into a room with a dirty magazine and a Dixie cup.”

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I’m writing about “Shell-Shocked’s” horribly abusive wife, who’s sometimes “amazingly sweet and giving.” Me thinks she has borderline personality disorder. You were spot-on to tell him to leave, but missed the diagnosis. —Dated A Borderline

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I hate to diminish your opinion of me, but on my wall, where the framed med school diploma and psychiatric license should be, there’s a picture of a monkey in a bowtie eating a plate of stewed prunes. Interestingly, lack of a diploma and therapist’s license didn’t stop you and about 10 other readers from writing to “diagnose” this woman by email. (In case you’re wondering, we’re running 10 to one for bipolar over borderline.) Never mind that actual therapists are supposed to put in face-to-face time before diagnosing somebody. Of course, even a professional’s diagnosis is just informed speculation (it’s not like they count your white cells). In my early 20s, I went to a Manhattan shrink. After 30 minutes of hearing me whine that I wasn’t making enough money and couldn’t find a boyfriend, he scribbled me a prescription—for lithium. Apparently, it’s a serious psychiatric disorder, being poor and lonely. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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